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Tried-It Tuesday: Damage Control

Written on November 2, 2010 at 9:27 am , by

When I visited my hometown in Texas this past weekend,  I made an appointment to see my hairstylist, Jessica Broome of Headquarters in Kaufman, to switch up my fall style. After coloring my hair, she took me to the sink and started raving about a new shampoo and conditioner she has fallen in love withTIGI Bed Head Urban Antidotes Shampoo & Conditioner. They come in levels 1, 2 & 3 depending on the condition of your hair. She recommended level 3, Resurrection, for me because I use bleach in my hair, making it more brittle than most. Level 1, Re-Energize, is for those of you with normal hair that just needs a little pick-me-up. Level 2, Recovery, is right in the middle—damaged, but not yet at intervention point.

“I have styling products that I know are great, like CHI Keratin Mist, but this is the first shampoo that I can honestly say I recommend,” Broome said. Her hair felt and looked fantastic, so I knew I had to try it. She used it to wash and condition my hair, and even after getting highlights, my hair felt much softer and more manageable than prior to my visit. Bonus: It smells wonderful, too! What’s your favorite shampoo and conditioner for damaged hair?

-Kari LaPrade, beauty intern

Tried-It Tuesday: Hauntingly Beautiful Makeup

Written on October 26, 2010 at 10:08 am , by

This weekend, while searching for the perfect Halloween costume, I stumbled upon something spectacular: Sephora Beauty In A Box kits. These sets provide all the tools to achieve whatever look you are going for this Halloween, including appropriate makeup products and a step-by-step guide. Take your pick from: Vampire, Devil, Vegas Showgirl, Peacock, Sexy Kitten and Genie. The Beauty In A Box kits are available at Sephora stores nationwide and online at Sephora.com ($26-$65).

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Want a pro to do your Halloween makeup for you? Get a Sephora Special Occasion Halloween Makeover, available at any Sephora store. The session includes a professional makeup artist application, allowing you to try out any of the six hauntingly beautiful looks to complete your costume. Makeovers are by appointment only, and include a minimum purchase of $50.

-Kari LaPrade, beauty intern

Tried-It Tuesday: Your Perfect Purple

Written on October 19, 2010 at 7:25 am , by

Beauty trends come and go, but one seems to pop up over and over: purple eye shadow. Lilac lids were all the buzz on the beauty scene this summer, and have gracefully made their way into fall. Rihanna, Katy Perry, and Kate Hudson have all sported purple shades, and this is one celeb trend you’ll want to follow.

But before you go out and grab as many  shadows as you can get your hands on, follow our guide to choosing the best hue for your skin tone.

Fair Skin: Pick shades with silver pigments and shimmery undertones to compliment your light complexion. For a daytime look, go with lilacs and other soft purples, like glimmer-flecked  Youngblood Pressed Eyeshadow in Prism . For evening, CoverGirl Eye Enhancers Eye Shadow in Purple Pop lends a more dressed-up look.

Olive Skin: This is the category I fall into. To compliment my skin, I use matte shades that don’t clash with my olive tones. To really make my brown eyes pop, I like pastel purples, which also work great on green eyes! Some of my personal favorite shadows are Clinique Colour Surge Eye Shadow in Night Plum and M.A.C. Cosmetics Eye Shadow in Fig. 1.

Dark Skin: The combination of purple shadow and dark skin can be an intense one. It’s important to compliment that intensity by using deep plums that blend well with dark tones, or shimmery shades to contrast them. Try Revlon Luxurious Color Perle Eye Shadow in Lilac Shimmer for day, and Lancôme Sensational Effects Eye Shadow Smooth Hold in Trendy for a night out.

When wearing purple shadows, remember to keep the color below your eyelid crease. Pair your shadow with a sheer blush and a pinky-nude lip to complete the look (and keep all the attention on your eyes)!

-Nina Ramadan, beauty intern

Tried-It Tuesday: Luminous Lashes

Written on October 12, 2010 at 6:52 am , by

Lashes complete any makeup look, whether you’re going for dramatic or subtle. Try these easy (and cheap) tricks for gorgeous fringe:

  1. Use your blow dryer and eyelash curling together. Turn your blow dryer on to a medium setting and blast the heat onto your curler for 15 seconds. Then, use your eyelash curler as you normally would—your lashes will curl easier and look much more dramatic than with mascara alone.
  2. Just say no to clumps. Even the best mascaras begin to get clumpy after a few uses. Don’t give up on it just yet, though—run the closed tube under super-hot water to re-liquify the formula, then apply as usual.
  3. Wearing clear mascara under your usual tinted version can work as a base, adding thickness to your lashes. Having a base undercoat can also make the color appear darker, for a  more dramatic effect. Be sure to let it dry thoroughly before applying the colored formula.

These tips work great alone—and are even better when combined. What’s your favorite lash trick?

-Kari LaPrade, beauty intern

Tried-It Tuesday: Fresh Foundation

Written on September 21, 2010 at 10:39 am , by

When deciding on a full-coveragebrush_powder foundation, it’s best to go natural. Like many women, I have fallen victim to a cakey appearance when trying to diminish blemishes and imperfections. Thankfully, I’ve come to realize that I don’t need all that heavy goop to get effective and long-lasting coverage. I’ve recently traded in my cream foundation for a mineral one, and not only do I look and feel fresher, but the coverage is the same as my old stuff! A personal favorite of mine is Maybelline New York’s Mineral Power Finishing Veil Loose Powder. The powder gives a natural finish, and unlike heavy foundations, it won’t clog pores (added perk: it comes with a 100% natural kabuki brush for even application).

Dermatologist Heba Abdulla, M.D., of Lakes Skin Centre in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, gave me all the facts on mineral makeup: It lacks fragrances, synthetic dyes, and preservatives, all of which can irritate the skin.  And, because most mineral makeup contains titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, it also helps protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. If U.V. rays are your concern, try the brand ColoreScience, which has earned the Skin Cancer Foundation seal of approval.

When it comes to foundation, less really is more.  Have you tried mineral makeup? If so, what did you think of it?

-Nina Ramadan, beauty intern

Tried-It Tuesday: Bring Locks Back to Life

Written on September 14, 2010 at 4:00 pm , by

Styling, weather conditions and color can all destroy hair’s health, stripping it of its natural shine and bounce. This past weekend I decided to take control of my lackluster locks, and restore life into them by trying some reparative treatments. I have thick, long hair, so I started with Pantene Pro-V Restore Beautiful Lengths Replenishing Mask. As directed, I combed the mask into my damp hair after shampooing, and left it on for five minutes before rinsing. I styled as usual and could not believe the improvement in the condition of my hair! My dry ends were finally smooth and shine was immediately restored.

I have naturally curly hair, but years of blow drying and flat ironing have transformed my curls into dull waves. Ouidad products are designed to feed and strengthen curls with essential nutrients, and  the 12 Minute Deep-Treatment proved to do just that. I applied a palm-full of the product into my clean, damp hair and covered with a shower cap. I then applied heat to it with a blow dryer and left on for 12 minutes before rinsing. Once combed, my curls were restored. My hair was bouncy and voluminous, and my sad waves are now frizz-free spirals!

When looking for a fast way to improve your appearance, sometimes it’s best to just start from the top. What products have you used to improve your hair’s health? Would you try these treatments?

-Nina Ramadan, beauty intern