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Give Your Limp Hair a Little Oomph!

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Please tell me you’re not using your heat styling tools in this scorching weather. Please tell me you’re doing the world a huge favor by not adding to the heat! If you still are, consider this post an intervention. Please step away from those tools and listen to me very carefully: summer sun + metal plates = toasted strands!

The good news is that nobody cares if your hair is a little bit on the unpolished side when it’s 100 degrees out. That doesn’t mean, however, that “unpolished” can’t be chic. Here, I give you 3 no-heat hairstyles for summer. (Actually, I sport these styles all year round because I’m too lazy to use styling a tool.) These are all so easy to do, they don’t take more than 2 minutes, and you only need your pair of hands, some hair ties and Nick Chavez Horsetail Root Lift Spray. While it’s great to work with your natural hair texture, none of these hairstyles will look great on limp and flat hair, which is why a volumizing spray is necessary. I like this one in particular because unlike other sprays, this one isn’t sticky, smells great and adds a glossy sheen. Now that we got that out of the way, here are 3 ways to add oomph to your summer hair.

1. Tousled Waves

Beachy waves are just as much of a summer staple as SPF. But if you don’t have natural waves, create them! Here’s how: At night, braid your hair while your hair is still damp. Spray Nick Chavez on your roots before unraveling your hair in the morning for that bombshell finish.

2. Messy Pony

Ponytails are making a huge comeback. Not that they were ever out of style, but recently we’ve been seeing a lot of them on and off the red carpet. For a summer-perfect pony, flip your towel-dried hair forward and mist it with volumizing spray from roots to ends. Once it’s dry, scoop your hair up in a high pony. (For that beautiful mess, don’t bother using a comb or a hairbrush.) Run your fingers through your crown and loosen big clumps of hair to add volume and texture.

3.  Undone Bun

Or, instead of a high pony, tie your hair up in a loose low bun. Pull your bun slightly away from your head until a few face-framing strands fall naturally on the side.

 

There you have it! 3 ways to make hairstyling easy and fuss-free this summer!

 

 

Rescue your hair the fun way!

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Finding the right shampoo and conditioner for me is always a struggle. I never know which one is best for my type hair or which one will not leave my hair greasy. How many of you have walked into a store to buy new shampoo and conditioner and when you get to that aisle you are so overwhelmed with all the choices? Finding the right shampoo and conditioner is super hard because everyone has a different hair type. With this season’s Beautyfix selection by Intelligent Beauty Labs, the Rapid Repair Hair Mask has led me to a line that I can’t live without.

I struggle with greasy hair always on a day to day basis. Thanks to Beautyfix, I’ve been given the opportunity to try Intelligent Beauty Labs Rescue Shampoo, Conditioner and Rescue Rapid Repair Mask. When I first got the bottle I was scared to use it because on the bottle it says “with baobab oil” so I thought ‘great, since I already struggle with greasy hair this shampoo and mask is only going to make my hair worse.’ With a little reluctance, I decided I would try it on a Sunday because that’s the day I usually stay in and relax so I could give it a little extra TLC.

I was shocked! This shampoo and conditioner did not leave my hair anywhere near greasy.  It worked wonders on my fine hair. The shampoo smells great, lathers easily and leaves your hair feeling silky. All your hair gets wrapped into the goodness that is not only nourishing your hair, but also repairing it. This shampoo truly leaves your hair less brittle and dry while hydrating without over doing it. The conditioning mask leaves your hair feeling so much stronger because of the keratin in it.  I know it is hard to find the best shampoo and conditioner for your hair, but I really recommend trying the Rescue line from Intelligent Beauty Labs. Not only does your hair feel and smell brand new, but the bottles last so long because a little takes you a long way.

Beauty Resolutions

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Another year, another New Year’s resolution to make and break. I’m not one to make excuses for my minor misdemeanors, but let’s face it, life happens—and with it comes all kinds of impediments that make following the rules impractical. So to break the cycle this year, I’ve decided to stop making grand promises that I can’t keep and start streamlining my beauty resolutions to make it more…well, feasible.

 

1.       Wake up 10 minutes earlier. 

Mornings usually find me scrambling around like a lost puppy, leaving me no time to dry my hair thoroughly—let alone, put proper makeup on! So this year, I promise to add 10 minutes to my waking moments so I could groom myself accordingly before facing the world.

Here’s the plan:

2 minutes – After cleansing, apply moisturizer, sunblock, lip balm and foundation and eye primers.

