Movie looks for summer

I love looking at fun ways to explore fashion and beauty trends, and a recent piece from Allure did just that — highlighting some hot looks from blockbuster movies in the recent, and not-so-recent, past.

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Halle Berry’s hair in X-Men: The Last Stand

I like the thought of getting some new ideas from the big screen, whether Lea Thompson’s subtle, natural makeup in Back to the Future or Halle Berry’s hair in a previous X-Men movie (though I prefer her styles in the last two movies, such as the one seen here, over the one selected by Allure for its list).

And what better time to try out a movie look, whether for a concert in the park or even a night out for dinner and a movie?

The piece started me thinking about some other movie styles that inspire a bit of fun, particularly with your hair.

I recently stumbled upon the site CuteGirlsHairstyles.com. This site is full of tutorials on how to do different hairstyles, including those from different movies. And, while there are tons of cute ideas to try out on a daughter or niece, I think plenty of them work great on adults.

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The Katniss-inspired diagonal Dutch braid from CuteGirlsHairstyles.com

What about Katniss’ braid from The Hunger Games series? It has tutorials on how to make that diagonal Dutch braid.

Elsa’s braid from Frozen? Yep, they’ve got that one, too.

Or, reaching further back, there is the classic French twist, such as Audrey Hepburn wore in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. If you’ve got the long locks for it, the twist and bun on top, complete with tiara or jeweled clip, can add a bit of glamour for the evening.

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Channel your inner Audrey Hepburn with this tutorial from JustBebexo.com

JustBebexo.com, another fun site full of hair tutorials, has a great one on putting together Audrey Hepburn’s Holly Golightly look. There’s also a tutorial on the makeup if you want to put the whole look together with a little black dress and gloves for the evening.

Whether it’s the style of clothes, the hair or the makeup, if you see something you like while at the movies this summer, why not give it a try? If you have any to share, I’d love to hear some of your favorite movie looks.

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Soothing facials for summer skin

As promised, I want to share with you some of my favorite home facial recipes for pampering yourself a bit this summer. These are all great skin-soothers.

photo credit: Danielle Scott via photopin cc
photo credit: Danielle Scott via photopin cc

Cucumber-yogurt

I love the way cucumber cools, soothes and moisturizes your skin, and you or someone in your neighborhood probably has a bumper crop of cucumbers this time of year that you could use in this recipe.

Mix about half of a peeled cucumber in the blender with a teaspoon of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt. Apply and let dry about 15 minutes and then rinse away with lukewarm water.

The cucumbers and yogurt will help to clean and hydrate your skin, while the olive oil will moisturize. This facial is especially helpful for faces that spent a bit too long in the sun.

 

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photo credit: JIGGS IMAGES via photopin cc

 

Avocado-coconut

Another favorite for soaking your skin with moisture is avocado. Mash up a ripe avocado and slowly add a little coconut oil (about a teaspoon). Apply, let dry about 15 minutes, then wipe and wash away.

Honey-aloe

Honey is great, too, for softening dry skin. You can add a little honey to either of the above recipes, or try a little honey mixed with a little aloe vera gel for a cool, gentle (although a little sticky) facial. Try about 2 tablespoons of honey to 1 tablespoon of aloe. Same rules apply: Put on the mask, let it dry and then wash away with lukewarm water. This is a great one for sensitive skin.

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photo credit: Purple Sherbet Photography via <a

If your honey has hardened, you can warm it for a few seconds in the microwave before mixing it into a recipe, but just make sure that it’s not too hot.

Remember that any of these recipes are not only good for the face, but also can be used for a little added TLC on rough hands, arms, elbows or knees – so feel free to apply any extra wherever you may need it (and maybe follow your facial with a relaxing soak in the tub!).

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Skincare tips for your camping trip

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photo credit: Jenni Lloyd via photopin cc

This summer season, many individuals and families are making time for a little camping, hiking and enjoying the outdoors.

photo credit: Korey Nagel
photo credit: Korey Nagel

Getting away from it all takes on many forms. The “glamping” trend, which can include staying in luxurious tents with gourmet meals, continues to flourish. There also are more family-friendly campsites, complete with playgrounds and swimming pools.

