The holiday’s are coming! Meaning plenty of photos opportunities at family gatherings, parties, and other celebrations. I want to take a moment to show what I use to add some punch to my hair because honestly nothing is better than a really great hair day.
For starters, I have thick curly hair that has a mind of its own. Therefore, many formal events I like to straighten my locks to keep each strand in place (at least try to).
Next, I like to add a little volume or style to my look. I recently received these amazing natural hair extensions from Irresistible Me, which not only adds the perfect amount of volume but also length! I am a sucker for super long hair. I feel like a pint-size model with flowing blonde locks. Each time I try growing it out long for myself I get tired of the maintenance and chop everything off.
When I got these extensions, I was super eager to give them a try. I ordered the royal golden blonde in 20 inches and a weight of 200 grams. What I noticed is how well the clip-ins blended with my natural hair color and texture. I was amazed how perfectly it matched.
The process of clipping the extensions in takes some getting use to, but once they are secured, I can feel a transformation. It is like putting on high heels, there is an instance change.
This look is perfect for a New Year’s Eve party, or a Christmas cocktail party. It is a very glamorous hairstyle that will guarantee stunning in photos. For more casual events, I would simply pull back my hair in a ponytail, or braid it. Let me know if you would like for me to demonstrate a more casual holiday look with these extensions in the comments below! Stay tuned for a full review of Irresistible Me.
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Today I am sharing a few of my favorite fall beauty products that are affordable and uber healthy! Not only do these products keep me beautiful, but they also keep the environment and our animal friends happy too.
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To start, I am in love with this Woodzee toothbrush which is made from bamboo. They are better known for their fun bamboo sunglasses like this one, but just came out with a line of toothbrush that only cost $5. Their products are biodegradable, and with each Woodzee purchase the company plants a tree. It feels good knowing that I am not contributing to the 50 million pounds of plastic toothbrushes thrown into landfills each year.
Most people think sunscreen is just for summer. The reality is sunscreen is needed year round to prevent early signs of aging and skin cancer. I am obsessing over Kiss My Face sunscreen, which is an amazing natural sunscreen that is also cruelty-free and vegan-friendly. Plus it feels so hydrating and refreshing when I apply it on my skin!
Colder weather equals drier skin and hair. This season I am using 100% Argan Oil by Physicians Formula. The oil comes from Morrocco, and the only ingredient is Argan oil. Pure and simple! Not only do I use this for my hair, but also my face, neck, and décolletage. The reason I love it most is that it is free from harmful additives.
For my hands, I can’t get enough of Manuka Secrets hand crème from New Zealand. It is a lush creme that sinks into my skin using honey’s healing properties. It feels heavenly! This company uses certified natural ingredients to provide a wholesome, good-for-you product. No need to fly to New Zealand, you can pick this up at Ulta!
Lastly, to keep my lips from chapping I am using beauty lover’s cult classic Rosebud Perfume Co lip balm in Rose & Mandarin. I am not kidding when I say tastes like orange marmalade, which makes me really happy. It is also cruelty-free and paraben-free, which makes me even happier.
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There is only one person I trust when it comes to getting my makeup done, Sophia Joseph. The most talented professional makeup artist and friend graciously spent time disclosing her secret beauty tips and tricks of the trade. You have no idea how excited I was for this interview!
Q: To Start, where should someone begin when it comes to makeup? Any area we should master first in makeup application?
A: Well it would depend on the amount of experience one would have. There are many phenomenal makeup artists that were self-taught, picking up tips and tricks along the way. As for myself, I took a course in makeup artistry. I had little to no experience in makeup whatsoever. I wanted to learn every inch of the art of makeup from the history of makeup to proper makeup application, face structure, skin, set ethics, and building a business from the ground up. The first area I would suggest someone to master is the art of communication. Is is so important to listen to your client and to be sensitive to their needs. You have to build a trust with them. Once that is established, you are then perceived as someone they can count on and most importantly respect. That is something to have in this business and in life general. Secondly, I would advise learning basic beauty makeup. It is the foundation to all makeup application whether bridal, special effects or any other kind of makeup, you have to be able to create a flawless face.
Q: What is your absolute favorite makeup brand? Brush brand?
A: I get this question a lot. I do not have a favorite brand, I do however, have a lot of favorite products from many different brands. I’ll give you a list of my top five favorites:
RCMA foundation cream palette: this is a God sent I can create so much looks with this palette. Full to sheer coverage, contour, bronzer, color correct the list goes on.
Inglot eyeliner gel: this a must have for anyone who is having a problem with eyeliner not lasting through out the day. This bad boy once set is not going anywhere, but you defiantly have to work fast. my favorite colors are Gold (95), Black (77), and White (76).
MAC pigment in Vanilla: I adore this pigment I use it as an eyeshadow, face highlight, nail polish, or mix with body cream and use as a body highlights for an editorial look very versatile product.
Eve Pearl Invisible finish powerless powder: control shine amazingly when I first use it I was like “oh my God this is magic”. When used on clients or myself I do not have to reapply as often or at all. It great for all skin tones and complexions.
Q: What trick do you use that most people wouldn’t think about doing when it comes to makeup?
A: After I apply foundation and before I set the makeup with powder I like to blot. I take apart a 2ply Kleenex tissue and blot the entire face removing any excess makeup this helps the makeup from creasing and looking too caked on. Once I am done bolting I then go ahead and set my makeup. If I feel that I’ve removed too much makeup I pick up my brush or sponge that I used to apply foundation with product still on it I and go over areas where I lost little coverage.
