Get Your Hair Holiday Ready.

So, you have that annual Holiday Party coming up - or that big once a year family gathering. And you want everyone to wonder...What has she done? Her hair looks amazing!

I have some tips on products that will be a big help to you in getting your tresses perfect, and Holiday ready.

bio_giftset.jpg"A great thing to get your hair revved up for the Holiday season is to change it up a bit. A simple trim, or highlights .. maybe wearing it up. A sleek ponytail with your own hair matrix_men.jpgwrapped around the hair tie or a sparkly clip is always nice. Or you can change it up a bit by doing nothing major - simply changing your products can help.", says Michelle Lazarus, hair stylist and owner of Hair Haven. "Matrix makes the best products, and Biolage are among my favorites that I use on my clients. They even have a Matrix for Men Styling Stocking Stuffer ($9.95) for sale this season, and some nifty products packed together. They are really selling well, because, besides being great, they are such a great deal."

Personally, I am really liking the new Herbal Essences line. Have you seen it yet? The Herbal Essences new collections are each uniquely designed to address specific hair needs and accurately target individual hair goals. The products are in mini collections that should be used to work together as a system to enhance the final result. 

The collections are:

herbal_essences.jpgBreaks Over - to protect hair from breakage and damage
Hello Hydration - to replenish dry hair with essential moisturizers
Color Me Happy - to lend color-treated hair dimension and shine
None of Your Frizzness - (my fave!) to treat and resist frizz throughout the day
Drama Clean - to deeply clean and lightly condition, riding hair of residue
Totally Twisted - for smooth defined curls or waves
Dangerously Straight - for straight, flowing looks
Body Envy - for boosted volume

And everything retails for $2.99 each - yes.. I said, $2.99 each. And they are a superior product for the price point.

shimmery_nights.jpgAnd if you really want to make a statement for that party, try Shimmery Nights, by Herbal Essences as well, for hair touched with a hint of glamorous shimmer. Shimmery Nights comes in a Spray Gel formula or a flyaway smoother.  And what is great about these, is that they are in hand-bag ready packaging for those as needed touch-ups.

I have also found that you are definitely worthy of hair envy when you use one of the newer shine products.shine_happy.jpg Natural Instincts by Clairol has a products called Shine Happy ($7.99). Shine Happy creates healty-looking brilliant shine by simply shampooing it in and leaving it sit on for about 10 minutes. It leaves long-lasting shine that lasts a few weeks. Another good one to try is Nice 'n Easy's Color Boosting Glaze ($7.99). This works great on natural or color treated hair, but not on highlighted hair. Color Boosting Glaze contains a special blend of Aloe Vera, Jojoba Oil, and Vitamin E to give hair the most beautiful, sheer color and shine.

So be envied for your hair this Holiday season - it is simple, and easy to do - and one of the easiest ways to make a quick change.


Essential Eyes.

I have never had the privilege to use any of Make Up For Ever's products, so you will understand my excitement when I finally tried a great kit of theirs - The Essential Eye Set.

makeupforever.jpgThe Essential Eyes Set is a limited edition kit, only available at Sephora. In simple terms, this kit contains everything to create a basic eye look - with multiple variations.

The set includes 3 neutral brown shades, an iridescent yellow beige, a metallic taupe, and an iridescent brown black. It also contains two Star Powders, which are loose powders similar to a MAC pigment or Bare Escentuals Eye Shadow, in a pearly gold and an iridescent beige. It also includes waterproof Pearly Eye liner in black. Oh and there is also a DVD included with tips from Dany Sanz, the makeup artist behind the brand.

For the daytime, I really like the yellow-beige shade all over with the metallic taupe in the crease of my lid.  I add a bit of either of the Star Powders right in the middle of my brow bone, and sometimes right on the inside corner of my eye, by my tear duct, to brighten it all up. To jazz that look up, I add the darkest black-brown in the crease or use it as an eye liner, if I don't feel like using the pencil.

If you know someone who loves playing with eye makeup, or perhaps someone who is pretty much a novice, then this set is for them.

The value of this set is a whopping $123, but it retails for just $60.

I can't wait to try more from Make Up For Ever.


The Ultimate in Luxury.

How does this sound?

...A personal make over by DIOR national makeup artist Ricky Wilson.
...A haircut with Frederic Fekkai.
...One year of personalized gifts from Bath & Body Works.
...A one week internship at Cosmopolitan magazine.

They sound amazing, don't they?

If you agree and want to support a wonderful cause, then log onto and register so you can bid on these fabulous - mostly priceless, items and experiences.

This is where the Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) Foundation will hold its annual online charity auction from November 30th through December 15th, to raise money for its independent initiative, Cancer and Careers.

There are many other items and packages that will be available as well. You can register now, and see the exact list of items available.

Happy Bidding!