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Bronde Ombre’ Perfection!

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by Sian Bitner Kearney

Okay I’ll admit it, when it comes to the Kardashians, I’m not the best at keeping up. However, when I recently stumbled upon a photo of the three sisters, I found myself in total awe of Khloe’s latest look. While she’s been rockin’ the ombre’ hair for a while now, this bronde perfection is quite possibly the most gorgeous look I’ve ever seen on her. To get your own bronde goddess ombre’, you’ll need to do the following:

See your stylist BEFORE you plan to color: We all know that feeling of exhilaration that hits you the moment you’ve decided on your perfect color for the season. You want to run to your stylist ASAP to make your transformation, but slow your roll just for a moment. Any ombre’ look is one to step into lightly. Schedule a consultation with your stylist beforehand, even if he/she has been doing your hair for decades. If you don’t confirm ahead of time that he/she is well versed on the ombre’ process, you may find yourself walking out of the salon looking as if you’ve been too poor to do your roots for six months.

Make it a Gradual Effect: This ombre’ is much subtler than the ombre’s of summer’s past. There are no harsh transitions from brunette to blonde, it actually looks like the sun has just kissed her hair. It’s also important that your stylist understand it is a BRONDE shade you’re seeking. This means a good combination of color somewhere between a dark golden blonde and a light warm brown. To avoid a difference in opinion, always bring a photo to the salon and even ask to see the color swatches before the process begins.

Be Prepared to Style Your Hair: While this look is by far my absolute favorite for the season, it does come with some styling maintenance; meaning, if you’re more of a wash & go kinda gal, this look may not be for you. To truly showcase an ombre’ color, loose waves are always best, so be prepared to become best friends with your curling iron. Have Fun with it: Perhaps the best thing about this beautiful, bronde ombre’ is that it’s meant to be as fun and fearless as summer itself. The look offers a carefree type of edge, much more rock n roll than your old school foil highlights, and let’s be honest; it’s just flat out sexy! Pair it with a good spray tan, and you’ll be ready to let your inner Goddess run wild!

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Top Five Looks from New York Fashion Week

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by Sian Bitner Kearney: 

Every February, women flock to the web to see what Fashion Week has deemed the “go to” trends for fashion, hair, and beauty. This year, the runways were ablaze with hot fashion, romantic hair, and gorgeous but edgy makeup. Here are our top five picks from the shows.

#1 - Bronze Shadow If you’re a minimalist when it comes to makeup but still like to make a statement, a gorgeous bronze eye is the way to go. At first glance, while the makeup is still very natural, a swipe of bronzy shadow or a metallic brown liner can enhance all eye colors and give you a smokey eye that’s perfect for spring and summer. One of our favorites for this look is BOBBI BROWN Tortoiseshell BRONZE Eye Palette - Limited Edition .

#2 - Messy French Braid While it may be difficult to even think about summer with the crazy, cold weather that’s been passing through, those blistering hot days are merely months away and there is no better way to beat the heat (and humidity) while still looking gorgeous than with a messy French braid. For this look, begin by prepping hair with a texturizing spray like Oribe Dry Texturing Hair Spray . Next, weave the French braid as you might usually, but leave the crown area and the braid itself a bit loose. Pull tendrils from the crown to frame your face and run a curling iron through the pieces to create a sexy, undone look.

#3 – Simple Waves It seems as though beachy, wavy hair will never go out of style and we are so very thankful for that! This year, waves will be even looser and messier than in past seasons. To create the look, first prep hair with a sea salt or wave spray like Josie Maran Bohemian Waves Argan Hair Mist . Next, use a medium or large barrel curling iron and wrap hair around the iron beginning about and inch or two from the scalp. Remember to leave ends unwrapped to create that, “just back from the beach” look.

