Archive for December, 2010

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Our wish for you is that 2011 is full of fabulous hair days, sparkly manicures, rosy cheeks, and moments that are as beautiful as you are. We’ll see you next year!

Finally, “Grooming for Guys.”

Hair removal: It’s every guy’s responsibility.

Kind people have said nice things to me about my blog posts. I love it!

But I have yet to address the subject “Grooming for Guys” in any significant way, much to the dismay of at least one reader.

So today’s blog entry is about male grooming, and it’s FOR MEN ONLY. If you’re a woman, YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO READ THIS. The topic is getting rid of hair, and it’s a little embarrassing, so women, stop reading now.

Women, I said STOP READING THIS NOW.

Thank you.

OK, now that the women are gone, let’s light up cigars and have a chat.

I have good news, men.  Grooming for guys is easy — getting rid of extra hair is 90 percent of it. And most of it involves electric gadgets. How cool is that?

Eyebrows

Kasha, the woman who cuts my hair, once told me, “I’ll trim your eyebrows, you don’t have to bother.” Dear, sweet Kasha. If I waited five weeks between eyebrow trims, my vision would be impaired. I recommend the Wahl Trimmer and a comb. This trimmer is also good for the outside areas of the ears and for touch ups here and there between haircuts.

Ear and nose hair

The Conair Pro Deluxe Nose and Ear Hair Trimmer  is an excellent $10 investment. Turn it on and use it where needed. (Here’s an idea: Ask for one for a present. Then when you open it, act humiliated and embarrassed.) Also purchase a high quality tweezer, like this one by Tweezerman. It’s good for plucking those prominent individual hairs that have the consistency of wire.

The back of the neck

Yes, hair grows there. I take care of it a couple of times a week while shaving, using the razor I use on my face.

A mirror

Magnifying mirrors are revealing to a fault, and more frightening than Freddie Krueger. Do you really need to see what your nose looks like three feet high? It can be disturbing, but these mirrors make trimming sessions precise and easy. The Zadro Spot Mirror is a good choice.

Men, all of these items are available for you to purchase easily and anonymously online www.sallybeauty.com. You’re also welcome to visit your local Sally Beauty Supply where you’ll receive excellent and expert attention. Tell them William sent you.

New Year’s Eve

It’s almost time for New Year’s Eve! This year celebrate it in color. Whether it is a subtle shimmer, or rockin’ bold colors, any look can be achieved by shopping at Sally Beauty. Here are my picks for looking gorgeous on this special night:

REAL COLORS Smokey Eye Kits walks you through each application step for a complete evening look.

REAL COLORS Eye Shadow Palettes will put a glimpse of shimmer on your eyes.

FEMME COUTURE Quad Eye Shadow contains four great shades to create multiple looks from smoky to soft subtle plums.

Out for several hours and want to ensure your make-up looks great all night? Then Sally Girl cosmetics are perfect, inexpensive and small enough to fit in any clutch! 

So rock out or shimmer your way through the New Year’s! Either way Sally Beauty’s cosmetics have you covered for the year!

Frutique Giveaway Winners

And the winners, chosen by Random.org, are:

#10 Sadie
#2 Kizzy
#3 Julie T.
#15 Patricia
#12 Annmarie
#8 Sara
#4 Kelly
#1 Kristina
#11 Tammy
#7 Nancy
#5 Jamie
#9 Ashley

Congratulations! I will be contacting you shortly by email.

Pine Cones & Ribbons Nail Art

While I was decorating my home for the holidays, I thought…why should my nails be left out? So, I decided to add some seasonal décor to them. Below are 4 easy steps to add “pine cones and red ribbons” to your nails. You need light pink and white polish, and “striping polish” like Stripe Rite from Sally Beauty Supply in medium and dark green, white, red, brown and black. Remove any old polish that may be on your nails. Tip: never use Pure Acetone on your natural nails…it dries out the nail bed and makes the nails brittle. Apply a basecoat. I use Nail Life Gripper. This basecoat will remain a little “sticky”.

Step 1: Apply pink polish to your entire nail. Then paint a white diagonal swatch across the nail.

Step 2: Using the medium green and dark green, with small, short strokes, paint a mini-garland diagonally across the nail. Highlight with white striping polish.

Step 3: With the brown striping polish, paint two pine-cone shapes. Highlight with black and white striping polish.

Step 4: Paint two red swirls for ribbons and your finished. 


Apply two topcoats like Out the Door and let dry.

Now your nails aren’t “left out in the cold” for the holidays.

I hope you have fun and I will be blogging again soon.

Frutique Giveaway

What: We’re giving away 12, 8 piece sets of Frutique beauty by nature to 12 lucky winners! Each set is valued at $100.

Why: We’re just plain excited about our new line!

When: Visitors can enter December 17-19. One winner will be chosen at random on December 20, 2010.

