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Clairol Professional’s Summer Hair Color Handbook‏

Clairol Professional Colorist Nico of NYC’s Mizu Salon provides his must-know tips to get you and your readers hair color ready for summer. From hair color application methods to maintenance and protection techniques, he’s got you covered.

Have any questions or would like to interview Nico, please let me know!

Tip #1: “Before spending a day in the sun, slick hair back with a leave-in conditioner that contains SPF. This will protect the hair while intensely nourishing it.”

Tip #2: “Products with low pH levels- between 4.5 and 5.5- are safe for your hair color. Anything with a higher pH will strip your color.”

Tip #3: “If you’re a blonde and don’t have time or money to visit the salon every 4-6 weeks, use Clairol Professional Shimmer Lights Shampoo and Conditioner. These products are great for preventing brassy tones and maintaining vibrancy in even the palest of blondes.” (Clairol Professional Shimmer Lights, $8.99,

Tip #4: “A big trend we’re seeing this summer is dipped ends in fun, bright colors. If your ends are already light and you want to add a pop of pink, blue, etc., dip them in a semi-permanent color like Clairol Professional Jazzing for a bright hue without the damage.” (Clairol Professional Jazzing, $5.99,

Tip #5: “Shampoo less or try a dry shampoo to keep your color looking radiant for longer!”

Tip #6: “To maintain bright blonde locks during the summer, anticipate the effects of sun, saltwater and chlorine on your hair. Consider getting a gloss treatment post-color service for a protective shell. This gloss will be first the first layer to wear down, which will keep your hue intact for longer.”

Tip #7: “To protect your hair color from pool and salt water damage, rinse your hair immediately after getting out of the water.”

Tip #8: “One of my favorite products to protect radiant color and to enhance your hair’s health is a color safe leave-in conditioner. What works for you may not work for your best friend, but there is a great color safe product out there for everyone with color treated hair.”

Summer Beauty from Avon!

Avon is bringing the tropics to you this summer with the new Hawaiian Shores Collection. Featuring a warm, rich color palette to give you that island glow, and scents to whisk you away on a sun-drenched getaway, the Hawaiian Shores Collection adds sizzle to your summertime beauty routine. Infused with sweet coral hues, deep blues and shimmering copper colors, the Hawaiian Shores Collection makes creating a sultry summer beauty look a breeze.

The Hawaiian Shores Collection includes:


·         Glazewear Lip Gloss in Mirage, Peach Fizz, Mauve Sequin, Coral Reef, $6

·         Nailwear Pro + Nail Enamel in Coral Reef and Venus, $6

·         Hawaiian Shores Bronzing Petals, $10

·         True Color Eyeshadow Duo in Hawaiian Glow and Ocean Shores, $7

·         Glimmersticks Diamonds Eye Liner in Glow and Ocean Shores, $7


·         Hawaiian Shores Eau de Toilette Spray, $15

·         Hawaiian Shores Body Mist, $10

·         Hawaiian Shores Moisture Gel, $8


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Mally Beauty Mega Bridal Kit

Every bride-to-be wants their special day to feel and look like a fairytale wedding. That’s why celebrity makeup artist, Mally Roncal, wants to help every woman’s wedding day as unforgettable as possible with the Mally Beauty Mega Bridal Kit. The Mega Bridal Kit is filled with the essentials that a bride needs for flawless makeup application. Each product in the kit features Mally’s signature high-performance, bulletproof formulas that guarantee a gorgois look for her fabulous day.

The Mega Bridal Kit includes:
– Perfect Prep Poreless Primer (in Glow): Minimizes pores, fine lines and wrinkles for a radiant glow.
– Shimmer, Shape and Glow Face Defining System: Enhances your natural bone structure.
– Brow Beauty Brow Fix: A compact miracle worker that quickly and easily transforms your brows.
– City Chick Smokey Eye Kit (in Brownstone): An advanced cream-to-powder formula that creates a sultry smokey eye.
– Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Eyeliner: Guarantees a waterproof, smudge-proof, fade-proof, totally bulletproof line.
– Waterproof Volumizing Mascara: Creates va-va-voom lashes that stay fresh no matter how much your maid of honor’s toast makes you cry.
– High Shine Liquid Lipstick Pen: Lip primer, lip pencil, full coverage liquid lip color, high shine lip gloss and lip brush all in one.
– Evercolor Poreless Face Defender: First ever clear powder that doesn’t result in any of the dry, cakey side effects of traditional powder.

