Get The Look: Met Gala 2015 Hairstyles with T3

Cassie Ventura – The Look A Modern Twist on A Classic Pony
1.Beginning with damp hair, Roddried the hair using the T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i Dryer ensuring the roots of the hair were completely dry and smooth.
2.Next, he pulled the entire head into a high ponytail and securedit with a bungee elastic band,wrappinga piece of hair around the hair tie to hide it.
3.Once secured, Rod generously back-combed underneath the start of the ponytail to create fullness.
4.Holding the ponytail high in the air, he then brushed the back of it and used the T3 BodyWaver 1.75” Styling Iron to create a slight bend in the ponytail.
5.Then, Rodbrushed through the curls in the ponytail and used a small amount of ReneFurterer Styling VegetalFinishing Spray before starting the braid.
6.Once complete, he then pinched and pinned the hair at the nape of the neck and proceeded to braid until the end of the ponytail securing with an elastic.
7.Rod finished the look with the Rene Furterer Wax Finish at the hairline and nape of the neck.

Tools used:T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i Dryer, T3 BodyWaver 1.75” Styling Iron, ReneFurterer Styling VegetalFinishing Spray, ReneFurtererStyling Wax Finish

Kate Beckinsdale – The Look Classic Hollywood Waves with an Edge
1.Starting with damp hair, Creighton used the T3 Featherweight Luxe2i Dryer and a blowout spray to rough dry the hair1.Expert tip: If you have straight to wavy hair, and want your curls to last through the night, rough dry it instead of blowing out with round brush. This will ensure the cuticle stays intact, and the curlswill last longer!
2.Creating a deep side part, Creighton sectioned the hair into 4 parts. Starting with hair at the back/bottom of the head, Creighton took 1’’ horizontal sections and curled using the T3 BodyWaver1.75”Styling Iron all in the same direction. After each curl, he pinned with a bobby pin to hold in place.
3.Next, moving to the front/top sections, Creighton curled 1” horizontal sections with the T3 SinglePassTwirl1.25” curling ironall in the same direction,continuing to pin the curls as he went.
4.Once her hair was set, he took pins out and spritzed whole head with brushable hairspray and lightly brushed out with T3 Paddle Brush.
5.Next, Creighton brushed back oneside of the hair and smoothed and secured with bobby pins.
6.To keep waves in place while her makeup was being finished, Creighton placed aluminum clips horizontally, going along with the waves. 1.Expert tip: Aluminum clips are best for these purposes because they won’t create marks in the hair.
7.To finish, Creighton sprayed whole head with hairspray andremoved pins.

Tools used:T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i Dryer, T3 BodyWaver 1.75” Styling Iron, T3SinglePass Twirl, T3 Paddle Brush



Keri Russel: Sleek, Chic, Soft, Romantic
1.Prior to styling the hair, Brian used a small amount of Brazilian Blowout Acai Daily Smoothing Serum to ensure the naturally curly hair remained smooth, sleek and frizz-free.
2.Next, beginning with damp hair, he dried the hair in 2” sections using the T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i Dryer and set the entire head in T3 Voluminous Hot Rollers.
3.Once he removed the cooled hot rollers, Brian then used the T3 BodyWaver 1.75” Styling Iron to add additional curl around the head and to create a more finished look.
4.To relax the curls, he then brushed through the hair.
5.For a modern, youthful look, he incorporated a small amount of Brazilian Blowout Acai Restorative Sculpt & Define Polish and pulled the hair back into an imperfect bun, leaving some pieces out in the front to create a long, sexy, swooping bang that can be left out or tucked behind the ear.
6.To finish, Brian spritzed the hair with Brazilian Blowout Acai Shine & Shield Shine Spray.

Tools used:T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i Dryer, T3 BodyWaver 1.75” Styling Iron, T3 Voluminous Hot Rollers, Brazilian Blowout Acai Daily Smoothing Serum, Brazilian Blowout Acai Restorative Sculpt & Define Polish, Brazilian Blowout Acai Shine & Shield Shine Spray


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New! Illamasqua Gel Sculpt

illmasqua gel sculpt

Nothing changes a girls life like the day she learns about contouring. Such a simple way to bring out the best in your face and help accentuate bone structure. I have used quite a few powder highlighting and contouring products but the Illamasqua Gel Sculpt was my first time trying a gel product.

