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- 11/02/15--20:18: The tattoo trend that will hurt your eyes, literally
- 11/03/15--06:30: 11 Easy vintage hairstyles to nurture your inner bombshell
- 11/04/15--05:00: 8 Colored mascaras that instantly transform your look
- 11/05/15--12:00: The perfect makeup routine for the workday morning
Wear foundation (and be sure to moisturize properly beforehand)
- An uneven skin tone can make you look older and more tired, but a smooth, even complexion can make you appear more vibrant and youthful.
- Be sure to use the right shade!
Use bronzer to shape your face
- How to apply bronzer: start at the forehead and blend bronzer into the hairline. Bring the brush along the side of your face and, starting at your ear, sweep brush under your cheekbone in line with the outside corner of the eye. Then, sweep the brush under your jawline and blend under the chin — the sun never reaches under the chin and therefore it becomes very white, making it appear heavy. Applying bronzer under the chin will give the illusion of a stronger, tighter jawline.
- Shaping your face with bronzer draws attention to the center of your face.
Don't use blush as a face shaper!
- When applying blush, smile, pop blusher on the apple of your cheek and sweep up into the bronzer.
Applying mascara opens and lifts the eyes
- Do not apply so much that it appears clumpy and heavy.
- Wiggle the brush into the base of your outside lashes and pull the brush out and up.
- Leave the inside lashes free of mascara for a softer look.
- If you’re a warm color, wear brown during the day, and if cool, wear grey during the day, and then apply black at night for a bolder look.
Line lips when they're softly together, as opposed to open.
- That way, lipstick doesn’t gather into the corners of the mouth.
- 11/05/15--13:00: How to take care of chapped lips without obsessing over lip balm
- 11/06/15--11:00: Disney princesses are just as enchanting in time-lapse portraits
- 11/08/15--17:56: Students create 20-piece couture collection from McDonald's wrappers
- 20 gauge (.81mm) tarnish-resistant brass jewelry wire
- Wire cutter
- 1-inch diameter cylinder (such as a small bottle of paint) to use as the wire bending guide
- 11/09/15--12:20: New H&M flagship store doesn't stock plus sizes
- 11/09/15--16:00: Straight hair is beauty 'norm' we should stop putting on a pedestal
- 11/10/15--06:00: Tiny tacos nail art tutorial for foodies and nail art lovers alike
- White polish
- Green polish
- Lime green polish
- Brown polish
- Light yellow polish
- Dark yellow polish
- Red polish
- Turquoise polish
- Small brush
- Dotting tool
- 11/10/15--11:00: How to match your facial oil to your skin type
- 11/10/15--12:30: Black Friday clothing deals you don't want to miss
- Jackets are a good buy, but save jewelry and accessories for Cyber Monday.
- For the best savings, stack coupons on top of already existing sales.
- The very best sales will be marked down by 80 percent.
- $5 Fleece socks
- $8 Leggings (originally $20)
- $10 Tank and legging set, 2 pieces
- $13 Juniors puffer vest (originally $34)
- $15 Pajama sets
- $20 Arizona boots (originally $60-$90)
- $30 Puffer coats (originally $100-$150)
- 25 percent off Nike shoes
- 50-60 percent off all handbags and wallets (originally $15-$99)
- Up to 60 percent off bras (originally $30-$42)
- $8 Loop scarves (originally $20)
- $10 Flannel shirts (originally $36)
- $13 Microsuede booties (originally $36)
- $15 One-piece pajamas (originally $48)
- Boots starting at $20 (originally $60 and up)
- 60 percent off handbags
- $10 Leggings (originally $20)
- $15 Graphic sweatshirts (originally $34)
- $20 Juniors pants and jeans (originally $44-$50)
- 25 percent off suit separates (originally $39-$160)
- 40 percent off juniors dresses (originally $44-$200)
- 11/10/15--20:00: Black Friday makeup deals to shop until you drop
- Amazon will most likely offer huge deals on drugstore brands (like CoverGirl).
- Cyber Monday will have better savings on high-end beauty brands (like Clinique).
- Men's mid to high-end shavers are a good deal on Black Friday.
- "Buy the tote bag!" (They usually cost about $25, and you have to spend at least $25 to buy them, but they can be filled with $100-$200 worth of products.)
