We are in the golden age of the “go, go, go” mentality. Everything is immediate and we all need to be as efficient as possible to get through our very busy lives. Sometimes, it’s hard to stay pretty all day long, but that’s why this post is dedicated to those girls (and guys!) who need a quick beauty routine after they’ve worked out in the middle of the day, between meetings and need to look just as fresh as they did before!
As the school year approaches, it is very important to take advantage of the calm before the storm and take some steps to care for your well-deserving self!
A great way to start off the new academic year is with a fresh haircut. With plenty of trendy styles to choose from or even just a quick trim a small change can help you head back to school on the right foot! You can easily make your appointment with Refined Beauty using our easily accessible online booking!
The slightest time put aside for yourself is crucial for a healthy lifestyle. Self-care has been proven to improve stress management, increase your physical health status, and heighten your overall mood.
While on the “treat yourself” topic, this school essential is sure to be a great addition to your back to school haul. Urban Outfitters baby pink Adidas Original AdiColor Mini Backpack is perfect for any student.
Refresh + Wake Up
And of course, any new backpack needs to be filled with some favorite beauty products and Urban Decay and Mario Badescu have just that. Mario Badescu’s facial spray with aloe, herbs, and rosewater is the perfect product to wake you up on the early weekday mornings. Not only is this product perfect for boosting moisture and glow, but it is also cruelty-free!
With all of these steps put into action, you are sure to have a stress free and beautified school year!
by Abbey Malbon
Quite literally, true beauty begins from the inside out. This year, we've been hooked on natural beauty more than ever before and for so many reasons! It's a new way of self care, a totally new movement in the beauty industry, and simply the healthiest way to implement a quality beauty routine into your schedule. With all of the different recommendations and remedies out there, things can seem overwhelming and it can be hard to know what to trust. To keep things simple for you, keep reading to see our comprehensive list of dermatologist-approved foods you can begin inputting into your diet for an au naturale beauty routine!
For a Lively Complexion
A natural, dewy look is all the rage right now and we're loving it! Instead of promoting cakey, unrealistic makeup looks or over-damaged hair styles, the beauty industry has geared its focus toward a healthier surface first. Meaning, your skin and hair need to be "in shape" first so that you're able to feel your best self from within, without any makeup or styling at all. For a smooth, plump, and revitalized look, add Paprika, Turmeric, and Walnuts into your diet. Seasoning meats and hearty dishes with paprika, throwing a dash of turmeric (anti-inflammatory antioxidants) into your smoothies, and walnuts (Vitmain E and fatty acids) into your salads create the perfect, delicious dose of both health and beauty benefits!
Oils & Avocados for Dry Skin
If you have classically dry hair or skin, it can mean many things: dehydration, over-washing, highly acidic product use, etc. While we recommend changing up your overall face/hair wash and water-intake routines, there are certain foods that can restore both with the moisture and TLC they need. Order that extra guac and implement nuts as a daily snack for just enough Vitamin E and healthy fatty oils! They go deep and restore the building blocks (the cells) of both hair and skin, giving you a natural remedy for curing dry skin.
Ginger Rules All
No matter what type of remedy you're looking for, the first thing we're likely to recommend is ginger! The vitamin Bs, riboflavin, and zinc properties in ginger make for an all around dynamic food. With it's many antioxidants, it reduces inflammation, improves elasticity which adds shine, evens skin tone, and reduces & prevents radical damage. The list truly goes on and on! Add it easily to your diet through teas, smoothies, hot water remedies, stir frys, and baked goods.
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Vitamin A & Cinnamon for Oily Skin
Who says carbs can't be good for you? With just enough Vitamin A, foods like sweet potatoes and carrots can help you eat your way to less oily hair and skin. They've been known to treat acne specifically and help balance out the amount of oils in the skin. A huge proponent in regulating the oils in skin and hair is through circulation and blood flow. Spices like cinnamon come to the rescue of those with oily skin and hair, as it helps oils get "back on track". Include it in things like baked goods, coffee & tea, smoothies, and oatmeal.
Legumes & Seeds for All Around Growth
To give your hair and skin the strength it needs, focus on getting more protein and iron into your diet. Legumes, chia seeds, and flax seeds are known for their protein, fiber, and omega-3 properties that help give all-around TLC to the body. It not only restores hair and skin with these main benefits, it gives it a full-bodied, strong look and foundation. While you can sprinkle chia and flax seeds in almost any dish or beverage, implement legumes through soups, veggie burgers, or a bean relish.
Greens & Berries for Preventative Care
When you think about preventative skin care, you may think it's just to prevent the look of aging and wrinkles. Including foods like berries and spinach into your diet (strong sources of Vitamin B, C, and E), not only helps to prevent wrinkle formation, they can also help prevent disease. They're both packed with antioxidants that help protect your skin and hair from the damage they go through on a daily basis. Implement them into your diet through breakfast dishes, salads, or snacks.
What you put into your body shows in its overall performance. You're less likely to run a successful mile after eating a large-fry, and things like your skin, hair, and nails are much less likely to shine and grow to their full potential. Treating your skin and hair in a natural way can be done subtly through your diet and controlling what goes on inside your body. Getting the right vitamins and minerals with these foods is the best way to start!
Did your favorite foods makes the list? Share your natural beauty remedies with us in the comments below!
We love being a bridal salon & love our wedding vendor community even more! We are surrounded by incredible brides and top professionals who know what they’re doing, offer quality & unique services, and are just all around wonderful people. So wonderful in fact, we thought we’d give you a sneak peak at some of our favorite wedding venues, right here in the Chicagoland Suburbs. Read on to see why we love them so much and why we think you’ll end up taking a tour of at least one or two!
With over 15 bridal and guest amenities, the layout of the venue is only the beginning of the venue’s greatness. Known for their warm and welcoming hospitality, Emerson Creek prides themselves in their spacious-yet-cozy atmosphere. The venue is complete and accommodating to guests with multiple cocktail areas, a “bridal coop”, 7 scenic beautiful Midwestern acres, and so much more. Emerson Creek is every modern, Midwestern bride’s dream!
