5 Simple Ponytail Hairstyles to Try this Season

As fall transitions us to cooler months, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear this season’s hottest trends. From fashion tips and makeup trends to hairstyles and home décor, we’re excited to see how these stylistas gear up for fall weather. This week, we’re welcoming Lisa of LMP Collections to share five easy ways to elevate a basic ponytail.

Autumn is my absolute favorite time of year, and the only thing that’s worse than spending time curling your hair while it’s beautiful outside is the damage hot tools can do to your strands. During the summertime, I like to give my hair a little bit of a heat break – but it’s a great habit to get into all year round! This fall, I’ve been playing around with letting my hair air dry naturally, and then styling it from there without using straighteners or curling irons.

It’s so easy to fall back on a basic ponytail (especially when I’m in a rush), so over the past week, I’ve tried various ways to update the classic ‘do. I rounded up five fun and simple ways to elevate a ponytail, and they’re all perfect for transitioning my beauty routine for fall!  Did I mention these are also easy to do on-the-go!? There’s no time to waste when we could be out picking apples or sipping pumpkin lattes!

First, let’s talk about all the products I use to prep my hair for these styles.

The number one item I need to take my hair from shower to street is a Wet Brush. It’s the gentlest brush I’ve ever tried and the only one that doesn’t pull all my hair out when it’s tangled! It’s the perfect item to have while styling some epic ponytails.

Dove Volume + Fullness Dry Shampoo is another item that’s great to always have around – I typically keep two or more bottles handy at a time. If you’re looking for a style to combat second day hair, spray dry shampoo on your roots before trying the ‘dos below. Use your fingers to make sure the product gets completely worked in!

I’ve used this Bed Head Smoothing Cream for years. My sister got me hooked on it and it works like magic! Apply a small amount of this product to wet hair before it air dries to keep your locks under control before pulling them back into a pony. Smoothing cream is perfect for any season, too – it helps tame frizzy flyaways during the summer and rids my hair of static when fall rolls around.

Finally, Dove Extra Hold Hairspray is always a styling necessity. It’s the essential finishing touch to any great ponytail!

Now that you know which tools you’ll need, we’re ready to talk about my new favorite up-dos.

1. Double Ponytails

Sometimes we all want what we can’t have, am I right? That’s how I’ve always felt about long ponytails. Thankfully, I’ve learned the trick to achieve just that – double ponytails. Yes, you read that right! I start with a half pony, and then create another one with the rest of my strands, about one or two inches below the first. The pony on top should overlap with the bottom one, making your hair look longer and fuller than ever! Crazy how something so easy can step up your ponytail game.

2. Middle Part Ponytail

Using the same double pony method from Style #1, part your hair in the middle to create a whole new look! Adding a fun bandana around the hair tie makes for a fun, girly flare – you could also wrap your hair around the tie or use a bright scrunchie!

3. Low Ponytail

Low ponytails are just so flattering on everybody! For this specific style, I parted my hair on the side and tied my pony on the opposite side. To give my locks a fuller effect, I gently teased my strands near the hair tie and at the ends, then grabbed a smaller section of hair from the pony and wrapped it around the tie. For a little something extra, don’t be afraid to play with unique bobby pins and clips! I love how modern and simple these geometric clips are.

4. Braided Ponytail

Kicking it up a notch, why not add a braid to your classic, casual pony? Start by braiding just a few pieces of hair (the section you would use for a half pony) and then secure it all with a colorful scrunchie. If you guys didn’t know, these retro hair accessories are making a comeback! Not only does this look take less than 30 seconds, but it also adds a fun retro flare to your casual fall outfit.

5. Side Ponytail

To add a bit of spunk to your side pony, secure it with a cute, colorful tie at the top and then about two or three inches down, add another colored tie. Take the hair in-between the two ponies and gently pull to make a bit of a “bubble” effect!

There you have it, ladies! These hairstyles will help you beat the heat and keep your hair healthy and strong through the end of summer and into fall.

Lisa is the fashionista behind LMP Collections, an editorial style, fashion and lifestyle blog taking inspiration from current and past trends. Follow her on InstagramTwitterFacebook and Pinterest.

College Shower Caddy Essentials You Need for Your Dorm

The first day of the semester is just around the corner, which means the return of homework, all-nighters and residence halls. While you’re probably prepared with college essentials like school supplies and dorm décor, it can be easy to forget about dorm shower necessities. Whether you’re sharing a bathroom with your roommate or your entire floor this year, here’s what you’ll need to fill your shower caddy.

1. Exfoliating Scrub: After a long day filled with classes and homework, give your face some much needed TLC with Clean & Clear Deep Action 60-Second Shower Mask. Its oil-free formula reaches deep to the pores to dissolve dirt, oil and even makeup, working with the steam of your shower to leave your face feeling clean and refreshed.

2. Body Wash: Between school, sleep and your social life, a few minutes to spare are few and far between. Save time in the shower with Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Nourishing Body Wash– it cleanses AND moisturizes, so you don’t have to worry about lotion post-rinse. It also contains natural ingredients like shea butter and fig to keep your skin looking healthy (and smelling great, too!).

3. Sponge: Gently exfoliate while you shower with a colorful Net Sponge. It’s a simple step and your skin will thank you!

4. Disposable Razor: Early first semester, the weather is still warm and shorts are still an option. Invest in a Gillette Venus Tropical Disposable Razor to keep your legs looking smooth in class and after hours.

5. Shave Gel: To achieve legs that are both soft and smooth, incorporate Gillette Venus with Olay Moisturizing Shower & Shave Cream into your shaving routine. It gently cleanses while you shave, so it’s the perfect two-in-one.

6. Shower Cap: For those mornings you oversleep before your 8 a.m. class, have a Bath Collection Animal Print Shower Capon hand. By keeping your hair dry during a quick in-and-out rinse, you’ll be ready to go and on your way in no time! (Check out these easy ideas for second-day hair– you can thank us later).

7. Shampoo and Conditioner: On mornings you do have time to wash your hair, use OGX Fade‑Defying Orchid Oil Shampoo and Conditioner. Their potent blend of extracts will hydrate your hair, giving it the ultimate shine – they can also protect color-treated locks from fading.

8. Shower Comb: If you’re on a time crunch and need dry hair stat, use a Goody QuikStyle Water Wicking Shower Comb. It reduces water by 20 percent and removes moisture with every stroke.

With these essentials, you’ll have everything you need to put in your shower caddy – just don’t forget the towel!

The Best Face Masks for Oily Skin

Transitioning temps can take a toll on oily skin, so it’s important to refresh your beauty products as the seasons change. Whether you’re headed back to school or just looking to update your regimen, face masks could be a great addition to your skincare routine this fall. While a single face mask won’t cure your woes instantly, investing in a few different options and creating a habit can make a difference. So if you’re looking to treat your skin to some TLC, here are four at-home face masks that work wonders on oily complexions.

The Tech: Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Treatment Mask

If your skin is acne-prone – but topical medications dry out your face – the Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Treatment Mask should be your new go-to. It uses blue light to kill bacteria and red light to reduce inflammation, which is a colorful (and effective) skincare match made in heaven. The treatment is clinically-proven, FDA cleared, chemical free and UV free, so you don’t have to worry about harmful consequences to your skin.

To use this mask, simply wash your face with your usual cleanser, pat it dry and turn the tech on. All it takes is 10 minutes! You can sit back, relax and let the lights do their magic, or go about your day while the treatment takes place. The mask comes equipped with temples (like the sides of your sunglasses), so it won’t fall off if there’s no time for rest.

Arguably the best part about this high-tech mask? You can purchase it at Meijer for under $40.

The Charcoal Mask: Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask

Another mild remedy for acne-prone complexions comes in the form of charcoal mud masks. Charcoal is used to draw impurities out of the skin, which is especially great for those of us with oily faces. Oil and dirt clog our pores making them look bigger, but charcoal pulls those toxins out, ridding us of pesky blackheads in the process.

