Wednesday, April 30, 2014

R+Co

R+Co -An Innovative New Line


Introducing R+Co - a new line of hair care products designed by a collective of some of the most forward-thinking, rule-bending hairstylists in the business. This think tank of top editorial and salon stylists, and educators, offers a combined century of hairdressing knowledge and experience.

All of 
R+Co products are treatment-oriented, with the health of the hair and scalp always top-of-mind. They use unique ingredients and complexes to make sure that each product delivers true benefits. And everything is formulated without parabens, sulfates, mineral oil and petrolatum. They are all vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free, color-safe and offer UV protection for hair.

The packaging and fragrances were designed to enhance that experience and evoke a feeling, place, style or attitude. You’ll know just by looking at a bottle or tube what a product is meant to do, and the subtle yet sophisticated fragrances—meant for both men and women—are as individual as the members of our collective.



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, April 28, 2014

Duosity by OmniPotent

OmniPotent Duosity Deep Conditioning Treatment 

Treat your hair to a rich, whipped, deep conditioning treatment for smooth, healthy hair. Omnipotent Duosity is a deep conditioning treatment that goes beyond the typical hair repair system. This concentrated two-part formula whips into a foaming treatment. When the two parts combine a chemical reaction occurs and a new potent formula is created to optimally penetrate the hair shaft for maximum results. Simply squeeze both formulas into your hand, mix to activate into a foam and apply. Hair is left healthier, stronger and more resistant to damage while remaining exceptionally manageable. 

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, April 25, 2014

AG Smoothing Balm


Smoothing Balm from AG Hair 
AG Hair's new Smoothing Balm combines the ideal balance of control and shine.  It's lightweight and non-greasy formula blends to effortlessly smooth flyaways and improve manageability. Infused with 90% natural ingredients, Smoothing Balm contains three essential oils sourced from Africa: organic argan, marula and mongongo. The highly concentrated formula infuses each strand with vital moisture, instantly smoothing the cuticle and protecting even the most environmentally sensitive hair against major frizz, heat and humidity.

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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, April 23, 2014

White Sands Porosity The Fix

Faster Blowouts with 
White Sands Porosity The Fix 

Coined as makeup for hair, White Sands Porosity The Fix is a new leave-in treatment that acts like concealer, filling in the blemishes found in each strand while cutting down drying time for faster blowouts. Porosity The Fix's revitalizing features make rough spots, frizz, and damage invisible for a smooth, flawless finish after each use. Besides a blowout booster, it can even be used on wet or dry hair as a detangler, shine enhancer and heat protectant.

Based on the hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture, unnaturally high and low levels of porosity are the main causes of fragile and brittle locks. This mist reverses this unbalanced state, creating healthy hair through its restorative properties and unique ingredients including gentle silicones and natural oils. The formula’s lightweight silicone membrane instantly “locks in” this moisture, while providing a revolutionary “Timed” Drying Process: the ratio of Cyclomethicones adjusts for drying time to provide maximum shine. This also means an even quicker blowout.



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, April 21, 2014

Kenra Platinum Thickening

New Thickening Products by Kenra

Introducing Kenra Platinum Thickening Spray and Thickening Mousse to give thin or fine hair extra body and volume.

Thickening Mousse plumps each strand of hair by up to 150% and adds fullness and body to achieve the appearance of thicker hair. This ultra-lightweight formulation resists humidity for up to 48 hours and provides a flexible, touchable hold for up to 24 hours.

Thickening Spray plumps each strand of hair by up to 96% after three applications and adds fullness and body to achieve the appearance of thicker hair. This flexible, humidity-resistant formulation provides a brushable, touchable hold for up to 24 hours. Increases hair thickness up to 96% after three applications.For more information, visit kenra.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, April 19, 2014

Pearls & Pastels Collection by Mirabella Beauty

Mirabella Beauty Releases Pearls & Pastels Makeup Collection for Spring

Announcing the Mirabella Beauty Pearls & Pastels Collection, including cheek, eye and lip products to create a fresh yet ultra-feminine look as seen on spring runways. The new line offers three shades of Cheeky Blush with revolutionary glide-on prismatech technology, Refreshmint Pigment Powder eye shadow and Minted Colour Luxe lip gloss. 

