Current Favorites| Ep. 1

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  1. MAC Studio Sculpt mascara
  2. Benefit Eye Bright
  3. Madison Street Beauty Sheer Glow highlighter
  4. Essence I Love Extreme Crazy Volume mascara
  5. Sedona Lace gel liner in Black Out
  6. Wet N Wild Comfort Zone palette
  7. MAC Electric Cool eye shadow
  8. MAC 159 brush
  9. Sephora lip gloss in Fresh Shimmery Peach
  10. Bare Minerals Bare Skin foundation
  11. NARS blush in Deep Throat
  12. MAC Large Travel Tote

Tutorial| Classic Pin Up Inspired Makeup

Hey hey! So I’m back again with another tutorial and in this look…let’s just be honest, I wanted an excuse to wear my favorite bold lip shade…RED! (LOL)

I’ve had the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette for SO MANY months now and I only used it once (on a client) and never picked it up again so I decided to incorporate this palette into the look to achieve a very matte, sultry cat eye.

I also wanted to play up the “classic red” lip and make it more appropriate for the colder months that are fast approaching. So for this look, I took a very classic, glamorous red and bumped it up a bit with a more deep vampy burgundy hue for a bolder take on pin up makeup.

ENJOY!

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PRODUCTS USED:
EYES:
  • MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre
  • Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette:
    • Salted Caramel
    • Milk Chocolate
    • Cherry Cordial
    • White Chocolate
  • Sedona Lace Gel Liner in Black Out
  • Benefit Eye Bright
  • Cherry Blossom lashes in #01
  • Essence I Love Extreme Crazy Volume mascara

FACE:

  • MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation in NC42
  • MAC Prep + Prim Hilighting Pen in Light Boost
  • LA Girl Pro Concealer in Pure Beige
  • MAC MSF Natural in Medium Golden
  • MAC Extra Dimension Bronzer in Delphic
  • NARS blush in Deep Throat
  • Madison Street Beauty Sheer Glow Highlighter

LIPS:

  • MAC lipstick in Viva Glam I
  • MAC lipstick in Sin

First Impressions| Glam Angels Hair: Peruvian Straight & Brazilian Straight

Hey babez! I’m back with another first impressions hair review! I’ve been lacking in this department because I’ve just been way too busy to accept any new companies and give my usual thorough review. However, I was recently reached out to by a hair company that I’ve seen around but haven’t really heard much about and decided to give them a chance. 

I was contacted by Glam Angels Hair.

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This item was sent to me for review consideration by Glam Angels Hair. I am not affiliated with Glam Angels Hair  nor am I receiving any compensation for this review. This is my 100% unbiased opinion.

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Availability: glamangelshair.com

Pricing: $75.00+ (per bundle)

What It Is: I was sent 3 bundles of their Peruvian Straight hair in the lengths 16″, 18″ and 20″. I was also sent a closure with the bundles and since their Peruvian hair did not come with a matching closure I selected their Brazilian Straight closure in 14″.

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As per every company I’ve reviewed so far, shipping was perfectly fine and in a timely manner.

The bundles looked just  like the photos on the website, if not better. At first touch, the hair was EXTREMELY soft and silky with no brittle or dry feel to the bundles at all.

In my old reviews I usually washed my bundles and closure before installing them, however I have been sending my hair out to be made into a wig so that I can have more versatility and options while still doing protective styles.

The hair looked a bit short when I first opened the package and even shorter when I received my completed wig but once it was washed it was true to length. I always encourage people to deep condition their hair and let it air dry over night to truly see what it looks like before judging the hair as well as adding some life and moisture back into the hair.

The stylist that made the wig  informed me that the wefts were not bonded or sealed on the bundles. Instead, the hair was sewn onto a domed wig cap using the “fold over” method. For those who are unfamiliar this method it is where you basically sew the wefts on continuously as opposed to measuring and cutting the wefts then sewing them on in individual layers. This method works great if you do not want to ruin your wefts for reuse and/or you don’t want your hair to shed like crazy or you don’t want to seal the wefts. The final result wasn’t bulky looking or bulging so I am pleased.

All 3 of the bundles were used in this wig and the amount of hair I was sent is enough hair for a realistic look but felt a little light, which I’m not sure is a good thing just yet. When I looked on the website they did indicate that the density of this hair is very low, which is what gives it that light weight feel.