- Buy 1, Get 1 for a $1 on Bliss color eyeliners
- $32 Jennifer Aniston fragrance set, 2 pieces
- 20-50 percent off all personal care items (shavers, electric toothbrushes)
- 50 percent off All Earth Therapeutics (socks, eye masks, lotions)
- BareMinerals Regal & Radiant kit, 3 pieces (originally $39)
- BareMinerals Precious Pearls eyecolor trio ornament (originally $33)
- Too Faced Better Than Sex amazing eyes set, 2 pieces (originally $25)
- Estée Lauder "Your Choice" 2-piece sets
- $12 Smashbox Try It kit, 4 pieces (originally $36)
- $12 Philosophy 3-in-1 shower gels (originally $18)
- $15 Urban Decay Naked Flushed palette in Native (originally $32)
- $15 Elizabeth Arden holiday lip kit, 5 pieces (originally $85)
- $20 Estée Lauder Shine On color gloss collection, 6 pieces (originally $125)
- $20 Lancôme lip color and gloss set, 4 pieces (originally $91)
- $25 Ari by Ariana Grande bubble bath and rollerball perfume (originally $37)
- $25 Bobbie Brown smokey eye mascara set, 2 pieces (originally $37)
- $28 Benefit Gimme Brow Wow set, 3 pieces (originally $52)
- $30 Lancôme mascara set, 3 pieces (originally $63)
- $40 Clinique moisture favorites, 4 pieces (originally $71)
- $49 BareMinerals Storybook Romance collection, 16 pieces (originally $242)
- $50 Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair set, 2 pieces (originally $87)
- $199 Clarisonic Mia 2 set, 2 pieces (originally $298)
- $8 e.l.f. holiday sets
- $25 Phillips Sonicare electric toothbrush (originally $70)
- $80 Chi Air 1" flat iron with bonus brush and mini dryer (originally $100)
- $10 bath and body gift sets (Aveeno, Dove, Caress)
- Buy 1 Get 1 Organix hair care
- Buy 1 Get 1 at 50 percent off professional hair care (Bed Head, Big Sexy, Chi)
- 2 for $1 bobby pins (originally $1 each)
- 20 percent off Oil of Olay products
- 40 percent off Revlon beauty products
- 11/11/15--06:00: 6 Serum foundations for an effortless 'no makeup' look
She "had it all," but now the Australian is walking away from all of it, for good.
The reason: Her mental health was in jeopardy because of the constant pressure to be perfect and promote a lifestyle that wasn't sustainable for her — or anyone else, for that matter.
"I was addicted to what others thought of me, simply because it was so readily available," she wrote. "I was severely addicted. I believed how many likes and followers I had correlated to how many people liked me. I didn’t even see it happening, but social media had become my sole identity. I didn’t even know what I was without it."
O'Neill also redid all of the captions on her photos to describe what was really happening instead of the perfect façade she put on.
"…Stomach sucked in, strategic pose, pushed up boobs," O’Neill wrote of one Instagram bikini shot. "I just want younger girls to know this isn’t candid life, or cool or inspirational. It’s contrived perfection made to get attention."
Essena O'Neill bikini
"‘Please like this photo, I put on makeup, curled my hair, tight dress, big uncomfortable jewelry… Took over 50 shots until I got one I thought you might like, then I edited this one selfie for ages on several apps- just so I could feel some social approval from you,’" she wrote on another.
Essena O'Neill necklace
O'Neill delved deeper into the insecurities she developed over the years as a result of social media in this YouTube video — and why it's healthier for her to quit, even if she's not sure what she's going to do next to make money. "Yeah 16-year-old Essena would have been like ‘WTF girl you have the dream life,’" she wrote of her decision. "So why did I feel so lost, lonely and miserable?"
That's right, people are permanently tattooing their scleras from the natural white to red, blue, green… and everything in between.
The trend started when a tattoo artist's friend expressed interest in looking like a character from a movie. "There used to be a private body modification convention that happened every few years in Canada," Luna Cobra told the BBC. "That year, an old friend had Photoshopped a picture of his eyes to look blue like in Dune. I told him, 'I think I can do that for real.'"
eyeball tattoo 1
He then enlisted the help of three friends willing to lend their eyeballs. The process involved poking the color into the conjunctiva under the eye's thin top layer.
"I'm aware of how insane that sounds, but I've been doing this type of thing for my whole life so I wasn't coming from nowhere with this," he said.
It takes several injections to cover all of the white – and yes, it's permanent.
eyeball tattoo 2
"If you want to amuse yourself by decorating your eyeball, why not do it?" Luna told the BBC. "I do a lot of things that look like tie-dye or 'cosmic space'. I think it brings a realm of fantasy into everyday life."
Kylie Garth, one of the few women with the tattoos, said that it was "mentally intense" to go through the inking process. "It feels like somebody is poking at your eye, then it feels like strange pressure and then it feels you have a bit of sand in your eye, but there's no pain," she said.
eyeball tattoo 3
And, as you probably suspect, it can cause burning and even blindness. Let's just stick with putting colored contacts (prescribed by a physician) in our eyes, shall we?
But, to add some vintage into your style, you don't have to spend hours sifting through thrift stores or keep swiping your credit card on retro fashions. Instead, give your look some class and fabulous-ness with these 11 hair tutorials — no dollar signs required.
1. 1920s Old Hollywood waves
Steph, a professional hair stylist and makeup artist, shows us step-by-step how to recreate these ultra-glam waves. This Old Hollywood look is a modern twist on the renowned finger waves of the 1920s and 1930s.
2. 1930s Faux bob
Keir (that's key-air) brings back the retro faux bob — and with a super-sweet outfit, too (Check out her shoes!). She walks you through each step and before you know it, you'll be out searching for a flapper dress.
3. 1940s Gibson roll
The Gibson roll, or tuck, originated from the Gibson girls of the 1890s, but became modernized in the 1940s. Joanna, of Cup of Jo, shows you how to get the look.
4. 1950s Headscarf
5. 1950s Bumper bangs
This hairstyle was made famous by Bettie Page — the famous pin-up model and actress of the 1950s. Emily, at The Freckled Fox, gives you some more background and guides you through the process.
