13 Bridal Hairstyles for Brides To Be
Guy Kremer created this modern up-do. Sweep hair to the sides, splitting just off-center. Pin and gather hair into a bun, pulling some pieces/sections out and twist.
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10 Bridal Hairstyles for Brides To Be
Royston Blythe styled this model’s hair into a modern up-do by crimpnig hair, lighting backcombing it, and adding extensions by Racoon International. Try this voluminous up-do that’s both feminine and romantic. Allow a few tendrils to escape the ‘do to frame your face. If you have bangs, you can add a volumizing product and lightly blow dry them to give them some height. Using a glittering hair pin helps to accent the entire hairstyle.
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Philosophy Cinnamon Hot Dots Shower Gel ($16.00) is a spicy, cinnamon-y infused scented body wash. If you’ve been a reader for a few months, you’ve probably gotten a glimpse of my delight over Philosophy’s Shower Gels. They’ve captured my attention, because I like trying out all of the different scents, and they are always coming out with new ones.
All of their Shower Gels are technically 3-in-1 gels, because they can be used as shampoo, shower gel, or bubble bath. I only use mine as shower gels–mostly out of personal preference–I only take a few baths a year, so I devote those to getting my LUSH on, and shampoo, well — I’m always trying out new shampoos! Thus, I keep my Philosophy gels strictly for body washing.
My most important requirement in a body wash is that I can work up a good lather/foam with it. I just like the feeling of a luxuriously foaming, sudsy body wash, and this is an area where Philosophy excels. (My boyfriend is equally fanatic about the amount of lather a body wash has!) Cinnamon Hot Dots smells very much like sizzling hot cinnamon candies (like Hot Tamales). It’s definitely not a subtle scent when you’re using it, but it doesn’t linger after you’ve dried off. I personally prefer my body wash scents to fade quickly, but if you’re looking for all-day scent, this is definitely not meant for you.
I loved Hot Tamales as a kid (can’t justify eating those nowadays, sigh), so I was all over this scent. I just finished my big ol’ bottle of sudsy goodness this morning, and I’d say it lasted me a solid two months, despite my boyfriend using at least half of it with his overindulgent usage (the term “a little bit will do ya” means nothing to him!).
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Oscar Blandi Pronto Wet Instant Volumizing Shampoo & Conditioner ($24.00 each) are new and available only at Sephora. The shampoo helps remove product and dirt build-up while adding volume to your tresses. The set is also meant to work in conjunction with Oscar Blandi’s Pronto Dry Shampoo for those who are busy bees and can’t always find time to wash their hair (or just need an extra day or two between washes!). Both the shampoo and conditioner are scented with a lemony-citrus fragrance.
The conditioner helps to hydrate and detangle hair while also adding volume. It uses AquaFlex technology, which is a polymer that “coats the hair, delivering body, water-resistance, a non-sticky finish, and remarkable manageability for a magnificent mane—rain or shine.” Both products are formulated without GMO, parabens, petro-chemcials, phthalates, sulfates, or synthetic dyes. It also does not contain PPG, MEA, DEA, TEA, or formaldehyde donors. These products have also not been tested on animals.
My hair is pretty thick, so products that say “volume” tend not to work for me. I allow them to admit defeat with dignity, though, knowing that they had a very uphill battle when attempting to add volume to my hair. I did feel like my hair felt lighter, and it dried a little faster than usual when I let it air-dry. In terms of volume, I wouldn’t say my mane reached its full volumizing potential, but it did get a little boost that was nice for those days when I’m too lazy to style my hair (aka most of the time).
I’m actually a big fan of citrus-based scents, so the lemony fragrance didn’t bother me, though I’ve heard others mention it’s a bit too strong. I can’t tell you the same, as I liked it and was happy to have my shower smell like fresh squeezed lemons. The shampoo is more heavily scented than the conditioner based on my experience thus far, though.
Despite being sulfate-free, the Pronto Wet Shampoo does a great job of lathering up so I feel like I can get a good cleaning going on. I just find that without the lather, I’m not really sure where the product is getting, so I’m always worried I’m missing spots. I also think my hair eats shampoo/conditioner, so without the lather, it’s tough to get the product all over without using a ton.
My hair felt softer, healthier, and it had a really nice shine to it overall. I have to qualify my review a bit and let you know that my hair isn’t particularly fussy. It’s quite healthy on its own–as a result of rarely coloring or styling it–and no real texture or unruly problems like frizzy curls either. For those looking for more natural shampoo/conditioners, this is a good bet. The price isn’t too steep, because the bottles will last you several months (they’ll probably last me at least six months. And hey, if you like lemon, I think you might really like these!
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Doug Lipgloss, James Lipgloss
Urban Decay’s Pocket Rocket Collection recently launched as a spring/summer product naughtily creating some sexy thoughts. Each lipgloss is housed in a flat lipgloss container, and at the top, there are photos of holographic men. If you tilt the lipgloss, the men will show up undressed and just in their boxers/briefs/skivvies.
- David Milky mauve
- Doug Sheer medium pink with iridescent sparkle
- Eric Sheer true red
- James Sheer hot pink with ultraviolet glow
- Jesse Sheer blackberry with warm sparkle
- Julio Sheer white with iridescent sparkle
- Kirk Sheer creamy nude
- Timothy Creamy coral with pink glow
I tried two shades–Doug and James–and both are extremely shimmery/sparkly. It definitely looks like shimmer is in for this summer season, yeah? Doug is a sheer, shimmery raspberry pink with silvery-pink shimmer. James is a sheer, strawberry pink with fuchsia-purple shimmer. Both go on quite sheerly when applied to lips, so don’t expect a lot of color out of these bad boys. The product is pretty gimmicky, but the gloss is non-sticky and sparkly, so the product itself works as a lipgloss should!
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NARS’ Tropic Collection for Summer 2009 may not have been my favorite I’ve been able to sneak a peek at this summer, but Belize lip gloss was prettier than I anticipated. I couldn’t tell you that I’d really recommend it, given it’s $24, but it’s worth considering if you like milky glosses.
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