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Holiday Hair Trend

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Jen Atkin of The Andy Lecompte Salon dishes on the Holiday hair trend: The Messy Updo. We’ve seen this look on countless celebrities at a myriad of red carpet events, but now it’s time for YOU to rock it… just in time for your Holiday parties!

Do you want salon hair without salon prices? You’re in luck. Long gone are the days of sleek, pencil straight hair (tres boring). And hair that’s just dangling from the roots – so 2007! This holiday season is all about a messy updo. Not Kate Moss I-just-rolled-out-of-bed messy (unless you sleep with your hair pinned up – although that may be a bit uncomfortable). This look takes more time, but still offers that sexy “bead head” result with an added salon quality. And you can do this look with any length of hair! True, it teeters on hippy-chic, with emphasis on the “chic.”

Here’s how to achieve what Madonna and Scarlett are already sporting:

  • Put a lose wave throughout hair with a 1inch curling iron
  • Leave the hair in front of both ears down and curl it
  • Take the rest of the hair and pull it back in a low messy “chignon” (that’s just a sophisticated way of saying bun.”
  • Randomly disperse bobby pins anywhere and everywhere (you can also try one of the trusty Goody Ouchless Claw Clips!

If you have naturally curly hair, then you will only need to curl the front pieces. Otherwise, make sure to curl at least the top layer of hair. This adds texture to your hair, and the messy bun.

It’s that easy! Let us know how this look works for you!

I Just Got Nailed! PLUS Fall Polish Trend

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Lena’s Nail Shop is a true hidden gem. How did I find it, you ask? My dear friend Sarah Jane Wilde swears by the place – and SJ is super glam (she wears fur… in L.A.!). I figured, if it’s good enough for SJ’s claws, it’s definitely good enough for mine!

Tucked below Third Street and Fairfax, the sleek shop is unlike any other inexpensive mani/ pedi destination. It’s simple and elegant and impeccably clean with 6 stark white stations and one massage/ spa chair. The walls are adorned with funky framed photographs and the ceiling boasts gorgeous ornate chandeliers. It’s more chic than shlep. In fact, it’s pretty spectacular. You won’t find loud music or a blasting television or erroneous chatter in this place. And to think a mani/ pedi combo is only $22.00!

Perched on my throne (massage chair), I felt like a princess in a Parisian boudoir… everything was so elegant (especially the hand massage – I think I may have dozed off!). The shop’s founder, Lynn, tended to my fingers. Attention to detail is Lynn’s specialty – there wasn’t a rough nail or a missed cuticle. And the color (black) lasted over a week! Lynn gives credit to Seche Vite – a super shiny, fast drying top coat!

Lynn is an expert manicurist – she’s been pampering celebrity nails for 17 years. So naturally, I asked about the most sought after Fall polish colors…

The trend:

The colors:
Essie Material Girl
Essie Downtown Brown
OPI Suzi Says Da!

Would YOU rock a brown nail???

**Lena’s Nail Shop is located at 359 South Fairfax in Los Angeles. 323-782-1098; $22.00 for a mani and pedi**

Turbolash Review

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Estee Lauder’s highly hyped vibrating mascara, Turbolash, is sold out everywhere. However, we were fortunate enough to sample the product before it went M.I.A.

It’s a pretty amazing piece of technology. The entire wand vibrates from the top thanks to a specialized “motor.” It reminds us of Spinlash, although the Spinlash brush revolves back and forth as opposed to the wand, and it does so quite slowly making it much more of a process to apply the mascara. Turbolash is fast. You hold the vibrating wand in your hand and apply the mascara as you would any normal one. The LashSonic Brush with micro-pulse bristles “oscillates” at 125 cycles per second. Basically, this means that your lashes are coated, volumized and separated by the “turbo brush” vibrating wand in a fraction of the time. What sets this mascara apart from Spinlash (besides the speed) is that the mascara formula is awesome – even without the vibrating wand, this is a mascara worth wearing!

It may take a minute to get used to the vibrations – but once you do, application is a piece of cake. It’s even – dare we say – soothing to the hand, as the vibrating wand creates a massaging experience.

PRICE TAG: $30.00

Next up to try: Lancome’s Oscillation Mascara (launching in November). Even more vibrations…

We sense a trend taking form – vibrating wands – What company dares to follow suit next?

Trend Forecasting…

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Hair-crazed Jenny isn’t only hair-obsessed, she’s also a (non-practicing) psychic. And her ability to see the future is guiding her to a new trend, a very bold and blue trend!

