Archive for the ‘Hair & Nail’ Category

The Top Five Hair Hacks

       
Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

The Top Five Hair HacksWhen your hair isn’t cooperating, it’s hard to feel your best. Your stylist might try to sell you on tons of treatments, but there are tons of hair hacks that you can do in your own home for a wide array of basic hair problems. Here are five hair concerns and five hacks that will help you to banish these problems for good.

Problem One: Dry, Split Ends

The Hack: If you have dry and split ends but don’t have time to see your stylist, you can mask the solution by using oil. Just a few drops of oil, rubbed into your hands and then pressed against your ends, will create the illusion of a sealed cuticle. Nothing can fix split ends, but using oil on your ends can mask their appearance. If the idea of putting oil in your hair seems a bit too freaky, try a cream with oil mixed in, like the Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Creme.

Problem Two: A Scalp That Feels Dry, But Looks Greasy

The Hack: If frequent shampooing has left your scalp feeling dry, then it might be time to cut back to once or twice a week. However, sometimes even if your scalp feels dry, it might look greasy. This is why every woman should have a can of dry shampoo in her arsenal. Dry shampoo soaks up oil at the scalp, but isn’t as drying as actual shampoo. Try the Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo.

Problem Three: Visible Roots

The Hack: If your roots are showing but you still have weeks before your next color session, try a concealing hair powder like the Oscar Blandi Pronto Hair Shadow Root Concealing Kit. This concealing powder is applied with a brush, just like you would apply powdered makeup to your face. No one will be able to tell that you’re overdue for an appointment with your colorist.

Problem Four: You’ve Been Shampooing Less, And Your Hair Smells Like Sweat

The Hack: More and more women are shampooing less in order to keep their hair naturally hydrated and vibrant. However, even with shampoo, sometimes our hair can start to smell a little off if we haven’t shampooed in a while. Luckily, there are plenty of new hair-specific perfumes on the market. Try a hair fragrance mist like this one from Fekkai.

Problem Five: No Product or Treatment Seems To Help Your Hair

The Hack: If your hair doesn’t seem to respond to any product or styling treatment, then it might be time to consider treating it from the inside. Add a hair, skin and nail supplement like the Russell Organics Power Repair For Skin, Nails and Hair to your daily regimen. Over time, you’ll start to see improved growth and volume.

Keeping your hair gorgeous can be tricky. However, if you incorporate these hair hacks into your routine, you’ll have better, shinier hair in no time.

Must Try Spring Nail Art!

       
Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Must Try Spring Nail Art!Spring is right around the corner and after a long winter, it is so exciting to see new spring styles and nail art appearing on everyone’s nails! Here are some of the latest spring colors, trends, and nail art that you can expect to see on and off the runway this spring!

Whiteout
Beautiful whites are back this spring and they come in many different shades of white to get your nails noticed. The white nail takes a new look this year with a stripe of gold across the nail that makes it look young, classy, and sophisticated. Anyone can wear white nails and it is a great color to wear during those summer months with a beautiful tan.

Cuticle only style
A unique look this spring is Salley Hanson’s cuticle only look. This look is formed by using a beautiful bold color like a strong teal or blue painted on the entire nail and then removing the paint everywhere but the cuticle area. It gives nails a simple yet colorful approach to wearing polish.

The non-traditional french manicure
This year, nail art can be used with any spring colors by creating the traditional french manicure but using untraditional bold and bright spring colors. For instance, using a light blue on the tips and then a deep, darker electric blue for the bottom of the nail. Two-toned colors look beautiful on a non-traditional french manicure.

Double french-tipped-manicure
Another amazing trend happening this spring is the double french-tipped-manicure. This manicure looks like your basic manicure with the natural white tips and peachy nails. But it does not stop there, the white tips are dipped again in another spring pastel color that compliments the rest of the manicure making it pop. It will look bright and unique, like no other french manicure around. This look is easy to achieve by just adding another shade above the white tip line making this a big hit for spring 2015.

Half moon corals
Bright oranges and soft corals will make an appearance this April. Full painted orange hues similar to Marilyn Monroe’s style will be popular along with half moon corals. Half moon corals are simple to achieve by painting a small crescent shape at the bottom of the nail near your cuticle, leaving the rest bare or a neutral shade. This is a pretty style to wear throughout the spring and summer seasons and looks pretty next to any skin color.

