Review | Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation

Diasehs Smashbox Studio Skin

Ladies, Gentlemen & Unicorns…I have stumbled upon another amazing product!

The Backstory | As a WOC (Woman of Color), I struggle with finding the correct shade of foundation. It has nothing to do with my color matching skills or the product price point. I have an orange/warm undertone. That leaves me with a dilemma most of the time. It is generally one of two things…My skin will look like I have on funeral home makeup, or I will look three shades darker for no reason. Nothing against having a tan but I need my face and neck to match so that I don’t look like a cakepop! I have been playing around with this new foundation for a month or so just to make sure I really like it…This one is A1!


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THE REVIEWS ON DIASEHS.COM ARE MY PERSONAL OPINIONS, AND NOT THOSE OF ANY ADVERTISER, COMPANY, AFFILIATE OR GROUP. IF THESE PRODUCTS PRESENTED WORK FOR ME, THIS DOES NOT MEAN THAT THEY WILL 100% WORK FOR YOU. PLEASE READ ALL INGREDIENTS IN PRODUCTS BEFORE USE. THAT IS NOT JUST REGARDING THIS POST, BUT FOR ANY PRODUCT THAT YOU PUT IN OR ON YOUR FACE AND BODY. THANK YOU!

The Product | I PURCHASED this foundation from my local Ulta for $42.00 USD (excluding tax). I know some of you are saying…$42…I’m not spending that much on foundation blah, blah…etc. It is WORTH IT! I chose the shade 4.05, and that was an exact match for me.

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This product is available in 22 shades and has a very thin consistency. At first I was a bit thrown off. When you initially apply this product… it looks very dewy. After that, it settles into a natural/matte finish. Work quickly because it settles fast! This foundation passed the Beauty Blender Test! Most thin foundations get soaked into your beauty blender (Wet or Not). This one blended evenly and kept a nice finish all day. I don’t find myself looking oily throughout the day or worrying about looking like I just went for a run.

PS: You can layer this product for a medium to full coverage look. Let the previous layer settle before adding another one to prevent creasing.

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Reason? Color, Finish, Longevity, Packaging & Cruelty Free!

I can’t give it 5 stars because no product is PERFECT, but for my skin…it’s pretty close!

Bonus | First time shopping on the Smashbox official site? Use this code ‘SBX15A’ for 15% off of your first order! This offer expires January 1, 2017.

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Review | Younique Products

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I think every woman who wears makeup goes through that periodic search for their new staple product. Majority of the time it is a foundation, primer or mascara. If you are not willing to admit to this…that’s fine, because I will. I am GUILTY, and I’m perfectly ok with that.

Let me give you a small breakdown of my personal makeup struggles when it comes to finding a good staple product:

  1. I have tiny lashes! Both my parents have beautiful, thick, long eyelashes. Somewhere down the line…someone messed up the cycle. That’s fine because I have found a way around this. Thank you for lengthening mascaras!
  2. I have an orange undertone. Now this is not really a struggle until it comes to foundation. I love the color of my skin! However, many makeup companies leave women of color with my same undertone in the dark. Majority of the foundations that I come across that claim to be a “warm” shade are the right color in the bottle, but are either too dark when dry or make me look washed out. Due to this, I have become a Mixologist!
  3. I have combination skin, and this is common for many women. My nose, forehead and chin (T-zone) are more shine prone throughout the day than the rest of my face. I have to find products for my face that balance everything out. Oil-free on the label does not always cut it.

Now that I am off of my soap box…Let’s get down to business shall we?

I was contacted by a Younique Products Presenter by the name of Jennifer Rougeux, and was asked to review some products for you all!

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Younique’s Touch Mineral Foundation in Cypress – $39.00 USD

Younique’s Liquid Foundation Brush – $32.00 USD

When I originally opened the product package I was surprised. Not only by the construction of the bottle, but because Jennifer chose my correct foundation shade based on pictures alone (That doesn’t happen often). The top to the bottle is a long dropper.

PLEASE SHAKE/PALM ROLL THIS BOTTLE AND SQUEEZE THE DROPPER BEFORE USING IT!

The product will be extremely watery if you don’t…We don’t want that. The texture of the foundation after this is very light weight, and goes on smoothly. Despite the thin consistency, this product is buildable, and afterwards you won’t have a thick cake face. For those who love the “No Makeup-Makeup” look this is perfect, and is buildable for those who want that extra glam.

