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Saturday March 3, 2012 08:13

Top 10 New Spring 2012 Haircuts

 


Shaggy Layers
Miley Cyrus’ eye-grazing shaggy layers really bring out those baby blues. Her longer layers just below the jaw line create soft lines without elongating the face. To get a wave in your bang like Miley, curl in sections with a large barrel curling iron and soften with a paddle brush.


Blunt Bangs
Last month Reese opted for thin, blunt bangs. Eyebrow length is all the rage this spring, but be wary, because constant trimming is a must! Another word of caution: When keeping your locks long like Reese did, you can fall into the danger of your ends looking thin and dead. To avoid, Farouk Systems Creative Artist Danielle Bucco-Regazzi suggests razoring techniques that give that edgy, healthier look.


Medium Length Layers
Katharine McPhee has recently gone with a perfect medium length. “With short to medium layers, you will create volume and movement to the hair,” says Bucco-Regazzi. “Compliment with a long side bang.” Style with a CHI Marcel Iron to create those red-carpet curls.


Curly Bob
Who said curly girls can’t rock a short bob? Just look at actress Marley Shelton. The trick is to ask your stylist to cut just an inch below the chin. “When you shorten up the layers, it will give more structure to your curl from scalp to ends,” said Bucco-Regazzi. “Always remember, the shorter the layer, the more height and volume!”


Classic Blunt Bob
Byrne only premiered her new bob at the SAG Awards last month, and it is already the newest trendsetting cut! “When asking your stylist for this look…KEEP IT SIMPLE!” Bucco-Regazzi advises keeping the hair short in back, gradually getting longer in the front, and no layering! “You want to keep the look sleek and chic.”


Below-The-Shoulder Layers
Long layers like Wiig’s keeps below-the-should hair from falling flat. This style is ideal for someone with medium fine hair because it adds volume. Ask your stylist to cut blended layers at the collarbone with shorter layers falling between the mouth and cheekbones.


Textured Lob
The Pretty Little Liar recently cut her long blonde locks for this textured lob (or long bob). “Your length should be just at the top of your shoulders, with medium layers to compliment length,” says Bucco-Regazzi. Add a very light fringe to soften the frame of the face. Scrunch with a texturizer, such as Sebastian Texturizer Flexible Bodifying Liquigel Gel to get Benson’s tousled waves.


Free-Flowing Crop
“Cameron’s length is cropped with very sharp edges,” says Bucco-Regazzi. To get the look, use texturizing or razoring techniques. Angle the long side bangs so they drape across your forehead and blend into the waves.


Mid-Length Bob
The mid-length bob has become a Hollywood staple, but no one has pulled it off better than Olivia Wilde. Bucco-Regazzi suggests asking your hairstylist to bring the length to the base of the neck. “With very subtle layering, add fringe that can go straight across or swept to the side for an evening look.” Texturize with a sea salt spray, such as Aquage Sea Salt Texturizing Spray or wear damp hair to bed in a bun. Release in the morning for soft, wispy waves.


Clean Cut Curls
For the Oscars, the Best Actress nominee, Viola Davis, skipped the wig and went au naturale, showing off her clean cut and natural curls.
Bucco-Regazzi’s last words of advice: “A photo is a great visual tool for your stylist because a picture is worth a thousand words.” We’ve heard the cliche before, but suddenly it all makes sense!

Friday March 2, 2012 14:05

The Makeover Poll: Ke$ha Gets Glued

Which look is best?


Ke$ ha

Before: Long And Wavy

After: Shaved And Studded

Thursday March 1, 2012 20:08

Selena Gomez’s Faux Bob

Which look is best?


Selena Gomez

Before: Long Locks

After: Faux Bob

Wednesday February 29, 2012 08:07

Get The Hottest Oscar Hairstyles At Home!

We finally made it the most glamourous awards show of the year: the Oscars! Just as we expected, we saw some gorgeous gowns and amazing hairstyles. While we can’t help you score a vintage Dior dress, we have great tips to get your hair looking red-carpet ready. Wella Professionals was responsible for some of the best looks of the night, and now their celebrity stylists are sharing their tips on how they created these hot Hollywood hairstyles.

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Michelle Williams

Michelle’s pixie is very modern and sophisticated chic. The hair has just enough texture to make the look sweet, yet edgy.

