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Happy Holidays from The Fairest!

That week is finally here: the fleeting time between Christmas and New Year when the schedule is completely thrown off, long-lost friends and family come back into town, and every day ticks closer to the big calendar change.

We’re busy taking stock of 2009 and making endless resolutions for 2010 (We will go to the gym!  We will clean our makeup brushes!), and as we look back on the year, we think it’s been a pretty good one.

From all of us at The Fairest, we wish you happy holidays and hope you’re having a beautiful, enjoyable time, wherever you might be!

December 27, 2009 at 8:53 pm Leave a comment

Blake Lively’s luscious curls

Photo Credit: J. McCarthy for Wire Image

We love Blake Lively‘s bouncy hair at the recent New York premiere of Sherlock Holmes.  (Seriously, how many premieres are they going to have for this film?  We’ve already counted at least 4.  As long as the stars show up looking so gorgeous, we’ll continue to be on board!)

Replicate the look with a little elbow grease, and the right tools: volumizing styling cream or mousse, plus a wide-barreled curling iron 1″ or larger.  Expect the entire process to take 30 – 45 minutes.

– Apply volumizing cream or mousse to damp, towel-dried hair
– Blow dry hair with a large round brush
– Part hair deeply, above one eye
– Clip up the top half of hair, from the ear up to the crown
– Curl the bottom half of hair in 1″ – 1.5″ sections
– Unclip the top half of hair
– Curl in 1″ sections, alternating curls away from the face, and toward the face
– Spritz curls with a flexible-hold hairspray–et voila!

December 23, 2009 at 5:00 am Leave a comment

The Fairest sale: Enzo Milano

When asked how to replicate gorgeous beachy waves or loose, corkscrew curls, celebrity hair stylists always advise wrapping hair around the outside of a closed barrel.  If you’ve ever heeded their advice and tried it at home, it’s not easy.  Your hair crimps around the barrel clamp…the ends look wonky…clumsier types (um, quite possibly like yours truly) run the risk of burning errant fingers…

We’re therefore delighted by the Enzo Milano Conico curling iron, which features a patented cone shaped barrel and no clamp, making the aforementioned barrel-wrapping a breeze.  It’s also very fancy-pants, with a ceramic core, and featuring something called “Tribostatic” technology that uses negative ions to evenly seal the hair cuticle, creating a longer-lasting curl.

Check out the video here, from the Enzo Milano website, showing how to use the Conico, which comes with a lifetime warranty, instructional DVD, and heat-resistant safety glove, for klutzes like moi.

Enzo Milano goes on sale Tuesday at The Fairest.  It normally retails for $149.99, but is 40% off for $90.

December 22, 2009 at 5:00 am Leave a comment

Growing Back Overplucked Eyebrows

John Shearer/Getty Images (Megan Fox), Peter Kramer/Associated Press (Beyoncé Knowles)

According to The New York Times, we’ve all become so tweezer-happy that no longer are too-full, Brooke Shields-style brows a beauty problem.  Now, apparently, the issue is overplucking–and inspired by strong brows on sexy celebrities like Megan Fox, women are turning to brow experts and high-tech solutions to help coax their vanished, skinny-minnie arches back to life.

Brow guru Anastasia Soare cautions against following celebrity brow trends, instead aiming for an ideal shape based on bone structure and offering kits designed to help achieve the perfect arch right for your own face.

The article quotes Sephora makeup artist Sherlyn Mousaurieta, who says, “I would say 7 out 10 clients that come in have either overplucked or simply don’t have as much brow hair as they’d like…They desire to fill the brow in.”  Saviors come in the form of brow powders and pencils, lash conditioners, growth products like Latisse, and even hair transplant surgery.  (Confession: we fall in the anorexic brow category, and use Latisse nightly to help fill in our own wispy brows.  So far, so good!)

What do you think?  Have you struggled with your own too thin arches…and would you turn to something as drastic as hair transplant surgery to fix them?

December 22, 2009 at 5:00 am Leave a comment

Get beautified by Lancome makeup artist Sandy Linter

Stop by the Lancôme boutique at The Mall at Short Hills in Short Hills, New Jersey this Tuesday, December 22nd, for your chance to have legendary celebrity makeup artist Sandy Linter work her magic on you.  Sandy will be hosting one-on-one appointments from 10am to 6pm, with a pre-pay fee of $175 redeemable in Lancôme products.  It’s perfect timing for those last-minute holiday parties…or simply to pick up a few must-learn tricks from a makeup icon!  Call 973-258-0790 to reserve your place.

The Lancôme Boutique
The Mall at Short Hills
1200 Morris Turnpike
Short Hills, NJ 07078
973-258-0790

December 21, 2009 at 5:00 am 33 comments

Beyoncé launches Heat fragrance

Beyoncé has partnered with Coty to launch her first fragrance, a scent inspired by her fiery tours called Heat.

She tells WWD, “I’ve been working on it for a while now. I was on tour for a year, and I have meet-and-greets with fans. I’ve never in my life gotten so many compliments. Coty has their own testing, but that was my testing! The fans loved it. They were like, ‘I love that, I’m getting that, why isn’t it out right now? I need it!”

Featuring notes of red vanilla orchid, magnolia, neroli and blush peach, Beyoncé wanted something “with an antique yet modern feeling…I always try to find things that have a little bit of something vintage, yet still timeless and classic.”

While Beyonce has modeled as the face of fragrances in the past, she was reportedly integral in the creation of Heat, saying, “Everything, from the bottle design to the name and the ideas for the commercials–that’s me.”

Heat debuts in February.

December 18, 2009 at 2:21 pm Leave a comment

Neil George sustainable partnership with Viceroy Hotel Group

Today I would love to talk about one of our wonderful partners,Viceroy hotels, as they open their latest amazing venture outside Aspen, Viceroy Snowmass (all the hotels are interior designed by the genius Kelly Wearstler), right in time for the holiday season.  Neil George amenities can be found in several other of their hotels, and we are really thrilled to be there!

We decided to go a different route when it came to the amenities, taking the high road and going sustainable: a concept that is becoming more and more present in daily life, and which we highly value. Instead of offering the typical small plastic (non eco-friendly) take-away amenities in each Viceroy hotel room,  we created sustainable bottles that are larger (and lovely-looking, to boot!) that can be refilled, instead of just tossed out like the waste-of-plastic-mini-bottles of yester-year.  We’re happy to be doing our small part to marry absolute luxury with the important concept of “green”.

Merry Christmas to all The Fairest’s readers!  See you in the New Year!

Celebrity colorist Amanda George is co-owner of Neil George salon in Beverly Hills

December 18, 2009 at 5:00 am Leave a comment

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