The BEST gift to give your locks..AND ITS FREE!

Winter weather showing visible drying on your hair? Want to give your hair a sweet gift that’s within an exhausted budget? Here’s natures gift to your hair and skin, that benefits you ALL YEAR LONG!

F-A-C-T-S

Did you know that your body naturally produces a moisturizer and a protectant for your hair and skin? Did you know this naturally occurring gift can make your hair shiny, healthy and hydrated? And lastly, did you know you commonly strip these goodies from you hair daily? OUCH!

Our scalps naturally produce a sebum-fatty acids from our sebaceous glands. We have all experienced the “dirty hair” feeling, or an “oily” look to our strands..this is the sebum in excess. However, when managed correctly it naturally guards our hair from over drying and assists in prevention of absorbtion of external elements.

Each one of us have a certain comfort level in the cleansing of our hair. I know some of my clients can go days without a weighed down, oily feel to their hair..others it seems can only last a matter of hours..however the thing we have in common is each of us should be taking advantage of natures best conditioner!

Your gift to your locks

Go into your drawer and take our a natural bristle brush. Take your hair down, and work in 1 inch sections..brush these bristles against your scalp down to your ends. This will distribute the sebum from roots to ends, and enrich your midshaft with this great moisturizer! Along with protecting your strands it doubles as a great scalp simulator. (Which assists with oil and new growth production.) Wo Who!

Keep in mind, keeping your scalp cleansed IS important! My favorite Shampoo?

Paul Mitchell’s Awapuhi Shampoo Why? It keeps in moisture which doing it’s primary purpose…TO CLEANSE THE SCALP! The Hawaiian grown awapuhi locks in natural moisture. LOVE<3 Also, remember…no matter how hard it is this time of year…stick with your COOL RINSING routine.

Happy Locks, and Happy Holidays!!

xoxo

Brittany Michele

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Fall Fashion Shoot 2011 x2

There is nothing like the excitement of incredible artists collaborating and the energy that is on location of professional shoots like these ones with Jay Warren of Studio 7a Photography. He is HANDS DOWN one of THE most inspiring artists I have ever had the pleasure of meeting, and I find I continually give myself a little pinch because I am SO blessed to work with him! He pushes me daily to want to raise my bar. Enjoy these pictures…Have to admit Im pretty proud. 🙂

(And CLICK HERE here for some behind the scenes beauty tips, colors and products! ❤ )

I had SO much fun with this beauty’s red locks! Waves and curls were created with my trusty wand iron and end were left out from the barrel. Teasing was done throughout the midshaft with minimal lift throughout the base. TUTORIAL TO COME. Obsessed!:)

To working with people who inspire you to be your best,

xoxo

Roadtrip Beauty MUST HAVES

My lovely little beauties..I apologize greatly for my lack of updates lately! Always having my laptop near by doesnt always guarantee a wifi and time alloted to make a blog post! The plus side of my many, many hours on the road? A wealth of ideas to blog about. Get ready dolls!

I figured to get back into the swing of things, it’d be appropriate to blog about my ROADTRIP MUST HAVES, since I seem to be a pro at it as of late. 🙂 This country is beyond beautiful, and I encourage all of you to seize any opportunity to see it! Beautiful..I’ll include a couple of my iPhone pictures from my latest trip at the end of my post. Enjoy! ❤

#1 Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Moisture Mist

I LOVE this product, and it’s been a favorite of mine since beauty school! They make it in an incredible travel size (which is a staple in my purse daily)! It helps to hydrate you skin, and hair. It resets make up and re activates styling products for the hair. It also smells incredible!  Informative facts from Paul Mitchell Systems:

  • Lactic acid and Hawaiian awapuhi provide deep moisture and enhanced shine.
  • Spirulina and plankton extracts rich in amino acids and vitamins make hair soft, hydrated and silky smooth.
  • Sodium PCA (a natural component of human skin) balances moisture.

#2 Kendra Dry Shampoo

I HATE the feeling of dirty hair..however days on the road sometimes call for a “refresher”! This is my all time FAVORITE dry shampoo. It eliminates oily and leaves your hair smelling “out of the shower”fresh! I la la loooove it! Also made in a travel size…must have. 🙂 Kenra.com Info!

  • Instantly revives and refreshes hair – no water required
  • Saves time and extends color or blow-outs by reducing the need to shampoo as frequently
  • Keeps styles looking fresh and full by absorbing oil that can weigh hair down
#3 Noxema Make up Removing Cloths
Theres nothing worse than spending a trip in “worn” make up. Make sure youre still good to your pores and let them breathe while youre on the road. These little babies and handy and useful…never leave home without them 😉
These pre-moistened cleansing cloths effectively remove dirt, oil, makeup – and even waterproof mascara – in one easy, no-rinse step. They’re also dermatologist-tested, so they’re safe to use around your eyes. Your skin can feel clean, moisturized and refreshed anytime, anywhere.

