Bad Ass Bombshell…Intro to your Fall Wardrobe

It’s still steamy outside, but for us fashionista’s it is NEVER too early to begin building our rebelrebelseasonal wardrobe. I seriously have no clue how I survived without Pinterest. Well maybe the hundreds upon hundreds of copies of WWD, Vouge, ELLE, and Harpers Bazaar I’ve devoured over the past decade {maybe slightly more…shhhh} might have something to do with it. That being said I am eternally grateful for the true love of my life {Pinterest}.

I love a classic look. A tailored line…makes me swoon. I also love some badassory. Call it my inner rebel that sings to me her siren song:) Also, why go through another year in yoga pants and hoodie? Seriously YOU”RE FEMALE, rock that shit. I promise this look is just as comfortable as your yoga look and will give you the added esteem boost you NEED. I mean it. YOU NEED THIS IN YOUR LIFE.

So this fall I’m all about the streamlined look of Glam Rock… Like a good fashionista I have the basics already in my closet. Which are…

* Knee high leather boots. There is no substitute for real leather {sorry animal lovers}. kristenYour choice on the heel length. However, if you can go with at least 3″ something about that lil extra lift that adds the badassory to the whole look. Plus you’ll feel like a sexy goddess sauntering through the grocery store.

* Leatheresque leggings. Since there is no spandex in real leather, you don’t really want to go with the real thing here. Nothing will make you look frumpy more than saggy leggings. If you don’t want to do leatheresque-go as BLACK as your evil little heart can go. Darker and thicker/tighter the better. There is a fine line here ladies. You need these suckers to be tight but not trashy tight {get what I’m saying}?

*Tunic Tanks: Tunic means long, over your ass long. If you’re wearing leggings you HAVE to classicstay away from short tops. You just have to, don’t fight me on this. Also buy multiples in each basic color: Black, gray, white. Stay away from pastels. You can do “blush” pink {not Disney pink} and a smoky lavender.

*Scarves: This is where you can show some flare. Have fun but don’t go overboard. This is a streamlined look, Bombshells. Keep it streamlined.

distressed*Distressed jeans. Go with lighter hued blue jeans here and instead of buying them distressed I prefer a lil DIY. For starters…you get to chose the placement. Try on the jeans first and mark with a pencil exactly where you want it and how wide. Look at a TON of pictures. Especially high-end looks. There is always a pattern. Follow it.

*Moto Leather Jacket. It is ALL about the cut here. Since we all have different body shapes and sizes it will be hard to recommend a one size fits all. So I won’t:) Just know that once you find it BUY IT. Females have curves and edges…but one thing we all should never motolook like is a box. Don’t worry if it’s real leather or not, in this instance it’s all about the FIT!!!

These are your foundation pieces. With these key items you’ll be able to add and mix an amazing wardrobe that will make you the Haute Bombshell of the Ball;)

 

Email me directly brandygisela@hautebombshells.com if you have any questions about this look:)

xoxo

Natural Hair Care: The Bombshell Guide

Truth is: Hair care is SO personal.

What works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another. That’s why today I’m excited to share this Haute Bombshell all natural hair care roundup. I’m going to be hair001answering a few of the most common questions I’ve received about natural hair care and then sharing a TON of great recipes and resources to hopefully help you find YOUR favorite natural hair care routine.

Common Natural Hair Care Q & A

1. What is “No ‘Poo”?

For those of you just starting out on the natural hair care journey, you are bound to see “No ‘Poo” everywhere you go. Don’t worry, it does NOT have anything to do with your bowels. It’s a short term for “No Shampoo.” The most common approach to No ‘Poo is using baking soda for washing and an apple cider vinegar rinse {you can learn more about that here}  I personally do not like this method as the baking soda was so harsh on my scalp. I later learned that it’s because it’s not in line with our scalp’s natural pH. That’s why I now buy all my “no poo” from Honestly Inspired . Some people, however, LOVE the baking soda method… and I say, “If’ it’s not broke, don’t fix it.”  If you still haven’t found the best method for you, stick with me. I have lots of ideas in the second part of this post.

