Nude nail polish can feel fresh, clean, and simple or make you say ‘why even bother painting your nails’?! I, for one, lean to the ‘fresh & simple’ side and love a nude mani. But I can never leave anything plain, so I decided, why not throw some polka dots into the mix!!
If beachy waves are for Summer, than bedhead hair is definitely perfect for Fall. This look has been my go-to for the last few weeks and I promise, it’s just as effortless and easy as it looks! And yes, I did create bedhead curls, with a flat iron!
How To Get – Perfectly Messy BedHead Hair:
1. Start with air-dried or second-day hair (You want to have some texture to it). Comb with fingers or a wide-toothed comb, if needed, to remove any tangles, keeping as much texture as possible
2. Lightly spray hair with either hair spray or texturizing spray
3. Flat iron any flyways at the crown and around face, then start with a random 1″ section of hair
4. Starting 1/4 of the way down:
– Put hair in styler then twist styler 180° away from head
– Pull styler down and out of hair without untwisting, as if you’re curling a ribbon with scissors
– Continue the same process all around head
5. Separate waves with fingers and lightly mist with hair spray. Then you’re ready to go!
I love trying out new beauty products, but sometimes a trip to Sephora just isn’t in the budget. That’s when I like to get a little creative in the kitchen and whip up a DIY scrub or mask! I promise you’ve got everything in your pantry to make the super simple Caramel Face Scrub. It smells great and if a little bit of it happens to get on your lips, it doesn’t taste bad either!
Here’s what you’ll need to make the Caramel Face Scrub at home…
DIY Caramel Face Scrub
1 tsp. Plain Oats
1 tsp. Honey
1 tsp. Whole Milk
2 tbsp. Brown Sugar
1 – Mix all the ingredients together and apply to the face in circular motions to exfoliate the skin.
2 – Leave the mask on for 15 minutes then rinse with warm water.
3 – Follow with a mild cleanser.
* I would recommend doing this scrub right before you get in the shower. It can get a bit sticky if it gets in your hair!
I am SO excited to share this at-home gel nail polish kit review because it’s a product I am truly LOVING! I was a little hesitant at first about the price of the kits on the market (starting at about $60) and if it would truly last up to 14 days. But let me tell you, it has surpassed my expectations. I am a gel manicure convert!!
I purchased the Sephora by OPI Gelshine system (retails for $159) but was hesitant on the price so I found an only-used-once kit on eBay for half the price. While I started out with the OPI kit, I have used gel polishes from Red Carpet Manicure and gelish, so the polishes and light/kits are basically interchangeable.
The process of applying gel polish is really no different than regular nail color. There’s a base coat, 2 layers of color, then a top coat. The only thing different is the use of the 30-second LED light inbetween each coat. It doesn’t take more than 15 minutes per hand from start to finish and as soon as the top coat has cured, your nails are COMPLETELY DRY. No joke, completely dry! You won’t be able to smudge then or scratch them. It’s so amazing not to have to be worried about messing up my nails. I have to be honest, I still catch myself walking around like I have wet nails afterwards!
Keep reading to check out how it’s done…
And now for the finished product & how my nails looked after 14 days (YES, they lasted 14 days!!)…
Pretty crazy, right?!!!? Normally I wouldn’t walk around with my nails looking like this (all in the name of beauty research!) but truthfully, the only part that looks bad is the new nail growth. The rest of the polish is virtually the same as day one! This is after 2 weeks of typing, cleaning, yard work, hand washing dishes, and a million other little things that usually ruin a manicure after just a few days.
And did you notice the shine my nails still had after 14 days? Gel manicures have this amazing shine that lasts for the whole 14 days. It’s better than any top coat I’ve ever used.
I know some people have commented on the difficulties they’ve had with removing the gel polish, but my experience has been nothing but easy. I will say though, that they may have been using the soak-off removal method and to me (although I haven’t used it) it seems like a pain in the ass. Who would want to sit with their hands in a bowl of remover for 20 minutes?!?
Using wraps (these ones came with the Sephora Gel Kit) or the foil technique makes things a lot easier & you can still continue to do things around the house. I’m kinda cheap, so I like to wrap 2 or 3 nails at a time and then reuse those same wraps on the rest of my nails. Gel polish doesn’t come off like regular nail polish, so the pads are basically clean (and already soaked with remover) when I put them on the next nail.
In all honesty, this At-Home Gel Manicure Kit may be one of my best beauty purchases. The upfront cost of purchasing the kit may be a bit daunting but the initial basecoat, top coat, cleanser, LED light, and other tools will last for many, many, manicures and the continued expense will really be the purchase of new polishes. From the brands I’ve researched, prices range from $10 to $17, which is pretty much in line with any polish from Ulta or Sephora. But… this polish lasts up to 14 days!!!
* if you have longer than shoulder length or thick hair you may want to double the recipe
This is a great mask for customizing. Try adding in a tablespoon of coconut oil or yogurt or even 1 egg for a boost of protein.
1 – Put all ingredients in a bowl and mash until combined. Mashing by hand will leave small lumps, but you could also you a stick blender for smooth mask
2 – Heat in the microwave for about 30 seconds to warm
3 – Apply to dry or damp hair from roots to ends, paying extra attention to ends where hair is driest
4 – Leave on for 15 – 20 minutes (For deeper conditioning, heat hair with a warm blow drier), then shampoo & condition as usual
Even in the shower, I could feel the benefits of the fats from the avocado and the oils from this mask on my hair. After one use (and BEFORE doing my normal styling routine to smooth things out) the ends of my hair felt smoother/silkier and definitely not as dry.
Now that warm Spring temps are finally here, full-on leg baring weather is just around the corner (scary, right?). And worse yet, bikini season is that much closer (don’t even get me started.)
The last thing you need when hitting the town in your cutoffs, minis, and rompers is dry, flaky, haven’t-seen-the-sun-in-months skin.
So, get your gams glamed up for spring with these 3 easy steps…
Step 1- Exfoliate One of my favorite ways to exfoliate is with a homemade body scrub. But if you don’t have time for a scrub, I also love to use exfoliating gloves. They’re really easy to use and perfect for traveling, too!
Step 2- Bronze For a golden glow, I’m a big fan of products that combine regular lotion with sunless tanner, like Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer (Target & Walmart also have their own version). Applied daily, they will give you gorgeous color, gradually. I prefer this over regular sunless tanners because you have more control over your color and avoid the look of being pale one day and super dark the next!
Step 3- Luminize So, you know how we use highlighter on our faces to add a little extra glow? Put that luminous sheen on your legs too!
Want to look instantly taller? Whether you use cream or powder ( I like Josie Maran’s Argan Illuminizer) try applying the highlighter just down the front/center of your legs. The eye will instantly be drawn to this lighter area, giving you the look of longer legs!
I’m a big fan of using body scrub year round, but with spring coming soon (woohoo!), it’s time to start thinking about getting your skin ready for shorter sleeves and hemlines.
This body scrub, or a simple variation, is perfect to use from head to toe, including your lips!
To whip up this very simple scrub you will need: – 2 parts sugar (in a pinch, you can use salt) – 1 part oil
For the sugar or salt – table salt or white sugar works just fine, but for a little something extra try adding brown sugar (that’s what I used).
For the oil – use whatever you have. Baby oil, almond oil, or olive oil will all work, but I love the scent and great skin benefits of coconut oil (Here’s what I used).
With this method of 2:1 parts, you can really create as much or a little scrub as you like, along with controlling its consistency. Also, if you don’t use an oil with a strong scent like coconut oil has, you can always add in a few drops of essential oil to the scrub.