Archive for May, 2011

Memorial Day

Hold the hot dogs and burgers! I have a fabulous deal alert!

Do you need a new flat iron? Well, you’re in luck! This Memorial Day weekend you can save $20 on the purchase of the Hot Shot Tools Blue Titanium Flat Iron , Jilbere Nano Ceramic Ionic Flat Iron 1 1/4″, or Tool Science Professional Digital Nano-Silver Styling Iron 1 1/4″.

This fabulous deal is only good online at SallyBeauty.com while supplies last. The offer ends 5/31/2011 at 11:59 pm EST.

To redeem this offer just add one of the select flat irons to your bag and enter promo code 555398 in the space provided at checkout.

Ok, back to the hot dogs and burgers!

Summer Saviors

Ah summer. Flip-flops, Dreamcicles and days at the beach. Remember when we thought we were good with just a smear of zinc oxide across the nose and baby oil everywhere else? Yeah, that’s hardly the case today. I have replaced my zinc with lotions and creams that help protect my skin, hair color and even manicure from the sun.

I put sunscreen on every day. EVERY DAY. This is no longer just for a day at the beach, ladies. Before I put any makeup on, I start with a daily lotion with SPF in it. My esthetician convinced me to try a tinted lotion with SPF 60. Yeah, that felt like I covered my face with butter and I don’t recommend it. I stick with Beyond Belief Vita C + 15 SPF moisturizer. It’s light and 15 SPF will keep you covered during your commute to the office or trip to check the mail.

I also color my hair and as a working mom/housekeeper/dog walker/personal chef, I simply do not have time to color more than I already do. So it is very important for me to keep my color as long as I possibly can. I use color protect shampoo and conditioner, but I also use color protect styling products. Yup, they have sun protection for your hair. These help prevent your hair color from fading, therefore extending the time between coloring.

Have you noticed after an afternoon at the pool your manicure or pedicure will look a little yucky? Yup, sun can fade dark colors and yellow lighter ones. There are a ton of topcoats with UV protection. Orly Polishield is a good one.

So there you have it, a small bit of summer advice. I would love to hear any other summer saviors you may have. Wait, is that the ice-cream truck? Got to go!

The importance of doing a strand test

Have you ever colored your hair and looked in the mirror and said, “Oh my, this is too dark.” Or, “My hair is now green. What happened?” These are just a couple of reasons why it is important to do a strand test first, and why color manufacturers recommend performing one prior to coloring.

When you look at a hair swatch and choose your color, there are a few things to take into account.

• What is your natural color?
• How do I get to the color I want? (A.K.A.: How many levels of lift does my hair need to achieve this color?)
• What do you want your final color to be?

Once you have the formulation in place, do a strand test to make sure you are achieving the desired results before applying to your whole head. To do a strand test, grab a small piece of hair from a place on your head that doesn’t show. Then process the color following the included directions. This will help stop “Oh NO! I hate this color! This is not what I wanted!” moments.

Helen of Troy Tapered Iron – Winner!

And the randomly chosen winner is:

Leslie W.

Congratulations! I will be contacting you shortly by email.

Helen of Troy Tapered Iron

When I first saw this new tool I said to myself, “Why would I need a curl wand if my hair is already curly?” Well, there was only one way to find out, so I tried it.  

Results? It really defined my curl without looking like I was ready for prom. Although if you want to use it for that special occasion it works great also. Add a little bit of hairspray and presto! Fabulous bouncy curls are done at the wave of the curl wand.

This tapered iron is truly an innovation. It works similar to a curling iron except that it gives a more natural curl pattern to the hair. I have to admit it takes just a bit of practice to get used to wrapping the hair around the wand yourself. If you have your bff help you, the process is always easier of course, but it’s not rocket science. If you are doing it yourself, make sure you wear the protective heat glove that’s included with the wand. Within a few minutes of doing the wrapping process, you’ll be pro at it. Whether you have straight or curly hair, this wand will work wonders! 

Have you tried it yet? Let me know how this tool works out for you.

P.S. Want to try one? Leave a comment on this post to be entered to win one Helen of Troy Tapered Iron! The giveaway will be open until Sunday, May 23, at 11pm CST. Winner announced Monday morning.

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 5/20/11. To enter, access Sally Beauty Blog at http://sallybeautyblog.com/ from 9:30 am CT on 5/20/11 to 11 pm CT 5/23/11 and post a comment to the Helen of Troy tapered iron blog entry and provide your screen name and valid email address.  Entries must be received by 11 pm CT on 5/23/11.  Limit one entry per person. One prize to be awarded in random drawing on or about 5/23/11. Prize is a Helen of Troy Tapered Iron. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited by law. For official rules and winner’s list (after 5/23/11), visit http://sallybeautyblog.com/ or mail request to: Sally, Attn: Blog Promotion, PO Box 490, Denton, TX 76202. Sponsor: Sally Beauty Supply LLC.

Stars ‘n Stripes Nail Art

To all of you nail artists, I wanted to get this blog out in time for the Memorial Day holiday. I don’t know about you, but painting my nails in Red, White and Blue gives me such a patriotic feeling and my friends look forward to seeing what kind of artwork I am going to paint at each holiday. The only problem is… painting those STRAIGHT red and white stripes and those TINY white stars, so I have found a way around the dilemma, at least for me.

Sally Beauty has the most wonderful tool called the Cina Nail Art Pen. This paint pen comes in several colors, so I decided to try it. After reading the directions…yes, I am a directions reader, I discovered that it is water soluble, which is great, because if you don’t like what you just painted, just wipe it away with a damp paper towel. I thought to myself, this may be just the thing I need to paint those stripes that seem to give me such trouble. The ArtClub Nail Art White Rainbow Stars also helped save me a lot of time. So, the following is a design that was quick and easy using these great new discoveries.

