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How to Smell Like a Mermaid All Year-Long

Did anyone else dream of being a mermaid? I mean, odds are, most of us were charmed by The Little Mermaid or Splash. And mermaids always had the best hair. Plus, on the tail-end of a beach vacation (though admittedly, it was freezing in Charleston while we were there for the Holidays), and with what’s shaping up to be a very cold winter ahead, I want to gather up all of the beach vibes I can get.

I first spotted Mermaid Hair Shampoo and conditioner on Anthropologie’s site, and I thought, “Well, that’s kind of silly.” I mean, since when does Anthropologie sell shampoo and conditioner? But I was intrigued, because, again, didn’t we all want to be mermaids growing up? I know I did. What exactly IS mermaid hair shampoo and conditioner? Will it turn me into a mermaid? Will it cure the freezing cold winter blues?

Basically, I couldn’t resist the temptation of mermaid hair. And as your resident beauty guinea pig, I figured it was my civic blog duty to test this mermaid hair shampoo and conditioner out.

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Full disclaimer; no, Mermaid Hair Shampoo and Conditioner does not actually give you mermaid hair. Only a curling wand and sea salt spray, or really good hair genetics, are going to do that. What Mermaid Hair DOES give you: the most incredible-smelling hair around.

Mermaid Hair Shampoo and Conditioner smells like a mix of coconut, orange blossoms, and the beach; and will make you feel like you’re on some tropical ocean-side getaway (at least for a few minutes!) Luckily, the scent clings to your hair quite well, and you can sniff the beach all day long.

Mermaid Hair Shampoo is all natural and totally sulfate-free, which I love. In case you didn’t know (I only learned last year!), sulfates are standard for most shampoo (and household cleaning) products, and it’s what makes that sudsy lather you get from most shampoos, but actually causes frizziness (especially in curly hair) and damage to colored hair. In fact, your stylist will tell you never to use shampoo with sulfates in it if you color your hair at all.

Although you won’t get that lather – which I’ll admit, is a little weird to get used to, Mermaid Hair shampoo is packed with vitamins and minerals that will keep your hair shiny and bouncy. I’ll admit, the conditioner wasn’t my favorite. Though it still smells incredible, I found that I needed a fair amount to get through my long tangle-prone hair. I actually ended up mixing a bit with my everyday conditioner in the palm of my hand and it worked so well. And using both the shampoo and conditioner is the ticket to having the best smelling hair around.

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Per JulesOnTheBeach’s review on Anthropologie’s siteI’ve tried pretty much every sulfate free shampoo on the market on my quest for mermaid rapunzel unicorn hair. This shampoo does not disappoint. It does exactly what you want a high end sulfate free shampoo to do. It cleans your hair without stripping it, it nourishes your hair with healthy ingredients and it leaves a beautiful fragrance that you WILL get compliments on!

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Basically, you’ll have soft, bouncy hair that smells like a tropical getaway. Not too shabby.

Want to smell like a mermaid all year-long? You can find the Mermaid Beauty products on Anthropologie’s site and on Amazon. And if you love the scent (I mean, who wouldn’t?), Mermaid Beauty also makes perfume (and a rollerball), body oil, and a candle.

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If you love mermaids, you’ll be obsessed wth this fairytale mermaid shoot from a few years back; and see more of my beauty favorites right here.

Photos by Annie Watts Photography for Glitter, Inc.

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6 Simple Holiday Hairstyles That Are Sure to Wow

‘Tis the season of holiday parties, and while I adore a great party, I don’t necessarily have the time to get as glammed up as I’d love to. Oh, who am I kidding, I’ll be lucky if I can find a clean dress sans spit-up. But I swear I’m gonna try. So a simple holiday hairstyle it is.

Even a simple bun or ponytail gets elevated for the holidays with a ribbon or gold hair clip or bobby pin. It’s the little details that really update a hairstyle to a party look. And some hairstyles are actually a whole lot easier to create than you might think; i.e., braids and twists make for a big upgrade. So I’ve rounded up 6 simple holiday hairstyles that are sure to wow at your next event.

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Read on for the party-ready hair tutorials!

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Half-Up Fishtail (via The Vault Files): Once you get the hang of a fishtail braid, you may never go back to a traditional braid. It’s surprisingly simple but looks like you but in all of this extra effort, and the half-up look gives it a bit more glam, night-time polish; a.k.a., a perfect simple holiday hairstyle.

