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Everyday Loose Waves!

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Your wedding day can be completely stressful, especially when it comes to bridal beauty.  I thought that I would be ok, since I work in the beauty industry...but I was wrong. So very, very wrong.  For the month of June and July I am going to be sharing all my bridal beauty tips and I am going to start with some easy tips for beautiful and super simple bridal hair.  For my wedding, I wanted to do simple loose waves.  Luckily for me, I was able to try out some new products by Suave Professionals that helped me get my bridal look down pat!

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NEW Suave Professionals® Sea Mineral Infusion collection is a salon-inspired range of products infused with a carefully chosen blend of rich minerals from the sea for effortless volume.  During your wedding, you want your hair to withstand humidity and look full and luxurious.  Since wedding costs can be overwhelming, I welcomed the chance to try out an affordable products that would give me maximum results. 

  •  Sea Mineral Infusion Moisturizing Buoyant Body Shampoo & Conditioner system provides hair with 24-hour body and moisture that is easy to style.
  • Sea Mineral Infusion Moisturizing Buoyant Body Shampoo contains no heavy silicones and helps remove build up from hair for natural looking body and bounce.
  • Sea Mineral Infusion Moisturizing Buoyant Body Conditioner offers just the right amount of conditioning for natural, healthy looking body and bounce.

The Texturizing spray is also key.  I didn't want my curls to loose too tight...I wanted sexy, loose waves that screamed romance.  After shampooing and conditioning your hair, spray the Texturing spray all over wet hair before you blow dry your hair. 

  • The Sea Mineral Infusion Texturizing Sea Salt Spray helps create a loose, textured look with full-bodied waves that last up to 24 hours.
  • Salon proven to add texture as well as Bumble and bumble. Surf® Spray

Below are 3 easy steps to do this for yourself at home, or for your big day! 

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STEP 1: Separate your hair into small sections, as you work a 1 1/2 inch curling iron around your head, starting from the front.  Curl from the ends up to the middle of the hair shaft. Hold for 10 seconds. 

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STEP 2: Always remember to alternate the direction of the curling iron barrel.  You don't want uniform curls that look old fashioned. Keeping the curls loose, and going in different directions will give a more natural and sexy look.  

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STEP 3: (and you can have a friend help you with this part!)  Use a large 2 inch curling iron for the back of the hair.  Start at the top of the head, with the curling iron facing horizontally.  Curl four sections from top to bottom for volume. 

FINISHED LOOK:

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So let me know, how do you #StyleItYourself

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Suave Professionals® . The opinions and text are all mine.

 

Discover the Beauty of the Sea with NEW Suave Professionals® Sea Mineral Infusion products. 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Suave Professionals® . The opinions and text are all mine.

 
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Easy Hairstyles for Summer

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While some parts of the country have been lucky enough to ease into summer with a touch of spring still lingering in the air, the rest of the country has already begun to feel the sting of hot temperatures and hair devastating humidity! So what’s a girl to do? When it comes to summer styles, it’s best to keep it simple and classic.

These are five of our favorite summer styles that require minimum fuss and minimum products to achieve.

Get your lob on! While many women gasp at the thought of trimming their mane into a traditional bob, the lob (or long bob), gives women a free spirited style without feeling too drastic. Best part of the lob is that most women find a natural wave or texture magically appears with this cut. See your stylist for the perfect length (and layers as applicable) and then apply a styling cream for that tousled bed head look.

Take it to the side! While a traditional braid may seem a bit juvenile or undone for the average beauty, a side braid suggests sophistication with a hint of playfulness.

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Gorgeous Hair Color All Summer Long

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By Shelley Levitt for The Style Glossy

Along with bronzed cheeks and peachy lips, gleaming hair is key to summer’s easy, breezy beauty look. But between UV exposure and swimming in chlorine pools or saltwater surfs, hair can take a beating. And that’s especially true if it’s color-processed.

So we asked two pros to answer your most pressing summer hair color questions so you can maintain a gorgeous hue from June to August. Frank Dino is the co-owner of TINT, a color-only salon in Santa Monica, Calif., and Dr. Jessica Krant is a dermatologist and founder of Art of Dermatology in New York City. Here’s what they said.

Should I take my hair color a shade lighter in the summer?

If you’re going to be sporting a tan (make it a faux one to protect your skin!), you might want to adjust your color to provide contrast. Think of how your hair would bleach naturally if you didn’t protect it from UV rays, and go for that shade.

Should I save highlights for winter?

If highlights give your hair a dimension you enjoy in the winter, you’ll want to carry this through to summer, too. A few lighter pieces framing the face are all you need for a natural surfer-chic look. If you’re a blonde, opt for champagne streaks. If you’re a light or medium brunette, have your colorist add some ribbons of dirty blonde. Darker hair will look sun-kissed stunning with light brown and caramel highlights. And for hair that sparkles under the summer sun, think about adding a glossing treatment the next time you visit your salon for a cut or color.

