We love surfing Heather Walczuk’s blog, Beauty Unbiased, for her smart and on-point makeup reviews, pretty photos and her upbeat insight. The resident New Yorker always has great tips for making the most out of your products, which is why we’re excited that this week she’s sharing tips about her fave summer finds, makeup-artists must-haves, and how to get a gorgeous top knot.
Few letters strike fear in my heart the way “DIY” does. As a five-year-old, I was already disillusioned by the idea of creating my own cards, friendship bracelets and the like. Basically, I have always been that bad at DIY-ing. This easy, breezy top knot was originally created by a stylist from the Butterfly Studio Salon at the Birchbox “Gossip Girl” season finale party. I loved the results so much that I stepped outside of my DIY phobia and replicated it at home.
The Birchbox Beauty Diaries is a regular feature where one of our team members tries out a new beauty look every day for one week. Whether it’s lipstick or eyeshadow, different hairstyles or fun makeup techniques, we’ll give you five fun ideas for how you can shake up your routine.
A Week Of: Hair Knots (she is a styling master!)
Monday: I wear my hair in pony tails—a lot—so I loved introducing these small accents to make the look more polished and interesting. I started by smoothing my hair using Oscar Blandi’s Olio di Jasmine hair serum and then I just grabbed a small section and tied a knot in the middle of it. I did this two more times, using bobby pins to hold pieces of hair in place while I was working. When I was ready to finish the style, I simply secured all my hair in the back with a low pony tail.
Tuesday: Okay, I will admit it: I am obsessed with Blake Lively’s perfectly unkempt hair. How does she make me pine over frizz?!? After distributing Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray throughout my hair, I pulled my hair back into a loose pony tail. Taking a generous chunk of hair of hair already pulled through, I wove a knot around the hair tie to completely cover it.
Wednesday: I really wanted to style my hair long and loose since I never wear my hair down (and my handsome husband loves it). So, I took two pieces of hair from the crown of my head and tied them together in a simple, straightforward knot. Then I knotted those same two pieces again, giving my hair a pretzel-like design, and I pinned the ends to keep everything in place.