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Haircolors Talk & Trends: Blonde vs Brunette vs Red

Let’s set the record straight first: there is no such thing as the ultimate hair color, nor the best, nor the ‘one’ everyone should do, and personally I support hair experimenting more than anybody. Hell I’ve gone from super blonde to jet black, to red, and even green back in highschool.

For me, as a girl who loves long hair (or is afraid to chop it off), experimenting with hair color is actually the furthest I go.

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It’s the easiest way to have fun with looks. Yet, if the age or the affinity for pink, green, blue hair is way past you, then we’re left with the classic colors: blonde, brunette, and red hair.

Might seem so restrictive, but it’s not actually, as each and everyone of them has tones of shades (not to mention the highlights you can play with), from cool to warm, from muted to bright and so on. And THIS is the moment the hair-color-plot thickens.

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Actually the reason behind this post was my indecision right now with the haircolor I should get for the holidays: blond(er) or brunette? I always go for chocolate hair, and will probably do the same now, but I tell you… this post has made me kinda re-think my go-to-color.

And I confess the infamous question: ‘Which color does actually look best?’ has crossed my mind, but without any conclusive answer, cause while I always think brunette hair is the best, I’m falling pretty hard for red hair and super blonde right now.

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WHAT DO YOU THINK, DO YOU HAVE A HAIR-COLOR PREFERENCE?

Knowing which hair colors look best on us can do wonders. A fantastic hair color is pure magic. Just have a look at these celebs hair colors switches and you’ll see.

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HOW DO WE CHOOSE THE BEST HAIR COLOR FOR US?

According to more savy people it’s easy: it’s all about the skin tone.

cool skin tones —> go with cool shades. I kinda think in the case of cooler skin tone ANY shade looks good, it’s a matter of the effect you like best. Best example here is Rihanna, who I think has a cool skin tone and can pull off any hair color.

Emma Stone. She looks fantastic with just about any palette from red, to blonde to medium brown. No jet black. Actually few people can pull off jet black hair, so kudos to them.

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warm skin ones —> have to stick with warmer shades, regardless of color. The biggest mistake you can do in this case is choose a cold hair color that will do nothing for your features.

Best examples here are: Jennifer Lopez or Eva Mendes.

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I have a warm skin tone and for me finding the perfect hair color (blonde, brown or even brunette) was always challenging. Having to find (read guess) the bloody warm undertone in each color is always so hard.  Missed a few times and it wasn’t pretty: a very cool/cold shade of chocolate. Horrible.

What to do? Wait for it to wash out, or dye it again a week after. Now… I always look for a bit of red in any hair color, cause I figure if it has a bit of red it’s bound to be warmer.

TIP: we should usually stick to 2 tones darker or lighter than our natural hair color, no more than that, or so they say.

I think if it looks great and you can pull it off, do it.

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HOW TO DETERMINE YOUR SKIN TONE?

Look at the veins on your wrists. If they’re blue —> you’re in the cool toned category. If they’re green —> you’re in the warm toned one.

Getting a new hair color is a fun thing, yet it can be so so tricky. So maybe going to the salon is a lot safer. 😉

And now let’s get hair-color inspired. Or more confused. 🙂

BLONDES. 

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BRUNETTES. 

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RED HEADS. 

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What do you think?

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Hair Trends: What’s Hot & What’s Not?

Today we’re talking about the hottest hair trends this fall is bringing us when it comes to hair colours. I’m plucking the latest hair styles and colors, straight from the runways and red carpets so that you can all look like stars in the season ahead.

Best shades for this fall

Freshly out of hair color ideas for this season? No problem, we’ll get that inspiration going, whether you’re into an all-over dye, subtle highlights or simply ombre. We’ll cover everything, from glossy chocolate brown Jourdan Dunn is currently flaunting, to chic honey highlights, property of Alexa Chunghair trends 2015hair trends 2015Let’s see the “right now” of hair colors:

Warm brown colors emerged as a pretty potent look this fall. That’s why we’re all witnessing the A-list crowd warming up deep browns and darkening their blonde. Cameron Diaz comes to mind as a perfect illustration. haircolor-trends-2015 (2)Rich auburn tones are a serious envy (anyone thinking of Emma Stone right now?), so are the blonde nailing celebs.

Platinum shade that’s January Jones rocking around is simply to die for. hairstyles-trends-2015 (23)hair trends 2015

If you’re in the mood for a little drama this fall, why not go a complete color change. Reese Witherspoon certainly pulled it off. She went from blonde to dark brown, and I loved it. If you’re going for an instant full look update, new hair hue is simply the perfect way to do it and get away with it. Just be careful and try to complement your eye color and skin tone with your new shade.

hair trends 2015Bold colors have grown in popularity recently. Pioneers of these hair trends are certainly Nicole Richie and Chloe Norgaard. Their ‘dos are ever-changing, and I think they speak for themselves.

If you’re not completely sure which color is for you, you can always opt for a dye that’s semi-permanent, or go for an ombre look that’s a bit more subtle. Just print out the hair color of your favorite celebrity and head straight to your hairdresser. If you’re brave enough, you can try to do your hair dye yourself. I’ll admit first I wouldn’t muster the courage for this in a million years. nicole-blue-hair2hair colors 2015Let’s get specific! Let’s talk about the hair colors that seal the deal for us this season:

Red Hair

It’s sought after very highly, especially with Emma Stone being the worldwide favorite girl crush and simply dominating with her luscious auburn locks. As seen on many Hollywood bombshells, red hair carries some serious sex appeal and elegance. Look at Scarlet Johansson and her long layered haircut and tell me I’m wrong.

