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What to Know Before Cutting Blunt Bangs: Guest Blogger

The dynamic duo behind Beauty Bender, Kathryn Romeyn and Alexis Johnson, have an impeccable eye for deciphering up-and-coming cosmetics trends and finding experts to give the lowdown on how to wear them. (It must be the decade’s worth of magazine curating experience they have between them.) We can’t get enough of their gorgeous site, and happily, for a whole week they’re sharing all of their beauty insight on our blog!

From left: Rachel Bilson, Rachel McAdams and Rose Byrne

From left: Rachel Bilson, Rachel McAdams and Rose Byrne

At various times over the years, we’ve flirted with light face-framing fringe, something that changes things up a little, but is easy enough to grow out. But lately, a new heavy-handed version of bangs seems to have taken hold, at least in Hollywood. At the Oscars, bold, blunt-cut and super-thick styles were one of the hottest hair looks on the likes of Rose Byrne, Rooney Mara, Ellie Kemper and Anna Faris. The opulent shine and straight, thick cut were undeniably chic and powerful. “It’s definitely a style that has a certain sex appeal [and is] always youthful,” says star stylist Serge Normant, the namesake of three salons and a luxe haircare line.

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Top 5 Best Dressed From the Teen Choice Awards

I’m not going to lie, I was pretty excited when I turned on the TV last night and stumbled upon the Teen Choice Awards. At 28, you’d think that my taste would have matured beyond the young adult genre…but it hasn’t. I still have a love for teen-targeted guilty pleasures when it comes to books (The Hunger Games), movies (Harry Potter), and TV shows (The Vampire Diaries)

Aside from seeing some of my favorite heartthrobs and starlets up on stage accepting awards, I like the Teen Choice Awards because the ensembles are more relaxed and fun than other red carpets. Sadly, last night was not the best sartorial showing — several ladies let me down, particularly Emma Stone and Zooey Deschanel. At any rate, there were some very cute picks. Here are my favorites — tell me if you agree with my choices in comments!

Nina Dobrev: The Vampire Diaries star looked a-d-o-r-a-b-l-e in her flared gingham D&G dress and white clutch. She finished off the youthful look with a sweet ponytail and a pair of beautiful Ferragamo pumps.

Zoe Saldana: There is literally no one else out there that could look as good in this tiered metallic Lanvin dress. I particularly love the lady-like and very on trend just-below-the-knee hemline, which is a style I am set on incorporating into my fall wardrobe.

Kaley Kuoco: The sassy blonde was the evening’s host, so it’s only right for her to make the short list. I loved her ethereal Rebecca Taylor dress and her romantic soft waves were the perfect compliment to the ensemble.

Blake Lively: She never fails to impress me with her risk-taking and bright color choices. I am sure that her tight-fitting orange Gucci dress wasn’t the most comfortable, but it was a worthwhile sacrifice because she looked radiant. She gets extra style points for finishing off the outfit with leopard print heels. Total perfection. 

Rachel Bilson: Last night, Bilson proved yet again that she’s worthy of style-icon stature when she stepped out in the best combo of the evening: a white Chloe frock and nude Brian Atwood booties. The juxtaposition of a floaty, flirty dress and hardcore spiked heels is just brilliant. I can’t wait to see her back on the small screen this fall in her upcoming CW show Hart of Dixie.


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Rachel Bilson’s Summer Beauty Essentials: Herban Essentials

You know who’s really cute? Rachel Bilson. She always looks chic, played my favorite character on The O.C., and is the star of the new Magnum Ice Cream ads/short films (yum!). She also has a monthly advice column in InStyle and has excellent taste in summer beauty essentials, namely Herban Essentials antibacterial towelettes. Bilson told InStyle, “I love that these wipes are natural, and the scent is summer fresh.” That makes two of us, Rachel! Want to be best friends?


Grab lemon or orange Herban Essentials Towelettes in the Birchbox Shop and take them to the beach this summer.