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FAVORITE TYPES OF FLAT IRONS

Kristin Ess

There are about a gazillion flat irons on the market. Every time I go to a beauty supply I’m baffled at the number of flat irons with crazy features that have been introduced in the last few years. Today, I thought we would go over the only four flat irons that you could ever possibly need (no matter what your budget). We’ve also been asked about our must-have irons in regards to THIS post.

  1. The Beveled Iron: GHD – This has quickly become one of my favorite flat irons. The reason is, I use it to get those gorgeous, natural, beachy looking flat iron waves. It has a curved edge which is how I get those subtle dips and bends without it looking like I used a curling iron. This might replace the curling iron for me… at least for the whole summer.  (Link to my favorite one HERE)
  2. The Slickest: Croc –  This is my go to flat iron for really straightening hair. No matter what your natural texture is, it gives you the shiniest, smoothest, silkiest finish. I also use this for keratin treatments because it glides through so easily. (Link to my favorite one HERE)
  3. The Cheapest: Remington Pearl – In my opinion, this is one of the best flatirons on the market for someone on a budget. You don’t typically see this kind of shiny finish to the hair with a less expensive iron. Even though it’s budget friendly, it definitely competes with some of the more expensive irons out there. (Link to my favorite one HERE)
  4. The Tiniest:  Conair Mini – I love this for girls on the go. It’s so tiny and great for touch-ups after work before a hot date because it fits perfectly in your purse. Also great for anyone with bangs that need straightening, as larger irons can make that task a bit more difficult. (Link to my favorite one HERE)

So now that you know our favorites, it’s only fair that we know yours! Any specific brands/models that we just have to know about? We want details! Leave us a comment below!

 

ON THE LIST

post by Kristin Ess graphic design by Eunice Chun

  1. GOLD FEATHER HAIR CLIP – Lately we’ve been so into the half up/half down do’s and this gorgeous gold feather gives us even more of a reason to keep that obsession going. Also, here is a much less expensive DIY version made from gold leather!
  2. LEATHER LIPS MAKEUP POUCH – Can you actually have too many makeup pouches? The answer is no.
  3. ORIBE MOUSSES – Just when you think Oribe products couldn’t be any more perfect, this happens. He recently launched 3 new mousses– one is volumizing, one is for enhancing natural curls and one is for beachy hair. Anything Oribe says about beach hair we will listen to as you may know we’re obsessed with his Apres Beach spray.
  4. AMERICAN APPAREL SHEER POLISHES – Look at this gorgeousness of these sheer polishes. These have been around for a while, but we’re really obsessed with the layering technique as we fade from summer to fall.
  5. HARRY JOSH BLOWDRYER – One of the things that bothers me the most about blowdryers is how “utilitarian” they look in your sparkly bathroom. Not only is this dryer equipped to dry your hair 60% faster than other dryers, but it’s CUTE as a button with it’s matte mint exterior and handmade. It’s an investment but it seems like it will stand the test of time. Save your dollars for this gem.
  6. GHD PRETTY PASTEL FLAT IRON – Speaking of pretty pastel hair tools, GHD has created a new batch (limited edition) of my favorite flat iron inspired by retro candy shoppe colors. I love my black one for the salon and my kit but if I were going to get one for my bathroom at home I’d definitely grab this one.
  7. COLLECTION OF EYELINERS – Sometimes Sephora just gets it! In this box, they’ve compliled their most popular eyeliners. This is a dream gift for anyone who wants to learn the classic cat eye or anyone on a mission to figure out which liner is best for a smoky eye. They’ve put every option in this box and it couldn’t be cooler (or cheaper at $30!!)
  8. NAIL DECALS – If you’re bored with the intricate painting of nail art, no sweat! Try these cute little nail decals by Sara M. Lyons! She’s on Etsy and creates wayyyy too many fun decals to count.
  9. BUNNY MIRROR – Just a sucker for a white rabbit.

SPLURGE OR STEAL!

photo: nicholas moore

The holidays are here and that means it’s time to take chances with fashion and makeup! You can’t waste studded heels or a beaded dress with boring everyday makeup… you gotta step it up! Because I live for makeup (and the holidays), every late November I go from counter to counter at the department stores then up and down every aisle at the drug and specialty stores and play with every holiday palette and shade like a kid in a candy store. So without further ado, here are my favorites in each category to help you sparkle at your holiday parties this month:

FACE
Splurge: Hourglass Illusion Tinted Moisturizer – I’ve never been a fan of tinted moisturizers as they go way too shiny on my clients and me, but this one is a game changer with the perfect amount of coverage and most importantly, glow.
Steal: Covergirl NatureLuxe Silk Foundation — This natural foundation gives great coverage while feeling like a lightweight mousse that disappears when you put it on (along with your imperfections!), because when you’re rocking a red lip and sequins, you don’t want anyone to notice you’re wearing foundation.

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SHOP TIL YOU DROP 2011

photo + design by kristin ess

We’re getting pretty flooded with emails about your upcoming holiday wish lists. We thought we’d help out by making a long list with some of our personal favorites. We’ve also saved you the time of hunting by including the links. Hopefully this will come in very handy for this week of heavy shopping! Or perhaps you should just accidentally leave this list lying around for a particular someone to stumble upon… xo

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