Chelsea Crockett

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Bye Bye Bad Hair Days

If you follow me on YouTube, then you have probably seen my recent video about how I care for my hair. What I didn’t share with you is how I…

If you follow me on YouTube, then you have probably seen my recent video about how I care for my hair. What I didn’t share with you is how I deal with bad hair days! We have all had those days where we wake up and our hair looks like a bird has started nesting in it. Bad hair days are the worst. Hard as you try, your strands just won’t cooperate. Here is a handy list of ways that you can beat your next bad hair day, or even prevent it!

  1. Is your hair dull or brassy? Give your hair natural shine by taking fish oil supplements! Along with a ton of other health benefits, fish oil works from the inside out, giving you naturally glossy strands.
  2. Running late or have unmanageable hair? Braid it up. Braided hairstyles are your bff on days when you just don’t want to mess with your hair. They mask the craziness!
  3. Steer clear of hair products that have silicones or sulfates in them. Those chemicals dry out your strands and disrupt its natural wave/curl pattern, which causes frizz. Also, maintaining a healthy diet can really benefit the health of your hair. Avoid eating too much salt, sugar, caffeine and carbonated beverages.
  4. Topknots = lifesaver. These high buns keep your hair out of your face and disguise the mess it really is!
  5. Are you battling static electricity and flyaways? Rub a dryer sheet over your hair!
  6. When straightening your locks, pull the hair up towards the ceiling when running it through the straightener to add volume to the ‘do.

Bad hair days be gone!

XOXO, Chels

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Post-Workout Skin Care Routine

I love going to the gym. It helps me calm my mind and makes me feel refreshed and strong. The only downfall of visiting the gym is that I seem…

I love going to the gym. It helps me calm my mind and makes me feel refreshed and strong. The only downfall of visiting the gym is that I seem to break out after I go. I looked up why this was the case, and it was because I wasn’t treating my skin the way I should! After we workout, our pores are wide open which means that they are open to bacteria and makeup residue. Your skin is super vulnerable after a visit to the gym. Here are a few ways that I found to keep your skin healthy after hitting the gym or the trail.

 

  1. Make sure your makeup is gone before you work out. Use a makeup wipe to quickly and easily clear your skin. Do this so that your sweat can filter out of your pores freely instead of getting trapped by your makeup.
  2. Use skin products that don’t irritate. Using a harsh cleanser after you workout is not doing your skin any favors! Spray a facial toner on your skin post-workout to soothe and calm your skin.
  3. If you can’t get to a shower, use healthy ingredients to wash your face. Makeup wipes with natural cleansers like lavender are a great and handy way to quickly and easily get your skin clean of sweat and build-up after a workout.
  4. Keep your skin care kit on hand. If you workout before work or school, or you typically have to go somewhere other than home after a workout, keep your skincare essentials in a small travel bag. This is a great way to make sure that you get your skin cleansed before going anywhere, plus it will make you feel refreshed when you are on the go.

Keeping your skin clean is the key to kicking breakouts to the curb!

XOXO, Chels

 

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Things to Consider Before You Cut Bangs

Bangs: either you love them or you hate them. At some point in our lives we will even be tempted to try them! But, beware. They may look good in…

Bangs: either you love them or you hate them. At some point in our lives we will even be tempted to try them! But, beware. They may look good in photos you see on Pinterest, but that doesn’t mean that you will like them on your own face. Before you take the plunge and chop some bangs, here are a few things to keep in mind.

  1. Bangs require lots of maintenance. You have to keep them constantly trimmed, like every two or three weeks, to keep them out of your eyes. Getting them trimmed that often adds up to quite a bit of money in the end!
  2. Working out is a little more complicated. You have to remember to keep clips and headbands with you at all times to keep your bangs out of the way.
  3. Try them out before you take the dive. You can watch tutorials on how to create faux bangs to see if you like them before you make the big chop. This may save you a lot of heartache in the long run if you don’t like what you see.
  4. Prepare for a lot of trial and error. You will have to play with your bangs a lot before you get the hang of them.
  5. Bangs can cause pimples. Having hair sitting on your forehead all day causes the oil from your hair to join with the oil on your forehead. That can cause breakouts! The good news is that your bangs will cover the pimples.
  6. There will be a time when you want to grow them out. That, my friends is a long, and sometimes obnoxious, process. Luckily there are a lot of ways to pull your bangs back, such as braiding them or twisting them. That should get you by until they are long enough to swoop to the side or bobby pin back.

