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As many of you already know, Alison Sudol (AKA: A Fine Frenzy) is an incredibly talented musician with the voice of a SPARROW ANGEL! My favorite songbird beauty just released a new single from her upcoming album “Pines” called “Now is the Start”. It’s such a fun, happy song! Click here + listen! top photo by tutorial photos/post/design: Kristin Ess First things first, click play on “Now is the Start”. Adding texture to the hair before you start is really important with this ‘do. Pull out some pieces around the front to soften this look. Now dance!! Related posts: Related:  hair and makeup

She Lets Her Hair Down: Samantha Hahn I'm so excited to share this tutorial with you today. It was the look I taught at my first Wanderlust workshop and it looked so lovely on all of the students. I had students with kinky curls, a few long bobs, some long thick hair and fine hair and even some severe cowlicks were thrown in the mix. I loved that because it proved that you can do just about anything with all hair textures. Another big reason why I'm excited to share this tutorial is because a lot of great people came together to put these workshops and tutorials together. We added summer flowers to our French Twists to make them a little less "proper", they added a nice summery touch and I'd highly recommend it. Here's what you need- - root lift - blow dryer - flat boar bristle brush - two bobby pins - a lot of hair pins Prep your hair with Rusk Blofoam in order to give it that "perfectly dirty" texture that is needed for hairstyles, especially ones like this. 1. 2. 3. 4.

20 Amazing Eye Makeup Tutorials | Planet of Women- Health, Fashion & Beauty Eye makeup is very important. Eyes represent the entire character of anybody. Because eyes are the most substantial segment of our face. Eyes are classified as an entrance towards the heart and soul that demonstrate your internal natural beauty. Women of all ages wish for gorgeous eyes. GUEST POST photos by: Kathleen Bly post designed by kristin ess Mad love for our first guest post winner, Taylor Nick!!! I am fully obsessed with this bohemian-inspired-braided-goodness! Xx Kristin “My look is inspired by all of the bohemian braids on the 2011 runways. Tools: 2 Claw clipsBobby PinsHair tie, preferably matching your hair colorFine tooth combHairspray Steps: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. XO Taylor Tags: congrats, congratulations, contest, hair, kristin ess, lauren conrad, taylor nick, the beauty department,, tutorial, tutorial contest, win, winner Related posts:

Messy Rope Braids and Low Bun Hair Tutorial Fashion These little rope braids are a fun way to add a little style with your own hair, creating a sort-of headband of sorts. Your hair doesn’t need to be extremely long, but you do need some length to cover the top of your head with. If you have layers, you could instead create a tiny French Braid where the hair is shorter and closer to your head, if that makes sense. But it’s a fun and cute braided hair style that’s just a little different. I originally wore this style last Summer with two slightly larger braids Watch and Enjoy… * Notes: Instead of one large bun, create two or three little buns at base of your head OR swap the bun for a clean pony tail. Wear it Up… Wear it Down… * Just bobby pin them in place or use a pretty barrette * Click Here for my DIY Tassel Earrings shown above * Have Fun! Find all my Hair Tutorials here!

DETANGLING MADE EASY photos/design: Kristin Ess article: Sarah St. Lifer Whether you have long hair, short hair, curly hair, straight hair, fine hair, thick hair, wavy hair, natural hair or fake hair, you should own this brush. Many others boast the ability to glide through dry hair like NBD, but we’ve been hard-pressed to find a brush that eliminates tangles without the inevitable Advil dosage post-styling. Short + thick bristles barely get the job done, leaving paddles looking like a stray strand graveyard. Ps– I know curly girls are going to challenge the opinion that hair can be brushed while dry, but just give this brush a shot before inserting an opinion! *For more of our affordable beauty favorites, check out the Pinboard we’ve created with Target during the month of May. Related posts:

Do It Yourself: Creative Hairstyles Send this out to your girlfriend pronto ! The Art Of The DIY Updo: Only 8 Bobby Pins Required Updos can be costly and keep you in the salon for hours. Not every occasion requires such posh styling. What you didn't know is that most updos can be created with a maximum 8 bobby pins. True story! I say most updos as some of the more intricate styles or thicker hair may require extra pins, elastics or even hair extensions. Here is a simple chignon: Hold hand tight at base of tailTwist tail until you feel the tail twist in your handKeep twisting and let bun shape naturally go in shape (trust me - it really does)Pin with 2 bobby pins crossing in an 'X' at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o'clock (the 'X' pinning locks hair in place therefore less pins and longer-lasting style)For a twist on the texture braid tail (pics below) and twist into bun shape You can be Red Carpet worthy in moments. Below is the how-to for the above deconstructed 'do. Separate the hair in 2 sectionsTwist each section in your handsCross over the sections and twist the ends togetherTuck and roll the ends, secure pins in 'X' formation

10 Shapes for Your Eyeshadow This article is especially for those of you who may feel stuck with your everyday makeup look and desire to branch out, but just can’t seem to figure out the best way to do it. Whether you are new to makeup, or a pro, we hope you find these ten eyeshadow shapes useful! Highlights: Makeup is, after all, just a trick of the light. By highlighting certain areas, you can easily create the illusion of a brighter eye. Using lighter shades in areas to help them stand out, and deeper shades to add depth, pushing them back. My favorite sweet spots to highlight are the inner corner of the eye, the center of the eyelid, and along the brow bone. Different Eyeshadow Shapes: There are countless ways for one to use eyeshadows. Bust out the box and experiment with a new eye shape today! Inner Corner: Add a darker shadow to the inside of the lid. Outer Corner: Adding dark shades to the outer corner of the lid is flattering to most eye shapes, but particularly for those with close set eyes. Both Corners:

Hairstyle tutorial – Half crown braid This easy braided hairstyle gives you the best of both worlds. You can wear your hair out but also keep your hair back from your face. If you have a fringe or bangs your can leave them loose or pin them back with bobby pins. Half Crown Braid Hairstyle Tutorial Step-by-step This easy braided hairstyle work in curly and straight hair. You’ll need two small clear hair elastics and bobby pins to do the half crown braid in your hair. Start by taking a 1-2 inch section of hair on one side of your hair above your ear. Styling tips Use small hair elastics as they are easier to hide in the finished hairstyle.Stretch out your braids before pinning them in place.

Secrets learned at makeup artist school You could say that I have a love/hate relationship with makeup. Some days I enjoy playing with all the different colors and get excited when my smoky eye turns out perfectly. But then there are those days when my liner refuses to go on straight, my bronzer makes me look like an Asian Snookie, or my lashes refuse to curl. That's when I want to toss my makeup bag out my bathroom window. I had one of those days last week, and after walking into work wearing two very different winged tips on my eyes, my editor assigned me a new story: Go to makeup school and write about it. Want to see the best techniques I picked up without spending the thousands of dollars (and crazy amount of time) it takes to go to makeup school yourself? Lesson No. 1: Spend some bucks on your tools At Napoleon Perdis' Makeup Academy in Hollywood, Rebecca Prior, NP's National Educator, begins the first lesson by introducing us to our tools. Here are the eight basic brushes you need: 1.