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Thursday, January 06, 2011

RemChic Essential Hair Tools and Products

A while back I wrote a post exploring my favorite make-up products. Well, in this post I'm going to talk about the absolute best hair tools and products. Although I'm no haircare professional, I have been coloring my hair since I was 11 (with help of my best friend and our box dye sessions in her bathroom) and curling/straightening my hair since I was 12 (also thanks to my best friend and her at-home hair salon tactics).

It's important to note that I have long, naturally wavy hair that I usually blow dry and straighten. Yeah, my hair lovesss me and all of the heat damage I inflict upon it on the daily. Anyways, it's medium to fine in thickness, and I'm obsessed with volume and heat protection. Most of the products below are centered around what I use (obviously) so if you have different hair goals/hair type these items might not be ideal for you. However, I think the products I'm showcasing appeal to a wide range of hairstyles/types. 

Essential Hair Tools
1. Farouk CHI Ceramic Flat Iron
This is hands down the best straightener on the planet. Trust me. Go buy one and you will never look back. It's perfect for controlling frizz and static and is just perfectly amazing. It will be the best investment of your hair's life.

2. Toni & Guy Professional Hair Dryer

The model I have is the Toni & Guy 3500 Lite, and it is the best hair dryer ever. Why? To name a few reasons: frizz control, a number of different heat settings, ceramic ion protection technology, among other helpful settings that you simply can't get from a generic, $20 hair dryer. I took my blow dryer on a cruise with 8 other girls last March, and I swear everyone used/loved it. I've had it for almost two years, and it still works like brand new!

3. Conair 1.25 inch Curling Iron

Because my hair is naturally wavy it tends to hold curls well, so I don't need an intense curling iron (whereas I'm wiling to invest in extra strong straightening tools). This curling iron was $12 and works like a charm. My roommate has extremely straight hair that is thick and long and she uses it, too! It works well for both of us and the 1.25 inch width is perfect for natural looking, tousled waves.

Essential Hair Products  

1. S Factor Papaya Leave-in Moisturizer
I use this product no matter what- if I plan on air drying, blow drying, curling, straightening, whatever. It's the best leave-in moisturizer I've ever used and smells amazing! A definite must. Also, I use this product daily and am just now running out of a bottle that I've had since my freshman year of college (I'm in the middle of my senior year) so it's very economical.

2. CHI 44 Iron Guard Thermal Protection
This is the best heat protection treatment out there. It also smells amazing, and I usually apply this after the papaya moisturizer, especially on the ends of my hair. Best part about it is you can use it on wet or dry hair, so if you are touching up from blow drying the day before you can still use it before re-straightening and/or curling.

3. Aveda Pure Abundance Hair Potion

This is a thickening treatment that is a powder-to-liquid formula. It swells your hair shafts and the bottle claims it boosts hair volume up by 17%, but I would argue it's even more than that. This stuff is literally body for your hair in a bottle. It's a bit pricey (about $25 for only 0.7 oz) but if you are looking to give your hair oomph that will last all day/night, this is a must-have. P.S. this is an after-the-fact type of hair product that you want to use after all of your styling is done and your hair is completely dry.

4. Ojon Rub-Out Dry Cleanser 

Ojon is quickly becoming my favorite hair product brand. This is the best dry shampoo on the entire planet and every girl should own at least one bottle of this stuff. It's perfect for in-between washes and quickly absorbs dirt and grease while also livening your hair (which tends to go flat when its weighed down by icky dirt and other unwanted junk). Beware the bottle tends to go awall if it's shaken around too much, and I've actually had a bottle or two over pressurize when I swear I haven't even taken it out of the medicine cabinet except to use it. However, I think if you can find a bottle that doesn't act funny its the best investment ever.
Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Oohs and Awes for Marc by Marc Jacobs Janet Jacquard Sweater

Today I'm loving the sexy back of this Marc by Marc Jacobs Janet Jacquard Sweater. Although the front cropped portions aren't the most flattering shape in my opinion, the back is extremely feminine and pretty. I love the crossed ribbon look, don't you?

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Quotes & Couture XV

"The point is to shop for high value in items that will endure for many years, items that will never lose their relevance. Try not to focus on price and name brands. A truly stylish woman makes smart decision based on good taste, and the ability for an item to endure."
-Nina Garcia
Monday, January 03, 2011

Natascha McElhone: Proof that Beauty Exists Beyond 40

I started watching Californication yesterday per my Showtime addiction and lack of Dexter episodes to stream, and I can't help but highlight how beautiful Natascha McElhone is. At 42 years old, she is the epitome of flawless beauty. The London-born actress is gorgeous because of her natural appeal--move over over-tanned, over-bleached M.I.L.F.s, cause this type of look can't be mimicked no matter how much surgery you get. Here are some of my favorite pictures of her from photoshoots ranging from 1998 to 2007:

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Fashion News: Anne Vyalitsyna poses for Louis Vuitton 2011

Mark Segal is bringing his photography genius to Louis Vuitton's spring 2011 ad campaign. Anne Vyalistsyna looks like a natural beauty in all of the road-trip themed photos. I tried to find where the photoshoot took place, and was unsuccessful; however, the campaign definitely speaks California desert highway to me-note the wind power farm in the background of the first photo- Palm Springs, California, anyone? What do you think?