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Perfect Long Lasting Straight Hair



Growing up I never liked my curly / wavy hair so I would always straighten it – every day!

Luckily as I’ve gotten older, I've learned to appreciate my hair for what it is.

I've figured out some great tricks to straighten hair, because even if I don’t wear my hair straight every day it’s great to have styling options!



The best start is to make sure you have the correct tools to perfectly straighten your hair. I like to call it my hair straightening kit.




Hair Flat Iron






The most important tool to consider in a hair straightening kit is the flat iron!

It does not matter if you go for an expensive or inexpensive price range.

The most important feature that you must look for is the temperature control. If you can control the temperature, you can easily style your hair straight.

Try to purchase an iron with an adjustable heat setting, less likely you will damage your hair by using settings that are too cool or too hot for your hair.



- For fine or damaged hair: 250-300 degrees
- For medium/average hair: 300-350 degrees
- For thick or coarse hair: 350-400 degrees


**These temperatures are only an estimate. Your hair texture and type will also determine which heat setting is best for you**





Clips for Sectioning



When dividing your hair into different sections use crease free clips, I personally like duck bill clips.  This way you won’t end up with a bumpy finish to your style.

Try different clips to see what works best for you and make them a part of your Hair straightening kit.





Round Brush




Another component that is a must in your hair straightening kit is the right hair brush. 

The metal core round brush is one of the best hair brushes. It is great for giving some bend at the ends and giving hair some volume instead of being flat and poker straight. 

Try to get a brush with soft bristles. It will also help straighten as you slide down the hair with flat iron use the brush to brush down the hair after the flat iron. 

Use can also use a comb for this.




Now that we have the tools, here are some tips to having straight locks:


Start Right


Never start straightening before your flat iron is fully hot. Always make sure that your hair tools are at the right temperature.

I know I always wait half a minute after turning on the flat iron and am frustrated when the section isn’t straightening… Patience Jennifer…

A flat iron will do its job well when it properly heated, otherwise you will end up with frizzy hair and waves will start to appear after a few hours.




Clean and Maintain


Make sure your flat iron is clean and well-maintained.  Dust can obstruct the heat and affect the results. If not cleaned well, dust, grime, and grease will stick to your hair – making hair damage easier.




Comb It Right


Brush or comb your hair well before you begin ironing.  If your hair is curly or hard to straighten, it is a good idea to comb in between straightening. This helps get the shape right and holds it for longer.




Start Backwards





For me, the back of head has the stubborn hair that doesn’t cooperate. I have started straightening the sections in the back of the head first and once that is straightened, I continue to the easier front and side sections of hair.




One Inch at a Time


Each time you divide your hair into different sections, go for one-inch sections of hair.  Be patient, it is okay to go slow – this will let you have perfect and long lasting straight hair.




If you find using a flat iron often is damaging the hair, take a break from straightening, change the heat settings and/ or use hydrating shampoo and / or conditioner, it is always important to keep your hair healthy.

The best style you can give your hair is by taking care of it.


I hope these tips help with next time you straighten your hair.



Share tips you have for straightening hair and let me know if you liked this post 
in the comments below!

~Jennifer

Featured on Fix Your Skin’s Expert Roundup on Best Organic Skin Care Tips 2017!!



I recently found out about FixYourSkin.com. 

The site was started in November of 2015 to provide health and beauty advice, accessible skin care, as well as to create a sense of community to listen and help others with their health and beauty issues.


Hannah, from FixYourSkin.com, contacted me in regards to a skin care roundup she was creating, which consisted of 200+ bloggers and skin care experts providing their Top Three Best Tips for organic skin care. 


I can’t believe they asked me to take part in this awesome project.  It was such an honor!


The website is super cool and reading through these tips was great - I found so much great advice!

The site has "The Top Best" lists, pros and cons as well as how to use the products and what to look for when purchasing them. 

 Not only do they have bloggers like myself giving advice but they also include factual information and resources. 


To see my contribution to the Roundup, visit 





 For more skincare advice definitely visit their website at http://fixyourskin.com/



~Jennifer

Finding the Best Mascara Wand for Your Lashes


With so many wand shapes to choose from, picking out the perfect mascara can be a bit of a challenge.

Mascara wands come in different shapes - hourglass, spherical and wavy, does it really matter which one you choose?

Wand shapes do make a difference, you can take the same mascara and apply it with different brushes and get completely different looks.

The formula has a huge impact as well because the formula and the brush have to work together, you wouldn’t want a formula that lengthens but a brush that gives volume.


If you want a quick easy basic application of only using one or two coats of mascara, use a wand that deposits a lot product so that those few swipes will completely coat your lashes.

