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Happy National Lipstick Day

Lipstick-loving moms should celebrate today — it’s a holiday! National Lipstick Day is July 29 and we’ve rounded up the best of the best for those who never leave the house without it and for those who are looking for a fresh new shade for summer. So, smack those luscious lips together, moms… today is all about lipstick!

Top 8 best-selling lipsticks for summer

Best selling lipsticks for summer

Top row, left to right:
NYX Matte Lipstick in Nude, Amazon.com, $6
Jouer Hydrating Lipstick in Whitney, Amazon.com, $22
Borghese B Moisture Advance Care Lipcolour in Carnevale Red, Amazon.com, $25
diego dalla palma Matte Lipstick in No. 95 Orange, Amazon.com, $34

Bottom row, left to right:
em michelle phan Lip Gallery Creamy Color Classic Lipstick in Cuddle Up Pink, Amazon.com, $15
LORAC Breakthrough Performance Lipstick SPF 15 in It Girl, Amazon.com, $22
L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Lipcolour in Fairest Nude, Amazon.com, $6
Gorgeous Cosmetics Lipstick in Quinn, Amazon.com, $25

These are the hottest lipsticks of the summer and we love that they range from subtle nudes to the bold oranges, with some classic shades in between. As we all know, even if we have a favorite go-to lipstick that takes us from season-to-season, we often grab a new color as our wardrobes change with the warmer weather and these eight lipsticks are a good place to start for summer.

When it comes to trends, nudes have definitely caught the attention of women — online searches for “nude lipstick” are up 50 percent in summer compared to spring. Moms who wear nude lipsticks share that they wear it because it gives them a natural look, without having bare lips. “I’m a bright lipstick fanatic,” says Angie. “But, I don’t always want to put on a bright shade, especially when I’m not wearing much makeup otherwise. Nude lipstick is the best for those days!”

What moms are wearing on their lips

We chatted with some of our favorite moms on National Lipstick Day to see what they’re wearing on their lips for summer.

Paige: “My current favorite is one that I got for my birthday, MAC Lipstick in Snob (Amazon.com, $16). It stays on, feels good and isn’t lumpy. At first, it looks a little Pepto-pink, but when I blend it with my brush, it softens.”

Chelsea: “I have a secret weapon. The Wet n’ Wild lipsticks in the black tubes (Wet n’ Wild Mega Last Lip Color) are completely comparable to almost all MAC colors. It’s all I use.”

Ashley: “Do lip stains count? I go with Yves Saint Laurent #14 (Amazon.com, $41) hands down. They stay on for a good 3-6 hours!”

Sara: “My new favorite is NARS Sheer Lipstick in Dolce Vita (Amazon, $26). I can put it on in the morning and immediately feel put together for the day. It’s creamy, moisturizing and the name is perfect.”

What’s your favorite lipstick color?

Information courtesy of Amazon.com, including their Beauty and Luxury Beauty stores.

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The sad state of summer manicures

Sand and water can take a toll on typical nail polish. Between the chlorine in pools, the grittiness of sand accompanying a day at the beach and the four hundred hand washings necessary due to sunscreen application, your basic manicure doesn’t stand a chance. If you don’t want Monday’s manicure to fall apart by Wednesday, consider a gel manicure. The light-cured polish lasts much longer, and savvy moms can achieve a gel manicure at home — with a few fabulous products.

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Salon quality at home

If you’ve been loving your salon gel manicures and can’t wait to bring the process home, the Gelish Basix Kit is a fabulous choice (Sally Beauty Supply, $55). Used by many salons, you can get salon-perfect nails without leaving the house with the Gelish MINI Pro LED Curing Light (Sally Beauty Supply, $75).

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The easiest gel manicure to remove

The Kiss Gel Polish Color Gel Starter System comes with almost everything you need to get perfect nails at home (Beauty Online Supply, $20). You’ll need to invest in the Everlasting Pro LED Gel Lamp to complete the system, but the Kiss system provides a gorgeous, shiny manicure that’s one of the easiest to remove (Beauty Online Supply, $30). One of the main complaints about gel manicures, in general, is the removal process, so the Kiss system is the best option if you’re worried about spending a ton of time removing the polish.

