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Big Buns are perfect for Prom Season

Posted on: April 1st, 2014

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Credits/Hair: Geneva Cowen for Sam Villaâ, Photographer: Shalem Mathew

 

March, 2013 (New York, NY) – Big buns are everywhere and are the perfect go-to look for the upcoming wedding/prom season, because it’s a sleek polished style that can literally be created in minutes on very long hair.  Geneva Cowen for Sam Villaâ makes it a cinch.

·       Start a ponytail by gathering hair into a center section at the top of the head.  The Sam Villa Styling Brush (https://www.samvilla.com/products/hair-brushes/styling-detangling-brush/is one of the best tools for creating a beautiful clean ponytail.  Begin at the back, brush section by section into hands to smooth and secure with a bungee.

·       Brush hair in the ponytail thoroughly from the back towards the front of the fringe area.

·       Wrap the length of the ponytail around the bungee with the ends facing towards the back and tuck them into the bun.  Use large hairpins to secure the shape by pinning directly into the bungee close to the scalp.

·       Finish with Redken control addict 28 for hold.

Hot Tips:

·       Very long hair will create a very big bun with great volume.  Fine or medium length hair may need a foundation form to give the same illusion.

·       Another way to increase volume is to texturize the entire head with the Sam Villa Textur texturizing iron (https://www.samvilla.com/products/hair-irons/textur-texturizing-iron/to create a solid foundation and expand texture.

·       If hair is layered and does not smooth around the entire bun, go with it, make it a messy, casual, big bun.

Other tips and techniques can be found on http://www.samvilla.com/how-to/Sam Villa is Founding Partner of the Sam Villa® brand, Education Artistic Director for Redken 5th Avenue and Stylist Choice Award Winner for Favorite Platform Artist and Educator (2012, 2011 and 2007).  He is the pro that teaches the pros how to do hair.  Check out his new consumer website (www.samvilla.com) for hot tips, tricks and techniques for achieving professional results at home, including professional recommendations for the tools needed to recreate the looks - Sam Villa Signature Series brushes, combs, thermal tools and blow dryers. Facebook: SamVillaBrand; Youtube: SamVillaHair; Twitter: @samvilla; Pinterest: SamVillaHair; Instagram: @SamVillaHair + #SamVillaHowTo. 

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Read how you can have Glowing Skin like Ariel Winter

Posted on: March 25th, 2014

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Modern Family Star Ariel Winter looked stunning at the Mr. Peabody & Sherman movie premier last night, March 5th in Los Angeles, CA. Ariel’s makeup artist Toby Fleischman shares the scoop on how to recreate her Spring look.

INSPIRATION: Spring looks – glowing skin, a fresh, soft palette

GET THE LOOK: Celebrity makeup artist Toby Fleischman was feeling spring fever, so for the premiere of Mr. Peabody & Sherman, Ariel Winter’s look was all about glowing skin and a fresh, soft palette. “This is one busy 16 year old! With her crazy schedule, we don’t always have a lot of time for frills when it comes to glam time. That’s why I love the Bioré Self-Heating One-Minute Mask - it does its job well…and quick!” says Toby.

Ariel Winters

Ariel Winters

Ariel shared a cute photo on Twitter “getting her mask on’ wearing the Bioré Self-Heating One Minute mask while prepping for the premiere .

Here is Toby’s step-by-step breakdown:

  • ·         After the Bioré Self-Heating One Minute mask, her skin is not only cleansed, but really refreshed, so I just need minimal foundation. I used Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Foundation very sparingly with a fluffy brush to even out skin tone.
  • ·         Using a soft palette of spring pastels in mints and pinks, I created a defined eye with some sparkle and cheeks and lips in juicy shades. Chanel Illusion D’Ombre eyeshadow in Epatant is the most gorgeous
  • ·         pastel light mint color that just shines like a shimmering ocean.
  • ·         I love using a matte black eyeshadow smudged in between the lashes on the lash line to create definition. I used Clinique Colour Surge Eye Shadow Stay Matte in Midnight Chanel’s Creme blushes are amazing.
  • ·         The perfect pop of pink on Ariel’s cheeks is called Afinité and it is gorgeous.
  • ·         Finishing of the look is Tarte Lipsurgence in Charmed.

