Entries Tagged as 'DIY'

Get Kate Hudson’s 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hair with Celebrity Stylist David Babaii


Kate Hudson looked radiant as she arrived at the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Sunset Tower with hair by celebrity stylist David Babaii.

If you want to be a blonde like Kate, David recommends that your stylist uses IT&LY HAIRFASHION’s Colorly 20/20 professional hair color to achieve a natural, healthy and shiny blonde.

To start, Kate’s hair was cleansed and conditioned with IT&LY HAIRFASHION’s Pure Shampoo and Conditioner for optimum shine and hydration. David then sprayed IT&LY Pure Texture Spray and distributed this evenly through the hair to create the volume, texture and lift he was looking for. Next, David used a blow dryer on medium heat and medium air flow, using his hands instead of a brush to enhance texture. To create her beachy waves, he took random sections and wrapped them around various sized curling irons to create multiple textures. He finished this look with IT&LY Pure Definition Hairsprayfor a lightweight touchable hold.

We can only dream of attending any of the fabulous Oscar weekend happenings, but we don’t have to dream to look just as fabulous as the stars do! Follow David Babaii‘s step-by-step and your hair will be Oscar ready in no time!





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Get the Look: Elizabeth Banks at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party with Celebrity Stylist Daniel Howell


Celebrity hair stylist Daniel Howell created Elizabeth Banks‘ stunning look with the help of Joico products.  The Hunger Games star wanted to go for simple and chic look to compliment her dress.  To prep for this look, Howell recommends to do an intense conditioning treatment with Joico K-PAK Revitaluxe a couple days prior to the event so the hair is in great condition to work with.


Take a look below to see his step-by-step on how to get Banks‘ look:


  • “On Damp hair, I evenly sprayed Joico Smooth Cure Thermal Styling Protectant on the hair to prevent damage from the heat of the dryer.
  • I began sectioning the hair in one inch sections, then starting at the nape I blow dried each section using a medium round brush, working my way from the nape to the front hairline, making sure that each section was completely dry.
  • I directed the roots of the hair downward on the sides and back of the head but on the top of the head I directed the hair up so it would have the lift I needed.
  • When the hair was completely dry I put a bit of Joico K-PAK Color Therapy Restorative Styling Oil on the ends of the hair which helps to smooth out and dry or split ends and also gives a bit of texture.
  • Then I sectioned the hair on the top of the head and clipped it out of the way.  While I brushed the hair on the sides of the head back away from the face, I held the hair at the back of the head near the nape then I twisted the hair gradually moving upwards.  Securing it with hair pins as I was twisting.
  • Next, I tucked rest of the hair into the twist making sure the crown was secured with pins.
  • I then ran my fingers through the top section of hair, directing it towards the back. Tucking the ends of the hair and securing with hairpins, I used only my fingers to sweep the hair back so maintain the height and texture. To keep the look, I sprayed Joico’s JoiMist Firm Finish Spray.
  • To finish the look, I misted the hair with Joico Design Collection Humidity Blocker which prevents moisture in the air from making the hair frizzy.


Follow Howell’s steps and you will have a perfect french twist. Add a barrette, pull down a few free pieces or add some showstopping earrings… make it your own! Have fun with it!






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Hot Product : Make Up For Ever Flash Palette


There is always one product that makeup artists will tell you they cannot work without and I have yet to encounter a makeup artist that has not said the Make Up For Ever Flash Palette (aka: 12 Flash Color Case). This palette allows the user to create virtually any shade that can be used almost anywhere!

Let’s set up some examples, shall we?

You’re off to an interview and realize you forgot your eyeliner and mascara (if you’re like me, you don’t feel yourself or your best without these products!), but you realize you have your palette in the bottom of your bag!

  • Dip the very tip of your pinky finger into the brown cream and with light pressure, rub your finger along your lash line smudging the color within your lashes.
  • Stick your middle finger into the black, then press your middle finger and thumb together- transferring some of the color to your thumb.
  • Lightly pinch your lashes between your middle finger and thumb. Then pull the color through the end of the lashes.

The look will be a slight smokey eye with dark lashes! Another example? You are off to drinks with your girlfriends and get stuck in the rain. Your foundation/concealer slides right off that awful blemish you have on your chin. No worries, you can fix this.