Hand Healers for A Cold Winter

       
Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Hand Healers for A Cold WinterAs soon as the temperature changes, our skin reacts to the shift in the elements. You may notice your skin drying along with the air. That’s because low humidity levels draw moisture from your skin, and if you are compensating the cold weather with hot baths and showers, you are actually causing the water to wash away natural oils that help keep you moisturized. So, how do you combat threatening skin conditions in the colder months?

Drink Plenty of Water

Drinking water should be a priority year-round, but is especially beneficial during the winter. Not only are you hydrating your body, but you’re also hydrating your skin, eliminating cases of dryness and itchiness. Drinking four 16 fl.oz. glasses of water per day is almost 2 liters of water, though caffeine-free tea can also count toward your fluid intake, as well as sports drinks, which replace any sodium your body may have lost during the day. Keep in mind that exercise, illness, pregnancy, and breast-feeding affect your overall fluid consumption, so remember to compensate for these factors when calculating daily fluid ounces.

Moisturize Your Skin

Using lotion on a daily basis is always beneficial, especially after shaving and during winter. Consider lotions such as Dr. Hunter’s Rosewater & Glycerine Hand Creme and Gardener’s Hand Healer. The ingredients in these lotions are easily absorbed, diminish blemishes from sun damage, and protects against cracks and chapped skin. Though if you have sensitive skin, consult with your dermatologist. It may be better for you to opt for a non-scented lotion. When researching lotions this time of year, make sure you are looking for reparative moisturizers with ingredients such as Shea butter, glycerin, plant extracts, and Vitamin A.

Eat Healthy

WebMD suggests eating foods like sweet potatoes, citrus fruits, grapes, spinach, olives, whole wheat pasta, and green tea to keep your skin healthy during the winter. Ingesting fatty acids such as Omega-3s and Omega-6s will replenish your skin’s protective oils, as well as canola, salmon, walnuts, and flax.

Incorporate foods and drinks high in antioxidants to keep skin healthy, moisturize every day, and make sure that you’re drinking plenty of fluids. The change in elements can cause for premature wrinkling and aging, so make sure you’re caring for your skin to preserve the conditions of your cells to stay healthy throughout winter.

5 Must-have Beauty Items for This Fall

       
Friday, October 31st, 2014

5 Must-have Beauty Items for This FallFall has arrived and so has the cooler weather. The season with its warm color palette offers opportunities to layer clothes and bundle up–accessories included–and a chance to enjoy all its scenery and accoutrements: long walks down cobblestone streets covered in brilliant autumn leaves, wool jackets and leather boots, the smell of wood-burning fireplaces, cider, and everything cinnamon. A crisp breeze gusts past your face, carrying the aromas and arid air of fall foliage–ack! Arm yourself against the elements and use these fall must-haves to protect your skin and keep you looking your best. Remember, a beautiful you is the best compliment to a chic wardrobe.

Dermablend – Smooth Liquid Camo Foundation: Disguise those imperfections with Dermablend’s Smooth Liquid Camo Foundation. On the mornings you wish to remain under your duvet, when your skin is looking less than perfect, what you want is a secret weapon. Dermablend’s Smooth Liquid Camo Foundation provides all the cover you need, lasting up to 16 hours of consistent color wear and giving your skin tone that even, ultra-smooth appearance you so desire.

PETER THOMAS ROTH – Firmx Peeling Gel: There’s nothing worse than craggy-looking skin this time of year, a real holiday-season nightmare. Peter Thomas Roth–Firmx Peeling Gel is your guardian angel against the dull pallor of dry, lifeless skin. Its multi-action enzymes and cellulose help wash away the old you and uncover a glowing, youthful look. Reach for a bottle and never wear that ghoulish mask again.

Kneipp –Renew 2 Almond Blossom Body Duo: As much attention you give your face this fall season, be sure to also give your body the TLC it deserves with Kneipp’s Renew 2 Almond Blossom Body Duo. The emollient almond oil and rich shea butter hydrates and conditions, leaving skin silky, smooth and lightly scented.

