Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Year, New Hair!

I can say with absolute certainty that, given the opportunity, every woman I know would get a DRYBAR blowout every day! I can also say with absolute certainty that this is just not possible. But what is possible is to have the tools and products to help us replicate the  DRYBAR Blowout style in the convenience of our own home.

What it is:
A set of essentials to create the prefect blowout at home.

What it does:
Buttercup is the official blow dryer used by more than 1,500 stylists at Drybar locations nationwide. It has been clinically tested and proven to dry hair faster than any other dryer available. It contains revolutionary nano bead technology which eliminates frizz and adds shine and luster. When combined with the Full Pint Medium Round Brush, Hot Toddy, and Drybar's Blowout Shampoo and Conditioner, the result is a perfect, long lasting blowout.

This set contains:
- Buttercup Blow Dryer
- The Full Pint Medium Round Brush
- 1 oz Happy Hour Blowout Shampoo
- 1 oz Happy Hour Weightless Conditioner
- 1 oz Hot Toddy Heat Protector Frizz Fighter
- 1 oz The Chaser Shine Cream

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens

What else you need to know:
The products in this set are cruelty-free and are formulated without gluten. 

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Love is Louder + Benefit Cosmetics Present the Inner Beauty Challenge

Out with the old... How to know when to get rid of your make up

Toss aside expired makeup and start the year afresh.
Beauty products have expiration dates, unfortunately,there’s no easy way to find out what they are. 

“The risk of using old products is, first and foremost, bacteria,” says Sephora PRO Erik Soto. “If you’re acne-prone, they will cause breakouts.” And of course, the secondary risk is having makeup that goes on wonky and skincare that plain doesn’t work (a big risk, when you consider SPF is one of the most expiration-prone products). The Glossy picked Soto’s brain for the best ways to know whether to give your goods the kiss off.

“When you first get the product, see what it smells like, because you want to be sure it maintains that same consistency,” says Soto. “Check it at 30, 60, and 90 days to see if it’s changed. If any skincare or product has a sour or waxy smell, it’s an indicator that it may be going bad. I’d toss it and get a new one.”

“I’ve seen people take a label maker to their makeup!” says Soto. A less sticky option? Check “My Beauty Bag” on—you’ll be able to see when you purchased things to know how long they’ve been sitting pretty.


“Mascara lasts only about six weeks from when it was opened,” says Soto, adding that resisting the urge to pump your wand is a good idea (the extra air also causes the product to dry out faster). “If you feel bad throwing it away, use it for another purpose: in your brows for texture or to touch up your roots if you have dark hair.”

“If it comes out of the tube separated, it’s been sitting too long in one place. You want to shake it up, because foundations do separate naturally—but if you know it’s more than six months old or smells funny, toss it.”

“Lip gloss is susceptible to bacteria because it’s gooey. It’s easy to tell when a lipstick is going bad because it starts to smell really waxy.”

The more water content a product has, the more chance the formula has to be compromised or worse, germy. “Liquid eyeliners and cream blushes can get old,” says Soto, adding, “if your compact has a sponge in it, make sure the sponge is completely dry before you put it back in the compact.”

Mom was right. “Don’t share makeup!” says Soto. “Especially mascara. That’s why we makeup artists use disposable mascara wands and other tools like brushes to apply mascara!”

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