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How To: Black Swan Updo

With the big time success of Black Swan, ballerina updos are having a moment. And a this year’s Golden Globes, the most it-it girls were wearing the ultra-chic style. Case in point, the film’s stars Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis. Both beauties were a hit of the night…

I really loved the green shade of Mila’s Vera Wang gown–she looked fabulous. Roy Teeluck, hair designer for the Oscars, has a great how-to video on create a sophisticated and easy updo at home. Plus, if you ever wondered what to do with those larger bobby pins, this video has the answer! Check it out:

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How To: Megan’s Old Hollywood Waves

I’m always a fan of old Hollywood waves, but I’m typically not a fan of Megan Fox’s fashion choices. (G-friend has been known to wear studded UGGs. Enough said.) But last night at the Golden Globes, Megan looked lovely in a pale pink Armani Prive gown + soft waves. My only minor critique is that the look could have used less extensions, but over all I like it. Megan’s side-swept style was created by celeb hairstylist Andy Lecompte. Here’s how Lecompte achieve the look!

How To: Megan’s Old Hollywood Waves

  • Lecompte started by applying Phyto Pro Intense Volume Mousse before blow drying Megan’s hair.
  • He set her hair using a 3/4-inch barrel curling iron and then pin curls.
  • Once Lecompte released the pin curls, he brushed out Megan’s hair using a Sheila Stotts detangling brush and then created a deep side part.
  • Lecompte then applied a dab of Oribe Signature Gel Serum to his fingertips and tucked Megan’s hair behind her ear.

What did you think of Megan Fox’s Golden Globes look?

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Red On Red On Red

I know I’m very, very late to this party, but I’ve recently become totally obsessed with Mad Men. I zoomed through the first season and now I’m making my way through the second. You know what? All the hype was spot on! The show is incredible. Christina Hendricks, who plays Joan Harris on Mad Men, wore a vibrant Romona Keveza gown to last night’s Golden Globes. I didn’t love the dress–I wasn’t a fan of the color or the style on Christina and I felt like the detailing on the shoulder swallowed her up. Christina paired the dress with loose curls, courtesy of stylist Jen Atkin for Sebastian Professional. “Her dress had a rich vintage feel to it and this gorgeous accent on the shoulder that resembled a flower,” says Jen. “Instead of putting her hair up, we opted to give it a modern twist and keep the hair bouncy and down. This style is great for cocktail parties, or to dress up a look.” To achieve Christina’s Golden Globes hair, follow Jen’s tips…

How To: Christina‘s Globes Hair:

  1. Begin by applying Sebastian Professional Mousse Forte at the roots on damp hair.
  2. Next, blow dry the hair using a Mason Pearson brush (or similar boar bristle) with your head upside down. Once hair is 75% dry, flip your head back over and curl the ends under using a round brush.
  3. Spray Sebastian Professional Shaper Zero Gravity hairspray all over the hair, and brush it through to create a base to hold the waves.
  4. Using a 1″ curling iron, wrap 1″ sections in a clockwise direction and pin the curls. Once the curls are set, let it cool for 15 minutes (cool for 5-10 minutes if you have thick hair).
  5. Unpin the hair and brush out the curls using a boar bristle brush. Set the part and stretch out the bangs using a flat iron to get a smoother look toward the front of your face.
  6. Finish the look with Sebastian Professional Shaper Fierce hairspray. And for more information on Sebastian Professional products, visit: sebastianprofessional.com.

Christina is so gorgeous and pretty much steals every scene she’s in in Mad Men. It bugs me that she would ever be on the red carpet in a dress that isn’t totally amazing! I’m also not loving her hair here. I posted the how to because I thought some of you might be curious, but I thought her hair looked too casual and a little dry/frizzy. That said, her makeup was beautiful and, well, you really cannot make Christina’s face look bad!

What did you think of Christina’s Golden Globes dress and hair?

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And The Winner Is…

Anne Hathaway gets my award for most insanely gorgeous at the Golden Globes last night. I loved everything–her dress, her hair, the styling… (I wonder if Rachel Zoe still dresses her? Hmm.) The whole look managed to be so perfectly elegant and unfussy. And her hair color worked so well with the color of the dress (another blushy/champagne shade). I’m digging her caramel colored highlights.

And I loved her blackless sequined Armani Prive gown. I heard people say they didn’t like gown’s shoulders, but I thought they were great.

And that back! Amazing. I loved it all–perfection.

What did you think of Anne’s Golden Globes look?

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Behind The Scenes: Scarlett’s GG Hair

I’m so curious what you guys thought of Scarlett Johansson’s hair at the Golden Globes. I’ve heard a lot of people refer to it as Bride of Frankenstein hair… Do you agree? I know some of you love riskier looks! I do give Scarlett credit for not playing it safe, but this is a little too crazy-in-a-bad-way for me.

