This tutorial from the good folks at Sephora demonstrates some great tips for a luminous, sultry look. I like that the look is buildable as well – if you apply the eyeshadow after work, and you have a look that transitions easily from day to night. Check it out:
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Lock & Mane had a great article on ways to fight summertime frizz and other hair mishaps. And we’re not just saying that because they confirm several things we’ve said in the past.
Read it here.
It was raining all day here, and I was pretty short on time before I headed out today. Fortunately a few Fekkai products worked with the humidity, and I could let my curls air-dry without frizz or hair so large that I can’t fit through the door. Just a couple of minutes with the blow dryer and I was out the door with defined ringlets.
On wet hair, smooth Frederic Fekkai All-Day Hair Plump onto your hair from the root down. Add a little extra to the ends. Then gently massage your scalp for a few seconds to get a bit of separation and volume. On a crazy rainy day like this, your curls will start to form nice and smooth after this step.
Now’s the tricky part: don’t touch your hair for a bit while it sets. That’s how you get frizz.
When curls are still a bit damp, start drying on a low heat. Half way through, apply Frederic Fekkai Coiff Tousled Wave Spray to further define your curls. Finish off with your hair spray of choice (ideally something moisturizing), and your hair will be perfect, even if the weather isn’t. 🙂
I’d generally prefer that a trained spa person tend to my cuticles, but it’s definitely something I can do myself. Try these at-home tips (no pun intended) to get great looking cuticle beds without the manicure cost.
Cuticle Soak: Heat up some water (warm, but not hot) and pour it into a nail soak. You might want to try Gena Manicure Cups – they are disposable and 25 come to a package, so you don’t have to worry about cleaning it out. I actually found the most comfortable container for my hand was the bowl from a Betty Crocker Warm Delight Mini Brownies – and you get a brownie out of the deal (excellent if you are used to Bliss World manicures with their piles of brownies available during your treatments).
Once you have your warm water, add some oil to moisturize and soften your cuticles. Regular olive oil works great, or you can get creative. Jojoba oil is great, apricot oil is a classic, and Sweet Almond Oil smells amazing (and is an amazing moisturizer). With any of these, make it even more therapeutic by popping open a Vitamin E capsule in the water. You can even use it on it’s own. A little goes a long way with any of the oils, you can always add more if you think you need it later. Once you have your preferred oil medley, swish the water around and slip your fingers in for about 5-10 minutes and relax. And enjoy your brownie with your other hand.
Moisturize: Of course we’ve all heard we should moisturize our hands every time we wash them (I’m a delinquent on that front). But after your nail soak is especially important to moisturize. It’s kind of like when you get out of the bath or shower – you may have used a moisturizing body wash, but your hands still need a slather of moisture after, or else your cuticles may end up drier than before.
So after your delightfully relaxing nail soak, keep your cuticles soft and pliable with a moisturizer. A good cream moisturizer is best – everybody has their favorite.
If you want the best looking cuticles ever, dab on and rub into your cuticles and nail beds some Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare Superskin Moisturizer. I first tried this when I was on vacation a few weeks ago and forgot my hand moisturizer – my nails went from pretty gross looking to radiantly healthy in no time flat.
Properly handle hangnails: You shouldn’t hack at your cuticle bed, but nipping off a hangnail is OK. But make sure you have the right tool for the job – using the nail clipper that you use to trim your nails isn’t the most sanitary. Invest in a good Cuticle Nipper – the one from Sephora is excellent – even a butterfingers like me can use it easily.
Give your hands an overnight treat:For everyday cuticle and hand maintenance, use Bliss Glamour Glovesovernight or while watching TV. The gloves have a gel lining that contains olive oil, grapeseed oil (also a good oil for your nail soak – forgot about that one!), and Vitamin E. Just slip them on and let them do the work. 20 minutes will give you a nice moisturizing treatment, overnight will give you an almost miracle. And a winter bonus – they keep you nice and warm, so you can turn down the thermostat down a couple of degrees overnight and still be nice and warm. See? Two money saving tips with one product!
Stay tuned next week for more at-home manicure how-tos!