Thursday, August 28, 2014

Entertainment Tonight's Nancy O' Dell, from being a Charleston crime reporter to being a Rusk Haircare fan girl.

By Laura Medina
Entertainment Tonight's Nancy O' Dell making an appearance at Ulta for Rusk.

People may know Nancy O' Dell as the flaxen-haired glamazon anchor of Entertainment Tonight but what people don't know but this scribe did know...Nancy paid her dues being an hard-hitting crime reporter in Charleston, South Carolina which this scribe assumed she'll be when she was promoted to be a crime reporter in Miami.  This was long before Access Hollywood, or Hollywood itself, much less Entertainment Tonight or being Rusk Haircare's spokesperson.

This scribe grew up watching her reporting on crack dealers and addicts in the worst part of town at the worst hours.  So, this scribe can't help but be swelled with pride watching her rising up the ranks to where she is today or last night, Entertainment Tonight host making an appearance at Ulta for Rusk Haircare.

Underneath all that shiny armor of glamor is a toughness, sharpness, and practicality that she learned and earned as a cub tv news reporter in Charleston, South Carolina and which determines everything from interviewing celebrities to directing and editing camera angles when she's profiling a celebrity to right down to her favorite hair products.

"Funny, I feel like I got the best training ever in Charleston, SC because I was relatively new to the news scene. People don’t realized I did hard news for eight years before I started entertainment journalism."

Reflecting back, she saw her trainee years, as a crime reporter,  in a small city like Charleston, as a training ground to build her foundation in television journalism to where she is today as a top-notch entertainment reporter.

In fact, having Nancy talk about her early professional background is great advice for young girls everywhere watching her on TV.  In the same way, her as a young girl growing up in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, watching Entertainment Tonight's Mary Hart, thinking that was the coolest job either.

"I remember, growing up, watching Entertainment Tonight in my hometown, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, thinking that would be the coolest job ever to have!  Who would had knew that I would be hosting it someday."

As Charleston's WCBD-TV  cub crime reporter, "It was great training because we did everything, the editing, the writing, the producing.   You know, I would literally do my own camera shooting."

She learned and did all that riding shotgun with Charleston cops chasing down drug dealers and bad guys in the worst part of town in the dark of night, witnessing and documenting every nitty-gritty detail to be broadcasted in a nanosecond for the next morning as WCBD's morning anchor.
"It was great training.  Now, that I understand it more in everybody’s job in what they do.  It helps me be able in being a better reporter for Entertainment Tonight in entertainment where we have all the other people doing it.  I understand their jobs."  

By learning, training, and being a "Jill of all Trades," being her own Director of Photography, Director, and Editor, she can now tell, today, an Entertainment Tonight camera operator when and how to catch and shoot her in a certain angle when she expresses a certain thought and expression to better tell a story.  Nancy O' Dell literally calls the shots.

After building and earning her credentials, this scribe watched Nancy being transferred and promoted to the bigger market of crime reporter.  She talked about how she wound up in Los Angeles as an entertainment reporter.

"But to make the transition, it kinda happened along the way.  Starting in Charleston, which is my favorite city in the entire world, then moved to Miami to do the news there with NBC. It was there that they said they’re starting up this new entertainment program.  That was Access Hollywood.  I did Access Hollywood for thirteen years then I wound up at the crème de la crème, the golden throne of entertainment shows, Entertainment Tonight; and I love every minute of it."
Those eight years as a cub crime reporter was the most exciting and the most formative time in her life, not that she's complaining about her life now, as Entertainment Tonight host and Rusk Haircare Spokesperson.

Working long, grueling hours in the trenches as a crime reporter in both Charleston and Miami taught her the importance in looking polished and using makeup and hair care products that are durable, nourishing, and making her look polished non-stop.

This is why Nancy is a fan girl of Rusk Haircare.  Alright, she's obsessed with it.

Imagine having to make do with whatever is on hand in a small town then hoping it'll last, you can ask this scribe and Nancy about that then discovering the wonderful array of choices and quality that you can only unearth in Hollywood, the land of the top-notch beauty products.  While making do with limited supply and quality of beauty products in a small town, you'll learn to make do and then super-appreciate bountiful top-notch beauty products, all in one big city.

