What’s New in Nail Trends

Fresh Colors for Spring 2016

When it comes to new nail colors, it can be hard to keep up. Are we feeling metallics or are pastels all the rage? Is it ever out dated to keep it simple and rock a French mani? If my nails are short, can I still do bold colors? So many questions… that we’re here to answer! Check out these on-trend hues and keep your hands fresh this spring.
 
If you’re feeling bold
It may feel risky to rock a navy nail – and it definitely takes some daring. But dark shades of blue have made a big splash this season, especially when you add in some sparkle. Wear it on a short nail and the impact is even bigger. Why not let your hands say starry, starry night?!
 
If you’re feeling feminine
If you tend to be a clear coat, sheer or even French manicure kind of girl, update your look for 2016 by seizing on a sumptuous, seventies inspired beige. It’s neutral enough that you won’t feel like you’re forcing it, but still has that soft, feminine flair. If you’re brave enough you can even try beige with a shimmer finish.
 
If you’re feeling chic
Nothing says New York (or Paris, or London or Berlin) like deep grey. It’s darker than neutral beiges but blends just as well with the pop of a blue (minus the flash factor). In other words, if understated elegance is your vibe, charcoal grey is your Spring 2016 go to. And finally...
 
If you’re feeling bombshell
Candy apple red never goes out of style. Okay, maybe it does, but this is not one of those seasons. You can wear a bright, vibrant classic red on any nail length with a sexy, saucy effect. If your nails are short, it’s a brighter, splashier choice than bold blues. If your nails are long, it’ll up your playful, sexy factor. Either way, it’s a simple way to add a little glamour to your day to day… so why not try it?!

 

Oscars 2016 Trends

The Hottest Hair and Makeup from the Academy Awards Red Carpet

The Oscars may be all about honoring the movies, but they’re arguably fashion’s biggest night, too. Never mind who wins best actor or actress (or anything else for that matter), observers everywhere tune in just to see what the world’s biggest stars are wearing! From Bjork’s swan dress in 2001 to Lupita Nyongo’s 2014 stunning pastel ensemble, we always remember the looks we love and the looks we love to hate. And no outfit is complete without factoring in hair and makeup. With that in mind, what was hot on this year’s red carpet? Let’s find out!
 
Upscale Ponytails
While hairstyles of all kinds made appearances this year, glam variations on the ponytail were particularly popular, especially with the TV set. Scandal’s Kerry Washington, Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara and Quantico’s Priyana Chopra all went with the simple but high impact style as did Olivia Munn and Isla Fisher. Variations of crown height and wisp factor kept the look individual for a low maintenance, high fashion tone.
 
Elaborate Updos
This was not a big year for softly swept tresses or classic French Twists. Stars like Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde and Tina Fey all sported intricately sculpted updos meant to make an impact – and it worked. Whether structured buns like Mara’s or detailed braids like Wilde and Fey, the effect was dramatic, eye-catching and even otherworldly.
 
Smoky Eyes
Everywhere you turned this year you’d catch sight of a heavily shaded, smoky eye. From Kerry Washington’s traditional black and grey interpretation to Lady Gaga’s elaborate bronze take to Charlize Theron’s sparkling emerald lids, there was no denying the eyes had it on Oscar night. And no wonder – it’s a versatile look that works on just about everyone. The same can be said for the evening’s other big winner:
 
Monochromatic Makeup
There was no missing the match factor on this year’s red carpet. From Best Actress Winner Brie Larson’s beautiful blues to nominee Saorsie Ronan’s green sparkle to mother to be Emily Blunt’s pale pink theme, actresses kept the color scheme simple and the effect was stunning. Case in point: Olivia Munn, whose orange dress and lip combo was singular – and smoking. 

 

Transform Your Complexion

5 Ingredients Your Smoothie Must Have to Get Your Skin Glowing

Want to transform your complexion and get a radiant glow that everyone envies? Start from the inside.
 
The key to fending off — or even reversing — the damage that comes from too much sun, smoking, or unhealthy eating is getting plenty of antioxidants, a substance that protects your body from harm on the cellular level and is found in abundance in many fruits, nuts and vegetables.
 
Vitamins A, C and E are all antioxidants, as are many phytochemicals, which are compounds found naturally in plants.
 
