Fashion

The Best Steamer

The key to keeping your clothes wrinkle free is the ESTEAM hand held steamer by Jiffy. Stepping out in wrinkled clothes can ruin your look and no one has time to bust out the ironing board anymore. Keep it simple by using this amazing steamer.

I own the pink version of this steamer and have had it for over 5 years without any problems. It is super simple to use. You just fill it up with water, plug it in and wait 15 seconds for it to heat up. The steady stream of steam the machine produces will release the wrinkles in your clothes in a matter of seconds. I hang my item on a hanger and just give it a once over with the steamer, let it cool, and toss it on.

I first was introduced to this steamer on set by a fashion stylist and she told me this was the best tool for traveling and on set because it is so small and portable. I immediately ordered one and haven’t looked back. This steamer is such a time saver.

The ESTEAM retails for $75 on http://www.amazon.com but you can often find them for less on the site. Please also check out the company’s website for more information at http://www.jiffysteamer.com

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Beauty

Dry Shampoo Debate

There is one beauty product that is a lifesaver. It is dry shampoo. There are countless brands on the market, but few that I can truly count on. This post contains my favorite brands and why.

I was first introduced to dry shampoo as a styling product when I walked in a friend’s fashion show many moons ago. The brand was Bumble and Bumble and it was a brown colored spray that added grit, which made my hair super voluminous. I used it to bump my hair up, ready for a night full of dancing on the tables at the clubs.

When I started managing a high end salon in LA, I was introduced to the time and ‘lifesaving’ Oscar Blandi pronto dry shampoo. I like the loose powdered version that you shake out either onto a brush or apply to the roots with your finger tips. It has a light citrus scent that helps perk you up in the morning. This specific brand of dry shampoo really absorbs the oil at the roots, which refreshes your blowdry and helps you skip a shampoo if you are in a pinch. Make sure to rub the powder in completely to ensure you don’t end up looking like you are Marie Antoinette. But do eat the cake. 

I also like Serge Normant dry shampoo, which does absorb oil, but I prefer using for styling. It is known for its unique formulation using cedar bark extract. This product comes in spray form and you need to shake well and hold it several inches away from your roots during application. After spraying into roots, you can tease with a teasing comb to achieve additional volume before or/and after application if desired. Make sure the product is absorbed into the roots. You can also toss your head back and spray into the end of the hair for added oomph. The result is cover of Cosmopolitan ready hair. 

I was recently introduced to Kevyn Murphy Fresh Hair dry shampoo and it is a happy mix between the Oscar Blandi and Serge Normant dry shampoos. By this I mean that it has a lovely scent, absorbs oil, and adds a little grit for volume. This is an all around good choice for a dual purpose product. I like to spray into roots and work it in with my fingertips, then tease the areas I want added volume in. Or if I just need a little refresher at the end of the day, I toss my head back and give my hair a little spritz at the roots and the ends. Make sure to shake well before spraying. 

I honestly find a place in my beauty regimen for all three of these dry shampoos. They all serve a different purpose for styling. Dry shampoo has saved me countless times when running late to work or dashing home to quickly freshen up for an evening outing. Trust me, dry shampoo is worth the investment and time spent on practicing and perfecting the application you like best. If you have darker roots or hair like I do, do not be shocked when the spray is white. It will and does work for darker hair colors. You just need to get the application right and you will be well on your way to shaving off time of your beauty schedule and actually being on time for that hot date. 

Oscar Blandi pronto dry shampoo retails for $11 and can be purchased at 

http://www.sephora.com

Serge Normant dry shampoo retails for $25 and can be purchased at 

http://www.sergenormant.com

Kevin Murphy Fresh Hair retails for $25 and can be purchased at 

www.kevinmurphy.com.au

 

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