Friday, August 29, 2014

My Labor Day Weekend Sale Picks

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Labor Day Sale Picks 2014

So, today my inbox exploded. Basically every store known to man is having a sale. And while I'm not sure how much I'll buy (I only have so much room in my closet), it sure is fun to window shop! I thought I'd share my favorites with you while I look around, and I'll be sharing codes if I have them as well.

Jewelry styles starting at 50% off
Now – 9/1

Up to 40% off
Ends 9.1

40% off final sale (use the code Weekend) with free shipping on orders over $100, Free Shipping on all orders on Labor Day
8/29 – 8/31

Kelly Wearstler
50% off select jewelry, ready-to-wear and accessories, use the code LABORDAY
Ends 9/2

50% off sale and select full price styles
9/1 11:59 PM EST

Clearance sale: 40% off Mens, Womens, Juniors, Kids, Home & Gifts
Ends 9/7

Old Navy
40% off the entire store
8/29 – 9/1

Sally Beauty Supply
Save 25% on orders of $50 at, Free Tote Bag for orders >$45 (use code 444452)
Ends 8.30

Get up to 75% off summer favorites

Too Faced
Up to 70% off
Ends 9/3

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Win it! Klorane Shampoo and Dry Shampoo with Nettle

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I have a fun Labor Day contest today!

Klorane, the amazing brand behind a few of my favorite shampoos and the dry shampoo that I obsess over (I may have just ordered myself a few extra cans), has offered 2 of my faves (including that dry shampoo) to 6 winners. Yes. 6 people will win this duo for themselves!

What you get:
Klorane Shampoo with Nettle
Klorane Dry Shampoo with Nettle

The contest is open to those in the US and over 18 years of age. Good Luck!

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10 Great Navy Polishes for Fall

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10 Great Navy Polishes for Fall via

One of the hottest nail colors this fall might look a bit familiar, it's navy! (Again? Yes, again.)

I've been feeling Navy for a year or so, I can't even tell you how many navy shirts I own (and purses, and necklaces, and especially eye liners). There are a lot of great navy polishes out there, which one will you be picking up?

1. OPI Nail Polish in Russian Navy
2. Tenoverten Nail Polish in Commerce
3. Essie Fall Nail Polish in After School Boy Blazer
4. JINsoon Nail Lacquer in Rhapsody
5. L'Oreal Colour Riche Nail in After Hours
6. Maybelline Color Show Nail Lacquer in Midnight Blue
7. Essie Nail Polish in Midnight Cami
8. Deborah Lippmann Nail Color in Rolling in the Deep
9. Nicole by OPI Nail Polish in If the Blue Fits
10. Yves Saint Laurent Nail Lacquer in Bleu Cobalt

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Tips and Tricks for Difficult to Style Hair

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Tips and Tricks for Difficult to Style Hair

Jenny won her own post on 15 Minute Beauty post in my Summer Pedicure Kit collaboration with Sally Beauty. And it turned out that her hair question was one I know well!

I'm 44 and look young for my age, like early 30's, but due my hair being fine it goes flat so quickly I tend to just opt for a pony tail and while I can usually get away with it since I look younger, I also feel like I look like I am not trying.

Do you have any suggestions with regards to curling/styling medium, just below shoulder length hair? I find that if I use too low of a temperature it gives no curl, or if I crank up the heat it makes the curls a little too Shirley Temple-ish. Is there a happy medium technique, maybe teasing it to help to make the curl look more natural or polished with some volume?


Oh, how I know your pain. My hair is still growing out from last summer's bob (I'm just below my shoulders now!), and I'm well into the "hard to style" length. As well, I have a ton of hair, but it is very fine and it tends to weigh itself down by mid-day. Over the years I've definitely found a few great ways to keep volume and curl in my hair. Here's a peek at what has worked best for me.

prepping hair for volume and hold

The first step is using the right products. I do change up what I put in my hair after washing depending upon how I'm planning to style it, but here's a look at how I tackle it.

If I'm planning on just blowing out my hair straight, I'll use product to help add a little volume and to heat protect from the dryer. Usually that means a few sprays of Root Volumizer on my roots (I spray in a few areas and then spread it around with just my fingers) and some Heat Protection Spray on the rest of my hair, which I comb through.

For days that I'm planning to go a bit more elaborate with my hair, whether that's putting it up somehow or curling it, I'll add a Styling Mousse. I use quite a bit of mousse, probably more than most people! I basically fill my entire palm with mousse, it's about 2 eggs worth. I've found that to get my hair to hold style, I really do need a lot of mousse, and it doesn't feel sticky or weigh it down. It just works.

Sometimes I just need to add a little texture to my hair to give it a little extra "grab". To do that I'll use either Dry Shampoo (on dry hair) or Sea Spray (on damp hair).

Products Recommended:
Ion Styling Mousse
Ion Heat Protection Spray
Ion Volumizing Root Lift
Ion Dry Shampoo
Ion Summer Texturizing Sea Spray

Once I have product in my hair, I dry it. I use an ionic dryer to help avoid frizz, but it also seems to add a little extra oomph to my hair. I dry my hair about 90% of the way upside down, I only flip over to smooth it out a bit with a paddle brush. The upside down bit seems to make a big difference for me. Note that once I've smoothed the top layers of my hair with a brush, I'll usually flip myself over again, hit my roots with warm air and then switch to a blast of cool air to help "set" the volume.

