SUBTLE BLONDE OMBRE

blonde ombre_the stylish printThis week I said “So long” to boring allover color and “Hello” to a new blonde ombre ‘do. Over the last few years, this has been my go-to style, but I recently chopped 10 inches off my hair, losing my highlighted ends and leaving behind my natural dirty-blonde color. Like many women, I’m not a fan of my natural hair color, so when I felt the need for something more lively, I turned to my cousin/hairstylist/best friend, Britni, to update my look.

The hair-coloring technique Britni used can be called ombre or color-melting. It is a style perfect for people (like me) who don’t want to color their hair often, because it grows out nicely. Another huge plus is it keeps hair healthier because it requires few touch-ups, unlike highlights or allover color, Britni explained.

To get this “grown-out” look, Britni said she melted two hair colors together. On me, she blended a darker blonde with the natural hair color at my roots and then blended a lighter blonde into the darker blonde. To brighten my complexion, Britni said she brought the lighter blonde up higher near my face, which gives the illusion of highlights without the commitment to frequent salon visits.

My favorite thing about this style is as my hair grows, my natural hair color will become more prominent at my roots, creating an ever more dramatic ombre affect that doesn’t need to be touched up… and there’s nothing I love more than low-maintenance hair color.

GLAM PROM MAKEUP

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the stylish print_prom makeup

the stylish print_prom makeup

the stylish print_prom makeup

the stylish print_prom makeup

I had the privilege of doing my cousin Shelby’s makeup for her senior prom last weekend. Here is a step-by-step guide to how I created her simple but glam prom makeup look inspired by Blake Lively.

Note: When doing makeup for a big event, always start with the eyes. It’s much easier to touch up smudged liner or mascara before foundation and concealer has been applied.

  1.  Apply the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion to the eyelids to prevent eye shadows from creasing throughout the night.
  2. Pat the shade “Virgin” from the Urban Decay Naked Palette all over the eyelid and up to the brow bone. Also place this color on the inner corner of the eyes to brighten them.
  3. Apply the shade “Buck” from the same palette in the crease of the eye using an eye contour brush. Use a fluffy eye brush to blend the two eye shadows together.
  4. Next, apply a thin line of the Maybelline Line Stiletto Ultimate Precision Liquid Eyeliner to the upper lash line.
  5. For the lower lash line, use an angled eyeliner brush to smudge “Creep” from the Naked Palette into the lashes.
  6. Apply the Maybelline Full ‘n’ Soft Mascara to the top and bottom lashes.
  7. Use a Q-tip and makeup remover to clean up any smudges before moving on to the face makeup.
  8. Apply a tinted moisturizer or light foundation, like the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Glow Sheer (we used “light to medium 30″ on Shelby), to the skin for an even complexion.
  9. To brighten the area under the eyes, apply Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer.
  10. Set the liquid foundation and concealer so it stays in place all night with a loose powder, like the L’Oreal Paris True Match Naturale Mineral Foundation (we used “Natural Beige”).
  11. To contour the face, apply Merle Norman Bronzing Powder in “Beach Side” in the hollows of the cheeks with a kabuki brush.
  12. Dust the Merle Norman Lasting Cheekcolor in “Mauve Magic” on the apples of the cheeks.
  13. Blend the bronzer and blush by applying a little more powder to those areas of the face again.
  14. Fill in and define the eyebrows using the Revlon Brow Fantasy pencil (we used “Dark Blonde”) and then lock brow hairs in place with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel.
  15. Finish the look with a lasting lip stain, like the Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain in “Honey”.

BIRCHBOX

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I discovered Birchbox thanks to Kate, my roommate who knows all about my obsession with testing new beauty products. While living in New York City last summer, she went to the Birchbox store in Soho. I think almost instantly, she knew I’d love it.

So, what is it?

Birchbox is a monthly beauty subscription — think of it like a magazine subscription. Each month, you pay $10 to get an adorably decorated box filled with five beauty samples.

Like I mentioned, I love trying new products, but honestly, buying full-sized ones all the time gets expensive. That’s when Birchbox steps in. It allows me to sample trending products before I commit to buying the full-sized versions. To a beauty-addict like me, that’s a dream come true.

One thing I love about this service is it’s customizable. Not only did I complete a profile to let the Birchbox team know what types of products I’m most interested in (for example, I treasure makeup samples but will never use nail polish), I also often receive emails that let me choose one of the samples in my box or let me select a themed box, like April’s “Mad Men”-inspired New York Box.

Here’s what’s inside this month (samples from left to right):

Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel | Beauty Protector Protect & Oil | Cargo Swimmables Water Resistant Blush in Los Cabos | Liz Earle Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion | Whish Shave Crave Shaving Cream in Blueberry

Pretty cool, huh? I’ve been getting a monthly box in the mail since January, and it still amazes me how many products I’ve accumulated during that time. Another thing to note is you can always choose not to get a box, so when you feel you need to save $10 for a month (I’m actually skipping next month with my move to NYC coming up), it’s no problem.

If you enjoy new beauty products as much as me, you should consider joining the Birchbox bandwagon. To subscribe to Birchbox now, click here. Also, let me know which products from this month’s Birchbox you want me to review by leaving a comment or shooting me a quick email.