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Red, Brown and Blonde Weave


As a hairstylist, it’s not all the time that I am asked to weave three opposite colors (red, brown and blonde) together and have them look natural. I used a weave pattern that worked really well!

Stay tuned for a free printable of this weave pattern. (This will come in handy if you are a stylist, or you can take the printable to your stylist to show him/her what you want!)

Henna Stained Lips


It you love DIY that may or may not be a little labor intensive, try this Beet Lip Stain Tutorial.

Or, if you are like me and just want something quick to do to get great lasting lip color at home, try staining your lips with lip henna.

My salon offers lips staining as a $12 add on service. Instead of going to the salon to get henna lip color, get your own to do at home! For the price you would spend to do it once you could get it to apply at home until the bottle is gone.

All you do is dip in a q-tip or a lip color brush, paint it on the lips and then wait until you have reached the desired color. Make sure that your lines are clean and even as this will stain exactly how it is applied. It is that easy.

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Natural Herbal Lip Stain(lip henna) as found on amazon.com comes in a variety of colors! I love this because it doesn’t come off on your teeth like some lipsticks and will last while eating or even kissing! The original place that I bought it said that it would last a week however I will be forthright and say it lasted me more like a day or two depending on how dark I did it (how long I left it on).

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Or  try this is a really unique mood lipstick / lip stain that I found on ebay.com. It will leave all your friends bewildered! It is a lipstick / lip stain that creates a color unique to everybody. It looks like it would go on bright green, but it turns out so pretty!

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Top lip without the green lipstick and bottom lip is with!

 

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Brazilian Blowout Explained


Most people have heard rave reviews for brazilian blowouts. But those same people may have heard the warnings and negative media hype about the formaldehyde and other toxic chemicals found in brazilian blowout.

If you are wondering, What is a Brazilian Blowout? Watch this quick video then return to see if this service it safe and right for your hair type.

I am a hairstylist and have gotten two brazilian blowouts so far. I really love how it makes my hair look and feel. I love that my dry-time is decreased by half, I love not having frizz, and I love having smoother, straighter, more manageable hair.

Despite how I like getting them, I personally choose not to offer them to my clients because of the possible chemicals that I would be exposed to on a regular basis. Moderation in all things it what I say. Do I believe its harmful to get a brazilian blowout once every 3 months? No, but how doing them 8 hours a day, everyday? Possibly.. Not worth the risk to find out.

When it comes down to things like this, it always comes back to a personal decisions and weighing the risks. This post is to provide you with enough resources to make a decision if a brazilian blowout is a good option for you.

Please comment with your opinion to help our readers!!!

PRO Brazilian Blowout

AGAINST Brazilian Blowout

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Something that you can ask your stylist is to see their bottle. Are they using the ZERO formaldehyde solution?

Are you a good candidate?

Is there an at home version of this?

There are many companies trying to replicate this because of how well it works. One that I found at Target.com is this Organix Brazilian Keratin Therapy. Read it’s Reviews here.

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Lip Scrub


Have your lips ever been so chapped that they are actually peeling!? I hate when they get that bad. It is a sign of dehydration. Sometimes I will do this divine coconut sugar lip scrub to get them smooth again. Here is how you do it:

After drinking a tall glass of water, mix together a pinch of brown sugar and a few drops of coconut oil in the palm of your hand. Put the mixture on your lips and rub rub rub. I usually don’t have enough to rinse it off afterwards because it is so yummy (it gets eaten as I go).

Then put on the lip treatment gloss from my earlier post.

Enjoy! Your lips and your taste buds will thank you for trying this!

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Dress For Less Fashion


I came across this website and it has completely blown my mind. NOT SURE HOW IT IS SO CHEAP.

There is so much under $10, I couldn’t help but share!!  I am all about saving money. Who isn’t!? 

You will either love me for sharing, or curse me for your new shopping addiction. Either way, you are welcome.

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MUSTACHE WATCH – $3.96

Here it is.. SammyDress.com

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Click to see the invoice!


Not including shipping which was about $30 for ALL of it. It does take longer to get to you than ordering from the US.

If you visit the site, come back and tell us via comment what you loved the most! Share this Post if you are as impressed as I am!

Photos Credit: All were all used directly from Sammydress.com of actual things you can buy.

(update) I ordered my items on 8/23/13 and received on 9/10/13. The everything besides the maxi dress that I ordered was perfect. The maxi dress had a different design on it. Still cute, but not exactly what I ordered. I think I will stick to accessories, makeup brushes and things that do not have to fit just right. Clothing is a gamble but I love the scarf and watch that I got.

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Quick and Easy Grey Coverage


If you are not quite ready to embrace the grey hair and are needing to to go to the salon every 4 weeks to cover grey hair regrowth,

YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THIS TRICK!

You can do it yourself at home in 30 seconds.

It is simply a Colored Dry Shampoo that will literally cover all the grey. There are many different colors and brands of tinted dry shampoo. Each brand with have  a different opacity. The above link is a more expensive version of colored dry shampoo, but will give great coverage. Feel free to browse other kinds and make sure they aren’t “a touch of color” or they may not cover well..

All you do is take the aerosol can, and

  • spray the tint on and surrounding your part
  • then brush your hair back and spray your hairline
  • massage it in with your fingertips

It’s so easy! You don’t even need to do all of your roots, just the ones that show. That way you can save on product and it will last you a long time! 

Something to consider: On the roots, it is important to use the same or a darker not lighter version of your hair color to look natural.

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Tips to Save Time in the Mornings


Feeling rushed in the mornings? Feel like you are leaving the house unprepared or always late? Here are some tips to help your morning beauty routine go a little faster.

      • Shower at night and use creative sleep hairdos like buns (two on top and two on the back sides) to prep your hair for tomorrows style or see these 5 minute hairstyles to inspire you. 
      • Quickly go over your legs/underarms with this wet/dry electric razor if you are wearing shorts or a tank top. Screen Shot 2013-07-22 at 11.55.50 AM [image source]
      • Wear eyelash extensions! I cannot tell you how these have much of a GAMECHANGER these are! You literally can go make-up free and be confident with these on and it only takes an hour every three weeks to get them filled. To learn more about these, read this blog.
      • Designate a place to hang your “next day” outfit (include shoes and accessories). I don’t know about you, but it takes me forever to stare into my closet with my tired eyes and to come up with something that works.
      • Use dry shampoo! This is the most invaluable tool for second-day hair! You can use it to get rid of excess oil  {this one is my favorite for oily scalps} or you can use it to add texture and volume to your limp locks {this one is the best for volume and texture}.


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    • If you must shower in the morning, wash your face and brush your teeth in the shower.
    • When you are running late, prioritize your makeup. Replace your usual regimen with a Tinted SPF Moisturizer, some mascara and lip gloss, good to go! (I actually keep these things in my purse at all times so I can do it on the go!)

    • Comine product uses. While you have your coconut oil out to remove your makeup, moisturize your legs with it too! Read more on combining uses.
    • Use inexpensive Foam/Velcro rollers to get great shape and volume in your hair while you get ready.

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  • This may be the easiest and hardest tip to make for  better morning, but if you don’t push “snooze” on your alarm, you will gain an extra 10 minutes!