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Posted on: December 20th, 2014



Known for his opulent, dramatic and devastatingly beautiful collections, ingenious designer Zang Toi did not disappoint with his Fall-Winter collection, “Paris of the Orient.” Magnificent separates and extravagant gowns glided down the runway with no detail spared, from intricate beading to architectural bejeweling to precision tailoring. “The inspiration behind the collection was Shanghai in the 1930s and the Art Deco style,” says Zang. “It was a very decadent time.”

With a thriving shopping scene, Parisian-like cafés and grandiose movie theaters showing the latest Hollywood films the ‘30s were certainly a luxurious, prosperous time for Shanghai, the first metropolis of the Far East. A booming nightlife saw politicians, celebrities and some of history’s most famous gangsters rubbing elbows in the city’s most popular jazz clubs, adding a hint of danger to the era.

Working together with Zang, renowned hairstylist Eiji Yamane of Eiji Salon decided to bring this particular element to the hair for Zang’s latest collection. “We wanted to update and bring 1930s Shanghai to 2014. This woman is glamorous, sexy, beautiful and a little dangerous,” says Eiji. Zang adds, “The hair is perfectly coifed and seductive. The hair has a very socialite look.” To bring his creative vision to life—a curled, glossy coif that extends into a simple looped bun—Eiji exclusively used René Furterer products. Here, Eiji takes us step by step on how he crafted this daring style:


* To start, I take a section of hair from the top of head and I curl it with a 1” curling iron away from the face. Once I have the curl, I clip it to keep its shape.

* Using a boar-bristle brush, I dip into the René Furterer STYLING WAX and begin brushing the wax through hair. This begins to give hair a nice sheen in addition to smoothing hair down and getting rid of flyaways. Still brushing in product, I then gather hair at the nape of the head into a low ponytail and hold it in place with a black bungee cord.

* Prior to the show, we curled and clipped beautiful 100% human hair extensions from Fantasy Fashion Hair that matched each model’s hair color. To the side of the curl we made earlier, we pin the base of the hair piece securely to the top of the head and clip the length of the piece along the side of the head.

* Unclipping the curl, I split the strand in two and make a deep side part. With the hair closest to the extension, I loop and wrap the model’s hair around the hair piece and begin to weave them seamlessly together. Once we reach the end of the hair piece, we wrap the remainder of the model’s hair around the bungee cord of the ponytail.

* Once again, I dip my brush into René Furterer STYLING WAX and brush through the length of the ponytail to make hair completely smooth. Though many of the models who walked the show had the long hair we needed to create the final look, those with shorter styles required additional hair pieces to provide overall length for the next step.


* Taking the end of the ponytail, I make a loop and roll it toward the base of the ponytail and pin it into place with bobby pins. The low bun should then be shaped and pinned towards the side of the head with the hair piece. We create the shape by fanning hair slightly. The bun isn’t meant to look overly complicated but there should be a nice flow from the side curl into the bun.

* To create the high gloss shine that we need for this look, I spray entire head with René Furterer GLOSSING SPRAY. Next, we take the remaining loose curl at the top of the head and pin the strand on the side of head without the hair piece. I also place clips into the strand to maintain the spiral, and then I tuck the end into the base of the bun. Finally, to set the curls and keep everything in place, I generously spray entire head with René Furterer VEGETAL FINISHING SPRAY.

* We keep all clips in hair until right before models walk the runway so curls won’t lose their shape. During the show, some models wore fedoras carefully placed on an angle that didn’t crush or hurt the hair look. And in one very special case, we created an entire wig in the shade of Zang’s “brilliant jade” that was seen throughout his collection!




*Photo Credits: John M. Craig for René Furterer


Modern Twist on a French Manicure

Posted on: December 6th, 2014



Taking  inspiration  from  classic  menswear,  Rebecca  Minkoff’s  Fall/Winter  2014  collection infused  tailored  silhouettes  with soft, feminine  pieces. To  complement  the  collection, Michelle  Saunders  for Essie put  a  bold,  modern  twist  on  a  classic French manicure.

Essie  nail  products  used:
First  Base  Base  Coat
Midnight  Cami
Bahama  Mama
Good  to  Go  Top  Coat
Get  the  look:
1. Apply  First  Base  Base  Coat to  clean,  filed  nails
2. Once  the  base  coat  dries, apply two  coats  of Bahama  Mama.
3. Using Midnight  Cami,  brush  on  a  neat  arc  across  the  edge  of  the  nail  and  let  dry
4. Finish  off  the  look  with  one  coat  of  Good  to  Go  Top  Coat.



