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  • Product Review: NYX 3-in-1 Brow Pencil

    Eyebrows are super trendy right now- which is such a weird thing to say. But, it's true. Having really nicely shaped and defined eyebrows is crucial to any completed makeup look, and even on light makeup days I always make sure my eyebrows are done. For some reason, I feel like it makes me look just a little more put together. Whether you're going out to a formal event or just running some errands, it's important to find a product that you love and can rely on.

    One of my favorite brow products is the NYX 3-in-1 Brow Pencil paired with the Eco Tools Brow Shaping Brush Duo. The NYX 3-in-1 Brow Pencil is a multi-functional product that features three different eyebrow must haves- a pencil, a powder and a 'mascara'. Although you technically don't need brushes to accompany this product, I use them and here's why:

    To prepare my eyebrows I brush them with a spooly brush (included in the Eco Tools Duo) and get them in the shape that I'd like them to be in. Then, I go in with the angled brush from the Eco Tools Duo and coat about half of it with the eyebrow mascara from the NYX 3-in-1. Although the mascara comes on a typical mascara wand, I feel like it applies WAY too much product to the brows and in result makes them appear too dark and almost muddy. So I played around with it a little and decided to repurpose it. Instead of brushing it through my brows, I go in with the angled brush to create an outline which I later fill in with a mixture of the powder and pencil provided by the NYX 3-in-1. I find that by using the brush in conjunction with the mascara, you will create a cleaner, more defined brow than just by using the pencil alone.

    Using this combination of brow products has helped me to create, so far, what I think are my best brows. They look nicely shaped and bold thanks to the preciseness provided by the angled brush, but not too bold that they look like dark stamps above my eyes. Make sure that you get the right color to match your eyebrows, and you'll have beautifully sculpted brows in no time. Finish off with some concealer and brow bone highlight- and you're set!

  • Holiday Appliance Guide

    blog headerWe are only one week away from Black Friday, I repeat, we’re only ONE WEEK AWAY! Let that soak in for a minute.

    Now that it has sunk in, it’s time to start thinking about holiday shopping! We’ve complied our Beauty Advisors top picks for the best appliances to shop for this season.

    Curling Irons

    Our top (and go to) curling iron is the Hot Tools Spring 24K Gold Iron. The Hot Tools Curling Irons come in a variety of sizes, for all hair lengths and curl styles. The sizes range from 3/8” all the way up to 2”. What makes this iron so great is that the 24K Gold surface maintains its heat, which creates beautiful and long lasting curls.

    The most common question we get with curling irons, is about size – “what size should I get” – and the answer is simple yet complex. It all depends on the type of curl you are looking for, BUT typically, 1 ¼” is the most popular, followed by the 1” curling iron. This is because, most women are looking for the loose, flowing curls. If your hair is mid back or longer, the 1 ¼” is the iron for you (for that style curl). If your hair is shorter, you will want to go with the 1” to achieve this look. But, ask your self – do I want to look like I just came back from the beach or do I want to look like Shirley Temple? This will help you pick the right size!

    Shop all 24K Gold Curling Irons [here]

    Blow Dryers

    Our Beauty Advisors unanimously picked this year’s top blow dryer as the Babyliss Italo Luminoso Dryer. What makes this dryer a top pick is its key features. The Italo Luminoso is designed with a professional Italian AC motor that is capable of delivering superior air pressure and air flow. It adds ceramic heat to increase faster drying, that results in brilliant shine. Other notable features is it has a 9ft. cord, 4 heat settings, a cold shot switch. What makes this dryer fun is that it comes in various colors, including orange, pink, green, and more. It also comes with different color filters, so you can really make this dryer fit your personality!

    Shop all Italo Luminoso Dryers [here]

    Flat Irons

    Our go to flat iron pick is the Babyliss Nano Titanium Sleek Flat Iron 1”. This iron is a staple item, that doesn’t go out of style. The titanium plates create a sleek, shiny finish. It heats up to 450 degrees and maintains a consistent heat to help boost effectiveness and speed while styling.

    Shop all Babyliss Flat Irons [here]

  • All The Rave: Zenix Purifying Peel Off Black Mask

    SAMSUNG CSCknow you've seen the videos. You know, those videos of people with a black face mask on, only to have them peel it off seconds later and express how incredibly painful it is? Yeah, those ones. Well, I tried a black charcoal face mask for myself- here's how it worked.

