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.
I am obsessed with finding new ways to do my hair. As a former Rockette I’ve done my hair in a French twist probably over 5,000 times—so I asked my friend Yann, owner of Varin salon in Manhattan, to help me take this classic look to a stylish, chic new level!
Nothing gets us giddy like a good wedding. Katelyn Koepke Lewis, one of our lovely freelance writers, got hitched this October and we couldn’t resist asking her to share her bridal wisdom. The former PR maven and J-school grad recently went back to her editorial roots, working as a feature writer and editor for Be U Weddings, a Chicago-based blogazine. This week, Katelyn’s sharing her newlywed advice, from bridal beauty tricks that you can use post-wedding to how to pick hostess gifts for your new in-laws.
The messy twist in action at my engagement party
Happy Thanksgiving, Birchbox-ers! This time of year, every girl needs a trick to transform her barely-made-it-to-work pony into a soiree-worthy ‘do. Case in point: this slightly messy spin on a French twist. It takes me about seven minutes to whip up, requires no heated tools, and generally earns me a few compliments. This works best on shoulder-length, slightly thinner hair. It’s best if you think of this as several mini-twists layered on top of each other, which are then folded into one another to create one pretty French-esque twist.
I have a whole lot of hair and I’m currently growing it out, so right now it’s at a very awkward in-between length. One of my go-to styles (especially in the summer) is the side twist. I really like to do fun braids, but I’m not proficient enough to do them quickly, so I turn to this look when I want to get out the door in a hurry (but still looking polished).
To achieve this ‘do, start by parting your hair (Cuthbert did hers right down the middle, but you can also do it off to the side). To keep all the flyaways at bay, apply a little glossing serum all over. For the first twist, just section off some of the hair near your face on one side and start twisting it upwards until it’s tightly wound. Using two bobby pins, secure it either at the back of your hear or at the base of your head underneath the rest of your hair. Do the same for the second twist, being sure to section off an equal amount of hair as you did the first time, and voilà — a gorgeous style with minimal effort. If only everything were this simple.
For really special events, try setting your hair with Pureology’s ColourStylist Strengthening Control Zero Dulling Hairspray.