I Heart First Lady Michelle O

Saturday, February 28, 2009

While chatting online with my BFF over at A Life of Style she told me about the latest White House Event hosted by the Obama's (that would be MY President and First Lady). Well the hairstyle she rocked last night, rocked the house!!!!!!!!

We discussed possible ways to achieve this style and one sure fire way is a set on hot rollers. Don't forget to spray hair with heat protectant. I heart this one, Silk Elements Heat Protection Spray available at Sally's....

You may want to try setting vertically on jumbo rollers and putting a hair net over while you get dressed. You should be able to finger comb and brush into the style. This style is not meant to be perfect, it's perfection is in its looking slightly tousled. Finish lightly with a shine spray or light oil sheen and you have EFFORTLESS (yeah right) STYLE!

You can also try a rollerset on larger rollers. Here is the size I recommend.

Do not use snap-on (creases). Use the anchor method (search youtube for this, Buildable Beauty's is the best tutorial I've seen). Use a light hand with products, you may just want to set with water. That way you will get the fluffiest, swangest (yes, that's a word) set. And I think this set will look better on Day 2 and freshened up with hot rollers if needed (unless you're on a no-heat diet).

This style is best done on shoulder-length (SL) or collarbone length (CBL) hair. This is going to be a PERFECT spring do after hiding your hair and covering it up all winter long. I'm going to practice it and unveil it soon...stay tuned!

Haute & Hair:China Glaze's Cowgirl Up

Friday, February 27, 2009

Ok, this color is fire! I usually am not a fan of irridescent colors, but this one is like butter! I really like it. My sorry camera phone really doesn't do it justice. This will definitely be a color that I rock during football season next fall (my alma mater (and employer) colors are purple and gold). This is a nice shade that can also pass for wine or magenta depending on what it's put up against and the way the light hits it.

Haute & Hair: Bungee Hair Band

Thursday, February 26, 2009

This video shows a really neat way to make a homemade hair bungee (non-homemade version to the right). The homemade one does the same thing as the one you can purchase (watch the video). This is especially useful for my H&H sisters with thick hair...ENJOY!

He demonstartes a good way of getting a sleek ponytail with no sagging in the back. I don't know about the warm salt water part, but everything else I can get with.

Haute & Hair: Review of Maybelline Define-A-Lash Mascara

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Love mascara!!!! Love, Love, Love it! Nothing makes your eyes pop like a good ol' mascara! My eye makeup is not complete until and unless I glide on two coats of this dark piece of makeup heaven.

I try out different mascaras from time to time. My faves are good ol' Maybelline Great Lash (in the pink and green tube) and all of the ones by Lancome (take your pick, they've all done well by me!).

But in a drugstore buying mood, one day I decided to try Maybelline's Define-A-Lash Volume Mascara.
I like the fuschia pink tube so I was excited to try it out. Um, so why did I feel like a 3 year old trying to open a jar when I tried to pull the wand out of the tube....it was soooooooooo hard to get out!!!!
Once I did get it out, the application was great and it did add volume to my lashes. But I literally began to dread having to put on my mascara because this tube made it so hard to get out.
And let's not even talk about trying to put it back in the tube. That took longer than getting it out. The wand would bend and I'd have the darndest time trying to get the wand back in the tube.
As karma would have it, one morning while trying to put the wand back in for my 2nd coat, the applicator brush literally BROKE from the wand....so so much for that. I wasn't too upset though because I was just using it up and then going right back to the department store for my Lancome!
So this is another thumbs down review for me....

Haute & Hair: Review of Nivea A Kiss of Relief SOS Lip Care

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

I am a lip gloss, and lip moisturizer ADDICT. I usually keep 2-3 on hand at any given time. My fave of course is MAC's lip moisturizer

But every once in a while, I will check out a drug store brand to see if anything comes close to the moisturizing, oh so yummy smelling and tasting MAC lip conditioner.

I've been seeing the Nivea commercials and decided to try it.

In the immortal words of two of my favorite reviewers....
HATED IT!!!!!!

It didn't moisturize my lips AT ALL! They felt sorta like I put lotion on my lips. And the taste?!?!?! Why did it taste like I had just washed my lips with Ivory soap?!?!!?!?
This product is definintely TWO THUMBS DOWN!!!!
*Off to the MAC counter I go.....

Haute & Hair: New Nail Colors

Monday, February 23, 2009

I recently received a haul from 8ty8beauty last week. I've worn two of the colors I purchased (they are below). Also below is a color I picked up from Sally's 2 weeks ago.

OPI's You Don't Know Jacques

Orly's Liquid Vinyl

China Glaze's Calypso Blue

Haute & Hair: Nail Color

Monday, February 9, 2009

This is the nail color I'm wearing right now...I love it! China Glaze "VII"
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