How To Get The Best Shine In Your Hair

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Glowing, radiant skin and glossy, healthy hair are your two best accessories for summer.

Whether you are keeping it low key this year or whether you have a busy summer with travel and beaches in your immediate future,you need to know about these essential summer hair care products.

The key to healthy, bouncy, shiny hair is keeping it hydrated.

No matter what auxiliary products you use on top, if the hair itself is dried out, undernourished, lifeless then no amount of shine product placed on top will give it that bounce.

My hair tends to be quite dry so I am well versed in using really good conditioning treatments and masks. I first heard about this one on a huge shoot last summer in the Hamptons. It turns out that this hair mask is somewhat of a cult secret and has an incredibly loyal following. I wasn’t familiar with the Colleen Rothschild line at that time but I am A) a product junkie and B) obsessed with hair products that smell amazing. So this was meant to be.

Back in late February I wanted a new hair mask/deep conditioning treatment. I read the endless 5 star reviews for the Colleen Rothschild Quench and Shine Restorative Mask from customers from all over and decided to give it a try.

Then this happened…

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I wanted to give it at least 90 days before writing about these so that I had ample time to see how they performed over the longer term. I am going to talk about the skincare products I ordered in a separate post. (They are fabulous!)Today I want to focus on the hair products because really this is where it all began.

I tried 2 hair products, the gorgeous smelling Quench and Shine Restorative Mask and the Smooth and Shine Hair Serum.

Quench and Shine Restorative Hair Mask

The Quench and Shine Restorative Mask can be used every time you shampoo or you can use it as needed. It reduces frizz, nourishes and hydrates and is like giving your hair a long, cool drink of water on a hot day. I’ve been using it every week as a deep treatment.

Colleen Rothschild Quench and Shine Restorative Mask

Apart from the bounciness of my hair, it is softer, more manageable and definitely less frizzy. I find many of deep treatment hair masks are heavy on the hair and actually make my hair look dull after a couple of days. This one is weightless and your hair maintains its glossiness. It is great for all hair types too.

A quick pro tip for protecting your hair at the beach or in the pool: wet your hair with bottled or tap water (not ocean or pool water) and comb through Quench and Shine Restorative Mask. It will fill the cuticles, protect your color, and stop your hair from getting dried out. This is a summer lifesaver for your hair.

Colleen Rothschild Smooth and Shine Serum

I have naturally very curly hair, but not pretty curly hair. Left to its own devices my hair looks like a really bad home perm gone wrong. It holds a blowout like no other, but I always need to add product to it. I have been really happy with the Smooth and Shine Serum. It is quite concentrated, so I don’t need much. It definitely keeps the frizz and the fly-aways under control and it gives such a lovely, glossy shine. I apply it to damp hair before blow drying but you can also use it on dry hair.

Colleen Rothschild Smooth and Shine Serum

If you have frizzy or unruly hair or if you just like using smooth and shine products on your hair then you already know there is a fine line between getting your hair manageable and having it weighed down. I have found over the past 3 months of using this one that it not only smells gorgeous but also is lightweight and doesn’t make my hair feel heavy or sticky.

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The Quench and Shine Hair Travel Set

I was planning on getting this travel kit to take with me to Italy in May, but of course that trip got cancelled. If my September Glam Italia Tours are able to go I will for sure order one for the trip. It has mini sizes of the Smooth and Shine Serum, the Quench and Shine Restorative Mask and the Shampoo as well as a wide toothed comb. It is also a good option if you just want to try the products out before committing to the full sizes.

Colleen Rothschild products are available online with free shipping in the US for any order over $49

As of May 2021 I now have my own discount code for Colleen Rothschild Beauty! Use the code CORINNA20 at check out and get 20% discount on all Colleen Rothschild products that are not already discounted.

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Plane Gorgeous ~ How To Look Fabulous When You Land

Stand at the arrivals gate watching international travelers pushing their luggage carts through and you will notice most people look hungover after a long flight.

Their skin is grey, hair is all over the place, clothes are crumpled and they look well worse for wear.

But you don’t need to. After an entire lifetime of flying around the world, half the time having to bounce off the plane and straight in to a business meeting, a shoot or a dinner party, I’ve learned some tricks to help you look lovely after a long flight.

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Hydrate During Your Flight

That grey skinned, beat up look that most flyers get comes from dehydration. Every hour you are flying the friendly skies you are losing an extra glass of water, so the trick is to keep hydrating before, during and after your flight.

It doesn’t hurt to add in some electrolytes from a hydration packet or an EmergenceC either.

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Fly Makeup Free

Maybe you don’t want to cavort through the airport with a bare face, but either arrive with no makeup on or remove your makeup with some facial wipes once you take off. Wipes are notoriously destructive to the area around the eyes, so go easy on mascara that morning or don’t wear any. If you do have eye makeup on you do need to remove it gently.

