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Product Polygamy Week: Hair

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Woo woo! Party over here! Party over here!

Welcome to day three of Product Polygamy Week, Spoiled Pretty’s celebration of the beauty items that get big love from me and my girl, Amber.

SHAMPOO
The Barb:
Frederic Fekkai Technician Shampoo For Dry, Damaged, Color-Treated Hair
Looking for a shampoo that will nurture your tortured tresses and restore their good health? Then look no further than Frederic Fekkai Technician Shampoo For Dry, Damaged, Color-Treated Hair. Your hair needn’t be dry, damaged, and color-treated to enjoy this product. As long as your strands are one of the above, they will reap the rewards of this sublime shampoo.

The Nicki: Barry Fletcher Moisture Therapy Honeysuckle Moisturizing Shampoo
This is all I have to say…Barry Fletcher’s Moisture Therapy Honeysuckle Moisturizing Shampoo left my hair so silky smooth that I almost didn’t need conditioner. What more is there to say? Oh yeah – an 8 oz. bottle is only $7.

The Margene: Bumble and bumble Creme De Coco Shampoo
creme+de+coco+shampoo Product Polygamy Week: HairMade with coconut oil and murumuru butter, Bumble and bumble Creme De Coco Shampoo gently cleanses, supremely moisturizes, enhances shine and tames frizz. Still need convincing? Peep this – it smells like a frothy pina colada. Bottoms up!

CONDITIONER
The Barb:
Barry Fletcher Moisture Therapy Revitalizing Conditioner
Nothing makes my hair softer or more manageable than Barry Fletcher’s Moisture Therapy Revitalizing Conditioner. It hydrates, strengthens, and leaves my strands implausibly silken. Plus it smells just like a pina colada (are you noticing a pattern here?) and costs $10 for a tub.

The Nicki: Moroccanoil Masque
moroccanoil+masque Product Polygamy Week: HairThe people responsible for the Moroccanoil hair care line must practice magic and wizardry. That’s the only explanation I can come up with that could possibly account for the products’ supernatural powers. Moroccanoil Masque is a rich, creamy treatment, designed to hydrate and repair damaged hair. With continued use, it revitalizes hair, restoring shine and manageability.

The Margene: Joico K Pak Deep Penetrating Reconstructor
If your hair is over-processed, severely damaged and/or you suffer from breakage, then Joico K Pak Deep Penetrating Reconstructor is the answer. This is not – and I repeat NOT – a moisturizing product. This is a hair reconstructor; it rebuilds and improves the structure of your hair. After just one use, you’ll notice that there’s less hair in your comb/brush, your hair looks healthier and it feels stronger. Just remember to follow this up with a moisturizing treatment, because too much protein can make hair strong but also brittle.

STYLING PRODUCT
The Barb:
Moroccanoil Oil Treatment
If you go out and buy just one thing off this list, let it be Moroccanoil Oil Treatment. There aren’t enough hours in the day for me to accurately describe how this magical elixir has changed my life. I’m a beauty blogger, so I have to test and review a plethora of products. Which means that I have to switch it up all of the time. But the one hair product I CANNOT take out of the rotation is Moroccanoil Oil Treatment. This amazing oil strengthens brittle hair, softens unmanageable manes, nourishes dry scalp, restores shine, eliminates frizz, protects against UV damage, speeds styling time by 40% and provides long-term conditioning to all hair types. I don’t know one person who’s tried it an thought, “meh.” Use it once and you’ll want to buy it in bulk so you’re never without it.

The Nicki: Redken Extreme Iron Repair
You’ve heard it time and time again…take it easy on the thermal styling tools. But your hair just looks too damn good when you’ve had a nice blowout and you touch it up with the flat iron. I know, I know. I’m guilty too. So if you’re like me and determined to be a blowdrying, flat-ironing badass, please invest in a thermal protector like Redken Extreme Iron Repair. This lightweight, heat-activated lotion protects hair from heat-styling damage while strengthening the internal and external fiber. And it eases your guilty conscience when you’re putting hot tools in your hair every five minutes.

