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Holiday makeup video tutorial, part II

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champagne glassesI hope all of these holiday looks are inspiring you to get creative and have fun with your makeup this season! Here are two more using the Glamour Eye & Lip Palette: festive date night makeup, for a special night out, and of course a stunning look for New Year’s Eve. Pair these looks with a fun party dress and sparkly heels for a glamorous evening with friends or your special someone. Happy holidays!

Date night makeup look for the holiday season.

• Apply Smooth Affair Facial Primer & Brightener with fingertips, applying a thin layer all over your face. Blend until primer has been absorbed.
• Apply Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream, in your favorite shade, with your fingers, applying a small amount at a time and blending well. For an ultra smooth finish, blend with the Flocked Sponge.
• Apply Dreamy Pink PurePressed Eye Shadow to your entire eye lid and brow bone using your fingertip.
• Apply Red Carpet PurePressed Eye Shadow to your upper and lower lash line and blend well using the Eyeliner tip of the Snappy Brush Wand.
• Apply Merlot PurePressed Eye Shadow closer to the upper and lower lash line using the Smudge tip of the Snappy Brush Wand.
• Blend Merlot PurePressed Eye Shadow toward the outer corner using the
Crease tip of the Snappy Brush Wand.
• Apply the Basic Black Eye Pencil along the inner rim of your lower lash line.
• Apply PureLash Lash Extender & Conditioner to your upper and lower lashes followed by Black Onyx PureLash Mascara.
• Apply Connection In Touch Cream Blush to the cheeks.
• Apply Theresa PureMoist Lipstick to the lips using the Retractable Lip Brush.

Dramatic New Year’s Eve party makeup look.

• Apply Smooth Affair Facial Primer & Brightener with fingertips, applying a thin layer all over your face. Blend until primer has been absorbed.
• Apply Amazing Base Loose Mineral Powder, in your favorite shade, with the Chisel Powder Brush, finishing with downward strokes.
• Apply Violet Eyes PurePressed Eye Shadow to your entire eye lid using your fingertip and blend well.
• Apply Blue Hour PurePressed Eye Shadow to your upper and lower lash line using the Eyeliner tip of the Brush.
• Highlight your brow bone and inner corner with Oyster PurePressed Eye Shadow using your fingertip.
• Line your upper lash line with Basic Black Eye Pencil and smudge with Blue Hour using the Smudge tip of the Snappy Brush Wand.
• Apply PureLash Lash Extender & Conditioner to your upper and lower lashes followed by Navy PureLash Mascara.
• Using a White Fan Brush, apply Sheer Honey PurePressed Blush to your cheeks.
• Apply Lucy PureMoist Lipstick to your lips using the Retractable Lip Brush and finish with Pink Candy PureGloss Lip Gloss.

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Easy Gold Stripe Nail Tutorial

