Bring the Beach Waves Home with This Amazing DIY Spray!

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Image Source: ModCloth Blog

Going to the beach is one of the highlights of summer time, but sadly we don’t always have the time to take a trip to the ocean. However, there’s an easy way you can bring the beach home with you in your beauty routine! Here’s a homemade way to get beautiful beachy waves with products you already have laying around the house.

First you need a spray bottle, which can be found at most stores in the toiletries section. Next, gather your ingredients. For this spray you’ll need:

  • Two tablespoons of sea salt (or you could try some Epsom salt!)

  • One tablespoon of melted coconut oil

  • One and a half cups of warm water

  • One tablespoon of hair gel

Add all of these ingredients to a clean spray bottle and shake well. Spray the product to your hair and let it dry, then you’ll have natural tousled waves! As an added bonus the coconut oil helps moisturize your hair to counteract the drying effect of salt, so you hair will be healthy and gorgeous all summer long!

Essential Beauty Tips for the Everyday Girl

There’s an overwhelming amount of information available in regard to skincare and beauty routines. What kind of skin do you have? Do you wear a lot of makeup? What’s your budget? You name it, there’s an article for it. While that’s great, it makes it really difficult to find a simple and straightforward guide that is applicable to the everyday girl masses. Today, we’re boiling it down to the most essential beauty tips each and every girl should be putting into practice to keep that skin healthy and glowing!

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Moisturize AM and PM

Keeping your skin well moisturized is a must. While some have a day and a night moisturizer, that’s not really in the everyday girl’s budget! Really, you just need one great moisturizer that you can use in the AM and PM. Make sure you’re using a moisturizer with at least 30 SPF. While you don’t need this overnight, SPF is a must for the daytime! Even if you think it’s an overcast day, you would be surprised what rays actually break through the clouds. Keep that skin well protected to avoid wrinkles and sunspots later in life.

Wash Your Face

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I know, I know, you hear this all the time. But it’s key! Even if you’re prone to dry skin, washing your face is key. Find a good face wash that agrees with your skin and stick with it. Ideally, we’d like to see you washing your face morning and night, but know that sometimes we’re feeling a bit lazy or just completely forget before bed. At a minimum, start your day with a good clean wash followed by the application of your daily moisturizer as mentioned above!

ALWAYS Take Your Makeup off Before Bed

While you may not always remember or feel like giving your face a full wash before bed, at least take your makeup off! This keeps your pillow much cleaner and is also a necessity to keeping your pores clear. If you fall into the group of ladies who just always forgets until she’s already in bed, here’s a pro tip for you: keep a container of makeup remover wipes on your bedside table. Easy access and hard to miss. It’s a great way to remind yourself to wipe down real quick before catching some zzz’s.

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Use Primer

If you are someone who uses makeup, make sure you’re starting with a good base primer. Primer is a great tool as it helps to create a nice even base for your face as well as creating a surface that will hold your makeup better than your natural skin will. While you can obviously wear makeup without primer, your makeup will wear better and last longer if you start with some primer!

8 Winter Beauty Hacks to Get You Through the Season

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The cold winter weather does a number on your skin and hair. While we’ve already told you our favorite winter moisturizers and hair care routines, today we’re going over the top winter beauty hacks for hair and skin! These easy and inexpensive tricks are quick and simple, yet make a huge difference in the quality of care you’re giving your body to cope with the cold, dry air.

Skincare

Lips

Using Aquaphor on your lips will lock in hydration while also giving them a smooth, glossy appearance. Functional and fashionable!

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Face

Opt for coconut oil instead of traditional makeup removers. This moisturizers your skin while also removing your makeup, in an all-natural hydrating way.

Body

Use an in-shower moisturizer. After you finish normally washing your body, try and in-shower moisturizer. By moisturizing before you dry off, you’re locking in extra moisture for your skin! And, you’re less likely to forget to moisturize after toweling off.

Feet

Before bed, put Vaseline on your feet, covered with fuzzy socks to keep your feet soft. It will absorb while you’re sleeping! Just be careful not to put it on too far before bed, you don’t want to risk slipping and falling.

Haircare

Static-y, frizzy hair? We’ve all been there. Luckily, there are a number of hacks to help with this!

