Friday, February 27, 2015

Get Miranda Kerr's Oscar Makeup Look

Golden Age Glam

Miranda Kerr drew a ton of attention at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar party.The Australian model’s look was created exclusively with CARGO Cosmetics by Lisa Storey. Below is the breakdown straight from Lisa:

"We felt inspired by the dress which was custom Pucci, in cream with embellished edges and cut out sides plus a super low back. Miranda and I decided on a classy 40's glam inspired look with a modern radiant feel.”

On the skin I used a sheer cover of CARGO HD Picture Perfect Liquid Foundation then applied the One Base Concealer and foundation where needed for a heavier coverage using the Magic Brush.

On the cheeks I began building a flushed look; first with the cream Colorstick in Santorini, then a dab on the apples of the cheeks with Powder Blush In Key Largo and then a dusting on the cheeks above the brows and tip of the nose with BeachBlush in Miami Beach which created that radiant glow.

For Miranda’s sultry stare, I lined the eyes lightly top and bottom with Swimmables Eye Pencil in Pebble Beach and smudged it with a Magic Eye Brush to gently frame the eye.

Then using the Essentials Eye Palette I applied Metro to the inner corners, adding Brownstone to the outer edge, again top and bottom and gently sheering it out to create a deeper soft frame around the eye. I contoured the eye socket with Rush Hour and highlighted under the brow with Uptown finishing with the Triple Action Mascara in Black. I shaped the brows with a little more drama using the Eye Brow Pencil in Medium.

The lips I lined with the Swimmables Reverse Lip Liner (love this product!) and to complete the look I generously applied Essential Lip Color in Paris.

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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, February 25, 2015

New CURLUP Products by KMS California

More Curl Power for Your Coils

KMS California just added 
Leave-In Conditioner and Perfecting Lotion to its CURLUP line.

New CURLUP Perfecting Lotion and Leave-in Conditioner deliver everything you need for perfectly defined, soft curls that last. Every scrunch actually refreshes your curls, keeping them bundled, shiny and frizz-free all day. 
CURLUP Perfecting Lotion’s flexible polymers stretch with your curl, not against them, keeping them bouncy, bundled and beautiful. CURLUP Leave-In Conditioner imparts all-day shine, thermal protection and a weightless finish to avoid a heavy, greasy feel.

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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. 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Airbrush Root Touch-Up Spray by Oribe

Oribe Airbrush Root Touch-Up Spray

This new product by Oribe instantly covers your roots and or revives your highlights between appointments. Microfine pigments blend seamlessly with your natural shade when—and where—you need it. These Natural Microfine Mineral Colorants instantly and effortlessly cover to conceal unwanted grey roots and regrowth by adhering to hair fibers. UV Absorber also helps prevent further color degradation while strengthening hair fibers. Available in five shades, this quick-drying powder formula also absorbs dirt and oil to refresh hair using rice starch.

To use, shake well. Lightly spray on roots and let set. 

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. 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

NYFW with amika - Get the Look

Go Backstage at NYFW with amika

The amika team was backstage for the Kaelen NYFW 2015 presentation this season, under the direction of lead hair stylist Amy Farid. Here's a behind the scenes look along with a step-by-step styling tutorial. 

The style at Kaelan was inspired by the TV drama Twin Peaks, featuring foxy, feminine curls in a 50's-meets-90's style.

Key products to achieve this look include:

amika Power Cloud Repair + Smooth Dryer
  • amika Digital Titanium 25mm Pro Curler
  • amika Bombshell Blowout Spray

  • amika Straight Up Smoothing Balm

1) Beginning with damp hair, create a deep side part on the model and apply amika Bombshell Blowout Spray.

2) Rough dry the hair with the amika Power Cloud Repair + Smooth Dryer. If the model’s hair is curly, apply amika Straight Up Smoothing Balm and blow dry smooth.

3) After drying, curl the hair with the amika Digital Titanium 25mm Pro Curler—beginning with the section parallel to the part, closest to the hairline. Curl the hair away from face, and set each curl with a pin curl clip.

4) Continue curling, finishing at the nape area. Let the hair cool for 5 minutes after curling.

5) Remove the pin curl clips and brush out the hair.

6) Back comb the front section to give the hair a little height, and then bring all of the hair over to the side opposite the part and allow for the curls to drop. Viola! Catwalk ready curls!

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, February 17, 2015

Backstage Beauty Secrets for Jane the Virgin

Hairstylists on CW's Jane the Virgin Share Their Backstage Beauty Secrets & Character Hair Tutorials

In honor of the return of Jane the Virgin (The CW, 9/8c), on set stylists Michelle Rene Elam, Department Head Hair, and Tena Parker Baker, Key Hair, share their backstage secrets for achieving the cast's signature hairstyles.

