A Guide to Mastering Hair Extensions

September 26th, 2014 | Contributed by:

A Guide to Mastering Hair ExtensionsIf there are times where you just want to do something with your hair that isn’t possible, then the most logical solution is to experiment with hair extensions. Hair extensions can make your hair look either new and refreshing, or just downright bad. It’s important that you know how to use them properly before going out and showing off your hair. Use this guide to help you make sure that you look great before you step out of the door.

Density

You need to make sure that the density of the hair extensions matches the density of your own hair. You can usually tell this just by feeling the extension and your own hair in your hands. For example, if you have fine hair, then adding too thick of an extension will make it look unnatural.

Strand Guidelines

As a general rule, you should add 3-5 rows on the side of the head, 2-5 rows at the nape and 2-5 rows at the perimeter to help the hair add volume. This will make the hair look very natural.

Consult a Professional

If you have no experience with hair extensions, you should definitely talk with a professional to determine what will look best on you. A professional will help guide you through the process, and they will also give you tips about how to take care of your extensions once they are finished. Hair extensions are expensive, so you need to make sure that they are done right.

If you are thinking about getting hair extensions you need to do the proper research before jumping right in. It is risky to get them done by someone who is not a professional, so that friend that says they can do it for you should have to prove themselves before you allow them to do work on your own hair. Research what type of look you would like, which length and also match the hair color to get the most flawless look.

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Fall 2014 Hair Trends

September 18th, 2014 | Contributed by:

Fall 2014 Hair TrendsAs seasons change and summer begins to edge its way into fall, hair styles ebb and flow as well. As women put away their summer shoes and get out new, warmer wardrobes, they begin to think about new hairstyles and cuts as well. There are many different trends for hair this fall. Here are just a few options for 2014.

Low Fuss Lob
The lob is a longer version of the bob and it was a large trend during the summer months, but it is continuing its popularity into the fall. Women love the lob because it is easy to style, versatile, and flattering all at the same time. It also looks flattering on many face shapes.

Rich, Dark Color
In the fall, many women want to darken their sun-streaked hair and have a more deep, rich tone. Brunette colors that have some gold and red tones are popular this fall. The two tone highlighting gives the color more vibrancy and can highlight the eyes and brighten the skin.

Cropped Cuts
Short hair is very popular among celebrities and everyday women alike. Short hair is a huge trend this fall as women are starting to see that short hair is easy to wear and flattering at the same time. For an edgy look, women can tousle pieces of hair to the front. Hair cut to ear length can still be versatile and styled in many different ways.

Waves
Instead of tight curls, voluminous waves are a 2014 trend. Waves in longer hair along with a soft side part can make hair look va va voom sexy! The style can soften facial features and give off a polished look or it can be laid back and fun.

Platinum Blonde
Blonde hair is getting lighter and lighter as the seasons progress and right now, platinum is a big color, even during the fall months. It can be tricky to choose the exact right color of blonde for each skin tone, but when it is done correctly, it can really pop.

Center Parts
Defined parts that are in the center of the scalp are a go-to look for the fall. They can be accompanied by wavy hair, straight, ponytails, you name it! The center part is easy to adapt on any type of hair.

Side Sweep Bangs
Women who have bangs or want bangs should consider longer sections that can be swept to the side. They look natural and are easy to care for and they are at a high point in the trend meter this fall.

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Get Your Home Ready for Fall

September 15th, 2014 | Contributed by:

Get Your Home Ready for FallFall brings forth a changing of outdoor foliage into stunning yellow, gold, and orange colors. As the world moves into the next season, your home should also make the transition. The right decorations in a home can make it cozy and inviting, while the wrong furnishings will make your fall life one of solitude.