#4 – Orange Lips Few things say summer like a pair of brightly colored lips and the go to color this season is orange. Whether you prefer a matte lipstick or a shiny gloss, stick with shades of tangerine or deep orange to flatter your complexion. For this look, we love Maybelline New York Color Sensational Vivids Lipcolor in Shocking Coral .

#5 – Top Knot Perfection Let’s face it, everyone loves a top knot. Whether you’re heading to the gym, out for a date night, or dressing it up for a black tie affair, the top knot just seems to somehow work for almost everyone. For this look, tease hair lightly, and then pull into a loose ponytail on top of your head. Pull through one more time, leaving a few inches out or wrapping the ends around the knot, then loosen the knot at the top, pulling a few strand to frame you face. To keep the knot in its place, spray with a light hold hairspray like Alterna’s Cavia Anti-Aging Working Hairspray.

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Get The Look: Katy Perry Grammys 2014

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How to get Katy Perry’s 2014 GRAMMYs Red Carpet Look:

Red Carpet Makeup by Jake Bailey:

"Katy had a very clear idea of what she wanted for the GRAMMYs this year. She wanted sexy eyes, elegant lashes and she wanted to GLOW! I was quick to agree as I had seen the ethereal gown she was going to wear – stunning!"


  • I started by prepping her skin with Olay’s new Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream. This is perfect to use under makeup as it delivers lots of moisture but still feels lightweight and foundation glides smoothly over it.
  • Once the moisturizer had absorbed, I got to work on the skin. Since we were going for maximum "glow" I mixed equal parts COVERGIRL BB cream and COVERGIRL TruBLEND Liquid Foundation on the back of my palm before buffing it all over her face and neck with a soft brush for sheer coverage and a polished glow.


  • I started the eye look by painting a delicate line onto her lashline and a subtle "cat eye" wing in the outer corners of her eyes using COVERGIRL Bombshell Liquid Liner.
  • I then coated her lashes with Bombshell Volume Mascara, top and bottom. I used the first coat to get that volumized look and then applied the second coat for the intense jet black wet lash look.
  • I then applied Bombshell Shine Shadow in Gold Goddess into the crease of her eyelid and highlighted her lids and browbones with Flamed Out Shadow in Blazing White.
  • I finished the eye look with a strong brow and a coat of clear mascara to hold them in place.


  • Once I finished with the eyes, I warmed and highlighted her complexion using COVERGIRL TruMAGIC Sunkisser and Luminizer. I blended the Sunkisser along the hairline and into the hollows of the cheeks to add warmth and dimension.
  • I then took the Luminizer and used it to add a golden glow to her cheekbones, tip of her nose and just above the cupids bow of her lips.
  • Once I set the makeup with COVERGIRL + Olay Pressed Powder, I dusted a little bit of shimmery coral blush on the apples of her cheeks.


  • I finished the look with a fresh coral/pink shade called "Heavenly" from the COVERGIRL LipPerfection collection and tipped it with a touch of balm for extra shine.

Hair from Celebrity Stylist Renato Campora

"Katy wanted to wear her hair up and I was inspired by the soft, romantic look of her dress"

  •  First I sprayed her hair with the Herbal Essences Naked Sheer Shine Mist and then blew it out to a sleek, polished finish.
  • Once her hair was dry, I pulled it into a tight, high ponytail.
  • To add more volume and texture to the ponytail, I sprayed the Herbal Essences Naked Dry Shampoo throughout the length of her hair.
  • Then I twisted the ponytail and wrapped it around the base of her hair to create the crown.
  • I secured the crown with bobby pins and misted the hair with the Herbal Essences Naked Flexible Hold Spritzer to polish her look and set her style in place.
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Biggest Celebrity Hair Changes

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Celebrity Hair Changes
by Sian Bitner Kearney;

We always hear people say that celebrities are just like us, and when it comes to having hairstyle and color commitment issues, they are correct. While it’s true that many celebs have to go through these changes for movie roles, some do it for the same reasons we do; boredom, age or just needing a fresh look for a new season. So Love them or hate them, here are our top five picks for major celebrity hair changes.

