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July 2010 Archives

ef.jpgJuicy Couture hosted a dinner for bloggers on Tuesday to celebrate the brand’s partnership with designer Erin Fetherston. Before getting down to business, those with tress envy couldn’t help but ask the question that is on many a fashionista’s mind: How does Fetherston keep those enviable bangs so PERFECT?

“This is the story of how I first came to acquire perfect bangs,” said Fetherston. “I lived in Paris for a long time, and I was introduced to a magnificent hairdresser — an Australian man whose name was David Mallett. He said “If we’re going to have a relationship you’re going to need to come here every week. You’re representing my work.” He’s not a diva, he was just scared. So I would come by once a week. He would wash, blowdry, get it really straight, and then he would have me stand up against the wall. It was very intense. He would literally snip hair by hair by hair. And then he would sit down, blow it, have me stand up. It would be this dance going on and on. Sometimes he would get it in one shot, other times it would be bad. It was like sex. Like, “Do you think it looks straight?” “I don’t know, do you?”

As for how she keeps the fringe so flawless, Fetherston said that she now cuts them herself, ideally EVERY DAY:

“To me, it depends on what kind of hair you have, but the secret is don’t use the brush too much. If you have a blowdryer, you need to get a nozzle on it that comes to a very thin, razor sharp slit. The smaller the slit the better. Your head has a curve. Here at the curve is where things can go wonky with the bangs. Just take the hairdryer and shoot that air super hot, not even using a brush. The power of the air and the heat through that razor slit just pushes them down. Within two minutes you can get them straight. Don’t use a round brush. Then you just have to have a steady hand. I start between my eyebrow and my eyelash.”

Last piece of advice before wrapping up and getting down to the celebration at hand? “Wind is not your friend. Carry a comb and hairspray.”

Summer is all about extremes: less clothes, more skin; less work, more play. And in the case of your feet, less boots, more sandals. For all you open-toed, open-heeled shoe wearing gals, keeping your feet smooth, moisturized and sexy should probably be on the forefront of your minds. But unless you’re making a conscious effort to whip out the pumice stone with every shower, the former could be a daunting task.

Enter Kiehl’s Intensive Treatment and Moisturizer for Dry or Callused Areas. The length of the name may involve taking a deep breath before uttering, but we think it’s well worth it. 

Enhanced with avocado oil and shea butter, the callus cream is ultra thick and rich. Kiehl’s claims it’s great for areas such as your hands, elbows, knees and feet, and we couldn’t agree more. Our favorite, and most effective way, to use the intensive treatment is right before bed. We slathered and massaged in about a quarter-sized amount on each foot -  concentrating on the driest areas - waited about 2-3 minutes for some absorption, and then capped it off with some cotton socks. After the first night, the difference was noticeable, and after the fourth, our feet were as smooth (if not more) than an over-priced trip to the salon. 

Though you might be left with some super slick hands (and jar) after application, we can’t imagine finishing off the summer in sandals without it!

$23 (tube) /$47, (jar), 

_6094129.jpgThe Clarisonic Mia face brush is the “compact” of the Clarisonic brand of facial brushes. Retailing for $149, it’s a bit smaller in size and pricetag compared to the Classic, which retails for $199 and the Plus, for $225. The Mia comes with a sensitive brush head, a charger and a 1 oz. Gentle Hydro cleanser but you can use the Clarisonic with your own cleanser, or whatever cleanser is handy.

For Nordstrom’s Anniversary sale, Clarisonic created a special Mia kit, that comes in three new limited edition colors: turquoise, lavender, and berry. The set includes the same sensitive brush head, charger, and hydro cleanser, with the addition of a normal brush head as well….all for the same price as the original. (Get one before they’re gone!)

As for the benefits, according to the site the Mia:

* Removes 6x more makeup than manual cleansing
* Leaves skin feeling and looking smoother
* Cleanses so well that products absorb better
* Gentle enough for twice daily use
* Helps reduce oily areas, dry skin patches and blemishes
* Helps reduce the appearance of visible pores
* Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

We can attest to all of the above claims.This is seriously like an expensive skin treatment in a box! We weren’t expecting miracles, but after using it our skin looked and felt like we’d just had a facial: smooth, bright, radiant. skincare products did really seem to sink in better, and we woke up with soft, glowing skin.

Don’t believe it? Try it for yourself!

$149, Sephora, or $149 for limited edition shades during Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale.

michael-kors-jac.jpgWho says that summer makeup has to be boring and neutral? Freshen the smoky eye trend with a pop of metallic to make eyes stand out. Metallics not only brighten the eye, but are a fun way to play with color without looking too precious. Tip: Find shadows that complement your eye color— like silver for hazel eyes, pink for blue, violet for green, and navy for brown.

How to get the look:

  • Apply shadow base to help your eye makeup have staying power.

  • Line the inner rims of upper and lower lids with black or brown liner.

  • Line lashline top and bottom, smudge.

  • Then cover entire lid with metallic shadow. For dramatic impact use a lighter shade in the center of lid and around tear duct..

  • Apply shadow over liner with a small, angled brush, and blend into crease for depth.

  • Curl lashes and apply 2 coats of black mascara to finish the look.

While it’s no secret that Hill’s star Lauren Conrad had enviable tresses, the style she sported to the Hill’s finale after-show was one of our faves yet. Her flirty stacked pony is perfect for staying chic and feminine in the summer heat. Better yet, the stacked style tricks the eye and makes locks appear fuller and longer.

Here’s how to get it:

lc2.bmp 1. Start by separating the front of the hair from the back. Tease the front section, and pull back slightly to one side, securing with an elastic at the crown. Be sure to focus on keeping the front poufy, and use a comb to lightly tame any roughness.
2. Next, curl the back portion of the hair and pull back into a ponytail directly below the ponytail you created in the previous step.

 3. Spritz the style with hairspray to hold. Tip: for an added touch, twist two to three skinny-sized sections from the top ponytail and pin each under the bottom ponytail.

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