And, to celebrate the launch of the Mally Beauty Mega Bridal Kit, Mally is offering five winners the chance to win: A Mally Beauty Mega Bridal Kit as well as Maggy London bridesmaid dresses and Nina Shoes (for up to five bridesmaids). Four additional randomly selected winners will receive the Mega Bridal Kit too! To enter the contest, upload a photo of you and your fiancé along with your engagement love story, from now until to July 18th 2012!


New Contest! Get The Look: Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott with a Mary Kay Prize Pack!

The 2012 CMT Awards always brings the glitz, glam and fun to the city of Nashville. Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott upped-the-ante on how to perfect a country-star look with a black body-hugging dress and glam makeup to match. Hillary’s attention-grabbing eyes focused on bold lashes with smokey lids. Her flawless complexion served as the ultimate canvas for an overall red carpet head-turner. Now, you can achieve the same makeup look with help from Mary Kay!

To Get Hillary’s flawless finish prep with the Mary Kay Foundation Primer Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15 and then apply your shade match of the Mary Kay Matte-Wear Liquid Foundation with the Mary Kay Liquid Foundation Brush. Brush on a pink hue cheek with the Mary Kay Mineral Cheek Color in Strawberry Cream for radiance on the cheekbones.

To get her dramatic smokey eye makeup along with vivacious lashes, start with the Mary Kay Eye Primer directly onto the lid. Then apply a charcoal hue like the Mary Kay Mineral Eye Color in Coal to start the smoke. Follow by adding a lighter copper shimmer for some pop near the brow line with the Mary Kay Mineral Eye Color in Copper Glow and finish with a couple swoops of the Mary Kay Lash Love Waterproof Mascara in Black to complete the country crooners’ look.

Mary Kay was kind enough to send me a set to review and let me tell you it is amazing. I love the foundation and primer both provide amazing coverage but are still light on my skin. I was new to using a foundation brush but really loved it, I found it helped me build a little extra coverage where needed much easier.

I love the new Mineral colors from Mary Kay Strawberry Cream adds the perfect pink flush. The beautiful Copper Glow adds the perfect sparkle to a smoky eye and really compliments the Coal shade. Make sure you start off with the Mary Kay Eye Primer and your shadow will look great all day. Finally what is better than waterproof mascara in summer, well besides sun? Mary Kay Lash Love Waterproof Mascara is amazing, long full lashes that last and last. I road tested the mascara at a local waterpark and even after a day of water slides and swimming my lashes looked great.

So excited about this amazing prize pack, check out the look I created with the products and be sure to enter below!


  •  There will be 1 winner.
  • Winner will win receive  a Mary Kay Prize Pack including : Mary Kay Foundation Primer Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15,Mary Kay Matte-Wear Liquid Foundation, Mary Kay Liquid Foundation BrushMary Kay Mineral Cheek Color in Strawberry Cream, Mary Kay Eye Primer,  Mary Kay Mineral Eye Color in CoalMary Kay Mineral Eye Color in Copper Glow, Mary Kay Lash Love Waterproof Mascara in Black .
  • To enter Like ”Mary Kay” and ”MakeHerUp“ on Facebook  and tell us “What are your plans for the 4th of July?” Then leave your name and email info in our comments.
  • Contest runs Wednesday, 06/25/12 to Wednesday, 07/04/12
  • US  residents only
  • After the winner has been announced, you will have 48 hours to respond.
Disclosure: MakeHerUp was sent complimentary samples to review, all opinions are 100% our own.