As a member of the blonde squad, I have my fair share of hair care related nightmare stories. One particular story comes to mind during my first year of University. After years of box bleaching, straightening and a severe lack of haircuts I finally bit the bullet and got a trim. Due to the extreme damage my hair dresser ended up having to chop a hefty chunk of hair off. Feeling naked without my long hair I then proceeded to order hair extensions off the internet, claiming to be high quality human hair, but at only $45 (red flag much?). A friend of mine told me that they were probably synthetic, but I denied it and continued to try to curl my new favourite accessory. I’m sure you can guess that the smell of burnt plastic lingered in my dorm room for days and my extensions did not look so cute. Moral of the story 1) Do not buy $45 dollar hair extensions and 2) There are way better options to getting long and healthy hair. Older and wiser, I have since learned a few great beauty tips for healthy happy hair!
Keep the dye at a minimum
If you are like me, the appearance of roots makes you cringe, even if they’re barely visible. I used to completely bleach my whole head with box dye every 6 weeks or so. So not necessary, and directly results in damaged strands. Try to rock your natural hair colour, it probably suits you pretty well! However, if you do want to dye try to keep your colourings to a minimum. It’s best to use a professional, but if that breaks the bank, use a dye with less harsh chemicals and try to only process your roots, using the same colour and brand each time. If the brassiness of your hair is just too much, try a great purple shampoo once a week to keep your blonde fresh. For all colour make sure to use a coloured hair specific shampoo.
Feed you hair all the good stuff
Just like your body needs specific nutrition to keep feeling great so does your hair. Proper nutrition will keep your hair healthy and shiny! For direct hair help you can also use kitchen products as cheap and natural hair masks. Products like coconut oil, mayonnaise and avocados are amazing ingredients to put in a DIY hair mask!
It sounds counter intuitive, but get regular hair cuts. If you leave dead and split ends for too long your hair will never grow. Regular trims (once every three months or so) will actually result in longer, healthier hair.
Ditch the daily wash
Washing your hair with shampoo everyday can leave it dry and damaged. Try starting with every other day and then if you can progress to every three or four days. Your scalp will acclimate its oil production and leave your hair growing faster and healthier. When you do shampoo, try to use a gentle formula with mainly or all natural ingredients.
So there you have it, 4 tips to keep your hair healthy, happy and gorgeous! Stick to these and you will find your self doing an excessive amount of hair flipping to show off that luxurious mane.
I think we’re all pretty convinced that the best compliment a woman could get about their appearance these days has to be “Wow your brow game is so strong!” or “Brows on fleek!”. I’ve never been one to be caught up on the latest slang terms but the word fleek has exploded on social media mostly followed by an image of perfectly sculpted brows. In the last few years, the big bold brows are back and are an amazing way to frame your face and bring out your other features. If you check Instagram, you will see even women with the thinnest brows have perfected the perfectly shaped, bold and defined brow. I think this is the closest I have been to actually witnessing magic. However, giving yourself a great brow makeover doesn’t have to be unachievable. Here are my 3 tips on how to make your brow game stronger than Chris Hemsworth.
1) Less is more!
The eyebrow shape and fill is a fine makeup art. It requires good product, great tools and lots of practice. The biggest thing I can say about brows is don’t go overboard! If you haven’t quite mastered extending or shaping your brows with makeup I wouldn’t recommend going all out. The worst mistake I see with eyebrows is when women (And men) go too far and wind up looking cartoonish. Makeup is meant to enhance your natural beauty, that’s what we all want to see! If you’re just starting out with filling in your brows, go with a product that can give them a pop and tame them. Something with a mascara-like wand is super easy to use. Once you get some practice with some more products you love, go nuts, but remember it’s all about bringing you best features forward not hiding them!
2) Shape your brows to your face
I know we see Cara Delevigne’s to die for brows and want to replicate them exactly, but a celebrity’s brow shape may not be the best for your face shape. As eyebrows help to frame your face, you want to go with a shape that is right for your facial structure. For example, if you have a longer face go for a flatter eyebrow or else it will exaggerate the length of your face. A round face? You can play with more dramatic angles to give your face some more defined shapes.
3) Shape right!
If you’re nervous about getting the shape of your eyebrows right, make sure to go to a professional. Whether its waxing, tweezing or threading they have the experience to do it properly. If you’re feeling confident to do it at home here’s a few suggestions. Firstly, make sure you take a step back every few plucks so you can get the bigger picture of what your brows look like on your face. Also make sure to get a great pair of tweezers that can get precise strays. Lastly never ice the skin! I Believe me I know it hurts but the cold will cause the pore to tighten around the follicle making it even worse. Try to do your brows right out of the shower and if the pain is too much try a numbing spray.
