Quick hair upgrade: HairuWear Hairdo French Braid Band

It’s Saturday night, and you want something cute for your hair but have no time.  What do you do?

 hairuwear french braid

Grab a French Braid Band from HairuWear!

the braid is like a headband

the braid is like a headband

This is the cutest thing.  You wear it like as headband, it takes seconds to put it in.

tiny velcro holds it in place

tiny velcro holds it in place

To really make your hairstyle pop, tease the crown behind the braid to give your hair a little more ‘lift’. 

It's adjustable so it will fit any size head

It’s adjustable so it will fit any size head

It’s sooo cute!!   And even someone who struggles with hair styling like me can put this on and look super chic.  It comes in six different shades, mine is in Chestnut/Light brown. 

Chestnut

Chestnut

 

Get one that matches your hair color and have instant, no-commitment glam whenever you want it!  – Lisa

My braid is on and I am ready to go party!!

My braid is on and I am ready to go party!!

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Best of the Year 2012: Lisa’s picks

 

2012

It’s the new year, so you know what that means – a bunch of people with hangovers and a ton of ‘Best of 2012′ lists!  Beauty Info Zone is jumping right into the pool with our own lists.  Here are my personal picks for Best of the Year 2012, stay tuned for Marcia’s choices tomorrow. 

Shimmer, color, extensions, scents…it’s all here!  I have much to be grateful for, much to be thankful for, and here is my big virtual hug to all the products and product lines that brought me so much joy in 2012.

best-of-the-year

Best new (to me anyway) cosmetics lines

 

lipgloss

Christina Choi lipgloss

Christina Choi – beautiful lip glosses, gorgeous eye shadows (love the duo with a coordinating cake liner), plus so much more.  I am very, very excited about this line.

in my Z Palette

My gorgeous Makeup Geek eyeshadows in my Z Palette

Makeup Geek – love the lipsticks, and the eyeshadows are truly the bomb.  If you don’t have any yet, they should be first on your list of new purchases for 2013.

Best old (to me anyway) cosmetics lines

 

Le Metier

Le Metier eyes

Le Metier de Beaute – 2012 was a Le Metier year for me, from fantastic makeovers to awesome facials to workhorse products that I can’t do without. 

Bye Bye Pores powder and puff

Bye Bye Pores powder and puff

It Cosmetics - I am constantly amazed by this line.  There hasn’t been ONE thing that I didn’t love.  I think I look forward to new products from It Cosmetics more than from any other line because they never, ever disappoint.

Dan Read Icy Lilac eyeshadow

Dan Read Icy Lilac eyeshadow

Dan Read Cosmetics –  another line that never lets me down.  I always have my Dan Read Silver Screen Series foundation with me – in fact, on Christmas Day I bought myself another one as a Christmas gift to myself.  I also love the eyeshadows, they are fantastic.   Dan Read is on my ‘best of’ list every single year.  He rocks – and so does his cosmetics line.

Make Up For Ever Iconic Red

Make Up For Ever Iconic Red

Make Up For Ever – did you watch Syfy’s Face Off this past season?  I think it was the best ever thanks to Make Up For Ever.  Dany Sanz is brilliant, and I love all of her creations, particularly the Aqua Rouge lip colors.

Best skin care

 

reviva-primerReviva Labs – I have probably tried 15 different things from this line and I love everything. I think that is amazing. My absolute favorites are the Makeup Primer, Hyalauronic Acid Serum, and the Willard Water.

cooling metal tip applicator

Love the StriVectin cooling metal tip applicator – and if you look closely, you can see my camera reflected in it!!

 StriVectin – oh boy do I love the 360 Tightening Eye Serum - it’s a great serum with the best applicator ever.

Jewelweed Topical Mist close upCreation Pharm – this is a terrific organic line with intriguing products. I still use the Jewelweed Topical Mist every day. I am probably on my 20th bottle.  If you look close, I do believe that is my photo of my fingers holding the Jewelweed bottle on their website!!!

Love my Kleraderm

Love my Kleraderm

Kleraderm – one of the very best skin care lines there is.  I have used it for years and will always be a ‘Kleranet’.  I have an appointment for a facial with Joanne Recchia-Kallabat in a few days and I am so geeked.  She gives a $200 facial for just $20, plus I will be finding out about the latest new products – and I will be sure to share!

Best brushes

 

Domed Shadow Brush

Real Techniques Domed Shadow Brush

Real Techniques (Pixie Woo) Domed Shadow Brush – this is by far the very best eyeshadow crease brush I have ever used.  I say thank you for this every day.