Heritage Prairie Farm
We love Heritage Prarie Farm, especially for the creative, DIY bride. Known for their experience and friendly services, this venue sticks to their values and knows how to give a couple their dream wedding in a beautifully customized way. They always know how to set a tonal ambiance that is both effortlessly chic and perfectly rustic, coining their own style as “eco-chic” which we just love. If you’re a bride on the hunt for a country chic venue, Heritage Prarie Farm’s all-inclusive, highly recommended services and amenities are worth researching and touring!
This classic barn venue is both big and beautiful, critically acclaimed for its grandeur and worry-free experiences. While some of its interiors and exteriors are still evolving, they’re taking pride in constructing their venue features to fit the needs of guests and specifically for the simple, fun, and chic couple! Can you say Magnolia Silo vibes? We just can’t get enough!
Arranmore Farm and Polo Club
This open & welcoming venue is known for helping couples celebrate traditions and acting as their very own canvas when it comes to bringing country wedding dreams to life. With 300 acres of gorgeous lawn and sunset scenery, the Arranmore Farm and Polo Club pride themselves on taking a large space and making it feel like an intimate, home away from home. This venue is for the creative county bride, as she has all of the decor and styling possibilities at her finger tips. Let Mother Nature act as the perfect background, throw in some market lights, and you have the perfect wedding under the Chicagoland sky.
Bryon Colby Barn
Can you say rustic elegance? Byron Colby Barn is all about being accommodating to their brides by giving them ultimate DIY freedom to create the wedding of their dreams. Host your ceremony in their intimate, rustic barn, make guests comfortable in the unique Silo location, or host your cocktail hour in their tree-lined Market Square. With a beautifully lit reception area, you’re bound to have a perfect, nature-bound wedding from start to finish.
Having the perfect wedding means finding the perfect vendors for you. How are they going to meet your expectations? Are they a good fit for you as people? What kind of effort is the team going to give? Since we’ve personally experienced all of these venues to be top-of-the-line, all that’s left to do is decide which one fits your personal style and budget.
If there are any venues you think should have made the list, comment with your favorite Chicagoland venue in the comment section below!
Summer is for soft tones and fun styles! To accomplish any look while keeping your hair healthy, it's important to invest time and research in the best products out there. Lucky for you, we've done the research, so now it's time for you to sit back, absorb the inspo, and shop our most favorite Summer products to keep your hair Summer ready! Read on!
You can never go wrong with simply textured waves for Summer. It's the reigning trend of Summer and made possible with the perfect Hot Tools iron and hair SPF.
What to treat it with: Textured waves mean fun times in the sun and hopefully, soaking it up on the beach. No matter your style or occasion, make the Davines Su Milk hair SPF your best friend this Summer!
It's time to bring some attitude to Summer and 2018 is the perfect year to do it. With just enough healthy texture and styling, you're going to be the hippest hottie at the beach!
What to treat it with: Treating your hair to a beautiful shaggy texture takes time and styling. After so much styling and sporting it in the sun, you're going to need to replenish. Our favorite Davines Su Hair Mask will leave hair feeling renewed, rejuvenated, and rehydrated!
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Sleek & Straight Lob
Thanks to icons like Jena Dewan, the sleek and straight bob/lob is breaking down the doors of traditional Summer trends. Protect your hair from that harsh heat and you'll be able to straighten your hair all Summer long while keeping it looking and feeling healthy.
What to treat it with: If you'll be straightening your hair often this Summer, you'll want to protect it from the harsh tool heat. Before you start straightening, evenly spritz your hair with the Davines Melu Hair Shine to keep hair nourished, strong, and ultra shiny.
Get active or finalize a look with the perfect mermaid braid. Our only request? Be sure to keep your scalp, shoulders, and hair happy.
What to treat it with and how: There's nothing better than a beautifully swept back braid for Summer. While no heat is needed, using a protectant like the Davines Su Hair & Body Wash for scalp, hair, and shoulder coverage is crucial.
Summer Better Be Ready for You
Once you have your favorite hairstyle down and you treat it with the best of the best, you're set for Summer. So set in fact, Summer better watch out for you! When your hair looks good & feels good, you'll ultimately feel amazing. Have more Summer hair care questions for us? Share with us in the comments below!
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Father's Day is coming up quick and we're actually VERY excited about it! It's a time to show Dad's how special they are and show them all of the awesome gifts/trinkets/hair care products they've been missing out on. If you're ready to show Dad just how much you love him and give him what a great Dad deserves, keep reading for our favorite men's care ideas!
If you have a Dad that's blessed with a beautiful head of hair, he may or may not be into styling it. Whether he is or not, making sure he has a forming pomade in his drawer is important. Why? Well, if he does style his hair, he'll absolutely LOVE this natural Davines pomade as it's non-greasy and smells heavenly. If he's not really into styling his hair, this is the perfect product to start easing him into it, as it makes things easily workable and perfect for all hair types!
Book Dad for a Cut, Color, or Deep Condition here!
For events both casual and formal, giving the gift of the Davines strong molding clay will answer all of Dad's presentable-hair problems. It'll truly be his right-hand man for any events on his calendar, making him the suavest guy in the room!
Men’s Finishing Puck products: 30% OFF all of June ☀️
If Dad loves his man bun or a sleeker look, he NEEDS this miracle shine wax in his drawer. Whether he uses it with hot tools or not, this wax creates a light wavy effect on normal to coarse hair and keeps everything in place. It's perfect for a day at the office, a guys trip to Vegas, or a date night with Mom!
What exactly is a finishing gum and why does your Dad need it? Well, most male hair types require a medium - strong hold since men's hair tends to be on the coarse end of the spectrum. This particular styling gum is perfect for men who like a structured & styled look but minimal shine.
Papa Needs a Brand New Hair Care Stash
Now that you know the perfect Father's day gift ideas for Dad this year, he'll be looking slick in no time, all thanks you you! Whether you know a Dad that loves his self care products or none at all, these Davines products are perfect for Dads at any stage and any personal style.
In need of more Father's Day gift ideas? You may also like: Ultimate Father's Day Gift Guide; For the Well Groomed Man
If your beauty routine goes with you high and low, we're sure you love investing in the best travel tools to make your nomading an easy breezy process. If you have some fun travels coming up but you're wanting to learn more about the best jetsetting beauty tools, then you've come to the right place! Keep reading to see our favorite, most highly-recommended travel beauty tools in the industry!
