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What It's Been Like to Have Rose Gold Hair - Kristin Ess Review

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Alright – let’s discuss this pink hair situation, shall we?  Let me begin with this, having pink hair has been one of the most fun beauty trends I’ve participated in to date.  I’ve wanted to have pink hair a la Gwen Stefani since the ripe age of 6 but like many of us, never had the guts, or more importantly, the job that would allow me to look like circus candy.

So here I am, with pink hair, and thankfully, an event planning job that allows me to have it, or strategically hide it in a bun.  But that’s not the important part, so let’s get to the questions.

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What did I use?

For my temporary hair tint, I used Kristin Ess’s latest and greatest Rose Gold Temporary Tint.  I ordered it from Target online to have picked up in the store closest to me.  Easy Easy Easy.  And the best part, it’s only $12, yeah, TWELVE DOLLARS. 

So, what exactly is it?

It’s temporary tint that you can spray on wet or dry hair, then rinse out and dry.  According to Kristin Ess, “I’m always looking for ways to play with pastel tones in the hair. This is the first ever in-shower watercolor that creates a temporary tone when sprayed on wet hair and then rinsed out. The intensity is up to you. When you spray it on damp, towel-dried hair it will soak up more color and last longer. If you spray it on wet hair it will give you a more subtle tone and will rinse out faster. The pink tone is most visible on pre-lightened/highlighted or blonde hair and washes out in 1-3 shampoos depending on the porosity of your hair.”

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Okay, but how long did it last on my hair?

Admittedly, I became a little addicted and each time it would start to fade a little bit, I’d spray a little more in.  Right now, after about 4 days washing it every day, there’s still a pretty light light pink to it.  The sections that faded the quickest, were the areas around my face, makes sense. Also, the dark hair I have on the underside of my head didn’t “take” the color as well as the blonde. 

How blonde do you need to be for it to work?

My hair is far from platinum, but I also just got it highlighted the week before (shout-out to Smitten for this.) Sadly, the color will really only appear on light hair.  But, here is a #rosegoldhair hashtag for reference.  Honestly, if you’re even considering it, I say just get it and try on a small piece of hair. It cost less than a DC cocktail or sandwich, sad.

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Ready to take the pink plunge? Here’s how you do it according to Kristin herself:

1. Shampoo your hair and rinse.

2. Apply spray in the shower on wet hair. For a more intense pink color, towel dry the hair before you spray. For a more subtle hint of pink, spray it directly on freshly rinsed hair. (The less water there is on the hair, the more tone the hair will soak up. Think of your hair as a sponge! If it's full of water it can only absorb a little color.)

3. Once you feel you've covered the hair you want to color, wait 1-2 minutes and then rinse. 

4. Follow it up with your favorite conditioner or mask.
Tip: Do a small test piece in the sink and then blow dry it. You'll know how much color your hair will soak up and how quickly it will rinse out.

PATCH TEST: Apply a small amount of product to dry, cleansed inner side of elbow. Wait for 48 hours. Do not use this product if you experience any burning, redness, swelling or itching.

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Alright, what are the pros and cons?

Pros:  

With how temporary it is, there’s really no going wrong.  It’s incredibly easy to apply and there’s little room for error.

It smells fantastic.  The spray is light and floral, I really can’t get enough of the scent TBH.

Living out your childhood dream of being a badass, I suppose.


Cons:

Sorry brunettes, but it just won’t work for ya – but you SHOULD consider midnight blue hair

Might not be work-place suitable but also, it’s 2018, challenge that.

Sells out quickly so if you buy it, get two bottles!

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What did I learn from having pink hair?

Girl you better OWN it.  I’ve realized that there really isn’t much room for self-doubt when you’re sporting pink locks.  There were definitely occasions where I forgot about it and then would catch someone giving me a double take.  Eventually I got used to it and reminded myself that confidence is key, with or out without this look.  It’s been really fun, and I think honestly, I’m going to do it again very very soon.

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I Finally Tried Lash Extensions ($50 off your first full set)

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Guys, I did something I never thought I would really want, need, or try.  I got eyelash extensions and I'm fearful I may never look back. 

