• Greasy Hair

    Greasy hair is a problem that we are asked about at Beauty Plus Salon on the daily. Most of the time it’s usually over-washing that's the culprit in an oily scalp. Not to worry because there are a few products on the market to help combat greasy scalps. “How can my hair be getting oilier if I’m washing it more?” Well when you are washing daily (sometimes more than once a day) you are stripping your hair of all it’s natural oils, that keep that scalp nice and moisturized. When you shampoo that layer of oil your body goes into overdrive trying to produce extra oil to replace what you already washed away, leaving you with flat, greasy hair.

     

    The great news is, that you can train your hair to stop overproducing in less than a week. Yes you’re going to go through one or two awkward topknot days (or you could always throw on a hat!). Along with the products I’m going to talk about and some patience you’ll be able to walk away from greasy hair!

     

    You’re going to start with your “wash day”. Obviously this would be the day that you wash your hair (AND scalp). Almost every product line has a shampoo that will help take care of oiliness, I picked my Top 5 Shampoos that kick grease to the curb!

     

    #1. Paul Mitchell Shampoo TwoKODAK Digital Still Camera

    Shampoo Two is a deep cleansing shampoo. It has a fresh lemon scent that removes build up and gives you a “fresh start”. Since this is typically used as a clarifying shampoo I’d recommend only using this once a week.

     

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    #2. Redken Clean Maniac Micellar Shampoo

    Clean Maniac is a sulfate-free and silicone-free shampoo that gently removes build up from the scalp. Whether it’s styling products or just the daily grease, this shampoo will get rid of it all. Plus it has UV-filters in there that help protect hair color from fading!

     

     

    #3. Matrix Scalp Sync Cooling Mint ShampooKODAK Digital Still Camera

    Scalp Sync, made is mint leaf, gives a cooling sensation to the scalp that helps you feel nice and refreshed. Along with feeling refreshed, Scalp Sync balances the scalp to “reset” the pH balance, meaning less oil to deal with.

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    #4. Milkshake Normalizing Blend Shampoo

    This shampoo is made with plant-based ingredients, no sulfates and no parabens. When using Normalizing Blend, it gently but efficiently removes excess sebum(oil) and helps re-balance the scalp.

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    #5. Ouidad Water Works Clarifying Shampoo

    Although Ouidad is generally for curly hair types, anyone with oily hair could benefit from this shampoo. Similar to the Paul Mitchell Shampoo Two, Water Works should only be used once a week. Formulated with lemon, grapefruit and orange extracts help deplete excess oil without stripping hair from the moisture it needs.

     

     

    TIP: Avoid putting condition and styling products (except from a root lifter) on your scalp. This will clog your follicles and tell your body to produce more oil.

     

    After your wash day, avoid running fingers through or touching your hair. This attracts the oil from your hands and face, making hair look greasy. If you still feel like your hair is greasy looking, grab a dry shampoo, Batiste Dry Shampoo is a great one to start with, and spritz some in the root area. The powder in the dry shampoo will absorb the excess oil giving you a fresh look.

     

    Day 3 and 4 after washing are usually the worst, but if you can get through the first week, you’ll be able to stop shampooing daily. These days I recommend cute space buns or a topknot, no one will notice that your hair is a grease ball!

     

    Following this “de-grease week” regularly will help you slow your oil production and give you nice lush locks in the process!

  • Makeup Brushes 101

    Diving into your makeup bag is usually always chaos with every product and all those brushes. Today we’re going to decode what each one is used for! You might find that other way to use each and every brush, which is great! There is no solid “you need to use this for that” rules, and that’s what makes the art of makeup beautiful! This is simply a guide to help you decipher how to utilize every brush you own.

     

    Let’s start off with Face Brushes. Depending on what type of foundation you use (powder or cream/liquid) would factor on what brush to use. If you’re using a mineral foundation, you’re best bet is to grab a Kabuki Brush. Kabuki brushes are densely packed bristles, usually rounded, that give you precise application of your powder. You can also use kabuki brushes for bronzer and highlight. Real Techniques has a retractable kabuki that’s perfect for home and on the run.

