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Fall Beauty Trends For 2017

Fall is finally in full swing and we’re about ready to stuff our summer clothes away and adapt to the chillier season. With a new season comes a new trend just waiting for you to try! Clothing stores already dress their mannequins with all the latest fall fashions, but we’re here to give you the scoop about what to expect for hair and makeup when the days get shorter. So, if you’re ready to change like the leaves, read ahead to inspire your fall ‘look’.



Fall Fashion 1There’s a haircut for everyone this fall, so don’t worry if you’re looking to keep your locks long or if you’ve already plunged into a shorter haircut. For gals with curly hair, longer layers are in to give you a great shape and a heavy bottom (think Solange Knowles for inspiration!) If you have long hair and are looking to change it up ever so slightly, wispy face framing is back in! Think of your standard 90s pony with a few pieces hanging loose in the front. Just as your stylist to frame around your face and pull those out whenever you’re sporting a pony or even a bun. If your hair is barely below or right at your shoulders, crops are in this season! The all one length cut is sleek, stylish and gives great shape. For everyone who is worried the lack of layers may flatten out their look, don’t worry! The modern shag is another great style that’s back! Ask for layers with some texture and add some piece-y bangs to edge up the look. Finally, for those out there who prefer the short look, why not take it all the way? Buzz cuts are hot for this fall and give you a great, chic, low-maintenance look. Not to mention, if you’re suffering from damaged locks, this may be perfect for you to give you a fresh start to healthy hair.


Fall Fashion 2Lazy people, rejoice! The first color trend we’re seeing this season is a root-y blonde look which is beautiful blonde hair without the harsh outgrowth. If you’ve always wanted lighter hair, but dread the constant upkeep every time your dark roots begin to show, this is the look for you. To achieve this, ask your stylist for a heavy balayage that doesn’t go all the way up to your roots. The result is a beautifully feathered transition from dark to light without any harsh lines. This style is perfect to let it grow out longer than traditional highlights which means farther apart appointments.

Speaking of blonde, platinum hair is in too! It’s important to talk to your stylist before deciding to go platinum. Upkeep is always a thing to keep in mind as well as the damage it may cause to get you light enough. Still worried about the outgrowth? Ask for a root-y platinum look and work two trends with one style. If you don’t have any desire to go blonde, but still want some dimension, then look no further! Caramel highlights are here for the chilly season! Subtle highlights give you depth and a sun kissed look without looking too striking or too overbearing. Plus, they won’t look too stripy against your dark hair which is always a win.

If you do not want to brighten your look with a complete platinum makeover, but you still want to go blonde, there’s an in-between option we think you might love: butterscotch No, we’re not talking about the food, but the perfect in between for those who don’t want to go as bright or those with a deeper skin tone. Butter scotch blond is that perfect shade that sits right in the middle of brown and blonde. It’s soft, gentle, but still gives you that striking lighter look.

For those of you who like to step way outside the box, pastel is back! This time, instead of your whole head looking like a majestic unicorn, it’s toned down a bit. This year, it’s all about streaks, strands and pops of delicately colored strands that stand out against your natural hair color. This color technique may even be office friendly, just make sure to run it by your boss before making a plunge.



Fall Fashion 3When it comes to makeup, this season is taking your out of your comfort zone. Metallic eyes are in and not just to highlight your brow or the inner corners. Metallic shadows have been taking center stage as the focal point of eye looks with shimmery shades swept across the entire lid. For a more ‘halo’ affect, use a matte shadow on the outer and inner corners of your lids and blend across into the crease. Then, pop metallic shadow onto the center for a bright eyed look.

If you’re not into shine, don’t worry. Smudged out black liner is in too! With the 90s coming around in full swing, it’s no wonder we’re seeing these grungy looks. To achieve a perfect smoked out liner without looking too messy, start by gently liner under your lower water line with a black liner. Then, smudge it out and add a dark shadow to smoke it out even more. Not into dramatic eye looks? This season’s also got you covered. Softer, lighter smoky eyes are in. Swap out your harsh blacks for soft grays and taupe to really lighten up the mood. This keeps you soft and feminine while still having sultriness to you.


Fall Fashion 4Like we said before, the 90s are in! This goes the same for our lips as well. This fall is all for dark lips. These colors range from burgundy, to wine red to brown. To achieve dark lips without fear of feathering, make sure you exfoliate and moisturize your lips. Then, line and fill with a matching liner and top with your favorite lipstick. Finally, line your mouth with concealer fixing any weird lines and set everything with translucent setting powder.

