Spring’s top trends bring back forgotten styles, highlight unusual beauty trends

Published by adviser, Author: Katie Ellis - Campus Life Editor, Date: April 23, 2015

Fashion and beauty trends come and go in the blink of an eye no matter how deep you have to go in your wallet to dish out the cash to pay for the latest must have item or the best new beauty trend. While trends usually come from the runway and are later seen in magazines and on the industry’s biggest trendsetters, sometimes fads start at the grocery store or see resurgence in popularity after years of relative obscurity.

The most recent fashion and beauty trends range from a staple grocery store find that model and it-girl Suki Waterhouse uses to get her tousled waves, to of the moment accessories like the bohemian chic bucket bag and the once frumpy, now fierce mule. This season’s top trends can all be purchased for under $100 at your favorite stores, and with styles changing so quickly, a small investment now might be better than investing a huge chunk of your hard earned paycheck on a trend that’ll be passé by the time summer comes to a close.

Strolling down the soda pop and juice aisle in the grocery store isn’t the most likely place that someone would be looking for beauty supplies, but if you’re looking to get waves that make you look like you spent the day at the beach, then look no further than one of America’s favorite soda pop brands, Coca-Cola. Waterhouse, known for being one of Burberry’s top models, credits the soda pop for giving her tresses that look “tousled, like I’ve gone through the Amazon or something,” according to a recent interview with “US Weekly.”

Believe it or not, Coca-Cola can actually give your hair a natural looking wave and lots of volume with just minimal effort and the acid in the drink can actually make hair appear soft and shiny. Skip using shampoo and conditioner during your next shower and rinse your hair with a 16-ounce bottle of the popular soda pop instead. Let your hair air dry in order to allow the Coca-Cola to react with your natural hair texture, but if you’re hoping for a bolder look, twist your hair into a bun to dry before releasing it.

The “power brow” is the latest beauty trend making headlines thanks to celebrities like Lily Collins and Cara Delevingne, who are known for their thick, statement making eyebrows. Gone are the days of pencil thin or drawn on brows being in vogue, but jumping on the bold brow bandwagon isn’t the best idea for everyone.

The key to making this trend work for you is knowing what works best with your face shape, but ultimately keeping your brows groomed no matter what your preference may be is the best option. Getting supermodel brows isn’t as hard as it sounds, and with a little help from a brow pencil or an enhancing serum, bold arches are surely in your future.

Benefit Cosmetics’ Gimme Brow gel retails for $24 and comes in two shades, light/medium and medium/dark, and promises to give the look of thick, voluminous brows that still look natural, which explains why it’s Delevingne’s product of choice. If you’re looking for a product that’ll give you long-lasting results, try Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Enhancing Serum for $38, a product that’s like Latisse for your eyebrows.

There are some purses like Fendi’s Baguette bag and the Hermès Birkin bag that have gone on to become iconic and much beloved items by fashion fans everywhere. The newest bag to start a fashion frenzy is Mansur Gavriel’s coveted bucket bag that has gone on to inspire a number of affordable retailers to create their own versions of this season’s hottest item.

While typically thought of as being more bohemian, the bucket bag is the perfect new addition to any wardrobe as it’s structured but still has a relaxed feel making it a great transition piece from day to night. Although this purse is being carried by it-girls everywhere and was called one of “Harper’s Bazaar’s” best bags for spring, that doesn’t mean that it has staying power, so if you’re thinking about trying this trend, pick a bag that’s affordable until it’s clear that this style is staying around for good.

Urban Outfitters’ Cooperative Structured Bucket Bag will give you the same look as Mansur Gavriel’s version which retails for nearly $500, but the UO bag which comes in four colors will only set you back $54. Forever 21’s Faux Leather Bucket Bag is even more wallet friendly at just $27.90, and also comes in a variety of colors including black, navy and cream.

Not since the days of Carrie Bradshaw has anyone been able to pull off a pair of mule shoes like Blake Lively did earlier this week while promoting her new film, “The Age of Adaline.” Lively was spotted wearing spring’s hottest shoe in three different colors by Stuart Weitzman this week, and while her designer shoes would set you back over $400, budget friendly retailers have similar options available that won’t break the bank.

A color-blocked pink, black and white version of the chic open-toe sandal with a second strap that hits below the ankle, can be found on Asos’ website for just $81. It’s wedge-like heel gives the old school style a modern update and makes them easier to walk in. Express has another version that looks more like a clog with a stacked heel and open toe for just $52.

One day a trend is in and the next day it’s out, and as popular as this season’s styles are now, there’s no telling how long they’ll be sticking around. This season is all about experimenting with new beauty trends and adding of-the-moment accessories into your wardrobe.


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