Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Lookin' sexy Hutton!More is definitely more at the Hutton Wilkinson presentation to an intimate group of people on his book MORE IS MORE. From his years with visionary Tony Duquette to his ever-fabulous self now, Hutton Wilkinson is truly a man of style, charm and sophistication.For more information on his book More is More or to find out more about Hutton Wilkinson or Tony Duquette designs,


THIS DENMAN D83 PADDLE BRUSH IS A MUST-HAVE!From detangling to basic styling, the Denman D83 is one of my all-time favorites. The soft padding gives great movement through hair, and as we all know Denman is the ultimate classic styling brand.Visit today for styling products and be sure to add the D83 to your collection of styling tools for red carpet hair today.

Protect your Hair from Summertime Damage

Hitting the surf and sand? Protect those gorgeous locks. My friends at make it fun and easy to find your favorite summertime shade - in the form of a hat. Whether you're looking for a wide-brim hat or something a little less visible, you'll find a great collection of hats and "do-wear" to protect your hair from summertime damage.As always, apply a light-weight leave in

The Low Braided Bun - The Easiest Updos Ever - Spring Beauty 2010 - Beauty - InStyle

This look can be achieved in a matter of minutes and is great for almost every occasion.To get the look, gather hair at nape and secure into a low ponytail. Braid hair loosely and wrap into a low bun. For a more unstructured look, release pieces of hair from braid before wrapping.Billy's suggestion: Release more pieces to frame the face.The Low Braided Bun - The Easiest Updos Ever - Spring

The new pixie - with Morena Baccarin

MORENA LOOKS VERY HOT!The original V mini-series first aired in 1983 and was later turned into a regular series. Today, the casting couldn't be more perfect with Morena Baccarin leading our delicious Visitors.To get the look, ask your stylist for soft razor cutting around the neckline as well as the fringe area. Point cutting throughout to release length and weight will give soft, natural fall

The High Bun - The Easiest Updos Ever - Spring Beauty 2010 - Beauty - InStyle

Jon Furniss/WireImage PLEASE DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME!!!Perfect for a summer day and hanging clothes out on the line, but to walk the red carpet or make an appearance, I'd have to say "no go."Hairline looks unkempt, uneven and head-bands take me back to 2nd grade. Jessica you're a hottie - now whip those super-powers around and throw down that mane.The High Bun - The Easiest Updos


DOES IT GET ANY BETTER? Felicity we LOVE you.Perfect color, great dimension, and a chic style. To get felicity's look: Shampoo & condition as normal. Apply styling cream or volumizing serum to hair & distribute using a large paddle brush. Next, using a 2 to 3 inch metal barrel round brush, blowdry hair in 2-3 inch sections and set hair in barrel curls all over. Allow to set for 10-15

News - Britney Spears Is Blonde Again! - Style

LOOKING FIERCE!!!!Color can take a toll on the hair, especially shifting color so frequently. Though she chilled for 3 months as a brunette, Britney looks great in soft blonde tones and a great tan. Billy's tip: If you change your color up frequently, check in with your salon professional about proper tools and products you can use at home to keep your hair in optimal condition. News - Britney

Photos - Which Hair Is Best? - Best Pixie Cut - Ginnifer Goodwin vs. Carey Mulligan -

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EXFOLIATE EXFOLIATE EXFOLIATE!This little product has been my favorite for nearly 15 years. While it's undergone a couple of name and package changes, it's still the same great formula that has taken care of this face and body for a long time.It is a thick consistency so break it down with a little water. I actually use it on my face once a day in the morning, and when I'm shaving I use it to

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Justin Bieber Challenges Zac Efron to a Hair-Off!


OK boys - game's on!

Justin Bieber Challenges Zac Efron to a Hair-Off!

Billy's tip: Be careful of over-directing hair. Try this when you're 30 and the recession lines will look ridiculous. Efron's hair carries a more classic look that works great for most face types. Whether choppy or clean, hair that is styled back and away opens the face and brightens the

News - Jen Aniston Steals Angelina Jolie Look -- Again! - Style

Jen and Angelena look fabulous. They've both been wearing ponytails for years. While I'm not fond of the Salmon colored hefty sack that Jen was wearing, her hair & skin always look radiant and I'm loving the lips. Angelena is definitely rocking spring colors with a soft, natural lip. To get the look for spring: blend foundation over lips to "erase" and apply lighter shades (peaches/corals) of

Hair Extensions - Gone Bad

HAIR EXTENSIONS!!! The perfect remedy for a hangnail! I've never been a fan. While this photo is a good example - of a bad example, hair extensions over time are difficult to work around, they require a lot of chair time, and most people don't know how to care for them. Furthermore, in the midst of that romantic moment and your guy wants to run his fingers through your hair and hits you

Clarisonic Opal

CLARISONIC OPAL. Sonic technology for the eye area (or wherever you'd like to use it). I had the opportunity to help launch and present the Clarisonic Opal for the 2009 Spa and Beauty Expo in Austin, TX. This device is amazing.Created by the inventors of the Clarisonic device and Sonicare Toothbrush, the Clarisonic Opal helps infuse serum into the eye area, stimulate micro-circulation, reduce


FROM THE BOX TO YOUR BATHROOM FLOOR!Nice job! You didn't plan ahead, your hair stylist is out of town, and you get the brilliant idea to try it yourself.What happens? Poor color choice Half the bottle ends up on the floor and sink You ruin your towels You spend $300 for color correction when your stylist returns!Billy's suggestion: DON'T DO IT YOURSELF!!! Your salon professional is

Hot Pics - Fergie on Fire - Fergie -

CONTRAST CONTRAST CONTRAST!One of the best ways to make a statement is to add contrast (hair color, make-up or wardrobe). Contrast simply means opposite. If you have darker skin tones, use lighter colors to achieve contrast. If you have lighter skin, use darker colors for contrast.This deep chocolate hair color is much more flattering on Fergie and gives amazing polish and shine! Hair looks