212 up close and personal

212 up close and personal

Hakuhodo 212 – the supreme brush for blending eyeshadow.  If you don’t have this — you need it.

Best hair care

 

I will never be without this hairspray

I will never be without this hairspray

Unite – the Go365 Hairspray is the primo hairspray ever. Period.

Cristopher Glossing Shampoo

Cristophe Glossing Shampoo

Cristophe  – the Glossing Shampoo and Conditioner never fail to make my hair super soft, shiny, and bouncy.

Leonor Greyl makes for a good hair day!!

Leonor Greyl makes for a good hair day!!

Leonor Greyl – gorgeous products that smell amazing.  So many of her hair products are cult favorites, and for good reason!

Biggest personal influences in 2012

 

soft waves

Soft waves?  No problem!

Verge One – I would say that two lines dramatically changed my daily appearance in 2012.  The first is Verge One.  Their ‘texture wands’ have completely changed the way I wear my hair.  Now pretty much every day I am curly or wavy, and I love it.  The texture wands are truly fabulous finds for which I am extremely grateful!

More lashes = love!

More lashes = love!

Novalash – the second line that dramatically changed my daily appearance in 2012 is Novalash.  I had what I thought were nicely dramatic eyelashes thanks to Latisse…and then I found Novalash.  WOW.  My lashes are huge and beautiful and easy to care for every single day.  This is a ‘get down on my knees and say THANK YOU‘ find!!

Most fun

 

Everything is better on a stick!

Everything is better on a stick!

Lush – Reflecting back on 2012, I remember so many awesome, entertaining products from Lush.  Seriously, everything they make is not only useful and practical, it’s also a blast. 

blue

Who knew blue hair could be so fun?

HairUWear – another surprising super fun discovery for me this year were hair extensions.  I adore the ones I have tried from HairUWear, whether they are lively and funky bright colors or seriously hair-enhancing extensions.  Absolute enjoyment that reminded me I need to step outside my comfort zone to make new discoveries.

My top product picks

 

OCC Skin:  Conceal Y series

OCC Skin: Conceal Y series

OCC Airbrush Foundation and Conceal Concealer – two of the best finds of 2012.  The foundation is a fantastic water-based foundation that works with every application technique, it looks totally natural and wears like iron.  And the concealer is nothing short of amazing – it’s the perfect concealer times twenty. 

Magic

Tarte Magic blush really is magic!

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushfirst-rate blushes with lots of different shades and perfect pigment.  This is a blush that will keep you blushing all day long.

Lisa Hoffman bracelet2

Lisa Hoffman Fragrance Jewelry – so gorgeous, clever and unique!  One of my favorite fragrances of all time is Lisa’s Tuscan Fig, and to be able to have that inside beautiful jewelry?  Fantastic.

Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara

Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara

Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara – this is the best mascara I have ever found for my lower lashes.  It’s pretty amazing.

Tarte concealer top

Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Waterproof Concealer – another pick from Tarte.  This concealer is creamy long-lasting goodness that saved my eyes this fall when they were going crazy with allergies.  It’s a total winner.

My perfect tube of 3Lab Perfect BB Cream

My perfect tube of 3Lab Perfect BB Cream

3lab Perfect BB Cream – my very first BB cream and the best one out there.  Yes, it’s expensive – but it’s also worth every single penny.

CV Skinlabs bottle

CV Skinlabs – sunburns, bug bites, hives, rashes, it’s all so much easier to live through with Rescue + Relief Spray.  I have a bottle of this in my refrigerator at all times.

Skin Chemists Wrinkle Killer

Skin Chemists Wrinkle Killer

Skin Chemists Wrinkle Killer – the snake serum is far more than a marketing ploy. This stuff works. If you want less wrinkles in 2013, get yourself some Wrinkle Killer.

If 2013 is even close to as good as 2012 was, then we have a LOT to look forward to.  2012 was chock full of great discoveries, wonderful ‘old faithfuls’, tons of joy and nothing to complain about.  Life is good!  – Lisa

Simply Straight Pony Hairdo by HairUWear review – and stay tuned for a giveaway!

Hairdo Simply Straight Pony

Are you committment shy?  Do you love instant gratification?  Are you also a bit adventurous?  Then this review is for you.  Let’s enter the wonderful world of hair extensions together, shall we?

