My Favorite Tools: The DYSON Supersonic Blowdryer


I'll be totally honest with you. I don't blow dry my hair. Like, ever. Maybe twice a year when my good friend Eddie Cook, colorist at Mare Salon in Beverly Hills, graces me with new hand painted golden hues I get his bombshell blowout which lasts all week. But, in order to get my signature waves I have to air-dry my locks. As most of you know, my job is to whip up today's hottest trends in hair styles and I was curious about the DYSON Supersonic hairdryer since it's launch. 

For the sticker price of $399, the thing should reduce wrinkles and restore 20/20 eyesight in the bargain. And since I’m a saver, not a spender, I had to chat with a DYSON representative about getting a Pro discount. My criteria for this review? Time saved, ease of use, and the look and feel of the final product.

What I noticed first was the sleek, exxxxtremely lightweight body of the DYSON Supersonic. I remember my mouth dropped and an audible "Whoooooaaaaa!!!" came   out immediately after. I still love the design and I receive so many compliments on set when it's on my station. Did you know there's been no real new innovations in blowdryer technology in over 60 years?! Most dryers are HUGE because they need the space to fit their archaic oversized motors. DYSON not only shrunk their dryer by plenty, but it truly made it supersonic. How, you ask? This is because it is powered by a microprocessor and Dyson’s V9 digital motor. Combined with the air multiplier technology, it allows the high-velocity jet of air exits the amplified, tripling airflow and produces up to 110,000 revolutions per minute. The unit has 13 blades that are 27mm wide. All of this combined allows itself to be classified as ultrasonic.


Second, the ease of use is second to none. There are 4 buttons on the handle. One for the on/off function. Another for the cool shot which smooths hair cuticles to a glossy finish. The third and fourth buttons are to choose your fan speed and heat levels. The air jet, while extremely powerful at max speed and heat, still intuitively knows to protect your hair. WHOAAAA!  A glass bead thermometer measures the temperature 20 times per second and transmits the information to the microprocessor, which in turn controls the double-stacked heating element. I know! If your hair is very dry, this is quite a serious thing to take into consideration because heat damage is very real and does upset already dry or damaged hair.

I'd also have to include that the Supersonic comes with 3 different attachments that are magnetic which makes putting it on and off easy breezy. There are 2 nozzle concentrators of different sizes and a diffuser for those who prefer a more natural, textured/wavy blow-dry. My blowdryer also has an incredibly long power-cord, making it a total breeze to attach to your outlet. Plus, it's quiet! Who can beat that?

I’ve added in all the technical information because I think this gadget really is one for those who love all the techie stuff. Let’s face it, any hair dryer will dry your hair eventually, so the DYSON is going to appeal to those who like the streamlined look and all the current technologies.

Back to the matter of $399. Well, it’s first generation of its kind and that always means beginning at the top end. My personal feeling is that if DYSON tried to take this back from me, I would be prepared to wrestle quite hard with them! The Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer would have to be a very considered purchase for most of us, but then, so were flat screen TVs back in the day and most of us have them now. Maybe knowing that the company offers a 2 year warranty and free return shipping would entice you even more. I have a feeling you'll own this dryer for the next decade to come.

Working With Stitch Fix


Can I just tell you right now how much I LOVE working at the STITCH FIX studio headquarters! First off, I just love jet setting for work, even though it's a quick 45 minute flight to their base in San Francisco from Los Angeles. Secondly, the production team I work with regularly there is quickly becoming my second family. I love each and every person that I've met at Stitch Fix, including my favorite partner in crime, Dominique Lerma who also travels from Los Angeles. While I focus on attaining fresh, natural, and dewey makeup looks on the models, Dominique is concentrating on natural and easy hairstyles for the campaigns we work on. Stitch Fix has such a refreshing backstory, I'd love to share it with you.

Stitch Fix is an online styling service that delivers a truly personalized shopping experience, just for you. Fill out your Style Profile and a personal stylist will hand pick pieces to fit your tastes, needs and budget—and mail them directly to your door. Each box contains five items of clothing, shoes and accessories for you to try on at home. Keep what you love, send the rest back in a prepaid USPS envelope. Shipping and returns are free—even for exchanges!