Brows can be amazing if done properly you just have to find out what works best for your style, face shape and level of makeup expertise. Once you have that down you will be rocking brows even Kylie Jenner would envy. We do brow tinting and shaping at Ooh La Lash so we are able to help you get the brows you desire.
The list of things I love includes (in no particular order) cheeseburgers, wine and re-watching Grey’s Anatomy on Netflix for the third time. However, the little voice in my head tells me that if I indulge in these things as much as I’d like to it may not be the greatest. While too many cheeseburgers will do a number on your arteries, some of your unhealthy habits are doing serious damage to your beauty routine too! In this day and age there is beauty product for everything, but there is no fix like healthy habits. Seriously, if you’ve ever watched those documentaries with vegan, marathon running, juice enthusiasts, you can literally see them glowing through the screen. So here are my tips on getting healthy on the inside to look ah-mazing on the outside.
Sleep is one of the best things you can do to look refreshed and feel refreshed. As you sleep, your body produces human growth hormones that you need to produce collagen. You need collagen for smooth, tight looking skin. Sleeping also allows your facial muscles that cause lines to relax, so a little extra shut eye could seriously reduce wrinkles. When you sleep, your blood flow also increases giving you that glowing complexion and fresh look.
We all know exercise is going to make our bodies look slimmer and more toned, but there are also other beauty benefits. Exercise gets your blood flowing allowing you to improve circulation and flush out toxins from your skin. Regular exercise also increases blood flow to your scalp giving you that luscious shiny hair you’ve been dying for!
Similar to exercise, healthy eating will not only make your body look better but has some serious beauty benefits. Eating plenty of protein will give your skin the amino acids it needs to look and be healthy. And too much sugar? Awful for your teeth and your acne! Stick with sweet foods with a low glycemic index like fruits! The best foods for you skin? Avocado – for supplying your skin with healthy fats and nutrients. Tomatoes are another great food for sun damage, they contain the antioxidant lycopene that reduces the free radicals produced from sun exposure.
While tomatoes are great, not wearing sunscreen is a beauty no no. Of course your health is the most important thing and proper sun protection will also protect you from skin cancer, but if you need a little extra motivation, sun damage is also terrible for beauty. Sun exposure will cause premature aging, lines, and that leathery look with continued exposure. I know tans look amazing, I too want to look like a bikini model basking in the LA sun, but it won’t be so cute in 20 years. Be proactive and wear sunscreen! If you always forget, try and get a moisturizer or foundation with SPF protection, 30+ is ideal! And for that California glow all year long, invest in a great self tanner. Most of the good ones look completely natural (no orange palms) and are quite literally “life savers”.
I wouldn’t expect you to become a gluten-free dairy-free sugar-free wheat-free yoga instructor, but consciously working on some healthy habits like these are a simple way to keep yourself looking and feeling beautiful all the time. So please, continue to gush over McDreamy with a glass of pinot, but get some sleep, try a green smoothie and toss in a light jog! Your beautiful self will thank you!
“BUT WHAT DO I DO WITH MY HANDS?” – Every girl ever getting their picture taken. I have no idea how super models seem to look so effortless in pictures all the time. When I take a picture, it’s usually complete with awkward hands, a little bit too forced of a smile and I pick just the right angle where you can totally notice the poutine I had on cheat day. I think most women (and men!) would agree that we would pay good money to unlock the secrets of taking a great picture.
Think about Perspective
Pictures are two dimensional so automatically anything closer to the camera is going to look bigger. So if you have a body part that maybe is a little larger than you want, try to angle yourself so that it is further from the camera. This doesn’t just apply to hips or mid section. I have taken way to many pictures with my hands on a table in front of me and it looks like an alien is trying to reach out of the picture. When you pull everything away from the foreground it is immediately shrunken.
Strike a pose (with your hair)
So many times I have taken great pictures and then realize my hair is doing some weird half forward half backward mullet dance. Not cute. Remember to pose your hair too! Putting it in a determined place will make your pictures more polished and less just got out of bed
Chin Forward Chest Up
Get ready to feel like a penguin, a very photogenic penguin. Putting your chin forward and your chest up makes your posture look amazing. Your body will lengthen, making you look thinner and there will be no double chin action in this shot. This also brings more focus to your face instead of it blending into your neck.
Move those arms
Unless you are some kind of crazy muscle goddess you have a cushion on the arms. It is such a common mistake to tighten the arms against the body squishing them down into a wider pancake arm. By pulling your arms away from your body you get a smoother, slender appearance.
