Hottest Hair for Fall

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Blunt Cut Bob

This style is versatile for all face shapes and is low maintenance. Celeb Pick: Demi Lovato

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Long Layered Shoulder Length Cut

Add some texture to 2015’s favourite style, the shoulder length cut by getting long layers cut at the front and shorter layers throughout for some movement. Celeb Pick: Rosie Huntington Whiteley

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Pixie Cut

The pixie cut is a timeless classic, add some extra femininity with a long piece bangs. Celeb Pick: Kate Mara

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Bangs

Bangs made a strong comeback in 2015 and it looks like they are here to stay for the coming season. Full bangs frame the face and are a complete style change for anyone too scared to get a drastic chop. Celeb Pick: Rashida Jones

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Babylights

Babylights are highlights placed around the hair line and part to give a subtle more delicate highlight. Great for fine hair or if you only want a subtle change. Celeb Pick: Sarah Jessice Parker

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Bronde

Yep you guessed it, a colour that isn’t quite brunette and isn’t quite blonde. Celeb Pick: Taylor Swift

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Strawberry Gold
A combination of red and blonde. If you dont want to commit to full on red this is a nice noticeable change without being too drastic. Celeb Pick : Emma Stone

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Sombre
A more subtle ombre that combines the traditional ombre with babylights. There are some highlights near the roots, but the majority of the colour is still at the ends. Celeb Pick: Ciara

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Messy Tight Curls

This style can make your cut look completely different and it looks even better slept in so add some dry shampoo and mess it up to get two or even three days wear out of it.  Celeb Pick: Jenna Dewan Tatum

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Soft Waves

Add some movement to your mid-length cut with some soft waves. Celeb Pick: Elizabeth Olsen

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Crimped Waves

Teamed with a middle part bring this style from the 1920’s into 2015, its worked for both mid length and long cuts and can be worn sleek or textured. Celeb Pick: Selena Gomez

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Crazy for Coconut

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As the colder months approach you have probably noticed that your skin, nails and hair have started to get dry and brittle. This dryness leads to breakage for the hair, peeling for the skin and cracking for the nails, not fun! It’s not as though we don’t have enough to worry about with the chilly Canadian temperatures, worrying about complicated beauty routines is the last thing we want to add to the list.

What if I told you there was one simple fruit that could fix all of these problems? And what if I told you that we have used it as a key ingredient in the majority of our WAXON products? The answer is COCONUT.

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Eating raw coconut has many health benefits but the main benefit for winter is that it boosts your immune system, making you less susceptible to cold and flu. Specific fats found in Coconut including caprylic, capric and lauric fatty acids–are antibacterial, antiviral and antiprotozoal, helping to boost your immune system and destroy pathogens.

As well as boosting your immunity there are a ton of vitamins and minerals found in Coconuts. Just one cup of shredded coconut contains 60 percent of your recommended daily intake of manganese, 17 percent for copper, 11 percent for selenium, 11 percent for potassium, 10 percent for iron, 9 percent for phosphorus, 6 percent for magnesium and 5 percent for zinc.

That’s one powerful fruit! Not to mention its delicious, sprinkle shredded coconut onto your muesli, drink fresh coconut water or eat the raw flesh straight from the coconut as a great snack.

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Hair

Applying coconut oil to hair helps smooth over the hairs cuticles, which can become damaged because of the cold weather. The coconut seeps into the hair restoring its shimmer and shine and getting rid of those crunchy feeling ends.

We recommend using WAXON BodyShot Skin Quenching Body Oil on towel-dried hair. A pea-sized amount worked through the hair is enough to have it feeling and looking great after styling.

BodyShot has all natural ingredients so its not going to coat your hair in any chemical junk AND a slight hint of Blood Orange and White Grapefruit Oil that is uplifting and has a delicious smell!

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Skin

Applying coconut oil to freshly cleansed and exfoliated skin at night will help to soothe extremely dry skin. You can use it on your face and your entire body; it seeps right into the skin and locks in moisture. In the morning you will wake up with soft supple skin and it was all achieved while you were sleeping!

