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Lighten Up: Top Tips to Transform Your Tresses - Minus the Damage

By  March 31, 2015

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With a slew of celebs like Kim Kardashian, Lily Allen, Jared Leto, and more lightening their locks to the extreme, a bold blonde is the hautest hair look for spring that everyone will want to test-drive. Though we’ve all played at-home colorist, experimenting with different shades and techniques, we’ve definitely had some disastrous results. To avoid a damaging hair don’t, Glam turned to Mizu New York salon master colorist Francesca Montanile to get her top tips on trying the serious shade shift without saying sayonara to your strands.

7 Teas To Tackle Beauty Blunders

By  March 31, 2015

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A cup of tea for all our beauty-related ailments? We like the sound of this prescription! Aside from its calming and grounding effects, tea has physical wellness benefits as well. Lately, we’ve been turning to My Beauty Tea, who have concocted the most powerful blends for us already, sourcing the world for the finest ingredients. Which antioxidant packed pick-me-up will you be sipping on this evening?

Puffy Eyes? Drink Green Teas to reduce the inflammation that causes dark circles and swollen lids.
Beauty Tea fix: Pink Blossom

Wrinkles? Drink White Teas to add an extra dose of anti-aging to your skin routine.
Beauty Tea fix: White Peach

Eczema and acne? Drink Rooibos Teas, which contain anti-bacterial and hypoallergenic properties, to treat various skin problems.
Beauty Tea fix: Harvest Cranberry

Stretch Marks? Drink Yerba Mate Teas and utilize their natural skin lubricating abilities to target cellulite and stretch marks.
Beauty Tea fix: Creamy Lemon

Damaged hair? Drink Black Teas to stimulate hair growth and accelerate skin regeneration.
Beauty Tea fix: Nuts for Coco

Dehydrated skin? Drink Fruit Teas to lock in moisture and skin elasticity with a high dose of Vitamin A.
Beauty Tea fix: Mermaid Blend

Feeling under the weather? Drink Herbal Teas, a caffeine-free natural mood booster, to promote healthy digestion and a feel-good day.
Beauty Tea fix: Beauty Blend

Day in the Life: George Papanikolas, Matrix Celebrity Stylist

By  March 31, 2015

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George Papanikolas is one of the stylists who brought balayage from behind the salon chair to the hair color aisle by transforming the technique into the biggest hair trend of 2014 with help from the likes of Kim Kardashian, Nicole Richie, Sofia Vergara, and many more strand style setters. Glam caught up with the stylist to the stars as he perfects his Ecaille (or tourtoisehell) hair coloring technique, which is already on its way to becoming the nest big beauty trend, and puts the finishing touches on his home renovations:

6:00 a.m.: Wake up, have two cups of coffee and breakfast. Check emails, respond to media requests, pay bills.
7:00 a.m.: Contractor Meeting. I’m in the tail end of my home renovation and need to meet with them daily to ensure that everything is progressing smoothly!

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7:30 a.m.: 1 hour workout at Equinox to clear my mind for the day ahead of me.
9:00 a.m.: I arrive at the Andy LeCompte Salon. I can have about 20-30 appointments depending on the day. I primarily do color and work with three assistants. We have the system down and run like a well-oiled machine!Right now, I have so many clients asking for the Ecaille trend that have been seen on celebrities such as Jessica Biel and Kelly Rowland. To get this look, I would use Matrix SOCOLOR UL-AA with 40 volume. To maintain the Color, use a color safe and low pH Shampoo and Conditioner to extend the color of your hair, such as Matrix Biolage COLORLAST Shampoo and Conditioner.

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Middle of the Day: Every day is different, but there are many days where my scheduled appointments will get interrupted by a last minute celebrity request needing a touch up for an upcoming event, an urgent press request as a result of my relationship with Matrix, or unexpected travel plans that I need to tend to, so its important for my team and I to be extremely flexible in our scheduling!

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7:00 p.m.: This is when I typically wrap up my appointments for the day. I start winding down and prepping for the following work day.
7:30 p.m.: After work, I usually meet friends for dinner and then head out. Whether it is an event, an art gallery opening, there is always something!
10:30 p.m.: I’m in bed by now, unwinding from the day and prepping for the next day to come!

Beauty Buzz: Khloe Kardashian’s Extensive Routine, Stephen Dimmick Gets Glossy, and Is Hayley Williams the Next Online Guru?

