Agadir Argan Oil Loves your Hair!

AGADIR ARGAN OIL is all the rage these days, with celebs and acclaimed hairstylists proclaiming it a miracle treatment. At first glance it would appear to be yet just another hair care product adding Argan oil, however, the difference can be felt immediately! These alcohol and cruelty free products enrich hair by protecting it from environmental and heat damage! That’s just what you brides and brides-to-be need to prepare your hair for your Big Day or perhaps protect it from the sun during your honeymoon island escape.

THE INGREDIENT:

Agadir’s products are infused with 100% certified Argan oil that comes from the Argan tree, which is native to Morocco and is rich in Vitamin E, Omega-9, Omega-6, Linoleic Acid, Oleic Acid and other essential fatty acids said to be excellent for hydrating, repairing, conditioning hair and scalp. It is also more resistant to oxidation than other types of oil (meaning it won’t lose its nutrients as quickly once exposed). Argan oil also has a low molecular weight allowing it to instantly penetrate into the hair shaft without weighing hair down.

 

Agadir makes shampoos, conditioners, heat protectants, treatments and styling aids.

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THE VERDICT:

Upon using these products, I noticed that the hair felt moisturized as the products were being applied, during styling and after. They definitely nourish the hair and give it an overall healthy, noticeable shine. I really love the that these products are suitable for all hair types and styling methods.

Here a few facts on my favs:

OIL SPRAY TREATMENT

  • Humidity resistant
  • Protective sunscreen
  • Enriched with antioxidants
  • Dry, non-greasy, lightweight formula
  • 24-hour lasting shine
  • Good for use on wet or dry hair
  • Pleasant, fresh smell

STYLING CURLING CRÉME

  • Formulated with antioxidants & anti-frizz agents
  • Blocks humidity
  • Crunch free curls
  • Weightless curl control
  • Moisturizing

MOISTURE MASQUE

  • Deep conditioning treatment
  • Sulfate free
  • Keratin protein & Vitamin E infused
  • Decreases frizz

 

Agadir Argan Oil Products are available at selected salons nationwide and at http://www.agadirint.com

 

Sonia Castleberry: Beauty Editor | Hairstylist

http://www.bridesbysoniacastleberry.com http://www.soniacastleberry.com

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Experiencing LUSH Spa

New York's LUSH SPA

EXPERIENCING LUSH SPA
by Victor Amos

Hidden among the skyscrapers of midtown, and tucked into the second floor of a retail shop, lies LUSH’s first U.S. spa. The natural beauty cosmetics chain, known for its extraordinary bath bombs and facial cleansers, is bringing an entirely new experience to the New York market – and their approach is very “hands-on.” LUSH has sent a team of massage therapists to train at the original LUSH Spa in England, so that you can experience their unique menu of treatments without hopping on an airplane.

 

New York's LUSH SPA

The experience begins on the ground floor of LUSH’s 2-story space on the corner of Lexington Avenue and 61st Street. You make a quick check-in at the front counter, and are promptly whisked past the whimsical sights and smells of the retail store, up the stairs, where you enter a beautifully-appointed waiting area. The waiting area of the spa is themed to look like an English countryside cottage, complete with weathered wooden cabinetry, vintage books, mason jars filled with wild flowers, and a rustic hodgepodge of wooden furniture.

 

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Your session starts with a meet-and-greet consultation with your massage therapist. You sit at the large kitchen table and go through a brief (but necessary) survey of your health, while also discussing what nooks and crannies you need the kinks worked out of. After a small chat, you are taken to your room … and that’s when the real magic happens!

 

New York's LUSH SPA

I chose to get a spa treatment called “The Comforter?” (yes, the question mark is part of the title). The Comforter? is not an ordinary massage, it is actually an exfoliating treatment. Exclusively for its spas, LUSH creates custom body products that can only be experienced during a treatment; they can’t be purchased. My treatment called for a chocolate body scrub (made of rhassoul mud, raw cacao paste, carob, and scrubby ground adzuki beans) to exfoliate my skin, and a rose body serum (made with illipe butter, shea butter, rose clay, and argan oil) to hydrate after the scrub.

