2012 Oscar Hair Predictions From The Pros

Hollywood’s “Night of Nights” is right around the corner, and while we don’t know who will take home the oh-so-coveted Oscar Awards, we do know that all you beauty junkies out there will be mentally casting your vote for Oscar superlatives – who has the best dress, the best accessories and of course… who has the best hair?

Michelle Williams’ wears color that complements her skin tone.

We spoke with the pros at Wella Professionals, the hair brand who has a very impressive roster of red carpet hair under their belt already from this season, including Madonna, Michelle Williams, Claire Danes, Emma Stone, Zoe Saldana, Emily Blunt and Shailene Woodley, to get the inside scoop on what hair looks will heat up the red carpet this Sunday.

Graceful Sheen
“We will see a peak in fluid textures and warm tones that suggest effortless elegance and healthy, shiny hair that shows a lot of movement and bounce,” states Wella Professionals Color Ambassador Aura Friedman. “Expensive and Luxurious are words you could use to explain this look – maximize this effect by asking your colorist to use Wella Professionals Haircolor to give you a soft shade with warm undertones that will best complement your skin tone.”

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Aura recommends her A-list clientele use Wella Professionals Brilliance Shampoo and Conditioner, which is designed to seal in color while leaving locks irresistibly smooth to the touch.

“Wella Professionals Velvet Amplifier is a red-carpet favorite,” adds Celebrity Stylist Andy LeCompte, “that smoothes the hair surface so it can better prepare the hair for styling.” Andy also uses Wella Professionals Shimmer Delight Shine Spray on his clientele to create the most sheen and expensive looking finish to any end look.

Angelic Side-Chignons
LeCompte predicts that celebs will lean toward classic styles with a play on texture and symmetry. “There will be a lot of deep side parts and loose ponys, bobs and chignons tied to the side.” This style can be customized to accentuate any gown, face shape or hair accessory. “It also lessens the stuffiness of that prom feeling and adds a more up-to-date, laissez-faire feeling.

The options here are endless, but no matter the look, you can use Wella Professionals products to perfect the end look. Apply 3-5 pumps of Wella Professionals Velvet Amplifier hair primer to create an even surface on each and every hair follicle before drying the hair, creating a foundation for the most luxurious looking end-look. To keep a style looking fresh yet modernly undone, use a light-hold hairspray such as Wella Professionals Stay Essential Finishing Spray to hold the hair while keeping an overall sense of liquid movement.

The red carpet arrivals of the 84th Annual Academy Awards®, will be airing January 26th on NBC. Be sure to join Wella Professionals on Twitter and Facebook LIVE during the red carpet arrivals (between 4pm and 7pm EST), along with their special guest panel of hair pros Aura Friedman, Rick Wellman and Mark Garrison to get tips, tricks and commentary on the hair looks of the evening.

Can’t wait till then? Visit the red carpet tab on Wella’s Facebook page for tips and leave questions for their experts to answer.

Courtesy of Daily Makeover

2012 Golden Globes Hottest Hair Trends

The Golden Globes are nearing, and while some are excited to see which movies and miniseries win, we’re excited to see the celebs, dresses and ‘dos! We talked to Wella Professionals Celebrity Hairstylist Andy LeCompte and Wella Professionals Color Ambassador Aura Friedman about their predictions on what hairstyles will make their way down the red carpet on Sunday night. They’ve had the pleasure of working with Golden Globe stars, including Penelope Cruz, Jennifer Lopez, Fergie, and Megan Fox.

Daily Makeover will host a big giveaway with some of Wella’s amazing styling products that were used to create red carpet hairstyles! To find out the details, “Like” the Wella Professionals USA Facebook page where we’ll announce how and when to enter the contest. Plus, they’ll have LIVE red carpet coverage from top celebrity stylists.

Charlize Theron is likely to sport a look that is understated and chic

Effortless Elegance With A Glossy Finish
“I think we’ll see a peak in fluid textures that suggest effortless elegance, like very healthy and sleek hair that shows a lot of movement. This style will be popular with soft and light tones with a warm glow that emphasizes healthy, shiny hair representative of the Wella Trend Vision look aptly named, Grace,” says LeCompte. Another great example: Charlize Theron’s shiny, sleek blowout with gentle waves.

To get the look, first, apply a good amount of hair primer, like Wella Professionals Velvet Amplifier, to wet hair. This will create an even surface on each hair follicle, improving the evenness of your overall end look. Then, while your hair is still wet, apply a smoothing balm, such as Wella Professionals Flowing Form, to dramatically enhance the manageability and smoothness of your blowout. One you’ve finished blow drying your hair, finish with a spritz of shine spray. Wella Professionals Shimmer Delight helps keep hair healthy and shimmering, despite the heat of a blowout.

