Brown Hair, Basketball, Booties, & Bench Presses

We have been a little MIA for a while but it’s been so busy. I feel like all the days have just blurred together. I hate when time goes by that fast BUT with how freezing it has been here in Utah lately, I’m okay with time going by fast right now.

One thing I totally forgot to share with you guys is that I went back to my dark brown hair! Being half blonde is super hard to maintain and my hair had been like that for so long that I felt like I needed a change so I’m back to my roots!

A little over a week ago, Cody and I went with our friends Bitters & Tavia to a Jazz game against the Lakers (boo) and it was such a fun game to be at! We won so that was great and I was happy we didn’t lose to them because there were tons of Lakers fans there.

I’m proud to report that I’ve been sticking to my new year’s resolutions so far and I’ve been going to the gym with my trainer! It’s been so fun but SUPER hard. I’m sore every day of my life and I walk around like an 80-year-old woman. I’m getting a lot better at eating somewhat healthier and I feel like that’s been helping out a ton. One thing I’m super proud of is all the bench pressing and deadlifting I’ve been doing! I can’t wait to get better at it because it sure feels good.

You guys know how much I love Steve Madden shoes and I found these GORGE booties a couple months ago on their Instagram post. I waited very, very patiently and then boom! They went on sale. It was a match made in heaven.

Look at the cute studs!

They’re the cutest. They’re nice & tall too so I get the extra height I deserve ūüėČ you can get these babies at Steve Madden by clicking here. They have them in this taupe color, grey, & black.

Happy Wednesday!
xoxo

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Makeup Monday

Hey there, lovelies! Happy Monday! I’ve got a few new makeup items I’ve been using that I love and I wanted to tell you all about them.

Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer

I’m kind of really obsessed with this primer. I bought the smaller tube to try it but I think I’ve just found the greatest thing ever. The pores in my t-zone and chin are HUGE (like I could store stuff in there) so by the end of the day, my makeup looks horrid around that area. This has been amazing at smoothing that zone over and making my pores look smaller. It also gives you a matte finish so if that’s what you’re looking for and you have trouble with large pores, I would definitely give this a try. You can get it from Sephora here.

Urban Decay De-Slick Oil Control Setting Spray

Not only do I have large pores but I have an oily face, especially around my t-zone. I’m surprised my makeup doesn’t slide down my face and onto my keyboard. I had been using Urban Decay’s All Nighter setting spray and it definitely was better at keeping my makeup on than when I don’t use a spray but I felt that it still wasn’t doing the trick.

I decided to try this one instead since it’s directed more towards oily faces and bingo. It’s perfect. I can feel that the formula is different just in the way it sets on my face. I felt like their All Nighter spray was a little sticky in a way, at least on me, but this one is light and amazing. By the end of the workday, my makeup still looks put together and not splotchy because some areas have come off. You can get it from Sephora here.

Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Extreme!

I am a sucker for anything that will make my lashes look even longer and more voluminous. When I was at Ulta the other day, I saw this little kit and decided to try it. I have to say, it’s not bad at all. It separates my lashes out really well and there are no clumps! You use the gold tube to prime your lashes, the white tube to add lash extension fibers, and then you seal it all with the gold tube again. The white tube is kinda of fun because it’s like you’re swiping on cotton or little fluffballs. Anyway, I really enjoy this one. I especially like to use it without eyeliner because it gives you a great, semi-natural looking lash with no clumps so you look like you have a natural set of bomb eyelashes. You can get this kit from Ulta here.

CoverGirl Easy Breezy Brow Eyebrow Mascara

I’ve been using this for a while now and I realized that when I found out they changed their tube design haha. This stuff is cheap and works amazingly at keeping my eyebrow hairs from moving. The color I use is Rich Brown and matches my Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Brow Mousse so my brows always look great. You can get it at your nearest drugstore or from Ulta by clicking here.

Too Faced Peach Perfect Comfort Matte Foundation

I’m always looking for a new foundation and new things to try on my face so when one of my friends mentioned this one, I had to get it. First of all, it really does smell like peaches. Well, maybe not exactly, but it does smell fruitier than other foundations! It goes on super smooth and I feel like it does a good job at covering up imperfections. I was pleasantly surprised that it stayed on really well and didn’t leave me with an orange face (dang you, oxidation!) which is always a plus! It helps tremendously for those with oily faces like me AND doesn’t transfer very easily so if you’re also like me and realize you have makeup smudges on all your clothes in random spots, get this lil baby. You can find it at Sephora here. Thanks for the suggestion, Ashley! <3

MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation

Last week, I was moseying along inside of Ulta with some of my coworkers while we were waiting for a table at a nearby restaurant and I realized they sell MAC now! I clearly hadn’t been to Ulta for a while. I’ve always wanted to try their makeup because I love their lipsticks and lip primer but it was never super readily available to me or I would just forget about it. Anyway, I sat down on the chair and had one of the girls match me and I fell in love. This color is probably the closest match to my skin that I have ever found in my whole life. I didn’t even think it was possible for me. It stays on all day and plays well with my primer and setting spray that I mentioned above. It doesn’t feel heavy and if I touch my face, it doesn’t transfer easily either. Get it from Ulta here.

