Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Red Lipstick All on the Paper

Summer is truly all about color. Nothing says look at me like these lovely red lips. Combo includes Mac's Lady Bug and Victoria Secrets Cherry bomb lipgloss. Don't like it bright well layer a dark liner on first and add color. Wanna tone it down dab your lips with a tissue paper for a matte look!

Friday, June 8, 2012

My Curly Girl Hair Routine

Curly Girl: The HandbookThe curly girl handbook featured to the right provides tips about curly hair.  The book features women with different types of curl patterns and focuses on embracing natural texture. The "curly girl method" is well known in the natural world however every natural has their own unique styling method. It took me some time to figure out what my hair needed but it was well worth the journey!

My curly girl hair routine consist of the following:
1. Co-wash hair with Tressemme Natural Conditioner
    (a) Detangle, masssage scalp, and rinse conditioner with cold water.
    (b) Reapply Tressemme Natural Conditioner and leave in hair
2. Apply Mizani True Textures Curl Soft Leave in Conditioner
3. Apply Mixed Silk Elements Leaving In Conditioning Creme
4. Style hair as desired, diffuse with blow dryer or air dry.
This process reduces frizz, maintains moisture, and allows me to wear
my curls without re-washing for 5 days!

Night Time Routine
1. Place hair into a 3 pineapples using ouchless bans.
2. Spray water on each ponytail and add olive oil to seal in moisture.
3. Place bonnet on head and prepare for bed
4. If your scalp get dry at night, add a little bit of olive to your scalp

Morning Routine (2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th day hair routine)
1. Remove pineapple and bonnet
2. Using your hands shake hair out
3. If needed spray water on hair and add olive oil for moisture and shine
**I sometimes use gel to refresh my curls along with water and oil.
My Hair June 2012
Favorite Products for Wash and Go Hair
1. Mizani True Texture Cleansing Creme
2. Mizani Moisturefuse Conditioner
3. Hair One with Argon Oil for Curly Hair
4. Mixed Silk Leave In Conditioning Creme
5. Mizani Curly Soft Leave in Conditioner
6. JOICO Hydrating Conditioner
7. Tresemme Naturals Conditioner
7. Organic Roots Hair Mayonnaise Deep Conditioner
8. Olive Oil and Soybean Oil Combo from Dollar Tree

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Spring Poka Dots

I love anything that is different. This low and high sheer top adds chic style to any wardrobe. I found this top at TJ Maxx for less than $20. Love it. I wore it to work. It's so stylish and will certainly turn heads!

I paired this with some basic black pants and nude heel sandals. There is no need to add a lot of assesories, the
shirt speaks for itself.

The shirt has what I call bat wings and a cute button in the back for added drama. See pictures below.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

My favorite concealers!

Warm months for most of us means less make up and more skin. With that being said who doesn't want perfect skin. These are the days that I consistently rock my concealer only method. Meaning I only use concealer to even out my skin tone, cover blemishes, and dark circles. Concealer is a must have for anyone interested in a perfect natural look. Below are detailed descriptions of my favorite concealers.

 1. MAC Prolong Wear NW 35 ($17.00) - I love this concealer. It's provides medium coverage and last for up to 15 hours. The product is build-able, easy to blend, and works well with other products. The container is glass and the pump can be a little messy at times. However, a little goes a long way. I like to use this concealer under my eyes especially for work and long meeting days when  I will not have time to touch up my makeup. The product tries quickly so you have to work fast. You can apply it with your fingers or with a brush. I prefer a brush. It truly last all day!

2. MAC Select Cover NW 35 ($17.00)- This concealer offers light coverage. In my opinion it also brightens. I use it under my eyes for a semi Kim Kardashian look. This product gives a very dewy finish and works best for normal to dry skin. Its a liquid formula and applies very easily to the skin. You can apply it with your finger or a brush. The product is build-able and works well alone or with other products.

