Entries from July 31st, 2012

Why This New Salon Service Will Keep You Frizz Free for Your Next Vacation


I don’t know what I was thinking. I guess getting caught up in honeymoon bliss, I temporarily forgot that my natural hair texture’s worst enemy is hot and humid weather. Did I think that Cancun’s humidity was somehow different from New Jersey’s and I could go au natural with no product and still have amazing hair?

Saying I was wrong was an understatement. After a long day of shopping, my new husband looked at me..well, my huge head of hair that had swelled 3x it’s size, and said “woah.” My attempts to braid it into submission with a side braid  was futile. Oh well…the wedding was over and he was stuck with me and my big hair.

Fortunately for those with upcoming honeymoons and vacations in hair killer weather now have options. Redken developed a new smoothing treatment called Smooth Lock perfect for a semi-permanent hair smoothing treatment leaving hair frizz free for up to 10 shampoos or more.


  • Semi-permanent smoothing service
  • Provides smoothness that lasts up to 10 shampoos
  • Can be extended to 13 shampoos when used with Stay Sleek leave-in cream
  • Reduces daily styling time as hair is more manageable

WHO IS smooth lock for?

  • Frizzy, medium hair type
  • Curly, wavy or straight hair textures
  • People concerned with frizz who want increased manageability, lasting smoothness and reduced styling time
  • Not recommended for bleached or chemically relaxed hair

The treatment, according to Redken, is formaldehyde free for those concerned with some of the health risks that are associated with other smoothing treatments.

For more information or to find a redken salon near you go to http://www.redken.com/salon-services/smooth-curl/smooth-lock/.

2012 Summer Beauty Olympics: Gold Medal Winning Manicure Tips and Tricks


While you’re busy cheering on the USA red, white and blue, make sure your digits are in tiptop condition.  Follow our step-by-step guide to achieve a gold medal-winning manicure this summer!

The ultimate at-home manicure in 12 simple steps:

  1. Remove old nail polish.
  2. Trim, cut and file nails to your favorite length.
  3. Shape your nails, we recommend square or round tips.
  4. Soak hands in warm, but not hot, water for 3-5 minutes.  Add a gentle, liquid soap to help soften nails.
  5. Apply cuticle oil and lotion to dry hands.
  6. Push, but never cut cuticles using a cuticle stick.
  7. Exfoliate hands and wash thoroughly.
  8. Moisturize dry hands.
  9. Apply a base coat.
  10. Paint nails with two coats of your favorite polish.
  11. Finish with a top coat for maximum protection.

Looking for some additional tips and tricks to ace your mani?  Use the suggestions below, and you’ll achieve salon status!

Tips and tricks for the best at-home manicure:

  • A popsicle stick works just as well as a cuticle stick, but be careful since the surface area is larger
  • Homemade scrub – here are a few common recipes:
    • Olive oil and raw sugar
    • Baby oil and sea salt
    • Almond oil and dark brown sugar
    • Rough edge of a matchbook can substitute for a nail file, if one isn’t readily available
    • Olive oil can be used in place of cuticle oil
    • For longer lasting polish, keep colors in a cool area like the refrigerator
    • Cotton swabs are great for hard-to-reach nooks when removing polish

Not sold on pampering yourself?  We’re all about heading to the salon, as long as these three rules are folded!  We’re definitely not heading home with athletes’ foot or hands!

Salon safety:

  • Make sure your salon is licensed by the state health department.
  • Direct your manicurist – don’t allow cuticles to be cut.
  • BYOCE: Bring your own clean equipment.  This is the ultimate way to ensure you go home with healthy, happy nails!

A trip to the spa is always lovely, but we’re definitely sold on these gold-winning guidelines.  Save up your spa budget for a fun accessory this month and follow our advice for a brilliant manicure.

Article courtesy of Cutex

A Scientifically Perfect Foundation Match From Sephora and Pantone


You almost do need to be a rocket scientist to find the perfect foundation–the color and undertones need to be in perfect balance to get the most natural looking coverage.

