Raising the Curtain on Oscars Beauty

Oscars Makeup Department Head and Olay Celebrity Makeup Artist Bruce Grayson spent Sunday evening making sure all the stars looked their best before hitting the stage at the event of the year. As promised, he’s now raising the curtain on the backstage trends, some of his favorite looks and do-it-yourself tips.

Below are some Q&As he was able to share looking back on all the excitement, as well as a video detailing application how-to’s and his favorite products to get the look at home.



Q&As from Bruce Grayson

What’s the one product (or type of product) you think women should never leave home without?

One area you really want to take care of is underneath the eyes, and I love products with multiple benefits for this. One product that I love is Olay Total Effects Line & Dark Circle Minimizing Brush – it packs a really great 1, 2 punch. It firms skin underneath the eyes as well as reduces fine lines; it has tinted coverage which conceals dark circles really, really well—a major concern when you’re walking the red carpet. I also love it because it’s not greasy so you can wear it underneath makeup.

How were the makeup trends different from past Oscars?

We saw a really great dichotomy of different makeup looks. We saw some great smoky eyes, which I thought were brilliant. Mila Kunis looked absolutely gorgeous with her smoky eyes. Then we saw some hard lines with dramatic shimmery shadows. Anne Hathaway did this very well against a bold lip. The common thread running through the night was that all of the makeup was on great, great skin, which means taking care of dark circles underneath the eyes and concealing them.

What was your favorite Oscars look and why?

My favorite look was Gwyneth Paltrow. She just had really beautiful polished bronze eyes against a nude pink lip. It was really simplistic, but it looked great. She was very natural with the hair parted down the middle – it was gorgeous.

What are the steps to get Anne Hathaway’s eye makeup look?

Anne Hathaway had a great dark liner and then she used a shimmer glitter right across it which was really dynamic. She also had beautiful, gorgeous lashes and a red bold lip. It’s everything we talk about – refined eyebrows against gorgeous, perfect skin. How to achieve this look:

Step 1: You want to start with a great skincare. Use Olay Total Effects Line & Dark Circle Minimizing to cover under eye bags with a tinted concealer that’s not going to be too heavy.

Step 2: Next is to use a beautiful lipstick that’s moisturizing and helps to conditions the lips. COVERGIRL Lip Perfection has enough moisture in it to change the texture of your lips in just 7 days. It also has a fantastic color palette and it guides on smooth with no flaking or feathering.

What are the steps to get Scarlett Johanson’s berry lips?

First apply a little lip balm and then go over it with the COVERGIRL Lip Perfection. To achieve the best color, you just want to press it on rather than use a brush. Press it on with the actual bullet because the payout on the product is so good.

What are the steps to get Michelle Williams’ dewy skin?

Dewy skin is all about hydration. I recommend Olay Regenerist Microsculpting Serum. Add a layer before applying makeup and you can even mix in a little with your foundation. This product creates a guaranteed dewy look. Also make sure you strategically use powder – too much powder can destroy a foundation quicker than you can say makeup.

Any favorites from the night?

Sandra Bullock had gorgeous skin with a dewy finish. She used a beautiful sheer champagne with just enough shimmer that when she closed her eyes you saw that glimmer of light. However, it was that bold red lipstick that really sold the makeup. To achieve this look try COVERGIRL Lip Perfection. It is not only has great color, but it’s also very as a lot of moisturizing and with red lipstick you really want to make sure that it doesn’t flake or feather.

Cate Blanchett looked amazing with that gorgeous lavender chiffon dress. She blew me away. Her makeup also looked gorgeous with a shimmery and slightly smoky lilac shadow with a soft pink lips. But it was all against this gorgeous skin – no bags underneath her eyes, no dark circles. Olay Total Effects Line & Dark Circle Minimizing Brush is a great product because it’s so subtle and it conditions the skin so well that it might be the only thing you need.

Hairstylin​g Heavyweigh​t Irina Bilka Crowned Sebastian Profession​al's What's Next Awards Grand Prize Winner

Sebastian Professional invited What’s Next Awards grand prizer winner, Irina Bilka, to Fall ’11 New York Fashion Week where she tore it up backstage with her finely honed sense of style and razor sharp ability to execute. Bilka, of Clearwater, Florida’s Salon Lofts, crafted fearless hair fashion backstage at Alice + Olivia Fall ’11 fashion show where playful chignons took center stage. A novice to New York, but a veteran to the runway, Bilka was in her element!

Here’s what she had to say about her favorite products, her experience at fashion week, and what she hopes to accomplish with her style savvy ways.


Q: What are your favorite hairstyling products?

Bilka:
I love Re-Shaper because its hold is so flexible you can re-do any style over and over again to achieve the desired outcome. I also make sure to keep Shaper Fierce on hand because of its maximum hold. And for a finishing touch with added sheen, I love Trilliant!

Q: What was your favorite part of working at Fashion Week?

Bilka:
Hanging out with the Sebastian Professional Design Team was an incredible experience! Such a talented, fun group. And styling next to Thomas Dunkin, Lead Stylist Design Team Member, was absolutely amazing!

Q: What is your ultimate career goal?

Bilka:
I hope to be a freelance international editorial stylist working with major high fashion magazines. And I want to open my own salon!

How to Videos: Mila Kunis and Oscar Winn​er Melissa Leo's Oscars Hair

Celeb stylist Creighton Bowman recreated Mila Kunis’ glam 30s finger waves and the soft updo he created on Oscar-winner Melissa Leo for last night’s red carpet.


Mila Kunis



Melissa Leo



And Creighton’s breakdown on how he achieved Melissa’s look:

The initial idea for Melissa Leo’s Oscars hairstyle was to create something effortless and carefree à La Dolce Vita, but the look also needed to be about the silhouette: I developed a style that would complement the dramatic collar of her dress and elongate the line of her body.

