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Thursday, December 18, 2014

THE SECRET HAIR TOOL YOU'VE GOT TO SEE // 5 MINUTES TO MAJOR VOLUME

#voloom, @voloom, volume and texture iron that lifts roofts from within and gives major volume and density to hair for days. Voloom Iron Review

About 80% of women that come into my salon are looking for more volume in their hair. That's a pretty large majority, especially in todays world where the numbers are almost never that straight forward. And I am always looking for more volume in my own hair- in fact I've written about volume on this blog more than any other topic. And while I do have some favorite products for achieving volume on the wet-side of your style, that is only half of the battle. Once the hair is dry, you can achieve even more volume with the use of a Volumizing Iron.  

I have used a few other irons designed for volume in the past, but the Voloom iron immediately caught my eye as being different because it uses a waffle iron pattern in the plates to create volume instead of a crimp or wave. I scooped it up ASAP so I could bring you a first look at the Voloom and I captured my first use with the iron on video for you to see down below. Check it out!



I am completely impressed with this bad-boy and can't wait to use it more to find the perfect amount of volume for me. I think it may be easy to go a little too big with this guy, so I would encourage anyone who buys it to reign in their inner 'Dolly' and find a happy medium. The waffle pattern really seems to make a big improvement in the the visual density of your hair and gives an ample cushion to the roots, which provides great volume payoff. It also maintains the volume for 2-3 days after the initial use, so you get a lot of wear out of those extra 5 minutes in the morning on day one. Genius!


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*my voloom iron was sent to me for review as part of the ifabbo network. opinions are always my own

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

LAST MINUTE FESTIVE TOUCHES FOR YOUR HOLIDAY PARTIES // WITH STUDIO 5 TV


The final countdown to Christmas is on- but there are still lots of family parties and events scheduled in the next two weeks, plus ample opportunity for photos to capture it all. These 5 easy festive touches are my go-to when it comes time to glam up for a Holiday party. They are quick & simple, but scream out 'merriment', all while making the party and this time of year, extra special. I stopped by Studio 5 TV to share them, plus you can get more details below.



Wearing- Ali Dress c/o Shabby Apple
1- Standout Nails Nail wraps and press on nails are the quickest way to add some sparkle to your digits. It fast and glamorous- and you can do it at home in under 15 minutes. I like the 'accent-nail' option, but you can dazzle up how ever you'd like. Try Sally Hansen Glitz Blitz or Impress Nails

2- Lengthen Your Lashes Add the WOW factor with a fuller looking eyelash in a snap. Tip: Trim the lashes down to a more wearable and easy-to-apply size. There is no rule that says you have to wear the full strip. Try Benefit Pinup Lashes or Khroma by Kardashian Lashes in Wink

3- Amp Up Your Accessories Now is the time of year to get a little wild with your hair accessories and add some feminine sparkle with headbands, clips or bows. A little goes a long way, and you are sure to make a statement. Try Pewter Rhinestone Headband or Pearl & Rhinestone Bow Clip

4- Go For Bold Lipstick Nothing says 'Holiday' like a bold lipstick, but this season, skip the fire-engine red and opt for a deeper berry tone instead. It's a flattering color that's easier to wear and right on trend with the latest announced Color of the Year: Marsala Try Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in HexagramBuxom Lip Polish in Isabella or Revlon Ultimate Suede Lipstick in Fashionista

5- Spice Up Your Scent The sense of smell is too often forgotten when it comes to beauty, don't let be the case this year. Pick up a body spray or lotion in a seasonal scent that will help you feel festive and make memories that you'll love every year. Try Philosophy Holiday Handbook or
Philosophy Iced Cookie Wash Duo

Hope your parties are filled with memories and a little something extra from this list. Have a great Tuesday! xo
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

3 QUICK & EASY MAKEUP UPDATES FOR YOUR HOLIDAY SEASON // WITH YOU MAG

the three colors that are trending in makeup this winter 2014, Champagne, Peach, and Marsala (Mauve)


This winter there are three major colors that are trending in makeup, and luckily for us they are colors that are universally flattering. This hasn't always been the case in the last couple of years [ahem- emerald green of 2013, I'm talkin' to you!] but, Winter 2014 is a season of more subtle and warm tones that every woman can wear and enjoy.

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I put together this quick video guide to show you the three colors and how to wear them, as a feature in the latest issue of yoU Magazine. It's a new online publication that is dedicated to sharing positive and empowering stories, successful business women, fitness and health advice and much more. I actually styled the hair for the cover model, Lavanya on this issue too, which was so much fun. Isn't she stunning?! Check out the video for a quick demo, and my product picks to achieve the look down below. 