Celebrity Pics - Under Her Umbrella - Carrie Underwood -

Carrie Underwood looking hot and sassy.Get the look with all over highlights and a silky smooth blow out with your salon professional.Billy's Suggestion: Break up color with soft low-lights so it doesn't look flat and one-dimensional. If you do want to be this blonde, add cheek color for contour and definition so face doesn't disappear in the hair.Hot Pics - Under Her Umbrella - Carrie

Spring Make-up Trend 2010

So I'm strolling through Nordstrom last night after dinner asking the make-up teams what's the HOTTEST tip for spring. Just one thing - skincare, sunscreens, lips, eyes - ANYTHING. NOTHING! No one knew a thing!However, let me bring it to you right from the source. 2 HOT tickets this spring:SOFT NEUTRAL LIPS (corals, peaches, whether glossy or matte)BOLD EYES - not dramatic (contrasting

Monday, March 29, 2010

Jennifer Love Hewitt Chops Off Her Hair - Style

CHOP THE MOP!Wanna really kick him in the pants? Give the do a new look. Especially, hack away a good 10 inches (your hair I mean). Jennifer you rocked Audrey Hepburn and you're still rockin!Billy's Suggestion: A side swept bang with this cut will create a softer more flattering look to the forehead and eye area, and create more balance with prominent features. News - Newly Single

News - Kate Gosselin Puts Her Extensions Back In - Style

FROM HELMET HEAD TO ROCK-STAR LOOKS, KATE'S FINALLY GETTING THE PICTURE!Whether or not she can dance remains to be seen. But the transition from helmet head to soft sexy beach hair has us all having an AHA moment. Kate you look great. "YOU'VE COME A LONG WAY BABY!" To get Kate's look, use a large barrel curling iron and take 2-3 inch sections. Direct hair back and away from the face

Nigeria Films and the Image of Nigeria

For many years, the image of Nigeria has been a soiled one. The people are misunderstood, and the image stands firm. The image has been built throughout the years, and culture and history has combined as powerful forces to form the image of Nigeria. The rest of the world thinks of this country as poor, illiterate, and slow in advancement. 

This is unfortunate because this image is mainly formed by stereotypical perceptions of the population in the country. In other words, it�s due to a lack of understanding for the people residing in Nigeria. People outside of this country do not truly understand the culture, and this leads to misconceptions. The people of this country understand that it�s going to take a lot of time and resources to help reshape the image that has taken root throughout the years. For this reason, they turn to popular culture � educating through movies and films.
Films are one of the fastest way to communicate important messages across the globe. Because they are created to entertain, they often attract huge crowds. A well made, award winning film can attract a lot of attention from the media. They are showcased in film festivals, and people from other nations can exchange ideas and appreciate the works of others. Through this manner, perceptions of each and every culture starts to change. From the films, there is an exchange of information � information about one culture with another. 

Such information is conveyed through films in two different manners � the graphic images, and the music. Music, as everyone knows, is universal. By listening to the sounds in the films, the audience gets a good understanding of the feelings of the characters within the film. Thus, in a non-verbal manner, they are able to understand the emotions of the people belonging to a certain culture. 

Graphic images are more straight forward. They convey messages of what is appropriate and what is inappropriate. Nigerian films are starting to portray the lives of the young living in their country. Such films provide insight as to what is happening within the country. The cities are starting to flourish, and many of the young and able are moving into the cities for a higher quality of life. The lives of these young people provide rich content for the films. 

The movies show that Nigeria is no longer a country that is lacking behind, and slow in advancing. Due to the evolution of technology, the young has become more and more tech savvy. Harnessing the power of technology, many has been able to make progress in leaps and bounds with their careers. It is a sure sign that the country is thriving.
The active movie industry is another indication that the country is doing well. More and more talented artists are coming forward to become directors, actors and actresses. Armed with great story lines, they have been known to shoot high quality movies even with a limited budget. It just shows how resourceful and creative the young citizens of Nigeria can be. The future looks brighter than ever. 

Adetola Banbe is the owner of a site that deals in Nigeria Movies and Nigeria Films website.

Yoruba Movies - The Growing popularity of West African Yoruba Movies

The Rise of West African Movies and Popularity 

What makes African movies and especially Yoruba Movies as well as Nollywood movies so popular is the story. Nigerian Yoruba Movies are very popular outside of Africa in countries in Western Europe as well as the US and the Caribbean. African movies are now making headlines and moves beyond its origin continent and are growing in popularity daily.
Nollywood is currently just behind Hollywood and Bollywood as the biggest movie distributors in the world. African movies are gaining attention worldwide with films from Western African countries such as Ghana and Nigeria being sold alongside Hollywood�s finest productions. Anyone who does not appreciate these movies if missing out on great African movie culture.

In African it is in the daytime that Yoruba Movies are at their most popular as they are preferred by a more female audience. They are now earning International attention despite the majority of these movies taking and comedic theme and their somewhat low production in comparison with movies you may find in Hollywood. Most of Africa�s movies are formed in Nigeria and Yoruba Movies are amongst the most popular. Not only did they spread beyond Western African the Africa as a whole but they have spread worldwide. Nigeria, Togo and Ghana lead the charge in the popularity of African movies. In one of only a handful of cinemas in Nigeria, a cinema in Lagos screen Yoruba Movies alongside Hollywood blockbusters.

Fox Series 24 Officially Cancelled

FOX has just announced that 24 is officially canceled and that this current season will be its final season. The season finale will air as a special two hour episode on Monday, May 24 2010 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).


