ModCloth #FashionTruth Casting Call in NYC

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We have big news for all you fashion mavens! ModCloth is sending you a special invite to  showcase your unique style at their #FASHIONTRUTH Casting Call for ALL event in New York City on September 3rd. All you have to do is show up in your cutest outfit and you could be featured on ModCloth and across their social platforms. Anyone and everyone is invited, so if you’re in the NYC area, grab your friends and go — this is an event you won’t want to miss! Head to the ModCloth blog for more details and RSVP info.

Seven Easy Tips to Repair Your Summer-Damaged Hair

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Summer was awesome, but those sunny days lounging by the pool, exploring the great outdoors, hitting the beach and traveling far and wide have all been harsh on your hair.  Here are a few easy tips to repair your summer-damaged hair and get it back into shape.

Seven Easy Tips to Repair Your Summer-Damaged Hair

1. Turn Down the Heat
Your tresses have been suffering the summer heat all season long. Give them a break by using a cooler hair dryer setting for a bit while your hair recuperates.

2. Stash the Irons
Try out some of the new fall styles that don’t require a flat or curling iron. Your hair will thank you, and you might find a look you like even better than your current style.

3. Get a Trim
After all the sun, wind, and chlorine it’s a wonder you have any nutrients left in your hair – and the result is split-ends and frizz. Getting a little trim is an easy way to start fresh for the fall.

4. Avoid Alcohol
…in your hair products that is. If you’re hair is already feeling dry and dehydrated, using styling products that have alcohol in them, like gel, will make your hair even more brittle.

5. Get a Good Brush
Use a boar bristle brush to brush your hair thoroughly at least once a day. This will help distribute your hair’s natural oils throughout your tresses and help your hair heal any damage on its own.

6. Do Some Deep Conditioning
It can be as easy as leaving a deep conditioner in instead of rinsing it out or trying out a new hair masque. Either way, your hair needs this like a cool drink of water on the hottest summer day.

7. Use a Healthier Hair Color
Looking to darken your shade for the fall? A lot of permanent hair color formulas contain ammonia, resorcinol, PPDs and alcohol, all of which can damage your hair far beyond what it’s already been through this summer. Give your hair a nutrient boost instead with Madison Reed hair color. We don’t use any of those chemicals! Instead we pack our salon-quality formula with naturally-derived ingredients like argan oil, keratin, and ginseng root extract for vibrant, long-lasting color in your favorite fall shades.

Add Color to Your Fall Wardrobe with Monroe and Main + Reader Giveaway

This is a Fashionista Event Opportunity, and is hosted by Still Blonde after all these YEARS and Modly Chic.

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Fall is here!  Well, it’s almost here weather-wise, and it is definitely here fashion-wise!  As the weather starts to cool and the leaves begin to change color, it’s time to add some color to our wardrobes too!  It’s the perfect time of year to add some fun pops of rich color to your clothing to make bold statements or add chic accents.  This can be something as small as a statement necklace or a richly colored bag, to something all over like a deep red or purple dress.

I’m starting out my fall wardrobe with a subtle blend of color in the Tracy Dress from Monroe and Main. The elegant pattern features a deep purple color that stands out on the muted gray fabric.

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Can I say how much I love this dress!  First of all I’m thrilled with the fit.  It is nice and curve-hugging, but definitely not too va-va-voom.  And it is extremely comfortable!  We’re talking p.j. worth comfort.  I could sleep in this thing!

One of my favorite parts of the dress is the side gathers.  It adds such a note of interest and adds to the flattering shape as well.

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The other big positive of the Tracy dress by Monroe and Main is that it is versatile enough to go from dressy to casual.  I went from the more dressy, business-meeting-worthy look above, to a more casual out for the day look below.

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For the more casual work, I complimented the Tracy dress with Embroidered Ankle Boots and a Studded Leather Side Bag, both from Monroe and Main.  And I’ll even be ready when that extra-cold winter weather hits, simply by adding a long black sweater to the ensemble.

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The Tracy Dress is made of Rayon/Spandex and is machine washable.  It has a length of 43″.

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Reader Giveaway:  One lucky Jinxy Beauty reader is going to win a Studded Tote 3 in 1 from Monroe and Main.  The winner will have their choice of either black or purple.  To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 9/8/14.  Good luck!
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Once you enter the giveaway on this blog, keep hopping to all 24 other bloggers who are also giving away this $100 tote. 25 bloggers + 25 Totes= 25 Chances to win!  