So whether your coppery locks are natural, or you’re considering the “out of the bottle option”, you can look at our stunning celebs for a plethora of ideas. The secret of the red hair’s beauty, putting extraordinary and unusual tones aside, is how much the make-up and complexion affect the overall look.

More so, red purple hair is having its moment for a while now, so if the fiery locks are your thing you can certainly continue to rock this statement colour.
hairstyles-trends-2015hairstyles-trends-2015 (14)hair trends 2015Christina Hendricks will keep her porcelain complexion tan-free and natural, with a slick of red lipstick to make her a wow-worthy sight. Isla Fisher will match her dark red hair with a warmer skin tone for the overall more sunned appearance. hair trends 2015hair trends 2015

Brown Hair

It’s a tempting choice to embrace the dark side seeing Emma Watson, Alexa Chung and Mila Kunis with their dark brown shades that are more than lust-worthy. Inspiration is abundant.

You can go for the deepest ebony or the warmest mocha, au naturel or dip dye, the most stunning dark brown shades are yours to explore. Emma Watson carries long, glossy locks in very chic updos for her red carpet events. Alexa Chung still rules when it come to brunette beadhead, and straight and shiny goes well with Mila Kunis. Short crops, glamorous undo or be achy waves are the styles to go for, depending on the occasion. hairstyles-trends-2015 (4)hairstyles-trends-2015 (16)hairstyles-trends-2015 (20)hair trends 2015hair trends 2015hair trends 2015hair trends 2015

Blonde Hair

Well, blonde hair is a hair trends favourite (who would’ve guessed, right?). There’s a bunch of ideas among our celebrities and models to go around. Light or dark blonde, all-out platinum, you name it. Ombre uplights are a strong trend right now, and they are here to stay. Especially with Nicole Richie and Jessica Alba modeling some warmer, honey blonde shades.

Ombre lights are excellent for darker shades; they add texture and depth, simultaneously resulting in dark caramel shade, only without the issues with re-growth of the dark root. haircolor-trends-2015 (3)Natural blondes might want to take cues from models such as Jessica Hart or May Jagger. They should opt for a dirty blonde appearance with a bed head look to it. You’ll achieve this by weaving the softer highlights among the darker tones that look more natural. You should wear these long, loose and with a lot of treatment that will ensure the required freshness and glossiness of your blond hair. Platinum blonde is a “notice me” color as always. You could go for champagne-hued tresses like Carey Mulligan or with textured blonde crop like Jenifer Lawrence. Caramel blonde or ultra ash, I’m sure you’ll manage to find something among all those models and celebrities. hairstyles-trends-2015 (12)hairstyles-trends-2015 (21)hairstyles-trends-2015 (25)honey-blonde-platinum-hair-trend-2015hair trends 2015Talking styles. Let’s get through some hot styles this fall really quickly:

Short Hairstyles

They’re certainly having their moment this fall. We’re talking chic bobs, cool crops, the bold quiff and of course the mid-length. short-and-medium-hair-trends-for-2015

Bob Hairstyles

They are a big look for this season, especially considering the previous point about shorter styles being definitely in. Casual benefits and low-maintenance styles are taking place of swept-over curls and long bed heads. This is tricky one so be careful with this one if you are trying to get there on your own, make sure that you don’t make a mess of your hair -choose the good stuff, especially pay attention and choose the best hair straightener that’s within your budget.

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Favorite on the red carpet right now. Whatever your face shape or preferred style is, you’ll find this look more than appealing. haircolor-trends-2015 (4)hairstyles-trends-2015 (6)hairstyles-trends-2015 (13)plaits-harstyle-2015

Medium Length Hairstyles

They are definitely the cut of this season. They’re taking over the longer, glamorous styles due to their low-maintenance and practicality. haircolor-trends-2015hairstyles-trends-2015 (9)hairstyles-trends-2015 (8)hairstyles-trends-2015 (15)

Fringes

It’s an easy yet modern way out of your everyday style. You don’t feel like full-on chop and you still want a change, this is your golden ticket. Plus, it works well with all hair lengths. hairstyles-trends-2015 (3)hairstyles-trends-2015hair trends 2015There we have it girls. You know what’s coming with the fall, besides cooler weather. Be brave and make this season count!

For more hair inspo, looks, styles, colours, trends, check out this fab hairstyles hub – Hairstylism. 

Shopping and spending for the best hair trends doesn’t have to be a pain, so just in case you get in the mood, use express coupons and splurge on your beautiful self. 🙂

Post & hair tips by Mila Withley – fellow blogger & hair guru from Hair Straightner Judge Blog



The Overlined BOLD Lips Obsession

bold-dark-lips-makeup-trend (8)It’s been two weeks since I’ve been dancing around this post and whether or not to do it, for two reasons: 1) I’ve already done so many lip posts here, here, and here, and 2) the world wide web is now packed with ‘How to get Kylie Jenner’s lips?‘.

