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3 Strand Solvers!


Want gorgeous har like Sarah Michelle Gellar? 

  1. CREATE LASTING VOLUME:  Start by applying a volumizer to damp hair – a hydrating mousse if it’s dry or a root-lifting spray if it’s fine.  Then blow hair away from direction it will fall.  Once dry, use a flexible hairspray underneath sections and apply heat at roots.
  2. MAKE HAIR SUPER SHINY: Product residue can leave hair matte.  Remove buildup with a weekly clarifying shampoo and rinse, rinse, rinse! A final blast of cold water will help seal the cuticle and add extra luster.
  3. CAMOUFLAGE SPLIT ENDS:  There’s no substitute for a trim, but you can conceal frayed ends.  Start with a serum.  The silicone keeps cuticles down, so they aren’t as noticeable.  Then seal the cuticle with the heat of a curling iron as you curl ends under.
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The answer to shiny skin!


There’s nothing glamorous about a greasy complextion.  Avoid an oil spill with these face savers! 


TREAT IT! Take a proactive stance by adding an oil absorber to your routine.

Try T-zone targeting astringent like Origins, Zero Oil Instant MAtte Finish for Shiny Places.

When everyday hassles like heat, humidity, or stress send already overzealous oil glands into overdrive, skin faces a surplus of shine, looks dingy, feels totally tacky. Breakouts are apt to blossom. Nature’s master-mattifiers, including oil-foiling Silicates, astringent Winterbloom, plus calming Chinese Camphor, instantly zero in skin-spoiling oil and blot up greasy shine without overdrying. Creates a smooth, invisible finish that stays matte all day. There are no streaks on cheeks. And forehead, chin and nose show positively no glow.

HOW TO USE: Shake well. Apply under or over makeup.

$11.00 – BUY IT HERE!


CONCEAL IT! Don’t let shine spoil your day.  Stay on top of it with a mattifying touch up!

Try skin-calming absorbent loose powder like Jurlique’s Citrus Finishing Powder!

A silky translucent facial powder that refines the complexion and helps absorb excess facial oil to reduce shine. Leaves the skin fresh and radiant. Ideal for rebalancing oiliness.

$36.00 – BUY IT HERE!

BONUS: Expert Tips!

  • Do opt for powder blush and foundation instead of liquids or creams.
  • Don’t use a heavy moisturizer with shea or silicone, says dermatologist Fredric Brandt.  Gel-based formulas are best.
  • Do prevent shine by washing with a salicylic acid-based cleanser and using an astringent.

Q&A with Ted Gibson’s Master Colorist


If ever there was something that provided for confusion, mistakes and crying in the bathroom, it is haircolor. But it doesn’t have to be this way! Jason Backe, celebrity colorist for Ted Gibson who highlights and treats the tresses of Anne Hathaway and Renee Zellweger (amongst many other a-listers!), answers our haircolor questions and offers some valuable insight into the laws of haircolor. Eureka – it is possible to create pretty results, even in the comfort of your own home!! Read on to see how, straight from the master himself…

Is it easier going light to dark, or dark to light?

Both have their own set of complications and issues. As long as you are going three or less levels darker or one to two levels lighter you should get great at home results. Anything more in either direction requires multiple steps and should be handled by a pro.

Which color is harder to maintain?

Both colors require the same kind of maintenance. A retouch on the new hair growth every three to four weeks will keep your color looking fresh and fantastic. If you are coloring your hair lighter this is the golden rule. The scalp generates heat which makes the color process more effectively.

What are the steps to going from dark to light? Should it take more than one process? (i.e. dark, to light brown, to dark blonde, to light blonde…)

Remember you are going to get the best results going light at home by staying within the one to two level lighter rule. When you are going lighter remember your scalp produces heat which acts as a catalyst and process the color more quickly. If you apply the color from your scalp to ends you will end up with color that is lighter at the scalp and darker on the ends- and as far as I’m concerned there is nothing WORSE in the world than hair color that goes from light to dark! When applying the color start one finger width from the scalp and go through the ends. After you finish, go back and apply to the scalp and process for the full manufacturers’ recommended processing time.

Is it possible to get salon results out of a box?

It’s difficult to get salon perfect color from a box! Hair coloring is as much a science as it is an art. There are things a well trained colorist knows about NRP (natural remaining pigment), color theory and formulation–just to name a few. That being said if you follow the rules of not more than three levels darker, not more than two levels lighter and the one finger rule when going lighter, you can have FANTASTIC results- and I will admit I have had several people come into the salon with very impressive at home color jobs!

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Brow Know-How


Want to know how to acheive the perfect brows?  Try these 3 simple steps!! (I’ve got it all down except the not plucking above the brow…I always have a few I’ve gotta pluck!) 

  • Trace: Use a white eye pencil to outline your ideal brow shape, then plucking hairs outside the line.
  • Pluck: Only tweeze beneath and between the brows. (Most pros prefer slant-tip tweezers) Removing hairs above can result in a lower arch.
  • Perfect: Use a pencil the shade of your brows to fill in gaps, blen with brow powder two shades lighter and set with.

Pictured: Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester.  How cute is she!?  And what a great lipstick!!

PS: This is my favorite brow liner:


“For sexy eyes, there is nothing better than this drugstore black liner.”

Covergirl Perfect Blend Eyeliner in Basic Black, $4;

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