Dry Shampoo- A Girl's Best Friend

 The MUST-HAVE in every girl's bathroom. 

There's a saying "Fake it 'til you make it". And there's a spray can that helps my greasy hair turn into "fake good hair". LOL

Bad hair day? Is it stringy and greasy? No time to shower? Dry Shampoo! It makes my hair smell fresher, and look more voluminousSeriously, this stuff is a gift from the gods

 Here are my top three favorites. 

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The first one is "No Drought" from Lush (get it here). I love that this is an "all-natural" loose powder. It smells like a combo of grapefruit and lemon. Darker hair gals might have a bit more difficulty with this powder since it is pure white. The results don't last too long, perhaps half a day. It is a good choice if you want something natural just to get by for dinner. Plus, powders are more travel-friendly if you decide to fly somewhere. 

And the second one is Bumble and Bumble "Prêt á Powder" (get it here). This stuff is pricey, but it's worth it. It's a mix of 3 different starches to give you the best hair makeover. Oils are absorbed quickly and the volume lasts up to 24 hours. The only problem I had with it was the strong fragrance. Other than that, it's pretty amazing. 

The last one is Not Your Mother's "Clean Freak" (get it here). I like the convenience of having something in a spray can. The application is soooo much easier. And it's less than $10. I've found it for sale for $5 at my local convenience store. I don't spray this stuff like hairspray. I spritz it at my roots in short bursts. I wait for it to dry completely, then I take a towel and rub away. The towel will help absorb any excess product leftover. (You can use your fingers too!) The results last all day. I like the smell of this can more than Batiste. But Batiste would be my next favorite if the list went on. 

There are TONS of different shampoos out there. I would go with one that smells the best for you (since you'll be wearing it all day) and one that works best for your hair texture

All in all, dry shampoo will help save you a lot of time and make you feel better about your hair on days where you're not feeling 100%. It's also great for sleepovers or weekend getaways

Happy Friday! XOXO

 

 

One Tin To Rule Them All

Literally, if you only have one brush and a bunch of eyehadow colors, you won't need to go buying 10 more brushes- you just need this magical tin

Vera Mona's "Color Switch Solo" Instant Brush Cleaner (get it here)

I picked up this nifty gadget at the Makeup Show LA last week. It's a porous, kinda-squishy, semi-firm sponge inside of a pretty purple tin that's suppose to be magical. (watch the video at the bottom!)

IT CLEANS OFF PIGMENT ON YOUR BRUSHES WITHOUT LIQUIDS OR CLEANERS.

In theory, if you are using a lot of different color eyeshadows with one brush, the darker colors will transfer into the lighter colors when applied. Swirling your brush into a towel is a great option to "clean it" but it won't get all of the colors out. This nifty little thing "cleans" off the color from your eyeshadow brush without leaving any pigment on the bristles. So you can go from dark blue to light pink on your eyes without worrying it'll mix into a purple. 

It's about 2 inches high and extremely light

It's about 2 inches high and extremely light

Directions on the tin

Directions on the tin

DIRECTIONS: Just take your used eyeshadow brush and swirl it in circular motions into the sponge a couple rounds and voila!  The brush is ready for the next color. 

The Color Switch is reusable. Once too many colors get packed into the sponge, just wash it with soap and water. Lay flat to dry. 

I picked a dark purple

I picked a dark purple

Yup, super dark

Yup, super dark

Lots of pigment on the brush

Lots of pigment on the brush

Swirl a bunch of times- 6-10x depending on how dark of a color

Swirl a bunch of times- 6-10x depending on how dark of a color

Nothing! 

Nothing! 

Seriously, NOTHING left! 

Seriously, NOTHING left! 

Remember that this is not an alternative to cleaning your brushes with soap and water. This is just a tool to help clear color off your brushes during makeup application. Please wash your makeup brushes at least every week to two weeks.

VERDICT: 5/5

I LOVE IT- IT'S LIKE MAGIC!

I like that I don't have to use a brand new brush for every single new color of eyeshadow. I'm really impressed the brush is completely pigment-free after a couple of swirls. This is a great little gadget for those who wear a lot of eyeshadow or those who only have 1-3 brushes in their kit. 

