• 5 Fall Hairstyles for Everyone

    14 October, 2014 0 Comment

    With the changing of the seasons, it’s always fun to change your style – especially your hairstyle! These 5 fall hairstyles flatter everyone so don’t be afraid to go for something different.

    1. Layered Pixie

    fall hairstyle: layered pixie

    Emma Watson’s former pixie shows that short hair can still be as feminine as it can be edgy. The asymmetrical part, side-swept bangs, and slightly tousled look of the layered-pixie creates an enviable combination. The layered pixie looks just as great paired with sweet dresses as it would with jeans or leather. And it flatters every face-shape.

    2. Volumized Bob

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    Christina Hendricks looks fantastic with a bob! Adding a little more volume with a curling iron will do wonders for the average bob. Like the layered pixie, the volumized bob can be both soft and edgy depending on whether you choose to pair it with more flowing materials and sweaters or straight edges and form-fitting pieces.

    3. Wavy Lob

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    Emma Stone, Jessica Alba, and Taylor Swift show that a lob, that sweet spot between a bob and medium length hair, might be just what you were looking for fall. These beautiful ladies have gone in and out of this style, but it goes to show how well the wavy lob can frame your face!

    4. Fantastic Fringe

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    From Britney Spears to Heidi Klum to Michelle Obama! Fringe has made its way back from the past! And don’t be intimidated because Ms. Stone manages to pull off any and every single hairstyle known to mankind! These thick fringe styles can work for anyone and with both long and short hair! And I’m not sure if it is just me, but fringe totally looks great with chunky fall and winter sweaters too!

    5. Old School Ombre

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    Combine elements of the past trends with more recent ones. Celebrities like Miranda Kerr, Olivia Wilde, and Rihanna have infused an Old Hollywood look – perfectly coiled gentle curls – and the more current ombre trend for a beautiful fall hairstyle! This hairstyle definitely emphasizes our more feminine charms but also adds an air of sophistication and elegance. The soft ombre create a rippling effect, mesmerizing viewers just as the late stars of Old Hollywood!

    So will you be attempting a drastic change to your everyday look?

     

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  • Mani-Monday: Halloween

    13 October, 2014 0 Comment

    Halloween is on its way! Will you be enjoying the festivities with a party with old or new friends? Or will you be going trick-or-treating with the kids? Or are you a true fanatic who will go as far as to transform your house, scare all of the neighborhood children (and parents), and get banned in subsequent years? (Open House of Horrors)

    MOFY Halloween

    You may not be able to wear a costume everyday but if you LOVE Halloween, you can show your enthusiasm with a Halloween manicure! Here are a few simple tutorials for great Halloween looks!

    Black Cat Mani

    Halloween Black Cat Mani

    Black cats are one of Halloween’s classics. All you need is a black cat for an albeit simple, but subtle and elegant Halloween manicure! Just follow these five easy steps.

    1. Paint your base coat and first layer of color.

    A bright orange like that in the example goes perfectly for your Halloween theme! But if you’d rather not be too conspicuous, I’d recommend a soft shade of purple (another great color for Halloween and fall)! You can still see your black cat with a lilac or lavender, but keep the Halloween spirit!

    2. In black nail polish, draw a circle off-center with a small detail brush.

    This will become your black cat’s head!

    3. Then use the brush to draw a straight line from the circle to the tip of your nail.

    4. Taper the neck of your cat while, making his booty wider.

    5. Add the finishing touches – tails and ears! Then you’re finished!

    Skeletons are another Halloween staple! And although The Nightmare before Christmas might be a Christmas movie, the bulk of its characters come from Halloweentown. So I’m sure Jack is just as fitting a decoration for your Halloween nails!

    Jack Skellington

    Jack Skellington Mani

    1. Paint your base coat on all your nails. Then, paint the nail of your choice with 2 layers of white nail polish.

    2. Use a small brush to paint Jack’s eyes – black ovals that fill half of your nail.

    3. Add Jack’s little nose holes with two simple strokes.

    4. Include Jack’s mouth! First draw a curving line (Jack looks best when he’s smiling, don’t you think?) And finish his mouth by dividing it with evenly spaced, short vertical lines.

    You’ve finished with Jack’s face! Now for the other nails. You can either paint Jack’s numerous facial expressions or change it up a little!

    For Jack’s iconic pinstripe suit:

    1. Paint your nail completely black!

    2. Add white stripes over the black nail polish using a thin, detail brush!

    Get more creative:

    1. Paint your nail completely white!

    2. Add a small black bow tie! Another cute element of Jack’s suit~

    Jack Skellington Halloween Nail Tutorial Jack Skellington Halloween Manicure 2

    Here’s a quick video tutorial if it helps you to follow along: Jack Skellington Nail Art.

    Hope you have fun creating imaginative and ghoulish Halloween nail polish this year! Here are some other ideas that might get you thinking about different ways to decorate your nails and show off your Halloween spirit!

    Frankenstein Halloween Manicure Halloween Spooky Eye maniFrankenstein Halloween Manicure Halloween Mummy Mani

  • Throwback Thursday: 90s Music

    09 October, 2014 0 Comment

    I’ve been living in Hong Kong during a passionate time! Although the protests started earlier during the year, last week beheld the most united front I’d seen yet. All the raging emotions of protestors bring this Throwback Thursday back to 90s hits full of passion! The protests might be dying down now, but it felt good to see people get riled up, peacefully trying to get their voices heard.

    Only a hundred or so feet away from my office, the Umbrella Movement gathered by the hundreds in nonviolent protest from Sunday the 28th of October. Public transportation was (and still is) a complete mess, but the protesters were courteous and even cheerful, singing songs in unison, despite the sometimes violent actions taken against them.

    Hong Kong Protests

    Thinking of the excitement and joint passion of the past couple of weeks, I dedicate this Throwback Thursday to the music of the 90s, when we were up to our ears in love every second!

    1. Mariah Carey – Emotions

    I can feel nothing but sheer bliss when I hear this song! With every note Mariah Carey sings, I can feel just the emotions she’s talking about. All of those giddy, happy feelings that come with a great, magnificent love.

    2. K-Ci & JoJo – All My Life

    I don’t think I know many of their other songs, but this certainly played on the radio time and time again growing up. While “Emotions” might have been all about the moment, “All My Life” is all about the revolution over the course of decades. But both are still full of passion!

    3. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Under the Bridge

    Witnessing all of the people come together for the protests, I could see how much the people of Hong Kong valued Hong Kong’s position as a Special Administrative Region and the bond they have with their home – their friend. I hope that whatever the future holds, they will be able to maintain Hong Kong’s identity within East Asia and the International community.

    4. Boyz II Men – End of the Road

    “Girl I’m here for you
    All those times of night when you just hurt me
    And just run out with that other fella
    Baby I knew about it, I just didn’t care
    You just don’t understand how much I love you do you?
    I’m here for you

    I’m not out to go out and cheat on you all night
    Just like you did baby but that’s all right
    Hey, I love you anyway
    And I’m still gonna be here for you ’till my dying day baby
    Right now, I’m just in so much pain baby
    ‘Coz you just won’t come back to me
    Will you? Just come back to me”

    Need I say more?

    But I hope that this Throwback Thursday 90s hit doesn’t mean the end of the road for Hong Kong anytime soon!

    5. Lauryn Hill – Doo Wop (That Thing)

    Last but not least, there’s nothing like the truth spoken in The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill to give you that extra push to stand up for yourself whether it’s about That Thing or democracy and universal suffrage. Fight on Hong Kong!