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Why You Need to Try Keratin Treatments at Home

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If you grew up with a head full of ringlets or a Hermione-Granger-style mane, you know how difficult curls can be, and you’ve probably thought about trying a keratin treatment at home at least once or twice. Yes, of course your curls can look romantic when blowing in the wind, but it takes a whole lot of teasing and tousling (and mousse!) to get them to look that way.

Let’s face it. Anyone with curls has daydreamed at one point or another about how carefree life would be without 15 minutes of pulling and twisting and conditioning every morning. Curls always seem to have a mind of their own, and getting them to cooperate sometimes seems like a Sisyphean task, to say the least.

Keratin smoothing treatments are all the rage these days, but they’re not all they’re cracked up to be. Salon treatments can leave your hair weak and brittle if they’re filled with chemicals, but today, you can enjoy the frizz-taming benefits of keratin treatments at home. Here’s what you should know about salon treatments and how you can capitalize on keratin infusions without breaking the bank.

What is the best keratin treatment?

Salon keratin treatments require the use of powerful chemicals. You’ll need to pay a skilled technician to treat your hair safely, and that will cost upwards of $200 per treatment. Keratin smoothing treatments, otherwise known as Brazilian blowouts, are not only expensive, but also quite dangerous.

Believe it or not, the gas released during the treatment is a probable human carcinogen. If the treatment is done in a well-ventilated area by a certified professional, it shouldn’t pose a threat, but the risk is there nonetheless.

There are several treatments available in high-end salons today that don’t make use of the same harsh chemicals. For example, you may come across the Cezanne smoothing treatment, argan protein therapy, or amino-style keratin therapy, all of which infuse vitamins and extracts into your locks. Japanese straightening treatments will take the curls and waves out of your mane through a process that breaks and rebuilds the protein bonds in your hair. Unlike keratin treatments, these chemical relaxers are permanent. You’ll either need to treat your roots regularly or cut off the straightened section.

Many salons also sell keratin treatments at home, but none of these kits contain formaldehyde, the key ingredient in classical keratin treatments. There are plenty of balms and conditioners that contain keratin. However, take note that if a product is available for home-use, there’s no chance that it will yield the same salon-worthy, poker straight look you would expect from a $200+ service. They will, however, keep your hair strong and healthy.

The beautician does expose the hair to keratin, but the keratin itself isn’t what makes the hair straight. After treating your hair with keratin-infused conditioners, the hairdresser will blow dry and straighten your hair at a very high setting. When exposed to the heat, the chemicals in the conditioners release formaldehyde, which seals in the cuticle for two to four months.

Do I need a keratin smoothing treatment?

Salon treatments can do wonders for frizzy, unmanageable hair, but these results are temporary. Traditional keratin smoothing treatments usually only damage your hair further. In fact, the keratin isn’t even the main active ingredient. Somewhat of a misnomer, in keratin smoothing treatments, keratin is hardly the most important component.

The beautician does expose the hair to keratin, but the keratin itself isn’t what makes the hair straight. After treating your hair with keratin-infused conditioners, the hairdresser will blow dry and straighten your hair at a very high setting. When exposed to the heat, the chemicals in the conditioners release formaldehyde, which seals in the cuticle for two to four months.

So, what is keratin anyway?

Scientifically speaking, keratin is a family of fibrous structural proteins found in the nails, and skin. It also happens to be found in horns, claws, and hooves in animals. Keratin helps protect your skin from damage or stress, and it serves as the main structural building block of hair. Your hair creates the protein naturally, but stress, UV radiation, and poor diet can slow production.

The keratin that you’ll find in Remilia hair capsules can help replace some of this lost keratin. Penetrating the shaft, keratin smooths down the layers of overlapping cells in the cuticle lending the hair a smooth, glossy sheen. The extra keratin works to keep your locks strong so that they’re more resistant to heat and stress. With the added structural material, your hair will be less likely to fray and split even when exposed to styling tools.

Should I try a keratin treatment at home?

A keratin treatment at home is definitely easier on your wallet and on your hair. It won’t cost an entire day’s paycheck, and it won’t leave your hair exposed to toxic chemicals. Realistically, you’re probably better off investing in long-term hair care rather than opting for a professional treatment. When combined with a good haircare routine, keratin treatments at home will leave your hair naturally healthier and shinier.

With a high-quality serum, you can keep your hair hydrated from the inside-out. The hair cuticle is made up of a series of overlapping layers, and when the air is humid, the outer layer absorbs moisture from the air, especially if the cuticle is already rough.

That water causes the hair to swell, making it look frizzy. Hydration is really the number one key to good hair health, and if your hair is already damaged, it’s probably highly porous. Keratin strengthens the cuticle so that when you do condition your hair, the hair can hold onto that moisture for longer.

Final Thoughts:

If hot showers and hair straighteners are part of your daily routine, you’ll want to make sure you take preventative measures to protect your hair from damage before the frizz becomes unmanageable. If you allow your hair to become too porous, you might feel compelled to seek out professional treatment, but you don’t have to let your hair get to that point.

Good haircare is all in the details. The better you take care of your hair day in and day out, the better it will look. So, use a silk pillow case, go easy on the heat tools, don’t shampoo every day, and use keratin now while your hair is healthy—so it stays that way!