Once I have my hair dry, there are a few styling options to pick from.

Products Recommended:
Ion Anti-Frizz Ionic Hair Dryer

One of the best ways for me to add a little volume to my roots is with velcro rollers. I can't find the picture of the exact ones I use, but mine are linked below (a smaller size of mine is pictured). I bought the 8 biggest velcro rollers I could find on one of my Sally Beauty trips a few years ago, and while they make me feel like a 1950's housewife, they do help!

I use the rollers after I'm done drying my hair. I'll put a few in at the crown of my head, I usually don't do anything to secure them in place. I wrap them just to get the roots of my hair to I'll hit them with a blast of warm air from the blow dryer. I leave the curlers in place while I do my makeup, taking them out when my hair has cooled down.

Products Recommended:
Jet Set EZ Grip Curlers Purple (2 1/8")

teasing your hair for volume

I can't talk about adding volume to hair without discussing teasing. However, this is the option I'm least likely to take. I think it must be something about going through high school in the early 1990's, as a reaction to all of the big 1980's hair we never teased or used hair spray. So, I still don't tease my hair much.

I have 2 teasing brushes that I use, and the brushes really do work much better for my fine hair than a teasing comb. I've had the wooden brush longer, it was recommended on a fashion blog, and I basically stalked my local Sally Beauty until it came in stock. It has natural Boar and Porcupine bristles and really grabs on to my hair. For bigger areas I use the wider teasing brush from Ion, it just works faster.

If I want the added volume to stick around, I need to hit it with a little super hold hair spray before I move on to the next section.

Products Recommended:
Brush Strokes Wood Tease Brush
Ion Anti-Frizz Wide Tease Brush

The last option is getting your hair to hold curl. Of some sort. This is when I prep my hair with all of that mousse, add a little extra heat protection spray, and grab a curling iron or flat iron. I go for tools that are ceramic or titanium, the heat is spread more evenly, helping to protect my hair from damage. As well, I need many heat settings, with the ability to know just how hot I've made that flat iron.

Everyone's hair needs different levels of heat, so experiment to see what the lowest setting is that you can use. I started using about 410, I use 390 now. The lower heat will decrease your risk of frying your hair, something you want to avoid!

To decrease your chances of getting the Shirley Temple curls, I recommend using something other than a traditional curling iron. I love to curl using a flat iron or curling wand. Once you've removed the curl, if you either twirl the lock of hair a little or just cup it in your hand for about 30 seconds while it cools down you'll get a more natural looking curl.

Products Recommended:
Ion Titanium Platinum Gator Flat Iron 1"
Jilbere Nano Silver Jumbo Taper Iron

Don't forget!

When you buy $45 worth of products at Sally Beauty in August, you can get a tote for free! There are 3 to pick from, but this gold one was my favorite.

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3. Email Pinterest board to by August 29, 2014

Contest dates: August 1, 2014 – August 29, 2014
Prize: Five (5) Grand Prizes. Five Prize Winners will receive a $45 Sally Beauty gift card
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

My Picks From Too Faced's Summer Lovin' Sale

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My Picks From Too Faced's Summer Lovin' Sale

I'm a huge fan of Too Faced, something I haven't been very shy about over the years. This morning I got a sale email from them (view the entire Too Faced Sale here), and there are quite a few things hanging out in my cart right now! I thought it would be fun to share my picks with you, though you'll need to hurry, they tend to sell out within a few days!

1. Pretty Rebel Palette: OMG. Buy one now. I might buy a back up. It's worth it just for Ringleader, which is my favorite shadow to use just alone for a look. My Pretty Rebel Palette Review and the best Pretty Rebel Eye Look Tutorials.

2. Joy to the Girls: This was part of last holiday's collection, though this was a palette I didn't get. (Check out the other ones I did have, the Joy to the Girls Collection). I thought that the shadows in the rest of the collection were all pretty wearable, and while there were a few that were powdery, that was easily fixed by swapping out my eye shadow primer to the Too Faced Shadow Insurance Glitter Glue, which has more "grab" and held on to those shadows a bit more. For $25, 10 shadows and a mascara is a steal!

3. Perfect Eyes Eyeliner in Purple: Purple liner is a great way to change up your look, and this shade is very dark purple, so it is pretty subtle. I love this liner formula, it is creamy and well pigmented, super easy to blend and smudge for a smokey eye.

4. Bonjour Beautiful Set: The Matte Eye Collection, Bonjour Beautiful Lip Collection and Perfect Eyes Eyeliner all for a steal.

5. Bronzed and Beautiful Set: If you're a bronzer girl this is a great way to try out a few new shades or bring a few of your favorites along when you travel.

6. La Créme Lip Color: I love Too Faced's lippies, they're long wearing and so hydrating! I have Loganberry in my cart (such a great color for fall), but the bright pink of Fuchsia Shock is also pretty!

7. Beauty Editor Darlings: A lot of their most popular products, all in 1 spot! They're not all full sized, but a few of these I haven't tried (Lip Insurance!) and the rest I'm saving for travel/hospital bag.

8. Glamour to To Palette: This is also great for travel! Shadows, blush, bronzer and gloss all in one compact! You could even bring it along in your purse for easy touchups. There are a few small phone sized compacts in the sale as well, but I prefer this one because it has a bigger selection.

What are you putting in your cart?

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