6. 1950s Victory curls
Emily actually has tons of pin-up hairstyle tutorials, so I couldn't help but highlight her twice! In her tutorial she admits, "I like to do these tutorials when I have errands to run or a date to go on, because I love the funny looks I get from kids." Emily, we agree: Why not spice up our errand-running with a fun hairdo?
7. 1950s French twist
Has the French twist really ever gone out of style? I think not. But, the trick is to do it well. That's not always so easy. But, Kate, of The Small Things Blog, takes the fear out of styling and shows us how to perfectly craft an adorable French twist.
8. 1960s Hair flip
The 1960s had such amazing style trends. Mad Men fans rejoice — this tutorial is for you. Give your ends a flip with just a few steps.
9. 1960s Brigitte Bardot half updo
Brigitte Bardot, the French actress and sex symbol of the 1960s, may be the symbol of the 1960s. Her bouffant hairstyle has inspired women all over the world to achieve the look. This tutorial on Makeup Wearables shows you how.
10. 1960s Big bouffant
Bobby Glam has another tutorial for a Bardot-inspired look. This look is a great hairstyle you can wear today without looking too costume-y.
11. 1970s Disco queen
How amazing is this volume! Chime Edwards offers a YouTube tutorial on how to style this Donna Summer-inspired hairdo. Better grab your blue suede shoes for this.
"Today, it’s more of an accent to the overall eye look as opposed to dominating it," says Lijha Stewart, MAKE UP FOR EVER's Director of Education and Artistry. "It’s much more playful and a great way to subtly change up your look."
Here are a few easy (and wearable) ways to get in on the trend, along with some of our top product picks.
Get matchy matchy. Stewart is fond of pairing colored mascara with eyeliner of the same hue — think cobalt on royal blue or similar shades of burgundy. The overall effect is striking and makes vivid lashes pop.
Creative colorblocking. "Try opposite colors to open the eyes," Stewart advises. Experiment with different combinations like gold liner with blue mascara, peach shadow with teal lashes or rosy shadow with purple fringe. Color combos can be as crazy as you dare.
Make it even bolder. "For even more impact, apply a faux lash and coat it in colored mascara," says Stewart. This is more of a statement look and best saved for special events and big nights out.
Channel your inner mod. Not ready for a full-on colored lash? Stewart advocates this low-risk technique: Dot the bottom lash line with a bit of bright mascara. "It's a fun throwback to a '60s retro look."
Although creativity is encouraged, steer clear of one common misstep. "Colored mascara looks best on a contrasting background so avoid doing a smoky eye," says Stewart. Instead, opt for light or bright shadows that let lashes take center stage.
1. Dior Diorshow Mascara
The huge brush has already racked up plenty of backstage cred for its lash-boosting abilities, but the Pro Purple hue adds an electrifying — and flattering — jolt of color. (Dior, $28)
2. Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara
In addition to the volumizing benefits, we love the range of rich shades: standouts include Two Ton Teal, a flattering deep blue-green and Bodacious Black Honey, which coats fringe in a dark burgundy hue. (Sephora, $17)
3. MAKE UP FOR EVER Smoky lash
These mascaras build volume while adding a smoldering, super-wearable hint of deep color. We’re feeling the forest green shade, #4. (Sephora, $23)
4. Chanel Cils Scintillants in Jazzy Blue
Think of this limited edition sheer turquoise as a sparkling topcoat for your fringe. Although it can be worn alone, it looks particularly stunning over a coat of regular mascara or just on the ends of lashes. (Chanel, $32)
5. BUTTER London ElectraLash Colour Amplifying Mascara
The U.K. brand takes colored mascara into edgier territory with a shot of shimmer. The glittering, 24K-esque Starlight adds instant party-ready appeal. (BUTTER London, $15)
6. Nonie Creme Colour Prevails Lash Ombre
Speaking of BUTTER London, the brand's founding creative director Nonie Creme launched her new, not-for-the-color-shy makeup line with this stroke of genius: a full brush with vivid color on one side and a fine-tuning brush with basic black on the other. (Walgreens, $13)
7. NYX Color Mascara
This easy-on-the-wallet colored mascara comes in eight shades, including a few unexpected options like coral, vibrant lime, rosy pink and pastel mint green. (Nyxcosmetics, $7)
8. YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Baby Doll
The brush alone creates ridiculously plush, separated fringe. Add a subtle boost of color to the mix and you’ve got a lethal combo. (Yslbeautyus.com, $32)
In fact, Harvard research, sponsored by Proctor and Gamble, has found that a woman who wears her makeup appropriately (as opposed to no makeup, or too much makeup) will be perceived to be more competent and trustworthy in the workplace.
We’ve compiled a list of five pro makeup insider tips from top make-up artist Deborah Williams to help you revamp your morning makeup routine:
Once you figure out a makeup routine that suits your lifestyle, it will become almost second nature to you, and comes with huge rewards!
For more information on taking care of your skin, you can refer to our blog entitled, Beautiful Skin: Your Most Important Accessory.