    I tried the Zenix Purifying Peel Off Black Mask, and luckily it wasn't nearly as painful as I thought it would be. After showering, I applied the mask to my T-Zone and chin because those are the only places I really feel like needed a little extra TLC. The product itself is like a really thick paste, so it's imperative to make sure that you apply it thinly and evenly to regulate the drying time. The first time I used it, I applied it way too thick- making it take about 45 minutes to completely dry down. Ain't nobody got time for that. Moving on, I went about the rest of my routine. By the time I was done applying products to my hair and getting dressed the mask had dried down and was ready to remove. If applied correctly, it shouldn't take much longer than 25 minutes.

    I will say, however, the first couple times using this product it did have a burning sensation. The first time using it, the burning sensation was very prominent- so prominent that I got worried and removed it with warm water before it could even dry down. There was no redness or irritation, so upon the next use I decided to deal with the tingles in hopes that it was no big deal and the mask was just doing it's job and luckily that's all it was. So if you begin using this product and the first few times you're caught off guard by some strong sensations, roll with it unless it's unbearable. Also, if you have sensitive skin, it's always a good idea to do a test patch to make sure your skin wont have a negative reaction to the product.

    Results wise, I think I was a bad test subject. After peeling off the mask I didn't notice that much was extracted from my skin. Now I'm not sure if it's because I genuinely didn't have that much to remove, or if the mask just failed to do so. However, it definitely left my skin feeling noticeably softer than it was prior to using the mask, which is always nice. Because the mask was focused primarily on my T-Zone, removing it was not that painful. Moving onto the second time I applied the mask, I applied it to my entire face- now that was a little more tough to remove. Hair and face masks generally don't get along well- so all the little 'peach fuzz' we have on our cheeks (or really, on most of our face) gets tugged on and pulled out by the mask, resulting in those crazy videos of people freaking out whilst trying to remove black masks.

    All in all, it's a good product. You'll feel a noticeable difference in your skin and it's a nice way to pamper yourself once or twice a week.

  • Hair Masks 101

    Here at Beauty Plus Salon, we care about your hair. And we know a lot about it, too! For example, ask yourself this. Are you regularly using hair masks? The answer is probably no, but it should be yes. The majority of people who have potential to benefit from hair masks aren't using them for one reason or another- a lot of people blame their lack of masking due to time. They think it'll take up too much time or add lots of time to their normal routine, when in reality some hair masks require as little as a five minute waiting period to let the product do it's thing. To refresh your memory on hair masks in general, check out our previous article 'Wait, Why Aren't You Using A Hair Mask?'. In that particular post we dive into the importance of hair masks for protecting and strengthening your hair, and debunk the fact that one mask will ruin your whole routine.

    Here are some go-to hair masks for you to try out depending on your hair type:

    Redken Extreme Strength Builder Plus (Dry/Damaged): This mask acts like a conditioner, and works to strengthen and help repair damage done to your hair. It will bring dry, damaged hair back to life and leave it feeling silky and smooth but most importantly, healthy.

    It's A 10 Miracle Hair Mask (Dry/Damaged): This easy to use mask focuses on repairing damaged hair due to wear from coloring, heat styling and processing in general. This mask also acts as a conditioner as it is flexible enough to be used daily, but strong enough to be used periodically as a deep conditioning treatment.

    Ouidad Melt-Down (Curly): The Curl Recovery Melt-Down Extreme Repair Mask is a luxurious treatment (curly girls, rejoice!) infused with a unique CR-4 Repair Complex. The formula includes a myriad of nutrients which have a main focus on rebuilding, nourishing and protecting your curls.

    Wella Age Restore (Aged/Coarse): This is a restorative mask which works to make coarse hair feel smooth, silky and ultimately more manageable. It's packed with antioxidants to protect, strengthen and make your hair come back to life. Hair will not only appear younger, but smoother with a renewed softness.

    Keratin Complex Blondeshell (Blondes): This mask is deep conditioning and botanical-rich that blends shea butter with keratin to help restore the hair's softness and strength.


  • Shampoo 101

    SAMSUNG CSCOily Hair: DevaCurl Buildup Buster - Remember how I said micellar water was the actual best thing since sliced bread? Not only will it work wonders on taking your makeup off, but it can also work to cleanse your scalp! The DevaCurl buildup buster is a staple in my hair care routine. As someone with crazy curly hair who flat irons it nearly everyday, I tend to go 3-5 days between washes which can lead to a bit of product buildup on my scalp. It doesn't contain any harsh ingredients that could harm your hair and will gently cleanse the scalp. Matrix Biolage ScalpSync - This balancing shampoo will remove excess dirt and oils from the scalp while minimizing dandruff. It's formulated with mint to provide a cooling sensation to sooth and refresh irritated scalps.

