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Beauty Secrets From Bravo’s Real Housewives


Bravo TV’s hit series Real Housewives is my favorite reality TV indulgence. Fabulous clothes, cars, homes, and lifestyles (not to mention drama) have millions of women glued to the TV each season.
While they have the money for the best hair and makeup people,  I was curious as to what beauty products or secrets they swear by. A little digging and I found the beauty routines of 6 of my favorite housewives.
Kyle Richards, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Known for her thick shiny tresses, Richards shares her beauty must haves in a Bravo blog:
“I use Pantene on my hair. They changed the formula recently throwing me for a loop, but I’ve always used their deep clarifying shampoo and heaviest conditioner. If they don’t come up with one as good as the one I used to use, I may have to make my own!
My favorite make-up:
Best foundation for evening: Make Up Forever High
Def foundation. For day, I use Laura Mercier tinted sunblock. The best!
Lip gloss: Mac color “Viva Glam 5″,  Mac color “Enchantress”, Lipfusion Color “Sun”
Best mascara: Loreal Voluminous. LOVE.”
Gretchen Rossi, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Rossi is another housewife known for her beautiful hair. How does she gets those bouncy loose curls? Hot Rollers! She puts them in after blow drying to add great body.
Gretchen also has her own line of makeup called, Gretchen Christine Beaute. She shares how to get replicate her go-to classic makeup look on her blog.
Cynthia Bailey, Real Housewives of Atlanta
The gorgeous model shares her 5 Fall Beauty must haves with NY PIX:
• Kevin Aucoin Concealer
• Beauty Blender Sponge
• Dermha Moisturizing Creme
• Carol’s Daughter Mimosa Hair Honey
• Weleda Skin Food
Bethenny Frankel, Real Housewives
Frankel, a spokesperson for Drugstore.com, shared with Stylist.com what’s in her beauty bag:
  • body lotion — “I have lizard legs!” A Clinique retractable blush and brush combo — “I love closed items and things that are compact.” She always carries under eye concealer and her Juicy Couture Eau de Parfum Roll-On. “Rollerballs are the best. I’ve had this one for a year and it’s still not empty,” said Frankel.
  • When it comes to indulgences? “I love baths! I still take them by myself, but also with Bryn. And I still do facials — you know, hardcore ones that excavate. They should play ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ while it’s happening. And I still love deep-tissue massages, because I find that my back is never straight.”
  • Frankel only suds up her hair 2 or 3 times a week and gets inexpensive blowouts that last.
  • She forgoes polish most of the time and gets clear mani and pedis because she hates chipping.
Stacie Turner, Real Housewives of DC
Turner recently sat down with Essence magazine and revealed some of her beauty favorites:
Lips: Turner creates a fab bronze gloss with MAC lipgloss in Meltdown, and Laura Mercier Lipgloss in Bronze.
Skin: She never leaves home without blotting papers!
Hair: Her mane man is  Bruce Johnson at the Avatar Salon in Silver Spring, MD.
Lisa Wu Hartwell, Real Housewives of Atlanta

Wu told Sophisticate’s Black Hair Styles and Care Guide her hair secrets:
“My best hair tip… For long, healthy hair keep the heat off it. During filming, we used a lot of heat on my hair and I can tell the difference in my hair and the curl pattern. I’m giving it a rest now and letting it air-dry as much as possible instead or blow-drying and using a ceramic iron on it. I’ve been really paying attention to my hair.
My hair philosophy… My hair is naturally curly so it takes me a little bit to get the wave pattern out of my hair so I have to have someone else straighten it.
My must-haves… I fluctuate a lot with hair products between when I wear my hair sleek I use a lot of straightening agents so I won’t frizz up. When I wear my natural curls, I’ll use Herbal Essences Totally Twisted products.”

Celebrity Stylist Shares Tips For Red Carpet Ready Hair Extensions


Long, silky hair. Straight or wavy hair. Kinky, curly, bold, beautiful hair. If you weren’t born with it, or you want way more than you have now, hair extensions can help you pick up where Mother Nature left off. The “hot” trend in the hair and fashion industry continues to be hair extensions due to their versatility and immediate results. Celebrities like Eva Longoria, Beyonce and Jessica Simpson are known to drastically alter their hair styles and hues overnight.

Beyoncé- hair extensions done right

“As more stars and celebrities begin to experiment with new hairstyles, hair weaves have become even more ubiquitous. Like hair coloring, a hair weave is a relatively easy and non-invasive way to change your appearance,” says Amoy Pitters, master hair stylist & owner of Manhattan based salon Amoy Couture Hair. Women have been using hair extensions (weaves) to enhance the natural beauty and uniqueness of their hair. Amoy continues, “Extensions have been long thought of as only for the rich and famous; however this is no longer the case. New technology and consumer education is driving cost down while at the same time, increasing the quality of products that are now available.” Obviously fashion models use hair extensions quite often, both personally and professionally. Amoy is one of the go- to stylists for fashion models.

