Beauty

Slumber parties and braiding each other's hair may be a thing of our past, but that doesn't mean we don't experiment with new hairstyles. A simple and fun way to create a new look is with hair accessories and we've picked our favorites.

Alison's Pick

Big Organza Bloom, $35 Ban.do

My girlfriend's wedding in Paris is fast approaching. I've got a gorgeous Ted Baker pink, pale red and cream patterned dress and this bloom will definitely top off the look! With such a statement piece it's best to have the hair simple and up.

Christina Wright's Pick

Bright Ikat Twisted Turband, $24 Etsy

I love fun patterned twisted turbans when I am having a bad hair day! I usually just tuck all my hair around the back of the turban, and leave a few wisps of hair messily popping out. It gives a put together, but not really put together look. I always get complimented on it (which makes me wonder why I bother doing my hair on normal days.) These twisted turban headbands from Sararae Shop on Etsy are my favorite! She always has tons of cool patterns and fun colors that you could easily go overboard in her shop. I especially LOVE her floral headbands for the little kids!

Simply Modern Weddings

Christina's Pick

Pretty in Pink Tribal Hair Bow, $10 Global Couture

Unique, handmade bows by Global Couture are perfect because she has so many fun options to choose from. You can even opt to make them headbands or bow ties. And what's even better...she has them with matching earrings, if you really are in love with a specific pattern I'm so naturally drawn to funky patterns and colors. Mixing up prints is a really fun trend to play with. I'll take one in every pattern please?!

Street Swag

Lauren's Pick

Cherry Blossom Moisterizing Conditioner, $4 Bath and Body Works

I've searched for ages for an affordable, everyday-conditioner for my thick, dry, frizzy, multi-textured hair and this baby takes the cake! Usually $8 a bottle, but now on sale for only four! It cuts down the frizz and leaves my curls softer and better structured. It also leaves behind a sweet and refreshing scent that often lasts the whole day! Now that my hair is tamed, I'll be adding an accessory.

Endless Amusement

NO, those are not my nails! First, it takes patience to sit there while the woman at the salon applies all the stones, etc. and I start fidgeting after 10 minutes. Second, I'd probably poke someone accidentally and cause bodily harm. And third, it would appear extreme on me showing off some beauty products or gifts on TV with those nails. BUT, the gal (Mie) who has these nails at CHI Nails in Beverly Hills is delightful and sassy and she can pull off the look effortlessly.

These looks are more my speed.

    

    


And here's my first ever gel application. So far it's lasted five days and no chips. This is exciting! Next time, I'll experiment with a little design.

 

 

 

  These are pressing times in the world of nail art so we decided to take a shot at some of these nail trends! The popular DIY route is a great way to have fun with styles and designs. Plus, if you don't quite have the budget or time for a regular manicure (like us), these drug store Appliques and Press-ons are an excellent alternative. 

Impress Press-Ons from Broadway Nails

Nicole Scherzinger Series

Pros 

 They come with adhesive attached to each nail. They are easy to apply--just peel and press!

Each set has a variety of sizes, so they fit on snug to each nail.

The nails are softer than your average press on nail so you can easily mold it to your natural nails as you press them on. You won't even be able to tell they're fake.

Cons

The nails have small gaps that can get caught in your hair or clothing.  

The nail sets come as "standard" nail sizes. There may be a chance they could be too big or small, depending on your nail size. 

Make sure you align them on your nail correctly the first time. If you press them on crooked, they are very difficult to remove and reapply.

And the colors and patterns were a little extreme; definitely not your everyday styles.

 

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips

Pros 

 The nail polish strips mold to fit your nails. They look just like nail polish without having to wait for them to dry!

The applique stays securely on your nails and come off easily with nail polish remover.

You can conveniently buy them at many stores. 

The Salon Effects line provides a vast array of colors, textures and patterns to choose from.

You can mix and match any of the strips with nail polish to create your own stylized look.

Each package comes equipped with a cuticle stick, file and buffer to prep and place your strips. 

They are great conversation starters!

Cons

 As soon as you open them from the package, you have to use them all or they dry up. 

It takes a little more skill set to apply them to your nail, but with practice you apply them to fit your whole nail and file off the rest. 

**Tip: Apply a clear coat to help keep them from chipping

 

Covering both beauty and fashion means I try lots of products and look at lots of clothes. Which leads to being asked many times about my favorite beauty products and designers. We recently moved into a new house which means new places to put my beauty supplies and new tricks for organization. I'm excited to have more drawers, cabinets and storage. Here's a peek at just two of my beauty cabinets. These are my two go-to places every morning and night.

Filled with many of my favorites from Super by Dr. Nicholas Perricone (GetSuper.com) and Perricone MD (Perriconemd.com) products like Sun Kissed and Cold Plasma to Moisturizing Activator and 3 Minute Miracle (a genius product that let's me skip regular pricey facials). I switch my routine based on my skin's needs, which can happen monthly due to weather, stress and travel. The  Clarisonic has helped me avoid the flaky skin that can happen in winter and if you haven't tried them, Brushpicks are brilliant for a quick teeth cleaning. I keep a small tube of them in my bag at all times.  And while I have an array of nail polish colors from Essie in another drawer, I keep my go-to colors like pale pinks for my fingers and deeper tones for my toes, handy for when I'm running out the door to the salon or to pack in my suitcase.

