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Your Complete Guide for July 4th!

The fourth of July is such a great time of the year. From barbecue to fireworks, it’s a time to celebrate with friends and family. To help you lovely pageant ladies get into the Independence Day mood, I have scoured the Internet to find great makeup, nail, hair, outfit, and sweet treat ideas to make this July 4th awesome! So dawn your red, white, and blue and let’s get started! :)

Makeup

Want to show off your American pride? Makeup is a great subtle or not so subtle way to do just that! Feel free to take or leave what you like from the tutorials, or let them inspire you to create your own fun, festive look! Additionally, there is a 3-in-1 nail tutorial to both challenge and inspire you! Have fun and experiment. :)

 Wearable 4th of July Makeup Tutorial

 Makeup Perfect for the 4th of July!

Fourth of July Nails!!! ☆ Three Easy Designs!

Hair

July, for most of us, is a hot and humid time of year. Thus, being outside all day for your 4th of July shindig means you need a hairstyle that can take the heat! What better way to do that than a ponytail? Casual, but simultaneously beautiful, ponytails are a great way to keep cool and look good during your July 4th bash! Add a fun hair accessory (like a bow or ribbon) in red, white, or blue to your ponytail to give it a little more 4th of July oomph.

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Braided Wrap-Around Ponytail 

Outfit Ideas

With your makeup and nails already showing off your U.S.A. pride, you may want to tone it down for your clothing. Thus, I found you pageant ladies three fun outfit ideas to inspire your own Independence Day outfit! Check’em out and enjoy!

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P.S. Click the pictures to get linked to the blogs or LookBook that they come from!

Sweet Treats

One of my favorite things about holidays is the dessert! Next to Easter, the Fourth of July has some of the brightest desserts. Below are four tasty looking desserts that are sure to wow and please any pageant girl’s family. So get baking! :)

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I hope this short, sweet guide to the Fourth of July helped inspire you in ways to show off your red, white, and blue pride!

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Favorite Products for June

Favorite Products for June

We are well on are way into summer, and I hope you lovely pageant ladies are finding some time to treat yourselves and relax! This month I have been testing out sunscreens and bronzers, as I have never truly found one that I have fallen in love with. So here are my favorite products for June, chockfull of summery fun! :)

1. Tory Burch: Perfume

Tory Burch recently came out with its first ever perfume. I was curious, and with its beautiful packaging why not give it a try? It was love at first sniff! The perfume is perfect for spring and summer as it is light and sweet, but has the right amount of depth. This combination makes it the perfect perfume to take from night to day. I have trouble sticking with one scent, but added this one to my rotation. I absolutely love it, and what pageant girl does not want to smell divine for her pageant?

2. Too Faced: Chocolate Soleil Medium/Deep Matte Bronzer

Talk about yummy! This bronzer smells like chocolate! Additionally, the bronzer’s consistency is soft and creamy making application a dream. A little goes a long way, especially with my fairer complexion, but I felt it gave my skin a natural sun-kissed look. Furthermore, the bronzer is very buildable, which gives it great versatility should you tan more as the summer progresses. Give this delicious smelling bronzer a try, and you’ll definitely look like a bronzed goddess for your pageant!

3. Dr. Hauschka: Cleansing Milk

I recently wrote a blog post on organic beauty brands (*hint*), and decided to sample one of the products mentioned. I have absolutely fallen in love with it! Most cleansers are way too drying for my skin, and I end up breaking out or having dry skin. I switched to this all-organic cleanser and have never been happier. It is soft and creamy, and leaves my skin feeling hydrating. My skin doesn’t feel as though it’s being stripped of all its natural oils, and my overall skin tone has improved. If you want beautiful, pageant-ready skin sans chemicals try this product!

4. SuperGoop! Sun-Defying Sunscreen Oil Broad Spectrum SPF 50

I sampled Sephora’s Sun Safety Kit, which was chockfull of sunscreens and bronzers to try! One of the sunscreens was this lovely oil. I wasn’t sure about it at first, but I ended up really liking it. It’s formulated without parabens, sulfates, or phthalates. Although it is an oil, it doesn’t feel greasy. In fact when first applied it makes your skin look dewy and healthy. I prefer it for use on my body to my face, as I am not a huge fan of facial oils to begin with, but how you use it will depend on your preference! Another bonus is that it smells great too! Every pageant girl needs to remember to apply sunscreen to maintain healthy skin!

5. Soap & Glory: Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick

I recently discovered this gloss stick while watching a YouTuber who raved about the product. She said it was moisturizing, plumping, and just the right amount of color. And you know what? She was absolutely right! I have the gloss stick in Fuschia-Ristic, a nice pink color that’s perfect for summer! It also comes in a burgundy berry (Plum Jam) and a natural pink beige color (Nudist). This gloss stick makes lips look plump, full, and luscious. Everything a pageant girl wants to look great for her pageant!

