Countdown to Valentine’s Day Series – Perfect Hair

February 12th, 2015 | Contributed by:

Countdown to Valentine's Day Series - Perfect HairEvery woman, whether she’s going on a romantic date or just having a girls’ night out with her friends, wants to look flawless on Valentine’s Day. By now, you’ve probably already picked out your ensemble and decided how you want to wear your hair on the special day. Whether you’re going with a feminine up-do or planning on wearing some voluminous, big sexy curls, the key to making your hair look its best on Valentine’s Day is giving it some TLC in the days leading up to the holiday. Here are some techniques that you can use to prepare your hair for your Valentine’s Day style.

Don’t Over-Shampoo

Healthy hair doesn’t come from daily shampooing. While a lot of us used to think that shampooing your hair until it felt “squeaky clean” was the key to gorgeous locks, the truth is that shampooing your hair too often strips it of natural oils that keep it looking shiny and healthy. Cut back on daily shampooing to get great hair. In the weeks leading up to an event, use a volumizing shampoo like Fekkai Full Blown Volume shampoo to add some body to your roots.

Condition and Treat

It’s a good idea to use a moisturizing deep conditioning treatment a day or so before an event. It will put some moisture back into your hair and diminish the appearance of dried or fried ends. If you want to go the extra inch, use a moisturizing serum or oil on damp hair when you get out of the shower, like the Oscar Blandi Olio di Jasmine Hair Serum. This will help to lock moisture into your hair, giving it luster and shine.

Don’t Stress About Style

If you can’t settle on the right style for Valentine’s Day, don’t stress. Browse the internet for pictures of celebs wearing similar ensembles to the one you have planned to get some inspiration on how you should wear your hair. If you really can’t settle, then remember that big bouncy curls are a perfectly romantic and classic look that always works on Valentine’s Day. All you’ll need is a curling iron with a large barrel and some light hold hairspray. Curl your hair in one-inch sections. When you’ve finished your whole head, rake your fingers through the curls to break them up and give them a soft look. Finish with a misting of the hair spray for a finished product that is gorgeous and romantic.

It can be hard to find the right look for Valentine’s Day. However, if you take the time to prep your hair to ensure that it’s healthy, moisturized and full of body, any look you choose will look beautiful.

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Top 5 Beauty Myths Debunked!

January 13th, 2015 | Contributed by:

Top 5 Beauty Myths Debunked!We all know there out there: those beauty myths we all wish were true. In reality, most beauty myths are a scam to get us to spend more money on products and regimens we don’t need. The following are the top five beauty myths – DEBUNKED! Let’s not get fooled again.

Myth 1: Avoid Oils If You Have Oily Skin

We’ve all heard them say it: “You have oily skin? Putting more oil-based products on your body will only make it oilier!” MYTH. On the contrary, using oils on skin that is naturally oily can actually help your skin to slow down its oil production, thus evening out your skin tone in the long run. Rather than using products intended for oily skin, promising to reduce the amount of oil production your body naturally produces, use products that are meant for “dry skin.” The oils in them will help your body to regulate itself.

Myth 2: Always Use the Same Line of Cosmetics

Um, no? Always use the cosmetics that work for you. If one brand works as your foundation but another works better for your cleanser, you do you, girl! All reputable cosmetic lines have professional scientists working to develop their products. Ignore what others tell you and use what you like!

Myth 3: Cutting Your Hair Makes It Grow Longer

Sorry, short haired babes, but it’s just not true. Cutting your hair does not actually make it grow faster. It makes you notice the growth faster. The key to making your hair grow longer faster is all about maintenance. The more you process your hair, the slower it will repair itself and grow. If you take care of your hair (and take those vitamins!), it will grow over time. Time.

Myth 4: Shaving Makes the Hair Come Back Thicker

Shaving, like cutting your hair, makes you notice the growth. It will not make your hair come back thicker, nor will it make it come back darker. It does not decrease the size of the follicle, as waxing does, nor does it increase growth. It just temporarily removes the hair on the surface. Temporarily. Such as sad word.

Myth 5: You Can Make Cellulite Disappear

We wish, right? Although there are creams that will diminish their appearance for a short period of time, once cellulite is visible, it’s visible. As of right now, there is no way to completely eliminate cellulite. So, love yourselves, ladies! There’s nothing wrong with it. It’s genetic. On the plus side? Tanning – albeit unsafe for the skin – does camouflage cellulite very well.


