Friday, August 29, 2008

The Hair Diaries

Hair is an important beauty factor when it comes to any girl, especially one that is in college. Hair needs to be treated well. Some tips to keep your hair healthy, shiny and strong are as follows:
  • Any regular conditioner can be used as a deep conditioner. Just leave it in for about 5+ minutes while your shaving, ect.
  • Give your hair extra shine by turning the water to cold right before getting out. By running cold water through your hair you close the cuticle, which gives off shine.
  • Try to avoid using your blow dryer, straightener, ect. Major damage occurs with the extreme heat of these products. Try air drying your hair with a leave in conditioner, wavy, natural hair is back in!
  • Skip washing your hair every other day by using a dry shampoo on your scalp. My recommendation(and favorite) dry shampoo is Oscar Blandi Pronto

You can also use dry shampoo if your in a hurry to get to class or if you want to freshen up your hair in the middle of the day. This is a lifesaver for time in the morning.
Sephora carries two sizes of the Pronto, and at $11 & $19 each, it's by far a steal because it lasts forever. An aerosol formula of the Pronto is also available.
  • Using your conditioner on your scalp and head? Don't if your hair gets oily in the middle of the day. Use shampoo on your scalp and conditioner on your ends, ect. The wash-off from the shampoo is enough to clean the rest of your hair, and there's no need in drying it out! Even the best shampoos sometimes strip the hair too much.
  • Try to avoid putting your hair in pony tails. Major breakage can occur when it is tied up in the pony tail holder. If your hair is in your face, use bobby pins and a headband, not only is this a hair saver, it also looks chic and cute!
  • And as always, get a hair trim about every 6 weeks or so. By getting off the dead ends, your hair not only looks healthier, but it can grow to great lengths!

Ciao baby.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

I've recently been inspired to re-decorate my bedroom. God forbid my hgtv and interior design obsession probably provoked. I've been feeling stressed out in my room and I need to cool down the deep maroon and darker colors.
Z Gallery has inspired me once again with these window panels:

and who doesn't love a new duvet cover?

I absoluty love wallpaper patterns, and it is a huge trend, as you can find it on almost everything. Remember, when decorating, to not go crazy with colors or patterns. Always stick to 2-3 accent colors and by basing big things with neautral colors, everything will seem to flow so much better. To make a room feel more luxurious, mix different textures to create depth and deminsion to the design.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Glow all year long

So let me start this week off with one of my newest and must have products that I recently discovered earlier this summer. With skin cancer warnings becoming way more apparent, it is important to stay out of the sun,and the sun beds, to not only prevent cancer, but to also prevent premature aging and everything bad that comes with prolonged exposure to the rays.

Xen-Tan is by far the best self tanner that I have ever used. Most people have never even heard of it, which really surprises me since it is so amazing. The color is beyond dazzling, a deep, natural olive tone color, and it lasts for about a week, more importantly. It smells like cherry almond, which is the best scent experience with any self tanner I have used. It can be used on both the face and the body, which is always a plus!
As with any self tanner, you have to scrub your hands after application to avoid staining.
  • My advice is to put hand cream on before the self tanner so it does not sink into the skin.
  • Another point is when applying the tanner to your face, mix it with your face moisturizer to dilute the color, giving you a natural face glow.

With summer coming to an end, it's always nice to have that safe golden glow all year long. My recommended self-tanner is most definitely Xen-Tan!

Xen-Tan can be purchased at either;

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