Rocking a Messy Bun + GIVEAWAY!

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Who has time to learn all of these hair tutorials?! Sure, they look gorgeous, but I need an easy out when it comes to styling. Any products that can get me out the door and looking presentable are always going to be my top choices.

My style of choice as of late is a messy bun. But did you ever notice when people go around wearing a messy bun they look really cute and have 35,000 steps as to how to get that cute top knot?! Not happening with me. I don’t have the time to full on dry my hair, straighten my hair, then curl my hair with three different curling irons and then carefully pull that stylized sleekness up into a neat bun only to pull out pieces and muss it up. For real, though, wtf is the point?!

Here’s what I do. First step, wash that mop. My crown is oil city so if it’s dirty you’re going to know it’s dirty. I scrub my hair with Suave Sea Mineral Sea Infusion Shampoo and then condition with Suave Sea Mineral Sea Infusion Conditioner. Once out of the shower I towel dry by squeezing excess water out of the ends and then I brush through. After that I pin down the flyaways I have on either side of my head and then let my hair air dry.

Once it’s mostly dry I flip my head upside down and use TRESemme Extra Hold Hairspray on all that hair on the underside by the nape of the neck. I brush it through while my hair is still flipped over and then gather it all onto the top of my head in a high ponytail. I smooth out things if needed and then secure the hair “messy bun style” pulling it tight. I finish off with a bit more hair spray and DONE.

This style using these type of products makes my life easier and TBH the dang bun looks just the same when I’m finished.

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10 Dry Shampoo Brands to Check Out

Dry shampoo. Why are there so many?! Why you do this to me, beauty brands?! Not all dry shampoos are created equal and with so many different hair types out there not all of them are going to be a fit for you. Here are a few of my personal faves as well as a few of my friends faves. Hopefully it’ll help you out in your seemingly endless search for the perfect dry shampoo (I’ve been there!).

Aveeno Pure Renewal Dry Shampoo ($8.99 // ULTA Beauty)*. Aveeno Pure Renewal has a great, light fragrance to it and works well for mild to moderate oily hair. This is also a nice one to add volume. Note that this isn’t a clear formula so you’ll need to rub it in just a bit to help it absorb. Sulfate-free.

Schwarzkopf styliste ULTÎME Dry Shampoo ($6.97 // Walmart)*. This is awesome for those heavy oil days to soak up every bit and last that way for the day. I found that this one provides great volume and texture, so it works very well for when you want to absorb the oil but also wear your hair up in a style.

Rusk Deepshine Color Care Invisible Dry Shampoo ($12.50 // drugstore.com)*. I’m a lover of the texturizing spray so it’s only natural I’d love the dry shampoo also! This is great for absorbing oil and styling. Bonus: it’s invisible and talc-free!

Rene Furterer Naturia Dry Shampoo ($23.47 // Amazon)*. While this one is one of the pricier dry shampoos it’s one of the best I’ve personally tried. I probably only need to spray half as much as I usually would on a less expensive dry shampoo and I still get the same results. I do with for the price it was an invisible spray, BUT I let that slide because it works so well.

aussie Total Miracle Collection 7N1 Dry Shampoo ($3.47 // Walmart)*. What is 7N1? 7 benefits in every spray: a 1st day clean look, a boost of freshness, lightweight fullness, color protection, a refreshed feel, a matte finish, and an Aussome scent <— truth. Great price and great results.

Dove Dry Shampoo ($3.94 // Walmart)*. If you have a heavy oil day this one probably won’t be for you. BUT, if you’re looking for just a quick touch-up to your roots while keeping your hair looking clean then this is a good/inexpensive way to go. I love the scent, too!

Biotera Dry Shampoo ($6.50 // Sally Beauty)*. There are several different types of dry shampoo from Biotera including Scalp Refresh, Color Care and Invisible. This is nice because if you’re looking for one to help with color refresh then you get Color Care… is you want the Cooling Mint get the Scalp Refresh, or just go with the regular Invisible Dry Shampoo, which is usually what I grab because I’m simplistic like that (FYI I have color treated hair and don’t necessarily need to use the Color Care. Regular Invisible works just fine!).