Golden Globe Winner Gina Rodriguez / Jane by Michelle Rene Elam

Gina’s character Jane is very natural, busy, no fuss and full of life. So we keep her style true to that essence; alive and fun. She works a lot so her hair undergoes a bit of stress. To keep it healthy and top shape I use heat protectants, mostly White Sands Liquid Texture Firm Thermal Styling Spray and then Paul Mitchell Pro Tools Neuro Unclipped 1.25" Styling Cone to set her whimsical locks. She has a copious amount of hair, so I often flat iron the roots with my T3 Singlepass styling iron to keep it snug to her head.

Maintaining her hair through the day requires different options depending on the humid or dry weather, how long the day of work is, and how many hair changes we have. I keep Moroccanoil treatment oil and White Sands Orchids Oil close by to tame any wildness and give that extra sheen. Some days Oribe Supershine Light Moisturizing Crème is needed when her hair is extra tired. I seal her with Aerogel Styling Spray or Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Medium. When she wears a ponytail, I use a wooden dye brush with holding spray to tame down any strong little guys popping out. Her hair is very particular of shampoos so whether traveling or home she carries it with her, Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Shampoo & Seaweed Bath Co. Balancing Argan Shampoo.

Yael Groblas / Petra by Michelle Rene Elam

Yael’s character is very kept, represents money and all that it can buy, even though this is not always the whole truth (stay tuned for some upcoming flashbacks). Her hair is tender but very healthy; she is a pro at keeping on top of all that her hair needs to maintain health, making my job smoother. I use Living Proof Restore Target Repair Cream on her ends, then mist her hair all over with White Sands Liquid Texture Firm Thermal Styling Spray to protect and smooth during the blow dry while using a T3 anti-gravity 2.5" Barrel Ceramic Brush to create smooth volume. Her style is a specific mix of noir 1920’s & 21st Century mod glam. To create this style and help last all day, I set her using a 3/4 - 1” marcel iron angling it at 2:00/7:00 all the way around. A big bone comb and Mason Pearson brush keeps the flowing shape. On humid outdoor scenes I keep Oribe Impermeable Anti-Humidity Spray handy and in heavy fog I even toss on a rain cap! Her flashbacks are fun as she gets to sport more natural shapes; longer and playful. We add real hair extensions or a halo design extension piece to help create these looks.

Andrea Navedo / Xo by Tena Parker Baker

Andrea's character is young at heart and just wants to have fun. Her hair likes to hug her beautiful face, however we want to see her jazzy eyes so there's a few tricks to achieve this. I use White Sands Liquid Texture Firm Thermal Styling Spray on wet hair. Using the T3 Tourmaline Hair Dryer, I aim the air around the hairline with a natural boar bristle brush and sweeping it away from her face. Then I continue smoothing her natural waves with the Anti-gravity 3" Barrel Ceramic Tourmaline Brush to keep her hair damage free and a glossy finish. Andrea’s swift flowing curls sweep away from her face using T3 body Single Pass Twirl 1.25" Iron, then Oribe Texture Spray to lift her roots. Her style is maintained throughout long days with White Sands Orchids Oil and Aerogel Styling Spray, keeping shine, shape, and soft hold along with a Mason Pearson brush forming the soft waves.

Bridget Regan / Rose by Tena Parker Baker

Bridget's character is the ultimate trophy wife, or so it seems; she's hiding behind many fascinating stories. Her natural red curly locks wow even us whom have seen it all. I spray each strand coating well with White Sands Liquid Texture Firm Thermal Styling Spray.During the round brush blow dry, I use T3 Body Waver to work volume into her heavy luxurious hair. Set is designed with 1.75" Professional Iron then I polish it off with White Sands Orchids Oil for shine and humidity protection. Bridget's style has to be brushed frequently so using Aerogel Styling Spray holds it perfectly yet allows free flowing looks from many strokes of the brush.

Justin Baldoni / Rafael by Michelle Rene Elam

Justin’s character is well groomed and debonair. His hair loves to maintain moisture, causing every product to appear wet. He prefers his character to have a very dry look, so to create dry yet stylized design, I blow-dry with Bumble & Bumble Sea Surf Spray & Prive Finishing Texture Spray. Then to finish the controlled dashing design I use a wax to piece through. We love the scenes he gets to have bed head or beach hair and I rough it up using more Texture Spray.

