Summer Beauty: Hot Weather Hacks Every Girl Should Know

hotweatherSummer is all about fun on the beach and enjoying the gorgeous weather with friends. While it’s my favorite season for obvious reasons, there are some aspects of the hot weather that can really put a damper on our beauty routines. Whether it’s your blowout getting frizzy in all of two minutes or your nail polish bubbling up because of the heat, summer brings about a few challenges. Luckily, I’ve got some crazy – but effective –  hot weather beauty hacks that make surviving the summer easy.

#1. Sprinkle Baby Powder over your skin after the beach and sand will wipe right off.
The same way that baby powder can act as a dry shampoo (in a pinch) to absorb excess oil, it works wonders at the beach. Once you’ve got your fill of sun and sand for the day, sprinkle baby powder on your feet, legs, and anywhere else where you’ve got sand stuck to you. The powder will absorb the moisture on your skin from sweat and salt water (which is what makes the sand stick to you) and you’ll be able to wipe all of the sand off immediately. High five for a sand-free trip home!

#2. Mix a paste of Baking Soda and water to remove any self-tanner mistakes.
The safest way to tan is to avoid the sun altogether, but using self-tanner means that sometimes there will be mistakes. To remove any streaky or overly orange patches on your skin, mix together baking soda and a bit of water to create a paste. Use the mixture to gently exfoliate your skin where you need to even out the tanner and you’ll be set!

#3. Apply deodorant to the back of your neck before blow drying hair to avoid sweating.

Besides frizz, the worst part of heat styling your hair during the summer is sweating while you’re styling. We all know the struggle of blow drying our hair, and essentially needing another shower once we’re done because of sweat. Avoid all of this with a simple hack: Apply a powder (not gel) deodorant to the back of your neck about 10 minutes before blow drying your hair. It’ll have the same antiperspirant effect on your neck as it does under your arms.
#4. Use Dry Shampoo at night to absorb excess oil & sweat by morning.
Dry shampoo is a girl’s best friend year-round, but during the summer, it’s actually better when you don’t apply it in the morning. Spritz your roots with dry shampoo at night to let the product absorb oil (and perspiration) throughout the night. Giving dry shampoo a bit of time to work its magic will give you much better results.

#5. Freeze Aloe Vera gel in ice cube trays to treat sunburns.
Much as we try to prevent sunburn, there are just some days when we miss a spot while putting on sunscreen or we forget to reapply during a day outside. Aloe vera is one of the best ways to soothe burned skin, but chilled aloe vera is even better. Fill up an ice cube tray with aloe vera gel and keep it in your freezer all summer, then pop out a cube or two when you need some extra relief.

#6. Squeeze Lemon Juice onto sweat stains before laundering to remove the stain completely.
Sometimes, even if you’re using clinical strength products, you wind up with stains under your arms on your favorite shirts. If you’re out of spot remover, squeeze lemon juice onto the stains before tossing into the laundry. The acidity of the lemon will lift the sweat stains right out of your shirts.

#7. Keep Nail Polish in the fridge to avoid bubbles while painting your nails.
DIY manicure mavens know that nothing ruins all your hard work like bubbles in your polish. During the summer, the heat can react with the ingredients in nail polish to make it thicker and a bit globby. Store your nail polish in the fridge, keeping it cool and thus getting a much smoother paint job when you do a manicure. If you can’t fit your entire collection in the fridge (because really, who could?) just put the colors you’ll be using, your base and top coat in the fridge for about an hour before you paint your nails for the same effect.

#8. Coat your razor in Olive Oil between shaves to keep it from rusting.
Besides being dull, rust on razors is one of the quickest ways to get nicks while you’re shaving — not to mention infections. Keep your razor alive for longer by storing it outside of the shower, and coat the blades in olive oil between uses to protect the metal from rusting.

#9. Use chilled Chamomile tea bags along your bikini line to soothe bumps & rashes.
Bikini line rash happens to just about everyone, but that doesn’t mean you need to suffer. Steep a few bags of chamomile tea in hot water, then let them cool for about 15-20 minutes in the freezer. Lay the tea bags along your bikini line where you see a rash and let the calming effects of the herbs do their job.