How to Create Kendall Jenner’s Flawless Blowout

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Kendall Jenner blew us away at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party with her gorgeous blow out. With some impressive volume and an adorable 60’s hair flip, this 22-year-old model was certainly turning heads. Here’s how you can get the same look at home! 

 

  1. Pre-Dry 

 

Make sure your hair is at least three-quarters dry before you grab your hairdryer. Remember, the hairdryer is just meant to help you style your hair. By towel drying or air drying your hair ahead of time, you’ll help to minimize heat damage. Then either take a flat brush or tousle your hair with your fingers and dry your hair in the opposite direction of growth until it’s about 90% dry.  

 

 2. Section Off  

Use one or two clips to tie up the top of your hair so you can work on what’s called the halo section of your hair—the crown and the bottom sections around your head. Take the top of the hair next and then finish off with the hair at the back of the head. 

 

 3. The Right Brush 

 

Invest in some high-quality, round brushes. A ceramic brush will hold heat better, so it will lend more bounce and texture especially to finer hair. You can also use our 100% vegan nylon bristle brush. Modeled off of a traditional boar bristle brush, this brush will give you a firm hold on your hair allowing you to pull thick, curly locks nice and straight. 

 

4. Up & Out 

Make sure to always pull the hair up and out. Start drying at the root very close to the scalp for plenty of volume and frizz-control. You’ll want to point the hairdryer downward toward the ends of the hair following the brush to make sure its smooth and shiny. Don’t forget to work the ends until they are completely dry and polished. Moisture tends to collect at the ends of the hair creating frizz and ruining an otherwise picture-perfect, salon-quality look. 

 

5. Rock & Roll:  

Roll the hair around your brush and rock it back and forth while blow drying it to create a natural curl in the hair. When you’re finished, gently release the hair and pin up the curl to let it set. Alternate directions as you go around the head so that the hair doesn’t clump together into one large curl. 

 

6. Cool Down:  

Let the hair cool for at least five to ten minutes before removing the clips. If you’re in a hurry, use the cold shock button on your blow dryer to help speed up the process. 

 

7. Extra Products: 

 

Make sure you’re applying a nice smoothing spray or cream to your hair before you start blow drying. Then apply a bit of Remilia serum to your hairline and ends to prevent further damage. Try not to use too many conditioners besides the Cosmocap though. Leave-in conditioners are heavy, and they tend to weigh hair down making it harder for you to create the volume you need for a blowout. 

Keep either sea salt spray or dry shampoo on hand while drying your hair. Apply a bit to your roots especially when you get to your crown to add some extra oomph. Finish the look off with a bit more serum and just a touch of hair spray and you’re ready to go. 

With a Cosmocap and these seven tips, you’ll be runway-ready. Grab your red carpet dress and prepare for the paparazzi.  

 

The Hairstyle Your Man Really Wants to See

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If you’re like most of us, you’ll want to make sure your date night look is absolutely flawless. After all, you want to make sure you catch Cupid’s eye. 

Most girls assume that the best hairstyles are the ones they see in ElleCosmopolitan, and on the runways of Paris fashion week.  

However, as it turns out, men have a different perspective. While women might say avant garde, their significant others might respond with a simple “no thank you.” 

We found out what hairstyles real men liked on women, and we came up with the top three for you (and a couple of the worst!) 

Looks They Love: 

1. Classic & Curled- 

 

You can’t go wrong with an old Hollywood hairstyle. Give yourself a deep side part, some volume on top, and big curls—while a hot iron might get the trick done quickly, a set of rollers will get you those huge rolling curls.  

This classic ‘do always looks elegant, feminine, and sophisticated. Add a pair of bright red lips and a little black dress and you’re ready to go. 

2. Colors- 

 

Believe it or not, men love a splash of color. Whether it was a sleek lavender or a subtle ombre, a bit of color showed the woman had a personality. Men liked to see that a woman had her own unique sense of style. 

3. Texture- 

 

Throw in a bit of sea-salt spray for some texture and let your natural waves free. There’s nothing more attractive than a woman who’s confident enough to let her true self shine through.  

Looks to Avoid: 

1. Tight & Messy Buns- 

While a tight bun might look great with your blazer, it won’t go over as well with your date. Men tend to find buns business-like and stuffy even when they’re well done, especially if your hair is pulled back so tightly from your face it looks like it’s stretching your skin. 

You’ll want to keep the messy bun for the beach. Those wispy strands might look romantic on the sea shore, but on a fancy night out, it looks like you just threw yourself together. Valentine’s Day is a chance for you to flaunt those locks, not tie them away. 

 2. Hair Extensions- 

 

Hair extensions can give you that gorgeous, luscious mane you thought only existed in Pantene commercials. However, as it turns out, men hate these fake clip-ins. They love running their fingers through your hair. He’ll stop short when he feels odd bumps at the base of your head. 

 3. Loose Ponytails- 

 

There’s nothing that says “I don’t care” to a man like a ponytail. No matter how bad of a hair day you’re having, ponytails are never the answer. Yes, you might have added a bit of poof or a clever heart-shaped braid design, but he’s not going to notice. Just save them for the gym! 

Whatever hairstyle you choose, make sure you pop open a Remilia hair capsule when you’re in the shower so that your locks come out silky smooth for your big night out. 

After all, there’s NOTHING sexier than shinyhealthy hair. 

 

 

 

 

How I Keep My Hair Blonde And Healthy

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I have been getting this question a lot: how is your hair so healthy, yet so blonde?