To Get The Look:
First, start by applying Sebastian Professional Mousse Forte to wet hair, then allow it to air dry. With a small round brush, finish off with a blow dry that gives the hair more height, then use your hands to set the part and bangs. Finish the look with Wella Professionals Stay Essential Finishing Spray to set in place.

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Penelope Cruz

The actress showed off very old Hollywood glamour, channeling the 1950s Grace Kelly finger waves that perfectly complemented her Armani Privé gown.

To Get The Look:
Start with dry hair and use a small amount of Wella Professionals Natural Volume Styling Mousse at the roots. Set hair in steam hot rollers by rolling hair straight back from the head. This will give hair extra texture and curl. Use smaller rollers at the back of the head to create a tighter curl, and then pin hair underneath into a faux bob. Lightly mist with Wella Professionals Dynamic Fix 45 Second Crafting Spray, then back comb and tease at the root. Brush out the finger waves into place and set with Wella Professionals Stay Essential Finishing Spray.

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Leslie Mann

Stylist Rod Ortega decided to give Leslie a ponytail for a more youthful look that made for a fun contrast to her elegant, sequin-detailed dress. The high ponytail also works well for her face shape, creating a beautiful silhouette.

To Get The Look:
Start out by prepping wet hair with Wella Professionals Velvet Amplifier to prime hair for a smooth blowout. Use a small amount of Wella Professionals Mirror Polish Shine Serum on the ends of the hair for added smoothness and shine. Blow out with a round brush at the roots for texture and use a Mason Pearson paddle brush to blow dry from mid-length to the ends. Back comb for extra volume, especially at the roots, and use a flat brush from mid-length to ends again so there is texture, but not curl. Then leave the front and sides of the hair out, pull the rest of the hair into a ponytail near the top of the back of the head. Smooth the hair left out of the ponytail back and wrap around the elastic to hide the band. Spray the style with Wella Professionals Stay Essential Finishing Spray to hold in place while leaving it with lots of natural movement.

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Olivia Wilde

Stylist Davy Newkirk and Olivia opted to go for a chic 70’s inspired updo to complement her strapless Gucci gown that she wore to the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar Party. The roughed up, simplistic yet super chic updo gave her a timeless and effortlessly beautiful look.

To Get The Look:
First, apply Wella Professionals Pearl Styler to wet hair and rough dry it, using your hand and a blow dryer. This will give hair extra texture before styling. Next, gather hair at the crown of the head and secure with a bungee cord. You can tease the ends to rough it up a bit more, for added edgy texture. Loosely twisted the hair around the bungee for a loose structure and secure with bobby pins and hair pins. To finish, spray the hair with Wella Professionals Dynamic Fix hairspray, and rough up the hair with fingers at the root and around the bun, spraying once again with the Dynamic Fix to add sheen and hold the look for the night.

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Nina DoBrev

Celebrity stylist Riawna Capri gave Nina a youthful looking fishtail ponytail that is easier to create at home than you think.

To Get The Look:
First, spray Wella Professionals Ocean Spritz all over and scrunch hair for a nice beachy texture. Loosely gather the hair into a slightly messy ponytail with a center part. Then, begin your fishtail braid. Once done, pull a couple pieces out to create a more distressed look and finish with a shine spray, such as Wella Professionals Shimmer Delight all over for a polished finish.

 

Tuesday February 28, 2012 14:04

Vitamin D and Your Skin: What’s the Deal?

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Our friends at You Beauty gave the down low from the experts on how the “sunshine” vitamin affects your complexion.

Vitamin D sure is a hot topic these days. About one third of the U.S. population has low levels, and it’s been touted as a cure-all for everything from depression to heart disease and skin cancer. With all the talk going on, there’s a lot of back-and-forth over the full range of D’s superpowers.

But most recently added to the list? Mega anti-ager.

Here’s the thing: We already know that skin is a crucial catalyst and gateway for vitamin D to get to where it needs to in the body. “Vitamin D is primarily synthesized in skin exposed to UV light, if not obtained by diet or supplements,” explains Jean Y. Tang, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of dermatology at Stanford University School of Medicine.

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And since over time, the skin’s ability to create vitamin D decreases (up to 75 percent from the age of 20 to 70) you’ll eventually have to pop more vitamin D supplements to reach standard levels than when you were younger. (That’s one of the reasons why Grandma is more likely to be diagnosed with osteoporosis, because of D’s crucial role in bone health.)

