Labor Day Sale 2012

We Can Do It!

Labor Day is not just a day off work or a no school day for the kids. It is an American federal holiday that celebrates the economic and social contributions of workers. It also reminds us that summer is almost over! Before you go out to have fun and celebrate, check out the awesome Labor Day Salewe are having. It is a great opportunity to grab your favorite top brands at affordable prices. We created a gift guide with a selection of hair care and skin care items. We even included Amika styling tools, the uber-popular Clarisonic Mia, and Macadamia hair care! Here we list our favorites!

Clarisonic Mia sonic skin cleansing system is to us what the face washcloth is to your grandma. This super effective cleansing system cleanses your face of dirt, oil, and makeup every day. It will help you achieve clear and smooth skin. It is gentle on sensitive skin and alleviates acne-prone skin. $94.99

Macadamia Natural Oil Luxe Travel Set includes the brands best-seller’s in travel size for your weekend away. It includes everything to wash, condition, and style your hair! $19.98

Travalo Refillable Perfume Spray easy fill system allows you to carry your favorite scent without having to lug around a fragile bottle. It is perfect for travel or simply to carry in your purse. We are proud of this wise investment! $9.94

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How to Do an Upside Down French Braid with a Bun

Upside Down French Braid

If you’ve noticed, the braids being posted on Pinterest or on your favorite blogger’s website are not like the braids your mom used to do when you were little. The braid we are in love with, and want to share with you is called the “Brunch Braid” or the upside-down French braid with a bun. You can wear this braid anywhere you go, and it’s much more interesting than your go-to hairstyle – the ponytail. This amazing hairstyle keeps your hair tidy and makes you look polished! Here are the step-by-step instructions and what styling tools you will need! Enjoy!

1 strong pony holder
1 thin pony holder
1 sock
Bobby Pins

We are pretty sure you have all of these materials at home. Let’s get started!

Step 1: If you are on 2nd or 3rd day hair, great, if not, it’s ok. But it will be great because your hair has had time to spring back if you have styled it in anyway.

Step 2:Flip your head upside down and brush your hair.

Step 3:While upside down, grab a small chunk of hair from the nape of your neck and begin to French braid.

Step 4:Continue the French braid untill you’ve gone two-thirds of the way up your head. Fasten the braid with a thin pony holder.

Step 5:Flip right side up and brush through the top of your hair. Take a strong pony holder and and create a high pony.

Step 6:Take your sock and cut off the toe. Then roll the sock into itself until you have a donut. Then slide the donut over your pony.

Step 7:Pull your hair around the pony so you have the shape of a bun. Begin to fold the excess hair under the bottom of the bun and fasten with a pony holder.

Step 8:Pin bun into place.

Step 9:Spray flyaways with a hairspray like TIGI Rockaholic Fun Times Hairpsray. The hairspray gives awesome hold, yet your hair stays soft and not crunchy!

Step 10:….and there you have it!

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How to Choose the Right Makeup Foundation

Choose the right makeup foundation

The use of makeup to enhance our complexions is as old as time. The Ancient Egyptians used foundation, and ancient Greek women applied white lead powder to lighten their skin. We live in the 21st century, makeup is more versatile. It is formulated with healthier ingredients, and can even target specific concerns like blemishes and wrinkles. So why can it take years for us to figure out which foundation works for our skin and which shade complements our skin the best? Here, we feature foundations for every skin type and help you learn how to choose the best coverage for your skin care needs!

Coverage refers to how much a specific makeup will conceal. There are numerous terms that makeup companies use, but once you know the “foundation” (no pun intended) of the word, you will be able to decipher through the various terms, how much a product conceals or covers.

Sheer is the most transparent. It does not hide discolorations on the skin; however, it can minimize the contrast between the discoloration and the rest of the skin tone.

Light can cover unevenness and slight blotchiness, but is not opaque enough to cover freckles.

Medium tinted (instead of translucent) powder, cover freckles, discolorations, blotchiness, and red marks left by pimples.

Full is very opaque. It covers the most, it is not translucent at all. This coverage is used to cover birthmarks, vitiligo, hyperpigmentation and scars. It is also called “corrective” or “camouflage” makeup. It is found in professional makeup brands, and even used on stage! A professional makeup line that has it “covered” is Glo Minerals Oil-Free Camouflage.

Every one of us has different types of skin. They are classified as dry, oily, combination or for the fortunate ones, normal! This is why you see the different types of foundations. A person with dry skin cannot put on makeup that will dry their skin even more! Their makeup will look horrible and the purpose of concealment won’t work when makeup seeps into fine lines.

Dry skin needs moisture. Foundation for this type of skin should be of a creamy consistency and can be found in liquid foundation, crème concealers, or makeup company term “satin”, “luminizing”. A foundation we prefer for dry skin? TIGI Cosmetics Satin Liquid Foundation.