To be completely honest, my hair used to suck. Circa 2008 I was playing water polo and swimming pretty much 365 days a year and the chlorine did nothing good for me. This was my senior year of high school, so I splurged on hair extensions in the spring. They were the bonded type, which lasted me well through graduation and our senior trip to Cancun. Well, apparently you can’t get drunk for seven days in a row and neglect your extensions (they don’t tell you this when you get them put in). I came home with a massive dreadlock on the back of my head. The extensions needed to come out immediately, so I did it myself, and melted all of the wax bonds at home with my straightener. Unfortunately, with the extensions came out 75% of my natural hair. My hair post-extensions was so thin and gross, and needed a serious chop. I cried (true story).

Throughout college, I dabbled with different hairstylists and an excessive amount of bleach. My hair never really got past a shoulder-length, and I was dying to have mermaid locks, so I thought going brunette was the solution. Two words: Never. Again.

After going brunette, I said goodbye to my Fresno hairdresser and came back to my hometown salon. My hairstylist at home is an old family friend, and treats my hair like it’s her own. She had to do a lot of damage control after years of terrible bleach and an outgrown brunette dye-job, but over time my hair started to grow again. To this day, she refuses to let me go past a certain level of platinum for the sake of protecting my hair. While it can be frustrating not having full control over my color, keeping my hair a consistent blonde for six-plus years has been a game changer.

I have also made a real conscious effort to cut my hair every eight weeks. I used to wholeheartedly believe that if I never cut it, it would stay long— and while it did, it was never actually healthy. Sometimes I can persuade my hairdresser to let me skip a trim, but more times than not I’m cleaning up my jagged ends every time I see her. This has helped my hair in ways that I can’t even explain.

 

 

Outside of the salon, I try to keep up with a healthy at-home hair routine. I try to limit myself to washing my hair to 1-2 days a week. Not only does this help with the oil production, but it helps me avoid using unnecessary heat on my hair, too. And, I mean, washing your hair is just a hassle.

In the shower, I have three ride-or-dies. The first two are my Pureology products. I swear by the Pureology Strength Cure Shampoo and Conditioner. The second is the Redken Extreme Cat Protein Reconstructing Hair Treatment. The protein spray is a rinse-off formula that I use a couple times a month, and works as a more affordable option to a professional Keratin treatment. These three products have worked very, very well for my hair.

Once my hair is towel-dried, I spray in a tiny bit of It’s A 10 so I can easily comb through my hair. I use a hair pick for this, because I’ve found that it allows me to work through my tangles more gently than a brush would. After my hair is detangled, I’ll use my favorite hair serum from Remilia Hair. The Cosmocap from Remilia helps add shine and prevent breakage by using silk protein and keratin amino acids. Honestly, it’s a miracle product. I love how my hair feels after the Cosmocap, and I doubt I’ll ever go back.

Nine times out of ten, I’ll let my hair air dry, and avoid curling or straightening as much as possible. If I am curling it, I use the Navy Hair Care Style Navigator beforehand, to protect my hair from the heat and frizz.

My hair is still pretty thin and has a long way to go, but if you’ve seen where its been, you’d be amazed. I’m really happy with my routine right now, and if just one person benefits from this long-winded post, it was well worth it.

Travel Hair Care Routine for Stressed-Out Hair – By @reneebigtime

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Travel is part of my job description and also one of the many things that STRESSES my hair out! My curls get dry and brittle by the time my plane lands, no matter how long the trip. Over the years I’ve picked up a few tricks to help rehabilitate my locks. The ones that work the best for me is to apply a leave-in conditioner, hair mask, or hair oil and wrap my hair into a bun, or braided into pigtails for the duration of the flight.

The other day I came across The Cosmocap by Remilia hair. A unique encapsulated hair serum that locks in moisture. The Cosmocap uses advanced Italian technology with a mix of powerful ingredients to bring you the perfect cocktail for your hair. It’s formulated with pro vitamin B-5, keratin amino acids & silk protein to repair, strengthen and hydrate. Because of its many benefits and easy to travel with capsules, I’ve added it to my travel hair prep routine.

 

Here is how I like to prep my hair for take off!

◦ Shampoo and condition🧖🏾‍♀️

◦ Massage 2 cosmocaps into scalp 💆🏾‍♀️

◦ Detangle with wet brush 🙆🏾‍♀️

◦ Style in protective hairstyle🙇🏾‍♀️

◦ Take off! ✈️

 

BUSTLE- 33 Brilliant Products To Help Get Your Ish Together, Because The Struggle Is Real

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Tolstoy is rumored to have said that a disordered desk is a sign of genius. I say “rumored,” because I can’t dig up the citation underneath everything here on my desk. Just kidding — we have the internet for that now. However, if you’re like me, you’re always trying to get more organized, or at least to stave off the appearance of being a hot mess. The good news is that there are about a million brilliant products out there to help you get your ish together, because, yes, the struggle is real.

In the hot mess department, I made a trip to the doctor’s office recently and every single person I interacted with, from the receptionist to the nurse to the doctor herself greeted me with some variation on “Ohhhh, you must have a dog!” Yes, strangers, in fact, I have a giant and hairy Great Pyrenees who deposits white strands all over my generally dark clothing on the regular — and I’d given up caring until every single person at that office managed to point out for me the canine fur that had become a part of my ensemble. If only I’d had this lint roller that rolls out just like a lipstick to sanitize myself beforehand. Learn from my mistakes, friends, and get thyself to Amazon for these quick and easy fixes!

