So You Want to Get a Spray Tan

Summer time is so close I can feel it. This winter in New York has been just plain cruel; the snow just piled up and the temperatures were beyond frigid every day. But now it’s time to start getting ready for shorts and bikini weather. For me, this means it’s time to get a spray tan.

Bottom line I love spray tans; last summer I felt like I was getting a spray once a week instead of sitting outside for hours or laying in a tanning bed. Spray tans are 100% safe and leaves your skin with a healthy glow.

At my job there are two ways to get a spray tan: airbrushing and the booth. I prefer the airbrushing over the booth. The booth never covered my body entirely and I was left with some spots that were missed. But that’s just my opinion. The airbrush, compared to the booth, is sprayed by a staff member. It’s easier to see the spots that were missed or if you wanted to be a little darker on the legs or chest area they can hit you with the solution a little more.

Spray Machine

Spray Machine

I also tend to over think a spray booth, thanks to this episode of Friends

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The airbrush uses a DHA sunless tanning solution. Once sprayed, you will instantly see the color. The solution contains a natural chemical reaction to your skin causing it to turn a golden brown.

A spray can last anywhere from 5-7 days depending on how will you maintain it. My face tends to lose color first, usually after day 3, because I’m washing it with Proactive face wash.

Whenever I spray someone, their first question is: “Is this going to make me orange?” And the answer is no. Many salons have different colors to work and blend with your body. Another bonus to airbrushing is it’s easy to tell when enough is enough. If someone is nervous about a spray I’ll test it on myself or their arm to see how everything reacts. If you wanted a spray tan before a major event, call a salon and book a test appointment to see how everything looks with your body and skin. You don’t want a bad spray tan to ruin your fun.

The do’s and don’ts to a good spray:

Do’s:
• Take a shower and exfoliate your skin prior to a session.
• Remove all makeup (you don’t want to clog your pores)
• Avoid using a moisturizer directly before or after.
• Allow yourself at least 10 minutes to be sprayed and at least 5-10 minutes to dry.
• Wear loose, cotton clothing and flip flops.
• Remove all jewelry

Don’ts:
• Don’t shave the day of your session [the day before or the next day is fine.]
• Don’t shower or perspire for at least 8 hours after your session.
• Don’t wear blue jeans, tight clothes, or socks for 5-6 hours.

As said before, you’ll notice the color instantly, but it generally takes about 5-7 hours to full develop. The longer you hold off on a shower the better. Also, if you’re going to bed with a spray tan and showering the next morning, change your bed sheets to a dark color. The first time I got a spray tan, I waited until the next day to shower and woke up with a body print on my light blue bed sheets because the color was still drying.

Spray tans also have this way of toning everything up and making everything look better. I’m just saying.  If you have any questions let me know!

This is from last summer, but this is what the color looks like after one day for me at least.

This is from last summer, but this is what the color looks like after one day for me at least.

Olay Fresh Effects Bright on Schedule

When I received my pay check from Charlotte Russe every two weeks it was a safe bet you could find me at Target the following Saturday morning. My roommate and I would walk into Target on a mission, but somehow we would walk out with more than we bargained for. We would also walk out without the one product we actually came in for. It’s the Target effect.

Walking into Target my shopping list would look something like this:
[x] Toilet Paper

I would leave Target with:
[x] Mascara
[x] A bathing suit
[x] Shampoo
[x] A fluffy pillow
[x] Cool Ranch Doritos

I’ve been seeing a lot of commercials and print ads for Olay’s new Fresh Effects line. The other day I went to Target with my mom to get curtains; I may have got a little distracted. I couldn’t help myself but wander over to the skin care aisle to see if Olay’s new products were out.

And there under the beaming lights of Target stood the one product I’ve been searching for. I bought Bright on Schedule Eye Awakening Cream for $12.99 and I really like it so far!

As a college student my sleep schedule is off. Way off. Getting ready in the morning I can tell I need a little extra something under my eyes. Olay’s Fresh Effects eye cream is perfect for that. Finally an eye cream for young college girls.

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Olay Fresh Effects Bright on Schedule comes in a tube with three metal rollers for easy application under the eyes. The light weight cream contains honey suckle, white tea, and cucumber extract. The tri-rollers help cool and massage your skin while also hydrating your tired, dark eyes. The cream is light weight and doesn’t clog your pores. Since the cream is light weight I apply concealer under my eyes after and bam it looks as if I got eight hours of sleep.