Not feeling a bold lip? Lip gloss is also making its way back onto the shelves. The past couple of years, we’ve been bombarded with liquid lipsticks who’ve brought ‘matte’ to a whole new level. Now, it’s time to gloss it out once again. You can wear a tinted gloss by itself, or pair with your favorite lipstick. Start by dabbing some gloss on the middle of your lips and blend outward. You don’t want to apply too much to avoid sticky lips.

So, there you have it. It looks like this Fall is going to be filled with all sorts of trends walking around! So, what’s your favorite fall trend? Maybe this is the year you’ll step out of your comfort zone and try something new. You never know, you may like it!

October 19, 2017 | Leave a Comment »
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Win a $50 Gift Certificate to Sunda!

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Congratulations to Danielle McDonald on winning our 181st High Five Giveaway! Thanks to all who entered.

Our next giveaway is for a $50 gift certificate to Ala Carte Entertainment!

About Sunda

Sunda New Asian is an award-winning restaurant at the vanguard of America’s New Asian movement showcasing Eastern Asian and Southeast Asian regional cuisine.

Simple, flavorful dishes are served and shared while a full sushi bar provides an assortment of sushi, sashimi and nigiri options.

The beverage program revolves around a progressive list of premium sakes, Asian beers, champagnes, wine and a seasonal craft cocktail list.

Sunda is located at 110 W Illinois Street, Chicago. Learn more about Sunda at or call them at 312-644-0500.

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What XEX stylist styled the hair of the model in our Facebook cover photo?

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October 16, 2017 | Leave a Comment »
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Showering: The Right Way

ShowerShowering is part of a healthy and fresh smelling lifestyle. Whether you shower every day or a couple times a week, we all shower at some point. It’s a great way to feel clean, open your pores and rid your skin of all the excess dirt and oil that gather throughout the day, but what if your shower habits are doing more harm than good? Most of us are showering the wrong way causing problems for our skin and our hair. Read on to figure out which habits you need to break.

Find the Right Temperature

If you notice that your skin feels dry and itchy, it may be the result of your shower. No, not the actual water, but the temperature of the water. Taking too hot of showers may feel relaxing, but the hot water is stripping your skin of its natural oils. This leaves nothing to moisturize your skin leaving it to dry out. Instead, try showering in lukewarm water. It may not feel as awesome as hot showers, but your skin will thank you. This is the perfect temperature to clean off any dirt and unwanted oils without stripping you of what naturally lubricates the skin.

Shampoo Correctly

If your hair feels dry as well, it could mean you’re not washing properly. It’s easy to take a bunch of shampoo and just slather it on your head, but in order to shampoo correctly, it’s important to make sure the product gets distributed evening throughout your hair. Using a quarter sized amount of shampoo, rub your hands together and then make sure your lather in the important areas: scalp, nape and roots. These areas are where oil and dirt collect. When it comes to how much shampoo, make sure you have enough to cover these areas, but not too much so that it lathers your ends because shampoo can strip the natural oils helping hydrate the tips of your hair. Another way you can prevent dry hair is to wash and rinse your hair in cooler water. It may not be pleasant switching from warm to cool water, but this will help seal your cuticle and lock in moisture.

You don’t have to leave your Conditioner in

After shampooing, it’s usually a habit to grab the conditioner and pile it all through the ends before you finish up your shower. Well, this may seem like the best way to help that conditioner soak in and moisturize, but since your hair is already full of water molecules, it’s not doing anything more than softening the cuticle (or outer layer). For conditioner, put it on last a few minutes before you’re about to jump out of the shower. If you have dry, course hair and are worried that this won’t give you the best results, invest in an oil to run through your hair after you towel dry and use a deep conditioner once a week to help hydrate in the hair shaft.

Choose the Right Body Wash

Your body wash can be equally as drying as hot water and shampoo. When you choose the wrong body wash, the soap in it can strip your skin of essential oils. For a wash that will clean you up and help hydrate you, choose a body wash that is a “cream” or “oil”. These tend to be gentler while still ridding you of the dirt and oil build up from the day. Aveda’s body washes are all designed to help maintain moisturized, soft skin while still having dirt fighting power.

Shave it for later!

When it comes to shaving your legs in the shower, this should be one of the last things you do. When you wait about five minutes before you shave your legs, you’ll notice a closer, smoother shave. This is because you’ve allowed the water to open up your pores and soften up the hair on your body for easy removal. Not waiting can lead to stubble still being present when you’re drying off.

Wash your Face out of the Shower

It may seem like a convenience to wash your face after you’ve washed your body, but this can be awful for you skin. Even showering with lukewarm water, the skin on your face is sensitive and needs even cooler water to avoid over-drying. To avoid rough, dry skin, wait to wash your face until you’re out of the shower. This way, you can adjust the water to a cooler setting without freezing everywhere else.

Lastly, Moisturize!

