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Easy Braided Hairstyles for Summer

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By Michele Meyer for Life & Beauty Weekly

This summer’s hottest hairstyle is the braid -- and not just because a cool swept-away style beats having your hair sweat-plastered to your neck. “Braids are having a moment, because there are so many different types -- and can be done yourself quickly without heat or styling tools,” says Jeanie Syfu, TRESemmé’s lead stylist. Weaving your hair is calming and therapeutic, says model stylist Matt Fugate. “I find it enhances creativity, too.”

Best of all, anyone can do it -- and if it comes out a little messy, so much the better! Here are some easy braided hairstyles that are hot this summer along with plait pro tips for mastering each style:

What: Beach Fishtail

Where: Jessica Lowndes, Downton Abbey’s Michele Dockery and Frozen princesses Elsa and Anna

How: Split shoulder-length or beyond hair into two sections. Take a little hair from the outside of one section and cross it over. Do the same with the outer strands of the other portion. Repeat. The looser the braiding, the more modern it looks. Wrap the bottom with a clear band. For a more glamorous look, start with a high ponytail. Or sneak in a hair treatment by working leave-in conditioner into towel-dried hair before braiding.

What: Side Braid

Where: Brooke Lively and Valentino’s Fall 2013 models

How: Part hair in the middle or to the far side. Pull hair to one side in a ponytail that starts at your nape. Start braiding. Pull out some tufts.

What: Braid-y Bunches

Where: Socialite Nicky Hilton at Coachella and Maria Menounos at the Oscars

How:  Pull hair tightly into pigtails just to each side of the nape, then braid. Use an elastic at the tails’ ends, then wind into a bun. For a looser version, start with a side part, with thick braids starting at the hairline on each side of the part. Add to the section as you move back and down the head behind the ears, with the braid getting looser as you descend. Roll braid into a bun at the nape of the neck.

What: Boldi-Locks

Where: Vanessa Hutchens at Coachella

How: Split hair into six small sections, then weave from the middle down. Moisten pastel hair chalk, and coat the surface of one section moving down the plait for a temporary but fun funky look, suggests Edward Tricomi, stylist and co-owner of Warren-Tricomi Salons.

What: Halo

Where: 20th Century artist Frida Kahlo and Sarah Hyland at the 2014 Golden Globes

How: Towel-dry hair. Create a side part and, if you can, a zigzag part. Start with two ponytails, low at the nape of your neck. Divide ponytails into three or four sections and braid to end. Loosen, then wrap around your head behind the ears and tuck hair under the braids and fasten with hair pins.

What: Boho Braids

Where: Rodarte runway Fall 2013 and on the women of Game of Thrones

How: Part hair in the center, either straight or with a zigzag. Take a small piece of hair at the temple and braid halfway before tying with an elastic. Do the same at the other temple. Join the two plaits at the back, perhaps winding one into a chignon where they meet. Or go loose, as seen at Victor & Rolf’s Fall 2014 runway: Take a section of hair just above each ear. Halfway down, weave them together twice, pin in place, and leave the rest hanging.

Michele Meyer is a freelance beauty, fashion and celeb writer for MORE, Travel + Leisure and USA WEEKEND. The former Allure and Lucky correspondent has also contributed to InStyle and Real Simple. She has previously contributed to Life & Beauty Weekly.

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Skin Care Secrets from the Dermatologist to the Stars

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Skin Care Secrets from the Dermatologist to the Stars
By Shelley Levitt for The Style Glossy

Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian, Victoria Beckham, Oprah and Ellen DeGeneres all have something in common besides a net worth of zillions. They share the same dermatologist -- Dr. Harold Lancer, who dispenses advice and high-tech treatments from his office on Beverly Hills’ Rodeo Drive, next to boutiques like CHANEL, Dior, Prada and Ralph Lauren. Now, in his new book, Younger: The Breakthrough Anti-Aging Method for Radiant Skin, Lancer shares his simple four-step secret to getting red-carpet radiant skin (no matter your bank balance).

1. Exfoliate your skin every day and do it before you cleanse. A gentle daily “polish” --the word Lancer actually prefers to exfoliate -- is like “taking the tarnish off silver.” Dead cells and surface debris are whisked away to allow “fresh, radiant skin to shine through.” You can polish your skin either mechanically (with a loofah, rough washcloth or a scrub with tiny beads), or you can choose a chemical exfoliator that uses enzyme-based ingredients like papaya or pineapple to dissolve those old skin cells. Polish your skin once a day, preferably at night, for 60 to 90 seconds. Dampen your skin with warm water before you begin and finish with a rinse of lukewarm water.