“Pearls & Pastels incorporates trends seen on the runway, with soft, candy-colored makeup for cheeks, eyes and lip,” explains Amber Bowen, Mirabella Creative Director. “Try a pop of mint green using just one shade of eye shadow – layered from lash line to brow bone in varying intensities – along with delicate flushed cheeks and glossy lips for a wearable look that gives preppy style a modern edge.”

Cheeky Blush is available in three shades: Girlie (pink), Classy (coral) and Lively (fuchsia). Each blush combines the best features of baked, liquid and cream formulas for a talc-free, paraben-free velvety texture that hides imperfections. Cheeky Blush comes in an on-the-go pod for easy application, with instant color release and a matte finish. Fine, light-diffusing particles provide a “soft focus” effect, making skin appear naturally smoother.

Refreshmint Pigment Powder eye shadow offers mint green color with buildable coverage, ranging from a sheer wash to intense finish. Layering can easily take Refreshmint Pigment Powder from soft and pearlescent to sharp and bold – a look that’s amplified when worn wet.

Minted Colour Luxe lip gloss features clear color and high-shine, with iridescent and pearlescent pearls to create sparkle, as well as an indulgent chocolate mint scent and an anti-aging peptide. The formula includes Monoi de Tahiti to moisturize, Jojoba Oil to condition, and Vitamins A, C and E – along with Pomegranate Extract – to provide lips with high concentrations of antioxidants.

Pearls & Pastels will be available at professional salons and on mirabellabeauty.com beginning April 2014. Cheeky Blush retails for $30 each, Refreshmint Pigment Powder for $28 and Minted Colour Luxe for $26.

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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, April 16, 2014

KhairPep Transforme

Strengthen Damaged Hair with New Tool for Salon Professionals

KhairPep strengthens damaged hair by up to 85%; increases hair elasticity by up to 120%; works in 2 to 4 applications and will not rinse out with the next shampoo. KhairPep Transforme products, repair hair damaged by bleaching, coloring, straightening and perms. They are powered by Professor Cavaco-Paulo’s K18 Peptide a new long chain peptide that can penetrate hair fibers and will not wash out. The patented technology is based on peptides, which have been shown to penetrate into hair fibers. These proteins can interact with the lipids in a very specific way and in so doing, bypass the major barriers to entry into hair fibers. KhairPep products can repair damaged hair to a healthier state and restore its cosmetic properties.

Available in two formats:

KhairPep Transforme leave-in Masque is a restorative, intense therapy masque for thicker, drier hair and damaged ends.

KhairPep Transforme leave-in Serum is a high intensity serum treatment for fine hair that is light weight and adds body.

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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. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Mustang Inspired Race Red by OPI


Ford Mustang’s 50th Anniversary 
Inspires Limited Edition OPI 
Nail Lacquer Collection

OPI Products Inc., a subsidiary of COTY Inc., and Ford Motor Company today announced a unique collaboration featuring the iconic Ford Mustang. The popular pony car – celebrating its 50th anniversary in April – will serve as the inspiration for a line of OPI limited edition nail lacquers that will launch internationally in July.

“OPI is thrilled to partner with one of the world’s top automotive companies in celebrating 50 years of Ford Mustang,” said Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Co-Founder and Executive Vice President. “For women, cars and nail lacquer offer a way to express personality. This new collection will deliver elements of sophistication, luxury, power and style fitting for both OPI and Mustang consumers.”

The collection’s hero shade, Race Red, is a tribute to one of Mustang’s most iconic colors.

