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Thu, 11/18/2010 - 2:02PM by The Glamourista 0 Comments -

Hot Tunes, Cool Iron!

My friend Angela recently raved about the HAI MP3 Flat Iron and I thought I'd recap her experiences with it here. The first time she saw it, she grabbed it, turned up the volume and began swaying to the music. We all had a good laugh watching her wriggle her way in time with the music and then it hit us...this thing is REALLY COOL! It holds like 2 hours of music and has premium quality speakers that really kick out the tunes. Plus, it features Ceramic Fusion technology with tourmaline that helps to seal the hair cuticle and lock in moisture and color.

This iron is truly the first of its kind on the market and I think it will be on everyone's Christmas list this year! If you get one, drop me a line and let me know what you think!

Rock On!


The Healing Power of Hope

Fri, 10/15/2010 - 3:48PM by The Glamourista 0 Comments -

Breast Cancer has touched my family in a way I hope no one ever has to experience. In a span of about 2 1/2 years, my family lost my Aunt and my Mom (who were sisters) to this dreaded disease. Both of them were relatively young and otherwise healthy women with no prior family history of the disease. The aftermath of this enormous loss has produced much heartache and grief that my family is still trying to come to terms with today.

Losing a loved one to Breast Cancer, or any cancer for that matter, is extremely difficult and has changed me in many ways. I am not the same person I once was. There are parts of me that will be forever lost, but there are also new things I've discovered about myself that are a direct result of what my family has endured.

Shortly after I lost my Mom, my sister, Renee and I joined the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Passionately Pink team and raised funds to support Breast Cancer research. I've become much more vigilant about my own breast health as well as educating others about the disease and I am more acutely aware of the disease and its need for a cure.

The causes of breast cancer are not fully understood. Although it is clear that age, gender and lifetime exposure to estrogen and other factors play an important role, but because no one knows exactly what causes breast cancer, there are no sure ways to prevent it. There are steps that you can take that may reduce your risk, however. These include maintaining a healthy weight, adding exercise into your daily routine and limiting alcohol intake.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month which means you will start to see pink ribbons and pink products everywhere. You can help others who are battling this disease by purchasing products from manufacturers who donate a portion of the proceeds to causes dedicated to finding a cure.

A Breast Cancer diagnosis is a scary thing for patients and their families, but it doesn't have to be. Researchers are closer than ever to finding a cure, but they need your continued support. Do your part, get involved and make a difference in someone's life today!

New Product Review

Mon, 07/12/2010 - 3:42PM by The Glamourista 0 Comments -

I decided to try Matrix's new Design Pulse Hard Lock Hairspray. This hairspray claimed it was humidity and wind resistant. I thought, great! It's been hot and humid here lately, so this is the perfect time to try it. I was getting ready to go to a local 4th of July parade one day. I styled my hair as usual and sprayed it down with Design Pulse. I really liked the hold...not too stiff, but not invisible either, which is exactly what I look for in a hairspray. I hopped in the car with my family and away me and my great hair (and my family) went. We found a great spot in the shade along the parade route and sat down to wait. My sister arrived a few minutes later, just as the wind picked up. I thought for sure my hair would hold because the bottle said it would. I turned to my sister and said, "Hey, how's my humidity and wind-resistant hairspray holding up?" She looked and me and said, "It's not!" Talk about deflating! I appreciated her honesty, however.

I will admit, my style did not totally blow away, but I'm not sure if that's partly due to the cut or the spray. I like to think it was a combination of both. I'm still using the hairspray and it's been working well for me in ordinary weather conditions so it's still a keeper in my book. If anyone out there has tried it, let me know what you think...I love hearing from you!

My New 'Do

Wed, 06/23/2010 - 8:43AM by The Glamourista 0 Comments -

OK. Here it is (drumroll please)...my new hairdo! Please excuse the photo...believe me, I'm no supermodel, but I am loving my new style and color. My stylist Jessie did an all-over color with a hint of red in it and then pulled out smaller strands around the crown which she highlighted with a caramel color.

The cut itself is a sort of combination of a wedge and bob with the back shorter and the front a bit longer. I'm still getting used to using a flat iron and today was super humid so the style isn't exactly what it should be, but you get the idea. It took me half the time to style it this morning. I used a little root booster and kind of scrunched it up and poufed it out, then ran the flat iron through the back to smooth it out. I followed that with a little hairspray (I prefer Big Sexy Hair's Spray and Play Harder) and I was done!

