My Girl Crushes – Jennifer Lopez & Kim Kardashian

Anyone who knows me understands my love for Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian. I’ve had a crush on Jennifer Lopez since the day she did the movie, “Selena”. I fell in love with Kim Kardashian when everyone fell in love with her, after the whole sex-tape with Ray J scandal…Lol

Obviously I don’t admire these two women based on their moral code or intelligence. I simply love them because their hair, makeup, and styles are always flawless. Every heterosexual woman has had a girl crush at least once in her lifetime. A woman you admire for her beauty, style, body, etc….

Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian are two public figures I look to for hair and makeup inspiration. Here are some of my all-time favorite looks!!!

Kim K – Soft, hollywood glamour.

JLo- I’m not a fan of updos, but she pulls this one off fabulously!

Kim K – Love her haIr & makeup in this photo.

Kim K – a more natural & simple look

Kim K – curly locks.

Kim K w/ bangs.

Kim K – Rocker Chic

Kim K – Long, effortless hair.

Kim K – Large waves…Long hair don’t care.

JLo – Lioness hair….Raaawwwrrrr!

JLo- I prefer her with lighter hair.

Kim K – She’s a little more dramatic w/ the makeup than JLo but I love it…

JLo – Simply Stunning

JLo – Sleek half-up, half-down hairstyle w/ a glowing complexion.

Kim K – Glamorous

JLo – Nude lips, tan skin, straight hair…

JLo & Kim K – Looking like twins!

JLo – Super long hair

JLo, Kim K, & Nicki Minaj

My two favorite girls hanging out at the Saints/Dolphins game

Kim K & JLo – Divas

Kim K – Love this Herve Leger dress & her hair

JLo video with Pitbull

Who’s your girl crush?????????????

Hair Tutorial: Summer Waves

Hello Hair-nistas!!!!!!

Recently I’ve received a ton of emails regarding this particular hairstyle I do along with many women approaching me complimenting my hair. I’m extremely flattered and I had no idea how popular this particular style has become, yet many women have no clue how to do it themselves. It’s fairly easy but slightly time consuming if you have extensions or really long hair. Anyhow, I want all my hair-nistas to look fabulous so a tutorial is in order!

The hairstyle is called “Summer Waves”. Now, this is not an official title and I’m sure there are many names for it, but it’s the name I’ve coined. I tend to name all my hairstyles because I’m crazy and that’s what I do…lol

Summer Waves

Summer Waves (Front View)

Summer Waves (Back View)

As you can see from the photos above the waves are very tight. The smaller the curling iron, the tighter the waves. Usually I use a 1 1/4 inch barrel curling iron to do most of my hairstyles, which gives a loose wave effect. On this particular occassion I wanted to try something different so I used 2 different curling irons. First & foremost I only use Hot Tools curling irons (gold barrels). In my opinion they are the best and I’ve used their curling irons for years. The Hot Tools curling irons are priced between $30-$40 and you can purchase them at your local beauty supply store or order them online at www.amazon.com.

Hot Tools Curling Irons
3/4 inch curling iron
1 inch curling iron

Fusion Energy of Beauty Finishing Spray

For the Summer Waves hairstyle I used a 1 inch barrel and a 3/4 inch barrel curling iron. I alternated each curling iron making sure to curl away from my face. Also, spray each strand of hair with a medium hold hairspray before and after you curl. I used Fusion Finishing Spray because it was on sale and I’m a sucker for a good deal. It actually worked really well and I just bought it again. I purchased it at my local Sally Beauty Supply store.

To create a wavy look you have to turn the curling iron upside-down and wrap a strand of hair around the outside of the barrel. Do not open the curling iron. Hold the strand of hair with your fingers at the bottom for about 10 seconds then slowly release. Be careful not to burn your fingers with the curling iron as I have done many times before. I suggest wearing a winter glove of some kind.