Whether you are more drawn to luxury camping or pitching a tent under the stars, one thing is certain: The great outdoors can be wonderful for taking a step away from the bustle of the world, but time spent in the elements this summer can be rough on your skin.

In all honesty, it would be very hard to go camping while maintaining a regular skincare routine. But there are some things to keep in mind that will help keep your skin in shape even when you are miles away from the nearest facial scrub.

 

 

  • Use sunscreen. Make sure you use a “broad spectrum” sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays, and a water-resistant formula will hold up better against all the sweating that comes with camping. Apply a coat and then repeat – because the second coat can help you cover the areas you may have missed the first time. (For when you do miss a spot, make sure to pack some aloe vera gel for soothing sunburns.) I like Yes to Cucumbers for an effective, natural sunscreen, and the company even offers a fun, shimmery after-sun serum to soothe your skin.

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Yes to Cucumbers Suncare Bundle, $31

  • Dress for the occasion. Sunscreen is good for exposed areas, but remember that covering up with a good hat and loose-fitting shirts and pants can help protect your skin. There are all kinds of camping and hiking clothes that provide sun protection while wicking away moisture and allowing your skin to “breathe.” This Columbia Insect Blocker knit shirt at REI has 15 SPF sun protection and insect repellent built into the fabric!

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Columbia Insect Blocker Knit Shirt, $41

  • Remember to wash your face! Sunscreen, insect repellent, oils and sweat on your skin (not to mention all of the dirt!) create a mess at the end of the day. If you aren’t in a cabin with hot showers, bring a washcloth and gentle cleanser along in a travel-size tube or toss a small pack of cleansing facial wipes into your backpack for quick cleanup. The same applies to the rest of your body. Even if you don’t have a shower available, make time to wipe away the sweat that can clog pores and irritate your skin. These Josie Maran Bear Naked Wipes at Sephora get the job done while babying your skin with a mix of cucumber, aloe, chamomile and Vitamin E.

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Josie Maran Bear Naked Wipes, $12

If you feel the need for some pampering when you get home, I’ll post some of my favorite natural facial recipes next week to help soothe your skin and remove the grunge. Happy camping!

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Accessorize for fun Fourth of July fashion

Dressing entirely in red, white and blue may have been perfect while rooting for the U.S. team at the World Cup, as this fan did, going all-out with a U.S. flag dress and head scarf for one of the games.

A fan goes all-out with U.S. flag dress and head scarf during the World Cup.
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But there’s no reason you can’t show a little more subtle and sophisticated patriotism while rocking a few cute accessories at your Fourth of July picnics and parties this weekend. Here are a few fun items I found that could quickly add a little festive Fourth of July flair.

You could kick back in some American flag sneakers, such as these American Flag Women’s Classics from TOMS.

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American Flag Women’s Classics from TOMS, $54

Or, for something a bit more dressy and daring, Jeffrey Campbell has new red, white and blue platform heels, complete with tiny stars punched out of the leather upper, that are sure to draw attention.FourthMacie

The Macie from Jeffrey Campbell, $160

Perhaps a light scarf is more your style for when things cool down in the evening before the fireworks. Something like this American Flag Infinity Scarf from online boutique Ellie and Bea could quickly turn your everyday dress into a Fourth of July ensemble.

FourthscarfAmerican Flag Infinity Scarf, $16

And, of course, there is always the flag pin if you need a last minute addition to make your Fourth more festive. Or you could try something more striking. Like taking inspiration from this American Gemstones bracelet, with Yogo sapphires and Utah red emeralds in a platinum setting.

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Retail price for the estate jewelry piece is $27,000, according to seller William Noble Rare Jewels, based in Dallas.

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Put Some Spring in Your Step with a DIY Pedi!

spring pediAfter the exceptionally harsh and long winter most of the country has experienced, no one is going to fault you if your feet aren’t exactly ready for strappy sandals.  Thankfully, warmer weather finally seems to be upon us, so after you take care of the requisite hair removal, turn your attention to your feet.

No time for a trip to the nail salon for a pedi? No worries, I’ve got you covered with some quick and easy home remedies to have your toes ready for a public appearance in no time.