Charcoal is an ingredient in the Yes to Tomatoes Mud Mask, but it also features additional elements like salicylic acid and aloe. The charcoal works to remove oil and dirt from the face, while the other components fight acne and re-hydrate our skin. This gentle mask is also natural and paraben-free, so dry skin due to harsh chemicals will be a thing of the past.

The detoxifying charcoal may feel cool and tingly upon application, so test a small spot inside your arm before covering your face. When you’re ready, apply the product to clean skin and leave it on for 10 minutes, then rinse with warm water and pat dry with a towel.

If mud masks aren’t your thing, opt for the paper sheet version instead. Just peel, stick it to your face and go!

The Clay Mask: L’Oreal Pure-Clay Mask, Detox & Brighten

To detox oily skin after wearing makeup all week, try the L’Oreal Pure-Clay Mask. When mixed with three kinds of pure clay, charcoal acts like a magnet – it draws impurities out of the skin and tightens your pores, which will make your face feel clean and refreshed. The formula is also designed to even out your complexion, so your skin may appear brighter after regular use.

After work on Fridays or before you go to bed, say goodbye to stress and its toll on your skin by applying this mask to your face. Leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse it off with warm water and moisturize. Clay masks often stimulate circulation and blood flow, so don’t be alarmed if there’s facial redness upon removal. Make sure to test the mask on your arm first, just in case!

The Citrus Peel: Yes to Grapefruit Pore Perfection Brightening Peel

To prepare your skin for the week ahead and leave your face glowing, use the Yes to Grapefruit Pore Perfection Peel (available at select Meijer locations) before heading to work on Monday. Grapefruit is high in antioxidants, which means this peel helps counteract wrinkles, even out skin tone and reduce the appearance of pores. The product is natural and paraben-free, so it’s the perfect finishing touch for your skincare routine.

Apply this peel to your skin post-cleanse, relax for 10 minutes, then rinse it off. You can use it up to three times per week!

Want to learn more about the best fall face masks? Check out our post about achieving flawless skin.

Beauty: Truth or Fiction

As the summer sun heats up, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From fashion tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up their beauty for warm weather styles.

This week we’re welcoming Candace of Live Love & Read to share her take on some of beauty’s biggest questions, including why bold brows can be natural and teased hair is here to stay.

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When it comes to beauty, there appears to be a lot of noise. And by noise, I simply mean there’s a lot of talk on what exactly we should and should not being doing with our daily beauty routines. Between binge watching YouTube beauty videos and following your favorite beauty gurus on social media, it’s easy to find yourself at a loss on some basic beauty 123s.

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If you’ve read some of my previous posts here on Meijer Style, then you already know how much I believe in practicality. Much like fashion, beauty should be both practical and easy for you to incorporate into your morning routine, otherwise it becomes a large headache spilling over into the rest of your day. As always, I am on a mission to help YOU! So for today’s dose of shop talk, we are going to discuss beauty truth or fiction on some basic, everyday makeup practices!

Let’s do this!

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STATEMENT #1: Bold brows are unnatural.

Fiction. Bold brows can be TOTALLY natural. While we often see the crazy, overly bold, unnatural brows, there are ways to create bold brows without scaring anyone. What determines natural vs. unnatural brows is how you use your products.

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First things first, you want to start with decently cleaned up brows, as it allows you better control of how bold you are making them. You can clean up your brows by using a brush. Because I adore efficiency, I would encourage you to use a brown pencil that has a brush on the other end, such as the NYX Micro Brow Pencil. Once the brows have been nicely brushed, you can begin with the filling in process. For total control, start your strokes lightly.

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When you begin filling in, start at the inner brow, move to your arch and finish at the end of your brow – and repeat. Once you have the outline of your shape, you can go back in heavier with your pencil to your desired boldness.

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blogger recommended beauty truth fiction style fashion meijer

After filling in your brows to your liking, use concealer to accentuate your brows as well as clean up any mistakes you might have made. You can simply use whatever you normally do for your highlight concealer.

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blogger recommended beauty truth fiction style fashion meijer

For exactness, use a precision or detail brush that allows you to apply the concealer close to the brow without any negative space. Once you’ve applied that concealer, go in and smooth with a beauty blender, as you don’t want a hard highlight line.

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blogger recommended beauty truth fiction style fashion meijer

The finishing touch: after you’ve applied your foundation, go back into the brows with a highlight pencil for a slight shimmer and finger blend to soften it.

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DETAILS:

  • NYX Micro Brow Pencil
  • NYX Gotcha Covered Concealer
  • Real Techniques Detailer Brush
  • Real Techniques Mini Beauty Blender
  • Covergirl TruNaked Waterproof Eyeliner Duo

STATEMENT #2: A cat-eye is not appropriate for the office.

Fiction. We’ve already heard the saying, “Everything is ok in moderation.”  Well, that is exactly the approach to creating a cat-eye for the office. By no means does your cat-eye need to be as dramatic as Cleopatra’s, but you can most definitely do a “subtle” one for the office.

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When creating an everyday cat-eye, you are going to need two things: a regular eyeliner pencil and a liquid liner (preferably one that has a curvy tip for precision). To start, use your regular eye-liner to create what I like to call a “hard line.” The hard line allows you to easily line the eye without much error.

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blogger recommended beauty truth fiction style fashion meijer

Next, you’ll want to use the regular eyeliner to line your water line in order to balance the eye. There’s nothing scarier than an overly bold cat-eye. Balance is KEY, so line that water line.

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Once the water line is prepped, you are going to use your liquid liner to trace the top line you created. To get the subtle definition, it is important to gently pull your eye as you’re tracing the hard line and extend ever so slightly to get the perfect everyday cat-eye look.

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DETAILS:

  • NYX Retractable Eye Liner
  • Maybelline Master Precise Curvy Liner

STATEMENT #3: Concealer is to be worn underneath my foundation.  Concealer is to be worn on top of my foundation.

Both are TRUE. In fact, it’s really important that we do both – the catch is making sure you are applying the correct concealer underneath and on top of the foundation.

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As we grow older in age, we all find ourselves concerned with those darker, under-eye circles. Since aging is natural, it’s also natural that we want to properly color correct those coloring imperfections.

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For perfect coverage correction, you are going to want to start with a “total” coverage concealer underneath the foundation. The one I recommend is NYX Total Coverage Concealer. Simply use a concealer brush to apply, then blend with a beauty blender. Be sure to blend well, as you will be applying your foundation on top of this.

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Once you’ve applied your foundation, it is highly likely that you’ll want a little highlighter under the eyes to doubly make sure those dark circles are long gone. To accentuate/highlight under the eyes, try NYX Gotcha Covered Concealer. Since this is being used as a highlight, be sure to go a shade or two lighter so it really pops!

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Once you’ve applied the product with your brush, use an evenly and lightly damp beauty blender to blend in the product. As you blend, be sure to extend outwards, so you do not have a hard stop line of the concealer. You want it to look perfectly smooth and natural.

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DETAILS:

  • NYX Total Coverage Concealer
  • Real Techniques Expert Concealer Brush
  • NYX Gotcha Covered Concealer
  • Real Techniques Detailer Brush
  • Real Techniques Mini Beauty Blender

STATEMENT #4: Wearing matte foundation ages you.

Fiction. There are a lot of mixed feelings on this statement, but I am going to have to go with FALSE. Matte foundation can age you if you are not careful. But in my opinion it is all about how you complete the foundation that determines the outcome.

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First things first, when it comes to using matte foundation, a little goes a long way. What I’m trying to say is – you only need a little product. Without question, you will look old if you over apply.

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Secondly, as a frequent matte foundation wearer, it is important that you have two products to complete your look: a good blush color and finishing powder.

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After you have applied your foundation, concealer and contour, you’ll want to apply some finishing powder. The powder is going to ensure everything is nicely polished and blended.

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After you have applied your foundation, concealer and contour, you’ll want to apply some finishing powder. The powder is going to ensure everything is nicely polished and blended.

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DETAILS:

  • Revlon Photo Ready Airbrush Effect Foundation
  • Real Techniques Square Foundation Brush
  • NYX High Definition Blush
  • Real Techniques Contour Brush
  • NYX Mineral Matte Finishing Powder
  • Real Techniques Powder Brush

STATEMENT #5: Bold lipstick is ok for everyday wear.