Oily skin does not need any more oil. Powder foundation or liquid foundation that is oil-free and that leaves a “matte” (term you should look for), or smooth finish is needed. Mineral makeup is perfect for oily skin because the dry particles absorb moisture. But sometimes oily skin is prone to breakouts, so a foundation with salicylic acid is favorable. TIGI Cosmetics Powder Foundation gives a light coverage, and you can use it as a setting powder. If you a medium coverage, TIGI Cosmetics Whipped Foundation is a winner.

Combination skin is dry and oily in certain places. Apply powder where it tends to get more oily to avoid shine on nose, chin, or forehead.

Normal skin can wear any type of makeup, but may choose the wrong makeup and end up with an oily face or use makeup that dries out skin and flakes start to appear. Look for makeup that is oil-free, but still supplies a little moisture. A great foundation for this type of skin is a foundation that is multi-purpose like a BB cream. A 3-in-1 formula that works as a foundation, sunscreen, and provides anti-aging benefits is our go-to favorite, TIGI Cosmetics Mineral Tint. It is oil-free, water resistant and contains antioxidants. It is not called a BB cream, but sure resembles one!

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At-Home Spa Day!

At-Home Spa Essentials at

For some of us, long gone are the days of weekly manicures, bi-weekly root touch-ups with the stylist, and expensive spa treatments. Our budgets may have changed, but our routines are still the same. Get the kids ready for school, go to work, come home and organize the house, prepare dinner, get the kids to bed…you are still not done right? Fit into your schedule a day of sweet indulgences by having an at-home spa day. The International Spa Association defines the word spa as “places devoted to enhancing overall well-being through a variety of professional services that encourage the renewal of mind, body and spirit.” Use our tips and find the best beauty products at discounted prices that will make you feel like a million bucks in the comfort of your own private spa — oops, home.

First, set the atmosphere by grabbing your plushest bathrobe, lighting a few candles, and preparing a nice pitcher of “spa water”. Spa water is basically a refreshing drink with a main ingredient – water. Take a look at our favorite recipes below.

Citrus: Slices of oranges, limes, and lemons.
Melon: Slices of watermelon and limes.
Mojito: Sliced fresh pineapple, a slice or two of fresh ginger, handful of mint sprigs.

Second, try a natural manicure. You will only need nail polish remover, cotton balls, a wooden cuticle stick (does not have to made from wood), and a cuticle oil like OPI Avoplex Nail and Cuticle Replenishing Oil. Why natural and no nail polish? We want you to be pampered and relaxed not stressed by painting your nails and making sure to stay inside the lines!

Use the nail polish remover and take off any nail polish you have on. Next, apply the cuticle oil, and wait 30 seconds. With the cuticle stick, gently push back cuticles. You are done! Your nails and cuticles are being treated with avocado oil, vitamins, and antioxidants.

Third, decongest your pores with a mud mask like June Jacobs Pore Purifying Mud Masque. This masque is paraben and preservative free and contains natural antibacterial extracts like geranium, lemon peel and rosemary. You can leave this mask on for up to 30 minutes. It leaves your skin feeling clean, soft, and refreshed. You will also notice a fresh glow!

Your hair goes through a lot! The sun, styling tools, ponytail holders, and your dye job take a toll on your tresses. Deep condition your hair just like a professional stylist would. Aquage Healing Conditioner repairs and strenghtens weak or damaged hair. This rich conditioner nourishes hair with sea botanicals, increasing moisture and elasticity. Leave it on for 10 minutes. Enjoy the results!

A highly effective hydrating cream for the entire body;Murad Body Firming Cream is ideal for hands, arms, legs and knees. It increases skin firmness by 40% in 15 minutes. Skin with cellulite and stretch marks will benefit extremely. Not only does it improve firmness and elasticity it provides moisture to dry skin.

Go to to find all your beauty essentials. Enjoy your at-home spa day!

TIGI Rockaholic Fun Times Hairspray

TIGI Rockaholic Fun Times Hairspray

Long gone are the days when your hairspray made your hairstyle look like a helmet. Imagine hair so stiff it had to be washed everyday and once in place you could not change the hairdo. Hairspray is very different now and TIGI Rockaholic Fun Times Flexible Hairspray true to its name. Style your hair with confidence because this hairspray holds your hairstyle in place while keeping your hair soft with no crunch or sticky feel. So effective, you can brush your hair and your hairstyle won’t lose its shape. An added bonus, for all the curling iron users, apply the hairspray before using any styling tool, and it will protect hair against thermal damage. Any method that saves you time when styling your hair is alright with us! Try this super versatile styling product. It will have a hold on you! The best beauty products at discounted prices are at

OPI Germany Fall 2012 Collection

The days of summer are almost over, and we will soon welcome fall. The OPI Germany Collection features 12 fantastic shades ranging from a beautiful taupe called “Berlin There Done That” to an edgy looking sapphire named “Unfor-greta-bly Blue”.  Check out the rest of the OPI Germany Collection.

While we are on the topic of nail polish, with Fall comes the cooler temperatures and your nails will sure need a little more extra care. OPI Avoplex Nail and Cuticle and Replenishing Oil contains skin loving Avocado Oil with super antioxidant Tocotrienol. Apply some on your cuticles to soften them before pushing them gently back, and apply it after your manicure to give your cuticles some more moisture. This oil is so nourishing and full of moisture you can use it on rough heels and elbows, too!