A few months ago, I wrote a post on essentially everything lash-related.  I talked about my friends' experiences with lash extensions and have always been incredibly curious about them.  So I did it, I took the plunge and got them, and wow, I am sooooo glad I did. 

Let's Talk : The Process

Prior to my appointment, per Art of Lash’s recommendation, I arrived on time and free of eye-makeup.  More info about pre/post care can be found HERE

Upon arriving to Art of Lash (located on the upper level of 1522 U Street NW in DC) I was greeted with a warm smile by the absolutely lovely owner, Malin. She made me feel super comfortable as we got to know each other a bit better.  I mean, she was just about to stare at my face for the next few hours. Malin went through a thorough consultation of what exactly I was looking for with my lash extensions.  She explained the two different types of extensions that Art of Lash Offers: The Classic and The Volume.  

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The Classic set is best for the person who either wants a natural, dramatic, or cat eye-look. The sets are done with faux mink, made from the highest quality & comes in different curls & thicknesses. A classic application means 1 single extension to each natural lash.  

The Volume  is a fuller set of lash extensions, made with lighter lashes, giving you an iconic, fuller & more luxurious look. All volume fans will be handmade & individually designed to cater to each client. This set is perfect for the person who is looking for a more dramatic & glamorous look. 

Because I love a good, thick lash, Malin and I decided that the volume set would be best for me. I wanted my lashes to be dramatic without looking too dense or too fake-looking. Malin also stressed the importance of getting lashes that would be the proper weight for my real lashes. This part was really important - when lashes aren't properly matched, they can weigh down the real lash, causing damage or breakage.  By having this consultation, Malin ensured that the lashes she selected would be the perfect weight and overall match for me.  This is what I loved - Malin listened to what I wanted but also, as the professional, knew that she knows best when came to what would look best for me! Malin also pointed out that the arches in my brows would be a good place to start having my lashes fan out, to make my eyes look bright, big, and beautiful. Yes Yes Yes.  

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Then began the relaxing part, the application process which truthfully, didn't take that long.  
I laid down on her cushioned massage-styled table where Malin provided me with a soft blanket and a pillow for behind my knees #bigbootyprobs. She then delicately placed two cool, collagen patches under my eyes, turned on a calm playlist (with some of my favvvvvorite songs) and started individually placing the light handmade volume fans of lashes individually on each of my lashes, one by one.  She explained that instead of doing one eye at a time, she alternates between the two eyes to ensure that they are completely symmetrical, which, I absolutely love. I felt completely relaxed and caught myself nearly drifting off to sleep. (To be honest, during my refill three weeks later, I actually did doze off!) Again when I say Malin is amazingly meticulous, I mean it.  Right before we finished, she inspected my lashes in detail, making sure she didn't miss anything and that they were shaped evenly and beautifully. 

After about two hours, I was ready to see my new lashes. The suspense was killing me, but I also had full faith in Malin and knew they would look amazing.  And guess what? They really trully were. 

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How cute is Art of Lash's studio? It was incredibly comfortable and clean.
Another bonus: Malin's Spotify playlist is amaaaazing. 

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Me and the beautiful and talented owner and lash expert, Malin. Guys, she's the sweetest!

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So, What about Refills?

I was pleasantly surprised by how good they looked, well into week three. I got my refill, and Malin gently took off the lashes that were grown out and replaced them with new lashes closer to the lash line.  This part is key ladies. Often times, lash extensions tend to look bad or fake because the person wearing them goes too long without getting them replaced and refilled.  They become too long and straggly and just look plain tacky.  Malin makes sure this doesn't happen and was incredibly meticulous about replacing them.  The photo below is of me after my most recent refill! 

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How Much Does it Cost?

Art of Lash's prices can be found here but GUESS WHAT, because you're reading this, you'll get $50 off!

What Did I Learn?

My Lashes are Actually Stronger  Yes, you heard me. When I was getting them refilled, Malin said that my real lashes were actually looking longer and stronger than before I got them. This is because I wasn't gooping them with mascara every day and scrubbing them off every night. 

