Friday, November 29, 2013

Babyliss Pro MiraCurl


MiraCurl from Babyliss Pro is a revolutionary new styling tool that systematically creates perfect curls, one right after another. It gently brings hair into the curl chamber where it is gently heated using nano technology and is perfectly timed to form a flawless curl. Quickly and easily create loose waves, soft swirls, or defined curls using flexible time, temperature and curl direction controls. Perfect on any hair length or texture, MiraCurl even signals when it’s time to release the curl, making the process foolproof.

For more information, visit www.miracurlpro.com.



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, November 27, 2013

Style Me Cream by Voce


Take Control with VoCé  Style Me Cream

When it's time to take control, VoC
é’s Style Me Cream puts you in the styling drivers seat. Regardless of your hair type or styling preferences, this cream provides a weightless feel that lasts throughout the day. Natural Soy proteins, Goji Berry and Red Wine extracts provide the nutrients to strengthen hair while giving you all the needed flexibility for styling.

For more information, please visit vocehaircare.com.




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, November 25, 2013

Get Bryce Dallas Howard's Makeup Look


Bryce Dallas Howard's Makeup Look by Celebrity Makeup Artist Gita Bass
Bryce


"The look we were going for was young, professional but with an edge! This makeup is super easy, takes 10 minutes but has a major impact," says celebrity makeup artist Gita Bass.

For glowing skin Gina prepped Bryce's face with Simple Protecting Light moisturizer and then added a few drops of Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation in PK0. She then sculpted her cheekbones with Chanel Les Beiges Powder in 20 and added Le Blush Creme De Chanel in Inspiration on the apples of the cheeks. For extra staying power and sparkle she dusted Nars powder blush in Deep Throat over the top.

For a simple cat eye, Gina started with Makeup Forever Aqua Eyes in Matte black and blended with a small pointed brush, correcting any mistakes with Simple Eye Makeup Remover Pads rolled into a cylinder shape-the flat edge works like a q-tip and gives a precise line. She then traced over the line with Chanel Ecriture de Chanel Liquid liner in black.

"I am obsessed with this lip color on Bryce," Gina adds. it's Nyx Matte Lipstick in Indie Flick mixed with Pure Red, the perfect orange red!



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. 

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Alterna's Hemp Line Giveaway



Plump, Smooth, Control with Alterna Hemp Products
Alterna’s Hemp line is formulated with certified organic and natural botanicals to help strengthen hair and prevent future damage. Some of the favorites in the line include:

Alterna Hemp Strength Thickening Shampoo
A volume-boosting shampoo that cleanses while improving the look of fine, thin hair. Lightweight, sulfate-free formula lifts hair at the roots and plumps the hair shaft for lasting body, helping to increase hair density.

Alterna Hemp Strength Thickening Conditioner
This volume-boosting conditioner provides weightless moisture while improving the look of fine, thin hair. Lightweight, paraben-free formula lifts hair at the roots and plumps the hair shaft for lasting body, helping to increase hair density.

Alterna Hemp Strength Volume Lock Hair Spray
A quick-drying hair spray that provides instant volume and touchable hold.

Alterna Hemp Strength Curl Defining Gel Lotion
A lightweight styling lotion that separates and defines all types of curls. Conditions to smooth and eliminate frizz, leaving hair resilient and full with a natural shine. Apply throughout towel-dried hair and style as usual.

Alterna Hemp Seed Straightening Balm
This weightless balm straightens both wavy and curly hair, creating sleek, frizz-free style. It’s humidity resistant for longer lasting blowouts. Apply throughout towel-dried hair. For optimal straightening, use a large round brush while blow-drying from roots to tips.

Alterna Hemp Natural Strength Concrete
This ultra hard hold, matte-finish, and solid clay-based wax is for true extreme styling. An ultra hold styling tool that provides volume and definition with a flexible natural finish. Infused with Hemp Seed Oil, one of the richest providers of the amino acids necessary for healthy keratin formation, and nutrient activating enzymes, this formula seals frayed cuticles and helps to improve the overall condition of the hair.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Out of Africa's Pure Shea Butter Charity Lip Balms

Pure Shea Butter Charity Lip Balms
Since the skin on your lips is very thin and does not produce oil on its own, it's vital to keep them moisturized to keep them from becoming chapped. To prevent this dryness, Out of Africa's Pure Shea Butter Lip Balms are loaded in beneficial nutrients including this unrefined shea butter in addition to healthy fatty acids and antioxidant vitamins A, E & F. Plus, this smooth formula is never drying or sticky and will melt on your lips!


