Thursday, June 30, 2016

8 Ways to Extend Your Blow Out

If I am going to spend the time and money to get an amazing blow out, I want it to last as long as possible. You might want to grab a blow out before the holiday weekend, and keep rockin' it well into next week!

There are some style secrets that you can employ to ensure that your blow out goes beyond day 1, and I am excited to share them with you. Thanks to the team at JOOJ Blow Dry, I learned a few tips and tricks to make this happen. First, check out my video inside the vintage Air Stream that JOOJ calls home!

And as promised, here are 8 tips to ensure that your gorgeous 'do lasts as long as possible!

My drug store fave is Batiste- it comes in a variety of flavors (ok, scents, but the tropical one just makes me want a fruity drink), and some even contain a hint of color to camouflage. Want to go high end? Living Proof Perfect Hair Day has earned amazing accolades from hair pros. I use Serge Normant Meta Revive (because...Blake Lively), and Klorane is a favorite of Karl Lagerfeld.  Who can argue with him.

Grab some alligator clips, and if you have thin hair, use a piece of paper towel wrapped around the clip to prevent a dent. As for hair spray, Elnett is amazing and has been around forEVER. I also love Pantene's new alcohol-free hair spray, called Air Spray. Click on this link to grab it on Amazon with a $1.50 off coupon!

I just discovered the Dream Turban that came in my Rachel Zoe Box of Style this summer and LOVE IT!

Serge Normant makes a great dry conditioner, and it is available at Nordstrom so pick up some cute accessories while you are there!

Need a new flat iron? Here is the #1 selling flat iron on Amazon, and it is under $40 and comes with an Argan hair treatment.

I am torn when it comes to sea salt spray because it dries out my chemically processed hair, but it makes sense if your hair is already oily. I have wanted to try Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray, and it is a steal at under $9. I have tried Bumble & Bumble and ALL of the others- they smell great but tend to make my hair a little frizzy.

I received a Savvy Sleepers Satin Pillowcase in my PopSugar Must Have Box last year, and love it! Grab one for around $40 and get rid of those creepy face creases too.

How do YOU refresh your blow out? I go to a crown braid by day 3 because my hair is particularly fussy. Want a blow out this weekend at a great price? JOOJ Blow Dry is offering a blow out special for previous guests and their friends (so anyone can grab this offer)!
  • $25 for the 30 minute Express Wash and Blow (normally $40)
  • $30 for the 45 minute JOOJ Blowout which includes a scalp massage (normally $48)
Use promotion "SUMMER HAIR" with your stylist to grab this great deal. This price is valid Saturday, July 2nd and Sunday, July 3rd at the Westfield Old Orchard location, cannot combine with other offers. Enjoy and happy hair day!

 Disclosure: I am an ambassador for JOOJ Blow dry, but all opinions are honest and my own. This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may make a small commission if you purchase through links on my site. It doesn't affect your price, just helps this site run! THANKS!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

How to Get Amazing Style for a Fraction of the Price

I am obsessed with subscription boxes. My most recent subscription was to the Rachel Zoe Box of Style, even though I promised myself no more subscriptions. Rules are meant to be broken, especially when it comes to style!

I added this one to the roster because Rachel Zoe is a fierce style icon (I mean, she made caftans chic!), and I love that The Zoe Report is using some items in their articles. For example, they used the caftan in the Summer box in the "3 Unexpected Ways to Style a Caftan," which is perfect...because I have never owned a caftan. I always thought they were so Mrs. Roper from Three's Company, and had no clue what to do with one!

Here is the lowdown on the Box of Style:

Cost: $100/box
Value: Over $300
Frequency: 4x/year (one for each season)
Type of products: Style & beauty
How to Cancel: Click here and select Cancellation Request prior to the renewal month
What countries: USA, UK, Australia, Canada ($15 flat rate shipping international)
Referral Program: Refer 5 friends, receive your box free
Coupon: Get $10 off your first box by using this link

Here are the products that came in the Summer 2016 box...and full disclosure- I saw the full reveal before I subscribed to the box. It was SO up my alley!

Luv AJ Pave Tusk Lariat & Open Crescent Ring Set- Retail Value: $190

Considering this set is already worth more than I paid for the box, total WIN! Although I wouldn't have picked this duo out of a jewellery lineup myself, it is helping me step out of my "statement necklace-and-studs" comfort zone. Love that the necklace is so versatile- wear it with a low cut shirt to show it off, or tuck it into a button down for a little hint.

Michael Stars Pastel Gardens Coverup- Retail Value: $58

THIS was the item that pushed me over the edge to purchase the box! It is the perfect style challenge for someone who plays dress up every day (yes, this girl...). Stay tuned for a post next week about how to get more use out of your beach coverups!

YHF Los Angeles Cashton Brown Sunglasses- Retail Value: $40

I keep purchasing crazy sunglasses. Floral, blinged out, swirly sides...I cringe when they all converge and I realize that the obsession has got out of hand. Of course I need another pair though, right? These are understated, the perfect shape to complement all face shapes, and actually block the sun. Amazing.

