Beauty

When to use which types of shampoo.

You know that one physical feature that you won’t always admit out loud that you love it and are very proud of it? For me, that is my hair. I have always actually loved my hair and I secretly love being complimented on it also! Since I have always had long hair that means I have to go the extra mile to take care of it.

My hair care obsession started years ago when I heard about purple shampoo for the first time, or saw it I should say! Because I’m always curious, I picked it up and read what the heck it does for your hair. Turns out, it helps brighten blonde hair and takes brass out of highlighted or lightly-colored hair. Who knew?! Well, this got me thinking about all the different types of shampoos out there. I mean, have you ever stopped and looked at the shampoo aisle? THERE’S SO MUCH.

I’ll admit it, I used to just reach for whatever I liked the smell of and would use that until I got sick of it and moved onto the next scent. It wasn’t until I started coloring my hair again as an adult that I realized I probably wasn’t utilizing the benefits of different types of shampoos. Over the last few years I have not only learned SO much about shampoo, but I have become a master at stocking my own shower. I change my hair up so often and I’m always switching out my blonde shades so it has taken me a while to perfect my shampoo routine and find out what works and what doesn’t work for me.

Since I secretly love talking about my hair, I thought I would share my secrets with you and some of what I have found works for me.

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Purple Shampoo

My natural hair is a very dark brown but I have a ton of different blondes in it at any given time and I work really hard to prevent that blonde from turning brassy. I have used so many different types of purple shampoos but my all time favorite right now is the Daddy-O from Lush  This stuff was amazing! I usually end up leaving it in my hair for a few minutes to let it sink in two of three times a week, although you could use it daily if you wanted to. With this, my highlights look cooler and just brighter (but not brassy). If you lighten your hair at all, I’d highly recommend!

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Clarifying Shampoo

They’re a really good idea, don’t over look them! Especially if you tend to get build up, whether from lots of products (like me!) or have oily hair. Using a clarifying shampoo a few times a month essentially gets rid of buildup and leaves your hair super clean. Definitely don’t use it too often though, as they can dry out your hair and scalp if used too much, and make color fade. Also, if you have fine or thin hair, clarifying shampoo is known to add a little extra volume, so if you have a special occasion or need your hair to really be on point, reach for this shampoo in the shower. I would put my life in DryBar’s hands when it comes to their products and I am so obsessed with the On The Rocks Clarifying Charcoal shampoo and conditioner.

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Color Protecting / Sulfate-Free Shampoo

This is something I have always used (well, since coloring my hair), and if you color yours and don’t use something like this, get on board now! While there are mixed reviews scientifically, I always found my color to last better and longer if I’m regularly using one of these shampoos. I personally really like the Color Minded by Bumble and Bumble right now and have been using it the last little while. Since it’s super mild, sulfate free and won’t strip color as fast, I’m liking it. Sulfate free is also gentler on your skin, so if you have a sensitive scalp or eczema, more reason to start using one.

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Frizz Fighting Shampoo

I’m pretty sure we all think our hair is somewhat frizzy, but these types of shampoos should really only be used when frizz is serious and completely out of control. Otherwise, especially if you have naturally oily or flat hair, these shampoos will weigh down your hair even more. Instead, use an oil on your ends after you style or round brush to eliminate frizz while using the right shampoo. If your hair truly is frizzy, find a shampoo that gently cleanses without roughing up the cuticles (and leading to frizz). I’ve heard great things about Paul Mitchell’s Super Skinny.

Clear Shampoo

If your hair is fine, stick to a clear shampoo on the regular, as the creamy versions are usually made for curlier or thicker hair and can lead to build up in fine hair. Just a quick tip a hair stylist told me once and I wanted to include! I asked a friend with fine hair and she loves Pantene’s Sheer Volume Shampoo for adding volume without getting all the buildup.

There are obviously a bunch of other shampoos that are pretty obvious when to use and why, but I wanted to touch on these 5 above since they aren’t as generic. I prefer to switch up my shampoos every wash, and though I don’t think that’s necessary, my hair seems to be retaining the specific benefits of each. And, the purple and clarifying have been life-changing additions and I strongly encourage you to give them a try if you haven’t already!

I’d love to hear from you and find out what type of shampoo(s) you use and if there are any specific ones I should try! Lets chat about it either in the comment section or on Instagram @LiveLaughLearn.blog

XOXO.

B.

Beauty

How to save money at Sephora. This is not a drill.

I’ve never met a Sephora that I didn’t want to at least browse in. But browsing always turns to sampling and sampling turns to purchasing and—bibbidi-bobbidi-boo —I just accidentally blew my paycheck on beauty nice-to-haves versus need-to-haves. Oops. Since I tend to learn things the hard way – I’ve done the ground work for you on this topic and I’ve come up with a few little tips and hacks to save you money when the call comes of Sephora.

Become a Beauty VIB.

That $50 moisturizer and $28 mascara you replace five times a year really add up quickly—that’s good news…wait for it, I am not kidding… see, if you spend $350 annually at Sephora, you automatically assume VIB (Very Important Beauty Insider) status. And since you have to spend money to save money, this grants you access to a number of Sephora perks—like 10-percent-off coupons, monthly gifts and free beauty classes (like how to perfect your blowout, huzzah!).

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Shop on Saturdays for Special Offers.

