Archive for August, 2012

Friday Fashion Poll

For most of my life, I was a strictly short hair lady. Occasionally I would let it grow to my shoulders, but that MUST CUT MY HAIR itch would start and it would soon be chopped off. This cycle repeated itself more times than I’d probably like to admit!

I really enjoyed my short hair for its styling ease and peppy look, but two years ago I decided no matter how much I longed to cut it off, I was going to try wearing it long. After quite the grow-out process (Is there anything worse?) it’s now past my shoulders and I have to say that for the most part I’m loving it at this length. I feel like I can do more with it now, but there is the drawback of it being a little to easy to be lazy and throw it up in a ponytail.

Last week after seven consecutive days of wearing it in a messy bun, that old itch resurfaced and I found myself pinning pictures of celebrity short hair ‘dos for inspiration. Now that I’ve established myself in the Long Hair Camp, I don’t know if I’ll move back over to Short Hair Land, but it is so tempting.

What about you? Do you like your hair better when it is short or long? Have you kept it the same length for the majority of your life?

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

Hair Lengths

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Beyond The Zone Color Buzz

A product thumbnail of Color Buzz Pop PinkHave you tried the new Beyond The Zone Color Buzz hair chalk? I think it is such a fun product!

It’s perfect for those of us who don’t want to commit to a crazy color or pre-lightening, but want to show off our wild child side. 

At first I was skeptical that it would work on anyone other than blondes, but it actually shows up really well on my brown hair. Woo hoo! No need to bleach AND I get the colorful tresses I adore!

Beyond The Zone Color Buzz comes in Pop Pink, Fiery Orange and Party Purple and retails for only $9.99.

What about you? Are you a fan of hair chalk?

Prepping for even hair color

Hope your summer has been as much fun as mine! But if you were lucky enough to spend time at the beach, by the pool or in the sunshine, your hair is probably dry and overly porous by now. If you plan to apply hair color soon, follow a few easy steps to get gorgeous—not garish—results.

1. Get those ends trimmed!

The longer you wait, the worse they’ll get. If your hair is damaged overall, talk to your stylist about trying a new, shorter cut. If you’re a long-hair type, like me, trimming two inches instead of one can make a huge difference. Don’t worry; you won’t miss the extra inch.

2. Pre-treat before coloring.

Hair that is overly porous absorbs more hair color than hair with a closed cuticle. Mid-lengths and ends tend to be more porous than new growth, which can result in disappointing, uneven color. The solution? Spray on Ion Color Brilliance Pre-Color Treatment. It fills and closes the cuticle to help ensure your new color will be even from scalp to ends.

3. Condition after you color.

Don’t forget to restore your hair’s natural pH level, eliminate traces of oxidizing agents, and close the cuticle to lock in your new color with Ion Color Brilliance After-Color Treatment.

Friday Fashion Poll

Well color me surprised! Colored mascara has gone high fashion!

Stella McCartney’s fashion show for Fall/Winter ’12 was all about the colorful lashes, but I have to wonder if this look is better suited to the runway than the everyday.

However, it does make your eyes look super awake and bright, and I do have fond memories of borrowing my cousin’s electric blue mascara from her Caboodle, so maybe I’ll have to give it a try! Take a walk on the wild side, if you will.

What about you? Would you wear this daring trend?

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

Colorful Mascara

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Biotera Long and Healthy

A product thumbnail of Biotera Long and Healthy ShampooEver heard the story of Rapunzel? “Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair!” Well, I know that every girl wishes she could grow beautiful, long, healthy hair like she did.

Your wish has been granted with creation of the new Biotera Long and Healthy. This line was made specifically for us girls who often have a hard time growing their hair out. Sometimes this is a challenge for damaged, fragile hair because it will usually break off before it can grow. This new formula really keeps that frustration in mind by using an ultra-strengthening formula fueled by super fruits like acai berry, pomegranate and soy!

After using the shampoo, I was in love! The lather is so rich and dreamy, that I just knew my hair was getting better already. I followed the shampoo with the Long and Healthy Daily Conditioner, which rinsed clean and left my hair feeling moisturized and smooth.

For you ladies that have medium to thick strands, this line has a conditioner just for you – Biotera Long and Healthy Deep Conditioner. The last product I used was the Triple Action Leave-In Treatment so that I could heal my split ends and prevent new ones. This stuff works really well, I could already tell that my ends are less frizzy and it doesn’t weigh my hair down. I’ve been using this for a little while now and my normal “hard-to-grow” hair is stronger and noticeably longer :) !

If you want long locks, try this product line pronto! Right now, Sally Beauty has all Biotera on sale – Buy 2 get 1 Free - making this is the perfect opportunity to try it!

Express pedicure

A product thumbnail of Heel to Toe Pedicure Foot FileI love wearing my sandals and flip-flops during the summer, but the sun and fun do not make my feet look pretty, which is why I love the Heel To Toe Spa Pedicure products. In four easy steps I can keep my feet looking and feeling great all summer long!