Hair Drying: Flight Travel Dryer GHD
We love a good hotel blow dryer... Said no one EVER. Let's avoid that "effective" hair-sucking technique and invest in something lightweight and stylist-approved. We could rave about the Flight Travel Dryer GHD all day long as it's effective shape and quality mechanics leave hair looking as fresh as it does at home.
Enter Our MAY Giveaway for a Blowout Style and SO much more - Ends June 1st!
Tweezers: Mini Tool Palette
From pesky fly always to that incoming uni, it's always a good idea to have a pair of tweezers on you. Especially when traveling. One of our favorite brands, the Tweezerman mini tweezers, have the best pull with much less ouch than its competitors. Invest in the mini tool palette and you have yourself the quickest, cutest traveling brow tools!
Dry Shampoo: Davines Hair Refresher
How did we ever survive without dry shampoo? While the product has come along way, it's now a traveling necessity, whether you're a beauty-buff or not. It's perfect for any type of trip, lightweight, and requires very little use to be effective. You already know what our favorite brand is: Davines Hair Refresher. It leaves the scalp feeling clean and hair smelling heavenly!
Hydration: Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist
One of the toughest parts about traveling is feeling un-refreshed but unable to reach a refresh "station". If you're constantly on the go, it's the mini, refreshing products that make a huge difference. Whether you're in a hot part of the world or just a need a little pick-me-up, never underestimate the powers of a hydrating face mist, especially one with an amazing rose scent!
Get refreshed before your next big trip! Book your next appointment this week!
Being a busy traveler doesn't have to put a dent in your beauty routine. Stay on track with these appropriate sized, trendy, and raved about products. If you already own them, what traveling beauty tools do you take in your carry on?! Share with us in the comments below!
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The colder seasons have passed and it's time to start thinking about changing up & making additions to our beauty drawers. Whether you're a professional stylist or professional beauty lover, we gathered a list of the BEST beauty tools that are sure to give you the perfect change up in your overall beauty routine.
Keep reading to see what we picked out just for you!
Get Summer Color ready at Refined Beauty Boutique!
Mason Pearson Brush
Have you noticed that your current brush just isn't doing anything for your hair or even worse, damaging it? One of the main things we stress to our clients (and our stylists) is the importance of a quality hair brush. We consider ourselves to bet the #1 fan of the Mason Pearson Brush as it's bristles are made to last, be gentle when detangling your hair, and contour it's pneumatic cushion to your scalp.
Images via Anthropologie and The Zoe Report
Cameron Street Daisy Briley Makeup Bag Set
There's no shame in having a makeup bag that's both quality and ample in size (and super adorable). Our current favorite, the Kate Spade Cameron Street Daisy Briley makeup bag set, is known for its durable quality, spacious leather interior, and included cosmetic containers (ummm, SCORE!). Treat yourself to this beauty for Summer and we promise you'll have zero regrets.
Images via Kate Spade
Charlotte Tilbury Life Changing Lash Curler
Lash treatment and care have been all the rage this past year and for good reason! It's important to feel confident in your lashes, especially if your schedule barely allows you to apply makeup. Aside from treatments like lash tinting and extensions, we've been on the look out for lash-friendly tools like the Charlotte Tilbury Life Changing Lash Curler and WE. ARE. OBSESSED. This particular product is known to give your lashes a little "lift", providing lasting volume and a lash-widening effect.
Images via Nordstrom & Charlotte Tilbury
Beachwaver Curling Iron
Make the Tools Work for You
No matter what you do with your beauty routine this Summer, make sure that your favorite tools are working for you. When it comes to finding the right tools, our rule of thumb is: research, invest, experiment. Now that the research has been done for you here, invest in making the tools work for you to give you the healthy, stylish hair that you keep dreaming about.
In need of a little more hair styling guidance? Contact the salon for a styling consultation!
Happy Earth Day! What Sustainable Salons Do For You & Our Planet
Happy Earth day to you and our beautiful planet! What does it really mean to be a sustainable salon? If you've ever wondered how businesses such as salons give back to the Earth, we are here to tell you how it all goes today! From supporting large sustainable product lines to simply re-using & recycling, we love to do all we can to sustain this Earth through beauty!
Keep reading to see how being a green salon helps keep you and the Earth beautiful & sustained!
Being a Davines Salon
By now, we're sure you know how much we love and use beloved products from the Davines line! While the products smell gorgeous and make hair feel amazing, they also hold natural ingredients. This is crucial as it's part of our mission to give clients the best in products and services. After knowing what Davines really stood for, we decided to name ourselves an actual Davines salon. What does this mean exactly? It means that each business involved in the Davines-Salon partnership works toward sustaining the Earth one community at a time. From Uganda to Naperville, Illinois, their efforts entail inclusion in the sustainability movement through beauty!
Read more about Davines Sustainable Beauty Day & Month #SBMonth2018 here!
Being a Green Circle Salon
With quality and sustainability at the forefront of our mission, it was a no-brainer in deciding to be a Green Circle Salon. They take lead in reducing salon's footprint while still upholding strong business values. If that's not a match made in heaven, we're not sure what is! Down to the very last hair foil, they give salons options and ideas when it comes to recycling and keeping things quality for clients and sustainable for the Earth.
"Our program ensures that hair, foils, color tubes, plastics, papers, and excess color, and many other materials get diverted out of the waste stream.” - Brandy Atkinson, Green Circle Salons
Staying Green & Giving You Our Best
So, what does it mean to be a sustainable salon? It means giving our community the best in quality while keeping our footprint to a sustainable minimum. It means keeping our salon and products natural and recycle-friendly. It means restoring your hair and the salon with top quality efforts. Happy Earth day and thanks so much for sticking with us during Sustainable Beauty Month #SBMonth2018!
How can you help us keep the beauty industry sustainable? Check out our top ways here!
Hello all and happy Earth/Sustainable Beauty month! After basing Refined Beauty off of a green circle mission and the inclusion of non-toxic, sustainable hair products in our salon, April truly is a great month for us. We take it as a time to remember why we chose to be a green circle salon and how it has been greatly beneficial for us, our wonderful clients, and of course, our Earth's ecosystem. While we could go on for days about why it's great to be a #sustainablebeauty salon, we thought we'd share how we can all begin to make a difference through sustainability.
