Friday, April 29, 2016

A perfect blow-out technique!

Scruples White Tea Luxury hair care products are on sale now - 20% off.  This video shows you how to do a smooth blow-out...even with coarse or curly hair!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Headband Braid...So Cute!

The Headband braid by Kenra Professional.  Kenra products are on sale this week.  20% off.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Spring Make-up trends from the Runway

When it comes to makeup, most women fall into one of two categories. You're either a chameleon who changes her look every season or you're at peace with your tried-and-true shades.  Either way, if you're willing to give it a try, it's easy to arrive at a happy medium. We've listed some hot trends below.   Maybe you'll find an idea that works with your sensibilities, comfort level and routine.

Nude Face This look is obviously easier to pull off if your complexion is already in good shape. Just stay on top of your skin care regimen to minimize blemishes and fine lines. This look doesn't require you to ditch makeup altogether—just to cut back a bit. Start by applying a pearly pink-hued highlighter under your brow bones; it's a subtle-yet-instant perk-me-up. Then use a finishing powder that softens the way light reflects off your skin. You'll have a subtle glow, but it won't look like you're wearing anything.

Blue Eyes.  It's hard to even type the words "blue eye makeup" without cringing a bit, but spring is the perfect season to get over our unfounded prejudice against what can truly be a flattering look. Whether it's being used to line the eye or swipe across lids in a bold block of color, blue is big this season. The key to not looking like a disco queen or tween who's just starting to experiment with color, is to embrace modern shades like azure, aqua, cobalt, sapphire and keep all other makeup extremely minimal.

Purple Makeup. If embracing a blue-hued eye is too far out there for you, why not dip your toes into the color pond with a dusting of purple? There are varied enough shades to make it universally flattering, and the color has a less intimidating reputation. Try purple eyeliner along your top lash line. The trick with that is to consider your skin tone. If you're pale, go for a lavender. If your skin is darker, go for a mauve or plum. If you're going to embrace purple lipstick, be sure to forego any rosy blush and wear bronzer instead—you don't want to clash!

White Liner. Retro as it sounds, white eyeliner was everywhere on the spring runways. White eyeliner applied to the water line and/or inner corners of the eye is an instant brightener, and this season's hot look takes that effect a step further. Dust pearled shadow over lids for an ethereal, clean look; or tight-line your eyes in white for a striking, modern style.

Orange Lips. You've probably noticed that orange lips have been peering out at you from magazines and web sites for some time now. They are front and center in a BIG way for spring. If you're feeling hesitant or self-conscious, you can always work up to a full lip look by starting with a sheer lip gloss in an orange or peach shade.  But be careful if your teeth aren't so pearly white, orange-hued lipsticks can bring out the yellow in your smile.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Mousse - use it correctly and you'll love it! It’s so underrated, so misused and yet it is the perfect styling product for  that perfect at-home blowout (or artfully disheveled waves). Used correctly, it can give you incredible lift and weightless texture. It comes in formulas from light to extreme hold.   But it all comes down to application and styling tools.  You need a vented brush.

Give the can a good shake. Then pump a tennis ball-sized puff directly onto the brush (not your palms!) before combing it through damp (not sopping wet!) strands. Get into your roots with the mousse. It’s meant to boost volume there the most.

The mousse will slowly seep through the vented slots so that it gets evenly distributed as you brush (as opposed to uneven application from your hands).

For extra lift, pull your hair at ninety degrees from the head with short, repeated strokes will you dry it.

You get zero crunch once dried. It also helps to perk up limp, day-two strands. Just re-wet, reapply and blast your roots with a dryer.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Dry Shampoo tricks!

Today's dry shampoos are becoming so popular, nearly every professional hair care brand now has the product in their line.  Why? Dry shampoo is a great way to save time on days when you’re in a hurry--and it gives your hair a break from all those color-stripping products and damaging heat. Today's products are kind to your hair, many including conditioning ingredients.
They work by absorbing the excess oils and residual from other styling products.  But, using dry shampoo isn't just spray and brush. Try these three tips for terrific results!

