Out with the old, In with the new

     It's the start of a New Year, and as they say, "All things must come to an end."  Some trends just weren't meant to see the light of 2016.  Although we still like some of these trends and find them flattering, change is always good.  We're here to help you decide what to retire, what to upgrade and what to keep.

Contour No More

     2015 was the year of contouring.  Many makeup brands debuted their own matte contour kits.  However, along with a fresh year comes a fresh face and lighter foundations with some shimmer are encouraged.  This year makeup isn't about shaping your face,  it is about getting a natural, dewy look.  Still looking to make a statement?  No worries,  bold lips are sticking around for the new year and have maintained their popularity so get rid of those contour sticks and stock up on the lipsticks.

Peace Out, Pastels!

     Last year it was the norm to see a variety of hair colors ranging from gray to copper to bubble gum pink.  This year the natural shades are back and better than ever.  In 2015 "bronde," a combination of blonde and brown, made its debut and became a hit.  This year we are getting introduced to "ronze," a mixture of bronze brown and copper.  Try searching "ronze hair," "baby lights," or "balayage" in Pinterest for some hair inspiration.


     One trend that surprised many of us in 2015 with a comeback was overalls.  Short overalls, unbuckled overalls...whatever went!  Overalls should have been left in the 90s, the least that we can do at this point is bury them with the new year.  Replace them with their more chic cousin, the jumpsuit, or even its little sister, the romper for those warmer days.  They've both been growing in popularity the last couple of years and continue to shine bright in 2016.  Feeling nostalgic?  Embrace a jean jacket, crop top, or a choker for a 90's vibe.

Clean out those closets, let go of the past and keep moving forward!


Fall Beauty Trends to Try

     Get your sweaters ready because the leaves are starting to turn and pumpkin spice lattes are back.  In addition to bonfires and apple orchard visits, the crisper season introduces us to fall's most sought after beauty trends.  Even though the brightness of the summer is gone, there's still a warmth to fall beauty.  Here are some staple looks that everyone must try this autumn.

Where's the fire?

     The smokey eye is back in various forms this season.  Don't feel like you're limited to the classic black and gray smokey eye.  Venture into browns, purples, or even metallic smokey eyes.  Metallic shadows are also trending this fall. Just be sure to keep your other makeup more neutral.  Nude lips are popular right now and pair amazingly with the smokey look.  For a smokey eye tutorial check out this video.

Do the twist

     The french twist is making a comeback this fall with a little extra edge.  While the classic look is still in style, there are many updated versions of this updo.  You can leave your ends out or add some curls to your hair to make the look your own.  Search "french twists 2015" on Pinterest for some out of the box looks and tutorials.

Bold brows

     We aren't all capable of growing brows to the likeness of Cara Delevingne and Lily Collins.  However, there are many tricks of the trade that can give you the illusion of fuller brows.  There are hundreds of products to fill in those brows, no matter whether you prefer powders, pencils or gels.  I've found that using a light hand and finding the right shade for you gives a more natural and less of a harsh, permanent marker look to your face.  Aveda's Invati Scalp Revitalizer  promotes hair growth.  Although it's meant for the scalp, we've experimented and applied the product to our brows and have successfully managed to get those patchy spots on our brows to come in full.  Consult with a professional esthetician to determine the best shape for your face and what is a realistic goal.

Vamp it up!

     Hands down, the hottest trend this season is dark lips.  If you haven't already tried it, give it a chance because it can be achieved in a variety of ways which makes it flattering on lots of different people.  Depending on your skin tone and personal preference, you could go for anything ranging from oxblood to burgundy to a deep berry.  Or, like myself,  you can enjoy all three!  The color featured in the photo above is called Blackberry from Aveda's Limited Edition Autumn 2015 collection.

Color me fall

     Typically, as the weather gets colder people dye their hair darker.  This season stylists are encouraging highlights and coloring techniques that'll brighten any dull, chilly day.  We will be seeing many rich tones ranging from coppers to browns.


     This combination of blonde and brunette has quickly become one of this season's most popular colors.  Usually the wearer has a base of a dark blonde or light brown color and then they add a layer of highlights.  Blake Lively went public with her bronde hair for a movie role this summer and is still rocking the look,  For more celeb inspiration and some tips on different ways to achieve this trend check out this article.


     Babylights are great for adding some brightness to the hair in a subtle, natural way.  They mimic a young child's hair with the sunkissed highlights around the face.  These highlights are great for maintenance because they are softer towards the root and grow out tastefully.  Browse Pinterest for some babylight boards to see some examples of this technique executed on different hair colors.

Stay rooty.

     Whether you're going for the bold root or just a soft grown out root look, both are great for the low maintenance type.  Aside from how easy they are to upkeep, they are also very in style this fall.  This trend is good for all hair colors, but is especially great for those who are naturally dark and prefer to be blonde.  This is also something to consider if you want to make your balayage from the summer last a little longer.  One of my favorite looks is a soft highlight with dark roots to make it pop.