For the finer applications, the Younique Liquid Foundation Brush is perfect. The bristles are extremely soft and glide around corners easily. When I want more of a full coverage I use this brush first just to get the product right where I want it, then play double dutch with my  Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. For heavier applications, the Younique brush slid around a bit too much for my liking, but that’s just me.

Shine test approved! I am Event Coordinator, and there are times when I am working for 17 hours straight…I put this foundation to the test, and I had a fresh face all day!


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Younique’s Touch Mineral Concealer in Cypress – $29.00 USD

This concealer is FULL COVERAGE & WATERPROOF. I was a bit skeptical at first, due to the tube being so tiny, but it does the trick. To put this product to the test, I covered half of my wrist tattoo with it. Those of you with ink know it takes a lot to cover a black ink tattoo!

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One layer of concealer was applied directly to the tattoo. No primer. No orange corrector. This was less than a dime size circle of product! I applied this product with my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge in a dabbing motion.

| Waterproof Test |

Using the same application from the previous test, I let warm water run over the product for 2 minutes consistently. This concealer did not budge at all. I am sticking with this one for sure!


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Younique’s Glorious Face & Eye Primer – $39.00 USD

This is hands down my new favorite primer! I am a big fan of clear gel primers. They glide on with ease, and help your makeup go on so smoothly. A little bit of this product goes a long way. Do not cake it on or your face. If you do, your face will end up feeling slick, and your makeup will not stay where you want it to. Just a little bit does the trick!

Now I will say this, if you plan on using a cream based shadow…do not use this on your lids. The product will not adhere to your lid properly. For pressed shadows it is perfect, and it helps the shadow show in its truest color.


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Younique’s Splurge Cream Eyeshadow in Splurge – $26.00 USD

I wasn’t exactly sure how I felt about this shadow at first. This shadow is in a spongy cream form. I wouldn’t exactly call it a shadow…it’s more like a lid “highlight” or “shimmer”.  I used this color by itself and it came out like a light cream shade and glitter. I tried using it on top of one of my pressed shadows and fell in love with it. It made the color pop! You can also use this product on the inner corner of your eyes. It catches the light very well. If you are doing a bronze/beachy look, then this is your go to!

Bonus: Here is a makeup look I did using this shadow! Eyeshadow_Younique

All Products: Vegas Nay’s Grand Glamour Lashes by Eylure, Buttery by Anastasia Beverly Hills (Self Made Palette) as a base, Puree by Too Faced (Sweet Peach Palette) as a transition color, Summer Yum by Too Faced (Sweet Peach Palette) as an outer corner transition color, Metallic Plum by Anastasia Beverly Hills (Self Made Palette) as a crease color, Treasure by Anastasia Beverly Hills (Self Made Palette) on the lid, Elegant by Younique on top of TreasureIsla by Anastasia Beverly Hills (Self Made Palette) on the lower lash line smoked out with Blue Velvet by Anastasia Beverly Hills (Artist Palette), Expresso Micro Brow Pencil by NYX and Carbon Black Better Than Sex Mascara by Too Faced on lower lashes.


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Younique’s Stiff Upper Lip Stain in Saucy– $22.00 USD

Story time! When I was a little girl, my mother used to let me play in her makeup, and I loved her red lipstick. Of course being a kid, I was not allowed to wear makeup. I found a sweet alternative in red popsicles. I loved the tint that it left on my lips, and that was my “makeup” for the few hours that it lasted. So I have always been a fan of red lip tints. They are sultry, but subtle enough for any occasion. I love this lip stain because it does not dry my lips out, and that seems to be a big problem with most tints. The product is thin, but it’s not runny. It literally looks like ink…and it should!


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Younique’s Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes+ – $29.00 USD

This mascara comes in two parts. The longer tube is the Transplanting Gel, and the shorter tube contains the Natural Fibers. The goal is to achieve long, natural looking lashes, and this gets the job done. However, there is a trick to it. The product directions say to coat your lashes with the gel then apply the fibers while the gel is still wet. After this, go back over the fibers with the gel to seal them in. You can repeat these steps until you have reached the look that you are going for. I do things a bit differently. I apply one coat of a regular lengthening mascara (Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara) FIRST, and then I use this mascara. The results are magical!

The first image is with no mascara, the second is with one coat of the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara and the last is with 2 coats of the Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes+.


Interested in these products? Want to see what else Younique has to offer?

Contact Jennifer Rougeux!

