Sunday, February 27, 2011

Versace Backstage Beauty

It was more slicked back hair at Versace, except instead for the chignon we've been seeing, Donatella Versace opted to have hair hang straight down the back. Makeup was extremely minimal, really allowing the entire focus of the collection to be on the clothes, and with such bold colors and prints it's no wonder Versace opted for the clothes to be the primary focus.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Gucci Hair and Beauty

We seem to be spotting a beauty trend starting at New York Fashion Week and carried right on through Fashion Week in Milan. Many designers this season are going for simple, sleek, pulled back hair. We saw this again at Gucci. With the exception of the feather accentuated ponytail, the look was the same. In Gucci's case this may have had something to do needing a hairstyle that worked with all the hats that went down the runway. Nevertheless, we're guessing that pulled back hair will be the next CHIC beauty trend.

Natalie Portman for Miss Dior Cherie

We LOVE! What do you think?

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Backstage Beauty at Giles

London Fashion Week is in wrapping up and we're on the hunt for the best beauty looks of the week. At the Giles show, makeup artists went for a bright red lip as the focus of the face, with little other makeup. Hair was slicked back in an elegant chignon. Tres chic indeed!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Best Backstage Hair at Fashion Week

We don't love Fashion Week simply for the clothes. The week of runway shows is also a great time to learn about new beauty trends. Here are our five favorite beauty looks from New York Fashion Week.

Vera Wang


Ivana Helsinki

Anna Sui

Vivienne Tam

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Fun, Full Eyelashes

Fun, Full Eyelashes

Tip: Exaggerated lashes like the ones pictured above are a great way to spice up a Halloween costume!

Sometimes it's fun to go a bit more glamorous. If you're looking to add some instant va va va voom to your look, try out a pair of false lashes. While we don't recommend falsies for everyday use, they can be great for a birthday, special event, or just a fun night out. You can also get this look at home. Applying false lashes isn't nearly as scary as it seems. To apply you'll need a set of lashes (which can be purchased at any beauty supply store), a toothpick, and lash glue.

1) First, decide what type of lashes you want. If you're going for something subtle, try shorter lashes. Remember, the longer the lashes the more dramatic the affect. If you want your lashes to look natural, don't get them too long.
2) Before putting on lashes, be sure to apply all eye makeup, including mascara.
3) Squeeze a small, very then line of glue all along the rim of your false lashes.
4) Bend lashes a few times into a horseshoe shape. This is a very important step. Otherwise the lashes could be too stiff and won't form to the shape of your natural lash.
5) Looking into a mirror, apply falsies above lashes as close to your lash line as possible.
6) If need be, adjust lashes with tweezers or a toothpick.
7) Don't be alarmed if you can see a bit of excess glue! The glue will dry clear and won't be visible.

There you have it! Beautiful, full lashes in no time at all. If you're still a little scared to apply yourself, practice a few times before the big event. You'll be a pro in no time!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Winter Beauty Pick Me Up

There's no need to be pale in the winter. Instead of going to harmful tanning beds we recommend Lancôme Flash Bronzer. It gives you a great, even glow, and is super moisturizing. Go to to shop.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Hair Trends: The Comeback of the Perm?

How many of us used to get perms back in the day? Don't worry, we won't judge you! Especially since, according to the New York Times, perms are making a come back, except this time they're called body waves and they're not as severe as the perms of the 80's. Think soft, pretty waves a la Kate Hudson, pictured above. Treatments can be pricey (averaging about $150 to $400 a session) but we have to admit, it's a great option for ladies with straight hair that want a little more volume and don't have time to curl their hair every day. So, what do you think? Would you get a perm, err, body wave?

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Fun Workout Hairstyles

Tired of wearing the same old ponytail when you work out? We know that looking cute perhaps isn't the most important thing when exercising, but it doesn't hurt to switch it up every now and then. If your hair is stuck in a work out rut try one of these hairstyles!

1) French Braids: Part hair down the middle and separate each side. Start braiding at the top of the head and work down, incorporating small sections of hair with each braid to create a french braid effect. Secure ends.

2) Wear a headband: Simple elastic headbands can be purchased at your local drugstore and look super cute. They're also functional, as they keep hair off of the face. They're especially great if you have bangs.

There you have it! Two easy, cute, and functional styles for your workout!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

CHIC Beauty Pick: Nars Funny Face

Looking for a fun alternative to red? We love Funny Face by Nars. This highly pigmented shade definitely makes a statement. It goes on sheer and semi-matte and once it's on doesn't need much touch up. The lipstick retails for $24 and is available at Nordstrom and Sephora stores.

How To: Wear Bangs

Thinking about getting bangs but worried about the upkeep? Bangs aren't quite as scary as they seem if you know how to style them.

1) When blow drying hair, make sure to blow dry bangs to the front. This will help them to fall correctly.
2) If you have frizzier hair, be sure to flat iron bangs once they're dry.
3) Most bangs look best with a slight curl. This can be achieved with a large barrel curling iron, or a flat iron.
4) Side swept bangs are very chic. If your bangs just aren't acting right, simply sweep them to the side!
5) If you're growing your bangs out and just don't want them on your face, try pinning them back in a bouffant. Very on trend!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Quick Tip for Shiny Hair

Want gorgeous shiny hair but don't have a lot of time? We've got a great, quick, simple tip for you! Once you've washed and completely dried your hair, turn your blow dryer setting on cool and give your hair a quick blast of cold air. It'll seal the cuticles in your hair for instant shine. If you air dry your hair, try running cold water through your locks after you condition. There you have it. A quick and simple tip for beautiful shiny hair. You can thank us later!