MY BEAUTY ADVENTURE

Caitlin Sloat is a 24 year old model from Colorado. Her edgy pixie cut makes her a perfect Pampadour model, but she didn’t always rock such a cool ‘do. This is her Beauty Adventure:

My Beauty Adventure started off as a bit of a disaster. I always had long platinum blonde hair. When I started modeling, I was advised to dye it brown. Let’s just say it did not work out.

I wanted to go back to my original sunny locks, but it didn’t go smoothly. My hair was completely fried. Horrible. I didn’t know what to do, so I made a drastic choice: I chopped it all off. My long mane was traded in for a super short pixie cut. It ended up being for the best: the cut became my signature look. I found more modeling success with this new hairstyle, and it gave me an edge. I love my short hair… it’s what makes me unique.

COMIC PAMP

COMIC PAMP by Elisa Stangalini.

BEAUTY SECRETS FOR A CLOSE UP

Colorado-born Caitlin, author of this week’s Beauty Adventure, shares her beauty routine that ensures she’s always ready for her close-up.

First thing in the morning, I start off with Clean and Clear Morning Burst Fruit Infusions Facial Hydrating Cleanser. It really wakes me up and feels so refreshing. I begin my makeup routine with NARS Sheer Matte foundation and oil-free primer. Another NARS product I love is their blush in Torrid. My go-to eye shadow brand is Givenchy. My favorite nail polish brand, though, is far less expensive: Forever 21! Another inexpensive product I ‘adour’ is Burt’s Bees chapstick.

My skin routine is very specific. I sometimes use Camellia Oil (which is often used by Japanese pregnant women) and almond oil to soothe my skin. I make a homemade facial out of a mix of lemon juice, brown sugar and honey. I exfoliate with red wine: I apply it as a mask and leave it on for ten minutes. It pulls the redness out of my skin! I also love CeraVe moisturizer. At the end of the day, I rely on Olay Regenerist Night Resurfacing Elixir.

To keep my platinum blonde hair color intact, I use Joico Color Endure Violet shampoo. Dop Dop, on Mercer Street, is my favorite salon. Jo Preston is the only person I trust with my hair – she’s incredible.

FIX MY EYEBROWS!

Pampadour’s Beauty Diary author Kimberly Taylor needed a quick fix for her messy eyebrows while running around the city… She found instant help at the Benefit beauty counter in Bloomingdales.

“Benefit beauty advisor Mary Escolasticos fixed my eyebrows using Brow Zings, a brow kit composed of wax and powder for a natural look, which is applied with an angled brush.She alsoshared with me a great tip: apply a concealer around the brow area to hide stray hairs, like Boing Concealer. She finished up  with a a clear brow gel. Thanks Maria!”

 

Jen’s Beauty Fix Report

By Jennifer Hakimian

These are the moments that any woman dreads. The wax burning your skin, the orange fake tan, the embarassing haircut… you trusted them to make you beautiful but something went wrong and now you have to go into hiding. Here are some home remedies for real bad bad beauty.

Burned by wax

The first step to relieving a wax burn is to immediately run cool water over your skin. Let it run for at least five minutes. Next, put some ice on the burn. Apply pure aloe vera gel to sooth it. Continue applying aloe vera three or four times daily until the burn goes away. If the burn is on your body, cover it with a bandage. If the burn happened to your face, avoid putting makeup on the irritation. Let your skin breathe for a few days. You can also take ibuprofen to help relieve the pain.

Horrible fake tans

The issue with a fake tan is that when it’s good it’s great, but when it’s bad it’s a disaster. If you find yourself resembling Snooki, start the recovery process by putting baby oil all over. Wait thirty minutes, and then take a nice long bath. Use a washcloth to gently exfoliate your skin. The orange-y color should dissipate.

