Summer Beach Beauty 101

curly hair and beach hat

image by Brad Olson for Luca Magazine.
Makeup by Corinna Cooke, hair by Andy Biggs, styled by Risa Kostis

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Summer beach beauty is all about skin and simplicity. The complexion needs to glow and not be weighed down with heavy makeup.

If bare skin feels a little too naked try using  BB Cream or a water gel foundation such as Makeup Forever Water Blend Face and Body, which is designed to look like natural skin. (Available at Sephora.com)



Brows should be soft and not over-sculpted, eyes understated with just a little smudgy liner and a really good waterproof mascara. Try Diorshow Blackout Waterproof if you want some big, fabulous lashes!

Add a pop of color with a bright lip. If you are going for a red lip this summer choose and orange based red if you are a warm toned girl or a pinky red if you have a cool skin tone. Deep blue reds and warm brown reds are too heavy for summer.

Embrace your curls with products from Ouidad. Moisture Lock leave in conditioner helps keep your curls hydrated and Botanical Boost spray breathes new life back into yesterday’s curl. Choose a chic hat with a big brim to protect your face from the sun, like this Brixton hat from Revolve.com

Ouidad Product Launch And Giveaway!

Hey there curly girls this one’s for you!!

I am super excited to tell you about FOUR new products that curly hair company Ouidad has just released to make your spring and summer perfectly curl-iscious!

Ouidad Advanced Climate Control For Curly Hair

Win all four Ouidad Advanced Climate Control products!

If you were following me last year you will have seen that I used the travel sized Ouidad products to make my life easier (and retain the glam!) while I was on my Glam Italia Tours. We were diving off of chartered boats of the coasts of both Capri and Puglia, and swimming in the Mediterranean and the Adriatic, which was absolutely amazing, but could have been fraught with hair anxiety for me if not for Ouidad! My once wavy hair has become super curly, but not pretty curly. I always say that when left to it’s own devices my hair looks like a really bad home perm gone drastically wrong. If you are a curly girl then you already know how something as simple as swimming, or being in humidity can be a glamour buzzkill. Having Ouidad with me meant that I could swim as much as I wanted. The combination of the Advanced Climate Control Heat And Humidity Gel to let my hair air dry into perfect curls, casually done without a mirror while sailing around the coast of Capri, and their Moisture Lock Leave In Conditioner, which was my favorite beauty product of the summer and possibly of the year, meant that I could swim and still have pretty hair.

Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Set

On April 3rd Ouidad launched four Advanced Climate Control products designed to keep the frizz at bay while you rock your curly girl glam.

Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Defrizzing Shampoo

Curl and frizz control start in the shower, so the first product is the new Advanced Climate Control Defrizzing Shampoo. This sulphate free cleanser maintains your curl’s protective barrier, has silk proteins to seal the cuticle, holding in moisture and preventing frizz, and also contains UV Protectants.

Read more about Advanced Climate Control Defrizzing Shampoo here.

Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Defrizzing Conditioner

Curls crave moisture, so without very specific help that keeps moisture balanced and doesn’t weight the hair down, your hair will try to grab it from the atmosphere, which raises the cuticle and creates the dreaded frizz. Advanced Climate Control Defrizzing Conditioner prevents frizz and unwanted (and uncontrolled) volume, balances moisture to keep your curl defined and bouncy, while silk proteins and nano technology smooths the cuticle so you maintain glorious shine.

Read more about Advanced Climate Control Defrizzing Conditioner here

Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Detangling Heat Spray

Spritz, prime, protect, The Advanced Climate Control Detangling Heat Spray needs to be a permanent fixture in your beach bag! Not only does it prevent frizz and flyaways and unwanted volume, not only does it help detangle and make curls manageable,  not only does it have UV filters to protect your hair from environmental aggressors, but it also contains natural oils to nourish and moisturize your curls. Spritz it into your hair before you hit the water and it protects your hair while you’re swimming, use it as a primer before you start styling – curly girl meet your new best friend! And it smells amazing!

