Emily Loftiss, of Loftiss Says…, is a style and beauty maven who can take even the worst fashion debacle and make it a winning situation—who else could turn an old, too-small dress into an awesome style find from your own closet? This week, she’s telling us her top shopping picks for the holidays, her 5-minute trick to scoring gorgeous night out makeup, and more.
The number one question I get on my blog, Loftiss Says…, is always: “How do you do that fabulous Big Bun?” I’ve waited for the perfect moment to show you my beauty secret. I asked my friend Vann at the Varin Salon to show me his tricks for achieving this look to share with Birchbox readers!
Based in Washington D.C., Ayren Jackson-Cannady is so savvy that we wished she lived closer to NYC so that we could swap products with her. This beauty writer knows what’s up (she’s written for Fitness, Glamour, and Gloss Daily) and we’re excited to have her sharing her know-how and multi-culti beauty expertise as a contributing editor.
All I could manage to do over the last couple of days—other than watch the weather channel and nervously eat Goldfish crackers—was pin pretty pictures on Pinterest. I’ve been finding a ton of quicklooks (think things you can do in 30 seconds or less) and I had to share them. Here are three of my favorite ‘dos plus an expert’s tips on getting the looks just right:
The Tousled Bun: For a messy (but chic!) look, Vanessa Fernandez of Butterfly Studio Salon in New York City suggests sticking with your natural texture and adding a texturizing spray (like Davines For Wizards No. 14 Sea Salt Primer) to create separation. “Flip your head upside down; spray, scrunch, and smooth your hair upwards toward the ends, twisting it until it’s in a bun shape and securing with a hair tie,” she says.
I’m lucky enough to have low-maintenance hair that dries straight without any effort on my part. Great, I know. But, that also means my hair is slippery and texture-free, which means I need to take extra steps to achieve a fun bun/poofy pony/messy braid. This morning, Meredith helped me turn my ho-hum hair into a fun ballerina-style bun (above). Here’s how we did it: