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Street Peeping

October 18, 2012
tags: , , cape shoes, cat sweater, , , herbal essence, , , mr street peeper, , p&g, pantene, , , , street peeper, , streetpeeper, volumizing,
by Sonia

Last week I ventured down to the Gansevoort hotel with P&G to be styled and spruced up by hair and makeup artists using a variety of products from CoverGirl to Pantene.

I first sat down with hair stylist Wesley O’Meara who worked his magic with my hair, taking my already beachy waves and oomphing them up for the photo shoot. He first started by using Pantene’s Moisture Mist Detangling spray and then used about a pound of Herbal Essences Volumizing Mousse before attacking my hair with a blow dryer and curling iron. I expected the results to be crunchy and over the top, but my hair was soft, full of body, and something that I would actually wear on a normal basis — a rarity when it comes to getting my hair done.

Next I was put in the hot seat with makeup artist Jake Bailey who I’ve already decided is going to do my makeup for my wedding. Makeup artists usually see me and go “YES! Giant features we can go crazy with!” and I end up walking out looking like more of a muppet than I already do. But Jake understood that less is more when it comes to doing my makeup and used auburn eyeshadows and a lot of eyeliner to bring out my eyes and kept the rest neutral.

After that I stepped outside with street style photographer Phil Oh from Street Peeper to do a back and forth catwalk with orange cones. Never did I think cones could play such a role in creating a good shot, but I have to say I’m loving the results! Plus they look like candy corn, which is totally fitting for my Halloween-centric spirit.

Opening Ceremony x Glamour sweater | Anthropologie skirt | Alexander Wang heels

// photos by Phil Oh of Street Peeper 

The Wavy & The Curly

October 1, 2012
tags: , curl confession, curlconfession, curls, facebook, guide, , , paul mitchell, , , wavy
by Sonia

As you’re all well aware, I don’t do much with my hair. Having said that, there’s a time and a place to add a little more oomph to your look and with that oomph comes some essential products.

As to what the oomph entails? Well, it’s usually one of two things; I either beef up my natural wave or add extra curl to my hair with a curling iron (a tool I’m still trying to master).

When going about creating either of these styles, I look no further than Paul Mitchell’s curls products.

Here’s the break down:

The Wavy

I start by adding a dollop of Paul Mitchell’s Ultimate Wave to damp hair.

After rubbing the cream between my hands, I scrunch up my hair from the bottom up toward the scalp. Repeat a few times and then let it air dry!

Woop woop! Soft waves!

The Curly

I use a dime size amount off Paul Mitchell’s Twirl Around on damp hair.

After rubbing the cream between my hands, I then lightly shake my hair while adding the cream throughout. I then twist sections of my hair and…

wrap the pieces together, and then hit each section with a hairdryer. After that I use a curling iron to add some extra definition to strands that need the pick me up.

Voila! Curls!

You can find these products by using Paul Mitchell’s “Find a Salon” locator tool here. And head over to Paul Mitchell’s Facebook Page to share your Curl Confession. I’m quite curious to see how you guys use curling irons as they may be the most complicated tool ever created.

// photos by Emily Malan

Curl Confession

September 4, 2012
tags: , campaign, curl, curl confession, fly aways, frizz, , hair products, paul mitchell, , shampoo, , straightener, wavy
by Sonia

Back in my high school days my straightener was my best friend. Every morning I would sit indian style in front of my full length mirror straightening away, my mom cringing every time the searing hot metal clamped down on my natural wavy hair. It’s not that I didn’t want waves, it’s just that I had zip zero nada understanding of how to work with them. Between the frizz, the fly aways, and the overall poofiness, there was no way I was going to let my high school self walk out of the house without my mane tamed.

My first lesson in curl taming came when I spent a day in the hot tub and didn’t brush my hair after and my locks were perfectly spiraly and wavy. That was the day I learned that my brush was my worst enemy. After that I tested a bunch of different hair products but kept returning to serums and mousses by Paul Mitchell. His products never give my hair that crunchy wet look (blugh), and they whipped all the fly aways I’d attack with my straightener into their perfectly curly shape.

So, when Paul Mitchell asked me to be involved in his The Truth About Curls campaign, it was a no brainer. I was already using his products but was ecstatic to test out his new curl line and not surprisingly, I’m now totally hooked. Throwing my head upside down and scrunching up my waves while they’re still wet is a part of my everyday hair routine and my straightener is left to gather dust (though sometimes I do straighten just the very ends of my hair). But what I really want to know is how you handle your curls, so head over to Paul Mitchell’s Facebook Page and share your #CurlConfession!

And also, stay tuned for my curl how-to in the next few weeks! Toodaloo!

Up Goes the Hair

August 28, 2012
tags: bangs, , blue, , , , , side swept, , updo
by Sonia

I used to wear my hair up all the time in high school. I had side swept bangs and would throw my hair into a ponytail every morning. Today, it’s an effort to put my hair up when I work out. It’s not that I don’t want to wear my hair up, it’s just that I don’t really know what to do with it now that I’m without bangs (which I have been for awhile so it’s time I locked it up).

