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#ManiMonday: Try This Egg-cellent Easter Manicure

By  March 30, 2015

easter-mani-slideshow-coverPeter Cottontail is hopping down the bunny trail in less than a week to celebrate Easter with baskets of colorful eggs filled with chocolates and treats. Whether or not you’re on decorating duty, you can get into the spirit of the spring festivities with a vibrant mani to match the eggs that will be hidden for the hunt. Glam turned to mani master Jin Soon Choi to get her take on an egg-cellent manicure that you can easily recreate at home!

 

Dove Wants You to Share #OneBeautifulThought

By  March 30, 2015

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We all tend to nitpick when we’re looking in the mirror, but we never really think of how harsh our self-criticisms are and how much of an impact they can have. Luckily, Dove is bringing them out into the light to see them for what they really are and to inspire #OneBeautifulThought.

Dove France asked women on the street for their most personal thoughts about their bodies before they were invited out for a coffee. The coffee shop was staged with a pair of actresses who stepped into their shoes and said those criticisms out loud. The results prompted the women to reflect on how they see themselves, most noting that it’s not only horrifying and toxic, but one of the women said, “I hope my daughter never speaks to herself like that.” Another shared the women’s collective conclusion: “To like yourself is better. It’s as simple as that.” Good advice, indeed!

Haven’t seen the clip yet? Take a look below:

OPI Wants You to Say It with a Swatch!

By  March 27, 2015

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At some point when we were growing up, we all tried to come up with our own secret language. But OPI’s making the concept much more visual–much to our delight–with its new Color Chat App.

The brand transformed 26 cult classic shades into corresponding letters of the alphabet to beauty buffs to speak with the nail polish drops. Simply type your word or message on the keyboard and send it to whomever you’d like. The receiver simply has to swipe the swatch to reveal the message beyond the sequence of OPI-approved swatches. The result is a visual representation of how beautiful language can be, especially when shared. As the swatch “A” explained in the brand’s new video, “We are a new language for everyone, because color is the universal language.”

Our only question is:

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5 Ways to Score Silky Skin This Spring

By  March 27, 2015

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It’s slowly, but surely starting to feel like spring in the big apple, and personally we can’t wait to shift our style towards shorts and skirts in lieu of tights and other bottoms from our winter wardrobe. But before we shorten our hemlines, we need to make sure our skin is smooth to rock the hautest looks of the season right. No worries here because regardless of how much time  or money on hand, there’s a method for everyone to unveil their sexy stems:

Soo Jo Park is L’Oréal Paris’s First Asian-American Ambassador

By  March 27, 2015

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Soo Joo Park is on a roll! After becoming Redken’s latest mane muse, the runway regular was just chosen to represent L’Oréal Paris.

Park joins the ranks of other mega models to represent the iconic beauty brand, including Karlie Kloss, Lara Stone, and Doutzen Kroes. The brand made it personal by broadcasting the big news on her birthday with Park sharing a snap on Instagram wearing the brand’s #WorthIt hashtag tee. “I really couldn’t ask for a better present. I like that they really take pride in their spokespeople,” she told Style.com. “They have a personal relationship with all the people that they choose to represent the brand. I mean, to be alongside Jennifer Lopez, Lara Stone, Doutzen [Kroes]—not too shabby.”

It’s a big deal for both parties, as it’s not only her second beauty deal in less than a year, but she’s also the first Asian-American face of L’Oréal Paris. “It’s such an honor, but I also think the world is getting smaller and the globalization of commerce is influencing industries like beauty and fashion,” she said. “So to be the first to represent a global brand is a huge honor. But I don’t want to be just that one thing; I want to be the global ambassador.”

Congrats, Soo Joo, and happy birthday!

