New Too Faced Products for Spring!

March 28th, 2015 | Contributed by:

New Too Faced Products for Spring!All Winter long you’ve been waiting for the cold to thaw out so you can put your hair up, slip on a short dress, and sit on the patio with your gal pals. You’ve also been longing for the day when your skin isn’t dry and your face looks young and fresh again. But all you need to get there, just a little bit sooner, are three little products.

First, you’ll want to smooth your skin over with Too Faced’s new Hangover Replenishing Face Primer. Think of your face as a canvas, for a piece of art you’re going to show the world. Every good artist knows you have to use a primer. But Too Faced’s new primer does more than act as a primer. It hydrates and brightens skin for a dewy, healthy-looking finish, so you can wear it alone like a moisturizer. The formula combines coconut water, probiotics and skin revivers, which work together to perk up your face for a wide-awake look. No one will ever wonder if you got enough sleep the night before, even if you were out all night on the town or up all night preparing for finals.

The next step is to brush on a pretty bronzer-blush duo like Too Faced’s Soul Mates Blushing Bronzer in “Ross and Rachel”. This product works double duty to create a natural look with a pop of color. Start by using a brush to apply a light layer of bronzer to your face, avoiding the cheeks, the center of your forehead, and the bridge of your nose. This will give you a natural contour and warmth. For your cheeks, you’ll brush on the bright pink blush for a flushing, sun-kissed glow.

The third step, which you won’t want to skip, is to give yourself a soft, kissable lip with one application. Too Faced’s new Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in “Melted Chihuahua has a funny name but offers serious results. If you want the staying power of a stain without the dryness, this lipstick will give your lips a smooth, healthy appearance all day. Don’t bother starting with a liner because you don’t need it. The stain comes packed in a precision-tip applicator to give you that clean line you need. The neutral shade offers a glossy contrast to your bold cheeks and looks natural without looking drab.

Add just a touch of mascara and tie your hair into a simple low ponytail, and you’re ready to face the new season.

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Spring Hair Color Trends

March 27th, 2015 | Contributed by:

Spring Hair Color TrendsAs the doldrums of winter fade and Spring heats up, new hair color trends abound to compliment the season. Several shades and styles are gaining popularity, such as white-blonde shades, copper and the intermingling styles of ombre and ecaille.

Platinum Blonde

Dyeing hair platinum blonde is the perfect trend for Spring, as a brighter color can correspond to the brighter, longer days. If a trendsetter has the skin tone to be able to rock this super-light blonde, it is gorgeous. People with fair, cool skin tones look lovely with the platinum blonde hue. Dark skin tones should generally steer clear, although certain warm and olive tones can pull of this style beautifully. Check with a beauty and hair consultant before making your final decision, as going platinum blonde can be a drastic change regardless of skin type or previous experimentations with color.

Platinum blonde hair also has a tendency toward dryness, so those donning this type of coif will want to keep their tresses extra moisturized with conditioners and oil-based styling products.

Copper Red

Once considered a rarity amongst celebrities and in salons, this fiery hue has been making its way onto the scalps of many consumers and A-listers. Coppery reds are especially popular right now, although there are several different shades and ranges of intensity within the red color family. Consult with a stylist to find out which shade is best for your skin stone.

Gorgeous and vibrant, red color dyes are–sadly–the fastest hue to fade and/or wash out. To preserve the color as long as possible, choose some quality color protective shampoos and products.

Ombre

The nation mourned when Jared Leto chopped off his signature ombre cascade. This Spring, many will want to continue the trend, which features darker hair at the roots fading into lighter hues at the ends. When selecting a stylist, be sure it is someone who has experience with this type of dye job and leaf through some different photos of your preferred ombre look beforehand. When done correctly, ombre is a beautiful, natural look that offers body and dimension to color. If done wrong, the look can simply appear as an exaggerated display of one neglecting root touch-ups.

Ecaille

Similar to ombre, ecaille is a style that originated in France and features various intermingling tones throughout the hair. This look normally features colors within the different family of different shades. A caramel brown can be laced with golden blondes in order to create natural dimension. Talk to a stylist about best colors to match your skin tone before deciding which hues to request in order to achieve the look.

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Prom Prep 101: How To Prepare From Head To Toe

March 20th, 2015 | Contributed by:

Prom Prep 101: How To Prepare From Head To ToeIf you’re gearing up for prom, then you probably want to look your absolute best on the big night. While hair and makeup will certainly help you to look like your very best you, the best way to truly be glowing on prom night is by preparing ahead of time. Here is a guide on how to prep for prom from head to toe.

