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23.01.13 Beauty, Hair

Michelle Obama’s Second Term Bangs

Michelle Obama’s Second Term Bangs

While there was plenty of buzz surrounding the First Lady’s outfit choices for President Obama’s swearing in, inauguration and the ball that followed, it was Michelle’s newly cut fringe that caused the most stir over the weekend.

Chicago based Johnny Wright, her exclusive hairstylist since 2008 and the force behind her new look, explained: ‘It was a collaborative effort… she was ready for a change.’

‘Sometimes all we need is a little change in our appearance to give us the extra oomph. Cutting bangs is one of those go-to styles that can immediately change your appearance,’ he said. ‘And the great thing about bangs is I think they work for all face shapes. The thing is you need to get it cut properly for your face shape and that why I say you should always consult a professional and see what works best for you. Should they be shorter? Should they be longer? Should they be swept to one side?’

But that is the hardest part according to Wright. ‘The only trick with maintaining bangs is just keeping them trimmed,’ he says. ‘A lot of salons offer free bang trims so you go in and keep the fresh look you want.’

‘Bangs are so cool because they can make you look really sexy and youthful and at the same time really change up your look. It’s a new year and I think it’s a great opportunity for women to adopt a new look.’

Here are Wright’s tips for achieving a presidential head of hair:

‘You should be deep conditioning to soften and nourish the hair shaft every time you shampoo. There is no such thing as too much deep conditioning.’ He recommends SoftSheen-Carson Roots of Nature Reconstructing Deep Treatment which strengthens hair with a blend of shea butter and green tea.

‘My biggest complaint from clients is that they have thin hair that doesn’t have any volume.’ He swears by Amla Legend Billion Hair Potion Hair and Scalp Serum.  ‘A little goes a long way and it gives you a noticeably thicker, fuller look.’


SoftSheen-Carson Roots of Nature Reconstructing Deep Treatment
Amla Legend Billion Hair Potion Hair and Scalp Serum

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18.01.13 Beauty, Hair

Get The Look: Anne Hathaway’s Pixie Crop

Anne Hathaway Hair

Growing out short hair is never easy. Fortunately for Anne Hathaway, who brutally hacked off her long brunette locks live on film in the screen adaptation of Les Miserables, she has had a team of pros on hand to make sure she looks chic every step of the way.

And it seems that now she has added a few inches, Anne has decided to stick with her new do: ‘I love the short-haired lifestyle,’ Hathaway told US Vogue. ‘I’m turning 30, and — I hope this isn’t obnoxious to say — I feel prettier, and much more myself. I guess I just feel much more satisfied with less now.’

Our favourite look so far, has been the work of New York based stylist Sascha Breuer who has given her pixie crop a more edgy look and swept her fringe off to the left side.

He gave us some tips on how to copy this style:  ‘To add an edge to Anne’s chic look, we decided to give the hair a messy and very textured feel and styled her longer, now more grown-out fringe to sweep casually to the side, gently grazing her face.’

‘To recreate this look I would recommend you blow-dry your hair and shape it slightly with your hands, after spraying a little bit of Wella SP Ocean Spritz Beach Texture Spray or salt water spray for added gut.’

‘Once the hair is completely dry, use a ceramic straightener on individual sections to enhance the hair and bring out the straighter, rock-chic feel of the look.’

‘I really like the Braun Satin Hair Series Straightener as it will allow you to adjust the temperature and personalize it to the needs of your hair. Mist some of the spray directly on your fingers and define single strands without weighing your hair down. This way, the spray stays on really light and your will let your hair look and feel natural, even though it has a strong hold level.’

‘Stylish and cool, without a fuss!’

Anne Hathaway

Wella Ocean Spritz Beach Texture Hairspray
Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray
Braun Satin Hair 7 ion-shine ES2 – Straightener

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17.01.13 Beauty, Makeup

Golden Globes Beauty: Flushed With Success

Golden Globes Blush

Glowing, rosy cheeks rather than bronzer were the order of the evening as nervous stars paraded down the Golden Globes red carpet.

Julianne Moore, Kerry Washington, Emily Blunt and Jennifer Lawrence all played up the apples of their cheeks rather than contouring along the cheekbones, so opening up the face and imparting a fresher look.

For a naturally glowing cheek, the trick is to find a colour that matches your skin when you are flushed from exercise or being out in the cold. ‘The whole idea of putting colour on your cheeks is to mimic a healthy glow,’ says make up guru Laura Mercier

While a powder is typically better for oily skin and a cream formula is great for dry skin, for the best results Mercier recommends combining the two together: ‘It helps the blush stay on longer and looks more luminous,’ she says.

Start with a tinted moisturiser or primer rather than a foundation for a more natural look, then, using your ring and middle finger, blend a dab of cream blush onto the apple of you cheek – draw a line with your finger down directly beneath your iris to your cheekbone for the perfect spot. Blend and pat gently with a tissue to remove any excess.

Next, using a good make up brush, we like Laura Mercier’s Face Brush or Urban Decay’s Good Karma Blush Brush, apply a sweep of translucent powder like MAC Colour Ready Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder to set the cream formula.