About Bioré Self Heating One Minute Mask ($7.99): In just one minute, this thermal mask warms to open poresdraws out and dissolves 2.5 times more dirt, oil, and surface toxins than a basic cleanser, and rinses them clean away with an invigorating cooling sensation. Infused with natural charcoal, this breakthrough mask melts dirt and oil better than the leading competitive mask. So clean your pores from the dirt, oil and makeup of the past and clear the problem. Available at drugstores nationwide - www.biore.com

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The Best Lip Balm Ever — Baume Du Sourire Smile Lip Balm!!!

Posted on: March 18th, 2014

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Bonjour… I have officially found my new favorite lip balm — Baume Du Sourire Smile Lip Balm!  This lip balm moisturizes, nourishes and conditions my lips without making them sticky.  It spreads over the lips very easily making the lips feel good, soft and protected.  It has a long lasting formula which heals my dry lips.  After applying the balm, my lips look and feel healthy.  Everyone hates chapped lips or cracked lips!

This lip balm is very different from others I used and tried….. When I wear lip balm, I don’t want to contantly lick my lips because the favor or smell of the lip balm is something I feel like tasting or eating. That just makes my chapped lips, even more chapped!  Don’t get me wrong, I love the smell and favor of Baume Du Sourire Lip Balm Orange Blossom Aroma but as soon as you put it on, it soaks into your lips, making them feel supple and moisturized.  The Orange Blossom Aroma scent which I fell in loved with, has a citrusy scent which just delights your senses.  Baume Du Sourire Smile Lip Balm comes in three scents:  Arome Poire (pear), Arome Menthe (mint) and Arome Fleur d’Oranger (orange Blossom).

When I apply Baume Du Sourire on to my lips, I feel like I am giving my lips an intensive treatment.  I highly recommend this lip balm, after one application, your lips will not be able to resist it!  Made with the highest quality ingredients!  You can purchase Baume Du Sourire Smile Lip Balm at usa.lecouventdesminimes.com for all the LeCouvent Des Minimes Natural Skincare Recipes products.

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Dress your Nails this St. Patrick’s Day with Tips from Red Carpet Manicure

Posted on: March 13th, 2014

St. Patrick’s Day is finally here and Red Carpet Manicure has just what you need to get in the spirit! Red Carpet Manicure has provided us with a step-by-step tutorials from  Nail Technician, Candace Szpeich for St. Patrick Day nail art looks, using both gel and nail lacquer polishes. HAPPY ST. PATTY’S DAY!!

Red Carpet Manicure

Red Carpet Manicure

Leprechaun Belt (GEL)

  1. First, apply Prep and Structure. Then cure under the LED light.
  2. Apply 2 to 3 coats of “Emmy-rald Winner” curing after each coat.
  3. Using a striper brush, apply a thick line of “Black Stretch Limo” across the lower half of the nail and cure.
  4. Add a belt (square) over the middle of the black line using “I Am So Honored” and cure.
  5. Last, apply Brilliance and cure.

 

Red Carpet Manicure

Red Carpet Manicure

Pot O’Gold (LACQUER)

  1. First, apply one coat of Clingy Base Coat.
  2. Next, apply 2 coats of “My Lucky Charm.”
  3. Paint a black pot on the bottom right of nail using the nail lacquer version of “”Black Stretch Limo.”
  4. Then, using a striper brush, paint a rainbow using your favorite RCM nail lacquer shades such as orange “Flirt Alert,” royal blue “RSVP,” purple “9 Inch Heels,” red ”Red Carpet Exclusive,” lavender “Romantic Comedy,” or a metallic rose gold “Mink Coat.”
  5. Add gold glitter pieces from RCM’s “Gems and Jewels – Golden Dust” collection to the top of the pot/base of rainbow.
  6. Last, apply one coat of Shine On Top Coat.

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Tips from Sam Villa on the Fastest Way to Straighten Hair

Posted on: February 24th, 2014

February, 2014 (New York, NY) – Anyone who straightens their hair knows it takes both time and skill, and they wish they had more of both. Sam Villa, founding partner of the Sam Villa® brand and education artistic director for Redken 5th Avenueadvises, “slow down to speed up,” meaning slow down the pass with the flat iron so heat and compression can straighten hair faster –  http://www.samvilla.com/how-to/tips/flat-iron-tips-heat-tension-compression.

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Sam Villa

Fastest Way to Straighten Hair

·       Clean hair straightens better, so start out with either shampooed hair the day of or night before…or use a dry shampoo. Actually, the dirtier hair is, the more it will smell when compressed with an iron.  If hair has excess oil, that is fine, oil adds slip and helps protect hair.

·       Always work with a heat protectant product, because heat causes damage, products are not an option, they are a necessity to protect hair, reduce frizz and add slip – especially on medium to coarse hair textures.  Apply Redken Align 12 protective straightening lotion to each section before compressing.

