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CURRENT FAVORITE

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PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

As a hairstylist I’m always looking for a favorite new product or tool. Sometimes the thing you end up loving the most was right under your nose the whole time. Undone texture is having a mega moment right now and for the most part we want our FLAT IRON WAVES and CURLING IRON WAVES to look less pattern-y and a bit more natural.

When I discovered my CURRENT FAVORITE PRODUCT for undone texture, it was a total accident. I’ve shared a trick before that involves this spray waaaaay back in 2011, remember? That’s exactly what I was doing– adding a little moisture back into the hair so I could keep curling until I got the texture I wanted. But when I sprayed that superfine mist over the waves and scrunched it in, what I got was a gorgeous diffusion of the waves I had made with the iron. It just took the overly “styled” look away. It’s hard to believe my favorite new trick is simply WATER, but it is. A lot of people are probably wondering if this can be done using a regular spray bottle, but I’ve found that it’s not the same. Regular spray bottles put out too much water at once causing the hair to become too wet which will then cause it to return to it’s natural texture or go flat. There’s definitely a big difference in the fine mist from THIS ONE and any other sprayer.

Above I’ve shown you the finished look. Below are some photos as THE SPRAY is being used. You want to avoid spraying it at the root and focus more from middle to ends. Just a little will do. Then scrunch it in. Avoid pulling on the hair or dragging your fingers through it when it’s wet because you will drag the waves out and flatten your hair.

Here’s the “before hair” with some very subtle waves using a 1 1/2″ barrel iron.

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Spray a light veil of water, focusing middle to ends and all the way from front to back. Begin scrunching right away.

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Once you’ve scrunched all the water in, let it air dry. Scrunch a little more if you need to.

 

 

 

 

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The waves and texture will come together as it air dries. This hair was prepped with MOUSSE when it was wet, before blowdrying. So you’re really using the hold from the mousse as well when you add the EVIAN SPRAY. If you try this, let us know! Would love to hear if you love it as much as we do!

Beauty Bites

POST/PHOTOGRAPHY/GRAPHIC DESIGN BY NORAH CURLEE

We are officially in the final countdown for the summer season to begin! We don’t know about you, but when it’s a zillion degrees outside all we crave is something refreshing, light and more often than not, something involving WATERMELON. If summer had a mascot, this gorgeous fruit would definitely be it. This beat-the-heat, picnic staple fits the bill in the beauty benefit department as well as having a major yum-factor. Whether you slice it up and chow as is, or incorporate it into a fun dish a la today’s recipe, we think everyone should have this farmstand favorite on hand all season long!

Before we get into the recipe (well, more like an easy assembly of yumminess!), here’s what you’ll need and here is why you need it!

1. PINEAPPLE: We think it’s impossible to eat a bite of pineapple and not suddenly feel like you are on a tropical vacation (all the more reason). Pineapple has huge amounts of vitamin C and manganese, both of which are primary antioxidants working to fight free radicals; promoting anti-aging. It also contains vitamin B-1 which is a major energy booster. More energy = being more active and that radiates from the inside out!

2. Oh hey there, WATERMELON: We just love you and your beautiful pinky-red self. It’s because of that pinky-red hue that watermelon contains lycopene, an anti-imflamatory and well-known anti-oxidant helping to neutralize those pesky free radicals. The more antioxidants in your diet, the more protected your skin is from pre-mature aging and pollutants.

3. CUCUMBER: Cucumbers are very high in silica, which is essential for building and maintaining strong nails, bones, teeth and promoting hair growth. Not to mention the flesh of a cucumber is 96% water…hello hydration!

4. BASIL: You won’t be able to avoid these big green bunches of fresh basil come summer time…and we aren’t complaining! Eating raw basil can help purify your blood from toxins. This is most helpful if you are blemish prone!

5. FETA CHEESE: Now this one doesn’t exactly rank super high on the benefit meter…but this recipe was just begging for its crumbly, salty goodness. We couldn’t resist!

Now that we have our fresh ingredients, sharpen your chef’s knife and get choppin! You’ll want to dice everything as small as you can.

So, to make our Watermelon Tartare, we used a ring mold to layer our ingredients (you can also use a biscuit cutter). Of course you could just add your chopped ingredients to a bowl/plate, but we were obsessed with how easy it was and what a presentation huh?

We started with cucumbers at the bottom, pineapple next, then watermelon, feta and finished off with pretty basil confetti. Then you gently lift off the ring mold and VOILA!

We are picturing this cute, yummy idea at just about all of our summer BBQ’s. This has Memorial Day and July 4th written ALL over it. Our heart is bursting with watermelon emojis!

ENJOY!

Do you use watermelon in any unique recipes? Plan on trying out our watermelon tartare? We want to know! Leave us a comment and dish.

 

Tickled Purple

Post + Graphic Design by Norah Curlee

 

With the new release of Pantone’s Color of 2014, Radiant Orchid, we’ve been inspired to dig deep in our arsenal to round up some of our favorite purple-hued beauties (and found some new favorites along the way). Blending both cool and warm undertones, purple is an appealing hue for distinctive combinations and flattering to many hair, eye and skin tones. It’s making its way onto our vanities and into our closets and we aren’t mad about it!

