Jul 12, 2014

Sun Safe Summer Style: Cool and Chic Fashion Tips



Who else has been sweating a ridiculous amount lately?? It's been in the mid to high 90s (35-40C) in my area and I'm doing everything possible to stay out of the sun! Sometimes it's inevitable that you have be out and about though, so in that case we want to still be cool and not overheat. It's natural to want to wear as little as possible during the hot Summer months, but the more skin you expose to the sun, the greater chance you have of skin cancer and melanomas. So how can you stay cool and still protect your skin? Here's my favourite outfit for doing both and still looking super chic ;)


Summer Cool Chic Fashion


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1. Leggings are a Summer staple for me, they are lightweight and comfortable, full-coverage to protect you from the sun and with all the amazing new prints and styles there's a pair for everyone.

2. I like to wear my leggings with a loose, flowing top which covers my shoulders and upper arms, as those are prime spots for sunburn. Keeping the fit loose ensures that you get airflow and can keep cool while being covered up.

3. Low rise sneakers made from a light material, like canvas or cotton, are great for covering your feet while still being breathable. A lot of people forget about their feet, but you can still get sunburn and skin cancer on your tootsies!

4. A nice big tote is essential for the beach or running errands, to carry a bottle of water for hydration and a tube of sunscreen for top ups! You must reapply sunscreen throughout the day to keep it at it's most effective.

5. A hat of course is an essential for protecting your face. I've always liked wearing fitted caps or snapbacks as they are comfy and easily wearable, and recently they've been very popular and fashionable ;)

6. The bigger the sunglasses, the better protection for your eyes! I love my huge sunglasses, just make sure they have UV protection.

7. My favourite sunscreen is the Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence Sunscreen with it's SPF50+. A good sunscreen is vital to keeping your skin pretty and youthful :) Look for one with SPF30+ or higher for the ultimate protection.


For now skin care tips, check out this skin care page by HSN! What are your best tips for staying chic and safe in the hot Summer months?


Jul 10, 2014

System Hinoki for Thinning Hair Review: 1 Month Update

Press Sample

Something that I know many women out there experience, but don't like talking about, is thinning hair. It's not just an old man's problem, it can happen to us too and a lot earlier than you think! Due to hormones going crazy during pregnancy, breastfeeding and pre-menopause among other things, even women in their 20s and 30s can experience hair loss. For me, I began to have thinning hair after having my second child and it has persisted through having the third and breastfeeding. I am still nursing, so I do think that is a contributing factor to how long it's lasted, but I'm ready to try and kick this hair loss outta here. I was very excited to try System Hinoki from Hayashi (I admit, mainly because hinoki oil is Japanese (>w<)) and I want to share my experience over the past month with you.





System Hinoki contains 4 products:

Hinoki Shampoo: 10.1oz | Volumizing cleanser for fine and thinning hair.
Hinoki Conditioner: 10.1oz | A "weight-free" texturizing rinse for thinning hair.
Hinoki Thickener: 10.1oz | A highly concentrated leave-in formula of "weight-free" ingredients that infuse the hair fiber with increased diameter.
Hinoki Plus: 10.1oz | Leave-in scalp conditioner with pure Hinoki oil.

From the Hinoki.com website:



HOW TO USE THE PRODUCTS

The order in which you should use the System Hinoki products is 1. Shampoo, 2. Conditioner, 3. Hinoki Plus (leave-in scalp conditioner), 4. Hair Thickener (leave-in body booster). For best results, use all four products every time you cleanse and condition your hair. If your scalp begins to itch, only use the Hinoki Plus every third use of the other products. The shampoo and conditioner are used the same as any other wash out shampoo and conditioner. The Hinoki Plus should be applied to damp hair, directly on the scalp, by separating hair with fingers or a comb and spraying directly onto the scalp, then repeating until adequate coverage is achieved. Then, use your fingertips (never fingernails!) to massage the product further into the scalp. Finally, while hair is still damp, apply the Hair Thickener by squirting a generous amount into the palm of your hand, then rubbing your hands together and apply to hair from root to ends, working it in for full coverage of the lengths of your hair. Style as usual.


