Monday, December 29, 2014

Velvet Lip Pencils by Mirabella


Mirabella Velvet Lip Pencils

Looking for a pop of color for your New Years celebration? Check out the rainbow of hues with Mirabella Velvet Lip Pencils. These creamy, moisturizing lip pencils glide on for a flawless pop of long-wearing color. The light feel lip pencils offer a fluid-like texture and include ingredients to preserve lip suppleness, elasticity and tone. Available in six sultry shades: Blush Velvet, Pop Velvet, Red Velvet, Rose Velvet, Sweet Velvet, and Love Velvet, 
Mirabella Velvet Lip Pencils retail for $23 each. 



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Friday, December 26, 2014

Zotos AGEbeautiful Fullness & Body


Add Body with AGEbeautiful by Zotos

AGEbeauty Fullness & Body Sulfate-Free Shampoo and Conditioner adds volume and helps keep color.

Most hair care brands do not address the very real changes in your hair that come with age, however AGEbeautiful Fullness & Body Sulfate-Free Shampoo and Conditioner steps up to Fight All 5 Signs of Aging Hair. These 
5 signs of aging hair include: Thinning hair, adds up to 39% more volume to hair*, wiry gray hair, creates dramatically soft, more manageable hair, loss of color vibrancy, keeps color vibrant longer, dryness, significantly more conditioned hair, dullness and more shine. It instantly locks style in place for 24 hours, even in 90% humidity. Nourishes and strengthens weak hair.

AGEbeautiful is formulated with Phyto-Collagen & Keratin Peptide Protein, which replenishes hair with the essential components that are lost with aging. AGEbeautiful Fullness & Body Sulfate-Free Shampoo instantly adds volume to hair with phyto-collagen & keratin peptide protein enriched formula. AGEbeautiful Ultra Moisturizing Conditioner optimizes color brilliance & vibrancy in mature, dry hair that may have lost the essential components needed to grab and hold onto color. Professionally tested to leave hair soft, shiny & younger looking.

To use, simply lather shampoo and rinse. Apply conditioner and rinse, continuing with styling as desired. Finish off with AGEbeautiful 24-Hour Firm Hold Hairspray to lock style in place for 24 hours, even in 90% humidity. 
To use, shake can well before spraying. Hold can 10-12 inches from hair and spray.

One lucky US winner will receive all three of these products. Enter to win below.


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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

DIY Dry Shampoo

Cornstarch DIY Dry Shampoos for Dark & Light Hair



"Your cupboards hold everything you need to make your own dry shampoo," reveals Mercedes Parrilli, international artist for George the salon Chicago. "Grab cornstarch, which is more natural compared to baby powder and baking soda, and it is oil absorbing."


Brunettes = Mix Cornstarch + Cocoa Powder

If you have darker hair, mix unsweetened cocoa powder with cornstarch.

Redheads = Mix Cornstarch + Cinnamon


If you're a redhead, use cinnamon with cornstarch equal parts.

Blondes = Mix Cornstarch + Essential Oil

If you have light colored hair, mix cornstarch with an essential oil of your choice for fragrance.

Once mixed, apply with a large cosmetic brush or put into a salt shaker and apply to roots. After application, rub in really well to absorb oil and style accordingly.

Making your own natural dry shampoo is inexpensive and you avoid hazardous chemicals. Dry shampoo made at home is fast acting and your hair will feel, look and smell amazing. Using dry shampoo the second or third day of not washing your hair saves time while keeping your hair looking great. But, it is also important to cleanse your scalp regularly. Cleansing the scalp keeps hair follicles stimulated for healthy hair growth. 

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Awapuhi Moisture Mist by Paul Mitchell


Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Moisture Mist


Awapuhi Moisture Mist by Paul Mitchell is a moisturizing spray that deeply hydrates thirsty hair and revives dry, tired skin. Lactic acid and Hawaiian awapuhi provide deep moisture and enhanced shine. Spirulina and plankton extracts rich in amino acids and vitamins make hair soft, hydrated and silky smooth, while sodium PCA balances moisture. Reactivates styling products in hair, making it perfect for quick touch-ups.

DIRECTIONS:
Spray generously on hair and skin.



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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Osmosis Pür Medical Skincare Reformulates StemFactor

Powerful Growth Factor Serum 
Osmosis Pür Medical Skincare’s new StemFactor replenishes the growth factor activity in your skin through Exosome Technology. In the same way Exosomes are created by the human body to protect and improve our natural growth factor population, Osmosis has recreated the same advantages for StemFactor and its 150+ growth factors.

Exosome Technology protects growth factors, improves penetration, and dramatically increases activation of key anti-aging receptors in the skin. With results in as little as 8 weeks, users have experienced improvement in fine lines and wrinkles through its powerful collagen and elastin stimulating ability.