In a joint decision made by 24's star and executive producer Kiefer Sutherland, executive producer and showrunner Howard Gordon, Twentieth Century Fox Television, Imagine Entertainment and Fox Broadcasting Company, it was determined that the acclaimed series will end its remarkable eight-season run. Jack Bauer's last day on FOX will conclude when the final two hours of "Day Eight" air Monday, May 24 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). As the countdown to the series' climactic conclusion races on, the final 11 hours will air uninterrupted Mondays (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Multiple award-winning series star Kiefer Sutherland reflected on the show's run: "This has been the role of a lifetime, and I will never be able to fully express my appreciation to everyone who made it possible. While the end of the series is bittersweet, we always wanted 24 to finish on a high note, so the decision to make the eighth season our last was one we all agreed upon. This feels like the culmination of all our efforts from the writers to the actors to our fantastic crew and everyone at Fox. Looking ahead to the future, Howard Gordon and I are excited about the opportunity to create the feature film version of 24. But when all is said and done, it is the loyal worldwide fan base that made it possible for me to have the experience of playing the role of Jack Bauer, and for that I am eternally grateful."
Executive producer and showrunner Howard Gordon said, "Kiefer and I have loved every minute of making 24, but we all believe that now is the right time to call it a day. I echo his sentiments of gratitude toward the show's amazing creative team, as well as the studio and network who have always believed in us and shown us unbelievable support."
"24 is so much more than just a TV show - it has redefined the drama genre and created one of the most admired action icons in television history," said Peter Rice, Chairman, Entertainment, Fox Networks Group. Kevin Reilly, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company added, "We are extremely proud of this groundbreaking series and will be forever thankful to Kiefer, the producers, the cast and crew for everything they've put into 24 over the years. It's truly been an amazing and unforgettable eight days."
"We are so grateful to Kiefer and Howard who have really poured their hearts and souls into making this show over the past eight seasons," commented Gary Newman and Dana Walden, Chairmen, Twentieth Century Fox Television. "To everyone who contributed to this iconic series over its amazing run, we want to extend our heartfelt appreciation for your incredible work."
Added Imagine Entertainment's Brian Grazer, "I'm so proud to have been a part of 24, which has become such a cultural phenomenon. And to Kiefer and Howard and everyone who has worked on the show, many thanks."
Now in its eighth season with Kiefer Sutherland starring as the heroic Jack Bauer, the inventive and suspenseful 24 has been nominated for a total of 68 Emmy Awards, winning for Outstanding Drama Series in 2006. Over the course of seven seasons, Sutherland garnered seven Emmy nominations and one win for Outstanding Lead Actor - Drama Series. While the series gained global recognition, Sutherland's portrayal of the legendary character penetrated the American psyche like no other dramatic television character to become part of the English lexicon.
Premiering November 6, 2001, 24 employed a pioneering split-screen, fast-paced format with complex interweaving storylines as viewers followed anti-terrorism agent Jack Bauer through 24 pulse-pounding episodes, each covering one hour and presented in real time. Subsequent seasons combined the show's unique and trend-setting format while delivering compelling new elements and attracting talented actors and guest stars, including the Emmy Award-winning Cherry Jones (President Allison Taylor). The series also currently stars Mary Lynn Rajskub (Chloe O'Brian), Anil Kapoor (Omar Hassan), Annie Wersching (Renee Walker), Katee Sackhoff (Dana Walsh), Mykelti Williamson (Brian Hastings), Freddie Prinze Jr. (Cole Ortiz), Chris Diamantopoulos (Rob Weiss) and John Boyd (Arlo Glass).
The first six seasons were set in Los Angeles, and following the strike-induced delay of Season Seven, "24: Redemption," a two-hour film bridging Seasons Six and Seven, was set in Africa. Washington , D.C. was the setting for Season Seven, and the final season of 24 finds Jack Bauer thwarting a terrorist attack in New York .
At the conclusion of Season Eight, 24 will have a produced a total of 194 episodes (including "24: Redemption"), making it one of the longest-running action television shows in history.
Tune in Monday, March 29 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) for the next all-new installment of 24 and Monday, April 5 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) for a special two-hour episode.
Created by Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran, 24 is a production of 20th Century Fox Television and Imagine Television in association with Teakwood Lane Productions. Howard Gordon, Evan Katz, David Fury, Manny Coto, Brannon Braga, Brad Turner, Alex Gansa, Kiefer Sutherland and Brian Grazer are executive producers, while Chip Johannessen and Patrick Harbinson serve as co-executive producers. Brad Turner will direct the series finale.

Sandra Bullock heads home for divorce shoot-out with Jesse James

Now that Jesse James' alleged mistress count is up to four, a source close to Sandra Bullock told Popeater that the actress has come back to California (after going into hiding in Texas) so she can set her divorce in motion.

"It's over," the friend told gossip website Popeater. "After everything that has happened, it is impossible for them to get back together, even though I'm sure she still loves the man she thought he was."
According to Radar Online, the recent Oscar winner has moved back into the Hollywood Hills mansion she lived in before her marriage.

"Sandra has returned home to face the problem head-on. She isn't the sort of woman to bury her head in the sand and hope everything will go away," another Bullock insider said. "As painful as this is going to be, expect Sandra to cut out the cancer very soon."
Meanwhile, the father of alleged mistress No. 1, Michelle McGee, is defending her choice in men, telling Us Weekly that his daughter believed James and Bullock were separated.
"(James said), 'They have a thing now where they kind of live apart and she's on the scene for movies in stuff, and I'm here in San Diego,'" Denny McGee told Us Weekly, adding that his daughter only found out the truth when she saw the couple together at the Academy Awards. "She was under the impression they weren't seeing each other. She felt like she was going to have a relationship and this happened and she was mad."

Mad enough to seek a $30,000 US payday for her story, apparently. But aside from that, and despite those pesky Nazi-themed photographs, Denny insists his daughter is neither anti-Semitic nor a homewrecker.
"She's always been a great kid and a good mom to her kids. She's just a little bit different with the tattoos and stuff," he said. "The truth of the matter is, going into this whole thing with Jesse James, Michelle was single, and she was under the assumption that Jesse was single. As far as I'm concerned, they were two single people going out with each other, and there's nothing wrong with that."