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Ways to Incorporate The Pantone Color of the Year- Marsala

January 6th, 2015 | Contributed by:

Ways to Incorporate The Pantone Color of the Year- MarsalaUpdate your 2015 look with Pantone’s Color of the Year, Marsala, a rich earthy red that shares a name with fortified wine and Indian spice. A much warmer hue than 2014’s Vibrant Orchid, Marsala appeared in 2015 runway collections, one of many reasons the influential company chose it. “Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul” explained Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, Leatrice Eiseman. Here are some tips to make Marsala work for you in every aspect of beauty and fashion.

Darker-skinned ladies can wear a more metallic or pearlized Marsala eyeshadow. On lighter skin, consider it for a smoky-eye treatment, with black winged liner. Pair it with shades of taupe for a more natural look.

Long used as a lip color, matte brings out the richness of the wine color. A glossy lip in Marsala emphasizes sophistication. The lips should be primed and lined to prevent the color from spreading.

Marsala makes a pretty blush for those with darker skin but can look nice on a lighter skin tone if applied with a light hand in a contour technique.

Katy Perry debuted a purple Marsala hair color recently but even those who aren’t rock stars can wear the tint. Marsala highlights warm brown hair; consider it an alternative to a blonde highlight.

The Color of the Year works in any finish. Slick a darker tone on for winter apparel. A sheer dusty color is especially nice for spring. For a party look, wear Marsala and gold as a glitter or accents.

Marsala lends itself to plush fabrics like velvet or suede. It is easy to wear in a monotone or layered more harmoniously with complimentary earth tones. The tone also works well with Bohemian looks. For spring and summer fabrics, look for it in raw silk or linen.

This color is used as an accent in men’s fashion: ties, dress shirts or socks. Marsala harmonizes with other warm shades such as bronze or umber brown. Navy emphasizes the sophisticated mood of the color. Pair it with emerald green for a more exotic verve. Trying to wear it in an all-black wardrobe? Add a handbag like Taylor Swift’s and Pashmina scarf in Marsala.

As a final possibility, treat yourself to tech accessories in Marsala. Pantone sells a zip drive and manufacturers jumped on the trend with cell phone cases in the 2015 Color of the Year.

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Ring in the New Year with a Glow!

December 26th, 2014 | Contributed by:

Ring in the New Year with a Glow!New Year’s Eve will be here before you know it. In addition to picking a great outfit and styling your hair, it is important to do your makeup just right. If you apply the right makeup product, you will have a glow that everyone will be envious of. Here are some great tips for achieving a glow for New Year’s Eve.

Treat Your Skin With Microdermabrasion Face Polish

A few days before your New Year’s Eve party, you should treat your skin with a microdermabrasion face polish from Exuviance. It will remove the dead skin cells from your face and leave you with smooth and silky skin.

Brighten Your Eyes With an Eye Mask

A good eye mask can really brighten up your eyes and make them look more energized on New Year’s Eve. The Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Eye Mask from Bliss will revive tired eyes and make them glow on New Year’s Eve.

Apply an Anti-Aging Moisturizer to Your Skin

If you want your skin to look young and fresh on New Year’s Eve, you should start using an anti-aging moisturizer. The anti-wrinkle moisturizer from the Philosophy – The Spirit of Miracles Set can reduce discoloration and other signs of aging.

Apply Bronzer

Your skin tends to be paler in the wintertime, so you should apply bronzer for New Year’s Eve. It will give your face a natural and sun-kissed glow. Just apply the bronzer along your cheekbones, across your forehead and chin and down the bridge of your nose. If you are looking for a high-quality bronzer, try the Chocolate Soleil or Sunny Bronzer from the Too Faced Beauty Wishes and Sweet Kisses Palette.

Warm Up Your Complexion With Blush

If you really want to warm up your complexion, you should apply a blush to the apples of your cheeks. If you are looking for a good blush, you should try Youngblood Luminous Creme Blush. It has a cream texture and will give your cheeks a beautiful glow. Jut apply the blush to the apples of your cheeks with your fingers.

Put a Shiny Lip Gloss on Your Lips

A shiny lip gloss will really help your lips stand out on New Year’s Eve. Eclissare Color Eclipse ColorGlass Lip Gloss from BORGHESE will give your lips some beautiful color and shine.

Wear a Volumizing Mascara

Applying a volumizing mascara to your lashes will really make your eyes stand out. GloMinerals Lash Boosting Mascara will lengthen, strengthen and thicken your lashes.

If you follow these helpful tips and use these great products, you will look gorgeous on New Year’s Eve.

