How to Fix Damaged Hair in 5 Easy Steps

Could your hair use a little love? If so, today, I’m going to share how to fix damaged hair, at home, in five easy steps.

I am brutal on my hair. Between regular visits to the salon for full highlights, to using various heat tools, and of course, just getting older, my hair needed some serious TLC.

So last year, I started this routine, and I’ve been doing it weekly ever since. If you’re in the same boat, I thought I would share what I’m doing to help repair the damage from decades of abuse that’s making a big difference. 

It’s a simple process that takes about 10 minutes that you can add to your morning or evening routine once a week. 

How to Fix Damaged Hair in 5 Easy Steps

How to Fix Damage Hair in 5 Easy Steps

I do this every Monday morning in the shower and it takes no time at all. This process is really easy to incorporate into your morning or evening shower routine. 

How to Fix Damaged Hair in 5 Easy Steps

Scalp Scrub, $42 

It’s well documented that I love this salt scrub. Taking care of your scalp is the first step in healthy hair. Aside from this feeling like a spa treatment (it’s especially glorious after a sweaty workout), it removes all the residue, dead skin cells, and excess oil on your scalp.

Two of my three daughters (13 and 11) are equally obsessed with it. I told them when I was their age, I took my babysitting money and blew it on cheap products at Rite Aid and wasn’t using a $40 scalp treatment from Goop. 

They tuned me right out once I started my sentence with, “When I was your age…”

Anyway, use this in the shower instead of your regular shampoo once a week. It’s a bit expensive, but a little goes a long way as long as you don’t have kids with access to your shower. 

Hair Towel, $30 

Hair Towel

Finish up in the shower, jump out and wrap your head in a towel. Get your hair to just damp before you apply the hair mask below. 

I love this towel because it absorbs quickly, and doesn’t damage or leave it frizzy. I have straight hair but all my girls have very curly hair and this is wonderful for both of us. 

Another option are the AQUIS Hair Turbans. They are just as good and you can order them on Amazon for $20

Hair Mask, $38 

amika the kure hair mask

This hair mask is the real game-changer. It’s INCREDIBLE!

After years of abuse, from making my naturally dark locks blonde to daily blow-drying and heat styling, my hair was so fried the ends were breaking. My stylist friend recommended this to me, and after the first time I used it, I saw a remarkable difference. 

Once you have your hair damp, apply a small amount, covering your roots to the ends. Work it through with a wide-tooth comb (below) and then let it sit for 5 minutes.

It’s only 5 minutes – so it takes no time at all! I always put on my Caudalie Instant Detox Facial face mask, too, since that takes the same amount of time.

Make your bed, have some coffee, and hop back in the shower to rinse it out.

Wide Tooth Comb, $37 

I am a big fan of Mason Pearson’s hairbrushes and tools. They are more expensive than something you would pick up at the drugstore, but they are high quality and last forever.

We have a few of their brushes (in various sizes) that I bought almost a decade ago, and they still look and work like new. 

This wide-tooth comb I use for my hair and the kids to help get all the knots out without creating breakage.

Obviously, you can use any comb, just be sure it’s a wide-tooth one so you distribute the mask evenly. 

Hair Oil, $15 

moroccanoil hair treatment

Finally, style your hair.

Some days, I let it air dry, or I’ll quickly hit it with my hairdryer. Recently I’ve fallen back in love with the Revlon Hot Air Brush and use it to give my roots some volume and turn my ends under. Remember to always use a heat protector spray before using any hot tools.  I use this one from Alterna.

Either way, when my hair is almost dry, I add some of this Moroccan Oil to my ends to keep them smooth and protect them from split ends. 

I’ve been using this hair oil for over a decade; it lasts forever.


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The BEST Beauty Products on Amazon

Let’s talk about the best beauty products on Amazon.

I find myself reaching for my Amazon app an embarrassing amount of times during the day. With three kids and what feels like a dozen full-time jobs, it’s one of the few resources that make my life easier.

