7 Rules for Sexy Hair by Jet Rhys

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Celebrity hairstylist and one of my favorite women in the beauty industry Jet Rhys shares her 7 no fail tips to get sexy, gorgeous hair!

1.  “Don’t fight your natural texture” is my motto!  If you have curly hair, rub in some styling cream and feel up those curls to bring them out.  If your hair is straight, play up the smoothness by blow-drying just the top layer with a round brush

*Insider Tip:  This is a lot faster than a blowout

2. Get a style that’s not too styled!  One thing that makes you seem dated is a haircut that look’s like a “haircut”, with harsh lines and angles. Seamless, non-choppy layers are gorgeous!

*Insider Tip:  Ask your stylist to “Point Cut” the edges off your layers, this avoids any sharp lines.

3.  There’s a world of hair Products out there…experiment!  I talk to my curly haired clients, for example to cocktail products straightening balm with a texture cream, apply it to damp hair, then air-dry.  It’s a magic bullet when you find the right products to work with your hair not against it!

*Insider Tip:  When cocktailing products, layer the products one at a time into the palm of your hands, rub the product throughout the hair starting from the tips working up to the roots.

4. Beware of flat iron codependency!  The secret to sexy hair is hair should move, have bounce to it and swing. If you flat-iron your entire head it’ll look to on-purpose, or “wiggy”.

*Insider Tip:  Don’t try to have your hair stick straight “perfect”.  Let your hair have bounce!

5. Don’t go nuts with the curling iron either.  The look now is texture!  I love to take a big curling iron and do just the ends of client’s hair.  You’ll have loose, luxurious waves like Jennifer Lopez!

*Insider Tip:  The smaller the iron the curlier the ends will be, the bigger the iron the more sexier the wave will be. Make a fist, that’s how big your iron should be to get this look.

6. Attention ladies…remember your roots!  Women forget to use volumizing products where their hair starts, which is why so many walk around with flat tops.  Spritz a thickening spray right at the scalp, then blowdry your hair upside down!

*Insider Tip:  When blowdrying upside down massage your roots with your finger tips, this encourages the hair to expand at the roots. If you use a brush it will disperse the product throughout your hair resulting in no volume.

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Get The Look: Helen Mirren

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get the look helenmirrenI adore Helen Mirren.  I want to be as stunningly ferocious when I grow up. To me, she is just so ridiculously cool, calm, sexy, and all around great.  I think she looked stunning, confident, and amazing.  Enjoy!

Cohl Katz – Makeup:

  • I applied Chanel Lumiere with foundation brush.
  • Bobby Brown concealer palette under eyes
  • Laura Mercier shadow palette mixed with Stila shadows
  • Nars charcoal pencil around eyes and soften with shadow
  • Chanel rose Beige blush on cheeks
  • MAC Soar lip pencil on lips with light gloss

HAIR:  Jonathan  Hanousek – Hair:

“Helen’s Dolce & Gabbana gold embroidered dress was very ornate so I really needed to keep the hair chic, sleek and simple. Keeping the hair off her face kept the look clean and modern”

  • I started with Bumble and Bumble Styling Lotion on damp hair and blew the hair back using a medium round brush to create some volume throughout the top of the head.
  • Next I sprayed TIGI Rockaholic Dirty Secret Dry Conditioner through out the hair to give it a bit of a next day vibe.
  • Then using a flatiron I pressed the hair behind the ears and below her occipital so it would lay flat.
  • Next I took a dime size dollop of Davines Nº5 Mat Pliable Stucco For Wizards and worked it in my hands raking it though the hair to create separation and to anchor the hair behind her ears.
  • To prevent the look from becoming a pompadour, I directed the hair into an irregular side part.
  • Once the shape was in place I secured everything with Kerastase Double Force finishing hairspray.
  • The final look felt fresh and easy and complimented  Helen’s elaborate dress.
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Best Beauty Trends of 2015

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Best Beauty Trends of 2015Here are some beauty trends to try out for your most dazzling — and slightly daring — look this year!

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The New Red Lip

A red pout has always been a staple of chic, and this year is no different. What is new is the finish: a soft stain instead of slick and glossy or matte.

says Emma Willis, a makeup artist with Blushington Makeup & Beauty Lounge in Los Angeles. “With the rest of the face muted and natural, the total effect was soft and very feminine” says Emma Willis, a makeup artist with Blushington Makeup & Beauty Lounge in Los Angeles

This year’s hues range from crimson and scarlet to cherry or pink-red, and you can find stains in balms, crayons or pots. Pat it on with your fingers, or for a crisper look, outline the outer edges of you lips with a pencil and then fill in.

