Go-To Dry Shampoos

Wednesday, May 13, 2020


Want to know a secret?

I only wash my hair once, maybe twice, a week...and that's all thanks to dry shampoo. It's been life-changing because not only do I save a ton of time, but I can style my hair is many different ways, without feeling like my hair is a greasy mess by day 2!

Here's the low down on how to achieve the same results, and what products I use!

First, you want to apply your dry shampoo at night. I know that may sound odd, but it gives the product time to work for several hours, as opposed to a few minutes.

Second, if you have time, use your blow dryer to heat the dry shampoo a bit. My fabulous hair stylist, Mary (be sure to follow @manetechniques & @mary.t.techniques!), told me about this tip, and it has been a total game changer.

Third, use the right brush. I have a designated dry shampoo/product brush. You want something with bristles because it works the product evenly throughout the hair. I personally use this one by Wet Brush. It's amazing for anyone with extensions, by the way.

In terms of product, I have 3 go-to dry shampoos. I've tried everything on the market, from high end to drug store, and these are what work best for me. For reference, my hair is dark brown (almost black) and is very fine, even with hand-tied hair extension in.

Best All Around/For Everyone 
Living Proof Dry Shampoo
If I could, I'd buy this product by the gallon. Heck, I ordered the largest size available during the recent Sephora sale and have several travel sizes, so I'm never without it. The Living Proof dry shampoo actually cleans the hair, which is amazing to me. I use this several times a week to keep my hair looking and feeling freshly washed. With that, I'm also able to use this the day after a wash for a little bit of texture, without the weigh down, for a more voluminous, styled look.

Best for Extra Oily Hair/Thicker Hair
R + Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo
In my personal experience, R + Co products have been a hit or miss...Their Death Valley dry shampoo, however, is definitely a hit. I use this on the days when there is no turning back, e.g. my roots are super shiny for excess oil production. I've also used this when I've had product build up or shampoo/conditioner was not sufficiently washed out. If you have thicker hair, this will be your new best friend!
For transparency, R + Co did send me this to try, so a big thanks to them for supporting The Sassy Suburbs.

Best Bang for Your Buck/Most Accessible
Kristen Ess Style Reviving Dry Shampoo 
Available at Target, this dry shampoo boasts all the guts and glory for a fraction of the cost! It's got an amazing scent and does deliver for most; however, if you have darker hair, you really need to work this product into your roots. I've found slight white residue when applied directly to the top of my head. For that reason, I generally only apply it to the under layers of my crown area, or on days when my hair is still relatively clean and I just need a refresh (as the name implies).

Feel free to email or DM me on Instagram with any questions!

Lauren xo 

Quarantine Makeup Routine

Wednesday, April 22, 2020


Products Used
*Asterisk indicates Sephora Sale item (10-20% off, depending on status)!

1. Ole Henrickson Vitamin C Cream* {individual jar or set}
2. Beekman 1802 Lip Balm in "Vanilla Absolute" {individual, single flavor set or multi flavor set}
3. Tula "Face Filter" Primer
4. itCosmetics Celebration Foundation
5. Becca Color Corrector {currently out of stock via Sephora // shop now through Ulta or QVC (best buy!)}
6. Benefit "Bo-ing" Concealer*
7. Laura Mercier Secret Undereye Brightening Powder*
8. Tarte "Busy Gal Brow"
9. THE ULTIMATE MASCARA COMBO for a faux lash look: First layer - itCosmetics "SuperHero"*; Second layer - Thrive Causemetics "Liquid Lash Extensions" {shop via Ulta or Thrive's site (better deal with $10 off $50)}
{Be sure to get them both...you'll thank me later!}
10. NYX Sueded Lipstick in "Dainty Daze"

P.S. You can check out my 2019 Sephora Sale Picks HERE! These tried and true recommendations definitely still apply one year.

My Top 5 Work from Home Tips

Wednesday, April 15, 2020


Love my hoops? They've quickly become a frequently-worn fave of mine, and I know you'll love them too. You can snag a pair for yourself HERE!

{1} Wear a comfortable, yet put together outfit (and add some light makeup to complete the look! FYI - My quarantine makeup routine will be on the blog next week, but will be uploaded to Instastories today, so be sure to follow along here) - I personally love to wear my lululemon "align" leggings, or these amazon dupes (AMAZING DEAL, btw!), along with one of my Barefoot Dreams cardigans. I'll share more about my obsession with their brand at a later point, but if you've been on the fence, go buy something now! You will not regret it. Below are a few of my top sales picks!

{2} Create a "homey" office space - Regardless of where we're working in our home, we're still working, right? I know my days tend to be just as stressful, if not more-so now, because of our inability to connect and discuss matters in-person. Seeing images of those I love, near and far, give me a sense of peace. Add some of your favorite pictures, a blanket and/or candles to the area, if not already there, to make yourself feel at ease during the day.

{3} Keep your desk clutter-free - I consider myself very fortunate to have a designated home office. Since we had the extra space (for now) and I worked remotely fairly often prior to the pandemic, it was a no-brainer when we moved into our house; however, many of my friends and co-workers do not have the same luxury. I recommend choosing an area in your home that makes you feel happy (see tip 2), but provides for a flat, desk-like surface, such as a countertop or dining table. The first week of quarantine, I actually worked from my kitchen island, and found it to be just as conducive as my office...but I was way too close to the fridge! #Quarantine15... Once you have your space figured out, keep that surface as clear as possible. For example, I know it's tempting to keep that half drunk coffee cup out, but there's a risk it will fall over as you're working. Frankly, the chaos of any extra stuff all around, such as unnecessary papers or random things that belong in other rooms, will just add to the frustrations of the day.

{4} Take frequent, purposeful breaks - This has really helped me to not only cross things off my work to-do list, but my daily, quarantine to-do list. By getting up every hour or so, schedule permitting, I can throw in laundry, address any personal emails, meal prep, etc. I would also encourage anyone who gets a one-hour lunch break to use that time to get a workout in! While I don't do that every day, when I do, it really feels like a huge accomplishment. Sometimes that's the only thing I've accomplished for the day, and that's okay. It's also something I would never be able to do with a normal work schedule, so I love to take advantage. I've tried to apply that mindset to other things I catch myself complaining about during this time, and it has helped me with any anxieties I've had through this process. Hopefully, that tidbit helps you too!

{5} Make your space functional for proper workflow - It's important to assess what is required for you to effectively do your job. I personally need a second monitor and access to a printer. Sometimes,  I just have to review a document the old-fashioned way, rather than on a screen. I don't have many other prerequisites, but you may need a specific computer setup, phone connection or filing system. My point is to do what you can to set yourself up for success within the workspace you've chosen. Also, don't hesitate to reach out to your manager or IT department with inquiries about how to better your workflow. I was able to get a refurbished monitor last year for my home office, at no cost to my company. They were literally about to be recycled, when a coworker told me to put in the request.

Bonus Tip: These are strange, unusual and unprecedented times. Give yourself grace. Give yourself flexibility. Allow yourself to decompress, when you feel necessary. We'll make it through, slowly but surely, no matter what your current day-to-day looks like. 

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