Archives for January 2014

January 6, 2014

Sam Villa’s tips on The Fastest Ways to Get Curls


January, 2013 (New York, NY) – “Whether you’re looking to create soft waves, curls or intense volume, braids are the fastest way to pump up the volume,” explains Sam Villa, founding partner of the Sam Villa® brand and education artistic director for Redken 5th Avenue who offers the following simple technique for killer curls.

Villa’s technique entails braiding hair the night before – the important thing to remember is the size and amount of braids, the bigger the section, the looser the curl.

Fastest Way to Get Curls

·       Spray Redken Guts 10 volume spray foam into hands and use fingers to rake through the top layer of dry hair and then the under section to evenly distribute the foam which locks in texture.

·       Waves: Divide hair into 4 quadrants, braid each and secure with elastics (loosely to prevent a mark).  For a more romantic smooth wave, use ponytails – wrap into buns and secure with pins.

·       Curl: Divide hair into 12 sections, braid each, fold braid onto itself and pin.

·       Intense Volume: Decide on a side or middle part and then cornrow entire head in medium size cornrows.  At the end of the hairline, start regular braiding, wrap braid back onto itself and pin.

·       Go to sleep – to prevent frizz, wear a scarf Lucille Ball style.

·       In the morning, take out braids and finger through texture to separate, do not use a brush unless you want to deconstruct the texture and make it explode.

Other tips and techniques for creating braids and hairstyles can be found on

Sam Villa is founding partner of the Sam Villa® brand, Education Artistic Director for Redken 5th Avenue and Stylist Choice Award Winner for Favorite Platform Artist and Educator (2012, 2011 and 2007).  He is the pro that teaches the pros how to do hair.  Check out his new consumer website ( for hot tips, tricks and techniques for achieving professional results at home, including professional recommendations for the tools needed to recreate the looks – Sam Villa Signature Series brushes, combs, thermal tools and blow dryers.Facebook: SamVillaBrand; Youtube: SamVillaHair; Twitter: @samvilla; Pinterest: SamVillaHair; Instagram: @SamVillaHair + #SamVillaHowTo.  

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January 5, 2014

Clear Your Skin With The Mud of the Sea


In my career in salons and as a beauty blogger I come across some very interesting and unique products that I love to try and write about.  For Christmas 2013, my mom gave me a very interesting product made from the Dead Sea Mud in Israel.  From Adoiva Natural Skin Care, you can have smooth, flawless, sexy skin all from the use of mud.

Adovia Natural Skin Care Dead Sea Mud Soap is the go to soap for acne prone skin, and also if you have eczema, or psoriasis.  It is enriched with century old dead sea mud that will remove excess oil and dirt that will clear up breakouts and help prevent new ones.  Infused with minerals,  the Dead Sea Mud soap will keep skin, hydrated and moisturized without over drying.

Now, this soap is great for both face and body but with my sensitive skin sometimes a product won’t irritate my body but will irritate the skin on my face.  I decided to give it a try. I used the soap on my problem areas on my face and worked it up into a lather. After giving it a good 1-2 minute massage I rinsed my face with cool water and patted my face dry.  (Hint: it is always best to rinse your face with cool water to help close your pores and make your skin look refreshed and always, always, always PAT your face dry with a face towel. If you pull or tug the skin on your face it can cause “destress” on your skin that can cause premature wrinkles). In the morning I was surprised that my skin not only looked better but was not irritated in any way.

My new go to skin care is Adovia Natural Skin Care for my severe acne breakouts.  You can find Adovia at Try it now!!!!!

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January 4, 2014

Adonia Organics Chocolate Exfoliating Body Treatment Giveaway!!!

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January 3, 2014

A Little LUSH Love for the New Year

Happy New Year!  I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday and are looking forward to 2014 as much as I am!

With the new year, I have a new love.  I tried a wonderful new soap from one of my favorite beauty companies over the holidays.  LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics are made from fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, the finest essentials and safe synthetics.  There are no preservatives and no animal testing  of their products or ingredients.


My newest  favorite is their Sultana of Soap.  I’m usually not a big fan of soap because most that I’ve tried are really drying to the skin, but this is the creamiest and most amazing soap I have ever tried!

You’ll notice the difference immediately.  It actually looks like something you could eat.  The bergamot and olibanum scent is perfect for a luxurious, relaxing shower or bath and it leaves your skin super soft and feeling great.

Just walking into a LUSH store is a treat for the senses!  Drop by one and check it out or shop online at

And while you’re shopping, be sure to pick up one of their Charity Pots.  100% of the price (minus the tax) goes to organizations that support environmental conservation, animal welfare and human rights.



