13 posts categorized "Beauty"

May 25, 2012



I have been told by countless friends and a few amazing hairstylists that the wig shop on Lemmon Avenue here in Dallas is the best for crazy wigs. Yesterday my mom and I were shooting an exciting project that called for something a little extra so we popped in. I guess wigs are a good way to try new cuts and colors....the black is super fun, maybe I'll try it when I'm ready for a big change!

P.S. I did a shopping list over at Barneys today! <3 those Balmains...

TAGS: Beauty

May 07, 2012

3 Easy Hairstyles, and the Kérastase Diary winners!


I had so much fun watching the Kérastase Diary contest...now that its over I wanted to show a few of the new styles I tried for mine ;) I got so inspired looking at everyone else's entries!


I started with the Kérastase Cristalliste Bain and Lait Cristal, allowed my hair to air-dry, and finished with the Lumiére Liquide (for the extra shine). I love the new Cristalliste formula, as it doesn't weigh down my hair. I used a Sultra Bombshell one inch clipless curling iron, wrapping small sections of hair OVER (rather than UNDER) the curling iron for more of a forties wave, brushed through with a soft bristle brush, and pinned one side away from my face.


This was a no-brainer. After I did the romantic curls hairstyle, I raked the front part of my hair back with fingers and clipped it with a BIG chiffon bow. I pulled out my bangs and played with them a little bit to make it a little more grown up, and added more of Kérastase's Lumiére Liquide for that extra shine.


SOCK BUN A fashion favorite at the moment ;) Probably because it's cute and EASY! I'm going to give you a basic run-down of it and link you to a Youtube video. Brush your hair into a high ponytail and secure with an elastic. Cut the toe off of a sock and roll it into a doughnut. Or, you could buy a 'hair doughnut' at Sally's Beauty Supply. Pull your ponytail through the sock doughnut, and then start wrapping your ponytail ends under the sock doughnut. Repeat until you've reached the base of your ponytail, and secure with bobby pins!
Here is a video that shows you how!

Now...to announce the winners! Thank you so much for everyone who took the time to enter, I loved seeing what everyone did! Congratulations to the gorgeous ladies below, you will all be treated to the full Cristalliste Collection and a Kérastase in-salon visit!


April 30, 2012


I might have mentioned this a few times before, but I'm a bit of a make-up and skincare freak, and I'm constantly trying to pick up new tricks. Recently, a makeup artist taught me to use powder sparingly and strategically, rather than sloppily dusting it all over and hoping my makeup stayed put.

When you obliterate shine all over your face, it can end up looking a little dusty and old-ladyish. No matter what your skin type is, that is never a good look for anyone!!  Working with shine and not against it makes for a much fresher face. I like to amp up the shine with some tricky highlighter and luminizer to give some extra dimensionality and glow.

First off, before I get started I should start with some skin basics...common sense, mostly!

  • The real key to glowing skin is taking care of yourself. Lots of water, less pizza, go to bed early, try to be more zen, all of those very difficult things. It's especially important to wash your face twice a day. Using very hot water is a must. A gentle toner will do wonders for your skin. I have always found most foaming cleansers to be too harsh. I am extremely happy with Dr. Hauschka's cleansing milk! I do a Andalou Naturals glycolic pumpkin mask and Fresh Black Tea Perfecting mask two times a week. I am always trying new moisturizers, right now it's Dr. Hauschka's Melissa day cream.
  • I'm an exfoliation freak and the dermatologist reccomended 3-times a week is not enough exfoliation for me! I exfoliate every other day and always use a gritty washcloth when I wash my face to remove product residue and daily build-up. The gritty washcloth makes an enormous difference. If you don't have a smooth canvas to put your makeup on, it will just not look as good.
  • Use moisturizer extremely liberally. Your skin will love you for it.
  • If you do not wash your makeup brushes constantly, they will give you pimples. Washing your face brushes twice a week in hot water with shampoo is really important!

Perfecting your base

  • Use your favorite foundation, if you are so inclined. I don't always use foundation, but I personally have always believed it's better for your skin to wear a little. Unpopular opinion, I know. It's a good barrier between your face and the stuff outside! I really, really love Bobbi Brown foundations--you WILL find a shade that matches your skin tone! I like to apply Bobbi Brown Moisture Rich foundation with a stipling brush.
  • Cover under eye circles with a creamy concealer. Use your ring finger to roll concealer as close you possibly can to your lash line, and cover your inner corners as well. You can use a  heavier concealer to hide any blemishes. 
  • Set your concealer by gently rolling a small semi-fluffy brush full of translucent powder under your eyes and anywhere else you put concealer. Repeat if you feel it's going to be necessary. (muggy days, long shifts, etc)
  • Set your foundation with a little bit of powder, but only powder where it counts. My oiliest areas are my eyelids, around my nostrils, my chin, and the very center of my forhead. I use a very small blush brush to apply my translucent powder because the point is to GLOW!

Now...amp up the glow! I hope my silly diagram is helpful.

