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Multitasking Haircare: PARLOR by Jeff Chastain

23 Oct

Parlor by Jeff Chastain

Jeff Chastain is a NYC celebrity hairstylist with over 14 years of experience.

Of course, you want to know who some of his amazing celebrity clients are. They include Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Kerry Washington, and RHONY Kristen Taekman.

If that’s not enough, other celebrity clients that you may have heard of are Sarah Jessica Parker and  Keri Russell. Ttwo of my favorite binge-watching series just happen to be Sex and the City and Felicity (Team Aidan/Team Ben!).

Clients loved Chastain’s signature practice of “product cocktailing”so much that he created PARLOR by Jeff Chastain with the help of Birchbox.

If you’ve been thinking that hair products are getting too complicated, you may want to check out this haircare line. You don’t need a chemistry degree to figure out how to use PARLOR by Jeff Chastain because the line features easy-to-use formulas.

Since the products are designed to work together, they all have the same unisex fragrance: ripe peach, fresh-cut grass, and white woods. For example, if you apply the Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray after shampooing and conditioning to get beachy waves, you won’t smell like a department store fragrance counter.

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Birchbox for October: Positive Force

19 Oct

Birchbox Positive Force

I recently attended a Birchbox event introducing Vancouver beauty bloggers to PARLOR by Jeff Chastain haircare (more about this haircare line here).

To help educate bloggers about Birchbox, we all received the October 2015 edition of Birchbox’s subscription beauty box, Positive Force.

This month’s theme focuses on the power of beauty to change your mood, inspire confidence, and make you happy (beauty samples definitely make me happy). Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, Birchbox is also partnering with the Look Good, Feel Better Foundation.

What You Get

Here are the products you’ll receive in the Positive Force beauty box:
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Canada’s First Drybar Opens in Vancouver

22 Sep


Hey, Vancouver beauties. Have you checked out Nordstrom on Robson Street yet?

I was there for the outdoor beauty bash and opening last week, and it was a blast! Even though the store was super crowded, I did get a good look at Drybar Pacific Centre on the first floor in the cosmetics section.

If you’re not familiar with Drybar, it’s a premium blow dry bar that originated in L.A. It’s expanded all over the U.S. and has made its way up to Canada: first stop in Vancouver!

In addition to a full range of blowouts, you can also get scalp massages and hydrating treatments if your hair is on the dry side.

What I like about Drybar is that they offer a full selection of products to up your “blowout game” at home.

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Smooth, Frizz-Free Hair Without Harsh Chemicals

27 Aug

Cezanne Perfect kerating Smoothing Treatment

Kiss Frizzy Hair G’Bye

If you have curly or frizzy hair, forget about wavy bobs or lobs. What you want to know is: “How can I gently and effectively smooth out my curls?”

The latest smoothing system that my hair stylist is raving about is called the Cezanne Perfect Finish Keratin Smoothing Treatment. The treatment zaps unwanted frizzies and makes hair shiny without turning it too straight or flat.

Lindsay Lecker is a master stylist at Simon’s Hair Salon in Vancouver. She’s been working with the Cezanne smoothing treatment since it came on the hair scene. As you can see the by the photos of Lindsay’s client, the results are amazing.

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This Multi-Purpose Beach Cream Treats Your Hair and Body at the Same Time

4 Jun

Let’s face it. When you’re out at the beach, your skin and hair can take a beating from the sun, wind, and surf. So, why not address both issues with one product?

Aerin Beach Cream for Hair and Body is a conditioning cream with a subtle shimmer.

Just a quarter-sized dollop adds a summer glow to your skin or activates the sun’s warm rays for a deep conditioning hair treatment.

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Hair Tutorial: Recreate the Romantic Bouffants From Badgley Mischka NYFW 2015

20 Feb

Badgely Mischka Bouffant

If you’ve always loved a romantic bouffant hairstyle, it looks like it may be back after being seen on the Badgley Mischka show at NYFW Fall/Winter 2015 (check out the striking bouffant looks here).

According to Wendy Rose Gould of “Everything is super fresh — remarkably “fresh” for autumn, even — and there’s a certain romance in the air.”

“Badgley Mischka’s runway had all of the above, and we fell in love with the entire look and collection. Especially the hair (naturally)! The hair was inspired by the collection itself and incorporates both sensual modernity and a hint of old-fashioned.

Peter Gray for Moroccanoil created what’s been dubbed the “sexy walk of shame” or, in his own words, the “stride of pride.” The style is delicately textured, just loose enough, and very sexy. Think glamorous bedhead.”

