Get the Look: Gwen Stefani at the 2015 Grammy’s

Photo cred: Jason Merritt, Getty Images

Photo cred: Jason Merritt, Getty Images

 

By far my favorite look of the 57th Annual Grammy Awards was the ageless Gwen Stefani. She killed it on the red carpet in her Atelier Versace jumpsuit and flawless hair and makeup. She skipped her go-to red lips and opted for nude shimmer, the perfect accessory to her fierce up-do created by Pantene Global Ambassador and Celebrity Stylist, Danilo.

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Here is how Danilo created Gwen’s red carpet look:

1. Prep hair with a leave-in conditioner like Pantene Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal Moisture Mist Detangler
2. Part hair into 4 sections (sides and top) and lightly mist hair with a volumizer all-over like Pantene Pro-V Full & Strong PowerFULL Booster Spray; then blow-dry each section
3. Curl hair in sections with a medium iron, pin to set, and allow to cool
4. Unpin the hair and brush the hair smooth
5. Apply a leave in crème like Pantene Pro-V Stylers All-In-One Styling Balm through the length of the hair for added texture
6. Brush back the hair to give fullness around the face, keeping the top of the hair loose
7. Gather brushed sections together, begin to twist and fold hair into a loose bun, keeping the sides tighter and finally pin to arrange
8. Lightly mist a shine spray like Pantene Advanced+ Keratin Repair KERAGLOSS Oil Mist on the hair to add shine

 

Get the Look: Kim Kardashian at the 2015 Grammy’s

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I’m not always a fan of Kim Kardashian‘s look (specifically since she started dabbling in injectables) but her hair and makeup at last night’s 57th Annual Grammy Awards was spot-on.

I’m really digging her new, shorter hairstyle. It’s fresh and unfussy and a nice change from her signature long hair look.

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Celebrity hairstylist Michael Silva styled Kim’s hair last night and here is how he created her Grammy look:

“I began by applying Shu Uemura Ample Angora Volumizing Mousse layered with Bumble and bumble Surf Spray.  On the ends I used Kerastase Touché Finale Serum.  I rough dried the hair then set it in an S wave.  I used a little flat iron and finished with the Kardashian Pure Glitz Hairspray.”

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Her flawless gilded makeup was inspired by her vintage Gaultier gown, says celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic. Here’s how he created her glowing skin and shimmery eyes:

“I used three Anastasia Beverly Hills Single Eyeshadows. Soft gold all over as a base and more on the inner corners, Emerald along the crease and outer corners, and Moss swept along the lower lash line together with the soft gold shade.

For lashes, I used Kardashian Beauty Individual Lashes (a few just on the outer corners) followed by L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black.

I used NARS Blush in Orgasm on the cheeks and Eye M Glam Highlighter on the cheek bones and bridge of the nose to highlight.

On the lips we went for a classic Kim K. nude which she loves. I used Tom Ford Ultra Shine Lip Gloss in Naked.

For the body I used Supermodel Body by Charlotte Tilbury.”

To finish her look, Kim kept her nails neutral and wore a simple gold ankle strap sandal. Stay tuned for my other favorite looks from last night’s Grammy Awards.

6 Tips for Fresher Workout Clothes

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I’ve been trying to perfect my workout wear washing game for years. Since I spend a small fortune on moisture wicking, wind blocking, reflective performance gear that looks adorable, I feel it’s my JOB to keep it looking and smelling fresh.

This simple task, however, is not as easy as it sounds.

My running friends and I sometimes grab a coffee or breakfast after our morning workout. (Choosing the Starbucks parking lot as our meeting place makes this extra convenient.)  Lately, as we sip coffee and chat post-workout I’ve noticed my sweaty workout wear smells ridiculous amounts of not-so-fresh.

Before my funky gear starts to ruin my running crew’s morale, or worse, throw off the Starbucks barista on duty, I immediately reassessed my washing situation and put Operation Get the Stink Out into effect.

Here are six tips to keeping your workout wear smelling fresh:

1. RINSE Immediately

Much like it helps to rinse chlorine and salt water out of your swimsuit as soon as possible, sweat and grime should be rinsed out of your workout wear immediately. After a particularly hard workout or humid day, I’ll just wear my clothes right in the shower to rinse them off.

2. NEVER Throw in the hamper.

Don’t leave damp workout wear in a heap, the perfect environment for bacteria to grow. Instead, drape them over a towel bar or hang them up in the laundry room until you’re ready to wash them.

3. WASH Twice

Wash your workout wear separate from your other clothes and run them through the washer twice. The first time you run them through, don’t use any soap, just water and a half cup of white vinegar. This allows the moisture wicking performance fabrics to rinse thoroughly. The vinegar kills bacteria and helps to break down and neutralize odors. For extra tough stink, let the clothes soak in this cycle for about 30 minutes.

The second wash, add just half of your normal detergent or sport wash (I like to use Penguin Sport Wash) and wash on the hottest setting available.

NOTE: It’s very important not to overfill your machine. The soiled clothes need plenty of room to move around, so keep your loads small to medium sized.

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4. AVOID Fabric Softener

The softening agent in fabric softener leaves a coating and will prevent technical fabrics from optimum performance. Using fabric softener means your moisture wicking gear might not wick moisture at all next time. Definitely skip this step.

5. NEVER Dry

Always hang your workout clothes to dry. The repeated hot air from the dryer breaks down fibers reducing the life-span of your expensive gear. If you must dry, use a lower heat setting and avoid dryer sheets.

6. ROTATE your clothes

We all have that lucky shirt or favorite pair of shorts that we like to work out in, but do yourself a favor and don’t wear them for every single workout. Give your favorites a rest and they will hopefully last you, stink-free, for years to come.

Kauai Life: Week in Review

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I didn’t make it to the Carlsbad Marathon as I had planned this month. Life got in the way, and the half marathon wasn’t the priority.

But I did make it to Yoga and went on several runs for a total 23.9 miles for the week.

I saw several amazing sunrises this week but only documented this one, as I don’t usually run with my phone.

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Today I’ve been waiting all day for the 12yr old to wake up, but she keeps teenager hours. I snapped this pic at 2:44 pm. And when I say PM, I mean IN THE AFTERNOON.

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This is the last week of the month, which is bananas. February will be here before we know it.

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Here’s a Kauai sunset for you. Have a great week!

AVEDA Stress-Fix Body Creme

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Bree brought home this Aveda Stress-Fix Body Creme the other day and I seriously can’t get enough of it.

The creamy texture is super thick and moisturizing (it’s kind of greasy so beware if you’re not into that) and the lavender scent smells divine.

I’ve been slathering myself from head to toe before bed and I feel like my entire body has been restored.

This is most definitely my new favorite winter night time moisturizer.

AVEDA Stress-Fix Body Creme is available online at Aveda.com for $50.