3 minutes – Partially dry my hair.

2 minutes – Apply foundation, eye makeup (shadow and liner), blush and lip color

2 minutes – Continue drying my hair.

1 minute – Curl my lashes, apply a coat of mascara and lip gloss. Finish with a pump of hair serum applied at the ends of my hair.

(For more 5-minute makeup ideas, click here.)

 

2.       Declutter.

Hoarding has always been one of my worst traits. I tend to hold on to things: post cards I snagged from museums, newspaper issues bearing important events, movie tickets, parking receipts, Starbucks napkins, clothes I’ll one day wear, and yes, makeup products from eons ago. Before this year concludes, I promise to sort my makeup and skin care products, and toss the old and unusable ones away.

(For a quick guide on makeup expiration, click here.)

 

3.       Try a new trend every month.

With all the hot new colors coming out this spring, there’s no way I’m playing it safe this year! Some of the trends that I intend to master include colored, geometric eyeliners (emerald green makeup will be big this year, as Pantone’s color of the year and all), bold brows and voluminous lashes, and bloody-red lips (I know it’s not exactly new, but does this ever go out of style?).

(For more Spring 2013 makeup trends, click here.)

 

4.       Invest in key tools.

With multipurpose products and affordable, professional-quality tools available for every beauty junkie and newbie alike, there’s really no excuse for slacking off on your beauty routine. Here are some key investments I’ve made so far:

Clarisonic Mia Sonic Skin Cleansing System – Three words: money well spent! It’s on the pricey side, but believe me, once you’ve tried this, you’ll never use your fingers to cleanse your face again!

Blowout Beauty Ultra Power Professional Hair Dryer – If I want to keep up with the schedule I’ve listed above, I have to have a power tool like this to make it happen. I tried this hair dryer and it really cut my hair drying time in half. The best thing about this is that the finish is super sleek that I never have to use a flat iron afterwards to tame my wayward strands!

Still on my wish list: TEMPTU Signature Starter Set

 

5.       Finally, be a little more diligent about my beauty routine.

I’ve been on the nice list for religiously slathering myself with layers of moisturizer and sunblock all year round; however, I do feel that I fell short on hair and nail care. So this year, I promise that no matter how busy life gets, I’ll make it a point to get a trim every 3 months (per hairstylist advice), do weekly deep conditioning treatments, and get a mani/pedi every 3 weeks.

There you have it—my 5 beauty resolutions! Do you have a list of beauty resolutions, too? Go ahead and share it with us!!!

Beauty Survival Kit: What You Need to Pack for…the End of the World

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

OK, so maybe the idea of the end of the world (or an impending zombie apocalypse) is a bit too far-fetched. You can blame that on my recent trip to Peru, where I’ve had an exceptional, first-hand encounter with the brilliance of the Inca culture—a.k.a. one of the three ancient cultures believed to be proponents of the 2012-is-the-end-of-the-world phenomenon. Or it could be the inevitable effect of my growing addiction to TV gore (thanks, Walking Dead!). However, with all the talk about climate change, World War III, and Planet Nibiru colliding with Earth sometime this century, you can never tell when something unthinkable can happen. So, with this in mind, with or without a real Armageddon threat, I’ve put together my own beauty survival kit.

You must think I’m vain. You must think: why does she need beauty products in the event of an emergency of doomsday proportions?? Well, my friend, in case you’re not aware, our skin is our first level of defense against the world at large. It regulates our body temperature and protects our internal organs from bacteria, adverse environments and extreme weather conditions. Not to mention, our skin, hair and even nails are also the best indicators of our overall health. So, as you assemble the practical things that will help you thrive in the event of an apocalyptic episode, make sure to keep these products on hand. Actually, you can use them any time to ensure healthy skin.

1. Let’s start with the basics.  When I think of Armageddon, extreme temperatures come to mind—either there will be too much UV contact or total darkness. Whatever the outcome, it’s only prudent to arm yourself with a powerful sunblock and a time-tested moisturizer. If you can find one product that does both jobs well—like La Roche-Posay Anthelios SX Daily Moisturizing Cream with Sunscreen—the better! A lip moisturizer with SPF is also a must-have.