When you first pop it open the color is very dark, a little frightening for a fair skin girl like myself.  I applied under my cheek bone and the color on my skin was much tamer than I expected. The gel was easy to work with and I blended upward creating a nice contrast to bring out my cheekbones.


gel sculpt on face

After I did my cheeks I ran the gel stick lightly along the very edge of my face from my ear down along my jaw and across to the other ear. Just a light rub to blend it in. And instantly my jawline has definition and looks slimmer.


before and after gel sculpt

Sadly the pictures don’t do this amazing product justice. The color is so easy to work with and creates great definition. And the best part it lasts all day and into the evening. Unlike powder formulas that dissipate throughout the day Gel Sculpt looked just as great at the end of the day as it did when I applied it. Such an amazing beauty tool to bring out the best in your face. This will definitely be a staple in my beauty routine.


gel sculpt tube

Illamasqua Gel Sculpt in Silhouette 
A unique contouring gel creation that offers subtle definition to cheeks with ease. The hue of Silhouette creates a delicate shadow under cheekbones and along the jawline which can be blended with ease to achieve beautiful, natural contours.

Application Technique
Using your fingers or the Highlighter Brush, apply Gel Sculpt across the temples, hollows of the cheek and jawline and blend gently. To be applied prior to setting foundation.

Artist Tip
Use a small amount of Gel Colour over the lips to deepen your natural lip colour.


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

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ipsy April 2015 Glam Bag

april ipsy

Love the bag this month, so cute and perfect for summer. On top of a super cute makeup bag this was filled with a bunch of great goodies and all for only $10 shipped! Its a tie for my favorite out of this collection. TheBalm Nude Dude shadow has become my daily color of choice. And the Klorane dry shampoo is fantastic. Refreshing and it leaves my hair smelling and looking great.

Can’t wait to see what comes next month.


bonita aruba

This polish covers well and the brush made smooth application a cinch. The color wasn’t something I would normally pick but its really growing on me.

aruba swatch
Bonita Salon Nail Polish in Aruba Full size
Bonita Cosmetics salon line offers salon quality colors with a thick brush for the perfect application. These polishes only require a one-coat application for opaque color on nails. Color selection is always on-trend and accentuates any style!

hikari blush

Very pigmented, the color is a pretty, bright pink and just a bit adds long lasting color to my cheeks.  The powder is soft and easy to apply.

Hikari Cosmetics Blush in Tango $15.00
Vibrant, easy to blend color that highlights the cheekbones. Designed to highlight your complexion, this weightless blush can be used lightly for a fresh look or layered for a dramatic look. An effortless application to the cheekbones that lasts all day!


Love a good dry shampoo to extend a blow out. This travel size is perfect for my gym bag or purse for on the og touch ups. Love the fresh scent and how well it worked making my hair look and feel clean.

Klorane Dry Shampoo with oat milk – natural tint Travel Size
The ultimate secret weapon to clean hair without water and to add amazing volume! Its natural tinted powders blend into the hair for an invisible finish. Perfect for on-the-go styling, post-workout and extending the life of blowouts.

thebalm shadow

A beautiful shade, this will get a lot of daily use. TheBalm shadow is a nice formula that is easy to apply, very pigmented and had great staying power.

theBalm Cosmetics NUDE Dude Eyeshadow Single 
Get a quick look using any combination of these triple-milled shadows or dress up your look by adding water to transform your favorite shades into loyal liners. The shadows can be worn wet or dry and alone or layered for added intensity, so go ahead and cover (or uncover) your eyes.

crown brush

I have never used a brush for concealer until I received this. Starting to love how well it works for concealer and under eye treatments. Its soft enough to be gentle but still provide great coverage.

Crown Brush Oval Concealer Brush
The Crown Brush Oval Concealer Brush is made of 100% Flexible Japanese Torray Taklon Bristles (synthetic). The brush can be used for application and blending of all concealer formulas, emollient products and for applying cream based shadows. The tapered tip is for precision placement and great for use around the lip area to conceal when wearing bold colors.


