My Princess and Me 2011


Fall/Winter 2011 Trend Guide: The Season’s Must-Have Looks

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Blogger: Brooke

As quickly as summer arrived, it’s on its way out just as fast. Soon, salons will be handling requests from their clients for fresh fall looks and they’ll need to deliver. Here, top stylists Jason Backe, Jennifer J., Ted Gibson, Yann Varin and Amit Abraham share their take on the hottest trends for fall, citing the catwalk and the red carpet as inspiration.

Want to see what’s new for the upcoming season? Take a look at what they consider to be the most-coveted styles for fall.

Gold tones and honey hues are the fast-growing favorite colors for the upcoming season to brighten and complement just about every complexion. Whether they’re used to frame the face or placed just at the hairline and crown, this upcoming seasons’ must-have hue will make every complexion radiant.

L’Oréal Professionnel Celebrity Colorist Jason Backe, who colors the locks of Brooklyn Decker and Ashley Greene, is seeing golden hues among young starlets that enhance their natural color. “This Fall will be a gold rush!” he says. “From honey and amber to chestnut and maple, tones of gold will be featured in hair color.
Jason’s favorite honey hues: L’Oréal Professionnel INOA shades: 7.34, 5.35, 9.3 or 8.34

“Blondes this fall will also favor very warm honey tones with the lightest shades of gold around the hairline and crown of the head,” adds celebrity colorist Jennifer J. “This creates a halo of light that will make any complexion glow, similar to what I have done with January Jones.”

This fall, classic updos take on modern twists when downtown girls take on uptown looks. Hair is swept up in modern styles to suit the downtown crowd. The key—manipulate volume, whether at the crown or in a chunky chignon, or weave in fabric for extra texture.The result—a sophisticated, classic, uptown style that is fresh, refined and downtown chic.

At the Fall/Winter Bibhu Mohapatra presentation, Lead Hairstylist for L’Oréal Professionnel Yann Varin created sleek and clean lines for an updo that complemented the commitment to the style and form seen in Mohapatra’s newest collection. “Often hair on the runway is not given as much attention as the clothing. Hair that is left down seems too simple and easy,” says Yann.

L’Oréal Professionnel Portfolio Artist Amit Abraham designed the signature runway style at the Elene Cassis show: a sleek parted look from the front with a voluminous knot in the back. “I was inspired by the textures that Elene used in her collection,” says Amit. “The style we created looked well-defined and linear from the front while supple in the back. These two mimic the assertive yet sensuous Elene Cassis female.”

L’Oréal Professionnel Celebrity Stylist Ted Gibson created the bohemian-chic braids at the Rachel Roy presentation. “Weaving fabrics from the collection into the models’ hair brought to life Rachel’s muse—the urban nomad,” explains Ted. “The look has a young, downtown bohemian feel. It’s a new modern twist on the classic bohemian braid.”


All men dream but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes to make it possible.

-T.E. La

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Skin-Care Mistakes

I just read this great article on Real beauty, Just wanted to share it with all our followers.


Lynda Parsons






Perfect skin is at the top of just about every woman’s wish list, but despite all the information we get from friends, media, salespeople and even dermatologists, many of us still lack the flawless complexion we crave.

Despite best efforts, even the most well-informed among us make simple mistakes that keep us from clear, dewy skin. Many skin-care errors are a result of misinformation, not lack of commitment to perfection, says Jennifer Fifer, owner of Tru Skin Clinical Spa in Manhattan.

Luckily for us, she pinpoints nine skin-care blunders that can be easily avoided.

What’s in your cleanser? Fifer says women often buy high-end exfoliating products and moisturizers, but don’t pay attention to what’s actually in them. Choose products with few chemicals, she advises. Avoid those containing SD-40, isopropyl alcohol, a common ingredient that can be an irritant for acne-prone and senstive skin types, leading to redness, dryness, and in some cases, brown spots and premature aging.

Speaking of exfoliating, don’t overdo it, says Fifer. Many products today have alpha hydroxy acids to combat wrinkles and fine lines, but if you mix-and-match too often — for example, an acid-based moisturizer in the morning and an exfoliating cream at night — you run the risk of inflaming your skin.

Don’t pick at your blemishes. Hands off, says Fifer. “You’ll end up with a bigger problem because you break down the follicle wall, allowing bacteria to spread.” Use a sulfur mask to bring down the swelling, she says.

Surprisingly, women with dry skin should avoid overmoisturizing, so don’t spackle on cream or heavy moisturizers. “It causes more congestion in the long run,” says Fifer. “Women would do better to invest in a good humidifier instead, especially if they live in a dry climate.”

“Women believe that when they drink water it moisturizes the skin. It does help carry oxygen to the skin, but don’t rely on it for moisture,” says Fifer. Instead, consider what you’re eating — or not eating — and add some good fat to your diet. “Essential fatty acids, like what you’d get from eating an avocado, help skin glow.”

While overexposure to the sun ages skin, many protective products can cause another issue — acne. Fifer suggests looking for sunblock that contains zinc and titanium, which protect without clogging pores.

You fall asleep with your makeup on, what’s the big deal? “Never, never, never!” says Fifer. Even if it’s only a rare occurrence, the problems can cascade into your complexion for a week. To avoid a skin-care nightmare, be sure to wash your face before you head to bed.

Don’t skimp on sleep. “Skin repairs itself at night,” says Fifer. “If you’re routinely sleep-deprived, your complexion will show it.” Get the beauty sleep you deserve and you’ll wake up to better skin.

When was the last time you threw out your make up? Don’t hang on to beauty products if you don’t use them frequently. Since your fingers are usually your applicator, bacteria build up fast in bottles and in makeup sponges, then end up on your face. As a rule of thumb, Fifer suggestions tossing foundation out after six months.

Read more: Skin Care Mistakes – Get Perfect Skin – Real Beauty