- Sunnie Brook X LUVAJ Hair Accessories
- NYFW with Dannijo and Cutler Salon
Photo from Esthetica Magazine
I just returned home to LA after spending a couple of weeks in NYC and one of the highlights of my trip was working with the Cutler Salon team for NYFW. One of the looks we created was for a jewelry designer that I adore, Dannijo. Rodney Cutler, who is an incredibly talented and down to earth hairdresser, was inspired by the sisters’ passion and vision for this Spring/Summer collection and wanted to compliment the rustic, yet picturesque , travel-themed presentation. His vision was to bring to life a natural, Mongolian feel, so we created fishtails that journeyed onto a polished pony.
What I enjoyed most about this look is the wearability of this hairstyle. You only need a few tools and the how to create a bump free ponytail and fishtail braid. I have two videos I created for you that can help you with that!
- Begin styling with dry, straightened hair.
- Pull hair back into a sleek ponytail using a fine bristle brush. Secure the hair on the back of the head, so that it is parallel to the middle of the ear. Use a thin elastic to secure. (Check out my how-to video for getting the perfect bump-free ponytail)
- Depending on hair thickness, work a dime to quarter size dollop of Redken Velvet Gelatine 07 – Cushioning Blow Dry Gel into the first 4-5 inches of hair below the ponytail.
- Weave into a tight, smooth fishtail braid. To create a fishtail separate the hair into two sections and cross small strands over each other, towards the opposite section. (Check out my how-to video on doing fishtail braids)
- After braiding this portion of the hair, secure with an additional hair tie and allow the bottom of the hair to hang.
- After secured, use a 1-2” flat iron to straighten the unbraided hair for a sleek ponytail.
- Finish off by spraying Redken Fashion Work 12 – Versatile Working Spray to tackle any flyaways.
What do you think of this look? Where would you wear it? Which piece of jewelry is your favorite?
- Hickey Help
Having a hickey is the furthest thing from having a beauty mark. It’s the first sign that love (or just mere infatuation) can really leave a mark on you – for better or for worse!
While I don’t remember exactly when I received my first hickey, I do remember how I felt once it was there. I remember that strange, adolescent mixture of shame and pride, wearing my hickey like a scarlett letter AND a badge of honor. I even remember trying to convince my mother that it was a curling iron burn, but considering the fact that 1) I’m a terrible liar and 2) my mother was a teenager once too… let’s just say she wasn’t so quick to buy the story. Sorry, Mom.
Whether you consider yourself to be a terrible liar, a terrible flirt, or just very active on tinder (no shame), you’ve come to the right place. We’re here to make sure your true beauty outshines that shiner on your neck.
Here are some tips + tricks to keep those love bites at bay!
- Wave it Goodbye – Create full bodied curls that kiss the corners of your neck and will keep your secret safe.
- Wrap a Scarf – an easy option on chilly days but in the spring summer opt for a high collared shirt or a cute handkerchief.
- Concealers – Use a yellow and green concealers depending on the color. Yellow based concealer for the purple under tones and green concealer for red tones; Followed by a pressed powder, usually one shade lighter than what you use for your daily facial regime.
Tip #1 Rub a dub-dub!
Hickeys are essentially ruptured capillaries beneath soft skin. When the blood collects and clots in one area, it appears red or purple. You want to try and disperse the blood under the surface so that the discoloration disappears.
There are a number of tools you can use to re-disperse the blood.
- Coin- Hold your skin taught and firmly press the edge of a coin against the hickey, spreading outward.
- Comb- The teeth of your comb will help to disperse blood back into the vessels.
- Toothbrush- Using a stiff bristle brush, lightly rub against the irritated area in a circular motion to help spread circulation. This may cause the redness to spread at first. If the redness doesn’t go away after 10-15 minutes, grab your cold spoon!
Caution! Be careful not to be too abrasive with any of these tools. The last thing you want to do is break the skin.
Tip #2: Spoon
Put a spoon in the freezer. It’s the perfect size cold compress for smaller problem areas such as hickeys, or puffy bags under the eyes. Icing helps to reduce any inflammation and will also stop the blood from flowing into the clotted area. Practice your patience and keep the cool on for about 15 minutes.
Tip #3: Tea Time!
Drink your Beauty Tea. If your hickey has been hanging around for over 48 hours, you’ll want to turn to heat versus ice. After soaking up all the beauty and health benefits from your daily dose, take your used tea bag and apply it directly to your unwanted hickey. This little bit of heat and moisture will help increase the blood flow at this point, leading to a faster reabsorption of the blood, and a faster recovery!
If all else fails have a laugh cause you’ll have a good story to tell your daughter or grand daughter someday, and maybe you’ll be a bit more careful in those twilight hours (wink wink).
XO Sunnie Brook & Ashley Rubell
- I’m Late : Lifestyle Video
Thanks to Refinery29 for talking about this one, too.
If you’ve ever woken up late (failed alarm? dead phone? just plain exhausted?) then you need to watch I’M LATE! Made with Claire Thomas of The Kitchy Kitchen, this video will show you what to do when you have fifteen, five or no minutes to get ready. Watch our other two videos – Date Night + Girls’ Night.