The master stylist behind the iconic looks of A-listers like Gisele, Ellen Pompeo and Fergie, John Frieda International Creative Consultant Harry Josh tells Cosmopolitan magazine in its May issue (on stands now) how to achieve the season’s must-have style no matter what your hair type.
Got Fine Hair?
THE GOAL: A natural look that adds volume and movement every time you turn your head.
THE TRICK: Focus on the lower part of strands and stop stressing about all-over waves.
HOW TO: Blow dry the top portion of hair from cheekbones up. Leave the bottom of your hair slightly damp and coil it into a tight bun. Blast the bun with a blow-dryer until its dry. Mist with a flexible hair spray like John Frieda Luxurious Volume All-Out Hold Hair Spray, $6.50.
Got Medium Hair?
THE GOAL: Sleek spirals that twist away from your face to show off your features without crowding them out.
THE TRICK: Hold the curling iron vertically as you twist it clockwise to create coils that fold into your natural texture.
HOW TO: Apply a smoothing spray all over to minimize frizz and protect from heat styling (try the new John Frieda Frizz-Ease Heat Defeat, $6.50) then blow dry. Loosely wrap 1-inch sections around a medium-barrel iron starting at chin level (remember to hold the iron vertically as you twist). Then gently rake fingers through hair and shake out so it settles into piece-y waves.
Got Thick Hair?
THE GOAL: Keep curls weightless and airy to avoid looking droopy or heavy.
THE TRICK: Create diffused waves by brushing them out to add lift and life.
HOW TO: Apply an anti-frizz formula (Josh recommends a drop of John Frieda Frizz-Ease Thermal Serum, $10) and dry with a diffuser, then curl random sections with a large-barrel iron. Leave the ends out so they bend in different directions and create bounce. Finally, flip hair over and lightly brush out to create subtle waves.
I like it, but I'm not in love with it. I think it takes away from her sultry-ness and washes her out a bit. I prefer the darker color on her.
What do you think? Should she go for it?!?
Unless you've been under a rock, you know that Oprah has started twittering. A lot of her followers have been commenting on her "weaves". Well Op set the record straight yesterday on her show...it's no weave...it's all hers. As proof, she flashed a pic of herself pre-press n' curl.
Check out the video here.
YOWZERS (Gayle's words, not mine)...tee-hee...I just happen to agree!
What's Really Good?
"The Earth Day Network was founded on the premise that all people, regardless of race, gender, income, or geography, have a moral right to a healthy, sustainable environment. Our mission is to broaden and diversify the environmental movement worldwide, and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle for promoting a healthy, sustainable environment."
Over the last few years, I've noticed that a lot of people are trying to live a "greener" lifestyle. Purchasing natural, eco-friendly and organic beauty items has become more of a way of life rather than a trend. Cosmetic companies are jumping on this bandwagon and creating these "natural" products. However, everything is not always what it seems. In a recent article in Organic Beauty, the magazine breaks down some common label terms that will help in purchasing the real stuff.
100% PERCENT ORGANIC: The USDA says these products must contain (excluing water and salt) only organically produced ingredients. Products may display the USDA Organic Seal.
USDA ORGANIC: These products may display the USDA Organic Seal and must contain at least 95% organically produced ingredients. The remaining 5% of ingredients must be nonagricultural ingredients approved for use by the FDA.
MADE WITH ORGANIC INGREDIENTS: Products contain at least 70% organic ingredients. These products may not display the USDA Organic Seal.
LESS THAN 70% ORGANIC INGREDIENTS: Products cannot use the term "organic" anywhere on the product's main label.
NATURAL: No federal regulation. Basically a product with 99% synthetic ingredients can use this term.
HYPOALLERGENIC: A company must simply avoid using a handful of common known allergens. However, companies are not required to test the product.
Wow, this was a real eye opener for me. Who would of thought the term "natural" on a product pretty much means nothing!
In honor of Earth Day today, FRESH is giving 20% off best selling products containing natural ingredients: meadowfoam seed oil, rose, soy, sugar and Umbrian Clay. In addition, 10% of in-store and online sales will be dontaed to The Climate Group, a non=profit organization whose goal is to set the economy on the path to a low-carbon, prosperous future.