Sephora’s Birthday Gift

This year, the birthday gifts from Sephora are pretty freaking cool. The first one is a lip & eye mini kit from Kat Von D with her Tattoo Liner, setting powder, and little lipsticks. The second one is a moisturizer and cleanser set from Drunk Elephant. This is the one I got. The girl that worked at Sephora told me that it’s the best set she’s ever had. They’re known to help minimize pores and heal your skin so that’s what I’m about to do. I haven’t used it just yet so stay tuned for a review on this!

What are your new makeup faves?? Please share! I love finding new and awesome products.
xoxo

My Curology Experience

Hi, lovelies! I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. I got to spend time with all my loved ones and I enjoyed every second of it. Steph and I are back to work today and a little bummed out that the break is over!

Today, I wanted to talk about my skin journey over the past few months and it’s something that I’m a little nervous to share but I felt that it would help others on their way to finding clearer, healthier skin. I think I’ve mentioned before that I had been struggling with bad skin but in case I didn’t, I’ll explain.

I had great skin in high school and never wore foundation. It was fantastic. But after I graduated, I slowly started noticing that my face was getting worse and worse. My diet hadn’t really changed so it was super frustrating. Years and years went by and I tried everything I could get my hands on. I tried all different types of cleansers and serums and scrubs and washes. Nothing worked. I even tried Proactiv and that didn’t do a thing.

I was about to definitively start on Accutane since I had friends that had done it and it had worked for them, including Steph (her skin is fantastic). However, I found another company claiming to clear your skin with exactly the ingredients you need & nothing more.

A sucker for great advertising, I decided that I didn’t have anything to lose and I’d try one last time. So in June, I took pictures of my skin and submitted them to Curology. I also filled out their quiz and waited for a reply. They sent me a cream with a special formula just for me and instructions to put on a thin layer before bed.

These are the pictures I submitted to Curology:

Pretty bad huh? I almost can’t believe it!

5 months of using Curology has brought me to this point today:

I still have a little bit to go with discoloration (like the picture on the right) but I’m so happy with the results so far. I noticed a decline in bumps a few weeks into using the cream which was the nicest because I was super self-conscious wearing makeup and still having bumps everywhere. I couldn’t hide that.

I also make sure to only purchase foundation that is non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog your pores. I also bought these great little acne dots that you can put on a pimple at night and then in the morning, it’s pretty much gone. Putting these on helped me avoid picking at my face as well, which was a big factor in my skin healing. You can get these acne dots from Amazon here.

If you’re wanting to try something that really works and are willing to be patient, I recommend Curology for you! It’s very straight and simple and you can talk to your PA any time with questions, updates on your journey, or any formula changes. Plus, it has fewer steps than Proactiv so that was a big bonus for me. I didn’t have 18,000 steps to do every night. If you’re interested, check out Curology here.

What product helped you clear up your skin?
xoxo

Fave Beauty Products | October

I haven’t written about beauty products recently but I wanted to share the ones I’ve been using quite a bit lately & why I love them.

Cerave SA Cream for Rough & Bumpy Skin

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I’ve talked about this product in my top 10 beauty products post but I’ve been breaking it out a lot more lately now that the weather has gotten colder. Whenever it gets cold, my skin gets drier and I feel like I have goosebumps all over my body that won’t go away. This, of course, isn’t goosebumps but it’s called keratosis pilaris (KP). KP causes small bumps all over your skin that look like goosebumps but just kind of stick around.

Mine is only on my legs but it makes me itch and pick at the bumps. To avoid this, I use this little baby. This makes my skin so smooth and gets rid of my bumps! Two nights ago, my legs itched like crazy and the bumps were all over. I put some of this on and the next morning, the bumps weren’t visible and my legs were hydrated. I LOVE THIS STUFF. You can get it from Target or from Amazon!