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Best Face Forward

When is the last time you changed your skincare routine?

The products that you put on your skin are so important. They could be the difference between looking like you just got a spa facial or looking like a leather purse…

Hopefully you would be Hermès, but that is besides the point.

Whether you have dry skin, acne prone skin, oily or combination skin…We have all come across the golden questions:

What would make my skin better?
What’s the new thing to try?

Under the makeup, self tanner, or whatever it is that you wear…once it’s gone, there is only one thing left…

Naked…Nude….Bare…

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Hopefully this list of serums can guide you to radiance.

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Dry Skin? Try the HydraSea Ultra Moisturizing Polarized Water Serum by Phytomer- $82.00 USD (1 oz.) at Dermstore

This product contains Weaving Algae. What does it do? As a very active ingredient, the algae adds a protective layer to the skin. It holds the moisture deep in the skin to combat dryness. It also encourages production of collagen, and that keeps your skin looking youthful.

When shopping for a good serum, especially for dry/sensitive skin, it’s important to find one that contains a decent amount of water. Let’s look at the ingredients shall we:

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When looking at ingredients, the order in which they are listed is done by quantity. There is a method to the madness. Most serums contain water, but products that contain a mass amount of water have a short shelf life. Once you open it, use it. Do not let it sit and collect dust. The product will lose effectiveness. If you still have that serum, foundation or moisturizer from over a year ago…It is time to throw it out. General time frame is 6 months to a year. The only exception is for ingredients that are in quantities of less than 1%. After they hit that mark, they can be listed in whatever order the manufacturer wants. If you pick up a product and the first half of the ingredients scare you…please do us all a favor and…
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Large Pores? Try the ‘Idealist’ Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher by Estée Lauder- $55.00 USD (1 oz.) | $82.00 USD (1.5 oz.) at Sephora

What caught my attention about this serum was not the cute bottle that it comes in, but the scent. No one wants something on their face that doesn’t smell nice. This serum has a earthy/citrus smell. This is probably due to the grapefruit and green tea leaf extract. Grapefruit also helps with increased production of collagen. Green tea has been known to reduce inflammation, and that helps minimize the look of pores. With a silky texture and a bit of shimmer, this product is definitely an attention grabber!

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Super Oily Skin? Try the ‘Total Matteness’ Oil-free Mattifying Pore Eraser by Philosophy- $41.00 USD On Sale! $22.55 USD (1 oz.) at Philosophy

This product is the T-Zone Savior! I can’t think of a Philosophy product that I haven’t been fond of. You can wear this one bare faced or under makeup with no issues. If you have oily to super oily skin, this is the product for you. If you have combination skin, I would not advise this product. Reason? It could be overly drying to your skin.

A heavy hitter in this product is Bambusa Arundinacea Stem Extract…also known as Bamboo Stem. What does it do? The bamboo absorbs oil! Another great benefit is the large amount of silica within bamboo. This helps once again with increased production of collagen. Silica has been known as the “beauty mineral”.

Bonus: This product contains salicylic acid. That means the speed at which your skin renews itself will increase, and it helps with acne. It’s a win-win!

WARNING: KEEP AWAY FROM SENSITIVE AREAS OF FACE: EYES & LIPS ESPECIALLY

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Combination Skin? Try the Umbrian Clay® Mattifying Serum by Fresh®- $37.00 USD (1 oz.)  at Fresh

If you have combination skin and live in a very humid climate….Thank me later. This serum is full of a much sought after Italian mineral called Umbrian Clay.

Umbrian Clay is found in Nocera Umbra and has awesome benefits:

Soothes irritation
Reduces breakouts
Turns over healthy skin cells

This product also contains olive leaf extract, lemon fruit extract and cucumber fruit extract. That’s a serious triple threat! The olive leaf extract helps moisturize, prevent aging and aids in healing of the skin. The lemon fruit extract assists in the lightening of dark marks and evening out the complexion. Cucumber fruit extract adds that much needed soothing feeling so everything is balanced.


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Acne Scars? Try the Youth Code Dark Spot Correcting & Illuminating Serum Corrector by L’Oréal- $24.99 USD (1 oz.) at Ulta

I give this serum the seal of approval! I have been using this particular serum for 4 weeks, and I can honestly say that I am in love with it. The formula glides on smoothly, and it smells great. The product soaks in rather quickly…I’m impressed. The product looks like a serum/lotion. Personally it makes an amazing makeup primer, but that’s just me. This serum is full of Niacinamide. What is that? It is a vitamin that falls into the B3 vitamin category. B3 is the go to for radiant skin and treatment of inflammatory acne. Niacinamide prevents the skin from losing water, and it protects the skin from UV damage.

