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Dry Shampoo – Some helpful hints

Up until about a year ago I was a “wash-my-hair-everyday” kind of girl. I couldn’t stand the idea of not washing my hair, even if that meant blow-drying long hair, in the middle of summer, in a southern state. We’re talking 100 degree, 100% humidity averages, where you instantly start sweating the minute you get out of the shower. No matter what the thermostat is set on. Well, needless to say, I finally got tired of that. So instead of packing up and moving somewhere cooler, I figured out that dry shampoo could actually take on the task of cleaning and refreshing hair. But even now I only go a day between washing, or in other words, I traditionally wash my hair every other day.

One thing I have learned after going through a maze of what dry hair shampoo to use or not is that what you use really depends on your type of hair. One of my sisters has fairly thin hair and stopped washing her hair everyday years ago. But what she uses may not necessarily work for me, since I have thick hair. And my hairdresser claims she only washes her hair once a week! Sorry, but I can’t imagine that. I guess I should fess up to the fact that I have oily skin and hair, so after a week that would get scary. I know the oil secretion would adjust over time, but sorry, I just can’t go a week.

Another determinant of which dry shampoo you like will be the scent that comes with it. Some are strong, some not so strong, but almost all of them do have a scent. So if you are scent sensitive, you will probably have to try a few before you find one that is right for you.

And keep in mind some dry shampoo’s are better than others for color treated hair. This was big for me as I am now on the “trying different colors and highlights” bandwagon.

I have discovered that the key to a dry shampoo working well is to spray or apply accordingly and then leave it for two minutes before you brush or style your hair. This will give the product enough time to absorb any excess oil or odor.

I put together a condensed list of what made several “best and worse” dry shampoo lists floating around the web. And I include comments from what I’ve tried and haven’t tried.

Best Dry Shampoo’s

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk – Not only have I seen this on almost every best list for dry shampoo’s (totalbeauty.com, thefashionspot.com, allure.com), it really does not leave the dreaded white residue and smells great. It is a bit on the pricey side at $20, but worth it to me and most reviewers.  Or you can try the travel size for pricing as low as $9. I typically try new products this way, so if you want to try, purchasing the travel size may be the way to go.

Batiste Clean & Classic Original – Like the above, this is on most best’s lists and the scent is good. It sprays on white, so you will just need to brush through after letting set a bit. Batiste also makes several other versions of a dry shampoo, but the “original” version is what makes it on all the best lists consistently.  You can find the “original” version at most drug stores.

Naturia Dry Shampoo by Rene Furterer –  This is another great dry shampoo with a subtle scent. According to TheFrisky.com it adds volume and shine. You can buy at Drugstore.com  It comes in full and travel size, so choose carefully since this is a bit pricey.

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray – This is not technically a dry shampoo, but has been used as one and praised consistently. The only issue here is the price….$42 a bottle on Amazon. But they do have a smaller travel size that sells for much less.  And this was on The Fashion Spots best list for dark hair.

Worst Dry Shampoo’s

Tresemme Freshstart Dry Shampoo – On several worst lists and for good reason. It is tough to spray on and not overspray. It does not blend well into the scalp, or rather it still shows after extensive brushing in darker colored hair. I have used this and, personally, do not like or recommend.

The following were on both the best and worse list of several reviewers’ depending on the reviewer.

Psssssssst – According to Elle.com this dry shampoo can keep your hair refreshed for days.

Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo – This was one of the first ones I tried and I loved the scent. And it works well on most hair color’s.

Dove Invigorating Dry Shampoo – Again, some loved and some did not love….but you have to love the price. At only $4, it may be worth a try.

According to The Fashion Spot there’s a way to make a do-it-yourself dry shampoo that will make it easier on the budget and the environment.

But I have to say, according to some older and wiser ladies who did not have dry shampoo until a few years ago….plain baby powder does the trick and does it well.

