Fall Hair Trend to Try: The Introverted Fishtail Braid

As summer was coming to a close this year, we teamed up with Pantene to get all of the deets on this fall’s hottest hair trends. We saw beachy low buns, an upgraded ponytail and trendy new ways to wear traditional braids, but we just can’t get enough of this fresh take on introverted fishtail. Check out this in-depth tutorial (modeled by the lovely Nina from The HSS Feed) and we know you’ll love it as much as we do!

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1. Begin by parting your hair to one side. Then, grab a 2” section of strands at your hairline and separate into two pieces.

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2. Take a small, half-inch piece from the right section of hair, pulling underneath and over the left section. Repeat on the opposite side.

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3. Continue twisting down toward the nape of your neck, keeping the braid close to your hairline.

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4. As the braid moves down past your ear, pull hair into it from the opposite side of your head to ensure that all of your strands are included in the style.

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5. Once your locks have all been pulled into the braid, continue your fishtail until you’re 3” away from the end of your strands.

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6. Secure with a clear plastic ponytail, then loosen the braid by tugging at the sides (starting from the bottom and working your way up).

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7. Mist with hairspray to hold in place.

Now that you’re full of fall hair inspiration, check out these three essential fall makeup trends to try.

3 Essential Fall Makeup Trends to Try

Your wardrobe shouldn’t be the only thing changing with the seasons. Fall is the perfect time to transition your beauty routine with new products and even fresher looks. While the “no makeup” makeup trend never goes out of style, it’s time to experiment with looks that are a little bolder. If you’re as ready as we are to spice up your beauty regimen, here are three essential fall makeup trends we can’t wait to try.

Look One: The Blackout
A sultry evening look that pairs perfectly with neutral shadows. Modeled by Candace of Live, Love and Read.

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Great for a day with your girls or a night on the town, this smoldering look is both simple and stylish.

1. To begin creating this look, prep your face with your favorite liquid foundation and eye shadow.

2. Using short, hair-like strokes, line the inner half of your upper eyelid before creating a small wing on the outer corner. Then, connect the lines in the middle to form one long stroke.

3. Line underneath your eye as usual, and use a cotton swab to carefully smudge your liner (creating a soft, smoky appearance).

4. Apply black, volumizing mascara to your lashes (we recommend Covergirl LashBlast Fusion), wiggling the brush back and forth to avoid clumps.

5. Finish the look with a bold lip in your favorite shade.

Look Two: Mod-Goth
A bold look that pairs a dark lip with an edgy cat eye. Modeled by Alexis of That Chic Lex.

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Looking for a fresh spin on the traditional bold eye and lip? This dark duo is the edgy update you need.

1. Begin by applying your foundation as usual.

2. Spread shimmery neutral shadow onto both eyelids, using a slightly darker shade on the outer edges. Don’t forget to blend!

3. Complete your smoky eye using the blackout eyeliner tutorial above.

4. Next, line and fill in your lips using black or brown lip liner, depending on your skin tone. We recommend 230 Covergirl Lip Perfection “Radiant” for your go-to shade.

5. Complete the mod-goth look with a dark red-brown or red-black shade lipstick (we love Covergirl 315 Euphoria). Apply over the liner using a small makeup brush – instead of directly from the tube – to avoid smearing the liner and lipstick together.

Look Three: Glitter Bomb
For a fun daytime style, look no further than a sun-catching shimmery shadow. Modeled by Andrea of Blonde Bedhead.

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If sparkle is more your style, this playful eye with an ombre of color is the perfect look for you.

1. Prep your canvas with your usual foundation. Choose an eyeshadow kit with hints of glitter, like Covergirl’s Eye Enhancers in multiple shades.

2. As a base, brush the lightest, neutral shade across your lid, stopping just above the crease.

3. Select a slightly darker shadow to apply into your crease. Blend the colors well with the tip of your makeup brush.

4. Use the darkest shade on the palette as a soft liner for your upper lid – charcoal black is best if you have it!

5. Finish the look with a natural, rose lip to truly show off your sparkling eyes.

Now that your makeup is totally good to go, get fall beauty inspiration for your lovely locks!

