At The Root of It: Mara Roszak, Celebrity Stylist

By  July 29, 2014


Growing up with a mother who was an artist, it’s no surprise that L’Oréal Paris‘ celebrity hair stylist Mara Roszak enjoyed creative freedom from an early age. Roszak, who got her big break at seventeen styling Sarah Michelle Gellar’s hair, now works with fashion and beauty icons, including Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana, Olivia Wilde, Kate Mara, and Diane Kruger. We got the scoop from Mara on how she got to where she is now as well as some insider tips for getting great hair:

How did you get your start in the beauty industry?

Shortly after graduating from beauty school, I got a call for a job from a family friend who happened to be a celebrity publicist. Her client was Sarah Michelle Gellar! I did her hair for an event, it went really well, and I was then hired to travel with her during the promotion of a movie.

How do you think growing up with a mother who was an artist influenced your career path?

My mom hugely influenced and inspired me to become a hairstylist. She is a creative soul, a true artist, and I was fortunate to grow up in a very open, creative space, watching her paint, craft, and create. I had real creative freedom from a young age. My mother recognized my passion and helped cultivate my art. She always was, and still is, my number one supporter and has helped guide me to where I am today. 

Who or what inspires you? Who are you beauty icons?

So many things inspire me — my mom, my sister, and all the women in my family are strong, independent, and artistic and inspire me every day. I also find inspiration from books, movies, art, and the people around me. Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy is my beauty icon. She was so elegant, perfectly accessorized and simplistically beautiful.

Do you have any tips for caring for hair in the summer?

Moisture is key. The pool, ocean, and sun can all be really drying on hair. I recommend using hydrating masks–my favorite ones for the summer are L’Oreal Paris’ OleoTherapy Deep Recovery Mask, Advanced Haircare Power Moisture Moisture Rush Mask, and Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5 Damage Erasing Balm.

What are some of your must-have hair products and tools?

My must-haves include L’Oreal Paris’ OleoTherapy Perfecting Oil Essence, Elnett Satin Hairspray, Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT High Lift Creation Spray along with my Parlux hairdryer, and curling irons in every size.

Any tricks for preventing frizz?

Dry hair tends to get frizzier, so use moisturizing hair care products. Also, if you blow-dry, use a nozzle to reduce frizziness.

What hairstyles are you currently obsessed with?

Still obsessed with the bob.

Any fashion, beauty, or hairstyle don’ts?

You should always have a certain level of comfort. If you’re not comfortable or confident, it can show. Wear your hairstyle and don’t let it wear you.

Soothe Sunburn With These After Sun Care Products

By  July 29, 2014

By now we know the best sunscreens and SPF products like the backs of our hands. But what about when, despite our best efforts, we return from our trip to the beach looking like brightly colored lobsters that shudder at the idea of anything touching our skin? Our body needs extra TLC after prolonged sun exposure to recover and heal. Here are some skin-soothing formulas to revitalize your skin after all that fun in the sun:


1. Coola Environmental Repair Plus Radical Recovery After-Sun Lotion, available at Birchbox.com for $32
This organic lotion contains agave, which takes the sting out of sunburn and moisturizes skin while reversing the effects of sun damage by promoting collagen production.

2. Kiss My Face After Play Air-Powered Spray Moisturizer Crème, available at KissMyFace.com for $11.99
Enriched with cooling coconut water and aloe vera, this spray crème lotion alleviates sun-damaged skin while extending the life of your tan.

3. Sisley Sunleÿa Age Minimizing After Sun Care, available at Net-A-Porter.com for $235
This lightweight lotion not only soothes but also provides anti-aging benefits and wrinkle-fighting natural moisturizers to banish sunburn and fine lines in one step.

4. Clinique After Sun Aloe Rescue Balm, available at SaksFifthAvenue.com for $23
Gentle enough for body and face, this balm helps to reduce peeling and is oil-free for lightweight and moisturizing application.

5. Mario Badescu After Sun Cooling Gel, available at Mariobadescu.com for $14
This non-greasy and lightweight gel formula cools skin upon contact to reduce the discomfort and pain of a sunburn.