It's Important to Take Care of Your Extensions But, they are by no means time-consuming.My top 3 pointers for aftercare would probably be: 1. Don't be afraid to get them wet. Seriously, after the 24-hour period, you should be cleaning them regularly to prevent any debris. It will also help them stay on longer.  2. Refills are your friends. Don't wait too long to get them done. These are your lashes! Don't you want them do look amazing 24/7? 3. Don't apply mascara. Keeping your lashes clean of residue and maybe the little bit of eye shadow that got on them is one thing, globbing on layers of mascara (or any for that matter) is another. You want to keep your lashes looking fresh and natural for as long as you can. Putting on mascara won't do you any favors long-term. 

They Really Do Make Life Easier.. Okay, well maybe not everything in life but, now aftergetting my brows microbladed and having lash extensions, my morning makeup routine consists of a little concealer, blush, and a highlight, a whopping 8 minutes folks. EIGHT! Nothing is better than going to bed and waking up already feeling pretty, I promise you this.   

Leave It To The Pros  If you're going to try to cut corners and go to just some random place for your lashes, I highly recommend you reconsider. Malin at Art of Lash is a licensed professional with years and years of experience.  Don't try to go somewhere just for the best deal. If you're interested in getting lash extensions, it's because you care about what your lashes and you want them to look the best that they possibly can right? Then seriously, listen to your gut and go with the pros.   

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Like I mentioned, from now until October 31st, if you book an appointment with Malin at Art of Lash and mention "Libby" in the notes when booking your appointment and you will get $50 off your first full set of either classic or volume lashes.  #worthit

 After booking your lash appointment, make sure to follow @artoflashdc for more amazing before and after photos! 

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Let's Talk Lashes - More than Just Mascara (But that too)

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Let's Talk Lashes

I’m pretty over articles that simply tell me which mascaras to buy.  Or in a more recent case, as the Man Repeller discussed, not wearing mascara at all, a la “I (Actually) Woke Up Like This: Bare Eyelashes Are Trending.” Yeah, okay. For many, especially us blondes, this trend isn’t something we’re ready for, or particularly care for.  Ever since I can remember, I’ve loved and embraced a tastefully chunky lash.  Coating my top lashes in layers of thick, black, Lancôme mascara was, and still is a daily ritual I look forward to.  A sign of the “finishing touches” before long day of work, or a girl’s night out, a lash-obsessed gal knows, knows, that there is such a thing as having a Good Lash Day.  And it can make or break your hour of previous grooming antics. 

While make up artist Dick Page has written off thick mascara as one of our “little beauty crutches”, I’m fully willing embrace my mascara “crutch” over rocking a nude lash. The trend  does have me thinking however, what does all that mascara wear and tear do to the longevity of these precious little hairs on our lids? Let’s discuss different methods, products, and then, best practices for keeping your lashes long, and strong – because we all want that, no? Let’s start with the method I tried most recently, lash tinting.


Lash Tinting

I’ve thought about getting my lashes tinting for a few years now.  My lashes aren’t super faint, but they have almost an ombre to them (dark at the root, light at the ends.) I love the idea of not wear so much mascara during the day or at all while swimming.  I started using a semi-permanent lash tint at night sent to me by Rimmel London.  It’s proven to darken bare lashes in two weeks and give the appearance of instantly fuller and longer lashes.  I loved this product for nightly use (before bed), but as my everyday mascara, it didn’t quite do what I wanted.  So then I consulted the professionals at Elle Lash Bar here in Washington, DC and scheduled an appointment.

The lash tinting process was surprisingly quick and easy thanks to Paula at Elle Lash Bar.  We started by removing my mascara and eye makeup.  Paula then put Vasaline on my eyelids and under eyes to prevent the lash dye from staining my skin. She then put thin cotton pads under my eyes and tinted my lashes gently with a small brush and let the dye sit for six or so minutes. After, the dye was removed Paula give me some cooling eyedrops to help with the small burn from the tinting.  

