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Get the Look: The Easiest Knotted Updo Tutorial You’ll Ever Try

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This is my first ever non-celeb makeup or hair tutorial, but when I saw this look, I just couldn’t resist. I mean how fab is this updo? And when you combine fab with easy–I mean, I just had to share!

Created by and modeled on Latest-Hairstyles.com’s Melissa Cook, she shares: “The back portion can be changed up to accommodate any type of knot or wrapped bun. Just play around a little bit and see how it works out for you.”

Now don’t get bogged down because there are so many steps–it really is quite simple, it’s just very detailed, which makes it easy to follow along!

Step 1

Begin with a part on the right side, then separate off a square section of hair from the part down to eye level.

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Step 2

Pick up a small section of hair next to the part and divide it into two halves.

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Cross the back half over the front so it creates a small space between the two strands.

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Step 4

Wrap the tail through the hole created so the hair forms half a knot.

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Pull it tight so it lays against the head and pick up small sections of hair, adding them into each strand. [Ed’s note: like a French braid]

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Create a second knot by crossing the back strand over the front, then looping the end through the hole before pulling it tight again.

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Step 7

Repeat step 6, bringing in hair and tying it into knots

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Step 8

Continue tying knots until it reaches the end of the strands, then tie it off with a clear elastic band and pin it against the back of the head.

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Step 9

Pick up a two-inch section of hair at the center of the back of the head and wrap the strand around your fingers. Twist the fingers counter-clockwise so the hair forms a little knot.

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Step 10

Secure the knot in place with hair pins.

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Next, pick up another two-inch section of hair to the right of the first knot in step 9.

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Wrap this hair into another knot and pin it in place.

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Next, pick up a section of hair below the second knot and create a third knot, securing it against the head with hair pins.

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Then take a section of hair to the left of the first knot and wrap it into another knot, securing it with hair pins.

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Finally, pick up the last section of hair and create one last knot, securing it with pins.

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DONE!

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Totally fun, right? If you’re in a bigger hurry, you could even just do the top/side knots and just throw the bulk of your hair into a low bun to finish. There really are tons of variations, like Melissa said!

Be sure to let you know if you try it in the comments below.

 


Peace, Love and Cool Hairstyles,

Nobody Ever Loved Me Like She Does

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. However, as usual, all opinions are 100% my own. #L2LMom #CollectiveBias

Make Mother's Day Every Day

For most of us, our mothers are our first loves. As a mother of a young child, this fierce and all-encompassing love is a silver lining to the long nights and various tortures that our babies/children put us through. At least, at the end of the day, they adore us!

And even though Mother’s Day is over, I know personally, I find it extremely important to celebrate my mom and show her how much I appreciate her regularly. Between my normal work demands, plus my and my husband’s crazy travel schedules, and the fact that the smurf isn’t in preschool yet, I rely on my mom (otherwise known as Gram) a lot for smurf-care.

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A day without Gram=no pants and decorating the guest bed with every Post-It in the house. A day with Gram=fully clothed and constructive crafts.

And the thing about regularly showing my mom how much I love and appreciate her is, I don’t have to spend a ton of money to do so. I went to Walmart the other day and in the beauty section (where else would I be), Coty’s gorgeous new Love2Love Fragrances caught my eye. Not only are the fragrance bottles colorful and fun, they are super affordable (only $10 for a high quality, Coty fragrance!) and the promotional display also features a $0.50 Love2Love giftbag, which means you don’t have to wrap (Thanks Walmart for making life easy for those of us who always.forget.a.giftbag.).

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The new Bluebell + White Tea scent sounded really yum, but apparently everyone else thought so too, as it was totally sold out. But, since my mom’s favorite color is green, and the green fragrance was Jasmine + Sparkling Mimosa (you can’t go wrong with a mimosa!), I was quickly sold. The scent is invigorating and fruity, and the petal-shaped cap makes the bottle a perfect addition to any vanity (my mom is all about the presentation). The other super fun-sounding scent options were Fresh Rose + Peach and Freesia + Violet Petals.