There are a lot of things to consider before cutting bangs, but ultimately if you want to take the plunge then I say go for it! It is fun to change up your hair style every once in a while.

XOXO, Chels

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Beauty Tips You Can Do in Your Sleep

Beauty takes time. As a good friend of mine always says, beauty isn’t for sissies! It feels like there isn’t enough time in the day to get everything done that…

Beauty takes time. As a good friend of mine always says, beauty isn’t for sissies! It feels like there isn’t enough time in the day to get everything done that I need to do, let alone enough time to get all my beauty prep in. In my book, the best kind of beauty treatments are the ones you can do in your sleep. Here are a few examples of treatments that make you the beauty queen you are, and all you have to do is catch some zzzzzzzzzz’s.

  1. Shrink a pimple: If you have a pesky pimple or two, put a small dab of toothpaste onto it and let it sit overnight. It dries the blemish out and helps shrink it.
  2. Moisturize: Hydrate your skin with an overnight mask to heal and nourish dry skin. You can also use a humidifier to help stop the dry air from sucking the moisture from your skin while you sleep!
  3. Heal your hair: Coconut oil works miracles. Seriously. Smooth some on your strands and leave it on overnight. Cover your pillow with a towel so the oil doesn’t soak in. Be ready to wake up with the healthiest hair you’ve ever had!
  4. Wavy hair: Want to wake up with wavy hair? There are tons of no-heat curl methods to try. Do a quick YouTube search and find one that works for you. These methods save your hair a ton of damage, AND they take barely any time at all! Your hair gets styled as you sleep.

Now you know why they call it “beauty sleep”!

XOXO, Chels

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Tips for Growing Your Hair Long and Strong

When I was in the first few years of high school my hair was crazy long. I loved it, but I wanted a change, so I cut it all off…

When I was in the first few years of high school my hair was crazy long. I loved it, but I wanted a change, so I cut it all off and tried a shoulder-length style. It was cute, but MAN did I miss my long hair! So, I started doing tons of research on how to grow my hair faster and stronger. Did you get a haircut that you hate or are you trying to grow out your locks? Here are the tips that helped me the most.

  1. Practice patience: Your hair won’t grow to mermaid length overnight, I am sorry to say. Hair only grows a quarter of an inch, a half inch at maximum, a month. And that is only if you keep it healthy and doesn’t have tons of split ends. This means that scissors are your friend! Getting regular trims will prevent those split ends. My hairdresser recommends getting an eighth of an inch trimmed off every 10-12 weeks.
  2. More conditioner, less shampoo: Coloring and heat styling our hair dries it out tremendously. Conditioner helps replace the proteins inside the hair shaft and seals the cuticle from damage. Deep conditioners a lifesaver, especially the oil based ones. Also, don’t shampoo every time you shower. Never skip conditioner, but skip shampoo as much as possible. I know that sounds weird! But shampoo washes away the good oils on our scalps. When you really do need to shampoo, be gentle with your strands and only lather up your scalp, not the ends.
  3. Be healthy: Your body requires many important nutrients to create new hair. Eating a balanced diet helps your hair grow strong, and so do supplements like biotin. Do your research and see if a supplement is right for you.
  4. Be gentle: Brush your hair from tip to root to avoid bringing tangles down the shaft. Also, brush your hair like it is made from glass, so super gently. Never wrap your hair in a towel turban to dry it. This breaks the hair and is rough on it! Also, at the end of every shower, rinse your hair with cold water. This helps the outer layer of the hair lay down smooth and prevents moisture loss and heat damage.

Hopefully these tips help you grow out your locks as much as they helped me!

XOXO, Chels

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Witch Hazel Skin Remedies

These days there are tons of beauty products available to help us clean and heal our skin. How are we supposed to know which ones are best for us? I…

These days there are tons of beauty products available to help us clean and heal our skin. How are we supposed to know which ones are best for us? I like to go the natural route, and that is why I am a huge fan of witch hazel. It has a funny name, but it has some real results. Want cleaner, healthier skin? Here are the skin benefits of witch hazel.

  1. Kills bacteria on your skin that causes pimples.
  2. Prevents signs of aging.
  3. Protects against cellular damage and skin cancer.
  4. Heals acne scarring.
  5. Decreases redness of the skin.