Jaime Camil / Rogelio by Michelle Rene Elam

Jaime’s hair is as robust as his character Rogelio; full of life, vibrant, and strong! I vary between 2 looks depending whether or not he is playing a scene as an actor or as his street character. I use EVO Gansta Grip Bonding Gel to do both looks. When he is portraying an actor, I blow-dry his hair with Moroccanoil Heat Styling Protectant Spray using a wire vent brush and metal round brush to enforce the strong shape. When Rogelio is in his street character, I use extra Gansta Grip and a small toothcomb to form the suave shape, then diffuse dry.

Brett Dier / Michael by Tena Parker Baker

Brett has wild crazy booming hair, which compliments his hilarious personality; however his character is a serious detective. I force his hair against its will into neatness beginning with Moroccanoil Mousse, a wire bristle brush, and the powerful T3 Featherweight 2 Hair Dryer. His style is then doped out, as he might say, with a wax.

Ivonne Col / Alba by Tena Parker Baker

Ivonne's hairstyle is festive and sassy however for her character Alba she is very conservative. So I settle her look using a T3 Antigravity 2.5" Ceramic Barrel Brush to create slight volume and soft wispy fringe around her forehead. To keep the shape designed, a fine mist of White Sands Infinity Hairspray does the job.

Photo Credits: The CW

Michelle Rene Elam: Department Head Hair - Twitter @Zesteforlife & Instagram zesteforlife

Tena Parker Baker: Key Hair - Twitter @IAMHAIRBYTENA & Instagram tornadotena

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, February 15, 2015

Thicken Up Styling Liquid by Paul Mitchell

Paul Mitchell Thicken Up Styling Liquid

Thicken Up Styling Liquid by Paul Mitchell makes thin strands look and feel thicker without a heavy product feel while adding shine, definition and soft memory. Thickening conditioners and clean styling agents create body and definition, while strengthening ingredients help protect fine hair. UV protection shields hair from damaging UV rays.

Apply 2-4 pumps evenly through damp hair. Style as desired. On dry hair, use a small amount to separate and define.

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, February 11, 2015

Natural Makeup Remover by Gnarly Whale

Gnarly Whale Natural Makeup Remover 

The Gnarly Whale has announced the release of their Natural Makeup Remover. Handmade, vegan and cruelty-free, this unscented no-scrub formula is for gently wiping away eye, face and lip products, even stubborn water proof formulas.

The Gnarly Whale stays true to its low impact, minimal ingredient philosophy with the creation of this remover containing a combination of beautifying oils like organic Hemp, Olive, Jojoba and Coconut to lift away and dissolve makeup.

Hemp Oil is ideal for acne prone skin since it will not clog your pores, while its added benefit of Vitamin E can help smooth fine lines. Hemp is even anti-inflammatory reducing the appearance of redness and scaring. The remover’s Jojoba Oil also contains natural anti-bacterial properties for healthy glowing skin. Add Coconut and Olive Oils into the mix for sensitive skin types, soothing irritation, plumping and moisturizing for soft smooth feel after each use.

Simply place a small amount on a cotton pad or wash cloth and apply to skin. Rinse with warm water and pat dry. For those with sensitive eyes, we do not recommend this for eye make-up removal.

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, February 9, 2015

Get the Look - Rosamund Pike’s Golden Globes Bob

Rosamund Pike’s Golden Globes Bob

Rosamund Pike’s sleek, statement-making bob won the Golden Globes. Her hair was styled exclusively with Oscar Blandi products by Kylee Rae Heath. Below is the breakdown straight from Kylee:

"We were inspired by the ethereal gorgeous white dress and wanted the hair to be straight and sleek in contrast."


1. On damp hair apply Oscar Blandi Hair Lift Mousse throughout the roots and spray Oscar Blandi Jasmine Protein Mist from mid-shaft through the ends and comb through the hair.

2. Create a deep, straight side part with a tail comb.

3. With a small round brush blow dry hair on a low setting to work shine and volume into the hair.

4. Once the hair is dry, spray Oscar Blandi Dry Heat Protect Spray onto the hair & smooth out the ends with a flat iron. It is key to only hit the ends with the iron to maintain volume at the roots.

5. Apply a small amount of Oscar Blandi Polish Glossing Creme to the ends to polish and to smooth away any flyaways around the part.

6. Tuck the left side behind the ear and spray Oscar Blandi Lacca Medium Hold Hair Spray to finish and add more shine.


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. 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Winter Hair Remedies

Winter-Proof Your Hair

Winter can be rough for your hair. In fact, sometimes it can make hair dull, dry and in need of some serious nourishment.