  1. Apply it before bed. Even if your hair isn’t greasy yet, this preemptive move ensures the dry shampoo absorbs oil as soon as it’s produced, so you wake up to fresh locks.
  2. When you do apply it, spritz it on, then wait a full two minutes before brushing or styling. Start combing too soon and you’ll remove the product without giving it enough time to do its oil-absorbing duty.
  3. Use dry shampoo on clean hair, too. It’s a foolproof way to create volume and texture--ideal for updos or braids.
So give dry shampoo a try on your next "I overslept" or hectic morning!  Click here to see all your choices in professional dry shampoos!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Get three days of great hair style from one shampoo!

CHI Style Illuminate Products show you how to keep your hair looking great for three days from one shampoo!  Erin Brody, Miss USA 2013 shows you how!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Beauty Mistakes to Avoid!

Most everyone has their set beauty routine and once you get it established, it rarely changes.  Color may change, products may change, but what you do and the order to you it in, stays set.  Well, below are five common beauty mistakes.  If you are doing any of them, it may be time to make a change!  They're small changes, but have a big impact.

1.  Not changing your Mascara - it can get expensive, but toss out that mascara that is past its prime.  Mascara is formulated to last three to six months.  The longer you use mascara, the more bacteria get trapped in the tube.  This breaks down the products which leads to clump and flaking and the real risk of an eye infection.
2.  Not brushing your hair thoroughly before you shampoo.  The few seconds it takes to do this can make a big difference.  Brushing distributes natural oils and makes detangling after shampooing much easier.
3. Storing beauty products in hot places.  When a product gets too hot, it loses its consistency and effectiveness.  Your sunscreen won't protect as well, your hairspray won't work and your make-up can become a breeding ground for bacteria.  While it may be convenient to store a few items in your glove box, don't! 
4. Giving up on a product too soon.  This is especially true of skin care items.  If you've done your homework before you made the purchase, give it a chance.  Applying your wrinkle minimizing cream at bedtime and waking up looking the same as you did is much to high of an expectation.  Most skin care products take at least 8 to 12 weeks before significant results can be seen.  Give your skin care products at least 3 months to truly evaluate their effectiveness.  And be honest with yourself...did you stick to the regimen on the product instructions or did you skip a few.  Spending your money on good quality skin care is a waste if you don't give it a chance.
5.  Not washing your makeup brushes.  It's scary, but statistically, 70% of women have never washed their make-up brushes or sponges.  Bacteria, dead skin cells and oils accumulate and contribute to breakouts and irritate skin.  Wash your brushes every two weeks.  Rinse them with warm water, then massage a little shampoo into them.  Rinse, wipe flat and lay to dry. 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Elegant, simple chignon! It's so gorgeously easy!

Farouk Royal Treatment products are a total favorite!  Here they show you how to create an elegant chignon - the perfect style for business or an evening out!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Trending Now...short hair!

Seems like everyone is going if you're ready to take the plunge, here are some great looks to inspire you. 

Lily Collins has taken "pixie" from sweet to spicy.
This sassy take on the pixie is fabulous on her!

Lily-Rose Depp (Johnny's daughter) has chosen
a simple, easy & elegant style  that looks
both youthful & grown-up!

Julianne Hough sports a slightly wavy bob with
just a minimal amount of layers to lighten up the ends.

Another take on the "pixie"! Anne Hathaway shows
off her elegance with this feminine, windswept look
that has longer layers on top to hype up the glam!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Freshen up your style quick!

When your hair needs to look fresh and you need to get it done fast, here are some tiny changes to make to your styling routine for professional-level results!

Control Your Frizz - Whether you're wearing your curls down, up, pinned, braided, natural, or set, nothing puts the damper on a look more than an out-of-control frizzy hairline. Once you've arranged your ringlets exactly how you like them, don't forget to smooth your edges with a thick, matte pomade for a polished look.  Joico Matte Grip Texture Crème is perfect for this!

Prevent Creasing - Flatiron creases at the roots are the visible panty lines of hair. (Shudder.) Avoid the hot-tool giveaway by clamping the iron in short sections near the scalp, and then running it continuously toward the ends.  Gently stretch a piece of hair so it's taut near the roots, start the flatiron as close to the scalp as possible, and work in quick, short clamps for a few inches until you can pull it to the ends in one shot. If there are any indents, lots of small presses will smooth them out better than one line.