Bonus: This serum has the SAME effects as the Lacome Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate. With 1 oz. of the Lancome serum at $78.00 USD (3x the price of Youth Code), we can see that L’Orèal has the better deal.


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Age Rewind? Try the Anti-Aging Intensive Repair Daily Serum by Prevage- $230.00 USD (1 oz.) at Elizabeth Arden

I know you are looking at this price and saying…”This better come from gold.”

Just hear me out.

The first thing that caught my attention was that it contains Chondrus Crispus Extract. What’s that? It is a seaweed extract that is full of vitamins and minerals! If you are not familiar with that name, it is commonly referred to as Irish Moss.

The second was Retinyl Linoleate. This is a Retinoid, which means it is a form of Vitamin A. Retinoids stimulate the skin and reduce signs of aging.

This product claims to improve skin firmness by 60% in 4 weeks…

Are you up for the challenge?


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Tony Moly I’m Real – Aloe Face Mask Sheet- $7.50 USD at Ulta

I am very iffy on new face masks in packages… Especially the individually packaged ones. Sensitive skin + New item is a bit scary at times. Walking through Ulta one day, I came across this one, and figured, “Ah it’s worth a try.” This face mask feels amazing! It has a cooling sensation due to the aloe vera, and the sheet is comfortable to wear.

Just kick back and relax.

20 min will fly by! It is not a serum…BUT it is great for all skin types.

the benefits

Prevents Signs of Aging
Moisturizes Skin
Reduces Acne and Helps Lighten Blemishes
Helps With Sunburns

Be confident in your skin. It’s yours. Treat it with care.


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Banish Fall Frizz

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Fall is officially here, and while we are looking at new clothes, makeup trends and planning for the holidays…This season comes with a few beauty twists. One of those major twists is frizzy hair! Fall is the “iffy” season. It is still a bit humid outside, and it is leaning towards cooler weather. That’s a recipe for poodle hair, and I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t like it.

So what could you possibly do to minimize that fluff? Keep reading!


The Breakdown

Frizzy hair occurs when the hair is very dry and porous. When your hair is like this, it sucks up all the moisture in the air like a sponge! Before you know it you might be rocking a Halloween costume wig.


QUENCH YOUR THIRST: If you don’t drink enough water, your hair will definitely tell on you! Drinking the appropriate amount of water will nourish your hair from the inside out.

Tip: You should be drinking about half an ounce to an ounce of water for every pound that you weigh. Example: If you weigh 150 pounds, you should be going through 8 Dasani water bottles a day (16.9 oz. per bottle).


DEEP CONDITION: This should already be a part of you beauty routine, but in the colder months deep conditioning is extremely important. When you deep condition your hair, it coats the hair shaft and seals the moisture in.

Tip: Rinse your hair with cool water last, and dry it with a cotton t-shirt. Reason? The cool water will seal the hair shaft, and the t-shirt will help minimize the frizz that much more. When drying you hair with the t-shirt DO NOT vigorously rub your hair. Use a wringing motion to squeeze the water out.

Not sure what to use?…Try this!

Sweet Melody Deep Conditioner

  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 4 tablespoons of your favorite conditioner (I use Pantene Pro-V Smooth & Sleek Conditioner with Argan Oil)

You can increase these measurements if your hair is longer or thicker. This deep conditioner is good for all hair types. If your hair is more fine, only use half a tablespoon of coconut oil. Too much oil on very fine hair can weigh the hair down.

Not a fan of mixology? That’s ok too!

Product of choice: Miss Jessie’s Rapid Recovery Treatment ($14.00 USD for 8 oz. & $24.00 USD for 16 oz.)


ALWAYS USE PROTECTION: Now get your minds out of the gutter, and remember that we are talking about hair care. If your hair is fried, died and laid to the side, then you probably have issues with your hair being frizzy year round. That’s ok….We can fix it! Refer to step one, and after that make sure you use a good heat-protecting spray or serum. If your hair is more fine, go with a spray. If you hair is thick, use a serum.

