Archive for June, 2012

Friday Fashion Poll

I’m sure this will surprise NO ONE, but today I’m going to talk about something I’ve seen on Pinterest.

Lately I’ve noticed that my Fashion Wish List board contains a curious amount of  sequined clothing. I didn’t even realize that I’ve been pinning every sequined item in sight, but apparently I can’t get enough!

What’s the deal? Am I suffering from late 80s, early 90s flashbacks, and am just one step away from sporting big bangs? Or is this a legitimately cute trend?

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

Sequined Clothing

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Sizzling Summer Stripes

I love nail designs with stripes, but I was a little fearful about painting them neatly. Then I tried painting stripes with the new FingerPaints Striping Polish and realized that this wasn’t difficult at all, especially since the brush is shorter and easier to handle than most striping brushes. So, I created a design for “Sizzling Summer Stripes” that everybody can enjoy painting. Instructions and supply list below the photo!


Nail polish remover                                                                       
Cotton cosmetic rounds (for removing old polish)           
Dotting Tool or toothpick                                                            
Nail File                                                                                                              
Clear Base Coat
Wax Paper
FingerPaints Striping Polish in Ch-Art-Coal Black
FingerPaints Striping Polish in Red-Assiance
FingerPaints Striping Polish in Cari-Art-Ure
FingerPaints Striping Polish in Master Muse

Step 1:

Remove old nail polish. Rinse your nails with soap and water to rid your nails and cuticles of the remover. File and buff your nails.  Apply a clear base coat and let dry.

Step 2:

Using the black striping polish, paint four thin black, curved, slanted lines beginning at the top left and painting to the right bottom of the nail. (Dip the brush into the polish, lay the brush down and gently drag the brush). Let dry.

Step 3:

Using yellow striping polish, fill in the top portion of the nail. Also, fill in the fourth stripe with yellow. You may need two coats of paint. Let dry.

Step 4: Fill in the second stripe and the tip with orange polish. Apply two coats if needed.

Step 5: Using red striping polish, fill in the third stripe. Apply two coats, if needed. Drip a few drops of red striping polish on the wax paper and with the dotting tool or toothpick, make a red flower. Add a black center with a dot of black and accent the top yellow stripe with small orange dots. Let dry for 15 minutes.

Apply two coats of clear topcoat and you are finished. I really enjoyed painting stripes and was so excited to find that they were very easy to paint. I hope you will try painting my Sizzling Summer Stripes and have a fun summer.

Remember…Keep those nails covered.

Ion Color Brilliance Brights

Brights are hot and getting hotter! The launch of Ion Color Brilliance Brights has really revved up interest in vivid, vibrant haircolor…and your photos and comments have been great!    

To achieve the bright, true-tone results you’re looking for, pre-lightening to a blonde shade is a must. Some of you have had questions about just how light to go, so here’s the cheat sheet.    

As you can see, if you’re going for a warm shade, such as Red, Magenta, Orange or Purple, you only need to lighten to Level 7. But if a cool shade, such Sky Blue, Aqua, Fuschia or Teal, is your goal, you’ll need to lighten to a higher level—Level 10 (Level 9 for Teal).

The condition of your hair will also affect the color result. If your hair is damaged, dry and porous, a pre-color treatment will help prevent uneven color.

So, go for it! Amazing color is absolutely do-able, but to make sure you’ll get what you want, always do a strand test. The haircolor pros do…and so should you!  

Friday Fashion Poll

What are your thoughts on strong (read: BIG) brows? We’re seeing them all over (Lily Collins, we’re looking at you!), although I know they’re not for everyone. Personally, I’ve always been a fan, but I’m curious to see what you think.

Please take a second to vote and then let me know why you fall on the side of big brows or not, in the comments.

Strong brows: Yes or no?

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Ion Sun Protection Spray

A product thumbnail of Ion Sun Protection SpraySummer is in full swing now—‘tis the season for water sports, pool parties, and tropical vacations (I wish). 

This time of the year always makes me feel guilty, because I know that by spending so much time in the sun and the water, I’m actually damaging my hair and skin. It’s important for me to protect my hair, especially since I spend so much time and money coloring it and trying (!) to make it look nice. 

Maybe part of the reason that summer makes me nervous is because of this very distinct memory I have of a girl that went to elementary school with me. She had this long and beautiful blonde hair, but every fall when we came back to school after the summer, it had magically changed to the color of slime. 

I know that I don’t spend enough time in the pool to get the same results, but I also know that I have a hard enough time making my hair color last without extra doses of chlorine, sun, and water.  That’s why I’m happy to have discovered Ion Sun Protection Spray.  It’s light and non-greasy, and a quick spray of it before heading out to the pool erases my guilt…until I slather on the tanning oil.

Beauty Club – if you aren’t a member, you should be

Are you a member of the Beauty Club?

If not, you should join. Here’s why:

You’ll never pay full price again.

