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On Trend This Winter – The Pixie Crop

If you’re calling it the Michelle Williams, the “J-Law,” Beyonce’s two minute hair moment – or have named it after any of the other countless celebrities rocking the pixie right now – then you know it’s absolutely THE haircut to kick off 2014 with! We saw shorter hair rule the fall with lobs and bobs, but hair trends have gone even more short and fearless this winter with the pixie crop. We’ve even seen the style transform some of our own! So, what does it take to manage the iconic look that was originally made popular by Twiggy? We talked to Butterfly stylist Dana Tizzio, who executed the sexy chop pictured here, about the things to consider before going for the pixie.

“If you feel like your hair never does anything you want it to, this is a great time to start thinking about a cut.” However, “The pixie isn’t the type of style that allows you to just wake up and go,” she says. Surpisingly, you’ll have to spend some time styling it each day – with tweaks throughout the day. “Using product is a must! To get that specific look, you’ll need to make sure you’re using the right kind – and understand how and when to apply it.”

Nicole Descoteaux’s Tips for Styling a 20’s Hairdo

If you’re hitting that Great Gatsby themed party, feeling inspired by the styles seen on Downton Abbey or Boardwalk Empire, or have always just wanted to try a flapper girl look for your next date or event… Butterfly educator and senior stylist Nicole Descoteaux gives her DIY tips for achieving a simple 1920’s hairdo at home, to help you get all dolled up in no time!

Decide which side you prefer to section and separate hair to create a strong part. Starting horizontally, curl your hair – curling the hair under. To create more of that classic twenties finger wave look, make sure all of the curls are on a horizontal line. Pay close attention to your technique, seeing that it follows a curl direction that’s going under. You’ll need to clip each section immediately after it is curled to set the hair. For perfect waves, it’s best to use as small of a curling iron as possible and work with smaller hair sections sized accordingly to fit your iron choice.

After the entire head is curled, take your setting clips out and softly brush through your hair. This breaks up your curls, creates volume, and blends the hair into that ideal wave style throughout. If you want bigger hair, you can always lift hair sections and tease after brushing out. Then you’re ready to start styling your playful updo, which can take the shape of a faux bob. Separate hair into three sections. Make a “V” section – section out the sides, leaving the center part of the “V” out. Start rolling the sides back and pin. Continue this from front to back then do the other side. Drop the center part of the “V” out. Roll and pin to create a style you like and finish with a hair accessory. There’s so much creative wiggle room with rolling and pinning, so it’s such a great, easy way to do your own hair anytime you have a special occasion to get dressed up for!

How To: Fusio-Dose Homelab

When people ask us what the secret is for having perfect hair, we say it all boils down to one thing – and one thing only. Getting hair HEALTHY! At Butterfly Studio, we swear by deep conditioning treatments like Fusio-Dose by Kérastase. From keeping color radiant and shine brilliant to strengthening sensitized ends and repairing damaged lengths – or hydrating dry, thirsty hair with rejuvenating nourishment, even adding body and density to fine, limp, or gray hair – these tailor-made miracle viles are simple weapons for giving hair LIFE, instantly!

(1) TOWEL DRY BEFORE TREATING. That goes for ANY conditioner/masque/treatment. It’s so important to take out excess water from the hair after you shampoo as to not waste your product investment. Otherwise, the product will literally roll off! The ingredients cannot penetrate and deposit their benefits onto the hair when it’s already saturated.

(2) SECTION. To ensure even distribution, you must work in sections. Part hair straight down the middle, splitting in two equal parts to start. From each side, take approximately one-inch sections of hair, creating one by one sections as you apply the spray treatment throughout your head.

(3) THE WAY TO SPRAY. It’s best to begin spraying about 3 inches down from the top of your root/scalp – unless there’s a specific problem area (breakage, frizzy spots, etc) on which you may spray directly. Depending on your hair length, spray each section 2-3 times, working your way down. Longer hair will need the extra spray!

(4) SCISSOR. To get the best results, take your time to use the scissoring technique. After spraying, work each section in between two fingers, using a scissor-motion down to the hair ends. The natural heat of your fingers literally activates your treatment!

(5) KEEP TRACK. Follow with spray-and-scissor motion and flip each hair section over to the opposite side when done. This helps with pacing so you won’t get lost within sections or have hair falling all over the place. It makes maneuvering through hair from one side of the head to the other a lot easier.

(6) FINISHING TOUCHES. Once you’ve worked your way down to an empty treatment bottle, you can use a wide-tooth comb to brush out your hair. If you have any treatment liquid remaining, you can unscrew and apply the concentrate directly onto your ends. Use a cool water rinse (it’s worth the chill!) to seal in the hair cuticle for instantly soft and shiny results!

Style Bar for Spring and Summer

Going with a more fashion forward, edgy look doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice being glamorous or feminine. Take a hint from Butterfly master stylist (and salon founder) Kattia Solano who created an amazing 80′s rocker inspired fauxhawk ponytail braid on the fabulous Allison Sarofim for 2013′s punk themed Met Gala Ball. Best hair-of-the-night award, anyone? We think so! Here are Kattia’s how-to hair tips for rocking a similar look!