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Tied With a Bow (via @blaireadiebee): Now this one is extra simple, but there’s something about a simple low-slung pony-tail, tied with a chic bow, that’s both effortless and packed with style.

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Twisted Knot Hair Updo (via Gal Meets Glam): This hairstyle takes just a few knots and twists, and looks so edgy and cool.

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Easy Triple Braided Updo (via The Effortless Chic): Though this one may look a bit more complicated, it’s actually just three braids twisted together. The step-by-step tutorial breaks it down, and the result is beautiful.

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Half-Up Hair Do (via Say Yes): There’s a simple trick to elevating your standard half-up hair do, and it’s a simple twist of both sides. This adorable half-up hair do is then made even more glamorous by adding a statement accessory. You’ll never guess what they used here!

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Holiday High Pony Tail (via Gal Meets Glam): Just like the low-slung ponytail, the high ponytail is seriously underrated. Here, the high pony tail gets a mature upgrade with a sleek center part and a bright red holiday-perfect bow.

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The Very Best of Sephora VIB Sale

Who needs Black Friday when you can shop the annual Sephora VIB sale? Seriously, this is one of the very rare times that you can snag all of your favorite beauty goods for up to 20% off. That’s big. The Annual Sephora VIB Sale is my favorite time to stock up on all of the products I use every day! (Psst … here are my 15 beauty favorites.)

So here’s the deal: From November 10 to November 15, VIB Rouge and VIB members get 20 percent off everything using the codes 20FORROUGE or 20FORVIB at checkout, and Beauty Insiders get 15 percent off with the code INSIDER15.

If there’s a beauty product you’ve been dreaming about trying – like everyone’s favorite contour kit, the very best under-eye concealer, the most coveted blow dryer, that perfect lipstick, my personal favorite eyeshadow palette, basically anything Fenty Beauty by Rihanna, etc. – The annual Sephora VIB Sale is the time to snatch it up.

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I divided my Sephora VIB sale picks into two main categories: holy grail products and holiday-perfect gift sets (because so much from this sale could work as awesome gifts!)

Just scroll through the widgets with the left and right arrows and click on the icons to shop each category.

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What are you shopping at this year’s Sephora VIB Sale? If you need more beauty inspiration, these are my 15 favorite beauty items.

Photo by Annie Watts Photography for Glitter, Inc.

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Urban Decay’s NAKED Smoky Palette Is On Sale (As in, 50% Off Right Now)

Stop what you’re doing. Urban Decay’s NAKED Smoky Palette is on sale for 50% off right now.

Here’s the deal: The cult-favorite beauty brand just announced that their show-stopping $54 NAKED Smoky palette will be marked down to half-price, selling for just $27. But don’t delay, this beauty is going to sell out quick – and once they do, they’re history. As in, it looks like Urban Decay is retiring the NAKED Smoky Palette for good. From the brand,“these palettes won’t be around much longer, so get one while you still can.” You can pick one up for yourself (at 50% off!) in stores and at Sephora.com, Ulta.com, and Macys.com.

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Thankfully the other five Naked palettes (the original Naked, Naked2, Naked3, Naked Heat, and Naked Ultimate Basics) are sticking around, so you can breathe a sigh of relief if you’re not able to snatch up the Urban Decay’s NAKED Smoky Palette.

If you’re not already familiar with Urban Decay’s NAKED palettes, or you’ve always wanted to try one, now’s the time. Ever since their debut more than seven years ago, NAKED palettes have become sort of a beauty rite of passage into the world of high-end makeup. I remember the first time my sister and I splurged on a Naked palette; life-changing I tell you. Now we’ve got my mom hooked. The colors in every NAKED palette are universally smooth, with a velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power and blendability, plus every case comes with an exclusive double-ended brush (with a Tapered Crease Brush on one end and a Smoky Smudger Brush on the other).

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And why is this deal SO good? Well first of all, 50% OFF. Seriously, these palettes are never on sale. And the NAKED Smoky Palette in particular, is one of my favorites. Filled with 12 essential shades you need to create a sultry or neutral smoky eye – bronzes, grays, taupes, and blacks galore in matte, satin, and sparkly finishes – this is a pretty foolproof way to achieve any kind of smoky eye look. It also happens to be an Allure Best of Beauty award winner.

Snag your NAKED Smoky Palette at 50% off before they sell out!

See more of our beauty tips, tricks, and favorites right here.