Beautyblender–Beautyblender Micro.mini: To apply your makeup with the skill of a professional makeup artist, you need the best applicators. A duo of mini sponges that double in size when wet makes applying makeup with precision easy, letting you follow the contours and reach the smallest parts of the face. Now put your best face forward, without any of the troubles of yesterday…yes, life just got easier.

Lippmann Collection–Fantastical Collection Magic Carpet Ride Nail Lacquer: Compliment your new, radiant skin with Lippmann Collection’s Fantastical Collection Magic Carpet Ride Nail Lacquer. Make a bold statement with this bewitching nail lacquer that’ll certainly place other’s under it’s spell. The Devil is in the details and this accessory is the kind of detail your new look craves. Trust us, your wardrobe and social life will thank you.

A Guide to Mastering Hair Extensions

       
Friday, September 26th, 2014

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.

Fall Beauty Trends

       
Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

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.

The Road to Strong & Healthy Nails!

       
Thursday, August 7th, 2014

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.

Summer Trend – Hair Fragrance

       
Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Summer Trend - Hair Fragrance
When somebody passes by you, it’s possible that you’ll get a whiff of what they’re wearing – usually, that’s perfume or body spray, coupled with their lotion, hair products and other beauty products. However, there are few scents that cling so tightly as those in the hair, which is why hair perfume is the perfect addition to your morning routine. Hair perfume, like Fekkai Hair Fragrance, is one of the latest beauty products on the market. One-part hairspray, one-part perfume, hair perfumes are the next big thing for women of all ages.

Perfume and Hair: A Match Made in Fragrance Heaven
Hair is an excellent diffuser for fragrances. It holds the fragrance in while wafting it around as the hair is tossed and tousled. If you’re looking to make an impression with your sweet scent, spritz your mane with hair perfume. Some people assume that regular perfume can simply be used on the hair, but that’s not true. Hair perfume is specially made for you locks – it contains a tiny bit of oil to help keep a healthy shine, it’s low on alcohol so that it won’t dry out your ‘do and it’s lighter than normal perfumes.
Alcohol and Hair Perfumes
You’ll notice that alcohol is an ingredient in most hair perfumes, but not to worry – there’s such a small amount of alcohol in hair fragrances that it evaporates in the air before it even reaches your lovely hair. Plus, since there’s a bit of oil in hair fragrances, drying out your locks is even less of a consideration.
A Word of Wisdom 
You may have to break the habit of spritzing on your regular perfume as you get dressed for the day. Hair fragrances are strong enough to use on their own – two fragrances may be overwhelming for others. Plus, you could find that your perfume and hair fragrance are clashing, which won’t exactly give you the intended effect. During warm weather, you’ll be happy that you don’t have to add something else to your skin – slather on the SPF, spritz your hair with fragrance and be on your way!

7 Beauty Treatments to Give Yourself Every Week

       
Monday, April 21st, 2014

7 Beauty Treatments to Give Yourself Every WeekWomen love to spend quality time in the bathroom doing the things that make us beautiful. To ensure that this time is well-spent, we need to be doing things that have a real impact on the way we look and how we feel about ourselves. The seven following beauty treatments fit into those categories, and you can do them on a weekly basis.

1. Face Masques

With so many different types of masques in existence, you will be able to find a product that can reduce any particular problem. For example, if you have acne, a clay masque has the effect of reducing the amount of oil and grease in the skin. One excellent example is Exuviance Purifying Clay Masque. By using a clay masque, your skin will receive essential anti-oxidants as well as a moisturizer that gives your skin a soft and smooth look and feel.

2. Hair Treatments

Some people recommend that you do a hair treatment every month. In order to have the best results, a weekly treatment is going to be necessary. You may wish to try theBalm Enroot Conditioning Treatment Mask that brings anti-oxidants, rice proteins and bamboo extracts to your hair. Bamboo extracts have the effect of strengthening your hair while it restores moisture and increases the hair’s volume.

3. Microdermabrasion

As an anti-aging product, microdermabrasion is placed near the top. However, if used to often, microdermabrasion can have harsh side effects. When used on a weekly basis, it is extremely effective as an exfoliator and is even known as an alternative to the face lift. Sothy’s Renewal Microdermabrasion Mask is one example that will brighten your skin after every use.

