The 75th Annual Golden Globes Beauty: Red Carpet Glow Up

We all know iconic red carpet looks starts with perfectly prepped skin and hair. We’re sharing three stunning Golden Globes beauty looks from the 75th Annual Golden Globes red carpet that are sure to turn heads. From This Is Us’s Susan Kelechi Watson fabulous natural and curly bob, drama series Outlander’s Caitriona Balfe’s slick back low bun, and Downton Abbey and Cinderella’s Lily James’s glowing skin, these Golden Globes red carpet beauty glow ups are effortless, chic, and totally attainable. Read on for the tips and tricks to replicate the three Golden Globes beauty looks.

Susan Kelechi Watson’s “bobfro” by Vernon François 

TIPS/TECHNIQUE: To recreate Susan’s “bobfro”, start by prepping the scalp with the Scalp Nourish~Ment Braids and Loc Spray followed by the Leave~In Conditioner from root to ends for a dose of hydration and protection. Part and section the hair and create two strand twists and then set under a diffuser or hood dryer. Next, split & separate the twists, concentrating on the bottom to reveal carefree body and volume. To complete the look, pin the sides to hold the hair in place & top off with the Dazz~Ling Spritz Shine Spray for a touch of shimmer.

The Vernon François products used on Susan Kelechi Watson, available on www.Sephora.com and select Sephora retailers, include Scalp Nourish~Ment Braids and Loc Spray ($24.00), Leave~In Conditioner ($28.00), and Dazz~Ling Spritz Shine Spray ($24.00).

Caitriona Balfe hair by Harry Josh for Joico 

Inspiration: “We wanted to keep hair on the modest side, as there’s an important message being portrayed by the women on the carpet tonight. That’s why we decided to go with a tight, slicked-back bun and kept it simple, sleek and chic.” – Harry Josh

TIPS/TECHNIQUE: “Prep is super important to a finished look – the battle of healthy looking hair begins in the shower. To ensure moisturized and healthy hair, Harry Josh started Caitriona’s hair by using the Joico K-Pak Luster Lock as he washed the hair. This deep-penetrating system was left on her hair for minutes before washing out and is a great 3-minute miracle for dehydrated hair, as it gave the high-wattage shine needed for tonight’s red carpet or is even great for day-to-day life.

Harry Josh decided on a very sleek bun for Caitriona’s red-carpet look. First, he started blow drying the hair, making sure to apply the Joico Heat Set Blowout Perfecting Crème to her still wet hair – this helped to diminish frizz or any heat damage, which was important for the sleekness of the look. It was also vital to blow dry the hair downwards using a flat brush, this made sure hair was illuminated and lent to the shininess we were trying to achieve. Once her hair was dried, Harry made sure to apply the smallest drop of the Joico K-Pak Protect & Shine Serum to the ends of Caitriona’s hair to create an ultra-healthy finished look.

To start the styling, Harry created a zig-zag part at the top of her head, then secured all her hair into an extremely tight ponytail in the back using an elastic band. He then started to twist the ponytail around the elastic band until he felt it buckle. Once he felt that buckle, he secured the hair with bobby pins to keep the bun in place. To finish off the look and make sure it appeared extra-glossy, Harry used the Joico Power Spray which not only ensured the hair would stay in place, but also give a high-gloss, almost wet-look finish. Finally, for an extra hint of flair, he decided to use chain-metal panels on the side of the head to create a fun, a-symmetrical look.

PRODUCTS: Joico K-Pak Color Therapy Luster Lock ($19.99), Joico Heat Set Blowout Perfecting Crème 03 ($14.99), Joico K-Pak Protect & Shine Serum ($17.49), and Joico Power Spray Fast-Dry Finishing Spray ($16.99). Get them all at www.LoxaBeauty.com, Ulta, and www.Ulta.com.

Lily James Makeup by Katey Denno for Biossance

Green beauty expert and celebrity makeup artist Katey Denno worked with Biossance to give British beauty Lily James a golden glow for tonight’s awards. Before creating her effortless makeup look, Katey prepped Lily’s skin by pressing in 5-6 drops of Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil to brighten and even out her skin tone. On the areas where Lily needed an extra boost of hydration, Katey massaged a few drops of Biossance Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer. For an all-over glow, Katey added a few additional drops of the Gel Moisturizer to her decolletage, back and arms.