6 Trendy Hairstyles to Try this Season

One of the best things about fall is changing up your wardrobe, so why not switch up your hairstyles as well? These six trendy ‘dos are perfect for any occasion – and you can create each of them in five simple steps. From beachy low buns to waterfall braids, here are our favorite hair looks we’ll be rocking this season:

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Knotty & Nice

1. To prep your locks for this romantic updo, mist your brush with a light layer of hairspray. Then, run it through your hair from mid-strand to end.

2. Mist a bit of hairspray into the air above your head, letting it fall onto your roots instead of applying it directly.

3. Braid the hair on one side of your head down to the nape of your neck, then tug on each side of the braid to loosen the strands.

4. Twist the braid up into a low bun and pin.

5. For long-lasting hold, finish this look with extra strength hairspray.

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Upgraded Ponytail

1. The base of this look is all-over texture, so begin by curling your hair with a 1” flat iron. Be sure to curl in all different directions in order to achieve a perfectly messy ‘do.

2. Grab a thick section of hair on the right side of your head, twisting and pulling it toward your scalp on the other side.

3. Use a bobby pin to hold the strand in place, then mist with texturing spray to secure.

4. Repeat steps two and three on the left, then again from either side, moving lower as you go. If you discover shorter strands won’t make a full loop, pin underneath near the nape of your neck.

5. Wrap the final twist under and back to where you started, forming a loop around your hair (just like a ponytail). Finally, curl a few pieces left out in front and hairspray.

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Waterfall Braids

1. Prep your strands for this style by straightening all but your top layer of hair.

2. Grab the bangs on one side of your head, separating the section into three equal parts.

3. Begin a normal French braid, gradually moving toward the back of your head.

4. When you’ve braided your hair just past your ear, begin using the “waterfall” technique. Instead of crossing the top strand over the middle, let it drop so that it falls straight. Pick up a section of hair directly behind the strand, using it in place of the original piece.

5. Repeat step four until you’ve reached the other side. Then, finish the look with a regular braid down the back.

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Braid-y Lady

1. On one side of your head, separate the front section of hair into two equal pieces.

2. Pull the right section of hair over the left. Then, add a few strands to the new section on the right. Pull this section over the left again and repeat – this will create a loose, beachy twist.

3. Repeat steps one and two on the other side of your head, twisting your hair in the opposite direction. Tie both braids with clear, elastic rubber bands.

4. Twist both braids together counter-clockwise, creating a crown-like half pony.

5. Secure the style with extra hold hairspray.

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Swept Away

1. To achieve the beachy base of this look, use a 1” flat iron to create loose curls.

2. Add volume by misting texture spray onto your roots, then backcombing your strands from the bottom, up.

3. Pull your hair back into a loose ponytail, using a clear elastic to secure the style.

4. Tie your ponytail in a knot, then twist like a cinnamon roll.

5. Use bobby pins to hold the hair in place, creating a messy (but put-together) bun.

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Introverted Fishtail

1. Begin by parting your hair to one side. Then, grab a 2” section of strands at your hairline and separate into two pieces.

2. Take a small, half inch piece from the right section of hair, pulling underneath and over the left section. Repeat on the left side.

3. Continue twisting down toward the nape of your neck, pulling hair into the braid from the opposite side of your head.

4. Stop braiding hair 3” from the end, securing with a clear elastic ponytail.

5. Loosen the braid by tugging at the sides, starting from the bottom of the style. Mist with hairspray to hold in place.

Now that you’re full of fall hair inspiration, check out three tops to buy now and wear through autumn.

4 Easy Facials That Are Sure to Give Your Summer Skin Some TLC

As another summer comes to a close, there’s no better time to reboot and refresh – and we’re not just talking about your wardrobe. Help your skin bounce back from a-few-too-many sunny afternoons with easy, at-home facial treatments that are sure to give your complexion a much-needed boost of moisture. Here are our four favorites that will have you winter-ready in no time.

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Multi-Masking

This DIY facial is easy to customize, making it the perfect option for combination skin. Apply Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Mask to your naturally oily T-zone, then Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Treatment Mask to the apples of your cheeks. The charcoal mask will treat and prevent breakouts, while the hydrating mask will leave dry skin soft and supple.

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Double Duty

If your skin needs a break from excess oil, opt for Garnier Skin Active Clean + Pore Purifying 2-in-1 Clay Mask. The clay can be used as a cleanser or to detox – it’s all up to you, based on how long you wait to rinse.

