Saturday, December 1, 2012

Are You Using The Right Shampoo & Conditioner?

Choosing the right shampoo and conditioner can become a bit overwhelming with all of the options out there. If you’re looking for mega-watt shine, steer clear of products that contain silicone. They coat the hair with silicone to give it shine but ultimately you are weighing strands down and getting a lackluster effect in the long run.

The silicone coating actually creates a blurry look if used too often. “Think of it as placing a piece of tape over a picture,” says Kristina Barricelli, Creative Consultant for TouchBack and co-owner of NYC’s Gemini14 salon. “That initial piece of tape may make the image shiny but as you layer piece over piece the image becomes totally blurred. Essentially this is what you are doing to your hair when you wash with a silicone based product. The layering continues to coat the hair giving it a blurred, lackluster effect. Instead, you need a product that penetrates the hair rather than coating it.”


Here is a tip for figuring out if your shampoo and conditioner is penetrating or coating your hair. “If your hair feels buttery the first couple of seconds after you’ve applied it, then you are using a high silicone product that is only coating your hair.” For richness in color and shiny strands, “I recommend TouchBack Plus. The shampoos and conditioners deliver similar results to an in-salon glaze for a fraction of the cost. If you color your hair, the product penetrates the hair follicle to deposit color back into your hair adding depth and richness while delivering glossy shine. You can opt for the Clear TouchBack Plus to get the high shine without depositing color.”

One last tip! “Good conditioners without silicone take a few minutes to work but ultimately get you the shiny strands you’re after. Always make sure that you leave these in for 3-5 minutes for best results.”

Disclosure: I was not compensated in anyway for this post. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Your opinions may vary from my opinions. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: " Guides concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. You can also go here and read my PR Polices.

GLOW Bio by Kimberly Snyder – Open NOW

For celebrity nutritionist Kimberly Snyder, “health” is synonymous with “beauty.” This philosophy is at the heart of her breakthrough nutritional program, outlined in her bestselling book The Beauty Detox Solution, and is embodied through the unique menu offerings at GLOW Bio by Kimberly Snyder, open now in West Hollywood.

At GLOW Bio by Kimberly Snyder, you’ll discover that true health and beauty are entirely within your reach.  The shop, which features a comfortable, outdoor patio seating space, will also offer monthly classes led by experts in the fields of health, beauty, wellness, meditation and spirituality. An eco-chic respite, GLOW Bio by Kimberly Snyder relies on sustainable, energy-efficient practices such as composting, and houses its products in compostable, non-leachable, high-grade recyclable packaging materials. The shop uses LED lighting, and the tables are made from re-planed wood.

From Kimberly’s legendary smoothies (enriched with organic, beautifying ingredients that boost inner health to promote outer beauty) to revitalizing cold-pressed juices, loose leaf and fresh teas, as well as organic, shade-grown coffee and boosters, GLOW Bio by Kimberly Snyder is a one stop-shop for fueling your body with the healthy, natural foods it craves. These organic, benefit-driven ingredients are the secret tools for cleansing your body of toxins, so you are able to exude vibrant beauty from the inside out.


For more information visit www.myGlowBio.com

Disclosure: I was not compensated in anyway for this post. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Your opinions may vary from my opinions. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: " Guides concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. You can also go here and read my PR Polices.

The Perfect Holiday Sweater

Looking for the perfect, comfy sweater you can wear during the holidays? Amidst a sea of knitwear decorated with reindeer, snowmen and ornaments, shopping mavens and fashionistas, Liz Lange and Jane Wagman of Shopafrolic.com picked their favorite age appropriate sweaters for the season.  Don’t sport these at your ugly sweater party!


 The Cow Neck Sweater
Club Monaco, $160


Add some structure to your ensemble by wearing this cow-neck sweater. It’s perfect for cold winter nights that require chic lounge wear.


The Asymmetrical Sweater
Alexander Wang, $350


Spice up your outfit for a sexy date night or night on the town with the girls in this asymmetrical piece. It’s versatile enough to wear with pants or a skirt!


 The oversized sweater
Vince, $206


Try an oversized sweater to infuse a bit of masculine edge into your wardrobe. Paired with boots and skinny jeans, you’ll be stylish and comfy.

Color-blocked Sweater
Madewell, $90


Express yourself in a bold coloblocking sweater. Colorblocking is still a huge trend and adds a bit of color among the dull winter colors.

Disclosure: I was not compensated in anyway for this post. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Your opinions may vary from my opinions. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: " Guides concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. You can also go here and read my PR Polices.

Holiday Hairstyle Tips from Edward Tricomi

Check out Kate Middleton’s gorgeous holiday styles with tips on how to get the look from Edward Tricomi, Co-owner of Warren-Tricomi Salons.


Kate’s Updo:

“This look is Elegant, charming and surprisingly easy to achieve.”

*Begin by parting your hair where it would naturally fall.

*This look is started with a very basic French braid at the back of the neck. Be sure to braid very loosely, this will keep the look modern and effortless.

*Once your braid reaches the top of your back begin to twist it into a bun. The bun should be more oval in shape as opposed to round and should sit right at the base of your neck. Secure with hair pins.

