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Spray Tan Tips + Tricks

I am fully convinced that there is no better feeling than being tan; there is nothing that can change my mind. But as much as I love it, I like to achieve the look with the least amount of damage possible. I’ve never used a tanning bed, and I always lather on the SPF before going outside.

This leaves me with two options: self-tanning at home and spray tans. I used to self-tan at home consistently, but sometimes it’s too much of a hassle, as lazy as that sounds. Spray tans are much easier — you walk in and out, don’t have to do any of the work, don’t have to worry about applying it streaky or missing a spot — the list goes on and on. That being said, there is definitely a set of tips and tricks that will help your spray tan come out as perfect as possible. They certainly aren’t fool-proof, so if you’re not careful, you can definitely still end up with a botched tan.

With the weather starting to warm up here in LA, I am itching to get that bronzey glow back! I’ve missed it all winter long, so it’s definitely time to get back in the swing of things. For that reason, today I’m sharing my top tips and tricks for spray tans to keep you glowing all year round. I hope you enjoy x

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  1. Before I get a spray tan I like to shower and take a few steps to make sure my skin is fully prepped. First I dry brush before I get in the shower (I have a full post on dry brushing here if you’d like to hear more!). In the shower, I exfoliate and shave. These steps will make sure that your skin is as smooth as possible, so the spray tan will go on as evenly as possible and stick to your skin nicer.
  2. I also like to remove my manicure and pedicure before heading to the salon. I find that the tanning color can mess with the nail polish color and sometimes get in your cuticles.
  3. Lastly, I get dressed in loose, baggy clothes. When you get dressed after the spray tan, you’re not going to want to put on tight-fitting clothes. Keeping it light and loose will help your tan dry better and not rub at it.

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  1. For me personally, I typically find that that a level 2/medium option works best. I’ve been to some salons who provide other options (and some who don’t), but if offered, I prefer voilet undertones, and I like to add the accelerator if they ask. The violet undertones look best with my skintone, but if you have olive-toned or darker skin than I do, the other options might work better. I also like the accelerator because then you walk out already tan, instead of having to wait hours for it to show up.
  2. During the actual spray tan, I like to put the shower cap over my hair and I also put a small towel on floor of spray tan booth; the salon will give you both of these items. The shower cap is for obvious reasons, and the towel on the floor keeps the tan on the floor from getting on the bottom of your feet. This is a tell-tale sign that someone just got a spray tan — when they have the orange-ish look on the bottom of their feet. They usually recommend you use a barrier cream around your hands and feet, but I don’t ever use it.
  3. The rest is easy peasy. Either the machine will direct you for how to stand, when to turn around, etc., or the worker at the salon will tell you. Either way, just follow the directions and that will ensure you don’t miss any spots on your body and you get the most even tan as possible.

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  1. Immediately after the tan, I like to use baby wipes around my hands/wrists, and feet/ankles. These are the spots that sometimes end up a little blotchy, so I like to wipe them down to get rid of any extra tan that may have gotten there.
  2. I recommend leaving the spray tan on for at least eight hours before rinsing it off; this will make sure the color fully develops. At this point, you can feel free to redo your manicure and pedicure.
  3. Over the next week or so, the biggest thing is to stay super hydrated with lotions and body creams. This will keep your tan nice and fresh and even, because if your skin gets dry, the tan will begin to fade and look uneven. I also make sure to avoid dry brushing and exfoliating for the first few days while the tan is fresh.

 

Do you have any tips and tricks for getting the perfect spray tan?

Why I Use a Jade Roller + Why You Should Too

About a year ago I noticed jade rollers trending everywhere I looked. As someone who eats up new beauty techniques and also loves the idea of Eastern medicine and healing crystals, I was instantly on-board.