2. Follow polishing with a non-irritating cleanser to cart away the uprooted debris. Apply a pea-sized drop of cleanser to your fingertips and massage it into your skin, working from the jawline up.

3. Complete your nighttime skin care regimen with a nourishing lotion, cream or serum. Check the ingredients label for damage-fighting antioxidants like Vitamin C and Vitamin E. Peptides and pentapeptides will also keep your skin looking its best by boosting the production of new collagen. Again, apply a pea-sized amount and work the product into your skin from the jawline to your hairline.

4. During the day add one more step: protect. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. For all steps of this regimen, find products that feel good on your skin. The more “pampered” your skin care regimen makes you feel, says Lancer, the more likely you are to stick with it.

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My favorite Neutrogena Products

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 In honor of National Relaxation Day, I wanted to write a quick post about some tried and true favorites over here at The Makeup Blogger.  Since I was a teen I have been a huge fan of Neutrogena products. It started with my beloved Oil Free Acne Wash, and moved onto their amazing sunscreens. 

Now, as an adult I found new loves in the line and especially adore their body products that give me that added dose of pampering.  I have even gotten Mike hooked on the Rainbath! The scent is uni-sex and very musky, which we both love.  My other love is the classic Body Oil, which is perfection in the summer because it sinks into the skin immediately, and leaves behind a very soft almond scent.  I am already on my third bottle, which is pretty amazing considering how much product I have on hand.  It is the moisturizer I grab on a daily basis. 

Another new permanent addition in our home is the Norwegian Hand Cream, which has saved Mikes hands.  He is a foreman for a concrete company, and he paws take a beating!  This non-greasy cream is very soothing, and does the trick at breaking down his cracked and overly dry man hands.  

Since today is National Relaxation Day, I encourage you to take a moment for yourself. Even if it is only for 5 min. You are important, and should always take a few min out of your day to care for yourself, whether that is by treating yourself to a shower with a soothing body wash, or giving yourself a little hand massage to soothe away the aches of the day.  Here is to you! 

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How to Comb Eyelashes

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Today’s question is, “How to comb your eyelashes.” I actually get this question a lot, because sometimes mascara, no matter how carefully you apply it, can get clumped up. So, the easiest way to make sure that your eyelashes look separated and clean is by using a simple mascara comb.

These metal prongs can help to separate the eyelashes in less than one step. The easiest way to do this is to hold the eye taut, so that you have control.

  • Next, look down, and simply take the comb from the middle of the lashes and wiggle up wherever you feel that clumping has happened.
  • Be careful never to get too close to the eye line.
  • You want to do this from the center of the lashes, to the tip of the lashes.
  • And, wiggling helps and prevents any tugging or pull on your lashes.

That easy step is all you need to do to be able to comb your lashes, get them separated, looking long, and luscious.

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5 Things We Can Learn About Beauty From Supermodel Chrissy Teigen

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DuJour Magazine sits down with this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover model, Chrissy Teigen as she dishes her favorite beauty products, and admits to breaking the biggest beauty rule - she doesn’t wash her face at night! Read below for five things we can learn about beauty from Teigen:

1.) When life is simple, life is good. From Teigen’s two favorite outfits consisting of jean shorts, a slouchy shirt and chunky boots, and a terrycloth towel to her favorite product- Aquaphor, her simplicity is perhaps something that makes her so gorgeous.

2.) Going against the rules of the beauty industry isn’t so bad after all. After making a comment that hinted towards the idea that she doesn’t wash her face at night, when asked the question, “You really don’t wash your face before bed?” Her response was, 
“Never.”

3.) Plane rides can be a great time for pampering. “My face never looks better than when I get off a plane. Because I never wash my face before bed, ever, in real life, but on airplanes the second I get in my seat I use my face towels, I’ll use a nose strip, I’ll do everything,” said Teigen.

4.) Every woman needs her favorite beauty products. Teigen swears by SK-II face masks and under eye masks, Aquaphor, Benefit brow kits, and Oribe, and continues by saying, “I could go on forever.”

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5 Tips About How to Apply Mascara

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5 Things You Never Knew -- Until Now -- About How to Apply Mascara

If you’re like most women, mascara is one of your top two or three can’t-live-without beauty products. But even though you may think you know everything there is to know about applying mascara, you can probably still learn a trick or two. Here are five new twists on how to apply mascara from a couple of top pros.

1. The best method for applying mascara is a two-step method, says Andrea Q. Robinson, a onetime Vogue beauty editor, beauty industry exec and author. Step one: Hold the wand close to the lid horizontally and in a quick back-and-forth -- almost vibrating motion -- move the brush from the roots to the ends of the lashes. This will give you coverage. Step two: Change the wand to a vertical direction and move back and forth like a windshield wiper. This is for separation and will help prevent clumps.

