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How To: Dry Clean Your Clothes At Home

April 15, 2016

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First and foremost, the disclaimer: Product and compensation was provided for this review however, I agreed to this collaboration because I’ve been using Dryel, happily, for years (which you know if you follow me on snapchat haaaaiiii). So, when the opportunity presented itself to share this magic in a more formal way, I jumped on it. So, without further adieu, clothing cleaning magic:

I’m the laziest dry cleaner. Ever. Like… I have a huge bag filled with clothing that needs to be dry cleaned but I’m too lazy to walk to the lobby of my building and drop it off. True story. That and I’m so over paying $8 for a blouse to be cleaned. It’s the same thought process I have when I think about going to sleep at a reasonable hour so I’m not exhausted the next morning. It’s a great thought but in reality I stay up til 2am watching The Real Housewives of IDGAF as that heaping pile of unlaundered clothes continues to grow.

Then a few years ago, I miraculously found Dryel. To be honest, I thought it was a great idea but there was no way that this could work: Spilling hot sauce on a crepe thin blouse and laundering it myself? Laughable. Getting deodorant streaks out of a black cashmere sweater? Not a chance. I didn’t even now how to cook steak until 3 months ago. How am I supposed to dry clean my own clothing? Save your shock and horror for my domestication skills or lack thereof for a later time.

Enter: Dryel. Spray a few spritzes of their fancy miracle cleaner on the affected areas, toss 4 or 5 pieces of treated clothing in the dryer bag, then add the moistened (sorry I had to) dryer sheet. Zip closed and throw in the dryer for 15 minutes. Et voila! hopefully you didn’t mix color families (although I’ve done this and it’s totally fine) and your clothes come out as fresh as ever. The packaging suggests immediately hanging your clean clothing so they don’t wrinkle. But since we all now know how lazy I am, sometimes I don’t get around to that part as quickly as suggested. Which is why I rely heavily on wrinkle release spray. Another magical laundry item sent from the household gods.

So, what do you think? Are you sold on the fact that you can clean your dirties in the comfort of your own home for a fraction of the cost of any dry cleaning establishment that’s not ZIPS? Do you already use Dryel? Share your experience in the comment section below!

Product and compensation was provided to review for this post. All opinions are my own.

How To Get Your Best Blowout

January 21, 2016

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This just in: 60% off NUME flat irons with code IRON60

There should be an MTV True Life about how I never truly gave myself a decent blowout until this morning. Swear to God. 28 years old and I just could-effing-not figure out how to use the round brush to my advantage. Strategic use of a dryer? Forget it. I toss my head over and fry my hair ’til it’s a big ball of frizz. And then I straighten it ’til it’s so brittle it breaks. Repeat 2x a week.

Typically, when I find a routine that works, I stick to it. This includes but is not limited to beauty products. Why switch shampoos when the one you’ve been using since 8th grade cleans your hair? Seemed logical and easy enough for me. Until earlier this week when a plethora of hair products showed up at my door. It happened to be the perfect storm of new products so I figured I’d give them all a go in one morning. If I hated how my hair turned out I’d just chalk them all up to crap. Again, super logical.

So, this morning I put Drybar’s Sake Bomb shampoo and conditioner to the test, as well as their new leave-in conditioner. In all honesty, I’ve never been a huge fan of their products – I can always feel that there’s product in my hair and the next day there’s a ton of residue. I’m a 2-day hair kinda girl so I like my hair feeling as light and product-free as possible. Going in, I had no expectations but was very pleasantly surprised by how light, soft, and flowy my hair has been all day. Attributing this to both the shamp/conditioner duo and the leave-in conditioner that is residue-y in no way, shape, or form. 10 outta 10 for these three.

Because my hair was so soft it made drying way easier. Typically, I’m working with something that mirrors the texture of wet straw so this was a welcomed surprise. It made me want to pretend like I knew what I was doing with a round brush.

Finally, my favorite part: murdering my hair with a flat iron. Years ago, my neighbor had a Global Beauty straightener that made the curliest hair perfectly straight. It was like silk. I was never able to find that flat iron for retail and consequently, have never had silky straight hair like that since high school. Until this NUME Megastar flat iron made its way into my life. It’s a game changer. Not shitting you. With one swipe, straight hair. No more of this going over it two or three times bullshit. It saved me at least 15 minutes this morning and my hair hasn’t looked this good since those Global Beauty days. Am I comfortable saying this is the best flat iron I’ve ever owned? Absolutely. And it actually makes me excited to wear my hair straight instead of just getting through Day 1 hair to have something more texture-y for Day 2. If you’re in the market for a new flat iron, this one is currently 60% off with code IRON60I’m prone to static and flyaways so I put a dime size of Kerastase oil in my hand and work it through the bottom of my hair and then add some Pret a Powder to my part to add a little volume.

And there you have it. Your best blowout ever. The end.

On Day 2, keep it fresh with a cap, then beach curl it up, and add a little dry shampoo to soak up the excess oil.

 

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Triple Knot Bun

October 1, 2015

Got 10 minutes and ‘Day 3’ hair? Then this tutorial is for you.

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What you’ll need:

+ dirty hair

+ oribe dry texturizing spray (travel size)

+ small hair ties

+ bobby pins

+ hairspray (optional)

 

When to wear it:

+ work

+ date night

+ wedding guest

+ target

+ literally at any point in life

 

 

Start with dirty hair. For added texture, lightly spray middle and ends with a dry texturizing spray.150812_DS_2174

Loosely secure hair into three low buns

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One in the middle, and two on either side. Don’t worry about perfectly sectioning the hair for these buns. The messier, the better.

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You’ll end up looking like a weird alien. Don’t fret. This is where you’re supposed to be. Things will come together… hopefully…150812_DS_2218

 

Without unflopping each bun into a ponytail, loosely twist the buns in a circle – creating a donut shape. Then secure your donut shape with bobby pins.150812_DS_2220

 

As you’re securing the donut buns, overlap parts of the first bun into the second. WHAT!? Yes. Do it.150812_DS_2239

 

Overlapping small pieces of hair from bun to bun will create a messier look instead of having three completely separate buns on the back of your head. Alien. If your buns are too perfect, pull small pieces from them and use those to overlap into other buns.

Important note re overlapping: Middle bun can mingle and overlap with outside buns and outside buns can do the same with the middle bun. THE OUTSIDE BUNS SHOULD NOT OVERLAP WITH EACHOTHER. Are ya nuts?150812_DS_2241

 

Continue twisting and donuting and overlapping and securing. 150812_DS_2246

 

Tuck in any of those little strays with the 83rd bobby pin in the pack.150812_DS_2257

 

Make sure you get that little straggler ruuuuul good.

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DONE. Happened faster than you realized, huh? Wasn’t so awful, was it? Now, gently, pull a few wispys here and there and loosen up the hair on the crown of your head, if need be. Every part of this look is supposed to be flowy and easy.150812_DS_2271

I’ve only ever worn this look to work. It’s chic and super simple when you’re in a hurry in the morning. Once you get the hang of it, it actually only takes 10 minutes. Yes, for real. Try it out this weekend and let me know how it works out for you!

all images Laura Metzler

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