Subtle hair for summer

As we head toward summer, this is the perfect time for thinking about changing your hair. While a new cut can always be a great way to step into a new season, let’s not overlook what a new approach to color can do for your hair.

The good news is that subtle is in this year in so many ways, which means that changes you make don’t have to cause jaws to drop in order to turn heads. A top look for hair is the subtle ombre approach, which takes the more in-your-face ombre pairings we’ve seen (pink and blonde? black and platinum? bright red and black?) and tones them down into a more natural look.

Subtle ombre creates a more natural look. Source: L'Oreal
Subtle ombre creates a more natural look.
Source: L’Oreal


This trend showed up last year, but it still holds for this year as hairstylists emphasize more natural looks and subtle shades. (Think of the babylights trend, which uses smaller sections of hair for highlights to give you more natural, sun-kissed tresses reminiscent of childhood summers)

A more subtle ombre can mean just letting the roots grow out. If you’ve got a good mix of highlights and lowlights that complement your natural hair color, this can all become part of your look even as you stretch out time between visits to your stylist.

But the look can also be very intentional, while keeping a natural feel.

L’Oreal has an entire page devoted to the ombre look (from classic to bold to subtle) and how you can achieve it at home.

The idea this year is to move away from all dark on top and all light at the ends, instead working highlights lower down on darker hair, to give it a more subtle and sophisticated effect.

Light ends and darker roots work great when put up in a braid, wrapped into a low chignon or pulled back into a ponytail. The variation in shade also can look nice with hair down in soft waves to reflect its more casual feel.

If you decide to go for a new cut instead of switching up your color this summer, stay tuned. Next week I’ll suggest some of this year’s haircuts to best suit the shape of your face!

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Make an interview all about you

Business Woman


This time of year often marks the point when college students are beginning the search for jobs, though, as anyone knows, job searches are a year-round endeavor.

Lately, I’ve been reading tips about how to look your best for an interview, and I wanted to share a few thoughts on the subject.

The most important part of a job interview is keeping the attention on you — not on what you chose to wear that day or how you fixed your hair. Everything — your makeup, your clothes, even your accessories — should work to put you forward in the best light possible so that what you’re saying during the job interview can make the best impression.

Unless your new employer encourages creativity in dress — something like a tech start-up firm or art studio, perhaps — the key is subtlety.

That is true for both your clothes and the makeup you wear to the interview. When in doubt, go for more conservative hues in clothing, such as black, navy or tan, and keep your makeup subdued.

Then you can find a way to make the look stand out without shouting.

For example, a black suit paired with a mint green blouse or a beige top overlaid with a colorful scarf can add a splash of spring color without overpowering the look.

The same is true for makeup. You can emphasize one feature, such as an extra pop of color on the lips or sweep of shade on the eyes. But still, it is best to err on the side of caution. Bright red lips and heavy eyeliner may not go over well. You want the people you speak with to focus on you, not the makeup you’re wearing.

I know I keep coming back to nude nails, but this trend once again lets you look sophisticated without having nails that become a distraction during the interview. Nails should be well-shaped and freshly polished in a neutral shade or even with just a clear topcoat.

Don’t neglect your accessories. Shoes in particular can make a difference in how your whole look comes together. You want clean, unscuffed dress shoes. Your sandals may be adorable with your selected outfit, but there’s a chance they may not be allowed in the company’s dress code and they lack an air of professionalism. Instead, go for a pair of flats or low-heeled pumps.

Jewelry also is best held to a minimum. Think about possible pitfalls, such as several bracelets clanking together or long earrings swinging too much. Again, jewelry should be a part of presenting you, not draw too much attention to itself.

Revisit this chart for ideas on the best necklaces to pair with your blouse or dress neckline.

Finally, a practical briefcase or tote can be handy for keeping any paperwork you receive during the interview process and keeping your notebook at hand for anything you wish to jot down. This piece shouldn’t draw too much attention to itself, but you can have a little more fun here with patterns or color.



