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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Ultimate Summer Beauty Survival Guide: Tips and Tricks to Make the Heat Your B*tch This Summer

Well my lovelies, it’s that time of year again… You may call it the middle of summer — I call it my Vietnam. What once looked like perfect applied makeup and a sleek blowout can morph into your worst nightmare within a few minutes of being exposed to the ungodly head and humidity. You don’t have to suffer! Read my Ultimate Summer Beauty Survival Guide on Huffington Post to find out how to beat the heat into submission this summer.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Drugstore Cowgirl: Garnier Fructis Style Deconstructed Pixie Play Craft Cream

As you can imagine, I get tons and tons of beauty products (we’re talking several boxes a week). I spend several hours going through the products — testing, touching, trying on — classifying the products into categories (like / don’t like, want to wear right away / can wait). In one of my treasure trove boxes, I came across Garnier Fructis Style Deconstructed Pixie Play Craft Cream ($4.29). I cast it aside for a few days, making the mistake of thinking since the product had “Pixie” in the title it wouldn’t work for my long curly hair.

Au contraire.

I decided to test the Craft Cream on a day I wasn’t planning on leaving the house (Lesson #1: Always dress rehearsal new beauty products!). After I had applied leave-in conditioner, I opened the jar of product to find a surprisingly non-sticky cream. I took a quarter-size scoop and finger-combed it through my hair. I flipped my head and scrunched my hair with a paper towel and let it air dry. While my hair was air-drying I twisted random curls around my fingers into corkscrews. After waiting eons for my thick hair to dry, I looked in the mirror to find soft, sculpted, curls. The curls I had corkscrewed were smooth and flexible.

I also tried this product by diffusing my hair instead of letting it air dry.  I still got soft, touchable curls but my hair seemed much thicker and more voluminous. I think this is one of those magic hair potions that will basically work on almost any hair type. This is how Garnier describes the product:

Add texture and create piecey or out-of-bed looks for all De-Constructed style.  Get touchable control and a subtle, satin finish that is non-tacky, not stiff or too coated.  Extra Strong Hold.

Even though Garnier describes the cream as “extra strong hold,” it didn’t make my hair stiff or crunchy.  I honestly this this product would work on almost any hair type… Except of course if you have super thick, coarse locks. Then, it may be a little too  much volume and thickness to handle.

 

 

Disclosure: I was gifted these products with no editorial obligation.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Uh oh… This Beauty Addict Went on a Beauty Binge! (Part 2)

As you know from last week’s post, my beauty binge at  Veer & Wander, a salon / apothecary in San Francisco, was so ugly I had to break up my beauty spoils into two separate posts.  This week has given me more time to continue testing the products, but my opinions actually didn’t waiver from where I was at least week. (It’s called shopper’s instinct)

So I’m not playing mind tricks on you when I begin my product counting at 4 this week. Do the math. I went through 1-3 last week!

4. RMS BEAUTY – Living Luminizer($38):  This luminizer / highlighter is a total game changer. I banished all my other highlighters to the beauty graveyard when I saw how this ultra-sheer highlighter literally made me look like I had just gotten an oxygen facial.  There is no glitter or shimmering bullshit to make you look like you’re hitting the clubs; it just gives you a touch of light-reflecting glow.  This stuff is so natural-looking I wear it during the day without any other makeup. I can’t help myself! I apply it to the tops of my cheekbones and pull it up to my temples, my brow bones, at my cupid’s bow and a small dab at the center eyelid above the lash to give my eyes a little sparkle.  Oh, and did I mention it’s organic??

Ingredients:
*Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, *Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), *Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, and may contain [+/- Titanium Dioxide CI77891, Mica CI 77019] * Signifies* CERTIFIED ORGANIC

Results: Um, did you read the first paragraph?  The results are I’ve had people compliment my skin wherever I go, and keep in mind I wasn’t wearing any other makeup.  Total game changer.

Verdict: WILL BUY FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE!

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Celebrity Beauty Blind Item: Which Starlet Showed Up to the Red Carpet with Bad Mall Hair?

This celebrity, famous for her cat-shaped eyes, past marriage to royalty, and contract with an international cosmetics powerhouse showed up to premiere of her new comedy that stars two of the biggest comedians in the business in a stunning dress, sultry smoked eyes and really bad ombre mall hair.  I’m sorry but if you can get the ombre look in a box at your local drug store, the look is officially over, at the least for celebrities.  Aside from the awful color, her hair looked dull and lifeless, as though she had been using hotel shampoo conditioner and nothing else for the past month. And she had this strange part down the middle which seemed to accentuate the thinness of her hair and made the style ever more offensive. Her hairstylist needs to be shot or at least demoted to reality TV starlets.

Celebrity Blind Item
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Friday, February 15, 2013

NYFW Fall 2013: The Top Beauty Trends and How to Recreate Them

I know you’re going to think I’m going soft. You’re expecting my fangs to dig into the various looks I saw strut down the Fall 2013 New York Fashion Week runways. What can I say? It was actually the opposite — a huge love fest. I worshipped almost every look I saw, and the standout beauty trends were beautiful and wearable by everyday Janes like you and me.  (I mean I’m not saying you should show up to work in an electric blue smoky eye and oxblood lips, but perhaps wear one trend at a time for a night out). Of course some shows had a case of the uglies -the mullets at Marc Jacobs were a joke and the hair at Jeremy Scott looked like the stylist stole the wigs from Marc Jacobs and threw them in the washing machine and shellacked them with hairspray.  But forget about the uglies and let’s start with the beauties…

Eye Makeup Trend: Bright Blues and Purples

You know I’m a whore for a jewel toned eye so you can imagine my elation seeing these beauties gracing the runways. Whether it was the ethereal purple smoky eye at Jason Wu,  dramatic navy blues accented with gold glitter at Thakoon, or just baby blue liner on the lower lash line at Badgley Mischka – this stood out as my favorite trend that worked on eyes and skin tones of all colors.

