Be Your Best You 

Be Your Best You

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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.

       Check out  this  great article on the Huffington Post about social media and the effects on self image in teens.   

      Check out this great article on the Huffington Post about social media and the effects on self image in teens.


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.

Makeup Tips

                                    Check out Refinery 29's  Top Lipstick Colors for 2018                                    

                                   Check out Refinery 29's Top Lipstick Colors for 2018


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.

                   Check out our favorite local Lash Extension expert Kristina at   

                  Check out our favorite local Lash Extension expert Kristina at


    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

    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!

    Skinny Straps

    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. 

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    Plunging V-neck

    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.

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    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!

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    Invisible Neckline:

    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.

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    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.

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    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

    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!

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    Image via Fazhion

     Icy Blondes

    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  

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    Image via Brittany Gonzalez 

    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

    Stay warm this winter with these hot beauty tips →

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    Image via Styles Cop

    Curly Shapes 

    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

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    Image via Total Beauty

    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!

    THIS MONTH! Receive a FREE blow-dry style with any color service (if you are a new client)! Perfect timing for that new look ladies! Book today →

    Healthy Beauty, Healthy Mind, Healthy You

    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. 

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    Image via Just Nutritive

    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. 

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    Image via Shaklee

    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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    The Ultimate Beauty Gift Guide

    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!

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    Image via Gemma Louise

    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!

    We currently have a Davines deal going on! Stop in or contact us today!

    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!

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    Image via Fashion Magazine

    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!

    Biolage Repairinside Conditioner $22.00  ->  Davines OI Conditioner $15.00

    Redken All Soft Shampoo $29.00  ->  Davines Award Winning Minu Shampoo $14.00

    OUAI Hair & Body Oil $32.00  ->  Davines OI Oil $23.00

    MAC Twig Satin Lipstick $17.50  ->  ULTA Pink Chocolate $8.50

    Estee Lauder Double Wear $44.00  ->  Radiant Creamy Concealer Mini $13.00

    Skin Frost Dark Horse Highlighter $29.00  ->  Glow Girls Bronze & Highlight Duo $10.00

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    Image via Amelia Says

    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!

    Our Favorite Products

    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!

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    Image via XO Jane

    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!

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    Image via Could I Have That 

    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.

    4. Flamboyage

    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!

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    Image via Bloglovin'

    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!

    Hot Tips for the Cold Season: Small Beauty Changes for a Big Impact

    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!

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    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!

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    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! 

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    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!

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    Pre-Wedding Beauty Tips

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    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! 

    1. Face

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    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! 

    2. Body

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    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. 

    3. Hair

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    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?

    Leave a comment below!

    Wedding Beauty Trends for Fall 2017

    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!

    Intricate Braids


    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!


    Refined Beauty

    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!

    Au Natural


    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!

    Hair Accessories

    Refined Beauty

    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!

    Fall 2017 Beauty Trends

    With all of the Pumpkin spice and decorations in store, it's no secret that it's Fall and that people are excited about it. We can't lie either. We are so excited for the new cuts, colors, and makeup trends that Fall allows us to play with! We will show you the trends to try and how to confidently rock your own style all season. Because let's get real, you look perfect in any season! Keep scrolling to know the runway-inspired and bold-yet-effortless trends that will ensure a smooth transition from the Summer to Fall months.



    Refined Beauty

    When it comes to your cut this Fall, keep it relaxed but feel free to have some fun too! Relaxed, smooth locks is the trend of 2017, allowing you to style and add color at ease. Davines' More Inside has amazing products to help you keep things smooth if you don’t feel like styling your hair, which is a great way to show your natural, grown out beauty. If you're wanting to mix things up a bit, middle parted, side swept bangs are the chicest thing on our radar right now! Think back to those 1970s Briget Bardot bangs or Jessica Biel’s current style. Throwing in some vintage vibes is the perfect way to settle your Fall style, specifically channeling some trends from the 70s. There’s something soft-yet-bold about them that creates a classic, effortless look.


    Refined Beauty

    This fall, your hair and your coffee might have a lot more in common than you think. When it comes to color, shades like mocha or caramel are all the rage right now and we are all for it! A mixture of undertones with color melting balayage create a mix that’s forgiving to all hair types, skin tones, eye color, and face shapes. We also love the fact that fun colors are so in right now! Adding pink, teal, or lavender to your locks is no longer for middle schoolers only. This is because it pairs so beautifully with the balayage trend. Check out this chocolate mauve color and burnt rose gold style. When it comes to choosing the right color for you, it’s important to do your research, communicate with your stylist, and go confidently with your decisions!



    Usually, a dark lip and bold brows pairs beautifully with neutral eyes and nude nail polish. For Fall 2017, we can expect things to get a little more bold and electric. Add some shimmer! When applying a natural look, add a light pink shimmer at the inner corner of the eyes. To go bold, add a hint of blue to the eyes that pairs perfectly with a nude or dark lip. Smudge it out! Subtly smudged eye shadow at the bottom lid makes for an amazing, chic look. Smudging your upper lid eyeshadow a little higher with a softer color (pink or sienna) is also on-trend at the moment!


    If you can’t already tell, keeping things simple but adding one little dazzling detail, like the statement mani, which perfectly offsets a look. It’s just a matter of finding the dazzling detail that works for you and what makes you feel like the stunning beauty that you are! Our favorite thing about this Fall is how easy it is to create an effortless, chic look. Most of these trends are inspired from the runway and favored because of their applicability and versatility. This means a smooth, enjoyable Fall for you when it comes to beauty. Don't be afraid to try something new, but also know that you've already got the goods, girl! Have fun this Fall!

    Ultimate Father's Day Gift Ideas; For The Well Groomed Man

    Happy Father's Day to all the great Dad's out there!  Check out these great ideas for gifts this year for your Dad or even great for your baby's Daddy to help maintain his image.  Men want to look and feel good too!  They love to be pampered just as much as we do.  So go ahead and skip the tie this holiday, and get him something he will really appreciate. 

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    Memorial Day Weekend Style + Beauty Checklist

    Memorial Day weekend is almost here!  Make sure you stay stylish + beautiful for all of your fun parties.  Here is the check list of our beauty essentials and fun accessories so you show up in style.


    Highlight those check bones and add a fun summer glow to your skin with our favorite, Hourglass Ambient palette.

    We are obsessed with kate spade.  This is a brand that is classic, fun, + girly.  Check out these super cute totes that you can fill up with all your beauty-on-the-go essentials.

    Nothing says summer better then the color orange on your nails!  Its like a burst of tropical fun that looks great holding a delicious pina colada.

    Doesn't Memorial Day need a flag somewhere or at least the pattern?  I think so!  A cute summer flag printed top or better yet some awesome kicks.  Land of the free because of the brave!

    Last but not least...denim.  Love these fun denim dungarees found at Zara.  They are perfect for the outdoor BBQ.

    Hope everyone enjoyed our checklist and has a fun + stylish weekend!  We want to thank all of the people that serve and have served our country.