We recommend Exfoliating with WAXON On The Rocks. It straight up exfoliates and cleanses skin in one simple step, using all natural exfoliants, such as sugar and white lava, to smooth skin. The sulfate-free formula is a 2-in-1 exfoliant wash with a coconut oil base to heal, hydrate, and treat anti-inflammatory issues as well as soften and exfoliate your skin. Gentle enough for daily use.

After exfoliating apply BodyShot or raw Coconut all over!

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Nails

Your nails are made up of Keratin, which is the protein in your hair so it makes sense that while your hair suffers in the colder months as does your nails. The cuticles in particular take a beating and split cuticles can be super painful.

We recommend applying a dab of BodyShot skin quenching body oil directly to your cuticles and then massaging it in, work up from the cuticle to the nail. This will keep your cuticles soft, which will prevent them from splitting; it will also stop your nails from cracking.

While your giving your nails some TLC, massage your fingers and hands, if you find BodyShot is a little heavy for you use our WAXON Body Cocktail hydrating lotion. It seeps right into the skin and doesn’t leave a sticky film on your skin like a lot of hand lotions on the market do, and of course it contains Coconut oil!

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Strobing is the New Contouring

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past month you would know that strobing has taken over the contouring craze. We’ve broken down this popular beauty technique into an easy to follow guide to have you looking fab this fall.

So What is strobing exactly? To put it simply, strobing highlights your facial features where as contouring is all about shading. Celebs like ‘Demi Lavato’ and ‘Chrissy Teigan’ have embraced the new technique to give skin a healthy looking glow and youthful appearance.

Why has it become more popular then contouring? It’s a lot easier to achieve and has increased in popularity over contouring because its more natural looking and works well on all skin types.

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Ok so now that we have you convinced that strobing is the way of tomorrow and contouring is so 2015, heres an easy step guide on how you can achieve it at home.

Step 1. Mix a highlighting cream with your liquid foundation, our favourite is ‘M.A.C – Strobe Cream’. You will only need a pea size amount. This will give your skin that beautiful “glow” which is hard to come by in the colder months!

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Step 2. Once you have applied your foundation, take a highlighter and dab small amounts onto your cheekbones, bridge of your nose and cupids bow. We recommended using Benefit High Beam face highlighter.

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Step 3. Set it all with a highlighting powder such as ‘Too Faced – Candlelight Highlighting Powder Duo’ and voila strobing complete!

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Step 4. Apply lashes and lips to complete the look, we recommend a strong fall lip colour like ‘Sephora – Rouge Infusion in Fig Ink’. Exaggerate your lashes by using a volume enhancing mascara like ‘Dior – Diorshow Mascara’ to make your features pop.

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Sorry contouring, you’re dumped.

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Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice!

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The leaves are changing colour, the temperature has dropped enough for us to wear boots and there is pumpkin flavored everything everywhere. That’s right, every girls favourite season is finally upon us, its fall baby!

We scoped out Fall fashion week 2015 and kept a close eye on our favourite celebs to find out what the hot beauty trends are for fall, here are our favourites.

Berry Lips

Lipstick season is back with a vengeance! Deep rich berry tones ranging from cherry reds to plums are hot for fall and winter. Darker shades are ideal for the colder weather because there is less chance for smearing.

If your hesitant to try darker lip shades ease your way into it with a sheer gloss and in no time you’ll be confident enough to rock a bold matte lip.

WAXON Fav: Try Kat Von D ‘Everlasting Liquid Lipstick’ to avoid losing your lipstick all over your pumpkin spiced latte.

WAXON Tip: It’s key to use a lip liner before applying your lipstick to avoid blurred edges which is much more noticeable with darker shades.

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Glitter Eyes

Glitter eye make-up was a popular choice at Fall fashion Week 2015 and it’s a cute way to add some va va voom to your night time make-up look. Even though it looks amazing it is a quick and easy application over your daytime eye make-up making it the ideal choice for after work cocktails.

WAXON Fav: Napoleon Perdis ‘Cake Eyeliner Sealer’ teamed with Napoleon Perdis ‘Loose Eye Glitter’.

WAXON Tip: Gently pat and press on your glitter eye-makeup. Don’t apply it in strokes like you would with normal eye shadow. Wait for one layer to dry and then add more until you get your desired result.

