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Fall Beauty Trends For 2017

Fall is finally in full swing and we’re about ready to stuff our summer clothes away and adapt to the chillier season. With a new season comes a new trend just waiting for you to try! Clothing stores already dress their mannequins with all the latest fall fashions, but we’re here to give you the scoop about what to expect for hair and makeup when the days get shorter. So, if you’re ready to change like the leaves, read ahead to inspire your fall ‘look’.

Hair

Cut

Fall Fashion 1There’s a haircut for everyone this fall, so don’t worry if you’re looking to keep your locks long or if you’ve already plunged into a shorter haircut. For gals with curly hair, longer layers are in to give you a great shape and a heavy bottom (think Solange Knowles for inspiration!) If you have long hair and are looking to change it up ever so slightly, wispy face-framing is back in! Think of your standard 90s pony with a few pieces hanging loose in the front. Just as your stylist to frame around your face and pull those out whenever you’re sporting a pony or even a bun. If your hair is barely below or right at your shoulders, crops are in this season! The all one length cut is sleek, stylish and gives great shape. For everyone who is worried the lack of layers may flatten out their look, don’t worry! The modern shag is another great style that’s back! Ask for layers with some texture and add some piece-y bangs to edge up the look. Finally, for those out there who prefer the short look, why not take it all the way? Buzz cuts are hot for this fall and give you a great, chic, low-maintenance look. Not to mention, if you’re suffering from damaged locks, this may be perfect for you to give you a fresh start to healthy hair.

Color

Fall Fashion 2Lazy people, rejoice! The first color trend we’re seeing this season is a root-y blonde look which is beautiful blonde hair without the harsh outgrowth. If you’ve always wanted lighter hair, but dread the constant upkeep every time your dark roots begin to show, this is the look for you. To achieve this, ask your stylist for a heavy balayage that doesn’t go all the way up to your roots. The result is a beautifully feathered transition from dark to light without any harsh lines. This style is perfect to let it grow out longer than traditional highlights which means farther apart appointments.

Speaking of blonde, platinum hair is in too! It’s important to talk to your stylist before deciding to go platinum. Upkeep is always a thing to keep in mind as well as the damage it may cause to get you light enough. Still worried about the outgrowth? Ask for a root-y platinum look and work two trends with one style. If you don’t have any desire to go blonde, but still want some dimension, then look no further! Caramel highlights are here for the chilly season! Subtle highlights give you depth and a sun-kissed look without looking too striking or too overbearing. Plus, they won’t look too stripy against your dark hair which is always a win.

If you do not want to brighten your look with a complete platinum makeover, but you still want to go blonde, there’s an in-between option we think you might love: butterscotch No, we’re not talking about the food, but the perfect in-between for those who don’t want to go as bright or those with a deeper skin tone. Butterscotch blond is that perfect shade that sits right in the middle of brown and blonde. It’s soft, gentle, but still gives you that striking lighter look.

For those of you who like to step way outside the box, pastel is back! This time, instead of your whole head looking like a majestic unicorn, it’s toned down a bit. This year, it’s all about streaks, strands, and pops of delicately colored strands that stand out against your natural hair color. This color technique may even be office-friendly, just make sure to run it by your boss before making a plunge.

Makeup

Eyes

Fall Fashion 3When it comes to makeup, this season is taking your out of your comfort zone. Metallic eyes are in and not just to highlight your brow or the inner corners. Metallic shadows have been taking center stage as the focal point of eye looks with shimmery shades swept across the entire lid. For a more ‘halo’ affect, use a matte shadow on the outer and inner corners of your lids and blend across into the crease. Then, pop metallic shadow onto the center for a bright-eyed look.

If you’re not into shine, don’t worry. Smudged out black liner is in too! With the 90s coming around in full swing, it’s no wonder we’re seeing these grungy looks. To achieve a perfect smoked out liner without looking too messy, start by gently liner under your lower water line with a black liner. Then, smudge it out and add a dark shadow to smoke it out even more. Not into dramatic eye looks? This season’s also got you covered. Softer, lighter smoky eyes are in. Swap out your harsh blacks for soft grays and taupe to really lighten up the mood. This keeps you soft and feminine while still having sultriness to you.

Lips

Fall Fashion 4Like we said before, the 90s are in! This goes the same for our lips as well. This fall is all for dark lips. These colors range from burgundy, to wine red to brown. To achieve dark lips without fear of feathering, make sure you exfoliate and moisturize your lips. Then, line and fill with a matching liner and top with your favorite lipstick. Finally, line your mouth with concealer fixing any weird lines and set everything with translucent setting powder.

Not feeling a bold lip? Lip gloss is also making its way back onto the shelves. The past couple of years, we’ve been bombarded with liquid lipsticks who’ve brought ‘matte’ to a whole new level. Now, it’s time to gloss it out once again. You can wear a tinted gloss by itself, or pair with your favorite lipstick. Start by dabbing some gloss on the middle of your lips and blend outward. You don’t want to apply too much to avoid sticky lips.

So, there you have it. It looks like this Fall is going to be filled with all sorts of trends walking around! So, what’s your favorite fall trend? Maybe this is the year you’ll step out of your comfort zone and try something new. You never know, you may like it!

October 19, 2017 | 1 Comment »
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Staying Boo-Tiful this Halloween: A Guide to Skin Care

Halloween Skin Care

Halloween is almost here and most of us are getting our costumes together. A lot of us are also getting together a makeup look to bring the whole thing together. Although we may perfect a look, a whole night of heavy makeup wear can really take a toll on your skin and clog your pores. Here are some tips to help keep your skin feeling fresh even after sweating all night looking like a zombie.