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Making the Transition From Summer to Fall: 5 Beauty Must Haves

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As the seasons ever-so-slowly start to make the transition from summer to fall, I try to mix in a few fall beauty must haves in my beauty bag to get my purse ready for the change in the weather. Moving from Miami two years ago, I never really thought much about dry skin and chapped lips, or about colors that work better in cooler temps, because really, in Miami, it’s summer 90% of the time. But with fall on the horizon here in North Carolina, I’ve learned that keeping my skin and lips hydrated is SO important. Plus, as September winds closer, it’s important to heal any damage those summer rays did to my skin too.

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So I’m making a few switches in my beauty bag, and sharing just what I stock up on to make the summer to fall beauty transition smooth (nerdy pun totally intended!)

Making the Transition From Summer to Fall: 5 Beauty Must Haves by NC beauty blogger Glitter, Inc.

Making the Transition From Summer to Fall: 5 Beauty Must Haves

  1. Lip Balm. I cannot sing its praises enough. I’ve been using some combination of Carmex Comfort Care™ Lip Balm flavors, Carmex® Classic Lip Balm Stick, and Carmex Daily Care™ Moisturizing Lip Balms for as long as I can remember. I’ve got my husband hooked too. As in, any time one is missing, I know I’ll inevitably find it in hubby’s white coat or pants’ pocket. The minute a cool breeze blows past, my lips are instantly dry and chapped without Carmex, so I’m getting myself prepared.
  2. Hand cream. For whatever reason, one of the first things to dry out as the weather gets cooler are my hands. A good hand cream is essential. Keep a small tube of moisturizing hand cream in your purse and you’ll always have it on hand. Getting in the habit of slathering your hands (and face) with a bit of lotion with SPF each day will go a long way.
  3. A new shade of lipstick. I love a great nude lipstick that I can wear day-in and day-out. This nude (Yves Saint Laurent ‘Rouge Volupte Shine’ Oil-In-Stick Lipstick in 44 Lavalliere Nude), with a subtle shimmer to it, complements my summer skin, but was made for a fall palette as well. It’s also extra moisturizing, so it’s a win, win. I like to wear it on top of my classic lip balm to pile on the moisture.
  4. Sunglasses. Because even when you don’t feel like throwing on a face of makeup, a chic pair of sunglasses and a swatch of lip balm will have you looking presentable in an instant. And yes, sunglasses totally count as part of my beauty arsenal.
  5. Your favorite floral scent. I love keeping summer going as long as I can in subtle ways. (I say “subtle,” because let’s face it, I’m counting down the days until pumpkin patches, apple picking, and ALL things fall.) But subtle reminders of a sweet summer well spent; that’s perfection in my book. I can’t get enough of this scent – Florence – full of gardenia, jasmine, tuberose, and violet notes. I keep a rollerball in my beauty bag and roll a bit on my wrists and behind my ears and I feel like I smell like an Italian garden all day long.

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How about you? Any favorite beauty must haves to make the transition from summer to fall?

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What’s Old Is New Again: The Low Ponytail

Plenty of beauty trends come and go; and some, like blue eyeshadow, are best left forgotten if you ask me. But some manage to slip back into the beauty landscape, and this one in particular – the low ponytail – I’m not all that mad about. As a fan of no-fuss hair (read: I’m a tired mom), a relaxed ponytail that requires no hairspray, or any effort really at all, sounds ideal.

Tie or top your low ponytail with a scarf, bow, or barrette (totally channeling my mom during the early 90s right here), and out the door you go.

I also love this kind of ponytail (and I think you’ll love it too!) because a low ponytail is softer than a slicked back, more styled ponytail, and if you pull a few strands of hair out around your face, it can look totally intentional and beautiful with so little effort. Easy hairstyle game strong.

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Silk Bow Barrette

Beauty trends making a comeback: the low-slung ponytail (and why you'll love this easy hairstyle!) Knotted Velvet Scrunchie. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Knotted Velvet Scrunchie

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Studded Bow Hair Tie

Beauty trends making a comeback: the low-slung ponytail (and why you'll love this easy hairstyle!) Spiral Hair Ties. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Spiral Hair Ties

Are you a fan of the low ponytail? Any other favorite low-maintenance hairstyles (i.e., the kind you can accomplish in two minutes or less?)? 😂

See more of our favorite beauty tips, tricks, and trends right here.

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