This style is perfect for hot summer days. It's a style I can wear straight or use a curling iron to add more volume for a different look. For this busy Mom, it's everything I wanted it to be and more. Let me know what you think! I'd love to hear from you...

A Change is Coming!

Tue, 06/22/2010 - 1:22PM by The Glamourista 0 Comments -

You know how you get to that point where you need to change your hair, but don't know what to do with it? Well, I'm there. I finally called my stylist and made an appointment for a new cut and color. A few months ago, I decided I was going to grow my hair out because I had this idea in my head that I wanted long, flowing, voluminous hair. That's what was showing up on the fashion runways and it seemed like every major manufacturer of hair products was coming out with ways to create more volume and lift in your hair. I figured I'd jump on that bandwagon since I've always dreamed of having long Rapunzel-like locks.

After I traveled back from Fantasyland, I realized that this busy working Mom needs hair that's easy to do with little time commitment. So, tonight, I'm hoping for a change. I've posted my before picture here, (don't be scared!) and if all goes well, tomorrow, you'll all see the "new" me! Wish me luck!

Get the Green Out!

Fri, 06/11/2010 - 12:49PM by The Glamourista 0 Comments -

Summer's here and that means lots of activities will center around pools. It also means stringy, greenish tinted hair caused by too much exposure to chlorine. I learned this first hand last summer when my daughter swam everyday at the YMCA. I'd wash her hair every other day with her regular shampoo and conditioner, like we normally would. One day, she was standing in front of me and I reached out to stroke her beautiful, silky sandy blonde hair. The only problem was it wasn't silky or sandy blonde! It felt like hay and had a greenish tint to it! I nearly keeled over! One would think that I'd be up on the effects of chlorine on hair, (especially blonde hair) since I do work for a professional beauty distributor, but apparently I was not. I went to work the next day and purchased Circle of Friend's George's Swimmers' Shampoo and Marisol's Melon Leave-In Conditioner and promptly washed Nathalie's hair with them when I got home. It took a few washings over the next several days, but I finally got her beautiful hair back to normal. With regular use, the green tinted hay she had for hair became a thing of the past.

I would highly recommend the Circle of Friends products to anyone. They won't sting little one's eyes and each bottle features a character-or friend-from a different part of the world and describes the character's life in his or her country so they're educational as well.

Needless to say, so far this summer, I've been diligent about washing Nathalie's hair everyday, especially when I know she's been swimming. I also send her along with a bottle of Kylie's Pre Swim Conditioner to spray on her hair before she gets in the water to protect her hair and keep the strands hydrated. If anyone out there has tried Circle of Friends or any other products to combat chlorine, drop me a line and let me know your thoughts. I'd love to hear from you!

Summer Skin Protection

Wed, 06/02/2010 - 10:46AM by The Glamourista 0 Comments -

The busy summer months are upon us. Are you prepared for long days of fun-in-the sun? I wasn't, which prompted me to take stock of my bathroom cabinet. I was looking for sunscreen for my daughter, who has fair skin and located Banana Boat Kids. This is such a great sunscreen for kids. It's waterproof and sweatproof and provides long-lasting UVA and UVB protection. And, it's a tear-free formula, so it can be applied to a child's face (by hand, don't spray it!).

It's so important to wear sunscreen everyday. Sunscreen is the closest thing we have to a fountain of youth. Use at least SPF 15 every day, rain or shine. UV radiation is the major source of skin cancer and accelerated aging of the skin, both of which can occur without tanning or other visible signs of damage. I will admit that I am not a practicing daily SPF user. My foundation does contain SPF 15, which is a start, but there's more that I could be doing. I recently read an article on all the different types of lotions, sprays, powders and pre-moistened wipes that are available to help keep damaging rays at bay. With so many options, there truly is something for everyone. One that I am going to try is Peter Thomas Roth Bronze Instant Mineral SPF 30 Powder. It can be applied after makeup (so there's no mess), and guards against rays while giving skin a matte, light-diffused glow. If you'd prefer to put on sunscreen before makeup application, a good one to try is Clinique Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Moisturizer SPF 20. It acts as an exfoliator as well.

With so many options available, there is no reason why anyone should be going without sunscreen this summer. Drop me a line and let me know what your favorites are! I'd love to hear from you!

Happy Mother's Day!

