Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Battle of the Drugstore Hair Mousse: Aussie Instant Freeze Sculpting Mousse and L'Oreal Vive Pro Glossy Curls Mousse
Those of you with wavy or curly hair that need some hold to define your style without the crunch factor should try using hair mousse this spring rather than a gel (save it for the summer) or a cream (which tends not to have hold). Coating your strands with a bit of mousse is a good way to keep the frizzies at bay especially during those April showers. So which drugstore mousse won when I ran my experiment?
Don't you love it when something you have very little expectations of suprises you?! When I grabbed this Aussie mousse at the drugstore, I was really just in need of a basic mousse that delivered hold. Well, this mousse delivers that and more. First, while there is hold with this product, there is surprisingly no crunch factor despite the term "freeze" in the name - I was left with soft, yet defined curls. Second, and a plus factor, is that I felt that the product moisturized my hair better than a lot of styling products that I have used in recent months. As a result, my hair looked shinier than normal while retaining some body.
L'Oreal Vive Pro Glossy Curls Mousse
I almost always get tricked by packaging of beauty products - I was almost certain that the gold-tinted exterior of the L'Oreal mousse would result in better hair results than the Aussie mousse. Boy, was I wrong! Now, to be fair, the L'Oreal product was not bad -just mediocre. I found that it did not provide as much hold as I would have liked and it did not provide much moisture - in fact, it had a tendency to dry out my hair like a hair gel. And I'm always disappointed when the name of the product does not match up to the results - no glossy curls here unfortunately!
Ingredients: Aqua/Water, Isobutane, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Acrylates Copolymer, Propane, Phenoxyethanol, Triacetin, Polyquaternium 4, Aminomethyl Propanol, PEG 40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Parfum/Fragrance, Polysorbate 20, Methylparaben, PEG 40, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hydrolyzed Wheat protein, Amodimethicone, Linalool, 2 Oleamido 1, 3 Octadecanediol, Quaternium 87, Trideceth 12, Limonene, Citronellol, Alpha Isomethyl Ionone, Hydroxyisohexyl 3 Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Cetrimonium Chloride
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Aishwarya Rai may be dubbed "The Most Beautiful Woman in the World," but even today Hindi film actress Madhubala is widely regarded as possibly the most beautiful actress that Bollywood has produced. She starred in a number of Hindi films in the 1950s and 1960s, including Basant, Mahal and the ever famous Mughal-e-Azam.
Interestingly, in the 1950s, Madhubala attracted attention from Hollywood. U.S. filmmaker Frank Capra had proposed a meeting to discuss Madhubala's welcome into Hollywood although her father was against this and thus ended any hopes for her in Hollywood.
Here is a You Tube video of one of the most renowned songs from Mughal-e-Azam...her dancing is just amazing!
In the present, Madhubala still ranks at the top of polls and surveys as one of the most popular Hindi film actresses ever, most likely due to her ability to change characters in her films so convincingly, from courtesan to heiress to village girl. Wikipedia states that no other vintage Hindi film actress has as large of a video sharing presence on You Tube as Madhubala.
Although our image of Hindi film of the past is a conservative one, Madhubala actually broke some barriers by portraying western and even vamped up characters in her films - a bold move in India back in the 1950s!!
Sadly, Madhubala's love life wasn't without conflict and she passed away at a fairly young age due to illness.
Cover Girl Outlast Lipstain comes in bright markers with a felt tip. At first it was a little weird to apply what looks like a magic marker to the lips but the lipstain is so easy to use, I quickly got over it.
To apply, simply take the marker and outline lips first and then go over the line with your finger to rub it in a bit. Then, fill in lips with the marker until all areas of the lips are filled in. Press lips together and you're done. Above is my lips, one coat of the Cover Girl Lipstain and below is two coats of the Cover Girl Lipstain.
After applying the stain, you can either wear it alone, apply lipstick or a colored lip gloss to kick up the color a bit or apply a clear lip gloss for a more natural look. The stain is a bit drying so if you're used to using gloss, like me, you might want to try a bit of gloss on top for moisture. Below is the Cover Girl Lipstain with one coat of berry lipstick.
Like other stains, Cover Girl Outlast Lipstain is great for women who would like to try bright lip colors but are wary of trying anything too opaque in texture. Plus, there is no need to worry about embrassing smudges on your teeth with this.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
The giveaway is for French skincare brand Sothys' Desquacrem and Spicy Shower Gel. There will be 2 winners - one winner will receive Sothys' Desquacrem and the other winner will receive Sothys' Spicy Shower Gel.
For this giveaway, simply list a comment in the comments section with your email address or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will select the two winners at random! This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only (sorry, I know I have some great readers outside of the U.S. as well so I will work on this for future giveaways). The giveaway will close at midnight on Sunday, March 29th!