But since being redundant and slightly monkey-see-money-do has never stopped me from anything, I figured why the hell not join on this over-penciled BOLD LIPS obsession and 2014 fall trend.

So here I am. bold-lips-2014-autumn-looksBasically there are 2 things happening:

(1) The BOLD LIPS Trend.

The makeup trend is still going strong, if not stronger this cold season. The runways were packed with models in bold berry lips, red pouts, 70’s divalicious empowering strong colored mouths, so I’m guessing we’re still getting a green light on this look for both evening as well as daytime.

Still, I’d not only blame the designers, who, let’s be honest here, sent models down the runways in knickers, but you don’t see us going to work in our underwear – but I will give courtesy to also Kylie Jenner’s pout & Rihanna’s bold lips trademark for this. berry-lips-trend-2014-fallberry-lips-trendkylie-jenner-lips (3)The latter has been doing this look since forever, and while she’s stunning with a bare face, she does not shy away from a full-on make up, or – when she probably gets too lazy to go full-faced, but still wants a bit of glam – BAM! she does the bold lips thing. Everywhere. From daytime, to evening, to the beach, to swimming, to lazying around, the girl is rocking this look better than anyone. rihanna-bold-lips (3)rihanna-bold-lips (2)rihanna-bold-lips (4)rihanna-bold-lips

The OVERLINED LIPS makeup obsession.

Or trend. Courtesy of the latest make-up-trendsetter – Kylie Jenner. Dayum! The 17 year old has been subject to tons, tons of internet controversy over her lips: did she get lip injections, or is her pout so perfect due to a few makeup tricks?

While I couldn’t care less what she did, I tell you one thing is certain. After watching a few youtube tutorials on lips’ makeup I think we might be on to something: a new lip-liner trend and comeback. Or a new lips-makeup technique if you will, that was basically started by this famous teen. kylie-jenner-lips (4)kylie-jenner-lips (2)To get that Kylie Jenner’s lip-makeup or perfect pout one must:

  • apply foundation on lips
  • slightly overline them
  • fill them in with the lip pencil
  • apply the lipstick
  • blot
  • apply lipstick again (in matte if you’re after that 90s look)
  • you can complete the whole look with a cat-eye eyeliner.

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Yes it all sounds so vulgar, I’ll give you that, but it’s not really. Its about getting the perfect face on, with specific techniques that we seem to borrow from celebs’ makeup artists. Well… we try. Whether that’s good or bad I have no idea. It’s neither. It’s just makeup, and fashion… it’s fun. bold-dark-lips-makeup-trendWhile I’ve rarely been comfortable with bold lips for daytime, even evening sometimes, I will definitely step out of my comfort zone for this and give it a try.

Truth is for street style & daytime looks, bold lips can be the only style gimmick you choose to do to dress up a look, or give more trendiness to a plain or simple outfit, to a basic grey jumper for example, to a sporty jeans style. I mean it can be a bit overwhelming or too much, but it’s also empowering. And truth is we love how it looks on these famous faces, so why the hell not… bold-dark-lips-makeup-trend (5)

In terms of color:
  • Berry lips, or darker lips are a massive trend this season.
  • Red lips (in any color palette) are still a classic.
  • Nude’ish brown hues – think Kylie Jenner’s lips – are making a strong comeback. They are the 90s major makeup grungy glam look, so… there’s that.

bold-lips-looks-autumnLet’s have a look at some beautiful faces and perfect pouts out there and get some inspiration. The weekend’s practically around the corner so… we might just start overlining. Or not. We’ll see. berry-lips-lookbold-dark-lips-makeup-trend (2)bold-dark-lips-makeup-trend (3)bold-dark-lips-makeup-trend (4)bold-dark-lips-makeup-trend (7)bold-dark-lips-makeup-trend (9)bold-dark-lips-makeup-trend (10)bold-dark-lips-makeup-trend (11)bold-dark-lips-makeup-trendGucci-Backstage Spring 2011 Milan Italykhloe-kardashian-berry-lipsoverlined-lips-trend (2)overlined-lips-trend (3)overlined-lips-trend (4)overlined-lips-trendred-lips-makeup-ttrendplum-lips-makeup-trendstreet-style-berry-lipsWhat do you think: is there a slight overlined-lips obsession happening, and are you on board? OR bold lips – no overlining – is enough of a statement?

Get the look with these:

 

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Let’s Play Rainbow HAIR!

rainbow-hairTRendFor some of us, the pink, lavender, blue, green hair trend is just a fad we come across on our Social Media over coffee. Who’s pink right now? Who’s going blue or green? And do we like it or not. We could’t possibly do this look  for job reasons, lacking balls, or maybe just  not-feeling-it-enough.

For the other half of us, the Rainbow Hair Trend is just like ripped jeans for example. Been there done that.

