Luxury For Princess Hair Extensions

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I love the option of having long hair and short hair. I do not consider my self a hair extension connoisseur, but what I do know is Luxury For Princess makes good quality hair. Luxury For Princess clip-in extensions are made of 100% Remy human hair. The clips are the strongest clips I have ever tried, that is because they contain a silicone strip to help protect and grab onto to the hair. They carry four different grams of hair, Princess hair 120G, Princess Deluxe 160G,  Princess Super Deluxe 220G, and Princess Glamorous 260G, which is what I have for my thick and short hair. My color is "Butterscotch Blonde #14" It comes with a tester two clip weft so you can see if it will match your hair, if they do not you can return them if the rest of the hair is unopened. Luckily, they matched perfectly. These clip-ins are very soft, thick and long, 22 inches!  I did layer my hair and cut off about two inches. If your hair is short you do need layers to blend it all together. Overall, I had a great experience with this company and would recommend these to any one looking for good quality extensions! 
These Clips are very strong. I did not have to tease my hair for it to stay in. Also, It comes with an extra clip in case one gets loose and falls off later on.
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Makeup of the day: Pink Pout

Friday, August 22, 2014

As the end of summer quickly approaches and we transition into fall, I wanted to do something colorful and bright. I mixed a couple colors on my lips and paired it with a copper colored eyeshadow. I love summer colors and it was fun doing a makeup look that I love to wear. Here are the products I used to achieve this "Pink Pout" and everything else you need to know is listed below...

Foundation: NARS Sheer glow
Concealer: MAC Prolongwear 
Powder: MAC mineralized Skin finish
Blush: Too Faced "Perfect Flush"
Bronzer: Milani Baked Bronzer
Highlight: MAC "soft and gentle"
Eyeshadow: MAC pigment "Copper Sparkle" NYX pigment "Pearl" Lorac Pro Palette
Lashes: House of Lashes "Iconic"
Lipstick: Milani lip intense liquid color "pink rave" and "violet addict" Nars Turkish delight lipgloss

Milani Lip intense Liquid Color is a dupe for TOO FACED melted!

Nars "Turkish Delight" favorite lip gloss of all time
Contacts are Desio eyes "Creamy Beige"
Necklace from SHOPBYPOLAR they have amazing jewelry and gorgeous colors I love this aqua
stone necklace! FREE SHIPPING with Promo Code 
I was surprised with pink flowers that went perfect with my pink lips! 

Hit or Miss? Drug Store Foundations

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

There are so many drug store foundations it can be overwhelming choosing the right one for your skin type. I have combination skin, oily in the summer and dry in the winter. I hand picked three very different foundations that are very popular, from dewy, satin, and matte finishes. Keep in mind, every one has a different skin type. So, what works for me may not work for you. Here are some of my "hit and misses" of drugstore foundations.

L'Oreal True Match
This foundation has every color for any skin undertone from cool, neutral and warm. I use this foundation on a lot of clients because of the finish and color match. L'Oreal has some amazing products!

PROS: Satin Finish, medium coverage can be built up to full, wide range of colors, easy to blend, looks good on most skin types
CONS: SPF 17 is not good for flash photography

FIT Me Foundation:
This foundation seems to favor more olive undertones than pink undertones. Although, they do have a large selection of colors so you can mix foundations for your perfect shade. This foundation is an oily skin persons worst night mare. Maybelline Fit me has a whole collection of makeup including fit me concealer, which I really love!

PROS: Dewy Finsh, light coverage, wide arrange of colors
CONS: Greasy, does not last long, oxidizes 

Revlon Colorstay & Revlon Color stay Whipped

Yes, I know these are two different foundations but they are similar in the way they hold up on the skin. They are both great foundations for oily skin, if you are dry, stay away! Revlon Colorstay carries a lot of pink undertones, so if that is you it should be easy to find a color. If you are like me with yellow undertones it will be difficult finding the right color, so plan on buying two and mixing! 

Revlon Colorstay
PROS: Matte finish, full coverage, long lasting
CONS: Dries quickly, can look patchy, paint smell, small color selection

Revlon Colorstay Whipped
PROS: Matte/Satin Finish, full coverage, long lasting, blends easier than Revlon Colorstay
CONS: Feels heavy on the skin, bad color selection

From Left to right: Revlon Colorstay Whipped, Revlon Colorstay, L'Oreal True Match,  and FIT me foundation

L'Oreal True Match in W6!

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream

Friday, August 15, 2014

I think we all can agree that reapplying a lipstick all day is a waste of product and money. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream is a creamy formula that dries to a matte finish. I like to call it what it is, a lip stain. They come is twenty two different shades from a soft nude to a neon orange. I have been using NYX for a few years and I love how inexpensive they are for such great quality. I only own five, some I love and others are decent. Here are my pros and cons of the NYX matte lip creams.

From left to right: Buenos Aires, Zurich, Tokyo, Addis Ababa, Antwerp

Buenos Aires: Peach/Nude
Pros: Great with bolder makeup looks Cons: Not great on fair skin

Antwerp: Coral/Pink
Pros: Flattering on most skin tones Cons: None
Tokyo: Lavender/Pink
Pros: Great with Smokey eyes  Cons: Hard color to pull off
Addis Ababa: Fuchsia/Pink
                  Pros: Great Summer lip  Cons: It can be too much with a lot of eye makeup

Winner is Addis Ababa!

