Tuesday, September 24, 2013

2013 Emmy Awards: Beachy Hair Waves & Highlighted Locks Heat Up the Red Carpet

Curls just wanna have fun in the sun! 

Fall officially began a few days ago, but no one told the red carpet arrivals at the 2013 Emmy Awards. Loose beachy hair waves and summer-like highlights made a big splash. 

Sofia Vergara stood out as one of the night's hottest looks. She floated down the red carpet in a custom crimson Vera Wang mermaid gown accessorized with hair-down-to-there, cascading curls. 

Endless summer style statements also included heavy highlights. Vergara sported fierce golden strands, while Rose Byrne turned heads with her new light locks. In addition, Anna Chlumsky, Taylor Schilling and Kaley Cuoco took the plunge with bold blonde ribbons.

You don't need to be an A-list superstar or live in "The 'Bu" to achieve beachy hair waves or healthy looking highlights. For your next curls night out, we've compiled the latest curling irons, shampoos/conditioners for color-treated strands, hairsprays, root boosters, curling creams and styling foams. 

They're designed to place you at the top of any Best Tressed list. You go, curl!

Sofia Vergara

Taylor Schilling

Kaley Cuoco

January Jones

Rose Byrne

Anna Chlumsky

Carrie Underwood

SHINE: Affinage Cool Blonde Shampoo, Illuminator and Conditioner. BEAUTY: Neutralize unwanted yellow tones in lightened, natural or sun-bleached hair, and protect against brassiness. BEACON: Contains no sulfates. Supports The Alternative Hair Charitable Foundation.

SHINEBelson Products Gold 'N Hot Titanium Triple Barrel Waver. BEAUTY: Titanium technology prevents split ends and reduces frizz, while 1/2" and 5/8" barrels create small and large waves. BEACONThe parent company, Helen of Troy, supports the American Cancer Society, Cookies for Kids' Cancer and Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

SHINE: Conair You Wrap & Wave. BEAUTY: Create kinky, curly and wavy looks with clamp-free technology that places less stress on strands. BEACON: Supports the American Red Cross, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and National Dance Institute

SHINE: Davines Love Smoothing Shampoo (for dry and frizzy hair) and Volume Boosting Moisturizing Mist. BEAUTY: Both serve to hydrate and heal damaged or limp locks. BEACON: No animal testing.

SHINE: Garnier Fructis Style Volumizing Anti-Humidity Hairspray (extra strong hold) and Hi-Rise Lift Root Booster. BEAUTY: Creates va-va-voom volume by lifting locks from the root to the tip. BEACON: Partners with TerraCycle to design its packaging from post-consumer materials.

SHINE: Hamadi Organics Shea Rice Milk Conditioner. BEAUTY: Nourish and strengthen strands with acai fruit oil, vitamin E and shea butter. BEACONEcocert certified and no animal testing. Contains no fragrances or colorants.

SHINE: Jane Carter Solution Curl Defining Cream. BEAUTY: Shea butter, and avocado and jojoba seed oils help elongate tight curls and define looser ones without leaving residue. BEACON: Vegan and paraben free. Supports Women For Women

SHINE: L'Occitane Aromachologie Radiance and Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner. BEAUTY: Keep color from fading and preserve the brightness of highlights and color-treated hair with geranium, bergamot, rosemary and grape seed extracts. BEACON: Sulfate free. The L’Occitane Foundation supports women’s entrepreneurship and visual impairment fields of action.

SHINE: Number 4 Jour d'automne Styling Foam. BEAUTY: Sunflower seed oil, and black currant and green tea leaf extracts help sculpt hair and enhance curls. BEACON: Vegan and no animal testing. Free of sulfates, gluten and parabens.

SHINE: Pureology Colour Stylist Lustrous Volumizer (for color-treated hair). BEAUTY: Minimize heat damage from styling tools while also maximizing volume, shine and hold. BEACON: No animal testing and vegan. Free of sulfates. Supports Global Green USA.

