10% off Institut Esthederm with Code ESTHEDERM10 | FREE Shipping on Orders of $100 | Free Samples with Every Order

...

10% off Institut Esthederm with Code ESTHEDERM10 | FREE Shipping on Orders of $100 | Free Samples with Every Order

The best beauty products from around the globe

Tag Archives : hair mask

Beauty Tips for Your New Year’s Eve Party Prep

Big New Year’s Plans? *Now* is the time to prep so you look your absolute best as you ring in 2016. Here’s how Travel Beauty’s Claire McCormack gets ready for a big event.

——————————-

As a working mom, I spend very little time on my personal upkeep, so when I have an event that I’d like to look good for, I am forced to confront, en masse, all of the beauty appointments I’ve been putting off. As I feared, my pre-event beauty to-do list was soon longer than my waaaay overgrown bangs. To bring some levity to the situation, I decided to document all the beauty appointments I made to ensure I’d look presentable on the big day (and when I say presentable, I mean as Vogue cover-ready as I possibly can look).

Two Weeks Out

  • Highlights & Bang Trim: In theory I could have done this a week before the event, but then I would have had to go about my life for another week with my hair as is, and it was in such a state that waiting even another seven days was not an option. Besides, my bangs always look their best when they’ve had some time to settle and grow a bit post-trim.
  • Research Manicure Designs: I had this idea to do a negative space French manicure, so I took several screenshots of cool ideas. Thanks, Instagram, for the endless inspo!

One Week Out

  • Body Scrub: Though I am always well-exfoliated, I take special care before an event. I did the first scrub one week out, then another a day before my spray tan (see below). This scrubbing includes using my Diamancel Foot File on heels almost every day.
  • Face Scrub: Dr. Dennis Gross Peel Pads every day on face for the week leading up to the event. They are the best when you can’t get a pro peel!

Four Days Out

  • Waxing: No, I wasn’t planning on wearing a bikini on the big day; this was really in preparation for my spray tan later in the week. Going in naked is your best bet. If you think tan lines are bad, spray tan lines from the disposable panties they will give you to wear are just pitiful! So do what you need to to feel comfortable (as possible) being nekkid for your spray tan.
  • Purchase Outfit: I know, I know…this is down to the wire. I don’t usually procrastinate, though. As much as I love having new clothes, I HATE shopping. I try to buy as much of my wardrobe as possible online. However, a party dress/outfit was something I needed to try – and get feedback – on. Luckily, my bestie John owns International Playground and played stylist for me. We’ve done this many times before for other events and it’s always been a success. I highly recommend International Playground for your special event shopping.

Three Days Out

  • Hair Mask: Doing at least one at-home Philip Kingsley Elasticizer hair treatment is a must, especially if the weather forecast is FRIZZ.
  • Microcurrent Facial at SB Skin: Perfect for dewy, firm, smooth skin. Accentuates my bone structure in a way no blush, bronzer or contouring ever could.

Two Days Out

  • Colonic: Nothing makes my skin glow like colonics and kickboxing. Also, I planned on eating a LOT of delicious red meat at the party, so a pre-party detox was a good idea.

Day Before

  • Another at-home body scrub, in preparation for…
  • Spray Tan: Perhaps this is not a pre-event necessity for everyone. My legs, however, are so pale, however, that people would have called Ghost Hunters on me without it. It is also the healthiest and easiest way to “lose” five pounds in 15 minutes.
  • Nails: A pre-event given, right? What gal doesn’t get a mani/pedi before a party? My daughter and I went together, the night before, for a little girl time.
  • Blowout: Since my whirlwind day started EARLY in the morning, I had to do my and my daughter’s blowouts the night before. Though I kept it simple and straight, I wanted that extra polish that comes from a professional blow dry/flat iron. And as I’ve said before, I don’t even own a hair dryer!
  • Mini Touch Up Facial with SB Skin: The results when you cluster two treatments close together are remarkable! The second facial was half the time – just going over my facial contours.

And…that’s it!

What do you think? Too much? Too little? What is your prep routine for hosting a major party or event?

By: Claire McCormack Twitter & Instagram

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

No comments

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Hair Mask

In case you haven’t noticed, we have been raving about Philip Kingsley’s Elasticizer for years. It has won numerous awards, and is a go-to hair hero for celebrities, stylists, beauty editors and The Travel Beauty Team. Elasticizer was developed by Philip Kingsley in the 70s for legendary actress Audrey Hepburn. Audrey sought Philip’s help after years of on-set over-processing had left her hair majorly damaged. Audrey’s condition prompted Philip to formulate Elasticizer, which recently celebrated its 40th birthday.

                                                  Intensive Moisturizing Hair Treatment

This intensive moisturizing pre-shampoo treatment is magic! It delivers elasticity, bounce and shine to all hair types, even after just one use.

Elasticizer has been a lifesaver for the highlight-loving Travel Beauty Team. We wanted to share a quick how-to guide, as we have received many questions about how to apply Elasticizer at home. (Though if you can get to Philip’s Trichological Clinic in New York City or London to have an expert treatment and/or Elasticizer application, definitely do!)

Step-by-Step How-To-Guide

  • Lightly dampen hair with hands
  • Apply Elasticizer in sections, smoothing on the top of your hair and then working it into hair in sections with your whole hand
    • Fine & medium textured hair apply sparingly through mid lengths and ends two to three times a month
    • Coarse, wavy, curly or frizzy hair use more generously through entire hair length once or twice a week
    • Afro Caribbean hair – try Elasticizer Extreme
  • Leave in for 10-20 minutes…or longer
    • We have gone to the gym and played golf with Elasticizer on—just put hair in a bun after you apply the product and be on your way. The heat that your body generates from these activities gives the treatment and extra added punch!
    • It’s safe to leave Elasticizer in all day or sleep with it overnight under a shower cap
  • Rinse well and follow with appropriate shampoo, conditioner and scalp toner
    • When you condition after Elasticizer, you only need to rinse it through your hair—no need to leave on for several minutes

Philip-Kingsley-ElasticizerWhen to Use on Processed Hair

  • Do not use Elasticizer for three days before and three days after coloring hair
  • For fine & medium textured hair, use once a week
  • For coarse, wavy, curly, frizzy and Afro Caribbean hair, use twice a week

Experiment with Elasticizer

Elasticizer can also be used to style hair—this is something we learned through experimentation! It can be applied with a styling cream with some hold to give great frizz-free definition to curls and can be used to achieve that piecey ends look on an edgy bob.

Have a kid with curly-ques? A little Elasticizer makes a great leave-in conditioner and detangler.

We’ve even been told that some sensitive-skinned men love TO SHAVE WITH IT!

Have YOU conducted a successful Elasticizer experiment? Please do tell! We would love to share your tip(s) with the Travel Beauty community.

By: Claire McCormack @ClaireMcMack & Alyssa Barrie Weiss @AlyssaBarrie  (Team Travel Beauty Joint Effort)

Tags: , , , , , ,

1 comments