Weekend Beauty Read

Beauty Anonymous brings you Anna Sui Beach Collection for Summer 2008!

Mischo Beauty shares her best tips on how to prepare for a bikini wax and what to expect!

The Makeup Divas Beauty Blog is blown away by these ProSilk Hair Products!

The Muse shows you the solution to eyeshadow fall out woes with a review of Shadow Shields!

SugarShock Beauty is channelling fashion muse of the moment Amy Winehouse – (in a subtle way, we promise!) – with Stila’s new liquid eyeliner.

Beauty and Personal Grooming shares some DIY Antiwrinkle face masks

A Touch of Blusher can’t live without this foundation.

Beauty Blogging Junkie tells you how to channel the look of your fave The Hills girl here.

The Daily Cookie reviews a dupe for the popular MAC 187 blush brush for a fraction of the price!

Product Girl is having her first giveaway. Enter to win a Philosophy Breakfast in Bed Shower Gel Set from now until Monday night!

Makeup Moxie reviews Cargo Blu-Ray High Definition Mascara.

Glossypink reveals her favorite eyeshadow of all time!

Cybelesays Gets To The Shea Of Things with a feature on the best products out there containing the most Shea Butter

Just when you thought SPF 15 was safe, The Beauty Bug makes you think again, and tells you why you should up your dosage of SPF!

Spoiled Pretty hearts her T3 hair dryer. But what’s the one thing she would add to it? Find out what extra would push her head over heels…

Toya from “The Life of A Ladybug” still hasn’t decided how she feels about Bourjois and these eye products haven’t changed her mind.

Savvy Skin realizes her skin care obsession is ruining her career!

Karen from Makeup and Beauty Blog shows you how to get Mariah Carey’s look with MAC Heatherette Beauty Powder.

And, just in case you missed ours:

Tousled, textured hair is the top tress trend for Spring 2008! StyleBell shows you how to create Beachy Waves with your flat iron.

Top Five Flat Iron Styling Tips

FHI 1 inch Flat IronFlat irons are best known for creating straight styles, but you can also add body and volume, create curls and make waves as well. It just takes a little product, practice and patience. If your flat iron has a rounded style barrel (and most of them do!) you’re ready to create these must-have styles with ease. These top requested flat iron styling articles and videos to get you styling like a pro!

Straight Styles: Flat Iron Straightening Success, a step-by-step tutorial for the straightest strands around.

Adding Volume: Pump up the Volume on your Bob, transform your bob from flat to fab with these top tips.

Curly Styles: Creating Curls with a Flat Iron, yep, bouncy coils in no time.

Waves: Make Some Serious Waves with a Flat Iron, tips for making those waves you crave.

Styling Tips: Flat Iron Styling with GHD, showcases tips and tricks with a ghd flat iron and some strand supporting styling products.

Got your favorite flat iron? Get going!

-CurlyBelle

Does Your Hair Care Fight the Signs of Aging?

PureOlogy NanoWorks LuxuryHairMasqueMeet Pureology NanoWorks LuxuryHairMasque. This rich, indulgent hair masque combines powerful ingredients to strengthen, repair, condition you hair while boosting color radiance and shine. I suppose we’re all getting older (except me of course!) but that means so is our hair. Have you ever thought of your hair as aging?!? It’s a good thing Pureology is here.

I already love the Pureology brand for working its colored-hair magic, keeping my strands vibrant and glossy, so of course I’m thrilled with this newest addition to the PureOlogy’s NanoWorks System. I’m also a huge fan of hair masks and treatments so anything called “luxury hair mask” is right up my alley.

This thick, luxurious masque is a decadent treatment chock full of good-for-your-hair ingredients that sound like a trip to the farmer’s market, instead of hair care. I’m talking about the Antioxidant Fruit Synthesis – acai berry, pomegranate and blueberry – to deliver oxidizing agents that deliver a youthful sheen and boost color vibrancy. Plus, Certified Organic Botanicals including three types of antioxidant rich Mushrooms – Mucor Miehei, Shiitake, and Mannentak – that deeply moisturize and smooth your hair and help reclaim those youthful, shiny strands. Sounds yummy, and it works!

Let’s not forget about the breakthrough technology we’ve already come to expect from Pureology: The Anti-Age Complex with silicones, green tea, citrus and wine extracts to help rejuvenate, smooth, and strengthen the hair to its optimum, youthful condition. Youthful, I love it. And, as with all Pureology products, it’s 100% vegan and never tested on animals.

Bonus Points: It also provides a thermal protection barrier to protect our tresses from our beloved heat appliances, and it smells delish. Don’t worry, the scent is an EU Complaint, allergen-free fragrance, so you won’t overwhelm any subway squeezing friends with an “omg, who’s wearing that perfume?” scent. Nope, this has subtle scents of jasmine, vanilla, amber and rose, which is pure heaven.

-CurlyBelle

Celebrity Style: Bold Brunettes

They say blondes have more fun, but I’m sure these bold brunettes are laughing at that! Check out these dark brown, sultry hair styles on celebrities Lindsay Lohan, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, Angelina Jolie, Penelope Cruz, Katie Holmes, Miley Cyrus and others. Brunettes are beautiful!

