Weekend Beauty Read

SugarShock thinks she may have found her signature scent, and as it turns out, it’s the perfect perfume for spring.

The Makeup Divas reviews Mac Fafi Lipsticks.

The Daily Cookie brings you the scoop behind Danity Kane’s Welcome to the Dollhouse album cover photoshoot. Check out her exclusive Q&A with makeup artist JJ Jacobucci!

Beauty Anonymous brings you Chanel Limited-edition Highlighting Powders Duo!

A Touch of Blusher picks the top 10 spring 2008 collections.

Mischo Beauty shares a lesson on sun damage and the importance of using sunscreen.

Temtpalia has a weekend getaway you’re bound to enjoy at the Pacific Palms Resort & Spa.

Raging Rouge gets her drink on in the only way a pregnant woman can… with tarte Cheek Stain in Tipsy.

15 Minute Beauty Fanatic shows you how to recreate Stila’s look from Wayne Lee Fall 2008!

The Beauty of Life finds a way to keep her skin sparkling with Bliss Steep Clean!

Cybelesays checks out the latest in organic fragrances with a new favorite from Tsi~La

Stylish Opinion finds any reason, any reason at all, to try out caffeinated soap.

The Beauty Blog Network interviews new member Mischo Beauty.

Elke shares her fav drugstore beauty products.

Beauty and Personal Grooming tells you to cover your gray with touch-up sticks.

Beauty Blogging Junkie has fallen for the crazy spatula-like applicator and holographic shine of this lip gloss by Thierry Mugler.

The Muse Hauls Heatherette! Check out her first impressions on this new MAC Collection!

Ever thought about changing your hair because someone else says you should? Mystical Beauty’s Musings tells you why you shouldn’t in Cutting Long Hair

Savvy Skin realizes most of her favorite skin care and beauty items are Old-School Beauty products.

marina from makeup loves me meets the heatherette boys (pictures included!) and checks out their collaboration with MAC.

Makeup Moxie has a tragic love affair with Sue Devitt Microquatic Lash Line Enhancer

Glossypink has found the pale pink lipstick of her dreams!

Face Candy looks at the new Guerlain Terracotta goodies.

Toya tried the tarte health couture collection and she’s feeling healthy, beautiful, and oh so couture!

Product Girl takes a peak at Creative Scentualization’s Perfumers Palette.

Pursebuzz.com tries a new look with Heatherette Pigments, check out the video tutorial here!

Karen from Makeup and Beauty Blog gives you swatches of Chanel’s new summer makeup collection, woot!

Spoiled Pretty has found the definitive eyebrow kit. Find out what it is!

Don’t miss your chance to enter All Lacquered Up’s Sally Hansen Giveaway. You could be one of three winners to receive the Tracey Reese for Sally Hansen Salon line collection.

And, just in case you missed ours: 

Sure you’re in love with your flat iron, but are your strands silky straight and FLAT? StyleBell shows you how to Volumize Straight Strands.

Hairstyle How To: A Super Simple Bun

All you need are two ponytail holders and a quick minute to watch this video and you’ll be able to create a simple, stylish hairstyle that’s both simple and chic. Everywhere we look we see buns, buns, buns!

Three Healthy Dandruff Recipes

Got dandruff? Don’t let those flakes get you down, wipe ’em out with these tried and true all natural dandruff destroying recipes:

1- Green Tea

  • Add two green tea teabags to one cup of boiling water and steep for 20 minutes.
  • Remove the teabags and place the cup in the fridge overnight.
  • The following day, take the cooled tea with you into the shower
  • Wet your hair thoroughly first, then pour the cold tea over your scalp
  • Massage into scalp for one minute
  • Shampoo and condition as usual
  • Use 2-3 times a week until dandruff subsides

2- White Vinegar

  • 1/2 cup of white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup of warm water
  • Combine the water and vinegar together in a small cup.
  • Wet your hair thoroughly first, then pour the cold tea over your scalp
  • Massage into scalp for one minute
  • Shampoo and condition as usual
  • Use 1-2 times a week until dandruff subsides

3- Rosemary and Oil

  • Add 4-5 drops of rosemary essential oil to 1/2 tablespoon of olive (or sunflower) oil
  • Mix in hands and massage thoroughly into scalp before bed
  • For extra conditioning, comb the mixture through hair strands
  • Cover hair with plastic cap or towel to keep hair away from pillowcases
  • Shampoo and condition as usual
  • Can be used up to 4X a month

If you have dandruff, your scalp is already in an unhealthy, sensitive state, these natural remedies have been known to fight dandruff and other dry scalp issues gently and effectively.