 
Bad dye job
If you used a semi-permanent dye, it is pretty easy to fix a bad dye job. Just wash your hair with a clarifying or dandruff shampoo a few times within the first 48 hours. These shampoos are known to strip hair of color.
If the dye is permanent, it’s harder to remove. Your best bet is to go to the salon where you dyed your hair, and have a color-correction specialist fix it up.
Bad haircut
There’s not much you can do to remedy a bad haircut. Either cut it shorter or wait until it grows out. But there are some tricks to make the growing out process less obvious.
First, don’t wear your hair straight – this accentuates uneven layers and makes a sloppy cut more apparent. Curly hair acts as a kind of camouflage. Also, experiment with your hair part. Parting your hair from the other side could hide unevenness. If you’re desperate for long hair quick, you could always put in extensions. Just make sure they look natural to avoid making one of our beauty faux pas!

Year after year, these beauty mishaps conquered celebrities, beauty junkies and the masses, leaving us asking the eternal question: “What were we thinking?”. Here are the worst beauty ‘faux pas’ to date, with their top offenders. Madonna is not in the list. She has sported many of these trends, from the teased bang to the lip liner to the over-plucked eyebrows…but she is the only one that, somehow, could pull them off.

1- Teased Bangs80s – Demi Moore, Courtney Cox, Tiffani Amber Thiessen

2- The Mullet80s – Pat Benatar, Joyce DeWitt, John Stamos

3- The Perm80s – Glenn Close, Sarah Jessica Parker, Nicole Kidman

4- Plucked Eyebrows90s – Pamela Anderson, Gwen Stefani, Drew Barrimore

5- Dark Lip Liner  – 90s – Pamela Anderson, Nicki Minaj, Gwen Stefani

6- Spray Tanner – 2000s – Linday Lohan, Paris Hilton, Christina Aguilera

7- Hair Extensions2000s – Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan

8- Eyelash Extensions2000s – Alicia Keys, Kim Kardashian, Adele

9- The Shrillex2010s – Rihanna, Cassie, Keisha

10 – Tacky Nail Art2010s – Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Beyonce

Check out our Pinterest board with images of these beauty faux pas and more!

MY BEAUTY ADVENTURE: Kimberly Taylor Gindi

Kimberly Taylor Gindi is not only our Beauty Diary muse, but a celebrated designer who launched an eponymous clothing line and is now working on her fine jewelry collection, Blac Diamond. In this week’s Beauty Adventure, Kim tells us all about beauty in Brooklyn.

When I was growing up in Brooklyn, you never said you were from “Brooklyn.” You said “NYC.” It didn’t seem like there was a big difference. The truth is, though, I was a bridge-and-tunnel girl.

When I began attending NYU and interning for Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga and Teen Vogue, I still had a typical Brooklyn beauty routine. Every Friday, I got my blowout and French Manicure, and I didn’t leave home without my lip liner. It was a way to belong and fit in. Little did I know, these trends had never made it over the bridge.

In Brooklyn, for your sixteenth birthday, you would get makeup lessons and a bag filled with cosmetics, and share the same passion for plum lip liner with baby pink gloss.

One day, one of my best friends looked at my lip liner and just wiped it off of my face. In this dramatic gesture she made me realize that my beauty look made me an outcast in NYC. I never wear lip liner anymore, even if it’s the same color, not even when the person doing my make-up swears that it will completely blend in my lipstick – it just makes me paranoid.

Up until recently, I’ve done my best to try to fit with my beauty look. I went to Zurich last month and put very low-profile nail polish on, as European women generally a laid back style. When I got there, all of the girls had blue nails! I realized you can never ensure that your look will fit in, so you should just be yourself and do what you like.

I have a lot of respect for the women in Brooklyn. They really take care of their appearance, from regular mani-pedis to Keratin treatments. I don’t find it shallow – for me, it’s a sign that a woman respects herself and her appearance. Even the men in Brooklyn are very well groomed. I know men that are always in a suit and tie, and they really believe that “the way you carry yourself reflects on the world around you.”

From the day that my friend wiped off my lip liner at 18, the beauty world as I knew it shattered. It was only okay in Brooklyn. It was Brooklyn’s look, not New York’s, not America’s, not the world’s. I’ve been trying to get my mom to leave these BK trends in the past, but she doesn’t listen!

