Category: Beauty

BeautyManicure Monday: Straw Stamp Nails with Syl and Sam

Hey ladies, 
This Monday we’re going to share a really easy stamping technique with you that creates an abstract, colourful pattern. The only tool you’ll need is a drinking straw!

Here’s what we’re going for:

What you’ll need:
- a straw
- white base coat
- other complimentary colours (we used a purple, teal, lime green and hot pink)
- a quick dry top coat

Start with a light base colour on your nails. We used a pearly white but you can use any light colour that constrasts the other colours you’ll be using.

Take one of your contrast colours and drop some onto a scrap piece of paper or some foil. Take your straw and dip it into the nail polish

Then using your straw as a stamp, simply stamp it a few times on each nail. You may have to re-dip the straw every few times you stamp it.

Continue by doing the same with another colour. You don’t have to worry about it being imperfect or messy because it’s an abstract look we’re going for!

Repeat with three or four different colours!

And there you go– an adorably colourful manicure that doesn’t take much effort. It looks so intricate that a few people have been asking if they’re actually nail appliques! Try it out!

BeautyManicure Monday: Nautical Nails with Syl and Sam

Hey ladies, 
Summer fashion always means flirty little dress, denim cutoffs and flowy tops… but another trend that always screams summer is nautical fashion. The sailor inspired stripes and seaside inspirations are just so perfect for those warm months & we’ve decided to capture it in a cute manicure this week. We took the classic stripes and anchors and threw it together in a crisp red, white, and blue.

Here’s what we’re going for:

What you’ll need:
- blue base coat
- white striper
- red base coat
- quick dry top coat
- microbeads
- a toothpick

Start with a few coats of your base colour. We did blue nails with a red accent nail.

Then using your striper brush, apply thin horizontal stripes of white to your nails to get that cute sailor stripe look!

Do all of your nails with stripes but skip your accent nail

Apply a generous amount of top coat and then work quickly for the next step

Take your toothpick and just touch it to some clear polish. Then touch your toothpick to a single microbead to pick it up! You can read a bit more about microbeads in our studded nails tutorial.

Now that you’ve picked up a single microbead, you can touch it down onto your wet nail and it will stick right on! Work quickly and pick up beads one at a time and form a little anchor on your nail.

And there you have it! A cute manicure that has you ready for yachting… or maybe just a day on the docks :)

BeautyEye Brightening Tutorial

If your eyes ever need that extra perk, try this simple how-to. It’s perfect for any eye color, and lets you showcase the brighter side of your lipstick collection as well!

How to Brighten Eyes in 4 Easy Steps:

1. Start by applying Pixi Eye Bright Primer over entire lid, followed by a dab of neutral shimmer under the eye (we used the Pixi Eye Bright Kit No.2). Next we applied Milani Powder Eye Shadow in French Vanilla over the entire lid.

2. Line the upper lid with a white cream shadow or liner like Milani Shadow Eyez in Winter White, making sure you travel all the way to the inner corner of the eye. Start from the inner corner and line the under lid as well.

3. Just in the outer crease of the lid add a little depth with a neutral eye shadow like Urban Decay’s Toasted, and blend.

4. Highlight your brow with a white powdered eye shadow like Milani’s White Lie or Ka’oir Milky Way Light Beige Eye Shadow. Finish with a thin black cat-eye (upper lid only) and black mascara top and bottom!


BeautyTrend to Try: Fuchsia Lips!

Maybe you caught our trial of four fine orange hues last May? This time we’re playing it pink (and purple!) by testing out four fuchsia hues that will keep you rolling from morning to midnight!
1. Radiant Moisturizing Lipstick in Daphne: From the passionate company, Radiant, who works towards ending human trafficking, this light berry hue is deep enough to wear to work, but lively enough for a night out.
2. Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Crush: Creamy and by far the most opaque of the looks we tried, this color is the hot sauce of the group. Hot pink-gone-fuchsia lights up your lips for the ultimate finish-fetish.
3. Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Fuchsia Flash Matte: Bright and pure, this berry has plenty of color, with a matte finish.
4. Milani Haute Flash in Flashy: One of the newest products from Milani, this is actually a lip gloss with a fine glittery finish. Super sweet, pink and girly!

BeautyLooks We ♥: Matte Lip Color by the Lip Bar

When I find an amazing new beauty brand I have to share it with my LuLu*s lovelies, right? Well, buckle up, because my latest treasure is the wildly awesome lip color line by The Lip Bar, a hot young company that has a daring line-up ranging from sexy corals to bright blues, and even a mint green!
 
OK, so maybe cotton candy blue isn’t your norm, but how can you say no to a perfect matte pink or coral orange when it’s packed full of shea butter, avocado oil, coconut oil and vitamin E . . . plus it’s cruelty-free! With the party atmosphere here at LuLu*s we just had to try them all, and we have to say that Stardust is our studio’s new favorite.
 
The entire lip color line by The Lip Bar; something for everybody!