Wednesday, November 24, 2010

ELF and MAC Tartan Haul and Mini Review

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Blue smokey eyes and Tips on how to use loose eyeshadow dry or wet

How to use loose eyeshadow Dry

First thing you need to do is sprinkle a small bit of shadow into the lid

Next we want to protect our under eye area from fallout, you can do this one of two ways:

 Way number one Use a piece of paper, tissue, paper towel... anything along these lines to protect from fallout

OK now way #2 and this is what I prefer to do. Take  a loose powder and sweep it under your eyes. When your done putting on your eyeshadow you simply dust off the powder!

OK now its time for the shadow. Pat your brush gently into the shadow and tap off any excess back into your lid.

Now its time to apply to the eye.  With loose shadows you want to apply your eyeshadow in a patting motion, a sweeping motion may be used if you want just a wash of color.

OK wow, see all that fallout above?  Well once your finished applying shadow just sweep it away with a brush, your loose powder has prevented it getting on your skin, yay!

And that is how we apply loose shadow or pigment to our eyes dry. Next I am going to show you how to apply shadow wet or foiled.  Alot of people like to apply loose shadow this way because you don't have to take all the necessary precautions for fallout as you do the dry way. All you need is a little shadow and a couple drops of water, your shadow mixture shouldn't be too thick or too thin. Add a little water at a time to reach the proper consistency. When wetting your shadow you are going to make your shadow color super intense so I hope you like a little drama!  Also a wet shadow makes a great eyeliner just apply with a flat brush.

You apply wet shadow in the same way as you applied it dry, in a patting motion. Once on wait a minute or two for the shadow to dry.

See how intense the color is?  To turn this blue eye into a finished smokey eye  blend a black shadow into the crease , highlighted the brow with a shimmery white add eyeliner and a black Mascara.

Well ladies and gentlemen  I hope these tips helped you out in one way or another! Thanks for reading!



p.s. The blue eyeshadow is called Starry Night and it's one I have made, ain't it pretty? :)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

How do bodywraps work and can I lose weight getting a body wrap?

Thinking about getting a bodywrap?  Wondering how exactly it is that you can lose up to 20 inches in one hour?  Well you have come to the right place. Although some people choose body wraps for their detoxifying purposes most are wanting to see a loss in inches due to a slimming wrap.

What kind of bodywraps are there?
Bodywraps come in many forms. Some use mud and clays, some use gels, and almost all use some form of compression such as being wrapped in ace bandages , gauze, or cellophane.

What to expect when coming in for a body wrap?
Before coming into the spa or salon most Estheticians will recommend drinking atleast 20 oz water as you will be losing water during the service due to the compression of the wrap.

When you arrive you will be measured around areas such as your thighs, arms, buttock, and abdomen so you will have a clear record of how many inches you have lost once the wrap is finished

Next you will remove all or some of your clothes so your Esthetician can apply their solution of choice to your body.

Your Esthetician then will most likely wrap you up tight and either have you lay in a relaxing place  covered with a blanket or a Mylar sheet.  Some wraps require a low intensity exercise such as a walk on the treadmill to help release more stored up water in your body.

The whole process shouldn't take more than an hour. Your Esthetician will then come in unwrap you and take your measurements again and hopefully you will come out looking more toned and have lots and lots of inches gone!

Body wraps normally come in a series so be ready to rebook!

But how did  the wrap work?

Well as I said there are many different kinds of wraps used but they all have the same basic principle.  All bodywrap solutions either contain strong concoctions of herbs, aloe,  vitamin enriched mud and clays... lots of good stuff that is meant to help penetrate and detoxify the skin. The warmth of blankets or exercise will further help your bodywrap solution penetrate.  The reason for wrapping is also to help aid in the penetration of product but the main reason is  to help compress the fat cells. This is where the real inch loss and detoxifying properties start working. When shrinking the fat cell the theory is you will also help detoxify that cell. That is why after your appointment you should drink plenty of water to flush out the toxins your cells released during your bodywrap. You should also avoid anything salty, fatty, or carbonated. You just got a bodywrap, lets keep that inch loss for as long as we can.

How long will this last?

Well that depends on you, if you can stay away from the things I said to avoid then you will most likely hold on to it for a while. If you go on eating badly then don't look for it to last more than a weeks or so.

Can you lose weight?

Yes and no. Depending on your frequency of bodywraps and your commitment to maintaining a healthy lifestyle you can lose weight. I find that most clients that book a long series of wraps 8-10 will end up losing somewhere along the lines or 10-15 pounds. Is it the wraps? Is the change in lifestyle? I like to say both. If your getting  one or two wraps before a special occasion your most likely not going to lose anything but the incredible inch loss is a fantastic motivator to do something about those few extra pounds you might need to lose.

So whether you are thinking about trying out a bodywrap or just wanted a little info, I hope I helped.

Happy wrapping ladies!



