Oh Spring, you magical beast you. You've got us all smiley and happy — so much so that we didn't even wear a jacket to work today! We're all busy planning our Summer holidays and all that "research" about tropical islands, sun, sand and the all important Cocktail List, has slowly found its way not only into our fashion cupboards, but our beauty ones, too. Tropical beauty is as fresh and delicious as it sounds, with yummy ingredients like monoï and coconut topping the list. Then there's names like Tiki and Hibiscus that just make us feel plain happy. Let's go, beautiful.
We're taking our beauty cues from the runways in New York this week. Some of our favourite designers have put on breathtaking shows, and subsequently, the beauty looks have been diverse, innovative and surprisingly, easy to recreate at home. Some of our favourites include Marc Jacobs, Rodarte, Jason Wu and Victoria Beckham, but that's not to say the others weren't equally inspiring. If we were going to sum up the key trend, it would have to be minimalist, and skin? Well, it's shiny and dewy — very Spring, very now. We've rounded-up 10 products under $20 that will help you recreate the runway trends at home, because high fashion doesn't have to cost a fortune.
Split ends can make even the most carefully coiffed hairstyles look less than polished. And while the only real "cure" is to trim the frizz at the salon, there are a few things you can do to smooth your strands at home. Check out this easy, three-step routine that will keep your ends sleek and silky all year long.
The temperatures are soaring, Cannes is but a moment a way, so it's little wonder that US and European celebs are letting their locks down and indulging in the two-parts Beach Chic, one-part Bed Head hairstyle. Mary-Kate Olsen teamed hers with a Narcisco Rodriguez S/S bronzed smoky eye at the Holy Rollers NY premiere on Monday, while Chanel's gorgeous Vanessa Paradis and Rimmel spokeswoman Georgia May Jagger were both in St Tropez to celebrate Karl Lagerfeld's short film, Remember Now and check out Chanel's Cruise Collection. Mary-Kate and Georgia May have gone for a rawer texture, which you can emulate using a sea spray such as ghd Sea Spray ($35) or KMS California Hairplay Sea Salt Spray ($36.95). Vanessa's has a softer finish, which can be achieved by tonging random sections. Do you like the style? Will you be copying it quick smart or saving it for lazy summer days?
Stockists: KMS California (1800 506 060)
See, sadly not everyone is lucky enough to score a golden ticket, some have to make do with just the after party (it's a hard life), so check out the best looks from the Instyle and Warner Brothers shindig.
For what looks like an insanely simple look to pull together, bed-head hair (a little rustle and tousle in an otherwise immaculate ‘do) can be surprisingly difficult to master. It requires you to walk the fine line between tousled and undone because darling, no-one wants to be undone.
While perusing the net on what will hereon in be known as The Longest Day on Earth (January 5, 2010), I stumbled across a helpful tip from the Glamour girls on perfecting this sexy style: Usage of salt spray.
Usually confined to creating beachy waves, a misting of this before you blow-dry will soon land you in bed-head heaven. The magic is two-fold: It gives clean hair that slightly grimy texture – essential – while keeping in place any handy work – aka additional ruffling – that you complete throughout the night. Try Fudge Salt Spray ($18.95) or Joico Design Collection Texture Spray ($29.95). Both very worthwhile purchases.
Stockists: Fudge (1300 764 437), Joico (1300 764 437).