Achieve Kristen Bell’s Flawless Makeup in 5 Effortless Step

Posted on: November 22nd, 2014
Achieve Kristen Bell's gorgeous glow!

Achieve Kristen Bell’s gorgeous glow!

Celebrity makeup artist Simone Siegl, who worked with Kristen Bell for this look, reveals how to re-create this fresh-faced style at home in 5 effortless steps:

1. First start with Neutrogena Naturals Face Wash and follow with their day cream.
2. I used the Chanel shadow palette “Enigma in #19″ to give her a soft smokey look and bring out her blue eyes. I then added a smudge dark grey liner on top of the lid, till the middle of the eye to open them up.
3. Don’t be shy with mascara and add a few layers with a product like Osmosis Colour Defining Mascara in Black ($18).
4. I brushed on a little Chanel blush in “Tweed Sienna” on the apples of her cheeks to give it a fresh look.
5. I finished up her look by applying Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick in “Juicy Peach.”


Upgrade Your Pony with The Double Wrap Topsy Tail

Posted on: October 24th, 2014


“It’s a lot easier to recreate than you think,” explains guest contributor Steph Brinkerhoff. “It’s best to start on wavy or second-day hair to give the look added texture. It also doesn’t hurt to spray a little hairspray or spray wax in it beforehand to add a little grip and grunge. Here’s how to get the look…” Click on the image to view it larger.

1. Beginning on wavy hair, take a medium to large section (depending on how thick your hair is) close to your right ear.

2. Braid the section going from the front to the back.

3. Repeat on the opposite side.

4. Bring both braids to the back and secure them with an elastic.

5. Loosen and mess up both braids by pulling on them gently with your fingers.

6. Take one braid and wrap it up and around itself, creating a small braided bun.

7. Secure with bobby pins.


Match Your Hairstyle to Your Wedding Dress

Posted on: October 10th, 2014
Wedding Day Hairstyles

Wedding Day Hairstyles

Check out these great tips from Marlene Montanez of on coordinating your hairstyle to your wedding dress:

Backless Dress

Backless wedding dresses are very on trend. And whether it’s completely open in the back, partially so or just the illusion of an open back with lace detailing, you’ll likely want to show off that sexy back! Consider an updo for your wedding day hairstyle to give your back the spotlight. If you aren’t feeling an updo but still want something that’s flattering, you can also try a longer hairstyle where your hair is pulled and styled to the front and side. Think: An ultraglamorous low side pony with curls.

One-Shoulder Gown

A one-shoulder gown is great for showing off fabulous arms and a little skin, so don’t have your hair covering that up! A half-up half-down wedding hairstyle is a great way to balance off this asymmetrical look. If your wedding is a bit on the formal side, an updo works really well with this look, too. And since the focus on the gown is showing off the shoulder, you can also rest assured that just about any veil length works.

Strapless/Sweetheart Dress

Strapless and sweetheart-neck dresses are still some of the most popular wedding dress styles. The good news is, they not only flatter just about every figure, they work with just about any hairstyle, too! If you are having a church ceremony or concerned about showing too much skin, consider a long hairstyle instead of a half-up or formal updo.

Casual/Beachy Dresses

If you are having a beach wedding or a more casual affair, embrace the afternoon vibe with a non-fussy look. Long hair styled in beachy waves or even loose braids and half-up half-down looks are perfect for beach weddings. This is one look where you’ll want to avoid the formal updo and have fun with your wedding day hairstyle.


Red Hot Nails!

Posted on: September 9th, 2014
Nail it with essie's a-list.

Nail it with essie’s a-list.

Carolina Herrera Spring/Summer 2015 Runway inspiration:

Carolina Herrera’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection was filled with brightly colored pieces that were structured, yet romantic. To tie the look together, Michelle Saunders for essie created a classic ‘spring red’ nail by using two coats of a-list.

essie nail products used:

ridge filling base coat


good to go top coat

Get the look:

1.Apply ridge filling base coat to clean, filed nails

2. Next, apply two coats of a-list

3. Follow with good to go top coat

*Expert tip: always use a base coat when using red nail polish, as it will give the nails a flawless foundation and also act as a barrier between the nail and the cuticle

For additional information on the essie nail products mentioned above, please visit



Beauty in a GlossyBox

Posted on: August 19th, 2014

Boutique Products

It’s all your beauty needs in one convenient box. Look fabulous from head to toe with the products you’ll find in the Beauty Discovery GlossyBox, a must-beauty addition for every glamour girl from Cosmoprof North America and GlossyBox. The box includes seven deluxe-sized samples, including the latest in up-and-coming cosmetics, skin care, nails and hair. Our box contained: Mastey (color protecting leave in therapy spray), Kocostar (hair therapy), OPI Pink it Through, Dr. Lili Fan (Probiotic age-defying eye serum), Be a Bombshell Cosmetics (the one stick for eyelids, cheeks or lips), Skin Nutrituion for healthy, radiant skin and Royal Apothic (moisturizing cream). This limited edition beauty must-have is only $40 ($170 retail value) and available at


Beautiful Glowing Skin in 3 Minutes

Posted on: July 23rd, 2014
Wrinkles be gone with this innovative product!