Brushstroke Nails

One of the hottest looks on the runway for Fall was brushstroke nails and yep you guessed it nail polish that looks like brush strokes. What’s great about this new trend is that its super easy to do at home and it can be as bold or neutral as you dare. Experiment with bright colours to build your own mini masterpiece!

WAXON Fav: CND ‘Lobster Roll’ and CND ‘Cerulean Sea’ brush stroked over a crisp white polish.

WAXON Tip: Do you have a bunch of almost empty bottles of nail polish lying around? Perfect! Less polish on your brush is better to get the ideal brushstroke look.

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Glitter Nails

Glitter nail polish isn’t just for sixth grade sleepovers it’s now a popular choice for Fall. Keep it sophisticated by using darker colours like deep reds or ambers, which are a Fall staple year after year. Getting a professional shellac manicure is the ideal choice to avoid glitter flaking off and looking like the glitter fairy has followed you around your home, office and gym.

WAXON Fav: MAC ‘Cocktail Hour’ is the perfect fall shade that’s matches practically everything.

WAXON Tip: If your not too sure about this whole glitter trend, instead of painting all of your nails in glitter just have one statement nail and keep the rest a neutral colour.

Sleek Ponytails

A sleek pony is easy to achieve and works well with statement makeup like berry lips or glitter eyes. Whether it’s a low pony with a middle part or a high pony it suits any face shape. Not to mention if you get caught in the rain your hair isn’t completely ruined making it a popular choice for fall.

WAXON Fav: Living Proof ‘Satin Hair Serum’ use on wet hair before blow drying and straightening, it has a built in heat protectant but will also leave your hair looking shiny and silky smooth.

WAXON Tip: Wear a sleek pony for day three hair, your hairs natural oils will help give it that shine without using any product and nobody will know you’ve been too busy binge watching Grey’s Anatomy to wash your hair!

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Hair Accessories

Goodbye Summer, farewell flower crowns. The good news is statement hair accessories are still in! Leather and velveteen hair bands are a popular choice for Fall, which are perfectly teamed with a sleek pony.

Tortoise shell hair clips and combs are also making a strong comeback, raid your Mum’s wardrobe or check out some flea markets for some great vintage pieces.

WAXON Fav: Forver 21 ‘Velveteen Braid’ headband. Available in black or red which both work perfectly for Fall.

WAXON Tip: Help hair combs stay put by using dry shampoo at the root of where you are going to place the hair comb, secure with a little hair spray and you should have the perfect do all day!

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TIFF Looks for Less

TIFF just wrapped up in Toronto and there was definitely some fierce competition this year when it came to the red carpet. We have picked a few of our favourite looks for you below and where to find some copycat outfits.

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Put a feminine twist on Ellen Page’s chic red carpet TIFF look with these pieces from H&M. Not to mention this version is a fraction of the price!

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Pants $69.99 – H&M
Blazer $34.99 – H&M
Chiffon Blouse $34.99 – H&M

Hair : Pull hair back into a loose low ponytail and then create a messy bun using bobby pins. Pull a few pieces out to frame the face and spray with hairspray.

Makeup : Go for the smokey eye look using dark browns instead of black to avoid it looking too severe. Fill in your brows using a pencil or brow shadow, try WAXON’s Brow Duo, to get Ellen’s statement brows. Top it all off with a nude lipstick covered with a pink gloss.

NATALIE PORTMAN

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Natalies look is all about classic beauty, keep accessories to a minimum and hair pulled back to bring all of the focus to your statement lips.

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Maxi Dress $99 – Top Shop
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Hair: Part hair to the side and comb back into a tight low ponytail. Twist the ponytail into a ballerina bun and secure with bobby pins or hair elastic.
Makeup: Use a sheer foundation base to keep Natalie’s fresh and dewy look, use a highlight on cheek bones to add a natural shine. Use nude shades on the eyes and sweep over eyelashes with a generous amount of mascara. Top it all of with a dark red lip, like Sephora’s “Always Red” lip stain.

TONI COLETTE

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Adding a pop of colour is a great way to make a statement with your outfit without showing too much skin. Toni teamed her pixie cut perfectly with a pair of statement earrings and chunky gold cuff.