Hair Prep
If you want your hair to look stunning in its prom night style, then you need to give it some TLC in the weeks leading up to your salon appointment. Great hair is hair that is healthy and moisturized. In the weeks leading up to prom, use a deeply repairing hydrating mask twice a week. The Hamadi Shea Hair Mask will help to put moisture back into hair and to seal split ends.

Face Prep
No one wants to go to prom with a face full of blemishes. It’s important to stick to a good skincare regimen in the months leading up to prom. However, be sure not to overdo it, as adding too many new skincare products at once can lead to breakouts. For a simple nightly routine, remove all makeup and cleanse with a gentle cleanser like the Philosophy Purity Made Simple One Step Cleanser. Follow up with a treatment that contains salicylic acid, such as the Philosophy Clear Days Ahead Overnight Acne Treatment Pads. Always follow up an anti-acne treatment with a great hydrating moisturizer to beat dryness. Philosophy Hope in a Jar is a great nighttime moisturizer for all skin types.

Body Prep
If your dress shows a little skin, then you need to banish winter dryness and flakiness. The best way to do this is by using an exfoliating scrub in the shower, like the Get Fresh SPA Sugar Body Scrub. Rub in circular motions all over the skin, including the hands and feet. When you get out of the shower, use a super heavy body butter to truly seal in moisture. The JAQUA Buttercream Frosting Sinfully Rich Body Butter is not only super moisturizing, but smells absolutely heavenly.

Pick The Perfect Fragrance
Prom is the perfect excuse to splurge on a new perfume. If you’re a body spray kind of girl, it’s time to give perfume a try on prom night. Pick something youthful but sophisticated. Viva La Juicy La Fleur by Juicy Couture is a perfect young, floral scent.

Prom is one of the biggest nights of any young woman’s life. If you follow these tips in the months leading up to the big day, you’ll be absolutely glowing and beautiful at prom. As a final tip, make sure to book your hair and makeup appointments early. The more prepared you are, the more you’ll glow on that big night.

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The Top Five Hair Hacks

March 3rd, 2015 | Contributed by:

The Top Five Hair HacksWhen your hair isn’t cooperating, it’s hard to feel your best. Your stylist might try to sell you on tons of treatments, but there are tons of hair hacks that you can do in your own home for a wide array of basic hair problems. Here are five hair concerns and five hacks that will help you to banish these problems for good.

Problem One: Dry, Split Ends

The Hack: If you have dry and split ends but don’t have time to see your stylist, you can mask the solution by using oil. Just a few drops of oil, rubbed into your hands and then pressed against your ends, will create the illusion of a sealed cuticle. Nothing can fix split ends, but using oil on your ends can mask their appearance. If the idea of putting oil in your hair seems a bit too freaky, try a cream with oil mixed in, like the Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Creme.

Problem Two: A Scalp That Feels Dry, But Looks Greasy

The Hack: If frequent shampooing has left your scalp feeling dry, then it might be time to cut back to once or twice a week. However, sometimes even if your scalp feels dry, it might look greasy. This is why every woman should have a can of dry shampoo in her arsenal. Dry shampoo soaks up oil at the scalp, but isn’t as drying as actual shampoo. Try the Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo.

Problem Three: Visible Roots

The Hack: If your roots are showing but you still have weeks before your next color session, try a concealing hair powder like the Oscar Blandi Pronto Hair Shadow Root Concealing Kit. This concealing powder is applied with a brush, just like you would apply powdered makeup to your face. No one will be able to tell that you’re overdue for an appointment with your colorist.

Problem Four: You’ve Been Shampooing Less, And Your Hair Smells Like Sweat

The Hack: More and more women are shampooing less in order to keep their hair naturally hydrated and vibrant. However, even with shampoo, sometimes our hair can start to smell a little off if we haven’t shampooed in a while. Luckily, there are plenty of new hair-specific perfumes on the market. Try a hair fragrance mist like this one from Fekkai.

Problem Five: No Product or Treatment Seems To Help Your Hair

The Hack: If your hair doesn’t seem to respond to any product or styling treatment, then it might be time to consider treating it from the inside. Add a hair, skin and nail supplement like the Russell Organics Power Repair For Skin, Nails and Hair to your daily regimen. Over time, you’ll start to see improved growth and volume.

