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!


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.

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.


April Showers

     Everyone knows that April showers bring May flowers.  So for now we just have to tough out this spring weather and keep in mind that there is light after the storm.  In the meantime you can use a rainy day to water your growth for the upcoming summer season.  We've compiled a list of ideas that will allow you to make the most out of any rainy day. 

Waterproof your style.

     Extra moisture in the air can put a big damper on your locks.  Depending on your hair texture, your hair might fall limp or frizz up.  Use a rainy day as an opportunity to wear your favorite hat or try a cute up style.  You can find inspiration for your rainy day look here.

Put some spring in your step.

     Over the last couple of years rain boots have become more trendy and fashionable.  There's a variety of styles to choose from, ranging from different patterns and embellishments to different heights.  Because they've become so versatile it's easy to still look chic while being prepared for the weather.  Check out some fashion friendly ways to sport your rain boots.

Get sunkissed.

     A faux tan is a great way to add some sun to a dreary day.  This can be achieved in a healthy way with an at home self tanner like Tan In by Glymed Plus.  Tan In is a sunless tanner that allows you to customize the shade of your tan by reapplying for a deeper tint.  (To learn more about Tan In, look for the link to the Glymed Plus website on our product page.)  Although getting a spray tan at your local tanning salon is a safe alternative, it isn't the best idea  for a rainy day because the rain drops may leave you with a blotchy tan.

Unwind at the spa.

     Downpour is the perfect excuse for staying indoors and relaxing.  Visit your local day spa and allow an expert to treat you to a service.  Seasonal changes are the optimum time to get a facial to rejuvenate your skin and help it adjust to the weather,  Have a massage therapist rub you down with a lotion that is infused with lavender, a scent that relaxes the most tense of people.  The perfect ending to a spa day is a manicure and pedicure,  Polishing your nails is a great way to make yourself put together without leaving the comfort of your home, as well.  Browse through OPI's Hawaii collection for a shade that will get you excited about the warmer weather approaching.

     Even though it can be quite dreary, spring is a great transitional season that can get you motivated for summer.  These tips can leave you feeling positive and prepared.  So next time you see clouds gathering in the sky, take advantage of a day to give yourself a little extra care.  After all, every flower needs water to grow.