Sunday, June 30, 2013

Trend Alert - Make'n Waves with Beachy Hair

Beachy Summer Waves 

Looking for a beachy, windswept, daytime look with an easy-care vibe? Long hair expert Nicole Martin of Nicole Martin Hair in sunny Aliso Viejo, California says that anything is do-able with the right product, tools and techniques. 

According to Nicole, a good texturizing product is a “must have” to achieve these looks along with a small arsenal of styling irons and smoothing products to keep things in check. She personally uses the Kevin Murphy line of professional hair care and styling products to achieve her in-demand hair creations and suggests using top quality ceramic irons for the best results. 

Texture on High
For Vanessa (first hairstyle on the left), Nicole took one-inch sections of dry hair, misted each section with Kevin Murphy Session Spray and wrapped it tightly onto a tapered curling rod. She continued with all sections, wrapping in the same direction until all hair was done. A dab of Motion Lotion was applied to her hands before roughing up the waves with her fingers to remove frizz. Easy Rider was used to separate the curls and add shine to the hair overall.

For Rhena (middle), Nicole applied a walnut-size amount of Kevin Murphy Anti Gravity volumizing texturizer liquid and Hair Resort strong hold texurizer and worked them through her damp hair before blow-drying with a paddle brush. Three-inch wide panels of dry hair were pressed with a three-barrel iron all the way down each section leaving a rippled texture all the way through her strands. Once all hair was wave-ironed, Nicole backcombed through the top for a good foundation and added clip-in extensions for length and volume. Once the extensions where integrated in, Nicole created tight three-strand braids on small, random sections.

For Sarah (hairstyle on the right), Nicole took large triangular sections of dry hair and wrapped each in a zigzag pattern around her fingers while held in a V-shape. Leaving the ends out, she set the sections with a scrunchie, placed a hairnet over the surface to hold and then hit the hair with a blow dryer for five minutes on medium heat.

Nicole let the hair cool for about 15 minutes and then undid the scrunchies. She applied a quarter-size amount of Kevin Murphy Motion Lotion anti-frizz cream onto her hands and worked it through Sarah’s hair for soft definition. Last, she produced a twisted two-strand braid, adding beads into the mix to match her outfit. The end result is a soft, beachy wave with a subtle bohemian vibe. 

Product Used to Create These Looks
Hair: Nicole Martin for Nicole Martin Hair
Makeup: Vanessa Gibson
Wardrobe: Kasha Meyers
Photo: Taggart Winterhalter for Purely Visual

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Disclosure: No compensation was offered or taken in exchange for this feature article. I have no affiliation to any of these brands mentioned and any opinions expressed are my own. 

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Powder Lift by Eufora

Eufora Powder Lift for Serious Volume

Is volume the one thing missing with your hairstyle? If so, give Eufora Powder Lift a try. It’s is a brand new, weightless, volumizing solution that provides a unique way to get volume and lift at the root. Powder Lift’s ionic repulsion turns liquid into powder, then back into liquid during use. It’s really quite unique! This leaves a lightweight, natural-feeling texture—no dry, tacky feeling of many other volumizing products. 

With multiple ways to utilize it, Powder Lift is very cost-effective to use. Shake it into your hands, rub palms together and rake fingers through hair for a fuller, thicker look. Or, simply sprinkle directly on dry roots and massage with your fingers for lift and volume. Because Powder Lift absorbs excess oils, it can be used to perk up second day hair. Finally, layer it and blend with other products for extra hold and volume.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

5-in-1 Curling Wand by Amika

Amika 5P Interchangeable Barrel Curler 


5 Curlers in One! Clip-free barrels for smooth curls and waves of any size or style, for fast and easy styling without creases. The Titanium barrels emit powerful far infrared heat from 140F to 430F that ensures safe and even styling for healthy, frizz-free hair. The barrel of the Amika Interchangeable Barrel Curler delivers maximum heat conductibility and offers immediate heat recovery for uniform temperature. Negative ions eliminate frizz and seals the cuticle to create smooth, shiny hair. Far infrared heat preserves moisture in the hair shaft and protects the hair cuticle from damage. 

Ready to use in seconds, the different size barrels allows you to create any style ranging from tight baby curls to voluminous beachy waves. Temperature remains constant curl after curl, allowing you to work quickly while attaining consistent results.

Ionic technology seals the cuticle for shine and long lasting curls that hold for days without any styling products. The clip-free barrels will not tug or break hair. The 5P Barrel Curler set includes 19mm, 25mm, 25-18mm, and 32mm sized barrels plus a root lifter/tamer. 