My first impressions were pretty good. The products have a sweet, floral scent that's reminiscent of baby powder and not too overpowering. The shampoo lathered up well and cleansed my hair and scalp nicely, without drying it out. The conditioner wasn't super creamy, so I had to use a little more to get the desired creaminess, and didn't leave my hair feeling as hydrated as I would like, but it did have more volume and thickness than usual. One of the things you get less of with volumising products is usually hydration as the more moisture in your hair, the more it gets weighed down, so it's not uncommon for them to be a little drying. The PR contact from Hayashi told me not to use the Hinoki Plus every day if I found it too drying or my scalp began to itch, as it contains alcohol in order to allow the ingredients to penetrate into the scalp. If you have very dry hair or a sensitive scalp, this is something you should be aware of. These are the ingredients in the shampoo and conditioner:


Hinoki Oil Shampoo Ingredients
Hinoki Shampoo Ingredients

Hinoki Oil Conditioner Ingredients
Hinoki Conditioner Ingredients


Hair day 1

Hair after 1 month


It's a little hard to tell in pictures, but I do feel that my hair is slightly thicker and I have more baby hair starting grow in. For one month, it's not a huge difference, but I only wash my hair once every 2 or 3 days, not every day. They recommend that you use the system for 3 months to really see the effects. I am worried that it might be a little drying to my bleached ends, so I try to just keep the shampoo and conditioner on my scalp and mid-lengths. As it's meant for reducing hair loss and volumising, which usually happens at the scalp anyway, I'm ok with using it like that.

I will be posting again to update you on how it's going in the next couple of months, so keep an eye out! Please let me know if you have any questions or anything you'd like me to address in my next post :)


Jul 9, 2014

Firmoo #OMJ8002 Black Sunglasses Review

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Summer is in full swing here in SoCal, so it's glaring hot and the sun shines like a laser beam directly into your eye @_@ I was lucky enough to receive a pair of sunglasses from Firmoo to review, so I picked these pretty black cat eye style ones.


From Firmoo.com:



The ordering process is very easy, you just input your prescription (if you have one), pick the colour and you can even pick the colour and shade of the tint. I picked purple and moderate tint, but I think I should have got the dark tint because they are a bit lighter than I had wanted. You can see the difference in tint here, but I didn't see that page before I had ordered :( They are still very cute though, and the quality feels nice and well made. They definitely don't feel cheap or plasticky, they are quite solid and worth the $39 price tag. The glasses came with a nice hard case, a cloth pouch, a cleaning cloth and a mini screwdriver keyring which you can use for tightening the screws or taking the lenses out to clean them.



 



I'm very happy with the glasses, although they're a little lighter than I wanted, but that is my own error. It would probably be useful to have the tint guide visible when you're going through the order process as well, maybe that's something they can think about adding! Overall I really like the style and quality of these sunglasses and I would love to order another pair, I have my eye on this pretty pink and purple pair!

If you want to order some sunglasses, you can try their first pair free program here, OR you can enter my giveaway on Facebook! I'm giving away 5 codes today and tomorrow only, which will give you $30 towards a pair of Classic Series glasses (not including shipping). Head over to my Facebook page to enter, it's open internationally!


Jul 2, 2014

Red, White and Blue 4th of July Nails

I Bought This

Ok, so I'm not even American, I'm Australian.... but I can still participate in the holiday by doing my nails! I had absolutely no idea what I was doing when I sat down to start this mani, I just kind of picked my polishes and played around with it.

The polishes I used were a Color Club unnamed red cream polish, Sinful Colors Snow Me White, Revlon Royal and OPI Get Your Number. I think it turned out pretty nice, unfortunately when I was applied topcoat it messed up my gradient a bit, but I'm still working on the magic touch when top coating to not smear my nail art :'(




I think it looks pretty cool, who knows if it'll make it to Friday though, I may just take it off and try something else! I get bored with my nails so easily. I hope this gives you a little inspiration for your own 4th of July mani, or any red/white/blue mani you might be doing! Happy 4th of July if you're in the US :) Happy Canada Day too I think? Hope you're having a good one!