Keeping your hair gorgeous can be tricky. However, if you incorporate these hair hacks into your routine, you’ll have better, shinier hair in no time.

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The Right Pastels for Your Skintone!

February 28th, 2015 | Contributed by:

The Right Pastels for Your Skintone!Pastels are always great for spring wardrobes. However, pastels are more popular than ever this year. Not only are women gravitating towards pastel hues for their clothing, but pastels are popping up in makeup and nail trends as well. Furthermore, many women are adding pastel streaks or ombre accents to their hair. Some pastels work better on some skin tones than others. Here’s a guide on how you can determine the right pastel hue for your skin tone.

Dark Skin Tones
Those with very dark skin tones are lucky, because they can pull off pastels that are downright unflattering on fairer women. While yellow nail polishes and eyeshadow hues can make fair women look borderline sickly, yellow pops in an absolutely stunning way on women with dark skin. Women with darker skin tones should avoid pale lavender eyeshadow shades and lipsticks, as they can look glaring on darker skin tones.

Medium Skin Tones
Women with medium skin tones are fortunate. They can pull off almost all pastel hues. If you want to be fashion forward for spring, try a bold new makeup look. Olive and medium skinned women can pull off bold purple and baby pink lipsticks absolutely beautifully.

Fair Skin Tones
Those with fair skin tones are a bit limited, as a lot of pastels can easily wash them out. When choosing pastel shades, avoid pale yellows and greens. Baby blue and rich pinks pop beautifully on fair skin. If you’re incorporating pastel hues into your hair, try light shades like lavender. Dark streaks can be a little overwhelming on fair women.

Pastels aren’t just gorgeous, but they are cheery and utterly perfect for spring. When wearing pastels, no matter what you skin tone, be sure not to overdo it. If you’re wearing a bold pastel makeup look, pick a more neutral outfit. If you’re wearing pastel clothing, choose basic makeup in earth tones. If you wear pastel from head-to-toe, you can easily start to look like a walking Easter egg. Instead, balance out your look in order to do the pastel trend right.

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Going Gluten Free

February 14th, 2015 | Contributed by:

Going Gluten Free
The benefits of going gluten free are vast. The foods you eat and the beauty products you use can be seen immediately in your skin health. Read on to see what possibilities await you.

Lets start with the basics; your diet. The foods you put in your body will definitely show on your skin. Unhealthy foods will result in an unhealthy skin appearance which comes as no surprise, right? And we know that healthy foods generally produce a nicer complexion to the skin. There is a way to take it one step further and see even better results. Or maybe you haven’t seen results at all with this technique. The answer very well may be to go gluten free. Gluten is the substance that holds food together, somewhat like a glue, and a surprising amount of individuals are either allergic to this ingredient, or sensitive to it. Unfortunately, gluten is in almost everything, and it will take a bit of effort to avoid it. It’s in almost all breads and also in so many other things from candy to sauces. Really get into the practice of reading your food labels. One of the serious issues gluten can cause is a problem with digestion. When your body can’t effectively digest the foods you’re putting in it, the excess may appear on your skin in the form of breakouts, eczema, psoriasis, or plain irritation. When you remove this substance, your body will not have to work so hard to break down the foods, and your entire digestive systems will get a break. Beautiful skin starts there on the inside.

Once you’ve gotten your diet under control and gluten free, move on to your topical skincare and beauty products. Finding products that exclude this ingredient will assist in further keeping your skin clear, smooth, and beautiful. Start with the EOS Lipbalm since that is one of the products we apply the most during the cold winter months. Even trace amounts of gluten in topical products can be absorbed into the skin and cause problems with someone sensitive to it. Think about lotions, hair products, cosmetics, even nail polish.

Keep in mind that gluten hides in so many unlikely places, and you’ll need to be quite the detective to find it. Start slowly if you have to, but gradually make the switch to being completely gluten free and your body will rush to thank you. Health will abound on the inside and out!

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The Only Tool You Need for Gorgeous Sexy Hair

February 13th, 2015 | Contributed by:

The Only Tool You Need for Gorgeous Sexy HairWith the markets overwhelmed with hair products and tools that claim to really work, it can be intimidating to know where to begin in a shopping experience. Around every corner is a new product promising frizz minimization or volume induction, yet never one that seems to tackle all areas of styling needs. Wouldn’t it be nice to get that gorgeous and sexy hair with just one tool? Fortunately, there is a tool out there that makes it possible. With the Four Piece Clip Free Curling System by PYT, gorgeous and healthy hair is just a few curls away.

