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3 TIPS : How to Speed Up Your Morning Routine

No matter how hard I try, I’ll never be a morning person. As a girl who loves her sleep, minutes are just that much more precious to me prior to 9am. Commonly me : snooze button…once, twice or even three times. But loving your beauty sleep is no excuse for looking less than your best. Below are some beauty shortcuts – tips and tricks to skim minutes off your morning routine.

Products to speed you your morning

TIP 1 : Focus on one key feature

While there’s a time and place for a full face of makeup, shave off some morning prep time by choosing just one feature to play up for maximum impact and efficiency.

A thicker eyebrow is everywhere right now and I’ve been embracing this bold brow look. Ardell’s dual-ended Brow Magic Pencil boasts a brow wax on one end and a brow pencil on the other – in two quick swipes (or four, if we’re being precise), brows are both perfected and tamed.

thick eyebrows

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Time saved: 5+ minutes

TIP 2 : Embrace multi-tasking products wherever possible

Between my skincare regimen and makeup routine, I can easily spend 20+ minutes in front of the mirror in the morning.

By embracing products with more than one function, like Retinol Max Anti-Aging Cleanser, which both exfoliates and moisturizes, I save not only my time but my sanity.

Another favorite? Femme Couture’s Get Flawless 8-in-1 Foundation. This hybrid product not only moisturizes and primes skin, but thanks to buildable coverage, can serve as foundation, concealer, powder and color-corrector…all while helping to smooth lines. Cheers to that!

Get Flawless and Anti Aging

Time saved: 20+ minutes.

TIP 3 : Stop washing your hair everyday

If you’re anything like me, between washing, conditioning, drying and styling, your hair is easily the most time-consuming part of getting ready in the morning.

Washing every day strips essential oils from your hair and makes it more difficult to style. Transition instead to washing every other day or 2-3 times a week (especially if your hair is thicker or curlier) – and treat it well when you do.

Try Proclaim’s Coconut Oil as a hot oil treatment/hair mask (pro tip: you can even use coconut oil on dry cuticles or mix with honey to create an anti-bacterial face mask).

On off days, embrace a dry shampoo like Beyond The Zone  – the light spray is easy to apply. Simply spray on your roots and massage in to soak up excess oil and refresh and revive locks with no water or blow dryer required!

Dry Shampoo and Coconut Oil

Time saved: 30+ minutes.


How do YOU save time in the morning?
Share your tips below, on the Sally Beauty Facebook or tweet them our way @SallyBeauty!


Flirty Fall Face

It’s time to shake off the 100-degree days, flip flops and breezy sundresses. Don’t let that get you down because we’re going to show you how to rock three fun & flirty fall styles – from head to toe.



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Romantic Layers

A pop of pink on the cheeks: Palladio Herbal Baked Blush in Rosey
Depth to your eyes: Femme Couture Smokin’ Eye Shadow Crayon in Coffee Brown
A full and natural pout: Femme Couture Ultra Hydrating Lip Colour Matte in Sweet Pea
One-sided hair pull back: DCNL Beige Finish Side Comb




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While we probably wouldn’t be able to pull off this look completely, we’re definitely going to experiment with bold-colored accents and a great dramatic eye.

Mix And Match Brights

1. Perfect your canvas with a few dabs of Femme Couture Flawless Touch Undereye Concealer
2. Add the right touch of drama with Palladio Herbal Liquid Eyeliner in Black Shimmer
3. Finally, take your lashes to great lengths with Femme Couture Fake Lash in Midnight Black




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The biker influence is everywhere this fall. From the expected jacket in unexpected materials to kicky purses, bracelets and shoes. For an everyday style you can even wear to the office, try this softer take on the timeless jacket and punch up the look with classic fall makeup colors.

Biker Chic

Palladio Herbal Baked Bronzer
Ardell Brow Defining Pallet
Femme Couture Prime Wear Diamond Color in Cosmic Cherry
Real Colors Aventure Eye Shadow Palette in Magnificent Mile

What trend are you most excited about trying? We’d love to know!

GRAPE CRUSH: 10 Easy Ways to Dial Up Fall Color

As summer begins to wind down and September takes over, it’s time to start thinking about transitioning both your wardrobe and your beauty look to fall.

While summer is often all about brights, autumn is the perfect time to embrace deeper, richer colors. Here at Sally Beauty, we’re taking our cues from Pantone’s color of the year, gorgeous Radiant Orchid, and integrating splashes of every imaginable shade of purple from our lips to our tips. Purple can be demure, bold or anywhere inbetween and, best of all, it’s universally flattering!