Jun 29, 2014

White and Neon Nails with Born Pretty Neon Nail Studs

Press Sample I Bought This

I love the look of neon for Summer. It looks so bright, fresh and fun, perfect for the beach or a Summer pool party! One of my favourite combinations is white and neon nail art, every time I have this colour combo on I can't stop staring at my nails it's THAT gorgeous and eye-catching. I was lucky enough to get to try out these neon nail studs from Born Pretty, so I decided to try them on a white base. The white gives a clean backdrop for the neon to really pop and looks amazing against tanned Summer skin (do you think I said 'Summer' enough yet?).


neon color nail studs



The nail studs come in 6 different eye-popping colours and 2 shapes, circles and stars. I really love the look of these and will definitely be using them a lot this Summer! They are slightly raised, but sit flat on the nail and are perfectly sealed with one coat of top coat. They stayed put for 5 days until I got twitchy and picked them off =_=;; I have that problem with anything that isn't completely smooth on my nails. One thing I did notice is if I didn't do a thick coat of top coat, the nail stud's color scraped off a little if I knocked it against something. On one of my nails I hadn't done a very thick coat, so it got a little scrape on the stud which showed through silver. The other studs on the rest of my nails were perfectly fine though.



summer nail trend neon

nail studs manicure white neon



For this manicure I did 3 coats of Sinful Colors Snow Me White on all nails except my ring finger, which had 3 coats of ORLY Mayhem Mentality. I then used Kiss Nail Art Paint Beach Purple to paint the triangle on my ring finger and topped it all off with the Born Pretty studs. I did a thick coat of top coat and was done! This is one of my favourite manis to date, and SO bright that even my dad noticed my nails when we were Skyping. I think I'll be using the white/neon combo a lot throughout Summer and possibly even into Fall if I can get away with it :p

Check out some pretty nail art, nail art products and more on Born Pretty and use my coupon code "FBB10" for discounts!


Jun 25, 2014

TJ Maxx Nail Polish Haul

I Bought This

In a nail polish Facebook group I belong to, the ladies are always posting pictures of gorgeous polishes they find at TJ Maxx. I recently discovered one near me, so I decided to try my luck and go hunting for polish bargains.

Happily, I found a little section with some very inexpensive pretties! The OPIs were$7.99 for a set of two liquid sands and $3.99 for the individual polishes. The ORLY FX was $3.99 and the NOPIs were $2.99 each.



L-R: OPI Get Your Number, OPI Can't Let Go, OPI Solitare, OPI Pussy Galore


L-R: OPI Yodel Me On My Cell, OPI Gouda Gouda Two Shoes, ORLY FX Fight On, NOPI You're An Angel, NOPI She's Lily Something


The liquid sands are my first texture polishes and I'm excited to try them out! I already used Can't Let Go for a pedicure and it is amazing. I want to do a mani with Solitare and Pussy Galore next, so hopefully they work out well together.

Have you found any polish at your TJ Maxx? I'm on the hunt for some SpaRitual polishes. Any recommendations on places to find cheap polish?


Jun 24, 2014

The Beauty Blogazons Summer 2014 $500 Visa Giftcard Giveaway


Beauty Blogazons Summer 2014 Giveaway

Don't forget to enter the Beauty Blogazons' $500 Visa Giftcard Giveaway!

The Beauty Blogazons, a group of beauty, fashion and lifestyle bloggers have connected again to give away $500 of cold hard cash to get you ready for the Summer!  Will you do a major beauty haul? Pick up the ultimate Summer wardrobe? Maybe pay a few bills? The choice is yours!

Please take a little time to visit and thank all the bloggers that chipped in to make this happen.

The giveaway ends on July 1, 2014 at 12:00 am Eastern Standard Time and is open Internationally!  The full terms and conditions are available at the bottom of the Rafflecopter widget below. 
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