Easy Summer Updo’s with Target Beauty

While this post is sponsored by Target, all ideas and opinions expressed here are my own.

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Summer is right around the corner, and with all the formal events like prom, weddings, graduations, date nights with the husband (that is what I look forward to the most) or even just wanting to put your hair up for a ladies’ brunch, I have come up with three hairstyles that are very easy to do! I added a few makeup favorites that work with the looks, and you can find all the products at your local Target. Or, better yet, buy it online; Target offers free shipping on orders of more than $25 and free returns on every order. Best online store for all Target goodies (I wasn’t even told to say that; it really is a personal favorite! LOL!)

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The first look I am going to show you is probably my favorite out of all of them. When I’ve done this hairstyle in the past, I have been asked a handful of times what salon or hairstylist I used. It’s fairly easy and, now that my hair is shoulder-length, it’s fun to do. It mainly combines twists and knots.

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Start off by parting your hair right down the middle. I always say second-day hair is the best to style, but freshly washed hair is perfect too.

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1. Part your bangs from the top to your ears, and pin your bangs to the side for now.

2. Now part your hair in the back into two parts: top and bottom.

3. I love using the Nexxus Frizz Defy Finishing Mist because it protects from heat and it has a nice hold. Spray onto the bottom half.

4. Using the Nu.Me Curling Wand, take pieces and lightly curl your hair, creating texture.

5. Part the bottom into two parts with a slight twist.

6. Tie your hair like you would any knot!

7. If your hair is long enough, tie it again.

8. Now tuck the ends in and pin away.

9. Do the same with the top half. Spray, heat, twist and tie into a knot, then pin away.

Now for some tips and tricks and the makeup items I used to finish this look. Don’t forget, I have two more hairstyles I want to show you. So keep reading…

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What to do this Weekend…Cooling Masks

Summer is almost over I know…sad times. But here in LA it is still pretty hot! It’s actually warming up!
Anyways, been finding all these cooling masks and been dying to try them out. I can only imagine how good it will feel on my face during a hot summer evening…ahhhhhh (day dreaming)
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Stopped by the store yesterday and over heard the lady telling the customer how she keeps her REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask in the fridge and that it feels soooo good when she does a mask before bed. Well, she convinced me and I got a sample! Mask that brightens and renews skintone and texture, minimizes pores….the list goes on for about ten more things. Plus its cooling. How could you not!

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Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gel, I have tried in the past. I admit…I may have forgot about them, ONLY because it was a sample. But now that its back in my brain I want to use these again because I remember they actually work! The delicate skin under your eyes needs just as much pampering as your face. These puppies only need to be on for ten minutes and it helps firm and de-puff. I would use this year round. Perfect for mornings for sure!

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Toners in the fridge is a GREAT way to get an extra umph through out the day or even adding it into your daily skin routine during the summer! I laid them out from the most affordable (A) Evian Water Spray. I usually always carry one during the summer since its an easy way to cool down and to blot your skin from sweat. Take it into the bathroom, get some tissue paper, place on skin and spray on top. Instant mini face mask for dewey finish! (B) Benefit Radiance Facial Mist is great for your morning routine for a longer lasting hydration for your skin. (C) Jurlique Rosewater Mist is as gorgeous as it gets. Feel like your at a rose garden spa when you spray this. The rose extract calms redness and irritation. I would use it right before bed too! Sweet rose dreams….ahhhhhh

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Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask, I mean…what part of that product does not scream “cooling” (even the color is soothing to look at) I haven’t tried many gel masks and may have to start. Am totally leaning towards buying this product right now.Refreshing, cooling, moisturizing, calming formulated with cucumber, papaya, chamomile, aloe, and much, much more. Plus its sensitive to skin! Gahhh … Need… This…

Also found this link for homemade cooling masks if you are wanting to go au natural! (plus you might already have everything in your fridge) Check out the link HERE

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The Tunic

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TUNIC/DRESS: F21 (Similar HERE)
SHOES: Madewell (Similar HERE)
SUNNIES: Karen Walker
HAIR PIN: Pluie

The tunic is the best way to stay cool and not stress about what to wear during this awesome hot weather! My dress/tunic is an old purchase but when I got out shopping I have to stop myself from purchasing more of these pull over tunics because they are everywhere and soooo cute!
Below are a few of my favorites I have been eye-balling for a while:

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photos of me by Crystal

Summer Watermelon Mojito

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If you follow me on SnapChat (@friediamn) then you know that my home AC went out and I am stuck in a hot house till the end of the week….help~!….
So I have been craving lemon, limes, watermelon…anything refreshing basically. I am a big mojito fan and after I picked up a juicy watermelon, I decided to try to make a watermelon mojito! Most of the recipes suggest you to blend the watermelon and place in ice cube tray to freeze, but I couldn’t wait. Here is what I did for two glasses!

What you need:
+ 2 cups of fresh cut (cubed) watermelon
+ 1/2 cup (or more) of club soda
+ 3/4 cup of fresh lime juice
+ 2 tbsp rum extract (you can also do this virgin and its still REALLY good)
+ 3 large mint leaves, freshly minced
+ little cup of crushed ice
+ 1-2tbsp of brown sugar (depends on how sweet your melon is)

Place watermelon, club soda, lime juice, ice and rum in blender. Blend until smooth.
In your cup place the sugar and mint leaves, then muddle to get the oils out without crushing the leaves. Pour the blended mixture into the glass and mix with a straw or mixer.
Garnish with extra mint leaves and serve!

Most of this I kinda eyeballed to make two glasses, so feel free to add or subtract on what you think you need. It tasted delicious. But once I perfect the portions I will come back to fix it! lol

ENJOY!!!