Remove winter’s build up with an effortless and relaxing soak.  Just add a few tablespoons of Epsom salt and your favorite household oil – coconut oil is a popular choice – to a tub of warm water and soak your feet for 15 to 20 minutes.  The Epsom salt will relieve stress and eliminate toxins while the oil acts as a moisturizer.

After soaking, exfoliate with half a lemon dipped in brown sugar.  The acids from the lemon juice will break up remaining dead skin and the brown sugar will gently exfoliate any calluses.

After you’ve clipped and filed your nails, you will want to slather on a generous helping of moisturizer.  You don’t have make a special purchase for your feet, just use the richest moisturizer you have available.  For super soft tootsies, put on a pair of cotton socks and let the moisturizer you’ve chosen work its magic while you sleep.

Before you paint you’re your toe nails, give them a good wipe with nail polish remover to make sure no residual oil or moisturizer is left behind as this will cause your polish to chip easily or not adhere correctly at all.  Finish with your favorite top coat, and you – and your toes – are warm weather ready!

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Waxing 101

Summer is quickly approaching and many of us see the task of hair removal as a necessary but daunting part of the summer season.  Waxing is always a popular choice for hair removal, but it can also feel somewhat mysterious and maybe even tricky.

A few weeks ago, I made an appearance on KTXD-TV’s The Broadcast and shared some great tips and tricks for having a great waxing experience, whether you choose to have a professional do your waxing or if you choose a DIY option at home.  Click on The Broadcast’s YouTube channel to view the segment.

Jamie OBanion Waxing Segment

If you are new to waxing and can’t decide if you would like to go with a salon or try a kit from your local drugstore, I’ve listed a few comparison points to keep in mind below:

Time Frame

  • A DIY home waxing of your legs can take up to two hours; bikini can take up to an hour; under arms can take about 30 minutes
  • Waxing at a salon can take about 45 minutes for legs while the bikini area takes about 20-30 min and underarms take only about 15min.

Results

  • If you are waxing at home, especially for beginners, it is common to break hairs off before the follicle, which causes them to grow back more quickly.  As you improve your technique the hair will stay gone longer and grow in thinner—usually at home treatments keep hair gone for about 1-3 weeks.
  • A salon waxing usually results in hair staying gone for upwards of 2-3 weeks.

Dangers

  • Some things to look out for if waxing at home: burning as a result of overheating the wax is common, broken skin and blood vessels are common
  • Using a professional for your waxing needs means risks are relatively low if you are proactive about checking the salon’s sanitation measures – in general, salon waxing is relatively low risk.

The Bottom Line

  • If you have the time and patience to learn the correct technique and money to invest in the hardware (wax pot, dipsticks, wax, lotion, exfoliator) – waxing at home may be a great choice for you.
  • If you just want a quick wax, especially of a large or contoured area, it is probably easier to save the headache of potential mistakes or mishaps and pay a little bit extra for a professional.
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Five to Try – Spring Dressing

Spring is here and it is the perfect time of year to step out of the hum drum winter uniform  and into a cute dress!  I love a casual dress for the spring because it’s such a simple and easy way to orchestrate a pulled together look practically effortlessly.

So whether you are out running a few errands or headed to lunch with the girls, a sweet little dress can be a wardrobe lifesaver.  Below are five to try!

Dress Blue

This is a fun little dress with an interesting shape and texture in a color that looks fabulous on just about everyone.

Pine Street Dress at Anthropologie, $118.

Dress Floral I love the gorgeous print on this easy, loose silhouette from the Johnny Was collection.

Lilly Print Asymmetric Neck Dress at Nieman Marcus, $295.

Dress Polka Dot

You really can’t go wrong with this retro-inspired piece from British designer Emily and Fin.

Too Much Fun Dress at Mod Cloth, $80

Dress Mexican StyleI love this hand-embroidered cotton dress, perfect for a Spring Break afternoon!

Mi Golondrina Arroyo de Flores Dress at Stanly Korshak, $145.

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This dress is perfect for those days when you are thinking about pulling on those yoga pants and a t-shirt.  This cute and casual striped v-neck shift dress is just as comfortable and infinitely more stylish!

Weekend Max Mara Shift Dress at Bloomingdales, $325

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Fab Find for Eyes!

