Countdown to Gorgeous New Year’s Eve Beauty

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Out with the old and in with the new.  Kick off 2022 with a whole new look!  The team at Ulta Beauty has some recommendations to get you party ready—so put the bubbly on ice and check out these party ready trends.

Add a little warmth to your locks

Now is the perfect time to give your color a refresh.  “For a lot of people, the holiday season offers a time to play with hair color,” explains Ulta Beauty Pro Hair Stylist, Color Expert and educator Sean Godard. “This year, people are going warmer with a burn and ginger tones that are more golden vs the typical red undertones we usually see. Blondes are going with more balanced tones that still look nice and bright for the holiday season in contrast to the ash tones that have been dominant for the last few seasons.”

Sonya Dove, Ulta Beauty Pro hair stylist and hair color expert recommends treating yourself to a hair color glaze to “bring lots of shine, a hint of exciting color and smoothness like never before.”  She recommends you, “try some of the fall holiday tones like burnt cinnamon, chocolate raspberry or paprika spice” for a look that’s extra special.

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Play up your natural texture

According to Ammon Carver, chief artistic director for Ulta Beauty, “This holiday season, people are embracing their natural, healthy hair. Styles that aren’t overworked and have a casual elegance. Bring out your natural hair texture, whether it’s curly or straight. Serums and oils for coily curls, and texture sprays and flexible hold hairsprays will keep you looking holiday ready, regardless of your hair type.”

If you haven’t already, try BioSilk, a leave-in silk replenishing and reconstructive treatment that gives hair an incredible shine. 

WOW, another favorite, which instantly gained a cult following after Jennifer Lopez’s hairstylist Chris Appleton shared that he used their hair mask to give J-Lo show-stopping shine and body.

For curly hair, Living Proof Curl Moisturizing Shine Oil won’t weigh strands down with silicone, so your curls are bouncy, hydrated, healthy and shiny.

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Midnight kiss ready lips

Ulta Beauty Pro Makeup Artist Deney Adam excitedly shares, “… lips will make a statement with deep reds, nude browns, bold over-lined lips and intense shine.”

For count-down ready lips, start by applying a great balm with shea butter, almond oil, jojoba oil, or coconut oil to keep your pout perfectly moisturized.  Your lipstick needs a clean (non-chapped) base to make your lips look their best. For the best results, try one with these lip loving ingredients, such as QÜR’s 360 balms which are super fun to apply (and also contain SPF 15!) 

Then keep the moisture locked in with a creamy lipstick such as YSL Beauty’s The Rouge Volupté Shine Oil-in-Stick in red hot shades such as “Rouge Ballet” or “Rouge Tuxedo” to add a little spice to your look. 

Or check out Jason Wu Beauty’s Honey Fluff, a highly pigmented soft whipped lip cream infused with jojoba seed oil and grapeseed oil.

As Adam shared, another fantastic lip look is the 90s inspired brown hues and don’t forget to pair that with lots of shine for added glamour!

Glow from within

Nick Stenson, SVP Store and Services Operations for Ulta Beauty exclaims, “prepare for a beautiful illumination this holiday season!” Sharing that “subtly-glowing skin” paired with jewel encrusted hair accessories and rich and shimmering hair colors will be everywhere.  “This season will be sure to be a radiant one,” explains Stenson.

Great skin is always in fashion, but ethereal skin with that subtle glow from within look is really the perfect complement to any bold party style.  Start with a good night’s sleep and a hydrating overnight mask such as Erno Laszlo’s Hydra-Therapy Memory Gel Sleep Mask.  With its “NASA-inspired memory gel texture” and formula packed with antioxidant-rich prickly pear and vitamin E, it will give your skin a beautiful head start.

When it’s time to get ready, add a luminizing highlighter to your beauty routine. Dr. Barbra Strum’s Glow Drops gel-serum are a great way to brighten your complexion.  Alternatively, KORA Organic’s Rose Quartz Luminizer is another fan favorite and with good reason.  Apply under your makeup, without makeup or mixed into your foundation, for that highly sought-after glow.

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Bold, sparkly look-at me eyes

After a fashion month full of sparkle and eyeliner on the runway, it’s no surprise that both are on trend for the last big fête of the year.  According to Adam, “glitter specks will be bigger and biodegradable, eyeliners will be fun and experimental.”

David Lopez, Ulta Beauty Pro Hair Stylist and Non-Binary Beauty Expert, agrees.  “For many of us it will be our first time reuniting with friends and family in person. The itch to show up and show out will be seen in expressive hairstyles and makeup. Bigger hair, more purposeful styles with slightly more style risks and bold colorful eyes.”

If you’re in the market for a new eyeliner, check out JOAH Beauty Make Her Gel-ous Eyeliners.  Their award-winning formula glides on so smooth, for a rich highly pigmented look with the control of a pencil (oh and it’s waterproof too!)  Their limited-edition shades like “Cin Cin” (a deep midnight purple) and “Cheers” (a super sparkly metallic) scream party.

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For a touch of glamour, Merle Norman’s Limited Edition Gold Celebration Shadow Quad with shades, “Bronze Confetti”, “Polished”, “Chill”, and “Treat” are perfect for any New Year’s Celebrations.  These shadows look great on their own; however, if you’re looking to up the sparkles top it off with, Bioglitz Holiday Glitz Kits, to really leave you dazzling.

Ring in the new year with a whole new style.  After a year of restrictions and mandates, you deserve a little glamour.

—Janine Silver

Fresh Faced for Fall 2021

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The changing temperatures can really do a number on your skin.  Cooler weather can mean dry, flaky, itchy skin, which is all around no fun, but even worse if your acne prone.  Just like transitioning your wardrobe, it’s important to update your skincare regimen as well.

Dr. W. Elliot Love, Board-Certified Dermatologist, and fellowship-trained skin cancer and reconstructive surgeon, recommends changing up your skin routines as the skin requires different things once the cold weather arrives.  “The skin likes consistency, so when factors, like weather, change so quickly, it’s like a shock to the system. As the temperature and humidity drops, the skin will have to work harder to maintain adequate hydration as cold weather and wind start to kick in,” explains Dr. Love.

