Texturized Hair

Texturize Me  

Wondering how to get that messy textured look? Two words- dry shampoo…I like Suave’s knock off of Bumble and Bumble- called Suave Keratin Infusion Dry Shampoo…
1. Part hair… Then spray hair with hairspray (I like Suave Professionals)

2. Wrinkle/curl hair with straightener or curling wand leaving last inch or so of hair out- then finger the curls out

3. Spray again with hairspray

4. Spray with dry shampoo all over and then scrunch all over
XO

Audra

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Gift Guide

Here is a great “Gift Guide” including gifts in all price ranges for you all to enjoy. Get these for yourself or for the woman in your life. I tried to incorporate many different types of items that all of us can enjoy.

 
1. Proactiv+

  
 

Proactiv has a brand new and improved line called Proactiv+ they have added advanced skincare ingredients including glycolic acid, prebiotics, kojic acid and other nourishing botanicals, to help heal skin damage related to acne.
 
*They have added medicine
Antimicrobial benzoyl peroxide (2.5%) in Steps One and Two kills acne-causing bacteria. Now, a different acne medicine, salicylic acid (0.5%), has been added to Step Three to help prevent breakouts by helping keep pores clear of excess oil and dead skin cells.
*Smarter way to heal
Exclusive encapsulated benzoyl peroxide with Smart

TARGET™ technology is designed to guide acne medicine off the skin’s surface — to help minimize dryness and irritation — and deliver it with laser-like precision directly into pores, the target site for killing acne-causing bacteria.
*Built-in hydration
Each step in Proactiv+ contains hydrating skincare ingredients formulated to attract, lock-in and help sustain healthy levels of moisture in your skin.
You can get the 3-step program for under $30! So this would be a great gift for yourself if you are an acne sufferer, or for someone you know that is having skin difficulties. While I am pregnant I am steering clear of as much medicine as possible, but as soon as I can try this new line you can bet I will be. Especially with the breakouts I am sure to face after the depletion of my pregnancy hormones. Can’t wait to let you all know my thoughts on this later! I will say I have used Proactiv for years and it has never ever disappointed me in the past.
 
2. Valslides workout “Hot In a Hurry” program, slides &/or travel kit with bands

  

For those of you that aren’t familiar with celebrity trainer Valerie Waters, just know she is the amazing woman behind bodies such as Jennifer Garner, Jessica Biel, Kate Beckinsale, Bradley Cooper, Charlize Theron, Ben Affleck just to name a few. Enough said right? Well she has these amazing slides that she uses to train such clients and amazing bands that come in a travel kit called the Hottie Total Val Gym ($59.95) that I have used and absolutely love! Here is a link to a little overview about how the slides are used which I find useful and hilarious. This is Jennifer Garner on Ellen showing her some of her workout secrets she learned from Valerie Jen Garner on Ellen. Plus she has a brand new 10-day workout plan featuring workouts catered towards and named after different celebrity clients that us normal people can do in our very own homes (which I will be doing after baby Hudson and let you know all the details about) called Hot In A Hurry ($47). Plus one lucky reader/follower will be winning a ValKit for Travel from me very soon so be sure to share/retweet this post!!!! Or if you just want the slides you can get them for just $29.95 in pink, green or black and it comes with workouts mapped out for you to do right away, you can’t go wrong with these Valslides.
 
 3. Suave Keratin Infusion Line

  

This line is perfect for winter weather frizz! I don’t know about you but I get some major static this time of year and this smoothing line is perfection for taming wild hair without making it greasy. The Keratin Infusion Line infuses hair with keratin protein and leaves it sleeker, smoother and easier to style everyday. I just recently bought the shampoo, conditioner, leave-in conditioner and dry shampoo at Walmart for $9.88 in a gift set they have for sale right now. Here is a link to the Walmart Keratin Infusion Gift Set. Once you try out this line you will be addicted like me so stock up on the Walmart deal while it lasts, it would be an awesome stocking stuffer for your mom, sister, girlfriends etc.
 
4. Hunter Original Tall Rain Boots (Glossy in black)

  
I have been wanting some of this high-quality brand’s wellies for quite some time now. They will run you about $140 at Hunter-boot.com but they are so worth it in my opinion. They are very well-made, high quality boots that you can purchase fleece liners for to turn them into hardcore snow boots as well. They aren’t just for wearing in the rain or snow either, they can be worn just like any other boot you wear on a day to day basis (all the celebs do it). I am in love with mine (I got black) and I would highly recommend them for you or for the woman who has everything that is difficult to buy for. 

