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Heart Shaped Fishtail Bun Tutorial

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Fun hair news alert! Michael Dueñas, celeb hair expert and founder of Hair Room Service, launched his own YouTube Series today. After high demand from Michael’s Instagram fans requesting to learn how he creates styles for celebs like Shailene Woodley, Cara Delevingne, Lea Michele, and Mariah Carey, he brings his talent in front of the camera.

The series will feature weekly hair tutorials of the latest red carpet trends, kicking off with the popular look he created on Gotham‘s Erin Richards – the Heart Shaped Fishtail Bun. The style itself is adorable and Michael displays how to effortlessly whip up this unique style so quickly in this video! Read on for step-by-step instructions and take a peek at the video to see his work in action.

Heart Shaped Fishtail Bun instructions:
  • Start with smooth dry hair.
  • Secure the hair into a low tight ponytail.  Texture can be pulled into the top and sides later.
  • Create a fishtail braid (refer to fishtail braid tutorial in my video) and secure the end of the braid with a small elastic.
  • Spray the braid with R+Co Outer Space Flexible Hold hairspray, to smooth flyaway and add longevity to the style.
  • Fold the base of the braid up against the head, securing with a 3 inch hair pin just above the elastic of your ponytail.
  • Spread the top part of the braid out for width and to emphasize the heart shape, making sure to keep the end of the braid small.
  • Fold the braid flat against the head, tucking the ends under themselves to hide them. 
  • Pin to the head so it is flat as possible, and shape as desired.

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Prep Your Makeup Bag for Fall with Stila’s Fall Collection: Modern Goddess

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I am SO ready for my favorite season to arrive. Fall is officially on its way and that means the Fall makeup collections are too! I am obsessing over Stila’s new collection – Modern Goddess. See below for the breakdown of these new Modern Goddess goodies!

HUGE Extreme Lash Mascara

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We all know how much I love mascara! This is my fav of the entire collection. With just one coat of Stila’s HUGE Extreme Lash Mascara, you instantly get major volume, length, curl, lift and intense black color. Go as bold as you want! Even with multiple coats, this flexible, buildable formula leaves lashes soft with no clumps, flakes, or fall out.

Got Inked Cushion Eye Liner

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Bold eye liner looks, from tight lines to cat eyes, have never been so easy to achieve! Stila’s Got Inked Cushion Eye Liner is a lightweight, yet richly pigmented liquid eye liner dispensed through a unique cushion soaked in color. A full range of six dazzling colors – from flat to metallic finishes – can be expertly applied with the custom designed La Quill Precision Eye Liner Brush that dips into the sponge like a calligraphy pen and draws across the lid in a slow, smooth, fluid motion. From day-into-night, the long-wearing formula stays put, keeping eyes looking effortlessly chic.

La Quill Precision Eye Liner Brush

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La Quill Precision Eye Liner Brush is a modern take on a traditional, feathered calligraphy pen. Custom-designed for our Got Inked Cushion Eye Liner, it delivers perfect product pickup and precise placement. The click on cap makes it ideal for the Stila girl-on-the-go!

Lash Stunner Extreme Lash Primer

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This innovative lash primer works like magic to deliver incredibly full, lush lashes when paired with your favorite mascara. The secret is not one, but two different kinds of fibers built into the creamy, easy-to-apply formula. Spherical and straight fibers work simultaneously to deliver a faux-looking, extreme lash look while a proprietary blend of soft waxes and thickening agents ensure lashes stay flexible and perfectly sculpted. The formulas neutral brown shade mimics your natural lash color so perfect coverage is guaranteed, application is a cinch and your favorite Stila mascara will look better than ever.

Perfectly Poreless Putty Perfector

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Perfect your skin with natural, matte, undetectable coverage that looks like skin, not makeup. Bouncy to the touch, its unique moldable texture minimizes the appearance of pores and offers moisturizing properties. Perfectly Poreless Putty Perfector conceals skin tone imperfections, leaving the skin looking air-brushed to perfection. Complete with a sponge, it’s also the perfect mattifying touchup on-the-go.

