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How to Get Cigarette Smell Out of Your Hair Without Washing It

How to get that Cigarette Smell out of your hair without washing it

There is nothing worse than washing your hair and getting a great blow-out only to walk right into a smoky environment.

Cigarette smoke is gross.  So gross. Even smokers know it’s gross.  It just clings to your hair causing it to stink like crazy.  It lingers and all you can smell all day long is that stink stuck in your hair!

No matter what you do the only solution seems to be to wash it again- and for those of us that don’t wash on the daily it’s a huge inconvenience.

How to Get Cigarette Smell out of your Hair without Washing it

… but you know I have some tricks up my sleeve for that!

Whether you had a late night out in a smoky bar, walked through a casino or just had to pass through a crowd of smokers on your way into the mall (why do they always hang out right by the entrances!!), I have a few remedies to get that cigarette smell out of your hair without having to wash it.

How to get Cigarette Smell out of your hair

Dryer sheets!  Rub a dryer sheet over your hair it will remove smoke smells and leave behind an oh so fresh scent.  You can also rub your hairbrush with a dryer sheet and then comb through your strands to aerate them and infuse your locks with a fresh scent.  (I told you to always have them on hand- they are miracle workers)!

How to get cigarette Smell out of your hair without washing it!

Dry Shampoo!  Designed to absorb oils and get rid of smells, dry shampoo can be a quick refresher to ditch that cigarette stank.

How to Get Cigarette Smell out of hair without washing it

Essential Oils! They are a beauty gal’s BFF.  Essential oils have been used for ages in beauty and wellness because well, they’re awesome. Since they’re concentrated, they pack a punch in the scent department and won’t leave your hair feeling greasy. Choose your favorite scent — coconut, vanilla, orange, whatever — and pour a few drops into your palm (NOT TOO MUCH or it could dry your hair out- a little goes a long way). Rub together and gently work it through your hair. Voila insta-refresh!  I like to use it as a preventive measure.  I apply to wet hair before I style it and it repels that stink like a boss!  Different oils can do everything from helping hair grow and battling a dry scalp to adding strength and shine- so if you need an extra boost research which oils best suit your needs!

How to get cigarette smell out of hair without washing it

 Hair Perfume (yes it’s a thing)! This is a relatively new product to the hair scene- in fact I had to order one and test it before I wrote this post. Designed to neutralize trapped odors such as cigarette smells hair perfume has anti-odor technology built in where bad smell (from smoke, sweat, kitchen etc.) is encapsulated and neutralized. One or two spritzes can freshen up smelly and sweaty locks after an intense workout, or cover up the stench of cigarette smoke.

Why not just spray your regular perfume on  on your hair?  Well, hair perfume is formulated to last longer than regular perfume and is designed to nourish and moisturize your hair without weighing it down or drying it out.

Apply on dry hair as a step AFTER your heat styling tools. It’s best to spray hair perfume onto a brush, rather than spritzing directly onto your hair or you can apply it to your hands and run through locks. If you know ahead of time that you will be entering a smoky environment using hair perfume beforehand can act as a preventative measure.  I have to say this it my personal favorite method.  It works like a charm for eliminating cigarette odors and leaves your hair smelling fabulous!  Winner Winner!

How to get that Cigarette Smell out of your hair without washing it.

Treat ‘Yo Self Without Breaking the Bank

Beauty On a Budget

Whether you’re finishing a tough work week or just need a little “me time”, it’s important to #treatyoself, right?

Unfortunately, pricey trips to the spa are not really an option if you’re on a budget (hey I have shoes to buy), but you shouldn’t have to miss out on a little indulgence just because you don’t have the cash to splurge.

Instead, check out these easy ways to pamper yourself for cheap (they are all under $50) without ever leaving your home….. and you can relax even more knowing they are all cruelty free!

Arbonne Rescue & Renew Detox Bath Soak

ONE: ARBONNE Rescue & Renew Detox Bath Soak. Ah-MAZING.  Take time to release your stress and soak in all the goodness of a warm bath with these quick-dissolving cruelty free/ vegan pink sea salt crystals!  They help remove surface impurities and cleanse the skin, while turmeric root extract helps boost radiance. $38 Available at

Ethique Foot Polish

TWO: Ethique Pumice & Peppermint Foot Polish. Breathe new life into your feet with this must-have product from eco-friendy leader Ethique. You are on your feet all day, but how often do you show them your appreciation? Show them some love with a refreshing foot scrub made with peppermint oil, pumice and lashings of cocoa butter to help with cracked heels and dry bits. To use, soak your feet in warm water for five minutes (optional). Wet the bar and scrub your feet gently, focusing on the heel and toes. Rinse with warm water.  $14.50 at

Dear By renee Mask

THREE: Dear by Renee Pomegrante Hydrating Mask. This unique gel-based cruelty free mask utilizes Pomegranate Seed Oil to even skin tone while Aloe Vera Leaf and Mushroom Extracts work to nourish and soften skin ensuring a healthy and glowing complexion. Put it on while you soak in the tub for the ultimate ahhhh- moment. $49.95 at

Cara Moisturizer

FOUR: CARA Moisturizer. Finish your home spa treatment with this cruelty free nourishing moisturizer developed to deeply hydrate after a long day. Infused with Aloe Vera, Shea Butter and Açaí the antioxidant rich formula provides incredible hydration helping to leave skin feeling very soft and feel protected from environmental damage. $24.94 Available at

Cruelty Free Beauty Products fro an at home spa day that won;t break the bank.

Chuda Healing Hydrating Cream

Chuda Healing Hydrating Cream

When something tells me I can look younger in just one hour I stop everything and listen.

After reading an article in “New Beauty” which touted the magical properties of Chuda Skincare’s  skin transforming cream I knew I had to get my hands on it.

I did…. and guess what…. it totally lives up to the hype!

Chuda Skincare Healing Hydrating Cream is seriously an all-in-one miracle product.

Created by NYC-based physician, Dr. Elena Oche,  Chuda- which literally means “miracle” in Russian- works to treat skin conditions ranging from scars to sunburns, acne spots, post-procedure irritation and signs of aging. The Remedea Compound, a centuries-old skin care secret made up of six key ingredients (male pine flower pollen, beeswax, propolis, olive oil, calcium carbonate and rose oil) is at the heart of the complex and makes every jar five times more effective than typical over-the-counter options.

Chuda Healing Hydrating Cream

The second you apply it, the thick balm melts into your skin delivering a hefty dose of vitamins, botanicals, antioxidants, essential fatty acids and peptides to nurse and plump it back to life.  This cocktail of ingredients helps to stimulate repair, smooth and hydrate your skin.

Ideal for dry, damaged or compromised skin the cream creates a protective environment for skin to heal and it’s safe for delicate, sensitive or highly reactive skin.

The cream has a balm like consistency which you warm a pea sized amount between your fingers before applying. It has no scent and instantly soothes your skin.  I live in Las Vegas so dry skin is my middle name and this baby has really done wonders for hydrating.  I was having dryness around my lips which has completely disappeared since I started using Chuda. A little goes a long way with this product so don’t over apply and waste,

Because the moisturizer is so thick, I have been using the cream at night all over my face and in the day just around my eyes and lips.

Pro Tip: This cream is AMAZING for treating sunburns.  In fact Dr. Ocher originally created it to treat and soothe traumatized skin wounds (sunburns, windburns, etc) and it’s AMAZING for use after skin procedures.

Chuda Healing Hydrating Cream

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Chuda Healing Hydtaring Cream. The All in one Miracle Cream that everyone is talking about!

Spring Cleaning Tips for Beauty Products

How to Spring Clean Your Beauty Products

Spring is almost here, can you believe its just a few weeks away and you know what that means?  Spring Cleaning!

Spring is the time to open the blinds, air things out and get a fresh clean new start.

I have written numerous posts about Spring Cleaning for your Closet so this year I decided to move the Spring Cleaning to your Makeup Bag!

I put together some beauty spring cleaning tips that will freshen up those makeup bags and more importantly keep bacteria and breakouts at bay. Because seriously, nothing ruins a gorgeous outfit like a horrible breakout.

Grab that trash bin and let’s get started.

