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Beauty Haul: Endless Summer

I am not ok with the fact summer is almost over! Therefore I will ignore all signs of the weather getting cooler and more tolerable. These are a few products I have stocked up on to give my face a natural sun kissed glowing effect.

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I have been searching for  a primer that not only minimizes my pores but also hydrates my skin. I love the STEP ONE from Makeup Forever! It is perfect! Afterwards I blot on with a stipple brush Laura Mercier’s smooth finish flawless fluid. This foundation has moderate coverage without feeling heavy. Of course as I’m only browsing for face products, I stumble across FRESH sugar honey lipgloss! How could I resist a beautiful gloss that would not only keep me on trend but also hydrate my dry summer lips. It smells delicious.

You can’t be taken seriously until you have good brows. Anastasia is the go to line for perfect brows these days. For years I have sworn by eyeshadow to make my brows look natural, however Anastasia’s pomades are simply amazing. Instead of brow gel and shadow just go with a pomade for a natural long lasting look.

Last but not least my end of summer look would not be complete without a new scent. I chose Elizabeth and James, Nirvana. This perfume is a blend of violet, sandalwood, and rich vanilla that is the perfect balance between masculine and feminine. I loved the idea of having a roll on scent with me at all times.

JORD raises the bar for natural fashion!

    As I opened this beautiful wood box I fell deeply in love with JORD. Everything about their timepieces says, attention to detail. Not only is this a beautiful accessory but that fact that each timepiece is one of a kind is just too cool!

 

I chose to wear the “ELY” series in natural green and maple. The wood is super smooth and comfortable to wear. I love that I finally know what time it is without looking at my iPhone. This series also has the date display which is super helpful!

  It was so fun to examine this watch. JORD was sure to add as much detail as possible. On the back of my watch is a beautiful engraving of the logo and  also the phrase “Born in St Louis”.  Supporting local businesses has always been wildly important to me.

  

  

  Wearing a wood watch has inspired my other fashion accessories. This set has been a favorite since receiving my new piece!

  From left to right: Sunglasses (Free People) JORD woodwatch (ELY series) Necklace with Amethyst stone (family heirloom) Footwear (Merona)

Want your own wood watch? Visit http://www.woodwatches.com/beautyandthebrain

HOW TO: Add a pop of color to your Spring Makeup routine

 Spring is here! It is now the time to alter your color palette and add a fresh vibe to your look. This morning on Great Day St Louis, “Beauty and the Brain” blogger Kristen Linares presented two different ways to add a little bit of color to your normal makeup routine. Here’s how…

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(from left to right) Nina is wearing a plum lip and cheek stain & Amber is wearing lavender shadow with nude lips

STEP ONE: Always prep the skin!

Blissoma’s Refine mask is always a great way to start the day. Although you should leave the mask on for 15mins even just 5 minutes will do wonders for exfoliating the skin and help you start your day off fresh and glowing. Caudalie’s Vinoperfect is great for all skin types. This all natural product contains SPF 15 that is tinted leaving your complexion flawless and protected. 

HOW TO: Glow for the Holidays

  If you are anything like me, you have worked your face off the past few weeks. Literally! High stress work environments during the holidays bring on such wonderful things like breakouts, dryness, and dullness. Gross. So now is your time to shine my friends! Here are a few things you can do to get your glow back…

STEP ONE: SLOUGH IT OFF!

With the dryness winter brings it’s as if your whole body develops are hard shell. You must break through all the nasty dead stuff to expose the beauty underneath.

FOR THE BODY: Make your own sugar scrub! Its super easy and you can find all the ingredients in your kitchen. Add some of your favorite essential oils if you want to make it a little special. Check out this awesome recipe I found on “Love Grows Wild”

Prep time
5 mins
Total time
5 mins
This Homemade Mint Sugar Scrub is the perfect DIY gift idea! Inexpensive and easy to make!
Author: Liz Fourez
Ingredients
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 1½ – 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon peppermint extract
  • 1 drop green food coloring
Instructions
  1. Place coconut oil in a bowl and microwave on HIGH 15-25 seconds until softened.
  2. Start by adding 1½ cups sugar to the oil, along with the peppermint extract and green food coloring. Mix until ingredients are well combined and food coloring is evenly distributed. If mixture is too wet, add another ½ cup sugar until scrub is to desired consistency.
  3. Spoon scrub into air-tight containers (such as a mason jar) and decorate with twine or ribbon.