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I am always on the lookout for pretty-yet-easy nail tutorials because, well, I guess I’m just usually more of a simple gal when it comes to my nails! I love a lot of elaborate things in other categories, but I usually like a less-is-more approach when it comes to manicures. I saw a picture of some pretty polished nails sporting some thin gold stripes and I thought that nail tape would be the perfect way to replicate the look and it’s waaaay easier than trying to freehand those tiny stripes with a brush! Supplies:
-thin gold nail tape
-nude or light pink nail polish
–top coat
-sharp nail scissors or small sewing scissors
–cuticle oil (optional)
Paint your nails with two coats of your favorite nail polish (the one I used is a 5-free polish!) with dry time between each coat.Cut a strip of your gold nail tape that is about 1″ long and place it 1/3 of the way up from your middle nail and let it hang over the edge.Use your nail scissor (or even nail clippers!) to cut off the overhang and press the tape down firmly in place. Cut another 1″ long piece across your nail where the first vertical piece ends and trim the overhang with scissors. It’s better to cut off a little too much than too little since a strip hanging over the edge will get caught on clothing or pull away more easily.Repeat the process but reverse the placement on the ring finger nail and then do simple horizontal lines on the rest of your fingers about 1/3 of the way up the nail.Repeat on the other hand, give your tape pieces all a firm press again and then finish with 2-3 top coats with dry time in between.Once your topcoat is dry, add a thin layer of cuticle oil and take your new nails out on the town!So simple but I just love how the end result turned out! If you want your manicure to last a little longer, place your strips into your polish while the top layer is still the tiniest bit tacky. Do a different design on the middle finger as strips that end out towards the open end of the nail seem to be the ones that want to peel first, since they touch the most things as we use our hands throughout the day. I think this is a really pretty special occasion nail as well, so keep this in mind if you want a little something extra for a night out soon! xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with ACS for Desktop actions.
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Calling all retro brides! If you love the glamour and drama of Old Hollywood stars, this makeup tutorial is for you! One of the tips we regularly give to brides-to-be when they ask how to prep for their bridal makeup trial is: choose a look that is classic, but true to who you are. We say this because we want you to love your makeup on your wedding day and every day after. This “vintage glamour” look is one that withstands the test of time. It’s just as fitting for a modern bride as it was during the Golden Age of Hollywood. The best part about a glamorous, Old Hollywood look is it’s easily achieved with and without the help of a professional makeup artist. Watch this video for a step-by-step tutorial on how to get the look.

Old Hollywood Wedding Makeup Tutorial

Create a Flawless Complexion

Get Sultry-looking Eyes

Finish with Kissable Lips

We Want to Know

What bridal makeup look would you like to see us recreate? Comment with your answer below and we may choose your look for our next bridal makeup tutorial.

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A timeless, elegant bridal look will never go out of style. Every bride-to-be wants to feel beautiful on their big day and this classic bridal look will achieve that and stay tasteful and classic in pictures for many years to come. We promise, your natural beauty will be front-and-center with the soft, romantic bridal makeup look.

classic wedding makeup, classic bridal makeup

Get Your Glow On

A Subtle, Smokey Eye

classic bridal makeup, classic wedding makeup

  • Fill in brows with the Retractable Brow Pencil in your brow shade.
  • Sweep Canvas Smooth Affair for Eyes across your lid to prime them for shadow.
  • Use the Eye Shadow Kit to create your eye look. Apply the Cappuccino shade in your crease and the outer corner of your eyes.
  • Deepen your crease by applying the Dark Suede shade on the outer corners of your eyes.
  • Use an Eye Shader Brush to press the Oyster shade into the center of your lids.
  • Add the Charcoal shade to the outer corners of your eyes, blending the color into Dark Suede.
  • Blend the crease colors lightly using a Crease brush.
  • Smudge Charcoal into the outside corner of your top lash line.
  • Run Black/Brown Eye Pencil along your bottom lash line. Then, add Dark Suede to your lash line for more intensity.
  • Finish off the eyeliner with a thin line of Black/Brown Eye Pencil along your top lash line.
  • Tie the look together with a pair of false lashes on your upper lashes. Add PureLash Mascara in Black Onyx to your lower lash line.
  • If you’d like a more intense eyeliner look, apply a bit of Black Liquid Eyeliner to the base of your top lashes. This will help blend the false lashes with your natural lashes.

Lovely Lips


Want More Inspiration?

Check out these other wedding makeup tutorials.

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A sultry, smokey eye is the gold standard in makeup. It is the ever-elusive goal for many women; though, it seems to evade many of us. Right when we think we’ve achieved the perfect balance of smoke and depth, we make one false move and end up looking like a panda. (And, not in a cute, cuddly way.) So, we asked Global Educator Natalie Soto-Carlisle how to create a simple, 5-minute smokey eye. Not only did she give us some fool-proof steps to follow, she also showed us her expert technique. Check it out!