Pour some witch hazel onto a cotton ball and use it as a cleanser after you wash your face every night. You can buy it at Walgreens, Walmart, Target, anywhere you buy your regular beauty supplies. It affordable and works great, which is my favorite combo when it comes to beauty remedies!

XOXO, Chels

 

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Fast Pimple Fixes

Pimples are such an annoyance. Seriously, they can make you feel self-conscious, they are sometimes painful, and are just plain obnoxious. They can single handedly ruin my day with their…

Pimples are such an annoyance. Seriously, they can make you feel self-conscious, they are sometimes painful, and are just plain obnoxious. They can single handedly ruin my day with their appearance. Ok, maybe I am being a bit dramatic, but still. Zits are just not okay. They’re especially annoying when you are about to go to an event or go on a trip! Here are a few ways to zap those pesky pimples out of your life.

  1. Use Advil on them: Cut open an Advil liquid gel and dab the liquid on your pimple to reduce its size. This is great when you are in a time crunch and need a quick fix.
  2. Use a baking soda mask: Create a paste with baking soda and water to help reduce the size and frequency of your breakouts.
  3. Vitamin E: Crack open a vitamin E gel and use it just like the Advil liquid gel!
  4. Neosporin: Neosporin is an antibacterial ointment and acne is caused by bacteria.

Kick pesky pimples to the curb with these fast and easy fixes!

XOXO, Chels

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Save Your Workout Hair from Damage

You know those girls that walk out of the gym with perfect hair? Like, not one strand is out of place or frizzy (ahem, Taylor Swift)? I envy them. After…

You know those girls that walk out of the gym with perfect hair? Like, not one strand is out of place or frizzy (ahem, Taylor Swift)? I envy them. After I work out, my hair is a sweaty mess! Especially after my intense crossfit workouts. Little did I know that working out/going to the gym can cause some serious hair damage. Now, don’t let that stop you from kicking butt in your next workout, we just need to learn how to treat our hair while, before, and after we exercise. This will do our strands a favor in the long run.

  1. Prep your hair before pumping iron: It may seem silly to spend time on your hair before you work out, I mean, it’s going to get messed up anyway. Right? But, spending a few seconds on your mane pre-workout is a must if you want great post-workout locks. Use dry shampoo on your roots before you work out to prevent excess moisture in your hair from sweat.
  2. Too-tight ponytail: If your ponytail is too tight it can be damaging your hair! Plus they can make dents in it and if you want to style it afterwards you can pretty much forget it. Try a loose, high bun for post-workout volume, or try a fishtail or another type of braid for loose waves after you take it out.
  3. Protect yo-self: If you work out outside, you need to protect your scalp from the sun. Scalp sunburns= the least fun you will ever have. My advice is to wear a cute running hat or ball cap when you exercise outside. Functional AND cute. Also, be gentle when brushing your hair post-workout. It can get pretty tangled when you’re getting your sweat on, so go easy on it to prevent damage.

If your goal is long, healthy hair, keep these tips in mind the next time you head to the gym.

XOXO, Chels

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Beauty Benefits of Shaving Your Face

Facial hair: everyone has it. Even us girls! We have finer, lighter hair on our faces than the dudes do, but we still have hairy faces none the less. Sometimes…

Facial hair: everyone has it. Even us girls! We have finer, lighter hair on our faces than the dudes do, but we still have hairy faces none the less. Sometimes the hair on my upper lip makes me self-conscious. It’s totally not noticeable to anyone but myself, but it still bugs me. I started doing a little research on facial hair removal, and I discovered that a lot of women shave their face! High class celebs like Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe swore by it.

Why? Because it is actually really great for your skin! By using a razor to remove the hair, you are also exfoliating your skin, which is a great for anti-aging. This makes your makeup go on smoother and gives your skin a glow! Here are a few common questions most women have about shaving their face:

  1. Does it hurt: Nope! You can get razors that are made for shaving women’s faces.
  2. Does it grow back thicker and darker: Nope!
  3. How often should I shave: Once or twice a week, if you make it part of your skincare regimen it will become a habit!
  4. What is the technique: First, get yourself a face razor at Walgreens. Next, pull your skin taut and shave downward on the skin in short strokes. Moisturize your face afterwards to keep it from getting too dry.

