How I Went From Brunette to Blonde: An Editor’s Diary

The first few months of 2014 have taught me an important lesson: never say never. Because one day, you’re going to wake up, look in the mirror, and decide you want to transform your dark tresses to blonde. At least I did, which was something I always swore I’d never do.

My infatuation with blonde hair started at the Beyoncé concert last July, and came to full fruition last Thursday at Blanc Salon. But it wasn’t an easy process—it took four months, three dyeing sessions, two salons, and a whole lot of chemicals, but I’m finally at a color I love. Here’s how I got there.

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#AirbrushTanProblems: How To Do it Right and What To Do When it Goes Wrong

As the sunshine is pouring down, the airbrush tan questions are rolling in. I collected the most frequently asked and sent them to my go-to mobile airbrush girl, Jacy Rader of Bronze and Beautiful. Wake up with a halfway bronzed bod? There’s prevention (and a bit of a solution). Can’t figure out how to prep? Rinse and exfoliate. Jacy tackles the world’s spray tan dilemmas ahead.

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Can Coconut Oil Replace Your Beauty Routine? We Give It a Try. (Oil Pulling Included!)

Coconut oil is having a moment in the beauty world. Beauty and fashion sites are sprinkled with stories touting the benefits it’ll bring your skin, hair, and body. Namely, oil pulling, a system of gargling oil for a healthier mouth and teeth. Supposedly, it’s also ideal for moisturizing, shaving, conditioning, and drawing toxins from your body. I’ve been interested in giving coconut oil a try, so, I decided to go drastic. For one week, I exchanged the majority of my beauty regimen with the stuff. I used it as my moisturizer, deep conditioner, shaving cream, lip balm, and even gave oil pulling a try. See what happened.

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Get Glowing Giveaway: Mandarin Lip Crayon, Golden Gloss, Luminous Body Bronzer

Let’s ignore the fact that we’ll still be seeing temperatures in the 40s this week. It’s nearing the end of March and weather or not, let’s agree to move on from winter. Up next on our fair faces: everything from Estée and Aerin Lauder glow-y collections. In particular, I love Estée’s Pure Color Lip Shine crayon in Mandarin, Aerin Lauder’s Lip Goss in a shimmering Golden Kiss, and Estée’s Bronze Goddess Luminous Liquid Bronzer with a sheer, pearly finish. (Perfect for giving pale legs a boost.) I’ve got one of each to give away to one winner.

Enter here to win. We’ll draw next Monday.

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Spring Beauty Giveaway: Becca Matte Lip Color in Eloise

Last week, the founder of Blushington beauty bar handed over a list of her five absolute favorite lip color shades for spring. Stila long-wear glosses in red and pink, a bright pink Kevin Aucoin stick, and a vibrant red from Julie Hewett made the cut. But my pick from her list? Becca’s  lipstick in Eloise, a “ballerina pink.” It’s a matte color with hydrating, wax-free formula in a thin, silver tube. I think it’s a flawless, barely-there pink for everyday wear. We’ve got three to give away.

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Blushington Founder Stephi Maron’s Five Spring Lipstick Picks

Blushington has become one of my favorite local beauty go-to spots. It’s quick, it’s easy, it’s affordable (just $40 for a full face), and you walk away looking much better than when you went in. What’s not to love? The artists are expertly selected and they understand what their clients want so you leave feeling with the face you were hoping for. Blushington founder and CEO Stephi Maron is a genius. She’s also shared with us her five favorite picks for spring lip colors.

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A Q&A with Apothecary Master Jon Bresler of LAFCO

LAFCO New York is making more magic. To complement its famed candle collection, they created a diffuser collection, complete with handblown glass vessels, and unfussy-but-decadent bath soaps in 2012. Two new launches have just arrived. Say hello to your new favorite hand cream and hand soap. True Liquid Soap is made with Italian olive oil for natural anti-bacterial and moisturizing properties ($15) and the Reparative Hand Cream contains cottonseed, olive, and almonds oils for sealing in soft skin and delicious scents ($20 to $32). Now meet the man behind it all. LAFCO ownerJon Bresler indulged us by answering a few quick questions about the line and some of his favorite things.