Esthetician and founder of the Facial Lounge, Amber Rose Johnson also stresses the importance of switching out your lightweight summer moisturizers in favor of adding a little extra nutrition and moisture after a drastic temperature drop. Be proactive and begin taking care of your skin now to prevent any chill-induced beauty issues. 

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Exfoliate with Enzyme Masks

According to Johnson, it’s important to avoid, abrasive harsh scrubs which will only further irritate your skin during the fall and potentially lead to more breakouts. 

Instead, Johnson recommends enzyme masks.  “The gentle approach to exfoliating is one of the main advantages of using an enzymatic mask rather than a granular exfoliant,” Johnson explains. “Our skin is continuously bombarded by environmental pollutants and harsh UV rays, especially during the fall and winter seasons, which makes it more susceptible to harm and irritation if we use a rough, granular scrub. Not only does it irritate the skin, but irritation leads to aging and breakouts.”

Johnson recommends using an enzyme mask in the fall and winter which can really penetrate the skin such a Facial Lounge’s Papaya Enzyme Mask, a shower-friendly multi-purpose mask.  According to Johnson, “the enzyme is activated by the steam, allowing it to function more rapidly and effectively! This mask gently resurfaces the skin and aids in the restoration, hydration, and ‘repair’ of the skin while also eliminating dead skin cells.”

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Oil Up in the AM with CBD

Particularly if you find yourself rushed in the mornings, a dry oil infused with CBD could be a great way to lock in moisture quickly.  After hoping out the shower, spritz a dry oil packed with botanical oils and hemp extract for an instant dose of hydration as you face the chillier temperatures.

cbdMD Botanicals Dry Body Oil is a feather-light spray that provides rapid hydration sans greasy residue meaning you can spray it on, get dressed and run out the door! Formulated with CBD, as well as coconut oil, argan oil, and shea butter for deep moisturizing and skin calming effects.  Plus, it’s created without any perfumes or dyes which could irritate sensitive skin.

Dr. Michael Somenek, Facial plastic surgeon and skincare expert explains the benefits of CBD in skincare.  “It acts as both an anti-inflammatory agent and an oil reduction agent… It is also a good antioxidant that can help protect against free radical damage to skin cells.”  However, Somenek warns against just applying CBD oil to your skin, “side effects of unregulated use [of CBD] include nausea, fatigue and irritability.  CBD can increase the level in your blood of the blood thinner coumadin, and it can raise levels of certain other medications in your blood by the exact same mechanism that grapefruit juice does.”  That said, it’s best to always consult a physician before starting a new routine.

Don’t Ignore the Autumnal Sun

While it’s easy to remember SPF during the summer, so many of us forget to protect our skin during the cooler months.  Johnson recommends you wear a mineral-based SPF to stay protected against the full spectrum of ultraviolet radiation.

“Although the outside activities aren’t as common in these months, a common misconception is that you can skip the SPF step of your skincare routine. Surprisingly, the harmful UVA rays are stronger than ever during fall and winter, and these are the cancer-causing rays that you need to protect against,” explains Johnson. “It is also important that you use a mineral-based sunscreen along with an antioxidant. We have an amazing [one] that is packed with 18 different natural antioxidants that will protect your skin year-round. This serum is a booster and can be mixed with any moisturizer. We love mixing it with Luxe Creme for dry and sensitive skin or Oil-Free Moisturizer for oily and [acne prone] skin during [the] fall!”

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Moisturize While You Snooze

You start to realize your skin is begging for moisture by the dry, itchy, flaking texture, but before you slather on your favorite everyday moisturizer and get into bed look at the ingredients.  Johnson recommends avoiding daytime moisturizers at night. 

To keep your skin balanced during these cooler months, make sure you’re not using a daytime moisturizer, especially one with a built-in SPF,” warns Johnson.  Instead she recommends you, “swap out that lighter moisturizer because this is the time to be giving your skin all the extra nutrition and moisture it needs. We recommend using a rich night-time moisturizer. We recommend the Whipped Creme Sleeping Masque because it is a multi-tasking creme and that is infused with Liquid Crystals that create a protective barrier, locking in vital moisture and encouraging repair.”

Follow these tips and you’ll be ready for a fall full of apple pie, pumpkin spiced-everything, family, friends, and healthy, supple skin!

—Janine Silver

The Top Beauty Trends from New York, Milan, London, and Paris Fashion Weeks

Despite COVID-19, fashion did not leave the building, well, not exactly. However, after many virtual shows, we’re so excited for in-person fashion and the beauty looks that go with them.  Talented artists and stylists welcomed back fashionistas from all over by crafting clean, glowing complexions, as well as adding lot of charm and a touch of playfulness this season.  From classic red lips to sculptural braids, it was clear that designers, stylists and artists wanted to enhance the models’ natural beauty with a little pop.

Fashion Reverie has rounded up some of the top beauty trends from fashion weeks in New York to Paris.  Let these spring 2022 collections inspire you to have a little fun with your look too.

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Snaking Braids

Christian Siriano’s whimsical braids added a touch of fun to the runway. Jawaraw for Dyson pulled the hair back with tiny braids snaking from the hairline to the crown of the head and into a larger braid.  These larger braids were styled with colored ribbons woven into the hair and wires to complement the structure in Siriano’s spring 2022 collection in New York.

If you’re not quite daring enough to weave some wire and give your braid a unique standout shape, try recreating the gorgeous smaller braids on top and putting the rest of your hair into a low sleek bun for an edgy, elegant style that’s sure to wow!

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A Touch of Pink

Paris shows in particular had everyone thinking pink.  This gorgeous hue adds a touch of cotton candy whimsy to hair, a bold look to eyes, and a sweetness on lips and cheeks. 

Weinsanto tickled the runways pink with neon braided heart crowns designed by hairstylist Kevin Jacotot and touches of pink around the eyes, on the lips and cheeks, by makeup artist Dyna Dagger.  One of our favorite pink looks from the show was a black to pink ombre lip look, a nod to ombre beauty trends from a few seasons ago.