#10. Rub Dryer Sheets on your clothes and keep one in your pockets to repel bugs.
Spending a ton of time outside this summer? Chances are, you’re in a buggy area, which means you’ll need some serious repellent to avoid being eaten alive. To repel bugs, rub dryer sheets all over your clothes (and even your legs), then keep one or two in your back pocket or tucked into your shorts. The scent will repel bugs without needing to spray yourself with bug repellent every few minutes.

Do you have any hot weather life or beauty hacks that you’ve accidentally discovered, or have been passed down to you by your family? Share the wisdom in the comments!

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DIY: 50 Beauty Uses for Household Items

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Hanging onto money isn’t an easy feat for most young women. Between today’s cost of living, socializing, eating, dressing, downloading, and pretty much everything else we do, it sometimes feels like there’s just not enough to go around. That’s why a girl’s gotta be resourceful when it comes to her beauty products, which—if you’re not careful—can add up fast.

Im a huge proponent of employing genius tricks to avoid shelling out hard-earned cash for certain beauty-related things that could easily be done using stuff we already have in our linen closets, our kitchens, or our bathrooms.

For example, did you know that the inside of a banana peel can whiten your teeth as well as an at-home kit, or a little cornstarch can work wonders on adding luster to greasy hair? It’s these small hacks that can save a little cash, a bunch of time, and overall keep your  stuff (and yourself!) looking fabulous.

Whether your plan is to start saving now, or whether you’re just naturally frugal, check out this list of 50 brilliant beauty uses for common household products! Once you’re done, be sure to share a few of your favorite tips in the comments below.

50. Cornstarch
Savvy women swear by this cheap-o pantry staple, which works wonders as an all-natural dry shampoo replacement. It soaks up sebum—which makes your hair greasy—leaving you with killer volume and clean-looking roots. Also, adding an eighth of a teaspoon of cornstarch to nail polish instantly makes it matte.

49. Banana peels
It might sound odd, but used banana peels can whiten your teeth! Rub the inside of a peel along your top and bottom teeth for about a minute each, and let sit for around 10 minutes. From there, grab a dry toothbrush and start brushing. Doing this a few times a week can significantly lighten teeth as well as any whitening kit.

48. Ice trays
Use an ice cube tray to custom blend your own lip colors or foundation using two or more shades. Simply rinse and pop it in the dishwasher afterwards.

47. Matches
The rough strip on a matchbook can double as a nail file in a pinch.

46. Rubber bands
Wrap rubber bands around the cap of nail polish bottles and other hard-to-open tops for better grip.

45. Cold-pressed avocado oil
This fatty oil—found in any grocery store—works wonders when it comes to hydrating dry patches on your face and body, smoothing skin texture, calming redness, plumping up fine lines, and keeping pores cleaner. Don’t buy it? Studies have shown avocado oil can promote increased collagen synthesis and can also heal skin irritations.

44. Dryer Sheets
Use these to effortlessly remove static from your hair (oh, and a damp used dryer sheet can remove soap and shampoo build-up in your tub, too!)

43. Coffee
Give brown hair a boost with actual coffee. Brew a strong pot, shampoo, then douse your strands with lukewarm java. Leave it on for 10 to 20 minutes before rinsing and adding conditioner. The result: an all-natural color revitalizer.

42. A shoe bag
Hang it on the back of your bathroom door and fill it with loose hair ties, bobby pins, makeup, brushes, cosmetics, or hot tools.

41. Baby powder
Sure, we’ve all heard that baby powder has the same effect as dry shampoo, but did you know that makeup artists use it to make eyelashes look long and full? Simply curl your lashes, apply one coat of mascara, dust a little baby powder along your top and bottom lashes with a Q-tip or makeup applicator, then add another coat. It really, really works.

40. Refrigerator
Use your fridge to store eye cream, toners, and astringent. The cooling effect de-puffs eyes and skin.

39. Mr. Clean Magic Erasers
These mini miracle-workers not only remove makeup stains on countertops, but also pesky self-tanner streaks. Dampen the sponge and run over the offending area, and the streaks should disappear.

