I recently ventured down to the gorgeous Danny Jelaca salon on South Beach to test out the new Cezanne Perfect Finish Keratin Smoothing Treatment, an amazing new smoothing system that’s 100% free of formaldehyde.
Master stylist Meredith Texeria, the lead smoothing treatment expert in the salon, applied my treatment. She was such a delight I was instantly obsessed with both her serious hair skills and her awesome personality. Sitting in her chair is like having a bestie that just happens to know how to perform magic on your hair.
The Cezanne hair treatment isn’t a quick process, but it’s well worth it. This system makes hair smoother, straighter and frizz-free while restoring natural shine and strengthening the hair. It sounds too good to be true, but I can tell you from experience that the treatment definitely lives up to the product claims! Here’s what I looked like before:
And here’s my after:
I am SO obsessed with my results! I also love that the treatment is so effective minus all of the harmful chemicals. Instead of formaldehyde, the formula uses a proprietary blend of keratin, silk protein, botanical extracts and vitamins that actually leaves hair healthier and more manageable than before the treatment. It feels like I got a new head of hair!
Another perk is that there is no “down time” after treatment. Hair can be washed or colored immediately. (Keep in mind that coloring right before the treatment can alter your color though!) Unlike other smoothing systems, hair can also be curled with a curling iron without harming the condition of the hair. Cezanne can be used on any hair type and texture, whether the hair is colored, damaged, bleached, or highlighted.
I definitely recommend this treatment to anyone who is seeking frizz-free locks! You won’t be sorry, trust me.
Happy National Lipstick Day! Today is the perfect opportunity to share tips and tricks for recreating my fav lip trends with L.A. Colors Cosmetics! My favorite trend can actually transform into my favorite trick for creating plump lips! It’s a win-win for everyone.
We’ve all heard of the ombre hair trend, but have you ever tried an ombre lip? It’s a fun (and super simple) way to mix up your lip wardrobe and inject a little high fashion into your look.
L.A. Colors has the most amazing lippies to help you get this look with minimal effort. I’m living for the L.A. Colors Chunky Lip Pencils! They blend so easily and deliver high impact color with a perfect balance of shine.
To get the ombre lip effect, stick with two shades in the same color family. I selected Deep Red and Rose as my color combo. Line the lips with the darkest shade (Deep Red) and blend inward. Then fill in the rest of your lips with the lighter shade (Rose), concentrating on the center of your lips.
If you aren’t into a full out two-toned lip look, you can blend the two shades in more for a more subtle effect. This will create the ultimate optical illusion for plump lips. Muah!
[Disclosure: This post is part of a five part series. I was selected to compete in the “Brush with Fame Challenge” by In Touch magazine, Life&Style Magazine, and L.A. Colors Cosmetics! I received these products to participate. Keep an eye out for upcoming challenge posts!]
Bathing suit? Check.
SPF 70? Check. (Seriously.)
Bottled Starbucks® Iced Coffee. Check!
I’m a firm believer that you don’t have to sacrifice style for time when you’re running around this summer! Stay refreshed and stylish with help from Bottled Starbucks® Iced Coffee, a blend of premium Starbucks coffee and 2 percent milk, inspired by the coffee blend and flavors used in the handcrafted Iced Coffee beverages served in Starbucks cafes.
It’s the perfect pick-me-up for those hot summer days when you’re running out the door and need to grab something in a hurry. I always keep one (or three!) in my beach tote along with my other summer beauty essentials.
Here is my ultimate summer style on-the-go checklist:
- A bathing suit that makes you feel beautiful. Maybe yours is a string bikini. If so, more power to you! My power suit is a versatile black swim dress that I love to just throw on and go.
- Sunscreen. If you aren’t into the traditional kind, there are a ton of other lightweight serums infused with sunscreen that will absorb quickly and do the trick! Check out Supergoop. Love!
- A versatile hairstyling product. My fav for my beach bag? ARROJO protective thickening lotion. This multitasking spray protects hair from harmful UV rays and humidity while instantly thickening hair strands.
- Makeup setting spray. Urban Decay’s “Chill” is perfect for this. You can quickly spritz your makeup with it in the morning and it’ll stay on for hours – no matter how much you sweat or splash around in the water.
- Bottled Starbucks® Iced Coffee. Like I mentioned earlier, this stuff is my saving grace for staying energized on-the-go during the endless summer festivities! The Coffee + Milk variation is my favorite. You can purchase some of your own at your local grocery or drug store. It runs about $1.99 a bottle or $5.99 for a four pack.
