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1 Sunset Serenade in Belize, PLEASE…

27 Mar

By Christabelle… @CBellesCloset (*Pure Editorial, Non-Paid Post) 

Having dated MANY an artist, I am all too familiar with what I like to call “MWS”, AKA  ‘music withdrawal syndrome’ – don’t bother googling it. I made that up!

It is the moment that you are on vacation and the person you are travelling with starts to yearn obsessively for their sweet Taylor, Martin or even Harmony back at home. The obsession leads to air strumming and making every coconut, tree branch and sun umbrella into a make-shift guitar. I’ve even had my bare leg used as a pseudo acoustic  – not fun!Turtle Inn Guitar

Leave it to the Coppola Resorts to step onto a luxurious page of its own with this new offering at his Belizean resort Turtle InnCOMPLIMENTARY GUITARS TO ALL REGISTERED GUESTS.


Music lovers need not despair any longer…Turtle Inn, Francis Ford Coppola’s beachside resort in Belize, is now offering complimentary guitars for guests to use at their leisure – whether it’s for a moonlit serenade with family and friends or a private concert for two in a seafront villa. This musical experience will complete your stay in paradise.  To secure a guitar for one day or for  your whole stay, you do need to make a reservation (and methinks this popular added amenity will be a popular one, so my advice would be to book your guitar when you book your stay at this exclusive resort).

To make a reservation or inquire about more information regarding Turtle Inn, call (501) 824-4912/14 or visit coppolaresorts.com/turtleinn.  If you are looking for a travel companion – my calendar is clear!

Francis Ford Coppola’s Turtle Inn, Belize

About Francis Ford Coppola Resorts

The Coppola Resorts are a collection of unique award-winning properties where stylish and eco-friendly exploration and discovery meets serenity and delight. Drawing upon inspiration from his film career and travels to the far reaching corners of the world, each resort is an ideal destination known for the intuitive nature of the friendly staff to the allure of exploring the natural wonders of the area while relaxing in tranquil surroundings. Francis puts it best saying, “There are things to do – or just do nothing.” The Coppola Resorts offer a glimpse into the values that Francis holds dear – family, fun, adventure, and great food and wine. These elements can be seen throughout each property, weaved into the landscape, creating a personal Coppola connection for all to enjoy. The Coppola Resort properties at Blancaneaux Lodge and Turtle Inn have been listed as the “Best Resorts in Central + South America” by Travel + Leisure magazine, as well as many other travel authorities. www.CoppolaResorts.com.



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Keep Your Red Locks Longer…

15 Mar

By Christabelle… @CBellesCloset (*Pure Editorial, Non-Paid Post) 

Red-loving salon clients and their stylists, rejoice! The new Matrix COLORINSIDER High Intensity Red collection produces gorgeous, pure, cool red shades with visible intensity and incomparable longevity.  Now Matrix haircolor clients can expect their salon-gorgeous red color to stay truer for up to 8 weeks*.  These pure, cool red shades brilliantly round out the beautiful existing copper- and violet-toned reds in the ammonia-free COLORINSIDER palette, meeting every demand of discerning color professionals and their clients.


The Science: PR6 Technology
Thanks to innovative haircolor technology, color professionals have an exciting new option to work with cool, pure-toned reds that aren’t muted by traces of copper or prone to fading. These shades offer the ultimate in intensity, vibrancy and longevity.

The newly patented PR6 Technology that powers the Matrix COLORINSIDER High Intensity Red took eight years of research to perfect. This technology is the key to the long-lasting vibrancy of the new High Intensity Red: it features a unique, six-sided, extended molecule structure. The PR6 size and multi-dimensional structure means that it is able to withstand unwanted interference from other, background tones within the hair .  Yet, while the molecule is larger in size , it is still small enough to penetrate deep into the hair shaft, shot to the core via  Color Injection ODS² .What’s more, these molecules are able to couple with other dyes, a “safety in numbers” situation that prevents them from being diluted or eliminated with shampooing. The result? The new High Intensity Red are the colorist’s “holy grail”—cool reds that stay truer for up to eight weeks*!

The Shades
The three new Cool, Red Violet plus shades contained in the High Intensity Red collection—4RV+, 5RV+ and 6RV+–represent the next generation in red haircolor, and offer colorists a brand new, exciting, exceptionally long-lasting, red palette.

The Color
Matrix COLORINSIDER precision permanent no-ammonia color features the unique ODS2 technology that propels color actives directly to the hair’s core for high resolution impact and color that is true, sharp and saturated. The result is shiny, healthy hair with no unpleasant odor.

The High Intensity Red collection joins the comprehensive portfolio of COLORINSIDER shades, providing stylists and their clients with an endless array of healthy, effective, state-of-the-art haircolor options.

