Summer has officially arrived! Before it passes us by (as it is wont to do), get out there and soak it up right with our summer beauty rules to live by:
1. Include an SPF in your daily beauty routine. Keep skin looking it’s best by applying an SPF moisturizer to your face every day. This summer I’ve been loving Bare Minerals SPF 25 Tinted Moisturizer ($30).
2. Declare “no shower day” at least one day per week. Give you hair—and hot tools—a break and use dry shampoo instead. Our favorite tip: spritz into roots at night, wake up with cleanish hair!
3. Ditch the lotion and switch to a body serum. If you’ve never used a body serum or oil, then you’ve never known true hydration. Body oils moisturize deeply and leave skin soft, dewy and lightly scented. Naturally we love One Love Organics Vitamin C Body Oil ($58)and the new Gardenia Body Serum ($39).
4. Spend less time blow-drying and embrace fun accessories, braids, and hats. Both Forever21 and H&M overfloweth with cute and affordable hats, wraps, turbands and headbands.
5. Stay hydrated, especially when in the sun or at an outdoor event. If you struggle to get in enough water, try flavoring it with watermelon, pineapple, mint, basil, berries or citrus fruits!
6. Take advantage of the season’s locally grown fresh vegetables and fruits. They’re good for your glow! Locate your nearest farmer’s market and stock up on your weekly produce there to not only help your diet, but help you glow from the inside out!
P.S. We never get tired of a maxi dress or this orange + pink combo!
Hallelujah I am off to the beach! This is a vaca in the truest sense of the word: eight days with the people who know + love me best on an island off the coast of North Carolina, a state where my soul always feels right at home. Kings of Leon Back Down South is queued up on the iPod and my belly is ready for BBQ and seafood. Shopping was an adventure since I haven’t worn a bikini since, oh, 2005, but I got a spray tan, a stack of magazines, and a month’s supply of sunscreen on my side. I also brought along a few laid-back seaside essentials that I’m excited to have a chance to break out. And yes, I’m checking my luggage!
1. Just the right about of prep, that’s how I feel about Tortoiseshell, plus these Rowley Eyewear No. 3 ($109) shades offer more coverage than my Ray Bans. //2. Earth Tu Face Rosemary + Salt Body Lotion ($38) smells like the ocean at dusk, when it’s cooled down a bit. Herbaceous and invigorating. //3. I never met a clutch or a stripe I didn’t like. BeautyCounter’s ($30) canvas pouch goes perfectly with my entire suitcase! //4. When I really want to treat myself (or pretend I belong in St. Tropez), I break out the Clarins Delectable Self Tanning Mousse ($43). This one has SPF and something fancy called Mirabelle oil so you can rationalize the investment. //5. In case you blinked and missed it, Bobbi Brown came out with a Nectar + Nude collection this spring that is off the charts, particularly the pale peach and pink lip glosses ($25) that set off a faux tan beautifully. //6. I have been waiting for the day when One Love Organics would dabble in haircare, but this all-natural, gardenia-scented dry shampoo (coming June 16!) and its handy travel size are more than I could’ve hoped for. //7. It took about 72 bikini try-ons but I finally landed on a navy combo from J.Crew. Classic and practical. //8. No more face in the sun for this girl. Was thrilled to stumble upon this big, floppy, boho number at Target ($15). //9. Between my hat, sunglasses and Shiseido Urban Environment Tinted UV Protector SPF 43, which beats out any BB or CC cream for being water-resistant, my skin will be amply protected and near flawless.
NYFW may have come to an end, but now’s your chance to get in on the fall shows! During the month of February, when you buy two TRESemmé products at Walgreens (I recommend the Fresh Start Dry Shampoo), you’ll receive a code to enter here for a chance to attend Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York. The grand prize includes:
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week access
Round trip airfare for two
Hotel stay for 3 nights/4 days
$1,000 spending money (hey now)
Gift card to a New York salon
20 first prize winners will also receive $250 Walgreens gift cards (yes, please)
Although we can’t all be winners, behind-the-scenes videos are the next-best thing. I lose hours, slack-jawed, watching these—especially the beauty ones. Forget the outfit changes, I don’t know how the stylists turn out the seemingly endless parade of updos.