New Big and Daring Mascara from Avon

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Avon has something new and it’s big and daring!  Yes, it really is – it’s their new Big and Daring Mascara.   The new formula lets you go bold with 5 times the volume for an extra daring lash look!

The product features a DYNAMITE WIRE BRUSH. This curved brush with multi-level patented bristles combs through and captures each lash while sculpting and filling in gaps. It also features lash build technology of a Plumping Complex and innovative crème-gel formula that delivers 5X the volume and a clump-free, smudge-free, flake-free build.

Checking the reviews on this new product, it seems that it really does last a LOOONG time with no flaking, clumping or smudges. I’m ready to try it!

Right now the  Big and Daring Mascara is on sale for only $6.99 (regularly $9).  You can also get FREE shipping on orders of $35 or more.

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How to Make the Perfect Top Knot

How to Make the Perfect Top Knot

There are a few classic hairstyles we can go to when we need a great look in a hurry and the Top Knot is near the top of that list.  It is the ideal style for any occasion since it can easily be paired with a dressed up or casual ensemble for the perfect look. Jenny Balding, NYC Cutler/Redken Stylist, shares how to achieve this fabulous look:

  • For best results, start with day two hair onwards as your hair will be easier to manage with an already ‘lived -in’ texture.
  • Mist hair with dry shampoo, focusing primarily on the roots mainly – this will give your hair more texture, grip and volume.
  • Then mist a light hairspray throughout for some hold and grip.
  • Sweep your hair into high ponytail. Keep checking what it looks like from your profile so you position ponytail in the most flattering point of your head for your face shape.
  • Take the ponytail and back-brush from the underneath lightly – this creates a slight disheveled texture.
  • Sweep around the base of the ponytail and pin using U shaped hairpins. These really anchor the hair best which means you will only need 2 or 3 to secure.
  • This creates perfectly disheveled topknot that looks ultra stylish and works for any event.

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About Jenny Balding: Jenny is a Senior Stylist at New York City’s Cutler Salon and specializes in cutting and styling women and men of all hair lengths, textures, colors, and special occasions. Her personal mission is to help each client find the cut and style that works best for them and their lifestyle, not just the hottest trend, and she achieves this by working with the hair’s natural texture to create maximum versatility and fluidity. Jenny also lives the salon’s motto “bringing runway to reality” as she consistently leads shows each season during New York Fashion Week including Paola Hernández & 5:31 Jérôme. Her work backstage has also been seen on the runways of Marc Jacobs, Cynthia Rowley, Betsey Johnson, Proenza Schouler, Badgley Mischka and Carmen Marc Valvo. With inspiration from Fashion Week around the world, Jenny translates the season’s hottest trends into wearable, achievable, must-have styles for her clients.

Makeovers for Deserving Teachers from Foxcroft + a Reader Giveaway

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Teachers do so much every day and for the most part receive little recognition and comparatively low pay for what they do.  Luckily, there are some people and some outstanding companies who celebrate teachers and help put them in the spotlight.

Foxcroft, the leader in non-iron shirts and classic lifestyle apparel for women, recently recognized the deserving public school teachers of New York City with head-to-toe makeovers in partnership with L’Appartement Prive Salon in Manhattan. Twenty women from P.S. 31 in Brooklyn were transformed into Foxcroft Style Stars this summer.

This is the second year in a row that Foxcroft has produced their Style Stars project. Partnering with P.S. 31 Brooklyn, a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, is the brand’s special way to recognize all teachers for their hard work and devotion to their communities.

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L’Appartement Prive Salon, located off the prestigious Fifth Avenue at 57th Street, hosted the ladies for the day where they were treated to hair consultations and styling by celebrity hairstylist, Laurent Dufourg, in additional to a custom wardrobe from Foxcroft.

Janet Zukowski, who has been a teacher at P.S. 31 for over 30 years, said the day was “magical.” She added, “We felt appreciated and were treated royally. I think it was a once in a lifetime kind of event.”

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Dufourg, who began his career in Paris at the age of 16, has worked with celebrities including, Gwyneth Paltrow, Johnny Depp, Sophia Loren and Tina Fey. “Working with these ladies is extremely rewarding because they leave the salon feeling like a million dollars. I love it. It is very satisfying,” Dufourg said.

“It was nice to be pampered and recognized for the work that we do in a totally different way,” LouAnn Gallo, who has taught at P.S. 31 for 15 years, said. “It was a really positive experience.”