Below is the list of supplies you need to complete the look:

Nail Polish Remover
Polish Remover Pads
Clear Base Coat
Bright Red Nail Polish (mine has a metallic sheen to it)
Deep Blue (I used a blue metallic over a navy blue polish)
Cina Nail Art Pen-White
ArtClub Nail Art-White Rainbow Stars
Clear Top Coat

Remove all old nail polish, wash the polish remover off and moisturize your hands. File and buff your nails. Remember to wipe only your nail beds again with remover to cleanse them of the moisturizer, or the polish will not stick. Apply a clear basecoat and let dry.

Step 1: Apply two coats of Red Nail Polish and let dry.

Step 2: Remove the Cina Nail Art Pen (White) from the package, remove the lid and push down on the tip until the paint flows freely, just like a normal paint pen. I used a piece of paper to press the pen against, because the paint will run out at the tip. Blot off the excess paint and begin drawing. The paint flows very well, so you don’t need to press down on your nails. When the pen needs more paint, press down on the paper and blot away the excess and you are ready to go again.

I painted three curved lines on each nail. I thought this was a good way to avoid those straight stripes. As I said before, if you don’t like them, just wipe them off and repaint.  (Now that I look at the photos, I think I should have redone a couple, lol.)

After I was finished with the lines, I filled in one side of the nail tip with the navy blue polish with an overlay of the metallic blue polish. I like a deep blue, so this is how I get it. Let all the polish dry well before going to the next step.

Step 3: Since the paint pen is a water-based paint on top of an enamel-based paint, it takes a few extra minutes to dry, and it is very delicate until you seal it with a topcoat.  Gently apply a clear topcoat and while it is still wet, add some white Rainbow Stars around one of the white curved lines. I used a toothpick to help pick up the small stars and apply them to my nails. After all your nails are finished, apply at least one more clear top coat. Two coats will help the stars stay on better, but it is your choice.

And, there you have it! You’re finished! This is really fast and very patriotic!

This was such a fun design to do and it really takes no time to create it. The Cina Paint Pen is a life saver to me and I plan to use it in more of my nail art designs, and those little stars are just too cute. I hope you give this a try and have a fun and safe holiday.  Until next time….keep those nails covered.

Crackle Winners

And the randomly chosen winners are:

DQ
Joanne O.

Congratulations! I will be contacting you shortly by email.

Addicted to Crackle – Giveaway

What: We’re giving away 2 sets of the China Glaze Crackle to 2 lucky winners!

Why: Because it’s Friday and we know you guys are mad for Crackle!

When: Visitors can enter May 13-15. Two winners will be chosen at random on May 16, 2011.

How: Just leave a comment on this post between May 13-15 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 5/13/11. To enter, access Sally Beauty Blog at http://sallybeautyblog.com/ from 9:30 am CT on 5/13/11 to 11 pm CT 5/15/11 and post a comment to the Crackle Giveaway blog entry and provide your screen name and valid email address.  Entries must be received by 11 pm CT on 5/15/11.  Limit one entry per person. 2 prizes to be awarded in random drawing on or about 5/16/11. Prize is a set of China Glaze Crackle. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited by law. For official rules and winner’s list (after 5/16/11), visit http://sallybeautyblog.com/ or mail request to: Sally, Attn: Blog Promotion, PO Box 490, Denton, TX 76202. Sponsor: Sally Beauty Supply LLC.

Susan G. Komen Kickoff Lunch

The line stretching out the door of the employee café at Sally Beauty Holdings world headquarters in Denton, Texas was filled with energized employees decked out in myriad shades of pink.  The occasion was a building-wide celebration of the new partnership between Sally Beauty Holdings and Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.  And in honor of the occasion our company was hosting a free lunch for all of its employees.  As a way to encourage our  employees to show their commitment to Komen,  if you made a donation to Komen you received a raffle ticket to win a basket full of beauty products from Sally Beauty.    

When the  café tables were full of employees with their lunches of chicken fried steak or grilled chicken with all the trimmings, Gary Winterhalter, President and CEO of Sally Beauty Holdings, stepped up to the microphone to make an exciting announcement that Sally Beauty Holdings will be the presenting sponsor for the inaugural Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Denton, Texas. Then Mary Frances Hoover, Executive Director of North Texas Affiliate of Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® filled the audience in on all of the volunteer opportunities available on race day September 24, 2011.  

We would like to invite everyone to join us in supporting Susan G. Komen for the Cure® by participating in the Komen Denton Race for the Cure® or any of the other 125 races across the U.S. held each year – go to www.komen.org to find one closest to you .  You can also contribute to Komen by dropping money in the Susan G. Komen canister by the register in all of Sally Beauty’s more than 2,500 stores in the U.S.

Here are some pictures from the event:

Motherly Advice Favorites

As promised, here are a few of our favorite pieces of Motherly Advice from Friday:

“Pain is to beauty, my dear. Pain is to beauty.” –Rebecca

“Beauty Rest, and lots of it!!! And protect your skin, it’s all about the SPF! ♥” –Casey

“Even when you’re are feeling down, keep yourself looking nice. No one needs to know your business. When you look good you feel good.” — Tawanna

“Wash your face & put some lotion on those crusty elbows before you go to bed!” –Nicole

“I’m 6′ and was always tall growing up. Mom always said “pull your shoulders back, stand up straight. You don’t look shorter by hunching!” –Caroline

“NEVER, EVER shave your legs dry! That’s good advice!” –Karen

“Always take your make-up off before you go to bed and wash and moisturize too!” –Pattee

Thank you to all who commented!