Gadhafi: Nigeria should split along ethnic lines

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi suggested Monday that Nigeria be split along ethnic lines, like Yugoslavia, into several mini-states as a way of resolving violence in Africa's most populous nation.
Gadhafi drew Nigeria's anger last week by saying the oil-rich nation should be divided into Muslim and Christian nations along the model of the 1947 partitioning of the Indian subcontinent, which led to the independence of India and Pakistan.
In those comments, he told a group of African student leaders in Tripoli that the violence in Nigeria was symptomatic of a "deep-rooted conflict of a religious nature" and required a radical solution.

On Monday, Gadhafi said that wasn't radical enough.
"Actually, the problem of Nigeria won't be solved by dividing it into two Muslim and Christian states. There are other people who, regardless of their religion, also demand independence," Libya's official JANA news agency quoted Gadhafi as saying.

"Therefore, what fits Nigeria in this case is Yugoslavia," he said.
From: AP News

Nigerian Senate vets cabinet nominees

Nigeria's Senate on Monday started screening potential ministers picked by Acting President Goodluck Jonathan who recently sacked an entire cabinet in a move seen to signal his quest for change.

Senate speaker David Mark read out five more names adding to the first list of 33 he submitted by Jonathan last week.
The Senate was planning to comb through a partial list of 14 nominees out of 38 sent in following months of political paralysis in the African oil giant, according to an official Senate agenda.
The exercise is expected to last several days.

I hope they come up with something good for us all...

News - PIC: Cameron Diaz Wears Super Short Shorts! - Style

70's are back and looking hot thanks to Cameron Diaz!For fun in the sun hair, try using JOICO'S Texture Spray from their Design Collection. To get that hot summertime 70's look, apply Texture Spray to damp hair and finger style. Or, lightly mist through dry hair and scrunch through for lots of great texture and shape.News - PIC: Cameron Diaz Wears Super Short Shorts! - Style & Beauty -

Photos - Which Hair Is Best? - Best Retro Waves - Cameron Diaz vs. Kate Winslet -

Winslet vs Diaz in Best Retro Waves. What do you think? Log on by clicking Kate's image and vote today.

Photos - Which Hair Is Best? - Best Retro Waves - Cameron Diaz vs. Kate Winslet -

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I'm a soap boy from head to toe!I've heard people say "You shouldn't use soap on your skin." Nothing could be further from the truth and I'm sure this was some old wives tale their mother told them. The lathering of soap helps create slip on the skin so daily build-up is easily rinsed away. My personal favorite - ERNO LASZLO SEA MUD SOAP. Known as the Grandfather of Skincare and for his

Celebrity Style Picture Perfect

Starla Fortunato - Celebrity PhotographerSelf PortraitHave you ever heard someone say "I never look good in pictures!"? Well that's not true according to my friend Starla Fortunato, celebrity photographer and believer in perfect photos. Starla took my press photos not too long ago and the results amazed me.To capture that perfect picture Starla says:"Style is the key word for any photo session

Healthy Hair Hydration

I've always said healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp. As summer approaches remember to stay hydrated, drink plenty of water, and eat water-rich foods. For long days in the sun and dehydrated hair, keep a conditioning mist with you.To do: Simply buy a spray bottle, fill it with water, and mix in a tablespoon of your favorite conditioner. Shake well, mist, and keep hair hydrated

Dry Flaky Scalp - Shea Butter Benefits

If you suffer from dry or flaky scalp, the benefits of shea butter might be worth researching. Per wikipedia: "Shea butter is slightly yellowish or ivory colored natural fat extracted from the seed of the African shea tree by crushing and boiling. It is widely used in cosmetics as a moisturizer and salve. " says "Raw shea butter is known to maintain moisture and skin

Hair Pro Advice - Hair Cut, Hair Styles, Hair Color

For hot hair tips and advice from Billy Lowe and team, tune in to Sophisticates Hairstyle Guide online each and every week. Hair Pro Advice

Celebrity Highlights, Celebrity Color, French Balayage

Photo of balayage method for highlighting.CLIENT Q&A FROM SOPHISTICATES HAIRSTYLE GUIDE REGARDING HIGHLIGHTS. Q: Hi, I currently have all-over light blonde highlights, but my natural color is more of a dark blonde. However, my roots tend to grow in very quickly, and am left having to get my roots touched up more often than I would like. A: For quick regrowth, I recommend balayage services.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards 2010

Selena Gomez named in the "Best Dressed" category for the 2010 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards. Best dressed or not Selena, I'm loving the voluminous hair with a simple braid. Fun, playful, classy, and youthful all at the same time.To get Selena's look, lightly tease hair throughout the crown area and apply hairspray underneath for hold and control. Gather hair to one side and begin braiding.

No more fly-aways

WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT? Yes, it's true - a simple fabric sheet can help tame frizz and fly-aways in a snap. Make that 3 snaps in a circle. To help tame fly aways, stroke hair with a fabric sheet to help control static and frizz. I also like to keep one in my styling caddies. If that still doesn't do the trick, use an anti-static spray on your brushes or combs before brushing or styling

Celebrity Make-up Tip with a Q-Tip

MAKE-UP IN A PINCH. When you've thrown away your last eye-shadow brush and don't want to smudge those fingertips, never fear - Q-Tip brand is here.For shadow in a snap, simply flatten the head of the Q-Tip and use it as a shadow applicator. Make-up will glide on smoothly, quickly, and what's more you can dispose of the Q-Tip when you're done. Cleanliness is indeed next to Godliness.For these

Lash Extensions

Lashes by Billy LoweGET YOUR GLAM ON THIS SEASON WITH EYELASH EXTENSIONS!Yes it's true, they're here to stay. BUT BEWARE. There are a lot of unskilled and unqualified people applying lash extensions. For your own safety, avoid having your lashes applied in such places as tanning or nail salons. Chances are, these "claimed professionals" trained at home thru an educational DVD which hardly

Style your hair!

