Summer Beauty Update

I can’t believe it’s already the end of June!  I have been so busy playing outside and having fun that I haven’t had much time for blogging.  Of course, I had to make time to share all my fave summer beauty supplies!

Summer Nails!

My Pedi Set, Let’s Go Spring! Guide has some great tips for getting your legs and feet ready for sundress season that are absolutely great for summer too!  To update your paws, here’s some fun hues!

Essie: Nail Polish in California Coral (.46 fl. oz/$8.50 at Essie.com)
I’m obsessed with coral pinks, and Essie’s California Coral is even brighter once it’s on your nails.  It really pops and gives you a funky look without being too over the top and in yo’ face pink!  But, be sure to check out the coral that works for you, are you a neutral or bold coral kind of gal?

China Glaze: Lite Brites Nail Lacquer with Hardener in I’ll Pink to That! (.5 fl. oz./$7.50 at Ulta.com)
Speaking of in yo’ face, this is the ultimate PINK! This color is perfectly rebellious and girly.  Looks even better holding a cocktail in your social media #draaaaanks posts, so I’ll pink to that!

OPI: Alice Through the Looking Glass Nail Lacquer Collection in What’s the Hatter with You (.5 fl. oz/$10 at Ulta.com)
Johnny Depp’s movie may not be a hit, but this amazing color from the Alice Through the Looking Glass OPI Collection is definitely a win in my opinion.  Perfect for an edgier festival look.

Revlon: Colorstay Gel Envy in Full House (.4 fl. oz./$7.99 at Ulta.com)
Revlon has an awesome new formula to help your manicure last.  This Full House color is a cool poolside look even if you’re not in Vegas!

Zoya: Studio Nail Lacquer in Moonday (.5 fl. oz./$10 at www.Zoya.com)
Neutral doesn’t have to be boring!  Zoya is chaneling your inner Star Wars nerd in a classy way with this Leia that will definitely capture the eyes of your Hans Solo. Bonus: Zoya is all natural and vegan so you’re treatin’ the environment right:)

Tame Those Tresses!

I have long hair and it’s a crap shoot how my hair will act on any given day.  From the weather being humid and frizzing my hair out to my locks getting dried out from swimming in the pool without a bathing cap, summer is a stressful time for my mane. Here’s a few products I have discovered that help you treat your summer hair needs.

Herbal Essences: Naked Dry Shampoo (4.9 fl. oz./$4.99 at Target.com)
THIS. IS. EVERYTHING.  I don’t know about you, but once I discovered dry shampoo existed it was a game changer for me.  I don’t like to wash my hair everyday because of it’s drying effects, the management of having to dry my hair etc.  Enter, this delightful dry shampoo for times when I’m lazy and don’t want to wash my hair, don’t have time or whatever the excuse is.  It’s also summer so sometimes my hair just gets oily and dirty from being outside, but then my ends are dry AF.  The price for this is awesome, especially with how much I use it (no judgements). Dry shampoo can run you upwards of $20-25 a bottle for one that works well.  I have tried numerous, and this is the best bargain for the product.  It smells great, gets rid of the greasiness, without over drying your hair which is an issue I have run into with many of the inexpensive brands. Again, this is literally everything and I don’t know how I ever survived college without dry shampoo.

Dove: Style + Care Flexible Hold Hairspray (7 fl. oz./$6.65 at Amazon.com)
Weather is not your friend in the summer from humidity to wind it’s all over the place. This light hold spray keeps my top knot in place and my beach waves wavey, and that’s if that is what I want my hair to be doing.  Bonus, this smells great!

Redken: All Soft Conditioner (8.5 fl. oz./$16.50 at Ulta.com)
I love Redken products for hair, especially their all soft line.  This is the perfect way to keep your locks moisturized in the summer without stripping or over saturating.  Touchable, soft and smooth is the end result when using any of the All Soft shampoo, conditioner, or leave-in products.

Glam Bod!

Don’t forget t protect your beautiful bod with the right SPF, but of course you have to look your best so here’s a few makeup and body buys that’ll keep your skin and look fresh this summer.

