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.

Images via Anthropologie and The Zoe Report

 

Cameron Street Daisy Briley Makeup Bag Set 

There's no shame in having a makeup bag that's both quality and ample in size (and super adorable). Our current favorite, the Kate Spade Cameron Street Daisy Briley makeup bag set, is known for its durable quality, spacious leather interior, and included cosmetic containers (ummm, SCORE!). Treat yourself to this beauty for Summer and we promise you'll have zero regrets.

Images via Kate Spade

 

Charlotte Tilbury Life Changing Lash Curler

Lash treatment and care have been all the rage this past year and for good reason! It's important to feel confident in your lashes, especially if your schedule barely allows you to apply makeup. Aside from treatments like lash tinting and extensions, we've been on the look out for lash-friendly tools like the Charlotte Tilbury Life Changing Lash Curler and WE. ARE. OBSESSED. This particular product is known to give your lashes a little "lift"providing lasting volume and a lash-widening effect.

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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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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!

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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Image via Design Milk

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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 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

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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

Image via Total Beauty

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. 

Healthy Beauty, Healthy Mind, Healthy You

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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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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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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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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.

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Cut

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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.

Color

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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!

Makeup

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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!

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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!