  
 
 
5. Wrapped In Red by Kelly Clarkson CD

  

I am in love with this cd by one of my favorite all-time voices (Kelly Clarkson). Anyone would be happy to add this Christmas cd to their collection (under $8 on itunes by the way and Amazon). I personally think this is the best thing since Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas album from the 90s (maybe even better). Don’t miss out on this one yourself, and give it to the Christmas-lover in your life.
 
6. OPI Nail Polish Sets

  
What girl doesn’t love cute nails? They just make you feel put-together and complete…and while other brands like Essie and China Glaze are amazing too, OPI still stays on the longest in my opinion. Here are some gift sets that you cannot go wrong with at Ulta. Most of these will run you just $10-$20. The first one, however, is $49.95.

7. Sexy Little Things Noir Spray
  

Everyone wants to smell nice, but some perfumes are so expensive! Sexy Little Things Noir packs all the punch of an expensive perfume in an affordable price at Victoria’s Secret. It smells amazing and will only cost you $25! I have several expensive perfumes but this is what I always seem to grab on a daily basis, I always get compliments on it as well. I am addicted and maybe you will be too. Also, a great Christmas gift for friends and loved ones!
 
Happy shopping everyone!
XO 

Audra

Clear Results

I have to say I accepted the Clear Hair seven day challenge they speak of on their commercials, and I was impressed. I used the Nourishing Clear Hair and Scalp Therapy shampoo and conditioner and my hair felt even better after a week of use. Clear Hair shampoo gently cleanses & nourishes scalp and hair with Nutrium 10™, an advanced moisture complex of vitamins & nutrients. The conditioner contains enhanced Nutrium 10™, an advanced moisture complex to help restore the scalp’s natural moisture balance. The shampoo was a great balance between clarifying and moisturizing, but the conditioner was my favorite because it was nice and thick, and really added moisture back to my hair. I would recommend you give it a whirl- they guarantee you will see results in just seven days – so take them up on it, I did!

XO

Audra

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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.

Suave Giveaway!!!

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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!

XO

Audra

The Chop Nicole Richie

The Chop Nicole Richie

The Chop Vanessa Hudgens

The Chop Vanessa Hudgens

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!

XO
Audra

Hair Today Gone Tomorrow- 13 Hair Trends for 2013

If you want to stand out in the crowd in 2013… don’t stand out for being the only mullet, poofy bangs, or chia pet hair in the room. Stand out by being in style with these 13 trends for 2013!  Some are new, some are reruns and some never left!

Super Long Hair

Super Long Hair

Short and Spicy

Short and Spicy

Retro

Retro

Shorter Layers

Shorter Layers

Messy Updos

Messy Updos

Messy Bedhead

Messy Bedhead

Braids

Braids

Deep Side-parts

Deep Side-parts

Hints of Pastel

Hints of Pastel

Low Sleek Ponytails

Low Sleek Ponytails

Ombre

Ombre

Natural-looking Waves

Natural-looking Waves

Reverse Ombre

Reverse Ombre

Say Wen

Like you, I have seen bits and pieces of the Wen infomercials on TV, and like you I was skeptical.  I seriously doubted that the people who achieved clean hair from a lather-less shampoo had very dirty hair to begin with.  When I received this product I decided to really put it to the test.  I used it with two days worth of greasy hair that had a ton of hairspray in it.  Plus, I used the amount recommended for normal length hair, knowing that there are few people I know that have longer or thicker hair than I do.  I used the Cleansing Conditioner one time and it cleaned my hair very thoroughly to my surprise.  If anything, it dried it out a tad so I also used the SixThirteen product as a heavier conditioner after I rinsed out the Cleansing Conditioner.  My hair has never felt so clean or light.  Plus, the scents are so amazing that I keep smelling my hair throughout the day.  After about a week of usage, I already notice less frizz and damage.  I wish I had this six years ago when my hair wasn’t healthy like it is now.  If you have damaged hair this would be a great investment for you to make.  Unlike certain ordinary shampoos, the WEN® formula contains NO sulfates, NO harsh detergents and NO harsh chemicals.  It is great for rejuvinating your hair, or to simply keep it healthy.  You can purchase Wen alone or in packages at Wen Hair Care, QVC or go somewhere like Sephora.  I would recommend that if your ends tend to get dry that you get the Cleansing Conditioner and SixThirteen.  Use both as directed and you cannot go wrong!  If you don’t want to invest in everyday usage you could also reap the benefits by using Wen once a week, since it isn’t exactly cheap.  I must say that I am a believer in Wen and absolutely love it!

