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How to Dye Your Hair at Home

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Plenty of beauty products will freshen up your look, but for busy gals, none seems quite as perfect as hair color. Unlike wrinkle creams (which can take weeks to show results) or lipstick (which wears off faster than you can reapply), dying your hair delivers shiny, more vibrant color almost instantly -- and you get to enjoy the results for weeks without any upkeep. The best part: You can do it at home.

You may think hair dying is too scary to undertake yourself, but once you learn a few tricks about choosing and applying hair color, DIY dying is a snap, says Kathleen Hui, a senior colorist at AKS Salon in New York City. Even a subtle update is all it takes to breathe new life and warmth into your look. Try these strategies for the ultimate no-fuss beauty boost:

1. Choose a demi-permanent formula.
Of all your hair-dye choices -- permanent, demi-permanent or temporary -- demi-permanent requires the least maintenance and looks the most natural. The color lasts about four to six weeks and gradually rinses out as you shampoo. That means you don’t see noticeably lighter or darker roots as your hair grows.

2. Stay within two shades of your natural color.
Depending on your hair color, the end result can look different from the box, Hui says. If you stay within one or two shades, either lighter or darker, you’ll get more predictable results and a color that looks natural on you. If you have light-brown or hazel eyes, you can look at the flecks of color in your iris: Go with a color (still within two shades) that picks up the bronze, gold or caramel hues in your eyes, and your peepers will look brighter too.

3. Color clean hair only.
Wash your hair the day or morning before you dye it. Otherwise, oil, styling products and other buildup can block the pigment from absorbing into strands, says Hui. 

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Your Springtime makeup look with Walgreens Beauty

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As a makeup artist, I have had the pleasure of being able to experiment with all types of beauty products, from high end department store brands, to tried and true drugstore products.  I have always been baffled when people assume that drugstore beauty doesn't provide the same look as higher end product lines.  Ladies, this is simply not true!  To prove my point, I recently worked with Walgreens to create two looks using afew special products, and makeup tricks: L’Oreal Butterfly Mascara, L'Oreal Colour Riche Lip Stain, L'oreal Miracle Blur Eye Cream, and NIVEA - A Kiss of Care & Color Lip Care.

For the first look above, I wanted to keep the look clean and simple. Something that we all could do with little to no time! The main two products that make the look are deep, dark lashes by L'Oreal Butterfly mascara, and a soft peachy pink lip stain by L'oreal Colour Caresse Wet Stain in Pink Resistance. This pink is one of my absolute top picks for Spring.  And I have become obsessed with the staying power! Keep the rest of the face clean, and the eyeshadow simple by using a soft, shimmery beige. 


The next look is another easy to achieve evening look using just a few products. One of my favorite tricks for a quick evening look is to find the perfect red lip, and a dark voluminous mascara.  Once again, I relied on L'Oreal Butterfly mascara to do the trick!  Before starting your makeup application, I also highly suggest using a eyeshadow primer, and the L'Oreal Miracle Blur Eye Cream is as close to perfection as you can get.  I tried this out based on a recommendation from none other than the amazing (and I mean fantabulous) Billy B. Since he perfects the faces of every movie star imaginable, I take every tip he dishes out as gold!  This eye cream helps to brighten up the eye, blur wrinkles, and allow your makeup to last.  Flawless perfection.   Add a swipe of liquid eyeliner, and your eye look is Catwoman worthy.  The final step is, of course, the red lippy.  My pick was L'Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain in Endless Red.  It is the perfect cool red that makes me feel glamorous. And, because it is a stain you don't have to worry about the dreaded lipstick on the teeth horror show. 


*Extra Tip: When using a lip stain, always prep your lips with a lip balm to hydrate and protect.  My choice was Nivea- A kiss of care & color lip care. Not only does it give your lips a boost of moisture, but it leaves a touch of color, making it the perfect lip base.  I keep mine in purse, and have become addicted to Kiss of Sheer Berry. 


Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Walgreens Beauty through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Walgreens Beauty, all opinions are my own.

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Top Three Beauty Balms for Your Buck

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by Sian Bitner Kearney:

 Unless you’ve been living under a rock lately, you’ve probably heard of and even tried a BB (beauty balm) cream. They promise better, brighter, and more even tones skin, and are supposed to offer great coverage without the traditional heavy feel of a foundation. However, with so many on the market today, how’s a girl to choose? No worries! We have our top three picks for the best beauty balms for your money.
Estee Lauder Day Wear Beauty Benefit Crème
The issue many people have with beauty balms is shine. If you have oily skin and use a typical balm, you may not only feel like you have an oil slick on your t-zone by lunch, you could also suffer a break out. Thank goodness for this balm! It contains light moisturizers to help skin glow and hyaluronic acid to heal and prevent acne and keep shine at bay.
Dr. Brandt Signature Flexitone BB Cream
This balm is perfect for those who feel their skin is suffering from a serious case of the winter blues. The coverage is not super thick, but it does provide a very luminous glow making your skin look healthier and instantly gorgeous!
Stila Stay All Day 10 in 1 Beauty Balm
If you’re looking for a little more coverage as well as an anti-aging balm, this is your go-to balm! Not only does this one stay in place all day without shine, it also contains microspheres that help to blur imperfections and smooth fine lines.
So whatever your poison, at least give the new BB creams a try. With wintery days still among us, every girl’s skin could use a little extra TLC and a tiny boost of beautiful!