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    For liquids and creams you have a couple options. Foundation brushes, typically are flat and come to a point on the end to get into every nook of your face (check out the Royal & Langnickel MODA Pointed Foundation Brush). Stippling Brushes, usually come with varying length bristles that help “buff” foundation into skin. Using a BB cream or tinted moisturizer works best with stippling brushes because they tend to give you very sheer coverage. That means when you use a full coverage foundation with this type of brush you tend to get a “streaky” finished look. Real Techniques Stippling Brush is a great one to try out, and they even stand on their own due the the base of the brush.

    MODA Foundation Brush     RT Stippling

     

    Next up is almost always concealer. Concealer brushes are like smaller versions of flat foundation brushes. With their scaled down size it helps to really get into the under eye area without applying too much cover up. Try out the Real Techniques Detailer Brush from the Flawless Base Set if you haven’t already!

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    Blending every liquid/cream is key to a flawless application. Blending Sponges (self-explanatory, right?) blend out any lines and demarcations caused from the foundation that’s been applied. You can even just use this sponge to apply your foundation and skip the brush altogether. You get a nice, airbrushed look after using a blending sponge. I am OBSESSED with the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. There’s a flat side, good for cream contouring and a rounded that ends in a point to get up close under your eye.

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    If you’re a liquid/cream foundation girl, you usually go in with a setting powder to lock in the base of your face. Powder brushes work great for this. The rounded top lightly dusts powder onto skin, giving you a perfect finish. Since powder brushes are rounded they also work great to apply blush to the apples of your cheeks without going overboard with the product. The Crown Pro Series Lush Powder Brush is super ideal for these applications.

    Lush Powder Brush

     

    Nothing says “Full Beat” (complete makeover if you didn’t know) than chiseled contour and glistening cheekbones. Contouring is so mainstream now that there’s brushes made just for it now. Real Techniques Sculpting Brush is a great example, angled bristles help you apply just the right amount of Matte (alllllways matte) bronzer under your cheekbones to give you that sculpted look. To get that dewy highlight that we are seeing EVERYWHERE, fan brushes are a go-to, they vary in density so depending on how much glow you want is how dense of a brush you would get. For a light glow check out the Royal & Langnickel Prismatic Radiance Kit. The kit comes with a powder brush (one less brush to buy!) and two fan brushes. The bigger fan brush is great for cheekbones where the smaller one is excellent from smaller areas, like tip of the nose and cupid’s bow.

    RT Sculpting Brush     MODA Radiant Set

     

    Eyebrows are the frame of the face. Without eyebrows looks can appear “off” and if you have little to no hair, you can be expressionless. Royal & Langnickel EZ-Glam Beautiful Brows set has literally the most perfect brush for brows. The bristles on this brush are sturdy enough so when you’re applying your brow product it won’t bend and make your brows look sloppy. Bonus, the brow brush comes with a spooly end so if you do have nice brow you can easily tame them into shape with this brush.

    MODA Brows

     

    Eyes are the best part of makeup in my opinion, there’s endless ways for self-expression with shade range and different finishes you can always project what you want. Applying shadows with your fingers, while this it totally ok, isn’t always as precise as the brushes. Let’s start with the OG eye brush, the dome brush. Dome brushes are great for a wash of all over color, or packing on some glitter. Real Techniques Bold Metals #200 is an awesome dome brush that you should always have on hand.

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    Want some drama and definition? Grab a crease brush! Crease brushes taper to a point to help define the crease in your eye, creating a cat eye effect. TIP: less is more! Eyeshadows are buildable so you can always add more pigment. If you go in with a ton of color you get racoon eyes! Crown Pro Series Sculpting Crease Brush is another go-to for me when I’m looking for some drama.

