Monday, February 29, 2016

"Polo Stripes" DIY Nail Art

This one is easy...and so much fun.  Create your own 4 color palette and give it a try.  If you need some new colors...or just want to let your imagination run wild...remember beautycarechoices.com has over 600 nail colors to chose from.  You can even sort by color to find just what you are looking for that much easier. (Just click nail polish on the left under "product type", then you click the color family you want.)

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Tonight's "Oscars" is a fun chance to see new trends & styles.

We'll be watching!  Styles and trends come and go, but true beauty is both timeless and touching.  The first actress to win Best Actress Oscar at the first Academy Awards in 1929 was Janet GaynorShe won for multiple films: 7th Heaven (1927), Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927), and Street Angel (1928). This was the only occasion on which an actress has won one Oscar for multiple film roles. P.S. 50 people attended and tickets for a guest were $5.00!

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Speckled Nail Art


Spring Speckle by Essie!  These fun nails are so easy!  We picked this video because it shows you a perfect technique you can use yourself - not only for Spring, but for any season. Just vary the colors. You can get all of the Essie colors shown in this video Beauty Care Choices - Shop Now



P.S. the "Fill the Gap" treatment referred to in the video is great for those with aging nails.  It hydrates the nail as it fills in deep, unsightly ridges making your polish go on much more smoothly and your manicure perfect!

Friday, February 26, 2016

SURPRISE! 20% off everything! Leap Year weekend.

Just for those of you who are visiting our blog, we wanted to say a big THANK YOU.  So, for the next four days, you can shop BeautyCareChoices.com and check out with the code BCCBlog and get 20% off your entire order.  PLUS, if your order is over $49 you get the FREE shipping!  Don't miss out on this - it's only for February 26, 27, 28 and 29!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Great Product - BC Bonacure Repair Rescue by Schwarzkopf

We love finding great products to share with you.  If you are searching for a product to repair your damaged, fried hair then BC Bonacure Repair Rescue products could be your answer! There is shampoo and conditioner you use daily, plus a high-impact treatment and cream to seal your ends.  We love it!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Vibrant hair colors without the risk!

If you've been watching all of the "trending" in hair color, you'll have noticed that nothing seems to be too much!  But if you're a little bit chicken about taking that kind of drastic step with your hair, why not try a temporary color (or multiple colors) first.  Babe Hair Chalk is a great choice. Whether you decide to make it permanent or not, you can have a lot of fun with your style. 

Below, we've made it easy with the step-by-step instructions for a great result.

  1. Prep your hair. Make sure to wet the hair first so the color will attach to it. However if you’re blonde, do not wet the hair before chalking unless you want the color to stay in longer.
  2. Apply the chalk to the strand of hair in a downward motion, twist the hair as you chalk. You can try for a fun hombre look, or just do a couple strands.
  3. Let it dry. You can blow-dry your hair, but we recommend air drying so that you don't blow off the chalk.
  4. Seal the color in with a flat iron or a curling iron to add waves. Apply hair spray as a final step.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Must-Do Tips for Curly Hair!

SHAMPOO LESS—OR NOT AT ALL

The best way to wash curly hair is with a 100 percent sulfate-free shampoo. Sodium lauryl sulfate, the key ingredient in most traditional shampoos, is both a salt and a detergent—an effective cleanser that's too harsh for most curls. Without enough conditioning agents, it can lift the hair's cuticles, leaving hair dry and frizzy. For those looking for even more hydration, consider a so-called "co-wash" formula. Co-washing (the curly community's term for washing hair with conditioner) has resulted in the rise of cleansing conditioners.  Try Biolage Cleansing Conditioner by Matrix
 

CONDITION, CONDITION, CONDITION

Did we mention condition? The curlier the hair, the longer it takes for natural oils to travel from the scalp to the ends, causing the lower half to appear dry and frazzled. Start adding moisture in the shower.  Then protect and hydrate every inch with a styling product that doubles as a leave-in conditioner.  Just be sure to pick the right formula to deliver moisture without weighing hair down. We recommend sprays for soft curls, thicker gels for medium to big curls and denser creams for crimpy coils.  DevaCurl has just the right products to help. 
 

STYLE YOUR HAIR WHEN IT'S SOPPING WET.

Hands off your bath towel for just one more minute—you can stave off frizz and prevent a stiff, sticky feeling by applying products before you've even stepped out of the shower stall.  Use your fingers to rake products through from roots to ends, then scrunch and squeeze upward toward the scalp.
 

