No Heat Hairstyle : Headband Curls

Hello! Today I have another no heat hairstyle for you! I love curling my hair, but it is very time consuming, especially if you have long hair! This hairstyle only takes about 5 minutes to do, and gives you great curls overnight! Let’s get started!

What you will need:

-soft headband
-hairspray

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Start off with hair that is about 90% dry. You want to make sure that your hair is not so damp that it won’t dry by the morning. I just wet my hands a little and ran them through my hair.

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The next thing you are going to do is put the headband around your head, on top of your hair. Make sure that the headband is above your ears and pull it down almost to your neck.
Then, divide your hair into 2 sections. Take the first piece and just start wrapping around the headband.

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Combine the section that you just wrapped with more hair, and keep wrapping.

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Keep wrapping the hair until you get the the back, and the start with the front of the other section.

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Keep wrapping the sections of hair until all of the pieces are wrapped around the band. Then spray it with hairspray, and go to bed!

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About 10 hrs later…

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WHOA!

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I ran some of this Super Skinny Serum through and it helped with the frizz.

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So, as you can see, this hairstyle gives you really tight curls. You can take bigger sections of hair and wrap them for looser curls. These curls did not fall at all. I love this style, and it was so much easier than using a curling iron!

Hope you guys liked this no-heat hair! Let me know if you try it!

Thanks for reading 🙂

Friday Favorite – Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

Hi Guys! Today’s Friday Favorite is a makeup brush that I like to use when I apply liquid foundation. This brush is The Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman Expert Face Brush. This brush retails for $8.99 at Ulta.

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Real Techniques brushes are very affordable, and they were created by Samantha Chapman, who has her own website and makes online beauty tutorials.

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The Expert Face Brush is great for applying liquid or cream foundation, and is a firm yet soft bristle brush that makes you look “pixel perfect even in harsh light”, and “gives high definition results”. I definitely agree with these claims. This brush makes your foundation glide on very smoothly, and gives a really even finish.

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The bristles are very soft, and the “dome” shape of the brush makes it really easy to buff the foundation into the skin.

If you are looking for a brush to apply foundation with, I would recommend this one. I own many of her brushes, and I am very happy with the quality of them!

Thanks for reading, have a great weekend! 🙂

MAC Sweetie Lipstick Dupe

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Hi Everyone! Today I have another MAC lipstick dupe for you! This lipstick is called Sweetie, and it is a pretty, medium pink-berry shade with a slight shimmer. This color is similar to MAC’s Plumful lipstick, but a tad lighter and more frosty. This lipstick is a lustre finish, which is my favorite finish for MAC lipsticks. I like lustres because they go on sheer, but you can build them up for more color. They are also very shiny.

So the dupe that I have found for this gorgeous lipstick is Revlon’s Colorburst Lip Butter in the shade Berry Smoothie.

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Here is a swatch on my hand. On the bottom is Sweetie, and on the top is Berry Smoothie.

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The only different between the two is that Berry Smoothie is glossier than the Sweetie lipstick. These Revlon Lip Butters are the shiniest lipsticks ever! You can add some clear gloss to Sweetie and get the same effect.

Here they are on my lips, Sweetie is on bottom, and Berry Smoothie is on top.

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They look identical to me! MAC Sweetie retails for $15, and the Revlon Lip Butters are around $6, depending what drugstore you go to.

Hope you guys liked this post, have a great day 🙂

All About Eyebrows

Hi Guys! Today’s post is all about how I do my eyebrows. I am not telling anyone that this is the way to do eyebrows, or that you should do them this way…I am just telling you how I do them! Doing my eyebrows is important to me because I feel like it helps frame my face, and I think it gives a more polished look. I prefer very natural looking eyebrows, so I don’t use a lot of products, and I don’t like them to look drawn on. I also prefer a thicker eyebrow; I do not think thin brows suit me. Here are the products that I use:

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Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in the shade Brunette/Dark Brown, Anastasia Clear Brow Gel, Real Techniques Eyebrow Brush

The first thing that I do is apply my brow powder. This is basically just like eyeshadow. In fact, you can use pretty much any matte eyeshadow color for your brows. I know MAC’s Omega is a good color for lighter hair, and Espresso is a good color for darker hair. I am sure there are a lot of other drugstore colors too. Just make sure that the colors don’t have any shimmer (lol) or red undertones.

I like this brow powder because it has 2 different shades, one lighter, and one darker. This powder is VERY pigmented, and you have to make sure to not get a lot on your brush. Use a very light hand while applying. I take my eyebrow brush and dip it very lightly, and I usually just mix the two colors together. You want to make sure to focus most of the color on the outer half of your brows, and use whatever is left over on the brush for the inner half. Use short strokes to get a natural look.

I have had this brow powder for over a year, and I have used it pretty much every single day, and it barely even looks used! This retails for $20 at Sephora.

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The last thing I do is apply the clear brow gel. This helps to set the powder, and it helps to keep your hairs in place all day. Honestly, you don’t have to buy this kind, Maybelline makes a clear mascara that does the same thing. I got this as a 100-point-perk at Sephora, and that is why I am currently using it.

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Here are before and after pictures:

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You can definitely tell a difference in person when my brows are done. It makes the whole makeup look just come together.

Hope you guys liked this post! What are your favorite products to use on your brows?

Thanks for reading, and have a great day!

Sales and Promotions at Sephora! August 2013

Hi everyone! I thought I would take a minute and let y’all know about some sales/promotions going on right now at Sephora!

SEPHORA BY OPI NAIL COLORS:

All Sephora by OPI nail polish are 3 for $10! Selection is limited, so get to your local Sephora to pick some up! These polishes normally retail for $9.50, so this is a great deal. They are also on sale online for $4.50 each, which is also a great deal.

OPI is my favorite brand of nail polish, the formula is really creamy, and it never streaks. They have a great color selection. I picked up 3 colors, a purple cream color, a metallic gold, and a copper glitter topcoat.

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From left to right: Domestic Goddess, Keep Me On My Mistletoes, and Traffic Stopper Copper

BEAUTY INSIDER 100-point perks for August:

If you don’t know about Sephora’s Reward Program, you need to sign up! It is a rewards card where you get a point for every dollar you spend at Sephora. Once you get 100 points, they have little sample size products that you can redeem your points for. If you save your points, they also have 500 point perks.

I had about 275 points accumulated, so I redeemed by points for a mini Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in Happy Birthday, which is a gorgeous multi-colored glitter, and a mini Dior Lip Maximizer with Collagen.

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These 100-point perks are a great way to try out high end products without having to pay full price. Sephora is about to start carrying these Deborah Lippmann nail polishes, which retail for $17 at Nordstrom. The Dior Lip Maximizer retails for $31 for the full size at Sephora.

FREE BIRTHDAY GIFT for 2013

Beauty Insiders also receive a free gift on their birthday! This year the free gift is a Benefit set called Real Birthday Turn-Ons. In this set, you receive a mini Benefit They’re Real Mascara, and a mini Benefit Watt’s Up Highlighter Stick.

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I have tried out both of these products before, and they are great products. The mascara is really nice, it gives volume and length without getting flaky. The highlighter is a pretty golden color that gives a slight glow when applied to the cheekbones.

Hope you guys liked this post, let me know if you want reviews/demos on any of these products, and also if you want me to do more posts like these!

Thanks for reading, have a great rest of the week!