To learn how you can be an effective part of #SBMonth2018, keep reading!
"Once a year we decide to set everything else aside and celebrate Earth Month, or what we now call Sustainable Beauty Month. It’s a time where we choose to focus on supporting and celebrating our Davines salons that work towards balancing beauty and sustainability". - Davines
Limit your Shower Time
It's important to actively watch how much water we use in one day. When it comes to beauty, it's actually quite easy to use a minimal amount of water. In our experience, it takes no more than a 5 minute shower to properly clean and rinse both your hair and body. It's even proven to be enough time to shave your legs! While in the shower, cover things like brushing your teeth and cleansing your face. This helps spare the amount of times you turn the sink on and off.
Re-Use your Cosmetic Bottles
A huge part of being sustainable is re-use. Instead of tossing out your empty cosmetic containers and bottles, wash them with a drop of soap and a cup of water. Once they've dried, think about refilling them with another cosmetic product or cutting it open for a more mundane use. Filling your containers with things like hair ties, bobby pins, or even better, a plant, is the perfect way to feel like the ultimate conservationist. Among our favorites is the stylish Davines product bottles!
Use Natural Lighting
This is a not-so-obvious tip which is why we love it! Thinking of ways to be sustainable requires thinking outside of the box and paying attention to how we might be wasteful on a daily basis. To conserve more energy, consider moving your vanity or makeup area toward a big window or a space in your home that retrieves a lot of natural light. This will not only give you correct makeup coloring but keep you from absorbing too much electrical energy in the bathroom.
Support Sustainable Beauty Companies
While still growing, the sustainable beauty industry has been so beneficial to our Earth and beauty professionals. We are proud to call ourselves a sustainable beauty and Davines salon. One of the best parts about supporting sustainable beauty companies is the fact that they support other charities. See a full list of sustainable beauty companies here!
Conserve in the Name of Beauty
While there is much more to being a sustainable citizen, we thought we'd start you off with these basics on how to be sustainable in your beauty efforts. It all starts with one person, one small recycling act, and a little bit of continuous effort! How are you making a difference during #SBMonth2018? We would love to know your creative recycling ideas!
Follow along on Instagram and Facebook to get constant updates on blog posts and ways we LOVE keeping things sustainable at Refined Beauty Boutique!
It's no secret that having healthy hair means covering all of your health bases. While you can have the best products or stylist on hand, the key to long term (healthy) hair growth lies within your diet, water intake, and overall health. We've always thought of this as an interesting way to maintain and restore hair growth, as it's not often talked about. What if you could start your journey to hair growth through food? Well, we're about to show you the best foods for healthy hair growth and you won't want to miss it. Keep scrolling to learn!
The hair is made up of many vitamins and nutrients. Including certain things into your diet simply enhance or supplement them. One of the major building blocks of your hair is protein which is thankfully, quite easy to implement into your daily diet! For strong and protein-based hair, be sure to regularly eat foods like eggs, Greek yogurt, and poultry (turkey or chicken).
Omegas & Fats
Your body doesn't produce the healthy, unsaturated fats that you need and get from foods like nuts, avocados, flax seeds, and salmon. By including these foods into your diet, you reduce inflammation, ultimately letting things like hair follicles do their thing: providing mega shine and fullness!
Vitamins A, E, & C
Vitamins - we know we need them but making sure we're sufficient in them is easier said than done. By including vitamins A, E, and C into your diet, you up the amount of iron and protein in your body and supply the hair with things like collagen, giving rich body to your hair growth structure. Vitamin rich foods: citrus fruits, spinach, and orange veggies (sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, mango, carrots, and pumpkin).
Having strong hair is just as important as having long hair. If your goal is to have long hair, making sure it's strong and sustainable is what gives it a chance for long term health and resistance against constant coloring and/or styling. The best iron-rich foods to work into your diet are dark leafy greens, Legumes, and dark chocolate!
Now that you know the key foods for ultimate hair growth, it's time to start focusing on how and when you'll start implementing them into your diet. One of the ways we love to track our progress is with a hair journal and pictures on our phones. Starting on day one, track what foods you plan to put into your diet and take a "before" photo. Save both of those in your notes app and check back a month or two later, documenting the progress that's been made. We guarantee you'll be surprised with the hair growth progress and with your overall health! Have you ever tried changing your diet to improve overall hair growth? We would love to know your stories and experiences in the comments below!
Feel like speaking with an actual person/stylist for hair growth tips? Contact the salon today!
Be Your Best You
Does beauty have anything to do with being your best you? While being your best you is not dependent on physical appearance, it does have a lot to do with self care, investing your time in knowing how to care for your body, skin, and hair, and lots and lots of self love. It can seem like a simple change to make to your lifestyle, but it does come with a lot of time and effort, which is what we're here to help you out with. Do you think beauty can help you be your best you? If so, how? If not, we'd love to shed some light.
Tips, tricks, trends: What are some quick tips on beauty that we can use on a daily basis for our busy lives?
How you feel about the way your look directly effects your self-esteem, confidence, performance, and attitude. Doing something to care for yourself each day creates a great habit of self worth and value. We believe it shows a sign of respect for yourself and to others. If you look good you feel good.
Hit the Salon
Get a great cut and color. This should suit your personal style, your skin color, hair type, and lifestyle. It will make mornings easier if this is already done. We may be biased, but it is worth the investment! Even if your lounging in your sweats on your day off, you can still feel beautiful when you have a fresh hair cut & color and cared-for skin.
Keep it simple, loves. Invest some time and effort into staple pieces like a great lip color or blush. It's also important to invest some time in the surface canvas - your skin. Care for your skin by exfoliating three times a week and use an anti-aging product daily. Great makeup needs a healthy canvas too! We've provided a little background on why these things are important to include in your makeup routine.
Cleanse before applying products like anti-aging ingredients: exfoliate 3x per week, moisturize daily, and always wear sunscreen!
Anti-aging ingredients: vitamin C (helps to brighten), hyloronic acid (helps plump skin), and retinol (helps reduce wrinkles)
Cosmetic Trends: There's no shame in staying up to date on trends every now and then. Whether it's for their convenience, their quality, or affordability, they are trends for a reason. This can help you see what options are out there for you when it comes to beauty. Some recent trends: lash extensions, microblading, botox, and cheek fillers.