I started out by applying Leonor Greyl Lait Luminescence Bi-Phase Detangling Milk and Condition Naturelle Heat Protecting Styling Spray to Melissa’s towel-dried hair. I used Gel à La Kératine, an alcohol-free styling gel, on her hairline to hold all of the tiny, curly strands in place.

Then, I blow-dried her hair with a medium-sized round brush so it wouldn’t be completely straight: I wanted a little curl at the ends. One of the best things about doing a round-brush blow-dry is that it enables you to lock in shine even if you are creating a rough, modern texture.

After drying, I worked a few drops of Serum de Soie Sublimateur, a silicone-free anti-frizz serum, through Melissa’s hair; created a section from ear to ear across the back of her head; and pulled the section up into a high, tight ponytail. Then, I loosely incorporated the sides and top of the hair into the ponytail to achieve softness while maintaining tightness at the nape of her neck. It was very important to keep it tight in the back to avoid interfering with the collar of Melissa’s dress.

I wrapped the pieces into a high chignon and secured everything with Voluforme setting and styling spray. Before the red carpet, Melissa and I had a bet going about her hair: she said she would let me do an updo if I could achieve the whole look with four hairpins or less. I like to call it “The Four Hairpin Challenge.” I knew that I could definitely do that with Leonor Greyl products!

After a little backcombing at the crown of Melissa’s head, the final step was to tease out the pieces in the front. My method to create that sort of effortlessness is to pull everything back and let whatever falls out fall out. If you force strands out to frame the face, it looks too specific, but if you let them fall out naturally, it produces a very soft effect.

Simply Organic Beauty Review



Simply Organic was founded in 2001 by professional beauty industry visionary Gene Martignetti. After watching his five-year-old son battle childhood Leukemia, while also dealing with health issues of his own, Martignetti became inspired to create a company committed to one simple principle:

“In the pursuit of health and beauty, what you put on your hair and skin is as important as what you put in your mouth.”

While researching tirelessly to help his sick child, Gene came across information on the harmful effects of synthetic ingredients found in many of the top salon and spa brands used today. What he learned motivated him to create an alternative line of products that used only natural, organic ingredients but resulted in great-looking, healthy hair and skin. That company is Simply Organic.


Renew and re-hydrate with olive leaf extract, organic honey and nature’s essential oils. The Moisture Rich Shampoo ($28) won the Natural Solutions - Beauty with a Conscience Award in 2008, which hardly comes to no surprise since it is very gentle and effective on my hair. It's a bit hard for me the find a shampoo that's right for my hair, even if it is organic and/or the best shampoo on the market. Therefore, I am very pleased that this one doesn't strip my hair of it's natural oil and making it drier than the Sahara Desert in the process. The smell is a great pick-me-up in the morning since it has a fresh lemon scent.

The Moisture Rich Conditioner ($30) is the icing on the cake since it locks in moisture, which is really beneficial for dry and damaged hair. While it is a tad expensive, it's truly worth the price if you're looking for a high quality organic conditioner. Most shampoos and conditioners that are "budget-friendly" are swimming with chemical "muck", which can be really harsh on your hair. Plus, they have a potential to cause health problems ranging from allergies to cancer.

Halle Berry Reveal Perfume Review

Halle Berry recently launched her third fragrance, Reveal by Halle Berry ($12.50 - $35). It's the perfect balance of timeless sophistication and easy elegance. Reveal is truly reminiscent of what it means to be naturally glamorous - an intriguing blend of confidence, charisma, realness with a hint of mystery.


This voluptuous fragrance is composed with top notes if Mimosa Flower, Juicy Peach, Honey Dew Melon, and Red Berries; middle notes of Iris Blossom, Plumeria Flower, and Neroli Petals; and base notes of Vetiver, Cashmere Woods, and Skin Musk. I honestly haven't smelled a fragrance this beautiful in a long time. I'm not fond of scents that are too earthy or heavier and I like that this isn't the case at all with this perfume. It's perfect for me since it is light, yet delightfully intoxicating at the same time. I love how it lingers on throughout the day without pulling a disappearing act. It's the scent that I choose first whenever I go out on a date. The Iris is the special part of the composition of this perfume, which can be a bit dark or woody. However, Halle chose facets of it to make feel velvety soft and airy.

The Reveal bottle design is an exquisite vintage-esque bottle with a contemporary twist. Taking inspiration from the art deco era and Halle's fond memories of a beloved object d'art, the flacon is curvaceously shaped like a four-sided teardrop, with ridges that make it beautifully tactile, The heavy glass is transparent to let the light golden juice inside shine through, and is topped with a jewel-like cut cap.

You can buy this fragrance at Target.com, Kohl's, and Sears.com.

The product in this review was provided to the reviewer for keeps and the purpose of writing a review. This in no way effects the quality of the review provided. No monetary exchange occurred in exchange for the writing of the review. The views expressed in this review are strictly that of the reviewer. All reviews provided here are the work of the reviewer and remain completely unbiased.

OPI Katy Perry Collection Nail Lacquer

OPI Katy Perry Collection Nail Lacquers are inspired by Katy Perry's newest album, Teenage Dream. These polishes combine Katy's edgy style with her love of music and nails for a truly amazing collection. Plus this collection features ground-breaking technology in the Black Shatter polish, creating a crackling pattern when applied over each dried nail lacquer.


Black Shatter; $8.50 - Complementing Katy’s already daring nail trends, a revolutionary Black Shatter Nail Lacquer will accompany the collection to create a ground-breaking crackle pattern when applied over each dried nail lacquer.

Last Friday Night; $8.50 - Blue Glitter
Not Like the Movies; $8.50 - Gun Metal Silver
Teenage Dream; $8.50 - Pink Glitter
The One that Got Away; $8.50 - Great Fuchsia

Introducin​g Patyka Organic Beauty


Patyka Beauty Trotters travel the world and in particular Central Europe. In Paris, they joined together for PATYKA the fruit of their research and their meetings.

