While Alterna's Bamboo Style Boho Waves Texture Mist ($22) does indeed deliver that coveted just-from-the-beach tousle, what makes it stand out is what it doesn't do. The spray, which came in this month's Glossybox, adds a touch of shine to hair. So instead of the typical matte finish, you get the perfect balance of texture and fullness with just a hint of gloss. In fact, I love using this beach-wave fixative prior to straightening with a flat iron, further proving that this type of product doesn't have to be used just for creating casual-cool curls. Organic bamboo extract nourishes, and blue yucca root gives weightless texture. With waves like these, there won't be anything dull about your Summer style this year.
Cynthia Rowley went for a little dark romance for her Fall 2013 collection, which translated to a pretty and wearable look featuring a bold dark lip to match the nails, all courtesy of Beauty.com. We loved how the matte texture showed up on the lips and nails.
The look: A dark purple lip with soft curls
The inspiration: Urban romance
Trends: Playing with texture in the hair, makeup, and lips
Hair: Esther Langham for Alterna brought out the softness in the rather dark look with dry-textured curls. She applied the brand's 48-Hour Volume Spray to wet hair and rough blow-dried. Next, she made a crisp middle part and curled thick sections of hair using a 1 1/4-inch curling iron. She made sure to leave the ends out, so the curls weren't too precious. Once the curls were set, she went through them with a wide-tooth comb and finished them off with a little dry shampoo for a matte texture.
Makeup: The makeup brought out the darker side with a rusty-shadowed eye and a deep purple lip. Romy Soleimani for Beauty.com mixed the Joanna Vargas Rejuvenating Serum with Stila Pigalle and Fine Eye Shadows to give the makeup a lived-in quality. The focus was the deep plum lip, which was created using Stila's Gemma Color Balm all over the lips, and then topped off with Improvise and Glance Eye Shadows to deepen the color and add a matte finish.
Nails: Deborah Lippmann created the complementing manicure: a superdeep plum finished with a matte top coat. She used Dark Side of the Moon topped off with Flat Top to bring to life the dark-textured manicure — definitely a huge trend for Fall.
Katie Holmes has inked yet another beauty deal, this time with hair brand Alterna. Last year, she began a partnership with Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. However, her new role will not only include being the face of the brand in advertising campaigns, but also as co-owner, she'll have a voice in product development. "I love that Alterna uses natural and organic ingredients and stays away from harsh chemicals like sulfates and parabens," Katie told WWD. "It's good for my hair and good for the earth, so I feel good using it."
In the future, Katie's new role might merge with her fashion endeavor Holmes & Yang. Alterna representatives teased the possibility of a limited-edition accessories project. Katie isn't the first actress to break into the business side of beauty. Jennifer Aniston recently gained a stake in Living Proof. It seems brands are no longer on the hunt for just a gorgeous face; now being a spokesmodel requires business savvy. "Katie is a fashionista, a mother and an entrepreneur. In short, she is our consumer," said Joan Malloy, president of Alterna. "Like her, this is a brand that has been very much around, but hiding in plain sight."
What smells like grapefruit, holds everything in place, and sparkles like gold? Alterna's limited edition Glitterati hair products, dressed-up versions of their finishing spray and pomade packed with flecks of gilt shimmer. The most subtle product in the collection, Sparkling Champagne finishing spray ($20) is full of soft white gold and adds a little shine and minimal hold without being stiff or noticeable on blonde or brown hair. It smells like grapefruit and coconut, and it's a wonder at smoothing down light frizz or keeping fine hair in place without flattening it.
On the other end of the spectrum, we have the heavy hitter: Spun Gold pomade ($20). This stuff is full of old-gold sparkle, and it's extremely noticeable in dark hair (less so in blonde or titian shades). It's also a heavy-hold formula, so if you've got flyaways or dry, thick hair, this is your best choice for keeping everything in place.
The post-holiday doldrums of January can be rough, cold, and not so pretty. That doesn't have to be the case with your beauty routine, though. This month, it's all about hydration: drinking enough water, moisturizing your skin, and avoiding drying products. I've found six items to help you do just that and more.
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With the season changing at warp speed, hair is at serious risk of moisture loss. This can lead to dull strands and brittle split ends. Now is a good time to start giving yourself a hair treatment anywhere from once to twice a week, depending on the condition of your hair. If you are looking for a new product to try, Alterna has just come out with a Caviar Anti-Aging Hair Masque ($40).
This color-safe treatment is made with seasilk, a patented group of marine botanicals. Together, they promise to prevent breakage and combat dryness by delivering moisture to your hair and scalp. I've used it once already, but I want to give it one more whirl before sharing my review. So stay tuned, because I'll have plenty to say about it soon!
So now that you are officially Mr. and Mrs, that probably means that you are living together for the first time (wink, wink). Okay, so even if you were living in sin, you're now sharing everything—including the small amount of space in the bathroom (remember the 50/50 rule, gals)! So although he may not understand the extent to which you primp, a great way to save some room on your side of the medicine cabinet is to fill up his side with products you love, too. Check out a few of my personal favorite products that work for both men and women.
This nail polish called Essie Cosmetics Man-e-Cure ($16) is a clear matte polish that looks extremely natural. Guys don't want to look like they've put much effort into their appearance, but oftentimes they do care about looking well groomed, neat and professional.
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I love Alterna products, and the hair-care brand's newest invention sounds especially luxe. Called Caviar Anti-Aging Seasilk Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner, this combo contains caviar extract, vitamin C, and seasilk, an ingredient previously available only in skincare products. It's an anti-aging agent that increases elasticity and shine while also hydrating and nourishing unbalanced or dry hair.
Yes, hair does age. Not only does it get thinner as the years ago by, but hair follicles also suffer from environmental, sun, and chemical damage. This shampoo ($30) and conditioner ($32) duo, which comes in volumizing and moisturizing varieties, shields hair from further damage, helps to refine the texture of damaged hair strands, and protects color from oxidization and fading.
I haven't tried it out on my locks yet, but I have taken a whiff of the substantial green tea and bergamot aroma, and it's quite nice. Want to try it yourself? You can buy the Caviar line at any salon that carries Alterna products; call 1-888-4-ALTERNA for details.
Remember yesterday I told you that I had three favorite volumizers? Well, after poking around a little bit more in the store, I realized there were still a few more to introduce you to. Big hair is really in for Spring and these trusty products help give your limp locks some life. Spray them directly at the roots of your hair followed by styling with a round brush (to create lift) and heat. Enjoy!
Jonathan Product® Create Root Volume™ Brushable Lifting Spray, $28, is what every Brigitte Bardot wanna be must buy! This volumizer will give you seriously sexy hair without a gross sticky feeling.
Since it is made from lemongrass water and plant botanicals, it smells light and citrusy, and it is also great for your hair. The formula includes: sweet almond protein, Pathenol Vitamin Complex and UV filters to protect your hair against sun damage and fading.
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