Friday, July 26, 2013

end of summer beauty tips

yes i said it, end of summer.  hard to believe right?  well it's right around the corner whether you like it or not.  time to squeeze in those last beach trips and barbeques.
yes i know fall starts in about 2 months, however, around these parts of north carolina, fall decides to show it's face around mid august.  which means we only have about a month of true summer weather left to enjoy.

by the end of the summer months, your hair is probably dry from all the chlorine, your nails are chipping, and your skin, like it or not, probably has some sun damage.  and with cooler weather on it's way, it's only going to make things worse.

so today i'm going to show you some of my favorite beauty tips to help your hair and skin get back to it's normal self.


problem #1: your mani and pedi are in need of some serious tlc

living in flip flops during the summer can cause your pedicure to fade, or chip easier.  but like me, i'm sure you don't want to live in boots all summer long.  if you don't have the money to go spend on an expensive mani and pedi, you can do it yourself.  set some time aside to give your hands and feet the attention they need:
1. soak them in mild soap (i use johnson's baby wash) and water for about 5 minutes and then rinse.  after your are done rinsing, scrub your feet with a sugar and water mixture.  
2. rinse all of the residue off and moisturize with oil (i use either olive oil or coconut oil) let the oil sit for about 20 minutes.  you can sit back, relax and read and magazine.  don't worry about time, this is your time to treat yourself. 
3. after about 20 minutes rinse again and enjoy how soft your feet feel :)
you can do the same thing with your hands.

now you will need a new color for your fingers and toes.  neon is a little too summery, so i would suggest sometime a little more neutral.   

try topless and barefoot by essie.  this color is a neutral hue, with a little bit of sparkle to it.  perfect for those end of summer date nights!

problem #2: your hair is brittle and your color is looking dull

if you're anything like me, you've spent your summer hanging out by the pool.  at the time it feels like the best thing in the world, especially with a frozen margarita in your hand.  but what you don't realize is that with all the chlorine and the sun, your hair is suffering.
moisture is none existent and your color is fading fast!
um emergency!!  so what can you do?  well it's too late to start protecting your hair from the harmful rays, and chemicals, but don't worry, you can give your hair the treatment it needs, no need to book a hair appointment. what you need to do is give your hair a good clarifying cleanse, and good deep conditioning treatment.
there are a few different clarifying shampoo on the market, you just need to find the right one that works for you.  the one that i would recommend is fekkai apple cider clarifying shampoo.  you're going to pay a little more for it, however, if you're in the market for a cheaper option try neutrogena anti-residue shampoo.  after shampooing and removing all of that residue, you need to make sure you give yourself a deep conditioning treatment.  i swear by dove products.  they are my absolute favorite, and i love their deep conditioning treatments.  i would recommend using dove damage therapy intensive repair treatment.  a little bit of tlc will help your hair color go from dull to radient again, however, if you're bored with your summer color, talk to your salon.  they can recommend a color that will look and feel great on you.  i would only advise coloring your hair yourself if you are skilled in that area :)

problem #3: your skin is dry and flaky

let's face it, unless you're perfect, you've forgotten to apply sunscreen a few times this summer.  too much sun can damage your skin.  we've heard it before.  sun is NOT good for your skin.  not only can it cause skin cancers such as melanoma, but it can cause sun spots wrinkles, and much more damage in the long run.  by the end of summer, the heat and sun have left you with red, flaky and dry skin.  don't fret, you can fix it!  your skin changes with the seasons, so to get your skin repaired from summer damage, and prepared for the fall and winter, there are a few steps you can take:

1. give your skin a good exfoliation.  this can be as easy as mixing a good at home potion together.  mix sugar and coconut oil together to make a paste.  the sugar will help remove all of those dead skin cells, and the coconut oil will help moisturize.
2. drink plenty of water.  this tip isn't only for the summer months.  it's definitely a year round beauty tip.  your body is made up of mostly water, and with the suns heat, your body has probably lost a large amount of fluid.  getting plenty of fluids will not only hydrate your body, but your skin as well.
3. keep applying sunscreen.  even if it's not as hot outside.  the suns rays are still just as harmful in the fall and winter months as it is in the summer months.


yes i know you're probably thinking, "jennifer, stop wishing summer away!".  well the reality is, summer will be gone before we know it.  you'll thank me for these tips once fall comes around :)
in the mean time i hope you all have a fabulous weekend.
stay beautiful! 


  1. You are so right! Fall will be here before we know it! I'm not hating on that either ;)

  2. Oh I will miss summer!! It's my favorite season by far!! I also love the sugar and coconut oil scrub!!! :) WONDERFUL!!

  3. These are definitely such common summer beauty problems. Love the Essie nail color!

    - Kaitlyn

    Boardwalks & Boulevards



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