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
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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.





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 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:


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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.

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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, 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. 




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 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) 

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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. 

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.


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 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!


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 10, 2014

2015 Holiday Gift Guide

Give the Gift of Beauty
'Tis the season for gift giving and our beauty-savvy editors are stepping up with a collection of their favorite beauty products for the occasion. If you're looking for a little giving inspo…read on! And, btw, take a moment to enter to win these fabulous prizes!

Gena Hail to the Heel Pedicure Kit 
The Hail to the Heel pedicure kit by Gena offers everything needed to rejuvenate dry, callused heels leaving them feeling soft and smooth. 
The kit contains a 2 oz size of Pedi Care, a non-abrasive sloughing lotion with Peppermint Oil that exfoliates and sloughs off unwanted dead skin cells for smooth, soft skin. It also contains a 1 oz size of Callus Off. 




Matrix Biolage Kit 

Lavish yourself in luxury with a complete collection of shampoo, conditioner, body wash and hand cream enriched with Biolage botanicalsThis 4-piece gift box includes: 10oz Strengthening Shampoo, 5.1oz Strengthening Conditioner, 1oz Nourishing Hand Cream, and 1oz Nourishing Body Wash Unisex. 



hbl Curl-Enhancing System 

More than just another beauty product, hbl encompasses mind, body and senses to create a completely new experience of Health • Beauty • Life. Perfect for bouncy curls, the bbl Curl-Enhancing System consists of bbl Volumizing Shampoo & Conditioner and Spray Mousse. A lightweight styling aide to activate and accentuate your natural texture!

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. 



MINA Organics Leave-in Argan Oil Treatment

MINA Organics is a moisturizing line made up of professional hair care, skin care and gradual tanning formulas.  Infused with nutrient rich organic argan oil and organic macadamia nut oil to provide the hair and body with needed essential fatty acids, and anti-oxidants. 

The Mina Organics Leave-in Argan Oil Treatment weightlessly infuses hair with a luxurious shine while helping to heal and prevent static flyaways.

 minaorganics.com


Hairspray Addict
 Color Brightening & Shine Hairspray 

Hairspray Addict Color Brightening & Shine Hairspray is a high shine, firm hold spray that dramatically enhances color vibrancy. It features 72 Hour Humidity Blocker and offers a firm hold with high shine, making your hair 2X more radiant. Infused with a refreshing Sparkling Citrus fragrance, Hairspray Addict Color Brightening & Shine is ideal for those who color their hair and crave a long-lasting, firm hold, high shine finish. 

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TIGI BedHead Maxxed-Out Hairspray  

TIGI Bed Head Maxxed-Out Massive Hold Hairspray Biggie guarantees massive hold, protection and shine. This P.M.S. (Pump. Massive. Style) unisex formula is quick drying and guarantees much-needed hold with super shine. Ideal for any hair length or texture, this non-aerosol pump spray helps protect hair from sun damage and offers a fresh scent. 




ENJOY for Men

ENJOY Professional Hair Care has developed a new line exclusively for men. With seven new products, ENJOY MEN offers solutions to cleanse, clarify, texturize, sculpt, define, control, and separate. Perfect for today’s style-aware but ease-of-care male!

www.enjoyhaircare.com


Disclosure: Other than products received for the purpose of a review and or giveaway, compensation was not offered or taken in exchange for this feature article. Any opinions expressed are my own. 

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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Heat Silk Essence by Bioken Enfanti


Heat Silk Essence for 
Luxe Locks

Bioken Enfanti Heat Silk Essence is a luxurious finishing lotion that offers thermal protection, locks in vital emollients and nutrients, and repairs damaged cuticles while strengthening the hair. It also prevents color fading, offers a moisturizing effect and leaves a radiant shine with lustrous volume.

This leave-in essence is infused with heat-activated silk protein, which creates a protective layer that shields hair from thermal damage while using heat appliances. Wheat and soy proteins also nourish and smooth strands, reinforcing the hair shaft and replenishing hair to its youthful form.

Enfanti Heat Silk Essence also contains Panthenol, which enhances the appearance and feel of hair, by increasing body, suppleness, and sheen. A natural hydrating form of pro-vitamin B, Panthenol softens and strengths hair by filling in cracks on the hair shaft, which in turn helps to add body and keeps split ends from forming. It also helps improve the texture of hair that has been physically or chemically damaged.

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Trend Alert - Micro Bangs


Lady Gaga Copies Beyonce's Bangs!

Lady Gaga stepped out in Manchester with a hairstyle quite similar to Beyonce's "micro bang". Could this be the new trend in fringe?

"The 'micro bang' is a bold statement cut and the right amount of texture is key to pull them off," explains Celebrity Stylist George Gonzalez, owner of George the salon Chicago. "There are a few elements to consider before you take the plunge. If your hairline is dense, a bang like this can look fantastic. With a choppy, short fringe, you also can't ignore natural cowlicks. If a client has too many, they should consider the amount of work they will need to do daily to smooth them out. Plus, do you feel comfortable accentuating features like your forehead and eyebrows?"

Do: Bring pictures just in case you cannot find what you want in the salon magazines.

Don't: Go too short. It is best to start gradually cutting. Your stylist can always take more off.

Do: Sit and discuss your hair before you get sent back to get shampooed. Make sure your stylist connects with you and understands your needs. Don't be afraid to say "no" that's not what I mean. It is a stylist's responsibility to understand your language and what you are describing when it comes to your hair, especially for a drastic cut like this.

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 4, 2014

Max Green Alchemy


Go Green with Your Personal Care Products

Max Green Alchemy is a manufacturer of high quality natural personal care products that is passionate about products that respect our internal and external environments without sacrificing effectiveness or lowering expectations. They avoid ingredients believed to cause allergy, toxicity or that are suspected of being potentially harmful.

Max Green is not only about great products and what goes into them; it's also about what doesn't. This small, environmentally aware company uses ingredients of pure plant origin and strive to source organic and GMO-free ingredients wherever possible. Their products are Paraben-free, Petrochemical-free, GMO-free, Lanolin-free, Sodium Lauryl / Laureth Sulphate-free, and Animal Cruelty-free.
The packaging is even selected to incorporate the highest recyclable content from safe and renewable sources with minimum environmental impact. 

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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.