Choose a wand with a wide core this will pick up a lot of mascara and delivers it to the base of the lashes.

CoverGirl Clump Crusher mascara is great for a quick application. 


The tight spacing between bristles is smaller than the usual clump size - so clumps won’t start forming on the brush, giving a nice even application!



Lash Volume

Next time you are looking deciding which wand to try, here is a neat trick to remember - how the wand looks is how it's going to apply. For example: A thick and fluffy brush will give voluminous, fluffy lashes.

Long, voluminous and thick lashes are what almost all women want from mascara.

To pump up lashes, choose a wand that is big and fluffy.


Physician's Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Jumbo Lash Mascara is not only Eco-friendly but also maximizes and intensifies lash volume.


Pixi Beauty Large Lash Mascara uses Vitamin E to strengthen and condition lashes. Its large brush defines and separates for a clump-free finish that won't smudge.





Fluttery, Defined Lashes
 For definition, separation and length, smaller brushes - ones with closely spaced bristles are the best tool.

Ball tipped brushes also allow you to get extreme definition because the smaller shape allows you to get from root to tip, and to evenly coat each and every lash individually.


It Cosmetics Hello Lashes Mascara  - is formulated with peptides, proteins and jojoba to keep lashes soft and healthy.


L'Oréal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara extends and lifts outer corner lashes to give you a winged-out effect.



Curl and Lift
Choose a brush that mirrors the effect you're looking for – if you want curl, curved brushes are what you want or you can also try one that looks like an hourglass - the shape gives you the lift and curl of a curved brush while also getting to every lash.


Flower Beauty Zoom-In Twist 3 in 1 Ultimate Mascara - Lengthens, Curls & Thickens with a twist of the wand cap. My absolute favorite!


Benefit Roller Lash Mascara – this mascara was inspired by hair rollers, it curls and lifts lasjes without clumping.


Sometimes I like to make my own mascara cocktail by using two or more mascaras to achieve the look I want. Other times I find mascaras that have done the work for me!


CoverGirl's Bombshell Volume mascara was inspired by women who like to combine mascaras. 
One side of the mascara is a volumizing formula and brush and the other side is a thinner formula that, through the use of a different brush, adds intensity and depth of color, One side volume – other side lengthens!


L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara has a unique brush designed to amplify and separate lashes while building volume and the built-in Clean Sweep Wiping System wipes the brush free of clumps leaving the perfect amount of mascara for a volumized lash look.


I hope you found this look at Mascara wands helpful!

What is your favorite wand to use?


~Jennifer

Winter Skincare Problems Solved!



When the weather turns cold and blustery, our skin becomes cracked, flaky and irritated.

Today I’m going to address some winter skin problems, share solutions and share key ingredients we should look for in skin care.



Do you have Dry Skin?

You can do a patch test by taking a piece of tissue and pressing it on cleansed skin for a few seconds. 

If the tissue comes away clean, you are lacking some necessary oils that protect skin from dehydration.

If your skin starts feeling tight or looks flaky then you need to change up your lotion or moisturizer to a heavier formula.

If your skin becomes shiny a few hours after applying your moisturizer or if you've become more prone to breakouts, then you're most likely using a moisturizer that is too rich for your skin type.




Ingredients to look for


When it comes to buying a moisturizer, there are two things to look for - glycerin and/ or hyaluronic acid and plant oils like Jojoba, rosehip, avocado and hazelnut.

Glycerin pulls water molecules from the environment and holds it close to your skin and Hyaluronic acid can enhance moisture content, and at the same time revitalize skin’s outer layers so they look and feel softer, smoother and hydrated.

Products that have ingredients like plant oils that will help seal in moisture.


Some products that can also help the skin’s hydration levels are a nice creamy cleanser like Derma E Natural Bodycare Hyaluronic Hydrating Cleanser.

It rinses away dirt, makeup, helps to unclog pores and uses Vitamin E to leave skin feeling hydrated and refreshed.


Burts Bees Renewal Cleanser uses a soap free formula to remove dirt, oil and makeup while gently exfoliating.




Exfoliating

When you have dry flaky skin that doesn’t seem to get any better, the only way to heal it is to do a combination of gentle exfoliation and moisturizing.

There are two options when it comes to exfoliation: you can use a gentle microbead scrub like Yes to Grapefruit Exfoliating Body Wash or a skin care brush like Vanity Planet “Spin for Perfect Skin” Cleansing Brush.

Both are gentle enough to use on sensitive skin and remove dead skin cells on face and body to promote cellular rejuvenation at the same time.




Chapped Skin

With dry, irritated skin use an oil-based moisturizer, this will help restore the lipid balance to your skin.