Loewe also had us enamored by pink with models in bowl cut wigs in different shades from crimson and cobalt, but it’s the pink shade that caught our attention.  Hairstylist Guido Palau teamed up with colorists in Milan to create the look.  The pink tinted wig was paired with light pink lips for a pale bubble gum touch.  Even if you’re not looking to sport the same hairdo, if you’re looking to make a change, a soft pink adds a little romance to your style.

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Strong Brows

The runways at Monse’s NYFW Resort collection featured models with gorgeous skin, graphic eyeliner and very strong brows.  Charlie Riddle, Global Beauty Director of the Stila cosmetic brand, created the beauty look to play up the collection full of colorful knits and handkerchief hems.

 Season after season eyebrows are taking center stage and we’re not complaining one bit!

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Barrettes on Barrettes

As always, Alice + Olivia added a little extra charm and a dose of glamour with half a dozen pearl and crystal barrettes in slicked back ‘dos with middle parts.  After a year and a half of dressing for ZOOM calls, these accessories are just what we needed for fast, yet super luxurious style. 

If you’re layering barrettes at home, follow this runway trend by mixing and matching different shapes, sizes and textures for added interest.  You can’t go wrong with crystals, rhinestones or pearls either for a little elegance.

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Classic Red Lips

Jason Wu’s signature red lip was created by Diane Kendal for Jason Wu Beauty to add a pop to the radiant look and effortlessly gorgeous skin.  Kendal recommends starting with a lip mask to keep the lips hydrated.  She used Wu’s Everyday Lip Mask formulated with natural vitamin E, squalane, sunflower seed and jojoba seed oil for smooth, supple pouts.  Kendal then swiped on Wu’s Honey Fluff, a whipped matte lip cream in the shade Hot Apple for those look-at-me lips.

Michael Kors also played up a scarlet lip for spring 2022.  After all, a red lip has always been the easiest way to instantly add a touch of drama to a look, and this season at NYFW, red looked as fresh and youthful as ever paired with gorgeous clean skin and minimal eye makeup.

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While in Paris, Saint Laurent’s show featured bold red lips and not much else.  With many models’ eyes hidden behind large dark sunglasses, those ruby pouts took center stage.

Sun-Kissed Complexions

M.A.C artist Allie Smith recreated glowing tan complexions for Collina Strada, illuminating the high points of the ears and hands with touches of glitter and color.   The look worked well with Collina Strada’s garden show, but the look also a great way to look like you just came back from a tropical vacation … even if you haven’t made it further than your kitchen this year.

While the look at the show was reminiscent of a fairy garden, a beautiful, bronzed glow is always in fashion … you can skip highlighting the tops of your ears to look a little less mystical if that’s not the look you’re going for.

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Double Winged and Smoky Eyes

Whether it was dark, sultry, smoky eyes in New York at Dennis Basso or Dior’s double wings in Paris, bold eyes are clearly in for summer 2022. 

To get the double winged look at Dior, makeup artist Peter Philips created two mini flicks on both the models upper and lower lash lines.

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In London, Halpern sent models with black and white cat eyes down the runway.  This dramatic winged look was thanks to artist Daniel Sallstrom and featured a white wing encased by two black ones on either side extending from the inner eye to the corner of the outer eye.

If you’re feeling a bit less precise, try a smoky eye.  This popular look has come back around (not that it was every truly gone!) and was featured on multiple runways from Altuzzara to Dennis Basso.  If you haven’t mastered the smoky look, now is the time to learn!

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A Touch of Glitter & ‘90s Glam

This bold beauty trend is no surprise as searches for glitter makeup in particular have increased over 400% since February 2020.  It’s clear that fun with makeup, particularly bold and shimmery makeup, is on the rise.

Late ‘90s and Y2K beauty has certainly come back!  From tiny braids and hair charms to lip gloss and lots of glitter!  Blumarine graced Milan fashion week with extra shiny, glossy lips, body glitter and hair glitter.  While no one embraced the trend as much as the Bluemarine models, Marni also styled glitter ‘dos in shades of blue into mohawks for hair that stood on end, but still didn’t take away from the fashion!

Glitter lids were in shades of black, crimson or sapphire were also found in New York at Laquan Smith.  Makeup artists Jasmin Winnie Stephen and Sheika Daley crafted glitzy cat eyes for a little drama.

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Diamond Dripping Manicures

If you love a little bling on your manicure, you’re not alone.  Alice + Olivia showcased dazzling nails with “diamonds” (ok, they might have been rhinestones) going all the way down the nail and hanging off the tip.  Alicia Torello created these accent nails to accompany a few other embellished digits. 

If you’re looking to recreate the look, start by polishing the nails in OPI Nail Lacquer in Black Onyx or Alpine Snow then add on the embellishments, in this case when it comes to a fun manicure, more is more!

No matter what you have planned the rest of the year and into next spring, these runway looks will allow you to quickly and easily change up your look.  So, throw on a few hair clips, swipe some red lipstick and brush those brows and get ready to wow. 

Fashion Week trends have never been this easy to recreate and still make such an impact!

—Janine Silver

Beauty at Jason Wu: Easy Breezy Makeup for Everyday

JASON WU Spring 2022 Collection during New York Fashion Week held at 511 West 21st Street in New York City, Friday, September 10, 2021. Photo by Jennifer

When it comes to an easy beauty routine, it’s all about the right products.  Jason Wu’s line of clean beauty crayons, pencils and more are perfectly creamy and gorgeously pigmented. 

Everyday beauty has been slowly changing.  Thanks to virtual work and ZOOM interactions (hello beauty filter), many people have opted to simplify their makeup routine.  Now as some offices are welcoming staffers back, and more people are going out and socializing again, many people are sticking to a condensed makeup routine.  Not only does a 5-minute routine save you precious snoozing time in the morning, but by not applying a full face of makeup, you let the real you shine through, even more.  Now that’s something to celebrate!


Hot Fluff & Honey Fluff

Jason Wu Beauty’s Hot Fluff, a matte lipstick, is light as air and made from a vegan formula so it’s completely animal friendly.  This highly pigmented lipstick allows you to transform your look with just a quick swipe.  Not a lipstick person? Check out Honey Fluff, a light matte lip cream.  Jason Wu featured a signature red lip at his September New York Fashion Week Show using Honey Fluff in Hot Apple (currently available on pre-order).  Either product is amazing as it can be applied to your lips, eyelids or checks for an instant polished look.  It’s the ideal lipstick (or lip cream) to keep in your purse or next to your computer for a quick virtual meeting touch-up.  A 3-in-1 product is always a major time saver and the tiny tube can easily be tucked away in even the smallest of purses. 