Retail Price: $325.00, but I found it for $253.50 at

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Gentle, Certified Organic Products for Kids & Babies

Baby-Safe Babo Botanicals
Gentle, Certified Organic Products for Kids & Babies

I love when I come across these great finds! With a constant stream of baby showers and birthday parties in my social calendar, I find myself at a loss for suitable hair, skin and body care products for children. Most of my friends are very eco-friendly hippy-chic types who opt for certified organic everything whenever possible. Now, there's a great baby and child care line that rises to their standards!

Made on a certified organic farm in upstate New York, Babo Botanicals is a fun line of shampoos, conditioners and washes for babies and children is produced without the use of harsh skin-irritating chemicals. All products in the line contain a certified organic blend that combines chamomile, calendula, kudzu, watercress and vitamins A, C and D to deliver maximum nutrients, protect and moisturize. The blend is packed with powerful anti-inflammatory ingredients and antioxidants designed to protect a child’s delicate skin.

The Babo brand offers shampoos, washes, bubble bath, leave-in conditioners, lotions, diaper creams and SPF sun protection, which make ideal gifts for new moms, moms to be and parents with children of all ages. Check out the "Shop Products" section of their website for a great breakdown by product type, solution, gifting need or ingredient.

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Disclosure: No compensation was offered or taken in exchange for this feature article. I have no affiliation to any of these brands mentioned and any opinions expressed are my own. 

Friday, June 21, 2013

Summer Sizzle - Hair, Skin, Body Must-Haves

Are You Ready for Summer?

As days get longer and temperatures heat up, we find ourselves spending more time outdoors. We bare more skin as we spend daylight at the pool, lake or beach and go for a carefree style at picnics, nature hikes and barbecues. 

This fabulous fun-in-the-sun frolicking can wreak absolute havoc on our hair and skin, and calls for amped up care and protection. In celebration of the start of summer, we've assembled a few must-haves for your summertime regime.   

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Get the Look- Cindy Crawford's Blowout

Get Cindy Crawford's Curvy Blowout!

Celebrity hairstylist George Gonzalez, owner of George the salon Chicago, recently styled iconic beauty Cindy Crawford during her latest visit to the Windy City. 

"When it comes to hair, Chicago is known for keeping styles soft and natural. It's the 'girl next door' feel but sexier. A natural beauty like Cindy Crawford is a perfect example of this," says Gonzalez.

Below, George shares his tips for how he created his signature blowout on Cindy.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Sneak Peek - Fall Color for Eyes

Colour Queen Daring Duos Eye Shadows Mirabella Beauty announces the launch of new Colour Queen Daring Duos, new eye colour pairs for fall! For a fierce, futuristic look straight from the runway, each duo features contrasting hues in matte and shimmer finishes designed to be worn together, along with a small mirror to aid in flawless application on-the-go. 

The first duo contains a bold royal blue shade with a matte finish (Titan) and a shimmering sea foam green hue (Haute); the second duo contains a dusky terracotta color (Shockwave) and a glistening burnt sienna powder (Woodstock). Both the matte and pearly finishes feature highly-pigmented formulas, yielding dramatic results.

“Colour Queen introduces bold colors in a fresh way,” explains Jasmine Dashtizad, Mirabella National Trainer. “Layering matte hues with reflective color in a complementary shade will create an ombré effect on the eyes. This gradation technique is achieved by placing the matte shadow (Titan or Shockwave) along the lower eyelid and layering the shimmer shade (Haute or Woodstock) into the crease, blending upward toward the brow and outward toward the temples to elongate the eye for a fashion-forward, runway-inspired look. Lining the waterline with Smoke Eye Definer further intensifies the eyes, making the colors of these Daring Duos pop.”
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Friday, June 14, 2013

UnderCover Hair Styling Spray by White Sands

White Sands UnderCover 
Hair Styling Spray
Unleash Your Inner Secret Agent!

Go 'undercover' on your next hair mission with a gluten & paraben free spray created for hot tool use, blowout perfection and braiding ease!

Introducing the ingenious do-it-all styling spray, UnderCover. White Sands UnderCover Workable Styling Spray unleashes your secret agent powers during your next hair mission with a gluten-free & paraben-free spray providing endless styling options in just one bottle: blowouts, curls, sleek & straight, scrunching, braids, flips, waves & more.

No one will spot you or UnderCover due to its invisibility and barely-there feel powered by its secret strength that holds all day with a frizz-free, high shine finish.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Simple New Hair Extension Technique

Halo Couture Hair Extensions

Introducing Halo Couture Hair Extensions.  Achieve heavenly hair in seconds with an easy to use no-clip, no-glue and no-weaving extension line delivering rich fullness and length with no damage. Available in 20 colors and in three lengths, and using 100% Remy human hair, these extensions can be colored, heat styled, and blended just like your natural hair.

