To BANG or not to BANG? That is the question on everyone’s lips this season. Well… it’s been on mine for a year now, ever since I’ve decided to be more adventurous HAIR wise. Now all I have to do is to just put this mind-decision into actual practice. We are talking BANGS HAIRSTYLES today, so don’t go out banging… your head against walls. If that’s what you thought I was talking about. Instead, let’s get chatty and serious about having BANGS.

From blunt, full, wispy, to side-swept, retro, or curly — 2015 seems to be all about bangs. Would that have anything to do with the 70s trend, and the rocker slash boho chic looks taking over streets, retail chains and world wide web pages and blogs, I wonder?

Uhhh… where do I place my bet on this one? 2015 seems to be a lot of things but mostly a return to retro 70s, and a redundant obsession with looking French chic. And if that does not involve bangs hairstyles, I don’t know what does. You don’t say or think bangs without Brigitte Bardot or Jane Birkin crossing your mind. If only for one second. And these days everyone’s obsessed with such style and beauty icons.

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Also, is it me, or is everyone these days trying to look like a boho queen? Think Jessa from ‘Girls’. I mean, it was only on Friday when I went out that I just realised, ‘Oh wait… I’m at Coachella! Had no idea.’ ‘No, idiot. You’re not. Everyone else thinks they are though.’ Ha. These bohemian romantic but very cool, effortless and slightly rocker looks involve a few things: shades or brown, kimonos, jewellery (massive earrings or rings especially), floral prints, wedge shoes, chunky heels, a glass of poison-by-choice in thy hands, and most of the times looong hair.

And as of lately the look has been sophisticated by BANGS. In fact I’ve had the bangs talk with 2 of my girlfriends over a glass of wine on that exact evening, one of these beauties actually rocking a full set of gorgeous bangs on her head since forever. And we started debating whether or not everyone would look good in bangs, and is it true: do bangs really make you look younger?

After endless bottles of wine we concluded everyone IS beautiful and bangs hairstyles could just be the secret weapon to looking flawless.

Actually we were not that far off, because as it turns out I keep stumbling over the same line – online – over and over, and over, and over again: bangs over botox ladies!

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Yes, we were right, thank you! Bangs do have the magic power to: conceal flaws, wipe years off our faces, and enhance our best features. There’s only one trick to this entire game: nailing the right bangs for your face shape.

Ooooooooooooooooohhhhh.

Hold your horses. This shit does not stink THAT bad. Basically it’s all face-architecture.

  • Oval faces: blunt, side-swept, wispy, parted, full — any bangs style works.
  • Diamond face shape: side swept bangs work best.
  • Round faces: side-swept, or full blunt bangs I would even say.
  • Square faces: full 70s style bangs.

Ladies, these are all rules from god knows which online hub, shared and over-shared by the gurus, BUT the truth is you will only know once you try, and my plan, for myself, and plea to you, is to try with long bangs, side-swept par example, or middle-parted like those 70s looks. You can wear them full on if they look great, or play around with side-swept styles. IF any of these versions do you no justice, you can always wear them up in bobby-pins until they grows out.

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4 BANGS HAIRSTYLES TO TRY

1. Full Blunt Bangs

I love these and if I could I’d totally rock them. Of course I won’t know unless I try. Medium hairstyles with bangs or long hair with bangs, full and blunt look best.

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2. 70s Style Bangs.

These are by far my favourite, and the ones I am planning to try asap. Asap I grow some balls to chop off half of my hair from the front, that is. Cringe. I just think these bangs are the best full bangs and wispy bangs combo, and look best worn slightly side-swept or middle-parted.

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3. Side Bangs

Are the easiest to try, to do, to grow out, and actually fit any face shape. They might just be the entry level to getting or committing to bangs. When talking haircuts with bangs, side swept bangs could basically fit any style, from long to uber short, pixie cut hair.

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4. Curly Bangs

Do not wtt?-me right now. Think Rihanna when she had red curly hair. Every single girl with natural curly hair would be able to rock bangs. With the right cut, they frame the face in the most beautiful bohemian cool way possible. Some say it’s a no-no but I think curly hair with bangs is pretty amazing.

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At the end of the day though, bangs are for some a can’t-live-without hair-gimmick. A full commitment. While for others, myself included, they remain this huge ‘what if’. And to be honest while I think bangs look really nice, girly, sweet and so very young on women, I do know a few who look better without. Hello, Kim Kardashian for example. She looked nice with bangs, but so much better without. By far! So… it does make you wonder does’t it? And if she does’t have the best hair stylists, I don’t know who does.

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Before wrapping it up, let’s see more pics.

