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Posted by on Jul 24, 2014 in Beauty, Tutorials & Swatches |

She’s Got the Look: Sexy Summer Hair Tutorial

We’re at the midway point for summer, and it’s time to squeeze out as much as beauty as we can for the remaining sun-kissed month. Devin Toth, Director of Education for Ted Gibson Salons, shares an IRL style in action that you can recreate at home for long waves. Break out your big barrel curling iron and get gorgeous.

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Posted by on Jun 23, 2014 in Beauty, events, Nails, Tutorials & Swatches |

Nail Techs/Cosmetologists – Get Swarovski certified before the holidays

New classes listed below.  Get certified now and offer this popular service to your clients. Perfect time, before the holidays!

To reserve your spot please confirm attendance by making your payment at one of the links below

Swarovski’s Crystal Culture launched in 2014 under Directors Gina Silvestro and Viv Simmonds – multi international Award Winning Nail Artists – with the intent to nurture, mentor and assist Nail Artists in building their businesses by teaching retail skills and additional services to add to their treatment menus while also assisting them with troubleshooting and perfecting the salon style nails in various mediums.

Swarovski is recognized internationally and is the leading crystal product line in the world. Crystal Culture is the first worldwide nail stylist team.

Come perfect your application, learn form and art and become certified by Swarovski. You will receive genuine Swarovski nail kits and tools and training to expertly create this high end nail art. Crystal Culture certification is given at the end of your session.

Your class will be taught by Crystal Culture Stylist Hillary Fry. A Fashion Week veteran, award winning nail artist and frequent contributor as nail/beauty expert.

Cost: $195 per person.
50% deposit due with balance due before class. Deposits are non-refundable. Your spot is not confirmed until your payment has been made.

What to Bring: A desk lamp is important for this class. the tools you use in your salon to perform a polish, gel polish, gel nail and acrylic nail, including uv or led lamp and tips to keep your final product. You will need to bring just a few colors so you have variety. Notepads and pen.

You will have a chance to purchase additional kits and stones in class.

Thank you. Let’s Bling It On!

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Posted by on May 7, 2014 in Beauty, Tutorials & Swatches | 0 comments

Undergoing Chemo: Hair today, gone tomorrow – Eyebrows & Lashes

Earlier this year it was confirmed I had Ovarian cancer, stage 1. Even with this optimistic diagnosis (it’s always better to find earlier than later), Ovarian cancer at early stage needs to be treated as stage 3. I began chemotherapy six weeks after surgery. I’m putting this blog to work to occasionally post tips and tricks for the beauty challenges that face those undergoing treatment.

Today’s focus is on the challenge of hair loss, specifically eyebrows and lashes.

Pre-diagnosis, I was on a mission to be as groomed as possible for my surgery. Sorry, but people were going into parts unknown, and I wanted it to be decent looking. Legs, Brazilian, armpits (yes, you can do those), brows, mustache and facial…and I’m part Asian. Traditionally we don’t have that much hair! It felt great to be smooth as a baby’s bottom though, with nary a grooming care in the world.

At Jason Wu NYFW in 2011, when models had the appearance of their eyebrow bleached off for the show, only to return and have them colored back on afterwards

Fast forward to the impending hair loss from chemotherapy, and it’s a different story. Long strands I can practically braid hang in patches on my calves. It’s like I can’t let go of what I’ve got. The hair on my head is long gone, but that was easily solved with a wig, and that’s another story. Where I got nervous was when I thought about brow and lash loss. I have really great lashes for, again, someone part Asian. They curl up easily, and while they aren’t the mythical creature length bestowed on my father, husband and son, they are pretty long, and can look fake with mascara. Ok, so fake eyelashes maybe? But how do you address eyebrow loss?

I turned to Ramy Gafni, the Brow King of New York for expert answers. Ramy has a huge list of celebrity clientele that trust him with their brows, and a full line of products available at his spa, and in upscale Duane Reed and Walgreens beauty boutiques across the nation. Not only that, but he is a 15 year Lymphoma survivor, knowing firsthand what’s it’s like to be in the beauty industry and dealing with chemo treatment beauty issues. With all of that, he was kind and generous in his recommendations for dealing with brow and lash loss.

What is the first step one should take when seeing changes in brow/lashes? Should pre-shaping occur? Will any eyebrow pencil do?

If your brows become sparse, or disappear altogether during treatment, here’s what to do:

· Do not remove any hair during treatment, unless its an errant hair, like in the center of your forehead.
· Fill in your brows with a wax based product (powder will not adhere well to bare skin or sparse brow areas. I recommend my Perfect Brow Wand, which comes in one universal neutral shade and has a built in highlighter.

  • Draw the brow filler along your brow bone. It doesn’t have to be perfect match to your eyebrows before treatment. We are striving to create the illusion of good brows, not an exact copy of your pre-treatment brows.
  • Brush through the brow filler lightly to soften the line.
  • Then draw the highlighter along underside of brows and blend in using your finger. The contrast of highlighter and brow filler will make the brows look even more substantial.

