Inspiration

Rockin' Retro Summer Looks Inspired by OPI!

OPI’s 2016 Summer Collection has arrived and we are officially ready to have some fun in the sun RETRO style! Say goodbye to this dreary June gloom because we’re feeling major 60s beach party vibes with this eye-catching summer series of nail polish. OPI’s Retro Collection is everything you want from a summer nail polish set. They’re bright, bubbly and just put you in a good mood. Retro styles were all the rave during Fashion Week Spring 2016, in particular, fashion designer Jeremy Scott’s runway show. From volumized ponytails, to heavy winged liner and bright lips, his show this spring was a blast from the past. We’re totally feeling the same foxy vibe this season with OPI! We decided to have a little fun in our Planet Beauty studio and looked to the summer collection for some inspiration. Makeup and nail polish go hand in hand and so we went all out 60’s beach party style!

Kiss Me Now, Kiss Me Later!

When you’re a busy woman on the go, chances are, you’ve got a full calendar on your hands. Between juggling your job, family life and social life, there’s probably little time to update and freshen up your look from location to location. Sure, you could run home and re-do your makeup if you’re going from work to a first date, but that’s just extra time you can’t be bothered with. One of the quickest ways to transform your makeup look from day to night is by simply changing up your lipstick. One of the best things about wearing lipstick is that it can make such a strong statement with little effort. On days when you’re not feeling your best, lipstick always has a way of making you look put together.  

For a fresh-looking daytime look, a soft pink pout is the way to go. Smashbox's Cognac lipstick instantly enhances the natural color of the lip while adding a beautiful glossy finish. Notice how minimizing the amount of eyeshadow draws attention to Vanessa's gorgeous smile! This particular shade of lipstick. Cognac is also a great shade for an everyday professional look or that first date you've been looking forward to. 

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A Fool-Proof Guide to Beautiful Insta-brows

Beauty trends come and go, but the interest in brows is still as popular as ever. Our brows set the tone for the rest of our face and can either enhance (if they’re done well) or distract (if they’re done poorly) from our entire makeup look. Any makeup artist will tell you the secret to beautiful brows every time is having the right tools handy, good product and lots and lots of practice. Even if you’ve fallen victim to over-tweezing, there isn’t a brow problem that can’t be handled with a little magic of makeup. We narrowed down our five favorite products to master the Insta-brow each and every time. If you’re looking to perfect your eyebrow game, do yourself a favor and check out our must-have products!

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Stylist Spotlight: Brienn Davis

Planet Beauty is home to many passionate and talented hair stylists and this month, we’re featuring Flowerhill’s own Brienn Davis. A licensed cosmetologist from the Marinello School of Beauty in San Diego, California, Brienn has developed her talent over the course of sixteen years in the industry. Her attention to detail and love of color has given her exposure with Modern Salon, American Salon, and Instagram. She is a 1st place winner for Behind the Chair where she competed against other hairstylists from other renowned beauty schools. This honor allowed her to become a published hairstylist in behindthechair.com on Paper Magazine. A wife and mother of three, Brienn keeps a busy schedule, but still ensures her clients receive four-star service each time they sit in her chair.

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Pictured: Brienn Davis

Brienn’s area of expertise is perfecting various blonde tones, seamless balayage services and sun-kissed, natural-looking highlights. She also enjoys the challenge of a color-correction service and has extensive knowledge when it comes to clients with thinning hair and hair loss. Her precision haircuts and knowledge of hair extensions give her an edge when it comes to working with various clients and she approaches every request with enthusiasm and passion. Whether a client is looking for a simple color change or a fresh new look, Brienn takes pride in her work to ensure a luxurious experience every time.

Going blonde for summer? Read this first!

Going blonde for summer may be the drastic hair change you’re looking for, but can also cause a major beauty headache if you don’t go about it the right way. Making the change from brunette to blonde isn’t impossible, but does require a few steps to avoid a blonde blunder. If you’re looking to lighten up this summer, follow our tips for a stress-free transition.

Plan ahead: If you have a big event in the summer or a vacation planned, think about when you would like to actually have your hair done. The last thing you’ll want is showing up to your cousin’s wedding looking like Carrot Top.

Visit your stylist for a consultation: For a drastic hair change, it’s important that you have a trusting relationship with your stylist. In other words, this may not be the best time to try someone new. Your trusted stylist will give you a realistic time frame and cost when it comes to going blonde and won’t want to damage your hair in the process. To prepare for your visit, take a few pictures and most of all—temper your expectations. They’re stylists, not magicians.

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Get your hair in the best shape of its life: To prepare your hair for a few bleaching sessions, you’ll want to have healthy hair. Use a professional quality shampoo and conditioner and treat your hair to a mask a couple of times a week if it’s really dry. Avoid using heat styling tools and try to limit how often you wash it.

Spoil Mom With These Top-Rated Beauty Tools

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, so if you’re strapped for gift ideas, we’re here to help! If your mom is always spoiling everyone in the family, why not take this day to spoil her? Sure, you could go the flowers and fruit baskets route, but why not go the extra mile this year and give her a gift she’ll be able to use year-round? If you want to make your mom feel extra special this year, check out some of the best beauty tools she’ll love.