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At-home gel manicures for beginners

The Sally Hansen Salon Gel Polish Kit comes with absolutely everything you need for your first at-home gel manicure (Ulta, $65). The system includes the LED light — and everything else you’ll need for gel nails at home. It’s the best system for one-stop shoppers who don’t want to worry about forgetting one of the system steps at the store.

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Best overall gel nail polish system

The Sensationail Gel System is an overall winner for at-home gel manicures. The salon-quality results are even more impressive considering the reasonably-priced Sensationail Pro 3060 LED Lamp (Drugstore.com, $30).  Sensationail even has trendy polish choices, like their Magnetic Gel Polish in Tantalize, which sets their color selection apart from some of the other gel systems (Drugstore.com, $12).

 

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Gel nail polish for the non-committal

If you want to try a gel manicure at home without investing in a complete system, Miracle Gel™ from Sally Hansen might be your perfect match. The polish is a two-step system instead of the typical three-step system, and it doesn’t involve the curing LED light. With over 45 nail polish shades available, you don’t need to commit to an LED system to get the lasting power of a gel manicure (Walgreens, $10 each for color and top coat).

An at-home gel manicure cheat sheet
  • Unless you want to destroy your nails — and we know you don’t — always remove the polish by soaking and not peeling. Peeling will take off the top layer of your nail with the gel, which results in thin, weak, splitting nails over time. You can use 100% acetone to soak off the gel manicure if you run out of the polish remover that you bought for your system.
  • LED lights will work with any gel polish. Just because you start with one system doesn’t mean you can’t snag a color you love from a different one. An off-the-record hint is that even regular polish will simulate a gel manicure if used with the gel base and top coats. Your typical polish won’t last as long as a gel polish cured under the light, but it will last longer than normal if you have a favorite shade you just can’t find in gel form.
  • Following the instructions on the system you buy is crucial. Skipping one of the steps may seem like it will save you time, but the curing — which is what makes the polish so resistant to daily damage — depends on each step being performed during each manicure.
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I have been wielding a blow dryer since middle school, but I have never been able to achieve that bouncy blow out perfection that I receive at the salon. Lucky for me, my favorite salon — Hypnotic Salon and Spa in Olney, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC — hosted a Blow Dry Boot Camp.

What’s a blow dry boot camp?

Participants were invited to learn from their stylists exactly how to re-create that professional blow out ‘do that looks like a million bucks and lasts three days. We were told to bring with us our hair appliances, brushes and products for evaluation, and if the items were deemed less than awesome for our strands we could donate them to a women’s shelter and receive a 25 percent discount on improved tools and products at the salon.

I thought this was such a fabulous idea that I immediately booked my boot camp slot with my stylist and Hypnotic Salon and Spa owner Chrissy Mayo. Chrissy gives me great cuts, highlights and unbelievably bouncy blow outs, and she was game for me creating an online tutorial so YOU can learn from her mastery, too.

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Before

There on the left is beautiful Chrissy with her full, sleek, glossy mane…and me on the right with my home-dried, no-producted, ponytail-marked, frazzled mess. Chrissy had just given me a cut a couple weeks prior, so the hair itself is looking pretty fly. But there is not much savviness to how I styled my strands.

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Products

Chrissy’s face says it all…I was using some sub-par products that were not doing my home blow dry routine any favors. The first items to go were the ones laden with alcohol, which would dry out my hair and strip the color. The next items for the donation box were products too heavy for my hair texture; thick gels and mega-hold hairsprays will only weigh down and clump fine, thin hair like mine.

Protection

Chrissy recommended for me the Redken Blonde Idol BBB Spray to use when my hair is wet after washing and conditioning. It is a lightweight treatment for my ends to give my hair a soft feel without weighing down my thin hair. It will also help boost my highlights and protect my hair before heat styling. Another good protection before blow drying product is the Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer with Heat Protection.

Volume

Next I needed a product to plump up my roots and give my entire head volume while blow drying. Chrissy is a fan of the Redken Guts 10 Volume Spray Foam. This stuff is so cool — it is a mousse that is not sticky and you can accurately spray right into your roots. It provides a brushable, soft volume.

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Tools
The Dryer

The most important tool is an ionic hair dryer to promote shine and cause the least amount of damage to the hair. I already owned the Turbo Power Superturbo Lite 3300 Ionic & Ceramic Nano Hair Dryer and Chrissy was impressed (of course, I was not using it correctly.) Chrissy uses a salon-level BaBylssPRO dryer that is even lighter and more powerful (and pricier.)