While amazing photos can be taken with a sexy pout, most of the time you just need to take it back to basics. A beautiful genuine smile never fails in photos. Granted, sometimes a forced smile comes off a little more “Here’s Johnny” than carefree super model. The best tip is to actually smile, get your friend or photographer to make you laugh or smile. Your genuine happy smile is guaranteed to light up the picture! Follow those 5 tips for looking picture perfect and you will be that much closer to being a Kim Kardashian level snapshot queen!
I’m pretty sure we’ve all seen those Instagram stars (I’m talking to you Jen Selter) who somehow seems to look flawless when they workout. Their hair is perfect, their fitness fashion so on point and somehow they manage to make sweaty look like this perfect flushed dewy face. However, if you’re like most women (and men!) you do 5 minutes on the treadmill and look like a sad wet rat with a face that looks as red as stop sign. Now don’t get me wrong I still love to workout, it is amazing for your mental and physical health (… and I also want a Kim Kardashian booty), but I also might want to look cute while I’m doing it. One of my friends once told me that if you’re working hard enough, you shouldn’t look cute at the gym. This may be true, but I decided to go on a hunt for the best fitness beauty tips and products to help at least a little. Try a few of these and you’ll be looking a little more Kayla Itsines and a little less “Just walked across the Sahara desert”.
I would never recommend you wear a full face of makeup to the gym. There is not product in the world that will keep it looking on point through a full round of P90X. That being said I look like I just had my high school prom last week when I don’t have any makeup on. If you can relate, or just like a flirty lash to bat at that cute personal trainer I definitely recommend waterproof mascara. Apply minimal coats for a natural, sweat friendly look.
Whether you’re working up a sweat on your lunch break or between classes, you don’t want sweaty gym hair afterwards. To freshen up use a dry shampoo. Make sure your dry shampoo leaves no white residue, especially if you have darker roots before you apply it on moist hair. Dry shampoo is a miracle for those fitness ladies on a tight schedule that don’t have time to shower after a quick workout! (Don’t forgot deodorant too!)
Hydrating Cleansing Wipes
After a workout you want to maintain that post-workout glow that makes you feel like a movie star, who needs blush when you have cardio? However, getting your sweat on causes sweat and excretion of toxins that you may not want on your face. Exercise is by far one of the best natural skin treatments, but if you don’t cleanse your skin after it may cause you to break out. To stop the breakout, use a hydrating facial wipe to wash off all the sweat and keep your skin fresh. Try to use one that is moisturizing with all natural ingredients.
Use these products and you will definitely be able to rock that workout selfie! But my best tip for keeping beautiful during and after the gym is always hydrate! Working out causes you to deplete important fluids that keep you feeling energized, your skin looking nourished and allow your body to repair itself after a workout. Water is definitely the not so secret formula to gym beauty! Keep posted for more tips on how to Get Beauty in our next Blog! Until then, Ill see you in spin class looking fresh and beautiful!
Who doesn’t need a vacation to get away from the cold? We would much rather be laying on a beach than putting on twenty layers just to go to the grocery store. We are here to give you some tips for your next vacation!
Want to get a little weekend getaway in? No problem! There are tons of destinations that are only 2-3 hours away. Check out Bermuda, Bahamas, Miami (or anywhere in Florida), or Cuba. You can get great 3-4 day deals at this time of year for these places.
Want to do something longer? If you want to head out on an all inclusive relaxing beach vacation – you can hit up a cruise of the Caribbean or a cruise around the islands.
Want to do something exotic? Stay away from those pre-planned vacation packages for overseas vacations like Thailand, etc. Generally you can do everything more cost efficiently on your own and you can play everything by ear. If you are traveling alone – then we would suggest the tours such as Contiki.
Don’t over pack. You are going to literally use half of what you usually pack, so save yourself the frustration of lugging your luggage all around the place.
Let your hair go. Nothing is better than beach hair as it saves you the time and effort of doing your hair only to then step outside and have it go wild.
Minimal makeup. Let your skin breath. Once you get a tan – you will love your skin tone.
Eyelashes! (You knew we were going here). Nothing is better than waking up and heading right to the beach. Getting your eyelashes done in advance will make your life so much easier on vacation. We can give you a full set right before you leave and they will last you through your entire vacation. Those sun kissed beach pics will be natural and beautiful, rather than making you have to fix that mascara running down your face every time you get out of the pool!
Book your vacation lash appointment today and let your vacation start early.