This month was a great value and one of the reasons I keep my Ipsy subscription.  If you want to get your own Ipsy bag just click here to sign up and have a beautiful makeup bag full of fun products sent to you every month. And it makes a great gift!


Disclosure: I pay for my own subscription monthly, this post does include referral links.

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Murad #ShadeAmerica Sun Safety Set

Press Sample: Disclosure a sample of the products in this post were sent for review for this post. I was not paid to write this post and all opinions are my own.


murad sun safety duo

Spring is warming up and summer is just around the corner. With more time outdoors its even more important to make sure our skin if protected. While a little sunburn might not seem like a big deal, as few as five sunburns in your life can dramatically increase your risk for skin cancer.

Not to fear Murad skincare has launched the Shade America Sun Safety Set. Two special products to protect your skin and keep it beautiful all year long. Even better Murad has teamed up with the American Academy of Dermatology with the goal to shade 1 million children over the next 5 years by building shade structures in parks and playgrounds across America. Every purchase of the Shade America Sun Safety Set supports the Shade America initiative.

I have 3 immediate family members who have had skin cancer so this is a cause close to my own heart. And not only protecting my own skin but protecting my kids through learning sun safe habits and keeping them in shaded areas during the most dangerous house of the day.




What is Shade America?
Murad has teamed with the American Academy of Dermatology with the goal to shade 1 million children over the next 5 years by building shade structures in parks and playgrounds across America. By providing shade and sun-safety education programs, Shade America will help protect a new sun-smart generation from sun damage and skin cancer.

What is a shade structure?
Shade structures are permanent installations, similar to canopies, built to create shade in outdoor locations that are not protected from the sun, such as playgrounds, pools or recreation spaces.

Murad Shade America Sun Safety Set
This protect-and-correct Sun Safety Set pairs the bestselling Essential-C Day Broad Spectrum SPF 30 moisturizer with the sun-damage correcting Advanced Active Radiance Serum in an exclusive, full-size cosmetic bag featuring an original painting by Dr. Murad reproduced on fabric and printed on the inside.


murad sun safety kit


The dreaded sun spots have started to show up from sun damage done in my younger sunbathing days and just lots of hours spent in the sun. I adore the Murad Advanced Active Radiance Serum, its so light and refreshing my skin feels fantastic when I apply it.  It not only feels great its starting to lighten the sun spots on my cheeks. I apply every morning after I wash my face and per the instructions let it set for 60 seconds before using my moisturizer. With combination skin this feather light formula is perfect,  hydrates without feeling heavy and leaves my skin feeling and looking radiant.

Advanced Active Radiance Serum (0.5 fl. oz) – With a faster-acting formula, the Advanced Active Radiance Serum boosts skin’s radiance and clarity and reverses visible signs of environmental damage with Resilient-C Complex™, a stable Vitamin C technology that delivers 50 times the collagen-building, skin-brightening power of topical Vitamin C.

Hexapeptide-2, a skin brightening peptide and Indian Fig boost skin clarity and encourage cell renewal to keep skin radiant.
Ectoin and Green Tea Extract jump start the cellular defense system by helping cells resist drastic environmental stresses including UV exposure and chemical aggressors


A must have moisturizer for combo skin. I have breakout problems with quite a few daily moisturizers but the lightweight Essential-C Day Moisture is hydrating without being greasy or heavy. The ultra light formula has a great citrus scent and absorbs quickly leaving my skin hydrated and protected with SPF30.

Essential-C Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30 | PA +++ (1.7 fl. oz) – This antioxidant-rich broad spectrum sunscreen provides powerful protection against sun damage, prevents free radical damage and improves skin’s appearance and elasticity.

Ectoin, a protective substance produced by organisms called extremophiles that thrive in the harshest conditions on the planet, improves skin’s barrier function by reducing trans-epidermal water loss to preserve deep hydration. Contains MuraSol™ Antioxidant Defense, a proprietary blend of powerful antioxidants that penetrate the skin’s top layers and create a protective barrier of encapsulated free radical neutralizers


Through the sales of this set, Murad will donate $125,000 to the American Academy of Dermatology to build shade structures across America. The Shade America Sun Safety is a great value set for only $68 ($105 value!) and is available on, Ulta and Massage Envy Spas nationwide.


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