2. I don’t need to tell you that in the event of a power outage, hot water—or maybe even water itself—will not be available for your bathing pleasure. Don’t worry, there are other ways to keep yourself clean and fresh in between showers, like anti-bacterial hand sanitizers, on-the-go cleansing wipes, facial and body mists and dry shampoos. You’ll also find these products extremely useful, especially if you find yourself taking refuge in the jungle. I should know, I always bring these products with me whenever I go on camping and hiking trips.

3. As serene as nature can be, unfortunately, you would have to share the rest of the jungle with our cute little crawlers, blood-sucking fliers and poisonous plants. This is where insect repellents and itch-control creams can come in handy. If you have room for skin-soothers like aloe vera, thermal spring waters (a godsend!), and cooling creams, feel free to throw them in the pack as well.

4. Finally, you know those hypothetical questions they usually ask, like what is that one makeup product you’d want to have with you when stranded on a desert or a secluded tropical island? If you don’t have an answer to that yet, you better start thinking of one as early as now. As for me, the only makeup product I brought with me during my crazy Peruvian expedition was my jane iredale Dream Tint SPF 15 Moisture Tint. It’s a moisturizer and sunblock in one that offers just the right amount of coverage. So if it worked exceptionally well for me during my bargain-hunting spree in crowded Lima—and my hiking trip to the Andes mountains under the scorching sun—I’m confident it’ll work for me just fine when the dawn of the dead strikes (sorry, I couldn’t resist).

Pack these products along with sufficient water, some canned goods, protective clothing, a flash light, matchsticks, a medical kit and a badass machete and you get better odds at surviving the end of the world. Remember, if the Mayan/Incan calculations are correct, you only have approximately 18 days to pack your survival kit…and make each moment of your life count. Good luck!

Shades of Gray

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

At mid-twenties, I know I shouldn’t be stressing over aging just yet. Sure, I’ve amped up my skin care routine with a powerful antioxidant serum and layers of broad-spectrum sunscreen to nip premature skin aging in the bud. But while I’ve got my skin covered, another part of me is sabotaging my youthful look: graying hair. Yes, a quarter of my head—the front right section, that is—is already showing signs of old age!

 

I got my first gray strand when I was 18. “It’s because you keep tying your hair while it’s wet,” my mother used to say, although we both know she played a huge part in it too—she’s gone completely gray at 45! By the time I graduated from college, I already had a few dozens, something that extreme side parting could not conceal anymore. That’s when the tedious routine of monthly hair coloring began—and with it came dull, dry and damaged hair.

 

Hair goes gray when color-producing cells stop producing pigment. While it’s been known ever since that genetics plays a crucial part in premature graying, some scientists believe that psychological stress and certain medical conditions could also be the culprit. Thankfully, according to Dr. Leo M. Cooney of Yale University, people like me who suffer from this condition don’t necessarily die sooner than anybody else. “I think the study shows that gray hair has something to with your genetics and very little to do with premature aging,” he says.

 

Still, regardless of how stately Bill Clinton and Anderson Cooper have sported their gray heads, I don’t think a lot of women are ready to embrace that look just yet. While scientists are still busy trying to find a way to reverse premature graying, here are some tips on how to take care of your “aging” hair.

 

1. Permanent hair color chemically changes your hair, weakening the hair shaft and making it dry and brittle. If you must use permanent color, protect your hair by using a specialized shampoo and conditioner, preferably something with silicone to minimize damage.

2. Re-dye only the roots that start to show. Hair grows only about 0.3 to 0.4 mm per day, which means you only have to color about 1/3 of an inch after 4 weeks. If you must color your entire head of hair, wait at least 4 weeks after your last appointment.

3. Wash your hair less often, as frequent washing easily dries out your hair and washes away semi-permanent hair color.

4. Protect your hair from the sun’s rays with a scarf or a wide-brimmed hat.

5. If you only have a few strands of grays and you’re not ready to commit to monthly color treatments just yet, try the 1 Night Highlights from Alterna or Oscar Blandi’s Colore Pens instead.

 

 

Beautyfix Review – Hera Argan Oil for Hair and Skin

Friday, October 5th, 2012

By Jenna

Having a consistent supply of beauty products within reach is really amazing and I’m sure a fantasy for most girls and I totally can’t complain. Aside from my hoarding of such beauty products, somehow I still have a very simple hair and makeup routine each day. I’m not sure if it’s because of the array of cosmetics that I play or if I’m just dull with my own makeup for the most part, but any opportunity to test drive a multifunctional product is a win. Upon just looking at the Hera Argan Oil for Hair and Skin, I knew it was a keeper. A nourishing hair oil and a moisturizer for your skin!? Major score on so many levels and luckily for all of us, it’s in this season’s Beautyfix selection.

