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Summer is my favorite time of the year, not only for the warm weather and outdoor activities, but also for the transition to more fun and vibrant beauty looks – from deep glowing skin and rich hair color, to bright colors for an interesting contrast. But you don’t have to bake in the sun for hours or book those expensive appointments at the salon to get Summer ready — there are easier, safer, and more budget-friendly ways to elevate and enhance your look. Read on for the three ways I like to switch up my beauty routine as we prep for and transition into the Summer months.
1. Incorporate Self-Tanner & Bronzing Oil Into Your Routine
As a base to all my Summer looks, tanned skin is must. It makes whites and bright colors pop, and gives you a healthy glow. But you don’t need to take a trip to the Bahamas or frequent trips to the tanning salon to get Summer ready. Instead, opt for an at-home self-tanner. There are lots of options out there – from instant bronzing mousses to gradual self-tanners that can easily be used in place of your everyday moisturizer.
To further get your skin glowing to the max, add a light coat of a hydrating bronze shimmering oil to your skin after you hop out of the shower. This will keep your skin hydrated and smooth, and add a touch of shimmer.
2. Go for Brighter, More Vibrant Colors
Another great way to revamp your look for Summer is to swap out those dark, muted, and neutral tones for more vibrant shades on your nails, lips, eyes, and cheeks. You’ve probably got some bright polishes, eyeshadows, and lip/cheek colors laying around – we’ll, now’s the time to experiment with them! Try a vivid orange, playful pink, or even something wild like a golden-yellow (I’m talking the shade J-lo rocked) to make your pouts bold and bright.
Tip: Opt for a lip stain for melt-proof color and coverage. Lip stains saturate the lips with color, and are less likely to transfer as you’re sipping on that Mojito.
3. Enhance Your Hair Color, in the Shower!
There is no easier way to revamp your look for Summer than toning down (or up) your hair a bit. And thanks to John Frieda’s latest color enhancing hair care collection, you can accomplish that easily, safely, and in the comfort of your own home.
Personally, I’ve been due for ‘tune up’ for a while now. After spending hundreds at professional hair salons getting my hair highlighted and colored, I was often left disappointed and missing my natural color. To this day, I’m still waiting for my highlights from 2-3 years ago to grow out. (As you can see in the photo below, the lower 1/3 of my hair is somewhat brassy and dull looking.) So I felt it was time to give my hair a boost. My goal – simply to darken my hair color and show off my natural color, only a richer and more vibrant shade. And of course, being quite the minimalist when it comes to beauty, I gravitate towards anything that’s time-saving and also budget-friendly.
After learning about the new at-home treatment from John Frieda, I was excited to try out a new way to safely (and easily) darken my hair color by incorporating it into my weekly routine. The new line includes the Brilliant Brunette® Visibly Deeper™ Colour Deepening Shampoo, Brilliant Brunette® Visibly Deeper™ Colour Deepening Conditioner, and Brilliant Brunette® Visibly Deeper™ Colour Deepening Treatment.
The Visibly Deeper™ Shampoo and Visibly Deeper™ Conditioner work together to gradually intensify brunette tones. When used as part of the complete Visibly Deeper™ system (shampoo, conditioner, and treatment), they infuse color for a deeper shade in the shower. Formulated with cocoa and evening primrose oil, the pair envelops you in a warm and comforting scent.
The core of the Visibly Deeper™ system lies in the Visibly Deeper™ Treatment. This treatment infuses hair with a boost of color and instantly deepens and darkens brunette color up to one shade without causing damage like traditional, ammonia and peroxide-containing hair coloring treatments. The Visibly Deeper™ system is safe for use on natural or color-treated hair, as well as on any existing highlight or lowlight treatments. (If you’re interested in lightening your hair, opt for the Brilliant Brunette® Visibly Brighter™ system).
The coloring process is quick and easy: Start with the Visibly Deeper™ Shampoo, followed by the Visibly Deeper™ Conditioner. Then, massage the Visibly Deeper™ Treatment evenly through wet hair, leave it on for 5 minutes (or up to 10 minutes for deeper color), and then rinse out. You can add this process to your shower routine as often as you’d like to get that extra boost, without having to worry about damaging your hair. Personally, I plan to use this treatment every few weeks to counteract the color-altering and lightening effects of the sun and chlorine. (Check out my latest hair tutorial post to see the ‘after’ look!)
These products are not only simple to use, but they’re also easy to find at your local Walmart. I picked up mine while restocking a few Summer essentials (including fun polish and lip colors, sunscreen, self-tanners, etc). If you can’t find one or more of the products at your nearest Walmart, they’re also available on Walmart.com.
What are some of the ways you like to update your look for Summer?