Jewel Sticks

Looking for another product you can apply in seconds to look put together?  Jason Wu’s Jewel Stick is a creamy and luxurious eyeshadow stick for fast beauty.  Just like the Hot Fluff, these crayons are highly pigmented with an insane amount of gorgeous shimmer. In fact, not one but four different shades of Jewel Sticks were seen on Jason Wu’s runway featured in the pale purple and dazzling green shadow look lead artist Diane Kendal created for the show.

To recreate the runway looks at home, follow Kendal’s lead.  For the gorgeous green eyes, apply Jewel Sticks in shades Green Pearl and Solid White to the crease of your eyes.  For the beautiful purple look, Kendal mixed the shades Purple Pearl, Solid White, and Pink Pearl from the crease extending to the temple.  Both looks had an 8-hour cream gloss on top for a little something extra!

Want something that looks amazing from day to night? We recommend the Sunset Pearl, a highly pigmented metallic copper hue that reflects the light beautifully.  Just drag the eyeshadow stick across your eyelids for a dose of instant glamour at the workplace or brunch, and it will look just as fantastic for cocktails later. 

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Magic Matte Oil

As with any beauty line, there is always one product that really gets everyone excited.  With Jason Wu’s collection, our team of editors could not wait to try the Magic Matte Oil.   According to the package, “this magical oil transforms your face from oily to matte instantly.” Not only does this product do exactly what it claims to, but it also goes on powder soft.  If you’ve ever applied all your makeup and stepped out in the humidity, then you know how amazing a product that minimizes the look of oil and sweat is.  This is really the perfect way to keep your face shine-free all day and night long; our new secret weapon.

These three products will have you feeling confident and ready to take on your day in no time! Wear them alone for a super-fast, easy-breezy look or with your other favorite—either way, you really can’t go wrong.

Be sure to check out Jason Wu Beauty’s full line including a vegan liquid eyeliner, neutral shadows perfect for any complexion, liners and more available at

—Janine Silver

Ladies’ Fall 2021 Fragrances

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How far have we’ve come in a year!  In the fall of 2020 everyone was so sad, we had no COVID -19 vaccine, it was getting too cold to eat outside, and practically every movie that was supposed to come out was postponed. According to manufacturers, everyone was so apathetic about our personal grooming that some folks had stopped purchasing soap and deodorant. Yuck!!

But this is fall 2021! Movie theaters are open, Broadway is coming back, and we can safely gather for communal meals indoors again! So, you’d better smell good if you want to still be around people and be welcome.

Maybe brands were holding back releasing new fragrances because of the health pandemic because now there are so many new perfumes for fall 2021! Usually, brands do their big releases in spring, but let’s not look a gift horse in the mouth. These are the scents Fashion Reverie is excited about and you will be, too.

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Nomad – Bond No 9

Bond No 9 has come out with a new fragrance to celebrate yet another New York neighborhood called Nomad. If you are scratching your head that means “North of Madison Square Park” or as the locals call it, Chelsea. The scent will contain base notes of oud, sandalwood and vanilla with gentle fruity top notes. It screams “autumn in New York.” A limited-edition, Moroccan blue bottle encrusted with 74 Swarovski crystals will be available for a short period and retailing at $440 for 100 ML. It’s definitely the most indulgent perfume on this list, but it will make your vanity look so good.

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Perfect Intense – Marc Jacobs

Florals for spring are hardly groundbreaking—as noted by Miranda Priestly in the” Devil Wears Prada”—but florals for autumn are not typical. But since when has Marc Jacobs ever done anything “typical”? The scent described as ‘warm amber floral” was created by celebrated perfumer Domitille Michalon Bertier with top notes of narcissus and night blooming jasmine, the middle note is almond, and its base note is sandalwood. Some say wearing it is like strolling through an autumn forest.

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Cedar Violet Eau de Parfum – Aerin

Another warm floral fragrance, this one has key notes of violet leaf, cedarwood, and amber.  Perfumer Aerin said the perfume was inspired by his own walks though sun-dappled forests in the Adirondack mountains of Virginia, saying the gold hued fragrance was “the perfect sense of escape from city life.”

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Sunflower Pop by Floral Street

Not quite ready to let go of bright sunshiny days? Check out this new offering from Neon Street. Sunflower Pop is floral, fruity gourmand that is fresh, citrusy, vegan, cruelty-free, and unisex. You’ll be transported to the sunny fields of Amsterdam with the delicate aromas of mandarin orange, passionfruit, and plum blossom with a musky base of honey and amber.

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Voce Viva Intensa – Valentino

This intense fragrance is a fresh blend of florals with a vanilla base and bergamot mandarin married with complex woody notes to create a scent for strong women everywhere. It’s not surprising that none other than Lady Gaga herself is the brand ambassador. (Gaga is ironically starring in a film about Gucci this fall.)  Tremendous care went into the design of the bottle which is a sleek glass block with V shaped notches designed to capture light and create a collar for the bottle giving a modern edgy elegance, topped off with Valentino’s signature deep burgundy red.

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Fenty Eau de Parfum

It would be impossible to put Rihanna in a box, but could you perhaps put her in a bottle? Fenty now has its own fragrance named what else? Fenty!  Jacques Cavallier Belletrud, the master perfumer for Louis Vuitton, worked directly with Rihanna to create the scent (largely over Zoom due to the pandemic). The woodsy floral is an enchanting sexy mix of magnolia, musk, tangerine, and blueberry with hints of Bulgarian rose absolute, geranium and patchouli. The sensual scent is perfect for fall. Selling out almost instantly the day of its release, it’s available again. Grab yours before they are all gone again.

