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??
*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!janna Tags Curly Hair, Dry Shampoo, Mousse, Organic Makeup, Oribe, RMS Beauty, Serum
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.janna Tags Beauty Blind Item, Celebrities, Celebrity Beauty, Celebrity Blind Beauty Item, Hair, Limp Hair, Ombre, Oribe, Volumizing Products
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.janna Tags Nicole Giannini, Oribe, Siren Salon
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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I just discovered your blog and I’m obsessed! You have the most gorgeous curly hair!! Mine is curly, but I feel like I’m always struggling to find the right product, dryer, diffuser etc. I’d love to know your curly hair routine and recommendations?
Oh, Ellie… don’t you fret a hair… I would love to share my curly girl regimen! I warn you though, there are several steps:
1.) I only shampoo twice a week at most. I use Frederic Fekkai Advanced Technician Shampoo to preserve my color (though you can use any hydrating sulfate-free shampoo) or if I’m fearing a frizz-out day I use L’Oreal Paris EverSleek Intense Smoothing Shampoo.
2.) I try and juggle my conditioners to avoid build-up. For everyday, my two favorites are Oribe Conditioner for Beautiful Color and It’s A 10 Miracle Daily Conditioner. They are both hydrating, yet light enough not to weigh my hair down. Once a week, I use a nourishing mask like Phytocitrus Restructuring Mask for Color-Treated Hair (though I do find my hair looks A LOT better on days I do a light conditioner and no shampoo).
3.) When I get out of the shower I use a paper towel to blot my hair dry (NEVER use a regular towel! It will frizz you to high hell), then I finger comb a dime size of Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Hair Oil (one of my favorite hair products of all time) from root to ends.
4.) I spray (about 5 sprays) of It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-in Product into my hand and finger-comb through my ends.
5.) I take a quarter-size of Living Proof Wave Shaping, Curl Defining No Frizz Styling Creme for Medium to Thick Hair and scrunch through half my head. Then I repeat the step on the other half of my head.
6.) I flip my head and scrunch the ends with another paper towel
7.) I diffuse my hair with my head flipped. You do not need any special brand of diffuser, as long as it has fingers.
8.) Once I flip up, if I have frizzes, I will rub a dime size of Ouidad Clear Control Pomade between my palms and pull my hair back like I’m putting it in a low pony tail.
..and VOILA! No fail curls!!
Good luck lovely Ellie and do keep in touch on how this regimen works for your curls!
Posted by janna Tags Curly Hair, It's a 10, L'Oreal, Living Proof, Oribe, Ouidad, Phyto, Shu Uemura Art of Hair