After age 30, the amount of growth factors in your skin progressively declines impacting its ability to heal. Through Exosome Technology, the StemFactor formula has exosomes that are stem cell-derived coats of armor designed to protect the life of these growth factors as well as activating cells and improving penetration. This means they are easily accepted by our skin, more stable than liposomal or unprotected growth factors and significantly more potent. A blend of natural essential oils rehydrates the complexion and makes it smooth and soft to the touch. As a result, skin also appears brighter.

www.osmosisskincare.com



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Friday, December 12, 2014

Diamax by Nioxin Diamax



Nioxin Diamax for the Treatment of Thinning Hair  

Nioxin Diamax is a leave-on treatment that can be used with the Nioxin 3-part systems for thicker, denser-looking hair. With a fusion of Niacinamide, Panthenol and Caffeine, Diamax's HTX technology increases the diameter of each existing hair strand. It penetrates hair and makes it fuller and more manageable while strengthening hair resilience against breakage.

Learn more about thinning hair here.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Love At First Lather by 12 Benefits


12 Benefits Love At First Lather

Love At First Lather moisture balancing mousse shampoo is an innovative pre-foam shampoo that thoroughly safeguards hair. Unlike traditional cream shampoo, Love At First Lather foam shampoo does not require a scrubbing action to produce lather. A gentle fingertip massage into wet hair is all that is required to immediately suspend perspiration and scalp oils within its ultra-rich foam.

Without excessive friction, cuticles are undisturbed, the scalp does not become dry, color radiance is preserved. This is particularly important for hair color and highlights, chemically straightened hair, or hair that suffers cuticle damage due to frequent use of heat (blowouts, hot ironing).

Love At First Lather is all natural and free of sulfate, parabens, and silicone. A luxurious combination of plant sugar, coconut oils, and sunflower extract prolongs youthful hair, provides an exquisite feel, and is ideal for moisture balance in all hair textures.

Love At First Lather is so effective, users require less need for dry shampoo and less need to skip regular shampooing sessions.

If your hair texture is fine and you usually need more oomph for your hair, rinse Love At First Lather a little longer than usual with warm water for major volume in your fine hair.




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Monday, December 8, 2014

Überliss


Say Bonjour to Soft & Silky Hair


Made in Brazil, Überliss eliminates unwanted frizz and tame unruly hair. Fall in love with your smooth and silky hair thanks to Überliss’ exclusive Triple Blend technology consisting of Keratin, Cysteine, and Buriti extracts.The entire Überliss system conditions the natural texture of the hair fiber, bringing out incredible softness and shine. Überliss is compatible with other chemical processes, such as keratin treatments, blowouts, color services, etc.  The entire Uberliss line has been Formaldehyde-Free, Formalin Free, and Methylene Glycol Free.

uberliss.com    


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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Hypersilk Color-Treated Shampoo & Conditioner by Lasio


Lasio Hypersilk Color-Treated 
Shampoo & Conditioner

For a veil of color and bolts of high pigmented hues, 
Lasio Hypersilk Color-Treated Shampoo & Conditioner deep cleanses and nourishes hair without stripping color or shine. Free of sodium chloride, it contains a blend of natural oils, amino acids, vitamins, and protective antioxidants, which promotes shine. Say hello to fade-defying color with growth and moisture and bye-bye to frizzy damaged lack-luster colored hair.

Benefits : Sodium Chloride Free, Keratin infused, formulated with amino acids and antioxidants, gentle formula that will not strip the hair.

Quick Tip : Rinse hair with cool water to close the cuticle and seal in nutrients and shine.


lasioinc.com 

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Faux Dry by Blowpro


Blowpro Faux Dry 

The ultimate remedy for a tired blowout, blowpro's ultimate beauty quick fix breathes life into your look in seconds.

A blowout's new best friend, blowpro's faux dry / dry shampoo has a seemingly miraculous formula that revives weary styles and restores that salon finish, in an instant. Targeting the root and removing oil and build-up without water, faux dry re-energizes hair to its former 'just blow dried' glory for up to a whole day. A must-have for fresh hair post-workout.