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Scent from Above – Dolly Parton

Looking for something that doesn’t have quite the hefty price tag as the designer scents listed above. Look no further than Dolly Parton’s debut fragrance, Scent from Above. If Parton seems a bit late to the party in the world of celebrity scents, it was well worth the wait. The musky floral, which combines notes of mandarin, peony blossoms, jasmine, vanilla, sandalwood, musk, and patchouli, retails for $59 for a 1 oz bottle and is available exclusively from Parton was inspired to create the perfume by fans who would tell her she smelled amazing. She explained it was due to a mixture of oils and lotions Parton used as part of her daily grooming routine. Parton even wrote a song to promote the new offering. Word of warning, if you decide to download the tune, the catchy earworm will be stuck in your head for days.  

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Woody Chestnut – Dossier

During the 80’s due to explosion of high-end fragrances, a company was formed called Designer Imposters that offered recreations of famous scents like Giorgio of Beverly Hills or Elizabeth Arden’s Red Door and had taglines like “If you like Dior’s Poison, you’ll love our Potion!” Sold at chain drug stores for $10 a bottle they smelled like …. well like perfume you purchased at a drugstore for $10.

Dossier was a company founded on the same general principle as Designer Imposters (amazingly still in business) but with a radically different business approach. Dossier recreates famous designer scents but uses high quality oils and essences that are ethically sustainably, sourced to create high quality ingredients. Additionally, their vegan and eco-friendly fragrances are 100% non-toxic and cruelty-free, containing no parabens or phthalates. And if that wasn’t enough, their packaging comes from post-consumer recycled cardboard.   Dossier recognizes that 90% of a perfume markup comes from advertising and promotional costs such as hiring Lady Gaga to be your spokesperson, so their offerings retails between $29 and $49 dollars for the high-quality long-lasting scents as they rely largely on word of mouth to advertise.

Fashion Reverie recommends Woody Chestnut, a recreation of Maison Magela’s, By the Fireplace. It is the perfect scent for snuggling in front of a roaring fire with your honey when crisp autumn winds begin to blow. With subtle notes of pink pepper and cloves swirled in smoky chestnut, you won’t be able to tell the difference, but your wallet will. 

—Cameron Grey Rose

Editors’ Beauty Pick: Rinna Beauty’s Newest Icon Lip Kit Sasha

Sasha is the newest of the Icon Lip Kit personalities from Rinna Beauty, which was established in 2020 by Lisa Rinna. Rinna is recognized as being a bold personality on reality television and for her lip enhancement. Because of her celebrity status, Lisa Rinna has created products that accentuate natural beauty as well as bring out inner beauty. Sasha, with its burgundy tone, is sure to complement any skin tone and anyone who is wearing it is sure to get attention.

Sasha is the newest personality of the Icon Lip Kits. She is joining her sister lip kits Heidi, Kiki, and Pinky. Each lip kit is sure to bring out a different side of your personality. Lisa Rinna says, “Sasha dares you to call her out on her actions, and she doesn’t need your approval.” In Rinna’s words Sasha “is unbound by convention and willing to risk it all, which is why she is a standout among our Lip Icon Kits.”

The Sasha Lip Kit includes a lip liner, gloss, and lipstick. Each part of the lip kit is bold enough on their own, but when used together the combination is sure to stop anyone in their tracks. The “After Party Lip Liner” is the base of this combination, which is a rich chocolate burgundy in color, and sets the other two parts of the kit up for success. The “Dirty Talk Lipstick,” which is the second product in the lip kit is described as having a shiny grape wine color and hints of chocolate undertones. The last product of this unstoppable trio is the “Shake It Lip Gloss” which comes in a seductive wine color with rose undertones.

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Sasha fits in perfectly amidst the colors of the changing leaves that comes with autumn. The lipsticks creamy texture, the boldness and stability of the liner, and shine and durability of the gloss all together create the perfect sexy, shiny fall lip that is sure to turn heads. The Sasha Lip Kit is available on the Rinna Beauty website. Now is the time to purchase, just as the leaves are starting to change color.

—Phoebe Howard

Beauty Pick: HAOMA’s Earth Collection

Boy, it’s really hot!! No matter where you live in the US and some locales outside the US, temperatures are soaring. And all the heat and humidity  can take a toll on your skin. The last thing you want in these last lazy days of summer is beat up lackluster skin.

Fashion Reverie to the rescue!! HAOMA has become one of the beauty industry’s newest go-to CBD beauty brands. HAOMA launched Cannabidiol Collection in 2019, the beauty industry’s only five step skincare system that utilizes the anti-inflammatory powers of CBD.  

Now, HAOMA has launched its Earth Collection, skincare for the whole body. The Earth Collection features the detoxifying, toning, and fortifying powers of various clays and other minerals. The collection includes four body care staples: Earth Deodorant, Earth Soap, Earth Mask, and Earth Scrub.

As with all our beauty picks, Fashion Reverie extensively samples what we present to our viewers. Although we love all the products in HAOMA’s Earth Collection, the Earth Scrub and Earth Deodorant are our favorites.

The Earth Scrub

This exfoliating face and body scrub has been formulated with French green clay and chlorella to purify and nourish with a wide array of nutrients and minerals to encourage new cell growth. Mineral silica offers the perfect texture for a gentle at-home microdermabrasion treatment, while Blue Tansy Oil calms inflammation and redness and offers a soothing aromatherapy experience. Orange peel is uplifting and antibacterial to prevent breakouts without stripping skin of its natural oils for a fresh look and even complexion. Vitamin C enhances collagen production and rejuvenation.

Earth Deodorant

The deodorant formula is 100% plant[1]derived and free of petroleums and aluminum. Diatomaceous Earth neutralizes odor and absorbs moisture with the added bonus of drawing out toxins and heavy metals from the body. Tangerine, grapefruit, Siberian Fir, and cypress are all anti-bacterial aromatics. Anti-inflammatory Frankincense brings a sacred energy to the mix along with Witch Hazel, a gentle natural astringent.

Don’t let the steamy, intense temperatures of the lazy days of summer leave your skin looking listless and uninspired. Let HAOMA’s Earth Collection brighten your skin and brighten your mood. It may be close to the end of summer, but it doesn’t mean the party is over. Celebrate your skin with HAOMA’s Earth Collection.