High Waisted Maxi Skirt $17.00 – Zaful
Funnel Neck Top $36.55 – Top Shop
Earrings $5.90 – Forever 21
Gold Cuff – $7.90 Forver 21

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Hair: Texturize your pixie cut with a moulding paste to add some edge to this otherwise classic ensemble.
Makeup: Keep make up very neutral with a sheer bronze eyeshadow and nude lip gloss.

EMILY BLUNT

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This look is very girl next door with a twist. The combination of her royal blue dress and bright red heels work well with her minimalist hair and makeup. Keep jewellery to a minimum this is all about those shoes!

Dress $349 – ASOS.com
Red Strappy Heels $29.90 – Forever 21
Gel Eyeliner $34.00 – Yves St Laurent

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Hair: Part hair in the middle and create loose curls using a large barrel tong. Brush out curls and spritz with a light hair mist to give it some hold without compromising its natural movement.
Make-Up: Blue eyeliner is a bold choice but it works well with this look because the rest of Emily’s makeup is minimal and her hair is simple. Achieve this look with a liquid gel liner that wont smudge like Yves Saint Laurents long wear cream eyeliner in Sea Black.

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Makeup Meltdown

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We love Summer but it’s been super hot in the last few days and being packed on a streetcar without Air Conditioning on the morning commute can have disastrous results on our Make-up. We all want to feel our glamorous selves during the heat wave so we have scoured the internet for some tips and tricks to prevent Make-up melting off during hot weather.

Tip #1 – Avoid the Heavy Stuff

Stay away from any heavy oil based foundation, it is more likely to smear during hot weather. Stick to light, shear foundation – like BB cream.

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Tip #2 – Ice Ice Baby

This sounds like an odd one but it works! Rubbing an ice-cube over your face before applying make-up offers a cooling effect. Cooling down the skin helps to close up any open pores – eliminating both blackheads, and the need to cake on too much foundation.

Tip #3 – Staying Power

Using waterproof mascara isn’t just for watery eyes – it’s also perfect during the hotter months! The waterproof stuff helps us avoid panda eyes caused by sweat and sebum build up under the eyes and on the eyelids.

Also using finishing powder over your liquid make-up will ensure it wont budge even under the toughest conditions. Use a mineral based powder to avoid too much build up. Mineral powders are also great for days you don’t want to wear a full face of make-up but want that extra little something…nobody will even know you are wearing it! And even better – it contains SPF 27 to protect your skin while looking great!

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Tip # 4 –  Always be prepared

Correctly preparing your skin before applying make-up is going to improve staying power – while also preventing those blemishes that seem to pop up around this time of year. Use a non-oil based cleanser followed by a toner and primer. Once you’ve done the prep your foundation will go on like a dream and won’t budge!

Tip # 5  – Oil be Gone

Vanquish the greasy face look by using oil-blotting sheets during the day. This genius invention is super handy and compact so you can keep them in your purse, the car and the office. All you have to do is blot the thin paper sheets over any problem areas (mainly the t-zone) and voila! All of the oil is transferred onto the paper and off your skin.

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Tip # 6 – The Perfect Pout

Instead of using a heavy lipstick that is going to dry out your lips or smudge easily at the first sign of upper lip sweat (not glamorous) – opt for a lip stain. Lip stains range from sheer to matte so you can go for a natural look or a bold lip. They also often contain Vitamin-E as a main ingredient – helping your lips look gorgeous and supple.

If all else fails, go make-up free! You look gorgeous the way you are, and summer is best spent enjoying the outdoors rather then hiding inside worrying that our make-up is going to smudge! Just remember – ALWAYS wear sunscreen!

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Project Sunshine

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This month Waxon is proud to be partnering with Project Sunshine! Every donation that you make while visiting a Waxon location we will match dollar for dollar.

What Is Project Sunshine?

Project Sunshine is a non-profit organization that provides free education, recreational and social programs to children facing medical challenges as well as wellness support to their caregivers.

They have 13 Locations in Ontario and Quebec: Brampton Civic, Montreal Children’s Hospital, Southlake Regional Health Centre, Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Canadian College of naturopathic Medicine, Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic, Mount Sinai Hospital, The Hospital for Sick Children, Safehaven Project for Community Living, North York General Hospital, Rouge Valley Health System, Etobicoke General Hospital, Credit Valley Hospital

What Do They Do?