(Left – Right): Jason Wu, Thakoon, Badgley Mischka

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Celebrity Beauty Blind Item: Who is Taking Her Hair to Dangerous 80s Heights?

It’s time to be bitchy and figure out my Celebrity Beauty Blind Item! Guess which diva-slash-actress went on a morning show this week looking like she was promoting a remake of Working Girl?  We’re talking bangs at least 4 inches high and sprayed to the bejesus.  This diva is usually flawless in the beauty department so you can imagine how shocked I was when I saw this incriminating photo.  Aside from the sprayed to the sky bangs, her ends look like they’ve taken a beating from all the highlights and hot tools, making her hair appear dry and brittle.

What should she do? First of all, she needs to fire her hairstylist who could be stabbed in certain circles for trying to bring back the Staten Island 80s trend.  Judging by this pic of him (it’s a him, right?), he’s trying to recreate his own rockin’ coif on our Diva.  Second, our Diva needs to get herself a deep conditioning treatment at a salon. Third, she needs to follow up with a weekly mask like Phytocitrus Restructuring Mask for Color-Treated Hair ($38), which is perfect for treating overly-abused tresses.  I mean come on… you would think a woman who demands everything in a hotel be white before she steps foot would expect a bit more from her beauty team.

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Interview with a Miracle Worker – No Not Mother Teresa, Nicole Giannini of Siren Salon!

We all know how picky (and perhaps a bit high-maintenance) I am when it comes to finding the right hair stylist, aesthetician, makeup artist, etc.  It’s tough to impress me, especially when it comes to haircuts. I’ve always stuck to the simple curly girl cuts, refusing to take any gambles with any looks that would dare stray from the norm.  Nicole Giannini, owner of Siren Salon in San Anselmo, CA, managed to break me down after several months (she also colors my hair) of begging me to let her scissors take some weight off my head of endless curls.  The result? A truly miracle haircut that gives me the flexibility to dry my hair naturally or with a diffuser, and allows me to recycle my hair with a few spritzes of water for 1-2 days.   It’s time you learned her genius ways:

BB (Beauty Binge): You trained at the famous Vidal Sassoon academy in London. What was that experience like?

What stands out the most to me is that the British saw changing their hair like changing an accessory – they were adventurous which allowed me to play with tons of styles.  Obviously being schooled at Vidal Sassoon meant I was able to learn the geometric foundations of all the different shapes. What Sassoon did in the 60s was revolutionary and no one has overwritten his basics since.  I got really into his sense of foundation and structure. It really clicked for me.

 
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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Christmas in July (Yes I know it’s August): July GLOSSYBOX Review

Now I know this is going to come as a shock to all of you, but I’ve tried almost every beauty product sampling subscription program out there from the quarterly New Beauty TestTube (the costliest at $29.95 a month, but includes mostly full-size product) to the extremely underwhelming Sample Society ($15 a month for tiny, crappy never-to-be-used samples).  I find that I’m generally disappointed with most of these programs since I end up using probably 10% of the products, and that the 10% usually includes products I’ve already been using for years.

When GLOSSYBOX contacted me and asked if I would like to receive their July box gratis, obviously I obliged but I was clear that A) I wouldn’t guarantee coverage and B) I couldn’t guarantee positive coverage.  They took their chances and sent me their July GLOSSYBOX with the theme “Summer Nights” this past week.

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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Summer Hair Care: How to Protect and Style Your Tresses During the Long, Hot Summer!

 

Ahhh… The summer means long days at the beach or lazing out on the deck. Sure, you remembered to put SPF on your face and body, but what about your hair? Think about how much you spend on your hair. If you’re like me you’re investing in regular cuts, colors, deep conditioning treatments, occasional blowouts (weather permitting, of course) and a cabinet full of products. (Okay, so I’m not the norm.) Even if you don’t take your hair care to an alarming level like me, you’re investing something whether it’s money, time, energy or all of the above.  So why not protect your investment??
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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Hair How To: Add a Little Candy Color to that Summer Braid

I know what you’re thinking… This summer’s hot color-streaking trend is for tweens and Halloween.  Au contraire!  From Nicole Richie (30) riding the pink ombre trend  to Joan Rivers (78) rocking subtle bright highlights  (I’ve seen her with pink highlights and most recently with yellow streaks), everyone seems to be dipping into the rainbow for some summery inspiration.  The one downfall of this trend is it seems to have a “no brunettes” rule, unless you’re willing to make a huge commitment by bleaching chunks of your hair to show off the color (which my sister has been doing for years, integrating purples and blues into her dark curly hair).

I personally am not ready for that kind of commitment so instead I’m living vicariously through my blond friend Kelsey (photo).   I would like to highlight  that Kelsey gets the award for “best sport ever” since she is so not a girly-girl and allowed me to experiment with her golden locks (after we worked out, mind you, and she’s not wearing a stitch of makeup).  Now, I know that hair chalking is one of the most popular methods of achieving this look, but the chalk dust gets really messy and if you don’t follow the rules precisely you can end up with Bad Halloween (which can also be hard to wash out).
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