DON'T BLOW-DRY WITHOUT A DIFFUSER

A regular nozzle disrupts the curl pattern and focuses hot air on one small section at a time, while a diffuser dries curls evenly for a full, uniform look. After applying a heat-protecting product, flip your head upside down and diffuse right at the roots and mid-length, making sure to dry the area completely to lock in volume. Do the ends last and leave them only semidry.  Because the ends tend to be more damaged, let them air-dry more.
 

Sunday, February 21, 2016

6 Flat Iron mistakes to avoid

CRANKING UP THE HEAT—ALL THE WAY.
"You don't need 450 degrees. 410 works for every hair type.
 
FORGETTING PROTECTION. Not enough people use thermal protectors. Look for a no-hold formula
 
RUNNING OVER (AND OVER AND OVER) CURLS. Get hair as straight as possible before ironing by stretching out each section with a brush. Then slide the iron slowly and steadily in a single pass. Don't stop and go, or you'll get horizontal lines.
 
GOING BOARD-STRAIGHT. Instead of ironing hair straight, parallel to your face, move your arm in a C shape as you proceed down the hair, and bend the ends under.
 
IRONING DAMP HAIR. If you hear a sizzling sound or see steam, well...it ain't good.
 
THINKING BIGGER IS BETTER. Hulking irons make it hard to get to the hairline where hair tends to be curliest.  Instead choose a straigntener with ceramic or tourmaline plates that are an inch wide.
 
 

Friday, February 19, 2016

Choosing the right Flat Iron - Ceramic? Tourmaline? Titanium?

Need a new flat iron? or maybe the one you have is not doing the job you expected.  Keep reading to find out your best choice for your type of hair.

CeramicIf you’re looking for healthy Infrared Heat and Negative Ion Technology, Ceramic is usually the least expensive way to go, but there’s a disclaimer: not all ceramic stylers are created equal. From your cheapest heating tools to your most expensive, you can find appliances that are only ceramic coated. This means that the tools are made with metal or even plastic and then coated with ceramic.  Skip all of that, because investing in 100% solid ceramic plates from the start saves you in the long run with plates that don’t suffer from chipping and hair damaging hot spots like conventional hot tools. Products that use 100% pure ceramic are the way to go. You have to be a bit more gentle with these because ceramic is a softer material, but the difference will be in how long you’ll have that styler keeping your hair looking flawless.  Great ceramic flat irons include BaByliss Porcelain Ceramic ($59) or Izutech KTX Slim 450 ($95).

TourmalineEach anti-frizz ingredient you add to your products is just one more step to reforming your rebellious hair. Tourmaline is not a material that can standalone as a means to style hair. It’s a semi-precious stone that is crushed and usually fused together, or layered on top of Ceramic or Titanium materials to give you a MEGA negative ion boost. Adding Tourmaline to the ceramic actually makes for an even smoother glide so that there’s way less friction with hair than ceramic alone. This helps hair to receive less damage, need less product, and to get red carpet worthy shine. If your hair is needing some extra TLC, saving some extra dollars to get a Tourmaline infused styler is recommended.  Try Hot Tools CeramicTi Tourmaline ($55)

Titanium Titanium is a hardcore way to stop frizz and static electricity before it starts. It has all of the infrared heat and negative ions, but in a naturally occurring metal that is as strong as steel but 40% lighter. It is a powerhouse of a heat conductor so your styler is the one waiting on you. Titanium gets in, gets out and leaves your hair with a silky texture like never before. Titanium products might be better suited for professional use or for very thick course hair. If you have thin or fine hair and use a Titanium product, be sure to keep it on the lowest heat setting and monitor how many times a week you use it to keep your hair in check.  Check out Amika's Digital Titanium Styler ($125) or CROC Classic ($141).

The Bottom Line
All styling elements made from Ceramic, Tourmaline, and Titanium emit infrared heat and negative ions. This not only offers a mellower and faster way to dry and style hair; but it heats hair evenly, while breaking up the water molecules into smaller, more absorbable parts to create a protective barrier that keeps moisture in and bacteria and microbes out.  However, you don’t need a machete to cut an apple.   If you have thin to normal hair, 100% pure ceramic could be enough to get stunning hair. Tourmaline gives you an even added boost and is great for all hair types.  Titanium, unless used properly, most benefits coarse unruly hair.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

It's all about FREE! and other stuff!

This week we've gone a little crazy with the "free gift with purchase" offers.  20 brands have free products when you purchase any of their products with values ranging from $6.00 to $41.00.  Check out the page...click here!

Our new giveaway is also a big WOW!  It's 30 different products for you to try.  Full, travel and sample sizes fill our Box of Beauty.  I don't know about anyone else, but I just love trying new things.  So, if you're like that too, click on over to our Box of Beauty page and enter.  You can even add two additional entries every day by tweeting about the giveaway...so be sure to visit daily!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Spring 2016 Hair Color!

