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 

 

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

Image via  Foxy Cheeks

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!

Image via  Design Milk

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!

Follow along on Instagram and Facebook to get constant updates on blog posts and ways we LOVE keeping things sustainable at Refined Beauty Boutique

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!