2017’s Strangest Beauty Trends

Perfect PoutInstagram has birthed all flavors of beauty and fashion trends over the years but in the last week, the beauty influencers have been pushing out a message that GONE are the days of perfecting smooth pouts, perfectly arched brows and understated make-up.   Instead, we should throw caution to the wind and embrace our inner wild-child, who apparently wants squiggles, feathers, and mood-changing hair color.

First up…squiggle eyebrows.  There’s not much we can add here except, after watching several videos of squiggles be applied, it takes a lot of skill to accomplish, when done “correctly”.

And that trend quickly morphed into the squiggle lip which, in some cases mirrored waves and others, spikes of color grossly over-applied to the lip.  It wasn’t long before a picture posted of one daring femme rocking both the squiggle brow and lip and while we will always be proponents of individuality, the final look seemed a bit overdone (but still, you GO girl!!)

And then, there were feather brows.  Now, having grown my eyebrows out before I’m not too sure why anyone would go for the full caterpillar effect to adorn their eyes but these ladies are making it work.

Maybe I’m not as adventurous as I thought I was because all of these were a mega-NO for me however, just as I was about to give up hope, I came across another trend that I can truly embrace – heat changing hair color!!

Professional hair-color and product line Pravana is soon releasing the industry’s first heat activated temporary hair color.  By just adding heat, you can have hair that instantly goes from lime green to yellow, cool violet to pink, smokey grey to invisible, or tropical peach to invisible.  Gives new meaning to wind-blown hair, right?  Additionally, if you flatiron or curl your hair, the heat from the tool will have the same effect so yeah, we’re sold!

I love to hear from our readers, and if you’ve tried or plan on trying one (or all) of them, let us know.


Etsy Find: Glass Slippers

Any girl would dream of being Cinderella if the missing shoe was this T.L.C. Creation made from recycled and repurposed materials.

This exciting design has shards of broken glass over the toes and lots of crystals on the heels.  The sides of the shoes are covered with a collage of glass, pearl and Swarovski crystal embellishments.

And just like Cinderella’s shoe was made specifically for her foot, you too can customize your glass slipper with or without the spikes. You also have the option of requesting shorter spikes (1/2 inch spikes instead of one inch long spikes).

They have a 5 1/2 inch stilleto heel and are available in UK size 3-8 which will fit US size 5 -10 or EU 36 -41.

Available for $575.oo

Photo provided courtesy of etsy.com

Let’s Tango

PANTONE, the “global authority on color,” recently announced Tangerine Tango [PANTONE 17-1463] as the 2012 color of the year.

“Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy” says Leatrice Eiseman, PANTONE’s executive director.  She describes the color as “sophisticated…dramatic and seductive…reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset”.

I love PANTONE’s color choice.  I see it as a vibrant, versatile color that compliments and is complimented by an array of colors.  Don’t believe me?  Check out some of these inspirational color boards!

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See more images like these on our 2012 Pantone Color of the Year: Tangerine on Pinterest.

Will your wedding day include any pops of Tangerine Tango?! Leave us a comment below!

Beauty Rx: Model in a Bottle

While it may sound like the answer to all of your dieting prayers, Model in a Bottle is actually a one-of-a-kind matte finish setting spray that promises perfect makeup without the need for touch-ups.  In case perfect makeup isn’t enough of a selling point, this product is resistant to smudging, tears, humidity and water; won’t clog pores, and includes aloe vera which adds moisture back into the skin.

A complete list of ingredients  are:

  • SD Alcohol 40B, Purified Water
  • Isopentyldiol
  • Acrylates / Octocrylamide
  • Copolymer
  • Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera)
  • Biosaccharide Gum
  • Propylparaben
  • Methylparaben
  • Light Fragrance

Each bottle will cost about $18.00 – making it a purse-perfect makeup must-have – and can be purchased at Model in a Bottle.

Found: A SoleMate

I think just about every woman has experienced that horrible moment when she realizes the heel of her new stiletto just sank in between the cracks of a city sidewalk.  It’s a paralyzing feeling; leaving you unable to look down because you know, more often than not, an unsightly and oftentimes irreparable scuffmark will be left behind. In an instant, your shoes have gone from fashion statement to fashion faux pas.

And as a wedding planner, there have been moments when I’ve found myself silently encouraging every muscle in my core to carry me  across the many grassy knolls that set the backdrop for outdoor weddings.  It’s an experience that becomes that much more difficult when your “greener pastures”have recently been watered by Mother Nature.  Ah, the joys of womanhood!

So, imagine my delight when I heard about SoleMates High Heeler®, a clever high hell protector that attaches to most stiletto and kitten heels to reduce heel pressure and prevent the heel from sinking into grass or falling into cracks. Ladies, I do believe all of our shoe prayers have been answered!!

They are currently available in four colors – Clear, Black, Silver and Gold – and will cost you about $9.95 a pair.  If you order directly from the SoleMates website, you’ll be treated to 10% off any order of 10 or more or free shipping on two or more pairs.  Retailers, such as DSW, David’s Bridal, and Kleinfield Manhattan, also carry SoleMates High Heeler® but you can also use their online zipcode finder to locate SoleMates in a store near you.

Getting Married Outside?  Then SoleMates are a must have accessory for any bride and her bride’s maids. Better yet, order in bulk and place them in a decorative container near your sign-in table for all of your female gal pals to pick up on their way in.

**all images courtesy of thesolemates.com**

MAC Cosmetics Goes Super Hero Glamourous

This Spring, MAC Cosmetics wants us all to banish the thought of being a Plain Jane and will be channeling the SHERO in all of us with the launch of their Wonder Woman makeup line.  This limited edition line is scheduled to hit stores nationwide on February 10th and features a legendary line up of super-sized Mineralize Skin finish, bold Eye Shadow quads, Pigment, Opulash, Lipsticks and over-sized Lipglass, jumbo-big Powder Blush and Penultimate Eye Liner, Nail Lacquer and Lash inspired by the larger-than-life Bold Babe.  The packaging is so much fun and with prices spanning $14 for nail polish to $49.50 for a bag and brush set, I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s a fabulously adult way to remember our favorite comic book  super-heroine and tap into your inner diva.

Rent the Runway for Your Next Event

As a woman, I find the hardest part of getting ready for a night on the town is picking out the outfit.  After all, there’s a science to looking effortlessly beautiful in a look that only you will be wearing.  Well, the process may have gotten a hell of a lot easier thanks to Rent the Runway (RTR), a NY based online shopping experience started by Harvard Business School students, Jennifer Hyman and Jennifer Fleis, who according to their Backstory, found themselves faced with the same challenge of finding something to wear.

Badgley Mischka

Registering for the site is easy and free and once complete, you have immediate access to dresses from over 95 designers at your fingertips.  Designers range from Nicole Miller to Shoshanna and are offered at 90% of the retail price.  Yes, you read that right. For $1o0, this Badgley Mischka dress, which normally retails at $1150 in stores, can be yours for 4 days.

You can also choose from an array of accessories to compliment your outfit and if you’re not sure of your size, there’s an option to have your dress selection in a 2nd size for NO additional cost.  You’re given the option of a 4 or 8 day rental (8-day rental is a little more expensive) and the cherry on top is return shipping is also FREE!

No lines + No Membership Fees + Free Shipping = Win-Win Situtation! Log on to www.renttherunway.com to find your designer runway look today!