Kristen Oldham Giordani is the former executive editor of TotalBeauty and former beauty director of Seventeen magazine and current west coast editor and founder of Beauty Editor On Call. Carrie Stern Kleiner is the former beauty editor of Quick & Simple magazine and YM magazine. She's the current east coast editor of BEOC.
While I haven’t yet been able to keep an appointment for the big hair makeover you all voted on, I did have some time on Saturday to whip out a braided hairstyle. This was a very unplanned look, but I got a ton of compliments on it. It started off as a simple braided bang style and then morphed into this braided updo. Here’s how I did it:
Step 1: Create a side part and braid a two-inch section of hair on the side opposite your part. Start right at the top of your hairline.
Step: 2: Braid that section down to the ends and secure with a small elastic.
Why: I was absolutely skeptical this formula would deliver what it actually claimed to do — make it possible to remove stubborn glitter polishes, gel manicures and other hard-to-remove lacquers. But, it totally does. Normally glitter polishes have to practically be scraped off with a knife, but when I used this spa remover, it actually swiped off with much, much less effort. Still not equally as easy to remove as a typical polish, but it came pretty close. The remover was really put to the test when I removed the CND Vinylux I sported a couple weeks ago. It easily removed that long-lasting polish from my fingernails. And, when I hit up a salon for a pedicure, the remover used by the manicurist was far inferior at removing the Vinylux polish from my toes. Proof that this stuff really is something different. Not just clever marketing. Though it is pretty clever to capitalize on the glitter and gel trend. Nice work, Cutex!
The biggest compliment a beauty product can receive — especially from a product-obsessed gal like myself — is to have every last drop, swipe, dab, etc. used. So with that in mind, here are the four products I just finished off:
I’ve written about other nice natural shaving creams in the past, but this one blew those out of the water. It offers up a substantial lather and has a fantastically subtle, but lovely lavender scent. Need another bottle stat!
Truth be told, I have one or two more shampoos left in the bottle, but the conditioner is totally gone. I hate having a mismatched set, but I can’t ever seem to use enough shampoo. They should just make those bottles smaller. Or give us more conditioner. Yeah, more conditioner! Anyway, this wash and conditioner smell divine — they have a warm nutty, yet subtly perfume-y scent — and make my dry, straw-like hair feel so much softer. Continue reading →
I’m in a serious hair rut. It’s mostly due to the fact that have I have zero time to style it these days — that’s what having a 2-year-old and a full-time job will do for you. But, I’m still just desperate for a change. I’m also a little bit torn as to which direction to go next though. Should I go shorter, blonder or just add some bangs? Two girls at my office told me to stick with the length, but I thought I’d open it up to you. So … given the three options, which do you think I should choose? Here’s a recent pic of me after a pro blowout. My hair normally lives in a ponytail:
OK, voting time. Which look (pulled from my Pinterest board, of course) should I try next?