Before you Paint

Before you go ahead and pile on the layers of makeup and fake blood, you’re going to want to prep your skin first. You want to make sure that you avoid any sort of peels and exfoliants when you wash your face before. These leave your skin fresh and your pores open, welcoming any dirt and oils that you layer on with makeup. To help your existing acne from getting worse, apply an anti-acne gel to those spots. Then use a primer to seal your pores and prevent further clogging.

Removing Prosthetics

Between face paint and liquid latex, removing them can be quite tricky. Some paints tend to leave a tint of color on your skin while latex can just stick. Some swear that using glue to remove it will help avoid these issues, but glue also tends to tear at your skin. Instead, try using a baby oil or toothpaste to gently remove any excess paint or latex from your skin. These products are gentle and won’t damage.

Keep it Cool

Taking off all those layers are going to wear out and irritate your skin. Using a cooling face cleanser helps reduce any irritation and redness. After you take off most of the makeup, feel free to reach for your regular makeup remover to take off the rest. Always remember to wash and tone your face after to restore your PH balance and keep your skin from getting too dry and damaged.

Detox, Detox, Detox!

The next morning, your skin is going to feel worn. You’ve just piled on a mask and took it off without any warning and your skin is less than pleased. To help rejuvenate yourself, exfoliate your face with a gentle exfoliate and then use a light, calming face mask to bring some life back into your face.

As always, remember to be safe with whatever you do this Halloween season. Be responsible and have fun. Happy Halloween!

October 19, 2016 | Leave a Comment »
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Hair Accessories for Fall 2015

We’ve seen hair accessories gain in popularity recently. For the fall, we’ve noticed many styles incorporating hair accessories.

Accessories a great tool to use if you don’t have enough time to work on your hair before going out. Adding a bow or jeweled clip can do wonders for your look.

Below are some of our favorite hair accessories for the fall.

Small Bows

Large bows were pretty popular this spring and summer. For the fall, smaller, dainty bows are the way to go. At a recent Dolce & Gabbana show there were multiple small bows on one model’s head. We’ve seen everything from softer satin bows to gold bows to jeweled ones.

Headbands

Headbands are always a great option when you don’t have a lot of time to get ready. They’re being seen more often on the runway recently too. Chanel’s fashion week runway featured lots of headbands. Leather and jeweled headbands are becoming more popular lately. Bright colors are also popular.

Leather Accessories

Leather ties and bands are becoming really popular. You don’t necessarily need to stick to darker leather colors. The Fendi show featured models wearing leather bands in a burnt orange color.

Jeweled Barrettes and Clips

If your looking for a more formal hair accessory, a jeweled barrette or clip may work for you. They’ll add some sparkle and give you a beautiful, classic look.

Head Scarves

Head scarves are starting to gain in popularity. They’re a great option for Chicagoans who need to protect their hair from nasty weather. You can either cover your hair in the scarf or roll up the scarf and use it more like a headband. Colorful scarfs can give you a strong look and really tie together an outfit.

September 7, 2015 | 9 Comments »
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New Aveda Hair & Make Up Products for Fall 2015

Aveda Be CurlyWe’re excited about the new products Aveda has recently released. They have three new hair products and a new make up line for Fall 2015. All items are available for purchase at XEX.

Aveda Smooth Infusion Nourishing Styling Cream

Aveda’s new Smooth Infusion Nourishing Styling Cream fights frizz and nourishes all day. It includes certified organic cupuaçu and shea butters. Created for medium to coarse hair, it works great on loose waves, straight or curly hair. Simply towel dry, air dry or blow dry, then apply the cream.

Aveda Be Curly Co-Wash

The new Be Curly Co-Wash reduces is a sulfate-free, low-lather conditioning wash with certified organic babassu oil meant for women with curly hair. It gently cleanses your scalp, reduces frizz and moisturizes curls for up to three days. The result is soft and defined curls.

Aveda Be Curly Intensive Detangling Masque

Infused with certified organic babassu oil and shea butter, Aveda’s Be Curly Intensive Detangling Masque helps to detangle curls. It separates the most tangled curl and improves the look of your curls with each use. It also fights frizz and adds moisture to your curls. It can be used in place of Aveda’s Be Curly conditioner.

Aveda Sublime Spirit Make Up Collection

Aveda’s Sublime Spirit Collection is is inspired by fashion and beauty. The eye and make up products are meant to complement the autum season. From pastels violets to deep reds and bronze, the collection has a color palette to work well with all types of natural beauty.

August 26, 2015 | 13 Comments »

Our favorite hair styles from the 2015 Grammy Awards

The Grammy awards are always a lot of fun. Our favorite musicians have a chance to showcase their version of elegant style. Some go super edgy. Some go with great, classic looks. Here are our top pics for hair styles at this year’s Grammy awards.

Katy Perry

Katy Perry debuted her purple lob, getting lots of attention in the process. We’ve been talking about bright pastels for a while. Perry’s been known to have lots of different hair colors, but it’s been a while since she went this bright. We like it!

Taylor Swift

Swift’s elegant look included an elegant lob with heavy side bangs. She looked great!

Jennifer Judson

Hudson’s short black pixie that was edgy and unkept. It looked great with her thick eye liner and magenta lipstick.

Madonna

Madonna’s hat and face netting combo gave her a cool, vintage look.

Iggy Azalea

Azalea sported a braided crown, giving her a cool Greek goddess look.

What were your favorite looks from this year’s Grammy awards. Leave a comment below!

February 9, 2015 | 13 Comments »