Probiotic Skin Care: Miracle Ingredient or Marketing Hype?

As a consumer, my hope is that when a product comes to market, it delivers information that is true. I mean, we're all so busy, who has the time to fact check everything? For a while, we all believed the mascara commercials and ads where the spokesperson/model had the most Read more

Tips for Gray Hair #GrayAway

I hate to break it to you, but eventually gray hair will rule your mane. Chances are, if you are reading this article, you already know this to be true. When we go gray, and how much, is a mix of genetics and lifestyle. So while you may not be Read more

Charcoal Skin Care Products for Acne Prone Skin

Do you have oily or combination skin? You may want to consider incorporating charcoal into your skin care regimen. Sure, charcoal is totally on trend right now and may seem like a fad, but it's for good reason. Charcoal absorbs oil and draws out toxins and bacteria from the skin. Those Read more

Voluminous Beach Wave Hair

Little did I know when growing up on the beaches of Rhode Island, that the wavy hair that came naturally among the sand and surf, would be a hairstyle I would try so hard to achieve as an adult. While my hair does have a slight natural wave to it, Read more

Must Have Airplane-Friendly Beauty Products

The holiday travel season is officially upon us so I've decided to share some of my favorite travel friendly beauty products in hopes that it will make this holiday travel season a bit less stressful...and germ free. 1. Farmaesthetics Cool Aloe Mist This spritz is ideal for air travel because it Read more

Celebrity Beauty

Pearson Knight Recaps Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Hair Trends Fall 2011

Finally back at home and working on my next fix. I was on the road for about 5 weeks. I stopped off this season in Minneapolis as I was a Guest Artist in Smart and Chic Beauty Lounge on my way to New York Fashion Week. I was back on Aveda homegrown soil and was able to see friends, the city, and attend a Reef Shoe Graffiti event. I was also impressed with the snow fall this year, WOW!

I got into New York a few days early to prepare my week and double check schedules. I began the week backstage at Christian Siriano’s show that kicked off NYFW. I was only there to style MTV’s beauty Sophia Black as she was a front row guest of Christian’s. I wasn’t working his show but I was able to say hello to some of my favorite models, Aveda stylists and watch the craziness come together. The hair was down with texture. It appeared to be blown straight then braided in 4 sections, sprayed, flat ironed, and let down leaving it with a textured kinked wave. I was invited to watch the show which was a treat being I’m usually deep in hair until it’s over. Beautiful.

Next stop was Jason Wu. He is one of my favorites every season. The hair was creatively put up. The center part pulled back hair was secured with Aveda’s Control Force spray into a low ponytail, then a twist braid with ends fanned out was looped up and pinned. The final touch was 24K gold leaf was delicately added to the ends. So sharp and elegant. I love the creativity of the hair combined with the Batman like lace mask for some of the more elegant pieces shown. As usual I had a great time at this show with some of my favorite stylist, make up artist, models, and of course Jason Wu and Aveda.

The week continued with some house calls for events, media parties, other shows and excellent dinners. I ended up at a venue that was hosting 4 shows that day. I was going to help with the 2nd and 4th show. The teams were well staffed and I had some time to hang around the neighborhood for lunch and head back to wait for the 4th show. I started to notice the designer of the 3rd show was crying and for whatever reason had no makeup team for her show. I asked if she needed makeup done, knowing time to walk would be soon. She replied “yes” graciously and told me the feel for the show was Ghost Geisha. I said “done!” I quickly grabbed 3 talented familiar faces waiting for the next show and built a mini makeup team. This was out of my normal Fashion Week bag of tricks so it was super fresh for me. I had a great time being a part of the solution and she had a great show.

My favorite show every season is Rodarte. I love the girls, the runway, makeup, clothes, hair and inspiration I get from working with them every season. The venue was in the Gagosian Gallery and was beautiful. The hair was organically down with texture. The hair was prepped with Aveda Phomollient and free hand blown out. The top front section to the right of the part was blown forward and hand styled up and back. The rest was free hand blown and given texture with Aveda’s air control. Then it was loosely brought to the right shoulder and secured with a small fishtail braid leaving the ends out. The feel and inspiration was wheat. The texture of the hair and collection went hand in hand of course. After I calmed down from the stimulating show I headed out to Kate and Laura Mulleavy’s apartment to style them up again for their after party. Unfortunately they were beat from the day and needed all their rest for the party and I wasn’t able to dial them in and shoot the breeze.

Right when I thought that was the end of my fashion week, I was invited to be a part of a collaboration with an amazing team for a photo shoot. We were locked and stocked with wardrobe, stylist, locations, makeup, models, photographer and everyone pumped full of inspiration from the week. We ended up shooting 12 hours starting at the crack of dawn. We shot 5 models with 3 wardrobe changes, 3 different hair looks, and 7 locations including a vintage tavern, NYC rooftop and Times Square. It was fresh! Amazing way to end Fashion Week. I can’t wait to see the shots.