One of the elements of my job that I love most is trying different self care products and tools. Some are crazy, others silly, but over the years I have discovered some truly fabulous finds.

The kind that make you wonder, “how did I live without this?”

So today, I rounded up my all time favorites, the ones I use on a daily basis, and reorder constantly. 

The Best Beauty Products on Amazon

BEST Beauty Products on Amazon


BB Cream, $29  |  It’s a 10, $19.50 |  Self Tanner, $40  |  Ice Roller, $18  |  Derma Roller, $23  |  RMS Signature Set, $44  |  Eyebrow Razor, $4.50  |  Detangling Brush, $10  |  Body Blur, $39  |  Muslin Cloths, $10


BB Cream, $29

Back in my youth, I used to cover up my wrinkle-free baby skin with layers and layers of skin clogging foundation – all in an attempt to hide my freckles. Thankfully, as I’ve aged, I’ve embraced those freckles and wear much less makeup. A year ago, a sample of this BB Cream by Marcelle showed up in my Birchbox. Called “Golden Glow” It looked too dark for my (very) fair skin, so I almost threw it away.

But, I gave it a try one morning, and my skin looked beautiful. The pigment adjusts to your skin tone if it’s between fair and medium. You can still see your skin, freckles and all; it just evens it out without clogging your pores. I quickly ordered a full size from Amazon while standing at my bathroom skin

I use it in the summer, when I have a self tanner on. It’s become my go-to for a super fast, almost make-up free face that is Zoom call ready. 

Note: They are calling this a “Universal Color” which makes me a bit crazy. This will adjust to the pigment of your skin up to a deep medium. Any darker than that and I think this would be too light. The beauty industry, like the fashion industry, has a long way to go when it comes to inclusion. 

Self Tanner, $40

I featured this self-tanner back in May, and after a summer of use, it’s my all-time favorite.

As a fair-skinned girl with long limbs, who spends a ton of time at the shore in the summer, I feel more confident with a little natural-looking color. While love a spray tan, they take time I don’t currently have to spare. This two-hour tanner gives you the perfect glow without all the fuss. 

Apply it, let it sit for two hours (sometimes I keep it on longer), hop in the shower, and rinse it off. Over a few hours, you’ll see a lovely natural looking tan emerge, with no funny smell or stained clothes. 

Body Blur, $39

This “body blur” by Vita Liberata is like a combination of a BB Cream and a Self Tanner. It’s a make up artist go-to to create an all over glow to the body. You’ll see celebrities slather on something similar before press events to get that flawless look to their legs, arms and neck.

Unlike a self tanner, the color is immediate and will wash off in the shower. Use it for special occasions, or to extend the life and look of a tan. 

It’s a 10, $24

I should buy this in bulk. Doing my girl’s hair is bearable since I discovered It’s a 10 several years ago. It is a detangler, and leave-in conditioner spray that leaves soft hair, works through the worst of knots and makes hair easy to manage. I’ve tried countless less expensive brands, but keep coming back to this. 

Tangle Teezer Brush, $10

Speaking of detangling, this brush is a game-changer. I bought it as a stocking stuffer for my kids and it turned out to be a true Christmas miracle.

All of my daughters have long, thick, curly hair. Brushing their hair at night or getting ready for school in the morning use to leave us all in tears. But the combination of It’s a 10 and the Tangle Teezer, we now have yelling-free (for the most part) mornings, and they can be left to do their hair on their own.

It has hundreds of 5 star reviews you can read here

Ice Roller Face Massager, $13

This ice roller may be the silliest beauty product I ordered  from Amazon in a long time, but it is surprisingly fantastic.
I keep it in my freezer drawer and use it first thing in the morning, while the house is quiet and I’m getting my coffee ready. Admittedly, I’m tired these days. Like many of us, I’m not getting a ton of sleep and wake up looking and feeling puffy. It helps reduce the puffiness and tightens pores and is especially lovely during allergy season when I feel like I can barely fully open my eyes.

Derma Roller Kit, $22

By now you know how much I love my derma roller and this set, in particular, is fantastic. You can’t beat the price or quality.