Yep, Saturday tends to be the day when individual brands host events and various activities, which means there are often special promotions, samples and free gifts with purchase involved. As for the weekend crowds? Get there early and the lines shouldn’t be too long…yet.

…Or Hold Out Until April and November.

Twice a year, Sephora goes big with a flash sale—to the tune of 10 to 20 percent off. Proof holding out to upgrade your hair iron really does pay off.

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Get Free Two-Day Shipping with Sephora Flash.

So you do the bulk of your beauty shopping on Sephora.com. I get it and I’m right there with you – who needs those aforementioned crowds? For just $10 a year, you can get all the beauty products you want delivered to your door within two days, free of charge (and no minimum purchase required). Even more helpful, if you need something overnight, Sephora Flash members can get it shipped for just $5.95.

And Don’t Forget to Take a Peek at Sephora’s Weekly Deals.

Speaking of shopping online, it never hurts to hop over to the Weekly Wow—a smattering of discounted items that week. Don’t be surprised to see major brands in the mix (everything from Fresh to Urban Decay) for as much as 50 percent off.

Never Ever Forget About the Free Samples.

The unofficial Sephora rule is that you’re actually allowed up to three free samples from every single beauty category at Sephora. This means that you can walk out the door with three different foundations, moisturizers, shampoos, even lip glosses all in one trip. Sure, the samples will only last you a couple of days (at most), but it’s an easy way to pinch pennies every now and again. Plus you can test out products before committing to a large purchase.

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Be sure to thank me later in the comment section 🙂

The April sale date hasn’t been posted yet but I am on standby to clear my calendar. See you at the sale, will likely be the middle of April. What is on your list to pick up there this year?

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XOXO.

B.

Beauty

10 Nail Sins to Avoid.

Fingernails almost never fail to play a role in the first impression you make on others. Ill-maintained or unhealthy nails can speak volumes before you even open your mouth. It’s sad but it’s true. Fortunately, taking care of your nails isn’t terribly difficult—it’s fun, even! All it takes is a bit of know how and a little self-love. Avoid the following nail sins for healthy, beautiful nails with every manicure.

Improper Filing.

Sawing back and forth with a nail file weakens the edge of the nail and can worsen nail peeling. Instead, file in one direction only. It takes more time, but your nails will be stronger and thank you for it. While you’re at it, toss those metal nail files and opt for a flexible, fine-grit emery board or a glass file (my favorite). Reserve coarse-grit files for acrylic nails only. (Sephoramakes a really great glass file and they sell for $12.50!)

Stop picking off your gel polish.

Resist the temptation to peel off your gel manicure! The gel polish adheres so well to the natural nail and peeling off the layer of gel will almost always peel off a layer of your natural nail! This leaves your nail thinner, weaker, and nearly ruined. When you’re ready to move on from your gel manicure, visit the salon for proper removal or soak your nails in pure acetone for about 15 minutes, until the gel polish easily lifts from your nail.

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Leave your cuticles alone.

We have cuticles to protect the base of the nail from unfriendly bacteria. Removing them puts new nail growth at risk for infection. To groom your cuticles without removing them, use an orange stick to neaten them, and keep them well moisturized.

Use protection.

Most conventional cleaning products contain aggressive disinfecting chemicals like alcohol and bleach. While these may be much needed for your toilet bowl, don’t let them near your hands! These chemicals will dry out your nails and eat away at your polish. Get into the habit of wearing gloves, even when using gentler cleaning substances like dish soap.

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Sporting chipped nail polish isn’t cute. Ever.

Chipped is the opposite of polished! Raggedy polish defeats the purpose of having your nails painted. Better to go natural with bare nails than rock that week old manicure.

Stop picking.

Like peeling off a gel manicure, attacking regular polish is more damaging to nails than simply removing the polish with nail polish remover. When you pick at your nail polish, not only does it look unsightly, you can also tear off parts of the nail in the process leaving you with an uneven, damaged surface.

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Base coat is not optional.

We’ve probably all experienced the frustration of pink stained nails after removing a dark red polish. This stain is hard to completely get rid of in one go. Rather, it takes several days to really fade away—such a drag! When wearing dark colors, always wear a base coat to minimize staining.

Stay clear of formaldehyde.

Because natural cosmetics are becoming more mainstream, the beauty industry has started paying better attention to the dangerous chemicals lurking in some conventional products. Formaldehyde is one of these ingredients. The International Agency for research on Cancer (IARC) classifies formaldehyde as a carcinogen. Fortunately, independent and mega brands alike (including OPI) have made efforts to avoid formaldehyde in their products. Look for polishes that are labeled “3-free,” or even better, “5-free”.

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Moisturize.

Dry nails are brittle nails. To keep your nails healthy, moisturize your cuticles every day using cuticle oil or rich hand cream. Spend a few minutes massaging the moisturizer into the skin around the nail bed (and onto the nail itself if your nails are bare). Take a day or two off between manicures to give your nails a break and a deep conditioning moisturizing treatment.

Have fun with your nail polish!

Let’s not forget to enjoy our nails in the process! Nail polish is an expression of your sense of style, charm, and even your mood so don’t hold back when it comes to color or nail design. Nothing is permanent when it comes to nail polish, so have some fun and take a few risks! The same goes for your length and shape, try new things!

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Are you guilty of any of these sins? What type of polish do you use on your nails? I am a diehard shellac girl personally!

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XOXO.

B.