All of Biossance’s products are made with the brand’s 100% plant-based and sustainable Squalene Oil, a weightless oil that hydrates and locks in essential moisture.

What do you think of these Golden Globes beauty looks? What were your favorite Golden Globes beauty red carpet moments?

L’Oréal Paris’s Sir John Shares His Summer Beauty Hacks

Has the unpredictably hot and extremely humid summer season acted more like your enemy? Has your makeup been melting and running down your face? Do you and cooked lobsters share a similar skin tone after spending time out in the sun? If you answered yes to any of these questions, L’Oréal Paris Celebrity Makeup Artist, Sir John is here to help by sharing his top summer beauty hacks. Trust us when we say you’re going to want to pay attention to these beauty tips and tricks from this renowned beauty expert.

To summer-proof your beauty, you must, of course, have the right tools, like the above product recommendations from L’Oréal Paris. Sir John’s summer beauty hacks cover everything from covering a sunburn, to melt-proofing your makeup, and achieving the perfect summer glow.

SUMMER BEAUTY HACK #1: COVERING A SUNBURN

SIR JOHN TIP: While everyone tries to avoid getting a sunburn, unfortunately sometimes it still happens. Luckily, there are some easy ways to cover it up. Sir John recommends using the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Foundation ($12.99) along with a green color corrector as found in the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Color Correcting Kit. The green will neutralize the redness on the skin. Using a makeup sponge like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Concealer Blender ($7.99), dab it into places that are burned the most – areas like your nose and cheekbone.

SUMMER BEAUTY HACK #2: HOW TO — USE MELT-PROOF MAKEUP

SIR JOHN TIP: Melting makeup doesn’t have to be synonymous with heat and humidity. Sir John has a trick to tame eyebrows and keep them in place to weather the elements – spraying hairspray on a thin toothbrush and then gently rubbing it on the brows (in more extreme cases like when on tour with clients, he has used a glue stick in place of hairspray). He then suggests penciling them in with an eye brow pencil like the L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Definer ($8.99). He also suggests using a waterproof mascara like the L’Oreal Paris Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara ($9.99).

SUMMER BEAUTY HACK #3: HOW TO FAUX THE JLO SUMMER GLOW

SIR JOHN TIP: To get the perfect faux glow, Sir John recommends exfoliating with a product like the L’Oréal Pure-Clay Exfoliate and Refine Cleanser ($6.99) the night before you want to tan to prep skin. Then use a self-tanner and apply all over face and body for an even and natural-looking glow. Sir John loves the L’Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Serum ($10.99) as it’s easy to apply and lasts up to two weeks.

If you already have a gorgeous glow but want to add some highlight to your face, mix a liquid highlighter like the L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator ($12.99) with a hydrating facial moisturizer from the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius ($17.99) line and apply it on your desired areas.

What do you think of Sir John’s summer beauty hacks? Could this summer-proof your beauty?

Pinnacle Vodka “Life Skills of the Highly Entertained” Event

We’ve been so busy transitioning our wardrobe from summer to fall, we forgot about another important seasonal switch that has to be made, the transition of our cocktails from summer flavors to fall flavors. We had the pleasure of attending a Pinnacle Vodka event celebrating fall cocktails, and the launch of their new original vodka bottle design (pictured on the left), hosted by charming Charleston Blogger, Chassity Evans.

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Great, fall-ready accessories are a must for great style, and the best fall accessory is a delicious cocktail made with Pinnacle Vodka. Chassity likes to change things up a bit by incorporating seasonal flavors like in the Cranberry Punch cocktail (the recipe and the two others we enjoyed at the event are featured below). A favorite at the event, this spiced up version of a popular summertime punch includes the award-winning, five-times distilled and made with imported French vodka and a hint of vanilla, Pinnacle Original Vodka.

