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  • Drugstore Prom Makeup Tutorial

    So, you have your prom dress, shoes, and accessories. All that's left is to decide on your hair and makeup. And, those decisions can be just as big as the dress decision! You'll want to choose a hair style that compliments your dress, and the makeup is all about what you're comfortable with. You can go to a makeup artist and get it done professionally, or do it all yourself. Since the professionals have you covered, today's post is all about creating that perfect prom makeup look yourself!

    Youtuber Melissa Allen recently posted a drug store prom makeup tutorial, and we're loving her makeup picks. She called it a drugstore haul because all of the makeup that chose chose can be found at your local drug store, and she tried to keep all of her choices under $10. So, if you're looking for a last minute makeup look, or need a makeup look on a budget, Melissa's video is a great one to take pointers from. Check it out below!

    She listed all of the products that she used in her video in the information section of her youtube video, but here it is listed out to make it a little easier:  Continue reading

  • How To Get A Super Easy Holiday Makeup Look

    It's holiday parties time! Whether getting ready for Hanukkah parties this week, or gearing up for Christmas and New Year's Eve parties, it's time to find that perfect holiday dress, accessories, hair, and makeup look. While acquiring that head-to-toe glam outfit can be super fun, sometimes the hair and makeup parts can be a little stressful if you're not skilled in those arts. No worries, though, Seventeen Magazine and COVERGIRL have their own beauty YouTube experts, who they call Beauty Smarties, and one of them, Lisette, has been at work putting together an easy holiday makeup look tutorial.

    In Lisette's tutorial, she shows you how to get a fiery red lip and dramatic winged eye liner in just a few simple steps. After all, nothing says the holidays better than red and black when it comes to fashion! Watch the video below - it's only 2 minutes long, so you should be able to complete the look yourself in no more than 5 minutes!

    Here's the break-down of Lisette's video so that you can easily reference it when you try the look yourself: Continue reading

  • Prom Primping: Most Flattering Hairstyles for Different Necklines

    Some of us spend just as long browsing online for the perfect prom hairstyle as we do shopping for dresses. It seems like the least of your concerns at first, but as the big day inches near, you realize you're totally clueless – especially if you're doing your hair yourself! Finding something that's elegant but easy can be really tricky, and on top of that, you want something that complements the neckline of the dress. That's why we've compiled a list of a few different hairstyles that you can definitely do yourself and that will also turn your dress into an ensemble.

    Halter Tops: Loose Braid

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    Halter tops are tricky because you want to show off the pretty neckline, but they do show a lot of shoulder, which can cause some visual imbalance for those of us who are a bit broader across the top. Piling all your hair on top of your head can leave your shoulder area looking a little bare, while wearing it all down will cover up that pretty neckline. We think Blake Lively makes a good compromise by doing a loose fishtail braid thrown over her shoulder. You can wear it up high like hers, or you can start it down at the nape of your neck for a more beachy look. It helps that this style is super easy!

    Spaghetti Straps: Tousled Chignon

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    When your dress has delicate elements on top, such as spaghetti straps, you want to play off of it with a delicate hairstyle. A tousled side-chignon, like the one Jessica Alba is wearing, is the perfect way to create a look that's feminine and romantic. Some subtle jewelry, like long earrings and a small bracelet, can really bring it all together. Click here for an easy chignon tutorial!

    One-Shoulder: Ballerina Bun

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    Nobody opts for a dramatic, one-shoulder neckline with the intention of covering it up! Asymmetrical necklines are a show-stopper, so let them do all the talking by keeping your hair up and away. There's nothing more chic than a sleek ballerina bun with this neckline – it's such an elegant and classic hairstyle for a dress that has an edge. Go for natural eye makeup, a shimmery highlight, and a bold lip if you really want to make a statement with your style.

    Strapless/Sweetheart: Loose Side Waves

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    Strapless dresses are well-loved as prom styles, and admittedly, they leave a lot of room to play around with hairstyles. That being said, there's nothing we love more than letting some loose waves fall over one shoulder when wearing a strapless dress. It reads slightly retro and extremely glam – just look how amazing Amy Adams looks in this look!  Here's an easy tutorial so you can do it yourself.

    High Neck: Chic Ponytail

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    High necklines are all the rage this year – everyone from Kate Blanchett to Adriana Lima is wearing them. In our opinion, they look sleek and maybe a little bit mysterious when paired with a clean, simple ponytail. Just look at Allison Williams – she pulls off this look perfectly a bold red lip!

