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Get the Look for Less: The Soft Half Up Curls I'm Obsessing Over

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Get the Look for Less: The Soft Half Up Curls I'm Obsessing Over

Now that the summer is drawing to a close, I've been craving more structure and plan for my beauty routine. I think it might be the result of a carefree summer, full of time in the pool with my girls. While I love swimming in them (and I really do swim, I'm not the mom doggy paddling with my head above water), the time in the pool means that I haven't spent much time doing real "styling" of my hair. If I'm going to be wet in a few hours, why spend an hour curling my hair?

So, less time in the pool now means I'm breaking out my curling iron and styling products! The style that I've found myself craving the most is this one. It's pretty simple, but the look is a bit softer than I've done my curls in the past. I've also been pulling back my bangs area, so it's more of a half up style.


Half Up Soft Curls Hair Tutorial with Suave

This look is great for the transition to fall's cooler temps, and it is really versatile! I had it while running errands and working from home, but it's also great for work or going out.

Here's what I used to get the look:
• Suave Sea Mineral Infusion Shampoo
• Suave Sea Mineral Infusion Conditioner
• Suave Luxe Blow Dry Spray
• Suave Luxe Volume Mousse
• Suave Luxe Volume Hair Spray


Half Up Soft Curls Hair Tutorial with Suave

I started with freshly washed hair. I love the Sea Mineral Infusion products because while they are hydrating, they're also really volumizing! My hair is really pretty silky at baseline, which makes it harder to hold a style. This shampoo and conditioner duo seems to add just a very small amount of texture (less than a sea salt spray), without weighing down my hair at all. It's just shiny, full of volume and easier to style.

Half Up Soft Curls Hair Tutorial with Suave

Because I want volume and hold for this look, I prep my damp hair with these products before I dry it. The Blow Dry Spray helps to protect my hair from heat damage, prevents frizz and adds some volume. The Volume Mousse is great for hold and keeping volume in my hair throughout the day.

Half Up Soft Curls Hair Tutorial with Suave

You can see that I actually use a pretty decent amount of mousse in my hair. I have long hair, and enough for about 4 people on my head. So, I distribute this amount through my hair, from the roots to the ends. It doesn't feel sticky at all, but it does add a lot of hold and helps keep my hair from weighing itself down, it tends to go flat as the day goes on.

Half Up Soft Curls Hair Tutorial with Suave

Once I've prepped my hair with product, it's time to blow dry. I roughly blow dry my hair most of the way with just my fingers, with my head upside down (hence, no picture of this). When my hair is about 90% dry, I flip back over and I smooth it out in sections, using a big round brush.

Half Up Soft Curls Hair Tutorial with Suave

Once my hair is dry, I pull the top parts up and secure it using 4 bobby pins. I've found that my hair pulls back (and looks smoother) if I do this before I dry it. I curl the pulled back hair when it is already back. It doesn't need to be perfect, since I brush it out a bit later it will blend in.

When pulling back my hair, I use pretty heavy duty bobby pins. The wavy side goes down, and you should overlap the pins so they lock together.

Half Up Soft Curls Hair Tutorial with Suave

I use a 1.25" curling iron to curl sections of hair. When I pull each one out of the curling iron, I hold the curl up a bit and sometimes twist it a bit with my fingers until it cools down a little bit. I've found that this helps the curl hold more.


Half Up Soft Curls Hair Tutorial with Suave
Half Up Soft Curls Hair Tutorial with Suave

I finish up with the Volume Hair Spray, which is a touchable, flexible hold. I spray all over, and then use a paddle brush to brush out the curls a bit. This helps that area I pulled back blend into the rest of my hair, and it softens the curls quite a bit.


Half Up Soft Curls Hair Tutorial with Suave

And here's the finished look again! I know I'll be wearing it a lot over the next few weeks!

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Teen Makeup Series: Eye Makeup

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Teen Makeup Series: Eye Makeup

I've been working at my "real" job quite a bit lately (and then was busy with guests and such), so the teen makeup series took a back seat for a bit. Today we're getting started again, you can check out previous posts in the Teen Makeup series.

Once I've applied my face moisturizer/BB Cream, I move on to my eyes. I'll share what I do for a very basic eye look, but you should know that you can do as little or as much as you want. My personal preference for myself is some shadow, eyeliner and mascara (here's my basic everyday eye look, which is more than I ever wore as a teen).

