5 Minute Hair Fixes

The Rolling Stones were misinformed – time is NOT always on our side. I don’t know about you, but spending hours on hair care is not going to fit into my packed schedule so I rely on fast fixes that make a big impact. Below are a few of my favorites!

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Beyond the Zone Fresh Fix 
When I go out to eat Mexican food, it never fails that the table next to me will order fajitas. Sure they taste delicious, but I hate that I smell like someone’s food for the rest of the day. Enter Fresh Fix. This spray refreshes my style, and leaves it smelling great.

Rock Your Hair Spray It Clean
Dry Shampoo may be one beauty’s best kept secrets, and if you haven’t jumped on the dry shampoo bandwagon, now is the time! My second day hair needs a little help, so I apply Spray It Clean before I get in the shower so it has time to do its thing. By the time I’ve showered and done my makeup, it’s ready for my next trick…

Jilbere Hot Air Brush
Hot air brushes…how I love thee. After I use dry shampoo, I always run the hot air brush through my hair to evenly distribute it and set my style. For those who are round brush challenged (me), this gives me the look of a blowout without the hassle.

Mystic Divine Luminous Shine Smoothing Masque
Once a week when I’m in the shower, I apply this masque and let it sit while I go about my routine. It’s so quick and fuss-free, and keeps my hair shiny and healthy.

 

15 Minute Beauty Presents : The Negative Space Manicure

Christine from 15minutebeauty.com joins us to teach this simple but impactful accent nail, “The Negative Space Manicure.”

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I’m not a big nail art person. A glitter accent nail is about the most I usually wear with my manicure, much more than that takes me too long and is a bit too much for my conservative day job. But, the new trend of “negative space” nail art is much more streamlined than previous nail art trends, and it is so easy that even I can’t mess it up! I’ve started doing very simple designs on my ring finger as an accent and have gotten a lot of compliments!

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The look is pretty easy to do yourself at home! I started with my basic manicure already done, only my accent nail was left. I first applied my favorite base coat, ORLY Bonder. I let it fully dry and then applied a small piece of painter’s tape to my nail. Sally Beauty has different colors of nail tapes, but I wanted a wider stripe. I then painted two thin coats of OPI’s Hello Hawaii Ya? I didn’t wait for the coats to dry in between applications and I removed the tape while the nail polish was still wet. You can see that because I used a thicker piece of painter’s tape there was a little bit of bleeding in the line of polish. I cleaned this up with a little acetone and a cotton swab for my final look!

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Nails Have Needs

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We focus a lot of time and effort on taking care of our hair and skin, but what about our nails? They have needs, too! Here are a few of my favorite ways to keep them in tip top shape:

Use the right nail file
Using too coarse of a file can damage and split nails, so make sure to use the correct grit. Remember: the higher the grit, the smoother the file!

  • For shaping acrylic nails, use a coarse grit (80-100).
  • A medium grit (180) is best used with tips that are not too thick.
  • Fine grit (240-600) is safe to use on natural nails without risking damage. Remember to file in one direction when shaping. None of this sawing business!
  • Nails need a little buffing? Try an ultra fine buffer (600-2400) to make them smooth and shiny.

Cuticle Oil
A daily dose of cuticle oil is the best way to revitalize, hydrate and nourish cuticles. It also helps keep your manis looking fresh. I like to keep a bottle by my bed, one on my desk, and one by my couch. When there’s cuticle oil literally everywhere I sit, there’s no excuse to not treat my nails to a quick pampering session.

Keep ‘em Clean
Dirt happens, and if you wear polish all the time you may not notice that underneath your nails is looking a little less than spotless.  A special tool like the Curette Under Nail Cleaner gets the job done.

If you wear a lot of colorful polishes, stains are bound to happen. Soaking in a whitening solution will remove those pesky marks and moisturize at the same time. Just be sure to follow any soaks with a nice coat of cuticle oil.

 

Winter Beauty Survival Guide

We’ve got your Head-To-Toe guide to surviving what winter throws at our hair, skin and nails. The season of cold brings “the dry” in full effect from indoor heat, brisk outside air and less natural body moisture production. During these anti-humid months, there are many things you can do to combat the lack of environmental moisture. Check out our basic tips and some favorite products to help get you through the season!

BASIC TIPS :

• Drink lots of water — keep hydrated from the inside

• Use a humidifier if your home is especially dry

• Don’t take super long, hot showers — too long and you end up evaporating moisture from your skin

• Pat your skin dry rather than rubbing

These tips are all well and good but adding in specific products to aid in moisturizing is usually a necessity! Here’s what we recommend from head to toe:

NAILS

During winter, nails may become dry and brittle. Silk Elements 100% Pure Oils provide a luxurious moisture boost and come in several options. Simply rub a few drops and into your nails and hands. These versatile moisturizing oils work just as well on skin and hair.

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FEET

Be sweet to your feet with Heel To Toe professional quality spa pedicure products. Here is a selection to keep your walkers in shape.

Peppermint Sloughing Lotion will gently slough dry, flaky skin smoothing and refreshing rough areas. Most of us need extra help on our heels.

Try Cucumber Heel Treatment for an extra boost of moisture. Also works if you have tougher skin on other parts of the foot.

If you have a really calloused area, grab the Callus Softener. This gel softens those patches for easy removal.

Last, the Moisturizing Therapy Foot Repair is a soothing, deeply moisturizing allover foot softener. Bonus : it relieves achy feet and acts as a deodorizer. The reviews are enthusiastic.

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HAIR

If you need to get serious with your hair repair, we recommend the Biotera Pro Series Damage Care Intense Recovery Shampoo, Conditioner and Treatment. Phyto-Keratin gently cleanses damaged hair and makes hair twice as resistant to breakage when used with the entire system is used. An instant dose of moisture.

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Another brand we love to combat winter hair issues is Mystic Divine. Oils are great for your hair in winter. They penetrate wonderfully and offer a rich moisturizing experience. The shampoo, conditioner and nourishing masque work perfectly as a system to fully condition, smooth and strengthen. And, hey! Now through February 28, buy 2 Mystic Divine products and get this cute tote for free. Go!

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What’s your type? Nail Polish 101

If you’re just getting into the nail polish game, start by getting a handle on which type of polish might be right for you.

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Nail Lacquer:
The most popular of the bunch, nail lacquer is your standard, everyday polish. It’s available in every color imaginable, as well as different glitters and textures.

Good for: Commitment-phobes
Brands: FingerPaints Polish, OPI, China Glaze, Orly, Sally Girl, Nina Ultra Pro

Long Wear: 
Special formulas help long wear polish last for at least a week without curing. It’s chip-resistant and removes easily.

Good for: Low-maintenance ladies
Brands: FingerPaints Endless Wear, China Glaze Everglaze, OPI Infinite Shine

Soak-Off Gel Polish:
Paints like a polish, but is cured with a lamp. The manicure lasts two weeks, and is removed by soaking nails in acetone.

Good for: DIY Darlings
Brands: FingerPaints Soak-off Gel Polish, Gelish Soak off Gel Polish, China Glaze Gelaze, ASP Gel Polish, Orly Gel FX

Acrylic:
Popular with professional manicurists, acrylic is the process of bonding powder to the nail, and is usually paired with artificial tips.

Good for: Long length lovers
Brands: ASP, Beauty Secrets