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In order of appearance in the photo above, the must-try Pinnacle Vodka fall cocktails are as follows:

Apple Cider Sipper

2 parts Pinnacle® Original Vodka
6 parts apple cider
Cinnamon for garnish
Pour vodka into a glass, then fill the rest of the glass with apple cider. Garnish with cinnamon stick.

Bubbly Bliss

1 part Pinnacle® Original Vodka
2 parts Champagne
Rock Candy Stick
Pour vodka into a champagne flute and then top with champagne. Garnish with a rock candy stick.

Cranberry Punch*

2 parts Pinnacle® Original Vodka
1 part DeKuyper® Triple Sec Liquor
3 parts cranberry juice
6 parts ginger ale
2 parts orange juice
Sprinkle of cinnamon allspice
Sprinkle of nutmeg
Sprinkle of sugar
1 orange slice
Add the first five ingredients to a punch bowl or pitcher and stir. Then add spices to taste, and garnish with an orange slice. *Serves 3-4

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The new Pinnacle Original Vodka bottle design features a more polished and refined look. This new bottle encapsulates the clean and smooth profile of Pinnacle Original Vodka. Along with enjoying an unlimited supply of the delicious Pinnacle Vodka fall cocktails, we drooled over the gorgeous accessories from Bauble Bar, and  also took note of some of Chassity’s wonderful tips and tricks for fall accessorizing. Check them out below:

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  • Swap out your beach tote for a leather clutch. Chassity is a fan of this creamy tassel leather clutch, perfect for transitioning from the office to cocktails with friends after work.
  • Summer may be over but your accessories can still be colorful and feature materials that pair perfectly with sweater weather! Chassity loves the Bauble Bar drop earrings, which have a little color and texture, they’re perfect for fall.
  • Gold accessories are always “in” for autumn, so Chassity recommends pairing a gold structural cuff – a piece that’s a perfect complement to Sunday brunch with the girls or Monday’s important client meeting.

What do you think of the new bottle design? What tips are you incorporating in your summer to fall fashion transition?

Elizabeth Arden The Red Door at Vivienne Tam Spring 2017 Collection

For this Spring 2017 NYFW season, we decided on a very light fashion week schedule, only doing one backstage coverage. This season we went backstage with Elizabeth Arden The Red Door at Vivienne Tam Spring 2017 Collection show. The Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa team were on hand for hair and nails, using Olivia Garden Hair Tools achieve the show’s hair looks.

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The hair look for the Vivienne Tam’s Spring 2017 collection show was a unique twist to the topknot, which complimented the soft style of Vivienne Tam’s runway looks. Lead Hairstylist, Makiko Nara, Creative Lead for The Red Door Salon & Spa loosely pulled into ladylike chignons situated at the crown of each model’s head for a chic, relaxed style.

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To achieve the look, the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas hair team took the following steps:

1. First, apply Kérastase L’incroyable Blowdry into the palm of hands and apply on towel-dried hair from roots to ends. For thinner hair, apply Kérastase Matérialiste to add texture and thickness to hair.

2. Then, brush hair with Olivia Garden’s iDetangle Brush (pictured below), a new ultra-gentle detangling brush with a double-bristle design. This new lightweight, unibody, and vented paddle brush feature scalp-hugging comfort and flexible detangling bristles that are specially designed to work on specific hair types. The iDetangle Brush Collection is available in three bristle types customized bristles are designed for detangling Fine (translucent white), Medium (translucent grey), and Thick Hair (solid black)

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3. Next, blow dry hair naturally using the Olivia Garden Ceramic + Ion Supreme Combo Oval Cushioned Paddle Brush to lift up the roots to create volume.

4. Then, pull the hair upward and tight leaving a few pieces down around the hairline and neck.

5. Next, make a small knot with a hair tie, wrap around the knot with the half of the hair and the leave the end free. Secure hair in place with bobby pins.

We had a chance to briefly speak with Lead Hairstylist, Makiko Nara on the inspiration for this season’s runway hair. See the video below:

For the nail look, The Red Door at Vivienne Tam Spring 2017 collection team, headed by Creative Lead, lwona Opiola, created a natural nail to compliment the soft textures of Vivienne Tam’s collection.