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Cool Hydration

To remove flaky skin without drying the rest out, use a cool, hydrating mask like Freeman Cucumber Peel-Off Mask. It will leave your skin feeling soft and smooth – plus, it smells and feels great, too!

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All-Over Luxury

For the ultimate at-home spa experience, try L’Oreal Pure Clay Mask Purify & Mattify Treatment Mask. The eucalyptus formula unclogs your pores in minutes, while purifying and mattifying your skin like a pro.

Now that your skin is prepped and ready to go, check out the best three fall eye makeup trends to try.

How to Start and Keep a Healthy Nightly Routine

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 style tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up for fall weather.

This week, we’re welcoming Tieka from Selective Potential to share her favorite products and style to keep your healthy, nightly routine on track throughout the fall season.

Lately I’ve been working on my nightly routine, so I can sleep better and wake up energized each morning. It’s so helpful to have a go-to process, and I always love reading about other people’s routines as well. I’m definitely a night owl, but I’ve been trying to become more of an early bird. I work full-time during the day, so I have to be up around 7:30 in the morning in order to get to work on time. Here’s what my nightly routine looks like lately:

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10:00 p.m. Nightly Routine Reminder

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I have a notification set at 10 p.m. to start my skincare routine. Sometimes I’m caught up in a TV show or browsing the web and don’t realize the time, so this has been a super helpful reminder to start getting ready for bed.

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If I’m not already in pajamas (which I usually am as soon as I get home), I change into some. I love a comfy set of PJs! Especially as summer winds down, I love to sleep in layers. A pair of cozy pants, a long-sleeve top, a comfortable bralette and some warm fuzzy socks are my perfect sleep combination.

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10:15 p.m. Skincare Routine

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I head into the bathroom to start my nightly skincare routine. I’m not always perfect, but I do make sure I always remove my makeup. I just recently picked up these Formula 10.0.6 Wipe Your Face Off cloth makeup removers from Meijer. They smell so good! The pink grapefruit and apple combination is a nice refreshing scent. I also love Neutrogena’s Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes, which are my usual go-to. But it was nice to switch it up!

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After removing my makeup, I wash my face with a mild daily cleanser. I decided to try Formula 10.0.6’s Daily Foaming Cleanser from Meijer in Passionfruit & Green Tea, which also smelled amazing. In addition, I typically apply a light moisturizer and under-eye cream.

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On nights where I feel my skin needs an extra pick-me-up, I do a mask as well. This Formula 10.0.6 Mud Mask was so refreshing! It tingles for a little bit but goes away, and it wipes off very smooth. The orange and bergamot scents were also so uplifting.

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As soon as my skincare routine is done, I brush and floss my teeth, take out my contacts and put on my glasses for the evening. Toothpaste, floss and contact solution all come from Meijer, too. One-stop-shop, right?

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10:30 p.m. Head for Bed

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After my skincare routine, I always grab a water bottle to keep by my bedside. I let Winny outside to go potty, and grab her a Milkbone treat every night before bed (her favorite). I turn off all the apartment lights, turn on the porch light, switch on the A/C and cozy up into bed. I also love to light a candle before falling asleep.

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My goal is to fall asleep by 11:30 p.m., so I can get a full 7-8 hours of sleep each night. This means I have an hour in bed, which is ideal. Usually during this time, I love to scroll through my phone and catch up on Instagram and Snapchat.

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I also love to read before bed. I love picking up new magazines from Meijer as I’m in the checkout lane and browsing the book section, so I have new stuff to read all the time. Currently, I’m reading Emily Giffin’s “First Comes Love.”

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By 11:30 p.m., I usually turn the lights off, spray a little bit of lavender spray mist on our pillows, and try to sleep!

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7:30 a.m. Wake up

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I try to wake up each morning around 7:30 a.m., but I’m definitely a snooze-button gal. Any tips for me there? Each morning I roll out of bed, let Winny outside and grab a cup of coffee which has been pre-brewed in my coffee maker. Best scent to wake up to, right? If I have a little time, I’ll relax, make my bed and sit down to enjoy my coffee. If not, I’ll quickly get dressed and do my makeup routine before heading out the door!

What’s your nightly routine like? Do you morning people have any secrets to share? What’s your favorite product?

