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Celebrity Hair Is Within Your Reach

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Celebrity Hair Tricks
 

My hair is my greatest enemy on most days. It's frizzy randomly or it falls flat when I desperately want waves or a curl. I always envy celebrities since their hair seems perfect always. Luckily, I can get great hair without having a team of experts nearby.

Anti-Aging Secrets

Yes, you can use your hair to look younger. Add some bangs to cover up forehead wrinkles and even make your hair look fuller. Boost your locks and look more youthful by embracing layers. It adds movement and life. A few highlights takes the look even farther giving you that effortless celebrity elegance.

It's Okay To Be Messy

Forget trying to make your hair perfect. Pay close attention to celebrities. A little frizz, poof and random waves are okay. In fact, brushing your hair and then using only your fingers to create a messy ponytail will give you the same look celebrities use on the red carpet.

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

Every hair type needs moisture. Naturally dry hair, such as curly styles, sometimes need a little extra. Celebrity hair gets it shine from regular moisturizing treatments. Invest in a glaze or serum that contains natural oils such as almond, coconut and argan to seal broken strands, deeply moisturize and maintain healthy, shiny locks. Just remember, don't over apply or you'll end up a bit too shiny.

To keep that moisture in, celebrity stylists recommend always applying a heat protectant spray before any drying or heat styling. Otherwise, you lose all that vital moisture.

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Dermalogica Powerbright TRX

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dermalogicapowerbrightSo, you drink your 8+ glasses of water a day. You eat your veggies, your salmon, your berries, and you even get your sweat on several times a week. Yet still, despite your best efforts, your skin is lacking that amazing glow you see on the faces of so many others. What’s a girl to do? Before you throw in the skincare towel and fall victim to life of lack-luster skin, give powerbright trx a try!

Powerbright trx is a powerful range of three leave-on treatment products, that when used in combination, treats and prevents hyperpigmentation. What does this mean to you? It simply means that these products are designed to banish and prevent those bothersome brown spots from one too many sunny vacations, and leave your skin with a more even and brightened appearance.

The three products included in the system are: C-12 Pure Bright Serum (a powerful skin brightener), Pure Light SPF50 (a daytime brightening treatment and moisturizer) and Pure Night (a skin brightening evening treatment). These products can be purchased separately or in a convenient travel size kit.

If the idea of more beautiful skin isn’t enough to get you logging on and adding to your virtual cart, the reviews certainly will! Some reviewers are claiming brighter skin and fading age spots after only a few days, while others report softer, smoother skin and found the combo to be perfect for those who suffer from breakouts.

So if you’ve been struggling to find a product that will bring your beautiful skin back to life, powerbright trx may be just the answer you’ve been searching for. With their travel size kit available at the amazing price of only $38.00, it’s the perfect gift to give yourself for the holidays! Happy brightening!

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Cargo Eyelighter

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One of the oldest makeup artist tricks is to brighten up the inner corners of the eye with a shimmery white (or soft pastel) eyeshadow.  I have heard it called the "angel effect" or even "baby eyes".  Whatever the term, it truly does deliver a radiant, and eye opening effect.   This application was made popular byKevyn Aucoin, who used this illuminating trick on all his celebrity clients.

Now, thanks to Cargo Cosmetics here is a product made specifically for capturing this look. Cargo Eyelighter is a shadow applicator that is double ended.

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Face Your Fears and Win!

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 In his first inaugural address to the nation, Franklin D. Roosevelt famously said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Nothing against the venerable 32nd president, but there’s nothing “only” about fear -- not when you’re about to go into a job interview, leave an unhealthy relationship or do anything that seems daunting or impossible. The questions are: Where do your unhealthy fears come from? And how can you find the courage to face your fears?

“The fears that hold us back are our ‘shadow fears,’ ” says Amy Stone, a certified “courage coach.” She explains that these fears are born of negative lessons usually learned in early childhood (often unintentionally taught by parents) and that persist as we grow older. The beliefs are common -- I’m not good enough, smart enough, capable enough -- yet we’re so unconscious of them we don’t even see how they affect us. But the shadows they cast are long, causing us to avoid intimacy or socializing, or a new move, or asking for a raise.

“These fears make us feel small and frustrated, like we’re not living the life we are meant to live,” says Stone. “This leads to frustration -- which only perpetuates the negative patterns, behaviors and beliefs that keep us in the background of our lives.”

On how to overcome fear and to conquer “shadow fears,” Stone recommends a three-step process: 

Identify the fear. For instance, if you’re hesitant to go after a new job, it’s probably not the work itself that frightens you. Think about what’s really behind your worries. Are you afraid that a new boss might judge you harshly? Or are you uneasy about the thought of leaving your familiar workplace?

Ask yourself where the fear comes from. Some fears are instinctive -- we’re cautious around fire to avoid getting burned -- but many others are taught. If you were labeled as “awkward” or “shy” as a child, you may have trouble believing that you could be confident enough to give a presentation at work.

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MoroccanOil Smooth Line!

