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7 ways to add color to your beauty routine

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I always find that, during the winter months, I wear less and less color when it comes to my wardrobe. I trend towards chunky black knits, darker denim and dark neutral accessories. But for my beauty routine? I think there’s no better time to add color! Today I’m sharing 7 ways to add pops of color to your look this season.

1. Nail it. Think out of the box in terms of the usual seasonal nail colors like red or burgundy. I love the look of winter white nails and adding a subtle hint of glitter is a fun way to mix things up. The new Nails INC Victoria Beckham collection has the perfect hue for this – Bamboo White.

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2. Go matte. Matte lip color is a unique way to emphasize your lips aside from the usual glosses. I love NARS’ Matte lip pencils and the Maybelline Matte lipsticks.

3. Line up the Always use brown or black liner on your eyes? Try switching things up with blue or green. The Makeup Forever branded colored liners have staying power.

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4. Mix up your mascara. Similar to trying out new liner colors, go for a new mascara color that isn’t brown or black. These hues are striking and not crazy looking. Note to self, don’t do colored liner + colored mascara – choose one or the other.

5. Seek a subtle shimmer. Winter is a great time to add some shimmer to your skin, as you’re missing your summer glow. I like Benefit Cosmetics’ Girl Meets Pearl – pat it on your cheekbones and just under your brow line at the top of your eyelids.

6. Try palettes. If you’re anything like me, you tend to use the same neutral eyeshadow colors everyday. Palettes are a great way to change this up. They are rather foolproof and often come with guides on how to maximize the colors included. This one is my favorite.

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7. Go low. When I most recently got my hair done, I added in lowlights in addition to highlights. It helped tone down my summer blonde while adding dimension and making my hair color more seasonally appropriate. Ask your stylist to add subtle lowlights next time you see them!

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Looking for a cost effective way to change up your color routine? Get your girlfriends together to swap things like nail polish, or each bring a new lip color for everyone to try. Get some jams going, pour some Seven Daughters Wine and it becomes a perfect little get together!

This post is brought to you as a part of my collaboration with Seven Daughters wine as part of their Savvy Seven. All opinions are my own.

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sleek and straight hair with ghd

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When ghd (aka ‘good hair day’) asked me to give one of their straighteners I was excited to try out a hot tool from a brand that is so well respected in the hair industry. I chose their ghd 1″ professional styler in the oh so cute jade color and wanted to give a run down of how to achieve a sleek, smooth style that will last.

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A plethora of products is nearly as essential as the hot tool itself. I use Living Proof Perfect Hair Day, Living Proof Satin Hair Serum and Oribe Soft Lacquer Heat Styling Spray which helps to protect your hair and give a lacquer finish.

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First, I cocktail the cream and serum in my hand, blend and then distribute evenly through my hair and comb through with a wide tooth comb before blow drying.

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The before: I have naturally wavy hair so this is already having been brushed through and “straightened” as much as possible when blow drying.

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Sectioning off your hair is one of the best pieces of advices I can give when straightening your hair. I use a clip to clamp half up and then spray the heat lacquer spray and further section off to straighten section by section.

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Straighten s-l-o-w-l-y. One of the most common mistakes is running your straightener over your hair too fast causing you to have to do it more and more vs. just going slowly and effectively. ghd straighteners use advanced ceramic heater technology to provide smoother, shinier results.

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One of my favorite features of this straightener? Sleep Mode that switches the tool off when it is not used for 30 minutes. Who else has left the house and then panicked they left their straightner on? (THIS GIRL. All too often I’m afraid…)

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The straightener also has a round barrel meaning it can create curls and waves in addition to straightening meaning its perfect for travel (leave that curling iron behind!). As your last step, take a stitch more straightening serum and run it over your ends and any fly aways.

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Et voila – follow the above steps and you’ll have sleek hair that also stays straight (what every girl really wants am I right?) Hope you find this helpful, love seeing me in my pink robe (a bridesmaid gift from the wedding the other weekend!) and enjoy the sneak peek into my bathroom :). Happy Tuesday, all!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by ghd but all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting brands that make this blog possible. 

[All photos by Alyson Buck; Last photo by Bekka Palmer Photography]

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a hair update

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The other weekend I had the pleasure of visiting Warren Tricomi’s Flatiron salon for a much needed haircut (it had been since last April since I had it cut- yikes!)

My full highlight was done by the lovely Francesca and Nick cut in all the beautiful layers while keeping the length (a requirement I had asked of him). The Flatiron salon is so conveniently located, tucked above lower Fifth Avenue and the experience was low key and intimate. The aesthetic is so sleek and simple and on the particular day I went (over Labor Day weekend) the salon was quiet and made the cut + color have a zen like quality.

And here’s my hair in an updo I threw together when it was 90+ degrees and with loads of humidity. I love how the highlights look piled high as well.

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If you’re looking for a new stylist, I highly recommend Francesca & Nick – they couldn’t have been more friendly and I have gotten several compliments on my hair since seeing them so really…win/win. Thank you to Warren Tricomi for the great experience!

Disclosure: Services were provided for editorial consideration. As always I only write about brands and services I love – thank you for supporting the companies that make WIT & Whimsy possible!

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