Where to Get the Best Blowout in NYC

I know you all know how much I love a good blowout. Truth is, I can actually do my hair pretty well on my own, but something about getting a blowout is just so magical to me. From the way it makes my hair feel, to the pure pleasure of getting pampered, to the long-lasting style – I love it all!

Obviously there are so many salons in the city, but I feel like I’ve really hit a lot of the “major” ones. And trust me, not every blowout is a good one. Since I have such curly hair naturally, I need someone that takes the time on each and every section (small sections is the best). I’ve had some frizzy blowouts in my day. I don’t want you to have to worry about combing through salons to find the best blowout, so I’ve listed my faves below.

Marie Lou & D
Location:
SoHo
Price: $45-$65 depending on stylist level
My go-to stylist at MLD is Tre (he’s my boy), but every single stylist is amazing. I’ve said this before in another post, but I’m obsessed with the ambiance of the salon. The wash station chairs give you a massage! You can’t beat that.

Dream Dry 
Location: 
Various around the city
Price: $50
This place has my ideal ambiance. I love that hairstyling experience doesn’t just end with a blow dryer. At Dream Dry, if you want “beach waves” or something other than a typical blowout, the stylists heat up a curling iron and give you exactly the look you’re trying to achieve.

Glam & Go
Location: Various around the city
Price: $45 for a blowout, but monthly packages are available
I’m obsessed with Glam & Go because all of the stylists are highly trained. I’ve never had a bad experience. I love how they offer blowouts or quick styles (for a smaller fee), so if you want a braid or up-do vs. blowout, you can get it done easily!

Dry Bar
Location: 
Various around the city
Price: 
$45
The best part? The smell of the Dry Bar products! Dry Bar just has this signature aesthetic and scent that is addicting. The ambiance is wonderful and like some of the other places I mentioned, you can choose from a book of looks to pick exactly what you’re trying to achieve. The stylists will work with you to get exactly what you want.

 

Beauty Giveaway! DESSANGE Paris

It’s the holiday season and I’m in the mood to give stuff away!

One lucky gal or guy will win (via my Instragram – check it out for details) two amazing Dessange Paris products. Details below!

The products I’m giving away are from the Dessange Paris “California Blonde” Collection. You may look at me and think, you’re not a blonde? Yet, that doesn’t stop me from using blonde products because my hair is still colored (somewhat blonde) and is prone to getting brassy/orangey hues. This nourishing hair care system is designed to moisturize and help protect color-treated [blonde] hair (or in my case, “bronde” as my hair dresser likes to call my shade). As blonde is a fragile color, it can lose its luster, fading and weakening with time, so it is important to protect color. The special formula, with passionflower extracts, delivers infallible shine and luminosity for a radiant blonde color.

So if you’re like me and enjoy experimenting with new products, I highly recommend this line. It works wonders! Shop it below and/or enter to win via my Instagram!

My Makeup Must-Haves & Routine

It’s been a little since I’ve dished on my makeup tips, tricks and favorite products, so I decided it’s time to share some product updates with you! I’ve finally found a make-up routine and items that I’m obsessed with!

My routine has remained simple for the most part. My go-to look is tan, glowy skin with a nude lip and full lashes. I’m thinking I need to get a tutorial up to show you guys how I apply everything! In the meantime, I’ve linked to the products I can’t live without below and did my best to spell out my routine for you.

Face Makeup
First things first – I always start with my face makeup. I recently was re-introduced to Clinique’s moisturizing lotion after receiving it in a gift bag and I have to say that this classic favorite is popular for a reason. I love how it’s moisturizing, yet not too thick. I’ve been applying this under my makeup and love it.

For my under eyes, I’ve been applying NYX dark circle concealer, which has an orange tone to it that is supposed to cancel out dark tones. Following, I put a lighter skin-toned concealer over the same area to create a lighter, soft look. I’ve been loving Clarins.

After my under eyes are done, I move to the rest of my face. I’ve been using the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Makeup Treatment stick, which is great because it’s really affordable and also an amazing product. I love how it’s really lightweight! I used this in the contour zones of my face and blend it together with a beauty sponge.

Once that’s done, I move to bronzer, which is also applied to the contour zones on my face. I’ve been loving Hoola by Benefit (another classic!) because it’s matte and the perfect shade of brown.

Lastly, I apply some blush and finish off my cheekbones with highlighter. I’ve been loving the 24K Gold Pure Luxury Lift by Peter Thomas.

Eyes + Brows
I generally keep it simple with my eye and am not a huge fan of eye shadow, so what I’ll do it pat some of my highlighter under my brows and in the corner of my eyes for a glowy look.

If I’m attending an event or going out for the night, I generally apply false lashes with black glue and top my look off with a coat of IT Cosmentics Superhero Mascara. If I’m just going to work, I’ll opt for just the mascara.

For brows, I don’t really need too do much, but I do fill in one little bald spot (so weird right?!) that I have on my left brow and also even them out since they are slightly different shapes. I love the consistency of the Maybelline Eye Studio Brow Precise Shaping Pencil.

Lips
My all time favorite lip color is the NYX Plump It Up Lip Plumper in ‘Elizabeth.’ Seriously, I wear this in almost every picture you see of me.  That said, I do sometimes apply it with different variations of lipsticks and liners since it’s just a gloss.

Lately, I’ve been wearing Bare Minerals Gen Nude Radiant Lipstick along with the matching Bare Minerals Gen Nude Lip Liner.

Fragrance
You can’t forget fragrance! I’ve been obsessed with the Salvatore Ferragamo ‘Signorina Misteriosa’ Eau de Parfum.

Hope this helps! I’m thinking a tutorial may be best next time around.

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Transitioning Your Skin From Summer to Fall

If you’ve been following my blog for some time now, you might remember I wrote a post about transitioning your skin between seasons a while back. Well, I must say that I’m still obsessed with my process thanks to NuBotanik Body Scrub with Coffeeberry.

For those who don’t know, Coffeeberry is extracted from the whole coffee fruits and is loaded with antioxidants and skin beneficial compounds. Whole coffee fruit has been shown to have one of the highest levels of antioxidants that our skin and body need to stay and look healthy.

I’ve been using this scrub in the shower to help keep my skin soft now that we’re transitioning into fall. I can already tell that the change in weather is making me skin more dry and this is the perfect solution for exfoliating it. The natural ingredients in the body scrub was carefully selected and blended to:

  • Provide antioxidants and unique skin beneficial compounds not found in regular coffee scrubs
  • Help eliminate dead skin cells, dry and flaky skin, blackheads, and whiteheads
  • Exfoliate, Rejuvenate and Nourish
  • Help reduce the appearance of blemishes, eczema, wrinkles, and stretch marks by keeping skin smooth and supple
  • Support new skin cells and provide boost to collagen production

I highly recommend this favorite of mine! Check out their website for more information: http://www.nubotanik.com/

 

 

NYC Salon Spotlight: Marie-Lou & D

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I have a confession, I’m obsessed with getting my hair done. From blowouts to lightening it to keeping my ends healthy – I love it all! That said, it’s been a long journey for me to find the perfect salon.

As a little history, I’ve been balayaging (a technique of hair painting) my hair for about 3 years now and have had some great and some not-so-great hair moments. Since my hair is naturally so dark, it’s been hard to find the perfect stylist that can make my hair the right tone without making it too warm or brassy looking.

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