  • Choosing the Perfect New Years Eve Outfit

    Still stuck on what to wear for New Year's Eve? Don't worry, we wouldn't leave you hanging on one of the most important nights out of the year! Every year, we choose our favorite cocktail dresses to wear on NYE, but this year we're going one step further and showing you exactly how to put your own perfect New Years Eve outfit together from head to toe.

    Check out the image below - it will take you from choosing the right hairstyle to wear with your dress depending on the dress' style, to how to properly accessorize your look, to trendy dress styles to consider wearing, to even the shoes to wear on your feet. It will definitely help you put together a New Years outfit that everyone will be envying!

    Choosing the Perfect New Years Eve Outfit

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    When it comes to choosing the right hair for your dress, it's all about pairing the hairstyle with the dress' neckline. For instance, a low cut dress calls for a plain hairstyle. With a strapless dress, you have two choices: either wear your hair up for a more alluring look, or keep it draped over your shoulders to add some modesty. If you're wearing a dress with the trend-setting collar style, just make sure you're wearing a hairstyle where the collar can stand out and take the spotlight on your outfit. For backless dresses, it's the perfect opportunity to wear your hair in a low hanging ponytail look, which is a very popular style right now.

    Accessories can be just as important as your dress! We live by the philosophy of "less is more" when it comes to accessories. If you're going with a simpler style dress, it can be fun to pick one big or bold accessory as the stand-out piece of your outfit. This season, we recommend going crazy with your purse - using your clutch as your outfit's stand-out piece is always a great choice.

    When it comes to choosing your New Years Eve dress, instead of choosing a straight-cut neckline, consider something a little more flirtatious. NYE is definitely a night for flirtatious and sexy looks, so don't be afraid to go that route. Both lace and leather are great choices for a sexy NYE look and have been popular trends lately. If you go with lace and leather, keep your makeup simple but sexy by pairing it with pale pink lip gloss and black eyeliner.

    The shoes may be last, but they certainly are not least when it comes to your NYE outfit! Amp up your party attire with unexpected footwear like day-to-night flats, comfortable wedges, or sexy platforms. For simple dresses, try pairing it with a pair of shoes with fun embellishments.

    New Year's Eve is close, and time is running out, so if you haven't started shopping yet, it's definitely time. Want to get started? Just head on over to RissyRoos.com for everything from your dress, to jewelry, purses, and shoes, and your perfect New Years Eve outfit will be ready to go in no time!

  • Steal Rita Ora's Style from the EMA Awards!

    Who tuned into the EMA Awards this past Sunday, November 10th? We sure did! There's nothing more entertaining than music and dresses, and when the two are put together it ensures a great time!

    There were many fashion do's and a few fashion don'ts! According to Perez Hilton, Rita Ora was "Blah in Black" at the 2013 EMA's.

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     Although Rita's dress at this year's award show was deemed "blah" and "boring", her unique and daring dress from last year's EMA awards caught our eye and had us gushing so much that we're still talking about it!

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    We love a good ball gown. Especially one that's red.. and LACE! Rita looked like a million bucks from head to toe and we're going to show you how to accomplish this lavish look!

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    Mac Duggal style 61393R is so similar to the dress Rita Ora is wearing that you shouldn't be surprised if you're accidentally mistaken for the starlet. We adore the way the nude illusion leaves room for the red lace to really pop and catch eyes!

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     Rita decided to go with a red lip, which we think is fabulous, but if you want to tone the look down a bit you could go for a more natural make-up approach as shown in the picture above. Finger Waves are also a MUST! Finger waves and lace give off a very vintage vibe; which is why the two go together perfectly.

    Accessories

    Lastly, you can't forget your accessories! Try to keep the bling to a minimum because the dress makes a huge statement on it's own! We chose the Johnathan Kayne Austria - Swarovski Austrian Crystals heels, the Helen's Heart (JB-PD00339) Gold Bracelet and the Helen's Heart (E06245) Gold Crystal Stone Earrings.

    With last year's outfit in mind, we're not surprised that Rita landed on the "blah" list this year. Any dress is sub-par compared to this goddess gown!

    What do you think of this bold look?

  • How to Find Your Prom Hairstyle

    Prom Dress? Check! Shoes? Check! Purse? Check! Your prom outfit isn't quite finished yet, though! Your prom hairstyle is the icing on the cake to finish your perfect prom look, so if you haven't started thinking about what to do with your lovely locks yet, it's time to do so!

