Posts Written On January 2015

Hair How-To: Chrissy Teigen’s Golden Globes Look

John Legend may have won the Golden Globe last night for Best Original Song but it’s Chrissy Teigen who stole the Red Carpet spotlight with her blush pink sheath gown and super chic, tousled pony.

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Celebrity Hairstylist and International Creative Director for Macadamia Professional, Giannandrea  (pictured above with the happy couple), was inspired to create an effortless style that pulled her hair up and away from the face and neck, allowing the detailed dress to really shine. It was a modern, elegant take on the playful pony, which perfectly accented the rest of her look.
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See the step-by-step “how to” with product recommendations below:

Step 1: Apply Macadamia Professional Foaming Volumizer on wet hair before blow drying the whole head with a large round brush, to create ample volume at the roots and length

Step 2: Use a 1-inch curling iron and curl the whole head in waves

Step 3: Once the hair was set in waves, use a generous dollop of Macadamia Professional Whipped Detailing Cream and run hands throughout the hair, using fingers to create supple separation and texture all the way through the ends

Step 4: Gather hair into a high pony tail, slightly below the crown. Tie the pony into an elastic band and take a small section of hair from the ponytail and wrap it around the elastic band covering it. Keep the pony playful by using your fingers to open it up and make it wide, textured and volumized

Step 5: Make sure it’s not too tight around the face by creating volume at the front with separation. Leave some flyaways on the sides for an effortless look

Step 6:  Spray in place with Macadamia Control Working Spray to protect against humidity and set for a night out

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Wow! Gluten Free Walkers Shortbread Cookies

For the first time in 116 years, Walkers Shortbread has adapted the traditional shortbread recipe fans across the world have come to know and love. Walkers now offers its first-ever Gluten Free Shortbread, providing an authentic shortbread for those who are gluten intolerant, or choose a gluten-free diet. The new line evolved from years of development to produce a pure buttery taste that founder Joseph Walker would have proudly served at his Scottish Highland village bakery.
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Close your eyes, bite in and see if you can tell the difference. Walkers Gluten Free line replaces wheat flour with a blend of rice flour, maize flour, and potato starch, while retaining the same butter and sugar content as the traditional shortbreads. As is Walkers custom, the cookies contain no artificial flavorings, colorings, or preservatives. Walkers promises the pure butter taste and texture you love, just without the gluten.

With approximately 2 million people in the U.S. suffering from celiac disease and 18 million with gluten sensitivity[1], the latest launch from Walkers demonstrates the brand’s commitment to producing The World’s Finest Shortbread, known for its simplicity and luxurious taste, for everyone to enjoy. The recipe has been fine-tuned to meet Walkers standards, giving gluten intolerant customers an introduction (or reintroduction) to the brand without compromising on taste.

The new gluten free line includes three shortbreads:

·         Gluten Free Pure Butter Shortbread: The classic pure butter gluten free shortbread offers a crumbly “melt-in-your-mouth” texture and all butter taste.

·         Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread: A generous helping of chocolate chips provides a rich and luxurious complement to this classic shortbread.

·         Gluten Free Ginger & Lemon Shortbread: This crumbly shortbread combines the best of traditional Scottish baking with the exotic tang of Lemon and Stem Ginger.

“We are delighted to introduce a gluten free option to the Walkers Shortbread line, allowing everyone the opportunity to enjoy this delicious traditional treat without compromising on taste,” said Jim Walker, Managing Director, Walkers Shortbread. “With so many now suffering from food intolerances, we feel it is important to create choices for all and are proud to have the unique offering of traditional shortbread, which is certified gluten free. With three different options, there really is something for everyone to enjoy.”

With less than 20 parts per million of gluten, Walkers Gluten Free Shortbread meets the FDA standard for gluten free food, with every batch tested to ensure compliance before its release. The line contains no genetically modified ingredients or hydrogenated fats, and is vegetarian and Kosher OUD.

Established in 1898 in Aberlour, Scotland, family-owned Walkers Shortbread is the leading brand of food exported from Scotland, and remains committed to quality, with human eyes on every facet of the baking process, and using only the finest butter made from the milk of free-grazing, small herd cows. To this day, members of the Walker family gather in their bakery to taste test the latest ideas, with only those deemed finest approved for production.

Walkers Gluten Free Shortbread will appear at retailers across the country in the coming months and is available for purchase online at http://us.walkersshortbread.com/.

About Walkers Shortbread
Walkers was founded in 1898 and is still a family owned and managed company. We proudly bake The World’s Finest Shortbread in our home village of Aberlour in the Scottish Highlands. Walkers is now sold in over 80 countries and is the leading brand of food exported from Scotland. Our shortbread, cookies and oatcakes contain no artificial flavorings, colorings or additives, and are certified Kosher OUD. Walkers does not support the use of GM ingredients. For more information, please visit http://us.walkersshortbread.com/.

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The Dryer that will Blow You Away: Infiniti Pro by Conair 3Q

After last night, it’s clear that “cold shoulder hair” will be a trend we’ll see throughout this awards show season. This timeless, chic look of hair tossed over one shoulder can be flattering on so many lengths and types and can be easy to translate from the red carpet to real life!

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One of my biggest resolutions for 2015 is to spend a bit more effort on my hair! I have seen so many awesome styles on Pinterest that I know I can achieve. The 3Q as the first step to achieving these fabulous hairstyles!

The 3Q, loved by celebrity stylists like Peter Butler and Ted Gibson, is going to blow you away with what it can do!

·         A great time-saving tool, the 3Q features an advanced brushless motor that delivers a quick, quiet and quality blow out.
·         Up to 70% more air pressure reduces the temperature, so hair is dried quickly with less damaging heat and an overall healthier drying experience!
·         In a Nielsen survey, Conair found that having a quality dryer is so important to women that nearly two thirds say they would spend more money on a blow dryer if it was less damaging to their hair.
·         The 3Q lasts up to 10x as long as standard AC motor dryers, making it a great beauty investment!