One of the most important things to remember to do immediately after you dry off is to moisturize your skin. Even when you follow these tips, showers can still be drying, so it’s important to get a good body cream like Aveda’s Stress Fix Body Crème and moisturize your skin. Once the cream has soaked in, you’re ready to start your day fresh and ready to go!

Following these tips will not only help your skin stay soft and healthy, but will also help any dry, itchy patches you may develop. A hot shower every once in a while won’t hurt, but every shower being a hot one will only result in dry skin. Happy Showering!

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October 5, 2017 | Leave a Comment »
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Keep Calm and Grow it Out

Have you made the chop? Are you now stuck with the hard debate of whether or not to grow out your mop? There’s no lie that short hair is fun and a great look for low maintenance styling, but what happens when you want your long locks back? Without a doubt, growing out a pixie cut is not the easiest thing in the world, but with a few tips, it doesn’t have to be painful. So, if you’re ready to grow out your hair, read on!

Patience is a Virtue

One of the most important things to keep in mind when thinking about growing out short hair is that it’s going to take time and there will be awkward moments. Your hair grows, on average, a half inch every month, so know that this will take some patience and commitment in order to get to your end goal. With each perfect length at every stage (like the perfect bob length), there is an awkward, in between stage that you’ll have to deal with. Luckily, there are products that can help keep things nice and manageable when you’re out of ideas. We’ll talk about these later.

Accessories are your Friends

A surefire way to manage your hair as it’s growing out is to add some accessories for a put together feel. For shorter hair, scarves and headbands are a great way to get your bangs out of your face and tame hair that won’t pin up just yet. For hair that’s a little longer- but not quite down to your chin just yet- clips and barrettes are perfect to pin your hair back and keep it styled. Once your hair reaches your shoulders, you can pin it up, style it half up and half down or just leave it shaggy. The shorter the hair as you’re growing out, the harder it is to deal with without getting the urge to chop it all off again. The internet is your best friend when it comes to looking up styles for every length!

Become one with your Flat Iron

For a little more style, your flat iron is your go to tool! Not only could you straighten out any kinks your hair may develop as it grows and your natural texture starts to take shape, but flat irons are also perfect for curling shorter hair. The curls tend to hold more and you have more control as to how your hair is curled and where you need a little more oomph to your style. If you’re unfamiliar with how to curl your hair with a flatiron, talk to your stylist and have them show you at your next appointment! They’ll be able to help walk you through the steps in order to get the perfect curl.

Products are Important

In order to really keep your hair looking styled, you should invest in products for every step of the way. You most likely already have products for shorter hair like texturizing clay and wax, but what about when it’s slightly longer or you’re not looking for a completely piecey look? Hair serums like Aveda’s Nourishing Styling Crème can help smooth out any frizz you may have while giving you a sleek finish without having to blow dry. Top it off with a run through with a flat iron to create smooth, straight hair. Hair powders like Aveda’s Hair Potion can help give you extra volume if you’re trying to keep it all one length and hairspray is essential for keeping it all in place. Remember, everyone has different hair textures, so talk to your stylist about what they would recommend for your hair type.

Keep your Appointments on a Schedule

The real key to growing out your pixie cut as gracefully as possible is regularly scheduled trips to your stylist. In order to keep your hair looking and feeling fresh while you wait to have your ideal length is to figure out how long you should wait in between haircuts and schedule those after every trim. It’s important to talk to your stylist about your concerns and have them suggest a perfect wait time in between appointments. Even though cutting your hair seems like the opposite of what you want to do, it’s essential to prevent breakage all the way up your hair shaft and a great way to have some sort of shape as your hair gets longer.

So, even though it seems like the biggest pain, growing out a pixie isn’t all that bad. As long as you follow these guidelines, have some patience and have a little fun with it, you can grow out that short hair in no time! And, as always, make sure you talk to your stylist about haircuts, products, and future appointments to keep your hair looking stylish and new with each stage in between!

September 21, 2017 | Leave a Comment »
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Win a $50 Gift Certificate to Gino’s East!

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Congratulations to Lisa Camboni on winning our 180th High Five Giveaway! Thanks to all who entered.

Our next giveaway is for a $50 gift certificate to Gino’s East!

About Gino’s East

Established in 1966, Gino’s began its deep dish adventure with customers so attached to its atmosphere they began scribbling their names on the wall to remember their visit. Gino’s is most famous for its patty style sausage and flaky buttery crust. Family friendly with a casual interior Gino’s can fill most appetites with it’s large array of menu items! Gino’s also has Delivery and carry-out.

Gino’s has six locations in downtown Chicago. Learn more at or call them at 312-266-3337.

Contest Question

What organization do we feature an adoptable pet from every Wednesday on Facebook?

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September 15, 2017 | 35 Comments »
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