Attach the Diffuser

Next up in importance is the act of actually attaching the diffuser nozzle that comes with your dryer. This will help your hair cuticles — layers on each hair strand which overlap one another like roof shingles — to smooth, rather than spiking up with flyaways and splitty-looking ends.

Brushes

When your hair is wet from the shower, the only brush you should use on it is a Wet Brush, which will not break your hair when it is at its most delicate. You can also use a wide-toothed comb. While you blow dry, Chrissy recommends the Olivia Garden Ceramic + Ionic Flat Brush for a poker-straight look and the Olivia Garden Ceramic + Ionic Thermal Round Brushes for a full, bouncy, tucked-under-ends blow out.

For round brushes, the longer your hair, the larger the circumference of your round brush should be. I was using a pretty small round brush, which was tangling my hair when it wrapped around. The size I was using (pictured below in the Rough Dry photo) was a better match when my hair was chin-length. I upgraded to the largest size.

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Rough Dry

Comb or Wet-Brush your hair, starting at your ends and working your way up to eliminate tangles. Then squeeze out all the water — do not scrub it with a bath towel, which can exacerbate frizz. Part your hair and then add your product.

Now you can begin the casual, easy, anyone-can-do-it portion of your blow dry: the rough dry. This means you just dry it using your hands and your dryer in an inexact manner to zap the majority of the moisture. While you rough dry, do not worry too much about your technique, other than always pointing the dryer nozzle towards the floor to coax your cuticles to lay smoothly against the hair strands for the healthiest hair look possible.

(Chrissy used my own dryer during the tutorial so I could really get a sense of how to recreate her art at home.)

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Section

Once your hair is 75 percent dry (or more wet if you have a wavier texture), section it with clips. I had some professional-style crocodile hair clips that came with my flat iron, but you can use claw clips, butterfly clips — whatever you have as long as it will hold your hair in sections without leaving a deep mark.

I have pretty thin hair so I can get away with clipping the top layers of my hair on both sides to the top of my head, and then drying the bottom layer on each side (four sections, two clips.) If you have thicker hair, clip up and section off more. You will be drying the bottom layers first, then working your way up, spending the most and final time on the sections at the front of your head and near your face.

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Technique
The Hold

I always though stylists possessed magical powers (and of course, two arms not attached to the hair owner’s body) that allowed them achieve blow dry perfection. But Chrissy’s technique makes the entire process so much easier! Here is her secret: hold the dryer by the nozzle, not the handle! It gives you more control and is less fatiguing. It is kind of like holding a pencil — why hold up at the top when you can grip it better by the point?

Dryer/Brush Combo

Once you have nice control of your dryer in your non-dominant hand, it makes introducing your brush of choice into your dominant hand a zillion times easier. Brush your hair from beneath near the root and then use the nozzle of the dryer to follow your hair down to the ends. If you are using a flat brush, keep it moving to smooth. If you are rolling under with a round brush, you can hold the hair in a tucked-under position to get more of a bend at the end, but keep the dryer nozzle moving so as not to burn your hair.

Start with the bottom-most sections and then work your way up, leaving the top-most layer and your bangs or face-framing hair for last.

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Finishing
Top Section = Extra Attention

By now your final sections of hair will be almost dry, and that is totally fine. Your dryer and brush will be coaxing them into glossy, bouncy submission. Get a close grip with your brush at the root and pull up above your head for maximum volume. Insert slightly less hair into the brush than you did on the bottom sections, and spend a little more time with each pass of the brush. Think of it as icing your almost-completed cake.

If you would like more volume at the crown of your head (think of the location where you would insert a Bump-It, back in the old Snooki days), use a fine-toothed rat tail comb to accurately section off a piece at your crown near your part. Tease several inches above your root and then smooth again with your brush. Chrissy says that teasing right at the root will do nothing — the key is to move up several inches to really pump up the volume.

Spray

When you are done, spray with a lightweight hairspray that you can brush through and allows for movement, but will protect your hair from weather and extend the life of your hard work. Chrissy recommends the L’Anza Healing Style line of finishing mists — you can choose the level of hold that works best for your hair texture and needs.

