2 Fresh Takes on Shimmery Manis

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Powdery pink or distressed gold shimmery manis? Yes, please!

Carolina Herrera (top picture) and Naeem Khan (bottom) both sent shimmery nails down their fall 2015 runways and I love how pretty they are! Here’s how to do it yourself:

Carolina Herrera Fall/Winter 2015:
1. Apply essie ridge filling base coat to clean, filed nails
2. Apply one coat of essie imported bubbly
3. Then, apply one coat of essie allure
4. Finish with essie good to go top coat

Naeem Khan Fall/Winter 2015:
1. Apply essie ridge filling base coat to clean, filed nails
2. Next, apply two coats of essie shifting power and allow to dry
3. Then, apply the thinnest coat possible of jiggle hi, jiggle low
4. Finish with essie good to go top coat

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How to Fake A Fishtail Braid

How to Fake A Fishtail Braid
Everyone loves a fishtail but not everyone can do them, not well at least. Here is one of the fastest ways to get the look of a fishtail braid without actually doing one, and the result is absolutely beautiful.

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7 Steps To Organize Your Makeup

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Let’s be honest, your makeup counter is probably the most cluttered space in your room, second to your jewelry. It’s hard to keep it all together, from lipsticks to lip gloss to cream shadows and powder… who can keep up?!

I sought out to figure out the best way to organize makeup and in collaboration with Estée Lauder, made a video this about it.  Hope you enjoy!

Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Find a space with good light and ample room
Step 2: Organize your makeup into groups
Step 3: Select & arrange a variety of containers (household, vintage, new!)
Step 4: Store by category from face to eyes, lips, nail polish, etc. Don’t forget your brushes!
*Tip: When storing lipstick, turn the labels up so that you can see the colors easily
Step 5: Don’t forget your beauty tools: mirror, Q-tips, cotton balls, tissues, tweezers & sharpener
Step 6: Add in other essentials: Moisturizer & Perfume
Step 7: Mark the date of purchase on makeup that expires

BONUS: Fill your makeup bag with everyday basics – easy to access & always ready to go!

What are your favorite organizing tips?

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Beauty Advice From A French Girl

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“A woman is at her most beautiful when she’s kind, lively and imaginative, goes through life consciously and stays authentic, however she looks. ”

This is the beauty philosophy of  Audrey Ducas, a French girl who now lives in New York and works as a textile designer.  She recently sat down with A Cup Of Jo to talk about her beauty routine and it is the BEST beauty advice I’ve read in a very long time. In the interview she shares her beauty secrets, including the drink that makes her glow and how French girls achieve that perfect bed head.

You can read the full article here, my personal favorite answers below:

What’s your everyday beauty routine?
As soon as I wake up, I focus on setting up the tone for my day—which means getting excited for the possibilities (as ordinary as they may be) by doing breathing exercise and meditation. I also drink hot water with lemon juice before breakfast. As far as products, I use only Castille soap for both my face and body. I drink a ton of mineral water and eat foods rich in Omega-3 (lots of fish!), which is most likely why my skin stays naturally hydrated most of the time. If my skin does feel dry, especially in the wintertime, I apply a little bit of coconut oil. I also recently started to use Thayers Witch Hazel toner, which I’m loving. It feels fresh and makes my skin feel cleaner and much smoother.

Do you have any favorite “splurge” items?
My favorite splurge products are French mineral water and tasty green juices. I always buy a lot of those, and it’s a big treat. I feed my body good food and good thoughts, which I hope shows on the outside!

The million-dollar question: How do French girls get their hair to look so perfectly…messy?
Many of my French girlfriends have this messy chic style. The key is to care about not caring, haha! It’s about brushing your hair very very little or not at all, and not doing anything else to it. I think it also has a lot to do with finding the perfect haircut that fits your hair texture. It’s also very important not to wash your hair too often. You leave your hair in its natural state.

What’s your nighttime routine?
Before bed I like taking a very hot shower. I drink water, read some inspiring books or articles and often hang out on my head a bit: a headstand really helps slow down your breathing which is very relaxing before going to sleep.

What did your mother—or aunts or grandmothers—teach you about beauty?
I watched my mother simply be herself. Although she and I have quite different styles (she wears makeup and heels every day which looks great on her; I’ve always been kind of a tomboy), I realized being beautiful and feminine is more of an attitude rather than the kind of makeup or clothing you wear. It’s about being kind, present, enthusiastic and authentic, which I think my mother has always been. I also often heard, especially from my grandmother: “Drink a lot of water and eat a lot of lettuce, and you’ll look great.” I still do it—greens and water are my favorite things!

Last but certainly not least: do you have an overall beauty philosophy?
A woman is at her most beautiful when she’s kind, lively and imaginative, goes through life consciously and stays authentic, however she looks. Being true to oneself, with a willingness to question things, take risks (emotional as well as physical), learn, change and grow is my motto. Smiling and having fun along the way is key: the happier you feel, the more beautiful you look!

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