Shannon’s Morning Skin and Hair Routine…Exposed!

If only we had our clean beauty act together in college like this reader! Shannon’s routine is packed with budget friendly goodies that students or anyone on a tight budget will appreciate, plus some beauty splurges that are totally worth it. Enjoy! Name: Shannon Age: 19 City: Albany, NY Skin: Oily in the T-zone (especially during the summer), acne-prone, and sensitive Hair: Long, thick and wavy Favorite Star From the Past: Grace Kelly The night before… Since I am a lazy college student, the last thing I want to be doing is getting up early. So, to make my morning routine a […]


Jessie’s Morning Skin and Hair Routine…Exposed!

We love when a bare-bones routine full of DIYs still feels luxurious, and how could it not when gorgeous botanical oils and Ayurvedic herbs take center stage? Name: Jessie Age: 38 City: Los Angeles Weather: Sunny and dry as a bone Hair: Medium golden brown (dyed to hide some grays), not-quite-wavy/ not-quite-straight in a perennially growing out bob. Skin: Oily and very pale. (True story: while shopping for cosmetics at a drugstore overseas, the assistant told me, “You are very white and greasy.”) Favorite star from the past: Katharine Hepburn–uncompromising, authentic, bold. FIERCE. I am a high school teacher and […]


Masks That Add Moisture? Try Blissoma Lavish Loving Recovery!

  We got the following question from a reader named Carly and just had to weigh in… I’m wondering if you have some recommendations for face masks that emphasize adding moisture to the skin. I find that most of the lovely green masks on the market focus on detoxing (which I love), but I’m hoping to beat the dryness associated with the upcoming change in seasons. I would so appreciate any of your suggestions. Why yes, Carly, we do! Masks are often pegged as the kind of treatment you turn to when blemishes erupt or skin gets congested—and oh boy do […]


Happy Friday Deal from the W.E.L.L. Summit!

  Have you heard about the W.E.L.L. Summit? It’s a new retreat for the mind, body and spirit that was created to celebrate living a life of wellness. You’ll find all the things we love and cherish at No More Dirty Looks—from the best in clean beauty to organic food, exercise and nourishment for the spirit. The Summit takes place in Boston at the Wyndham Beacon Hill. We want to see you there, so we’ve teamed up with the W.E.L.L. Summit to bring you a special Friday Deal! Get your W.E.L.L. Summit ticket for $75 off when you use the […]


Hannah’s Morning Skin and Hair Routine…Exposed!

Sometimes it takes a troubling health issue to make you stop and instill the self-care rituals we so desperately need in this hectic, modern life. Hannah’s routine is a beautiful example of this. We think you’ll enjoy this one. Name: Hannah Age: 26 City: Manchester, England Skin: Super sensitive, prone to eczema, dryness and irritation. Fair, even tone, freckles in the sunshine. Hair: Medium-dark brown, mid-length and wavy, used to be really thick but thinning due to health issues. Favorite Star From the Past: Grace Slick, from Jefferson Airplane. Not only do I love the music, but my boyfriend once told […]


Help! A Reader Needs Products for Her Fine Curls

We have written about managing curls over the years, but let’s face it—curls come in many shapes and textures, and what works well for someone like Alexandra (dense curls, tons of hair) may not work well for someone with fine curls. We’re pitching this reader question to you. Help us out? “I’ve been combing through the archives trying find some recommendations for shampoo/conditioner/product for fine/medium textured curly hair. I have a decent amount of hair that is prone to dryness and frizz. Volume formulas leave my hair dry and frizzy even with tons of argan oil afterwards and moisturizing shampoos/conditioners […]


Helen’s Morning Skin and Hair Routine…Exposed!

NMDL reader Helen proves what some of us already know…puppies really are the best mood boosters! We love her resilience and happy attitude, even in the face of big life challenges. Her routine features some great finds, too. Enjoy! Name: Helen Age: 26 City: New York Skin: Pale and finicky- perioral dermatitis means I’m always trying to stave off a flare-up, and while I don’t have the acne of my teenage years, I still get blackheads and occasional spots Hair: Fine, straight, recently chopped to a lob after many years mid-shoulder-blade and loving it Favorite Star from Past: Katharine Hepburn […]


It’s September. Are Your Beauty Habits in Flux, Too?

It’s September and the seasonal shift is upon us in the Mid-Atlantic. Crisp sunny mornings and pleasantly warm afternoons with unusually blue skies—I die for this weather. Yet as I try to stay in the moment and savor this transition, my body and mind are instinctively having one of those oh god winter is coming and the Almanac says it’s gonna be bad freak-outs. In response, I’m doing some simple things that are pleasing to my senses and will help me be more resilient and healthy overall. Here’s what I’ve noticed is changing… 1. I am putting more and more […]


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