Bottled Starbucks Iced Coffee beverages are the perfect blend of premium Starbucks coffee and 2 percent milk. Available in four delicious offerings: Coffee + Milk, Low Calorie Coffee + Milk, Vanilla, and Caramel, Starbucks Iced Coffee ready-to-drink beverages are the perfect on-the-go refreshment to get you through the daily commute, big projects such as spring cleaning, or an exciting road trip with friends. Look for it at major grocery and convenience stores, available nationwide.
[Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Starbucks Coffee Company via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Starbucks Coffee Company.]
The amazing Kimberly from Penny Pincher Fashion is at it again with amazing hairstyling tips featuring some of my favorite TRESemme products!
Whether you’re going to a bridal shower, attending a wedding or participating as a bridesmaid, Penny Pincher Fashion and TRESemme show you how to get the perfect look for less with the help of Walmart.
Check out her five new hair tutorials – Pony Tail, Braided Crown, Sleek & Chic, Gatsby Glam, Modern Chignon – to find a look that fits you.
My fav is this Twisted-Back Ponytail tutorial. The feminine style is effortlessly chic and perfect for your next wedding or formal event!
For more style inspiration, product information, and other fun tips, be sure to check out the TRESemme brand page on Walmart.com.
[Disclosure: This post was sponsored by TRESemme via lunchbox, but all opinions are my own.]
Refresh your style this season with these amazing tips and tricks from TRESemme and Penny Pincher Fashion!
I’m so into the perfectly on-trend braided looks and Kimberly from PPF is dishing out some amazing how-tos on how to get these looks effortlessly using simple techniques and affordable products from TRESemme. She took runway ready looks and translated them for everyday wear! She drew her main inspiration from Rebecca Minkoff, one of TRESemme’s designer partners, to dream up these beautiful romantic styles.
Her Loose Braided Updo is my fav! Check out the images below to see her simple steps:
There is a plethora of other tutorials and fun content to help you get runway ready for less! Check it out here. Happy styling!
[Disclosure: This post was sponsored by TRESemme via lunchbox, but all opinions are my own.]
As summertime approaches, it’s time to revamp your makeup wardrobe, update your closet, and reveal your best self! The new season is the perfect time for a new start – and I’m taking the pledge with Nair to reveal my best self.
First things first – I believe that in order to be your best, you have to feel your best. And believe it or not, the right beauty products can help you get there. I argue this point all the time when it comes to beauty. So many people think it’s about vanity, but it’s not. If a hot pink summer lip makes you feel beautiful, what’s the harm in that?
I think when you look better, you feel better! Having silky smooth legs is not only perfect for the breezy attire of the summer season, but it really gives me a confidence boost. I don’t have to self-consciously hide under my clothing!
I’m so thrilled that I discovered the Nair™ Moroccan Argan Oil Sprays Away™ because it is perfect for effortless hair removal. The spray is infused with Moroccan Argan Oil and Orange Blossom and it works in as little as 4 minutes! There is no mess – just spray it on, let it sit for around 4 minutes (no longer than 10 minutes) and wipe away with a damp washcloth. Voila! Silky smooth skin in just minutes. Summertime and the living’s easy.
If you don’t already, please follow me on Instagram! I’ll be sharing fun tips and tricks via Insta for revealing your best self throughout the month of June.
“Nair Like Never Before”
[Disclosure: Compensation was provided by the makers of NAIR™ via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of NAIR™]
Sorry, it’s kind of a tradition now that I kick off all of my red carpet beauty roundups with a photo of Jared Leto. Couldn’t help it.
Lots of stars shone on the MTV Movie Awards red carpet last night, but my favs were Jessica Alba’s hair and Lupita Nyong’o's face. So. Pretty. As usual, I got the scoop on the products used to get both looks!
Not surprising, Lupita was all done up in Lancôme after recently announcing her status as an ambassadress (sweet gig, right?) for the brand.
Celebrity makeup artist Nick Barose gave the recently appointed ambassadress “sparkly, disco-inspired eyes” for the red carpet. Barose wanted to complement Nyong’o’s colorful dress with a silver metallic eye. Here are the products he used:
Now, let’s get to Jessica Alba’s hair! Here’s how it looked last night:
Celebrity hairstylist Davey Newkirk gave Jessica some glossy, simple loose waves for the 2014 MTV Movie awards. Very playful and total modern Hollywood glam.
Here are the steps he used to create the look: