Category Archives: beauty

Braids aren’t just for little girls anymore!

If you have wavy/curly hair like me, the approach of summer means one thing: frizz. At least once a summer I consider chopping off all my hair to escape the heat and the frizzy mess it becomes when exposed to humidity. There are ways to fight frizz (Allure has nine handy tips), but some days you just want that hair off your neck, out of your face, and off your mind. The hot way to handle that hair this summer? Braids. Check out this season’s looks after the jump. Continue reading

Quickie: Here Comes the Sun

Sun protection is important year-round, but once the weather warms up we all spend more time outside. Gone are the days when brown, tanned skin was in style – the new tans are fake and sometimes unfortunately orange. But whether you choose to fake bake or embrace the pale, you need to protect your skin from sun damage!

Most facial moisturizers and some foundations contain a sunscreen now. But the sunscreen in that facial moisturizer and foundation may not be enough and the rest of your body needs protection too.

Confession: I don’t wear sunscreen every day. I use a facial moisturizer with SPF, but I don’t apply sunscreen anywhere else unless I’m planning to be outside all day. And with my fair Irish skin I really should. The truth is, almost everyone is making mistakes with our sun protection.

Allure Magazine explains the nine biggest sun-protection mistakes most of us make every day. Did you know that your face should get about a nickel-sized amount of sunscreen every day? And that your scalp still needs protecting? And that certain medications can increase your sun sensitivity? I didn’t either until I read this!

Quickie: Keep a Style File

A while back I was lucky enough to attend a fashion show hosted by Liz Claiborne’s Creative Director and my personal idol, Tim Gunn. Those attending the event were given a free gift – a black accordion folder made of heavy, coated board labeled a “style file.” The idea is that when you see a look you like in a magazine, or something you like in a catalog, you tear out the page and drop it in your style file. That way you don’t wind up buried under old magazines you’re keeping just for one article, and you can easily access all the ideas and inspirations you’ve kept when you want to update your look.

Any accordion folder will do for your own style file. Or even a binder with internal folders – anything that will allow you to keep things neatly organized. I have mine separated into these categories: fashion, beauty, social, accessories, hair, miscellaneous. I keep pictures of outfits I like, advertisements for products I want to try, makeup tutorials, trend reports, and anything else that catches my eye. That way when I want to refer back to something I have it easily at hand.

Two Quickies for the Price of One!

I’m updating a little slow this week. The truth is most of my brain power is going to mulling over the series finale of Lost. (Even fashionistas can be huge nerds.) But don’t forget me! I’m still working on keeping you up to date with fashion and beauty fun and news!

For today, here’s a couple of quick shots for you:

Allure Magazine has published its 2010 Readers’ Choice Awards. Every year the magazine surveys readers for their favorite drugstore and designer products and compiles a list of the best. So if you want to know what works for real people instead of what beauty editors want you to buy, this is the list for you.

ModCloth is a popular site for shoppers who want a unique look with vintage flair. Their prices can be a bit high, so I usually stick to checking out what’s on sale. I got a great pair of black and white tweed t-strap heels there that get compliments every time I wear them! I haven’t tried their clothes, but their accessories and shoes are adorable and you can get some great deals when they have a sale.

Quickie: Spring’s Hot Makeup Shades

Allure Magazine has a rundown of the 6 best makeup shades for spring.

Probably the least shocking news is that red lips are in. (Is this news anymore? Are red lips ever out?) Also big for spring: khaki green eye shadow, metallic purple eye shadow and liner, and flushed pink cheeks and lips. Not necessarily all at the same time.

What I love about makeup is that it’s a quick, fun, and commitment-free way to give your look a little punch. You can freshen your face by switching your normal neutral eyeliner for a purple without having to embrace Lady Gaga’s Poker Face. The nice thing about Allure’s list is that the six shades their featuring can be made to work on just about any skin tone or face. There’s nothing on their list that’s so crazy you can’t give it a try.

Quickie: Cover Girl’s color match

Looking to shave some costs off your makeup budget? Check out Cover Girl’s website where you can compare your favorite designer shades to the CG product line and look for a match.

The selection is a little limited – for instance, the only Nars products you can match are lip glosses. But every penny counts when you’re on a budget. If you can get a $7 Cover Girl gloss instead of a $24 Nars gloss, why not? With the difference you can get a Liberty of London dress on sale at Target!

Quickie: The Beauty Brains

The Beauty Brains is a blog written by a group of cosmetic chemists who let you behind the curtain of the beauty industry to reveal what really works (and why) and what’s a load of bunk. Their website has a forum where readers can exchange ideas and ask questions, and they update daily with posts that can help you shop smarter when choosing beauty products.

Yesterday’s feature on TBB: Seven ways you waste money buying beauty products.