38. Coconut oil
Given all the hype around the ancient practice of oil pulling, coconut oil has been on everyone’s minds lately. While the verdict is still out if it’s the miracle health phenom some swear it is, one thing it can do: Whiten teeth and make them blindingly shiny when swished around in your mouth.

37. Pomegranate seeds
Make your own lip and cheek stain with a few crushed up pomegranate seeds mixed with plain lip balm. Plus, thanks to its high levels of fatty punicic acid, the oil derived from pomegranate seeds can moisturize your skin.

36. Toothpaste
We’ve all heard the one about toothpaste getting rid of zits, but did you know it also can be used to whiten yellowing nails? It works! Add in a few drops of lemon juice—a natural bleaching agent—for extra effects.

35. Baby oil
Add baby oil to broken bronzer for a tinted body oil, or to a broken blush for a dewy cheek stain or lip gloss.

34. Tea bags
Shaving left you with some nasty razor burn or bumps? A wet tea bag will soothe inflamed skin and reduce the pain. No need to go for the good stuff—cheap black tea usually has the highest levels of tannic acid, which heals rashes.

33. Cooking spray
Giving yourself a manicure? Grab a can of cooking spray from the kitchen after you’re done, and spray your nails from about six inches away. This helps dry the polish, and it keeps cuticles hydrated.

32. Sharpies
In a pinch, a permanent marker can fill in chipped manicures—just make sure you match the color correctly (which isn’t that hard given the range of colors and neutrals available today!)

31. Hanger foam
You know the foam that comes on hangers after you get your dry cleaning back? It’s a foolproof way to remove deodorant marks on clothing.

30. Dawn dish detergent
Due to its high level of surfactants, Dawn dish detergent is especially successful at removing oil-based makeup stains from clothing.

29. Peppermint oil
Found in every health food store, dab peppermint oil on lips—it’s the main ingredient in most pricey lip plumpers. If it’s too tingly for you, cut it with a little coconut oil or lip balm.

28. A hairdryer
Use your hairdryer to instantly blast steam from your bathroom mirrors after a hot shower.

27. Shaving cream
Did you know regular shaving cream removes icky foundation and bronzer stains from shirt collars? It does! Simply rub the offending area lightly with a shaving cream and a damp cloth. If your garment is machine washable, toss it in afterward, otherwise, rinse lightly.

26. Baking soda
Between product buildup, dandruff, and the fact that it’s not kept in a case, your hairbrush can get pretty nasty, ladies. Keep it spic-and-span by submerging it in a bowl of lukewarm water mixed with three or four tablespoons of baking soda.

25. Raw honey
Legend has it that Cleopatra swore by honey to keep her skin in tip-top shape, and it’s easy to see why. Raw honey is packed with antioxidants, antibacterial and hydrating properties, and—surprisingly—it unclogs pores and clarifies skin. The best way to test it out: Put a thin layer on your face, watch a 30-minute TV show, and rinse it off with tepid water.

24. Safety pins
It might sound nuts, but actress Kate Bosworth has been heard saying that her mother uses a safety pin to separate her lashes after applying mascara. When we passed that intel on to others, more than a few women copped to doing it too. Try this at your own risk (and make sure your hand is super-steady.)

23. Metal spoons
Sure, keeping ‘em in the fridge and popping them over your eyes to combat puffiness is a good trick, but who knew that you can curl your eyelashes with a spoon? Miranda Kerr is a fan of this trick! Not shockingly, there are a gazillion YouTube tutorials showing you how to do it.

22. Sticky reinforcements
Remember reinforcements, those circular white stickers that kept loose-leaf holes from ripping in your binder? Place them over your nails to create flawless nail art, like half-moon manicures or French-style manicures with cool colors.

21. A toothbrush
Spritzing hairspray on a toothbrush can help tame flyaways and style bangs.

20. Unsweetened cocoa powder
Some brunettes swear by mixing unsweetened cocoa powder with their cornstarch to refresh greasy hair for a perfect color match. (Bonus: It also covers grays in a pinch, and isn’t sticky at all.)