William S. Gooch

Beauty Alert: Get that Summer Lovin’ Glow with Beauty and the City

Summer loving had me a blast
Summer loving happened so fast
I met a girl crazy for me
Met a boy cute as can be

Summer days drifting away
To, oh, oh, the summer nights—“Grease”

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Oh, the crazy, lazy days of summer, no better time to have a romance. Though summer romances are usually over by mid-August, the bliss and excitement of summer romance can sure make the hot, humid days fly by rapidly.

But first before you bask in the joy of summer lovin, you need to get the romance started. In case you didn’t know, the more of a glow your skin has the more potential suitors you may attract. Glowing skin signifies wellness, spiritual balance, peace of mind, and overall contentment.  Remember, oftentimes women in the family way have a special during and after the pregnancy. That glow coincides what could be called one of the happiest times of some women’s lives.

That said, you don’t have to be in the family way to get that summer glow.  Beauty and the City (BNTC) can help you achieve that summer glow in just a few minutes.  Within 2 minutes, you can get the most out of having a polished, natural glow with Beauty and the City’s “Glow Up” products.

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You can use a quick highlighter that gives a glow instantly like Beauty and the City Glitterstick. To use the Beauty and the City Glitterstick brush it along areas the sun may kiss for a glow like your cheeks, collar bone, nose bridge, forehead, brow bone, and shoulders for an instant glow up. It is subtle yet, buildable.

Want to play the long game with your glow-up and get the naturally glowing skin everyone is gushing about?

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Boost your skin collagen levels with Vitamin C. A magical feature of glowing skin is that it is associated with high collagen levels. Dermatologists say skin that is stronger, healthier, and glowing has high collagen activity. You can pack an epic boost to your glow-up routine with a Vitamin C stem cell-based vegan serum like Beauty and the City Serum C. Vitamin C has a hydrating effect to boost moisture that sends premature fine lines far away forever. A stem cell-based vitamin c serum like Beauty and the City Serum C fades hyper-pigmentation, removes dead skin cells, and evens out redness.  All in addition to boosting collagen activity.

Remember, summer romances, though sweet, don’t have a long shelf life. Make your move quickly and get that summer glow with Beaut and the City summer glow products!!

—William S. Gooch




Fantastic or Flop? Makeup Hacks Examined

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When it comes to makeup routines, we’ve trusted the wisdom of our mothers, learned from top makeup artists on tv and in our favorite magazines, and found helpful tips from friends.  These days, everyone is turning to social media for everything from pasta with feta and tomato recipes to makeup tricks.

From the weird to the wonderful, Fashion Reverie asked a group of top makeup artists to give their take on some of these viral trends, and while they don’t always agree, their responses just might surprise you.

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Hack #1: Using a bobby pin for a perfect winged eyeliner look for hooded eyes

Seen over 2.2M times, our experts agree that this hack is indeed one to try!

“This hack can be extremely useful [for those of us] who struggle with hooded eyes, myself included!” Booksy Ambassador and makeup expert Nikki La Rose shares. “I think this is a great hack especially for beginners when it comes to wing liner.  It will also teach you to look straight ahead in the mirror when applying your liner which is KEY when applying a wing liner on hooded eyes! Think of this hack as training wheels for eyeliner, once you get it down, you can then skip the bobby pin and no one will ever have to know.”

“Love this hack.  It’s a great way for a beginner to learn the art of creating a wing eyeliner,” explains fellow Booksy Ambassador and makeup expert, Jacen Bowman.  “I’m not a big fan of the shape, it could have been cleaned up a bit, but a great hack for a beginner.”

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Hack #2: Contour your nose with a fork

This kitchen utensil trick made the rounds first on Instagram, but this TikTok video alone has garnered over 3.1M views showing off a new use for a fork. (Arial would be proud!)

Makeup artist Jaleesa Jaikaran, who helped develop the fresh face looked at Jason Wu and the super glossy pouts at Tom Ford, weighs in, “I always feel like there’s something new and fun to try.  According to the size of space within the fork, I’m not entirely sure it’ll be good. There’s other ways to contour without using a fork … it’s kind of an accident waiting to happen.”

“This hack is hilarious to me and also border line GENIUS!,” La Rose exclaims.  “Just be careful with this hack, since noses are not one size fits all like forks are.  You may need to play around with the placement of the fork and shift it on either side depending on the width of your nose.”

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Hack #3: Mix your foundation for thicker full-coverage foundation

According to La Rose, “this is an interesting hack for sure and also kind of an old makeup artist trick back in the day. It will definitely thicken your foundation, but will also, in turn, make it feel very ‘cakey’ in the process. I say skip this hack and go the more traditional route of foundation first THEN setting it with loose powder.  Can’t go wrong!”

“Not trying this, it’s stupid,” Bowman professes. “If you want a full coverage look and a polished finish, you still need to set foundation with a powder. If you’re [looking for] full coverage foundation, just use full coverage foundation. It’s a no for me!”

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Hack #4: Define your lower lashes by applying mascara with tweezers

Struggling with clumpy mascara particularly along the lower lashes?  TikTok has an answer for you … but does it really work?

“I like the idea behind this hack; however, I see it being more dangerous than good.  You can easily pull out your bottom lashes if you are not super careful. Ouch!” explains La Rose.  “You can get the same effect as this hack by simply using the pointy tip of your mascara wand and gently gliding it straight across your lashes till you have the desired look.  Plus, who wants to clean mascara off of tweezers every time?”

But fellow Booksy ambassador Bowman does see the value in this alternate use for tweezers.  “Cute hack. Simple, easy and affective! Great job.”

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Hack #5:  Keep your foundation smooth and make it last longer by changing the order you apply products

While most of us add a setting spray or translucent powder after our makeup is completely done, with over 10.5M views we’re beginning to wonder if this video shows that we’ve had it wrong the whole time.

But Bowman is convinced this new order is not the secret to better looking foundation.  “Hate this hack. I’ve seen this done for people who only have severely oily skin. But [there are] so many items on the market that you can use [for that] filter-free look.  If you’re someone with textured skin, this will make your face look cakey.  It’s a hard no for me!”