Extend

If you would like to give your blow out a boost the next day, even after sleep, just add a little more Redken Guts 10 to reactivate volume. Then spray a dry shampoo like TIGI Bed Head Rockaholic Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo or Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Two Day Extender to absorb oil at the roots.

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After

Here I am on the left, grinning like a fool because I am having a great hair day that I know will extend into tomorrow. Actually, that hair lasted through two sleeps, one workout, a thunderstorm and volunteering at a swim meet in 90 percent humidity. I hope this tutorial helps you too to achieve great results.

Thank you Chrissy Mayo of Hypnotic Salon and Spa for a bodacious blow dry boot camp, and happy home blow drying friends!

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Just as we shed our sweaters and coats in the summer, our makeup bags need to unburden themselves of heavy foundations and ultra-rich moisturizers. Swap them out for lightweight but complexion-covering BB (beauty balm) and CC (color correcting) creams.

1. theBalm Balm Shelter Tinted Moisturizer SPF 18 $25 Best for: Sensitive skin (it is fragrance-free) who are already fans of tinted moisturizers. This is the lightest and most sheer formula of the seven featured. It comes in six shades, and the lightest color, “Lighter than Light.” is popular with porcelain beauties. 2. Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream Compact $35 Best for: Gals who adore compact/sponge applicator foundations. The hydrating formula will not look cakey. 3. Lumene Vitamin C+ Illuminating Anti-Aging BB Cream SPF 20 $15 Best for: Minimalists who try and wear the least amount of makeup possible. This subtle cream makes skin look unpainted yet flawless. 4. Iman Cosmetics CC Correct and Cover Creme $15 Best for: Women with darker skin tones (it is available in five shades from Sand Medium to Earth Deep.) This innovative formula starts out as a powder and then transforms to a cream as you smooth it on. 5. L’Oreal Visible Lift CC Eye Concealer $10 Best for: Those of us who wear makeup mainly to deal with our under-eye circles and bags. This is the best under-eye roller I have found to naturally blend and eliminate purple shadows. The sheer but effective concealer also works around the nose and to conceal other imperfections. 6. H20+ Face Oasis CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 $35 Best for: Gals who are in the sun a good deal (the broad spectrum sunscreen means your mug is protected from both UVA and UVB rays) and who would like a good amount of color coverage — the rich formula really conceals. 7. Shiseido Perfect Hydrating BB Cream $33 Best for: Dry skin that needs a brightening boost; this cream is packed with light-reflecting ingredients and intense moisturizers.

Are you a BB or CC cream devotee? Which is your favorite?
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Summer! It’s here and it’s in full swing! Who doesn’t love summer? When you think about summer hair, what do you think about? For me, messy/sexy Victoria’s Secret hair pops into my mind first. So I thought I’d create a hair tutorial for some sexy summer beachy waves. They’re easy and the best part is that messy is the key, so they don’t have to be perfect!

Summer Beachy Waves

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I posted a picture on Instagram of this hairstyle and a large amount of people wanted to see how I did it! So here ya go! Let’s talk about what you’ll need for this beachy hair look.

Last time I was here at Savvy Sassy Moms I talked about some awesome summer beauty products. I used a few of those here. What you’ll need

  • Flat iron
  • Clipless curling iron
  • Texturing Spray (I used Not Your Mother’s brand that I mentioned in the last post)
  • Spray & Play (Big Sexy Hair brand – also mentioned in the last post)

Optional:

  • Root Pump (like Big Sexy Hair brand)
  • Dry Shampoo
  • Mousse

Here’s how you can create those sexy beachy waves:Beachy Waves tutorial

 

  1. Start by heating up both your clipless curling iron & your straightener.
  2. Divide your hair into 4 large sections
  3. Start with one section and twist a small section of hair back away from your face.
  4. Twist it as tight as you can and run the flat iron over it until it’s heated through.
  5. Do this until you’ve done it all over your head and leave them until your done. They need to cool all the way through. Spray all over with a spray & play hairspray (one that is workable.)
  6. After they’re cooled, run your hands through your hair.
  7. Take your clipless curling iron and add a few curls throughout. Not your whole head, just a few on top and a few underneath. NOTE: Don’t curl all the way down. Curl just in the middle leaving the ends out.
  8. Take your texturizing spray and spray throughout. Use your hands and scrunch your hair with the texturizing spray.
  9. You’re done!!

Now, I mentioned a few products up there in the optional section. You could use root pump after you get out of the shower on damp hair. Same for the mousse. These two just give you more volume and body when styling. I’m assuming you’d be doing these beachy waves and day two or three of your hair not being washed, which means you’ll neeeeeed some dry shampoo. Big Sexy Hair brand is my absolute favorite and I’ve tried quite a few.

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There you have it! What do you think? Would you give this beachy waves tutorial a try?

I hope you liked it and that you’re summer is going great! :)

 

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There are so many wonderful things about summer. Warm weather, beach days, picnics, family vacations, lake days and so much more. So many things to love! And of course, being the beauty blogger that I am, one of my favorite things is the lackadaisical, messy-yet-put-together, beachy hairstyles you start seeing. It’s so freeing! However, even though it looks like they just rolled out of bed, I would venture to say that there was a little bit of effort put into that style. Not to worry, I said a little. Since hair products have so much to do with how your hairstyle turns out, I thought I’d share with you top ten summer hair products. Top 10 Summer Hair Products Top ten summer hair products   Thankfully, these summer hair products are pretty low maintenance, meaning they’re easy to use. You also don’t need each one of these to complete your summer hair products collection, just a few depending on your hair type would be perfect! I’m going to go through each one and explain how they can be used.

  1. Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Sea Salt Spray - This spray is perfect for creating that messy-wavy-beachy- look. Wear your hair in braids over night, wake up, spray some salt spray, scrunch and go! It is very stiff though, so don’t expect to be able to run your fingers through your hair.
  2. Big Sexy Hair Dry Shampoo - It’s summer, who has time to wash their hair ever day? Who ever has time to wash their hair every day? Not me, that’s for sure! This dry shampoo is the best I’ve tried (and I’ve tried a few!) and it also gives you volume at the roots. Of course, if you have a favorite dry shampoo and you’re happy with it, no reason to switch! It qualifies as a summer hair product because it cuts down time styling and makes life easier.
  3. Bumble and Bumble Surf cream conditioner – Actually, they have a whole set – shampoo, conditioner, & a surf spray. It smells beachy, smooths out hair before starting to style, and gives you the perfect base for all those summer looks.
  4. Biolage Whipped Volume Mousse – I’m sure any mousse could be included as a summer hair product, but I really love this one. You can feel the body it creates after using it. It adds thickness to your hair and creates a great base for styling.
  5. Victoria’s Secret Wave Enhancing spray – Victoria Secret is kind of associated with sexy hair – they just go hand in hand. This spray helps enhance the waves you have to create that messy-put together look.
  6. KMS De-Frizz Oil – A downside of summer is that it definitely brings on the humidity. I am from Southern California, so we don’t experience it that much, but visiting my husband’s family in The Bahamas definitely brings out the afro in me. Keeping your hair moisturized definitely helps. This oil should ‘feed’ your hair in a sense and calm in down.
  7. MoroccanOil Restorative Hair Mask – Between the heat, pool days, and lots of sun, hair can get damaged during the summer. This hair mask will definitely restore elasticity and fresh up your mane.
  8. Big Sexy Hair Spray and Play – Another BSH – I just love them! This is like a hair spray but softer effect so that it allows you to play with your hair a bit before it sets. It’s great for the ‘sexy, don’t care’ look.
  9. Orofluido – I could be a spokesperson for this product. I love it! You just need a little bit, dime sized amount, and you add it to damp hair mid-way down to the ends. My hair never feels so smooth as when I use this product, it’s fabulous.
  10. Big Sexy Hair Weather Proof – This product is perfect for the humidity that comes with the summer months! You spray it on after you’ve done your style, scrunch your hair a bit so that it really gets on there and it helps your style last through the humid, hot weather. Definitely a summer hair product worth having!

There you have it! My top ten summer hair products for you to try! Like I said, you don’t have to buy all ten, just choose the one (or ones) that you think would work for your hair. Then give them a try. Allow yourself a learning curve with the products as well, don’t just try one time and give up. Sometimes it takes a few times! Good luck on your summer hairstyles!

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Screen Shot 2014-05-06 at 11.17.29 AMSo summer is on its way. In Los Angeles (where I live), we’ve already had a week of 90+ temps. Hard to believe for some parts of the country that were in a deep freeze not too long ago, but believe you me we’ve totally skipped spring and headed right on in to summer. So, when I heard about these new Ban Total Refresh Cooling Cloths, I had to try them.

