Monday, February 8, 2016

Valentines Day Beauty


This article first appeared on TME February 10, 2015


We at Team TME are freaking out because we’ve got Valentine’s Day beauty tips from our favorite top celebrity beauty experts -- from Celebrity Stylist Charles Baker Strahan to Celebrity Stylist Sarah Potempa and our beloved Clairol Color Director James Corbett to Dr. Jody Levine! We have everything that you will need to look, and feel, amazing no matter what you’re doing for Valentine’s Day … or night … whether you’re doing a romantic night in, a big night out or prowling with the girls!
                       
Romantic Night In:

Celebrity Stylist and Herbal Essences Brand Ambassador, Charles Baker Strahan“You don’t need to go crazy with styling your hair, but it should definitely look and feel soft, nourished and hydrated. Try using a treatment such as the Herbal Essences Wild Naturals Intensive Treatment to give your hair an extra bit of love to make your strands touchable for [the love of your life]!”

Big Night Out: 

Charles Baker Strahan says it’s all about the curls! “There’s nothing more fun than voluminous curls for a big night out”. Whether you’re enhancing your natural curls or giving your straight hair a twist, here’s how to get sexy 'ringlets'".

  • After stepping out of the shower, use a mousse like Herbal Essences Naked Volumizing Soufflé. Mousse has a function, which allows hair to dry in a somewhat stationary position. When hair isn't jostled around in the drying process it is less likely to produce frizz
  • Use a diffuser! People with straight hair that doesn't “hold a curl” often blow their hair out with a brush and a blow dryer, making the hair straight and less likely to curl... stop doing this! Allowing the hair to dry in a basket diffuser with the high heat setting and low wind speed allows your mousse to force out the excess moisture and maintain any and all natural body or movement in the hair
  • If you have hair that is hard to curl you should do a set. You can use your curling iron to heat the hair and place the curl wherever you'd like but then use a roller clip to hold the curl in position while it cools

Celebrity Stylist and Aussie Brand Ambassador, Sarah Potempa also suggests curls for a night out, but Sarah’s take is all about that sexy polished wave look! “Polished Waves with a red lip combo is probably my favorite look for a big night out,” shared Sarah.

Polished Waves How-To:

  • To achieve this classically beautiful look, start off by curling your hair in the same direction
  • For a more retro look, curl your hair in towards your face. After you curl, spray a nylon/boar bristle brush with a flexible hairspray, like Aussie Sprunch Hairspray and fully brush out the curls. Doing so will bring all of your waves together and create a smooth, long-lasting style
  • To give the ultimate frizz-free finish, apply Aussie Miraculously Smooth Anti-Frizz Cream starting from the ends and working up into the roots

Girls Night Out:

Clairol Color Director (and TME <3) James Corbett offers these top-notch color tips for GNO!
  • This winter, special occasion hair is all about textured looks! On top of styling and cut, hair color can make a big difference when creating texture.
  • Use Nice ‘n Easy’s Hair painting Kit to paint in some lighter strands around your face; this will give hair a multi-dimensional look. Nice ‘n Easy’s Hairpainting Kit is easy to use at home, and works on all hair colors.
  • After coloring, ditch the blow dryer, and style hair in natural looking waves. Your new look will be effortlessly chic. (Perfect for a romantic date or Girls Night Out!)

Sarah Potempa offers: “For a girls night out, a dry shampoo such as the new Aussie Total Miracle 7N1 Dry Shampoo, is great to keep in your bag or desk at work for an instant touchup from day to night. Not only does it help to absorb excess oil and refresh your style, but also gives your hair a bit of texture if you want to pull your hair into a high ponytail or fun braid.”

We love the suggestions from our favorite celeb experts and you can find more beauty tips in TME’s CoverGirl section! Since we’re smack in the middle of winter, we thought it’d be a good time to check in again with Dermatologist Dr. Jody Levine and get the best skincare tips for Valentine’s Day … and the rest of the winter season!

Winter Skin Care and Prep – Courtesy of Venus Dermatologist Dr. Jody Levine:

Hair removal in the winter:

  • Many women skip shaving during the winter months. The trick to removing an abundance of hair is making sure you follow the right steps.
  • First, I recommend hydrating your hair with warm water and waiting two to three minutes from when you step into the shower before shaving. This will make the hair softer and easier to [remove].
  • Next, be sure to apply ample amounts of moisture rich-shave gel like the new Venus with a Touch of Olay Shave Gel. Incorporating a shave gel is an important step in getting a great shave. Not only does it allow your razor to glide better and easier over the skin, but it also helps lubricate the hairs – so they’re soft and stand up at attention, making them easier to cut.
  • The type of razor you use is also crucial when it comes to removing a lot of hair. Make sure you use a high quality razor, with five sharp blades – so you’re getting a smooth, ultra-close shave.
  • Finally, shave with light, gentle strokes and exert as little pressure as possible – this will help reduce your chances of skin irritation.


Ensuring the closest shave:

  • To get the closest shave use a 5-bladed razor like the new Venus Swirl, which moves like no other to cover every unique curve and contour, helping to shave those hard-to-reach places and capture hairs that other razors might miss.
  • Lather up with a shave gel like new Venus with a Touch of Olay shave gel before shaving to ensure the razor glides easily over skin. Shave gel also helps you keep track of where you’ve shaved to avoid missing any spots.

Stay hydrated: While moisturization is great, you should be properly moisturizing at the right times with the right amounts. The best way to keep your skin beautiful is by keeping it adequately hydrated. Having dry dead skin is the foundation for irritation. When skin is dry, it is compromised and compromised skin is more prone to experiencing symptoms of irritation.

  • Moisturizer is much more effective on properly exfoliated skin and shaving is actually a good gentle way to exfoliate your legs. Shaving everyday with the right razor can help exfoliate dead skin. Try using the Venus Swirl for best results.
  • Put on a light moisturizer right after you shower. This helps to rehydrate your skin with moisture that was lost from showering. Using a moisturizer that has shimmer in it can also give your legs subtle shine to highlight its natural contours.

Avoid lengthy hot showers: Lengthy hot showers can actually dry your skin. The heat from the shower makes the skin's oils soften, much as butter softens when heated. Granted, this isn't an altogether bad thing; that same oil barrier traps dirt and sweat, which leads to body odor. Still, without those oils, the moisture in your skin easily escapes, leading to dry and itchy skin. The longer and hotter the shower, the faster this process takes place and the more moisture you're likely to lose. Try to keep your showers lukewarm or shorter.

Team TME’s Tip: Give yourself plenty of time to get ready and relax while doing so!




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