Weekend Beauty Read

Face Candy checks out MAC’s new Beauty Powder Blushes.

The Makeup Divas reviews 2 eye shadows from a new cosmetic line called Mellies Makeup.

15 Minute Beauty Fanatic tries out Elizabeth Arden’s new Intervene Foundation and loves the results!

Makeup Moxie reviews Calvin Klein Tempting Glance Intense Eyeshadow.

The Muse shares her current beauty addictions and asks what are some of yours?

Touch of Blusher will be buying the latest fragrance from Stella McCartney.

Mischo Beauty shares why she loves Wella Salon Professional Power Mask.

The Beauty of Life falls down the rabbit hole for the Alice in Wonderland nail lacquers from Goldie!

Beauty Blogging Junkie kicks off Wash Me Amadeus Week with Dermalogica Clearing Skin Wash.

Beauty and Fashion Tech reviews Philosphy A Pigment of Your Imagination, a suncreen and melasma treatment in one.

Temptalia tells you whether the Zeno Acne Clearing Treatment Device is worth it!

SugarShock is having a Hair Plump Showdown: it’s T3 360 Plump versus Fekkai All-Day Hair Plump. Find out who comes out on top!

Beauty Anonymous shares her experience with DHC in the US.

The Beauty Blog Network welcomes newest member Mischo Beauty to the network.

Elke starts her 5 part series on Eyebrow No-No’s and how to fix them.

Stylish Opinion ponders which manicure to get from Dashing Divas…….. the Spoiled Diva or the All Out Diva?

Beauty and Personal Grooming writes about the alternative uses of lip gloss.

Raging Rouge dives into the Spring 2008 Urban Decay collection, including reviews of Loose Pigment Eyeshadow and 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils!

Mystical Beauty’s Musings overhears a conversation about Bacon Perfume, and asks if you would wear it.

Beauty Banter goes behind the runway at L.A. Fashion Week to get the scoop on the beauty inspiration…

Glossypink tells you how to get Rachel McAdams’ ravishing look!

makeup loves me is having a giveaway with whole foods for some dr. hauschka products! hurry over to get yourself entered!

Looking for a liquid liner that’s easy to use and makes your eyes POP? Look no further…Spoiled Pretty has found it! Plus, enter our Chloe and Jane giveaway!

Karen from Makeup and Beauty Blog shows you how to make your eyeshadow colors look bolder and brighter with MAC Cream Color Base in Pearl.

Are high-end brands better than drugstore brands? The Daily Cookie weighs in and compares two toners to find out.

Pursebuzz.com takes a trip to LA for LA’s fashion week. Gregory A., M.A.C senior artist gives her a chance to pick his brain. Find out what his top favorite tips are and more here.

And just in case you missed ours:

Emo Hairstyles are all the rage and totally cool – StyleBell asks: Do you have scene hair?

The Hollywood Hair Guy’s Frizzy Hair Fix

American Idol hair stylist Dean Banowetz shows us two quick tips on banishing frizz and static electricity in your hair. He’s know as “The Hollywood Hair Guy” for a reason, these tips are tops!

-StraightBelle

Celebrity Hair Colorist: Inside Rita Hazan’s Salon

Watch InStyle’s sneek peek inside Rita Hazan’s exclusive NYC salon (yes, the very same one featured on Oprah) and watch how this uber-popular celebrity colorist turns everyday girls into stars with celebrity inspired haircolors.

-CurlyBelle

Kerastase Creme Elasto-Curl is a Curl DO!

Kerastase Creme Elasto CurlKerastase Nutritive Creme Elasto-Curl is a definition forming creme for thick, curly hair. That’s what the bottle says. But does it work?

I’m always on the lookout for anything that claims to enhance curls and control frizz. But seriously, don’t all products designed for curly hair claim to do this? I must admit, a lot of products I have tried fall short of this claim, though every time I try a new product, I am as enthusiastic as ever with hope!

If you have curly hair, you know how this feels. You get all excited to try a new curl enhancing cream, and midway through using it, you realize it’s not going to do what you want it to do. Then the big let down, your hair looks worse.

Well Kerastase can change that. Their Creme Elasto-Curl helps condition and improve curl definition, while it adds shine, suppleness, and softness. And yes, it really does help control frizz. Kerastase offers a complete product line of hair care products and hair treatments created to restore and maximize your hair’s natural beauty. And there is nothing better than nice natural curls!

Enjoy the total Kerastase experience at home, you won’t be sorry! If you’ve read my blog posts you know that I’m already a huge fan of Kerastase Oleo Relax too!

For curly hair styling tips from Kerastase check out this video: Modern Curls with Kerastase Oleo Curl. Curls RULE!

