WunderBrowWhile women spend a lot of time on mascara, well defined eyebrows can make all the difference in a woman’s appearance. Eyebrows not only frame a woman’s face and accentuate her bone structure, but when they’re done right, they add a youthfulness to one’s look that no mascara, eye shadow, or eyeliner can.

Along with gorgeous unmarred skin, full healthy-looking eyebrows are a characteristic that’s pretty much standard amongst young Hollywood’s most famous starlets.

In Hollywood, many women are now spending up to $12,000 for a surgical procedure called “The Megan.” It delivers full eyebrows by transplanting hair follicles from the back of a woman’s scalp to her forehead. Clearly, this approach is not for everyone.

But, it does point to a problem- if only getting full, beautiful brows were an easy task. It’s unfortunate, but most of the pencils, powders, and gels on the market are not only complicated to use … they just don’t look natural. Nobody wants to walk around looking like they’ve been drawn on with a sharpie. Now, however, for those of us who aren’t so handy with the eyebrow pencil, here is some really good news. There’s an exciting new product on the market called Wunderbrow that is flying off the shelves at an amazing rate. It will forever change the way you look at eyebrow makeup for many reasons.

  • Firstly, Wunderbrow is super-easy for anyone to apply—and that’s only the beginning.
  • Wunderbrow is also waterproof and semi-permanent—so it will stay on for days at a time. But, even better than the easy application are the results!
  • Wunderbrow can turn even the sparsest of brows into gorgeous, supermodel-quality arches. And whether you’re a brunette, a blonde, or have all black hair, there’s a shade that’s perfect for you.
  • Wunderbrow features innovative brow gels with hair-like fibers that transform your eyebrows without having to use brow pencils, brow powders, or permanent cosmetics. It enhances eyebrows that have lost their shape due to over-tweezing, and helps them appear healthier, fuller, and natural-looking. Its exclusive Permafix Technology is designed to give eyebrows their perfect shape with long-lasting results.

You spend so much time on your mascara—see what a huge difference a tiny bit of effort with Wunderbrow can make. Check out their 30-day money back guarantee, risk free offer at www.wunderbrow.com.

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To Smile or Not To Smile on the Runway?

To Smile or Not To Smile on the Runway?Most fashion designers typically require their models to not smile when walking the runway. The idea is that the audience should look solely at the fashions and not concentrate on the model’s face or personality. Models become walking mannequins; period! The exception would be a designer like Betsy Johnson whose fashions are all about having fun with lots of craziness on the runway.

Commercial print modeling is all about selling a product and most models are required to smile and look friendly. Local department fashion shows are more relaxed and you will see lots of smiling models walking the runway. The same applies to promotional models where it’s all about personality before looks (THINK QVC).

If you are booked for a runway show, the designer and/or choreographer will tell you precisely what type of facial expressions they want you to project on the runway. Of course, you can also consult with your agent for their advice too!

And lastly, when presenting yourself for any type of audition, be sure to smile and show your personality!

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Clothes Shopping Etiquette

Clothes Shopping Etiquette In our on-going series of shopping etiquette blogs, we will tackle the “do’s and don’ts” of shopping.  See our tips below on how to be a considerate clothes shopper!

  • Be polite and patient (especially at check-out)
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for assistance. Your sales associate really does want to help you find what you are looking for.
  • Avoid taking beverages or food into the dressing room – it’s an accident waiting to happen
  • Be respectful of the clothes and try not to leave deodorant residue or makeup on the garment when putting it on and taking it off

How many times have you entered a dressing room only to see clothes piled up all over the floor or bench? This occurs when a previous shopper is lazy, inconsiderate and just plain messy (imagine what their bedrooms look like!). Another reason is that the sales associates are so busy with customers they haven’t had the time to go into the dressing rooms and do “recovery”.

Once you are done trying on clothes, please shake the garment, re-hang is on the hanger and either return it to the special area just outside the dressing rooms or better yet, put it back on the rack where you originally found it. If the price tag comes off, be sure to hand the garment to a sales person so they can reattach it to the garment.