Get this NYFW FW 2015 look in five easy steps.

Step 1: Lightly Mist with Hairspray

After washing your hair, lightly mist with a little hairspray, such as Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray. This will create a strong, shiny foundation for you to work with. Rough dry your hair with fingertips on low heat to create a loose and piece-y texture.

Step 2:  Curl Sections of Hair

Using a large, 1 1/2-inch barrel curling iron, curl two-inch sections of hair. Alternate directions as you do this, then apply more hairspray to create additional definition and hold.

Step 3: Add Some Texture

For that sexy “bedhead” appeal, use a little dry shampoo or texturizing spray at your roots. This will both mattify and add texture. Try Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo.

Step 4: Gently Tease Sections

Begin to gently backcomb hair in 1 1/2-inch sections starting at the crown, toward your forehead. Peter Gray says, “To ensure even crown height, count the number of brush strokes and gradually increase strokes as you work towards the top of head.”

Step 5: Gather Hair

After teasing, gather sections from your ear to temple on either side of your head and twist back towards the center. Once at the back of your head, secure with bobby pins and a spritz of hairspray for good measure. You can even add an ornate hair accessory, such as the one pictured.

If you’re all about learning and recreating new hairstyles, make sure you check out all of’s other original hair tutorials.

Christina Hendricks is the New Brand Ambassador for Nice ‘n Easy

9 Jan

I love Christina Hendricks‘ sassy portrayal of Joan Holloway on Mad Men. Even though we’ll all miss the drama at Sterling Cooper & partners when the series signs off, Christina will have no trouble moving on to bigger and better roles.

One new venture for Christina is brand ambassador for Clairol’s Nice ’n Easy hair colour products. Even though she is naturally a dark blonde, Christina has been coloring her hair at home for years.

In fact, Christina has been using Nice ‘n Easy ever since she went red (she was inspired by Anne of Green Gables):

“I love that the results from Nice ‘n Easy are so natural looking; I know it’s going to turn out natural and beautiful and I don’t have to worry about it.”

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Nourish Your Hair Without Weighing it Down: Dove Pure Care Dry Oil

22 Dec

Dove Pure Care Dry Oil

Have you avoided hair oil because you’re afraid your strands are going to turn into one big oily messy?

Today’s generation of hair oils are lighter and multi-faceted which means they can do the job of a number of products like conditioner, serum, and shine spray.

Dove Pure Care Dry Oil features a lightweight formula infused with pure drops of treatment oil like African Macadamia Oil.

With unique Dry Oil technology, it absorbs deep (and quickly) into your hair, leaving it soft and shiny, not greasy or weighed down.

How to Apply Hair Oil
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Three Classic Favorites are Among Winners of 2014 Glammy Awards

27 Oct

Glammy Awards

Every year, Glamour magazine comes out with a list of the top makeup and skincare products as voted on by their magazine readers. The awards cover both drugstore and specialty store products.

Here are three classic favorites that I’m already a fan of and have been using for a long time.

The Best Lip Color
MAC Lipstick (From Specialty Stores)

I have no trouble agreeing with this choice. When it comes to highly pigmented and moisturizing shades, MAC lipsticks can’t be beat.

One of my favorite shades is Fabby, a pinky shade with a hint of color. It looks great on most skin tones.

The Best Mascara
Maybelline New York Great Lash Mascara (From Drugstores)

This mascara has been around forever and is a cult classic. The reason I love this mascara may be a little different from some of the Glamour readers.

I use Maybelline New York Great Lash Mascara in Clear as a sealer after applying deep black mascara. It really helps to stop flaking and smudging!

The Best Hairstyling Product

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How to Do a Messy 5-Strand Braid

8 May


It looks like the messy 5-strand braid is going to be one of the hottest hair trends for the summer.

Have you seen the 5-strand braid and wanted to learn how to do it? “It’s really just a simple weaving of the hair back and forth in an over under pattern,” reveals braid guru Melissa Cook of

Just follow her simple steps below (including the photo tutorial after the jump) and you’ll quickly be on your way to learning the intricate 5-strand braid.

To create a messy 5-strand braid

1. Begin by separating the hair into five strands.

2. Starting on the right side, take the two farthest strands and cross the right one over the left.

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Good-for-You Products with Luscious Scents: güd from Burt’s Bees

11 Apr


güd from Burt’s Bees is a playful line that features irresistible fragrances and real ingredients. There are no parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals in this line of products. And, of course, there is no testing on animals.