Klorane Dry Shampoo ($17.45 // Amazon)*. This is another one with options! Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk is awesome for all hair types while the Klorane Dry Shampoo with Nettle works best with oilier hair. There are also tinted versions available. Klorane is a bit more expensive, but again it’s one that you don’t need to use as much with and the Nettle really works well at keeping the oil at bay for a long period of time. They’re also both free of silicones, parabens, sulfates and sodium chloride.

Tresemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo ($5.99 // ULTA Beauty). This is another that is great if you just need a bit of sprucing up. It’s a light and gentle dry shampoo to give a nice refresh.

Christophe Dry Shampoo ($16.99 // Christophe)*. I reviewed this awhile ago and to this day it’s still one of my top picks. It’ll tame the oil, give the volume and not leave any sort of residue behind. It has a buddy called Dry Conditioner also, and it’s pretty sweet 😉 Read another review here.

Also not pictured.. I love Batiste ($7.99 // ULTA Beauty)! I actually ran out =( but that is an awesome one for my oily top, frizz bottom hair type!

What dry shampoo is your favorite? LMK in the comments below and also please share your hair type (just in case someone with a similar hair type is on the look out)!

*Products marked with a * by the name were received as press samples. Any others were purchased with my own funds. I work with Aveeno as a brand ambassador. This post also contains some affiliate links.

Discover your look for less with TRESemme and Dollar General + Giveaway!

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Get Runway Ready Hair with TRESemmé® at Walgreens + GIVEAWAY!

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Top 10 Beauty Timesavers

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We’re all busy. It’s okay, that’s life. But why should our outer beauty and skin suffer because we’re short on time? Your friendly neighborhood beauty bloggers are here to help you crunch those minutes, people – it’s time for the Top 10 Beauty Timesavers.

These are in no particular order:

  1. Makeup Wipes. This is truly the lazy girls way of removing makeup, and luckily there are some great wipes out there that remove makeup quickly and efficiently without harming your face (no rinsing required). Korres Pomegranate Cleansing & Make Up Removing Wipes* are awesome for oily/combination skin & Korres. Of course, you know if you’re super acne prone I definitely recommend the Cleansing Wipes from Murad. I also love Tarte Fresh Eyes Maracuja Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Wipes
    for removing eye makeup.
  2. Spray SPF. Who has time to slather their entire body with layers of lotion? Not me. Not ever. However, I also don’t have time for cancer, wrinkles or other forms of sun related damage so I reach for an SPF that sprays. Usually I buy Banana Boat Sport but I’m not above using my kids stuff.
  3. Cabana Boy*. Oh, you want SPF on your back but can’t reach? No time to find a buddy or hot pool boy? Use My Cabana Boy. Well, not MINE, but get your own. This device makes it easy to spray your favorite SPF (Banana Boat, Coppertone, Neutrogena + more) on your back and other hard to reach areas. It was easy to load, easy to use and I never plan to be without it. Who needs a man, anyway 😉
  4. Dry Shampoo. I have no idea why, but my hair holds curl so much better if I have this in my hair. Some of my faves are by Christophe*, Tresemme, Dove and Batiste*. I finish up with Agadir Finishing Spray* and it’s all day waves.
  5. Infiniti Pro by Conair Curl Secret*. Amazing, uniform, perfect curls. Your hair stays gorgeous all day long and it doesn’t take all day to make it happen. Everyone should own one of these.
  6. IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation*. You don’t need concealer, you don’t need liquid foundation… dust this on and it’s full coverage. End all be all of ALL BEAUTY PRODUCTS.
  7. Nail Wraps. There are so many out there, but not all are created equal. INNI Nails is a new company to the US and you can actually turn any picture into your nail design. Just snap a photo (even with your iPhone!) and create it over on the INNI Nails website. Scratch Nail Wraps also has an awesome monthly subscription program and their nail wraps are unique & amazing as well! I also love wraps from Sally Hansen, which are easy to pick up at the drug store..
  8. Fast Dry Top Coats. Seche Vite is a big love, but it doesn’t work well for some people. I also have been loving Wicked Fast from Cult Nails.
  9. Tinted Moisturizer. You can moisturize and hide some crappy mccrappy-ness on your face. Laura Mercier has a popular one with SPF 20, Jouer Golden Luminizing Moisture Tint, and Beauty Addicts Mineral Sheer Tint* – also with an SPF of 20 but mineral based.
  10. Liquid Lipstick. It’s a gloss, it’s a lipstick. BOOM. If you’re really short on time use a nude shade, but if you have a few extra minutes of course reach for that red. I’m loving L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick in Nude Ballet.