Feeling the need for a change!  Go for it!  There's nothing that can lift your winter blahs like a great new hair color.  We've picked some great ones to get your ideas flowing!

Dip-Dyed Ends Al a Miranda
Lambert! 
 
Ronze - natural brunettes like
Eva Longoria can add warm amber
tones for a look that compliments
skin tones..
 

Babylights - adding very fine strands
of color throughout the hair -
gives Allison Williams a boost of color

Rainbow Hair is still all the rage.
Katy Perry is rockin' the look!

Kate Middleton glows with
"Bronde" staying true to her classic
brown hair, just brightening it up!

"Opal" is Rainbow Hair's cousin
as Raven-Simone demonstrates
with this gorgeous pearl blend.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Selecting the right hairbrush - Part 2

Yesterday, we discussed bristles.  So, once you've decided on the bristle type, you now have a wide selection of brush shapes and styles.  How do you make your selection.  The style of brush depends on what you need the brush to do.  Really, unless you repeat your same style daily, having one of each style lets you be creative and achieve the best results.

Paddle Brush:  this should be your basic, everyday brush.  It helps flatten out frizz and creates a lot of shine.

Vented Brush:  Vents in the brush help speed up blow-dry time.  The vents allow air to reach your hair strands from all angles.  Using a vented brush when you blow dry also helps prevent damage since you spend less time blasting your hair with hot air.  If you blow-dry your hair, you need a vented brush!

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Round Brush:  When you want a ton of volume and a little curl, the round brush should be your selection.  Round brushes come in a lot of different diameters...the smaller the brush, the tighter the curl.  Before releasing the hair section your curling from the brush, give it a blast of cold air...it will help set the curl.

Teasing Brush:  Purposely created to help you create those little knots in your hair when you want extra volume in your up-do.  Teasing isn't great for your hair, but if you use a teasing brush with boar bristles, it does a lot less damage than using a comb.

Need to find the right brush or add the right brush to your grooming arsenal...click here!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Selecting the right Hairbrush - Part 1

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Share the love! Valentine Nail Design



This one's easy & fun!.  Just paint your nails a bright red and let dry.  Using a fine tip brush, paint in X's and O's with white polish.  Add a few pink hearts!  Finish with a clear top coat.  Simple! 

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Cold Weather skin care!

As soon as the cold weather hits and the heat gets turned on, skin gets drier more quickly!  You may have a moisturizer that works well for spring and summer, but as the cold temperatures bring on the indoor heat (whether it's wood, oil or gas) the moisture content in the air drops.  During the winter use an oil-based (rather than water based) oil.  It will create a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture than a cream or lotion.  Choose your oils with care because not all oils are appropriate for the face.  Look for non-clogging oils like avocado oil, mineral oil, primrose oil or almond oil.  Find a moisturizer that contains a humectant (like glycerine, sorbitol and/or alpha-hydroxyl acids) because they attract moisture to your skin.  A couple of great ones - Hempz Hydrating Bath & Body Oil or The Oil by LaLicious.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Get Fabulous lashes with these 5 rules!

1. Eyelash curlers are essential.  Lash curlers are the key to giving lashes that “wow” factor. Be sure to choose one that creates a beautiful upward curl. With a delicate pumping motion, move from the lash base upward for maximum results. Always curl before applying mascara, not after. When bare, the eyelashes are suppler so the crimping of the lash isn't as damaging.
2. Apply mascara in layers and let lashes set between layers of mascara.   A little patience between each coat will allow the mascara to set and build upon each layer instead of gooping up as one big clump.
3. Prevent “spider lashes” with a lash comb.
Avoid spidery clumps by combing lashes after applying mascara. A metal-toothed lash comb is key; apply a coat, wait a few seconds, brush through eyelashes, and then apply the next coat
4. Don’t layer different mascaras. Some formulas will not mix well and end up clumping. If there’s a wand you prefer over another, clean it off and use with your favorite formula or as a lash comb.
5. Condition and treat your lashes daily. Just like your hair, your lashes need a little TLC. Lash conditioners work as a primer, creating a smooth surface for mascara.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Something special for your Valentine!

Beauty Care Choices loves Valentine's Day!  No matter who your special person is, it's the perfect day to tell anyone how much they mean to you.  We've put together some special gift items, unique as your loved one, PLUS each comes with an "extra" gift, chocolate & a personalized gift card.  Take a look at "Gifts for Him" and "Gifts for Her".  Send everyone you love a little token reminder of their special place in your heart!