Archive for January, 2012

Frizz-free hair

There’s no question that my red hair is my crowning glory—love the brilliant color; love the shine. But smooth, silky—and most important—frizz-free texture is just as important!

I know I’m not alone in this, which is why we’re so proud of our Ion Keratin Smoothing Treatment. The Formaldehyde-free formula minimizes frizz 90% – 100% and contains all kinds of goodies, such as argan and wheat germ oils, to boost shine.

And, just in case you’re wondering, “Can this be safe for color-treated hair?” The answer is, absolutely! It actually strengthens hair. Of course, as with any treatment, following directions is key to a great result.

Friday Fashion Poll

Have you heard about the trend, “halo headbands?” According to Glamour.com, it’s when you wear a headband on top of your head like it’s a halo.

Lately, I’ve seen several celebrities  sporting a halo, but I’m not sure if I’m sold on the trend. It looks a little Julius Caesar to me.

What do you think of headbands being worn this way? Please vote and tell us your thoughts in the comments!

Halo Headbands

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Let the Good Times Roll…Double Ombre Mardi Gras Nails

I absolutely love the colors of Mardi Gras! All the beautiful beads, masks, and crowns are so awesome, so I thought it would be fun to paint some Double Ombre Mardi Gras nails. Let’s get started.

Supplies:

Nail Polish Remover
Cosmetic Wedges
Polish Remover Pads
Wax Paper
Clear Base Coat
Dotting Tool or Toothpick
Metallic Purple Polish
Clear Top Coat
Metallic Green Polish
Rhinestones (optional)
Metallic Gold Polish

Remove your old polish, file and buff your nails. Apply a clear basecoat and let dry.

Step 1: Paint 2 coats of metallic gold polish on all your nails and let dry for at least 15 minutes.

Step 2: Now, imagine that your nail is divided into 3 parts, from the tip to the top of the nail.  Drip a couple of drops of Metallic Green on the wax paper. Dab one edge of the cosmetic wedge in the paint and blot it on the wax paper. (This will keep you from painting a hard line, instead of a blend). You will be blending the polish, making the ombre effect.

Beginning about one third up the nail, dab the wedge on the nail, covering the middle third of the nail. I didn’t paint all the way to the end so that the purple would be more vivid. Continue adding green polish until you get the desired effect. Let dry for about 15 minutes.

Step 3:

Repeat step 2, using the Metallic Purple polish. Paint the third of the nail, beginning at the tip. Continue adding purple polish until you get the desired double hombre effect. Let dry.

 

Note: The nails are beautiful just as they are now, so if you don’t want to add anything, apply 2 coats of clear topcoat and you are finished.

Step 4: Now we are going to paint gold crowns on the nail tips…after all we are all kings and queens of Mardi Gras, right? Paint gold polish in a slightly “curved” line across each nail tip (reverse French tip). Then paint three triangles at the edge of each curved line.

For a little dimension, make the triangle in the center slightly larger than the other two.  Drip a drop of the gold metallic paint on the wax paper and using the dotting tool or toothpick, make a dot of gold on the tip of each triangle. Add three rhinestones to the dots while they are wet if you want the bling.

Now you have the base of the crown.


Step 5:

Drip a drop of green and purple polish on the wax paper and using the dotting tool, decorate your crown as you like. For a bejeweled look, apply colored rhinestones to the dots while they are wet. Since you have applied several coats of polish and polish dots, let the polish dry for at least 20 minutes to keep the polish from smearing when you apply the topcoat. When dry, apply two coats of topcoat and let completely dry.

I think this is a cute look for Mardi Gras, so I hope you will give it a try. And like they say in New Orleans…Let the Good Times Roll!

Until next time…..keep those nails covered.

FingerPaints Special Effects Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to the Lisa Kimpel on winning a set of FingerPaints Special Effects. I’ll be contacting you shortly by email to claim your prize.

Friday Fashion Poll

I love me a red lip. Like smelling a certain food or perfume from your past, it’s something that instantly brings up memories for me.

I put it on and I’m transported to the early 90s, watching my older sister and her friends pass around that ubiquitous tube of red lipstick while they get ready for their dates. Not to mention using a can of hairspray each! :)

Or I think of my dancer days and having our director say, “Put on your red lipstick, ladies!” before every performance. I hated wearing it at the time but looking back at pictures, it made our smiles so bright and beautiful.

So what are your feelings on a red lip? Gorgeous or is it too much of a look for you? Please vote and let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Red Lips

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FingerPaints Special Effects – Giveaway!

What: We’re giving away a set of FingerPaints Special Effects!

Why: Because we know you guys are ga-ga for flakies!

