Under eye circles and puffiness are one of the most common beauty complaints and are usually genetically inherited, or accrued from late nights at the office, lack of sleep, and general stress. I have tried hundreds of products that promise to cover and hide the “sleepless night look” so many of us sport under our eyes. Here are some of my picks to combat and conceal- and help anyone who is tired of looking tired!
Frownies Eye Gels, Under Eye & Eye Lid Collagen Patches, $29.95
Frownies eye gels are the first step in achieving a deflated under eye area. The anti-wrinkle treatment contains strong anti-oxidants that not only help protect the sensitive skin, but in one thirty minute treatment 100% of women saw a reduction of fine lines, puff and dark circles. The weight of the patch soothes the under eye area and fights free radical damage. For optimal results, all you have to do is use the gel three nights in a row and then sporadically once a week from there on out! They’re also great to use before any special nights out or as a 30 minute treatment. Frownies are a tinseltown staple and a favorite of Raquel Welch, Rashida Jones and the entire Kardashian clan!
Nothing says “confidence” like rocking an updo. A voluminous topknot elevates a simple jean and t-shirt look and a sleek pony can add a chic touch to your cocktail dress. Our friends at the Daily Makeover have pulled together their favorite 10 dressed down ‘dos and letting you in on the secrets of how to achieve them at home!
Kendall’s updo is quite chic and actually very simple to recreate. Pull hair back into a ponytail, braid the hair hanging down, and wrap it around your elastic to create a bun, and voila!
We love this voluminous updo on Ali Landry. You can get the same great look by pulling hair back into a ponytail. Pull the end of the ponytail straight up, and use a brush to brush downward toward the scalp. Do this all away around the ponytail to create volume. Wrap the ponytail around the elastic and secure with bobby pins. Use a texturizing gel, like Shu Uemura Yokan Craft ($38, Shuuemuraartofhair-usa.com), to slick back any flyaways.
Braids are one of the hottest trends these days, and nowhere is that trend more apparent than in Hollywood! Celebrity moms like Jennifer Garner and Jada Pinkett Smith are sporting braids of all varieties, and their daughters are taking note. Mini fashionistas like Violet Affleck and Ava Phillippe are copying their A-list moms and rocking braids, too.
Who knew something as simple as where you part your hair could totally change your look? Well, it’s true and we’ve got tips from the pros on which types of parts look best on which face shapes! Part-on us for making you look your prettiest…
THE DEEP SIDE
The deep side part goes a long way on style and sex appeal. Especially when worn with height in the crown, it’s very Brigitte Bardot. Jennifer Garner gives it a soft girlie appeal by keeping her waves natural, her sweepy bangs heavy and topping it all off with the best accessory…a big smile!
LOOKS BEST ON: Long face shapes as it breaks up the length by distracting us with the heavy fringe.
HOT TIPS: Be sure to tell your stylist if you’d like to move your part around. This cut can be worn in the middle as well, as long as your stylist knows you’ll be doing both! Create the deep side part when hair is wet before styling.
Photo credit: omghairstyles.net
TIPS BY: Natasha Sunshine of Byu-Ti Salon, Los Angeles, CA.
Byu-Ti Salon is Santa Monica’s premier hair boutique, catering to some of Hollywood’s most notable manes, including that of Ivanka Trump, Molly Sims and Eva Herzigova. The founder of Byu-Ti Salon, Natasha Sunshine, is known in the Los Angeles and New York City fashion circles for her keen sense of style and unique approach to hair therapy, Natasha not only created a six-step consulting system for helping her staff identify and meet her client’s needs, she has also developed her own seven different hair care products, to supplement the line of top-notch goodies already in use at her salon. When Natasha is not helping people feel fabulous from the inside out, or making herself camera-ready for a television appearance (most recently, The Rachael Ray Show), she is working as an industry leader and educator for L’Oreal’s exclusive hair care line, Pureology.
Rachel Roy is a dynamic fashion designer whose pieces have been seen on every leading lady from Michelle Obama, Diane Sawyer, Jennifer Garner, Penelope Cruz and Kate Hudson. I met Rachel at a recent event and was blown away by her support of entrepreneurial women and charity. The gorgeous native Californian, whose personal beauty shines through every one of her designs has worked in the fashion industry since her teenage years as a sales girl– which she calls her early market research! Before designing her own line, she styled magazine shoots, music videos and was creative director for Rocawear. Since the launch of her Rachel Roy line in Spring 2005, Rachel has had a whirlwind of success including being inducted into the CFDA, appearing on Oprah, and launching RACHEL Rachel Roy, a diffusion line sold exclusively at Macy’s. Rachel shared with me what she has been up to lately and offered some of her best tips and products picks!
MM: You have a very interesting background. How has that influenced you as a designer?
