31 days to a prettier 2017 : look cute, be cute

January 24, 2017By stephanie

By now, the winter season is possibly taking it’s toll on you; everyone gets hit with a bit of blahs before the end of January and it doesn’t quit until at least the end of February. It might be time for a pick me up!

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Day 24 : January 24

Pick up a bright new makeup bag!

It could be something that you find at The Dollar Store that makes you smile … or it good be one of those cute ones from Sephora with the funny phrases on it. It doesn’t matter just as long as you love it and it makes you smile every time you open it up to start your day. If you’re smiling before you even start your makeup routine, you’re already looking good!

Happy shopping!

TIP : Make sure you choose a bag big enough to house everything you consider a “must have at all times”. Pack it up with all the stuff you would want to have on hand if you had to do your makeup in  the car or at the gym.

HOMEWORK : Before you buy, consider what you love and don’t love about your current makeup bag or storage system.  If you need to keep things separate, only choose a makeup bag that has compartments. If you need to keep tools and brushes in there as well, look at ones that have pockets to hold brushes and a plastic flap over it to keep the rest of the bag clean.

31 days to a prettier 2017 : and on the seventh day …

January 22, 2017By stephanie

It’s Sunday again! 

Day 22 : January 22

It’s time to rest again. 

But today, do it in style. Wear a luxurious face mask for 30 minutes. Meditate. Brush your hair 50 strokes to make it nice and shiny.

However you rest … make it feel like a million bucks!

Goodnight!

31 days to a prettier 2017 : clean yourself up …

January 21, 2017By stephanie

If you are like any other women in the world, it’s probably super rare that you get to have a really good shower and wash, yes? It’s not that you aren’t hygienic or don’t shower … you just don’t have the time to do things as properly as you would like to.

Well … it’s Saturday … and you’re going to give yourself just that.

Day 21 : January 21

Give your hair a good wash. Give your body a good scrub.

Most days of the week, if you’re lucky before work, you jump in the shower, throw around some body wash, massage through some a 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner and jump right back out before you can say “I need coffee”. You’re clean … but you don’t feel like you did anything. For me – the power of a shower is EVERYTHING. You step out of the real world for a moment. You think about nonsense. You think about deep stuff. Heck – some of my best decisions happen in the shower. SHOWERS are essential to a balanced life.

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Today, take the time to shower and really clean up. Start by lathering up your hair for a good shampoo.While your hair sits with shampoo for a few moments, use a body scrub to exfoliate your body. Rinse away both your body scrub and rinse out your shampoo. Move on to a deep conditioning treatment. You can either use an actual deep conditioning product or hair mask if you wish, but in a pinch, leaving on your regular conditioner longer but also in a liberal amount can also do the trick. Apply your conditioner or mask from root to tip, focusing more on the ends of the hair twist up high on your head and secure with a jaw clip.

While you’re letting your products sit, move on to another task you normally rush through – hair removal! Whether you shave or epilate, now is the perfect time to do a thorough job leaving your skin super smooth. Once you’re done shaving, finish up with your soap or body wash. From there, go ahead and rinse out your hair mask or conditioner, using a wide-tooth comb to detangle and tame your hair.

Turn off the water. Grab a towel. Dry off.

Done. And well done. Hope you made some good decisions!

TIP : I’m guilty of having the hottest showers ever. But I know deep down, it’s not good for me, my scalp or my skin. If you must have a hot shower, do it in intervals. Perhaps just in the beginning for a minute or two, and then right before you step out. Switch between warm water and cooler temperatures in between.

HOMEWORK : No homework – it’s Saturday!

31 days to a prettier 2017 : head to toe beauty …

January 20, 2017By stephanie

Over the past 20 days, we’ve focused on beauty from all angles top to bottom – so why stop? Beauty is not just about makeup, it’s about how you feel!

Day 20 : January 20

Start a dry brush routine!

I’m a huge fan of dry brushing the entire body. It’s a quick and easy way to exfoliate the entire body from head to toe, while also promoting detoxification and circulation. It’s even been known to help reduce the appearance of cellulite (yes, please!)

To dry brush, you just need to invest in a firmly bristled dry brush with a long enough handle to reach all over. Brushes are available almost anywhere they sell body care items, so it shouldn’t be too hard for you to find.

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Using your dry brush, you want to use short brisk strings in an upwards motion, starting at the legs and working your way up to the stomach, arms, and your back (which is where a long handled brush comes in handy). Experts suggest 10-12 strings per body part before moving on to the next area. The best time to dry brush is early in the day, right before you jump in the shower.

YouTube has plenty of instructional videos to see how its done. And you can Google and shop around for different brushes.

Brush away!

TIP : Be firm with your grip and pressure … the exfoliating action plus the deep pressure will get your day started off right.

HOMEOWRK : Make it a habit. Even if you just have two minutes before you jump in the shower, dry brush. Eventually, it will become an automatic practice (like brushing your teeth) and you’ll do it on autopilot each morning!

31 days to a prettier 2017 : lash extensions, microblading, balyage …

January 19, 2017By stephanie

There is nothing wrong with asking questions. And there definitely isn’t anything wrong with being an informed consumer. Today I want you to *think* about stepping out of your beauty safe zone … and simply inquire about a beauty procedure that may have crossed your mind once … or twice.

Day 19 : January 19

Get more information about a new beauty trend or procedure you want to try (or have thought about).

Whether it’s lash extensions, fusion hair extensions, permanent makeup or Botox … today you’re going to call up a studio, salon or clinic that offers that service and ask questions and request pricing information. You may even book a free consultation.

Often times, we think it would be cool to do something but freak ourselves out because we’re way to comfortable in our own lanes and fill our minds with excuses and our own uninformed opinions. New beauty procedures like microblading for the brows or microneedling for fine lines/anti-aging are becoming more and more popular by the minute, yet we still hold ourselves back because we think we know what it might be like, but if we are really honest – we don’t.

By calling up a professional in the field, you’re going to give to yourself the real deal about {insert your desired procedure here}. You’re going to hear them out, get the full deets on all the benefits, and REALLY listen to what the “scary NOT scary” things might be about the procedure itself and the aftercare. You’re going to become informed.

Once you’re done your call and/or consultation … you can finally make a real decision about whether or not you want to move forward with said procedure. 

Get your pen and paper handy!

TIP : Call more than one place. Not only is it good for price comparison, but you can also compare what the esthetician, artist or medical professional at both companies say.

HOMEWORK : After you have spoken with your chosen salons or spas, make your own pros and cons list about what you learned.