It may not feel like spring, but the season is here, so even if the weather isn’t bright and cheery doesn’t mean you can’t begin decking out your nails in all sorts of colorful shades to celebrate the transition from winter to warmer temperatures. Affordable nail brand Pure Ice has got your nails covered…literally, with its new Sparking Seas collection, feature 3 sparkling new shades to give you the perfect manicure. The new shades include Sea Glass (green), Mer-Magical (pink), and Sparking Seas (blue).
Pure Ice’s Sparkling Seas Collection is available exclusively at Walmart stores nationwide this spring, and retails for $1.99 each.
e.l.f. Cosmetics, well-known for their affordable makeup line of products that are priced for as little as just $1, recently launched a skin care line. Similar to the products in the color cosmetics line, the skin care collection features items at an affordable price point – the most expensive thing in the line is $12! The products are free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates and aim to deliver a health glow for all skin types.
The e.l.f. Skin Care Collection includes:
e.l.f. Daily Hydration Moisturizer ($8): Achieve a radiant, healthy complexion with this ultra-hydrating daily moisturizer infused with skin-nourishing Jojoba, Aloe, Vitamin E, and Cucumber. The ingredient blend works to soothe, hydrate and protect skin. With lightweight, water-based formula, this moisturizer provides gentle yet effective hydration for even the most sensitive skin, and vanishes into skin without leaving it greasy or shiny. The result is soft, smooth, moisturized skin.
e.l.f. Illuminating Eye Cream ($10): Open your eyes to a new, breakthrough brightening eye cream that hydrates and soothes the eye area while minimizing the appearance of puffiness and dark circles.
e.l.f. Soothing Serum ($12): This lightweight, silky, and hydrating serum helps skin retain moisture for a dewy, radiant glow. Infused with skin-nourishing Jojoba, Aloe, and Vitamin E. Use under moisturizer in the morning and evening after cleansing.
e.l.f. Nourishing Night Cream ($12): Enhance your beauty sleep with this hydrating night cream and wake up to glowing, healthy skin! Infused with skin nourishing Jojoba, Aloe, Vitamin E, and Cucumber to soothe and protect the delicate skin area. Use in the evening after cleansing.
You can scoop up one, or all of the products on www.elfcosmetics.com now.
For a long time, I had a fear of false lashes. My lashes are naturally quite long, but a set of falsies can make my entire look pop. Just check out this photo of me when I went to the Grammy and used falsies for my eye look. One of my best tricks to apply false eyelashes is to use tweezers to maneuver the lash strip quickly to the base of the lid. But, UBU, a beauty tool brand, has a clever little secret weapon, that helps you apply lashes like a pro called the Lash App. It has tiny tongs that easily help glide false lashes in place. Below are their frustration free tips on how you can apply your lashes like a pro:
Step 1: Start by prepping your natural lashes with the Boom Boom Blink, a five star curler that works for all eye shapes and gives an amazing amount of curl.
Step 2: Grab the lashes of your choice and size them according to your eye. We recommend keeping a pair of cosmetic scissors handy like the Snipz to trim away any excess.
Step 3: Next comes the secret weapon – the Lash App! Insert lashes between these tiny tongs with the lash line facing outward, add glue & simply apply to your eye.
These handy tools are available on Amazon.com.
Experts from Olivia Garden, makers of high quality styling tools, kept a close eye on the hair trends making the way down the runway at New York Fashion Week, and in their expert opinion, the major hair trend for Fall 2015 is effortlessly chic. From slicked back ponies to textured hints of wave, Fall 2015 is all about easy, no fuss styling for a natural, carefree look.
Here, the experts from the company share tips and products to achieve the most sought after looks from the runway.
To get that slightly disheveled texture with a bit of bend use the Olivia Garden FingerBrush. The fingers of the brush move independently from each other, unlike other brushes, to hug every part of the scalp creating a very natural “lived-in” result. Let hair air dry or blow dry with brush.
For a simple, yet sleek, ponytail start by using Olivia Garden Ceramic + Ion Pro Vent Paddle Brush with a blow dryer to dry hair flat to the scalp. Once hair is dry, use the tail of the Olivia Garden Style-Up Combo Folding Teasing Brush to create a part down the middle. Then use its mixed bristle brush to smooth hair down and place in pony at the base of the neck. Secure with hair elastic.