18″ texture wrap around pony in Buttered Toast

Pictured above is the 18″ long Simply Straight Pony ($49, but can often be found on sale) from Hairdo by HairUWear.  The pony extension actually wraps around your own hair, whether you naturally have a wimpy pony tail or a full one.  It adds length and fullness, and the wrap-around top looks pretty and keeps the extension looking natural.

wear it straight, or curl it with a curling iron

The hair is textured Tru2life Heat Friendly Synthetic hair, which means you can style this using heat tools like curling irons or flat irons.    It can actually withstand heat up to 350 degrees farenheit.

The separate, curly section wraps around the top of the pony tail to conceal the clip

The long, curly looking strip of hair wraps around the top of the extension, which is connected to your own hair with a comb clip.   It feels like real hair, and it looks like real hair – it has highlights and lowlights, and blends in beautifully.  There are 11 colors to choose from, so it’s pretty much guaranteed you can find one that matches your hair color.

instructions

You can see the basic instructions above.  Here are some tips I found after playing around with this a bit:

1.  Put your own hair in a ponytail first – it works for a high, low, or in-between pony, although I prefered a high pony tail on me.  Use snag-free elastics to keep from damaging your hair, and spray just a small amount of hairspray around it to help make sure the elastic doesn’t slip.

2.  Place the comb clip underneath the elastic on top of your ponytail.

The clip really holds the ponytail in place!

3.  Wrap the long separate section of hair around the top of the pony tail and secure it with a hair pin.  The hair piece surrounds your natural pony tail and makes it look super lush and long.

side view

You can trim the pony tail yourself if you want, or take it to your stylist to have it cut to whatever length you choose.

back view

It looks so real – it’s not over-the-top costumey, it looks like it’s really and truly your hair.  Plus, it stays in place and looks better than the hair pieces that have those claw clips.

instant gratification!

If you’ve always wanted long hair but haven’t been able to get there on your own, this is a terrific option that is easy to apply and looks completely natural.  If you have long hair but just want ‘more’ of it, this is terrific.

So much fun – and no committment!!

Hair extensions are really wonderful these days – these aren’t your grandma’s wigs.  They are a really fun way to play with different looks and add extra drama to your hairstyle.  There are plenty of helpful videos out there to demonstrate how to apply the extension.  Check them out in person by finding local shops via the HairUWear website, or shop online at sites such as folica.com or voguewigs.com.

Stay tuned, because you will be able to enter a giveaway for one of these gorgeous pony tails here at Beauty Info Zone in a few days.  Hooray for committment-free instant gratification!!  – Lisa

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Pop in some fun with POP by HairUWear Clip-In Color Strips

Pop by HairUWear Clip-In Color Strips

Hair color is expensive – so pricey that it’s something I really don’t want to mess with.  I know what colors work for me, and that’s all I am willing to pay for.  Experimentation is just too costly if the color doesn’t work out.  I still have nightmares about the time in high school I tried to dye my hair a gorgeous chestnut brown…and it came out Elvira black.  Shudder!!  But HairUWear has some super cute clip-in options that are fun and inexpensive.

Each extension is 16 inches long

Pop by HairUWear Clip-In Color Strip extensions are 16 inches long, and you could certainly cut them if they were too long for your current hairstyle.  There are six different colors available:  Amethyst, Blue, Gold, Pink, Purple, and Red.     They are made from 100% fine human hair and are beautifully silky.

The clip

Pictured above is the clip.  It is easy to put into your hair, and boy does it stay!  I had no problems with any of the extensions falling out, regardless of my activity level.

Gold

To me, it’s kind of like a temporary tattoo – all the fun but none of the committment!  You can place the color extensions so they really blend with  your hair, like I did above.  Or, you can go for more dramatic placement like below:

red – a little more dramatic

The color is more vivid against my hair, and I also didn’t brush it in like I did with the gold.  Do I look sort of silly?  I think so, after all I am in my forties, what am I doing with streaked hair?  Well, what I am doing is…

blue

…having a whole bunch of fun!!  I was wary of trying these, but they really were a blast.  I wore them everywhere, to dinner, to the movies, to the beach, just around the house.

purple

Eventually I went a little crazier and put in multiple colors at once, which was pretty cool.  And if you have pre-teen or teenage daughters, you will have a fight on your hands because they will want these.

You can purchase Pop by HairUWear Clip-In Color Strips for $8 from Extensions.com and other online etailers.  Get some so you can pop in some color when you are feeling frisky!  – Lisa

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