Archive for July, 2011

Beach Bag Musts

As a mom of three girls, I know that beach bag musts go far beyond a towel and umbrella. A perfectly lovely day at the beach can turn ugly fast when a few of these are forgotten.

Sunscreen – we cover every last inch of our bodies with it, or so we think. Sunburned lips are no picnic and can really hurt. Keep lips covered by making sure your lip balm has sunscreen. Pucker Up carries one with Aloe and SPF15 or a medicated one with SPF30.

Salt water can create some great beachy waves until you try to comb through them. Bringing a wide tooth comb and leave-in detangler helps you get through tangled hair easier and also keep hair from drying out in all the sun. I love the Plugged in Shower Comb because it has a hook to hang it from in the shower and my kids love the smell of the Beyond the Zone Last Call Leave-In Conditioner. Also make sure that any ponytail tie you use is snag free.

It’s also a good idea to bring some makeup remover wipes. Not that I expect you head to the beach with much makeup, but it is a great way to remove sunscreen at the end of the day. I generally keep a pack of the Fria Makeup Remover Towelettes in my beach bag. These have vitamin E which can help soothe and refresh skin.

So there are a few tips from a seasoned mom on how to make your trip the beach a little bit nicer. I would love to hear any other tips you may have.

Gelish – Not just for naked nails!

A product thumbnail of Gelish Tiger BlossomAs Gelish Polish becomes the new craze for those with natural nails, acrylic fans need not be left behind!

Contrary to popular belief, you CAN put Gelish over acrylic nails. In fact, it actually allows you to leave the salon with complete confidence that your new nail color will not get smudged or nicked, as Gelish Polish dries under a UV light in 2 minutes flat!

Nothing is more frustrating than leaving a salon and having to be careful with every move you make for the next hour until your regular polish dries. Who has time for that?

So, acrylic lovers, now you know.

Scrap the regular polish and join the Gelish revolution!

Have you tried Gelish yet? Tell us about your experience in the comments!

Mid-summer Mosaics

Summer is my favorite time of year, mainly because of all the bright colors that appear everywhere…the bright blue sky, the green grass and the many colorful flowers in bloom. I wanted to incorporate all these bright colors into a nail design, but I really didn’t know what I wanted to paint until one day when I saw a colorful mosaic tile. I thought that this would be a great nail design for summer, so this is what I created.


Nail Polish Remover                                      
Orange Nail Polish
Polish Remover Pads
Green Nail Polish
Clear Base Coat
Purple Nail Polish
Pink Nail Polish
White Nail Polish
Blue Nail Polish
White Striping Polish
Clear Top Coat

Remove your old polish, file and buff your nails. Apply a clear basecoat and let dry.

Step 1:

Paint the tips of your nails using white polish, following the curve of your nail. If your nails are short, move the “tip” up toward the middle of your nail bed. This will give you more room for the nail art and also it will make your nails appear longer.

Step 2:

Paint a purple “tile” in any shape that you desire, leaving a small white line around it. The small white lines will represent the white grout found in mosaic tiles. Also, paint an orange “tile” in an abstract shape, leaving white “grout” lines.

Step 3:

Continue painting the “tiles” with the remaining colors of polish. If you are like me, some of my “tiles” got a little sloppy. No problem, just take the white striping polish and clean up the “grout” lines.  When the polish has dried, apply two clear top coats and you’re finished.

Now, you can wear all those beautiful, bright summer colors every day, or change them to match your outfits.  I hope you will try these little mosaic art designs. I had a great time painting them and I think you will, too.

See you next time and remember…keep those nails covered.

50% off!

Looking for a deal this hot summer weekend? Then be sure to check out our 50% off sale going on in stores and online.

I took a peak at the merchandise and it looks I’ll be popping into my local Sally Beauty to stock up on some fun Art Club nail decals and Palladio makeup. And maybe an evening purse or two. One can never have too many purses, right?

Keratin Makeover Contest Winners

Bye bye bubbles!

I like bubbles in my champagne, not on my nails. It’s hard enough to find time to give yourself a manicure, and the last thing you need is to spend an hour painting your nails just to end up with a bubbly result. Here are some tips that will help solve this problem:

  1. 1. Apply very thin coats of polish. Allow each coat to dry before applying the next.

2. Add a drop of nail polish thinner (or just a drop of polish remover) into the polish bottle.

3. Don’t shake the polish bottle before use since shaking creates bubbles. Instead, try rubbing the bottle back and forth in your hands.

Any of these tips will help prevent bubbles from forming on your fresh paint job. Give it a try and let us know how it works!

Ion Keratin Makeover Contest

Cast your vote below for who you think deserves to win a hair makeover.

First place winner will recieve a professional Ion Keratin Hair Smoothing Makeover, plus a trip for two to Dallas, Texas, with a two night stay at the Gaylord Texan Resort!

2nd and 3rd place will win an Ion Keratin Smooth Solutions Gift Set, and 4th through 10th will win a $100 Sally Beauty gift card. 

Voting will finish on Sunday, July 17 at 11:59 CT.


Charmane B.
Orlando, FL

I am just finishing up another school tour to start a new career. Being unemployed for over a year it’s been practically impossible to treat myself to anything because I’ve been working so hard to try & stay afloat for my kids. I’d love a makeover! Hopefully it will give me some motivation I lack!

Jennifer C.
Gilbert, AZ

I have curly hair that has gotten out of control. It’s frizzy and dry all of the time which makes static a daily issue. HELP!!!

Jennifer P.
Sumter, SC

Because NOTHING has ever been able to get the crazy “S” pattern out of my hair, EVER. Also, my husband is going to return from his deployment in September and it would be nice to have great hair!

Katherine H.
Tucson, AZ

I would love a chance to have smooth, shiny hair! My hair is naturally super frizzy, and as a busy middle school teacher, I have to get up way too early to be able to straighten my hair. I would love to be able to feel confident about my appearance instead of messy and not put together!

Laura T.
Chicago, IL

I suffer from hair that is curly and frizzy. Half of the time I have to wear my hair tied or braided because it gets too frizzy and puffy. I really need soft, straight, manageable hair. I want to be able to wear my hair down and carefree

Renee H.
Lakewood, CO

I need to win this… my hair is completely a disaster. I have struggled with it wanting to be a fuzz ball all my life :/ The beast needs to be tamed! Thank you for the opportunity!!

Tammy C.
Peoria, AZ

I have fibromyalgia and am unable to do my hair, like I used to. I just keep the same style that I have had over 12 years. I used to color my own hair but I’m unable to keep my arms up to do it. Reasons to win: 1) I have lost 160 lbs 2) I’m going to be 47 soon.3) It’s time for change.

Tracy Y.
Vacaville, CA

As a working mom of 4 kids, 8 to 12, I have no time to style my naturally curly hair. Salon products are the only sure weapons in the battle to coax my curls into a manageable state. I am no longer able to buy salon products. Your Makeover is the ultimate weapon in declaring victory over my curls!”

Yesenia V.
Cleveland, OH

I would love to win this makeover because I am tired of always having curly hair, I need a new look.

Who deserves to win a makeover?

  • Jennifer P. (33%, 494 Votes)
  • Anne P. (28%, 419 Votes)
  • Tracy Y. (17%, 256 Votes)
  • Tammy C. (9%, 141 Votes)
  • Katherine H. (4%, 61 Votes)
  • Laura T. (4%, 55 Votes)
  • Charmane B. (3%, 42 Votes)
  • Renee H. (1%, 20 Votes)
  • Yesenia V. (1%, 19 Votes)
  • Jennifer C. (0%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,515

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Gel polish is here!

Have you been bitten by the gel polish bug? If you haven’t tried it yet, prepare to be amazed! Gel polish lasts up to 21 days with no chips! And you can do it at home! You can now jump up and down with joy.

Sally Beauty now has a gel polish that is better than any other gel polish out in the market  (according to our tests) – Gelish!

A product thumbnail of Gelish Basix Kit

Let me tell you a little about Gelish.

*18 fabulous colors available
*Cures in LED OR UV light.
*Cures in 10 seconds (LED light)
*Removal time is only 10 to 12 minutes!
*Up to 21 days of amazing, long lasting color!

It’s in stores now!! So run, don’t walk, and get your Gelish on!

Let me know what colors you like best! I’m partial to Passion, myself.

Pure Elements Kits – Winners

A product thumbnail of Pure Elements Perfect Blow Out KitCongratulations to the following winners of the Pure Elements Kits!

Jamie T.


Kelly D.


I will be emailing you shortly to claim your prize!

Happy 4th of July!

Before you grab your lawn chair, your flag t-shirt, and your sparklers this weekend stop by for star-spangled savings!

This weekend, we’re offering 20% off online orders of $25 or more. To redeem this offer online, add at least $25 (pre-tax) worth of products to your cart, and enter promo code 555952 in the space provided at checkout. 20% will be deducted from your total.

This spectacular offer is not valid on equipment items, gift cards, warranties, or Beauty Club Card memberships. Offer cannot be combined with other offers. This star-spangled offer ends at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on 7/4/11. This offer is not valid in stores.