1. This Unique Swivel Gadget Will Help You Make The Most Of Your Outlet

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Globe Electric Swivel Surge Protector, $18, Amazon

Sometimes that standard surge protector just won’t do the trick — your cords just won’t all fit in together — and that’s where this unique device does the trick, all while it eliminates clutter. Outfitted with six outlets, it’s designed with three each on two bars that can either face forward or swivel to the side to give you room for oversized cords, enabling you to put them in the right place easily. This device also features two USB ports to charge your electronic devices, and they’re all protected up to 2100 joules, with two indicator lights to alert you of the current power status and ongoing protection.

These Orbs Keep Your Stuff Smelling So Fresh And So Clean

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remodeez On-The-Go Deodorizer, $10 (2 Pack), Amazon

Whether it’s your gym bag that’s starting to smell or you’re just trying to keep your wardrobe fresh on that long business trip, these purple orbs pack a punch. Their deodorizing power comes from activated coconut husk charcoal, an odorless, non-toxic, and completely hypoallergenic material that works like a sponge to absorb and remove odor at the source. These stench-stoppers are renewable, too: Simply place in the sun once a month to reactivate.

The Lint Roller You Can Use Anywhere

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Flint Retractable Lint Roller, $8, Amazon

Can you call a lint roller adorable? How about stylish? I don’t care if it’s kosher or not to say so — this lint roller is all of that and more, and I should have a basket of them on the table in my front hall. Here’s the deal: It twists out from the bottom, kind of like a lipstick, and retracts, so you can keep it in your purse, backpack, or carryon without it sticking on everything in sight. Plus, it’s refillable and compact, perfect for on-the-go use.

These Reusable Cotton Bags Are Super Handy

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Collingwood Ecoware Reusable Cotton Bags, $16, Amazon

While they’re primarily designed for produce, these cotton bags are so versatile that they’ll find uses around your house for just about everything — gym clothes, toys, all kinds of stuff. Their use at the grocery store is inimitable, though: Breathable and eco-friendly, not only are they good for the environment, but they also keep your vegetables fresher for longer. They’re easy to clean, too — simply wash out with cold, soapy water, then hang to line dry.

This Straw Is One Simple Change You Can Make To Help Save The Planet

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GNR Home Reusable Glass Straw Kit, $20, Amazon

Our oceans are besieged by plastic, and one simple way you can do your part to help is by refusing straws when you’re out to eat. Take your straw with you — tote alongthis groovy purple glass straw that comes with its own carrying case and cleaning brush. This glass, found in the windows of the Space Shuttle, can withstand temperatures below freezing and up to 1500 degrees Fahrenheit, so it’s certainly dishwasher-proof. It’s also completely non-porous and food safe.

This Tape Is The Secret Weapon Of Stylists Everywhere

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Hollywood Fashion Tape, $16 (3 Tins), Amazon

You probably already know that this tape is the one thing standing between your favorite star and a wardrobe malfunction when she’s walking the red carpet in a backless dress or low-cut top. Did you know you can use it to solve more quotidian issues with your outfit, like gaps in the front of a button-down shirt, or sliding bra straps? These double-stick medical grade tape strips are also perfect for quick hemming and other fashion emergencies.

These Sponges Will Save Your Outfit And Save You Money

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Bath Accessories Deodorant Remover Sponges, $8 (2 Pack), Amazon

Don’t rush your favorite dress off to the dry cleaners when you notice those telltale white streaks of deodorant — use these sponges instead. Just gently rub the affected area with the dry sponge, and with just a handful of quick strokes, it will remove the residue from your clothing quickly and easily. Keep one at home and one in your purse so you’ll always be prepared.

This Wireless RF Locator System Will Help You Keep Track Of All The Things

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Esky Wireless RF Locator System, $19, Amazon

Whether you constantly misplace your keys or it’s your cat you’re always looking for, this locator system can help — it works in a manner similar to the pricier RF systems you see advertised all the time, at a quarter of the price. Just attach the receiver units to any four items of your choice, and use the remote with its color-coded buttons to trigger the receivers to lead you to your lost treasure by sounding off with a series of beeps. The remote is also equipped with a light for better visibility at night.

A Travel Case That Keeps All Your Accessories Organized

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Patu Roll Up Electronics Accessories Organizer, $11, Amazon

If you’re like the rest of the modern world and have more chargers and other random cords than you know what to do with, you need this organizer — even if the only traveling you do is from your bed to the couch and back. Keep all your various cords, plugs, USB drives, and other accessories neat and organized — and readily available — in one convenient case that’s lightweight, portable, and durable, with a water-resistant exterior.

10 A Tiny Device That Turns A Personal Water Bottle Into A Powerful Humidifier

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Fancii Personal Mini Humidifier, $25, Amazon

Your body is almost 80 percent water. Nourish it with this unique device that turns a standard-sized 20 ounce water bottle into a moisture-producing water tank whether you’re at home, at work, in a hotel, or even on a plane. Compact and lightweight, this ultrasonic humidifier projects hygienic, humidified air quickly and quietly. Designed for either USB operation or cordless operation via three AA batteries, it’s ready to go where you do: Plus, it’s fitted with an adjustable timer that allows for automatic shut-off.

