Thursday, October 31, 2013

Holiday Gift Ideas From OPI

OPI Holiday Gift Sets

OPI has unveiled three new gift sets for the holiday season – Pack the Essentials, Fit to Be Tied and Sweet on My Beau. Each gift set includes holiday-inspired hues in festive packaging, perfect for giving and receiving.

OPI gift sets take the guesswork out of holiday shopping for the fashionistas in your life. Fit to Be Tied offers fun duos to mix and match, with seasonal shades and textured finishes while Sweet on My Beau makes it easy to touch up nails on the go. 

Pack the Essentials contains five classic nail lacquers in rich hues of purple and red, champagne glitter and soft pink and neutral cremes, plus Start-to-Finish, packaged in a quilted train case. Pack the Essentials includes the following lacquers: Bubble Bath, Tickle My France-y, Big Apple Red, Lincoln Park After Dark and My Favorite Ornament, as well as the treatment Start-to-Finish, which gives lacquer a glossy finish and protects nails 
especially during the harsh winter months.

Fit to Be Tied features three duo gift sets, each containing two lacquers and three glitter hair tie bracelets. Fit to Be Tied duo #1 includes Mariah Carey Holiday Liquid Sand shades It’s Frosty Outside and Emotions, duo #2 includes Russian Navy and, duo #3 includes The Thrill of Brazil and Black Cherry Chutney. 

Sweet on My Beau (pictured at the top) features two soft shades – Alpine Snow and Sweet Heart – and includes a metallic cosmetic bag with bow decal. 

Pack the Essentials, Fit to Be Tied and Sweet on My Beau are available at professional palons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, jcp Salons, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, ULTA and Pack the Essentials retails for $49.95 ($59.95 CAN), Fit to Be Tied retails for $15.95 (19.95 CAN) each and Sweet on My Beau retails for $15.95 ($19.95 CAN).

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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 or retailers mentioned and any opinions expressed are my own. 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Divine Brushes by Olivia Garden

Smooth, Detangle and Style with Ease
Wet Detangler, Care & Style, Dry Detangler, 100% Boar Styler

I was lucky enough to be sent four fabulous Divine Brushes by Olivia Garden to try out. Needless to say, I was beyond giddy to open the package and run these little gems through my thick and unruly mane, giving them a good run.

Having merely air-dried my product-free hair that day (my office is at home), I instantly gravitated towards the Dry Detangler brush. With white Tension-Flex bristles of varied lengths and an easy to grasp handle, I ran the lightweight tool through several times, detangling and smoothing all at once with relative ease. I was able to get my now tangle-free mane back into a loose but stylish bun and be presentable for a later outing.

The next day I went with the Wet Detangler on my clean, damp strands. Olivia Garden’s special Memory Flex bristles and ball-point tips offered a gentle glide through my hair with relatively easy detangling, considering my natural coarse, wavy texture. As those of us with natural texture know, an ouch-less detangle makes for a great day!

While blow-drying, I used the 100% Boar Styler on smaller sections of hair, running the brush through several times to smooth and straighten. The tighter 100% boar bristles offered the ultimate control while drying and in the end, sleek strands prevailed with lots of shine and absolutely no static!

As thrilled as I was with the detangling and smoothing abilities of the other brushes, I must admit that I fell in love with the Care & Style brush. I was able to smooth all of my hair back into a perfect ponytail using this little wonder, ending up with no bumps, lumps or bends! Because of the soft cushion and mix of Memory-Flex and 100% boar bristles, I went from a day-old blowout to a sleek pony in seconds. I also used it for blow-drying with great results. Both at home and when traveling, I have a feeling that this little number will become my go-to brush.

Thanks to the folks at Olivia Garden, one lucky US-based winner will receive a 100% Boar Styler of their own, a $32 retail value. Enter to win below!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Hair Trends by Victor Paul Salon

Tactile Sensations
L-R: Models: Kristin, Christy and Ashley 
For these texture-rich hairstyles, the savvy trendsetters at Victor Paul Salon in Costa Mesa, California offer three noteworthy looks that are all about touchable finishes and bold new shapes. 