When: Visitors can enter January 18-20. One winner will be chosen at random on January 23.

How: Just leave a comment on this post between January 18-20 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 1/18/12. To enter, access Sally Beauty Blog at http://sallybeautyblog.com/ from 9.45 am CT on 1/18/12 to 11 pm CT 1/20/12 and post a comment to the FingerPaints Special Effects Giveaway blog entry and provide your screen name and valid email address. Entries must be received by 11 pm CT on 1/20/12. Limit one entry per person. 1 prize to be awarded in random drawing on or about 1/23/12. Prize is a set of FingerPaints Special Effects. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited by law. For official rules and winner’s list (after 1/23/12), visit http://sallybeautyblog.com/ or mail request to: Sally, Attn: Blog Promotion, PO Box 490, Denton, TX 76202. Sponsor: Sally Beauty Supply LLC.

That son of mine…

It’s been awhile since I’ve told a teenage son story. Don’t get me wrong, he is full of witty comments and the stories are overflowing, but it’s been awhile since we’ve shared a nail polish moment.

Well, we shared one. This fall, FingerPaints launched Fun-fetti, which is a multi-color, multi-shape glitter in a clear base.

Anyway, one day while he was out I applied the glitter polish to my toesies. He didn’t notice for a couple of days and then these words came out of his mouth “WHAT IS ON YOUR TOES?!” with disgust. I’m used to getting that from my mother, but not him.

“Well, son, it’s Fun-Fetti. Isn’t it great with all the different colors? The reflection of the light, the fun shades - it makes my toes want to dance! The look on his face definitely let me know that he did not want me dancing. Moms are soooo embarrassing, right? =)

But what do teenage boys know about fashion anyway? FingerPaints Fun-Fetti truly is fun and colorful! You can apply it alone or layer it with your favorite color. Whatever the case, it will dazzle!

It’s available online for only 2 more weeks, so get it while you can!

Friday Fashion Poll

One of the most aggravating things about going to the gym, besides the sweaty guy who doesn’t wipe off his machine, is when my hair gets rebellious and won’t stay in place. I cannot stand to workout with even one strand touching my face or neck, so I always pack extra bobby pins in my gym bag  just in case.

But, not everyone feels the same way.  According to our annual Best Tressed Survey, 43% say their go-to workout hairstyle is down.

What do you think? Is that crazy talk or do you rock the elliptical with your locks flowing free?

Please take a moment to vote and share your thoughts in the comments!

What's your go-to workout hairstyle?

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Three quick tips for ponytails

Image courtsey of TheSmallThingsBlog.com

In 2012, it’s “anything goes” with your hairstyle.

Rushed or in a minimalist mood? It’s perfectly acceptable to show up at events with a simple blowout or ponytail. Ponytails are one of my favorite styles, so this is great news for me!

Here are three tips for ponytails:

ONE
Use a paddle brush like the Titanium Ionic Brush from Ion  to remove any tangles.

TWO
Don’t force short layers into the elastic – they’ll look great when they hang naturally.

THREE
To minimize snags and breakage, use professional braiding rubber bands; we like the bands made by Proclaim.

Easy as pie!

How to be Dazzling in 2012

Sadly, my favorite holiday of all, New Year’s Eve, has come and gone.  I think one of the reasons I love it so much—aside from the champagne—is the excuse it gives me to get all dressed up and to try out some fun glitzy make-up!  In my opinion, there is no way to over-do the sparkle on this special night.  But just because it’s January doesn’t mean the party has to end! Here are a few ways to keep the sparkle going the whole year ‘round, regardless of your make-up style!

Dramatic:  If you’re like me, you love trying out fun new make-up trends, and you’re never afraid of a little color…or sparkle.  Femme Couture’s new Eye Drama Glitter Eye Pencils are just the thing for you!  They come in a variety of colors (yes, even black and brown if you don’t want to get too crazy) and give you just the right amount of sparkle for a special night out.  And, for the whole month of January, you can get 2 for only $5—a steal!

Unexpected: Another fun way to try out sparkle is on your lashes!  It may sound a little wild, but it’s actually a pretty understated way to shake up your normal look.  Try swiping on some Femme Couture Lightening Lash in “Black Tinsel” over your regular black mascara.  Now go on and bat those beautiful lashes—the boys won’t know what hit ‘em!

Subtle:  Over-the-top glitter not your thing?  Don’t worry, there is even a way to make the most demure girl shine.  Try Femme Couture Lip Luster in “Pink Sparkle”.  This gorgeous light pink gloss will give you shiny, irresistible lips with just a hint of shimmer.