I need a favor! Pretty please? With a cherry on top?

I think it’s safe to say in terms of favors—I don’t really ask for many… but I’m going to ask you for one right now.  And I’m even going to ask you: PRETTY PLEASE?  WITH A CHERRY ON TOP? Imagine me looking up at you right now with my hands clasped together and I’m on my knees.  Pathetic, isn’t it?  I know you want me to stop, and here’s what’s going to make me stop:

After you read this, please go directly to the Clairol Natural Instincts Hair Color Challenge and vote for my friend Paula W. from Oklahoma.  She is now 1 of 5 finalists in their national hair color challenge!  Isn’t that awesome?  If she wins, the Grand Prize is a trip for two to NYC, $1000 spending money, a makeover with a celebrity colorist, and she’ll appear in a Natural Instincts how-to video.

As a part of the beauty blogosphere—you may even already know Paula from her site, Older Girl Beauty. She’s hell of funny and she’s got a heart of gold.  She is one of the nicest people I know and I can often count on her for daily giggles through her Twitter feed.  Paula is always there to perk me up or give me a good pep talk when I need one too.  So let’s help her out, what do you say?

  • Voting starts at 8:00:00 AM ET on 10/7/10 and goes through 11:59:59 PM ET on 10/14/10
  • Go to http://www.clairol.com/naturalinstincts/challenge/contest.jsp and click on the “America Votes” tab
  • Vote for Paula W. from Oklahoma
  • Rules state one vote per email address per day – so, international folks are able to vote daily too

And that’s it, I will stop begging for now.  Let’s pull together as a beauty community and help one of our own win!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart,

Review: Umberto Beverly Hills U Color Italian Demi Color

I am trapped in a vicious hair color cycle!  It’s the nature of the beast that I try out all types of at-home hair color for the site, but I find that I receive the best result with Clairol’s Natural Instincts–it’s just always a drama!  Really, using almost all of them is a drama and I am guaranteed to make a mess.  The notion of just cutting open a packet of hair color and smooshing it into my roots is quite appealing, so enter Umberto Beverly Hills U Color Italian Demi Color

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3 Great Products For Fabulous Glossy Hair

Hair looking kind of blah?  Don’t have a ton ‘o cash laying around to do something different with it?  Add a little shine!  You’d be surprised how much a little gloss can fix dull locks.  Check out these 3 afforable and easy-to-use shine enhancing products that won’t cost a fortune…

L’Oreal Colorist Secrets Shine Gloss —  You know how a top coat makes your manicure look that much nicer?  Think of this crystal clear shine treatment like a top coat for your hair!  Applied similar to hair color, this infuses glossy shine into the hair for natural, color-treated, or highlighted hair.  Follow up weekly with the Shine Gloss conditioner that’s included, and let the compliments begin!

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Review: TouchBack Temporary Hair Color Marker

Despite the fact that scrubbing black hair color out of my shower every 2-3 weeks isn’t one of my favorite past times, I haven’t been able to keep up with my recent root re-touch because my scalp is very upset with me.  It seems it just knows when our shower filter needs to be replaced…apparently sooner than I do!  I had an event to attend over the weekend and I didn’t want to go with my lovely gray roots showing, but I couldn’t color my hair either because my scalp is extremely sore and irritated.  And that was when the hair fairies reminded me (or more like I remembered) that I had the perfect product for the situation just waiting for me to evaluate.  TouchBack is a temporary hair color marker that claims to instantly and effortlessly disguise gray roots until your next shampoo, so it was a perfect time to put it to the test!

Somewhat resembling a big fat Sharpie, TouchBack contains a temporary hair color (available in 8 shades) without any ammonia or peroxide that actually bonds to your hair and will stay put through brushing.  In bona fide hair color emergencies, I’ve used hair mascaras before but they flake and are a serious pain to use!  Being realistic, I knew that if I was going to get away with this little secret of mine over the weekend that I’d have to make a sacrifice on my hairstyle.  So I opted to wear it up and applied TouchBack (in Rich Black) only where my hair parts and to a few spots around my hairline.  And what do you know?  It totally worked and got me by without looking obvious or consuming a lot of time to camouflage my gray.  It washed out easily this morning and now I’m back at square one waiting for my scalp to behave so I can stop this madness once and for all (well–at least for 2 weeks) and properly color my hair.  The TouchBack marker should last for about 40-50 uses and retails for $29.95, it’s something I personally would consider purchasing to keep on hand as part of a beauty first aid kit for use when I can’t carry out the whole drama of coloring my hair.  It was easy, mess-free, and quick.  Now only if we could get hair color brands to make our at-home color re-touches as painless…

An editorial sample was provided by the company and evaluated to determine my opinion of the product in this post.  Please see the Disclosures page for further information regarding my policies for using editorial samples.

Spring Haircuts to Try (Including a Few Daring ‘Dos)

Spring Haircuts to Try (Including a Few Daring ‘Dos)

Get a 2.0 version of your current hairstyle or decide to try a daring cut with this expert advice

With some easy tips from an expert and photos of celebs, see how you can tweak the haircut you have now to bring it up to speed with spring trends, or get ready to take the plunge and try a totally new edgy ‘do.

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Review: Garnier HerbaShine Hair Color

Now that companies are offering a 10 minute solution to covering gray, it’s highly unlikely I will ever go back to suffering for 25-30 minutes unless I’m testing a product.  We will be a slave no longer to our hair color.

Garnier HerbaShine promises “radiant, shiny color” in 10 minutes, to blend and cover up to 70% gray in 18 shades minus the harsh ammonia.  I checked out #200, Soft Black to cover my own lovely shades of gray and found several things that I liked about HerbaShine.

• No foul odor
I cannot tell you how many times my eyes have watered from excessive fumes.  HerbaShine smells pretty fruity for a hair color, I found it to actually be pleasant.

• Less hair damage
Since this is ammonia-free and fortified with avocado oil, shea butter, and bamboo extract, it seems like my hair wasn’t angry with me when I was finished.  It was soft and shiny after rinsing and applying the included conditioner.

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Celebrity Hair Color Hall of Fame: Best Brunettes

Celebrity Hair Color Hall of Fame: Best Brunettes

Considering a color change? Peruse these photos of Megan Fox, Jennifer Lopez and more to inspire your new look

Joel Warren, L’Oreal Professionnel Hair Color Ambassador shares expert advice on how to get these standout brunette shades in the comfort of your own bathroom, for less than 20 bucks.

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Best at-home hair color to achieve celebrity looks!

Steal Celebrities’ Hair Color — With At-Home Products!

You don’t need to go to a pricey salon to get A-list color, we’ll show you an easier (and cheaper!) way

Most celebrities have enviable hair color — not surprising since they can afford to visit the swankiest salons. But we know a little secret: you don’t need to go to a fancy salon to get gorgeous color. In fact, you can give yourself a beautiful dye job at home! All you need is the right product, which we’ll help you find. Check out these celebrity inspirations and see which type of at-home hair color will give you the same effect.

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