Juice Beauty Green Apple SPF 15 Brightening Moisturizer- Retail Value: $38

How odd is it that I have face moisturizer, and I have sunscreen for my face, but don't have a good combo product? Although I wish the SPF was 30, this stuff smells amazing and is creamy without being oily.

OUAI Haircare Wave Spray- Retail Value: $12

SO EXCITED for this product!! I have fine, chemically processed (GASP! Bottle blonde here, folks) hair that dries out like crazy with traditional sea salt sprays. Jen Atkin, hair stylist to the stars, created this company whose namesake means a casual, Parisian way of saying yes. PS- it is pronounced WAY. Check out this video for "effortless" beachy hair using the wave spray. And yes, the quote marks are an indication of sarcasm. My idea of effortless is spraying the stuff on my post-shower hair and walking out the door. This is not effortless...but looks pretty damn fabulous. I have learned that the effortless look often requires quite a bit of effort in both hair and makeup!

DreamDry Dream Turban- Retail Value: $30

I am a massive fan of hair turbans! I have two, and they are looking a little manky and deflated after daily use. I personally use them in place of a shower cap when skipping a shampoo for the day, and use them to soak up all that excess water when I do wash. Do you toss and turn at night? Pop this on before bed to keep your hair frizz-free.

Total retail value of the Summer box: $368

What are your thoughts on the Rachel Zoe Box of Style? Worth the money? If you are interested in grabbing this box or future ones, make sure to use the link here to get $10 off!!

Happy styling!!!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

How to Get Rid of Peach Fuzz!

Guys, just don't even read this one. THIS post is for the ladies.

Alrighty...gals. I would venture to say at least 80% of you have peach fuzz. You know, that super fine hair that covers your cheeks. It isn't a beard. I repeat- you do not have a beard. To get technical- this is actually called vellus hair and is generally less than 2mm long and not connected to a sebaceous gland. Terminal hair, which is the stuff that beards are made from, is related to hormone levels and has a different texture. There. Now are you happy that you don't really have a beard?

Ok, on to the solution to this peach fuzz. There is a brand spanking new device out there that delivers an in-home dermaplaning session. (Dermaplaning is a procedure used by estheticians to remove peach fuzz and exfoliate the skin).  

DERMAFLASH is a handheld, rechargeable device that uses a special sonic vibration and a super sharp edge to removed dead skin cells, vellus skin (the fuzz!) and built-up debris. I was absolutely stunned at how smooth my skin felt. My makeup went on ten times easier, and my skin looked brighter. When you have peach fuzz, it grabs makeup and tends to make it look cakey. I was able to brush on loose powder easily, and it looked totally different than before I used the DERMAFLASH.

The benefits that I personally discovered:
  • Smoother skin (like, crazy smooth)
  • Makeup application is SO much easier and looks incredible
  • Skin looks more luminous because the fuzz and dead skin cells are removed
  • Lotion and serums soak in much better and are more effective
Here is a before and after to show exactly what the effect is like (PS- this isn't me...):

Photo: DERMAFLASH website
How it works:

Charge the DERMAFLASH for 5 hours prior to use.
Wash your face with the included Prep facial cleanser and pat dry.
Insert an Edge into the DERMAFLASH.
Hold your skin taut with your free hand and work in short, feathery strokes with the DERMAFLASH. Work from the cheekbone in, but don't go over any areas more than once.
Apply Soothe hydrator to face.
The whole process takes 5-10 minutes from start to finish, and once/week is recommended.

I absolutely love this device. Some gals might be a little leery about the process, because there are a lot of old wives tales and myths out there. Here are the common misconceptions about the Dermaplaning procedure in general:

Is it true that dermaplaning makes your hair grow back faster? NO! Same rate.
Is it true that hair grows back darker? NO! Same color.
Seriously, am I shaving? NO! Shaving is meant for the terminal hair, DERMAFLASH is meant for vellus hair and dull skin cells. 
This is only for people with blonde hair, right? Nope! It is safe for all skin types, colors and ages.

Want it? The kit retails for $189, which includes the Prep, Soothe, device and 6 Edges. Grab it here at Neiman Marcus and get free shipping! I try to only recommend products that I have used, and only post about the ones that I LOVE. Peach fuzz has been a thorn in my side for ever, and I believe that this product (which is the first of its kind) can take care of the problem that so many women face. I tested this product for over 2 weeks to make sure that the results were amazing!

Let me know your thoughts! Have you done dermaplaning before? How do you currently get rid of peach fuzz? Let me know!

Disclosure: I was provided with the DERMAFLASH device for review purposes. All opinions are honest and my own. There might be affiliate links in this post, which means I may make a small commission if you make a purchase. This doesn't affect the price you pay, it just helps keep this blog running!