The Kitchen

When you’ve made the decision to begin changing your home to match Mother Nature’s will, you should start with the decoration in the kitchen. Remove any remnants of summer from your cabinets, counters, and tables. Obviously, you don’t need to repaint the kitchen for a seasonal makeover, but it’s always an option.
You may also find your dining centerpiece needs to be changed. You can create a simple centerpiece by purchasing some gold and orange colored, artificial leaves. Use a glue gun to hold the pieces together in the shape of a wreath. Many people find candles, such as GloMineral’s Ambience candle, fitting in the center of the wreath.
To further enhance the kitchen’s appearance, purchase a warm-toned tablecloth. You can find fall themed tablecloths available in many stores. If you don’t want to be changing things after Halloween, it’s best to pick a cloth that doesn’t have any Halloween images or symbols on it. Fall colors will last the whole season, but the holidays change rapidly during this time of year. Purchase new golden or orange seat cushions for wooden kitchen chairs. If the chair has a bold, colored fabric covering already, such as green, purple, or blue, you should consider purchasing new chair coverings to completely tie the fall-theme together.

The Living Room

If you have an existing rug in the living room, consider swapping it with a brown, reddish, orange, or golden colored rug. This will bring guest’s attention to the living room. Make a second centerpiece, similar to the one for the kitchen table, to place on the center of the coffee table. Change current throws and pillows on the sofa to fall colors. Make this decision based upon the color of your furniture. Don’t change the color to something that is visually unappealing. Remove anything that evokes thoughts of the summer, such as sea-shells, ocean-scents, or unnecessary vacation photographs.

Bathrooms

Transforming the bathroom is easy. Change out the shower curtain and rugs with others containing fall colors. Add some of the artificial, fall foliage around the interior door frame of the bathroom. One of the most well-know fall scents is apples, and the Primal Element’s Appletini candle works excellently in bathrooms. Swap out existing towels with white or strong orange towels.

Decorating a home for the changing seasons can be overwhelming if you do not have the right tools. However, making some minor changes to the accessories in the kitchen, living room, and bathrooms will bring the fall season into your home easily.

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Fall’s Hottest Shoe Trends

September 11th, 2014 | Contributed by:

Fall's Hottest Shoe TrendsWe’re not sure if the slight coolness in the air is real or wishful thinking, but either way it’s a sign that Fall is on its way. With that, it’s time start thinking about shelving all your summer sandals and look for new styles of the latest trends for Fall shoes. Here are our favorites.

Weaves
Perhaps the best fall shoe trend that we’re seeing to help you transition from the summer heat to crisp autumn cool is the weave. No, this is not the kind of weave that requires painstaking hair maintenance, but rather the woven leather shoe. While your summer sandals might have a looser woven leather with thick straps, the key to nailing this fall trend is finding the perfect weave with fine, narrow straps. From there, you can find some weaves with great geometric patterns and even highly contrasting colors. This great and breezy texture can be found on fall pumps, wedges, and flats, giving you the perfect option for any outfit.

Western Redux

While the oxford shoe has been a fall staple for many seasons, now, this fall, you can update that look by finding an oxford-style or similar lace-up shoe with classic western influences. Look for leather details that have the paisley and crescent-shaped cutouts often associated with Western style. A nice leather shoe with intricately burned patterns in the Western style could quickly become your new favorite shoe for the fall. Pair the shoe with a tailored and refined outfit or one punched up with jewel toned colors for fall, and you’ll make a perfect casual and fresh fall look.

Red
Not that a red shoe ever really goes out of style, but there’s something about putting a Marilyn-red pump on your foot that can really brighten the neutral tones and patterns typical of a fall outfit. If you’re going to be wearing any warm tweeds, rich corduroys, or autumn-hued denim from previous seasons, an easy way to make it fit with 2014 fall trends is to add a bright red pump to your look. Even if you’re trying to make those slightly faded burgundy jeans from a few years ago last one more season, pump it up with a bright red leather shoe. Not being afraid to mix those red and rosy color families will make old clothes look runway ready again.

Curvy Silhouettes
While so many shoe trends lately have been putting intense angles and hard edges on our feet, this year for fall, the trend will be shoes with curvy silhouettes. Heels that have a softer curve in the arch of the foot and a round but narrow toe will be the perfect fit for making your fall outfits on trend. Look for shoes that mix neutral tones. The result will be modernly chic but classically lady-like.