The programs Project Sunshine delivers help young patients to foster courage, creativity, and coping skills in a context of fun and play. Programs include:
Sending Sunshine: Volunteers prepare and send out craft kits, surgi dolls or age appropriate books to pediatric hospitals

 Arts and Crafts: Project Sunshine’s arts and crafts program offer children the opportunity to participate in fun, seasonal crafts. Children can participate in the guided activities as a group, or Project Sunshine volunteers can distribute craft kits individually to patient rooms

Closed Caption Television System: CCTV is a closed circuit television station that can be viewed by all children and families within the hospital.

Caregiver Wellness Programs: Volunteers transform hospital conference rooms and playrooms into a relaxing environment where parents receive messages from professional therapist, and participate in craft activities and relation exercises. These programs encourage communication between patients and families, as well as decrease stress.

Book Buddies: Volunteers read with children in medical facilities to help patients and families sustain and grow literacy skills, enhance imagination and encourage age appropriate development. On special occasions authors and illustrators lead instructional activities to help share their experience creating books. To further these efforts Project Sunshine sends books to a variety of impatient units for children and families to enjoy on their own time.

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How it Helps Change Kids Lives

Distract children from medical procedures, tests and their surrounding environment

Provide a sense of normalcy for children and families

Decrease stress of hospitalization on patients and families

Encourage social interactions between families, volunteers and patients

Foster creativity and imagination

Enhance fine motor skills

Increase normal child and adolescent development

Every little bit counts so by making a small donation of $2, $5 or $10 while you are at your Waxon appointment this month you are helping to add a little sunshine to someones life, and don’t forget we are matching all donations!

For more info visit their website here or ask any of our lovely Waxon staff.

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Beach Babe Ready

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Now that Summer has blessed us with its presence early we cant wait to throw on our favourite bikini and get out there and enjoy it! But after a long unforgiving winter you might be looking a little on the pale side and maybe you want that sexy beach hair but your not keen on going for a quick dip in the ocean just to get it? Thats ok because you can fake it till you make it with our favourite summer hair and body products to get you beach babe ready..

SUNLESS TANNER

St Tropez Tinted Self Tanner

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This is hands down the best self tanner I’ve ever used. It has a green base which is the opposite on the colour spectrum to orange so you wont end up with that oompa loompa look. It lasts up to 10 days if you maintain it correctly which is easy with St. Tropez line of skin scare products. It doesn’t smell awful like a lot of other selfless tanners on the market which is a plus but be careful it will stain your hands so wear gloves when your applying it!

Price – $51.50 for 8floz for lotion and $54.00 for 6.07floz mousse.
Where – You can find the whole range of St. Tropez products at any Sephora or selected Shoppers Drug Mart locations.

Prtty Peashun

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If your looking for something more temporary for a night out try Prtty Peashun, it comes in four different shades and unlike a selfless tanner it washes off in the shower. It comes in four shades so you can go for that supple glow or full on bronzed beauty, it doesn’t rub off on clothes once its dry. It also contains Arnica which helps heal skin and sore muscles and the grapefruit extract makes it smell amazing!

Price – $27 for 3floz $45 for 8floz
Where – You can find it exclusively at any of Waxons five locations.

SUN PROTECTION

Aveeno Active Naturals

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Aveeno is known for its natural ingredients and this doesn’t change with their sunscreens. Their sunscreen acts as a barrier from the sun as well hydrates and nourishes the skin. They have a broad spectrum range from SPF 30 to SPF 60. They also smell great which is an added bonus!

Price – $15 + in a range of sizes
Where – You can pick up all Aveeno products from your local Shoppers Drug Mart.

Hawaiian Tropic

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This sunscreen just smells like summer! All of Hawaiian Tropics sunscreens and tanners have a tropical fragrance which will transport you instantly to an island paradise somewhere in your mind. As well as smelling great their sunscreens contain vitamin C & E which will keep the skin feeling soft and subtle. They also come in a broad spectrum range from SPF 15 to SPF 60.

