How-To Fight Frizz | Put Your Hair Up!

In high school a friend showed me how to knot my hair and I’ve been wearing it up in a knotted bun ever since. No accessories needed! It’s the perfect style on hot and humid days when frizz takes over and I want my hair completely up off my shoulders.

In honor of Alberto VO5′s ® “National Anti-Frizz Month,” here’s a quick tutorial and the products I use to reduce frizz and hold the bun in place:

I told you it was easy! Have you tried knotting your hair? Sorry to all my short-hair gals but the VO5 products I use to style my up-dos work for any hair type.

First, I use the VO5’s Anti-Frizz & Shine Styling Cream to smooth out my hair and reduce frizz. It’s super hydrating and really boosts shine. Best of all, it helps control frizz!

I finish off my knotted bun with VO5’s Perfect Hold Non-Aerosol Hairspray infused with 5 Essential Vitamins™ to help fortify the hair for a healthy shine. It smells delish and hold really well without being least bit sticky.

Like all Alberto VO5 products, you can find them easily and they won’t break the bank!

If frizz is a major hair care concern for you like 87% of women surveyed, don’t forget to pre-treat your hair to stop frizz before it starts! Products like VO5 Hot Oil treatment and VO5 Hot Oil Shower Works smooth out the cuticle and prevent hairs from springing out of control. keep frizz from taking hold.

I’ll be back with my final video in this anti-frizz series highlighting VO5’s recommended five-step process,f rom pre-treatment through styling, to prevent frizz year-round.

Stay tuned!

Related: How-To Fight Frizz | Alberto VO5′s National Anti-Frizz Month

{This is a sponsored series with Alberto VO5. All opinions expressed herein are my own.}

Beauty Buzz | First Aid Beauty

First Aid Beauty Products Review

First Aid Beauty (also known as FAB), is a skincare line free of harsh chemicals and known allergens, alcohol, fragrances, and artificial dyes. Select products also boast FDA-approved over-the-counter formulations that target specific skin issues such as eczema and acne. The brand has around since 2009, founded by industry vet Lilli Gordon when to fill the void in the prestige skincare market for super sensitive skin.

Overall I really like the line. The vintage drug store packaging is super cute and the products are hydrating and lightweight. The price tag is really hefty so I think First Aid Beauty obviously makes the most sense for those with eczema or very sensitive skin. If I had to compare the brand to one more mass market I would definitely say it’s the higher-end Simple. They have that fragrance free, paired down smell and feel to them. Here are my thoughts on individual products within the line:

[Read more...]

Perfume Without the Bottle | Lisa Hoffman Beauty Fragrance Bracelets

Lisa Hoffman Fine Fragrance Jewelry

A perfume’s packaging and design can woo us long before we catch a whiff of its scent.

Lisa Hoffman Beauty is taking fragrance packaging to the next level by eliminating the bottle in favor of chic, wearable jewelry that holds perfume beads inside a charm.

[Read more...]

Beauty Buzz | SkinCeuticals Physical Eye UV Defense

SkinCeuticals-Physical-Eye-UV-DefenseI honestly don’t use a ton of skincare products but I do spring for specialty products for the sensitive areas of my face like eyes and lips.

The skin around our eyes is the thinnest, therefore the most vulnerable to environmental factors, diet, and sleep. Not surprisingly, it’s also one of the first places women notice signs of aging. It certainly was for me. As a result, you’ll rarely catch me without sunglasses and I’m religious about applying eye cream at night. I wear under eye concealer if I want to look my best (this is my favorite) but otherwise I’ve just been use a daily moisturizer with SPF to cover my entire face. Until now.

[Read more...]

How-To Fight Frizz | Alberto VO5′s National Anti-Frizz Month

Happy August, friends! Can you believe we’re half way through the summer! Where does the time go?!

The weather in New York has been all over the place this summer. Who knows what this month holds. Typically, August is the most hot and humid month of the year, which really does a number on my hair! I try to lay off the styling as much as possible and let my hair just air dry but unfortunately, that’s when it’s its frizziest and unruly.

I’m thrilled to be partnering with Alberto VO5®, the legendary hair care brand known for its affordable, 5 Essential Vitamin formula, to launch its second annual “National Anti-Frizz Month,” empowering women to fight August’s dog days. I’ll be posting 3 brief videos to discuss the science behind frizz and how to prevent it before it starts, an easy summer hairstyle to get your hair up off your face, and VO5′s recommended 5-step process and products to prevent and manage frizz.

[Read more...]

Vênsette | Beauty House Calls

Vensette

There’s a beauty on-demand app making waves in NYC and LA called Vênsette. Think of it as Uber meets beauty. Have you tried it?

[Read more...]

National Lipstick Day | 10 Steps to the Perfect Pink Pout

10 Steps to Apply Lipstick Flawlessly

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9 // 10

Happy National Lipstick Day, friends! Did you know women have been wearing lipstick for over 5,000 years now? If you’re hoarding tons of tubes, you’re not alone! Lipstick’s ability to decorate, protect, and transform the lips is why it tops the list of makeup essentials for many wearers.

All beauty products perform their best when the surface you’re applying them too is healthy, hydrated, and prepped for long wear. Makeup is also easier to apply precisely when you’re using the right tools. Sure, you can swipe on this summer’s most popular lip shades and go (that’s about all I have time for most days) but if you really want the perfect pout– lipstick that lasts and dazzles, you’re going to have to put a little more into it!

[Read more...]

Beauty Buzz | Summer’s Hottest Lipstick Shades

best-lipstick-summer-2014

clockwise: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8

The most glamorous of holidays, National Lipstick Day, is this coming Tuesday and our friends at Amazon looked at lipstick sales and search terms to determine the most lipstick obsessed cities in the United States as well as the most popular lipstick shades summer 2014.

Would you believe that people in Miami, Portland?! and Atlanta buy more lipstick than in any other cities in the US? Looks like NYC has to up its lipstick game!

Be sure to pop by next week, I’ll have a fun pink lipstick how-to.

Beauty Buzz | NEW from CVS/pharmacy Beauty Club

cvspharmacy beauty club summer 2014

A big box of new beauty arrived at my door last week from CVS/pharmacy Beauty Club. If anything jumps out at you, use your CVS/pharmacy Beauty Club membership when stocking up new beauty products to earn $5 ExtraBucks Rewards for every $50 you spend!  There’s a neighborhood CVS/pharmacy within 3 miles of almost everyone in US so if you’re going to beauty binge anyway, why not earn some money back?

Here’s what’s new:

[Read more...]

Beauty Buzz | 25 Beauty Products To Try This Summer

25 Beauty Products To Try This Summer

For my beauty junkies, here are 25 of the best beauty products summer 2014 to keep you hydrated and glowing all season long:

[Read more...]