Smooth out your Bangs - If you take a brush underneath your bangs and scoop them out and down, you'll get too much volume away from your head. Instead, to brush bangs down from the front while rolling them up to get a smooth blowout. This technique is also perfect for knocking out cowlicks.

Alternate Twists -  We all know at this point that no one actually wakes up with sexy, imperfect waves. The trick to getting that messy model-off-duty look is easier than you might think: When curling a piece of hair, wrap only the midsection around the iron. This is something the pros all do, but at-home-curling-iron-wielders often forget. Leaving out the roots and ends (and therefore keeping them straight) looks cooler and also takes way less time. Also, wrap the iron in different directions so hair goes toward and away from your face in a staggered pattern.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Ombre Nails

Ombre Nail Art using OPI Sheer Tints are an easy-to-do look that is perfect for these lovely spring days!  Buy all your mani-pedi needs at Beauty Care Choices - click here!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

What styling product do you need?

When you are choosing a styling product, selecting the right one for the look you want to achieve is essential.  Unless you are one of the very lucky, perfect hair people, a styling product can do much more than can add texture, shine, enhance curls, reduce frizz or add volume.  For some styles and hair types, a single styling product does the job, but for many a good "cocktail" of products will product the best results. 
Below is a list of styling product types and what they do. 
  • Anti-Frizz products contain waxes and oils that are specifically designed to coat the hair shaft, allowing it to straighten out and lay flat rather than kink up like a loose wire.
  • Gel is considered one of the most versatile styling products. It can range from light to strong in hold and can be used on a variety of different types of hair from coarse to curly. Those with dry hair will want to avoid gels that contain alcohol since it can cause undue stress on the hair shaft. Spray on gel works best for light holding hairstyles. On the other hand, hand applied gel is perfect for overall distribution, for spot styling and to achieve a medium to strong hold.
  • Hairspray is designed to hold a finished hairstyle in place. It comes in a wide variety of different types of holds that range from light and flexible to extreme. Most hairsprays allow the hair to move but also bounce back into place, keeping the style intact for a long period of time. Most sprays contain some form of plastic polymer in liquid form.
  • Mousse, or foam, is the lightest form of styling product and, therefore, the most versatile. It gives light to medium hold, providing some definition, volume and thickness. Most individuals will want to steer clear of mousse that contains alcohol since it can dry out the hair and cause it stress.
  • Pastes are a lighter version of wax and are meant to give hair texture and flexibility as well as shine. The nice thing about pastes is that they can be often to reworked as the day wears on to give you multiple styling options from day to night.
  • Pomades tend to be thick and are usually more natural that pastes, glues, or waxes. They are great for achieving a classy slicked back chignon or an unusual sculpted style. It also often leaves behind a healthy-looking sheen that can't quite be imitated by other styling products. Be aware, though, that pomades can be difficult to wash out of the hair and may require multiple shampoos for that purpose.
  • Root lifts are relatively new styling products that are specifically designed to give support to the hair root. They can be sprayed in or applied by hand just at root level. Once dry, these lifts provide a based upon which any hairstyle can be built.
  • Shines and glosses are sometimes also marked as an "anti-frizz" serum. These are generally silicone-based and are specifically designed to reduce frizz and flyaway hair. Use them cautiously, since too much of a good thing could leave you with oily tresses.
  • Spiking glue is exactly what it sounds like. It glues strands of hair together to create those outrageous punk rock styles that are often popular among the young. But they dry hard and can damage the hair if used too often or for too long a time.
  • Wax is great for doing spot styling. It is usually applied to hair to add texture and separation. It can be used either at the roots or the ends but usually is not applied throughout the entire head of hair. The finish is still stiff and can cause hair breakage and long-term damage if used incorrectly.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Sunless Tanning Facts

Don't want to expose your skin to the sun's damaging rays, but still want that sun-kissed glow? Consider trying sunless tanning products. Start by understanding how sunless tanning products work — and the importance of applying them carefully and correctly.
How do sunless tanning products work? Sunless tanning products, also called self-tanners, can give your skin a tanned look without exposing it to harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. Sunless tanning products are commonly sold as lotions and sprays you apply to your skin.
The active ingredient in most sunless tanning products is the color additive, dihydroxyacetone. When applied, dihydroxyacetone reacts with dead cells in the skin's surface to temporarily darken the skin. The coloring typically wears off after a few days.