-CurlyBelle

2008 InStyle Best Beauty Buys for Hair

Here they are, the 2008 InStyle Best Beauty Buys for hair. Steal or splurge, drugstore or department store, the only requirement is that these products work, and work well! We love that. Pricey potions and drugstore finds go head to head in one of our favorite competitions of all time….and the winners are:

L’Oreal Professionnel Colorist Collection
BEST COLOR-REFRESHING SHAMPOO

Kerastase
BEST OVERALL SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER

Redken Color Extend
BEST SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER FOR COLOR-TREATED HAIR

Pantene Pro-V
BEST INEXPENSIVE SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER

Citre Shine Shine Mist Spray Laminator
BEST SHINE SPRAY

John Frieda Frizz-Ease Serum
BEST ANTI-FRIZZ PRODUCT

L’Oreal Professionnel Texture Expert Infinium Spray
BEST HAIRSPRAY

Bumble & Bumble Styling Cream
BEST STYLING CREAM

Phytovolume Actif Volumizer Spray
BEST VOLUMIZER

Shu Uemura Art of Hair Shape Paste
EDITORS’ PICK

Conair Infiniti Tourmaline Ionic Styler
BEST INEXPENSIVE BLOW-DRYER

FHI Heat Runway
BEST FLAT IRON

Spornette
BEST INEXPENSIVE BRUSH

Mason Pearson Handy Bristle
BEST PADDLE BRUSH

T3 Bespoke Labs Featherweight
BEST BLOW-DRYER

Marilyn Ovali Pro
BEST ROUND BRUSH

Hot Tools Professional Spring Iron
BEST CURLING IRON

Want to see the other InStyle Best Beauty Buys? See the entire list.

-CurlyBelle

Hairstyle How To: Volumizing Straight Strands

Sure you’re in love with your flat iron, we know, we know, but are your strands silky straight and FLAT? Tresemme Style Expert Nathaniel Hawkins shows Celeb TV (and us!) how to add volume to a sleek, straight style ala Jennifer Aniston and Ali Larter. All of your favorite products are right in your drugstore, and he mentions my favorite body building move – the upside-down blowdry!

-CurlyBelle

Natural Henna How To

If you have hair that is relaxed, permed, damaged or fragile you might be wary of getting chemical coloring. Enter henna. This natural colorant is plant derived and a more gentle alternative to the harsh chemicals and peroxide in most hair color dyes. A quick consultation with your stylist will help you select the right color based on your natural hair – results will vary from person to person. Also ask for a quick patch test to make sure it is 100% natural henna and that you do not have any allergies before undergoing the coloring. 

Henna is long-lasting permanent color, but it will still will wash out and lighten over time due to blow drying, sunlight and other factors. This comprehensive video is a great way to learn about the henna application process. You’ll be interested to see the use of olive oil for hydration and shine, and eggs for protein and strength!

Get Your Hair Dangerously Straight with Herbal Essences

Herbal Essences Dangerously StraightDid you know you can get your hair Dangerously Straight with Herbal Essences? Yep, the entire product line is dedicated to relaxing your hair’s texture, banishing frizz, and creating sleek chic locks. The Dangerously Straight collection goes toe to toe with those hoity-toity brand name brands and delivers the same straightening powers as those pricey potions at a fraction of the price. Infused with honeyed pear and silk, this sweet smelling collection provides hold without being sticky, repels humidity (which we love!) and provides a brilliant glossy shine.

This short video will show you how to take your hair from wet to wow in a few easy steps, and features some of the best blow drying techniques we’ve seen! The secret to sleek and smooth hair is only steps away…

The best part? Herbal Essences Dangerously Straight is all in your local drugstore waiting for you.

-CurlyBelle

Five Must-Have Hair Tools Under $5

Bobby PinsEveryone should have these five hair essentials from the drugstore, they are all super-inexpensive, but worth their weight in gold.

Bobby pins – The perfect solution for strays, last minute updo’s and other quick fixes, especially if you’re out for the evening. Someone I know is always looking for a bobby pin when a group of us go to the ladies room, and I’m a star when I come to the rescue.

Ponytail Bands – No slip hair bands, elastic headbands and ponytail holders are perfect for ponytails, buns and pulling all of your hair off your face. There is always one on my wrist, but it usually doesn’t stay there for long.

Barrettes – Simple or flashy, large or tiny, you can’t go wrong with a barrette. A simple clip can work wonders on your style and your mood, especially if the front pieces aren’t being agreeable that day. Just pull them to the top of your head, or over to the side, clip ’em and go. You’ll love how cute it looks.

A Rattail Comb – This is sure to become your new BFF if you ever want to add tons of volume to your style. A few quick teases will transform your hair from flat to fat in seconds flat. Just don’t go nuts. Think volume, not beehive.

Foam or Plastic Rollers – Ok, you had them in grammar school, but hey, they work. Keeping a small package around comes in handy when you want to create curls with the least amount of time and effort. Adding a few quick curlers before you blow dry might eliminate the use of your curling appliance altogether. Foam or plastic? Either kind is great in a pinch.

These five drugstore finds will help keep your hairstyle in tip-top shape on a daily basis without breaking the bank.

-CurlyBelle