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Juice Your Way to Healthy Skin

September 5th, 2014 | Contributed by:

Juice Your Way to Healthy SkinWho doesn’t want fresh, healthier, younger looking skin? It turns out that one of the best ways to achieve and obtain that much coveted youthful glow may be as simple as having a nice refreshing drink everyday. Turns out that what we eat and drink has a huge impact on how we look, from the health of our hair, to the look and feel of our skin. We all know that proper diet, hydration and exercise are key to looking and feeling your best, but you may not know that fruit and vegetable juices can do wonders for the look and feel of your skin.

Juice Your Way to that Youthful Glow

Juicing fresh fruits, vegetables and greens has a huge wealth of well known health benefits, but it also has quite a few beauty benefits as well. These tasty concoctions are absolutely loaded with vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and other wonderful goodies. Adding these to your diet will provide a ton of benefits, from helping you lose weight, reducing toxins in your body, and even making you look healthier.

What Juices Are Best for Skin?

There are tons of different combinations of juices that not only taste great but do wonders for your skin as well. Vegetables like carrots are great choices for juicing as they are inexpensive, provide a good amount of juice and contain a ton of beta carotene with helps fight the signs of aging. It is wonderful when paired with pretty much any fresh fruit juice.

The leafy green kale is another powerful source of skin regenerating vitamins and minerals. Kale is rich in B vitamins and other essential nutrients as is also known to help fight acne. Adding a bunch of this to a fruit drink makes it barely noticeable, except in how you feel!

Lemons provide a powerful punch of flavor while also providing a powerful cleansing benefit.

Many different greens and herbs like watercress, different lettuces, parsley and so on are also great juicing additions. Beets provide a nutrient-packed sweet burst of juice as well.

Who would have thought that one of the most powerful tools we have in maintaining skin health and appearance can also be breakfast? Raw juice blends like those described will not work overnight, but boy do they work. They provide noticeable and lasting benefits for your skin, giving it a better tone, smoother appearance and more healthful glow. Why not reap the many benefits of juicing and also get that great looking skin in the process?

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Fall Beauty Trends

August 13th, 2014 | Contributed by:

Fall 2014 Beauty TrendsMetallics, thick lashes and bold liners along with statement-hair are some of the magnificent beauty trends waiting for us just around the corner for fall. Dramatically layering it all on has never been more practical or acceptable until this season. Going hand-in-hand with pulling out the comfy over-sized sweaters, sexy boots and trendy scarves, this year’s fall beauty trends allow for complete indulgence. Combining awe-inspiring colors with the bling of metallic-sparkle is what’s in-store. In addition to framing out the entire eye-dazzling application of a bold, dramatic eye in black, cosmetics will compliment one another by taking a traditional focal point and amplifying it.

Quirky fall cosmetic colors

This fall we will see bright colors like aqua blues, brilliant oranges and yellows alongside gunmetal and mineral tones to anchor them. Make-up trends will be both adventurous and unapologetic. Interestingly, it is now more acceptable than ever to utilize bold pops of color on more than one feature. For instance, a bold lip paired with heavy eye-make up somehow works this fall since the eye make-up still trumps the bright lip through featuring thicker-than-thick lashes and generous liner application.

Lush lashes

Evening-style lashes have now become the wildly popular style of the day. Keeping in-tune with the Summer’s falsie-style lashes, the blackest black mascaras combined with popular lash serums like Peter Thomas Roth’s lashes to die for make lashes bolder and more lush than ever before. Dark, thick eyeliner styles emphasize the deliberate use of bold shadow-color gorgeously this fall.

Statement hair

Frizz-free styles like intricate braids, blunt bangs and deep hues like black-blues and vibrant reds will dominate. Longer tresses that can be both worn blown-out, full and wavy or pulled into purposeful pony-tails will be seen throughout the fall season. Keeping up with fall beauty trends will be tremendously workable with the assortment of fall hair accessories like small embellished clips and thin, detailed headbands as well.

