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Night Time Rituals

  Get your most beneficial rest, while beautifying as you sleep. Use those precious hours of rest, to hydrate your skin and wake up with a luminous glow.

I recently discovered this Pearl Sleeping mask by Sephora. It does wonders to plump up your skin and add to a dewy complexion for the A.M.  Apply it to freshly washed damp skin, right before bed to lock in moisture and add hydration.

As a stylist, I feel as though my hands are always dry. To combat this, I swear by using Neutrogena’s Norwegian hand cream. This humectant rich cream, is perfect to apply right before bed as it can be a touch heavy. Let it really work it’s magic by applying a dime size over hands and popping some thick gloves on while you sleep. This allows the cream to fully absorb into your skin. 

Up your H2o intake to help hydrate your body from the inside out!

Elle’s Picks: Favorite Blowdryer’s


A good blow dryer makes all of the difference. I love Parlux… I am currently using the Lightweight Parlux. I also love the brands: Babyliss Pro and T3. My previous Babyliss lasted me for years.

Any of these will cut down on your blow-drying time. For a salon quality look, use the cold shot on the blow dryer, after you are done completely drying the hair. This will assure lots of shine, as the cold air closes the cuticle, making the surface super shiny and eliminating any frizz.

These professional dryers have a great motor in them being that stylists can use them continuously all day long, so it will last forever if you are just using it at home. Totally worth investing in a good one!
Be sure to get good clips if you are going to section your hair, it will make your life much easier. If you are looking for a good round brush to give your hair a bit of volume, Creative Ceramics are great, I especially love their triangular ones! Ibiza brushes are my go to for smoothing the hair. Ask me if you have any questions on picking the best blow dryer or brush for you!

Favorite Energy Snacks

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A lesson I learned the tough way, is always bring little snacks to work or on the go, to eat through out the day. A while back, I would eat one meal throughout an 8-10 hour work day, as well as drinking a bunch of coffee. With little energy throughout the day, I would then come home exhausted and just zone out on the couch.

Since, I’ve come to respect my body more and value my energy, as well as understanding that being more attentive and on the peak of my game is being respectful to each client who sits in my chair.

In any given day, I will have my lunch with me, as well as two snacks plus an energy bar or some almonds stashed away for emergencies. Below are some of my favorite quick and inexpensive go-to (and to-go) snacks.

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Whole Wheat Toast + Drizzle Red Pepper Olive Oil + Sea Salt +Avocado

Carrots + Peanut Butter

Smoothie

Hummus + Celery

Almonds

Chia Pudding

Hard Boiled Eggs + Sriracha Sauce

Greek Yogurt + Berries + Cinnamon + Drizzle of Honey

 

Smith & Cult

My newest nail obsession, is Smith & Cult. I came across the line, working in the Hampton’s last summer and have been hooked ever since. Their exclusive 5-free formula, is formulated without Dibutyl, Phthalate, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor, making it a great option to throw into the mix. Admittedly, I will do gel on my nails when I know my schedule will be crazy or I will be traveling, as the longevity is insane. This polish is great to come back to though, as I feel like I can give my nails a break from a lot of the added chemicals found in other polish lines. The packaging is super cute, and although the nail polish top is a bit heavy, it actually makes it easy to apply the polish. The durability is great, and I am usually able to get a good two weeks out of a manicure.. that says a whole lot, being that my hands are always in water.

A bit of a splurge at $18 a pop, it’s totally worth it for the great coverage, shine and 5-free formula. With it’s playful names, Stockholm Syndrome has been my go-to color as of lately. I’m going to to add the Kundalini Hustle, a fun poppy red, into the rotation soon! Check all of the shades out here.