Makeup Forever Powder Blush in Lavender: A little goes a long way with this gorgeous violet hued blush. Treat your apples to something other than the peachy/pink variety! We especially <3 this for darker skin tones.

OCC Lip Tar in Hoochie: Only for the bold! This isn’t the first time we’ve mentioned these uber pigmented lip tars…and we love this unique color! We think it’s perfect to paint on your pout on days you’re feeling particularly vibrant.

Gizmon iPhone Case: You’ve heard us RAVE about this amazing iPhone case…but now we are tickled purple that it is available in a certain radiant orchid.

MAC Pigment in Pink Pearl: Pigments are perfect for a subtle wash of color or built up for an intense statement. This beautiful magenta with a blue duo chrome shade is perfect for patting on the center of the lid to amp up a natural look!

Revlon Just Bitten Balm Stain in Darling: Definitely the most tame of our selection, this is a totally wearable/every day option. It’ll gives your au naturale days a little something special!

Pantone + Sephora Lipstick in Radiant Rush: You can count on Sephora to bring out some amazing beauty bits inspired by the annual Pantone shades…we particular love this year’s lipstick in Radiant Rush. Gorgeous!

Nordstrom Travel Brush Set: Who doesn’t love travel friendly makeup brushes? We definitely do! Especially when they look this good/come with the cutest case ever.

Sachujuan Silver Shampoo: Brassy blondes listen up! This purple hued wonder, in a few washes, will renew your cool toned blonde and rid of any unwanted warm tones. A radiant miracle!

YSL Ombre 5 Lumieres in Indian Pink: This gorgeous shadow quintette offers endless orchid-inspired eye looks. Purple is the word!

Rebecca Minkoff 5-Zip Crossbody Bag: This trendy hue is starting to creep more and more into our closets…and this bag is a good place to start! This bright pop of a cross body is like candy…only its practical and you can carry things in it!

Zoya Nail Polish in Charisma: Take this trend to your tips! Glossy and gorgeous, especially on a shorter nail with a few midi-rings. We see some Instagram shots in your future.

Have any radiant orchid inspired beauty goodies? Let us know in the comments!

 

 

His/Hers

Post by Sarah St. Lifer, Graphic Design by Norah Curlee

Gone are the days where stealing kisses and his over-sized sweatshirt mark the extent of your thievery; it’s time to raid his stash. Look, we’re not asking you to take up a sudden interest in golf or put on a tie; just hear us out. While we love girly frills, pink packaging, and an over-abundance of floral essence; sometimes you just want a product that cuts to the chase and gets the job done…and done well. Enter a slew of hidden gems that you won’t find in our “section” of the store. Whether you sift through his medicine cabinet or decide to go bro-centric on your next shopping trip, we’ve mapped out some of our favorite “boys only” bits that are definitely worth adding to your arsenal.

 

1. NO7 MEN’S ENERGIZING HAIR AND BODY WASH: Ever wonder how guys can pull off a 5 minute shower? It’s because of products like this…and If you’re a pixie haired-pretty, this one’s got you covered from head to toe. Formulated as a shampoo, conditioner and body wash; this bad boy is a multi-tasker! So, if you haven’t the time to wash, rinse, and condition; this is a great way to streamline your shower time.

2.  ACQUA DI PARMA EAU DE COLONE: Ok, technically this fragrance is unisex (sharing is caring), but Acqua di Parma definitely deserves an honorable mention. The classic cologne is a perfect blend of Sicilian citrus fruits, lavender and rosemary — a season-less scent that’s a nice change of pace from the usual sticky sweet spritzes.

3.  CLINIQUE’S M PROTECT SPF 21 DAILY HYDRATION: Think about it: not only does a man’s face have to endure the same conditions as a woman’s (harsh sun, blistering cold winds, cheek kisses), but also the added element of regular shaves. Because of that, a lot of moisturizers for men are great for those with sensitive skin — plus, added SPF is something we can all get on board with.

4. TOM FORD NEROLI PORTOFINO BATH SOAP: Just because you are venturing into the men’s side of the spectrum doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice luxury. Many thanks to you, Tom Ford. Leave it to the designer to create a bath soap that is not only practical, but down-right sensual. You definitely won’t oppose the deep amber undertones when it comes time to suds up!

5.  KEIHL’S EYE ALERT: Though you and your beau may take your coffee differently, you both can agree on one thing: caffeine is key. So, snag this energizing eye treatment that features vitamins and caffeine — a.k.a. essential ingredients that will do you a solid by reducing puffiness and dark circles.

6. SHAVEWORKS COOL FIX: Razor burn, bumps, ingrown hairs, redness…all problems that both sexes have to put up with. This soothing blue gel can alleviate all your shaving and waxing woes. And if its gentle enough for the face, then its gentle enough for your…ahem…bikini line.

7.  GILLETTE MACH 3 TURBO: When it comes to razors, the men’s offering sets the bar. If something is designed to closely shave the complicated curves of the face, imagine what it can do for your stems! This one has a pivoting blade to help you get those stubborn spots like ankles and behind the knee. Well played, Gillette.

Ever swipe anything from your man’s stash? Have a favorite product from the boys section? We want to know in the comments!