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March 11, 2014


Our favorite ponytails from New York Fashion Week.



Ponytails used to be the go-to hairstyle for the gym or when you’re on that third-day of stretching out a blowout, but now thanks to the Kate Spade and Band of Outsiders runway shows at Fall/Winter 2014 New York Fashion Week, the ponytail can be a legitimately chic hairstyle for work or even evening—a godsend for when you don’t have the time or energy to wrestle with a your blowdryer. Here are the best ponytails we spotted backstage.



At the Band of Outsiders fashion show, we swooned over this edgy and messy low ponytail that is so easy to do. Lead hairstylist Didier Malige for Rene Furterer called it “glamorous but rebellious.” Didier spilled his five easy steps so we can create the look at home.


1. Starting with clean, damp hair, make a deep side part, then mist sections of hair, focusing on the roots, with Rene Furterer Volumea Volumizing Conditioning Spray, $26.

2. Blowdry hair while tousling with fingers to create volume and texture. (If you have a diffuser attachment, that’ll help prevent frizz.). As you’re blowdrying, spritz a little Rene Furterer Naturia Dry Shampoo, $24, as you go, working it through the hair with your fingers. The dry shampoo gives your hair a natural wave and enhances the texture.
3. Tease your hair if you’d like a little bit more volume and height at the crown, but skip if you want a sleeker effect. Then finish off with Rene Furterer Vegetal Finishing Spray, $27, for movement and natural finish.
4. Gather hair in the back to create a low-pony, wrapping it with a thin ponytail holder like Goody’s Black Elastics,$4.
5. Lastly, leave one ear slightly covered an use your your fingers to loosen a few pieces around your face for a messy and roughed-up look.



Want a more polished and sophisticated ponytail? We loved this sleek   style from the Kate Spade fashion show, created by lead hairstylist Tommy Buckett for Garnier. It is a great hairstyle for those super busy days when you need a chic look that’ll stay put. Tommy gave us the low-down on how to re-create the look.

1. Apply Garnier Fructis Marvelous Oil 5-Action Hair Elixir, $6, to damp hair, then use a large round brush to create a super sleek and shiny blowout.
2.  Next, spritz hair with Garnier Fructis Style Power Hairspray Disorder, $6, (which is actually a men’s hairspray!) to give you hair added grip and ensure it’ll stay in place.
3. Now brush hair back into a high ponytail, with the base at the crown of your head. Tommy’s key tip:  Lean your chin downward as you fasten the elastic around the ponytail to ensure the bottom of it stays sleek and smooth. Tommy actually used a piece of leather to match leather accent pieces of Kate Spade’s collection. Give it another shot of hairspray, then you’re good to go.

January 23, 2014

Great Tips from my friends at Pretty Impressed…

To keep you skin soft and smooth, layer on your moisturizers.



Hello Polar Vortex! One thing that helps me feel as warm and comfortable as possible: soft, smooth skin. There’s no medical backup that I’m aware of that actually proves that softer skin keeps your body warmer than dry, itchy skin, but it’s all about feeling snuggly and comfortable under layers and layers and layers of clothes.

Here’s a beauty tip on how to get soft smooth skin that I picked up from a top Manhattan dermatologist years ago and still practice religiously: Just how getting dressed for a cold blustery day requires several layers of clothes, like a turtleneck under a sweater, your skin also needs a few layers of moisturizers to prevent dehydration, redness and itchiness. And always apply your moisturizers as soon as you’re done showering because it only takes 3 minutes for all of that soothing water to evaporate from your skin.

So, here’s my routine, specifically: After I shower, while I’m still standing in the tub, I use my hands to whisk water off my skin, then I massage a light but ultra moisturizing body oil all over. Then, I pat dry with a towel (no rubbing, which would remove the oil), then I slather on a heavier body lotion. This top layer helps seal in the body oil and gives your skin a second dose of moisture.  Repeat this routine after every shower, and your skin will feel just as soft as your favorite cashmere sweater.

This trick really works great with just about any combination of moisturizers, just be sure to apply the lighter one first, then the heavier one. I have a slew of favorite body lotions, but recently I’ve been loving this combo: Burt’s Bees Body and Bath Oil,$8, followed up with LAVANILA The Healthy Body Butter, $19. It’s a great duo!

November 14, 2013





By (my friends at Pretty Impressed) 

Like the perfect pair of skinny jeans and a go-anywhere blazer, a flattering everyday, anywhere nude lipstick should be a staple in everyone’s makeup wardrobe. When we sat down with makeup guru Sonia Kashuk for her supermom post, she was honest—and hilarious!—when she talked about why she’s a nude  lipstick devotee. “When I have to attend a business meeting or an event, I always think, I love red lips! But in reality, my lips are totally cockeyed. People have told me to get injections to fix it, but I’m not into that. That’s my imperfection. It is what it is. So that’s why I tend to go for more of a nude lip,” she said.

Whether you want to downplay you lip shape, love natural-looking makeup, or need a neutral counterpart to a bold eye effect, a nude lip look is something you shouldn’t have to think more than two seconds about. But, the truth is, if you’re not a ridiculously talented makeup artist like Sonia, it’s tough to find a flattering nude shade. Often times they can make you look like a corpse. Not helpful! So here are Sonia’s top three tips on how to pick the perfect nude lipstick.

1. Avoid nude lipsticks that look too grey. Many nude lipsticks have grey, pasty undertones. Grey toned nudes can actually become a dull purple on your lips, making you look pretty much more dead tired than you already are.

2. Instead, choose a nude with a brown base and a hint of pink or peach. A brown base prevents that dreaded washed-out look. And more look-alive undertones are way more flattering.

3. Punch it up with a liner. Applying nude liner under a nude lipstick can help punch it up a bit, and also improve staying power. Play with different shades or pink or brown and experiment with adjusting the intensity until you nail the perfect look.

Having used a multitude of different nude lipsticks in her lustrous makeup career, Sonia’s created her own perfect nude: Sonia Kashuk Satin Luxe Lipstick in Pinky Beige, $9.99. We also asked some of our other favorite lipstick brands to share their best selling nudes. COVERGIRL Lip Perfection in Kiss, $7.49, is a fan favorite and we also love how hydrating it is. Lancôme L’Absolue Rouge in Rich Cashmere, $30, is the perfect peach nude. Lipstick Queen’s best selling Chinatown lipstick in Cameo, $22, is a hit and also super easy to use when you’re on the go.

Do you have a favorite nude lipstick? Please share!

December 10, 2012


What’s on my Christmas list this year? Adore this fab mock-croc peplum jacket from The Pretty Dress Company. Works ingeniously to dress up jeans or to add a deliciously curvy silhouette to a simple LBD.
October 20, 2011

Jacqui Approved: @PHYTOHairCare @NY1headlines

I think I found Snooki’s secret to her ridiculously-high, infamous POOF. Get VA VA VOOM-VOLUME with Phytovolume Actif Maximizing Volume Spray, trust me. Want to see more of the best hair products?  Be sure to watch me on NY1 this Friday.

October 5, 2011

Trend To Try: Matching Makeup with your Mini’s

Let your colorful & shimmery eyeshadow palette inspire your next ensemble.

Look from Shopstyle.