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Now that summer is unofficially over and the fall weather is upon us, we can say goodbye to the days of natural highlights and sun-kissed streaks. Although I like to keep my hair in the red family year round, I have to admit I enjoy getting the natural highlights the sun gives me throughout the summer. So naturally when the summertime is gone, it becomes more difficult to get these highlights without paying an arm and a leg or using a box kit. Now don’t get me wrong, I use box hair dye when I’m coloring my whole head, but I have seen too many tragedies when trying to achieve highlights for me to even consider trying it at home. Luckily, after some research I found two products I would recommend that don’t come with hair dye.

My first recommendation is the Oribe 24k Gold Pomade ($49). Although the price seems a little steep for a 50 ml container, it is well worth trying out. The pomade is made with pro-vitamin B5, which nourishes and moisturizes while strengthening and improving the condition of your hair, even in extreme humidity. Also, it includes Ultrasil Copolyol-1 that works to condition and add shine to you hair throughout the day. Your hair will be infused with rich-gold highlights the minute you apply it and it will also keep your hair out of you face for the entire day. Best of all, it’s Paraben-free, a UV protectant, and color safe. 

The next recommendation is the John Frieda Sheer Blonde Highlight Activating Shampoo ($6.49). The first thing that caught my eye about this, besides the price being unbeatable, is the fact that there are different formulas for different hair colors. To me, this is one of the most important things when looking for such a product — how can a company guarantee there will be the same result for different shades? The product’s formula includes honey and oatmeal, which work together gently to remove darkening and dulling buildup. The result, a full spectrum of blonde tones. SImply replace your current shampoo with the highlighting activator and watch your blonde shine through. 

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Having the right powder and primer is one of the most essential steps in applying makeup on a daily basis. For women who wear makeup every day, you know how easily your skin becomes dry and cakey. Properly moisturizing along with priming the skin for application is the best thing you can do and on top of that, it can save you money. Makeup artist secret: we barely ever use super expensive foundation or bronzer, what we do is spend our money on is the primer, which can have the potential to turn any brand into high definition makeup. One of the newest products to hit shelves this fall is the Too Faced Primed and Poreless Pressed Powder ($30). It adjusts to any skin tone while minimizing the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles. The powder is also very versatile, it can be worn alone or under and over foundation to prep skin, keep makeup in place, as well as control shine for a smooth and flawless finish.

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I have just returned from Jamaica where I spent six days in paradise doing nothing but laying by the pool and swimming with dolphins. On top of being completely relaxed by the pool, I also treated myself to an amazing massage as well as a milk bath, which at first I was not too excited about because it didn’t sound too appealing, but I was never so happy to try something new. The bath left me feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and nourished. One of the most important things after being out in the sun or anything that can be harmful to your skin is to make sure it stays moisturized and nourished. Because I felt so amazing, I was determined to do some research and find a milk bath I could use at home.

The Elemis Skin Nourishing Milk Bath ($74) provides all the necessities you get from a spa treatment without the hassle of driving there and the damage to your bank account. The balancing formula is a special milk protein base, rick in vitamins, amino acids and minerals. It also consists of natural plant collagen from Japanese camellia oil and oat extract, which will leave your skin feeling silky. This bath is great for extremely dry skin and treating skin conditions. It will leave your skin feeling nourished and satin soft!

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Mario Badescu skincare products are some of my favorites on the market. The wide variety of serums and creams helps with tired eyes, breakouts and everything in between. So I look for any excuse to splurge a little, especially on my two new obsessions: Glycolic Eye Cream and Drying Mask.

First up is the eye cream, perfect for when skin starts looking a little aged and dry. It is high in antioxidants, vitamin E, and contains a blend of nourishing oils that result in smooth younger looking skin with just a few uses — and not only in the eye area, other parts of your face will benefit from the ingredients as well.

Next is the drying mask, which honestly, I was a little skeptical about. I have oily skin and I tend to stay away from a lot of face products because they often make me more shiny. I stay away from things that promise to get rid of oil because they have a tendency to dry me out, but since I love the brand so much, I decided to give it a try. The mask miraculously reduced excess oil, but still left the right amount to keep my skin young, while simultaneously drying out pimples with a nonirritating sulfur and calamine formula. Finding a product that will help with all of the unwanted oil while not overly drying out your skin is very rare and should be taken advantage of. My favorite part about this mask is it works well on the back and chest too for anyone with acne problems.

Conair Infiniti Pro 1 Inch Ceramic Flat Iron

I may not have super curly hair or out of control waves, but my hairstyle does require straight ends and absolutely no frizz. I fell in love with what became known as the “Posh Cut” when the Spice Girl herself made it famous a few years ago and I’ve since tweaked it a few times, but ultimately have kept it since then. In order to make this look work, you need pin straight ends and you need it to look sleek. I naively believed the most important ingredients in getting my desired look were the products I put in my hair before styling, but that’s only part of the equation. 

After going through countless flat irons and getting advice from my amazing hair stylist, I chose the perfect one that gives me the best shine and straightest look. The Conair Infiniti Pro 1 Inch Ceramic Flat Iron is an oil-infused flat iron that combines argan oils with anti frizzing conditioner into the ceramic plates. This combination results in 85% less frizz after use and the oil fusions help protect against heat damage that comes with daily use. Also, the plates themselves are 29% longer than average 1-inch flat iron plates, which allows for quicker styling and gives the option to straighten or flip. 

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