Learn the 26 tricks we picked up from top hair, makeup and nail pros
We asked hair, makeup and nail artists backstage at Fashion Week for their best kept secrets. Read on to find tips that will help add a little runway glamour to your signature style.
For my birthday this year, my good friend gave me the Vanilla Spice Joyful Times gift set (pictured above) from The Body Shop. The set contains: Body Butter, Shower Gel, Body Polish, Mini Votive Candle, and a Two-tone Bath Lily Mesh Sponge. I used the shower gel, body polish and body butter the next day. The scent filled my bathroom and I was taken to a new level of vanilla love. Vanilla Spice is a warm, passionate, almost musky scent. The body butter is so decadent and smooth. It melts into the skin and leaves a great sheen.
I needed a body splash to compliment the set, so I stopped by The Body Shop and purchased the Vanilla Body Mist. It's a perfect compliment to my Vanilla Spice products. The body butter and mist are great pick me ups during a very dreadful Chicago winter.
Vanilla Rocks!!!! Yeah!!!!
WTF is up with Beyonce's hair? The roots are clearly in need of service and her weave is going in all four directions looking as if it wants to lift off her head altogther. Was there not enough time to grab a brush and smooth this mess into a chic low chignon?
Inside the tube are three layers - the bottom layer is the conditioning color, the middle layer contains high shine polymers, and the top layer has reflective pearls. Pull the wand through all three layers and you get a pretty mix of color, shine, and glitz.
Lip Mix 702 is the most perfect nude gloss I have come across in a very long time. My local Walgreens had some new beauty displays up today and the Milani just caught my eye. Lip Mixer just looks so sparkly in the tube - it mesmerized me, lol.
I wore it with my MAC Cork Lip Liner and it looked great. You know how some glittery glosses have a slightly rough texture due to the glitter? None of that here. The gloss goes on very smooth and is quite moisturizing.
And after one day of wear, I feel safe in stating, this is now my favorite lip gloss.
You can find Milani Cosmetics at CVS, Walgreens, and Target. It cost $6.29 - a fab gloss at a wallet friendly price ;)
I believe in patronizing a quality salon with talented and capable stylists whose main concern is healthy hair.
If you don't have a regular hair stylist it's time to get serious about finding someone.
So here are my tips for finding a new stylist:
**Ask a friend who has great hair, "Who does your hair?" Referrals can be a great way to find your new stylist.
**Check out salons close to your job or in your neighborhood. Ask the receptionist who the best stylists are. I used to pass a very posh salon on my way to S'bucks every morning. I went in one day to get some information and possibly schedule a consultation. Not only was the salon very upscale, the staff had that 'more upscale than thou' attitude which I detest. Fancy and upscale aren't always good things.
**Interview potential stylists in person so they can see your hair. Ask what is their hair philosophy, what products they use, how do they keep up to date on the latest products, techniques, etc, do they have pictures of their work, what are their hours, what are their rates, how can they help with particular hair issues you may be having, what do they recommend for your hair? During the interview/consultation, the stylist should ask you questions as well and offer some recommendations based on your specific hair type.
**Schedule an appointment with the stylist you feel most comfortable with. It's also a good idea to take a picture of a hair style along so you can see how well the stylist can reproduce the look. If you don't have a picture, that's fine just tell the stylist how you normally wear your hair.
**Pay close attention to the stylist and the salon. Is his/her station clean? What is the salon atmosphere like? Does he have too many clients at the same time causing him to do what I call assembly line styling? Do the clients appear comfortable with the stylist? Is he/she super chatty? Are the clients smiling when they leave the chair?
**If you're pleased with your hair then schedule another appointment and start going to the stylist on a weekly or biweekly basis - that's how you build a good rapport with the hair stylist. It's important to stay with one person who can get your hair in the best condition. Consistency is important in achieving healthy hair.
4 shots ABSOLUT Vodka (adjust if 4 shots is too much)
4 parts Espresso Coffee (Cold)
3 parts Dark Cacao Liqueur
Cocktail Sugar Rimmer in Chocolate Bar
Fill a shaker with ice cubes. Rim glasses with Cocktail Sugar Chocolate Bar and chill. Add all ingredients. Shake and strain into chilled cocktail glass. Drizzle some chocolate syrup on top for an extra chocolate treat.
Here are some cute date looks that can work for a first date (look 1), theatre and dinner at an upscale restaurant (look 2), a night at the movies or drinks & appetizers at a hip lounge (look 3):
1st date casual chic by citydiva19
dressy date night by citydiva19
dinner & a movie date night by citydiva19
2009 shopping list beauty, home, fashion by citydiva19
Just a few items I want to get this year and everyone knows this list WILL get longer as the year goes on, LOL!
- Bobbi Brown Copper Diamond Shimmer Brick
- An FHI Flat iron
- Sedu Hair Styler
- Beauty Blender Sponge & Beauty Blender Cleanser
- Loreal Hair Fixer
- Shu Uemura Eye Lash Curler
- Rapid Lash Eyelash renewal
- L'Oreal HIP Kohl Eyeliner - NEW!!!!
- L'Oreal Color Presso - NEW!!!!
- Rene Furterer Vitalfan Vitality Supplements
- New bookcases
- Vacuum cleaner
- New glasses from Crate & Barrel
- Leather storage ottoman
- Maxi dresses
- Louis Vuitton Speedy 25 - My dream bag *sigh*
- 1 pair of Christian Louboutin shoes (I can dream...Can't I?)
- More skirts
- Killer job interview ensembles (I HATE suits)