Undone Beauty as seen at BCBG and Michael Kors
Chic and easy with a bit of an edge, creating an undone ponytail or bun is all the rage for Fall 2015. Use the Olivia Garden Style-Up Combo Folding Teasing Brush on dry hair to create volume and pull back into a low pony or bun. Then using the tail end of the brush pull out pieces of hair to frame the face. You can go back and tease the loose pieces or bottom of ponytail for a more textured look.
For a sophisticated style with shine and bounce, start by drying hair with a large paddle brush like the Olivia Garden Ceramic + Ion Pro Vent Paddle Brush. Then use a curling iron on the ends of the hair to create a loose curl. Brush out the curls with the same paddle brush to create soft waves. Lastly, use a 100% boar brush, Olivia Garden Divine Care & Style, to smooth out the crown of the head and fly-aways around the face.
For the Opening Ceremony’s Fall/Winter 2015 Show at Cheim & Read in New York City, CND, the global leader in professional nail care, showcased three unique nail designs. The show was presented in a unique art gallery setting, which complemented the inspiration for the nail/fashion collaboration which was inspired by the early works of legendary film director Spike Jonze.
The fashion collection honored Jonze’s photography by highlighting 35-millimeter film through an interplay of collage formats and contact sheets on unconventional mediums. It also featured a select capsule collection honoring storied technology brand Kodak. CND completed the look with two linear nail designs featuring Kodak’s signature color palette and a third look paying homage to one of Jonze’s poignant photographs.
“We were completely captivated by Opening Ceremony’s creative vision for this collection,” said CND Co-founder and Style Director Jan Arnold. “Their colors and concepts tied in perfectly with CND’s Fall 2015 trend story, which celebrates an unexpected clash between gritty street elements and refined details for an intriguing combination of glamour and grunge.”
The nails presented at the Opening Ceremony captured the essence of the collection through a collaborative effort between the elite global artists of the CND Design Lab Team, Opening Ceremony and their design consultant, celebrity nail artist Naomi Yasuda.
The handmade works of art were created with vertical and horizontal striping techniques using VINYLUX® Weekly Polish in an array of heavily pigmented Kodak-inspired colors including red, yellow, blue and purple. A decoupage technique was implemented to lay Jonze’s impactful black and white photography on the nail. Intricate detailing provided the framework for the design, the third bespoke look for the collection.
“The nails that CND designed for us this season in collaboration with Naomi Yasuda were a seamless interpretation of our designs onto the models’ fingertips,” said Opening Ceremony Founder Humberto Leon. “We really wanted this collection to honor Spike’s photography and the technology behind it, and it was exciting to see the art come to life on the nails to complete the story.”
The nail looks created at The Blonds F/W 2015 show were nothing short of extraordinary. CND, the global leader in professional nail care, created 20 unique and theatrical nail designs for the show, which was held at MILK Studios in New York City. As always, CND pushed the boundaries of creativity with powerful visual displays of nail art that enhanced the over-the-top runway fashions. Inspired by dystopian elements of several iconic films, the clothing and nails featured a clash of distressed and refined elements.
“Our ongoing collaboration with The Blonds has become an integral part of CND’s fashion culture – it’s so exciting to get together each season and brainstorm concepts for our nail artistry,” said CND Co-founder and Style Director Jan Arnold. “The Blonds’ aesthetic for this collection correlated perfectly with our Fall 2015 trend story, which is all about the contrast between edgy, almost explosive, design elements and high-end finishes for an overall dark elegance.”
Artists from the CND Design Lab Team handcrafted the nails and their dramatic embellishments with CND® Liquid & Powder and BRISA® Gel. Then, layers of high-shine color were applied using CND® SHELLAC® brand 14+ day nail color and VINYLUX® Weekly Polish, using innovative techniques to create matte suede texture. Accented with gold chrome accessories, textural elements and layering created serious dimension, while couture camouflage in industrial tones were embellished with hand-crafted molten paillettes. The bold 3D designs, which took a total of over 900 combined hours to create, were pierced, draped, laced, torn and burnt, perfectly accessorizing The Blonds’ theatrical collection.
“Once again, Jan and the entire CND team totally blew us away with incredible nail designs to complete the collection. It was amazing to see it all come together on the runway,” said designer Phillipe Blond.
