Recreate Julie K’s Gold Stripe Nail Art from NYFW

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By special request, today I will show you an easy way to recreate the gold stripe nail art from the recent Fall 2015 Delpozo show at NYFW. This super chic nail art look was a huge hit, popping up all over my Instagram feed. The beauty is in the simplicity and the unique blend of shiny and matte finishes.

The design was created by Julie K for Essie, who painted the gold stripes freehand. As reported on, she first gave nails an all-over coat of Matte About You before layering stripes of Good As Gold, Rock at the Top, and Second Shine Around topcoat down the center of each nail.


Photo credit: julieknailsnyc/Instagram

For my version, I simplified the technique with striping tape. The tape serves as a guide, making the look easier to DIY. I also swapped out the glitter polish for loose glitter to demonstrate another easy way to add sparkle. The result is a foolproof way to recreate the look!

Get the step-by-step tutorial after the jump. Continue reading

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Tula Skincare with Probiotic Technology

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I was introduced to TULA at exactly the right time. I’ve been a wee bit stressed lately and it’s showing on face… literally. In addition to breakouts, I was experiencing some out of the ordinary redness and blotchiness. Like a dream, this awesome skincare regimen is helping to alleviate these issues.

TULA relies on probiotic technology to nourish skin and protect it from harmful bacteria. Probiotics have been shown to treat inflammation, prevent breakouts, and reduce redness thanks to their naturally anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities. They also stimulate the skin’s natural protective function to strengthen and revitalize skin. In addition to probiotics, TULA’s proprietary blend includes nutripeptides, vitamins, antioxidants, and Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, all derived from natural food sources.

Just as important is what isn’t in TULA products. The entire line is free of parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, proylene glycol, and petroleum. The focus on health-conscious ingredients is in line with the company’s mission. One of the founders, Dr. Roshini Raj, believes in a balanced lifestyle that combines inner well-being with outer beauty. Tula means “balance” in Sanskrit.

The TULA regimen includes the Purifying Face Cleanser, Illuminating Face Serum, Hydrating Day and Night Cream, and Revitalizing Eye Cream. All of the products feel nice and hydrating without leaving my skin shiny and I’m kind of crazy about the earthy floral scent. Give the entire system a try with their Discovery Collection (shown below) which includes travel sizes of all 4 products.


The TULA Probiotic Skincare Discovery Collection, along with full-size TULA skincare products, is available on QVC $49



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Rope Braid Wrapped Faux Pony

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This hairstyle brings together two of my favorite looks: the rope braid and the side ponytail. I find that unless your hair is pretty long, a traditional side ponytail can look a little funny. The band causes shorter lengths to pop out away from the head because the ponytail lacks the weight needed to hang properly. In this version, I’ve created the illusion of a ponytail without tying it with a hair elastic. Instead, a rope braid is wrapped around the hair on one side and pinned in place.

Perfect for second day hair, it’s looks really pretty when it’s styled a little messy and imperfect. It’s quick to create, making it a perfect go-to style when you want to add a little something special to your ponytail.

The step-by-step tutorial is after the jump. Continue reading

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