And what do I put on after I have gorgeous tresses? I absolutely love our new Regis Necklace!

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It’s a trendy, yet subtle way to add some style if you are not a huge statement maker. And it comes with matching earrings! No looking for a pair to match up with it.  And remember we have free shipping until after the holidays!

Happy Shampooing!

Get a Farm-to-Table Beauty Boost with These Great Brands

The farm-to-table beauty concept has extended well beyond the walls of high-end restaurants and boutique grocery stores to the beauty world as well. Organic fruits and veggies are no longer the only ‘organic’ thing consumers are worried about. Now that the light is being shined on all the harsh chemicals going into all our skincare, haircare, makeup products and more the organic beauty product movement is kicking off with a lot of gusto. We discovered some great organic beauty boosts that you may want to incorporate into your daily routine. Thanks to TheFashionSpot.com for the run-downs on these great brands! 

formulary_55Formulary 55

Farms: Washington and now Colorado

Brand Story: Founder Cordelia began with simple bath and body products handmade in her kitchen and sold at local farmers markets. She’s since moved to a larger space in Colorado where her products are sold in 11 countries.

Must-Have Product: The line’s seriously affordable bath tablets are just as relaxing for the mind as they are the skin. Formulated with almond oil, essential oils and epsom salts, the effect is a clear mind and brightened skin.

Milk & Honey Bath Fizzy, $6 at Formulary 55


Farm: Tibet

Brand Story: Not only does the brand pride itself in using recycled plastics and partnering with the Forest Stewardship Council, it also has a direct relationship with the Himalayan villagers who harvest the sea buckthorn berry used in its face oil. The Dalai Lama has even recognized the company for its living wage and respectful treatment of its employees.

Must-Have Product: Sibu Sea Buckthorn 

vmv_hypoallergenicsVMV Hypoallergenics

Farm: Leyte in the Philippines

Brand Story: VMV not only sources its ingredients from nature (like its coconut oil from a USDA-certified organic farm in the Philippines), but it prides itself in never adding fillers that are known to cause allergic reactions. It’s actually the only brand to provide rating system grades based on how many allergens the product doesn’t contain. In its 30 year run, less than 0.1 percent of consumers


Farm: Upstate New York

Brand Story: Co-founder Mark Veeder discovered a unique flower growing at his home in upstate New York. After further analysis, he found the now named Echinacea Purpurea, GreenEnvy was rich in phytochemical compounds that fight the signs of aging and reduce pigmentation. The brand’s full collection (now available at Sephora!) also includes farm-friendly fare, such as kale, carrots

Blossom Jeju

Farm: Jeju, the largest island off South Korea

Brand Story: A main reason Korea is leading innovations in beauty is because of its approach to using natural, pure ingredients. Blossom Jeju taps camellia extract, a rich antioxidant, from the gorgeous island Jeju (so it’s technically not a farm), where it grows on the wind-swept cliffs.

Must-Have Product: The brand’s 100% Camellia Seed Dry Oil hydrates and illuminates a gorgeous glow without the greasy after-effect of most oils.

Blossom Jeju 100% Camellia Seed Dry Oil, $30 at Glow Recipe

Bottega Organica

Farms: New York and Italy

Brand Story: All of the products are formulated through a unique blend of pure, natural ingredients and concentrations of anti-aging medicinal plants harvested and processed in both Italy and upstate New York. The innovation behind the innovative approach is thanks to one of the co-founders, Dr. Andrea Alimonti, a world-renowned geneticist.

Must-Have Product: Ignore everything you’ve heard about oils being bad for acne-prone skin. The brand’s Anti-Blemish Oil uses the peel oil from oranges to soothe acne, while prawn sage fights bacteria.

Bottega Organica Anti-Blemish Oil, $68 at Bottega Organica

Must-Have Product: Sibu Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil is 100 percent pure, preserving skin’s tone and texture by repairing damage at a cellular level. Apply just a few drops to fingertips and dab onto your skin before your moisturizer.