Overall, I highly recommend getting your lashes tinted, especially if they are blonde like mine. My  lashes look so much longer now that they are darker and I love the results. Lash tinting typically costs around $35 - $60 depending on where you live and lasts about 4-6 weeks.
 

 Lash Extensions

Lash extensions fascinate me. Every time I see them on a stranger or a friend, I feel like I want to ask them 100 rapid fire questions. Can I touch them? Do they itch? Are they like, suuuper expensive or just kinda expensive? Can you put mascara on them?  What about showers and washing your face? Are they worth it? Are you forever addicted? So finally, thanks to this post, I asked a friend with lash extensions these exact questions.  Here's what she said:

Tell me about your lashes. I won't ask to touch them but, I will probably stare at them this entire time. 

Friend: "I got my lash extensions a long time ago - about two years to be exact. The process is actually really calming. I go to my lash lady, lay on the bed with chill music playing, close my eyes, and let the beautifying begin."

Can you explain the process? 

Friend: "Each lash gets its own individual lash put over the top. My lash lady dips each individual extension in glue and bonds it to my natural lash. At the end, she goes through and feathers my lashes and checks for spots she missed. I like it because they're custom to me, and I can pick how long or thick I want them depending on my mood."

How long are you laying there for?

Friend: "Typically about an hour and a half give or take. She's pretty fast."

How long do they last?

Friend: 
"It depends on the month. In summer when I'm at the pool or working out more often, I need to get them filled in or redone more often. On average though about 5-6 weeks.  I've learned not to touch or play with them.  The first set I had done didn't last that long because I was constantly touching them. They also itched more. I'm better about that now."

So do they itch a lot? Is that the most annoying part about them?

Friend:
"No, the price is the most annoying part! [laughs] I'd say, it's more mind over matter. But yes, they do itch sometimes."

You mentioned price. We all know they're expensive.  If you don't mind me asking, how much do you pay for yours?

Friend: 
"Oh gosh. Well, my first set was around $300 with tip and my refills are typically around $40-$50 a visit. I know that's a steep price but look, I never buy mascara anymore. When I was, I was paying about $45 a tube and going through 14-16 of those a year, so you do the math. I also stopped coloring my hair when I started getting the lashes. It's all about budgeting your beauty."

Bottom line, will you ever go back to your natural lashes?

Friend: "Not likely, well, I'm not sure.  Right now I see it as a small luxury that I like to do for myself. It makes me feel great and I love the compliments I get from them. And when people ask me if they're extensions, I tell them the truth. But if they just say, "Wow you have great lashes" I thank them and move on." 

Still curious about lash extensions? Check out this article. And I've heard amazing things about the extension services at Elle Lash Bar, here in DC. 

Lash Conditioning

Castor Oil There’s been a lot of hype about castor oil on brows, cuticles, lashes, you name it. But with trend comes skepticism.  "Is Castor oil just the new oil pulling? Where it’s probably bullshit but does it really hurt to try it and see?” Valid.  However, there have been some great testimonials here and here on its benefits.  Castor oil is full of nutrients that can help to nourish the lashes and keep them from breaking. 

Coconut Oil -  Similar to castor oil, many have raved about the benefits of coconut oil for lash conditioning and strengthening. No surprise here, considering coconut oil filled with a wide range of natural fatty acids, like lauric, caprylic, myristic, and capric acid, which are all medium fatty acids and are critical for good cell growth in the body.  

Here's a great eyelash growth serum that we found that combines the two: 

 1 teaspoon castor oil
1 teaspoon emu oil (optional, can use extra castor oil instead)
1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
2 capsules Vitamin E oil (optional)

 

Lash Perming

Lash perming is a great solution for those who spend countless minutes curling their lashes to get that uplifted look.  Why do this? Well, uplifted lashes look longer than straight ones, giving you the large doe-eyed look so many women love.   Eyelash perming curls and lifts your lashes and typically lasts about a month and half.  Of course, the tricky part about lashes is, they fall out. Therefore, as the permed lashes fall out and are replaced by straighter ones, the effect of the perms disappears and requires additional treatments. This could turn into an expensive regimen, but hey, what isn’t?  We’ve also heard rave reviews and have seen amazing before and after before and after photos from clients at Elle Lash Bar.  If you’re looking for something less permanent, we’ve heard rave reviews about this Shu Uemura eyelash curler, which has been around since 1931. 

