Friday, March 27, 2009

Product Review: John Frieda, Root Awakening

So, in case you didn't already know, I am hair obsessed. It's the finishing touch to every outfit and tells so much about someone through color, cut, even how shiny it is. This time of year as the end of the school year approaches finals are arriving and seniors are becoming stressed as college time approaches. You're stressed! I completely understand lately I've felt overloaded too and that shows through stress acne, torn cuticles, and damaged hair. Stressed out hair is dull, flat, and tends to break easily, what is a hair loving girl to do?

Well John Frieda has heard your cries and created a new product whose commercials drew me in like a moth to a flame. So, the other day I tried this new shampoo and conditioner which has a energizing eucalyptus scent that helps you wake up in the morning and I loved it! There are three options Health Infusing for normal hair, Nourishing Moisture for dry hair, and for us stressed girls Strength Restoring which helped heal my broken and split ends.

After just one use I was in love with this product, and the next day everyone commented on how healthy my hair looked. My hair was shiny, bouncy, and my color, which I haven’t had touched up since December, looked fresh from the salon. I'm sold.

But don't take my word for it, try it for yourself!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Make up Mania

Fashion Trivia Fun Fact: During a time of economic struggle the only item to ever have an increase in sales is lipstick. Lipstick is an affordable way to play up an outfit without spending a lot of money, and during the war years of 1940-1946 women would buy a minimum amount of clothing and more make up and accessories.

Perhaps it's because my mom went to beauty school, is a maestro with a make up brush, and is a beauty product junky but I looove to play with make up. I suggest you head to Ulta, Sephora, or perhaps Target to find a cheap make up set with all the colors you can imagine. Like a kid in a candy store I am drawn to them. Unleash your inner artist and play around! Brands like Urban Decay and (my favorite) Wet 'n' Wild offer bold colored eye shadows, mascaras, and eyeliners. If you want to play up a more neutral look try animal friendly Two-Faced or the new, all natural, Almay pure blends for subtle colors.

To really make your features pop, play up your natural coloring by picking colors that flatter you. Your eyes are what people notice first so try using colors tailored to their color; usually that means the opposite of your natural color. Blue is across from orange on the color wheel, while I wouldn't suggest wearing straight orange, try a peach, coral, or rust color. Brown is a warm neutral and looks best with cool colors such as navy, turquoise, and ocean blue. Green eyes generally have a little bit of brown in them, and glow when next to a purple, maroon, or burgundy liner or shadow. Hazel, being a combination works with browns, blue and purples, as well as grey liners.

On a side note- an awards show make up tip is to wear grey liner because it makes your eyes look brighter as opposed to such a heavy black. And ladies- the raccoon look is not flattering.
If you need a little extra advice video blogger Lauren offers tips on as well as on her website I say grab your girls together watch the tips and practice them on each other, trying make up tricks for the first time are usually easier done on someone else then trying them on yourself at first. Get some cheap products at your local grocery store or CVS like liners, shadows, and nail polish, as well as disposable brushes for hygiene reasons (sharing make up is a great way to share germs).

If you find you really enjoy playing with make up look up make up artists like Bobbi Brown or the late, great, most amazing make up artist ever Kevyn Aucoin. Who knows, it could be your dream career!
I'd love to hear some of your own tips!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Trend Alert

As spring approaches, so does the warm weather. I know, we thought it would never come, we grit our teeth at the psychic ground hog but now it's time to celebrate! Soon we will enjoy the blooming flowers, the sun on our necks and the iced green tea, we just need a bit more patience.

But wait! What does this mean for our wardrobes? In this state of the economy what is a recessionista suppose to do? I bring good news- during a time of economic downturn the first thing to come to a halt is fashion. We have less money, we can't afford a plethora of new spring ensembles, therefore there aren't many new trends.

So as you are cleaning out your closets keep your gladiator sandals, white dresses, scarves and headbands! These trends are here to stay (at least for a while). Then what is new for spring? Color! and lots of it! Gorgeous apple greens, royal purples, bold turquoise, and bright pinks are being mixed with neutrals like white, black, navy, and brown. My colorful coworker and I are pictured above in some spring trends, turquoise shirt, nautical stripes, and bold combinations will be all the rage.

--Side note: Neutrals can and should be worn together, black, brown, navy, white and grey are neutrals and harmonize perfectly together. Don't listen to "fashion gurus" who claim otherwise--

Don't feel like spending cash like it's going out of style? You're not alone and businesses are aware of that. Big corporations and small are knocking off prices and holding sales to get rid of their left over merchandise. Some companies, such as J.Crew (popular for the Gossip Girl style) even offers 15% off your total purchase for students with their school ID. Next time you are out with your shopping buddies look around for the best deals. A great way to save money is buying trendy colors in classic styles and vice verse. Example- Button up shirts are a classic for every wardrobe, make it stylish but purchasing it in a bold orange or violet. Want the gladiator sandals that are so popular? Buy them in a classic brown and you can wear them even when the trend is out of style.

And as always, shopping in trend forward affordable stores such as H+M, Target, and Forever 21 are a great way to save on trend items.

Keeping you stylish!