Mommy Makeover

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Jennie Barry is a natural beauty and has lovely blue eyes. Mother's hardly have time to pamper themselves. It’s important to feel good about yourself. So, here are a few tips that all the moms out there can try for a date night look, a night out with the girls, or just for fun! This look is flattering on most people and can be done in the comfort of your own home with some practice. 

Some things are worth investing in, like the beauty blender, which is a $20 for a sponge. Sounds ridiculous, but its magic in a sponge. I use a beauty blender on every client. 

Products used:

Foundation: NYX HD foundation- I used a beauty blender sprayed with rose water
Concealer: MAC prolong wear concealer- beauty blend it!
Powder: Anastasia Beverly hills highlight & contour palette
Highlight: MAC soft and gentle- applied to the high points of the face
Eye shadow: Urban Decay NAKED basics palette
Eye liner: L’Oreal gel liner on top and bottom lash line
Lashes: ARDELL DEMI WISPIES stacked- If you are not used to lashes you can skip this step or cut lashes in half or easier application and more natural look.
Lip liner/Lip stick: JORDANA lip liner “Tawny” MAC “strip down” lip liner, MAC “coral bliss” and MAC “myth” lipstick, NARS “Turkish Delight” lip gloss

NYX HD foundation is a dupe for a great foundation Makeup forever HD foundation. It has a satin finish and looks good on almost every one. I was applying this foundation to Jennie with a beauty blender and she really liked the way the foundation felt and looked.  

 Sister, Sister! Loved doing their makeup. So beautiful!

Sunless Tanning

Monday, August 11, 2014

I am part Puerto Rican and part Scottish, so I naturally get very dark during the summer, but if I am not tanning then I have a very fair olive skin tone. In Seattle, it is overcast every day and I worked at a tanning salon. During that time I learned all about spray tans and how fast I could go from fair to golden. From then on, I started to try out sprays, lotions, and foams. Some I loved and some gave me allergic reactions. Sunless Tanning can be tricky, but once you find the right product you actually save money on spray tans and save your skin. Here are some popular tanning products I have tried and some tips on how to apply, maintain and choose the right product. Find out below my favorite Self Tanner.

Sun Labs Lotion
Pros: Natural Color, easy application and no mess
Cons: Strong smell and does not last long
Application: I apply this using a tanning mit in circular motions. Let it sit for at least six hours, then wash off in the shower. I like this self tanner and will probably buy it again. I have almost used the whole bottle. It will turn your skin brown, not orange because it has a green under tone. If you can get past the smell and the fact that you will be applying this at least three times a week then I would recommend it.

Fake Bake Flawless Liquid
Pros: Natural Tan, dries quickly and non greasy formula
Cons: Messy, fades patchy and allergic reaction
Application: Spray Fake Bake onto tanning mit and apply quickly as this product dries fast. I love the color outcome and it lasts at least three days before it starts to fade away and become patchy. As much as I love the color, I break out in hives every time I use this, even though it says on the bottle "hypoallergenic." You never know how your skin will react. So, do an allergy test on a small part of your arm and see if it your skin reacts. Overall, good product, if you have sensitive skin I would not recommend Fake Bake.

Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs
Pros: Inexpensive, blurs imperfections and dries quickly
Cons:  None
Application: This is not a gradual self tanner it is more of a tanning body makeup. So, it will wash off in the shower. The great thing about this product is you can apply it everywhere, but you have to let it dry for at least fifteen minutes before putting on your outfit and going out. Make sure to get the waterproof one, because once it sets it will not budge until you take a shower. I mix this with a little lotion and apply it. This really does live up to it's name and I saw that Kim Kardashian uses it. So go pick some up for your self! 

St. Tropez Self Tan Dark Mousse
Pros: Easy to Apply and beautiful color
Cons: Pricey
Application: I apply this using gloves or my tanning mit. It blends in nicely and also has a green undertone to it. Once you rinse it off after at least six hours you are left with a beautiful bronzed glow. This is one of the best self tanners. If you are willing to dish out some money it is definitely worth it.

From left to right: St. Tropez, Sally Hansen, Sun Labs, Fake Bake

Tip: If you get Self Tanner on your hands you can use toothpaste to get it off. I have also had success with nail polish remover, and lemon.

Tip: Exfoliate your skin before application, apply lotion to any rough patches such as knees and elbows. Use a Tanning Mit with gloves underneath to apply self tanner for even coverage. Maintain your tan by moisturizing every day.

The winner is St. Tropez!

Wing it!

Friday, August 8, 2014

There is something so sleek and pretty about a good winged liner. You can pair it with a nude lip, pink lips, red, orange, the list goes on. A winged liner can be worn anywhere, day time or night time and can be achieved in less than twenty minutes. I prefer to pair a simple winged liner with a bright lip and that is what we did on Tori. I did a spin on the classic winged liner and red lip and paired the winged liner with an orange lip. 

Product Details:

L'Oreal True Match

Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit

Anastasia Beverly Hills DIPBROW Pomade "Dark brown"

L'Oreal Gel Liner

House Of Lashes "Tigress"

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick "Melted Coral"

 Favorite Product: Elf Liquid Liner 

If you don't like working with gel liners, try out this drugstore liquid liner. It is long lasting, pigmented, and easy to apply. It has a smaller brush if you want a thinner liner but can be built up to a thicker line. I love this product. Try it out!

Tip: Practice, Practice, Practice! It's okay if you don't get it right the first few times. Try sketching out with an eyeshadow and an angled brush where you want your liner to be placed. Then, fill it in with your liner of choice. Take your time, if you make a mistake, use a q-tip with makeup remover to fix any mistakes.