6. Burt’s Bees Aloe and Linden Flower After-Sun Soother, available at Walgreens.com for $9.99
Coconut oil, bee pollen, and glycerin will restore natural moisture to dry skin while aloe and linden flower soothe it.

7. Decléor High Repair After Sun Balm for the Face, available at Skinstore.com for $42
This highly nourishing balm reduces redness and prevents the appearance of aging.

8. KORRES Greek Yoghurt After-Sun Cooling Gel, available at Beauty.com for $26
This refreshing yogurt-based cooling gel provides hydration and relieves heat and stinging.

9. Hampton Sun Continuous Mist Hydrating Aloe, available at Sephora.com for $28
Natural aloe and cooling menthol make this light spray formula a must-have after too many hours in the sun.

10. Chantecaille Jasmine and Lily Healing Mask, available at Bloomingdales.com for $79
This healing mask doubles as a calming night cream and relieves sunburned and irritated skin, acting also as a brightening agent.

Old Glamour to Modern Take: Lip Trends Over the Years

By  July 29, 2014


It is National Lipstick Day! In celebration of the non-official, but still wonderful holiday, we here at Glam have tapped into the most iconic lip trends from the age of the silent film to now. We paid homage to some of the most famous lip looks today, as well as to the original divas who have made them iconic.

4 Tips to Save Your Skin During a Cruise

By  July 28, 2014


Even if you’re on a vacation, your skincare shouldn’t be. The sun, pool water, and surf can unfortunately leave your skin…intoxicated. Glam chatted up Canyon Ranch Facialist Bernie Williams after snagging an Environ Ultimate Vitamin Therapy Facial aboard the Celebrity Summit (which left us glowing, literally). She shared a few quick tips on how to ensure that your skin looks great from ship to shore:

Slather on the SunscreenSunscreen becomes top priority when walking on the top deck where the water reflects the sunlight and UV rays. Aside from saving yourself the pain of a bad burn, slathering on a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every 2 hours will keep aging at bay. “[It] is going to keep your skin looking younger for longer and it’s going to prevent pre-mature aging, which is a big problem that we have,” Williams said. “We can’t stop aging, but we can slow and reverse premature aging.”

Amass Moisture – Just because you’re floating on a body of water doesn’t mean it’s good for you. The combination of salt water, sun, and air conditioning can dehydrate skin cells, so maintaining that moisture balance is essential. Drinking lots of water will keep you hydrated but applying moisturizer will keep it from escaping. “You want to make sure you’re using a day and night cream so you’re getting that hydration and feeding [the skin],” she said.

Exfoliate Your Face – Regardless of what you use to slough off the dead skin, don’t forget to pack it in your bag! Regularly exfoliating will help maintain healthy cell turnover as well as keep your glow going at every port. Plus, it ensures all of your other skincare products sink in as they should. “The dead skin cells create a layer on your face and that prevents those products from penetrating into the skin,” she said. “It’s useless to have these wonderful products if they can’t get through that barrier.”

Top It Off with Toner – The trick is to swipe on toner after cleansing to balance and protect skin when it is most vulnerable. “The toner is there to help protect your skin after you’ve cleansed because you remove the acid mantle from the skin,” Williams explained. “When you remove the acid mantle, you open yourself up to germs and bacteria and outside pollutants, so that’s a protective pH coating so your acid mantle comes back into balance.”

Bon voyage, beauties!

Editor’s Pick: Laura Mercier’s Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide

By  July 28, 2014


Discover your next obsession with our Editor’s Pick series, must-have products for your home, wardrobe, makeup bag, and office curated by Glam editors.

Hot town, summer in the city…” and keeping a beauty look becomes a bigger chore than it’s worth. By the time I step down into the subway in the morning, not only do I want to turn around and head to the nearest shower, most of my makeup has melted off. While primers and powders help, nothing seemed to stand up to the power of my sweat.