I’m loving the sweet buns with a retro twists for spring. They’re that perfect combo of romantic and modern. Just add an orange-red lip and flirty dress.
Any spring beauty trends you’re looking forward to? Until then, get thee to a Walgreens, snap up two TRESemmé products, and head on over here to enter. Good luck!
I don’t know where I read this—Lucky or Elle—but I like it: Swipe your scalp with a sheet of blotting paper to soak up oil and freshen up your ‘do without shampooing. I doubt this technique is as powerful as dumping in dry shampoo, but for primping in a pinch it’s brillz. If you don’t already keep blotting paper in your clutch or makeup bag, I implore you to pick up a pack. Tatcha ($12) makes my favorite because they don’t leave behind a powdery finish, but if you’re extra-shiny try Sonia Kashuk Matte Blotting Papers ($7).
Any other dry shampoo alternatives we need to know about?
“I’m a big woman. I need big hair.”–Aretha Franklin
Regardless of your size, every girl needs to know how to get big, sexy, body-ful hair. Whether you’re looking to add a little poof to your every day pony or want to achieve a huge updo for a hot date, all the tools and products you need to get Texas-sized hair are available for a song. Here are my favorites:
Inject some oomph into freshly washed hair with a volumizing mousse. Two to three root-to-tip applications of TRESemme 24-Hour Body Foaming Mousse ($6) to damp, towel-dried hair will leave you with plumped strands.
If you’re starting with second-day or dry hair, spritz roots with dry shampoo. Batiste Dry Shampoo ($8) absorbs oil, product build-up and dirt, leaving behind clean-feeling, fuller hair. Their new Fresh scent is super light and clean!
Getting a Bardot-worthy bouffant is going to require some teasing (also known as back-combing), and finding out which comb will fluff your hair to perfection takes trial and error. Back-combing purists swear that the best beehives are obtained by using simple plastic combs, like this one on sale for 89 cents at Sally. In my experience, they can rat hair a tad too tightly, making teased sections a literal pain to brush out. But, they might be the best pick for ultra heavy, coarse hair. Alternatively, this boar bristle teasing brush by Goody ($5) costs a fraction of the salon version and the two are virtually identical.
My teasing comb of choice is the good old-fashioned ‘fro pik ($1.50). For my long locks, pick-style combs give tons of long-lasting height that’s still loose enough to brush out at the end of the night. (Picks are also useful for lifting up flattened sections of updos once you’ve pinned ‘em up.)
Once you’ve found a comb that works, it’s time to tease. Lightly spritz (don’t soak) small sections (one-two inches in width max!) of hair with a volumizing, flexible hairspray before putting a comb to it. TRESemme 24-Hour Body Finishing Spray ($5) provides a solid grip without weighing hair down. I also love that it maintains an even and consistent spray no matter what angle I’m holding the can—that’s definitely a feature a lot of drugstore hair sprays don’t have.
Once you’ve finished teasing, the odds are good you’ll look like a crazy wildebeest. Don’t panic, this is normal, we’re not done yet. Smooth the top layer of hair over the backcombed part with a paddle-shaped bristle brush. I can’t imagine life without my Sonia Kashuk Tools Small Hair Brush ($12.59), aka the Target twin to ultra-expensive Mason Pearson brushes. A gentle-handed smoothing with this baby tames the crazy without flattening hard-earned volume. What you do after that is up to you!
Check out my Beauty, Hair & Makeup board on Pinterest for loads of heavenly-high hair style ideas. Just be sure to spray the heck out your hard-earned ‘do once you’re done! –Meghan