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Using Essie’s Demure Vixen, follow the team followed the below steps to create the look.

1. File nails into a rounded shape, and apply CND Cuticle Away

2. Lightly buff the nails, then gently remove any loose cuticle

3. Dehydrate the nail plates with acetone, which prevents polish from chipping

4. Apply 2 coats of Essie’s Demure Vixen polish

5. Apply Essie’s GoodZGo Top Coat to add a bit of texture to the polish without it looking dry 6. For dry cuticles, apply CND Solar Oil for added hydration

What do you think of the hair and nail looks from The Red Door at Vivienne Tam Spring 2017 collection show?

Stag Party Checklist: What You Need for the Perfect Night Out

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A stag party is an important send-off for any man before they start married life. Planning a memorable party doesn’t have to be expensive, but it is a good idea to arrange several activities to make sure that the weekend goes smoothly.

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This is a guide to planning the ultimate stag party.

Budget

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Make sure that there is enough money to cover the trip and do all the planned activities. It is not fun to fly to a new city and find that no-one has enough money to go out and enjoy themselves. Make sure to set aside money well in advance and pre-book any activities.

Location

The first thing to plan is the location of the stag do: will it be at home or somewhere abroad? A trip abroad can be the perfect way to experience a different climate and culture, whilst having the stag party in the groom’s hometown can be a good opportunity to save some money whilst having a great time. Draw up a shortlist of different places and do some research before making the final decision.

Transport

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Traveling in style at a Stag Party is important. Why not book some stylish limousines in Perth or hire some classic cars to cruise around Prague? This will make traveling easier, rather than having to rely on fleets of taxis.

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Quality limousines in Perth by Limousine Royalty are perfect for large groups of people, as the cars have plenty of room for people to unwind in. Hiring a limo for the weekend can also be more cost-effective than using a fleet of taxis to go everywhere.

Activities

It is important not to get bored during a Stag Party, so plan different activities which will keep everyone entertained. Try to keep the activities varied: for example, why not go quad biking in the morning and wine tasting in the afternoon? There will be dozens of different things to do in whichever city the stag party is being held. Choose activities carefully: there is no point arranging to go to a pottery class if everyone would prefer to go bungee jumping off a bridge instead.

Be careful not to plan too many different things to do because this can make the weekend feel rushed and can also tire people out before the Stag Party is over.

Nightlife

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If going out at night is important to the groom and the rest of the group, there is no point having the stag party in a sleepy little town with no bars or clubs. Make sure to choose a city with plenty of bars so the group can relax with a drink as the day draws to a close. If the group wants to do something livelier, choose a city with good nightclubs and music venues. You might also want to look at the cities where you can get the best strippers and escorts, if you are planning to treat the groom on his last night of freedom. Check out the krakow escortdirectory.com to see the escorts available in Krakow, a popular stag do destination, for example. This means that there won’t be any boring evenings spent stuck in the hotel with nothing to do.

Follow this guide and any stag party should be a complete success!

Toasting to the End of Summer with NEW Pinnacle Strawberry Vodka

Alas, it’s almost time to say goodbye to the summer season, and welcome autumn. During this seasonal change, we can’t help but think of harvesting and fun trips to local farms to pick fruits, like ripe juicy strawberries. For those who’ve never gone strawberry picking or prefer to do their picking at supermarkets, you should know there are techniques to picking the best strawberries. According to Sara Gore, entertaining expert, and co-host of New York Live, for its Life Skills of the Highly Entertained series, when it comes to strawberries,“bigger is not always better, after picking the perfect berries, you have to know how to store them, and adding a spirit, like vodka, to a drink like strawberry lemonade gives it a nice happy hour spin.” Which brings us to the NEW Pinnacle Strawberry Vodka, the latest flavor launch from the premium flavored vodka maker. Today we’re sharing two great cocktail recipes to enjoy using Pinnacle Strawberry Vodka and the wonderful tips from Sara Gore.