ChapStick Total Hydration 3 in 1

My lips are always chapped but in the winter, it gets worse. Also, it doesn’t help that when I’m lost in thought or I’m focusing on something, I will chew on my lips. One thing I really wanted to do was find a good chapstick. I’ve used tons of them, more than you can imagine but this one is my favorite one so far. It’s just pure moisture and I can still feel it on my lips 30 minutes later! It doesn’t just disappear. It’s been great at keeping my lips hydrated because when they’re not, that’s when they peel the most. The sweet peach flavor (scent?) is great as well. I bought it from Target in-store but I have attached the link here.

Batiste Dry Shampoo: Divine Dark

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I’m a fan of dry shampoo and I probably will be until someone invents a machine that will wash and style my hair for me in my house while I watch TV. Anyway, I ran out of dry shampoo last month and bought this bottle to try it out. I’ve tried the other Batiste dry shampoos and they were great but I had heard a lot about this one. Let me tell you, it is wonderful! My hair is blonde but my roots are my natural dark brown so this is perfect for me because that’s where all the oil is! It doesn’t leave the white residue and blends in really well. I’m obsessed with it.

One thing I will warn you about is the horror scene that will occur when you shower after using it. I really didn’t put two and two together that it sprays out color (because I’m smart like that) so I had shampooed my hair and was happily rinsing it out when I looked down and saw the brownest water I had ever seen. Had I rolled around in mud and not realized it? Nope, it was just the color from a day of lots of needed dry shampoo. You might want to pick up a clarifying shampoo after using this but personally, I think it’s worth it. Also, I haven’t noticed any color transfer to my clothes or bed from using it so hopefully it’s the same for you. You can get it from Ulta for $8.99!

Artnaturals Purple Shampoo

Artnaturals Purple Shampoo, 16 Ounce

Speaking of the blonde in my hair, I have to keep it nice and toned because I hate when it goes brassy! My friend Ally told me about this shampoo that she got on Amazon and I’ve loved it so much. I’ve tried so many purple shampoos and this one seems to work for me. My shower is filled with purple shampoos that I’ll try and hate and I’ll end up going back to this one. The thing that I’ve noticed with purple shampoos, though, is that everyone is totally different. I’ve had super nice ones recommended that don’t work for me so try it and tell me what you think! If it doesn’t work, let me know what does ūüôā Get it from Amazon here.

Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lip Crayon in Glacé

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I got a sample of this lip crayon in my Sephora box and I’ve been so obsessed with it. It’s close to my natural lip color so when I look extra pale and ghosty, I swipe this on and it rejuvenates me. It goes on super smooth and doesn’t leave the buildup of a lipstick. I’ve been meaning to try more colors because they have a ton! I keep this in my purse whenever I need to spruce up my look. Get it from Sephora here.

What are you obsessed with right now??

xoxo

 

 

New Beauty Favorites

Recently, I’ve tried out some new beauty products that I really liked and wanted to share with you!

First one up is thanks to Michelle pushing me to always fill in my eyebrows. I knew it looked better when I did but I’ll be honest, I was lazy and it took too long to fill in with the pencil I bought. I was at Ulta the other day and just looking around and I came across the¬†Anastasia Beverly Hills¬†section. I had one of their brow pencils before but then I saw that they had a¬†brow pomade¬†that I could apply with a brush. I tried a little in the store and I was sold. I bought the blonde color. I ended up going back to buy a new brush and this is so much easier for me to apply. I’m the same way with eyeliner. I can’t apply it with a pencil. I need to apply it with a brush because my hand is so unsteady. I am also looking to try a new eyeliner since I’m almost out so if you have any suggestions let me know!

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My next new product is something my sister told me about. I’ve had some weird issues with most lip products irritating my lips but I still wanted to try this. It’s the¬†Clinique Chubby Stick Lip Balm. I wanted to try all the colors but I have a hard time with that in stores where I know others have also tried it on their lips. I ended up buying the color Pudgy Peony and I really liked it! It is still very natural looking and was very moisturizing on my lips and didn’t irritate them at all. My sister has a couple that I tried and the Super Strawberry was great too.

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My last new product is the shampoo and conditioner by¬†DevaCurl. I already use their¬†Light Defining Gel¬†and I love it. Michelle’s sister, Annette, started using the shampoo and conditioner and gave me some to try. It smelled so good! It was a little weird because the shampoo doesn’t really lather but it still cleaned my hair just fine. My hair gets so tangled when I wash it and the conditioner actually helped a lot with it. I think it would help my waves if I used it consistently but I don’t wear my hair like that every day. I think I’m going to watch for Ulta to put it on sale and then I’ll buy it since it’s a little pricey. You can find the shampoo¬†here¬†and the conditioner¬†here.

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Let me know if you’ve tried any of these or if you have others I should try. I really do need eyeliner suggestions!

