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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Image via Calorie Secrets

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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Image via Plant Origin

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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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Image via Inspiyr

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!

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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Image via Manicare

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.

Images via Nordstrom & Charlotte Tilbury


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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Image via It's Lauren Victoria

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!

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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