Archive | June, 2012

Spotlight On: Ombre

22 Jun

Ombre is a french term that refers to the gradual change in shade of a color from light to dark, or from one color to another. In the past few years, ombre has been popping up all over the beauty and fashion world and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down! I’ve rounded up the posts I’ve made on the three most popular ombre trends; hair, nails, and fashion. What is your favorite ombre trend?

*Ombre Hair Color
Usually having your roots be a totally different color than the rest of your hair means you need to get to the salon, but thanks to the ombre hair coloring technique it’s become a trend! So many people are sporting this look right now, and it is huge among celebrities. It makes your hair appear to be longer, and in some instances naturally sun-kissed.

*Ombre Nail Design
Ombre is an easy way to add some extra punch to your nails without having to worry about intricate designs, stickers, and other nail design add-ons.

*Ombre Fashion
The ombre trend doesn’t end with just hair and nail styles, its gaining popularity in the fashion world, too! Its a great way to add length and color to an outfit or article of clothing in both subtle and not-so-subtle ways.

Ombre Fashion

22 Jun

The ombre trend doesn’t end with just hair and nail styles, its gaining popularity in the fashion world, too! Its a great way to add length and color to an outfit or article of clothing in both subtle and not-so-subtle ways. Check out some examples below!

I am absolutely obsessed with this dress. Its the epitome of ombre, having transitions in not only color but texture, too! It goes from blue to silver to peach, and small sequins to larger sequins to feathers! So stunning.

The dark navy blue to white ombre on this gown makes it appear longer and adds to the flow of the bottom.

This sequin dress flows from red to gold and back to red again! A different style and take on the ombre look.

I adore these ombre tights, and will definitely be looking for them when fall/winter season comes back around! Ombre leggings would be super cute, as well, and both will help elongate your legs!

Scarves are a super trendy accessory, so an ombre scarf is just perfect!

I love this ombre bandage dress. The gradient of color is perfect!

This maxi skirt is perfect for an ombre design. Putting the purple, being the darker color, on the bottom makes it appear almost dipped dyed and really accentuates the long length of the skirt.

Ombre Nail Design

13 Jun

I love ombre nails, hands down. In fact, I think I wear this on my nails more often than I paint my nails one color. It’s an easy way to add some extra punch to your nails without having to worry about designs, stickers, and other nail design add-ons. There are several different types of ombre designs for nails. Here are some examples and variations. *Note: Many of the pictures I found on Pinterest, and weren’t linked to the original website. I do not intend to take credit for these images or infringe anyone’s copyrights. Please let me know if you see something that is yours, and I will give proper credit or take down the image!

1. From Pinky to Thumb

The easiest way to achieve an ombre nail look. Choose a single color, and on each finger paint a different shade of that color, ranging from light to dark or dark to light. For example, if you were using blue, you could use the following colors: baby blue, sky blue, mid-tone blue, true royal blue, and navy blue. Photo Credit: Glitta Gloves

2. Vertical

Go from light to dark, or dark to light, from the tip of your nail down to your cuticle. You can go from light to dark within a single color, or create a gradient transition between two or more colors. An easy way to achieve this look is to take all of your colors and paint the gradient on a sponge, about the size of your nail, and just press it onto your nail. Photo Credit: Latina

3. Horizontal

Similar to the vertical design, only going from side to side rather than top to bottom of your nail. Check out the steps in the above photo for an easy way to get this look. Photo Credit: Hey, Nice Nails!

4. Glitter

You can do glitter gradients either by the color of glitter, or by creating a diffused glitter look like in the above photo. It’s easiest to use a glitter that isn’t very compact so you can build the amount of glitter up to the tip of your nail. This can be done over a color, or can be a great way for a subtle yet dressed up look on an unpolished nail. Photo Credit: The Polished Perfectionist

Ombre Hair Color

13 Jun

Usually having your roots be a totally different color than the rest of your hair means you need to get to the salon, but thanks to the ombre hair coloring technique it’s become a trend! So many people are sporting this look right now, and it is huge among celebrities. It makes your hair appear to be longer, and in some instances naturally sun-kissed. Here are some examples and variations. *Note: Many of the pictures I found on Pinterest, and weren’t linked to the original website. I do not intend to take credit for these images or infringe anyone’s copyrights. Please let me know if you see something that is yours, and I will give proper credit or take down the image!

1. Dramatic (Dark to Light)

Perfect display of ombre here. The gradient of color is perfect!


Ashlee Simpson sports dramatic ombre hair- black roots and blonde ends.

2. Subtle

Ombre doesn’t always have to be the transition between two totally opposite colors, as Lauren Conrad displays above. She’s blonde all-over, with subtle lightening of the ends.

3. Colorful

Blonde fades to hot pink, hot pink fades to lavender! Ombre can be done on just the tips, too.


I absolutely love this look, and the colors are gorgeous. It’s a great way to add some color to your hair without totally going overboard! Check out a tutorial for this type of look at The Beauty Department.com!


Blonde fades to a peachy-orange color. Gorgeous!

4. Reversed (Light to Dark)

Most times, ombre hair color goes from dark to light. But you can do it the complete opposite, too!

Did You Know: Sun Is Good For You!