Tieka is the fashionista behind Selective Potential, a blog full of lovely tips for fashion, beauty and lifestyle. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

How to Celebrate Your Natural Hair Texture: 3 Essential Products for Your Best Hair Day

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 style tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up for fall weather.

This week, we’re welcoming Andrea from blonde bedhead to share her tried and true process for skipping all those heat styling tools and wearing her curly hair down with its natural texture. She’s tested a lot of products and shares her favorites for manageable, smooth hair.

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I spent years fighting my natural hair texture, which resulted in a long phase of awkward hair. I’ve come a long way since then, finding the best products that hydrate, smooth and enhance the curly hair. I’m so happy to share my finally accomplished no-fail, quick process to rocking your natural hair texture!

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Must-Have Hair Products:

Suave Coconut Oil Infusion Damage Repair Shampoo & Conditioner

OGX Renewing Argan Oil Of Morocco Penetrating Oil

Biolage Gelee All-Purpose Gel

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Since my hair is still recovering from bleach damage and because it has a dry, curly texture, I’m thrilled Suave’s Coconut Oil Infusion Damage Repair Shampoo & Conditioner provides moisture without weighing my hair down. This is a newer product and I wanted to try another affordable line, since I go through so much shampoo and conditioner. I keep the conditioner in my hair for at least 5 minutes while I wash my face and shave my legs—the extra time pays off, leaving my hair feeling extra smooth.

Once I’m out of the shower, I dry off my hair by patting the towel on my hair, not rubbing. Rubbing it with the towel or putting your fingers in your hair too much creates more frizz, so I quickly pat the towel on my hair from root to tip.

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Next, I immediately apply an oil or serum. I love any of the serums by Frizz Ease, but I recently tried OGX Renewing Argan Oil Of Morocco Penetrating Oil for dry or coarse hair. There honestly isn’t a better description for my hair: dry AND coarse. I love this line, but had not yet tried this oil until recently and it’s quickly become a new favorite. It adds some serious sheen and restores my dry ends. Be sure to use this product more towards the ends of your hair where it’s the driest (AKA the frizziest)!

The last step is gel! When I say gel, it might conjure up images of crunchy hair that looks stiff and lifeless. But, gel can be a curly hair girl’s best friend if you find the right product and use the right amount. I’ve tried different gels throughout the years, but my number one, tried-and-true product is Biolage Gelee All-Purpose Gel. It has a firm hold, but it doesn’t dry out the hair or leave it crunchy and stiff. It makes my curls soft and bouncy! The product really helps eliminate frizz and enhance the natural curl. I take penny sized amounts and apply to sections of my hair to ensure I’ve coated almost every strand, concentrating most of the product at the ends of the hair to make sure I don’t weigh down the top. I’ve been using this product for 15 years and once I realized it’s available at Meijer, it’s saved me a trip to the beauty store. So. Convenient.

And I always let my hair air dry to keep it healthy and allow the natural curl to shine!

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Andrea Kerbuski is the fashionista behind blonde bedhead, a fashion and lifestyle blog featuring chic outfits, life’s inspirations and big hair. For more beauty and skincare tips, follow Andrea on InstagramPinterest and Twitter.

The Best Three Fall Eye Makeup Trends to Try

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 style tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up for fall weather.

This week, we’re welcoming Jess from The Golden Girl to share the eye makeup trends she’s looking forward to most for fall, and what products you need to pull them off.

While I am never one to wish summer would come to an end, there are some pretty charming things about fall that I look forward to every year. #1–Football. (Okay, fine, I mean…snacks. Isn’t that why everyone likes football?) and #2–the chance to mix up your style! That doesn’t apply to just boots, jeans, and sweaters, but makeup too!

I’m so excited to show you three easily attainable beauty looks for fall. Yep–with just a few products you can buy from Meijer required for each look, and some no-fail techniques, you’ll be on your way out the door in no time.

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Look #1: Subtle Shimmer

Metallic shimmer in hues of white and silver were spotted quite a few times on the fall runway this year! I was immediately drawn to this look because a touch of light sheen on the inner eyes tends to make them look bright and dewy. (Very necessary for busy girls who don’t get much sleep!) Often times, I don’t wear a ton of makeup–so this look is perfect for girls who tend to err on the more “au natural” side. I love how it’s fresh-faced, with a little bit of pizazz.

The best part about it? It only takes a couple of products to do, and it doesn’t take any precision. (No tricky eyeliner techniques required!)

