Peep My Polish: Revlon Top Speed Nail Enamel in Superstitious


Now that I have two kids - and the youngest being 6 weeks old - I needed to get better acquainted with quick-dry nail polish options. I hardly have time to do anything, let alone a DIY - so I needed to find some lacquers that fit my new lifestyle. Yesterday, while going my grocery shopping, I picked up Revlon CONTINUE READING

Tatcha, I'm So Glad I Gotcha


I'm home on maternity leave, so I spend an inordinate amount of time nursing my daughter, burping her and changing her diapers - all the while, watching hours of QVC. I don't know what it is, but I am mesmerized by QVC demonstrations. If I'm channel surfing and I happen to land on QVC, it's damn near impossible for CONTINUE READING

Shopbop Sale: Take Extra 25% Off


  Take an extra 25% off select sale items at Shopbop.com until Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at 11:59 PST. Enter code 25EXTRA at checkout. You're CONTINUE READING

StriVectin Tightening Face Serum Giveaway


Roll back the years with the NEW StriVectin “Roll Back the Years” Firming Collection - a trio of formulas that help to improve skin’s appearance. This three-piece set, which includes the StriVectin-TL Face Serum, the StriVectin-TL Body Cream and the new QVC exclusive StriVectin-TL Neck Serum Roller, helps skin appear firmer and softer on the face, body and neck. . The StriVectin CONTINUE READING

Bath & Body Works Cooling Gel Lotion Needs A New Name


A few weeks ago, I paid a visit to my local Bath & Body Works store. I was on the hunt for a tropical-smelling body wash that wouldn't break the bank, and B&BW seemed like a good place to search. When I entered the store, I was greeted my a really nice saleswoman who asked me what I was CONTINUE READING

Laura Mercier Master Class: Makeup Bag Must-Haves in Your 30s


Every month, my girlfriends from college and I get together for dinner in the Philadelphia area. We started this tradition about two years ago, and - of course - we have a great time catching up and reminiscing!  Most of them are product-obsessed (like me), and most have been through some sort of make-up introductory when we became "of age" to wear it.  Now CONTINUE READING

Hair Styling

Rent Hair Extensions?!?! Unbeweaveable!

Posted on by daneen in Extensions, Hair, Hair Styling | 4 Comments

Warren Tricomi salons have a new rent-an-extension service. For $100, a stylist will color-select, apply, and style human hair clip in extensions. You can be Cinderella (or Rapunzel) for the night, then return the extensions the next day – so they can be sanitized for the next customer. If you decide to rock the long locks for more than 24 hours, it’s $100 per day – and if you decide to keep them, the final cost will have a deduction from the time you rented them.

Or for half the price, you could make your own extensions – and wear them as many times as you’d like. Hell, you could be Cinderella every day…never worrying about the clock striking midnight and your weave turning back into a pumpkin. Here’s how. You’ll need:

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One package of wefted human hair
Basically, it’s a track of hair that can be cut into smaller strips. Be sure to buy human hair because, unlike synthetic, it can be styled with thermal tools. Human hair can also be washed with shampoo, which will extend the life of your extensions. I also recommend going to a beauty supply store to purchase the hair – as opposed to buying online. This way, you’re guaranteed to get hair that more closely matches your own hair color. If you’re confused, ask for a salesperson’s assistance.

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A few packages of wig clips
These usually come in packs of 2 or more. I typically use 2-3 small wig clips per hair extension, depending on the width of the extension. My recommendation is to buy more than you think you need, because they’re pretty inexpensive and it’s always better to have more than to come up short. If you have light hair, buy wig clips that will easily blend with your hair color. If your hair is dark, you can get away with the standard black wig clips.

A spool of thread
The color should match the color of the hair.

A sewing needle

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Step one: Cut the hair wefts into strips. I like to trim them in various widths, so that the end result looks more real. Here’s a good recipe:

Six to eight strips that are 2” in width
Four to six strips that are 3” in width
Four to six strips that are 4” in width
Three strips that are 6” in width
Two strips that are 8” in width

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Step two: Once you’ve cut your strips, take your needle and thread and sew on the wig clips. The comb side should be facing out, and the teeth should be pointing down. A good rule of thumb: the 2, 3, and 4” strips need two wig clips – one on either end. The 6 and 8” strips need three wig clips; one on either end and one to anchor the middle.

Step three: Once you’re finished sewing, you’re done. Clip those babies in, put on your cutest outfit, and go git your Prince Charming.


Sex And The City Beauty: Charlotte

Posted on by daneen in Beauty Tips, Celebrities, Hair Styling | Leave a comment

charlotte Sex And The City Beauty: Charlotte
“Charlotte lives on the Upper East Side in New York, so the makeup is rich and classy,” says Kristen Davis’ makeup artist Nuria Sitja. Charlotte has a clean and classic style, so her look isn’t that different from a few years ago.

charlotte2 Sex And The City Beauty: CharlotteTo transform Kristen into Charlotte York-Goldenblatt, Nuria relied on mascara, pink powdered blush, and sheer pink lipstick.

“I also used lavender shadow in a few scenes because the color complements her eyes and skin tone. Charlotte’s signature look is really natural, so a lot of makeup just wouldn’t work.”