If you plan on having your longest length be longer than 20″ you’ll probably want to get an extra bundle of the longest length so that the ends of the hair won’t look sparse and stringy.

Once I received the wig I washed it and let it air dry for about a day. The bundles did not have an unpleasant scent to them but they did have a scent. My fingers glided through all the hair with ease but I did experience light shedding while finger combing and when using a large wide tooth comb. I did expect the hair to be a little bit more thick and coarse but it was super soft and smooth, it even had a slight wave/curl to it which caught me off guard since it’s labeled as “Peruvian STRAIGHT”. I took a look at the company’s site and it does indeed state that “although the hair is straight there is natural wave to some of the bundles.”

The closure has a nice amount of parting  parting space. The dimensions are 3.5×4. The closure is made with Swiss lace and light brown on color. Baby hair is present on each closure. The knots are not bleached. The color of the hair on the closure is quite dark hence the knots will be dark so I highly suggest bleaching the knots or tinting them with concealer. The closure did not blend as well with this hair as I thought it would but that isn’t anyone’s fault seeing as though they are two different grades and textures. The only down side to pairing these two textures together is that I may be unable to wear the unit in its natural state and will always need to apply heat to straighten or curl the hair so that they blend seamlessly. Other than that I really love the feel and texture of the closure.

I did not see any gray hairs or synthetic fillers when I looked through the bundles, however there were a bit of dust bits in between some of the strands (that may be fillers, I’m not sure). The hair and closure overall have a medium to borderline high luster (shine) which I don’t know how I feel about yet since I am more keen to low luster hair since it gives a more realistic look.

I’ve experienced very minimal tangling and shedding, 1-3 strands at the most. Both the bundles and the closure seem  to take heat and hold a curl really well. I do plan on straightening this unit very soon to see how it looks bone straight.

As of right now, I’m quite pleased with the results. I’m not in love just yet but I do like it. I’ll have to play around with the style a bit and then I’ll check back in a few more weeks for my final weigh in.  :-)

PRO Time| What’s In My Set Bag & Travel Kit

Hi my loves! As many of you have recently noticed, via social network, I’ve treated myself to a new travel case for my PRO kit!

If you’ve seen my updated Pro Kit post you know that my kit is quite extensive, consisting of 2 large rolling totes. That can be a hassle to carry around , especially when I don’t need every item at once.

I decided to look into something that was easy to carry and would help me slim down my kit when I only needed select products but was also big enough to house everything I needed.

TAKE A LOOK!

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My first bag is the “Large Artist/Actor Set Bag” by Monda Studio. I purchased mine from Paint and Powder Cosmetics (one of my favorite places to shop for my Pro kit)

Actor/Artist Set Bag - Large

This bag is affordable, durable and perfect for throwing in any touch up items you may need after you’ve made your model up and are heading out on location. Whether I’m traveling from my studio, to on set or location it just works. I’ve had this little guy for well over 3 years and everything is still in tact so it’s safe to say this thing is durable and you definitely can’t beat the price.

 

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Next up is the  pièce de ré·sis·tance…my new found love and baby! The “Pro Travel Case” by MAC.

As I previously said, my main kit consists of two large roller cases that can sometimes be a hassle to lug around, especially when I don’t need everything in them. I had been eyeing this kit for a while but couldn’t justify purchasing it until my freelance business picked up and having to carry 2 kits and a large chair around the city just wasn’t cutting it.

The exterior of the bag itself is very nice and sleek. It’s made up of a  heavy duty fabric with patent leather accents. It also has handle straps and a heavy-duty, clip-on adjustable shoulder strap. It has a zipper compartment on one side, where I keep my phone, cards, chargers, gum or anything else I may need, which also allows me to leave my purse behind and frees up some weight.  There are bands on the other side that are originally designed to slipped over the handle of the M∙A∙C Zuca rolling makeup bag but I have no problem fitting it  around the handle of any of my other train cases or luggage. You can also use that side to hold larger hair tools like a blow dryer, flat iron, wand curler, etc.