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There's been much hype surrounding the retail giant's collaboration with Balmain — the luxury French design house under the helm of creative genius Olivier Rousteing — for months, with the ad campaigns featuring some of the world's top models (Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner and Jourdan Dunn).
Balmain x H&M
But on Thursday, Nov. 5, it finally landed in 250 stores globally, only to create a Black Friday-type madness, with the entire men's and women's wear collections becoming sold out within just a few short hours — after queues of people waited (not so patiently) for hours to get their hands on the collection, according to a video by The Huffington Post.
The website was also strained, as countless online shoppers tried to make the purchases from the comfort of their home only to have the website crash due to too much traffic.
Although the collaboration is certainly on the pricier side for regular H&M buyers, it's made from the utmost quality, and if you didn't know better, you could be fooled into thinking you were purchasing something off mainline Balmain. Studded jackets, bejewelled velvet dresses and silk harem pants were among the pieces that went on sale today, and they've already become somewhat of collector's items, because some are already being resold on sites like eBay — for double the price. Madness!
Balmain x H&M frenzy
Were you fortunate enough to get your hands on one of these stunning items? Let us know in the comments below.
Lip balm addiction usually starts with dry lips, then lip balm application, followed by drier lips, more lip balm application and then repeat.
Break the lip balm addiction this winter and free yourself of dry chapped lips. A little background on lip balm is important to give you the essentials for a smooth pout this season.
As with everything in skin care, ingredients are key. Read your labels, just like you would when buying certain food items. This is, after all, going on your lips. Menthol, camphor and phenol can be credited with giving our lips that cooling sensation, but with continued use, they can actually cause dryness and redness. This causes us to use more lip balm (with menthol, camphor and phenol) leading to even dryer lips, which starts the lip balm dependence cycle. Another key ingredient to avoid is alcohol, because this can be very drying to the lips.
Many people feel that they are “addicted” to their lip balm, but is this phenomenon possible? Addiction can be physical or psychological. A physical addiction means there is a chemical you become addicted to, like nicotine in cigarettes. A psychological addiction is more like a habit; though you have the urge to repeat the action, your body isn't craving any specific ingredients. There are no specific ingredients or chemicals that make lip balm physically addictive.
However, they do seem to have a psychological component of addiction, meaning lip balm application can be habit forming. This psychological component revolves around doing a repetitive motion without realizing you’re doing it. For instance, when you bite your nails or play with your hair, these can be behaviors that you are doing again and again, usually because they bring a form of comfort. The same psychological addiction applies to lip balm use for certain individuals.
However, applying lip balm too much or too often can lead to physical dependence. Lip balm, when applied in high amounts, can backfire and have the opposite of our intended effect. It can dry out our lips and interfere with their natural healing process. This dryness, in turn, makes us want to use more lip balm to help heal our dry lips — causing the bad cycle to repeat.
Don’t give up on lip balm just yet. When formulated with healthy and essential ingredients, they can actually do a lot of good — not only for your lips but even for windburns! For instance, balms that have natural oils, such as almond or coconut, can work to condition and smooth skin. Lip balms can heal dry skin or windburn because it holds natural oils, butters and waxes, which protect and restore the skin's moisture balance. If you ever hit the ski slopes and feel a windburn coming on, just take out your lip balm — made with natural oils — and rub it gently on your face to protect it from the wind.
Arleen K. Lamb, MD
Founder of Blush Med Skincare
Exposing the historical inaccuracies surrounding beauty in the 1900s to 1940s is something Polish fashion blogger and costume designer Karolina Zebrowska feels strongly about, and it was this that inspired her video, Real Women — Beauty Through The Decades The Realistic Way.
The journey Zebrowska takes us on begins with the iconic Gibson girl of the 1900s. However she reveals that in 1901 almost 40 percent of factory workers were women — and there is nothing glamorous about hard work and brutal working conditions.
We all know the 1940s Betty Grable Style (inspired by the actress) as the chic updo and on-point makeup with dark red lips, but for most woman during the decade war had ravaged their country and according to the video, "In 1945 there were more than 21,000 nurses in the US army."
The pattern here is easy to follow: when we think of beauty throughout the decades, and try to recreate it, we often focus on stereotypical standards portrayed by pop culture. But this isn't what real women looked like during that time.
In the caption to her video Zebrowska said, "To be frank, it was supposed to be just another 'Beauty Through The Decades' video. I saw lots of them already, but they all have seemed to show beauty standards in a very stereotypical and pop-culture way, so I wanted to do a more historically accurate one. As I was doing some research, I became more and more aware that [the] beautiful faces and fashion we see on the photos, ads and fashion plates are just an idealistic version of reality. So here's to reality."
We think this video is beautiful and it's refreshing to see history being depicted accurately. The most important part of it is the message it sends: "Please don't forget real women."
Honest video shows real beauty during the ages
Are you as impressed as we are? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Uploaded to a Facebook album called "Before and After," the album features Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine, Mulan, Pocahontas, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White.
Arêas captioned it simply, “O tempo passa pra todos,” which translates to “time passes for everyone.”
Here they are, from oldest to youngest:
What do you think of his depictions? Tell us the comments section below.
My right hand usually looks perfect (I'm a lefty), but when I try to use my right hand to do my left... well, let's say a toddler just learning to color has an easier time staying inside the lines than I do.
