I've never been daring or adventurous when it comes to my hair. I have a thick, wavy mane that sometimes I'll make stick straight and maybe every six months I'll lighten up my brownish/blonde locks and get a trim. Two hair disasters in my youth have prevented me from ever going really crazy. There was the perm in the seventh grade that my mom talked me into and there was the Saturday night my junior year of high school when I decided to dye my hair myself. I don't think I need to delve any further into those disastrous results and relive the pain . . . we've all been there, right? I'll just say I may or may not have had orange hair in the yearbook that year. At least I never got the urge to grab the scissors! OK! Manicure Monday: Get Kylie and Kendall Jenners Nail Art But I was ready to jump back in and take my boring longish hair of today with the predictable left part and drab highlights to the next level. Something subtle and easy but a cut/color that would make an impact. Flipping through a magazine one night, I was finally inspired when I came across a pic of the one and only Blake Lively. OK! Exclusive: Lauren Conrad's Summer Hair and Beauty Secrets I knew I couldn't copy her locks exactly (no one can and I'm okay with that) but I thought perhaps I could emulate her volume and her bright color. And that's where the amazing Ammon Carver, Matrix Artistic Director and Celebrity Stylist over at MIZU Salon in New York City became my saving grace. OK! News: Jessica Alba Has Bangs! Ammon didn't laugh when I told him I wanted to look like Blake. In fact, he gave me some amazing tips that everyone should follow. Straight from Ammon himself, he explains what he did to get the right color on me: "We started with a base color to warm up and lighten up your natural color—your roots. Then I put highlights all over, but more heavily in front of your face. I used the base color at the scalp and then put the highlights, merging them into it so nowhere will the highlights look like they're growing out of your scalp. Now you’re looking at more locks where the highlights illuminate within the hair color, instead of hair color that grew out of straight out of her scalp. It’s not realistic. And in that regard, it’s also easy to maintain because you don’t have highlights that within two weeks have roots showing. I touched up the base first. In each foil, I put on the base on the roots and then I use our new light master, which is a highlighting system to softly merge the two colors together, so you’ll a beautiful flow between the two. We rinsed with shampoo and did a glaze for shine and toning." OK! Exclusive: Don't Stress Out Your Tresses! And the essence of Blake's look is her amazing volume and shine. I don't think she's ever had a frizzy strand of hair in her life! So after Ammon gave me a great cut that touched up my split ends and spruced up my parted to the left side bangs, it was all about the products to get a cut that Blake herself wouldn't be mad to show off. Here's what Ammon used: Total Results Blonde Care Flash Filler for soft, healthy shine and to protect the hair cuticle ($16) Design Pulse Go Big Mousse for volume and control ($15) Total Results Amplify Hairspray for lasting hold and finish ($15) Availability: Visit Matrix.com for salon locations And to help with overall frizz during the humid summer months, Ammon recommends a light oil because moisturized hair doesn't have flyaway issues nearly as bad as dry hair. He says to try Biolage Exquisite Oil ($22, Visit Matrix.com for salon locations). "It's lightweight and can be used on many different hair types. It can be used on damp hair before styling or after styling as a finishing serum," Ammon explained. Soooooo . . . ready to see my Blake look? Ha–that was the work in progress! Check out the real deal here: What do you think? What celebrity cut are you looking to rock this summer? Have you tried any of Ammon's tips or recommended products? Tell us in the comments section below or tweet @OKMagazine! Photo credit: Splash and Getty
Keanu Reeves‘ directorial debut made a hot sale out of Cannes to Radius-TWC, which will release Man Of Tai Chi stateside later this year. Here’s the pic’s international trailer offering a peek at Reeves as the impresario of a Beijing underground fight club who taps a skilled tai chi practitioner (Tiger Hu Chen, Reeves’ Matrix stuntman and trainer) to battle on his deadly martial arts circuit:
If you like Denzel Washington playing a stone cold killer whose heart is gradually melted by prolonged interactions with an adorable moppet, well, today might as well be Christmas. Deadline is reporting that the megawatt star has signed on to star in Warner Bros.' new sci-fi project "Shovel Ready," an adaptation of an unreleased novel by New York Times Magazine culture editor Adam Sternbergh. Just like in "Man on Fire," he'll play a murderous badass who falls under the spell of a young girl. Aww.The report describes the plot as being about a post-apocalyptic New York City, where the citizens escape from the cruelty of everyday life by slipping into a complex virtual reality world not unlike, say, "The Matrix," or Las Vegas, Nevada. Washington would play an assassin who is hired to take out the daughter of a powerful evangelist. Of course, Washington grows to become the girl's protector. Sounds like a nifty mixture of the aforementioned "Man on Fire," along with Washington's...