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Post Holiday Detox

December 23rd, 2014 | Contributed by:

Post Holiday DetoxMany people recovering from the holiday festivities may need to jumpstart their fitness routine with the help of a post-holiday detox. Detoxes can help a person feel rejuvenated after a lengthy season of indulging. Completing them regularly can restore health. Detoxes promotes much clearer thinking and an overall improved sense of well-being. Detoxing routinely has a slew of other benefits like anti-aging benefits and healthier hair. Everyone can benefit from an occasional detox to get back on track after the holidays.

Diets and detox

Many people examine the dietary options available to aid in detoxing. Some of the top superfoods can be effective with a detox. Cranberries are known to have antibiotic properties and are capable of ridding the body of accumulated bacteria and viruses from the urinary tract. Beets are one of the top foods for a detox because they can cleanse the liver, purify the blood and ward off infection. Broccoli is another power food. Their high concentration of phytochemicals can be quite effective in cleansing the liver. Lemons contain enzymes that when released in the body converts toxins in the system into waste that can be removed from the system. Lemon also balances alkaline levels to better maintain acidity in the system.

Bath soaks for detoxing

Detox baths consisting of baking soda, Epsom salt and lavender make for an incredible detox soak for those battling depression. For those who have arthritis or gout, soaking in an apple cider vinegar bath can do wonders. Soaking in a ginger bath can boost the immune system and also eliminate the likelihood of getting sick when cold symptoms start to appear. An energizing detox bath consisting of Epsom salt and ground ginger can do wonders for a person dealing with fatigue. Seaweed is another detoxing agent that promotes health skin. Seaweed is rich in minerals and is capable of absorbing a substantial amount of toxins.

Preparing for a detox

There are some things that a person should do in order to prepare properly for a detox. People who detox too quickly run the risk of complications like dizziness, constipation, insomnia, hunger, gas and irritability. Alcohol and caffeine should be eliminated on week prior to eliminating a detox. If taking any medications, it is very important to clear a detox with a physician. If a person is a diabetic, a shorter detox is much safer.

A post-holiday detox is a great way to get back on track after dining on delicious foods. Detoxing has been linked to improved energy levels. Less fatigue and fewer issues with bouts of depression have also been linked to detoxing. Whenever a person starts to experience fatigue or starts to feel sicker more often, a combination of detox diets and baths can do the trick.


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Stocking Stuffers That Are Sure To Please

December 16th, 2014 | Contributed by:

Stocking Stuffers That Are Sure To Please“It was the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.” Gift giving is one of the joys and challenges of Christmastime, and part of gift giving is stuffing those stockings with gifts. Good stocking stuffers should be small, thoughtful, and useful. Gone are the days when stockings were stuffed with primarily candy canes and teddy bears. There is a plethora of options available now for all ages and interests. After a season full of splurging on sweets and running around busily, stuffing stockings full of things that aid in rejuvenating mind and body is a great idea.

Wintertime can be tough on skin and hair, so beauty products to help hydrate and enrich skin will be greatly appreciated. Travel sized lotions and creams are the perfect size for stockings. There are many travel sets that are decorative and can even double as a cute Christmas ornament too. As you choose your lotion and cream stocking stuffers be mindful of the quality of the ingredients. Many of the decorative sets available at this time of year may look and smell pretty, but be severely lacking in healthy ingredients that will improve the health of your skin. Look for beauty sets that look nice, smell nice, and provide vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants to the skin.

Small cosmetics also fit nicely into the stocking and will likely be appreciated by the ladies of your house. Be on the lookout for cute high quality blush palettes, nail polish, lip stick, and mini mascara. As with the moisturizers, it is important not to get so caught up in buying the most sparkly and fancy wrapped package that the ingredients become secondary. Check the ingredient list. Watch out for petroleum based products or items with excess phthalates and chemicals. Seek out cosmetics that not only beautify but also nourish skin with all natural and organic ingredients.

While cosmetics may not be appropriate or appreciated by the men or children of the household, the gift of health and beauty is still beneficial and can be gifted in a fun way. Harsh winter winds do not discriminate and will chap the manliest of lips. A good nutrient rich natural lip gloss is a great stocking stuff for male and female, young and old alike.

Stocking stuffers should be fun and personal. Items such as cozy socks and house slippers will be appreciated when toes are kept toasty warm this winter. Little girls love things such as hair bows and head bands too.

It is not always easy to come up with unique ideas when stuffing stockings, but with a little thoughtfulness and creativity, you can stuff stockings full of fun and healthy items for your loved ones.