Start at the top of your head – take a “V” shaped section of hair and set with a small curling iron. On the sides, braid hair moving toward the back of the head. Start with less hair in smaller, finer sections at the root area while gradually taking more hair between your fingers as you braid your way through to hair’s ends. The narrow to wide effect is more flattering around the sides of the head and gives a more polished, elegant look. Secure each braid in the back and spray. The most important thing to consider is to make sure the braid is tight! Go back to your top section, take out your set, and TEASE! Softly brush teased section of hair back, adjusting the amount of height to your personal preference. Tuck the middle section into where your braids are secured, connecting the two. Add additional pins and spray as desired. For more drama – that means length, volume, fullness, and even color – use extensions or add in a single piece attachment like a faux pony or braid (now available at the Butterfly Bang Bar turned STYLE BAR). For a pop of color without any extra accessories, try a hair chalking technique on a few strands, let dry and style.


Fringe Inspired Hair Accessories

Think Creatively. Your new favorite headband might already be right in your jewelry case. Find a wrap-around bracelet long enough like this black leather studded one pictured and – voila! No arts and crafts project required. We recommend pairing this with a side or low ponytail with volume at the the crown and wrapping any extra bracelet length around the base of the ponytail. If the buckle fit is not quite right in the back, try tucking in a few hidden pins or clips underneath. We love playful over-sized bows and velvet fabrics that say “holiday” – and jewels and gems with an antique metallic finish throughout the fall and winter season. If you’re skipping the appointment for a flawless hair-up style, we recommend going with not-so-perfect curls or waves, sticking to a more natural look to avoid appearing childlike. Think voluminously with Brigitte Bardot inspired height (far right photo) for the right kind of flirty! Shu Uemura’s “Volume Maker” texturizing powder stick is one of our best secrets to help get the right bump and texture.


Butterfly Gives Back

We opened our doors on October 21st to donate to a cause very special for the Butterfly team, our clients, and our community. With you help, we made an amazing day out of it! You booked appointments to support our event in which we donated 100% of service proceeds to the women’s cancer support organization SHARE! Our gratitude goes out to everyone involved…thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!! It truly would not have been the same without every single one of you. We had delicious brunch food (thank you Benvenuto!) and yummy drinks, spent time playing with all of the adorable kids that came in for haircuts that day, painted faces, polished nails, created gorgeous hair (the famous Butterfly way), and had an absolute BLAST! We feel these photos show the spirit of the positive day and hope you have just as much fun viewing them as we did in these moments. Enjoy!


The Pageboy – Fall 2013's Edgy & Editorial Haircut

While women have been requesting the “Michelle Williams” or “Nicole Kidman” makeover left and right, the “Pageboy” is currently another one of our favorite shapes to try for fall. This is a change that’s gorgeous for any rich shade of hair color.
The English inspired haircut is very editorial – a perfectly fashion forward fit with all the leather looks and edgy, 90’s grunge trends we’re seeing in store fronts. It’s a fun alternative to a long bob for anyone looking to make a powerful statement – one that can also translate to soft and feminine with the right outfit coordinating (Hello, do you see those boots?!). Be ready to get noticed because when the cut is done right, it really allows for your facial features to shine!

Complimenting pretty eyes, perfect cheeks, and killer jaw lines alike, this hairstyle is for all the women out there who both adored and wanted to be Dorothy Hamill (wasn’t she just the coolest?). Or for those of you hoping to channel the sexy, fiery energy of modern day rocker Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs – a fashion risk taker who has made the hairdo iconic over the years through slightly different varieties and bold personal style with which she’s sported the look. Take a hint from the glossy pages we’re seeing for CÉLINE’s new line and pair accordingly with a soft but powerful ensemble to never fear uttering the words “bowl haircut” again!

Stylist Vanessa Fernandez says Bobs, Lobs, & Bangs are Fall's New Go-To

Every time I turn around lately, there’s another bold woman cutting her locks off – mimicking that “in” haircut that we’re seeing on everyone in the limelight. My favorite is on actress Nicole Kidman, who we’ve seen in the latest Jimmy Choo ad, sporting a sharp new textured bob with a slight fringe. For a stylist, this is one of the most exciting seasons because we kind of live for those big changes – that is, when our clients are ready to make them! Nicole Kidman’s sexy cut inspired a decision I made with our own senior colorist Min Kim to chop away at her hair and create a similar look. We wanted to do something just a little bit different to suit her, as she’s always one to be stylish yet unique. Min’s hair is thick but versatile to style so I used a razor along with a pair of scissors to both remove weight and create playful, bold lines that angle her face. Now our trendsetting colorist can either go polished with a smoother, straight look or wave it up with lots of texture. The great thing about bobs is that they really can be customized to compliment texture and face shape – so there IS a bob or lob out there for you! You can always count on products to help change the appearance of the style, and they can especially be a godsend when you’re looking for more movement and texture. For example, on Min we used the Shu Uemura Volume Maker. It’s a dry shampoo formula in a special powder stick, designed like a bronzer brush, that helps strand by strand application on both roots and ends to create body. It doesn’t flake, or leave any white residue on the hair, and the best part is it easily fits in any purse for a perfect texturizer on-the-go! The change even inspired me to bravely cut a new pair of bangs into my own long locks…and I’m currently obsessed!

