Archive for March, 2012

Friday Fashion Poll

March is a difficult time of year, fashion-wise, for those of us who follow the rule of “No White Before Easter.” It feels like spring and every morning I stare longingly into my closet at my white pants and linen skirts, knowing that it will still be awhile before I can wear them.

My question is, am I torturing myself for no reason? Does anyone else still follow the “No White rule?”

Please take a moment to vote and let us know your thoughts in the comments!

White Clothes Before Easter

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For bold, vibrant color, wet your brush before applying eye shadow

You might have noticed that the packaging for some eye shadows state they can be used wet or dry.

Have you tried wet application of your eye shadow?

Take a look at the picture. The shadow on the left is dry, and the shadow on the right is wet. See what a difference a little water can make?

STEP ONE:

Check the packaging to make sure your eyeshadow can be used wet. We LOVE Femme Couture Mineral Effects Eye Shadow!

STEP TWO:

Wet the brush, not the eye shadow. A brush with stiff bristles is best to keep control over the application.

Run the bristles under water from the faucet. If a sink isn’t nearby, water in a cup will work fine, too.

You want a damp brush, not a wet one. Use a tissue to blot off the excess water.

STEP THREE:

Rub the brush in your eye shadow, then apply it just as you would with a dry brush. If you’re using more than one color, rinse the brush between colors.

STEP FOUR:

After you’ve created your makeup masterpiece, rinse your brush thoroughly.

That’s all there is to it!

If you’ve never done this, try it and let me know what you think!

Ever Wonder What that Means?

A product thumbnail of Beyond Belief Witch HazelHave you ever taken a few minutes to read the ingredient label on the back of your products? Even if you have read the label, do you know what it all means? Some of those ingredients look like gibberish and are definitely hard to pronounce!

Did you know…?

 Aloe is commonly found in cosmetic products. It offers soothing and water-binding properties for the skin. The gel found inside the aloe vera leaves helps reduce redness and soothes the discomfort of sunburn.

 Argan Oil is derived from the Argan tree, and provides endless antioxidant benefits for your skin, hair, and nails! It is known to repair dull and dry hair, split hair ends, strengthen nails, moisturize skin, and reduce stretch marks. I could go on forever!

 Benzoyl Peroxide kills acne bacteria. Anyone seeking products to help reduce or eliminate acne should make sure this ingredient is listed!

 Glycolic Acid is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) and is used to improve skin texture, hydration, and help reduce breakouts. It is known for its anti-aging properties due to its ability to firm skin through collagen stimulation.

 Jojoba Oil contains Vitamin E, B complex vitamins, fatty acids, zinc, iodine, and copper to help prevent skin from becoming too oily without clogging the pores. It is known to cure acne and skin care problems.

 Pomegranate Seed Oil is derived from the seeds of the pomegranate fruit. Since it if full of antioxidants, it revitalizes mature skin, improves skin elasticity, and reliefs minor skin irritation.

 Retinol, also known as Vitamin A, is excellent for reducing fine lines and wrinkles by boosting collagen production. It also evens out skin tone and improves skin color.

 Witch Hazel does miracles for the skin and so much more! It is known to treat hemorrhoids, varicose veins, puffy eyes, itchy skin, insect bites, respiratory tract infections, digestive complaints, swelling and bruises.

Now you know some of the key ingredients to look for in your skin and beauty products. I hope this guides you to have healthier and radiant skin!

–Shirley

Friday Fashion Poll

Recently, I stopped by my sister’s on the way to a dinner with friends and borrowed some make-up to freshen up. It’s always a challenging experience to make other people’s make-up work for you, isn’t it?

Anyway, when I discovered that she had no blush, I was floored! No blush?! How could this be? Blush is my number one make-up love! (People who know me and are reading this are saying, “duh!”) My sister, however, only wears bronzer.

At dinner that night, I informally polled my friends and discovered that the world was divided into two groups – Blushing Beauties and Bronzer Babes. I’m sure there are some rebels who wear both, but none were at my table.

So, I pose the question to you, dear readers.  Are you a Blushing Beauty or Bronzer Babe? Or do you wear both?

Blush vs. Bronzer

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Heat Protection

A product thumbnail of Flat Iron AddictDo you use a heat protector when you flat iron your hair? If not, you should! Repeated heat styling without one can really zap the life out of your hair, that’s why it’s SO IMPORTANT to use a heat protector. Enough with the lecturing, right? =)

Anyway, I have a new heat protector I wanted to share with you called Flat Iron Addict. It not only protects your hair from heat damage, it provides a light hold and 72 hour frizz control (or until your next shampoo). I especially love that it’s an aerosol so I get light, even coverage without any overly-saturated spots.

