Saturday, December 16, 2017

Easy Holiday Hairstyles Medium Length Hair.

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Christmas is just around the corner and I’m feeling the spirit already! ? That’s why I have some holiday inspired hairstyle options for you.

Cute and easy hairstyle tutorials for medium-length hair.

 Do some messy waves, then twist a piece of hair, and bobby pin it back. So simple and cute! 

Twist the front of your hair back, then loop the back of your hair around it to create a unique chignon type of look. 


Braid two front pieces of hair into the back for a different take on the half-up/half-down style. 

Use four small braids to make a sweet, boho updo that can easily be worn dressy or casual.

A big top knot

 Half up short curly hair Ideas

 Straight hair with bangs

 Fall bob hairstyles

  Medium Curly Hairstyle


Friday, December 15, 2017

Holiday Hairstyles For Short Hair - Easy Styles For Women

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Why should girls with long, flowing locks have all the fun? Those of us who have made the cut to shoulder length or above aren’t short on styling options, though you wouldn’t know it from the endless sea of mid-back ombre waves on Pinterest. We all know that short hair lends itself well to accessories — there’s no better canvas for a sparkly band or statement barrette than a bob or pixie (hair, not Geldof). But what if we want to change up the style itself for a little extra wow? We searched high and low for holiday styling options for the short-haired among us, and behold:

 Retro Bouffant

With a few strategically placed bobby pins and a bit of teasing, you can create a retro-inspired bouffant that will add volume and dimension to your short hair. Try adding a sparkly headband for a fun holiday look!

Twisted Half-Up

If you’re looking for a quick way to tame messy waves, try out this easy tutorial. This twisted-half-up utilizes the volume and texture from unruly second-day hair to create a chic and modern party hairstyle.

Simple Updo
This simple updo tutorial is perfect for women with a short bob hairstyle. By pinning up the short pieces in the back and allowing the front curls to frame the face, you’ll create a stunning hairstyle worth of the red carpet.

The Twisted Phonytail

If your short hair creates a thin and lackluster ponytail, try this genius “phonytail” tutorial that cleverly pins small pieces of hair to create a thicker and more glamorous ponytail!

Soft Beach Waves

Short hair is notoriously difficult to call, but this step-by-step tutorial demonstrates how to create pretty soft saves with a flat iron.

Faux Updo

For those who are a bit timid to attempt a complicated updo, try this faux updo by Keiko Lynn. After creating the styled look, she demonstrates how you can easily camouflage any flaws with a beautiful silk scarf or bandanna.

Full Pony

Fake a fuller pony with a little backcombing action.

Monday, December 11, 2017

How To Do A Professional Manicure - Step By Step

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There is something about a beautiful manicure that just looks and feels elegant, but the cost of salon manicures can really add up over the course of a year! If you want to save time and money on manicures, you’ll need our essential steps for a DIY manicure at home—for a fraction of the cost!

The Perfect Manicure at Home

Step 1: Essential tools. Be sure to have the following in a tote you always have assembled and ready.

    Nail-polish remover and cotton swabs or pads
    Nail clippers
    Emery board and nail buffer
    Cuticle pusher and nippers
    Callous/cuticle remover
    Hand/nail moisturizer
    Base coat
    Nail polish
    Clear topcoat

Step 2: Remove any previously applied nail polish. To acetone or not to acetone, that is the question.

When you are at the drugstore and wondering which type of polish remover to buy, keep this in mind: Non-acetone nail polish removers are gentler than acetone-based ones BUT the acetone-based remover will work far faster and be in contact with the skin for a shorter period of time than the non-acetone based removers. It’s a trade-off because even the gentler non-acetone based polish removers are still not kind to skin.

Step 3: Shape nails. Clip your nails, if necessary, then gently file them into shape. A slightly rounded nail shape or square-rounded edge is generally the best way to go but you can be as creative as you want.

Avoid metal or extremely coarse nail files to minimize splintering. Instead, choose a gently abrasive emery board or crystal nail file. Smooth the tops and sides of the nails with a slightly abrasive buffer to ensure an even surface, but don't forget, if you buff the nails too smooth, the polish won't adhere as well and can literally slip right off.

Step 4: Soak away. Ahh … the relaxing part. Place your hands in a bowl of warm (not too hot) water and add a bit of your gentle face cleanser or shampoo to the water. 