This next part is important: Only shave if you WANT to! This is totally a preference thing. If you don’t care about the invisible hair on your face, then leave it alone! Everyone’s beauty preferences are different. 😊

XOXO, Chels

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Transition Your Makeup from Summer to Fall

Fall is still a pretty long way off, but it is never too early to start planning ahead. Did you know that your makeup looks can change and update throughout…

Fall is still a pretty long way off, but it is never too early to start planning ahead. Did you know that your makeup looks can change and update throughout the seasons? Here is how to transition our makeup routines from summer to fall.

During the summer months, our skin becomes clearer because of the increased sun exposure. This means we can wear a lighter coverage foundation! We need to be wearing makeup with SPF in it during these months to protect our skin from damaging rays (and every month for that matter). Also, summertime is a great time to use bronzers to achieve a healthy glow and an easy contour. Eye makeup colors that are perfect for summer are golden and peachy colors. Great lip colors are sheer and natural hues.

Fall colors are all about warmth and depth. The landscape is changing, so our makeup should too! Burgundy eye shadows and natural smoky eyes are great looks. Also, metallic liners are a fun bold addition. Warm colors on the lips such as berry, plum, or warm pink are great to pair with those eye shades. Using light bronzer can help add a little warmth to your skin, and using highlighter can help brighten and lighten your complexion.

Each season gives you new opportunities to try new things. It is so fun to experiment with different color combos and shades! Let your creativity shine through and it will give you so much confidence!

XOXO, Chels

 

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Contouring Mistakes you May be Making

Contouring is one of those things that can be difficult to figure out. It is still sort of new in the world of makeup, and it is a technique that…

Contouring is one of those things that can be difficult to figure out. It is still sort of new in the world of makeup, and it is a technique that is different for each face shape. There are tons of ways to make easy contouring mistakes, even when following a tutorial. Here are a few common mistakes to avoid so your contouring game can go to the next level.

  1. Using the wrong shade: The most natural-looking contour should be about two shades darker than your skin tone. Going any darker can look too drastic.
  2. Using shimmery tones: A contour should look like a natural shadow, so you should use a matte color.
  3. Not blending: Make sure to look at your contour in different lighting to make sure you blend, no one likes harsh lines!
  4. Applying too much: Not every area of the face needs contouring. All face shapes are different, so different faces will want to highlight different features. When it comes to contouring, less is more.

Keep calm and contour!

XOXO, Chels

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Easy DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner

Makeup brushes are one of the most-used items in our beauty arsenal. They help us put on our foundation, bronzer, blush, powder, and everything else you can imagine. Because they…

Makeup brushes are one of the most-used items in our beauty arsenal. They help us put on our foundation, bronzer, blush, powder, and everything else you can imagine. Because they are used so much, they can start to gather bacteria and germs and need to be cleaned at least once a month. Here is how to make your own homemade brush cleaner to get those babies looking as good as new!

  1. Fill a small dish with olive oil and another with baby wash.
  2. Wet your brush, then pour a little olive oil and a little baby wash onto a saucer. Work the wet brush into the mixture, swishing it around and using your fingers to mix the oil and baby wash into the bristles.
  3. Rinse the brush under warm water thoroughly, gently squeezing the extra water out after you are finished rinsing.
  4. Lay out a paper towel and lay the brush on it, propping the brush handle up so that it is higher than the bristles. Allow the brush to air dry over night.

Do this sequence with all of your brushes to get them squeaky clean and to kill those pesky germs. Dirty brushes can cause pimples on your face from the bacteria on them, so cleaning your brushes is key to a clear complexion!

XOXO, Chels

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Damage-Avoiding Straightener Tips

If you’re like me, then part of your morning routine for 50% of the week involves a flat iron, whether it is curling, straightening, or taming frizz. Unfortunately for us,…

If you’re like me, then part of your morning routine for 50% of the week involves a flat iron, whether it is curling, straightening, or taming frizz. Unfortunately for us, flat irons can cause some major damage to our fragile locks. If you want to have healthy hair but also want to style it using heat, you can have the best of both worlds if you use the following tips!

