Back To School: Fashion & Beauty Guide 2016

The new school year is right around the corner (in some areas, it has already begun!). Back to school clothes shopping can be stressful and chaotic, trying to brave the mall with all the other last-minute shoppers. We’ve rounded up the latest designs from some of our favorite brands in our 2016 Fashion and Beauty Guide to make this year’s shopping stress-free.

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How to get glowing skin with makeup

Everyone loves to have glowing skin, but the truth is that most people unfortunately are not blessed with it naturally. The good news? You can easily achieve that radiant looking skin using makeup! With a few easy steps, you will have that beautiful, dewy glow without looking too oily. Read on to see which products we suggest using based on your skin type.

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Protecting Your Child’s Head: Shampoo Ingredients to Know

Shampoos and other soaps weren’t always made up of an unpronounceable list of chemical ingredients that offer no clarity as to what they actually do. Once upon a time, soap was made out of animal fats, straw, and wood ash and was thought to cure skin diseases. Well, we’ve advanced quite a bit since ancient Babylonia and have learned much about the way bacteria operates and the best ways to combat them. Plain old soap can be abrasive, especially for babies and children – so, baby shampoo was eventually created to be softer and gentler on the baby’s scalp.

The ingredient label on your baby shampoo may leave you puzzled, wondering how all that stuff is actually gentle when you don’t know what it is or why it is in there. Here is a comprehensive list of the types of ingredients that go into your child’s shampoo, and how they function.

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5 Beauty Products You Didn’t Know Were Multipurpose

Why spend money buying a ton of different beauty products when you don’t really need all of them? We think your makeup should work as hard as you do, which is why we’re sharing some tricks on how to use your makeup to its full potential. Stop wasting money and lighten up your makeup bag — learn how to get the most out of your beauty products using these tips and tricks.

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5 Beauty Oils and How They Can Benefit You This Summer

Oils have been used in beauty routines for centuries, dating all the way back to ancient times — Cleopatra being the most well-known to take advantage of their beauty benefits. During the summer, our skin, nails and hair often pay for the frequent exposure to chlorine, salt water and harsh sun, so we’ve put together a list of our top 5 beauty oils to recharge and refresh your body this summer. These all-natural oils are used in their purest form, so you don’t have to worry about the chemicals or toxic ingredients that some skincare products contain. Read on to see which oils made our list and how they can benefit you and your body this summer.

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How to Waterproof Your Makeup for Summer

If you’re going to be sweating in the heat or getting wet at the pool, you probably aren’t planning on caking your face with makeup or getting super “glammed” up — but if you want to look a little more polished or feel uncomfortable going completely bare faced, there are ways to waterproof your makeup. Aside from the obvious “waterproof” label found on makeup products, read on to learn 4 key things that will give your makeup added staying power and keep it from melting off your face this summer.

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How to Create the Perfect Beach Wave

Messy hair is in, but that doesn’t mean that you should run out of the house with bed head. Instead, why not try your hand at the “beach wave”? What? You don’t live at the beach? No worries!

While this simple look can be achieved with a curling iron or a straightener, today we’ll walk you through 7 easy steps to mastering the beach wave at home with your curling iron. Once you get the hang of it, the perfect beach wave is easy peasy.

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3 things you should tell yourself before getting into your swimsuit

It’s swimsuit season, usually a dreaded time for women everywhere, except for the ones whose bodies we ogle over, whose Instagram pictures we stare at until our eyes bleed, and those who make us feel like no matter how many hours we put into the gym or how many calories we count we will never amount to their bikini-goddess-role-modelness. What if this summer though, we learn how to embrace the body we’ve been graciously given, we try instead to become healthier rather than 6 pack toned, we enjoy our family and friends instead of living in the pit of gym-hell, and we tell ourselves a few things before getting into our swimsuit that might actually build us up instead of tear us down.

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How I Rescued My Morning Makeup Routine

Every mom dreams of peaceful mornings: a hot cup of coffee, a warm shower, and a relaxing start to her day. For most moms, however, that is rarely the case. Many times we are rushing ourselves out the door with our kids underfoot. Maybe you are a stay-at-home mom whose morning routine consists of hair in a messy bun, yoga pants on, and a quick brush of some makeup and you are out the door. Or you are a working mom who is expected to do more than the bare minimum to get ready each day and need something that is fast, easy, and provides the coverage needed to cover up those tired eyes and less-than-luminous skin. 

As a mom of three young girls, I am no exception. In fact, I’m more like the rule. Getting myself ready is usually low on the totem pole of the list of responsibilities I have in the morning, but I still like to have a decent amount of coverage before I head off to take my oldest to preschool or run errands. I want something that is light and easy to put on, looks natural, and helps to make me look fresh instead of the dead-tired exhaustion that I actually feel. That is where BareMinerals Complexion Rescue comes in to help me with my morning routine. 

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What You’ve Always Wanted to Know about Home Waxing

Home waxing is a wonderful way to set aside some ‘me’ time to relax and focus on a personal beauty routine. Less intrusive than stripping down to your skivvies in front of a stranger, home waxing provides convenience and all the benefits of waxing, without the cost of going to a salon.

In this post we’ll outline the basic questions about home waxing and help you decide if home waxing is something you want to try for yourself.

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5 tips for At-Home Root Touch Up

This is a sponsored post written by us on behalf of Clairol Nice ’n Easy for IZEA. All opinions are 100% ours.

One of the great things about coloring your own hair with at-home coloring systems is that some of those systems offer a root touch up system. We all know that after a few weeks your roots start peeking through, but instead of having to color your hair again so soon, you’re able to just touch up the roots. There are a few steps to touching up your roots that you should follow in order to get optimal results.

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A Savior for Stinky, Sockless Feet

Socks are like straitjackets for feet, and finding a pair that doesn’t bunch up or have annoying toe seams is near impossible. No wonder kids act like rabid squirrels when forced to wear them. Adults get the option of going sock-free thankfully, and most casual shoes nowadays would look downright dorktastic with them anyway. There is just one teeny, tiny problem with going sock-commando: the putrid stench that comes from sockless feet. It’s awful… not to mention embarrassing!

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At Home Hair Color Step 2: Conditioning

AT HOME HAIR COLOR STEP 2 CONDITIONING

This is a sponsored post written by us on behalf of Clairol Nice ’n Easy for IZEA. All opinions are 100% ours.

In our previous post, we covered 3 Reasons to Choose at Home Hair Color, where we discussed the convenience, affordability and color variety of purchasing coloring systems versus going to salons for your coloring needs. It’s convenient because you’re able to purchase your color when you’re ready to color your hair and not have to wait for an appointment at the salon.

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3 Reasons to Choose at Home Hair Color

This is a sponsored post written by us on behalf of Clairol Nice ’n Easy for IZEA. All opinions are 100% ours.

Women have been relying on at-home hair color for their coloring needs for decades. The convenience and affordability of such systems are revolutionizing how women color their hair. Most coloring systems also include easy instructions and touch-up capabilities that make the hair coloring process seamless. Here are three reasons why choosing an At-Home Hair Coloring System makes sense, and some tips for when you color your hair at home.

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How to Disinfect Your Makeup Using One Household Ingredient

If you find yourself with a break out, you should think twice about using your makeup to cover up the blemishes. It could be the culprit!

When your makeup is exposed to air, light, unclean hands or a dirty work space, bacteria grows which is then transferred to your skin during application. Consequently, these same cosmetics that you are using to cover your breakouts can actually make things worse. It’s a vicious circle! The good news? You can easily sanitize your makeup in no time at all using one simple household ingredient…

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