But does D play a much more superficial role? “Vitamin D is a key ingredient for beautiful looking skin,” says Dennis Gross, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City and creator of his namesake skincare line. “Skin, like all organs, needs vital vitamins to function properly–and vitamin D is one of them.”

Dr. Gross has spent the last few years researching the D-skin connection, really one of the only experts to do so in the dermatology community, making him a lone ranger of sorts. And the benefits he’s uncovered from poring over the existing vitamin D research and observing his own patients’ experiences are expansive. Having sufficient vitamin D in the skin helps minimize acne, boost elasticity, stimulate collagen production, enhance radiance, and lessen lines and the appearance of dark spots, he says. It’s this laundry list, plus anecdotal evidence from seeing patients day in and day out at his NYC office, that led him to create skincare with D right in the bottle. “Many of my patients have vitamin D deficiencies as a result of avoiding the sun and wearing a daily sunscreen in fear of premature aging and cancer,” he says. “Together, we noticed that their skin had a sallow and dull appearance, which I believed to be an adverse effect from low levels of vitamin D.”

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After heading to the lab, Dr. Gross says he saw that popping a D pill wasn’t the only way to make sure you got enough of the much needed to your complexion–the skin could get it directly from a product. “I came up with a formula that I immediately began testing on patients and then witnessed a dramatic reversal of symptoms, even after one application,” he says. “I then began applying Active Vitamin D Serum-Oil to patients who weren’t deficient and noticed similar beneficial results. The immediate results were enough to convince anyone who may have originally been skeptical.”

So, how does it work? “It already contains an active form of vitamin D2 (aka ergocalciferol, a plant source of vitamin D) and doesn’t require sunlight to start giving skin the benefits of vitamin D,” says Dr. Gross. “Taking a Vitamin D supplement orally, while benefiting the body, will not give you the same skincare benefits as daily, topical application.” And to be clear, a topical D product won’t raise the levels in your body, so it’s not a substitute for supplements or vitamin D-rich foods.

Monday February 27, 2012 20:05

Top 14 Oscar 2012 Hairstyles

Rose Byrne

The Bridesmaids actress continued to turn heads with her sleek bob, while keeping it simple and chic. “We wanted it to be all about shine and a high-gloss finish,” said her stylist Harry Josh, the John Frieda International Creative Consultant. To keep flyaways in place, Josh swiped stray strands with John Frieda Full Repair Touch-Up Flyaway Tamer.

Michelle Williams

Williams’ pixie has become a staple on the red carpet but seems to never get old. Hairstylist Chris McMillan spritzed Michelle’s bangs and part with Wella Professionals Stay Essential Finishing Spray to keep them shiny and in place all night long. The Best Actress nominee recently dyed her strands a lighter blonde and paired with a raspberry lip to really make the blonde pop.

Sarah Hyland

The Modern Family actress went with a classic up-do, complete with tousled waves in front and a soft side part.

Milla Jovovich
Instead of a straight bob like Byrne and Faris, Milla went for tousled waves that fell in every direction. It was a great contrast to her strong red lip and old Hollywood one-shoulder dress.

Stacy Keibler

From the front, George Clooney’s better hair looked to be sporting a classic side swept ‘do but from the back the retro look actually had a twist at the nape of the neck, pulling the hair to the left.

Rooney Mara

The blunt bang was big last night. This Best Actress nominee went a little shorter, mirroring a classic French look. She paired with a sleek chignon at the crown of the head.


Maya Rudolph
Old Hollywood glamour was out last night and the Bridesmaids actress was no exception with side swept voluminous waves. “I was inspired by her beautiful gown and wanted to create a style that was a modern day homage to old Hollywood glamour,” said TRESemme Celebrity Stylist John D. who created the look.
Stylist Tip: He used a smaller barrel curling-iron to create a strong curl pattern. To loosen the curl after, he gently pulled on the section with fingertips.


Kristen Wiig
Celebrity stylist Mark Townsend described Wiig’s waves as “having an edge and sexy texture.”
To break up the curls and create shine, he raked Dove Style+Care Frizz-Free Shine Cream-Serum through Wiig’s curls. “I’m beyond obsessed with this product,” Townsend said. “It gives you the nourishment of a cream and the shine of a serum in one bottle!”

Anna Faris
Faris arrived to the Oscars with a blunt bob that fell just above the chin. Unlike Byrne, she went with a simple center part.