You can see my step by step break down of how to use a derma roller here.  If you’re already thinking of inexpensive holiday or birthday gifts for girlfriends, this is a wonderful, under $25 idea.

Makeup Palette, $40

My single best beauty find on Amazon in 2019 was  this RMS makeup palette. It’s seriously the perfect little on-the-go pallet. I have multiples and keep one in my bag and the other on my vanity. Use it to bring a little color to your lips and cheeks, swipe the highlight down your nose and in the corners of your eye to make them pop. So simple. 

It also feels very age appropriate to me for young girls, so I do let me 13 year old “steal” mine on occasion. 

Face Razors, $5

The secret to flawless makeup is smooth skin. To get that, I take one of these slim razors, and gently run it up my checks and along my jaw line to remove baby hair and peach fuzz.  Holy cow, does it make an incredible difference in how your products sit on your skin! I’m never without these. 

Muslin Cloths, $10

It’s so important to be as gentle as possible with your face. You want to minimize how much you tug and pull at it. These muslin cloths (marketed as organic baby wipes) are fabulous. I keep stacks of them in my bathroom and use them nightly. 

A great tip I’ve learned to remove clay masks or any product that leaves a residue is to soak a muslin cloth in warm water, wring it out, and place it on your face, covering the entire surface. Gently press it on your skin, let it sit for a second, and remove it. Do this a few times. The steam will help to breakdown anything on your skin, and you’ll avoid having to wipe it off aggressively. 


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5 Professional Headbands for Women

Over in our private Facebook group, we had a discussion about hair accessories. Specifically scrunchies and headbands for women. Can we wear them? What are the rules? Are they age-appropriate?

So let’s unpack this and start first with the easiest.

I’m not one to speak in absolutes, but I feel confident in saying that scrunchies on grown women are a “no.” We’ve been there, we’ve done it, arguably better than it’s being done now.

There’s nothing sophisticated about a scrunchie, and they do nothing to enhance your look. So let’s leave them to our tweens who think they are as awesome as we did back in the day.

Headbands, on the other hand, are not as straightforward

My Late 90s Idols

I grew up wearing them, just like Cher Horowitz, one of my first style icons. But now, I’m 40, with three daughters, and two of them (10 and 12) wear headbands all the time. 

Which leads to the question: On us, do they look dated? Immature? Try-hard?

My simple answer: you can wear them (you can wear whatever you want!) but to keep them chic and modern, and not teetering in tween territory, simple is the name off the game. 

Headbands for Work or Play

Professional Headbands for Women

For this post, I went out a bought this leopard print headband at Nordstrom. It’s the most expensive on the list ($26), but I wanted to make sure I was trying out a made-for-an-adult option. 

I’m surprised how much I like it. It’s a nice alternative to a ponytail, which has become a go-to style for so many of us. It made me look more polished, and elevated a simple outfit of a cashmere turtleneck and black pants.  It’s also comfortable – so it’s easy to wear all day long without getting pinched behind your ears. 

I feel strongly that, because headbands are inherently sweet, I wouldn’t wear them in a traditional business formal setting. 

In casual, creative, and workplaces that embrace a more low-key dress code, you’re good.

Outside of work, they can be a fun accessory to incorporate in your weekend wear.

For good measure, avoid overly embellished options, covered in lace and pearls, they’ll feel too costumey and formal.

I would also skip inexpensive ones from the drugstore. Not only will they break easily, but they will hurt your head after just a few minutes of wearing them. 

5 Professional Headbands for Women

Professional Headbands for Women

Leopard, $26  |  Tortoise, $16.50  |  Puffed Velvet, $19.50  |  Black and Gold Set, $22  |  Braided, $18

Leopard, $26: This has a wide band that sits flat on your head. The print has texture to it, so you’re getting a little bit of depth as well as pattern. I haven’t stopped wearing it since I bought it. 

Tortoise, $16.50: A classic neutral tortoise print is an excellent place to start since it will work within any personal style. 