Fri, 05/07/2010 - 1:32PM by The Glamourista 0 Comments -

As Mother's Day approaches, please take the time to visit your Mom, take her out to brunch, send her a card or simply call her on the phone. Just do something. A Mother is a precious gift. As the third anniversary of my own Mom's passing approaches, I am more aware of this than ever. My Mom taught me so many things and even though she is gone, her memory lives on in me and my sister. This blog is about all things beauty and I can't think of anything more beautiful than being a Mother. I am so honored to have my daughter, Nathalie, in my life. She is my rock, my joy, my life. I finally understand the meaning of just how deeply a Mother's love runs, what it means to be protective and what unconditional love truly is. Being a Mother has changed my life. I see beauty where darkness lurked before. The world is a brighter place simply because Nathalie is in it. I am less selfish, but more compassionate. I worry less about frivolous things. I am a happier, better, more beautiful person because I am a Mother.

When our Mom passed away, my sister Renee and I found the following poem which we framed and displayed at her service. I think it truly says it all.

Happy Mother's Day to all the Mom's, Moms-to-be, wanna-be Mom's, future Mom's and everyone in between!

Your Mother Is Always With You
Your mother is always with you...
She's the whisper of the leaves
as you walk down the street.
She's the smell of bleach
in your freshly laundered socks.
She's the cool hand on your brow
when you're not well.
Your mother lives inside your laughter.
She's crystallized in every tear drop.
She's the place you came from,
your first home...
She's the map you follow
with every step that you take.
She's your first love
and your first heart break...
and nothing on earth can separate you.
Not time, Not space...
Not even death...
will ever separate you
from your mother...
You carry her inside of you...

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Mon, 05/03/2010 - 1:05PM by The Glamourista 0 Comments -

My friend Angela decided recently that I should try using this new tool called a Deep Waver from HOT Tools on my hair. I agreed and we got to work wavin' my head. I was a little leery of getting burnt, but Angela's able hands quickly put my fears to rest. After tracking down a bottle of heat protection spray to spray on my head (we used Damage.Manager by Kevin.Murphy), she started by sectioning off areas of my hair and waving the layers underneath. She would then alternate the way she held the Waver to create a different type of curl, which gave the style visual interest and lift. She continued in this manner until she reached the top section of my head where she determined which way to hold the waver to achieve the desired lift. The entire process only took about 30 minutes from start to finish. The result was a head full of waves. I LOVED it!

If you have a tip or technique about using the Deep Waver, drop me a line and let me know! I'd love to hear from you!

This Oil's Slick!

Mon, 04/12/2010 - 2:49PM by The Glamourista 0 Comments -

I keep hearing about the latest, greatest craze in the world of haircare: oils. Apparently, this ancient secret of the Moroccan world has been let out of the bag. Everybody seems to be jumping on the oil bandwagon, so I thought I'd try a few and put my own two cents worth in on the subject. Because I have very fine hair, I am always leery of trying anything with the word "oil" in it, but for the sake of my loyal followers, I put on my game face and gave it a whirl.

My first attempt was with Marrakesh Oil. I tried, but I just could not get past the smell of this one. It did not appeal to me at all so it never actually made it into my hair. But, plenty of people I know use it and love it, so to each his own!

I then moved on to a sample of Macadamia Oil, which I tried and didn't mind at all. I didn't see much of a difference in my hair, but it smelled OK and seemed to do what it said it would so I was happy with that. The packaging is incredibly beautiful and appealing to the eye, so I wanted to try it for that reason alone. This oil is part of an entire system of products including shampoo, leave in cream, masque and oil treatment. It contains the oils of the Macadamia Nut with special blends of nature's most nourishing botanicals to rejuvenate and maintain your hair. If you are looking for an entire system of products, this could be it.

The final and best oil I tried is called Orofluido. Literal translation: flowing gold. This oil is incredibly light and greaseless and it smells fantastic. I used a dime sized amount and worked it into towel dried hair and let it air dry. My hair literally glows! Orofluido does not weigh my hair down but rather seems to give it a boost. I love it! Orofluido contains argan, linseed and cyprus oils. It absorbs quickly and can be used as often as needed. I also used it on my dry hair and loved the results. I've been known to rub the excess into my heels and elbows for silky soft glowing skin, too. I would highly recommend this oil to anyone. The packaging is gorgeous and so are the results! This is one slick oil!