I stumbled upon this photo of Emma Stone yesterday (this girl can do no wrong and if I were a lesbian, she would be my lady of choice), and am officially obsessed with her messy up ‘do. From the air dryed texture to the “bang” that really isn’t a bang to the gold accessorie that looks almost like it could just be another strand of hair, this hair style is one that I plan to recreate.

Stay tuned.

Beauty Board - The Essentials

July 25, 2012

I recently got an email from a reader asking there were any new products added to my must-have items.  Seeing as how my last Beauty Board post was well over a year ago, you better believe I’ve introduced all kinds of new products into my routine! So much so that I’ve actually decided to divide this post up into two: the essentials and the subsidiaries.

Today I bring you the essentials, which are all listed below:


Bumble & Bumble Seaweed Shampoo | Aveda Color Conserve Conditioner | Moroccanoil Hydrating Cream |Frederic Fekkai Full Blown Volume Spray |Moroccanoil Hydrating Mask

I’m still a believer that your shampoo and conditioner don’t have to be by the same brand. I love the smell and freshness of Bumble and Bumble’s Seaweed Shampoo and how Aveda’s Color Conserve Conditioner not only leaves my hair super soft, but keeps me nice and blonde throughout each season! Moroccanoil is my BFF — this Hydrating Cream keeps my waves intact without giving them any of that icky crunch that comes from so many products. Sometimes I like to add a little more volume to my roots, so I spray a bit of Fekkai’s Full Blown Volume Spray onto them and then blast them with a hairdryer for a minute or so. And when I’ve spent too much time pooling around or think my locks could use an extra bit of love, I spend 10-15 minutes with Moroccanoil’s Hydrating Mask in my hair, which make it super shiny.


Fresh Soy Face Cleanser | Clarisonic Mia | Fresh Soy Moisturizing Cream SPF 20 | Mario Badescu Drying Lotion | Neosporin | Mario Badescu Cucumber Tonic Mask

In the past year I’ve run into pimples, something that I’ve never really had a problem with. I think I’m finally starting to get them under control with Fresh’s Soy Face Cleanser and the Clarisonic Mia, which I use only at night. I’m a firm believer in lotion with sunblock and found that Fresh’s Soy Moisturizing Cream is not only light (aka doesn’t clog pores) but also has SPF 20. Win. When I do have an outbreak, I switch between using Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion one night and Neosporin the other. The last thing you want to do is dry out your skin so much that it has to make oils for itself. I also try to use Mario Badescu’s Cucumber Tonic Mask once a week (often when I’m using the aforementioned Moroccanoil Hydrating Mask — I look really pretty during these moments).


Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer | Bare Escentuals Original Foundation | e.l.f. Under Eye Concealer & Highlighter | Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage 

Concealer can be really gross. I hate when you see people with it so caked on to their face that if you drew a fingernail across their cheek you would pick up residue. Barf. Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer is a fantastic concealer as it’s extremely thin. I really only use it on my t-zone and then follow up with a bit of Bare Escentuals Original Foundation to even everything out. On occasion I will use e.l.f.’s Under Eye Concealer & Highlighter for days when the bags are too big to carry onboard and Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage for icky breakouts.


Nars Bronzer in Laguna | Nars The Multiple Orgasm | Benefit Moon Beam | Nars Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Pale Gold

My cheek routine is pretty minimal. I’d say on a day-to-day basis I really only use Nars Bronzer, but sometimes it’s fun to jazz things up in which I use a smidge of Nars Orgasm cream blush. I’m always a fan of the tanned and dewy look, so if I’m going out at night or feel like trying something different, I’ll use Benefit’s Moon Beam and Nars Soft Touch Shadow Pencil on my cheek bones, the bridge of my nose and around my brow line. It’s supposed to be an eyeshadow pencil, but I have yet to use it as such.


gloMinerals gloCream in Espresso | Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler | DiorShow Mascara | Yves Saint Laurent Eyeliner

The eyes are the most important part of my makeup routine, and I have to say, not much has changed in terms of products. There isn’t a day that I don’t use gloMinerals gloCream eyeliner, you all know how much I love my Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, and I always top things off with DiorShow mascara. Sometimes at night I’ll darken things up with a black eyeliner or cat eye look in which I use Yves Saint Laurent’s felt tip eyeliner.


MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo | Revlon ColorBurst Lip Gloss in Papaya | Lucas’ Papaw Ointment | Egyptian Magic Balm | Maybelline Baby Lips in Cherry

Oh, lips! You are so fun to decorate! Recently I’m all about the reds and rarely venture away from them. MAC’s Lipstick in Ruby Woo is my immediate go-to (it doesn’t smudge, goes on evenly, and immediately pumps up a look), but for something a little less dramatic I use Revlon’s ColorBurst Lip Gloss in Papaya, which still adds a solid amount of color but is less in your face. I’m a big lip balm addict and use Lucas’ Papaw Ointment all throughout the day (you can find it at one of my favorite NYC shops, 143 Ludlow) and Egyptian Magic right before I go to bed at night. For subtle color that still has some moisturizer in it, I use Maybelline’s Baby Lips in Cherry.

And that’s a beauty essentials wrap!