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January 2, 2014

LASHEM Measuarable Difference Lash & Brow Amplifying Serum Giveaway

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January 1, 2014

Vaseline Spray & Go is a Moisturizing Sensation

Vaseline Spray & Go

If you use Vaseline, you will love Vaseline’s line of Spray & Go Moisturizers, it’s vaseline in a spray.  With Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer you can spray it on your legs, arms, really anywhere, anytime and get dressed right away because it dries quickly. That’s right, it’s not sticky or greasy and leaves your skin soft and smooth. I like them because you can get the same moisturizing feeling as vaseline and after rubbing in the spray , your hands feel dry, no greasy residue.

As stated by Vaseline,  “The unique formula includes Stratys-3™ multi-layer moisture so lotion absorbs into skin with a few quick rubs.”   

Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizers are continuous sprays and are available in 3 fabulous varieties:“Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer in Aloe Fresh,  infused with pure aloe for healthy fresh skin,  Total Moisture which  is infused with pure oat extract and Cocoa Radiant infused with pure cocoa butter. You will love them all.

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January 1, 2014

In Just 7 Seconds…UNITE…and some Jane Austen

UNITE &Seconds Dry Shampoo

Did you know that Jane Austen was much more than just a famous female novelist from the 19th century? As an observer of human behavior, her telltale ability to predict the future was uncanny. Especially when it comes to hair and fashion!

“The power of doing any thing with quickness is always much prized by the possessor…. “ The infamous Mr Darcy is quoted to have said in Pride and Prejudice.

Well, Jane couldn’t have been more on point when she wrote that – especially with the amount of time, it seems, we all have in our worlds full of activity, networking, work, children, sports, cocktail parties, movies, you know, the usual spin. Now, the makers of Unite – which is actually quite environmentally responsible I might add (their trademark saying at the bottom of the bottle is UNITE AGAINST ANIMAL TESTING, which is kinda cool). In a 7 second interval, you can shake up the bottle, spray it into your hair, comb it through and literally, VOILA!

Some of you know that my hair can, at times, be quite, let’s say – BIG. We are talking Monica from FRIENDS when she’s in the Caribbean – BIG. This product smoothed down my hair and in less than 10 seconds, my hair was ready to go. Here’s an example. I arrived at a friend’s house – okay – ready to chill. My hair was in a ponytail and honestly I don’t think I had washed it in a day or two. Normally, this works well for me because as a …. Um . . . blond . . . my hair can get dry and brittle if I wash it too much. But then there’s that third day when it’s the point of no return…or so I thought.

By the time I had gotten there, the friend had revived himself and was ready to go out to a movie. When I say I was barely fit for human eyes I am not exaggerating. I ran into the bathroom and searched through my bag.

Out comes the UNITE – 7 SECOND Refresher DRY SHAMPOO – brushed it through and I was completely styled and ready to go. Not only did it look good – it looked great. Somehow even the bumps from my all day ponytail were gone as well after brushing through the shampoo. I mean, amazing, VOILA….etc.!

One funny caution: First, if you are against animal testing, this is a great product for you. If you are against ingredients that might not all be natural, you might not want this one. The main ingredient is some sort of starch and then everything else is the process they had to use to get it to spray onto your roots and beautify! Second, be aware that if you spray too much of this near your ears, you may end up slightly spraying what looks like powder all over your ears. Just do an ear-check before you go out and you’ll be fine. I was quite surprised when I looked in the mirror later that evening and saw white powder on my ears – luckily I hadn’t put my hair behind my ears!

The end of Jane Austen’s quote doesn’t quite apply here though – in which Mr. Darby proclaims that when something is done hastily no one really pays attention to how well it is done. In this case, that is not the case – and in fact, UNITE is very well done! Well done, UNITE! Thank you for a terrific 7 second dry hair shampoo!

nonameGuest post by Julia Tanen

Julia is a writer, blogger, book author

and mom from Boston, Massachusetts

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January 1, 2014

CURL, STYLE, VOLUMIZE with KareCo Brushes


Looking for those volumized curls when trying to blow dry your hair? Well then, you definitely need this new Circular brush by KareCo. It is definitely a necessity if you are trying to achieve those soft at home done curls that look like you have your own stylist at home. This small thermal professional brush is awesome for any style. It can smooth, straighten, curls contours, adds volume and conditions. This brush is dedicated to providing salon industry with the highest quality brushes available. You will personally receive the same results at home as you would in a salon; with 100% advance Iconic Conditioning Technology, this brush will give you style, shine, volume, and bounce with every move.



The soft cushion handle is comfortable for any angle you are trying to reach. Also, the thin flexible bristles make it extremely easy to comb through any type of hair.  Personally, I have medium to thick short hair and this is the perfect brush for me to use when trying to get that thick beautiful hair that all the movie stars have nowadays. There are so many brushes out there on the market nowadays, but this brush is definitely worth the try. It worked for me and it will probably be just as successful for you too! Check out the fabulous brushes and hair care accessories that KareCo has to offer at their website

0-7Christina Carlino, Teen Bloger

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