Simple Hair Styling

We’re always seeing commercials for new products that offer something too good to be true. The Goody’s Simple Style Spin Pin ($6.49) is one of them. It look like a bobby pin twisted into a swirl effect. The box brings two of them and it’s supposed to be all you need to hold your hair in place; Instead of the 40 bobby pins or scrunchie you’d normally use. It wasn’t until I tried it that I realized it really did work the way it says it will. Simply gather your hair and twist it into a bun. Then twist one or both of the pins on opposite sides. Wah-lah you have a bun without the million and one pins holding it together.

The pins come in different colors like Brunette, Dark Blond, and Dark Hair. And best of all, there are no dents in your hair afterwards from using a hair tie.

Emma Watson’s Short Do

Harry Potter star, Emma Watson revealed her newest look. The dramatically shorter cut looks great on her. It’s sort of Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby. Here’s what she had to say about it,

“Dear all. Cut my hair off a few days ago… Feels incredible. I love it. I’ve wanted to do this for years and years; it’s the most liberating thing ever. Hope you like. Big love from Emma x”

I can only imagine how liberating it really does feel, but I won’t be cutting off my long locks any time soon. Don’t think I’d pull it off as well as Emma. What do you guys think of her new look?

Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby

Weekend Makeover

This weekend brought lots of change. I gave myself somewhat of a makeover, by leaving my lighter locks behind and joining the dark side. I’ll share with you guys everything I used in the makeover below:

For my hair I used Revlon’s ColorSilk Dark Brown Color ($5). I picked it, because it was amonia free. The less harmful chemicals added to the hair, the better.

Makeup: CoverGirl’s Lash Blast Mascara in Black ($7.24), Bare Escentual’s Warmth ($18) for face, mark Blush in Chica ($7), and Mac Lipstick in Gaga ($14).

Snookie’s New Hair Do

Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi has said goodbye to her signature hair; the poof. The style we’ve known and gotten to love on Snooki is no longer. She told E! Online:

I’ve been wearing it since I was 16, and now everyone expects me to wear the poof.

I just don’t want to be predictable with my hair and the poof. I want to be different. That’s why I’ve started to do the tease, do the curl and pretty much just a different look.

 The new do with red streaks looks good on her, and it’s always good to make a change. Wether it’s you beauty routine, hair, makeup, or style; change is good. Who wants to be predictable?

I say it’s Fab. What about you?

Tara Smith is Searching for A Top Model

Think you’ve got it in you to be a Top Model? Love hair products? Then you should be reading this.  Tara Smith, a British Celebrity Hairstylist, has teamed up with ExploreModeling.com to find their next Top Model. They’re looking for the next face to represent Tara Smith Hair Care range. The  nationwide casting call that has begun and winners will be chosen mid-September at Duane Reade in NYC.

Tara Smith will select the five finalists who will appear at Duane Reade. All five will receive great prizes, as well as the opportunity to participate in a photo shoot with Celebrity photographer Russell Baer. The prizes will consist of gift cards from Envite.com, Tara Smith Hair Care Products, clothing from designer Stacy Igel, as well as cash prizes. The top 20 most voted for finalists will also be entered into a random drawing to win a 3-night all-inclusive stay at the luxury lake resort Stone Water Cove.

If you haven’t heard or gotten the opportunity to try any products from the Tara Smith Hair Care Range, you should. The environmentally friendly collection will be available at Duane Reade stores and online at www.tarasmith.com. The packaging is recyclable and free of harsh chemicals. You’ll have your pick of natural and organic styling products, shampoos and conditioners.

For further information check out Tara Smith.

Repair Damaged Hair

The sun not only causes damage to you hair, but if you color it, it can also cause the color to fade. The sun combined with the chemicals in hair dye dries hair out immensely. Drinking plenty of H2O can keep the body and hair moisturized, but sometimes you need a little extra help. Kiehl’s has a great product for that. It’s called Sunflower Color Preserving Deep Recovering Pak ($26). It hydrates your hair while preventing the color from fading.

This conditioner contains Sunflower oil and Apricot Kernel oil to help not only prevent damage, but also repair what’s been done. If you like the treatment you’ll probably also like their Sunflower Color Preserving Shampoo ($18 & $28) and Conditioner ($19 & $30) . The Kiehls products contain natural ingredients and go a long way protecting the skin and hair.

Be A Savvy Shopper

Shopping doesn’t have to empty out your pockets completely. In this economy, being a bit of a savvy shopper will come in handy. We are led to believe that, because a product costs more it will work best. It might take a little extra browsing time but, hey, who doesn’t want to take their time when it comes to shopping?

Putting on a pretty face shouldn’t cost you tons. Take the NARS Highlighting/Bronzing Blush Duo for example. This is a combination of their most popular blush and bronzer and retails for $39. E.L.F. is like the dollar menu of make-up. All of their products are under five dollars. They have an almost identical product, the Contouring Blush & Bronzer Powder for only three dollars. Talk about a steal!

