Because Shaving is the Pits: DERMAdoctor Gorilla Warfare Antiperspirant Giveaway!


My hair grows like a weed. Unfortunately, the hair of which I speak is not on my head. My legs and underarms give my razor a workout. If I shave in the morning, by afternoon, I've got stubble. And forget about skipping days...unless I want to look like Sasquatch. Getting rid of the hair is not only expensive (I CONTINUE READING

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: BlowPro Perfect Shower Cap


The shower and my chemically-straightened hair are frenemies. Every seventh day when I wash my hair, they get along great in a shampoo Shangri-la. But the rest of the week, I employ a shower cap to keep the steam from undoing the silky straightness. I have been wearing shower caps since I was a child, and I’ve tried them CONTINUE READING

Miss Oops is On Sale at HauteLook


I love Miss Oops fashion fixers and have been using them for years. If you wear clothes, you NEED to get acquainted with Miss Oops. All of those things that can and do go wrong with your wardrobe can be fixed by Miss Oops problem-solving products. Shirt revealing too much cleavage? Accidentally get a deodorant stain on your top? Are your CONTINUE READING

Get Catty With Wildfox Catfarer Sunglasses


I've been searching for some cat eye sunnies for forever. On a whim, I bought these Wildfox Catfarer Sunglasses from Shopbop - hoping that they wouldn't look too cartoonish. Even though I was afraid they'd be too large, I'm digging the oversized frames. They make a statement without overwhelming my face. And the cat eye shape is subtle, so it's not CONTINUE READING

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

Hair

Oscars 2009 Beauty: Marisa Tomei

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

marisa+tomei+oscars+2009 Oscars 2009 Beauty: Marisa Tomei
Frederic Fekkai’s Adir Abergel styled Best Supporting Actress nominee, Marisa Tomei’s locks.

marisa tomai academy awards 2009 Oscars 2009 Beauty: Marisa TomeiInspiration: Cascades of soft movement mirroring the twists and turns of the dress.

Get the Look: Start by applying Fekkai More All Day Density Styling Whip to roots and Fekkai Coiff Perfector Anti-Frizz Silkening Creme from roots to ends. Blow dry hair with a round brush and pin it in place as it cools down. Next, take the hair and pin it loosely with hair clips in desired twist and turns. Make sure that the bangs are on an angle and look soft with some loose hair falling naturally.

Using hair pins and bobby pins place them to hold the shape and remove the hairclips. Finish with Fekkai Sheer Hold Hairspray.

Photos: Wireimage

Oscars 2009 Beauty: Jessica Biel

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

jessica+biel+oscars+2009 Oscars 2009 Beauty: Jessica Biel
Celebrity makeup artist Pati Dubroff created a “soft and romantic” look for presenter Jessica Biel. “

Jessica wore a very structured white gown with a 40′s vibe so I wanted the makeup to not be hard or structured,” said Dubroff.

Eyes: Super soft-no liner at all and only one coat of mascara. Benefit Creaseless Shadow in Gossip, Dior 5-Colour Eyeshadow in Petal Shine

Lips:
Dior Addict Lipcolor in Infamous Pink

Cheeks:
Kevyn Aucoin The Creamy Moist Glow in Nuelle

Skin:
The skin on face and body is glowing with the help of Sensai Brightening Creme

jessica biel academy awards 2009 Oscars 2009 Beauty: Jessica BielFrederic Fekkai’s Adir Abergel styled Jessica Biel’s locks.

Inspiration: A very romantic almost victorian look, sexy and feminine.

Get the Look: Start out by applying Fekkai Coiff Bouffant Lifting & Texturizing Spray Gel at the roots combined with some Fekkai Ageless All Day Hair Plump on ends. After applying the products, take the blow drier and hand dry the hair completely getting all of the natural texture to come out. Follow this by taking a 1″ curling iron and curling random pieces. Once finished, pull up half of the hair allowing a few pieces to fall down and frame the face. Braid two small braids on either side of the temples and pull them back. To finish the look, spray hair with Fekkai Glossing Sheer Shine Mist and Fekkai Sheer Hold Hairspray.

