The Chop

The Chop Julianne Hough

The Chop Julianne Hough

There is a brand new hair-trend out there that is spreading like wild-fire. It is called “the chop”.  We first saw this ‘do last summer on the lovely Julianne Hough. She sports this new ‘do in her upcoming film (out Valentine’s Day) Safe Haven. Which by the way is based on my favorite Nicholas Sparks book thus far. To get back on topic, Nicole Richie and Vanessa Hudgens have also jumped on-board this week by getting their own hair chopped into this short, front-layered, long bob-like ‘do.  I personally love this hairstyle, and I have debated getting my super-long hair chopped like Julianne’s since she first sported it last summer.  Should I?  Or shouldn’t I?  Comment below and let me know your thoughts. As soon as I do, all of these lovely starlets will be rocking major hair extension with my luck.  If you are contemplating getting this hairstyle like Suave Professionals® spokeswoman Nicole Richie, here are styling tips straight from  Suave Professionals® Stylist Jenny Cho.

 Here are Suave Professionals® Stylist Jenny Cho’s tips for creating the unstructured look that is full of shine:

· For hair that needs an extra boost of shine, use the NEW Suave Professionals® Moroccan Infusion Styling Oil as a shine treatment on dry hair before you shampoo. Divide hair into three sections and apply 2-3 pumps of the Styling Oil to each section. Leave in for 5-7 minutes and shampoo as usual.

· If your hair has some natural wave and texture, blow dry hair so that it’s only halfway dry, using fingers for a more natural look.  If you need some help with the wave, blow dry hair completely and wrap 1-2 inch sections of hair around a curling iron (alternating each section away from the face and towards the face), leaving ends out for a “messier” texture.  Front sections of hair should be curled away from the face. Tousle curls after they have cooled.

· Part hair to the side, so that it hangs just slightly in front of face, and finish by adding 1-2 pumps of the NEW Suave Professionals® Moroccan Infusion Styling Oil over the surface of dry hair for radiant shine.

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I have teamed up with Suave Professionals and one lucky follower will win a basket-full of their NEW Suave Professionals® Moroccan Infusion Line! To enter get on Twitter within the next seven days and follow @SuaveBeauty and @AudraMcElyea and then tweet this on Twitter (just copy and paste)- “I just entered to win @AudraMcElyea ‘s @SuaveBeauty #GIVEAWAY on @AudrasPicks #AudrasPicks” and you will be entered. If you don’t already have Twitter- you will just have to sign-up.  It isn’t hard and you’ll be so glad you did!

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Audra

The Chop Nicole Richie

The Chop Nicole Richie

The Chop Vanessa Hudgens

The Chop Vanessa Hudgens

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Proactiv – the Solution

When I was very stressed during college I began having really bad break-outs. Not the tiny little blackheads that are easily hidden either, the big cystic zits we all know and love. They literally radiate pain around them and are very raised and red — making them a nightmare to hide. During that time, I began using Proactiv Solution, and it helped me tremendously! After college I became engaged and like many people who get married and aren’t ready to start a family yet — I started taking birth control pills (Yaz). As many of you know Yaz is notorious for clearing up your complexion and boy it sure did! I no longer needed Proactiv because I developed “super-skin”. In the last year and a half I have been off birth control for a number of reasons and I had to be on Minocycline this entire time — because as soon as I quit Yaz my face went into full break-out mode! It finally calmed down after about a six months to a year of being off the Yaz, and I only took the Minocycline right before my special time of the month. Then, this past October I got very sick for almost two months before finally being diagnosed with Celiac Disease. The stress from being sick, and the extreme gluten-free diet change made my face go into full break-out mode again! Instead of just taking a pill to fix it I decided to try to fix it topically with Proactiv. After about a month I can truly say it has caused a drastic change in my skin. I cannot tell you how much I love Proactiv, and how much heartache it has taken away. It truly is a great line of products that will give you your face and confidence back! If you are having similar problems please give it a try! It has worked for me two times now and I am not letting go this time!

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Audra

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LovingYou.com

As many of you know, in addition to Audra’s Picks, I have begun a new job as a Contributing Writer for LovingYou as well. My first article just went live so you can click here to read it (please) Audra’s LovingYou article. I will not post on Audra’s Picks about every LovingYou article…so if you want regular updates please follow me on Twitter (because I am on there all the time) @AudraMcElyea Click here to follow @AudraMcElyea. Thanks for all the support and I hope you enjoy my first article. I will have three more coming next week! Also, for Audra’s Picks I will have a special guest post for me very soon…so keep your eyes peeled for updates on that by following Audra’s Picks on Twitter or Like my Facebook page (info. on this on the right sidebar of the blog)! Thanks for all the support!

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Audra