I flew into Orlando and rested with family for a couple days when I was invited to tag team everybody’s favorite food celebrity, Giada De Laurentiis. I headed out to meet up with the very talented celebrity makeup artist, Julie Morgan. We were working off and on throughout the South Beach Wine and Food Festival as Giada was host. She had multiple events to be at with changes of clothes, hair and makeup. My favorite was making sure she was looking beautiful at the Ocean Drive Magazine rooftop party. I couldn’t be too fixated on her hair with great music, all the sushi I wanted, and an amazing view distracting me. I have worked with her and her husband before and they are amazing. In all seriousness I was honored to participate in the parties with Julie, Giada, her family and crew. If your going to do South Beach, party hopping with Giada and crew is the way to go!

Thank you all for an amazing 5 weeks! I love what I do and you make it better. You are the most beautiful version of you so keep it great! PK Hair has exciting news coming soon so keep up or follow @1Pearson1 on twitter and Facebook.com/PKHair.

Posted on by Shannon Smyth in Celebrity Beauty, Fashion Week Beauty, Hair Care Leave a comment

Fig & Olive Melrose Place Grand Opening with Fendi & Frederic Fekkai

Last night I had the opportunity to debut myself in a new role: as West Coast Correspondent for A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Thanks to Shannon (my “casting director” if you will) I had the pleasure of attending the grand opening of the Los Angeles location of Fig & Olive restaurant, and it was a thing of beauty all the way around!

Each night of the three-part grand opening extravaganza featured one of Executive Chef Pascal Loran’s three main regional culinary influences (France, Spain and Italy) Last night was Italian Night and was sponsored by Lamborghini and Fendi, with hair by Frederick Fekkai. The Italian-influenced appetizers were to DIE for (mozzarella stuffed cherry tomatoes, parmesan risotto, grilled shrimp crostini, and many more extravagant meat-based appys that looked amazing but I couldn’t eat!) while the loft space and gorgeous lighting created the perfect setting for models wearing looks from luxurious Italian house of fashion, Fendi.

The looks were chic, colorful, and crisp and the models were styled similarly with sleek parted ponytails and dewy-fresh faces. I was happy to see the creamy coral shades on all the model’s lips, as I was rocking a bright orange lip myself that night! The orange-instead-of-red lip color is my favorite new makeup trend for Spring, and it was nice to see how surprisingly wearable it is on different complexions. The models all looked gorgeous!

Fig & Olive proved to be a fun as it was elegant, delicious as it was stylish …and I will certainly be back!

Posted on by Ava Gaudet in Hair Care, lipstick, Makeup Leave a comment

Rock and Roll Hairstyle at Nicole Miller AW11

Lead hairstylist at Nicole Miller, Kevin Ryan, wanted the hair to have a bit of a rock and roll edge, but not too casual.  The hair was down, straight and wet looking, almost as if the girls had wet their hands in the sink and ran it through their hair. Products used to achieve the look included Rockaholic Dry Shampoo, Pinpoint Hair Straightener to get rid of any curls/waves and at the end an “excessive” amount of Catwalk Weightless Shine Spray (for the slightly wet looking hair).

Posted on by Gail Lewis in Fashion Week Beauty, Hair Care Leave a comment

Hairstylist, Rodnei Ferby and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model, Damaris Lewis

In the middle of all the Fashion Week madness last week, A Girl’s Gotta Spa! took some (much needed) time out to tag along with amazing hairstylist (and Odile Gilbert protege) Rodnei Ferby as he styled the hair of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model, Damaris Lewis, for the 2011 issue release party.  Rodnei was requested by Damaris herself and has worked with her  in the past at various shows including Baby Phat (they were both  broadcast all over Times Square on the jumbo-tron for the live feed of the Baby Phat Spring/Summer 2010 show.)

Rodnei arrived (fresh from assisting Odile Gilbert at the Rodarte Show) with the look he wanted to create for Damaris in mind. He wanted a style that was flirty yet sophisticated and since  she is so young he also wanted the hairstyle to be cute and discreet…but she IS a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model, so the style had to be flirty and sophisticated as well.  He wanted to show her neck (but not too much of it) as well as frame the magnificent earrings she was wearing that night.

