Summertime Trends and Tresses

Spend all this time getting in shape for summer, making sure you are beach ready! The first day of summer arrives and you are ready to go…. until you look at your hair. It’s the same color and style as last year.

Finding that perfect color or highlights to flaunt under the sun is a bit harder than you think. Do you keep going with the sane trend you do every year or is it time to change it up? Or how do you wear your hair? Go for the beach wave look or pull it up into a messy bun?

Well with a little internet surfing, below are some of the trends and styles found. Hopefully it helps give you ideas!

Inverted French Braids

This hairstyle keeps all hair off your face so if you plan on doing any physical activity, this is one to keep in mind. It is a little tricky to remind yourself to pull the sections UNDER instead of OVER like a normal french braid calls for, but after a few times, this hairstyle can be finished within five minutes. The best thing about this hairstyle is that it can be in pigtails or a ponytail. Tutorial: Inverted French Braid Pigtails

Messy Top Knot

While I’ve never done a top knot (my curly mane would not allow it), I do see a lot of variations of them during the summer months. They look effortless and trendy but yet casual. It is a good one to try out for a beach day or a day spent on the water. Tutorial: Perfectly Messy Top Knot

Messy French Twist

Time to do the twist! This is probably the best hairstyle to do if you are in a hurry or just want to throw your hair up to get it off your shoulers. Again, I have never done this one (curse you thick cury mane!) but I have a ton of friends and family who do. Tutorial: Messy French Twist

Color

As summer approaches, everyone starts thinking about adding a pop of color to their hair to give them the perfect summer look. There are a few major trends that are picking up speed that you may want to keep in mind.

Adding Blonde

I feel like this trend will ever disappear completely. There are different tones that people use but there is always the addition of some blonde element to hair this time of year.

Dip Dye

The name sounds weird but basically the only thing you are really dying is the ends of your hair. A good example of this one is Taylor Swift who sported this hairstyle at her 2019 billboard music awards performance.

Reds

Even though many go blonde, red coloring is on the rise. I have seen a lot of people with different shades of red. From dark to a rose gold hue for highlights or a complete dye job.

More color trends: 5 Biggest Summer Hair Color Trends

Is there a go to style you save for summer? Or do you prefer to try something new? Love to hear from you! Until next time my lovelies!

Beauty Hacks

Most girls like to get glammed up every once and a while if not, every day.  While this can be fun, there are some tips that you can use to help protect your skin as well as help your makeup stay on all day/night.

1. Use a Primer

This is a simple and key step if you want your makeup to last all day. There is primer made for your entire face as well as for your eyes. Applying this before your usual makeup, and it will stay on a lot better throughout the day.

I always struggle with getting eye shadow to show up as pigmented as it looks in the pallet. If you spray your eye shadow brush with setting spray, or even just water, before putting the eye shadow on, it will help it to pick up more of the pigment.

2. Clean Your Brushes

Foundation and concealer brushes should be cleaned at least once a week. This helps prevent product from building up in them. For other brushes, such as ones used for eye makeup, they should be cleaned every other week.

They sell cleaning solution made specifically for makeup brushes at stores such as Walgreens. They also make special boards that allow you to clean them. I made my own board using a plastic cutting board and hot glue. It was very cheap to make and is very effective. I’ll post a picture of it below.

3. Don’t Keep Makeup for too Long

Makeup doesn’t always have the longest shelf life and keeping it for longer than recommended could cause irritation to your skin.

Below is a chart that I found from belletag.com that tells you how long you should really keep your makeup for.

4. Wear Sunscreen

Wearing sunscreen now is better than having skin cancer later. It is an extra step in the morning, but if you know you are going to be outside, put some on, even if you just put it on your face. I like Neutrogena’s sunscreen the best, as it doesn’t make my skin feel oily and I can still apply makeup over the top. There are also some foundations that have SPF in them.

5. Remove Your Makeup

Do not go to sleep without taking your makeup off. It can clog up your pores and cause you to break out. It only takes a couple of minutes to grab a makeup wipe and clean off your face.

These are just a few things you can do to keep your skin healthy and make sure your makeup is looking fresh all day long. Until next time lovelies.

Facial Fun

Face Masks are a great way to de-stress and relax. You can put one on right before bed or before you take a bubble bath. There are so many different face masks on the market from sheet masks to clay masks, and now they even have roll-on face masks. There are also many different scents and formulas that each have their own benefits.

Lavender

Lavender is known to be relaxing. I will typically use lavender scented face masks before bed, as it will help me relax and allow me to fall asleep faster. These are also a great option for when you are feeling stressed throughout the day, I tend to do a lot of these during finals week.

Oatmeal Based

Oatmeal based facemasks moisturize your skin. It is said that the oatmeal hydrates your skin and gives you a natural looking glow. It also helps to get the dirt out of your pores, making it a good option for you if you have acne.

Charcoal

Charcoal face masks have become more popular in recent years. Like the oatmeal based masks, they clean out your pores and help to treat blackheads and acne.

Sheet Mask vs. Clay Mask

Sheet masks are a really easy, convenient way to do a face mask. You simply take it out of the package, put it on your face for 10 minutes, and remove. With these, you do not have to get your hands dirty rubbing the clay ones over your face.

I personally prefer clay masks. I feel like compared to the sheet masks, they make my skin softer and it feels more “natural”. They are more inconvenient in that you have to get your hands dirty to put it on, and then go and rinse it off your face when you are done. There are benefits and cons to both, so choose whichever works for you or switch back and forth between them.

Personal Favorite

I just recently discovered my new favorite face mask of all time and it is the Olay Mask Clay Sticks. These take easy face masks to the next level by letting you roll it on while getting the effect of a regular clay mask without the messy part. They have a few different options depending on what you are using the mask for. I have tried the Glow Boost one so far and it gives my skin a natural glow while making it feel extra soft as well.