Visit your local FRESH store today or shop online.
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A few weeks ago, I got the opportunity, along with six other beauty bloggers, to interview Ashanti. Thanks to Johnson & Johnson, we were able to have a fun round table talk.
Here are a few things she shared with us:
Daily beauty regimen:
aveeno moisturizer (sometimes mixed with some vitamin E in the winter)
Favorite hair products to use:
Fred Fekkai shampoo and conditioner
After Party by Bed Head - a smoothing cream
Kimble & Kimble products are also a fav.
Spas she frequents:
Susan Cimenelli Spa located in Bergdorf's on 5th ave. She will only trust her face to Esthetician Lalee.
J'Adore, Fred Fekkai and of course her own fragrance, Precious Jewel
Tips to maintaining healthy hair:
When not working, she likes to give her hair a rest and keeps it low maintenance. She likes Kimble and Kimble's hair butter to moisturize. Sometimes, she'll wash her hair, put on a conditioner and leave it in all day while rocking a ponytail.
Fashion sense: stilettos girl vs flip flop girl:
DEFINITELY a flip flop laid back girl. Can't do the stilettos everyday...lol
Admits before she got into the industry, she was not into the makeup and all the glitz and glam. Now, her beauty must havs include bronzer, mascara and lip gloss.
Johnson's Body Care has launched a new charitable program that enables real women across the country to support local charities through hosting what they call "cause parties". A get-together with friends having fun and trying out new products! Ashanti hosted the first cause party in NYC in February at Robert Verdi’s Luxe Laboratory.
Body Care 24 Hour Moisturizing Body Wash
Body Care 24 Hour Body Lotion
Baby Oil Gel with Shea & Cocoa Butter
So, here's your chance to win Ashanti's favorite Body Care products. Answer the following question:
What movie was Ashanti's Foolish video inspired by?
Winner will be selected at random and announced on Friday.
LUVn that hair, wonder what she uses...
Head over to Bare Budget Beauty this week for your chance to win a beautiful train case with $100 worth of brand name products from BeautyTicket.com!!
Check out A Little More Beautiful's Great Skin for Spring series with tips for skin care based on specific skin types: How to Take Care of Dry Skin
Viva Woman shows you how to get a new nail polish color without having to spend more.
Checkout the Informed Makeup Maven's hot spring buys, where to get advice for your beauty budget and Stila kaput?! and don't forget to enter the 'Yes' to Carrots giveaway, the lovely lips giveaway and soft lips lip balm bunch
GIVEAWAY ALERT! The Anti Hair Slave and KeraCare has teamed up to give one lucky reader the entire new collection especially made for weaves and extensions!
Beauty Anonymous brings you YSL Summer 2009 Makeup Collection.
Glossypink has a super hot new layout with easier to find reviews on the latest products and how to get your favorite celebrity looks!
Beauty411 has been using the new high-tech Lancôme Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate. Check out her review here!
Who is an eyebrow's best friend? Advice Sister Alison of "The Advice Sisters" interviews eyebrow specialist Elke Von Freudenberg and discovers what makes her so special!
Monique at Beauty Girl Musings reviews the new Herbal Essences Hydralicious shampoos and conditioners via Beauty Girl TV, her online video blog!
The Makeup Divas reviews the Clarisonic Skin Care Brush. While you are there, check out all of her giveaways and enter for some fabulous prizes!
The Easter Beagle of Girl-Woman-Beauty-Brains-Blog is delivering an Easter Basket full of hare hair products worth over $300! Hop to it and enter now!
Face Candy shows you one of her favorite neon nail shades.
The Shades Of U shares swatches and descriptions of all her MAC neutral eye shadows, with more swatches coming up soon!
This week, Spoiled Pretty is keeping up with Kim Kardashian. Click here for the exclusive interview, featuring Kim's beauty and style secrets. It's a MUST READ!
Beauty Is Within shows you how to get salon beautiful nails on a budget!