Charlotte’s high-gloss mane comes courtesy of hairstylist Michael Kriston, who applied a leave-in conditioner and a serum to prevent flyaways. “I wanted her to look really glamorous and sexy,” says Michael. To steal Charlotte’s sultry waves, blow drying hair, then use a professional curling iron for a tousled look.

Image source: newline.com/sexandthecity

Is Hilary’s New Do A Don’t?

Posted on by daneen in Celebrities, Hair Color, Hair Styling, Haircut | 3 Comments

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Yesterday, Academy Award winner Hillary Swank showed off a shorter, blonde do at the Joyful Heart Foundation Gala in New York City. What say you?

My Date With Franc at the Giovanni & Pileggi Salon

Posted on by daneen in Hair, Hair Color, Hair Styling, Haircut, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Phocus, Salon | 2 Comments

giovanni+%26+pileggi1 My Date With Franc at the Giovanni & Pileggi Salon
A month ago, I was invited to the grand re-opening of Giovanni & Pileggi, now located in an 1840’s Federal Period Townhouse at 256 South 16th Street in Center City Philadelphia. A few weeks later, I was invited back to the salon – this time, to have my hair cut and colored by one of their talented stylists.

Last Tuesday, I arrived at the salon and was greeted by Franc, whom I had met back in April at the opening. His friendly demeanor put me at ease, at least a little bit. But having been in a 13-year monogamous relationship with my hairdresser Erik, I was having heart palpitations about putting my hair in someone else’s hands.

daneen+and+franc My Date With Franc at the Giovanni & Pileggi SalonWhen Franc sat me down in his chair and asked me what I had in mind for my new do, I surprised myself when I responded, “Do whatever you think is best. I trust you.” I removed the elastic from ponytail and Franc sized up my mane. “Highlights,” he said assertively. “Highlights will give your hair dimension.”

After mixing up my color, he quickly applied the mixture and foil to sections of my hair with amazing dexterity. While working his magic, I remembered I was there in a journalistic capacity and began firing off questions.

Franc told me that as a student at The Philadelphia High School for Creative And Performing Arts, he befriended some girls in the dance department and started doing their hair. Not long after, he realized that hair was his calling and enrolled in beauty school. After graduating from beauty school, he moved to New York City and worked at Bumble & Bumble. It was during his years in NYC that he noticed how segregated the industry was – white customers patronized white salons and black clients patronized black salons. So Franc decided to teach himself how to work with ethnic/textured hair, so that he could cater to all patrons.

In New York, he honed his craft working at the Bumble & Bumble salon – as well as doing fashion shows and photo shoots. But a few years ago, he got a little homesick and decided to move back to Philly to work exclusively in a salon setting. “I much prefer working in a salon because I enjoy helping regular people transform into better versions of themselves,” he said. “It’s not that hard to make a model look good. Plus salon work allows me to be creative. When you’re doing editorial or runway work, you’re following someone else’s template.”

After rinsing the dye out of my hair, a gloss was applied and allowed to marinate – to add all-over shine to my dull locks. But before long, I was back in Franc’s chair. He quickly blow dried my hair and whipped out his shears. Again, I shocked myself by telling him to do what he thought was best. He decided to keep the length, but add some layers that would give my hair shape and movement. Then he styled it without any input from me. So how’d he do?

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Amazing, right?!?!?!?!?! I love my hair and I love Franc for transforming me into a better version of myself.

If you live anywhere near Philadelphia, even if it’s kind of a hike, you must get to Giovanni & Pileggi and pay Franc a visit.

Is Jada Pinkett Smith Hiding A Black Eye?

Posted on by daneen in Celebrities, Hair, Hair Styling | 1 Comment

jada Is Jada Pinkett Smith Hiding A Black Eye?
Okay…so I’ve been hearing some crazy things about Miss Jada lately. Word on the streetz is that she’s using that crazy ratnest mullet hairdo to hide a black eye. What ever happened to good ole concealer? Did anyone see the Oprah/Tom Cruise interview? It seems that this is where the buzz started.

You know I love the celeb fodder. So if you have any info (or just wanna spread more rumors), please leave them in the comments section below. Be a gossip, girl…I won’t judge.

Updo How-To

Posted on by daneen in Bridal, Hair, Hair Styling, Video | Leave a comment

For their big day, many women choose to wear their hair in an updo. This video demonstrates how to create a particularly stunning style. So if you’re a bride-to-be looking for inspiration for your wedding–day hairstyle – this how-to should prove helpful. And be sure to check out the model’s glossy lip…gorgeous!

Enjoy.

Do You Like My New Do?

Posted on by daneen in Hair, Hair Styling, Haircut | 11 Comments

Do you rememer that 80′s song, Working For The Weekend by the band Loverboy? If you don’t, consider yourself lucky. Anyways…while most of you are quickly winding up the work week so that you can get started on your weekend festivities, I will be working this weekend. At least, some of it.

daneens+new+do Do You Like My New Do?So before I embark on my business trip, I just wanted to share my new haircut with all of you pretties. What do you think? I think Erik did a fantastic job! I haven’t loved my hair this much since my wedding last summer – and most of that wasn’t even my real hair!

Talk to you again soon.

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