Spring Bling Trend #1
TRY BLINGING OUT NEW TRENDY BRAIDS
Braiding your hair can take a bad hair day and turn it into something trendy and fun while making you look pulled together at the same time. Adding some bling, like weaving in a pop of color,or some kind of sparkly jewel accessory into a variety of different types of braids will add a lot more flare to your hair than the old fashion plain and boring braids of our past. One new fun look is a waterfall braid.
Something cool I found is Snappies, which are pops of candy colored extensions, which can be added to your hair without damaging or having to color the hair. They come in a variety of 10 bright, fun colors. You can use single strands, multiple or use multi colors throughout hair. Weave them into a braid, use for peekaboo highlights, to show team spirit,or to have trendy hair for events, etc. They can last up to 3 weeks and can be easily removed. Check them out on their site here>>
Another fun item I love is Bling Jewels, which are genuine Czech crystals that come in 10 dazzling colors to jazz up the hair while it’s down or put into an updo. Tinsel Bling Strands come in a variety of 16 colors for a great pop of color that reflect in the sunlight or fun for a night on the town. Braid into the hair or scatter throughout for a Jazzy dramatic look. Both can be applied by simply using your flat iron and are easily removed. See their site for more information here>>
TIP 1: Other blingy add-in accessories include crystal or rhinestone studded flower barrettes, head bands,combs, and clips.
TIP 2:Make sure when you pull your hair back to use hair-friendly elastics. Never use uncovered elastic bands that pull, tangle and break your hair.
TIP 3: Never ever sleep with accessories in your hair.
Spring Bling Trend #2
Body Bling and Sparkle Skin can create a great eye illusion and/or camouflage any flaws on your body. Coconut Shimmer Body Lotion contains organic virgin coconut oil, which can nourish your skin while adding shimmer! Can be found at Bath & Body Works
Urban Decay Cocoa Sparkling lickable body powder adds a pretty veil of shimmer. It looks,smells and tastes amazing. Win, Win, Win!
Fake Bake Golden Faux Glow Shimmer is one of my favorite picks and is featured on THELOOKSTORE
TIP 1: Look for sunscreen that protects the skin with an SPF of 30 or higher which contains Avobenzone (Parsel 1789) or Mexoryl SX. Make sure they’re waterproof or water-resistant. Also look for zinc or titanium minerals in your sunscreen. For example, La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Tinted Creme SPF 50 is a great sunscreen. I also use Omni Aesthetics Silk Sunscreen with SPF 30. Get it here >>
TIP 2: Take some body glitter and mix it into your sunscreen for a shimmering healthy glow.
Spring Bling Trend #3
FINDING THE SPARKLE IN YOUR EYES
Tweezing and grooming your eyebrows can change the entire look of your face. I found a new, fun trendy tweezer that you can even use easily in a dim lit room, called Trend Tweeze Lighted Tweezer with Swarovski Crystals which are available here>>
Tip: Align a pencil with the side of your nose and inner corner of the eye and up past the eyebrow. Any eyebrow hair that is past the inner corner of the eye should get tweezed. If you have wide-set eyes, leave the eyebrows a little closer together to give the illusion of the eyes being closer together. If you have closed-set eyes, leave the eyebrows a little further apart. Eyebrows normally should be the distance of about one eye length apart from each other.
Once you have sculpted your ‘brows, move on to some eye color. It’s time to throw out those dark smoky, winter colors and add a pop of color for Spring. The brighter the better! I likeYSL Pure Chromatics No. 01 wet and dry eyeshadows and their Ombres 5 Lumieres Palette 003 Tawny One. I like Sephora’s Moon Shadow Baked Palette – In The Heat formulated limited edition (which comes free of Parabens, Sulfates, Synthetic Fragrances, Synthetic Dyes, Petrochemicals, and Phthalates). I also LOVE the NUDE 2 eyeshadow palette from Urban Decay.
Eye Kandy Cosmetics are a pure cosmetic eye and body glitter that is applied with a liquid sugar base. It is safe for both the eyes and lips and there are 48 glitter colors to choose from. Any look from mild and sophisticated to highly dramatic can be created, so get as creative as you want. Use for a glitter stencil tattoo too!
Check out Eye Kandy Cosmetics. Then line the lid with Line-x Gel Eyeliner along your lashes and wing it for a more dramatic and bolder effect. Get it here>>
Finally, add some fun, sexy, false eyelashes like #116 or #120 from Ardell orWinks by Georgie Faux Eyelashes that have cool, trendy cases to store lashes for multiple uses.
Try a waterproof mascara like Christian Dior show or my favorite “The Colossal Volume Express” in Glam black by Maybelline. It not only makes your lashes look full and long, it also helps to prevent smudging from being under the hot sun or from Spring showers.
TIP: Remember to apply an eye shadow base before applying your shadow to help make the color more vibrant and longer lasting without creasing. That is especially helpful with the increasing melting rays and humidity the warmer weather can bring.“I recommend Lancôme’s Aquatique Waterproof Eye Shadow Base.”
You can also use a soft white pencil like Benefit’s Highbrow on your lids before layering color on top. It makes your shadow look more opaque.
Spring Bling Trend #4
A great natural looking lip is the best way to go if you are doing a dramatic eye. Nude lips are always in. Try lining the lips with Lancôme’s “IDEAL” lip liner. Also, Nars makes a great lip-gloss in”Super Orgasm” with peachy pink sparkle shimmer or if you prefer a little more nude try “Beaux” lip gloss by MAC. If you need lips on a budget try Revlon Matte Lipstick in New Attitude, which has a suede-like cushion and maximum color that glides across lips without any drag or resistance.
TIP: A bright lip is one of the biggest trends this season hot pinks, Corals and reds are in and the bolder the better, but if you want to try this trend without going overboard, blot your lipstick in layers on a napkin,leaving a subtler, stained effect, then throw some gloss over it.
Spring Trend #5
WORK OUT IN STYLE
I recommend Sparkly Soul which are non-slip, glittery, entirely elastic headbands which are made to endure workouts but also make a fashion statement even when you’re not working out. They come in 3/8 or 5/8 inch strands and a variety of colors. Check out Sparkly Soul or CafFace (the latter store is owned by my niece, Lauren Manzo).
Most people say “Who cares what I look like when I’m just going to work out?” Not me. I say, “You never know who you may run into at the gym or even on your way to and from, that you may want to leave an impression on.” Besides, there is no reason why you can look trendy and pulled together going to the gym. Adding a little bling is minimum effort with maximum eye catching appeal.
ChicBuds are high quality retractable earbuds with Swarovski Crystal bling that you can plug into your ipod, iphone, or other media device to look stylish while working out or just going about your day. Get it here >>
Dazzle Candy offers rhinestone-studded, Swarovski Crystal, custom made cell phone covers that are full of sparkle and all the rage right now. Go to their website here>>. They also sell jewelry and other fun sparkly accessories.
TIP: Keep your outfit simple, while your accessories sizzle.