If you're in the market for a new 'do, consider one of these touchable coifs:


Kristin’s short bob offers a slight A-line quality and is slightly stacked up the back. Stylist Rechelle Harper crafted side bangs and a dark blond hue with very fine golden highlights for depth.

Going for big curls with lots of volume, Rechelle applied HBL Thermal Spray and curled large sections with a large iron to create movement. She teased at the root for lift and then smoothed over the surface, finger-styling the hair into place. After sweeping the bangs to one side, she misted with Enjoy Hair Spray to finish.

Christy’s classic A-line bob by stylist Chanel Marshall was razored for texture and a hint of movement, while her light golden blond hue was sure to turn a few heads.

Starting on wet hair, Chanel created this curly coif by applying Enjoy Spray Gel all over and finger drying to remove the moisture. Next, small sections were misted with Hair Spray and wrapped from root to ends tightly around a very small curling iron. The curls were done in a random placement and direction to give a more natural-looking finish. Once all sections were done, a hair pick was used to coax the strong shape. Texture Spray was added to leave a flexible finish.

This and That
Ashley’s mid length bob by stylist Lindsay Joy offers lots of fun layers and offset, face framing bangs. Her color is a stunning platinum blond with a warm buttery nuance.

To create a textured style, a few drops of Enjoy Hair & Skin Treatment Oil were applied before power drying, moving the hair around while removing the moisture using just fingers. Lindsay misted Enjoy Hair Spray on dry sections and curled each back, away from Ashley’s face using a flat iron. She added pre-braided extensions over the top like a headband, pinning the ends to secure in place, finishing off with more Hair Spray for all-day hold.


Victor Paul Salon – Costa Mesa, CA

  • Kristin: Rechelle Harper 
  • Christy: Chanel Marshall 
  • Ashley: Lindsay Joy 
Makeup: Selina Lopez
Photo: Taggart Winterhalter for Purely Visual

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Hair Magazine Launching Soon

Focus on Hair - Online Magazine

Focus on Hair the magazine will offer extensive hairstyle, cut and color trends, salon and hair artist spotlights, product features, reviews and recommendations, as well as the latest in celeb-oriented style. Viewers will be able to look through a comprehensive and search-able database of hairstyles featuring multiple views of most looks as well as styling and product use advice. Browse by face shape, hair type or texture, length, color, finish or occasion and check out suggested looks just for you. 

In addition to regular features and articles, will also offer the latest hair products and tools, sorting by type, function and popularity, so you can rate the products or simply see what others have to say. Compare brands, ingredients and performance and even enter to win on-going product giveaways.

Sign up for and automatically be entered to win a $250 beauty supply shopping spree! We draw one name from the entire list per month! Good luck!

Monday, October 21, 2013

BCA - More Fabulous Products Supporting the Cause!

Paul Mitchell's Contribution to Breast Cancer Awareness 

Paul Mitchell proudly supports the American Cancer Society's mission of saving lives by helping people stay well, get well and fight back cancer by making a donation to their cause. For the month of October a portion of the proceeds from the sale of these specially packaged Paul Mitchell products will be donated to the cause.

Super Skinny Serum
Super Skinny Serum contains Paul Mitchell’s exclusive Super Skinny Complex, which penetrates deep into each strand to displace water and speed up styling time. Lightweight silicone seals strands with hydration and shine for smooth, frizz-free styles.

Hot Off the Press
Paul Mitchell's Hot Off the Press boosts hair’s strength while building a weightless barrier between fragile strands and styling tools. Humidity resistant, flexible hold formula fights frizz to keep hair healthy and shiny.

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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 or retailers mentioned and any opinions expressed are my own. 