The Stitch Fix experience is not merely curated, it’s truly personalized to your taste, budget and lifestyle. Stylists handpick a selection of five items just for you. In fact, no two clients have ever received the same selection of items.

Stitch Fix makes shopping not just convenient, but effortless. Like other online retailers, Stitch Fix saves you a trip to the store by shipping items directly to you. Our personal stylists also save you the time and trouble of selecting clothing and accessories. Many of our clients enjoy the ease and convenience of automatically scheduled shipments that arrive at a frequency of their choosing.

Now, here are my top secret skin weapons that I'd love to share with my trusted fans. First, I always recommend visiting Skin Laundry every 2 weeks to get a deep clean laser treatment that leaves your skin supple, toned, radiant and helps to reduce wrinkles (bonus!). Book your appointment now and let them know I sent you - you'll receive your first session FREE. Personally, I go visit my local Skin Laundry every 2 weeks to dramatically improve my skin over time and to diminish the size of my pores and firm my skin. Secondly, having the best products to create that dewey glow is easy. Check out my favorites below!


Dry, rough skin of any age gets indulgent moisture with this intensively nourishing, deeply hydrating cream. It’s a unique, ultra-rich whole-body cream that deeply hydrates, restores and protects your skin. Stubborn dryness on your elbows, hands and feet are moisturized and conditioned with the essential fatty acids and vitamin E in our organic sunflower seed oil. Organic pansy is known for its mild antiseptic properties that calm dry irritation. Soothing rosemary leaf extract’s mild antiseptic properties and the anti-inflammatory properties of organic calendula flower extract gently nourish and care for your skin. Deeply moisturized and protected, your skin looks soft and supple with a healthy glow. It’s your recommended daily allowance of radiance, and it’s just what you and your skin are craving. 

I apply a chickpea size amount straight from the tube onto the pads of my fingers and rub it in until it turns into an oil-like consistency. I then apply it onto the model's face, neck, and collar bone in gentle upstrokes until their skin is thoroughly saturated. I allow the Skin Food to sink in about 2-3 minutes before moving on to the next step. You can find WELEDA Skin Food online here or at most Whole Foods Markets in the beauty aisle.

This genius Mini Miracle Eye Wand is the antidote to tired, dull and exhausted under-eyes. It is the perfect 5 actions in 1 Miracle Wand for everyone – because the whole world is tired! When you are tired the color drains from your face making you appear more sallow, grey with dark circles around your eyes. Mini Miracle Eye Wand creates the appearance of 8 hours sleep in two clicks by expertly covering dark circles and lines, smoothing out bags or hollows, brightening the eye contour and hydrating the skin’s surface for a dewy, luminous finish. You can find this Eye Wand at most Nordstrom stores or online here. Just look at all the benefits from this easy 2-Click wand!

CLICK 1: The hydrating Eye Cream is enriched with specially-tailored under-eye agents that make the skin feel firmer and tauter: 

  • Hyaluronic Acid boosts moisture-levels in the eye contour. Delicate skin feels plumped and rejuvenated.
  • Bio Extract of Salicornia reduces loss of water and stimulates the production of natural moisturizers in the skin
  • Cyclodextrins smooth the eye dome for a youth-boosting effect
  • Rice Proteins fight against the signs of ageing and fatigue, reducing the appearance bags under the eyes and inhibiting fat production as well as invigorating the skin

CLICK 2: Inspired by photographer’s silver light reflector the light-weight ultra-brilliant light reflector is packed with “a million lights” micro-particles that brighten shadows, conceal discoloration and diffuse the appearance of under-eye hollows.

  • “A million lights” light-reflecting micro-particles diffuse light from the surface of the skin, soft-focusing imperfections and illuminates shadowy dark circles for a youthful contour
  • Fine-coated Mother-Of-Pearl brings radiance to the skin and color-corrects discoloration by neutralizing pink, blue and brown undertones
  • Polypeptides work to minimize the appearance of dark circles with every use.
  • Silky elastomers cover the surface of the eye bag and smooth over wrinkles

How do I use this wand, you ask? Super duper easy - I break it down into 2 clicks:

  • CLICK ONE: Apply the hydrating and lifting Eye Cream directly from the nib onto the under-eye area and tap the product into the skin very gently. 
  • CLICK TWO: Over your foundation, use the illuminating under-eye Light Reflector to brighten the eye. Apply it directly to the under-eye, dark circles and in the socket and use your ring finger to gently pat the product onto the skin.

The texture of a balm offers a the feel of a second skin. This soft, light, and delicate melt-in texture glides on to fuse with the curves of the face. It contains no greasy oil, but rather an exclusive selection of volatile components that vanish on application, leaving an imperceptible veil. The complexion is smoothed and perfectly even for up to 12 hours. The Light and Blur Complex with diamond powder visibly erases all imperfections and fine lines, giving the skin a look of pure and natural radiance. The complexion is lightly corrected, with a lightweight feeling which is why it's one of my top favorite skin products to bring with me on set. You can find this Balm at Barney's New York or Sephora online.

Givenchy laboratories have developed an original synergy of skincare ingredients to guarantee optimal comfort and skin protection.Hydro magnets work to capture and keep water molecules and preserve skin’s optimal moisture level. Vitamin E and a Jasmine Flower extract help offer the skin antioxidant defenses, protecting from daily aggressors. Skin is also safeguarded by sun filters that address the signs of photo-aging. This formula is made without the use of parabens.

To use this blurring balm, I apply a small amount to the back of my opposite hand and sometimes  use a foundation brush, my finger pads, or a Beauty Blender to apply. The skin looks amazing instantly although could be layered for more coverage if needed in certain areas. 

For just a hint of color and moisture I absolutely love having BURT'S BEES with me on set at Stitchfix for that natural pout. The Botanical Waxes in these softly tinted balms will take your lips to lovely in one pretty swipe. They also come in a range of 6 naturally flattering shades, and I recommend owning ALL of them because they're each so beautiful and silky. I even collect the shimmer shades as well which add a great highlight by themselves or layered on top of your favorite lip stick. The light mint flavor is an added bonus. I find mine at Whole Foods Market but you can purchase them online here

I hope you have some time to check out the Stitchfix website and perhaps I've even inspired you to create a style profile with them. If anything, these 4 magical beauty products will give you that refreshing glow at any time. I'd love to hear from you about your experiences with them. Until next time!

My Favorite Things: In The Shower


Did you know bath and shower products have become a growing business in the United States, grossing over $50 billion a year? From the current trends in advertising for personal care - the enticing aromatic smells coming from exotic unknown sources, to the revitalizing scrubbing power of your favorite bath scrub, to the relaxing hot soak in your tub -  have you ever taken a moment to glimpse at the labels of your luxurious fragrantly silky soaps and gels that promise you'll be smelling great all day?

Do you really KNOW what the ingredients are in the products you're slathering all over your body? If I were to tell you that some products contain known carcinogens. immune and endocrine-disruptors, and toxic substances which can lead to fetal development risks, mucous membrane issues, lung irritations, eye irritations, and allergies. Some effects aren't even apparent until years after initial exposure. The top 7 questionable ingredients to avoid in your cleansing products are:

  • Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate (SLS/SLES)

    Sodium lauryl sulfate is a surfactant, detergent, and emulsifier used in thousands of cosmetic products, as well as in industrial cleaners. Present in nearly all shampoos, toothpastes, body washes, and cleansers, liquid hand soaps, laundry detergents, and bath oils and bath salts.

    Although SLS originates from coconuts, the manufacturing process results in SLES/SLS being contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, a carcinogenic byproduct.

    SLS is the sodium salt of lauryl sulfate, and is rated by the Environmental Working Group's (EWG) Skin Deep Cosmetics Database as a "moderate hazard."

    SLS breaks down the skin's moisture barrier, easily penetrates the skin, and allows other chemicals to penetrate by increasing skin permeability by approximately 100-fold.

    Combined with other chemicals, SLS becomes a "nitrosamine," a potent class of carcinogen.