OLIVIA GARDEN ROCKS THE HOUSE!These brushes have been my pick of the day for years! Say good-bye to boar and nylon bristle brushes and say hello to smooth, silky, shiny locks without all the fraying and pulling. The heat conductive metal barrel gives smooth polish and shine to hair, and the easy grip handles make professional or at home styling a cinch. These brushes come in 5 different sizes,

Saturday, March 27, 2010


MOVE OVER STARBUCKS! THERE'S A NEW KING IN TOWN! Seriously the best treats in Southern California. And it's true, romance isn't the only thing the French are good at. Look out stair-master, I've found a new workout.

As long as I stick to my program, walk a mile there, and walk a mile back, I have no problem indulging in my daily chocolate croissant and sweet crepe full of

Summer Hair Tips - Healthy Hair

Summertime is right around the corner and so are all those trips to the beach. Here's a few hot tips to get you summertime ready. 1. Before you swim or surf, wet hair & apply daily conditioner through to the ends. Do not rinse out. This will help coat the hair & prevent absorption of excess chemicals or salt.2. NEVER let ocean or pool water dry in your hair. Shampoo immediately after


Recently, a client asked
"I have very thin brown hair that grows very fast, about to the middle of my back. I have a round face, and I also have bangs that are very thick. I want to get it cut in about a month, but I'm not sure what style I should do because I've gotten it cut short before and I wash it the next day and it�s frizzy and bushy. If you have any style ideas let me know. I�m 22. "

Everyone wants to smell like Beyonce

Beyonce Knowles at the groundbreaking ceremony for The Barclays Center at Atlantic Yards in New York 

Incredibly, Beyonce's new perfume "Heat" is not a miserable failure. It's had sales of $3 million+ since it's launch last month. From Yahoo!:
Singer Beyonce Knowles has had a whiff of the sweet smell of success - $3 million worth of her Beyonce Heat fragrance has been sold since its launch last month.

The perfume hit the US departmental store Macy's in Feburary. reports that fans clamored to purchase the fragrance, which features 'notes of red vanilla orchid, magnolia, neroli and blush peach', and it quickly became America's top-selling beauty counter product.

The fragrance's popularity continues to soar - Macy's CEO Terry Lungren has revealed sales have reached a staggering $3 million in its first few weeks of release.
Celebrity perfumes have to be the dumbest thing out there. Neroli? What the fuck is neroli? Beyonce can't even spell neroli. She didn't develop this. You really want to smell like Beyonce? Fill a kiddie pool with $50k or so in large bills. And then just roll around in it. Or if you want to smell like Lindsay Lohan, fill that same kiddie pool with unpaid credit card bills and "past due" notices.

From: Celebslam

Sandra Bullock says she wouldn't have spared Tiger Woods

New York, March 27 (IANS) This year's Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock, who walked out on husband Jesse James two weeks ago after his philandering ways came to light, says she would have given Tiger Woods a tough time if she were in his wife's place.

The remarks by the 45-year-old actress were made in January - much before she won the Oscar and her husband's infidelities came to light - to 'The Insider' magazine at People's Choice Awards but revealed this week.

In the audio Bullock says that had she been in the place of Tiger Woods' wife she would have not stopped using the golf club against the philandering golfer.

Woods' wife Elin Nordegren had reportedly hit him with a golf club on the night he crashed his car into a fire hydrant outside their Florida home in November. The accident led to revelations about his multiple affairs.

"If I were Elin... man, I would have hit a lot more than she did... I would have kept hitting!

"Yeah, she (Elin) stopped. She was respectable. I'd get the baseball bat.

I'd get everything out.''

Bullock had no clues about her own husband's infidelities when she made these remarks.

Her marital life collapsed immediately after her Oscar victory, with porn star Michelle McGee claiming that she had an 11-month affair with Bullock's husband Jesse James.

After the porn star's claim, three more mistresses, including a stripper and a fetish model, have claimed sex with Jesse James.

"She's devastated. She's beyond upset. And she has every right to be. She was on top of the world with her Oscar victory and now this. It's such a difficult thing to deal with,'' reported radaronline Friday.

"She (Bullock) has a tight circle of friends. They won't say much about her. They want to protect her. And that's because she's been nice to everyone along the way. She's not stuck up. She doesn't act like a star. She acts like a normal, sweet person, which is exactly what she is. And that's why everyone is so loyal to her,'' the celebrity website says. 

Friday, March 26, 2010

Joico Design Collection

Hair. It shapes, it defines, and it sets us apart. It gives us personality, style and flair. Whether we're looking for that perfectly coiffed style or we want that "I just woke up" look, I've found some amazing products from my friends at JOICO that make my work fun, easy, and fantastic in the studio.

In their Design collection, the team at Joico have really harnessed flexibility, shape

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Bangin' Spring/Summer Jewelry Trends 2010

Want to be an instant "Haute Girl?" Then by all means go big and go bold. BRING IT with a a set of daring earrings, avarious bodacious bangle bracelets or a glamrock necklace. REAL TALK, Clear Lucite jewelry will be a big contender, which is a staple that even the most understated woman will want to wear. NEXT. Nothing will say hot fun in the summertime better than safari or tribal pieces. Think wooden earrings...bangles with exotic animal prints. I bet you'll hear drums beating. ..Now you're the center of attention in the club just like you wanted to be. Do ya' dance girl---or boy??? Double finger rings, chain fringed earrings...DO YOU ALL DAY. Just don't combine everything all at once or else You. Will. Be. A. Fail. For those of you who are still clueless as to where to start with your accessory looks, scroll down and get inspired.... I'm promising you instant gratification people.
Keepin' it 100,
Hermes...What more can I say but I really do need to put a donation button on this website?

Recognize the logo? It's Tory Burch and at only $45, it's a price that'll keep a girl
happy---clearly it will.