PRICE: Less than $14 on Amazon (get it here) 

Hacks to an "At-Home" Facial

I love getting facials. It's the one service that I feel like I get my money's worth. The treatment is enjoyable and relaxing, and I can take home the results. LOL But it does get pricey. So here's my trick to getting as close to a spa facial without breaking the bank*.

Before- super dry and dull skin

Before- super dry and dull skin

After- hydrated, bright and supple

After- hydrated, bright and supple

Materials:

Facial Cost: (dividing everything up by use per day for the minimum months it'll last- minus the travel steamer and pore remover) ABOUT $6.12

     

    Directions: 

     
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    STEAM for 10 minutes. Get one here. This is the most important step. If you open up your pores, all of the cleansing and masking will react better on the skin and give you better results. I use my little travel clothing steamer as a face steamer. I fill it up, place it on my bathroom counter, and sit about 1.5 feet away from it You totally can opt for a hot shower instead, but I like sitting in front of traditional steam.

    Please be careful! I constantly move my face around (while it's on the counter) so I don't get burned, and I sit at least 1.5 feet away from the nozzle. Don't move this thing towards your face or body. Leave it on the counter flat. 

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    WASH & EXFOLIATE. I pour about a dime size portion of the Fresh Cleanser (get one here ) onto my Clarisonic (get one here) and scrub away. I use the "Sensitive" brush (comes in a pack of two), but I am still very careful of my sensitive spots such as my cheeks and upper lip. I usually go over those spots very quickly and scrub my nose and forehead a little longer. I would not recommend going longer than one round of the Clarisonic. You don't want to over-exfoliate. 

     
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    EXTRACT PORES- This step is completely optional and I won't go into details on how I do it. Get a whole set here on Amazon. I usually extract my nose and between my brows before I mask. Please be cautious of heavy pressure on your skin. You don't want to "scrape" skin off and cause scarring using any tools. 

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    ACTIVE MASK- An "active" mask is a term I use for something that will "do something" for your skin- like a peel or a detox. This is why we get facials- to see results. 

    • I picked Murad's Intensive-C Radiance Peel (get it here) for this facial. This little mask is pretty amazing and gives you beautiful results. This mask smooths and brightens your skin. We've also learned in the past that V-C (vitamin-c) help even out your complexion and helps fight free-radicals. This mask helps boosts the elasticity and also has Glycolic Acid to promote cell turnover
    • Use a wet brush to apply the product on sensitive areas. I'll usually apply the product straight on my forehead, nose, and chin. But for my cheeks and upper lip, I'll wet my brush completely then apply the product on those sensitive spots. The water helps dilute it a bit so it's not too intense. 
    • Apply this mask all over your face/neck and leave on for about 10 minutes. I love how tingly and cool the mask feels on my face. Rinse with warm water. If it gets too intense, (on a scale of 1-10, if it's past an 8) rinse it right away. 

    SOOTHING MASK- I usually like to put on a soothing cucumber mask or a hydrating mask after an active one. This just give the skin time to calm down after all those intense treatments. I love using the Korean sheet masks because they are convenient and fresh every time. I usually leave the mask on for about 15-20 minutes. You're welcome to leave them on longer. I love the MediHeal Mask- grab a whole pack of 10 here. 

     
     

    SERUM & HYDRATE- Last but not least, after your soothing mask, apply a serum onto dry skin. I love the Pure Hyaluronic Acid (get it here). It really helps lock in the moisture from the mask and lotion all day. Just use about 3 drops (check out my Serums Blog Post to learn more). Then apply the lotion of your choice. I prefer the Kate Somerville Dry Skin Saver (grab it here) since my skin is on the drier side. But feel free to use whichever lotion you like the most. 

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    Facials are supposed to renew your skin and make it better. Give you skin time after your facial to breathe and to calm down again. I would recommend not applying any face makeup, except mascara, for the rest of the day. Don't ruin it by slathering on goops of foundation that will clog your pores afterward. 

    Until next time my beauties. Stay beautiful!

    *Disclaimer: All these steps in this blog are what I do personally and not shown here as instructions. This blog is for your reference only. Following any steps in this blog will be taken at your own risk. Please be advised that products I use may not work on everybody. These are products I have tested on myself that I like. Before trying a new product, it's advised to do a patch-test on your skin.