Scarlett wore a sparkling blush-colored Elie Saab gown with her sculpted updo. (So much BLUSH last night.) The updo was created by celeb stylist Robert Vetica and was inspired by the flowing lightness of Scarlett’s gown and influenced by 40’s Hollywood glamour and photographs by 40’s & 50’s fashion photographer, Lillian Bassman. Interesting because many of Bassman’s photos include women in hats. Maybe Vetica interpreted this as hair-as-hat?)

Vetica created a sculptural updo that blended movement and direction. It’s very fashiony and would have worked better for an editorial shoot or runway, I think. It’s just too much for people to deal with on the red carpet.

Vetica Explains How He Created Scarlett’s GG Look:

  • To create a feeling of movement and volume at the back of the head and height at the crown, I started by blow drying her hair with Moroccanoil Treatment to smooth her texture and ensure shine and flexibility.
  • I directed the hair back and away from her face and brought it back to the nape of her neck, and then up and towards the crown.
  • Next, I curled small sections of hair starting at the nape of the neck and up towards the crown using a 1/2 inch curling iron. Once I reached the crown, I curled the hair back from her face.
  • When I finished, Scarlett had a tight set of curls throughout her hair, all directed up and towards the crown. I then gave the curls a good spray of Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray to set.
  • To finish, I vigorously brushed the hair through, again directing it up and away from the face, up from the neck towards the crown.
  • I then gave the whole look a well-defined backcomb to create a directional shape–again bringing the hair up and away. Then, I gave the entire look a spray of Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray. It not only holds the hair, it leaves it with a soft, movable hold, which was essential to make this look work.
  • I then attached two 1934 Flammes brooches worn as hair clips (round and baguette diamonds set in platinum) from the Van Cleef & Arpels Private Collection to round off the look by keeping the sides of her hair close to her head and to pick up the 40’s vibe of her dress.
  • Finally, I gently brushed through the top of the hair to smooth out the curls and gave it a wave. I finished by backcombing at the root of the crown for height. I sprayed the hair with Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray again to set the look and finished with Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine Spray for natural-looking shine.

You can find the nearest salon selling Moroccanoil products by visiting moroccanoil.com.

And don’t forget to tell me what you thought of Scarlett’s Golden Globes hair!

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Yay Or Nay: Sandy’s Bangs

Sandra Bullock showed off her new bangin’ (sorry) hairstyle at the Golden Globes last night!

I’m not feeling this look on Sandra. The bangs are too heavy, overly done looking, and–the kiss of death–curled under. Plus, they hide her gorgeous face. Sandra did the flesh toned dress thing, which was everywhere…

So, did you love Sandy’s bangs or not so much?

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Paula’s Choice RESIST Moisturizer & Serum

I’ve read a bunch of reviews of Paula’s Choice products, and I know Paula Begoun has a cult-like following of people who are obsessed and literally Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Her. (Full disclosure, I haven’t read her books, but I have read a lot of what she says on her site!) As with any decent product line, it’s going to work well for some and bomb for others because everyone’s skin is different. From what I’ve read, though, a lot of Paula’s Choice products get major raves. And truly my skin has loved everything I’ve tried from the line. First it was Paula’s Choice Foundations. I’m still using Best Face Forward Foundation. And then my holy grail Rosacea treatment, Paula’s Choice 1% BHA Lotion. And now Paula’s Choice RESIST Barrier Repair Moisturizer and Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum.

Thanks to the rosacea issues, I’m super careful about anything new I put on my skin. I’ve basically stuck to the same skincare regime I wrote about in my last Rosacea post. My skin was looking better overall with just minor flare-ups, but I was still dealing with patches of dryness and was concerned about upping the anti-aging components, because really… Who among us is getting younger? ;)

Paula’s Choice RESIST Barrier Repair Moisturizer is a really unique because of its texture. It’s almost so sheer and lightweight that it’s flat. It’s absorbs immediately, which takes a little getting use to–you have to quickly apply it super quickly to your skin, but if you’re looking for something that feels ultra light, you will love this. It has a hygienic pump applicator, which I love, and it’s chock-full of anti-aging ingredients, and it’s fragrance-free. You can even use it for your eye area. I love that Paula Begoun says you don’t need an extra product for your eyes, because you totally don’t! The 1.7 oz last forever and it’s only $22.95, which is a great price for the quality.

RESIST Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum tackles a number of issues that can cause skin aging. It also reduces inflammation, visible effects of sun damage, and helps skin repair itself while promoting healthy collagen production. It contains many fantastic ingredients–hyaluronic acid, Q10, vitamin B3, peptides, and vitamin c. It works to increase firmness, even your skin tone, and enhance radiance. It’s also fragrance and colorant-free. Wow, right?