Photos: Wireimage

Oscars 2009 Beauty: Queen Latifah

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

queen+latifah+oscars+2009 Oscars 2009 Beauty: Queen Latifah
For the 2009 Oscars, hairstylist Julie Baker used FHI Heat hair tools to help create a very elegant, modern chignon for her longtime client Queen Latifah.

queen latifah academy awards 2009 Oscars 2009 Beauty: Queen Latifah“Latifah’s dress is very elegant, modern and chic, and her hair needs to complement this, so we decided on a modern chignon which features very smooth hair, a side part, bangs that swoop down in front, a low bun in the back that is off to the side,” said Baker.

To achieve this glamorous modern look, Baker dried Latifah’s hair using the new FHI Heat Nano Salon Pro 2000 blow dryer, then applied FHI Heat Hot Sauce (a heat-activated conditioner that protects hair) to slightly damp hair. Last, she used her favorite FHI Heat Runway styling iron to smooth out Latifah’s tresses, before styling it into a chignon.

Photos: Wireimage

New York Fashion Week: Bodkin, Fall 2009

Posted on by daneen in Beauty Tips, Eco-friendly, Fashion, Fashion Week, Hair, Hair Styling | Leave a comment

bodkin New York Fashion Week: Bodkin, Fall 2009
On Monday, I traveled to The Horticultural Society in NYC to report from backstage at Bodkin, a still relatively green collection – designed in accordance with principles of sustainability in materials and production methods. For the Fall 2009 line, Bodkin found a natural partner in Aveda, a brand that strives to set an example for environmental leadership and responsibility – not just in the world of beauty, but around the world.

 New York Fashion Week: Bodkin, Fall 2009I had an opportunity to speak with John Reyman, lead hairstylist for Aveda, about the inspiration and seasonal trends.

“The idea was a little bed-heady…a little like a girl has been outside all day and her hair is a little wind-blown, but at the same time very healthy and very well taken care of. It looks shiny and it looks glossy, but it doesn’t look overworked or overdone. Like she cares but she doesn’t care too much – so kind of that balance. So the idea was we just put a very loose, loose wave in there with some Volumizing Tonic and then we finished it, actually, with the men’s grooming cream to give it a little bit of texture and some shine.”

For Fall 2009, John said, “A lot of people are putting ponytails in the hair. I think we’re really seeing cleaner hair. The last couple of seasons, we’ve seen really textured, really frizzy, really fuzzy hair…almost like the girl didn’t care at all. And I think as the economy sort of changes, people want to look and feel more put-together – and so the hairstyles are really reflecting that…a little cleaner, a little more refined.”

 New York Fashion Week: Bodkin, Fall 2009
Andrea Harrison, lead makeup artist for Aveda described the Bodkin Fall 2009 look as really simple and pretty. “She’s so naturally gorgeous. She really has been running around all day…with cold, flushed pretty cheeks. No powder on her skin. Just a very healthy, very natural kinda dewy skin. On the eyes, there’s a light, shimmer. You can really see the skin through it. It’s our Moonstone shimmer, and it’s nice and really smooth. Black mascara just on the top lashes. Just a polished brow which is just really lightly filled in…nothing that you would really look at and say, ‘Oh, that’s hard.’ And Berry Lip Tint on the lips, so it’s very fresh – again, like she’s just been running around. Just an easy look that anybody could duplicate quickly. It would be great for young girls, older, anybody.”

 New York Fashion Week: Bodkin, Fall 2009When asked about key trends for Fall 2009, Andrea said, “One thing that you’re seeing everywhere is that the models are all growing out their eyebrows. It seems like another popular trend is, instead of, a smoky eye and a dark lip – you just see one feature that they’ve picked to focus on. Whether it’s eyebrows or just cheeks or just mascara or just lips. So instead of having the full complicated look. So it would be great for everybody. Good for the average woman to pick their favorite feature.”

 New York Fashion Week: Bodkin, Fall 2009Before concluding the interview, I asked Andrea to name three Aveda products that every women should have in her beauty arsenal. “One thing is for certain when it comes to makeup…the key to good makeup is beautiful skin. So you always want to make sure that you’re using great skin products. I personally love our Tourmaline Charged Hydrating Creme. I use that on every model before a photo shoot or runway just because you can always add powder if you feel like it’s too much, but it really just makes the makeup go on beautifully. The other thing is mascara…to me, it can make a look that on it’s own. Sometimes you don’t need to anything else. And skin…I really see that being a trend. I love our Tinted Moisturizer; it’s got SPF 15 in it and it’s nice because you can still the skin underneath it. So anybody can wear it easily. Just make sure you match your skin tone. It’s nice and sheer, so everybody can find their skin tone easily.”