Desquacreme is a deep pore face treatment that has clarifying and astringent active ingredients to help eliminate persistent deep impurities, including sebum trapped in skin follicle, and to help create a radiant complexion. It comes in the form of an emulsion and is meant to be used after regular cleansing to remove impurities without the harshness of an exfoliant. More importantly, Desquacrem has gotten consistently great reviews on Makeupalley for being able to remove blackheads and other clogged pores. Price: $30 for 1.69 oz.
Spicy Shower Gel is a cleansing amber gel with spicy hints that leaves the skin soft and delicately scented. Per the website, the gel "contains a high concentration of natural active ingredients derived from essential oils which gives exceptional effects on the body, mind and soul. The power of essential oils such as Cinnamon, Cardaman, Ginger, Cloves, Mandarin and Nutmeg, work its way through the layers of the skin providing it with moisture, improving skin’s elasticity, increasing the suppleness of the skin and creating a protective film to the skin, whilst maintaining a sensational aroma which energizes the body and mind…." Price: $24 for 8 oz.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
So, then, what to do about hiding your less than clean hair from the masses?
In a conundrum one night when I was due to meet friends in a measly 20 minutes, I grabbed a can of TIGI Rockaholic Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo and sprayed it on my roots. And magically, my greasies disappeared with a few sprays!
To use, basically shake the can, position it a few inches away from your head, and spray onto your roots. The product comes out slightly whitish but once you run a brush or fingers through the hair, the product disappears.
For me, the results of the product were fantastic. Any oiliness at my roots disappeared instantly. Also, the dry shampoo has a slightly flowery smell which helps mask smoke smells. The product does mattify the hair a bit so you lose some shine at the roots, but hey, its better than greasiness!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
From a beauty perspective, Lakshmi works the gold monochromatic look well. To get Lakshmi's gilded eyes, apply a white gold eye shadow such as MAC Shadow in Femme Fi or Nylon to the eyes (apply wet, for additional drama).
Monday, March 16, 2009
Here are four of the products I tried:
KissKiss Stick Gloss 940 Vanilla Beige - This actually felt like more of a lipstick than a gloss so I would dub it a "cream" gloss which comes in a tube. The color pay off was quite good and it was super moisturizing.
Guerlain KissKiss Gloss 865 Rose Tentation - A pretty pink gloss but with pigmented lips, I think this was too light for me. The texture was great though.
Guerlain KissKiss Lipstick in 523 Exces de Rouge - And finally, this product was without a doubt, the most fire engine red lip color I have ever worn! Sephora describes it as a "berry red" but on me, it was definitely a fire engine red. This product would take some serious confidence - it was fun to wear at home but I don't know if I could pull it off outside the confines of my home! The texture was superb though and I can't wait to try the other colors.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
While celebritydom just wasn't my destiny, I few weeks ago I had the chance to send my own urgent beauty questions on all my hairy issues straight to Daniel de la Cerda, member of the Sebastian Professional Stylist Team at Fall ’09 New York Fashion Week. Daniel worked on the Charlotte Ronson and Diego Binetti shows, to name a few, and below, spills the beans on how to replicate similar looks, some hot products from Sebastian and how to get your hair in shape.
Daniel is senior stylist at the Robert Jeffrey Salon in Chicago so if any of you are in town and need a hair overhaul, consider stopping by to see him!
Roop Cafe: I love the look at Charlotte Ronson but a major issue women face in putting hair up into sleek ponytails or updos are those pesky baby hairs and flyaways that make the hair look less than smooth. However, when I apply a shine serum or hairspray to the hair, it just gets greasy. What do you recommend?
Daniel de la Cerda: To get rid of pesky flyaways I'd recommend a few things. First, apply a small amount of Sebastian Professional Trilliant to dry hair and flat iron only what is going in the ponytail. Be sure to apply spray to even the shortest hairs around the hairline. Sebastian Professional Trilliant will protect against heat and enhance your hair’s shine factor. Then once the hair has been tied back, hold Sebastian Professional Shine Define hairspray about 6-8 inches away and apply for finishing touches. If you feel there is not enough shine, you can also use Sebastian Professional Halo Mist to finish.
RC: Without a doubt, within a few hours of putting my hair up in a ponytail or bun, it begins to loosen and unravel. What's the best way to make the style last for more for than a few hours?
DC: For a longer lasting ponytail and/or bun try the following. First, make sure to use a boar bristle brush on dry hair to help with a smoother finish. Again, pre-smoothing with a flat iron or flat brush can help. Sebastian Professional Shine Define hairspray can assist in the final stage as a finishing tool. It’s not greasy and will give you a flexible, brushable hold.