 

New York's LUSH SPA

My treatment commenced with my undressing and sandwiching my body between a marshmallow-soft mattress and a fluffy heated duvet cover. OH. MY. GOD. Quite honestly, the treatment could have begun and ended here. I’d never been on a massage table like this one. While staring up at the constellations being projected onto the ceiling, my mind and body melted into a mush of relaxation; it was like being back in the womb again.  While the chocolate body scrub was being melted by candle, I was clearing my mind of its troubles, and focusing on the soundtrack to my treatment.

 

Now, while you may find the exclusive body products unique, there is another layer to the experience that makes it special. LUSH partnered with folk-musician Simon Emmerson to create a custom soundtrack for each spa treatment. Your entire session is colored by tranquil, yet validating tunes being gently whispered through the surround-sound speaker system above head. While listening to the custom soundtrack, I actually recognized many of the contemporary pop and soft-rock song covers … albeit a folksy, English rendition of them.

For the next 60 minutes, the expertly-trained massage therapist meticulously navigated my limbs as though she were a ballerina in a presentation of Swan Lake. Without exaggeration, the masseuse performs a rhythmically-synchronized dance, akin to the ebb and flow of an ocean shoreline, as they careen across your extremities. The sensations of pressure and release, timed to the exact stroke of the music, is a fine detail that sets this spa’s set of treatments apart from any other.

 

New York's LUSH SPA

To close out my service, I re-clothed myself and rendezvoused with my masseuse in the waiting area. I shared my never-ending ramble of thank yous and praises while she prepared a unique “mocktail” cocktail for me. My treatment came with a delicious drink consisting of sparkling water, rose water, and a fluffy piece of cotton candy, which I dissolved into the effervescent concoction.

 

New York's LUSH SPA

The full-circle moment of this experience was watching that piece of cotton candy dissolve into the fizzy pool of water. It almost made me chuckle, as I felt like all of the tension and stress that I came in with, disappeared just the same.

If you’d like to visit New York’s LUSH Spa:

LUSH Spa
783 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10065

+1 (212) 207-8151

http://www.LushUSA.com/LushSpa

Victor Amos
Makeup Artist | Beauty Editor
http://www.VictorAmos.com

Red Carpet Hair: Get Inspired by This Years Met Ball Looks

If you are a bride-to-be who’s looking to step outside of the box with your wedding looks, look no further! Who ever said it wasn’t ok to push the limits was wrong! That would be exactly what the stars at this years Met Gala Ball did. When it comes to hair we saw everything from Beyonce’s sleek low bun and birdcage veil to Sarah Jessica Parkers twisted bouffant. They all brought their “A” Game and I loved them all but I could only pick a few. Good luck choosing your most favorite look of the night, it will be tough!

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BEYONCE’: slick back low bun with birdcage veil

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JOAN SMALLS: side swept braid

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BLAKE LIVELY: vintage glamour waves

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NICOLE RICHIE: wavy updo with purple hues

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SARAH JESSICA PARKER: twisted bouffant

Rihanna

RIHANNA: messy updo

Selena-Gomez

SELENA GOMEZ: classic updo

Taylor-Swift

TAYLOR SWIFT: “old hollywood” tousled curls

Reese-Witherspoon

REESE WITHERSPOON: faux bob

 

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Sonia Castleberry: Beauty Editor | Hairstylist

http://www.soniacastleberry.com http://www.bridesbysoniacastleberry.com

Blonde Bobshell: Eve’s Most Memorable Looks

evesoniabannerWho’s that girl? Eve’s that girl! She never fails us with her bold hairstyles. Whether she’s wearing long tresses with spicy highlights topped off with a blunt fringe or turning heads with her flamboyant blonde bob, Eve’s hairstyles are as versatile as her rhymes. Eve and her blonde bob looks are definitely a winner in my book! She wears this classic style so effortlessly always giving us sassy and chic. Let’s explore how to achieve her looks!

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STRAIGHT & SLEEK:

To create a super straight finish, use a hot flat-iron to touch up any sections that require a smoother texture. Finish with a light weight oil for the ultimate shine. Apply a dime size to the palms of your hands, emulsify and lightly brush across the surface of your hair. Always remember a little product goes a long way!

