3 easy steps to Amp Up Your Style & win with TRESemmé for the VMAs

I just used these 3 products from TRESemmé to attempt to get some va-va-voom volume into my fine hair and, y’all, it worked. And all in under 15 minutes. Here’s how.

I was so excited about the level of volume I achieved, I cut off the last few words of the video which were, “And this my friends…is what happens.” Cue Olivia Newton-John’s “Magic” right now, folks.

Speaking of music, I’m no rockstar…at least not outside of my shower but TRESemmé sure can make me feel like one. Oh, you know that TRESemmé. She’s always got totally delightful, doable DIY hair tutorials and giveaways for all. And when the VMAs roll around, her spirit of sharing only doubles with rocking out the tutorials for all of us.

TRESemmé invites you to amp up your VMA style with one of her five looks that are red carpet-ready. Check out THESE 5 tutorials on how to achieve a pumped up pony, a super sleek look, rock ‘n roll waves, full blown volume and shine like a star. Watch the videos for a coupon for $1.75 off TRESemmé at Walmart.

Get $1.75 off TRESemmé products!

While watching the 2014 VMAs on August 24th post your VMA style and show how you amp up your style using the hashtag #ampupyourstyle for your chance to win TRESemmé samples.

Once you have your look, enter to win a chance to attend the 2015 VMAs for you and a friend! Enter by clicking here:
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Rock it out.



BF Asks: Which look are you gonna try? My full blown volume, a pumped up pony, a super sleek look, rock ‘n roll waves or shine like a star?

*This is a sponsored post by Lunchbox Media. While products or compensation were provided, the words and opinions are all my own.

Valentine’s Day: Home is where the heart is!

Happy, happy Valentine’s day, beauties! Sending a virtual hug your way…right…now.

Here are some fun ideas to celebrate Valentine’s Day in a BEAUTYful way!
Whether it’s creating a signature Valentine hairstyle at home or whipping up some homemade lip balms for you and your girlfriends, the key to this Valentine’s is home is where the heart is!




Cozy Friedman’s Heart Braid is her signature Valentine’s Day style, featured in Cozy’s Complete Guide to Girls’ Hair. If you have the French Braid down packed then this style will be an easy feat!


What You’ll Need: Wide-tooth comb, fine-tooth comb, decorative hair clip, ponytail holders



Step 1: Starting with damp hair (either towel-dried or misted), use a wide-tooth comb to detangle the hair.  Then, using a fine-tooth comb, part the hair down the middle of the head.  Clip one side up right above the ear.


Step 2: On the other side of the part, use the fine comb to gather a thin section of hair from the crown.  This section should measure about 2 inches from the hairline to the top of the head.


Step 3: Divide this section into three, and begin a French braid starting at the crown and curving toward the temple, then toward the back of the head, like the top lobe of a heart.  You will be lifting hair into the braid only from this side of the part.  Leave no loose hair in front of the ears.


Step 4: When you reach the center part at the back of the head, secure the braid with a ponytail holder.  If the hair is very long, end the braid about mid-ear; the ends will hang down the back.


Step 5: Unclip the hair on the other side of the part and repeat the process.  Secure with a ponytail holder.


Step 6: Join the ends of the braids together in the



To pucker up for this special day, bond over these beauty recipes from author of Bonding Over Beauty, Erika Katz. These easy recipes can be stored in an adorable heart case or a small jar.



To keep lips soft and silky, this fruity lip balm exfoliates dead skin and softens at the same time.




Clarify the vegetable shortening by heating it in the microwave for 15 seconds. Stir in the drink mix. Pour the mixture into a lip gloss jar. Let the mixture harden for 10 minutes and your lip gloss is ready! You can decorate the jars with fun stickers and sparkles! Lasts up to six months unrefrigerated.



This lip balm contains shea butter, beeswax, and coconut oil, which are all excellent natural emollients. You can get creative and add other flavors like peppermint oil, tangerine oil, or raspberry oil.


  • 1 tablespoon shea butter
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons grated beeswax
  • 1 tablespoon vitamin E oil
  • 15 chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract



Put all the ingredients into a double boiler on the stove or in a microwavable container.

Warm the mixture until it melts. Stir until smooth. Pour the mixture into a lip gloss container

and refrigerate until it hardens. Lasts up to 3 months at room temperature.



BF Asks: How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day today? 

Tress Tuesday: Keri Russell’s Classic Cascading Locks

Once upon a time in a world we know well, a beloved actress playing a beloved character named Felicity decided to chop off her long locks.

The public opinion was strong and very divided. Some blamed the demise of the show of this single haircut. The cut became a lesson to all young Hollywood starlets from their agents about not cutting your hair without first consulting your team.

Fast forward 13 years and Keri Russell, formerly known as Felicity, is wowing us again not only with her acting but with her hair.

For the New York premiere of Keri’s new show, “The Americans”, hairstylist Brian Magallones created Keri Russell’s modern, side-parted take on a classic 50′s look.

Keri walked the red carpet wearing pair of leather pants and suede top by Alexander McQueen.  “I wanted her hair to look glamorous and appropriate for the red carpet, yet still modern and edgy to complement what she was wearing,” said Magallones.

You too can achieve this lovely, ladylike look at home in just four simple steps:

Step 1: Start by taking 2 inch sections of hair and curling them with a curling iron and pinning them up in pin curls.  As you are curling, spray each section with Aveda Volumizing Tonic (SRP $9.50) to add volume and hold. Use a 1 inch curling iron around the face for a more defined wave and a large 1 ¾ inch iron for the rest of the head.


Step 2: Once the pin curls are cool and set, remove each pin curl and flat iron the ends. The straight ends are what give this look that modern edge.


Step 3: Next, create a deep side part for drama, and brush the hair to relax the curl and shape the wave around the face.


Step 4:  To finish the look, run some Aveda Brilliant Emollient Finishing Gloss (SRP $27) through to add shine, and add a light mist of Aveda Control Force Hair Spray(SRP $26) to hold it in place.



BF Asks: Are you watching The Americans on FX? 

Tress Tuesday: the fabulous Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine at LACMA

I am loving this look that the fabulous Florence Welch (of Florence + the Machine) rocked on the stage and the red carpet at the LACMA 2012 Art + Film Gala!

It’s sophisticated yet whimsical and sweet and reminds me of a modern day princess!

The fabulous Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine


Donned in a cobalt blue Gucci gown with plunging neckline, Florence and her hair stylist Nikki Providence opted for a look with a boho-chic vibe.

Just in time for all of this month’s holiday fetes, you can learn how to rock this nostalgic & whimsical ‘do, yourself.

Here is celeb stylist, Nikki’s, step-by-step guide to achieving this look!

1) Begin with clean, damp hair.

2) Spray the Davines Defining Texturizer at the roots and the MELU Shield on the length of the hair. The Texturizer provides hold and volume, while the MELU Shield protects the hair from damage caused by styling tools.

3) Blow dry the hair using a round brush.

4) Apply a couple of pups of the Davines OI/OIL on the ends of the hair. This will condition the hair and protect it while in braids and add shine without heavy greasiness. Plus, it leaves the hair smelling incredible!

5) Divide the hair into two sections and braid each side, beginning just above the ear.

6) Wrap each braid across the top of the head and secure with pins.


For added glam, you can incorporate a couple of necklaces and pin them into the hair, as Florence did.





BF Asks: If you try this yourself, be sure to post a pic of your ‘do on our Facebook wall at: www.Facebook.com/BeautyFrosting!