By  March 30, 2015

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Beauty editors are known to have extensive routines with plenty of products (hey, we have to test-drive the latest launches somehow), but we’ve got nothing on Khloe Kardashian. In a recent interview with Into the Gloss, the reality star loves to get her makeup done, and even admitted she tends to double up on products including foundations, shimmer powder, lippies, cleansers, and even dry shampoos! [Into the Gloss]

Stephen Dimmick is bringing his makeup mastery to the sales floor with his first line, GlossiGirl. Geared for the grown woman who may be on the fence about trying certain trends, the Australian import will introduce a series of six lipsticks with cream and matte-satin hybrid finish in highly pigmented hues. As Dimmick explained, “I love the idea of those really dry, crunchy liquid lips that all those young lines have. Most women might like the idea of it, but they really don’t like it because it doesn’t feel good. I wanted it [Poison Apple] to be matte, but not Nineties matte or liquid matte. I went with more of a matte satin. So, it has a creamy emollience to it.” Beauty selections for the sophisticated set? Sign us up! [WWD]

First a MAC collection and now a channel of her own, Hayley Williams is a bonafide beauty buff! The Paramore frontwoman will star in her own web series on Popular TV called Kiss-Off. Williams will partner with makeup artist Brian J. O’Connor to replicate iconic looks from the likes of David Bowie and even interviewing musical acts to find out what inspired their look. As she explained, “I want to have other artists on the show, interview them about what inspires them and maybe how they found their look and what the process was for that.” [WWD]

Beyoncé’s back with a fresh batch of nail wraps with NCLA. After her first flawless collection sent everyone into a tizzy, the songstress paid homage to the Bey-hive with their own signature pattern, plus patterns that channel her “Blow” and “Haunted” videos. Needless to say, we’ll be sporting these ASAP! [Pop Sugar]

The no-makeup makeup trend shows no signs of slowing down, as its perennial line Nudestix is slated to hit the QVC airwaves in May. Created in partnership with her two daughters, Jenny Frankel developed the line to make everyone look like themselves – no makeup brushes required. “For my friends and me, brushes were extremely intimidating,” daughter Taylor said. “None of my friends know how to use them. We couldn’t do a smoky eye to save our lives. We wanted to look like ourselves, only better.” [WWD]

Moroccanoil is our go-to when it comes to moisturizing treatments, but the brand is branching out with a set of two dry shampoos: one for those with lighter locks and another for brunettes. The new mane must actually absorbs oil and features UV filters to keep follicles from fading in the sun, not to mention the brand’s signature scent infused in the formula. This is one tress trick we can’t wait to share! [InStyle]

#ManiMonday: Try This Egg-cellent Easter Manicure

By  March 30, 2015

easter-mani-slideshow-coverPeter Cottontail is hopping down the bunny trail in less than a week to celebrate Easter with baskets of colorful eggs filled with chocolates and treats. Whether or not you’re on decorating duty, you can get into the spirit of the spring festivities with a vibrant mani to match the eggs that will be hidden for the hunt. Glam turned to mani master Jin Soon Choi to get her take on an egg-cellent manicure that you can easily recreate at home!

 

Dove Wants You to Share #OneBeautifulThought

By  March 30, 2015

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We all tend to nitpick when we’re looking in the mirror, but we never really think of how harsh our self-criticisms are and how much of an impact they can have. Luckily, Dove is bringing them out into the light to see them for what they really are and to inspire #OneBeautifulThought.

Dove France asked women on the street for their most personal thoughts about their bodies before they were invited out for a coffee. The coffee shop was staged with a pair of actresses who stepped into their shoes and said those criticisms out loud. The results prompted the women to reflect on how they see themselves, most noting that it’s not only horrifying and toxic, but one of the women said, “I hope my daughter never speaks to herself like that.” Another shared the women’s collective conclusion: “To like yourself is better. It’s as simple as that.” Good advice, indeed!

Haven’t seen the clip yet? Take a look below:

OPI Says to Say It with a Swatch!

By  March 27, 2015

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At some point when we were growing up, we all tried to come up with our own secret language. But OPI’s making the concept much more visual–much to our delight–with its new Color Chat App.

The brand transformed 26 cult classic shades into corresponding letters of the alphabet to beauty buffs to speak with the nail polish drops. Simply type your word or message on the keyboard and send it to whomever you’d like. The receiver simply has to swipe the swatch to reveal the message beyond the sequence of OPI-approved swatches. The result is a visual representation of how beautiful language can be, especially when shared. As the swatch “A” explained in the brand’s new video, “We are a new language for everyone, because color is the universal language.”

