Friday, March 07, 2008

HAIR: Products For Coloured Hair

No matter if you spend $200 at the salon on highlights or use a $10 box of home colourant - fading is still a reality and a nightmare.

Here are a selection of products designed to maintain and extend colour between treatments and to provide nourishment and vitamins to enhance natural and infused hair colour.

Redken Color Extend

Redken’s Interbond Conditioning System and 360 Protective Complex deliver UV filters, anti-oxidant vitamin E, conditioning silicone, ion blockers, and ceramide to help shield, stabilize and secure colour vibrancy. The shampoo gently cleanses and protects to leave hair manageable, refreshed and shiny, whilst the conditioner detangles and smoothes hair for a finish full of colour reflection.

DOVE Advanced Colour Therapy

Dove's Advanced Colour Therapy Darkened Hair shampoo and conditioner protect the vibrant and silky feel of just-coloured darkened hair with a unique protecting serum and slows down the effects of hair becoming dull and fading.

Also available in a version for Highlighted Hair.

Ted Gibson Glimmering Gold

Ted Gibson's Shimmer Gold shampoo and conditioner deposit temporary colour and intensive moisturizers to enhance gold and honey tones in light to medium blonde natural, and colour treated hair. Ingredients such as jojoba extract, silk protein and wild orchid extract work to protect hair from harmful environmental damage while leaving a vibrant shine.

Also available in Brazen Brown for brunettes and Captivating Copper for red heads.

Garnier Fructis Color Resist

The Color Resist formula contains Vitamins B3 and B6, Fructose, Glucose, and a UV filter to assist in protecting the the hair fiber, keeping it stronger, shinier and more resistant to the effects of repeated washing.

John Frieda Luminous Colour Glaze

An easy-to-use product that enhances colour and shine in just three minutes. Just wash and condition your hair and then apply to extend the life and luminosity of your coloured hair.

Also available in Sheer Blonde, Brilliant Brunette, and Radiant Red.

Schwarzkopf Professional Seah Hairspa Shine Spritz

A leave-in treatment containing Cell-Cohesion-Complex to detoxify and regenerate, Cactus blossom extract to provide lustrous, brilliant colour and their Photonica formula with Shadeglow that prevents hair colour from fading.

L'Oréal Professionnel Colour Show Volume Mousse

This mousse protects colour with apricot oils and UV filters, whilst giving locks serious body, shine and hold.

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Thursday, March 06, 2008

Our New Feature

Starting this month, Lipstick, Powder 'n Paint will have a brand new monthly feature, focusing 100% on men's products. We'd like YOU to pick the name for this new feature.

Below 5 names are listed for you to choose from. Voting will take place from now until March 16th. On March 17th we'll announce the winning name.


Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Bobbi Brown NUDE


Here we have another marvelous collection from Bobbi Brown. The Nude Collection comprises of soft, almost milk chocolatey shades for eyes, and ultra flattering, barely there shades for lips.

“The Nude Collection was inspired by color I see naturally in women’s faces.
Nude makeup is pure genius because it’s easy to apply and it enhances the natural
tones of your skin. It’s the perfect choice for anyone who loves a naturally sexy look.” Bobbi Brown


Blushed Rose Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks

Brownie Pink Lip Color*
Almost Bare Glitter Lip Gloss

Bone Eye Shadow*
(all over lid)

Naked Eye Shadow*
(lower lid)

Black Everything Mascara

* Featured in Nude Lip & Eye Palette

Nude Lip & Eye Palette

If you are a fan of the Bobbi Brown lip & eye palette, then this is one you MUST get. Housed in the ever popular, sleek two-tiered compact, this limited edition palette features a beautiful range of nude shades, some of which are new and exclusive.

Palette includes:
Buff Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow (New & Exclusive)
Nude Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow (New & Exclusive)
Bare Eye Shadow (New & Exclusive)
Naked Eye Shadow (New & Exclusive)
Bare Lip Color (New & Exclusive)
Beige Lip Color
Brownie Pink Lip Color
Cocoa Lip Color


Glitter Lip Gloss
This season Bobbi has created four new Glitter Lip Gloss shades to complement the Nude Lip & Eye Palette. These skin tone-inspired shades infused with flecks of glitter give lips a polished and sophisticated look—the epitome of unstudied glamour.

