Ponytails With Style

Now more than ever, adult women are taking hairstyles that were once reserved for younger girls and making it a style to be reckoned with. If you always thought that ponytails were boring, think again! Celebrities are taking their ponytails and giving them a new flair that works anywhere, from running errands to being the center of attention at the next party.

Ponytails no longer have to be clean cut with every strand of hair in place. Today’s generation of ponytails is funky, fierce and untamed. You can dress them up with barrettes and rhinestones or soften the look with a flower.

When your typical ponytail behind your head at the nape of your neck will no longer do, go for the side ponytail. By throwing your locks to the side, you can create a sassy yet soft look that can flatter any face shape. Nicole Riche is one celeb who always manages to look great with a side ponytail, without looking like a little kid.

To prep, your sexy tresses for the side ponytail, start by spritzing 2-inch sections of your hair with styling spray and wrapping them around a wide-barreled curling iron to create loose waves. Once you’re done curling all your hair, run your fingers through to secure them into your side ponytail a few inches away from the left or right side of your head. To hide the band securing your hair, you can take a thin strand of hair from the bottom and wrap it around the band and fasten into place with a bobby pin.

For a more dramatic look, you can try out the high ponytail that is secured almost at the top of your head. This style is a favorite of Tyra Banks and works especially well if you have bangs. The key is to make the ponytail tight enough to lock in the look but you don’t want to pull it so tight that it makes your face look severe. This is where volume comes into play.

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Get your hair ready for this style by sectioning off your bangs and spraying the rest of your hair with a volumizing spray. Next, take a section of your hair from the top part of the back of your head and gently tease it for added volume. Now brush your hair back and up into your ponytail just above your ears and secure with an elastic band. Use gloss or pomade to smooth down flyaway strands and create a clean and sleek appearance. Wear your bangs how you normally would.

If the dramatic and sleek look doesn’t work for you, give your ponytail a funky makeover by making it look messy. Messy ponytails work for running weekend errands or going out to dinner or a club. The best thing about this type of ponytail is that you can recreate the look without having to wash your hair so it’s quick and easy. To get your locks to appear messy, spray the roots with volumizing spray and blow dry your hair using your fingers in place of a comb or brush. As your hair dries use your fingers to scrunch the hair. Create an off-center part or a middle part, whichever works best for you, and bring all of your hair loosely to the back of your neck. This look works best when the hair band has less tension so the hair hangs loosely near the middle of the back of your head.

Makeup For Your Ski Vacation

Your ski vacation is coming up. Your wardrobe is ready. You’ve checked the snow conditions and memorized the five-day forecast, but have you thought about your makeup? Here are a few quick tips to help you prepare for your week in the snow and to help keep you looking your best on the slopes and off.


The sun is always shining –even if it doesn’t seem like it to us. Even though cloud cover and snow, the sun’s rays are still hitting the earth and your face. In the winter, the earth is actually closer to the sun and if you add in the reflective nature of the snow-covered ski slope, your skin is being hit by more UV rays than on a summer cruise in the Caribbean. So no matter what else you pack, be sure to take along a sunscreen (or at least be sure that your other skincare products carry an SPF of 15 or more).


Between the cold wind that hits your face on each run down the mountain and the continuous evaporation of perspiration of the rest of your body a ski trip can strip your skin of its moisture faster than you may think. Add to that the time spent in front of the fireplace (dry) and those long showers (hot water actually dries out your skin) and you need to be sure you have a good quality moisturizer on hand. Look for products that include vitamin E and amino-peptides to help renew your skin’s outer layer. Also, consider emu oil (or products that contain it) to help your skin absorb the moisture and nutrients you are giving it.


Odds are that you’re going to be wearing ski goggles a lot, so sweatproof eyewear is a great idea. Look for waterproof shadows in light shades for daytime use. Some water-resistant mascara and a thin line of the dark liner should do the trick nicely without looking over-done or being prone to runniness.

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Pack some self-tanning towelettes – they are already moistened with the right amount of self-tanner and they go on easily without streaking. Best of all, they enhance your skin’s natural tone and give you some subtle color among all that white. If you still want some foundation, look for sheer waterproof coverages that will stay put under scarves and goggles and withstand all that spraying powder.

You’re going to have a natural flush from the cold and from the physical exertion of multiple runs down the hill, so blush is out. Try a light rose waterproof cheek stain instead.


Without oil glands to keep them moist, your lips are the first part of your face to feel the effects of winter’s bite. For a day on the slopes, save the lipstick for your fancy dinner out and apply some tinted lip balm instead. Look for fun shades with a high SPF – they’ll protect your delicate lips and look great doing it.


Your hands are going to be covered for most of the day, so a durable gloss may be all you need. Your cuticles will bear the brunt of the damage from the constant perspiration and evaporation taking place inside your gloves, so be sure to be proactive about it and apply some revitalizing cuticle cream before that first run of the day. Look for products with vitamin E, sweet almond oil and beeswax to repair damage and help lock moisture in.