Puffed Velvet, $19.50: The “puff” of this headband from LOFT will add some height to the top of your head, so it works best with long hair with lots of volume. 

Black and Gold Set, $22: For a chic and sophisticated look, pull your hair back into a styled pony and add one of these shiny bands, it tames flyaways and gives you a polished, finished look. 

Braided, $18: For something a little better than basic, take a look at this slim braided option, also from Nordstrom in black or gold. It will subtly pull your hair back and add a bit of texture but will also disappear into your look. 

Related: How to Dress Age Appropriate 


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My Best Beauty Buys of 2019

Looking presentable is part of my job, but having a professional hair and makeup team on hand is not part of my budget. Whether I’m getting ready for an event, a photo shoot, or simply getting ready for the day, it’s me, in my bathroom, begging my children to leave me alone for just five minutes.

I’m not a beauty expert (and have no interest in becoming one), but I do try a TON of products and tools during the year. I buy everything with my own money and have never done a review or made a recommendation in exchange for any kind of compensation.

That means when I say I like something, you can trust that I do.

And my requirements are high. First and foremost, it has to work. It has to save me time, or in some way, make my life easier. Much like yesterday’s Best Buys of 2019 post, I have to be delighted that I bought it every time I use it.

The Best Beauty Buys of 2019

Things you should know: 

My skin is normal, but sensitive. I burn just looking at the sun. I used to deal with pretty severe acne in my early to mid thirties, but have cleared it up amazingly with proper skincare and drinking a ton of water every day. 

When it comes to products, I am incredibly loyal. That’s one of the reasons I don’t write regular beauty content. There’s not a lot to talk about, since once I like something, it stays in rotation for a long time. 

Over the years, my skincare philosophy has gone from focusing on makeup and covering things up, to taking the best care possible of my skin. I put the time and money into that, and the benefit (aside from glowy natural skin) is needing less makeup and spending less time getting ready.

I take my nighttime skin care routine most seriously, as you can see in the post from earlier this year. Some people loved it, some thought I was nuts. It actually doesn’t take long to do, and it’s a lovely way to get ready for bed. Most important, since my skin has healed from the acne I feel a million times more confident, and I don’t think you can put a price on that. 

Favorite Products

Vintners Daughter is still my most favorite product of all time. It transformed my skin. The Goop Exfoliating Instant Facial is a close second and I wouldn’t be able to pick between the two since I think using them together is the holy grail of skincare. 

I am also still obsessed with my dermaroller and recently upgraded to this one. I use it several times a week, depending on what else I’m doing to my skin.

This year I found some real winners, so let’s jump in. 

My Best Beauty Buys of 2019

The Best Beauty Buys of 2019RMS Signature Palette, $44  |  Ice Roller, $15  |  Juice Beauty Overnight Cream, $75  |  Wander Beauty Mascara, $26  |  Jo Malone Peony and Blush Suede, $60  |  Almond Oil, $50  |  Hanacure Facial Set, $29  |  T-3 Curling Iron, $136  |  Tyme Iron, $165 

RMS Signature Palette

This pocket size palette is ideal for an on-the-go, five minute face. It includes a bronzer, highlighter, two lip and cheek stains and a balm.  I love it so much I bought two, so I always have one in my makeup drawer and one to float around in my handbags. The colors give just enough pigment, that you can layer, in hues (I use the palette called “Pop”) which is a classic color, for warmer tones go with Mod (pictured above).

Shop: Pop / Mod

Ice Roller 

I’ve mentioned this ice roller a few times this year. It was a middle of the night purchase made in between feeding the baby and trying to sleep. I still can’t believe how much I use it. It’s perfect for the morning after a late night, maybe you overindulged or watched a sad movie and had a good cry. If you’re puffy or red, roll this over your entire face, and it will wake you up and depuff instantly. 

I’ll even use it after my morning routine, before I put on makeup. The cold tightness your skin, and makes your products glide on flawlessly. 