NY TIMES: Kattia Solano Featured in "Scent Adds Sophistication to Hair Products"

A topic we’ve all thought about and have our individual preferences for. Read on for Kattia’s official article quote, plus details on how fragrance plays a role in her chair and customizing a salon service . . .

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“Both men and women are very aware of scent. Before I apply a new product, I feel and smell it first, so I always encourage others in doing so. It’s an extremely personal experience when you have a client smell the fragrance in their hair products.It helps with interacting, connecting, and personalizing…all very important parts of your salon visit. Most clients prefer a bit of fragrance. I think it’s because we love the feeling of clean hair – it looks fresh and smells great. Luckily, keeping this lasting for days is now possible with the right products! Some of my favorites include Oribe’s “Dry” and “Apres Beach” sprays which add texture to your style and also have UV protection. During the day, I like to apply an oil like Shu Uemura’s Essence Absolue or any of Elixir Ultime oils by Kerastase to refresh my ends – in addition to your hair smelling sexy, you get benefits like moisture, shine, frizz control, etc. That really comes in handy since I don’t wash my hair daily. Personally, I love it when my husband tells me that he loves how my hair always smells so good. Products are my secret!” -Kattia Solano, master stylist

Article via New York Times >>

Some beauty companies today are taking that idea to new extremes, with shampoos, conditioners and other hair products edging into fine-perfume territory. Woodsy musks and spiced-up vanillas are trumping fruity-fragranced lathers, and the bottles have prices to match.

It was around a year ago, said Michael Carby, a perfumer at Givaudan, a major fragrance producer, that he began noticing more requests from corporate clients for sophisticated hair-care scents. Before, the fragrances were typically “a single note, an apple particularly, like in Herbal Essences,” said Mr. Carby, a 20-year industry veteran. “It gives a fresh and clean effect.” But not, apparently, a distinctive one. The last few years, “every shampoo or conditioner fragrance started with an apple or a pear,” Mr. Carby said. “Even a cucumber fragrance had an apple in there in some way, shape or form.”

But now a growing niche of luxury hair-care brands, some founded by famous stylists like Oribe and Serge Normant and sold in salons or upscale department stores, use complex aroma to stand out from the mass-market stuff in drugstores. And for customers, this is yet another potential status marker. “You wouldn’t want to leave the salon smelling like Pert,” Mr. Carby said. While some women these days are avoiding added fragrance in cosmetics applied to the skin (common in their grandmothers’ time but frowned upon by organizations like the Environmental Working Group), they seem more carefree about spritzing chemicals on their hair.

Indeed, Yann Marois, executive director of global marketing at Ojon, which is known for its fragrant conditioners, said that there’s perhaps an unglamorous reason for the stronger scents: the need to mask natural odors. Women today are getting “more and more chemical treatments,” Mr. Marois said. “Because they have damaged hair, they wash their hair less. And to expand time between washes, they want scents that will last.”

He pointed to the popularity of hair oils (like Kérastase’s Elixir Ultime, $42 for 250 milliliters), intended for women with damaged hair, which tend to have the strongest scents, he said.

“The Ojon oil itself has a smell and the product is created over fire, so the scent is smoky, a little bit like coffee,” said Mr. Marois, speaking of the Restorative Hair Treatment ($33 for 3.1 ounces). “Some people loved the scent, but it was also polarizing. To be honest, some people hated it.” Ojon kept the original treatment on the shelves, while working on a milder scent of soft vanilla, which was released a couple of years ago, and sales of the two versions are now about equal, Mr. Marois said. Vanilla is also a component of Thierry Mugler Angel, a best-selling and long-lasting Oriental perfume that has inspired many of the new hair formulas, Mr. Carby said. In fact, Mugler was ahead of the curve, introducing its hair mist, which retails for $39 for 1 fluid ounce, in the early 1990s after a loyal customer of the perfume requested it, said Amber Mitilineos, director of marketing at the company.

More currently, Mr. Carby spent months concocting an intense, decadent-smelling fragrance for Show Beauty, a collection of styling products (including a perfume to be sprayed on hair) to be sold at Bergdorf Goodman starting in late September.Based on English rose and on what he called “a playful crème brûlée,” it is backed by Tamara Ecclestone, the British socialite. The scent was meant to be “powerful and enveloping,” said Ms. Ecclestone’s business partner, Scott Harvey-Nicholls, the chief executive of Show Beauty, but “not completely domineering.” But the heady fumes lingered well into the next day after a reporter tried the treatment oil ($55 for a hefty flacon).

