Tuesday, April 15, 2014

How-to Combat Your Hair's 5 Biggest Woes

As a Salon, Fashion Week, & Editorial Stylist with over 18+ years experience, CutlerRedken Stylist Jenny Balding shares exclusive tips that can overcome the five most common hair issues: 

1: Lack of Volume
Lack of volume could be caused by a variety of reasons but most common is using the wrong shampoo/ conditioner for your hair type, followed by using conditioner all over instead of just the mid-length to ends.  It’s an easy problem to fix and makes a huge difference – talk to your stylist about the best regimen for your hair.

2: Damage Control
An easy way to prevent damage is being gentle when detangling your wet hair.  Use a large toothed comb or a brush designed to detangle wet hair as wet hair is very fragile and most damage can be created at this point.

3: Dulling Hair 
Product buildup can cause dull hair when a lot of product is used constantly overtime.  Make sure to use a clarifying shampoo once a week to rid of buildup and this will bring back life into your color and bounce back into your hair.

4: Constant Split Ends
Even if you love to keep your hair really long, make sure you are having it trimmed every 8-12 weeks as this will really help to keep it in healthy condition as dry, damaged ends split, and travel further up the hair shaft if you don't remove them.

5: Straight Up, Healthy Hair
How can you make your hair more lustrous, thick and healthy?  It really makes such a difference if you eat a healthy balanced diet, drink plenty of water and take a multivitamin each day.  Like your skin, your hair represents what you put into your body.


Monday, April 14, 2014

New: butter LONDON Sweet Somethings

Retail: $35.00
butter LONDON introduced their new bridal set, Sweet Somethings, backstage at Monique Lhuillier's bridal show. Launching April 15th on butterlondon.com the Sweet Something set pairs wedding classics with a modern edge and is the perfect accessory for the big day. 


 Designer: Monique Lhuillier
Lead Manicurist: Katie Jane Hughes, butter LONDON Global Colour Ambassador
The Scoop: Monique Lhuillier's collection was inspired by an ethereal daydream. Gowns took on a visionary fantasy through lace infused with delicate detailing, embroidery and intricate beading, all coming together to create a dreamy, alluring vision. 
Get the Look: ​Katie applied butter LONDON Nail 999 Rescue System base coat followed by butter LONDON Nail Lacquer in Doily (part of the Sweet Somethings collection) covering the entire nail. Katie finished the look with butter LONDON's Nail 999 Rescue System top coat. butter LONDON Backstage Basics Hydrating Balm and Signature Lotion were used to soften and hydrate the skin. 

Do you have any weddings coming up?  Are you considering butter LONDON Sweet Somethings for that final touch?  

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Charlotte Tilbury's Exclusive Coachella Beauty Tips

International makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury has her hand on the pulse of what’s hot in beauty through the decades spent creating unsurpassed beauty looks for her celebrity clientele. Charlotte has combed through her personal archives and pulled her picks for the perfect beauty looks to kick off the festival season.
Coachella is the ultimate cool, bohemian festival that often informs beauty trends and fashion styles for the season. The desert setting means dewy, creamy textures work well, rather than powder-based products which can slip off in the heat. These tips from Charlotte will keep you looking gorgeous from Coachella to Governor’s Ball and everywhere in between:
·                  Coachella is all about fringed crop-tops, and leg-baring denim cut-offs; so make like Gisele and use a moisturizing, gleam-getting, gorgeous illuminator cream to highlight your arms, legs, and décolletage. For the face, mix a high SPF with a light-reflecting illuminator like Tom Ford’s Summer Skin Illuminator for glowing protection. Build up the sheen on temples, cheeks and nose to mimic where the sun would light up the face.
·                  Create a seductive smoky eye in seconds with a crème eye shadow pen – you can keep it in your shoulder bag. Sweep over the eyelids, smudging outwards and upwards with your finger to create a winged look. For added summer sexiness, smudge underneath the lower lash line too.
·                  Add a pop of color to bronzed, freckled skin by using a striking stain on the lips – experiment with eye-catching coral, berry and plum tones of Becca’s Beach Tint. Cheat a smattering of freckles by painting them in using a soft, taupe eyeliner.
·                  Lipstick is your best friend. Vamp up your ethereal maxi-dress with a crimson pout and blend a little color onto the apples of the cheeks for an effortlessly pretty, dewy glow.
·                  Keep a little stash of pointed Q-tips, some face-wipes (festival is the only acceptable occasion to use these!) and a mini pot of moisturizer in your emergency kit. A Q-tip can help fix a poised feline flick on even the wildest of dance floors.
You can find more hot looks for this season by checking Charlotte out on:

Saturday, April 12, 2014

FreeBeautyEvents April Contest

You darlings already know one of my all time favorite sites to visit has been
FreeBeautyEvents.com  It's an incredibly useful tool that keeps beauty addicts up to date on all the beauty happenings in their area.  It also lets you read up on the latest in product reviews  , as well as enjoy monthly and weekly contests. This month, FreeBeautyEvents is giving away five awesome prizes including Simple Protecting Light Moisturizer SPF 15, POND’S Luminous Finish BB+ Cream Light, and Olay Fresh Effects Long Live Moisture! Satin Finish Lotion. The Contest runs from 4/1/2014 to 6/30/2014, winners will be chosen on 7/1/2014 and notified by 7/15/2014. To enter is simple, just click here and be sure to provide your name, email and zip code.   

Coming up, on May 2nd, 3rd, and 5th, you can check out the L’Oreal Suncare events at CVS and Walgreens. There is also the Walgreens SaturDate with Beauty with Simple on April 12th where you will be able to sample their skincare products and even snag a few coupons.
FreeBeautyEvents also gives spa and retailer vendors the opportunity to advertise their events.  Anyone looking to spread the word about a fab beauty event can make a posting for free here .  The site is easy to navigate and when you're searching for events near you, just enter your zip into the upper right hand corner or their homepage and viola!  It generates a list of makeovers, gift with purchase, spa open houses and sampling events starting with those closest to your area.  To learn more you can check them out on:
Are you a FreeBeautyEvents addict also?  Have you attended one of the events you saw posted?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

VIOLET GREY Launches "Shop The Shelves"

VIOLET GREY  is a luxury content and commerce beauty company. Through its editorially rich online destination and exclusive MELROSE PLACE beauty boutique, VIOLET GREY  showcases Hollywood’s HERO products, curated by its community of stars and artists exclusively for VIOLET GREY.
Now, it is selling top products from brands like NARS, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, RGB, Rubis and La Mer.  Each product sold on VIOLETGREY.com has been hand-picked by Hollywood’s leading artists, experts, and specialists, delivering an exclusive and highly edited selection of beauty.
On the Shelves:
An evolving curation of beauty products deemed necessary by those who know beauty best— Hollywood’s leading artists, experts, and specialists. Products are editorialized within the context of Hollywood beauty culture and are stocked seasonally with current must-haves from makeup artists’ kits. From the thousands upon thousands of beauty products available today VIOLET GREY and its community of artists have adhered to The Violet Code (a set of exacting standards for each product to be held accountable by) and rigorously tested, vetted, and authenticated an exclusive and highly edited selection of beauty—Hollywood’s hero products.
The Violet Code:
To meet VIOLET GREY’s exacting standards, products must satisfy a range of requirements:
1. Authentic: Discovered in artist’s kits.
2. Validated: Tested for performance and packaging by VIOLET GREY and its community.
3. Coveted: Declared necessary by influential names in the beauty and film industries.
Products that are approved by the VIOLET CODE can be found on the Shelves at VIOLETGREY.COM http://www.violetgrey.com/violet-code
Featured Brands:
Dior, Tom Ford, Serge Lutens, Yves Saint Laurent, Giorgio Armani, La Mer, La Prairie, BeautyBlender, Bobbi Brown, By Terry, Eve Lom, Hourglass, Jinsoon, Laura Mercier, Lipstick Queen, NARS, RGB, Rubis, Revive, and Utowa, with new brands and categories to be added throughout the year!
Are you familiar with VIOLET GREY?  Are you excited to "shop the shelves"?! 

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