Shop: Assorted Colors 

Juice Beauty Overnight Cream

For a while, I was using Goop’s night cream, and it was just okay – not worth the price. Then I used Estee Lauder’s Night cream and liked that very much. But when I read about Juice Beauty’s Cell Renewal Night Cream, I decided to give it a try.
It’s loaded with good-for-you ingredients, like Hyaluronic Acid, and helps cell turnover and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In the winter, I prefer a thick night cream since it’s cold outside, but my house is dry and I notice how the change of temperature almost immediately affects my skin. I can see a difference in my skin’s moisture and texture in the morning after I slather this on at night.

Shop: One jar last approx. 2 – 3 months with daily use 

Wander Beauty Mascara

Early this fall, my social feed was flooded with ads for Wander Beauty, and after a while, I couldn’t resist. (I am clearly their target market.) Admittedly, I have a drawer full of mascaras, yet still always on the hunt for the next great one. This one by Wander Beauty hits it out of the park. It lengthens, it’s smooth, doesn’t clump, and doesn’t leave a dusty residue on your face.

Shop: Mile High Volume Mascara

Jo Malone Fragrance

For the longest time, my go-to fragrance was Flowerbomb by Viktor&Rolf, and it remains an all time favorite. But Jo Malone has always been one of those aspirational brands, with their chic packaging and exotic fragrance combinations. So while I was in NYC a few months back, I splurged on Peony and Blush Suede, and it’s stunning. It’s a similar scent to Flowerbomb, less sweet, and a little more sophisticated. I get nonstop compliments on it, with everyone saying it smells uniquely fresh and feminine.

Shop: Travel size, currently 15% off

Almond Body Oil

Body oil absorbs into your skin better than lotion, so I went on the hunt for an effective, daily oil that didn’t leave a slick residue. After trying a few, I discovered this Almond Body Oil by L’Occitane. It’s expensive, but a little goes a long way. It dries quickly, doesn’t leave a mark on your clothes, and smells clean without being overpowering. The key is to put it on damp skin right after your shower, so you lock in as much moisture as possible.

Shop: Supple Skin Oil

Hanacure Facial Set

This all in one, at home facial, claims to fix everything with regular use – from dullness, and wrinkles, to fine lines and age spots. That’s such a tall order I almost didn’t buy it. But out of curiosity disguised as research, I bought the all-in-one set, which includes four treatments.

I used all of them, and I’m telling you, your skin does look amazing when you’re finished. Whether I see a long term, lasting difference is yet to be determined.

BUT! I used a treatment before a few parties and photoshoots, and my skin looked fantastic for those events, so I’m keeping a stock of them for that very reason, and if my skin improves over time, even better.

Shop: Starter Set (One Application) / Kit (Four Applications)

T3 Curling Iron

This is my second T3 Curling iron. I bought my first one several years ago and only replaced it because I left the first one in a hotel.

It’s fantastic. My hair is flat and straight, but I like to wear it with curl. This lets me get a gorgeous barrel curl, around my entire head, in less the five minutes. 

Be sure to use it on dry hair and spray on a heat protector, because this gets hot. To give the curl lasting hold, I let it cool completely in my hand once it comes off the barrel, and then I leave it. I don’t run a comb or brush through it. Eventually it falls and gives me the natural wave I’m looking for. 

Shop: T3 Curling Iron

Thyme Iron

Yes, I bought two rather expensive curling iron tools this year. I actually bought them within a few days of each other and I ended up loving them both equally. The Thyme Iron is different than the T3. You’ll get a lot more volume and a different kind of curl. I use the T3 to get my everyday style, parted to the side, with a soft curl.

The Thyme Iron can be used in several different ways, but I use it for a more dramatic look. It takes some time to get the hang of how to use it, but the company does a fantastic job creating how-to videos and tutorials. Once you get the hang of it, the process moves fast.

The real benefit is how long the curls last. If you do it the right way (and depending on how frequently you need to wash your hair), you can get a full day and then next out of one style.

Shop: The Thyme Iron (be sure to purchase from Thyme and not one of the knock offs.) 

