Beach Bag Essentials

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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.

 

5 Products 5 Minutes 5 Easy Steps

If you are anything like me, the snooze button is your worst enemy. Over the years, I have mastered the unconscious, immediate snooze punch like a 5 time reigning champion of Jeopardy. Although some mornings this works to my advantage, most it doesn’t.

With this habit I had to master the “throw it together look.”  I have formulated the 5-to-5 routine– my five minute routine using only 5 products in only 5 easy steps to create a simple, natural bronzed summer look. Whether you are running late for work, a lunch date, or even a Girl’s Night in, this look is perfect for you.

throw-it-together-look.jpg1.     Body Drench Moroccan Argan Oil Body Dry Oil
“This Moroccan spray will form beachy, effortless waves any day.”

My hair has always been a wild mess, and finding the perfect product to tame it has been quite the challenge. The first step begins after a quick blow dry. I spray the oil evenly over my hair, sometimes adding extra to my dry ends. Immediately after, I twist my hair into a bun.  I quickly wave the blow dryer over my bun for a minute or two to create a better wave. The longer the hair stays in a bun, the more waves it will have to it. After a minute or two, I let my hair down and shake it out by flipping my hair upside down. I add one additional spray all over my hair to help the wave settle.

***I also apply this product on my body before bed for a smooth and moisturized skin. It works for everything!

2.     Femme Couture Mineral Effects Baked Bronzer
“Not only a bronzer, but also an illuminator that creates a natural, goddess look.”

Now there is no time for contouring with twenty different products when you only have 5 minutes to get ready. But this 2-in-1 bronzer with illuminating powder does the trick all at once. I like to use this powder right after I apply my daily moisturizer. It helps the powder stick better since I tend to have dryer skin. I apply this Baked Bronzer along the cheek bones, forehead, jaw line and lastly down the nose line to create a contoured look without all the work and products.

3.     Femme Couture Eternal Color Self-Adjusting Blush Flirty Coral
“Gives a baby doll, innocent look that no eye can miss.”

I am a huge fan of blush. I think a touch of pink on the cheeks can go a long way. This blush is perfect for spring to summer time because of its blush pink color. It is not too dark or bold, therefore giving off a more innocent look while still emphasizing the cheek bones. The color also assists in pulling together the natural look. I use an angled brush to apply it. I lightly dab my brush with the makeup and go along my cheek bones.  An extra dab at the top of the cheek bones never hurts!

4.     Ardell Brow Pomade
“What people have been raving about, and it’s not just hype!”

Now nothing says 2015 better than Bold Brows.  When this trend took off, I knew I had to be in the loop on this one. Fashion icons and beauty insiders all over the world took this trend from runway to everyday.  The brush has two sides to it—a brush side and a mascara spoolie. The brush side I use to apply the brow pomade and fill in any imperfections. Then I use the mascara spoolie to even out the color, and brush the brows outward to create a more even layer of color. Instead of an artificial drawn on line that pencils sometimes create, Ardell’s pomade helps bold the brows while keeping a natural look.

5.     Femme Couture Fake Lash Midnight Black Mascara
“It’s like wearing fake lashes, but they are real!”

No look is complete without a little mascara. Everyone has their one favorite tube of mascara that they just cannot let go of. But trust me when I say that this one is worth a try! This mascara creates beautiful, dark lashes that last all day. The trick is to run the brush quickly over both sides of your upper lashes, to make them appear longer. The thin bristles allow every lash to get coated evenly without all the clumping.  This mascara helps create a full lash experience.

 

These five products have become my new spring and summer essentials. Each one can be replaced with a different color depending on your skin tone and preference. But trust me when I say if you don’t try this routine, you’ll be missing out! Not only does this routine cover the beauty trends of 2015, but all the products used in this routine can be bought for $10.99 or less at Sally Beauty, in-store or online.

So if you happen to press snooze one too many times tomorrow, try my 5-to-5 step routine for a quick, natural look in just five minutes.

 

 

Oils 101

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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.

Look Like You Just Got Back From The Beach

Summer is almost upon us so it’s a perfect time to get that fresh faced glow that makes you look like you just got back from the beach. Try these and it’s guaranteed you’ll be asked where you spent your weekend, even if you spent it bingeing on Netflix.

1. Prep

All the makeup in the world won’t give you a glow if your skin isn’t in good shape. Products with Retinol speed up exfoliation, revealing fresh and beautiful skin, while helping with wrinkles.

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2.Powder

For a soft, subtle glow use Get a Glow powder all over.

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3. Complexion Enhancer

To create fabulous and defined cheekbones use Get Radiant. It only takes a pea-sized amount – a little bit goes along way! Dot the product along the cheekbones blending up and outward to accentuate this area. For added drama, you can blend it on the bridge of the nose and just above the upper lip.

Femme Couture Get Radiant Complexion Enhancer

4. Bronzer

Femme Couture has perfect choices of Baked Mineral Bronzer for any skin tone. To create the most natural, sun-kissed glow apply under the cheekbones, along the forehead, down the nose and along the jawline.

Femme Couture Mineral Effects Baked Bronzer

4. Lip Gloss

Finish off the beach look with Lip Luster lip gloss. Choosing a natural, yet high-sparkle shade will highlight your lips while looking as if you barely have anything on. My favorite is Smooth Coral. It’s a perfect universal shade and looks great on anyone.

Femme Couture Lip Luster Lip Gloss Smooth Coral

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