Wonder Brush for Face & Body

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Introducing the brush of many wonders! This ultra-soft, custom shaped brush is perfect for sculpting, buffing and blending all of your favorite powders, liquids and creams seamlessly. Featuring ultra-soft yet dense, high-grade synthetic bristles, the unique brush is the ultimate tool to have on-hand in your makeup bag or drawer.

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Pretty Little Liars Hairstyles: Beauty Secrets from the Liars’ Head Stylist

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Spoiler alert! No, I am not going to spill who A is (go watch the finale if you haven’t already!), but I did get the scoop on the best hair secrets from Pretty Little Liars hair department head, Kim M. Ferry. To celebrate Tuesday’s bomb-dropping finale, Kim shared her styling secrets with hair tips from season 6.

“At this point in our season, my hair department’s ‘top hair moment’ is definitely the prom episode titled ‘Last Dance,’” she said. “We designed some great hairstyles, built, cut and added human hair extensions and intricate braids.  I hired a jewelry designer, Mary Anne Brown. She made me some beautiful custom hair accessories – all handmade for one special PLL.”

Kim also shared some length specific tips on styling short cuts like Aria and Hannah: “Their shorter, textured hair lengths look so good on both of them. As for styling now, I still use a good setting spray, before I curl them like White Sands Liquid Texture Medium Hold Thermal Styling Spray. It can be used wet or dry. I usually spray each section I am going to curl. I like the softness of our “beach wave” looks, and have loosened them even more on Hanna and Aria in Season 6. We have more youthful looks in the first 10 episodes of our show created by letting hair hang around their faces and drift onto their shoulders. By using a 1 inch wide hot curling iron, I wrap 1 inch hair sections vertically around the barrel, hold for 4-5 seconds and then gently pull down on the curl and let the hair fall into place to cool as it hangs. This angle helps to give the effect that they walked out of the ocean and let their hair dry in the sun. I don’t usually use hairspray on either of them, but I do add my preferred oil to their ends daily: White Sands Orchids Oil. Put a little on your fingertips and lightly add it to dry, tired ends and watch it smooth hair immediately.”

For the longer haired ladies like Spencer and Emily, Kim details the best techniques for their loose waves: ”The technique is really very close to that for the shorter hair I described above.  To create larger waves, simply switch to a larger iron. I think a 1 inch hot iron works great with longer beach waves as well. Still use a good setting spray, and curl vertically instead of horizontally and be sure to pull the wave out as it cools.”

Excellent advice from an excellent stylist! I drool over the girls’ hair every week and I love how they weave their personalities into their style - from wardrobe to makeup and hair, too. I’m interested to see where the Liars’ style evolution takes them on the show in the next season! Until then, we’ll always have these prom memories. Happy styling, PLLers!

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The New Urban Decay #NakedSmoky Palette is Everything You Need in Life

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The key to nailing the most sought-after and elusive eye look ever? Urban Decay’s new Naked Smoky Palette — loaded with ALL the essentials for the perfect smoky eye.

I am thrilled to be one of the lucky few who got to preview the much anticipated Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette before it launches in stores. As expected, like its predecessors, it’s awesome. Urban Decay packed their newest Naked palette with a dozen sultry, smoky neutrals — nine never-before-seen shades and three exclusives. These beauties will take you from subtle smoky neutrals in the daytime to full-on clubbed-out shimmer smoky for your next night out.

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Experiment with warm bronzes, dimensional grays, rich browns, gorgeous taupes and deep black. From mattes to satins to shades with sparkle, Naked Smoky has it all and it includes everything you need in one palette: a true range of shades, the perfect brushes, even detailed tutorials!