The basic idea is that you roll the cold jade stones over your skin, which stems from a centuries-old Chinese beauty tradition. Jade is known in Eastern medicine as a healing semi-precious gemstone and is a sign of power and immortality, which is why is made its way into holistic spas. These healing stones have been turned into a beauty tool — a jade roller — and are used as a little beauty booster.

I use a jade roller every morning with my skincare routine, and figured today I would share why I use one and why you should too. I hope you enjoy x

Rolling jade across your skin will amp up your skincare routine in no time. It boosts your circulation and de-puffs your skin — making your face noticeably less puffy, defining cheekbones, the jawline, and the eye area. It also improves the skin’s elasticity and promotes lymphatic drainage, which is known to aid in detoxifying.

Skincare experts also believe that jade rollers can help brighten and awaken your complexion, and even reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. That seemed like a far stretch for me, but the more I looked into it, the more it seemed to make sense. The facial muscles hold a lot of tension, which causes fine lines and wrinkles around your forehead and eyes; the jade roller helps relax and roll out these muscles.

Additionally, it helps your skincare products soak into the skin better. Instead of having the products just sitting on top of your skin, this helps absorb the products so you really get to reap the benefits of moisturizers and serums.

Aside from all of these benefits, I also find jade rolling to be one of my favorite parts of my morning routine. While it feels nice and relaxing, it also helps me wake up a bit. And lastly, if you’ve been following me for awhile, you know that major headaches and serious jaw pain are two things that I deal with on a regular basis, and lucky for me, jade rollers are helpful for both of these things. If I’m feeling a headache come on, I like to use the jade roller on my temples, and if my jaw is acting up, I use it all around that area to relax the muscles.

{i recommend this jade roller}

So, how do you use it? It’s really quite simple. Start with your usual skincare routine — cleanse, exfoliate, apply serums and moisturizers — the whole nine yards. Sometimes I like to use a sheet mask and use the jade roller after that, when you have the excess product on your face.

Then, it’s time to break out the jade roller. Typically, it’s best to store it in the refrigerator so that’s it’s chilled when you use it. All you have to do is massage it all over your face for a few minutes. Roll upward and outward, working around the contours of your face and adding a little more pressure with the upwards motions.

I personally start with the jawline and roll up towards my ear, then move up my face keeping with that general motion. I like to go over the same spot about three times before moving to the next. When I get to my eyes, I sweep upwards towards my temples. From my nose, I start on the side of my nose and go straight out towards the sides of my face. On both my chin and forehead, I roll straight upwards.

 

Do you use a jade roller? What is your favorite benefit of the trendy beauty tool?
I also love dry brushing, which you can read all about here

Beauty Resolutions for 2019

If you read this post of mine, then you know one of my goals for 2019 is to refresh my skincare / hair / makeup routines. With that being said, I thought it might be a good idea to share some beauty resolutions for this year — ones that we can all collectively work on.

These are mostly ideas that I’ve been meaning to implement or know I should be doing, but just haven’t gotten around to it or are too lazy to execute regularly. I figured if that’s what I’ve been doing, there are probably a lot of other people out there who feel the same.

So, without further ado, here are some beauty resolutions for 2019, so we can all have a lil glow up this year 🙂 I hope you enjoy! x

sleep on a silk pillowcase.

This is one of those things that I’ve been meaning to do for literally years, but never get around to. I’m determined to finally purchase a few silk pillowcases to get some real beauty sleep this year. Apparently sleeping on a silk keeps your hair getting frizzy and getting bends and kinks in it while you sleep. This will make second or third day hair so much easier to deal with, which is a huge bonus.

The silk material also is supposed to help your skin stay hydrated throughout the night, and prevents you from getting those little wrinkle lines on your face that you get from other fabrics.

wash makeup brushes weekly.

While I’m typically pretty good about cleaning my makeup brushes, I do think I could be a little more consistent. This is a pretty obvious point, but keeping your brushes clean will help maintain a clear complexion. Every time you use them, they get a little more build-up from leftover makeup, any particles that were on your face, moisturizer from your skin — everything. Then, you swirl the brush all over your face day-in and day-out… yikes! I vow to wash them each and every week.

hydration is key.

