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Fight Travel Fatigue with these Beauty Favorites!

The holidays can be a pretty stressful time of the year when you’re planning family visits, holiday work parties and those dreadful, crowded shopping trips. If you’re one of the lucky ones who also travels this time of the year, then you know how extra exhausting the holidays can feel. Between battling airport lines and sitting on flights, your energy can get zapped. Fighting travel fatigue can put a damper on your holiday cheer, making it hard to enjoy your time with family and friends. Don’t let travel fatigue get the best of you this season! Before you pack your bags for your holiday destination, make sure you pick up some of our must-have beauty products to survive travel fatigue!

Peter Thomas Roth 24k Gold Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Hydragel Eye Patches: Booked that red eye flight to save some money this Christmas? You might be saving money, but if you have a difficult time falling asleep on a plane, you’re going to have a hard time looking refreshed once you reach your destination. These wonderful under-eye patches will keep you looking rested even after a long flight. A 24k gold, a colloidal gold, hyaluronic acid, glycerin and humectants hydrate, lift and tighten the under-eye area for a smoother, brighter appearance.

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The 8 Must-Haves You Need This Fall!

Fall is officially in full swing and we've compiled a list of some of our favorite seasonal must-haves! Our accessories and beauty picks will keep you stylish and cozy all season long, so take a sip of your pumpkin spice latte and see why we love these products!

1. Kitsch Bun Pin: This fall, don’t settle your usual, on-the-go messy bun! Kitsch Accessories is giving bun heads everywhere a major upgrade! Easy to wear (just pin it in) and available in a variety of styles, you’ll never want to toss your hair up without one.

2. Living Royal Socks: It’s officially sock season! Cozy up with a cute pair of socks and save your boring ol’ white ones for the gym. Living Royal Socks has so many cute designs (did someone say puppies?) it’s hard to pick just one pair.

3. Wildflower Phone Case: Still rockin’ that adorable, summery pineapple case? Switch up your style for fall with a fresh design from Wildflower Cases. These custom-made cases are so cute, you won’t know which one to pick!

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Milan Fashion Week Beauty Trends You Can Actually Wear

Milan Fashion Week has officially come to an end but before we shift our undivided attention to Paris, we should take a moment to stop and appreciate all the beauty trends we saw on runway this past week. From graphic liner to half top knots, there was plenty of inspiration to spark some beauty creativity. We narrowed down the best looks from the runway that you can copy for everyday wear.

1. All eyes are on pops of color: From Cividini to Max Mara, color splashed on the runway in some unexpected & refreshing ways. Whether on the eyelid or above the cheeks, bright colorful hues brought an edge and youthfulness to the runway. While bright blue eyeshadow may not be appropriate for the workplace, you can simplify this trend by subtly adding color along or below your waterline. You can also add a splash of color by dusting a tiny bit of shadow on the inner corners of your eye. Once the weekend arrives, go to town and be playful with color! A tip? Less is more when it comes to the rest of your makeup. This will allow your eyes to dominate.

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Photo: Pop Sugar

Skincare Favorites You'll Want This National Lazy Day

It’s National Lazy Day and to celebrate, we’re sharing four of our favorite lazy girl skincare products! If you’re looking to spend less time fussing with your routine and more time in your pajamas, then it might be time to try something new.

A skincare mask can offer an array of benefits, but let’s face it--- lazy girls don’t want to spend much time by the sink. If this sounds like you, then you might want to consider taking part in one of the biggest skincare trends on Instagram right now: sheet masking. They won’t cleanse or exfoliate like the many traditional masks we’re used to seeing, but sheet masks give your skin much-needed nutrients. Since it’s summer, our go-to of the moment is Talika’s BioEnzyme After Sun Sheet Mask. This soothing mask contains Hyaluronic Acid and Collagen, which plumps and re-hydrates sun-parched, dehydrated skin. Water-harnessing sugar stimulates the regeneration of the skin’s barrier in a natural way, while offering additional hydration. Chamomile, Arnica, Gentian and Milfoil extracts offer antioxidant protection and soothing comfort. After cleansing, simply press the mask onto the contours of your face to set it. Watch an episode of your favorite show or take a nap while it goes to work. After 15-30 minutes, peel it off, press the excess residue into your skin and you’re all set!

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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.

Healthy Reminders for Skin Care Awareness Month

Part of what keeps our skin looking beautiful is protecting it against environmental dangers. This May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, which is a great reminder to take care of your skin from head to toe. It’s easy to remember to slather on the sunscreen as the summer months near, but getting that SPF into your beauty routine should be a year-round habit. Here are some tips on how to keep your skin healthy from harmful UV rays.

Wear SPF every day: Even if you don’t think you’ll be outdoors very long, make sure you’re wearing your sunscreen on a daily basis. It’s a good daily habit to practice and doing it every day will keep you from forgetting.

Limit overexposure to the sun: The strongest UV rays are present between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. so it’s best to limit your time in the sun during those times.

Protect your ears, neck, hands and eyes: It’s easy to forget about these areas on your body when you’re applying sunscreen, but make sure to slather that sunscreen on your ears and the back of your neck. Choose sunglasses that offer UV protection as well, especially if you spend time outdoors. Look at sun hats that protect your ears and back of your neck.