Oribe strove to avoid such an olfactory wallop, said Daniel Kaner, president and a founder of the company. “Most people, the first thing they do with shampoo is they unscrew the cap and smell it,” Mr. Kaner said. “And once the consumer smells it, it then has to pass the first test, which is ‘Does it offend me?’ ”Mr. Kaner and his colleagues settled on a perfume-quality blend featuring yuzu zest (“citrus notes are crowd pleasers,” he said) and butterfly jasmine, the Cuban national flower (Oribe, the Miami-based hairdresser, is Cuban-American).

Founded in 2008, the company this April released a “hair refresher” that works like a sort of deluxe Febreze for the mane. The purse-size spray ($22 for 1.6 ounces) contains cetrimonium chloride, a conditioning agent, and supposedly absorbs odors while leaving the Oribe scent (after a recent dinner out, it did a decent job of dulling eau de Korean barbecue). In May, Kathie Lee Gifford heralded the product on “Today” as one of her favorite things.

Kattia Solano, founder of Butterfly Studio in the Flatiron district, which recently began stocking Oribe, said that “there are people that love fragrance and some that don’t, so I always have my clients smell the product before applying it on them.”

Still, a dedicated fragrance for hair is now in the pipeline, Mr. Kaner said. And it will have competition.

Serge Normant Avah perfume for hair and skin ($60 for 1.7 fluid ounces), which arrived in stores in June 2012, is a concentrated version of the line’s signature musk, jasmine and ylang-ylang scent. It has won over his celebrity clients like Julia Roberts, said Mr. Normant, adding that perfumes are a particular passion of his. “I grew up with Opium and the old Guerlain perfumes,” he said. “They were scents with a point of view.” Several perfume brands, like Marchesa, Narciso Rodriguez, Clean and even Justin Bieber, have also come out with hair mists — perhaps at the peril of passers-by with sensitive noses.

“You want just a hint of something personal,” Mr. Normant said. “The last thing you would want is to give people a headache.”

Tony Awards 2013: Patti LuPone's Hair

(Photo credit: Larry Busacca)

Butterfly Studio stylist Dana Tizzio had the priviledge of getting Broadway Legend Patti LuPone’s hair effortlessly perfect for this year’s Tonys! Dana says Patti “just wanted to be herself,” so a sleek blow out with a bit of movement was in order to keep her hair looking easy and not too done. Going with something simple and more “you” can sometimes be the best thing to compliment an outfit overall. You’ll always look the best in something you’re most comfortable in. We fully agree with the hair down decision – her cut is the ideal length to pull off the fresh feeling of the style, especially with the fun fringe! To get straight locks with a bit of bend like Patti’s just right, Dana recommends applying a roller set to prevent any chance of a flat hair moment later on. Setting the hair offers the right amount of body and foundation to keep the style lasting all night. The star product used to achieve the look was Shu Uemura’s Volume Maker, an invisible texturizing powder stick. Dana dusted Volume Maker mainly on the roots to create the right amount of height and help her hair’s texture keep the overall structure of the style in place. “It’s like magic,” she says!

Butterfly Bang Bar's New Service Menu

Our Bang Bar gets a remix this Spring/Summer with more styling options and accessories. . .

After its recent success, we wanted to give our award-winning Bang Bar a little makeover! That’s why we’ve added dry styling, faux ponytails, and headscarfs to our menu – giving you a one stop shop to get fashionable and functional. We’re offering tutorials on how to wrap, weave, band, bow or “turban-up” your hairstyle with one of our Butterfly’s one kind collection of handmade headscarves & bands – accessories that we’ve made ourselves, every step of the way. Plus, they are absolutely time appropriate for the warm weather ahead. Head scarves protect hair (and scalp) from exposure and prevent color fade. It’s also a great way to tame bangs from bubbling or control frizz (especially around the hairline)! For hair that’s more fashion forward, we love the idea of weaving the ends of a scarf into your own strands. This adds fullness to a knot or a braid, length to a pony, or simply creates a beautiful twist or ‘do with a little element of print, color, or pattern.

Ponytails are always popular around this time of your for a low maintenance, pulled together look that can be dressed up or down. You already love the idea of wearing a noncommittal clip-in bang so we thought we’d offer the option to add a faux ponytail as an accessory for the night, too! Faux ponytails are an easy way to achieve that perfect fishtail or ponytail you have your eyes set on but don’t necessarily have the length or texture for. We customize ponytails with an expert cut and a style (wavy or straight), and highly recommend adding them in for an updo to keep structure in the hair and get the most out of any look. For a full transformation in one appointment, try a dry styling session and get that braid, ponytail, knot, or twist you’ve had your eye on. Amp it up by adding a matching bang, more lengths, a headscarf, or a mix of it all for a whole new you in minutes!

DRY STYLE (no shampoo pony/twist/braid/knot) – 15min $50+

PONYTAILS (w/ blow dry) – 45 mins $120+

UPDO $157

TUTORIALS (headscarf wrapping/styling) – 15 mins $50+
*bring in your favorite scarf or purchase one of ours




BLOW OUT (shampoo service) 30-45 mins $68-$100

Met Gala 2013: Kattia goes PUNK on Allison Sarofim's Hair

Going with a more fashion forward, edgy look doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice being glamorous or feminine. Take a hint from Butterfly master stylist (and salon founder) Kattia Solano who created an amazing 80’s rocker inspired fauxhawk ponytail braid on the fabulous Allison Sarofim for 2013’s punk themed Met Gala Ball. Best hair-of-the-night award, anyone? We think so! Here are Kattia’s how-to hair tips for rocking a similar look!