Beauty Tools

  • Eyelash Curler.  Give it new life by replacing the rubber pad and removing any stains or residual makeup with cotton pads and makeup remover.
  • Tweezers. Give them a good wipe down with a cotton pad and rubbing alcohol.
  • Sharpeners. Remove the shavings, and then use a q-tip soaked in rubbing alcohol to clean all of its little nooks and crannies.
  • Makeup Bag. Clean from the inside out with makeup remover wipes. Wait until completely dry to return products to it.
  • Brushes.  This is the biggie. Cleaning makeup brushes is crucial to preventing bacteria from spreading on the skin.  After using your makeup brushes even just a few times, your face’s natural oils, the makeup, and any other dust or dirt can begin to build up on to the bristles.  I’m not a fan of spending a gazzillion dollars on brush cleaner so I wash them weekly in shampoo and once every 2-3 weeks in an all natural easy to DIY brush cleaner that leaves them soft and smelling AMAZING.  Here is the recipe:

How to make your own natural makeup Brush Cleaner

Hair Tools

When was the last time you wiped down your flat iron? How about your curling iron?

Ok admit it.  There is hairspray and product build up all over your hair tools.  That sticky product build up can create split ends, burn your hair and build a barrier of gunk that makes it harder for your tools to create polished curls or a smooth, straight finish.

You need to clean them.

Plug in your tool in and let it warm up, then unplug it and let it cool for a few minutes. Dampen a soft washcloth with some rubbing alcohol, and wipe the plates or wand clean while the tool is still warm—the heat will make it easier to clean, so you’re not picking and scraping at buildup that has cooled and hardened.  If the hair product is really caked on: Grab a clean toothbrush or Magic Eraser. Give tough-to-clean spots (like the lip between the plate and the plastic) a concentrated scrub.

Your Hair Dryer will need a little love too. Keeping your dryer free of debris will improve your blowout time drastically.  Start by running a clean toothbrush over the vent to remove lint.   Then twist off the vent cover to get to the filter. To clean it out, use a Q-Tip or a pair of tweezers to pull out as much debris as possible (make sure your dryer is off and unplugged before you do this).

Your Makeup

Now is the tough part.  Saying buh bye to expired products.  Ever go to apply a tube of lipstick and it has a weird stale smell?  That is because it has expired! Yes all makeup has an expiration date.  Keeping and using makeup beyond its expiry date is not only gross but it’s potentially dangerous. No matter how clean you may be, natural bacteria from your skin makes its way into your eyeshadow, mascara and foundation, which can mean that you’re reapplying that bacteria (after it has had a chance to multiply in your makeup) back onto your skin.  So here’s my tip: don’t hold on to old makeup, no matter how much you love it.

I put together a quick guide to help you know the lifespan of your products:

  •  Mascara and liquid eyeliner have the shortest lifespan of all makeup because it not only dries out, meaning that you probably don’t want to wear it after three months anyway, but also because it’s applied to your eyelashes and very close to your eyes. This should be replaces every 3-4 months.
  • Concealer serum, face wash, eye cream should be replaced after 6 months to a year.
  • Liquid Foundation usually has a lifespan of about two years.   If you notice the color changes, the formula starts to separate or it has a funky odor, then it’s time to buy a new bottle.
  • Lip and eye pencils, nail polish, powder eyeshadow, blush and powder can last up to two years IF you keep your brushes clean. If you notice the powder has gone dry and flaky, it has a greyish film over the top or it smells it’s time to throw it away.
  • Lipstick has the longest lasting power.  It can last up to three years but if you notice any signs of change in texture or smell, toss it.

Here is some tough love beauty mavens: There is NO reason to keep your old expired beauty products or use dirty beauty tools.  I have friends who have confided in me that they NEVER clean their makeup brushes!  GROSS!  Keeping your products up to date and clean is so important for keeping your skin fresh and healthy.  It doesn’t cost alot of money and should become part of your monthly if not weekly beauty ritual.

DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner recipe.  Save money and ditch the chemical nasties by making your own cleaner at home.
How to Spring Clean Your Beauty Producrs

Saranghae Korean Skincare

Saranghae Skincare Review

While most of the world has their attention turned towards Korea for the Olympics…my attention is turned to Korea’s most famous asset: Skincare.

Korean Beauty or K-Beauty as it’s come to be known in the beauty world places a huge emphasis on skincare and effective natural ingredients, merging health and beauty.

I recently discovered a K-Beauty company that I fell head-over-designer-heels in love with: Saranghae.

Saranghae is a Korean/American skincare company that recently launched a North American presence.  Saranghae (Sarang-hay) means “I love you” in Korean, so cute right!