Tip: When using heat-protecting spray or serum, be sure to apply it while the hair is still damp. If you apply it when the hair is dry, it will just sit on top of the hair. If you have been doing this, that will explain where the sizzle in your straightening routine has been coming from. You will thank me later.

Products of choice:

Super Skinny Serum by Paul Mitchell ($20.99 USD), Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Protective Spray by TRESemmé ($5.00-$6.00 USD) and Ever-Straight Brazilian Keratin Therapy Flat Iron Spray by Organix ($7.99 USD)


BLAME IT ON THE ALCOHOL: If you use mousse or holding spray on your hair, try to opt out on the products that contain alcohol. Alcohol makes the hair cuticle swell up, and this makes your hair look frizzy.

Tip: Remember that a little goes a long way. Regardless of the product being alcohol-free, a mass buildup of product can cause the hair to frizz and make the hair extremely dry.

Products of choice: Hair Milk Nourishing & Conditioning Styling Foam by Carol’s Daughter ($12.00 USD), and the Brilliant Hair Spray by Aveda ($21.00 USD)


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Arch & Point: The Brow Campaign

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Your eyebrows set the balance for your face…they keep things in order so to speak. Before you can achieve this “balance”, there are some steps that you must take!

Ask yourself, “What is my face shape?

Why is this important? There is no such thing as the “perfect brow shape” that suits everyone. Also, if you have spent years waxing and tweezing…you may not know what your natural brow shape is. Don’t go back and try to find childhood photos right now. Just pay attention.


There are 6 categories of face shapes that majority of people fit into: Square, Oval, Round, Heart, Diamond and Oblong. 

If you’re not sure what your face shape is, don’t worry. SNAP A SELFIE!! A front facing picture will help you. Do not smile or make any expressions in this photo. You are doing this to find your natural face shape. Now let’s analyze the picture.

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If the sides of your face are straight, your face is almost as wide as it is long, and your jawline is defined with a small curve… You have a Square face shape.

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Celebrity example: Cara Delevingne


If your forehead that is slightly wider than your chin, your jawline is a bit rounded, and your face is longer than it is wide…You have an Oval face shape.

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Celebrity example:  Beyoncé Knowles-Carter


If your cheekbones are the widest part of your face and your jaw is a bit curved then you have a Round face shape. Some associate this face shape with having “chubby cheeks“, but that is not always the case.

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Celebrity example: Mila Kunis


If you have a long, pointed jawline, and your chin is the smallest point of your face…You have a Heart face shape. This face shape is sometimes called an “Inverted Triangle” for obvious reasons, but the chin area does not have to be an exact point!

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Celebrity example: Miranda Kerr


If your chin is narrow and pointed, your cheekbones are high and your hairline is narrow in width, then you have a Diamond face shape. This face shape is the least common.

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Celebrity example: Kourntey Kardashian


If your forehead, cheeks and jawline are pretty much the same width all the way down…You have an Oblong face shape. Think of this face shape as a rectangle.

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Celebrity example: Joan Smalls


Now that you know your face shape…Let’s find your brow shape!

Square face shapes are balanced by eyebrows that are strong, but they must have a slight curve. The goal is to make an “even playing field”. Your jawline is the most distinct feature. A strong brow will complement nicely. Feel free to go a shade darker than your usual brow color, but NEVER use black! It will come off extremely harsh.


Ohhh lucky lucky you! If you have an Oval face, the struggle is not that bad. Your face is balanced already. A brow with a soft angle will do your face justice. Just make sure that your arch is not too defined. Pin thin arches are a no go!


Round face shapes can take this post title and run with it. Arch & Point!! Brows with high and sharp angles add a vertical point in the face. This will make the face appear a bit longer. Let your brow follow a slight upward slant until you get to your arch.


Heart face shapes are a bit tricky. The main focus is already directed toward the eyes and forehead. No major arching is necessary. Try to keep the arch semi-straight, and make sure your brows are neatly trimmed. This will soften up the look around the eye area.


Brows for Diamond shaped faces are similar to those with Oval face shapes. A nice curved brow will balance the face. The goal is to make the widest portion of your face (cheek area) appear more narrow.


For Oblong face shapes, very arched brows will make the face appear longer than it already is. We don’t want that! A straighter brow will serve as a “horizontal” marker, and will make the face appear a bit shorter because they extend outward.


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Oils: Your New Best Friends

No matter what season it is, you want to be sure that your hair and skin glow! Nourishment is extremely important, and if you feel a little “rough around the edges” lately…this is what you’re looking for!