Price – $8.99 + in a range of sizes
Where – You can find all of Hawaiian Tropic products at Shoppers Drug Mart or most major supermarkets.

HAIR PROTECTION

Phytoplage Protective Sun Veil

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Unlike a lot of UV protecting hair mists this products is lightweight so it wont leave your hair feeling greasy and weighed down. Using a UV protecting spray in summer is not only great for keeping your colour from fading but its essential for preventing that crispy feeling which comes from sun damage. It also give your hair a brilliant shine and adds a little oomph if your hair is looking a little flat. Phytoplage Protective Sun Veil is also free of GMOs!

Price – $38 for 4.2 oz
Where – They stock the full range at Sephora

Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil

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Aveda’s UV defence mist is also water-resistant which is an aded bonus. Its also lightweight so you wont get any greasy build up and it contains Vitamin E to help fight free radicals! Its UV protection lasts for up to 16 whole hours so theres no need to reapply while your too busy having fun in the sun. To top it all off it has a lovely citrus fragrance.

Price $28 for 3.4floz
Where – Any Aveda store or hair salon that stocks Aveda products.

HAIR STYLING

Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray

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Looking for textured beach waves without the hassle? Bumble and Bumble have you covered with their surf texture spray, Ive used pretty much every texture spray on the market and this is hands down the best. Its a salt water spray which means you can get that “surf chic” look without actually ever leaving your lawn chair. All you need to do is spray it evenly on damp hair and voila! Sexy beach hair without the fuss.

Price – $28 8.5floz
Where – Pick it up at any Sephora or hair salon where they stock Bumble and Bumble products.

Biosilk Silk Therapy

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Unfortunately with the sun comes the humidity and that can mean frizzy hair for some of us. There are a lot of anti-frizz products on the market but more often than not they leave your hair looking flat and greasy and nobody wants to walk around looking like they haven’t showered in three days. Biosilk Silk Therapy is worth every drop, you only need a small amount but a little goes a long way. Its weightless formula smoothes and protects hair, its ideal for putting in curly hair when its wet to give defined curls or applying to wet hair before blowing for a silky smooth finish.

Price – $25.00
Where – Shoppers Drug Mart stock the whole rang. Alternatively you can get a value pack from Costco which includes shampoo and conditioner.

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What is Ideal Beauty?

Being a woman in 2015 can be confusing, with more websites, magazines blogs and social media accounts then ever dedicated to beauty trends and celebrity styles its hard to know whats what. As women we can be super hard on ourselves when it comes to our appearance and whether we like to admit it or not we spend a lot of time obsessing about whether we are measuring up. But is it society pushing unrealistic beauty ideals on us or are we doing it to ourselves? We decided to find out by asking women what they believed the opposite sex found more attractive and then we asked Men what they actually preferred. The results may surprise you!

SKINNY VS CURVY

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Women – 70% chose the image on the right
Men – 90% chose the image on the right

One surveyor said “there is nothing less attractive then a girl who is obsessed with her weight and dieting”
MAKE-UP VS NATURAL

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Women – 60% chose the image on the right
Men – 80% chose the image on the right

LONG HAIR VS SHORT HAIR

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Women – 100% chose the image on the right
Men – 80% chose the image on the right

PORCELAIN VS TANNED

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Women – 100% chose the image on the right
Men – 90% chose the image on the right

One Surveyor said “I cant stand the orange look but a subtle natural looking tan just looks
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BLONDE VS BRUNETTE

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Women – 80% chose the image on the right
Men – 90% chose the image on the right

BUSHY EYEBROWS VS THIN EYEBROWS

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Women – 50% chose image on the left, 50% chose image on the right
Men – 70% chose the image on the right

One surveyor said “I like both! I think it depends on the persons face shape, theres very few women i know that can pull off bushy brows but sometimes they look really great”

GLAMOROUS VS CASUAL

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Men – 50% chose image on the left, 50% chose image on the right
Women– 100% of women chose the image on the right

One Surveyor said “stay classy till the idea sets in that your classy, then regardless of what kit is on you’ll carry an heir of class”

NATURAL VS TATTOOED

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Men – 90% chose image on the right
Women– 100% of women chose the image on the right

The overall message I got from most people who I surveyed was that regardless of what women look like the number one thing they found attractive was their confidence and overall attitude. So ladies lets stop being so harsh on ourselves and just embrace who we are! As long as you feel good your confidence will shine through and you will always look your best.