"Literally, from the moment I first set foot in LA, I found out products.  Everybody said “Try the Rusk products.”  I love them and they’re great for TV." 

She's been hooked ever since then.

In the later half of this interview, she constantly mention the demands of constant hair styling to maintain the standards of entertainment reporting and the merits of Rusk Haircare's ability to lock in color to lessen the time committed to highlighting and low-lighting while nourishing and straightening the hair, all awhile on a glamorous but busy and demanding schedule.

She swears how Rusk can meet the demands of being on-air while improving your hair.

She talked about the brand and the products so much that the president of Rusk approached her to their spokesperson..."why not be the official spokesperson?  So, I said I would love to because I use all their products anyway!"

RUSK® W8less™ Strong Hold Shaping and Control Hairspray

After being on-air for years, having her tresses messed with, Nancy knows the importance of good but tough haircare,..
“It was a natural partnership.  I mentioned in a magazine that Rusk as my favorite product.   Rusk’s Weightless Hairspray because I have to get my hair styled so much.  You know, being constantly styled through-out the day.  I may be styled then later, I may be styled again.  Rusk W8Less Hairspray doesn’t weight it down but it has incredible hold." 

Now, as Rusk's official spokesperson, Nancy is also their official "guinea pig" testing out the newest and the latest in Rusk Haircare while on-air.  After gladly testing them out on-air and hours of prepping and editing,  these are the products Nancy vouches for...

 "I love the new Styling Line that they have."  

RUSK® Freezing Spray (Humidity-Resistant Hairspray,

"They have this anti-humidity hairspray, (RUSK® Freezing Spray, (Humidity-Resistant Hairspray) which is great because no matter where you live, whether it’s California when it’s humid, especially in the South where I grew up, the anti-humidity hairspray keeps it fresh.  The great thing about it also holds in the color.  The ingredients in the hairspray actually locks in the color so you don’t have to constantly get your hair highlighted or low-lighted as often because it holds in the color.  That’s my new favorite product but, I can go on and on."  


RUSK® Deepshine® Oil Protective Oil Treatment,

"If you have dry hair, I am obsessed with the Deep Shine Moisturizer.  I would put it in when my hair is wet.  Before, if I just put it in, my hair would be like straw because it’s styled so much.  When I put it in (when wet), my hair is soft, manageable, and pliable (afterwards).  Again, it helps to keep the color in, keeps it moisturizing."

That’s the great thing about Rusk.  They also look into the health of your hair, not only to style it but also to help.  

She hasn’t forgotten her roots!



Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Emmy Makeup & Trends: Classy, Sassy, Approachable, & Fun!

By Laura Medina

 Julianne Hough wear Nars Cosmetics for the Emmys.

Makeup artist, Spencer Barnes, used Nars for Julianne Hough's look for last Monday night's Primetime Emmys.

Beauty Inspiration:  “The inspiration for this look was a modern-day Grace Kelly. The simplicity of Julianne’s dress allowed the makeup to really pop, even though it was a soft, fresh look.”

The look was bold and minimal.  Clean skin highlighted  by  413 BLKR IlluminatorEyes lined with Snake Eyes Eye Paint then lips tinted with | Julie Audacious Lipstick |

Red Carpet/Evening Makeup doesn't have to complex nor do you have the need to haul tons of makeup in a tote bag.

Red Carpet makeup is actually all about the "touch-ups," cute, clever, and nifty little compacts to add a little of color or a "pop" to best emphasize an actress' best feature before the flashing bulbs on the red carpet.  Always, these "pretty potent" makeup better be tiny enough to stash in a clutch.

Making Jouer Cosmetics the ideal Red Carpet/Evening Clutch makeup.

Here's their guide to Camila Alves' Red Carpet Jouer Makeup:

Makeup Artist, Mary Phillips, went the opposite from Julianne Hough's classic Fifties Hollywood makeup.  She went sultry and flesh-toned and somewhat '60's Mod for Camila Alves.

