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Obsessed: Mes Demoiselles

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Does the perfect Summer dress exist? If it does, it’s undoubtedly a part of the Mes Demoiselles collection.  When I first discovered Mes Demoiselles I was looking for a lightweight maxi dress to wear to a destination beach wedding in Cabo San Lucas. I wanted something feminine, dressy enough for the nuptials, but versatile enough to be worn again and again. Sandwiched somewhere between A.L.C and Sandro I found the perfect blush colored gauzy confection by Mes Demoiselles. Launched in Paris in 2006 the line is a bohemian dream, a collection of ethereal textiles and vintage inspired prints. Creative Director Anita Radovanovic delivers dream dresses, here are my favorites:

1.Louise Dot Dress $475 – Vintage lingerie meets modern day maxi. The well thought out details of this dress from the pale blue swiss dots to the subtle rouging make accessorizing fun and easy. Pair with a nude strappy sandal and you have the perfect romantic look.

2. Marie Dress $350 -The simple silhouette of this dress makes it extremely versatile and easy to take from day to night. For everyday this dress looks great with flat sandals and a vintage denim jacket. And for evening throw on a slim fit cashmere cardigan and you are ready for date night or dinner with friends.

3. Brume Dress $268 – I have spent countless hours combing flea markets for a vintage dress like this. This bohemian style channels the free spirited nature of the sixties and seventies and makes you feel hippie chic. For a bit of edge I love to wear it with taupe or black ankle booties.

3. Full Of Grace Dress $760 – This beautifully draped silk dress in dusted coral makes any girl feel like a goddess. An open toed gold flat sandal will completes the looks ethereal feel.

If you want to feel like you are floating through Summer and look like a creature unlike any other, Mes Demoiselles has your perfect Summer dress.

Wells Butler is a fashion veteran, with over a decade of experience in the industry. She launched and was Creative Director for a successful women’s contemporary label for eight years. For the the past three years she has worked as a  wardrobe stylist and personal shopper. She is a new Mom and is enjoying balancing her career and motherhood.


Trend: The Summer Gilded Eye

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Gold, and all its sister shades, is practically a summer prerequisite. This season, stay on trend with your gilded accessories, makeup, and even hair. But nothing says summer quite like the gilded eyelid. Unlike fall or winter’s heavy metallic eye, a summer gilded lid is more of a wash of color. While a darker bronzed hue is your winter go-to, summer beckons sun-flecked shades of shimmery golds, rose golds, and champagnes. When wearing this trend, keep your skin sun-kissed and glowing with these necessities and add a flush of blush to cheeks. Lips can be glossy, lightly stained or completely bare.

Note: When going for the gilded look, liquids, creams and wet shadows work best to offer an easy wash of shimmery color.

Nars Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Himalia ($29) – One of my favorite summer launches, these shadows are velvety soft and formulated with high intensity pigments. For the gilded look, use Himalia, a shimmery champagne, and add a bit of water to create a paste.

Make Up For Ever Star Powder in Bronze Khaki ($20) – For a pure metallic gold shimmery eye, this is the shadow to own. Its loose pigment can be applied wet or dry to create a stunningly sexy gilded lid.

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow in Rio De Rose Gold ($18) – A shimmering, pinky gold liquid shadow that brings the gilded lid to life.

Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes in Ample Amber ($17) – A sheer, golden shadow stick that imparts a creamy, wash of shimmery color onto the eyes. For a one minute gilded lid, the Chubby Stick can do no wrong. Just glide and go.

Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in My Two Cents ($20) – A polished coppery gold cream shadow that doesn’t crease of smudge while offering serious metallic pigment. RSVP, a sparkling champagne shade, is just as glamorous (but has pink undertones).

Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Mirage ($36) – If you’re into mega shimmer, then this is the shadow for you. A coppery gold in a gel-like formula that can be applied sparingly for a hint of hue or layered for more intensity.

*image – from Dior S/S 2014 runway

Sensationail Summer Gels: Tips and Tricks for Perfect Gel Manicures

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Last July, I first shared my love of gel manis with Beauty Banter. In January, I wrote about a new DIY gel manicure kit from Sensationail that I was trying out. At the time, I did a pedicure and wasn’t sure if I’d ever use it for my own nails as gels take a bit of precision. Well, I feel a bit like I’ve been cheating on my manicurist, but here’s the thing: I love this line. I’m doing my own nails all the time now.

I love the convenience of being able to get great results in less than thirty minutes, that dry instantly and last almost two weeks, without the need to make an appointment. Anywhere. I picked up a number of polish colors ($12 each) and have become a big fan (as have my mother, sister and friends).

Sensationail emailed me to say they had a limited edition Summer Lovin’ Collection and sent me a few colors to check out. I always love corals for summer, and Tahiti Sunset is a fabulous shade even on fair skin like mine. (I can tan, I opt not to.) The Pink Bouquet is bright without verging on a trendy neon.

With LED instead of UV rays, I love that there’s no worry about skin damage. Also, my nails are as healthy as ever.

That said, DIY gels are not the same as a manicure. My manicurist is a magician who makes my hands look amazing without a cuticle clipper to be found (she has a no cuticle cutting rule). When skipping professional manicures and doing my own nails, I moisturize my cuticles and, as always, carry a travel-sized Weleda Skin Food in my purse.