Saranghae Skincare

The concept behind Saranghae skincare is finding a balance between science and the traditional Korean medicine of using botanical ingredients to help protect, heal and renew your skin. They have created a fantastic five step anti-aging skincare system that will help rejuvenate your skin and combat the signs of aging using natural ingredients which are harvested responsibly.

There is so much IN their products such as green tea, chamomile, ginseng, and other botanicals BUT what is equally amazing is what ISN’T in their products.

Saranghae contains ZERO chemical nasties like formaldehydes, heavy metals or parabens PLUS all of their products are cruelty free!

The formulas are created in South Korea, but all of their products are manufactured and bottled, packaged and shipped from FDA approved laboratories in California.

Saranghae’s active ingredients are derived from the essence of 10 ancient plants, herbs and flowers that grow from nutrient rich volcanic soil on a small island in South Korea. Volcanic soil is extremely rich in minerals and nutrients, so rich that Green Tea leaves harvested from volcanic soil show 250% greater concentration of antioxidants than ordinary Green tea. This means that these 10 ingredients harvested for Saranghae boasts the highest concentration of antioxidants, minerals and nutrients. (source)

The ingenious thing about Saranghae’s 5-Step Skin Care System, is that it simplifies the Korean skincare routine for people who might feel intimidated or overwhelmed by starting a 10-plus step routine.

Saranghae sent me a package to try about a month ago containing their 5 step routine.

I’ve been using this skincare program for about four weeks now and I am in love.

Saranghae Korean Skincare

STEP ONE: Nourishing and Moisturizing Cleanser. The first step in the Saranghae system is to wash your face with the Nourishing and Moisturizing Cleanser to eliminate oil, micro-particles, grime, dirt and toxins while hydrating and nourishing your skin at the same time.  This cleaners is oil-based which is typical for a K-Beauty cleanser and is pretty gentle, but powerful. You can get some nice suds from it which sets it apart from most other oil cleanser which won’t suds up all all.  It’s gently removed my foundation (I still needed a little eye makeup remover to take off my eye makeup) and left my skin feeling fresh, clean and hydrated.  Plus it has pretty little gold flecks in it.

Saranghae Korean Skincare System

STEP TWO: Deep Radiance Essence Serum. Designed to penetrate your outer epidermis layer and deliver crucial nutrients like antioxidants, amino acids and vitamins directly to your living cells.  Crafted with 10% Phellinus Linteus (Sang Hwang) Mushroom extract, plant based placenta, collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid, the result is a skin that efficiently heals and regenerates every moment of every day.  This is probably my most favorite product in the system.  It feels AMAZING and really helps the appearance of my neck.

STEP THREE: Firm and Lift Regeneration Cream. Decreases the formation of free radicals and reduces damage due to oxidative stress.  The powerful but natural blend of antioxidants, amino acids and regenerative peptides delivers astonishingly smooth, supple and quite simply beautiful skin while diminishing age spots, redness and visible signs of aging.  Feels great and leaves skin super moisturized.

STEP FOUR: Focus Renewal Eye Cream. To restore vitality, diminish wrinkles, visibly lift and firm and brighten the appearance of dark circles around the eyes due to it being formulated with Phellinus Linteus Mushroom Extract, adenosine, vitamin B3, elastin and collagen.

Insider Tip: I have a little trick I like to use with eye creams.  Apply eye cream around your lips as well!  The skin around the eye area is extremely delicatejust like the skin on your lips. Those two spots are where wrinkles tend to form first. Another pitfall of our pout is that it doesn’t have the sebaceous glands that keep the rest of our face moisturized. So this is where an eye cream, packed with a slew of active ingredients to deeply hydrate, increase volume, improve definition, smooth, and prevent/minimize lines, really comes into play.

STEP FIVE:  The Essential Essence Mask helps calm inflamed skin and eliminate redness caused by stress and pollution, enhance the natural contours of the face, maximize brightness, reduce and prevent fine lines/wrinkles, and Deliver antioxidant CoQ10 & Hyaluronic Acid for repair and regeneration of skin cells.  The Saranghae Elemental Essence Mask contains a ton of plant extracts, including lotus (nelumbo nucifera), followed by collagen, peptides, a vitamin C derivative, ubiquinone (CoQ10) and hyaluronic acid.  It feels amazing and is the perfect way to unwind at the end of the week.  You only need to use this once a week or as needed.

Try the system out for yourself and fall in LOVE!  Saranghae is available at

5 Step Korean Skincare Routine Saranghae