The question is, which half do you belong to? rainbow-hairTo make today more fun, let’s play a game. Assuming you want to color your hair in one f these crazy cool shades, but something’s stopping you, let’s pretend you’re not a mortal for one month, but a VIP of your own choice (actress, model, rockstar, artist) and you simply can (cause really, why not?) or have to color your hair for one whole month. Which shade would you go for? blue-hair-look (3)urple-hair-lookstreet-style-green-hair… … … I’m playing this game as well, as I’m part of the 1st group due to lacking balls. Buuuuut, had I more courage I’d do it pink. Or maybe lavender. Even blue at some point. Never green though. Cause I don’t think it’d go with my eyes and my complexion. BTW, how do we even know which shade would look better, cause I may like pink, but would pink like me? pink-hair-trend-2014purple-hair-style-looksAnyway, I feel like in my my case at least this talk is purely hypothetical. Cause of the age thing, you know. Pink-hair-don’t-care seems to me more of a teenager, 20s kinda trend. Until I saw Nicole Richie. LOVE her. Love her show, love her style and adore her purple hair. And then I got to thinking that, yeah the crazy color hair thing is a pretty quirky trend, but so were sneakers & skirts or sequins during the day a while ago. At the end of the day it’s HOW you wear it, regardless of age. blue-green-hair-trendgreen-hair-trendnicole-richie-purple-hairAnd if you can pull it off, pink hair can look fabulous for any occasion. So can any color. It’s just hair dye right? Yes it’s a style & mood statement, but are we not bombarded all the time to feel free, to be creative, to fuck boundaries and live fashion to its fullest?

Contrary to what I’ve initially thought a while back when this trend first appeared, it stuck. It stuck with more and more followers  jumping onto the rainbow hair thing. I’m guessing though it won’t be long until it dies, soooo we might consider taking a few notes from our faves celebrities and just color our manes. Maybe not entirely, just strands of hair, dip dye it…

Or maybe not. … … … Or maybe YOLO! Let’s have a look. 🙂 blue-hair-look (2)blue-hair-look (4)blue-hair-look (5)blue-hair-lookblue-hair-style-trenddemi-lovato-blue-hairgreen-hair-stylekaty-perry-blue-hairlight-pink-hair-trendpink-hair-style (2)pink-hair-stylepink-hair-trendpink-lavender-hair-trendrainbow-hair-sreetstylerita-ora-pink-hair 1Now it’s your turn to share your thoughts. 🙂

If you had to pick a hair color, which you you go for?

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How About This Massive Trend: THICK BIG BOLD Eyebrows?

thick-eyebrows (3)If the 90’s marked you in a few ways, then clearly you too plucked the shit out of your eyebrows in the hope of channeling Gwen Stefani or Kate Moss, when in fact we looked like crap. Surprised all the time. Older. And not prettier.

Little did we know then how wise and crystal clear our vision would turn a few years later. FACT: thick eyebrows make a face look younger. That’s just how plain silly simple this eyebrow business is. The less you pluck and the more natural in size and shape you keep them, chances are they’ll frame your face better than any stylist or your own mastering eye slash hand could. I guess we had to 1st give the clown look a go only to realize that Brooke Shields was right all along. kate-moss-eyebrowscelebs-eyebrows-before-and-jlo-thin-thick-eyebrowsGlamour Women Of The Year Awards 2013keira-knightly-thick-eyebrowslilly-colins-thick-eyebrows (2)Sad part is though, fast forward a few years and if you’re not Brooke, Cara Delevingne or Lily Collins – chances are our eyebrows are still struggling to grow while we have to come to terms with those Marlene Dietrich’ish thin lines. I mean eyebrows. Everyday. But listen, it could be worse. You could have had them shaved off and tattooed. Hope not though. Oh God, really hope not.

Never ever follow fashion and trends verbatum. Especially when it’s your face and the chances of things going back to square one are 50-50.

Anyway… in case you followed the over-plucking trend, today, you, like myself might be struggling with growing them out.

(I’m almost there, but then again, it was always around this time I gave up and felt they looked messy rather than fashion-bushy. I’ve been trying to grow them out for more than a year, but I always fell off the wagon around this time. this is the longest I took without plucking them. 3 weeks. Ah… hope to make it to one month. Mine were really dark (still are actually) compared to my hair and very very thick. Yeah I kick myself all the time for the over plucking but it could have been worse. They do grow out, I’ve noticed, by their own rules, it just takes time getting used to the messy style before they can turn into thick and slightly groomed.)

If one thing’s great, it’s that finally there’s something from the 90s we don’t do anymore. We actually hate. And for the right reasons. celebs-thin-eyebrowsSo when and how come this bushy trend started? Was it because of this Cara Delevinge. Or Lilly Colins. Or Keira Knightely? Or is it just fashion at the end of the day: it’s new for us, hell we’ll take it, thank you very much. 

bushy-eyebrows2014-trend-thick-eyebrowsPhilosophy di Alberta Ferretti Spring 2011 RTWarizona-muse-thick-eyebrowsbeauty-trend-2014-thick-eyebrowsbeauty-trend-thick-eyebrows (2)Today it’s all about the eyebrow game, as according to a thread on Reddit about & by today’s teens.

“‘Having bad eyebrows is worse than being fat.”

”Eyebrow game? It’s complimenting someone’s eyebrows. For a lot of girls having really thick, strong and “fierce” eyebrows is pretty in right now.”

… and high-tops, cutoffs and cropped tops, may I add. Pink hair as well. It’s like we’re all trying to be kids again. It’s fun yeah, but is it healthy? Or maybe we’re all realizing au natural is so much better. I’ll go with this version, cause it is true (the natural part). Oh and I’m too old for the rest of that shit.