T3 Voluminous Hot Rollers: These aren’t the hot rollers you might have used in the 80’s. These new and enhanced hot rollers were named a winner in Allure’s Best of Beauty and there are plenty of reasons for it. Made with T3’s powerful Tourmaline Technology, each roller is created with its own ceramic heater to give hair all-day volume, lift and shine. A velvet flocking gently grips hair and leaves behind beautiful shine.  This set of 8 large rollers comes in a luxurious compact case for easy traveling, too.

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Clarisonic Opal Sonic: If mom already owns a Clarisonic Skin Cleansing Brush, then take her beauty routine to the next level with the Opal Sonic, specifically designed for the delicate under eye area. The gentle applicator on the Opal device allows you to work the Anti-Aging Sea Serum under and around your eyes to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Using the opal daily will allow her other eye products to absorb better and give her satisfactory results.

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Master the No-Makeup Look With These Tips

Summer is right around the corner, which means it’s time to perfect the no-makeup look. This isn’t always easy to do, as it requires the right product, a super light hand and plenty of blending. If you can’t imagine walking out the door makeup-free, but still want to look more on the natural side, then check out some tips for achieving a beautiful, no-makeup look.

Prepping your skin: I believe in being dedicated when it comes to your daily skincare routine, but this is particularly important during the spring and summer months. Since the weather is warmer and you tend to perspire a little more, the last thing you want to do is neglect your skin and get lazy with removing your makeup at the end of the night. Since no-makeup looks work best with sheer makeup, you want to make sure exfoliate and hydrate your skin on a regular basis. The better your skin looks, the less you’ll feel the need to cover up.

Use a BB cream or cocktail your products: BB creams are great for getting that no-makeup look, but if you have a foundation already on hand, simply cocktail a tiny bit with your daytime moisturizer. Doing this will give you lighter coverage with a natural, dewy finish.

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Lightly groom your brows:  If the majority of your time is spent grooming and shading in your brows, then you’ll love the no-makeup look. Simply brush your eyebrows upwards with an eyebrow gel and lightly shade or pencil in any sparse areas. Going light-handed with whatever brow product you choose is really important.

4 Nochella Beauty Party Ideas To Try This Weekend

If you’re feeling bummed about missing out on Coachella, then invite your friends over this weekend for a Nochella Pamper Party! Sure, watching live bands out in the desert is fun, but you can still stream some of the shows from the comfort of your couch while you party with your friends. This weekend, call your girls, drink some wine and indulge in some of our favorite pampering ideas!

Create a facial station: Set your table up with a few bowls, small towels, disposable spatulas or facial brushes and your favorite mask. Have a few handheld mirrors handy, too. Give your girls the treat of a multi-purpose mask like GLAMGLOW’S Youthmud. You’ll get all the benefits of a mask and the power of a little exfoliation, as well. If you’re looking for less mess and stress, you can also opt for sheet masks. Tony Moly has a wonderful variety of masks to choose from and they’re budget-friendly, too.

Put together a nail station: You’ll want a few small bowls, nail polish remover, Q-tips, cotton pads, cuticle oil, hand cream and of course, an assortment of nail polish to choose from. You can also make this a bring-your-own-polish party if your friends are particular about their shades. If you really want to shake things up, make it a nail art party and get a little artsy with your manicures. For some inspiration, visit Essie’s nail looks page.

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Ready to show some skin? Do the bare necessities first!

The days are warming up and it's that time of the year for showing off a little extra skin. If you're not quite ready for shorts and sandals season, here are some tips on getting your skin spring and summer ready. 

1. Give your skin a good scrubbin’: The first step toward soft and supple skin is getting rid of dry, rough patches with an exfoliating product. Scrubbing away dead skin not only allows your other body products (oils, lotions and balms) to work better, but you’ll also get a closer shave on your legs. One of our favorite scrubs is Caudalie’s Crushed Cabernet Scrub. A natural and nut-free scrub, a blend of invigorating oils awakens your senses and leaves your skin irresistibly soft.

2. Slather on some oil: Get a natural-looking glow by using a body oil right after your shower or bath. L’occitane’s Almond Supple Skin Oil quickly absorbs into your skin, giving it instant smoothness, firmness and hydration.  Made with over  50% almond oil, your skin will benefit from rich omegas, leaving you feeling super silky after each use.

Our Coachella Beauty Picks for 2016

Coachella begins this weekend and we're bringing you some of our favorite must-have beauty essentials to get you through those long, warm festival days. Before you head out to the desert, stop by your local Planet Beauty and pick up some of these awesome products so you can stay gorgeous all weekend long and keep your festival groove strong. 

1. bareMinerals Complexion Rescue:  Who doesn't love to show a little skin at Coachella? Perfect your no-makeup game with this best-selling gel cream from bareMinerals. Since it launched, it's become a customer favorite for on-the-go beauty that seems flawless. The best of a BB, CC and tinted moisturizer, you'll love how your skin looks and feels. An added bonus? You'll also protect your skin with a 30 SPF.

2. Wella Eimi Ocean Spritz: Create that perfectly messy braid or go for those Bohemian beach waves with this texturizing mineral sea salt spray. Not only does it smell fantastic, but it also protects hair from dehydration and UV damage (a bonus when you're outdoors all day). Simply spray into dry or damp hair and either scrunch or shake through to create the right amount of texture. 

3. philosophy pure grace shimmering body oil: This limited edition shimmering dry body oil is everything you've dreamed of from the pure grace line. Almond and Grape Seed oils moisturize your skin and offer antioxidant protection. Mica gives your skin a lovely hint of shimmer that will make it glow for hours at a time.

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