First, I started by curling my lashes–something that is absolutely mandatory with this girl. (Stick-straight, stubby lashes over here!) I really like ELF’s eyelash curler–it does a great job, with no pinching!

Next, I applied mascara–I used L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara, which adds tons of volume to my sparse lashes!

For the finishing steps, I lined my eyes with NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in color #608. Swipe on a light gloss, like NYX Butter Gloss–and you’re out the door!

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Easy, right? If you want a bit more “oomph,” move on to Look #2!

Look #2: Twiggy Lashes

I don’t know what it is, but I’m a total sucker for anything 60’s inspired–so I was very excited to see thick, Twiggy-inspired lashes all over the runway this year. To get this look, I used ELF “Natural Lashes” false eyelashes. I like this set because it comes with a mini tube of glue, so you don’t need to buy anything extra!

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You could easily add them onto look #1, or just add them to natural makeup for some extra pop. Tip: Measure the strips for length by placing them on your eye first. Trim them as necessary. Then, apply the glue, wait for 15-20 seconds for it to set, and apply to your lash-line. If you don’t get it right the first time, you can totally peel them off (gently) and try again.

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When it comes to false lashes, practice makes perfect! After this, I then lined the inside of my upper eyelids with Maybelline’s Master Kajal eyeliner. This not only makes your eyes pop, but ensures there isn’t an obvious line between where the fake lashes begin and your natural lashes end.

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To finish off this girly look, I just added more blush (the same as above) to the apples of my cheeks for a feminine, rosy glow. Finally, I lined my lips with NYX Lip Liner in “Nude Pink” which provides extra staying power–and finished with NYX Butter Gloss in “Creme Brulee” which is the perfect, soft pink for this subtle, yet glamorous look.

Look #3: Smoldering Liner

If you’re really looking to turn your look up a notch, you’ll love this sultry look perfect for a dolled up night on the town, a wedding, or other formal occasion. The smokey eye is certainly not a new trend, but thick, dark, charcoal liner? Spotted on nearly every runway this fall–and while many trends certainly aren’t for the faint of heart, this is one everyone can get behind!

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I love that you can make this particular liner as heavy or light as you want. You can use it to line your inner rims and outer lash lines–plus, it goes on really easy, so it’s not too hard to apply.

Good news for ladies like me? This look is supposed to look a little messy. (As in a, “I totally meant to do that” way–not a “I tried 5 times this morning and this is as good as it’s going to get” type of way.) A sultry “perfectly undone” if you will.

You can totally build off the steps we went through in our previous looks, but you don’t have to. Here, I’m applying this on top of my fake eyelashes for a really dramatic look, but it will look just as great with your natural lashes as well.

All I did was line the rims of my eyes with the same liner, Maybelline’s Master Kajal in “Onyx Rush.” Then, I dabbed on a bit of Maybelline’s 24 Hour Tattoo Cream Eyeshadow in “Deep Forest” which is a gorgeous, smokey green hue–a great alternative if you aren’t looking to go super-smokey black.

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To finish off the look, I added a swipe of dramatic red lipstick–NYC lipstick in color #511.

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There you have it! Three totally achievable and attainable looks for fall! Which one is your favorite?

Jess is the fashionista behind The Golden Girl, a fun lifestyle blog full of tips on shopping, travel, décor and DIY. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Summer Vacation Essentials: The Best Camping Hairstyle & Skincare Tips

This summer, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to showcase the season’s hottest trends. From style trends to home décor tips, we love seeing how these fashionistas celebrate the warm weather.

This week, we’re welcoming Melissa from The Bee’s Knees to share her best tips and must have products for an uncomplicated beauty routine while camping (or glamping!) one last time this summer.

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Camping is one of my all time favorite summer activities! I feel like I get to see more unique places and things and also connect more with nature when I’m out in the woods with my tent. Here’s what I don’t like: bathroom runs in the middle of the night (ha) and keeping up with my normal beauty routine. Everything can seem a bit more complicated without the amenities of home. That’s why I’m here to share some of my favorite beauty products and tips with you for camping, or ‘glamping.’ Wink.

First things first, it’s time to simplify. And as with any good trip, this will take a little planning, but it’s so worth it. Create a checklist of all the things you’d normally take on a trip and trim it down. Way down. What do you ‘really’ need? Narrow down your list and go from there.

