Ritz Brits

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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang January 9, 2010

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Rachel Bilson

Rachel Bilson

Tis the season for resolutions, recreations, and renovations.  The easiest way to a new you?  Bangs.  They are easier and less commitment than an entirely new haircut.  What if you get them and hate them?  Worst case scenario, skip the Bump-Its and bobby pin your bangs into a pouf to give your style a lift.



My favorite look?  Long, blunt bangs just like Rachel Bilson’s.  These are perfect for fine, straight, or wavy hair.  They actually make my fine hair look a lot fuller.  I got my bangs cut just like this over the summer (I get bored with my hair a lot) and I thought I’d get tired of them right away too and grow them out immediately.

To my surprise, I love them and I’ve kept them for 7 months now.  My hairdresser says she’s had people ask for my bangs when they see me in the salon and she wants to get her own cut like this.





The perfect length hits between your eyebrows and your eyelids, the elusive area known as your brow bone.  Since your bangs will only be this perfect length for about 3 days, I’ve found a lot of great shortcuts.


If my bangs are a little on the short side, I skip the round brush and use a straightener to avoid excessive puffiness.  Once they get too long, I sweep them off to the side to avoid the shaggy dog look.
Bangs are the best way to make your haircut more versatile.  You can pin them to the side, straight back, in a twist, or in a pouf.

If you still need a little inspiration, check out the Plasticines’ video for Barcelona.  In addition to discovering your new favorite song, you will want bangs and a set of Bump-Its immediately.


Bloom December 26, 2009

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Bloom LipstickThe VeronicasI’ve been on the hunt for a baby pink lipstick ever since I saw The Veronicas video for Untouched.  After months of searching, I’ve found the perfect pink:  Bloom Lipstick in Princess (3rd from the left).  It’s the perfect shade of lilac-pink that is slightly reminiscent of the ’60s mod makeup looks.  Paired with a smoky eye, its a fresh take on a retro style.

Bloom Lip BalmI’ve had a love affair with Bloom’s Lip Balm in Orange since I was in high school.  The company hails from Australia (as do the The Veronicas) and boasts a full line of makeup (including mineral makeup) with gorgeous, natural colors and pretty packaging.  I wish Sephora would get with the program and start carrying Bloom, but for now I have to get my fix at Ulta.


Make Up For Ever December 13, 2009

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Every year when I was a little girl, I would get a fresh box of 96 Crayola Crayons.  There is nothing like a brand new, unopened box of crayons with perfect points in every color of the rainbow.  This year, the little girl in me jumped and down and clapped her hands when she saw the Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Collector Set.  This set is a dream come true for anyone who loves makeup.  Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Collector SetThere are 25 vibrant colors in this set, with the smooth, waterproof formula we’ve all come to know and love.   My favorites are 7L (Turquoise), 10L (Bronze), 17L (Pistachio), 18L (Burgundy), and best of all, 19 L (Shimmering Taupe).  This set contains enough inspiration to make the little girl in all of us want to color outside the lines.


Oscar Blandi Changed My Life

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Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry ShampooIf I was stranded on a desert island and I could only take one beauty product with me, it would be Oscar Blandi’s Pronto Dry Shampoo.  This product has literally changed my life.  I calculate that Oscar will give me an extra 9,360 hours of extra sleep over the course of my life and an extra 15,600 good hair days.  These stats are based on the 3 hours of sleep I save each week by not having to wash, dry, and style my hair each day (times 52 weeks per year, for the next 60 years) and the extra 5 good hair days per week (cause I was averaging about two before I met Oscar haha) with the same 52 weeks per year, for the next 60 years.

My hair can get pretty greasy, and I used to have to wash, dry, and style it everyday.  This dry shampoo is a powder that you massage into your roots with your head flipped over.  It absorbs oil, gives you great body and volume, and doesn’t show up, even in dark hair.  My hair actually looks better on the second and third days than on the first day (when I washed it).  I usually wash my hair every 3 days now since I have Oscar, which has actually improved the condition of my hair, since it gets a break from the washing and heat styling.  I can even stretch it out to 4 days if I wear a ponytail on day 4.  Needless to say, I’m completely hooked on Oscar now and I couldn’t be happier (or have better hair!)


Green Eyed Lady

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I’m having one of those days when my eye makeup just looks so gorgeous I don’t want to wash my face before bed.  If you’ve never have one of those days, all you need are some great products and a little practice.

I can’t get enough green eye makeup for fall and winter.  Green is softer way to do a smoky eye, or liven up your eyecolor.  My two must have products are Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Stash and Bare Escentuals bareMinerals Liner Shadow in Tortoise.  Both have an olive green color with gold glimmer that work for everyday alone or make a special party look when combined.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye PencilI love the Urban Decay liner pencils, they are so smooth and blend really well.  They are perfect for the smoky look.  They also stay on all day and all night.

Urban Decay

Bare Escentuals bareMinerals Liner Shadow Tortoise

Bare Escentuals eye shadows can get a little messy since they come in loose powder form, but they have the most amazing range of colors and they shimmer like nothing else I’ve tried.  They can be used wet or dry, and as shadow or liner.  The moral of the story: try a color you’ve never worn before, but keep it sheer.  A new eyeshadow or liner shade can brighten up your face and make your eye color pop.