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Staff Picks : Beautiful finds at beautiful prices

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1) FingerPaints Endless Wear – Dilly Dali Around & Top Coat 
This nude-pink color of FingerPaints Endless Wear is gorgeous and the easy 2-step system sells itself!
2) Femme Couture Fake Lash
Fake Lash is the perfect everyday mascara for volumizing, curling and lengthening my lashes.
3) GVP Tea Tree Oil Shampoo: Compare to Paul Mitchell
I love the way you can feel this shampoo working – it’s magical & affordable!
4) Helen of Troy Purple Turbo Hair Dryer 
This lightweight dryer makes my hair manageable & soft after only a short amount of drying time.
5) Beyond Belief Argan Oil Body Lotion 
This lotion nourishes & smoothes my skin without any sticky residue – and it smells great, too!

Metallic Hair : Trend

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Have you noticed the winter trend of taking last year’s pastel hair colors and amping them up with extreme shine to create a metal effect? We have and we’re on board with this cool color effect. Celebs have been rocking the trend and it’s all over the runways, Pinterest and Tumblr.

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To get this look, use Ion® Color Brilliance® Master Colorist Series Hair Color. Get your creative hair color juices flowing with these Sally Beauty permanent creme colors : Smoky Pink, Sable, Black Cherry and Midnight Blue Black.


To achieve any metallic hair color, you’ll need to start with a bleached base, creating a blank canvas for your shiny metal. If you go with the hot trend of metallic grey or favor a bright metallic blonde, Clairol Shimmer Lights Original Conditioning Shampoo is a great maintenance tool, canceling brassiness and adding immense shine.

Fulfill your metal head fantasy at

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Images : Pinterest (Mari Moon)

Stocking Stuffers

Stocking Stuffers have got to be my favorite part of Christmas morning. Forget the big presents under the tree, give me a stocking full of fun trinkets, all individually wrapped into perfect, teeny tiny packages. That said, I’m sure it’s my mom’s least favorite part of the holiday since while my sister and I are most definitely adults now, she’s still the one running around town to find these treasures. A mother’s work is never done, right?

If you’re in charge of stuffing the stockings this year, here’s a few ideas to aide you in your hunt!


1. Silk Elements Shea Butter with Olive Oil Hand Cream 
2. Fashion Fix Professional Apparel and Body Tape
3. China Glaze Reflect on the Season Gift Set
4. Sally Girl Sparkle Effect Loose Glitter
5. Face Secrets Mini 4 Piece Brush Set
6. Face Secrets Roller Blotting Sheets
7. Sally Girl Mini Lip Gloss Wand Kit
8. DCNL Striped Knotties
9. Beauty Secrets Glitter 5 Piece Manicure Kit

Halloween Beauty: Become a Kitty Kat

Are you a Halloween minimalist, like me?  If so, you know that the best costume is one of the easiest around:  Felis catus, the domesticated cat.  How many times have I pulled off a last-minute look with a black shirt, choker necklace and headband with a couple of felt triangles glued on?  (The answer:  A lot.)

Yes, it’s a snap, but don’t be a grumpy cat!  Just because you’re in a rush doesn’t mean you can’t be the cutest Kitty Kat around.  Here is a super-quick, super-easy way to create a feline Halloween look that will draw purrs of approval:

Halloween Look:  Kitty Kat

First, don’t neglect your face!  Be sure to start off with primer, concealer and foundation – they’ll help keep your kitty nose and whiskers in place all night long.  Next, concentrate on creating a seductive cat’s eye (of course!), beginning with a warm eyeshadow like Sally Girl™ Eye Shadow Connecting Compact in Rose, then lining with Palladio Herbal Liquid Eyeliner in Shimmer Black. Be sure to extend that top line beyond the outer corner of your eyelid.  Finally, a black mascara such as Ardell Runway Gisele Black Lashes will add drama and mystery.

Kitty Kat Tips & Tools

You just need a bit of pink blush on the apples of your cheeks, and a sweet swipe of pink for your lips.  Try Femme Couture® Glossy Lip Crème in Pink Sizzle for color that will last all night.  For your kitty nose, fill in with more of your liquid eyeliner, then draw whiskers with Beautique® Long-Wear Automatic Eye Liner in Onyx.

Now, for the meow de résistance:  Instead of boring old felt triangles, create ears that will draw stares using two Bellissima Braided Headbands in the same color as your hair.