 

Lash Growth Enhancers

Think of these growth serums and enhancers as eyelash steroids. Not everyone's doing it, but if they are, they probably aren't telling you. Here are a few that I've heard great things about and are using myself. 

Revitalash - Revitalash is sold at Nordstrom and is dermatologist reviewed.  Those who use it say its non-irritating and easy to apply.  Results are typically seen by week 4-6. Revitalash has been called the "training wheels" for anyone who is considering Latisse. 

Amalie Beauty Wink Lash Oil - This Wink lash oil is packed with those great fatty acids that may stimulate lash growth.  In spite of it being an oil, it's light and thin in texture and won't clog up your lids. One user said that she noticed results in just 2 weeks and that her lashes appeared to be darker as well. 

Rapidlash Enhancing Serum - There are a lot of really great reviews of Rapidlash out there, especially on youtube. It needs to be applied just once a day and has been proven to show results in as little as 4 weeks.  

So here's what I'm using....

Rodan + Fields Lash Boost - So you may have remembered my post on starting to use Rodan  + Fields products recently, and yep, I'm still loving it.  Something my skincare godmother, Mary Utsey recommended was Lash Boost for stronger, longer lashes.  I suppose I could file this under the "Lash Conditioning" category as well, but I've seen such great results that it feels more like an enhancement really.  Lash Boost launched in October and I've been using it ever since. Have I noticed a difference? Yes, 100% and others around me have too.  I can't tell you how many times I get asked where I get my lash extensions done and I LOVE being able to say, "Nope, these puppies are mine!"  At $150 a tube, it may seem like a bit of a splurge, but if you're anything like me, and clearly you are if you're reading this post, you want to invest in your lashes and see them grow heathy and strong.  Bonus: Mention Libby Living Colorfully with any Rodan + Fields purchase through Mary and receive $20 off your order! 

Mascara

Primer - Before discussing mascara we need to address the importance of lash primers. Just like painting a room, a primer for your lashes is essential to build up the best shape, length, and thickness before applying your mascara.  The best part - using a primer can actually save you money.  Why? Think about it. You spend around $12 on a primer, use 3-4 coats before your (typically) more expensive mascara.  Rather than loading up on mascara, the primer is used as a less expensive base for the main event. Bonus: A lot of primers have conditioners in them, so it's a lash win/win. Here are a few favorites. Some people even use baby powder applied with a cotton swab before mascara application for a fuller look. THIS is the primer I cannot live without (pictured above!) 

Mascara - Ask most women what cosmetic item they can't leave the house without and most will say mascara. The lash-defining product was first named after Eugene Rimmel, a French cosmetics inventor and was created first in the 1830's.  Here are some other fun facts and tips you might have not known about mascara. 

1. Ever wonder why you instinctively open your mouth when applying mascara? It's because it's actually easier not to blink when your mouth is open. 

2. The FDA reports that the most common makeup related injury is gouging your eye with the mascara wand.  Day ruined. 

3. Mascara on your lashes overnight dries them out and can lead to breakage. Make sure to take it all off before bed to keep those lashes strong! This is easily my favorite oil cleanser and makeup remover

4. Of all the makeup on the market, mascara has the shortest lifespan (about 3-5 months.) 

5. To keep your mascara lasting longer and prevent it from drying out, place a few drops of contact or eye drop solution in the tube every so often to thin out the texture and prevent clumps. 

A very special thanks to Paula at Elle Lash Bar for answering all of my lash questions and for the complimentary lash tinting.  If you're in Washington, DC and are looking for lash extensions, lash perming or tinting, make sure to call the experts at Elle Lash Bar. 

Photos via: Kara Schab of Right Foot Creative 



 

 

 



Products I love: The Multistick by Bite Beauty

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So truthfully, I didn't really start wearing lipstick until this year.  I always hated the sticky consistency and frankly, the upkeep of reapplication after every hour, or more. Then I received the Multistick from Bite Beauty to test out and now I don't leave the house without it. 