Finally, place some powder blush on the apple of your cheek and gently blend up your cheekbone to the outer corner of the eye. When choosing a powder blush bear in mind that powders with shimmer are better for sallow skin, while matte blushes are ideal for eliminating shine and tend to stay put longer.


Paula Dorf Cheek Color Cream in Candy Apple
Kevyn Aucoin, The Creamy Glow in Tresbelle
Nars Foreplay palette
which contains the iconic Orgasm in addition to pink, peach and gold tones.
Dior Rosy Glow Healthy Glow Awakening Blush in Petal
Blush Terrybly By Terry in Erotic Pink

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15.01.13 Beauty, Hair

Golden Globes Hair Trend: 1940s Deep Side Partings and Pin Curls

Golden Globes Hair Trends 1940s

While there were some updos and princess buns on this year’s red carpet, the overwhelming trend was for retro side partings with loose curls, reminiscent of a 1940 screen siren.

LA based stylist Mara Roszak, who did Michelle Dockery’s hair for the event, spoke to us about the look: ‘There were a lot of thirties, forties inspired styles at the Golden Globes this year,’ said Mara. ‘This hair is classic, really flattering and extremely feminine and elegant. It is definitely a more glamorous style that dresses up an outfit.’

‘I completely fell in love with Michelle’s Alexandre Vauthier dress as soon as I saw it. The neckline and padded shoulders had such a strong look and I loved the idea of a French romantic wavy texture for her bob. I felt like giving her newly cut hair a bit of texture and wave to edge up the look.’

Mara, who also counts Emma Stone, Mila Kunis and Kate Beckinsale among her clients, gave us some insider tips on how she achieved the style: ‘When the hair is wet it’s important to apply a product that is going to add volume and hold. I love TIGI Bed Head Superstar Queen For a Day Thickening Spray or Leonor Greyl Mousse Au Lotus Volumatrice – both leave the hair feeling soft and smooth but add hold.’

‘To start, part the hair to one side – I like to use the arch of the eyebrow as a guide for most side partings – then blow the hair out with a small to medium size round brush (I use Ibiza Hair brushes) pin curling the hair after each section. Once the hair is dry I’ll spritz the pin curls with a bit of Elnett hair spray, then remove the pins. The pin curls add volume and movement, but the hair still needs to be set with hot tools.’

‘For a more brushed out, Veronica Lake style wave as seen on Rachel Weisz, Megan Fox, Jessica Alba and Isla Fisher, I would use T3 hot rollers to set the hair. Let them sit for a goodvten minutes, spray again with Elnett, then lightly smooth out with a Mason Pearson brush, molding the hair into the shape you want.’

‘For a tighter wave, like Amy Adams and Jennifer Lopez, using one inch pin curls would be the way to go. After the hair is out of the pin curls I would wrap each one inch section around a heated iron towards the face, allowing the hair to naturally twist as its being wrapped, and pin at the base. Curl the whole head, towards the face on both sides. Spray with hairspray, and remove pins. Gently brush out hair and shape. Finally, pull the side with less hair behind the ear, keeping that side clean and off the shoulder.’

‘To add a bit of shine and tame flyaways apply a dab of Leonor Greyl Eclat Naturel Styling Cream or Bumble and bumble Brilliantine to palms of hands and run it through the ends of the hair, working your way up. Spray again with hair spray.’

Globes Products

TIGI Bed Head Superstar Queen For a Day Thickening Spray
Leonor Greyl Mousse Au Lotus Volumatrice Mousse
Leonor Greyl Eclat Naturel Styling Cream
Bumble and Bumble Brilliantine

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16.11.12 Beauty, Skincare

The ABCs of Achieving a Flawless Complexion

Last season, the must-have product in every beauty junkie’s make-up bag was a BB cream – a tinted moisturizer-slash-primer-slash-anti-aging-serum.

So fans of the Beauty Balm will be pleased to learn that another multi-tasking product, aimed at colour correction, has just landed at beauty counters.

CC creams, aka Colour or Complexion Correction creams, are the latest skincare innovation cribbed from Asia and this year Chanel became the first international brand to jump on the bandwagon with their CC cream, Correction Complete SPF30PA+++.

While both products act as a tinted moisturiser and sunscreen in one, CC creams give more full, foundation-like coverage, masking discoloration, pimples, age spots and sallow skin while simultaneously tackling aging and brightening the skin with ingredients such as liquorice, vitamin C and antioxidants.

Makeup artist Kristee Liu, whose rock ’n roll clientele includes Cher, Pink and Alanis, says: ‘It’s a total improvement on the BB cream. CC creams are infused with skin-improving nutrients so they have long-term benefits such as improved skin texture, collagen renewal, diminished dark spots and brighter overall appearance.’

Olay’s Total Effects CC Tone Correcting UV Moisturizer
Chanel CC Cream Correction Complete SPF30PA+++
Wei To Go Beauty Ideal Skin Perfect Finish

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