Bellissima Braided Hairbands

Since the key to this Kitty Kat is the braided headpiece, keep the rest of your hair simple.  All you need is shiny, soft hair – Ion® Silk Drops will smooth your hair and take away the frizzies – and a spray of So Gorgeous® Volumizing Freezing Hairspray to keep it in place.

Feeling fierce?  Why not give your kitty some claws?  You’ll want to paint a nude base onto your fingertips.  Try Orly Nail Lacquer in Prelude to a Kiss.  Once it’s dry, paint on claw shapes in Liquid Vinyl for a sharp finish.

That’s it!  You’re ready for a night on the prowl, hunting out the very best Halloween treats (and maybe an order of sushi on the side).

Are you a Halloween minimalist, or do you prefer a more dramatic look?  Tell us about your Halloween plans in the comments below!

Halloween Beauty: Become an Evil Queen

We’ve reached time of year when certain Halloween trends really begin to stand out.  You’ve seen them gracing superstore ads and Pinterest costume boards over and over again – dragons, doughnuts, fairy princesses, icy princesses and superheroes both large and small (and medium-sized – lots of medium-sized superheroes out there).  But, take another look around and you’ll see a dark contender making her way to the forefront – the Evil Queen.

Halloween Look:  Evil Queen

Yes, the Evil Queen has been everywhere in the past year or so, flapping her leathery wings and threatening tiny royal infants, or perhaps painting apples a poisonous shade of red before moving into small-town suburbia to stir things up.  If you love making a show-stopping entrance at costume parties, this is the Halloween look for you.  Let us show you how:

Begin with a foundation that will give you a pale, flawless complexion, like Palladio Dual Wet and Dry Foundation.  Since this is a look that maxes out the drama, you’ll want to create a super-dramatic eye.  Femme Couture® Velvet Eye Color Quad in Velvet Mystery is just what you need.  Swipe the lightest color in the quad across your upper eyelid, browbone and the inner corner of your eye.  In the crease, apply the medium to dark shadows.  Add an upward sweep of shadow to the outer corner of each eye – something smoky and mysterious like Real Colors Singled Out Matte Eye Shadow in Purple Reign, and finish things up with a matching mascara, perhaps Ardell Ombré Lashes in Purple.

Did you know that a brow kit can double as a contouring tool?  Try a set like Femme Couture® Perfect Arch Brow Grooming Kit.  First, apply it to your brows, brushing them up into a dramatic arch.  Then, apply it along your cheekbone (just underneath to be exact), then down to your jawline in order to create the appearance of very high, very sharp cheekbones.  Adding a highlighter such as Femme Couture® Perfect Arch Brow Highlighter will increase the effect.

Evil Queen - Tips & Tools

You’re beginning to look truly malevolent!  It’s time for that poisonous, red smile. Make sure your lips are moisturized, then line them with a killer crimson – Palladio Precision Lip Liner in Candy Apple is certainly appropriate.  Now, fill them in with a matching hue, like Femme Couture® Prime Wear Diamond Color in Prismatic Poppy, and add a slick of toxic shine with Lip Luster Lip Gloss in Cherry Frost.

Evil Queen - Face

A classic Evil Queen demands a classic widow’s peak.  Luckily, you can just paint yours on.  You’ll want something that applies smoothly and precisely, so try Femme Couture® Ultra Smooth Gel Eyeliner in Black in a “V” shape underneath your hairline.  Tuck your wayward curls and bangs under a sleek headwrap, like DCNL Cotton Headwrap in Black, and get ready for the centerpiece of this look – your horns.

Don’t worry – there’s no need to shop at Twisty Goat Horns ‘R’ Us.  Instead, you’ll make use of the magic that is the Hair Stylers Petite Chignon.  Choose one that’s close to your own hair color, and cut it in half.  Now, part your hair in the middle and make two high ponytails.  They should sit very high on your head, just behind the headwrap.  Use bobby pins to attach one half of the chignon to the base of each ponytail.  Carefully wrap each ponytail around the chignon to create a horn, securing with more bobby pins as you go.  If you plan to be casting spells all night long, you can insert floral wire or a folded chenille stem through the center of each horn to add more stability.  Finally, spray your “hair horns” and the rest of your hair to help keep it in place.

Abracadabra!  You’re all set for the royal bash.  Don’t forget to glower fearsomely throughout!

What’s the most dramatic Halloween look you’ve ever tried?  Share your stories and tips with us in the comments below!