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I apply the eye cream for thirty seconds on each eye morning and night. It’s the pick-me-up I need to face the rest of my day. Of course, the cheapest method to reducing puffy, dark eyes is to get a good night’s sleep, but this is a good back up.

Urban Decay Naked Basics Review

I was in seventh grade when I first asked my mom if I could wear makeup. And I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. Being 13-years-old I went for the cheapest, most colorful palettes; I would match my eye makeup with my outfit, not my eye color. I also thought I was really good at a smoky eye when I was in high school. I wasn’t. Don’t even get me started on foundation. As the years went on, I slowly got better at applying makeup. Now 22, I found my perfect eye makeup palette. It’s so good I threw all my other eye shadows away. I’m talking about Urban Decay Naked Basics palette.

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Here’s why I love it. The colors are amazing and subtle and will look great on any eye color. With this palette it’s easy to create a delicate day look and an edgy night look. Finally a palette with all the colors you want in one simple place! Another bonus, it last all day.

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My day look

There are a few Urban Decay Naked palettes. I bought the Basics at Sephora for $28.00. Naked Basics contains six colors: Venus, Foxy (my favorite), W.O.S, Naked 2, Faint and Crave. If you’re wondering how I did my makeup in the photo above here’s how:
1.) I apply the W.O.S to my entire eye area: the lid, crease and brow bone. The color acts as a good primer for the other colors that go over it.
2.) Apply Foxy to the lid. The colors blend together perfectly and create a subtle, soft eye color making your eyes pop.
3.) I go darker on the crease with Faint.
4.) Similar to other eye palettes always apply a white shimmer to your brow line. Venus is great for the brows and inner corners of your eye lids!

Voila you got the Naked look!

As said before there are other Urban Decay Nude colors. The palettes contain six more colors and costs $54.00. The Urban Decay 2 consists of 12 colors featuring more gray, taupe and beige colors. Compared to the Basics this edition has more of a shimmer. Urban Decay 3 also has 12 new colors, but goes with rose-hued neutral and rich browns.

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If you’re interested in any of these palettes head on over to Sephora and check them out. Makeup at Sephora is always a splurge for me, but this has become on my favorite makeup purchases!

 

 

Miracle in a Jar

(Sigh) I recently got my haircut; it wasn’t a lot, but still. To my surprise I didn’t have a lot of split ends, my hair was just super dried out. I’ve been trying to keep up with getting my haircut at least every 2 months. I go to Supercuts because a $12 haircut is all a girl can afford nowadays. I am that girl who freaks out over getting an inch cut off. But I’m all for healthy hair, so cutting frequently is essential.

Along with frequent haircuts I try and do a weekly hair mask. Is it just me or is coconut oil the new craze? I joined Pinterest over a year ago and when I saw a pin for long, healthy, shiny hair I had to read it. An hour later I was in the car heading to the local Trader Joe’s to buy a jar of coconut oil.

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Coconut oil is natural, organic and above all cheap! A good hair mask can cost around $30. I bought my jar over a year ago, and there is still a good amount left.

Coconut oil has an extensive list of uses. Of course, it’s good for cooking and baking. Unfortunately for my future boyfriend, I’m not one for cooking, so I keep the jar upstairs in my room and use it strictly for beauty purposes.

Coconut oil helps moisturize the hair while also rejuvenating the hair from root to tip. When I put coconut oil in my hair I spend a good ten minutes brushing and combing it thru because it feels that amazing.

There are two ways to approach a coconut oil hair mask:
1.) Apply the hair mask for thirty minutes or so and then shower.
After you apply the hair mask wrap your hair in a bun and place a shower cap or plastic bag over the scalp or your hair to seal in the moisture.

2.) Apply the hair mask before bed and shower in the morning.
If you’re thinking of doing this step, wear a shower cap and place a towel over your pillow case. Trust me, the last thing you want is oil seeping into your facial pores when you sleep.

Now this is a huge disclaimer about coconut oil. It’s best to do coconut oil on a day where you know you have extra time in the shower. Yes coconut oil is amazing, but at the end of the day it’s an oil and can leave your hair greasy and smelling greasy if not washed out extensively. The first time my roommate did a mask she took a shower, shampooed and conditioned her hair as usual, but had to wash her out again in the bathtub because she didn’t wash it all out. Ain’t nobody got time for that!

If done right, coconut oil will leave your hair super shiny and soft! There are days my hair feels too soft, but hey its better than being too dried out!

Check out this list of other coconut oil uses:
http://www.swansonvitamins.com/blog/natural-health-tips/using-coconut-oil