If you are like many women all over the world, one of the first signs of aging you will notice when you look in the mirror is those fine lines that begin to form around the eye area.  The skin around our eyes is delicate and different than the rest of the skin on our face.  So this special area requires special treatment. This is why  eye cream plays a very important role in your beauty routine. So if you have been looking for an awesome eye cream to try, today is your lucky day! Just this week, Beauty Bioscience launched its new Anteye-Gravity Cream.

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You’ll be amazed with the great features of Beauty Biosciences Anteye-Gravity Cream:

  • Designed to improve the overall appearance of the eye area
  • Helps combat the appearance of wrinkles, dark circles and sagging in the eye area
  • Helps improve the appearance of skin’s texture
  • Helps rejuvenate the look of eyes
  • Helps optimize the conditions for collagen and elastin production
  • Helps immediately fill in the appearance of fine lines
  • Helps soften the look of fine lines
  • Helps skin feel more firm
  • Provides long-term effects over time with continued use
  • Contains key ingredients including a unique blend of vitamins and minerals, a blend of powerful peptides and a unique silica compound

Click on the link above to learn more about this fabulous new product or to purchase a jar for yourself. Then come back and leave a comment letting me know what you thought! I look forward to hearing your reviews!

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Fifty Shades of… Gorgeous!

Today I have a few quick beauty tips to share about something that will eventually plague all of us, but no one likes to talk about – that’s right ladies, I am talking about going grey.

If you have begun to notice a stray grey hair here and there, my first tip for you is to resist the urge to pluck!  While it is a beauty myth that plucking grey hair will cause more grey hair, experts still advise against it.  Plucking can damage your hair follicle and encourage bald patches.  So what can you do?

We all know hair coloring is an option, but the best way to deal with the grey is by camouflage rather than color.  If your natural hair color falls on the lighter end of the spectrum, grey hair can naturally blend in with various shades of blonde.  In this case, I recommend asking your stylist for a clear gloss.  This will help to smooth out those grey hairs that have a tendency to be more wiry and coarse than the rest of your hair.

If your natural hair color is on the darker side, it is tempting to try an all over color that matches your natural shade to cover up the grey.  This is one option, but keep in mind that when new grey emerges, it will be easy to spot.

My advice is to go with some natural highlights around your face and at the crown of your head (where grey hair usually emerges first).  Going a little lighter will help mask any grey hair and the upkeep is not as much of a commitment as all over darkening.  Grey hairs will get lost in your highlights and new grey won’t be as easily noticed!

Penelope Cruz has the right idea – check out her gorgeous highlights below:

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Luxe Lash 101

Everyone loves the look of luxurious long lashes, but applying false lashes can be somewhat daunting especially if you have never done it before.  Not to worry! If you are thinking of trying out false eyelashes, today’s post is for you!

Essentially, there are two ways to enhance your lashes: self-application and professional application.  Professionally applied lashes can be mink, silk, human hair or synthetic material.  While a professional lash application can be beautiful and last quite some time, this can be a pricey and time-consuming route.

Self-applied lashes are what many first-timers use, and this technique is what we will be discussing today.  Self-applied lashes come in three varieties – synthetic strip, singles, and trios.

Single and trio lashes can be applied individually to add contour or for a really clean and natural look.  Strip lashes come in many varieties.  Choose a denser strip for a more dramatic look and a lighter airy strip for a neutral everyday lash.

Match your eye make-up to your lash choice to complete the look.   A voluminous lash strip looks best with a smoky eye and the airy strips look beautiful with more neutral eye makeup.

Applying your false eyelashes will be a snap if you follow my simple tips:

  1. Apply to a clean, dry eye
  2. Measure strips to your eyelid and trim off any extra length
  3. Apply a thin line of glue to the strip and allow glue to dry for 10 seconds before applying on lash – this tip is key and will take your lash application from amateur to pro!
  4. Use tweezers to place directly onto lash line
  5. Gently apply pressure to secure
  6. Discard lashes after 2 uses

Need a visual? Click over to my False Eyelashes 101 segment on The Broadcast for more detailed information about your false eyelash choices and a quick video tutorial.  Have more false eyelash application questions for me? I always love to hear from my readers, so feel free to ask away in a comment below!

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