  • Mix the peach, the white, a dab of brown and a maybe a dab of yellow (the mix will vary based upon your skin tone) and you have foundation to cover that blemish!

I watched a makeup artist do an entire face for fashion week with this palette. Try the light blue with a bit of silver and white on your lids to make a creamy base for eye shadow or apply the peach to your cheeks for a warm glow. Try the red on your lips or mix some gold with the white and you have a highlighter for your brow bone, cheekbones and inner eye corner. The possibilities are endless and the product will be gone before it goes bad; it lasts a very long time! It’s a multifunctional product that is flying off the shelves at Make Up For Ever! Try it, you will not be sorry.

The Make Up For Ever Flash Palette is sold at all Make Up For Ever locations and sephora.com. Suggested Retail: $95. Safety Information: Do not use following colors near the eyes : 002 – 005 – 017 (pink/red/coral). Do not use following colors on the lips : 003 – 010 – 014 (silver/royal blue/white).





Top 5 Beauty Products You Never Knew You Had


Let’s face it. Not all of us have the kind of paychecks to be dropping big bucks on the latest YSL Lip Lacquers, Murad’s skincare products, or other beauty favorites that require you to sacrifice your hard earned moolah for high quality. Here are some tried and true remedies and everyday household products that can immediately spruce up your image, while still maintaining their multifunctional value. Best of all, they’re budget-friendly and most are sold in bulk or pack a great bang for your buck. Never look at olive oil the same way again!




1.Vaseline — This one’s a given. This old-time favorite is not only just good for scars and cuts. It can be used to groom your eyebrows, double up as clear mascara for lush lashes, and replace lip balm to soothe dry, chapped lips. Mix a dab of it in a pot along with your favorite lipstick and you’ve got yourself a naturally glossy pout.


2. Aspirin — Got a throbbing headache? Or how bout some pesky zits? Yup. The generic form of this common pain-reliever has proven to work wonders for glowing skin. The technical name for aspirin is Acetylsalicylic Acid, which, as you could guess, is a compound containing the acne-fighting ingredient, Salicylic Acid. An aspirin mask—consisting of 3-4 (give or take) uncoated crushed tablets, a squirt of honey, and a teaspoon of water—can combine to form a fantastic face mask when left on for 10-15 minutes. Your skin will look noticeably brighter and feel softer, thanks to the exfoliating and soothing properties of aspirin and honey. The mask also helps to reduce redness and large pores. Feel free to alter or add on to the “recipe”—with additions like yogurt—to really give your face a treat.


3. Apple Cider Vinegar — If your skin’s looking a little patchy or uneven, good old apple cider vinegar can do the trick (Bragg’s is a cult favorite). When used as a toner, it can help clear up blemishes and other problem areas, giving your face a smoother texture and complexion. The acidic content will help to remove old, dead and tired skin cells from the surface to reveal the new, radiant ones waiting to shine. But be careful! Make sure to dilute the vinegar—with a water: vinegar ratio of your liking—to prevent the acidity from being too harsh on your skin. If you don’t have apple cider vinegar at hand, lemon juice can also provide a similar effect!


4. Green Tea — Running low on your favorite concealer? Steep two bags tea in warm water and cozy up to a mug. Instead of disposing the teabags, stick them into the fridge to chill for about a half hour. Make sure the tea bags are cool and dry before placing them over the eyelids for a makeshift eye compress. After 10 minutes, your lovely peepers will look refreshed and wide awake. The tannin and caffeine in tea bags have been proven to reduce swelling (baggy under eyes) and discoloration (dark circles), while the antioxidant EGCG aids in removing under eye fluid buildup—the main culprit for under eye circles and bags. Your boss will never know you danced the night away yesterday á la J. Lo, unless you tell her of course.


5. Olive Oil — Who knew this household cabinet staple could double up as an eye makeup remover? Not only does olive oil trudge through eye shadow, mascara, eyeliner and the likes, it also promotes eye lash growth. Eyelashes, like any other strand of hair on your body, grow dry and brittle if not properly hydrated. Keep your lashes lush and healthy by using an eyelash brush to coat them with olive oil every night. Castor oil is a great alternative. Go on girl, bat away!









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