Nail art has taken a much needed break from the over the top and over done trends of these past seasons. Cluttered with glitter, jewels, add-ons and textures, nails have gone a little too wild to be practical. Don’t get me wrong- nail designs at the moment are anything but boring. They are polished, patterned, and pretty, but don’t require the steady hands of a surgeon to achieve.
Nail artists at NYFW toned nail art down with sophisticated, classy, and refined patterns that still exude beauty. Get inspired by the upcoming winter months and try cooler shades in snow white and icy lavender, shown below. If you (like I am!) are still wishing for summer, try your hand at an overlapping light pink and creamy yellow pattern like the one seen at Christian Siriano. There’s no wrong way to do this beauty trend!
- Caroline Johnson
In today’s beauty news: The gorgeous Blake Lively has been named the newest L’Oréal Paris global spokesperson. She joins the ranks of other beauties such as Jennifer Lopez, Julianne Moore, Beyoncé Knowles, and Eva Longoria. We can’t wait to see what will undoubtedly be stunning cosmetics, hair care and hair color campaigns.
We all love taking selfies. Today is World Sight Day and a simple selfie can do good for someone else. Johnson & Johnson is using your photos to help provide eye care to disadvantaged kids. Here’s how to contribute:
Upload a picture of your eyes using the hashtag #EyePledge via the free Donate A Photo App by Johnson & Johnson. For every picture upload, VISTAKON® Division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. will donate $1, up to $30,000, to Sight For Kids, a Lions Clubs International Foundation program that provides complete eye care for disadvantaged children. Approximately 285 million people worldwide are visually impaired; an eye exam is the first step in diagnosis and treatment of eye-related conditions.
The #EyePledge includes two simple steps to demonstrate your personal commitment to get an eye exam and raise awareness of the broader global cause:
· Take an “eye selfie” photo of your best “smize”
· Post the photo through the Donate A Photo App by Johnson & Johnson with #EyePledge, or share on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using#EyePledge, and promise to get your eyes tested (Users without smart phones can post their eye selfie photos to social media platforms and comment using#EyePledge
Celebrity makeup artist Coleen Campbell-Olwell created the gorgeous, warm look on Kate Mara using Orlane products. Kate’s hair was styled by Alex Polillo using Vidal Sassoon Pro Series. Coleen and Alex gave us the breakdown of how they created the look:
The Look: Warm and Bronzy Glow
“To prep Kate’s skin, I began with the Orlane Elixir Royal, it gives such a nice canvas to the skin that it was perfect for the night. Next, we applied the Super-Moisturizing Light Cream, which I love because it is not greasy at all so it doesn’t break up the makeup but really holds it in place and is super moisturizing. Then, I applied a bit of the Crème Royale Yeux to her eyes.
For tonight, Kate is wearing a beautiful, long white dress with a bit of edge and a deep side part, so we wanted to go with a bronzy, gold look on the eyes and keep everything really warm.
For her eyes, I used a gold along her lids and then a bronze along the outside to create a more cat eye shape and then lined the inside of her eyes with a bronze eye pencil. To take her eyes to the next level, the Orlane Volume Care Mascara was key. I was so impressed with this mascara because it gives the lashes almost a lacquered look, which added to the edginess and made them look super long and voluminous. This mascara is amazing, I really love it! I also used the Highlight Care Brush to highlight the inner corners of her eyes, which really draws the audiences’ eyes to hers. Lastly, to define her brows, I used the Dior Brow Styler in Universal Brown.
Then, I went in again with the Highlight Care Brush and applied it straight from the applicator onto her cheekbones. I also applied it on her cupid’s bow with my finger in a tapping motion to give her lips a poutier look.
Next, I used a big fluffy brush to apply the Orlane Bronzing Pressed Powder Soleil Cuivre 02 right underneath the cheekbones. I tapped it on and the blended it out very well. This bronzer is great because it’s matte but there is still a tiny hint of a glow so it doesn’t look dead on the skin. The contrast with the highlight on the cheekbones is gorgeous and really gives more dimension to the face. Then, I brushed the bronzer along the hairline to complete the overall warmth that we were going for.
Lastly, to keep her t-zone from getting too shiny throughout the night, I applied a light dusting of the Transparent Loose Powder.”
The Look: Sleek, Glossy Bob
Alex and Kate went for a sleek, tight look to show off her new bob haircut. Alex and Kate were originally going to create a ponytail, but decided they wanted to pick a modern hairstyle that flaunted her new cut along with her white J. Mendel gown.
Here’s how Alex created Kate’s look:
Starting with wet hair, apply a generous amount of Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Mega Firm Hold Gel throughout all of the hair and comb through evenly.
Then create a deep diagonal side part for added drama.
Using a Mason Pearson flat brush and a blowdryer on a medium setting, brush hair flat to the head and then follow with heat from the dryer.
Use the nozzle to amp up the shine and create an extremely smooth style.
Spray Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Extra Firm Hold Hairspray from the roots to the length to set your style
If the ends tend to flip out, use a flat iron to get them smooth and then finish the whole look with Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Extreme Smooth Combing Crème.
Now that there’s a chill in the air, I’m all about cuddling up in the blankets (and a little snuggling never hurt anyone). Looks like I’m not the only one with bedroom eyes this Fall – there are a slew of boudoir beauty products that are seriously bringing sexy back.
1. Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Mon Eau de Lingerie (~$80) – La Petite Robe Noire is a best-selling fragrance in France, so you know it has to be ooh-la-la good. Now these saucy beauty experts have launched Eau de Lingerie, a perfumed spray created for, well, your lingerie (or your little black dress)! It’s designed especially not to damage fine fabric – so spray your linens while you’re at it!
2. Soap & Glory Sit Tight ($38) – A “lower body” (ahem) firming serum that releases tightening ingredients to visually smooth skin and reduce puffiness when you sit down. It comes in an ergonomically designed massage roller – and how you apply it is none of my business!
3. Naked Princess Boudoir Candle ($58) – I’ve long been a fan of this exquisite lingerie brand and their small, but gorgeous, selection of beauty products. This candle is beautiful smelling, looking, and … feeling! The wax is actually made from natural butters and can be smoothed on for a skin conditioning massage.
4. Sarah Happ The Lip Scrub in Red Velvet ($24) – This cult classic has been a part of my bedtime routine for years, and this delectable special flavor is the perfect “dessert.” Scrub lips to smooth perfection and then apply your favorite balm, thus increasing your chances of cuddling up – and/or having gorgeous lips by morning.
Sweet (and sassy) dreams, my friends!
Makeup artist, Romy Soleimani takes us through the effortlessly gorgeous look that she created for Milly by Michelle Smith’s spring/summer 2014 runway show.
Tunes and movies have been devoted to special elixirs that lead to a simple formula making one irresistible to those around them, but I maintain that all you really need is the right summer fragrance. Here, some of my favorites for inspiring romantical conquests until Labor Day for good old fashioned olfactory allure.
Untold by Elizabeth Arden, $59 at macys.com
Celebrate your many facets with this scent created to capture the essence of “downtown New York cool.” Its notes include pink pepper, bergamot, pear, blackcurrant, gardenia, jasmine, patchouli, sandalwood, amber and musk. I’m partial to the beautifully faceted bottle, which is currently gracing my vanity amongst my perfume collection insanity.
Prada Candy L’eau, $88 at nordstrom.com
I’m a mega-fan of the original juice and this is the first time in fragrance history that a light, summer iteration of one of my cold-weather favorites has delighted me to the same degree as the original. Its sweetness (I like to think of it as a fruit-juice sweetened confection, rather than a saccharine-laced cloying perfume) is tempered by a base of rich woods and white musk.
Victoria by Victoria’s Secret, $68 at victoriassecret.com
Look, deny it all you’d like, but in very scientific studies conducted by me (AKA Facebook status update questions), more than half of the gentlemen surveyed said Victoria’s Secret scents are their favorites. More estival than festival, this sensual scent is fruity, sweet and sexy. With Behati Prinsloo as the face of the creme brulee- and red berries-infused fragrance, its inherent sultriness is bound to rub off on you.
LaVanilla The Healthy Rollerball in Vanilla Coconut, $19 at lavanilla.com
Rocking a beachy scent is a good way to lure your garden variety surfer guy all year long, but it’s an especially effective trick in the summer, babe. This rollerball is portable, pretty and emits that vaguely low maintenance yet slightly sensual coconuty “Is that suntan lotion?” scent.
Royal Apothic Holland Park Perfume, $16 at hsn.com
The cross-section of London and Los Angeles is a difficult scent/branding balance to strike, but Royal Apothic founder Sean O’Mara does it with aplomb–and with scintillatingly inspired packaging, I might add. Holland Park is one of Victoria Beckham’s go-to fragrances and for good reason. The blend of lemon, magnolia, peach, jasmine, orange blossom and lily of the valley really do conjure a verdant visit to the famed Kensington locale.
Which ones have you tried?
Spice up your lacquer life (and save time!) with textured nail polishes. I’m wearing Zoya’s Carter here.
Textured nail polishes are a quick and easy way to update your wardrobe of nail treats for tips and toes.
Unlike traditional nail polishes that dry to a slick, smooth finish, textured polishes dry to something rougher and bumpy.
It sounds a little weird, I know, but they can also look and feel very cool — like you dipped wet nails in a bowl of sugar.
1. You can skip the top coat
And they shave minutes off my manis and pedis because with textured polishes, you purposefully skip the top coat, since adding one would sort of defeat the purpose. In this case, we don’t want something that’s going to smooth the nail’s surface.
2. Spectacular wear time
I’ve noticed that when I wear a textured nail polish, it lasts forever!
Okay, not forever. But a long time — long like a glittery nail polish, which are famous for how they latch onto nails and won’t let go! Generally, textured polishes last longer and chip less than regular nail polishes, and that means being able to go longer between times when I paint my paws.
3. You can skip a base coat, too
With a textured polish, you can also ditch your base coat if you’re really pressed for time. Base coats can even out the ridges on the surface of your nails, but since there really aren’t any discernible ridges when I wear a textured polish, where the edges are purposefully rough and uneven, I’ll usually skip it (the base coat, that is).
This fall, textured polishes are getting lots of love, and quite a few lines have released them. If you’re unsure where to start, here are three of this year’s standout shades to try.
OPI Alcatraz…Rocks Liquid Sand Nail Polish ($9)
If you like edgy nail polish colors, try OPI’s Alcatraz…Rocks Liquid Sand Nail Polish ($9), a glittery black in OPI’s new San Francisco collection (Bay Area represent!).
Zoya’s PixieDust Polish in Carter ($9)
One coat of Zoya’s purple PixieDust Polish in Carter ($9) will leave you feeling like royalty.
Zoya Tomoko ($9)
Looking for something more subtle than that? Check out Zoya’s delicate golden Tomoko ($9).
What do you think of textured nail polishes? Do you think they’re here to stay or just a fad?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
It’s hot out there, yet in a complete disregard for my own well-being, I refuse to guzzle down water like I should. Thank heavens for
iced lattes the wealth of new water-centric skin and haircare products, otherwise I might shrivel away.
If you’re skeptical about paying good money for something that actually markets itself as water, I understand – but trust me when I tell you these formulas are not the sprayable Evians of that lady next to you on the plane. Refreshing and soothing, these are designed to let your skin and hair drink in moisture and nutrients with none of the greasy effects of traditional moisturizing products. It’s slimy enough out there in the summer!
Here are 5 great ways to explore this water world of beauty:
1. Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water ($39) – A best-seller for this cult Japanese brand, this soothing cleanser is made from mineral-rich hot spring water and essential herbs. It replenishes skin and eye area while removing makeup and dirt – so easy for the end of those draining summer days.
2. Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Water-Max Sleep Mask ($48) – This overnight treatment locks in skin’s own moisture while boosting with essential oils and hyaluronic acid (a cell plumper) – perfect for replenishing skin after those drying days in the sun and/or on the water.
3. Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Perfecting Water Moisture Mist ($38) – I’m a huge fan of starting the morning with a spritz of this as a moisturizing prep for makeup, in lieu of traditional moisturizer which I find encourages foundation to melt off.
4. Josie Maran Lavender Calming Mist ($24) – Whether you’re trying to survive life sans air conditioning or you’re loathe to layer on night cream in the summer, this natural mist is ideal for pre-bed moisturizing and helps lull you to sleep with aromatherapeutic lavender oil.
5. Yoshi Magic Water ($14) – This cult classic from hair stylist Yoshi is ideal for smoothing summer frizz without weighing hair down with silicones or oils. Instead, it hydrates with sage leaf and rosemary and adding shine with soybean extract.
The idea of aromatherapy intrigues me, especially when I’ve had weeks like this where everything seems to be out of whack and off track. But as interesting as ylang-ylang, lavendar, and citrus oils sound, I just don’t get how they work…how they make you look better…how they make you feel better…how they make you smell better…etc. I just didn’t get it. UNTIL NOW. I sat down with Cary Caster, clinical aromatherapist and creator of 21 Drops for a breakdown. She makes aromatherapy sound like a walk in the park. Literally.
Ayren: Why are stress points–wrists, temples, neck, etc.–called “stress” points?
Cary: These points are actually called “pulse points” since we can easily take our pulse by putting our fingers on these areas due to the large amount of blood flow close to the surface where there’s thin skin .
Ayren: *red faced* Oh, I knew that. So, why do we commonly apply aromatherapy oils there?
Cary: For these same reasons (thin skin and large volume of venous flow) the essential oils applied to these “pulse points” get absorbed more quickly into the bloodstream than applying to other locations on the body.
Ayren: Can I just put it on like perfume and go, or is there something special we should (or shouldn’t) be doing with aromatherapy oils?
Cary: The most effective way to get the most benefit of using essential oils is always to inhale them, where they send direct messages to our brains to effect change. Our olfactory sense has receptor sites for these fragrant molecules and they, in turn, begin a cascade of physiological processes due to their ability to pass the blood -brain barrier and get right to work on both the limbic system ( the seat of our emotions, memory and hormonal messaging system) and the autonomic nervous system (our fight or flight / stress response which effects heart rate, muscle tension, digestion). Thus inhaling is most direct to effect all the body systems. When you apply to the skin, essential oils get absorbed into the bloodstream and have to work their way through our system to be as effective and they are easily broken down by the body, so inhalation is best.
Ayren: Okay, so what kind of aromatherapy do you recommend for a day that looks like this: Nothing is going right—I’m out of bread for the kids’ lunches, everyone is late, I’m out of coffee, and there’s more traffic than usual on the beltway. Then, I turn on the news and it’s nothing but depressing stories. At night, I’m beat, but I can’t seem to fall asleep.
Cary: For days like this, I recommend the 21 Drops #11 DeStress blend. This synergy of 4 blends addresses all the Symptoms of the stress “fight or flight” response. German Chamomile is a good anti-spasmodic for the muscular angst that comes with stress, Frankincense quiets the mind chatter, Lavender settles the nervous system and Ylang Ylang settles the racing heart!
Ayren: What is your personal favorite aromatherapy scent or blend?
Cary: I tend to love the woody essential oils (Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Rosewood) because they help me feel grounded and remind me of being out in nature, which always soothes my emotional state.
Ayren: I’m going to stray a bit. You’re a fan of healthy eating and I’d rather eat french fries all day (but I want to do better). Do you have a simple recipe that you can share?
Cary: My favorite summer salad is easy… chopped cucumbers, fresh minced garlic, tad of apple cider vinegar, tad of greek yogurt, and lots of fresh chopped peppermint! It’s very healthy and refreshing.