Knot Your Average Thanksgiving Look

Most of us have this annoying issue on Thanksgiving: We want to look cute, but we end up with smudged makeup and our hair up in a messy bun by the actual feast. The heat. The steam. Oh my!

Here at Refined Beauty, we want to help you with navigating through the start of the holiday season with a super easy hair idea, the perfect long-lasting concealer, and a makeup setting spray that will have your makeup stuck to your face ALL. DAY. LONG.

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Twist me Pretty

  • The Dutch Braid:

    • The easiest way to look put together, is doing something fun to your hair. Whether that be a fun updo, a simple sleek ponytail, or an effortless braid. For Thanksgiving why not try to look effortless in front of your family with an awesome Dutch braid?

      1. The steps in a dutch braid are:

        1. 1. Split the hair into three sections
          2. Braid the left strand under the middle strand
          3. Move the sections into the left hand
          4. Braid the right strand under the middle strand
          5. Move the sections in the right hand
          6. Repeat

  • Concealer

    • Tarte Shape Tape

      • If you don’t want Aunt Nancy, or Uncle John to ask why you look so tired… never fear!… the best concealer is here! Tarte Shape Tape is a god send. It is a maximum coverage concealer that can be used for those under-eye circles you got from going out to too many Friendsgiving’s the week before…

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  • Morphie Setting Spray

    • You don’t think your foundation is going to stay in place all day, do you? The secret is setting spray! Morphie has a great setting spray to make sure, steam, fire, sweat and the cheek-pinching (you hopefully won’t get) can’t move your beautiful makeup.

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Have any Thanksgiving tips? Comment below!

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No More Scary Hair!

Lets face it...The month of October can be hard on your hair. The weather gets dry and cold, hat hair becomes a thing and you test your halloween hairstyle one too many times before all the parties you’ll be attending. Then, November 1st rolls around and you can’t figure out why you’re hair is so damaged (and probably so teased you can’t get a brush through it!) We want to help you keep your hair healthy, while also helping you choose the BEST products to put in your hair for this month & Halloween week. From frizzy dried-out hair, to getting out glitter, the products below will work wonders on any hair type; in moderation of course. Your hair should only look scary on one day this month, not every day! 

1. A Potion for the Knots

Windy autumn day? Too much teasing after Halloween? Davines MOMO Hair Potion is for any hair in need of a lightweight hydration boost. Shower with MOMO shampoo and conditioner, apply the potion to towel-dry hair and *POOF* - just like magic, you’ll have your glossy hair back. 

2. Grip that Glitter

Will you be a unicorn, mermaid or martian this Halloween? If so, we all know that glitter will be involved. So, make sure you get a product that will grip it in place without damaging your hair. EVO’s Gangsta Grip Bonding Resin is the perfect product giving you strong hold, but easy wash out. 

3. 10/10 

Got hat hair? Beat the frizz with It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-in Product. This little bottle is definitely a bang-for-your-buck type of deal. Spray at night and wake up with gorgeous hair. 

4. It’s Weather Proof 

Keeping you hair in place for Halloween might be difficult for some hairsprays, but for Big Sexy Hair, it’s a walk in the park, no really…you can totally walk in the park, in the wind and rain and you’re hair will still come out amazing (ok, maybe a light drizzle.) Our two favorites are Big Sexy Hair’s Weather Proof and Stay Intense Hold Hairspray 

6. A Professional Wash 

Sometimes even after you try to do everything at home, you still need professional help. That’s OK! Keeping your hair healthy means maintaining a deep condition and getting rid of those split ends. Consider getting a deep wash and trim at Refined Beauty Boutique to keep your locks luscious and looking beautiful! 

Have any other products you’ve found to work wonders in the fall? We want to hear about it! Comment below on what you’ve used for your hair! #RefinedBeautyBoutique 



Gym Beauty "Must Haves"

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! 

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Deodorant

A must (obviously). Not all deodorant is treated equal though. This one is amazing and will help you stay smelling fresh for hours after putting it on.


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Cleansing wipes

A quicker wash for your face and the towelettes clean your face way better than just splashing cold water as soap on your face.


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Sweat Proof Mascara

Start your day with some waterproof mascara and it will last through the last of the summer heat AND your mid-day gym workout. Remember: efficiently is key here people!


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Dry Shampoo

We swear by this dry shampoo and thank the beauty gods that Davines gave us this product. It is sold at Refined Beauty, so don’t forget to pick up a bottle of magic when you’re in next!


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Headband

Lululemon knows how to tame those pesky flyways with their fly away tamer headband. No slipping, no readjusting, just an awesome workout ahead of you!


What are you packing in your gym bag? What are some of your gym beauty hacks? Tell us below! 

Back to School Essentials to Keep You Moisturized and Prioritized

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!

 

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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.

 

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Backpack

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.

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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!

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Long Days

After you freshen up your skin, you can apply Urban Decay’s De-Slick Mattifying Powder. This product is great for long-lasting makeup and long days spent at school.

 

 

With all of these steps put into action, you are sure to have a stress free and beautified school year!

 

 

by Abbey Malbon 

 

Beauty Starts From the Inside Out (Literally)

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!

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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.

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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!

Top 5 Favorite Country Wedding Venues in the Chicagoland Suburbs

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!

Emerson Creek

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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

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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!

Ashley Farms 

 

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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

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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 Hair Trends & How to Treat Them

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!

Textured Waves

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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! 

 

Summer Shag

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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!

 

If you like these Summer trends & tips, you may also like Healthy Skin Care!

 

Sleek & Straight Lob

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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. 

 

Mermaid Braids

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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!

Ready for another AMAZING giveaway? You get the first sneak peak below! Stay tuned here and win BIG!

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Refined Beauty's Father's Day Gift Guide

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!

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Forming Pomade

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!

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Book Dad for a Cut, Color, or Deep Condition here!

Molding Clay

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!

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Men’s Finishing Puck products: 30% OFF all of June ☀️

Shine Wax

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!

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Finishing Gum

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. 

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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

The Jetsetting Beauty: Ultimate Travel Beauty Tips

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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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Images via Herbivore

Get refreshed before your next big trip! Book your next appointment this week!

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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!

Stay up to date on all things #RefinedBeauty here!

The Best Beauty Tools to Have in your Drawer ASAP

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Beachwaver Curling Iron

Backed by beauty bloggers and professionals alike, the Beachwaver S1 is a top favorite here at Refined Beauty. The ceramic rotating iron gives you those classic, subtle, and effortless waves in a short amount of time, fitting for any lifestyle or event. 

Images via Beachwaver and Whiskey and Lace

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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 It Means To Be A Sustainable Salon

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!

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Image via Microcosm

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!

April is Sustainable Beauty Month! What Can you Do to Celebrate #SBMONTH2018?

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

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Image via Foxy Cheeks

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!

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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!

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The Best Foods for Ultimate Hair Growth

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!

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Protein

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). 

Iron

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!

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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 

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 www.infinitylash.net   

                  Check out our favorite local Lash Extension expert Kristina at www.infinitylash.net

     

    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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    Strapless

    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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    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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