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I absolutely hate frizz and fly-aways, but many products leave my hair feeling heavy or even greasy. Moroccanoil's Smooth line takes care of what I hate most about my hair and leaves it feeling light, smooth and beautiful. Not to mention, it smells absolutely incredible. Who knew four products could give me hair I'd actually be proud of? It all starts with the Moroccanoil Smooth Shampoo and Smooth Conditioner.

All the products contain the proprietary AminoRenew ingredient to help restore essential amino acids to your hair to make it stronger. Plus, the line is infused with argan butter and argan oil for smoother, healthier and more manageable hair. When you use both the shampoo and conditioner, the results can last up to 72 hours.

If your hair's really frizzy, start with the Smoothing Mask. It adds in coconut-derived fatty acids for even deeper hydration. To help with styling and frizzies from blow drying, try the Smoothing Lotion. It also contains Vitamin E. Even though it offers a medium hold, hair stays light-weight and frizz free. Starting at just $28 for the shampoo and conditioner, it's an affordable way to finally get manageable hair, even on the most humid days. If you're like me and hate constantly trying smooth away frizz, try a line that finally smooths without weighing your hair down.

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Give Yourself A Personal Reboot!

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Lately, I have been feeling such a shift in how we all are feeling. Too much stress, not enough care for ourselves.  Makeup can be fun, but at heart it is what is going on inside us that counts.  As I have always said, no amount of makeup can mask a sad heart.  The times in my life that I have felt the most beautiful have always had to do with how much I am laughing...not how much makeup I had on.  So, in the spirit of this, I will be starting to share more stories and tips on the blog of how we can create beauty...starting from the inside!  Because being beautiful is not just about makeup.  It is so much more. 

xoxo  Christina 

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If you’ve been feeling a little crabby lately -- maybe you feel more stressed or extra burdened than ever -- it is possible to give yourself a personal reboot and be the kind of person others admire.

Our experts offer seven ways to increase your generosity, patience and tolerance -- starting today.

Tip No. 1: Fill Your Personal “Pitcher”

Before you can be bighearted towards others, you have to do what certified health and wellness coach and registered dietician Adrienne Raimo calls “filling your pitcher” first. “This means taking care of yourself and your body,” says Raimo. “To be the best you can be, do your best to eat well, exercise and reduce stress. Otherwise, you’ll feel depleted.”

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Tria Age Defying Laser Review and Results

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I am always on the hunt for a product or treatment that will help me retain a youthful glow, and keep my skin in check. At the age of 36 my skin has a mind of its own and never seems to be happy with anything. I have battled with adult acne, uneven skin tone, and pores that seem to resemble a crater. Some days it looks great, and other days…not so much.

So, three months ago, when I was asked to try out a new Tria Age-Defying Laser, I jumped at the chance. Since I have never been able to try the laser treatments at the dermatologists office due to cost, I was thrilled that there was an at home version to work with. My fellow beauty lovers, I am pleased to say I was not disappointed! The 12 week program worked, and I have loved the results.

In the video above, you will see how the program works, and get a look at the products for yourself. The benefits range from helping to erase fine lines, skin discoloration, and uneven skin texture, all while imparting a gorgeous luminosity to the skin.

For $495 you are able to receive the same benefits as the professional dermatologist treatments. This FDA-cleared approved Age -Defying Laser should be used 5 days a week during your nightly routine over the course of 12 weeks to achieve the optimal results. At first I thought that that sticking to a nightly schedule would be difficult, as most nights I can barely have the energy to wash off my makeup. But, after the first week, I found myself looking forward to the routine, and relishing the time to unwind and pamper myself.

For 12 weeks I followed a nightly routine that consisted of their Priming Cleanser, and amazing Finishing Serum. I loved how gentle it feels. Every night I completed my treatment by placing the tip of the laser flat against your my skin, and moving it in horizontal motions. The program sections the face into 4 “zones,”, and beeps when it is time to move onto the next zone. It is extremely easy! I loved completing every treatment with the Tria Finishing Serum which helped to hydrate and nourish my skin. I enjoyed being able to actually feel the laser working! The laser has a pain-free “heat” that your skin adjusts to with each level. It felt to me like tiny little pin pricks. When my skin became too dry, I added some jojoba oil to the serum to give it an added hydration boost. I also make sure to exfoliate in the morning, which has helped to alleviate any extra dryness. One of the most important things was to make sure to use a sunscreen with a minimum of 30 SPF to protect my new, beautiful skin! After the first few weeks, I noticed that my skin was smoother, and my pores seemed more refined. I still can’t get over how touchable my skin is. Think baby soft!
The most noticeable difference for me has been with the texture of my skin. I feel like I have become “poreless.,” My face needs less foundation than usual, and has a stunning glow. It looks healthy, and dare I say….radiant? Another bonus, the deep forehead crease is almost gone! I even see that my freckles have softened. I am hooked.

The Tria Age-Defying Laser treats multiple signs of aging on the entire face, all within 10 min a night over the course of 12 weeks. These treatments have been clinically proven to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, improve overall appearance and deliver a more youthful and radiant complexion. And the best part? You’ll notice improvement in your skin’s appearance within 2 weeks!
Truly, this treatment has made a wonderful difference in my skin, and I am confident that it could do the same for you!

DISCLOSURE: This post is sponsored by Tria Beauty and Style Coalition. All opinions are my own.

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