How to Get Down: Going Bunless/Ponytailess for 30 Days


Down For 30 How to Get Down: Going Bunless/Ponytailess for 30 Days


Today is the day I am temporarily retiring the black hair band that I keep on stand by securely on my wrist.  The bobby pins that my husband affectionately refers to as “floor ornaments” will remain at home, tucked away in my hair accessory drawer, instead of my back pocket.  I will officially be bunless and ponytail free for the next 30 days as I embark on Frizz Ease’s #downfor30 challenge.

The idea behind #downfor30 is to have great hair days every day—to learn how to love and style your hair with the right products so that you don’t have cower behind the safety of a bun or ponytail. My curls are no stranger to the messy-but-not cool-messy-I-give-up- bun. Taking the #downfor30 challenge will force me to learn how to style my curls the right way.

Want to get in on #downfor30? Frizz Ease is providing extra incentive with a ridiculously awesome trip to NYC, which includes:

  • Round trip airfare for two (2) to NYC
  • Four (4) nights at the W Hotel Times Square
  • Breathtaking helicopter tour of Lady Liberty, whose newly-liberated locks are featured in our video: A Girl’s Got to Be Free
  • Ground transportation via private sedan
  • Dinner at Stella 34 Trattoria with views of the Empire State Building
  • Brunch cruise for two (2) around Manhattan
  • Garment District Diva Trek for two (2)
  • Makeover at the John Frieda Salon
  • $750 cash to fund all your fun
  • A year of Frizz Ease® products so you can keep putting your fiercest hair forward

Entering the contest is easy:

Arm yourself with the frizz-busting, strand-smoothing power of your favorite Frizz Ease® products, and wear your hair #downfor30 days (or as many as you can). Show us all your fierce styles on Instagram with #downfor30 for the chance to WIN AN EPIC NYC ADVENTURE. Each new post with #downfor30 (up to one post per day) earns you another chance to win.

Wish me luck for the next 30 days! I’ll be posting an updates along the way. So far, so good for Day 1 in the photo above– styled with Frizz Ease Curl Reviver Mousse and touched up with Secret Weapon Touch-up Crème.

You can find out more about our Never Pull Back philosophy at

Brand Statement:

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Frizz-Ease believes that when you pull your hair back, you also pull yourself back. So we’re challenging women everywhere to take on the world hair-first and wear their hair #downfor30 days straight with the help their favorite Frizz-Ease products. Join the movement at



Disclosure: Compensation was provided by KAO via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of KAO.

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Giveaway: Kérastase Elixir Ultime Collection!


Kerastase Giveaway Giveaway:  Kérastase Elixir Ultime Collection!So this is the giveaway I’ve been hinting about since last week. I’m really excited about this giveaway because the Kerastase Elixir Ultime Hair Oil is one of my top 5 hair products…ever!  Only a few drops are needed to add shine and softness to your hair. It’s great to use before a blow dry for silky smooth strands and used on curly hair it takes away frizz.I have yet to try the other products in the line, but today I’m giving 10 lucky readers a chance to try the line, before me!

For this giveaway, the 10 winners will win the Elixir Ultime Collection, each valued at $205. You’ll receive:

Cleanse: Bain Elixir Ultime

  • Silicone and paraben-free
  • Gently cleanses while nourishing and purifying hair
  • Strengthens hair, leaving it soft and shiny

Treat: Masque Elixir Ultime

  • Revives the natural strength of hair
  • Provides nourishment deep into the hair fiber
  • Gives hair ultimate shine
  • Leaves hair feeling weightless
  • Penetrates to the deepest of the hair fiber

Prime: Elixir Ultime

  • Multi-use oil that can be used pre and post styling
  • Delivers ultimate shine, deep conditioning and nourishment
  • Add softness, strength, and smoothness
  • Promotes cellular renewal with its anti-oxidant active ingredients
  • Helps restore strength to the hair and protects it from external aggressors
  • A blend of four precious scented oils that works for all hair types

And the new Elixir Ultime Creme Fine

  • Hydration and repair
  • Natural Shine and UV Protection
  • Instant absorption, easy application, maximum coverage
  • Can be applied through out the day


Entering is easy! Either take our hair poll, like A Beauty Loft or Kerastase USA on Facebook. Use entry form below. Contest ends4/23/2014. Please let me know if you have any questions. Good luck!

