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How to Get Lea Michele’s Classic Waves and Other Styles


In celebration of Lea Michele’s launch of her new album Places, we are excited to share some of her most iconic hairstyles by the creative genius behind these fresh and bold looks. Sarah Potempa, founder and inventor of The Beachwaver Co., has helped create Lea’s hairstyles for events like Watch What Happens Live! to a pit stop at Columbia Records in New York. Potempa gave us quick and easy tips to getting that wow factor hair that stays flawless all day and the tools you’ll need to rock everything from casual chic to savvy and sophisticated. We are happy to provide you with step-by-step tutorials on how to get Lea Michele’s classic waves and other styles. 

Before we dive into the hair and styles that scored Michele a million-dollar contract with L’Oreal, we wanted to mention that her on-the-go glam team also includes makeup artist Meredith Baraf. She created all of Michele’s makeup looks in these photos and swears by Artis makeup brushes.
Click through to learn how to recreate Lea Michele’s iconic styles!



With summer finally here, you’d think I’d be out enjoying the gorgeous weather and the break from being indoors. However, being a true entertainment junkie, I find myself still glued to my electronics. Also, it doesn’t help that I can watch TV, listen to music, and read a book from my phone; let’s just say that my face has yet to bask in the light of day. Who needs healthy social interaction anyway? Especially when you can stay glued to a screen all day (totally joking—go make friends). Here’s what I currently have on rotation.

Listening To: Bangerz by Miley Cyrus

So we all know Hannah Montana-no-more has gone clinically insane circa Britney Spears 2007. Still, despite how repulsed I am by her new persona, I’m completely obsessed with her Bangerz album—though if you tell anyone, I’ll deny it. It’s very rare that I find an album where I like almost every single song, but believe it or not, this is one of them. However, this shouldn’t come as a surprise when she’s been collaborating with artists such as Will.i.Am and Pharrell. Album highlights include fan-favorites like “We Can’t Stop” and “Wrecking Ball,” pretty vocals like “Adore You” and “Drive,” and of course finger-snapping beats like “Hands in the Air” and “Someone Else”; and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The ill-fitting hairstyles, crazy antics, and unbearable new personality might turn you away from Miley, but there’s no denying that this album rocks!

Reading: Brunbrunetteambitionette Ambition by Lea Michele

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to our readers. I love all things Lea Michele. In her debut novel—which is both memoir as well as a how-to for the young and ambitious—we get to hear revealing untold stories and never-before-seen images of the multi-tasking starlet. From beauty tips to fitness advice, Michele describes this as “the book [she] wishes she’d had in her teens and early twenties.” I may have been newly inducted into my late twenties, but that didn’t stop me from pre-ordering my copy.

yoshiPlaying: Yoshi’s New Island for Nintendo 3DS

If I told you that I prepaid for this game before its release date just so I could play it right away, would you judge me? Call me a #nerd if you will, but I have no regrets. This is basically a “midquel” between the original Super Mario 2: Yoshi’s Island (SNES) and Yoshi’s Island (DS). It plays much like its predecessor, with the Yoshis helping to reunite Baby Mario and his kidnapped brother. What could be more adorable than diapers and dinosaurs? I’ll admit I still favor the original, but I’m happy to get my fix of flutter jumps, egg-tosses, and ground pounds.

gameofthronesWatching: Game of Thrones (Seasons 1-4)

Despite all of my self-proclaimed entertainment savviness, I will admit that I am usually the last person to know about a hit show (thank goodness for Netflix and on-demand).  So although HBO’s Game of Thrones just wrapped up its fourth season—and I’m sure it was phenomenal—this late bloomer is still waiting on Khaleesi’s dragon eggs to hatch. Though I’m far behind and social media has long-ago informed me of some of the show’s major events, there’s something fulfilling in watching the storyline from the beginning and at my own pace. Sure, I don’t have the excruciating, albeit exciting experience of waiting for the next episode week after week, but I have literally hundreds of hours of viewing pleasure at my disposal! And so far, I’ve been as enthralled as King Joffrey in a room full of dead puppies.

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Naya Rivera Written Out of Glee’s Fifth Season Finale


To all my fellow “Gleeks” and avid Glee fans out there, I have some very shocking news to share. Naya Rivera, better known as the show’s Santana Lopez, will not be making an appearance on the season 5 finale, set to air May 13th, entitled “The Rachel Berry Project”. Popwrapped owner Zachary Jaydon confirmed the news on Twitter Monday.