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“We are thrilled to have the women of P.S. 31 Brooklyn participate in our Style Stars project,” says Tom Dietrich, President of The Apparel Group, the parent company of Foxcroft. “This project reflects our ongoing effort to support teachers for their hard work in educating our children.”

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About Foxcroft Collection: Foxcroft, owned by The Apparel Group Ltd., is a better-priced women’s apparel collection that is distributed to more than 1,200 retailers throughout the U.S. and Canada, including Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s Von Maur, and Amazon.com. Inspired by signature patterns, vibrant colors and feminine shapes, Foxcroft is designed for the confident woman who enjoys a casual but polished look.

Reader Giveaway: One lucky Jinxy Beauty reader will win their choice of blouse from the Foxcroft Collection. To enter, just visit foxcroftcollection.com, and then complete the entry form below telling us your favorite blouse – the one you want to win!

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It’s the Rent the Runway Clearance Sale

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What do you do when you have a big event and need THE DRESS to wear?  Do you spend a fortune on an outfit you will only wear one  time and then let it sit in your closet for years because you don’t want to wear it again but you don’t want to get rid of something that cost so much money?

Rent the Runway has transformed the retail industry by making the designer dress and accessory experience more accessible. Women can rent dresses for a special event or just add game-changing pieces to their everyday style. Dresses come in sizes 0-22, and customers can choose a free backup size. Rent the Runway also has more than 25 stylists on hand to help women find the perfect look. Designers include Vera Wang, Opening Ceremony, Narciso Rodriguez, Reem Acra, Badgley Mischka and much more. Plus, shop the Clearance Sale and buy incredible designer dresses up to 80% off. Hurry, select styles available for a limited time and while supplies last!

Hair Care Sale at BeautyStoreDepot.com – 20% Off Coupon Code



Kusco-Murphy Beach HairYou know those high-end hair care products that look awesome and you realllllly want to try, but you don’t know if you want to spend the money when you aren’t positive that you will ove them?  Well, this is your chance.  Beautystoredepot.com is having their annual Hair Care Sale which means it’s the perfect time to indulge yourself in those kinda pricey products you’ve always wanted to try. Here’s a great list: 

1. Kusco-Murphy Beach Hair
Kusco-Murphy Beach Hair is the next best thing to a day at the beach! Beach Hair gives you that tousled, textured, bed-head look. It separates and defines curls plus gives body and texture to straight hair. Created by Kevin Murphy for a Sports Illustrated cover shoot, to give the model sexy beach hair. A must try.

2. Sircuit Skin Liquid Crystal+ Hydrating Hair Bath
Liquid Crystal+ is simply the most spectacular shampoo on the planet! Super concentrated (no Sodium Laurel Sulfate), with very gentle surfactants including Amaranth S, a natural foaming peptide based on organic, protein rich amaranth, that restores balance and protects against fade, color loss, and breakage. 

3. Phyto Phytocyane Revitalizing Serum Ampules
A rejuvenating complex designed to counter temporary hair thinning caused by stress, fatigue, pregnancy, medication, or seasonal changes that leaves hair instantly fuller and more luxurious. This advanced formula stimulates microcirculation in the scalp to create healthy conditions for new hair growth, too. Phyto free gift included!

4. Amir Argan Oil Color Care Leave-In Creme
Amir Argan Oil Color Care Leave In Creme is a lightweight multipurpose leave-in conditioner that helps to nourish and repair damaged hair while also protecting your hair color. Infused with the nourishing powers of Argan Oil, your hair will be left ultra soft to the touch with a lustrous shine.

5. gloEssentials Re-Energize Dry Shampoo
Instantly cleanses and re-energizes without water or residue. Formulated with natural Hydrolyzed Silk Protein to provide smoothing and conditioning benefits for shinier, healthier hair. Use between washes or keep in your gym bag to refresh after a workout! 

Coupon code HAIRCARE takes 20% off everything on my list when applied at checkout at beautystoredepot.com. Free shipping and free gifts with every order, too! See what I mean? It’s time to give your wish list a try so shop before the sale ends on August 25th.

It’s the Pür Minerals BOGO Sale!

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Are you a fan of Pür Minerals?  Last time I was in Las Vegas and my face was super dry because of that dry Vegas climate, a local beauty counter rep recommended 4-in-1 Mineral Tinted Moisturizer. I grabbed it and it was just what I needed! Whether you’re already a fan, or if you want to try for the first time, you have the opportunity right now to purchase any item in the Pür Mineral BOGO category and choose another item of equal or lesser value FREE!