Start at the top of your head – take a “V” shaped section of hair and set with a small curling iron. On the sides, braid hair moving toward the back of the head. Start with less hair in smaller, finer sections at the root area while gradually taking more hair between your fingers as you braid your way through to hair’s ends. The narrow to wide effect is more flattering around the sides of the head and gives a more polished, elegant look. Secure each braid in the back and spray. The most important thing to consider is to make sure the braid is tight!

Go back to your top section, take out your set, and TEASE! Softly brush teased section of hair back, adjusting the amount of height to your personal preference. Tuck the middle section into where your braids are secured, connecting the two. Add additional pins and spray as desired. For more drama – that means length, volume, fullness, and even color – use extensions or add in a single piece attachment like a faux pony or braid (now available at the Butterfly Bang Bar turned STYLE BAR). For a pop of color without any extra accessories, try a hair chalking technique on a few strands, let dry and style.

"BANG COMMANDMENTS" from the Butterfly Bang Bar Experts!

We’re incredibly excited to have been named “Bang Experts” and awarded “Best of NY 2013” by New York Magazine! Butterfly Studio founder and creative force Kattia Solano says she credits it all to the time our stylists have spent training in the art of bangs – things such as hair movement, framing the cut according to face shape, and mastering the skill of faking it with a faux fringe. The fact is bangs have become a trend with staying power – the main reason being that you can do so much with them, so they are always in style!

We created the Butterfly Bang Bar because we truly believe there is a bang out there for everyone – and it has since proved to be a huge success! We say that bangs should be thought of as the ultimate accessory…the easiest way to do something different while achieving an ever-changing, new look! To bang or not to bang? Read on for a list of our expert bang tips before making your decision . . .

Golden Globes 2013: Best Dressed & Makeup Tips

Jessica. Jodie. Jennifer. Our opinion is that these “Three Js” got it right from head to toe! Representing different ages and styles of women, we go into why we loved their looks – plus on demand makeup tips and product recommendations by Butterfly makeup artist extraordinaire, Francesca Roman!

Our Favorite TOP 3!

Jennifer Lawrence
Our vote for best overall look is in for the lovely Jennifer Lawrence as we are rooting for the underdog! We feel she nailed the fine line between classic elegance and on-trend modern. From afar, the look is all about simplicity – a traditionally draped Dior gown in a red-pink hue, hair away from the face, a clean face of makeup – but after taking a closer look, we noticed little surprises like the thoughtfully corseted details at the top of her dress that really charmed us! Because all memorable looks should have an element of surprise, the addition of a reflective metallic belt brought major cool factor to her look. We LOVED the choice of a messy updo – turning “undone” and “not too polished” into an appearance with youthful, flirty sex appeal!

Her standout makeup feature was definitely her fresh face. When we turned to our Francis for tips, she couldn’t stop talking about Kevyn Aucoin’s Liquid Airbrush Foundation. She says its mattifying power, semi-satin finish, and perfect level of coverage is why she is absolutely OBSESSED! Jennifer’s skintone would fall between a level 05 and 07 shade, FYI. So how do we we get our faces flawless? “It’s as much about the little details as the lining of her dress,” she says. “The trick is to go over with pressed powder using a large powder brush,” to cover every pore for a lasting, even complexion. Softness is harder to achieve with a pencil, so make sure to lightly fill in your eyebrows using dark shadow or powder. Add a bronze or metallic evening eye, and done!

Jodie Foster
Jodie’s look for us was ALL about the hair! It takes a strong woman to wear this kind of haircut, and between the smoldering eye makeup and sparkle of her navy gown, she just looked super current and on target. Overall, so age appropriate yet edgy. Onto the haircut….can we say, perfect length? So perfect. It wouldn’t surprise us if she refreshed her strands just before the show because the cut falls in exactly the right spot on her jawline, defining and shaping her face in the most flattering way! Normally, we wouldn’t recommend that blue-eyed gals go for blue shadow, but the smoky, deep hue was customized in just the right way to make the color of her eyes stand out even more. To achieve this, try blending two cool palettes in similar tones – choosing a basic matte shadow and a metallic/sparkling shade. Francesca recommends using Kevyn Aucoin’s #206 “blackened blue & taupe” shimmer shadow with matte duo “fog/cool smoke” in #203 for recreating Jodie’s chic eye makeup.