RC: Tell me about how the Trilliant Spray works. What makes it superior to other shine spray and thermal protectants?
DC: Sebastian Professional Trilliant is superior to others because of its technology. It has a three-part ratio that protects hair against heat while applying condition. It also provides light body to the hair and has amazing shine. It’s fabulous for retouches and great for blowouts and hot iron work. It’s a very versatile product!Diego Binetti
RC: How did you curl the hair at the Diego Binetti show? Do you recommend using a small barrel iron or curlers?
DC: For the Diego Binetti show we first applied a liberal amount of Sebastian Professional Mousse Forte to damp hair and blow dried. Once dry, small sections of hair were curled around a small barrel curling iron. Sections (especially around the hairline) were over-directed for maximum lift and sprayed with Sebastian Professional Shaper Zero Gravity hairspray. Once curled, the hair was let down and pushed back to create a messy look. We also changed the part of each model’s hair based on their individual faces. The hair was then tucked under and pinned to create a "bob effect" within the shape. Pieces were left a bit messy to create an ethereal affect and a more modern finish. Some asymmetry was used for added visual interest.
RC: I have pretty curly hair to start with. Let's say I just don't have time to blow dry out and then curl. Can I achieve a similar look starting with my natural texture and if so, how?
DC: To create a similar effect on naturally curly hair, simply apply a little Sebastian Professional Whipped Crème. This will define the curls and create separation. Do so on dry hair and push back the curls to create an interior cushion. Start to pin the hair for support and tuck the ends under. Finish with Sebastian Professional Re Shaper or Shaper Zero Gravity hairspray to finish the look and apply Sebastian Professional Halo Mist for soft shine.
RC: I'm in my late 20s and I've noticed a lot of hair fall recently as have my friends. What is the cause, how do we prevent additional hair fall and what do we do to stop current hair fall?
DC: Hair loss can come from a number of things. It can stem from genetics, which is generally called alopecia. If the hair is coming out excessively contact your local dermatologist. Stress can be a factor in losing hair as can the porosity and condition of the hair. Over-processed hair can become brittle and therefore break off.
RC: Imagine your model has a mass of thick, black curlyish hair that absorbs light like a black hole (this is me). What do I do to achieve shine on a daily basis with my natural texture without the grease?
DC: For some rocking curls with no grease follow these simple steps. Apply some Sebastian Professional Whipped Crème to damp hair and work the product around small sections first. Try to twist each section in different directions to create movement. Lay the curls down and be sure not to disrupt them. Follow up with a diffuser and dry the hair. Make sure not to run your fingers through the hair until hair is almost dry. Also, remember to lift the hair at the crown and around the hairline to create volume at the base. Once the hair is dry, start to separate the curls with your fingers and lift for fullness. If you feel you'd like more shine apply Sebastian Professional Halo Mist and Sebastian Professional Shaper Zero Gravity hairspray to hold.Also, check out this video of Daniel at New York Fashion Week!
Sunday, March 8, 2009
This is also a great look for those desi ladies searching for a way to add color to their makeup when they attend desi weddings without going over the top.
Images of Kareena via Santabanta.com, Filmicafe.com, Indiaglitz.com
Friday, March 6, 2009
MAC Products used:
Girl About Town Lipstick - applied as an opaque layer to lips
At the Roksanda Illincic, the elongated, graphic eyes - in purple, not black - stole the show. Cheeks were slightly contoured and lips were completely blanked out.
MAC Products used:
Painterly Paint Pot - applied in a sheer wash over the lids and lower lashline.
Omega Eye Shadow - blended over the eyelids.
Brun Eye Shadow - buffed into the crease and along the lower lashline.
Pro Burnt Burgundy Pigment - extended in a long oval shape past the outer corners.
Plushblack Plushlash Mascara
Studio Sculpt Concealer - combed through browns to pale out the natural color.
Studio Sculpt Spf 15 Foundation
Strada Blush - applied as a contour under the cheekbones
Prep + Prime Translucent Powder - blended onto cheekbones as a highlight.
MAC Products used:
Quite Natural Paint Pot - blended into the crease of the eyelids and smoothed down toward lids.
Seed Pearl Eye Shadow - blended onto lids close to the lashline and swept up toward the brow to soften and diffuse the paint pot color.
Taupe Eye Pencil - blended smoothly along the lower lashline.
Lingering Brow Pencil
Studio Sculpt Spf 15 Foundation
Nude Cream Colour Base - blended into skin under cheekbone
Strobe Cream - touched onto high points of the face in a sheer layer
Summer Fruit Lip Pencil
Shy Girl Lipstick