Chipped Manicure

Former fashion girl turned beauty enthusiast

Your Next Haircut: The Lob

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With the first day of school right around the corner, there’s no better time to debut a new ‘do. Can you say homecoming queen in the making anyone? Coined as the “lob,” this mid-length style is versatile, stylish and suitable for all textures and hair types. Whether you want to aim for sleek and straight or sultry curls with body, one thing is for certain—you’re sure to turn a few heads.

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One of the most common ways to wear the style is with a middle part, like sexy songstress Ciara showcases above. We love that this style can be worn virtually any way including a side part, bangs, wavy or pin-straight. One caveat? Curly girls need to make sure their stylist avoids cutting their hair into the dreaded “pyramid” look. Not so sexy.

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The key component to remember about this look is the length. Unlike its sister style, the bob, the lob is long enough to be worn in a ponytail or bun but also short enough to require minimal styling time. Make sure to bring in a reference image for your hairstylist to avoid any post-cut surprises. We’ve fallen head-over-heels for Jessica Alba’s sophisticated take on the style.

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Adding a little movement to your lob adds instant edginess to any outfit. Kate Mara has perfected the “I woke up like this” cool girl effect of the style without looking like she’s trying. Avoid excess heat damage by braiding or twisting wet hair the night before to achieve tousled waves. For more easy texture-enhancing tips, click here.

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We can’t get over how shiny Olivia Munn’s red carpet tresses are! Can you say #hairenvy? Maintain your hair’s health by using a hydrating shampoo and conditioner to lock in extra moisture each wash. Scheduling frequent trims will also rid your hair of unsightly split ends— which often translate into dull, lackluster hair.

Tell us, which fall hair trend(s) are you excited to try?

Fall Into The Gap: 5 Ways to Make The Most Out of Your Smile

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In the age of conformity, we recognize that being different isn’t always celebrated as much as it should be. From supermodels like Lauren Hutton and Georgia May Jagger (shown) to pop icon Madonna and actress Anna Paquin, gap-tooth grins are undeniably en vogue at any age. To quote the great words of Beyoncé in her song Pretty Hurts, “Perfection is a disease of a nation.” We couldn’t agree more! Read on to learn a few tips to enhance your signature smile—no braces necessary.

1. Punch Up With a Pop of Color
Don’t shy away from your quirks! Wearing a bright, bold hue is the perfect way to showcase your gap. We recommend using a balm before you apply lip color to hydrate dry lips and add longevity to wear. Don’t believe us? Here are 15 reasons why lipstick rocks.

2. Enhance Your Pearly Whites
Oral hygiene is key at any age! Ladies, make sure your routine includes the dental trio of brushing, flossing and mouthwash to prevent unwanted issues like plaque, cavities and bad breath. Listen, you’ll never know when you’ll bump into you-know-who! You can also head over to your local drugstore to purchase an at-home whitening treatment to bring your smile from blah to brilliant. Here are a few tricks to make the process even easier.

3. Remove Peach Fuzz
That caterpillar you found on the street? So adorable! That caterpillar that looks like its growing on your upper lip? Not so much. While slightly embarrassing to admit, upper lip hair doesn’t just affect the guys. Thankfully, at-home hair removal kits make resolving this problem relatively inexpensive, simple and most importantly, discreet. From waxing to sugaring and depilatories to tweezing, you have a few options to banish peach fuzz. Just make sure to patch test a small area to ensure you’ve selected the best removal option for your skin type.

4. Embrace What Makes You Unique
Imagine how boring life, much less the world, would be if we all looked the same? Beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, textures, skin tones and smiles. Take an inventory about what you appreciate about yourself —instead of what you want to change.

5. Don’t Forget to Smile
One of the most important beauty tips ever! Smiling isn’t just for selfies, it’s for every occasion. How does one achieve the perfectly imperfect smile you ask? Supermodel Tyra Banks confessed to The New York Times that she has created over 275 versions of her famous grin. “Smiles come naturally to me, but I started thinking of them as an art form at my command,” Banks shared. For the rest of us, find your perfect angle by tilting your chin slightly upward and lifting your tongue behind your two front teeth.

What’s your favorite beauty imperfection and how do flaunt it?

Urban Decay To Open Flagship Location in November

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After 15 years of beauty counters in Macy’s, Ulta and Sephora, cult-favorite beauty brand, Urban Decay is enhancing their retail offerings with a new space. According to WWD, Urban Decay’s brand-new 1,000 square-foot store is set to open at the Fashion Island shopping center in Newport Beach, Calif. by early November 2014. The make-up boutique will be in great company: Bloomingdale’s, DryBar, kate spade new york, Vince and more are already located within the shopping pavilion.

While the brand itself has stayed relatively mum on expansion plans, we anticipate the new location will bring their signature products to life. Equally as exciting, Urban Decay’s newest launch, Perversion Mascara, promises bigger, blacker and badder lashes thanks to a new formulation.

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Chipped Manicure readers; will you be visiting the Urban Decay’s new West Coast flagship store?

Birchbox: Guest Blogger: Six Products in Six Minutes

Last day of guest blogging on Birchbox.com! I had so much fun and it was only fitting that I met up with my fave makeup artists Oslyn Holder for my final post. Looking pretty in under 10 minutes (actually just six for us) never felt so good! 

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Brace yourselves for Brooklyn’s beauty bombshell, Janell Hickman! While taking a brief vacay from a few facials and manicures, she will be talking about all things beautiful with us this week. Hickman formerly had an affair with fashion, but is now officially going steady with her current love,…

Birchbox: Guest Blogger: Life & Times Of A Sun Baby

Guest blogging day 4, make sure to use sunscreen anytime you hit the sun! Protection is key!

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Brace yourselves for Brooklyn’s beauty bombshell, Janell Hickman! While taking a brief vacay from a few facials and manicures, she will be talking about all things beautiful with us this week. Hickman formerly had an affair with fashion, but is now officially going steady with her current love,…

Birchbox: Guest Blogger: Daily Essentials

Guest blogging day 3, these a few of my favorite things…

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Brace yourselves for Brooklyn’s beauty bombshell, Janell Hickman! While taking a brief vacay from a few facials and manicures, she will be talking about all things beautiful with us this week. Hickman formerly had an affair with fashion, but is now officially going steady with her current love,…

Birchbox: Guest Blogger: Beyond Obsessed

Day two of guest blogging for Birchbox.com ! I’m gushing about my four favorite product loves…make sure to check it out! 

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This week’s guest blogger, Janell Hickman, is a Brooklyn native. Formerly a fashion gal, the style-savvy Hickman is now officially going steady with her current love: beauty. In addition to her newly launched blog, Chipped Manicure, she has also written for Refinery29.com,