Jessica Alba Does this always-ultra-glamorous Mom ever get it wrong? From her soft waves to her color choices, Jessica Alba’s ensemble was delightfully well put together. She looked effortlessly stunning and just simply feminine and pretty. Turns out Jennifer Lopez (yet another J!) sported a similar hair style that night, but we think Jessica’s more romantic curls offered a touchable kind of beauty. With a minimal sweep of peach blush to match her dress, the importance of makeup here is all “lips & eyes.” Where Jennifer and Jodie wore natural toned pink, beigy lips…we loved that Jessica really went for it with a striking, juicy tangerine. We all know that bold color requires some wearing maintenance, that’s why Francis offers the essential move of layering lip liner. For Jessica’s orange lip, pucker up with a layer of deep yet bright “Red” liner by Kevyn Aucoin all over the lip, a layer of “Timeless” coral matte lip color, and a final touch of “Red” on top as the final step. As for the eyes…lashes, lashes, lashes! Go for voluminous falsies that flare out like fireworks and specifically, a curling mascara. Choose a black shade, but avoid jet black to keep the makeup look soft.

Emmy's 2012: Our Picks & Trends

Favorite Dresses: Blues & Prints

Cool blue hues and interesting prints were a trend on the carpert. We loved the delicate blue colored hues on Zooey Deschanel and Heidi Klum’s flowy gowns and Sofia Vergara’s sleek sea goddess dress in mermaid blue. Retro dress shapes got a modern update with fun prints like those seen on Ariel Winter and Elisabeth Moss. And even Butterfly Studio’s signature orange color made an appearance as Gennifer Goodwin’s accent print – so stunning!

Best Black Dress: January Jones

We thought January Jones made a statement in a great way with this Zac Posen dress. She went for slicked back hair and a bold eye to accessorize her voluminous, eye-catching ensemble. Some felt her look was too strong but we were fans of January’s pick for channeling her inner vixen.

Best Accessory: Emily VanCamp

First off, the intricate detailing on dusty, soft greige made for an amazing dress! Her ribbon bracelet stood out to us as the perfect way to glam up this look with the right amount of sparkle. On her other hand, was a matching ring for subtle embelishment…we’d wear both!

Hair & Makeup

Updos at the Emmy’s were high & tight like the styles on Kerry Washington and Hayden Panettiere. Very clean, neat hair was the carpet DO! For hair worn down, the curl was traded for hair set in soft waves like the ethereal ones on Kat Dennings or the old hollywood glam style turned modern by loose, bedroom waves on Christina Hendricks. The makeup must was matte, healthy skin made pretty with an accented eye or lip but nothing that would take from the wow-effect of any dress.

2012 Met Gala: Hits, Misses, & Makeup Essentials

Butterfly makeup artist Francesca Roman created looks for a few of this year’s Met Costume Gala attendees. Here’s the inside scoop on the event’s makeup trends, plus a quick look at our picks for some of the best and worst red carpet decisions!

“The most important accessory of the night was luminous, glowy skin. Being facial fresh, making sure to be well moisturized, is essential for having impeccable skin on a night as big the Met Gala. To wear the healthy look, it’s best to keep the eyelids a nude or frosty shade – even with no eye shadow in some cases – but make the eye pop with lots of mascara and lush lashes. I rimmed eyes with a coal liner pencil and a little of Chanel’s new Illusion D’ombre long wear luminous eye shadow – just enough to define but making sure not to create the effect of a smoky eye to keep with the night’s demand for a natural makeup look. My secret finishing touch for perfect skin – which I just LOVE – is the Soleil Tan De Chanel bronzing makeup base.” – Francesca Roman

Beyonce’s daring, shape-accenting gown made a comeback statement. The dress mixed elements of the evening’s trending styles such as lace trim, feather accents, and a pop of gemstone violet – a very Spring appropriate color. Gweneth Paltrow’s ever-classy simplicity mixed with her playfully alluring dress shape was stunning! Bright neon colors as seen on Kristen Wiig and January Jones were a big hit. Sofia Vergara, Amber Heard, Camilla Belle, Nina Dobrev, and Justin Timberlake were some of our other favorites while Ana Rubik’s overly revealing slit, Marc Jacobs’ wild number and Kristen Stewart’s clashing patterns were a miss!

2012 Oscars: Our "Best Looks" Report

Favorite Couple: George Clooney & Stacy Keibler

What a fabulous couple! They were both stunning from head to toe, defining what a star couple should look like – and setting the standard for the red carpet. With Stacy Keibler in a metallic Marchesa dress, the perfectly glamorous couple really sparkled!

Best Dark Colored Dress: Rose Byrne

If you’re going to wear a dark color to an awards show, or even a fancy evening out – this is the way to do it! The navy color of the dress topped with sequins made it very sexy but still refined. Rose Byrne’s hair was perfection. It was just the right length to flatter the feminine cut of her Vivienne Westwood dress. The details of the dress around her shoulders showed just enough skin, leaving the focus on Rose’s hair. The fun part gave her chic blowout a bit of a retro-flapper take and the dangling, long earrings pulled it all together.

Most Statement Making: Rooney Mara

Rooney Mara embodied the night’s theme which was flawless glamor, old Hollywood style. With her lacquered jet black color, vintage-length bangs and pulled back bun, she had a very strong look. The key to her statement ensemble was that her hair was her best accessory. It was extremely shiny, having almost a mirror-like polish. Rooney’s bold hair worked well with the softness of her couture Givenchy gown.