In a single application of this translucent fairyweight powder, blowpro's faux dry / dry shampoo absorbs the excess oil that causes your blowout to wilt. Its specially designed applicator delivers a fine milled blend of micronized corn silk and proactive proteins directly to the root of the hair. Its translucent powder works for every hair color adding volume, gloss and vitality in one effortless application.
To transform tired styles, first divide your hair into equal sections. Hold bottle upright. Turn cap clockwise to expose nozzle. Holding upright, six to eight inches away from your hair, squeeze the middle of the bottle until translucent 'poufs' of fine powder appear. Massage into your scalp and brush or comb until hair appears refreshed and renewed.

blowpro tip

Poufed too much? Spot dry the area of hair with a blow dryer and faux dry will instantly disappear.


blowpro.com


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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Contour Kit by Anastasia of Beverly Hills


Anastasia of Beverly Hills Contour Kit

A sleek, limited-edition palette with six shades: three for highlighting and three for contouring by Anastasia of Beverly Hills, this contouring collectible contains blendable formulas to sculpt and define features. Darker shades are ideal for shading and defining, while lighter shades sculpt and enhance features. Removable and refillable, the set contains all the color needed to start expertly emphasizing eyes, cheekbones, nose, and jawline. These formulas are dermatologist tested to be hypoallergenic.


anastasiabeverlyhills.com



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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Neuro Unclipped 1.25-Inch Cone by Paul Mitchell

Paul Mitchell Neuro Unclipped Cone

Perfect for natural-looking curls, this 1.25-inch clip-free curling iron tapers to .75-inches and features Paul Mitchell's IsoTherm titanium construction. The extra-long barrel is ideal for long hair. SmartSense microchip for lightning-fast heat recovery, the iron heats up to 450˚F in seconds and offers an adjustable temperature control with a customizable auto shut-off. Dual voltage allows worldwide use while a 9-foot swivel cord offers a handy hanging loop.

How to Use
  1. Determine where you want the curls to start. If you want curls from scalp to ends, place the base of the iron close to the head and begin wrapping the hair around it. If you want to curl half the strand, begin wrapping at mid-length.
  2. Wrap the hair OVER the iron for more wave, or UNDER the iron for more bounce and lift.
  3. Wrap larger sections for looser, wavier looks; smaller sections for tighter curls.
  4. Choose the right Paul Mitchell® Pro Tools™ brush for your desired end result:

    • 413 Sculpting Brush for full, bouncy curls
    • Teasing Brush for a soft, Hollywood glam look
    • Detangler Comb for a free, tousled look
paulmitchell.com


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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Redken Pillow Poof Dry Shampoo


Extend Your Style Between Shampoos

Redken Pillow Poof Blow Dry Two-Day Extender & Oil Absorbing Dry Shampoo is a style-extending dry shampoo that instantly refreshes hair. It also absorbs oil and extends the life of your blow-dry by two days. And it comes with tested 'pillow proof' results! This handy styling tool gives extra grip, which can be used to add body and texture for updos.

Extend the life of your blow-dry and style by applying pillow proof blow dry two day extender.

To use, shake well and spray evenly onto hair; brush through to remove any excess. Works best on hair that's not freshly shampooed.





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Monday, November 24, 2014

Total Results Heat Resist by Matrix


Matrix Total Results Heat Resist

New from Matrix, Total Results Heat Resist offers the perfect blowout with complete heat styling protection. The shampoo-to-style system is designed exclusively for heat protection up to 450 degrees on all hair types. The line includes four breakthrough product:

Heat Resist Shampoo cleanses as it softens and detangles, priming hair for heat styling.

Heat Resist Conditioner helps hair retain moisture for intense heat protection. It moisturizes intensely without weighing hair down.

Heat Resist Iron Tamer™ Smoothing Lotion reduces heat styling friction, provides a light hold and protection during blow-drying and ironing. This silky, smoothing lotion is suited for all heating tools.

Heat Resist Blowout Tamer™ Shape Enhancing Gel is a light gel for texture and shape control. It imparts natural body and movement while providing a light to medium hold.


Here's a great tutorial for a smooth blowout:


matrix.com
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Friday, November 21, 2014

Keratin Complex Intense Rx


Intense Rx by Keratin Complex 

The Keratin Complex Intense Rx leave-in formula delivers keratin protein to rebuild hair’s strength and elasticity.Through the use of electrostatic penetration, the keratin fuses to the existing protein bond thus revitalizing extremely damaged, color treated and chemically compromised hair. Just one application will improve hair’s softness and shine.

After shampooing simply towel dry hair and apply a small amount and comb through to distribute evenly. Apply a damp, hot towel around your head for 15 minutes. Remove towel, blow dry or flat iron Keratin Complex Rx into the hair using medium heat, this fuses the Intense Rx into the hair shaft.

keratincomplex.com


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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

CHI Miss Universe Style Illuminate Line


 The Miss Universe Style Illuminate Hair Care Line by CHI

The makers of CHI, Farouk Systems, are proudly sponsoring the 63rd annual Miss Universe Pageant, which is set to air on NBC January 25, 2015 (8-11 P.M. ET). During the upcoming pageant, Farouk Systems will also introduce The Miss Universe Style Illuminate Line by CHI, which will launch nationwide January 2015.