Here are a few items that made the cut on my ‘must have’ camping checklist (and bonus, they’re all from Meijer. No extra shopping stops needed!):

1. Skincare Products: Garnier Skin Active Micellar Cleansing Water & Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Daily Moisturizer with SPF 30

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Both of these products are amazing for camping. The Micellar cleansing water is ideal if you don’t have access to a bathroom with running water. It removes makeup, cleanses and refreshes all in one! Perfect. This Aveeno daily moisturizer has also become a favorite of mine. It packs a serious SPF punch (30) and doesn’t even feel like you’re wearing sunscreen!

2. Sunscreen: Sun Bum SPF 50

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Listen, we’re adults. We all know the dangers of prolonged sun exposure and looming threat of skin cancer. Just be safe and use sunscreen! I love this one by Sun Bum. It has no parabens or oils and won’t block your pores. It also claims to be anti-aging and hypoallergenic. I wore this in 95-degree weather at the water park and didn’t burn at ‘all.’ I call that a win!

3. Makeup: Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer, Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in Niagara Overlook, Maybelline Brow Drama in Deep Brown and Rimmel London Scandal Eyes in Extreme Black

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This may seem like quite the lineup of beauty items but let me assure you I can apply all of these products in less than 15 minutes. Not bad! I don’t like to spend a lot of time on makeup when I’m camping. I prefer a more natural look. These products are perfect for looking a bit undone but still put together. The butter bronzer can be applied all over the face using the sponge applicator that comes in the compact (one of the few I actually like). Just don’t go too heavy. The Maybelline brow drama really helps add definition and color to the brows! Finish up with two coats of mascara and the lip crayon—this is my favorite Burt’s Bees color.

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4. Hair Products: Batiste Dry Shampoo, Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Spray and Goody Ouchless hair ties

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This is all I need for my hair when camping! Beach spray, dry shampoo, hair ties, done. The beach spray is the perfect product for air-drying your hair and the dry shampoo helps stretch your style so you’re not washing it every day (how annoying, right?). And the Goody hair ties are perfect for upgrading your traditional ponytail or bun. I love the patterns on them!

This is my go-to camping hairstyle, and most definitely how you’d find me if you ran into me at a state park:

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To get this look just apply the beach spray to damp hair and let it dry. Then section off the top part of the hair and pull it through a half pony loop, to be secured with a cute Goody hair tie. That’s it! Easy peasy.

Happy Glamping!

Melissa McBride is the fashionista behind The Bee’s Knees, a blog full of lovely tips for fashion, beauty and DIY. Follow Melissa on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

Back-to-College 101: 8 Shower Caddy Essentials

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 your school supplies and dorm décor, it can be easy to forget about shower necessities. Whether you’re sharing a bathroom with your roommate or your entire floor this year, here are eight shower caddy essentials to always have on hand:

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1. After a long day filled with classes and homework, give your face some much needed TLC with Clean & Clear Deep Action Exfoliating Scrub. Its oil-free formula reaches deep to the pores to dissolve dirt, oil and even makeup, leaving your face feeling clean and refreshed.

2. Between school, sleep and your social life, a few minutes to spare are far and few between. Save time in the shower with Dove Purely Pampering Nourishing Body Wash – it cleanses AND moisturizes, so you don’t have to worry about lotion post-rinse.

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

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

5. To achieve legs that are both soft and smooth, incorporate Gillette Venus Shave Gel with Olay into your shaving routine. It has 5 times the moisture of a regular bar of soap!

6. For those mornings you oversleep before your 8 a.m. class, have a Bath Collection Animal Print Shower Cap on 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. On mornings you do have time for shampoo and conditioner, use OGX Rejuvenating Cherry Blossom Ginseng. Its soothing blend of extracts will hydrate your hair, giving it the ultimate shine – not to mention a delicious scent.

8. 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 eight essentials, you’ll have everything you need in your college shower caddy – just don’t forget the towel!

14 Easy Summer Hairstyles We Can’t Get Enough Of

Whether you’re headed to the lake or to your county fair, there are endless possibilities when it comes to how you style your locks. Check out our 14 favorite hairstyles for hot summer days and cool summer nights.