The Margene: No Frizz by Living Proof
living+proof Product Polygamy Week: HairOkay, I lied. Remember when I said if you buy one thing on this list, make it Moroccanoil Oil Treatment? Well, I forgot that I would also be including No Frizz by Living Proof on said list. No Frizz is a revolutionary new hair care line that contains a brand new molecule that does what silicones can’t: eliminate frizz by blocking out humidity. No Frizz by Living Proof is the winner of Allure Magazine’s most coveted beauty honor: the ‘beauty breakthrough award’ of 2008. Already an insider favorite to stylists and celebrities, it hasn’t been available to the general public until recently. Then it hit the market, but you couldn’t find it anywhere because beauty zealots were snatching it up in bulk, like they were on an eppy of Supermarket Sweep. Sounds crazy, but this stuff is serious; it was created by a scientist at MIT!

Since I’ve been using this, frizz isn’t even a word in my dictionary. I forgot what it meant because – rain or shine – my hair looks exactly the same. Hot mess, puffball hair begone! And one thing I absolutely love about these products…it instructs you to apply as much as you want, that you can’t overdo it. I love glopping on some styling products, so a product line that lets me go hog wild (but won’t let me overdo it) gets an A+ in my book.

My partner in crime, Amber, is hair obsessed. So you know she’ll have some great product picks. Go check her out and I’ll see you tomorrow…same time, same place.

Golden Globes Gorgeous: Megan Fox

megan+fox Golden Globes Gorgeous: Megan FoxFrederic Fekkai’s Renato Campora styled presenter, Megan Fox’s locks into a modern runway-inspired French twist.

To copy Megan’s foxy look, start by applying Fekkai Coiff Controle to damp hair and smooth out the texture with the Fekkai Classic Brush. Separate the top of the hair and tease the bottom all the way around. Using Fekkai Pomade Cristal to create texture pull the bottom portion of the hair to one side and twist. Secure with pins. Join the top to rest of the hair and follow the direction of the twist. Attach the front to the back to give you a sculptured wave. Finish with Fekkai Glossing Sheer Shine Mist. Creating the twist in two sections gives the classic French twist a modern look.

Golden Globes Gorgeous: Anne Hathaway

anne+hathaway Golden Globes Gorgeous: Anne HathawayMakeup Artist Kate Lee used Chanel and Lancôme products on Anne Hathaway for the 66th annual Golden Globes.

Beauty Inspiration: “Anne looked statuesque tonight. The dress was a deep navy colour, the top layer was black net, and had vibrant azure blue beading which complemented her alabaster skin tone. It is always my intention to make the look classic when it is for an award show.”

Beauty Tip: Kate chose to keep the eye sculptural and neutral. She took a small brush and blended the darkest shade in the Chanel Quadra Eye Shadow in Mystic Eyes from the lash line upwards slightly to soften the line. In the socket line, she used a tiny amount of Chanel Soft Touch Eye Shadow in Slate (launching in June 2009, given to Kate in advance for the Golden Globes), just enough to define the socket, and a tiny amount along the lower lash line. Next, she curled the eye lashes and applied sever layers of Chanel Inimitable Waterproof Mascara in Noir. Lancôme Le Crayon Poudre in Brunet was the perfect product to gently add depth and definition to Anne’s brows.

Kate sculpted the cheekbones with Chanel Powder Blush in Nude, and on the top of the cheek bones and along the jaw and clavicle she used Lancôme Absolue Powder in Absolute Peche.

The lips were a perfect dark raspberry shade stain. To achieve this effect, Kate lined the lips in Chanel Definer in Natural, a shade that matched the color of Anne’s natural lip shade. Making sure the lips where moisturized and supple, she gently padded on Chanel Hydrabase Lipstick in Lotus Rouge, blending the edges of the lips so that there were no hard lines of color.