    Research studies have linked SLS to skin and eye irritation, organ toxicity, reproductive and developmental toxicity and endocrine disruption.

  • Dioxane

    Common in a wide range of products as part of PEG, Polysorbates, Laureth, and ethoxylated alcohols. These compounds are usually contaminated with high concentrations of highly volatile 1,4-dioxane which is easily absorbed through the skin.

    This "probable carcinogen to humans" substance has received a "high hazard" rating from EWG's Skin Deep and is especially toxic to your brain, central nervous system, kidneys, and liver.

    A synthetic derivative of coconut, watch for misleading language on labels, stating "comes from coconut."

    Avoid any product with indications of ethoxylation, which include: "myreth," "oleth," "laureth," "ceteareth," any other "eth," "PEG," "polyethylene," "polyethylene glycol," "polyoxyethylene," or "oxynol," in ingredient names.

  • Parabens

    Widely used as preservatives in an estimated 13,200 cosmetic and skin care products.

    Parabens have hormone-disrupting qualities, mimicking estrogen, and interfere with the body's endocrine system. Studies have shown that parabens can affect your body much like estrogens, which can lead to diminished muscle mass, extra fat storage, and male breast growth.

    The EPA has linked methyl parabens in particular to metabolic, developmental, hormonal, and neurological disorders.

  • Propylene glycol

    A common ingredient in personal care products, it's been shown to cause dermatitis, kidney or liver abnormalities, and may inhibit skin cell growth or cause skin irritation.

  • Diethanolamine or DEA 

    DEA readily reacts with nitrite preservatives and contaminants to create nitrosodiethanolamine (NDEA), a known and potent carcinogen.

DEA also appears to block absorption of the nutrient choline, vital to brain development.

  • Fragrance

    Toluene, made from petroleum or coal tar, is found in most synthetic fragrances. Chronic exposure is linked to anemia, lowered blood cell count, liver or kidney damage, and may affect a developing fetus.

  • Triclosan

    The antibacterial agent added to many liquid hand soaps to help kill germs. Triclosan is suspected of contributing to the growing problem of antibiotic resistance.

    When triclosan mixes with the chlorine in your tap water, chloroform is formed, which the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has classified as a probable human carcinogen.

    And when combined with other disinfection byproducts (DBPs) in your tap water, this chloroform can raise the concentration of dangerous trihalomethanes (THMs) above the EPA's maximum allowable amount.

    Trihalomethanes (THMs) are Cancer Group B carcinogens, meaning they've been shown to cause cancer in laboratory animals. Disinfection byproducts (DPBs) have also been linked to reproductive problems in both animals and humans.

So, let me ask you… do you really want to put triclosan, SLS, parabens, dioxane, DEA, toluene, synthetic fragrances, and propylene glycol (along with other chemicals we haven't even talked about here) on your skin?

In my opinion, you're better off switching to skin care products made of plant names you recognize, can pronounce, and could even eat (if you had to). If you're curious about what the Environmental Working Group (EWG) scores your current household shower products and if they're considered safe, please visit their website. If you are considering switching products, please remember to keep the environment in mind and squeeze out any liquids, gels, creams out of the original container into your garbage can. Don't forget to recycle the glass or plastic container it came in!

As a long time hairdresser you can imagine my shower over the years. To be honest, in the past I was a product hoarder. I probably had 4 shampoos, 4 conditioners, 2 hair treatment masks, 2 body scrubs, shaving cream, face scrub, face wash, and a face mask! Truthfully, looking at that long list makes me cringe now. Working at hair salons afforded me a nice discount so I would purchase hair product often, even if I didn't need it. I convinced myself I wanted to try a new smell or treat a certain hair condition like dryness (or ironically oiliness). I also convinced myself I should purchase all of that so I can experience everything our salon sold and in turn, would allow me to give better recommendations to my client. I was my own guinea pig! With so many shower goodies, I sometimes couldn't even finish a product before it expired, feeling guilty tossing it before I had a chance to use it all.

Over the last 2 years I have become increasingly cautious of what products are used in my household, and make contact with my skin.  When I realized how many jars, containers, and tubs I was tossing into the garbage or recycling bin every month I became worried that I was leaving too heavy a carbon footprint. I was really excited to find the Skin Deep website which allows me to verify ingredients to make a smarter purchase. I also really just came to the conclusion that it doesn't bring me joy to have a million cleansers in my shower. I save so much time by just having simple, clear, and safe options on my shower rack. Now, let me tell you all about my favorites.


I adore NEW WASH! I've been using this revolutionary hair cleanser for almost 2 years now and would give it a raving 5 stars (out of 5) on my Favorite meter. What I cherish about it most is that it acts as a natural cleanser, conditioner, detangler, and repairing treatment all in one! You'll never guess this but I also shave my legs with it, too! It's really a miracle shower saver. No one believes me when I tell them I have 3 products in my shower and one of them does 80% of the work for me. The clean, refillable, and recyclable packaging helps tidy up my shower space, helps my bleach damaged hair to feel soft, manageable, frees my hair of tangles, and it even stops my itchy scalp (which I learned was a previous allergy to toxic chemicals in my old shampoos).

New Wash Ingredients
Cleansing: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil. Conditioning: Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Stearyl Alcohol, Dicetyldimonium Chloride, Equisetum Hiemale Extract, Behentrimonium Methosulfate. Other: Keratin and Hydrolyzed Keratin, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Menthyl Lactate. Other Non-key: Gluconolactone, Panthenol, Sodium Benzoate, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract5, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract5, Isopropyl Alcohol, Citric Acid4, Ceteareth-20, Trisodium HEDTA2, Calcium Gluconate2, Phenoxyethanol2, Tocopherol2, Cetearyl Alcohol, Alcohol6. Fragrance: Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Leaf Oil1, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood ) Wood Oil1, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil1, Myroxylon Pereirae (Balsam Peru) Oil1, Guaiacum Officinale Wood Oil1, Pelargonium Graveolens Oil1, Citronellol3, Geraniol3, Linalool3. 

1 Essential Oil in Fragrance | 2 Incidental Ingredient
3 EU Allergen | 4 pH Adjust Ingredient
5 CertifiedOrganic | 6 Certified Organic & Incidental

You can purchase Hairstory New Wash on my website 24/7. I highly recommend trying out the 8 oz size first. The best way to use New Wash as a hair cleanser is to wet hair and vigorously rub debris from your hair in a downwards motion as the water is running down it. Pump a suitable enough amount to cover your hair. For me, that's 10-13 pumps using the 8 oz bottle. I know that seems like an absurd amount but the folks at Hairstory manufactured their packaging using the very best pump to allow for an easier, clog-free distribution of New Wash. Therefore, only a teeny tiny bit comes out each pump. I switched to the Fan size immediately after which offers a larger stainless steel container and a refillable pouch of New Wash; I use about 1-2 pumps with this option. Back to the cleansing! Ok, 1) wet your hair, 2) vigorously rinse the debris from your hair in a downward motion using the flow of the water, 3) apply New Wash to hair by sectioning it into your temples, crown, nape, and then ends just like it was conditioner and rub it in like crazy, 4) distribute product evenly through your hair and detangle using a bamboo wide-tooth comb, 5) let sit for one minute (Seriously, just let it soak in. It needs this time to do it's mighty work), and 6) lastly, rinse under water using opening up hair in sections and using your hands to really work the product out of your hair. For those lazy rinsers, you're going to get bad results so give yourself a bicep workout and really scrub this stuff out being careful to not tangle your hair up. It's also a great way to circulate blood to nourish your follicles and scalp. 

Hairstory New Wash is even gentle enough to use as a full-body cleanser and a shaving cream. This new radical cleanser really does it all! I hope you give it a try and let me know what you think.


This Charcoal Cleansing Bar detoxifies and absorbs impurities in your skin without drying it out, resulting in a smoother, brighter complexion. Made with antioxidant-rich, organic green tea and hydrating organic coconut oil, the gentle formula can be used daily on your face and body. I absolutely love the fact that I no longer need one item in the shower for my face and one item for my body - this face and body cleanser keeps me tidy in the shower and fulfills 2 major cleansing and nourishing needs.

