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  1. Get The Look: Elizabeth Banks' Hairstyle At 'The Hunger Games' LA Premiere
  2. Finest Hour Week: Hair Removal
  3. Get The Look: Jennifer Lawrence At 'The Hunger Games' LA Premiere
  4. MAC By Request
  5. What's On Norma Kamali's Vanity?
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Get The Look: Elizabeth Banks' Hairstyle At 'The Hunger Games' LA Premiere


Adir Abergel created a Barbarella-inspired bob for Elizabeth Banks' "The Hunger Games" red carpet moment at last night's premiere. The look was a futuristic take on a 1960’s style and I think she nailed it. Here's how to get the look, straight from Adir.

Adir began by applying Fekkai Ironless Straightening Balm from the roots to the ends of wet hair. He then blow-dried the hair with a round brush until it was completely straight. Adir backcombed the top of the hair to add height and then smoothed it back into a sixties half back style. He secured the hair with a few bobby pins. To give the hair a mirror finish, Adir applied Fekkai Advanced Brilliant Glossing Cream to the ends of the hair. He finished the look by spraying Fekkai Sheer Hold Hairspray for an all night hold, with a natural feel.

Fekkai products are available at Fekkai.com and Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue stores.

What do you think of Elizabeth Banks' Barbarella 'do?Yay or nay?

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Finest Hour Week: Hair Removal


Dolls, I'm going to tell you what you already know: It can't be your Finest Hour if it's also your hairiest. Make like Katniss Everdeen at the Capitol pre-Hunger Games and get that ish taken care of. The goal is always to be cute; not hirsute. Here are the products and services I'm loving of late.


Bliss Poetic Waxing Strips 
These are excellent for everything from arms to brows to lip to bikini touch-ups. The last thing you want pre-prom is to deal with a last-minute hair emergency, so keep these easy-to-use strips in your arsenal for smooth, silkiness. $36 for 36 waxing strips at sephora.com.




Laser Hair Removal
I've discussed my experience at Pulse Laser Skincare Center with the talented Jennifer here, but I have to report on my progress, now that I'm three sessions deep and only shaving once every week or two. Seriously. It's a total lifestyle change. Not only do I save on weekly bikini wax sessions, I don't have to deal with that grow-out phase that lasts pretty much all month, save for the week of. I'm considering springing for my underarms, as well. Stay tuned for more posts on my post-laser lifestyle as I get more treatments in the next few months.




Venus & Olay Razor
The newest Venus razor, a hydrating, no-shave-cream-needed iteration made in collaboration with Olay, has been deemed the official razor of the 2012 Sports Illustrated edition. What better way to showcase the shaver's capabilities than the major leg real estate within the pages of every male sports fanatic's favorite issue? The brand partnered with the gorgeous Chrissy Teigen as the product's spokesmodel. She's a past S.I. girl herself, fiancée to sexy singer John Legend, and shaves TWICE A DAY. Can you even? That's gambitious, friends.  The new razor, which launches March 15, has been designed with Venus’ traditional five-blades in addition to Olay moisture bars that combine petrolatum and glycerin to help lock in skin’s moisture and keep your gams glowing. And? It smells like creme brulee. Just TRY to keep your prom date from getting handsy with all that going on.


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Get The Look: Jennifer Lawrence At 'The Hunger Games' LA Premiere


The girl on fire! Is it March 23 yet?

Dove Celebrity Stylist Mark Townsend styled Jennifer Lawrence's hair last night for The Hunger Games premiere in LA. Here's how to get the look.


"I started by applying a large dollop of Dove Style+Care Nourishing Curls Whipped Cream Mousse to Jennifer's damp hair and blow dried with a large round brush.

Next, I took 3-inch sections of hair and sprayed Dove Style+Care Thermal Replenishment Spray on the hair before wrapping it around a 1-inch curling iron. Then, I sprayed Sally Hershberger Genius Spray Wax all over to give her hair second-day texture. I took two Jennifer Behr headbands and braided them into her hair, and then pinned the braid into a bun.

 I always spray Dove Refresh+Care Invigorating Dry Shampoo on my Bobby pins for extra hold. I finished by spraying Dove Style+Care Extra Hold Hairspray all over to keep every hair in place all night."

I think she looks gorgeous.What do you think about Jennifer Lawrence's red carpet hairstyle for The Hunger Games premiere?

