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I was perusing the hundreds of fierce hair, nail and makeup looks from New York Fashion Week when my 3-year-old son (who has a penchant for nail polish and long, but not too long, hair) announced that he wanted in on the fun. I indulged him by scrolling through image after image of models backstage at the shows, and asked him to select his faves. These were his top picks, and I fully endorse them. I’m only sorry the stunning red lip seen at Jason Wu didn’t make his list — it’s at the top of mine.
Standout Blue Nails at Jenny Packham
This nail look, created by Rita Remark for Essie, is hands down my favorite nail look of the season (so far, anyway). Two coats of Essie Nail Polish in Butler Please is all it takes to recreate the covet-worthy manicure.
Messy Top Knot at Sandy Liang
O&M Global Creative Director Janelle Chaplin created this seriously cute topknot with help from O&M Surf Bomb Sea Salt Texture Spray. It added the texture needed for a lived-in updo that would last. The gingham accessory completed the perfect boyish vibe Chaplin was going for.
Lucite Sunset Nails at Rebecca Minkoff
Sunset meets rocket pop in this manicure created by Michelle Saunders for Essie. She created the look by sponging on the sunset shades in this order: Essie Nail Polish in Tarte Deco, Marshmallow, Beach Bum Blu and Midnight Cami. She applied Spaghetti Strap over each nail to help the shades melt together, and finished with the Essie Gel.Setter Top Coat.
Red Tips at Brooks Brothers by Zac Posen
While this photo shows a manicure created with just two coats of Essie Nail Polish in Fifth Avenue, the red nails were adorned with a plaid design (created by striping on Essie Nail Polish in Pret-a-Surfer) before they hit the runway.
Fierce, Fresh Face at Wes Gordon
Makeup artist Dominique Samuel for Maybelline New York nailed the fresh-faced look that was seen at show after show this season. He created it with help from some hard-working Maybelline New York Products that won’t launch until October or early next January, so keep a look out for these natural-beauty boosting products:
Maybelline New York Face Studio Master Contour (available January 2015)
Maybelline New York Face Studio Master Fix Setting + Perfecting Loose Powder (available January 2015)
Maybelline New York The Rock Nudes Eye Palette (available January 2015)
Maybelline New York Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara (get it now!)
Maybelline New York Lip Studio Color Sensational in Barely Bloomed (available October 2015)
Navy Striped Nails at Ji Oh
Rita Remark for Essie was on a roll this season. This winning look was created with one coat of Essie Nail Polish in Resort Fling and one coat of Sugar Daddy topped with one vertical stripe of After School Boy Blazer swiped on each nail (in a randomly placed location). To finish off the look, a second stripe was added to one nail only.
Now that you’ve seen my son’s favorites, tell me which look was your number one.
I’m not sure exactly when it happened, but I aged out of the VMAs. Maybe it’s because I haven’t seen a music video since Beyonce released her video album in 2014 or maybe it’s simply because I’m old. My friend and former CosmoGIRL! colleague Lauren put it best yesterday. On Facebook she posted, “2 years ago I was in the audience at the VMAs. Tonight I turned it off because I quite honestly couldn’t take it for one more minute. #nolongerwantmymtv #kidsdontgetthatreference.” I feel her pain. But, that didn’t keep me from perusing the red carpet photos from the event. Out of them, along with a lot of crazy, came this whimsical Vanessa Hudgens hairstyle. One part beachy, one part bohemian goddess, this look is totally achievable and stunning. Here’s how Schwarzkopf celebrity hairstylist, Richard Collins created the look:
Step 1: Spritz heat protecting spray on dry hair.
Step 2: Create soft waves all over using a one-inch curling iron skipping a few thick sections of hair around your face. Spritz waves with hairspray for hold.
Step 3: Create two braids along both sides of your hairline (using the sections of hair you didn’t curl in the previous step) and secure with tiny, clear hair elastics. Wrap each braid to the opposite side of your head, and secure above your ears with bobby pins. This will created a braided headband or crown look. Finish with shine spray.
Products used: Schwarzkopf styliste Crystal Shine & Hold Heat Protection Shine Spray, Schwarzkopf styliste ULTIME Biotin+ Volume & Texture H2O-Free Hair Spray, Schwarzkopf styliste ULTIME Crystal Shine & Hold Laminating Shine Hair Spray, $6.95 each at Walmart.
I have successfully trained my close friends and family to tell me about each and every beauty product they try and decide they can no longer live without. Case in point: While on a two-week long Hawaiian vacation, my mom texts me with urgent info about a beauty problem-solving product she recently bought and had surprising success with. Here’s how the exchange about this hairspray went down:
M: [After sending me a photo of the L’Oreal Paris EverStyle Alcohol-Free Strong Hold Styling Spray] Wet or dry spray!!! Amazing!!!
K: Tell me specifically what you like about it. I’m sitting here desperately trying to think about post ideas.
M: I like it because you can use it on wet or dry hair. Easy to style and it makes your hair shiny with body!
K: How did you use it?
M: I used it for the first time today in dry hair that was flat after being wind blown all day. It looks like I washed, dried and styled my hair!
K: What does it smell like?
M: Fresh smell.
K: Did it make your hair wet? Did you have to blow dry it a bit or what was that process/experience like?
M: Not wet, but damp.
