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Reuniting with a reliable NYC love

October 4th, 2011 No Comments

I am soooo tired of picking up random shampoo and conditioner because of the promises printed on the front. Every time I’m disappointed when it doesn’t deliver.  My solution: go back to what I know and love.  Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Lavender and Mint Conditioner and I had a long love affair when I lived in NYC and my locks were desperate for moisture.  Then, as with most products  (and people) we overuse, it stopped working.  After years apart, I thought it was time to reunite.  As expected, it feels so good.

Want some of this moisture love? Browse prices here or pick up a bottle of PM Lavender Mint Conditioner at your local salon.

(Full disclosure: At one time PR did send me free bottles, such is no longer the case.)

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What’s Right For My Hair Now

March 23rd, 2010 No Comments

With all of my running around this wide world I have been trying out new hair products left and right.  Even now that I’m back home, my shower is filled with different options.

You may recall my obsession with Paul Mitchel Tee Tree products over the last two years.  Although I still love them, at some point my hair became immune to their powers.  Since the end of fall last year, I have been on a hunt for something I like just as much.  And finally, in my last trip to NYC, I found a product that has kept my hair strong and super soft.

My hotel had Molton Brown products (which you know I love) but for some reason it wasn’t working for me.  The Gilchrist & Soamies I brought along from a previous trip wasn’t doing the trick either.  So when a “Welcome back to NYC” goodie bag arrived at my room, I was thrilled to see several different shampoo and conditioner brands.  I tried them all, but only one stuck.

Matrix Biolage Strengthening Shampoo and Conditioner isn’t overly fragrant, foams nicely, and the conditioner actually keeps my hair moisturized all day.

I then spritz my wet hair with my other new favorite product, Sebastian Potion 9 Lite (that I randomly stumbled upon in the CVS travel isle) to thicken my baby-fine mane before I subject it to the heat of my dryer and straightener.  It all gets topped off with a little Terax Finishing Spray (that I have been using for years now) and I’m done.

Overall my hair takes about 10 minutes to do, which is one reason extensions don’t even cross my mind.  I could spend an hour curling those things to only have my head look like a rat’s nest when I left the house. Ugh.

If you’re loving your routine right now, share it below.  (Don’t forget to include what kind of hair you have!)

(Full Disclosure: Most of my hair products are provided for free in goodie bags or via PR.  Specifically in the post above, Paul Mitchel, Ted Gibson, Aveda, REN, Terax, and Matrix were all acquired this way.)

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April 3rd, 2009 No Comments

Breaking Down My Streamys Head To Toe ::

Due to my extensive coverage of the awards, I never gave you a run down of how I constructed my red carpet look.

After surviving another winter in NYC, I was ready to bust out a feminine spring look.  And because the event was in LA, I wanted to add a little edge to my traditional dress.  The obvious choice would have been chandelier earrings, but how boring is that!  Statement jewelry continues to be a strong trend, so I wanted a piece of jewelry to be just as prominent as the dress.  The long strand of pearls with the diamond pendant was the perfect piece to rock out this dress. 

While pastels will always represent spring, this year, smokey dark colors are trendy accents (jewelry, makeup, nail polish).  My shoes (which you will see a few posts back) were gunmetal to match the gray pearls and further skew the outfit from classic to stylish.

April 3rd, 2009 No Comments

Meet John Stapleton from Mac and Colette Gauci from Paul Mitchell who put the finishing touches on my Steamys ensemble.

April 3rd, 2009 No Comments

In this video, Colette from Paul Mitchell and John from Mac explain how they made me red carpet ready. 

April 3rd, 2009 No Comments

In this picture you can see the volume Colette created at my roots with the larger round brush. ::Then she used the iron to straighten out the ends.

For a cut or blow out, you can find Colette at a Paul Mitchell salon in Studio city and or in your own bathroom!  To contact Colette for an appointment, email her at ngauci@gmail.com.

March 28th, 2009 No Comments

Step 2: Straighten the lower half. Not too close too close to the root or you’ll lose the volume. (I feel like I’m doing one of those How-To’s for Allure.)

March 28th, 2009 No Comments

Check out the volume! She’s using PM “Worked Up” hairspray for a light hold so she can style it after blowing it out.