FHI Heat Platform Flat Iron

Sachajuan Intensive Hair Oil

Oribe Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil

Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Treatment Oil

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TOUSLED & FREE:

The tousled effect can be achieved by using a curling iron, 1’’ or higher, wrap 1-inch sections of hair from mid-shafts to ends only (leave the roots straight). Curl random sections of hair in different directions to create a more haphazard, rough texture. Gently touse your hair with your hands to break up the curls. Complete the look by misting a light finishing hair spray.

T3 Bodywaver

L’Oréal Elnett Hair Spray

Aveda Air Control Hairspray

Fekkai Sheer Hold Hair Spray

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BODY & VOLUME:

Body and volume can be achieved with product and heat. Separate your hair into 2″ sections and spray roots with a volumizer. Blow dry with a medium to large round brush starting near the back of the head using half-inch pieces and working around to the front on either side. To create extra volume, hold brush in the hair near the scalp until the hair cools (about five seconds), then move the brush down and through to the ends of the hair for a smooth finish.

Harry Josh Pro Dryer 2000

Ibiza B4 Round Brush

Aveda Volumizing Tonic

Ojon Volume Advance Thickening Spray

 

Sonia Castleberry: Beauty Editor | Hairstylist

http://www.soniacastleberry.com | http://www.bridesbysoniacastleberry.com

All About Eve: Makeup We Love

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While Eve has made sartorial waves for the paw prints adorning her décolletage, I think it would serve us well to look up a few inches and take note of her face! Over the years, I have noticed that Eve definitely has a “hallmark” makeup style: Bronzed & Luminous! Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can achieve Eve’s trademark look.

 

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Luminizer:

A great way to get that “inner glow” is to mix your foundation with a luminizer. The light-reflecting particles in the luminizer will give a soft iridescence to your face, and who doesn’t love a healthy glow? You can also dab it onto the high points of your face, after you have applied all of your makeup, to give an added shine.

[ ] Givenchy Mister Radiant

[ ] Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector

[ ] MAKE UP FOR EVER Uplight

[ ] NARS Illuminator

 

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Bronzer:

Bronzer is essential to any makeup application, but it is especially important when doing a “healthy” glow look. Bronzer will also give your face dimension and warmth, which help to sclupt and define your features. Make sure to use a dense, flat brush to apply  the bronzer. You should apply it to places where the sun would hit the face, naturally (forehead, cheeks, chin, bridge of nose).

[ ] Sephora Collection Sol de Rio Bronzing Powder

[ ] Diorskin Nude Tan Healthy Glow Enhancing Powder

[ ] NARS Casino Bronzer

 

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Cream Blush:

Cream blush makes a great finishing touch to a healthy glow makeup look. It not only adds a healthy flush on the cheeks, but it leaves behind a nice dewy shine. A great way to apply it is with your ring finger. Your ring finger is pretty weak, so it will be hard to over-apply the product. None of us wants to walk around looking like Mrs. Claus!

[ ] Tarte Cheek Stain

[ ] Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge

[ ] Josie Maran Argan Infinity Lip & Cheek Creamy Oil

[ ] YSL Creme De Blush Soft Blush

 

Victor Amos
Makeup Artist & Beauty Editor
New York City
http://www.VictorAmos.com

Top TSA-Friendly Hair Products that will help you arrive to your honeymoon destination tress free

No matter where your honeymoon or summer plans may take you, travel can wreak havoc on your regular hair regimen. My mother always said big things come in small packages. That would definitely apply to all the portable mini hair products brands are offering to all you travel beauties out there. Even with the current carry on restrictions, you can stock up on the latest and greatest without hindering your hair routine or adding extra weight to your luggage. Check out some of my favorite travel-friendly buys below.

