Legendary stylist and John Frieda Collection Creative Consultant Harry Josh tells you how to achieve—and hold—fabulously festive holiday hair:
Start the night out right with a chic chignon to complement your cocktail dress. “Before stepping out of the shower or towel-drying hair, squeeze out excess water then coat wet hair with a generous amount of Frizz-Ease Original Serum to prevent hair from frizzing as it dries,” says Josh. “Next, create a defined side part and blow dry hair with a flat paddle brush. Don’t worry about getting hair super straight—this style is supposed to have a little shape and volume. Once hair is dry, pull back into a loose side bun and secure using a clip or bobby pins, not a hair band. Spritz gathered hair with Sheer Blonde Crystal Clear Hairspray and smooth your palms over the hair’s surface to tame flyaways.”
Take your hair from chic chignon to show-stopping pony in the time it takes to refill your cocktail with a little touch-up of Frizz-Ease Thermal Protection Hair Serum. “Shake hair loose and flip it over, quickly bringing it together on the top of your head,” recommends Josh. “Secure hair using a loose band or clip, then place a drop of Frizz-Ease Thermal Protection Hair Serum in palms and run through your pony for a smooth finish. The serum adds definition and shine to the natural wave created by the chignon. Keep hair frizz-free throughout the night with a spray of Frizz-Ease Moisture Barrier Firm-Hold Hairspray.”
Late Night Party
Take a break between parties to let your hair down for the night. “Loose waves are a perfect late-night look—holiday hair doesn’t always have to be an updo,” Josh advises. “Wrap individual sections of hair around your finger, starting with the under-layers, and spritz lightly with Luxurious Volume All-Out Hold™ Hairspray to create waves and boost body on the go. The spray provides all-night hold and major volume for no-fuss, fabulous style.”
Prescriptives’ Winter Reflections All-Over Highlighter ($35.00) really got me excited when I first saw it, because it reminded me SO much of Guerlain’s Meteorites (which cost a fortune!). I was eager to try it, and now I can say I have! While they’re really not a dupe for Meteorites (they lack the scent, and Meteorites tend to be very, very sheer and subtle), it’s still a nice holiday highlighter. It’s a strawberry kind of shade – light blusher for tanner skin, but it’ll show up more on lighter skin tones as a nice pink shimmery glow.
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OVERALL, Metal Urge meets expectations–which were low. If you were one of the few who loved and enjoyed Metal-x last year, then you should enjoy this year’s rendition. But in the end, it is really just that: a regurgitation of last year’s collection. Of the Brushed Metal-x shades, Gilded Ash is tempting, just because it looks like a great color for a smoky eye. I know myself, and I know how my Metal-x shadows from last year are buried in my “I don’t use these” MAC box. The liquidlasts are always fun, but they’re readily available throughout the year, so it’s not a big deal to see them highlighted in this launch. The three pigments available are a nice trio of shades that all earn recommendations from me.
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Row 1: Material, Gold Spice, Forged Rose, Gilded Ash, Verdigris
Row 2: Pink Platinum, Metalblu, Gold Mode, Cocomotion, Spirtualize
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Update on Dazzlelash: This formula just isn’t working out for me! Some days it flakes, some days it smudges, and then other days it lasts all day. I just can’t deal with a mascara that’s as finicky as I am! What Dazzlelash excels at is lengthening lashes and separating them. You’ll find it harder to clump up as you apply multiple coats with this formula. It has a nice richness in its black color, too. I don’t feel it thickens much (if at all), which is a drawback for me as I need thickening for my stubby, wispy lashes. I found this was more likely to smudge/flake when I used it with Prep + Prime Lash than without it. It removes easily (no stubborness), and if you’re in the market for separation and length, you ought to check this out if you can. This seems like a mascara that people either love or just find so-so, but I haven’t heard from too many who outright dislike it. Plushlash still holds as my go-to mascara (along with Lancome Oscillation and Chanel Exceptionnel) for the time being.
Have you tried Dazzlelash yet? What’s your verdict?
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Philosophy’s Red Velvet Cake Lip Shine ($12.00) is one of Philosophy’s flavors for the holiday season. It smells very chocolaty, but almost like a spicy chocolate (though not too spicy!). It gives a smidgen of color (it deepens your natural pigmentation), lots of gloss (duh), and it’s a great way to keep your pucker look kissable without sticky gloss or rich lipstick. I find that the lip shines just work really well when I have down time or I’m just running errands. I mean, you just can’t kiss your boyfriend with lipstick and lipglass on–for one, mine doesn’t want all that on his lips; and second, it’ll still mess up my perfect color combination anyway!
Anyone with some brand new lip shines hanging around who doesn’t want them? Let me take them off your hands!
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