And being as kind as he is talented, Rodnei gave us a step by step on how to achieve the look using products by TRESemmé. Read more

Posted on by Gail Lewis in beauty interview, Celebrity Beauty, Fashion Week Beauty, Hair Care 2 Comments

Alice + Olivia Punk Makeup & Hair for AW11

The make up look at Alice & Olivia was all about the punky eye.  According to lead makeup artist , Polly Osmond for M.A.C, there was no specific reference for the look, it was just the “street version of the punky eye.” To achieve the look; Fluidline in Blacktrack was used on the lids to create a thicker/rounder line around the eyes, the brows were penciled in, Haute & Naughty Lash Mascara on the top lashes, a bit of highlighter on the cheeks and Runway Lipstick on the lips.  A lot of edginess on the eyes and a very glamorous lip.  Read more

Posted on by Gail Lewis in Fashion Week Beauty, Hair Care, Makeup Leave a comment

Easy, Glamorous Hair at Carmen Marc Valvo AW11

Lead stylist (and Ted Gibson protege)  Devin Toth created easy, simple, clean but glamorous hair at Carmen Marc Valvo AW11.  The look was inspired by a ballerina, but softer.   Ted Gibson Styling Sheets were used to remove any excess oil in the hair, it was parted half up, half down, the top part was then finger combed to the back, twisted into a bun and secured with pins.  It was very pretty, but not too elegant.  Read more

Posted on by Gail Lewis in Fashion Week Beauty, Hair Care Leave a comment

Authentic 70s Hair & Makeup at Bill Blass AW11

Lead makeup artist for MAC Cosmetics, Lisa Butler, went for an authentic 70s look for the Bill Blass AW11 runway show.  To get the look she applied very light foundation and concealer to the skin…so the skin would look perfect, but not made up.    On the eyes she applied a thin line of black cream liner and extended it out a bit, Black Opulash Mascara was applied to the lashes and fake lashes with the length chopped off were applied to the upper lashes (all on the inner lashes, none on the outer lashes) to create a black, sharp area on the eyes.  To complete the look Seaside was applied to both the lips and cheeks.  Read more

Posted on by Gail Lewis in Fashion Week Beauty, Hair Care, Makeup Leave a comment

Ethereal and Romantic Makeup & Hair at Erin Fetherston AW11

Ethereal, magical and other worldly were the words used by lead make up artist Lucia Pieroni for MAC to describe the look at Erin Fetherston. The girls all had shiny, glowing, fresh looking skin.  To achieve the look, highlighter was applied to the cheekbones, chin and nose; the eyes were sculpted with a dark brown cream color on the top and bottom for a bit of definition but not too much, 3D gold glitter was applied around and under the eye (for a sprinkle of sparkle), the brows were lightened with concealer and a pop of magenta/deep purple lips completed the look.

Read more

Posted on by Gail Lewis in beauty, Beauty Trends, Fashion Week Beauty, Hair Care Leave a comment

Z Spoke Zac Posen Fall/Winter 2011 Preview.

What better way for A Girl’s Gotta Spa! to kick off Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week than with an exclusive interview with Zac Posen and got2b celebrity stylist Larry Sims. A Girl’s Gotta Spa! was invited to take a sneak peek at the Z Spoke Fall/Winter 2011 collection (Zac Posen’s diffusion line), discuss the inspiration for the hair and get step-by-step instructions from  Larry Sims himself on how to go about  achieving the look without a celeb stylist at your beckon call.

Looks from the Z Spoke Fall/Winter 2011 Collection.

Because of the architectural feel of the collection, the designer wanted hair that would soften the look…give it a more feminine and sensual feel, as well as balance the looks.  He wanted what he termed “Rich Girl Hair”…shiny, healthy and full of luster, which is exactly what celeb stylist Larry Sims created.  It was hair that could definitely keep going from morning to night but still be touchable…”more approachable hair.”  Read more

Posted on by Gail Lewis in beauty, Beauty Trends, Fashion Week Beauty, Hair Care Leave a comment

Review: ArganMagic Restorative Hair Mask.

Soft, shiny, silky hair…another one of those beauty ambitions that we never tire of pursuing relentlessly.  I can attest that I’ve oftentimes went to great lengths in the pursuit of healthy looking and feeling hair.  Along with trying many mainstream deep conditioning treatments, I’ve also experimented with a few homemade remedies suggested by family members, friends and fashion magazines.

I’ve coated my head in mayonnaise and ended up smelling like a sandwich for days after, I’ve tried the “egg white” treatment and swore there was a hard boiled egg  following me around, I’ve soaked my head with coconut oil, olive oil and mashed avocadoes (try explaining oil coated doorknobs to your roomates.)  While some of these recipes/treatments actually gave me soft, silky and shiny hair at times, the side effects were just not worth it.  I wanted attention for the condition of my hair…not because I was in a roomful of hungry people and my hair smelled like their next meal. So when I opened the jar of  ArganMagic Restorative Hair Mask, I thought that even if it did not work at least I would have great smelling hair.  Read more

Posted on by Gail Lewis in beauty, Hair Care 2 Comments