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Get The Look: Miranda Lambert Grammys 2014

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MirandaLambertGrammysOne of my favorite looks during Sunday nights Grammy awards was the classic glamour of Miranda Lambert.  Now, anyone who knows me knows how much I adore Miranda.  Loooove her music and her sass.  And yes, you can hear me singing "Mama's Broken Heart" during most shower singing sessions. 

Her fabulous makeup artist Terri Apanasewicz shared with us how she achieved her look, and the trends she saw on the red carpet. 

Step-by-Step on How to Get Miranda’s Red Carpet Look:


  • I prepped Miranda’s skin with Olay’s new Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream
  • Applied Makeup Forever HD foundation
  • Used Amazing Concealer to highlight under the eyes
  • Set with Amazing Cosmetics Powderset
  • With a beveled blush brush I applied YSL Cream blush Audacious Orange” to the apple of the cheek.


  • For her eyes I used MAC Brownluxe shadow palette, the bronze color over the entire lid adding the gold to the inner corner of the lid.
  • I used the dark brown to defing the crease of the eye. Using the bronze color again underneath the bottom lashes.
  • Added false lashes and mascara


  • Then I finished off Miranda’s “Old Hollywood Glamour” look with Stila’s long wear lip pencil in “Passionate” and topped it off with Tarte’s LipSurgence in “lust”

Trends Terri Saw On The Red Carpet:
- Luminous skin on Miranda Lambert, Chrissy Teigan, Ciara...even Kevin Hart ;)
- Bold, red lip on Madonna, Kelly Osborne and Colbie Calliat
- Dark eyes and a nude lip on Taylor Swift and Rita Ora

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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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Easy Beauty Tips by Kimara Ahnert

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This week, we are thrilled to share makeup tips from New York City’s Premiere Makeup Artist, Kimara Ahnert. Whether you have a black-tie event or are just having dinner with your sweetheart, try some of Kimara’s rules of thumb for a flawless high-definition make up look.

Perfect the Pout
Hollywood’s glam girls are notorious for never leaving home without a full, defined and kissable pout. Many women struggle to recreate the look in real life, but it’s easier than you think. “To create full lips, while brushing your teeth, brush lips to exfoliate and create a fuller pout. Then line lips outside of the natural lip-line, fill with your favorite lipstick and then dab a pearlescent lip gloss to the center of the lip for added va-voom!”

It’s All in the Eyes
Kimara acknowledges the impression eye makeup can make and believes, “to create good camera eyes use shimmering shades of champagne, neutral, gold and copper. The sheen shows off the sparkle within eyes and imparts the most impact.”

Contour with Color
For a more glamorous look, Kimara says, “no matter what, always have a pop of color somewhere – blush, lip or eye shadow color.” To create a serious hi-def look, Kimara regularly likes to apply bronzer to the cheeks to warm up the skin and then add a pop of blush color. By doing this you can easily camouflage imperfections and enhance your beautiful cheek bones. Apply some highlighting powder to the top of your cheek bones, temples, décolletage and shoulders for an extra-bright look.

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Get The Look: Jennifer Lopez

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Get the Look Jlo
by Sian Bitner Kearney

Even way back in the days of dancing on In Living Color (that’s right, Jlo was a Fly Girl), there was just something about Jennifer Lopez. Her skin literally glows as if she’s hired someone to follower her with perfect lighting, and no matter what hair and makeup she rocks, the look is always sexy, sophisticated, and impeccable. One of Jlo’s most recent knockout looks was the one she sported at the 2013 Golden Globes. It’s fresh, sexy, and appropriate for all skin tones. Here’s what you’ll need to recreate the look for yourself.


For skin that’s as flawless as Jlo’s, it’s all about a great foundation. Look for one that covers flaws and redness without looking cakey. You’ll want and airbrushed effect here. One of our favorites for this look is Napoleon Perdis Boudoir Mist Spray Foundation. Set the look with a loose, neutral powder like Bare Minerals’ Mineral Veil.


Jlo’s makeup looks are all about highs and lows, so never forget about bronzer and highlighter. For this look, try a neutral bronzer like NARS Bronzing Powder in the shade, “Laguna”. Apply with a contouring brush just under the cheekbones, the forehead, bridge of the nose, and a touch on the chin. You can also use the bronzer the cast shadows on double chins or to accentuate collar bones. Next, grab a highlighter like Benefit’s High Beam and apply to cheekbones, inside corners of the eyes, brow bones, and cupids bow.


The cheeks in this look do not require too much pop, so stick with a light pink blush like Bobbi Brown’s in the shade, “Slopes”.


The eyes are the focal point of the look and the look is smoky and sultry. Start with a light, shimmering gray tone. Use this color from the top lash line to just above the crease and under the bottom lash line. Next use a medium/dark gray shade, and apply to the crease of the eyelids extending just past the corners. DUWOP’s Eyes Gray Eyes Palette is an excellent choice since it contain several shades of gray; one for every skin tone. Next use dark brown eyeliner like Revlon’s ColorStay in, “Black/Brown”, and line the top lashline from corner to corner and lightly line the bottom waterline. Finally, apply several coats of black, thickening mascara to the upper lashes. We love Benefit’s, They’re Real Mascara for true bombshell lashes.


Finish this look with a beautiful, caramel lipgloss like Sephora’s Glossy Gloss in the shade, “Maple Syrup”, and you’re ready to rock the town Jlo style!


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