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Photo courtesy of Colorscience via Facebook

Don’t forget about your lips: If you’ve ever been sunburned on your lips, then you’ll know how crucial this piece of advice is. Making sure your lip balm has an SPF will save you from sunburned, dry chapped lips.

Must-Have Spring Break Essentials!

It's Spring Break and we're bringing you must-have beauty essentials to keep you looking gorgeous on your chosen getaway! Before you finish packing your bags, stop by your local Planet Beauty and pick up some of these Spring Break favorites!

1. St. Tropez Self-Tanning Bronzing Mist: Save yourself the risk of UVA and UVB exposure and get your spring break glow from St. Tropez, instead. This lightweight spray delivers a fine mist for an even, beautiful tan that will look like you laid out all day. Conditioning aloe keeps your skin soft and moisturized. The scent is also light, so no one will notice your lovely tan came from a bottle. Before you apply, make sure you thoroughly exfoliate your skin to avoid any dry patches. 

2. Coola SPF 30 Cucumber Moisturizer: Don't even think about packing a bag without sunscreen! This spring break essential will keep you protected from harmful free radicals and damaging rays. Coola isn't your typical sunscreen, though. This moisturizer is made with 70% Certified Organice inactive ingredients. Vitamins B, C and E give your skin optimal antioxidant protection. Organic Evening Primrose and Linseed Oils help balance the moisture in your skin and keep inflammation at bay. This hypoallergenic, paraben and Oxybenzone-free moisturizer is sure to become your favorite go-to sunscreen all year long.

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Movember Must-Haves For Guys

Guys, it's officially Movember again! If you're committed to helping raise awareness about men's health issues this month and are proudly wearing a mustache, then we salute you! Raising awareness and educating others is the first step to preventing men's diseases like prostate and testicular cancer. If you're looking for ways to keep your Movember mustache looking good all month long, check out some of our must-haves!

Just like the hair on your head (unless you've gone Bruce Willis on the world) the hair above your lip can have a mind of its own and get unruly. To keep your mustache nicely groomed and in place, pick up a small bottle of Proraso's Mustache Wax. Beeswax and Shea Butter help condition the hair while Eucalyptus oil and Mediterranean Cistus leave your mustache wonderfully aromatic. All it takes is a small amount to keep scraggly hairs from standing up. With minimal effort, your mustache will start to naturally flow in the same direction.

Keep your mustache from growing too long and keep it trimmed with a pair of Mehaz's mustache scissors. Now, before you stand in front of the bathroom mirror and hack away at your hair, use a mustache comb (Layrite has one thats perfect for your pocket). Thoroughly comb down your mustache to see how much growth you need to trim. I highly suggest using a magnified mirror when your trim so you can see better and avoid cutting your mustache too short. That's not the most flattering look, right?

Try These Summer Beauty Trends Before It's Too Late

The end of summer is vastly approaching, but don't go packing up your favorite bathing suit just yet. Before you start going through your fall wardrobe, I encourage you to thoroughly enjoy the last few weeks of summer and try out the summer's hottest beauty trends before it's too late. 

1. Dye your hair a bright or pastel shade: Before summer ends, get in touch with your inner mermaid or punk rock chick and have some fun with your color. You can either go all in and dye it completely pink or you can try out a balayage for something more subtle. For a quick and easy kiss of color, pick up Redken's Color Rebel Hair Makeup. This temporary hair color is perfect for anyone who wants some edge without the commitment. 

2. Embrace the bronze: Get one last perfect summer selfie by showing off your beautiful and bronzed skin. Summer is all about achieving that healthy glow and Planet Beauty has a wide selection of bronzers that will make you look like a total sun goddess without any of the harmful UV damage. 

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3. Dare to wear bright lips: What goes better against beautifully bronzed skin than a gorgeous pout sporting bright lip color? Put away the nudes in your makeup bag and embrace a brighter color before summer ends. Get out of your comfort zone and try a purple, coral or bright red lip. Too Faced's Melted Liquified Lipsticks have a great selection of shades that will make heads turn when you walk by.

Find Your Perfect Sunscreen this Summer

If you’re wearing sunscreen properly, then by summer’s end, you should have to replace your favorite bottle, tube or powder. One of the things I find when I’m making recommendations on the sales floor is that my customers just aren’t wearing the right amount of sunscreen to stay protected against damaging UV rays. This is mainly in part to the fact they just haven’t found one they absolutely love applying. If this sounds a little bit like you, you may just need a little help finding the right sunscreen that bests suits you. With so many different formulas out there, it can make choosing the right product more stressful than it needs to be. I thought I’d break down some of my favorite sunscreen products to help you find the right one.

If you wear foundation, re-applying a sunscreen lotion won’t be happening. This doesn’t mean you should be satisfied with the small SPF your foundation has, especially if you’re looking to spend time outdoors. Powdered sunscreens make re-applying so much easier, plus it helps keep your makeup looking fresh. Colorscience, jane iredale cosmetics, Peter Thomas Roth and Eminence all carry sunscreen in powder form. The perfect addition to your makeup bag or tote, you’ll actually enjoy the re-applying process. A powdered sunscreen is also a perfect option for anyone with oily skin who dreads using lotion formulas.

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