FOR THE FACE: Which is a little more sensitive. I have discovered the holy grail of exfoliates! Blissoma’s “Glow” exfoliating powder is pure genius. Instead of scrubbing away dead skin cells, which can cause more damage than good, Glow contains natural enzymes that dissolves the dead skin! Also, you can mix this into your favorite cleanser or use alone with a little bit of water. Like I said, GENIUS!!  For more in depth information on this product click the photo. Blissoma.com has so much valuable free information!untitledFOR THE HAIR: You must remove build up of oils and product before you can feed your hair moisture. My absolute favorite clarifying shampoo is Davines SOLU shampoo. Solu refreshing solution shampoo has an innovative formula that effectively removes hairspray residues and other styling products, respecting the physiology of the hair and scalp. Thanks to its natural active ingredients, deep cleanses and instantly moisturize.1040_default_lSTEP TWO: GET GLOSSY!

Now that you have removed all that unnecessary gunk we can create the ultimate vibrancy and shine!

FOR THE BODY: As soon as I get out of the shower, before patting dry, I immediately spray myself with Davines’ DeStress lotion. It’s crazy how soft my skin feels after using this! It has the same effect as Rain-X has to your car windshield! The water beads right off exposing super soft-glossy skin! Its velvety texture ensures fast easy absorption. The formula is enriched with UV filter that protects hair & skin from damage caused by sun exposure. Hair looks soft and silky, and the skin nourished.1031_default_lFOR THE FACE: I can not go a single day without my Blissoma Restore oil! This is literally the only moisturizer that hydrates my skin properly and keeps my lips chap free in the winter. I recommend applying to clean skin in the am, adding a few drops to your foundation, and applying to clean skin again before bed.

“Young, healthy skin is protected by its own natural oils but as skin ages it produces less, leaving it vulnerable to environmental damage and stress. The right balance of antioxidant-rich seed oils offers regenerating nutrients without clogging or greasiness. Restore Oil Serum provides an elegant shield to keep skin looking firm and glowing.” -Julie Longyear1FOR THE HAIR: Feed your hair moisture and it will give you incredible shine! When the hair is properly hydrated it is soft and reflective of light due to the cuticle layer laying flat as it should. The Davines OI products were designed for all hair types and textures to create softness, shines, and protect the hair from the environment and natural aging. Roucou oil, which is the most prominent ingredient in the line is responsible for prevent hair aging & having a strong anti-oxidant action.images8179RL8U

Backstage NYFW with Nathan Rosenkranz

I met Nathan Rosenkranz at the first salon I assisted at in Bethlehem, PA. Back then Nate was a great stylist behind the chair. Fast forward 8ish years he is now a Freelance artist in NYC working for brands such as Alterna and styling celebs like James Franco. It takes a lot of hard work and networking to get where he is today so it was very cool to hang and see him in action. When I reached out to Nate a few weeks ago I was hoping to interview him backstage at some of the shows he was leading. Instead, he asked if I would like to work on his styling team! Even better!

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I arrived to Lincoln center around 7:30am and found Nate and his team waiting outside the Salon tents. Everyone on his team was super nice! I could tell that it was going to be a no stress environment. In the past I have worked NYFW with another brand who will remain nameless and they were not so pleasant. I love everything about the beauty industry and love people who love it too so when someone is rude its a total buzz kill. THANK YOU NATE for leading such a polite team!

Around 8am we were given our passes and allowed into the tents to set up our workspace.

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Once we were all set up Nate explained the step by step of the look we would be creating for DEOLA’S Spring 2015 collection.

 

Deola Hair step by step @ NYFW Spring 2015

 

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The final outcome was gorgeous! DEOLA is absolutely amazing. As a lead stylist it is important to work with the designer and decide what hair will compliment the garments. Nate nailed it! The hair was not only beautiful but also wearable. This is a classic style that would look great on any woman!
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