And then if I do manage to get even nails? I inevitably ruin them by not waiting long enough for them to fully dry. It's a constant web of frustration, but the brains behind Nails Inc. have heard my cries and have apparently come up with the answer in the form of spray-on nail polish.
Yes: nail polish, in an aerosol can, that you spray on.
"But Meagan, won't that just make a terrible mess on your hands?" Glad you asked. Nails Inc. says that the Paint Can Spray is "the world's fastest manicure" and only takes 20 seconds to apply. There's no mess because it's designed to stick to your base coat, so any excess can be easily wiped off your skin.
Paint Can Spray will come in two colors initially — pink and silver — and will only be available in the U.K. right now. Those of us in the United States will have to wait until spring 2016 to get our mitts on the stuff.
Until then, I'll continue to practice my nail polish application technique, but let's face it: I've been doing this for almost three decades and it's not getting any better. Please, Nails Inc., help save my nails!
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It seems like it, judging from the runway at the Funkshion Fashion Week in Miami Beach, Florida.
Fashion students at the Miami International University of Art created a 20-piece capsule collection — aptly called the McDCouture collection — using the fast food chain's wrappers, including McCafe coffee cups, hamburger papers, french fry boxes, straws and more.
There was also one wedding dress made with over 900 white wrappers (and 60 yellow ones for the bouquet).
In all, the future designers used more than "4,600 McDonald’s sandwich wrappers, 1,770 fry boxes, 1,100 straws, 600 to-go bags, 500 sandwich boxes, 200 soft drink cups, 500 ketchup holders, and 100 McFlurry cups to create their one-of-a-kind-designs," the company wrote in a blog post.
Unfortunately, the designs won't be available for purchase at your local drive-thru anytime soon. The collection will be housed and kept on display at the Miami International University of Art and Design.
That's not to say you can't make your own. It might get a little expensive, but what's expense in the name of fashion?
As a new homeowner this year though, I didn't have much of a budget for updating my seasonal wardrobe, and I knew I'd need to get creative. So when I discovered brass jewelry wire for under $5 at the craft store, I came up with the idea to make a brass pair of minimal-style hoop earrings. Brass wire (20 gauge) is pliable enough to bend into shape with your hands, strong enough to hold its shape and thin enough to fit easily fit through pierced ears. The end result is a beautifully minimal pair of brass hoop earrings anyone can create in under 10 minutes. Cheers to fall style on any budget!
Loosely pull about 2 rotations of wire off of the spool, allowing the wire to keep its circular shape, and make a cut with the wire cutter. Do your best not to create any kinks in the wire, as they're very difficult to smooth out.
Wrap the first piece of wire around your 1-inch cylindrical shape. Try to position the midpoint of the wire at the top of the cylinder and guide the wire down around the sides. Apply gentle pressure and take care not to kink the wire as you're wrapping.
At this point you'll have a wire loop that has 1 rounded end and 1 pointed end plus 2 wire tails. Trim the wire tails down to your desired length with wire cutters. I trimmed the tails at about 1/2 inch.
Repeat Steps 1-3 for the second earring. Use the first earring as a guide to create a matching pair.
To wear, slip 1 end of the wire into your pierced ear, and slide through until the crossing tails dangle at the bottom.
More fall fashion inspiration
I get it, fashion empires push a certain aesthetic and a certain look when it comes to showing off their clothing.
But often, behind the scenes, in the corner, away from all the sizes 6s and 8s there are at least some plus-size alternatives for those of us who are pregnant, have just had babies, or just have a little extra to love.
Trish Marinozzi, a Sydney local, decided to head to H&M's flagship store in Sydney's Pitt Street Mall to do some shopping. Having visited other H&M stores before, Trish knew they stocked plus-size and maternity clothing and so expected to find the same at the flagship store.
But that wasn't the case, with Trish being reduced to tears after being told that not only did they not sell plus-size or maternity clothing, but that she would have to go to the suburbs if she wanted to find something in her size.
"I have never been reduced to tears before while shopping until today," Trish shared on H&M's Facebook page.
"The sheer embarrassment in asking about the plus size range at H&M and being told it's not being stocked and being told to go to the suburbs to shop if I want that."
More than 40 people have since liked Trish's comment, which was shared yesterday afternoon, with many lending their support to Trish and deciding to show their disloyalty to the brand in response.
"It sucks that you went through that, Trish. And to think I was going to pop down there tomorrow. I love H&M t-shirts. They can #getstuffed," one shopper said.
But Trish isn't the only one left scratching her head about why H&M won't stock plus-size clothing in their flagship store, writer Amy Stockwell from Mamamia was recently invited to the opening of the store, but being a plus-size woman herself she quickly realised that she wasn't welcome there.
"The moment I stepped through the door I realised something: even though I had been invited to this store, I was not welcome."
Amy also got the "go to the suburbs" response when she asked where the plus-size section was. A salesperson reportedly told her: "Oh, honey. You can drive to Macquarie Park. They've got those clothes there. Do you know where that is?" For the record, Macquarie Park is almost 20km away.