Best Dressed Overall: Emma Stone, Michelle Williams, Gweneth Paltrow & Jessica Chastain

Emma Stone‘s clean and understated updo was well put together. It made the color of her dress really pop! Her flowing Giambattista Valli gown draped her silhouette beautifully and the bow was a playful surprise.

Michelle Williams in bright coral? We love it! Michelle seems to always know how to get a nod for best dressed at events and awards. She keeps it simple, but still manages not to play it too safe. The red Louis Vuitton dress made her skin and hair appear absolutely radiant!

Gwyneth Paltrow was simply elegant in white. The dress definitely looked like it was a Tom Ford garment. We love that the front scooped lower on one side, giving the dress a flirty one-shoulder style. With her hair and makeup very minimal and a luxurious fashion cape shaping the gown, it was effortless and modern.

Black & gold weren’t just colors found at the awards ballroom that night. They were a wow factor on Jessica Chastain‘s Alexander McQueen dress. The embroidery was incredibly intricate and gorgeous – not to mention, studded in $2 million worth of Harry Winston diamonds! The complimentary colors were a sophisticated pair to Jessica’s fair complexion and strawberry blonde hair. She looked great!

Golden Globes: Tammy's Favorite Celebrity Hair Color

Butterfly Studio senior colorist, Tammy Kopie, on her favorite celebrity hair color seen on the red carpet of this year’s golden globes.

Pale Blondes: Tilda Swinton & Evan Rachel Wood

From the cover of W magazine to current beauty and fashion editorials, pale shades of solid color blonde are trending. Tilda Swinton and Evan Rachel Wood both worked the ultra-blonde style with a short, modern haircut – giving retro glamour a fresh take at the golden globes. The stunning look, worn slicked back on Evan and tousled on Tilda, shows that the versatility of this platinum tone pulled together with a sophisticated cut can be styled to make women of all ages look fashion forward.

Back to Red Again: Nicole Kidman

I was so glad to see that Nicole Kidman’s hair color was no longer so blonde. The change to a beautiful strawberry shade suggests that she is slowly going back to her iconic light red hair – which I love! Since Nicole’s makeup was on the natural side, her hair color worked as the best accessory to the embellishments on her perfectly fitted gown. With Evan Rachel Wood recently going from a classic red to the blonde you now see on her, and Nicole going back to red from blonde – it shows just how many fair-skinned women look great with both tones of hair color. Making blondes red is one of my absolute favorite color processes!

Butterfly's "Josie Maran Holiday" Looks

(Photo via Josie Maran’s Blog: Chicological)

Butterfly’s Margaux Martinez styled Josie Maran’s “Holiday” campaign shoot on Fashion’s Night Out. Margaux played with five inspiring hairstyles behind a Sephora store front window, with pedestrians looking in from the sidewalk outside. On Josie, Margaux transitioned the following looks from one to the other, which you can try when going from a day to night ensemble during the winter season. You can also pick any one of these easy, stunning looks for a holiday party or festive night out.

Butterfly Signature Blow Dry – Margaux chose a smooth blow out with lots of body as her canvas to help create the effect of beautiful, tousled waves.

Easy Elegance Updo – Go chic in minutes. Create a side part and pull front sections of hair back, away from the face for a half up/half down style. This polished look is great for the occasion when you don’t want to be too casual but also want to keep it simple.

Romantic Updo – A day to night transition from the “Easy Elegance Updo.” Start by pulling pieces from the half up/half down look and pinning them back loosely. Go for softness that is a bit disheveled with this style.

Edgy Ponytail – Start with hair that has lots of texture or volume. Pull hair back loosely with either one or two ponytails (one atop the other) – keeping fullness at the crown. This is a look that is pretty and has a touch of rocker glam.

Wind Blown Locks – Natural texture is key in making this look. Start with hair that is really full, has lots of texture, and has been worn in a pulled back or put up style. After some time, simply take down the hair, allowing it to fall without brushing it out. Shake up the look with your fingertips. Having lots of product in the hair helps keep the texture appear winded.

Holiday Gift Guide: Butterfly's Top 10

1. Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Kit ($68)

This holiday season, give the gift of the most luxurious hair elixir infused with precious camellia oil. This kit includes a complimentary travel size Essence nourishing protective oil for just the price of a single full sized oil. Travel size Essence Absolue (30ML) is also available on its own for $24.

2. Kérastase Holiday Gift Set ($82)

The ultimate gift of beauty for LESS! Sets include a full size shampoo ($36 original value), a full size masque ($60 OV), and a travel size Elixir Ultime ($24 OV). Available In – “Reflection”: Bain Chroma Riche, Masque Chroma Riche, Elixir Ultime. “Nutritive #1”: Bain Nutri Thermique, Masque Nutri Thermique, Elixir Ultime. “Nutritive #2”: Bain Satin 2, Masquintense For Fine Hair, Elixir Ultime.

3. Kérastase Travel Size Favorites ($15-26)

Our TOP choice for a stocking stuffer! Add a Bain shampoo, a mini conditioning Masque, a heat-protecting Thermique, or your favorite leave-in beautifying oil (Elixir Ultime, Oleo-Relax Serum, etc) to your gift bag.

