Stay Gorgeous on the Sand: How to Wear Makeup at the Beach

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Summer lends itself to a loosening of sorts…relaxed beauty routines…fewer pieces clothing…lowered inhibition. We all just feel a little sexier in the summer, no? (NO?! Have a few glasses of rosé and get back to me.)

While you’re drinking, let’s talk getting glam for the beach. As much as most of us enjoy going au natural, who doesn’t want to channel a little Brigitte Bardot every now and again, am I right? It’s just fun.

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Tips for Rocking a Non-Traditional Hair Color

(Image Credit: Hillary Boles)
(Image Credit: Hillary Boles)

Outrageous hair color is no longer only for the punk kids making a statement or the artist that nobody understands. Bright, non-traditional hair colors have been pouring into the mainstream steadily over the past few years. It is still a bit risky and intriguing to try out pink or blue hair, but it is definitely more acceptable now than it has ever been. If you’re thinking about taking the color plunge, whether with streaks or all over color, we have five tips below to help your color stay brighter longer.

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10 Summer Beach Bag Essentials

10 Summer Beach Bag Essentials

10 Summer Beach Bag Essentials

Summer is officially here and you know what that means – time to hit the beach, enjoy some fun in the sun, and travel on a vacation or two. There are few things quite as glorious as a day soaking up the sun with the waves crashing nearby, and the summer season is the perfect time to enjoy it. If you’re looking to make a full-day trip to the sand, it’s essential that you pack your beach bag accordingly. Forgetting sunblock or water can quickly turn your day from fab to drab. Check out our list of 10 summer bag essentials. Continue reading “10 Summer Beach Bag Essentials”

How to Look Your Best in Pictures!

How to look your best in pictures!

There unfortunately is no step-by-step manual on how to be photogenic, but being “unphotogenic” does not mean that you are not physically attractive. The most gorgeous person in the world could look like an absolute toad in pictures. There is a certain art to taking a good picture. Sometimes it is random, someone just catches you at the right time in the right place. But there are some tricks of the trade that can help you to make every picture a good one. Continue reading “How to Look Your Best in Pictures!”

Steal Mila Kunis’ Braided Bun Look for Summer!

Steal Mila Kunis' Braided Bun Look for Summer!
Mila Kunis at the 2016 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS (Getty Images via ABC)

It’s officially summer and if you’re anything like me you’re super excited… Until your first official summer night out when humidity, heat and sweat turn that hairstyle you spent an hour perfecting into a gross, flat or frizzy mess. It’s enough to make anyone give up on glam and settle for a plain, slicked back pony or top-knot, but the rise in temperature doesn’t mean you have to lower your style standards.

Take for example Mila Kunis’ fabulous, braided bun look created by Celebrity Stylist Renato Campora. This bun style is the perfect way keep your hair looking chic despite the heat. Lucky for us, Campora has broken down how you can recreate the look he styled for Kunis using Infusium 23 products and PRO Beauty Tools. Check out Campora’s step-by-step instructions below!

Mila Kunis at the 2016 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS (Getty Images via ABC)
Mila Kunis at the 2016 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS (Getty Images via ABC)

First, I washed and conditioned her hair with the Infusium 23 Repair + Renew Shampoo and Conditioner to illuminate and brighten her strands.

I wanted a lot of texture for this look so I sprayed the Infusium 23 Repair + Renew Leave-In Treatment when her hair was damp to help build texture and volume.

Next, I dried her hair with the PRO Beauty Tools 1875W Ionic AC Motor and ran my hands through her hair – no brush.

I selected random pieces and curled them with the PRO Beauty Tools 1 ¼ Curling Iron to add more volume.

It’s all about the texture today! So I sprayed the Infusium 23 Repair + Renew Leave-In Treatment again which also helped tame fly-aways and create that sleek look.

I pulled a few pieces out on side of her face to create a soft, romantic feel. The rest of the hair was pulled into a high ponytail.

Then, I braided the ponytail very loosely, wrapped it around and finished the look by pinning the braid around the ponytail.

There you have it! With the right products and tools, and these simple instructions from Campora you too can take your summer hair from bland and unmanageable to this romantic and put together braided bun!

Easy Ways to Revitalize Your Hair!

SFD 105Spring is all but gone and summer is right around the corner. You’re probably hard at work on your new beach body, but your figure is not the only thing that needs some revitalizing- your hair probably needs it too! Bring on the sun with these beautiful, healthy hair tips. Continue reading “Easy Ways to Revitalize Your Hair!”

Is It True? I’ve Been Using Bobby Pins Wrong, Since…FOREVER?!

While doing a search for an article on haircuts, I came across this post by Honey & Fitz about bobby pins and could not believe what I was reading! I use bobby pins to pull my bangs back while exercising or to keep the hair out of my face on a windy day. I use them for braids,  to create some volume, or to hold a messy bun in place. The list of uses for bobby pins really is endless. But… have I been using bobby pins the wrong way all this time? How hard can it be? There are only two choices!

Well, the answer is a big fat, yes! I have been using bobby pins for the right purposes, but the wrong way all this time. If you still use the good ol’ fashioned bobby pins (they have evolved in colors and shapes) with the grooves on one side, you will want to know the grooved side should never be facing out for the world to see! They are to be put in face down! The purpose of the grooves is to grip your hair and the flat side is meant to press the hair down into those groves.

Who knew? Not me, but I am pretty sure I am not the only one who has been using them the wrong way after reading the  Honey & Fitz post. It’s good to know I was not alone, but even better to know the right way to use these handy hair tools. I have already tried the proper way of using the pins to pull my bangs back and can report that if you follow suit,  you will not have to fix them or any other style you try for the rest of the day! What a life changer, in my case about 18 years late, but better late than never! You are welcome bobby pin fanatics!

Originally posted October 16, 2013.

How to Protect Your Hair from Pool Chlorine

(Image Credit: Oleksandr Dibrova)
(Image Credit: Oleksandr Dibrova)

Summertime has finally returned. This means sunny days, pool lounging and the smell of sunscreen are back too! While rejoicing, you may also remember that pool chlorine can be quite damaging to your hair. Chlorine sucks all the oils, including necessary healthy oils, from hair. What it leaves you with is extremely dry hair that is more prone to breakage. Because no one wants that, here are a few tips on how to protect your hair from pool chlorine and keep your hair luscious after a swim. Continue reading “How to Protect Your Hair from Pool Chlorine”

Would You… Try Dry Conditioner?

(Image Credit: Igor Shmel)
(Image Credit: Igor Shmel)

We have seen an explosion in hair product popularity within the past year. First there was the new wave of love for dry shampoo. The concept makes total sense: a dry powder in a portable tube or can that absorbs oil and helps extend the beauty of your hair between washes. Those who were unaware of the magic of dry shampoo now were in awe, and we were able to go days without looking like a mess. Continue reading “Would You… Try Dry Conditioner?”

How to make your hair color last!

(Image Credit: Puhhha)
(Image Credit: Puhhha)

One of the best feelings is when you leave the hair salon with your locks flowing, highlights glistening, and looking like a brand new you. Unfortunately, that feeling can be short lived if you don’t take the appropriate steps to care for your new hair color. Check out these products & tips before you let the sun get the best of your hair. Continue reading “How to make your hair color last!”

The Vicious Cycle of Getting Bangs

Bangs (Image Credit: Emma Montague)
Bangs (Image Credit: Emma Montague)

The ladies who are addicted to switching up the hair situation know the scenario well: You’re happy with your cut and you love your color, but something just needs to change. Suddenly, it comes to you. You think, ‘Hey, what about bangs?’ The last bang episode was a terrible life choice, but hey, why not try them again for some inexplicable reason? Continue reading “The Vicious Cycle of Getting Bangs”

(Image Credit: Kazzakova)

Would You… Try Hair Color Primer?

(Image Credit: Kazzakova)
(Image Credit: Kazzakova)

Primers are the new “it” product in beauty. It began with face primers, meant to make your foundation go on smoothly and last through your hectic day. Then came eye primers, which made complete sense — everyone wants the secret to crease-free eye shadow, and this did the trick! Then came lip primers, mascara primers and before we knew it, there seemed to be a primer to use for everything. Continue reading “Would You… Try Hair Color Primer?”

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Ways to add a touch of bright color to your hair!

(Image Credit: Subbotina Anna)
(Image Credit: Subbotina Anna)

Bright and colorful hair is no longer only for the rebels, punks and outcasts. Any color you can imagine is available and it’s much more accepted now compared to 10 or 15 years ago. Whether you’re after a Katy Perry bright blue or an Avril Lavigne neon pink, adding bright color to your hair can give it a pop and an edge. But where exactly should you dye it? We break down some cute color trends below so you can decide which style to try. Continue reading “Ways to add a touch of bright color to your hair!”

Anne Hathaway in THE PRINCESS DIARIES (Image Credit: Disney Pictures)

Movie Myths About… Makeovers

Anne Hathaway in THE PRINCESS DIARIES (Image Credit: Disney Pictures)
Anne Hathaway in THE PRINCESS DIARIES (Image Credit: Disney Pictures)
Anne Hathaway in THE PRINCESS DIARIES (Image Credit: Disney Pictures)
Anne Hathaway in THE PRINCESS DIARIES (Image Credit: Disney Pictures)

Anne Hathaway once played Mia Thermopolis, who underwent a makeover under the guidance of Queen, Clarisse Renaldi, played by Julie Andrews in The Princess Diaries. Before she was swept up in movie magic, Mia Thermopolis looked a mess. Her hair was a frizz ball before it looked like it was sleeked down by a Garnier commercial, or something equivalent. Paolo, anyone? Her eyebrows looked like they hadn’t been waxed, well…ever. Plus, her dorky glasses shaded her gorgeous caramel eyes and pearly-white teeth. Of course, we’re sure her character’s confidence levels also had something to do with hiding her polished smile.

Confidence is the key to a successful makeover in real life and though the idea of a movie-makeover seems great, what with all the fanciful lighting and upholstery, we must remember that it is just that. Media producers go through a strain of work to be able to take these characters from drab to fab in a near-minute montage sequence during a movie. What seems like a second of your time that has faded away over a bucket of popcorn, a tall diet soda and wince of admiration, likely takes hours during the hair and makeup process that happens between takes on set.
We must also remember that these women are actresses and that their faces were likely already gorgeous pre-character makeover. In fact, odds are that these ladies underwent a make-under before transforming themselves into princess equivalent beauties.

Rachael Leigh Cook in SHE'S ALL THAT (Image Credit: Miramax)
Rachael Leigh Cook in SHE’S ALL THAT (Image Credit: Miramax)

Take the classic, She’s All That example, where Freddie Prinze Jr. takes a wallflower, played by Rachael Leigh Cook, and attempts to turn her into the high school prom queen because he had placed a bet with one of his buddies that he could. Prinze Jr. plays jock, Zack Siler, and Cook plays the shy, arty-girl, Laney Boggs, in the film. Of course, Cook was already gorgeous before filming and the removal of glasses and putting on sexy clothes does not automatically put you into the category of ultimate hottie (or Freddie Prinze Jr.’s new love) in real life. Genes and Hollywood magic are certainly helpful.

According to Entertainment Weekly, “Cook’s transformation was almost a makeover-parody. How much work is it to pluck a girl’s brows, remove her glasses and giver her a pair of heels?” The concept is highly elongated in the film and is unrealistic as a result.

Let’s be real, Cinderella had a Fairy Godmother to help her.

Cady Heron via Mean Girls, had a Regina George and we’re not sure we want one of those, though we must admit- Rachel McAdams as Regina and Lindsay Lohan as Cady were both mega beautiful in the film.

We’re reasoned that one of Gretchen’s (played by Lacey Chabert) secrets in her “hair full of secrets” was that they all had a killer hair and beauty team waiting for them at their trailers.

Lindsay Lohan in MEAN GIRLS (Image Credit: Paramount Pictures)
Lindsay Lohan in MEAN GIRLS (Image Credit: Paramount Pictures)

Entertainment Weekly says that Heron’s transition from the home-schooled life in Africa was not as jarring for herself or for viewers as was her transition into the high school physicality, “like a haunted mask—the mascara and a short skirts had an almost-mystical power over Cady’s nice-girl tendencies, revealing her inner…well, you know.”

Movie makeovers may seem fabulous, and in fact, they are, but sometimes they’re a bit overdone and are overly-fantastical. It is the movies, after all. So, what’s good to remember is that they should probably just be valued as something that is fun to watch.

Making over yourself starts from the inside and works its way out in the real world. You may not have a makeup team to assist you, or a fairy godmother or even a Paolo, but you do have a positive internal environment we recommend starting from — your inner confidence.

When you have positive feelings about yourself, they emulate onto caring for your outer self too. We recommend sticking to a continuous full body makeover plan if you want to see results. If you’re having problems with your skin, seek out a new citrus smelling acne medication like Neutrogena Grapefruit scented Acne Cleanser, for treatment purposes and the smell. If your makeover goal is to get toned, try picking up a Tracy Anderson workout DVD. Seriously, her core routines are amazing! Gwyneth Paltrow is a fan. Attempting to get that 360-watt smile? Try an at-home teeth-whitening kit. Do what makes you happy, because another key aspect to a successful long or short term makeover is having fun with it.

If you’re looking for a more simple at home makeover, picking up a new shade of lip gloss at your go-to drugstore is usually enough to put you into fresh vibes, making you feel like you’ve grasped a bit of movie magic. Who knows? You may just be able to wear that tasty new shade to a summer blockbuster.

So here’s to you, Beautiful, and your quirky envisions of a better, brighter, made-over self. May the myths of the movie makeover be ever in your cosmic real life favor. Just don’t compare yourself to them. That’s not you!

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