Fall Beauty Guide: Back-to-school
As the lazy days of summer wind down, reviving your early morning routine may have a slow start. Ditch the snail mail pace and dive right into the new school year with these beauty tips that will surely get you to the head of the class.
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Early morning coiffure
Summer’s cycle of late nights and late mornings, makes setting an early alarm for school painful. If you’ve hit the snooze button one too many times, skip the full shampooing shower, give yourself a European rinse and use a dry shampoo to resuscitate hair. Try ORGO Dry Shampoo (available at www.BeautyCirque.com August 8), a dry powder that with one application renews and revives hair giving you a fuller, more voluminous style that has body and movement. All you need is a few sprays all over the head, then use your fingers tips to massage throughout hair. On longer hair, flip head upside down, spray thoroughly and massage into hair. If your hair is already squeaky clean, boost your waves with the 30 Second Curl Spray (available at Walgreens, Duane Reade and Wal-mart stores nationwide). Plus, your hair will benefit from the formula’s softening argan oil, UV damage protecting green tea extract and color guarding lychee extract.
Rainy days and Mondays…
Rain and an early morning class are a lethal combination. Marc Mena, Celebrity Hairstylist and Senior Stylist at Warren Tricomi, says your hair doesn’t have to suffer when the weather isn’t optimal. “On rainy days, I recommend a classic chignon. Putting hair up on rainy days always seems to be the best option to keep hair in place and stop frizz from forming,” says Mena. A loose bun is also a great rainy day style – give it a sprinkle of glamour with BIC Bands. The non-slip headbands come in a palette of fall colors including Big Bling Sparkle Green Apple, Big Bling Sparkle Gold, Minnie Sparkle Red and Skinny Sparkle Brown. Feel good about your BIC Bands purchase – Each month, the company donates a portion of sales to a different charity.
Don’t pop it!
Our skin feels the backlash of shorter days and fall’s cooler temps and the result is an overreacting T-zone mixed with dry patches. Skin Authority’s GO! Teen Kit soothes freaked out skin with its four scientifically balanced products proven to address the factors that cause breakouts, redness, and spots. In just a few steps, skin will look and stay clear and smooth, without feeling too oily or too dry. The GO! Teen Kit includes a Daily Cleanser, Acne and Oil Control, Vitamin A Cell Renewal and Sunscreen Moisturizer SPF 30 UVA 4-Stars. If you’ve got that one, noticeable, big one, Sonya Dakar’s Blemish Buster is tinted so you can use it to calm that flaming pimple both day and night. Formulated with Nano-Salicylic Complex to unclog pores, Probiotic Anti-Acne Complex to kill acne causing bacteria and colloidal silver, a natural antiseptic, to keep flare-ups at bay, the Blemish Buster will be your new BFF on picture day.
Don’t sweat the small stuff
From an early morning yearbook meeting to film club at lunch, cheer practice after school and right into your English Lit study group, feeling fresh is definitely a priority, especially when the hottie from third period shows up unexpectedly to your study session. Motion Medica‘s No Time To Shower Botanical Mist will have you smelling delightfully clean until you can hit the shower. Featuring more than 20 hard-working botanicals that kill bacteria causing odor and acne, the mist doesn’t contain benzoyl peroxide, alcohol or parabens, helps prevent acne caused by bacteria in sweat, is suitable for sensitive skin and includes pro-vitamin B5 to improve your skin’s health. And, if you need a touch up, but don’t want to add a full face of makeup, try Mai Couture Foundation Powder Papier, a sheer, tinted sheet that has illuminating mineral-based powder to give skin a natural and flawless look. The long-lasting formula has buildable coverage, and it can be used alone or over makeup for a quick retouch. The velvety powder softens the appearance of imperfections, evens out skin tone, and controls oil.
All summer long, we’ve seen colorful tips on Katy Perry, Demi Lovata and Selena Gomez and it looks like this beauty trend is trickling into fall. Celebrity hairstylist Nelson Vercher, known for his work with Jennifer Lopez, Kelly Rowland, Olivia Palermo, Kim Kardashian and Britney Spears, says back-to-school looks should be about reinvention. “My personal favorite of all the trends for back-to-school is when someone does something totally different, like changing their hair color. Think Emma Stone or doing a super fun color, Katy Perry-style, like a lavender or a pretty pastel such as light blue fading into pink and blonde ends,” says Vercher. “Ombre hair is still a hot trend and this is a more subtle approach for the less brave. You will certainly make a statement at the start of school year rocking any of these looks.” If you are not ready for the permanent commitment, check out Artistic Strands. The Itip or Utip strands are 20 inches long and 100% real remy virgin hair. Each is keratin pre-bonded and come in a rainbow of natural dye colors. Treat them like your own hair, so if you want to make your color last, wash in cool to lukewarm water and use a color sealing/color extending shampoo and conditioner.
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