Sunday, December 21, 2014

15 Minute Beauty on eBay: Great Gifts, Root Touch Ups and Drugstore Skincare Find

7 Beauty Gifts Under $15 Splurge vs Steal: Overnight Masks to Solve All Your Beauty Woes
Quick and Easy Root Touch Up Great Drugstore Skincare Finds From Dermatologists 7 Hyperpigmentation Super Star Ingredients

I'm once again writing for eBay! Check out a few of my recent posts over there.

7 Beauty Gifts Under $15
Splurge vs Steal: Overnight Masks to Solve All Your Beauty Woes
Quick and Easy Root Touch Up
Great Drugstore Skincare Finds From Dermatologists
7 Hyperpigmentation Super Star Ingredients

The Beauty Spotlight Team: Weekend Reads

15 Minute Beauty asked her beauty blogging friends a few questions, and now she can share their favorite drugstore foundations! Did your favorite make the list?

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Limited Edition Collection of 50 Lipsticks is truly amazing, and Lola's Secret Beauty Blog has swatched the whole collection for you!

Looking for last minute stocking stuffers? Prime Beauty has a great review of the Amopê Pedi Perfect Tool and you can win one for yourself too!

Interested in some "Lush"ious bathing? Join Beauty Info Zone in drooling over these Lush products. Get them while they are available.

The holiday season is about giving, and Sunny from Mostly Sunny is hosting an awesome giveaway open to readers from all over the world! Find out how you can win a prize pack with amazing Burberry, Dior, Guerlain, Givenchy, and Laura Mercier products (value 270+ euros)!

Looking for a new skin saving serum? Phyrra is in love with the Silk Naturals Vitamin C Peptide Serum! It's vegan, too!
'Tis the Season for Giveaways at Pammy Blogs Beauty! Enter to win a fabulous gift basket from RoC plus a $200 Visa Gift card!!! While you are there, check out the other giveaways, too!

polish insomniac shares with us the Top 10 Glitter Nail Polishes of 2014!

Just when you think there's nothing new left, Perilously Pale discovers YSL's new Volupte Tint-In Oil. You'll want to see these beauties.

Friday, December 19, 2014

The Perfect Half Up-Do: Redken for Valentino Spring 2015

The Perfect Half Up-Do: Redken for Valentino Spring 2015

For the Valentino Spring 2015 runway, Redken Creative Consultant Guido created a soft beachy half-up hairdo that I love! It has texture and waves, isn't boring and looks like it would work for a lot of different occasions. That is, if you skip the shell adornments!

“Valentino has a way of conjuring up what women want and this look is about this girl in the sun and in the sea, emphasizing the femininity of the classic Valentino girl," says Guido. "I used fashion waves 07 to create the waves and then used an iron to add additional movement."

What You'll Need:

Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer
Fashion Waves 07 Sea Salt Spray
Wind Blown 05 Dry Finishing Spray
Blow Dryer
1 Inch Curling Iron

How To Get The Look:

1. Mist Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer throughout damp hair, followed by Fashion Waves 07 Sea Salt Spray. Using your fingers, create a center part and then blow dry the hair. While drying hair, twist section by section to create waves and movement.

2. Touch up curls in irregular sections using a 1 inch curling iron.

3. Loosen the curls with fingers and spray hair once again with Fashion Waves 07 Sea Salt Spray for texture. Add Wind Blown 05 Dry Finishing Spray for hold.

4. The half up look here was created by taking a gold headband and applying it to the back of the head, wrapping hair around the headband and allowing the shell adornments to hide the band. As an alternative, take hair from both sides of the head and lightly wrap it around itself, securing in the back of the head with bobby pins.

The Perfect Half Up-Do: Redken for Valentino Spring 2015

Photos by Lucas Flores Piran for Redken
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

DIY: At Home Volumized Blowout with Conair

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at home blow out for extra volume

I've been asked by quite a few readers about my hair drying process. How do I dry my hair? What products do I use? How long does it take? I have a lot of hair on my head, especially now that I'm almost done growing out my long bob. I dry my hair for speed, to avoid frizz, and to add in volume that my heavy hair will otherwise weigh down.

I can tell you that my hair drying is an ever evolving process, and it rarely is the same one week to the next. I swap out products depending upon how I'll be wearing my hair that day (or even in the next few days), and it will change depending on the time of year. But, the process itself isn't too different!

hair products for an at home blowout

First, let's talk about the products that I use. I always add products one at a time to my damp hair, combing my hair in between applications. While I change out the products I'm using each day, I usually have 2 or 3 products (at least) in my hair, and several of them will offer heat protection. Always heat protect your hair! Having fried my hair once, I will never do it again!

Leave In Conditioner
Because I color my hair and heat style it, I pay a lot of attention to the condition of my hair. If it is getting dry at all or my ends are starting to split, I will use hair masks in the shower and usually add a leave-in conditioner to my drying routine. I apply the leave-in to my hair mid-shaft to the ends, and it is always the first product applied.

If I'm planning on curling my hair at any point in the next 3 days, I'll add mousse. My hair is very slightly wavy, but without mousse and/or high heat, I have a very hard time holding a curl in my hair. I need about the size of a large egg, and I apply mousse from the roots where it will help hold volume, down to the tips where it helps hold curls.

Because of that slight wave I mentioned in my hair, I usually add a straightening cream in to my hair as well. While I can skip this product if I feel like I've already added too much into my hair, the truth is that a cream of some sort will make my hair straighter, softer and I'll have less frizz.