SHINE: TRESemmé 24 Hour Foaming Mousse. BEAUTY: Create weightless body and bounce without stickiness and stiffness. BEACON: The Unilever Foundation, created by the parent company, supports OxfamSave the Children and the World Food Programme

Monday, September 16, 2013

Peptide Guide: How to Help Aging & Damaged Skin Defy the Odds

Photos by Rhonda J. Wilson

Some things defy explanation. Take the tree that grows sideways in my neighborhood. It springs across the sidewalk and street in a proud but precarious position, committing horizontal hijinks on the hundreds of pedestrians and drivers who journey underneath it on a daily basis. It never ceases to amaze and delight the locals.

The same can be said about peptides--those powerhouse plumping ingredients used in skincare formulations to create Botox-like results. These teeny-tiny molecules, also known as small chains of amino acids, defy the odds and produce big results. They not only signal the skin to create more collagen, but they also significantly soften fine lines and wrinkles with no side effects.

Meet the most powerful anti-aging peptides available:

Palmitoyl pentapeptide: Absorbs deeper into the skin to stimulate collagen production and improve hydration. 

Heptapeptide-7: Strengthens skin's structure and restores firmness. 

Tetrapeptide-2: Improves tone and texture, and helps the skin defend against visible signs of aging.

Hexapeptide-3: Relaxes facial tension and reduces wrinkle depth.

Oligopeptide: Smoothes skin for a more rejuvenated look.

Take a look at the latest serums, moisturizers, and eye and hand creams that contain healing and hydrating peptides. They're designed to repair and renew your skin--as well as amaze and delight.

SHINE: VB Cosmetics Abrioné Face Lifting Serum. BEAUTY: Firm sagging skin and wrinkles with palmitoyl pentapeptide, green tea leaf extract, hyaluronic acid and marine algae extracts. BEACON: No animal testing.

SHINE: Apothederm Firming Serum. BEAUTY: Heptapeptide-7 and hexapeptide-14 help tighten and brighten skin to create luminosity and a lifted look. BEACONNo animal testing. Free of parabens, phthalates and fragrances.

SHINE: Dionis Green Conscience Wrinkle Cream. BEAUTY: Ease fine lines and wrinkles with oligopeptide, tetrapeptide-7, sunflower and jojoba seed oils, and marine algae extract. BEACON: No animal testing. Free of parabens.

SHINE: Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Hand Cream. BEAUTY: Pentapeptide-4, hexapeptide-3, and the juices of aloe, apple, lemon and white grape help hydrate your hands and mend hyperpigmentation. BEACONUSDA Organic certified. Free of parabens, petroleum, propylene and butylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, pesticides, phthalates, artificial dyes and synthetic fragrances.

SHINE: Kate Somerville Deep Tissue Repair. BEAUTY: Maximize elasticity and firmness, and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with macadamia and jojoba seed oils, hyaluronic acid and oligopeptide. BEACON: No animal testing.

SHINE: Lily Herbceuticals Reishi Youth Restore Revitalizing Day Cream. BEAUTY: Mushroom and ginkgo biloba leaf extract, tetrapeptide-2 and shea butter help tighten and brighten skin. BEACONContains no petrochemicals or parabens.

SHINE: m-61 Hydraboost Eye. BEAUTY: Replenish moisture and reduce the appearance of dark circles/puffiness with tripeptide-38, vitamin E, hyaluronic acid, and jojoba seed and avocado oils. BEACONNo animal testing. Free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, and synthetic fragrances and dyes.

SHINE: Murad Advanced Active Radiance Serum. BEAUTY: Hexapeptide-2, vitamin E and hyaluronic acid promote collagen production, and help restore radiance and resilience to your skin. BEACON: No animal testing.

SHINE: Nature Pure Labs Hippophae Pepto-Ceramide Complex. BEAUTY: Increase moisture retention and prevent premature aging with oligopeptide, and ginkgo biloba leaf and St John's wort extracts. BEACONNo animal testing. Free of parabens, and artificial colors and fragrances. 
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