Self-love: Where does a woman start when it comes to reinventing herself from a beauty point of view?
Everything starts with (a lot) of self love. It may sound like a novelty thing at this point, but it takes a lot more dedication and effort than we all realize. Put it in your calendar every week to do a little spa treat for yourself. This can be a 5 minute hydrating sheet masque to a deep conditioning treatment on your hair or a peppermint foot masque to relax. Look in the mirror and tell yourself things such as “I am beautiful” “I look amazing” or "dang I'm cute"! Feeling like you look great starts with giving yourself words of affirmation that you are!
How we feel on the outside effects us positively or negatively on in the inside. Unfortunately, this can mean your confidence and your attitude. Have you ever had a bad hair day? Yep! How fast does that make you want to go back to bed? Make time to care for you and your beauty.
It's all about thinking differently about your appearance and being confident in who you are so you can be the BEST YOU!
Focusing on your outer appearance has nothing to do with others. It's first and foremost all about you! It's about showing yourself that you're worthy of self care, spa treatment, and feeling your absolute best. Itching to get into the salon now? Book your appointment TODAY! We would love nothing more than to have you take a seat, relax with a complimentary beverage, and get a head start on your best you!
Wedding Dresses with Hair Styles
Refined Beauty is ever so honored to be pairing up with Chicago's Mignonette Bridal for a bridal "Love Brunch" this weekend to celebrate the launch of their newly reclaimed service Ette Bridal: The Wedding Tailor. The name of their game is to cater to brides and their unique style & body shapes with a wide range of amazing designer gowns to choose from and their well-known bridal tailor service. We can't think of a better brand to team up with as we support anything that supports brides in their unique state of beauty! To see some of their best gowns paired with the our recommended hair styles , keep scrolling, loves!
With Spring in site, we are gearing up for some lighter, strap looks for our brides. With a more revealing look, it's important to keep things clean yet comfortable. With impeccable detail in the dress design and a soft but clean hair style, a bride becomes unstoppable in her wedding day beauty!
Gali Karten 2018: this designer is the definition of swoon worthy! The 2018 collection has managed to give brides the option of detailed gowns that bare beautiful neck & shoulder lines with the perfect amount of modesty. There's just something about the way they fall on a bride that allows for so much glow in all the right ways!
Hair styles: Enter the soft but clean (not too undone) look. A low bun for petite brides and off to the side for brides with broader shoulders is the perfect guide to go by for brides of all unique silhouettes.
A plunging V neck line is something we just die over! It's one of our favorite bridal looks as it opens the doors for SO much beauty creativity! A couple of designers come to mind when we think about the perfect, fashionable plunging v necks that pair so beautifully with a simple hair style.
Berta: These romantic gowns with soft, ultra-feminine detailing (think delicately ruffled sleeves and peplums, floral embroideries, beaded halternecks and sheer layering) can make a girl want to wear her wedding dress all day, every day. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Berta if there wasn’t a touch of sensual glamour, which for this season comes in the form of the house’s signature double thigh high slits, plunging necklines and backs, and alluring illusion bodices.
Dany Mizrachi 2018: This year's collection had us falling in love at first sight! This collection is a mix of glamorous and romantic looks featuring ethereal layering, beaded fringes, openwork accents and embroideries and appliques in floral motifs.
Hairstyle: Loose, simple, and pulled away from the neck to show off that plunge.
Off the Shoulder
After rocking the fashion scene for quite a while now, it was inevitable that the off the shoulder style was going to make its way into the wedding world... and we CAN'T get enough of it, especially from this particular designer! This is the perfect way to rock an effortless, voluminous hair style on your wedding day that screams style and seminalism.
Victoria Soprano 2018: “The One” bridal collection by Victoria Soprano is an ode to passionate love. With a line-up that is overflowing with gorgeousness and unique styles, it’s hard not to find “the one” gown that will make you go head over heels!
Hairstyles: For a sexy romantic look, sweep up all of your locks on top of head. Think volume for a glamorous finish or have it cascade away from the face for a more classy, romantic look. Think volume and large loose curls!
Some brides are just magnets for subtle designs and an overall classic look. Invisible necklines are the perfect way to go when you aim to include elegant simplicity. Pair it with a classy but voluminous hair style and your guests are going to see you in all your bridal glory!
Ellis Bridals 2018: this collection puts a spotlight on exquisite details such as fully beaded gowns with delicate flutter sleeves, ball gowns with three-dimensional flowers and asymmetric hems, structured looks in mikado and platinum jacquard, and a beautiful variety of elegant necklines, from high illusion necks in lace to contemporary off-the-shoulder designs: “the 2018 collection reimagines poise for the modern bride. Classic style is streamlined in clean, modern lines with a focus on luxurious and intelligent embroidery. This is the season of features.”
Hairstyles: Keep things clean and classy. An off the neck look always does wonders to show off the detail of the gown. A voluminous low chignon does the trick, every time! Pair with subtle hair bling for extra stunning bridal class.
Another look that Ellis Bridals does perfectly is strapless! Again, Spring is on the way and that means baring a little (or a lot) more shoulder! Baring more skin than usual can be tough to style so when in doubt, go back to the basics!
Hairstyles: Think balance. A half up half down look is the perfect way to show off skin and give a romantic finish. For bustier brides, pull hair in front to one side. Also think soft big curls or try a classic wave and side part.
We are so excited for the Love Brunch with Mignonette bridal! It's going to be an (incredibly fun) event that caters to the bridal community in such an inclusive, graceful way. Not only do they have their amazing selection of versatile designers they also make sure a bride can leave with whatever dress they fall in love with by tailoring it to fit them and their perfectly unique selves. It's all about creating beauty with one of the best bridal aces in Chicago and we could not be more excited and honored. Did we miss your wedding dress neckline? Share below so we can pair you with the perfect hair styles!
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New Year New Look
What is it about a new year that brings so much motivation, excitement, and NEW things? While thinking about a new diet isn't always fun, we're giving you absolute permission to get really psyched about a new LOOK! There are so many new trends to look forward to as well as hot tips to keep your 'do looking amazing once you step out of the salon. Keep scrolling to learn about the top beauty tips and trends for 2018 to get to a totally new you!