What It Is?

This inventive and efficient styling tool is optimized to provide a limitless amount of styling options. The results are professional and even salon approved. This flexible styling tool is multifaceted in its design, giving the user a variety of choices to explore. The 4P Clip Free Curling System comes with four interchangeable barrels that are easy to use and simple in design. The variety of barrel sizes include the 13−9 mm, 19 mm, 25−18 mm and 32 mm.

The cord is a handy nine feet long, while it’s also enabled to swivel at a convenient three hundred and sixty degrees. It’s equipped with dual voltage and comes with a heat resistant glove, as well as a one year limited warranty.

Why it’s Great?

Not only is it easy to use, this is a product unique to its market. The variety of styling options that come along with the curling system are only made possible by its interchangeable barrels. Traditional curling irons often induce breakage, creases, and uncomely lines within the hair, but this is prevented when using the PYT FP Clip Free Curling System. Its efficient use cuts down the time it takes to style hair by nearly half the time of its competitors. In ten seconds the curling system is heated and ready to use. It is capable of reaching four hundred degrees Fahrenheit, but the temperature is customizable depending on the user or stylist.

The Tourmaline barrel works as an excellent heat conductor while staying at a steady, consistent temperature. Because of this, curls can last for days without the damaging use of excessive product. Tourmaline also gives off a natural source of infrared heat and negative ions, which help to lock in moisture while creating smooth, shiny curls—frizz free!

The 4P Clip Free Curling System uses negative ions to heat the hair the from the inside out, which exposes the hair to less heat, but also styles the hair in the most efficient way possible. This keeps hair healthy and shiny while minimizing frizz and damage.

Hair is part of a women’s identity, but it shouldn’t take up all her time and money. Find your best hair yet with the 4P Clip Free Curling System and you’ll discover that you too can have red carpet worthy and Hollywood inspired hair. In mere minutes, you’ll have hair that mirrors the work of the professionals. This salon quality styling tool comes to you in the convenience of your own home and your own time, giving you fantastic finish to your lovely locks.

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Countdown to Valentine’s Day Series – Perfect Hair

February 12th, 2015 | Contributed by:

Countdown to Valentine's Day Series - Perfect HairEvery woman, whether she’s going on a romantic date or just having a girls’ night out with her friends, wants to look flawless on Valentine’s Day. By now, you’ve probably already picked out your ensemble and decided how you want to wear your hair on the special day. Whether you’re going with a feminine up-do or planning on wearing some voluminous, big sexy curls, the key to making your hair look its best on Valentine’s Day is giving it some TLC in the days leading up to the holiday. Here are some techniques that you can use to prepare your hair for your Valentine’s Day style.

Don’t Over-Shampoo

Healthy hair doesn’t come from daily shampooing. While a lot of us used to think that shampooing your hair until it felt “squeaky clean” was the key to gorgeous locks, the truth is that shampooing your hair too often strips it of natural oils that keep it looking shiny and healthy. Cut back on daily shampooing to get great hair. In the weeks leading up to an event, use a volumizing shampoo like Fekkai Full Blown Volume shampoo to add some body to your roots.

Condition and Treat

It’s a good idea to use a moisturizing deep conditioning treatment a day or so before an event. It will put some moisture back into your hair and diminish the appearance of dried or fried ends. If you want to go the extra inch, use a moisturizing serum or oil on damp hair when you get out of the shower, like the Oscar Blandi Olio di Jasmine Hair Serum. This will help to lock moisture into your hair, giving it luster and shine.

Don’t Stress About Style

If you can’t settle on the right style for Valentine’s Day, don’t stress. Browse the internet for pictures of celebs wearing similar ensembles to the one you have planned to get some inspiration on how you should wear your hair. If you really can’t settle, then remember that big bouncy curls are a perfectly romantic and classic look that always works on Valentine’s Day. All you’ll need is a curling iron with a large barrel and some light hold hairspray. Curl your hair in one-inch sections. When you’ve finished your whole head, rake your fingers through the curls to break them up and give them a soft look. Finish with a misting of the hair spray for a finished product that is gorgeous and romantic.

It can be hard to find the right look for Valentine’s Day. However, if you take the time to prep your hair to ensure that it’s healthy, moisturized and full of body, any look you choose will look beautiful.