An Easy, 5-minute Smokey Eye Tutorial

 

Apply Eggplant from the Naturally Matte Eye Shadow Kit into your crease.

Line your upper lash line with Onyx Mystikol Powdered Eyeliner, then smudge Fudge from the Naturally Matte palette on your upper lash line. You should also use Fudge to smoke out the outer corner of the eye and into the crease.

To balance out the smokiness on your upper lash line, use Basic BlackEye Pencil to line your lower lashes and smudge the line with more Fudge eye shadow.

Then, apply Buttercream from the Naturally Matte palette to the inner corners of your eyes and on your brow bones. This helps make your eyes look brighter! Intensify the color by applying a little more Brown Silk onto your lids and blend. Finish your look with PureLash Lash Extender & Conditioner and Black Ice Longest Lash Lengthening and Thickening Mascara.

Show us Your Smoke

Did you ever think it would be that simple? Tell us what you think of this bronze, smokey eye makeup in a comment below. We also want to know your best smokey eye tips. If you try this look out, share it with us on Instagram by tagging @janeiredale #GoodBeautyStories.

 

Naturally Matte Eye Shadow Kit, smokey eye tutorial
Naturally Matte Eye Shadow Kit
$59.00

basic black eye pencil

Basic Black Eye Pencil $15.00

onyx mystikol powdered eyeliner

Onyx Mystikol Powdered Eyeliner $24.00

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Video Tutorial, Guide & Photos!

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The fallen leaves, apple picking, pumpkin spice lattes…it’s just about impossible not to love fall. Still, as temperatures start to drop, styling your hair can be a challenge. Sure, the colder weather and low humidity levels mean you probably won’t have to worry about frizz, but trying to rock a cute hairstyle while wearing a knit headband or hat is a struggle of its own. It’s easy to feel like bundling up to stay warm means you have to compromise on looking chic and stylish, but luckily, that’s not the case. 

Whether you’re headed to the pumpkin patch or simply running some errands, these fall hairstyles are perfect for whatever the day has in store. Plus, you can rock some trendy fall accessories and make a statement all while staying warm and cozy.

Rachel from the Luxy Hair team shows us how to create three quick and easy fall hairstyles, so whether you’re at a loss for inspiration or have a hard time styling your hair during the colder months, these hair tutorials are sure to help. Check out the video below and follow along.

To add extra length and volume to her hair, Rachel wears her 220g Classic Chestnut Brown Luxy Hair extensions. If your hair is short and difficult to style, or if you just want some extra fullness, we recommend clipping in your hair extensions before trying out these looks.

Hairstyle 1: The Twisted Ponytail  

This look is perfect for the girl who wants a timeless, classic hairstyle.

Step 1

Begin by dividing your hair into three sections, ensuring the largest section of hair is at the back of your head. We recommend using two 4-clip wefts at the back of your head before tying your hair into a ponytail with a hair elastic. 

Step 2

Next, start twisting each of the sections at the front of your head, gathering the hair gradually as you work towards the back of your head. Make sure to take your time, working slowly to prevent flyaways and bumps as you twist your hair.

Step 3

Untie the ponytail, adding in the first twisted section of hair before repeating the process on the other side.

Step 4

To add some extra detail to the style, clip two 1-clip wefts together, and braid them into a single strand. Clip the braided weft underneath the ponytail and wrap it around to hide your hair elastic. This will elevate your look, making it perfect for a fancier fall occasion while hiding any mistakes you’ve made in the process.

Step 5

Rachel accessories this style with a classic black hat to tie everything together. It’s a fast and easy hairstyle to achieve but it still looks intricate and polished. 

Hairstyle 2: The Low Bubble Side Braid

For a modern take on a Rapunzel-esque style, the Low Bubble Side Braid is perfect. 


Step 1

To achieve this look, simply tie off your hair into a low ponytail. Rachel opts for a loose, off-centre braid to ensure it won’t get in the way, allowing her hat to sit securely on her head. If you prefer, you can also tie your hair into a regular low ponytail. 