19. Coffee filters
Ditch the pricey oil-blotting papers and use these instead—they work just as well.

18. Tissues
Besides the obvious uses, tissues can help keep lipstick in place. Place one tissue over your lips after applying, and dust lightly with translucent powder.

17. Band-Aids
Use a classic Band-Aid to add some sweet polka dots to your manicure! (Most are perforated with tiny dots.)

16. Apple cider vinegar
Acetic acid, the main ingredient in ACV, will remove product build up from your hair, as well as strengthen it, balance its pH level, promote new growth and nixes dandruff. Simply dilute 1/2 a cup with 4 cups of water and rinse after shampooing.

15. Olive oil
Take a tip from the pros and clean heavily soiled makeup brushes by spilling a few drops of olive oil on a paper towel and swirling your tools in it until the makeup breaks down.

14. Lemons
Sometimes the skin on our elbows and knees is a little darker than the rest of our bodies. Rubbing them with half a lemon every day works wonders.

13. Vaseline
Who knew dabbing a touch of Vaseline wherever you spray perfume makes your scent last longer. Why? Because the oils found in petroleum jelly “holds on” to scents and prevents evaporation.

12. Soy milk
Guess what? Soy milk can increase our levels of collagen! Soak a cotton ball in the milk, apply as you would any other type of toner, let it sit for 15 to 30 minute, and rinse with cold water. In a nutshell, soy milk contains genistein, which helps block enzymes that break down and age the skin.

11. An old business card
Use the edge of a business card or a Post-It note to draw a flawless cat-eye using eyeliner. Here’s an easy-to-follow YouTube tutorial.

10. Vodka
Did you know that soaking your razor in vodka not only cleans it, but keeps it sharper longer? Also, if you mix a little vodka with water and spray on your clothes, it’ll get rid of lingering perfume smells if you can’t make it to the dry cleaner.

9. Uncoated aspirin
Beauty junkies and acne suffers alike swear by the powers of uncoated aspirin to fix a variety of skin problems, including acne, dullness, redness, dry patches, and scarring thanks to its salicylic acid component. The most effective method: Take about 5 pills and add water so they turn into a paste. From there, add a little honey to the mix (see number 25: honey will NOT clog your pores!) and spread on your face. Let the mixture sit for about 20 minutes and rinse. If you’d rather not use honey, you can use your own face wash, or use the aspirin and water alone.

8. Mason jars
Instead of cluttering every drawer and shelf in your house with beauty products (we’re guilty!), buy inexpensive mason jars and separate your products by what they do (lipsticks with lipsticks, etc.) Not only will it look super-cool and organized, but they’re clear, so you’ll be able to see every product.

7. Microwave
Between warming up conditioner, hot oil treatments, moisturizing face masks, and even your eyelash curler, your microwave can be your beauty BFF.

6. Chapstick
If you’ve nicked yourself with a razor (or with a pierce of paper, for that matter), applying some classic Chapstick can soothe, heal, and stop a minor cut from bleeding.

5. Tomatoes
We’ve heard that eating tomatoes can make our skin glow, but—thanks to it’s lycopene content—they can also act as a natural sunscreen. Eat up!

4. Toothpicks
Standard toothpicks are a foolproof way to spot-fix any nail polish mistakes. You can also use ‘em to crate basic nail designs like shapes or letters.

3. Cinnamon
Got a pimple? Mix a little cinnamon with honey to spot-treat your zits. Several studies have shown cinnamon to be an effective acne remedy thanks its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.

2. Tin foil
Did you know that tin foil can be used to create curly hair when coupled with a flatiron? Lean how with these tutorials! 

1. Distilled white vinegar
This pantry staple removes stubborn gel cheek stain residue from your hands faster than soap and water, and it won’t dry out your skin.

