Having the right set of tools, like the trusty GHD hair iron, can make getting perfect hairstyle really easy. But just like our hair needs some extra TLC from time to time, so do our tools.
Think about it, when’s the last time you gave your hair iron a good wipe-down? While you generally use a hair iron on clean hair, the products and serums used for styling can build up on the ceramic/metal plates. This buildup can cause uneven heating and in turn damage your hair.
The best way to clean your iron is wiping it down with a bit of white vinegar. The vinegar will dissolve any oils or dirt accumulated on the plates and leave your hair iron looking good as new!
Our skin and scalp shed every 28 days, which means there is always dead cells and oils being secreted onto our scalp. With the addition of serums, oils, styling products and dry shampoos into our daily routine, sometimes shampoo just doesn’t cut it.
So if you notice your hair doesn’t have that squeaky clean feeling or is getting greasy too quickly, it’s probably time to give your hair a clean break with a good dose of a clarifying shampoo. Clarifying shampoo will essentially strip your scalp clean of all the buildup and allow it to breathe. That being said, use of a clarifying shampoo should be limited to once or twice a month to avoid all the natural moisture and oils being stripped away.
Now the question is what’s a good clarifying shampoo? There are surprisingly few choices in the market for this so I was happy to discover one that was on my bathroom shelf already – Philosophy’s 3-in-1 Shampoo, Shower Gel and Bubble Bath!
While I’ve been a fan of the Philosophy shower gel for a long time, I only thought of testing it out as a clarifying shampoo when I ran out of my regular shampoo. Even with my hair covered in a pre-wash oil treatment, just one wash with this left my hair clean and shiny without the excessive dryness. And what’s not to love with scents like Coconut Frosting and Vanilla Birthday Cake!
Do you have any products that perform double-duty in your routine? Share below!
I tend to avoid wearing foundation on weekdays and prefer using a tinted moisturizer or BB cream instead. However, in the past few weeks I’ve been job hunting and hence had several interviews to attend. In these cases, I prefer a more flawless look but didn’t want the full coverage of foundation so what to do?
The secret is the prep step of moisturizing. I normally apply moisturizer with my fingers and then apply foundation a few minutes later with a brush. For a lighter, dewier finish, apply the moisturizer with your foundation brush first. This allows the foundation to be well distributed across your face and coats the brush with a layer as well. Next, take about half the amount of foundation that you normally use and blend into the face. It will quickly melt into your skin and as a perk, there will be less product left over on your brush!
And if you aren’t already using one, I highly recommend a stippling brush for foundation application. Also known as a skunk brush, I prefer Mac’s #187 Duo Fibre Stippling Brush for all liquid/cream applications.
How do you apply your foundation? Share in the comments below!
This is a special New Year’s edition of Tuesday Tip. Instead of sharing a specific tip, here are some ideas of beauty resolutions that could help us all out.
Develop a nightly skincare ritual
- Remove every ounce of makeup each night. If you’re lazy, stash some baby wipes in your nightside table. No excuses on this one!
- Cleanse your face before going to bed and apply a serum (I’m a fan of this one) while your face is still damp.
Always look your best (This is one I’m personally going to work on)
- Take off chipped nail polish immediately. Nail polish wipes are good to stash in your purse/office desk drawer.
- Create a Beauty Maintenance calendar. I use a separate Appointments Google calendar and put in reminders for eyebrow threading, haircuts, waxing etc.
Beauty comes from within
- Drink 10-12 glasses of water a day to promote that healthy glow
- Invest in healthy supplements such as Omega 3-6-9 and Biotin
Have you made any beauty resolutions of your own? Share them in the comments!
This is our weekly section, Tuesday Tip. No matter where you work, Tuesdays tend to be the dullest day of the week. So to combat the general “meh”-ness, we bring to you a quick tip to perk up your day!
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Tuesday Tip – Issue 24 – At-Home Mani
If you follow me on Instagram, you know I have a slightly unhealthy addiction for bright manicures. And while I enjoy the occasional spa day, I prefer my at-home manis that allows me to take advantage of my growing polish collection.
One of my tricks for a super shiny mani that last longer is multiple thin coats and letting them dry properly between each coat. To ensure a perfect application, I prep by wiping the nail bed with a clean facial blotting sheet (Boots has a good one for a great price). The sheet picks up any residual moisture/oils that could prevent the polish from adhering properly. And there you go – a shinier, longer-lasting mani!