Kate Spade Emma Lane Maya shoulder bag, $248

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Find a new kind of French manicure

It seems like there’s always a new twist on the French manicure coming out, with some new color taking over for the traditional pink nail with a white tip.

But new tweaks and approaches to French manicures are sure to catch attention. One touch I love is the way JINsoon created a new look by sweeping upward with that white tip to create an asymmetrical look. While the diagonal French manicure is still a fun switch away from the traditional approach, this new style feels more organic and less regimented — perfect for spring!


A new approach to the French manicure from JINsoon

The nude nail trend still holds here, with pale pinks or soft golds balanced against the whiter tips — or perhaps a neutral shade tipped with a shiny silver?

Other takes on the French manicure include a double-tipped nude nail or using the negative space trend to adorn a literally nude nail with just the tip painted.

Miss Pop created these shifting crescent negative space nails to complement Charlotte Ronson’s spring collection. While not strictly a French manicure, the approach gives a definite nod to the look while making it new and fresh. The color is OPI’s That’s Hula-rious!


Photo source: OPI on Never Enough Nails

Then there’s the reverse French, where crescents are painted along the cuticles and the rest of the nails down to the tips are left nude. Polishpedia has a tutorial on getting the reverse French look.



The look is sophisticated and fun and can be used with a variety of colors.

What are you wearing on your nails this spring?

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Spring trend: Yellow!

Young woman reading a message on the phone

This spring, it may be a good time to find out what yellow works best for you.

Nudging over orange as the hot color of the moment, yellow appears to be a top hue for spring.

But just as orange can be tricky because you have to choose the right shade for your complexion, yellow holds the same pitfalls — and rewards once you find the yellow that is right for you.

The good news is that yellows come in a range of shades with something for everyone. Yellow can range from dark mustard to pale to bright sunflower to almost green.

Here are some yellow spring dresses in a variety of shades:

Pale yellow



Gucci Pale Yellow Light Matte Cady Dress, $1,750 at Neiman Marcus

Bright yellow



Short sleeve lace sheath dress, $149 from Lands’ End

Mustard yellow



Cami Babydoll Dress, $15.90 at Forever21

Golden yellow



Ooh La La Lady Dress in Sunflower, $69.99 at ModCloth

Greenish yellow



Vivienne Westwood Anglomania dress, $343 at Yoox

Choosing the right shade of yellow can be daunting, but it can help if you know your seasonal coloring (whether you’re a spring, summer, fall or winter), which looks at whether you have warm or cool skin tones.

This kind of color-mapping can get pretty involved. If you’re interested in quick look at finding your seasonal coloring, try this post from Lovelyish.

In the end, the best way to pick out the yellows you love this season will come from seeing how they look on you — both indoors and out!

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Spring trend: Gingham

I’m not sure what your reaction was when gingham was trotted out as the hottest fashion pattern for spring, but usually there’s a lot of resistance to the pattern of Dorothy’s dress in the Wizard of Oz.

But gingham can come in a variety of colors and fabrics to create a spring look that is very modern.

Here are a few gingham looks I love for this spring, from the very professional to the very playful:

Fun and flowy, this Dolce & Gabbana gingham cotton-poplin dress looks perfect for a spring outing.


$2,295 on Net-A-Porter

This Anne Klein Gingham Ponte sheath dress, complete with belted waist, would be right at home in a professional office.


$54.97 (originally $139) at Nordstrom Rack

Or, instead of a dress, try something like this L.L. Bean signature lightweight poplin shirt in gingham.


$44.99 (originally $54) at L.L. Bean

If you don’t love the all-over gingham look, there are options to add a splash of the pattern in your accessories, such as this cute DVF 440 micro mini leather crossbody bag.


$178 from DVF

Have a favorite gingham piece? I’d love to hear about it!

