Category: Hair

BeautyLuLu*s How-To: The Knotted Side Pony

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When it comes to Rush, first impressions are everything. For hair, we recommend keeping it classic. Although the goal is to stand out, going over the top is a definite don’t. We turned to our hair gurus in the studio for assistance, and they came up with the perfect collegiate coif!  Rush can be chaotic, so having your hair tucked away is key. The knotted side pony is easy, neat and totally schoolgirl chic. Follow the steps below and you’ll be going Greek in no time!

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Step-by-step:

1. Separate the hair into two sections. Pull the back section towards the front and hold down.
2. Loop the front section around the back and pull the hair into a simple knot.
3. Double knot the braid and pull tight.
4. Secure with an elastic hair tie and pull it under the knot to conceal.
5. Use a bobby pin to secure the hair into place.
6. Use a comb to settle the pony and voila!

XOXO

 

BeautyLuLu*s How-To: Hair Bow

We’re back with yet another amazing tutorial from the hair guru’s in the studio! The hair-bow has blown up ever since Gaga stepped out on the scene in a platinum version on the top of her head. While it was definitely a paparazzi-stopper, the LuLu*s version is a little more modest with a half-up, half-down style and a neatly tucked bow.

Step-by-step:

1. Pull hair into half-up, half-down section
2. Band hair as if creating a ponytail, pull hair through until a loop is made
3. Part loop and secure with pins
4. Take bottom section of hair loop and wrap around multiple times to create bow “knot” and secure with pins
5.  Use pins to widen loops on each side to create the “bow” look
How will you rock this bow-tiful hairstyle?
xoxo
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BeautyNYFW Fall 2013 Beauty Trends

NYFW isn’t over yet but I’ve already picked out some of my favorite beauty trends from the runways. Which trend are you currently coveting? Share it with us below in the comments!

Big Hair Don’t Care: Voluminous locks were all over the place from Kate Spade to DVF, and of course Marc Jacobs brought the trend to a new level with teased curls and a major pouf.

Statement Eyes: Eyeliner is usually a NYFW fave but eyes were taken to a new level with dark wings at Monique Lhuillier, Edie Sedgwick inspired eyes at Rag & Bone and a luscious lavender pop at Jason Wu.

Pink Punchy Pout: Shades of pink and magenta were spotted all over the runways and made all of us swoon for a hot pink lip.

Nailed It: Nude and neutral nails were a major hit for many designers but Prabal Gurung chose a skinny triangle in the midst of olive hued nails for his show and Kate Spade went edgy with almond shaped nails and an accent stud to boot!

(images courtesy of WWD.com, EOnline.com, Celebuzz.com, HarpersBazaar.com, StyleCaster.com)

DIYDIY: Pastel Hair with Nymphette!

Pastel hair has been all the rage lately but have you ever wondered how to get luscious cotton candy colored locks on your own?  The thing about pastel hair dye is it really doesn’t exist but with a couple easy steps you are on your way to the perfect hue of lilac or pale blue.

Decide what pastel shade or shades you want your hair to be. This is important because you need to purchase your color and more importantly prep your hair for coloring. Your hair will need to be a very pale yellow to almost white depending on what shade you want to go. Keep in mind the yellow in your hair will peak through since pastels are so pale. Certain colors won’t be affected by the yellow tones in your hair as much as others. For example, I have gone a pale pink while a pale yellow with no issues but if I wanted to go a pale blue it would turn a green tone.  Most of us will have to bleach and tone our hair in order to get the ideal shade to ensure the perfect pastel tresses. This will also work on high quality human hair blonde extensions.  

Mix your color. You are going to need conditioner, which is going to dilute your dye. Make sure the dye you purchase is a semi-permanent formula which most unnatural color dyes are. They are usually vegetable based dyes and can be diluted with regular hair conditioner. I am using Special Effects Sonic Green. Keep in mind that although these dyes are semi-permanent, they may stain your hair.  

The conditioner you use doesn’t really matter but I do like to make sure it is white. It helps you gauge the color a lot easier than a colored conditioner. I also like to start with a generous amount of conditioner and add dye to it instead of the other way around. I feel I have more control of the color this way. You want to mix more color than you think you’ll need to avoid running out of color and remixing more color which might not match exactly.  
Start by adding a little bit of dye to your conditioner and mix it thoroughly with a tint brush. You can pick this up very easily at Sally’s Beauty Supply or any other beauty supply.  

You want to keep adding until you get to about 1 or 2 shades darker than your desired shade. I went about 3 shades darker because I have some yellow tones that need to be covered up.  

Apply haircolor. Start applying your color to your hair. I like using my bare hands because the dye is so diluted now that it won’t stain my hands. I really like to get in there and massage the color into the hair.  Apply liberally until your hair is saturated. I put on a disposable shower cap that I purchase for really cheap at the beauty supply to keep my hair out of the way while I wait for the color to process. The beautiful thing about using a vegetable dye is that it isn’t damaging and there is no maximum amount of time that you can leave it in your hair.  In fact, I say the longer the better especially with the conditioner. I have found the longer I’ve let my color stay on, the longer it lasts. I keep the dye in my hair for as long as I have time for (or can tolerate) but I try to aim for at least 2 hours.  

Wash haircolor out. I always wash my hair with cold water when my hair is an unnatural color. This prevents excess bleeding. I find pastels bleed way less than full strength bright colors so washing with cold water isn’t as important here but it’s up to you.  I don’t usually shampoo after washing out the color. I like to give the color a couple days to penetrate my hair.  
And here’s how my hair turned out!      


I love contrasting my pastel hair with something bright or neon just like I do with my clothing.  Sometimes it’s a bright lipstick and other times it’s a neon statement shoe or blazer. Here I am wearing the Notchy or Nice Chartreuse Blazer from Lulu’s.


I love the pastel hair trend and I hope you guys will rock this look now too!
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BeautyBlogger Picks: Drug Store Beauty

“My favorite drug store buy is Garnier Surf Hair. Even though I no longer live anywhere near the ocean, I can still get that wave-toussled look. I’ll run a small amount through damp hair, throw it up in a messy bun for my drive to work, and by the time I arrive, my hair looks like I just stepped off the beach!”

“I’ve become obsessed with Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector B.B. Cream . It’s about 13 bucks. I love it because I don’t like to (read: don’t have the time to) wear heavy foundation during the work week. This is as simple to put on as moisturizer and it gives you that “my skin naturally looks this way” glow. Bonus: It has SPF in it so I’m also protecting my skin!”
“My favorite drugstore beauty buys are definitely the Revlon lipsticks. They go on so well and they have a great selection of colors. I love the Orange Flip for summer :)”

Psssst brand Dry Shampoo! I swear by this stuff. Having red hair means I either sacrifice the brightness to wash it every other day, or using products like dry shampoo to help keep it clean, full of volume, and best of all — red! It also comes in really handy for summer days, travelings, and road trips. I always keep a can in my car.”

“My favorite drugstore item is the Revlon Just Bitten lipstains. They are awesome! Last all day and are not heavy like a lipsticks. I have like every color! The perfect way to get color on your lips for girls who hate to wear lipstick (like me!)”
What are your favorite drugstore beauty buys?