These days there is a cream, serum, gel or magic bean for everything. Want smoother skin? Thicker hair? Hide cellulite? Longer lashes? A date with George Clooney? Go to a beauty store and they will give you 20 “miracle products” that will supposedly solve all of these problems. While every woman has a few holy grail products that may actually be better than dinner with George, most of them fall flat and will cost you an arm and a leg. They may also contain some chemicals that could be toxic and harmful. Luckily there are some amazing natural beauty hacks that women have discovered and are life savers for the worst beauty problems. This way you expose yourself to less harmful chemicals and you will save a crazy amount of money. To top it off a lot of these natural beauty hacks work way better than some cosmetics. Here’s a few that you need to try ASAP.
First off – Mayonnaise. While mayo may be one to avoid for fitting into those skinny jeans, it is a miracle for your hair. Mayo is made with nourishing egg yolks for a natural oil that will make you hair stronger and shinier. You also get the benefit of L-cysteine, an amino acid and antioxidant that forms keratin to make your hair stronger. For a mayo hair mask use a cup of full fat mayonnaise all over you hair and leave it in for 30 minutes. After thirty minutes, lather in shampoo to break up the oils and rinse! Can’t stand the smell of mayo? Add a teaspoon of vanilla to counteract the smell.
For a trifecta of beauty genius you need to try activated charcoal. You can use it for you teeth, face and as eyeliner! Activated charcoal is a purifying agent that absorbs impurities. It’s huge surface area traps them like a sponge and will remove stains from your teeth and dirt from your pores. Here’s how to do it. You can pick up capsules of at the drug store or a health food store as they’re typically used to absorb toxins in the gut. Simply break open the capsule and mix it with a little bit of water. Then, brush the black paste onto your teeth and/or scrub it onto your face for 1-2 minutes. While you may look like you came out of a horror movie, once you rinse your skin is flawless and teeth are pearly white. However try to limit the use on your teeth, like any grainy substance too much use can wear at enamel and should not be used as a replacement for regular brushing and flossing. Have some paste left over? Use a small angled brush to use it as the best black eyeliner you’ll ever use.
You won’t catch me in the land of the living without a coffee in the morning, but you’ll also never catch me in bikini season without using a coffee ground exfoliant. Coffee grounds make an amazing exfoliant, removing dry skin cells and using caffeine to increase circulation. This increase of circulation can also help reduce the appearance of cellulite. Combine your morning grounds with a bit of moisturizing coconut oil in the shower and scrub over your face and body. Your skin will never feel softer.
The last and best smelling beauty hack that we can’t live without is an all natural DIY bronzer. Use 1 tablespoon of cinnamon, 2 tablespoons of cornstarch, 1 teaspoon of nutmeg and 1 teaspoon of cocoa powder. Use a large powder dust to apply the mixture to your face for a natural and amazing smelling bronzer. For an all over sunless bronze, combine with lotion and apply!
These remedies are amazing ways to save money, protect your body, look fabulous and feel confident! Have another natural beauty hack that you swear by? Share it in the comments!
With so many different lash boutiques popping up, what makes Ooh La Lash stand out? Well, Ooh La Lash is one of the originators of the lash boutiques, as they have been around since 2010. They are also the first volume lash specialist in Canada.
We got a chance to sit down with Natalie, the CEO and founder of Ooh La Lash, to ask why her volume lashes stand out.
Q: What makes your specialty volume lashes so special?
Natalie: There are a number of reasons! They are our signature lashes and only available at Ooh La Lash. We developed a lash that is faster and still respects the volume lashes etiquette. They are ultra light weight, so they don’t damage your lashes.
Q: How do they adhere to not damage your lashes?
Natalie: Well because they are light weight, our lashes sit on top of one lash. It is the same weight for three together as one regular lash. They will come off naturally, with no damage to your lashes.
Q: Etiquette? I didn’t realize there was etiquette for lashes!
Natalie: Oh yes! When you touch people’s lashes, get involved with their beauty, and get close to their eyes – just like any other profession, there are guidelines.
Q: Ok good to know! So what do you mean by faster?
Natalie: A full set of volume lashes can take around 3 hours and cost $300 and up. With our specialty lashes, we can do it in an hour and a half and our price is only $169.
Q: That is amazing. So how long do these lashes last?
Natalie: You should get a fill, at the longest, every 3-4 weeks.
Q: How much are the fills?
Natalie: $64.00 for a 40 minute fill. $89.00 for a one hour fill.
Q: Thank you so much for your time Natalie. One more question. If you had to give one reason why someone should go with these volume lashes, what would it be?
Natalie: They will stay full longer. Simple as that.
To book your appointment today, go to the following website: http://oohlalash.ca/
Soft, healthy pink lips lend a fresh look to your face. If you’re looking for juicy, luscious lips, read on.
Generally, when we meet someone, the first thing we tend to notice is their face and lips. Soft and healthy lips can adorn your face like nothing else can. But our lips are the most sensitive part of our body and require a little TLC.