It hasn’t been all laughs here at Basic Beauty this summer.  We have been working very hard to makeover the blog you know and love.  We will have many new features with all the tips and tricks, any beauty needs, at every age.

Please stay tuned to see LIVE the new version of, coming October 23rd.

We would love to have you join us at our fabulously fun Re-Launch Party!  We will have Beauty Boxes by age available, local vendors with unique jewelry, bags, wraps, aromatherapy sprays, and t-shirts.  We will serve smoothies, wine, and have an Instagram photo stage, a book signing, there will be dancing and more!  We are most excited to have part of our entrance fee supporting the Needham Community Farm.

Save the Date: Sunday, October 23 * 4:30pm-7:30pm *  190 Oak street, Newton. (Paulette’s Dance Studio)

We are three generations of women here to assist you on your beauty journey.

Get your beauty on!


SUN PROTECTION for skin, hair, and nails

We want to look good all summer long, whether on the Cape, in the Hampton’s, or sitting at your local pool………

Fresh is always Fabulous!

Lancaster is a brand from Monaco that has been a leading expert in skin care for 45 years.  Anyone who ever tries a Lancaster product is addicted for life.  This product protects your tan and extends it for up to one month.  It gives you a sun-kissed glow.

Lancaster Sun Beauty Dry Oil Fast Tan Optimizer

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Bumble and bumble always has a hair care solution. This primer protects those locks from any fading or damage.

Hairdresser Invisible oil Heat/UV Protective Primer.  Spray on damp or dry hair before styling. (Bb always has fabulous travel sizes of their products!)

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Sun Bum 3 in 1 Leave In hair treatment ROCKS…just like all of their products!  *Detangles * UV Protects * Extends Color * Smells Divine*


Orly Nail Polish to the beach rescue. Put a top coat of Orly Sunscreen for Nails on top of finger and toe nail polish to protect from unwanted fading!

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Don’t let your Essie get M’Essie




When properly protected, you can have fun in the sun!


Scrub, Scrub, Scrub!

Wash away the Winter blues and Spring into action with a good scrub!

Here are some of Basic Beauties top pics for this season.

BB tip: Use scrubs sparingly.  Most facial and body scrubs should only be used 2 to 3 times a week and are best when used in the shower when your pores are open and skin is wet.

All Natural Options

Acure Organics Brightening Face Scrub


BB tip: If using a self tanner always use a scrub first to smooth away dead skin cells and prepare the skin for a long-lasting and streak free application.  Scrubs can also be used to remove self tanner that perhaps you didn’t apply correctly!Screen Shot 2016-04-16 at 10.04.01 AM

Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish

Teen Friendly; Gentle Option

Burt’s Bees Natural Anti-Blemish Solutions Facial Scrub burtsbees

Wake up your skin for a fabulous day!

Soap & Glory Breakfast Scrub (Body)



This product is tried and true!  Great price point-award winning-great results.

The Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash


Unbelievable moisture and great for sensitive skin!

And it always feels good to give back to a good cause!

Zanzibar Marine Complex Replenish & Rejuvenate Body Polish

You know Basic Beauty would never want you to walk out the door in your new sandals with cracked heals!

Earth Therapeutics Tea Tree Oil Cooling Foot Scrub
tea tree oil

Chapped winter lips-be gone!  All the new spring lipsticks will go on more smoothly and last longer.

Bliss Fabulips Sugar Lip Scrub


Coif Concerns

We all have at least one complaint about our hair….  It’s too frizzy, it’s too flat, I wish I coud wear a sloppy bun, I just can’t get the color right.  Etc., Etc.,  Basic Beauty wants you to take back control, accept your unique beauty and always enter a room with confidence!

Here’s a couple of Basic Beauty Helpful Hair Hints:

When you show up for your hair appointment, turn off your phone and relax.  You rarely get time to yourself, enjoy not being able to be reached.

Go ahead tell your deepest secrets to a stranger.  Who wouldn’t when they are running long purple nails through your hair and pouring hot water in your ears!

Be clear when you sit down what your expectations are for that appointment.  Even if you have been going to someone for years speak up if you are going for a new look.

Don’t leave unhappy. If you have not achieved your desired look take a minute and have it fixed right then. You will just go home upset and have to find the time to come back again. Remember, when you come in the next time to have it fixed you will feel obligated to tip again.  Speak up now!

Don’t feel obliged to buy all the products that are recommended. We often leave the salon unable to replicate how we looked even if we buy the $100.00 sculpting gel. Write down the products they suggested and knock away at the list slowly or go home and order on Amazon!