To that, I would still say to each their own. Be yourself, express your beauty, but make sure that, no matter what your look is, it’s done well!

REVIVAL BEAUTY

Only Odile Gilbert could dare to bring the crimped waves back to life, and she did it beautifully for the Thakoon Spring 2013 fashion show in New York. Kerastase Elixir Ultime Imperial helped to achieve the look.

Photo by Exposureny.com

French Manicures: Yay or Nay?

By Tiffany Etessami

“As soon as we put an end to French manicures, they will come back in style again.” –Deborah Lippmann, celebrity manicurist.

There is no beauty trend that has people more split than the French manicure. You either love it or you hate it, and it’s very rare that someone will change their stance on the issue. According to recent polls, 58.9% of Glamour readers love it, but a whopping 86% of InStyle readers said it was out!

In recent years, the French mani’s popularity has faded a bit. Devotees started migrating towards solid neutral shades like greige and soft pinks. More and more people started agreeing that it is a dated fad and not current or cool. Issue settled.

But, wait a second… pictures surfaced last month of trendsetter and undeniable cool girl, Rihanna, sporting not only a French mani, but a French pedicure! This look has always been an inarguable faux pas in the nail world – something that’s not up for debate – but since almost anything Rihanna does is considered cool, what does this mean for French nails?

Rihanna’s stamp of approval or not, I still find the French an outdated beauty look. To make the manicure more current, try using a sheer pink rather than stark white on the tips. Or try a funky reverse French manicure, which was seen all over the Fashion Week runways. Regardless of what I think, though, it seems like fans of the standard French manicure will remain forever devoted to this classic; so it looks like it’s here to stay!

Photo of E! ManiCam via  @amelieg

Jen’s RIP Beauty Report

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Flipping through some old photographs I stumbled upon beauty trends that I fully embraced at various stages in my life. At the time, these looks seemed essential to my beauty. Looking back now, I can’t stop laughing.The Crimper: Whoa! This device seemed like the best invention ever (maybe a tie with Epilady?). What a genius way to transform my boring self into a punk rock teen! I spent hours finding the perfect way to crimp my thick black mane. I fussed with mousse, hairspray, a blow dryer and detangler to achieve the, “yes, I’ve just been hit by lightening,” look.

Teased and Feather Bangs: Besides my frosty pink Formula 44 lip gloss, Stiff Stuff hairspray was one of those essentials that I had to have in my beauty cabinet.  I was not fit to leave the house without taking my bangs, teasing them up and to the side with a fine tooth comb, and spraying them so they could no longer move. I even carried a small travel size bottle filled with the liquid glue with me to school in case my high tresses began to fall flat. I recall trying to get my mother to sport the look as well, I wanted her to look cool!  I’m glad she didn’t let me experiment on her with the rooster ‘There’s Something About Mary’ look.

Dark Lip Liner: This is one of those trends that unfortunately has managed to stick around for some people. Liner should not be darker than your lipstick! I sometimes hold myself back from going up to someone and just saying STOP THAT! IT’S SCARY.The Rachel: I too fell victim to this wildly popular haircut made famous by the stunning Jennifer Aniston. I trusted my locks to a hairdresser on Rodeo Drive and I was expecting magic! Poof! That was one wildly unflattering cut, and I looked nothing like my favorite sitcom character. Luckily I learned my lesson and did not embrace the Victoria Beckham asymmetrical bob of 2008.

The Bridal Crown: Now this may be the worst offense of all. Yes, I wore a full blown crown on my wedding day. It was all the rage at the time (ask any 1995 Bride), and I spent a mini fortune on my crystal masterpiece of humiliation. The pictures are everywhere. I will never live this one down. Note to all brides to be: do not wear a crown unless a real Queen has given you hers.

I hope these trends are gone for good. Yet, I’m sure in a few years I will have some more to add to the list.  What are some beauty trends you’d like to put to rest?