Your Iron Can Do More Than Just Straighten

Flat Iron Styling Tricks

My flat iron won my personal VIP beauty award the day I first used it. In just minutes, it took my thick, wavy, sometimes uncontrollable hair under its wing and transformed it into the smooth, silky, straight hair of my dreams. And for years, I used it solely for that purpose—to combat my hair’s natural texture and give it a sleeker appearance.

 

But did you know that flat irons are capable of doing so much more? At the time, I didn’t, and now that I do I regret wasting so much valuable flat iron time using it only to achieve one style! Here are several fun, chic styles you can achieve using your flat iron.

 

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Get Cool, Beachy Waves

 Who knew? It turns out a flat iron can give you those beachy waves all of us covet throughout summer. The easiest way to achieve the look is to begin by braiding your hair. My preference is to create three or four braids, but this is dependent on your hair’s volume. (Even one braid works if your hair is on the fine side.) Follow by running your flat iron over each braid, slowly working down and applying gentle pressure. When you’re done, undo each braid and run your fingers through your hair for an effortless, tousled look. Finish with a spritz of TIGI Session Series Salt Spray ($13.99) to increase the textured finish and combat humidity.

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Curl Your Hair

You can also use your flat iron just like a traditional curling iron—and in many cases, you might even achieve a more natural looking curl with your flat iron. To get a tight coil with heavy bounce, grip your hair between the iron’s plates just as you would if you were straightening. As you slide the iron down, slowly twist the iron in your hand so that your hair wraps around the barrel of the iron. It should wrap in a complete rotation. Hold this for a moment before gently releasing the hair. It should fall into a bold curl. If you want to loosen the curls up, run a comb or your fingers through your hair and shake it out. For great results, try FHI HEAT Eps Black Diamond Digital Hair Iron ($168.89). Its one-inch size makes it easy to achieve many different looks.

 

flat-iron-s-waveCreate a Vintage “S” Wave

Ever wish you could emulate the glamorous look of your favorite old-world screen stars? I do, too—and if only it was as easy as waking up in the morning and being as naturally elegant as Hollywood’s most classic sirens. But a flat iron can do at least a portion of the job just as well. The vintage “S” wave is one you’ll recognize immediately. It’s associated with the Roaring Twenties, a look that’s just so iconic you can’t help but appreciate its beauty. The easiest way to get the look is to push a section of hair into an “S” shape (best achieved by pushing it upward), clamping down on this section with your flat iron, and holding to set the wave. Then repeat, working your way down until your entire mane is complete. Hold the waves with a setting product, like Big Sexy Hair Spritz & Stay Intense Hold Fast Drying Hair Spray ($14.99).

 

 

The Dos and Don’ts of Hair Removal

Ah, womanhood. It’s great and all, but if there’s just one tiny niggling complaint we have, it’s that hair removal can be such a beast. And because summer is fast approaching, that means it’s time to pay a little more attention to our body hair and develop a game plan. Get ready to bare some skin with these helpful dos and don’ts that will make removing that hair a breeze.

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Do baby your skin. Nothing says “Hey, I just waxed my upper lip!” like a patch of bright red skin below your nose. The fact is that waxing is irritating, and thus your skin requires a little TLC post-treatment. Get yourself involved with Anthony Logistics’ Cool Fix Rollerball Lip and Brow Formula ($14.29). This innovative product contains soothing Mediacalm complex, exfoliating salicylic acid, anti-inflammatory caffeine, and free radical-busting grape seed extract. They work together to instantly relax freshly waxed skin, preventing both discomfort and telltale redness.

Don’t wax right before a special event. Your skin needs to breathe, so the last thing you want to do is apply makeup over it.

Do be prepared for an ingrown hair or two. It’s not a given that it will occur, of course, but who wants to be stuck with a larger-than-life bump that seems to be getting bigger by the minute? Ingrown hairs can occur if you wax too soon after your last treatment, if you shave against the grain, or if you neglect to exfoliate. Invest in a jar of Bliss Ingrown Hair Eliminating Pads ($28.99) and, guaranteed, those pesky painful ingrowns will be a thing of the past. This potent, saturated pad gently exfoliates skin with a combination of alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids, leaving skin soft and smooth.