Serious talk aside and perhaps lingered upon in another post, truth is BIG BOLD EYEBROWS are amazing! They do take years off a face, make you look fresh, young and very bold. But not all is clear and pink in paradise. The question is:

Is there a line between great thick eyebrows and unkept eyebrows? Or is the bushy unkept style the new-cool? cara-look-thick-eyebrowsCara Delevingne Closes 'Charlotte Tilbury's House of Rock n'Kohl' at Selfridgeslilly-colins-thick-eyebrowsMILAN-Street-Style-Diego-Zukomodels-new-look-thick-eyebrowsMulberry-Lo-bbt-S14-011-mainstreet-style-thick-eyebrowsthick-eyebrows (2)thick-eyebrows (4)thick-eyebrows (5)thick-eyebrows (6)thick-eyebrowsthick-eyebrows-lookthick-eyebrows-trendthick-eyebrows-trend-2014thick-eyebrows-trend-2014-spring-summerI think it’s all a matter of taste here. Some may like totally natural eyebrows, bushy, big and wild and may be able to pull it off, while some may like them a little bit styled and groomed. Plucked a bit but maintaining the same shape and thick size. Personally I say let them wild and free and enjoy this fuss-free-plucking trend while it lasts. Later… pluck them if you wish but within reason.thick-eyebrows-look (2)Whatever the beauty trends, natural will always be cooler then anything and make us look younger and fresher. On the eyebrows busy topic now… what do you think?

In The Land Of ORANGE LIPS

lupita-nyongo-orange-lips-2Unless you’ve been travelling to the moon, Mars, Jupiter and the likes for the past month or so, you’re familiar with the world’s obsession for Lupita Nyong’o and her ORANGE LIP makeup. Or her anything actually. This girl could make the worst thing look cool.

Or I wonder, is it our obsession with celebrities that feeds this drive to adore someone to the point of deciding everything they do is trend worthy and emulate it till we drop? Cause you know, the orange lip trend was predicted, hell it emerged on the catwalk last season for Spring/Summer 2014, at most designers. lupita-nyongo-orange-lips-1orangelipsnyfwThe fashion gurus slash artists from Rag & Bone, Pragbal Gurung, DKNY, Dsquared, or John Galiano sent models down the runway in light pink pastel sugar-high-unsaturated colors – true – but it certainly wasn’t a washed out calm mood, as the bright neon orange lip look popped up on almost any face at almost any show. So there you have it. I guess we’re living the times of celebrity endorsements and the fear us mortals have with trying out a new look unless some rich kid has already got the praise for it. rag-and-bone-orange-lips

”It’s not about being sweet. There’s a lot of pastels in the collection, so I wanted the lip to really pop.” says makeup artist Gucci Westman at Rag & Bone show.

orange-lips-summer-lookcara-delevingne-orange-lipsorange-lip-lookorange-lips-trendtreet-style-neon-orange-lipsstreetstyle-orange-lipsBe as it may, the outcome is this: 2014 Spring may be all about pastel clothes, but makeup wise – give it up for the tangerine lip trend! It’s the hot season when we all love to look fresh alive and have fun with colors and looks, so this is just about the greatest makeup trend out there. Would have been a pity to let this summer go to pale waste. orangeLipsorange-lips-makeu-uplipstick-trend-orangeFrom neon shades to just a tinted lip color, orange lipstick can do wonders to our faces as well as (or especially) to our mood. And it goes with any skin tone from the fairest to the darkest. If you put your inner makeup artist to work you may just be able to nail quite a few looks: bare face & orange lips; sun kissed skin and orange lips; bold eyebrows and tangerine lips; eyeliner & orange lips; retro looks, glam looks, 80s style makeup. The sky’s the limit! 2014-spring-trend-tangerine-lips2014-trend-orange-lipsjessica-alba-orange-lipsKate-Bosworth-range-lipsmakeup-look-trend-orange-lipsmakeup-trend-orange-lipsIt’s got that warm disco meets cheeky girl vibe to it, and I think it’s got a massive potential to spice up any plain look. Just picture an all black outfit made up of simple black skinny jeans, an old T-shirt or tank top and some plain old sneakers or flat sandals. Simple borderline boring. Now picture all this with bright orange lips. Exactly my point.

More looks… makeup-orange-lipsmake-up-orange-lipsnicole-richie-orange-lipsorange-Liporange-lips-beauty-trendorange-lips-celebs-looksorange-lips-look-street-styleorange-lips-makeup-trendorange-lips-street-styleorange-lips-summer-2014orange-lip-trend-2014rihanna-orange-lipsscarlett-johansen-orange-lipsstreet-style-orange-lipsstreetstyle-the-orange-lipstangerine-lipsthe-orange-lip-trendthe-orange-lipIt’s not as harsh as dark lips, not as pretentiously sexy as red lips. It’s fun. Warm. Trendy with a hint of pop-culture and retro. Never cared too much for this lip color, as it was so throwback kitsch 80s, but you what? If it’s good enough for Lupita, it’s good enough for me. 😉

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Makeup Trends – Then & Now.

makeup-90s-versus-2014In case you haven’t got the memo, the fashion world is doing the 90’s thing, but what does that mean for the makeup & beauty trends? Are they following this grunge craze or what?

