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ContestsName the Dress Contest #45!

When: This new unnamed and adorable dress needs to be named to be put online tomorrow evening!! (see above picture for this weeks’ dress)!

What: Monday through Tuesday by 5:00 PM PST enter your idea for a name for the dress presented! The winner will be announced tomorrow evening when the product goes up online!! 

Where: Enter to win (as many times as you’d like!!) on our blog by leaving a comment with your name idea below.

PrizeYour name on a dress on Lulus.com and a $50 Gift Card!!!

ArtCalling all Barbie Fans: Mattel Channels the Great Masters

Barbie is branching out. 
 
In addition to her pink pom-pom self, we’re seeing another side of this lady’s iconic face. At this year’s Toy Fair in February, Mattel unveiled three new dolls in honor of some of the world’s greatest paintings and their respective artists.
 
 
The three dolls include the Mona Lisa Barbie, the Klimt Barbie, and the Van Gogh Barbie. Their stylings are carefully mirrored after the famous works of art and are sure to be an incredible addition to your Barbie collection. Make sure you take a good look at their makeup and clothing, because it’s spot on. These are some of the most gorgeous dolls I’ve ever seen, and their unique expressions add a little more heart and soul to the usual Barbie face.
 
Mona Lisa Barbie
 
Painted by Leonard da Vinci between 1503-1507, this intriguing portrait is one of the most famous paintings of all time. It is carefully guarded in the Louvre in Paris.
 
 You can pre-order Miss Mona here.
 
Klimt Barbie
 
Art Nouveau painter Gustav Klimt finished this portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer in 1907. It is on display at the Neue Galerie in New York City.
 
Pre-order the Klimt doll here.
 
Van Gogh Barbie
 
Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night is one of the most widely recognized Impressionist paintings ever, completed in 1887 and now residing in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
 
 Pre-order Van Gogh doll here.
 
 Images and info from these sites:
 
 
Which one of these gorgeous gals will you be adding to your collection? (I want all three!)

BeautyGet Gorgeous with Michelle Phan

If you are interested in beauty and makeup and you haven’t heard of Michelle Phan, well, you can thank me later. This YouTube beauty guru has been long been considered the authority on internet makeup tutorials. With a fantastic range that includes both conceptual and everyday makeup, her videos are respected and referred to regularly in the beauty community. Michelle is the first female YouTuber to reach over a million subscribers, and her video views exceed 361 million! Michelle recently joined the Lancome team and is currently making videos using their fantastic products. 
 
 Being on YouTube almost more than Facebook and being obsessed with all things beauty and makeup, I have following Ms. Phan for quite some time. Let me walk you through a few of my favorite videos, shown below.
 
 
 Ahh, the Purple Disco Tutorial! Not only is this video fantastically edited and easy to follow, Michelle is one of those super talented artists who manages to make purple eyeshadow look somehow subtle and glam. This tutorial gives you step by step instructions on how to achieve a perfectly sparkly and sultry evening eye look. The main reason I love her syle is that Michelle always manages to make her makeup look effortless, regardless of the intensity of the colors. The look is never overdone and always celebrates her features.  
 
 
 Fast and fresh makeup in the morning is an instant confidence booster. Growing up pale and awkward, I quickly discovered that blush and mascara were my friend, and from that a love of cosmetics was born. It is all about enhancing your natural beauty and feeling great! Enjoy this tutorial shown above, which gives you fast tips on how to enhance your look in just 5 minutes! I love that Michelle always mentions the importance of defining your brows. Giving you an instant frame around your face, your eyebrows are one of the most important parts of your face. 
 
 
 Michelle definitely knows how to have some fun with makeup, as shown in the video above. Based on a look from Lady Gaga’s video, Bad Romance, Michelle shows us how to achieve the wide eyed look made famous by the pop sensation. One of several Lady Gaga inspired videos, this tutorial is my favorite for the fun computer generated effects at the end. Receiving over 20 million views, this video is a web classic and has been referenced many times.
 
 Make sure to check out Michelle’s channel. Her sweet demeanor and expert skills will make you an instant fan, trust me!

BeautyProm Hair How-To: The Updo

 
Prom is soon approaching, and now that you have your fabulous prom dress, you’re probably going to need an awesome hairstyle to go with it! While there are a multitude of possible ideas, I’ve decided to go ahead and do tutorials on the three basics:  up-do, down-do, and half-do. Today we will start with the up-do.
 
What You’ll Need:
 
Small Curling Iron (1″-1.5″ barrel is best)
Bobby Pins
Aerosal hair spray
Clear rubber band or band that matches your hair color.
Small flowers or gems or clips (optional)
 
Updos with lots of curls usually work best on hair that is at least a day old because the oil keeps the curls tighter longer. If you are like me and can’t handle dirty hair, try to wash your hair as early as possible before styling and comb texturizing spray through your hair before blowdrying or airdrying.
 
 How To Do It:

My gorgeous friend Julie graciously volunteered to be my hair model, and yes — it IS her natural color. So jealous! Take a look at the steps below!

 Step 1:  Separate your hair into sections and curl whole head. To get tight ringlets without kinky ends, place curling iron at middle of strand and twist curling iron away from head until entire strand is wrapped around the barrel. Mist strands lightly with hairspray after each curl is complete. (Another option is to curl hair ahead of time with curlers; if you go this route make sure to use small rollers to ensure tight curls.)

 
 

 


Step 2: Once entire head is curled, gather bottom half of hair into a ponytail. This can be a high or low pony, depending on what kind of updo you want. Leave the top half of your hair free by securing it with a claw or clip.
 

 
Step 3:  Gather a small section of hair from above ear and twist backwards towards ponytail. Pin in place above ponytail and leave ends hanging. Continue twisting and pinning the rest of the hair. Leave bangs loose if you want.
 

 
Step 4:  Once hair is all twisted and pinned, gather ends from ponytail and crown and pin onto head in a sort of ball. Make sure to cover elastic and bobby pins completely. For longer hair, you can pin some of the hair into “loops” on the head to keep it more secure. Feel free to leave some random pieces hanging out if you want a softer look. 
 

 
Once you’re done pinning, hairspray!! Try not to shellac it because you want a soft, touchable look, but you also don’t want it to fall out, either. 
 
Step 5 (Optional): Depending on what kind of look you’re going for, you can add small flowers or gems into curls. We decided to go for a more retro look and use a feather/flower clip, but you can use whatever you like.  You can also add a ribbon or headband at the front instead.
 

 
Step 6: Time to Model!  


 

 
Ta-Da! Add some bling and a killer style and you’ll be the belle of the ball!
 
Here are some other variations of the up-do you may want to try:
 
 
Alright girls, who is going to be trying this look for prom? Any favorite up-do styles of your own?