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Posted by 10.30.14

So what is Ammon Carver’s latest chapter? He was recently named Creative Director for L’Anza Healing Haircare and has just opened a new eponymous salon in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood.

The Ammon Carver Studio is a hybrid hair salon/photo studio, designed to perfectly marry the two worlds he’s most passionate about — behind-the-chair work with salon clients and high-energy editorial work. With floor to ceiling windows and painted brick walls, it’s sleek and modern with a classic loft style. I was treated to L’ANZA Keratin Healing Oil Intensive Hair Masque ($79.95) and I can vouch for how reparative it is. It made my somewhat fried hair healthier looking, super shiny, and full of body.


“There is something to be said for finding your signature style and sticking with it. However, every few years, especially after big milestone birthdays, it’s a good idea to change up your look to keep things fresh,” says Carver. He also recommends small changes to color (think highlights or seasonal tweaks) throughout the year, to keep yourself feeling on point.


Here, he shares 5 Anti-Aging Hair Dos:

REPLENISH KERATIN –  Natural keratin depletion occurs as the hair gets older. Use products like the Keratin Healing Oil line by L’ANZA to replace the hair’s naturally occurring keratin protein for hair that has more strength, shine, and vitality.

GIVE HAIR A BREAK – Always use heat protection before using any heat appliance and cut down on styling wear and tear by stretching out the time between styling sessions with “day two” and “day three” styling options.

BE CAUTIOUS WITH COLOR – For the healthiest hair, opt for low maintenance highlights like ombre or go for translucent or demi-permanent glazes on ends, processes that don’t lift the cuticle layer.

HEALTHY LIFESTYLE, HEALTHY HAIR  Your food/nutrition intake shows up quickly in your hair so eat a well-balanced diet. Don’t skimp on sleep. Get your blood pumping with cardiovascular exercise. You’ll feel great and all this clean living will help your locks look their most youthful.

PRACTICE GOOD GROOMING  Regular trims will banish the dead ends and keep your hair looking fresh. If hair is damaged, use reparative treatments like Trauma Treatment by L’ANZA to help heal your hair. The beauty of this one is that it can also be used in your color formula to improve color attachment.

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Posted by 10.27.14

What kind of lipstick wearer are you? An avid lip biter? Do you only go for the matte? Lip liners — friend or foe? Gloss or no gloss? Do you use balm before color? These and other burning questions can make the difference between flawless or failed lipstick applications.

Four experts offered BITB their best tricks for how to keep your lipstick looking great all day long.


    Elizabeth Arden Global Makeup Artist Rebecca Restrepo -- “I always recommend women use a lip liner, like Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Precision Glide Lip Liner ($21).  It helps define the lip and give a perfectly defined pout.  It works as an anchor and ensures everything is symmetrical.  The color doesn’t need to match your lipstick exactly, but should match your actual lip color.”

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    Amanda Gabbard, beauty expert and makeup specialist at the Guerlain Spa in the Towers of the Waldorf Astoria New York -- “We often have a thin layer of dry skin over our lips that prevents color from staying put. To avoid this, when brushing your teeth gently run the toothbrush over your lips. Do this after you have rinsed and brush lips while they are still moist to help slough off dry or uneven areas of the skin. It is a better alternative to picking the dry areas which will cause more problems. When applying lipstick, use a light lip balm then apply a lip concealer such as the Guerlain Kiss Kiss Liplift. This will act as a base to hold the liner and lipstick on -- like using primer before the foundation. After using a lip balm, apply a light-colored lip liner (I suggest Guerlain Bois de Santal #44) around the lips. Avoid using dark lip liners since they tend to make lips appear thinner. Now that the lips are primed and ready to go, apply lipstick and dab a light layer of gloss over. My favorite optical illusion trick is to outline the lips with Guerlain's Precious Lights Highlighting Pen (or use Lingerie De Peau Concealer Compact). Gently dab a Q-tip and enhance your pretty pout with a lighter hue around the lip's outer edge.”