As a perfect finishing touch, Kate used Chanel Poudre Cristalline Ultra-Fine Translucent Powder to take away any shine from the forehead, nose and chin.

Frederic Fekkai’s Adir Abergel tended to Anne Hathaway’s tresses, creating a timeless and classic coiff reminiscent of Grace Kelly. To copy Anne’s do, start by applying Fekkai Coiff Boufant Lifting & Texturizing Spray Gel from roots to ends, part hair in a very deep side part. Blow dry completely with Fekkai Large Round Brush, once completely dry, take all hair into a low ponytail, applying Fekkai Coiff Magnifique to hair for texture and shine and wrap with elastic band at the nape. Take the ponytail and tuck it underneath, using a few hair pins and bobby pins to keep it secure. Once done, spray Fekkai Sheer Hold Hairspray for the perfect hold.

Snag Jessica Alba’s Bangin’ New Do

Want to snag Jessica Alba’s bangin’ new styles? Read on…ghd Artistic Ambassador Andy Bodine shares how to recreate her look using an array of ghd products…

Look 1: Sleek & Sassy

jessica+alba+1 Snag Jessica Alba’s Bangin’ New DoIf you’re born with natural texture in your hair like Jessica, you’ll need to use an iron to get hair looking this sleek. Start off with a lightweight product, like ghd thermal protector, which protects hair from the heat of your styling tools. The formula also controls static and brings out your hair’s natural shine. On hair with medium length, I use the ghd IV styler to straighten strands from root to tip. To prevent the style from looking too stiff and straight, slightly curl the ends inward. The ghd IV styler is great for this since the ceramic plates are beveled and float (meaning they have more give when you use it to curl, which prevent dents or lines in the hair). For Jessica’s fringe, I would use the ghd IV mini styler which comes with ½” plates that are great for using on shorter styles. After using the styler, apply just a small amount of ghd shining serum to smooth the cuticle and you’re ready to show off your sleek, sassy style.

Look 2: Textured & Tousled

jessica+alba+2 Snag Jessica Alba’s Bangin’ New DoIf your hair is like Jessica’s and naturally has a slight wave in it, after showering use a product that helps define that natural wave. I use ghd texture lotion on hair when it’s still slightly damp. The formula is great at defining and piecing out your hair’s natural texture without looking or feeling too stiff. Use a diffuser with your blow dryer when drying the rest of your hair to prevent frizz, then apply ghd sea spray which has Dead Sea salt crystals to help recreate movement in hair and also provides a good hold that lasts throughout the day.
If your hair doesn’t have the natural wave in it, try creating a loose wave with your styler. I take a section of hair and place my ghd IV styler close to the root. Once I clamp down on the piece, I turn the styler 180 degrees away from the face and slowly pull through to the ends of the hair. The more quickly you pull through, the looser the wave and the great thing about this look is that if your waves turn out slightly messy, it looks even better! Finish the look with ghd sea spray to add matte texture and you’re good to go!

Ted Gibson Is Now At Target!!!

daneen+and+ted+gibson Ted Gibson Is Now At Target!!!Ted Gibson is a genius. He’s one of the most sought-after editorial, runway, and celebrity hair stylists in the business. He’s also the one degree of separation between me and Angelina Jolie. But you don’t have to be Angie or me (see left) to be a Gibson Girl. Just head to your local Target.

You heard me right. Ted Gibson’s cult-favorite hair care line is now available at Target!!!

Ted’s mission is to create a line of luxury products that are effective and simple to use. By combining the most modern technology with
the highest quality ingredients available, he created a regimen of products for everyone, which will inspire people to recognize their
individualized beauty.

Celeb fans like Anne Hathaway, Debra Messing, Eva Mendes, Vanessa Carlton, Amerie, and Claire Danes really love them. I love them. And you will too. So go on…git to Target!

For more Ted Gibson news and beauty tips, check out Ted’s fabulous blog, In His Beauty Universe.

