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Spring Prep

After those record low temperatures in several parts of the United States a little while ago, it's probably safe to say that a little bit of warm weather would feel pretty nice. It's still going to be a bit before spring technically starts but that doesn't mean we can't all daydream about warmer times. And according to this year's Groundhog Day, spring is coming early because the groundhog didn't see his shadow.

Okay so spring season may not actually be determined by a groundhog but just in case, there's no harm is getting ready for the coming season. After all, if you want to stay on top of your fashion game, now's the time to start that spring shopping. We took note of all the top trends at New York's Spring Fashion Week and scoured Instagram to show you exactly how you can incorporate them to your upcoming spring style.

 

Dresses with layers, frills, ruffles

Clean minimalist silhouettes are out this season and ruffles and frills are back in. For an extra layer of oomph, make it a floral affair for a good quintessential spring outfit or keep it light and airy with a lighter ruffled piece.

Feathers

As you can see, multiple models walked the runway with feathered outfits and it's safe to say that you'll be seeing the fluffy texture of feathers all over this spring.

Beige tones

From beige to tan, neutral Earthy tones were reoccurring in multiple shows at fashion week.

Netting

Get all caught up in this trend. All sorts of netting are trendy from fishnet to crochet netting. And you don't have to limit yourself to the beach to sport this look. The light covering is perfect for the warm weather wherever you are.

Yellow

What symbolizes warm weather more than a nice bright yellow? For those who are looking for a pop of color, yellow is definitely the way to go with spring, especially for a more formal look. The color excels youthfulness and elegance all at the same time.

Beach/surfer chic

Who doesn’t enjoy a nice beach vacation? Well unfortunately you can't have a season-long vacation but you can still channel some cool beach vibes with your wardrobe this spring. A simple beachy t-shirt paired with jeans and sneakers makes for the perfect casual street style look.

Polka dots

After falling out of fashion for a few seasons, polka dots are making a comeback for the spring, particularly the black and white version.

Scarf patterns

Think of silk scarf patterns but as the complete piece. Something about channeling those patterns as a whole outfit makes it feel classic but also refreshing at the same time.

Biker shorts

Mini shorts are not the go-to this coming season. Bike shorts were favored by multiple designers on the runways and several celebrities off the runway such as the Kardashians and Hadids. Although they're actually covering more than short shorts, something about them still looks very trendy, especially if you pair it with a long buttoned shirt.

Tie dye

Tie dye isn't just an elementary school craft project anymore. Tye dye is back in all its glory for spring. The crafty pattern gives an air of an effortlessness to your street style.

It doesn't feel like it just yet but the blooming season is coming up on us faster than you'd think. Now that you've seen how you can style the hottest trends for spring, you can be sure to look out for them on your next shopping trip so your wardrobe can be blooming with the season!

Global Love

For those who love to travel, there's nothing better than finding a significant other who shares your same wanderlust. Discovering new places together, getting lost in unknown lands, taking in the beautiful sights around you, traveling with your partner is definitely a one-of-a-kind experience. And even though there was a belief in the past that black couples couldn't be globe-trotters like everyone else, that's just plain wrong. Black couples definitely love to travel and when they do, they're definitely thriving at it. Check out these 10 black couples who are spreading their love all across the world.

Bora Bora


Petra, Jordan


Nice, Cote d'Azur, France


Amsterdam, Netherlands


Oahu, Hawaii


Santorini, Greece


Barcelona, Spain


London, UK


Turks and Caicos


Nassau, Bahamas


Now that you see, anyone can catch the wanderlust bug. Who wouldn't want to travel with their significant other when there's places like these to see? Remember, couples who travel together stay together so next time you're short on date ideas, maybe a foreign country is a good place to start.

No Cake Zone

Is there anything worse than spending hours working on your makeup only to turn out with a cakey finish only a short time later? Your makeup masterpiece deserves to last all day without separating or looking a hot mess after only a couple of hours. But wanting to make it last all day is not always as easy as actually making it happen. The goal is not impossible though and with these tips you can keep your makeup perfectly smooth and in place all day long!

Before starting your actual makeup application, you gotta prep that skin. Imagine trying to paint a wall without removing the old, peeling wallpaper first. That's definitely not going to look smooth in the end is it? The same goes with your skin. Exfoliating on a regular basis removes old, flaky skin which not only can give you a smoother finish in the short run but can also help prevent breakouts in the long run. After exfoliating, moisturize that skin! No matter if you have dry or oily skin, you need that moisturizer to prevent flaking or excessive oiliness that will result in cakey makeup.

 

After moisturizing, apply a good primer. There are primers that are meant to "blur" imperfections such as pores and wrinkles so you have a smoother finish. There are also primers designed to hydrate the skin or keep oils in check so that your makeup can stay in place and won't separate throughout the day. Find one that meets your needs and don't skip out on this step!

For those with really oily skin, try applying setting powder before you apply your makeup. We know that seems weird but many people swear by this as it will help set in your primer and create an added layer of oil control. For even more lasting power, try using eyeshadow primer as regular primer in trouble areas. Check out the video to see how:

 

Now comes the actual makeup application. Make sure to use the right tools when applying your foundation. Your fingers and hands might be the most convenient and cost efficient way but you're not going to get a flawless finish with them. Instead, use a brush or applicator sponge for an airbrushed effect and make sure to regularly wash them. Tools with old makeup will just mix that old, dried out makeup with the fresh one and prevent a nice finish. On top of that, it's a breeding ground for bacteria which just means breakouts that will not give you a smooth finish.