The Multistick is the ideal product for the low (or high) -maintenance gal on the go, who still likes a little cheek contour and lipstick now and then. 

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What it is: 
A multistick that applies like a cream and wears like a powder for weightless color application. Just apply with your finger or a brush on the eyes, lips, and cheeks. 

What it does: 
With 35% powder in each Multistick bullet, this silicone-free formula creates a soft focus finish that's blendable, breathable, and buildable. It features universal shades for the eyes, lips, and cheeks that compliment all skin tones and are formulated to use anywhere on the face. 

What it is formulated WITHOUT: 
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Phthalates

What else you need to know: 
Bite Beauty products are free of petrochemicals and silicones.

In my kit, I was sent three shades: Blondie (nude beige) Macaroon (pink) and Cocoa (deep chocolate brown) 

The Multistick formula comes in 18 shades which can each be used as a lipstick, a blush or contour, or a soft eyeshadow.  They apply like a cream but look like a light powder, keeping you looking light and effortless.  

Everyday, I use the Cocoa shade under my cheekbones and along my forehead for a light contour. While it looks super thick and dark, the stick blends right lightly and evenly when blended with a brush. I use the medium-sized angled brush from my Sonia Kashuk brush kit to blend in the contour. 
On my eyelids, I use the Blondie shade for added color. This is where I love the creamy yet powdery consistency of the Multistick the most.  It's light enough to blend in with my Laura Mercier highlighter on my brow bone, yet creamy enough to stay put. Lastly, or my lips and cheeks, I use the Macaroon shade, which I highly recommend for any skin tone. 

 
 

Still interested? Check out this fun video about how the Multistick works! You can buy the Multistick here, at Sephora

Special thanks to Refine Boutique for my new favorite piece of clothing, this (similar) Rory Beca jumpsuit! Make sure you check out Refine and book your appointment to shop! 

Photography via: Beautezine and Libby Rasmussen

You NEED to Start Ice Rolling Your Skin + Hansderma

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Ice what? If you have a freezer, you can start ice rolling sooner than you think. (Make sure to check out my giveaway at the bottom!)
 
We all know what it's like to wake up in the morning with a puffy, red face.  Regardless of how many hours of sleep or martinis you racked up the night before, there really hasn't been a solution to instantly cool and firm your face after waking up, until now. Like so many women, I am no stranger to the old frozen wet spoons trick for my cheeks and under-eye circles.  Now, the first thing I do after getting out of the shower, is ice roll. 

Still confused? Let me break it down a bit more. 

Ice rollers are incredibly popular abroad and have only recently started to gain notoriety in the states.  Often found behind-the-scenes at photo shoots and runway shows, many make-up artists swear by ice rollers to calm the skin. Everything about ice rolling ice simple, right down to the actual roller.  The Hansderma SkinCool Ice Roller I love and use daily is an easy handheld device filled with water and gel.  All I do is take it out of the freezer, and gently roll and massage across my face.  Within seconds of using the ice roller, yes seconds, I can feel my skin tighten and the see the puffiness and redness dissipate. I especially love using it on my under eye circles. I've also started to apply a few drops of my favorite nutrient-rich Glossier serum, on my skin before ice rolling.  The ice roller then evenly spreads the serum on my face and feels absolutely amazing

Men have also found ice rolling beneficial, especially after a close shave to help eliminate razor burn and redness. I've also used my ice roller for the countless times I've bumped my knees on anything and everything in my apartment.  Bye bye bruising.   

I know what you're thinking, this seems completely unnecessary and a bit of a production. I can assure you, that once you try it, it will seem as crucial as brushing your teeth. If you're still skeptical, make sure to check out this article (number 3 could not be more true.) This YouTube Tutorial is also great! 

If you're ready to start your soon-to-be new favorite routine, make sure to snag an Hansderma Ice Roller, for only $30, also sold on Amazon
 

This post was done in collaboration with Hansderma. It should be noted that I only review products I love and use regularly. My blue off-the-shoulder top is from Whistles