2. Why does my hair feel so greasy?

This is probably the number one complaint I get from my pH Balanced Recipe {I’ll post it in a couple days}. There are a number of reasons why you might be experiencing super greasy hair using natural shampoos:

  • Detox - If you are new to natural shampooing or no ‘poo then you have to be prepared for a detox phase. Commercial shampoos strip your hair and scalp of their natural oils, which is why most people feel the need to shampoo daily. As your hair is stripped of oils the body signals for the scalp to produce more. In other hair002words: The harsher the shampoo the more oils your body produces. As you wean yourself from commercial shampoos it will take time for your body to re-balance itself and stop producing so much oil. In the meantime you can expect extra grease and general “gross” hair until your body balances back out. This can take anywhere from 2 – 9 weeks. {Yep… this is not for the faint of heart}. The good news is that once your body finds its balance you can expect more manageable hair with only “shampooing” every couple of days (or even only once or twice a week.)
  • Hard Water - For some people the detox phase never seems to end, and it may be a water issue. Hard water can be especially hard on the scalp, and without the harsh detergents found in most commercial shampoos, your hair may never feel really great if you have hard water issues. I found that getting a filter for my shower made a HUGE difference in my hair. {Like hair003this one}
  • Condition -  For my pH Balanced Shampoo recipe I find it really necessary to use an apple cider rinse. For me, using an ACV rinse has resolved any greasy issues I experienced in the beginning. We’ll talk more about this in a bit;)
  • Other factors - There can be other factors that I can’t necessarily account for. It could be a combination of detox, water, ingredients, and method…. but unless I can talk to you face to face, see you mix your ingredients together, check your water, and watch you shower {creepy}… I won’t necessarily know why something isn’t working for you.  Ultimately, if you are serious about natural hair care you have to be willing to experiment and keep trying until you find your sweet spot.

3. How do I condition?

I don’t condition my hair anymore {collective gasp} with a cream based. With the combo of Apple Cider Vinegar, Castor Oil Treatment and Argan Oil on my ends after I shower {more on all that later} For daily “conditioning” I stick with a simple apple cider vinegar rinse (ACV). I use a cleansing bottle {like this} and put 1 – 2 TBS of apple cider vinegar and then fill the rest with filtered water. I just squirt some on my scalp, massage it in, and then let it sit for 20 – 30 seconds before rinsing out. It makes my hair feel really good!

So what is exactly my process???

It’s a process to say the least but you gotta start somewhere. So you’re going to want to plan out your beginning week/weekend first and foremost. Make sure you don’t have hair004anywhere to go for a couple day. Make it a SPA weekend;)

Wash your hair with your {Honestly Inspired}  bar of soap, you can use her “no poo” bars she has or change it up a bit and use which ever one is your favorite {mine is the lily of the valley with goats milk} it’s to DIE for.

Allow to dry naturally. Use a large tooth comb when combing out your hair. You can apply 100% Organic Argan Oil to your ends. Leave it ALONE. Seriously, leave it alone. Go read a book…watch a marathon on Netflix.

That night  I massage a hexane free, organic and cold pressed castor oil {this is what I use} into my scalp {USE WITH A LIGHT HAND} this shit is thick. Give that scalp some love. Castor oil is high in ricinoleic acid.  This acid is a very effective natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent.  This can help keep any fungus or bacteria from inhibiting hair growth.  Since the oil is also very thick, it may help to prevent hair loss simply by helping to coat the hair and protect it from falling out.

You’ll need to protect you pillows. If you don’t have pillow covers already {raises eyebrows…you should} go get you some at Walmart. They’re cheap >$3 no excuses and a cheap all cotton pillow case. Don’t use silk for this night, you” jack that shit up and it won’t be my fault. 100% Cotton. Sleep on it.

In the morning you’re going to get a spray bottle {Walmart again>$1pick up a few while you’re there. I have more blog post on what to use those on later;) } and add some Apple Cider Vinegar.Spray it on your scalp, massage in and leave to soak for 15 minutes. It will stink. I’m sorry #notsorry.

PLEASE READ THIS. The kind of ACV that you use is EXTREMELY IMPORTANTE!!! You can’t just use any ACV off the shelf…make it work for you. So MAKE SURE it has the “gunk” at the bottom. BRAGG ORGANIC APPLE CIDER VINEGAR IS THE BOMB! You can use this hair005for ANYTHING.

