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10 Minute Pick Me Up Tips

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I think many busy women would say that the holidays are the BEST and SO MUCH FUN…but maybe for other people. What’s supposed to be a time of giving thanks and enjoying our friends and families, too often becomes a hectic period of running from event to event, cooking for crowds and being downright stressed.

And you know what? We want to change that. This month, take time for yourself with these 10 Minute Pick Me Up Tips from our favorite bloggers. While you’re at it, pick up a fun gift for YOU during our Thanksgifting event. It’s our little way of saying “thanks.”

Treat yourself. You’ve earned it.

Click the links for the full tip and tutorial.

  • Hair feeling flat after work, errands, chores and plain ol’ daily life? Beauty Bets suggests using velcro rollers for added oomph and gorgeous, volumious hair. 
  • Try this Twist and Pull Apart braid from Barefoot Blonde. It’s a simple look to achieve, but makes a big statement. It will take your hair from boring to boho in no time!
  • The secret to quick and professional-looking nail art? Bobby pins! Get the full 10 Minute Dotticure manicure by Hairspray and High Heels here.
  • Maskcara knows that even when moms are busy, they want to look their best. Her makeup shortcuts are great for those on the go.

How do you plan to make time for yourself this month? What’s your favorite way to be pampered?

Hair Extensions 101

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If you’re anything like me, the hair extensions aisle can be a little overwhelming. Yaki? Remy? Weft? I-tips? What do these words even mean? It’s enough to make a girl’s head spin! We know the options can seem endless, so I wanted to share some basic information that may be helpful if you’re looking to “accessorize” your look with new locks!

Hair extensions are most often seen in one of the following forms:

  • Wigs – Quickest method used to change up your look. More permanent alternatives like lace-fronts may be bonded around the hairline.
  • Weave – Usually sold as single strands in bulk or fusion (this is where I-tips come in) or wefts (tracks). This is the most permanent type of hair extensions as these can be bonded to or braided then sewn-in to natural hair.
  • Hairpiece – Instantly adds volume and length and are easily attached and removable. Most popular examples are drawstring ponytails, ponytail wraps, any ponytail clips.

Types of hair:

  • Synthetic – holds style very well but may not last as long as human hair. Heat styling not recommended.
  • Human Hair – mostly closely mimics our natural hair. Easy to maintain and may be styled with heat.
  • Blended Hair – a mixture of synthetic and human hair blended together. Heat styling may be limited.
  • Virgin Hair - has had no chemical processes applied to it. This is the only hair extension that we recommend coloring.
  • Remy - the cuticle is intact, and that all hair strands are facing the same way. Try running your fingers up a strand of your own hair, from end to root. Feels pretty rough, doesn’t it? Remy ensures that you have smooth, healthy-looking extensions that feel great to the touch.
  • Yaki - hair that has undergone a chemical process that makes it look and feel similar to hair that has been relaxed

Other factors to consider:

  • Shade selection – you may choose something closer to your natural hair color or add a splash of color to punch up your look.
  • Determine the best length – weaves and hairpieces typically come as short as 8 inches and go up to 30 inches or more depending on where you purchase. Wigs may be available in even shorter lengths.
  • Hair texture and style – there certainly is no shortage of options! From straight to kinky and everything in between (curly, wavy, etc).

Always seek the help of a professional stylist when deciding the best hair extensions and maintenance system.

Regardless of whether you sew it, braid it, bond it or just put it on, make your hairstyle a “mane attraction”!

 

DIY Style File: Every Day Sleek & Sophisticated Look

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We’re back with installation #2 of our DIY Style File series! This look is all about timelessness and versatility. You can effortlessly take it to the office, the PTA meeting or girls night.

The signature piece here is the straight and low pony. The secret: use a flat iron to straighten hair and a smoothing hairspray like Beyond The Zone Smooth Criminal. This way, when you pull hair back into the low-slung ponytail, you’re not fighting with any natural waves or bumps.

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Because your hair is pulled back and away from the face, your eyes and lips will be on center stage. Have fun with that!

Line your eyes with Femme Couture Liquid Eye Liner in Black and finish out with a small wing corners. Apply Ardell Natural Lashes once the liner is completely dry. Tip: Use tweezers to apply for more precise placement. Check back next week for the full eye makeup tutorial!

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You’ll want to add a hint of color and shine to your lips. It’s okay to go a bit bolder in color choice with these Femme Couture Shiny Color Crayons. They’re like a cross between a gloss and a stain, so the color won’t be over-the-top. Bonus: they’re also extra moisturizing.

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And for a twist on safe basic beige nails, add slanted black tips. So simple and such a quick way to dress up your everyday look without a lot of effort.

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Halloween Beauty: Become a Disco Diva

I love this so-cool-it’s-hot retro look. Follow these 4 easy steps and then add bellbottoms, a flirty top and some large gold hoops. Outta sight!

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1. Probably the most important part of this look is the super sizzlin’ smoky eye. Swipes of gold metallic will accentuate your foxy gaze.

Here’s a great palette to start from:

* Femme Couture Mineral Effects Baked Bronzer Twice Baked
* Femme Couture Mineral Effects Baked Eye Shadow Chai Latte
* Femme Couture Mineral Effects Baked Eye Shadow Fools Gold
* Eye Drama Liquid Glitter Eyeliner Honey Dust

2. Finish your dramatic disco eye with a pop of glam using Ardell Gisele Black Runway Eye Lashes

3. To counterbalance the bold smokey eye, keep the lip color subtle, but go BIG on glossy. Try Palladio Retractable Lip Liner Coffee and Lip Luster Lip Gloss Copper Frost.

4. Every Disco Diva has hair to remember. These side-wrap buns with a spritz of Streaks N Tips Temporary Highlight Spray Gold Dust are far out.

Have fun dancing the night away. You know the hustle, right?

 

 

Halloween Beauty: Become a Zombie

Get this killer beauty look

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Start with the special effects

  1. Begin your makeup with primer, concealer, foundation and Femme Couture® Matte Mattifying Powder.
  2. Use Femme Couture® Lip & Cheek Stain in Rosie Red and Ultra Smooth Gel Eyeliner in Black on and around your eyes and chin.
  3. Add Sally Girl™ Mini Baked Eye Shadow in Brick House to your eyelids and crease (even Zombies need some sparkle!) Use a fan brush with the cheek stain and gel eyeliner to create dramatic streaking.
  4. Combine layers of Real Colors Hydra Gloss in N.Y.C. Ya and Shock It To Me, then add Palladio Herbal Eyeliner Pencil in Black to your lips and blend.

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Work on the dead head

  1. Prep your hair with Vintage Glam Texturizing Powder, then tease with Tool Structure Tease Layers Rattail Comb for an messy, undead look.
  2. Spray on Streaks N Tips Temporary Color Highlight Spray in Icy White to frame your face.
  3. Finally, hold it all in place with Beyond The Zone® Frozen Stiff Ultimate Hold Hair Spray.

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Polish it off

Even the undead thirst for a great mani! We started with a base of China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Recycle and then used Seduce Me to add some “blood” drops to the tips.

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