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    Ellie Malmin, Makeup Director, Anushka Spa, Salon, Cosmedical Centre, West Palm Beach, FL  -- "My clients are loving the Glo Minerals Perfect Color Duo for a beautiful soft pink, ideal nude or a gorgeous bold red lip, depending on your coloring and style. This product does double duty by pairing a gloss with a creamy lipstick. First, I recommend dabbing some powder or foundation on your lips so color adheres well. Then I like to line lips with a neutral liner shade that complements the natural lip color. Next, apply the creamy lipstick formula and follow with some gloss for added dimension and shine."

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    Mary Kay Global Makeup Artist Luis Casco -- “Personally, I like a classic semi-matte lipstick texture and a blue based red. I think it’s so chic and timeless.  However, lately it’s been so in to wear an orange-red that I really love how it brightens complexions.”





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Posted by 10.21.14

I was at a soccer game recently when another mom came up and sat down next to me. She’s always been naturally pretty in that “I don’t wear a stitch of makeup” way and today was no exception, except it actually was. She looked better than ever but I couldn’t quite put my finger on what was different. Her hair looked the same, her face was makeup free and she was dressed as casually as the rest of us. Then I got it…it was her eyes! She told me she’d recently gotten eyelash extensions and couldn’t be happier with the results–they looked like the lashes she should have been born with! Whether you decide to do the same or make the most of what you’ve got, here are some tips on your road to luxe, lush lashes.




EYELASH CURLER: Recommended by every makeup artist, an eyelash curler will always make your eyes appear more open and your lashes look much longer. To do it right, only curl clean, mascara-free eyelashes. Open the curler, gently clamp lashes near the roots, and hold for about 10 seconds before releasing. If desired, repeat mid-lash and toward the tips. You’ll like Shiseido Eyelash Curler ($19). Its safe and comfortable edge-free design gets the job done easily without pinching or pulling.

CONDITIONER: Promote lash health with a daily conditioner specifically formulated for the eyes. Try RevitaLash Advanced ($98), a proprietary formula that prevents breakage and improves flexibility, moisture, and shine.



MASCARA: When it comes to choosing a mascara it’s a very personal choice. Some women want their lashes to look completely natural while others go for the fluttery doe-eyed look and, still others say the thicker and longer the better. For an au natural look try Maybelline Great Lash ($6.40), a makeup artist’s favorite that’s reached cult-status. For mega-volume you’ll like CoverGirl LashBlast Volume ($8), formulated with wax particles to keep lashes separated and prevent clumping. When long, noticeable lashes are desired reach for Lancôme Définicils High Definition ($27.50). It lengthens and thickens from root to tip and makes it easy to control build-up.



TINTING: Eyelash tinting is basically dyeing your lashes without thickening or lengthening them. It can last up to 6 weeks, looks completely natural, and needs no maintenance, but if you decide on this method only go to a trained professional in a salon or spa with a lot of experience doing this. Expect to pay between $20 – $40 as prices vary depending on where you get it done.

FALSIES: Eyelash strips can be a girl’s best friend and are easy to apply with a little practice. Experts recommend you align the strip with your eye to determine where you want it to begin and end before trimming it to the correct size. Then cut it in half for easier application. Add lash glue to each strip and let it get a bit tacky before applying. Allow it to dry completely. You can hide any glue with a bit of black liquid liner before sealing it all with gentle swipe of mascara.

EYELASH EXTENSIONS: If you’re looking for instant gratification, long-lasting (up to 8 weeks, depending on the growth cycle of your lashes), thick, long lashes that look perfectly natural eyelash extensions are a great choice. Individual synthetic eyelashes are bonded to your own natural lash to enhance your look. The best part about it? You won’t need to wear mascara or any other eyelash product, and you’ll wake up with lashes as gorgeous as they were all day. A full set of extensions take approximately two hours the first time you get it done and can take as little as 30 minutes for touch-ups. The cost: $150+ (depending on where you get it done) and approximately $50 when you need to get the fillers applied.


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