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Money Saving Holiday Shopping Tips for Beauty

December 2nd, 2014 | Contributed by:

Money Saving Holiday Shopping Tips for Beauty

Shopping for presents can be stressful, especially during the busy holiday season. Not only do you have to continue your normal everyday routine, you are charged with adding a gazillion things to the list.

Fortunately, women can be a bit easier to shop for. Most of us love anything beauty, and you don’t have to break-the-bank in order to deliver top-notch holiday gifts.

Below you will find easy gift ideas for yourself, your family, or your friends. What woman doesn’t appreciate a sweetly scented bottle of perfume or a nice nail polish gift pack? Have a look and find that we’ve collected the best beauty gifts of the year!

Perfume: This new fragrance Nicole by Nicole Richie, layers the scents stirred by Nicole’s youthful memories. This gift would be perfect for a mother or sister, or anyone that you know. This wonderful gift set includes; body lotion, spray, bath & shower gel, and rollerball perfume. You can’t go wrong with perfume sets as all women love to smell nice.

Shampoo & Conditioner sets: Everyone has to wash their hair, right? Giving the gift of luxurious, moistening shampoos or conditioners can be a special treat for your Secret-Santa gift. Tricomin, Triamino Copper Nutritional Complex hair care products are wonderfully rich and lathery, and offer the crucial nutrients and conditioning agents that your hair needs and craves. This gift idea for men or women comes with shampoo, conditioner, and therapy spray.

Lipsticks & Lipgloss: If you’re not sure what to purchase for your co-worker, a nice gift-ready idea is a beautifully decorated bag filled with three beautiful shades of lipstick. Too Faced is offering this holiday gift set, containing three of their bestseller lip shades – all prettily packed in a sparkly pink bag. We’re sure you can think of many of whom to give this lovely-packaged gift

Teeth Whitening: Yes, teeth whitening kits make the best presents for family or friends. Maybe you can add a note – “Your smile is gorgeous, here’s to keeping it flawless”, or something in that nature. Everyone, especially these days, loves a white smile. GoSMILE offers the best on-the-go whitening pen kit, perfect for your husband, brother, mother, and anyone else in your family or your friends. This gift keeps-on-giving, as they can carry it with them anywhere, and enjoy teeth whitening at their convenience.

The best gifts under the tree are the beauty ones. Whether you choose to give makeup, perfumes, personal care gifts or colognes – giving the gift of beauty will always be a hit for the holidays.


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Happy Movember!

November 1st, 2014 | Contributed by:

Happy MovemberIt is that time of year again when moustaches rule – the month of Movember. Movember was created by the Movember Foundation which encourages men to grow moustaches in an effort to bring awareness to men’s health as well as to fund research or treatment for prostate and testicular cancer. The organization’s vision is to deliver the message in a fun, unique manner.

Movember Rules

Movember has official rules which can be found on the foundation’s website. The first rule is that participants must sign up on the site to become a “Mo Bro” and begin the first of November with a clean-shaven face. For the entire month, each Mo Bro must grow and groom a moustache and only a moustache. They may not grow beards, goatees or use fake moustaches. As people ask why they are growing such a rich, luscious moustache, each Mo Bro is supposed to begin a conversation on men’s health. In addition, Mo Bro’s are asked to raise money in some manner to help prevent or develop cures for prostate and testicular cancer. Lastly, each Mo Bro must behave as a true gentleman.

Fund Raising Events

There are many options for fund raising during Movember. One suggestion on the website is to plan a Mo Party. Those who choose to host a Mo Party can register on the site and receive a free Mo Party pack in order to raise funds and encourage others to participate in Movember. Some areas have created running of the Mo’s, events that bring Mo Bros and Mo Sistas together. Many other running events are planned throughout the country to promote Movember as well. Shave the Date is the official start to Movember, where participants shave their faces in order to begin growing their Movember ‘stache. Although November 1 is the official Shave the Date, events can be held throughout the month for those who don’t mind getting a late start.

Grooming the Stache

Participating in Movember does not mean growing a big lump of hair under your nose that is unruly and unkempt. The moustache should be well-groomed and tidy, although it should draw attention to the man sporting it. The moustache should be shampooed regularly as bits of food can collect in it which no one really wants to have happen. Work in a tiny bit of conditioner as moustache hair is course. A soft, hot towel is perfect for cleansing the skin under the moustache to avoid drying and itching.

Choose the moustache style from the beginning and be sure to invest in the right tools for the job, such as barber scissors, clippers and fine-toothed combs. Beauty Bridge have everything you need to make your moustache part of a very Happy Movember!

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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.


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.

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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