TRUE. If women in Paris can wear red lipstick every day, so can YOU. There is absolutely nothing wrong with living on the bold side of color every day. In fact, wearing bold lipstick on the daily can become your signature statement, if you so desire.

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When it comes to wearing bold lips every day, I would encourage you to go matte vs. shiny. The matte is a bit more approachable and less overwhelming than a bright, overly shiny lipstick. Additionally, if you decide to wear a bold lipstick that is shinier, it is most definitely important to go with a matte foundation, so your makeup look is not overly shiny.

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Regardless of wearing matte or shiny, be sure to take your entire makeup routine into consideration. That way you can make the necessary adjustments to ensure your beauty look is approachable for the day. You do not want to look like you are getting ready to compete at a beauty pageant with an overly done face for the office. Just a thought!

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DETAILS:

  • Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor (Red: 625 Love Amour)
  • Revlon Matte Lipcolor (Pink: 605 Obsession Obsession)

STATEMENT #6: Teased hair is a thing of the past.

Fiction. I’m from the South and we have a saying: “The higher the hair, the closer to heaven.” I cannot lie, I live for big hair. But not big in the sense that my hair is overly back combed and impossible to detangle. When it comes to teasing a lot of people think of large 1980s ‘dos. However, that isn’t the only way to get good volume.

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One trend that’s quite hot right now is tussled messy curls. Well, one of the best ways to get that look is with a little teasing action. To get started with this look, first comb out the hair so it is manageable. Granted, we want a textured messy look, but it is important that the foundation is smooth.

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After a thorough combing, you’ll want to add a little texture to the hair. To achieve this, I use a texturizing dry shampoo, spray it liberally throughout my hair, massage the product in and allow it to sit for a few minutes or so.

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blogger recommended beauty truth fiction style fashion meijer

Once the hair has had time to settle, I proceed with curling. You can curl however you so desire, as there is no right or wrong way – it’s all about how you like the curls to fall. For me personally, I want them “away” from my face, so I curl back.

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After curling the hair, I immediately spray with TRESemme hair spray to lock in the curls. Not only does the hair spray secure the curls, but it adds more texture, which is perfect for this look.

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Once the hair spraying has happened, it is time to TEASE. Rather than teasing at the root of the hair, tease the ends to push the hair upwards and create volume in the curls. Then proceed with the task all over. After the teasing, you will then need to go through and finger separate the curls, so you don’t have a crazy rat’s nest vibe happening.

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blogger recommended beauty truth fiction style fashion meijer

Teasing is NOT a thing of the past! It’s all about how you do it.

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DETAILS:

  • Ace Hair Combo
  • Not Your Mother’s Texturizing Dry Shampoo
  • Pro Beautytools 1 Inch Gold Curling Iron
  • TRESemme Hair Spray

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There you have it my friends – what’s truth and what’s fiction in terms of beauty. I hope this has answered some of your beauty questions, which will in turn add ease and efficiency to your everyday glam!

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Photo Credit: Roosevelt Group

Candace is the fashionista behind Live Love & Read, a blog on how to make style the affordable accessory in every woman’s life. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

Beauty Tutorial: The Best Products for Creating Perfect Eyebrows

As the summer sun begins to heat up, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From fashion tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up their wardrobes for warm weather styles.

This week we’re welcoming Meghan of Lincoln Park Minute to share her favorite products and makeup tips on how to create perfect eyebrows for summer.

Just as a few accessories can perfectly finish off your outfit, your eyebrows often complete your beauty look. They truly frame your face and I personally hate even leaving the house without mine done! Taking care of your eyebrows and manicuring them can often be overwhelming so today, I’m excited to share all that I know about how to do eyebrows and hope it may help you!

Before you tackle transforming your eyebrows, you’ll want to be sure you’re stocked up on all of the essentials. During a recent trip to Meijer, I picked up some of my eyebrow makeup favorites. I love that they have everything I need, including brow powder, wax, a pencil, a crayon, a brush, and colored gel. Meijer truly is a one-stop shop!

My eyebrow look starts with a pencil or crayon to fill in bare areas – then, I use a definer to make my brows look precisely shaped. To finish the look, I use a gel to lock them in place for long-lasting perfection!

Curious how to shape your eyebrows? To start, you’ll want to brush your eyebrows up and away and analyze what shaping they need. Take note of what areas are particularly sparse. To do this, I love using this my e.l.f. brow duo brush from Meijer because it has both a spoolie brush and an angled end great for applying brow powders and pomades.

As a guideline, your eyebrows should start parallel to the inner corner of your eye and end parallel to the outer corner of your eye. Where they arch is up to you, but mine naturally arch just about ¾ of the way in. If you have rogue hairs, quickly pluck them with a pair of tweezers.

Once you know the shape you want your brows to take, you can begin giving your eyebrows some more shape with either a brow pencil or crayon. I prefer to use a pencil to create natural hair like strokes, but if you want bold, statement-making brows, a brow crayon is the easy choice.

My L’Oreal Brow Stylist Definer is my ultimate favorite brow product found at Meijer. It’s precise, creamy, and blendable.  The ultra-fine pencil tip is a perfect tool for recreating tiny brow hair and precisely drawing and shaping brows for a well-defined look.

If you prefer a crayon, I’m a big fan of the Revlon ColorStay Brow Crayon (such cute packaging too!). After you create shape, brush through your eyebrows with a spoolie brush to soften the color you just laid down.

To fill in any remaining bare areas, I recommend using a brow powder like NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder. This one is so perfect to travel with since it’s small. It even includes two colors, a clear brow wax, a spoolie brush, and an angled brush. Similar to the brow pencil, you’ll want to try to create short, hair like strokes.

The idea is to create a natural eyebrow look, as if they’re your brows but better. Try to avoid uneven and harsh lines, but if you do run into this problem, just remember to brush through them!

Satisfied with the final product? Finish it all off with a colored brow gel like Maybelline New York Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara. This sets your brows and locks them into place so they stay put all day or night.

For a really natural look, I like to brush up the start of my eyebrows with my finger and make them look a little bit bushy. To keep the hairs this way, I use Wet n Wild Color Icon Brow Shaper, which is a clear brow wax pencil.

Voila! My everyday eyebrow look is complete after just these few simple steps and perfect products. Show off your summer brow look using #MeijerStyle to share your style.

Meghan is the fashionista behind Lincoln Park Minute, a life and style blog based on her musings as a 20-something PR student living in Chicago. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

The Essential 4 Week Wedding Countdown

As the summer sun begins to heat up, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From fashion tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up their wardrobes for warm weather styles.

This week we’re welcoming Jess of The Golden Girl to share exactly what you need to do to prepare for an upcoming wedding – whether you’re the bride or a guest! – with a four week prep countdown covering everything from the perfect skin routine to picking out necessary undergarments.

So, you’re tying the knot this year? Congratulations! As a fellow bride-to-be, I can honestly say that being engaged has been one of the most exciting experiences in life thus far! However, it has also been one of the most stressful times as well.

The biggest piece advice I can give as your wedding date nears? Make a plan!

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Of course, you’ve already got the flowers, the dress and the décor taken care of. But what about the little personal details – the steps necessary to get glowing skin, shiny hair, that sun-kissed glow, and more? The good news is, it’s not overly complicated! All it takes is a little planning ahead, and a few key products from Meijer.

Follow this four week countdown plan, and you’ll be smooth sailing!

Four Weeks Out: Glowing Skin Routine

Why start with skin? Because you’ll want to allow as much time for it to soak up the benefits of your new skincare routine! Keep it simple with a few key products to brighten, smooth and moisturize, and you’ll have a beautiful, healthy glow on your big day!

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Start with a detoxifying and brightening face wash.

As you already know, the struggle to manage wedding stress is real, which can lead to a dull, uneven complexion. To combat this, I love using this L’Oreal clay cleanser, which turns into a luxurious mousse as you rub it into your skin. It’s comprised of charcoal – which is a magnet for oil and toxins – and, with regular use, leaves you with a much brighter, even complexion.