Step 2

Next, using thin elastics, start tying the ponytail off into sections, making sure that each division is even. Depending on the length of your hair and the size of each section, you may have more or less sections than Rachel, but you should still be able to achieve a similar look.

Step 3

Gently pull on the hair in each section to loosen it up, creating a rounded, bubble effect.

Step 4

Rachel styles her ponytail on one side of her head, taking out a face-framing strand of hair for an effortless look. A perfect get out of bed and run out the door kind of hairstyle, it’s perfect for the girl on the go and looks great styled with a Baker Boy cap.

Step 5

If it’s a sleeker look you’re after, use some hairspray and a small brush to help define the bubbles and keep frizz and flyaways at bay. This will ensure your style lasts all day.

Hairstyle 3: The High Braided Bun

A creative spin on the classic ballerina bun, this look is timeless and super chic.

Step 1

Start off by gathering your hair into a high ponytail at the crown of your head.

Step 2

Next, braid your ponytail, wrapping it into a bun and securing it into a hair elastic. If you want a bolder, more daring look, use the same method to create two buns on either side of your head.

Step 3

Top off the look with a with a headband or some ear muffs. Rachel’s twisted knit headband will not only keep her ears warm, it also gives her outfit a dose of fall feels.

Got your hair down this fall but need some hair color inspo? Click here for our top tips on going darker for the fall. If you try out these fall hairstyles yourself, be sure to let us know which one was your favorite by posting on Instagram with the hashtag #myluxyhair.

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5-Minute Simply Natural Makeup Tutorial

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No matter the woman — age, skin type, skin tone, etc. — we all love a natural makeup look. It’s a look that is so effortless and subtle even you start believing you have perfect skin. Luckily, here at jane iredale, we have amazing makeup to help improve the health and appearance of your skin and equally wonderful Global Beauty Educators to show us how to use those products to create any look we want from dramatic to simple and natural. Keep reading to learn how to create a makeup look that you can wear every day of your life and to watch a natural makeup look video tutorial that will help you apply your favorite products like a pro.

 

5 minute natural make up look

Essential Products for a Natural Makeup Look

Before we get started creating a natural makeup look for all ages, here are the products our Global Beauty Educator, Shawn Towne, recommends:

A Natural Makeup Look Tutorial

Now that you’re armed with everything you need to create a simle, natural makeup look, let’s get started with Shawn’s tutorial. https://youtu.be/WmKjycnXRno

  1. First, cleanse, tone, and moisturize your skin with the BeautyPrep Skincare collection.
  2. Then, start creating your natural makeup look by applying Smooth Affair Facial Primer & Brightener using the Blending Brush.
  3. Use the Foundation Brush to apply Liquid Minerals foundation in downward strokes. Then, blend it out using the Flocked Sponge.
  4. Apply Amazing Base Loose Mineral Powder on top of the Liquid Minerals using the Chisel Powder Brush.
  5. Hide dark under-eye circles using a Camouflage Brush to tap on CircleDelete Concealer.
  6. Add contour by applying So-Bronze 1 below your cheekbones (in the hollows of your cheeks) using the Chisel Powder Brush. You can also use the GreatShape Contour Kit and read this article to learn how to contour for your face shape.
  7. Give your cheeks color by applying PurePressed Blush with the White Fan Brush.
  8. Define your eyebrows using the Retractable Brow Pencil.
  9. Prime your eyelids by applying Lemon Smooth Affair for Eyes with the Camouflage Brush. The Lemon shade will help cancel out any redness on your eyelids.
  10. Apply White PurePressed Eye Shadow to your eyelid with the Eye Shader Brush.
  11. Then, apply Dark Suede PurePressed Eye Shadow to your outer corners and crease using the Crease Brush.
  12. Line your top lash line with Dark Topaz Mystikol Powdered Eyeliner.
  13. Prime your eyelashes with PureLash Lash Conditioner & Extender. Then, add volume to your lashes using Black Ice Longest Lash Mascara.
  14. Finish your look with Luscious PlayOn Lip Crayon.