Summer Beauty: The Best Waterproof Mascaras

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Hot weather can mean many things, but for us beauty junkies it typically means figuring out ways to get our makeup to stay put. Number one on my list? Waterproof mascara. Most of us refuse to leave the house without a full layer of mascara across our lashes, so when the temps rise we need one that we know won’t smear down our faces. Luckily, that’s where waterproof formulas come into play – especially if we plan on jumping into the pool or the ocean throughout the day too.

But, most of us also know that not all waterproof brands are created equal. Some still flake off, and some simply will never come off when we want them to. Just because we want that mascara to stay on throughout the day, doesn’t mean we want it to rip out our lashes when we’re trying to remove it – right??

Below I’ve listed some of my favorite waterproof mascaras to get us through the summertime – from the ones that will give you the most volume, to the best length and more.

 

UDcanonThis gel-formulated mascara is lightweight and doesn’t flake – and will stay on through ocean swims and sweaty summer days.  (Urban Decay Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara, $20, sephora.com)

smashboxSmashbox’s hit mascara, Full Exposure, also comes in this fabulous waterproof formulation. It lengthens and provides volume – basically giving us what we all want. (Smashbox Full Exposure Waterproof Mascara, $20, ulta.com)

scandleRimmel’s Scandal Eyes mascara has an extra-fluffy brush to help you reach every last lash. (Rimmel London Scandal Eyes Waterproof Mascara, $6.99, ulta.com)

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Revlon’s Grow Luscious mascara has a tapered brush to help coat even the smallest of lashes. Plus, the “plumping” formula helps to fill out and make your lashes appear fuller than they really are. (Revlon Grow Luscious Plumping Waterproof Mascara, $7.99, ulta.com)

falsiesMaybelline may have the iconic pink and green Great Lash mascara, but we also have a soft spot for this purple tube. The Falsies mascara has a special curved brush, helping to give you extra oomph to every last lash. (Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Waterproof Mascara, $6.99, ulta.com)

lancomeLancome’s Hypnose Drama mascara has an S-shaped brush to grasp on to your lashes and give them extra volume and a full-on fringe. (Lancome Hypnose Drama Waterproof Mascara, $27.50, sephora.com)

butterflyL’Oreal’s Voluminous Butterfly mascara has a winged out tip to it’s brush (like a butterfly wing) to really reach each little lash (especially the small ones near the outer corners). (L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Waterproof Mascara, $8.99, ulta.com)
lashblastCovergirl’s LashBlast has a volume-boosting formula to its mascara, plus, it doesn’t flake and stays put – it’s waterproof after all! (Covergirl LashBlast Volume Waterproof Mascara, $8.99, ulta.com)
Don’t see your favorite waterproof mascara on the list? Let me know what your go-to summer mascara is in the comments!
Peace, Love and Lipgloss xx

10 Things That Happen To Every Girl Who Does a Cat Eye

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Beauty Junkies and rookies alike will tell you that right now, the look to have down pat is the cat eye. Flattering on just about everyone, learning how to do a cat eye has become a staple in every girl’s beauty arsenal. With that learning comes a lot of trial and error, as figuring out how to get your winged liner right every time takes a whole lot of practice. Whether you’re in the midst of training yourself via YouTube tutorials or you’re an old pro, these are 10 things that are bound to happen when you apply a cat eye.

You run out of Q-Tips.
These things are a godsend when it comes to fixing up the outer flicks of your cat eye, and it you always seem to run out (or lose them all together) when you need them the most.

You search Pinterest for a tutorial.
There has to be an easier way. Maybe there’s a tool you’re not using? Whatever it is, there will be a pin.

You open your eyes before the liner is dry.
Rule #1 when using liquid liner: keep your eyes closed for a minute when you’re done for dry time. But no one really times this though, and we all end up with slick black creases. Hellooo Q-tip!

You try the tape trick.
Oldest trick in the book (and one I swore by before discovering Shadow Shields) Putting clear tape at an angle against your eye to draw the perfect winged flick. This almost always ends in irritating your delicate eye area when pulling off the tape.

That one tiny speck of mascara ruins the line.
Just after you get the lash line smooth, you apply mascara and get a speck of black just above where the eyeliner ends. Good luck surgically removing that with a Q-tip!