Products used:

“Kate has mirror-like shine which makes her color look extremely rich. I would recommend using a hair glaze to really bring out the shine and richness in color.”


Kate’s Half Up, Half Down Style:

“Lady Kate kills it with this, taking a look that is sophisticated yet surprisingly simple to create. The off-center pin curls are unexpected, innovative and original.”

*Start by setting your hair with a curling iron in large sections until your entire head is curled. This will give it a soft bounce.

*Divide your hair into two sections from ear to ear across the back of your head.

*Brush the top section straight back (this look is achieved with no parting)

*Take hair from your temple and pull it away from your face, twirling it into a pin curl and securing it with pins at the crown of your head, repeat with the remaining side.

Products used:

“Use a blow dry lotion to provide humidity resistance, frizz-control and protect the hair from heat styling.”

Disclosure: I was not compensated in anyway for this post. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Your opinions may vary from my opinions. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: " Guides concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. You can also go here and read my PR Polices.

Love's Christmas Journey DVD Review

Inspired by the best-selling Love Comes Softly book franchise written by Janette Oke, the first-ever uplifting, almost 3 hour, Christmas story in the series. Still mourning the loss of her family, Ellie agrees to watch her brother's children when he has to leave town. When a fire is set, Ellie works with a handsome deputy to clear a friends name and learns that if she can trust her faith, this Christmas may bring more miracles than she hoped. Starring: Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings), Ernest Borgnine (Dirty Dozen), JoBeth Williams (Frasier), Charles Shaughnessy (The Nanny), Rebecca Hall (Pretty Little Liars), Dylan Bruce (As the World Turns), Greg Vaughan (General Hospital). Bonus Christmas Gift: Each retail DVD includes a Collectable Greeting Card.

Love’s Christmas Journey, is a new film from the love comes softly collection of films. I have been selected to share this movie and my thoughts, with all who visit my blog. I am really happy to have been selected, as the love comes softly series of films are some of the greatest love stories in cinema, and Love’s Christmas Journey will definitely not disappoint you.

Black Swan Blu-ray Giveaway

“You can’t tear your eyes away” (Entertainment Weekly) from this “wicked, psychosexual thriller” (Daily Variety) starring Academy Award® Winner Natalie Portman and directed by Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler). Portman delivers “the performance of her career” (Vanity Fair ) as Nina, a stunningly talented but dangerously unstable ballerina on the verge of stardom. Pushed to the breaking point by her driven artistic director (Vincent Cassel) and the threat posed by a seductive rival dancer (Mila Kunis), Nina’s tenuous grip on reality starts to slip away – plunging her into a waking nightmare. 

Fox Connect has a brand new look and is iPad friendly for a more streamlined shopping experience.  You can easily navigate http://www.foxconnect.com/ to find your favorite movies and TV shows and enjoy free shipping for orders over $25.
 

In Time Blu-ray Giveaway

Every second counts in this sexy, stylish action-thriller starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried. In a future where time is literally money and aging stops at 25, the only way to stay alive is to earn, borrow, steal or inherit more time. But when a poor, working-class man (Timberlake) is falsely accused of murder, he teams up with a beautiful heiress (Seyfried) and must figure out a way to bring down the corrupt system before their dwindling life clocks run out!

Fox Connect has a brand new look and is iPad friendly for a more streamlined shopping experience.  You can easily navigate http://www.foxconnect.com/ to find your favorite movies and TV shows and enjoy free shipping for orders over $25.
 

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Review

Who can forget Bill and Ted? Their “excellent adventure” took the late 80’s/ early 90’s by storm. The film was way ahead of its comedic “self” at the time of its release. It was met with very mixed opinions, found its niche, and had no problem picking up a large group of followers.

Keanu Reeves (The Matrix) and Alex Winter (The Lost Boys) star in this outrageous comedy about two ditzy dudes from San Dimas, California. Bill (Winter) and Ted (Reeves) spent so much time forming their rock band, The Wyld Stallyns, that they're flunking history. A guardian angel from the future, Rufus (Carlin) come to them with a bodacious solution: a time traveling phone booth to take them into the past to learn from history's most influential people. Their journey turns out to be a blast...but will they learn enough to pass their class? 

This was an early movie for Keanu Reeves and it shows. You’ll get a blast watching him without the “serious” that now accompanies all of his major roles in film. Alex Winter’s career has not been as much of a road to glory as Keanu’s has, but he does an “excellent” job with his role in this film.

Ice Age Continental Drift Blu-ray Giveaway

Daddy & Me Time
The Extraordinary Family Adventure Floats to 
Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD on December 11

In Ice Age: Continental Drift, Manny and Peaches butt heads as Manny becomes over-protective of his daughter. In this feature, we will offer some tips on how dads and daughters can spend some time together and help create a stronger bond between the two, including going to the movies, camping or creating a DIY project for mom. 

Sub-zero heroes Manny, Diego, and Sid embark upon a high-seas adventure after their continent is set adrift.  Using an iceberg as a ship, they encounter sea creatures and battle pirates as they try to reunite with their herd.  In the wake of these upheavals, Sid reunites with his cantankerous Granny, and the herd encounters a ragtag menagerie of seafaring pirates determined to stop them from returning home.

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