Hack #6: Give yourself a vibrant, rosy blush by applying lipstick to your face

“This is a classic pro makeup trick, layering lipsticks, cream blushes under complexion makes for a seamless blend, explains Jaikaran. “This trend is a definite for me!”

Lindsey Coffey, model and environmental activist crowned Miss Earth in 2020, also is a fan of this trick. “The lipstick holds for a little longer. It’s a great way for added color other than using powder that rubs off more easily.”

Victoria Stiles, award-winning celebrity makeup artist and creative director of ShikSona explains that you can “get a jumpstart on sun-kissed skin for summer with this easy makeup hack. Fake a day at the beach by applying a red color lipstick to the forehead, cheeks, and nose before foundation. This naturally flushed look is also a safe alternative to avoid skin damage from harmful UV rays. When choosing a red color lipstick, stick with a product with clean ingredients such as ShikSona’s lipstick in Barrier Breaking Beauty.  By choosing a product with all-natural ingredients, it will be less likely to clog pores and irritate the skin.”

La Rose, however, isn’t a huge fan of this trick.  “This hack is a no for me simply because it’s just not necessary.  By applying a lipstick before foundation, you run the risk of it clogging your pores, since it’s NOT formulated for your skin.”  Instead, to make this work, La Rose explains, “this would be a great hack if it were used AFTER your foundation is applied. I actually love, love this hack for a vibrant blush look, but in my opinion, you’ll get much better results and will need way less product, if you apply it on top.”

Bowman also is worried about the effects of red lipstick on your complexion.  “Red stands for STOP!!!  Hate this hack because for someone not as [experienced with makeup] they will end up looking like Raggedy Anne and Andy.  It’s a no for me.”

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Hack #7: Give your face an airbrushed effect by blending in your setting spray

We all want a clean, soft finish from our makeup, but is mixing setting spray the way to achieve it?

Bowman’s take on this trend is plain and simple “It’s a no for me!!  What did I just watch???”

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Hack #8: Get perfect brows with a bar of soap

According to Jaikaran, “Soap on the brow is a trick that was initially seen in drag culture; the trend moved to social media and took off. A lot of brands now make products to mimic this look.” 

“This is an amazing hack! Probably in all honesty one of my all-time favorites, it’s cheap, easy and literally will hold your brows all day long!” La Rose gushes.  “To make this hack work even better, make sure you are using a long-lasting makeup setting spray or even waterproof setting spray.  This will give you the most control and lasting effect!”

“Love this hack! Soap brows are life!!  She gets tens across the board!!!” exclaims Bowman.

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Hack #9: Use makeup for an instant face lift

Non-surgical face lifts are all the rage, and it’s no surprise that tips that enhance our faces without having to go under the knife have racked up so many views.

“I’m such a fan of makeup being used to accentuate and not cover up,” shares Jaikaran.  “Proper concealer placement can change the shape and look of the face drastically.” 

“This hack is in my opinion not a hack, but a technique professional makeup artists having been using for AGES!” explains La Rose.  “It’s called “highlighting.” Nothing new here! Sorry TikTok, but this has been around since black and white film!  You can get an incredible lifted and brightened effect with this one when done correctly!”

Not every viral trend is worth pursuing, especially at the risk of clogging your pores.  However, makeup is meant to be fun!  So, take our experts’ advice and experiment away (and be sure to share your favorite beauty videos with us!)  Just maybe don’t try them out when you have somewhere important to go!

—Janine Silver

Fantastic or Flop? TikTok Viral Hair Hacks Examined

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2020 was the year of WFH, social distancing, and Tiger King.  But more than anything else, it was the year of the at-home haircut.  So many of us, with barber shops and salons closed, were forced to pick up the sheers and cover our roots at home.

We all know that TikTok is great for social media platform for creating short music videos. However, TikTok has also become a go-to social media for DIY hairstyles. While quarantining might not have been the first time you attempted to cut your own bangs or been lured by DIY styles, we can’t say the timing hurt the popularity of these hacks.  To see which ones were worth testing out and which you might regret, Fashion Reverie called upon some experts.  Keep scrolling to see which styles they loved, which they hated, and which have them begging you to book an appointment with a professional ASAP.

Hack #1: Super simple big bouncy 70s style curls

With over 18.7M views, this video shows that, after a year of staying in, it’s obvious we’re all ready for a little glam again. 

Benjamin Mohapi, founder of the BENJAMIN Salon in New York City and Los Angeles, exclaims, “I love this! Big is beautiful and she looks great. For some people, the skill of holding a brush and blow dryer [at the same time] may be a bit difficult, but with practice you’ll get there.”

“This is one of my current favorite hacks!” gushes Chita Beseau, Booksy ambassador and hairstylist expert.  “It will depend on the type of hair you have to get super bouncy results. The ends have to be allowed to cool down in form before you shake them out.”

Courtney Harris, also a Booksy ambassador and hairstylist expert says, “This is definitely a great hack! Besides the ability to know how to use a round brush, one should be knowledgeable of how to blow dry hair. Too much heat will definitely make the hair ‘frizz and fry’ and poof, the bounce is gone.”

Our third fantastic Booksy ambassador and hairstylist expert, Angel Cardona exclaims, “I think this hack is great! It works best if the hair is prepped properly in the styling process. Also, if you have natural body to your hair, you should get great volume.”

Hack #2: Dye your hair milk tea brown with blonde boxed dye 

Can blonde dye result in a stunning brown hue?  With over 2.2M views, we’re betting quite a few people watched this video and DIYed their hair to milky perfection … or perhaps were left with something other than the intended effect.

“I’m never a fan of home box dye,” Mohapi shares. “It’s always an issue. We spend so much time [in the salon] fixing color that has gone wrong.  I can never in good faith recommend it.” 

Beseau also urges against it, “Oh No! It’s not a good idea at all. Leaving hair color on for more than the directions say to will risk your hair being damaged so badly that it could break off or melt. It’s never a good idea to do your own hair at home, unless you are a licensed professional cosmetologist. Don’t do it. Most likely it will turn orange or brassy if you have dark brown or black hair.”

