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Beach Bag Essentials


It may not technically be summer yet, but we have beaches and vacation on the brain. Who’s with us?

Before you head to the water, check out our list of Beach Bag Essentials for all of our must-haves to keep you looking fabulous and having fun all day long.

  • Sunglasses – Besides protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays, sunglasses also help you squint less. Squinting = wrinkles!  
  • Shiny Silver Shampoo – If you’re a blonde, the sun and pool chemicals can cause your hair to turn yellow and dingy. A purple shampoo will clarify it, and keep your hair color looking bright.
  • Beach Bag – No trip to the beach would be complete without a stylish bag to tote along all the essentials. Bonus – the One ‘n Only Beach Tote is FREE with any purchase of three One ‘n Only hair care or color products, or one One ‘n Only styling tool.
  • Sunscreen – We usually remember to protect our skin from the sun, but don’t forget your lips! A sunburnt pout is 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.
  • Shower comb – Salt water can create some great beachy waves until you try to comb through them. Bringing a wide tooth comb and a product like the Ion Miracle Spray helps you get through tangled hair easier, and also keep hair from drying out in all the sun.
  • Towelettes – It’s a good idea to bring some makeup remover wipes. Not that we expect you head to the beach with much makeup, but it is a great way to remove sunscreen at the end of the day.
  • Texturizing Spray – Don’t fight your style! Play up the tousled texture the sun and water gives your hair with a texturizing salt spray for added oomph and style.


Oils 101


What’s the deal with oils? They’re the hot ingredient in so many beauty products, but what do they actually do? What’s the difference? How do you even pronounce them!? We’ve got the scoop for you!

Oils can be used on hair, skin, and nails, and can be mixed with a variety of hair and skin product to create a personalized cocktail with an extra boost of all-natural goodness.  Each oil contains its own unique balance of vitamins and nutrients, allowing you to customize your own blend that is suited for your specific needs.

OLIVE OIL – Not just for cooking, olive oil is rich in mutli-tasking antioxidants, including Vitamins A & E, this oil hydrates and nourishes dry skin, hair and scalps.  Olive Oil is one of nature’s most hydrating oils, soothing and smoothing the driest skin or hair. Check out our selection of products with olive oil here.

AVOCADO OIL – This is a nutrient-rich oil that contains a blend of concentrated fatty-acids and natural anti-oxidants that softens, smoothes, and strengthens hair strands and provides intense moisturization to thirsty skin. Check out our selection of products with avocado oil here.

ALMOND OIL – A multi-tasking oil containing Vitamins E & B, Sweet Almond Oil is known as an excellent sealant, and can penetrate the hair shaft, which helps strengthen weak or damaged hair, while minerals help soften, smooth, and control frizz.  Rapid absorption leaves skin moisturized without a sticky or oily feel, and won’t clog pores. Check out our selection of products with almond oil here.

MACADAMIA OIL – Macadamia Oil is excellent for balancing out your skin’s natural oil production.  It is also known to seal the hair cuticle, which will eliminate frizz and promote a lustrous shine, leaving hair super-shiny and healthy-looking. Check out our selection of products with macadamia oil here.

JOJOBA OIL – This is a versatile oil that provides essential moisture and softens and hydrates, leaving skin and hair smooth and lustrous.  Jojoba Oil is considered one of the best oils for balancing out your scalp’s natural oils, and can soothe and hydrate dry scalp and skin.  It adds softenss and shine, while improving the hair’s elasticity. Check out our selection of products with jojoba oil here.

ARGAN OIL – A favorite in the beauty world, Argan Oil is a rich, powerful oil that contains vitamins and essential fatty-acids.  Ideal for moisturizing, softening, and smoothing hair, Argan Oil naturally creates unparalleled shine and hydration. Check out our selection of products with argan oil here.

MONOI OIL [Mah-noy]- Monoi oil is created by soaking Tahitian Gardenias in oil (usually coconut oil), which creates a wonderfully scented and powerful product. It’s perfect for strengthening hair from the inside out, as well as providing luminous shine. Check out our selection of products with monoi oil here.

COCONUT OIL – What does coconut oil NOT do? Its benefits are endless, making it very popular with natural devotees. It can be used on the skin to soften, smooth and nourish, and on hair to act as a natural barrier to protect against damage and keep hair healthy. Coconut oil also helps protect against damaging free radicals. Check out our selection of products with coconut oil here.

Tanning Tips & Tricks


Just Say No To Splotchy Tans
Besides looking unflattering, uneven tans are dead giveaway that your glow came from a bottle. To get evenly golden, you have to exfoliate regularly. Don’t go overboard and rub your skin raw (if you’re turning red, ease up), but using a good scrub will prep your skin nicely so the tanner goes on looking natural. For added oomph, you can pair the scrub with exfoliating gloves if your skin is really dry.

Moisture Maniac
Dry, porous skin sucks up self-tanner like crazy, which is why you often see people wandering around with dark spots in certain troublemaking areas. Avoid over-saturation by smoothing a thin layer of lotion on knees, elbows, toes, hands, wrists and ankles, before applying tanner. These areas will still tan, but the lotion will help them absorb at the same rate as the rest of your skin.

Orange Palms = A Huge No-No
My [tanning] world changed once I discovered these mitts. They seriously make all the difference if you want an even application without having oddly colored palms – and who doesn’t want that? If you don’t use a mitt I would suggest wearing gloves for this step. If you “oops” and end up with Oompa Loompa hands, a tan remover can help.

You Glow, Girl
I personally like tanning mousses, but it’s up to you and your preferences – lotions and sprays work just as well. For this last step I wear my trusty tanning mitt, squeeze on a dollop of mousse (about silver dollar size) and work on one area at a time.

Look for a product that has a built-in bronzer, which helps you see if any spots have been missed. Plus if you’re impatient like me and want to look tan RIGHT NOW, it will give you a glow while you wait for the tanner to develop.

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!


• 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:


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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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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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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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.

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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?
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