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A contributing writer from a variety of experts working in beauty and skin care professions write fabulous articles for us to share with our readers. They range from celebrity makeup artists & hairstylists to cosmetic chemists and doctors. Here and there we will pepper in articles from our friends that work in public relations offices, manage beauty departments in stores or are grooming friendly men that love to write :)


Bios are provided at the bottom of each article authored by "Certified F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S." so you can get to know the pro keeping YOU in the know!


We hope you will enjoy reviews, tips, how-to and educational information from a variety of people from all walks of life!

To Get FABY's BCA Look:

  • Apply FABY Oxygen Base Coat to nails
  • Apply two coats of FABY My Little Secret on each nail and let them dry
  • Paint a brush width of each color on a makeup sponge.  We started with FABY Tell Me A Story followed by FABY Do You Have Candy and FABY I Was Born Yesterday.  Dab each nail with the sponge.  Repeat this step until you get the desired coverageFABY Step 1
  • Use a brush and nail polish remover to clean up the excess polish around your nails
  • Using FABY Optical White and a striper tool to draw a BCA ribbon on your ring fingerFaby step 2
  • Use FABY Optical White and a dotting tool (or a bobby pin) to draw dots around the base of each nail
  • Apply FABY Top Coat to each nail and be sure to swipe the tip of your nail to seal the edge

 Faby finished

50% of sales from the 5 shades used to create this look are being donated to Bright Pink (www.brightpink.org) for the month of October! 

 


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As the temperatures drop and the beach chairs get packed away, there’s still a lot to rejoice about as pumpkin everything, cute boots, snuggly sweaters and your fave TV shows make their comeback.

Just because summer is over doesn’t mean you can’t kick back and relax with a cocktail! Celebrate the season with fall flavors like pumpkin, apple, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Sauza Hot todyCider Tequila Hot Toddy

  • 1 part Sauza® Blue Reposado 100% Agave Tequila
  • ½ part JDK & Sons™ O3 Premium Orange Liqueur
  • 8 parts apple cider
  • 2 parts cranberry juice cocktail
  • Lime slice (for garnish)
  • Dash of cinnamon (optional)
  • Dash of nutmeg (optional)


Preparation: In a saucepan heat the apple cider and cranberry juice just until steaming hot (do not let the liquid boil) and remove it from the heat. Stir in Sauza® Blue Reposado and liqueur. You can add a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg if you want a bit more spice. Serve Hot Toddies in mugs, garnished with lime slices.

Sauza hot pumpkin spiceHot Pumpkin Spice Tequila

  • 1 ½ parts Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
  • ½ part Torani® Pumpkin Spice Syrup
  • 3 parts cream
  • 1 part sugar
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 6 parts freshly brewed hot coffee
  • Whipped Cream and additional cinnamon (for garnish)


Preparation: In a saucepan, combine cream with pumpkin syrup, sugar, vanilla, spices and coffee until hot. Pour into mug, add Sauza® Blue Silver and stir. Top with whipped cream and cinnamon. Enjoy!
Sauza crisp apple cooler

Crisp Apple Cooler

  • 1 ½ parts Skinnygirl® Bare Naked Vodka
  • ¾ part apple juice
  • ¼ part agave syrup
  • Green apple slice for garnish


Preparation: Stir agave syrup with vodka in the base of a shaker until the agave syrup dissolves. Add apple juice and shake thoroughly with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a green apple slice.

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A healthy body starts with a healthy mouth. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day is an easy way to stay healthy. Research has shown that poor oral hygiene is linked to a number of health conditions like heart disease and liver problems. Here are some easy tips from dentist Seth Keiles to add to your regular dental routine to keep your mouth in top condition.

no dairy symbol1. Ditch the dairy.

Milk products can change the acidity in your mouth, creating an environment that favors an overgrowth of bacteria.

2. Tone up your tongue. 

Use a tongue brush or separate, soft-bristled toothbrush to clean your tongue, making sure to brush the back close to the throat to clean away the most bacteria.

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 Aussie has launched a new collection of Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner.  They are customized formulas to quickly transform any hair issue in just three minutes. Ya that’s right just three minutes. I love quick solutions, since during the week I don’t have much time. Being that I work full time and have a very busy toddler. They offer 5 different formulas to meet your needs. I tried the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist since I am in great need of a hair cut so my ends are very dry and brittle. I figure this will hold me over until I can get my hair cut next week.  I could see an improvement after using this once my hair already feels softer and less brittle. I can't wait to use it after I get my hair trimmed and see how amazing my hair feels then. 

Below are some tips from Aussie Celebrity Stylist Sarah Potempa

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Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Collection


 From pool parties to beachy cookouts, your hair has been through it all! Heat, humidity, saltwater and chlorine can seriously dehydrate your hair, leaving it dry, frizzy or dull. Aussie Celebrity Stylist, Sarah Potempa has all the summer hair repair tips for smooth, silky locks with the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Collection in just three minutes.

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Last week Burt’s Bees was thrilled to steer the makeup look of Steven Alan’s fashion show.

Steven Alan’s shared vision of natural beauty was the perfect complement to Burt’s Bees notion that nature is the original color expert. The likeminded brands agreed that the collection was best paired with a natural makeup look that placed full emphasis on the color of the lip.

The look was inspired by the brilliant, rich color of our lips during youth. “To bring this concept to life, I began by matching the shades of the new Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon collection to the tone of the models’ natural lip color,” said Burt’s Bees lead makeup artist Katey Denno. “The Lip Crayons deliver vivid color, great payoff and extreme moisture – all with a matte finish – so I used them to build coverage and restore the youthful hue of the models’ lips.”