Curling iron should be closed facing downward. Hold hair at tip. (Used 1 of my hair extensions for demonstration photo lol)

Now for women who have clip-in extensions I suggest curling your hair extensions seperately from your natural hair. This will create a more dramatic look and the waves will stay longer. I stick the top part of my hair extension piece in my dresser draw and close it tightly. Then I sit on the floor and curl my extensions piece by piece. The dresser draw works great! It holds the hair extension piece in place and I can pull the hair while wrapping it securely around my curling iron. I’m also able to watch t.v., check emails, twitter, facebook, instagram, etc…

Using my dresser draw to hold extensions while I curl them…

Hair Extensions (Before seperating waves)

While I let my hair extensions set, I begin to curl my natural hair the same way. I leave my bangs straight and only curl the very ends allowing them to blend in nicely with the rest of my hair. Before I apply my extensions, I run my fingers through the waves making sure to seperate them. Apply a smoothing serum and lightly mist extensions with hair spray. I do the same process to my natural hair, then I apply my extensions. I play around with my hair once all the extensions are in securely. Flip your head upside down, seperate the waves a little more, fluff the hair up, and voila!!!!! Big, polished, Summer Waves!

Model Shot!

I did my best friend’s hair in waves using only the 1 inch barrel curling iron. No extensions, all natural, only took 30 mins.

One of my clients – waves done with a 1 1/4 inch barrel curling iron. 22inch hair extensions added also.

The best part of this hairstyle is that it will last you about 2 days!!! All you have to do is add a little smoothing serum and go! The waves will loosen slightly but the hairstyle will look effortless.

Let me know if you try this hairstyle and if you have any tips of your own. I also welcome any hair tutorial request as I love trying new styles!!!

2012 Academy Awards Hairstyles & Makeup Looks – FAIL!!

Yaaaaawwnnn……

That’s my feeling of the the hair and makeup at the Academy Awards last night. I was not impressed at all. Everyone played it safe and the same tired looks were on display. The ladies on the red carpet went for Old Hollywood Glam when it came to hair and makeup looks. I love Old Hollywood Glam, but with some kind of drama or pop. Nothing “popped” for me last night and I found myself completely uninspired.

I looked for my usual hair/makeup love interest, Ms. Jennifer Lopez, and she dissapointed me with a simple bun! I wanted to smack her face! Don’t get me wrong I love a large, high, polished bun occassionally but I’ve been seeing the same style bun for over a year now on different celebrities. Switch it up hunny!!! Although, I did love her makeup. I’m angry with you “Jenny from the block“. Next time bring it and stop being lazy with the hair….

Even the long, wavy hairstyles looked blah… Pump up the volume, throw a few extensions on that head and work the red carpet for me!!! Jesus Christ, is that so much to ask for these days??? I would love to know how much money the celebrity stylists received for doing hair last night. One word – REFUND!!

Now – my sweet, little Katy Perry. I want to punch your colorist right in the mouth. Blue hair?? Really? I love you and your music but get a grip on your hair color baby doll.  On a positive note, I did adore your haircut.  It was sharp, sexy, and sophisticated.

The makeup was understated and rightfully so, it is the Academy Awards. I liked the makeup but I didn’t love it. I saw lots of winged eyeliner and soft neutral eyes. An ocasssional red lip which I’m not the biggest fan of, I only believe a few select women can pull it off flawlessly (i.e. Gwen Stefani).

I apologize for my violant frustration but I’m very passionate when it comes to hair & makeup. I look forward to award shows and red carpets for inspiration. Unfortunately, last night I was not inspired.

Below are photos of the hairstyle & makeup looks. What is your opinion???

Mara Rooney

Ellie Kemper

Berenice Bejo

Berenice Bejo - From Side

Jennifer Lopez - Front

Jennifer Lopez - Back

Katy Perry

Katy Perry - Full effect

Angelina Jolie

Maria Menunos

Emma Stone

Emma Stone - From Side

Brooklyn Decker

Shailene Woodley

Gwyneth Paltrow

Kate Mara

Miley Cyrus

Sandra Bullock

Milla Jovovich

Stacy Kiebler