Today, most stores encourage you to take their store survey. This is the store’s way to better understand if they have provided you with great customer service. Providing you were satisfied with your shopping experience, your sales associate that helped you will truly appreciate your positive feedback. It’s important to be honest in the surveys and if you weren’t satisfied, let the store know so they can improve and possibly offer coaching to the sales associates so that you next experience is a positive one!

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Do Famous Actors Take Acting Classes?

Do Famous Actors Take Acting Classes?Typically, anyone interested in acting is spending a lot of time, energy and hard work learning how to act. But, what about famous actors? Do they every brush up on their professional acting skills? The answer is a YES!

Famous actors (and even the not so famous) hire acting coaches for specific acting roles, take on-going acting workshops and are always perfecting their craft. Actors do not rely on their past accomplishments but instead are always learning how to be better in their next audition or role.

A sought after acting coach has taken acting classes, performed professionally and has tons of experience along with their acting credentials. Acting coaches have mastered the technical and emotional elements of acting before becoming a coach.  Many acting coaches have trained with the very best acting companies such as the Royal Shakespeare Company, Julliard School of the Arts, Actor’s Studio NYC, to name just a few.

So, learning how to be the very best you can be in front of the camera and audience is a long-lasting career effort (but well worth it)!

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Fashion Tech Buzz And Innovations

Fashion Tech Buzz And Innovations

  • Neiman Marcus “Memory Mirrors” capture images and video to compare outfits side by side with 360-degree views.
  • Crew, Shopbop and Zara are adding a TRY button to checkout that lets you order up to five items for free and try them on at home before buying!
  • Beacon tracking technologies by Apple and Google, retailers  can send you instant discount codes based on what you’re browsing in-store.
  • Instagram’s Like2Buy lets you purchase items in your feed with a single click.
  • Stitch Fit (subscription services) uses your Pinterest page to shop for you, sending outfits monthly based on your taste.
  • COM: Thanks to visual search technology and real-time try-on capabilities, augmented reality apps like ShadeScout let you experiment with every color of lipstick, eyeshadow you name it, from more than 50 major beauty companies – from your smartphone! Take a photo of a color you love, then choose a brand. Similar hues comes up, which you can see on yourself with your front-facing camera!
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New Beauty Buzzwords

New Beauty BuzzwordsThanks to Women’s Day, March 2016, for defining these new beauty buzzwords!

FACIAL AID  – You’ll find this word in everything from cleansers to creams, specialty masks and treatments. These aids contain glycolic acid which aids in collagen production; salicylic unclogs pores and hyaluronic traps water to help hydrate.

HAIR OIL – In shampoos, conditioners and deep treatments, even styling products like hairspray. Hair oils contain fatty acids to seal and condition hair. Try coconut oil if your hair’s textured, argan oil if it is dry or marula oil if you have fine hair.

BLUR TECHNOLOGY – This is one of our favorites! You’ll see it on primers, foundations, setting powders and bronzers. The light-diffusing particles in these products help even out skin tone and reduce the look of fine lines and blemishes.

BEAUTY TIP:  Jessica Scantlin, director of artistry for Blushington Makeup and Beauty Lounge, suggests taking your concealer and lightly dab it under eyes, then tap out toward your hairline in an upward motion. The halo of the softer tone reflects light and makes your eyes appear less droopy.

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How To Walk The Runway In High Heels

How To Walk The Runway In High HeelsFashion designers require models to wear high heels for a reason. If the recent global Fashion Weeks are any indication, heels are here to stay! Heels will make a model taller, her legs will look longer and her body will appear thinner. Popular opinion says the clothes will look more appealing.

A stiletto heel forces you to balance the majority of your weight on the ball of your foot. Your calf muscles tense up and your hamstrings shorten and you butt sticks outward. Walking in stilettos exposes your feet in a very small space of the front of the shoe which causes blisters, calluses, corns and ingrown toenails. Now, you are precariously balancing yourself on 5″ “spikes”, disrupting your posture and putting seven times more pressure on the ball of your foot. This can easily put at risk for sprained or broken ankles. So, it’s imperative you learn how to walk properly in high heels!

The first question to ask yourself is “Are your heels too tight? Too wide? too narrow or too big? Does the arch of the shoe fit your arch? If you answered yes to  one if not more of these questions, you need to reevaluate and invest in proper fitting heels.

