Easter Egg Nails

Easter Egg NailsSpring into pastels with these two Easter egg nail looks from the adorably cute Jin Soon Choi, (Founder of the JINsoon Nail Lacquer line). I love her. We met each other backstage earlier this year and totally inspired me. So just in time for Easter weekend, this is how to get these incredibly cute Easter egg candy colored nails.

1. File and shape your nails in a natural square or roundish shape. I call it “roundish square.”

2. Apply a good base coat like JINsoon Power Coat.

3. Apply your favorite pastel pink on the entire nail bed. JINsoon Dolly Pink is pretty perfect.

4. Apply a pastel blue, like JINsoon Poppy Blue, about 2/3rd’s of the way from the top of the nail, closer to the cuticle area, creating a few curved lines and filling in to the tip of the nail.

5. For a three-toned look, apply a third contrasting color over the blue in the same manner as you applied the blue. I would suggest a lavender color like JINsoon French Lilac.

6. Finish with a super shiny top coat like Formula X for Sephora Top Coat.

So this way you can have your candy and eat it too. Happy Easter, beauty mavens!

Hampton Sun Sunscreen Love

Hampton SunThere are many factors that lead to wrinkles and other signs of aging, but one of the most major causes is too much sun exposure. For this reason, I find myself constantly on the hunt for the best sunscreen out there.

As I’m sure you know, it’s just not that easy. It’s kind of like finding a boyfriend—you really have to be picky (when deciding how to protect your skin). There are so many variables involved, making the decision process quite complicated. First of all, there’s the whole chemical issue. The majority of sunscreens that we all use contain ingredients that are harmful to our bodies. Then there are the more personal preference issues involving smell, application, wearability, durability and, of course, skin breakouts. Also, who wants bad skin while on vacation?

I’ve tried everything from Chantecaille to lesser known organic brands like Suntegrity, and although those have proven to be great sunscreens for the face, I haven’t found anything that is just right for the BOD.

Hampton SunBelieve it or not, my facialist Dangene, otherwise known as the “Tracy Anderson of skin care,” suggests using Zinc based products only, wearing big hats and staying in the shade. But, as we all know, this sometimes just isn’t realistic.

This past weekend, I took a mini trip down to Miami for a little R&R (aka rest & rosé) at the beautiful Setai Hotel. My first stop upon checking in, you ask? The spa, of course, for a little product perusing. Stocked with Hampton Sun line, I purchased their SPF 15 Gel that I needed for the beach that same afternoon. Later that day, I tested out the gel and fell in love. The texture feels light and silky and absorbs quickly into the skin giving you a pretty little glow (glow not grease!). I like that its in a spray bottle so you can insure that all your parts are covered. Mixed with Vitamin E, Walnut Oil and Aloe Vera, my skin felt protected yet still able to achieve beautiful color. I left the beach with great color and no redness.

Hampton SunOne of the boys in the group I traveled with refused to use sunscreen and wound up with a bright red face. We bought the Hampton Sun SPF 15 Face Cream and, within hours, the redness drastically died down. I’m addicted to this line.

After getting hooked, I tried the Bronze Shimmer Cooling Spray and the Pearl Shimmer Cooling Spray. OMFFFFG. It’s like a burst of sparkling cool water mixed that leaves a shimmering glow or a bronzing sheen on your skin. Both sooth and hydrate the skin using a luxurious cocktail of all natural ingredients. They also enhance the texture and color of your skin, just making everything look better. You could use these on your neck, chest, legs and arms for a night out, or while lounging at the pool. Or simply use them in your real life. I plan to use the Hampton Sun line everywhere, all summer long. The light Privet Bloom scent is quite nice too, which was inspired by the famed privet hedges of the Hamptons.

Get on this, girls, and buy everything. I promise you will love it.

Hampton Sun

Hampton Sun

Isabel Lucas Brows

Isabel Lucas Fall 2013 was the year of statement brows, inspired by the perfectly groomed bushy arches of Cara Delevingne, Erika Bearman (Oscar PR Girl) and Audrey Hepburn. Since the fall shows, it seems like a new trend is emerging. Many girls are daring to leave their brows completely untouched – I’m taking sans plucking! I know, this seems a little insane, but it’s so chic.

Whether you’re daring enough to pull off the au natural, modelesque brows or you prefer something on the safer side, bold is always better when it comes to your brows. I was recently inspired by Isabel Lucas’s set. Her brows are thick, slightly wilder throughout, but definitely still shaped and brushed in the upward and natural direction. The areas where her brows are not completely full are clearly penciled in and brushed to get all the hair moving in the right direction, but as you can see, she really let her brows grow out.Isabel Lucas

Anastasia Beverly HillsIsabel LucasSo here you go…I’ve nailed down the simple steps to achieving groomed yet thick, natural looking brows. Always remember, never wax. I has one bad experience in college where they went completely overboard and I walked out with a little thin line. That was terrifying enough to force me to groom my brows myself. Just pluck a little and give your brows a little break.

1. Tweeze stray hairs that are out of place, but don’t go overboard. Take a step back from the mirror every few plucks to check your progress. The Anastasia Precision Tweezers are my go-to tool for plucking because they pull even the most stubborn of hairs. They are also made in Italy, which has to mean something.

2. I do find that the key to my shape is to ever so slightly trim the stray edges of my brows to get a more angled look. In order to do this right, comb hairs upward at an angle (using one of those disposable mascara wands), in the direction of the brow. If any hairs are noticeably longer than others or hang over the edge, snip sparingly. Don’t go crazy. I also love Anastasia’s Scissors for cutting.

3. Once I have my general shape, I feather in my brow with a pencil one shade lighter than my hair’s natural color. I have tried SO many pencils and the two best are Anastasia Brow Wiz and Kevyn Aucoin Precision Brow Pencil. They are both twisty and they are dual ended, with a brush on the end. They create definition without looking too severe. If your brow is naturally thick or heavy, only define where necessary. This will likely be at the arch and outer corner of the brow. I like to really extend my brow longer.

4. Next, I like to diffuse any hard lines by lightly sweeping a foundation brush over the brows. The YSL Foundation Brush is my fave.

5. Last but not least, I finish with a clear brow gel. This is the KEY. This keeps my brows in place all day and night. Anastasia and Maybelline are the best at keeping every hair from straying without leaving brows feeling stiff. A little trick to make your brows feel thicker and more Isabel like is to brush the hair closest to your nose not only up but slightly inward towards the nose (see below).

Isabel Lucas

Anastasia Beverly Hills