That is until I got a glimpse of Laura Mercier’s new Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide. It blurs imperfections for a seamless application that you can easily build upon. The fluide comes in 24 color-true shades with a bi-phase formula that activates fresh pigment with every use. But what makes it a summer must-have is the sweat and humidity proof formula that leave a matte finish. After all, shiny is the worst thing you can call someone with oily skin. You can power up your look with primer prior to application for a fresh face that will stay put well after the sun goes down.

Flawless features that survive the sweltering subway? No sweat! –Valis Vicenty

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide, $48

#ManiMonday: Christian Louboutin Releases Lacquered-Inspired Steppers

By  July 28, 2014


We can’t stop talking about Louboutin’s newest launch, and with good reason! His seductive shoes are getting in on the mani game as well.

By now, everyone’s seen the Rouge Louboutin lacquer paired with the designer’s Ballerina Ultima, a stilettoed slipper he fashioned for David Lynch’s Fetish exhibit–and the rest of his lacquer collection will receive a similar treatment. In lieu of spiked ballet slippers, the fresh heels will be an ode to manicures with acrylic-like tips sprinkled on top of pumps and booties in hues of silver, gold, and his signature red. 

The stunning shoes shouldn’t be a surprise, as the designer has always had show-stopping ideas thanks to his background in performance art. In a video for Style.com, he noted that showgirls, such as the ladies of Folies Bergère where he worked in the ‘80s, have been his long-time beauty icons. “There’s one thing about showgirls and performers in general, it’s the transformation of a woman to another woman, which is almost like a bird of paradise,” he explained in the clip. And in this case, a high-shine manicure mimics the flashy feathers as the showgirls step on stage! Talk about a new way to take the spotlight!

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

Short and Sweet: 3 Tips for Making the Cut

By  July 28, 2014


If you’re considering a big chop this summer, make sure to pick a cropped do that’s right for you. Our words of wisdom: Know your options, pick the look that works with your style and personality, and then learn how to style it. Here are three to consider.

The Playful Pixie
What it is: This messy style works off the “perfection through imperfection” theory, meaning the messier the better. The playful pixie is ideal for the girl with an edgy, contemporary sort of style who isn’t afraid to stand out and turn heads. Its jagged and angular aesthetic adds sharpness to a rounder face.
Who has rocked it: Miley Cyrus, Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Lawrence
How to get it:
1. Start by rubbing Garnier Fructis De-Constructed Pixie Play Wax between your palms and apply it from root to tip. This gives hair control and structure without stiffness.
2. To get piecey definition, rough up your hair between index finger and thumb for lots of texture. Style it in multiple directions.
3. Spray Garnier Fructis Texture Tease for long-lasting hold and protection against humidity without stickiness or residue.

Short and Classy
What it is: This short do looks polished and pretty—it boasts longer layers and a softer sort of appeal than the playful pixie. Shiny and sleek strands are styled with a side part for a more subdued, professional look. This classy style works with all face shapes.
Who has rocked it: Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Hudson, Emma Watson
How to get it:
1. Start by rubbing Garnier Fructis De-Constructed Pixie Play Wax between your palms and apply it to hair.
2. Use a comb to make a side part. Then comb it down, tucking longer layers behind your ears.
3. Spray Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Anti-Humidity Hairspray to tame any flyaways and add weightless shine.

The Curly Crop
What it is: Girls with curls can rock a cropped do too! This fun hairstyle calls for more volume on top so ringlets fall casually over the forehead. This free-spirited style is ideal for curlicue lovelies who like a chic but natural look.
Who has rocked it: Solange Knowles, Keri Russell, Audrey Tautou
How to get it:
1. Section off damp hair and add Garnier Fructis Style Curl Sculpting Cream Gel to locks. This 24-hour holding formula de-poofs ringlets, preparing them for styling with intense nourishment.
2. Shape your style by scrunching your curls as they air-dry or while you blow-dry them with a diffuser.
3. Once hair is dry, add high shine to your cropped curls with Garnier Fructis Brilliantine Shine Spray.