New Beauty Faves

Whenever I find new products, I’m always ranting and raving about it to everyone. I found a few that I wanted to talk to you guys about and hope you love them as much as I do!

I am, by no means, a makeup artist but I do love trying out new makeup every once in a while! Recently, I was at Ulta trying to buy a gift for someone else but how can you not shop around for yourself while you’re there? It’s incredibly hard not to.

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I’m a huge fan of Tarte Cosmetics so I thought I’d try their Amazonian Clay foundation. It has been so good! I’m shocked how well of a coverage it gives me with so little. It’s also such a good match to my skin that I was very pleasantly surprised. If you haven’t tried it, you¬†should. My shade is Tan Honey & you can get it from Ulta here.

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I had also heard a lot about Living Proof’s In-Shower Styler and I’m already a fan of their dry shampoo so I thought I’d try it. This stuff is so easy to use and it’s great! I just wash my hair like normal in the shower and then after I rinse out my conditioner, I massage and scrunch in some of the Styler, wait a little bit and then lightly rinse (you don’t want to rinse all of it out). It gives me some great waves and curls without doing much work. Try it out & tell me what you think! You can get it from Ulta here.

For Christmas last year, Steph got me a great oval makeup brush that I just starting using more often. I had never tried using these types of brushes before so at first when I got it, I wasn’t super impressed. But I started using it more often when I had time to spend on doing my makeup and I fell in love with it. It makes my foundation look so smooth and helps me cover up blemishes. You can get it from Amazon here. I definitely recommend having one of these brushes in your arsenal because it’s a game-changer.

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Just like I like trying on new foundations, I also love trying out liquid eyeliners. I’m always looking for a long-lasting eyeliner because I swear mine always rubs off. I stopped by Sephora at the mall the other day and found Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty line and thought I’d try out her eyeliner. This is quite possibly the greatest eyeliner I’ve found yet. It stays on SO WELL. It has stayed on through naps, the hot Utah summer, and has stayed on during those times when I’ve come home super late and fell asleep without taking my makeup off (I know, bad Michelle). I’m hooked. You guys have to try it for yourselves and tell me what you think! You can get it from Sephora here.

I can’t wait for you guys to try these products out! Let me know what you think!

How to store and organize your makeup

Morning, friends! I thought I would tell everyone how I store and organize my makeup. I am not a makeup guru so I don’t have tons of stuff like I’ve seen some people with but I’ve got the basics. I had a drawer to put my makeup in when we moved and I realized that I didn’t want to just throw everything into it and have stuff floating around unorganized. After unpacking, I realized I had an extra silverware holder because I had bought a bigger one. So I thought, I wonder if this would fit in the drawer and hold my stuff nicely? And it did!

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I’ve got my Naked palettes in the back of the drawer, a little section for my blush/bronzer/highlighter, all my lipsticks together, eyeshadows in another section and my tinted moisturizers and mascaras in another. I like it separated out because then I’m not digging through the drawer looking for something. Plus, this looks a lot cleaner.

I store my brushes in a little cup on my two-tiered lazy susan that holds most of my lotions. If I ever get to remodel this bathroom, I have big plans on how I want my bathroom vanity to be with the cabinets for optimal storage. I like not having much stuff on the counters so that would fix that problem but for now, this works great for me.

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I got my lazy susan at Target but I found a similar one on Amazon¬†here. Any cutlery tray would work to hold your makeup, but just make sure it’s a size that will fit in your drawer and what your makeup storage needs are.

If you want to put your makeup more on display on the counter, Target has some really cute makeup trays like¬†this¬†depending on how much makeup you have and the prices aren’t bad.

I hope you got some fun ideas on how you stored your makeup. Let me know if you have any ideas for me!

XOXO, Steph

What’s Really in my Bag?

I had an idea to do a post on what I carry in my bag and luckily for you guys, this wasn’t planned at all. I got the idea today when I was already at work so you could really see what I keep in there.

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Since it’s summer, I’ve been carrying around this Kate Spade crossbody and it’s served me well. I paired this bag up with my last outfit of the day featured here. I got this bag in my Stitch Fix box (start your fix for free here) but you can also get it from Macy’s here.

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This is everything I have in my bag at the moment! Just the essentials, obviously ūüėČ Besides the sunnies, makeup mirror, keys, and hair ties (absolutely necessary in the Utah heat), here’s a blurb about the other important things.

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You might recognize this wallet from our ode to Kate Spade post but I got this one from the surprise sale earlier this year. I haven’t been able to find it again but you can always shop her wallets on her website here.