Clear pores.

I’ve used these strips from Biore for years, but I love them even more now that they’ve come out with a charcoal version! As mentioned above, charcoal is one of the most effective ingredients in ridding your pores of toxins and impurities, and these strips are essential for clearing pores! Plus, they reduce oil by up to 3X, which is key to making your makeup last on your big day! Apply one to wet skin after washing your face once per week.

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Hydrate, balance and minimize pores with a mask.

Sheet masks are everywhere right now, for good reason, and this sheet mask from L’Oreal does not disappoint. It packs so many powerful benefits into one little 10 minute mask session! Another added benefit of sheet masks: you have to lie down to apply them. So you can think of it as a small moment of required relaxation.

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Turn on your essential oil diffuser for an added treat as you let your mask do its magic! Afterword, your skin is super hydrated, your pores are minimized and your complexion is buttery smooth, allowing for a much smoother makeup application! Do this at least once per week.

Other tips: Remember, you are what you eat! Munch on as many dark, leafy greens as you can, as well as berries and grapes – all are chock full of vitamins and antioxidants that will make your skin glow from within! Meijer has an awesome selection of organic produce to choose from to make grocery shopping before your big day a lot easier.

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Three Weeks Out: Strong, Shiny Hair

Another unfortunate side effect of wedding stress? Dull hair. Yikes! Three weeks out, start applying a hair mask after you shampoo. I love Garnier’s “Whole Blends” masks, which target different problem areas depending on your individual needs. My hair tends to be on the dry side, so I chose the Hydrating Blends Mask with Coconut Water and Vanilla Milk. The entire line is made of natural ingredients without harmful parabens that are found in a lot of other hair products!

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To apply, shampoo your hair right away when you get in the shower, then follow with the mask. If you can, apply a shower cap over the top and let the hot shower steam amplify the benefits of the mask. Leave on for at least three minutes, but preferably longer. Rinse right before you get out, and style as usual.

Two Weeks Out: The Right Accessories

As your wedding nears closer, it’s time to start thinking about a few different accessories you’ll need to stock up on to prepare for the big day!

The “under” accessories

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You’ve been thinking about the dress for months, but what about what you’re wearing under the dress? With so many backless and strapless dress styles now, it can be tough to find the right bra!

I have two favorites, both made by a brand called “Lingerie Solutions” which can be found in Meijer’s lingerie department. There are individual “adhesive bra” cups which are the best “barely there” solution. I also love the “Shantina Lite” molded adhesive cups, that will also give you a lot of “cinch” and “oomph” if you so please! The bra is also washable and reusable, so you’ll get a ton of wear out of it!

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For underwear, go with something comfortable and nude colored, so you can ensure there won’t be any show through your white dress! Meijer has quite a few options, like this thong by Simple Pleasures – and a ton of shape wear too, if that’s more your style!

Hair + makeup accessories

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Be prepared for hair and makeup mishaps and pack your MOH’s purse or makeup bag with extra bobby pins and hair ties (I love the Goody’s kind!) There will inevitably be hair snafus on the dance floor, and if you plan ahead, you can fix them in only a few seconds! (Because not jumping to “Shout” just because you’re afraid of your hair falling out would be an utter travesty).

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I also love ELF’s duo lip primer and plumping stick, to ensure your lipstick stays on all night!

One Week Out: Polished Hands + Feet

Eeek! 7 days away! Time to start polishing those hands and feet!

By now, hopefully everything is planned out to a T, and you can really start to sit back and relax!

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There’s no better way to do that than soaking in a warm bath and applying a luxurious salt scrub like Tree Hut’s Shea Sugar Scrub. Whole sugar grains will make your skin insanely smooth (especially the problem areas, like your feet!) and it’s made with Shea Nut Oil to lock in moisture. Plus, it’s made with all-natural extracts and is also paraben-free!

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After applying the scrub, I like to rinse off and follow up with Jergens Natural Glow Firming lotion! It only takes a few days to start seeing a nice, natural-looking hint of glow. If you don’t want to opt for a spray tan on your big day, this is a really great natural-looking and budget-friendly way to get some color.

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For a great DIY pedicure and manicure, apply Cutex Moisture Rich foot cream to feet and paint nails with a pretty ballet pink color, which is the perfect neutral for your nuptials! My favorite is Essie’s Gel Couture no-chip nail polish in Fairy Tailor. It’s by far the longest lasting nail polish I’ve ever used, so you won’t have to worry about chipping as you’re stepping into your dress!

That’s it! Congratulations! You are officially ready for your big day!

Jess is the fashionista behind The Golden Girl, a Chicago blog aimed at providing a daily dose of attainable life, style, beauty and décor. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Self-Tanner 101: How to Get a Streak-Free Faux Glow

As the summer sun begins to heat up, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From fashion tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up their wardrobes for warm weather styles.

This week we’re welcoming Lisa of LMP Collections to review all the top sunless tanning options and find the ideal product for the perfect faux glow.

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Summer is here are hotter than ever! As much as I’d love to spend all my time outside during the sunny days, I just don’t have the free time during the weeks. There is nothing that makes me feel more confident in the summer while wearing dresses and swimsuits than having a nice tan to pair with them. I try to take advantage of the natural Vitamin D whenever I have the chance. Lately, however, I’ve been testing out some self-tanners from Meijer to give my skin that extra glow (and avoid some of the sun’s harmful rays).

I’ve tried out five different self-tanners (three brands) and am so excited to share with you all my honest and truthful opinion on each. Since I have more sensitive skin, I made it my goal to find a self-tanner that a) doesn’t make me orange, (b) is gentle on my skin, and (c) looks natural (no streaks or blotchiness). Below I breakdown each product and let you all know my personal experience with them, as well as which one of these five I will be re-purchasing again and again!

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Jergens

When I was young, I remember seeing my older sister use Jergens. While shopping at Meijer, I went ahead and purchased these first, knowing it was a familiar brand.

When testing them out, I started with the lotion because who doesn’t want to “reduce the appearance of cellulite in as little as 7 days”!? That definitely was the selling factor for me. After being pretty excited to try this one, I made the mistake of using this lotion not too long after shaving my legs. Although it did happen to irritate my skin, the irritation went away after a few hours.

As for the foam version, a little goes a long way. I felt this one dries more saturated and works quicker than the squeeze bottle, so I would definitely use the foam again. They both smell amazing, too!

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Orange? These definitely did not make me orange – which I liked! Both do take a few days to see a noticeable color transformation, but that’s nice because you can control your color at a slower rate – love.

Gentle? Honestly, I would say these ones were the most irritating on my sensitive skin. However, my arms felt much more gentle than my legs – so just watch recently-shaved skin!

Natural? Overall, I would say both of these were very natural-looking.

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L’Oreal

Now this stuff is summer in a bottle! One of my friends recommended a try out L’Oreal for a darker summer glow, and she was not kidding around. The lotion is a rich brown color, and you can definitely see major results in less than 24 hours. Initially, this one scared me a bit since the lotion is so dark, but it goes on pretty smooth and even.

Of all the options, L’Oreal was my least favorite smell – not bad by all means, it’s just that the other four are much more appealing. Lastly, the L’Oreal tanner has a noticeable shimmer to it, so this would probably be the best fit for specific occasions or a night out with the girls.

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Orange? I would not say this one gives off an “orange” tint but it is definitely the most saturated of the bunch.

Gentle? Surprising yes! I wasn’t sure that would be true because of the shimmer, but overall this was very gentle.

Natural? Yes! Like the others, apply this one as evenly as possible and you won’t see any streaks.

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Neutrogena

And here we have it, my favorite brand out of the three! I was incredibly impressed with these products, and my absolute favorite was the spray bottle version.

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Neutrogena is my overall pick because of how gentle it felt on my skin. I didn’t once feel any irritation and could see glowy, natural-looking results in less than 24 hours. The only reason I liked the spray version better is simply because it’s a bit easier to apply. But though it sprays pretty evenly, I would still recommend rubbing everything in just to be safe. I also definitely recommend spraying this in a well-ventilated area because, since it’s a spray, it tends to travel.