Coppertone: Sport Continuous Sunscreen Spray (8 fl. oz/$7.99 at Target.com)
This goes without saying, but sunscreen is an absolute must in your pool bag this summer!  I of course, will look like a tomato if I don’t lather up, but regardless I have one word for you, Cancer.  So here’s the thing, it couldn’t be easier these days to apply sunscreen so there’s really no excuse. The Coppertone brand when I was a kid would gross me out with all of it’s thick gloppy-ness that would make a mess all over the back seat of my mom’s mini van.  But these days, they have upped their game with this super sleek spray.  Best thing: If you’re by yourself it’s easy to reach over and spray your back evenly.  No splotches, no awkward convos with your 2nd cousin removed at the family reunion with a “Can you get my back?” Let’s not make this weird request.

Laura Mercier: Tinted Moisturizer, SPF 20 – Oil Free (1.7 oz/$44 at Sephora.com)
If you’ve read any of my previous beauty updates, you know I love love love Laura Mercier makeup.  One of my faves is the tinted moisturizer and in the summer, I switch to the oil free version.  This is a great lightweight moisturizer and makeup solution in the summer.  The tint gives your skin the glow you want, the SPF protection protects your face, and the oil free formula ensures that you won’t clog your pores.  I love using this in lieu of heavy foundation in the summer.

Fresh: Sugar, Sport Treatment Sunscreen SPF 30 (.2 oz/$25 at Sephora.com)
You can tell I’m serious about protecting my skin, so it’s no different when it comes to my lips.  Winter automatically dries our lips so we resume maintenance of them then, but it’s super important to protect them year round!  I love the Fresh Brand’s Sugar lip glosses, so I was stoked when they released a summer sport formula!  With SPF 30, a delightful smooth glide on formula that leaves your lips soft and moisturized is perfectly natural way to accent your beach smile:)

Bare Minerals: Radiance powder (.03 oz./$21 at Sephora.com)
This whole contouring movement has got me like ???  I stick to what I know and Bare Minerals  makes it easy to fake it till you make it with a bronzer, blush and highlighters in various translucent shimmer shades and bolder bronzers and blushes that blend easily.  I love using them together, separate or even to add a little warm all over to my face.

Benefit: They’re Real in Beyond Blue (.3 oz/$24 at Sephora.com)
Summer is about having fun!  I love this funky take on mascara from Benefit, and it’s actually not that crazy lookin’ on either. I’m fairly conservative with my makeup, but it was suggested to me at the Benefit Counter when I was getting my eyebrows done that I put some of this bad boy color on the lower lashes to add some dimension and I loved it!  So if you’re not ready for a full on plunge to colored mascara, try it on your lower lashes, while using a regular black on the top.  It literally blows my mind how subtle but cool it is.  Try it!

Do you have any great makeup tips or fave products for summer?  Hit me up at NorthandRed@gmail.com, on social media or by commenting!

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Winter Beauty Update: Part 3, Treat Yo’ Hair

The last few weeks I have shared tips for your face and body, but hair care is totally important this time of year.  Condition, Condition, Condition is really what we have to do to keep our locks healthy during these dry times. Here’s some of my favorite hair products to make those tresses shine like the rockstar you are!

Treat Yo’ Hair

Volumizing Shampoo

Pantene: Sheer Volume Shampoo (12 fl. oz./$3.99 at Pantene.com)
With an ad slogan like “hair so healthy it shines” Pantene is a product that continues to service all my hair care needs with prices that won’t break the bank.  I absolutely love their volumizing products especially their shampoo. It gives you that weightless, full-bodied bounce to your hair with out drying it out.  In winter I am trying to keep the moisture in without drying it out.  Their shampoo is the perfect way for my hair to gain a healthy residue free lift that lasts all day.

Color Care Shampoo

Redken: Color Extend Magnetics Sulfate-Free Shampoo (10.1 fl. oz./$15.50 at Ulta.com)
When it comes to colored hair, I speak from experience that sometimes regular shampoo can wash out color faster than you would like.  Regardless of the brand, you want to make sure you look for a sulfate-free formula when you have colored hair.  It’s absolutely key to maintaining your color for a lot longer.  I recently fell in love with Redken’s Color Extend Magnetics products, not just because of the pink bottle, but because it actually works! It gently lifts dirt and oil, strengthens your hair and fortifies your colored hair to look healthier and helps your color last longer.