The sleek lines on this Lucite bracelet makes it a must-have item. It'll go with everything in your closet.

City Chic. It reads Stylish without trying too hard to be.

Sexy right?Skinny jeans & stilettos. i see you.

Chain links are back in a big way...You wouldn't be needing the earrings as well though.

Hotness. Floral pretty but not too shi-shi foo-foo.

Here's an example of Balenciaga demonstrating tribal with tusk-shaped bracelets and rings.

(joyful sigh....) Loving Everything Lanvin these days.

Jeweled & Chunky. Me likey.

There's something very around the way girl about the gold and black Louie Bows no?

Saturday, March 20, 2010

US Commends President Goodluck Jonathan

*Says he has consolidated grip on power
*Believes Yar�Adua�s men won�t engineer political come back
Acting President Goodluck Jonathan�s consolidation of his grip on power is drawing applause from the United States of America which says his efforts are easing a political crisis that once fanned fears of instability in the country.
Assistant Secretary of State Johnnie Carson said Washington was encouraged that Jonathan was moving on electoral reforms, anti-corruption efforts and peace outreach in the restive Niger Delta, the centre of Nigeria�s largest energy industry.
�I think he�s done a very good job of consolidating his authority and reassuring all segments of the community,� Carson, the Obama administration�s top diplomat for Africa, told Reuters in an interview.
Jonathan assumed power in early February to try to end government paralysis in the absence of President Umaru Yar�Adua, who had been in Saudi Arabia receiving treatment for a heart condition for more than two months.
Yar�Adua subsequently returned but remains too sick to govern and is essentially incommunicado � a situation that led U.S. officials to express concern over a potential power struggle among different leadership factions.

Carson said those fears had receded as Jonathan cemented his authority, including taking steps to name a new Cabinet, and that it was unlikely those who back Yar�Adua would try to engineer a political comeback.
�We don�t know whether he will come back. But I think the country is in fact moving on,� Carson said. �We believe those in power in senior positions have clearly opted to support a stable democracy during this period of uncertainty.�
U.S. officials have urged Jonathan to speed preparations for elections due in 2011, saying a repeat of the vote-rigging and intimidation that marred the 2007 vote that brought Yar�Adua to power would be disastrous.

Nigeria�s ruling party has said it wants the next president to be a northerner, in line with a principle that power rotates around the country, effectively ruling Jonathan out of another term.
Carson said the United States supported the rotation principle as a guarantor of stability in Nigeria.
�We hope that the political balance which has given Nigeria its political stability will prevail,� he said


Hollywood and Bollywood join arms to fight piracy

Hollywood and Bollywood linked arms Thursday to fight piracy, with the announcement of a coalition among the Motion Picture Association of America and seven Indian companies to tackle counterfeiting in one of the world's largest film markets.
The alliance comes as Hollywood tries to tap global markets more aggressively and as Indian movie studios grow in size and stature � narrowing the gap between Indian and U.S. filmmakers, who have not always seen eye-to-eye on intellectual property issues.
A year in the making, the coalition to fight film piracy in India will work with movie theaters to crack down on camcorder piracy � the source of 90 percent of all pirated DVDs � with police to tighten enforcement, with Internet service providers to fight Internet piracy and with politicians to create more effective laws.
MPAA, which has similar anti-piracy alliances in the U.S., Europe and Hong Kong, would not disclose the size of the coalition's budget but said funding would come from members.
The Indian film industry has a rich history of copycat productions and traditionally has had less respect for the sanctity of intellectual property than Hollywood would like.
In 2008, for example, Warner Bros. unsuccessfully sued to block the release of an Indian Punjabi film called "Hari Puttar � A Comedy of Terrors" on the grounds that the name was too close to its Harry Potter series.

That friction has started to ease with the rise of corporate studios in India, like UTV Motion Pictures and Reliance Big Pictures, which last year took a 50 percent share in Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks for $325 million.
Over the last two years, a growing number of successful partnerships � like "My Name is Khan," produced by two Indian companies and distributed by Fox in India and the U.S. � as well as successful crossover movies � like "Slumdog Millionaire" and "Avatar," which both did well in India � have also strengthened ties.

"People are becoming more of the same mind," Dan Glickman, the outgoing chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America, told The Associated Press in an interview. "The Indian film industry now understands their product is getting stolen at significant rates."
Piracy cost India's $2.3 billion film industry $959 million and 571,000 jobs in 2008, according to an Ernst & Young study, and pirated DVDs account for 60 percent of the market, according to KPMG.

"Piracy is one of the most pernicious problems facing the entertainment industry, and the Indian industry in particular," said Reliance Big Pictures chief executive Sanjeev Lamba.
Lamba attributed part of the financial success of "3 Idiots," distributed by Reliance Big Pictures last year, to the studio's aggressive anti-piracy efforts.
Round-the-clock work helped prevent 10 million illegal downloads, he said, adding that at one point his staff was finding new illegal digital copies of the film on the Internet every five minutes.

Piracy has gotten worse in India as Internet connection speeds have improved and DVD player usage has increased.
In the last two years, the number of Indian households with DVD players surged from 4 million to 45 million, said Harish Dayani, chief executive of India's Moser Baer, the world's second-largest CD and DVD manufacturer.
He estimates that Indian consumers snap up 700 million illegal DVDs every year, giving them little incentive to go to theaters and generating 15 billion rupees ($330 million) for counterfeiters.

Reducing that leakage is crucial for Hollywood studios as they try to push into India.
"More and more, the growth of film is outside the U.S.," Glickman said. "Hollywood is now looking at the world as their marketplace."
KPMG expects Indian film industry revenues to hit 136.7 billion rupees ($3 billion) by 2014, an average annual growth of 8.9 percent.
"This is a country of 1 billion people who love movies more than anywhere else in the world," Glickman said. "We'd be foolish not to want to come into this market."