Penelope Cruz
The actress went for a Grace Kelly ‘do with old Hollywood waves and curls that rolled under in the back to create that faux bob look. Celebrity hairstylist Ande LeCompte rubbed a small amount of Wella Professionals Natural Volume Styling Mousse on Penelope’s roots to give her style great lift.

Cameron Diaz

Sexy bedhead hair is not as easy as Cameron would have you believe. Hair stylist Lona Vigi created the presenter’s carefree look and we have the details on how! To start, she blow-dried the hair with the Sultra Sophisticate Power Dryer to infuse volume and shine and the Sultra Seductress Curl, Wave & Straight Iron to straighten Cameron’s hair. To create that bedhead look, Vigi used the Seductress to flip up random pieces of hair, adding texture and movement.

Angelina Jolie

All eyes were on the bombshell actress, proving that a blowout is Oscar worthy. Her stylist used minimal products to allow movement, creating that beachy feel. And her new golden highlights were an added touch.


Olivia Wilde

Big buns were a red carpet trend but Wilde’s was less intense, complimenting instead of distracting. Hairstylist Davy Newkirk, who created Oliva’s look, whipped up tons of texture by applying Wella Professioanls Pearl Styler before blow drying and styling.

Katie Holmes
Holmes showed off her freshly cut bangs on the red carpet, courtesy of hairstyle Andy LeCompte. She paired with a 70s style long pony.

Saturday February 25, 2012 14:04

How To Look Hot At The Gym


Primp For A Better Workout
As beauty lovers, we can all agree that a swipe of lip gloss or mascara can instantly boost one’s confidence. And more confidence equals more energy. This is especially true when you hit the gym (especially if there are any hotties that you may have your eye on). Now, we’re not saying you need to spackle on a full face of makeup or pull out designer duds for spin class, but looking good can translate into feeling good and getting a better workout. Here are some easy, sweat-proof ways to look great for the gym.


Be Comfy, Look Cute
Remember, the most important thing is your workout. And if you are not comfortable, you are not going to perform to your potential. Don’t wear super tight clothing that may hinder your ability to move, even if it may catch the eye of your gym crush. But, don’t go all out in baggy clothes that will make you look and feel lazy. Create a balance of tight and loose clothing for comfort and a flattering silhouette.


Sport Brightly Colored Kicks
The more you like your workout clothes, the more likely you’re going to wear them. Add just a pop of color to the most boring part of your outfit, aka your running sneakers, to help you out the door. Tango Tangerine is the hot color right now and they are all over running sneaks this season, such as the Asics GEL-FLUENT® 4 ($ 85, asicsamerica.com).


Invest In A Good Waterproof Mascara
The only makeup you really need to wear to the gym is waterproof mascara. Foundations may clog your pores, and there’s no need for blush since you’ll be working up a natural rosy glow. A few swipes of mascara will define your eye shape and make your no-makeup look seem more polished. We love: Lancôme ‘Hypnôse Drama’ Waterproof Instant Full Body Volume Mascara ($ 26, nordstrom.com). Of course, if your lips are chapped, use some tinted lip balm as well. Try Burt’s Bees’ Tinted Lip Balm ($ 7, burtsbees.com).

Move Beyond The Ponytail
The main priority for doing your hair is that it is off your face and away from your eyes. But that doesn’t mean you have to necessarily go with a boring pony either. Opt for a braid, topknot or ballerina bun. Keep loose bangs back with a headband that doesn’t slide while you move, such as Under Armor’s mini headbands. But stay clear of the sweatband. That’s a look that should never leave an 80s music video.

 


Leave with Textured Waves
Looking good post workout is even more important when you’re heading from the gym to your next activity and a shower just isn’t in the cards.
On busy days, put your hair into a high braided ballerina bun. After your workout, remove for wispy waves like Russian tennis star Anna Kournikova. Spray with dry shampoo to eliminate grease. We love TRESemme FreshStart Dry Shampoo, For Oily/Straight to Normal Hair.

Cool Down, Touch Up
If you need to tone down a super flushed face, go for a tinted moisturizer or BB Cream after washing your face with cold water. Reapply tinted lip balm or go with a lip tint to bring it up a notch. One of our favorites is LipSurgence™ Natural Matte Lip Tint by Tarte. And when that cute guy in your kickboxing class asks for your number, you’ll know who to thank! Your welcome in advance!