If you want a full coverage effect, don't apply a single, thick layer but rather a thin layer and build over it. By applying thinner layers, you give your skin a chance to absorb the makeup properly instead of having it all glob up.

How much makeup you apply at a time isn't the only thing to consider but also in what direction you apply it. Using downward strokes instead of upwards strokes will mean you're applying you makeup "with the grain" of your peach fuzz. Applying it upwards, on the other hand can lift the fuzz and enhance pores making you look more cakey.

After you apply your foundation and concealer, set that makeup! Start with a translucent finishing powder. Some people swear by "baking" to accomplish a smooth finish while others complain that it actually causes dry patches. It's dependent on your skin type so try it out and see if it's for you. If you find that it does leave unwanted dry patches, apply a thin layer all over your face instead without baking. Either way though, you do want to apply a finishing powder since it will help control oil and create more of a blurring effect on your skin.

 

The last step is setting spray. Think of it like hairspray but for your skin. Not only will it keep your makeup in place but some are now also designed to protect your skin from the elements which will just keep your skin healthier in the long run.

Whether you want to use makeup to enhance your natural features or to create pieces of art, you don't want a cakey finish after only a few hours. By following these steps, you can make sure that you look like you just finished doing your makeup, even if it's actually been a whole day.

Drip: Dying your hair with the water color method

Celebrity’s have been experimenting a lot more with color lately. Going bolder and brighter and its hard not to get the urge to follow suit. We have some of our favorite Dying hair has always been a daunting and sometimes messy process. Making sure the color is even throughout. Timing, Keeping the product from getting all over everything, staining your hands, it’s definitely a task. What if you could crunch the time down to 5-10 for fully vibrant color?  Watercolor dying is the new go-to for the bundle and wig enthusiasts among us. It takes out all the fuss. Just a few simple steps and you have true life color goals. 

Here’s the must haves for this quick and easy dye job.  

  • Gloves 

  • Large plastic spoon or whisk 

  • Large plastic bowl/bin 

  • 1 Bottle of hair color (2 for more intense color) 

  • 613(Platinum blonde) Extensions 

  • Large glass or plastic bowl 

  • boiled water/extremely hot tap water 

Be sure to remove all packaging and rubber bands from the hair you plan to color before getting started and put on your gloves to avoid any possible staining. Pour your water in the plastic bowl/bin add your dye and use your spoon or whisk to mix it into its fully dissolved. Now the fun part, dip the hair and make sure that its evenly saturated and allow it to sit. In most cases you can see the dye leaving the water and soaking into the hair almost immediately. After allowing the hair to sit for a few minutes pull it out and rinse the hair in cool water in a stainless steel sink until the water runs clear. Thats it. That's all. you're done. Now if saving time isn’t enough incentive take a look at these detailed How-Tos and the polished results.  

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Be sure to follow up your watercolor bath with your favorite conditioner so that the hair doesn’t get rough and brittle from the processing and comes out smooth and hydrated. A crowd favorite is the silicon mix hair treatment to deep condition the hair. 

Tag us in your water color results to be featured! @boxbeautyco 

Aloe, What's Up?

If you've ever scrolled through your Instagram, chances are that you've seen a video of a girl applying the gooey stuff from aloe vera on her face or hair. It probably doesn't look too tempting to do but don't be so quick to dismiss the videos because there's actually truth behind them. The plant is rich in antioxidants, enzymes, and vitamins which can all offer some pretty great beauty benefits for your skin and hair.

For those who experience acne, aloe vera might be a great ingredient to add to your skincare routine. The antioxidants and vitamins inside the plant can help speed up healing and reduce inflammation. It also moisturizes the skin and can help fight aging by improving the skin's natural firmness.

If you're interested in adding aloe vera to your skincare routine, there's a lot of ways to incorporate it. If you don't have access to the actual plant, aloe in products still works nicely with the added benefit of saving time on making certain recipes.

 

For the natural and DIY queens out there, you can use the gel from the inside of the plant as a face mask or a face scrub depending on what your needs are. Just be careful not to use it too often if you have sensitive skin as the enzymes in aloe vera can act as an exfoliant and over exfoliating your skin can lead to excessive drying. Check out the video below for different ways to use aloe for your skin:

Of course, all that good stuff in aloe vera doesn't just benefit your skin. It also has a ton of good benefits on your hair. Like previously mentioned, the exfoliants in the enzymes can help to remove dead skin cells on your scalp which means less clogged pores and more healthy hair growth. The properties of the plants help your hair and scalp to retina more moisture which helps to reduce dandruff, prevent scalp itchiness, and conditions your hair. And aloe vera is the same ph range as your hair and scalp which means it will help balance out your ph rather than throw it off.

There's a way to use aloe vera in pretty much every step of your hair regimen from prewashing all the way to styling. Before you wash your hair, you can apply the natural aloe vera gel directly to your scalp to help exfoliate away dead skin cells while moisturizing the skin to prevent future drying. There are also plenty of products out there that are infused with aloe vera.

 

For the natural approach, check out the videos below to see how you can use the plant through different steps of your hair care.

As you've seen, aloe vera has a lot of uses for your hair and skin and is definitely worth a try. Try out the different ways to incorporate it into you beauty routine and see how aloe those benefits improve your skin and hair.

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