These years of research made possible to discover hundreds of rare plants and jealously kept or forgotten formulas. These natural ointments and vegetable decoctions with family, botanical or apothecaries origins, these rare perfumes, constitute the eclectic and single heritage and inspiration of PATYKA.

A selection of the most invaluable formulas is permanently worked over again, adapted and optimized with a single aim: to reveal the beauty of each woman thanks to a right balance between pleasure, innovation and effectiveness.

From the alliance of French know-how and an aesthetic, qualitative and responsible step was born the Beauté Remarquable™, a unique and self-confident (free of inhibition) experience.

The Beauté Remarquable™ devotes the desire for giving pleasure today for tomorrow, for feeling beautiful and for taking care of oneself while affirming its own ethical and environmental sensitivity.


Absolis Face & Body Serum $70

Absolis Spearmint Body Wash $45

Biokaliftin Radiant Eye Contour $85

Absolis Tea Tree Combination Skin Face Creme $55

Biokaliftin Radiant Exfoliating Mask $90

butter LONDON No More Waity, Katie

butter LONDON No More Waity, Katie $14


In celebration of the upcoming Royal Wedding, butter LONDON is excited to announce the NEW "No More Waity, Katie" Limited Edition Nail Lacquer. Designed by Founding Creative Director, Nonie Creme, this exclusive color transforms nails with the perfect amount of sparkle for a royal touch.

"No More Waity, Katie" is a soft, elegant greige shade with a splash of lilac glitter for the perfect marriage to combine fashion and fun. This edgy, on-trend lacquer is packaged in a small, sophisticated square bottle with a chunky cap that offers an easier grip and more control when painting, so finally, anyone can paint like a pro! A stunning nail accessory of its own that will snag any prince and make wedding bells ring.

Jennifer Aniston's Hot New Hairstyle Tutorial

Stars like Jennifer Aniston know that waist-length locks are out—this season, it’s all about the modern, edgy bob created with must-have products from Sedu. Simple to style, yet incredibly modern, this hot crop just takes a few easy steps to recreate at home.


1.
Apply a heat protecting product from top to end. Sedu’s Anti-Frizz Polishing Treatment with Pure Argan Oil ($35 - $65) is the perfect thing to eliminate frizz and flyaways and help take hair to the next level.

2. Blow hair dry with a round brush, lifting the roots up if you want a little volume. Sedu’s Revolution Pro Tourmaline Ionic 4000i Dryer ($159.99) will ensure quick drying without any frizz or static.

3.
Divide hair into ½” to 1” sections using a comb. Pass the Sedu Revolution Tourmaline Ionic Styling Iron ($159.99) through the hair from root to end for straight locks. It polishes the hair as it seals the follicle, reducing static and frizz.

4. Piece out strands to add some texture with a little more of the Anti-Frizz Polishing Treatment. The result? Red carpet-ready hair that is sleek, shiny with a bit of an edge, just like Jennifer Aniston’s.

“Jen has really charged up her look,” says Sedu Elite Styling Consultant and celebrity stylist Tommy Buckett. “It’s fresh and new and the perfect length for spring. Just goes to show that girls with long locks should not be afraid to make a change. Jen’s fresh cut is the new trend to follow.”

One of the top rated professional tool brands, Sedu offers the holy grail of styling products: NEW Anti-Frizz Polishing Treatment for heat-protection, frizz-elimination, and unbeatable shine. Sedu products all give you the power and durability you need for everyday styling while assuring your hair looks and feel healthy through every stage of your styling regime.

FAIRYDROPS


Inspired by the desire to enhance her eyes both on and off camera, a Japanese TV personality created FAIRYDROPS, a mascara that features a unique wand and luxurious formula that work together to create dramatic, doll-like effects. Now one of Japan's bestselling mascaras with a beyond-loyal following, FAIRYDROPS' conditioning ingredients, colorful packaging, and unique, patented wand are now available in the United States — exclusively at Sephora. Whether using this winning formula on or off camera, this dreamy brand will create a lasting impression.

Scandal Queen Mascara $24

This do-it-all mascara is blended with fiber to give you lush, doll-like lashes. The unique brush catches even the tiniest lashes, defines, lengthens, and provides all-day curl.

The People Are Talking:

I'm in love with this mascara. My lashes are long in moderately thick. This mascara is just crazy. I honestly have had friends ask if I was wearing false eyelashes. I haven't had a problem with flakes, smudges or raccoon eyes. It stays on, yet removes easily. - odessa60

This is my new favorite mascara, it really does give you doll like lashes! Amazing curl and length as promised. The wand's shape is really interesting and catches even the tiniest farthest out lashes.

This has replaced DiorShow and UltraFlesh as my top favorite mascara currently. Plus is it really easily removed which for me is a big deal maker. The only reason I didn't give it a full five stars was I was hoping for a bit more volume as well, but this mascara is just such a gem. I adore it so much, would love to see it in a dark navy.

Another plus is, my lashes remained soft, didn't get that brittle feeling and no flaking.
- piratefly

There has been a lot of hype about this mascara. I am usually wary and don't believe everything I read. I asked a make-up artist that I know and she said it was one of the best she ever tried. She was a loyal Dior Show fan before switching to Scandal Queen. So, I bought a tube. When I first saw the brush, I wasn't sure what to think. Bottom line - it really does make your lashes longer and thicker. I did not notice any curling properties, but my lashes were thicker and longer. They were also soft and very natural looking. I really like this mascara!
- minimaker

Ms. & Mrs.

Founded by a mother and her two daughters, Ms. & Mrs. is the ultimate purveyor of beauty, fashion, and personal care survival kits. Their portable and affordable assortments are packed with solutions for everyday emergencies. Whether you're prepping for college life or equipping a bride-to-be with essentials for her big day, these colorful kits contain must-haves for any personal care predicament—and are packaged in stylish cases, making them as chic as they are comprehensive. Let's face it: Emergencies suck. Luckily, the survival gurus at Ms. & Mrs. are here to help.