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Pop of Color at The Pop Shop Kind of Day


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Attention grilled cheese fans! I’d like to introduce you to your Nirvana. The Pop Shop in Collingswood, NJ.  The Food Network featured restaurant takes a modern spin on the American classic grilled cheese sandwich. Have a taste for something a little more “grown up” than the traditional grilled cheese? Try the Fig Manchego Grilled cheese: manchego cheese, fig jam on olive bread. Maybe your looking for something a little sweeter maybe? Try their Nutella Grilled Cheese: Brie, Nutella, granny smith apples on wheat.  There is literally more than 30 different grilled cheese sandwiches you could order.

Walking into the pop shop is like walking into a throwback of a 1950′s fountain soda style drive in. Even if you can’t find a grilled cheese to suit your fancy–pick from a variety of burgers, salads, or just skip dinner all together and get  a milkshake.

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I love the energy at the Pop Shop—it’s family friendly vibe and brightly colored walls make it almost impossible to not be happy (cue Pharell Williams).

And naturally, I felt like my lips could also use a pop of color for dining at The Pop Shop. NARS Mexican Rose Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil did the trick!

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If your mouth is now watering, check out the menu and more from The Pop Shop on their website

If your mouth just needs a pop of color a la NARS Mexican Rose, go here

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From the Lab: The Beauty Sample Program For Le Mer Taste on a Cetaphil Budget


IMG 2332 e1397313301867 From the Lab: The Beauty Sample Program For Le Mer Taste on a Cetaphil BudgetBeauty sample boxes have taken the beauty industry by storm in the past 5 years. If by some chance you haven’t heard of them, the concept is that you get to sample a variety of beauty products that are delivered right to your door for a monthly, quarterly, or annual fee.

There’s a sample program for everyone. From big name cosmetic companies to natural products, hair products, curl products, products for men….you get the point. I was a subscriber to one of the more popular ones, but at the end of the day, not only do I have a backlog of products that have being sent to me to review, but I also buy so many products, I get samples all the time—ones that I get to choose (you should see the raised eyebrows from the girls at Sephora ringing me up when they inform me I have over 1400 points Sephora points—and yes I’m hoarding them). I ended up only being interested in maybe one or two of the products sent and half the time didn’t even get to try them.

But the concept behind From The Lab intrigued me. A sample program that actually lets you try products before they are even put on the shelves. Come again? These products are coming straight from the lab before companies get their hands on them. And they only sample luxury products based on high quality ingredients.

Take their March box for example. I got to try Transforming Hair Cleanser No. 724. It’s a full size sample that comes in a basic bottle with a no thrills label. Inside the box also contains a pamphlet that describes the products ingredients, how to use it, and what the predicted retail value is. The Transforming Hair Cleanser No. 724 is a cleansing oil shampoo. Free of sulfates, the cleanser uses a “patented raspberry stem cell technology” and contains castor seed oil, sweet almond oil and berry flux vita all with the promises of soft, shiny hair. The company says it should retail for around $60 once it hits the shelves.

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If you really like the product, you can purchase it from the website until the product is sold to a big cosmetic company at a discounted price. No marketing or fancy packaging equals no fancy price.

Pretty cool, right? Not only are you trying new beauty products before anyone else,  you’re paying a fraction of the price for luxury beauty. It’s a definite for the adventurous beauty junkie that likes a good deal.

Subscriptions start at $29.99/month. Request an invitation here

Full Disclosure: Some of the products in this post were provided by the manufacturer for consideration. For more information on my disclosure policy, please see my disclaimer page

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