Wednesday, July 23, 2014

hair therapy {how-to}: Tri-look Ponytail

when it comes to the standard ponytail, it's all about being creative. celebs like Jennifer Morrison, Behati Prinsloo and Iggy Azalea have taken things to another level when it comes to the standard ponytail by adding braids, some volume, texture, sometimes a fun accessory...

of course, these ladies have the help of their personal hair gurus, but thankfully, i know the fabulous Mario Russo, owner & lead stylist of Mario Russo salon in boston. he's shared with me his take on this trend, complete with step-by-step instructions {and lots of pics!} to create a gorgeous, summer-friendly, tri-look ponytail! it's totally DIY-friendly and something you can do at home.

take a look...

1. to start, curl hair with a wide-barrel curling iron or opt for a straighter yet full pony by blow drying hair with a large round brush.

2. slightly tease hair at the top of head to give the style some height.

3. on one side of the head create anywhere from 1-3 small braids, incorporating the hair along your scalp as you braid {similar to a french braid-style, you want the braids to be against your head}; secure each braid with a clear elastic to later be pulled into the pony.

4. gather hair into pony with all of the braids in it and secure with a clear hair elastic.

5. take a piece from under your ponytail, wrap around elastic and secure with a bobby pin that matches your hair color.

6. use a rat tail comb to loosen and pull up teased portion of hair that may have been flattened when you secured the ponytail.

7. use Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray just on the ponytail to make it look fuller and more textured.

8. to hold look, use Oribe Superfine Strong Hair Spray.

love it!

 remember, don’t be afraid to get creative and have fun ~ try different braid and twist variations until you feel the style is complete and chic!

if you try this ponytail, let me know! find out more about Mario Russo and the salon at; for more hair inspiration and tips, follow on twitter and Facebook!

info and images courtesy of Mario Russo salon.

Monday, July 21, 2014

new product alert: Lancome Grandiôse mascara

grab your smartphone and set an alert, beauties! Lancome is set to release a new mascara, called Grandiôse, next month! if you're a fan of Lancome mascaras {or any mascara in general}, this is definitely exciting news.

 i haven't tried this myself {yet}, but i'm sure the reviews will begin rolling out soon. in the meantime, i do have info you'll like to know...

the first ever swan-neck mascara offers the ultimate in length, lift and volume; it seems the creation of  Grandiôse is quite perfect, since makeup artist pros have been bending mascara stems to coat lashes for years {possibly decades}. the swan-neck wand mimics the curves of your face, grabbing lashes at the base to fan them out, avoiding any unnecessary smudging. curved at a 25 degree angle, the result promises to be a fabulous one, with lashes coated from corner to corner and root to tip.

 i recommend you still keep the 3-month-replacement rule, but there's one more detail about this mascara that i find simply genius ~ the wand's three dimensional curve seals air into the bottle and automatically mixes the formula in from the sides every time you open the bottle, so it stays fresh. fabulous, right?

Grandiose will be available on and at all Lancome beauty counters august 16, 2014. follow Lancome on twitter, facebook and pinterest for tips, tricks and to stay current on the latest news. use #grandiose and #startbending if you decide to pick this up!

*tell me: are you looking forward to the new Lancome Grandiôse mascara? 

info and images courtesy of Lancome:)

Friday, July 18, 2014

summer beauty {fotd}: bronzed purple look

happy friday, beauties! 

hope you've had a fabulous week. it's been full of highs and lows for me. i won't elaborate, but i'm thankful to have many gorgeous distractions.

fotd inspiration: MAC Blooming Mad eye shadow and Worldly Wealth blush 

and if you guessed makeup to be among those distractions, you'd be right. :)

this overall bronzy look is perfect for the current season, and is definitely happy-making, thanks to the pop of purple on my eyes. i was inspired after receiving some new MAC products, especially Worldly Wealth powder blush and Blooming Mad eye shadow, both from the Moody Blooms collection. it's beyond easy, day-friendly, and can be worn for any occasion. with a bit more liner and some false lashes, it would even be a fabulous night look!

so here are the details…

Revlon ColorStay Makeup in Toast

MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW40; Miracle Skin Treat & Conceal* Eye and Face concealer in Tan {review coming soon}

MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation in NC42e.l.f. Mineral Booster in Sheer {review coming soon}

MAC eye shadows in RetrospeckArtistic License*, Deep Fixation* and Blooming Mad*dedre beauty Smudge Pencil in Baroque*; Physician's Formula Kohl Kajal Eyeliner *{black from the Nude Eyes Trio}; Mary Kay Lash Love mascara in Black

Votre Vu Arch de Triumphe* in Warm {used recently on Keri Russell}

MAC Powder Blush in Worldly Wealth* 

MAC lip liner in Spice; e.l.f. Moisturizing Lipstick in Party in the Buff; butter LONDON LIPPY lipgloss in Stroppy*

have a gorgeous weekend!

*products sent to me from brand PR; all pics taken by me :)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

summer beauty: Too Faced Rock n Roll Candy Eye Shadow Collection + swatches

rock your look this summer ~ from subtle songstress to full-on rockin' beauty!

this gorgeous palette won't guarantee you a backstage pass at your favorite concert, but at least you'll look amazing. this palette is versatile and so fun! also included with the palette is a glamour guide with three how-to beauty looks to get you started and inspire you to create your own looks… 

Rock n Roll Candy Eye Shadow Collection houses nine fabulous shadows in edgy mattes and metallics, seven of them being brand new shades.

 {top to bottom} Rockabilly, New Wave, New Romantic

{top to bottom, left} Rap, Pop, Glam Rock
{top to bottom, right} Ska, Heavy Metal, Punk

if you are looking for a bold, out-of-the-box shades to give your summer look a little kick, you should really consider picking up this palette. like all shadows from Too Faced, these beauties are highly pigmented and deliver fabulous, long-wearing color payoff. i've worn all of them, but the shades i find myself wearing the most are New Romantic, Heavy Metal, Punk and Rap {see pics below of an easy day-friendly look i created using these shades}.

what do you think of this Rock n Roll Candy Eye Shadow Collection? for more info, be sure to visit

product featured sent to me for review consideration; pics taken by me :)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

hair therapy: INOAcolor Cream Shampoo + Protective Masque

when it comes to color-treated hair, it's beyond important to use products that will extend the life of that  color, keeping hair vibrant, shiny and healthy looking. INOA is a professional line of hair color from L'Oreal that boasts a more nurturingshine-enhancing and better color-and-coverage-giving formula that i have yet to experience {you can find a INOA specialty salon here}…

i have, however been experiencing the benefits of INOA Cream Shampoo and Protective Masque ~ it's amazing! i can't get over how gorgeous my hair looks every time i use these. it's crazy to think that it took me so long to finally use these {they've been on my stash for months!}...

ok, enough beating myself up. better late than never, right? so, trust me when i say, even if you don't color your hair, you will love these. especially if you have thick, dry or damaged hair. the Shampoo is creamy and lathers up beautifully but doesn't contain any sulfates while the Protective Masque is thick, rich and creamy yet feels light, leaving my hair shiny and never weighed down.

hopefully, you'll give these beauties a go…they're definitely worth it!

visit the L'Oreal Paris professional site for more info.  

products featured sent to me for review consideration; pics taken by me :)