How: Just leave a comment on this post between December 17-19 to be entered for a chance to win.

Limit one comment per person. CONSUMER DISCLOSURE: NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Open only to legal residents of 50 US states and DC, 18 or older, who have Internet access and a valid email address prior to 12/16/10. To enter, access Sally Beauty Blog at http://sallybeautyblog.com/ from 10 am CT on 12/17/10 to 11 pm CT 12/19/10 and post a comment to the Frutique Giveaway blog entry and provide your screen name and valid email address. Entries must be received by 11 pm CT on 12/19/10. Limit one entry per person. One prize to be awarded in random drawing on or about 12/20/10. Prize is a set of Frutique beauty by nature. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited by law. For official rules and winner’s list (after 12/20/10), visit http://sallybeautyblog.com/ or mail request to: Sally, Attn: Blog Promotion, PO Box 490, Denton, TX 76202. Sponsor: Sally Beauty Supply LLC.

Frutique beauty by nature

Oh, the beauty of fruit for your face!

Yes, seriously. Are you aware of the benefits of super foods for your face? Well, let me fill you in. Fruit provides vital antioxidants and vitamins that keep you healthy. As the body’s largest organ (yes, the skin is an organ), skin thrives on the same vital nutrients that fuel the body; fruit provides these.

Sally Beauty’s new skincare collection, Frutique beauty by nature, is a perfect combination of nature and science, resulting in powerful fruit-based formulas to regenerate, protect and nourish your skin. I’ve used them all and think they’re great! A daily dose of Frutique is recommended for all skin types! Treat your skin right by establishing a skincare regimen.

Start off with the Berry Berry Purifying Cleanser. Next move to the Papaya Enzymes Exfoliating Gel. Both of these will get your skin perfectly clean, and smell refreshing in the process. But, remember not to over-exfoliate! Two times a week is just right.

The Citrus Essence Brightening Crème evens out skin tones and clears blemishes. This is my favorite fragrance!

Lastly for your daily moisturizer, choose what you are most comfortable with. The Hydrating Peach Smoothing Crème is best for with early signs of aging. Harvest Grape Firming Crème for those that need a little bit more umph!

End your day (after you’ve cleansed, of course) by applying the Apricot Nectar Nourishing Mask. It works to hydrate, smooth and soften the skin. Top that off with the Apple Night Restore Crème for intensive wrinkle reducing at while you sleep!

Be sure to check back Friday for some fabulous freebie fun! You won’t want to miss out!

The Perfect Shades

In the magazines, they always ask celebrities “What’s the one beauty product you can’t live without”?  And they respond with some ridiculous answer like ‘sheer lip balm’ or ‘I just put on a smile and I’m good to go’.  Right.  That’s why they’re celebrities.  Me, on the other hand…. Where would I start?  Concealer  for my under-eye circles?  Mascara for my invisible eyelashes?  Bronzer so my freckles aren’t as pronounced?  Or…

Sunglasses!  That solves everything!!!   I’m good to go with a great pair of sunglasses, even when I don’t have my makeup on.   I went through an all-natural phase a few years ago, which my sister questioned. 

Sister:  Aren’t you going to put on any makeup today?

Me:  No, my husband says I look better without it. 

Sister:  He’s lying.

Big, bold, fashionable sunglasses are perfect, whether you’re headed out in the sun, or simply like the look regardless of the forecast.    I found some fabulous pairs at Sally Beauty that looked designer-ish, and were comfortable too!  The styles are more glam than sporty, and there’s plenty of choices.  At $7.99 I even got my sister a pair.

Pantone’s Color of the Year

Yesterday, Pantone LLC announced their pick for 2011′s Color of the Year. The winner is – drum roll please – Honeysuckle!

What do you think? Are you a fan of this hot pink hue?  To me it’s little more flattering for most than say, 2009′s Mimosa. I know I plan on trying to incorporate more pretty pinks and bright berries into my look.  What about you?

I already have plenty of these colors in my wardrobe but my beauty arsenal is lacking in the Honeysuckle color family, so it looks like I need to do some shopping!  Here are my picks:

1. Beyond the Zone Color Jamz Party Time Pink
2. Palladio Tinted Lip Balm in Rosey
3. FingerPaints in Steal My Beating Art
4. Femme Couture Ultra Hydrating Lip Colour in Blush Melon
5. Sally Girl Mini Squeeze Tube Lip Gloss in Pink
6. Femme Couture Baked Eyeshadow in Pinkini

Image courtesy of Pantone LLC

 

FingerPaints Giveaway Winners

And the winners, chosen by Random.org, are:

#63 Mike
#79 Sheri
#123 Rebecca
#10 Chelsea
#16 Meg
#90 Patricia
#8 Kelly
#120 Anna
#18 Amanda
#50 Christina

Congratulations! I will be contacting you shortly by email.