As nature's own miracle moisturizer loaded with antioxidants, Out of Africa's vegan luxurious lip balms do more than taste good, they provide natural healing and moisture to keep lips soft and supple. With 30% of this formula being unrefined shea butter, these balms offer the highest percentage of shea butter on the market (Most only have 1 to 2%) and retail for $2.99 for a .15oz tube and $4.99 for a .25oz tube.

Out of Africa offers a delicious variety of vegan lip care including Orange Cream, Peppermint, Tropical Vanilla, Pomegranate + Acai , and Strawberry.


*A portion of the proceeds from purchases will be donated to help provide education as well as medical care to children in West Africa.

For more information and where to buy, please visit: www.outofafricashea.com


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, November 19, 2013

Limited Edition Mariah Carey Holiday Gift Sets by OPI


Visions of Lacquer! 
OPI announces four new gift sets this holiday season – perfect for creating personalized nail looks for any occasion. Inspired by Mariah Carey’s iconic songs, these gift sets will put your nails in the holiday spirit and are perfect for gift-giving. Create a festive manicure with different finishes using wintry tones, glitter and Liquid Sand texture.

Mariah Carey…The Look contains three full-sized lacquers: My Favorite Ornament (champagne glitter), Visions of Love (rich burgundy) and I Snow You Love Me (holographic confetti).

Mariah Carey Mini 3-Pack/Liquid Sand offers two trio gift set options, each containing three mini Liquid Sand shades.

Mariah Carey Mini 4-Pack includes four mini lacquers – two glitters and two seasonal hues.

Mini 3-Pack/Liquid Sand trio #1 includes Mariah Carey Holiday Liquid Sand shades Silent Stars Go By, Baby Please Come Home and Make Him Mine, trio #2 includes It’s Frosty Outside, Emotions and Kiss Me at Midnight. Mini 4-Pack includes Visions of Love, Warm Me Up, Wonderous Star and All Sparkly and Gold.

Mariah Carey Holiday nail lacquer shades each feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application. Liquid Sand nail lacquers should always be worn without top coat. Mariah Carey…The Look, Mariah Carey Mini 3-Pack/Liquid Sand and Mariah Carey Mini 4-Pack are available at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, jcp Salons, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, ULTA and ulta.com. 


For more information, please visit www.opi.com.


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, November 17, 2013

Get the Look - X-Men's Michael Fassbender

Get Michael Fassbender's GQ Cover Look

The November cover of GQ magazine features X-Men: Days of Future Past star Michael Fassbender, styled by David Cox using KEVIN.MURPHY products. 

The actor’s rugged look was achieved using two bestselling products: HAIR.RESORT and NIGHT.RIDER. HAIR.RESORT is an oil-free texturizer, designed to give hair a messy look that defies gravity while NIGHT.RIDER, a matte textured paste, provides firm styling hold for men.

First Cox used HAIR.RESORT to thicken Michael’s hair and give it texture and then he finished the look with NIGHT.RIDER to give the hair more standup volume and hold. NIGHT.RIDER features masculine essences with firm styling ability, ideal for creating men’s looks.

 
All KEVIN.MURPHY products are paraben-free and sulphate-free and contain essential oils that act as bio-catalysts, performing natural regenerative, moisturizing and strengthening functions. The range is based upon an environmentally friendly Australian philosophy, and all packaging is 100% recyclable. In 2011, founder Kevin Murphy was selected as a Climate Connector for Al Gore’s non-profit, The Climate Reality Project. Murphy works within the stylist and hairdresser community to educate the industry on reducing its carbon footprint and the effects of climate change. In 2012, the brand was given the PETA (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals) seal of approval as a cruelty-free company that does not harm or test on animals.

KEVIN.MURPHY is a fashion-focused range of professional hair care products conceived in the world of session styling. The company’s mission is to share cutting edge style via modern technology – straight from the runways of the world to the salon floor, from hair artisan to consumer. For more information on KEVIN.MURPHY or to find a local retailer, please visit www.KevinMurphy.com.au

Disclosure: No compensation was offered or taken in exchange for this feature article and any opinions expressed are my own. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Gift-Giving Ideas for the Holidays


Holiday Gift Giving Ideas for the Beauties in Your Life 
Looking for some beauty gift ideas for the holidays or options for gifting? Here are a few of our favorite choices for the season.