Show us Your Natural Makeup Looks

Once you’re done, snap a selfie and show us your version of this dewy, natural makeup look! Share the picture with us on Instagram by tagging @janeiredale and #GoodBeautyStories for your chance to be featured on our channels!

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Everyone has a go-to makeup look they prescribe to. It might be subtle contour and a rosy nude lip or it could be a retro winged eyeliner look with bold red lips. Our signature look focuses on the eyes— they’re the windows to the soul, right? To create our everyday, natural eye makeup look, we use the Brown Sugar PurePressed Eye Shadow Triple and 5 easy application steps. Take a look at the results below.

everyday, natural eye makeup look using Brown Sugar PurePressed Eye Shadow Triple

Prepping Your Eyes

Before you start applying our signature, natural eye makeup look, first prep your eye area so you start with a neutral canvas. That means, hiding dark circles and defining your brows. Here’s a quick refresher on both.

Cover & Conceal

The first step to creating any sensational eye makeup look is disguising puffiness or discoloration under your eyes. If you have a little puffiness, try Active Light Under-Eye Concealer, which uses a nourishing antioxidant formula that helps de-puff as it conceals and brightens dark shadows. For dark circles, we recommend trying Circle/Delete or Enlighten Concealer. Read this article to learn how to conceal dark circles like a pro.

Define & Fill Your Brows

Your eyebrows are like the picture frames for your eyes. A well-kept brow can enhance the look of your eye and face makeup. If you want to add a little definition try using the Retractable Brow Pencil. To add fullness to a sparse brow, use the GreatShape Eyebrow Kit. Check out this guide to shape and define your brows.

5-Steps to Create a Natural Eye Makeup Look

Now that you have concealed your under-eye area, and defined your eyebrows, it’s time to create our everyday, natural eye makeup.

  1. Start by priming your eyelids using Lemon Smooth Affair for Eyes. It’s a universal shade that will help smooth the texture of your eyelids and make your eye shadow last longer.
  2. Next, apply the dark eggplant shade in the Brown Sugar PurePressed Eye Shadow Triple to the outer corner of your eyelid using a Crease Brush. Blend toward the middle of the eye to soften any lines of demarcation.
  3. Use the Deluxe Shader Brush to apply the lightest shade in Brown Sugar to the inner corner of your eye. Again, blend the shadow toward the center of your lid. Apply the same shade to your brow bone.
  4. Line your top lash line with the Black/Brown Eye Pencil.
  5. Enhance your lashes by first applying PureLash Lash Extender & Conditioner then applying Black Ice Longest Lash Lengthening & Thickening Mascara.

That’s it! Our signature, natural eye makeup look is easy to create in 5 steps, but it’s also a look that can be dressed up or down whether you are wearing it to work or to a special event.

Show Us Your Signature Eye Makeup Looks

What is your favorite eye makeup look? Show us the eye shadow look you wear on a daily basis by tagging @janeiredale and #GoodBeautyStories on Instagram. We may even feature you on our Makeup Inspiration Gallery!

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Protective hairstyling is a curly girl’s best friend, especially as the temperatures start to drop. The extreme cold and wind can take a major toll on our delicate strands, so it’s important to keep them moisturized and tucked away. If you’re after a hairstyle that’s protective and stylish, look no further than box braids. The traditional African braid rose to popularity almost three decades ago, defining an era of iconic black television, movies and music. In 2020, celebrities and influencers are bringing back the iconic 90’s style.

How to do box braids

What are box braids?