RR: I’ve always loved fashion and taking risks in both what I wear and what I design as this has been a guiding principle for me. I’ve never let fear paralyze me but rather let my passion drive me. One of my goals is to help other women realize this as well.
MM: We are so excited about your new collection, what was your inspiration for FW 2012?
RR: My fall 2012 collection is inspired by the documentary Women in the Dirt which highlights the works of seven award- winning women who have made their mark in the field of landscape architecture and are changing our world. From this, the idea of modern landscape architecture and the influence of nature was really interesting to me– balancing the clean lines of landscapes and natural colors and interesting material combinations and details.
MM: What are 3 items you always have on hand during fashion week?
RR: Yoga mat- I practice yoga two to three times a week. The meditation helps me stay centered. Music- it’s one of the quickest routes to dream and always inspires me. Candles- the comforting and continuous glow of a Jo Malone candle while I work is a must.
MM: How do you unwind after such a whirlwind week?
RR: Take a breath, thank my staff and then off for some R & R. First I sleep and then I have a proper meal since I have been living off coffee and sugar for the past two weeks preparing for the show. I’ll spend some quality time with my daughters, visit the Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa at the Plaza Hotel for one of my favorite facial treatments, and lounge at home and watch re-runs of The Office or Modern Family. Then it’s right back into designing the next collection!
Pamella Roland debuted her namesake collection in 2002. The line, best known for its saturated color palette as well as precise and flattering cuts, has been a bestseller ever since. Hollywood’s elite, including Angelina Jolie, Hilary Swank and Jennifer Garner, are known to be fans. Roland plays a major role in every facet of the business, from the creation of each piece, to the direction of the global sales effort. Here, she gives us insight into what her jam-packed typical day consists of. Game on!
8:15 am: Rise and shine; just arrived back in New York after a few days at my summer home on Lake Michigan—sent a good morning text to my husband, Dan, my son and my two daughters.
8:30 am: Take Manolo (my dog, not the shoe designer) for a short morning walk.
9:00 am: Pilates—great way to kick off my day.
10:00 am: Grab a smoothie and head next door to the Paul Labrecque Salon & Spa to have a blow-out.
10:30 am: On my way to my showroom; check-in with my assistant to go over my day and pressing items; listen to a CD with music ideas for our presentation during the ride.
11:00 am: Meeting with my design team to go over the status of all looks for Spring ’12—still quite a bit of work to do, but things are coming together!
12:00 pm: Meeting with my Sales Director to get an update on Spring ’12 Market appointments in New York, RSVP list for our presentation, Fall awards season/red carpet, and Paris market appointments in October.
12:30 pm: Meet with lead artist from Laura Mercier to confirm makeup direction for our Fashion Week presentation.
1:00 pm: My good friend, fashion photographer, Nigel Barker, stops by to discuss details of a new sizzle reel, shooting photos at our Fashion Week presentation, and our Spring look book shoot.
1:30 pm: Eat lunch at my desk—salad and raspberry iced tea from Mangia; check my many e-mails simultaneously.
2:00 pm: Catherine Bove from Chopard stops by to discuss which pieces we will use for our presentation.
3:00 pm: Send a tweet, update our blog, and post on Facebook regarding pre-show preparations.
3:30 pm: Text my son to see how school and hockey practice went.
3:45 pm: Call my daughter, Sydney, to see how her day went at Hope College.
4:00 pm: Have a small Amway Nutrilite snack bar to tie me over until dinner.
5:00 pm: Conference call with my PR team to go over notes for this season’s collection release.
6:00 pm: Call with our music consultant, Kevin Edwards, to go over the tracks I liked from the CD he sent over.
6:30 pm: Fittings with my design team and several of the models we have already confirmed for the presentation.
7:15 pm: Have a latte for some energy.
8:00 pm: Join a couple members of my team at Park Avenue Summer for dinner; recap various meetings from today and discuss what we have going on tomorrow.
9:30 pm: Get a call from some friends who want to meet for a drink at SoHo House—I shouldn’t, but I join them for a nightcap; on the way I call my daughter, Cassandra, to see how things went at the law firm today.
11:00 pm: Back in the car heading home to my apartment; call home to say my good-nights to my husband and my son.
11:30 pm: I finally have time to finish going through my e-mails, just to wake up and have many more!
11:45 pm: Call my mother as she has e-mailed me several times today—I get my night owl ways from her.
1:00 am: Lights out, but I still flip channels for a bit to wind myself down from a busy day.
Lindsay Brooke Weiss (Cohen) is a fashion and accessories editor and on-air style expert. She was previously Haute Living’s editorial director, Niche Media’s fashion and accessories editor and fashion editor for L-Atitude.com. Lindsay has been a frequent contributor at styledon.com and is a regular guest stylist on NBC’s “Gossip Gram.” For more articles from Lindsay, check out her site!