11 These Meal Prep Containers Are Elegant And Eco-Friendly

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Mcirco Glass Meal Prep Containers, $30 (Set of 5), Amazon

You know that packing a healthy lunch is good for you, now get the perfect dishes to motivate you to do it — these glass containers. Simple, elegant, and FDA-approved, they’re crafted from high-quality borosilicate glass, which is stronger and can hold up to temperature changes much better than cheaper glass food storage containers. They feature leak-proof snap-lock lids with airtight silicone seals so they’re great for storage as well as being microwave-safe, freezer-safe, dishwasher-safe, and oven-safe to over 500 degrees.

12 A Keychain To Ensure You’re Always Close To A Charger

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InCharge Lightning Charging Keychain, $13, Amazon

One day I’ll find all my misplaced left socks, and with them there will be the 142 lightning cables I’ve lost since Apple released this charger cable. Until then, there’s this keychain. Using magnets to hold the USB and the lightning end together, it’s only 1.5 inches in length when it’s folded, making it ultra-portable. It’s easy to pair, too, and works great with external battery packs.

13 These Flower-Shaped Decals Will Save Your Feet When You’re In Heels

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Foot Petals Tip Toes, $14 (Triple Pack), Amazon

Wearing heels can be a real pain, but these flower decals can mitigate your struggle by providing light cushioning at the balls of your feet, which prevent them from sliding forward. Crafted from durable, shock absorbent cushioning backed with high-performance adhesive, these groundbreaking pads are virtually invisible in your shoes and will eliminate the “toe scrunch” that comes when your feet are trying to get a grip on strutting in your stilettos.

14 A Planner That Could Put A Fire Under Your Productivity

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Zeito Productivity Planner, $18, Amazon

Who can’t use a productivity boost, I’d like to know? This planner offers one in the form of undated daily, weekly, and monthly templates that are simple and sophisticated, plus both backward- and forward-looking exercises to keep you motivated toward achieving your goals. Easily and efficiently schedule your academic courses, work schedule, deadlines, and hobbies with this versatile format, and enjoy carrying this attractive and sturdy planner with you wherever you go.

15 A Gel That Sets Your Favorite Mascara And Conditions Your Lashes, Too

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Etude House Dr. Mascara Fixer, $8, Amazon

So you have a mascara you absolutely love, but it’s not waterproof? Pick up this gelfrom K-beauty dynamo Etude House and wave its magic wand: You’ll not only make your mascara tear-proof, but you’ll be giving your lashes a nourishing treatment at the same time. The gel is clear and provides additional curl and volume when applied. It can also be used to set your brows while nourishing them as well.

16 This Portable Espresso Maker Is Serious And Seriously Adorable

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Litchi Hand-Held Espresso Maker, $30, Amazon

It will make you a legit cup of espresso whether you’re hiking or sitting out on the beach and it’s so Insta-ready it hurts — this hand-held espresso-maker is the perfect gift for any coffee lover. The design incorporates a filter and a measuring scooper, plus it comes with an additional filter and its own carrying bag. Just add hot water, milk, and a bit of elbow grease to operate the pressure pump, and you’re in business.

17 A Purse Organizer That Will Wrangle Your Bag Into Shape

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FOREGOER Purse Organizer, $27, Amazon

Recoup all that time you’re losing fumbling in your handbag trying to find, well, everything —.and get this purse organizer. Crafted from high-quality felt, this design features dual handles — specially wrapped with vegan leather — that enable you to quickly and easily transfer all your goodies from one bag to another. It features a total of 11 pockets, including eight in the interior of the organizer and three on the exterior.

18 This Sponge Is A Genius Replacement For Blotting Papers

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Skylab Blotting Sponge Compact, $13, Amazon

Great for refreshing your makeup or blotting to a shine-free finish on the go, this blotting sponge compact is a great modern substitute for blotting papers. Easy to use and clean, it allows you to dull any unwanted shine from your face without papers to leave behind, and when you’re done for the day, simply wash the sponge out and leave it to dry overnight. The set comes with a second sponge so you can rotate, too.

19 This Genius Device Is A New Take On Rolling For Your Face

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Esarora Ice Roller, $12, Amazon

So you know all about the benefits of jade rolling for facial massages and product absorption — but this genius device kicks it up a notch, using a gel-filled roller head that you freeze then roll over your face to partake in its many benefits. Boosted circulation, improved collagen production, increased lymphatic drainage, decreased redness and swelling, alleviation of hot flashes, and relief of migraine pain — these are just a few of the benefits you can recognize with the use of this quasi-magic wand. Store it in the freezer, and it’s ready when you are.

20 The Pen That Will Erase The Stains Right Out Of Your Clothes

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Dryel On The Go Stain Remover Pen, $9, Amazon

It’s like a curse: You have the most important meeting or date, and en route, you spill something on your outfit. Throw this stain pen in your bag for an instant solution. It helps remove fresh stains instantly, and is even safe on dry clean only clothes, delicates and hand washables like wools, silks, rayons, linens, cottons and other special care fabrics. With its ultra-compact size, it’s even compatible with TSA requirements.

21 An Organizer Set That Will Straighten Your Fridge Right Out

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Greenco Fridge Organizer Set, $28 (6 Pieces), Amazon

Go from a crowded refrigerator where it’s impossible to tell what’s what to a sparkling food paradise with this organizer set. Crafted from heavy-duty BPA-free material, it’s resistant to cracking and breaking, and each piece includes built-in carrying handles. There’s a special piece for your eggs, and even one designed specifically to dispense sodas or beer. With six pieces in all, this set will straighten out a messy fridge — or freezer — quickly and easily.

