Category: Beauty

BeautyDry Shampoo Reviews

Dry shampoo is an absolute beauty must. Even if you wash your hair every day, it’s good to keep some dry shampoo on hand for bangs-stuck-to-your-head moments, hot days, and for all around maintenance purposes. Dry shampoo is seriously my savior and I don’t know where I’d be without it. Since not all dry shampoos are created equal, I bought a few different dry shampoos to review them for you here.
Lush No Drought Dry Shampoo – Lush dry shampoo is different from others on this list in that it’s a powder instead of a spray. The powder is easy to shake into your hand or directly onto your hair and all you do is pat it onto the oily spots or finger comb it through. It soaks up all of the nasty dirt and oils and leaves behind a fresh scent of lime. I really liked this dry shampoo because it didn’t leave any white residue (as long as I blended it all in) and it made my hair look and feel so clean. The plus is the added volume you’ll get by fluffing your hair with your fingers.  
Suave Professionals Dry Shampoo – Suave is the least expensive on the list. For less than $3 per can, you can stock up on a few cans at a time and keep an arsenal of hair repair in your own home. Not only is it super cheap, but it works pretty well too. The back of the can says that it’s comparable to the splurge-worthy Renee Futerer dry shampoo and I’d say it comes pretty close. The convenient spray makes it easy to target the part in your hair (which is my problem zone) and the root line of the bangs. It smells good, it works, and it’s cheap. Just make sure to really rub the white residue into your scalp or use a towel to blend it in.
Dove Invigorating Dry Shampoo – One thing that immediately stood out to me with this dry shampoo is the smell. It smells like all Dove products do – delicious! It made my hair smell fresh and clean which is a major plus. One downside is that when you spray it, it creates a cloud of product so I’d recommend using it in a large open area. It soaked up all of the oils in my hair and added a little volume to boot!
Umberto Dry Clean Dry Shampoo – This dry shampoo should be used sparingly because it soaks up oils in the scalp like you’ve never seen. If you have dry hair already, I wouldn’t recommend this. On the other hand, if you’re prone to an oily scalp and mid-day greasy hair, this is the product for you. This dry shampoo leaves a lot of white residue behind so make sure you rub it all in with a towel and run a brush through it a few times to make sure it’s all out. Your hair will stay fresh and clean all day long.
Tresseme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo – Some people use dry shampoo for different reasons and if you’re looking for a quick, on-the-go type of dry shampoo then this is your friend. This product comes in a full size, and convenient travel sized can that can be stuffed in your purse for emergencies. I don’t like that it leaves a residue on my hair, but it does the job if you have no time to wash your hair, or you need to freshen up. 

BeautyManicure Monday: Straw Stamp Nails with Syl and Sam

Hey ladies, 
This Monday we’re going to share a really easy stamping technique with you that creates an abstract, colourful pattern. The only tool you’ll need is a drinking straw!

Here’s what we’re going for:

What you’ll need:
- a straw
- white base coat
- other complimentary colours (we used a purple, teal, lime green and hot pink)
- a quick dry top coat

Start with a light base colour on your nails. We used a pearly white but you can use any light colour that constrasts the other colours you’ll be using.

Take one of your contrast colours and drop some onto a scrap piece of paper or some foil. Take your straw and dip it into the nail polish

Then using your straw as a stamp, simply stamp it a few times on each nail. You may have to re-dip the straw every few times you stamp it.

Continue by doing the same with another colour. You don’t have to worry about it being imperfect or messy because it’s an abstract look we’re going for!

Repeat with three or four different colours!

And there you go– an adorably colourful manicure that doesn’t take much effort. It looks so intricate that a few people have been asking if they’re actually nail appliques! Try it out!

BeautyManicure Monday: Nautical Nails with Syl and Sam

Hey ladies, 
Summer fashion always means flirty little dress, denim cutoffs and flowy tops… but another trend that always screams summer is nautical fashion. The sailor inspired stripes and seaside inspirations are just so perfect for those warm months & we’ve decided to capture it in a cute manicure this week. We took the classic stripes and anchors and threw it together in a crisp red, white, and blue.

Here’s what we’re going for:

What you’ll need:
- blue base coat
- white striper
- red base coat
- quick dry top coat
- microbeads
- a toothpick

Start with a few coats of your base colour. We did blue nails with a red accent nail.

Then using your striper brush, apply thin horizontal stripes of white to your nails to get that cute sailor stripe look!

Do all of your nails with stripes but skip your accent nail

Apply a generous amount of top coat and then work quickly for the next step

Take your toothpick and just touch it to some clear polish. Then touch your toothpick to a single microbead to pick it up! You can read a bit more about microbeads in our studded nails tutorial.

Now that you’ve picked up a single microbead, you can touch it down onto your wet nail and it will stick right on! Work quickly and pick up beads one at a time and form a little anchor on your nail.

And there you have it! A cute manicure that has you ready for yachting… or maybe just a day on the docks :)

BeautyEye Brightening Tutorial

If your eyes ever need that extra perk, try this simple how-to. It’s perfect for any eye color, and lets you showcase the brighter side of your lipstick collection as well!

How to Brighten Eyes in 4 Easy Steps:

1. Start by applying Pixi Eye Bright Primer over entire lid, followed by a dab of neutral shimmer under the eye (we used the Pixi Eye Bright Kit No.2). Next we applied Milani Powder Eye Shadow in French Vanilla over the entire lid.

2. Line the upper lid with a white cream shadow or liner like Milani Shadow Eyez in Winter White, making sure you travel all the way to the inner corner of the eye. Start from the inner corner and line the under lid as well.

3. Just in the outer crease of the lid add a little depth with a neutral eye shadow like Urban Decay’s Toasted, and blend.

4. Highlight your brow with a white powdered eye shadow like Milani’s White Lie or Ka’oir Milky Way Light Beige Eye Shadow. Finish with a thin black cat-eye (upper lid only) and black mascara top and bottom!


BeautyTrend to Try: Fuchsia Lips!

Maybe you caught our trial of four fine orange hues last May? This time we’re playing it pink (and purple!) by testing out four fuchsia hues that will keep you rolling from morning to midnight!
1. Radiant Moisturizing Lipstick in Daphne: From the passionate company, Radiant, who works towards ending human trafficking, this light berry hue is deep enough to wear to work, but lively enough for a night out.
2. Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Crush: Creamy and by far the most opaque of the looks we tried, this color is the hot sauce of the group. Hot pink-gone-fuchsia lights up your lips for the ultimate finish-fetish.
3. Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Fuchsia Flash Matte: Bright and pure, this berry has plenty of color, with a matte finish.
4. Milani Haute Flash in Flashy: One of the newest products from Milani, this is actually a lip gloss with a fine glittery finish. Super sweet, pink and girly!