Errrr… Dark lips are back in. Matte lipstick is massive for 2014 Spring & Summer. Blue eye-shadow (OMFG noooo!) is a total YES for 2014 SS. Or so they say. Slept in smoky eyes (well actually smudged eyeliner): IN. Full-on makeup sans le fake lashes making a comeback (think 90s supermodels). At this point it’s pretty safe to assume that (1) some 90’s makeup looks are back, and (2) in makeup, as in fashion, ALL is IN. marc-jacobs-spring-2014-makeupbold-lipsmatte-lips-trendheavy-dark-makeup-trendWhat remains in the past though (and thank God for that) is that lifeless matte skin of the 90’s, that had no dimension to it. Today it’s all about that natural glow, which makes it easier on some of us (guilty as charged) with an extreme glow (read oily skin). brenda-walsh-makeupJason Wu - Backstage - Spring 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion WeekAnother thing of the past is that dark lipliner. Every. Girl. Back. In.The. Day. Was.Wearing. It. Let’s just hope it died right then and there. liplinerlip-linerAnd goodbye thin eyebrows. Hello healthy thick ones that make us look a decade younger. 🙂 thin-eyebrowsthick-eyebrowsSo if you secretly wanted to emulate Brenda’s, Kelly’s, Buffy’s, Alicia Silverstone’s or Liv Tyler’s makeup from back then. Ding! Ding! Do it. Now’s the time. Remember that grungy The Craft makeup? Oh. My. God. I adored it. Wtf was I thinking I have no idea, but if you gave me a black eyeliner I’d probably have worn it on both my lips and my eyes, and kept my skin as pale as possible. Like a true vampire I dodged the sun. :)) 90s-makeup-garbage90s-makeu-upLaugh all you want, but matter of fact is some of the most iconic beauty & makeup looks date from back then. To this day those 90’s supermodels look fabulous, with full-on makeup, matte lips, nude-brown-ish tones. To me, Linda Evanghelista is one of the most beautiful girls out there. I still find her makeup (heavy, bold, full-on or not) flawless. linda-evanghelista-90s-makeup90s-supermodels-makeupAnother makeup crush is Vanessa Paradis. Perfection. With that browin-ish-rose matte lipsitck and blue or brown eye-shadow smudged rather than carefully applied she was simply stunning. vanessa-paradis-90s-makeupMore looks from back in the day: 90s-makeup-looks90s-style-beauty-makeupcindy-crawford-90s-makeupdrew-barrymore-90s-makeuphelena-christensen-90s-makeupkate-moss-90s-makeupSo where do we stand today? Makeup wise. All this look-at-the-past is topped by all the beauty gimmicks makeup artists come up with. Then by a dose of je m’en fish-ism, and by the ALL-is-IN-thing. The result? We get some pretty amazing makeup looks: bold bright matte lips, eyeliner, contouring & highlighting. And I dare say I free pass at doing bold lips and eyes at the same time. bold-makeup-trend-2014

“The old axiom was that you privileged either eyes or lips, not both – a mean suggestion, on the lines of “have fun, but not too much”.” says a makeup artist for The Guradian a while back. “There is something smug about women who insist they go for the natural look – and something deeply annoying about men who say they like women without makeup: are they sure they have ever seen one?”

saturated-matte-makeup-trenMore looks from today: 2014-beauty-trend-matte-lipsbright-lips-lookslips-makeup-2014makeup-trendy-looksmattelips_zps39cd8ce9matte-makeup-trend-2014matte-red-lipsEarth being a huge place, there is enough space for everything and everyone, so au naturelle or not, go with the flow and with your mood, cause at the end of the day makeup is all about expressing a mood & a state of mind. xoxo

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Valentine’s Day MAKEUP: Full-on VS Au Naturel.

Valentines-Day-makeup-red-lipsOh, I so had to do this post and go down this road: of le makeup and this week’s ubiquitous topic, Valentine’s Day with its much coveted looks and fashions.

What do I know about makeup?

Well, nothing actually (except my addiction to eyeliner & mascara), but I LOVE IT! I use foundation all throughout the cold months, sometimes eye-shadow (only in nudes and browns) and occasionally powder + blush with a failed attempt (most times) of contouring. Well, they do say practice makes perfect and hope dies last, so… yeah that’s my makeup mantra I guess. And in case I need to up my game I go for the bold lips.

makeup-inspirationAttempting to find some makeup looks for Valentine’s Day is like looking for desert in a massive candy/cake store. So many looks, so many styles. Bold eyes. Bold lips. Bold both. Pfff.

makeup-for-Valentines-DayNot being a makeup artist (cause everyone else is, these days.) doesn’t make me less prone to the beauty slash fashion world out there. So, I will dare make a somewhat bold (even perhaps untrue to some) assumption of the 2 major things happening in makeup today:

The too-groomed look is OUT. Haaaaaallelujah. I mean seriously, who the fuck wants to look like a photoshoped version of themselves? (them perfect eyebrows. borderline clown’ish eye-shadows. glitter. false lashes. matchy eyes to matchy lips, or worse to the outfits.)