Let’s start with the basics shall we?

Carrier oils? What are those?


Carrier Oils

Carrier oils are pressed from the fat bearing portions (seeds, nuts,etc.) and do not evaporate. The scents of these oils are not as strong as that of essential oils.

Some examples of carrier oils are: Argan, Olive & Monoi


Argan Oil: This popular oil comes from the kernels of the Argan tree. This tree is found in Morocco. It can be used on the hair or skin. It is more frequently used on the hair as it is said to penetrate the hair shaft with amazing results: moisture, anti-frizz properties & shine.

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Product: One ‘N Only Argan Oil 12-N-1 Daily Treatment can be purchased from Sally Beauty for $9.99 USD (In-Store & Online)

This product is AMAZING! I have used this personally on my hair when it was relaxed & now on my natural hair. Be sure not to use too much. A little goes a long way, especially with straight hair (Don’t want to weigh it down). When straightening hair, put this in your hair while it is wet.

Common confusion: Argan oil and Moroccan oil are NOT the same thing. They do indeed come from the same place, BUT….

  • Argan oil is from a kernel as previously stated (THAT IS ALL)
  • Moroccan oil is not just one thing. It is made from various ingredients, and Argan oil is one of those ingredients

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You can pick up this 0.8 oz. Moroccan Oil Treatment at Nordstrom for $14.80 USD!

Keep in mind that Moroccan oil is generally more expensive than Argan oil, but both products are well worth the cost.


Olive oil: is the fat obtained from an olive! The olives are pressed and the oils are then drained.

This oil is jam-packed with anti-aging antioxidants and is amazing when it comes to moisture. I consider this to be a staple product!

You can use Olive oil in various ways:

  • Hair: As a hot oil treatment or as a leave in (Only use a bit!)
  • Skin: Olive oil is amazing for healing dry skin. If you have issues with dry skin (especially eczema) this diverse little oil will be your best friend. It is best used when skin is damp.
  • Nails: CRACKED CUTICLES BE GONE! At night, add a bit of olive oil to your finger tips and massage gently.

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Product: You can find olive just about anywhere! Just make sure it is Extra Virgin Olive OilThe average price is around $3.00- $6.00 USD for a decent size bottle.


Monoi Oil: This oil is ONLY produced in Tahiti (not the product that contains it, but the oil itself). This oil has a bit of fragrance to it because it is made by soaking the petals of the Tahitian gardenia in coconut oil (soaked for about a month).

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Product: ‘Monoi de Tahiti’ Body Glow II by NARS & this product can be purchased at Sephora for $59.00 USD.

Uses for Monoi Oil:

  • Can be used as a bath oil. This helps make skin nice and supple.
  • You can mix this oil with your lotion. It helps skin retain moisture & adds a nice scent.
  • My personal favorite is that you can add this oil to conditioner for added nourishment and shine.

BONUS: This oil is extremely lightweight!

Disclaimer: If you are allergic to Gardenias..please DO NOT USE this oil. Regular old coconut oil will do just fine!


Try these oils! Experiment, and see what works best for you!


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Fall 2015 — Wearable Makeup Trends

For every season there are always the classics, but at the end of Fashion Week everyone loves to see the common bond among the collections. Some of the makeup from the runway was a bit out there, but with the right products, are attainable.

One that you might not expect to see in the Fall is Peachy/ Rosie cheeks!

               NYX rouge cream blush tickledMAC wash and dry hipnesstarte shimmering peach Airblush Maracuja Blush  

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NYX’s Rouge Cream Blush in Tickled– This blush is very sheer, but it packs a lot of power! SHIMMER…SHIMMER…SHIMMER!!! I wouldn’t recommend this color for everyday wear. This blush is perfect for a night out on the town. It gives a bit of a dewy effect, so it’s perfect for catching the light in any room. You can amp this blush up with a seductive smokey eye, or be a fresh face with a neutral lip, and a bit of your favorite mascara.        

Price: $6.00 USD (BARGAIN)


MAC’s Powder Blush in Hipness– A warm peach/coral blush with a beautiful satin finish. This color is extremely pigmented, and is from MAC’s Wash & Dry Collection Remember a little goes a long way! This color may appear matte at first glance, but it has a hint of shimmer that’s just perfect. It is very similar to Orgasm by NARS. If you have oil skin, and are worried about your blush lasting…this is perfect for you!    