  1.  I start my express pedi by using the Pedicure Foot File and go at my dry spots. A nail technician once taught me that I’ll get more of the dry skin off by filing the foot dry, and I think it really works!
  2. I relax for a few minutes while my toes soak in the Invigorating Foaming Foot Soak.
  3. Exfoliate again with the Exfoliating and Polishing Foot Scrub (I’ll even use this on my lower legs for extra softness there, too). Rinse off and pat your feet and legs dry.
  4. Slather on the Conditioning Leg and Foot Lotion to finish. This lotion soaks in fast, so I don’t even need to put socks on, just wait a couple minutes and go.

That’s it! Now, I’m ready for some new sandal shopping and summer fun!

Friday Fashion Poll

While skimming through the latest issue of Cosmopolitan, I learned that chocolate cherry lipstick is the new rep lip. Whenever I read articles like this I always think of that truly terrible movie, Josie and the Pussycats, where everyone runs around saying things like “Pink is the new red” and “Orange is the new pink.” Anyone else see the movie and willing to admit it? :)

Anyway, besides being a little over the phrase “such and such is the new such and such” I really like this alternative to red lipstick. As a child of the 90s when dark lips and flannel (regrettably) were de rigueur, I like that it’s a tiny bit Goth but mostly chic.

What about you? Will you be sporting chocolate cherry lipstick this fall, or should it stay in the 90s along with combat boots worn with baby doll dresses?

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

Chocolate Cherry Lipstick

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Cold Fusion Extensions

Have you ever decided that you are sick of your long hair and chop it all off and regret it the second the hair hits the floor??

Yes, me too. I decided in January that I was sick to death of my long hair and took the plunge and cut 11” off.  I instantly regretted it. I must admit, it hasn’t been terrible in this awful summer heat, but fall is about to be here and I am going to miss my blanket of hair.

I started thinking about some options and decided to look into extensions. There are so many application methods that my eyes started to cross immediately. I knew I wanted a longer lasting style (so clip-ins were out) and something that wasn’t damaging to my hair. I think I found the answer!

Cold fusion application using microlinks was the perfect solution for me!! It is a non-heat application method and the extensions can last up to 3 months with proper care. Another big plus for me is the I-tip hair can be attached closer to my scalp since there is no risk of burning my skin. (This is a great solution to my very short hair length) It also takes 30 minutes to an hour to apply a whole head versus other application methods that can take several hours.

I did a little more research to find all of the tools I needed and thought I would share them with you:

  • Micro fusion links
  • Multi-use micro fusion extension pliers
  • Micro fusion hook
  • I-tip hair extensions (Satin Strands I-Tip in Malibu matched my hair perfect)

I also came across this great hair extension video on YouTube that showed me how to apply and remove the cold fusion hair! Check it out for some really great tips.

I am so glad I found a solution to my short hair blues. Hope this can help some of you as well!!

Back to Basics – Giveaway

Think basic is boring? Not always! When it comes to skin care, the basics help to give you smooth, clear, glowing skin. I can hear my own mom in my head when I say this, but don’t go to bed without washing your face! If you only have time to wash once a day, it’s important to do it at night. Wash even if you don’t wear make-up, because sweat, oil, and even pollution can sit on your skin and cause break-outs and dullness. Who wants that? Not me! After cleansing, remember to use a quality cream or lotion.

If you want to add one more step, apply an eye cream with your ring finger and lightly pat around the eyes until all the product has absorbed. For oilier skin types, try using a clay mask once or twice a week after cleansing and before moisturizing.

Let Beyond Belief help you create your skin care routine! We are giving away six sets of skin care basics! Just leave a comment on THIS POST between now and Tuesday, August 14 at 11:59pm to be entered to win!

2 sets from the Beyond Belief ABH line include:
ABH Facial Foaming Cleanser
ABH Night Moisturizer
ABH Clay Mask

2 sets from the Beyond Belief Vita C+ line include:
Vita C+ Creamy Gel Cleanser
Vita C+ Night Moisturizer
Vita C+ Eye Cream

And 2 sets from the Beyond Belief Lift and Firm line include:
Lift and Firm Creamy Gel Cleanser
Lift and Firm Night Moisturizer
Lift and Firm Eye Cream

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 8/13/12.  To enter, access Sally Beauty Blog at from 2:00pm CT on 8/13/12 to 11:59 pm CT 8/14/12 and post a comment to the FingerPaints Summer Giveaway blog entry and provide your screen name and valid email address. Entries must be received by 11:59 pm CT on 8/14/12. Limit one entry per person. 6 prizes to be awarded in random drawing on or about 8/15/12. Prize is one set of Beyond Belief skincare. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited by law. For official rules and winner’s list (after 8/15/12), visit or mail request to: Sally, Attn: Blog Promotion, PO Box 490, Denton, TX 76202. Sponsor: Sally Beauty Supply LLC.

Friday Fashion Poll

Do you have a preferred nail shape ? Do you stay loyal to it or do you like to switch it up?

I like to keep mine short and square, except for my thumbs which I’m looking at and seem to be more squoval. Not sure what that’s about! Note to self: get those thumbs filed a.s.a.p.

I like oval nails on other people, but I’ve yet to see a set of talons that I like. I mean, hello Cruella de Vil!

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

Nail Shape

  • Squoval (43%, 107 Votes)
  • Square (38%, 94 Votes)
  • Oval (17%, 43 Votes)
  • Talon (2%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 249

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