When Kim Kardashian went blonde so many girls cried. Cause once her locks went lighter her style turned more sophisticated & less groomed. Thicker eyebrows, apparently smudged nude/brown eyeshadow, natural colors and less apparent precision in applying makeup. I love it! kim-kardashian-makeup-inspoThe NEW MANTRA is ‘Makeup is fun, so stop taking yourself so darn serious.’ Wanna wear red lips. Do it. Wanna go full-on makeup. Do it. When it comes to fashion, style, art –  rules are obsolete. Keep an eye on the trends, but don’t copy nor chase them. Valentines-Day-makeup-redlipsThis shit is easier said than done, but 1 thing remains true: if you’ve got a clean canvas (read flawless face, whether natural or due to makeup) ANYTHING will look amazing, even bold eyes with bold lips. 😉 (which, BTW is a massive makeup trend this season).

valentinesday-makeupOoops. My ADD kicked in again. Back to Earth now: Discussing Makeup LOOKS for Valentine’s Day. 

1. It’s all about the LIPS baby. Go bold or go home. Pardon my obsession, but bright red or pink lips look fabulous anytime, any-day, with anything. Besides, it only takes like 2 minutes to apply, so you can even do it on your way to wherever it is your going tomorrow night. 😉  Valentines-Day-makeup-red-lips (2)How to wear bold lips?

  • bold lips & nude face & nude eyes (or minimal).
  • bold lips & bold eyes = full-on makeup. Perfect for a night out.

Valentines-Day-makeup-bold-eyes-lipsValentines-Day-makeup-bold-lipsValentines-Day-makeup-dark-lipsValentines-Day-makeup-full-onValentines-Day-makeup-red-lips-bare-face-Valentines-Day-makeup-red-lips-bare-eyes-matte-skinValentines-Day-makeup-pink-lipsValentines-Day-makeup-lips2. BOLD EYES are so sultry and sophisticated in that incredibly sexy way. Think more like cat-eye eyeliner, or smudged eyeliner that creates a slept in look, somewhere between the rock’ish Kate Moss and the seductive Monica Belucci. Valentines-Day-makeup-cat-eye (2)How to wear bold eyes?

  • nude lips or natural cranberry lips look great with this look.
  • thick eyebrows.
  • matte skin.
  • mascara away. 1 time. 2 times. 3 times.

bold-eyes-Valentines-Day-makeupValentines-Day-makeupValentines-Day-makeup-bold-eyes-thick-eyebrowsValentines-Day-makeup-cat-eyeValentines-Day-makeup-classyValentines-Day-makeup-eyes-nude-lipsValentines-Day-makeup-eyes-skin-lips3. AU NATUREL look. It’s all about those cheeks baby, and that super hydrated glowing skin. Rosy lips, a bit of mascara and tons of confidence.

This look is the best, if you can pull it off. No matter the trends, this will always be INValentines-Day-makeup-glowing-skinValentines-Day-makeup-natural (2)Valentines-Day-makeup-naturalIf the Kardashian-Jenner girls are good at one thing, that’s definitely makeup. They certainly got the beauty and features to experiment and try out any makeup & beauty looks. Always beautiful & glamorous – whether natural, full-on, super trendy, boho chic or God knows what their mood or makeup artists’ mood dictate – their makeup is definitely a source of inspiration. So dig away lovelies. 🙂 kylie-kardashian-makeupkendall-jenner-makeupkhloe-kardashian-makeupkourtney-kardashian-makeup5d4ebb7d972f9ffbd126dcc03a18947132120c98e17244506fad0a57bb13a5fbaca541003ba69df5107f84943bd51cbde9cc9bf24b11ae156ec685da9fd04317So, makeup wise, what’s your thing (natural or full-on?) and what turns you off?

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Winter Beauty Tips!

From chapped lips to split ends, the cold winter weather can have a negative effect on everything from your skin, hair, nails and even your mood! We’ve put together our top tips to help you avoid the most common winter beauty woes to look fabulously flawless whatever the weather… Winterbeauty-gerrard-international

FOOD AND DRINK
Your skin is a reflection of your diet and one way to guarantee gorgeous skin throughout the cold weather is by drinking plenty of water – 1.6 litres is the recommended daily amount for women, which is around eight 200ml glasses. Fruit, vegetables and key vitamins, C and E, will help to keep your skin looking healthy and beautiful.

HAIR CARE
The cold, frosty weather can have drastic effects to your hair. With less humidity in the air, your hair is prone to fizziness, split ends and dandruff so try switching your shampoo and conditioner for a more intense moisturising treatment throughout the winter. Dry air and windy weather can have an
impact your hairs natural sheen – so it’s worth investing in shine sprays to bring back your sparkle throughout the winter months.healty-hair-in-winterwintyer-hair-health-tips

MOISTURISE
Keeping your skin moisturised is essential. Dry, cold air will draw moisture from your skin; therefore it is necessary to rehydrate your skin by moisturising daily and drinking plenty of water as previously mentioned. winter-beauty-tips-1

SUMMERTIME TAN
Your skin can feel a little pale and dull during the winter months but by adding a bit of colour with fake tan, it is sure to give you a boost. There are a
wide range of great self-tans on the market, as well as countless salons across the UK specialising in professional spray tans to help you get a gorgeous summer glow this winter.

