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 

 

 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!

Image via  Fazhion

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  

Image via  Brittany Gonzalez  

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!

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