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7 Beauty Products We're Grateful For!

Thanksgiving is only a few days away and it’s the perfect week to reflect on all the things we’re thankful for. It goes without saying that we’re thankful for all the important, big things like family, friends, our jobs, health, etc. In the spirit of Thanksgiving this Thursday, we’re rounding up beauty products we’re thankful for and can’t live without! Now, I know there are so many different products to choose from, so these are just a few of many.

1. NuFace Trinity: This award-winning toning device has completely changed the skincare game with anti-aging solutions and beauty tools. For years, surgery seemed like the only option for anyone looking for a significant change in their skin. Thanks to the microcurrent technology in the NuFace device, you can achieve noticeable results from home without any downtime. The NuFace works to improve the facial contours while reducing the appearance of wrinkles, giving the skin a desired, youthful appearance. FDA-Cleared and clinically-tested, we are thankful for this amazing beauty tool!

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Beat the Heat With a Braided Style for Summer

When the weather starts to heat up in the summer, the last thing you want is the feeling of your hair against the back of your already-too-warm neck. One easy solution to beating a heat wave is by simply tossing your hair up in a bun or ponytail. However, if you want to really step up your summer style, nothing amps up your look more than a cute braided hairdo! A braided hairstyle can transform any look you’re going for, whether it’s for a casual or special occasion. We sought the expertise of one of our own Planet Beauty Hairstylists to show us one casual braid and one dressier braid you can flaunt this summer season!

What you’ll need:

  • Texturizing spray

  • Smoothing cream

  • Bobby pins

  • Small hair ties

  • Teaser comb

  • Barber comb

Get Rid of Winter Blues With These Must-Haves

Are you currently experiencing a case of the winter blues? If you've finally paid down some of that holiday debt and are looking to splurge a bit, then it might be time for a little beauty haul. Spring will be here soon enough but until then, find comfort in our beauty picks that are sure to boost your mood. 

1. OPI Hello Kitty Collection: Can you say nostalgia? This adorable and bubbly collection is just what you need the next time you change up your mani-pedi. Let your girly side dominate this month and try some fun Hello Kitty nail art! Whether you're feeling like sporting a sparkly pink or a fun, vibrant blue, this is one collection you'll never get tired of. Get your squad together and plan a girl's night in with Hello Kitty!

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2. Ahava Lemon & Sage Collection: Keep your senses happy and invigorated with the this wonderfully fresh line from Ahava. You'll keep winter blues away when you smell this perfect combination of lemon and herbal sage. If your skin is currently thirsty from the dry weather, the body wash in this line contains Macadamia and Sunflower oils for optimal hydration. 

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Weatherproof your beauty routine for Rainy Days

It looks like El Nino has finally hit and the much-needed rain is here! Next to figuring out how to rotate your wardrobe to accommodate the wet weather, you'll also want to to weather-proof your hair and makeup for all-day looks that won't melt down your face. To keep the rain from cramping your style, check out our tips for looking your best.

1. Waterproof your eyes: While you may have your umbrella, sometimes weather has a mind of its own. The wind can cause rain to go in all directions, including horizontal and straight into your face. Don't get caught with raccoon eyes and wear weatherproof mascara and eyeliner. If the mascara you love isn't a waterproof formula, try bareMinerals Locked and Coated Lash Top Coat. Simply run the fine bristle-brush over your mascara application and your lashes will be sealed and protected from water. Stila's Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner will stay in place all day long, as well. You don't have to forgo lining your eyes on rainy days.

2. Go easy on the foundation: The high humidity and rain doesn't always pair up well with a heavy foundation. It can look extra thick, giving your skin an unwanted caked look. Use something a little lighter like a BB cream and blend your concealer carefully on unwanted blemishes and imperfections. Set your makeup with a matte powder like jane iredale's Beyond Matte in Translucent to keep your face makeup in place all day long.

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Pixie Haircut Inspiration

Are you playing with the idea of chopping off your locks and sporting a pixie cut? Going for a shorter style can be so liberating, especially if you’ve been wearing the same style for years. Celebrities like Halle Berry and Lena Dunham are no strangers to the pixie style and they both own their look. The beautiful Zendaya recently tested out a gorgeous pixie cut wig at the Grammy’s and looked absolutely stunning. If you’re ready for the real deal, check out some of our favorite recent pixie styles and get inspired before you hit the salon.

You may know Lily Collins for her natural, full brows, but she recently stepped out in a cute new pixie style, framing her lovely face and giving her a sexy edge. Recreate her pixie cut by asking for longer bangs to frame the shape of your face. Use a small round brush to blow out the layers and then apply Pureology’s Density Definer Crème Wax. A medium hold wax, this will give you body and texture with a satin finish. Pureology’s AntiFade Complex, UV Filters, orange oils and antioxidants protect your hair and color from looking dull. Follow up with your favorite hairspray for all-day hold.

Kaley Cuoco’s been sporting her pixie since last year and she seems to be enjoying her style. If your hair is thicker like Kaley’s you will need a product with a stronger hold to keep your layers in place. KMS’ Design Wax is still flexible, but will help piece out the most stubborn strands while adding effortless shine. The best advice for using any wax is not going overboard. Make sure to work the product into your hands first and gently stroke through hair for an even application of product.

NYFW 2015 Beauty Trends To Follow

New York Fashion Week 2015 brought us some great beauty trends this year, from fresh takes on makeup to inspired on-the-go hairstyles. There is so much beauty inspiration to take from New York Fashion Week, so I compiled a list of the five easiest trends to recreate at home. 