Statement-Making Tones And Daring Definition

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To the contrary, we can also expect to see daring, modern styles made possible by the evolution of high tech hair tools and high pigment color. Wella Professionals Color Ambassador Aura Friedman says, “We can look forward to the soft introduction of this very bold hair color trend at the Golden Globes this year. Inspired by the Trend Vision look, “Roxy,” this is an attention grabbing style where color plays an integral role. We will especially see a shift to cool red tones and bursts of violet, statement-making colors with an edge of sophistication.”

“A perfect color,” says Aura, “should complement the person who’s wearing it…but also suit their personality and lifestyle. It should enhance, but not overpower.” To keep vibrant hues looking their best, Aura suggests to avoid shampooing too much and use a color-safe shampoo and conditioner, like Wella’s Brilliance Line. If your hair is very dull, she also recommends getting a clear gloss to add instant vibrancy and seal the cuticle of your hair for added shine. As for the style, this look does not shy away from shape or definition. Tight curls and gravity-defying shapes can be expected. With such “atypical” styles being created with styling tools, it’s very important to prepare your hair with a heat protectant spray before styling, such as Wella Professionals Thermal Image Heat Protectant Spray. You’ll need to finish the look with a strong-hold hairspray, such as Wella Professionals Stay Firm Finishing Spray.

Chat LIVE with the hair experts during the award show’s red carpet arrivals! “Like” Wella on Facebook to get tips, tricks and commentary from several celebrity stylists on their favorite looks of the night.

For the latest on hair trends and styling tips, follow Wella on Facebook and Twitter!

Courtesy of Daily Makeover

The Ninja Professional Blender – Snow Maker

Whether you’re playing bartender at your summer parties or looking to drop a few pounds, adopt a healthier lifestyle and eating habits or just save money by making your own smoothies, then you need a great blender. You need a blender that is fast, versatile, and hard-working – in other words, you need The Ninja Professional Blender.Ninja Professional Blender image

The Ninja Professional Blender has a 1000 watt motor and exclusive blade system. This innovative blender offers professional power and performance but at a price that’s easy to swallow. Like much more expensive, professional-grade products, this blender has the speed and accuracy to blend batter, soups, sauces, and dips evenly; whip up a smoothie to help lose weight or improve your health; or concoct yummy frozen drinks for your guests if that’s more your style. And, with the largest capacity in its class, the 72 ounce jar can easily serve six ten-ounce frozen drinks, making the Ninja Professional Blender the perfect product for large families, health enthusiasts, or those who love to entertain.
One thing that blew my mind about the Ninja Professional Blender is the fact that it crushes ice, make that pulverizes ice into snow…..in seconds – it’s an amazing thing to see.

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So amazing that I took video of this wonder blender in action when I was whipping up some at-home Jamba Juice Smoothies (more on that in another post) for a few friends I had over. I must add that I wasn’t the only one impressed with the Ninja Professional Blender‘s power, the word WOW was used several times. Check out the video below

Ninja products are designed to be affordable as well as revolutionary in their capability to crush, blend, chop, and puree,” says Mark Rosenzweig, CEO of Euro-Pro, the company responsible for developing innovative Ninja products. “In fact, the new Ninja Professional Blender crushes ice and blends ingredients faster than any other blender, and yet it won’t crush your budget.” At $99.00, the Ninja puts several more expensive blenders to shame (I speak from first-hand knowledge), So whether you want to into snow for sno-cones, blend frozen fruits into creamy smoothies, or puree vegetables into delicious, fresh soups or dips, make your first choice the Ninja Professional Blender. The Ninja Professional Blender is available at retailers in the U.S. and Canada such as Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Kohl’s. Visit www.ExperienceNinja.com to learn more.

Tracy Reese Celebrates Flagship Boutique’s Fifth Anniversary with “Thursdays at Five”!

Tracy Reese Flagship Boutique’s is turning five and she invites all to help celebrate its Fifth Anniversary with “Thursdays at Five”!

June 16th, 5-8pm

An Evening of Accessories with trunk shows & appearances from Jennifer Ouellette and Gerard Yosca

June 23rd, 5-8pm

Perfectly Polished with mini makeovers from Mally Roncal and manicures from Sally Hansen

Enjoy cupcakes, wine, personal appearances, giveaways and surprise flash sales up to 50% off throughout the evening

Follow @Tracy_Reese for information on the flash sales & more

641 Hudson Street
(Between Gansevoort & Horatio Streets)
212-807-0505

Style Soiree with PNKElephant.com and Ginger + Liz Colour Collection

You guys may remember my coverage of a very cute and affordable accessory line called PNKElephant from owners/designers, Blair Sandlain and Kijafa Frink. You can refresh your memory HERE. Well the ladies are back to bring you more affordable and adorable jewelry.