And with cabinets below my sink I had to come up with ways to see all my products and reach them easily. Solution? Real Simple organizers from Bed, Bath and Beyond. They were meant for the office, but they work well in my bathroom. Cups and apothecary glassware keep my brushes, mascaras, eye shadows and lip glosses tidy, while the sections in the "box" keep it all compartmentalized. This box slides like a drawer making it easy for me to see what I have and get to it each morning without being messy. Each brush performs a job whether it be applying concealer, powder or blush. And some of my must have cosmetics include NYX and Dior mascara, Laura Mercier loose powder, Benefit and Origins concealers, Urban Decay All Nighter for long TV shoot days, blush from Makeup For Ever and Lorac plus plenty of eyeshadow choices from Shu Uemura, Bobbi Brown and Sue Devitt.

I'm sharing a few of my best secrets on Playtex's new web series, "A Secret Worth Sharing".  Click on the pic below to check out some of my favorite tips and tricks to look your very best!!  

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Stuck on an island with only five things?  Going on vacation and can fit just a few favorite products? Each question gets at least one same answer. Mascara. It's my daily dose. My daily routine. The only place you won't see me wearing it is during a morning workout (but I'll curl my lashes) or sleeping. So in celebration of the iconic Great Lash mascara from Maybelline, knowing we ladies always want our eye to look lovelier, they teamed up with designers Maz Azria, Tracy Reese and Vivienne Tam to create a limited edition stylish collection available at Target.  Scoop up your favorite look.

Maybelline Great Lash mascara Maybelline Great Lash, Target.com for $6.99

And then it's onto my brows. I have skinny brows (wish I could say the same about my thighs) so they need definition with a brow pencil. I've got two go -to items.   YBF (Your Best Friend) Brow Pencil,  HSN.com 2 for $20 Anatasia brow pencil, Sephora.com for $22 And here's a few tips on how to get well shaped brows: *Comb your eye brows before applying eye brow pencil, and then ever so lightly comb them when you have completed. Use your eye brow pencil with feathery strokes. Blend carefully and remove any telltale marks. *Hold a pencil vertically against the side of the nostril. The point at which the pencil crosses the brow is where the natural brow line should start. Lightly mark this spot with pencil. Don't tweeze brows too far behind this line. *While keeping bottom of pencil stationary at base of nostril, slide the top slightly across the front of the eye. Stop at the outer edge of the iris. Where the pencil crosses the brow is where the arch should be. Lightly mark this spot. *Again, keeping bottom of pencil stationary at base of nostril, move pencil diagonally so that it extends past the outer corner of your eye. Lightly mark this spot. Your brow should not go past this point, or your eye will appear to droop. Use short, feathery strokes to fill in brows. *And if you make the mistake of going too dark – no worries – don't remove! Just apply a light dusting of Neutralizing Powder over the brows to soften until the shade is perfect for you. This also sets the brow.
When I'm vacation bound it means packing bikinis, coverups and sandals for sun drenched days and beauty products to protect and keep my glow going day, night and for when I return to "the real world".  Once at my destination you'll likely find me in the water or on a lounge chair with a big hat on and book in hand. (May I recommend, Tina Fey's Bossy Pants.)

In the Sun

Sunscreen for face and body with high SPF that avoided the burn, gave me great protection and didn't cause any skin outbreaks. Laroche-posay.us, $29 I adore this product, particularly when I know I'll be spending more time outdoors. It gives me more protection that a tinted moisturizer and my skin has a lovely glow. Perriconemd.com, $50

Sun Relief

A no-rinse mask that is lightweight and smooth. Kohgendocosmetics.com, $90

After Sun

A soothing chamomile mist that both my husband and I enjoyed after a day of sunshine and swimming. Cool and refreshing. Jurlique.com, $21 I turned to this after I washed my face with a gentle cleanser. A nighttime treatment to help resurface and regenerate your skin and repair sun damage while you sleep. Arcona.com, $42  
My producer friend in Florida is always in search of THE perfect makeup that will keep her skin looking fresh and young. With the heat, humidity and brutal sun she doesn't leave the house without makeup on and it must have SPF and not melt off her face.  So while I had seen Hourglass in Sephora and been curious, my friend Leigh couldn't stop pushing it on me when I visited her in Florida. And now I dig it too. I like the consistency, the additional benefits of the Hyaluronic and absence of those pesky ingredients like parabens, sulfates and perfumes. The tinted moisturizer, veil makeup and primer are now a part of my cosmetic bag. Illusion Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free SPF 15, $55 Sephora.com What it is: An alternative to liquid foundation with added SPF 15. What it does: Ultra-rich and deeply moisturizing, Illusion offers moderate coverage to help even out skintone and create a natural finish. Added Instalift® at 3% lifts and visibly tightens the skin within one hour of application. Hyaluronic Filling Spheres™ at 3% help minimize the appearance of wrinkles while increasing skin's hydration levels to deliver a healthy, dewy radiance. What it is formulated WITHOUT: - Parabens - Sulfates - Synthetic Fragrances - Synthetic Dyes - Phthalates

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