XO
Audra

Get Bombshell Hair

My first “Holiday Gift Guide Pick” is by Sultra and it is called “the bombshell cone rod curling iron.”  This is an absolutely genius curling tool.  I have so many good things to say about it that I hope I can effectively relate them all to you.  First of all, you can tell by looking at the bombshell cone that it is no ordinary curling iron, it has no clamp.  There are many such irons on the market today but this is the “best of the best” for many reasons.  First of all, the copycats I have seen have tips that are hot.  I like that the tip of this iron is not heated.  There isn’t too much space, but there is just enough space at the tip that doesn’t get hot.  So… if you need to grab the tip- you can without getting burnt.  Sultra’s bombshell cone is also great because of it’s cone shape, this gives you a tighter curl as you get to the ends of your hair.  I love looser curls around my face and this gives you that look.  The curls you get can range from ringlets to loose waves depending on how tightly you wrap your hair around the wand.  I love this because you can throw out all the different sized curling irons you already have (if have several like me) and you can create all of their looks with just one tool.  Sultra’s bombshell cone also features a no-slip ThermaGrip tapered barrel (so your hair doesn’t constantly slip through the iron like most).  It also features a revolutionary Kyocera Ceramic Heater Technology that keeps the cone at an evenly proportioned 360 degrees.  This technology actually mends hair with infrared rays as you style it, so it is perfect for those of us with damaged/color-treated hair.  One of my favorite features is that it curls your hair much faster than a traditional curling iron.  I wrapped a piece of hair (1-2 inch sections at a time) and counted to about 2 and it was done.  With my curling irons I usually could count to 15 per section.  Once you get used to the process it is much faster than a regular curling iron.  I also love that I can curl more hair in the bombshell cone than in my other curling irons.  This allows my curls to start closer to my root than when I use other irons (where I usually have 1/3 of my hair straight then the bottom 2/3 is curled).  Sultra also offers a 2-year warranty with their products and even throws in a styling glove and iron pad (glove so you don’t burn your fingers, and iron pad so you don’t damage countertops).  Honestly, I didn’t use the glove but I wouldn’t recommend you do the same for the first few times at least.  I posted a how-to video below on how I use this product if you are interested in seeing how it works.  The Sultra bombshell cone can be purchased online at Sultra, Nordstrom, or in stores like Sephora or Nordstrom for around $130.  I know you are thinking that is pretty steep, but I actually think it is worth more.  Like I said before, you can throw out all of your different sized curling irons and replace them all with this product (plus any rollers you have).  I love the wavy curls that I was able to create in just minutes with this tool, and if you want to make a special lady feel extra special for the holidays you should definitely consider buying one for her (or yourself).  Happy Shopping everyone!  I will be posting on most days for the next several weeks to share some more wonderful products with you!

XO
Audra

Sultra Bombshell Cone How-To Link

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Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion

I would strongly recommend the Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Smooth and Shine Serum and Dry Shampoo. Their Keratin Line of products is formulated to be the same as the pricey Kerastase line. For the summer we often battle frizz and humidity, which is why I love the Smooth and Shine Serum. I use on damp hair and then again after I style my hair (avoid roots). The dry shampoo is the best out there and it smells great too. This is great for when you get a little sweaty out in this heat and don’t necessarily have time for another shower. Suave is budget friendly and has the best up to date professional grade products. Their marketing strategy is genius and it is a win for consumer and for them. Thanks Suave!

Xoxo
Audra

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What’s In My Bag?

I love UsWeekly especially “What’s In My Bag” so I decided it may be fun to share mine. Obviously my main item is my iPhone which of course couldn’t make the photo since it took it. But here are my items I rarely leave the house without. I am still carrying my large South Moon Under tote for summer which I love! In it I have some Purell hand sanitizer which I use relentlessly, (no germies) ibuprofen liquid gels for headaches, Zyrtec, Tissues, (can you tell I have allergy issues yet? Ok good) Nail file, Guess Wallet in Snakeskin Brown, Mini Brush, Powder, Bath and Body Works Cashmere Hand Cream which there is no cream quite like this out there it is the SOFTEST ever, Victoria’s Secret Sexy Little Things Noir (the best travel size perfume/body mist that is absolute perfection in it’s scent) and my Leopard makeup bag with the essentials inside (Leopard bag from WalMart).

Xoxo
Audra

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