Amazon Beauty, Indeed

amazon+beauty+rahua+elixir Amazon Beauty, IndeedAmazon Beauty’s Rahua Elixir is so absolutely fantastic that it made me look past the fact that it costs $100 for half an ounce and smells like a barbecue grill.

This is a holy grail hair product if ever I met one. Rahua Elixir is a 100% natural hair oil infused with seasonal herbs and flowers that is handmade in the Amazon Rainforest by women of the Quecha-Shuar tribe. The concentrated oil repairs hair in three minutes by penetrating the hair’s cortex – adding brilliance and elasticity to all hair types.

To use as a hot oil treatment, apply 3-5 drops of Rahua Elixir to towel-dried hair, concentrating on the ends. Heat activates the ingredients, so blow dry to smooth, treat and add shine. Rahua Elixir can also be used on dry hair – just apply 2-3 drops on ends and brace yourself; your hair will be so soft and supple, you’ll swear this oil was magic.

As an overnight hair treatment, use 7 or more drops on your ends, let it go to work while you get your beauty sleep, then rinse in the morning. As a scalp treatment, apply 3-5 drops to the scalp and massage in – twice a week.

Rahua Elixir has been a godsend to my hair. At first, I was a little shocked by the earthy fragrance. But I found that if you apply to damp hair, the smoky scent dissipates as your hair dries. I was amazed that 5 drops of this oil could transform my dry, damaged hair into a mane of myth. I honestly can’t remember the last time my hair looked and felt so divine.

I just finished the tester vial Amazon Beauty sent me to test. And, let me tell you – I am totally jonesing for more of this jungle juice.

Amazon Beauty products are available at amazonbeautysecret.com.

Aveda Giveaway Winners Revealed!

aveda smooth infusion kit Aveda Giveaway Winners Revealed!
Congratulations to Geneva Tatem, the grand-prize winner of Spoiled Pretty’s Aveda Smooth Infusion Giveaway. She has won Aveda’s Smooth Infusion Kit ($107 value), a 4-step smoothing system, with a smoothing brush. This set of smooth operators softens and defends against humidity for up to 12 hours.

Christina Kelly and Amanda Tracy are the lucky runners-up. They will receive Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother, which protects against surface damage from heat styling, defends against humidity for up to 12 hours, and makes styling faster and easier.

Thanks to everyone who entered this contest, and to the generous folks at Aveda – without whom, this wouldn’t be possible.

And check back later for another unbelievable giveaway…one that will have everyone talking!

Aveda Smooth Infusion Giveaway

This week, Spoiled Pretty is partnering with Aveda for a giveaway!!! One grand prize winner will receive Aveda’s Smooth Infusion Kit ($107 value), a 4-step smoothing system, with a smoothing brush. This set of smooth operators softens and defends against humidity for up to 12 hours.

aveda+smooth+infusion+kit Aveda Smooth Infusion Giveaway
The Smooth Infusion Kit includes:

Smooth Infusion Shampoo
* Babassu-derived cleansing system softens hair up to 60%
* Luxurious lather moisturizes and reduces frizz

Smooth Infusion Conditioner
* Exclusive plant infusion—a blend derived from organic aloe, maize and guar bean—creates a smooth new surface on hair
* Significantly reduces frizz and unwanted wave, helps prevent flyaways
* Protects against surface damage from heat styling

Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother
* Makes styling faster, easier
* Organic tapioca defends against humidity for up to 12 hours
* Hydrolized wheat protein protects against surface damage from heat styling

Light Elements Smoothing Fluid
* This fluid styling formula adds shine and movement as it restores a healthy look and feel to hair
* Plant-based ingredients—like certified organic jojoba—help condition and smooth hair
* Smooths, and conditions
* Dries with a soft touchable finish
* Adds weightless, free-flowing movement, body and natural shine

Two runners-up will win Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother (a $24 value).