#3 Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment

Theres nothing worse than chapped, sore lips! This is the cure all…worth the investment and an essential purse item, roadtrip or not.  Its a hydrating treatment that helps nourish, protect and plump lips. It also helps from those UV road rays 😉

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 Happy Travels, Dolls. Here’s a little glimpse of my amazing Arizona Adventure. Look forward to amazing blog posts to come! Get excited ❤
xoxo

Makeup 101: Mascara

Did you know that a tube of Maybelline’s Great Lash Mascara is sold every 1.7 seconds somewhere in the world? I suppose its univeral..Us ladies LOVE great lashes.

The Collins English Dictionary defines mascara as “a cosmetic substance for darkening, coloring, and thickening the eyelashes, applied with a brush or rod.” As we all know mascara is used to darken, thicken, lengthen, and/or define eyelashes and all are made up of pigments, oils, waxes, and preservatives.

Did you know mascara can be documented in history as far back as 400 BC in ancient Egypt? They used a substance called Kohl (charcoal or soot, crocodile stool, honey, and water was added to keep the kohl from running) was applied to darken the eyes, eye brows and eye lashes and was believed to ward off evil spirits and protect the souls of men and women. Crazy, right? Us girls now adays just want luscious lashes!

As you know from a previous MMM: Self Life , mascara is the one cosmetic in our make up bag we MUST replace often, and be cautious of it’s ability to spread bacteria! It is also, in my opinion, one of THE most important items a gal can posses. Batting those lashes, and feeling confident in the enhancement of our eyes can make such a difference! There are days when all of us girls love to take a day off of our usual make up routine, but for me mascara and gloss are an obvious staple.

We all have our opinions on which wands, formulas and price points work best for us. Are more expensive products better? Does the wand REALLY make a difference? Do we want to lengthen, volumize or have water proof? Its all in our own preference..and us girls, we all need options! I’m going to list a couple of my personal faves..but I’d LOVE to hear any of your input as well! 🙂

My favorite (and obviously many others) go to drug store mascara:

I love that this wand is bendable and allows me to customize my preference for application. My reusable wands fit perfectly in the tube for on location work! I use the waterproof formula personally for my day to day looks and think its a great staple for a even better price. 🙂

The most popular of the higher priced Mascaras:

I do LOVE DiorShow. At $24.50 a tube, its a little more of an investment…but its obvious most people are very satisfied with this purchase. Years ago when I was employed by Sephora, this was one of our most popular products! It really does lenghten and volumize. LOVE 🙂

My most recent FAVE:

Urban Decay’s Curling Mascara is $20 a tube, but Ive been playing around with it lately..and have been pretty impressed. I actually have it on now, and feel a great bend to my lashes, and a great even coating! With some mascaras I feel my lashes get dried out, and this one actually has shea butter in its formula to keep lashes moisturized! Two thumbs up. 🙂

The mascara next on my “to try” list:

MACs Opulash..Ive heard awesome stuff about this product that MAC describes as “uperlative style & state-of-the-art science merge. A new formula in a more saturated intense black with extra-volumization, expansion & curl delivered dramatically with our most bodacious brush yet. Lasts 15 hours!” Sign me up! At $15 a tube I cant wait!

What are your faves? Who out there has experimented with colored mascaras?

To batting those pretty peepers,

xoxo

DIY: Makeup Remover

Raccoon eyes? Powder pillow case? Second day bronzer? G-R-O-S-S..and unfortunately, we’ve all been guilty of it. It’s so easy to get lazy at the end of our day, skip the sink and slip into bed but it has more permanent consequences then just a colorful pillow.

While we’re off in dream land our poor skin is fighting with our poor choice by dealing with congested pores that will turn into problems in only a short amount of time! White heads, black heads, enlarged pores, pimples..OH THE HORROR!!

Never fear, Brittany Michele has a quick, easy, cheap, DIY solution to eliminate a major excuse of removing our make up when it’s time for some ZzZzs.

DIY Organic Makeup Remover

Ingredients:

Olive Oil

Witch Hazel

Directions:

Mix equal parts of Olive Oil and Witch Hazel in a sanitized container. Lightly shake before applying to a clean cotton ball. Begin with eye area (be gentle, this skin is SO sensitive and thin) and move to the rest of the skin. For stubborn eye make up, soak a cotton ball in olive oil prior to make up removal. Use warm water and get all those clogging properties OUT for a solid nights rest for you and your skin. 🙂

Benefits:

Olive oil is Non-comedogenic for most people. Olive oil is all natural and least likely to clog pores. Italians have sworn by Olive Oil in their skin care routine for years, and even Ancient Greeks bathed with olive oil! Many expensive beauty products use olive oil, so why not skip the middle man? Olive oil not only is a natural way to remove eye makeup but it also conditions the eyelashes.

Witch Hazel is an amazing natural astringent and known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties. It  is used in to lighten the skin, remove excess oil and dirt, and tighten facial skin.

In combination this pairing works so well by cutting down on the intense oily consistency and leaving skin feeling clean and refreshed.

to fresh faces & happy pores,

xoxo