22 This Cosmetics Bag Makes It Easy To Keep Your Bathroom Counter Clean

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Lazy Cosmetics Bag, $11, Amazon

With this cosmetics bag, you get a clean, surface to lay all your makeup out on while you’re getting ready, and then once you’re done, simply pull the cord and all your colors and tools are conveniently stored away in a waterproof pouch. This organizer — which has an additional Velcro tab seal — is also equipped with a mini bag on the outside as well as two built-in zipper bags for added convenience, perfect for storing small beauty tools. Looking for something? Just undo the Velcro and release the cord, and everything’s ready to lay back out again for easy viewing.

23 These Wedges Double Your Shoe Storage Space

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Shoe Slotz, $17 (6 Piece Set), Amazon

If you have more shoes than you can handle, these plastic inserts will give you room to breathe with their incredibly smart design. Their two tiers mean that you can stack one shoe on top of the other – keeping each pair together — while the slanted wedge device adjusts so you can use it for just about any type of shoe, whether heels or flats. Grooved plastic construction ensures that your shoes remain where you put them, and these brilliant devices will last you for years.

24 This Little Elastic Strap Can Eliminate One Of Life’s Most Common Daily Irritants

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Maidenform Elastic Bra Strap Holder, $7 (3 Pack), Amazon

Don’t you hate it when you have to spend half your day chasing your bra strap back up your arm? These elastic bands, which work with a hook closure, put an end to that struggle, ensuring that your straps won’t slip down your shoulders and effectively converting any standard bra into a racerback design. The three-pack includes one nude strap, one white, and one black to match every bra in your wardrobe. You’ll also enjoy an added bit of lift, if that’s what you’re looking for.

25 This Set Makes Your Giant Tumbler A Little More Manageable

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SENHAI Travel Tumbler Set, $16 (6 Pieces), Amazon

We all love our giant 30-ounce double-walled tumblers that keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold. This set makes these giant cups a little easier to manage both at home and on-the-go: It includes two tumbler handles, two lids and two D-shaped carabiners designed for your Yeti or other 30-ounce model. The pieces are durable and lightweight yet strong, and will help ensure that all that drink — whether it’s hot or cold — won’t come spilling out all over the place.

26 A Plug That Will Help You Cut Down On Your Energy Costs

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Belkin Wemo WiFi Smart Plug, $45, Amazon

Just plug in the Wemo Wifi Smart Plug, download the Wemo app, and control your lights and appliances right from your phone or even your voice (through Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant) and you’ll be ready to start honing in on energy savings instantly. This device provides real-time reports on how much power your appliances are consuming — use it to monitor how much a space heater is costing you, or how much energy a particular room consumes. Plus, it protects your home better than a mechanical timer. With its away mode, your lights will turn on and off randomly to confuse potential intruders and make it look like somebody is home.

27 These Little Finger Wipes Will Get Your Teeth And Breath Clean On-The-Go

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EZGO Finger Brush Up Teeth Wipes, $21 (Box of 100), Amazon

For those times when brushing your teeth or using mouthwash just isn’t practical, these tooth wipes that slip over your finger are a handy solution. Designed to remove the film that builds up on tooth surfaces, these mint-flavored wipes work without water and are individually wrapped for easy portability. Your mouth will feel instantly cleaner and fresher, and the wipe, which fits most adult fingers, simply goes in the trash.

28 A Water Bottle That Seriously Does It All

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Levitom Smart Water Bottle, $25, Amazon

It’s so intelligent, you may see it on Jeopardy one day — that’s how seriously smart this smart water bottle is. With a 14-ounce capacity, this leak-proof and BPA-free bottle can help you stay hydrated, with timed reminders sounding every two hours to alert you to drink more. Additionally, it offers a refreshing spray to keep your skin hydrated. Finally, it features a light with two functions: An LED flashlight, to illuminate your path in the dark, and an SOS light to call for help. Charge your smart bottle via any USB outlet and put it to work.

29 This Remote Control Organizer Is So Stylish, It Looks Like Sculpture

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Yamakazi Home Remote Control Organizer, $22, Amazon

Crafted from elegant dark wood, this remote control organizer is so architectural in design that it could almost be sculpture. Its simple and natural structure is a unique marriage of form and function in that it marshals your remotes into a single place where you can easily locate them without detracting from your overall design ethos. Small enough to move and relocate easily, it’s also open to other applications.

30 This Mask Uses Red Wine Extract To Refresh Skin

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Holika Holika Wine Therapy Sleeping Mask, $15, Amazon

Packaged in a box cleverly designed to look like a wine cask, this mask uses the power of wine extract to resurface your face and smooth out hydrate the face. From the K-beauty brand Holika Holika, this sleeping pack is designed to apply at bedtime and work its magic while you rest, leaving your complexion full of moisture, brightened, and resilient when you awake.

31 This 100 Percent Pure Aromatherapy Spray Is A Natural Chill Pill

Luna Lavender Aromatherapy Spray, $14, Amazon

Used for thousands of years to promote relaxation, lavender is the essential ingredient in this aromatherapy spray — which you can apply as a pillow mist to promote deep sleep or spray on your yoga mat before practice to increase your relaxation as you lean into your poses. It’s completely natural, so it’s safe to use wherever and whenever you like to create a deep sensation of peace: The coumarins found in lavender oil are known to soothe muscle pain, lower blood pressure, and create a sense of calm for those suffering with body tension or insomnia.