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PFB Vanish

PFB Vanish

Ingrown hairs are also known as razor bumps or shaving bumps. They sound as unpleasant as they look, and simple things like using a new razor can prevent them; but what if you take all the precautions and ingrown hairs still show up?

PFB Vanish is a skin care product formulated to aid in the relief of ingrown hairs and razor bumps. It’s a great benefit for men and women who shave, wax, have undergone electrolysis treatments or laser hair removal. Imagine a no mess way to apply a formula with ingredients that soothe skin and prevent infection!

PFB Vanish can be used on any part of the face and body, and works by using exfoliating ingredients like salicylic acid, willow bark, and glycolic acid to gently life ingrown hairs. Results are visible within 48 hours, and it’s the best and safest way to deal with this pesky skin ailment.

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How To: Wake Up To Gorgeous Hair

Wake Up to Gorgeous Hair!

Leave your hair wet overnight? What results do you see in the morning? Not good. Before going to bed try one of these quick how to’s to eliminate bed head! 😉

Wake Up To Waves

1. Spray on BioSilk Beach Texture. It contains silk, moisturizer, and texturizers to help achieve beach waves.
2. Section your hair in quadrants and tie hair into tight little buns.
3. Take ponytails off in the morning and scrunch hair a little bit. Like the waves?

Wake Up To Less Frizz

1. Sprits on a hair treatment like Agadir Argan Oil Spray Treatment.
2. Comb thought with a detangling comb. You will find the argan oil in this hair treatment makes hair soft and manageable.
3. Wrap your hair in wide curlers or secure hair with bobby pins wrapping hair around two fingers width first.
4. Take pins off in the morning. Notice hair is less poofy with light waves?

Wake Up To More Volume

1. Apply Bio Ionic Thermal-Active Bodifying Blow-Dry Spray. It contains a nano-ionic formula that produces natural negative ions and promotes soft, shiny hair and prevents frizz.
2. Blow dry your hair before going to sleep. (Just trust us.) Tie your hair into a low ponytail to avoid dents or reach for a scarf and secure hair so that it doesn’t get bent when you are tossing and turning.
3. The next morning, reach for the dry shampoo, and spray some on your roots. Part your hair the opposite way from the night before. This will give you more volume and save you some time in the morning! Yay!

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How To: The Perfect Smokey Eye

The Smoky Eye Kit

Do the smokey eye look with Glo Minerals Smokey Eye Kit. Smokey Eyes are alluring, sexy, and mysterious. It’s the perfect way for your eyes to do the talking. Here we give you a step-by-step on the perfect application! Enjoy!

Step 1 – Apply a primer around the entire eye area. Your makeup will glide on and stay crease-free.

Step 2 – Apply a concealer around the eye area. Pay attention to the inner corners of the eyes.

Step 3 – Using an all-over lid brush, apply a neutral color (think vanillas, butterscotch, bisque and champagnes) from lash line to brow bone.

Step 4 – Line eyes with a dark pencil (We absolutely love TIGI Cosmetics Eyeliner – Black eyeliner), gel, or cream liner – something you can smudge. Line the top and bottom. Don’t apply near the inside corner of eye.

Step 5 – Use a Q-Tip or the smudgie of the TIGI Eyeliner and gently smudge. No hard lines should be seen.

Step 6 – Apply a shadow that reflects light. One that you see is shiny on your makeup palette. Apply in the corners of your eyes, and sweep it right underneath your eyebrow.

Step 7 – Use an eyeshadow that is in the same color family as the eye shadow on your lid, but lighter. Apply it above your lid, on the outer edge of your crease. Then, using a loose blending brush, blend the shadow in a circular motion. Blend the crease shade slightly up and inward. The crease should be darkest at the outermost corner – gradually getting softer as you move towards the brow and the center of your lid.

Step 8 – Finish your look by defining your brows. A strong eye look needs a defined brow. Try TIGI Cosmetics Brow Sculting Duo – Brunette.

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TIGI Cosmetics Mineral Tint

Due to their multi-tasking properties as a moisturizer, primer, foundation, and sunscreen; BB creams became a hit in the 1980’s mainly in the East and Southeast Asia. Recently, they are being introduced on our side of the world by some major big brands.

Any makeup that “multi-tasks” can be called a BB cream. Take a look at TIGI Cosmetics Mineral Tint. We are in love with this 3-in-1 formula. It acts as a foundation, sunscreen, and provides anti-aging benefits with its antioxidant ingredients. The fact that it is water-resistant and provides SPF 20 protection means it can become a beauty regimen staple on busy mornings.

Apply about a dime-size amount on fingertips or damp sponge. When you first apply TIGI Cosmetics Mineral Tint, it may appear to be overly bronze, but the color changes as it dries and sets (2 to 3 minutes). It will work as a primer so you can apply the rest of your makeup. If you choose not to apply makeup, it’s alright! You have to apply sunscreen anyway!

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