Beauty Buzz: Kim Kardashian Is Black in Black, Deborah Lippmann Says Skip the Soak, and Coola’s Set It and Forget It Spray

By  March 26, 2015

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Bye, bye, blondie! Kim Kardashian has returned to her roots as she was spotted leaving a L.A. salon with little North in tow, of course. This comes on the heels of the release of her Elle France cover and spread with Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing with her lighter locks still in tact. We can only guess that the damage and major maintenance was too much to take (as it would for anybody), spaghetti strands anyone? [The Daily Mail]

Soaking our fingers in warm water is synonymous with a trip to the nail salon, but the added hydration may mess up your mani. According to Deborah Lippmann, the nail absorbs the water and expands, leading to an uneven application if the nail isn’t completely dry. As the mani master put it, “If you soaked your nails, you would need to wait until the nail plate is completely dry in order for it to constrict to its typical size—which no one really does—at which point it would be ready for polish application.” So don’t be afraid to speak up! [Teen Vogue]

Coola has a busy summer ahead! Aside from the brand’s collaboration with Tommy Bahama, it’s slated to move into makeup with a setting spray that will hit shelves in April. The formula combines aloe vera and cucumber to soothe, hyaluronic acid to hydrate, and, of course, and an SPF of 30 to keep skin protected. With summer on it’s way makeup mavens will sure to snap this up to keep their look on lock. [WWD]

Korres wants you to step into its apothecary with its latest line. The brand’s Modern Greek Apothecary taps into its homeopathic heritage with an array of pure daily essentials, such as deodorant, hand creams, soaps, lip butter, and even it signature Honey Base syrup (to soothe any throats still sore from the winter weather) – all infused with medicinal herbs and natural remedies to leave us not only looking good but feeling good as well. [Glam Inbox]

Nuance is also looking to nature infuse its most exotic fruits into our routines. Salma Hayek Pinault is introducing beauty buffs to Buriti Oil, to cleanse and nourish their tresses without stripping away moisture; Mamey Fruit, used as hair tonic to leave locks fuller and shinier; and Raw Honey, to retain moisture and restore luster to color-treated tresses – plus a few new skin essentials to keep you glowing! [Glam Inbox]

It seems everyone’s going green lately, as The Body Shop is introducing its new Fuji Green Tea collection that will hit shelves April 7. The range includes the usual bath and body fare to leave you feeling fresh and relaxed, but it also includes a Bath Tea that blends leaves and Epsom salts  that you can drop in the bath with its own infuser! [Glam Inbox] 

 

4 Must-Try Beauty Services For The Girl On The Go 

By  March 26, 2015

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Let’s call it as it is, shall we? The modern Glam girl wants her beauty indulgences, but she can’t be sacrificing her active professional and personal life for a day wasted at the spa very often. She wants the pampering, but in a timely, convenient, and top-quality fashion. It’s a lot to ask for….or is it?

Luckily, the modern beauty industry is ahead of us on this one. Thanks to a slew of new services, our must-have maintenances are now being offered in an on-demand, straight-to-your-door format. Download their apps on your smart phone, book your in-advance or last minute appointment, and have the beautification brought to you. Here are our editorial team’s top 4 services to get to know today. 

Beauty Buzz: Kylie Jenner’s Feeling Blue, Lo Bosworth’s Nose Bling, and Give Your Follicles a Filtered Finish

By  March 25, 2015

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Kylie Jenner’s clearly not afraid of a bold beauty look, but there’s one look she won’t go for. Though the teen loves to shake up her hair shade regularly, you won’t see her sporting pink or purple strands anytime soon.  As she explained, “I’d probably never go pink or purple [when it comes to my hair] because blue is my thing. Other than that, I’m extremely open to changing my style and trying different things.” [Style.com]

Thanks to lovelies like Rihanna and FKA Twigs, septum rings have become the piercing du jour for 2015. The latest lady to jump on the bandwagon: Lo Bosworth. The Hills alum and YouTube guru shared a snap of her new nose ring. One thing that she and fellow bling buddies like Katy Perry all share: an apology to mom. [Glamour]