Here are 10 easy ways to incorporate purple into your seasonal beauty refresh:


MAKEUP = 10…9…8…

Purple Glitter eye liner, purple eye color pallette, wine lip color

  • Try experimenting with colored eye liner. Purple complements brown, blue or green eyes beautifully! We love Femme Couture’s Glitter Eye Pencil in Purple. Try a hint of color between lashes or a full on, runway-inspired cat eye.
  • With four shades of silky smooth shadows, the Palladio Eye Shadow Quad in Spellbound has purples perfect for day or night. Customized by a team of makeup artists, try each color solo or blend for a more artful smoky eye.


NAILS =  7…6…

 Purple OPI nail Color


HAIR = 5…4…3…2…1!

Purple Hair Color, Accessories and Tools

  • Celebrities from Katy Perry to Nicole Richie have gone wild for purple hair – it’s one of the biggest trends at the moment! But if a playful hint of color is more your speed, we’ve got you covered. Pick up a pack of DCNL Colored Bobby Pins  or  Sassy Colors Clip in Hair in Purple – both are low commitment, with no chemicals or ime-consuming visits to the salon required.
  • Purple hair is admittedly not for everyone – if you’re a classicist when it comes to your mane, pick up a bright new hair tool. The Spirit Mini Purple Flat Iron marries style and substance. It’s portable and perfect for travel with Tourmaline-infused Ceramic Plates which heat up quickly and won’t damage hair. We’re keeping this one tucked in our desks for end-of-day touch ups.


For more, follow our Fall 2014 Color Inspiration board on Pinterest!


Highlighting and Contouring 101

Contouring is a makeup technique used to accentuate your best features while minimizing flaws. The light foundation makes features pop while the darker foundation shades to contour.
Below are the steps to complete this look!

Highlighting and Contouring 101. How To Accentuate Your Best Features While Minimizing Flaws. #SallyBeauty


Products needed for this look:


1. Start with a clean face.

Contouring STEP 1

2. Using a foundation brush, apply the light shade of foundation in the following areas:

• Under the eye
• Above the brow
• Down the bridge of nose
• On Chin and Fore Head

Contouring STEP 2

3. Using a separate foundation brush, apply the darker shade of foundation to the following areas:

• Outer perimeters of face
• Under cheek bones
• Sides of nose

Contouring STEP 3

4. Using the Duo Fibre brush, buff out darker areas using a circular motion.
Buff the color along the hairline and past the jawline to diffuse any hard lines.

Contouring STEP 4

5. Use a sponge to blend the light areas into the dark.
Rock the sponge back and forth where the 2 colors meet for a flawless finish.

Contouring STEP 5

6. Add blush and finish with translucent powder to set.

Contouring STEP 6

Have fun getting your gorgeous on!



Back To School Locker Essentials

You’ve headed back to school and your bag is full of books. Don’t forget to pack some products to keep in your locker! Nothing is worse than a shiny forehead or a 2 o’clock pimple. We’ve picked out some back to school beauty lifesavers to keep you looking fresh all day.

 Back To School Locker Essentials #SallyBeauty

1. Oil Blotting Tissues

Half way through the day when your face gets a little oily, the Palladio Rice Paper Blotting Tissues are truly miracle workers. These unique tissues have a matte side to blot away the shine, and a powered side to for a little touch up. Sometimes these are all you need for a quick refresh!

2. Concealer

It’s after lunch and you’ve just looked into the mirror …that red bump growing on your face is all you can see. Don’t worry! Grab your Palladio Herbal Stick Concealer and apply for easy, buildable coverage. The stick is extremely hydrating and enriched with herbs and vitamins to reduce the redness and help protect your skin.

3. Powder

After you’ve blotted away the shine sometimes you just need a little more powder for coverage. Femme Couture Matte Mattifying Powder can do just that. The long-lasting formula helps with the shine while leaving your skin looking clean and fresh.

4. Lip Crayon

You won’t have to worry about frequent touch ups with the Femme Couture Shiny Color Crayon. Glide your favorite shade on in the morning and you won’t need to reapply until after lunch.

5. Hair Treatment

Got the frizzies that won’t go away? Whether it rained or your hair just seems unmanageable, a drop of Mystic Divine Nourishing Oil will eliminate that frizz, add shine and smooth your hair without weighing it down. A little goes a long way, but this stuff will keep you from looking like a frizz ball.

6. Nail File

Don’t let a broken nail ruin your day. I don’t know about you, but it’s all I can focus on and if I don’t have a file handy I keep picking at it trying to make it less noticeable. Don’t be like me! Keep a spare file in your locker for such occasions. Beauty Secrets Black Cushion Nail Files are double sided with different grits and work well on gel or natural nails.