Box braids are plaits or three-strand braids that are divided into square-shaped sections. Unlike cornrows, box braids are not braided flat against the scalp, instead hair is sectioned off into squares (or boxes) all throughout the scalp and gets braided down its entire length. This gives you the option to style your braids as you would your normal hair. They can be done with natural hair or you can add hair extensions for extra length and thickness, or to add a pop of colour. You can use human or synthetic hair to achieve the look. 

Knotless braids are a modern adaptation of the classic box braid that give a more natural finish and look more like your own hair. They put less tension on your hair, so they are the better choice for those with sensitive scalps. 

Both options are a great protective style because there’s no heat, or constant pulling and tugging, which means your hair won’t have any issues growing. However, box braids can damage your hair if they are installed incorrectly, or left in for too long.

How to prep your hair for box braids

If you’re thinking of getting box braids, there are a few things you should do to prep your hair before installation. It’s very important to make sure that your hair is shampooed, detantangled, deep-conditioned, and trimmed before braided. This will ensure that your hair is healthy and moisturized before going into a long-term style like braids. Box braids can last up to two months, and you can’t remove all the dirt and build-up from your hair or scalp, so starting with clean hair is always best. 

Box braids can be pretty pricey. You can expect to spend anywhere from $100-$400 for your box braids (which makes sense since it can take up to eight hours to do). However if you’re not ready to shell out that kind of cash, but still want to try the style, here’s a step by step guide for how you can achieve the style from home. 

How to do box braids

How to do box braids at home: a step by step guide

Step 1

Wash, deep condition, detangle and blow dry your hair. It’s important to start off with a clean, moisturized base to make sure that this style can hold up. We recommend using a clarifying shampoo like, the Shea Moisture African Black Deep Cleansing Shampoo, to remove product residue and build-up. Always follow up with a good hair mask, we love the Ouidad Curl Recovery Melt-Down Extreme Repair Mask because it hydrates the hair and prevents breakage. 

Step 2

Once your hair is all clean, add your favourite leave-in products to ensure your hair is as smooth, hydrated, and easy to work with as possible. We love the Kinky Curly Knot Today Detangler for an extra boost of curl hydration. Before blow-drying, add a thermal protectant like the Olaplex No.7 Bonding Oil, which doesn’t only protect your hair from heat, it repairs it. Finally blow-dry your hair before moving on to braiding. 

Step 3

Section off your hair for the braids, and then make smaller sections within the sections. The smaller parts will be the size of your braids, so make them as micro or jumbo as you want. Make sure you use a great precision comb for effortless, clean parts. Mariah suggests using hair bands to section off the hair you’re not braiding and keep it out of the way. 

How to do box braids

Step 4

Now for the fun part — braiding your hair. To start, take a piece of braiding hair and place it on top of the sectioned off piece of hair. Start a three strand braid. The three strands are 1) braiding hair 2) your own hair 3) braiding hair.

How to do box braids

Step 5

Once you get towards the end of your real hair, it’s time to feed it into the braiding hair. No good braid instal is complete without a great jam or paste to keep everything in place. To add shine and memory to your braids, use cult-favourite gel SoftSheen Carson Let’s Jam. It adds control without the crunch and is safe to use on synthetic hair. Pro tip: Keep detangling your hair as you go, the smoother your hair is the longer the braids will last. 

How to do box braids

Step 6

Now that you only have two sections of hair for your three strand braid, split one of your two sections to make three again and continue braiding all the way down. Continue using edge control and gel to tame and lock the hair in place.

How to do box braids

Step 7

Once all of your braids are done, seal the ends of the braids with hot water. To make your braids last and keep flyaways flat, we recommend using a few pumps of a foam mouse. One of our favourites is AllDay Locks & Braids Foam Control, because it provides a long-lasting hold and doesn’t flake. 

How to do box braids

Step 8

To complete the look, use edge control and an edges brush or toothbrush to lay your baby hairs. The key to a polished look is perfectly laid baby hairs. 