It’s also majorly on sale ($5.99) for the month of March. Be sure to check it out!

Favorite Hair Dryers

A product thumbnail of Ion Titanium Platinum Digital Dryer With MemoryI thought it would be fun to poll a couple of my coworkers on what their favorite dryer is. Here’s what they had to say!

Alexia: I love my Ion IPak Argan Dryer!  I have fine, naturally straight hair so I have to blow dry it every morning. I use GVP’s Thermal Styling Spray to help protect and set, then use my IPak dryer with high heat and low airflow to get maximum volume. I follow up with GVP’s Super Spray (Compare to Paul Mitchell Freeze and Shine Super Spray) and curl with my Argan Heat 1” curling iron. And while I traveling I never go anywhere without my Ion Dual Voltage hair dryer! My favorite things about it – it folds to save space, has great airflow for a travel dryer, an on/off Ion button for super volume, AND it’s dual voltage so it goes to Hong Kong and China with me!

Alex: My hair is thick and naturally wavy, so when I blow dry it I want it to be silky smooth and straight. Most dryers leave my hair poufy and frizzy, but my Super Solano X Professional Xtreme Hair Dryer  leaves my hair just the way I want it. It dries my hair faster and is quieter than any other I’ve owned. Because my hair is so long, the extra-long power cord is such a great asset. It gives me that flexibility I need to move the dryer around while I‘m doing my hair. I use the air concentrator attachment and my large Ion Thermal Ceramic styling brush to achieve that “just out of the salon” look. To finish it all off I quickly run my Ion Mini Gator flat iron through my hair and I’m good to go!

Kelmy: I don’t usually dry my hair with a blow dryer, but when I do, I make sure it gives me great results as when I let my hair air-dry. I have the Ion Digital Dryer. It’s super modern and has lots of settings to get me just the right amount of air flow and heat. If I want to dry my hair straight, I crank up the heat a little more and lower the hair flow to reduce the frizz. I use an Ion Pro Shine Round Brush to straighten my curls as my hair dries. The boar bristles also reduce the frizz and add shine at the same time. If I just want to set my natural curls, here’s what I do:

• I add some mousse to my wet hair
• Comb it through with a wide tooth comb
• Attach the diffuser, which is included with the dryer
• Boost the air flow a little and set it with medium heat

In few minutes I am out the door with non-frizzy, bouncy ringlets.

Which is your favorite hair dryer from Sally Beauty?

Friday Fashion Poll

Not me, by the way. =)

Topknots are crazily hot right now! Everywhere I look (which let’s be honest, is mostly on Pinterest) people are sporting these fun buns on top of their head. (Side note: Are you following us on Pinterest yet?)

Topknots come in all different styles and sizes, and can be messy and carefree, or sleek and elegant. I personally like the ones that incorporate another favorite trend of mine – braids.

When I wear one I get a help from my little friend, the hair mesh donut thing, or as it’s more formally known – the Hair Stylers Mesh Chignon.

What about you? Fans of the topknot, or not for you? Please take a moment to vote and let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Topknots

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Two is better than one!

We know that a lot of you are huge fans of false lashes. Well, lash lovers, get excited! Ardell Professional has taken it to the next level with their new Double Up Lash collection.

Love the looks of those famous reality show sisters? Then these are for you. They’re two sets of regular false lashes on one band, and they give your eyes MAJOR oomph and twice the flair and drama, with half the effort it takes to apply two sets!

Ardell Professional Double Up Lashes are available in 6 different styles, exclusively at Sally Beauty.

China Glaze Hunger Games

In only 12 short days, the Hunger Games movie will be in theatres! But who’s counting, right? =)

I’m a big fan of the series , so when I heard that China Glaze was coming out with a polish collection based on it, I was one very excited little fangirl.

So far I’ve tried out several of the shades but haven’t decided which one I’ll be wearing to the movie. I’m thinking Electrify might be the winner since I love Katniss’ Opening Ceremony dress.

What about you? Do you have a favorite of the collection? Will you be attending the movie on opening night?

The China Glaze Hunger Games Collection is available in Sally Beauty stores and online at SallyBeauty.com. 

Friday Fashion Poll

We had a few weeks of delightful spring temperatures and now we’re back to cold and dreary weather. Bummer…

The reemergence of winter has me craving spring clothing and colors more than ever. I’ve been scouring Pinterest for some spring wardrobe eye candy and have decided that floral patterns might just be my favorite trend this season! I love how girly and old-fashioned this look is, and definitely have my eye on the new Plugged In Spring Floral Hair Brushes. Hello CUTE!

What about you? Do you find floral patterns granny chic or just plain granny?

Please vote and let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Floral Patterns

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