Tag Archives: Beauty

The NYCityGurl Guide to Fabulous Hair

Is spending $40 on a bottle of shampoo really worth it?

One question I constantly hear co-workers pondering is whether or not splurging on expensive hair products is really worth it. I may be one of those…hair enthusiasts, or something…. but personally I think shelling out the extra buck on hair products is a YES!

I myself have been through many hair phases. I started with highlights at a very young age, this lead to 3 large blonde (more like yellow) streaks in the 8th grade, to more highlights, to Jessica Simpson blonde in high school, to half black/ half platinum (white) blonde my sophomore year of college… At that point my hair was so damaged it was breaking off daily. I decided to take the plunge my junior year of college for ‘al-naturale’ back to my roots, my heritage, the good old brunette. And let me tell you folks, I have never looked back! I think I might have cried when I first looked in the mirror after basically being playboy blonde and now here I am in sitting in the salon, no makeup on, just this average brunette… I used to say people weren’t going to notice me anymore… I mean everyone notices a platinum blonde in the room. But I put on a happy face, went home put on some makeup and eased myself into my new (and improved) look. A little over 3 years later and my hair is now long, shiny, luxurious and completely healthy! I literally get compliments on it almost every day, even from random strangers in the elevator. I definitely consider my hair one of my best features. And even though sometimes I fantasize about that Jessica Simpson blonde in my junior year homecoming photos… I don’t think I’ll ever go back!

So here are my secrets to great hair:

1. Mr. Frederic Fekkai – My favorite is the Brilliant Glossing collection. I use this shampoo and conditioner religiously. But don’t forget to mix and match so your not ALWAYS using the same product. I mix it up with the Salon Color Care colleciton including the Salon Technician Color Car Rapid Results Moisture Mask every once and a while. I have also used the Essential Shea Shampoo and the Ageless Rejuvenating Shampoo. All GREAT. As far as styling product the COIFF Controle Ironless Straightening Balm works fantastic and is a fabulous way to get a straight look without damaging your hair with an iron. At $39+ for a bottle of shampoo I realize this sounds ridiculous, but this is your hair people! You might not have it for ever so why not appreciate it while you still can, at the very least on a nice shampoo and conditioner. Tip: Don’t just put all the conditioner in your roots, your poor ends need some love too! Make sure you’re evenly distributing from root to end. Continue reading

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Kim Meets Alaia – Today’s Polyvore

In the spirit of all the latest gossip surrounding Kim Kardashian’s divorce I thought it fitting to create a polyvore surrounding her & some of my latest obsessions from Mr. Alaia! Hope you like it! Maybe a potential court outfit? (just kidding…) Kim anytime you want to give me a shot as your stylist I’m available!

Kim Meets Alaia

Alaïa sleeved dress, $4,827
Azzedine Alaia black bootie, €1.560
Alaïa tote handbag, $4,770
80s jewelry, $900
Tom Ford retro style sunglasses, €299
Tom Ford Tom Ford Jasmin Rouge Decanter 250ml, 270
Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color, Black Orchid, $48
Tom Ford Beauty Nail Lacquer, Bordeaux Lust, $30

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Kat Von D — Master Her Makeup

Since starting this blog one of my most viewed blog posts is about how much I love Kat Von D. Everyone wants to know where she buys her clothes, who makes her shoes, where she got her shades… and of course what kind of makeup she wears! Well HER OWN of course! I may not be able to answer all of the above questions but I can tell you that her new makeup line for Sephora is as hot as she is…

Ever wanted to look as glam as Kat Von D? Well here’s your chance…

Sephora has teamed up with Kat Von D, tattoo artist, reality-TV star, and owner of High Voltage Tattoo, to produce this edgy color collection that “exemplifies old-Hollywood glamour with an L.A. vibe. From pin-up perfection to rocker chic, this limited-edition lineup allows you to tap into your bad-girl side and unleash your inner artist.”

Complete the perfect pin-up smoky eye with the ‘Rock n’ Roll Eyeshadow Duo’ for $20, the Autograph Eyeliner in ‘Puro Amor’ or ‘Black Metal Love’ for $16 and that bright red perfect pucker in ‘Hellbent’ for $18… hell top it off with a gloss while your at it ( maybe ‘Rocker’ $18 ) 😉 $48 will get you the tool application kit perfect for all makeup application! Don’t forget to check out the Eyeshadow palette’s (I’m feeling ‘Beethoven’) $34 for eight shades!!!

Buy it here at Sephora… Before it’s gone… Did I mention Limited Edition!!!

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