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Get The Look: Grammy Hair with help from Jenny Balding

Music’s biggest night celebrated the 57th Grammy Awards and stars showed off their “gotta get it” hair styles! Jenny Balding, Cutler/Redken Styling and Grooming Expert, shares her favorite Grammy styles and steps for how your readers can recreate these looks for their personal red carpet event.

Gwen Stefani’s Disheveled French Twist
“This Disheveled French Twist can be as casual a look as you like, to dress up or simply where slightly disheveled to tone down your evening wear.” – Jenny Balding

  • Start with day old hair as you’ll have some texture in your hair and it will be easier to manage
    Use dry shampoo to really boost the texture of your roots (Redken Pillow Proof dry shampoo is excellent).
  • Spray throughout your roots and even the mid-lengths to create body and texture. Shake through with your fingers.
  • Use a light hairspray for a little hold – Redken Fashion Work 12 Versatile Hairspray works best as it is a versatile spray. Mist over all and shake up with your hands to really create body and movement.
  • Section out the crown and front area and pin to one side.
  • Sweep the sides and back together and then twist upwards and pin. Make sure to use hairpins (U shaped pins) so they can really anchor the hair.
  • Take the top section , brush lightly, then let it drop gently to one side
  • Loosen the hairline a little with your fingers to work suits your face shape.
  • To finish, add a little shine by misting Redken Diamond Oil High Shine Airy Mist all over – this is very light but gives just the right amount shine you need.

Jessie J’s Sleek Bob
“The sleek bob compliments an interesting outfit as it has cleans lines and a sleek finish giving a more creative edge.” – Jenny Balding

  • Part your hair to whichever side suits your face shape best.
  • Blow dry really smooth and straight to create the sleek effect.
  • To create a really sleek finish, use a straightening iron from midlength to ends.
  • Finish by using Redken Diamond Oil High Shine Airy Mist to create the ultimate shine

Achieve a Naturally Flawless Complexion this Spring with Pür Minerals

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My skin has been all over the place with the weather changes. And on top of being spotty it has been pale and dull.  I was given to review the Pür Minerals’ 5 Piece Start Now Kit and I was excited to see if it really could improve the look of my skin that much.

So I waited for the weekend and a night with lousy sleep when I woke up looking like I live under a rock. And this my friends is where the trial started. The first step is the Correcting Primer, a light serum just a tiny drop and I was able to cover my whole face. I like how light the serum was and it left my skin soft and smooth and ready for some magic.

Next step was the foundation just a bit on the brush and I worked it in circles across my face. Right away I was amazed at how well it covered my skin. And it covered the lines, spots and discoloration without feeling heavy. In fact it feels like you have nothing on.

 

 

The next step was the Bronzer, just a dab on my brush and I worked in circular motions again. I love the color of this bronzer it definitely added warmth and color to my skin tone but was still light enough to not overpower my fair skin.

The last step was the mascara. And this is a great little mascara! The formula was creamy and made my lashes look really long without any clumping. The whole 4 step process took less than 5 minutes and you can see above how dramatic the change was. My skin went from spoltchy and sad to smooth and poreless. Love this stuff and for $39 its a great starter kit that will work for anyone’s budget.

 

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Pür Minerals’ 5 Piece Start Now Kit $39

Reinvent your beauty routine for 2015 with Pür Minerals’ 5 Piece Start Now Kit. Start the New Year off diminishing the appearance of fine lines and achieve a naturally flawless complexion. This makeup kit includes:

  • Pür Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup SPF 15: This all-in-one foundation, concealer, powder and SPF 15 combines pure mineral pigment with the finest skincare ingredients.
  • Pür Minerals Neutral Primer: This skin correcting formula contains key ingredients which minimize the appearance of pores and dark spots for a flawless makeup canvas.
  • Pür Minerals Mineral Glow: Give your skin a natural looking sun kissed glow with this premium quality formula.
  • Pür Minerals Impact+ Mascara: Lengthen, volumize and curl your lashes while leaving them hydrated and healthy.
  • Pür Minerals Chisel Brush: This cruelty-free total coverage brush delivers an effortlessly even application.

Available: PurMinerals.com, Ulta.com and Kohl’s

 

Disclosure: I was sent a complimentary sample to review. I was not paid to write this post and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Get Glowing Skin for Valentine’s Day with St. Tropez

Whether you have a hot date for Valentine’s or just want to make all the guys wish you were their date you can’t go wrong with gorgeous bronze skin. I am super fair and am very careful about being safe in the sun, but that doesn’t mean I  have to settle for pasty skin in winter.

I have always been a fan of the St Tropez self tanning line, simply put they make great products that work well and look even better. I was excited to try their new Self Tan Express Bronzing Mouse, a self tan that takes only 1-3 hours to set? Sold.