    Braids are a popular trend this year, and Bella Thorne rocks the look so well!

    When it comes to deciding how to do your hair, there are four rules that will lead you down the right path to the perfect look:

    1. Just as we started this post, make sure you choose your dress first. Your hair style should complement your dress, not compete with it! If you have a busy dress, picking a simple hairstyle may be the way to go. Or, if you choose a certain style of dress, you want to make sure that your hair follows that style.
    2. Keep your personality in mind. Your number one priority at prom should be making sure you feel comfortable, and that includes everything from feeling confident in the dress you choose to the hairstyle and make-up you wear. If you're a more casual girl that isn't the biggest fashionista, then going with a more simple hairstyle may be right for you. If you love dressing up from head to toe every day, find the perfect formal up-do to rock all night!
    3. Don't fight your natural hair texture; work with it. If you're going to a hair salon to get your hair done, ask your stylist what would look best with your hair type. If you'll be doing your own hair, there's plenty of sites on the internet with recommendations for what to try for various hair types.
    4. Remember that it's the Information Age; with how the internet is becoming increasingly more social, your prom photos are bound to be around for years to come. Choose a hairstyle that's timeless and won't be embarrassing 30 years from now!
    Get Reese Witherspoon's Old Hollywood look with loose curles

    Do you know how you want to wear your hair at prom? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

    Source: beauty.about.com

  • Valentine's Day Manicure

    While finding the perfect Valentine's Day dress is obviously the #1 priority when it comes to this holiday, having a fun V-Day manicure is another great way to celebrate, whether you'll be sitting at home or out for the night. There's always the classic red or pink nails, but we love going a little funky for this holiday! We're especially loving all of the heart nail art that we've been seeing on Pinterest, so we picked out our favorite tutorials for getting the look. Check them out below!

    The first two are more simple for those that aren't the best when it comes to applying nail polish, but want to get into the nail art fun. The first takes basic red nail polish and adds a gold heart to one nail. We absolutely love the single, big gold heart - it's so perfect for adding a hint of Valentine's Day to any outfit! You could add the gold heart to both hands, or just one. The second takes the trend of making one nail a different color and adds a little V-Day twist - it's too cute! Like the first, you could add the different color nail & hearts to both hands or just one.

    The first one gives a great step-by-step guide right in the photo. If you want more detailed information on how to complete the second look, clicking the photo will take you to Pinterest, where you can find a link to the creator's blog with a step-by-step guide in the description section.

    The last nail tutorial takes nail art (and how much Valentine's Day love you want to show off) to the next level. It uses a color blocked look, adding some hearts and dots to each nail. It gives a great step-by-step guide, so if you're not afraid to get a little artistic, try it out!
    How do you plan on painting your nails for Valentine's Day? Let us know by leaving a comment below!
  • What's Your Prom Dress Style?

    It can be very exciting to start looking for your perfect prom dress, but if you don' t have an idea going in of what you want, it can also turn into a very long process! So, before you begin searching for your dream dress, start thinking about what type of dress you're looking for. We'll be posting more about different types in weeks to come, but below are some basics to think about while it's still early on in prom season. They are in no particular order, and you'll find that you have no preferences towards some of the different features - it's all about finding the few details that you know you want in your dress!

    1. The most basic of all questions: Short Dresses or Long Dresses? If you have a preference one way or another to this, it's a quick way to weed out a whole bunch of dresses! If you go with long dresses, this opens up many more questions, as there's different style long dresses to choose from: mermaid, ball gown, and evening gowns. Of course, if you can't decide between the two, the trendy Hi-Lo dress look may be a good option for you - it's a nice way to get both looks in one! Best of all, most Hi-Lo dresses have detachable skirts, so you really can wear the dress both ways.

     

    2. What color dress do you want? If you have a favorite color that you know you want to wear, this can be a great place to start. There's so many options out there when it comes to color, so you definitely won't find yourself limited!

    3. Is there a certain style you want? Some examples to consider are: the classic Cinderella ball gown, an edgy Glam Rock look, Vintage, or rock some fringe in a Flapper style dress.

    Another fun way to find your prom dress style is to take the many quizzes online that match your personality to a dress! Seventeen Magazine's "What's Your Prom Style" quiz is a great one to check out!

    Do you already know what type of prom dress you want? Leave us a comment below!

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