For me, 2016 was the year of the lip. As I put together my favorite beauty products of 2016 I kept thinking of really great lip products that have not only taken over my vanity but my Louis Vuitton handbag as well. But I didn’t want my 2016 obsession to take over this list so I truly narrowed down my top makeup, hair, nail and skincare picks that I raved about earlier this year (or recently discovered) that I’m still using to this very day.
I’ve been growing out my hair for a few months now and while I’ve had a small itch to try something different (read: drastic), I keep reminding myself there are other ways to update my ‘do without the help of a pair of scissors. If you’re like me and want to avoid a trip to the salon, here’s a fun little thrill for just a mere $29: Drybar’s Gold Mine Shimmering Leave-In Conditioner. This multipurpose styling bottle conditions, detangles and evens out texture for a more polished finish. Perhaps, my favorite selling point though, is its shimmering effect, which leaves a subtle yet noticeable trace of shine in your tresses. The process is quite simple; apply a small dollop to damp hair from mid-shaft to ends. Or, apply to dry hair for a shimmering finish (although, I wouldn’t recommend this option… it felt a little sticky to me). When I first tried this product, it looked like my palms had exploded with gold glitter. In fact, it even made me question if I had applied it correctly but post-blow dry, my hair looked slightly different. My hair didn’t look dull or lackluster. It gave my color-treated tresses a soft glow without weighing my hair down. And now it’s taken up a permanent residence in my hair product cabinet. Have you tried this? Do you have a favorite leave-in conditioner? Sound off in the comments below!
I live for announcing moments like this on the blog. Beauty locavores know that since Drybar opened its doors, patrons are unfortunately not able to enjoy that complimentary glass of wine or bubbly like they would at any other location because of the very strict Montgomery County laws (insert sad face here). Well blow dry junkies, today was a big day (like a Texas Tea hair type of day). HB-137 aka The Drybar Bill, passed the house and was signed into law by Governor O’Malley today at The Governor’s Reception Room, Maryland State House. The law (drafted by Montgomery County delegate Ariana Kelly who worked diligently with Drybar Bethesda Manager Courtney Barfield) is a huge change for the county. This bill allows hair salons to apply for a permit to serve complimentary wine or champagne for their clients beginning July 1st. Drybar founder Alli Webb flew in specially for the signing ceremony (looking fabulous of course, with a fresh ‘do and pink lip) with Governor O’Malley. Thank you Governor for understanding the importance of champs with our blowouts. Now, let the countdown begin!
Photo credit: Daniel Swartz