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1. Boho-inspired half-braid

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2. Twisted up-do with a crochet scarf accessory

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3. Crochet scarf as a stand-in headband

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4. Trendy half bun with this summer’s must-have accessory

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5. Bright braided crown paired with this season’s essential color

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6. Casual beach waves

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7. Classic top knot with a trendy lip color

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8. Braided bangs to complement an eco-chic beauty routine

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9. Ombré curls with show-stopping footwear

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10. Slicked-back pony

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11. Bandana headband perfect for Americana style

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12. Frizz-free blowout

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13. Simple side-braid (perfect for second-day hair!

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14. Woven sun hat with fuss-free curls – pair with these must-have boho accessories

Which style will you be trying this season?

4 Ways to Style Second (or Third!) Day Hair

Whether you’re late to your morning class or just trying to get your kids out the door, your hair might not always get the loving attention it deserves. Thankfully, it’s never been easier to turn yesterday’s style into a day two ‘do.

From easy side-braids to spray-and-go beach waves, these step-by-step tutorials will keep your hair looking fresh no matter when your last shampoo was.

1. Fake a Blowout

No one has to know your voluminous style is thanks to some crafty hairspray techniques.

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Step 1: Spray your strands with Big Sexy Hair dry shampoo to lift any oil from your roots.

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Step 2: To make sure the spray is evenly distributed, shake out your hair using your fingers. To eliminate excess dust from the dry shampoo, remember to massage the strands at your scalp.

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Step 3: For extra hold, mist your locks with hairspray with your head upside down. This creates more volume and is the perfect final touch for a tousled summer style.

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2. Boho Side Braid

The secret: pull your hair in front of your shoulder to avoid second day strands looking slicked back.

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Step 1: For all-over texture that’s easier to style, mist dry hair with göt2b beach trippin’ salt infusion waving spray.

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Step 2: Pull hair to one side and begin a loose braid. Leave a few strands out in the front to create a casual, relaxed look.

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Step 3: Spray your braid and bangs with hairspray so the style stays in place.

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3. Laidback Beach Waves

Bonus – your natural oils will help protect strands from heat damage. Hello, guilt-free curling.

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Step 1: Mist John Frieda Beach Blonde Sea Waves spray onto yesterday’s style to add texture and grit.

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Step 2: Heat up a curling wand and loosely wrap your hair around the iron. Hold for a few seconds, then shake the curl out. (Note: If your hair doesn’t hold curl well, let your strands cool before taking this step.)

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4. Chic Ponytail

A sophisticated pony balanced with sky-high volume.

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Step 1: Perfect for day-after curls or beach waves. To start, smooth your strands back with a bristle brush.

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Step 2: Secure your ponytail with a clear elastic hair tie.

With these simple styles, your hair will look just as great on day two as day one.

Looking for more inspiration? Check out these easy DIY up-dos that involve a surprising hair accessory.

The Best Summer Hair Products to Combat Humidity

This summer, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to showcase the season’s hottest trends. From style trends to home décor tips, we love seeing how these fashionistas celebrate the warm weather.

We love using natural products to breathe new life into our beauty routines, so this week we’re welcoming Sam from Samantha Elizabeth to share how she uses different oils to keep her hair silky smooth no matter how humid it gets.

The Midwest has been experiencing a late spring/early summer heat wave and the humidity that comes along with it can be a tad unbearable at times. While I love summers in the Midwest, my hair definitely does not. I fight the urge every day to admit defeat and just throw it up in a ponytail, but thankfully I’ve recently found products to help me wear it down.

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One of the main ways that I like to battle the frizz and fluff is with hair products that aim to moisturize and smooth. I found two great items from Meijer that help me get the job done. In order to wear my hair down on these beautiful summer days; I use a two-step process, which includes using products in wet hair, and then adding a little bit on finished dry hair.

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While I am in the shower I shampoo and condition my hair as usual, then while still in the shower I use a quarter size amount of Argan Oil of Morocco Miracle In-Shower Oil in my palm and run it through my hair, being sure to focus on the lower half of my hair so that I don’t get too greasy up toward my roots. (Use a dime size amount if your hair is thin, I have very thick hair so the more the merrier for me!) I let the oil sit for a few minutes and then rinse it out thoroughly. This product is wonderful because it nourishes and repairs, which adds moisture and also smoothes my hair cuticles so that I am set and ready before I start styling.