What’s amazing about this hair oil treatment is that it actually works and you can use it on a daily basis. You can use it as a hair treatment at night, a detangler on wet hair after washes, and an instant frizz fighter for dry hair. It’s infused with extracts of olive oil and bergamot oils that help to quickly repair frizz and dryness. So far, my mop of processed, dry blonde hair is soaking it all up. It reminds me of the not so affordable Moroccan hair oil serum and smells just as great. The difference between the two is this one is what every girl needs by her side, another multi-tasker!

The added bonus for this product is that it not only works wonders on your hair but on your skin too. Just a little dab will do ya’ on any dry spots for a fantastic turnaround. You can also apply a light layer over your face in place of a light moisturizer for a morning pick me up.

If you’re like me and like your beauty products to work just as hard as you do, be sure to pick up this oil in your next shipment of Beautyfix. You won’t be disappointed.

How are you using this oil?

Coffee for Skin: Friend or Foe?

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

A few weeks ago, I’ve had the chance to try Juara’s Invigorating Coffee Scrub.  Of course, being the coffee addict that I am fell instantly in love with it. The smell—a heady mix of chocolate and coffee—was so invigorating; it smells good enough to eat! But more than the smell, I love how the ground walnut and Sumatra coffee bean granules left my skin clean, smooth and moist after I used it. Which makes me wonder…what does coffee or caffeine really do for our skin?

I’m not sure when coffee and skin became bitter enemies, but I do remember reading a lot of articles before about the negative effects of coffee or caffeine on our skin, which includes dry skin (from dehydration), liver spots and even acne. However, recently, a growing body of evidence suggests that a daily cup of joe can actually be good for us. One study even states that drinking coffee can lessen your risk of getting basal cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer, by helping the body kill off sun-damaged cells that could later become cancerous. Here are the other positive proofs I was able to dig about coffee.

Caffeine Suppresses Skin Issues

Caffeine’s high doses of antioxidants offer amazing anti-inflammatory benefits, which can reduce redness and irritation commonly associated with skin issues like psoriasis, eczema and rosacea. Its ability to constrict small blood vessels and reduce inflammation also makes it a favorite ingredient in skin care creams designed to minimize fine lines and wrinkles, as well as dark circles and sagging skin under the eyes.

Caffeine Can Cure Cellulite?

Some sources say the dehydrating effect of coffee teaches the body to hold more fluids and fats, causing cellulite; others say caffeine’s stimulating properties –as well as its ability to cause dehydration—can actually increase circulation, drain excess fluid and toxins and tone the skin, reducing the appearance of cellulite. While there is currently no conclusive independent scientific research that proves this, several cellulite cream companies—as well as their patrons—swear by the effectiveness of this ingredient.

Caffeine for Longer Hair

Scientists have linked hair loss to dihydrotestosterone or DHT, a byproduct of testosterone that causes follicles to shrink and eventually stop producing hair. According to a study by International Journal of Dermatology, caffeine was found to stimulate hair growth by counteracting the effects of DHT. Applied to shampoo, caffeine may be able to stop thinning hair.

Now that we’ve cleared caffeine’s record, I can breathe easy knowing that I don’t have to give up my daily source of energy. But of course, as in anything in this world, moderation is key!

Pump Up The Volume

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Limp, lifeless, dull hair is no fun for anyone. Changes in weather, styling products, beauty routines, etc. can really make a difference with the way our hair reacts. When your hair is in need of a little extra life, there are several ways to add volume to your hair, but it all starts with what you use to prep your hair that will make all the difference when the end results are revealed.

Leave it to self-made entrepreneur Nick Chavez, of the Nick Chavez Salon in Beverly Hills to create the perfect product to help pump up the volume in limp, lifeless hair. Nick Chavez Horsetail Root Lifting Spray adds volume, lift and shine for healthy looking locks.

Horsetail extract promotes circulation and assists in nourishing and strengthening hair follicles, giving it vitality and shine with regular use. This product makes adding volume a breeze. Simply spray it at the root for heavy hair that needs an extra lift and blow dry. It can also be used as an all-over volumizer and is humidity resistant and excellent for all climates.