Wednesday, November 17, 2010

MAC warm thrillseekers Tartan review

Ok this will be the last time I mention the tartan warm pigments. Wow what can I say I wait all year for these mini pigment sets and this set was just.... ok.....Mind you the colors are pretty but they just aren't for me. The only two colors that will be in use in my personal makeup kit for eyes will be the Gilted Green and Reflects bronze these are really really pretty on! The rest of the colors really just aren't doing it for me.

left to right: Most Darling , Reflects Bronze, Gilded Green, Gift o'Glamour, Gold Mode

The worst of the bunch would have to be "Most Darling" its a medium tone brown and is just not very flattering.. the texture is yuck.. very chalky..and the color payoff is yuck as well. Gift o'Glamour and Gold mode although they don't look good on my lids I think they will be pretty mixed with some gloss. Oh also Gift o'glamour mixed with a little facial moisturizer makes a great highlighter. So all is not lost.  If your in the market for something from this collection I suggest skipping the warms and going with the smokey collection!

not the best pic.. sorry! This is the green w/ bronze glitter on top

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Ulta Interview and MAC tartan update

Ok so I went to my interview today, everything seemed to go fine. I admit I was a tad nervous but the staff seems nice so my mind was put at ease. I was mainly asked questions like, "Name a situation where you have helped a coworker.." name a  time you helped a coworker"... I felt kinda like an idiot because I was like uhhhhhhhh.. I probably should have thought about these kind of questions before going... I haven't done an interview in a while, my last two jobs I was approached and didn't have to go through the typical job process... yeah  I'm that good.... ha! oh well.. I did end up doing an eyebrow wax.. which was something I wasn't expecting to do but I did a simple cleanup on a random girl and she seemed to like it, it was so weird waxing brows having the client sitting up. I am really used to them laying down and working upside down on the brows. Who knows.. they have a few more girls to interview.. and seeing that its probably the only Esthetician job in a 50 mile radius that's hiring in a place that's saturated with Estheticians then well I guess it's anyone's job..

  Well  I did end up going to MAC and while there I picked up the Warm thrillseekers pigment set. Although I must admit the cool collection was quite tempting but then I saw it included the black soul pigment , I already have it and all I could think about was the massive amounts of fall out that is always left behind with that color, honestly the only way to work with it is wet (foiling) and I really don't like working with wet pigments unless I'm doing an eyeliner or I want the color super intense. The warm collections came with some pretty browns, a gold and a really nice green. These aren't colors I normally go for I like my eyeshadow bright and dramatic but I am really trying to build up a neutral collection of shadows. Although.... I don't know if these are what you would call your typical neutral, these pigments are packed with gitter and oomph  :)..... I will make sure to get swatches on here and some eyeshadow looks with this eye kit ASAP. Oh and it came in a super cute little tin, a step up from last years silver and turquoise box. Well my lovlies just wanted to update you, hope you have a lovely night it's time for this girl to hit the sack!


Monday, November 15, 2010

Job Interview and MAC Tartan Collection

 Sorry I haven't posted in a while!  I literally just spent the last week and a half in complete lazy mode although I did find the time  to organize my closet between naps.  Oh, I have good news!  I got a call back from Ulta  for Brow Bar Esthetician for Benefit Cosmetics. Yay! I interview tomorrow so everyone please cross your fingers for me! Strangely enough I am not very nervous for the interview, I just think this job would be a really great fit for me. I really hope I get it! Can anyone say 25% discount? ha ha.

Well after the Interview tomorrow I will be heading over to MAC to pick up something from their Tartan Holiday Collection I am thinking one of the  Eye kits, I haven't made up my mind completely  but I am torn between the Warm Collection and the Smokey Collection although I am leaning towards the warm. Hmmmmm you will just have to wait to see what I pick. I will be doing a review on this collection so stay tuned!

Warm Collection
Smokey Collection

                  Well my lovelies I will updating you soon, hopefully with good news! Have a beautiful night!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Blow Dry Protector Review

A few weeks ago  while picking up a box of hair dye at Walgreen's I came across this product by Garnier Fructis called Blow dry protector. It promised less frizz and faster styling times. But also said wait two weeks before or after dying hair. So I made a mental note to pick some up in a couple of weeks after I dye my hair. Well apparently my brain lost this note because I forgot about it until the other day while browsing the shelves in Walmart. So I picked up a box .
Paid around 11.00

When I got home I decided to look this up and read a few reviews ( I know, reading reviews AFTER I have already bought the item?!?) Well much to my dismay there were a ton of Bad reviews for this. The main ones being damage to ends, extreme dryness, color fading, and a bad odor.... GREAT! ha. Well I then saw a  few good reviews, some girls even comparing it to getting a Brazilian blow out. It was also an Allure beauty award winner. So I had mixed emotions before trying this out but decided to come to my own conclusions.
First I followed directions to the "T". I washed my hair and then added the first serum, I combed it through my hair to make sure it was completely saturated.  This serum is suppose to sit in your hair for 20 mins focusing on the ends and the middle. Then I rinsed this completely out and added the second serum. This serum you leave in. The last step is blow drying your hair straight, as the last serum is activated by heat. Note my hair is pretty long, curly and dry. The Verdict.....Well,  my hair didn't fall out nor did I notice any new breakage. My color is also still in tact.  After applying the first serum the odor was quite bad kinda like  a mix of hair dye and nail polish remover but nothing that a girl can't handle.    As far as dryness is concerned, I didn't notice, but as stated before my hair is already dry. I  have noticed alot less frizz. My hair also takes about 50% less time to dry. So that's a good thing! Did this product make my hair straight. No. Is is suppose to? No. Do they make it seems as the product will do this? Yes. Will I buy this product again. No.     Eleven bucks for seven washes just doesn't seem worth it too me. Invest in a a good frizz protector and shine serum, it will do the same thing. I recommend It's a 10 miracle leave in treatment, good stuff.

Anyways hope this review was a help to you all.  If you do end up trying this I wouldn't recommend using the full amount of product if you have short or medium length hair, don't use on blonde or bleached hair (blondes seemed to have the most problems with color stripping). Also don't use on real damaged hair ( duhhhh Kendra )

Thanks for reading my lovlies