7 Jun

You may have heard or read reports of people (particularly tanning salons) claiming that tanning is actually good for you. And guess what? It is true! HOWEVER, and that’s a big however, only in moderation. UV Rays do give you vitamin D, which is of course good for you, but you don’t need that much, and getting some vitamin D from Mr. Sun isn’t so important that you shouldn’t protect your skin. It is recommended that you apply your SPF, lotions, etc. about 10-15 minutes after being out in the sun. This gives your body time to absorb the good things the sun provides before burning and other damage sets in. Just make sure you remember to apply your protectant after that. Use your head, though. If it’s a particularly sunny day, it’s not worth the risk. You can always get vitamin D elsewhere! A lot of the time you can check the news or weather in your area to see if the sun is particularly brighter and stronger than usual. 🙂

Protect Your Hair from the Pool

7 Jun

Summer is (basically) here, which means swimming! Swimming is a great way to cool off, have fun, and is even one of the best exercises for your body, but it can be terrible for your head fuzz! Chlorine and other chemicals found in pools are extremely damaging and drying for your hair. Here are a few tips to help you keep your hair looking and feeling great without having to skip out on some summer fun!

1. Avoid swimming after chemical services.
This is kind of an obvious one, but you definitely want to avoid swimming (or at least getting your hair wet in the pool) for a few days. This includes perms, relaxers, straightening treatments, and coloring! Your hair is in one of it’s most vulnerable states after being chemically treated- it’s dryer, more sensitive, and more porous. Not only is it bad for the health of your hair, but it could ruin the outcome of the treatment you received. It could tarnish and even potentially change the color, and deactivate a perm/relaxer/straightening treatment. You wouldn’t want to waste all of the money you just paid to get your hair looking fabulous for a dunk in the pool, would you?

2. Soak your hair before you go swimming.
When your hair is dry, it’s in it’s most porous state. Think of a dry sponge- if you place a dry sponge in a bowl of water, it’s going to absorb most of the water. Now, if you place a soaking wet sponge in a bowl of water, its not going to absorb nearly as much. The same idea applies to your hair. If you wet your hair before you swim, there will be less room for your hair to absorb the chlorinated water, and less chlorine means less damage. You can use regular water for this, or you can go the extra mile and use a product made for moisturizing and strengthening your hair, such as a leave-in conditioner, keratin spray, etc. You could also use conditioner, a moisturizing/strengthening serum, or an oil (such as moroccan/argon oil) but I’ve found these methods to be a bit messy. Using one of these products while swimming will not only help protect your hair from the chlorine, but it also keeps in moisture that the chemicals aggressively take out. If you do use water to soak your hair, make sure it’s cold. Hot water opens the hair follicles, making it that much easier for impurities to get in! I personally use Matrix Biolage Smoothing Shine Milk in my hair before I swim, and so far it’s worked out great for me! I can also see It’s A 10 Miracle Leave-In Product working really well, however, it tends to be a bit pricey so you might not want to use it every time you decide to go for a swim.

3. Use anti-chlorine shampoos.

I’m kind of on the fence about shampoos that are made specifically for removing chlorine. They are great, don’t get me wrong, but they’re also very harsh. They are made to remove chlorine, which also means removing everything else from your hair. I think it’s a good idea to use it every once in a while if you’re concerned about chlorine build up, but not more than once a week (max.), and certainly not after every time you swim. Clarifying shampoos can also be used since they essentially do the same thing, but like I’ve already said, in moderation! Your hair and scalp still need some of their natural oils, and it will be dry and dull if you’re constantly removing them! And I would definitely recommend using a deep conditioner after using either of these!

4. Deep Condition!
Deep conditioners are lifesavers for dry hair. They moisturize, repair, and strengthen about 5x more than regular conditioner, and are meant to be kept on your hair for at least 5-10 minutes for the best results. I’d use a deep conditioner at least once a week during the summer, even if you don’t swim that often. The sun has damaging effects on your hair, too! More than once a week is possible, but only if you really, really need the extra boost. Using it too much will weigh down your hair and make it greasy. If you don’t want to get a deep conditioner, you can always leave your regular conditioner on for 5-10 minutes while you’re in the shower after swimming for a little more moisture. It won’t give quite the same effects, but will still help fight dryness. Make sure you wash your hair before conditioning, though. A lot of people figure its best to condition immediately after getting out of the pool, but think of it this way- your hair has just absorbed up chemicals (along with dirt that’s more than likely in the pool!), and conditioner is made to not only moisturize, but to seal the hair. You don’t want to trap all of that icky stuff in there!

5. Do not use elastics, hair bands, or anything constricting to keep your hair up!
Have you ever went swimming with a pony tail, got your hair wet, and then attempted to take it out afterwards?! OUCH! Hair breakage central! Your hair is most prone to breaking when it is wet, so add that to the general weakening caused by the chemicals and it’s just a bad situation. I recommend using loose clips, or putting your hair in a bun and securing it with a pin. Braids are great, too. I know they still require using hair ties to keep them together, but getting bands off of the bottom inch or so of your hair won’t be nearly as problematic as taking out a full ponytail thats secured at your scalp. Even in this case, though, I’d avoid rubber bands. They’re not good for your hair to begin with since they’re sticky, so swimming with them is even more dangerous.

I hope this helps you keep your hair healthy and looking gorgeous this summer! Of course, you can always just avoid getting your hair wet while swimming if you don’t mind people mocking you and thinking you’re a “priss” (at least that’s what everyone says to me, haha).