Sibu Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil, $34.95 at Sibu Beauty


Farm: South India

Brand Story: Founder Rikita Kapadia wanted a coconut oil that could be extracted from the fruit without heat (this takes a lot of its powerful antioxidants with it!). The brand’s unique process picks fresh organic coconuts from the Cocovit coconut farm and formulates a richer, fresher oil sans heat.

Must-Have Product: Its first (and signature) product, Cocovit Coconut Oil, is multipurpose. Apply to your hair, skin and cuticles for non-greasy hydration.

Cocovit Coconut Oil, $38 at Cocovit

Best Beauty Box Subscriptions

Beauty box subscriptions are all the rage and why now- you get a ton of great new beauty samples to try each month for a low fee. It’s always a surprise what you’re getting and you find some really great fixes for skin, makeup, hair and more! TheFashionSpot.com compiled this excellent list and we agree- these are the top beauty box subscriptions out there plus one extra one we love for clothing enthusiasts who don’t have time to shop called Stitch Fix.

First off if you shop for makeup, skincare and beauty products you know about Sephora. The beauty shop that is almost every major mall across America has now put together a great $10/mo program that gets you handpicked samples from top brands. The retailer is doing a test run of the $10 a month service in a few cities (Boston, Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio), filled with products galore. The box also includes a bonus sample every time- yay!

Wawantablentable offers three to five full-size and premium beauty products for $40 the first month and $36 if you continue your subscription. First, you customize your profile so that Wantable can whittle down the kind of products you’d like to receive, while keeping information like your skin tone in mind. When the box comes, you can keep the stuff you like and return the stuff you’re not too keen on. Simple as that!


goodeboxGoodebox starts at $18/mo and provides a selection of healthy beauty products for the earth-conscious maven. The goodies are trial size but they do find some unique, high-quality stuff! Learn more about some of the brands they love.




Stitch Fix’s claim to fame is that they have real personal stylists who act as your personal shopper and from what we’re hearing it really does a great job of taking your personal style test and matching you with great clothing that will really fit. Similar to other beauty subscriptions Stitch Fix sends you a customized box of clothes each month based on your style profile, you go through it and keep the items you love at a 25% discount when you buy 5 of the items and the styling fee is $20 which is then applied to your final order. The personal shoppers select pieces customized to your spending preferences so the items that arrive won’t be way out of budget. If you love clothes but have limited time to shop this may be a great way to add to your wardrobe over time.

If you’re a YouTube fan then you’ve probably come across beauty vlogger Michelle Phan who specializes in makeup how-to videos that are now world famous. Her program, ipsy gets you four to five deluxe samples or full-size packages of products for only $10/month. And if you’re not sure how to use them, fear not — ipsy also includes tutorials to inspire you on how to use the products.

BeautyDNA is $25/mo and specializes in personalized products that best address your concerns/desires. Like if you have acne or oily skin they will focus on skincare products.

Test out any of these programs and share your review of them with us on Facebook or Twitter using hashtag #beautybox. We can’t wait to see and hear about the results!

Fabulous Ways to Reuse Old Scarves

If you have silk scarves balled up in your underwear drawer, winter scarves spilling out of your closet and summer scarves hanging on just about every hook, doorknob and doohickey in your bedroom, congratulations: You’re a class five scarf hoarder. According to TheFashoinSpot.com there are at least 15 fabulous uses for your old scarf stash. To make space for your new stash without getting rid of your old ones, there’s only one remedy — to DIY morning, noon and night. So round up your scarves, roll up your sleeves and get cracking. You’ve got work to do. Here are just some of the awesome ideas that The Fashion Spot came up with to get the ball rolling or the ‘scarf tying’ as it were.

framed-scarvesDecorate an empty wall by framing your old scarves and bandannas. Choose one large statement scarf as the focal point or select a group of color-coordinated scarves to make a wall collage.






scarf-vestVest -Blanket scarves and thicker, winter scarves make the best layering pieces. Jessamity will give you the complete tutorial on how to turn your scarf into a vest in no time.