Why We Love Revlon Hair Dryer & Volumizing Styler

We all love the feel of a professional blow out. There is nothing better than the bounce in your hair and your step when you walk out of the salon, feeling and looking like a million bucks. And then we come home and try to do it ourselves and fail miserably. Over the years I’ve gotten pretty okay at it. I’ve invested in better tools (still love my T3 Hairdryer), use the right products, and follow a few simple yet important tips. The challenge is, how much time it takes. So unless I’m primping to impress, I’ll do a rough dry and pull out my curling iron.A few weeks back I woke up to text from Lauren telling me how much she was liking the Revlon® Oval One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizing Styler. What you need to know about Lauren is that she’s like my very own Consumer Reports. Everything she buys is researched, and if she tells you something is great, it’s because it is. Within a day of finding out I was expecting baby #3, and realizing I am 8 years out since I had my last, a detailed spreadsheet was in my email, outlining all of the baby products she bought and why she liked them when she had her daughter just two years ago. That’s the kind of detail we’re talking about, so when she tells you she loves something, you can go ahead and order it, which is just what I did.

Is it perfect? No. The only thing that would be perfect is if someone showed up at my house at 7 am, hairdryer in hand. But it’s awesome. Here’s a breakdown of what I like, and dislike.

It’s heavy. I was surprised by the weight. Your arms will get tired, but the process is so fast it’s not that bad.

No heat range. This thing gets super hot which is good because it gets the job done quickly. Some people like to be able to control the temperature, but I always blast my hairdryer on high anyway. My complaint about the heat is that you’ll burn yourself as you learn to use it. Once you learn to use it, you won’t get burned.

Fast acting. If my T3 cut my getting ready time in half, this reduces that time in half again. It’s remarkable, but I can go from wet hair, to dry and stylised in about 10 minutes.

Packable. I used to pack my hairdryer and to curling iron for trips no matter what, but now I bring this instead. I’ll also toss in 2 – 3 velcro curlers to put around my face while I do my makeup to maintain some lift at my crown.

Skip the tangles. Typically, my brush will get caught in my hair when I give myself a blowout, no matter how well I detangle beforehand. Remarkably, this glides right through.

You get professional results. If you go to places like DryBry for blowouts, this gizmo is not going to give you the same beachy, wavy style. What this will do is dry, straighten, add some shine, provide a little volume and a beautiful, elegant bend at the end of your hair. Will work best on medium to long hair.

Why We Love Revlon® Oval One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizing Styler - The Well Dressed Life

Who doesn’t love the feel of a professional blow out? There is nothing better than the bounce in your hair and your step when you walk out of the salon feeling and looking like a million bucks.

In those few fleeting moments, we are fabulous. And then we come home, try to do it ourselves and fail miserably. Over the years I’ve gotten pretty okay at it, but I’ve never been able to master the process.

That’s why we love, L.O.V.E the Revlon Hair Dryer & Volumizing Styler.

Of all the products we love and recommend, it’s our most favorites and also the most affordable. I’ve invested in better tools (still love my T3 Hairdryer).

The challenge is, how much time it takes to get ready. And we’re all sort on time these days. 

So when my friend Lauren told me how much she was liking the Revlon Hair Dryer & Volumizing Styler I decided to give it a try. 

Why We Love Revlon Hair Dryer & Volumizing Styler

Revlon Hair Dryer & Volumizing Styler

Revlon Hair Dryer & Volumizing Styler, $45 Over 18,000 5 Star Reviews

Here’s what you need to know about Lauren. She’s like a walking Consumer Reports. She might be the most well-researched person I know.

When I found out I was expecting Vivian, a full eight years after having Ava, I went into a little panic about having to figure out all the new baby gear we would need. 

I should have known not to worry since a day later there was a spreadsheet in my email listing all of her favorite products, with prices, where to buy and why she loves them. When the girl says to buy it, you buy it.

