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Shine Bright for Holiday Parties!

Every year we spend far too much money on the perfect holiday attire and makeup only for it to never be used again. Ladies, it’s time to stop the madness. Let us help you find a few great staples, not only for the holidays, but for the entire year!

Start with the foundation of your outfit. Finding the perfect holiday dress is almost as difficult as shopping for the hardest person to buy for on your list. You want something that makes a great impression and looks festive without making you look like your host’s Christmas tree.

PPOkOz478maovgI6jBCs1C32rGE-DuuzcHe-xLymeiQIn a sea of red, green, silver, and gold, make yourself stand out from the crowd in one of Lilly Pulitzer’s gorgeous dresses. There is a wide selection available at Punch Boutique in Roanoke! Our favorite LP is the Rylee Lace Shift dress in blue. For those of us who stay away from traditional holiday colors throughout the year, it can be worn again for New Year’s celebrations, Valentine’s Day, and even a mid-summer party.

Accent your look with shiny accessories that will help you light up the room. Your shoes are the most important part! Those of you who are comfortable in heels, we salute you. In our office, however, we cannot live without a great pair of flats. If you are going to be standing on your feet for hours on end, consider investing in a silver pair of Tieks Ballet Flats. Yes, they will be more expensive than the strappy silver heels you’ve contemplated purchasing for the last few weeks, but they will be far more comfortable. Also, you are more likely to wear them throughout the year.

Now, let’s talk hair and makeup.

Some of the most gorgeous looks are stunningly simple. Our must have cosmetics for the holiday season include:

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You don’t want to be applying and reapplying fake lashes all night. As the weather gets colder, your eyes are more likely to water. Slowly but surely, the glue that holds your eye’s equivalent of Cinderella’s glass slipper begins to disappear. Don’t depend on all of the stars aligning to keep your lashes from looking like they are trying to escape. Use a mascara you can depend on to elongate your lashes and stay put for your celebration. You can use it for three months and is far less expensive than investing in extensions.
Naked Lunch eyeshadow by MAC
While everyone else is dusting their eyes with white eyeshadow, give this slightly pink shade a try. It works with the natural hues in your skin (whether you are pale like many of the people in our office or you have a darker complexion) to give your eyes and your overall face a warm and healthy glow. Pair it with a grey or brown shade on the outer edges of your eye and your favorite liquid eyeliner for the ever popular smokey eye.

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Cheap foundation from the drug store isn’t going to give your skin that lovely holiday glow you desire for all of your Instagram photos. We love this tinted moisturizer from Aveda because it spoils our skin during the cold winter months and it gives our face a sheer, fair tone with a dewy finish. Add just a touch of your favorite bronze or blush to complete the look.

CHI Shine Infusion Spray
If you make one purchase for your hair this year, make it CHI’s Shine Infusion spray. It is the one universal item that should be in every girl’s bathroom. Whether you wear your hair straight or curly, the most important part is that it shines when the light hits it just right. It works great on every hair color and it’s relatively inexpensive.

Most importantly, the more simple you can keep your holiday look, the less stress you will encounter preparing for the event and touching up your outfit, hair, and makeup throughout the night. The holidays are about enjoying yourself and spending time with the people you love, not looking “perfect.” Let the light within you be the brightest thing that shines through, and you are guaranteed to make a great impression every time.

Embracing Your Curls

bellawebCurly hair is beautiful but can be hard to appreciate when it is a mystery to take care of. As a child, my mother and I unsuccessfully struggled to tame my ringlets, which left me wearing my hair in a defeated ponytail or bun.

At 12, I was given the greatest gift known to all curly girls: A flat iron. I cringe remembering the hissing steam of my scalding wet-to-dry straightener as it went over my wet hair. I cringe even more when I think about how I never owned heat protectant.

By the time I was 15 my hair was destroyed. It’s been four years, but I’ve finally regained my curls. Here are some helpful things I’ve learned along the way:

  • Refrain from using heat products as much as possible. Using them from time to time is okay, but heat damage is detrimental to curls.
  • Cut out products containing harsh chemicals. Many gels and shampoos contain sulfates, silicones or parabens that strip hair of natural oils needed for curls. CurlMart is a great website for finding and purchasing products that are healthier. It also has reviews!
  • Reduce frizz as much as possible. There will always be some degree of frizz, but doing things like sleeping on a satin pillowcase and using t-shirts or microfiber towels to gently scrunch water out of hair is easier on hair.
  • Don’t over wash. Curly hair is drier than most types of hair and doesn’t need to be washed everyday. Every other day is a better alternative. To reactivate the products already in your hair, just add water. Keeping a spray bottle filled with a mixture of water and conditioner is a good idea.
  • NEVER brush dry hair. Brushing hair breaks up curls. It’s best to do all detangling in the shower or when the hair is still wet. Wide tooth combs are the most gentle. I personally use the Tangle Teezer.
  • Do research. All hair is different, so what works for one person’s hair is not guaranteed to work on someone else. NaturallyCurly.com is a great website for researching hair types. They have a Texture Typing method that “will let you create a hair profile to identify the unique properties and needs of your hair.” It’s easy to use and very helpful.
  • Have patience. If hair has been through years of abuse, it’s not going to bounce back to normal in a few days, or sometimes even a few months. It’s a process that takes time and effort, but looking back I found that learning to appreciate and bring out natural beauty is worth it.

 

Written By Danielle Raymond

WIN a CHI Gift Box from Scott Kitts!

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Scott Kitts Salon – hairdresser to the stars of the Star City! – is offering today’s prize!! CHI is a professional line of hair care and styling products and we have an amazing gift box for one lucky winner!!

It includes a CHI blowdryer, flat iron, tote, and several CHI styling products (valued at $238)! Ladies, this is a phenomenal prize that will help you achieve holiday perfect hair all month long!

Everyone needs perfect hair for the holidays. Call Scott Kitts Salon today and make your appointment while you still can! The salon is located on Brandon Avenue in Roanoke, and you can reach them at 540-904-7528.

Visit our Facebook page for details on how to win! Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the December issue for more information on all of the fantastic prizes you can win this month!

 

Hair’s The Thing

 The Never-Ending Pursuit of “Perfect” Hair

“When standing among many people, I’m hardly difficult to spot. I have a wild head of curly hair with a mind all its own.”

I wrote those words 33 years ago. They formed the first sentence of my college application essay, but still describe me perfectly today. The difference is -I’ve since made peace with the way I look.

I didn’t get the “good” curly hair. You know, like actresses Andie MacDowell and Keri Russell. Their beautiful tresses grow shinning and cylindrical down their backs. My type of curly hair, on the other hand, shrinks up to half its length while drying, reminiscent of 1970’s male rockers. Bette Midler’s does too, which she admitted in a film to her straight-haired costar, “at least you have hair with weight.”

Since I also have hair without weight, I have opted for hair with height. For the last ten or 15 years, I have worn my curly hair in a ponytail on top of my head, with tendrils hanging down around the sides and front. My husband calls it the ‘Rare Tropical Shrub Look.’ He can always find me in a crowded room. Recently watching a televised gymnastics meet, I noticed the girls competing from of the University of Auburn and Florida State also wear their hair, straight or curly, this way.

Perhaps that should have tipped me off. At the age of 51, I know I am too old for this hairstyle.  I was probably too old at 40.  But the curls hanging down frame my face, and my delicate features aren’t overwhelmed by a hair explosion.

Being blessed with naturally curly hair is challenging and time consuming for me, perplexing to others. Millionaire Matchmaker Patty Stanger claims men hate curly hair and forces her female candidates to have their hair straightened before they can attend her Choose Me mixers. “Men want something they can run their fingers through,” she says.

bethherman1Despite the challenges, curly hair is a big part of my identity, which is perhaps why Stanger’s comments hurt. When I tell people that I am an artist, they often say, “you look like an artist.” I’m guessing this is because of my hair. 

There are many women with curly hair who choose to wear it straight, including my friend CB. Her hair is silken and shiny, reaching down to the small of her back. If my hair behaved like that, perhaps I would wear it straight more often. But my hair has no weight. When straightened, it quietly curls up at the ends, hour by hour, until I end up like the model for the 1970’s hair spray advertisement: Self Styling Adorn

Curly hair is messy and naughty. Washing my hair, coating it with product and getting a comb through it takes time. (I am amused when women ask me if I simply get out of the shower and shake my head.)

On the other hand, it doesn’t need to be washed every day. My roots do not show as readily as they would if I had straight hair.  It can also predict the weather. Having curly hair is unique and fun- a little wacky even.

It’s taken me a long time but I now embrace my hair.  And despite Stanger’s theory, I had no trouble finding the love of my life.  Like blue eyes or a bubbly personality, curly hair is an important part of who I am.

Beth Herman is an artist, painter and essayist based in Charlottesville. She enjoys running with her husband every morning, home renovations, and oil painting. Visit her website www.bearpainter.com to view her artwork. You can also find stories from Beth in each issue of Bella Magazine. Go pick up your copy today!