Almost Bare (sandy gold with glitter)
Nude (light nude with glitter)
Naked (medium nude with glitter)
Buff (beige pink with glitter)


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Tuesday, March 04, 2008

HAIR: Dandruff


If dandruff is the only thing standing between you and a closet full of basic black, you're not alone. Many people have this scalp disorder, which is marked by itching and excessive flaking of the scalp. Although dandruff isn't contagious (though it seems in the 1940's it was thought to be), it is SO embarrassing.

The horrible culprit is a yeast-like fungus called Malassezia which lives on the scalps of most healthy adults without causing problems. Unfortunately sometimes it grows out of control, feeding on the oils secreted by the hair follicles and causing irritation that leads to increased cell turnover, and the result is a large number of dead skin cells. As the cells fall off, they tend to clump together with oil from your hair and scalp, making them appear white, flaky and all too visible.

Image: proctor & gamble

Exactly what causes an overgrowth of these organisms isn't known, although increased oil production; hormonal fluctuations; stress; illness; a suppressed immune system; infrequent shampooing and extra sensitivity to the malassezia fungus may contribute to the development of dandruff.

There are several dandruff shampoos on the market that will control flaking and itchiness. Dandruff shampoos are classified according to their active ingredient (see below) and you may need to experiment with different ones until you find one that works best for you.

To start, use daily until your dandruff is controlled, and then cut back to two or three times a week. Be sure to leave the shampoo on for at least five minutes — this allows the ingredients time to work.

If you've shampooed faithfully for several weeks and you are still encountering dandruff, talk to your doctor or dermatologist.

Zinc Pyrithione shampoos
These contain the antibacterial and antifungal agent zinc pyrithione, which has been shown to reduce the fungus that causes dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis.

Tar-based shampoos
Coal tar, a byproduct of the coal manufacturing process, helps conditions such as dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis and psoriasis by slowing cell turnover.

Salicylic Acid shampoos
These "scalp scrubs" help eliminate scale, but they may leave your scalp dry, leading to more flaking. Using a conditioner after shampooing can help counter dryness.

Selenium Sulfide shampoos
These shampoos help prevent cell turnover and may also reduce the number of malassezia. Because they can discolour blonde, gray or chemically coloured hair, be sure to use them only as directed and to rinse well after shampooing.

Ketoconazole shampoos
The newest addition to the dandruff armamentarium, ketoconazole is a broad-spectrum antifungal agent that may work when other shampoos fail. It's available over-the-counter as well as by prescription.


Herbal Essences No Flaking Way

No Flakin' Way

This shampoo relieves scalp-related itching, irritation, redness or flaking associated with dandruff. Made with the active dandruff-fighting ingredient Pyrithione Zinc.

Head & Shoulders Classic Clean

H&S Shampoo CC HRH&S Conditioner CC HR

With a HydraZinc formula, the shampoo and condition help to eliminate flakes and relieves scalp dryness, itch, and irritation. Gentle and pH balanced for everyday use - even on permed or colour-treated hair.

Neutrogena T-Gel Daily Control Dandruff Shampoo


Contains 1% Zinc Pyrithione for fast, effective dandruff relief. Three conditioning agents promote healthy-looking, soft, manageable hair.

Nizoral Anti-Dandruff Shampoo


This shampoo contains ketoconazole - an active ingredient clinically proven to get to the root of your dandruff problem. It actually kills the malassezia fungus that causes dandruff.

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Monday, March 03, 2008

Chanel Spring 2008

Chanel's Spring 2008 palette is fresh, clean and crisp, providing a spectrum of blues, soft pinks and opalescent whites.

Natalia Vodianova, the campaign face, is quite lovely and exudes pure elegance in this image. Natural brows frame vintage inspired eyes, washed in pretty robin's egg blue. The face is flawless with lips and cheeks touched with a hint of pink. Nails contrast against the soft facial makeup with bold dark blue. Gorgeous.

4 Fleurs de CHANEL (Limited Edition)

This stunning quartet of powder eyeshadows contains iridescent shades of robin's egg blue, pearlized white, sunrise pink and tender lilac.