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So what are you waiting for? Surprise the heck out of your mom by celebrating her the week after Mother’s Day! And the week after, and after…..And check out tons of fun DIY inspiration for making mom feel special from Love2Love here.

 


Peace, Love and Telling Mom You Love Her,

You’re a Soft Touch, Baby

Lancome Miracle Cushion

 

I get to try a lot of new products with my job, and a lot of them, I really like. But it’s not so often that one blows me away so much that I A) start using it exclusively (I am always hopping around from product to product) and B) immediately write a blog post about it.

But, both of those things have happened with Lancome’s new Miracle Cushion Liquid Cushion Foundation. This stuff is as amazing as all the hype that has been surrounding it!

So first up, what is it? Miracle Cushion Foundation is a liquid foundation that is dispensed via a cushiony sponge in a compact. The first perk here is you have a liquid foundation that is easily portable. Great for traveling!

But the application is what’s really amazing. It is super lightweight and feels like you are applying moisturizer. Trust me on this! I hate heavy makeup, and this feels like a dream on my skin. It feels more lightweight than BB Cream! It’s got a little bit of a cooling sensation to it, so it literally feels better on your skin than nothing at all.

It also does an amazing job of evening out imperfections, despite how lightweight it is, and it’s buildable, so if you need a bit more coverage in certain places, that’s easy to do.

Lancome Miracle Cushion Close-up

The other thing that really surprised me is how well the applicator works. The pad is made especially for applying this makeup, but I was completely skeptical, because I always use brushes, never the sponges that come with makeup. But, the applicator pad really does work perfectly, and I didn’t feel like I needed any other tools to get the look I desired.

The finish of the makeup is luminous/dewy, which left my skin looking gorgeous, but, since I’m pretty oily, I did set it with a finishing powder, to make sure I didn’t get super greasy by the end of the day.

Beyond how great it felt on my skin, the other thing that has really impressed me is the makeup’s staying power! I have several different makeup combos that I use depending on the day/where I’m going (BB Cream and finishing powder, bronzing cream and powder foundation, etc.) and after a number of hours, they all start looking blotchy, because of my oiliness. But this didn’t settle or build up in my forehead creases or start getting blotchy around my breakouts. A miracle, for sure!

Lancome Cushion Compact

Have you tried the new Miracle Cushion Foundation yet? Let me know what you think of it in the comments!

 


Peace, Love and Awesome Foundation,

Giveaway: These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

Emily Suggests Birthday Giveaway

In honor of my birthday this week, I have a most epic giveaway for you, my dear readers!

This giveaway is my personal dream come true, because it’s full of some of my favorite beauty products and brands.

The giveaway features:

Top Row:
1) Blowpro The Perfect Shower Cap
2) Benefit Bathina Take a Picture It Last Longer
3) The Drybar coaster/giftcard for one free blowout

Middle Row
4) The Original Beautyblender (giftset of two blenders and liquid blendercleanser)
5) Beautyblender micro-mini (set of two)
6) It Cosmetics Brow Powder Universal Eyebrow Pencil
7) Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Mask
8) Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask
9) Benefit Girl Meets Pearl

Bottom Row
10) Deborah Lippmann’s Spring Whisper Collection (including the shades Chantilly Lace, A Fine Romance, Like Dreamers Do and Misty Morning)
11) Mario Badescu Drying Cream
12) Clarisonic Mia in blue (plus charger)

I’m not even going to do a ‘this giveaway has a retail value of…’ because while it’s a lot, this isn’t about money, it’s about completely amazing products that are going to change your life! A free blowout? The best shower cap in the world (especially for big hair girls like me)? The best nail polishes, masks and face washing device on the market? Check, check, check and check!