4. Sir Elton John Holiday Candles by NEST ($36-46)

The delightful scent of evergreen trees, balsam fir needles, rich woods and a sparkling citrus accord blended together is available in a single 8.1oz crowned deep purple glass, or a gift set of six votive candles. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of Sir Elton John’s Holiday Candle benefits the Elton John AIDS foundation. TIP: Purchase a votive set and separate in singles or pairs for an easy stocking stuffer!

5. NEST Fragrance’s Holiday Collection Candles ($16-34)

A warming scent combination of a sparkling holiday season is created by blending Pomegranate, Mandarin Orange, Pine, Cloves and Cinnamon with a hint of Vanilla and Amber. This gift pairs the comfort of a traditional seasonal fragrance with festive red velvet packaging to send your love or to say “thank you”!

6. Kérastase Chronologiste Treatment Kit ($145)

Give the special gift of a complete rejuvenating cure for the hair and scalp. Hair is left incredibly soft, supple and shiny with the hair fiber renewed, deeply nourished and strengthened. Scalp is regenerated, soothed and hydrated. Approximately 10 applications per box.

7. Tata Harper Skincare Deluxe Beauty Set ($65)

Treat the beauty lover to a complete regimen with these 8 essential products. We’re Tata Harper addicts, so we’re always recommending this mini-set to others for a full experience of Tata’s facial products and body treatment! Not to mention, it’s a fantastic travel addition. Includes: Regenerating Cleanser, Hydrating Floral Essence, Rejuvenating Serum, Rebuilding Moisturizer, Repairative Moisturizer, Replenishing Nutrient Complex, Resurfacing Mask, and Revitalizing Body Oil.

8. Kérastase Homme Men’s Collection ($15-36)

Getting a men’s gift can sometimes be a challenge, but they appreciate products more than you think! The line covers every man’s hair issues – from an oily scalp to those needing a boost in their hair’s density – and has the clean smell of a luxurious men’s cologne. The flexible molding paste and non-sticky sculpting gel are best sellers!

9. SS Platinum Miniature Styling Iron ($36)

A great stocking stuffer for short hair, bangs, touch-ups, and roots – or for a frequent flyer! The super flat surface of Nano-Reflect Titanium plates are smoother with less friction for an incredible glide and reaches a temperature of 400 degrees F in 30 seconds.

10. Malin + Goetz Essentials Travel Size Kit ($30)

This head to toe kit is ideal for your gym-loving friend to throw in their bag, for someone who frequents a weekend get-away, or for the product enthusiast in your family! Includes a travel sized: Grapefruit Face Cleanser, Vitamin E Face Moisturizer, Bergamot Body wash, Peppermint Shampoo, Cilantro Hair Conditioner, and B5 Body Moisturizer.

Butterfly Tulum 2011

These days it has been challenging for small businesses to find ways to reward their team members for their hard work. I am very grateful that I was fortunate enough to reward 8 of my team members for exceeding our goals for 2010!

We began our excursion on Sunday, March 6th arriving in paradise in only 4 ½ hours and drove 1 ½ hours from the airport to arrive at our final destination of Tulum, Mexico. This is by far one of my favorite places to vacation – It’s a bohemian, cool, laid back town with exquisite white sandy beaches.

We stayed at the Coqui Coqui residences where there is a perfumery on-site where you can purchase their variety of intoxicating perfumes, soaps and candles.The combination of orange blossom and coconut scents with the sound of the ocean breeze made this the perfect setting for a relaxing get away.

The next few days were spent enjoying massages, doing a bit of yoga, swimming in the ocean and mostly lounging on the beach. As this past winter in New York was such a rough one, we all worshipped the sun for those few days! At night we hit some of Tulum’s best restaurants, one of them being Posada Margherita . Owned by native Italians, Posada makes the best homemade pastas, bread and also offers delectable seafood dishes using organic ingredients. After our delicious evening our palettes were left longing for more so we decided on Mexican food and headed over to El Tåbano. With it’s eclectic mix of traditional Mexican fare combined with Mediterranean and Caribbean cuisine, El Tabano made us feel just like we were in grandma’s kitchen. The gorgeous open air night sky and refreshing cucumber margaritas made it the perfect night!

Being in the beauty industry, we always come prepared with “equipment”; blow dryer, styling products, the works but being that Coqui Coqui is an Eco-friendly hotel, we decided to go au naturelle and skip on the blow dryers and hairsprays. Our hotel bathing water was actually sea water and with the combination of the ocean air we all had beautiful beach waves day and night. The best way to achieve this look is by always adding extra moisture to your hair with a leave-in conditioner of your choice. My Assistant Manager ,Yasmin used the perfumery’s own hair conditioner as she loved the aromatic scent of orange blossom every time the wind blew in her hair. My favorite conditioner/styling product was the coconut oil – It’s great to tame any frizz and conditions dry or sunburned skin. Our trip to Tulum was such a team building and bonding experience that we will never forget.