Assertive Arches
Brows aren’t backing down. They’re stronger and thicker than ever. On the fashion runways, wildly exaggerated arches were created with lots of tinted brow gel, powder or pencil and a stay-put wax. You might not want to go quite that bold, but put down the tweezers for a few weeks — except for cleaning up stray hairs well below your arch — and see how you look with more brow-wow.

Jewel-box Eyes
This is the year you’ll want to adorn yourself in sapphire, jade, turquoise and emerald. And yes, you can afford it! We’re not talking gems, but eye shadow and liner in jewel tones.

Try a thin swipe of green or blue liner along your upper lashes and a wash of shimmery or satin shadow on your lid. Keep it simple. “We’re doing a single color on the lid instead of the multiple hues of the smoky eye,” says Willis. “It’s fresh and glamorous at the same time.”

Glowing Skin
Fresh, glowing skin is the perfect complement to dramatic brows and sparkling eyes. Here’s how to get it right:

  1. Prep your skin with a primer along the T-zone. “Most women use far too much primer,” says Willis. “You don’t need it everywhere.”
  2. Using a foundation brush, apply a slightly luminous foundation. Look for words like “radiance” or “illuminating” in the product’s name.
  3. Buff with a makeup sponge for a flawless finish, and apply a very light dusting of translucent powder to set. “Use a large round powder brush instead of a powder puff,” suggests Willis.
  4. Create beautifully flushed cheeks with cream blush. “Warm a small amount on your fingertips,” advises Willis. “Smile and then press onto the apples of your cheeks.”

Do-it-your-way Hair
Low ponytails, high top knots, loops, braids, buns and beehives. With the Hollywood awards season in full sway, hair has more turns and twists than the plot of the Twilight saga. No one look is dominating the red carpet. The trend:  try something new. Whatever ‘do’ you choose, remember that healthy, well-cared-for hair is always in style!

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Decade-by-Decade skin care routine

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Are you following the right skin care regimen for your age?

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Adriana Martino, an esthetician who operates SKINNEY Medspa and Wellness in New York City, says many women don’t realize their skin care regimen needs to change as they get older. “The same things that work for you in your 30s may not be the best for your skin when you’re in your 50s,” says Martino. “But my older customers don’t seem as aware about what they should be doing.”

While there are some general rules that we all have to follow — like daily sunscreen, for instance — there are others specific to different ages. What should you be doing now? Here’s a look:

In your 30s
Martino says the 30s are when many women start to notice fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and mouth. Pigmentation from sun exposure is also more visible at this age. “The first thing I would recommend is using a good eye cream at night that has peptides, which stimulate the production of collagen,” she says. “You should also be sure to use moisturizer regularly – and make it a water-based one.”

“You also want to make sure you’re exfoliating regularly — at least once a week. And I recommend having a facial once a month, especially if you’re prone to breakouts.”

In your 40s
As you enter middle age, skin changes become even more noticeable. This is the time to consider adding collagen-boosting products that will make your skin look younger and healthier. “Using a retinol-based cream is important at this stage because it will speed up cell turnover,” says Martino. But because retinol can be drying, you may want to use it only once or twice a week.

This is the time to schedule regular facials to keep your skin healthy and refreshed, and to talk to your dermatologist about getting a good chemical peel. Moisturizing is also more important now than in your 30s, because your skin becomes dryer as you begin to lose estrogen. Martino suggests using gentle daily moisturizers containing ceramide.

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In your 50s

For women in their 50s, the emphasis is on adding even more moisture. “I would recommend using an oil-based moisturizer at this point and increasing your use of retinol products with a higher concentration,” Martino says, “I also recommend laser therapy at this stage. Things like Thermage can tighten loose skin. You can definitely use serums with peptides, as well.” To wash your face, use a cream cleanser for extra softness. Menopause and hormone use can also make skin more sensitive, so baby your skin by adding new products gradually to make sure they don’t irritate your face.

Finally, as you approach your 60s, your diet and exercise habits are just as important as the beauty products you use. “I recommend a healthy lifestyle in general to make sure your skin looks young,” says Martino

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German Nivea Creme

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It has been a wide spread rumor that theGerman version of Nivea Cremeis identical to Creme De La Mer. The ingredients are very similar, but I firmly believe the sea kelp and fermentation process of the Creme de La Mer makes an astounding difference.  But, I was all up for the possibility of finding this illustrious $7 version of the Creme.

niveafacecreamIt is said that only the German made version of Nivea is comparable to Creme De La Mer.  I was able to find this version onwww.smallflower.com.  This site is a wonderful find.  They have some terrific and very hard to find products from Europe.  The shipping was fast, and the prices were very reasonable.