So what are you waiting for? Here’s what you need to do:

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below, and for additional entries, follow me on my social channels (Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram). You get one entry for each follow, so that’s a possibility of four entries per person.

And then leave a comment below sharing your handle, so I can find your follows (and have your email to notify you if you win).

Winners will be chosen at random on Wednesday, May 13 at 10pm EST, and the winner will be notified via email.

*Please note: Only U.S. residents are eligible to win.*

Thank you to everyone who entered! The contest is now over, and the winner has been notified via email.

 


Peace, Love and Birthday Funsies,

Get the Look: Keri Russell’s Met Gala Makeup

"China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala - Arrivals There was a whole lot of gorgeous going on at last night’s Met Gala, and I’m not just talking about the fashion. The beauty looks were phenom! And Keri Russell’s was by far one of my favorites of the night (a pretty huge statement considering how many amazing looks there were!).

Makeup artist Tina Turnbow was the genius behind the look, and here’s how she created it, using Pacifica products:

“The feathers of Keri’s Joseph Altuzarra dress were reminiscent of a peacock, and I wanted to portray that in the beauty look.” –Tina Turnbow

 

 

 

 

First, Tina prepped Keri’s skin by massaging Colbert MD Illumino Face Oil into the skin to achieve a smooth, moisturized complexion. Then she applied Colbert MD Nourish Eye Cream to the orbital bone to build subtle luminosity along the cheekbone, and Colbert MD Illumino Body Oil on her arms, throat and décolletage to create a silky sheen.

Then she began to perfect Keri’s complexion with Pacifica Ultra CC Cream Radiant Foundation, followed by a dusting of Pacifica Perfect Lotus Universal Powder to set the look.

Next she mixed the Bronze and Island Rose shades from the Pacifica Radiant Shimmer Coconut Multiples palette and blended that onto the apples of the cheeks for a radiant glow.

Then, to create the eyes (yay!), Tina used the Pacifica Mystical Supernatural Eye Shadow Palette. First she applied the Celestial color (a beige) to the inner corners, followed by Moonbeam (a gray/violet) in the center of the lids, and then worked Stargazer (a navy blue) into the outer corners, blending it all well.

Then she mixed Starbazer with a touch of water to create a bold liner and smoked out the upper and lower lash lines.

She finished it off with two coats of Pacifica Aquarian Gaze Water Resistant Mascara.

Finally, she completed the look with Pacifica Devocean Natural Lipstick in Tenderness on the lips and polished her brows with Pacifica Stunning Brows Eye Brow Gel.

I think the biggest shock for me here is that no green eyeshadow was used, but she just blended blues, beiges and purples to get such a perfect emeraldy shade. The magic of makeup, people!

"China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala

 


Peace, Love and Met Gala How-Tos,

Since I Met You Baby, My Whole Life Has Changed…Pt. 3

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I try a lot (a LOT) of products from a lot of different brands, and while there are plenty that I like, and end up including in various articles and television segments, this blog series is reserved for the products that are the most personally life-changing for me. The ones that really knock my socks off.

And I’m super excited about the ones I’m sharing today!

 

 

 

 

 

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Aubrey Organics Clarifying Therapy Clay Mask

I have, and always have had, very oily skin, so I’m a big fan of clay masks to keep all that excess sebum under control. The problem is that most clay masks are so very drying–they often border on over-drying. Not so with this mask! It’s actually very creamy and doesn’t even harden on your face (none of that tight/cracking feeling most clay masks have) as you use it. But, it still does a great job of clarifying and mattifying your skin. It’s also great if you have combination skin, because it’s so balancing. So it will help control the oil, but also hydrate dry patches. I’ve never met a clay mask quite like this one before, and if you have ever thought clay masks were too drying for you skin, this is the one you should be using!