Sunless tanning products might or might not contain sunscreen. If a product does contain sunscreen, it will only be effective for a couple of hours. The color produced by the sunless tanning product won't protect your skin from ultraviolet rays. If you spend time outdoors, sunscreen remains essential.

What's the best way to apply a sunless tanning lotion?
For best results, follow the package directions carefully. In general:
  • Exfoliate first. Before using a sunless tanning product, wash your skin to remove excess dead skin cells. Spend a little extra time exfoliating areas with thick skin, such as your knees, elbows and ankles.
  • Apply in sections. Massage the product into your skin in a circular motion. Apply the tanner to your body in sections, such as your arms, legs and torso. Wash your hands with soap and water after each section to avoid discoloring your palms. Lightly extend the product from your ankles to your feet and from your wrists to your hands.
  • Wipe joint areas. The knees, elbows and ankles tend to absorb more of sunless tanning products. To dilute the tanning effect in these areas, gently rub them with a damp towel.
  • Take time to dry. Wait to dress at least 10 minutes. Wear loose clothing and avoid sweating for three hours. 
Beauty Care Choices sells the best in tanning products from Fake Bake, California Tan, LA Tan, Tan Towel, St. Tropez & more!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Creativity! Give your hair a quick blast of color!

Joico's new Instatint Sprays are a temporary color that can let you be as creative as your imagination will take you.  Check this out!  You can get all the Instatint colors - Fiery Coral, Mermaid Blue, Orchid, Pink and Sapphire Blue at Beauty Care Choices.  Each is only $10.  Click here to buy now!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Long Hair...Create a Faux need to commit to a cut!

Redken's video shows you how to easily create a faux bob when you want to change up your look without committing your long hair to the shears!  It's easy when you see how!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Emollients, Humectants & Keratin...Dry Skin Care

Dry skin is caused by a loss of water in the upper layer of the skin. Emollients work by forming an oily layer on the top of the skin that traps water in the skin. Petrolatum, lanolin, mineral oil and dimethicone are common emollients. Humectants, including glycerin, lecithin, and propylene glycol, draw water into the outer layer of skin. Many products also have ingredients that soften the horny substance, keratin, that holds the top layer of skin cells together (e.g., urea, alpha hydroxy acids such as lactic/citric/glycolic acid, and allantoin). This helps the dead skin cells fall off, helps the skin keep in more water, and leaves the skin feeling smoother and softer. Most moisturizers need water to work well. Apply the product after bathing/showering while the skin is still damp. A good skin care product will have a humectant, emollient and a keratin!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Top 10 products for all your beauty needs!

When you have so many choices of professional brands and products, how do you choose?  Well, one way is word of mouth.  You might use a  product your hairstylist recommends.  You might even do the old "trial and error" process...which can get expensive.  That's why Beauty Care Choices, which sells over 240 brands, has created a page where you can see what are the top ten best sellers in 18 categories.  We have been selling professional beauty products on line since 2005, so we have eleven years of selling history to share!  Click here to check out all of our "Top Ten", including a Top 10 Mother's Day Gift category.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Introducing Pravana "The Perfect Blonde" and Joico "Instatint" Temporary Color Shimmer Sprays

You're in love with vibrant colors but a bit bashful to dive hair first into committing to them. Well Joico's Instatint Temporary Color Shimmer Sprays are here to give you what your heart desires! Five brilliant shades to meet every occasion; they last a perfect three days and easily wash out with your normal shampoo. On top of all that, Instatint Temporary Color Shimmer Sprays fight frizz and add glorious shine to your hair. What more
could you ask for!