M: I need a Curtis pic. [I had to get her back on topic here. She was demanding photos of my son.]
K: So did you let [your hair] air dry? Brush through it with a specific brush?
M: Sprayed it on and used a round brush with a hair dryer.
M: I’ll let you know how it works on wet hair tomorrow.
K: Okay. Cool. [Then we go on to talk about how my son bit a friend at school. Ugh.]
She texted me the next morning to say that her hair still looked fabulous from her touch-up with the hairspray the night before. She texted again the day after that to say, “Styling spray great on wet hair too!” Mom likes exclamation points. She also included photos of her hair, which looked great. The photos on the other hand, didn’t look so great. She wasn’t wearing any makeup and she’s not the best selfie taker (sorry, Mom!). so I decided not to post the photos here. Mom, you can thank me for that later.
Social media was all abuzz when Jared Leto arrived at the Golden Globe Awards wearing a man braid, so I think he’d approve of the gigantic braided hairstyles I recently pinned. Pinterest is my go-to way to discover amazing new braided styles and since Mr. Leto showed up wearing a braided ‘do on Sunday, I’m pretty sure the style won’t be going away anytime soon.
Recreating these looks will require yards of extensions (or a Barbie-like head of natural hair), but I think they are stunning, totally worth the effort and will likely make you look thinner, too. Gigantic hair, smaller body … you with me on this? Anyway, here are my latest braided hairstyle Pins.
This side swept fishtail braid from the Barefoot Blonde is fabulous in a non-fussy, fairytale princess way. (more…)
We had planned to save the reveal of our site’s makeover for January, but we’re just too excited about it to wait. So … here it is! We’ll continue to bring you the latest beauty trends and products we love while helping solve your pressing (or not so pressing) beauty problems. We’ll just look a little better while doing it. We hope you like the easier-to-navigate design and welcome any feedback you have to share.
And while we’re on the topic of makeovers, I was on the receiving end of a mini hair makeover myself recently. It gave me the confidence boost I was in serious need of. It sounds superficial to say, but when you look good (or even think you look good) you feel good and exude confidence.
My mini makeover was all thanks to two talented artists at the Spoke & Weal salon in Los Angeles. My colorist, Dell, boosted my natural dark blonde hue by adding thick ribbons of three beige-blonde shades. The result was subtle, but gave me a hit of brightness I was lacking. Lindsay, who did my cut, chopped off a couple of inches, but more importantly, she thinned out the under layers of my thick hair to make it easier to manage and help it appear less poofy. This subtle tweak made me like my shorter haircut so much more. Here’s the before an after. The photos aren’t great, I know, (the lighting was better in the “before”), but I think they give you a good sense of the transformation.
Do you have plans for a makeover in 2015? We’d love to hear about it and share advice if you’re open to it!
When it comes to natural-looking hair color trends, first there was Ombre and then Sombre (subtle Ombre) and now it’s all about babylights. Babylights (as seen most recently on model Karlie Kloss) are very finely painted highlights that result in a stunning and super natural-looking finish. If you, like me, are someone who has always wanted to have the color you did as a child, babylights are just the ticket. What’s also great about them is that you’ll need to color your hair less often to get the best results, according to L’Oréal Paris Consulting Celebrity Colorist Kari Hill. (more…)
You all know how much I love my braided hairstyles, and this week I’m specifically digging wrapped braids. Here are the three I’ve been Pinspired by and will definitely try very soon.
Half-Up Braid With a Bun
This is a perfect five-minute hairstyle. Part hair where you like it, braid the front two inches of your hair (bang area) on each side and secure with tiny clear elastics. Bobby Pin the braids together at the back of your head. Quickly wrap the rest of your hair into a messy bun just below the braids. Secure with bobby pins.
Sorry to say that BEOC has been on a bit of a hiatus. Our lives became more hectic when Carrie welcomed a third child into the world and when my family decided to pick up and move. And while we hate to admit that life has gotten in the way of our passion — beauty, and talking about it endlessly — it simply has. We will be back in action again soon, we promise, but until then, here’s a quick photo of the hair color I dream of — pastel pink. If I weren’t lacking in the cool department, the mother of a two-year-old and working in an office full time, I’d so try this. It’s soft, pretty and edgy at the same time. Love.
Would you try a pastel hair color? If so, would you go pick or try another hue?
While I haven’t yet been able to keep an appointment for the big hair makeover you all voted on, I did have some time on Saturday to whip out a braided hairstyle. This was a very unplanned look, but I got a ton of compliments on it. It started off as a simple braided bang style and then morphed into this braided updo. Here’s how I did it:
Step 1: Create a side part and braid a two-inch section of hair on the side opposite your part. Start right at the top of your hairline.
Step: 2: Braid that section down to the ends and secure with a small elastic.
I’m in a serious hair rut. It’s mostly due to the fact that have I have zero time to style it these days — that’s what having a 2-year-old and a full-time job will do for you. But, I’m still just desperate for a change. I’m also a little bit torn as to which direction to go next though. Should I go shorter, blonder or just add some bangs? Two girls at my office told me to stick with the length, but I thought I’d open it up to you. So … given the three options, which do you think I should choose? Here’s a recent pic of me after a pro blowout. My hair normally lives in a ponytail:
OK, voting time. Which look (pulled from my Pinterest board, of course) should I try next?