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- Published on Wednesday, 13 July 2011 01:00
Have a last minute appointment to meet somebody and, beauty-wise, you’re unprepared? Can’t carry your entire dresser with you to the office? These wicked beauty tricks from hair to make-up will come in handy whether it’s for a morning meeting, last-minute company lunch (or booty call - ha!).
30-second Root Touch-up: Overdue for a root touch-up and tired of the person sitting in front of looking at your dark or grey re-growth?. Fix it fast, because it can affect their impression about you. Quick fix: Always have an eyeshadow (yes, eyeshadow) color close to your existing hair hue. Wet your makeup brush first before dabbing it into the shadow powder and smudge it on the root area you want to cover (normally along your hairline and your parting). Wetting the brush makes the powder stay on for a longer time. Another must-have that will save your life is a hair mascara wand. Try to find the one with shimmer. Crayons and hair mascara tend look dull and unnatural. Good find: Andre Walker Hair Make-up (andrewalkerhair.com). It’s super-effective at lightening dark roots, even if you’re blonde. It covers grey hair like a champ with their different tones like gold, copper or red. No wonder Oprah is so addicted to this product!
60-second Hair Volume: Isn’t it so frustrating when the front top of your hair gets limp, greasy, or both? It can ruin your day having your fringes not falling right, especially when you wear it long. Starting today, carry a travel size shampoo and conditioner in your beauty pouch as a greasy-hair SOS remedy. Quick fix: Tie your hair with a clip or ponytail leaving the top of your front hair. Bend towards the sink and carefully wash your bangs with shampoo and conditioner and voilà! Instant hair refreshment! Now you can just quickly blowdry it for fresh looking hair with volume. Skip the baby powder, it’s too messy. Good find: Tigi Rockaholic Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo. It’s made with a very fine rice grain that absorbs oil. Spray it on your scalp all over and style. Shhh... it’s our little dirty secret.
90-second Smokey Eyes: It seems like there’s always someplace to go out after work (you’ll never know who you’re going to meet). Or maybe you’re simply hanging out with girlfriends for a girls’ night out. Get smokey eyes for a sultry look. Quick fix: Since you already have make-up on from work, all you need is a dark gray or black eyeshadow. Apply it with the tip of your middle finger and concentrating on the base of your eyelid, gradually fading towards the crease of your eyelid. Use the black eyeshadow from the middle to the outer corner of the bottom of your eyes. Next, top the base of your eyelashes with black eyeliner and finish with mascara. Good find: Sephora’s Smokey Eye Palette. Bat those smokin’ hot eyes for a sexier you!
- Published on Wednesday, 06 July 2011 01:00
The holiday chaos is over and it’s time again to work on your goal for this year. If any of them are “work out more,” “lose weight,” or “diet,” beauty should be associated with it. Let’s start by getting your hair and skin healthier for a romantic month with your beau.
- Published on Wednesday, 29 June 2011 01:00
New Year’s is the best time to get your kids into a new ‘do! Are you tired of your son’s buzz cut that reminds you of your classmate in pre-school, or your daughter’s one-length haircut like when you were five. If going to the stylist is a mission for you and your child, I’d like to make your life easier with a “little” advice from a hairstylist who’s been handling little haircuts for ten years.
Hunting for that perfect new hair place.
Scout nearby plazas or ask other parents where they take their children for haircuts. Ask the parents whose child is near in age to yours with similar hair texture and hair color. Try the child pickup line at school, football or soccer fields, and the playground. Most parents will be happy to share their child’s secret hair place. Also ask your personal haircare professional what is the youngest age hair he or she styles. If your child is younger than that age, maybe your hair guru can recommend another stylist in the salon that could do it. To be honest, children’s hair grows so fast that you can afford trying a couple of new places in a single month!
Prep before the appointment.
Arm yourself with snacks and drinks in case the little one gets hungry, or call ahead to the salon and see if they offer them for kids (some do!). Some salons will even play movies to keep your child’s attention. Avoid bringing them when they’re sleepy or just after waking up; it’s not likely going to be a success. Bring extra clothing, especially a shirt, as hair will slip through the cape. Sometimes kids are claustrophobic when it comes to putting a cape around their neck; you can ask for an extra cape for you so your baby won’t stress out. Oh! It’s helpful to bring a mini DVD player or any toys that usually keeps them busy or still. Try reading to them! I sometimes ask my “cute little clientele” to count every time they ask me if we’re almost done.
What hairstyle to pick.
Schedule a consultation with the potential hair place before deciding. This has two benefits: Consultation helps your child get used to the place without even doing the cut that day, and it also gives you an idea what type of personality your hairstylist has. Remember, consultation is key. A great consultation will give your little one a great new ‘do for the new year!