"After prepping skin with La Mer Crème De La Mer, I applied Jouer Age-Repairing Perfector in No. 6 (Honey), contouring with No. 8 (Tan).  I used Age-Repairing Concealer in No. 4 (Buff) where needed."

She used three shades of Jouer Age-Repairing Perfector in a classic makeup artist's trick to sculpture and highlight without obvious rouge.   #6 in Honey all-over the face.  Darker #8 Tan to contour the cheekbones and nose bridge and jaw.  Lighter Age-Repairing Concealer in #4 Buff to undereye-bags.  Remember, Jouer's Age-Repairing Perfectors come in their inter-locking and clicking compacts to connect together then separate.  Clicked together, they already form the building block of your evening makeup kit.

Then Mary,..."Eyes were lined with Eye Definer in Noir. Jouer Powder Eyeshadows in Almond was applied all over lid, Cappuccino in the crease, Caramel to highlight inner corners of eyes & Crème under brow. Lashes were finished with Jouer Everyday Effortless Mascara in Noir."  Remember, the eyeshadows and mascara also come in inter-locking "click & clack" compact to customize your own look.

After contouring Camilla's face with Jouer Age-Repairing Perfector in No. 8 (Tan), Mary added a touch more bronze to Camila’s already beautiful skin with Jouer Mineral Powder Bronzer in Sunshine. Cheeks were warmed by blending Jouer Tint in Bare and Mineral Powder Blush in Blossom.  Jouer's Tints are double-duty stars in tinting both cheeks and lips that this scribe cannot live without.  Everything in this paragraph comes in inter-locking compacts to build or lessen upon your needs and wants.

Last but not least, the lips...

The look was finished with a creamy nude lip using Jouer Hydrating Lipstick in Gigi and Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Oasis.

If you're just interested in Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Oasis because you can "click & clack" the essential Camila Alve's Emmy look (Jouer Age-Repairing Perfector in No. 6 (Honey, Jouer Everyday Effortless Mascara in Noir, Jouer Tint in Bare , & Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Oasis.) for a more wholesome and lighter daytime look, you can "click & clack" the above Jouer items together for your everyday sultry nude, but not boring, look.

Funny, the pre-Emmy style, beauty, and okay, gifting lounges were occurring at the same time as the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, both ideal places to discover the latest in food trends as in snack treats...especially on a hot, sweaty day in August.

While Church Key was freeze drying their tequila pops fresh at the Lexus Grand Tasting lunch buffet, actors like Viola Davis, Corbin Bleu and Maksim Chmerkovskiy were sucking down on these LIQRpops, frozen cocktails on a stick, a.ka. cocktail popsicles.

LIQRPOP LLC has invented and engineered a new, patent-pending delivery mechanism that creates a hard frozen confection with a full serving of alcohol contained separately inside which can be either injected over the frozen cocktail flavored surface, or sucked from inside the pop while enjoying the frozen outer confection. The alcohol can also be shot strongly (4-6 feet) from the frozen pop if a more playful serving method is desired. In summary, the mix of alcohol and frozen cocktail can be uniquely controlled by the consumer.

LIQRpops are 20 proof and made with premium flavored ingredients and spirits to create a smooth tasting shot when it goes down. All four of our flagship flavors are profiled to cocktails consumers already identity with and already love. But now, consumers get a new, exciting, and thoroughly refreshing way of enjoying them!

Strawberry Margarita  -  "STRMRG"
Pop flavor - Strawberry Margarita Flavor. A margarita is the most common tequila-based cocktail in the United States. And Strawberry is the favorite flavor of them all.
Shot - Strawberry infused Tequila.

Coconut Pina Colada  – “COCOLADA”
Pop flavor - Piña colada, pineapple and coconut flavoring mixed perfectly with delectable Coconut rum. What could be more luscious, more mellow & more savory?
Shot – Coconut Whipped Rum.

Apple Martini  – “APLTINI”
Pop flavor - Apple Martini blends apple and kiwi fruit flavors and has proven to be a very popular flavor giving consumers the ability to enjoy a smooth sweet & tart cocktail.  Recently, Mark Zuckerberg made the Appletini Facebook's official drink!  We've created that sweet & sour favorite to be a Popsicle!
Shot---Sour Apple Pucker Vodka.