    Crown Eye Brush

     

    Finish off that dramatic eye with some wing liner! Liner is the icing on the cake for most makeup looks. An angle liner brush is ideal for wings. Real Techniques' Bold Metals Angled Liner  brush is great because the brush itself is thin so you won’t need to worry about making the wings too thick, unless thick is what you’re looking for that is totally doable with this brush too. TIP: use tape to create a sharp wing if you’re not good at freehanding the tails! I *still* use tape to this day so I don’t need to worry about making them perfect.

    RT Bold Liner

     

    Top it all off with Lip Color! Whether it’s lipstick or a gloss I love using a lip BRUSH! Lip Brushes give you a better application and last longer than just applying straight from the tube. Royal & Langnickel Lip Brush is my fave!

    MODA Lip Brush

     

    Just like i said last week, same rings true for makeup brushes! They are an investment so treat them with care! You should be cleaning your brushes WEEKLY! Yes i said weekly. If you avoid cleaning your brushes it’s a breeding area for bacteria and that causes skin problems! Cinema Secrets Brush Cleaner is literally THE best cleaner out there! Grab some with your next order! Your brushes and skin will thank you!

  • Strap Yourself In! Curls are Back! Yes, Perms Too!

    Hey ladies and gents, news flash, curls are back in style! Yes, a bit shocked off my rocker to read in Cosmo or one of those trendy mags that people are requesting perms! This is great news if you have curls, want curls, or have even the slightest bend in your hair. If you’re currently fighting your curls, trust me, there IS a product that can enhance your locks into luxurious love on your head. Actually, there are many products available for curly girls and guys, in fact, there are whole product lines just to devoted to curly hair. (Keep you informed on those brands with more blogs to come!).

    A self-professed product junky, I have invested hundreds of dollars trying to find just the “right” devacurl low poocurly hair shampoo and conditioner. What I have determined is the density (thickness) of your hair has everything to do with what products work best! As for my hair, a medium density (thickness) and waves like Sarah Jessica Parker (when she starred in Sex In the City,) my latest shampoo, Deva Low Poo Delight and Deva One Condition Delight are worthy of writing about. You’re probably wondering, what is Low Poo? Basically, it means less lather, and No Poo means no lather, aka hair cleansers. (If you’re looking for lots of lather, hair cleansers are not for you) I’m no scientist but the lack of suds definitely results in better looking curls; less frizz, and improved curl memory.

    Back to my experience, from my first usage with Deva Low Poo Delight, the smell was decent, sort of citrus-like; consistency wasn’t super thick but after shampooing twice, it left my hair feeling different, not like a rope, actually much smoother than I have ever felt. The less lather takes a little getting used to but it was a nice trade off especially if the hair feels not as dry after rinsing. My thought was, wow, it’s going to be even better with the conditioner, and of course it was. The conditioner, nothing out of the ordinary in texture, was easy to comb through, and left my hair silky but not greasy feeling. Here’s the bottom line, when the hair cuticle is smooth not rough, it makes for better curls, and the result is beautiful waves, and less frizz.

    Hey I’m loving this low maintenance style and finally embracing my wave! My challenge? I still beach envyneeded more volume in my crown area, I’ve been using Redken Beach Envy Volume Wave Aid, at first, it makes the hair a tiny bit stiff, but it does bring out more wave than usual. For best results with this product, let your hair dry completely and then flip your head over to fluff it out. This is a great second-day-hair product; super cute after a good night of sleep, and for those of us who like the I just had a good-romp-in-the-hay kind of style it’s a “must have”.

    Sooooooo it’s time ladies and lads, forfeit the fight, embrace the wave, correct the kink, and learn to love your locks…. In the end, you’ll love the way you look!

  • The Ultimate Brush Guide

    No matter what Beauty Plus Salon you shop at there's always dozens of brushes and you're left with the debate on what brush is the best for you. We created this handy guide to help you through the process! Check out our Brush Bible below!

