February 20th, 2013

File under / ill advised ideas that are so pretty

Image: Flare

December 13th, 2011

Party hair.

Is it just me or is this the party week of the year?  Gonna be out on a lot of school nights …

Images: Flare

December 6th, 2011

I’m always looking at people’s bangs like ok, cool, I can do that, and then I’m like no I can’t, because my hair’s not thick enough to create lines like this.

Do you know what I mean?  Wispy is the opposite of SHARP.

I’m just going to tell myself this is a wig.  It might be. Ok I feel better now.

Images- KOTON via

June 29th, 2011

Once I outed myself as a person with fine/thin hair, people came out of the woodwork to ask me about creating volume. 

I have a bunch of tricks - and I mean tricks. Magic tricks. Making nothing into something tricks.

Today I’ll start with this one:

             

Privé Concept Vert Volumizing Froth is a bizarre and amazing mousse product that comes in a tiny bottle but last 2x longer than traditional mouse.  It’s like a light gel that, when applied to hair, turns into a volumizing foam.  It smells great, which is important. 

I put it into my wet hair, starting at the roots, before blow drying, and/or I sort of scrunch it through dry hair for a bedhead look.  The other great thing about this little guy is it’s travel friendly (under 3 oz.).

Does this: Magic volumizing gel that turns into foam
Is this: Privé Concept Vert Volumizing Froth
Get this: Above
Price: $29.99

Honestly, no one thing can create long-lasting volume; it takes an army of techniques and products.  I’ll share more soon.  Do you have any volumizing tricks?

Image credit: Andoni & Arantxa

June 3rd, 2011
I had a mini heart attack the other day when I saw this new John Frieda lightening spray.  For some reason I assumed it meant that Sun-In was discontinued.  Thankfully, I was wrong!  It even has a new* look.
When I was in Cyprus recently, I reminisced by the poolside about my Best Hair Ever, which was a result of the following high-risk behavior process one summer in high school:
- Copious daily amounts of Sun-In - Swimming, with Sun-In in hair, in a highly chlorinated pool - Baking in 100 degree + sun until hair is dry - Deep-conditioning from root to tip NIGHTLY with Garnier Fructis
The last step must be the only reason my hair didn’t fall out.  I returned home with white-blond hair just around the time Gwen Stefani made her appearance on the scene [I AM OLD].  Needless to say white blond hair was where it was at and I subsequently watched several of my classmates go bright orange in the pursuit.
The bottom line - in my non-professional, at-your-own-risk opinion- is that if you want to go super light blond (and you’re currently blond or dark blond), a long, slow process with good old Sun-In and lots of conditioning over the course of the summer is not a bad way to do it. Call it nostalgia, but Sun-In is in the top of my cult hair product list.
Does this: Slowly but surely lightens your hair while teleporting you to the 80’sIs this: Sun-In Hair Lightener in Original or LemonGet this: AbovePrice: $4.99
*NEW clearly being a reference to New Kids on the Block, not modern times as we know them. 
Image via Kill Them with Kindness

I had a mini heart attack the other day when I saw this new John Frieda lightening spray.  For some reason I assumed it meant that Sun-In was discontinued.  Thankfully, I was wrong!  It even has a new* look.

When I was in Cyprus recently, I reminisced by the poolside about my Best Hair Ever, which was a result of the following high-risk behavior process one summer in high school:

- Copious daily amounts of Sun-In
- Swimming, with Sun-In in hair, in a highly chlorinated pool
- Baking in 100 degree + sun until hair is dry
- Deep-conditioning from root to tip NIGHTLY with Garnier Fructis

The last step must be the only reason my hair didn’t fall out.  I returned home with white-blond hair just around the time Gwen Stefani made her appearance on the scene [I AM OLD].  Needless to say white blond hair was where it was at and I subsequently watched several of my classmates go bright orange in the pursuit.

The bottom line - in my non-professional, at-your-own-risk opinion- is that if you want to go super light blond (and you’re currently blond or dark blond), a long, slow process with good old Sun-In and lots of conditioning over the course of the summer is not a bad way to do it. Call it nostalgia, but Sun-In is in the top of my cult hair product list.

Does this: Slowly but surely lightens your hair while teleporting you to the 80’s
Is this: Sun-In Hair Lightener in Original or Lemon
Get this: Above
Price: $4.99

*NEW clearly being a reference to New Kids on the Block, not modern times as we know them.

Image via Kill Them with Kindness

April 27th, 2011

              

Perhaps the definition of a cult beauty product is one you ask for by name amidst a sea of products claiming to offer the same result.

Salon hair color is not something I’ve ever asked for by name - even drugstore color to me is more about the pic on the box than the brand.  But there wasn’t much real innovation in the category until INOA.

I had the privilege of receiving a color treatment from leading L’Oreal colorist, trainer and advisor (and salon owner) Jo Blackwell of Dop Dop in Soho.  I went in with a hot mess of over-highlighted dirty blond hair with scary brassy undertones - I’m sure Jo wanted to jump out the window. Luckily we were below ground level.