It’s been over a year since I started using this ,and I can happily say it’s deserving of the hype and cult like following.  It works best on medium (shoulder length) or longer hair. The barrel is large so anything too short won’t catch.

It’s not perfect but it’s close. 

To help you figure out if this is something that would make your life easier, I broke down my likes and dislikes.

Related: Treat Yourself to this Pink Salt Detox Shampoo


It’s (a little) heavy.

Given how lightweight everything has gotten these days, I was surprised by its weight.  It’s not terrible, but if you have arthritis or bad shoulders, it might not be for you. The good news is because it’s so effective, you move quickly through the process. 

Watch for burns.

The brush only has one heat setting, which some beauty bloggers knock in their reviews.  That doesn’t bother me so much, since when I blow dry my hair, I blast it on the highest setting to save time. (#notabeautyblogger)

What I would call out is that as you learn how to use it, you’ll burn the tips of your fingers.  Once you get used to it, you won’t, there’s just a learning curve.


Professional Results

If you’re used to going to places like Drybar, you’re not going to get those kinds of results.  You also won’t have someone providing unlimited mimosas. What you will get is straight, shiny, smooth hair, with a good amount of volume and an elegant bend at your ends.

Time Saver

If my T3 cut my getting ready time in half, this gizmo cuts it in half again. I can be out the door with dry and styled hair in 15 minutes.

Travels Well

I used to pack my T3 hairdryer and curling wand when I traveled. Now, I bring this and a few velcro curlers to keep the hair along my crown up while I do my makeup to maintain volume. So much easier.

No More Tangles

Simultaneously using a hairdryer and brush always leads to getting your hair caught up in the bristles, or sucked into the drier. No matter how well I detangled beforehand, something inevitably got mangled somewhere. I don’t know how it works, but I have had no issue with knots or tangles when using this brush. Hallelujah.

Bottom line?

The Revlon Hair Dryer & Volumizing Styler by Revlon leaves me one happy camper. I use it on most days because I save time and my hair looks finished.

It’s 100% worth the hype. 

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2019: Best of Beauty

We are wrapping up our Nordstrom Anniversary Sale coverage with a quick beauty post. As long-time readers know, I am incredibly loyal to my products and beauty tools. It took me a long time to find a skincare routine that works for me. It’s extensive but effective, so why mess with it? That’s why we don’t feature a ton of beauty content. 

Anyway, I’d also like to move on and talk about other things, so this is our last post about the sale. I’ll update our Facebook Private Page with some specific deals over the next few days, so if you’d like to join just click here and answer our three membership questions.

But back to the sale. Many of the beauty items in the event are fragrance related, be it perfume, candles or diffusers so check and see if your favorite is on sale. There are also a lot of gadgets and tools, some are helpful, but many aren’t necessary (more on that below). And if you love luxury brand makeup, there are a few that are a decent value.

My advice, though, is to make sure you’re not paying for something you don’t need.   For example, most of the perfume exclusives come in a gorgeous box, with an extra body wash or cream. I don’t ever use them, so I don’t find much value in the set.

Today, I sorted through all the options and narrowed our list down the products I love and use, that are worth the spend or splurge. 

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Top Beauty Picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2019 


Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2019: Beauty Picks

Living Proof Trio, $84  |  Mario Badescu Set, $23  |  Alterna Caviar Set, $72  |  Philosophy Set, $55  |  T3 Curling Iron, $107   |  Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Duo, $25  |  Slip Pillowcases, $119


Two haircare sets made my list. First, I have loved Living Proof for a long time. This full-size set featuring the brand’s hero products is a nice value. Their dry shampoo is the best on the market, and their shampoo and conditioner make my hair look full and shiny after one use. 

I also included Alterna Caviar Replenishing Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner, another brand I’ve been loyal to for years. Between aging and processing my hair to an inch of its life, this set helps bring it back to life and gives it the surge of moisture it is desperately lacking.

They both have a steep price point but they last a while since my kids aren’t allowed near them. I alternate between the two depending on what my hair needs. 