·       Wrap dry (brush in X pattern with blow dryer directing heat on top of the brush) hair with the Sam Villa Pro Results Ionic Dryer and Sam Villa Paddle Brush, stretching hair to reduce curl pattern and help smooth (if hair is already dry, skip this step).

·       Section hair in half above the ear, so the crown/top layers are pinned up and the rest is left down.  Very quickly, randomly compress sections in the bottom half with a Sam Villa Sleekr straightening iron – you don’t need to be precise, because no one sees this hair.

·       Take down a section from the top half (all the hair that everyone does see) and pass the iron slowly (remember: slow down to speed up). Hair texture will come into play – coarser textures will take more pressure and a slower pass.

·       Continue taking down sections until the entire top half is straightened.

·       Finish with Redken Control Addict 28 strong hold anti-humidity hair spray, or for compromised hair, apply Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine.

Super Fast (For those with straight hair from scalp to mid length and texture from mid length to ends)

Using a center part, isolate the hair that needs to be straightened by putting both sides into loose ponytails and compressing with a Sam Villa Sleekr straightening iron.  Just keep the elastic loose to prevent creating a mark and don’t touch the elastic with the iron or it could melt or create a line.

Other tips and techniques can be found on http://www.samvilla.com/how-to/.

Sam Villa is founding partner of the Sam Villa® brand, Education Artistic Director for Redken 5th Avenue and Stylist Choice Award Winner for Favorite Platform Artist and Educator (2012, 2011 and 2007).  He is the pro that teaches the pros how to do hair.  Check out his new consumer website (www.samvilla.com) for hot tips, tricks and techniques for achieving professional results at home, including professional recommendations for the tools needed to recreate the looks - Sam Villa Signature Series brushes, combs, thermal tools and blow dryers. Facebook: SamVillaBrand; Youtube: SamVillaHair; Twitter: @samvilla; Pinterest: SamVillaHair; Instagram: @SamVillaHair + #SamVillaHowTo. Contact: Glow Communications

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When it Comes to Healthy Deodorant, Mom Knows Best

Posted on: February 19th, 2014

I have been bugging my mom to buy me a deodorant to put into my gym bag. As a teenager, you never want to be caught with a bad odor. Well one day changing for gym class, I noticed a bottle of deodorant  thrown in with my clothes. The bottle was pretty with brown and purple coloring on it…the writing said THE HEALTHY DEODORANT BY LAVANILA.

My mom, knowing I have all kinds of skin allergies, is always looking for the healthiest products!  Of course I want a healthy  product to put on myself but I also need a deodorant to work!!  What is the sense of buying it and applying it.  When I applied the Lavanila Deodorant while dressing for my gym class, it went on smooth  and dry with a pretty scent of vanilla lavender.

During kick ball,  running crazy to score a goal, I felt fresh and clean!  Here and there I would catch a whiff of the pretty scent. After gym, changing back into my street outfit, I was dry and still felt fresh and clean. I always wanted a deodorant to go on dry and keep me dry throughout the  day and I found it!!!!  Well my mom did. Plus Lavanila Deodorant is 100% Healthy…No harsh chemicals added, no petrochemicals,  no phthalates, no propylene glycol, no mineral oils, no silcone no sythetic dyes, no sulfates or parabens. It is 100% healthy for my skin and for yours!!!!!! My mom said Lavanila is also made in the USA and not tested on animals!  Mothers know best!!

Lavanila Deororants are available in four scents and can be found at http://www.lavanila.com and at sephora.com

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Thank you Juicy for your Newest Fragrance Viva La Juicy Noir

Posted on: February 12th, 2014
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Viva La Juicy Noir

After I discovered that Juicy Couture was making a new version of my favorite perfume, I knew I had to get my hands on a bottle. Viva La Juicy Noir, just as I expected, was not a disappointment. It is definitely a unique twist on Juicy’s most popular scent. Juicy Couture’s latest creation is perfect for a night out with friends or a Valentine’s Day dinner with your special Someone.The edgy, yet glamourous packaging in comes in also makes it a great gift, whether it’s for Valentine’s Day, a birthday or anniversary it really is a wonderrful fragrance for any occassion.Viva La Juicy Noir contains highlights of ripe berries, vanilla and a touch of honeysuckle and sandlewood, making this perfume remarkable. Viva La Juicy Noir is a limited Edition fragrance so snatch up a bottle now before it is too late.