For more product information please read our previous blog post, COLOR CARE ….BECAUSE YOUR WORTH IT!


COLOR CARE (March 2014)


I think it goes without saying that the women who work at my hair salon are my Besties!!!  (Gretta Cole, Wellesley).  Really, where else can you solve ALL your problems, sip on herbal tea someone else made for you and walk out looking 10 years younger.

This is Julie, she is my friend and colorist of the stars!  She has been making people’s visions of themselves come to light..or highlight for 22 years.

She also has been listening, listening, listening.  Oh, the secrets she must know!!!

Julie happens to be a complete babe herself and not surprisingly has the perfect haircut for her face.  Her sense of humour is contagious and for an hour and a half you could almost forget the abuse your VISA is about to take!

Julie’s Beauty Secret is clean eating, daily 5:00 am workouts and Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle serum.

I asked Julie for some expert color care advise.  Here is what she had to say:

* If you invest in good hair color, treat your hair like a fine washable!

* Yes there is a difference with quality salon shampoos. They are worth it! You don’t need to wash everyday.  Just a rinse and a dab of conditioner will awaken your hair if you must wet it!

* Your hair is typically thirsty after color and especially in summer time! Condition it accordingly.

* Most definitely use a leave in product for moisture and smoothing if you blow dry and especially if you flat iron . Heat eats out hair color very quickly!

* Have some fun with products!  There are some great products out there now that will allow you to give your hair a break from over styling.

Curl cremes for air dried curl … Surf sprays to add beach like texture to you either wet or dry hair!.. Pomades and waxes for short and sassy styling!!

Some Basic Beauty Suggestions:

Shampoos & Conditioners

$$$ Kerastase .  Kerastase make specific products for every hair type.  Please speak with your stylist or ask at the store for your individual recommendation.

$$ KENRA.  My absolute new favorite line.  Usually found at salons and ULTA Beauty.

$    L’Oreal.  L’Oreal has come out with a fabulous line of products for every hair type. Affordable and fabulous!  We love that!


$$$ Kerastase Masque Chroma Riche. Fabulosity!

$$  Fekkai Technician Color Care Luxe Color Masque.  This has been in my shower for years!  The Best.  A little goes a long way.

$  Pantene Damage Detox Weekly Rehab Creme.  OK, this has become an Absolute Must have.  You-your wallet and your hair will be so happy!

A Couple of Basic Beauty favorite Styling Products:

$$$ Kerastase Elixir Ultime.  I call it liquid Gold.  Just two pumps and massage into wet hair.  It works on every hair type.  It can be layered with other products to achieve styling goals.  It can also be used on dry hair to the ends to soften texture or help tame fly aways. (It now also comes in specific hair types.)

$$ KENRA Platinum Blow Dry Spray.  Biggest secret out there.  Protects hair against heat and shortens blow dry time!  Yippee!

$$ Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray.  The first company to have a surf spray and still the best.

Julies new favorite styling tools for each hair type are by Kevin Murphy.  They are sold at salons.  If you go to his website you can locate a salon that carries them near you.  They are all the rage!  Julie loves: Un.Dressed, Full.Again, Gritty.Business and I love Easy.Rider.  There are mini videos on his site that show you exactly how to use each product.  You would be amazed how fabulous your hair can be if you use a product that is perfect for your hair type.  Take the time to figure out your product plan and soon all of your friends will be asking…..”What are you doing different with your hair, it’s So you!”



Glow Girl, Glow!

 Let your inner glow shine through with

Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector.

This product has the ability to give your skin a youthful, natural, and beautiful dewy glow. DISCLAIMER: It contains no glitter. Happy? We thought so. The light-reflecting pearls create a softer radiance than most highlighters. This will add the perfect finishing touch to any look, any day or any night.

It can be used to accentuate the high points of your face

 upper cheekbones


bridge of nose

cupids bow

center of upper forehead

or mixed it into your foundation for an all-over glow.


Application Tips: Apply as the last step of your makeup routine for a more apparent glow, or underneath your foundation or powder for a more subtle glow. Color used on model: Opal.

You GLOW Girl!