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The mousse is a really lightweight foam that is easy to apply and because it’s tinted you can make sure to apply nice and evenly. And one of my favorite things, no weird self tanner smell. Like none at all, not even a hint. I applied the mousse with the tan applicator mitt and let it do it’s thing for 3 hours. Then a quick hop in the shower to rinse of the color guide layer and done. After the first three hours my skin had a night light glow and by 8 hours my color had developed into a beautiful bronze shade. I love how quick, easy and mess free this self tanner is.

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This photo doesn’t do the bronze color justice. But it did wonders for my pale, dull winter skin and gave it a healthy natural looking glow.

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ST. TROPEZ SELF TAN EXPRESS BRONZING MOUSSE $44
NEW Our most advanced no-fuss formula yet, for a light sunkissed glow in just 1 hour or leave on for up to 3 hours for a deep, dark bronze.

Customize your tan by choosing when to shower:
1 Hour Development = Healthy Glow
2 Hours Development = Golden Bronze
3 Hours Development = Dark Tan

Pump the mousse onto the Applicator Mitt and apply in light sweeping motions, starting from your legs and working your way up. Once the whole body is covered, wait until touch dry before getting dressed.

Wait 1, 2 or 3 hours depending on your desired shade, then rinse off the tinted guide colour with warm water only. After showering, skin will have a light colour but the self tan actives will continue to work for up to 8 hours, developing and deepening into your chosen shade of tan that lasts for days.

Longer than 3 hours wear is not recommended. Tanning time and developed colour may vary.

 

You can learn more about St. Tropez products and purchase online at www.sttropeztan.com.

 

 

Disclosure: I was sent a complimentary sample of this product for review. I was not paid to write this post and all opinions are 100% my own.


Review: Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow and Perversion Mascara!

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Over the last week I’ve purchased Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow in Sellout, a nude/shimmer color that is absolutely stunning. I love it! It is highly pigmented, and lasts all day!

Insane color payout. A velvety, suede-like smoothness and blendability. Urban Decay’s  mind-blowing formula delivers unmatched performance in a stunning array of shades. They created an Eyeshadow formula that will BLOW YOUR MIND. (And the packaging is amazing too!)

THE FORMULA
Soft, amazingly velvety texture
• Rich, dense and decadent color
• Smooth, uniform pigment distribution and blendability
• Long-lasting, crease-free wear

The secret to the new formula is their Pigment Infusion System™, a vehicle for color that holds tightly to pigment and gives the formula its glide. The proprietary blend of ingredients allows color to weave itself through the Eyeshadow formula. What does all that mean? Insane payout. Color that stays on your lids. Sparkle that doesn’t fall. And a velvety, suede-like smoothness and blendability.

This amazing technology works for every shade and finish. Have you ever had trouble blending a black or purple shade? How about a matte? Every Urban Decay shade goes on silky, blends easily and stays put. (It’s true!)

$18

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I paired that with a sample I’ve recently gotten from UD, their Perversion mascara. Boy do I wish I had more of this stuff! It is absolutely AMAZING! It goes on easily – and it makes my lashes look ridiculously long! Check out the final result of these two products together below!

Get bigger, blacker, badder lashes with our ultra-creamy, lengthening and volumizing mascara. So intense you might need a safe word, Perversion glides on and gets you sexy in one stroke. (Yet it won’t quit until you say when.) It’s insane how black it is…the purest, deepest, most intense black color imaginable.

Perversion has a creamy, full-bodied texture that’s not too dry, not too wet. This allows just the right amount of “pull” so it glides through lashes. The result: incredible control for insane lashes. Go ahead and pile on coat after coat. Want to apply more before you go out at night? No problem. Even if it’s been all day since you applied, more Perversion always means more beautiful lashes. Their formula NEVER gets brittle or clumpy.

Perversion Mascara contains Hairdensyl, a complex blend of proteins and amino acids—including marine glycogen, known to stimulate lash growth. Honey extract provides deep nourishment, sea idrolized elastine stimulates the hair follicle, and marine collagen protects.

The twisted trim on the high-tech, volumizing brush latches on to each lash to separate and define; finally, a volumizing mascara with a clean, clump-free finish. It pulls through lashes smoothly and lays down a generous amount of product. No need to wiggle the wand or maneuver it at all different angles!

If you need to apply in public, you’ll look good holding Perversion. They emblazoned their gorgeous, highly metallized black tube with a big purple “Perversion” and our tagline: “Bigger. Blacker. Badder.”

$22

 

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*Disclosure: I purchased these two products myself, and was not paid for this post. The opinions here are 100% my own, and were not paid for. Some technical info included from Urban Decay’s website.