Once I get out of the shower, I comb through my damp hair and use Garnier Whole Blends Smoothing Oil focusing on applying a dime to quarter size amount on the ends. Next, I use a blow dryer on my roots to keep the volume but let the rest of my hair air-dry to limit the heat and reduce frizz. After styling my hair, I use the just a littlest bit of the Garnier Whole Blends Smoothing Oil again to finish the look! I love this product because it contains coconut oil and cocoa butter extracts, which I can feel penetrating my hair immediately as I apply it. It also smells amazing and adds shine, giving me the sleek look I want without weighing my hair down.

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After I am finished styling my hair, I head out enjoy the weather with limited fear that I’ll end up looking like a poodle by the end of the day. I highly recommend using hair oils to style your hair with confidence this summer. Bring on the humidity!

Sam is the fashionista behind Samantha Elizabeth, a blog full of lovely tips for beauty, style and DIY, as well as home décor how-to’s and cooking recipes. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Boho Braids in 6 Easy Steps

With casual-cool styles dominating summer trends, it can be easy to hit the streets without giving your hair a second thought. Instead of falling back on your go-to everyday hairstyle, elevate your laidback look with a no-fuss, boho-inspired braid.

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With a few texturizing sprays and clear elastic hair ties, here’s how to get the look in six easy steps.

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Step 1: The foundation of this look is all-over texture, so second day hair works best for styling. To start, use a Bed Head High Roller Curling Iron Wand to create loose waves. Avoid leaving your hair on the iron too long – this will help you attain perfectly relaxed curls.

When you’re finished curling, mist your locks with Not Your Mother’s Sea Salt Spray for texture and L’Oreal® Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray for long-lasting hold.

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Step 2: On one side, divide the front section of your hair into two pieces.

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Step 3: Braid the back section of hair, leaving the strands closest to your face alone (for now). Secure the end of the braid with a clear rubber band.

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Step 4: Slightly twist the front section back over the braided piece and add a small section from the other side of the head.

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Step 5: Secure the pieces from each side together with a rubber band.

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Step 6: Braid the secured section of hair to complete the look.

With these dual braids, it’s never been easier to mix up your hair routine and try a boho-inspired style.

The 5 Beauty Trends to Try For Festival Season

From minimalistic makeup to effortless hairstyles, we can’t get enough of the carefree festival looks that have been filling our Instagram feeds for the past few weeks. Soft and feminine with a hint of modern metallics, these beauty trends are sure to last long after the last show of the season.

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1. Body Art

Skip the messy body paint and use lip liner for a design that’ll last all day. Try adding stars near your temple or hearts on your cheek for a modern take on the face paints we loved as kids.

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2. Metallic Manicure

While festival style is usually au natural, we love metallic manicures that give our nails a little something extra. Neutral shades are the perfect complement to 70s-inspired boho prints, while bolder pinks and purples add a pop of color to casual outfits.

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3. Loose Curls

If braids are the unofficial hairstyle of music festivals, second-day curls are a close second. Fake natural curls by twisting ends around pig tails at night, set with a sea salt hair spray, and let loose in the morning for perfectly messy curls.

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4. Blue Eye Shadow

Forget the blue shadows of the mid 80s – this eye makeup trend is anything but retro. Icy hues in matte or metallic, this modern take on cool blues is quickly becoming the “it” eye shadow of summer. Try a cream-based shadow stick for easy application, and finish with two coats of black mascara for an even more dramatic look.

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5. Dark Polish Pedicures

Instead of bright neon toes that coordinate with the rest of your outfit, this year it’s all about sophisticated midnight shades. Think deep emerald, rich eggplant and classic navy to take your look to the next level.

The Must-Have Lip Color for Summer

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Whether you opt for the no-makeup look to complement your fair skin or prefer bold metallic shades to bring out your dark complexion, there’s one lip color that’s universally flattering: deep berry. This spring, try this statement hue in a modern matte finish to add a pop of color to your beauty routine.

To get the look that’s been all over the runways this season, keep the rest of your makeup to a minimum and allow your lipstick to make the statement.

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Clockwise, from top: Maybelline Lip Studio Color Blur in Partner in Crimson, Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Mattes in Siren in Scarlet and Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid in Orange Shot.

With a bold lip color in your makeup bag, it’s never been easier to get that classic Americana look without breaking the bank.