There is so much YAS about this new color trend, we could scream it from the rooftops! Instead, we're just going to tell you about why this bold look may be the perfect new thing to dress up your overall look while staying professional. We saw a huge wave of bold colors in 2017, including the silver-grey hues. 2018 is already making its claim by taking it down a tiny notch to a more sophisticated level. Icy blonde is definitely the new grey and we are all for it. Not only does this color illuminate all skin types, it looks amazing styled or left alone. It's automatic chic vibe makes for an effortless look every time. The best way to care for a bold hair move like this? Wait a day or two after the coloring to shampoo it, begin using a quality treated-hair shampoo & conditioner, use cooler water temps in the shower, and treat it with a hair mask and products like these:
•Davines Nounou Hair Mask with tomato extract: Perfect for Highlighted Hair
•Alchemin Shampoo + Conditioner in Silver: Feeling Brassy? Use this and balance out those unwanted tones
•Dede Hair Mist, leave-in conditioning spray: Great for all hair types
Choppy Textured Short Hair
If you haven't noticed, things are getting a little spunky this year and we cannot get enough! We could create looks like this all day. They have opened the doors to such fun vibes, setting the tone for some edgy styles in the beauty, blogging, and wedding industries! A choppy, textured look can lead to so much creativity and originality, something we feel those industries are in desperate need of! We are loving this look due to its step up from the slightly-layered lob that rocked 2017. We'll miss the lob, but we;re all for change! We know what you might be thinking though... And we're here to tell you that styling this type of look can be even easier than styling a lob. Our go to tips & tools for short, textured hair:
•The Beach Waver: Create perfect undone waves
•Davines Invisible Serum: Hair lotion for the hair to add SEPARATION and tame the fly aways
•Sea Salt Spray : Enhance body and shine with the award winning Davines Salt Spray
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If we see anything make a debut this year, we want it to be CURLS! The new natural curl-inspired looks have been rocking our world and we are here to give you some tips on how to both get curls and maintain them. Depending on your hair type, natural-looking curls may be really hard to achieve or difficult to tame. Hair naturally straight? Get all the texture you can with things like salt spray, dry shampoo, and minimal shampoo use (stick to just washing your scalp). If you already have natural curls that you're wanting to give more shape to, look to a quality curl cream. We also recommend the following tips to both achieve and maintain gorgeous curls:
•For straight hair: Use a 2 inch curling iron + hairspray to create hold
•For curly hair: Try the New Love Curl Cream which leaves curls soft, shiny and defined
•Diffuse curls: Dry locks with a diffuser. This will control the airflow to keep curls bouncy and add volume
The Shag & Bangs
We know 2018 just started, but this look is already the winner in our opinion! The 70s has had a huge impact on this new year and is a trend we hope stays strong! Bangs can be scary but so great for any face shape, skin tone, and personal style if their originally cut properly. The nice thing about this look is that it's a long-bang look. This is a great way to feel risque about your new hair venture while keeping the ability to style easily. A few tips & tricks for styling this type of look:
•Break out the bobby pins to train your bangs to fall a certain way
•Blow dry and style bangs first while wet so you can control the natural fall of your fringe
•Add a medium hold hairspray after styling to add a bit of texture and hold
You deserve to get excited about something new this year. Why not make that something-exciting YOU? If you're on edge about trying out these bolder looks for 2018, never hesitate to talk it out with one of our consultants, research until your heart desires, and stay updated on all of our styling tips on the blog. Happy new year beauties!
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When you look good, you feel good and vice versa. Developing a healthy view on beauty rests on developing routines that require a little bit of research and attention to what is good for you and what is not, in terms of beauty, mind and body. So what things are good to pay attention to in particular? Keep scrolling and learn how to start developing that perfect balance between a healthy mind, body, and relationship with beauty.
Healthy Beauty, Healthy Mind, Healthy You
Think Clean & Declutter
Whether it's your work space, the food you put into your body, or the products you put on your skin, keeping a simple and clean mindset is the best way to start developing a healthy relationship with beauty. Start thinking about the things you need versus the things you don't. If you tend to have dry skin and hair, maybe skip on the overload of hot tools or heavy makeup. Pay attention to what your body, hair, and skin react to, both in positive and negative ways. Once you start to track this, you'll start to feel a sense of control over your relationship with beauty, ultimately making you feel beautiful in more ways than one. You can also start by doing little things such as de-cluttering your space. A good rule of thumb is to have 3-5 skin & hair products at a time and 5 basic beauty products that you plan to put on your face. A physically clean beauty space will also guarantee a clean space in that beautiful mind of yours!
Maintenance is Key
A healthy relationship with beauty takes work, but it's always worth it in the long run. You'd be surprised how a little bit of maintenance goes a long way. Here are just a few little things that you can do to make a big difference in your beauty routine: drink more water, don't overuse makeup or hair products, lessen smoking and alcohol, always wash your face at least two times a day, and DRINK. MORE. WATER. The key is to realize that beauty maintenance is like a wagon. It's okay to fall off every now and then, as it's not an easy thing to keep up with, but you must always get back on to keep things moving at a healthy flow.
When developing a healthy relationship with beauty, the goal is to develop an overall healthy lifestyle. Pay attention to the things that make you feel amazing via mind, body, and soul and form a commitment to doing those things often. We take pride in being in the beauty industry as it's let us educate and empower women like you to see how beautiful you truly are and give you the resources to always feel that way. How do you maintain a healthy relationship with beauty?
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Whether you’re buying something for your Grandma or best girlfriend, it’s important to think about what they’ll really love but not buy for themselves, especially during the holidays. So that you get them the best gifts yet without breaking the bank, we have the perfect gift ideas for you! From beauty boxes to a gift cards, keep reading and learn how to give the gift of beauty this year!
Davines Beauty Box
We currently have a deal going on for our Davines beauty boxes! All through December, buy 2 get 1 free on all Davines products and receive a free gift box with this purchase while supplies last! These beauty boxes come with some of our favorite all natural products that we use everyday on our clients. Not only do the products come in an adorable box, saving you wrapping time, they also come as a daily routine set with products such as the Davines OI shampoo, conditioner, and All in One Milk hydrating detangler!