     

    Detangling brushes are our most-sought after type of brush. Everyone is looking for a brush that will say so long to troublesome knots without beating up our scalps. What a lot of folks aren't aware of is the way you detangle your hair. When you're brushing your hair you usually start at the top of your head and brush down to your ends, right?? Well this causes tons of pain and decent amount of damage to your locks. Try starting from the ends of your hair and work your way up to the top, this ensures you'll have removed the knot without anywetbrush pic stress put on the hair.  Wet Brush is one of our number one brushes for that. The bristles on this brush are created with "IntelliFlex" technology, which means the bristles will bend to avoid snagging on knots. Wet Brushes are great to use on wet hair (hence their name!) and excellent on dry hair. They also come in purse size as well- great for on the go!

     "Oh, I've tried71nBc6BSJ9L._SL1500_ the Wet Brush and it doesn't get through my hair." - almost every curl client I've met. Don't worry, the Wet Brush isn't the only detangling brush out there. For all our naturalistas, we 100% recommend you trying out Denman Brushes. They look like a classic 5- or 7-row brush but again the bristles have a little give to them to prevent snagging on those perfect spirals of yours. Another great thing about Denman Brushes is that space in-between each bristle is wide enough to create a perfect wave pattern, ending in a cohesive curly style. Remember to always, always, ALWAYS start at the ends of your hair!

     Now that we've got nice detangled hair, obviously this is the point where you'd grab your round brush and start styling, correct? No! To make your life waaaay easier grab a Paddle Brush, they come vented and not vented. I'd say grab a vented one because what we're doing is getting 70-80% of the moisture(water) out of the hair. Don't get me wrong you can use a non-vented one if you're like it'll just take a tad bit longer for the hair to dry than using a vented one. This is 17064-1every hair stylists secret, Rough Drying! Rough drying is getting that unnecessaryy moisture out of the hair before they go in at smooth the hair out. All you need to do is put your products (blow dry spray, volumizer, oils) in your hair then take the paddle brush along with your blow dryer and start brushing out the hair for the heat to starting drying it. Your mid-shafts are usually take the longest to dry so focus on the middle more so than the roots or ends. Olivia Garden has a great selection of paddle brushes to choose from. Once that's finished you'll take your Round Brush and make the style neat.

    Round Brushes tend to have a ceramic coating and the most common to find. These are great for quick styling as the ceramic acts as an iron, giving you smooth sleek results. Depending on the size barrel you get, you can curl in your ends, giving your hair bombshell style. You can also get insane volumsmooth operatore with ceramic round brushes too, grab a 1 ½"- 1 ¼" barrel size and over direct (pull hair forward and roll brush back) and let sit for a couple seconds. It almost acts like a hot roller but you won't have to deal with the pins or wait for the rollers to heat up. Spornette has a great variety of Round Brushes to choose from, personally I love the Smoother Operator Collection. The have twisted bristles that help the hair from getting tangled or caught.

     Natural Bristle Brushes, commonly referred as Boar Brushes, come in both Round and Paddle forms. Boar Round Brushes are good for a body in that hair, and excellent from smoothing. For IMG_4519very sleek styles this type of brush is a go-to. Paddle versions are also amazing for detangling, adding shine and smoothing for up-dos. I use boar brushes when I style my hair like Kim K's bob, with some pomade (a little goes a long way!) and brush product into hair for that pin straight, not going to most bob. Deville by Spornette are a great choice for paddle brushes.

     For the "thiss-l300 is too complicated" there's always the handy Straightening Brush. Pretty self-explanatory, these brushes tend to be made with boar, since you are trying to smooth and straighten the hair. Be careful with your sectioning while using this brush, if you put too much hair in the brush you'll end up with a frizzy finished look. Try keeping sections about an inch and a half big.

    Since we are toward the end of our styling with either the Ceramic Round brush or Boar Brush, the little wonderyou might still want some height around the top. Grab a teasing brush, typically they are no more than 4 rows of bristles that usually vary in length to help give volume. Instead of taking the brush to your ends, you'll brush toward your scalp and create a cushion for your hair to sit on- thus more volume! The Little Wonder is in pretty much every stylist's station, which mean you should keep one in your vanity at home!