3. MAC Studio Finish NW 35 ($17.00) - This concealer provides heavy coverage. It covers severe dark circles and pimples with ease. This product is very intense and can be cakey if you apply to much. However, with proper application it can provide a very nice finish to the skin. You will need to set this concealer with a powder so that it can stay in place. Photographs well and can also provide a very natural finish. Sometimes I do add a brightening concealer on top of this product to highlight the under eye area.

 4. NYX HD Concealer  Tan ($4.99) - This product brightens the under eye area with ease. The concealer also works well with MAC concealers. It offers light coverage and can be used as a eye brow highlighter. I use this product almost daily for a quick and easy "bright eyed" look. The price point isn't bad either. I purchased this online at NYX.com for $4.99. This color is a little lighter than my skin tone so I primarily use it to highlight and brighten my eyes.

Friday, March 23, 2012

NARS Love Yourself Blush and Bronzing Powder

This is my favorite new blush and lip gloss combo! The set is $49 at Sephora but it is so worth it. The blush color looks great on any skin tone and offers a buildable hint of color. The full size blush is a great value. One Nars blush retails for $25. So a two for the  price of one combo, rocks! Set includes blush color Angelica and bronzer Laguna. The lip gloss is called Angelica and matches the blush while providing  long lasting color. I already use and love the Nars Sheer Glow foundation. So this set definitely meets my expectations. It is well worth the money. You will look like a million dollars! wink wink:) 

Thursday, March 22, 2012

My Favorite Things for Spring 2012

There are lots of trends to follow in spring 2012, from the smoky eye, colorful accessories, to pops of color. Of these trends, my favorites include a bright red lipstick and a trendsetting fedora.

Red lipstick is in for spring! There are so many different kinds of reds. I recently found an inexpensive fiery orange at Walgreens for $1.69(Wet n Wild, Salsa Lessons). This color is all you need to set off your face. It makes people look at you and makes a colorful statement. I like that its bright but not clownish on my tan skin. The lipstick glides on very well and provides even color!

My other favorite is a tan and black ribbon fedora. This is a reoccurring spring/summer trend from 2011 but it is so stylish and adds a bit of couture to any look. I like wearing my hat with skinny jeans, and shorts! The featured hat's style reminds me of a Micheal Jackson video but it also very boho with the wicker texture. I found this at Forever21 for less than $10.00.

These two favorites also work well together and create a very cool and causal look!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

March Glam Bag Review(better not best)

I was excited to see the little pink package in the mail this week. Hoping that after many complaints posted on the site about last month's bag, this month's bag would rock out. Well, not so much. Maybe I am expecting to much in the first place. But the good news is that it came with the cutest blending brush and case, great for travel. But the bag itself smelled like moth balls, what's up with that! This month's bag featured the following products:

1. Eye Lift Perfector
2. Pur-Protect SPF 30 Essential Daily Moisturizer
3. Keracolor Color Enhancing Leave-in Treatment
4. Bronze Booster Full Size
5. MyGlam exclusive Classic Crease Brush and Case
6. $25 DermStore gift card

I will admit that the March bag is a lot better than last month. I will actually use the bronzer, brush, and gift card. Visit myglam.com for more info.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Mizani Moisturfuse Conditioner

I recently decided to switch up my conditioner and try something new. This conditioner is a high end product noted for its ability to restore and bind moisture into the hair. It is also slated to improve manageability. Last night was my first time using it. My hair felt really nice. However, I want to see how my hair responds over time. It's doesn't smell to bad and did not feel heavy on my hair. I am definitely interested in trying out the shampoo. Visit www.mizani-usa.com for more details and other products. I purchased the conditioner from Ulta for around $16.00 for 8.5 fl oz. see picture below. To see how my hair turned out. Click this link Natural Hair Straightening Tips

Friday, March 9, 2012

My first glam bag! Happy/Sad Face

Ok so there is a beauty subscription program by make up guru Michelle Phan. The bag shown below is the February Glam bag. Items in the bag include

1. Dead Sea Premier Mask
2. X  Out Shine Control
3. NYX Roll On Shimmer - Full Size
4. Freeman Facial Hydration Mask
5. $100 NuMe gift certificate
6. Godiva Chocolate Bar
7. Little pink Bag with hearts.