H&M has been in the bad books recently, especially with those nasty claims that they are violators of human rights in their factories in Bangladesh and Cambodia. And remember that time they took inspiration from the Kurdish female fighters for a new jumpsuit? Saying that plus-size apparel isn't going to be stocked in their flagship store just isn't good enough for their former fans and plus-size shoppers.
H&M was contacted for comment but didn't reply in time for publication. They did, however, respond to Trish's comment on Facebook, saying, "We are sincerely sorry to hear how upset you were," adding, "We do not currently have a plus size range in our Pitt Street Mall store however we are always looking at ways to improve our customer offering."
"We do have our plus size range in quite a few other stores including the store at Macquarie Centre."
But, for Trish, that just felt like a cop out.
"I live near the city and work in the Sydney CBD. Being told to leave where I live and work in order to shop made me feel like a pariah," she told me.
"To be told that no this store doesn't stock plus-size or even maternity and I should go to the suburban store by floor staff and a cashier for it made me feel unwanted and humiliated."
What do you think about H&M's choice not to stock plus size clothing at their flagship store? Share with us below.
Unfortunately one girl from Tomball, Texas, had to choose between her gorgeous, naturally curly hair and doing what she loves to do — cheer. The cheerleading squad at her school has a strict, straight hair policy for all formal competitions, and when Makayla Fallaw's mother found out about it, she was furious.
"I felt like I might make my daughter feel like her hair is not good enough because she's not like other girls," her mother, Jenny, told ABC-13. But that wasn't the only issue. Fallaw's hair is very thick, and thus she has a particularly hard time straightening it. Her mother had a meeting with the cheerleading captain, Kevin Tonner, and while he claims they attempted to compromise on the issue, no resolution was reached. So sadly Fallaw was forced to leave the team she had worked to be on since age 4.
As a fellow curl-haired female, I am intimately familiar with this plight. I used to ask my mother to straighten my hair every evening in high school, because I felt like I stuck out too much with my curls. It would take upward of an hour and left my hair super dry and full of split ends, but I felt like it was a necessary evil in order to fit in. However, it was never a mandatory hairstyle for me. I can only imagine what being told that your natural state is not acceptable would do to an 11-year-old's confidence.
The ironic thing is, most straight-haired women covet curly hair more than anything, and men tend to call it out as particularly attractive. I reached out to get some general opinions on the matter, and the overwhelming consensus was that curly hair is awesome.
Kim, a 29-year-old from Chicago, said, "I hated my curly hair growing up and would usually wear it in a bun to keep it hidden. But now it's definitely my favorite feature and always the first thing guys compliment me on."
John, a 31-year-old from Brooklyn, New York, claims he only dates women with curly hair. "It's just so much sexier, especially if it's their natural curls. I don't know why anyone would want to tame that wild sexiness."
Kate, an actress from Los Angeles, felt compelled to straighten her curls for auditions. "When I first started going in for roles, all I'd see were girls with long, straight hair. I felt like I stood out, but in the worst way. So I decided to keep it straight, and it was a constant pain. I was getting up at 5:30 a.m. to make sure my hair looked perfectly flat for any on-camera work. Then one day my agent called and said a casting director told him I was perfect for a role, if only I had naturally curly hair. 'I gave away your little secret,' he said. 'I hope that's OK.' So the next day I screen-tested for the role with my natural head of curls, and that ended up being the first part I booked in LA."
No matter what silly fashion rules the world comes up with, your natural state is beautiful, and if you embrace it, you may discover a totally untapped power.
Begin with a turquoise base coat.
Use the small brush and white polish to make the taco shapes on all nails. Let dry, then cover with the light yellow polish, leaving a bit of white showing through for texture. Add some dark yellow polish on top of that for more dimension.
To create the filling, use the dotting tool to dot some brown polish on the bottom side of each taco. Then use the brush to make small lime green brushstrokes on the top of the tacos for lettuce, going down to meet the brown "meat." Brush on a few darker green strokes and then make red dots for the "tomatoes."
Let dry completely and then finish with a top coat.
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When you look into the history of oils in the skincare industry, you will find that oils have been used for centuries by many cultures. However, if you bring up the topic of facial oils in a group of friends, you are bound to find many diverse opinions on the subject and realize that facial oils can sometimes be polarizing. Some people love the concept of facial oils on their dehydrated skin, and others are scared of putting oil on their already oily prone skin. It is true that not all oils are created equal. A little education in oils can help you achieve a luminous and bright complexion with minimal product usage.
Repeat after me: Facial oils are for all skin types. It’s a myth that people with oily skin cannot use oils. The right oil will replenish and strengthen your skin. Compare this to harsh detergent-based skin care products that will strip your skin of essential oils, which actually causes your skin to produce more oils. The right oil can help balance your skin and overall complexion.
When it comes to using oil-based skincare, it is important to look for certain elements. Not only must you choose the right oil for your skin type, but you should choose an organic, plant-based oil. These oils will mimic your own body's essential oils. Also, in order to achieve all the benefits possible, you want to be sure the ingredients are 100 percent what they say they are. An ingredient to avoid in oils is mineral oil. Mineral oils are commonly mixed into lotions, makeup and other oils. However, they create a sealant on the skin that doesn’t allow your skin to breathe, leading to clogged pores.