Minimergency® Kit for Her $13
Available in Gold or Silver


This Minimergency® Kit is an all-inclusive set designed to help women survive beauty, fashion, and personal care predicaments. Fix flyaways with a teeny-tiny hairspray. Stop runs in your hose with clear nail polish. Mend a fallen hem with double-sided tape. This kit does it all — and it comes in a cute metallic bag to boot.

Includes

- 0.017 oz Blistex® Lip Ointment
- Dental Floss
- Ice Drops Breath Freshener
- Emery Board
- 0.8 oz Clear Nail Polish
- 1 Nail Polish Remover Pad
- 0.1 oz Hair Spray
- Clear Elastics
- Earring Backs
- 1 Stain Remover Towelette
- Double-Sided Tape
- Mending Kit
- 1 Deodorant Towelette
- 1 Small Latex-Free Bandage
- 1 Regular Tampon
- 1 Packet of 2 Tablets of Advil®

Rita Hazan New York


Master hair colorist Rita Hazan combines her expertise and skill in her eponymous line of at-home hair-coloring products. These easy-to-use fix-it formulas cover roots as they start to show, drying quickly so you don't stain skin or clothing. Available in four shades, the water- and stain-resistant aerosol sprays go on easily, blend with almost any hair color, and stay-put until you shampoo. Whether you color your hair at a salon or at home, Rita has developed a way for anyone to keep telltale roots in check at all times.

Root Concealer $24

This spray is designed to temporarily cover gray and any root growth with just one quick spray. The pinpoint actuator puts the product exactly where needed and nowhere else. It's fast drying and stays put until you shampoo it out.

h.wood.beauty Review


Inspired by Hollywood's casually cool h.wood Tea Room, h.wood.beauty is an eclectic line of cosmetics. Like the aromatic teas brewed from nature's finest organic tea leaves, h.wood.beauty uses only the purest of ingredients combined with healing essential oils. A holistic tea-inspired beauty line. Only in L.A., and now h.wood.beauty brings chic boulevard gorgeousness to the everyday woman.


Besides her lips, Angelina Jolie made the matte nude look highly-coveted in the beauty world. Using a matte lipstick can be a bit tricky. However, nude mattes are a bit trickier since they can look overly dry. Thankfully, h.wood.beauty has a line of Nude Matte Lipsticks with Moisture.

The Nude Lipstick in Topanga ($20) can be layered, worn alone, worn with their European beach-inspired lip liners, or with your favorite lip gloss for a more beautiful and sexier look. I love how well this color compliments my skin tone. It is a beautiful and intense shade of deep mauve nude. The flavor is also yummy - yes flavor (a hint of warm vanilla caramel)! Plus, it is well moisturizing, glides on smoothly, and dries to a beautiful matte finish without over-drying or flaking.

You can also buy the Nude Lipstick in Malibu (deep rosy nude), Zuma (mauve nude), Newport (rosy nude), Laguna (light nude), and Venice (coral nude).


Their Eye Shadows ($16) in Beverly, Melrose, and Cahuenga are highly pigmented, long-lasting, and feel soft as a Cashmere sweater! You can wear them alone or mix and match them with other eyeshadows to create a fun combination. I've already mixed the Beverly eyeshadow with my favorite bright green mineral eyeshadow and came up with beautiful results (pale green with a hint of gold)! I don't do swatch reviews, but you can trust me on this one since I am eyeshadow fan and will not steer you in the wrong direction - their eyeshadows rock! I wouldn't mind trying out their other colors such as: Fairfax, Doheny, Olympic, Robertson, Pico, Rodeo, Highland, Mulholland, and Wilshire.


Their Lip Gloss ($16) in Vegas is a beautiful shade of shimmering gold without the gaudiness. Besides being well moisturizing, it has the right amount of shine and shimmer without being sticky in the least. Great alone or paired with any h.wood.beauty lip stick. This ultra-moisturizing vanilla-caramel flavored lip gloss is also available in Cabo, Maui, and Napa.


Their Mineral Powder Foundation ($28) in Fair is normally the shade I'd use with most brands, but theirs was a bit lighter than I expected it to be. I have to use a tiny, tiny amount along with an organic liquid foundation that I use so I won't look ghostly. It includes good-for-your-skin ingredients: Green Tea Extract, Lavender, Sandalwood, Geranium, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli, Rosemary, Sage, Cedarwood, Palmarosa to help promote healthy skin. I do like how smoothly it goes on, but I'll remember to order a shade darker next time!


I'm normally not a fan of cream blush, but their Cream Blush in Azalea ($22) is the best cream blush I've used so far! I even like it better than the Tarte Natural Beauty Cheek Stain that I normally use, which I've grown increasingly disenchanted with since the staying power is far from being strong! This weightless blush gives cheeks a sheer, velvety, and matte finish. It flawlessly blends into the skin, making it appear more natural. . Wear on the cheeks for a clean wash of sheer color, or apply to lips for a quick fix. Their Cream Blush is also available in Snapdragon and Marigold.


Their Illuminate Shimmer ($22)
gives the perfect amount of all-over shimmer without you looking like you took a walk on the wild side on the Las Vegas Strip. It's also a great way to accent, contour and highlight the eyes, cheeks and body with flawless sheen. Their Illuminate Shimmer is available in Sunshine or Moonlight - your choice!

The product in this review was provided to the reviewer for keeps and the purpose of writing a review. This in no way effects the quality of the review provided. No monetary exchange occurred in exchange for the writing of the review. The views expressed in this review are strictly that of the reviewer. All reviews provided here are the work of the reviewer and remain completely unbiased.

Not Soap Radio Review


Good-bye to phones, traffic, noise. Wrap me. Detoxify me. Reiki me, make me swoon from Shiatsu. Book facials, reflexology, yoga, hikes. I will be peeled, polished, buffed, aromatherapied. Stress melts away. I am glowing, healthy. All is in balance, my yin realigned with my yang.