Q: What makeup trends are you loving right now? Hating right now?
A: I am loving the clean look that I have been seeing on the fashion runways the past couple of seasons. A fresh dewy skin is by far my favorite makeup to do. I am really disliking over done brows. When it comes to brows, unless you are going for an over done editorial look, my advice is to use light strokes and a color that is one to two shades lighter than your natural hair color. If you’re a blond use light to medium taupe shades.
Q: Who is your beauty role model?
A: One of my favorite beauty role models is Pat McGrath. I absolutely adore her work. I draw inspirations from many of her runway looks she has created, and I cannot wait for the day to meet and work side by side with her. Pat McGrath is a living legend.
Q: How can someone create a glam look on a budget? Any tips in where to find quality products at an affordable price?
A: Creating a glam look on a budget is a lot easier than people think. I also say “it is not about the products but about the technique”. Once you know how to use a product correctly you can have a finish face that look as if you used products that cost hundreds of dollars when in reality it properly cost maybe $40 and will last you six months to a year depending how often you use the items. Checking out your local drug store like CVS or Rite Aide. They are great places to find affordable makeup and usually have awesome sales (BOGO). Some drug store brands I like to use for a glam or any look are:
Q: What are three beauty products (hair, makeup, brushes) essential for your everyday use?
A: My three beauty products to have are hairspray even when there is a hair artist on set I always walk with extra hairspray and pin in case I have to tame a section and the stylist is not available at that particular moment. Second would be press powder to remove any shine that I would get throughout the day. Lastly, my MAC 217 blending brush, I love this brush I have about ten duplicates including Sigma and other nameless brands. I use this brush to apply eyeshadow, blend eyeshadow, buff in concealer and foundation around small areas, and to also set the makeup with.
Q: What is the most exciting experience you’ve had as a makeup artist?
A: Tough question I feel that every experience I’ve had thus far has been exciting. But I do remember early on into career when I had just finished my Makeup course and I was doing my second fashion show for charity. I was still so green and inexperienced I was worried that I would not be able to perform on a level that was expected of me. However, I had to subside those thoughts because that was not the place nor the time to panic. So I start doing what I’ve learned and what I’ve practice, as I contained to work on my models one after another I turned around to observe my environment I notice I had a line of models waiting for me to do their makeup. I really had no clue where this line came from. There were several other makeup artist working there as well. One model told me once she got into my chair that she was watching me and she loved the makeup I was doing and she wanted only me to do her makeup. I felt extremely flattered, humbled and blessed that she found my work beautiful and just moments before I was having a silent panic attack. From that day on I believed in myself and had more confidence in my work. If I ever have self-doubts I always say to myself “I was chosen for a reason, they like my work and they believe in me, now I have to believe in myself”. When you have a passion for something, nothing should hold you back from achieving it even if it’s yourself.
Q: What can we expect to see from you in the upcoming year?
A: In the next year I am definitely going to continue building my clientele and my portfolio. I plan on branching into bridal hair and makeup artistry I want to build a network for that, as well as continue doing editorial work which I also love to do. It allows me to do something different and think outside the box. I also look forward to booking work international. I’ve never been out the country for work, so I cannot wait to experience that.
Recently I received a text from my friend asking for a list of my favorite natural, healthy products. Finally hitting her, as well as many others, the importance of being aware of what we place on our skin and in our bodies. Unfortunately for us, our government has yet to take actions to keep us safe, read all about it in Let’s Talk Natural Beauty. Until then we are forced to figure out what science is placing into our daily beauty regimens.
To help, here are products that I use and have check with EWG’s Skin Deep Database. Also, the Shop will always newly added natural products and where to buy them. So feel free to check back as often as you like to see what is in!
If you are looking to see how your current products are rated, you can use the databases listed under tools. I suggest anything rate 0-3 as safe; 4,5 are warnings; 6-10 stop using immediately.
TIP: NOT ALL PRODUCTS FROM THE SAME COMPANY ARE SAFE! For instance lip balm from EOS is rated a 1, but their hand cream is a 9. Each one includes different ingredients, check before buying.
There are a plethora of creams and skin care products on the market that register at an obscene price per ounce. La Mer being one of the most recognizable, pricing anywhere from $85 to $2,000. That is a whole lot of money for a cream! But is it worth it?
Typically, no. In fact, some of these extraordinarily expensive creams have the highest toxicity levels. La Mer cream registers a 9 in toxicity containing chemicals that affect the developmental and reproductive organs (Think Dirty App). Culprits such as fragrance, petrolatum (petroleum jelly), zinc gluconate, methylchloroisothiazolinone, and methylisothiazolinone are found in this $2,000 per 16.9 oz cream. Not exactly what I would want to smear over my face for such a hefty price tag.
However, the lifting intensifier spray is registered as a 4 on the EWG’s Skin Deep database. The toxin, propylparaben, is found in the product causing the rating to go up a bit but still not as harmful as the cream. The highest risk is endocrine disruption. But don’t worry it only costs a cool $170.
My experience? Just because they are expensive, doesn’t always mean they are healthy for you. Certain organic, and natural products are pricier but often range around $30-$60. For these products, companies use better ingredients without preservatives. Anything $100 and above, I begin to question the quality and if it is worth the price tag.
What are you thoughts and opinions? Do you use products with hefty price tags?
“LA MER THE LIFTING INTENSIFIER (2007 Formulation).” || Skin Deep® Cosmetics Database. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 July 2015. <http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/product/143965/LA_MER_THE_LIFTING_INTENSIFIER_%282007_formulation%29/>.