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  • When you first get out of the shower, use a t-shirt to dry your hair instead of a towel to eliminate frizz from the get-go!
  • Put a dryer sheet on hairbrush to prevent static. Sounds crazy, we know, but it works!
  • Look for a silk lined hat instead of a fleece or otherwise lined hat. This also keeps static down.
  • If all else fails, spray hairspray on a toothbrush to smooth down flyaway hairs.

Up Your Makeup Game with These Essential Tools

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They say a craftsman is as good as his tools, and the same goes for makeup! It’s remarkable how much your makeup skills can improve by using the right brushes. Here’s how to differentiate between different brushes and our picks for essentials!

Let’s start with foundation.

Synthetic Buffing Brush

A brush like this can help create an airbrushed finish to your foundation. Aim to get a brush that is dense and fluffy, and synthetic so it won’t soak up all of your foundation!

Beauty Sponge

Using a damp sponge to apply your foundation will leave you looking flawless! Blending is so seamless and the pointed end helps get the under eye perfectly.


Moving onto face powders.

Setting Brush

A tapered fluffy brush like this is perfect for setting the under eyes and rest of the face!

 

Contour and Blush Brush

An firm angled brush like this gives you a precise contour and can also be used for blush.


Highlighting

When it comes to highlighting you can either choose a wide fan brush or a small domed brush. It comes down to personal preference, but in the end either brush will leave you glowing!


Eyes

Fluffy Crease Brush

A fluffy tapered brush is the secret to blending! One like this is the perfect size to seamlessly blend the crease.

 

Detail Brush

This slim brush can be used in the crease to get more precision and detail.

 

Shader Brush

This dense brush is perfect for packing shadow on the lids.

 

Highlighting Brush

A small precise brush like this is perfect for highlighting the inner corner and brow bone.


Finally, the brows and lips.

Eyebrow Brush

This dense brush helps fill in the eyebrows with ease, plus it has a spoolie on the end to help blend in the product!

 

Concealer Brush

This synthetic concealer brush helps carve out the brows and correct any mistakes!

 

Lip Brush

This pointed lip brush helps create a precise application that most applicators cannot get!

Best Activities to Fight Off the Winter Blues

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After the excitement of the holidays disappears, we find ourselves fighting off boredom and the winter blues. It is easy to fall into a routine of watching movies on your warm and cozy couch instead of socializing and bathing in the sun (which requires you to face the freezing cold wind). To help you battle the blues, we’ve created a list of our favorite activities to boost your mood and reconnect with yourself and the world around you.


BEAUTY & HEALTH ACTIVITIES

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EXERCISE Exercise is the best way to boost your mood! It has been proven that exercise can make you exponentially happier and more motivated. Go do your favorite winter outdoor activity or do a quick 10 minute workout in your home! See our fitness guide for some easy moves you can do in your living room!

TREAT YOURSELF TO A MANI-PEDI Let’s be honest, your hands and feet could use some TLC this winter. Grab a girlfriend, or enjoy some me time, and get your nails done.

GET A MASSAGE & FACIAL A massage is a sure way to make you relaxed and feeling great! Allow yourself a spa day and opt for that facial you always pass on. Your face will be glowing, and you'll have the perfect excuse to post a selfie of your beautiful self!

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MEDITATE We cannot think of a better way to expel stress than to close your eyes and think about nothing. Go to that yoga class you haven’t    had time for, or set up a cozy spot in your home and find a class on YouTube.

SOAK UP THE SUN Bundle up, go for a walk, and get your daily dose of vitamin D. It’s a simple way to ease your bad mood and put some color on your cheeks.


ME TIME ACTIVITIES

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READ A BOOK Escape the cold and windy world outside, and get lost in a book that takes you far away from your stress and problems. Your mind will feel refreshed, and you will be more willing to do your work and crush those goals with a clear head. Need a book suggestion? Try one of the National Book Award Winners from this year!

DANCE IT OUT Dance by yourself, in your bedroom, with the volume all the way up. Channel your inner Meredith Grey and Cristina Yang. Dancing is perfect for shaking away winter blues and boosting your confidence.

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TAKE A LUXURIOUS BUBBLE BATH Buy a million scented candles, bath bombs, and oils and make yourself a luxurious bubble bath. Turn off your phone and listen to music, read a book or magazine, and sip some wine while relaxing.

REARRANGE YOUR FURNITURE Give your living space a fresh and cozy makeover. Move furniture around for some new flow or cozy up your place with a few simple but effective details like candles and blankets.