Because of my sensitive skin, I’m really minimal about how I use this stuff. I apply a small amount every other night or so–a little goes a long way. I apply at night after I cleanse, tone, and moisturize. I finish up my routine with this serum, using just a couple drops. It feels a bit greasy when first applied, but then absorbs into nothing. The price is $18.71. If you want to try any of these Paula’s Choice products without committing to full-size bottles, you can purchase super-cheap samples and test them out.

Have you guys tried any Paula’s Choice products? And if so, which ones and did you like them??

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LovMely Accessories Giveaway

****************THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!****************

I’m a big fan of Etsy… It’s such a great place to find high-quality, unique, and affordable gifts, clothes, houses wares that no one else has. It’s crazy home much that site has grown over the years! A recent Etsy favorite of mine is LovMely Accessories run by Melissa Miles. Melissa designs really beautiful headbands, hair clips, and other accessories, which use feathers in a totally gorgeous way.

You might recognize LovMely since the pieces have been worn by celebs like Nina Dobrev from Vampire Diaries, Shannon Elizabeth from Dancing with the Stars, and more. And LovMely was invited to be part of the 2009 and 2010 Teen Choice and MTV Movie Awards gifting suites where many celebs picked up LovMely accessories.

Great news for ALL Hair On The Brain readers: LovMely has a special discount code just for us! It’s 30% off, plus free shipping with the code: LOVMELY30. And LovMely is giving away one lucky reader three beautiful pieces from the collection–a prize worth $90.00! Check it out…

LOLO – This simple, sweet, and sexy feather headband is available in pink ribbon, black ribbon, silver ribbon, white ribbon, leopard ribbon, turquoise, red, blue, green, and gold. The winner can pick the color.

HUDSON – Vibrant peacock feathers adorn this headband with a blue burst button on each side.

TAHITI – This dyed peacock feather extension clips right into your hair. Shown in tahiti pink, but it also comes in turquoise, black, brown, plum purple, dusty rose, and a bunch of other shades. Winner picks the color their heart desires.

The winner of this giveaway is lucky #102, Merrin! Congratulations!!


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Yay or Nay: Rachel’s Electric Look

Rachel McAdams is a gorgeous girl, but I’m not feeling this look–a Snooki poof and bright yellow eyeliner is not flattering on anyone.

This seems like something you’d mess around with at home, realize you look craaazy, laugh at yourself, and wash off. Instead, Rachel’s stylist told her she looked AMAZING and sent her to the UK premiere of Morning Glory.

OK, a washed out picture from a distance looks better! Rachel’s print dress with plunging neckline is by Suno. It’s not terrible… Actually, the fit up top is pretty awful.

Also, these purple satin Charlotte Olympia shoes would not ever be my choice. I am over the crazy platform thing. I always see twisted ankle. This whole look is a major shame because Rachel can look like this:

What do you think of Rachel’s Snooki poof and yellow eyeliner at the UK premiere of Morning Glory?

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Who Will Natalie Wear To The Oscars?

Everyone is dying to see what Natalie Portman will wear to the award shows this season, since she will be nominated for Black Swan, she’s engaged to the film’s choreographer, Benjamin Millepied, and she’s pregs. She’s basically the most talked about star on the planet right now. There has been a lot of talk that Natalie will wear Rodarte to the Oscars, but the New York Times is saying Dior, which comes straight from her stylist Kate Young, who has helped dress Natalie for the last eight years. “Dior has the Black Swan star in its pocket because of a beauty contract the company made with her last year,” according to the article.

Also noted in the piece, Natalie is “not that into fashion”, according to Kate. She says her conversation with Natalie begin with a discussion of a character or image Natalie finds inspiring.

For the premiere of Black Swan, it was Jacques Henri Lartigue’s mistress, presumably the beauty Renée Perle, which is where the inspiration for that much buzzed about deep red lipstick came from.

Natalie’s stylist also says she’s unsure if Natalie will wear Dior exclusively for all the shows, since she’s also a big fan of Rodarte and Lanvin. Natalie wore a deep blue Jason Wu dress to the People’s Choice Awards and a cocktail dress by Vionnet to the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards.

I loved the low bun Natalie paired with her very ladylike Vionnet dress. It’s so wearable and a nice update from your basic ponytail. The Girls In The Beauty Dept. have a how-to, so you can try this look at home.

Natalie’s Ladylike Low Bun:

  1. Make a deep side part.
  2. Smooth your hair back and gather it as if you’re going to make a low pony, only take a second to pull out a small section of hair on the underside.
  3. Leave that section free and pretend you’re putting the rest of your hair in a pony, only stop when the tail is looped over itself (don’t pull the tail all the way through).
  4. Wind that loose section of hair up and around the elastic to cover it; tuck the ends underneath and secure out of sight with a bobby pin or two.
  5. Smooth on some styling cream or pomade to keep flyaways down and mist with hairspray for staying power.

What do you think of Natalie’s recent red carpet looks? And what designer do you think she should wear to the Oscars?