Hair Help

Hi, it’s Maggie. For many months now, I have felt like my hair is getting oily more often, especially in the back. So one day, just out of frustration, I tried my brother’s shampoo: Dove Men + Care Fresh Clean 2 in 1 Fortifying Shampoo and Conditioner. Just after two days, my hair was no longer greasy and felt more fresh and clean than ever. On the bottle, it reads, “removes grease + revitalize,” which is completely true! IMG_3669

Coincidentally, after much research, I ordered from Amazon a Boar and Nylon Bristle Oval Hair Brush by GranNaturals. This brush promised to prevent oil build up, reduce frizz, and naturally condition hair. The results were amazing! My hair is feeling great and looks more fluffy.  Screen Shot 2016-02-07 at 4.32.59 PM

My mom always says, the best sweatshirts are found in the men’s department of any store, and now we will be trying more things from the men’s section of the beauty aisle.

That being said, do not forget…..“Who run the world? GIRLS!”




Beauty Bloggers have a right to change their minds!

As you all know, I have sworn by my Maybelline Lash Discovery Mascara for a hundred years.  Recently I just couldn’t take it anymore and had to buy the cult favorite mascara, by the one and only, Trish McEvoy.  I don’t like to follow the crowd……BUT

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This is her TUBULAR Volumizing Mascara.   Here is why you must have it:

        It covers the eyelashes in 360 degrees.

It is water resistant.

It DOES NOT smudge or smear.

It comes off completely with warm water when you wash your face.

I LOVE not having the extra black smudge in the morning, that I need to get off with eye make up remover.

It gets the short little hairs that are so difficult to find.

Trish McEvoy is a true beauty icon and I trust her products implicitly.  Here is a TBT from when I first started my beauty business.


Don’t forget, I’ve always sworn by her Eye Brightener Pencil.  I say it’s like an eye-lift in one swoop.  Blend directly under brow for a highlighted and lifted look!

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In the Spotlight!

Check out Gemma in Healthy Chicks most recent blog post! She’s showing the world just how important it is to be yourself and follow your dreams.. and that’s the true basis of beauty!


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Healthy Chicks in the Community: A Happy, Makeup-Loving, Dancing Queen!

“Good afternoon, and welcome to this week’s feature on Healthy Chicks in the Community. If you’re new to the blog, on Fridays I feature someone who embodies what it means to live well — mind, body + soul!

This week, I’m thrilled to introduce you to Gemma! Two of my favorite qualities about a person is positivity and passion, and Gemma embodies both of these in spades. You can clearly see she loves what she does, and wants to share it with the world! When you’ve got something you’re that passionate about, it’s a sin not to get your story out there. I’ll let her tell you for herself!

NAME/AGE: Gemma Santamaria / 24 yrs old

BLOG/TWITTER: Website / FB Page


PHOTO TAKEN: Paulette’s Ballet Studio, Summer 2015

WHAT YOU DO FOR WORK: I run a dance program, Fun&Fit, which is based around finding the joy, and happiness in movement for teens and adults…as I like to call it, Happy Exercise!  Both my classes (BalletBarre and DanceCardio) strengthen, lengthen, energize, and tone the body and mind– but we have fun doing so!

NUMBER ONE PASSION: Inspiring, and being inspired by people, in all aspects of life.

I FEEL MY HEALTHIEST SELF WHEN I: Leave the studio after teaching or taking a class, because not only do I know I did a good thing for my body, but for my mind as well.

BUT I AM ALSO A REAL GIRL & SOMETIMES: I reward my hard-work, by doing some not so hard-work…I look forward to earning my ‘couch potato’ time for sure.

TOP THREE KITCHEN STAPLES: Extra Large Mugs, A Blender, and Anything that Makes Coffee!

NUMBER ONE GUILTY PLEASURE: Makeup; As a self proclaimed beauty enthusiast, I love doing peoples’ makeup, learning the newest beauty trends, and trying new products. I even co-write a blog about my obsession!

THREE FAB THINGS ABOUT YOU: I’m an optimist, I believe in following your dreams, I know success is made out of hard work.



MESSAGE YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE WITH OTHER HEALTHY CHICKS: To my fellow Healthy Chicks, keep doing what makes you smile, and keep being exactly who you are; there will only ever be one YOU.

A big thank you to Rachel, founder of Healthy Chicks.. Check out her website!

New year – new skin

“Out with the Old and in with the New.”

That’s what we have said for centuries on this New Year’s Day!

When it comes to Winter skin no wiser words have been spoken.

This is the MUST HAVE product of 2016.



Here is Why:


Can be used on all body parts and on any skin type (will not cause breakouts!)

Cures cracked dry hands and feet

Soothes dry itchy skin

Leaves natural healthy appearance

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Purchase here