Wrinkles be gone with this innovative product!

I hate my forehead wrinkles.  To be honest, they’ve been bothering me for quite some time and since I’m not a botox fan, I was on the search for a cheaper alternative that would really work. I had read about the Kathy Ireland reVive™ Light Therapy and after doing a little homework, thought I’d give it a try (note: I have the system with interchangeable treatment heads, but you can buy the treatment heads separately  to target the issue you are trying to correct). This FDA-approved product is touted as a new innovation in the skincare industry targeting anti-aging, acne and pain relief. For three minutes a day, I had red and amber lights from the reVive™ Light Therapy Anti-Aging Treatment penetrating deep into my skin and according to the info I read, they were “creating fibroblasts, stimulating production of collagen and elastin cells, reversing wrinkles and fine lines.” And it worked! My lines were slowly fading – I couldn’t believe it! For those who are suffering with acne, the reVive™ Light Therapy Acne Treatment is a great product as the powerful “non-UV” blue light destroys acne causing bacteria residing in the skin. And for pain/recovery, the lights from the reVive™ Light Therapy Pain Relief penetrate deep into soft tissue stimulating increased circulation, cellular reproduction and recovery, providing relief of pain and increase healing. While I haven’t tried the Pain Relief, I’ve been extremely successful with both the Anti-Aging Treatment and Acne Treatment and would imagine the Pain Relief offering similar results. For more information, check out


Be a Beauty on the Beach with Teadora

Posted on: July 10th, 2014

Nourishing Body Polish

What’s the secret to smooth skin and feet? Try Teadora Body Polish ($40) and Bath & Body Oil ($40). The Body Polish is great for exfoliating your body and feet, then lather on the Bath & Body Oil to keep skin smooth, soft and uber touchable. My nightly ritual: I scrub my feet and rub the oil in, then put on socks to sleep. Your feet will look fantastic in sandals without having to visit the pedicurist every week! These must-have beauty products are loaded with antioxidant and vitamin-rich Buriti, Babassu, Brazil Nut, Rose Hip Seed and Passion Fruit oils, plus potent exfoliators such as Açaí Seeds and Amazonian Clay, which help promote brighter, healthier, smoother skin.  Available at






Get Kate Middleton’s Hairstyle!

Posted on: July 2nd, 2014
Here's how to look like a royal princess!

Here’s how to look like a royal princess!

Do you love Kate Middleton’s famous half up hairstyle? So do we, and even better, it’s a cinch to steal! “It’s is very easy, practical and should take less than 10 minutes to complete,” explains guest contributor Natalia Simmons. “The great thing about it is that it can work on many hair types, lengths, and styles. You can keep it straight, or try it with curly hair. However you do it, I hope you give this Kate Middleton hair tutorial a try. Enjoy having princess hair for a day!”

1. It’s best to start with mostly straight smooth hair, but a bit of curl at the bottom. This seems to be a favorite look of Kate’s.
2. Then tease your hair at the crown and back a bit, but not all the way to the nape of the neck, just at the top. Create a mini bouffant, like a mini snooki poof, but just at the crown of your head, leaving out the front. Secure with two bobby pins going straight across.
3. Start on one side, it doesn’t matter which, and take the front section of hair that you had left out. Pull it back and across, twisting at the end. Secure on the far side of the half up.
4. Repeat step 3 but with the remaining side securing on the opposite side as well.
5. Going back to the side you started with, take a section of hair from under the first section and pull over and across, lightly twisting as you go. Secure with a bobby pin on the far side, so the hair is brought all the way over.
6. Repeat step 5 with the other side.
7. Voila! You’re done! You can fluff a little, smooth it out or add some hair pins to make sure there are no bald spots showing, but other than that, you’re done!

Happy styling!


Follow these steps to achieve Kate Middleton's famous hairstyle.

Follow these steps to achieve Kate Middleton’s famous hairstyle.


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