After the 15 minutes of torture you can get in the shower and wash your hair:) Just take the bar of “poo” and rub it on your scalp in a couple different spots. You’ll want to scrub gently into your scalp with your fingertips {not nails} to get the castor oil off. I would leave it on while you shave and wash the rest of your body. Rinse with warm water.

Then…you’re going to do the “conditioning” thing I mentioned up at the beginning of this blog {use a cleansing bottle {like this} and put 1 – 2 TBS of apple cider vinegar and then fill the rest with filtered water. I just squirt some on my scalp, massage it in, and then let it sit for 20 – 30 seconds before rinsing out. It makes my hair feel really good}!

Allow to dry naturally. Use a large tooth comb when combing out your hair. You can apply 100% Organic Argan Oil or Almond Oil to your ends {ONLY}. Leave it ALONE. Seriously…go build your empire;)

xoxo

 

 

 

Sweetest Pair of Shorts… EVER:)

So you have your flawless Haute Bombshell Airbrushed Tan… Now all you need is the sweetest pair of jean shorts to show the off! Now worries, I got you… there are plenty of options no matter your size. My favorite sites areperfectshorts

*Victoria Secret

*Alloy Apparel 

*GAP

*Old Navy

That being said there are a lot of cheaper {even tho there are a lot of sales going on now} options. One being thrift stores, you can pick up a couple pair for under $10 and all you need are a pair of scissors and tweezers. There are lots of videos on youtube to look at. I highly recommend watching a few until you find one, where the shorts come out exactly how you want them too. Also, buy a practice pair of jeans… remember practice makes for perfection.

Here are a few tips…

*If you’re buying a pair of shorts from a website, it’s always safer to order a size up.

*Look at the inseam length especially if you’re plus sized… Many of what I hoped to be perfect shorts turned out to be lame cause the inseam was almost nonexistent.

If you’re buying from a thrift store… keep an open mind but remember these couple of things.

*don’t forget to check out what the pockets look like. I’ve accidentally done this and thankfully they only cost $3

*be generous with the length. It’s better to go too long than too short.

Hope this helps Bombshells, if you have any questions feel free to email or message us on Facebook,

xoxo

 

 

Date Night Attire:)

Is there any thing more exciting than going out on a first date? Maybe… LOL but seriously datenightnothing beats the adrenaline rush of meeting new people. Summer time is pretty much the funnest time to go out as well. You don’t have to worry about covering up your body to protect yourself from the elements. Depending on where your date decides to take you, you have several options. However, my favorite go to date is dinner el fresco, under the stars… Start romance off on the right foot.

I’m a girlie girl so I prefer dresses, plus I think my legs are hot sooo it’s always good to show off what you’re most proud of. That being said ladies, keep it classy;) I actually have a dress similar to this one that I love. It’s subtle with just the right amount of lace {mine are on the sleeves} I got it from victoria secrets last summer, it’s cotton so it may look dressy but it’s super comfy to wear.

I’d keep the makeup & hair simple. Work either the eyes or lips but not both. Unless you’re datenightmakeupgoing for pure drama, but first dates should be pretty low key. datenightmakeup2Since you’re both just getting to know each other. Which is another reason to keep the makeup simple, you want him to get to know you not your makeup. I prefer neutral shade, but anything could work here:)

 

datenighthairHair, again keep it simple. It’s safe, I personally don’t like wearing extensions when out on a date. Heaven forbid they want to go in for a kiss and they can feel your clip-ins while cradling your head. LOL… I seriously freak out about that. Half up/half down is the best of both worlds. I’d also tame it down on the accessories, you want him to get to know YOU.

Haute Bombshells offers these services to get you ready for your special night out:) *Makeup and Hair *Wardrobe Consulting *Airbrushed Tans {we have 2-4hr solutions available}

 

MORROCANTAN SUNLESS New to Haute Bombshells:)

So excited about this new solution to hit the USA straight from Australia where sunless is a little more advanced in quick tans than we are and you will see why! Send me an email if you’re interested in being one of the first to try this solution out!