When selecting an oil for your skin, you want to first classify your skin type and skin care goals. Don’t be afraid to experiment; you can be your own oil mixologist. Remember, certain oils work great when mixed together in order to give you the best results. A quick tip on oils is that they also mix in well with a good facial moisturizer or SPF — which I know you are using everyday! Take your favorite facial moisturizer and put a few drops of your favorite oil in it. Mix together and apply thoroughly on your skin and let it glow.
Tea tree oil for oily and acne-prone skin
Tea tree oil can be used for calming overall inflammation in the skin, but you can also use it as a spot treatment for breakouts. It has shown to be a promising alternative to benzoyl peroxide in terms of results.
Grapeseed oil for oily and discolored skin
Grapeseed oil is great at regulating oil production in skin types that require blotting paper throughout the day to prevent shine. The high amount of antioxidants and vitamin C in grapeseed oil actually helps to brighten dull complexions or those with residual hyperpigmentation from previous breakouts.
Rose hip oil for aging and dry skin
Rose hip oil has nature’s retinol! It is full of vitamin A, which helps soften fine lines and wrinkles. It also has a high amount of fatty acids and antioxidants. Not only will it brighten your skin, but it will also leave skin supple and soft.
Chia seed oil for sensitive and irritated skin
This oil is rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which protect and calm the top layer of your skin due to its fatty acid composition. It also contains alpha lipoic acid, a strong antioxidant that decreases pore size so skin looks smoother.
OK, come on, everybody. Black Friday isn't that bad. It's kinda fun, actually, if you don't take it too seriously. (That means no diving into the chaotic mountain of $2 bath towels on aisle 6. Let's keep it classy this year, hm?)
Well, the good thing about clothing sales on Black Friday is that they usually start early in the week and last through the weekend. Clothing deals just can't compete with those 90-percent-off, 70-inch flat-screen TVs, so lucky for us, fashion deals last a bit longer.
DealNews has a few predictions this year regarding Black Friday's clothes sales. Besides the very obvious prediction in the title of its article "Black Friday Clothing 2015: Tons of Stores Will Offer Their Best Sales of the Year" (uh, yeah, we know), it does make some good points:
We'll be gathering more of our favorite deals throughout the month as more and more Black Friday ads are leaked (muahaha), so continue to check back. Happy hunting!
J.C. Penney has some great deals this year, and it's offering several coupons too. For example, if you spend $100 in gift cards, you'll get a $25 coupon. Also, if you spend $75 in store, you will get $20 in bonus cash. You can also win cash prizes (we're talking $10,000!) and instant-saving coupons.
This is the only time of the year (Nov. 23-29) that Kohl's offers $15 Kohl's Cash (normally it's $10) for every $50 spent. But be careful! The Kohl's cash earned is redeemable only from Nov. 30 to Dec. 6.
Macy's is hosting a "Walk In & Win" event for Black Friday 2015, giving its die-hard shoppers a chance to win up to $1 million in gift codes and prizes.
Target is usually always on the list of stores to hit on Black Friday. (Snag those DVD deals for this year's stocking stuffers before they're gone!) If you download the Target app, you can actually plan your #TargetRun and save items and coupons with the lists feature.
More on Black Friday
Black Friday discounts tend to lean more toward techy items — computers, TVs, game sets — but that doesn't necessarily mean you won't find a good deal on beauty products.
As the ads hit your mailboxes, take a close look at when the deals will be offered. More often than not, beauty deals (like clothing deals) will last longer than just the wee doorbuster hours. So, you may just be able to get away with snatching up the best products earlier in the week... before the stampedes.
DealNews makes a few predictions this year regarding beauty and Black Friday:
We'll be gathering more of our favorite deals throughout the month as more and more Black Friday ads are leaked — so continue to check back for the latest finds. Here are some of our favorites so far.
Amazon already has deals going on! They have "Deals of the Week" and on the left-hand panel, you can scroll down and filter the products by beauty. The deals will get better as Black Friday and Cyber Monday creep closer.
Bath and Body Works
While we don't have the official ad yet, BBW always has their "Buy 3, Get 3" deals around Black Friday, but usually this promotion lasts longer than just Friday. Also, BBW often has a $25 tote you can buy with a minimum purchase amount. The tote contains lots of surprise goodies that can be great for stocking stuffers.
Kohl's is a good place to stop at this time of year (Nov. 23-29) because they offer $15 Kohl's Cash (normally it's $10) for every $50 spent. However, you can only redeem the Kohl's Cash you earned from Nov. 30 to Dec. 6. It's a short window.
If you can only make it to one store for beauty deals — go to Macy's. They, by far, have the most beauty promotions under one roof. Additionally, Macy's is hosting a "Walk In & Win" event for Black Friday 2015, giving their die-hard shoppers a chance to win up to $1 million in gift codes and prizes. You can sign up at www.macys.com/win. The doorbuster deals listed below are first come, first serve, starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 26.
$10 Doorbuster deals:
Other doorbusters we love:
OK, so Target may not have the most beauty specials this year, but the ones they have are pretty decent. And if you spend $75 on Friday, Nov. 27, you get a 20 percent off coupon to use between Dec. 4-13. Target also offers free shipping and returns with no price minimum. Keep your eyes open for coupons you can use on top of Black Friday deals.