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Orange? None whatsoever.

Natural? YES YES YES! I was so impressed and can’t wait to continue using this product.

Gentle? Definitely. I always know it’s a product for me when it doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin. And I feel like Neutrogena has always been known as a gentler brand!

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No matter which self-tanner you go with, some things will always apply. So here are my top “must-do” tips!

  • Rub in the product as evenly as possible
  • After applying, wear baggy clothing until lotion, foam or spray is completely soaked in and dry
  • Ask someone to help do your back if it’s hard to reach – you’d hate to leave an untouched spot!
  • Apply once a day for a few days (or for special occasions) for an even, glowy look

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Lisa is the fashionista behind LMP Collections, an editorial style, fashion and lifestyle blog taking inspiration from current and past trends. Follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

The Best Bold Makeup Tutorial for Summer

As the spring chill finally gives way to summer warmth, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From fashion tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up their wardrobes for warm weather styles.

This week we’re welcoming JoElla to walk us through a must-try bold beauty tutorial for summer with all the products you need – from skincare to falsies and everything in between.

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With the weather getting warmer and warmer, I’ve been testing out some new skincare and beauty products – both to prep my skin for the summer sun and get my makeup on lock. For Meijer Style, I’ve put together a full tutorial on how to prep your summer look from the inside out, so read on to check out my favorite beauty picks and tricks!

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I’ve recently fallen in love with the Aveeno Active Naturals Daily Moisturizing Body Wash.  When I was in the aisle about a month ago looking for a new body wash and smelling all the amazing scents (like we all love to do, right?!) I came across this one. I know that Aveeno is a trusted brand with dermatologists, so I decided to pick it up off the shelf and give it a smell.

Honestly, I didn’t expect much because I knew it was time to stop concentrating on the smell and start caring more about the care of my skin in the shower. But when I opened the lid I was blown away! The vanilla and oats flavor is so soft and creamy, and it truly excited my senses!

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Now that I’m a month in, this body wash has CHANGED MY LIFE! As women, we know yogurt is amazing for the balance of my bodies – why not skin, too? I have been so excited for my shower time lately because, after a long day, the smell of this creamy body wash on my skin is enough to melt the day away.  And after drying off, this body wash hasn’t stripped my skin of moisture, but instead cleansed it and put even more back in. I love it!

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I’ve also decided to go ahead and pair it with a good lotion.  I want to have great skin this summer after recovering from all the winter damage – and let my pretty chocolate show through and look alive! – so I paired my body wash with this Aveeno Positively Nourishing lotion as well.

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The scent I love is lavender + chamomile, and it is so sweet and calming!  Lavender is great for people who may have anxiety to help them relax.  This lotion is so nourishing and keeps me moisturized, smelling beautiful and feeling buttery soft all day long.  This is going to be a trusted friend this summer to keep my feet looking right in-between pedicures!  The great thing about this lotion is it allows your skin steal the show – whether it’s a milky, tan or chocolaty shade. It’s not greasy or heavy, and it brings out the beautiful color that you have!

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There are a variety of combination products I used to create my look today. Many of them are NYX brand, along with Jewels by CoverGirl eye palette.

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After prepping my eyes, I used NYX HD Concealer in Tan – which is about two shades lighter than my foundation – to create a great highlight affect. This concealer blends perfectly for coverage, as well as evenly to highlight the entire face.

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bold beauty makeup tutorial blogger style textured hair

Next, while the concealer is still damp, I powder my entire face with NYX Mineral- Set it Don’t Fret it- Matte Mineralizing Powder.  I use this to Set my concealer and “bake”.

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For my eyeshadow, the Jewels by CoverGirl palette is great for those bold, fun summer looks and can be used in combination for highlighting the brow bone and the inner corner eyes, as well as smoking out a crease.

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Moving onto the lips, I wanted to choose a color that would keep me flowing with the same hot pink theme as my nails! I love to outline my lips with something similar to the color I’m using or a little darker for a more defined look, which makes my lips pop. For this look, I went with NYX Slim Lip Liner in Bloom.

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As for lipstick, I went with NYX Liquid Suede in Pink Lust.  NYX Suede is a fave line of mine, since it’s a product where a little goes a long way!  I love the buttery feeling it has on my lips (keeping them moisturized), even as a matte product! I didn’t have to re-apply this lip color at all!

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Once done with the full lip, I used NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Sydney on the center of my lips to give a two tone-highlighting effect.

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I’ve always been a falsies girl, and from the day I learned how to put lashes on, I’ve never stopped! I just love how lashes just completely switch up your whole face game. Even if you just had a pair of lashes on and no other makeup, you would have a finished look!

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I have tried so many different lash brands over the last few years but finally settled on my fave: Ardell! They have such a variety, but the ones I usually stick with are their Ardell Double Lash line. I feel like they go with my makeup style perfectly and give me that extra level of flirtiness for my look! If you wanted to calm the look down with something more natural, you can’t go wrong with their Wispies line, which still offers that flirty look but is a bit more subtle.

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Duo Glue is perfect for lashes that stay on all day and come off easy at night without damaging your natural lashes. They come in three different kinds: White, Clear and Black. I love the black shade because it because it blends perfectly with my black eyeliner.

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Now that lashes are on and makeup is complete, bring a little life back to your face – as well as some freeze – with the NYX Matte Finishing Spray! Lightly saturate your face in the mist and let it dry. Finito! You are ready to go.

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I had such a great time pampering myself with these products from Meijer and putting the whole look together. Now go enjoy the weather and your beautiful selves!

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JoElla is the fashionista behind the upcoming blog Pink Sugar on the Rocks, and you can follow her before its official launch on Instagram. Photo credit: Jessica Heck.

The Best 6 Blogger-Approved Products for Summer Beauty

As the spring chill finally gives way to summer warmth, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From fashion tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up their wardrobes for warm weather styles.

This week we’re welcoming bloggers Tawny, JoElla and Brittany to share their favorite beauty picks for summer – from conditioning hair products to skin safety to the trendiest nails for the season.

Tawny’s here to show us her favorite hair and skincare products for a summer-ready look in no time!

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“As a naturally curly-haired gal, I have a hard time keeping these locks locked down. In summer the humidity always wins – but not this summer, baby!

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I found this new L’oreal Air Dry It Wave Swept Spray that provides 24-hour shape control without weighing my hair down or feeling crunchy!

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All I do is spray it in my barely-damp hair, scrunch it and go! It gives me the perfect amount of texture, looks like I just left the beach, and takes literally seconds to style my hair! #winning

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Ladies, USE YOUR SUNSCREEN! I know you all want to look like bronzed goddesses this summer, and you totally can while protecting your skin by using Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration! It’s a weightless, barely-there sunscreen that provides not only SPF 30 protection, but also 12-hour moisture. It’s light, fast-absorbing and smells like you’re in the tropics!”

Looking for your new favorite go-to nail colors for the summer? Look no further than JoElla’s top picks from Essie!

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“What girl doesn’t love getting her nails done? Whenever I paint my nails, I choose colors that speak to what I’m currently feeling. These shades are great for getting ready for summer – since right now I’m feeling cute and fun!

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The white shade is Blanc by Essie, which can also be used as a base coat if you want other colors to pop even brighter on their own. The pink shade I went with is Secret Story by Essie, which is totally sink-your-toes-in-the-sand-worthy. It’s perfect for that summer vacation in Miami, or a lighthouse in Rhode Island, or even for that getaway weekend in Vegas. This color is great for when you’re feeling extra girly and are just ready to shake it!”

To prep your hair for the summer’s humidity, check out Brittany’s top picks to keep your locks moisturized and healthy!

“I have what I consider to be salon-dependent hair. It’s painfully thick, coarse and color-treated. And if that wasn’t high maintenance enough, I recently got bangs. Not the wispy push them to the side, pin them back if you get tired of them kind. Real honest-to-goodness blunt bangs.