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Yeah… bangs are sophisticated and uber French chic, and in more than 90% cases they wipe off a few years, BUT, one blog post later, and the question still remains:

DO BANGS MAKE YOU LOOK YOUNGER? ARE THEY THE NEW BOTOX?

Only one way to find out.

Let’s hear it from you. In all honestly I would love to hear your bangs hairstyles experiences and thoughts, so feel free to share and comment down below.

xoxo


No, I did not just hit my head, nor am I writing this drunk. I’ve actually never been more serious, and sober for that matter. GREY HAIR is a thing these days, and GRANNY GLAM just became a massive hair trend in 2015. Whaaaaaaaaa?!

Are we loving it ladies? Yes, we are. Why? First of all cause it looks fabulous and second of all, for everything it actually stands for. For decades fashion has been throwing beauty stereotypes our way all centred around the idea of youth, as if being young is a choice and there are tons of immortals and beautiful vampires out there to whose looks we’re all dying to aspire.

To think youth is beauty is normal, but to limit beauty to this concept is ridiculous. Millions of women well beyond the age of 50 or 60 look more stunning than millions of other girls in their 20s. And viceversa. Beauty comes from within, from confidence, from brilliance, from happiness, from kindness, from strength, from love, from attitude, charisma and so much more that rarely has to do with just looks.

Of course as humans subjected to time passing and the oh-so-scary-getting-old-stage in our lives we try to keep ourselves young as much as we can. And yes, hair colouring is one gimmick billions of women of all ages are doing. 1) For the trend of it, and 2) for necessity – covering up those silver hairs.

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The fact that fashion just put grey hair on a trend pedestal only comes to show us how stupid actually all these beauty-ideas are. Of course a lot can be said about this, and truth be told I’m not even sure if there’s a wrong or right.

The Granny Glam hair trend was started by young girls and beauty bloggers who made their locks silver and kept their makeup sassy: bold lips, perfectly applied eyeliner and lashes, long nails, contouring on point, while their mothers and grandmothers continue to dye their grey hair.

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Still, there are loads of other woman out there, way before this became a trend, with natural silver hair that frankly don’t give a fuck about hair trends and colouring and wear their manes with the pride that only comes with time and self-confidence. And they look stunning.

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At the end of the day the grey hair trend could be just another fad, that may or may not liberate the idea of beauty for some women. Cause really it’s up to each and every one of us.

I don’t have any silver hairs yet, but I’d go granny glam if only I’d have a glam squad. Now… if I had a head full of grey hair… in all honesty I’m not sure I’d rock that shit. Cause I couldn’t. Of course, I can only hope time strengthens my self-confidence and I might be this posh lady with beautiful silver hair, perfect lips and groomed nails when the time comes.

I might have gotten a bit carried away here on the idea of beauty and youth, but I feel like fashion FINALLY does make a point, and this might just be one of the brilliant fashion movements we’ve all been waiting for. Beauty is after all so very subjective and limiting it to one or two ideas is a complete waste of… beauty itself.

Although the granny hair trend became a look right now, courtesy of young girls (who let’s be honest here, could do whatever they wanted with youth on their side)… some of us will perhaps overthink this in a good way. I mean why do we regard men with a few silver hairs as bloody hot? See my point?

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The above rant aside, we are still faced with one question: can everyone do grey hair as a trend, and of so, are there any styling tips?

The thing about grey hair I think is it tends to wash you out, so finding the right shade (sounds silly, but Im guessing when dyeing your locks silver it does come down to more shades to pick from) is crucial. The granny glam hair trend comes in white hair, even a certain shade of platinum, grey, or greyish blue.

Makeup wise you need to go full on, if you ask me, in order to avoid the aforementioned washed-out effect. Bold lips look amazing!

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Style wise: anything that clashes with the idea of grey hair works its magic. Edgy looks, over-the-top glamorous styles, a bit of rocknroll vibes all create a great style balance against silver hair.

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So ladies if you dare to do this incredibly statement and fabulous look kudos to you. If you’ve already got a few silvers in your hair I think right now would be a great time to stop stressing about it.  And last but certainly not least, if you’re already rocking the natural silver mane you are fantastic.

the pics now…

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Beauty is just an idea we all have in our minds and hearts and we owe it to ourselves to expand it, break its boundaries and ironically not focus it on looks but rather on what truly makes a woman beautiful. Age and hair have nothing to do with it. My money’s on kindness, love, true friendship, strength, and happiness.

Here’s to all the women out there! #youareallbeautiful

 

 

The fact that it’s even a question we ask ourselves in 2015, is enough of a sign that YES, platinum blonde hair might just be the new thing this season. That, and also Kim Kardashian’s latest hair transformation. The girl just bleached her hair last week and went platinum blonde. If held the planet followed, I would’t be surprised.

I wouldn’t though blame it all on Kim. Hello, Kanye.

