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NAILED IT! Photos + post by Kristin Ess If you’re a fan of pretty shiny things, you’re going to love our first spring mani of the season.

NAILED IT!

We all know everything looks better dipped in gold, so we thought this should do the trick. I decided to use gold leafing sheets to accent the corners of these turquoise nails. BROWS 101. Photos: Justin Coit for thebeautydepartment.com post by amy nadine We’ve gotten tons of requests for a brow tutorial– how to shape them, how to fill them in, how to elongate them, etc… This is so great because the correct brow shape can really lift the eye and slim the face.

BROWS 101

First let me share my #1 rule: DO NOT OVER-PLUCK!! Please! PRETTY POLISH IDEA. Photos + post by Kristin Ess First of all, sorry for the lack of posts this week.

PRETTY POLISH IDEA

By now you know that Lady Conrad has a brand new book called THE FAME GAME. We joined her on her book tour and that busy schedule left little time for much else. But we’re back and bringing you the ombre stain mani! HOMEMADE BODY SHIMMER. Photos + post by amy nadine Temperatures are rising and prom, formals + weddings are just around the corner!

HOMEMADE BODY SHIMMER

Which means our skin needs a little help after a long dry winter! After giving your body a good buff with our D.I.Y. brown sugar scrub, add a little shimmer to your lotion to get that perfect glow (without having to spend any money!). Here’s what I made last week in 3 easy steps to use on my clients on talk shows (Brittany Snow with her gorgeous new red hair on her visit to Conan, stunning + raven-haired Krysten Ritter on her visits to both Jimmy Kimmel and Conan and our lovely Lauren Conrad on her visit to Chelsea Lately last night!) That I thought you might like too: SHORT STUFF. Photos and post design: Kristin Ess This updo/chignon was kind of a random discovery for short hair.

SHORT STUFF

My gorgeous client Katie, who has a long bob, was sitting in my chair and this happened so we thought we’d snap some photos and share since we get a lot of requests for short hair styles! TOOLS: bobby pins, accessory, hairspray. PIN IT UP, GIRL. Photo: justin coit for thebeautydepartment.com post designed by kristin ess Our email box is literally flooded with requests for updos so here’s a fun one to get us all going!

PIN IT UP, GIRL

This is always a favorite for attending an event. This updo looks gorgeous on any hair color but particularly amazing with hilighted hair because it gives the hair lots of depth and dimension. BRAIDY BUNCH. Photo: kristin ess + thebeautydepartment.com post designed by kristin ess This week my little sister came to stay with me.

BRAIDY BUNCH

Since we LOVE braids around here, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to use her shiny brown hair to show you how to do this quick one. MANI MONDAY (DOUBLE FEATURE!!) Hot date this Valentine’s day?

MANI MONDAY (DOUBLE FEATURE!!)

Perhaps you want to try this mani! And even if you’re flying solo or hanging with friends, this manicure is bestie approved and the combination is really fun. Fully inspired by a pair of Louboutins– it’s like looking at them from the bottom. PRIM + PROPER. Photos: post designed by kristin ess Today we’re introducing you to one of the easiest hair tutorials ever– the braided bun!

PRIM + PROPER

It can be done on almost any texture or length of hair, using regular or fishtail braids! Luckily, we have our very own gorgeous/genius photographer, Angela Kohler, (in front of the lens for once) to show us how this is done… Before you start, know that this hair style is just 5 simple braids, made into a bun shape. BALLERINA BUN (REMIX) Photos by Post design by Kristin Ess Hello lovelies!

BALLERINA BUN (REMIX)

Today we’re showing you how to create a hybrid of our two favorite things– a bun and a braid.