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Here’s How Drybar Can Make Your At-Home Blowdry Look Straight-From-The-Salon Good

Gold Mine - DrybarThe second half of my pregnancy, I completely embraced the weekly blowout as I shuffled up to my local Drybar to get my locks tamed. It made me feel put together and human. Alas, baby Bea arrived and my hour of “me time” went right out the door — but that doesn’t mean my pretty hair did. See, Bea loves the sound of the hair dryer. And she sleeps when she hears the sound of the hairdryer. So now mamma does her hair at home.

Luckily, the geniuses behind Drybar sell the products they use on your hair. Total game changer. And they keep adding more awesome goods to the mix. Now my at-home hair drying actually looks professional — quite a feat with a newborn and two other kids. Here’s how:

First, I apply their newest leave-in conditioner, Drybar Gold Mine Shimmering Leave-in Conditioner, $29 (see above) to the lower half of my locks. Not only does this soften my hair and smooth frizz, it has flecks of gold shimmer that reflects light, making my hair look shiny. Though my hands are covered in sparkles after (beware if you’re wearing summer whites), it totally disappears in your hair.

SouthernBelleNext, with almost dry hair, I apply Drybar Southern Belle Volumizing Mousse, $25, about golf-sized ball, to my roots. I’ve found this is the secret to keeping my hair from looking frumpy (it falls flat in like five seconds without it).

MoneyMakerAfter drying (with a round brush if I have the energy or a paddle brush if I don’t), I give the end results a spritz with a flexible hold hair spray, like Drybar MoneyMaker Flexible Hold Hairspray, $25, to keep it looking polished.

Finally I pray I there’s five minutes to enjoy my hair before I sweep it up in a messy top knot.

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Feed Your Skin Avocado

Avocado

I’m kinda obsessed with avocados. I’d eat them with breakfast, lunch and dinner daily if I could. In fact, I think I’ve had them with at least one meal every day this week. But, avocados aren’t only a fabulous food to ingest thanks to their high vitamin content. They’re also great to slather on your skin because they contain powerful antioxidants, moisturizers and vitamins A and E, which together keep skin looking youthful and hydrated. So in celebration of one of my favorite fruits (yup, they’re a fruit), I thought I’d share a few products that contain avocados. Let your skin gobble them up.

sundari neem and avocado balancing moisturizerMoisturizer: Sundari Neem and Avocado Balancing Moisturizer, $57

 

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Lupita Nyong’o’s “Sparkly Disco-Inspired Eyes” at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards

2014 MTV Movie Awards - Lupita Nyong'o

Leave it to Lupita Nyong’o (the newest Lancome ambassadress) to be brave and bold enough to pull off “disco-inspired eyes” at last night’s 2014 MTV Movie Awards. It helps that she has a fantastic makeup artist — Nick Barose — that she clearly trusts. If only we all had one of those in our back pockets to help us look our best during life’s big moments, right?! Anyway, Barose wanted to give her a sparkly eye to complement the rainbow of colors in her gown. Here’s what he used to create the look:

Skin

Foundation: Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H in 550 Suede, $45.50

Concealer: Lancome Maquicomplet Concealer in Deep Suede, $30.50

Powder: Lancome Dual Finish Powder in 560 Suede, $38.50

Blush: Lancome Blush Subtil in Shimmer Tamarind, $30

Bronzer: Lancome Star Bronzer Palette from Lancome’s Summer 2014 Collection, $42

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Cheater Way to Create a Perfect Half-Moon Manicure

noon by noor fall/winter 2014, zoya norra manicure

Leave it to the experts backstage at New York Fashion Week to come up with super handy beauty shortcuts.

At the Noon by Noor show, manicurists were using binder reinforcements (yes, these still exist) to make creating a half-moon manicure so much faster and totally foolproof. They simply swiped nails with base coat. Let that dry for a couple of minutes and then placed the reinforcements on the base of the nails to cover the half-moon area. They painted on two coats of Zoya Nail Polish in Norra, $9, let that dry, and removed the reinforcements before finishing with a topcoat.

With the use of reinforcements, a half-moon manicure is seriously a cinch.

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