February 20, 2013

Win a Trip to Fall NYFW!

NYFW may have come to an end, but now’s your chance to get in on the fall shows! During the month of February, when you buy two TRESemmé products at Walgreens (I recommend the Fresh Start Dry Shampoo), you’ll receive a code to enter here for a chance to attend Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York. The grand prize includes:

  • Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week access
  • Round trip airfare for two
  • Hotel stay for 3 nights/4 days
  • $1,000 spending money (hey now)
  • Gift card to a New York salon
  • 20 first prize winners will also receive $250 Walgreens gift cards (yes, please)

Although we can’t all be winners, behind-the-scenes videos are the next-best thing. I lose hours, slack-jawed, watching these—especially the beauty ones. Forget the outfit changes, I don’t know how the stylists turn out the seemingly endless parade of updos.

I’m loving the sweet buns with a retro twists for spring. They’re that perfect combo of romantic and modern. Just add an orange-red lip and flirty dress.

Any spring beauty trends you’re looking forward to? Until then, get thee to a Walgreens, snap up two TRESemmé products, and head on over here to enter. Good luck!


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August 13, 2012

A New Use for Blotting Paper

I don’t know where I read this—Lucky or Elle—but I like it: Swipe your scalp with a sheet of blotting paper to soak up oil and freshen up your ‘do without shampooing. I doubt this technique is as powerful as dumping in dry shampoo, but for primping in a pinch it’s brillz. If you don’t already keep blotting paper in your clutch or makeup bag, I implore you to pick up a pack. Tatcha ($12) makes my favorite because they don’t leave behind a powdery finish, but if you’re extra-shiny try Sonia Kashuk Matte Blotting Papers ($7).

Any other dry shampoo alternatives we need to know about?

March 21, 2012

Big, Big Hair on a Bite-Sized Budget

“I’m a big woman. I need big hair.”–Aretha Franklin
Regardless of your size, every girl needs to know how to get big, sexy, body-ful hair. Whether you’re looking to add a little poof to your every day pony or want to achieve a huge updo for a hot date, all the tools and products you need to get Texas-sized hair are available for a song. Here are my favorites:
  1. Inject some oomph into freshly washed hair with a volumizing mousse. Two to three root-to-tip applications of TRESemme 24-Hour Body Foaming Mousse ($6) to damp, towel-dried hair will leave you with plumped strands.
  2. If you’re starting with second-day or dry hair, spritz roots with dry shampoo. Batiste Dry Shampoo ($8) absorbs oil, product build-up and dirt, leaving behind clean-feeling, fuller hair. Their new Fresh scent is super light and clean!
  3. Getting a Bardot-worthy bouffant is going to require some teasing (also known as back-combing), and finding out which comb will fluff your hair to perfection takes trial and error. Back-combing purists swear that the best beehives are obtained by using simple plastic combs, like this one on sale for 89 cents at Sally. In my experience, they can rat hair a tad too tightly, making teased sections a literal pain to brush out. But, they might be the best pick for ultra heavy, coarse hair. Alternatively, this boar bristle teasing brush by Goody ($5) costs a fraction of the salon version and the two are virtually identical.
  4. My teasing comb of choice is the good old-fashioned ‘fro pik ($1.50). For my long locks, pick-style combs give tons of long-lasting height that’s still loose enough to brush out at the end of the night. (Picks are also useful for lifting up flattened sections of updos once you’ve pinned ‘em up.)
  5. Once you’ve found a comb that works, it’s time to tease. Lightly spritz (don’t soak) small sections (one-two inches in width max!) of hair with a volumizing, flexible hairspray before putting a comb to it. TRESemme 24-Hour Body Finishing Spray ($5) provides a solid grip without weighing hair down. I also love that it maintains an even and consistent spray no matter what angle I’m holding the can—that’s definitely a feature a lot of drugstore hair sprays don’t have.
  6. Once you’ve finished teasing, the odds are good you’ll look like a crazy wildebeest. Don’t panic, this is normal, we’re not done yet. Smooth the top layer of hair over the backcombed part with a paddle-shaped bristle brush. I can’t imagine life without my Sonia Kashuk Tools Small Hair Brush ($12.59), aka the Target twin to ultra-expensive Mason Pearson brushes. A gentle-handed smoothing with this baby tames the crazy without flattening hard-earned volume. What you do after that is up to you!

