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Battle of the Strands: Full hair and make-up rules

Battle of the Strands showcased the best in hair and make-up
Battle of the Strands showcased the best in hair and make-up
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Battle of the Strands, a competition between five top Las Vegas salons in the beauty industry with the theme “Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future” was showcased Oct. 23 on the grounds of the beautiful Spanish Mansion. The invitation-only masquerade ball also included a competition for the best costume worn by guests.

VIP and celebrity guests arrived in Lamborghini and Audi luxury cars. The Lamborghini's brand new supercar, Aventador, due out in November, was on display as the much-anticipated successor to the Murcielago with a 6.5-liter, 700HP, V-12 motor.

Celebrity guests included Dr. Robert Rey from the TV series, “Dr. 90210,” Angelique “Frenchy” Morgon from “Rock of Love II,Adrien Neito, runner up from season two of “Master Chef,” and players from the Las Vegas Sin of the Lingerie Football League.

Before the judging, guests were entertained with fashion show from LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy) Sponsored Piazza SEMPIONE, and a dance performance by VZ Dance Studios. Wild Truffles provided the food.

The participating salons included The Spa at Trump featuring Eli Sabat, Walk in Salon by Robert Cromeans at Mandalay Bay, Kim Vo Salon at the Mirage, Canyon Ranch Salon at the Palazzo, and Cariloe Concept Salon. The actual competition included judging on hair, make-up, costume, props, and execution impact competition. The Spa at Trump won Best Hair, Kim Vo Salon at the Mirage won for Best Make-Up and Best Salon overall.

The four stylists judging the competition included:

LaVey Ortiz, a Las Vegas celebrity make-up artist who is a favorite of celebrities including the Kardashians, the Hiltons sisters, Molly Sims, Rosario Dawson, and more;

Kari Kisch, a stylist who has worked on celebrities including Alicia Keys, Michelle Obama, and Jennifer Aniston, as well as numerous magazine photo shoots;

Lyle Malapit, Las Vegas Salon Owner, and hairstylist with almost a decade of experience; and

Jenniveve McPherson, a costume designer who has designed for Vegas shows and owner of the production company and design team The Beverly Project, which has designed red carpet costumes for celebrities such as “The Hills” star Audrina Patridge and “Jersey Shore”s Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi.

Hosted by Best Beauty Essentials, the Director of Operations Erin Utter said, “Many people think that the best salons are in New York and California. We challenge this notion as we present you with five of the top salons in Las Vegas. Battle of the Strands is a show of force by stylists of the world’s entertainment capital.”

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The participating salons:

The Spa at Trump featuring Eli Sabat

Walk in Salon by Robert Cromeans at Mandalay Bay

Kim Vo Salon at the Mirage

Canyon Ranch Salon at the Palazzo

Cariloe Concept Salon

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