Don’t expose your skin to anything that has the potential to irritate it right after waxing, such as sunlight, self-tanning booths, hot tubs, or swimming pools.

thumb-products-that-will-let-you-give-up-shaving-foreverDo remember to moisturize, especially after you shave your legs. Ever notice that they feel a little tight and itchy after you step out of the shower? This is usually due to hot water irritating your skin or a razor blade that isn’t fresh. A product like DermOrganic Hand & Body Moisture Lotion ($18.69) is ideal for soothing skin. It’s rich in Moroccan argan extract and helps protect the skin’s natural barrier.

Don’t apply a heavily scented moisturizer or fragrance to freshly waxed skin. Any type of alcohol can trigger a jolt of discomfort that will linger far longer than you’d like. Just say no, ladies.

Blondes Rock the Oscars: How can I get that hair?

J-Law aka Jennifer Lawrence seems to be just about everywhere from dating the lead singer of Coldplay to leading the charge in the Hunger Games and now rocking the red carpet with a Best Actress Nomination for Joy with hair that left us wishing we had the look!

With shoulder length locks with long layers, J-Law’s platinum blonde LOB (long bob) with golden highlights is not hard to achieve with the right products and can go formal or casual for whatever your life requires.

Snag the look by:

  • Start with straightening shampoos and conditioners.
  • Apply Strong hold gel while hair is damp (towel dried).
  • Blow dry and straighten each strand to complete the look. (Be sure to use a protective oil during straightening process.)
  • Tease it at the root to get some extra volume and set.

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Cate Blanchett – She’s always been a blonde stunner but this short and classy hairstyle finished the Oscar look for Cate Blanchett. Nominated for her role in Carol, the Australian beauty chopped six inches off her blonde tresses that graced her strong jaw-line to create the sexy look that turned heads on the red carpet.

Transform the cool, choppy bob into a sleek, Oscar-quality do with a blow dry, a few curlers for volume and add texture with a texturizing finishing spray.

 

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Rachel McAdams – Nominated for best actress for the movie Spotlight, Rachel McAdams seemed to want to show off as much skin as possible; from her thigh high slit in her deep green gown to her pulled back blonde hair to highlight the skin of her stunning face. Here are the steps to grab the look:

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Saoirse Ronan Nominated for best supporting actress for Brooklyn, Ronan rocked a young and fun blonde style at this year’s Oscar celebration. Smokey eyes and a deep green Calvin Klein dress were complimented by her loose, textured blonde waves. A volumizing mousse and blowout can get you to the 21 year old’s red carpet look.

 

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The 2016 Oscars were full of entertaining glitz, glam and a yearly treat for movie lovers. The blondes that rocked the red carpet turned heads with a variety of styles that are easy to access with affordable products. All these tools and products (and many more) are available from The Beauty Place , the online beauty stop for all your award-winning looks.

HOW TO USE COLOR-CORRECTING CONCEALER

e4c1e95614e72952bc7ff4a5a908ca9eConcealers are like erasers in a container. Blemishes, dark circles, pigmentation – this product does it all.

Even the staff that is low maintenance on makeup during the week use concealer religiously.

But which color should you use? The editors at TheBeautyPlace.com have categorized the issues by color – we got you covered!

Match Your Skin Tone

Use a concealer that matches your skin tone to conceal blemishes.

Green

Green concealers are great for those that battle dermatitis, rosacea or even a mild sunburn. By using it after priming and before applying foundation, it helps conceal redness triggered by any of these skin conditions.

Lavender, Lilac

Also to be applied after priming skin and before foundation, lavender concealers helps neutralize sallow, yellow tones to brighten skin’s appearance.

Yellow

Another complexion brightener, yellow concealers helps soften signs of redness while adding warmth to the skin.