#1 – Pam Anderson
Anyone who suffered through their 20’s in the early to mid 1990’s has an image of Pamela Anderson burned in their brain. She was blonde, tan, and literally a living Barbie Doll. Men everywhere flocked to Prime Time to watch her run down the beach on Bay Watch, and let’s not even start on her countless other film appearances. Recently, Pam traded in her long, bombshell locks for a new and modern pixie cut and some are saying she’s never looked better. While it certainly does bring more of a “mom” appearance to the star than her classic big hair, we have to agree she looks amazing.

#2- Kim Kardashian
Kim is known for her dark beauty; long raven hair, dark eyes, and bronzed skin. However, after Kim became a mama she needed a change and lightened up. True, we have seen Kim blonde before, but never like this. She went for a semi-ombre’ look with some serious platinum tones versus the safe caramel she went for last time. Caramel, brunette or blonde we love Kim Kardashian for always keeping it fresh.

#3 – Olivia Wilde
Let’s face it, no matter what color she rocks, Olivia Wilde is gorgeous, but her recent change back from a sandy blonde to a glossy brunette with ombre’ highlights definitely accentuates her looks even more. The blonde was an easy transition for Wilde (she wore that color for years while staring on the O.C.), but with her skin tone and vivid blue/green eyes, the darker color takes this starlet from pretty to absolutely gorgeous!

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#4 – Brooklyn Decker
She was the apple of Adam Sandler’s eye in the film Just Go With It (at least until he spotted Jen Aniston in a bikini!), and one of SI Swimsuit’s most infamous models. Known for being the definition of a California beach girl, her wavy, blonde hair, tanned skin, and All-American good looks left us all pounding down our stylist’s door demanding more highlights A.S.A.P. However, Brooklyn recently made a change to brunette for some acting roles. While the color is still very lovely on Decker, we have to admit, she will always be a blonde in our hearts.

#5 – Kate Beckinsale
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Kate Beckinsale is the queen of gorgeous hair. From her highlights to her curls no matter where she is photographed, her hair is pure perfection. However, for the film Contraband, Beckinsale did a major bleach job on her signature locks and went for a pale blonde. With a face like Kate’s, we doubt any color could make her look bad, but even she made a statement about the color after filming wrapped saying she was happy to be back to brunette and would never go blonde again.

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Trend Alert: Hair Trends to Follow for 2014

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Trendsetting Hair

by Sian Bitner Kearney:

It may be hard to believe, but 2014 is nearly here. While your calendar for November and December may be centered around parties and presents, don’t forget about the latest and greatest in hair trends for the New Year. We have the top three hair trends, straight from Fashion Week, to help you start your New Year right.

#1 - The Low Pony
Few styles are as sleek and elegant as the low pony tail but we love this look for two more reasons; it’s quick and easy! Whether you’re darting out the door for a 7:00 am meeting or making a quick transition from a day of errands to an evening with friends, the low pony is the easiest way to freshen up your look in about two minutes flat. Whether loose or tight, your pony should hang right around the nape of the neck. If you really want to spruce things up, use a decorative clip  or band to secure your pony tail or add a headband to the front of the hair.

#2 – Deep Side Part
Most stylists will agree that something as simple as where you part your hair can completely change your look without needing to do anything else, and that is certainly the case with the deep side part. While this look may take some getting used to, especially for those who have spent the past several years rocking the center part, trust us; it’s totally worth it! For an elegant look, try the deep side part with retro waves ala Veronica Lake. For some Rock n Roll flare, use a Texturing Hair Spray  and back comb to create fullness from mid-length down.

#3 – Rockn’ Waves
Think funky waves are just for the beach? Well think again! 2014 is all about those textured bed head waves but with a bit more volume than the ones of summer. This looks works well with both a deep side part and a center part, but the key word to remember is “wave”. Polished, pretty curls are not what you’re going for so keep those waves natural looking. Try a flatiron to create great waves if you have naturally straight hair. For girls with a natural wave, scrunch in a good Texturing Hair Spray  and call it a day. The wilder the better, so don’t forget to pump up the volume on this look and certainly don’t forget the hairspray to lock it all in.