The product line includes shampoo and conditioner, body wash, and body lotion in three different scents:

    • Orange Petalooza is bright, fun, and feminine and features the scent of blood orange and hyacinth flower:
      Top Notes: Blood Orange, Pomelo, Green Tea
      Mid Notes: Orange Flower, Rose, Hyacinth
      Dry Notes: Musk, Sandalwood
    • Floral Cherrynova is flirtatious, romantic and sweet and features a zingy blend of cherry blossom and almond milk:
      Top Notes: Juicy Bing Cherries, Fresh Green
      Mid Notes: Rosewood, White Floral Bouquet
      Dry Notes; Warm Milk Acccord, Creamy Musk
    • Pearanormal Activity is fizzy, fresh, and fruity and features pear and Açai berry to revive your senses:
      Top Notes: Bartlett Pear, Dewberry, Raspberry
      Mid Notes: Rhubarb, Acai Accord, White Flowers
      Dry Notes: Apricot, Musk

The nourishing shampoos naturally cleanse your hair, while the natural softening conditioners with moisturizing botanicals leave your hair feeling super-soft and smelling delicious. The natural body washes gently clean your skin and leave it lightly scented.

Follow these up with the natural body lotion to ensure your skin is silky soft all day long and you’re güd to go!


Three Hot New Beauty Products for Spring

24 Mar


Here are a couple of hot new beauty products you can find at Sephora to help take care of your hair, skin, and lips this spring.

Bumble and bumble Cityswept Finish

If you’re looking for a “street-style” look, this finishing spray can get you there. The lightweight spray lets you add texture, but you still get a glossy finish.

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Clinical Concentrate Boosters

This trio of concentrated formulas has everything your skin needs for optimal health and beauty:

  • The Radiance booster transforms dull skin into brighter skin.
  • The Hydration booster infuses deep moisture for smoother-looking skin.
  • The Purifying booster clears and tightens pores for increased clarity.

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Baking Soda to the Rescue: Top Beauty Uses for Hair, Skin, and Teeth

13 Mar


I thought I had heard about most of the uses for baking soda, but a recent episode of the Dr. Oz Show covered some new and creative ways to take advantage of this household staple.


DIY Dry Shampoo Powder

If you regularly use dry shampoo, the costs can add up. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get clean hair on the fly.

Just sprinkle a small amount of baking soda on your roots and work into your hair. I leave it on for a while to absorb any oil before combing or brushing it through.

Hair Volumizer

Let’s face, we all use a lot of products on our hair from conditioner to mousse to hair spray. Over time, these products leave buildup which weighs your hair down.

To add volume to your hair, add a quarter size of baking soda to a handful of your shampoo. Baking soda helps to remove impurities in the hair, which leaves it lighter and bouncier with more volume.


Acne Healer

Some people find that the chemicals in some acne treatments are too harsh for the skin. For a gentle but effective approach, mix up a mask of baking soda and honey to help clear up any spots on your skin. Apply the mixture for around 15 minutes to your face, then rinse.
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Head to Toe Grooming Tool for Movember Moustaches and More

29 Nov

MicroTouch Switchblade

If you plan on keeping your dashing Movember moustache or need a little grooming here and there, a trimmer that does double-duty will definitely come in handy.

The Switchblade from MicroTouch is the first 2-in-1 groomer that does more than trim facial hair. This manly grooming tool includes lighted mini and full-size trimmers for head to toe grooming.

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Keep This Dry Shampoo Duo Handy for Your High Maintenance Holiday Season

28 Nov

Cake Beauty Spotlight

With the holiday season heating up, you may want to have a backup plan for looking good.

The limited edition Spotlight set from Cake Beauty is the ultimate recipe for making your blow dry last with the Satin Sugar Dry Shampoo & Body Powder and the Satin Sugar Fuss-Free Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray.  The set also contains Cake Beauty’s cult-favourite Velveteen Hand Creme as a bonus.

Satin Sugar Dry Shampoo & Body Powder

Use the award-winning Satin Sugar powder to refresh you hair if you want to add a bit of color, either blond or light to medium brown. Sprinkle the powder into your hair to extend time between washes or onto your body. The double-duty formula is talc-free and infused with calendula and chamomile to smooth and soften.

Satin Sugar Fuss-Free Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray

Use the Satin Sugar dry shampoo spray to add volume to your hair whatever your hair type is. The spray cleanses your hair and infuses it with the scent of lemon and vanilla. The formula contains Zeolite to absorb excess oil without leaving a residue, even in dark hair, and silica which expands strands for added fullness and bounce.

[Image via Cake Beauty]


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