The new shades will be available in salons in March of 2014.

*Based on 40 shampoos

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HOW TO: Valentino Paris Runway Hair RTW FALL14

5 Mar

By Christabelle… @CBellesCloset (*Pure Editorial, Non-Paid Post) 

Redken Creative Consultant Guido created a playful look for Valentino’s RTW Fall/Winter 2014 show, which lent itself to the eccentric designs this season. Unlike a classic chignon or the austere low ponytail from last season, the hair at Valentino was fun and added lightness to the collection as a whole.

“The collection this season felt more eclectic, so I wanted the hair at Valentino to be more whimsical and playful. I created a simple part and added a little bit of height at the crown to give the hair a late 60s kind of feel. Regardless of these youthful subtitles, the vibe remained true to the brand’s identity. The hair is beautiful and very Valentino.”

-Guido, Redken Creative Consultant

Photo: Greg Kessler, Redken

Photo: Greg Kessler, Redken

Create the Look:

  1. Apply guts 10 root targeted volume spray foam to damp hair
  2. Blow-dry hair straight with natural bristle brush
  3. Create a clean center part
  4. Comb hair straight back creating slight lift at the crown
  5. Gather hair into a low ponytail covering ears and secure with elastic
  6. Place elastics every 2-3 inches down the ponytail
  7. Pull hair in between each elastic to puff out the hair
  8. Finish with forceful 23 super strength finishing spray

For more information visit Redken.com, like Redken on Facebook or follow on twitter and Instagram 

Valentino Raun

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HOW TO: Jessica Biel’s Oscar 2014 Face

3 Mar

By Christabelle… @CBellesCloset (*Pure Editorial, Non-Paid Post) 


MAKEUP ARTIST: Kayleen McAdams, ck one color global makeup artist

INSPIRATION: “I wanted to do something really fresh, light and feminine. There were so many beautiful pastels in her dress, so I played with those tones.”

Jess Biel Oscar Look 2014


  1. I prepped Jessica’ skin with moisturizing face and eye products, Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream Intense Hydration and Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, to give her makeup a good base to stick to.
  2. Then, I used a damp Beauty Blender to apply ck one 3-in-1 face makeup with SPF 8 in fair 200, followed by ck one 3-in-1 concealer in light 1 underneath the eyes, around the nose, and along the edges of her mouth to even out her skin.
  3. I used Charlotte Tilbury Sculpt and Highlight Powder on the tops of Jessica’s cheekbones, down her nose, and on her cupid’s bow.
  4. I finished her skin with ck one cream + powder blush duo in breath 100 right on the apples of her cheeks and set it with the powder side of the product to give the look staying power throughout the night.
  5. For Jessica’s eyes, I started by using a fluffy brush to apply ck one cream + powder bronzer duo in deeply bronzed 400 all over the lid.
  6. Then, I used ck one powder eyeshadow in expose and evolved on the inner corners of the eye and along the lash line at the outer corners.
  7. I completed her eye with two coats of ck one volumizing mascara on the top lashes to pump up the lashes.
  8. Then, I applied the same mascara onto an eyelash comb and combed through the bottom lashes to slightly darken them.
  9. For Jessica’s lips, I used Tarte Lip Surgence in Lucky to cover her whole lip with a matte pink; I also used this product in the center of her lips to give dimension and add moisture to her look.
  10. Lastly, I gave Jessica’s lips a good coating of Kiehl’s Facial Fuel No-Shine Lip Balm to soak in while I did her eyes.


EYE CREAM: Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado

MOISTURIZER: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream Intense Hydration

FOUNDATION: ck one 3-in-1 face makeup with SPF 8 in fair 200

CONCEALER: ck one 3-in-1 concealer in light 1

BRONZER: ck one cream + powder bronzer duo in deeply bronzed 400

EYE SHADOWS: ck one powder eyeshadow in expose and evolve

MASCARA: ck one volumizing mascara in extreme black

LIP TINT: Tarte Lip Surgence in Lucky

LIP BALM: Kiehl’s Facial Fuel No-Shine Moisturizing Balm

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3 Oscar Dresses that Knocked it out of the Park

3 Mar

By Christabelle… @CBellesCloset (*Pure Editorial, Non-Paid Post) 

Congratulations Sandra Bullock, Kate Hudson and Cate Blanchette…you made up the top three  “LOVE IT, NEED IT, GOTTA HAVE IT” on our Oscar 2014 Red Carpet Best Dressed List…

Oscar Dress Winners

2014 Oscar
Dress Winners:

Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen

Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace

Cate Blanchette in Giorgio Armani


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