You already know this, but hydration really is key, especially as a regular part of your beauty routine. Getting in your daily intake will help your skin, hair, and nails — they’ll all thank you.

Drinking more water will help your skin retain it’s elasticity and flush out toxins. It also helps your hair remain strong, preventing breakage and damage, and keeping it shinier. And as far as for your nails, the water keeps them strong and shiny.

 

I also posted a video yesterday about how to glow up this year, with some of my very favorite beauty tips and tricks, along with a few of my holy grail products. Between these beauty resolutions and those tips, we are bound to have a beautiful year ahead 🙂 

Do you have any beauty resolutions for the new year? I’d also recommend dry brushing, if my last post about it didn’t convince you to start. x

How to Glow Up in 2019

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great first weekend of 2019. Since the year started in the middle of the week, for some reason it feels like today is the first day to really get started on tackling your New Year’s resolutions… Just me?

Anyways, today I’m sharing a video on how to glow up in 2019. These are some of my very favorite beauty tips and tricks, along with a few of my favorite products. From skincare and makeup to haircare and bodycare, I cover all of my favorite ways to help you glow up. I hope you enjoy! x

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clarisonic / featured face mask / jade roller / dior face palette
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I hope you enjoyed! Let me know what video you would like to see in 2019! Thank you so much for watching x

Fake a Full Night’s Sleep

Happy New Year’s Eve! Do you have fun plans to ring in the new year? Today’s post is perfect for NYE, because I’m sharing a few of my top tips and tricks to fake a full night’s sleep. Feel free to ring in the new year all night long, and wake up the next morning locked and loaded with some tricks to wake right back up.

No matter how little sleep I get or how late I went to bed/early I woke up, I always like to look (and feel) as well-rested as possible. Though I pretty much always get a full night’s sleep, when I don’t, I try my best to pretend it didn’t happen, lol. Otherwise, I think I’d be yawning all day long just thinking about it.

First thing’s first, you’re going to need a cup of coffee, or some other form of caffeine if coffee isn’t your vice of choice. Maybe add a shot of espresso (or two). Drink some ice cold water, too, while you’re waiting for your coffee to brew. This always seems to perk me up — and you probably could use some extra hydration anyways (we all could).

Now, let’s head to the beauty cabinet and pull out the staples. You’ll need concealer — obviously — and a nude eyeliner. The concealer will help cover up any under-eye circles that may be showing, which are a tell-tale sign of lack of sleep. Lately I’ve been obsessed with this one, and I like to apply it in a triangle shape under my eyes to really brighten up the whole area.

The nude eyeliner is for your lower waterline. I learned this trick years and years ago, and always whip it out when necessary. Once you apply it to your waterline, your eyes will immediately look brighter and more awake — it’s such a good little hack. You can find the one I keep on hand here.

I saved the best (eye) trick for last. I recently discovered these eye drops, and ever since there’s not a day that goes by where I don’t use them. They’re designed to make your eyes look whiter, brighter, and more radiant — perfect. I don’t know why but my eyes looking white is so important to me; I think of it as the same as having white teeth. These eye drops are perfect, and will get rid of any redness from lack of sleep.

Now onto skin. I don’t know if this is just in my head, but I sometimes feel like when I don’t get enough sleep, my skin lacks any bit of glow that it may have had before.

To get that glow back, I like to use a radiant moisturizer and a nice bronzer and highlighter. My favorite moisturizer for times like this is this one (I use the color Nude Glow). It isn’t shimmery, but very illuminating and perks your skin right up.

I also recently picked up this little palette, and it is absolutely perfect for adding a glow. The bronzey shade is so nice for bronzer if you have lighter skin like mine, otherwise it’s a great blush shade for darker skin tones. The highlighters are super super glowy. This combo will make your skin look radiant and healthy, not like you’re still half-asleep.