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April 18th, 2011

“I also have fair skin and very fine blonde hair.  I was interested in  any specific cheek and lip color recs that you can make as well as any  hair products you can recommend.  I can never get any kind of texture or  volume in my hair.  Styling products and shampoo/conditioner recs would  be great. thanks so much! P.S I love your fashion blog holier than now and I have  also purchased some of your clothes from your store.. you are pretty  much a fashion/and overall look guru for me… so to have the  opportunity to ask you specfic beauty questions is VERY cool to me>  thanks!!!” - mohair 

First of all thanks a zillion for saying such nice things. 
The gist of what I’ve learned over the years is: pale skin + blond hair = PUMP IT UP.  Even if you’re going for natural, you need to add color or you f-f-fade away.  I was so reluctant to embrace some of these ideas, but I can honestly say they work. I’m going to go beyond with a suggestion for brows as well (this is also an answer for FVNCY, who asked about brow fillers on the Facebook page. Love the dual pencil and gel):
               
Cover Girl Outlast Lip Stain in Teasing Blush #415 ($7.99): I find it helps people understand what I’m saying when they can actually distinguish my lips from the rest of my face ; ) This is that perfect stain that provides a boost of pretty, natural color that lasts.  Can’t live without it.
Revlon Brow Fantasy in Dark Blonde #104 ($7.39): Great product, terrible copywriting. I was reluctant until very recently to fill in my brows, but it really makes a huge difference to frame your face and make it all look more polished.  Look how important a stronger brow is in the photo with the red lips… but it matters even with a natural look.  
Bobbi Brown Blush in Pale Pink ($24): I go back and forth between this and a similarly bright Nars color, but I cite Bobbi here because it was her makeup team that introduced me to the concept of a pop of pink.  Do not be afraid!  It looks bright, but it works like magic. 
YSL Rouge Pur Couture in Le Rouge ($30): If you’d spend $30 on a shirt, you should invest in a good red lipstick - because it makes your $5 white tee-shirt and long sleeved striped shirt from Old Navy look like a zillion bucks. Quality and color tone are everything with reds, so ask (like my ex-boyfriend’s mom taught me) to see blue-reds at Sephora or wherever you shop for better beauty stuff, and find the right shade for you.
Since this is about color, I’ll leave the foundation and mascara choices to you.  And as for hair volumizers, I have some great suggestions but I’m going to save for another post…
Image credits: Ellen Claesson; V Magazine Spring 2010, makeup by Peter Philips for Chanel, Raquel wears Rouge Coco in Cambon.

I also have fair skin and very fine blonde hair. I was interested in any specific cheek and lip color recs that you can make as well as any hair products you can recommend. I can never get any kind of texture or volume in my hair. Styling products and shampoo/conditioner recs would be great. thanks so much!
P.S I love your fashion blog holier than now and I have also purchased some of your clothes from your store.. you are pretty much a fashion/and overall look guru for me… so to have the opportunity to ask you specfic beauty questions is VERY cool to me> thanks!!!” - mohair

First of all thanks a zillion for saying such nice things. 

The gist of what I’ve learned over the years is: pale skin + blond hair = PUMP IT UP.  Even if you’re going for natural, you need to add color or you f-f-fade away.  I was so reluctant to embrace some of these ideas, but I can honestly say they work. I’m going to go beyond with a suggestion for brows as well (this is also an answer for FVNCY, who asked about brow fillers on the Facebook page. Love the dual pencil and gel):

              

  • Cover Girl Outlast Lip Stain in Teasing Blush #415 ($7.99): I find it helps people understand what I’m saying when they can actually distinguish my lips from the rest of my face ; ) This is that perfect stain that provides a boost of pretty, natural color that lasts.  Can’t live without it.
  • Revlon Brow Fantasy in Dark Blonde #104 ($7.39): Great product, terrible copywriting. I was reluctant until very recently to fill in my brows, but it really makes a huge difference to frame your face and make it all look more polished.  Look how important a stronger brow is in the photo with the red lips… but it matters even with a natural look.  
  • Bobbi Brown Blush in Pale Pink ($24): I go back and forth between this and a similarly bright Nars color, but I cite Bobbi here because it was her makeup team that introduced me to the concept of a pop of pink.  Do not be afraid!  It looks bright, but it works like magic. 
  • YSL Rouge Pur Couture in Le Rouge ($30): If you’d spend $30 on a shirt, you should invest in a good red lipstick - because it makes your $5 white tee-shirt and long sleeved striped shirt from Old Navy look like a zillion bucks. Quality and color tone are everything with reds, so ask (like my ex-boyfriend’s mom taught me) to see blue-reds at Sephora or wherever you shop for better beauty stuff, and find the right shade for you.

Since this is about color, I’ll leave the foundation and mascara choices to you.  And as for hair volumizers, I have some great suggestions but I’m going to save for another post…

Image credits: Ellen Claesson; V Magazine Spring 2010, makeup by Peter Philips for Chanel, Raquel wears Rouge Coco in Cambon.


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