Jenny swears that this blue polish (pictured below) by Sephora (Myrhile) is going to be the next must-have hue for YOUR claws…

(Jenny’s blue toes)

What do YOU think…


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Dark, goth lips are all the glam this Fall. But turning runway trends into real-life wearable beauty can be a bit of a feat.

Thanks to Lancome’s new artistic director, Aaron de Mey, we now have some tips on how to make the trend work on an everyday pout:

(the look)

Says Lancome: ” Debuting in November – Color Fever Gloss in Piha Black ($48.00) – is part of a luxe lip set created by Aaron de Mey. It features the black gloss and Color Fever Lipstick in Piha Red, inspired by the red of a Christian Louboutin sole. (A low-pigment black gloss is easy to wear alone and can be blended with other shades for a little drama.). Aaron is a big adherent of having fun with makeup, so the idea is to wear the colors alone or to customize your own shade by mixing them together. Aaron also loves to use Piha Black as an eye gloss, by the way.”

(the products)

I cannot wait to try this lip duo!
And, starting NOW, you can add yourself to the wait list by calling Bloomingdale’s 59th Street (212-705-2886).

Hurry, there are only 500 sets being sold in the USA!


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Gossip Girl Blake Lively at the premiere for her film, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 in NYC at the Ziegfeld Theater last night…

She looks FIERCE!

Great summer makeup (I’d say she’s using Tarte’s cheek stain Tipsy on those cheeky apples) – love the dramatic eyes with the glossy, frosty pink lips! Her skin has that sexy bronze glow (hope it’s a self-tanner and not from the deadly sun!).

And the hair! Wow, it’s gorgeous with full-bodied curls and the spring/ summer trendbraids!!! Although, these braids are randomly placed along the crown of her head and they sort of blend into the hair in an effortless, natural way (I actually used to do this to my hair back in the day…). Hmmmm…. new trend alert?!

Penn Badgley does Blake well….


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This past weekend, Conde Nast Media Group presented the 2007 Movies Rock Event and it was a star-studded gala!
J. Lo, Fergie, Beyonce, Diane Kruger, Molly Sims, Carrie Underwood… just to name a few of the A-list celebs in attendance!
We couldn’t help but notice the HAIR… oh wow, the HAIR! It was so glam, like Old-Hollywood days… big, fluffy curls, low-key updos, none of that “I just woke up and rolled out of bed” business… this was the type of hair that makes for a major… TREND ALERT!
And we’re totally feeling the curly, voluptuous do for our Holiday hair!

Here are some tips to get the curly, glam hair:

  • Buy some hot curlers or a 1 1/2″ curling iron (I’m loving Conair’s 1 1/2″ curling iron with 2 heat settings for super voluptuous curls.
  • Get an amazing volumizer like Matrix’s Amplifying ThickLift Liquid Volumizer, the leave in treatment that creates mega thickness. Can be used on air-dried hair or with styling products.
  • Invest in a quality round brush – great for blowing out the front pieces of your hair to create added shine and volume (I NEVER blow out my entire head of hair, but I ALWAYS blow the “bangs.” It adds a little “winged” effect that I just adore). Try the Ceramic Ionic 3″ brush. “The ceramic barrel reflects hot air more than other brushes, resulting in reduced blow-drying time… fewer dry ends, less static & reduced frizz.”

Straight from the Movies Rock Red Carpet:

Fergie flaunting loose curls (P.S. her make-up is fab — thankfully, understated — as well)!

Kate Hudson with a glam golden do… great curls, beautiful color.

J. Lo looking classic… big, beautiful hair (not quite as big as her bulging baby belly)!

Jeniffer Hudson rocking tighter curls with mega volume.

Have a favorite? Let us know!


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Amy Winehouse wears hers to the extreme.

Angelina Jolie prefers a more subtle look.

Edie Sedgwick liked hers thick, and mod.

Gisele has been known to rock a thin-lined, wing look.

However you play, cat eyes are IN! And it’s ALL about the liner. You can use pencil or powder, but we’re loving the new liquid liner pens. They’re easy to use, last for hours and help to create that dark, dramatic look sans the smudge and mess.

Here are 2 liquid pens to try (both with amazing felt tip applicators!):

Borghese Linea Precisa Liquid Eyeliner

Cover Girl Line Exact Liquid Liner

Here’s a play by play on creating your very own cat eye at home (CLICK HERE).
And remember, make it your own… fat, skinny, extreme or subtle!

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