An Expert Asks: How Realistic Are You About Your Hair?

The reason why salon customers become dissatisfied with their stylist usually falls into two categories:

1) The client has unrealistic expectations about what their hair will and won’t do.

2) the stylist has limited ability or training or doesn’t educate the client about their hair.

It never ceases to amaze me how clients will chose a style that does not reflect what their hair will actually do. The first step in making sure that expectations do not lead to disappointment is to take a close look in the mirror. Here are some steps to take when doing so:

A) Look in your eyes. Don’t look at the skin texture or any slight disappointing facial features or shapes. Look deep into the eye and note the color. That color is a spectrum of what balances your skin tones. Gold’s, reds, yellows, blues … whatever the spectrum, variations of those colors need to be in your hair either naturally or applied. The choices of those colors will brighten your skin and facial features to work together.

B) Now pull your visual back a bit and note the reality of your hair texture. Is it coarse, fine, thick, thin, curly, frizzy, and straight or a combination? Does it work with your personality? Is it over stressed by your trying to make it what it isn’t or is it compatible with your attitude and the way that you carry yourself?

Being honest with the way that you look is essential for avoiding frustration. If your color or texture is not working for you then you have probably chosen someone else’s hairstyle that does not fit your personality or lifestyle.

There are many stylists to chose from that can either help you to see the reality of your hair and how it enhances your lifestyle or how it has created a monster that has to be controlled everyday or you won’t walk outside your door.

A stylist’s ability is either forced or natural. A forced ability in a stylist is someone who has not learned the structure or basics with hair, hence may not have the confidence to guide you. This means that they may not have a full comprehension of one or all of the following, which is balance, growth patterns, texture, density and color. Note, I did not mention facial shape. That is an antiquated approach of determining the shape of a style. I always try to bring attention to the eyes because they are the windows of one’s true beauty. Missing any of these important components can take a hair style from expectation to disappointment.

Maybe you found a stylist that you heard is great. You decide to set up a consultation. This is the time for the stylist to shine, to win you over with their personality and expertise. Put them to the test by asking them to explain how they see all five aspects of your hair. This is to say that you have a realistic summation of your attributes and challenges. If any of those components do not calculate into reality then most likely neither will the hairstyle.

Now that you see the reality of your hair, you can choose the best style and stylist. Whether your new look requires 10 or 15 minutes in the morning or is a blow ‘n go, make sure that the balance, growth pattern, texture or density and color will all work together to make your style complete. And remember, ultimately your outer beauty is a reflection of who you are inside.

-Victor Sabino, Sabino Hair

Ten Smooth Hair Tips from Aveda

Aveda1. Start clean. Always begin with freshly washed hair. This is especially important if you want your sleek/smooth blow-out to last for several days. Start with the right shampoo and conditioner. Aveda Smooth Infusion Shampoo and Conditioner cleanses and conditions to create a perfect foundation for smooth sleek hairstyles.

2. Protect hair from heat. Always blot wet hair with a towel to remove excess moisture. Don’t rub! It creates frizz. Spray Brilliant Damage Control on damp hair to detangle, reduce breakage and protect from thermal damage.

3. Apply before you dry. Always use a styling product before blow-drying your hair. Apply small amount of Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother evenly from roots to ends to protect from heat styling and defend against humidity for up to 12 hours.

4. Quick dry. To shorten the time it takes to dry your hair, �rough-dry� it using only your hands. Use this technique until hair is about 80% dry.

5. Divide and conquer. Use clips to section hair off into small, manageable sections. Each section of hair should be no larger than the width of the brush you are using. By blow-drying hair section-by-section you ensure a nice, smooth and consistent blow-dry.

6. Give frizz the brush-off. Using an Aveda Wooden Styling Brush and a blow-dryer with a nozzle attachment on high-heat, direct the nozzle downward starting at the top of the section all the way to the ends. This helps smooth the cuticle down, while eliminating frizz. Continue this technique section by section.

7. Cool it. When hair is 100% dry, use cool air to set. This closes the hair’s cuticle and ensures your smooth blow-dry will last longer.

8. Finish what you start. Always apply a finishing product on hair before flat ironing for added slip, shine and heat protection. Run small amount of Light Elements Smoothing Fluid through hair and follow section by section with flat-iron heat.

9. Keep it dry. If you want to finish your hair with hair spray, make sure you use a very dry spray so that the hair does not get wet and revert to unwanted curl/wave. Aveda’s Air Control Hair Spray features a water-free formula that sprays on dry, provides light/flexible hold and helps protect hair from humidity.

10. Sleep on it. In order to help extend the life of your blow dry, it helps to sleep on a silk pillow case or wrap your hair in a silk scarf before bed. This keeps the hair from rubbing up on the pillowcase and causing frizz. For thick/coarse hair, apply Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother before bed. This helps maximize smoothness and helps prevent excess volume in the morning.

-StraightBelle