Beautiful Skin! Chapter 1: A Guide to Protecting Your Skin

Beauty is not only skin deep. That being said, your skin is your body's largest organ, it contains the most surface area, and it's then part of you that's exposed to everything external. The care and protection of your skin is not only essential to the way you look, but also your overall health. During this next series of entries, I will discuss various ways to care for and protect your skin to assure that your largest organ is aging beautifully. 




You hear it every day, especially in Summer. The Sun is bad for your skin. It can cause skin cancer, it can cause sunburn, and it ages your skin. But has anyone ever explained how or why it happens? I'm about to give you a little run-down on the structure of your skin, the reasons the sun is so bad for it, and how to protect it with a few of our amazing products.

Structure:  
The photo below is a cross-section of your skin. The outer layer, the part that shows, is the epidermis. This is what protects and "waterproofs" your body. it has no blood vessels, but is instead nourished by the vessels found underneath, in the dermis.

The dermis is where nerve endings, sweat glands, oil glands, blood vessels, and hair follicles are found. The tissues spread throughout the dermis are collagen, elastic tissue and reticular fibers. It is split into several, more complicated layers of connective tissue, and functions to cushion the body from stress and strain.

Underneath the Dermis, you will find an area of fat cells known as the hypodermis, which connects the skin to the muscular tissue and insulates the organs.




What's attacking your skin?

This world is full of pollution that contains oxygen isotopes known as free radicals, which attack your skin, break down the collagen, change your DNA and RNA, and can even cause cancer. To counteract the effects of free radicals, antioxidants are needed, and it's important to find skincare that is rich in antioxidants. 

Far more scary than free radicals, and often found in conjunction with them, the sun's ultraviolet rays cause extreme damage. It is important that your sunscreen protects against all of the harmful radiation emitted by the sun. 

UVB Radiation-"UV-BURN" rays. These rays affect the epidermis, or outer layer, of your skin. They are the rays that give you a tan, and cause sunburn. They are most intense during the hours of 10am and 2 pm, when the sun is brightest. 

UVA Radiation-"UV-AGE" rays. These rays penetrate deeper into the skin to the dermis layer, and although they do not cause sunburn, they can damage the structure more efficiently than UVB rays. They are intense throughout the entire time the sun is visible, and are not filtered by glass (i.e. you can get damage through a window from these rays).  



So how do these rays affect the aging process? 
It's a little scientific, so follow me if you can. In the dermis, sunlight can cause the breakdown of collagen fibers, which causes the accumulation of abnormal elastin. When the accumulation occurs, it triggers enzymes that rebuild the collagen, but since it's been damaged by the sun, the enzymes don't always work properly. This results in the formation of disorganized collagen fibers known as solar scars. When the skin repeats this imperfect rebuilding process over and over, wrinkles develop, skin loses overall elasticity, and pores enlarge. The combination of the abnormal elastin buildup and the damaged genetic material from the free radicals is what can cause cancer to grow. 

Thickening or thinning of the skin can also occur from UV exposure as collagen and elastin structure is altered, and blood vessels can become more pronounced as a result of the vessel walls thinning. Discoloration such as freckling, liver spots, hyperpigmentation (darkening), or hypopigmentation (white spots) also occur as melanocytes--color producing cells--become sun damaged. When melanocytes are damaged, they produce freckles or liver spots. When they are destroyed altogether, they cause white spots. Raised moles, known as actinic keratoses, are also found in areas of high sun exposure, and are the bases for melanoma--or skin cancer. 

What about your immune system? 
Your skin is the first line of defense in your complex immune system. Not only is it a physical barrier, but it also contains white blood cells and special skin cells known as Langerhans cells that protect against infection and cancer. When the skin is exposed to sunlight, however, certain chemicals are released that suppress these immune factors. When you get a sunburn, you also experience another line of defense known as apoptosis, or cell death. This is usually seen when you peel after a burn. However, extended UV exposure can prevent this cell death, allowing cells to continue to divide and possibly become cancerous.

What kind of skin cancer is out there?
There are three main types of skin cancer: melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma. 


Melanoma is the most deadly skin cancer because it metastasizes more readily than the other skin cancers. It is believed that the amount of exposure of the skin to the sun before the age of 20 is actually the determining risk factor for melanoma. 


Basal cell carcinoma is the most common skin cancer and tends to spread locally, not metastasize. 


Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common skin cancer, and it can metastasize although not as commonly as melanoma. The risk of getting basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma is determined by a person's lifetime exposure to UV radiation and the person's pigment protection. (Brannon, Heather M.D.)

SO THE BOTTOM LINE IS: SUN IS NOT GOOD FOR YOUR SKIN!!!!!! YOU NEED PROTECTION!!!! 

Now that you're forever afraid to go anywhere near the sun again, I'm here to tell you that you will be okay! There is a very easy way to protect yourself from ALL of these harmful effects of the sun! At Blush, we carry a great line of skincare known as Kiehl's, and it's been around since 1851. They have several options for sun protection, from the barely-there to the super-sun-shield. 






 Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF 15 is great for those who want a protecting moisturizer. It's sunscreen protects against UVB rays and the moisturizer is great for all skin types. 












Khiel's Ultra Facial Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 is great for those who want a little bit of coverage with their moisturizer. It's lightly tinted, so it evens out skin tone, without looking like you have makeup on. Its lightweight, so it doesn't feel greasy or heavy on your face, and contains broad-spectrum SPF, so it protects against UVA and UVB light.






Khiel's Abyssine Cream+ SPF 23 is an anti-wrinkle defense cream with survival molecules that are found in hydrothermal vents at the depths of the ocean. It helps to soothe and protect skin, repair wrinkles, and contains protection from UVA, UVB, and free radicals. It's great for those who are already experiencing the effects of sun damage. 

Need a bit more protection? Try the Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+. You can layer it over moisturizer or use it alone to prevent 90% of all aging caused by the sun. Its Oil-free, ultra-lightweight texture delivers a synergistic UV filtering system combining patented photo-stabilized technology with long-lasting broad-spectrum protection to deliver outstanding efficacy against UVA & UVB rays on the skin’s surface.







Now of course, We can't forget about your body. Khiel's offers several levels of body sun protection: Vital Sun Protection in SPF 15, 30 or 40. Each formula is a lightweight, non-greasy lotion providing UVA and UVB broad-spectrum sunscreen protection. It is formulated with Aloe, Vitamin E, and skin conditioning ingredients, which nurture and help to soften dry, parched skin. Each lotion is a very water-resistant formulation, protecting up to 80 minutes in water, so it is suited to help meet the year-round sun protection needs of active adults.









Skincare is not the only place you can get UV protection. There are several lines of makeup that also protect against the sun. BECCA Cosmetics offer broad spectrum SPF 25+ in their Luminous Skin Color, and SPF 30 in their Stick Foundation. Jane Iredale offers a physical protection of SPF 20 in their mineral powder foundations, and is recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation as a prevention method.  With all of these great products available at Blush, you can leave knowing you are protected against the sun! 





Sun protection is just the beginning to having great skin, but it is definitely one of the most important parts. Stay tuned for the next few chapters, as I will discuss how to care for all different skin types, colors, textures, and ages. Because gorgeous skin is not only your first step toward overall beauty, it's also part of keeping yourself healthy! 

<3 C 

Arches! A Quick Guide to Gorgeous Brows


Take a look in the mirror. How do your brows look? Chances are, you probably haven't given them much thought, and you've just left them up to a professional. For many people, that's always seemed like the best option. Since eyebrows frame your eyes, they make a huge difference in the appearance of your face, and can literally make or break the way you look. Let's take a look at some of the worst, and some of the best arches out there, and I'll give you a few tips and tricks to to give you knock em' dead peepers.

So, let's start with the scary...


Newsflash! The Neanderthal look stopped being cool in 2300B.C. So you can go ahead and wax the unibrow. No matter how pretty your face may be, you just cant pull this look off.

Next, you wanna make sure your brows are the right distance away from each-other. Some people really don't know how to judge this. Let's take a look at Angelina, below.....


...SHEESH! NOT SO PRETTY. 
Woman, you're a multi-millionaire. You need to invest in a better brow stylist. 
Yes, the arches look great, but what's with the inner edges? They go way past the inner corners of her eyes, and look almost as bad as the unibrow. So, tweezing our way outward....


....oh crap. Now you've gone wayyyyy too far. 

See, this is why you don't do your brows at home without consulting us first. 
Her eyebrows are the epitome of a disaster. They start WAY too far out from center, the arches are in the wrong spot, and they're too thin. Now, hold your finger up to the computer screen to cover her eyebrows...she's actually a really pretty girl! Unfortunately, her brows make her look like she sold her face to a Nike Ad Campaign, and they stuck two swooshes above her eyes. 


