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 : give yourself a manicure …

January 12, 2017By stephanie

The prettiest girl is the girl who’s smiling. And you can’t smile if you’re feeling over worked, overwhelmed, and stressed out. As we are closing in on the end of week two of our beauty guide, it’s another day to pamper yourself and zone out.

Day 12 : January 13

Give yourself a manicure.

It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, but it should make you feel like you’re taking a time out for you. Take some time to trim and file your nails, soak and push back your cuticles, and give them a buff ‘n’ shine. You can leave it at this and finish with a nice dose of hand cream to soften and smooth the hands as a whole.

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If you have a bit more time to indulge, go ahead and paint them. It could be a couple of coats of clear nail polish or a deep and dark vampy colour that’s almost as black as your heart. If your handy with your hands and have the tools, you can even try a new nail art trend like chrome or glitter powder accent nails.

Whatever floats your boat. Have fun tonight!

TIP : Have fun.

HOMEWORK : Have more fun.

31 days to a prettier 2017 : wear your hair differently …

January 11, 2017By stephanie

Yesterday, we made sure that you have a plan to get in to see your stylist for a cut or trim. Until then, you’ll need to create a diversion until you can come through with a fresh new style.

Day 11 : January 11

Style your hair differently.

Take a moment to practice and trysome new styles for your hair this evening. If you’re growing out your bangs, experiment with different braids and twists to keep them up and off your face. If you always wear your hair in a ponytail, try a half-up / half-down with some waves. Change your curly hair to something super sleek with a flatiron. I’m sure by now, you now where I’m going with this.

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Visit your Pinterest account and aim to try 2 or 3 styles that you like. Practice tonight, and then wear your hair in your chosen styles throughout the next few days at work or when out with friends. You’ll be surprised at how a simple change like adding a wave to your long length or moving from a centre to a side part can modernize your look in an instant. People notice!

Happy hairstyling …

TIP : Don’t worry about washing your hair before trying new styles. Sometimes, second day hair is better for volume, curling and manageability.

HOMEWORK : Challenge yourself to not revert back to your usual style (high bun, ponytail, jaw clip) – at least not for one day. Switch it up on the daily!

31 days to a prettier 2017 : have better hair days …

January 10, 2017By stephanie

We’ve focused so much on makeup in the past week, that we need to take a moment, step back and focus on the one thing that can ensure a great day, almost every day : your hair.

Day 10 : January 10

Get your haircut. 

Or at least make an appointment to do so. Soon. Maybe you are due for a whole new ‘do or perhaps you just need a trim and clean-up – whatever it is, get it done. 

A fresh new style, especially one that flatters your face, can bring forth a whole new confidence in your beauty game. It can also keep you out of a rut and keep your look current. Change is good. You can start off small with either adding in some layers or fringe or you can try a whole new cut all together like going short; a bob or pixie – take your pick.

If you’re not ready to make a big leap, then at least get in to see your stylist for a trim. Cut off the split ends and thinning length, trim your bangs, and freshen up your layers. Maintenance like this will ensure less bad hair days and less frustration with styling your hair overall.

And let’s not forget the other fun stuff … if it works with your time and budget you can consider fun stuff like a new colour, highlights, lowlights, babylights …etc. 

See your stylist … stat.

TIP : Dont’ ever go into your stylist and say … just do whatever. Images are always a good bet, even if you’re thinking of just some minor changes to your hair. IMages can hel to clearly communicate what you’re trying to achieve and better guide your stylist.

HOMEWORK : Make it a habit to see your stylist for regular trims and maintenance. Mark in your calendar when you’re about due and try not to stray to far from that date when booking in an appointment.

31 days to a prettier 2017 : It starts with your makeup bag …

January 1, 2017By stephanie

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Hello 2017! And Welcome …

If you ask me … I’m kinda glad 2016 is done with. If I see one more Instagram post or YouTube video of someone using a fork, or a dishwashing sponge, or a cut up silicone bra insert to apply their makeup, I will turn into She-Hulk and pummel them all. No special effects makeup needed. None.

The truth is, makeup and hair – beauty in general, really – does not have to be that complicated. You just need a bit of knowledge, some beauty tools, and plenty of practice to be your own Instragram beauty guru. No one knows your face better than you, and the same goes for your personal style. The only thing that’s missing is a bit of guidance to point you in the right direction and keep it simple. And that’s where I come in!

With the start of 2017, I’m introducing the 31-day guide to making more beautiful choices when it comes to makeup and hair. From today until the 31, the team and I will help you become your own beauty artist by providing the classic tips and tricks you really need to know. Shall we start? But of course, we shall …

Day 1 : January 1

Stores are closed and you slept in, so today is the perfect day to start with where people make the most mistakes with beauty : an overstocked, out of date, messy makeup bag. Am I right?

Take inventory of all the makeup you own. Gather it all up from all the different places you keep it : your purse makeup bag, your bathroom makeup jar, the lip balms in the junk drawer, the glosses in your pockets, the emergency stuff you keep in the glove compartment of your car. ALL OF IT.

Separate lipsticks with lipsticks, concealers with concealers, shadows with shadows, so on and so forth.

Start your edit with trashing what is expired and/or broken. Expired products includes anything you have had for more than 2 years (ew!), mascaras that clump, cream or liquid products that have separated or for sure changed colour or consistency. Broken cases, shattered powders – toss toss toss – who needs a messy stained makeup bag?

Next, put aside all the items you know you NEVER wear … those misguided purchases, or items gifted to you that didn’t really flatter you. These items can be passed down to a sibling or friend easily.

Once you have completed these two steps, you should be left with items you wear regularly (or possibly have doubles of), or wear for the right occasion. These items will most likely be representative of the colours you favour and that make you feel good, and products that work with your skin type.  Whoo hoo!!!  You’re now ready to restock your makeup bag (and drawers), but before you do, clean it all up. Wash your makeup bag. Sanitize your cream products and wipe down all your cases and compacts.

And … you’re done, Day 1! Congrats … I’ll see you tomorrow!

TIP : For all the products you just put back in the drawer, mark them with a dab of bright nail polish, or a coloured sharpie. Next year, when you repeat your clean out … you’ll know you have had the items for a year if not more. This will help you determine if the item is expired and should be trashed!

HOMEWORK : Create a list of the items that you need to replace – you’ll need this later on. You can also create a list of everything you own … to help you with future hauls at Sephora. Feeling super productive – create a swatch book : I carry a notebook with swatches of every lipstick I own … so that when I am thinking of purchasing a lipstick on a whim, I can determine if I already own a similar shade!