P.S. What were your favorite products this June? Let me know below! :)

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Beauty on a Budget: Bronzer

Beauty on a Budget- BronzerSummer is well underway, and many of us are hitting up the pool or the beach! Summer is the time of year to get that beautiful golden glow for your pageant. However, baking under the sun for hours is not ideal. Luckily, we have bronzer to give us that natural sun-kissed look. Now many may turn to the high-end brands, but I find that anything upwards of $25 is just too much to pay (unless it works crazy well). Yet, many avoid the drugstore brands in fear of looking orange. But worry not! PageantToPhD is here to make sure you get quality for the right price without looking like an Oompa Loompa!

1. NYC: Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder in Sunny

By far the most popular and widely loved drugstore bronzer, NYC’s Sunny Bronzer was adored for it’s neutral range (it was neither too cool nor warm). Thus, it is versatile on a large array of skin tones. Furthermore, the formula is sheer meaning it is easily buildable should you want a more dramatic look. Additionally, its sheerness equals a more naturally luminous tan. Another bonus? It costs under $4! Great for a pageant girl on a budget!

2. Physician’s Formula: Bronze Booster 

Physician’s Formula is another popular brand for bronzers, and many of their bronzer formulas were on top drugstore bronzer lists. The Bronze Booster is a collection of tiny, bronzed “sun” stones that you can swirl your brush around to pick up color. This bronzer has good pigmentation with a golden hue, which makes for a perfect, natural pageant look.

Furthermore, you can layer it on top of a deeper bronzer to give it more dimension and glow. Also, don’t forget to check out their Happy Booster Glow and Mineral Wear Face Powder Bronzer.

3. Rimmel London: Natural Bronzer

This bronzer is great for those with fairer complexions! It is a little warmer than NYC’s Sunny, and thus is more flattering on those pageant ladies with lighter skin tones. Furthermore, it acts as both a bronzer and a highlighter, and gives a matte finish with a little oomph. Additionally, it is very smooth and goes on sheer for a gorgeous, luminous glow. Also, check out Rimmel’s Shimmer Maxi Bronzer.

 4. E.L.F.: Bronzer

Another great, affordable alternative, the E.L.F. bronzer is under $4 as well! It has a bronze gold hue and is silky, which translates into streak-free and longwearing. Perfect for a long day at your pageant! This bronzer bestows a subtle, sun-kissed radiance to the skin. A great bargain for a naturally tanned look.

  1. Maybelline New York: FIT me! Bronzer

This brand is great because the color is personalized to best fit your skin tone. Thus, when you apply it, it blends beautifully and naturally into the skin. Furthermore, it is long lasting and not prone to fading meaning you will have a wonderful all-day glow. Additionally, the formula is lightweight making for a quick application that won’t feel cakey as the day wears on. Perfect for a pageant girl who needs a bronzer that goes the distance!

P.S. What are your favorite drugstore bronzers? Let me know in the box below! :)

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5 Fun Summer Beauty D.I.Y.’s

5 Fun Summer Beauty D.I.Y.'s

Summer is officially here! It’s time to have fun, relax, and enjoy the warmer months. And what better way to do that than by pampering yourself? To help you transform into your best, pageant-ready self this summer here are PageantToPhD’s 5 favorite Summer Beauty D.I.Y.’s! So start pampering!

1.    Lavender & Lemon Mud Mask

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What smells like summer? Lemonade and lavender flowers do! So why not combine the two into a glorious mud mask? This mask is great because it helps draw out impurities and thus clarifies the skin. Lavender is naturally soothing and calming, while lemon helps brighten the complexion. Oatmeal is also great for skin, thus all three main ingredients will give you radiant skin for your pageant!

2.    Energizing Orange Summer Scrub

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This energizing summer scrub contains sweet orange, which gives it a punch of citrus! Great for the morning, it will give your skin a healthy glow. The scrub contains raw sugar and sea salt, both of which will help you slough off dead skin. Thus you can keep skin fresh all summer long!

3.    Coconut-Lime Soap

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Coconuts and limes. They are such a great summer scent! One thinks of sipping a drink on the beach while relaxing under the sun (just don’t forget the sunscreen!). This soap will truly bring summer into your beauty routine. The coconut and other oils will keep skin soft. Furthermore, coconut milk will moisturize and the limes will help lighten dark spots for a more even skin tone. Now any pageant girl can smell and feel summery for her pageant!

4.    Glowing Goddess

Get-Glowing!This simple trick can make all the difference in giving you a glowing goddess look. Gold shimmer can subtly add a beautiful radiance to your skin. So why not go for the gold for your pageant? Try this easy recipe and you are bound to impress everyone with your divine glow! :)

5.    Avocado Hair Mask

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Everyone wants soft, shiny hair for summer, and this avocado hair mask is here to do just that! Hair will look fuller, softer, and shinier courtesy of a bunch of lovely, hair-healthy ingredients. Avocado contains tons of vitamins (e.g., E, D, A, and B6) that help promote hair growth, while simultaneously nourishing hair. Coconut oil also aids in hair growth, as well as locking moisture into hair. Overall this mask should give you gorgeous, pageant locks!

P.S. Do you have any favorite summer beauty D.I.Y. recipes? If so I’d love to know, so comment below! :)

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