Posts Tagged ‘repair’




Last year I shared my MultiMasking 101 Tutorial with you and today I want to show you how to get even more out of both of your serum and your sheet masks. Both are incredibly powerful skincare tools on their own, but paired together the right way and you will be emailing me about how plump and radiant your skin is! There really is nothing like it unless you spend an hour getting a facial at the spa. So the next time you have a first date or a big event where you really want to shine, spend ten minutes spoiling your skin and bringing it back to life with this technique. After five minutes wearing a sheet mask, lift it up and apply a face serum, then re-cover your face with the sheet and let it double-penetrate for another five minutes. The power of the two  together at the right moment is pure magic. Here’s how:



  • Peptide — I personally use this Hydropeptide Serum ($$$) twice a day, every day. I don’t use it on my clients because I don’t see them regularly enough for it to work its magic.
  • Anti-Aging — I love this one ($$) because it has retinol in it.
  • Anti-Acne — This one ($) really tackles unhappy skin, calms it down and clears it up.


  1. Open up the sheet mask and lay it over your face as demonstrated above.
  2. Rest for 5 minutes and let it do its job.
  3. Lift the sheet and fold it gently across the top half of your forehead.
  4. Pump your favorite serum onto your fingers and rub them together with your other hand.
  5. Apply the serum all over the face and neck in a gentle patting motion.
  6. Unfold the sheet from your forehead and cover your face again.
  7. Rest for another 5 minutes then remove the sheet. Pat any excess serum into the skin.

Oh and this is the Joan Crawford Needlepoint Pillow!


Photos: Kristin Ess Post: Kristin Ess + Amy Nadine (Post sponsored by Vidal Sassoon Pro Series)

Fifty years ago, Vidal Sassoon believed that ‘every woman should have great hair’.  Before him, hairstyles were beautiful but often stiff, piled on top of the head + required a lot of maintenance. In celebration of such an icon in our industry, we’ve created three Sassoon-inspired looks for you to vote on! The look that gets the most votes will be broken down into a step-by-step TBD-style tutorial using Vidal Sassoon Pro-Series styling products. Voting ends at midnight PST on Thursday May 2nd. We can’t to see which look is your favorite!

Look 1- Sleek + Shiny: A tutorial on how to flat iron the right way. We’ll show you how to get sleek, straight, shiny hair using Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Crème Color Gloss, Heat Protectant Spray and a flat iron.

Look 2- Short + Soft: A tutorial on how to get various textures on short hair using Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Foaming Air Mousse. We’ll also give you the details on how to restore moisture to hair that feels dry from over-styling, coloring or bleaching by using Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Combing Crème for intense moisture.

Look 3- Natural Volume + Texture: This will be a tutorial on getting natural looking fullness and texture using Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Foaming Air Mousse, Repair & Finish Spray and your blow dryer. No curling iron required!



photos:  post designed by kristin ess


Ladies, let’s be extra nice to our hair this weekend. It’s exhausted! This is my absolute favorite do-it-yourself home hair mask and it’s SO simple! Read carefully because it includes a couple of very important steps for making it work properly.

You’ll need: a bowl, an electric mixer/beater, ripe avocado, 2 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil, a clip (any kind: claw clip, sectioning clip, anything to hold your hair up!), shower cap + a blow dryer.

  • in a bowl, mix half of a ripe avocado (smashed) and 2 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil (double the recipe for long or thick hair).
  • using your electric mixer/beater, whip the two ingredients together until they reach a creamy consistency.
  • take the bowl into the shower with you for an easier, less messy application.
  • shampoo hair well, ring out excess water, then apply the mask all over. if you have fine/flat hair, skip the roots and only do middle to ends. clip it up and cover it with the shower cap.
  • jump out of the shower and warm the treatment up with your blow dryer on a low heat setting for about one minute. heat will allow the treatment to soak in much further than it would without. try to leave it on for as long as you can. anywhere from 5 minutes-30 minutes is perfect.
  • jump back in the shower and rinse thoroughly. condition as usual with your regular conditioner.

Alternatives: If you don’t have an electric mixer, just mash the avocado up well with a fork or the back of a spoon. Add your olive oil and then manually whisk for a full minute or until it becomes creamy. If you can’t make time to get out of the shower to warm the treatment up with a blow dryer, just clip the mask up in the shower with no cap and the steam will help it soak in.

Also– feel free to add a drop or two of fragrant essential oil! Jasmine, lavender, eucalyptus, chamomile, anything. Your hair will soak up the scent as well!