Hair Tools

Part of the reason I need a powerful conditioner is due to the heat I use to style my hair most days. I bought this T3 Curling Iron to replace my old T3. The first one lasted a little over 2 years, with lots of daily use so I feel ok replacing it now. It cuts my styling time in half and the curls last longer than with a drugstore brand curling irons. 

If you are in the market for a new hair dryer, I also highly recommend T3.  Their Cura Dryer is part of the sale for $155

Little Luxuries and Gifts

I’ve been sleeping on a silk pillowcase for a few years, and guess what? It’s still one of my all-time favorite, most-used purchases. There are lots of benefits, from helping to keep hair from breaking to preventing wrinkles. But I just like that it feels a little indulgent. After working all day, wrangling three kids, and running our home, I think I deserve every little luxury I can get. Pick one up for yourself, or save one to give to your mom, sister, or favorite friend this holiday. 

This Philosophy Amazing Grace set for $55 is another stock up for the holiday’s option. I picked one up to put under the tree for my oldest. (And yes, I am super impressed that I am already planning Christmas gifts.) 


In the skincare category, Mario Badescu’s drying lotion destroys breakouts. I use to have terrible cystic acne for years, and a few drops of this right on the inflamed part of the pimple would remove it in a day or two. Next, his aloe and rosewater spray would help with inflammation, reduce redness, and cool down my skin.  I keep them both on hand still and will be happy I have them if and when my girls start to experience their first breakouts. 

Makeup Must Have 

Next, who doesn’t love a good eyebrow? When I really want to kick up my look, I use the Anastasia Beverly Hills eyebrow duo. It helps you create a strong brow in minutes and gives your whole face more definition. 

Finally, a few honorable mentions in makeup. Nars has a pretty blush/bronzer/highlighter kit for $42.  Laura Mercier’s Lip Duo in rose is a lovely neutral for every day. And for fun, I picked up this Trish McEvoy Brighten and Define Eye Duo – I’ll report back my findings if it’s worth it. 

The Pink-Salt Shampoo Detox You Should Try

Women often think that self-care has to be a big production. But the truth is I don’t have time for leisurely lunches or days spent shopping. And while I appreciate a good girls trip to a spa, I can pull one off maybe once a year. Instead, I try to incorporate small indulgences during the day. It’s amazing how much more grounded you feel when you step out of your crazy life and refocus on yourself, even if it’s just for a minute or two.

Our days are busy, so creating routines that include little treats can make all the difference. Maybe it’s your quiet morning hours with a cup of coffee or a few stolen moments with a good book. Perhaps you’ve figured out how to meditate or wake up early for yoga. Whatever it is, if it makes you feel better when you’re done, keep doing it.

Personally, I like a sweaty workout a few times a week. I love how strong I feel; I notice a big difference in the quality of my sleep. I also use my beauty regime as my time to take care of me. Investing in effective products, and taking my time with them gives me the quiet I need to unwind after another overly scheduled day.

Recently, I picked Goop’s Himalayan Sea Salt Scalp Scrub. I’m not sure what I expected, but it’s so unusual, in the best way possible.


Shampoo, $42

First of all, this is not your everyday shampoo.  Instead, use it once a week, a few times a month or as you feel you need it. The idea is that you cleanse your hair while scrubbing your scalp which feels incredible.  Like when you get your hair washed at the salon, only better.  Scrubbing your scalp not only feels amazing but helps keep your hair healthy.  It will remove product build-up, oils and exfoliates dead skin, helping create shine and volume.

Goop’s scalp scrub feels like a mix between a body scrub and a whipped body cream. It takes a minute to get used to it, and another minute to get it working, but when it does, it’s heavenly.  Focus on your scalp, and work the product down your hair.  You’ll get a little lather but not what you’re used to.  Take your time rinsing it out, and follow up with your regular conditioner.

I use it on Sunday nights when I do a “Sunday Prep.”  That’s when I take extra time to do a mask, white stripes and exfoliate in the shower. You’ll feel soooo clean and fresh, it’s the perfect way to start a new week.