Filed under: Europe, Hatchback, SEAT, Quick Spins Sociedad Española de Automóviles de Turismo, otherwise known as Seat, started becoming a part of the Volkswagen universe of companies way back in June of 1983, and it has taken right up until its latest generation of models for all the benefits of the VW Group empire to come to bear. Prior to the past couple of years, Seats have continued being built and sold passably well with a healthy enough rapport with VW, but the full tech swap and nod of faith had never totally happened yet from Wolfsburg. Now it must. This has changed at last, a smart move brought on by the global economic crisis, then the massive local Spanish economic collapse, and finally the ray of new hope presented by the Chinese market. Central to Seat's success is this model, the Leon, which shares many of its major parts with the new Mk7 Volkswagen Golf and third-gen Audi A3, as well as the new Skoda Octavia sedan. Their great unifying element is the spanking new MQB architecture, for Modularer Querbaukasten or "modular transverse matrix." It's no secret that I really like the Seat brand and its fruit forbidden to Americans. I could move to Mexico and grab one, but I've never moved to a new place just to buy a car, so that's a non-starter. Within the Volkswagen C-segment model assortment, the plan is to keep the A3 at the premium compact top end, followed closely by the Golf, and then a price drop to either the Leon or Octavia. The Leon gets by on great youthful styling and a sporting image, while the Octavia is generally the smart choice for small families needing a little more space inside. After this drive, I was left asking, "Why buy the Golf or A3?" And VW Group doesn't like it when that particular question comes up. They have a delicate marketing challenge on their hands, let us say. Driving Notes This 1.8-liter TSI engine with 178 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque we tested in Spain is the currently the top-trim version of the Leon three- and five-door hatchback range. The trim treatment is called FR for Formula Racing. The dash to 60 miles per hour is estimated at 7.0 seconds flat, but it'll do it quicker than that. In the US, this all-new 1.8-liter engine is due to become the base engine for the new Golf when it arrives middle of next year, replacing the age-old, hard-working 2.5-liter five-cylinder. What the exact power and torque calibrations for us will be is yet unknown. Whereas in the European context, the popular thought is to skip the hotter gas-engined trims and go for the top turbo-diesel trims. I would disagree with that, and mainly on this Seat Leon only. The 1.8 is much sportier throughout a rev range that is capped at just over 6,500 rpm, and this Leon in FR trim is meant to be shoved around without pity. I would have preferred to test the standard manual six-speed transmission, but nowadays the seven-speed dual-clutch DSG is better, quicker, nimbler and more fuel-efficient. The efficiency claim is some 25 percent better (with the onboard Seat Drive Profile in Eco mode) than anything the current North American 2.5-liter can produce in the Golf. I did feel the tactile difference of material choices on the interior, plus one can tell by just looking at the cabin that the styling and image departments deliberately pulled back from what the A3 and Golf are allowed. There was also a notable difference in cabin sounds all around me as I hammered the Leon SC (for Sport Coupé, by the way). The sense is that there is a wee bit less noise-vibration-and-harshness work put into either this Leon or the Octavia I recently tested. My wheel-tire combo for the day in the dicey hills around Barcelona was the top, FR-optional 18-inch alloys with Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT treads, 225/40ZR18 92Y all around, which was a great set of rubber on this dimension of car on these roads. This generation Leon - as I learned testing the five-door late last year - has been deliberately shrunk in overall length in order to sit squarely in the middle of the C segment. I love this move in the face of current tendencies to make everything larger as we all apparently fatten up. Despite the shrinkage in dimension, space on the inside is increased. The rear axles on all Leons are not multi-link but straight beam units, and this would also count as a cost-saver. Golfs and A3s in the top engine trims get multi-link setups, so the overall drive experience will always be marginally better. The exterior of the Leon is really nice to behold and spot-on with the sporting image they need to push for the brand. The heavily studied edgy side mirrors reduce wind drag by huge amounts, and I heard no noise from them at any speeds below 85 mph. Now we await the Seat Leon Cupra, the top-most trim of them all with a 260-hp tune of the 2.0-liter TSI engine. This is an excited expectation that is a sort of tradition here in Europe. People say there may not even be need for the ultimate Cupra R trim this time around, because the standard Cupra is so good. I don't buy that story; if there is no Cupra R it means that Volkswagen and Audi don't want a Cupra R barking up their tree and possibly robbing sales. 2013 Seat Leon SC originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 04 Jun 2013 14:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
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