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I’m still trying really hard to accept my new fringe lifestyle, but will resist giving them up and growing them out. The temptation is strong, so I just keep telling myself that they’re a fresh new look for spring and are super flattering on my face.

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Although I have “salon-dependent hair,” I don’t often have a “salon-friendly” product budget, and that’s a big deal. Because I invest a lot of time and money into the maintenance of my locks, finding products at affordable prices that protect that investment is my number one priority, and I’m going to share with you my top three must-haves to make that happen.

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Confession: I only wash my hair twice a week. My hair is extremely thick and color-treated and my scalp is dry, so I am looking for a product that not only prevents fading, but keeps my scalp flake-free and any oil at bay. I am currently obsessed with OGX Treetree Mint Shampoo and Conditioner. This is a sulfate-free product line, which keeps my color intact, and the tea tree oil tingles my scalp, keeps it healthy and gets rid of any of that pesky dry scalp flaking that many of us have, but no one wants to talk about.

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I was introduced to It’s A 10 by my hair stylist, and I’ve never looked back. I have broken many a wide tooth comb trying to get my wet hair brushed out, but It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Conditioner has solved that problem completely. I simply spritz my hair after a towel dry, and it makes my hair manageable, as well as ultra-silky and shiny when it dries.

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So about those bangs. While I may be perfectly okay washing my hair a few times a week, my bangs did not get the memo. Because they sit on my forehead, they are the first spot to get oily, requiring more than bi-weekly washing. That is, until I embraced dry shampoo.

Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Dry Shampoo is a miracle and a mandatory part of my morning routine, especially as we head into warmer temperatures. I wake up, spray my bangs at the root, then go about my beauty prep as the dry shampoo gets to work soaking up any oil. Then, before I leave for the morning, I give my bangs a quick brush, diffusing the powder, and my bangs are dry, clean and texturized. I live to rock fringe another day.”

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Looking for more blogger-approved beauty for warmer weather? Check out the best high tech face masks for flawless summer skin!

The Best Products for Styling Textured Hair

As the spring chill finally gives way to summer warmth, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From fashion tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up their wardrobes for warm weather styles.

This week we’re welcoming JoElla to walk us through how to take care of your naturally textured, strong locks, as well as styling tips for the perfect twist out!

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From keeping it clean to styling the perfect ‘do, haircare in the summer can be a LOT of work. Luckily, I’ve found my favorite tried-and-true products to get you to your best hair day yet – today and all summer long! Read on for an easy tutorial on how to take care of naturally textured hair.

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When it comes to using products on my natural hair, Cantu is a brand that I trust and love.  When cleansing my hair, I use the Cantu Complete Conditioning Co-Wash and Cantu Repair Deep Conditioner for my regimen.  The co-wash is great for cleansing the scalp and hair follicles to get your past product out of there.  It doesn’t lather, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t working because co-washing is safer and better for the hair anyway. This creamy product actually includes a whopping 15+ natural butters and oils – you can’t beat that! The best part of it is that it leaves your hair feeling clean and full of moisture. This is the first step in helping my curls to pop when I want to wear my natural hair, or even if I’m prepping it for a protective style.

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I love to follow the co-wash with Cantu’s leave-in conditioning repair cream!  This product helps to lock in moisture for the entire Queen treatment for those luscious curls, and it keeps them healthy, shiny and strong.

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It’s amazing when you can find different uses for products that were meant for one purpose. I love using Got2B Glued in order to keep my lace-front wigs in place! It’s super safe for my hair line, and lays my natural edges perfectly. Simply use a toothbrush to apply!

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textured hair strong style beauty blogger

But keep in mind: a little goes a long way!  Just a little bit for a seamless look, and you don’t have to worry about your wig moving all day!  Depending on how you wrap your hair at night you can get this product to last for a few days.

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For wig styling, I like to use a NYX HD Concealer. Since this shade pairs well with my skin tone, it’s perfect for creating the appearance of scalp on a wig. I just love this product for this finished look!

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I had such a great time pampering myself with these products from Meijer and styling this beautiful look. Now go enjoy the weather and your beautiful selves!

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JoElla is the fashionista behind the upcoming blog Pink Sugar on the Rocks, and you can follow her before its official launch on Instagram. Photo credit: Jessica Heck.

The Best High Tech Face Masks for Flawless Summer Skin

As warmer weather starts peeking around the corner, it’s time to start focusing on the health of your skin and preparing it for the spring sun’s harmful rays. This year, skincare tech is blowing up the beauty section – from cleaning brushes to light masks – and innovative face and mud masks will help keep your skin healthy and bright. Read on for the must-have skincare products our favorite bloggers can’t stop talking about this spring!

Style Expert: Karina
Blog: Karina Style Diaries

Style Expert: Britney
Blog: Starry Eyed Blonde
Facial Must-Have: Olay ProX Microdermabrasion and Cleaning System
This was the first time I had ever tried any skincare technology before. The system is easy to use, has three speeds, and Olay even provides a suggested schedule of use to make the most of the different attachments and cleansers. I was a little worried it wouldn’t be gentle enough on my skin, but I read through the directions and was pleasantly surprised at how gentle the brush and foam heads were. They give a great tip to apply minimal pressure and move the attachments around in gentle circles. My skin always feels so smooth after using it.

Style Expert: Nicole
Blog: Class to Closet
Facial Must-Have: Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Treatment Mask
This year it seems that technology is everything. Mobile tech, wearable tech and now skincare tech! Neutrogena’s Light Therapy Acne Mask is my newest skincare obsession. It has blue and red lights that targets bacteria and reduces any inflammation. Match made in heaven!

Style Expert: Lex
Blog: That Chic Lex
Facial Must-Have: Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask
I don’t care what anyone says; face masks are the bomb. Although using one face mask isn’t going to cure your acne instantly, I think investing in a few different options and making it into a weekly habit can make a difference. My favorite is the Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask by Yes to Tomatoes. (Yes to Avocado face wipes are my all time favorite btw.) This mask is made to fight acne.

Style Expert: Natalie
Blog: Natalie in the City
Facial Must-Have: L’Oreal Pure-Clay Mask, Detox & Brighten
I’m also always looking for ways to brighten and detoxify my skin from the makeup I wear every day. On Fridays, I use the L’Oreal Detox & Brighten Clay Mask ($7.99 at Meijer) to remove the stressful week and its toll on my skin. I love, love, love clay masks, but I especially love this one because it combines charcoal and three different kinds of pure clay to tighten my skin and remove pesky blackheads. I leave the mask on for 15 minutes before I go to bed, and then I rinse it off with warm water and moisturize.

Style Expert: Danielle
Blog: Lou What Wear
Facial Must-Have: Freeman Avocado & Oatmeal Clay Mask
To keep me refreshed all week, this Clay & Avocado mask has been placed prominently by my sink. On hand and ready to go when I have ten free minutes and need a little R&R. I love throwing these masks on when I’m picking up stuff around my house or putting away laundry. It’s an easy way to make a 10-minute chore into something a little bit better. Basically, anything to make to-do’s a little more manageable.

For more must-have fashion and beauty products, check out these 8 blogger-approved beauty picks for spring.

2 Easy (and Adorable!) Ways to Style Medium-Length Hair for Spring

As spring begins to peek around the corner, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From fashion tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up for a new year of style.

This week we’re welcoming Melissa from The Bee’s Knees to share two must-try ways to style medium-length hair, from an everyday look to a boho-inspired updo!

Styling a bob or “lob” (long bob) is super easy and fun – plus, it’s a great length for when spring or summertime rolls around. The temps get higher, your hair gets shorter! If you’re looking for a change, trying to cool off for the season, or are just a busy mom like me who likes low-maintenance style, you might want to try a bob or “lob” haircut.