32 These Ampoules Contain Must-Have Italian Hair Serum

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Remilia CosmoCap Hair Serum, $26 (30 Ampoules), Amazon

Lots of Amazon reviewers are crazy for this hair serum, giving it 4.8-stars for its frizz-busting, volumizing properties and delicious scent. Imported from Italy, it combines B5, keratin amino acids, and silk protein to repair, strengthen, and hydrate, — resulting in thicker, fuller, and smoother hair with a glossy salon finish. Appropriate for both curly and straight hair as well as color-treated and natural hair, you simply apply the serum to towel-dried or dry hair anywhere from daily to once a week and go about styling as usual.

33 This Cordless Mini Vac Has All The Bells And Whistles

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Eleshroom Cordless Mini Vacuum, $19, Amazon

Handheld and convenient to carry wherever you go, this mini vacuum is a great choice for ensuring that your computer keyboard is free from dust and crumbs, spot-cleaning your car upholstery, or a million other small tasks around your home or office that aren’t suited to your full-size vacuum. Featuring an advanced brushless axial flow motor, high sensitivity rotating shaft, and stronger suction, this unit is small but mighty — and it functions on a high-powered lithium battery, meaning it can work up to 50 minutes continuously once it’s fully charged. It charges via any USB charger, and comes with a full suite of nozzles, too.

The Ocean Minded – 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

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Ready or not, Santa Claus is comin’ to town (in six weeks). While we’re not technically closing in on the holiday season just yet, it’s time to start thinking about gifts. I always struggle with gift ideas, because I tend to totally overthink the recipients reaction. Will they love it, or will it sit at the bottom of their closet for two years? The struggle is real, my friends.

So, in the spirit of the holidays, I’ve rounded up a 2017 Holiday Gift Guide, all under $100.

Cosmocap by Remilia Hair — The Cosmocap daily hair serum is so killer, and the packaging is the cutest. I have extremely thin hair, and this serum made my locks feel softer and stronger after only one use! It’s only $32.99 per bottle, which makes for a fun add-on gift or the perfect stocking stuffer. Shop now

Sugar Fina Candy — I want candy, cue Aaron Carter. You’ve likely heard of Sugar Fina and their luxury boutique candy bento boxes, which is a great option for colleagues. Their holiday gift boxes run around $30.

Jeremy Wine — I recently joined Jeremy’s wine club, so I’m biased, but they have a yummy holiday blend that is equal parts festive and fun. If Jeremy isn’t available near you, choose a holiday-inspired bottle for quick gifting.

Crosley Velvet Record Player — This gift rocks, literally. I mean, who wouldn’t want a velvet record player? This is on my Christmas list this year, hint hint. For $99, gimme.

Honest Hazel eye masks — I love the idea of making a spa kit for a holiday gift. Grab a gift certificate for a massage and throw in 3 Honest Hazel Eye Masks for $12. Boom.

A Matte Liquid Lipstick — I’m a big fan of the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick, but I think any matte lipstick makes a fun gift in a winter nude or Christmas red.

Spiritual Gangster Dreamer Crop Sweatshirt — My obsession with stars is still going strong, so this soft Spiritual Gangster sweatshirt makes the list by default ($98).

Decorative Coffee Table Book — Two of my favs? See San Francisco ($19) or Surf Shack ($35).

Little Fires Everywhere — A Reese Witherspoon book club favorite, Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng ($18), was a page turner. Highly recommend for the book worm on your list!

L’Occitane Hand Cream — Everyone’s favorite hand cream, and rightfully so. I love this hand cream bouquet by L’Occitane because you get to try all of the best-selling and seasonal scents. Get it here for $54.

Gorjana Jewelry — A little holiday glam never hurt nobody. Gorjana makes some really great gold jewelry, like the star studs ($35) or the crescent necklace ($78).

Candle — A nice candle is my go-to when I have completely blanked on a gift idea. Anything from Anthro earns an A+ in my book.

Shave kit — A solid shave kit is a practical, yet nice, option for the dudes on your list. Khiel’s makes a really good one for $43.

Macrame Plant Hanger — I make these myself, and buy a planter from Anthropologie to gift with it. It’s fun being able to give something handmade, but if you don’t know how to macrame, check out Etsy!

 

Winterize Your Skin – By Groom & Comb

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Ahhhh Winter. The land of twinkling lights, hot cocoa, crackling fires, and cozy sweaters. Also the land of chapped lips, dry skin, and itchy scalps. It’s no surprise that the colder temps bring lower humidity levels that leave us all longing for the humid days of summer where our bronzed skin glows with moisture. Thanks to a couple great products, and a tip or two, you’ll be able to stave off the cracked, itchy, skin.

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LIPS

THE PROBLEM

The skin on your lips is much thinner, and more sensitive than other parts of your body. In fact, it’s so thin that the lips take on a reddish hue (as the thinner layer provides some visibility of the blood vessels present beneath the skin of the lips). Since the layer of skin is so thin, it means that it doesn’t offer much protection against the onslaught of dry and cold air, wind and sunlight.