Check out my Beauty, Hair & Makeup board on Pinterest for loads of heavenly-high hair style ideas. Just be sure to spray the heck out your hard-earned ‘do once you’re done! –Meghan

August 9, 2011

5 Impressive Hair Products

After yesterday’s post I realized I had enough hair-related material to last us for days. So, welcome to Hair Week! I’ll be your host on this, um, hair-raising adventure. Today’s topic: the best products I’ve used this summer. Some are brand new and some are just new to me, but all have earned a coveted spot in my grooming rotation.

(l to r) Rare Elements Hydrating Color Preserving Shampoo ($34) – This may just be the best shampoo I’ve EVER used. It gives me fuller, shinier, and more manageable hair without weighing it down (even though I don’t have dry or color-treated hair). It also happens to be all-natural and sulfate-free.

Living Proof Straight ($29) – Whatever Living Proof makes, I buy. Because it all works—the frizz fighters, root-lifting spray, and full thickening cream. Now there’s this Straight Long-Lasting Sleek-Making Style-Extending Spray that you spritz on wet hair then blow dry for smooth, straight locks. It got me through some serious body wave fall-out this summer.

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray ($39) – Part volumizer, part texturizer, and part dry shampoo, this is the stuff of dreams for anyone whose hair goes limp in the heat. Or, hair that just goes limp. Yes, I’m still talking about hair here . . . Use it to amp up your blow-out, refresh your roots, or make it easier to grip hair for an updo. Bonus: it doesn’t leave a white residue like others.

Moroccanoil Gold Glimmer Shine ($26) – Once I discovered the miracle of Moroccanoil, I worked my way through the rest of the collection. This shine spray impresses me the most because it leaves a hard-core sheen without weighing down my hair. After using the treatment oil on just my ends, I mist this ever so lightly on the surface of my hair. One or two sprays is all it takes. Any more turns me into a greazy mess.

Aveda Light Elements Texturizing Cream ($24) – At first I wasn’t sure what to do with this grooming cream—or any grooming cream for that matter. Then I figured out that it can smooth away fuzzies, dry ends and flyaways better than hair spray and with the added benefit of moisture. I rub a dab between my hands and then gently pat on styled hair. Also great for separating the ends of curls or waves for a more tousled look.

December 30, 2010

Best of Beauty 2010

Okay, so the plan was to share my favorite launches of 2010. But as I reflected on the past year in beauty (that sounds so melodramatic) I couldn’t overlook a few classics that I just “discovered”—and now can’t live without. Got your own must-have product of the year? Confess!

Intelligent Nutrients Anti-Aging Serum – Or practically any plant-oil rich facial serum for that matter. Think of them as food for your skin, like water for a plant.

Bobbi Brown Color Corrector – If you have dark circles you need this. No, really.

Peach Blush – After a life-long love affair with rosy pinks, I finally warmed (hahaha) to this sunny shade. It’s the closest I’ll ever get to looking boho-chic.

Moroccanoil – Applied mid-shaft to ends before or after blow-drying, it’s the most miraculous hair smoother ever. P.S. It won’t weigh your hair down. P.P.S. It works on all hair types.

Kiehl’s Rice & Wheat Volumizing Shampoo (aka The Shampoo that Changed My Life).

Suki Exfoliate Facial Cleanser – OBSESSED.

Dry Shampoo – 2010 was the year of not washing our hair so we could spray and sprinkle it with these magic oil-absorbing, volume-restoring potions.

Guerlain Kiss Kiss Gloss Serum #462 – I never met a berry lip color I liked until this one.

Griege Nail Polish – Few shades get me going in the nail department. Then griege happened and I can’t get enough of painting myself silly with grays and browns. They them make me feel a bazillion times cooler.

Vapour Organics Stratus Instant Skin Perfector – Now that I have the hang of this dewifying face balm I rarely leave the house without swiping across my orbital bone for a celeb-like glow.

Maybelline Lash Stiletto – I had all but banished drugstore mascaras from the beauty closet until this long, lush, clump-free creature came along. It even puts a few $30 tubes to shame.

DKNY Fresh Blossom – I’ve decided not to let the teeny bopper packaging stop me from spritzing this fruity floral to kingdom come.

Clinique All About Eyes Serum De-Puffing Eye Massage – This should probably be the last time I bore you with my adorations for this magic de-puffing wand.

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    Hello lovelies! I'm Elizabeth Dehn, a beauty writer + lifestyle editor who's equally fanatical about lip gloss as juice cleansing. I live in Minneapolis with Mr. Bets and our white lab, Molly Thomas.

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