6 Must-Try Dry Shampoos

The secret weapon the beauty elite swear by for on-the-go touch ups and quick refreshers. 

Hair beauty

What’s your co-workers secret for always-sexy hair? How does your best friend manage to wake up 20 minutes before she needs to leave and walk out the door with enviable tresses? Dry shampoo is nothing new, which is why it’s a shock to us that not every single person out there has hopped on this bandwagon yet.

Use this beauty miracle after the gym, when you’re rushing out of the house and don’t have time for a good blow out, to spruce up your ‘do after a day of travelling—there are endless opportunities. These are six of our current favorites that we know you’ll love!

Davines Hair Refresher

Davines Hair Refresher

This lightly scented dry shampoo sprays out like a light powder, but utilizes rice starch to instantly absorb oil for a quick refresher. It can also add volume to limp locks. Spray at the roots and brush through for fresh hair—it’ll even smell nice thanks to the yuzu and lemon fragrance! The Davines Hair Refresher works well with all hair types.

$28 at davines.com

Blowpro Faux Dry 

faux dry dry shampoo

Greasy strands, be gone! This miracle worker is made from ultra-fine milled powder, micronized corn starch and wheat—all which quickly absorb oil. Faux Dry will revitalize hair in just a few puffs (literally—this product comes out in puffs of powder). It’s just what you need to freshen and smooth strands in a hurry.

$20 at ulta.com

Keratin Complex Dry Shampoo

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

This is the most unique dry shampoo that we’ve ever seen! It comes in a brush form, like a brush-on sunblock or bronzer. The formula gives hair lift and volume while removing dirt, leaving your tresses soft and clean. This is one product that works specifically with your hair color, and the formula is made in brunette, blond, and clear. The compact form makes it an easy and convenient travelling companion.

$35 at keratincomplex.com

Sebastian Dry Clean Only

Loxa Beauty_Sebastian-Dry Clean Only

This is the product to reach for when you are in need of a style recharge. This popular formula adds texture as well as refreshes limp locks. Pro tip—hold this one farther than usual from your head for a more controllable application. Work it through with your fingers first and then brush out for an easy style.

$19.96 at loxabeauty.com

Sally Hershberger Major Volume

MAJOR BODY 3-IN-1 DRY VOLUMIZING SPRAY

This remarkable 3-in-1 formula builds volume, refreshes hair, and holds style! Caffeine is a key ingredient in this styling product that helps to refresh and retain style. At under $20 for an 8.5oz bottle, this product is a steal!

$12.99 at cvs.com

Joico Instant Refresh

Loxa Beauty_Joico-Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo

With distinct ingredients like willow, aluminum starch and manuka extract, this product is really unlike any other in your arsenal. This fast-drying formula freshens up tresses to smell and look cleaner. Keep it around to give sad strands a quick pick-me-up!

$17.99 at loxabeauty.com

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.

Mani Monday: Easy Watermelon Nail Art

This Manicure Monday we’re bringing you instructions for a DIY that you won’t be able to resist—watermelons, in just five steps!

final1

Watermelon Day is this coming Sunday, August 3rd, and we figured there could be no better way to get in the spirit than a festive summer manicure. This one may look complicated but it’s easier than you think to craft this cute DIY. Follow along below for instructions on how to get these nails that look (almost!) good enough to eat–in just five simple steps!

You will need five bottles of polish to create this design–pink for the base, white for the inner rind, green for the outer, black to paint the seeds, and a top coat to seal it all in! You will also need binder hole reinforcements and toothpicks.

1

Step 1: Paint nails one thick coat (or two, depending on the opacity of your polish) of pink.

2

Step 2: Use binder reinforcements to create an oval tip on your nails. Make this about 2.5x as thick as you would a French tip. Paint these area white. Let dry, and remove reinforcements (they may leave some sticky residue which you will have to peel off).

