Maintaining your summer glow into fall

Maintain your summer glow; stay bronzed in any season!

As cooler days are headed our way, some of you might be trying to soak up those last bits of summer sun to keep your sun-kissed glow. Usually I’d be doing the same, but not this year.

I tried my best to keep my skin protected from the sun’s damaging rays this summer. This statement is HUGE coming from a girl who’s tried every trick in the book to stay tanned. I’m not one of those people who can pull off being pale; I just end up looking sickly in the winter. I’m also not the type of person who tans easily. I can achieve a decent tan from laying out but it takes a couple of weeks and sun burns to get there. I’ve come to realize it’s not worth it. It’s no news that skin cancer, and countless other skin problems, are caused by sun exposure. Exposing yourself to the potential skin problems for the price of temporary beauty is not exactly smart.

Sunless tanning has been my go-to for bronzing this summer, and continues to be as we transition into fall. I’ve tried every type of sunless tanning technique out there: oils, professional spray tans, mousses, lotions, home sprays, etc. I think it’s safe to say at this point I’ve experienced the pros and cons of all to help with the self-tanning dos and don’ts.

It does take some work to keep it up, more work than simply laying in the sun or in a tanning bed, but here are some tips I’ve discovered to make sunless tanning easier:

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Summer hair hydration

Summer hair hydration with DIY hair mask

As the warm weather settles in for the next couple of months, I’m sure many people are just as happy as I am. Unfortunately, the heat, sun and humidity are all taking a toll on your hair. I find the extreme weather in both summer and winter dries out my hair, but the humidity of the summer months takes a bad hair day to a whole new level.

As someone who dyes my hair on a regular basis (it’s hard work being blonde!) and, honestly, doesn’t get it cut as much as I should (I know, I know, I’m bad), I’m always looking for solutions to the brittle tresses summer weather brings. The good news is, I’ve found an easy DIY solution and you just might already have the ingredients in your house.

Before

Before…

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Freshen up your look in four steps

Freshen up your look in 4 steps

Spring is such a nice refresher after a long winter. It always feels so great to get out of your winter coat and into a cool spring jacket. Personally, when new seasons come around I love to dress and look the occasion. It’s easy to refresh your look from dreary winter to bright spring with a few tips. Looking good and feeling good can go hand-in-hand.

Fresh face, fresh feel

Freshening up your look can be taken literally with fresh-faced makeup. I’m notorious for always adding winged liner to my makeup, but switching it up for a more relaxed style seems to be the trend this season. Forget the heavy brows and contour & highlighting techniques you’ve been practicing (thanks for nothing, Kardashians!), keep your daytime look light by ditching or cutting back on the eyeliner. Add a light blush to give yourself that springtime glow and finish your look off with a touch of mascara. If you like to give your brows some definition, make sure it still looks natural and not noticeably drawn on. If you’re someone who feels uncomfortable without much makeup or feels the need for foundation/concealer, just make sure you do it in a natural way and not to look overly touched up or “cakey”.

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