    7B589451-C134-4CC4-973D-88D56306C260-370-0000002798823A30On top of all these brushes, we still have the Extension Brush. Extension Brushes, sometimes called "Loop" Brushes, have bristles that resemble loops. This avoids pulling on (or out) your extensions. You can use this brush with clip-ins, sew-in's and bonded extensions. You made the investment on the hair already, grab the brush while you're at it to extend in the life of that purchase.

    With all this new knowledge on brush types, I hope it helps you grab the best brush (or brushes) for you! Don't forget to clean your brushes regularly! Once a month or so give them a bath in a bowl of water and shampoo, removing hair from first then let sit in the bowl for about a half hour. Rinse brushes with water and let dry!

     

    Have questions about which brush is for you? Drop a comment below!

  • Your BFF Valentines Gift Guide

    Valentine's Day is just a couple of weeks away and it's an ideal time to remember our best friends and what they mean to us.  I know my bff has been an amazing person in my life and it's nice to say "hey here's a little something I think you'll love and you won't buy for yourself" kinda gift..... after all, there's nothing like coming home to a card or special something which is completely unexpected from your best friend.  Keep in mind, it doesn't have to be extravagant- remember it's the thought that counts.

    Here's a few ideas which won't break the bank and will give your bestie the love she deserves.

    For the bff who constantly talks about the "little hairs" on her chin, or weekly maintenance on tweezermanher brows, the Tweezerman Professional Slant Tweezer, voted a Best of Beauty Award by Allure, is perfect!   You can never have too many tweezers and these tweezers sincerely are amazing- one swipe and hair be gone!

    If she's a bestie who loves her nail polish, maybe she'd appreciate a new Spring color like Zoya's Morgan.  What's nice about Zoya?  This nail polish is free of chemicals and lasts just like any other polish, however, minus the formaldehyde and other "goodies" makes it a win win for those who are health conscious.

    For the lady who is constantly traveling and has "hair" issues, a good standby for all hair types, It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product.  For real,  she just needs to bring this little bottle of magic wherever she goes as it is perfect for straightening, detangling, air drying, beach combing, in general styling....it really IS a 10.med_res

    And of course the ultimate gift for the bestie who is a lipstick queen, (I think we all have one friend like this), she shops for lipsticks and lip liners as if it was part time job... she deserves the Mini Glam Roll-Up or the Weekender Glam Roll-Up, here's an accessory bag JUST for her lipsticks, lip liners, and glosses.  A dream come true to see all her faves instantly, she will never have to dig for matching liners again, bestie will be bounding with big hugs for you....

    There is nothing like being loved, Valentine's Day is the perfect time to express our gratitude to our BFF's, treat her today!

  • Leave-In Conditioners 101

    If you don’t already know this, hair is an investment! If you want healthy hair then you need to keep up with the maintenance. Today’s topic is leave-in conditioners and I’m here to discuss my personal recommendations for different hair types.

    Leave-In Conditioner's are an essential step in every haircare routine. If you aren't using one, then you need to be! Leave-In's do more than just detangle, they provide a range of different benefits to help maintain the integrity of your hair. Whether your hair is fine, coarse, straight, curly, etc. there is a leave-in for you. These are just a few of my "go-to" leave-ins:

    It’s A 10 Miracle Leave-In: Probably the most popular among customers and beauty advisors Screen Shot 2018-01-24 at 2.54.48 PMalike. If you haven’t tried it and you are unsure of which one to buy this is a MUST! It’s a 10 offers a few different options for leave-in conditioners, but my personal favorites are the original Miracle Leave-In and the Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin. Both of these products contain these 10 benefits:

    1. Repair Damage
    2. Add Shine
    3. Promote Silkiness
    4. Detangle
    5. Control Frizz
    6. Add Shine
    7. Protect Color
    8. Prevent Split Ends & Breakage
    9. Enhance Body
    10. Thermal Protector

    The only difference between the two types is that the Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin contains keratin. However, I personally find that the Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin is a bit heavier, so I would recommend this one for those with medium-coarse hair or someone with really dry, damaged hair. The original formula is great for all hair types, so if your indecisive try the classic Miracle Leave-In first!