#NYFW

Get Giselle-like Waves For Less Than $30 With the Remington AirWave

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

The other day, Amber was sporting the most gorge Giselle-esque waves. When I inquired how I could cop her style, she shocked me. Amber didn’t use a curling iron or flat iron to style her hair. She used a hair dryer – Remington’s new Emi Style System Dryer with Airwave Attachment, to be exact. And get this…it costs $29.99!

You best believe I’m getting a hold of the AirWave right quick. Hopefully, it also works on ethnic hair. I’ll keep you posted.

The Remington AirWave is available at drugstore.com, though Target is selling it for $7 cheaper.

I Told You Living Proof’s No Frizz Works!

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

Living Proof No Frizz I Told You Living Proofs No Frizz Works!

Megan O, winner of Spoiled Pretty’s No Frizz Giveaway recently wrote me, to rave about her prize. Here’s what she had to say:

“I wanted to say thank you of saving my life! Well, not exactly, but you did introduce me to a product that has been life CHANGING. I was the winner of the Living Proof No Frizz for fine to medium hair set. These two products are AMAZING. I am the person who this product was created for! I have long fine hair that is a hybrid of curly and straight, but not a nice beachy-wave curly, a frizzy tangle of waves in an unorganized mess. I have NEVER been able to let my hair air-dry and go. Either I blow dry it straight (and hope the humidity is non-existant) or I put hella product in to contain the frizz and hold the little curl I have. I have tested both the Straight Making and the Wave Shaping Curl Defining, and I honestly can’t decide which I like better. The Straight Making spray not only keeps the frizz at bay, but it makes my hair incredibly silky (don’t know if this is supposed to happen, but I’ll take it). And, for some reason it helps keep the oil to a minimum and I can actually go an extra day without washing my hair. The Wave Shaping spray has FINALLY allowed me to wash-and-go. I can spray this in my damp hair, scrunch it a bit and I can head off on my daily adventure. Frizz free waves ALL day without the crunchy, wet-looking hair that accompanies the former curly/wavy hair routine.”

Megan adds, “All around these are two FANTASTIC products and I could go on and on raving, but I think I’ve made my point. I’ll be placing an order for more soon. This is definitly a ‘holy grail’ product for me, and I will use it every day for the rest of my life. Thanks again for allowing me the opportunity to try this product.”

No Frizz is available at livingproof.com, and is sold at select Sephora stores, Sephora.com, and QVC.

Blowout at Ted Gibson Salon Blows My Mind!

Posted on by daneen in Conditioner, Fashion Week, Hair, Hair Styling, Salon, Shampoo | Leave a comment

ted+gibson+salon Blowout at Ted Gibson Salon Blows My Mind!

Yesterday morning after arriving in NYC for Fashion Week and dropping my bags off at the hotel, I high-tailed it to the Ted Gibson Salon on 5th Avenue.

 Blowout at Ted Gibson Salon Blows My Mind!Jason Backe, who recently dyed my hair to the most gorge hot chocolate hue, arranged for Amber and me to get our tresses blown out. Vincenza, before shampooing me with Ted Gibson Clarity Color Shampoo (which smells DIVINE, by the by), was shocked by the softness of my hair. She was even more astounded when I told her it was thanks to Nice ‘N Easy ColorSeal Conditioning Gloss.

Laisam rubbed a Ted Gibson Hair Sheet on my towel-dried hair to rejuvinate my locks and protect against UV rays and environmental damage, then she blowed out my hair to perfection. While Laisam skillfully styled my hair, she entertained me with funny stories about her mom – whose crazy antics remind me a lot of Mama Spoiled Pretty.

Before Laisam sent me on my way, to grace New York with my bomb blowout, she rubbed a little shine serum on my hair to make it shine like the top of the Chrystler building. This product isn’t yet on shelves, as Ted is still testing it…but Laisam has a great pet name for it; she calls it “crack juice” because once you use it, it becomes an addiction.

Once you turn crack, you never turn back.

#NYFW