 The inside of the bag contains 3 zipped compartments made of mesh fabric on one side which allows me to house a good amount of my pro eye shadows palettes (I’m up to 6 so far) as well as a few slimmer ones. I also keep my paint pots, eye primers, eye liners and lip pencils on this side. I reserve one of the smaller pockets for my tools such as wedges, cotton pads, disposable wands, tweezers, eyelash curlers, etc.

The other side features 4 clear plastic removable bags, two large rectangular shaped and two small cubed shaped. These are awesome for keeping organized and being able to pull out exactly what you need and not have to dig through a bunch of other things. I really REALLY love the clear pouches, they are my favorite part of this bag. The best part about this side is that when I’m done using  the bag I can take the clears parts out and put them right into my larger kits without having to empty them out and when I need to use the MAC bag again I just go right into my kit and pull those 4 containers out and pop them on to the Velcro. It really cuts down on packing time!

 There is also a double sided pocket that separates both sides and can be removed and clipped to the shoulder straps of the briefcase. Having to flip between the flap to get to both sides can be annoying so I find this aspect to be extremely helpful when counter space is limited. I can just unzip it from the case and hang it on a door handle or chair.

 On one side I keep things like my mixing palette, a mirror, all of my foundation/powder palettes, concealer palettes and highlighting pens. On the other I keep my brow products, face primers, cleansers, moisturizers and mascaras.

Now I’m not going to lie, this bag may seem a little pricey coming in at $175, especially when there aren’t any wheels or additional parts but trust me when I say you will be getting SO much more than you bargained for with this bag. It’s nice to look at and will give you a very organized professional look when you whip this out on the job. It’s spacious, has wall to wall compartments and is surprisingly comfortable to hold and carry around, even when it’s fully packed. Its a great addition to my freelance kit and was worth every penny, discount or not.

Tutorial| Black Dahlia (w/Model)

Why hello there! Long time no see huh? I know I’ve been away for a while so I decided to come back with a special treat for you guys. I’ve really been wanting to do a “pre-fall” look that was dark yet wearable and focused more on perfected skin and a nice bold lip.

This look incorporates a muted neutral eye with soft metallic finishes, clean glowing skin and my favorite fall lip EVER!

I know a lot of you love when I do makeup tutorials on other models, especially of different skin tones so I had my lovely friend and fellow makeup artist, Feliza, be my canvas for this look. 

ENJOY!

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PRODUCTS USED:
EYES:
  • MAC Paint Pot in Laying’ Low
  • MAC e/s in Saddle
  • MAC e/s in Swiss Chocolate
  • MAC e/s in Bamboo
  • Coastal Scents e/s in Chocolate Berry
  • Coastal Scents e/s in Camel Taupe
  • Coastal Scents e/s in Cocoa Diamond
  • NARS Eye Paint in Snake Eyes
  • Cherry Blossom lashes in #110
  • MAC Zoom Fast mascara

FACE:

  • Tarte Clean Slate Flawless Primer
  • MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation in NC45
  • MAC Face & Body Foundation in C7
  • LA Girl Pro Concealer in Espresso
  • LA Girl Pro Concealer in Warm Honey
  • Graftobian Pro Setting Powder in Skin Tone Dark
  • Graftobian HD LuxeCashmere Setting Powder in Banana Cream Pie
  • Coastal Scents Forever Blush in Graceful
  • Coastal Scents Forever Blush in Dashing
  • e.l.f Facial Whip in Toasted

LIPS:

  • MAC Lip Liner in Currant
  • OCC Lip Tar in Black Metal Dahlia

Show & Tell| Onyx Box: August 2014

Hey babes and guys! This post is going to be an open box review of  the August ’14 ‘Onyx Box’!!

Click here for my previous Onyx Box Show & Tell!

ENJOY!

These items were sent to me for review consideration. I am not affiliated with ‘We Are Onyx’ nor am I receiving any compensation for this review. This is my 100% unbiased opinion.

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Availability: weareonyx.com

Pricing: $25.00/monthly

What You Get:

  • 1 Monthly Onyx Box
  • Up to 5 full sized /or deluxe sized beauty products

What It Is & How It Works:

We Are Onyx’ is the first monthly subscription service dedicated to specifically women of color. For $25 per month, you receive 5 deluxe-size or full size hair, skin, makeup and lifestyle products from high-end brands around the world. Every month ‘We Are Onyx’ will curate 4 products and you get to select your 5th from a selection of luxury beauty products.