What if most of the brow is missing? How do we avoid a drag queen look?

· If you’ve lost most or all of your brows and the brow filler looks too much like makeup, then pat some translucent powder directly on the brows. This will make the brow filler look more like real hair.

Great tip! For eyelashes, do you recommend using false lashes to fill in?

If your eyelashes have thinned or disappeared:

· Do NOT use false lashes as a solution because when you’re in treatment you’re more susceptible to infection from the adhesive. False lashes are fine to wear for special occasions during treatment, but not every day. They can also be cumbersome and uncomfortable if you’re not used to them.

· Opt instead for eyeliner to fill in your lash line and create the illusion of a fuller lash line. Choose an eyeliner in either cake or pen or pencil. I find that liquid eyeliner tends to look like dried paint, especially when your lashes are sparse.

· Draw liner as close to roots of eyelashes and then smudge the liner with a cotton swab, your fingertip or a brush. A smudged liner will be softer and look more like real lashes than a hard line.

· Opt for a neutral liner like brown/black or mahogany. Black can be too harsh, brown too soft, so something in between is ideal.

· If you have enough eyelashes, apply mascara to upper lash line. Do not use water-proof mascara as it’s difficult to remove and you may pull out existing lashes when you remove it. Use standard mascara and very important to remove the mascara before bedtime every day. Leaving the mascara on can also damage or dry existing lashes.

I appreciate how Rami breaks the instructions down to simple steps we can all achieve, so that when we leave a room no one will ever imagine we said this:

For more information on Ramy’s products, spa or services, please visit

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Posted by on May 6, 2014 in Beauty, Celeb-essence, Tutorials & Swatches |

Met Ball 2014: Diane Krueger

The Look: Sophisticated, Glamorous Hollywood

Miki and Diane went for a modern day take on a 40’s style hair look to complement Diane’s chic Jason Wu for Hugo Boss floor length gown. Inspired by the 40’s, Miki wanted to create a sophisticated yet sleek and glamorous look that falls right above the neckline.

Here’s how Miki created Diane’s look:

  • First prep clean hair with a tennis ball sized Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Boost & Lift Foaming Air Mousse, applying it section by section throughout the hair for touchable volume, shine and texture.
  • On naturally dry hair, spray Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Heat Protect & Shine Spray throughout, to protect hair from heat styling, while adding shine. Then, blow dry for a soft look and feel.
  • With a middle part, begin to pull the hair back tightly starting at the nape of the neck, and secure it into a low ponytail.
  • To create texture, tease the ends of the ponytail and spritz with Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Flexible Hold Hairspray. After hairspray has been added, brush out the hair for touchable texture.
  • Wrap the low ponytail around a cylinder foam roll, until the ends meet, and it forms a circular, almost sculpture-like chignon just above the neckline. Fan out the bottom of the shape, and secure with pins underneath.
  • To finish, secure the chignon with elastic, and spray with Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Heat Protect & Shine Spray for a polished and shiny end look.
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Posted by on Oct 26, 2012 in Celeb-essence, Tutorials & Swatches | 0 comments

She’s Got the Look: Katniss Everdeen

Looking for Halloween inspiration? For Solessence readers, Pantene enlisted the help of top makeup artists Erica Whelan and Kerrie Urban to create a step-by-step for the hottest looks this Halloween. No Big Bird here! Try the long, flowing locks of The Hunger Games’ Katniss Everdeen for a little treat.

Get the look at home!

1. Start with a clean face and dry hair.

2. Use a dollop of Pantene Beautiful Lengths Strengthen and Smooth Finishing Crème to add texture and smooth frizziness.

3. Starting on the side where the hair is parted, pull a fairly large section of hair from behind the ear to start a reverse French braid – almost like a corn row.

4. Grab small sections as you go, making sure the braid is tight.

5. Angle to braid so it swoops down around the neck.

6. Secure the end of the braid with an elastic band.

7. Take about an inch of hair from around the face and wiggle it out of the braid.

8. Loosely wrap that section of hair around the barrel of a curling iron and set.

9. Spray hair with Pantene Pro-V Stylers Anti-Humidity Maximum Hold Hairspray.

10. Pull out another strand of hair on the opposite side and let it hang loose or pin it back if it’s too long.

11. Starting at the top, massage the braid to pull it apart loosely so it’s not super structured.

12. Once complete, the braid should look a little bit messy.

13. Remember to keep makeup simple because Katniss is a hunter. Start with COVERGIRL + Olay Powder in a shade darker than your normal skin tone to warm up the complexion. Apply where the sun would naturally tan your face…

14. Use COVERGIRL Outlast All-Day Lipcolor on lips and cheeks to create a subtle sunburn effect.

15. Coat the top and bottom lashes with COVERGIRL LashBlast Volume mascara.

16. When you’re finished, you should have a wilderness look, like you’ve been hunting for days!

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