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Beauty Guru Dina Elliot Shares Her Product Picks For Troubleshooting Any FBP

Beauty Guru Dina Elliot Shares Her Product Picks For Troubleshooting Any FBP

If you’ve ever wondered which salon products are a worthy splurge, this post is for you. 

Meet Dina Elliot, whose company Exit One Solutions is the go-to marketing, advertising and PR company for many high-end brands encompassing star stylists, plus professional hair and skincare products sold exclusively at salons and spas.

She gets hair superstars like Oscar Blandi and Giannandrea on the phone after a ring or two. Pretty cool.

She’s also my hair and skin doctor; not a visit goes by when she’s not spraying something on me or prescribing something to fix my frizz or facial lines.

Best yet, I’m proud to call this gal a friend. It’s funny how our paths never crossed until Naples. We’re the same age, grew up 15 minutes apart from each other in NJ, have mutual girlfriends from high school, and did time in NYC, where she studied at Juilliard on the path to becoming a professional opera singer and earned her journalism degree at NYU.

Full disclosure: I’ve freelanced for her. And trust me upon walking into her offices, the client product walls and shelves are seriously mind blowing. Here’s a peek:

Here are some (not all!) of our beauty closet samples for editors, bloggers and influencers! If you are are beauty junkie like me, this is heaven! #loveourclients

Here are some (not all!) of our beauty closet samples for editors, bloggers and influencers! If you are are beauty junkie like me, this is heaven! #loveourclients

Hair product wall, part 2.

Hair product wall, part 2.

So here’s the thing: when someone like Dina has access to anything and everything, who doesn’t want a peek at her personal stash? 

Reminiscent of Sephora’s warehouse, turns out it’s a generous mix of client lines and other brands she loves.

By category, in her own words, here’s her take on what works for solving her Florida Beauty Problems:

Hair

JOON    has an awesome hair oil with actual saffron threads in the glass bottle. I have fine hair but a lot of it, and oils can easily weigh it down. This one doesn't - the results are just beautiful. Makes my hair feel conditioned and with loads of shine.

JOON has an awesome hair oil with actual saffron threads in the glass bottle. I have fine hair but a lot of it, and oils can easily weigh it down. This one doesn't - the results are just beautiful. Makes my hair feel conditioned and with loads of shine.

Aiir    is a new product I love from influencer    Jenny Strebe   . Super cool range. This completely refreshes my hair, and the scent is to-die-for amazing, perfect when I travel or go to events at the end of a workday.

Aiir is a new product I love from influencer Jenny Strebe. Super cool range. This completely refreshes my hair, and the scent is to-die-for amazing, perfect when I travel or go to events at the end of a workday.

Keratin Complex Obsessed Multi Benefit Treatment Spray    They got the name right on this one. I — and many editor friends — are OBSESSED with this leave-in which provides multiple benefits to hair. Great for Florida’s weather because it helps keep hair frizz-free!

Keratin Complex Obsessed Multi Benefit Treatment Spray They got the name right on this one. I — and many editor friends — are OBSESSED with this leave-in which provides multiple benefits to hair. Great for Florida’s weather because it helps keep hair frizz-free!

Love, love, love my    Elchim    dryer! It is absolutely worth getting a professional dryer and hair tools. It is light, ergonomic and I can dry or style with it easily!    TEK   ’s handmade wooden brushes and combs are super gentle on hair and worth every penny. Seriously, don’t skimp on hair tools or brushes; the benefits for your hair are measurable.

Love, love, love my Elchim dryer! It is absolutely worth getting a professional dryer and hair tools. It is light, ergonomic and I can dry or style with it easily! TEK’s handmade wooden brushes and combs are super gentle on hair and worth every penny. Seriously, don’t skimp on hair tools or brushes; the benefits for your hair are measurable.

Skincare

My name is Dina and I have a skincare addiction….seriously.

This is a fraction of what I have. Love    Dermaquest   's professional range - beautiful products and incredible serums for every skin type and need. I’m also using Forever Bloom, a terrific new line. Other products I’m using:    HempBeauty’s new Beauty Rest Night Elixir   , a light oil. Loving the overnight results.    Just Chill CBD Oil    roller is great for aches and pains — especially on my neck — either from traveling or sitting at the computer all day. It’s great on any pressure point or as a moisturizing oil.