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Mini Chanel Coco Noir Up for Grabs

CocoNoirNo matter that spring is approaching. A spritz of Chanel anything is never out of season. Coco Noir, with grapefruit, bergamot, rose, jasmine, patchouli, and sandalwood is warm, spicy, and comes in a sleek black case. We’ve got a travel-friendly 1.2-ounce spray bottle ready to be shipped off to a winner this week. It takes just two minutes to enter contest.

Enter here to win.

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What’s in the Hiatus Spa Owner’s Bag?

Anyone who has taken spa advice from me has likely been recommended a trip to Hiatus at Inwood Village. It’s a topnotch facility with some of the best treatments, masseurs, and products. It’s also helmed by a very lovely Sheila Garrison with abnormally radiant skin, luscious hair, and a collection purse accoutrements so inspiring it made me put “shopping at Hiatus’ spa boutique” on my weekend to-do list. She popped by D’s offices yesterday, clad in black–with a very cool leather vest–to share her accessories. With a third location of the spa opening in Plano’s Willowbend Wellness Center in just a few short months, I have no idea how she found the time, but I’m so glad this veteran of the beauty biz could spare some time (and product suggestions).

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Hand Repair Giveaweay: Library of Flowers True Vanilla Perfumed Creme

Everything in the Library of Flowers fragrance collection is delicious. Scented and packaged by Margot Elena, mastermind behind Lollia and TokyoMilk, the line of perfumed hand creams, bath oils, and soaps comes in pretty floral tins, tubes, and glass jars. I swoon over every scent. Moon Shadow with water lily, lotus, and midnight jasmine; Wildflower & Fern with English cucumber, Davana herb, and honeysuckle; the list goes on. But perhaps my favorite is today’s giveaway: True Vanilla with bergamot, dark vanilla, and amber.

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Serious Skin TLC Giveaway: ESPA Optimal Skin ProSerum

Your skin is dry and cranky. Like Violet Crawley. We commiserate. Ours needs a boost, too. But we can’t enter this giveaway for ESPA’s Optimal Skin ProSerum ”super serum.” Apparently, already a hit in the spas in Europe, this elixir is just hitting the States. We can’t tell you the exact magic behind this particular potion, but we can tell you we’ve fallen head over heels with everything else from ESPA at the Joule. It contains “nourishing omega 3, 6 and 9, vitamins A and E and the proactive natural extracts turmeric, white lupin and sunflower” and is said to absorb into the skin quickly, brighten and even skin tone, shape up elasticity, and do some firming. Sounds like the recipe for a spring-fresh face. But you can tell us.

Enter here to win.

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Where to Shop in Dallas this Weekend

The Pin Show: A runway show with an edge, The Pin Show serves as a launching platform for new and independent designers in the fashion industry. Emerging photographers, artists, stylists and retail buyers are welcomed to view more than 120 looks, and meet the designers. In case you weren’t able to catch New York Fashion Week, attend […]

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Links We Love

This video of the streaker at Prabal Gurung’s fashion show.
Harper’s Bazaar’s new fashion emojis.
The absolutely flawless no-makeup, naked face look at Jason Wu, courtesy of Style.com.
Rodarte’s section of Star Wars-themed garments in the fall 2014 ready-to-wear collection on The Cut. Start here.
It’s still cold, so 25 ways to wear a scarf on The Mommy Stylist.

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The Best Valentine’s Day Spa Treatments in Dallas

If you’re looking to snag some brownie points on Valentine’s Day, instead of taking the traditional route of chocolates or flowers, get your loved one something that will soothe their soul (and maybe yours, too). We’ve done research on some of Dallas’ most luxurious spas and found treatments that ensure a little R&R for you and your sweetheart. Whether it’s a couples massage or manicure and pedicure you’re looking for, we’ve provided the ultimate guide for those feeling knotty on Valentine’s Day.

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