How to Achieve the Perfect Top Knot!

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The Top Knot is the ideal style for any occasion as it can easily be paired with a dressed up or down ensemble for the perfect look. Jenny Balding, NYC Cutler/Redken Stylist, shares how to achieve this look:

  • For best results, start with day two hair onwards as your hair will be easier to manage with an already ‘lived -in’ texture.
  • Mist hair with dry shampoo, focusing primarily on the roots mainly – this will give your hair more texture, grip and volume.
  • Then mist a light hairspray throughout for some hold and grip.
  • Sweep your hair into high ponytail. Keep checking what it looks like from your profile so you position ponytail in the most flattering point of your head for your face shape.
  • Take the ponytail and back-brush from the underneath lightly – this creates a slight disheveled texture.
  • Sweep around the base of the ponytail and pin using U shaped hairpins. These really anchor the hair best which means you will only need 2 or 3 to secure.

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This creates perfectly disheveled topknot that looks ultra stylish and works for any event.

 

About: Jenny Balding
As one of New York City’s most sought after hairstylists, Scottish born Jenny Balding brings nearly two decades of experience in both the UK and NYC. Her salon, Fashion Week & editorial experience have shaped her into the expert stylist she is today.


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Get the Look: Jaime King at the Sin City 2 Premiere‏

“The look we created tonight is what I like to call ‘evening glamour goddess’”, said Burt’s Bees lead makeup artist Katey Denno. Prepping natural beauty Jaime King for the Sin City 2 premiere, Katey kept Jamie’s look sleek, sexy, and perfectly understated to compliment her stunning Versace gown.

“Wanting to play up Jaime’s luminous, gorgeous skin, I began with a face oil and serum to prep the skin. I kept her foundation super light, using liquid foundation on her t-zone, and adding polka dots and moon beams along her cheekbones, the bridge of her nose, and her Cupid’s bow with a highlighting stick.

Next, I intensified her glowing and healthy cheeks with a little mauve cream blush.

Since this look was all about fresh, I kept Jaime’s eye makeup minimal, exaggerating her lash line with some extra lashes, her lids with a glowing nude eye shadow, and a whole lot of mascara. I finished with a matte brown shadow to define her crease.

Jaime likes a full brow, so I defined her brows with a soft brown shadow and brushed them into place.

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Finally — the lips! On her lips, I kept it simple with Burt’s Bees new Lip Crayons in Sedona Sands and Hawaiian Smolder ($9, burtsbees.com). Together, it was the perfect pink-nude to complete the fresh faced look, and with a matte/satin finish, her lips will stand out perfectly, and will stay moisturized all night long.”


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Sponsored Post: L’Oreal Paris Visible Lift Blur Foundation #VLBlurfection

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Introducing L’Oréal’s exciting NEW Paris Visible Lift Blur Foundation!

This new foundation is formulated to instantly blur the look of fine lines, dark spots, wrinkles and pores. It simultaneously evens out your skin tone to hide whatever imperfections you having, making your skin appear absolutely gorgeous!

L’Oreal proudly announces their new foundation contains “exclusive blur technology” which makes your skin look photoshopped! :) With this product, you’re able to achieve a “flawless finish you can see and feel” with only one product. No need for heavy primers, sunscreen or other powders! This is your one-stop-product! No need to add a sunscreen to your routine – this has you covered with SPF 18! Help combat skin damage with this product!

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At $14.99 – wouldn’t it be nice to find a foundation that worked for you – but didn’t break the bank? I thought this foundation was pretty spectacular, and I’d tell you if I didn’t. This product comes in 12 shades- so it’s easy to find the right color for you!

How to apply? It’s easy! Just apply a dime-sized amount for full face application. For best results, apply with fingers or makeup sponge.

For more information on this amazing L’Oreal product (and many more) go here!

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/L’Oréal, but the opinions here are 100% my own.


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New! Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide

Laura Mercier has just launched their new Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide Foundation and I was lucky enough to check one out. The formula is really smooth and lightweight. I love how light it feels on my skin and yet it evens my skin tone and hides imperfections.

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The picture above shows my bare skin on the left and on Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide on the right. I love how well it covers any imperfections but still looks like my skin not makeup. It has a very buildable coverage and the oil free formula kept my combo skin matte all day long.

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The container does take a bit of time to get used to with the shake and tap and not making a mess. But this foundation is worth the learning curve. I am wearing the Suntan shade and really can’t get over how natural it looks while still giving me amazing coverage.

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Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide
A long-wear, oil-free foundation that magically blurs the line between real skin and makeup. Shake & tap to activate!

PRODUCT TECHNOLOGY: This revolutionary bi-phase, two part formula is designed to deliver the most natural looking colour and lightweight coverage. Colour true pigments rest at the bottom of the package while reflective waters (Hydro-Brilliant Technology) float to the top. Vigorously shaking the package before each use ensures the pigments blend with the reflective waters to create fresh colour every time.

To activate: with each use shake vigorously for a minimum of 10 seconds and tap several times at the end of the package by the shade label.

To apply: dispense onto back of your hand and apply to clean skin with Laura’s Foundation Sponge or fingertips. For best results, use with your preferred Laura Mercier Foundation Primer.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Once you shake and tap to activate the formula, gently release the cap. You may experience a surge of product when dispensed. This is normal for a bi-phased formula. If the formula appears separated, it has not been shaken long enough. Just put the cap back on and shake more vigorously.

Available online at www.lauramercier.com and Sephora and nationwide September at Laura Mercier Retailers.

 

Disclosure: I was sent a complimentary sample for potential review. I was not paid to write this post and all opinions are my own.


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