Joues Contraste
Luna (White Shimmer, Limited Edition)

Lèvres Scintillantes
Galactic (White Glitter)

Ombre d'Eau
Cascade (Iridescent white)

Le Vernis
White Satin (White)

Les 4 Ombres
Bleu Célestes (Navy and Pale Blues)

Lèvres Scintillantes
Galactic (White Glitter)

Le Crayon Yeux
Blue Jean (Rich Navy)

Le Vernis
Blue Satin (Deep Navy)

The full collection:
Rouge Hydrabase
Rose Secret (Deep Rose)
Rose Drop (Soft Pink)
Enigma (Rose Brown)
Rouge Allure
Frivole (Blue Pink)
Exquise (Shimmering Peach)
Lèvres Scintillantes
Galactic (White Glitter)
Le Crayon Lèvres
Blue Jean (Rich Navy)
Cardamone (Brown Brick)

Les 4 Ombres
Bleu Célestes (Navy and Pale Blues)

Ombre d'Eau
Rivage (Gold)
Cascade (Iridescent white)

Mascara Inimitable
Noir-Indigo (Blue-black, Limited Edition)

Joues Contraste
Enchanteresse (Brown Rose)
Luna (White Shimmer, Limited Edition)
Le Blanc de Chanel

Poudre Cristalline

Le Vernis
Azur (Light Sparkling Blue, Limited Edition)
Blue Satin (Deep Navy)
Rose Satin (Pink)
White Satin (White)

Available at Holt Renfrew and Nordstrom

- Ellen Mirza

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HAIR: Products for Curly Hair

Maintaining curly hair can be a challenge. Curly hair tends to be more fragile than straight hair, so harsh styling products can leave hair looking and feeling over dry and damaged. Here are some great tips from Redken for keeping curls under control:

- Wash your hair with cold water to avoid frizz
- Part and comb your hair in the shower while the conditioner is still in to prevent breakage. Use a wide-toothed comb.
- To prevent frizz, do not rub your hair with the towel but gently dry out the access water.
- Use a diffuser on your hairdryer. Only dry your hair until slightly damp to prevent frizz and brittleness. Then apply cool air to hair to seal the cuticle.

Bring your dry, brittle ringlets back to life by nourishing them with products and treatments specifically formulated to enhance curly hair. Here are some you may wish to try:

Pantene Pro-V Hydrating Curls
Make waves with hair that twists, twirls and curls around and around.

Hydrating Curls ConditionerHydrating Curls Shampoo

The Hydrating Curls Shampoo helps to invigorate curls as it helps remove build-up and residue, while the Hydrating Curls Conditioner protects and defines curls. Both of these products are gentle enough to use every day, even on permed or colour-treated hair.

Kérastase Paris Nutritive Oléo-Curl
Curl-defining treatments that create soft, supple and luminous curls with their ultra-light oil technology.


Kérastase Bain Oléo-Curl gently cleanses the hair fiber and leaves curls shiny, supple and nourished.

Kérastase Masque Oléo-Curl provides weightless conditioning, disciplines and detangles, and leaves curls shiny from roots to ends.

Aveda Be Curly


Be Curly Shampoo and Conditioner gently cleanse and boost shine while enhancing curls and combating frizz. They feature a refreshing aroma made with certified organic lime, lemon, bergamot and orange.

Frédéric Fekkai Luscious Curls
Specifically formulated to prep, enhance and define curly or wavy hair with light moisturization to fight fizz without weighing locks down.

The Luscious Curls Shampoo gently cleanses with humectants to moisturize hair, imparting memory, spring and bounce. Features honey and ginseng extract to restore moisture, leaving hair soft and conditioned.

Luscious Curls Conditioner contains a rejuvenating blend of honey nectar and ginseng smooth and control frizz, leaving the hair vibrant and nourished.

Redken Ringlet 07 Curl Perfector


This curl refining cream-gel activates and rejuvenates curls and waves with weightless control. Through the Exclusive Bonding System, a new anti-frizz technology, and conditioning and moisturizing agents, Ringlet 07 delivers lasting definition, humidity resistance, ultimate frizz control and conditioning properties.

Profound Beauty STYLIST Curl Glaze


This unique glaze seals curl while allowing movement and controlling frizz. Curls are glazed to appear highly defined, intensely shiny with smooth compact contour. .

Herbal Essences Totally Twisted Curl Scrunching Gel


The Totally Twisted curl scrunching gel creates waves and spirals that are smooth, lush and defined, and keeps frizz at bay.

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