Sugared Body Polish, $22:
This body scrub is highly addictive, indulgent, and the results make it well worth the price. I like that it isn't messy (slippery or too oily) in the least. It makes the skin feel soft, moisturized, and well pampered!

Body Souffle, $22:
This body souffle has a subtle and pleasant fragrance that blends well with just about any perfume that you're wearing. It has an incredibly smooth, rich, luxurious texture. I like how well it moisturizes the skin without leaving an icky, greasy feeling behind.

Foaming Body & Hand Wash, $20:
This body and hand wash is thicker than most of the body washes I've used in the past. I like that it doesn't dry out my skin like some I have used in the past. While the scent from this body wash doesn't last long after you've taken your shower, it's great to use the body scrub and/or body souffle to make the scent last.

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Grammy Rockin' Redheads

We loved the Grammys for the Rockin’ Red Carpet and, more importantly, for the bold red hair trend on our favorite ladies. Celebrity hairstylist and color expert Paul Cucinello of Chris Chase Salon shares the pros’ secrets on how to get each look and how to maintain this head-turning style.

Rihanna


I find Rihanna's new toned-down shade of red much more flattering on her because of it's richness and depth For the Pros: This color can be achieved by having your colorist overlay a semi-permanent bright red over naturally light or medium brown hair. (Blondes would have to deepen their hair before adding this shade.) Keep it shiny with a clear gloss. (Try Clairol Natural Instincts Shine Happy) Skin Tone: This shade works best on both olive and deeper skin tones both of which should avoid any shade that has too much orange in it.

Hayley Williams (of Paramore)


This is the most cosmetic version of the bright reds we are seeing right now. For the Pros: It's a very difficult color to pull off and requires two steps: pre-lightening and then re-pigmentation with an intense Orange-Red (Try Manic Panic in Infra™ Red) Skin Tone: This shade works best on bold personalities with very fair skin tones.

Florence Welch (of Florence & The Machine)


Hands down my favorite shade of red because it actually exists in nature...it's a bright Copper. I'm all for cosmetic colors but this color takes natural and turns it up a notch making it look so ready to rock! For the Pros: Ask your colorist to overlay a demi-permanent bright natural copper over hair that was previously highlighted or was honey blonde. Refresh at home with a color enhancing mousse (Try Goldwell Soft Color Mousse in 8K) Skin Tone: Try this shade if your a blonde and you're over looking washed out. Be prepared to get a lot of attention! It best suits fair, peachy skin tones and it beautifully accentuates pale blue & green eyes.

7 Tips for Rockin' Red Hair:

1. Buy a couple of dark towels. Red will run at first and you should make sure not to use any light colored towels to dry your hair.

2. Make SURE you are use very high quality shampoo & conditioner. Red is the color that fades the fastest so avoid shampooing for 24-48 hours after you color your hair. For maintaining rich, vibrant colors stick with the best:
- Oribe Shampoo & Masque for Beautiful Color,
- Kerastase Chroma Sensitive Extra Gentle Cleansing Balm
- Tocco Magico Palvin-Bid Conditioner.

3. Always rinse with cold water. This keeps the cuticle closed and encourages color retention.

4. Use sunscreen on your hair! If it's not already in your styling products and you plan on being in the sun, pack one of these specially formulated hair. sunscreens in your beach bag: Kerastase Micro-Voile Protecteur, Phyto Protective Sun Veil or Phyto Protective Beach Spray.

5. Avoid coloring your hair the day of a big event... the stains from red hair dye can be pretty intense.

6. Red is a big commitment so before you take the plunge, make sure you're prepared to stick with it for a while. There are lots of shades to experiment with so don't hesitate to adjust the color until you find the right red for you.

Reds get a lot of attention and making the change will require an adjustment of all of your makeup colors and wardrobe choice.

Skin Delicious Body So Fine My Mojo Exotic Hair and Body Oil Review


Due to this fluctuating weather (bitter cold snaps and unseasonably warm spells), my hair has been in dire need of extra nourishment. Luckily, I came across a product that has been a tremendous help that will get me through snow, rain, and sunshine! The Skin Delicious Body So Fine My Mojo Exotic Hair and Body Oil ($5 - $20) is a mixture of 15 different hair and skin loving oils & butters all in one bottle. It de-frizzes, softens my hair and gives it a gorgeous sheen without being greasy at all! Even though I prefer using it in my hair, it also makes a great body oil!

Ingredients: Organic Coconut Oil, Shea Butter (Fair-Trade), Avocado Oil, Mango Oil, Jojoba Oil, Aloe Vera Butter, Wheat Germ Oil, Organic Cocoa Butter (Fair-Trade), Sweet Almond Oil, Certified Organic Pomegranate Oil, Hemp Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Sun Flower Oil, Essential Oil Lemon, Natural Scent.

The product in this review was provided to the reviewer for keeps and the purpose of writing a review. This in no way effects the quality of the review provided. No monetary exchange occurred in exchange for the writing of the review. The views expressed in this review are strictly that of the reviewer. All reviews provided here are the work of the reviewer and remain completely unbiased.

53rd Annual Grammy Awards - Hair Trend Report

The 53rd annual Grammy Awards were held at The Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on Sunday, February 13th, where celebrities came out to celebrate the best in music as well as show us their creative style. This year, stars took a playful approach to their hairstyles and kept their looks young, refreshing and fun. We found three hot trends that are all surprisingly easy to re-create at home, below:

Bright Red Hair: It’s known that musicians look forward to the Grammy Awards; so they can artistically express their sense of style – from head to toe. This year, red was the hair color of choice – and seen on the young A-listers, below. For a played-down version of this brightly-colored trend, clip in a few streaks of Put On Pieces Color Strips in Red ($8: hairextensions.com).


