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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

On-the-Go Beauty with Miss America

Written on October 5, 2010 at 10:05 am , by

We sat down with Miss America 2010 Caressa Cameron to chat about skincare, fitness and her on-the-go beauty tips. Here’s what she had to say:

Caressa is sponsored by Artistry Beauty. Visit Miss America for Artistry Beauty to get a closer look at some of their products and hear more from Caressa.

-Kari LaPrade, beauty intern

Makeover Monday: Eat Your Way Gorgeous

Written on October 4, 2010 at 9:43 am , by

It’s no secret that eating a healthy, balanced diet helps your waistline, but did you know it can also affect your appearance? A healthy diet, full of vitamins and minerals, can help combat aging, make your skin glow and even help your hair grow stronger.

Wrinkles: Retinoids are a form of vitamin C, which is a known wrinkle reducer. They work by helping your body naturally produce more collagen, and more collagen means less wrinkles. A few foods high in vitamin C are strawberries, oranges and red peppers.

Glowing Skin: If you check the label of skin vitamins, the main ingredient will always be vitamin E, and for good reason. Vitamin E, an antioxidant, and has been shown to help combat acne, level skin tone and even fight against cellulite. The best sources for vitamin E are avocados and sunflower seeds.

Healthy Hair: Omega-3 fatty acids are a high-quality source of protein packed with vitamin B-12 and iron. A diet deficient in omega-3 can lead to a dry scalp, making hair dull and lifeless. Hair is also made of protein, which makes getting enough protein in your diet necessary for strong hair. Salmon is great source of omega-3 fats—and for all you vegetarians out there extra virgin olive oil is packed with it, too.

-Kari LaPrade, beauty intern

Fall for Soft Skin

Written on September 13, 2010 at 4:30 pm , by

Fall is just around the corner, and that means dryer air—and skin. Time to bolster your defenses by making a few small tweaks to your body care routine. In the shower, switch to a creamy hydrating body wash, like  Aveeno Positively Nourishing Hydrating Body Wash, which moisturizes as it cleanses.aveeno pic

When you step out, pat dry with a terrycloth towel. Patting dry, rather than vigorously rubbing, helps your skin retain more moisture. Then wrap your hair up in a terrycloth towel to keep it out of the way (and reduce drying time). Apply a thick lotion all over to lock in hydration, like Lubriderm Advanced Therapy Lotion. Extra credit: To get a subtle tan while you moisturize, try Jergens Natural Glow Express Body Lotion, which is laced with self-tanner that builds up over a few days. Sayonara, scaly skin!

-Kari LaPrade, Beauty Intern