    Dry Hair: Redken Extreme - With help from the Redken Extreme shampoo your hair can become up to 4 times stronger. It works to strengthen, repair, and protect the hair while cleansing and restoring shine. Paul Mitchell Awapuhi - This shampoo will dive deep into the hair to help restore strength and moisture. While it lathers it's also rebuilding, which will leave your dry hair full of shine and moisture. It is sulfate free and works to repair each individual strand resulting in an overall look of healthier hair.

    Curly Hair: DevaCurl No Poo - This no lather cleanser is formulated especially for our curly girls. DevaCurl's No Poo is sulfate free and highly moisturizing, which will hydrate and gently cleanse the scalp to reveal soft, bouncy curls every time!

    Color Treated Hair: Pureology Hydrate - With a concentrated formula, the Pureology Hydrate shampoo will create a luxurious lather that's easy to rinse out of the hair. It contains extra gentle cleansers that will not strip away color from hair. Ouidad Color Sense (Curls) -  This is another product formulated just for us curly girls. Coloring curly hair is no easy task, and with help from Ouidad's Color Sense shampoo we can help keep vibrant color for as long as possible. It will cleanse curls without stripping away color or moisture while protecting from harmful UV exposure and gently removes build up.

  • milk_shake Silver Shine

    SAMSUNG CSCAttention blondies! We know how hard it can be to care for blonde hair, be it dyed or natural, it's tough to make sure everything stays toned the way it should be. That's why milk_shake created their Silver Shine line just for you!

    The brand's Silver Shine collection uses a combination of milk proteins, blueberries and violet pigment to help brighten and neutralize unwanted yellow tones. The Silver Shine Shampoo has a slighter softer violet based tone, which makes it a little more gentle on the hair. It leaves an even finish and an abundance of shine, opposed to other shampoo's that can leave your hair looking dull and lackluster. The Silver Shine Whipped Creme Leave-In Conditioner is a conditioning foam that does not need to be rinsed out, formulated for blonde and grey hair. Frequent washing can really bring out those unwanted yellow tones which is what the Silver Shine collection is working to combat.

  • Back To College Essentials

    SAMSUNG CSCWith everyone moving back into dorms and gearing up for a brand new semester, the last thing on our minds is how to take care of our hair during stressful school months. Between hitting the books, extra curricular's and managing to maintain somewhat of a social life, it's hard to find time to maintain the same beauty regimen's that we would if we had more time. There are quite a few products that'll help speed up your current routine, here are three:

    Dry Shampoo: You can read our article about dry shampoo here, but basically this is one of the most crucial hair products in your artillery. Be it in the morning before your 8 am class, or right before a spur of the moment dinner date you can so easily rely on dry shampoo to make sure your hair looks clean and refreshed.

    Makeup Wipes/Micellar Water: Have you ever used micellar water before? If you have, you'll agree with me that this is without question a holy grail makeup removal product. If you're not familiar with micellar water, it's magical water that uses science to help take your makeup off easier (in a nutshell). You can buy the water on it's own or buy makeup wipes with the water infused into them- I have both. Adding a little extra water to the wipes really douses it with the product and ensures that all the makeup is coming off. Nothing is worse than getting into bed after a long day and realizing you've gotta get up and take your makeup off- if you're willing to sacrifice washing your face that night, leave makeup wipes and micellar water next to your bed and you can take it off quick and easy. And if you don't end up washing your face, micellar water provides a deeper clean than ordinary makeup remover- so you can feel just a little less guilty about skipping out.

    Clix It Acne Eraser Pen: If you're one of the lucky people who have never experienced a breakout, must be nice. But if you're with the greater majority, odds are you've dealt with a pimple or two in your day. With college comes stress, and with stress comes acne. This product will help combat those pesky surprise breakouts and prevent ones from popping up in the future. It will heal acne, cool irritated skin, help control sebum (oil) production and work to prevent future breakouts. It's small, quick and can fit in a purse- what more do you want?

  • Back to School with Fairy Tales

    SAMSUNG CSCFairy Tales are a key component to have in the arsenal if you've got younger, school aged kids. Unfortunately, schools are a serious breeding ground for lice so it's important that you take the necessary precautions to prevent lice and worst case scenario- get rid of them. Fairy Tales has a wide array of products that are proven to work against lice, and with the back to school season being in full swing it's crucial to have at least a few of these products at your disposal.

