Add An Extra Pop with These Summer Nail Trends

Is it just us or does having freshly done nails make you feel ten times more put together and stylish? Summer is the perfect time to experiment with new colors and designs and go out of your comfort zone! Here’s some different nail inspirations for you to try at home!

Bright and Simple

Having a simple, solid color on your nails will still help to elevate your look. Go out of your comfort zone by trying a bright color like this one (it is summer after all)!

Sparkle and Shine

If you want a little more than just a solid color, add some sparkle! Glitter polish is an easy way to liven up any nail look. You can do a single accent nail on each hand, the whole hand, or even just use it as a top coat!

Ombre

Ombre nails look incredibly impressive, and are surprisingly easy! Whether you want to do your whole hand or just an accent nail, these nails will always be an eyecatcher. Start by painting your nail white and let it dry. Paint around your nail and down to your fist knuckle with either glue or liquid latex and let dry. Next, take a triangular beauty sponge and create an ombre with at least two polishes. Dab the sponge on the nail and repeat until you reach the desired opacity. Peel of the barrier around the nail and add a top coat!

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.

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 Nail Trends

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New season, new nail trends! This summer, be prepared to see fun shapes and different nail colors! With bright splashes of colors and detail oriented designs, your options for your next manicure are endless.

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IMAGE SOURCE: MICHELLE QUINN

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Take a break from the traditional square-cut nails and go for a more unique, almond shape!

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It’s not only just for clothes anymore, stripes are hot for this season's nail trend!

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The classy trend continues. Ditch the colors and paint on some sleek, white polish!

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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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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!

Hot Spring Lip Colors

What better way to welcome the new spring season than with new, fun lip colors?! It’s time to put away the dark shades until next winter and embrace the bright lips: Spring 2017 is all about color! Take a chance and try out some bold colors, such as bright pinks, corals, and even orange. If you typically lean towards a subtler shade, try a rose lipstick that will still leave you feeling and looking fabulous! 

Another way to wear your pout this season is with the addition of glitter! Make glitter your signature color, whether you want to rock the glitter top-coat over your favorite lipstick or even on your bare lips! 


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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! 

Beauty: Splurge vs. Save

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Photo Credit: The Sunday Girl

 

We have all done it, trying to decide if we should buy expensive products from the department counter or buy cheap at our local drug store! We are here to help. We have bought tested and are here to report what we think you should splurge on and save on. Money is tight, especially when planning a wedding so we are here to save you money!


Priming your skin is the first step to having a great base for your makeup!

MAC Strobe Cream

The ultimate quick fix for the skin. Super-powered with potent botanicals; de-snoozes, de-stresses, moistens, freshens and boosts the look of dull, flat or tired-looking skin with a fully loaded vitamin zap and a mega dose of green tea. Brightens and clarifies with iridescent particles and antioxidants. Enhances the effects of light on all skin and in all lighting conditions from sunlight to spotlight.

 

L'Oreal Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer

Enlighten your complexion with a light infusing primer. Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer is a unique liquid light formula that blends seamlessly into skin to boost its liveliness and luminosity. Texture is smoothed and toned for a natural-looking complexion. Use with True Match Lumi and Magic Lumi highlighter for an added boost of luminosity. Universal shade suitable for all skin types and tones. Use it alone for a supple, dewy look, mix it with your foundation for an all over radiant finish or dab it on key areas as a highlighter.

We love both of these products. Mac Strobe Cream (retail $33.00) gives us the all over sheen and also moisturizes. Since we like our moisturizers to have SPF (say no to wrinkles!), we choose L'Oreal Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer as it still gives us the dewy glow for half the cost!


Eyeliner is the perfect way to define your eyes. The fun part is there are so many ways to change up your eyeliner to give you a new look everyday!

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Eyeliner

Our #1 selling waterproof liquid liner enables you to create a variety of eye-opening effects—from thin, precise lines to thick, dramatic looks. The formula glides on with ease, dries quickly and won't smudge or run day-into-night. 

The fine marker-like tip offers precise application for everyone from novices to pros and results in beautifully defined eyes that will leave a lasting impression.

Maybelline Eyestudio Master Precise Liquid Liner

Long-wearing, water and smudge-proof eye liner delivers precise definition in just one stroke. This waterproof eyeliner features an ultra-fine tip that delivers laser-sharp precision for the most defined line.

Hands down we say splurge! Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Eyeliner (retail $22.00) is worth every penny! We like that it allows you to easily create lines that vary from thick to precise. We also love that it comes in a variety of fun colors to mix up your look.


Pucker up! Nothing finishes your look like what color you add to your lips!

Burt's Bees Lip Crayon

Six creamy, full-coverage shades of matte lip color in a modern crayon for truly beautiful lip color. Lightweight moisture for a comfortable, everyday wear formula infused with Shea Butter, Kendi Oil, and Jojoba Oil. It's color that truly cares for your lips!
 

NARS Lip Crayon

The application of a lipstick combined with the convenience of a pencil in a jumbo crayon design. Lips are instantly saturated with rich pigments and a velvety matte finish. The long lasting, non-drying formula is enriched with emollients for a creamy texture, while a combination of unique silicones ensures long-lasting, seamless color for hours. Use for lining, all-over lip color, or pairing with another lip product.

Save, Save Save! Burt's Bees lip Crayon (retail $9.00) is our pick vs. NARS Lip Crayon (retail $26.00). We love that is provides full-coverage and moisturizes our lips with Shea Butter and oils. This is a great pick for the winter season!