Okay the last two tips I have are a little more wellness-oriented. I’ve mentioned before that I carry a little bottle of peppermint essential oil pretty much everywhere I go, and it’s perfect for waking yourself up. I like to put a little on my wrists and behind my ears. It’s invigorating and wakes you right up. If you have 100% peppermint essential oil, it’s also safe to ingest, so I like to put a tiny bit in my water, too, if I really need a wake-me-up 🙂

Lastly, I like to do a meditation that’s geared towards mornings. If you have a Headspace subscription, they have two options that are perfect for this: Waking Up and Early Mornings. If you don’t have Headspace (first of all: get on that! It’s literally the best), then another good option is this one, which you can find on YouTube. Meditation is inherently relaxing, so it’s not alarming/going to jolt you out of sleepiness. It’s perfect for easing into the day, and waking up on the right side of the bed.

Do you have any tips and tricks to fake a full night’s sleep?

How to Make Your Pedicures Last Longer

Although we’re nearing the end of summer (one word: how?), here in Los Angeles, pedicure season is pretty much all year round. Even though I’ve always liked to keep a nice pedicure throughout the year, back home in New York it was definitely more of a focus in the summertime since that’s the only time you wore sandals or any other kind of open-toed shoes, unless you were going on vacation.

With that said, I was thinking of all the tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years on how to make your pedicures last longer, because there’s almost nothing worse than having the perfect pedicure get ruined sooner than expected.

I specifically remember this happening to me on one family vacation when I was young — it was a Disney cruise and we were in the Caribbean. At one of our stops we had gone in the ocean, and when I walked out of the water I noticed I had somehow completely ruined my pedicure while I was in there, chipping the polish on my big toe. Obviously this isn’t the end of the world, but I remember being so disappointed because it was towards the beginning of the trip and I had just gotten them done before we left. I knew I was going to be wearing sandals the rest of the trip, but I hated the way they looked with my chipped polish.

Anyways, the point is, I really hate when a good pedicure doesn’t last long, so today I wanted to share some of my tips on how to make your pedicures last longer, including some of my favorite products. I hope you enjoy!

  1. Keep your top coat in tip-top shape. I once had a pedicurist tell me to touch up my top coat once a week to keep my pedicure looking its best, and I’ve never looked back since. Not only does this keep your nail polish looking as nice and shiny as when you first got them done (or did them yourself), but it also keeps them from chipping since it keeps the protective barrier fresh. You can find my favorite top coat here.
  2. Care for your cuticles. This is something that I think can be overlooked so easily, but it helps so much. Apply a cuticle oil every few days to keep them moisturized and fresh, so your polish doesn’t chip from the base of your nail. When your cuticles are dry, your polish is more prone to chip from that area.
  3. Have a polish on hand. When I get my nails done, I like to either bring my own polish, choose one that I know I have a similar color to, or simply take note of the name of the polish and buy it next time I’m out and about. Whatever the case may be, I would recommend having a polish that you will be able to touch up your pedicure with, just in case you do have a mishap.
  4. Protect your feet. When you’re at home and not particularly showing off your new pedi, I always recommend keeping your feet protected with some nice fuzzy socks or slippers. Since you’re lounging at home, it’s the perfect time to slip into your comfiest pair of socks/slippers, which will protect your perfect pedicure. This also helps keep the rest of your feet soft and smooth, just like they feel post-pedi.
  5. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Keeping your skin moisturized will, of course, make sure your skin stays smooth and soft. After a pedicure, your feet always feel so nice because of the exfoliating and hydrating products and techniques they use. If you continue to moisturize consistently during the following weeks, you’ll be able to maintain that post-pedi feeling. I recommend this and this.

 

How do you get the most out of your pedicures? Check out some of my other favorite beauty products for the summer here and here

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