So, what IS the correct way to tweeze your brows? Where do you start, stop, and how do you shape? Well my friend, that is what I'm here for. First, you wanna start with your brows as natural as possible (post-unibrow-wax, of course). This gives you plenty of room to shape them as you need to. So, as much as it kills you, you gotta grow those babies out 'til they look like this. 


Hot, isn't it? Now that you've got caterpillars on your face, go out and get yourself a good brow wax, with a recommended professional (ask a friend); they're not "just eyebrows," they're important, people!  Then invest in some good tweezers. Tweezerman brand is the best. They cost between 12.50 and 25.00 and can be found at Blush. They're sharp, strong, accurate and last forever. The slant tweezers are easiest to use because they can grab even the tiniest hairs with perfect accuracy. 

 Next, use this picture below as a guide. See the lines on her face? You want to use those as your guidelines. Hold a pencil up to the side of your nose, so it runs along the inner corner of your eye. This is where you want the inside of you eyebrows to start. Make a little mark there if you need to. Now, take that same pencil, and hold it so it touches the corner of your nose, and the outer corner of your eye. See where it extends past the eye? That's where your eyebrow should end. The white line is the most important. This determines your arch. Start with the center of your nose, look straight ahead, and rest the pencil on your brow so it lies across the center of your pupil. The place where it extends is where the top of your arch should be. Go ahead and make a mark there. 



Now that you have your brows marked, it's up to you to determine how thin they should be. If you have dark hair and/or strong features, you should leave your brows relatively thick (think pencil width). If you're naturally blonde, you can thin them out a little bit more. Tweeze the underside first, and be sure to keep the inner corners naturally thick, GRADUALLY thinning them until you get to the outer corners. You may need to take an eyeliner and outline the borders, so they don't get too thin. You can also tweeze the top of them, if necessary, but keep that to a minimum. Only remove one row of hair at a time, and be sure to take a few steps back from the mirror every time you tweeze, so you can get the whole picture. Standing too close to the mirror can make you over-thin them very quickly, and that's not easy to fix. Once you're finished, double check to be sure the inner and outer corners are even, and the shape follows the same lines you marked before. 

If you follow the tweezing guidelines exactly, your brows should now be the correct shape for your face. However, if you want them to be perfect, like Megan's below, you may need to do a little bit more work.

  

Eyebrow hair is like any hair. It needs a trim every once in a while. The Tweezerman Brow Shaping Scissors and Comb kit is perfect for this, and it can be found at Blush for $18.


First, comb all of the brow hair straight upward with the brush. Then, using the scissors, clip just the ends that are standing up outside the top of the brows. Don't cut anymore than this... trimming isn't meant to shape them, its only to keep them tamed. Fill in any gaps with an eyebrow pencil such as YSL Dessin Des Sourcils, comb them with the Tweezerman Brow Brush, and VOILA!! You have beautiful eyebrows!!!



Still Scared? Need a bit more assistance? Come check us out at Blush Haus of Beaute for tips, tricks, and some professional help! 

<3 C & E

The Lazy Girl’s Guide To Gorgeous


Sometimes you just don’t feel like it.  Sometimes you’re running late.  Sometimes you wish it would just be simple.  Well, we have made your “Sometimes” simple for you.






Stay Dirty.
There’s nothing like a few spritzed of Bumble and bumble’s Hair Powder to revive second-day hair and combat greasy locks or try our newest fav~ Shu Uemura’s Yokan Craft Texturizing Melt.  Don’t get scared by the name.  A little rub of this along your scalp with insto-presto pull that greasy shine right out and give you body right back.  And, those with frizzed-out, dry, or too-messy hair can go for a spray-on Bb’s Tonic Lotion replaces lost moisture in your hair, taming tangles and refreshes your head.  If you’re really pressed for time, just touch up the hair around your face or at the crown and pull the rest back into a ponytail or bun.  If you’re looking for volume, just switch up your part.







Go Bushy.
As shown on the fall runways, bold, thick brows are back!  So, if you’re in the growing-out-stage or just don’t want to deal with constant pruning, try using Jane Iredale’s double-sized brow highlighting pencil that has both a shimmering and matte option (the matte is more for everyday wear).  Run it along the underside of your browns, from just below the arch to the end, to help brighten and open up your eyes... and de-emphasize any stray hairs.
  