It was already uncertain whether Rivera would be returning at all for the musicals’ sixth season. The news comes after reports of ‘a major altercation’ occurring on the set between Naya and Lea Michelle on April 15. ”
They’re always icy to each other,” a source told US Weekly.
It is said that there is always a lot of tension on the set of the hit television show, and that behind the scenes Naya & Lea are both quite the divas. The news couldn’t have come at a more worse time for Rivera who just recently split from her ex fiance, rapper Big Sean. Naya Rivera written out of Glee’s fifth season finale?What does this news mean for the future of Glee? I guess we will all be saying farewell to Santana.
(Featured Image courtesy of Daily Mail)



As an impatient summer baby, I’ve been looking for ways to keep myself busy until my favorite time of year finally arrives. I know you guys have been, too. Fortunately, I’ve discovered that the excruciating wait for those beautiful, uninhibited summer nights doesn’t have to be spent twiddling your thumbs. The season for designer sunglasses and sand between your toes might still be a couple of months away, but here’s my “hot list” to keep you guys entertained until then.

Listening To: Louder by Lea Michele

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I am obsessed with the insanely talented Lea Michele. After the devastating loss of her boyfriend and Glee co-star, Cory Monteith, I found it hard to imagine her returning to the public eye. But she did, and it was with a bang—not to mention with strength and bravery that millions found inspiring, myself included. In her debut album, she exudes all of her pain and determination in that technically perfect sound that she is so famous for. The ballad entitled “If You Say So” is a stand-out track; Michele shares the very last words that she heard Monteith say, her grief tangible through the pretty lyrics. The album sounds like nothing else, despite it being classified into the pop genre. Her voice is built for classic theatre, but put over an emotional ballad or a fresh dance beat, Lea Michele soars to unexpected heights—even for her. I think this is only the beginning for this destined future diva.

Reading: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

While I’ve been not-so-patiently awaiting Lea Michele’s debut book, Brunette Ambition (May 20th, 2014), I picked up this popular and already well-received novel. With the film-version already set for release in the summer, I was very eager to see what all the hype was about. In short, I fell in love. Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters will absolutely charm you. Aside from the obvious love story, there are themes of inspiration, hope, and the fulfillment of wishes. Still, there is certainly the underlying sense of hopelessness that you have to expect when reading a book about teenagers battling various forms of cancer. You will cry (if you have a soul, at least). What’s pretty incredible about the book, however, is how much you will laugh between your tears. This is an absolute must-read.

Playing: Bravely Default for Nintendo 3DS


Thanks to a certain editor of mine, (cough, cough) Megan Portorreal (cough), I no longer have a social life. My days have been consumed by this game, with its captivating storyline and challenging boss battles. With unlimited character customizations, you’ll find yourself forgetting what your primary objective was in lieu of creating killer attack and magic combinations. If you’re looking to escape your world and jump into one of fantasy—pun intended, as the game is very reminiscent of Final Fantasy IV—then this is definitely the purchase for you. Just be warned, you probably won’t be doing much else once you pop this cartridge in.

Closer_movie_posterWatching: Closer (2004)

I know what you’re thinking. Why revisit a movie that’s already ten-year-old news? Aside from it being one of my all-time favorites, I have two words for you: Natalie Portman. Even if you’re not a fan of this gifted beauty, you cannot deny her absolutely captivating role in this film. Pair it with the likes of Jude Law, Clive Owen, and Julia Roberts, and you have a recipe for brilliance. Two couples have their relationships tested when the man from one couple forms a romance with the woman from another. In a pivotal scene where the adultery is discovered, Larry (Owen) asks Anna (Roberts) all the hard-hitting questions that the victim of infidelity never really wants to know the answers to. It’s powerful, twisted, shocking, and heart-breaking. The writing is so intense that it can be mistaken for poetry: “Where is this love? I can’t see it, I can’t touch it. I can’t feel it. I can hear it. I can hear some words, but I can’t do anything with your easy words.” Add a hauntingly beautiful theme song like “I Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” by Damien Rice and you have a solid, albeit under-the-radar film that will seriously blow your mind.

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