Create a body pillow with your favorite scarf patterns. Grab a handful of scarves and patch them together with the help of Country Living U.K.

Another fun way to reuse a scarf in a pattern you still love is to turn it into a Hobo Bag. One of the reasons Hermes scarves are so popular is their versatility. One minute you can wear it as a turban, the next minute you’re toting it around like a handbag.

If you’re really crafty you can easily take a great scarf and turn it into a cute new pair of sandals! One pair of flip flops, one pair of scissors and two scarves are all you need to give your summer sandals a major facelift.

Headscarves are still super popular and an easy way to reuse a scarf you haven’t worn much. One of the easiest ways to upcycle your scarves are by wearing them as turbans. To learn how to tie a scarf 15 ways, click here.

henley cuff ring rasha split ring crossing leaves split ringNow that you’re armed with all these fabulous and simple ways to reuse your old scarves it’s time to add some NEW accessories to the mix as well! Brand new rings are in and priced to sell – all are under $15 each!


Avoid Hair Dye Disasters- Part 1

hair dye disasterIf you’re brave, you’ve probably tried dying your hair at home to save a few bucks. And chances are high that one of those times you messed up. Well fear not DIY hair-dyers! There are some amazing tips here to help you look as golden good as Jen Aniston. Follow these celebrity stylist tips to gorgeous locks every time – even at home!

According to Aura Friedman, a premier colorist at the Sally Hershberger Downtown Salon, the main thing to consider when coloring your hair is the darkness of your mane, how light you want to go, the current condition of your hair and its texture, porosity and density. Porosity is the hair’s ability to retain moisture. Cuticle layers have to lift to let color and moisture in and they have to close back down to keep them in.

Dark Curly or Coarse Hair

Curly hair naturally has a rougher cuticle and is more porous than other textures, making it easier for the strands to absorb color quickly. Curly hair is more fragile and dryer than other hair textures, though. All-over coloring, bleaching and lightening affect the hair cuticle and can cause damage, dryness and dullness.

Dark Fine or Thick Straight Hair

Women with dark fine, straight hair have to be cautious as well. Fine hair processes a lot quicker since it’s thinner and less dense than other textures. If you’re not careful, the hair will damage just as easily.

Light Fine or Thick Hair

If you’re blond and want to go dark, it shouldn’t be a problem since you are just depositing color onto your hair. “Adding color to hair is not damaging, it’s when you are lifting color that there is a problem because you are literally whittling down your hair shaft. That’s how abrasive lightening hair can be,” explains Aura.

Types of Hair Color


Permanent color is necessary when you want to drastically alter the color of your hair. This color process uses a hydrogen peroxide and ammonia-based product that lifts the cuticle layer to allow for color deposits deep within the hair shaft. The color can’t be washed out, but it can gradually lose its intensity over time.


Semi-permanent color does not last as long as permanent color. Color is coated on the outermost layers of your strands as well as absorbed lightly within the hair shaft depending on the porosity of the hair. (Note: Porous hair absorbs more color than nonporous hair.) It can’t lighten hair. Color lasts up to three months, gradually fading away with each shampoo.


Temporary color or rinses coat the outermost layer of your hair strand. It can’t lighten hair, so instead it’s often used as an enhancer to your natural color, making it darker or richer. When applied to pre-lightened or very porous hair, temporary color may stain the hair shaft. It’s safe to use after a chemical relaxer process and will fade away after a couple washes.


Henna deposits color onto the hair, but can’t lighten strands. It’s a natural, plant-based alternative to chemical dyes. It doesn’t contain harsh ammonias and peroxides, and often imparts thickness and shine.

Check back next week for the second part about picking the right hue!