Inspired by the beauty, confidence and hair versatility the Miss Universe pageant is known for, CHI created the Miss Universe Style Illuminate Line to provide the convenience of molding several styles in one day. The line contains 6 styling aids produced with key ingredients and conditioning anti-oxidants to enhance volume and hold without buildup, offering a complete selection of pliable products.

For over a decade, Farouk Systems, together with its’ CHI Hair Care brand, have experienced a successful partnership and sponsorship of the Miss Universe Pageant and Donald Trump. The 2015 pageant will bring together both CHI Hair Care and the Miss Universe Style Illuminate Line, contributing to the styling needs for nearly ninety contestants from different countries around the world. 




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Monday, November 17, 2014

Wishes Collection by Zoya

Zoya Wishes Nail Collection

Inspired by the looks of the season, ZOYA brings the festive season to fingertips with textured and classic shades rich in velvet blues, deep plums and black crystal. Available in six shades, the Wishes collection is beautiful on all skin tones.

Available in 3 classic and 3 textured shades:




Nori, Thea, Imogen, Prim, Haven, Willa 

Shade Intensity: 4 (1: sheer – 5: opaque) 

www.zoya.com 


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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Green Tea Toners by The Gnarly Whale



The Gnarly Whale's Green Tea Toners
The Gnarly Whale is proud to present two scented toners perfect for winter and spring beauty: Peppermint Green Tea Toner and Orange Green Tea Toner.With each mist, instantly refresh your skin with these gentle, non-drying toners. Both alcohol free formulas will soothe and boost the appearance of skin by relieving redness, de-clogging pores, maintaining elasticity and diminishing the appearance of under eye circles. Containing powerful antioxidants, a green tea based toner can provide a clearer, brighter complexion, ideal for oily, acne prone skin. This low impact beauty find is then enhanced by grapefruit extract’s anti-aging benefits while orange peel powder balances pH levels. Add the calming, anti-inflammatory properties of chamomile and this toner is perfect for those with sensitive skin.

The Gnarly Whale's Green Tea Toners are completely vegan, cruelty-free and 100% made from scratch! Plus, essential oils (not fragrance oils) are used to create a more natural product and scent.


To use, simply spray on after cleansing. Use before a moisturizer and/or makeup for the best results.TIP: Leave in the fridge for a refreshing mist after a hard workout.


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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Bridal Inspiration by Loverly


Bridal Bliss 

I jumped at the chance to work with Lover.ly, a one-stop-shop for all things bridal. They asked me to look through their assortment of wedding dresses and pick one, and then to pair the gown with hair and makeup for the perfect special day. 



The Dress
I instantly fell in love with this little beauty called Charlize from Greydon Hall. I've always loved simple, classic beauty and this one really spoke to me!

Draped in stunning Swarovski crystals around the front neckline and down the back, and crafted from bias-cut silk charmeuse, Charlize absolutely radiates old Hollywood glamour. Simple yet striking, this gown’s graceful neckline, plunging back and elegantly cut but flowing skirt that delicately pools at the floor, have a wonderful vintage appeal. Available in white or ivory, I opted for the pastel eggshell hue for this blushing bride, which was best for a retro-inspired vibe. It worked well with her warm skin tone and completed my vintage bridal vision. 


Hair & Makeup: Jennifer Abernethy Photo: Taggart Winterhalter for Purely Visual
The Hair
To accent the formfitting and figure-accenting cut of the dress and take advantage of the low, swooping back, I went for a smoothed-back hairstyle with very precise detail at the back of the head. 

Sleekly blown out strands are smoothed back into a low ponytail and held in place with a coated elastic band. After dividing the pony into three equal sections, each was barrel rolled under and then pinned back into the base of the ponytail, misting with working spray for a light, pliable finish.

The Makeup
I paired the elegant hair with a hint more excitement in the makeup. This makeup was designed to complement the silky sleekness of the smooth ivory silk charmeuse fabric of the dress and accent the sparkles of light caught by the Swarovski crystals around the neckline and swooping down the back. 

A great technique to introduce drama, a lined eye is taken into a slightly smoky look, by smoothing the entire eyelid with a cream colored shimmer. A charcoal lash line is added, smudging it into a bronzy brown. Add lashes for glamorous length, a pop of warmth at the cheek and then top off the look with a classic red lip (Ruby Woo by MAC). Add short, French manicured nails and you are good to go! 

The end result is absolutely stunning! I love the interaction of sleekness between the fabric of the dress, her skin and the hair. It's all so very elegant and is understated glamour at its best! 

Looking for your own bridal inspiration? Be sure and check out Lover.ly! They have everything you need to make your day special!


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