Pür Minerals Complexion BOGO Sale is avalible for:

  • 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup Powder ($27): This all-purpose hydrator, primer, foundation and SPF creates a sheer, flawless finish while infusing the skin with vital moisture. Ceretin Complex combines with Sodium Hyaluuronate for all-day hydration that also renews the skin’s appearance for a dewy soft look and feel. Available in 11 true shades.
  • 4-in-1 Liquid Foundation ($36): Lightweight and oil-free, Pür Minerals’s dermatologist-tested formula offers all-day true colour tone that won’t smudge, rub or fade. Enriched with super-hydrating Ceretin Complex, this foundation revelation draws vital moisture to the skin for a look so flawlessly fresh, you’ll forget you’re wearing makeup. Available in nine true shades.
  • CC Cream ($38): Pür Minerals’s CC Cream with SPF 40 protects, corrects and perfects the skin’s appearance with clinically advanced plant-based ingredients, like DERMAPUR® HP—a clarifying corrective from meadowsweet—and CLARISKIN II®—a brightening powerhouse from wheat germ. Available in four true shades.
  • 4-in-1 Mineral Tinted Moisturizer ($34): The 4-in-1 Mineral Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20 creates a sheer, ultra-natural finish while hydrating the skin and protecting it from harmful UV rays. As sodium PCA infuses skin with intensive moisture, Ceretin Complex renews the skin’s appearance for a more youthful radiance. Available in four true shades.
  • Disappearing Act 4-in-1 Concealer ($22): Made with salicylic acid, brightening Waltheria Complex and Pür’s proprietary Ceretin Complex, Pür’s one-of-a-kind formula works to brighten, balance and lift the skin’s appearance as it conceals common imperfections. Available in four true shades.
  • Color Correcting Primer ($31): Containing clinically proven skin-perfecting ingredients, these lightweight primers also brighten and firm the skin’s appearance while leaving a silky smooth finish. Available in five problem-solving shades, including the newest limited-edition Illuminate and Glow.

Be sure to head on over and take advantage of the Pür Minerals BOGO deal today.  It won’t last long! You have through 8/18 to take advantage of this offer.

Camille Albane Paris Coming to Minnesota

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Ahhhh…Paris. It brings to mind beautiful spring days with a stop at an outdoor cafe for a croissant or perhaps a glass of wine. It also brings to mind beautiful fashion and the latest in beauty trends. The latter is the speciality of Camille Albane Paris.

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Camille Albane Paris is opening their second US location and it is right here in my backyard in Maple Grove, Minnesota. You may not be familiar with Camilla Albane, but this salon (named for its founder) started in Paris in 1994. Now Camille Albane has nearly 300 salons in 11 countries. Camille Albane’s French heritage and 20 year legacy bring chic and trendy hair and makeup looks straight from Paris. They are internationally recognized for their elite expertise in styling and colouring techniques, make-up and nails. Their goal is to have their stylists collaborate to create a style that conveys each client’s personality boldly through beauty.

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I had a chance to visit the Maple Grove location in advance of their Grand Opening tonight.  The salon itself looks amazing with it’s white base accented with pops of bright orange and red.  Even the stylists are dressed in white from head to toe.

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I even love their shampoo chairs.  Those cozy chairs not only offer adjustable footrests, but also offer massage as well – as if a nice shampoo isn’t already relaxing enough!

But the star of the show at Camille Albane Paris is definitely their services.  To sum it up before I even get started – I visited for a cut and color and came home to my husband saying he thinks it just may be the best cut I have ever had.  My stylist, Nicole, took her time discussing my hair with me.  She asked what I liked and disliked about my hair and what I WANTED it to do.  I appreciated her really analyzing what would be the best for me in terms of both cut and color.

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I’m used to stylists using scissors to cut my hair, but all Camille Albane stylists are trained in razor haircutting,  which is the salon’s signature.  For the hair color, they practice balayage, which is a technique of painting the color onto the strands of hair.  A nice added touch is that all stylists are also trained in makeup touch-ups, so I had a nice “put together” and complete look when I walked out of the salon.

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Are you ready to visit Camille Alabane Paris yourself?  You can save 20% off your services with this discount card.  Just print it off or show it on your phone to receive the discount. Make your appointment at 763-316-6957.  

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