Knotted Side Bun with Fauxhawk Braid Updo Tutorial

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Feeling a little irreverent? For this unique updo, I’ve combined an inverted braid on top for a fauxhawk-ish feel with a pretty knotted side bun. The end result is a blend of edgy and feminine. I love this look and it’s completely customizable; change the placement of the braid or the bun to suit your own personal style.

My gorgeous bestie, Stevee, was recently visiting and kindly let me play with her hair on a lazy Monday morning. (Thanks for the quality time, darling!) While I created this style on a model, I assure you, it’s simple enough to create on your own. If your braiding skills are lacking, you can substitute a simple 3-strand braid or visit this post for more visuals.

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

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Parlor Holiday Gift Guide

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Is everyone ready to get their Black Friday on? Or are you more the Cyber Monday type? Yes, it can be hectic and stressful but I love this time of year. I love giving gifts; it forces me to take the time to think about what each of my family members and friends would really love.

I love giving beauty gifts because they are both indulgent and practical. Most people hate to spend money on themselves, especially for items that can seem unnecessary. An amazing makeup palette or a rich, beautifully scented body cream, for example, are splurges for most people. The guilt leads us to think, “I’ll just use my old makeup and pick up some lotion from the drugstore…” But, deep down, we want the splurge. Am I right?

Though these types of gifts feel decadent, they are not wasteful. They will be used, probably frequently. Some have additional benefits like healthier skin or hair, others may just be fun to play with. You don’t have to worry if they will fit and because most of these items eventually need to be replaced, you don’t have to fret over whether the recipient already has one. For all these reasons, beauty gifts are a joy to give or receive.

My 2014 picks for beauty gifts and stocking stuffers for the women and girls in your life along with a few shopping tips are after the jump. Continue reading

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Water Slide Decals Nail Art Tutorial

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Succulents are really the ultimate plant. They are beautiful and unique while being easy to care for because they can survive long periods without water. There’s a variety of ways to display these ornamental plants as well, which adds to their charm. A mix of them potted in a simple planter, hung in a group of glass terrariums, or arranged into a living wreath are all gorgeous presentations.

In this post, I’ll show you how to wear a succulent design on your nails using water slide decals. These nail art stickers are really easy to apply and I think it’s pretty fun to do, too. Born Pretty Store offers lots of cute designs at great prices. Get an additional 10% off with coupon code PA10K31.

Learn how it’s done after the jump. Continue reading

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