What’s Your #BeautySecret? CVS Beauty Club wants to know, so they are hosting a fun campaign throughout the month of February. Share your #BeautySecret on Twitter this month (tag @CVSBeautyClub) to pay forward your best-kept beauty tips or the secret products you love, and automatically be entered to win $50 CVS/pharmacy gift cards. Looking forward to seeing everyone’s beauty tips!
What type of soap is in your future? Head over to Fresh and find out! The beauty brand has launched a limited-edition Zodiac Oval Soap Collection in collaboration with astrologer-to-the-stars, Susan Miller. The brand, already known for its iconic oval soaps, has made available 12 individual soaps for each of the Zodiac signs, all of which were inspired by the field of astrology and the four elements. The soaps are hand-wrapped in artisanal paper and illustrated with the corresponding symbol of each sign. Additionally, each Zodiac Oval Sop features a sign-specific booklet filled with horoscope and beauty tips by Susan Miller.
The soaps are available for $15 each at Sephora at Fresh stores.
Konjac sponges are one of the hottest trends in skincare and lauded as one as the best ways to cleanse your face, so I decided to try one out so see what all the fuss is about. But, first a history lesson:
Konjac is a root-based vegetable that grows in warm climates in Asia, and can be used in cuisine or as a dietary supplement to cure a whole list of aliments from high cholesterol to weigh toss. It’s also super rich is vitamins, minerals and fiber.
The perennial root plant, mostly composed of starch, is used to make a super-soft sponge that acts as an all-natural exfoliater to remove impurities, and leave you with cleaner, smother skin. I tested ecotools Pure Complexion Facial Sponge – Deep Cleansing recently, which is handmade with 100% natural ingredients, including Konjac vegetable fiber and bamboo charcoal.
Initially, when I took the sponge out of the box it was rock-hard solid, and I could not imagine washing my face with it. But, after I rinsed the sponge in water, it quickly became soft and felt like nothing I have ever touched before. It was mushy, but solid and felt like a weird mind game considering the way it looked versus the sensation I was feeling in my hands.
I loaded the sponge with my face wash and watched as it absorbed the gel and formed a rich lather. Next, was the ultimate test – I had to wash my face with it. I lightly glided it across my face was pleasantly surprised at how smoothly it caressed my skin as it washed away my makeup and exfoliated. It even gently glided around my delicate eye area. I’ve been using the sponge a few times a week now, and really do like it.
It’s a great alternative for anyone who has sensitive skin, or is just looking for a light exfoliator. Right now, during the winter months, my skin is extra dray and I’ve been breaking out a lot, so this is a great option for me until the summer months return and I can bring my lovely Clarisonic.
The ecotools Pure Complexion Facial Sponge retails for just $5.99.
Let’s face it, most females start planning their weddings really young. While many dream about the perfect dress, shoes and even groom, I’ve only ever thought of the perfect makeup. That’s why I was excited to create a look inspired by a gorgeous wedding dress I found on Lover.ly, a wedding planning binder that lives in the cloud.
For this look I chose Modern Trousseau’s autum, a drop-dead strapless Italian duchess gown, that features French alenon lace, a fit-to-flare silhouette and sweetheart neckline. The gown is both daring and elegant, and the sultriness of it is refined with a delicate silk flower belt worn at the waist.
Because of the dress’ bold sexy style, I thought a soft, smokey eye would complement it perfectly. I used accents of silver and dark grey to create a whimsical, romantic eye look that adds some sparkle and nicely complements the light grey silk seen at the neckline and around the waist. The sparkles in the eye shadow are meant to jazz up the overall bridal makeup look, while a soft pink cheek color creates a natural blushing bride flush.
I topped off the look with a subdued lip color, so that the focus isn’t taken away from the dramatic eye makeup. Here are the products used:
POND’S Luminous Finish BB+ Cream, Medium
Revlon Colorstay, Sultry Smoke
Urban Decay, Moonsppon
Barer Minerals in Sterling Silver
Cynthia Rowley – Pencil Eyeliner
Maybelline New York Face Studio Master Hi-Light Blush, Pink Rose
Mary Kay Nourishine Plus Lip Gloss: Café Au Lai
See the products I used here and re-create your own makeup look.
To seem more gowns, visit Lover.ly.