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Guide to Glowing Summer Skin

If you’re like me, I have always maintained strict morning and nighttime skincare routines for my face, but never really implemented the same consistency for my body, up until the last year! I use this gentle, yet super effective exfoliator on my face 3 times per week, but it never seemed to click that the rest of my body needs the same type of attention! I’m sharing my top tips for Glowing Summer Skin from head to toe, to be beach or poolside ready at any time!

Exfoliate

Dry Brushing – I dry brush everyday before jumping in the shower! It exfoliates dead skin, reduces cellulite, and stimulates the lymphatic system to remove toxins

Body Scrub – I exfoliate with this Smoothing Body Scrub every other day, that softens and has anti-aging properties!

Moisturize

Body Oil – This body oil is a dream! Not only does is smell heavenly, it illuminates, moisturizes with anti-aging & antioxidant benefits & can multitask as shave oil, bath oil or a scalp treatment!

Golden Glow – I just ordered this shimmery version of my coveted body oil, that gives a sun kissed glow from head to toe!

Color

Self Tanner – I’ve used numerous brands of self tanner over the years, but this one takes the cake! It’s streak-free, non-transferring, fast drying and smells amazing! I can spritz on and rub in and throw on pjs and wake up with a Summer Glow!

Protect

Body – I made the mistake of skipping SPF in my teens & early 20s, but now I won’t leave the house without it! My favorite lightweight, chemical-free products are this lusciously smelling one, and this anti-aging protectant!

Face – I’m not a fan of pore-clogging SPFs on my face, so I use this Color Correcting Tinted Moisturizer or this Foundation that have mechanical shields to protect from UVA & UVB rays every single day!

Hydrate

Drink up! – Not only does it help to clear skin, but it also helps to prevent dark circles, and plump up wrinkles to make them less visible!

Loose Waves Hair Tutorial

 

Loose Waves Hair Tutorial | TheSubtleStatement.com #iwokeuplikethis

detangling brush / volumizer / protein cream / hydrating oil / shine spray / shine brush / curling rod / hairspray  / dry shampoo / shower cap

I rock my best “loose/undone waves” once they have been slept in. I sometimes style my hair the day of, but it gives a more done up look instead of an I woke up like this perfectly fallen waves (literally.) Doing this routine the night before makes for an extremely easy morning, eliminating any styling, while achieving perfectly fallen waves, that with the help of dry shampoo and shine spray will last a day or two afterwards.

After washing my hair I use a detangling brush to smoothly brush out my wet strands. I then spray a volumizer at the roots, a protein cream from the crown down and the layers around my face (it works wonders!), and use a couple drops of a hydrating oil on my ends (it keeps ends shiny & speeds up the drying time.)

After blow drying or letting it air dry, or a combination of the two, I spritz on a shine spray from the crown down, and around my face. I grab a section of hair and smooth through it with a shine brush (this helps eliminate frizz & great for blow drying too) and use a curling rod to make slightly undone curls. (Video tutorial coming soon!)

To do this, I hold the curling rod upside down, vertically, and wrap the section of hair around it in the direction away from my face, and holding the ends with my fingers to secure it. I hold each curl for about 20 seconds and then unravel, as I still hold the curling rod vertically upside down. I do this until all sections are complete, in no particular order so it doesn’t look too uniform, then spray my favorite medium finish hold hairspray throughout. It keeps curls intact, but keeps hair feeling and looking soft, instead of crunchy or straw-like. Once cool, you can work your fingers through it.

By the next morning the sections have fallen into the perfectly loose waves. I have never been a fan of shower caps, because they have always held more humidity and moisture, until I came across this one by Drybar (at Sephora) The terrycloth lining prevents moisture, and keeps your locks looking exactly the same before you slipped it on. I usually throw my hair into a loose messy bun and slip on the shower cap while showering. When I’m finished, I remove and spray a little dry shampoo at the roots for volume and to avoid greasiness, while holding the rest of my hair away, not to get it anywhere else. I then spritz a little shine spray and work my fingers through if needed, and it’s complete! Having extra time in the morning without having to style and having a good hair day at the same time equals double perks! For the following days, repeat with the shower cap, dry shampoo (roots only), and shine spray around the face and crown down. You can use the shine brush and redo any waves to touch up, as well.

Loose Waves Tutorial | TheSubtleStatement.com

 

The Mess-Free Manicure

Key to a Mess-Free Manicure I love sporting deep hues during the Winter months (right now I’m loving navy.) Unfortunately, they aren’t the easiest to apply. This Pinterest found beauty tip is key for a fool-proof manicure in just minutes.

  1. Using a Q-tip, apply Aquaphor (a must-have multifunctional healing ointment) around each nail, making sure not to get the lotion on your actual nail
  2. Apply base coat, polish and top coat (letting each coat dry in between)
  3. Once dry, rub in the Aquaphor onto cuticles

Key to a Mess-Free Manicure The end result: A mess-free manicure (no need to spend time on touch-ups!)