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Spring trend: Accentuate the waist

A fun accessory for any time of year, but especially hot this spring, is the belt.

But there is so much more to cinching the waist than just a belt! This season, it could be a tied-around obi belt, an accent tie on your palazzo pants or maybe a belt that you’ve decided to tie instead of buckle. This is a trend you can have fun with at minimal fashion risk!

I love how these images from Obi Belt Shop show the difference in an outfit when an obi belt is added!


The site also offers some ideas on how to tie your obi belt. I’m particularly fond of this one.


Want something quick and new? Try wearing two skinny belts in contrasting colors at the same time. Then, cross them so that each goes into the other’s buckle. I love this look from FashionRolla.


For other cute ideas for wearing a traditional belt in a new way, get a long belt and knot it with something fancy. I really like this butterfly knot, also from FashionRolla’s tutorial.


Love belts? I’d love to hear how you’re wearing yours this season!

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Introducing Pulse Therapy Treatment

Screenshot 2015-03-15 15.58.12At Beauty Bioscience, we’ve been hard at work on our latest product, Pulse Therapy Treatment!

You’ll have a chance to learn more about Pulse Therapy Treatment at 7 p.m. Eastern tonight, March 19, on HSN.

The treatment pairs a super-concentrated retinol complex once a week with a hyper-vitamin complex on the other six days to create fabulous skin. The vitamin complex includes mega doses of Vitamin C, B, D and E.

It all adds up to an amazing anti-aging solution!

As skin ages, it begins to lose elasticity and starts to sag. Pulse Therapy uses the Daily Pulse Serum to stimulate collagen production and smooth skin throughout the week and the Weekly Pulse Concentrate to dramatically stimulate collagen production. It all results in firmer, more youthful looking skin.

I love that 100 percent of participants in a clinical trial (everyone who tried out the product!) had clinically significant improvement in their skin’s firmness and elasticity after 30 days of using Pulse Therapy Treatment.

Here are just a couple examples of before and after photos of the results.


All of the study participants agreed that Pulse Therapy not only improved the appearance of their skin, but also that these improvements lasted even after the trial ended!



Here’s what they said:


84% enjoyed firming, tightening and noticeably reduced pore size.

90% reported a reduction in lines and wrinkles.

97% found their skintone was more even.


Even better, it can be a quick part of your evening beauty routine — applied after you wash your face and before you apply Beauty Bioscience’s Ultimate Moisturizing Cream.

I’m so excited that we can now offer Pulse Therapy Treatment to everyone. Be sure to watch HSN tonight!

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What to bring for spring break

Young beautiful girl with luggage during beach vacation

Has all of this winter’s cold weather had you thinking about somewhere warm and sunny — a trip away for spring break, perhaps?

While some of my summer weekend trip tips make just as much sense when packing for spring, there are a few things you may want to consider staples when you pack a bag for that spring trip to the beach. Here are a few of my favorites:

The jacket

Bring along a packable, lightweight jacket. That means one that doesn’t wrinkle much, but also one that is practical, since you’re more likely to have cooler morning and evening temperatures. Throw in one with a hood and you’re prepared for those possible spring showers.

For something cute, yet casual, this Easy-care Mackintosh coat from L.L. Bean could fit the bill.



Easy-care Mackintosh, $119 from L.L. Bean

A cover-up

Sure, you may go somewhere with a warm beach and plan to even swim in the ocean, but even those of us who enjoy the sun also need a break from it. Make sure that suitcase has something easy to throw on over your swimsuit for some added protection. It helps when it’s something that’s as stylish at the hotel as at the beach.

This gorgeous cover-up maxi dress from Ted Baker London offers style and comfort.


Window Blossom cover-up maxi dress, $195 at Nordstrom

Hair protection

You know by now to pack your favorite tube of sunscreen when you head to the beach. Just as your skin needs protecting, so does your hair. A hat is always a great option (Remember my guide for the best hats to flatter your face? Many of those styles come in straw or linen for a spring look). But for those times when you’re not wearing a hat, spritz on something like Oribe’s Aprés Beach Wave and Shine Spray.