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Hair How-To: Kate Beckinsale

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by Sian Bitner Kearney:

 I’ll admit it; I’m absolutely obsessed with Kate Beckinsale’s hair. The color…the cut…the way it seems perfectly coiffed at all times of the day. Her hair is, at least in my opinion, the absolute combination of sassy and sexy, but how the heck does the average woman achieve it? That question may be easier to answer than you think. Follow these steps for Kate worthy locks of your own!

Obviously the first notable thing about Kate’s hair is the length. If you’re like me and are lacking about 5” in that department, extensions may be the answer to your prayers. If you fear long-term hair commitment, try clip in extensions. They can be purchased at almost any beauty supply store for about $75, and if the shade isn’t a perfect match, they can be dyed and highlighted to mirror your natural hair color. For more of a permanent fix, glue in extensions can be added to the hair by your stylist (for about $400+), making longer locks a full-time look you can flaunt.

Kate’s hair has varied over the years in its shade but usually settles somewhere between a medium reddish and medium golden brown. Lately, she has been sporting some gorgeous caramel colored, ombre’ highlights to add some warmth to the look. To avoid hair color disaster, visit your stylist for the perfect shade of brown based on your own natural color, and then request that he or she apply balayage highlights.

For full-on glam curls like Kate’s, start by parting hair down the middle. Next, you will need a large barrel, clipless curling iron. Section out your hair just above the ear and pull that top half up and secure with a clip. Starting with the bottom half, take 1” sections and wrap around the iron in the direction that is away from your face. Once the bottom half is completely curled, spray with hairspray to hold. Repeat the steps on the top half of your hair. Allow all curls to cool for 15 minutes, then bend forward and tousle with your fingers. Apply smoothing serum like Moroccan Oil to any frizzy areas and finish the look with another shot of hairspray. For a look that’s totally Kate, pair with a smoky eye and pink lips!

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4 Tips on Maintaining Your Color!

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Got great color? Learn how to keep it!

by Sian Bitner Kearney:

The lifetime search for the perfect hair color is a battle that nearly every woman must fight. However, once you’ve slayed that bad color dragon and finally found a haircolor that you love, how do you keep it from fading down your drain and into your memories? We’ve got the top four tips to keep your haircolor fresh and fierce!

# 1 The Right Kind of Clean – Much like you adjust your skin products to match your skin type, certain colors also require specific shampoos and conditioners. To keep color bright between services, use a color enhancing shampoo for your specific shade. We like Alterna’s Hold Brunette Shampoo for dark hair and blondes can stay brass free for less with Clairol’s Shimmer Lights Shampoo. To keep your red gorgeous, try John Frieda’s Radiant Red Color Captivating Shampoo.

# 2 Take a Day Off – From shampooing that is. Instead of lathering up each morning, give your color and your hair a break and wash every other day. To keep things clean in between shampoos, use a dry shampoo like Oscar Blandi’s Pronto Dry Shampoo.

#3 Don’t Forget Your Sunscreen – Think sunscreen is just for the face and body? Wrong!! Just like the sun’s rays can damage your skin they can also dry your hair and rapidly fade your color. To protect your color on those gorgeous, sunny days, try Redken’s Color Extend Solar Screen.

#4 Go Cold – Yes we know, on these cold fall/winter mornings all you can think about is jumping into a hot shower; however, drenching hair in hot water not only damages it but will also fade the color. While we would never suggest drenching yourself in ice cold water, adjusting the temperature to cool at least when rinsing your hair, could add a few weeks of color life to your hair.

Want to see what a new haircolor would look like? Go to our Try On Studio, and play with different celebrity hairstyles!

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