Flower Beards – Crazy or Cool?

LONG ago, on my old beauty blog (which I will stop mentioning after today, I think you’ve got it!), I did a thing every once in awhile called “Crazy or Cool?”.

Basically, I’d write about some weird beauty trend and we’ll talk about whether we think it’s “crazy” or “cool”. I started it in 2009, and when I started this new blog, I wondered if I should do it here too. I mean, times have changed so much – would you even bat an eyelid if a man is wearing nail polish? Or is someone has half a shaved head? I doubt it. So I wondered, what could possibily be there to talk about today?

flower beards hipster trend

Well, it seems this feature brought itself back, because as you can see, there is a trend going around with the guys: Flower beards.

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The ‘Coolest’ Nail Polish Trick, Ever

beauty tip of the weekEVERY Thursday, on my old beauty blog, I used to write a post called Beauty Tip of the Week… and this feature is back, baby!

While I’ll probably have to repeat a few tips (and give them a much needed update – some are from 2009), I have plenty more tips I never shared so the majority of them will be brand new.

Here’s the first one: make your nail polish last longer by keeping it in the fridgeMy mom taught me this one as a kid (actually, most of the beauty tips I have are from her), and we’ve been doing this for as long as I can remember – I have memories of being a very young girl and opening the fridge to look at all her nail polish!

nail polish in fridge beauty tipThis tip is one of those “old wives tales” so the source of it is unknown. But it makes sense, I suppose, since heat is known to break down ingredients quicker than normal.

This nail-polish-in-fridge beauty tip is also great for keeping some limited edition colors that you like, but don’t use all the time. I mean seriously – with this trick, you can keep some colors for years, as I have done in the past. (I don’t know if this is exactly “healthy”, though.)

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Drawing A Fine Line with Urban Decay

IF there is one product I’d recommend to completely change your look, it’s eyeliner. I remember when I was 15 and got my first eyeliner, no other makeup could compare, it became my go-to makeup product. I actually don’t wear much eye makeup now, but when I do… bring on the eyeliner! Dark, deep smokey eyes is still my favorite eye look. And the best eyeliner I’ve been using in the last 2 years is Urban Decay’s 24/7 Guide On Eyeliner.

urban decay 24/7 glide on eyeliner review

First of all, like its name says, it does glide on perfectly – the formula is super smooth and soft, and because of that, it’s incredibly easy to use. The next thing is staying power. It is good. It will last a good night out – when I return from a night out, I always see that my eye shadow is no where to be found, but my eyeliner is still there, or at least 80% of it (depends on how good the night was, eh?!).Read More >>

Is Embryolisse the Crème of the Crop?

embryolisse lait creme concentreLITTLE known fact about me: I love Goop (the person and the website – I’ve been a subscriber since day 1). I’m not that well-versed in celebrity culture, so I don’t know much, but I really like her. She just seems like such a cool lady, no?

Anyway, the latest news is that Boots, probably my favorite store in London, is going to stock Gwyneth Paltrow’s favorite moisturizer, Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentre, also known as the “24 Hour Miracle Cream”.

As reported by Daily Mail, Boots decided to bring in the moisturizer after a conference where the world’s top makeup and skincare specialists met to talk about what’s missing from their stores. The product was mentioned again and again, and a quick search led me to find out that it’s pretty much a staple in the fashion industry, and every minute, a tube is sold all around the world.Read More >>

Get Your Swag (Hairstyle) On

swag hairstyleSEVERAL fashion and beauty magazines are now deeming “The Swag” as the hairstyle for 2015, and I might actually be in fashion for once!

The Swag features everything I love (and have) in a hairstyle – messy, textured mid-length hair with a side bang –  and is like the 70’s Shag hairstyle but with a bit more “swing” and movement.

To get this look, firstly, get your hair cut at a reasonable length – this look can go from “effortless sexy” to “dude, are you doing OK?” very fast, so keep the length between your shoulders to a little past your collarbone. After washing your hair (probably best to skip conditioner so it’s extra crunchy), spritz texture spray from root to tips, and braid loosely. Then, go to bed (or leave it on for at least 6 hours).

The next day, release the braids and lightly spray hairspray through it, scrunching your hair as you go. You can rub in some dry shampoo and/or volumizing spray on your parting for extra volume on top.Read More >>