How To: Create Wavy Hair With A Curling Iron

If you have straight hair and want to create sexy wavy hair a la Ashlee Simpson, all you need is ten minutes and five simple steps.

Step 1. Apply a heat-protection product onto your hair and make sure it is evenly distribute (I like Paul Mitchell Heat Seal).

Step 2. Wrap an one inch section of your hair around a middle sized barrel curling iron. I just got Vidal Sassoon Micro Crystal Curl 25mm Tong and I LOVE that baby! Not only does it heat up within seconds but it also has nine different settings (now this should go under another entry).

Chanel Pro Lumiere Professional Finish Makeup SPF15 Review

Chanel Pro Lumiere Professional Finish Makeup SPF15I always thought Chanel foundations were pretty good but after seeing a picture of this girl wearing the Chanel Pro Lumiere Professional Finish Makeup and looking absolutely flawless, I knew I had to go check it out.

2006 American Music Awards Makeup Looks

Here are some of my favorite looks from the AMAs.


Katharine McPhee from American Idol (she looks *so* much better now)

2006 Friends and Family Events

Finally, all that waiting is over and the F&F season is here! Basically, F&F stands for Friends and Family and it is an annual sale where the public gets to enjoy employees’ discounts. It all started when employees of companies like Sephora and Benefit are given special coupons/codes to distribute to their families and friends. The codes are then somehow leaked onto the internet. Now pretty much anyone can use the codes as long as you know what they are.

Below are some F&F codes along some other ones that I know of. Please note that all codes are valid only in the US.

Sephora
20% off all orders under $300. Good through 11/18 to 11/26.
Code: FF2006

Benefit
20% off all orders. Good through 11/10 to 11/25.
Code: benefit2

Free Bad Gal e/l with any purchase (excluding pencil sharpener)
Code: BADGAL17

Tarte
20% off selected holiday gift sets. Good through 11/15 to 12/31.
Code: SVTEEN

Urban Decay
Deluxe sample of Big Fatty Lip Plumper with $35 purchase.
Code: SLPD35

Beauty.com
Free Pink Sugar roll-on shimmering perfume with $25 purcahse. Good through 12/1 to 12/31.
Code: seventeen

Lancome
Deluxe samples of Hypnose Volume and JT in Simmer for overs $35 or above.
Code: SVTEEN

My experience at Toni and Guy Academy

After hearing about my sister and friends rave about getting haircuts at academies, I decided to give it a shot too. I ended up going to the Toni and Guy Academy in Central London.

When I went in for my appointment that morning, the place was already packed with people, mostly females, ranging from early 20s to mid 30s. Upon my arrival, I checked in with the reception and paid £5 (~$10) upfront. No tips required – sweet!

Next, the staff led us upstairs and helped us put on the capes. A tutor then came over, asked us one by one what kind of looks we were looking for and assigned each of us a student to do our cuts.

I ended up getting a guy named Jose to cut my hair. I showed him a picture of Koda Kumi from the August issue of Vivi magazine and asked him to make my ends just like hers – uber thin and straight. Jose seemed pretty confident that he would do a good job so I entrusted my hair in his hands.

First, he did the regular – shampooed and conditioned my hair. Then my nightmare began as the actual cutting began. As I sat in the chair, watching chunks and chunks of my hair falling onto the floor, all I could do was secretly hope that Jose did not cut all of my hair off. But all that secret wishing was futile. Jose ended up cutting a lot of the top layer (the shortest part was only up to the top of my ears!) and I literally wanted to cry when I saw that. I seriously could not imagine how this would look good on anyone but Jose kept reassuring me that he was not taking any of the length at the bottom.

The next morning, I woke up to a disaster. Since my layers were a lot shorter than before, my hair was a mess and I had to spend *so* much time styling it and if I put the lower part of my hair up, I literally looked like I had a bob!!

Yet strangely, as time passed by, my hair started to look better and better. Now that the layers have grown out a little, my hair just looks so much more alive and chic. I do not have to style it every morning anymore and if I have extra time, I would spray my hair with Boots’ Heat Straightening Protection Spray, straighten the ends with my beloved Jibere de Paris straightening iron and add just a tad of John Frieda’s Brilliant Brunette Shine Shock Leave-on Perfecting Glosser to seal in the ends and flyaways and voila! Uber sleek look!

MAC Formal Black Collection Reviews and Photos

Just when I am starting to get bored of MAC’s recent collections, they released their annual holiday collection for 2006 – Formal Black. This collection has got to be one of the best holiday collections from MAC. Not only is the packaging totally cute(*love* the lushy fabric and black bead chain!) but all the colors are extremely gorgeous! I was so tempted to get them all but only picked up a few things. More after the jump!