This is a fraction of what I have. Love Dermaquest's professional range - beautiful products and incredible serums for every skin type and need. I’m also using Forever Bloom, a terrific new line. Other products I’m using: HempBeauty’s new Beauty Rest Night Elixir, a light oil. Loving the overnight results. Just Chill CBD Oil roller is great for aches and pains — especially on my neck — either from traveling or sitting at the computer all day. It’s great on any pressure point or as a moisturizing oil.

Makeup

Makeup and I have love/hate relationship depending on the day and Southwest Florida’s weather and humidity. My morning routine is fairly streamlined (working moms don't always have the luxury of long makeup application time!)

Dina’s makeup drawer

Dina’s makeup drawer

One makeup range that I adore and use often is Au Naturale Cosmetics, a clean, sustainable, natural range handmade in Wisconsin. If you haven't tried their makeup, you owe it to yourself to try it!  

Products that always deliver great results for me:

Dior's Capture Dreamskin does double-duty as a skincare treatment, primer and illuminator. It works alone, but it's also perfect under foundation.

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation - love that it's lightweight and lasts. If you want more coverage, it's buildable! Also recommend Au Naturale Semi-Matte Powder Foundation - it delivers great coverage and almost airbrushed finish while not drying out your skin!

Au Naturale's Pore Minimizing Finishing Powder is a lifesaver.

YSL Touche Éclat highlighter/concealer is a classic must-have. The company calls it a "magic wand" and it is!

My go-to blushes (great for travel) are Au Naturale's Anywhere Crème Multistick (which also can be used on lips and eyes) and Urban Decay's Naked Flush that includes bronzer, blush and highlighter in one palette.  

Even though I live in Florida, I don't sit out in the sun and tan very often, but love a sun-kissed glow. Au Naturale Luminous Cream Bronzer Stick is awesome and gives the right amount of "tan". Another to try is IT Cosmetics Anti-Aging Matte Bronzer, Luminizer and Brightening Blush Palette.

I admit I have a problem with lipsticks and glosses - I have way, way too many! Love Charlotte Tilbury (my faves are Pillow Talk and Very Victoria), Tom Ford lip color (adore his more intense shades for night), MAC and Au Naturale.

Mascara - Don’t laugh, but my Maybelline Great Lash is what I always come back to. I have tried so many expensive ones that promise miracle lashes yet don't deliver. L'Oréal Paris Voluminous and Au Naturale's are also excellent.

The edit.

The edit.

Bath

When possible, I enjoy a hot, long bath to relax. I use all kinds of bath products and even Epsom salts.    Barr-Co.    makes a great milk soak. I love treating myself to    Jo Malone    wash and body lotion.    Nivea Vanilla with Almond Oil    is also terrific. Despite living in Florida, I don't go out in the sun and tan all the time, so I use    Neutrogena MicroMist    tanner on my legs when I start looking too pale.

When possible, I enjoy a hot, long bath to relax. I use all kinds of bath products and even Epsom salts. Barr-Co. makes a great milk soak. I love treating myself to Jo Malone wash and body lotion. Nivea Vanilla with Almond Oil is also terrific. Despite living in Florida, I don't go out in the sun and tan all the time, so I use Neutrogena MicroMist tanner on my legs when I start looking too pale.

Fragrance

I love perfume and seem to switch out every few years but this is what’s currently stocked: a friend gifted me jewelry designer    Irene Neuwirth   's fragrance and I love it. I also have several classic    Chanel    scents including the unisex Paris-Venise with hints of neroli and vanilla ,  plus an assortment of Tom Ford (the minis are great for traveling.)    Tom Ford   ’s scents are so perfect for an evening out…I especially love    Tobacco Vanille   !

I love perfume and seem to switch out every few years but this is what’s currently stocked: a friend gifted me jewelry designer Irene Neuwirth's fragrance and I love it. I also have several classic Chanel scents including the unisex Paris-Venise with hints of neroli and vanilla, plus an assortment of Tom Ford (the minis are great for traveling.) Tom Ford’s scents are so perfect for an evening out…I especially love Tobacco Vanille!

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