I know this is a bold statement, but I think this might be my favorite of the Naked palettes. (I still love you though, Naked3!) I’m obsessed with its versatility and I know you will be too. Peek the video below for a closer look:

So, what do you think? Pick up your own Naked Smoky palette to perfect your smoky-eye looks and let me know how much you love it!

[Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Urban Decay via Conde Nast, but all opinions are my own.]

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Make a Splash this Summer with Stila

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Happy first day of summer, beauties! Of all of the summer 2015 collections I’ve been testing recently, Stila’s Sun, Sea & Splash Collection is one of my absolute favs. From the cooling primer to the liquid lippies that just won’t budge, Stilla’s summer offerings provide everything you need to keep your face looking flawless out in the summer sun.

Aqua Glow Perfecting Primer

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This cooling primer stick delivers a refreshing sensation on the skin while delivering immediate pore-reduction, skin-smoothing, and hydrating benefits. Its minty green tint will also battle redness if you get a little too flushed in the summer sun. Skin is left silky, poreless and even-toned, creating the perfect canvas for your makeup. It’s a great pick-me-up to apply even on days you don’t want a full face of makeup, too!

Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush

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This weightless, water-based blush, in an exclusive netted pot delivery system, providing a sheer splash of color to the cheeks with a rejuvenating cooling effect. Its luminous finish adds a healthy-looking, fresh glow to the skin. It provides the perfect pop of pink (or peach!) to your cheeks for a fresh look.

Aqua Glow Perfecting Bronzer

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This lightweight, water-based, lipid-replenishing bronzer provides a sheer veil of sun-kissed color that perfectly pairs with your skin tone. Skin is instantly awakened, softened, brightened and smoothed with a non-sticky, comforting and cooling gel texture.

Stay All Day Bronzer For Face & Body

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The perfect complement to all skin tones, Stay All Day Bronzer is a lightweight, matte-satin powder that is ideal for accenting the face and body to perfection. Features are sculpted and shaped with long-wearing pigments that blend effortlessly for a natural-looking result. The sun-kissed, bronze hue adds a touch of sun for a healthy glow all year round.

Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick

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In my book, the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick is the star of the collection. It delivers intense moisture and long-lasting color that stays in place for up to 6 hours of continuous wear. Stila offers five bold new shades for summers, inspired by the colors of the sunset: Rosa, Como, Bella, Venezia and Amalfi. They’re all really beautiful, but Amalfi is my jam! I’m wearing it in the pic below. Grab yourself some to sport this season! :)

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Celebrate The Makeup Show’s 10 Year Anniversary with Makeup Week in NYC

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The Makeup Show Orlando in 2012 was actually the first event of its kind that I ever covered for Martinis and Mascara, so TMS truly holds a special place in my heart. That’s why I’m especially thrilled to share the news of their 10 Year Anniversary festivities!

To celebrate a decade’s worth of artistry, education, and community, The Makeup Show will hold the first ever The Makeup Show Week in NYC. The event kicks off Wednesday with killer activities for makeup enthusiasts and experienced artists alike.  Hop on board a champagne fueled Beauty Tour around NYC, schmooze with beauty buffs at a gala dinner party, or immerse yourself in days of beauty education.

The Makeup Show Week, a seven-day celebration, will be filled with over ten unique, events led by some of the top makeup artists in the world. A highlight of the week will be The Makeup Show Gala held on Friday, May 1, where guests can enjoy an exclusive gallery presentation, seated dinner, a special performance and of course drinks and dancing. Rounding out the festivities will be the first ever Beauty Tour NYC on Tuesday, May 5, where participants can grab a glass of bubbly and hop on a bus where they’ll be taken to celebrity makeup artist James Vincent’s favorite beauty haunts in NYC, topped off with an intimate cocktail event at MAKE UP FOR EVER’s Pro studio with the legendary Dany Sanz. The schedule of events for The Makeup Show Week is as follows:

Day 1: Wednesday, April 29th – Hands-on workshops

  • Artisanal Beauty with Multidimensional Makeup with Danessa Myricks
  • Character Creation Through Makeup Design and Application with Joe Dulude II
Day 2: Thursday, April 30th – Signature Style Seminars
  • Unconventional Beauty with Danessa Myricks
  • Beyond Bridal with Esterique Aidan
  • Modern Glamour with Bethany Townes
  • Unforgettable Editorial with Orlando Santiago
  • New York Groove with James Vincent
  • Secrets of My Success: A panel of The Makeup Show Artists – This is complimentary and only open to those taking at least 3 other seminars. Stay late for this session and join some of your favorite artists to share personal stories over a glass of wine. 

Day 3: Friday, May 1st — The Makeup Show Gala

  • Join The Makeup Show for their 2nd annual ball to celebrate The Makeup Show’s 10 Year Anniversary with a touch of glamour, gorgeous makeup, the spirit of giving, and an opportunity to gather with the makeup community.

Day 4: Saturday, May 2nd — Hands-on workshops

  • Saturday is a day for full day hands-on workshops before The Makeup Show.

Day 5 & 6: Sunday, May 3rd and Monday, May 4th — The Makeup Show NYC

  • Sunday and Monday The Makeup Show NYC opens doors for full days of beauty, inspiration, and opportunity.

Day 6: Monday, May 4th — The Makeup Show Career Fair

  • Following the conclusion of the show, is The Makeup Show Career Fair which is limited to ticket holders of The Makeup Show NYC attending on Monday, May 4.

Day 7: Tuesday, May 5th — Beauty Tour NYC

  • Join celebrity makeup artist James Vincent through a champagne fueled ride around Manhattan and make stops along the way at all of this favorite makeup haunts. End the tour with legendary Dany Sanz at MAKE UP FOR EVER’s pro studio.

Amazing right?! Let me know if you’ll be attending any of the festivities! For additional information, hours, and prices of The Makeup Show week, visit www.themakeupshow.com.

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Benefit Cosmetics Launches the Flawless Friends Network

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I’m sorry, but this is just too good not to share.

One of the reasons I admire Benefit Cosmetics so much (besides the fact that they make bomb-ass makeup) is that they totally kill it when it comes to their branding and marketing.

From the colorful packaging and fun product names to their cheeky social campaigns, I’m always interested in what Benefit is cooking up and how they’re serving it.

Benefit continues to disrupt the digital space with fun & laughter by offering feel-good platforms to help remind Benebabes around the world that they’re gorgeous just the way they are!

They hit it out of the park again with the launch of the “Flawless Friends Network” which recently kicked off with a hilarious video starring some of my favorite bits of 90s nostalgia – Joey Lawrence, Shannen Doherty, and psychic phone queen, Miss Cleo.

(Fun fact: Miss Cleo and I used to hang out at the same tiny coffee shop in Florida all the time before I moved to New York. I always saw her at poetry readings, which was equal parts random and awesome.)

Watch the video here:

Now, listen to Miss Cleo and call 1-844-SO-FLAWLESS. You’ll be glad you did! ;)

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LORAC Cosmetics Unveils Epic New Summer 2015 Collection

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Honestly, I’ve never met a LORAC product I didn’t like.

Almost ten years ago, one of the first brow products I used was LORAC’s Take a Brow which I still adore to this day. I met founder Carol (LORAC is Carol spelled backwards!) at BeautyCon a couple years back and she gifted me the LORAC Pro Palette which quickly became a staple in my personal makeup bag as well as my professional kit. I’m also hopelessly devoted to the TANtalizer bronzer.

They really know their stuff over at LORAC so my excitement level for this new launch is at all all time high. Get ready to geek out with me and take a peek at their new products below! The new range includes extensions to the brand’s cult-favorite Alter Ego and TANtalizer franchises as well as a seasonal selection of limited-edition offerings. Behold, LORAC’s Summer 2015 Collection…

 

Alter Ego Highly-Pigmented Lip Gloss

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Embrace your identity and transform your look with a collection of 16 shades – ranging from Girl Next Door to Dominatrix. 

