Critics Choice Awards Red Carpet Faves

This season may be fun for all the awards, but the fashion is the best part to get some inspiration. Here are some lovely looks from last night’s Critics Choice Awards red carpet:

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Rachel McAdams in Elie Saab

Bring on the sparkles! This gown was the perfect choice of color for her. The matching lip color brings the look together. This dress shows that even more embellished gowns can look classic and elegant.

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Rosie Huntington Whitely in Saint Laurent

Black never goes out of style. This gown was the perfect combination of simple but still interesting. The unique take on the neckline made the dress stand out more. The sparkly clutch adds a touch of glam to this dress!

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Alicia Vikander in Mary Katrantzou

It is always nice to see something different on the red carpet. The intricate bead work stands on its own and needs no accessories. It was smart for her to go simple on everything else and let the dress speak on its own.

What were your favorite looks from last night?

Holiday Hairstyles

Tis the season of so many holiday parties! It can be hard to decide what to do with your hair with how busy this time of year is. Maybe it is time to switch it up and try something new! You can try some of these looks:

  1. Updos
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Whether high buns or low buns, getting your hair out of your face gives you an elegant look appropriate for the holidays!  This is a great hairstyle to rock with statement earrings.

2. Loose Curls

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Whether your hair is short or long, loose curls are the perfect holiday party look. A simple regular curling iron or a wand one can help you easily achieve this style.

3) Ponytails

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A sleek ponytail gives you an air of sophistication as you walk into a room. You can have fun with this and add curls to the pony or just leave it straight.

Which looks are you feeling for the holiday season?

 

Lip colors of the season

The best way to freshen up a dull/dry look in the winter season, is with a bright pop of lip color. From casual daytime looks to evening/holiday party, it’s easy to transform your look with a different lip color. here are the top 5 trending lip colors of winter 2015.

 

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2. Metallic

Great for my summer tan.  It's very hard to find colors that compliment my skin when it changes.:

3. Dark Berry

Selena Gomez's braid and dark red lipstick are perfect for a holiday party:

4. Purple

5. Mauve

big lashes + mauve lipstick:

#ManiMonday for the Holidays

It may be Monday, but the holidays are so soon! Having the perfect manicure is a must during this festive time of the year. Time to have some fun with your nail art! Here are some of our faves:

1) Glitter Nails

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What’s more holiday-esque than having glitter nails? You can have fun with this and either paint all your nails glitter or just a few of them. This is a fun way to experiment with different colors.

2) Classic Red Nails

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If you are into a more simple look, red nails are the perfect choice for the holidays. You can try out different shades of red that go best with your skin tone.

3. Snowflake Design

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With a thin brush of white nail polish, a snowflake design like this one can be accomplished! You can decorate one nail with a snowflake and achieve a winter wonderland look.

Which manicure will you choose for the holidays?

Halloween Makeup Inspiration: Cut Crease Glam

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Hello everyone!

It’s almost that time of year again! Halloween is just around the corner, and if you’re anything like me, you’re probably struggling with costume ideas too!

Normally, I’m all for giving a scare with a little blood and gore when it comes to my costumes but sometimes it’s nice to wear something equally as dramatic but a bit more glamorous.

When looking up inspiration for my look, I decided to play around with my makeup collection and experiment with a look that centered around my makeup rather than a look that centered around my costume. For years I’ve been in awe of Arabic makeup styles, so I decided to create a look that made use of the infamous cut crease and double winged liner that is popular with such eye looks.

For my look, I took influence from Cleopatra’s signature blue & gold hued eye makeup as well as princess Jasmine’s Middle Eastern headpieces in combination with her ponytail updo from her lesser known red outfit. I figured going for a bold, glittery look all throughout would be the only way to achieve a look so fierce. I guess you could say I was going for a modern day Cleopatra meets genie in the bottle vibe!

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Although this look seems complicated, its a lot simpler than you think! The key to recreating this look is actually making use of a few closet staples: lots of eyeliner, statement jewelry, and a bold lip color.

To map out my process for you, here’s a few tips:

  1. I first started out by straightening my hair. Then I took some bobby pins and secured a gold necklace into my hair, with the design draping across my forehead. (I later switched to a pony tail updo and a diamond encrusted necklace instead, but it’s up to you which variation you prefer).
  2.  After my normal face routine, I then filled in my brows slightly thicker and bolder than what I normally do to add to the drama of the look.
  3. Next, I applied the darkest lip color I own, a blackened purple liquid lipstick. (You can even go for a deep cranberry color if black shades are too much for you).
  4. Then I started working on the eyes. Simply start out by carving out the shape of your crease with a creamy black gel liner & eyeliner brush. (Liquid liners are a great alternative if you don’t have an eyeliner brush). Next, smoke out the crease line you just drew by going over it with any black or deep purple eyeshadows.
  5. After this, fill in the rest of your lids with any gold eyeshadow, and once you’re done go over it with a gold glitter eyeliner to add sparkle.
  6. Next, you’re ready to start adding your normal eyeliner. Start at the corner of your eyes and extend a line past your tear duct, then continue towards the end of your eye, thickening the liner as you move outwards. Finish by making sure your liner has a very extended wing. (The closer the tip is to the end of your eyebrow the better).
  7. Now you’re ready to start working on the lower lash line. Take your eyeliner and connect it to your top eyeliner by starting at the end of your wing and lining it all the way back to your inner corner while remembering to connect it to the extended tear duct line so the result is a tip on both ends of your eye.
  8. Finish your look by adding a metallic teal eyeliner on the lower lash line underneath the black liner, and pop on your favorite pair of false lashes. You can even go a step further and complete your look by lining your eyebrows with rhinestones like I did.

Bottom line: Have fun experimenting with whatever makeup you have and keep everything bold & dramatic.

I hope this helps some of you with your looks this year!

-NK

DIY Skincare: At home facial mask

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Happy Monday everyone!

As we begin the new week, I’d like to share with you one of my favorite at home skincare remedies.  As we all know, taking care of our skin is very important, but not everyone has the time or money to make weekly trips to the salon or splurge on fancy facial masks. However, despite the craziness of our busy lives, your skin care routine doesn’t have to be as complicated! By using a few simple ingredients that can be found in your kitchen, you can achieve great looking skin while using all natural ingredients.

For this particular facial you will need:

  1. Honey (3 tablespoons)
  2.  Nutmeg (1 teaspoon)
  3. Cinnamon (1 teaspoon)

Simply mix all three ingredients together in a small mixing bowl and apply to face. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes then rinse off with lukewarm water. You can apply this facial a few times a week or as frequently as you like. It is important, however, to note that each ingredient has several benefits for your skin.

For instance, cinnamon is known for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, which can be useful in fighting acne. Cinnamon can also be used to prevent fine lines by plumping the skin, and can reduce the look of aging by increasing collagen levels. It also helps improve complexion and soothe dry skin.

Honey, on the other hand, is clarifying because it opens up pores and makes them easy to unclog. Honey is also extremely moisturizing and is great for achieving a glowing complexion in addition to acting as a natural antiseptic.

Finally, nutmeg benefits the skin by acting as an exfoliant as well as another agent to help soothe acne. It is also very high in antioxidants and can help reduce scarring.

So when you come home tonight from a long day of work, give this facial a try! I’m sure you’ll grow to love it as much as I do!

Have a great rest of your day!

-NK