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Anyway, leaving those two aside, I would very much dare say I myself had a lot to do with this new hair trend. Whaaaaaaa?!

OK. Allow me now for the sake of, basically myself, to be slightly delusional. But honest. Those who know me, know, that last week right before Kim Kardashian went platinum I was seriously considering getting blonde highlights, and then, after stumbling on this photo below of Kate Moss, I was flirting A LOT with the idea of getting platinum blonde hair. Like rough rebel chic 80s style bleached hair, with dark roots and dark eyebrows. Think Madonna or Deborah Harry back then. Or Rita Ora & Rihanna today.

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Dayum.

Of course had I voiced this hair desire sooner, I could have claimed the fucking throne to platinum hair. Well, not really, but part of being delusional comes with alternative realities. I got so many, this one’s just the icing on the cake. At least I wasn’t that off the rail and onto the looney place with my bleached blonde thoughts.

Ahh, but you see… platinum hair, as Marilyn Monroe intriguing and seductive as it is, or as 80s Madonna sexual-edgy as it looks is not a cake we can all swallow. These two bombshells are fair skinned and have blue eyes. But what about us, the rest of the flock with darker skin, dark eyes, and not-naturally-light-blonde-hair?

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Is platinum blonde hair a safe beauty-bet?

NO. ‘Excuse me?’ snapped my brown-eyed-medium-brown-skinned-self at me. ‘Well, the thing is, platinum hair will always look more at home on a fair skinned person, BUT, all the other skin tones have one massive outcome out of this look: incredible, unbelievable and irresistible edginess and coolness.’ THIS I find personally more intriguing and lust over looking at, more than the opposite. Again, I am biased.

Platinum hair is a major style and beauty statement, first of all cause of its obviousness, and second, for what it stands for or translates.

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It can be the dolled up platinum bleached blonde babe, but that is so 2000s Christina Aguillera. Done, done, done. And then done some more. With a slight risk you’ll end up looking like a porn star. It can be retro-bombshell-glamorous, think Marilyn Monroe, or Gwen Stefani. Or it can look very edgy-rock-urban-cool with dark roots and dark eyebrows. Think Rita Ora, 80s Madonna, Rihanna. Not to mention so many fashionistas, bloggers, or models out there. Of all skin tones, and beauty traits.

Platinum blonde also looks so much better on short-er hair, hence Kim Kardashian’s new cut to go with the new colour. Plus think about the rest of the icons. Exactly.

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This is where things don’t add up for me, as I made a promise to myself I will no longer cut my hair for a long time. Cause I wanna have Azealia Banks mermaid mane. I know… I’m still 12.

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Can anyone wear platinum blonde hair?

YES. It is all a matter of the right shade somehow.

While fair skinned people can pretty much rock any platinum blonde shade (cold, warm, ice blonde, pinkish, ash blonde etc.), the plot thickens when we talk medium brown, brown, caramel, and dark skin tone.

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But platinum blonde hair DOES work of any skin tone out there. It all depends on the overall look you’re going for. Platinum being such a doll-hair-color, will always – in my book – look so much better clashed against the opposite: roughness, ghetto-glam styles, retro-edgyness et all.

  • dark roots. They add roughness and edginess to the style, giving it that 80s rocknroll vibe.
  • dark eyebrows. Yes. It’s no longer required to match your eyebrows to your hair, au contraire, keeping your eyebrows dark, or darkening them will add more definition to your features and create a high-fashion-cool contrast to your platinum hair.
  • match your platinum shade to your skin tone. Think about when last week Kim Kardashian bleached her hair it sort of had a yellow unnatural tone to it, now… she went even lighter, but cooled down her shade and made it less chicken-yellow and more 80s platinum. And I’m betting it will look even better once her roots grow out a bit.

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Yes, it’s not natural looking on darker skin tones, and yes they would probably look conventionally better with darker hair, BUT platinum hair with darker skin tones looks uber sophisticated and very very very fashionable.

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Rocking platinum blonde though will probably take the right attitude & tons of commitment: hydrate & condition our hair a LOT more, AND different makeup habits: eyebrow makeup, mascara, bold lips, contouring. I think platinum hair requires muted makeup tones but strong defined features. Think Instagram filters.

So what do you think girls, are we really going back to the 80s platinum locks? And if so, do they look too fake, or do they actually add just the right amount of sophistication and edginess to our style?

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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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.

kylie-jenner-lips (5)kylie-jenner-lipsbold-dark-lips-makeup-trend (6)Next spring it’ll all be about natural faces and clean make-up, so this over-made-up face may just have its last breath. It seems like everything these days is about strong eyebrows, cat-eyes, contouring AND now overpenciled bold lips.

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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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?

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. ;)

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

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?

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

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