Here are 7 remedies to help rescue your tresses:

Wear a hat or scarf - Protect your hair when out in the elements by wearing your favorite hat or scarf as blistery winds tend to dry hair. Rain, sleet or snows are not moisturizing. Hat hair? Keep a small travel blow dryer, flat iron or curling iron at your desk to quickly add some instant volume or touch up. You can also opt for loosely braiding, looping hair into large pin curls or a ponytail to keep hair hidden yet providing style after you remove your hat.

Use a humidifier - Keep hair from getting dry by using a humidifier. No matter what heating system you have, it tends to be dry on both your hair and skin. Also, avoid long hot showers; instead opt for a more comfortable temperature to not dry your hair out.

Minimize shampooing – as much as possible, extend the periods between washing hair. When you do, use a moisturizing shampoo like CHI Argan Shampoo and Conditioner, it is gentle while helping to improve the health of your hair. Argan oil is composed of luxurious oil blends and potent antioxidants for overall hair conditioning.

Use oil daily - hair that is deficient of moisture will require ample rejuvenation and hydration to adequately return its chemistry to a reclaimed state of health.The CHI Argan Oil plus Moringa will help alleviate the damage of wintery conditions, a time when it’s best to use lightweight products like CHI Argan so your hair so it won’t be weighed down – this oil has quick absorbing blend of oils specially formulated to rejuvenate and moisturize dull, damaged hair

Deep condition once a week - to rejuvenate and repair, it’s recommended to deep condition. CHI Argan Rejuvinating Masque is important as the weather gets colder because our hair tends to dry out. This masque deeply nourishes and repairs hair with essential vitamins and antioxidants that work to improve the hairs overall luster and appearance. Plus, don’t forget to get a trim every 4-6 weeks to help revive your ends and remove dryness or split ends.

Drink plenty of water and eat healthy foods – foods rich in healthy monounsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish, nuts, olive oil, flax, sardines, and avocados will help beautify your strands. Also, don’t forget your vitamin C, fruits and vegetables. Healthy hair starts from the inside.

Remove Static - try rubbing a small amount of CHI Argan Oil plus Moringa on a brush and run through your strands. The added oil will not only help to remove static but your hair will love the added benefit. Argan oil is a luxuriant solution for ultimately repairing hair completely, from cortex to cuticle, plus it repairs cracked hair cuticles derived from continued heat exposure and extreme weather elements.

To protect and heal your tresses this winter use CHI Argan Oil plus Moring oil. This luxurious winter solution is a four-part system designed to smooth, hydrate and revitalize hair while helping to create a more manageable styling process.

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, February 3, 2015

Conditional Love by 12 Benefits

12 Benefits Conditional Love

Conditional Love by 12 Benefits is a 30-second hair moisturizer and innovative hair conditioner that seals in moisture, mends, and restores hair texture in less than one minute. 

Conditional Love is precisely blended with avocado oil, imported argan oil, and noni-berry fruit (rich in antioxidants). The combination instantly nourishes and shines, while plant pectin strengthens. The unique hair repair masque penetrates hair cuticles, eliminates the need for under-the-dryer heat, and leaves hair bouncy.

Conditional Love is delicately scented with pomegranate and may be used daily. After 12 Benefits mousse shampoo, apply to wet hair. Leave in 30 seconds. Rinse.

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, February 1, 2015

Regent Pomade Review

Bioken's New Regent Pomade

A new addition to Bioken’s hairstyling line, Regent Pomade is a clear, water-soluble, paraben-free formula with a firm hold. This lightly scented styling pomade is ideal for creating a wide range of hairstyles from classic slick or smooth styles to retro-inspired Pomps.

Regent Pomade contains hydrogenated castor oil, a conditioning and viscosity-increasing agent and beeswax, which helps lock in moisture and protects hair from environmental damage. Beeswax also contains powerful and beneficial anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties.

Regent Pomade works with all hair types, offers all-day hold and control, and then rinses out completely without leaving any residue or flakes. To use, rub a small amount of Regent Pomade between palms until workable. Apply to dry hair and style as desired.

I asked my brothers to give this a try and both were pleased with the results. From the size of the container (you get a good amount) to the scent, they found the product appealing. One brother has some length on top and he crafted a cool Pomp in no time, smoothing everything neatly in place with the Regent Super Hold. The other has control curl issues and so he keeps his hair shorter. The Regent Gold was ideal for him as it gave a lighter control, added shine and kept his natural curls from becoming a 'fro! Happy guys!

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Disclosure: Compensation including free product was taken in exchange for this feature article but all opinions expressed are my own. 

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