FOOD & DRINK ACTIVITIES

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IMAGE SOURCE: COOK REPUBLIC

BAKE SOME GOODIES Bake a cake or cookies to share with your friends and family. Make something winter themed like gingerbread, snickerdoodles, or try our amazing figgy pudding recipe. Your home will smell like warm sugar and cake, yum!

COOK Cook that meal you’ve always wanted but were too afraid to try. Or make that family recipe that brings you comfort. Food is a guaranteed way to make you happy, and making something from scratch will give you a sense of pride and fulfillment.

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IMAGE SOURCE: ANTRHOPOLOGIE

GET COFFEE Try the new coffee shop down the road with a few friends. Be sure to order that extravagant drink and enjoy it!

HOST AN INTIMATE DINNER PARTY Invite a few of your closest friends over for a fancy dinner party. Cook a three course meal, set up your china that’s gathering dust, and drink champagne!


OUT ON THE TOWN ACTIVITIES

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IMAGE SOURCE: STYLE ME PRETTY

SIP & PAINT Sign you and a few friends up for a sip and paint class. Enjoy some good drinks and company, and be creative at the same time! It’s a great way to let your guard down and just have fun!

SEE A COMEDY SHOW Buy tickets to a comedy show in your area, or enjoy stand up at a local dive bar. Laughing is the perfect way to cheer you up, and a comedy show is much more fun than the movies.

PLAN A STAYCATION Book a hotel, grab a fancy dinner, and enjoy the night out all while staying in town. Make it a girls weekend and escape from the hectic work week or a romantic “getaway” for you and your guy.


Flowers in Your Hair Inspiration Board

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If you are as obsessed with flowers as we are, you’ll want to incorporate them in every way possible for your wedding. Your bouquets, boutonnieres, centerpieces, and arrangements for your ceremony comprise of flowers, but there’s one more place to add a floral touch--your hair! Whether it’s just a few flowers and leaves, or a full flower crown, your hair will look undoubtedly gorgeous all day long. Use flowers consistent in all floral arrangements to tie together your color theme and personal style. Also, be sure to choose flowers with sturdy stems so they stay in place. If your budget is constricted, opt for synthetic floral clips; they look just as beautiful!

For this inspiration board, we highlighted florals and colors of the fall season: sunflowers, hydrangeas, anemone, calla lily, and red, orange, and yellow (purple and blue accent), colors.

Save vs. Splurge

Makeup is one of the easiest ways to express yourself, which is why we love it so much! However, makeup can get pricey sometimes and it’s hard to decide what’s worth the extra buck and what’s not. Instead of emptying your pockets we’ve picked some of our favorite items to help you determine whether to save or splurge on a product!

Mascara SAVE

A great mascara is a necessity, after all, the eyes are the window to the soul! Lately drugstore brands have been majorly stepping up their products- it’s especially the case for this new L’Oréal lash paradise mascara. This item has been all the rage recently in the beauty community. The high quality formula partnered with the special brush combs lashes and makes them much more plump and voluminous in only a couple swipes. Plus, for such an amazing price this buy is a no brainer!


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IMAGE SOURCE: SEPHORA

Translucent powder SPLURGE

Finding a reliable translucent powder can be tricky. Luckily our fav powder is practically perfect! This Laura Mercier setting powder is a holy grail beauty product. With no flashback and a smooth finish, this is for sure worth a little extra cash. And if the price isn’t too appealing to you, no worries! You can get a travel size version for $15 less than the full size.


Highlighter SAVE

We are LIVING for this new blinding highlighter trend! Although we want to pack on the highlight, we’d prefer not to empty our wallets in the process. That’s why the MegaGlo line from Wet n Wild is such a blessing! Whether it’s the powder highlight (a) or the cream one (b), you can’t go wrong with these blinding products. The price point on these items almost seems unfair and will keep you glowing on a budget!


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IMAGE SOURCE: AMAZON

Beauty blender SPLURGE

It’s very likely you’ve already heard of the famous beauty blender (but we still had to include it!), because if you’re going to splurge on one thing it should most certainly be this sponge! The beauty blender is for sure a holy grail product and once you use it you’ll never want to set it down. From the extreme softness of the sponge to its flawless application, this item is certainly a MUST!


