Archive for December, 2009
That week is finally here: the fleeting time between Christmas and New Year when the schedule is completely thrown off, long-lost friends and family come back into town, and every day ticks closer to the big calendar change.
We’re busy taking stock of 2009 and making endless resolutions for 2010 (We will go to the gym! We will clean our makeup brushes!), and as we look back on the year, we think it’s been a pretty good one.
From all of us at The Fairest, we wish you happy holidays and hope you’re having a beautiful, enjoyable time, wherever you might be!
We love Blake Lively‘s bouncy hair at the recent New York premiere of Sherlock Holmes. (Seriously, how many premieres are they going to have for this film? We’ve already counted at least 4. As long as the stars show up looking so gorgeous, we’ll continue to be on board!)
Replicate the look with a little elbow grease, and the right tools: volumizing styling cream or mousse, plus a wide-barreled curling iron 1″ or larger. Expect the entire process to take 30 – 45 minutes.
- Apply volumizing cream or mousse to damp, towel-dried hair
- Blow dry hair with a large round brush
- Part hair deeply, above one eye
- Clip up the top half of hair, from the ear up to the crown
- Curl the bottom half of hair in 1″ – 1.5″ sections
- Unclip the top half of hair
- Curl in 1″ sections, alternating curls away from the face, and toward the face
- Spritz curls with a flexible-hold hairspray–et voila!
When asked how to replicate gorgeous beachy waves or loose, corkscrew curls, celebrity hair stylists always advise wrapping hair around the outside of a closed barrel. If you’ve ever heeded their advice and tried it at home, it’s not easy. Your hair crimps around the barrel clamp…the ends look wonky…clumsier types (um, quite possibly like yours truly) run the risk of burning errant fingers…
We’re therefore delighted by the Enzo Milano Conico curling iron, which features a patented cone shaped barrel and no clamp, making the aforementioned barrel-wrapping a breeze. It’s also very fancy-pants, with a ceramic core, and featuring something called “Tribostatic” technology that uses negative ions to evenly seal the hair cuticle, creating a longer-lasting curl.
Check out the video here, from the Enzo Milano website, showing how to use the Conico, which comes with a lifetime warranty, instructional DVD, and heat-resistant safety glove, for klutzes like moi.
Enzo Milano goes on sale Tuesday at The Fairest. It normally retails for $149.99, but is 40% off for $90.
According to The New York Times, we’ve all become so tweezer-happy that no longer are too-full, Brooke Shields-style brows a beauty problem. Now, apparently, the issue is overplucking–and inspired by strong brows on sexy celebrities like Megan Fox, women are turning to brow experts and high-tech solutions to help coax their vanished, skinny-minnie arches back to life.
Brow guru Anastasia Soare cautions against following celebrity brow trends, instead aiming for an ideal shape based on bone structure and offering kits designed to help achieve the perfect arch right for your own face.
The article quotes Sephora makeup artist Sherlyn Mousaurieta, who says, “I would say 7 out 10 clients that come in have either overplucked or simply don’t have as much brow hair as they’d like…They desire to fill the brow in.” Saviors come in the form of brow powders and pencils, lash conditioners, growth products like Latisse, and even hair transplant surgery. (Confession: we fall in the anorexic brow category, and use Latisse nightly to help fill in our own wispy brows. So far, so good!)
What do you think? Have you struggled with your own too thin arches…and would you turn to something as drastic as hair transplant surgery to fix them?
Stop by the Lancôme boutique at The Mall at Short Hills in Short Hills, New Jersey this Tuesday, December 22nd, for your chance to have legendary celebrity makeup artist Sandy Linter work her magic on you. Sandy will be hosting one-on-one appointments from 10am to 6pm, with a pre-pay fee of $175 redeemable in Lancôme products. It’s perfect timing for those last-minute holiday parties…or simply to pick up a few must-learn tricks from a makeup icon! Call 973-258-0790 to reserve your place.
The Lancôme Boutique
The Mall at Short Hills
1200 Morris Turnpike
Short Hills, NJ 07078