(Bright Red Hair from left: Rihanna, Hayley Williams from Paramore, and Bonnie McKee)

Retro Blunt Bangs: Stars like Lady Antebellum, Faith Evans and Nora Jones revealed bangs that were blunt and eyebrow grazing, taking the usual wispy bang to another level. The best way to achieve this look without making a single cut is to try the Dancing with the Stars Hair Extensions in Bango Tango ($22: Drugstore.com), which offer a non-committal way to wear blunt bangs – no matter the style or event!


(Retro Blunt Bangs from left: Lady Antebellum, Faith Evans and Nora Jones)

Sleek Chignons: Instead of coiffed and formal updo’s, celebs opted for simple, pulled back sleek chignons that looked effortless and refreshing. This hairstyle is easy to achieve and looks good on anyone. Add some volume to your chignon by wrapping the Hairdo Wrap Around Pony ($49: QVC.com) to the base your hair ponytail before securing into a chignon.


(Sleek Chignons from left: Eva Longoria, Mya and LeeAnn Rimes)

Beach Waves: Hair trends come and go, but it’s long effortless waves that have become Hollywood’s go-to look. From Miley Cyrus, to Nicole Kidman, celebs wore their hair in loose, polished waves – what’s their secret? Extensions! Extensions are the answer to adding that extra length and volume to achieve this look. To create this look, try Hairdo’s 20 inch Styleable Clip-In Extensions ($99: QVC.com) and the Dancing with the Stars Hair Extensions in Go! Go! Girl ($49: HSN.com) that easily clip-in to create a red-carpet classic!


(Beach Waves from left: Katie Perry, Miley Cyrus, Nicole Kidman and Kim Kardashian)

Celebrate Spring Trends with FRANCOIS NARS at @SEPHORA 5th Ave


Who: Makeup artist, visionary, and founder of NARS Cosmetics, François Nars is one amazing talent, having worked with many sought after starlets. Join François as he celebrates spring beauty and the launch of three limited-edition NARSkits, created exclusively for Sephora.

What: Runway His Way! Don’t stop with Orgasm, the first 200 beauty addicts to purchase a NARS limited-edition kit, or a minimum of $59 of NARS products, on February 23rd will have the opportunity to meet François Nars and also preview fashion forward looks, seen only at Sephora.

While there, experience wearable spring runway trends and have a NARS makeup stylist re-create one of François’ signature looks on you.

When: Wednesday, February 23
François Nars Appearance, 2 pm - 4 pm
NARS Artistry Team consultations, 10 am- 8 pm
Where: Sephora Fifth Avenue
597 5th Avenue, between 48th and 49th Streets
New York, NY 10017
(212) 980-6534

Why: What better way to welcome the spring season than with artistry guidance from one of the world’s top makeup artists!

Have a Beautiful Valentine’s Day with @Sephora

Valentines’ Day is just around the corner, and whether you have a new beau, a regular sweetie, or are just hanging with friends, it’s the perfect time to indulge in a little beauty pick-me-up. Sephora has everything from candy-colored shadows and romantic scents to luscious lip and cheek colors, for your most beautiful Valentine’s Day ever.


Eye Candy: Sephora’s exclusive Hello Kitty Beauty Say Hello Palette in Super Fun ($35) incorporates smoky grays and pops of sweet purple for flirty eyes that get noticed.


Seductive Cheek Stains: Give cheeks a subtle, lit-from-within glow using the new Hourglass Aura Sheer Cheek Stain ($45). Available in three unique colors that complement a variety of skintones, this formula offers a subtle, seductive wash of color.


Luscious Lips: Inspire kisses with a deep crimson shade like MAKE UP FOR EVER Rouge Artist Intense in 43 Moulin Rouge ($19), or be playful and coy with a satiny pink pout using Kat Von D Painted Love Lipstick in Backstage Bambi ($18).


Scentsational: Leave a lasting impression with an irresistible scent that reveals your true essence. Try Kate Walsh’s BOYFRIEND ($35) for a sensual blend of rich vanilla and smoky amber, or Hello Kitty Beauty Fragrance ($55) for a light, innocent scent featuring notes of fruity cassis sorbet and mandarin.

Need to drop a hint to the man in your life on the perfect gift? These Sephora limited edition gifts would make any girl blush.

Sephora Best of Fragrance Deluxe Sampler For Her ($50): Complete with 10 fragrance samples and a voucher for a full-size version, this is the perfect present when you're not sure what to choose. Open this box to reveal a range of Sephora's bestselling women's fragrances that can be sampled right away.

Philosophy Sweet on You™ Set ($25): This sweet candy-scented trio of moisturizing formulas condition skin and hair while also leaving lips feeling smooth with a beautiful shine. It's the sweetest gift you can give to the sweetheart in your life.


Fresh Sugar Lover Set ($45): An invigorating set of sweet treats sure to delight the senses, this set of three products includes everything you would want to nourish skin and your senses with notes of sheer caramel and brown sugar.

The Sephora Gift Card solves your every gift-giving indecision and is sure to satisfy her needs. The card, which comes in a sleek, black, dual-mirrored compact, is available in denominations of $25 to $250, can be redeemed in store or online and is sure to put a smile on her face.

Valentine's Day Gift Idea: ghd Midnight Collection Gift Set Review

ghd Midnight Collection Gift Set $225


I'm no stranger to ghd flat irons. I've searched high and low for the best flat iron and ghd remains to be the best. They are the Ferrari of flat irons. Even T3 doesn't have anything on this brand! The T3 is a Ford compared to ghd!

The ghd Midnight Collection is a more advanced take on the classic ghd styler. The professional 1" gold styler uses ghd’s latest heat technology. You can buy the new and stunning ghd Midnight Collection Gift Set ($225), which includes a sleek new ghd Gold Professional Styler, an exclusive styler pouch with heat resistant roll mat, and two ghd sectioning clips.

