5 DIY Hairstyles Perfect for Pre-Wedding Parties

by Azure

If you're ever on the hunt for beauty inspiration, TheBeautyDepartment.com (a blog by Lauren Conrad and two other gals) is a great place to start. Lauren and crew bring LA cool, tips and trends to readers across the nation, dishing fun beauty tutorials on everything from ombre hair to polka dot nails. Just check it out, you won't be disappointed. And since most brides-to-be go DIY with their hair and makeup for pre-wedding festivities (think engagement party, bridal shower,...

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Daring Wedding Hair and Makeup Inspiration

by Azure

We always love finding beautiful inspiration in unusual places to share with you. Why? So that the dream wedding you create turns out to be anything but ordinary! When it comes to bridal hair and makeup, we don't suggest going too crazy (and Vera Wang agrees). But we're all for taking a high-fashion editorial look, and transforming it into something timeless and worthy of your white aisle. Luckily, with help from a professional MUA and hair stylist, and awe-inspiring photos like the...

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Must Try Manis for Summer 2013

by Azure

There is no question that 2013 brides are daring to ditch the ol' French manicure in favor of something more bold and unexpected. And never before have there been so many unique ways to jazz up your nails! From patterned nail wraps to caviar beads, glittery laser top coats and pretty pastel lacquers, the time is now to get creative and experiment! Ready to see some of my favorite nail styles for summertime? Make sure your Pin It trigger finger is stretched out and standing at...

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Top 5 Makeup Trends for Summer

by Azure

Last night I had the pleasure of attending an event at Blow by Blow, a Chicago blow dry bar that happens to be across the street from the new Christian Louboutin store on Oak Street (talk about temptation!). The ladies of Blow by Blow showed us how to DIY the perfect blowout, how to achieve an easy breezy braided top knot, and... What's on-trend for makeup this summer! Ready to hear the top five beauty trends? Let's go! 1. Full Bushy Brows - Using a matte brown shadow and...

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Met Ball Beauty Hits & Misses for Brides to Learn From

by Azure

The annual Met Ball, known as the fashion industry's "Night of Nights", brings out the biggest celebrities and trend-setters seriously dressed to impress. But there was something in the air at last night's gala (maybe blame the punk theme?)... and for as many A-listers who stunned for all the right reasons, there were just as many committing major faux pas (specifically in the hair and makeup department). So today we re-cap the best and the worst from the 2013 Met Ball, so you can...

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Beautiful Wedding Hair + Makeup Hot Off the Bridal Catwalks

by Azure

I've always wanted to try Moroccanoil products, as I've heard nothing but raves from even the pickiest of ladies. And while I'm super low maintenance when it comes to my hair & makeup routine and upkeep (in large part because I work from home), I do have an addiction... I am a beauty product wh*ore (and my fiancé feeds the beast), always on the hunt for the next best cream, oil, serum, mask, etc. to give my skin or locks that goooood TLC. So you can imagine my delight when I...

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Giveaway Alert! Win a $550 Pampering Package

by Azure

I'm always surprised by how many compliments I receive on my skin (but of course, I'll take them all day long!). Sadly for Mother Nature though, she doesn't get any of the credit! I attribute my glow to Kiehl's, my very favorite skincare and beauty brand. And since today is the first day of Spring AND National Proposal Day, I wanted to share the Kiehl's wealth with one lucky bride! That's right, it's time for a giveaway! One will win the ultimate pampering package jam-packed...

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Simply Gorgeous Spring Wedding Makeup Guide

by Azure

Although we can't help but love the bold lips and dramatic cat eyes we're seeing on more and more brides these days, neutrals topped our list of trends for 2013 weddings...and not just for color palettes, decor, and flowers, but for bridal makeup too! Neutral makeup shades include tones naturally found in the skin, like peach, rose, bronze and plum. Makeup extraordinaire Bobbi Brown suggests (in the April 2013 issue of Real Simple) choosing neutral hues within two shades (darker or...

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Beauty on Your Wedding Day

by Brooklyn Bride

When it comes to makeup for your wedding, there are tons of directions you can go. I think the general consensus is that you want to look like a better version of your natural self, so I love these little "upgrades" to the makeup arsenal. The cat eye is a fabulously classic look that I'm pretty sure looks good on everyone. It takes a little practice, but any makeup artist can do it with ease. If you want to bring in some bright color, then a bold lip is definitely the way to...

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Brilliant Updos & Painted Faces from Two Amazing Designers

by Azure

Did you catch our bridal beauty piece on Mercedes-Benz fashion week? If you didn't, it's not to be missed so check it out right here. Then prepare to be inspired, because we've got lots of lovely to share with you today! The folks at Moroccanoil were kind enough to send us some super gorge behind-the-scene fashion week photos, from the Fall/Winter 2013 Carolina Herrera show and Badgley Mischka's runway presentation too! Plus, the amazing hair stylists who created the updos share...

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