Fashion FYI: Bobbi Brown gives you thicker lashes
Do any of your be-a-better-you New Year's resolutions involve achieving a more glamorous look with longer, thicker lashes?
Bobbi Brown's new Eye Opening Mascara ($30, Sephora) is described as the brand's most dramatic formula yet. The carbon-black mascara claims to give users the longest, thickest and most curled lashes they've ever had without any of the usual annoyances of clumping, flaking or smudging.
The mascara is easy to apply, according to one reviewer, who also said she needed just one coat for a significant increase of length and volume on her eyelashes.
The mascara is not marketed as being waterproof, though, so you might wear it with eyelash primer.
• The 15th annual Bridal Experience will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 10 at The Fez in Hopewell. Proceeds from the show will benefit Make-A-Wish of Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Wedding professionals will be on hand to help plan your big day. Tickets are $10, $5 in advance.
Details: 724-378-1810 or bridalexp.com
• The Pittsburgh Bridal Showcase will present its Boutique Bridal Show from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 10 at the LeMont Restaurant on Mt. Washington. More than 75 of Pittsburgh's vendors will be available for advice. Tickets are $20, $15 in advance.
Details: 412-377-2923 or pittsburghbridalshowcase.com
• Cavanaugh's Bride Show will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 16 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh, Downtown. Visit with more than 165 wedding professionals. Tickets are $8.
Details: 412-206-0096 or lovestartshere.com
MB Bride, located at 123 S. Urania Ave., Greensburg, will have a Sottero and Midgley trunk show by appointment from Jan. 15 to 17. Receive a gift card valued at 10 percent of your purchase during show days to be used later.
Details: 724-836-6626 or mbbride.com
Where can I create my own shoes online?
InStyle magazine tells you where you can.
Del Toro: Chronic overuse of the dancing-girl emoticon is about to come in handy. Customize suede, linen or velvet smoking slippers with the color and icon of your choosing. Yep, that includes emoji. (deltoroshoes.com)
Shoes of Prey: If your knowledge of the footwear industry is limited to what you picked up from “Sex and the City” reruns, you can still try your hand at designing with Shoes of Prey's 3D Designer. Pick the shape, color and heel height and your dream shoes will be produced in four weeks. (shoesofprey.com)
Ted & Muffy: Say sayonara to calf squishing with Ted & Muffy's Fairytale Fit Guide. Measure your leg and foot, then have your selection made to order at no additional charge. (tedandmuffy.com/us)
Allure magazine helps us with the perfect braid. Forget impeccably elaborate plaits. Give us a braid that's casual and breezy any day.
The coolest braids are loose: They almost look like they're falling out. But they're not, because your hair's easy, windblown effect actually came from a texturizing spray that also gives it hold (Good job!). From arm's length away, spray Garnier Fructis Style De-Constructed Texture Tease all over for about three seconds — a little texturizing spray goes a long way.
Tousle your hair to work in the spray: Leave your part wherever it falls naturally (the beauty of this braid is that it's not contrived). Brush your hair over one shoulder with the Sonia Kashuk Tools Hair Brush. “It's always easier to start with your face framing pieces out of the style, since pulling them out when you're done can look forced,” says hairstylist Teddi Cranford.
Loosely braid your hair: Begin over your shoulder, starting right around jaw level, and tie it above the ends. Then pinch the braid between your fingers. It sounds weird, but it actually messes up the style just enough without creating flyaways or making the braid fall out.
How to tie a scarf
People StyleWatch shows us how:
Make a circle: Simply put on an infinity scarf or or tie an oblong scarf together at the ends and wrap it around your neck twice.
Do a double loop: Fold a long, thin scarf in half, then wrap it around your neck and pull the ends through the loop to form a loose knot.
Loop it once: Drape a long, skinny scarf once around your neck and let the ends hang free.
Create a kerchief: Fold a square scarf in half to get a western-inspired triangle shape, then roll one of the ends in once and tie behind your back.
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