AVEDA @ Christian Siriano S/S 2011

AVEDA @ Christian Siriano S/S 2011

AVEDA @ Christian Siriano S/S 2011

The new bun at Christian Siriano Spring/Summer 2011 Show with Antoinette Beenders for Aveda

On Hair:

Aveda lead stylist Antoinette Beenders created a textured bun using Aveda Control Force™ Firm Hold Hair Spray at the Christian Siriano Spring/Summer 2011 Fashion Week show in New York.

INSPIRATION: “The Christian Siriano hair look for this season is all about different cultures mixing and blending together. The style is a modern bun—full of attitude—with sections of crimped hair cascading over it for texture. It’s a strong, contemporary twist on the classic bun.” — Antoinette Beenders for Aveda

Hair How-to:

1. Brush hair with a Mason Pearson brush. Pull the top section of hair — from the hairline to the crown — and clip it out of the way.

2. Comb the remaining hair back into a tight, high ponytail and secure with a bungee elastic. Spray with Aveda Control Force™ Firm Hold Hair Spray for hold.

3. Spray Aveda Brilliant™ Spray-On Shine directly onto the bristles of a kabuki-style Aveda Uruku Bronzing Brush. “Paint” the sides of hair with the Uruku Bronzing Brush for shine.

4. Take the ponytail and braid it. Then twist the braid into a bun, securing to the head with bobby pins. Spray with Aveda Control Force™ Firm Hold Hair Spray for ultra-strong hold.

5. Remove the clip from the remaining top section of hair and comb to the crown. Working with small portions of hair (approximately one inch) at a time, use a micro-crimping iron to add texture from the crown to ends.

6. Brush the hair with a Mason Pearson brush to loosen the crimp. Gently pull the hair over the bun and secure at the base with hair pins. Spray with Aveda Control Force™ Firm Hold Hair Spray.

7. Pull a few pieces of hair out of the bun with fingers for extra texture. Set the look with Aveda Control Force™ Firm Hold Hair Spray.

See quick Q&A and makeup how-to, plus more images!

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Win MAC Imperial Flower Nail Lacquer!

Win MAC Imperial Flower Nail Lacquer!

One (1) lucky winner will receive the limited edition Imperial Flower Nail Lacquer from MAC’s Fabulous Felines Collection! (Retail value $13.00!)

RULES: All entries must be submitted by September 15th, 2010 at 11:59 PM PST. This contest is open to U.S. readers only (sorry, there are a lot of mailing restrictions on nail polish sent internationally) as pursuant to your local state/country’s laws. Winner will be chosen randomly and notified via e-mail. This post will be updated with the winner once the winner confirms.

Congratulations to Heather H.!

Essie Fall 2010 Collection

Essie Fall 2010 Collection

Essie’s Fall Collection includes six new shades, which you can purchase individually for $8 a pop. You can also purchase all six together for $48 (which is still $8 each). Nordstrom also has a mini four-pack (includes Merino Cool, Limited Addiction, Little Brown Dress, and Sew Psyched) for $17. The shades are described as: Sew Psyched (cashmere-soft sage pewter), Limited Addiction (racy garnet red), In Stitches (cheeky blush pink), Merino Cool (sensuous autumn mulberry), Velvet Voyeur (intense chocolate amethyst), Little Brown Dress (beguiling black coffee).

The formula was really nice on these; not too thin, not too thick, and the majority were pigmented enough to use just two coats of polish.   Merino Cool was the only one where I think three coats was necessary (though the swatch photos are with two, for reference).  My personal favorites were Merino Cool and Sew Psyched, though I kind of dig Little Brown Dress.

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RECOMMENDATION: There’s no reason not to consider one of these shades, as they all performed quite well. I found Merino Cool and Sew Psyched to be the two that really grabbed me, but Little Brown Dress is a shade I wouldn’t normally consider wearing, so I liked getting the chance to try it!


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Welcome to New York Fashion Week S/S 2011!

Welcome to New York Fashion Week S/S 2011!

Today kicks off the one-week extravaganza that is New York Fashion Week! In the past, we’ve done extensive coverage of the beauty backstage at many of the shows.  We have created a special section devoted to all things Fashion Week, which you can easily access simply by clicking on the image on the top, right-hand side of the sidebar (the image looks very similar to the one above!).

How to Keep Up with NYFW

  • Temptalia.com:  Fashion Week: A whole section of our site devoted to all things Fashion Week!
  • New York Fashion Week S/S ’11 Tag:  Any and all posts related to this season’s fashion week will be tagged with this label
  • Beauty Brands Tweeting @ NYFW:  I’ve compiled a list of beauty brands and makeup artists known to be tweeting behind-the-scenes during the event.  If you love twitpics, one line breakdowns, it can be a fun way to follow the event.  I’m regularly looking and adding more brands/artists as I find them–if I’m missing anyone/brand, let me know!

For this season, we are testing out a new format to deliver the latest news and breakdowns from the runways with our own Fashion Week page. This means that the main page will not share the content that is on the Fashion Week page–so if you aren’t into NYFW, you won’t be overwhelmed by it amongst our regularly scheduled, daily content.  Instead, each day during Fashion Week, we’ll post a daily recap on the main page so those who are interested are kept in the loop, but you can also routinely check out our special Fashion Week section, which will be updated periodically throughout the day.

I’m not attending NYFW in person, but ironically, I find I do a much better job of covering the week-long event from home than I do when I’m there in person!  Happy feet and happy sleep wishes to all those attending and working at Fashion Week.

Video Review: Chanel Les Khakis de Chanel Collection

Here’s a “thorough” video featuring the three new nail lacquers from Chanel’s Les Khakis de Chanel Collection, which is released in honor of Fashion’s Night Out.  It hits chanel.com, Chanel boutiques, and select department store counters on September 10th.  Each polish retails for $25 and contains 0.4 fl. oz.  You can read my full review and see photo swatches here.

Please excuse my horrible French pronunciation.  It was always my biggest issue that I was never able to overcome when I took French during high school–my dumb mouth never could cooperate with my brain that was speaking beautifully (at least, in my mind, LOL).  And to think I took French over Spanish because I couldn’t roll my Rs!

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