How To: Ultra Deep Side Sweep

November 30, 2012
The holidays are here!  And we all know what that means, A LOT of holiday parties.  This hairstyle is really popular right now among celebs and I thought it would be perfect for a fancy night out.     

1.  Begin by creating a deep side part.
2.  Tuck the hair on the shallow side behind your ear, and sweep it across the back and over your shoulder.

3.  Use bobby pins to pin your hair across the back, pinning a few inches behind your ear.  It is helpful to use x-large bobby pins.  
4.  Using a 1 inch curling iron, curl all of your side-swept hair towards your face. 
5.  Once all of your hair is curled, gently brush out the curls to form a wave.
6.  You can add a hair accessory at this point if you'd like to.  

Don't forget to check out this week's

Proof Sunglasses Giveaway

November 28, 2012
Thank you to everyone who entered to win the skin care gift box from Phytomer!  Congrats to...

You are the winner of the Phytomer gift box!
Please contact me within 48 hours to claim your prize.

I am EXTRA excited about this week's giveaway.  It seems like I say that every week, but really, I am a huge fan of this week's sponsor, Proof Eyewear. 
Proof eyewear makes high quality designer sunglasses made from sustainable wood sources.   Not only is it super cool that their glasses are made of wood, but they also donate a large portion of their profits to worthy causes and charities.
These guys are awesome, and their glasses are wildly popular, so popular in face that they've been seen on celebs like Snoop Dogg, Beyonce and Miranda Kerr.  My husband and I got our first pair recently and we are obsessed. 

TWO pairs of sunglasses to TWO lucky winners (one each)
The best part?  Each winner will get to choose their own pair of sunglasses (valued at around $100) from Proof Eyewear's website.   

Here are some of my personal favorites:

 Check out the rest of their glasses here. 

1. Follow this blog by clicking "join this site" or "follow by email" in the sidebar.
2. Follow Proof Eyewear on Facebook.
3. Pin your favorite pair of shades to Pinterest (from their website).
4. Comment on this blog post with your first and last name.  
**and for an extra entry, repin this contest from my Pinterest page by clicking here (be sure to mention in your comment if you do)

Contest ends Thursday December 6th at midnight.


November 22, 2012
Hair and makeup by Steph.
Photos by Lindsey Shaun. 

Phytomer Skin Care Giveaway

November 21, 2012
Thank you to everyone who entered to win the Ibiza brush set, and thanks to Ibiza for sponsoring it!   CONGRATS to ...

You are the winner of the Ibiza brush set!  
Please contact me within 48 hours to claim your prize.  

This week's giveaway is hosted by The Phytomer Group, an amazing line of high-end skin care products.   I was able to sample a lot of Phytomer's products, and LOVED them.  I immediately noticed a difference with how my skin felt and looked! 

Phytomer has offered to give away a skin care goody box filled with my favorite products, plus some extras, valued at $289.00, my biggest giveaway yet!  Here's what you get:

My favorite products - Phytomer Lip Plumping Duo, Vegetal Exfoliant, Youth Contour Eye and Lip Cream, and Souffle Marin
Plus a travel size Gentle Cleansing Milk, Rosée Visage and Thirst Relief Melting Cream, with an Oligomer bath sachet.  

1.  Follow Phytomer on Twitter.
2.  Do ONE of the following  -
    **If you have used Phytomer products, "like" their Facebook page here, and then comment on your favorite product.
**If you haven't used Phytomer products, "like" them on Facebook here, and then comment 
on what product you'd like to try.  You can view their products here.
3.  Follow this blog by clicking "join this site" or "follow by email"  in the sidebar.
4.  Leave a comment on this post with your first and last name.
**And for an extra entry, pin this contest to Pinterest.  (Be sure to mention in your comment if you do this.) 

Contest ends on Tuesday, November 27th, at midnight.
Contest valid in US only.

Get the promo code here to get 20% off  on Cyber Monday!


November 20, 2012

The lovely Tessa. 
Hair and makeup by Steph.
Photos by Amy Shaw.

Behind the Chair V

November 17, 2012

Clip-In Bangs: Yay or Nay?

November 16, 2012
The pursuit of perfect bangs is something we have all experienced at some point or another.  Can't we all just have the bangs we want?!  Truthfully, some of us will never have the bangs we long for because we don't have the right hair type.  That's why clip-in bangs can be a great option. 

Surprise, surprise!  These cute bangs are clip-ins.  
You'd never guess, right?

But at the same time, these bangs are also clip-ins, and in my opinion you can TOTALLY tell.
The reason being, they are the wrong color!  

If you are thinking about exploring the world of clip-in bangs, consider these tips to help make them look more believable:

1.  Make sure they match.  Any difference in color will be extremely noticeable.

2.  Have your stylist shape them a little.  Most clip-in bangs will be pretty generic, so having your stylist tailor them to your face shape will make them look more natural and flattering.

3.  Avoid clipping them in silky smooth hair.  Second day hair will grip the extensions better, lowering the chance of them slipping out.  You can also try using a volumizing product first, such as Big Sexy Hair Powder Play.

4.  Once you clip in your bangs, push some of your own hair forward and over the clip-ins to help them blend.     

5.  If they aren't blending well, spray a tinted dry shampoo where the extensions meet your real hair.

6.  You can also try disguising the clips with a head scarf, braid (like I did in the picture above), sunglasses, headband, or any kind of hair accessory.  If you don't have enough hair to blend with them, this might be an easier option. 

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How To: Taylor Swift Curls

November 15, 2012
Whether you like Taylor Swift or not, you have to give her props for writing her own music, and for having great hair!  Today's video tutorial will teach you how to do Taylor Swift inspired curls like in the pictures below.  

**Fun fact-All of the music for this video was written and recorded by my husband.  Cool huh?!

 Don't forget to enter this week's giveaway for the LX7 brush I used in the video!  
You may have noticed at the end of the video that I am a Style Haul Partner now.  Be sure to check out Style Haul on Youtube for more awesome tutorials.  

Ibiza Brush Set Giveaway

November 14, 2012
It's time to announce the winner of last week's giveaway, the Pureology Shinemax, PLUS announce a new giveaway starting today. 

Congrats to . . .
 MEGAN STECKLEIN.  You are the winner of the Pureology Shinemax Serum.
Please contact me within 48 hours to claim your prize.

One reader will win their own brush set from Ibiza Hair.
Enter below and you could win all FOUR of these brushes ($142.00 value).

Ibiza Hair Yolles ceramic brushes 

Ibiza Hair LX7 
I own all of these brushes, and trust me, they are NICE.  If you are looking for a good brush set, this is the one to get.
**Be sure to check back tomorrow for a new video tutorial on how to create Taylor Swift Curls using the Ibiza LX7 brush.  

1.  Like Ibiza Hair on Facebook.
2.  Follow Hair and Makeup by Steph on Youtube.
3.  Leave a comment on this blog post with your first and last name.
**And for an extra entry vote for Ibiza Hair in the Fedex Small Business contest.  (Be sure to mention this in your comment if you vote.)

Contest ends on Tuesday November 20th at midnight.
Good luck!