Yikes! The Return of The Scrunchie
I love a good ’90s throwback just as much as the next girl—Saved by the Bell, Spice Girls, Buffy, andthe list goes on. The scrunchie, however, is one ’90s phenomenon that I don’t have any nostalgia for and I’m not keen for the trend to make a comeback.
But designers have something different in mind. Vivienne Westwood, Marc Jacobs, Ashish—they all are putting their support behind this flamboyant hair accessory. And scunchies have even been cropping up in more price-friendly stores like Topshop and Asos too, which makes me wonder: Will the scrunchie make a return to the mainstream?
While I won’t be embracing this style anytime soon, I totally recognize that many people out there have been waiting for this day to come. What are your feelings on this ’90s-girl look? Are you pro or con? If you’re interested in getting one for yourself, check out these options, just please promise me you won’t go spending $95 on this one from Missoni.
Get more ’90s-glam inspiration from the epic Katie Holmes + Bobbi Brown makeup collection!
Happy Friday the 13th! It’s been a pretty exciting, busy week here at Birchbox—between the unveiling of Birchbox Man and our announcement of a Gossip Girl partnership—so we’re definitely ready for the weekend. Click through some of the best stories on our radar today.
- Fashionista rounded up 8 new polish collections for spring that you’ll definitely want to get your hands on. [Fashionista]
- Missoni just launched their fifth collaboration with Converse since 2010. There are clearly a lot of very chic sneaker-heads out there. Click through for all the zig-zag amazingness. [SheFinds]
- We’ve seen some pretty amazing styling tools in our tenure at Birchbox. Remember the hair dryer with the Ferrari engine? But this one might take the cake. It’s the new CHI dryer, the first on the market with a touch-screen. Beauty and technology perfectly combined. [WWD]
- Two of our favorite models, Rosie Huntington-Whitely and Lily Cole, just made it on to the Sunday Times Rich List, an annual list of the top 1,000 wealthiest people in the UK. [Fashion Etc]
- We’re digging spring hair transformations right now and Dakota Fanning just debuted a new take on ombre with dark roots and a touch of honey at the end of her platinum strands. [Refinery29]
- Brad and Angelina are finally engaged (for real!). You know who’s definitely breaking out the champagne today? All the tabloids who’ve been predicting this moment for years. [Jezebel]
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Photo: Just Be
We love experimenting with nail art, whether it’s moon manicures, dip dye nails, or magnetic polishes. But we’re starting to wonder if the trend is going a little too far. Jezebel has rounded up the craziest nail art fads sweeping the country, and even we were taken by surprise. Click through to learn about the top three extreme nail art trends!
Well, they did it. After months of anticipation, the Missoni Go International Collection for Target has hit stores — and it’s caused quite a ruckus. In fact, it’s managed to crash Target’s presumably robust servers…Whoops! While you’re waiting patiently to buy your zig-zaggy goods, why not get inspired by vintage Missoni (yes, that’s Ms. Moss) and try out a ’70s goddess look? Here’s what you’ll need:
- Lots of bronzer. Skip the sparkle and go with something matte and tawny, like Cargo’s version.
- Lots of eyeliner. Messy is good, and make sure to line both the upper and lower lids. Smudge it out.
Watch our video and learn how to apply bronzer the right way.
This week’s guest blogger is Natalie Alcala, a Cali girl with a penchant for all things style and fashion. When she’s not soaking up the sun or rocking dangerously high heels, you can catch her feeding her insatiable sartorial appetite on her blog, Natalie’s Menagerie. She also pens a daily fashion column for BlackBook Magazine and is an assistant editor at FashionStake.
Left to right: Missoni fall 2011, Jil Sander fall 2011, and Dries van Noten fall 2011
We’ve definitely seen some stellar faces on the runway this year. While models are just as gorgeous sans makeup, it’s always inspiring to see how beauty artists dream up new ways to tell a fashion designer’s story through their craft. If you’re tired of the same old eye-and-lip routine, here are three totally wearable looks for a chic refresh.
Runway: Missoni fall 2011
Look (at left): Smudged liner and a plum pout
How-to: For the Italian fashion house’s fall show, makeup artist Lucia Pieroni turned to ’90s cool chicks like Juliette Lewis and Patricia Arquette for some edgy inspiration. To channel this moody look, start by gliding Sue Devitt Eye Intensifier Pencil in Black along the lower lash line only. Swipe the smudging applicator over the line for a disheveled effect. Since this look is really all about the pout, create a precise lip with a wine-stained liner, like MAC Lip Pencil in Beet. Blend it with an equally dramatic filler, like MAC Lipstick in Hang-up, and you’ll be ready to star in the True Romance sequel in no time!
Runway: Jil Sander fall 2011
Look (middle): Electric lids and cherry lips
How-to: As the rest of the fashion world focuses on a more minimalist approach to beauty, leave it to makeup artist Peter Philips to pump up the runway with some major ’60s glam. To recreate this eye-catching effect, use Tarte emphasEYES Aqua Gel Eyeliner in Teal to create a precise cat eye. Next, use MAC Lip Pencil in Redd to line the lips and fill it with my go-to, MAC’s Ruby Woo.
Runway: Dries Van Noten fall 2011
Look (at right): Gold gazers and a fleshy finish
How-to: Proving his versatility, Chanel’s Peter Philips went from bold beauty at Jil Sander to au naturel at Dries. Swiping eyes with a touch of gold is the perfect way to take a nude face from day to night effortlessly. First, dip a brush into a luminous shade, like RMS Beauty Cream Eyeshadow in Solar, and swipe over the entire eye area. Next, create a fleshy lip by applying RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek in Promise for a natural, velvety finish. C’est magnifique!
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