DRY CONDITIONER

Ok so by now we’ve all used dry shampoo.  And if you haven’t, get out from under that rock and get some because it’ll change your life. (Ok, maybe not your life, but definitely your hair game.)  However, even the best formulas can leave your hair dull and your ends dry.  If only there was something that could turn your hair back to it’s clean, soft state. What!? There is?  Yup, and it’s called dry conditioner.  Now you can avoid showering all together.  Just kidding.  But it will extend the life of that blow out you got on Saturday that you were hoping would last at least until Monday.

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From left to right:
Pureology Fresh Approach Dry Conditioner
Oribe Soft Dry Conditioner Spray
Oscar Blandi Dry Conditioner Spray
Serge Normant Meta Revive Dry Conditioner
TIGI Rockaholic Dirty Secret Dry Conditioner

 

 

BURNING MAN ROUNDUP

It’s festival time again!  Just when you thought the crop tops and fringed booties were closeted until next spring, it’s Burning Man time.  Unlike other festivals, this one is a little more “organic”.  No phones, no computers, no money exchanged – camping in the dirt and embracing the elements.  I decided to do a round up of some products that would be appropriate for desert camping and that you could easily toss in your feathered burlap bag.

No Rinse Bathing Wipes
Pretty self explanatory – these wipes are perfect for those “I need a shower so bad” moments when you can’t actually do the real thing.

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No Rinse Camping Shampoo
Also a godsend with no water, would be washing your hair with a liquid that doesn’t need to be rinsed out.  Dry shampoo cans can cut it for a few days, but then those unintentional white girl dreads will need a little loving.

 

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Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunblock Spray SPF 50
Designed to work with completely wet skin, this sunscreen is one of the longer lasting ones, making it a great option for super hot and sweaty days.  The mister is also “no rub”, which means you won’t have to wash those greasy hands.

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Uncle Harry’s All Natural Rose Water Spray
The desert is hot during the day and cold at night and your skin will be parched! Nourish it with some added moisture, without having to slather on the lotion.

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Burt’s Bees Pink Grapefruit Facial Cleansing Towelettes
No need for your skin to suffer while you’re camping.  Using some facial towelettes will rid your face of dirt, oil, makeup, and some of that residue from the glitter camp.

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Supergoop! SPF 30 Acai Fusion Lip Balm
Not only does this lip balm boast one of the higher SPF’s on the market, it also has a smooth, pinky texture and tint, making it an excellent alternative to those pasty white versions.

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HOW-TO: DEWY MAKEUP

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There’s something universally appealing about dewy, glowing skin — it makes you look fresh, full of joy, and it’s just perfect for warm summer days.

Supplies

What you’ll need:
Cream Shadow and brush (optional)
Bronze Eye Pencil
Mascara
Cream Blush
Highlighter
Lip Gloss

Eyeshadow

Start with a little concealer to cover any blemishes and dark circles and pat a cream shadow like this one called “Corfu” by Nars all across the lid.

Eyeliner

Next take a creamy dark pencil in a bronzy color and smudge it along the lash line. I used Smashbox Waterproof Shadow Liner in “Luminous Fig”.  Finish with a coat of black mascara on top and bottom lashes.

Highlighter

Applying the Nars Multiple in “Malibu” gives a pretty pink sheen on the apples of the cheeks. Bring out the cheekbones by adding a highlighter on top and on the brow bone. I used Stila All Over Shimmer in “Bronze Shimmer”.

Lipgloss

Finish the look by popping on a pinky-nude lipgloss like Armani’s Lip Shimmer “16”. Voila!!! Pretty, dewy and luminous!

EASY CONTOURING

Each week through the month of July, I’ll be guest blogging for ModCloth.  If you haven’t checked out their blog yet, you should.  It’s full of fashion, beauty, and lifestyle tips.  This week, I’m showing you how easy contouring can be.  Check out the article by clicking here, or read below!

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Contouring tutorials seem to be everywhere these days, but they tend to come with 25 steps and 10 different tools. Plus, the inch-thick makeup on your face at the end of it is not so “natural.” I’m here to tell you that there’s a much easier way to subtly contour your face that will work for everyday. With just 3 tools and an extra 5 minutes, you can bring out the features you want to highlight, while making the ones you don’t a little less noticeable.