Is this the end of an era? Is it possible that Stila is bankrupt? Read what happened while Beauty Junkies Unite was sleeping!
Enter to win göt2b Smooth Operator Collection on Lipgloss Break!
Boutique Flair reviews the Invisibelt. This is a wardrobe must-have created by a veteran Beauty Director for leading women’s magazines!
The Jet Set Girls are giving away a Smythson Jewelry Roll worth (no kidding!!) $465!
Indian Girl talks about her favorite foundation brushes for an absolute flawless look.
Get Sexy Glowing Skin with Jergens-by Talking Makeup!
The girls over at Beauty in Real Life share Chanel's new Summer line with you. Check it out here. And while you are there enter to win a copy of Bobbi Brown's Living Beauty and Charla Krupp's How Not to Look Old!!
Why you ask? ... well duh:
“Sometimes in life, you need a change. Something deeper than what you thought you were capable of. Something that displays the “I don’t give a fuck” attitude that was always present, but never showcased. Something that makes you look at this whole wide world a differently…. & something that will shock your mother, but make her call you a ROCK STAR….Yeah I did it….” -Cassie
You know what, I actually think she would look great with it all off. She's a pretty girl and has the face for it. But this one-sided 'do...um, NO!
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P.S. - Have you scheduled your Spa Week appointment yet?
According to Maybelline, they can do the same for your lashes. Introducing their newest mascara, Lash Stiletto. It's claim: Elastic formula stretches lashes for provocative length .
Well, I recently had the opportunity to try lash stiletto and I think it's the perfect daytime mascara. After applying, my lashes were indeed long and lean. No thickness/volume here, hence "stiletto". Not too vampy, just simple, noticeable lashes that look natural and believable.
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I cannot tell a lie. I've always been a little leary about purchasing makeup at drugstores. If it wasn't from Sephora, a makeup counter at a department store or MAC, it wasn't right. A few weeks ago I read an interview Iman did and during the interview she talked about her fav bronzer:
"My favorite product is bronzer." Use the IMAN Afterglow bronzer on eyes and cheeks by using "one color on the eyes and mix all three for the cheeks for the sun kissed goddess look."
So then I started thinking, if a beauty icon can use this and look absolutely stunning, um...why can't I? So off to WalMart I went. Purchased the last Afterglow available and got to swirling. LUV LUV LUV it. I've been a loyal fan of Cargo's bronzer for a while and although I still love me some Cargo, my pockets love Iman's Afterglow even more.
The compact is 1/3 bronzer, 1/3 pearlized rose, & 1/3 pearlized plum. I've used two different methods when applying. The first time I used it, I first applied the bronzer alone (no swirling of colors), then mixed the pink & plum shimmers and applied it over the bronzer. The second time, I did just as Iman suggested and swirled all three colors, tapped on my cheeks and blended, blended, blended. Both ways turned out lovely. Don't let the "shimmer" scare you. It's not a teeny-bopper glitter/shimmer, it's completely grown & sexy, trust me, don't be afraid!
Below, Byron Barnes uses the Afterglow compact on Asian skin and brown skin models. Iman also has it on during her introduction to the videos.
His method of appying:
Swirl the three colors.
Tap off excess powder before applying to face.
Smile and apply to apples of cheeks using a circular motion.
Sweep upwards toward temples.
Notice how it looks great on all three skin tones and how it works well for a light daytime look and and a more daring dramatic, sex-kitten look.
Which do you prefer?
If you're looking for a gentle scrub, this is a good option. I went to Target over the weekend and discovered Aveeno's new POSITIVELY AGELESS Warming Scrub. It's a gentle scrub that can be used daily. The warming effect is not a long lasting heat, but it's noticeable and feels nice. The scrub contains shiitake mushrooms which benefits the skin with antioxidants that help prevent cell breakdown and exfoliates the skin and the natural skin lightener, kojic acid, which will aid in brightening the skin overall.
It's like a quick mini-facial at home for about $8. To save even more, visit Aveeno's site for a $2 off coupon.