Moroccan Tan, the Original Argan Oil Spray Tan – MoroccanTan combines the deep absorbing nourishment of Argan oil with their exclusive spray tan formula of triple enhanced bronzers and moiltanmoisture lock to create the perfect natural bronze tan. Enriched with Argan oil and vitamin E, MoroccanTan helps soften and moisturize the skin, producing a deep bronze tan that leaves the skin soft and silky. The flawless, streak-free spray tan, infused with organic argan oil helps hydrate the skin, making your tan last longer. Suitable for all skin types, the 2-4hour quick-drying formula develops over time. Alcohol, sulphate and paraben free. Non sticky, non oily formula absorbs deeply to help nourish the skin and enable it to literally glow.

Violet base – rich violet bronzers mixed with deep ashy browns that uniquely react with each skin type to ensure a perfect bronze tan.

Rosehip Oil – bursting with essential fatty acids, Vitamins and antioxidants, Rose Hip Oil deeply nourishes and hydrates all skin types. It also helps protect the skin from premature ageing and improves the appearance of fine lines.

Dermal Lock™ ensures key ingredients are captured and absorbed deeply into your skin.

FT100° Firming & Toning Technology – a blend of Caffeine, Vitamins and O2 to achieve firmer skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines.

Triple Moisture Lock; MoroccanTan’s Trademarked blend of pure Argan Oil, Vitamin E and Aloe Vera provides intense hydration for the skin, ensuring a longer lasting tan.

Loaded with Organic goodies; Argan Oil, Rose Hip Oil and Aloe Vera.

Violet based means NO orange tones

Sulphate and paraben free. Using only naturally derived alcohol

Made in Australia

 

 

Toxic Sunscreen… No Bueno

I’m not a big fan of commercial sunscreens. Then again, I’m not a fan of anything with toxic chemicals, especially for my skin. I was born translucent and in the month of July. I also LOVE summer. As a child if I ventured out into the light of day I was royally burned, so I learned to live under towels and usually didn’t go out during the hottest hours. Now, at the ripe old age of 33 {soon to be 34} my skin is perfection. I’ve been told I look 24ish {my heart sang for joy haha}. There are many factors as to why this is. The first being that I didn’t over-bake in the Sun as a teen and I attribute my Stem Cell Transplant to it. Cause let’s be real… My way of living changed a lot once I was diagnosed with MS and subsequently understanding just how important health really is.

loungeBeing in the field I am {beauty & tanning}, skin care is paramount. Being such a health freak, not slathering my body with chemicals is a priority. It’s pretty damn hard in today’s world to avoid these toxic chemicals. Specifically when it comes to the beauty and tanning industries. Do I wear sunscreen. Personally…no I do not. I limit the amount of time I’m in the sun and the time of day. I personally chose to protect my skin by eating certain food groups {plants…duh} and using skin care products that help with the harmful effects of the Sun {which in moderation isn’t “bad”}.

However, I am aware that not everyone agrees with my personal opinions so I have complied a list of sunscreens I would totally use:)

  • Ava Anderson Non-Toxic Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30+ {ask me about ordering}
  • Badger Baby Sunscreen Cream, Chamomile & Calendula, SPF 30
  • Badger Sport Sunscreen Cream, Unscented, SPF 35
  • California Baby Everyday/Year-Round Sunscreen Stick, SPF 30+
  • COOLA Suncare Sport Moisturizer Classic Sunscreen, Unscented, SPF 45
  • Juice Beauty Oil-Free Moisturizer, SPF 30
  • The Honest Company Sunscreen, SPF 30
  • Suntegrity Skincare 5-in-1 Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen, Tinted
  • Suntegrity Skincare Natural Mineral Sunscreen for Body, SPF 30
  • Yes to Carrots Nourishing Daily Moisturizer, Fragrance Free, SPF 15

XOXO

p.s email me at brandygisela@hautebombshells.com if you have any questions or concerns:)

 

 

Intoducing Gold Metallic Tattoos:)

I’m so excited to announce that Haute Bombshells is now offering Gold Metallic Temporary Tattoos to go along with your simply stunning airbrush tan this summer!