You sneeze.
It’s like your nose times it until you finish the perfect flick. The worst.

Liner gets all over your fingers, which gets all over your face.
Just accept that this will be happening and budget in some extra time for clean up. It’s inevitable.

You paint a couple of eyelashes together.
If you’re using a brush and pot, your lashes will undoubtably wind up stuck together somewhere along your lash line.

When both of your wings are magically even on both sides, you tell the world.
Snap chats, Instagrams, text messages and Pins will be happening because you deserve it!

Your friends compliment your makeup.
Bask in the glory, people, because your hard work paid off!

Peace Love and Lipgloss xx

#PUBLISHED.

‘Scuse me while I brag for a minute…

Because I’ve been PUBLISHED!

Little ol’ me. MY work. In a real-life magazine!

The past two weeks have been a whirlwind and I couldn’t be happier that they’re finally over at the outcome of them.

May was a completely crazy month that I finished off by hosting the grand opening of my studio! I held a wine & cheese party and invited some friends, family and clients over to help me celebrate the completion and opening of my beloved studio. It was a lovely night and everyone really loved the space. (A dedicated post and photos soon to come, promise!)

With the end of prom season comes the hurricane that is Wedding Season. As Brides begin to pour into my studio, Im beginning to think about how I can develop my career and skills in other areas of makeup. Don’t get me wrong, I love doing bridal makeup, its just not exactly what I want to be doing. My choice to become a makeup artist had nothing to do with weddings or brides, and in 5 years time I do not see my career as mainly Bridal as it is now. So, I’ve been working on some “fun” stuff; getting in touch with models and photog’s to collaborate on concept photoshoots, doing hair & fashion shows…anything that doesn’t involve a white dress.

I submitted some of my work to Surreal Beauty Magazine and was lucky enough to catch someone’s eye. I received an email last week saying that they chose me to be the featured stylist for the “Head Over Heels” pinup issue! The feature was released last Saturday and I downloaded my digital copy immediately! SurrealBeautyCover

THAT’S MY NAME! When I saw my name on the cover I started squealing. I still cant stop looking at it.It’s just so…surreal. Bad pun intended!SurrealBeautyContentsSurrealBeautyFeat

And there it is! My name in lights…er, print. Either way, Im pretty stoked even 3 days later. And how awesome is it that I just so happen to share a spread with one of my favorite pinup models, Miss Memphis Monroe?! I seriously can’t thank the team at Surreal Beauty enough, as well as the lovely models and photographers who helped me create the images that got me noticed!

SurrealBeautyFeatureThis milestone has confirmed to me that hard work and determination DO eventually payoff. I feel accomplished, yet motivated to do more and continue to set new goals. To think and work outside of my box. To build my name, and my empire. I hope that my little triumph has motivated you to apply for that promotion or try something new that you had doubts about. Never doubt yourself or cut yourself short before you’ve even tried. Life is a big game of trial & error, you only lose if you never try!

Peace, Love and Lipgloss Kisses xx

DIY Mint-Java Body Scrub

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With summer here and long beach days ahead you’re sure to start showing some more skin, and who doesn’t want their skin to be perfectly soft, smooth and radiant?! Rub your legs & body down with this stimulating body scrub and follow up by shaving and applying moisturizer for smooth, glowing skin to show off all summer long!

What You’ll Need:
1/2 cup Coffee Grounds
2tbs Mint Leaves or 2 Peppermint Tea Bags
1/2 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Coconut Oil

Method:
If the coconut oil is solid, melt it and let it cool to room temperature. If you’re using fresh mint, pluck all of the leaves from the stalks and spread onto a cookie sheet. Bake at lowest temp for one hour. Let the leaves cool completely before crumbling into a powder with your fingers. If you’re using tea bags, snip them open and use the leaves. In a bowl, combine the coffee, mint and sugar. Pour the oil over the ingredients and mix to combine. Store in a sealed jar and enjoy.

What are some of your summer beauty secrets? How do you keep your skin looking fresh?

Peace Love and Lipgloss xx