Tuesday, December 25, 2012

The Two Tools you NEED for 2013!

Bold, striking brows and flirty lashes bring all of the attention to your eyes. If you’re anything like me, your makeup bag is over-flowing with make-up goodies. After discovering the results that a quality eyelash curler like Sally Hansen’s Sexy Curls Precision Eyelash Curler brings when paired with the TouchBack BrowMarker, my makeup intake has been cut in half! Clean out your makeup bag and start fresh for 2013.

The Sally Hansen Sexy Curls Precision Eyelash Curler delivers a dramatic, eye-opening curl that works for every eye shape and lash length. Apply a bit of mascara and your lashes are good to go! The curler is engineered to not touch the face and offers easier handling and crimping comfort with the steady spring-loaded grip.

Add extra definition and drama by filling in your brows with the TouchBack BrowMarker. Developed with a unique, fine tip marker that evenly deposits just the right amount of intense color, the BrowMarker is the fuss-free way to achieve mistake-proof results. The smudge-proof, budge-proof formula lasts all day by bonding to brows and skin, filling in any sparseness and enhancing brows’ shape and color.

 “To define your brows, just use short, quick, upward strokes, following the direction of hair growth,” explains TouchBack Creative Consultant, Kristina Barricelli. “Continue to fill in until your brows are as bold as you’d like.”
 *Sally Hansen Sexy Curls Precision Eyelash Curler, $6.49 
at chain drug stores, food stores and mass merchandisers nationally
*TouchBack BrowMarker, $19.95
at ULTA stores, www.ulta.com and www.touchbackbrow.com

AVAILABLE SHADES: Soft Black, Dark Brown, Medium Brown (suitable for medium/light brown brows), Blonde, Auburn

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.

NYE Hair Tips from Harry Josh

Happy Holidays! We are rapidly moving towards New Year’s Eve, which means it’s time to start planning our scene-stealing, glam party looks.  Below are a few hair styling tips and tricks from Harry Josh, John Frieda International Creative Consultant, which are sure to help you dazzle while waiting for the clock to strike 12 and for 2013 to be ushered in.


CHIC CHIGNON

1) Apply gel (I like the John Frieda Frizz-Ease Clearly Defined Style‑Holding Gel) to the root of damp hair to help achieve a sleek, flat shape.

2) Using a tail comb (rather than a round brush), blow out hair, combing it flat against the head.

3) Create an extreme, slick, side part, and pull hair back into a bun.


SLEEK HIGH PONY

1) Use a light styling crème, such as Frizz-Ease Straight Fixation, and apply to the roots of damp hair.

2) Blow dry hair and follow with a flat iron to straighten.

3) Brush hair back into a high pony.

4) Secure hair with an elastic.

5) To disguise the elastic, either tie a pretty ribbon around the pony or pull a piece of hair out of the pony, wrap it around the elastic and secure it underneath the pony with a bobby pin.

6) Spritz with hairspray to finish (I like Frizz-Ease Moisture Barrier Firm-Hold Hair Spray).

*Additional Tip: Rather than using a styling crème, apply John Frieda’s Frizz-Ease 3-Day Straight to damp hair. This heat-activated, semi-permanent styling spray will block out frizz and enhance straightening results.


Messy fishtail side braid

1) Begin by gathering all of the hair to one side of the head, then divide it into two equal parts.

2) Take a small piece of hair (around ½ inch wide) from the first section and add it into the second section.

3) Continue by taking the same size piece as before from the second section and adding it to the first section.

4) Repeat this step three to four times before pulling the two sides tight to reveal a fishtail pattern.

5) Continue swapping pieces between sections until you no longer have enough hair to continue weaving back and forth.

6) Secure the ends with a small elastic.

7) Once tight, begin loosening the braid softly with your fingers to give it more of a sexy, undone texture.  This ensures the braid won’t look too over-styled.

8) Finish by spritzing with hair spray to hold, such as the Luxurious Volume All-Day Hold Hairspray.


HALF-BACK

1) Apply volumizing spray at the crown and blast with a blow dryer to create lift.  I recommend Luxurious Volume Root Booster Blow Dry Lotion.

2) Sweep the front of hair back, and secure with pins at the crown.

3) Curl sections with a 1 ¼ inch iron, and run fingers through to loosen the curl almost completely.

4) Pull pieces out in the front to frame the face.

5) Finish with a shine spray, like Frizz-Ease 100% Shine.

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.

Getting Into Your Gym Grind

Below are some tips for staying beautiful at the gym since New Year resolution time is just around the corner! Whether you are going for long runs, attending yoga class or starting up an intense spin class, these tips will keep you looking your best.


The other day, Edward Tricomi, of Warren-Tricomi Salons shared a really fun tip for maintaining your blowout after a workout. Simply cut up a pair of black, opaque stockings and turn them into a make-shift headband and then use the remaining pieces to tie my hair into a ponytail. It is genius since the material doesn’t leave indentation marks and absorbs perspiration at the hairline. Just an example of some of the tips he has up his sleeve!

If you are getting into a daily gym grind and are washing your hair daily, “You need to be using a color protecting shampoo and conditioner to maintain you color or highlights. Between the daily washes and sun exposure from being outdoors more, your hair will look washed out quickly without the proper hair care system.” – Joel Warren of Warren-Tricomi Salons
 
To help keep your colored hair from fading, you can use the TouchBack Plus System which deposits a bit of color back into my hair and delivers high shine. Lumene’s Sensitive Touch Gentle Cleansing Wipes are always in my gym bag. You can use one wipe before you work out to remove make-up and one post-work out to cool down and clean-up.

Where to purchase
TouchBack Plus Shampoo & Conditioner $29.95 each at Ulta stores and Ulta.com
Lumene Sensitive Touch Cleansing Wipes $6.99 at CVS stores and CVS.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.

Synch Bands Review

My family loves to wear chucks, in fact we all have a pair. Chucks (sneakers) are comfortable, simple and can go with just about anything you wear. The only thing my kids and I dislike is how we have to take the time to tie the laces when we are in a rush. Tying shoes can be one setback that, combined with other small setbacks, can turn into a big problem. Synch bands remove tying laces from the equation of getting dressed. You might be asking, what are Synch Bands? They are laces designed to work without tying them into a knot. They can be used in any shoes that require laces.

Synch Bands are made with a specially designed elastic material, Synch Bands are a different take on shoelaces which allow you to convert any pair of shoes into safe, secure slip-ons. Customize your shoes using multiple Synch Band colors or create your own unique patterns. No matter how you use your Synch Bands, you will never have to worry about tying your laces again. Synch Bands are perfect for all ages, boys and girls.

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