3

Step 3: Once the white is completely dry, place reinforcements again halfway up the white tips. Paint this area green, let dry, and remove reinforcements.

final2

Step 4: Use a toothpick to dot on the black seeds. It is easiest to pour a bit of the polish out onto a napkin, dip in the toothpick and gently dab onto nails.

Step 5: Once all colors have dried completely (we’d recommend giving it a couple of hours so that the colors don’t run), seal your design with a top coat!

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.

5 Step Sun-Kissed Summer Makeup Tutorial

Achieve a glowing, sun-kissed look in just 5 easy steps with tips and tricks from an expert makeup artist!

Summer Makeup Tutorial

While we love experimenting with the latest and greatest makeup products that hit shelves each season, for our normal day-to-day a simple beauty routine reigns supreme. After all, mornings are hectic enough, which is why an elegant and easy look is essential Monday through Friday.

But, as you probably know, elegant and easy is easier said than done – so naturally, we decided to get some expert advice. Emily Marcellino, formerly acclaimed MAC makeup artist turned personal consultant, certainly knows a thing or two about executing an effortless look.

“Sun-kissed makeup is great for summer because you already have a little bit of natural glow,” Emily says. “Plus, the natural palette is easy to apply for beginners because the softer shades blend well.” Another bonus about this beauty guru’s go-to summer makeup look is that it works for day and night!

“Begin the eyes with an eye primer,” is Emily’s number one recommendation. “This is essential to create humidity-resistant eyeshadow that lasts all day.” Here’s how to achieve a fresh sun-kissed makeup look in just five simple steps:

Sunkissed Summer Makeup

1. Apply primer by gently patting it on from lid to brow bone with your finger.

2. Use a fluffy brush to sweep a shimmery champagne shadow onto the eyelid (the football-shaped part).

3. Use the same fluffy brush to apply a matte cognac shadow on the crease in a windshield wiper motion (area above the lid).

4. Use a flat dense brush to press a chocolate brown shadow on the lash line. Chocolate brown eyeliner can also be used.

5. Apply Mascara to the lower and upper lashes.

If you just got back from the beach, you probably don’t need much in the way of face makeup. But, once you’ve mastered the sun-kissed eyeshadow, you can take it a step further and get a golden (faux) glow in just five steps!

Sunkissed Summer Makeup 2

1. Strategically place concealer (a half shade lighter than skin) under the eyes and on T-Zone (if needed). Blend in a buffing motion toward the edges of face.

2. Dab foundation on forehead, chin and cheeks. Blend with the hands. MAC Face and Body Foundation reacts well with the heat of your skin and provides a sheer humidity-resistant finish.

3. Use a setting powder ONLY in places that get oily (like the T-Zone).

4. Pick a natural bronzer and apply slightly below the cheekbone and hairline to mimic a tan. Brush a neutral pink matte blush on the apple of the cheeks.

5. Spray skin with a setting spray such as MAC fix+ or Urban Decay All Nighter.

Makeup Products Used: MAC Camel Coat Paint Pot, MAC All That Glitters Eyeshadow, MAC Saddle Eyeshadow, MAC Embark Shadow, MAC Extra Dimension 3D Black Mascara, MAC Select Moisture Cover Concealer in NW25, MAC Face and Body Foundation in N5, MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Dark, MAC Soar Lip Liner, Mac Lipgloss in Cultured.

If you liked Emily Marcellino’s Summer Makeup Tutorial you will LOVE her other gorgeous looks too! Click here to find her on Facebook and if you’re in the MD area, she’s available for personal consultations!

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily.

Juice for Better Skin

The safest route to naturally clear and glowing skin is through juicing—heed this advice from a top dermatologist.

Natural homemade fruit  facial masks .

Juicing is all the rage these days, and we can’t say we haven’t hopped on board this bandwagon. We’ve already scouted out the best juice bars in NYC and shared the recipe for Stacy Stowers’ Happy Shake. This week, we chatted with renowned dermatologist, Dr. Ariel Ostad, on the beauty-boosting benefits of juicing for the skin.