Friday February 24, 2012 02:20

Marilyn Monroe Inspired MAC Collection

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You would think after all of the Marilyn we’ve seen this past year, we’d want something a little more fresh. But, with Michelle Williams nominated for an Oscar this Sunday and NBC’s Smashpremiering only weeks ago, our brains are still fixated on the blonde bombshell. And now MAC has decided to jump on the bandwagon with a Marilyn inspired 30-piece makeup collection!

Oscar Party Must Haves

MAC is partnering with Authentic Brands Group LLC. According to WWD, the company acquired the intellectual property of Marilyn Monroe last January.

Mad Men Makeup Collection by Estee Lauder

Complete with eye shadows, nail polishes, eyeliners and lipsticks, the products range from $ 15 to $ 27. The line doesn’t launch until October, so play with some bright red lipsticks and thick black liner to hold you over in the time being!

Will you be jumping on the Marilyn bandwagon?

Thursday February 23, 2012 08:11

Oscar Party Must-Haves

 

Bust out your voting ballots, pop the champagne, and get ready to watch Joan Rivers rip Hollywood a new one because it’s Oscar night, baby! If you’re behind on planning an Academy Awards bash we’ve got you covered with the perfect party favors, decor, outfit, and of course, beauty.


Roll Out The Red Carpet

Ever wish you could walk the red carpet? Well, dreams come true on oscar night. Lay down a plain red table cloth, like this one, in a doorway or down a long hallway so that all your guests get to make a grand entrance.


Shine Brighter Than The Trophies

Charlize and Meryl aren’t the only ones who get to wear shimmery dresses on Sunday. Opt for a glitzy mini like this ASOS number for all the glam without a couture price tag.


Brews Fit For A Queen

When the alpha males at your party pretend not to cry during Octavia Spencer’s acceptance speech and ask for a beer to hide their teary eyes, serve an Oscar-worthy brew with this diamond ring bottle opener. Elizabeth Taylor would approve.

 


Disposable Elegance

Champagne is pricey enough without having to invest in flutes for all your guests. Cuptainers makes plastic flutes in every shape and size so you can save your dish washer the trouble and just toss them out after the bubbley is gone.

 


Make The Best Hair List

Take it from Wella professional stylists: updos will be all the rage on the red carpet. Beat the stars to the punch and show off a glamorous chignon at your pre-Oscar viewing. One Goody spin pin does the work of 10 bobby pins!

 


Everyone Takes Home An Oscar

Leave it to an Etsy user to create the perfect Academy Awards party favor. If your favorite actors win, consider these lollipops a tasty congratulations. If they lose, you’ll have the chocolate to console yourself.

 


Rock A California Tan

If the bronzed babes on the red carpet make you suddenly notice that winter hasn’t done wonders to your skin tone, slather on St. Tropez skin illuminator. The flecks of gold give your face and body a sun kissed, natural tan without looking orange.

 


Invite All The Girls

Remember some of Oscar’s favorite leading ladies with these wine charms. Have a drink with Audrey, Marilyn, Liz, or Grace and cheers with a movie star at the Academy Awards.

 


Don’t Leave It Up To The Academy

The best part of any party is when things start to get competitive, so start printing enough oscar ballots to go around. Decided between Brad and George, Viola and Meryl, but bank on The Artist taking home the top prize.

Wednesday February 22, 2012 14:09

The Weird New Spa Trend Sweeping The Nation

 

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Bliss Spa has added the Rhythm and Bliss massage to its menu in New York and Hoboken, a treatment that sets a classic rubdown in time with rock n’ roll music.

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Bliss isn’t the only spa adjusting clients to unconventional updates. One spa in Arizona boasts a machine that “appears to have been designed by aliens to probe the human body. (The spa advertises that the resultant feeling has been described as ‘soaring Superman-style to distant galaxies’),” writes the New York Times. The Qua Baths and Spa at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas has added a massage with colored lights to its menu, and the Mii Amo spa in Sedona employs a table that shakes and saunters to imitate the motion of water.

The most eccentric (and popular) massage at the moment is offered by the Mandarin Oriental, Boston, and requires the client to hold several precious gemstones and decide which one “speaks to you.” Then, the stone is placed on the client’s head or lower back during the massage, and can be purchased after the treatment for an additional fee.

The Rhythm and Bliss massage will run you $ 155, while the Mandarin Oriental’s gemstone massage costs $ 280 Monday-Thursday and $ 295 on the weekends… without purchase of your unique gemstone.

Are you interested in this new breed of spa treatments?

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