  • For an extremely natural makeup look, I think it is important to use as many cream products as possible. Cream blushes, luminizers, and eyeshadows will mesh with your skins texture, instead of just sitting on it like powder does.
  • For my blush, I use Bobbi Brown cream blushes in a hot pink, and slightly darker shade of pink. I put the darker shade of pink under my cheek bones and the brighter shade of pink above my cheekbones for subtle contouring. I feather them out towards my temples.
  • Luminzer makes everyone pretty and looks very ethereal. Almost every makeup line has one now. I use Fresh's Satin Luster Face Pallete and I am in love with it! It has a peach, pink, and white highlighter. Use whatever suits your skin tone. I made a diagram to show where I put it, and where I concentrate it. I make the white highlighter double as eyeshadow and like to put a lot in my inner corners. I smudge the remainder on my temples.
  • Highlighter is not just for your face! I use a Maybelline white sparkly eye pencil liberally under my eyes, concentrating it on the inner corners. Sometimes I use a liquid white glitter liner over it for a dramatic pop. I use the same white sparkly eye pencil on the cupid's bow of my lips.
  • White-gold lip gloss is amazing. Use it as highlighter for your lips. I put a big dab of NARS Lip Gloss in Albatross in the center of my lips. It makes them look MUCH fuller! You must have a tube of it in your life. I put a sheer red lipstick on before I do my lip highlighter usually--they wear off nicely and are a no-brainer to put on. 

I find after I put on blush and shine, I don't want too much else! I throw on some mascara and a thin liner on top, and that is the most I'll ever do. The finished product is supposed to be pretty natural!

April 18, 2012

Kérastase Cristalliste Diary

I am so excited to share my experience trying Cristalliste, Kérastase's new lightweight hair care collection for long hair. I went for an in-salon treatment at the Songbird Society Salon here in Dallas. I have been wanting to go into the salon ever since I found out it was not, in fact, an actual songbird society. Such a fun crew there and I can not believe the amazing cut and color I got!

Cristalliste is formulated to suit long hair's needs, perfectly balancing it to prevent greasy roots and dry ends (which was my problem as you can see in the scary before picture)  After using Cristalliste my hair was left shiny and bouncy, nourished and polished,  and without  the feeling heavy product build up, which is my number one hair pet peeve! I really cannot believe the difference, and it is a perfect product for girls who like to go a few days between washes.

It is a three part hair care system, with two shampoos to choose from depending on your hair texture. I used the fine shampoo. The conditioner is awesome and the Luminous Perfecting Essence feels like silk on my hair.

The adorable sign hanging outside the Songbird Society.

This is me before, poised to run for mayor of Split-Endsville.

Having a consultation with the amazing Laseta!

  Wearing my favorite Biba's from about six years ago.

I love the disheveled pin curls Laseta put my hair in during my blow out! They made for awesome texture and volume.

I can't believe that is the same head of hair I walked in with.

I love the big bouncy hair I got!! So shiny!

Kérastase and I are hosting an Instagr.am contest. Starting today, Wednesday April 18th until May 2nd, follow my #KerastaseDiary to enter to win. Here is what you have to do:
  1. Follow @SeaofShoes and @KerastaseUSA on Instagr.am
  2. Upload an image and share with us your hair style of the day
  3. Tag the image with the #KerastaseDiary hashtag
Three lucky winners will receive an in-salon experience for two and the entire Cristalliste product line. Check out Kérastase's Facebook page for additional details.

If you are looking for an amazing cut and color in Dallas, you must try Henry and Katie at the Songbird Society! They are true hair maestros--thank you so much guys!

TAGS: Beauty

February 28, 2012


Things have been so busy since I moved, I haven't had time to make the usual run to Sephora and for a while I was living out of sample packets. Now that I have the luxury of being close to a Whole Foods, I decided to try a couple of their beauty products and have made some amazing discoveries that I had to share.

I get a lot of questions from fellow faux-redheads about how to make their color last...I tried mixing Manic Panic in with my conditioner but that was a flop. Some of the color-depositing shampoos can make your color much darker too. I think I have finally found the perfect combo of shampoo and conditioner to make the red last without changing the color. The Shikai Color Reflect Warm Shampoo I found at Whole Foods does wonders for the auburn tones in my hair. I have used Aveda Madder Root Color Conditioner for a long time because it makes my hair so soft and deposits beautiful color.

I cannot believe how great some of these skin care products are!! I feel like I have a new face since I've been using them.

I'm particularly in love with Andalou Naturals Probiotic + C Renewal Cream. For me the point of any skincare regimen is to keep your skin drenched with moisture all day long and this cream will keep your skin saturated and dewy all day long, without the grease. I think for the price it is an INCREDIBLE product! The Andalou Naturals Facial Scrub Lemon Sugar is the perfect consistency for exfoliation. I am loving their mandarin vanilla body lotion too! I don't think you can go wrong with this line, and it won't break the bank. Can't wait to try the day cream I just got.

I love using skincare with Vitamin C (I exfoliate with Emergen-C packets when I travel) and the Avalon Organics Balancing Vitamin C Facial Toner does some pretty amazing things. I'm not going to pretend I know what photo-aging defense is, but I'll take it.

I'm liking the pineapple enzyme facial cleanser and sugar body polish from Alba--again, great products for a totally reasonable price. Looks like I won't be making the trip to Sephora any time soon after all!

Kim says her skin is a little dry and she needs some day cream ;) What a helpful product tester she is!

TAGS: Beauty


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