Fire it up!

     Reds are making a major comeback this season. The leaves will be changing soon and turning to crisp reds and goldens which makes fall a great time of the year to add some warmth to your locks.  If your hair is naturally a medium to dark brown, auburn hues may be more flattering on you.  For blondes just adding a hint of red to make strawberry blonde or going full on copper can give you an exciting new hue.  Check out this slideshow to help you determine which shade of red would be most flattering on your skin type.

Star Spangled Style

     Whether you're hosting a Fourth of July cookout or just attending one, here are a few tips to display your patriotism and keep your look sparking from the day well into the night.  The Fourth of July is a holiday where you can do as little or as much as you'd like as far as makeup, accessories and clothing go.  Chances are you're enjoying Independence Day with your friends and family by having a cookout or pool party, going to a parade and watching a fireworks show.  Everything is about fun and relaxing so get your sparklers ready!

Get your freedom face on.

     There are plenty of ideas online for bold, festive makeup looks.  You can find something appropriate for almost any kind of celebration you attend that day whether it includes glitter and stars or something a little more simplified.  Click on this link for some inspiration  For a more discrete look, apply nude toned shadows to your lids and sweep some blue liquid eye liner along your upper lash line.

American accessories.

     Wearing clothing with the American flag on it is a must.  If you don't have anything adorned with the star spangled banner at least opt for red, white and blue.  For just a festive pop, couple a pair of red shoes with an otherwise blue and white outfit.  All American is the way to go so don't be afraid to throw on a flag bandana and some distressed jean shorts.  For some great tips when putting together your Independence Day outfit check out this article.

Patriotic pedi.

     Showing your patriotism goes literally from head to toe.  If you want to add stars and stripes to your nails, the feet are a good place for a busier design.  Keep your fingernails simple with just a pop of glitter or a design on one or two of your fingers.  As long as you stick to the color theme, your nails will be on point.  Search "Fourth of July nails" on Pinterest for some ideas.

Festivity essentials.

     While many of these Fourth of July demands are just for show, there are a few must haves to get you through the day and night.  Daytime essentials include sunglasses and sunblock.  Nobody wants a headache from squinting all afternoon just in time for the bangs and booms of firecrackers.  Sunscreen is always important during the day in the summer, especially on a day like the Fourth where most people are spending the majority of it outside.  To help transition your day celebration into the night you need a hoodie and bug spray.  Temperatures will be dropping and chances are you'll be finding a spot in the grass to sit and watch fireworks illuminate the night sky.  A hoodie or sweater of some sort and bug spray will both help keep you comfortable.

God Bless America!


Beauty in a pinch

     Everyone likes to get a few extra minutes of shuteye when rain pellets are beating against your roof and the sky refuses to brighten.  Many of us hit the snooze button over and over, which inevitably leaves us late and  rushing around to get ready for the day.  There are a few tricks and must have products that every woman should know that can have you  bright-eyed and bushy-tailed in a flash.  These basics can have you looking presentable whether you're in a hurry or on the go.

Freshen up your dirty do.

     Dry shampoo is a necessity for when you just don't have time to wash your hair but you're feeling a little greasy.  Aquage dry shampoo can extend the life of your hairstyle by using botanicals and minerals to absorb your hair's natural oils.  A teasing brush (like the one pictured above) can be used in conjunction with the dry shampoo to camouflage any funny cowlicks or kinks at your crown that are a result of day two hair.

Create a flawless flush.

     To be minimal with your face, all you need is concealer, blush, and possibly bronzer if time allows.  A good concealer should successfully hide any under eye circles and blemishes adorning your face.  My personal favorite is Aveda's Inner Light concealer because it covers up my imperfections better and longer than any other concealer I have previously tried.  A sweep of bronzer across your forehead and cheeks along with some blush on the apples of your cheeks can leave you with a healthy flush.  Some color on your cheeks makes you appear as though you are awake and active.

Line those lashes.

     Mascara opens your eyes up and gives you more of a wide-eyed appearance.  For a defined look, you can line your eyes focusing on the outer corners to make them appear larger.  A dot of white eyeshadow on the inner corners will give your eyes an extra pop.  Depending on your familiarity with liquid liner, a cat eye is a quick and easy way to look flirty without spending much time in front of the mirror.  If you don't have much experience with liquid liner it can be a bit tricky so don't try to incorporate it into your on the go routine until you've had some practice when you're not in a hurry.

Pop your pout.

     Whether it be a bold or neutral shade, lipstick is a great way to polish off your look.  A bolder color turns your lips into the focus of your face, which is great when you haven't spent much time on your other features.  Check out some of the season's trendiest hues here.  One of my favorites is Aveda's Nourish-mint lip color in Magenta Berry from their spring 2015 collection.  Aveda's lipstick is very creamy and won't dry out your lips.

     Next time you're running late, don't fret.  Just follow these steps and you'll look fresh faced and ready for the day.  Those extra 15 minutes of slumber can stay your little secret.