The ghd Gold Professional Styler heats up in no time with the perfect amount heat that will not fry and / or dry out your hair in the process. My hair is wavy and it is pin-straight within minutes! It can even create pin-up worthy waves or voluptuous curls if that is what you desire. I like that I don't even have to use a flat iron spray since this flat iron makes my hair silky and shiny without it! Most flat irons have a tendency to break off my hair, but this isn't the case at all with this flat iron.

Another great thing about the ghd Gold Professional Styler is that it goes on Sleep Mode if not used after 30 minutes. This is good for me since I have a tendency to forget to shut off a flat iron after using it. ghd's new Gold Professional styler is the most luxurious styler in the range to date. Boasting a sleeker design and plates that have been smoothed, contoured and given a high gloss finish, it glides through hair effortlessly to give a beautiful and shiny result.

ghd flat irons may have a hefty price tag, but sometimes you have to pay the price when you want the best....and you will truly get the best with this brand!

The product in this review was provided to the reviewer for keeps and the purpose of writing a review. This in no way effects the quality of the review provided. No monetary exchange occurred in exchange for the writing of the review. The views expressed in this review are strictly that of the reviewer. All reviews provided here are the work of the reviewer and remain completely unbiased.

Valentine's Day Gift Idea: LaLicious Collection Gift Set Review



LaLicious Collection Gift Set, $95


4 Full Size LaLicious products in a beautiful chocolate brown, reusable gift box!

Included in the gift set:
8oz Whipped Soap, 16oz Sugar Soufflé Scrub, 8oz Body Butter, 8oz Body Oil


Body Oil - This body oil has to be one of my top favorite body oils out there! It has a delightful and sugary smell that is addictive. I love how it locks in moisture, which lasts for hours. I also like that a little bit of this product goes a long way. It leaves my skin glowing and satiny smooth without any greasiness. I truly feel well pampered when I use this product! You can buy it separately for just $24. Besides the Sugar Kiss, they have several tantalizing scents to choose from - Vanilla, Lily Mango, Peppermint, Passionfruit Lime, Coconut Cream, Island Guava, and Tahitian Flower.

Macadamia nut oil is a luxurious oil known to also moisturize and protect the skin. Almond and vitamin-e oils condition, moisturize, and smooth you to ultimate perfection!

Whipped Soap - This soap contains Coconut Oil and Safflower Seed Oil, which will help your skin stay soft and supply after cleaning. It doesn't create a lather like most soaps out there since it is Sulfate-free. Therefore, you don't have to worry about your skin drying out in the process. You can buy it separately for just $18.

Sugar Soufflé Scrub - I think I have made it quite clear in the past that I am a huge body scrub fan and this one certainly doesn't disappoint! It's great for all skin types, including for those who have sensitive skin since it is non-abrasive. With a delightful combination of Vanilla, Citrus and Rose; the scent is intoxicating. It will even layer nicely with your favorite perfume after you've pat yourself dry! The results are amazing - beautiful and healthy looking skin. You can buy it separately for just $34.

Body Butter - The moisture is intense, but delightfully so without giving your skin an icky, greasy feeling. It is great for dry skin during this Winter season. It puts most lotions out there to shame! You can buy it separately for just $25.

The product in this review was provided to the reviewer for keeps and the purpose of writing a review. This in no way effects the quality of the review provided. No monetary exchange occurred in exchange for the writing of the review. The views expressed in this review are strictly that of the reviewer. All reviews provided here are the work of the reviewer and remain completely unbiased.

ClickR Skin Care Review


clickR Skin Care is here to answer your young skin's call of distress. Created by a cosmetic chemist to help his son's acne issues without overwhelming amounts of chemicals, clickR includes natural plant- and mineral-based ingredients to create gentle, yet effective formulas that deliver real results. This breakthrough brand is also 100% vegan and committed to never testing products on animals. Banish blemishes and save the drama.


I've tried out "hot masks" before and wasn't too thrilled at the idea of trying out the Hot Face Mask ($32) at first. However, the experience wasn't anything like I was expecting it to be. I get a slightly warm sensation whenever I apply this mask, but never to the point where it gets so unbearable and uncomfortable that I am tempted to wash it off immediately. Therefore, I will have to add it to my list of favorites, especially since my skins looks healthier whenever I use it. I've been using it twice a week since I've received it and I've noticed a tremendous difference. I was starting to get breakouts for the last few months, but it is much less now since I've been using this product and an organic facial cleanser.

The product in this review was provided to the reviewer for keeps and the purpose of writing a review. This in no way effects the quality of the review provided. No monetary exchange occurred in exchange for the writing of the review. The views expressed in this review are strictly that of the reviewer. All reviews provided here are the work of the reviewer and remain completely unbiased.

Celebrate Your Inner Gleek with GLEE Starlet Naya Rivera at Sephora, 2/12


WHO: Actress Naya Rivera, (Santana Lopez) from the FOX hit series GLEE, and Eryn Krueger Mekash, the show’s head make-up artist, will be celebrating the launch of the Sephora by OPI GLEE Collection at Sephora Century City!

WHAT: The first 200 Gleeks to purchase any piece of the Sephora by OPI GLEE Collection will get a chance to meet GLEE’s breakout star, Naya Rivera. Included in the event is a once-in-a-lifetime makeover contest giving one lucky winner the chance to be done up by GLEE’s head make-up artist, Eryn Krueger Mekash. The winner will reveal their new look, paired perfectly with a Sephora by OPI GLEE nail colour, right next to Naya as they take show-stopping pictures for everyone to see!

The exclusive Sephora by OPI GLEE Collection hits shelves on February 3rd at all major Sephora locations in the U.S and Canada including Sephora locations inside JCPenney’s.

WHEN: February 12th, 2 pm- 4 pm

WHERE: Sephora Century City
Westfield Century City, Level 1
10250 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90067

WHY: All the cool kids aren’t doing it! Express your individuality and inner-Gleek with this limited edition collection!