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I think Steph talked about a Lanolips ointment in her top 10 beauty products post but this one is a little different. This one literally smells like lemons and it completely soothes dry lips. I always have dry lips so I have to keep something around. I’ve been using this one for a bit and it’s great. I bought mine from Anthropologie when I was in store but you can get it on their website here.

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Last night, I gave myself a pretty nice pedicure; everything but the polish. So I picked this Cute as a Button color because I love bright toes in the summer and threw it in my purse to paint real quick. You can get this color wherever Essie colors are sold but just in case you’re not sure, you can get it online at Target here.

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Last but not least, this is my newest Kylie Cosmetics lipstick. This one is Bunny and it’s part of Khloe Kardashian’s collection with her sister’s line. It’s such a pretty color! It’s like a lavender mauve. You can get it here.

I’m glad my purse was pretty clean because normally, I have receipts everywhere and random candy like an 80-year-old. What do you have in your bag?

Steph’s Nighttime Skincare Routine

I thought since I had posted my morning skincare routine, I should post my nighttime routine! You can find my morning routine here.

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I start off washing my face with this¬†Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser. I’ll be honest, shut your eyes real tight because it burns if you get it in your eyes! I’ve learned from experience. I love this because it seems to take my makeup off really well so I don’t usually have to use a makeup remover too.

After that, I use a cotton ball to put some of this¬†Clarifying Lotion¬†on my face. I use number two because I feel like my face is a combination of oily and dry skin. I’ve used this for years and loved it.

I put this¬†Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum¬†on my face. I started using this when I decided to look into anti-aging products and this was one of the top rated ones I found. It has a five-star rating out of 5,600 reviews on Nordstrom’s website! I have a hard time not going crazy on anti-aging stuff because I feel like it’s good to start early in life before I start seeing all the signs of aging. But sometimes a girl has to be on a budget.

I like to let the serum soak in for a minute before I put on some¬†Cetaphil lotion. I like to put on something a little heavier at night. I think it’s too greasy for my face for in the morning. I’m still on the hunt for a good night cream. I haven’t found anything that wowed me. Anyone have any suggestions?

Lastly, I put on my All About Eyes eye cream. I use this in the morning and at night. I already seem to have dark circles and my eyes can be puffy in the morning so I like using this often. I really like trying out new eye creams from samples and stuff like that.

I realized a lot of my stuff is Clinique and it’s funny because I try new things for a little bit but then I go right back to the Clinique for most things. They are just so great with skincare.

Let me know what you think or if you have anything I must try!

P.S. Did you see the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale started if you have early access? I’m about to go find my favorite items and Michelle and I will have a post coming soon about it! It’s one of the best times of the year for shopping!

Beach Waves

My hair has a little bit of a wave to it so I thought I would post how I style it into some beachy waves. When I posted about my Top 10 Beauty Products, I mentioned how this gel was one of my favorites. I will walk you through step by step how I style my hair with it. Please excuse my very awkward selfies!

My hair gets so tangled when I wash it and for years, I would comb it out in the shower with conditioner in it and the girl who does my hair finally convinced me to stop. When I style my hair wavy, I still brush it out in the shower because I don’t brush it when I get out. I use this¬†Tangle Teezer¬†and it brushes my hair out pretty easily with conditioner in it. I think a¬†Wet Brush¬†would work as well but I like to leave the Tangle Teezer in the shower and it’s all plastic so it doesn’t get gross.

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A lot of people suggest not to put your hair up in a towel when you get out of the shower but I still do. I like to moisturize my face before I do my hair so this is easier. When I take my hair out of the towel, I don’t comb it or even part it. I let it do its own thing.

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Then I tip my head over in the shower and take a squirt bottle of water and spray it all down to the point where it’s almost dripping. I’ll usually take my towel and kind of scrunch it and soak some water up.

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At this point, I put the DevaCurl gel in my hair and I keep scrunching my hair up as I go. My hair dryer has a diffuser on it and I put my dryer on low and start drying my hair.

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I don’t usually dry my hair all the way, especially in the summer. I will usually use the diffuser all over until my hair is just slightly damp and then I let the rest air dry. I usually like the way it looks when it’s completely dry.

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The picture above is it mostly dry. The picture below is a few hours later when I snagged Michelle at work to take a picture of the back for me.

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I don’t know what it is but I swear with this hair, day 2 is not greasy at all compared to when my hair is straightened. Michelle’s sister, Annette, has been trying out the DevaCurl shampoo and conditioner and she has been loving it. I love these products because they really help someone with even a little natural wave. I’ve even used it on vacations when I have no hair dryer with me and just put some product in my hair and let it air dry. Comment below if you’ve tried out any DevaCurl products!