Jaden Smith features in "New Karate Kid"

Will and Jada Pinkett Smith's family is getting crowded with action heroes now that their 12-year-old son, Jaden, is beating up on bad guys.
Jaden Smith stars in the title role of "The Karate Kid," a remake of the 1984 hit in which he plays an American youth in China who gets a crash course in martial arts from a maintenance man (Jackie Chan) so he can defend himself against a band of bullies.
The movie, due in theaters June 11, screened Wednesday for theater owners attending their annual ShoWest convention, where Smith received an award as breakthrough male star of the year.

"I'm very excited about getting awards already. It's crazy," Smith said in an interview.
Smith said his father, whose action flicks include "Hancock," "I Am Legend," "Independence Day" and the "Men in Black" and "Bad Boys" movies, was a fan of the original "Karate Kid" and thought Jaden, who already had studied karate, would be the right guy for the role.
"My dad had the idea of remaking it," Jaden Smith said. "He's the one who was like, `We need to make this movie.'"
Jaden Smith got his big-screen start alongside his dad in the 2006 drama "The Pursuit of Happyness" and co-starred in the science-fiction remake "The Day the Earth Stood Still." He said he wants to make acting a lifelong career and take a page from his father's book with more action roles.
Will and Jada Pinkett Smith were producers on "The Karate Kid," along with Jerry Weintraub, who produced the original and its sequels.
"It's very scary when you go back and fiddle around with a classic," Will Smith told the ShoWest audience before the screening.
Weintraub said he "questioned it 150,000 times" but was glad Smith talked him into doing the remake.
Directed by Harald Zwart ("Agent Cody Banks," "The Pink Panther 2"), the new "Karate Kid" stars Jaden Smith as Dre Parker, who reluctantly moves with his widowed mom (Taraji P. Henson) to China.
The quiet, reclusive Mr. Han (Chan) saves Dre from a beating at the hands of a gang of young kung fu hotshots. Han turns out to be a kung fu wizard himself and agrees to train the boy for a tournament showdown with his tormentors.
A more appropriate title would be "The Kung Fu Kid." Jaden Smith said the filmmakers kept the original title out of respect for their source material and because "The Karate Kid" has such name recognition among audiences.
For all the movie's bone-crunching action, Smith said his biggest injury came in a quiet moment as Dre meets Mei Ying, the Chinese classmate he falls for.
"The worst I got hurt was in a dialogue scene," Smith said. "I actually was just walking up to Mei Ying, it's the first time I ever see her, and boom, my knee was just killing me. I was like, what the heck, you know? I had to ice it and everything."
What kung fu advice did martial-arts master Chan have for his young co-star?
"Stay fast," Smith said, "and stay focused."
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Jesse James vs Michelle "Bombshell" McGee

Earlier this week Sandra Bullock left her home aparently due to an alledged sexual affair between her husband Jesse James and Michelle McGee. McGee is a tattoo model from San Diego who declared that she has been involved in an affair with Jesse James for several months. Of course James denied and considered all the declarations as lies but still he appologised to his family for a poor judgement. It looks like Sandra did not believe entirely his denial of the affair and decided to leave for a while if not forever. Michelle McGee seems to be a person not having a very nice background regarding the fact that she is connected to adult videos and profiles. The only thing which is clear stays on the fact the she reflects the image of a person who likes partying and entertaining. The education of Michelle McGee, 24, is based on a biology bachelor's degree and a two-year medical school. Apparently the contact with the medical staff makes her hot according to one of her statements: "Now, I especially love to have affairs with doctors. Their medical talk makes me hot. I love to be challenged, and I love to put know-it-all doctors in their place."
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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

My romance with Dbanj is a private affair - Genevieve Nnaji

Genevieve Nnaji "I can only say that I would like to keep my private life private and I really don't have anything to say"But if one part of a couple reveals that he is going out with someone as high profile as yourself, it makes the story credible if you can actually confirm this...Genevieve "Dbanj is an adult and he has said something. Let's just leave it at that..."

But can you clarify the whole thing by simply conforming or denying it?

Genevieve "I don't want to talk about my private life. I don't do it. I am well aware that people will say things. people have been calling me to find things out, but I am not going to say anything. I have learnt over the years that no matter what I say, people will say and believe what they can not please everybody. This is my own way of handling things. I just don't talk about my private life. It's the one thing I can control"

But is it real or a publicity stunt? Is Dbanj lying?

Genevieve "Does he lie?"

By that are you inferring that he wasn't telling a lie and what he said is true.Genevieve "I am not inferring or insinuating anything. One person has said something and that really is enough. I am not saying I will never talk about it, but for now I do not wish to say anything about the matter."


Source: Linda Ikeji

Friday, March 12, 2010

What's new? What's next? And who said?

Every year, and with each new season, consumers anxiously await the latest tips, trends and products to come and go. From spring and summer trend to "Back to School" promotions, we sit with baited breath and ask ourselves "What's new - What's next?"Grail Research, for example, is a global research and decision support firm that provides organizations with accurate and succinct answers to their

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Epsom Salt Benefits

Now, more than ever, consumers everywhere are looking for great ways to look and feel their best without breaking the bank. From $100 spa and salon services to $400 face creams, it seems people are spending thousands of dollars every year on beauty related services. But are there more affordable solutions in day-to-day beauty and relaxation services? After doing a little homework of my own and

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Nigerian Breweries Plc pitches stars @ GUS celebrity showdown