Hair care is also important. When your hair looks bad it can throw an entire outfit off. While there are so many products promising healthy hair, they can be a bit costly at times. Suave offers a collection of affordable hair products. Their shampoo and conditioner for damaged hair renewal is only two dollars a bottle. Best of all you get the same results from Suave as you would from salon brand products.

Let’s not forget our nails. Nail polish is our way of dressing them up. Essie and O.P.I. colors are vibrant and never lacking in color options. But, really, who wants to spend eight to $10 on nail polish? N.Y.C has a collection of all the hottest colors this season, and they’re only $1.99 each.

Before dropping down a wad of cash on your next product, channel your inner savvy shopper and browse for the affordable version.

Eat Your Way To Healthy Skin

Surely you’ve heard the expression, “you are what you eat”. It might be hard to put the sweets down and not give into the greasy temptations, but think about your health. As good as it might taste it isn’t doing any good to your body. Being cautious of your intake today will save you from a breakout tomorrow.

Clinical nutritionist, Samantha Heller told WebMd, “The healthier the foods are that you consume, the better your skin will look.”

Heller goes on to explain that the foods you eat eventually become part of you. Knowing what to eat and what will benefit whatparts of your body is essential in living a healthy life. That being said, here are some of the foods you should keep around that will do your body some good:

Anything high in antioxidants and Vitamin A is great. It keeps your immune system strong and skin experts say that a daily intake of Vitamin A will do the skin wonders. Low-fat dairy products contain a good amount of Vitamin A. Try low-fat yogurt or any of these fruits:

  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Plums
  • Strawberries

Essential Fatty acids like the ones in canola oils and salmon will help keep your skin looking young, tight, and glowing. Also snacking whole grain breads, cereals and nuts like the following promotes stronger and healthier hair and nails (The protein from eggs is also good for your hair):

  • Walnuts
  • Cashews
  • Pecans
  • Almonds

When it comes to beverages green tea is a safe choice and an alternative to sodas and syrupy drinks. The tea contains anti-inflammatory properties and has proven to reduce the damage done from the sun’s harmful rays. Not only that, but it’s been tested to prevent and reduce skin cancer. While green tea is beneficial, water is the best way to stay hydrated. Drinking it flushes the toxins out of you and keeps your skin clear.

Start treating yourself to healthier skin. Incorporating these foods and making it a part of your lifestyle, not just a diet, will benefit your entire your body head to toe.

The Brazilian Blowout

Dry, damaged and frizzy hair can be a major pain, especially in the summer when the humidity makes it almost impossible to keep your locks smooth. On my last trip to the hair salon I came across a pamphlet about Brazilian Blow outs. It couldn’t have been more eye-catching. The Brazilian blow out offers healthier hair after just one treatment with no damaged being to your hair what so ever.

The blow out is supposed to give you frizz-free hair for up to 12 weeks. While the treatment takes up to 90 minutes to complete, if the results are as great as promised then the time is well worth it. Along with the treatment, there is a line of products especially made to maintain the strength of your hair. The website doesn’t name a pricee for the treatment, but it’s supposed to be around $350. Of course it’ll most likely also depend on your type of hair and length. This is a large investment to make in your hair, but if nothing else has worked then it might be a good idea to give this a try.

The competitor of the Brazilian blowout is the Japanese straightening method. Both treatments are said to bond damaged hair leave you with a frizz-free scalp. Although both methods straighten the hair, the Brazilian says it will leave you with natural body and volume. Some reviews on the Japanese straightner say that you get more of the pin straight look and will lack in volume.  Before trying either of the treatments it’s best to do your research and consult with a stylelist that specializes in it.

And then let us know how it is!

Touch Up Your Roots Without the Mess

Have you ever wished you could touch-up your roots without the loss of time and the mess? Touch-ups are time consuming and whether you do them at home or the salon, you’ll need to set a good amount of time for it aside. Sometimes we don’t have all that time. There are products you can actually use to hide those nasty roots and give you a little extra time before you’re scheduling your next hair appointment. MimicColor is a powdery color you apply with a brush or fingertips. This works by blending in with the rest of your color and it won’t smudge off. The before and after pictures look convincing, but I’m kind of skeptical on how great a powder will cover up roots. They come in four different shades and are supposed to blend even if it isn’t an exact match to your color. This is one of those products I’d have to try and see to believe.

If you’re not really buying the powder touch up try OSCAR BLANDI’s Pronto Colore Root Touch-Up & Highlighting Pen. It looks more like a lip-gloss than anything else. Although this comes in light liquid form, it contains no peroxide or ammonia. Both products wash out the next time you shampoo. If there’s one thing I’m careful about its skin and hair. Anything that will give a couple more days before I need a touch-up (without the harmful chemicals) is worth the try.