No eyeshadow or blush?  No problem?
Get the made up look in a snap:  Use a lip gloss for a quick pick-me-up.  Just make sure you pick one without those stinging plumping ingredients.  Or, how about making things real simple with BECCA’s award-winning Beach Tint for lips and cheeks?  Not only will it give you the perfect color, it’ll last all day long.




















Play Up Your Eyes.

Without a doubt, a coat of good black mascara will make your eyes pop.  But, if you’re not one for eyelash curlers or layering (you’re not alone), pick a fun-colored mascara with curling properties like number one selling YSL’s Faux Cils, and you’re good to go.













Red Alert.  
Fast track your look by applying a bold lip color- a classic shade of intense, highly pigmented red will do the trick.  Since we all know most of us are afraid of red lipstick, try Allure’s Editors’ year-after-year pick:  YSL’s Gloss Volupte in Cherry Blossom.  You can easily apply without a mirror and the look is absolutely fabulous!



















The Package Deal.
Go for a moisturizer, anti-aging product, SPF, and foundation in one with BECCA’s lightweight, tinted moisturizer.  It save time, keeps your protected, and gives you coverage.  And, it happens to be a 2011 Best Buy!



8-Hours of Sleep With A Sweep.
We left the very best for the very last.  YSL’s Touche Éclat is a classic must have for everyone!  Besides one being sold every 10 seconds around the world, a favorite a celebrities and makeup artists, it'll be your very best friend!  This luminizing pen brings light and radiance to the skin, immediately erasing any signs of fatigue and brightens the complexion. A couple sweeps of this magic pen and you're good to go!





10 Commandments of Summer Shoes


Alright ladies, it's August, and chances are, you've already broken out your sexy sandals, wedges and peep toes back in April. However, after seeing some of the things that I see in the streets of Wilmington, I feel like some women need a little refresher course on the Do's and Don'ts of open-toed shoes. 


I. Thou Shalt Find the Right Size. 
If your toes are hangin' off the ends of your shoes, they're too small. Just because they're open toe, doesn't mean you can get any size you want. You may be able to cheat a little bit, if the store doesn't carry your exact size, but be reasonable here.


II. Thou Shalt Discover Thine Pumice Stone.
No one wants to see your crusty heels, callouses or whatever else may be growing on your nasty feet. Get a good foot exfoliant, pumice stone or foot file, and get that dead skin off your feet! If you're looking for something that will do the trick, use the Tweezerman Foot File, found at Blush!


III. Thou Shalt De-Fuzz. 
Okay, if you're a girl and you're reading this, you know what I'm talking about. If you're a guy and your reading this... sorry to burst your bubble, but women do grow hair on their feet. Wax it, shave it, whatever you gotta do. Just don't put on open toe shoes if your feet look like they belong on a hobbit.


IV. Thou Shalt Moisturize. 
Because no one wants to see what the contrast between patent leather heels and ashy feet looks like. End of story.

V. Thou Shalt Mind Thine Tan. 
If you are in the sun a lot, make sure you don't have flip-flop tan lines (or that your shoes at least cover them).  If you like to fake it, make sure you get that self tanner out from in between your tootsies! Swipe a lemon peel over the spots that need color removal, and it should take care of it.


VI. Thou Shalt Groom Thine Toenails.
Clip em, file em, trim the cuticles. Just get the edges clean and presentable. With summer shoes, your toenails are on display, so make sure they look good! Let's put it this way...you wouldn't wear a bikini without shaving your bikini line, would you?

VII. Thou Shalt Never Cover Old Polish.
So you don't have time to get a full pedicure... we totally understand. But by all means, take your old polish off before putting on a new coat! When people look at your feet and you're nails are lumpy, and there are remnants of blue polish showing through your pink at-home-pedi, they're gonna think you've got some weird foot fungus. And you don't want rumors going around town that you've got a foot fungus, do you?


VIII. Thou Shalt Experiment With Colors and Designs.
Fingernails are always in your face, so many women have to be careful with the polish they wear on them. But toenails aren't, so you can get away with brighter colors and fun designs. Put a daisy in the corner, or leopard print all over. Paint them hot pink, bright blue, or whatever color you want! Just have fun!



