Thursday, January 30, 2014

French Twist Those Bangs!

A few years ago, I was playing around with the front pieces of my hair and came up with a cute way to french twist my bangs back! It is trendy, quick, easy and hides the grease :)

Start with your hair parted further over than usual.
Tease the hair around the crown of your head. (I always tease my hair before I style it. I can't stand seeing bed head or a part that goes all the way down the back of heads lol) 
Don't be afraid to get some height. Remember, your hair will fall, especially after you play with it.
Next, grab the front section of your hair. Divide the section into two larger pieces.
Let the twisting begin!  Twist the sections of hair around each other - away from your face.

Each time you twist, pick up another section of hair around your face. Essentially, you are just french twisting these pieces of hair.
Continue twisting toward your ear.

When you get passed your ear, take a bobby pin that blends with your hair and slide it in from the bottom pointing upwards.
If one bobby pin doesn't feel tight enough, you can add another by crossing it over making an 'X' to lock them in.
You can leave your hair down with some loose/natural waves...
Or pull it into a pony or braid!
Hope this will help you the next time you're running late or when you're just too lazy to wash your hair :)

We would love to see you make this style your own. Send us pictures and comment below!

- Angela Liljenquist

Friday, January 24, 2014

Textured Ponytail

We would like to begin this post by inviting you to contact us to get your hair colored/styled or makeup done! Email us at to schedule an appointment. We are located in the greater Salt Lake City, Utah area and would love to meet you and make you pretty again!

Now for the post!  This is for all of you that want to spice up your everyday ponytail.

Begin by teasing the hair in the crown area. 

Take 3 sections from the corner of the head.  You can begin closer to the ear, but we chose not to.

Start a French braid by picking up sections from only the bottom (under the braid).

Continue braiding, while pulling the hair toward the left side. Make sure you are only using hair from the front right side (not the top!).

Finish the braid and use bobby pins to hold the ends.

On the left side, pin hair loosely as shown.  

We had fun with the bobby pins and made them visible, creating a triangle. Be creative here!

Pull all of the hair to the left side and secure it with an elastic.

Take a section of hair from underneath the pony and wrap it around to hide the elastic. Pin to secure.

Go through the braid and pull the sections to give it added texture and look more undone!

We finished with hairspray and shine spray, using Big, Sexy Hairspray and Moroccan Oil Shine Spray.

This look is perfect for work or a week night!

Let us know how the textured pony works for you!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Dramatic Wing

Today's look is perfect for any of you that like to vamp up your look! A Dramatic Wing is a sexy yet easy way to maximize drama on the face. Angela used two products for this look on Marianne, L'Oreal Liner (in a pot) and a small paint brush - a total of only $ 12.00. 

Get ready for some serious VAMP as we walk you through 4 easy steps of the Dramatic Wing!

Begin with your face prepped as usual. If you are going to wear eye-shadow, you should also apply that during this step. Marianne is only wearing foundation and mascara: 
Next, get your favorite cream eyeliner. We love cream eyeliner because it's extremely versatile (we also like liquid liner, but cream gives a softer look). We have tried everything from MAC's Fluidline to the dollar store brands and this is our very favorite: L'Oreal Lacquer Liner in Blackest Black.

To save money, we use a paint brush found at JoAnn. They are cheap, durable and come in all different shapes and sizes. Simply dip your brush in the cream liner, beginning with a moderate amount of product on the brush and draw!  Remember, you can always add more
Start in the inner corner of the eye and drag the brush outward along the lash line. The more pressure you apply with the brush, the thicker the line will be. Get a solid base, then go over it a few times. 
And now, for the wing!
Draw a thin line extending from the end of your lash line toward your temple.  Angle the line toward the end of your eyebrow.  To complete the shape of the wing, draw another line from the tip of the wing in to connect with the outter corner of your eye.
Fill in the open space with more liner.  You can see that we brought the line slightly underneath Marianne's eye, this makes the wing look more natural. 

Once you have your basic wing shape, you can build on it to make it thicker, darker and more dramatic!
We thickened and darkened Marianne's look for fun!

We brought the eyeliner under her bottom lashes, making her eyes pop even more. Have fun with this!

To complete the look, add a little blush and highlighter to the cheeks and cheekbones. We used Buxom Blush in Shangri-La-La and Benefit Watt's Up! highlighter.

Simple and Dramatic!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Let's Get Pretty Again - Holiday Party 2013

Happy New Year! For us, 2014 is already bustling with the realities of school, work and winter.  But before we say our final goodbyes to 2013, we want to reminisce on the beautiful holiday season we experienced.  One of the highlights was decorating a company holiday party at the Gallivan Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.  It turned out beautifully!  

The decorating team included the two of us (Angela and Marianne) and our fabulous mom, Shelley.  Shelley has the vision, and we just help her make it become a reality ;) She also knows how to do ANYTHING on a very small budget.

We chose a "Winter Wonderland" theme, using blue, white and silver decor and aimed for a formal look (so this could also work for a wedding). Due to the building regulations, we only had four hours to decorate, so not everything we had planned was used, but it still looked marvelous.

Everything we used was purchased from Wal Mart, (aside from the table stands) keeping it very budget-friendly. Thanks to Diamond Rental for the tables, chairs and linens and to Culinary Crafts in Salt Lake City, Utah for the wonderful catering and table settings. Also a big Thank You to Cat Palmer Photography for the fabulous photos!!

For the Welcome table, Shelley made a few different arrangements that we put together using ornament balls, glass vases, tree branches, salt (to look like snow), feathers, and candles. It was perfect!

The cabaret tables - We used these for cocktail hour, appetizers and desserts.  We purchased these silver picks from Wal Mart for $3.95 a piece, added four ornament balls (also from Wal Mart), and feathers at the base... So simple yet so beautiful. We used a powder blue table cloth that was tied with a sparkly white ribbon half way down (you can see what I mean in the first picture).


Here are the Table Centerpieces.  We used a large silver stand, purchased from Tai Pan Trading, and put a small glass vase on top, again filling it with ornament balls, other picks and intertwined ribbon through it. We then hung crystals from the stand as shown below.  So simple yet so stunning.

Something fun and different we did (we actually got the idea from Pinterest!) was cut out snowflakes and attach them to the ends of balloons. We asked Harmon's Grocery Store to attach fish wire to the ends of the balloons instead of the regular ribbon. This way, it was transparent and appeared as if the snowflakes were floating.  It was so cool! We hung the balloons and snowflakes over the prizes they were giving away for the raffle, so it made it even more special.

For these trees, we used actual trees we found at a park!
We used white and silver spray paint to fully coat them, making them look like a Winter Wonderland... Literally!

Here are some more pictures of the entire party:

Thanks for reading!