My Current Hair Care Regimen

L’OREAL EverCream Cleansing Conditioner: I’ve tried a few cleansing conditioners and have never really been that impressed…until now.  L’OREAL’s version is perfection.  My hair feels clean and moisturized, all in one. 

Bumble and Bumble (Really) Thickening Serum: I’ve been using this serum for years and have always been really impressed with the results.  My hair doesn’t feel greasy but still gets lots of volume and fullness after using it.

Josie Maran Argan Oil Hair Serum: Hair oil can be a little scary for those of us with fine locks but once you try hair oil, you never go back. I’m way into argan oil for my hair (and skin, for that matter).

Rita Hazan Root Concealer: I like to make jokes about the fact that I have a random patch of grey hair under my side swept bangs which, not so funny enough, are strategically UNDER my bangs.  Not so random. But anywho, I like to use this Root Concealer when I pin my bangs back and my greys are exposed. Ah, getting old…not so fun.

Oribe Dry Texturzing Spray: I blogged about this product in my October 5 Favorites, and I still stand by it.  It’s fab for giving loads of volume and texture, once your hair is dry and straight.

Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo: I don’t use dry shampoo every day, but I probably use it at least four times a week.  So, obviously, I’m pretty picky about the brands that I use.  Oscar Blandi’s version is awesome.  Enough said.

Read my current skincare obsessions HERE.

The Monday Rundown

Oscar Blandi Texture & Volume Spray: Texture and volume?  I like it. Oscar is a master so it’s no surprise that this product does exactly what it says – lasting body and texture and flexible hold.

Monroe Black Chiffon Wrap Dress: Love this dress.  The belt (sold separately) really makes the dress BUT I still love an LBD, an this one is no exception.

Alex Elman Chardonnay: I’m a big wine lover and this Argentinian chardonnay is pretty amazing.  What I love even more (aside from the taste) is the fact that this wine is organic, which involves no barrel aging and, of course, no harmful pesticides.

Anthropologie Pieced Geom Mirror: I’ve been shopping around for a new mirror for my bedroom and I’m really liking this Anthro piece.  Thoughts?

Three Questions With Jenn Falik

So if you’re thinking that you recognize Jenn Falik, you’re probably right.  Jenn has been featured as a beauty & style expert on pretty much every channel ranging from The Today Show to The View to E! News and now, I got the scoop on her latest project, Beauty BFF on MSN, an original new web series on MSN Lifestyle and Bing Video.  The web series will cover everything from how to achieve the looks you crave (but may be scared to attempt on your own) to the latest trends in hair, makeup and skincare.  The series will premiere TODAY and will run through Fall 2010 and luckily, we were able to steal 15 minutes of Jenn’s time and grill her with some burning questions:

Q: What are your favorite new spring beauty products?

A: 1-) Darphin Hydraskin Essential.  This is the perfect moisturizer- it smells amazing (clean and fresh), is packed with super softening ingredients like butterfly lavender and organic shea butter, and creates a nice smooth base for makeup.  I also love how it keeps my skin hydrated all day- I hate when I put on creams and a few hours later, I feel the need to re-apply.

2-) Tarte Lip Stain in “Amuse.” This is the juiciest lip stain ever- I never thought a stain could be this glossy and actually last, but it does. And the fact that when I travel with it, I don’t have to worry about it leaking all over the contents of my bag is an added bonus.

3-) Le Metier de Beaute MAGIC.  This is very cool- a translucent cream glaze that transforms any powder color formula- blush, eye shadow, even powder into sheer stains, creams and glosses for lips, cheeks, eyes and face.  It is also great as a lip primer.

4-) Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo Invisible.  I try and wash my hair as infrequently as possible- and this is my new go-to especially because of the volume it adds- and this spring, I am feeling big-ish hair BIG time.  The formula features gentle starches to absorb excess oil and protect build up, while vitamin E and wheat protein strengthen and protect the hair shaft.

Q: What is the best part of your job and what is the worst part?

A: The best part of my job is having an excuse to talk to big wigs in the beauty and fashion biz that probably wouldn’t give me to time of day otherwise.  The worst part, hmmm, I guess I would have to say the early mornings, but to be honest, I have always kind of been a morning person so they don’t bother me too much.

Q: What advice would you give yourself 5 years ago?

A: Well,  I got married 5 years ago and wish I had told myself to get a spray tan, wear my hair in some sort of cool messy updo, and wear false lashes for my wedding.  Seriously.  I kick myself on a regular basis over this.  Sad, but true.


Editor’s note: We think you’re gorgeous Jenn and we’re sure you looked fabulous at your wedding too 😉  For more tips and news from Jenn, follow her on Twitter or visit www.JennFalik.com.


2009 Emmy’s: Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ hair look

Celebrity stylist, Oscar Blandi created Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ red carpet look last night for the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards and I have to say, she looks fabulous. “Elaine” from Seinfeld is one of my all-time favorite TV characters and I always enjoy seeing Julia on the red carpet. 



STEP 1: Prep damp hair with Oscar Blandi Jasmine Protein Mist. ($18 on Sephora.com)


STEP 2: Apply Oscar Blandi Volumizing Spray from roots to ends to add volume. ($18 on Sephora.com)


STEP 3: Apply Oscar Blandi Wave Enhancing Spray from mid-length to ends to create a foundation for natural looking waves. ($18 on Sephora.com)


STEP 4: Blowout hair focusing on lifting the roots for volume, accentuating the natural side part.


STEP 5: Take a 3 inch barrel curling iron and hold it vertically. Starting just above the chin, curl the hair in small sections, keeping the crown smooth so waves cascade around the shoulder.


STEP 6: Finish entire look with Oscar Blandi Lacca Hairspray for volume and hold. ($23 on Sephora.com)


My summer beauty essentials

So I realized that I always follow a very specific beauty routine in the summer. With the heat and humidity, a girl’s gotta know what works and what doesn’t…and here’s my list of faves.

DERMAdoctor MED e TATE: These little wipes prevent excessive sweating. Perfect for when you know you’re about to face the heat and you’re wearing fabric that shows sweat. Ew.

Earth Therapeutics Clean + Cool Foot Wipes: When walking around NYC all day in flip flops, you’re feet can get very dirty, to say the least. I clean off my feet at night before I get into bed with these pepperminty wipes.

Be fine Rough Spot Lemon Balm with Shea Butter & Avocado: Not only is the packaging super cute but after cleansing feet, it’s the perfect finish to moisturize any dry spot. It’s also good for elbows too!

Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo Spray to Go: This travel sized version of Oscar Blandi’s Dry Shampoo is fab to carry around in your purse or take on vacation.

Clinique Targeted Protection Stick SPF 45: You know when you’re walking around and enjoying the beautiful summer day but you can feel the tips of your ears burning? Is it just me? I carry this stick around in my purse for those random “wow, my skin is fair” moments.

L’Occitane Mosquito Repelent Towelettes: This product is incredibly hard to find, probably because it works so well. These lavender-infused towelettes repel mosquitos using geranium and citronella oils. A must for anyone visiting the “country.”

Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Moisture Mist: This spray (that also comes in a travel size) moisturizes both skin and hair with the Awapuhi flower. It’s cool and refreshing and great for the plane and beach.

Dr. Brandt Blemishes No More Cleansing Pads: With extra late nights in the summer, I can usually get pretty lazy about washing my face at night…but with these pads, I don’t even have to get out of bed.

L’Oreal Serie Expert SOlar Sublime After-Sun Nourishing Balm: The sun dries out my already bleached hair, making an after-sun conditioning treatment super important. This after-sun balm smells lovely and really does a great job moisturizing.