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You’ll need 2 concealers. One about 1-2 shades lighter than your natural skin tone, and the other about 2 shades darker. I chose to use Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche Éclat for its easy pen, but you can use whichever you like. Just make sure the consistency isn’t too thick for easy blending. You’ll also need a blending brush.

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Start with the darker shade. To find the right spot, suck in your cheeks and paint in the hollow area just in front of your ear. Continue to paint under your chin, along the jawbone, on either sides of your chin, sides of the nose, and temples. You want to create more shadow to the areas you’d like to recede.

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Next, take the lighter shade and paint under the eyes, on the bridge of the nose, on the chin, cupid’s bow, and center of forehead. You’re adding light to the areas you want to bring forward and highlight.

When you’re done, blend everything together using the blending brush. Be sure to blend into the hairline, down the neck, and into the ears. You want a seamless look with no edges.

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Top with a translucent powder if you’d like a more matte finish and you’re done!

3 DIY MANICURES

My amazingly talented cousin Claire, who’s behind all my videos, is the master-mind behind The Kitchy Kitchen.  It’s filled with wonderful recipes, lifestyle tips, beautiful photography, and now a collaboration with yours truly.  I’m so excited to be a part of her monthly beauty series and this month I show you three DIY manicures.  Check out the article on her blog, and read below!

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Nail art has been all the rage for a while, but can be pretty costly, not to mention time consuming, with booking an appointment at a salon.  With a few extras and a steady hand, you can easily whip up a little fingernail flair, with these 3 easy nail art DIY’s.

METALLIC FRENCH

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SWEATY BETTY

Warmer months means warmer pits and sweat.  Sexy!  I’ve long been a lover of my Dove deodorant because it keeps me dry and fresh.  So why fix it if ain’t broke? Well, after reading more about all the chemicals used to keep my underarms baby fresh, I came to realize that it’s all pretty nasty stuff.  Not to mention the yellow pit stains (from the aluminum reacting to laundry detergent), is just down right annoying.  So to help eliminate some of the “bad stuff” in my routine and save my white shirts, I decided to take 5 more natural and aluminum free deodorants for a test drive and see if any were worth keeping.  I still haven’t thrown out my Dove, but I did manage to find a couple I liked enough to make the switch.

Kiss My Face Liquid Rock Deodorant in Cucumber Green Tea

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This deodorant is easy to find and cheap…score!  Or so I thought.  Despite my high hopes, my first beef with this deodorant is the scent.  Whoever thought green tea and cucumbers worked well is crazy. For the 5 minutes it worked, I smelled like an old lady tea party.  I was relieved when the scent wore off but as a deodorant, this one was an epic fail.

EO Organic Deodorant Vetiver
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EO Organic deodorant had me at “all day cool”.  The promise of cold underarms seemed like an amazing feat and I was going to try it regardless of the outcome. Well the first hour was amazing. I can’t say the same for the rest of the day.  And while the spray seemed like a good idea, it’s impractical because it sprays everywhere. This deodorant is perfect for people that drive to work, take an elevator, and sit at a desk all day. If you even plan on rolling over in your sleep, forget it..you’ll sweat and smell.  Pass.

Tom’s of Main Long Lasting Natural Deodorant in Wild Lavender

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I have to admit, I didn’t have high hopes for this deodorant.  I tried their regular stick years ago and was unimpressed.  While this newer one was definitely better then the old, I was still not too happy.  The lavender scent didn’t last more then a few hours and while I wasn’t super smelly, I wasn’t that fresh either.  This got an “eh” rating.  I’d use it in a pinch but wouldn’t rely on it to get me through a hot day and a busy toddler.

Lavilin Roll-on Deodorant

 

 

roll-on-underarm-lrgI was skeptical about this deodorant, especially with the “up to 72 hours” written on the front.  But I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised.  Minus the fact that I smelled like a high school boy (the scent isn’t very feminine), it lasted all day and I even forgot that I was wearing deodorant – a good thing.  The fact that I can buy this at Whole Foods is a major bonus, but it takes a close second to my favorite, below.

Le Couvent des Minimes Everyday Deodorant with Alum Stone

lcm-058_1zI was instantly won over by the scent of this deodorant.  It’s citrusy but not overpowering and I was crossing my fingers that it would hold up throughout the day.  I tested it through a pilates class and an energetic 14 month old and was still smelling orange oil by bedtime.  Woot!  My underarms are thankful, as are my nostrils (and everyone else’s for that matter). And I’m just thankful I didn’t have to take this experiment much further.