Say goodbye to brass forever with the Perfect Blonde Purple Toning regimen from the brand the knows color! Pravana is utilizing a special dye formula to beautifully transform and refine the tone of blondes everywhere. The Perfect Blonde Collection will change the way you see blonde forever! No more boring brass or unsightly yellow. TONE with sulfate-free purple shampoo and conditioner, REVIVE with purple toning mask for stressed hair and PROTECT your locks with leave-in treatment mist for all day coverage! Bring to life that blonde you've only ever dreamed of with this brilliant collection made for blonde, silver or highlighted hair.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Chevron Nail Art

This chevron look may not be for everyone...but if you like a more subtle look, choose a softer, more neutral palette. Or image this in black & white with shades of grey and a bright yellow. Anyway you choose, the art is easy!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Keeping grey hair looking fabulous!

Gray or white hair, which contains little or no pigment, sometimes gets yellow because it picks up pigments from the environment; for example, if you use a yellowish shampoo or conditioner, rather than a clear one, a trace of the color might be deposited on your hair. Chlorine and other chemical residues in water, sunlight, and even oils from the scalp can also give gray or white hair a yellowish cast.  So if your water is very chlorinated, install a water filter in your shower; wear a hat when you're in the sun; and be sure to wash your hair regularly. Try products made specifically for gray hair, like Framesi Color Lover Shampoo for Grey Hair or  Tressa Watercolors - Violet Wash.
 Keep in mind: Adding a few silvery highlights can mean the difference between dull and dramatic.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Adding Volume to Fine/Limp Hair

What creates hair Volume?

The number of hairs per square inch of scalp.  More hairs equals greater volume.
The thickness of each hair.   The greater the diameter of each hair, the more volume you will have.
The flexibility of each hair (known as the bending modulus) . This is essentially a measurement of the stiffness of each hair fiber. Fibers that are stiffer will stand up more on their own contributing to greater volume. Fibers with a low bending modulus will tend to be floppy and limp.
The interaction between hair fibers. Friction between hair fibers can increase volume because the hair fibers will rub against each other more and sort of lock into the position. This is why the old trick of back combing or teasing your hair works so well to add volume. It lifts the cuticles and creates a rough surface so the hairs snag against each other to create a more voluminous network of fibers.

 What is a hair volumizer?
    A hair volumizer is a hair styling product that adds volume and body to thin or flat hair. Often in the form of shampoos, conditioners or mousses, hair volumizers temporarily give flat hair some much-needed thickness. Some hair volumizers are also found in the forms of hair sprays, pomades, hair masks and thickening creams.
How does it work?
    Hair volumizers contain humectants that swell the hair shaft, temporarily making it look thicker. Polymers in the hair volumizers coat each strand, also adding to the thicker look. A humectant is a non-oily substance that pulls in moisture from the surrounding environment and attracts it to the hair strand. The increased moisture also helps each strand of hair look thicker. These ingredients give hair body, bounce and fullness.  That is also why your hair feels and looks fuller after it is dyed.
What types of products make your hair appear to have more volume?
  • Hair volumizers are relatively easy to use, depending on what form. A hair volumizing shampoo and conditioner are used just like regular shampoo and conditioners. Volumizing shampoos help in two ways: They should remove residue form stylers and conditioners that can rob your hair of volume. They can also deposit small amounts of stiffening polmyers that help give the hair more body. They are more effective if you don’t over-condition your hair after shampooing.
  • Volumizing sprays and mousses are worked into dry or wet hair, while hair masks are left in wet hair for a few minutes to give it body and fullness.
  • Hair care products that improve hair stiffness will give your hair a plump. Polymers can provide a temporary coating that give the hair more rigidity. This is how volumizing styling products like mousses work.
  • Dry shampoos do a good job of increasing interaction between hair fibers because they deposit powder. The tiny particles of starch and talc rub against each other increasing friction and therefore improving volume.


Saturday, April 2, 2016

A Red Carpet Half Knot Tutorial - Redken

Redken makes so many styling products!  This makes it easy to use the right product for the style you want to achieve.  Here is how to make a half top knot style and is easy and looks great day or night!