I had so much fun this morning at Windy City Live talking spring beauty trends and how to get them with products for all under $10. Check it out!
P.S. Here are some behind-the-scenes shots as WCL’s co-host Val and I get ready to go live.
photos by Tyler Furlan
If you’ve recently picked up a gossip magazine, signed onto Pinterest, or visited a college campus, you’re well aware of the “statement nail” polish trend that’s sweeping the ring fingers of women everywhere. Confused? Celebrtities and young girls alike have been painting their ring fingers a different color, texture, or pattern than the rest of their digits. In fact, it’s so common that just today my manicurist asked me what other color I wanted when I only handed her one bottle of polish. Crazy! It’s a fun, pretty way for girls and young women to get creative with lacquers, but we’re not sending the older women in our lives to join the party. We think it’s a fad that’ll fade quicker than we can say tacky. posted by Cody
Have you heard of beso.com? It’s a site devoted to shopping (need I say more). To help the hunt, they pick the brains of industry peeps like myself to see what’s on our lists, which may just inspire yours. So, when I was asked about the beauty products I’m all about right now, of course I had to tell. Read More
I’m wearing EvolutionMan Nail Paint in Stand Out. Formulated for a man (yes, really…have you heard of “guyliner“?) yet equally wearable for a woman. I can’t tell you how many compliments I’ve gotten wearing this metallic charcoal. It’s all about the matte finish — edgy and elegant. And the color pops against my turquoise Coach Madison wallet.
Fitness trends are just about as, well, trendy as fashion and beauty trends. They vary from coast to coast and there’s always a trainer coming out with the next best body-perfecting method. Treadmills and weight-training machines are a thing of the past. It’s all about interactive, method-specific choreography to burn fat and sculpt muscles and tissue in an innovative way. Just when you thought there couldn’t possibly be any more ways to tighten your tush, we present you with the “it” fitness trends of 2012. Read More
It seems every beauty company got the same memo — formulate a BB cream. The “BB” stands for beauty balm (some also say blemish balm). These wonder creams have been popular in Asia for years and now they’re all the rage in the states. The main idea behind them is that they give light, even coverage like a tinted moisturizer, but they’re also a skincare product packed with hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, and sunscreen. Dr. Jart, which I’ve talked about before, was first out of the gate, and it’s still one of my favorites. MAC, Estee Lauder, Clinique, and Garnier have also come out with their own versions. I definitely think they’re worth the try. And now you’ve gotten the memo, too.
We expected Adele to be this year’s Grammy darling, but who knew her nails would be the topic that blew up on twitter. The singer surprised us sporting dagger-shaped nails inspired by Louboutins. Here’s how to do it yourself, courtesy of Nailtini.
1. Trying to paint the underside of your natural nail might be difficult and too messy to work with, even for skilled professionals. Use artificial nails or tips instead. Trim or file your natural nail down so it can’t be seen over the tip of your finger. Size artificial nails to all 10 fingers and set aside.
2. Paint the underside of each nail/tip with two coats of a classic red lacquer and allow the polish to dry completely. Apply 1-2 drops of nail glue to artificial nail and press onto nail bed holding in place until it sets. Repeat for all nails. Quick tip: Be careful not to use too much – you don’t want it seeping out the sides.
3. Paint tops of nails with your choice color, and then embellish with rhinestones or a glitter topcoat like Nailtini Sparkler.
There’s nothing quite like the exhilarating rush you get from scoring a great designer deal. Many of my favorite pieces, like my Proenza Schouler for Target dress, are the ones I’ve been snatching up since the beginning — when Target first launched its now hugely popular designer collections. Other companies like JCPenney have wisely followed in this lucrative trend, and the spring Nicole by Nicole Miller line at JCPenney has some new additions and adorable looks. Nicole Miller has been doing the line for JCPenney since 2005, but sleepwear, sunglasses, fine jewelry, and bridal jewelry have just been added to the collection. See what we’re lusting over. (P.S. It’s all under $100!)
Your guide to the best looks of the night!Reese Witherspoon’s beachy waves1. On dry hair, layer Pureology Root Lift from roots to tips. Blowdry with a medium round brush for volume.2. Working around the head, wrap hair around a 1” iron creating soft curls.4. Separate curls with finger, Apply Anti Breakage Twist for added texture and definition.5. Backcomb (tease) the crown for volume and finish with a mist of hairspray.Read More
Nicole Pearl, The Beauty Girl, has written for national publications including Allure, Cosmo, Marie Claire, Self, In Style, Seventeen, and more. She appears as a beauty and style expert on TV for shows like TODAY, Windy City LIVE, and more. She's covered NYC and LA Fashion Weeks, has been a guest speaker for corporations, hosts events and offers services. The Beauty Girl blog is Nicole's exclusive insider notebook, sharing her V.I.P. access to the latest in beauty. Welcome! Still curious about Nicole? Click here.
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