Salmon, Pink

Ideal for dark circles – hands down. (We also have heard about a red lipstick trick to conceal dark circles, so this totally makes sense!) Use it especially to remove blue or gray undertones. We wouldn’t use it anywhere else on the face though so keep it to the area to avoid any skin blotchiness.

Do you have any other suggestions for concealers? #WeWantToKnow

Beauty Tip: Double your matching skin tone concealer as a primer for eyelids and lips if needed.

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Quick Beauty Tip – Use Shimmer As An Eye Enhancer

quicktip-highlight-inner-cornerThis quick beauty tip can come in handy year round!

In order to make eyes stand out, apply shimmer eyeshadow to the inner corner of the eye. This technique has a brightening effect. It reduces the appearance of dark circles and is a great alternative to black eye liner around the eyes.

Try it out – day or night!

Stay beautiful!

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Quick Beauty Tip – From Lipstick to Lip Gloss!

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Have you ever bought a lipstick color that you thought would suit you better as a lip gloss? Well you’re in luck! We have the solution for you.

What you will need is:

  1. Lipstick
  2. Toothpick
  3. Vaseline or Petroleum Jelly
  4. Double Boiler (or 2 pots that fit into each other)
  5. Stove  (NOTE: If you are under age please have a parent help or supervise you 🙂 )
  6. Contact lens case or an empty gel liner case.

First, fill your double boiler with water in the bottom container or fill the bigger pot with some water.  Bring the water to a simmer. Then, get your lipstick and twist it until the whole thing shows. Use your toothpick to cut the lipstick into the other pan. Grab some Vaseline/Petroleum Jelly and put it in the same pot. The more you use, the sheerer it will be. Put the pot into the boiling water and watch it melt. When it has completely melted, pour out the contents into the contact lens case (great to travel with) or in the empty gel liner case. Put it in the freezer so it can cool off and voila! you have your new lip gloss 🙂

Quick Beauty Tip – DIY Lip & Body Scrub

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With the ending months of winter and the incoming months of spring, you don’t want to be the girl who has a fabulous manicure accompanied by dry, cracked hands. Here in Florida, winter seems to be nonexistent but no matter where you are or what season it is, we all should take 5 minutes to make this scrub at home with stuff you probably already have.

Scrubs give you the opportunity to increase the circulation in your body, have glowing skin, sensuous lips, and are great exfoliants! A two-for-one recipe, this DIY works wonders for your entire body and pout!

Here’s how it’s made:

  1. Get 1/4 cup of coarse sugar. If you don’t have coarse sugar, you can use brown sugar or salt
  2. 1/2 lemon
  3. 2 Tablespoons of coconut oil
  4. 1/8 cup of Olive oil
  5. Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl until the coconut oil chunks have disappeared. Once it’s done,  it should be a creamy consistency.
  6. Scrub your hands with this for 2 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water. Do not use soap! This allows the remaining oils to stay on your body and soak in.
  7. Pat dry with a towel

I love, love, love this scrub! It leaves my skin baby soft! But if you do not have time for that just use the Bliss Lemon + Sage body Scrub & the Bliss Fabulips Sugar Lip Scrub. You’ll love the results!

Quick Beauty Tip – DIY Cellulite Scrub

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If you’re a coffee drinker like I am, you’ll benefit from this easy DIY scrub that gives you the biggest bang for your buck! Women everywhere battle with the appearance of cellulite on their bodies and are constantly searching for alternatives to reduce dramatically the appearance of it.With the coffee grounds from your coffee, you can create a moisturizing cellulite scrub that is both cheap and effective.

Here are the facts:

The majority of women have it.
Cellulite affects 90% of women, no matter their body size. Whatever misconceptions there are about cellulite being something to be ashamed of are wrong!

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Tutorial Tuesday – Quick Updo

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Have an event or holiday party coming up? Do you already have the perfect outfit? Is your hairstyle still up in the air?

Then try this quick updo that looks fun and elegant at the same time! In just a few easy steps you’ll be ready to strut your stuff with a hairstyle that looks like it took hours to perfect.