Read more about Advanced Climate Control Detangling Heat Spray here

Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Heat and Humidity Gel

 

Advanced Climate Control Heat And Humidity Gel is the ultimate curl styler. Trust me curly girl, this product will give you life! When you have curls you know that gels can make your hair look crunchy, kill any chance of movement in the hair, kill any natural bounce. But without a styling aid your curl, whether it be wavy or kinky, can take on a life of it’s own and give you too much volume with zero discipline. The Advanced Climate Control Heat and Humidity Gel changes everything.

You don’t use this product like a regular gel, instead you divide your hair into four sections, run the gel through one section at a time, rake through it with your fingers, and then holding pieces of the section at the ends shake the curl up into the hair. Ouidad’s Rake and Shake technique is brilliant! It’s also super easy to do, easy enough that you can whip out fabulous curls without a mirror, on the deck of a boat, with no drama and no one knowing what you’re up to! Ouidad’s award winning Heat and Humidity Gel was upgraded with the Anti Frizz Nano Technology, so it’s even better than before!

Read more about Advance Climate Control Heat and Humidity Gel here

Ouidad make all manner of hair products for hair that is anywhere from wavy to curly to full blown kinky. These new products are designed for all curl types, so wherever you are on the curly spectrum, this set is for you! They are not just for beach days and vacations, this is a product range for every day in the life of a curly girl.

Read about 5 Curly Hair Trends For 2017 here

Now you have two options. You can order these products here on the Ouidad website, or you can enter to win a set of all four products.

I’m keeping it super simple for you! Make sure you enter via the Rafflecopter widget below. The Rafflecopter computer makes sure everything is legit and it picks the winner.

Good luck curly girl!!

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Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Giveaway

Ouidad Mongongo Oil Giveaway!

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This summer I had a giant love affair with Ouidad curly girl hair products. Let’s face it – no one does curly hair products quite like Ouidad, a curly girl herself! See Ouidad herself, here.

(This is not a sponsored post. These are the hair products that I love and use. This post does contain affiliate links)

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My Ouidad travel set

I normally waste tons of summer time (and summer vacation time) by having to blow out my hair. Left to it’s own devices my hair looks like a really bad home perm. I don’t have pretty curls, I have nasty curls. In some ways they are fantastic – they hold a blowout like no other, but they seriously can’t be left unsupervised!

Until I got my hands on Ouidad products. I’ve written about Ouidad before, here   here, and here. This summer on the Glam Italia tours in Capri and in Puglia the Ouidad curly hair products were an absolute game changer. I was able to get away with not blow drying my hair, instead just going au naturel.

Curly girls will know what I mean when I say that salt spray type beach curl products just dry my hair out to breaking point, make it frizzy and strip away any color I’ve added, leaving me with hair that looks like straw. So the normal beachy wave options just weren’t an option for me.
Then along came Ouidad with her fantastic products that super hydrate, defrizz and give you amazing curls.

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Flirting with boys at sunset in Capri

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Sometimes instead of blowing my hair out smooth, my hairdresser will create big, glossy, gorgeous, controlled curls with Ouidad products. She recently added Ouidad Mongongo oil to the products she uses on me, and I love it. (I wish I had had it this summer!)

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Mongongo oil is a lightweight, multi use curl treatment product that leaves any type of curl, from loose waves to kinky hair softer, shinier, more manageable, and frankly – gorgeous!
I’ve been playing with it, using it on damp hair and on dry hair and the results are lovely. Most oils weigh my hair down and then make it look dull the second day.

Ouidad Mongongo Oil puts bounce back into my curls and makes my hair look luminous the next day.
Even though it is a curly hair product I also use it when I blow my hair smooth, because it is so lightweight and it gives such a lovely shine, almost from within the hairshaft.

7 Ways To Use Mongongo Oil

I am so in love with this product that I am doing a giveaway so that you can win a bottle and try it out yourself.  

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To keep it legit the Corinna B’s World Mongongo Oil Giveaway is being run by Rafflecopter. There are multiple ways that you can enter and get extra chances to win. 

Click on the Rafflecopter widget below to enter this giveaway!

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Check out these Mongongo Oil before and afters

Loose Curls

Classic Curls

Tight Curls

Kinky Curls

Check out the Ouidad You Tube videos to see how to use Mongongo Oil on each of the different curly hair types, from wavy hair to curly hair to kinky curls.