IX. Thou Shalt Never Wear Socks. 
One would think this goes without saying. But I've definitely seen otherwise. Just don't do it. No white socks, black socks, sheer stockings, nothing. If your toes are showing, they'd better be naked. And if you do see someone breaking this commandment, point and laugh. Seriously. They need to know.


X. Thou Shalt Wear With Confidence. 
Now that you have pretty feet to match your pretty shoes, go out and show the world how fabulous you look! Whether they're peep toes, wedges, or sandals, open toe shoes are the sexiest shoes out there because they're summery and show off your skin, creating longer looking legs. Wear with your favorite outfit for instant sex appeal!


<3 E & C

Blush Haus of Beauté: You can be wearing a feed-sack, as long as your hair and make-up look good.

Blush Haus of Beauté: You can be wearing a feed-sack, as long as your hair and make-up look good.

Think you can't rock Red Lips? Think again!


Red Lipstick is easily boldest statement you can possibly make with your makeup. Think about it. Stoplights, stop signs, and brake lights are all red, and they all serve the same purpose: TO STOP TRAFFIC. It's so bright and sexy, it refuses to go unnoticed. It's iconic, timeless, powerful. Wearing Red Lipstick demands attention to your smile, brightens your teeth, and screams "KISS ME!" to everyone who lays eyes on you.

....if it's done right, that is.

So many women are afraid of red lipstick. They either think that it doesn't work for their skin tone, it looks too flashy, or it makes them look cheap. I'm here to tell you that none of that is true. Every woman on this earth can wear red lipstick, and look just as hot as Marilyn Monroe while rockin' it. It just takes a little bit of professional advice, or it will end up looking like your lips are screaming for help instead of attention.

So I'm here to give you some do's and don'ts... because every woman deserves to know what it feels like to have that runway-ready confidence that red lips brings.



1. DO Get the right Red. 
This is the most important part. You can't just go into Wal-Mart and grab a tube of red lipstick, because it wont match, and you'll forever be turned off to red lips. Take a look at any makeup collection, such as YSL, you will notice that there are at least 5 different shades of bright red. The reason for this is because they all have different undertones. Just like foundation, you need to pick an undertone that complements the tones of your skin, or it wont look right. My personal favorite is YSL Rouge Pur Couture #14. You may want to have a makeup artist help you with this, because it can be tricky. Start by swiping a stripe on the back of your hand. It will either show up as a pink, orange, or neutral red. Keep trying each red until it looks completely neutral, like a stop sign. Congratulations, you have found your perfect red. 
2. DON'T forget the importance of your skin. 
Red lips not only draw attention to your actual lips, but also to the skin around them. Start with a foundation that matches your skin perfectly, preferably one with a matte or natural finish such as YSL Perfect Touch foundation. Apply the foundation with a foundation brush, and be sure to use a concealer around your mouth. The point is to create a flawless appearance. Set the foundation with a loose powder to lock it in place. Pick a rosy blush with the same undertones as your lipstick, and use a bronzer and highlighter to frame your face and accent your cheekbones. 

3. DO line your lips. 
Red Lipstick tends to bleed and fade easily, so you need to keep it in place with a liner. Use a lip liner that either matches the lipstick, or is one shade deeper. Draw slightly outside the actual colored part of your lip-line, to the outer edges of the lips... but stop there. The point is to plump them up, but you have to stay on that little ridge directly outside of your lips, or it will look like you haven't developed your motor skills correctly. Next, fill the lips in with the liner slightly. This just locks everything in place and keeps the color bold. 


4. DO pick your favorite finish. 
Now, it's time to apply the lipstick. Stay directly on top of the liner, and apply 2-3 coats of the lipstick. Use a lip brush for accuracy, and don't blot. It needs to be a perfectly even coat. If you want to keep a classic, old-hollywood look to your lips, stop here. It should have a very subtle sheen, which is perfect for the bold look. If you prefer a bit more of a matte finish, apply a translucent loose powder to your lips, and touch up the foundation around your mouth if needed. If you're feeling extremely bold, you can add a clear or red gloss to give it a candy-apple appearance. But be careful, gloss can make lipstick fade faster, and that wont be pretty. 


5. DONT look like a streetwalker.
Fire-Engine red lips say enough on their own, so seep the rest of your makeup neutral. Check out Marilyn, above. Her lips are the focal point of her face, and they REALLY stand out. Everything else is very natural, which keeps the overall look classy. You already have foundation, blush, and bronzer on, so your face should be flawless. Be sure to use a good brow pencil or powder to fill in your brows, because with bold lips, you need to balance your face out and keep a polished appearance. Keep your eyelids clean, apply a few coats of volumizing mascara such as YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils, and add some fake eyelashes to make your lash line really stand out. Use a thin line of black eyeliner on the outer corners of your eyes, and VOILA! You have completed your red-hot look! 