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IMAGE SOURCE: NYX COSMETICS

Setting spray SAVE

Setting spray is the key to make your makeup stay flawless for hours. It can go very quickly depending on how much you use so it’s difficult to break the bank trying to buy some. Lucky for us there are some great ones at the drugstore! Our favorite is under 10 bucks and will give you a matte finish all day.


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IMAGE SOURCE: TARTE COSMETICS

Foundation SPLURGE

Sometimes you need to splurge a little- and splurging on a foundation is completely justified! After all, you need a good foundation to give you a perfect canvas to create your look on. One of our top picks is the Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation. It’s super blendable, hypoallergenic, and has SPF!

Charcoal Beauty Products

Charcoal is commonly used in everyday beauty products these days! There are so many benefits to using charcoal based beauty products. Your pores will be smaller and cleaner, your oily skin will be gone, and it deep treats acne! Take a look at our top charcoal beauty products this year!

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Looking for a great cleanser for people with acne-prone skin? Look no further! Bioré offers multiple charcoal products that help to clear your skin, especially their charcoal bar and pore strips! Enjoy the minty aroma and refreshing feeling!

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Gives your skin a super deep clean while only using natural ingredients! Blackmuck’s Detox Charcoal Face Mask will give you all the benefits as the other charcoal based face masks with the added bonus of being all natural!

Cocos Organics’ Dirty Mouth Tooth Polish

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Get the teeth whitening without the damage! With this product, you’ll get easy teeth whitening at a great price! It’s time to show off those pearly whites!

Summer Haircuts

There are few feelings in the hot summer months better than cutting off your locks! Although some may be intimidated by cutting their hair, here are some fun summer cuts that will inspire you to go short this season!

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Put a modern spin on the classic bob haircut! With a long bob, commonly known as the “lob,” you can have the experience of having a bob, but still keep some of your hair on the longer side!

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If you’re weary on cutting your hair super short, having a nice medium hair cut will still get rid of those dead ends and give you a lighter, fun haircut for the hot summer months!

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Take a risk and cut off all your hair! Although it may be a big leap, you can still jazz up your hair with fun accessories or even with different hair colors. With a pixie haircut, you’ll be sure to stay cool all summer long!

Self-Tanning: Do's & Dont's

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If you want that sun-kissed look, but do not want to harm your skin under the sun or in tanning beds, there are plenty of options for self-tanning! From lotions and gels to sprays and tanning towelettes (yes, tanning towelettes!), you’ll be looking like you just spent all day under the sun in no time! Just like with anything, there are dos and don’ts for using and applying self-tanners:

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  • Exfoliate and shave/wax prior to applying any self-tanner, typically up to 24 hours prior
  • Test the shade of self-tanner on a small patch of skin before using it on larger areas
  • Invest in a tan-applicator mitt to avoid streaks by applying with your bare hand
  • Moisturize after to maintain that healthy glow!
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  • Layer it on, your skin can only absorb so much product and tint at a time
  • Moisturize prior; it will affect the way your skin absorbs the tanning product
  • Moisturize with oil after; oil is more prone to fade your tan faster

Summer Beauty Trends

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Time to slip on the shades and embrace the warm weather! What better way to welcome the summer season than to discuss the hottest summer beauty trends this year?! From hair to makeup, we’ve got the scoop on how to rock your best look in the hot summer months!


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IMAGE SOURCE: ARBONNE

With the sweltering sun and heat, the last thing we want to deal with is our makeup melting off our face. This season, take a step back from the layers of foundation and eyeshadow, and opt for a more natural makeup look! Use lighter-weight powders, liquid foundation with SPF, and soft skin tones to bring out your natural beauty!



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Even with the ongoing trend of flirty beach waves, sometimes our hair won’t cooperate with the heat! Another option to wear your summer hair while beating the heat is to keep it up and off your neck! Go for the traditional top knot, or spice up your look with fun headbands and braids!

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Along with summer comes dryer skin. Exfoliating your skin daily is a must in order to keep that healthy summer glow! Instead of using a harsh exfoliating scrub, try one of our favorite peel-pads! If you need a little boost in moisture in your skin, try this pore perfecting water gel moisturizer!

How to Pick the Right Color Palette for Your Skin Tone

Picking out what to wear may be the hardest part of your day, especially trying to decide what colors to wear. You may not realize this, but just like matching your makeup to your skin tone, your skin tone plays a large role in which colors compliment you the most; therefore, we have made you a go-to guide on what colors to lean towards based on the tone of your skin! 


