Thursday, December 1, 2011

Tips and Tricks: {become even more beautiful overnight}

I'm going to share with you the tricks that I do at night.  I have used all of these tricks for a long time, so they are definitely keepers!

A lot of you asked me what kind of self tanner I use.
Well, I use a stinky one.. but it works.
I mix L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Gradual Self-Tanning Lotion with my regular body lotion and apply it a few nights a week about an hour before bed.
Do NOT apply this in the morning.  There is no point because the color takes 5 to 10 hours to show up, plus, you'll stink all day.  Applying it at night is perfect because you wake up tanner, then can wash off the stinky residue in the shower the next morning. I will even mix a little of this with my face lotion and haven't had any problems at all with clogged pores, etc.
By the way, I use the Medium-Tan color.  (Mixing it with my regular lotion tones down the color pay-off to the Light-Medium color.  Doing it this way, as opposed to purchasing the Light-Medium color, gives me more bang for my buck!)

Now... for super soft, shiny hair.
I have a love/hate relationship with conditioner.  I love the way it makes my feel when I'm in the shower and for the following four hours after my hair is dry.  Around 2pm, after a morning of conditioning, I hate my hair.  I have fine strands that get oily very, very easily.  Conditioner only speeds up that process.
So many days, I will only condition the ends of my hair.  Still, I need to condition all over at times to keep my locks shiny and manageable.
Enter this lovely product:
I wash my hair every other morning.
On the night of my "Second Day Hair," I will wet my hair all over with warm water.  Then, use paper towels (much easier on the hair than a regular towel & much more absorbent ) to soak up almost all of the wetness.  Then, I'll apply this Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque all over my hair, from roots to tips, and comb through with an extra-wide toothed comb. Later on, I'll braid my hair and go to sleep! (this makes your pillow smell amazing, by the way)
Wake up. Wash hair. Condition as normal (for me, only on the ends). 
I do this once a week to keep my strands super soft.

I apply Ultrabalm by Lush on my lips every night before bed. It's amaze.  I also apply it to my cuticles almost every night.  (This product is multi-purpose.  It's made for any part of your body that gets dry.)

On nights when I'm not doing my deep repair masque, I use this:
As I'm getting ready for bed at night, I put the L'Oreal Everstrong Overnight Repair Treatment in my hair from mid-shaft to the tips.  I apply this on dry hair.  It's super light weight, but makes your hair feel amazing.  Sometimes, I'll even apply it on the mornings of my "Second Day Hair" since it dries almost instantly.  It tames down fly-aways, puts moisture back in my hair, and makes your hair smell like it has just been washed! LOVE.

and perhaps, my most favorite trick of all...
I don't know what I would do without baby powder.  Oh yes I do, I would wash my hair every day, strip the moisture and color out of it, have split ends and frizz.
See why this is a must have?
I have used this for years in the roots of my hair to absorb oil, which allows myself to go two days without washing my hair.  I could probably go longer, but I love the way just-washed hair feels too much to do that.
But here's my trick...
Baby powder smells like, well, babies.  That may just be my favorite smell of all time (other than Chanel Mademoiselle, of course), but that doesn't mean that I want my hair to smell like babies.
Insert the trick:
Before bed, the night before your "second day hair," apply baby powder to the roots.
Don't do it in the mornings! This will make your hair white & smell like babies.
If you apply the baby powder at night, your hair will spend the whole night absorbing all the white powder and all of the fragrance.  Then, you can wake up in the morning with normal-colored and normal-smelling hair.  Then, I touch up with a few sprays of dry shampoo.  (For me, dry shampoo is too expensive to use all over the hair, three to four mornings a week..  Especially when I can produce the same results with applying baby powder at night.  This makes that tiny, $10-$30 bottle of dry shampoo bottle last a LOT longer.)

So, there you have it.


  1. I love, love, love the sublime bronze line! I have been using it or years! Such a great product! I'm going to have to try the hair stuff too. My hair is the same way as yours and that is just not fun! I feel your hair woes.

  2. These are such great tips. I used to use self tanner all the time but the smell really got to me but man how I love being tan. I feel the same way about conditioner need to try the one you mentioned. Also def trying the baby powder tip bc I have had bad luck with dry shampoos!

  3. I'm so glad you posted this! I always love hearing about peoples favorite products!

  4. I use the Loreal tanner too! I think that probably smells the best out of all the tanning lotions...but at the end of the day I think they all stink!! Thanks for sharing some of your other beauty secrets! I love getting new products and ideas :)

  5. I've heard such great things about that hair mask! I need to try it

  6. Love these tips! Thanks for sharing! I have the same problem with oily hair. I HAVE to wash my hair every day or else it is just...not pretty...haha

  7. Never heard of baby powder for hair. Must try. Do you just sprinkle it on, or is there a "technique" for getting it just on the roots and not anywhere else?

    Ah I'm so hair challenged. lol

  8. Wow! These are super great tricks!! I will probably try them all :)

  9. i use everstrong in my hair and love it! i've always used baby powder in my hair too, but never thought to use it at night to avoid the baby smell all day. I use tresemme dry shampoo and so far am happy with the results, and the smell is fantastic. Im going to start doing my tanner at night too, i think they all smell its just unavoidable :) thanks for the tips!

  10. I'm going to try the sublime bronze now! Just bought it online. My Jergens lotion doesn't seem to work anymore for me.

  11. Loved this post!! I am going to go out and buy a few of those products!

  12. I love the new lavender baby powder from J&J! I do not like smelling like a baby, but I do love the smell of lavender!

  13. Great tips! I've always heard baby powder works wonder for second day hair - you've inspired me to try it!!


  14. these are great tips! I'll look for the Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque, sounds amazing! thanks for sharing your tips.

  15. Do you use the Everstrong treatment on every 2nd day when you don't do the deep masque? So, the night before you wash again? I bought some but not sure when it's best to use. thanks!


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