  • Pin back your bangs, or the front section of your hair and add a little volume for some oomph.
  • Take a section from each side of your hairline and bring together into a twist at the back of your head.
  • Twist the section around your finger and pin into a small bun. Pin and hold your  hair in place with bobby pins.
  • Repeat steps 2 & 3 until all your hair is twisted and pinned into a line down the back of your head.
  • Shown are five small buns but you can adjust this to suit your hair thickness and length.

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5 Tips for Choosing a Daily Facial Moisturizer

applying-moisturizerDermatologists recommend using a daily facial moisturizer as part of a skin care routine. Gently cleansing the face removes dead skin cells, dirt and bacteria, but it also strips the skin of needed hydration. Water in the skin keeps it plump and smooth, whereas dry skin loses elasticity, making it more prone to developing wrinkles.

Facial moisturizers, which are usually lipid-based, lock in that water by either blocking it from escaping from the outermost layer of skin (occlusive moisturizers) or drawing water from the inner dermis toward the top the of skin (humectant moisturizers) [source: American Academy of Dermatology].

It’s better to apply them to damp skin, and they should cover the face as well as the neck.   To avoid unwanted breakouts and excessive skin care expenses, follow these five tips to help you select the right daily facial moisturizer.

Know your skin type

During the day, does your face tend to stay dry, or does it develop a greasy sheen? Do you have any fine lines or an uneven skin tone? The answers to these questions help determine your unique skin type.

Dermatologists have designated 16 different skin types, based on the following four categories:

  • Dry or oily
  • Pigmented or non-pigmented
  • Wrinkled or tight
  • Sensitive or resistant

Knowing which skin type you fall into makes it much easier to pick the right daily facial moisturizer. For normal skin, you’ll want to choose a non-greasy, water-based variety with silicone-derived ingredients; heavier oil-based products with mineral oil and glycerin better suit drier skin that feels dry and taut after washing.

Take Note of the Weather

The time of year that you shop for a daily facial moisturizer can influence what type you should buy. When the weather turns warm, it may be time to lighten up on your daily skin care routine. With a more humid atmosphere and increased perspiration, thick moisturizers may trigger seasonal breakouts. If your skin suddenly seems like an oil rig, consider switching to a lighter, non-greasy formula. For winter a richer lotion may be necessary to prevent the face from drying out.

Don’t Let Price Fool You

Pay attention to the ingredients. If you have sensitive skin, look out for fragrance-free and oil-free options. For oilier faces, keep your eyes peeled for noncomedogenic (non-clogging) formulas [source: Mayo Clinic].  They do list ingredients in order of amount. By scanning the fine print, you may find that even generic brands offer the right combination for a much better price.

Look for Enriched Formulas

A simple daily facial moisturizer plumps up otherwise dry skin cells to help erase fine lines and smooth your skin’s overall texture. Certain vitamins and antioxidants may stimulate collagen production in order to maintain elasticity in the skin and promote skin cell repair.

Among nonprescription additives, the vitamin A compound retinol has shown the most promise for temporary wrinkle reduction. Synthetic hydroxy acids are commonly found in moisturizers as well; they’re meant to exfoliate dead skin cells and trigger new skin cell growth [source: Mayo Clinic]. Soy compounds may even out skin tone and build collagen fibers that give skin its smooth texture. Vitamin C is also thought encourage collagen production, although it doesn’t interact well with vitamin A (which retinol is derived from).

Sunscreen Is a Must

The most important additive in a daily facial moisturizer is sunscreen. The ultraviolet rays (UVA and UVB) from the sun rob the skin of hydration, leading to wrinkles, skin damage and possibly cancer. By applying a face lotion with sunscreen in it, you can protect your skin from premature signs of aging and maintain a healthier appearance. Dermatologists generally recommend a moisturizer with at least an SPF 15 to adequately safeguard against the sun.  Remember to re-apply if you’re out in the sun for more than 2 hours.

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