  1. Prep with a smoothing shampoo: Use a heat repair shampoo and conditioner combo to prep and protect your hair. It will help replenish moisture back to it and get it ready for your next heat-styling sesh.
  2. Protect your strands: Before you heat up your hair, spray a good heat protectant on it. Pick one that protects from damage as well as smooths and adds shine. It will prevent it from becoming dry and stiff after you straighten it.
  3. Use ceramic plated irons: Ceramic plates protect your hair with negatively charged ions and helps keep your hair smooth.
  4. Use a deep conditioner: Once a month, treat your hair to some moisture! Your hair needs restoration if you frequently use heat on it, so letting a deep conditioner soak about 10 minutes on your strands once a month, then rinse and let your hair air dry.

Protecting your hair is so so important if you use hot tools often. The more you protect, the longer it will grow and the better it will look!

XOXO, Chels

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Surprising Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is an amazing natural beauty wonder. It has so many uses, from your teeth to your hair and more! Here are a few of my favorite ways…

Apple cider vinegar is an amazing natural beauty wonder. It has so many uses, from your teeth to your hair and more! Here are a few of my favorite ways to use apple cider vinegar in my beauty regimen.

  1. Clear blemishes – Add apple cider vinegar and water to a cotton swab, then apply the mixture to your face for a few minutes. Then rinse off with water. Do this once a week to cleanse your skin!
  2. Helps reduce the appearance of cellulite – Mix 3 parts apple cider with 1 part olive oil. Massage this on your cellulite twice a day until you see the results you want.
  3. Whiter teeth: Gargle apple cider vinegar with water in the morning and brush after you gargle. This will reduce stains and whiten the teeth.
  4. Shiny hair: Mix equal parts of apple cider vinegar and water. Rinse it though your hair after shampooing, and leave it on for a few minutes, then rinse. I’ve done this before and it strips the toxins out of your hair and makes it so soft and shiny!

Try a few of these and comment below on how it worked for you! Which are you most excited to try?

XOXO, Chels

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Brow Shaping 101

The way you do your eyebrows can make or break your look. Some girl tweeze their poor brows until they are skinny as a pencil mark, either purposefully or unintentionally….

The way you do your eyebrows can make or break your look. Some girl tweeze their poor brows until they are skinny as a pencil mark, either purposefully or unintentionally. Some girls wear theirs super bushy! Whatever way you wear them, eyebrows can transform your face. Here are a few brow-filling tips to make sure your eyebrows are on point.

  1. Brow powder vs. brow pencil: In order to fill your brows the best you can, use two shades of brow powder or pencil to structure your brows and give them definition.
  2. Make sure you’re using the right color: Don’t pick the shades that match your brow hair exactly. Instead use shades that are a tad lighter. You also want to keep your skin tone in mind. If you have darker skin you want to use a chocolatey color with some warmth. If you have lighter skin, go for a sandy, light brown combo.
  3. Use concealer to prep: Before you start filling in your brows, take concealer or subtle highlighter and blend it on top and underneath each brow. This gives your brow color something to stick to and defines your brows.
  4. Start under the arch of your brows: Use a small angled eyebrow brush to apply the darker shade of brow color to the underside of your brows on the arch. It frames your eyes! Just make sure you don’t make the arch too high, you don’t want to look angry!
  5. Finish things off: After you are done filling those brows to the best of your ability, use brow gel to hold everything in place. We wouldn’t want you to have Albert Einstein crazy brows at the end of the day!

Hopefully these tips help you shape your eyebrows like a pro!

XOXO, Chels

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Do Salt Sprays Damage Your Hair?

When the weather heats up, that’s when my sea salt spray comes out from its winter hiding place under my sink. Beachy waves are a spring and summer hair staple….

When the weather heats up, that’s when my sea salt spray comes out from its winter hiding place under my sink. Beachy waves are a spring and summer hair staple. Have you ever wondered, though, if these sprays are good for our hair? Let’s get to the bottom of the question. The answer is: it depends on what ingredients are in the spray. You need ingredients that counteract the drying effects of salt. Here are some great salt spray formulas that keep your hair healthy and stylin’ at the same time.

  1. Aloe Vera: Salt sprays with aloe vera in them give you gentle waves and nourish your strands!
  2. Coconut Water: Coconut water is a great addition to salt sprays! It gives your hair a bounce and lift.
  3. Lavender: Having lavender in your salt spray ensures your hair will not only smell awesome, it also protects your strands from drying!
  4. UV Protection: It is important to protect your hair from the elements, so use a salt spray that gives you UV protection AND awesome waves!

Find a salt spray that has one or a combination of these ingredients for great looking AND healthy hair!

XOXO, Chels

 

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