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Over at the Banler Blog, I read an awesome spotlight on Kim Vo, whom I affectionately call a Celebrity Color Guru.  Starting out as a painter, Kim has moved on to become a world class hair stylist and colorist.

He’s just come out with his own line of hair care products, and it’s definetly something I’m going to check out.

Here are some of his tips from an interview he did in Allure in August.

Kim’s GOLDEN RULES

*Vo has celebrity clients that bounce from color to color until hair starts to break off.  “Starting with strong hair is my first rule,” he says.  But he’s got 4 more:

  • Go Low – “Hair color fades faster in the summer, so I do half lowlights and half highlights to make sure it keeps tis dimension.  For blonds, mix in some caramel shades; for brunettes, try chestnut hues.”
  • Learn the Lingo – “When conveying how thich you want your highlights, avoid subjective words like ‘natural’ or ‘bold.’  I like pasta analogies-truly.  My New York clients like highlights the width of angel-hair, my L.A. clients like spaghetti, and my Vegas clients like lasagna.  Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of fettuccine highlights around the part.”
  • Take Cover – “I actually like facial sunscreen sprays for hair- they won’t weigh hair down.”
  • Get to the Root – “If you need to touch up your roots, buy a hair color in your natural shade – not your highligted color- and smudge it on the roots for 30 seconds.  This will take the dullness off of the regrowth.”

I’m really excited about his new line of products. I mean, we are talking about the Shear Genius guy here.

Well, this year being what it is, with the economy in a slump, I’ve got to say that discount shopping is on the rise! S’Kay! ‘Cause I gots some great discount shops to blab about.

First Up, for the Ladies! BEAUTY PRODUCTS!

As some of you know, my favorite store online is for discount beauty products is BeautyVice, and this Christmas makes me love them even more. They have a Super Christmas Sale they’ve started, with plenty of chances to win even more coupons!

On their main site, they’ve got Atopalm, Murad, Rene Furterer, Natura Bisse, Z. Bigatti, Peter Thomas Roth, Burberry, Escada and MD Skincare at 15% Off their regular price! Let’s put it this way, their regular price is between 20% and 40% Off of retail, so you can really find awesome bargains here.  But wait, there’s more!  If your a beauty coupon hunter like me, they’ve got a few super secret coupons waiting for you!  If you just join their forum and add a comment here, you’ll be getting two separate beautyvice coupons via email.  How cool is that?  Head on over there and sign up today!

Stylebell.com is running a special Holiday Gifts Sale with ton of wonderful hair care!

Now for the Gents in your Life.

For that special manly man in your life who fixes you home and loves his tools, head on over to toolbarn.com and grab him something special from their Holiday Shopping Gift Guide.  Not sure what he needs?  Pick up 50 Barn Bucks and let him have at it!

More Christmas Shopping Fun coming soon!

I’ve tried lots of different kinds of hair styling products that either where too expensive or didn’t work the way I wanted them to work.  I’ve got really curly hair that can get somewhat pissed off when I try to control it.  Where is the fun in curly hair if you can’t make it play pretty?  Most L’Oreal products are a little difficult to understand, especially when they are for combination hair.

Oops, did I mention the combination hair thing?

Ok, so my curly hair is long, and with most long haired curly hair girlies, one condition at the root and one condition at the ends.  Sometimes it mulitple conditions at the ends.  But conditioning is not the problem here, I’m trying to style.

One of the problems I have with styling is longevity.  In all honesty, a good styling gel or mouse will look and feel AWESOME for a few hours, but make that few hours turn into 5 or 10, then you’ve got problems.

Look, I can go out and ask again and again, from different sources, what to use, and have gotten some great ideas.  Most of those ideas turned out to be the 2 hour fix.  Until one day I’m talking to my bff whose sister is somewhat of a model (car shows, videos, etc) and she tells me that her sister usually comments about how well this one particular stylist gets her hair perfect for long shoots.

Well, ring a ding ding and mister BAMF hair stylist Joel DeFranco tells me what product he particularly likes for longevity.  REDKEN!

Redken was first developed for model use, kind of like Kerastase, but all US of A.

He tells me to look up a particularly gentle gel that should be easy to use befor I try something more hardcore, so I try Redken Rewind Styling Paste.

After a week of trying the product, I’m impressed.  Using it style my hair either “freestyle” (wetting and forgetting) or with a blow dryer really produced a soft look that lasted a long time.  Very liitle buildup, and not sticky at all.

So the chichi recommends.

Chanel Cupcakes from Cupcakes Nouveau

Chanel Cupcakes from Cupcakes Nouveau

I was recently at this very posh little party when I was introduced to these absolutely wonderful and decadent cupcakes from a chichi girl team from Miami called Cupcakes Nouveau.  How freakin’ delicious.  They have a WONDERFULL selection of some of the most fantastic cupcake creations I’ve ever had the pleasure of tasting.  I had the pleasure of tasting a sample of Chanel Cupcakes.  Nothing to say here but KEWL.

Hubby gave me this beautiful Shit Zu puppy, all white and black and rambunctious, that we’ve called  Maxine.  As soon as I can get some pix up I will.  She is the cutest little thing and very much a prissy girl like here momma.  Total diva in training.  So I decided to do that diligent mommy thing and find her the very best diva doggy stuff I can find.  Let me tell you, I think I’m having as much fun shopping for this little girl as I would shopping for myself.  Anywho, off to PetSmart I go.  There are a ton of really great stuff there, but I decide that maybe I want to do a little more shopping online.  Lo and behold, your shopping diva finds great pet supplies at ProperPet.  What a great selection!  Easy to navigate and really fast!

Puppy Collars

Pink Puppy Collar for my Diva in training

Puppy Play along plush toy

Plush Play along Toy

(check out the sounds it makes)

I particularly love the selection of puppy collars and these beautiful plush toys like the play along puppets from digger.  A really fantastic selection at a great price.

Well chickas, the rumblepup will just love this little spat of spending.   I’m off to do more doggy shopping.

Now that I’m Domestic Goddess numbero 1, my home and my house has become extremely important to me. Hubby has given me the green light on a few home renovating, beautifying project, and my first project is my patio. I’ve got to admit that I’ve been searching around for the perfect patio furniture and accessories, and after reading through Melissa Michaels from The Inspired Room series on outdoor rooms, I’ve become truly inspired. Right now, I’m in the process of re-purposing some old wicker and wrought iron furniture, and after seeing them stripped from years of paint, I’ve decided to go for a rustic look. Did a little research online and found a great article on how to antique furniture for a cool aged look, I’ve gone to work.

But I also like juxtaposing looks. Something old with something new you know? So I decided to go to my favorite online store and buy a great set of patio cushions. With the white wicker and rusty looking wrought iron, i’ve decided to go with a great line of red and terracotta fabrics.

Cardinal Red

Cardinal Red

Terracota

Terracotta

Next is some new wood furniture that I can mangle. Tee hee.

OMG! Sometimes, you find something that is so cute you just drive yourself crazy when you see it. I mean, there are puppys, kittens, babies, that you just can’t resists touching them or hugging them or…buying them!

So you can imagine my total shockatude and aaaaa…atude, when I found the Wee Ninja.

wee ninja

Happens to be one of my favorite things in the world right now! You can head on over to MyPlasticHeart and pick one out.