My hair has grown out some (so I’m definitely in the “lob” stage), but don’t worry! The practical styles I’m sharing today work great with long OR short bobs. But before we get into my favorite medium-length looks, take a peek at my must-have styling products for spring:

Right now, I’m loving Revlon’s 1¼ inch barrel curling iron. It creates large, loose and luxurious curls that look perfectly laidback! If you need a little texture to achieve this beach-ready ‘do, L’Oreal Air Dry It Wave Swept Spray is great for hot summer styling. I’ve also been using OGX Argan Oil of Morocco, Goody scallop-cut headbands and L’Oreal Lock It hairspray – we’ll need all of these tools for the styles below, so stay tuned. Also pictured above is my favorite hairbrush of all time – the Wet Brush! This amazing product is available at Meijer and works so well for fine OR coarse hair. No tugging or pulling involved!

Now that you know which products you need to succeed, here are my two easy, adorable styles for short hair.

CASUAL, EVERYDAY CURLS

This is my everyday, fool-proof, easy-breezy style. I love it because if you have semi-fine hair (like me) that grabs curl really well, sometimes the curls will last for days! That means less heat and less damage to the hair. I am a firm believer in dry shampoo, which I’ll talk about later, and that is my go-to for fresh hair in a pinch – always!

Step 1: First, you’ll want to start with freshly washed and blow-dried hair.

Step 2: Then, apply this OGX Argan Oil of Morocco (about a dime size) evenly over your strands.

Step 3: Use a Revlon 1¼ inch barrel curling iron to style your whole head, making sure the ringlets twist away from your face. If you’re not totally sure how to do this, the hair should curl over top of the iron, not underneath.

When you’re finished, the curls will appear fairly tight, but don’t brush them out until you’ve styled your entire head.

Step 4: Now, run your fingers through your hair to gently pull and loosen the curls.

Step 5: Mist a fine coat of hairspray all over your locks, then voila! You’re done! Big, beautiful, loose curls in a snap.

 

BOHO-INSPIRED UPDO

Alright, now let’s talk updos! This is one of my favorite ways to wear my hair up. It’s easy and has a little ‘bohemian’ flair to it. I picked up a cute pack of Goody headbands at Meijer and worked them into this style!

Step 1: First, you’ll want to start with hair that’s a few days dirty. I know that sounds weird, but really, it’s true. Any hairstylist will tell you that updos work far better on hair that’s got some day 3 or 4 texture to it.

If you really want to wear your hair up the first or second day after washing it, try using dry shampoo to add some texture to your hair. I love ‘Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo!’

Step 2: Next, add the headband and pull a chunk of your bangs forward. Make sure you get a big enough section!

Step 3: Pull your hair into a tight ponytail.

Step 4: Wrap your strands around the elastic so your pony becomes a bun, and then secure it with Goody bobby pins.

Step 5: Grab the front section of hair and start braiding it until you reach the end. Secure it temporarily with a ponytail holder if you need to, then go through the braid and grab at sections to loosen it a bit.

Step 6: Finally, remove the ponytail holder from your bangs (if you used one), then take the braid and wrap it up and around the back of your bun. Secure it into the base of the style with more Goody bobby pins, then finish with some L’Oreal Lock It hairspray.

That’s it! Short hair-styling is so fun and easy! I hope you’ll give these looks a try sometime.

Melissa is the fashionista behind The Bee’s Knees, a fashion and lifestyle blog discussing her style, travels, recipes, beauty tips and more. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

8 Blogger-Approved Beauty Picks for Spring

With warmer weather finally tiptoeing up on us — and spring-cleaning goals fast approaching — it only makes sense to begin cleaning out your beauty drawer. This year, clear last season’s beauty supplies and restock with the newest, most luxurious – and affordable! – hair and makeup products. Read on for the beauty must-haves our favorite bloggers can’t stop talking about this spring.

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Style Expert: Grace
Blog: Color and Grace
Beauty Must-Have: L’Oreal® Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray

My day job is a teacher and my schedule is different every day. I rarely have time to do any touch-up after lunch. Before I used this product, my face was already quite oily by 1 p.m. and by the time I left work, my face seriously felt like a piece of oily pizza. After using this, I was so happy to notice that my makeup can literally last from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Style Expert: Britney
Blog: Starry Eyed Blonde
Beauty Must-Haves: L’Oreal® Pure-Clay Masks Detox & Brighten and Exfoliate & Refine Pores

There’s something about slathering on a clay face mask at night that feels relaxing. It was like mini-spa sessions in my bathroom during the week. The box recommends using about three times each week. What I did was put on my face mask, then wait 10-15 minutes before hopping in the shower to rinse everything away.

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Style Expert: Kelly
Blog: A Thing of Beauty
Beauty Must-Have: L’Oreal® Air Dry It Wave Swept Spray

While my hair is still a little damp, I use a few spritzes of the L’Oreal Air Dry It Wave Swept Spray – I use this like a texturizing spray before I style it. My favorite tip is to lift up the crown section of my hair and spray a few spritzes right at the root and let it dry for a little extra volume while I’m using a hot hair tool.

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Style Expert: Amanda
Blog: Girl About Columbus
Beauty Must-Have: Dove Dermacare Scalp Dandruff Shampoo and Shower Foam

I’ve been such a Dove fan lately! I love the foam and the pump on the shower foam. I use their Beauty Bar too because the smell is reminiscent of my grandmother’s bathroom. I’ve also finally found a fresh, feminine, and effective alternative to Head & Shoulders with Dove Dandruff Shampoo. I use this shampoo every other wash and I love the way it smells.

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Style Expert: Katy
Blog: Detroit Debutante
Beauty Must-Have: Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion Sunscreen, Weightless, SPF 30

I loved this. Living on a lake and being outside all summer, I’m always buying and testing different sunscreens. We go through So. Much. Sunscreen. This wasn’t heavy at all, plus it had a very pleasant smell!

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Style Expert: Lauren
Blog: Mrs. Weber’s Neighborhood
Beauty Must-Haves: Colgate Optic White products

As a wine and coffee drinker, I feel like my teeth often look stained, even though I am a stickler for brushing and flossing. I’m digging the new Colgate toothbrush with a whitener pen built right in. It’s easy to apply and it’s mess-free since you can just apply it and go. Perfect for this busy mama!

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Style Expert: Erin
Blog: Planning for Paris
Beauty Must-Haves: L’Oreal® Extraordinary Clay Dry Shampoo and Clay Mask

Ok, for real, I tried the clay mask on my hair (remember that I only wash my hair a couple of times a week) and it made my hair feel like butter.  Cuts through the oil and takes five minutes before you shower.  Then, throughout the week, I’ve been using the dry shampoo which is a total lifesaver.  I keep dry oil and dry shampoo in every single room/bag/space of my life.

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Style Expert: Ann Marie
Blog: Nski Beauty
Beauty Must-Have: Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Wipes

To start my evening routine, I like to wipe off the day’s dirt and grime with Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Wipes. They get all the dirt and grossness from the day off, smell great and don’t leave my skin feeling slimey or dry. Plus how cool is it that they are jet black?!

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Style Expert: Sam
Blog: Samantha Elizabeth
Beauty Must-Haves: Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Highlighter + Contour PaletteL’Oreal Infallible PaintsL’Oreal Infallible Pro Color Foundation

I’ve been using this palette to provide the finishing touches to my makeup routine. It provides that extra boost to a finished look! This lip color is perfect for spring! The color in the photos is “Spicy Blush” and it’s fantastic! I highly recommend it. And what I love about this foundation is that you can build it up and it lasts all day. If I want a minimal spring look, I’ll dab this the foundation under my eyes and along my t-zone and blend outwards. Do my eye makeup and then add the finishing touches with the other two items above.

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Style Experts: Marcia & Lisa
Blog: Beauty Info Zone
Beauty Must-Haves: Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies and Complete Protein & Vitamin Shake Mix

Be very careful with health items like vitamins and shake mixes. When they expire, they don’t do your body any good at all. Toss all your old stuff and consider Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies and Complete Protein & Vitamin Shake Mix. The gummies are a total candy treat so you won’t forget them… and you will end up with strong, shiny hair, glowy skin, and super strong nails. (Remember eating gelatin like crazy to get strong nails??  Now you can just eat gummies!) The Complete Protein Shake is really delicious, and I love that it has flaxseed and is low in sugar.

