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Accessories, Beauty, Hair, Los AngelesThe Color Pop Bar at The Private Room

Celebs like January Jones have let spring’s bright colors go to their heads, and now you can too! Certain salons are now offering color bars, where you can get a temporary flash of color added to your hair via hair chalking or colored clip-in extensions. The best part? There’s no commitment.

I recently got to check out The Color Pop Bar at The Private Room in Beverly Hills, Calif., where they use non-toxic 100% pure pastels from France “to ensure vibrancy and optimal coverage.”

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Beauty, HairRevlon QuietPro Dryer

Hairdryers, like everything else in beauty, has it’s prestige brands and its mass brands.  And like everything else in beauty, the mass stuff has really stepped up its game and is quickly becoming as good as a lot of the prestige stuff- but at a much more affordable price.  Case in point: the new Revlon QuietPro Dryer which promises to cut drying time and noise by 50% each, while retailing for a very reasonable $30. READ MORE

HairRedken Tousle Whip

At my job, I recently started working on some projects in Asia..from New York.. which means I’m keeping some odd hours these days. Whereas I used to be able to get up early enough in the morning to curl my hair, recently I’ve been finding that I’m sleeping in much later in the mornings (since I’m taking conference calls at 10pm the night before). In order to maximize my shut eye in the mornings, I’ve even taken to showering at night- which usually means only one thing. Wild hair when I wake up.

Luckily I discovered Redken’s Tousle Whip Soft Texturizing Cream Wax- a true hair lifesaver for the busy gal who doesn’t have time to manage hair in the morning.  The lightweight product is silky smooth and instantly polishes my tresses without any stickiness or greasiness.  After I towel dry at night, I work it into damp hair and then twist a few sections into buns.  Then I let my hair set in the buns overnight and in the morning, I blow dry the roots for just a few minutes before releasing them.  The incredible thing is, not only does Tousle Whip create that great wavy/curly style I love, it also adds just enough volume to make the whole thing look  polished rather than beachy.  And to top it off, the product helps hold the style all day while the formulation adds bounce and softness. Minimal effort, maximum results.

To try the product for yourself, check out Redken.com

Beauty, Celebrities, Fashion, Hair, Los Angeles, Makeup, ShoesMy Week With Marilyn


In the week leading up to the Golden Globes, all I can think about is Marilyn Monroe’s style. Actress Michelle Williams may face tough competition for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical (she’s nominated along with Jodie Foster, Charlize Theron, Kristen Wiig and Kate Winslet); but when it comes to who played the character with the highest chic factor, Michelle wins hands down.

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Beauty, Hair, ObsessionsObsession of the Moment: Bumble & Bumble The Quenching Gift Set

Beauty, HairSalty Goodness

My hair is a weird mixture of straight and wavy, which is the bane of my existence because I really just want it to be one or the other.  Especially since during the summer, my ideal hair look is a version of those long beachy waves that models are always sporting in magazines and my hair doesn’t make those a cinch to achieve.  I’ve recently discovered a new product that helps me to get them a lot more easily though and I’m totally hooked.

TIGI‘s new Catwalk Session Series Salt Spray is a godsend when you just want to spritz and go.  It’s infused with natural Sea Salt and once I spray it in, it helps give my hair more of the wave and a lot less of my boring straight locks.  I’ve tried a lot of Salt Sprays in my quest for beachy waves, but I find that the majority of them are really sticky and leave my hair crunchy, which I absolutely hate.  (The ’80’s are gone for a reason!)  TIGI’s version doesn’t do that at all though – I can actually run my fingers through my hair after I’ve used it and not have them get caught, which gives it major bonus points for me.  It also has this gorgeous scent to it – it’s a Tobacco Flower Noir fragrance, so it smells sort of smoky and interesting (but it’s not so strong that it would compete with your actual perfume).  I’ve been using it a lot lately because I really like the look it gives my hair and it takes under a minute to do.  Basically, I just blow dry my hair, then spritz in the Salt Spray, fluff, and go.  Voila!  Easy, beachy waves.  Genius!

TIGI products are available at a number of salons, and you can find more info on the brand at www.tigihaircare.com.

Beauty, Celebrities, Hair, Los AngelesPre-MTV Movie Awards Fun @ CoverGirl Beauty Bar

So, I invited my good friend Jen of Happy Healthy Belly to CoverGirl’s pre-MTV Movie Awards Beauty Bar at Nine Zero One Salon in West Hollywood this weekend. And as you can see by the photo-booth shots above, a great deal of fun was had by all!