The Body Shop
The flyer is not out yet, but like BBW, The Body Shop also usually offers a $25 tote filled with $100-$200 worth of products. They'll also have their "Buy 3 for $33" special.
We haven't seen the flyer yet, but Sephora usually offers their "$10 sale" — which is a selection of items that they mark down (way down) for Black Friday. But these items usually go pretty quick.
Any day now...
Also, any day now... But, Victoria's Secret does participate in the tote promotion, which you can purchase for $25 after spending a certain amount in store. The tote is filled with $100-$200 worth of goodies.
Walgreens has some good deals this year, but you have to have their Walgreens Balance Rewards card. It's free, you just have to sign up for it (and it's not another credit card, hooray!). Ideally, you'll want to have the card ready to go to save you time on the day of.
Serum foundations got their start with the launch of Giorgio Armani’s much-raved-about Maestro, so we asked the brand’s Celebrity Face Designer Tim Quinn to weigh in on what they are and why you need one in your life.
It’s all about texture
So what’s so great about serum foundation? According to Quinn, serum formulas combine a high concentration of skin care ingredients with a sheer to medium coverage that’s easy to build. Many formulas also contain SPF, for added anti-aging protection.
But the first thing you’ll notice is the texture. Typically, serums offer the luxurious slip of an oil but without a greasy feel. But don’t let the oil comparison scare you. “Serum foundations are great for most complexions unless you’re extremely oily or very dry,” says Quinn. So don’t skip your daily moisturizer or mattifier.
How to apply
Their trademark silky texture means they blend easily into skin for a smooth, flawless look. One caveat: Dry patches can be emphasized with serum formulas, so you’ll want to hydrate and exfoliate as needed. Also, many brands use dropper bottles, which can take a little practice to master sans mess.
Quinn advises applying the way you would a skin care product: Dab it on with your fingertips, starting at the center of your face and blend outward. The warmth of your hands will help the product glide on even easier. For a sheerer, “no makeup” look, mix the formula with a spritz of mineral water or dot of moisturizer in your palm before applying and focus only on the areas you need coverage.
Serum foundations to try
1. YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation
Every bottle contains a dose of YSL’s ultra-hydrating Forever Youth Liberator Serum. Other highlights: SPF 20, generous-yet-buildable coverage and a luxe texture. (Yslbeautyus.com, $69)
2. e.l.f. Foundation Serum
This budget-friendly take on the trend features a light, silky formula and broad spectrum SPF 25. The drawback: It only comes in three shades. Although the sheer coverage allows for a little more versatility, those at the fairest and darker ends of the spectrum won’t find a match. (Eyeslipsface.com, $8)
3. Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup
The original serum foundation. With its luxe, super-velvety formula and beautiful coverage, it’s easy to see why so many makeup artists and beauty experts have been smitten. It racks up bonus points for essential oils like white lotus, which Quinn asserts is “very calming to the skin.” (Giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com, $64)
4. Diorskin Nude Air Serum
As its name suggests, this formula delivers lighter coverage for a natural look that lets skin show through. But that doesn’t mean flaws get extra leeway — special pigments diffuse light for a radiant, soft-focus look. Other goodies include vitamins, minerals, “hyper-oxygenated oil” which is purported to let skin breathe and broad spectrum SPF 25. (Dior.com, $53)
5. By Terry Densiliss Foundation
Part imperfection-erasing foundation, part anti-wrinkle serum, a few expertly blended dabs impart matte coverage with a hint of radiance. The effect is like your skin — as seen through a forgiving Instagram filter. (Space.NK.apothecary, $115)
6. Hourglass Primer Serum
This primer boasts 28 complexion-boosting ingredients, like essential oils, plant oils and vitamins A, B5, C and E. Intriguingly, the product information claims it does triple-duty as a night skin care serum or split-end sealer. (Hourglasscosmetics.com, $65)
Yes, you read that correctly. For those of us who would love a boyfriend/husband with a man bun but can't wait for his hair to grow long enough, then you may be tempted to purchase one of these clip-on devices from Groupon — they come in blond, brunette and black.
But while the thought of having a man with a perfectly chiselled jaw and luscious locks is terribly enjoyable...
...we can foresee some potential disasters with this clip-on creation.
For example, the clip-on man bun could fall off in the middle of a date — just when you're about to eat dinner. Hairy pasta, anyone?
Or during an intense tennis match. Swoosh!
When Bae wants to bust a move... but he can't whip his hair back and forth... or else.
There's nothing manly about the man bun falling off mid altercation. Amiright?
Or when you're driving in the car, with the wind in your hair... and poof... there goes your man's man bun.
Disaster can strike at any time, like when you're lifting weights at the gym — and the hair suddenly falls off.
Oh, and there's always the possibility that your kitten takes a liking to the man bun... because sometimes a ball of wool is just not good enough.
He'll also have to fend off magpies, worry about getting his hair stuck in that rapidly closing subway train door and ensure that no one gets too close and starts caressing his (fake) lengthy locks.
Thank you, and goodnight!
Do you think a clip-on man bun is the solution you've been waiting for? Or do you, like us, foresee some complications? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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