Friday, October 18, 2013

Andis Pink Style Hair Dryer

Blown Away for Breast Cancer Fundraising

Andis Pink Style Tourmaline/Ionic/Ceramic Hair Dryer combines tourmaline, ionic, and ceramic technologies with 1875 watts of drying power. The result? Softer, smoother, healthier hair with more luster and shine, and in less time. 

Even better news? A portion of the sales from each Pink Style will be donated to benefit breast cancer research. Reflecting the cause it supports, the Pink Style is a shimmering pearly pink.

“Andis believes that breast cancer research is important and has developed a group of pink styling products to support this cause,” says Fred Koeller, Vice President of Marketing at Andis Company.

Every woman has a 12% chance of developing breast cancer at some time in her life. Statistics cited by the American Cancer Society about breast cancer among women include: 192,370 new cases diagnosed; 62,280 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer diagnosed; and 40,170 deaths.

Technologies in the Pink Style allow hair to escape typical dryer damage. Crushed from precious gemstones, tourmaline crystals emit negative ions that quickly seal the cuticle layer and eliminate frizz for smoother, silkier hair. Tourmaline also helps cleanse hair of odors and impurities. Ionic technology breaks up water molecules, resulting in a 60% faster drying time. The ceramic feature minimizes friction and delivers far-infrared heat that penetrates hair from the inside out for deep, long-lasting styles.

A cool shot locks in style by pressing a convenient button. For maximum flexibility in styling and control, the Pink Style includes three heat and two air settings and comes with a concentrator and pick. The handle is ergonomically designed for comfortable use. A removable air intake filter is easy to clean and helps assure long life. The dryer comes with a one year warranty.

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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 or retailers mentioned and any opinions expressed are my own. 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

TAMEFRIZZ by KMS California

KMS California TAMEFRIZZ Hair Care System

Freaking out over frizz? Whether you have fine, coarse, curly or even straight hair—everyone wants fabulous, frizz-free locks.

Wrangle unruly strands into smooth submission with the TAMEFRIZZ hair care system from KMS California hair care. When using the complete system, frizz will be drastically reduced and your smooth blowout will fight humidity for several days!

The TAMEFRIZZ hair care system includes:

Prepares hair for frizz reduction. Frizz-free locks start in the shower with this smoothing shampoo!

TAMEFRIZZ conditioner
Smoothes and reduces frizz. This conditioner detangles, leaving hair soft, silky and ready for frizz-free style.

TAMEFRIZZ smoothing lotion
This versatile double-duty formula can be used on towel-dried or dry hair for instant comb-ability and frizz reduction. The Smoothing Lotion provides heat protection and humidity resistance for a healthy looking, natural, smooth finish. Use instead of a conditioner to detangle fine hair, or apply before a round brush blowout to control frizz without weighing down the style.

TAMEFRIZZ taming creme
Developed to control tough-to-tame frizz, this crème is ideal for managing thick or unruly hair. The humidity-resistant formula provides heat protection and smoothes flyaways for a sleek effect. Use on towel-dried or dry hair to add definition and improve style manageability.

TAMEFRIZZ de-frizz oil
This ultra-lightweight, non-greasy oil absorbs instantly into hair and adds lustrous shine without weighing hair down. The perfect final step to maximize frizz reduction, the formula controls remaining flyaways and smoothes damaged ends for frizz and humidity control up to three days.

For more information please visit KMS.

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

Monday, October 14, 2013

Pravana Curves Curl Enhancer Gel Review

Enhance Curl & Wave for All-Day Hold

Having natural texture, I am always looking for control with soft curl-enhancing properties in either a gel or cream form. Recently I came across Pravana Curves Curl Enhancer Gel at a local beauty supply and decided to give it a try. According to the marketing material and their website, it provides shine, resiliency and definition to curly or wavy hair. Also unique solar filters protect against sun and environmental damage while natural humectants help to maintain moisture.