4. Body Scrubs

The rest of your body needs to be exfoliated as much as your face does. For this purpose, people travel all the way to the Dead Sea to experience its therapeutic effects. You only need AHAVA Deadsea Salt Softening Butter Salt Scrub that contains Dead Sea salt to have similar results. Dead Sea salt has the effect of reducing deep wrinkles and making your skin feel nourished, clean and soft.

5. Whiten Your Teeth

As we age, our teeth become stained with the food we eat and the beverages that we drink. To combat this reality, a weekly teeth whitening routine that restores your smile to its former brilliance is warranted. However, teeth whitening doesn’t have to be a difficult procedure. The GoSmile On the Go Teeth Whitening Pen makes whitening your teeth simple with an easy-to-use pen that you can apply and go or take with you.

6. Brow Grooming

Sometimes, we neglect our eyebrows, but this will be less likely to occur if you have something like Youngblood’s Brow ARTISTE Kit. You will be able to ensure that your eyebrows are perfectly groomed every week with this product’s botanical brow wax that does not contain any parabens. The kit also comes with pigmented brow powder. This makes it possible for you to groom your eyebrows and end with a natural look.

7. Upper Lip Wax

The hair on the upper lip is a constant thorn in the sides of women especially if they color their hair. A weekly upper lip wax will eliminate this problem. It can be a simple matter of applying a wax strip to the area and quickly removing the unwanted hair. To achieve this goal, Bliss Poetic Waxing Wax Strips Face is an excellent choice because it is hypoallergenic and contains aloe vera. Aloe vera is a substance that has been known to ease the pain of wounds and also aids in healing.

7 Tips on How to Have Thicker Hair

       
Friday, April 18th, 2014

1. Use The Right Shampoo and Conditioner
The first step to having thick and luxurious looking hair is to use the right products in the shower. Many shampoos and conditioners focus on hydrating hair, which is a good thing, but thin hair can be weighed down and made to look limp. Replacing your current cleanser with either Hamadi – Honey Soymilk Hair Wash or Leonor Greyl – Bain Volumateur Aux Algues, both of which offer lightweight moisture and a volume boost, may make a huge difference in how full your hair appears.

7 Tips on How to Have Thicker Hair2. Don’t Let Long Hair Weight You Down
When it comes to making your hair look thicker, less can be more. The longer your hair is, the more weight it has, which can make it appear flat. Not only are shorter looks easier to manage, they also tend to look fuller. Getting a blunt cut with bangs or going for artfully arranged layers makes can make even baby fine hair appear full of volume.

3. Blow Dry Your Hair With The Right Tools
For many people with thin hair, blow drying is a must. However, you want to be sure that you are using the right tools and products when doing so. You should be using a product that will both protect your hair as well as add volume, such as Fekkai – COIFF Defense Pre-Style Thermal/UV Protectant. These types of products will help you get volume without also making hair appear brittle or lifeless due to heat damage.

4. Use Curlers and Rollers
Curls are a great way to pump up the volume in your hair, and you can easily achieve this using a curling iron or hot rollers. If you don’t want to go with ringlets, you can also add extra oomph to your hair by using large rollers that create a more wavy or tousled look.

5. Add Volume With Extensions
One way that a lot of models and actresses get extra volume is by using falls or extensions in their hair. There are both synthetic and natural hair pieces available, and most can be dyed to match your exact hair color. Additionally, you can choose your level of commitment; salons can put in extensions that last for months or you can purchase clip-ins for daily use.

6. Maintain Your Hair’s Health
If you’ve already got hair that is fine, it’s important to keep it looking healthy and shiny. Hair with numerous split ends and that looks dull will appear even flatter, and you are looking for volume, not frizz. Treatments like Leonor Greyl – Creme Regeneratrice can undo the effects of damage from heat and styling as well as adding volume to naturally thin hair.

7. Consider Your Diet
Getting fuller hair is more than about what you put on your head, it’s also about what you put in your body. Adding certain items to your diet or taking supplements can improve the building blocks your body has to work with when it comes to growing hair. Biotin, Zinc and B-Vitamins are all essential to healthy and full hair, so adding them to a diet that is lacking can speed up the growth of hair as well as improving its overall appearance.