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Top 5 Beauty Myths Debunked!

January 13th, 2015 | Contributed by:

Top 5 Beauty Myths Debunked!We all know there out there: those beauty myths we all wish were true. In reality, most beauty myths are a scam to get us to spend more money on products and regimens we don’t need. The following are the top five beauty myths – DEBUNKED! Let’s not get fooled again.

Myth 1: Avoid Oils If You Have Oily Skin

We’ve all heard them say it: “You have oily skin? Putting more oil-based products on your body will only make it oilier!” MYTH. On the contrary, using oils on skin that is naturally oily can actually help your skin to slow down its oil production, thus evening out your skin tone in the long run. Rather than using products intended for oily skin, promising to reduce the amount of oil production your body naturally produces, use products that are meant for “dry skin.” The oils in them will help your body to regulate itself.

Myth 2: Always Use the Same Line of Cosmetics

Um, no? Always use the cosmetics that work for you. If one brand works as your foundation but another works better for your cleanser, you do you, girl! All reputable cosmetic lines have professional scientists working to develop their products. Ignore what others tell you and use what you like!

Myth 3: Cutting Your Hair Makes It Grow Longer

Sorry, short haired babes, but it’s just not true. Cutting your hair does not actually make it grow faster. It makes you notice the growth faster. The key to making your hair grow longer faster is all about maintenance. The more you process your hair, the slower it will repair itself and grow. If you take care of your hair (and take those vitamins!), it will grow over time. Time.

Myth 4: Shaving Makes the Hair Come Back Thicker

Shaving, like cutting your hair, makes you notice the growth. It will not make your hair come back thicker, nor will it make it come back darker. It does not decrease the size of the follicle, as waxing does, nor does it increase growth. It just temporarily removes the hair on the surface. Temporarily. Such as sad word.

Myth 5: You Can Make Cellulite Disappear

We wish, right? Although there are creams that will diminish their appearance for a short period of time, once cellulite is visible, it’s visible. As of right now, there is no way to completely eliminate cellulite. So, love yourselves, ladies! There’s nothing wrong with it. It’s genetic. On the plus side? Tanning – albeit unsafe for the skin – does camouflage cellulite very well.

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Ways to Incorporate The Pantone Color of the Year- Marsala

January 6th, 2015 | Contributed by:

Ways to Incorporate The Pantone Color of the Year- MarsalaUpdate your 2015 look with Pantone’s Color of the Year, Marsala, a rich earthy red that shares a name with fortified wine and Indian spice. A much warmer hue than 2014’s Vibrant Orchid, Marsala appeared in 2015 runway collections, one of many reasons the influential company chose it. “Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul” explained Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, Leatrice Eiseman. Here are some tips to make Marsala work for you in every aspect of beauty and fashion.

Eyes
Darker-skinned ladies can wear a more metallic or pearlized Marsala eyeshadow. On lighter skin, consider it for a smoky-eye treatment, with black winged liner. Pair it with shades of taupe for a more natural look.

Lips
Long used as a lip color, matte brings out the richness of the wine color. A glossy lip in Marsala emphasizes sophistication. The lips should be primed and lined to prevent the color from spreading.

Face
Marsala makes a pretty blush for those with darker skin but can look nice on a lighter skin tone if applied with a light hand in a contour technique.

Hair
Katy Perry debuted a purple Marsala hair color recently but even those who aren’t rock stars can wear the tint. Marsala highlights warm brown hair; consider it an alternative to a blonde highlight.

Nails
The Color of the Year works in any finish. Slick a darker tone on for winter apparel. A sheer dusty color is especially nice for spring. For a party look, wear Marsala and gold as a glitter or accents.

Fashion
Marsala lends itself to plush fabrics like velvet or suede. It is easy to wear in a monotone or layered more harmoniously with complimentary earth tones. The tone also works well with Bohemian looks. For spring and summer fabrics, look for it in raw silk or linen.

This color is used as an accent in men’s fashion: ties, dress shirts or socks. Marsala harmonizes with other warm shades such as bronze or umber brown. Navy emphasizes the sophisticated mood of the color. Pair it with emerald green for a more exotic verve. Trying to wear it in an all-black wardrobe? Add a handbag like Taylor Swift’s and Pashmina scarf in Marsala.

As a final possibility, treat yourself to tech accessories in Marsala. Pantone sells a zip drive and manufacturers jumped on the trend with cell phone cases in the 2015 Color of the Year.

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