 

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Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield

There are so many things to love about this brand new product that I seriously don’t even know where to start. It is a silky gel-like formula, so it is an amazing primer underneath makeup that really helps foundation stay in place and keeps my oil-induced shine down. But, perhaps even more amazing is the fact that it is SPF 30 in it, and it’s completely non-greasy/sticky. You know how SPF is–the higher the protection, the worse it feels on your skin–but this is completely undetectable on your skin! I literally have not left my house without this on my face since I’ve gotten it. Even on no makeup days, I wear it just for the SPF protection. Plus, it has blurring and anti-aging factors to it. I’m beyond obsessed, and I can tell you right now that I’m officially a lifer with this stuff.

 

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Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Instant Soft-Focus Beauty Flash

Just because I don’t ever want the sun to touch my skin doesn’t mean I want to look like The Vampire Lestat’s twin! But, since I don’t have any resemblance of a tan, and never plan to again, I need a bit of fake color and glow. So enter Charlotte Tilbury’s amazing Wonderglow. I use this stuff all over my face before I put on powder or BB Cream, and it makes me look so much more alive! It wakes up the skin and actually reflects the light around you, so it gives you a natural-looking glow (but not shine–I’m not a fan of shiny skin, just healthy, radiant skin!). This is also a part of my daily makeup routine now.

 

So there you have it. The products that are changing my life right now! Let me know if you try one and if you love it as much as I do!

 


Peace, Love and Fabulous Products,

Get the Look: Scarlett Johansson’s Avengers European Premiere Makeup

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There is a lot of pretty red carpet makeup. And I talk about plenty of it. But I have to say, when I saw these photos of ScarJo yesterday, it literally took my breath away. She is the most beautiful thing, maybe, like ever.

So I started hounding the genius behind the look, makeup artist Frankie Boyd, who was busy being awesome in London, but managed to find time to send me the breakdown on this stunning look.

And, since Scarlett has a beauty contract with Dolce &Gabbana, all products are D&G.

Here’s what he said:

“Scarlett is an amazing beauty on the inside and out. I love working with her, because she’s very free spirited and always up for trying new looks. When we sat down to discuss the look for the premiere, Scarlett asked for something disco inspired to play off the colorful Balmain jumpsuit.”

“I started the eyes by giving the lashes a nice curl and lining the inside of the eye (tight-lining) on top and bottom with a very intense amount of Kohl Eye Pencil in black. I used the D&G Eye Shadow Quad in Smoky to highlight and sculpt the eyes in a dramatic effect (The lighter shimmery tan on the lids, the darker shimmery brown in and above the crease). Using an angled brush, I took the darkest shade (black, top left) under the lower lashes to reinforce the black eye liner and make sure no gaps or skin was showing through the lash line.

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Then, I applied a demi lash on the outer corners to accentuated her natural eye shape. I used Intenseyes Black Intensity Mascara heavy at the root and feathered it out at the tips using a clean mascara wand. Then, using a tiny angled brush, I literally painted the mascara on the lower lashes.

To finish the eyes, I used Perfect Mono Cream Eye Colour in Gold Dust to highlight the inner corner of the eyes to make them really pop.

I used The Illuminator in Shimmer on her temples down to the top of her cheeks, bridge of the nose, cupids bow and top of the chin to emphasize Scarlett’s natural glow.

On the lips, I used the new Dolce Matte Lipstick in Fire (605), and, using a lip brush, I carefully defined Scarlett’s natural lip line.”

I mean. Swoon, swoon, and swoon some more!

 


Peace, Love and Gorgeous Makeup,

Get the Look: Kate Bosworth’s Coachella Part Braid

Well, the unthinkable has happened. I’m writing a non-sarcastic post about Coachella style! Of course, leave it to Kate Bosworth to wear hair so cool to the festival that I actually have to share a tutorial on it.

Here’s the super fab way Kate wore her hair yesterday. Totally realistic and wearable for adult human beings in the real world!

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The hair genius behind the look is hairstylist Bridget Brager, and here’s how she executed the simple but oh-so-cool look:

“Starting on second day dry hair, take a small section (no larger than the width of the tip of your ring finger) of hair where you would normally have a center part. This section should end at the crown of your head, just before your head starts to curve.