I know the sun can damage my skin. Can it harm my hair color as well?

Hair definitely gets damaged by the ultraviolet rays of the sun. Those UV rays scorch the hair shaft, drying it out and causing the normally smooth cuticle, or outer layer, of our strands to get rough. What’s more, UV rays break down hair’s pigments, fading color or turning it brassy. New research shows that UV rays cause hair to lose protein too. The result of all this is hair that’s lacking shine, strength and vibrant color.

How does chlorine or saltwater damage hair?

Chlorine, which is a component of bleach, dries out strands by its caustic chemical nature, stripping away your hair’s natural protective oils. (Blonde hair turning green in the swimming pool, by the way, isn’t actually caused by chlorine but by copper molecules from other pool chemicals.) Seawater stresses hair and skin in another way. The heavy salt content draws water molecules out of hair in an attempt to try to dilute the salt. The result: dehydrated hair shafts.

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Get The Look: Sophia Vergara

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Whether it’s her eccentric role as Gloria on Modern Family or her recent character as sous chef Ava in the New Year’s Eve, you have to admit this Columbian cutie has loads of personality and looks. For the 2013 SAG Awards, Vergara kept her makeup simple but sexy, channeling one of the great sex symbols of the past, Sofia Loren.
FACE:

  • Much like a great painting, true beauty starts with a great canvas.
  • For skin that is flawless and glowing without too much shine, apply Diorskin Forever Flawless foundation to face with a foundation brush.

CHEEKS:

  • Create a glow that lasts all night with a coral cream blush like Vincent Longo Water Canvas Blush in Tuscan Spell.
  • Apply to apples of cheeks with your fingertips and then blend with a brush as needed.

EYES:

  • Much like Loren, Vergara’s look is all about the eyes. To create a smoky but naturally sexy look, avoid dark black shadows and opt for a subtler brown like this one from Beauty is Life.
  • Apply to lids and use as a liner for the bottom lash line.
  • Next, apply a black gel liner to the top lash line, staying as close to the lashes as possible and then create a slightly dramatic wing at the corners.
  • We like Smashbox Jetset Waterproof liner for a look that lasts right on through the after party!
  • Finish the eyes with several coats of black lengthening mascara like this one from Napoleon Perdis for eyes that are flirty and fabulous!

LIPS:

  • With the rest of the look being so neutral, the lips are a great place to add a pop of color. Try a medium pink for a perfect pout like Coral Pink from Koh Gen Do.
  • Top your look with some sexy waves and a daring dress and you’ve mastered a look that no paparazzi can resist!

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Marc Anthony Bombshell Hair Tutorial

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Wanna get bombshell hair? Try out these tips from this tutorial above!

I have tried and used Marc Anthony Professional hair products before and have loved the results.  The scent is warm, and delicious and the shampoo and conditioners leave the hair ridiculously soft.  

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You can also check out the video, which demonstrates the steps:

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Emma Stone’s Makeup and Style Inspiration

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The one actress that always catches my eye is the radiant and hilarious Emma Stone. Just adore her! 

Below is how you can recreate one of my favorite red carpet looks from her, complete with the exact lip shade she rocked on the red carpet, Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stain in Rendevous . This new shade of soft coral is a must, and you can be sure I will be packing it in my personal makeup bag. Drugstore shopping spree, here I come! 

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Martin Grant little black dress
This is a great LBD by the designer who created her red carpet look. With a fitted waist and bell-shaped skirt this dress is a super glamorous style.

Jimmy Choo high heel shoes
The ultimate leg lengthening heels.  Perfect for every summer outfit! 

Christian Louboutin clutch handbag
On my wishlist. This bag is stunning, and will upgrade any outfit.

Stud earrings
simple. elegant. need I say more? 

Chanel eyeliner
Her look was centered around the lips, but the eyelashes had a bold black line that allowed her eyes to stand out, while still looking classic.  Complete the look with a stip of false lashes, and black mascara.  

The exact shade Ms.Stone wore! Clean, and on trend with a flush of coral.  This is a wonderful alternative to red during the summer! 

This combo is soft and uber flattering on lighter skin.  It helps to define the cheekbones without overpowering the face. Easy glow!
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The Science Behind Mineral Salt Deodorants

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The Science Behind Mineral Salt Deodorants

Perhaps you’ve got doubts about so-called liquid ‘crystal’ deodorants. But these mineral-based deodorants are anything but farfetched. The effectiveness of their ingredients is rooted in hard science, and these all-natural deodorants provide long-lasting protection against odor.

“Sweat is not inherently funky.  Sweaty armpits smell awful because of odor-producing bacteria that live on your skin,” explains Kristien Boyle, a nationally-certified acupuncturist and herbalist.

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