If you still need a last minute gift, this Ring Light for selfies (I may get a commission off this link) is perfect for almost anyone on your list. I bought one a few months ago and love it! It has four light levels, a USB charging cord and clips onto practically any smartphone, tablet or laptop. It’s great for teens, students and adults of all ages.
The secret to taking pictures is light, light, and more light. Outside, you usually have enough but indoor lighting can be tricky. This little light will make your face look brighter, sharper and highlight those pearly whites! It also keeps you from looking like an ogre during Skype and Facetime calls. With many companies switching their phone systems out for video conferencing systems, selfie lights will become the must have office accessory. Fits in your handbag and can be used as a flashlight in pinch. Best of all, it will only set you back $15 and ships in two days with Prime.
Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Beautiful Day Cream: Has a rosy scent and my two favorite ingredients, hyaluronic acid and rosehip oil. Great as a daytime or nighttime cream. ($5 value)
HASK Keratin Protein Soothing Deep Conditioner: Single use hair mask helps repair damaged hair, $1.99.
Laneige Water Bank Soothing Mask: Sheet mask version of the brands’ overnight water mask. Non-slip mask comes in two pieces for easier application. ($5 value)
W3LL People Bio Brightener Stick: Natural screen brightener. Very stiff and hard to apply. It probably works better in the summer/warmer temperatures. (???)
L’Oréal Voluminous Primer: Works as a blowout for lashes. Maybe I could use it instead of mascara? ($5.99 value)
Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner: A better than average drugstore liner. I got black/brown, perfect for neutral color palettes. Also has a built-in sharpener and smudger. ($5.99)
You also get a $3 of $15 coupon for beauty at Target.
These beauty boxes (I may get a commission from this link)usually sell out quick but Target has changed the rules to only allow one per household. Unlike traditional beauty boxes, they aren’t on auto order. If you want one, you have to start checking the page around the end of each month to see if its available.
Remember the ads for those magic baby feet products? They promise to remove layers of skin on your feet making them as smooth as the day you were born. I saw this version by Korean beauty company Tony Moly and decided to give it a try. You have to give the treatment a hour and a half to work, so get comfortable. I sat down in front of the TV and watched Poldark.
I removed my nail polish (this would probably take it off/mess it up). The product smells good and didn’t irritate my feet. It was easy for me to wash off and it didn’t dry out my feet. Now the waiting begins….
The package said it would take four days before the skin started peeling off, but it took my skin seven days. I did not take a picture of the carnage because it was GROSS, like get a vacuum gross. Skin was coming off every part of my foot, mostly from the bottom. I helped it along by scrubbing my feet with a pumice stone (even though it said not to) in the bathtub to mitigate the peeling. I definitely would not do this treatment mid summer because you will have skin coming off for about a week. The end result was amazing! My feet look 10 years younger and all the ugly calluses were gone. I definitely will use this again! Get your own treatment at ULTA or Amazon for around $6.50.
Keeping blonde highlights beautiful can be a challenge. Color shampoo can make your highlights looking salon fresh while prolonging trips back to said salon. However, all color shampoos are not created equal. The key is to use the right color to counteract your hair’s undertones. Most brands only offer purple shampoo, but Joico has both blue and purple.
What color should you use?
First you need to know the undertones of your hair. If you have blonde highlights, you most likely have light to dark brown hair. If your hair has more orange or brassy tones, you will need the blue version. If you have more yellow undertones, you’ll need purple. Purple also works for gray hair and was the reason Clairol invented purple shampoo way back when. If you can’t figure it out, ask your colorist or just experiment.
How to use it
You can buy both the shampoo and conditioner or just the shampoo. You won’t be using this all the time so it will last awhile (I had one bottle for a year). When hair starts to look dull or the difference between your roots and the body bothers you, it’s time to use Color Balance. Put a small amount in your palm and work through hair. Don’t worry if some gets on your shower floor, it will wash off. Let it absorb for a few minutes and then wash and condition. Use it every few shampoos until you can get back to the salon. You can get Joico Color Balance at ULTA and it qualifies for the coupons too! Sometimes you can find supersize versions on Amazon (affiliate link included).
If this doesn’t solve your problem your blonde might need toned. Visit Sylvia’s ElleBangs channel for some great at-home toning videos.
Sephora at the Westfield Montgomery is celebrating the opening of its new and improved location on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016. The grand opening of the second floor location starts at 6 p.m. with a live DJ, giveaways and sweet treats.
Come in for a mini-makeover, a 45-minute full face makeover (with $50 purchase) and get a Sephora branded tote bag with any $25 purchase. Don’t forget to cash in your beauty insider points or get your birthday gift (if your birthday falls in September).