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MAC By Request


It's the WORST when one of your favorite makeup shades is limited edition or has been discontinued. Luckily, no one knows this better than M·A·C. They create tons of collections a year, many of them limited edition that bring the beauty convo to the next level. And the brand is listening, because they are going to bring back some of favorite products. But they're requesting our help in finding our fave shades.


Over on the M·A·C Facebook page, vote for your favorite items: 18 popular lipsticks, lipglasses and eye shadows have been selected from past collections; the three shades with the most votes from each category will come back as an online exclusive, limited edition collection called M·A·C BY REQUEST. Voting is open now through March 30th, so be sure to weigh in. You can also tweet your favorite with the hashtag #MACBYREQUEST.

Here, the products in the running. I'm voting for Cult of Cherry, that was one of my all time faves.

Lipstick:
3N as seen in N Collection (January 2008)
Candy Yum Yum as seen in Quite Cute (April 2011)
Eden Rocks as seen in Eden Rocks (May 2001)
Moxie as seen in Retro Matte Lipsticks (September 1999)
Rocker as seen in Time Rocker (Fall 1999)
Shitaki as seen in Cuisine (March 2001)

Lipglass:
2N as seen in N Collection (January 2008)
Bait as seen in Lure (June 2006)
Cult of Cherry as seen in Cult of Cherry (September 2008)
Emancipation as seen in Wonder Woman (February 2011)
Flash of Flesh as seen in M·A·C D’Bohemia (May 2005)
Icescape as seen in Love Lace (December 2009)

Eye Shadow:
Cool Heat as seen in Cool Heat – June 2008
Guacamole as seen in Salsabelle (May 2005)
Heavenly Bliss as seen in Eden Rocks (May 2001)
Jeté as seen in Danse (January 2006)
Moth Brown as seen in Madame B. (March 2005)
Solar White as seen in Cool Heat (June 2008)

Look for the M·A·C BY REQUEST products this August.

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What's On Norma Kamali's Vanity?


Norma and moi! Naturally, I'm
wearing my All-in-One Norma Kamali Tunic.

The What's On Your Vanity Series showcases a single beauty item an industry insider loves because it's effective, but also she feels she must keep out on top of her vanity because the gorgeous packaging must be displayed.


A bottle similar to the one on Norma's vanity. She replicated
 it in an elongated version for her own olive oil line. 

Norma Kamali is a LEGEND. The sultana (yes, that's the female version of sultan--I looked it up) of sweats has long been one of my very favorite designers. Her bathing suits are the stuff of dreams. She can do a shawl collar like no other. And her sleeping bag coats?To die. Do you know that her all-in-one tunic was designed in 1974 and remains just as MAJOR in 2012 as it was then? I literally wear mine once a week and pack it for every trip I go on. It was such a good investment, I'm looking to add a cobalt, red and striped one to my mix, as well.
Kamali Kulture Long Sleeved Side Draped Dress

Yesterday, I stopped by Norma's Wellness Cafe at her midtown flagship store where she interviewed me (that's a first, certainly) and I also got to ask her a few burning questions of my own. I also got a tour of her new Kamali Kulture line, which will soon be sold on amazon.com and zappos.com. It's a collection of insanely flattering wear-to-death pieces, each priced under $100 (and many below even that--you can get a gorgeous suit for $100. It ALMOST makes me wish I worked in finance full-time again. Almost.) Stay tuned for a full Q&A with Norma, but in the meantime, read on and check out what's on her vanity. In Norma's words:

"When I turned 50, I realized I had so much stuff and I gave everything away. Everything. So now, there's absolutely nothing on my vanity except a mirror. [ed. note: I LOVE THAT THE ANSWER TO WHAT'S ON NORMA KAMALI'S VANITY IS NOTHING!] But! In my bathroom, I have something that I keep out. I created a fragrance called Norma Kamali in 1982 or 1983 and it can't be made anymore--all the raw materials are impossible to get again. The fragrance is so spectacular. And I have the last bottle. It's a 750ml bottle that I'm never opening. I want to have evidence of it existing and this is all that's left. It's a nice memory. Currently, I wear Intelligent Nutrients Restore fragrance, myself, because I need to restore all the time."

If you think I didn't look up that Norma Kamali fragrance on eBay the second I got home, you don't know me at all. Alas, there's nothing available at the moment, but I did find a photo of it here.

Thanks to Norma for sharing what's on her vanity! Stay tuned for the full Q&A later this week.

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