Once this section is created, begin to make a cornrow braid towards your forehead. Finish the braid where your hairline stops on your forehead and make two sections by splitting the third strand of the braid. To secure the braid, use a small bobby pin. Push the pin up the middle of the braid as flat to the head as possible. Split the lengths of the hair around the face to create framing.

Next, sprinkle Kevin.Murphy Powder.Puff to lengths of hair for added texture. Then gather hair starting from the top of the ears back in to a half up half down knot. Secure with a clear elastic band. Let any pieces around the face fall down to tuck behind the ears.

Finish the look using Bumble and bumble Does It All Styling Spray.”

I’m seriously obsessed with that braid, and it really doesn’t sound that hard to do! Let me know when you try it out! I’ll be doing it SOON!

 


Peace, Love and Cool Braids,

Uptown, Funk You Up

HalfTopKnots In case you haven’t figured it out yet, the half topknot is the style of the Spring/Summer. At first, this look popped up on one or two celebs and models, but it has taken off like wildfire, and is all over fashion catalogs, Pinterest and trendy girls’ heads now.

I mean, it’s not like people haven’t been throwing their hair up like this for ages! But, as trends go, now it’s officially an ‘It’ hairstyle!

Created by simply putting the top section of your hair on top of your head in a knot rather than all your hair, like a topknot, the look works with any type or length of hair. Different hair just = different knot!

And whenever I hear ‘easy and trendy’, I’m always on board!

Check out some super inspiration below:

 

Super messy, ombré variation via Pinterest

Super messy, ombré variation via Pinterest

 

Big and messy, via CaraLoren.com

Big and messy, via CaraLoren.com

 

Shorter hair, smaller knot, via NastyGal

Shorter hair, smaller knot, via NastyGal

 

Some teasing can get a bigger, messier knot on shorter hair, via Pinterest

Some teasing can get a bigger, messier knot on shorter hair, via Pinterest

 

A less messy version, via rougeimaginaire

A less messy version, via rougeimaginaire

 

A more polished version, via Pinterest

A more polished version, via Pinterest

 

Sitting on the very top, via Pinterest

Sitting on the very top, via Pinterest

 

Long and sleek, via Pinterest

Long and sleek, via Pinterest

 

Are you into spring’s trendiest ‘new’ ‘do?

 


Peace, Love and Hair Trends,

Put Your Sneakers On, We’re Going Dancing All Night Long

dabcffb7625eb265cc8249e7a6906c09 My style in general is pretty feminine, which means there are certain styles that I’ve never incorporated into my wardrobe. But, for some reason, I’m finding myself extremely inspired by those very styles this Spring, which means I’m planning for some major ‘outside my comfort zone’ dressing as the weather gets warmer!

First up, kicks! Well, traditional sneakers and sneaker-style shoes, as well as Birkenstocks, slides, and pretty much anything else that isn’t dainty. The only time I have a pair of sneakers on is if I’m doing something outdoorsy with my family. They are definitely never a part of my daily stylings. But, by adding florals, metallics and some fun embellishments, I think they are just feminine enough that I can pull them off!

 

 

 

Spring Shoes

 

1. kate spade new york sidney leather sneakers in Lucky Green | 2. Steve Madden Ecentrcq sneaker in Gold Faux Leather | 3. Sam & Libby Ashland Studded Sandal in Silver | 4. Aldo Kosmo Sneakers in Blue Misc. | 5. New Balance 574 Textile Turquoise | 6. H&M Canvas Sneakers | 7. Aldo Haerani Sneakers in Metallic Miscellaneous | 8. Superga 2750 Bahama Tropical Print Sneakers | 9. Madden Girl Brando White Multi Floral Print Slide Sandals

(top photo via Pinterest)

 

Peace, Love and Spring Shoes,