Many stars are playing with pastel strands this spring, most of us are looking for something much subtler for our selfies. Luckily, Wella Professionals has a in-salon color line inspired by the perennial app, called Instamatic. It’s a demi-permanent color formulated with the brand’s Color.id to allow colorist to paint the pigment throughout the without bleeding into one another for a cool, customized look. #NoFilterNeeded [Refinery 29]

Sunscreen is an essential in every skincare routine, but a few brands would rather have your sip than slather to stay protected. While some foods and subsequent juices have antioxidants, it can’t replace your daily dose of SPF. As Joshua Zeichner, an assistant professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, explained, “Without rigorous, objective testing, I am hesitant to recommend any product. So long as you are using your sunscreen properly, as you would otherwise, I see no harm in drinking the water–with the exception of the harm it does to your pocketbook.” [Stylelist]

After months of anticipation, Jay Manuel’s HSN debut is nigh! In what is sure to be a spectacular, he’ll show off his eponymous collection, which includes 72 makeup must-haves to primp and perfect, plus innovative brushes and tools. Don’t worry, we’ve already created a wish list! [Glam Inbox]

We’ve always trusted Cricket to ensure that our strands stay stylish, but the brand is branching out further into tools with Beauty Hardware. The collection includes mani musts like cuticle pushers and nippers, eyelash curlers, brushes, tweezers, and even a skin tool extractor to safely bid goodbye to blemishes. Just don’t forget to keep it clean with a little bit of alcohol. [Glam Inbox] 

Party Report: Boots Takes Over the Big Apple

By  March 25, 2015

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THE PARTY: The Boots Beauty Experience

THE PLACE: Duane Reade Wall Street Flagship Store and The Bailey Pub

THE FARE: British Beef and Onions, Cheese and Onion Tarts, and more fare from across the pond.

THE DEETS: Boots staged a takeover of Duane Reade’s Flagship , complete with royal guards to guide editors through the many stations of the brand’s latest launches. As guests sipped and supped on UK-inspired fare, they could get shade matched for No 7’s Lift & Luminate Foundation, slather on the new Boots Botanics beauty buys, like the All Bright Radiance Balm, and receive a lip touch up with the new Shine & Tint Lip Gloss Stains.

But that wasn’t all: editors later made their way across the street to the pub for an acoustic set from Marina & the Diamonds. Songstress Marina Diamandis grew up next to a Boots and with the apothecary, and even used to wear the brand’s Moisture Drench Lip Color in Glam (natch). She gave the crowd a taste of her new album Froot with “Forget” and “Froot.” Consider the takeover mission accomplished!

Dry Oil Hydration: The Latest Skin Solution From La Prairie

By  March 24, 2015

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It may sounds odd, but dry oil gave me the most moisturized complexion of my life. Then again, nothing having to do with La Prairie’s ability to accomplish skincare miracles should surprise anyone at this point.

The luxurious anti-aging beauty brand has made magic in a jar again, this time with a special blend called Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil. The product includes stem-cell extracts from several plants that flourish amid the harsh conditions of the Swiss Alps: Soldanella alpina, purple saxifrage, and Swiss snow algae. It also includes antioxidants, as well as almond, sunflower, and jojoba oils.

But the “dry oil” concept is what really grabbed my attention. Applying face oil under a moisturizer has been an ever-growing trend in skincare as of late, but La Prairie’s take on the idea is a little different. The substance is silky and smooth to the touch, but it’s not exactly liquid. A “sheer moisture-binding treatment oil,” as the brand refers to it, the oil seals instantly and seamlessly on dehydrated skin, providing all-day moisture and a shield against daily environmental stresses. I applied it in the morning and it lasted all day. At bedtime, I blended a drop of the oil with La Prairie’s Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Cream for extra oomph while I slept.

The oil is soothing and smoothing, whether you apply makeup on top or go without. On makeup days, it gave me an even, hydrated base. On days I went foundation-free, the slight sheen the oil provided was just the right amount of glow. It quickly proved to be one of those do-everything products, and it’s poised to become the new staple for the girl on the go who cares about her skin routine. During my time testing dry oil, I felt fulfilled and fancy. That’s the nature of La Prairie.