Looking for some design inspiration? We’ve all been stuck with an empty white wall at one point or another–they beg for a “statement piece.” For me, it was my tiny college dorm room enclosed by white cinderblock walls (oh, the glamour!). Blik self-adhesive wall decals were the answer. Think: chandeliers, olive trees, sock monkeys. I was excited to discover that Blik upped the ante on their wall decals and teamed up with WRAPPED to create large-scale, self-adhesive wallpaper. WRAPPED is known for their fantastic wrapping paper and their designs are now being made into huge Blik decals. The designs are truly a work of art and can cover an entire wall–for less than $100. Check out the awesome Blik x WALLPAPER designs below!
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The holiday shopping season is well underway and if you’re like us you’ve got shopping carts started on a few or 12 different sites. Not ready to purchase something, but afraid we’ll forget about it, we toss it in the cart as a bookmark for later. It’s a completely unorganized and inefficient way of doing things, but just in the nick of time we’ve discovered some uber cool apps that make shopping, particularly online shopping, so much easier. And fun, if you could just fathom that.
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We’ve slathered every which type of oil on our skin—olive, argan, coconut, jojoba, avocado, to name five. A new contender that landed on our desks: Squalane oil. It’s a hot new ingredient that’s popping up in skincare products and gaining industry buzz. The oil was once purely derived from shark liver (yikes!), which is considered to be the richest source of Squalane. However, there are now all-natural, cruelty-free ways to obtain Squalane via plant sources like Amaranth seed, rice bran, wheat germ, and olives. Read More
I was back at the TODAY show this week, but this time around I was on the 4th hour with Hoda and Kathie Lee. I had a blast with them and even got my own jingle! They are like the aunt or friend we’d all love to have — fun, supportive and a little bit cuckoo in the best way. Here’s the segment in case you missed it along with some behind-the-scenes photos.
Posing with Kathie Lee and Hoda.
The night before the segment I stopped by the studio to set up the products with the prop stylist. Here I am sitting on the famous TODAY show couch.
30 seconds before going live.
This photo was taken during our segment.
Loved chatting with TODAY show style editor Bobbie Thomas.
The Spring 2013 fashion shows may be coming to close, but we’re just beginning to pull out our fall wardrobes (hello, leather weather). Stash your pastel eyeshadows, coral bullets, and think extremes for this fall’s beauty palette.
EYES: black and blue, geometric shapes
From the clothes to the makeup, the IT color combo for fall is black and blue. For makeup, the best way to wear this trend is to focus on your eyes. At Giorgio Armani and Anna Sui we saw a unique take on the classic cat eye using these shades. Skip shadow and go straight to liner, which should be drawn in a more geometric shape. To make this eye look wearable for everyday, make a “v” shape by lining half of your top lash line and the outer fourth of your bottom lashline. Define and thicken the “v” in the outside corner. Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner and Lancome Le Crayon Khol are solid picks.
LIPS: bold or bareRead More
If you have split ends or dry skin or nails you should know about Argan oil. It comes from the plant oil produced from the kernels of the argan tree in Morocco. What you really need to know is that it’s a star moisturizer. You can buy it pure or you can find it as a key ingredient in many creams and conditioners. Drugstore and prestige brands are coming out with their own versions. Here are a couple worth knowing about:
To use, apply a few drops on your face, split ends, cuticles, cuts and scrapes, whatever needs a little extra TLC. We put a few droplets of the do-everything healers into our creams and moisturizers to give ‘em a little boost. The oils are organic and chemical-free—a skincare staple particularly for those who use strictly natural cosmetics.
One thing I always keep in my bathroom is zit medicine. I want to be armed and ready whenever one appears. Some of my faves: Mario Badescu and Clearasil.
Then there are the days when I need/want extra enforcement. That’s when I bring in the TANDA Zap ($49). It’s like the pimple police. The handheld device uses a blue light technology to zap zits. The blue lights kills bacteria, the sonic vibration calms inflammation and the tip warms up to help open pores.
I (and my hubby) have used this in lieu of and in conjunction with zit cream and we’ve seen results both ways. However, you do have to use the device 2-3 times per day. It takes about 2 minutes per treatment, and I like that it doesn’t cause flaky skin or redness, both of which can happen if you pile on too much medicine.
I had the pleasure of attending a CND event yesterday in the presidential suite of Chicago’s Waldorf Astoria. Creative Nail Design is the brand for nails. They do the nails at practically every show during fashion week and set the trends. Celebs like Rihanna, who’s talons stand out on the red carpet, have CND to thank. 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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