6. DON'T forget to accessorize!
Red Lipstick looks best with the right outfit. A little black dress is always amazing, but throw some red heels or a red bracelet on, and your look will be even hotter! If you want to take things to the next level, check out the previous post about Victoria's Secret hair, and you will be Hollywood Glam in no-time! 

Now look in the mirror, smile, and let it all sink in. It's a little shocking, yes, but it's supposed to be. Throw your shoulders back, and rock those lips girl! And be prepared for a LOT of compliments :)

<3 Chelsea

You can be wearing a feed-sack, as long as your hair and make-up look good.

***CONTEST***


Yep, you're viewing this picture correctly. This chick is wearing a Feed-Sack. You know, the bag they put cow/horse/pig food in. And just look how fabulous she is! Her hair and makeup are so amazing, you hardly even notice what she's wearing. Okay, maybe you do notice, and you're probably thinking, WHAT is she wearing?! But that's only AFTER you notice how smoking hot she is. Pictures like this are just one example of  the importance of good hair, skin and makeup.


So tell us... what's the best hair, makeup, or overall beauty tip you've ever received? Tell us what the tip was, and who gave it to you. We will pick the best tip, and the person who gave it to you will receive a complimentary makeup application or hair teaser from our amazing team <3

**By the way, Jordan is wearing: YSL #14 Rouge Pur Couture, YSL creme blush #6, YSL bronzer, terre saharienne, Mascara Singuier #1.

Victoria's Secret... For Amazing Hair

It's really not debatable... Victoria's Secret is the the clothing company with the most gorgeous models in the world. These women are absolutely stunning from head to toe...and today, I'm going to let you in on their hair secret!

Here's how to achieve that perfectly curled, glamorous, shiny hair that you see in all the catalogues, and how to rock it ALL DAY LONG!!

All you need are a few great products, a little practice (Really, only a little, it's not hard to do!), and that Victoria's Secret attitude to rock this style just like Rosie and Candace. 

Ingredients: 
Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil
Bumble & Bumble Spray De Mode
Enzo Milano Blow Dryer
Enzo Milano 1" Clipless Curling Iron


Step 1: Get your shine on! Before you Blow-Dry your hair, coat it with Shu Uemura Oil. It contains Camellia Oil, which is a healing, sealing, protective and smoothing oil. It will keep your hair looking healthy and protect it from the heat of the styling tools. 

Step 2: Blow-dry your hair with the Enzo Milano mini blow dryer. It's small... but don't let that fool you. It's very powerful, and cuts your blow-dry time in half, all while leaving your hair shiny and smooth. 

Step 3: Once your hair is completely dry, it's time for that secret weapon. Your Bumble and Bumble Spray de Mode hairspray/Enzo Milano Clipless Curling iron combination. Spray de Mode is a working hair spray. That means that you can use it before, during, and after heat styling. It never leaves your hair sticky, and holds your curl like nothing else. (I'm obsessed with this stuff).


  
Step 4: Get to know this amazing curling iron. I swear to you, once you try it, you will never use another in your life. The easiest way to style it is hold your strand of hair with the same hand as the side of your head (right side of head/right hand) and hold the iron in the opposite hand. It takes a few minutes to get the hang of styling it without a clip, but the barrel heats evenly from the base to the end, and the nonstick surface allows versatility with the style of curl you want. Clip up all of your hair except for the bottom section. Spray the section with the spray, and get started on the curl. In one-inch sections, wrap your hair around the barrel, curling it downward and away from your face. Your hair will naturally twist as you wrap it, creating a bit of a rope-like appearance. This is what gives it that curl that you can't get from any other iron. Once the bottom section is curled, move to the next section. Spray each section before curling, then finish by spraying the hairspray all over, once everything is done.

Step 5: By now, your hair probably looks like you're about to go to prom. DONT FREAK OUT. It's not done. Flip your head upside down, and shake it out. Stand back up straight, finger comb the pieces, and VOILA!

Now go work that runway girl!

<3 Chelsea

**Every product used in the tutorial can be purchased at Blush Haus of Beaute**