I love using Jojoba Oil as a moisturizer in the winter, try Eden Semilla 100% Pure Jojoba Oil.  

Apply immediately after a bath or shower. Lightly pat your skin dry – skin still a bit damp - then apply the moisturizer.



 Chapped Lips

You can easily remove dry skin flakes from your lips by gently buffing them with your own gentle Lip Scrub by combining Honey, Coconut Oil and Sugar together.

Follow that with a generous amount of moisturizing lip balm, preferably one with natural waxes, shea butter and plant oils like my favorite Honey Trap Lip Balm by LUSH Cosmetics.




Cracked Skin

Cracked skin may be inflamed, itchy and irritated using cortisone cream can help to soothe skin.

Aveeno 1% Hydrocortisone Anti-Itch Cream uses finely ground oats to lock in moisture and retain the soothing effects of the whole oat grain, relieving dry or irritated skin.

If your skin is severely cracked and irritated, you probably will need a prescription cortisone cream to find true relief.

You’ll need to seal the cracks with a thick ointment like Vaseline Pure Petroleum Jelly or Eucerin Aquaphor Healing Ointment.

Apply immediately after bathing, then if the cracks are on your hands or feet, put socks or gloves on to trap in moisture.




Keeping Skin Hydrated


Increased water intake can help hydrate skin - drinking six to eight glasses a day.

Vitamin E is very effective at supporting and repairing your skin from within. Using products with Vitamin E is helpful but you can also take capsules, look for capsules labeled "natural source" -they are about three times more potent than synthetic versions.

Omega-3 fish oils and Gamma linolenic acid (found in evening primrose and black currant oils) also benefit in the treatment of various skin conditions, including dry skin, eczema, inflammation, wounds, and dermatitis.




I hope you find some skincare relief for the winter season :)





~Jennifer

What does Organic Skincare Really Mean?



Organic has gone mainstream!

Everyone these days prefers organic products thinking they’re sparing themselves harmful chemicals. This is especially true in beauty products. While the FDA maintains that chemicals are safe and in small doses many are; these chemicals add up. The average woman uses 10 to 16 cosmetic products daily creating a chemical cocktail in our bodies.

The hidden danger is that no one is testing how these chemicals react together. To err on the safe side, more women are choosing organic products.

Problem is how can you tell if a product is really 100% organic, what does that really mean, and how is that relevant to your skincare routine?

Dr. Spiezia, Co-founder and formulator of Inlight Organic Skincare is considered to be the global expert in organic skin care. He’s the father of the organic beauty movement in Britain and was voted one of the top 25 “Who’s who in natural beauty” in 2012, 2013 and again in 2015.

Dr. Spiezia explains, “the word organic is a labeling term. It means that the product was produced adhering to very specific and approved methods. It also means that it met the criteria of a third party source. Simply put, for a product to be truly organic it must go through a specific creation process that leaves out certain “chemically based” ingredients. This complex process is what leads to a product you can trust to be free of chemicals.”



Where things get confusing is when we look at the FDA and the USDA. The FDA doesn’t have a formal definition or criteria of what constitutes “organic.” When a cosmetic product claims it’s organic and is labeled as such, it means that it complies with both the USDA and the FDA. However, the USDA standard is clear about organic food, not necessarily beauty products. So in the US there’s no real standard specifically for cosmetics and beauty products. The argument becomes, if it can’t be measured, does it really work and is it all hype.



So why pay extra for organic skincare? 


Simply put, there are 2 reasons. 

The good organic skincare products work better, and they are better for you. The challenge is that the smaller companies creating organic products lack the advertising dollars that the non-organic cosmetics giants have. 

Thanks to the internet, people are able to search on their own for organic brands. Once they find organic products that are top quality and deliver significant results they become loyal.


“When I created Inlight I knew that the terms ‘organic’ and ‘natural’ are so often interpreted in different ways,” explains Dr. Spiezia. The key is really in the accreditation. Consumers need to look for “certified organic” labeling. That ensures that it product meets standards set by a neutral third party resource,” adds Dr. Spiezia.



Inlight has a 100% accreditation from the Soil Association and also proud to be the very first UK skincare company accredited under the new European-wide standard, Cosmos, streamlining the various national standards under one umbrella. Inlight 100% organic skincare is now available in the USA, which gives consumers a product line that they can trust.



The key as with any beauty regime is to understand your skin and how it reacts to what you currently use. The fewer chemicals used, the better. An organic cleanser, moisturizer and treatment serum along with body lotion could be enough to see a fast improvement to skin texture and tone.



For more information on Dr. Spiezia visit the US Distribution Website for Inlight Skincare.



~Jennifer
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