Nollywood star actor, Bob-Manuel Udokwu was not surprised last Friday when  fate pitching him with actress Genevieve Nnaji as host of the maiden edition of the popular reality and celebrity show, Gulder Ultimate Celebrity Search, sponsored by Nigerian Breweries Plc.
This show, which makes its debut this year, according to officials of the brewing company,  will however not replace the front line show, Gulder Ultimate Search. The original GUS show made its debut seven years and will resume later this year.
Udokwu is the three  times host of the widely televised reality show. He will be in the jungle with the other nine celebrities searching for the lost treasure in this edition of the Gulder Ultimate Search Celebrities.
He was once a leader who will now be led by another of his own, Genevieve Nnaji. �My legs are wobbling, the leader will now be led,�Udokwu muted as he realised that he was going to join the likes of Daddy Showkey,  Emeka Ike, Funke Akindele, Chioma Chukwuka, Muma Gee, Dare Art Alade, Weird MC and fuji musician, Obesere to  climb  trees, mountains  and ropes in search of the hidden object.
There�s no doubt Udokwu has advantage over other celebrities as a former host of the yearly show. But in the jungle,  he will have the likes of  Daddy Shwokey, Emeka Ike, Obesere and perhaps, Dare Art Alade to outwit.
However, one thing will set the reality show apart from the regular one. The celebrities will all take a sign_on_fee to participate and each will get eviction fee based on when evicted.
Showtime  learnt that activities in the house will also include the regular physical work and a bit of intellectual exercise will also be introduced to make it more exciting. Shooting commenced last Friday and the programme will go on air any moment from now.
Running on AIT, NTA network, STV, Africa Magic, Soundcity (DSTV) and other stations as an original Nigerian adventure programme with international standard, the audience will be treated to an 11 week- show of talents, fame and excitement.

From: Vanguard Nigeria

Monday, March 8, 2010

Oscar Beauty 2010

In a word - FLAWLESS. And in my (humble) opinion - the most amazing hair of the evening. From start to finish, Kate Winslet's hair was perfectly kept, silky, radiant, and the most amazing hair in the room. Simple, understated, yet the most glamorous.Hair can be flattering or it can be distracting. Chignons and updo's, for example, take a lot of care before, during and after. By the time

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Personal Development Magazine

Every day, millions of television viewers are hit with messages from reality make-over shows encouraging them to look thinner, be more beautiful, compete to win or swap spouses. Contestants on these shows are put through grueling wellness programs, extreme face lifts, and placed in situations that would seem almost impossible for the viewing audience to imagine. In fact, there's often a

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Oscar Beauty and Style

In just about 24 hours as of this post, hundreds upon hundreds of flashing lights will be on every celebrity taking his and her turn on the red carpet. The talk of the town (in addition to the coveted statues) is of course red carpet beauty. Today the salon is abuzz with clients questioning who I'm working with, where I'm going, or how busy my day will be tomorrow March 7, 2010 for The Oscars.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Hair Pro Advice

Every day millions of people wake up to face another day, only to become more and more frustrated by time and efforts to get ready in the mornings. "Should I even bother?" We ask ourselves. "Is it even worth it? I'll just throw on a ball cap and be done with it." In 2009 I was honored to be asked to answer many Q&A's for my friends at Sophisticates Hairstyle Guide - the #1 hair magazine

How Not to Get Scammed by Con Artists Posing as Trade Show Operatives - AOL Small Business

Billy Lowe quoted on AOL Small Business News discussing trade show operatives.How Not to Get Scammed by Con Artists Posing as Trade Show Operatives - AOL Small Business

The Oscars

Every year thousands upon thousands of people flock to Los Angeles during awards season - especially for the Oscars to get a glimpse of their favorite celeb(s) as they walk the red carpet in hopes of their very own space-aged looking statue. Can we say C3PO?3 nights ago I attended the premiere of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland (3D I might add) and streets were already blocked off, police force

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Tools Tools Tools!

Each and every year I have the opportunity to attend, speak, or make a special presentation at a trade show or beauty event. Thousands upon thousands of industry professionals show up to see the latest and the greatest styling tools, products and accessories to improve their skill and drive new business. From round brushes to hair dryers, chemical services to styling serums, beauty

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Willy Wonka's Real-Life Golden Ticket Contest

"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" is coming to life (sort of) as Nestle is launching a new line of Wonka chocolate, Wonka Exceptionals, which will feature a golden ticket contest. However, instead of winning a twisted tour of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory, the winner will instead win a trip around the world worth $12,500!

Just like the story, there will be five tickets available. Each winner will be allowed three guests and will receive $12,500 to buy chocolate from all over the world, with a maximum of four consecutive destinations. Other prizes will also be available, including movie certificates, airline vouchers, Ticketmaster gift cards, and free chocolate.

Veruca Salts of the world, better get moving!

"Dancing With the Stars" Cast Announced

The cast for the new season of "Dancing With the Stars" has been announced! The show will air on March 22, featuring this star-studded lineup:

Kate Gosselin (mother of 8)
Nicole Scherzinger (Pussycat Doll)
Aiden Turner ("All My Children" soap star)
Chad Ochocinco (Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver)
Buzz Aldrin (the second person to walk on the moon)
Erin Andrew (ESPN sportscaster)
Neicy Nash ("Reno 911" comedian)
Evan Lysacek (figure skating gold medalist)
Jake Pavelka (the latest "Bachelor")
Pamela Anderson ("Baywatch" babe and home-movie star)
Shannen Doherty ("Beverly Hills 90210" star and world-famous bad girl)

Monday, March 1, 2010

Backstreet Boys Cruise 2010

The Backstreet Boys have announced via their Twitter that they will be embarking on a fan appreciation cruise! It will begin on December 9 and last four days, leaving South Florida and stopping at several exotic ports along the way. The boy band will perform an intimate show and host a Q&A, Photo Session, Deck Party, and Beach Party. The pre-sale for tickets starts March 15, with fan club members getting first dibs.

Simon Cowell Pops the Question

Rumors have been swirling for some time that "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell is engaged to his girlfriend of about a year, Mezhgan Hussainy. Cowell himself has denied said rumors, but Hussainy recently spilled the beans that Cowell did, in fact, propose and that the two are now officially engaged.

The pair met several years ago while they were both working on "Idol" - she as the head make-up artist, and he as a judge. They became a couple after Cowell's previous relationship ended. The two are already living together, and Hussainy has hinted that the wedding will take place soon - probably within the year.