Our only question is:

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5 Ways to Score Silky Skin This Spring

By  March 27, 2015

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It’s slowly, but surely starting to feel like spring in the big apple, and personally we can’t wait to shift our style towards shorts and skirts in lieu of tights and other bottoms from our winter wardrobe. But before we shorten our hemlines, we need to make sure our skin is smooth to rock the hautest looks of the season right. No worries here because regardless of how much time  or money on hand, there’s a method for everyone to unveil their sexy stems:

Soo Jo Park is L’Oréal Paris’s First Asian-American Ambassador

By  March 27, 2015

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Soo Joo Park is on a roll! After becoming Redken’s latest mane muse, the runway regular was just chosen to represent L’Oréal Paris.

Park joins the ranks of other mega models to represent the iconic beauty brand, including Karlie Kloss, Lara Stone, and Doutzen Kroes. The brand made it personal by broadcasting the big news on her birthday with Park sharing a snap on Instagram wearing the brand’s #WorthIt hashtag tee. “I really couldn’t ask for a better present. I like that they really take pride in their spokespeople,” she told Style.com. “They have a personal relationship with all the people that they choose to represent the brand. I mean, to be alongside Jennifer Lopez, Lara Stone, Doutzen [Kroes]—not too shabby.”

It’s a big deal for both parties, as it’s not only her second beauty deal in less than a year, but she’s also the first Asian-American face of L’Oréal Paris. “It’s such an honor, but I also think the world is getting smaller and the globalization of commerce is influencing industries like beauty and fashion,” she said. “So to be the first to represent a global brand is a huge honor. But I don’t want to be just that one thing; I want to be the global ambassador.”

Congrats, Soo Joo, and happy birthday!

Beauty Buzz: Kim Kardashian Is Black in Black, Deborah Lippmann Says Skip the Soak, and Coola’s Set It and Forget It Spray

By  March 26, 2015

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Bye, bye, blondie! Kim Kardashian has returned to her roots as she was spotted leaving a L.A. salon with little North in tow, of course. This comes on the heels of the release of her Elle France cover and spread with Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing with her lighter locks still in tact. We can only guess that the damage and major maintenance was too much to take (as it would for anybody), spaghetti strands anyone? [The Daily Mail]

Soaking our fingers in warm water is synonymous with a trip to the nail salon, but the added hydration may mess up your mani. According to Deborah Lippmann, the nail absorbs the water and expands, leading to an uneven application if the nail isn’t completely dry. As the mani master put it, “If you soaked your nails, you would need to wait until the nail plate is completely dry in order for it to constrict to its typical size—which no one really does—at which point it would be ready for polish application.” So don’t be afraid to speak up! [Teen Vogue]

Coola has a busy summer ahead! Aside from the brand’s collaboration with Tommy Bahama, it’s slated to move into makeup with a setting spray that will hit shelves in April. The formula combines aloe vera and cucumber to soothe, hyaluronic acid to hydrate, and, of course, and an SPF of 30 to keep skin protected. With summer on it’s way makeup mavens will sure to snap this up to keep their look on lock. [WWD]

Korres wants you to step into its apothecary with its latest line. The brand’s Modern Greek Apothecary taps into its homeopathic heritage with an array of pure daily essentials, such as deodorant, hand creams, soaps, lip butter, and even it signature Honey Base syrup (to soothe any throats still sore from the winter weather) – all infused with medicinal herbs and natural remedies to leave us not only looking good but feeling good as well. [Glam Inbox]

Nuance is also looking to nature infuse its most exotic fruits into our routines. Salma Hayek Pinault is introducing beauty buffs to Buriti Oil, to cleanse and nourish their tresses without stripping away moisture; Mamey Fruit, used as hair tonic to leave locks fuller and shinier; and Raw Honey, to retain moisture and restore luster to color-treated tresses – plus a few new skin essentials to keep you glowing! [Glam Inbox]

It seems everyone’s going green lately, as The Body Shop is introducing its new Fuji Green Tea collection that will hit shelves April 7. The range includes the usual bath and body fare to leave you feeling fresh and relaxed, but it also includes a Bath Tea that blends leaves and Epsom salts  that you can drop in the bath with its own infuser! [Glam Inbox]