Beauty Looks for Every Occasion


As one of New York's top leading makeup artists, Jessica Lauren's work has been seen in magazines and several fashion events. With over 12 years of professional experience, Jessica specializes in airbrush makeup and lash extensions. As a certified laser technician, she continues to master her craft perfecting not only the latest and greatest makeup trends but also effective skincare treatments and techniques. With her MAC Pro Member status, Jessica continues her abilities through advanced makeup techniques, allowing her to do makeup for television, theater, and fashion events and editorials. Truly a force to be reckoned with, Jessica is on the forefront of the makeup industry. Most recently, Jessica has embarked on her latest beauty endeavor with the grand opening of Studio Tres Jolie – a luxury makeup studio and spa. For more information, please visit: http://www.studiotresjolie.com.

From first dates to job interviews, we've all got people we want to impress. The purpose of makeup is to enhance your natural beauty, but it is essential to apply the right colors and intensity for every occasion. Whether it be sultry, glam, or au natural, there’s a time and place for every look.

“The same makeup MO doesn’t always work for both day and night; work or play,” says Jessica Lauren, New York-based makeup artist, laser technician and all-around beauty guru. “Many of my clients know the look they want, but need guidance when selecting the appropriate colors and tools.” According to Jessica, most women’s beauty arsenal is stocked with a variety of shades, pencils, glosses and makeup brushes to create multiple looks. But choosing the right look can be a challenge for any beauty buff. “It’s important to consider the occasion you are preparing for, time of day of the event, as well as the time of year,” says Jessica. “It’s also important to match the makeup to your outfit and hairstyle. From head to toe, your overall look should be fluid.”

NINE TO FIVE


If you're pounding the pavement in search of a better job, it's only a matter of time before you're called in for a job interview. “Working Girl may be the ultimate chick flick for the career gal, but the tricolor eye shadows, junk jewelry and patterned hoses are…well so 80s,” says Jessica. When it comes to makeup and how much of it you should wear, Jessica notes less is more. “Your look should leave an impression that you are well-groomed and professional. However, if you overdo your makeup, that impression may be the reason you don't get the job.”

The Look:

Skin: Use a tinted moisturizer to keep the skin looking refreshed but not too overdone. It’s best to reserve thick concealers to cover blemishes, dark circles under the eyes and as a shadow base, recommends Jessica. Add some extra pigment with a soft colored blush to gently highlight the cheeks yet maintain a relaxed vibe.

Eyes: To achieve the natural look, Jessica suggests using a light beige eye shadow and then carefully blending a slightly darker shade into the crease of the eyelid. Using a very light or white shade on inner corners of the eyes help you appear more awake. “Keep the natural tone to the eyes by going easy on the eyeliner and light on the mascara,” recommends Jessica.

Lips: Statement colors on the lips should be saved for outside of the office, urges Jessica. Stick with nude or soft berry shades to complete the professional look.

AFTER HOURS


“GTL” baby…Gloss, Touch-Up, Lipstick. “For the ultimate party girl, you need what I call impact makeup,” says Jessica. “Sultry, smoky eyes are always, always a good look for a night out on the town. Finish the smoldering look with glossy nude lips and peachy cheeks.”

The Look:

Skin: Use a liquid foundation followed by a yellow based concealer to spot treat any imperfections and under eye circles, recommends Jessica. Follow with blush on the apples of your cheeks to balance the face and complete the look. Highlight your cheek bones with a touch of luminizer for an added glow.

Eyes: To add fullness to eyebrows, Jessica suggests filling them in with a soft brow pencil followed by a powder shade. Create a sultry look by adding a dark color like coal or taupe in the crease of the eyes. Make the inner eyelids “pop” with a silver or gold shimmer. For a more dramatic effect, Jessica suggests layering two coats of mascara on both the upper and lower lashes.

Lips: Prevent lip color from feathering by using a lip liner. Jessica suggests using a shade that blends in with your lip color. Create a pouty lip with a lip plumping lipstick followed by a gloss with shimmer.

DATE NIGHT


Between picking out the perfect outfit and remembering to bring your Altoids, you have enough to do to get ready for a date let alone thinking about the perfect makeup! “It’s all about fun and flirty makeup on date night,” says Jessica. “For an evening date, you want to focus on your eyes. To add a touch of glamour to your look, opt for shimmery gold eyeshadow. For lips, top with pink liner and sheer gloss.”

The Look:

Skin: Use a mineral liquid foundation that is sheer with a cream concealer to spot treat any redness, dark spots, or under eye darkness. Top with a mineral loose powder to set. For a sun kissed glow, add a bronzer with some shimmer to your forehead, nose, and cheeks. Lightly brush bronzer onto your chest as well for a consistent glow.

Eyes: “You want to make sure it’s not too heavy, but enough to draw him in,” says Jessica. Apply a bronze or champagne color shadow to the eyes with a darker color in the crease. Use mascara that adds length to the upper and lower lashes.

Lips: For a night out, Jessica suggests going with peachy pinks topped with a gloss that is the same color as the lipstick, but adds some shine.

MEETING THE PARENTS


Meeting a man’s parents for the first time can always evoke a bit of anxiety. After all, you want to make a good impression. “People tend to read a lot into someone’s personality based on how the person looks. Right or wrong, it’s human nature,” says Jessica. “Don’t go over the top with your makeup - think pretty and natural. Save the smokey eyes for girls’ night out.”

The Look:

Skin: For a natural look that will provide more than enough coverage, Jessica suggests using a mineral powder over a mineral concealer. Enhance natural beauty with a soft pink or soft peach cream blush.

Eyes: For this occasion, Jessica suggests leaving the shimmer eye shadows in the makeup bag. Keep the soft, natural look going with neutral color shadows like earth tones or soft mauves in matte.

Lips: Keep it light with a tinted lip balm or clear gloss, but nothing that is too shiny.