Just like the name, Halo Couture Extensions comfortably rest on top of your head just like a halo. This removable and custom fit piece uses a miracle wire, which sits about 1-3 inches behind your hairline with the back of the hair extensions sliding down just under the occipital bone. Once on, gently pull hair out and over the miracle wire. The weight of your hair lying on top of the halo, will keep it securely in place. See just how easy this system is:

Celebrity Fans Include:

  • Vanessa Williams
  • Melissa McCarthy
  • Hayden Panettiere (She wore them on The View while promoting Nashville)
  • Kim, Kourtney, and Khole Kardashian (Khloe especially LOVES them)
  • Giuliana Rancic
  • Lori Greiner from Shark Tank on ABC
  • Jillian Barberie-Reynolds
  • Kelli Berglund from Lab Brats on Disney XD

Looks like an easy system to use with long, luscious locks in seconds! I'm thinking #33 Dark Auburn for a splash of color with my new length! Hmmmm....The possibilities are titillating!

Check out the line for yourself here:

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Sunday, June 9, 2013

IT&LY HAIRFASHION Pure Hair Eco Hair Spray Travel Size

Purity Design Pure Hair Eco Hair Spray

                              Purity Design by IT&LY HAIRFASHION, Milan Italy is proud to announce the addition of the "purse size" mini non-aerosol Pure Hair Eco Hair Spray to their Purity Design Line of salon finishing products.

While traveling or a quick touch up at the office and even after a workout at the gym, your tresses will become invigorated from this refreshingly clean fragrance as Panthenol/Vitamin B5 attracts moisture from the air keeping hair naturally hydrated. Styles keep their shape without a greasy or stiff feel, while Vitamin B5 creates a smooth, sleek, healthy shine.

The "Purse Size" Pure Hair Eco Hair Spray~ is an ecological, cruelty-free medium hold non-aerosol hair spray that is ideal to mold, scrunch, lift the root area or simply keep your style in place. It gives great hold and volume to the hair without a stiff feel. Spray on dry hair 4 inches from the head until the desired hold and style is achieved. Ideal for all hair types, it also protects the hair from harmful UV rays.

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Disclosure: No compensation was offered or taken in exchange for this feature article. I have no affiliation to any of these brands mentioned. 

Friday, June 7, 2013

Graham Webb Vivid Color Shampoo Giveaway

Graham Webb Vivid Color - Color Locking Shampoo

Vivid Color by Graham Webb offers Color Locking Shampoo - a great cleanser for every day use on color treated hair. It adds a weightless seal on hair to lock in color, moisture, vitamins and UV protectors into the hair. This shampoo also helps protect color treated strands from fading and damage due to stresses from sun, wind, hair dryers and curling irons. 

Graham Webb Hair Care products contain great concentrations of vitamins and humectants to maintain and provide healthy hair, leaving hair soft and manageable. Haircare products by Graham Webb also contain fortifying ingredients that are protein-rich to make hair stronger, preventing split ends and breakage.

Win your very own liter size Color Locking Shampoo by 
 Graham Webb Vivid Color. Enter below:

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Mirabella Beauty Neon Muse

Neon Muse Face Pigments for Spring 

Mirabella Beauty announces the launch of new Neon Muse face pigments for spring! Featuring three new products available in May, the Neon Muse line is designed to make runway-ready looks wearer-friendly, taking the neon trend and giving it a more romantic feel.

                                                  Neon Muse Face Pigments are available in two shades, I Believe in Pink and Tale of Tangerine. The innovative loose powder formula contains conditioning ingredients to soften skin. Both highly-pigmented hues can be used all over the face, with either a wet application for bright color with a sharper finish, or a dry application for a more pearlescent look.

“Neon has been seen all over the runway, but in its current incarnation, the color can often look garish,” explains Amber Bowen, Mirabella Creative Director. “The Neon Muse products incorporate neon pigments but are designed for a more ethereal, softer overall look.

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Sunday, June 2, 2013

FingerBrush Collection by Olivia Garden

Olivia Garden FingerBrush Collection

Whether you have long, flowing locks or short curly cues, Olivia Garden’s FingerBrush collection leaves your mane looking magnificent!

With a modern lavender and silver color combination, the FingerBrush collection features curved and vented paddle brushes ideal for styling, daily brushing and scalp massages. With Ion Technology-infused bristles, each brush helps hydrate the cuticle, adds more shine to the hair, and eliminates frizz and fly-away hair. The end result: gorgeous, natural, long-lasting styles.

With its special curve shape and unique vented design, FingerBrush hugs the scalp for greater comfort. Each brush features gentle ball-point tips providing total comfort to the hair and scalp. FingerBrush is also designed to give superior styling control and aids in faster drying time. All the brushes are also completely anti-static.

The FingerBrush collection also includes a retractable sectioning pick, an easy-grip ergonomic handle for greater overall comfort and a lightweight body for effortless styling.

FingerBrush brushes are available in 3 different sizes: Small (SRP: $18.25), Medium (SRP: $19.95) and Large (SRP: $21.50).

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