 ColorProof Evolved Color Care is offering genius holiday sets with a tote for every type. Our fave for combating winter dryness is the SuperRich Moisture Tote that includes ColorProof’s SuperRich Moisture Shampoo 10.1 oz., SuperRich Moisture Condition 8.5 oz. and Complimentary DeepQuench Moisture Masque 5.2 oz. with this lovely violet metallic tote bag. colorproof.com 





The Color Maintenance Trio by Kenra is another great color-keeping gift option. This three-pack comes with Kenra’s Color Maintenance Shampoo and Conditioner (both 10.1oz) an dthe suoer hlding Volume Spray. Other gift sets this holiday include the Volumizing and the Moisturizing versions. kenra.com  






For those on your gift list who are in need of a little TLC for their hair color investment, consider the Turn Heads Duo by Joico. This festive gift set includes a 10.1 oz shampoo and conditioner from the K-PAK Color Therapy Line. joico.com





With crisp winter inspired packaging, the Holiday Gift Set by Wella offers shampoo and conditioner duos for every gift giving need. The Wella duos are available in Fine/Normal Hair and Coarse Hair formulas. wella.com

A year round favorite, Sebastian is now offering Holiday Duos, which feature Shampoo-and-conditioner combos. Look for the Penetraitt, Drench, Volupt, Light and Trilliance regimens in boxed gift sets that are perfect for your gift giving.sebastianprofessional.com



Quidad’s Eat, Drink & Be Curly is their best-selling collection for curls. If you have any curly-girls on your gift list, this nourishing set contains 8.5 oz sizes of Curl Quencher Shampoo, Conditioner and Gel. ouidad.com
For the nail-obsessed friend or family member, look to Royal Life Trio Pack by Morgan Taylor. This gift set includes a fortifying treatment base coat and a colorful holiday jewel toned duo of glitter lacquers. morgantaylorlacquer.com


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, November 11, 2013

Veteran's Day Special - Project Makeover - Operation Reinvent

Project Makeover - Operation Reinvent
Helping Service Women Transition Back to Civilian Life

Found this little gem and felt that it was worthy of a post, especially today in honor of Veteran's Day.

"Project Makeover"- Operation Reinvent consists of programs that support, educate and create a clear path for women veterans transitioning to a new 'normal'... happy, healthy and productive civilian lives. It all starts with finding the right job. And, looking the part - Project Makeover - is the first step in this process. Check out a recent event here:






For more information about these wonderful programs, please visit operationreinvent.org/.
 Disclosure: No compensation was offered or taken in exchange for this feature article and any opinions expressed are my own. 

All Nutrient ClarpHx CLARIFY Shampoo and Conditioner


Not Just Clean But Clarified


If you are looking for a one-two punch to help clarify your hair, consider the All Nutrient ClarpHx CLARIFY Shampoo and Conditioner. This dynamic duo works hard to remove hard water deposits and clarify all of the damage left by pool chemicals and other factors.

ClarpHx CLARIFY Shampoo
This gentle, plant-derived system contains unique chelating agents that remove minerals such as iron, calcium, copper and manganese deposited in the hair by hard water. These chelating agents further purify mineral deposits, pool chemicals, medications, and residue build-up. Organic Aloe Vera Leaf and an Amino Acid Complex nourish the hair leaving it healthy, shiny and manageable. In addition to being 100% vegan, This UV & Color protection formula is sulfate, amine, DEA, MEA, Paraben,and Gluten free.

ClarpHx CLARIFY Treatment
Free from
 amine, DEA, MEA, Paraben,and Gluten, this gentle, plant-derived system offers chelating agents that remove minerals such as iron, calcium, copper and manganese deposited in the hair by hard water. These chelating agents further purify mineral deposits, pool chemicals, medications, and residue build-up. Organic Aloe Vera Leaf and an Amino Acid Complex nourish the hair leaving it healthy, shiny and manageable.

For more information, reach out to allnutrient.com.



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. 

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Blondest Line by Peter Coppola



Yellow Neutralizing Blondest Line 

Don’t just imagine silky, sexy, vibrant hair; make it a reality every day with Peter Coppola’s Keratin Concept – Blondest Collection with Azulene. This collection strengthens hair while removing yellow tones in blonde and silver hair. It neutralizes brassiness in chemically-treated hair while refreshing hair color in all shades. The Blue Chamomile flower offers its prized Azulene oil as the key ingredient for this collection. Named after the Spanish translation of its dark blue color, the gentle Azulene oil is a unique element that provides fast absorption of moisture and gives hair an instant shine.


The aftercare portion of the line includes:

Blondest Color Command Sulfate-Free Shampoo With Azulene
It removes yellow tones in blonde and silver hair, neutralizes brassiness in chemically treated hair and leaves hair shiny and smooth without residue. This Keratin and Ceramide enriched formula strengthens hair while Azulene improves color tone.