Soaking the cuticle before trimming is crucial, but over-soaking actually damages skin and nails, so limit this step to three minutes or less.

Step 5: Apply callous/cuticle remover. 

When cutting away the thickened skin around the nail, applying a bit of cuticle remover will be a big help! One of our all-time favorites is Be Natural Cuticle Eliminator. Despite the name, it's powerful stuff, so don't let it sit on the cuticle area for more than a few seconds.

Step 6: Remove excess cuticle and callouses around the nail. 

Using the cuticle pusher from your kit, gently push the cuticle back away from the nail, but don't push it too far because it can damage nail growth or fray the cuticle.

Be careful NOT to pull, lift, tear, rip, force, or cut into the cuticle in any way. Do NOT clip into the cuticle; merely nip off the free edge with a pair of metal cuticle nippers. It's better to under-do this step than to overdo it because the cuticle helps protect the nail bed from all sorts of problems.

Now’s also the time to also remove hangnails around the sides of the nail, but again, be careful not to cut into the nail itself or to cut into the skin too deeply.

Step 7: Moisturize.

 Massage a rich cream or silky oil into the cuticles and all over the hands to hydrate and replenish skin. Try Paula's Choice brush-on Cuticle & Nail Treatment for a spa-like finish, or massage Paula's Choice Clinical Ultra-Rich Soothing Body Butter over hands and nails.

Step 8: Prep for polish. Moisturizing ingredients left on the nail will prevent polish from adhering properly. 

Using a cotton swab or pad, apply nail-polish remover over the nail's surface to remove any residue. Although it helps to avoid getting remover on the cuticle because you want to keep that area moisturized, don't worry if you do because you're going to apply moisturizer on your nails again once the polish is dry. The most important part of this step is to be sure the nail has absolutely nothing oily or emollient left on it.

Step 9: Paint nails in layers.

 If you have weak or brittle nails, use a base coat of ridge-filling nail polish to shore up the nail. A base coat also protects nails from staining (especially important if you prefer red nail polish) and prevents chipping. Next, apply your color polish in layers, allowing each layer to dry between coats. Two coats of color polish followed by a top coat to add gloss should do the trick.

If you're new at painting nails, use a lighter shade of polish; any mistakes will be less noticeable!

Tip: Take a few minutes to touch up your manicure every other day with a single layer of top coat. This can make all the difference in keeping up that "from the salon" appearance and durability.

Check for and clean up any mistakes—and you're almost done! It takes time for nails to fully dry, so be patient. A fan helps, but don’t use heat (like from your blow dryer) or the polish will chip and peel. Also, don’t put your nails too close to the fan’s airflow or you’ll end up with bubbles in your polish.

Step 10: Reapply moisturizer! Keeping your hands and the nail area healthy-looking requires moisturizer. You can't have great nails and hands without this essential product.

If you have the right tools lined up and you use the right techniques, you can definitely give yourself a beautiful manicure. Of course, there's nothing wrong with getting a professional manicure for special occasions or just to be pampered, but knowing how to do it yourself can save you a lot of time and money!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Matching Christmas Outfits For Siblings - For Both Boys & Girls

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I’m a sucker for coordinated sibling outfits. Especially on toddlers. On older kids, for some reason — meh. Not so much. Perhaps it has something to do with all that pudge, all of those little appendages that still curl up into your arms for magical kisses and bedtime lullabies.

The fleeting years of toddlerhood, (I can say that, now that my boy is officially a kid!) wherein you can get away with dressing up your children in matching holiday ensembles is of the magical stuff that memories are made of. To me anyways.

If you like me and have no shame in doing the matching outfit thing with your toddler siblings, then rejoice! I’ve found some fabulous handmade options here just in time for the holidays …

Nothing contrived here, just straight up classy adorableness.. Love this warm, natural, classic 

Simple, casual and adorable holiday shirts. This is something that toddlers can lay around in. They are totally comfortable yet still represent the holidays in an adorable way!

Who has two little girls? Or a little sister and big sister? Do these dresses come in adult sizes? Is it wrong that I immediately envisioned my daughter and I in this matching set? You did too, don't lie! Absolutely divine.

This look is casual, yet still completely put together for pictures under the tree, a day  at the tree farm or a casual and comfy Christmas day at home! I like how so many of these outfits have mix and match capabilities.

The Whole Family 

Red Satin