Don’t fly overnight with mascara on. Even if you don’t sleep you will probably snooze a bit/go into twilight sleep, and those long luscious lashes you boarded with will look like morning after drunk girl lashes.

Facial Spray

makeup artist favorite Caudalie Beauty Elixir spray in travel size
Makeup Artists and customers alike have turned Caudalie Beauty Elixir into a cult favorite

Invest in a travel sized facial spray and spritz your skin throughout the flight. It feels nice, and helps your skin stay hydrated. Recommended product Caudalie Beauty Elixir is available in travel size at Sephora.com

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Complexion Superfood

Apply a supersonic moisturizer either before your flight or after takeoff (depending on whether you board with makeup on). Weleda Skin Food is one of the most amazing deep moisturizers ever. Even after a 12 hour flight you will deplane with a glowy complexion.

Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask is perfect for travelers
Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask is the perfect travel companion.

Another option is Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask. It wears like an intense moisturizer while you fly and leaves your skin beautifully prepped when you land. All three Summer Fridays Masks are available at Sephora.com

Keep Your Under Eyes Hydrated

The skin under your eyes dries out faster than any other skin on your body, so needs some extra loving if you are going to arrive looking fabulous. My latest favorite under eye product when I fly is this Cooling Water stick by Milk. It comes in a travel size and not only hydrates but has a very cooling effect as well.

Milk Makeup Cooling Water is the perfect undereye product when you travel. Hydrating and cooling it is ideal for long flights
Milk Makeup Cooling Water is the perfect travel companion. It both hydrates and cools tired under eyes, leaving your skin fresh and nourished. Available at Sephora.com

Allowing for the fact that every surface on a plane is a germ-fest I love that this particular product comes as a wind up stick, so your fingers don’t have to pollute your jar of expensive eye cream. It is the perfect travel companion.

Keep Your Lips Luscious

Another sign of dehydration is grey, cracky lips. Avoid this my using a good hydrating lip balm. I love the little round EOS lip balms. They travel well, don’t dry out and make your lips more cracked, aren’t too waxy, and if you apply a couple of times during your flight you will arrive with soft, lipstick ready lips.

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Before You Land/When You Land

Either before you land or in the space between de-boarding the plane and your bags arriving into baggage claim, do a quick tidy up. Quick as in under 5 minutes.

1. Brush Your Teeth

Trust me, your breath stinks after a long flight. A fresh, minty mouth makes you feel better, and shiny, clean teeth look 1000 times better than mossy, dirty teeth!

2. Avoid Foundation And Powder

Instead of applying base or powder gently use a facial wipe to clear away any remnants of the flight, give your skin another spritz and some moisturizer. It will love you for it. If you really do need some color support use a lightweight BB or CC cream

3. Groom Your Brows

Your eyebrows are one of the most important features on your face. Give them a quick tidy up and pencil in a little color. This draws the viewer’s eye up and away from your under eyes, and makes you look polished.

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4. Luminize Your Under Eye

Apply a little luminizing color correction under the eye to neutralize dark rings and pop a little light off. My favorites are YSL Touche Eclat and recently ColoreScience Total Eye. Either of these will hydrate, color correct and brighten, leaving you looking fresh faced and lovely

5. Show Your Lashes Some Love

Lancome definicils mascara
Lancome Definicils mascara has been around for a while. It is a tried and trusted mascara that will probably be around forever..

If you feel so inclined add a couple of coats of a lash defining mascara. Nothing goopy or thick, just something to make the lashes look defined, lush and shiny. I have been using Lancome Definicils for the past year and love it.

6. A Bright, Bold Lip

The best trick to wake up your skin and look fresh and fabulous is to apply a bright lipstick. Reds will highlight the blue/grey in your skin and unless you are JLo will make you look more haggard and beaten up, so I avoid them when flying. My favorites are fuchsias. They are bright but don’t fight with your skin tone. Even if you just wear a hint of it.

I also avoid matte formulas when I’ve been flying as they can make already dry skin and lips look dead. I prefer a sateen or very low gloss.

7. Put Your Hair Up

Sometimes something as simple as a fluffed up high ponytail can add layers of glam to your look. If there is absolutely no redeeming my hair I will backcomb it a little and put it into a high pony. This at least looks fresh.

8. Palazzo Pants

Heads up ladies, palazzo pants or pants with a little movement in the lower leg are God’s gift to frequent fliers! For the past 10 years or so I have been flying in simple black palazzo pants. They are comfortable to wear, especially in cramped seating, but even better, they swish when you walk.

Miranda Kerr walking through airport in Palazzo pants

Have a look at your fellow flyers. Their clothes look bunched, wrinkled, and slept in. On the other hand a palazzo in a travel friendly fabric that swishes a little as you walk makes you look fresh and fabulous.