So, I ordered the Nivea creme, and eagerly awaited what I hoped would be my new (and cheaper version) of Creme de La Mer.  Well…..I hate to say that I was very disappointed.  Although this is a fantastic and very rich body (and possible face) creme, I found it way too thick.  The application was very hard due to the consistency.  It took forever to spread the creme all over my body, and I ended up having to towel some of it off so that I could put on my clothes without feeling like a wrapped sausage.  It was that sticky! I also tried to use it as a night creme, and broke out very badly the next day.  Once again, the Creme de La Mer is still the winner for me.

Now, all this being said I am sure that a drier skinned customer might adore this heavier version of Nivea.  Even though I personally couldn’t stand the thickness of the creme for my body, I will admit that my legs felt incredibly soft the next day.  It was just not worth the hassle of the application and the drying time for me.  Oh well, another day, another search for the best products out there!

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Creme De La Mer

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Even though I hate to endorse ridiculously expensive products I must tell you about my all time favorite face cream. You can use it all over as a face cream, eye cream, and lip cream. And yes, it is ridiculously expensive, but when you consider that it is an “all in one” product it makes the price a little more reasonable. Actually, that’s the excuse I tell myself to justify the money. But, the thing that is ironic is that I have spent more money trying out “inexpensive” face products in the hope of not having to shell out money for my favorite expensive counterpart. Jeesh!

Creme De La Mer is the product. I am telling you ladies, the hype is true.  This stuff is a “miracle” just like it claims to be.

I know it looks scary to put a cream on your face, but it works. I have acne prone skin, that is also massively dry.The problem with this is that most acne products are extremely drying due to the sulfur, salicylic and glycolic acids . Quite the conundrum! But this cream solves all my problems.  My skin is firmer, clearer, and softer. It actually helps to clear up my cystic acne, and tighten my pores, all the while making my skin incredibly soft.

The great thing is that Creme De La Mer also makes a gel version which has a lighter feel for the summer time.  The gel version is also a wonderful alternative to the cream for oilier skin types. So you can try either one, and still get the same amazing results.

So, what’s the price you ask?  It runs about $230, but I promise it is well worth it.  The secret is in the “miracle broth” as they call it.  The ingredients are actually quite simple, with the base concentrated on sea kelp.  The difference is that the cream is started out as a broth and fermented for over 6 months.  Every jar goes through this process.  The cream was originally developed by Dr. Max Huber, a NASA scientist.  After an experiment gone bad, Dr. Huber was left with burns all over his face.  He spent the next 10 years trying to create a cream to heal his scars.  It is said that by the time he died, he was virtually scar-less.  Hence the miracle.  

There is a theory that the German based Nivea cream is the same (and less expensive version) of this product.  I have tried both, and will be giving my review of the Nivea tomorrow.  But I can tell you for sure that nothing will ever beat the original in my book.  Now, if only I could convince my accountant that this cream is worth it!

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Friday top 5- Best Mineral Foundation

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1) Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation: A new favorite that is currently stashed in my purse.  A pressed mineral foundation that provides a healthy, sheer to full coverage matte finish with oil-absorbing and moisturizing benefits. Its finish is never cakey or drying to the skin. Love the huge selection of colors.

2)Colorescience Pressed Foundation Compact:Unlike traditional pressed powders that go on thick, Colorescience Pro Pressed Mineral Foundation’s very concentrated pressed mineral pigment gives complete coverage with a weightless, non-drying feeling. A little goes a long way, and the coverage stays completely natural

3)Jane Iredale PurePressed Base Mineral Powder SPF 20: The Ultimate Multi-tasker. It works as a foundation, powder, concealer and sunscreen all in one.  Great for shading, highlighting, contouring and lining, this make-up really does it all.

4) Purely Cosmetics Mineral Foundation: A makeup artist staple. Not only is her foundation silky, and amazing for sensitive skin….but her diamond powder is in every celebrity makeup artist kit. The new formulation includes silk to hydrate your skin while absorbing excess oils, silica to blur the fine lines, jojoba to nourish your skin, and boron to reduce the visibility of pores.

5)Youngblood – Mineral Basics Collection:  It’s cruelty free, and one of the most luxurious mineral makeup lines on the market. Another celebrity favorite. This line is perfect for those looking for full coverage or HD quality mineral foundation.

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