The 3 Winter Color Trends:
Easy as 1-2-3! Hope you enjoy this video and have a wonderful Wednesday. xo

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Monday, December 8, 2014

THE BEST SELLING DETANGLING BRUSH IN THE WORLD // PLUS A GIVEAWAY


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If you've ever battled with snarly hair- then you know the trauma that can ensue when your tresses and your brush go head-to-head. Personally, I've snapped a few combs in half, and had my fair share of brushes lodged in my locks so tightly that only scissors could free them from the wrath that is; the tangle.

And while I handle the annoying chore of hair brushing just about as good as the next fellow, nothing could have prepared me for what would happen when I'd have to brush the hair of my first born daughter! My six-year old, 'P' is tender-headed to say the least, and very dramatic to boot. So our post bath time routine was loud and unpleasant for all of those within a half mile radius. When she was about three, I began my search for a brush that would ease the pain for us both- and that is when I discovered the Tangle Teezer.

Tangle Teezer is a lightweight brush that is designed to get rid of tangles without pulling on Why I sell the Tangle Teezer brush in my salon, and no other brushes the hair or causing any damage. As soon as I bought a brush for my daughter, I knew that I had to have them in my salon too, and I have been selling them there for the last two years as well. They fly off of our shelves, simply because they work so well. The design is simple and unassuming- in fact you might think; 'What makes them so special?'

Answer: It's the multiple rows of flexible bristles, and the variations in their lengths- that help it to detangle the hair as you glide through the strands. Also, the lack of a 'ball-tip' on the end of the bristle prevents pulling and stretching of the hair, so knots can't get tighter by accidental pulling. The bristles are also quite short, requiring that you work in shallow sections- again this is designed to aid in detangling and it really makes a big impact and gives better results.

Anyone can use a Tangle Teezer but they are especially great for those people who have naturally snarly, distressed or curly hair and those who wear extensions. And they are wonderful to use in the shower to distribute your conditioners and to distribute your styling products as well. I keep the compact size in my gym bag and purse too for quick touch ups on the go.

I really love this egg-shaped ninja brush and I think you will too. I am super excited that Tangle Teezer offered to sponsor todays giveaway. One lucky reader will get a prize pack of my favorite three brushes from the collection: the Pink Holiday Compact, the Purple Salon Elite, and the Black Aqua Splash. Enter by liking the Tangle Teezer facebook page and using the rafflecopter down below  for extra entries and good luck! xo

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*thanks to tangle teezer for sponsoring this post and supporting this blog

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

WINTER 2014 BEAUTY FAVORITES // HIGH END (THE STUFF YOU SHOULD SAVE UP YOUR DOUGH FOR!)

Kerastase Carre Lissant Review, Alterna Bamboo Volume Shampoo & Conditioner Review, Mark. Touch & Glow Shimmer Cubes Review, Bare Minerals Blemish Remedy Review, Makeup Forever Face and Body Foundation Review

If you are anything like me, you'll happily spend money on a high end beauty product IF it proves worthy of it's price tag. And once it does prove worthy, you'll be a repeat buyer and happily spread the love and tell everyone you know it! Well, this is a video that is packed with FIVE of those high end favorite products. I narrowed it down to a hand full for this edition, but they are all so so good. Though your budget may be tight this time of year, these are a few goodies that I think are worth the splurge if you have a beauty ailment that these products can cure. And who knows... maybe Granny will send a Christmas check in the mail just in time for a much needed makeup haul!?!

Check out the video and links below to see my top picks this season, and as always- thanks so much for reading, commenting and supporting this blog!


If you missed my Drugstore Favorites video, you can see that here.

Products mentioned in video:
Mark. Touch & Glow Shimmer Cubes
Alterna Bamboo Volume Trio
Bare Minerals Blemish Remedy Foundation
Make Up For Ever Face & Body Liquid
Kerastase Carre Lissant Smoothing Sheets


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Monday, December 1, 2014

BEST CYBER MONDAY BEAUTY DEALS

Heyo! Here are a few of the best Cyber Monday beauty deals to keep an eye on- I've already scooped up mine, and my beloved mint green blow dryer from Harry Josh Pro has never been discounted- but today it's 50% off! So scoot your boot if you are looking for an amazing blow dryer that will last you 15 years, and leave you with healthier locks, all while being quiet and compact. xo Megan





Real Techniques Eye Makeup Brush Set (some of my favs)- $13
Urban Decay On the Run Palette- $54
Beauty Blender and Solid Cleanser Duo- $25
Nars Virtual Domination Cheek Palette- $65 ($151 value)
Bare Minerals Eye Club Three Color Collection- $15 ($69 value)
Philosophy Amazing Grace Hand Soap & Lotion Duo- $15
Nume Mega Star Flat Iron- $79 (reg $199)
Harry Josh Pro Blow Dryer- $150 (reg $300) (click over to the HairEnvy tab at the top of the site to find the discounted price on all Harry Josh tools today only)




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