Beauty Buzz: Smell Like Your Lady Dior, Affordable Luxuries For Everygirl, Pump Up Adrenaline With Enrique Iglesias

By  July 25, 2014


You know that dreamy smell of a new Dior bag upon its unboxing? It can be yours, and you don’t even have to buy the purse. François Demachy, Dior’s resident perfumer, has replicated the scent of fresh Dior in his new fragrance, “Cuir Cannage.” Demachy claims, “I wanted it to smell of leather, but there is also [a hint of] lipstick, tissues, and imagination.” Sounds like a heavenly combo, no? [Style.com.]

Affordable luxuries…sounds like an oxymoron, right? Well, they can now be delivered right to your door, thanks to lifestyle website, The Everygirl, and subscription box service, Birchbox. The two teamed up to bring a special welcome box for new Birchbox subscribers called “Affordable Luxuries.” The box is specially curated by The Everygirl co-founders, and it will be available until August 31 so get on those subscriptions, people! [The Everygirl]

Something tells us Enrique Iglesias smells very good. Now we can get a little whiff–the sexy singer is launching his own fragrance with Coty Inc. in August called Adrenaline. Iglesias said of the process, “It took quite awhile to get exactly the right combinations, but I wanted to be 100 percent convinced that it was perfect.” While it’s said that nothing is perfect, this fragrance probably comes close. [WWD]

Clé de Peau Beauté is covering all the bases, quite literally. The beauty brand under Shiseido is launching a series of new products that include night sky-inspired color cosmetics for fall, a base makeup series, a reformulated body collection and additions to its skincare range. Did we miss anything? Oh yeah, CEO of Shiseido, Heidi Manheimer has also announced that the brand will be launching its iPad consultation program in stores this fall. We just can’t stop cheering! [WWD]

On the hunt for a scent that is both classic and modern? Look no further than perfumer Francis Kurkdjian‘s new men and women’s fragrance, Pluriel. He says of the scents, “The idea is [for people to say] maybe I’ve smelled this before, but I am not sure because there is something intriguing I have not seen before.” This idea of developing a fragrance that seems familiar but offers a new contemporary twist is truly special. [WWD]

L’Oréal Professionnel knows that beauty and tech go hand in hand these days. In its latest partnership with Style Seat, L’Oréal hopes to support its network of salon owners and stylists through a platform that helps stylists track their clients and book appointments as well as showcase stylists’ work with an online portfolio. Pat Parenty, president of L’Oréal USA Professional Products Division, “We want to make sure that [salons] have a solution digitally.” [WWD]

Kim Kardashian is headed to ULTA Beauty’s new L.A. store on Wednesday, August 6 to promote and celebrate the Kardashians’ sunless tanning system. The first 175 fans that purchase a minimum of 2 Kardashian Sun Kissed products at this location will have the opportunity to meet Kim and receive an autographed picture. So if you’ve been hankering to see Nori’s mama, here’s your chance! [Glam Inbox]

Bangin' Bangs

By  July 25, 2014


It’s the summer of drastic hair changesand while many celebs went for shade switches, some opted for a new style. Initially, we were a bit skeptical about bangs being a new summer trend (nobody likes their hair sticking to their forehead…), but we immediately changed our minds when we saw these celebs rocking the ‘do.


Get the Look: Blake Lively’s Vogue-Worthy Western Waves

By  July 25, 2014

We were instantly taken when we spotted Blake Lively showing off pastoral perfection on the cover of Vogue. But our eyes were drawn to her windswept strands, which were carefully crafted by Oribe himself for the Jackson Hole, Wyoming shoot. Drawing inspiration from the rustic set, he opted for effortless waves that you can easily snag at home. “Whatever natural movement you actually have in your hair is your individual wave pattern,” he explained. “Don’t try to force a different texture with a curling iron; you can, however, enhance your natural wave with products that encourage texture.”


Oribe started by washing Lively blonde locks with his Signature Shampoo before deep conditioning it with his Signature Moisture Masque. He then fired up the blow dryer, going against the grain of the hair to add texture and body. Oribe then spritzed the Soft Dry Conditioner Spray throughout her hair and then added a layer of the Dry Texturizing Spray at the crown to create more shape so the tresses can have natural separation and fullness for the final cover shot.