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read “Aveda Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Sunday, October 26th. Three winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, October 27th, I’ll announce the winners’ names. Please, only one entry per person; duplicate entries will not increase your chances of winning. Contest is open to U.S. and Canadian residents only.

Good luck!

New York Fashion Week: Bellissima, Massimo and Molton Brown!

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 New York Fashion Week: Bellissima, Massimo and Molton Brown!On the second day of Fashion Week, representatives from Molton Brown set up shop in Total Beauty’s suite at the Bryant Park Hotel.

I got the skinny on some new and soon-to-be-released products…and hairstylist extraordinaire Massimo gave me a blowout that took my limp hair from flat to phat.

My hair miraculously held up through Hurricane Hanna, thanks to Molton Brown’s Volumising Brahmi Hair Straight & Curl and Smoothing Lila Leaf Hair-Gloss. I kid you not…it looked the same at 1am, when my head finally hit the pillow, as it did at 3pm when Massimo finished his masterpiece.

 New York Fashion Week: Bellissima, Massimo and Molton Brown!

New York Fashion Week: Sebastian Reinvented, and Hanging Wit Cory Kennedy

cory4 New York Fashion Week: Sebastian Reinvented, and Hanging Wit Cory Kennedy
Last Saturday, after show hopping at the tents, I headed on over to the Bryant Park Hotel’s Cellar Bar for a Total Beauty cocktail soiree sponsored by Sebastian. As we were popping bottles and noshing on mouthwatering muchies, we were schooled on the fearless and fashionable reinvention of Sebastian Professional.

After more than three decades of churning out cult hairstyling classics, Sebastian launched an investigation to figure out how they could take the company to the next level and bring it into the new millenium. This resulted in over two years of product testing and over 10,000 conversations with stylists and consumers to identify where the brand could fill a void. The product testing and feedback convinced Sebastian that the brand was in need of a complete overhaul.

The new Sebastian Professional is “a focused and powerful collection of over 30 products that combines Sebastian heritage heroes with new and exciting innovation.” Designed to offer versatility in use and application, the products are arranged into three categories:

Foundation: three essential shampoo and conditioner regimens (Light, Drench and Penetraitt)with tailored levels of conditioning, designed to restore a multitude of hair types to the same healthy level.

Form: eight fierce styling products designed to hold, mold and sculpt (Re-Shaper, Shaper Fierce, Shaper Zero Gravity, Liquid Steel, Gel Forte, Mousse Forte, Craft Clay and Molding Mud).

sebastian+whipped+creme New York Fashion Week: Sebastian Reinvented, and Hanging Wit Cory KennedyFlow: six essential treatment-stylers for creating touchable, soft and flowing hair (Thickefy Foam, Taming Elixir, Whipped Crème, Stylixir, Potion 9 & Potion 9 Lite).

The standout of the new class is the Whipped Crème Light Conditioning Style Whip. This protein-rich, ultra-light product actually resembles whipped cream, so keep it away from the kiddies and keep out of the mouths of babes. But your hair is going to love lapping it up.

Don’t be fooled…this is not a mousse. It is a leave-in conditioner that increases volume, nourishes curls and waves, helps achieve a polished blowout, helps to achieve sleek strands when used in conjunction with a flat iron, but won’t leave your hair sticky or stiff.

cory2 New York Fashion Week: Sebastian Reinvented, and Hanging Wit Cory KennedySebastian’s new face (and cult blogger/trendsetter/hipster muse), Cory Kennedy, was on-hand to testify. She was looking like million and sporting the most delicious aqua Alexandre Herchcovitch booties. The cheveux chameleon likes to experiment with different looks, and she told me that Whipped Crème can be used to achieve any style imaginable.

When I asked her how she uses the product on an average day, she said she schrunches it into her wet waves and lets it air dry. See below for the fabulous result.

So. Not. Fair!

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Amber, Cory, and yours truly

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Amber, Marina, Cory Kennedy and Mark “The Cobrasnake” Hunter


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