To add volume for a fuller style, I simply work it in, comb it through and blow dry in sections with a round brush. I found that it adds soft lift, volume and movement with a firm but pliable hold. To enhance my natural texture, I add a diffuser attachment and scrunch dry. It leaves my hair with a strong wave and a soft, non-crunchy finish. To all curly girls like me, Pravana Curves Curl Enhancer Gel deserves two thumbs up!

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

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Hot Roller Feature

Hot Rollers Reinvented

With all of the volumized, super-sexy looks dominating the runways and the desires of women worldwide, we find ourselves returning to an old friend to achieve these looks. Our hot rollers!

Today, hot rollers are much easier to apply! They heat quickly, take advantage of new technology for safer thermal tool use and protect the hair with velvety-soft surfaces. The butterfly clips are much easier to use and the array of roller sizes gives us the option to go curly, wavy or bodified in  a snap!

In celebration of this fashion week fave, here are a few we found to be highly recommended:

Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium 20 roller hairsetter generates gentle, far-infrared heat to eliminate damaging hotspots and leave hair looking healthy. Nano titanium ceramic core generates gentle heat and evenly heats to avoid hotspots.This set includes 20 velvety-flocked rollers, 20 butterfly clips, and 20 color-coded metal clips.  $64.99 

The Hot Tools Tourmaline Hairsetter comes with 20 flocked rollers in three sizes with 20easy-to-use butterfly clips that sit conveniently in the lid of the hairsetter. The flocked roller surface is easy to roll up and firmly grips hair for a better set and the cool touch ends keep from burning your fingers. These hot rollers heat-up fast and are ready to use in minutes. $44.95 

The T3 Voluminous Hot Roller Set been designed with proprietary Tourmaline technology which emits maximum ionic, infrared heat to safely penetrate the hair shaft, effectively styling the hair from the inside out while sealing the hair cuticle against frizz. The velvet flocking along the roller surface enhances the effects of Tourmaline, imparting natural shine to hair during the styling process. The set comes with 8 rollers. $99

We found all three at Folica.

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

Sunday, October 6, 2013

MAC Indulge Lip & Nail Collection

Visibly Different 

Introducing the MAC Indulge Lip & Nail Collection!

Revel in a magnificent banquet of color for lips and nails. Look for MAC Lipstick in deep plum, frosted beige and sheer, golden sparkle get layered with Lipglass, ranging from blackened berry to shimmering taupe. 

With a revolutionary new high gloss formula, lacquered nails offer that opulent touch,
with the current collection ranging rich in jewel tones and molten metallics. Look for three long-wearing MAC finishes for fall and winter - Cream, Sheer, and Frosted. Each contains conditioners and UV protection and provides a durable, no-streak/no-chip finish.

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, October 4, 2013

Ultra Smooth Comb Collection by Cricket

Pretty in Pink!

For a limited time, Cricket's Ultra Smooth Comb Collection comes in a pretty, Breast Cancer Awareness pink. A portion of the proceeds from product sales will be donated to breast cancer research through The City of Hope cancer research hospital.

Every comb in this stunning collection is specially formulated with a blend of argan and olive oils and keratin protein infused into the plastic to moisturize hair and fight frizz. The ergo-friendly hair tools can be used for all textures of hair and will not leave residue on hands.

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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. 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Miracle Leave-In Product by It’s a 10 Miracle

It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product 

A restorative, deep-conditioning treatment that delivers instant results, the Miracle Leave-in Product is an ideal solution for smoothing hair, eliminating frizz, restoring shine, and enhancing natural body. It is a nourishing treatment that can be used alone and/or as a restorative styling product that leaves hair soft and bouncy.

It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product is fortified with natural ingredients such as: Panthenol, Sunflower Seed Extract, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Silk Amino Acids and Citric Acid (Vitamin C). It works with all hair types to bring out natural luster and manageability while also making hair stronger and healthier with every use.

For a smooth yet controlled style, place one or two sprays of It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product into the palm of hands. Then, gently run fingers through dry, styled hair instead of pomade or styling crème. For extra shine, apply more to wet hair then blow dry and style as normal.

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.