Sex on the Beach  - “SEXBCH”
Pop flavor - Sex on the beach is a mix of refreshing tropical flavors including peach and orange, which gives you the feeling of being "at the beach", no matter where you are.
Shot---Peach whipped Vodka.

If all that alcohol dries them out and those actors need all the vitamins to keep pace with appearances, rehearsal, and dress rehearsals, they're really guzzling down...

 Jennifer Falls actress Jaime Pressly poses with a Citrus Burst HYDRIVE Energy Water

TV's hottest cable and NetFlix stars were chugging down HYDRIVE Energy Water to their thirst and electrolytes in prepping for the Primetime Emmys, such as "Jennifer Falls" actress Jaime Pressly.

The low-calorie energy water, with just the right amount of caffeine, is the hottest new trend among celebrities who need an energy boost both on and off screen at only 30 calories/bottle.

Expect to be chugging them yourself soon at your local supermarket.

The fun...and the stress didn't stop pre-Emmy, they still continue onto the night of the awards show itself.

KeVita Sparkling Probiotic Drinks calmed everybody's nerves backstage of the Emmys.

"No one wants to feel bloated in their custom Robert Cavalli gown," said Michelle Dolge, Senior Brand Manager for KeVita. "And those nervous event jitters can do a number on the digestive system. We were proud to have our refreshing and tasty beverage on hand for nominees and presenters. With all the bonus probiotic power, plus low calorie and low sugar attributes, KeVita wins for 'Best Supporting Role' in an everyday diet!"

Probiotics, widely acknowledged as an immune and digestive health booster, have also been proposed to support a myriad of functions. As one of the fastest growing brands in the functional beverage industry, KeVita is championing this probiotic awareness and encourages consumers to take control of their health through smarter choices.

Among the growing trend of cultured and fermented foods, KeVita's popularity is largely due to its lightly refreshing fruit juice taste, combined with its natural health credentials.Each of KeVita's 12 delicious flavors is low-calorie, certified organic, non-GMO Project Verified, vegan, magnesium enhanced, dairy-free and gluten-free.
Truth be told, celebrities have more fun pre-Emmy Awards Show because they like shopping and spotting new trends in stuff too...and being the firsts to try them out.

At one of the most chill pre-Emmy style, beauty, and gifting lounges, Beau Bridges (Masters of Sex), Damien Puckler (GRIMM), Dancing with the Starspro Gleb Savchenko trying on sunglasses from Serengeti Eyewear, Sam Richardson (VEEP), Alysia Reiner and Madeline Brewer (Orange Is The New Black, Elliot Gould (Ray Donovan), Patrick Gallagher (Night at the Museum), Teyonah Parris (Mad Men), Wes Ramsey (CSI: Miami), Alex Meneses (The Goldbergs), Drew Seeley (A Cinderella Story), Tenille Houston (The Canyons), Taylour Paige (VH1’s Hit the Floor), Scott Bailey (The Bay), Maitland Ward (Boy Meets World), Octavius Johnson (Ray Donavan), Drew Scott (Property Brothers) and Kyle Keller (VH1) enjoyed "shopping and spotting" really cool products that they and their families can use...

John Paul Pet Body & Paw Wipes and Oatmeal Shampoo is really good for Coachella camping.  O.P.I. Nail Polish and HAI Styling Tools Flat Iron for the big night.  Fresh Body Fresh Balls because nervous nominees sweat like pigs.  Youth Eternal by Kellyann Nourishing Beauty Serum, always needed by actresses and needed lately by mature actors.   J.Andre All natural Hykunari Blending Sponges, if your makeup is all-natural...why can't your makeup tool?  Serengeti Eyewear Sunglasses, people can always use sunglasses to prevent eye wrinkles and make them look mysterious and sexy!

This scribe has always enjoyed scoping out the newest, the latest, and the trendiest in consumer products.  Don't get that idea that these products are for celebrities only.  Celebrities need them first because they're under the glare of the cameras, surrounded 360 degrees.  But, they're guinea pigs testing out those products that will eventually come down to us mere mortals.  If they're "celebrity approved" then imagine what they'll do for us!