Easy, Breezy Summer Updos

3 hot weather friendly hairstyles

In the dog days of summer one of the best ways to beat the heat is to pull our hair away from our neck and face; no one wants to deal with frizz and sweat! This is when unfussy updo’s come to our rescue; they keep us cool and look effortlessly chic. Here are a few styles to try when the temperature starts to sizzle:

Sleek bun

Let your hair style do double duty; look haute while you get a deep oil treatment; this is especially great if you have been in the ocean or pool and need to recharge your hair. Start by washing your hair with a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. After the shower use a comb or wet brush to create a deep side part and now rub a few drops of hair oil evenly throughout your hair. Pull your hair back into a bun at the nape of your neck and secure. Top this look off with a flower behind your ear and you will have the ultimate island girl look.

Messy, beachy  updo

This is a style that works great on 1-2 day old hair since it will have more texture. Start by parting your hair in the middle and pulling the front sections on both sides towards the front of your face. Next, pull the rest of your hair back into a mid-high ponytail and secure with a hair band. Twist the hair towards the back of your head and secure with bobby pins. You also have the option of just twisting the hair and pinning to your head, remember this does not have to be perfect! The final step is to wrap the front sections of your hair vertically (try 1 inch sections) around a 1-1 ¼  inch curling iron, being careful to leave the bottom of each section straight for cool and natural looking beach waves.

Laid-back side bun

This is a style that can be worn anywhere - to work, a wedding, a night out - the possibilities are endless. Starting with dry hair (it can be freshly washed and dried or not), pull your hair back into a low ponytail on either side of your head and secure with a hair band. Next, start twisting your hair until it forms a bun; secure with bobby pins. For a less “done” look you can loosen small sections of your hair. Finish with a spritz of hair spray to set.

Dare To Go Bare and Be Beautiful

The best way to be “naked” and not afraid

Have you ever seen a woman look so gorgeous and polished, yet it seemed like she was wearing no makeup on at all? Chances are she had a face full of cosmetics on to create the illusion of a perfectly bare face. Here are some tips to help you pull off the same minimal makeup look for yourself:

Prep your face

Your first step is to gently exfoliate your face so your makeup glides on effortlessly. Look for a creamy exfoliating scrub to slough away any dry, dull skin, leaving behind a smooth texture primed for perfection.

Go sheer with your base

A natural bare face will tend to have some shine to it, so choose your base products wisely. A good trick is to blend a few drops your favorite foundation with your daily moisturizer; you can add more drops if you feel like you need more coverage.

Conceal where needed

Using a concealer brush, apply a creamy, blendable concealer strategically around your face. You can focus on dark circles under your eyes and spot treat any blemishes.

Naturally tint your cheeks

A cream blush in a warm peach or toffee tone applied to your cheeks will add subtle color to your face without being obvious. Be sure to choose a cream formula, which will be easier to blend into your skin, either with your fingers or a makeup sponge.

Go nude on your eyes and lips

Now is the time to be a nudist… with your eyeshadow and lip color that is! Look for an eyeshadow in a similar color to your skin and sweep across your lids. Next, line and fill in your lips using a nude lip pencil; top off with a moisturizing lip balm.

Polish off your face

The final steps to your no-makeup face might seem counter-intuitive, but they involve mascara and an eye brow pencil. For a natural, wide-eyed look, apply 1-2 coats of mascara and use an eyelash comb to separate your lashes. Next, focus on your eyebrows. Groomed, full eyebrows will enhance your face with or without makeup. Start by combing brows upwards with a spooley brush and then use light, feathery strokes to fill in brows with a very sharp eyebrow pencil. Finish by combing brows again to blend the color through.

Fabulous Freckles: Real or Faux

How to show off these spotted gems

There is a new beauty trend on the block…sweet, sprinkled dots of pigment called freckles! Once considered a symbol of unconventional beauty, freckles are now a coveted sign of youth and vibrancy. Freckles (real and faux) have even been spotted (pun intended) on the runways at New York Fashion Week. Here are some tips to accentuate your freckles if you have them, and how to fake them if you don’t!

If you have them:

If you are blessed with these freckles, you should use a product that evens out your skin tone without covering them up. In the past, women used opaque foundations to create an even complexion; today you can use a CC Cream or even a tinted moisturizer to let your natural beauty shine through.

Freckles tend to be a warm brownish-red color, so choose a blush color in a cooler pink tone to help them stand-out instead of disguising them. For a sun-kissed look, buff a sheer bronzer on your cheeks; making sure your freckles still shine through.

Finally, most freckles tend to be on the upper cheeks and nose, so highlighting your eyes with eyeliner and mascara will draw attention upward to bring attention to your chic spots.

How to fake them:

If you don’t have freckles, you have a few options to fake them. The first method involves self-tanner and cotton swabs. Start by applying a sunless tanner to your face and let it dry thoroughly. Next, dip a cotton swab into the self-tanner and apply concentrated dots of pigment on your nose, under your eyes and on your cheeks; basically anywhere organic freckles might appear. Gently smear the pigment spots with your fingers (real freckles aren’t perfect of course!). Now let the color develop over-night and wake up with your faux freckles!

The second technique is quicker but doesn’t last as long. First, start by applying your foundation and concealer as usual. Next, use either a light brown eyeliner pencil or eyebrow pencil to draw freckles on your face; varying the size and shape. Similar to using self-tanner, you will want to lightly smudge the freckles for a natural look. Set your spots with a very light dusting of translucent powder and enjoy your fab new look!

Jet-Setting Beauty Care

Tips to looking good post-touchdown

Warm weather is in full force, which means summer travel is here! However, we all know that being on an airplane, especially during a long flight can mean dry, worn-out skin. To top it off, airplane regulations limit the liquids and products that we can carry on with us, so here are some tips to make sure you arrive looking healthy, happy and pretty with limited use of lotions and potions.

Prep your carry-on
Since we are restricted to how much we can carry onto the plane and be stored in our suitcases, buy some small containers and transfer your favorite beauty products into them. On the airplane itself, be sure to have your favorite facial moisturizer, serum and hand cream on hand for easy reach.

Take it all off
Once you board the airplane it is time to take off any makeup during flight. The easiest, most portable solution are baby wipes; sweep one across your face for clean skin that is ready to be beauty treated! To swipe away stubborn eye-makeup, you can also “pre-dip” cotton swabs in makeup remover and take them with you in your quart size plastic bag.

Moisture mask
Now is the time to infuse moisture into your skin. Apply a thick layer of a rich moisturizer to your face (this way you will not have the look of a true face mask which may scare some people!). Follow with an eye cream and a hydrating lip balm to cover all bases. The last step is to moisturize your hands – something you will continue to do throughout the flight.

May I have some water please?
During the flight drink as much water as possible; take every chance you can to hydrate your body from the inside out. Try to avoid alcohol and caffeine since these can dehydrate you even more.

Arrival time
About 1 hour before landing, use another baby wipe to clean your face. Apply an antioxidant serum to recharge your skin; now you are ready for makeup. Keep your makeup simple - a CC cream with an SPF like JAFRA's CC Creme is your best bet; you can even out your skin tone, moisturize and protect at the same time. Use a creamy concealer to cover up any dark circles and now you have a polished face.

Color me pretty
Complete your face with a cream blush applied to your cheeks to attain a healthy glow. Touch up your eyebrows with an eyebrow pencil and sweep on a few coats of black mascara to open up your eyes. Your final step is to apply a neutral pink lip balm; look for pencil lip balms since these are TSA friendly! 
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