Your Beauty Club membership gives you a discount on every single non-sale item in stores and online.

Your membership is practically free.

It’s $5 for a full year of benefits. When you join, you’ll receive an instant $5 off reward that you can use beginning the next day.

Monthly rewards.

Anytime you spend a total of $25 during the month ($35 in Canada), you’ll receive a 15% off reward to use the following month.

Exclusive offers.

You’ll receive special offers and discounts throughout the year, and sometimes advance access to deals before we make them available to everyone else. And you’ll get even more sent via email when we have your email address.

Renewal reward.

You’ll get to choose a special gift when you renew your membership during the month it expires.

We guarantee your savings.

If your savings during the year don’t add up to your membership fee, your next year of membership is FREE.


If you’re in the U.S. or Canada, you can join at your local Sally Beauty store. If you’re in the U.S., you also have the option of joining online,default,pg.html.

I don’t usually make sales pitches here, but I’m a strong advocate of Beauty Club.

Millions of Sally Beauty customers are members, and I want you to be one of them.

One more thing about getting your benefits: Make sure we have your email address to send these to you. You can give your email address to your Sally Beauty sales associate or sign up on our website. Just click on the Beauty Club card near the top of


Friday Fashion Poll

A product thumbnail of Sally Girl Mini Scented Polish LimeWhen I was 13, I was obsessed with painting each of my toes a different shade of polish. The wilder the color combo, the better! I have clear memories of spending my summer floating in the pool and wearing blue, pink, green, yellow and orange polish on my toesies. Rough life I had, no?

The other day I was browsing Pinterest looking for inspiration and saw the CUTEST pedicure where they alternated colors on their toes. I had an immediate flashback to 1996 and knew it was time to get back to my roots.

So now I’m proudly wearing navy, pink and gold toes and I couldn’t be happier. It’s the little things in life, I guess! I would share a picture, but a foot model I am not, so you’ll have to use your imagination. I promise you’ll thank me for not showing you my feet. :)

What about you? Do you like to alternate colors or do you stick with one shade for pedicures? Please take a moment to vote and let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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Sally Beauty Supports PBA/NCA

Last weekend during Premier Orlando, one of the largest professional hair shows in the US, Sally Beauty presented $10,000 to support the Professional Beauty Association’s Junior Ladies Hair Team USA at HairWorld 2012 in Milan.  This competition, also known as the “Olympics of Hair,” is held every two years.  Team USA is composed of three talented cosmetologists that will be competing in four timed competitions to bring home the gold for the United States.


In this photo, Kyleigh Banks, one of the team members, is posing with her creation inspired by the Hunger Games books, entitled “Mockingjay, Catching Fire.” What you can’t see from this photo is that the entire mannequin head is made from strands of hair.  Amazing!! Everyone at Sally Beauty wishes them well in the competitions in Milan.

Weekend Blowout

Most of the time my weekends are jammed packed with activities and spending time with family and friends. I usually end up throwing something on, a quick touch up on the makeup, and my hair almost always end up in a ponytail, a bun or the full on curly head.

This weekend by some twist of fate, I actually had time to do my hair. I decided to set my hair straight a.k.a. blow it out and straighten it. So I gathered all my tools and got to it.

I used my trusty Ion Digital Dryer with negative ions to minimize the frizz, a few hair clips to hold the hair sections, a detangler that doubles as a sectioning comb and a round boar bristle brush. I worked a generous amount of Ion Anti-Frizz Serum to all of the damp hair. This also helped to untangle the hair.

I parted my hair into sections using duckbill clips, so I could work on small sections at a time. I grabbed the round brush, turned on the dryer, and slowly slide the brush down as I blew air directly onto the hair section. I repeated this step section by section until all my hair was dry. It will go slowly at first but as you gain practice working with both the brush and the dryer at the same time, it will get easier.

Once all of the hair is dried, add another small amount of anti-frizz serum and work it through the hair. Your hair will not be sleek straight, but will have some volume. If you want the sleek look, run a flat iron after the blow dry.

I was quite happy to be sporting a something other than my regular lazy weekend hair.

What does your weekend hair routine consist of?    

Friday Fashion Poll

A product thumbnail of Select-A-Style Wheel FlowersIt’s no secret that nail art is hot right now. Just do a quick search on Pinterest and you’ll see a million works of fingertip art.

They range from simple but pretty polka dots to 3D designs, like caviar nails and clay polymer decals. I even saw someone post nails with 1/2″ palm trees sticking up on them. That seems a little crazy, but to each their own!

I’ve embraced polish nail art but anything 3D drives me absolutely nuts. I love having a pretty flower painted on my nail, but if that flower’s a decal? You better believe it’s getting picked off in 2.5 seconds.

What about you? Do you find 3D nail art amazing or annoying? Please take a moment to vote and let us know your thoughts in the comments!

3D Nail Art

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