Definitely consider insoles for added comfort. A model’s trick for walking on a slippery surface is to apply the anti-slip, non-skid adhesive tape on the bottom of the shoe, underneath the sole.

Do exercises to strengthen your calves and ankles. Stretching exercises are a must! Learn how to stand without wobbling. A simple exercise is to simply stand tall and straight for a few minutes. Once you learn how to balance your body, smooth walking will be easier.

PRACTICE walking in your heels! Start out slow with a short step and straight back. Walk toe to heel which helps to distribute your weight better. Remember to walk with your toes pointed straight in front of you. Practice walking on different types of flooring (carpet, tile, hardwood, concrete). Wear your heels at home so the shoe can mold itself to your feel. Practice will make perfect!

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Introduction To Perfume

Introduction To PerfumeHave you ever approached a fragrance counter and become overwhelmed, especially with cost of fragrance? In an effort to clarify fragrance categories, see below for some helpful information that will help you become an informed fragrance customer the next time you are shopping for ‘prestige’ (not drug store) fragrance!

PERFUME:  (Parfum or Extrait) is the most concentrated form of fragrance and may contain up to 300 different elements in its blend with a 15 to 30 percent concentration of essential and fragrance oils in an alcohol base. Typically a fragrance time of 3 to 8 hours. Costs range from $150 to $350.

EAU DE PARFUM:  Is also long lasting with an 8 to 15 percent concentration of essential and oils and fragrance diluted in alcohol and distilled water base. Costs range from $110 and up.

EAU DE TOILETTE:  Is a lighter version of scent with a 4 to 8 percent concentration of essential oils in an alcohol and distilled water base. Fragrance time is from 4 to 6 hours and should be reapplied during the day. Costs range from $40 to $80.

EAU DE COLOGNE:  Is a less concentrated scented compound with a ratio of 2 to 5 percent of essential or fragrance oils in an alcohol and distilled water base. It is often used as an after-bath splash and will last 2 to 4 hours. Costs range from $65 and up.

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First Impressions And Your Image

First Impressions And Your ImageNo doubt you’ve heard that you only have ONE CHANCE to make a great, first impression! Did you know that 90% of that impression is based on how you are dressed? In some cases, it may not be fair but the reality is if you look good, you’ll feel good about yourself and thus make a better impression.

Here are some simple ways to always look your best!

  • Clothes should be well-fitting and enhance your body type
  • Clothes should always be clean and pressed
  • Clothes should be free from rips, tears, hole or frayed hems (remember, even though it may be ‘fashionable’ now, it’s doesn’t lend to making you look your best
  • Clothing colors or patterns should be coordinated and complimentary to your body type and skin tone
  • Don’t over accessorize! Too much jewelry is distracting
  • Shoes should always be clean and polished. No run down heels or holes in the soles
  • Save your animal prints for home
  • Don’t wear pajama pants in public
  • Very few women can or should wear mini or micro-mini hemlines
  • Proper undergarments are a must and shouldn’t be seen
  • No chipped nail polish or one-inch fingernails

Pay attention to your grooming habits, update your wardrobe when necessary and clean out your closet of anything that doesn’t make you look fabulous! Be sure to donate those unwanted clothes to a local charity to help someone else make a great first impression!

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How To Donate A Prom Dress

How To Donate A Prom DressIt’s that time of the year when attending a prom can be one of the most important milestones for high school girls. Unfortunately, as almost every aspect of attending high school prom continues to rise out of reach for many teens, we think donating a gently used prom dress is one of the most rewarding acts you can do for some one less privileged. There are many charitable organizations who accept prom dresses. A few tips:

  • Search “how to donate a prom dress”. Typically, you will find at least one charitable organization in your local community that accept dresses. If you can’t find an organization, contact the local high schools.
  • Most organizations have a cut-off date for donations, so be sure to do so in advance of prom time!
  • Your dress should be dry cleaned and in very good condition.
  • Consider donating the matching shoes and purse
  • SMILE! The reflection you see in your mirror is a beautiful person because of your charitable act.
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