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5 Steps To Minimalist Beauty

I’m in Paris at the moment, but Sophia Smith, an Australian blogger and magazine contributor very kindly offered to write me a guest post while I was away. Sophia has written a fabulous article about minimalist beauty, which I am sure you will love!

When it comes to makeup I am absolutely a minimalist. Because I travel so much I have pared my products down to absolute basics – I call it a capsule collection. It has refined how much makeup I wear (very little), reinforced my belief in a good, bold lip, and has made me even more focused on maintaining a really great complexion. Skin care on the other hand is my kryptonite. I can’t get enough! The Korean 10 step regimen is right up my alley. If they made it a 20 step program I would love it even more!

I have been working hard to streamline everything in my life, so Sophia’s timing was perfect. I hope you enjoy this article as much as I have, and that you will follow Sophia on her social media, linked at the bottom of this post.

5 Steps To Minimalist Beauty

By Sophia Smith

It’s the movement that intends to change the way shopping and consumerism shape our societies. And it strives to do so not only without causing any harm, but while actually bringing a positive change to the world. In essence, minimalism is the modern individual’s way to make a statement and make a difference in the world, one Earth-friendly, long-term choice at a time.

Minimalist Beauty Guide

Why switch to minimalism in your beauty routine, you ask? Because both your skin health and your environment will be eternally grateful. And here’s how to do it effortlessly and permanently.

1. Back to basics

If your bathroom cabinets are chock-full of various products you apply randomly without a specific rhythm to it, then it’s high time you got rid of the extra bottles and rethink your skincare strategy. Ditch all those expired creams and lotions, assess your skin type and keep only those items you need for your daily cleanse and moisturizing.

minimalist beauty

 

A sunscreen, a moisturizing lotion and a weekly exfoliator are at the very core of a solid minimalistic beauty routine – everything else is accessorizing. Consider multi-purpose items such as moisturizers that work as toners and have built-in sun protection, and that are gentle enough to be applied even on your most sensitive areas around your lips and eyes. This will cut your beauty stock in half and simplify your routine.

2. Think: pure

Much like your diet, your skincare product ingredients should be nourishing and natural, without synthetic elements that can harm your health or the environment. It takes more than a single, prominent item on the ingredient list to be organic for the whole product to qualify as such. And nowadays, you can even screen products for cruelty, and find those that reflect your values as well as your skincare needs.

minimalist beauty

Many brands have earned a solid reputation as all-natural and organic and have become a number-one choice by green-oriented communities, such as the skincare line by Dr Hauschka. When you choose pure products that will keep your skin radiant and healthy, you ensure that your skin will age well, and stay protected from oversaturation with harmful chemicals.

3. The twice-a-day rule

Your three-step morning routine of water-cleanse, moisturize and protect can be simplified even further for your bedtime ritual. This time, since your skin had to endure the challenges of the weather and other harsh conditions, a slightly deeper cleanse should be incorporated. Instead of pure water, you can apply a gentle cleanser that will vary depending on your skin type, such as The Little Alchemist’s apple and mint gel.

minimalist beauty

Follow up with an evening-friendly moisturizer (and many natural ones double as both day and night creams) and your skin will be ready for the much-needed beauty sleep that is an equally important segment of your skincare regime.

4. Minimal makeup

While it seems to be a trend on the rise for this season, using little to no makeup to flaunt your natural beauty is also every minimalist’s attitude. Instead of overburdening your skin with excessive amounts of beautifying products, try to stick to one or two skin-friendly items that also nourish your complexion.

minimalist makeup

Mineral makeup has some great benefits that are incredible for people with sensitive or acne prone skin, so it’s definitely something to consider. Read the labels and only trust brands like Nude by Nature without synthetic ingredients, preservatives, 100% cruelty free and PETA certified.

5. Multipurpose minimalism

In case you’re a foodie as well, your kitchen is probably filled with delicious, healthy choices that nourish your skin from within. But have you tried using some of your trusty kitchen supplies as your beauty boosters? Some of the simplest items can have a powerful effect on your skin health, and coconut oil is a perfect example – it can be used as a lip balm, an exfoliator when mixed with sea salt, or your body lotion.

coconuts

The same goes for your tea-packs that can help you get rid of eyebags, cucumbers that tone and revitalize your skin, face masks made of eggs, honey and healthy oils, you name it. In all likelihood, most of your skin necessities are hidden in your kitchen, so homemade can be your perfect solution.

Author BIO:

Sophia Smith is an Australia-based beauty and lifestyle blogger. She is very passionate about yoga, natural skincare and healthy food choices. Sophia writes mostly about beauty related topics in her articles. Over the years she wrote pieces for: Eco Warrior Princess, Viva Glam Magazine, How to Simplify, Urban Naturale, Just Haves and Carousel.

Find Sophia on Twitter @sophia_bri  and on Google+ here

All images in this post are courtesy of Sophia Smith