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PRO STYLIST JEN ATKIN’S TRICK TO BOOSTING VOLUME

Celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin’s Snapchat is an all-encompassing guide to getting killer Kardashian hair in seconds-long snippets. Even if my paltry tresses won’t ever slay like Kim’s, Khloe’s or Kourtney’s, I follow it religiously for product tips and tricks to enhance my seriously feeble mane efforts. (It doesn’t hurt that Khloe Kardashian has mastered Snapchat lenses to hilarious effect.) From her snaps, I’ve learned products from Kardashian Beauty, Kevin Murphy, Ibiza, GHD, Kérastase and her own line Ouai are staples in Atkin’s tool kit. Those may not be astonishing, but I was amazed when Color Wow Root Cover Up kept popping up in Atkin’s product mix and not to hide unseemly roots – and I wasn’t the only beauty editor who noticed. Allure’s Maddie Aberman got the scoop from Atkin on using Color Wow to make hair appear fuller. “I brush it right along the part and around the face and the nape of the neck if I do a bun or a ponytail to fill in any exposed scalp,” Atkin told Aberman.

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20's, Age, Hair, Makeup, Uncategorized

COACHELLA CLICHES – THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY

A little musical festival called Coachella kicked off last weekend, as anyone with a social media account knows. The desert town of Indio, CA quickly turned home to the largest population of girls donning crop tops and ankle boots at any given point in time. There were plenty of new takes on festival style this year and of course the perennial looks staking their claim as wardrobe staples (cut off jean shorts and floppy hats aren’t going anywhere it looks like). While some of these looks still reign supreme, it’s time for others to take a back seat and gracefully make way for the next wave of trends. With the help of social media it’s pretty apparent what was trending this year, so let’s break a few of them down:

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Hair, Makeup, Skin

ARE THESE AWARD WINNERS ANY GOOD?

Total Beauty revealed the winners of their 2016 Beauty Awards yesterday. According to their website, they tried thousands of products to select their Editors’ Picks Winners. I’m not sure how true that is but nonetheless, with all the beauty products to choose from, this is a good way to start narrowing options down.  Here is my curated list of what I am planning to buy and try thanks to Total Beauty:

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Hair, Makeup, Nails, Skin

BEAUTY TRENDS THAT WILL SIZZLE OR SURGE IN 2016

Between kisses and sips of champagne this past New Year’s, we bid farewell to several beauty trends that were everywhere in 2105 and opened the door to a bunch of new makeup, hair, nail and skin care developments that will shape our faces, hair, hands, bodies and social media feeds over the next year. I have a ideas for trends that should get the heave-ho (see: the Kylie lip challenge and rampant ageism) and ones we’d be better for if they were big in 2016 (body positivity and the brown lip shades that bring back junior high memories of dancing to Debbie Gibson and Tiffany). To add expertise to BBTA’s beauty prognostication, I asked a few of our favorite beauty authorities to share their thoughts on the beauty crazes that should have expired on Dec. 31 and those that began their ascent on Jan. 1. If their predictions are correct, be prepared for a fascinating year ahead on the beauty front.

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HOW TO REVERSE THE POLYCHROME HAIR TREND

This past year was filled with mega beauty trends in a mega way. If you aren’t familiar with contouring, strobing, eyebrows on fleek, the rebirth of Nineties-era brown lip shades, Korean beauty products or rainbow-hued hair, you’ve probably been stuck in a cave somewhere. Of all the trends, colorful coifs were the most universal. From the youngest among us to the oldest, it seems like bold and bright were the prevalent picks for tresses in 2015. If history is any indication, a trend is followed by an equally powerful countertrend. That means 2016 could shape up to be the year natural colored locks reappear in force. To get you squarely on the next beauty bandwagon, we asked Amber Maynard Bolt, a hairstylist at West Hollywood salon Nine Zero One who’s celebrity clients include Hilary Duff, Helen Hunt, Carly Chaikin and Demi Lovato, for tips to skillfully reverse your polychrome hair. Here’s her top four:

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20's, Hair, Makeup, Nails, Skin

KYLIE JENNER’S BEAUTY SECRETS (LIP LINING INCLUDED) ARE ABOUT TO GET A LOT MORE ACCESSIBLE

Say what you want about the Kardashian/Jenner girls but there’s no denying they know how to create a media presence. They’re not bad at making money either; the family’s net worth is estimated at $101 million and as the reigning queens of reality TV and social media it’s safe to say they’re not going anywhere anytime soon. Kylie is the latest family member to add to their rapidly expanding empire. Following in the entrepreneurial steps of her sisters, the youngest star of the “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” clan announced on her Instagram (to a cool 30 million followers) that she’s launching her own beauty website, aptly named KylieJenner.com. The 17-year old may not necessarily be qualified to dish out beauty advice considering her lack of professional training, but the girl has grown up surrounded by her “glam squad” – a crew of makeup and beauty experts that seem to know a thing or two about what they’re doing. Continue Reading

HEALTHY HAIR
40's, Hair

OLD SCHOOL VS. NEW COOL: THE CLEANSING CONDITIONER EDITION

Have you dumped out your shampoos? If you haven’t, you might soon. Cleansing conditioners are the fastest growing type of conditioner at salons, according to research firm Kline. That means plenty of people are jumping on the no-poo or co-washing bandwagon. (Co-washing undoubtedly sounds sexier.) Almost 15 years ago, the sans-shampoo bandwagon was a very lonely place, but hairstylist Chaz Dean, founder of cleansing conditioner brand WEN, forged ahead as its driver in the shampoo-filled wilderness. He explained to the Huffington Post, “I used to literally mix concoctions for my clients. I told them they are never going to use lather shampoo again; they are going to cleanse their hair with conditioner. They thought, that doesn’t make sense — conditioner weighs my hair down. I explained it’s a whole new way of looking at it.” Today, Dean’s whole new way of washing hair isn’t so new, and it’s been embraced by a slew of brands, including Ouidad, L’Oreal, As I Am, DevaCurl, Carol’s Daughter, Shea Moisture, Herbal Essences, Pureology and more. For the first post in a sometimes series on Beauty By The Ages testing classic products and their progeny, I’ve sampled one of the latest co-wash entrants – Unwash Bio-Cleansing Conditioner – to compare it to its ancestor, WEN Cleansing Conditioner.

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20's, 30's, Hair, Makeup, Skin

BEACH BAG APPROVED

Now that we’ve kicked off June, it’s all sun and sand from here. It may not technically be summer for another 17 days but as far as I’m concerned it’s already here. Regardless of where you’re headed to soak up the sun, you can’t show up empty handed. Finding the perfect suit is always important, but a properly packed beach bag is key to making the most of your well-deserved time in the sun. Here are some of my personal necessities: Continue Reading

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20's, 30's, Hair, Makeup, Skin, Uncategorized

FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT: TURNING A NIGHT OWL INTO A MORNING PERSON

You know those Instagram accounts that have perfectly filtered pictures of the sunrise and an inspirational quote about seizing the day? I’m always really jealous of those because a picture like that will likely never grace my feed. I’ve been trying to cross over to the land of bright eyed and bushy tailed morning people for years now, and I just don’t think it’s in the cards for me. I’m blaming it on genetics because there’s really nothing I can do to change my love for a late night over an early morning. While I may never be a full blown morning person, I’ve picked up some pretty good tips over the years to make it look like I’m running on nothing less than the doctor recommended 8 hours of sleep. Advice on how to look your best after a long night is nothing new, and I’m not claiming to reinvent the wheel here but I do consider myself a bit of an expert in the field.

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