Now lucky New Yorkers have from now until August 2nd to get their perfect foundation shade from SEPHORA + PANTONE COLOR IQ. Using Pantone’s color capture and measuring technology, SEPHORA + PANTONE COLOR IQ is the first and only beauty system to scan the surface of the skin, assign an official PANTONE® SkinTone™ number, and match a scientifically precise foundation shade from Sephora’s 1,000 foundations, brands and formulas.


“SEPHORA + PANTONE COLOR IQ is an incredible process that delivers a real benefit to our clients,” said Margarita Arriagada, senior vice president of merchandising at Sephora. “We see this as the first application of this exclusive Sephora technology, and are excited to expand its capabilities for other uses in the color world.”


“Skin tones are comprised of many distinct shades so developing this particular application for our color measuring technology was an exciting challenge for us,” explained Lisa Herbert, vice president of consumer licensing at Pantone. “Even within the broader range of fairest ivory to deepest ebony, there are nuances that need to be calibrated correctly to determine the right match, and this solution eliminates many of the variables that can affect shade selection.”


The SEPHORA + PANTONE COLOR IQ system is based on Pantone’s CAPSURE, a compact, hand-held spectro-colorimeter that is used in the design world to identify color with unsurpassed accuracy. As the first of its kind in cosmetics retail, the device works by taking an image of the skin, analyzing it and assigning an official PANTONE SkinTone number. With that number, Sephora beauty experts reference SEPHORA’s Universal SkinTone Library on an iPad®, which holds over 1,000 foundation SKUs, to determine what products are a precise match for each skin tone.


“SEPHORA + PANTONE COLOR IQ eliminates many of the variables that can affect shade selection, including pigment challenges, skin texture and undertones, which can often distort the client’s match,” added SEPHORA PRO Gilbert Soliz. “As an artist, I know the right foundation is essential to a great makeup look so this is an amazing resource to have for my consultations. It allows me to pull the best matches across all our brand offerings for my client’s personalized consultation.”





  •   Uses powerful tri-directional image capture technology
  •   Records  27 color-accurate images   in 1.8 seconds using 8 different visible illuminations and 1 ultraviolet   illumination for unsurpassed accuracy
  •   Grid of 100×100 pixels across skin   sample, which then becomes one color composite
  •   New method of color measurement,   including texture and surface sample variables, allowing for the most   accurate definition of color


Cameras vs. COLOR IQ device for pigment   precision:

  •   Traditional cameras use ambient light,   creating huge pigment variables
  •   COLOR IQ illuminates skin surface from   3 different directions,  and does not require ambient lighting for   precision matching



  •   Ethnicity isn’t the only consideration   when color matching – there are more factors in the   physiology of the skin that determine color (hemoglobin, sun exposure,   freckles, skin conditions, sun burn, excess or absence of melanin)
  •   110 shades comprise the PANTONE   SkinTone Library
  •   Foundation shades are based on   SEPHORA’s current foundation landscape and can be expanded as more brand   offerings are added, making the most comprehensive foundation library   available at retail
  •   iPad app platform, exclusive to SEPHORA
  •   iPad app has email capability,   suggested matches can be emailed directly to the client
  •   Only available at SEPHORA stores


Recommendations   for the best SEPHORA + PANTONE COLOR IQ match:

  •   Do not work out for 30 minutes prior   to match
  •   No chemical or harsh peels 3-6 days   prior to match
  •   Drink more water and less caffeine   prior to match; caffeine restricts blood flow, effecting flush of skin
  •   Disclose if you are wearing   self-tanner to the Sephora artist for a better match


This exclusive SEPHORA foundation service will be available at SEPHORA 5 Times Square in Manhattan beginning July 26th and SEPHORA Powell Street August 2nd.


Get Newsroom’s Olivia Munn’s Headlining Hairstyle



Celebrity hairstylist Louise O’Connor of OC61 Salon reveals how he got Munn’s look for her recent appearance on LIVE! With Kelly. Using  black 15in1 Miracle Hair Treatment ($20.00/3.3 oz ) to create her sexy, tousled curls, O’Conner reveals how he created the look, “I sprayed Olivia’s hair from roots to ends with black 15in1 Miracle Hair Treatment to bring out the natural health and shine of her hair,” said Louise O’Connor. “I then used a curling iron to achieve the glossy, tousled ends she loves.”




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