“Ford Mustang inspires passion like no other car, and we are excited to be working with OPI on an exclusive collection that captures the spirit of our iconic car,” says Melanie Banker, Mustang marketing manager. “There is no better way to express Mustang’s bold personality and the excitement it creates than through color.”

Celebrating an Icon
The Ford Mustang is about to become the newest member of a very exclusive club – vehicles in continuous production for 50 years. Over the last five decades, Mustang has gained worldwide popularity and has become an enduring part of pop culture with more than 9.2 million Ford Mustangs sold and roughly 3,000 appearances on film and TV – including its upcoming big screen appearance as the hero car in “Need for Speed.”

Mustang’s unique combination of style, performance and affordability established an entirely new class of sporty cars, and its next chapter unfolds with the all-new Ford Mustang. Its most advanced version yet, the 2015 Mustang features an all-new sophisticated design – clearly inspired by its 50-year heritage – and a host of new innovative technologies and connectivity systems.

 For more information, visit OPI at www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_Products or become a fan at Facebook.com/OPIproducts.

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, April 12, 2014

Organic Spiced Up Berries Antioxidant Facial Masque - Balanced Guru


Balanced Guru's Organic Spiced Up Berries Antioxidant Facial Masque 


Colorful berries are a great way to feed your skin with antioxidants! Balanced Guru proudly offers Organic Spiced Up Berries Antioxidant Facial Masque loaded with clove and cinnamon to help fight free radicals and Vitamin C will give an extra boost to help brighten your complexion.



Made with certified organic food grade ingredients, this powder mask reduces the appearance of large pores, tones skin, and calms redness while refining your overall texture and making skin super-soft to the touch – all from the very first use thanks to Acai and Acerola Berries, Clove, Cinnamon, Oatmeal & Vitamin C. 



As a new DIY option, Organic Spiced Up Berries Antioxidant Facial Masque is also customizable, activated by mixing with water, honey, Greek yogurt or toner for the feel of the user's choice. Plus, it smells positively divine, like an exquisite baked berry goodie that is impossible to resist.


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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Bioken Pequi Body Care Review and Giveaway


Pequi Perfect for Skin

It's not too often that I fall head over heals for a body care product, but recently I am lucky enough to have had it happen twice...with the same brand! How often does that happen? Right?

I was sent the new packaging for the Pequi line by Bioken and must admit that I've found perfection in a pump bottle. Now much easier to use, the Bioken Pequi Body Wash and Body Lotion are ever so handy to have around. I keep the Body Wash in the shower and lather up daily, even washing my face with it, not just my body parts. I top off each shower with the lotion and then add a double dose to my face and neck each night before bed and again just before applying makeup the next morning.

The Body Wash leaves my skin clean, fresh and rejuvenated with a very delicate botanical scent. The Body Lotion, however, is my saving grace! It absorbs deep into my skin and leaves it supple with tighter pores overall. For those of you well past your 20's, you know what I mean...I feel and look younger and my makeup simply glides on.

Both products contain a unique healing and anti-aging formula derived from Amazon rain forest fruits and botanical extracts like pequi. According to Bioken's company information, it represents breakthrough advances in deep skin moisturizing with vitamins A, E and C. The Body Wash claims to gently cleanse away dull, lifeless cells while leaving skin feeling smoother, firmer and looking beautiful. It moisturizes and softens while rejuvenating dry and damaged skin. 

The Body Lotion significantly renews skin’s surface, helps replenish the natural moisturizing factors and prevents future dryness. This light, non-greasy formula uses various micro-hydrating technologies to deliver moisturizing properties into the skin. Microscopic molecules enter skin pores, absorbing quickly to allow hydrating properties to penetrate deep. It normalizes skin’s moisturizing factors, prevents loss of moisture and provides all day moisturizing to soften and silken skin. 

In a nutshell, I highly recommend both of these products, which are two of a three-part body care system offered by the good folks at Bioken. BiokenUSA.com

Want to try a set for yourself? Enter to win below...

Disclosure: Product was offered as compensation  for this feature article. Product for the giveaway will come directly from the manufacturer or their PR firm.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Fake Out - The Faux Bob How-to

Tucking, the Faux Bob

Celebrity Hairstylist Frank Barbosa who has worked on movies with stars like Anne Hathaway, Kate Hudson, Jennifer Garner, and Sarah Jessica Parker shares his tips for creating the latest hair trend “Tucking”, the faux bob.

”Tucking” gives the illusion of shorter hair without cutting your locks off. Simply take the ends of the hair rolling them under or even over. Why are stars stepping out in this style? Worn curly or straight, it’s an easy way to re-invent your image and try out any length temporarily.


There are many variations to “tucking” including a vintage version that includes a flashback to the 50’s or even looks from the 20’s as worn by Nicole Richie. A modern “tucking” includes various textures and angles like the looks Taylor Swift has worn. To veer away from a conventional one, opt for an asymmetrical or A-Line tuck with longer tendrils cascading or even add a braid.


To achieve, hair must have some length (think at least hitting your shoulders). It isn’t necessary to have ultra-long hair, just enough length to roll under or over. To start, use a great working hair spray like IT&LY Pure Definition. It allows you to create a smooth finish or enhance texture while imparting shine and a natural hold. To begin, have your foundation ready to go. This means having elements like your part, texture choice or fringe already in place. Then, loosely gather the bottom portion of your ends and tuck under into a roll securing with bobby pins. This is where you can also decide how short or long you would like to go. Remember, for straight hair; opt for a paddle brush to mold a smoother, sleeker “tuck”. Trying this out with a wave? Use your fingers to arrange curls in place (brushing will only disturb the texture).


Once tucked, work the style with your fingers to fan out the sides. Apply a headband or for added volume and tendrils, use the tail end of your comb to lift or pull out shorter pieces. Finish with more IT&LY Pure Definition Hair Spray for shine and staying power. Want more styling options? Add an accessory or even slide the hair behind one ear.


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, April 6, 2014

No Rules by Nicole Riche

Nicole Riche Goes Retro 
with Launch of Second Fragrance

Just in time for the spring season, style icon Nicole Richie brings back the late 1960’s style with a new fragrance called No Rules.

No Rules marks the second fragrance for Nicole Richie. Richie’s first fragrance, Nicole was created in collaboration with TPR Holdings LLC., expanding her fashion empire into the world of beauty. Sexy, provocative and eye-catching – all descriptions reflected in her signature perfume collection.

Richie’s latest launch is inspired by her overall take on fashion. “I try not to go by any rules, especially when I'm talking about mixing prints, because I'm so inspired by the '60s and '70s—and their rule was that there were no rules,” said Nicole Richie. An artistic impression from past eras juxtaposed in an organic rhythm, No Rules, creates originality and spirit in a way that makes what’s old new again. No Rules brings together styles of the late 1960’s from tie-dye to psychedelic patterns with a nostalgic nod to the Bohemian lifestyle in a way that’s fresh, modern, sensual and timeless in its own right.

The addictive fragrance with exotic, nomadic ingredients is housed in an art-deco bottle with rich, deeply colored purple glass. The striking bottle makes a strong statement and holds true to its Bohemian heritage. The unique outer packaging incorporates darker colors and psychedelic patterns to provide an edgy yet glam feel.

The Fragrance:
The fragrance opens with top notes of sun-soaked Mediterranean Orange Flower, delicately sweet Turkish Almond Blossom and the rebellious essence of juicy Kumquat to create an irresistible tension that draws you in. At the heart, exotic Balinese Frangipani and Purple Jasmine exhale rich opulence, while a splash of Brazilian Coconut Water accentuates a carefree, Bohemian vibe. Sacred Sandalwood, indulgent Madagascan Vanilla Bean Extract and Amethyst Crystal Musk envelop the skin in a warm, sexy halo.

Availability:
No Rules by Nicole Richie Eau de Parfum will be available March 2014 for $45.00 (100ml) at fine fragrance retailers nationwide.

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, April 4, 2014

hbl Hair Care April Giveaway


hbl Hair Care April Giveaway

Back by popular demand! We have an amazing opportunity to give one luck US-based winner this 11-piece line of in-demand products!

About hbl Hair Care

Without the use of harsh sulfates, parabens, DEA’s, TEA’s and a whole laundry list of potentially harmful ingredients commonly found in mass marketed hair care products, hbl is gentle on hair and skin yet offers uncompromised performance. The light, virtually allergen-free fragrance is set to strict European standards and features a crisp, clean scent that spans uniformly throughout the entire line. 

In addition to performing well and playing on the senses, hbl includes unique perception changing packaging that is not only visually stimulating, but also includes a series of holographic affirmations. Working at a subconscious level, these affirmations embed deep into the viewer’s mind, offering a meaningful sense of well being. 

Wanna win it for yourself, enter below!

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Hair Trends for Men - The Right Hair for the Job


Getting the Right Hair for the Job
A Men's Trend Alert by American Crew




Your current hairstyle may be a perfect fit for your present lifestyle…. but does it fit the bill for the job you’re looking for? If you’re not sure, maybe it’s time to think about if your shiny super-glued 6-inch quiff says rock-star, or executive wizard. Because, like it or not, your outward appearance can affect your career goals---it’s a jungle out there, and corporate culture continues to lean towards conservative and clean-cut when it comes to men’s fashion. Worried about what hairstyles to rock in a given workplace? Never fear, here are our best tips for matching your look to your job.

A general rule for job seekers everywhere is to err on the conservative side, especially when it comes to hairstyles. Stories of men losing a job opportunity for sporting a sober haircut are far and few between, but many workplaces have rules about the hair colors and styles for employees and will think twice before hiring an applicant that breaks them.

When it comes to men’s hair, conservative means matte before shine and shorter not longer. In interviews, you want the person asking the questions to see you, the qualified professional and not be distracted by details with no bearing on the job in question. Most long-lasting impressions are made in the first few seconds of an interview, so it’s up to you to make sure your smile and handshake get remembered, not your spectacular faux hawk.

A softer, medium-to-short style with a side-part is a good option for men looking to climb the ladder in the corporate or finance world. It shows your interviewer that you take care of yourself and make an effort look good but aren’t a slave to trends or fads. Smooth your hair back with some of our styling gel for a groomed look, or work a dab of American Crew pomade into freshly washed hair and let pieces of it fall forward and frame your face for a casual dinner with clients after you land the job.

For guys just starting out in the corporate world and men with jobs that involve a certain amount of power play like lawyers and stock traders, a shorter, textured style transmits energy and ambition, and requires very little maintenance. This modern take on a traditional short cut tells people you mean business and you won’t let your hair (or anything else) get in the way.
Men working in creative sectors like the media, music and art, can usually pull off less conservative looks. If you’re one of them, you can relax and wear your hair as wild as you dare—texture, volume, length—it’s all up to you. That said, be warned that you’ll likely be subject to criticism from your peers and public if you choose poorly, as in these industries your personal style is a near-to-sacred part of the profession. 

A few final pre-interview tips...

Never get a haircut on the day of your interview. Don’t even think about getting your hair touched up the day before. For one, going straight from your stylist’s chair to the interview may make you seem too eager, and desperate for the job, (desperation is as unattractive in professional relationships as it is in personal ones). Also, it’s really important that you feel confident and lingering insecurities about a new style could cause you to come off as lacking self-confidence in general, so give yourself some time and space to get used to a cut before important appointments like job interviews.

And if you’re not sure what style is the best, trust the experts. Talk to your American Crew stylist about why you you’re there and the job you’re being interviewed for. While we can’t guarantee you’ll get the job, we can at least help you look the part.


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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.