Blondest Color Command Conditioner with Azulene
Azulene improves color tone as this conditioner brightens and neutralizes brassiness in all color tones as it conditions. It delivers necessary moisture with a reviving blend of Keratin, Ceramides and rich emollients. While restoring faded highlights it
tones down yellow in blonde and silver hair.

Color Command High Definition Gloss with Azulene
This gloss adds suppleness and high impact shine instantly to parched, over processed hair, working hard to seal split ends. It smoothes flyaways and protects hair color extending its vibrancy while UVA and UVB filters act as an anti-fade protector. Keratin and Ceramides strengthen and hydrate as Azulene improves color tone.

Blondest Color Command Hair Mask with Azulene
Bathe dry strands in this luxurious treatment to give hair the moisture it needs to sustain its vibrant color. Formulated with Keratin and Ceramides to strengthen, repair and replenish over-processed hair, it delivers immediate hydration and balances pH levels after color service. Like all products in the line, this mask makes use of Azulene to improve color tone. 


For more information on this or any other products Peter Coppola has to offer, please visit petercoppola.com/


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, November 6, 2013

Oil Huile Reflections by Wella

Wella Professionals Oil Huile Reflections

Introducing the new Wella Professionals Oil Huile Reflections. This multi-sensorial experience boasts results you can see, touch and sense. This new technology instantly conditions and protects hair for smoothness and shine, without all the weight. It conditions the hair and smoothes it to make it feel incredibly light and supple.

This unique formula has Macadamia Seed Oil, Avocado Oil, and Vitamin E. Macadamia Seed Oil is used especially for skincare due to its high oxidative virtues. Avocado Oil offers nourishing elements while Vitamin E is known for its natural anti-oxidant properties.

To use, simply apply 1-2 pumps to the palms of the hands, distribute evenly throughout the mid-lengths and ends. You can also apply on damp hair for smoothing and suppleness or on dry hair for beautiful shine reflections.

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, November 4, 2013

Bioken Enfanti Tea Tree Line


For the Love of Tea Tree
I have always been a big fan of tea tree products. An essential oil with potent strength, little vials of the wonder elixir have graced my medicine cabinet and makeup drawer for years. I use it in very small amounts to help clear up minor skin irritations or infections including acne outbreaks and I add a few drops in a steamy bath when I have a cold or headache. It truly is one of nature’s miracle cures. 

Imagine my delight when I was sent a shampoo and conditioner duo from Bioken called Enfanti Tea Tree. A quick turn of the bottle to the label on the back, and I noticed that the first thing listed is Tea Tree oil, so I knew this was the real deal. Also in the list: green tea, ginseng, nettle, chamomile, calendula, and even bee propolis -All botanical ingredients with a host of healthy and soothing benefits. 

Based on what I know about some of these ingredients, this line would be perfect for anyone with scalp issues such as dandruff or psoriasis or to help balance an oily scalp or soothe a dry one. My scalp is in good condition and my hair on the dry side, but I do love the scent and other benefits of tea tree, so I gave it a shot.

The shampoo lathered well and tingled as it sat on my scalp, washing away easily while leaving a clean slate. The conditioner was soothing with a cool sensation while it set. I kept it on for a couple of minutes while I showered and then rinsed. It left behind a very distinctive tea tree scent and crispness with a thoroughly clean feeling to my hair and scalp. The best way I can describe it is invigorating. Although it didn’t take much of the product to work its wonders, at 8 oz, I just wish the bottles were a bit bigger.


Bioken is also offering one lucky US-based winner their own Enfanti Tea Tree Shampoo and Conditioner. Enter below for your chance to win!

Disclosure: No direct compensation was offered or taken for this feature article and all opinions expressed are my own. The product manufacturer's PR firm supplied the product for this review and will fulfill the giveaway directly. 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Get the Look - Linda Cardellini's Pretty Pony


Mad About Messy Ponytails
Celebrity hairstylist David Stanwell recently created this textured ponytail for actress Linda Cardellini, who played Sylvia Rosen on Mad Men. He offers his tips  and product suggestions for how to re-create the perfectly tousled ponytail.
  1. UseOribe Maximista Thickening Hair Spray through hair before blow drying.
  2. Dry hair roughly off using a flat paddle brush till all moisture is gone.
  3. Using your 1-inch curling iron, go through the hair section by section curling the hair.
  4. Tip head upside down and shake out the curls and spray Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray for added texture.
  5. Use your fingers as a comb to pull back the hair into a hair tie and lightly pull the top section out so it's not too tight and mist a hairspray like White Sands Infinity Finishing Spray for for added hold.


    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.