According to Amoy, if you are considering adding extensions to your natural hair, it is very important to explore your options to understand the effects each technique will have on your hair and how natural it looks. For example, for shorter hair, it’s best to sew in extensions to attain an even flow of layers. For longer locks, Amoy would recommend fusion or micro link weaves to add fullness and texture. All of these options depend on the style each is going for and one’s budget. Additionally, it’s important to consider necessary precautions to minimize the risks of damaging your natural hair and scalp.

Britney--the bad of hair extensions.

Choosing the Right Hair Type

It is important to know that the type of hair you add to your own will seriously affect how realistic and attractive your extensions look. “Extensions and weaves come in both synthetic and natural forms (human hair) and you will want to think carefully about your lifestyle and desired look before choosing a hair type,” advises Amoy. Amoy only uses human hair in her salon, as it is more suitable for use with free-flowing styles and less damaging overall. There are many types of human hair to choose from. Your personal preference, hair type, and cost restrictions will determine what type of extensions you and your stylist will choose.

What Kind of Extensions Does Amoy Recommend?

Sew-in extensions: Amoy’s most popular extension service, where the natural hair is corn-rowed onto the scalp, and the weaving is sewed onto the braid. This type of extension not only allows the natural hair to grow without interference, and with proper maintenance, the extensions should last up to 2 ½ months. Human hair is a must for this type of extension.

Integrated extensions: For this service, there is no corn-rowing of the natural hair. Instead, the extensions are sewn through a rolled bundle of the natural hair. The benefit of this method is there is decreased tension on the scalp and it the result appears like natural hair. Because the natural hair is not braided onto the scalp, the shelf-life of this particular style is not as long as sew-in extensions.

Great Lengths Amoy offers Great Lengths extensions, which is a non-invasive extension process that attaches human hair to the natural hair, strand by strand, with a specialized machine.

Other Types of Extensions:

Lacefront extensions: While this type of extension has gained popularity in the African-American community, Amoy do not offer this service because it is not really meant for everyday use. A “lacefront” is a wig that has a lace attachment which, optimally, blends into the wearer’s forehead for a seamless look. It is primarily used by stage performers and entertainers who need lots of movement and versatility. However, the lace insert is very fragile and a human-hair wig is quite pricey. For someone looking for an everyday style, Amoy recommends sew-in extensions.

Bonding: Simply, bonding is not good for the hair. The adhesive used to bond the extensions is very damaging to natural hair. It can cause a great number of split ends, and only an extensions specialist can remove the bonds.

How Long Do Hair Extensions Last?

According to Amoy, most hair extensions have a lifespan of two months. However, she strongly advises against keeping the same set of extensions for longer than three months. “Just like the body’s skin, the scalp needs to be cleansed thoroughly to remain healthy. Extensions prohibit the scalp from getting the ‘scrub’ it needs to grow healthy hair,” says Amoy.

Hair Extension Maintenance

Hair extensions are washed and treated the same way as you do your natural hair. Always wash your scalp as well as your natural hair and the weave hair every 7 to 14 days. However, hair extensions do tend to wear out with normal wash and wear. Weave hair is especially prone to becoming brittle and dry because it is not attached to the scalp and therefore doesn’t receive any of the body’s naturally nourishing oils. “Your natural hair will become dry and brittle if it is not washed, conditioned and moisturized on a regular basis,” says Amoy. She recommends using gentle products to clean your hair and to keep your hair moisturized with a deep conditioner.

About Amoy Pitters:

From sleekly styling the tresses of such stars as Naomi Campbell, Alicia Keys, Sheryl Crow and Rihanna, to crafting the hair designs on runways of such legendary fashion houses as Christian Dior, hairstylist, Amoy has established herself as an authority on all things beauty and style. Mentored by industry icon, Odile Gilbert – and featured in the famed work Her Style – Amoy launched her impressive career as a sought-after hair stylist in the fashion industry, booking her career-first fashion show in Paris, styling the locks of the runway models for the Christian Dior couture collection in January 1998. There, recognizing her unique skill set, Amoy styled the house’s legendary designer John Galliano’s own hair for his final bow. Soon after, Galliano himself began requesting Amoy as his personal hairstylist. Fashion maven Donatella Versace was next in line, and the rest is history…

Today, her impressive clientele includes Iman, Kerry Washington, Mary J. Blige, Joy Bryant, Selita Ebanks and Maggie Rizer.

Setting herself apart from others in the industry is Amoy’s hands-on method to developing her techniques— unlike many stylists, Amoy practices her styling techniques on herself before applying them on clients. Following such an approach allows Amoy to develop and discover new cuts, shapes and colors, ensuring that her style and vision are always evolving. One of Amoy’s most sought-after signature styles is extensions. Amoy’s one-of-a-kind approach to this complicated beauty procedure is known for creating beautiful looks that are easily maintained, modified and recognized in the industry as Amoy’s trademark. Amoy’s expertise also includes editorial, bridal, celebrity, blow-dry, cut and color styling.