Fall beauty trends are fashion forward, bold and combine a daring mix of great products. A contoured complexion is the basis for achieving the perfect fall look this year. Shimmer and glitter that was once more appropriate for the hotter months, has transitioned brilliantly into this year’s fall beauty trends arsenal. From brightening make-ups to illuminating radiance powders, these rich, fall beauty trends will keep us glowing and as beautiful as the season ahead.

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The Road to Strong & Healthy Nails!

August 7th, 2014 | Contributed by:

The Road to Strong & Healthy Nails!
Seeing another piece of your nail chip off or watching your polish wipe away after just a little while is disappointing. While proper nail care has always been a priority for you to some extent, you just haven’t put the necessary time and effort into it. You can still get strong and healthy nails by changing some of your habits.

Don’t Pick at Your Nails

If you want your nails to grow strong and healthy, you can’t constantly be picking at them. When a tiny hangnail is there, get rid of it properly, but do not continue to pull your nails apart. In the same vein, do not chew on your nails. This habit is a bad one that you should get rid of right away. People who want their nails to grow and thrive cannot do things that intentionally weaken them and stunt their possibilities of glamour.

Use Top Products

Imagine that you constantly used the worst shampoo on the market to wash your hair. You’d probably be left with some pretty greasy strands. The same holds true for nail polish and products. While you don’t need to spend a ton of money to have beautiful nails, you should look into quality products such as KUR and Deborah Lippmann brands. If you feel that your nails are revitalized after a trip to the salon, take a look at the products the professionals are using.

Avoid Harsh Elements

Not only do you want to purchase the best products for your nails, but you also want to avoid certain factors that could cause your nails to break and splinter. For example, acetone-based polish removers are known to weaken your nails. Also, you should be aware of what cleaning products you are using because they could cause harm to your nails. Consider wearing plastic gloves when you’re doing your work around the house.

Talk to Your Doctor

While this step might seem extreme to you, it can actually be a very important one. Sometimes, when your nails just don’t seem right, it can be indicative of a more serious health issue. Schedule an appointment with your doctor to find out if anything is wrong, and then, you can work to treat the underlying cause.

Nails can get out of shape for a variety of reasons, but these tips will help to put you back on track.

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Waxing Do’s and Don’ts

August 3rd, 2014 | Contributed by:

Waxing Do's and Don'tsTired of the constant expense of disposable razors, the pain of knicks and cuts, and the constant acrobatic display of flexibility while shaving in a tiny shower? Then it’s time you venture into the smooth world of waxing. If you’re a waxing newbie, here are a few things you need to know to get the most out of your waxing appointment.

Don’t Apply Ice Before Waxing

Having a frozen and numb area sounds appealing, especially if you’re getting a bikini wax. But having ice applied to your skin is actually one of the worst things you can do because the ice is going to constrict your pores. Constriction=tightening, and you don’t want your skin clinging to those hairs any more than they already are. If you’re getting a bikini wax, the last thing you want to see is your technician pull out the tweezers to get out any “difficult” hairs. We’re crossing our legs just thinking about it.

Do Wear Loose Fitting Clothing

Trust us on this one: no matter where you’re being waxed, you don’t want tight clothes rubbing on angry skin. This is especially true if you are getting a bikini wax. Skip the cute undies and go for billowing granny panties. Even better is to go commando under a generously sized skirt. You’ll thank yourself when you’re waddling out of the office. Tight clothes chafe skin raw and can lead to ingrown hairs. If you find yourself getting ingrowns, try an ingrown hair product.

Don’t Shave Between Sessions

If you’re wanting to be a full time waxer, you’re going to have to ditch the razor for good. Your hair will probably come back in thicker after a wax, and if your hair is short and stubbly, the wax isn’t going to be able to remove as much of it, making for a messy and patchy wax job. Keep your waxing appointments consistently, and you won’t feel the need to get a quick shave in between sessions.

Do Take Some Pain Relief

Nobody likes a hero, and you’re not getting any medals by bearing an intense waxing without any medicinal relief. Pop some ibuprofen or acetaminophen 30 to 45 minutes before your appointment. This will help with swelling and discomfort afterwards. You can do this no matter where you’re getting waxed, but seasoned waxees agree this works best when you’re getting body waxed.

Don’t let your first waxing session turn into that “Kelly Clarkson!” moment (you know what we’re talking about). With some proper pre-care and careful care after waxing, you can have a smooth, hair free body without the tears.

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The Paleo Diet- Newest Beauty Craze

July 28th, 2014 | Contributed by:

The Paleo Diet- Newest Beauty CrazeThe paleo diet is a new kind of diet that is gaining followers all over the world. It is based around consuming what followers believe their ancient ancestors consumed in the same proportions. So the paleo diet makes use of more red meat and less whole grains than modern diets, for example. The paleo diet has some specific beauty benefits.

One of the most important beauty benefits is that the additional red meat in the paleo diet is a great source of zinc. Zinc plays a key role in the health of nails and hair, two of the most important elements in the beauty arsenal. More zinc will make nail polish go a lot further and reduce the need for special hair care products.

The paleo diet also can improve the skin, by removing processed grains and sweetened products from the list of allowed foods and cutting down on industrial fatty oils from seeds. Both of those categories contribute to acne and other skin problems. That frees you up to stop buy less skin treatments and start investing in some nice face makeup to bring out your natural beauty.

In terms of overall health benefits, the results of the paleo diet speak for themselves. Cutting out new, industrialized foods and replacing them with protein-heavy and nutrient-rich meats is a good way to find a diet that will be both healthy and enjoyable to eat. The paleo diet has recently become the most popular diet on Instagram, due to the fact that happy dieters are sharing their results with the world. It’s a good diet both for the basic health benefits and for the beauty side effects as well. The benefits of the paleo diet mean you can stop using makeup to cover up flaws and start using it to emphasize your best features. Another benefit is that having beautiful and clear skin with no need to cover flaws will free up some money so you can purchase higher-end products.

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How YouTube Has Changed the Beauty World

July 11th, 2014 | Contributed by:

How YouTube Has Changed the Beauty World
Beauty is more accessible than ever before. The mystique of glamor is banished with step-by-step video tutorials produced and posted on YouTube by people just like you but with more time on their hands, apparently.

Are you looking for a specific hair style for a special occasion? Always wondered how to get that make-up look that is in all the magazines and on TV but have no idea where to start? Want that hot nail polish trick? Don’t worry you can probably find an instructional video on YouTube. Everyday people do the work for you of figuring out how to get a specific look and then show you how to duplicate the look.

Heard about a beauty product, but want to make sure if it works before shelling out the cash? No problem, there is more than likely a review on YouTube complete with demo.
Pretty much any look you want to achieve or any problem you need to know how to deal with, there is someone who has made a video about it. And some have become virtually famous from their videos and some have even been invited to appear on daily talk shows as correspondents or in reality shows. Five year old Madison Hohrine’s video tutorials made her an online star and led to her appearing on America’s Next Top Model. Make-up artist Lisa Eldridge’s first impromptu tutorial videos that instructed viewers on how to perk up skin using make-up went viral.

YouTube’s accessibility and reach has so influenced the beauty industry that it has also become a portal for beauty companies to reach their customers. Sites like Beauty Bridge use videos created by their professionals and by users to educate and review products with their own channel on YouTube.

While the ability of anyone to learn the tips and tricks of make-up artists and other beauty professionals is appealing, it’s the amateur tutorials that allow everyday people to share their knowledge and own tricks for getting ‘the look’ that make YouTube tutorials so popular. The beauty product reviews by real people who are often really trying the products in the video or really showing the effects, good or bad, allow consumers to get impartial and real information on a product before they buy. Celebrities may endorse a product, but the YouTube videos let you know if it really works.

The beauty world is forever changed by the influence of YouTube users and viewers.

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