“Where’s the hair police when you need them? This hack should be banned!” Harris exclaims.  “First of all, the ‘box color’ is sometimes a ‘hope and wish’ type of process.  Secondly, the processing time varies depending on the health of the hair and scalp, plus knowledge of depositing hair color. Lastly, do not try this at home!! There are professional colorists in your local city that can achieve the ‘milk tea brown’ color.”

Cardona unanimously agrees, “This is not something I would recommend. Box color in general is risky and could lead to a very expensive fix at the salon. I’d say it’s not worth trying to find out if it would work well for you or not.”

Hack #3: Twirl and cut your hair for the perfect bangs  

Over 10M viewers have at least pondered the idea of twirling their locks and snipping for a perfect bang.  However, the professionals are a bit skeptical of this at-home hack.

“This could go wrong in so many ways!” Mohapi warns.  “Your hair can bounce up way more than you think when you cut your bangs so, please, please, please just go ask your hairdresser to do it for you. Quarantine is over so you have no excuses.”

Beseau explains, “I think this is very misleading and not many people are going to have these results trying this at home. It all depends on your hair texture and how low or high your hairline is at your forehead, there’s too much that can go wrong when cutting your own bangs. Don’t do it!”

But not everyone believes this tip to be so cut and dry. “I’m on the fence with this hack,” Harris shares. “Bangs can be a little tricky when you’re not familiar with cutting them. The twisting adds texture as well as elongates the outermost ends of the bang. If one must cut their own bangs, I recommend them to gradually cut the hair and not all at once.”

“The result of this would be different for everyone, and probably not exactly what you expected,” Cardona explains. “Everyone’s hair texture, hairline, and cowlicks are different and will spring back differently, so it could go wrong for most [people].”


Hack #4: Create a mini hair goatee under your chin for a chic pulled back style 

“What a great easy way for clients to be able to wear their [hair] like this! I love it! I think it’s simple and easy to understand,” Beseau remarks.

Cardona agrees, “A quick, easy, effortless look that seems as if you put more work into it than you actually did and a great way to keep your hair out of your face.”

Mohapi, however is less than enthused by the overall look, “This is OK, but could definitely be improved upon.  We found that taking the hair from the temple area is way more effective and leaves you the option of pulling some of the fringe bits out for a softer front. Overall, though, it’s a bit ‘Maid Marian’ for me.”


Hack #5: Easy heatless curls with tube socks 

“This hack reminds me of a ‘sponge roller set,’” Harris reminisces.  “Tube socks will hold heat well, especially if you leave them in overnight (the main reason I do not like to wear socks to bed.) This hack works well on hair extensions, just be sure the socks are clean and fresh!”

Mohapi is also a fan. “This is a great technique and has been used for hundreds of years. If you don’t believe us, just ask your granny. It’s probably the healthiest way for you to get those curls.” 

“The first time I saw this hack I loved it. This is definitely an easy way to some pretty, soft curls effortlessly while you sleep, without the use of heat,” Cardona explains. “I think this is a great way to give your hair a break from heat styling, and still have some pretty waves.”

Beseau elaborates on this trend, “this hack takes practice and to be very successful should be done on damp clean hair. I don’t see that mentioned.  It’s important [to remember this step to achieve the desired] results.”

Hack #6: At home, long layers  

Who doesn’t want striking long layers to frame their face?  But will this DIY hack make the pros cut?

“This does actually work,” explains Mohapi.  “It’s important that you don’t cut too much off as you may end up with more than you bargained for. If so, you’re going to look more like 80’s than 20’s!”

“This hack gets two thumbs up from me,” gushes Harris.  “It’s easy and pretty self-explanatory. Over-directing the hair (pulling it all to front) allows the hair to fall longer so it will not be too short.”

Beseau has some doubts though, “This one depends on your hair texture as well. Not everyone will get these results, so I don’t recommend it.”


Hack #7: Make bleached hair healthier with a DIY hair mask 

“This is OK, but there are far more effective ways to get your hair healthier,” explains Mohapi.  “There are lots of products out there [on the market] that can help with strengthening and repairing, and although not as natural, they will have a better result. Olaplex and Milbon are my favorites.”

“I don’t recommend putting oil on your hair.  It’s going to coat your hair and block water from getting into the cuticle, and depriving your hair of water & moisture,” Beseau shares. “It will continue to really dry your hair out and become brittle. This also affects how your hair will respond when getting a color service, and blocks the product from working to its full capacity.”

Harris, however, can see the value in it.  “I recommend this hack depending on how much of the hair is damaged. Mayo and eggs are great for strengthening the hair because of the protein. The castor oil and olive oil are antioxidants that will help pull any disease out the scalp to promote hair growth. The only thing I wouldn’t recommend is for these ingredients to be left in the hair 24 hours. Rinse the ingredients to ensure the hair isn’t overly conditioned. Too much protein can cause the hair to become dry.”

“[Even] if you don’t mind smelly hair and wasting food, I still wouldn’t recommend this hack,” Cardona argues.  “Do your hair a favor and get a haircut, some bond building treatments, a hair mask, and a proper repair shampoo and conditioner.”


Hack #8: Dye your hair pink with cotton candy 

Most people (Over 4.3M of you) have watched this primarily to see if it would work.  While it may provide a lot of comedy value, our experts, unsurprisingly, feel that you should leave the cotton candy for the state fair.

“This is so dumb!” Mohapi professes. “The cotton candy here is simply a vehicle for the food coloring. You don’t need to cover your hair in that sticky mess. I would say that you’re better off mixing straight food coloring with conditioner, or even better, go talk to your hairdresser!”

“It’s a cute video and idea, but it reminds me of the [old trend of] people using Kool-Aid to color hair at home.  That is sugar water, as well, with food color and I’ve seen that it is almost impossible to ever get out of the hair,” Beseau cringes.

Harris does not recommend it either.  “The cotton candy may stain the hair, but it’s not going to last long. Food coloring would have done the trick, or even melting the cotton candy before putting it on the hair.”

Cardona is also against dying your hair with candy, “I’m not a fan of this hack. It seems sticky and there are far better ways to tone hair than cotton candy. 2 thumbs down!”

While we love viral videos for entertainment value, perhaps when it comes to your hair you should leave it to the professionals!

—Janine Silver

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