Strawberry Basil Smash

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2 parts Pinnacle® Strawberry Vodka
1 part DeKuyper® Triple Sec
2 parts fresh lemon sour
1 whole strawberry, sliced
1 fresh basil leaf
Strawberry for garnish
Basil leaf for garnish
Black or pepper medley for garnish
Tear the basil leaf and drop into a mixing glass with the strawberry and muddle. Add all remaining ingredients and shake with ice. Double strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a strawberry speared with a basil leaf on the rim and a few grinds of black or pepper medley.

Strawberry Lemonade

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1 part Pinnacle® Strawberry Vodka
2 parts lemonade
Splash of lemon-lime soda
Strawberry slice for garnish
Lemon wedge for garnish
Build over ice in a tall glass. Garnish with a strawberry slice and/or a lemon wedge on the rim.

What are your thoughts on these Pinnacle Strawberry Vodka cocktails? Are you guys excited for this new flavor? As promised, enjoy the full range of tips from Sara Gore on making the most of your strawberry enjoyment:

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  1. PICKING THE PERFECT BERRY – Bigger is not always better. Typically, the smaller the berry, the more intense the flavor. Go for berries that are bright in color and plump with shiny skin. Berries don’t ripen after you pick them, so keep that in mind if you see any that haven’t turned red yet. If buying a container, pick up the carton and take a look underneath to ensure they haven’t turned to mush on the bottom. While you’re there, take a whiff. Those berries will smell as good as they taste!
  2. HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR BERRY – After picking the perfect berries, you have to know how to store them. Keep in mind berries are always best eaten within a couple of days of purchase. When planning a menu, buy them last and keep them cold and dry. To make berries last longer, make sure you don’t wash them until you are ready to eat them. Place them in a single layer on a paper towel in a container or on a sheet tray covered with plastic wrap. Rinse in cold water before eating.
  3. MUDDLE UP – Sure strawberry lemonade is great on its own, but adding a spirit, like vodka, gives it a nice happy hour spin. Muddling in a fresh herb will give it another dimension of flavor. Add your leaf of choice to the bottom of the glass. Using your favorite muddler, crush the leaves to release their flavor. Pour in the remaining ingredients and go from bartender to mixologist in a mere 8- 10 smashes. Sara’s favorite additions to a strawberry vodka lemonade are basil, mint, or even the not so obvious choice of rosemary for a smoky, earthy flavor. Use the same herb as a drink garnish. As everyone who is highly entertained knows, it’s the little things that make all the difference.

Pinnacle Strawberry Vodka hits store shelves this month, so keep an eye out for the newest addition to the french distilled lineup.

GIVEAWAY: Win with POM Wonderful and ANW Isaac Caldiero

Who is ready for our next giveaway? POM Wonderful has teamed up with Isaac Caldiero, the first NBC’s American Ninja Warrior winner, for the chance to win a trip to Venice Beach to train with Isaac. For a week, the winner will gain first-hand experience of the jaw-dropping feats of strength, agility, and speed that won Issac the title, American Ninja Warrior Champion. The winner also receives $10,000 to support their crazy healthy lifestyle, and a one-year supply of POM to deliciously fight off free radicals. To celebrate the POM Wonderful and ANW Isaac Caldiero “Train like a Crazy Healthy Ninja Sweepstakes,” we’re awarding one reader a Crazy Healthy Prize Pack loaded with POM juice and gear. That’s two chances to win some great prizes. Are you ready to win with POM Wonderful and ANW Isaac Caldiero?

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Looking for the opportunity to chance to get crazy healthy? Drinking POM Wonderful is the perfect way to start. Isaac and other American Ninja Warriors drink POM’s 100% Pomegranate Juice as a good source of potassium. POM Wonderful’s free-radical fighting antioxidants also help maintain healthy muscles before or after their workouts. To enter the POM Wonderful and ANW Isaac Caldiero’s Train like a Crazy Healthy Ninja Sweepstakes, head over to www.NBC.com. To enter our giveaway, scroll down to enter to win our POM Wonderful prize pack; while you’re there check out some great tips from Issac.

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Follow Issac’s lead and his most noteworthy health tips:

  • Isaac jumpstarts a busy day of training by adding POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice to his morning smoothies for a flavorful, all-natural twist on breakfast that has the antioxidant power of POM.
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