 

Limited Edition Alter Ego Eye Shadow Palettes

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Choose from two irresistible, vibrant palettes, Dream Girl & HeartBreaker, loaded with an array of fun, flirty and wearable shades, ideal for sultry summer looks.

 

TANtalizer Baked Bronzer in Golden Glow

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The new shade extension is ideal for fair skin, or to be used as a highlighter for already-bronzed, darker complexions.

 

TANtalizer Baked Bronzer in Matte Tan

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Baked on terra cotta, LORAC’s Matte Tan Baked Bronzer grants a natural glow perfect for the coveted “no makeup, makeup” craze!

 

Limited Edition Hot & Spicy Collection

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Including everything you need for a sizzling summer: LORAC’s Blush/Bronzer Duo, Alter Ego Gloss in Supermodel and Travel-Size Body Bronzing Luminizer.

What do you think? I love the entire collection. Get it while it’s hot! ;)

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Breakups to Makeup Partners with Sephora on Exclusive Collection

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I first encountered Breakups to Makeup in 2013 at The Makeup Show Orlando and fell in love with their quirky collection of accessories.

Turns out, I’m not alone! The makeup mecca that is Sephora also caught wind of Breakups to Makeup’s awesomeness. This resulted in an epic partnership, which officially kicks off April 10th with an exclusive in-store accessories launch. This expansion allows Breakups to Makeup’s clutches to be more easily accessible for fans around the nation to add to their makeup collection. Hooray!

Starting tomorrow, you will find two of Breakups to Makeup’s signature makeup clutches in the phrases “Losing You Hurt, but Losing My Makeup Bag Would Be a Tragedy” and “I Would Cry, But My Mascara is Designer” as well as a Sephora Collection exclusive clutch with the phrase, “Life is Short, Wear More Makeup.” Here’s a peek at the collection:

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Retailing at $24, these durable canvas bags can store anything from your lipstick to your smart phone.  They are perfect for travel and the cutest statement piece, too. Scoop one up tomorrow!

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A Behind the Scenes Look at Nicole Kidman’s Perfect Blowout

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Nicole Kidman is one half of the best hair couple in Hollywood.

She stole the red carpet at the 2015 Oscars last night with her gorgeous freshly chopped hair, swapping her long strawberry blonde locks for a more modern shoulder length bob.

Want to know the secret behind Nicole Kidman’s perfect blowout at the Oscars? I got the details on how Wella Professionals Celebrity Stylist, Italo Gregorio, created the perfect amount of movement and definition in her newly cropped locks.

Read on to find out how you can copy her look:

1. Start with freshly washed and conditioned hair using Wella Professionals Elements Renewing Shampoo and Daily Renewing Conditioner which helps hydrate, nourish and strengthen hair.

2. Add 1-2 pumps of Wella Professionals Velvet Amplifier Style Primer to damp hair and distribute evenly throughout the head.

3. Next, apply Wella Professionals Natural Volume Mousse to the entire head to create volume and body throughout the hair.

4. Apply 1-2 drops of Wella Professionals LuxeOil Reconstructive Elixir to the entire head to add shine throughout the hair.

5. Blow-dry the entire head section by section using a medium round brush.

6. Prep hair for heat styling with Wella Professionals Thermal Image Heat Protection Spray. Shake well and spray at arm’s length onto dry hair, distributing evenly throughout the head and flatiron section by section.

8. Distribute a dab of Wella Professionals Smooth Brilliance Shine Pomade onto your hands, gently working into the ends of the hair to smooth the tips and tame frizz.

8. Finish the look by misting Wella Professionals Stay Essential Finishing Spray all over the hair.

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