This is a $10 per month program. But my first bag was not as exciting as I had hoped (sad face). The only products that I enjoyed using were the X Out Shine Control and Freeman's facial mask(happy face). Otherwise, I was disappointed. My March bag is on the way, so hopefully it will be much better. The program is supposed to provide at least one full size beauty product each month and several samples. However, you may not always like what comes in your cute little glam bag. Each bag has a theme and of course the little bag is great for storing makeup and other trinkets. This is also an inexpensive way to try new beauty products.

If you are interested checkout www.myglam.com.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

China Glaze Craze

Check out my latests China Glaze additions. Perfect for spring and summer. These beauties offer a pop of color and are sure to brighten your day!

Colors are Dance Baby(pink) and Four Leaf Clover (green).

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Style File: Red Pants!

I love these pants. I found them at a thrift store for $1.50. The key to finding great pieces at a thrift store is shop during the week, that is go shopping while all other thrifters are at work! :) Enjoy

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Shoe File - Jessica Simpson Color Block (Bendie)

Hot! That is the word I use to describe these shoes. Dillard's is currently having a sale on shoes. With 65% off plus an additional 40% off, I paid $20.00(includes tax). Great for spring and summer, these shoes showcase bright yellow, purple, and pink colors.

They are extremely high but the platform makes this shoe very very comfortable.

Check out the photos!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Simple and Easy Skincare

Do you need a simple and easy skin care plan? Check these products out.

Ponds Dry Skin Cream - provides instant hydration to the skin. The cream can be applied before makeup application and at night. A little goes a long way. It's hypoallergenic, won't clog pores, and perfect for sensitive skin. Visit Walgreens $6.

Spa Sister Face Brush - a gentle way to massage cleanser into the skin. The bristles are soft and the brush is easy to clean. Visit TJ Maxx

Biore Blemish Fighting Ice cleanser - this cleanser has salicylic acid acne treatment, provides a cool sensation, and instantly zaps large pores. Used with the face brush, it provides a deep clean. Visit Walgreens

I use these products daily. My skin is clearer, oil free, and healthier.

Splitting Nails Be Gone!

I paint my nails once a week. And without fail within a few days they start to peel and split. I have tried all kinds of remedies and nail care plans. But this product gets my approval. It's quick, easy, and doesn't ruin my nail color. It's Nail Life from Sally's. Retails for $7.99. All you do is apply it before you paint your nails and let it dry. After that paint your nails any color and add a second coat. That's it! Easy! Add a new coat daily or every other day.

Try it out! It really works!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Style File: Color Block Bleeker T- Shirt and Pencil Skirt

This spring color blocking is "in". Take a look at this style using a StyleMint.com -  pink Bleeker t-shirt and a purple pencil skirt from Forever 21. The purple and pink combination sets off the spring season with everyday wearable chic appeal. This outfit can be worn to work, on date night, or out with the girls!

Tarte Smooth Operator Finishing Powder

I love this powder. It's white and does not leave your skin cakey or ashey. Use after you apply foundation and blush for a oil -free finish that last all day!

Retail $28.00 at Ulta and Sephora

Julep Nail Polish Program

I recently joined the Julep nail polish program. For $19.99 a month, you get 3 nail polish products which includes 2 nail colors and 1 nail care product. The selections are based on a quiz that you take and are tailored to your personal color style. I am a American Beauty however I was not all that impressed with my color choices. So for the up coming month, I have decided to become a Boho Beauty! I like the bright colors in that color family a lot better.

Is this a worthwhile program, the verdict is still out! But its worth a try. Visit Julep Nail Color Program

                                                Photos features (Glitter, Glenn, cuticle oil)

Jewel Mint - Prairie Rose Necklace

I recently joined Jewel Mint, a monthly subscription program. For $29.99 per month you can choose a uniquely styled piece that matches your style. This piece as featured below has purple and teal stones with purple and silver beading. It is a long necklace that goes very well with low necklines!

I highly recommend this subscriptions program! Visit Jewel Mint