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Getting back into a routine after summer can be hard! Even harder if you had lots of time off to relax...but now it's time to get back in the swing of things and that means maintaining your fitness. Walking or running, home workouts or gym adventures it's important to stay hydrated and keep energy up. To stay hydrated, try Agua Enerviva, a new concept in naturally-energizing beverages that offers a refreshing alternative to traditional energy drinks, with no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

Agua Enerviva contains potassium and sodium electrolytes to replenish your body, as well as 100 milligrams of natural caffeine (the amount in a cup of coffee) from guarana berry extract, offering sustainable energy while quenching your thirst. It’s the perfect way to stay cool during crazy weather changes, sweating it out at the gym, soaking up the last of the summer sun, or battling the 3 PM slump at the office!

Agua Enerviva has only 25 calories per 20 oz. bottle and is available in five delicious flavors: Kiwi Strawberry, Tea and Lemonade, Pomegranate Acai, Orange Passion and Fruit Punch. 

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*** To help you get that jump start of motivation Agua Enerviva has given us a FABULOUS prize pack that we will be giving away to one lucky winner :)

The ultimate gym pack includes: 

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Following a successful Spring-Summer 2015 presentation at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, designer Charlotte Ronson celebrated her after-party at NYC's Avenue nightclub this Friday.

Charlotte's celebration was its usual star-studded affair with guests including Jesse Metcalfe, Margarita Levieva, Cara Santana, Samantha Ronson, Nate Ruess and more, who sipped on VOGA Italia wine throughout the evening.

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VOGA Italia, the purveyor of delicious and eye-catching wines, announces the addition of Baby VOGA Sparkling to its already extensive collection. The just-released mini sized VOGA Sparkling offers wine lovers the taste of VOGA Sparkling they've grown to love, in a smaller, more portable size. Great for events, individual consumption and taste sampling, Baby Sparkling's golden color and fine effervescence give way to aromas of white blossoms and ripe fruit.

VOGA Italia's Baby Sparkling Wine is the ideal single serve wine solution at 155 calories and packaged as a half-sized bottle of wine. It also features a screw on top to keep the wine gently sparkling. For extra enjoyment, pop in a straw and enjoy...no glass needed!

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There is no denying that the fishtail braid had a great run; from the side to messy to in the ponytail, but Mario Russo, owner and lead stylist of Salon Mario Russo in Boston, believes it’s time for a new tail to have their chance in the spotlight. Cue the Lobster Tail. This messy and textured twist is easy to create and doesn’t even requiring braiding skills…just twisting! Depending on the occasion, the Lobster Tail can be as deconstructed or as neat as you like.

The Lobster Tail


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 1. Start with day-old hair to achieve the messy and textured look of this braid. Use a texturizing spray like Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray on the roots to eliminate any natural oils that can flatten hair.Step one lobster tail

2. Gather hair to one side, while leaving a few front pieces of hair out on the opposite. Curl these pieces with a 1-inch barrel to add more shape around the face.

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Women everywhere love the treat of getting a "blo out". Especially, when you walk out of one of our Blo Blow Dry Bar locations looking fabulous, hair bouncing with every step. So how do you make that feeling and look last? Here are my 10 tips and tricks for a multi-day "blo out".

1. Have your stylist start with a shampoo and conditioner that is designed for your specific hair type. My motto has always been that a great hair day starts with a clean canvas. If your hair is oily, you do not need a hydrating shampoo plus only condition the ends.


silk pillow case blo-out certified fabulous hair tips hairstyle david babii2. When you go to bed at night, consider a silky pillow case. They allow the hair to move freely while sleeping so you can prevent flattening the volume you love.


3. For those sleek straight blo outs, take a scrunchie. Gently pull hair back into a low ponytail, twisting it loosely around to keep hair in place. For longer lengths, try wrapping coated bands mid- center and at the ends of the pony. Also, a great flat iron is a must to rid your blo out of any imperfections, humidity or daily side effects from the elements.


4. When you wake up in the morning, you can freshen your scalp several ways. For my natural beauties, create a small mixture of water and lemon juice. Then, take a cotton ball moistening it slightly, making sure to squeeze any left-over juice out. Next, gently start by cleansing the hairline followed by parting small sections and cleaning the scalp area only. This will absorb and clean away any access oils while giving your hair a fresh scent. For my busy working gals, a dry shampoo is quick and easy to use.

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  • "Anyone remember the topsy tail? I know I know, it may sound a little retro, but this double wrap topsy tail tutorial takes an old school ponytail and quickly morphs it into a super trendy look that is guaranteed to turn some heads," explains Latest-Hairstyles.com contributorJennie Kay. "This pony style works just as well for the office as it does for a day at the pool. Let’s get started, shall we?"

    What You Need:

    - Hairbrush
    - Comb
    - 2 Clear Hair Elastics
    - A Few Bobby Pins
    - Your Favorite Soft Hold Hairspray
    - A Smoothing Pomade (optional)



    Step 1: Using a brush, smooth hair into a ponytail at the mid to bottom of your neck and secure with a small rubber elastic.

    Step 2: Take a small section of hair from the ponytail (about 1/2-inch thick) and pull it aside.

    Step 3: Wrap that section of hair around the ponytail to camouflage the elastic and secure with a bobby pin. Spritz the hair in the ponytail with an aerosol hairspray (or smoothing pomade) and comb through to smooth the ponytail.

    Step 4: Using an additional small elastic, secure it midway down the shaft of the ponytail.

    Step 5: Spread apart the section within the elastics into two. Flip the bottom of the tail up and through the opening.

    Step 6: Repeat step 4 again.

    Step 7: Repeat step 5 again. Spritz the entire style with an aerosol hairspray to smooth flyaways or frizz.


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