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Please DO Try This at Home

Winter has come to an end and our skin and hair has taken a beating, lets be honest snow might look pretty but those icy winds and below ridiculous temperatures can dry out your skin and hair. But with all the Summer festivals, beach holidays and cute outfits to save up for who has room in their budget to spend money on expensive skin and hair treatments? Not I, I hear you say, well luckily we have scoured the deep corners of the internet to find some brilliant DIY beauty treatments that are perfect for the girl on a budget.

DIY hair treatments for ALL hair types..

Avocado and Honey – All Hair Tyes

Use the flesh from one whole avocado and mix together in a bowl with a tablespoon of honey. Apply to the hair from roots to ends and allow it to sit for 20 minutes, then rinse!

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Olive Oil and Egg – Dry Hair

Use two whole eggs and mix together with three tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Apply to the hair from roots to ends and allow to sit for 20 minutes, then rinse!

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Pro Tip : This one can get pretty messy so you can pop on a shower cap or wrap your hair in saran wrap. This creates heat and opens up the hair follicles to allow for a deeper penetration.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Lemon – Oily Hair

Use the grated peel of one whole lemon and mix with a quarter of a cup of apple cider vinegar. Apply to the hair from roots to ends and allow to sit for 15 minutes, then rinse!

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Banana, Honey and Almond – Dry Flaky Scalp

Use half a ripened banana, mash it up and mix together in a bowl with two tablespoons of honey and a few drops of almond oil. Apply to the hair from roots to ends making sure you concentrate on the scalp and allow to sit for 20 minutes, then rinse!

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Blackheads

Get rid of the pesky blackheads by using a lemon, some sugar and a teaspoon of honey. Cut the lemon in half and apply the honey directly to it then sprinkle the sugar on top. Rub all over problem areas, concentrate on blackhead prone areas like the nose, chin and between the brows. After you have given your face a good scrub rinse away any excess!

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Dark Circles

The lack of Vitamin D during winter can be a cause for dark circle under the eyes, luckily there are plenty of DIY treatments that you find simply by opening your fridge.

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Cucumber – Cut two thick slices of cucumber and place them in the fridge for 30 minutes then place them on your eyes for 10- 15 minutes. You can then use the juice of the cucumber and combine with lemon juice, soak two cotton balls in the picture and apply to the eyes for 15 minutes. Then rinse and voila bye bye dark circles!

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Pro Tip : Repeat on a daily basis for quicker results

    Potatoes – Sounds strange but potato has a natural bleaching agent that can get rid of dark circles. Grate one potato and extract the juice, pop the juice in the fridge until cool then soak two cotton balls into the mixture. Rest the cotton balls on your eyes for 10 – 15minutes then rinse. This trick will also help to reduce puffiness, yay for added bonuses!

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Tomatoes – Squeeze the juice the out of a ripe tomato and mix it together in a bowl with lemon juice, use equal parts. Stir the mixture well, apply the juice to dark circle under the eye using your fingers or a tissue soaked in the mixture. Let it sit for ten minutes, be careful not to get any in your eye!

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Puffy, Dry, Tired Skin – Basically The Works!

Turmeric Face Mask

There are many variations on this face mask recipe but they all have one thing in common, Turmeric. Turmeric acts as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-bacterial agent which is why its so great to add to a face mask.

Combine one teaspoon of turmeric, one teaspoon of honey and one teaspoon of milk together in a bowl, you can also use yoghurt if you don’t have any milk handy. After you have washed your face and removed all of your makeup apply the mixture to the entire face. Let it sit for 30 minutes and rinse thoroughly.

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Pro Tip: Wear an old button up shirt or cape to avoid any stains on close, turmeric is hard to get out of clothes!

DIY nail whitening..

Nails looking a tad yellow? Mix together lemon juice and white vinegar in a bowl and dilute with a little water. Soak your nails in the mixture for 15 minutes the use a nail brush to scrub under the nails and for any stubborn stains.

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