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New Fancy Flip @FlopZuk

Beautiful Aqua flip flops with Turquoise straps

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What makes flopZ so unique is the massaging flopZgel which covers the insole. This clear textured layer treats your feet to a delicious massaging sensation whilst you walk, and the hardwearing clear gel keeps its shape whilst remaining fresh and new in appearance all year round.

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Compact and cleverly packaged with their own bag protector flopZ are perfect for the jetsetter, girl about town and spa lover alike.
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Made from: High quality pure eva outsole, flopZgel pvc compound upper layer which is hand finished for a smooth comfortable edging – simply wash clean with water.

Find your new favorite pair on http://flopz.com/

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New Survey Stats: What Women Want in 2015

This report uncovers how women are feeling about everything from personal/family finances to life goals and their top worries.  This survey was conducted by SheSpeaks, the leading women’s influencer platform, and Lippe Taylor, a leading integrated marketing communications agency that specializes in motivating women to buy.

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1.       2015 Is The Year of Health: There are a lot items women want to accomplish in 2015, and getting healthy (68%) remains a top priority, followed by moving to a new home or remodeling a current one (42%) and making a positive impact on their community (36%).

2.       Women’s Biggest Woes: Between family, friends and work, women juggle a lot, which means there’s a lot weighing on their mind.  In 2015, health care (29%) continues to be a top concern among women, followed by worries over racial tension (20%) and job security (15%).

3.       Going for the Green: 89% of women think their financial situation will stay the same or get better

4.       Optimism in the New Year: 64% of women say they’re optimistic about the New Year

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5.       Tough it Out: 10% predict 2015 will be a tough year

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6.       Fit Bod: 27% women would rather lose weight than have an extra vacation (20%), a raise (12%) or an extra hour a day (7%)

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7.       Moving to Mobile: As we learned this year with lower-than-projected sales on Black Friday, shopping on-the-go is quickly catching up with, if not overtaking traditional points of sale as consumers increasingly turn to mobile shopping to save time and money.  20% of women say they’ll make MORE purchases on their mobile phones in 2015, up 4% from 2014.

Screen Shot 2015-01-06 at 11.44.54 AM8.       Fashion, Beauty and Music Take Priority: Among the top purchases they plan to make on their phone in the coming year, clothing (30%), beauty products (29%) and downloadable music (28%) were at the top of the list.

9.       I See London; I see France: When it comes to disposable income, 28% of women surveyed would spend it on travel

10.   Maintaining the Balance: 64% of women are optimistic as they head into 2015, and to maintain that state of mind, they plan to spend time with family (73%) and do little things for themselves (72%). 50% just want more quiet/meditation time

*The SheSpeaks/Lippe Taylor survey was fielded online among 2,162 SheSpeaks members from December 12 – 16, 2014 and comprised of U.S. women aged 18 years and older.

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Experts Weigh In: Hair Washing Trends & The Right Routine For You

From women who insist on washing their hair every night to those who are immersing themselves in the “no-shampoo” or “co-washing” movements, who wins out?

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With numerous hair washing trends emerging and “How often should I wash my hair?” being one of Google’s top 10 beauty searches for 2014, we’ve turned to NYC-dermatologist, Dr. Marnie Nussbaum and celebrity hair stylist, Naté Bova to save you (and your hair) a headache. Here is their easy-breezy guide to help you gauge the right routine for your locks:

  • Co-Washing. “Co-washing is extremely beneficial to those with dry, dehydrated or damaged hair, otherwise it will simply weigh down those the fine-haired. Since unshampooed hair retains more of its natural oils than shampooed hair, the conditioner’s moisturizing agents will now leave strands even smoother and silkier than usual,” says Bova.
  • Non-Foaming Shampoo and ‘No-Poo’. “The biggest problem with ‘no poo’ is many experience extremely oily and greasy looking strands in the beginning, because your scalp keeps producing natural oils at the same rate it did when you used a basic shampoo that stripped your hair. You can still get healthy hair results by opting for a shampoo that is made with natural or organic ingredients and one that doesn’t contain sulfates, paraben or harsh chemicals like Aviva’s Hydracreme Shampoo. Formulated with an assortment of botanical extracts, the shampoo works to eliminate buildup without stripping your hair of the moisture it needs, leaving your locks nourished and your scalp soothed,” says Dr. Nussbaum.
  • Cleansing Conditioners. Cleansing conditioners work well with thicker, wiry hair because they leave more humectants throughout the hair. It is also a frizz controller because the humectants in most of these products can give a ‘weight’ to the hair strands keeping unruly hair under control.  Dry or dyed hair can also benefit from these products, because they leave your hair feeling conditioned. Those with finer hair can also use these products, but should alternate regularly with a regular shampoo” says Bova.
  • Scalp Washing. “Incorporating a soap and alkali-free scalp shampoo into your weekly regimen can help to stabilize you hairs structure, as well as treat sensitive and delicate scalp conditions while eliminating dandruff. I often recommend Sebamed Scalp Activating Shampoo to patients as it’s a pH balanced wash that naturally supports scalp circulation – which is essential for hair growth and thicker-looking hair” says Dr. Nussbaum

As far as to how often you should be washing your hair? Dr. Nussbaum says, “All of these routines allow your hair to retain its natural oils, which will prevent dryness of the scalp and strands. Depending on the texture and condition of your hair you shouldn’t wash your hair on a daily basis. The drier your hair, the less you should wash but I do recommend using a regular shampoo once or twice a week to cleanse the scalp and alleviate product buildup left behind from hairsprays, mousse or gels.”

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