Highlights of the day included: celeb sightings (a feather-haired Demi Lovato, Rumer Willis, Aubrey O’Day, Karina Smirnoff and Stephanie Pratt, to name a few), as well as purple sweets, purple cocktails made with Hpnotiq Harmonie, a massive amount of braid action (those stylists are braid EXPERTS, let me tell you), hair services by Wella, bold (mostly red) lip color applied by celeb makeup artists such as Amy Nadine, and mani-pedis galore! FakeBake was also on hand to get everyone summer ready with fake tans but I didn’t have the nerve (better to try the rinse-off bronzer they sent me home with instead).

I did get the chance to try out Mermaid Tears, the beautiful sea green in the latest OPI Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides collection, above. Like it? Next up to try: Wella’s Brilliance hair care line for fine, color-treated hair, as well as CoverGirl’s new NatureLuxe Gloss Balm (Anemone 225 is gorgeous!). Very excited. Stay tuned!

Beauty, HairMake Your Hair Shine

I’ve always been a big fan of Frederic Fekkai’s products, but for some reason, I hadn’t used a lot of them recently.  (There was a time when I was obsessed – and I mean, obsessed – with their Apple Cider Clarifying Shampoo.  It smells insanely good and works really well on my hair).  Then I got the opportunity to try Fekkai’s Brilliant Glossing Shampoo and Conditioner, so I jumped at the chance.

The great thing is, their products are every bit as good as I remember.  The Brilliant Glossing Duo also has a great scent to it – it’s light and fresh, the best kind of fragrance to smell in the morning when you’re trying to wake up.  The formula is also fantastic.  A little goes a long way, which is nice because Fekkai products are definitely a bit of a splurge (an 8 ounce bottle of the shampoo is $24).  I noticed results after only a few times using the products – my hair looks shiny and feels softer, but I also love the fact that with only a little product, it’s also tangle-free and doesn’t weigh my hair down.  Using them together just makes my hair look like the best version of itself, and isn’t that what great products are supposed to do?  Well worth the splurge!

Beauty, Fragrance, Hair, Los AngelesFinley Hair Powder

I normally (and sadly) avoid hair powders because the fragrances within them irritate my scalp, but if you’re traveling, or you’re trying to stretch the life of a great blowout or hair extensions, it’s hard to resist the lure of a good tinted hair powder. So when I received a sample kit from a new local company called Finley to try out, I went for it.

I was pleasantly surprised that the finely milled, silica- and tapioca-starch-based formula — while fragranced — didn’t irritate my skin at all. (Note: This doesn’t mean it’s free of common irritants. In addition to fragrance, it contains aluminum starch octenylsuccinate and several colorants such as carmine, so beware if you have sensitive skin or allergies.) On the other hand, the company credits itself with using minimalist packaging instead of aerosol cans.

Available in four shades — black, dark brown, golden blonde and white — Finley Hair Powder, $18, comes in a deceptively small bottle. You really only need a few modest shakes here and there to soak up grease and fluff roots, so the price tag isn’t so much of a shocker. The bottle lasts longer than it looks like it will. And it sure beats plain old cornstarch (my kitchen-ready standby). Give it a shot if hair powder is your thing.

Celebrities, Denim & Jeans, Eco & Organic, Fashion, Hair, Los Angeles, Makeup, SkincareKiehl’s, Chloë Sevigny & Michael C. Hall for Clean Water

Chloë Sevigny OnlineLast night, I stopped by Kiehl’s unveiling of its environmental partnership with Golden Globe winners Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”) and Chloë Sevigny (“Big Love”) in support of the Waterkeeper Alliance, an organization dedicated to preserving and protecting water from polluters. As I’m someone who loves to hang out in the ocean and observe marine life off the coast of California, this is an issue that hits close to home, especially with the abundance of waste, plastic bags, oil pollution and nuclear disaster coverage that have unfortunately become part of our lives. But it’s not just the ocean that needs our attention, it’s the rivers, lakes, streams, even groundwater, that affect us and our health on a daily basis.

To show its support, Kiehl’s USA President Chris Salgardo presented the Waterkeeper Alliance with a giant check for $100,000 at Kiehl’s beautiful Santa Monica store while Sevigny, Hall and Santa Monica Baykeeper/Executive Liz Crosson look on smiling. Chloë’s brother, Paul Sevigny, DJ’d the event while guests sipped on cocktails and checked out stacks of Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque, featuring limited-edition label art designed by Sevigny and Hall (see Sevigny’s, left). One-hundred percent of the collection’s proceeds go to the Waterkeeper Alliance.

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