Your braids are installed but your work isn’t over just yet. It’s important that you maintain your braids so that they stay frizz-free as long as possible. A satin bonnet, scarf, or silk pillowcase will protect your hair while you sleep. We also suggest getting an anti-itch spray like, Philip Kingsley Flaky/Itchy Scalp Toner, so that you don’t disturb your roots which will lead to frizz. Since you will be skipping shampoo for a few weeks we also suggest getting a scalp cleansing rinse that you can use while your braids are installed, which will allow you to maintain your protective style a bit longer. One of our favourites is Cantu’s Refresh Apple Cider Vinegar Dry Co-Wash, it has a combination of apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil, and shea butter, which will cleanse, condition, and nourish your scalp. 

Keeping your braids in for too long may be tempting, but it can cause breakage, matting, and buildup on your new growth. If you want to stretch your time, we suggest getting the hairline and nape redone around the six-week mark. 

When it’s time to take your braids out, the worst thing you can do is rush. Make sure to set aside enough time for the process so that you don’t damage your hair. Here are the steps to uninstalling your box braids the right way. 

How to do box braids

How to remove box braids at home

Step 1

Spray your hair with warm water. The follow up with a detangling product, like Auntie Jackie’s Curls & Coils Not On May Watch Instant Detangler, to add some slip to your hair. Pro tip: Go in sections so that your hair doesn’t dry while you work through it. 

Step 2 

Begin from the bottom and move upwards. If you added extensions you can cheat by cutting the bottoms, but leave enough space to where your natural hair ends. Keep in mind your hair has probably grown so don’t cut off too much.

Step 3

Add some Detangler to your fingertips and slowly unravel the braids. Keep detangling your hair with a wide tooth comb or your fingers, always starting from the bottom and moving upwards.

Step 4 

Once you’ve fully unravelled the braid to the root you will be able to remove the extensions. 

Once your protective style is removed you’ll want to give your hair some TLC. Follow up with your hair care routine, make sure to give your hair a good scrub and lots hydration.

Written by: Phelisha Cassup

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Grunge Glam Studded Nail Tutorial

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If you haven’t noticed by now, the ’90s are back in a big way. No matter what your age group was in the ’90s, chances are you have some fond and some terrifying memories of trends and fashion choices, etc., that have probably been popping up in stores lately. I’m a big fan of the updated grunge feel and since we named our new AILA polish “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (after the classic ’90s Nirvana song), we thought we’d think of a fun “grunge glam” nail look to go along with it!Supplies:
-AILA nail polish in Smells Like Teen Spirit
–clear top coat
-gold nail stud decorations (I used two shapes from this pack)
–wax picker pencil
–nail glue + a toothpick for application (optional but recommended for longer term wear)
Trim and shape your clean nails to your liking and add 2 coats of polish to each nail with dry time between each coat.

Get your wax pencil and lay out your studs near your nails for easy access. To adhere your studs, you can either do another coat of the grey polish or one coat of the clear top coat on one of your nails to create a sticky surface and then use the wax pencil to pick up the stud and place it on your wet nail in the desired location (if you do the grey polish route, just do one coat in the first step instead of two). I did a small square stud at the base of my nail near about 1/8″ from the cuticle and then a longer triangle stud above that. Try and get the stud as close to the location that you want as you can, but you can still do some adjustment once it’s down to straighten it a bit if needed.

For a longer-wear situation, instead of using the polish to adhere them, you can squirt a little nail glue onto a piece of paper and use a toothpick to dab a bit of glue where each stud will be located on your nail and then place the studs on the nail glue.
Work on one nail at a time so the polish or glue doesn’t dry before you get your studs on.
Add 1-2 layers of top coat with dry time in between and your nails are ready to go! There you have it! Of course, you can choose a different pattern based on what shape of studs you like the best, but I like how these shapes feel simple and yet a little glam at the same time too. All you need now is your Nirvana CD and one of these to tie around your overall jumpsuit and you’re ready to go! xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.

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