Unlike the skin on other parts of the body, lips don’t contain oil-producing glands that can help keep them moist, and they also don’t have hair to protect them against the sun.

WHAT CAN I DO?

So what can you do? Preventative measures will save your lips here but my fave go to’s are natural moisturizers like Shea Butter, Lip Scrubs, and Lip Masks. Lip Masks? Yes. Lip Masks.

Pure, natural moisturizing ingredients like Shea Butter and Olive Oil provide instant relief to dry chapped lips, while Hydrating lip balms help keep the moisture in your lips all day and not evaporating into the dry air. A lip scrub will help with rough dry lips and leave them smooth and kissable while First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Intensive Lip Balm aims to work deeper than the surface to help moisturize and soothe your lips.

MY PERSONAL TIP

I like to moisturize my lips every night with a healthy amount of Shea Moisture’s Raw Shea Butter. I saturate my lips in the yummy goo and sleep with it over night and wake up with moisturized soft lips.

FACE

THE PROBLEM

Even my oily skin starts drying out during the winter months and the effects are almost immediately felt and seen. The tight, dry feelings and all of a sudden those fine lines look a little deeper than normal. During the summer months I usually stick to a gel moisturizer that’s lighter weight but during the winter months I pack on the moisture. My fairer complexion friends complain of redness and believe it or not sunburn. Winter sports out in the sun are a haven for sun damage so it’s important to keep up with SPF year around.

THE SOLUTION

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Besides drinking a TON of water (which you should be doing anyway year around to keep that skin glowing) there are a lot of incredible skincare technologies that help keep, and bring moisture into the skin.

 NIOD Hydration Vaccine from Abnormal Beauty Company.

If you’ve ever asked me about skincare you’ve probably heard me talk about The Abnormal Beauty Company. I stumbled upon one of their popups at a Christmas Market in Toronto last winter and I’ve been obsessed with their offerings ever since. NIOD (Non Invasive Options in Dermal Science) have created magic in a bottle when it comes to moisture. It’s so high tech it blows my mind reading about it but here’s what you need to know. The brand describes it as a “breathing”, adaptive hydration seal for the skin that helps protect against loss of Natural Moisturizing Factors, and supplements the skin’s own moisturizing factors. NMF, largely composed of amino acids and minerals, is the skin’s natural barrier against water loss—in effect, protection from loss of NMF itself is the first line of defence against protection from loss of hydration (water). This novel approach stands in sharp contrast to moisturizers that offer oils and lubricants as a method of hiding dehydration instead of respecting the skin’s own barrier to water loss. This supplementation of NMF within the skin is shown to be so effective that it can help the skin look up to 20 years younger—purely by increased natural water content. How insane is that!

 Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask

Aside from moisturizing face masks I love love love moisturizing masks like Origin’s Drink Up mask. It’s a ten minute mask with an ultra creamy texture that you tissue off. I’ve been known to leave this mask on longer than ten min

utes (one time I left it on during an entire international flight and I landed with perfectly hydrated skin). They do have an overnight version that is heaven for your skin.

HAIR

Because I heat style my hair the Winter months are particularly taxing on my hair. I switch my conditioner to a hair mask every time I wash my hair and I usually try to go longer between washes. I’ve been using the Blackwood for Men Hair Hydrator before styling and my hair is as shiny and silky as ever. Not that it matters too much since my hair is usually chock full of clay pomade but I still like the softness feel and knowing my hair is getting that extra level of moisture.

WHAT ABOUT THOSE HAIR MASKS?

Earlier I mentioned I switch out my normal conditioner for a hair mask during winter months. If you don’t need as much hydration I still recommend adding it into your weekly routine. Right when you g

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et in the shower wash your hair with a sulfate free shampoo and follow up with a healthy amount of your fave hair mask then continue with the rest of your shower routine. I’m currently hooked on Kenra Platinum’s Revive Mask. In five minutes my hair is insanely hydrated, shiny, and feels thicker. Another option is the Kevin Murphy Hydrate.Me Masque which SAVED my hair when it was bleached out a couple years ago. Another secret? Scalp serums. Remilia Hair Cosmocaps are a God Send during winter months. Simply pop open a little capsule and spread the oil on your scalp and massage in. It’s best to do it at night before bed (don’t worry, it’s not oily or greasy!) or before you get in the shower to protect your scalp from harsh detergents in your shampoo.

 

BODY

As a man of color I’m very familiar with the idea that my skin looks “ashy” when it’s dry. It’s the reason so many of us

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in latino and black culture grow up with lotions abound in our homes. Lotions typically work best right out of the shower to help trap the water in your skin. Cheap lotions do nothing short of that and nothing else but quality, natural ingredients are the way to go. I’m OBSESSED with using Shea Butter if you have haven’t already realized. It’s an incredible, powerful moisturizer and I usually have a custom scented tub of pure Shea Butter Body Butter from my friend Noelle’s shop up in Canada Ellenoire. It sinks into my skin and leaves it glowing for hours. If you want something a little lighter try Origins Precipitation body lotion. Not only does it help guard against moisture loss but also brings moisture into the skin with a bevy of natural essential oils.

MY TIP

Get a humidifier! Everything I’ve mentioned so far in this post can also be alleviated with a quality humidifier you keep in your home. Heaters dry out the air in your home and all of a sudden you’re waking up feeling dry as a mummy every morning. A humidifier will do wonders for your lips, skin, and hair. Try it out!

 

 

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