Seriously, you have to love these! Especially for a night out or a vacation (since they last 5-7 days) perfect to add that added chic-ness that we Bombshells require.

Cover yourself with a new kind of shine! These fun metallic tattoos have so many styling possibilities. Wear them alone or with your other jewelry for a cool layering effect, use them to add some bling on your trip to the beach, or try out some ink without the lifelong commitment

They last 5-7 days and prices will range from $8 -10 {for singles} and $15-20 {for doubles}

Styles:
*Jewelry-esque
*Peacock feather(s)
*Butterflies
*Lotus Flower
*Revolver
*Peacock
*Ohm symbol
*Arrows
*”Love”
*Heartbeats
*Bows
*Cheetah/leopard print

So give me a call {815}679-0672 if you’re interested to add this on to your $15 Airbrush Tans that Start next week:)

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Dry Brushing

When I heard that dry skin brushing was an effective method for reducing cellulite, I knew we had to include it on the Haute Bombshell blog. Sure enough, it was indeed one of the more successful ways to smooth away less-than-perfect spots on your body. But the more I looked into it, the more benefits I learned about this DRYBRUSHINGrelatively simple routine had to offer. Not only does it buff away dead skin, but it’s fantastic at boosting circulation and lymphatic drainage, and ultimately ridding the body of toxins. Your skin is your biggest organ after all.

The method itself is incredibly easy and only takes minutes, but there are a few guidelines to keep in mind, including the type of brush and the direction you move it. Below, four things you need to know about dry skin brushing.

How often: Dry skin brushing effectively opens up the pores on your skin. This is something you can — and should — be doing daily, even twice a day and at least 3x a week. Your skin should be dry, so the ideal time is in the shower before you turn on the water. Just a reminder, don’t get the brush wet.

Direction: You should only brush towards the heart. Making long sweeps, avoid back and forth, scrubbing and circular motions. Start at your feet, moving up the legs on both sides, then work from the arms toward your chest. On your stomach, direct the brush counterclockwise. And, don’t brush too hard: Skin should be stimulated and invigorated but not irritated or red.

Choosing A Brush

Start off with a natural bristle brush stay away from loofahs. Look for boar bristles or fibers from plants, synthetic bristles can be too harsh and cause irritation. One that either fits in the palm of your hand or has a shorter handle which will give you more control.  It is best to go into a store and feel the bristles so that you can find bristles that best suits your taste.

The Dry Brushing Process

  1. Start with your feet, moving in soft circular movements (always moving towards the heart) first on the bottom of the feet, and then on the top.
  2. Work up each leg, one at a time, first the back of the leg (using the same soft circular, always towards the heart, movements) up through the buttock and then the front of the leg.  Avoid any delicate skin, like the skin on the insides of the thighs.
  3. After you are finished with the lower half, start at the fingertips of one arm; move up the arm (palms of hands, back of hands, forearm, bicep) and towards the heart.  Repeat on other arm.
  4. Move to the back (this is where a short handled brush may come in handy) working your movements towards your stomach, starting and finishing with one side of the back and then the other. This FEELS AMAZING
  5. When you get to your stomach, start at your lower abdomen and work your way up (make sure to steer clear of delicate areas like the nipples) and end at your chest in an upward stroke.
  6. Rinse off and shower as normal.

Skin brushing Tips

  • Avoid the face! While dry brushing is excellent for exfoliating skin, this body brush will be too rough for the delicate skin on your face.
  • It’s sometimes best to dry brush right before you shower since there may be a lot of dead skin brushed off.
  • Use a lukewarm water temp…hot water would just irritate your delicate skin. (DUH)
  • Try using a natural and organic body soap since the pores in your skin are open and clear.  I use and have become slightly addicted to the body care products at Honestly Inspired. 
  • Honestly Inspired also has sugar scubs good enough to eat:)
  • However, it isn’t necessary to use soap to wash up in the shower or bath after dry brushing; your skin is as clean as it can be.
  • This is perfect to do the day before your receiving your  Bombshell Airbrush Tan!

After getting out of the shower, dry off vigorously and massage your skin with pure plant oil, such as almond, jojoba, grapeseed or coconut!

Keep it Haute, Bombshells!

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