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A Salon Day Gift Card
One of the main things that people neglect to buy themselves is a day at the salon. This is even more likely during the holidays as there’s so much going on, making self-TLC the last thing on their to do list. Whether you’ve heard your BFF wanting to try a new color or your Sister in need of a cut & style, make their Christmas gift one that lasts longer than just a regular visa gift card. Stop in the salon or give us a call today to purchase a gift card for all your favorite beauties in life!
Beauty Dupe Stocking Stuffers
While we love quality beauty brands, we know everyone loves their products at a reasonable price. To keep things simple, gifting your beauty-lovers with simple stocking stuffers is the perfect way to give them what they love while keeping things affordable. The best way to do this is with some “beauty dupe” research. Since that takes time, we thought we’d gift you with the perfect beauty dupe list for both hair and makeup products! See below!
All in all, make sure to take it easy on yourself when finding the perfect gifts this year. It’s easier than you think and all it takes is a little research to get some good, efficient ideas. No matter who you’re shopping for, you now have the perfect list to get started. Let’s go shopping!
What are some ideas that would go on your beauty gift guide? Share below!
After declaring ourselves a sustainable Davines salon, you might be able to tell that the brand holds some of our most favorite products. While we’ve included many of their products in our posts and in our salon routines for clients, we wanted to give you a narrowed down list of our top favorite products and list the reasons why we love them so much!
1. OI All in One Milk
Sometimes, there’s a product that does it all! From hydrating, to detangling, to minimizing frizz, the OI All in One Milk is one of Davines’ top rated products. Whether you have flyaways or frizz, running it through your locks after a shower keeps things feeling fresh and looking smooth. The scent and miracle working ingredient? Roucou oil - a naturally rich oil that provides hydration and stimulates melanin!
2. Award Winning OI Shampoo & Conditioner
After being named the go-to daily shampoo and conditioner by Refinery 29, it’s no wonder why we think of them as heaven on earth! Once they’ve been evenly applied and rinsed (very little application needed), hair is smoother, shinier, and more voluminous than ever. Being infused with the beloved Roucou oil that's full of beta-carotene & antioxidants, hair also gains strength and a gorgeously fresh smell. We only have one warning - once you try it you’ll want to use it forever!
3. OI Absolute Beautifying Potion Oil
During the Winter and Summer months, hair takes a beating. Whether it’s from constant styling or chlorine, it’s most likely to go through a dry and damaging rough patch. Since this is quite unavoidable, it’s important to have a good product on hand all year long. Not only does the OI Oil size make for the perfect stocking stuffer & fit perfectly in a handbag, it’s useful to apply it whether you’re styling your hair or not. Apply after a shower for smooth, shiny locks and let dry, or run through those little spurts of flyaways once you’ve already styled your hair.
There’s nothing better than an innovative, brand new color-treatment brought into the world of beauty. Flamboyage isn’t so much a product as it a technique to develop a more natural color with incredible dimension. Using some of Davines top quality color products, we’ve incorporated flamboyage as one of our most favored color treatments and our clients agree! The creative application technique makes for some amazingly blended color affects. Stop in the salon today or contact us for more information on Flamboyage!
Giving you the rundown on our favorite products means letting you in on our hair care philosophy and values. Davines is an all natural-based brand which is something we hold close to our hearts. It’s important to us that people use a product that’s healthy for their hair and enhances their natural beauty, ultimately instilling confidence. It’s also important that they leave our chairs with a healthy view on beauty and aware that they can live that out in their daily lives. So, what’s your favorite beauty product? We’d love to know!
As the weather changes, so does our hair and skin's need for TLC. This can cause you to dread your daily beauty routine which is stressful and just plain unfair! With what seems like so much maintenance and so little time, we want to provide you with the top tips for small but effective beauty changes this winter, bound to make your life easier and your busy days enjoyable!
Healthy Skin. Healthy Hair.
1. Even though we're not moving into the sunnier months, always use that SPF! If makeup is a part of your daily routine, make sure to clean your brushes frequently and gently apply a SPF based foundation.
2. Hydrate like crazy! Aside from drinking a lot of water, make sure to apply a hydrating lotion or moisturizer to your face and body each morning and before bed if possible, preferably after a shower. This also includes finding a good, moisturizing lip stick or lip balm. Proper moisturization prevents dry, cracked skin which can be bothersome and painful! We recommend using Davines Authentic Nourishing Oil.
2. Exfoliate skin 3 times a week to remove dead skin for a brighter, youthful effect. This creates the perfect surface for any other skincare products to be absorbed, making for the best impact! Our favorite is a sugar scrub since they are meant to be gentle on the skin.
3. While exfoliating and moisturizing is important, it's also crucial to be easy on your lovely skin. Let it breathe every now and then by using a humidifier but avoid using harsh temperatures when showering. This allows for skin to feel and look refreshed while defeating redness and dryness!
4. Apply a hair mask 1 time a week to repair and hydrate locks, making them healthier and shiny! Give the award-winning Davines Nounou shampoo a try!
5. Use a wet brush or wide tooth comb with a detangler when hair is clean and damp. Brushing hair while it's wet can cause hair to snap! Try Davines OI Leave In Milk. It helps to protect, detangle, defrizz, hydrate and strengthen hair with its main power house ingredient Roucou.
6. Balayage your solid hair color to create dimensions and brighten the face!
7. Create a new texture to your locks and go wavy. Prior to curling, spray each section of hair for protection then once it's all curled, take a brush and break it down. Finish with a dime size of OI Oil to soften and smooth ends.
8. Bored with your hair but scared to experiment with any physical changes? Change up your products and invest in tools like the Hot Tools 3/4” wand. Top it off with the Davines No Gas Spray for hold and shine!
It's important to remember that you already have the beauty part down, gorgeous! Products and tips like these just make it easier for you to maintain the craziness throughout your crazy days, especially with the holidays coming up so quickly! With these hot tips, you'll be sure to stay on your game during this cold season. What beauty changes do you make from season to season? Share in the comments below!
Hello our soon-to-be-brides! Before deciding what pre-wedding beauty routine to start, hop on Pinterest and get some inspiration to find the look you'll want on your wedding day but also know your beauty team is there to consult and converse ideas with you. Us stylists are trained to know what looks good with the shape of your face, skin tone, hair color, dress style, and surrounding light. When we think about what will make you feel perfect on your big day, these are all of the things we consider. So, with a few of our pre-wedding beauty tips and your own preparation a month or two before the big day, you are sure to be bridal-beauty ready from head to toe!