-CurlyBelle

NY Times Article: Brazilian Keratin Treatments

This article was featured online in the Fashion & Style Section of The New York Times in  July, 2007:

AFTER 14 years of relentless highlighting, bleaching and chemical straightening, Deborah Epstein, 32, a law student from Forest Hills, Queens, had ruined her unruly brown curls. Dull, brittle and difficult to style, her hair was so fragile a ponytail holder could snap it off. 

Moreover, all it took was a molecule of moisture and her hair frizzed. And no amount of expensive products, deep-conditioning treatments and weekly salon blowouts could tame her mane.

But in April, Ms. Epstein tried the Brazilian Keratin Treatment at the nuBest Salon and Spa in Manhasset, N.Y. The results were so spectacular, she wept.

“I got very emotional,” she said. “It was mind-boggling how beautiful my hair looked: straight, shiny, sleek and more important, healthy. I have no products in my life now. I wash my hair, air-dry it and then the last 10 minutes, I blow it and it’s pin-straight.”

Such a gushing testimonial is not unusual, stylists say. “For a woman who had a thorn bush for hair and now it’s like silk, well, we’re talking revolution,” said Mark Garrison, who offers the treatment at his salon in New York.

Originating in Brazil, where it is usually called escova progressiva (progressive blow-dry), the treatment has been trickling here for a few years but has become widely available only in the last six months.

While it appears that no major American hair or beauty companies are now selling it, a cottage industry of hairdressers has emerged, importing products from Brazil or creating their own formulations.

So far, the brands include Brazilian Keratin Treatment, Brazilian Hair Straightening and Brazilian Blowout. “Right now, it’s blowing everything away,” said Meryle Nemeth, the nuBest stylist who administered Ms. Epstein’s treatment, one of about 500 she’s done since February, when it became available at the salon. “I’ve never seen anything take off like this as far as relaxing hair. Everyone wants it for summer, for affairs, for weddings. I’m talking all ages, 12-year-olds to 70-year-olds.”

Sarah Brown, the beauty editor of Vogue, said the treatment is perfect for those with tumbleweed hair who are trying to simplify their lives. “For people who can’t master a salon blowout at home or go get a weekly blowout, a treatment like this is seriously liberating,” she said.

Technically, it is neither a relaxer nor a straightener, both of which use caustic chemicals to change the texture of the hair. The Japanese straightening method, also known as thermal conditioning, has fallen out of favor because many users reported extensive damage, particularly when the process was repeated. The Brazilian is also different because it can be used on most hair types, even the previously color treated, without causing harm, proponents say.

The multistep treatment takes 1 ½ to 4 hours, and costs $150 to $600, depending on the length and thickness of the hair. A stylist applies a solution made with active keratin, a protein akin to a component of human hair.

Using a 450-degree iron, the hairdresser seals the formula onto the outer layer of the cuticle. The formula adheres to the cuticle’s inherently rough edges. Thus, it is said, it traps moisture, hydrating the hair, and adds a glossy veneer.

The results last six weeks to a few months, depending upon how frequently the hair is washed.

There are risks. There’s the hot iron. And the formula often contains formaldehyde, a known carcinogen that can irritate the eyes and lungs if the fumes are inhaled. A spokeswoman for the Food and Drug Administration, however, said that the agency has no restrictions on the use of formaldehyde in cosmetics.

Uncurliness comes with a caveat. Emily Dougherty, the beauty editor at Elle, warned: “You need to do due diligence and challenge your stylist. Ask questions about where this chemical cocktail is coming from.”

And keep in mind, just because something is called Brazilian doesn’t mean it is always beautiful.

Credits: New York Times, Curls Split! Ringlets Be Gone!
By: ELIZABETH HAYT
Published: July 19, 2007

For more information on Brazilian Keratin Treatments, see our article: Brazilian Keratin Treatments 411.

Celebrity Hairstyles: Pretty Ponytails

A slide show featuring picture perfect celebrities and their pulled back ponytail hairstyles. Carmen Electra, Jennifer Lopez, Lindsay Lohan and more.

-StraightBelle

2008 Spring Hairstyles: The Bob is Still Going Strong

The Spring season brings warmer weather and shorter hairstyles for many who want to lose those longer locks and welcome the sunshine. But what if you’re not ready to embrace Victoria Beckham’s Posh “POB” or Katie Holmes’ bouncy, bang-y bob? What’s a girl to do? Don’t worry, you can still find a bob that works for you. Just check out this slide show showcasing our favorite celebrities and their hot Hollywood hair. It looks like everyone in Hollywood has had a bob at some point, even Madonna’s on here. Bobalicious!

If your bob needs more bounce, check out these styling tips.

-CurlyBelle