1. Minimalist Makeup: From Marc Jacobs to Donna Karan, models on the runway sported very little (if any) face makeup, letting their natural skin shine through. Whether you have freckles or slight imperfections, I dare you to be bare. Two products that are perfect for this trend both come from Dr. Perricone. If the thought of being without foundation scares you a bit, pick up No Foundation Foundation. This will give you slight coverage, while allowing your skin to look natural. If you just want a glow without coverage, Dr. Perricone's new Face Finishing Moisturizer Tint is the perfect au naturel skincare must-have.

2. Subtle Smokey Eyes: If you've always steered clear of the smokey eye, don't. A subtle smokey eye requires less work and still looks fabulously chic. There are different ways to achieve a subtle smokey eye. Choose colors that are on the gray and brown side and use soft strokes with application. You can also achieve a subtle smokey eye by simply keeping the darker color to the outer corners of your eyes only. Smashbox's Full Exposure Palette has every perfect color imaginable for the best smokey eyes, whether they're dramatic or subtle.

My Favorite Beauty Products of 2014

As the end of 2014 is swiftly approaching, I can't help but reflect on all the wonderful beauty products I fell in love with this year. Customers often ask me what products I love and when that happens, I often get flustered in my answer because it's hard to pick just one or two favorites. Even now it's a toss-up between many products, but because I love lists, I give you a list of my 2014 favorites.

Favorite Face Mask: Dr. Perricone's Chloro Plasma
Nothing makes me happier than my weekly facial ritual of wearing a mask. For a long time, I loved any mask I was able to peel off. It gave me a sense of satisfaction, as if I was getting rid of all this gunk. Surprisingly enough, my favorite face mask does not peel. Dr. Perricone's Chloro Plasma exceeded all my expectations this year. It smells like a day at the spa, does not dry my face and leaves my skin feeling fresh, clean and sensationally smooth.

Favorite Sunscreen: CoTZ
What's better than a non-chemical sunscreen? How about a sunscreen that protects your beautiful skin AND makes an amazing primer before foundation? Anything that makes my skin look impeccable is always a winner in my book. The tinted formula makes my skin look smooth and even, which is perfect for a day of errands.

Favorite Hand Cream: Ahava's Dermud Hand Cream:
Handling money with cash transactions makes me constantly feel the need to wash and sanitize my hands, so they can get pretty dry and irritated. Ahava's Dermud Hand cream is so healing on my skin that my hands feel instantly soothed and soft after just one application.

Tips for Vixen-like Volume

Getting vixen-like volume takes a little practice, but with the right tools and styling products, you can achieve salon-quality results from home. Save expensive trips to blow out bars and check out some of our tips and tricks for big, voluptuous hair.

Consider your hair cut: Adding layers and dimension can significantly help give intense volume when you style. Women with fine hair aren't the only ones who struggle with creating volume. If your hair is too thick, it can be too heavy to get much movement. Find a style that frames your face well and don't be afraid of adding shorter layers on top. 

Prep your hair for volume in the shower: Using a volumizing shampoo is vital, especially if your hair is really fine. Using a lightweight shampoo and conditioner will minimize any heaviness and buildup, which can deter your volumizing efforts. Alterna, ColorProof, and Colure all have great volume shampoos that won't strip your hair color or dry your hair out. 

Color-Safe Clarifying Shampoos

Do you ever feel like your favorite styling products just stop working? Do you feel like your hair just won't cooperate, no matter what you do? Does it feel heavy and stubborn? It may be time to use a good clarifying shampoo. While some of us are religious about shampooing our hair, there is still sometimes buildup that occurs from natural production of oils and the use of styling products. This is particularly common with women who have a thick head of hair. If you've never used a clarifying shampoo, it may be time to try one. Treat yourself to a clarifying shampoo once a week and consider pairing it with a great hair mask. If you're concerned about stripping your beautiful hair color, there is no need to worry. Check out four of our color-safe, sulfate-free clarifying shampoos. 

Colorproof's ClearItUp Detox Shampoo: 100% vegan, this shampoo is one of my favorites for how gentle it is. Ingredients like baking soda and Vitamins C and E help to gently cleanse and neutralize odors, removing build-up without stripping color or hair's natural moisture. This shampoo is so gentle hair that it can be used more than once a week and is ideal for athletes, swimmings or anyone with oily hair. If you're looking for an ultimate treatment, follow up with Colorproof's DeepQuench Moisture Masque. Your hair will feel incredibly healthy after. 

Smooth your way through summer

Getting smooth, silky hair isn’t always the easiest task, especially if you have gorgeous waves or curls that are stubborn. Women are always on the lookout for the best straightening tools, which is vital in achieving shiny, frizz-free hair. However, using a great smoothing system makes a huge difference and can make the styling process so much easier. If you’ve been struggling to straighten your hair with ease, check out 3 of our favorite smoothing systems.

Colure’s Organic SmoothStraight System:

This line will temporarily straighten hair without harmful chemicals. Made with 70% organic ingredients, this line is also sulfate and sodium chloride-free. Shea Butter, Aloe Vera, Jojoba and Safflower Oils are just some of the ingredients that will leave your hair feeling amazingly smooth and silky to the touch. The SmoothStraight Elixir is among Planet Beauty’s top-selling smoothing products because of its lightweight feel, thermal protection and beautiful results.

 

Colorproof’s CrazySmooth 4-Step Smoothing System:

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