What beauty products do you use to save time?

***Products marked with an * were received as a press sample, all others were purchased by me.

Top 10 Beauty Items Under $10

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You’ll see me post a lot of high end and expensive items here (i.e. on this blog). I just can’t stay away from pretty and shiny. Beauty Bloggers in general (not all, but most!) have the same problem. That’s why, for this

Top 10 Tuesday,

we’re bringing you our

Top 10 Beauty Items Under $10

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In no particular order:

  1. TRESemmé Smooth & Silky Collection. I love to use the shampoo and conditioner for daily hair washing. When I’m not testing something this is generally what I’ll go back to for healthy hair ($3.99 each).
  2. CoverGirl Clump Crusher Mascara. If you’re going to go drugstore for mascara, this is the one to do it with. This one retails for only $8.99!
  3. Neutrogena Nourishing Eye Liner.Brushed Pewter is a fave shade of mine. It goes on SO well and is that perfect color of being blue-ish grey without the harsh intensity. A lovely every day shade for when you’re sick of black or brown. This liners will only run you $7.49 each!
  4. OPI Nail Lacquer. These are beautiful and long-lasting nail polishes in every color you can imagine for only $9.00 each! In the latest collection OPI takes us to San Francisco!
  5. Zoya Nail Polish. Beautiful shades named after beautiful ladies! The colors are innovative, safe and they last. The retail is $8.00 each, but Zoya is always offering deals and discounts! One of the latest collections is Zoya Cashmeres, but they’re also gaining a lot of buzz from PixieDust!
  6. L’Oreal Colour Riche Le Gloss. These glosses ($7.99 each) are an easy and inexpensive way to shine up your pucker without it feeling sticky or goopy.
  7. L’Oreal 24hr Infallible Eye Shadows. It’s likely I own 85% of these. I just love to use them for eyeshadow bases and they are so silky to touch. They feel luxurious but will only run you $7.99 each.
  8. Wet n Wild Beauty Eyeshadow Palettes. This brand has really upped their game since I was in high school, even launching a collection with Fergie! My faves are the Trio Eyeshadows($2.99 each) and the 8 pan Collection Eyeshadows($4.99 each). Also be sure to check out their Mega Last Lip Color($2.99 each)!
  9. Aveeno Skin Relief Fragrance Free Moisturizing Lotion. The retail on this is $9.99 and it’s gotten me through some rough times. No pun intended. For awhile, I couldn’t put anything with fragrance on my skin. I would get horrible rashes and have to go to the doctor to get meds. This lotion (before blogging and learning about some other brands that also work for me) was the only thing I could use to moisturize. It’s still also the least expensive solution.
  10. Subscription Boxes. Yes, I’m serious. $10 can get you a whole SLEW of items to play with and try out. Subscription Boxes can be a gamble, but I’ve found that the ipsy Glam Bag has the best items and value, while Birchbox has the best referral/rewards system.

I hope you enjoyed my Top 10 Beauty Items Under $10! Check out what the other bloggers love and be sure to tell us what your faves are!