Ban_GroupBan Total Refresh Cooling Cloths come in convenient purse ready packs and three different scents. My favorite is Refresh, which has a nice baby powder scent. There’s also Enliven (springtime fresh) and Invigorate (clean and crisp).

The cloths cool on contact leaving skin refreshed, moisturized, and silky thanks to Ban’s powder silk technology. Think that fresh out of the shower feeling or the way your skin feels after using one of those oil blotting papers.

Skeptical? I was at first. It seemed like something a woman would use mid hot flash (and I’m no where near that stage in life). But I took these in my gym bag and gave my face and neck a good wipe down post Pilates. Pretty sure I found my new gym bag staple.

Screen Shot 2014-05-06 at 11.17.43 AMSide note: Where were these last summer when I was gigantically pregnant and constantly hot? I could have used a pack or two in my purse to freshen up on the go.

Should you try them? Yes. As busy moms, we could all use a mid day pick me up.

Moms, when would you use these cooling cloths?
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I know it’s not nice and warm all over the world, but for the majority of us the sun has finally began to shine and we’re finally enjoying spring. With the new season always comes new trends and styles as well.

New, fresh spring makeup look.

For me, somehow after making it through a gloomy winter (lots of rain for us!) I want lighter, softer and brighter colors. This goes for everything including my makeup. I like to keep it simple, fresh and clean.

Here’s a simple sprig makeup look that anyone can do!

simple and Fresh spring makeup look

I’ll walk you through it real quick, you’ll see it’s very easy. it’s actually what I use almost everyday!

  • Start with the eyes! This way the powder doesn’t fall down onto your face after you’ve done your foundation.
  • Two colors is all it takes. A cream all over your lid and a muted brown/tan in the creases. Blend with the same cream you started with & you’re done!
  • Regular brown pencil eye liner starting on the inside of your eye line on the inner corner all the way out. Then the outside corner but only half way in. Keep the inside corners of your eyes clean & bright!
  • Concealer (if you need it, I know I do!) under eyes and if you have any blemishes to cover up.
  • Foundation all over.
  • For blush try using a bronzer on your cheek bones and up onto your hairline. This definitely helps warm up your face for sure.
  • Finish it all off with a sheer, pinkish gloss!

Fresh spring face

These look like a bunch of bad mug shots… at least they got better as they progressed. I’m sobering up!

  1. Here I have no foundation or face makeup on, just the eyes.
  2. Added eye liner and mascara. And now you have seen proof why I should never leave the house without these two.
  3. Concealer mainly under the eye and some blemishes below my cheek bones.
  4. Done! See the difference between 3 and 4? I mean, I know the 3 is an ‘in progress’ pic but you can see how much the bronzer adds and how these simple steps can take me from zombie to presentable!
Do you make any chances with your makeup routine when seasons change?

What are your tips for a fresh spring makeup look? I’d love to hear them!
Have a great day!

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This winter was a tough one, wasn’t it? I mean, I wouldn’t really know because I wasn’t in the middle of it. But judging from the #chiberia hashtag & all the Instagram photos of people’s iPhone weather apps, it was a rough one.

Spring colors are here!

The good thing is that spring is finally here. And it’s ushering in it’s beautiful colors along with it. Does that just make you happy? Outfits are getting brighter, skirts are being busted out and yep — break out your bright pink nail polish because ladies, it’s time.

I actually think it’s kinda funny how colors change with the seasons. Why can’t I wear bright pink in the dead of winter? But I’m gonna go with it. I’m gonna share my favorite spring nail colors.

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Aren’t they all so gorgeous? It’s a really pretty break from the reds and plums & blacks. I love it.

The “it” thing is pastels

This season pastels are a thing. And if I’m being quite honest with you, pastels just aren’t my thing. I like a good bold color. The brighter the better. But I actually have liked the pastel trend on my nails! My personal favorite is mint green, salmon or white. I actually tried the white last summer and fell in love.

Polish doesn’t have to be expensive

My favorite brand of nail polish is Wet n Wild which you can buy at your local drug store for less than $2. Awesome, right? I picked one up on a whim once and have loved it ever since. It has a thick brush and lasts for days — longer than any other nail polish I’ve tried. Which goes to show you do not have a spend a ton of money to get a good manicure.