    Rosemary Repel Shampoo: Formulated without sulfates and harsh chemicals, this shampoo is gentle and effective enough for daily use. It contains pure rosemary, citronella and tea tree oils that will gently cleanse the hair while working to prevent head lice. There is a matching conditioner that will effectively detangle and tame unruly hair while preventing head lice as well as a leave-in conditioner that will soften and moisturize the hair. This product line also features a hairspray that is light-weight and non-sticky, and a styling gel that will hold hair in place without build up or making it crunchy. All of these products are clinically proven to prevent head lice.

    Lice Good-Bye: This is your solution to head lice outbreaks. Formulated with natural enzymes, Lice Good-Bye is proven to remove and dissolve lice and their eggs to completely rid you of them. This product contains no harsh chemicals or pesticides and removes everything naturally, making it perfect for young children.

    Nit Free Terminator Comb: It goes without saying that if you've got school aged kids, you should have one of these. This is the ultimate lice and egg removal comb- the long, thin teeth make it easy to comb through the hair during head checks, and ultimately to remove any eggs or lice you may see in the process.

  • It's A 10 - Miracle Leave In's

    SAMSUNG CSCBeing a girl with curly hair, there are few products that rank as highly in my collection as a leave-in conditioner. A good leave in conditioner can transform your hair from a knotted, tangled mess into a smooth, frizzless look. It's A 10 has created a line of Miracle Leave-In's that do just that- detangle, defrizz, add moisture and more.

    Miracle Leave-In: An ideal solution for smoothing hair by eliminating frizz and detangling, this product can be used on all hair types to help make hair stronger and healthier with every use. This treatment is nourishing and moisturizing and can either be used on it's own or as a restorative styling product.

    Miracle Leave-In for Blondes: Specially formulated for blonde hair, the Miracle Leave-In for Blondes works on both natural and dyed blonde hair. It will enhance highlights and shine without dulling, while adding in moisture and defrizzing. This product will reduce fading and tone your hair color as well as protect your hair from harmful heat and UV rays. Not only does this product do all of that, but it also aids in the reversal of damage from over processing and excess heat.

    Miracle Leave-In Lite: This ultra light formula was create special for those with fine or short hair. This product has the same replenishing and detangling properties as the original while using the lightest, most effective natural ingredients. It will help prevent split ends, fading color and environmental damage.

    Miracle Silk Express Leave-In: Silky and smooth is this products specialty; strengthening and restoring moisture into dry, damaged hair while adding shine and natural body. Miracle Silk will seal in moisture to shield from frizz and infuse deep hydration to help reduce breakage. Safe for color treated hair, it protects from color fade and dryness to keep your hair looking full of life.

    Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin: This product has all the benefits of the original Miracle Leave-In while specializing in strengthening hair. It can be used on its own or in conjunction with a keratin straightening treatment to help maintain it. Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin works on all hair types to bring out natural luster and make hair stronger and healthier by replacing lost proteins. It will protect that hair's natural keratin and protect against heat, restore hydration, detangle and defrizz.

  • Sugar, Sugar - Matrix Sugar Shine

    SAMSUNG CSCMatrix Biolage has created yet another stunning hair care line with their Sugar Shine collection. The line offers a sulfate and paraben free shampoo, conditioner, spray and scrub available for consumer purchase; the combination of products, when used together, will create a lightweight finish and up to a 48 hour long shine. It's lasting effects will keep your hair looking beautiful and fresh in between washes.

    Sugar Shine Shampoo: Creates a gentle lather to remove dulling impurities. Suitable for color treated hair.

    Sugar Shine Conditioner: The Sugar Shine Conditioner will leave your hair moisturized and nourished without feeling weighed down. Suitable for color treated hair.

    Sugar Shine Illuminating Mist: Use this lightweight mist to help lock in shine following the use of the Sugar Shine Shampoo and Sugar Shine Conditioner. The Sugar Shine Illuminating Mist will help smooth hair by taming flyaways and add heat protection for up to 450 degrees, leaving your hair with a glossy, illuminated finish.

    Sugar Shine Polishing Hair Scrub: A pre-shampoo treatment formulated with real sugar crystals. The Sugar Shine Polishing Hair Scrub works directly on the surface of hair to polish away impurities and nourish the hair with humectants to add shine and slight body.

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