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This months box is valued at about $60  and really focused on a lot of hair, nail and body care.

3 out of the 5 items I received in my box were full sized items and the 2 sample sized products were quite healthy in size so I’d say that this months box was $25 well spent!

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1. Design Essentials Natural Honey & Shea Edge Tamer, $11.99 

This edge control smells AH-FREAKING-MAZING!!! I’ve heard a lot about this brand and have actually seen it in action since my mom uses pretty much all the products they have (lol). However, this one is new to me. I haven’t had a chance to use this just yet but it looks and feels like your standard edge tamer. I’m excited to see if it holds up to my HG edge control by ORS. This came as full size in my box. 

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2. SheaMoisture Olive & Green Tea Body Lotion, $9.99

Another product with a heavenly scent! There’s not much to say about this product, it’s a standard hand and body lotion. The amount I received will definitely last me a while and went right into my purse as my hand cream. It felt really soft and buttery on my skin, not greasy at all but it is quite thick. Overall it left my hands feeling very moisturized and smelled so good so I like it. This came as sample size in my box. 

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3. CoCo| Conscious Collective Straight Transformations Smoothing Deep Treatment, $17.99

This is a hair care brand that is entirely new to me. They are an authentically natural brand and specialize in natural hair care. This is another product I haven’t used yet and am saving for my next hair wash day. The container notes that this is the “3rd step” in thier line of straightening products so I assume you’d get the best results form using the entire collection. What intrigues me is that this uses some sort of warming therapy to seal in moisture and shine. It’s also 97% natural and believe me it smells like it. It’s not an unpleasant scent but it’s definitely earthy and musky. This came as sample size in my box.

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4. So Posh Beauty Lip Glace, $7.95

I love lip scrubs and am obsessed with having soft lips so I was excited to see this in box. Unfortunately during the shipping process all of the oils leaked out so I was left with basically a pot of slightly damp sugar which made it too abrasive to be used.  If this happens to you, just throw a dash of extra virgin olive oil in and mix. I got the French Vanilla scent. Eh, I love the ice cream flavor, not so much a fan of things that smell like it thought. I checked out their website and they offer a few different scents, I’d probably go with the Fresh Mint. This came as full size in my box.

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5. CinaPro Nail Sugar Polish, $9.99

I haven’t tried these polishes yet but they look very fun and pretty! They all seem to be a clear polish with chunky holographic glitters. The gold shade looks so similar to one that I have and love from Sally Hansen, which is drying out so this was right on time! They also come with a LED light in the cap that’s kind of cool but I don’t know how practical/functional it will be. This came as full size in my box.

PLEASE NOTE: I was sent all 3 shades in this month’s line up for review purposes only, however, paying subscribers will only receive ONE of the 3 polishes in their box.

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BOTTOM LINE

I give this month’s box an B+

It definitely didn’t blow me away like past boxes but the items I received will most certainly get used and be incorporated in my everyday life so I’m not disappointed in it. Plus, almost everything I received was full sized and if not, it was a good amount to actually test out.

GRWM|Forever Neutral

After falling in love with the Revealed 2 palette by Coastal Scents, I finally decided to give the original Revealed palette a go.

This palette is definitely much cooler in tones and shades. The look I came up with ended up being a little more dramatic than I was going for but it still came out quite pretty.

Click here to see my tutorial using the Revealed 2 palette!

 

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PRODUCTS USED:
EYES:
  • MAC paint pot in Layin’ Low
  • Coastal Scents Revealed Palette
  • Coastal Scents eye shadow in Kokomo Cafe
  • Benefit Eye Bright
  • Amazing Shine lashes in 747M
  • Essence I Love Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara

FACE:

  • MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation in NC42
  • LA Girl Pro Conceal Concealer in Pure Beige
  • MAC MSF Natural in Medium Golden
  • MAC MSF Natural in Give Me Sun!
  • Coastal Scents Forever Blush in Fresh
  • Madison Street Beauty Sheer Glow Highlighter

LIPS:

  • Nicka K Lip Liner in Nude
  • MAC lipstick in Fleshpot
  • MAC Pro Longwear gloss in Boundlessly Beige