Here are a few tips for an at home mani:

  • Bottom/top coats matter — try a few out and find what works for you.
  • Let your nails dry a decent amount of time in between coats.
  • Have a pointed Q-tip handy with a cap half full of nail polish remover for mistakes.
  • Get a helping hand! If your right (or left) hand is always looking like a 2-year-old painted it, ask someone to do it for you. If you have a willing husband (or 2-year-old) you might get a better job done!

So are you going to try the pastel color trend on your nails this season? Or are you always a bright and bold fan? Either way, it’s fun to mix it up and try new colors!

And personally, I’m digging the pastels!

 

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It is so important during pregnancy and beyond to take care of your skin and your body, and so we’ve put together a list of seven great beauty products that do just that! Being a new mom in no way means you need to sacrifice your beauty routine — you just need to maybe tweak it a little bit. These new mom beauty products are all easy and fantastic to use when you’re lacking in time and patience!

new mom beauty products

1. Coconut Oil
2. Dove Dry Shampoo
3. Clinique BB Cream
4. Crest Whitestrips
5. Nine Naturals body and haircare
6. Neutrogena Makeup Remover Wipes
7. Lancôme Hypnôse Mascara

coconut oil

Coconut Oil

This stuff is incredible. It’s pretty much a super product, as it does literally everything. All throughout my pregnancy, I have lathered up each night with it, as it works great as a moisturizer. I’ve noticed my skin is softer and more supple than ever, and I am hooked! I also use it as a hair mask about once a week in the shower for super soft and shiny locks. I cook with it, bake with it, and use it as a face moisturizer. Coconut oil: It can do no wrong and is a new mom’s dream product. The best part is that it’s all natural, which is the most important thing to me with things I’m putting on and in my body!

dry shampoo

Dry Shampoo

I swear by this stuff. Dry shampoo is a godsend for hair that could have used a washing the night before, but that you simply didn’t have time to get around to. It’s okay, just spritz some dry shampoo on your scalp, let sit for a minute or two and scrunch in with your fingers. Voila! Instant volume, lift, and your hair actually looks like you put some effort into it. We won’t tell your secret. Try this dry shampoo by Dove.

clinique bb cream

BB Cream

BB Cream is amazing. It’s a bit lighter than a foundation, but still works to cover flaws and make your face look fresh and beautiful! It’s like the most amazing tinted moisturizer you will ever use on your skin. Which is great for new moms, since it skips a step in your makeup routine, which is really what new moms are all about, am I right? BB Creams also have added benefits of vitamins, antioxidants, anti-aging, and SPF. Are you sold yet? We love this one by Garnier and this one by Clinique for slightly more coverage.

white strips

Teeth Whitening Strips

New moms don’t have much time for primping and pampering, what with putting this new little one’s needs before their own and all. This is where white strips come to the rescue! They are a quick, easy and no-hassle way to brighten up your look and make sure you have some pretty pearly whites, even if you barely had time to brush your hair today, let alone your teeth! Crest white strips are my favorite beauty secret to instantly freshen up your look. If you find the regular ones to be too harsh, try the sensitive strips!

nine naturals

Nine Naturals body care and haircare

We love this line of organic, all natural beauty products for pregnancy and beyond! Nine Naturals has a whole line of products including shampoo, conditioner, belly butter, and lotion, that are all sensitive and great for your skin. What’s more is they all have natural fragrances that aren’t overpowering, so they won’t upset baby or your own sensitive nose if you’re pregnant. The belly butter is great as a stretch mark cream during pregnancy!

makeup remover wipes

Makeup Remover Wipes

These makeup remover wipes are amazing. A one step makeup removing system and face wash in one, essentially. Perfect for the new mom who simply doesn’t have time to go through her arsenal of face washes/ scrubs/ exfoliators/ makeup remover like she once did. And that’s okay. These bad boys take care of all of that for you. We love these wipes by Neutrogena.

lancome mascara

Mascara

There is nothing like a swipe of mascara to waken up your look, especially since you’re probably running on just a few hours of sleep these days. You may not have time for eyeliner and eyeshadow and even eyebrows, but girl, you definitely have time for the mascara. Try Lancôme Hypnôse for beautifully dramatic lashes that pop.

This is our selection of favorite new mom beauty products. What do you think?

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