One of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to get your beauty-boosting nutrients is to start your day with a healthy breakfast smoothie. Your top ingredients should be:
 
Anthocyanidins. A phytochemical that's a powerful antioxidant, anthocyanidins give fruits their red or purple colors. Best sources: Blueberries, blackberries, cherries, raspberries.
 
Carotenoids. Carotenoids produce a red, yellow or orange color in fruits and veggies. This phytochemical enhances collagen production, which is the protein fiber that keeps your facial skin firm and youthful looking. As we age, collagen isn’t replenished as quickly and the skin sags. Best sources: Carrots, guavas, lemons, limes, tomatoes, watermelon.
 
Vitamin C. This important vitamin is a potent antioxidant and works together with carotenoids to help keep collagen healthy. Best sources: Cantaloupe, kale, kiwis, oranges, papayas, strawberries, red bell peppers.
 
Vitamin E. Working from the inside to protect the top layers of skin against sun damage, vitamin E is important for preventing wrinkles. Best source: Almonds, avocados, sunflower seeds.
 
Selenium. Consumed in tandem with vitamin E, selenium improves your skin’s elasticity and texture. This mineral is abundant in some fish and grains, but for smoothies, your best bet is Brazil nuts.
 
To whip up a beauty-boosting smoothie, put a cup of any combination of the fruits, juices (lemon, lime), vegetables and nuts mentioned above into a blender with a handful of ice cubes. (Or, to make your mix creamier and richer, replace the ice with chunks of a frozen banana. Bananas are a nutritional powerhouse in their own right, containing potassium, vitamin B6, fiber and pectin.)
 
Pour in about half a cup of lowfat milk or a substitute like almond, coconut or soy milk and blend until the mix is free of lumps. You can also use yogurt or kefir, if you prefer.
 
To give your smoothie more staying power so you can go from breakfast to lunch without getting hungry, consider adding a tablespoon of peanut butter or a scoop of whey protein powder. Also think about adding spices like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg or vanilla extract to create new flavors. If your smoothie is too tart, blend in a couple teaspoons of honey.
 
One caveat: A few of these ingredients are high in calories, such as avocados, honey, nuts and seeds, so watch how much you’re adding. Three or four Brazil nuts or seven or eight almonds are enough to give you the nutritional benefit without busting your calorie budget.

 

The Best Hairstyles for Your Face Shape

The Most Flattering Face Framing Strategies

Embracing your face with the most flattering hair looks is as easy as knowing your face shape. It’s that little extra bit of beauty knowledge that will help you make informed cut and style choices with your stylist. You’ll find that many on-trend looks work for most faces with just a personalized tweak here or there.
 
To determine your face shape, pull your hair back and trace an imaginary line around your hairline in the mirror. Is the outline square, round, oval or heart-shaped?
 
Round faces are as wide as they are long, curve in at the forehead and jawline, with full cheeks.
 
-- Looks that break up the roundness include cuts longer than chin length with thick side swept angular bangs. A round face looks lengthier with long straight or long wavy hair with layers or curls that begins below the jawline. A side part adds new direction to a circular face. 
 
Square faces are as wide as they are long, with the addition of a strong angular jaw and forehead.  
 
-- Cuts, both wavy and straight, that fall close to the side of the head soften the strong features of a square face. Layered looks are best when the shortest layer begins at the chin to give the illusion of a rounded jawline. Use choppy bangs, longer at the sides than the middle, or a side part to add even more curve.
 
Oblong faces look similar to ovals but are longer than they are wide, with more length at the bottom.
 
-- Side swept bangs or bangs cut straight across will help make a long face look wider.  Short crops and chin length hair give a long face a lift. Long hair looks best with the movement of waves or layers.
 
Heart-Shaped faces are widest at the cheeks with a narrow chin and wide forehead.
 
-- Bangs draw attention to eyes, away from a strong chin. Try long feathered bangs worn straight in a brow grazing length that tapers down to the outer corner of the eye. Use a side part with a long one length bob. Long layers or waves that are styled to fill in the jawline from the ears down, balance a strong chin.
 
Oval faces are about one and a half times longer than wide and slightly broader at the forehead than the chin.
 
-- This face shape can embrace most hair looks.

 
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