My First Time at DryBar

My sister was in town visiting from Wyoming and on a whim, I asked her if she’d want to check out the new Drybar in town before the Miranda Lambert concert we were planning to go to last Saturday night. Both of us thought a little pampering sounded fun and relaxing, so I booked an appointment online and was super excited to try them out.

If you’ve never head of Drybar before, it’s a salon that specializes in blowouts – no cuts or color, just style. They’ve been around for a while in bigger markets but are starting to expand to medium size cities and just opened their Indianapolis location near the Fashion Mall, so it’s in a great location for a girls weekend.

The salon itself is very clean looking with lots of lighting and mirrors so you’re able to see exactly what’s going on. When we first got there, we met our stylists, then went over our hair type, the products they use and selected a style. I chose the Mai Tai, which is beachy waves. Since we were going to a concert and it was very hot and humid, I picked a style that I thought would hold up well in those conditions.

Then it was time for a wash! That was really relaxing, especially since you get a mini head massage while your hair is being washed and conditioned.

It was back to the chair after that for their unique drying/styling process. Drybar stylists actually curl your hair while they are drying, using a round brush and some wrist techniques that I’d love to learn at home. It was really fun to watch and your hair looks so pretty even before they get to the styling portion of your appointment.

My stylist used large rollers to set the blow dry style before using a flat iron to give me the beachy waves. Then as an extra bit of flare, I got a dutch braid on the side where my bangs are growing out.

Both our styles turned out so cute and I can’t wait to go back some other time! Thank you to Drybar for making our girls weekend that much more fun 🙂

Summer Beauty Must Haves

We’re still a few weeks away from the official start of summer, but here in Indiana, temps have been in the upper 80s for the past week. So even if the calendar still says spring, it sure feels more like summer to me.

I’ve rounded up some of my summer beauty must-haves. These are my favorite products at the moment!

Urban Decay Beached Eye Shadow Palette

Beautifully pigmented eye colors that remind you of sand, sun and surf! I picked this up at Ulta recently because I had a 20% off coupon and I’ve been loving the change from more neutral colors to the pops of color in this palette. Urban Decay have the best eye shadow palettes and are worth a splurge every once in a while.

Bare Minerals Statement Matte Liquid Lip Color

I usually don’t wear a bold lip color but I got a free full size sample of the matte liquid lip color in OMG from Bare Minerals and I am LOVING the bright, dark pink color with my skin tone. It screams warmer weather and it’s long lasting.

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Not Your Mother’s Double Take Dry Finish Texture Spray

This smells so good and works great to give your curls some volume. I purchased this as an alternative to the Not Your Mother’s Sea Salt Spray, which I also love to use to create loose, beachy waves in the summer.

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This is a refreshing primer that I probably wouldn’t have picked up on my own. I got a sample with some other products I purchased last summer and it’s a really nice product to use under your BB cream or foundation. It’s not oily and dries fast. It’s not a winter product for me as my skin dries out easily and needs more than this to help moisturize during those months but it’s great for summer when my skin isn’t as dry.

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I picked this up last summer too because my face is so shiny by the end of the day that I was looking for something that would help combat it. This pretty much does the trick! A tip for you oily ladies – I spray a couple layers on. One under my foundation and one over. I think that helps extend the product and keeps me from getting so shiny.

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What products are you loving for summer? Let me know in the comments below!