The Beauty Spotlight Team: Allison's Favorites from Too Faced

The Beauty Spotlight Team: Allison's Favorites from Too Faced

This week, Allison from Never Say Die Beauty shares her favorites from one of her all-time favorite brands, Too Faced! Hope over to her blog Five Faves from Too Faced and find out why she thinks they rock.

Some of My New Favorite Makeup Brushes: Maskcara Beauty Makeup Brush Review

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Maskcara Makeup Brush Review

I have a thing for makeup brushes. I have a ton of them, but I'm pretty picky about which ones I'll use. My preferences:
- Soft bristles that don't grab too much product
- Nicely weighted handle
- I don't care about synthetic or natural bristles
- I'm not a snob when it comes to brushes. Many of my favorites are just a few dollars. The shape, bristles, etc. All of that is much more important to me than brand.
- I prefer single headed brushes, because I store my brushes in cups on top of my vanity area. They stand up.

Well, I'm in love with the Maskcara makeup brushes, and I'm ignoring the fact that they are double ended. I was sent one brush for review by Maskcara a few months ago, and I liked it so much that I went back and bought 4 more brushes (including a duplicate of the brush I was sent). I now have all of their brushes except for the B Squared Brush, and I am kind of regretting not buying it now.

Read on to take a closer look at the brushes

Back to School Hair Emergencies with Nexxus

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Back to School Hair Emergencies with Nexxus


Now that the summer is wrapping up, my hair has needed a lot of extra TLC. If you're like me, your hair has also been acting up. Between the sun, heat, humidity, pool water, lake water or salt water... all of those things cause hair to get frizzy, damages the hair itself and even to have split ends.

Recently I shared with you an amazing deal on Nexxus over at Sam's Club. Since the deal is still going on, it seems like a good time to share with you a few of my favorite problem solvers that you can get as part of these customized trios.


1. Damaged Hair
Nexxus Emergencée Reconstructing Treatment: When your hair has been severely damaged, most of us reach for a hair mask. But that's the wrong choice. Hair masks are usually hydrating, and more appropriate for dry hair. For damage, you need to look for a treatment that can help repair, or at least stabilize, damage to the hair shaft. This product is used as a once a week treatment, the collagen and elastin will actually help to reinforce your hair, reducing breakage and further damage.

2. Frizz
Nexxus Oil Infinite Shampoo and Conditioner: This is the shampoo and conditioner duo I reach for when my hair is getting a bit on the frizzy side. The oils in the formula help to restore much needed moisture to my hair without weighing it down. As much as I like the Nourishing Hair Oil (see below), the key to fighting the frizz is really this duo.

3. Flat Hair
Nexxus Diametress Shampoo

 and Conditioner: Yes, even those of us with tons of hair can have volume issues since it weighs itself down! This shampoo and conditioner duo somehow gets your hair just the right amount of moisture so it can't weigh itself down, but it also has proteins and the formula increases the diameter of every strand of hair by up to 17%, which seriously makes my hair look much more voluminous!

4. Dull and Lifeless
Nexxus Oil Infinite Nourishing Hair Oil: I love this oil! I use it mostly on my hair when it is damp, 1 pump well distributed before I dry my hair makes it much shinier and healthier looking. But it's also amazing as a last step in my styling process. Just a little bit of this oil through the ends of my hair makes my hair look much more polished.

5. Fading Color
Nexxus Color Assure Pre-Wash Primer:
I hate spending money on expensive hair color at the salon, only to have the color fade or turn brassy within a few weeks, even with color safe hair products! This is a pre-wash treatment that you put into your hair while it is still dry. The treatment coats your hair, helping to keep your color looking perfect despite washing your hair. Yes, your hair will still get clean!

6. Split Ends
Nexxus Promend Split End Binding Creme: Yes, this creme does exactly what it sounds like. If you have split ends, a little of this on your damp hair will seal the split ends to prevent further damage and make your hair look much, much better. It isn't a permanent fix, think of this as bandaid until you can get into to your stylist for a good trim. I keep a bottle of this around all the time, because you never know when your hair will suddenly have issues!


Fighting the Humidity with a Customized Routine from Nexxus

All of the products above are currently available in the customized trio deal (read more about that in my previous post) only on the Sam's Club website.


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