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    KMS California MOISTREPAIR Leave In Conditioner: Next up is the KMS California MoistRepair Leave-In Conditioner. This spray is great if you have dry, easily-tangled hair. KMS California is one of those brands that doesn’t get enough credit. All of their products smell really nice and work just as well. This spray is suitable for all hair types, but especially dry hair.

     

     

    Sexy Hair Soy Tri-Wheat Leave In Conditioner: This is a product I always find myself going back to. I have recommended this to a variety of customers with different hair types and always hear positive feedback. The Sexy Hair Soy Tri-Wheat Leave In Conditioner is similar to the KMS. It’s great for really tangled, dry hair. I would recommend this to just about anyone except baby, fine hair. This is also great for kids as well!

     

    Screen Shot 2018-01-24 at 3.05.57 PMMilkshake Incredible Milk 12 Effects Leave-In Treatment: Milkshake is becoming one of the top-selling brands in our store. The Milkshake Incredible Milk 12 Effects is similar to the It’s a 10 Miracle Leave In. This spray-cream offers 12 Effects:

    1. Repairs All Hair Types
    2. Frizz Control
    3. Prevents Split Ends
    4. Heat Protection
    5. Long Lasting Style Support
    6. Detangles
    7. Adds Shine
    8. Adds Body & Volume
    9. Easier Heat Styling
    10. Protects & Maintains Color
    11. Protects From UV Rays
    12. Smoothes The Cuticle

    This is another great multi-benefit treatment. My only caution for customers is the scent. A lot of milkshake products have a very specific scent - milkshake. It is very sweet smelling, I compare it to a cupcake. So, if you don’t mind the scent this is another great choice!

    Ouidad Moisture Lock Leave In Conditioner: This next one is for curly girls. Ouidad Moisture Lock is great for dry, curly hair. This is leave-in is a cream opposed to a spray, which I find a lot of customers with thicker hair prefer, because it gives them the moisture they need. Great for frizzy, dry hair, and most importantly…it keeps your curls intact!

    Pureology Colour Fanatic Treatment: I’ve had a love-hate relationship with this leave-in, but in the end I decided its definitely a love. The first few times I tried it I wasn’t WOW’d, but after revisiting it, I’ve come to love it! I typically bring the mini size with me when I travel.

    Pureology Colour Fanatic Treatment is another multi-tasker. It offers these 21 Benefits:

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    2. Leave-In Conditioner
    3. Instantly Detangles
    4. Makes Blow-Drying Easier
    5. Moisturizes Parched Hair
    6. Helps Even Out Porosity
    7. Weightlessly Conditions.
    8. Ideal Cutting Lotion
    9. Helps Prevent Split Ends
    10. Helps Prevent Breakage From Brushing & Combing
    11. Helps Strengthen The Hair Fiber
    12. Protects Against Heat Damage
    13. Shields Against Environmental Damage
    14. Smoothes Out Hair Surface
    15. Creates Silkiness
    16. Helps Seal Hair Cuticle
    17. Reduces Dryness
    18. Controls Frizz
    19. Reduces Static
    20. Refreshes Hair For Restyling
    21. Adds Shine

    I find that this leave-in works well on just about everyone. I would recommend this to a stylist in the salon because of all of the benefits and how well it works on different hair types.

    To wrap it up, I’ve tried so many different products...you wouldn’t believe the stash of products I’ve acquired from my time with Beauty Plus Salon. So even though there are other awesome products out there, these are just a few of my favorites.

  • 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

    Zenixknow 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.

     

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