 COAST TO COAST CURLS Don’t worry about your luscious locks going lifeless while on vacation! Ouidad’s Love Your Curls Kit provides everything you need with the Clear & Gentle Shampoo, Balancing Rinse Conditioner, Climate Control Gel, Botanical Boost Spray Conditioner, and Deep Treatment Conditioner. they are perfect for carry  on luggage and weekend rendezvous. $37 ouidad.com

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BLOW DRY ON THE GO This kit makes packing easier than ever before, with 100% air compliant, space- savers. Whether your look is beach waves or city straight, the blowpro JetBlow KitTM has you covered with Beach Blow Texturizing Mist, Blow Up Thickening Mist, and Heat Is On Protective Daily Primer. Glam on-the-go has never been easier. $18; at blowpro.com

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BIG HAIR EVERYWHERE Unbelievable volume, firm holding, fast drying and ultra shining. The Big Sexy Hair Spray and Play Volumizing Hairspray will keep you looking cool, even at your hottest. $6 ulta.com Big_SprayPlay_MINI

NO WATER NECESSARY Ditch the water and say goodbye to oil and buildup with blowpro Faux Dry. This residue free transclucent dry shampoo lifts hair, gives a just washed look, and provides manageability to re-style. $20; at blowpro.com

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DON’T FADE AWAY Protect and clean all at once while traveling in style with Oribe’s Beautiful Color Travel Set. Made specifically for color-treated hair. This kit includes 6 elegant shampoo and conditioner packets and 1 shampoo and masque for a little extra love and care. $19.50 oribe.com and Bergdorf Goodman beautiful-color-travel-set-box-large

 

Beauty Contributor and Expert: Sonia Castleberry

http://www.bridesbysoniacastleberry.com |www.soniacastleberry.com

 

5 Products To Help You Achieve Flawless Foundation

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5 Products To Help You Achieve Flawless Foundation
by Victor Amos

As a professional makeup artist, the number one question I get asked by models and clients is, “How do I achieve flawless-looking foundation?” Many of them are surprised to find out that achieving flawless foundation relies heavily on the way you prepare the skin for the foundation, and less about the foundation itself. Just like a house, makeup must set atop a base if it is to last and sit properly. Let’s look at some products that will help you achieve that flawless look!

 

 

[1] CLEANSER

I always start my makeup applications by wetting and cleansing the skin. It is important that you always start off your makeup routine with clean skin. Not only does cleansing the skin remove dirt and excess oils, it also moistens the skin, which helps it better absorb the products that will be applied next.

MY RECOMMENDATION: Bioderma Crealine ($23.00 USD / 250 ml)

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[2] MOISTURIZER

Almost nothing is more important than your moisturizer! It is essential to making sure that your skin stays nourished, hydrated and supple throughout the day. Dry skin can lead to flaking, “cakey” foundation, and even worse… premature aging! You don’t have to spend a ton of money, but make sure that your moisturizer meets your skin needs. If you are oily, pick a moisturizer that is oil-free. If you are dry, pick a moisturizer that is thick and creamy. And no matter which skin-type you have, make sure your moisturizer contains SPF!

MY RECOMMENDATION: Olay Regenerist UV Defense ($28.00 USD / 50 ml)

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[3] EYE CREAM

A lot of women forget this step, but eye cream is very important! How many of you have problems with concealer getting “cakey” and seeping into the fine lines under your eyes? That problem occurs because the under-eye is dehydrated. The skin under your eye is very thin and dehydrates easily. If you want smooth, crease-free concealer, then you need to make sure that your under eye is properly moisturized, otherwise the moisture in your concealer will absorb, leaving behind a cakey, flakey mess.

MY RECOMMENDATION: Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream ($49.00 USD / 15 ml)

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[4] PRIMER

Primer is another step that is grossly underestimated. If you live in a humid climate or have oily skin, a good primer will help with the longevity of your makeup application. I recommend a silicone-based primer, as it will blur fine lines, and fill-in large pores that are common around the nose and on the cheeks. So not only will you have long-lasting makeup, you will also have buttery-smooth skin.

MY RECOMMENDATION: Whip Hand Cosmetics Set The Stage Primer ($39.00 USD / 1 oz)

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[5] FIXING/SETTING SPRAY

Now, this is a finishing step. Once you have finished your makeup application, you want take take off that “dusty” look that happens after you have applied your setting powder. A good way to bring the natural radiance and glow back to the skin is with a fixing spray. There are many formulas available on the market that will do different things. I tend to gravitate to the fixing sprays that re-hydrate the face with water and minerals. You can use this mist to freshen-up your makeup throughout the day as well.

MY RECOMMENDATION: Caudalie Beauty Elixir ($18.00 USD / 1 oz.)

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