2. Waterproof formulas are too tough on your lashes for everyday use, Robinson says. You’ll have to rub hard to loosen the color, and in doing so you risk breaking your lashes. Save the waterproof mascara for those times you know you’ll be tearing up -- like a weepy movie or your best friend’s wedding. And keep in mind that most regular formula mascaras will wear well throughout the day without smudging, and are easily removable with soap and water or makeup remover.

3. Do you have droopy lashes that won’t stay curled? Try curling them twice, suggests Hollywood makeup artist Brett Freedman. First curl them before you apply mascara and then give your lashes a second curl after your mascara is on (and dry).

4. If you’re going to pump up your lashes with individual false lashes, apply them after the first coat of mascara.

“That way you can see exactly where you want a little extra fullness and length,” Freedman says. “Then apply another coat of mascara to marry your real and false lashes together.”

5. Colored mascara looks gorgeous in candlelight. Purple, blue or emerald mascara “reads black,” Freedman says, until you get next to light, when your lashes show a touch of hue. It’s subtle, but it gives your lashes a little more interest. Use a coat or two of your regular black mascara, then layer just the tips of your lashes with a colored mascara. Tip: Deep blue mascara looks good on every eye color.

Shelley Levitt, managing editor of The Style Glossy, is a former West Coast editor of Self and senior writer at People.

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Summer Hair with Sassoon Salon

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Last month I was able to spend the day getting my hair cut and colored by the expert staff at Sassoon. Lauren Boyack, was the colorist who whipped my brassy and somewhat grey blonde into shape, and Tani Cole, Senior Stylist of Sassoon South Coast Plaza was the scissor master who completed my cut. 

I needed something super simple, and easy to keep up. I do not have the type of lifestyle that would allow a major color or cut upkeep.  If it takes more than 15 min to style my hair, than I am out.  I need my color to fade beautifully, and my style to allow me to tame the frizz, and smooth the ends.  I needed a cut and color that would make that happen, and boy did these ladies deliver! 

Tani and Laurens attention to detail was outstanding. The cut and color was perfect for summer when I need something easy to maintain.  

I asked these talented ladies to share some tips with me, and here is some of their wisdom.  I highly recommend Sassoon Salons for their professionalism and talent. Thanks to these amazing ladies, I can rock some great hair for summer!

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  1. What are the top haircolor looks for Summer? Lighter for summer. Subtle ombré. Softer transition...what would happen to your hair at the beach. Looks more classic that way. Tends to be nationwide during the summer. More blondes in Southern CA vrs. Seattle.
  2. What is your favorite color to do? Blondes.
  3. Highlights or all over color? Depends on where you are starting from. It all depends on corrective color or what the hair needs. The most natural look is highlights in the front with all over color.
  4. Tips for summer hair-trends? Make sure to use products with SPF. Deep conditioning treatments once a week are essential. The current color collection was focused on panels of lighter color through the front. Very soft and wearable looks for summer.

Color used on me: tint with highlights. Brighter blonde highlights and a brighter base color for summer. Different tones of blonde. Base is butter blonde and pale blonde highlights.

Cut

Tani's tips were as follows:

  • Work a concave layer to help the hair be loose.
  • Clean up the shape and remove the weight without compromising the length.
  • When the hair is dry deconstruct the layers, and removing weight internally.
  1. Most popular cuts?: Short hair has never been so popular. Along with a cut that is easy for summer. Manageable, effortless looks. For longer hair think loose, messy, undone hair. No matter what the hair must have structure. The perfectly undone look. Loose texture and movement is the most popular. Everyone wants to lighten up with their hair.
  2. People are looking for more detail with their haircuts. Something more suited to them, their face shape. Detail around the face is essential. For summer hair needs to look good up or down. Having those options is key.
  3. An oldie but goodie is Sebastian potion 9. Great for fine or thick hair. Apply mid lengths to ends first, then left over goes on the roots.
  4. When straightening the hair, make sure to use a cream to give the hair weight. Oils are great for texture and curling/defining the hair
  5. It is good to change up your hair products from time to time. Sebastian trilliant is excellent for heat protection to coat the hair and give the hair memory. It helps he hair hold the form and have a protective layer before applying heat.
  6. For summer waves using a 1.25 barrel is key. You can wrap it around the barrel for a clampless curl as well.
  7. The detail work makes the haircut yours, and should never be ignored. It "makes it yours"  Try aggressive deconstructing texturizing technique to loosen the hair.

To follow the talented artists at Sassoon, keep up with their staff via social media:

Twitter: @sassoonsalons

Instagram: @SassoonSalonOfficial

Facebook: Facebook.com/SassoonSalon

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