When it comes to taking care of your face, you'll want to consider your lashes, brows, and skin. Whether you are into waxing / extensions or not, it's important to think about what you want your lashes and brows to look like on the day of your wedding. If you want them to be full but natural-looking, consider lash extensions and a brow tint or microdermabrasion. Make sure you schedule a lash fill at least 3 days before your wedding or a week if it's your first time trying it out. This allows the perfect mount of time for you to get used to them and let them relax from any possible irritation or swelling. For microdermabrasion, make sure to consult with your beauty team! We recommend starting the microdermabrasion process at least 7 weeks before the wedding or 3 days prior for an eyebrow tint. Making sure your skin is in its best condition, ask your beauty team what products they recommend for your skin type. A list of products you'll want to use - a cleanser, exfoliator, mask, eye cream, moisturizer (SPF!), and night cream. If needed, you can also use a spot treatment. As it gets closer to your wedding day, it's important that you do not switch up your beauty routine products and that you lower the usage of the exfoliator and the mask. Over-use paired with stress can cause your skin to go into a relapse, defeating the whole purpose!
The body always needs some TLC with things like exercise and healthy eating but when it comes to beauty, it's all about taking care of the skin! The number one thing you can do to protect your skin and keep it looking fresh for the wedding day is drinking tons of water and using SPF when out in the sun. Don't feel pressured to wear it all day every day, but definitely keep it in your purse for the days leading up to your wedding, especially if you'll be outside. Redness or a sun burn is the last thing you'll need! You'll also want to make your waxing arrangements about a week before the wedding. This will prepare you for both the wedding day and honeymoon but also allow enough time for any redness or irritation to go down.
There's a pretty simple motto when it comes to preparing your hair for the big day... Be nice!! It's also important to plan out your hair appointments. If you're wanting to try out a new cut or color for your wedding day, we recommend doing so at least a month in advance, just in case you want to change things up. If you'll be sticking to your usual cut and color, making an appointment for that at least a week ahead of time is best. One thing we see brides neglecting is the condition of their hair. Make sure to minimize heat and styling use on your hair a few months leading up to the wedding and maybe even consider scheduling conditioning treatments.
Be proactive! If you plan to change things up, like your hair cut or color, make sure to think logically about it and consult with your beauty team. Timing has a lot to do with preparing before the wedding so keep the above tips in your back pocket when it comes to planning out your appointments (lash fill, brow fill, spray tan, wax, etc). All in all, it's so important to treat your skin, hair, and body with love and respect. Always wash a day's makeup off and be easy on your hair when it comes to washing and styling it.
What are some beauty tips you like to follow when it comes to preparing for an event or wedding day?
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How is it that bridal beauty has gone from extremely done-up to effortlessly-natural in a matter of 3-5 years? It's a sight we never thought we'd see but we are on board and ready to embrace it, especially with these six trends in particular. It's now October and we are ready to get into the nitty gritty of Fall beauty. So buckle up, and let's learn about all things braids, bolds, neutrals, and accessories!
It's no wonder that braids have become a hit these past five years. That's because they aren't just braids anymore. With the detail and intricacy of braiding now-a-days, they're an official "style" and at times, a work of art. They allow for beautiful, original detail with each head of hair while keeping things classy. This is why they have been so welcomed in the wedding world. You can get fancy or keep things looking natural. If you were wondering about rocking a braid on your big day, we say go for it. With the versatile style options, your stylist can help you create a stunning, original look!
We all know that opposites attract and with Fall coming up, we're about to see some seriously stunning, oppositional pairings! A color to keep on your radar: ox blood. One our faves so far - an ox blood lip paired with a neutral eye. If you have trouble deciding how dark to take your look, consider your hair and skin tone. If you naturally have extremely dark hair and fair skin, you can totally get away with a super dark lip. If you have natural honey tones, consider a dark color that leans toward red or pink rather than plum. Another fav is matte dark mauve!
While this is similar to bold trends, we think of sultry as a little more relaxed, flowing, and a little less put together. Sort of like your calm, yoga-teaching aunt who is also a licensed HMUA creating a killer-yet-soft look for you on your wedding day. While she gives you a darker eye than normal, she knows just how to pair it with a neutral lip and somewhat-bohemian hair style. This can be beautifully done with almost any dress, hair style, and design scheme. In other words, it allows for some serious fun!
This one gives us absolute heart eyes (insert emoji here)! We give this one the cake for chicness & versatility, and here's why... A shimmery lid can take things in a classic or bold direction, can be paired with a bold, nude, or pink lip, and can allow for a done-up or very natural look. At the moment, brides tend to love the less-is-more look and with new trends such as shimmery lids, we are able to provide them with new, individual looks. Something everyone strives to have on their wedding day!
A natural, clean, and put-together look has been ruling 2017 so far, and has even busted its way into the wedding world. "Less -is-more" usually isn't the rule when it comes to weddings (we're looking at you 1982), especially with bridal beauty, and we understand why. There are cameras all over the place - professional cameras now-a-days, everyone is basically there to see the bride, and the pressure of looking like absolute perfection on your wedding day is so intense. We personally love when brides come to us asking for a natural, clean look. This allows us to put forth our mission of making women feel beautiful, just as they are. So if you didn't want to be covered in makeup on your big day, congratulations, it is now on-trend to do the opposite!
We consider this our time to play! While we love creating simple looks, we can't deny our love of playing dress up with our bides. Bridal embellishments and accessories are not just for jewelry and body adornment. After the floral crown craze, things began to die down a little and take a classy turn... Enter hair accessories! These allow us to put the finishing touch on any hair style and really dress things up in a subtle way. It also makes the brides feel like a true queen on their day, as they should.
There you have it! These top Fall wedding trends have created a whole new wedding world and like we said, we are so on board. It allows brides to take their beauty from one end of the spectrum to the other, something we love to help them explore. If a trend allows us to go from bold and classic to natural and chic, we will be forever grateful of it. What are some of your favorite Fall wedding trends? Past, present, or future, we'd love to know!