Oh oil... how did we live without you? I really love a good hair oil, and I'm not a girl that is picky about my silicones. I tend to add oil in to my hair for drying just during the winter to help keep down frizz from the dry air. I always add a few drops at the end of styling as well. Mid-shaft and below, too close to the roots makes my hair look greasy.

At Home Volumized Blowout

Drying my hair:
Once I have all of product in place, it is time to start drying! Since I'm after volume, I always dry my hair upside down. This helps to train the roots to go straight up, drying standing up makes my hair much flatter!

When I'm first drying, this is a very rough blow dry. I don't even have a brush, I'm just moving the dryer all around and trying to hit all of my roots and somewhat my hair down to the mid-shaft. I move my hair around with my fingers just to help the process.

I've found that the ends of my hair get hit enough by the dryer that I don't need to worry too much about them until my hair is about 80-90% dry, when I'll break out a brush. Now I'll tip my head a bit to the side and will go through my hair all the way to the ends with the brush to help smooth everything out.

I only stand back up when my hair is completely dry! First, I do a cool shot all over my head while still upside down. Then I'll stand back up and part my hair, looking to see if I need to do any smoothing. I usually have smooth hair and can just call it quits. However, if my hair needs any smoothing, I'll use my brush and just do the very top layer of my hair, trying to stay away from my roots. I want my volume to stay put!

Conair Infiniti Pro 3Q Brushless Motor hair blow dryer review

The dryer I'm currently using is the Conair Infiniti Pro 3Q Brushless Motor dryer. It's brand new, and I'm kind of in love! Why?

First, this thing is pretty fast. I mentioned my crazy amount of hair. It's no joke, I have about 4 heads worth of hair on my head. I need a pretty powerful blow dryer to dry it in under 15 minutes, and even then there is usually quite a bit of heat involved. This dryer gets the job down in about 12 minutes with less heat. It's nice not to be sweating like crazy while I dry my hair!

Second, it's very quiet for a blow dryer. Yes, it's still a blow dryer, but it really is much quieter than other dryers that I've used. I've cut her out of the pictures, but up above where I'm drying my hair? There's a sleeping 6 week old in a bouncy seat just out of the frame. Yes, a sleeping baby was present for those pictures.

Third, it's a Conair. I always come back to Conair for my blow dryers, they last a lot longer for me than other brands, and they're at a much lower price point. This particular dryer is brushless (more info on why brushless motors are cool), which is something typically found in much more expensive dryers, easily 4-5x the cost of this one. It uses magnets and electronics to power the motor, which results in much less wear. It should have a much longer life than other blow dryers!

How do you dry your hair? Do you have any tips for adding volume that I've missed?

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Conair. The opinions and text are all mine.

Get the Look: Edgy Braids Worthy of Pinterest from the Marissa Webb Spring/Summer 2015 Runway

Edgy braid tutorials from the Marissa Webb Spring/Summer 2015 Runway

If you're like me, you drool over the intricate braids over on Pinterest. I try to follow some of the directions, though I fully admit that I'm only really able to follow my friend Christina's directions over on Hair Romance (and yes, I was totally name dropping there. I know Christina. She is super funny and sweet and yes, has the best Aussie accent ever.)

Anyways, I love that these braids have directions that are easy to follow, they used TRESemmé products to create them for the runway, and they're more edgy than many other braids out there. Not so Bohemian, these would be perfect for going out at night (New Year's Eve?) Both looks were created by TRESemmé Stylist Jeanie Syfu.

What You'll Need for Both Looks:
TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Mousse
TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Hair Spray
If you need added volume, they used extensions by Beauty Works Online
 as necessary.

Braided Pompadour Tutorial

Braided Pompadour:

1. Apply TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Mousse on damp hair and rough-dry ends for volume and texture. Finish blow-dry using a round brush to create fullness through the top of the head and the hairline.

2. Using the end of your comb, section off the center portion of the hair three-fourths of the way down and clip up.

3. Create a Dutch braid (in side out or reverse French braid) on both sides of the head using the loose hair, beginning at the temple and working your way to the nape of the neck. Braid the remaining lengths, leaving ends out, and fasten with a clear elastic.

4. Mist top section of hair with TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Hair Spray and lightly brush along the part.

5. Begin French braid, leaving additional volume at the front and base. Gather hair along the part, working 90 degrees from the head, and finish braiding lengths of the hair leaving ends out. Fasten with clear elastic.

6. Gather all three braids and twist into a low bun, leaving ends loose.

7. Brush the completed French braid upward creating a wind blown effect and spray with TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Hair Spray.

Five Strand Braid tutorial

Five-Strand Braid:
1. Prep damp hair with TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Mousse and rough-dry the lengths with fingers for texture and lift. Finish blow-dry with a round brush at the hairline for a soft, airy perimeter of wisps.

2. Once hair is dry, create a deep side part on the right side of the head, then back-brush hair for extra volume and spray lightly with TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Hair Spray.

3. Divide hair into five equal strands at the nape of the neck and begin weaving the farthest right section over and under each part, working your way to the left.

4. Take the furthest left section of hair and weave over and under each part, working your way to the right.

5. Repeat steps four and five until braid is complete, leaving ends loose and fasten with a clear elastic.

6. Loosen braid by gently pulling apart and leave airy wisps to frame the face. Mist finished look with TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Hair Spray.