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Viva La Juicy Noir  is also available in a spectaculaar travel friendly rollerball perfume . What makes this rollerball so unique is that it is a Dual Rollerball so there are 2 fragrances, one at each end. The original Viva la Juicy is my favorite daytime fragrance and is contained on one end of the rollerball, and at the other end, I enjoy Viva La Juicy Noir when I’m out with my friend at night.  Can I be that lucky to have 2 of my favorite fragrances all in one.

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One Direction’s Newest Fragrance “Our Moment” is the Perfect Valentine’s Gift

Posted on: February 10th, 2014

 

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One Direction

As a huge fan of the boy-band One Direction I was extremely excited when I learned that they were coming out with a fragrance! When I first ran to the store to get Our Moment, it was sadly sold old but luckily for me there were still some testers. After getting to smell it, my hunch that it would be amazing was confirmed! Now that I have my own bottle of Our Moment, I can wear it whenever I want! The members of One Direction themselves created this perfume as well as the packaging and the bottle to really make us fans feel like we were getting a gift straight from the boys themselves.

One Direction

One Direction

 

They included all of their favorite smells including wild berries, pink grape fruit and jasmine petals to create something I’ve never smelt before! The strong scents of the pink grapefruit and redcurrants was brought down to a much softer feel with the mix of jasmine petals and fresh freesia, as well as dry woodsy tones of musk and patchouli.The mixture of all of these scents leaves One Direction’s perfume as soft and flavorful, and one that I know I will be able to wear anywhere! Our Moment would make an incredible gift for any girl this Valentines Day, whether she’s a fan of One Direction or not. One Directions fragrance, Our Moment, will be loved by all!!

 

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Expect Fabulous Style and Color in Every Bottle of LuxeCoat Nail Color

Posted on: February 6th, 2014
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LuxeCoat

I just applied  LuxeCoat nail polish  and I love it! The name of it is Goldie, and it’s such a festive, pretty color. It’s a metallic gold and it dried super fast. I put 2 coats on in about 5 minutes, and that’s all I needed. It’s made in the USA, and it started chipping on or about the 5th day. To me, that’s a pretty long time for a nail polish. The rubber grip is another great feature. I definitely recommend  LuxeCoat polishes!

LuxeCoat

LuxeCoat

LuxeCoat Polishes can be found at luxecoat.com.  At their website, you will find beautiful and chic jewel tone and shimmery nail colors along with other products for your hands and nails. I love the vibrant color of “Pink Diamonds” (shown above).  You might want to consider “Laguna Beach” (shown below), it’s pink, sparkly and both colors are perfect for Valentine’s Day!  We’ll let you decide!

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LuxeCoat

 

 

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Attitude Couture Launches “Need A New Attitude” Sweepstakes

Posted on: February 1st, 2014
Attitude Couture Launches “Need A New Attitude” Sweepstakes
The exclusive label presents an opportunity to win a gorgeous gown just in time for prom
 
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New Orleans, January 17, 2014– Turning dreams into reality, Attitude Couture recently launched its “Need a New Attitude” sweepstakes giving one lucky winner a chance to win their dream dress for prom.
Contestants are asked to visit the Attitude Couture website (www.attitudecouture.com) and submit the sweepstakes entry form. They will be asked to vote for their favorite dress among the brand’selegant prom, evening and special occasion gowns which they will win if selected. The contest will run through Saturday, March 15, 2014 and is open to all US residents. The winner will be selected in a random drawing on or after the end date and announced by Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

“Prom is one of the most important events in a teenage girl’s life,” explains Robin Spindt, Owner and Designer, Attitude Couture. “Many dream of wearing the most amazing dress they can find. That is why I am thrilled to offer one lucky lady the opportunity to win her favorite gown from my collection, for that very special day.

The collections at Attitude Couture are made from the finest sequins, lace, chiffon, satin, beads and appliqués, with a focus on extraordinary construction and stand-out designs. For a chance to win one of the brand’s spectacular gowns, please visit http://www.attitudecouture.com/need-a-new-attitude/

 

About Attitude Couture

Attitude Couture by Robin Spindt offers elegant prom, evening and special occasion dresses and jackets – featuring exclusively designed plus size options. Spindt, who has more than 40 years’ experience as a clothier and jewelry designer, created Attitude Couture to introduce a new concept in formal dress focusing on offering first-class customer service and unique dresses. The label’sdesign team spends most of the year developing new ideas in dress designs and ensuring that absolutely every detail is perfect. For more information and to view the entire collection, please visitwww.attitudecouture.com
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