While it says it is good for all hair types, those with extra dry hair should take note that excessive use of products containing horsetail could further dry it out.  There is a light texture to it, but nothing that leaves the hair to sticky or unmanageable. I have very thick hair and this item did wonders on giving my hair a lift. My hair felt soft, healthy and full of volume. Another added bonus: It helps to eliminate frizz and is perfect for curls and waves.

Was this in your beautyfix kit? Tell us what you thought

Red white and Blue Beauty Ideas

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Source: Flickr User Bob Haarmans

By Jenna

Can you believe it? July is already here and the 4th of July is right around the corner and on a Wednesday. Let’s repeat that and all groan together. The 4th is on a Wednesday, so we all get 1 day off in the middle of the week. Most of Europe – 1, America – 0. Each Independence Day, you can usually find me smack dab in the heart of the Mojave Desert sipping on a few cocktails watching the 4th of July Fireworks, happy that makeup and cute outfits are not needed. Really, the only thing I ever need is a festive bikini and amazing sunglasses. Since leap year has ruined my usual plans, I’ve spent the last week brainstorming amazing 4th of July makeup ideas to help the fact that I must wear clothes this holiday. To the good stuff! Here are 3 trendy beauty ideas to usher in another USA birthday in style.

One of the hottest beauty trends of the season is to temporarily color your locks a pastel shade. I’ve seen a lot of pink, lavender and purple on ladies these days. Instead of taking the color plunge on the day to day, this is the perfect time to add a little ‘wild-child’ into that mane. Try using Streekers temporary hair color in blue or red. Take the applicator wand and paint just a few streaks on a couple 1 inch strands in the mid-section of your hair. This will create a perky pop of color without going overboard.

If you don’t want to wash your hair more than once in a week, you can always turn to your nails. Red, white and blue nails are a no-brainer to pair with any drink in hand! Give everyone on Pinterest a run for their money by creating a gorgeous polka-dot design or build your own color block mani.

Dare I say it? The most classic makeup trend alive… the red lip. If there’s any appropriate occasion for this look, it’s this one. Since most of us will be enjoying beverages and BBQ, I prefer to go with a red lip stain instead of traditional lipstick. I’ll be wearing 3 Custom Color Specialists Lip and Cheek Stain in Rose which is a poppy red, perfect for my Independence Day pout.

How will you celebrate the 4th of July this Wednesday?

 

Hope for Ho-Hum Hair

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Hair can make or break a look—that’s coming from a girl who has always been plagued with limp, lifeless hair: ME. I used to think that the problem was not having the best hairstyle for my face shape. But then, after trying just about every possible hairstyle—long, shoulder-length, pixie, bob, layered and shaggy—the limp look lingered. So on days I couldn’t spare an extra 10 minutes to blow dry my hair, I’d just tie the whole thing up in a messy pony or bun to add volume to hair and simulate a textured look. Most of the time, my hair would just look, well, messy, as if I was wearing a bird’s nest as a hat. But this was before I came across Nick Chavez Amazon Hair Body Building Styling Clay.

I’ve always been impressed with Nick Chavez’s hair products, not only because he had a pretty colorful history. (I mean, who would have thought that grooming his family’s horses would eventually make him one of the most sought-after hairstylists in Beverly Hills?) But more than that, I like that his products are very gentle to my sensitive scalp, like his Volumizing Shampoo. Regular shampoos tend to make my scalp itch uncontrollably, but that shampoo doesn’t. Plus, this shampoo contains a powerful blend of protein- and vitamin-rich botanicals to strengthen and thicken my ultra-fine and color-treated hair.

If your hair is like mine, the best limp hair advice I can give you is to use Nick’s Amazon Hair Body Building Styling Clay together with Nick’s Volumizing Shampoo. This hair clay is so easy to use. After I towel-dry my hair, I blow-dry just the roots of my hair. Then, I take a pea-sized amount of the clay, rub it between my hands, and then rub my hands all over the roots. The result is almost immediate. Once the rest of my hair has been air-dried, I get is a nice round plump shape that frames my head—and it stays that way all day long! And since this product is highly concentrated, I don’t use up that much product, which means I’ll probably hold on to the tube I have for a really long time.

Of course, I’m still on the lookout for that one defining haircut—the same defining hair moment that catapulted Jennifer Anniston’s layered locks into instant stardom. Maybe one day I’ll meet a genius hairstylist who will pave the way for that. But for now, I’ll let Nick Chavez’s hair clay work its magic on my stubborn head of hair.