The line is filled with fun, feminine, charming and bold jewelry that’s perfect for any Recessionista. It features classic feminine details like bows and classic round hoops to on trend styles like leaves, multi-lengths chains, three and four finger rings to dramatic embellishments like studs, big chains, pyramids, spikes and leather.  My favorite is the Silver Big Bow Ring featured in the photo directly below which retails for a very wallet-friendly $11.00

 

 

 The ladies also provided manis from the fun and colorful celebrity nail line Ginger + Liz

 

I spoke to Blair Sandlain about their new collection and what’s going on with PNKElephant. See the video interview below

Blair and Kijafa are also hosting a great contest on PNK Elephant.com. One aspiring fashion blogger will get the chance to guest-blog on PNKelephant.com for three months as they cover the latest trends. The winner will receive $100 worth of PNKelephant.com merchandise while three runners up will each receive $25 of PNKelephant.com merchandise. All applicants will receive a promo code offering them 10% off their next PNKelephant.com Accessories purchase. All you have to do is submit a 300 word fashion blog post featuring three PNK Elephant.com accessories by November 13th, 2010. The winner will be chosen the week of November 15th. You can get more information PNKelephant.com.

Halloween’s Hottest Cocktail – The Haunted-X

Yes it’s Halloween and I’m sure your heads are filled with costumes and candy but my darlings, there is another C word that’s missing and it is Cocktails. While many say halloween is for kids, we adults enjoy it as well (as it evident by the hundreds of new adult character (fictional and non-fictional) costumes that are now available. And while we adults occasionally think of the candy and definitely what costumes we’re going to wear to the halloween parties, we don’t pay much attention to the cocktail. That is a shame because let’s face it, Halloween is now equivilant to St. Paddy’s Day and Cinco de Mayo. So I say…. bring on the specialty cocktails (quite naughtily and wickedly I might add)!!.

One such amazing halloween cocktail is the Haunted X courtesy of  X-Rated Fusion Liqueur – a “senuous fusion of Ultra Premium French Vodka and Sicilian Blood orange mingling with Mango and Passion fruits”

This fashionable gradient pink hued delight has a haunting taste that is sure to send tantalizing chills down your spine as you perhaps zoom in on your Halloween night’s prey. This sweet treat (I’d go trick or treating if this sweet thing was to end up in my bag), though devilishly delicious is quite simple to make. Start with one part of:

then add:

1 Part Armaretto
1 Part Cranberry Juice
Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice
Strain into a shot glass and indulge

So keep your Candy Corn and Tootsie Rolls on Halloween, my fanged teeth require something a little more wicked and The Haunted-X is just what the Evil mad Scientist ordered.

The Warehouse Sale Presents Rock & Republic Sale & Win a $50 Giftcard

Attention all you fellow Rock & Republic fans. Have a low budget but expensive tastes? Now you can get both without the guilt. The Warehouse Sale is holding a Rock & Republic Sample Sale. The “Nation’s largest traveling Warehouse Sale” is bringing you Rock & Republic clothing at up to 80% off  – denim, tops, dresses, outerwear and more for men, women, kids and even maternity lines.

This amazing event takes place from November 4th – 6th at the following location:

Metropolitan Pavilion
The Gallery – 4th Floor
123 W. 18th St.
btwn. 6th & 7th Avenue

See the poster below for more information on the sale- Happy Shopping

In honor of this fabulous sale, ONE LUCKY WINNER will win a $50 gift card good towards all purchases during the Rock & Republic Warehouse Sale.

To enter this must have giveaway:

Leave a comment on this post stating what you’d love to purchase at the Rock & Republic Warehouse Sale.

Extra Bonus if you:

1. Tweet this Contest – follow me on Twitter – @guestlistblog
2. Become a Fan of The Warehouse Sale on Facebook
3. Share this contest on Facebook

4. Follow The Warehouse Sale on Twitter 

5. Become a Fan of My Life on and off the Guest List on Facebook

**Winner will be chosen at random.

**Winner will be notified by e-mail no later than Thursday, November 4 at 2:00 pm EST.

**Gift card is non-tranferable and will be redeemable at check out and reserved under winner’s first and last name.

Please take notice that Rock & Republic is not associated with the Warehouse Sale or its affiliates, employees and agents.

WINNER ANNOUNCEMENTS: Congratulations to Laura, you are the winner of the $50 Giftcard to The Warehouse Sale Giveaway (winner selected at random by Random Number Generator)