For more must-have fashion and beauty products, check out all the essentials you need to pick up before packing for this year’s spring vacation!

Spring Break’s Must-Have Fashion and Beauty Essentials

As spring begins to peek around the corner, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From fashion tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up for a new year of style.

This week, we’re welcoming Nicole from Class to Closet to share her must-have products and styles for the perfect spring break vacation.

It’s that time of year again! Spring break is a glorious week that allows us to escape to a tropical destination (and save ourselves from the frigid temps of home). I don’t know about you, but I live in Ohio and it gets very cold here in the winter. Every year, I look forward to taking a trip and getting away from the chill, so today I’m sharing my travel essentials that make for a carefree spring break – without breaking the bank!

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The first go-to is my favorite sun protection combo: a high-quality sunscreen + dry oil. I’ll use the sunscreen on the places where I tend to burn, like my face and chest, but will apply the dry oil on the rest of my body to prep for a tan.

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I love Hawaiian Tropic Island Sport sunscreen because it stays on, even if I’m sweating or decide to get into the water! As far as oils go, Banana Boat Dry Oil with SPF 8 has amazing multitasking capabilities – with infused argan oil, it both moisturizes and tans.

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My next essentials are a super cute swimsuit cover-up and an adorable printed bikini. I found this Wave Zone tunic at Meijer and fell in love! First off, the color is on point – a solid teal will accentuate your tan, plus it matches any (and every) shade of swimsuit. Second, it has the most beautiful crochet detailing, which makes it stand out from other simple styles. Finally, I absolutely fell in love with the neckline – it’s super flattering. I can’t wait to sport this cover-up at the beach!

When it’s time to take off the cover-up and soak up some sun, I’ll be rocking this Inmocean bikini. The high neckline is super trendy, and the floral print is perfect for a spring vacation.

When the day is done, I can transition my beachy outfit from day to night with a pair of chunky, cut-out Massini sandals. The block heel is my favorite shoe trend for spring, and I love that they go with my bikini AND a classy dinner outfit. These sandals are a staple transition piece this season!

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As far as beach beauty, I absolutely have to have a sea salt spray and the perfect shade of nail polish. Who doesn’t love the loose waves they get from being in the ocean? I love spraying Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Spray in my hair before going out to dinner, in order to really bring out my natural waves. As far as nail style, Essie’s “Bahama Momma” is the perfect fuchsia color to bring out your new-found tan!

While I’m lying out on the beach, my personal favorite thing to do is read. Before I leave for a trip, I love picking up a summer-inspired book to bring along. This year I picked up “The Vacationers” by Emma Straub and cannot wait to read it!

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When it comes to the actual traveling portion of your spring break trip, a cozy-yet-chic outfit is the way to go. This RBX oversized grey sweatshirt is incredibly comfortable, but I still feel put together while wearing it out and about. I think the plain grey top goes super well with these RBX printed army green leggings, which are totally on trend and beautifully feminine.

To complete the casual outfit, oversized Massini sunglasses pull everything together, while also covering up my makeup-less face. And the frame is perfect for transitioning from airport to beach!

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As soon as I land in my dream destination, I always refresh my skin and makeup to start the trip off on the right foot. At Meijer, I picked up this super cute London Soho New York makeup bag to hold all my touch-up essentials.  After spending hours in the sky, my skin needs some TLC right when I arrive. I like to pop on a Freeman face mask to truly freshen up my skin, as it cleanses and hydrates at the same time!

Speaking of freshening up, I also always keep a safety stick of deodorant in my bag for quick application. Secret deodorant in Summerberry is a perfectly fresh scent for spring break!

To finish up my refreshed look, I always carry a girl’s best friends: quality mascara and a summer lip color. This Maybelline mascara is one of my favorites because it’s easy to apply and doesn’t get clumpy. Finally, this NYX lip butter gloss in Peaches and Cream – a beautiful hot pink – is the perfect way to finish up my look, while keeping my lips looking lovely and moisturized all day!

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What are your must-have items when packing for the perfect spring break vacation?

Nicole is the fashionista behind Class to Closet, a blog about a college student navigating life and style. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

How to Boost Your Mood with Aromatherapy

As winter’s chill sets in, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From style tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up for winter weather.

This week, we’re welcoming Jess of The Golden Girl to share the basics of using Aromatherapy – from the must-have oils to the multitude of different uses – in order to brighten up your winter moods.

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As we near the last few days of January, real life is starting to kick back into full gear. The holidays are feeling like distant memory, yet [unfortunately] the concept of summer is feeling even further from our grasp!

Truth: the dead of winter is the hardest time of the year for anyone to get through! It’s cold, it’s dreary, and sometimes we go through week-long stretches without seeing the sun. The struggle is real.

Recently though, I stumbled upon something that’s really helped pick me up when I’m feeling all “wintery” and down: Aromatherapy.

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I previously had no experience with aromatherapy and had associated the term with a treatment you add on to your massage when visiting the spa. But then I stumbled upon an aromatherapy and essential oils article online and was intrigued enough to try it out for myself.

Meijer happens to have a really great selection of both diffusers and essential oils, so I picked up a handful of items and couldn’t wait to get home to put them to the test!

Want to do the same to lift your winter blues? Keep reading for my Aromatherapy 101!

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What is Aromatherapy?

By definition, “Aromatherapy” is the use of natural essential oils to improve a person’s mood and overall health. The idea is that when smelling certain scents, chemicals are released in the brain that can make you feel relaxed, calm or mentally stimulated.

Aromatherapy has been proven useful for the management of stress, anxiety, insomnia and even headaches and body aches. It can be applied by mixing the oils with a “carrier oil”–like coconut or jojoba oil–which is applied to the skin or body, or with water–such as in a bath. Or, if you prefer, use them in a diffuser, which uses an evaporating method to disperse the oils into the air. An added bonus to this method is that it acts as an air purifier as well!

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Aromatherapy Diffuser:

Speaking of diffusers, this is one of the items I picked up on my trip to Meijer. You can also purchase several different diffuser canopies (AKA covers) separately, which is a fun way to switch up the look every so often. This mercury glass canopy was my favorite and matches my decor perfectly! The diffusers also double as lights, which are perfect to keep in the bathroom as a night light.

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Essential oils:

Meijer has so many amazing scents to choose from! There are typically five categories that scents will fall under–Flowery, Citrus, Spicy, Woody and Herbal–and Meijer has quite a few options under each.

Bearing this in mind, I chose a variety of scents and oil types based on these categories, and what I was hoping to achieve with my aromatherapy:

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Lavender: Falls under the floral category, this is a calming scent that helps alleviate stress and promotes sleep. I like to put this in my diffuser to help me unwind and fall asleep after a long day. I also like to drop a few droplets in the bottom of the shower to make it a spa-like experience.

Tee Tree Oil: Known for boosting the immune system, tee tree oil has many cleansing benefits. It also helps treat muscle aches, so I love using a few drops in the bath. I also just love the way it smells in general!

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Frankincense: Another calming oil which, similar to lavender, is known for helping quiet the mind, settle restlessness and uplift your mood. This is helpful both at night before bed and anytime I need a little mood pick-me-up.

Eucalyptus: One of my favorite smells, Eucalyptus is really effective in improving breathing and clearing out sinuses. If you’re sick, this is definitely what you want to put into your diffuser! It’s also been known to help migraines and fevers. A natural antibacterial and antiseptic, you can also combine it with water to make your own natural disinfecting cleaning spray.

“Bodyguard” Blend: In addition to pure oils, Meijer also carries a variety of blends that are a combination of oils. I chose to go with the “bodyguard” blend. It makes me feel refreshed and alert, with lemon, juniper berry and rosemary. I like to use this during the day to help me focus and concentrate.

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Whether I’m looking to slow down, focus or perk up, I’ve found that using different oils based on my moods really helps to get me out of whatever winter funk I might be in!

Have you tried it yet? What are your favorite scents?

Jess is the fashionista behind The Golden Girl, a Chicago blog aimed at providing a daily dose of attainable life, style, beauty and décor. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.