Conditioner

Garnier Fructis: Sleek & Shine Conditioner (13 fl. oz./$3.39 at Drugstore.com)
I’m not a loyalist to hair products, I actually believe that you should swith shampoos and conditioners periodically, because our hair texture changes, the weather changes, it’s always an uphill battle of change really.  However, I find that I always go back to Garnier’s sleek and shine products, especially their conditioner.  Not only does this product not break the bank and you can find it at your local drug store, it’s incredibly nourishing and helps strengthen my hair.  I try to make haircuts last longer than I should, you’re supposed to go ever 6 weeks when I go sometimes every 6 months!  So, this product is great at conditioning my ends to keep them healthier longer, so I can save that $ for my expensive salon habit when I do go:)

Hair Mask

It’s a Ten: Miracle Hair Mask (8 fl. oz./$30 at Ulta.com)
I know, a mask for your hair?  Like the same you do as for your face?!  And, my answer is absof***inglutely.  This seems like a lot of money to spend on something for your hair, but it’s not something you use everyday necessarily.  If you’re like me, most of the time shower time is like a get in get out let’s get on to the business of my day type of routine.  So, what’s great is while you’re doin’ your shaving and other things in the shower, just apply this all over your hair and let it sit for 4-5 minutes and it’s still going to leave you with super healthy, softer hair.  If you’ve got time, shampoo and apply this, then step out of the shower, wrap your head in a towel do some chores etc for about 15 minutes and your hair will be like WHAAAAT this is like a spa day!  Seriously, I can’t stress enough how much the 10 points that It’s a Ten promotes are actually true of all their products.  I just can’t afford all of them at once, so this is a good quick fix investment of their line;)

Leave In Conditioner

Redken: All Soft Heavy Cream (8.5 fl. oz/$17.50 at Ulta.com)
Redken, is one of those salon brands that I have grown to love and trust over the years.  Their prices are not always that over the top either for the quality of what you’re getting.  After you’ve showed and your hair is ready to go under the heat, I LOVE using this cream on the ends of my hair, because it really does feel soft!  This is great as a stand alone if you decided not to condition, or to give your hair an extra boost of moisture before drying it out with the heat from hair dyers and irons.  I prefer applying this product just to the ends of my hair, but if you’re feelin’ like you need that extra moisture go for it all over;)  Their All soft line is great, and really makes you feel like you have that touchable hair that movie stars have.

Leave in Conditioning Spray

It’s A Ten: Miracle Leave-in Product (4 fl. oz./$18 at Ulta.com)
Another it’s a Ten, Meghan!?  Yes, seriously, I know this stuff is expensive, but their Leave-in product is actually more affordable and more for the gal and go.  So, on days when I don’t have time to hair mask or feel like I just need a little extra conditioning after I towel dry my hair, I spritz this all over and it’s like a quick cocktail fix for my hair!  I love traveling with this, because it’s a great go to if their’s unpredictable hard water where you’re staying or even in dry or humid climates, this helps keep you hair in check from all the natural forces that fight out hair to look good;)  Try a travel sized one the next time you travel here.

Hair Spray

L’Oreal Paris:  Elnett Satin Hairspray, Extra Strong Hold, Unscented (11 fl. oz/$14.99 at L’OrealParisUSA.com)
I have a history of doing some FUNKY things to my hair, what can I say, it was the 90s/early 2000s.  So, when it comes to dramatic hair, this stuff actually holds your ‘do.  Not only does this stuff hold up ‘dos form the late 90s, but it’s also completely brushable.  I love to spritz this on my brush and comb through my hair after blow drying.  It keeps my hair in place, with out being plastered straight.

Dry Shampoo

drybar: Detox Dry Shampoo (3.5 fl. oz./$23 at thedrybar.com)
LIFE. SAVER.  So, I don’t wash my hair everyday… I know?! I live on the edge that way.  But, with Detox by drybar, it’s the perfect way for me to keep my look for another day without having to wash my hair.  Uplifts my tresses to look fresh, clean and like I did wash my hair that day:)

Do you have any great tips and tricks for how you take care of your hair in winter?  Hit me up at NorthandRed@gmail.com, on social media or by commenting!

Did you miss Part One or Two of my Winter Beauty Update?!  Check them out: Part One | Part Two.

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