TAKE YOUR VITAIMINS
We all know how a cold can make you feel miserable, let alone the effects illness can have on your skin. Avoid cold and flu symptoms by stocking up on your vitamins and supplements – if you feel great, you’re sure to look great too!

LOOK AFTER YOUR NAILS
The cold weather can affect your nails too, making them brittle and more prone to breaking. Swapping harsh nail treatments for a more natural alternative is a fantastic way to strengthen your nails. Gel manicures such as Geleration include a
soft gel technology to help protect nails as well as boost nail growth. Lasting for between 2-3 weeks, gel nails are a gentle, long last nail alternative – perfect for improving damaged nails!805ef581f3a2f5f6fe591b8c6ad26d9bnails

TURN DOWN THE HEAT
It may be cold outside, but don’t be tempted to turn up the heat in the shower! Hot showers effect the uttermost layer of your skin – which you need to retain moisture. Hot water has negative effects on the moisture in your hair, drying it out and leaving it extremely brittle – so try turning down the heat to see the difference! 98cceb6a93f27dbd61d12805eefc8636

Hope you enjoyed these great beauty tips! Great beauty & skincare products here.

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7 Makeup Looks For Christmas & NYE Party!

party-looksWhat should we go for: bold lips or smoky eyes? Should we wear fake lashes? Is glitter just for teens? What’s the trend today: natural or not?

If fashion has taught me 1 thing about myself, it’s that I should never say ‘never’ and always keep an open mind. Red lips were so not my thing, until I gave them a try, and then another, and another… and now… I think they’re the best thing ever. makeup-inspiration-for-NYEeyeliner-makeup-lookIs there a makeup trend this cold season? Here are 7 beauty looks to choose from. 

1. Aside from the dark bold lips makeup that we talked about here, another massive trend, courtesy of those grungy glam 90’s meets 80’s, has caught my eyes… #2 bold-lips-look-2014-NYE2. Bold lips AND heavy eye makeup. No longer a no-no in beauty this apparently too-much-makeup-look is the thing this winter.  bold-eyes-lips-NYE-party-makeupIt is too-much, I’ll give you that, but it’s got that saturated Instagram kinda urban grungy glamour to it, and I find it quite seductive in a very rebellious way. The key is to have a flawless face: moisture, foundation, contouring & powder, and not trying to simulate a perfect smoky eye makeup, cause it will look too clubbing, too posh, too much.

The look is somewhere between today’s urban put-together makeup styles, 90’s grungy effortless makeup, and 80’s kitsch glam beauty looks.

I was always preaching the natural look, or the balanced makeup styles, but I kinda like this too-much thing right now. It’s very celebrity emulating (think Rihanna & Rita Ora) and sort of models-off-the-runways-go-out-for-partying style. It’s an effing to all the stupid makeup looks, and a finger to all the balance we’ve been taught to have. It probably is more a fad, than a trend, and it makes more sense in winter, rather than summer, so why not give it a try this NYE? eyes-lips-bold-makeupgrungy-glam-makeupNYE-makeup-bold-lips-dark-eyes3. The natural makeup look will forever be IN, and it probably is a go-to-style for Christmas dinners with family. The saturated look may just be a bit too… much. Christmas-natural-makeup-look4. The red lips is a classic  and a perfect Christmas & party look. More on this trend herered-lips-makeup-stylered-lips-makeup-NYE-2014red-lips-cat-eyes-makeupred-lips-bare-face-makeup5. The smoky eyes – another been-there-done-that-turned-classic look to keep in mind for the big party. I do feel it’s been done too much, but if you love it, and look amazing in it, rock it! smoky-eyes-makeup-NYE6. Glitter & false lashes? Why not. The 2014 NYE party is the best occasion for it. I will however say, that in this case keeping a more natural lip color would be better. eyeliner-makeup-look7. Colored funky eye makeup. This is a very girly-girly party look, that was always present, but never quite stole the spotlight. It’s fun and perfect for the holiday season, so why not? colored-eye-shadow-lookcolored-makeupcolored-makeup-lookThe times we live in come with the biggest perk of them all. Nothing is off limits fashion wise. All is in, and there is no mistake when it comes to style, as long as you own it and can pull it off. Girls, I dare say the same thing applies for makeup.

From saturated bold eyes & bold lips looks, to false lashes, glitter, retro classic makeup styles, natural looks, glowing bronzed skin, pale skin, balanced styles, funky colored looks – it’s all a matter of personal taste & having fun. The best part about it is that, starting with tomorrow up until 31 of December we’ve got plenty of times and events to give these a try.

Let’s have a look at more makeup looks for Christmas & 2014 New Year’s Eve parties… 😉 90s-style-makeupbronzed-colored-makeupcolored-funky-eye-makeup-2014-NYE-partyheavy-eyes-makeup-styleeyes-makeupmakeup-for-2014-NYE-partynatural-looknatural-makeup (2)natural-makeup-NYE-Christmas-stylenatural-NYE-party-makeup-lookred-lipsred-lips-cat-eye-NYE-makeup-styleretro-makeup-lookurban-style-makeup-red-lipssmoky-eyes-makeup-looksmoky-eyes-red-lips-looksmoky-eyes-beauty-looksmoky-eyesretro-makeup-red-lips-party-lookWhat’s your fave? Do you think the bold eyes AND bold lips look is too much?