The Master Class to Achieve Perfect Brows

eyebrowsEyebrow shaping can be confusing, bewildering, frustrating and downright painful if it is not done right. So we look to the expert Sania Vucetaj of Sania’s Brow Bar for the low-down on achieving the perfect eye brows.

If you haven’t heard about Sania Vucetaj or her Brow Bar and amazing line of products, then you’re in for an exciting day! Sania has years and years of experience shaping thousands of brows, including those of her celebrity clientele.

Here are some of her top tips:

  1. Use a great double sided eye brow pencil to fill in the lighter spots and make them even.
  2. Unlike the rest of your face and body, the brow area should not be moisturized because it makes the hair follicle flat and won’t allow the hair to grow back in.
  3. Say NO to waxing or threading. Waxing is quick, but stretches out the skin and is extremely irritating — threading is no better. She also says they are both imprecise and pull too many hairs at once. Instead, try tweezing the individual hairs to get the perfect shape.
  4. Be mindful of where hair starts, ends and arches. Her rule of thumb is to line up a pencil or brush so that it touches the outer edge of your nose and the inside of your eye to determine where brows will begin. The arch should be at its peak when the straight edge is angled at the outer edge of your nose and right outside of your pupil. Finally, the tail should end wherever the straight edge lines up with the outer edge of your nose and the outermost edge of your eye.
  5. The best way to restart your brow shape is to let it completely grow back and then carefully sculpt from there. If your face needs a thicker brow than you have to let it grow in to achieve that look. And keep in mind, patience is key when growing them out. This means no plucking what you think are strays or attempting to shape your brows after a few days. It can take a few months or up to a year for regrowth to happen. And remember- no moisturizer!
  6. Magnifying mirrors are a definite no because you simply see too much and end up removing too much. It’s recommended to only clean up your brows every few weeks, and lay off the tweezers in the meantime.
  7. Make sure the place you go to get your brows done is very clean – hygiene is everything. Make sure that your esthetician holds a valid license in your state. If you are for waxing, then it’s crucial that your location does not double dip because bacteria and infections can spread this way. There have also been reports of women who get warts on their brows because of threading since the thread used for this method goes in the esthetician’s mouth.

Now brow down to the queen of the perfect eyebrow and get going on yours… in a year or so they’ll be grown out enough to get them exactly where you want. In the meantime, enjoy the time off and let them go – we mean grow!

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The Best DIY Pinterest Pins of 2014

We are #Pinterest fans! What’s not to love? There have been so many cool DIY things posted this year from crafts to cooking tips to makeup, skincare and beauty must-have tricks you just don’t find anywhere else. Well we’ve scoured Pinterest (pinch me it was so fun!) for the best DIY pins of 2014 and here’s the rundown. Pin with us to keep up with all the great, jewelry, fashion, beauty, home, life and other pins that keep us going at http://www.pinterest.com/assuredallure/.  And check out our whole DIY board for other fabulous projects to keep you busy in 2015.

tricksforglowingskinTricks for glowing problem-free skin – Let’s face it, collecting face masks, creams and purifiers is a fashion-lovers secret hobby as well.  After all the best accessory is always great skin. This pin runs down the best made at home skin remedies – some of them are pretty tasty too!







budgetfriendlyhairproducts10 Budget Friendly Hair Products that Work! The hair products isle is always so overwhelming but this trusty pin breaks down the good stuff to try on a tight budget – love it!





DIY makeup remover pads – these are super handy and super cheap/easy to make! Don’t waste money on these at the store- try this out.








homemade sugar waxHomemade sugar wax- natural hair removal. Ladies let’s face it, hair is a problem! But this year you can save a lot of money just by making your own. Tell us on Twitter how it really works for you @assuredallure.








Well there you go – 4 great and easy DIY projects to save you money and help you look and feel great in 2015. Check back each week for more great tips, trends and of course jewelry deals and steals.