Avoid The Makeup Counter This Holiday Season: Get The Inside Scoup On How To Save Big Shopping Online


Trying to avoid the holiday rush at your favorite makeup counter this season by shopping online? Now you can save time and money by checking out CurrentCodes.com before you make your holiday purchases.

CurrentCodes.com is a clearinghouse for promotional codes—those short strings of numbers and letters made available by retailers to their customers in order to qualify them for various discounts. CurrentCodes offers online coupons to the some of the biggest names in cosmetics such as Bobbi Brown, Estee Lauder, Lancôme, Sephora, Benefit, Ulta and more.

Barry Boone, founder and owner of CurrentCodes, shares some tips for a joyous online shopping experience:

1) Check for Promo Codes: Always check for a coupon or promotional code online before checking out. Finding a discount code Web site through your favorite search engine only takes a few seconds and could save your family anything from free shipping to 50 percent off or more.

2)  Compare Prices: If you know the exact product you want to purchase, it pays to visit several online retailers to compare prices. Some Web sites can help shoppers find the best price by providing a list of online stores in a particular category.

3) Credit Card Security: Security of  credit card information is a top concern when shopping online. In general, it is far safer to use a credit card than a debit card.  Most debit cards do not offer the same level of protection as a credit card does when making an online purchase.

4) Review Cart: Always take time to review the final checkout screen. Be sure to confirm that your order reflects the correct items, quantities and pricing before you click “submit.”

5) Shop Secure Sites: One of the most important steps of online shopping is how to find Web sites that are safe and secure. It is important to keep your personal information out of the hands of identity theft predators. Be sure to read the site’s privacy policy on information sharing, and don’t unintentionally opt-in to having your information shared with third parties.

6) Check Tax: Some merchants are required to collect sales taxes in your state, while others may not.  It can save you money to check several online retailers if the merchant you are about to purchase from wants to charge sales tax.

7) Pay close attention to shipping charges. Some retailers make up for their “low” prices by padding the shipping fees, so be sure you are getting the lowest possible overall price.

Hair Extensions, Spilt Ends, and More With Celebrity Hairstylist Paul Norton


Norton’s fresh approach has led to great success across many platforms. His celebrity clientele include Adrian Brody, Taylor Swift, Dianna Agron, Robin Wright, Emmy Rossum, Carolina Herrera, Lynn Collins, Ryan Kwanten, Jessica Lowndes, Hayden Panettiere and Adam Gregory. Beyond the work with his celebrity base Norton has established himself as an hair expert, having contributed to TLC’s “What Not To Wear” and the Style Network’s “How Do I Look?”. Norton is also in development on a new daily television show for Access Hollywood, which will air nationwide on NBC. Additionally, Norton serves as the Celebrity Spokesperson for the Nexxus brand and products. Find out his advice on caring for over-processed hair, hair extensions, preventing split ends and more.
Hair extensions have been popular with the celebrity-base for the past few years. What recommendations do you have for the hair extension process and upkeep?
As far as extensions go, I prefer woman to experiment with clip in hair. It is of course temporary but it does not damage the hair in any way. If you prefer a more permanent extension like a bond, weave, or tape in, the most important thing is to have them taken out and REDONE no longer than every 3 months. Any longer than that the hair becomes damaged and tangle way too much.
You believe that women should work with their natural hair texture and not against it. What are the styling differences between straight and curly hair?
For the most part I do think woman should embrace their natural texture. It far more healthy on the hair and far less time consuming on the woman herself. If you have straight hair the best thing to do is to wash before you go to bed and allow the hair to dry with out blowing it out if you can then with a beveled flat iron just go over the bottom 3 or 4 inches just to give it a mor finished look. May bend the hair inward of flip it out or just straight depending on your mood. If you have curly hair you will most likely do the opposite, was your hair in the morning and with a mixture of Nexxus leave-in conditioner and Nexxus Alluring Curls apply form roots to ends, then scrunch the hair the possibly separate some or the strands for more definition. If you desire a more finished look a defuser attached to your blow dryer can be use light light until its mostly dry. Always try to leave some moisture in the hair so it doesn’t frizz up.
What are five habits that contribute to hair breakage and split ends?
5 things woman do that cause split ends:
1. Pony tails. The constant overtension of the hair tents to break the hair off .
2. Brushing to hard through the hair is never good.
3. Over processing the hair with color to often.
4. Drastic changes in color , say from dark to light.
5. Avoiding cutting you hair in hopes to gain more length.
What tips would you recommend for over-processed hair?
For over processed hair, try visiting your stylist once a week for a deep conditioning treatment.
Having worked extensively in both Los Angeles and New York City, do you feel that climate has a huge impact on the hair’s appearance?
I absolutely know that the climate and weather conditions can result in a really great hair day or a really bad hair day. Your best bet is to have a back up plan for any style you have in mind just in case the weather is not your friend that day!

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