If your skin tone is warm and has a golden undertone and olive complexion…

Oranges, Golden Yellows, Ambers, and Reds

Olive, Turquoise, Magenta, Orchid 

Taupe, Creamy Whites

 
 
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If your skin ton is cool and has a blueish undertone with fair or very dark skin…

 
 

Ruby, Bright Rose, Pinks

Bright Blue, Royal blue, Emerald, Lilac

Gray, Navy, Winter White 

What's Your Signature Scent?

In honor of National Fragrance Day (March 21st!), what better way to celebrate than to find out what your signature scent is? From scents that bring back fond memories, to scents that make you feel confident and sexy, there is a scent out there for everyone! Scents range from fresh and floral to warm and earthy fragrances, and with so many available scents, it is sometimes hard to choose which one you like best. 

Imagine the aroma of fresh cut flowers and being surrounded by feminine and sweet scents. Choosing one of the floral fragrances will leave you feeling flirtatious and will have you smelling fresh throughout the entire day!

One of the top favorite floral scents is Daisy by Marc Jacobs, it’s a must have!

Think leather couches, cedar tables, and wood fires. With woody scents in mind, bask yourself in the sexy and sensual aromas such as cinnamon, jasmine, and honey. Sahara Noir by Tom Ford captures the woody scents, leaving you feeling warm and cozy. For a lighter, less musky scent, try Romance by Ralph Lauren or Sensuous by Esteé Lauder.

Picture yourself in the middle of summer enjoying a tall cocktail garnished with fresh fruit. Fruity fragrances will give you that crisp, summer day feeling all while leaving you smelling fresh and clean! A fan favorite is Apple Splash by Marc Jacobs, which includes floral notes all while highlighting that fresh and citrus-y scent.

How to Contour

Contouring and highlighting your face are tasks that every girl wishes to master. Although we are not all equipped with a glam squad to flawlessly apply our makeup like Kim Kardashian, we have found an easy step-by-step tutorial on how to get those cheekbones chiseled and those eyes bright with just a few simple steps using different shades of your favorite foundation! All you will need are three different shades of foundation: your skin tone, one that is one or two shades darker than your skin tone, and one that is one or two shades lighter. 

1. Prepare your skin and apply your normal skin shade foundation as you typically would.

2. Use the darker foundation and start “tracing” your face: your temples near your hairline, the hollows of your cheekbones, and your jaw line. For a starter tutorial, it is easy to make a giant “3” on each side of your face, with the top of the “3” tracing your temple, the middle your cheek, and the bottom your jaw. 

3. Use the lighter foundation to highlight underneath your eyes, the bridge of your nose, forehead and chin.

4. Blend the created lines smoothly with a makeup sponge or beauty blender. 

5. To finish, lightly apply loose powder on the entire face.

Tada! You now have that flawless facial structure and glow without needing that glamor squad! Go out, try different shades, and happy contouring! 

How to Find a Perfect Foundation

We’ve all been there—helplessly staring at all the products the eye can see, lost in the vast land of foundations, and completely and utterly unsure of which to buy. To make decisions easier, there are a few steps to take in order to find that ultimate foundation that is just right for you!  


Understanding your skin type is a huge part in the decision process of buying foundation that’s right for your skin! If you have dry skin, try using double-duty liquid foundations that not only smooth out your skin’s surface, but also hydrates it, giving you that glow your skin so desperately craves. If you tend to have more oily skin, stick to either mineral powder foundations or oil-free liquid foundations. Powder foundations help control shine without adding any excessive dryness to your skin! 

 

This step might be a little more difficult, especially if you aren’t purchasing from a department store that allows you to sample different foundations and shades. One helpful tip is to choose 2-3 shades that look similar to your skin tone, and try to hold them up to your face in an available mirror with natural lighting. As the seasons change, you may need to buy different shades depending on if your skin tends to darken in the summer and lighten in the winter. 

Now that you’ve determined your skin type and shade, you need to know how to properly apply the foundation! To avoid the obvious makeup line around your face, try using a foam sponge to easily blend the foundation throughout your face. By doing so, the makeup appears more natural to the eye. To finish, lightly dust your face with some loose powder, and you're ready to go!