At Beautycounter, they're committed to a health and safety standard that goes well beyond what’s required by U.S. law. They've banned the use of more than 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals through their"Never List”—all while ensuring our products perform and that they’re as indulgent as any other luxe shampoo, lipstick, or oil in the market.

Although, I haven't tried their other products yet, I can attest this soap is safe for all skin types and is even better for acne-prone types as well. I personally have combination skin - my cheeks are dull and dry and my forehead and chin can be oily, where as most of my body is normal with my legs being sometimes dry and flakey. This bar suits all my skin needs. The smell is really gentle and my skin comes looks like its glowing and moisturized. My favorite part about Beauty Counter's cleansing bar is that it is EWG verified which means it's super safe for your body and your home. Let's look at the clean ingredient list:


Sodium Rapeseedate,  Sodium Cocoate,  Aqua/Water/Eau,  Glycerin,  Charcoal Powder,  Sodium Citrate,  Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water*,  Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil*,  Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil,  Alcohol*,  Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract*,  Tocopherol (Vitamin E). 



Just like the skin cells on your face, the cells on your body regularly shed to reveal new, healthier skin underneath. That turnover process slows as we get older; to give it a nudge, reach for a body scrub. A scrub works in a few ways: As you massage it over your body, the exfoliating granules help to slough off dead skin, and the rubbing action itself boosts circulation and helps drain your lymph nodes, by increasing blood flow to the skin’s surface. Plus, after all that deep cleansing work in the shower, your post-wash moisturizer (for me, it's Fractionated Coconut Oil) will be better able to soothe and hydrate your skin.

Could your face or body scrub be creating more damage than good? There is a good chance you have come into contact with microbeads, the tiny beauty ingredient that is at the centre of a mighty environmental problem. These minuscule plastic particles are added to products such as creams, scrubs and toothpastes to give them an exfoliating texture. While they are barely considered safe for people to use, it is what happens when they are rinsed down the drain that is the problem. 

Because microbeads are non-biodegradable and are usually less than 1mm wide they can’t be filtered out by the sewage system and instead make their way into the sea.Products that contain microbeads are usually easy to spot as the plastic spheres will be visible in the formula. If you are not sure, read the label and rub a small amount of the product between your fingertips to check the texture. Solid plastic microbeads are made from polyethylene, polypropylene, polyethyleneterephthalate (PET), polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and nylon, so watch out for those ingredients when choosing a product.

Once there, they end up being swallowed by fish, causing damage to marine life and the surrounding environment. Their use in beauty products was banned in the US at the end of 2015 and earlier this year more than 300,000 people signed a petition asking for them to be outlawed in the UK.So, next time you're shopping in the beauty/spa section, be mindful of the ingredients list. 

Yuck right?? If this creeps you out, I highly recommend EWG Verified scrubs by Just The Goods. From their website they state, "Just the Goods is founded on the belief that every day indulgences shouldn’t cost the earth or our health. Granted Champion status by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, Just the Goods demonstrates that it is both possible and affordable to look and feel great without unnecessary exposure to petrochemicals, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and artificial fragrances, dyes, and flavours.  Everything I handcraft features vegan plant and mineral based ingredients… “just the goods” and nothing else."

Just The Goods Vegan Sugar Scrubs come in 5 different varieties, including unscented. My personal favorite is the Spicey Nights scrub. The ingredients are simple, clean, and calming to my senses. Let's see what's in it.


Organic saccharum Officinarum (cane sugar/sucre de canne), Persea Gratissima (avocado/avocat) oil, Vitis Vinifera (grape/pépin de raisin) Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (safflower/carthame) Seed Oil, Citrus Sinensis (sweet orange/orange douce) Oil, Cinnmomum Zeylanicum (cinnamon leaf/feuille de cannelle) Oil, Canaga Odorata (ylang ylang) Flower Oil


Thank you so much for taking the time to read my article. I hope you can see why these 3 shower products are my absolute favorites and give them a try. Come back soon to check in on my new posts or subscribe to my newsletter to stay up to date!