Dr. Ostad says, “the best juice ingredients for clear, glowing skin include leafy vegetables, such as lettuce, spinach, cucumber, celery and the veggie of the moment, kale. Adding beets for natural sugar and fresh lemons are great additions for the skin. These vegetables are not only great for your skin, but they also help with weight loss. Blueberries, green tea, and protein are also great ingredients for juices to add nutritional value that will allow for anti-aging and metabolism boosting benefits.”

Specifically, Dr. Ostad filled us in on the fact that green leafy veggies are high in antioxidants (a skincare superstar). Blueberries and green tea are also rife with skin-loving ingredients. Dr. Ostad shared with us the below recipe for his “Morning Mix” juice that will leave your skin healthy and glowing all day long!

Blueberries in a White Bowl

Dr. Ostad’s Morning Mix

Ingredients

  • 4 Crushed Ice Cubes
  • ½ cup Iced Green Tea
  • ½ cup Unsweetened Blue Berry Juice
  • ½ Frozen Unsweetened Acai’ Smoothie Pak
  • 1 cup Frozen Blueberries
  • 1 scoop Protein Powder

Directions

In a blender place crushed ice cubes, blueberry juice (enough to just cover the ice, approx. ½ cup), half a frozen Acai smoothie pak, and protein powder.  Blend until smooth.  Add the frozen blueberries and Green Tea.  Blend until smooth, pour and enjoy!

This recipe is only about 75 calories, low in natural sugar, and is loaded with antioxidants (Blueberries & Green Tea), anti-aging and metabolism boosting Acai’, and protein…making it the perfect way to start your day!

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.

Mani Monday: New Nail Launches You’ll Love

Your favorite nail brands are launching new collections that you’ll surely swoon over.

Nail Polish Set 4

If there’s anything more fun than poring through the nail polish aisle and picking out your favorite new shade, we certainly haven’t discovered it.  Our obsession with manicures and nail polish unwavering, we are devoted to scoping out the hottest news finds each and every season. Some of your favorite brands have recently launched (or will be soon launching) new polish collections for the summer and fall that you need to get your hands on.

Deborah Lippmann

art_deco_fb

Always a favorite in the beauty world, Deborah Lippmann’s Fall 2014 line does not disappoint. Called New York Marquee, the collection is comprised of six shades that come in a luxe chrome finish that feels so fresh you’ll want to buy them all. They will be flying off the shelves come launch in August 2014, so don’t forget to mark your calendars now!

New colors: Take the “A” Train, Autumn in New York, Lullaby of Broadway, 12th Street Rag, Harlem Nocturne, I’ll Take Manhattan, $20 each at deborahlippman.com

Pacifica

Nail Polish Set 2

 

Just last month, popular vegan skincare line Pacifica made a foray into the nail world. The polish collection launched with a full line of 25 shades in all of your favorite colors. The best part? They are all 7-free!

25 new colors available, $9 each pacificaperfume.com

Dermelect

WINTER 2014 HI-RES1 (2)

Coming Fall 2014, Dermelect’s new Bejeweled collection was inspired by precious gems. These richly pigmented lacquers are perfect for fall and come in all of the hottest colors of the season. Each lacquer is uniquely textured, some with sugar-like particles to give a rougher finish, and others with a velvety gloss. All of Dermelect’s polishes are peptide-infused to treat weak nails.

New colors: Lustrous, Gilded, Heirloom, Belle Epoque , $14-16 each at dermelect.com/ME

Crabtree & Evelyn

Nude Nail Group Shot 2

The newly launched Nud-est Collection contains for perfect nude shades. Ideal for year-round wear, nude polish is never out of style! Crabtree & Evelyn’s polish is quick-drying and formulated without harmful ingredients.

New colors: Alabaster, Peaches & Cream, Almond, Mocha, $6 each, crabtree-evelyn.com

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.