Oribe Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray, $22-$39 at Oribe

A waterproof phone case

How many of us take our phones to the beach? And how many worry about sand and water as we’re taking pictures? If you’re going to bring it, find a way to protect it. Want something where you can still see your own beautiful case? You can buy waterproof bags that you can slip your cellphone into just for while you’re at the beach. This one from Bed, Bath and Beyond also floats if you’re planning on any time on a boat!


Waterproof phone pouch, $9.99 at Bed, Bath and Beyond

Those are my spring break tips. I hope it’s a warm week where you are and would love to hear any of your must-haves for when you take that week-long vacation!

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Cold weather makeup tips

Winter Beauty Fashion. Girl in Warm Clothes on a Snowstorm

I had every intention to start talking about spring trends in March, but the weather lately has me feeling we’re still firmly entrenched in winter!

So, instead of talking about the bright colors and light fabrics of spring, I’m going to focus on something you can use right now, whether you’re dealing with snow, ice or just cold, windy weather. For those of you in sunnier climates, just file these tips away for next winter.

While I’ve offered tips in the past on how to care for your hands or healthy steps to better skin, I wanted to highlight a few things to keep in mind to keep your makeup looking its best even as you brave the chill.

Foundation: When you are likely to go from warm building to the cold outdoors and back again, don’t opt for liquid foundation. Most liquid foundations don’t hold up well to the temperature changes. Instead, use a mineral powder foundation.

Concealer and bronzer: Pale, dry winter skin will take a bit more work with concealer and bronzer to cover blemishes that become more apparent in the colder weather and give your skin a warmer glow. Of course, if your skin is lighter in the winter months, you’ll want to go with a lighter bronzer than you use in summer.

Moisturizer: Dry skin cries out for moisturizer, but go for something light and quickly absorbed into the skin. Heavier creams may still be sitting there when you go to apply your makeup — save those for nighttime moisturizing.

Lips: Go for a moisturizing lipstick or lipgloss for a quick look that doesn’t look dry and uneven the way stains and some matte lipsticks can.

Color: Avoid pink and red, particularly if your skin is light in color or ruddy. The colors will make your face look even pinker if it becomes irritated by the wind and cold.

Mascara and eyeliner: Go for waterproof! When it comes to making your eye makeup run, there’s nothing worse than snowflakes, freezing rain or whatever miserable wet weather greets you when you walk out the door.

Finishing touches: If you find your makeup rubbing off onto your layers of scarves and hats, apply some pressed powder as a final step to keep the makeup on your face and off your clothes.

There are my makeup tips for this winter weather. Let’s hope I can bring you some spring makeup tips soon!

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How to get Oscars hairstyles in just minutes

Did you notice all of the low buns and ponytails at the Academy Awards on Sunday?

Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images
Zoe Saldana (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

While a bun or ponytail may seem too basic to pair with the elegant gowns at Sunday’s Oscars, the simple softness of Zoe Saldana’s soft, low bun or sleek simplicity of Lady Gaga’s wrapped low ponytail worked beautifully.

One standout was Gina Rodriguez, whose braided low side bun looked stunning.

Gina Rodriguez (Photo by Getty Images)

Latin Times walks through how hairstylist Paul Norton pulled Rodriguez’ look together here.

Oscar-worthy hairstyles can take some time, but you can find ways to get a similar look without too much time and effort. And that’s important if you want to look your best but still accomplish everything demanding your time!

For a quick, cute braided bun look, I love the ease of the hairstyle in this tutorial from


Another Oscars hairstyle standout was Julianne Moore’s sleek and sophisticated low bun.

Julianne Moore (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Julianne Moore (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

TRESemme offers a video tutorial on how to get a similar look here.

I’d love to hear your favorite looks from this year’s Oscars!

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