I’ve heard people speak about the damage done by gels. I think it’s possible, but it hasn’t been my experience. After wearing them for almost two years, and as someone who was quite skeptical to begin with, I’m amazed by how healthy my nails are. In fact, I think they’re stronger than ever because they’re always taken care of.

My tips and tricks for gel manis and healthy nails begin with proper application:

– If you buff your nails at all before applying, do it as gently as possible. As you would with any normal manicure. These are not acrylics.

– Make sure you are applying the primer LIGHTLY and in a circle around the rim of the nail, not the whole nail. This helps adhere the gel to the base. A little goes a long way. A long way.

– Use thin coats of polish. Gel is not the same as regular nail polish. It’s a bit shape shifty. If you feel the need to add more to a coat, start by simply brushing over the same wet coat without adding much to the brush. The gel will move and settle on the nail. Sometimes less is more.

– Use a good polish corrector pen to keep gels off cuticle and skin. Clean up the edges before you slip your hand under the lights. Once under the lamp, the gel is set.

Proper maintenance helps extend the length of your manicure and keeps your hands looking, well, polished.

– No picking at gels. If an edge begins to lift, grab a nail file and gently smooth it down.

– Use a good cuticle oil, I like Solar Oil ($7.50) to keep skin hydrated.

– No picking at gels. It’s worth saying twice. Seriously.

Removing gels takes a bit of time, but with the right tools it’s easy.

– I find the best way to remove them is to either soak cotton balls in remover and then wrap them around each nail with aluminum foil (the foil activates the remover) or use the super easy SEPHORA by OPI gelshine Gel Colour Removal Kit ($18 for five sets) as they’re all in one and you put gloves on over the wrapped nails, meaning you can do something during the 20 minutes while you wait.

– I don’t use acetone, instead opting for OPI Expert Touch Lacquer Remover ($5.95) because it nourishes your nails while removing the gels. Win-win.

– I know they’re ready when they begin to lift and they flake off easily with the edge of an orange stick. I prefer a plastic one or a stainless steel one, though you must be careful to scrape away the gels without scraping your nail bed. Once removed there might feel like some residual base coat remains. Gently buff nails using the side of the buffer with the softest grain. Again, less is more.

From prepping with cleanser to the need to wipe away polish, never use cotton balls. Lint and gels are hardly a match made in manicure heaven. Stick with lint free pads, like the ones Sensationail includes with their kits. I buy the Sephora OPI ones ($3 for 200), too, and they’re great for regular manis, too.

Have you tried DIY gels? I’m curious to see what Sephora’s new OPI gel shine is like, and I’m also looking at the Gelish minis, too. I wear Gelish when I have my nails done professionally, so it will be interesting to see the difference. I’ll keep you updated! xo alex.

Alex Asher Sears is a writer, photographer, and fourth generation Angeleno. Since 2007, she’s been sharing her eco-beauty finds with BB readers. She writes at AlexandraWrote, and also, quite literally, at Type A Calligraphy. Find her on twitter at @AlexandraWrote.

FAVORITES: Labor Day Lusts

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The final weekend of summer is upon us. What to pack, where to go, what to wear. Oh, the questions! I’d imagine you’ll want one last weekend of sun, preferably by a body of water (the beach sounds quite nice), pack minimal – the less clothes, the better. Bikinis and sarongs and a nice wedge is just about all you need.

When it comes to hair and makeup, it’s a last hurrah for summer trends.

Let’s re-explore our favorites (click on the trend for a recap):

The Coral Trend – Coral color for eyes, lips and cheeks

Orange Lips – Orange replaces Red as the lip for summer

Beachy Waves – Beach-chic hair was all the rage in and out of the ocean

And now, our favorite Labor Day Lust products that should be in everyone’s beauty bag come the weekend (bbq or beach bonfire!).

1 – A coral blush – to add a kick of color to your kick ass tan (and a final tribute to summer). Try Benefit’s Cha Cha Tint  – it’s a cheek AND lip stain that stays in place despite the final days of heat!

2 – Charlotte Ronson’s A Perfect Mess Beach Hair – Everyone needs the final days of summer to be spent with some rocking waves (in your locks). This beachy wave spray is my new favorite for just-stepped-out-of-the-ocean-hair all day (and night) long.

3 – Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral Powder SPF 45 – A powder to keep oil at bay + a suitable face SPF to keep wrinkles and sun damage away? NICE! Brush is attached, so perfect for on-the-go. A flawless complexion is a must for every season! Also comes in a bronzing formula for some added golden color.

4 – Hydrating Lippy with SPF – I’m into the Fresh Sugar lippies. I find them to be incredibly moisturizing while adding a hint of color and a sun protector of 15. I use them at the beach, by the pool and by the fire pit! I love the Sugar Plum Tinted Lip Treatment in a berry hue, but they also come in a clear, nude, rose and red.

5 – Waterproof Eyeliner – While summer is about natural beauty, I always believe that the focal point should be the eyes. We’ve spent posts upon posts discussing lashes and mascara, so here’s one on eyeliner. For summer, opt for a lighter shade (grey, brown, or army green as opposed to black) and line the inner bottom lid and the top outer lid and gently smudge for a natural smoky eye. It’ll enhance your own eye color while giving you a bit of added drama. DON’T OVERDUE! Smudge lightly (and gently – you don’t want to smudge wrinkles into your eyes!). Try Tarte SmolderEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner – it even has a smudger built in on the opposite side! Summer happy colors are: Bronze, brown, charcoal and olive.


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