Price: $24.50 USD


Tarte’s Airblush Maracuja Blush in Shimmering Peach– This cream blush is on the lighter side as far as color is concerned. It is a very light peach color and is very long lasting. With that being said, if you are of a lighter complexion…then this blush may be perfect for you! Of course that does not rule everyone else out. This blush has the ability to be an AMAZING highlight because it is so light in color, and it is very sheer. 

Price: $26.00 USD

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Beautiful example of a peachy blush on Naomi Campbell for the Zac Posen Fall 2015 Ready-to-Wear.


Gold, bronze, silver, sparkle and shimmer plagued the runway in the best way possible this year. Four of my personal favorites this year are Anna Sui, Mara Hoffman, Tadashi Shoji & Zac Posen!

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Zac Posen


If you are thinking about some of this glitz and glam to your makeup collection, these products may be perfect!

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Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze– 5 highly pigmented shadows that can be used day or night. This shadow brick doubles as a beautiful highlight! 

Price: $46.00 USD


Smashbox Mini Palette in Full Exposure I would recommend this tiny palette for beginners or the best of makeup artists! The gorgeous shimmers are paired with neutral shades that are perfect for everyday use. 

Price: $24.00 USD (BARGAIN)


MAC Mineralize Eye Shadow in A Glimmer of Gold This quad can help create that hint of glimmer in a fresh face look or the “WOW!” factor for a sultry, smokey eye! 

Price: $46.00 USD


Bonus! What beautiful eye would be complete without lashes?

Lashes can compliment the most simple of looks or add drama to a beautiful creation!

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MAC’s Lashes in 43– These lashes are perfect for a night out! They have a bit of space in between, and this adds the perfect amount of contrast and drama.

Price: $17.00 USD


Velour Lashes’ Mink Lashes in It’s Sho Fluffy! These very fluffy and fluttery lashes can be worn day or night due to the fact that they are so wispy. I love that the lash lengths vary across the band! — Follow them on Instagram! @velourlashesofficial

Price: $35.00 USD


Last, but certainly not least….LIPS! This Fall is all about the barely there nude lip & very vampy shades.

Tips for Nude Lips!

  1. When trying to find your perfect shade..the key is to think NUDE!…N-u-d-e….naked…close to the color of your LIPS…not your SKIN! If you pick a lipstick that is the color of your face you will look washed out and..well… just strange.
  2. What’s your undertone? This is very important because there are some nudes that are more on the cool side, and some may appear more warm. If you feel like you look better in more cool colors: blue, light green and purple, then you may have a cool undertone. If you feel like you look better in warmer colors: red, orange and yellow/green, then you may have a warm undertone.
  3. If your able to swatch your favorite options…take a picture! A picture will let you see what really suits you. A picture with a flash will help determine if the shade is too pale for your complexion.

Tips for Vampy Lips!: 

  1. Vampy lip colors can be a bit high maintenance, so choose wisely. If you are going out to eat with the girls, then this may not be the best bet. If you do, choose a long lasting lip color.
  2. Use a good lip liner! Many brands release a lip liner that matches the lipstick of choice or one that compliments. This will keep your lips looking nice and not smudgy.
  3. Once again, be aware of your undertone, and use it as your guide.
  4. Be careful with shimmery lipsticks. A bit of shimmer is ok for the right occasion, but too much shimmer can make classy look trashy very fast!

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Dolce&Gabbana’s Voluptuous Lipstick in True Monica 40- Please do not confuse this color with Nude Monica 20 (very pale color). This lipstick has a satin finish and is highly pigmented. 

Price: $35.50 USD


MAC’s Mineralize Rich Lipstick in Rare Breed- This color is part of the Haute Dog Collection for Fall 2015. This is my favorite out the nude selections! It is very natural with a hint of pink. This lip color is very nice with or without a lip liner.

Price: $23.00 USD 


Clinique’s Colour Surge Butter Shine Lipstick in Delovely- This color will glide across your lips with ease! This may be a lipstick, but it has the appearance of a gloss. If you are going for a fresh face look, then this is the perfect lipstick!

Price: $17.00 USD (BARGAIN)


Kat Von D’s Studded Kiss Lipstick in Vampira- When you think of a classic vampy color…this one should come to mind. This color really makes a statement! Caution: Please exfoliate your lips prior to wear! If you have chapped lips your mouth will look like a brick road. You must have a good foundation to work with!

Price: $21.00 USD (BARGAIN)


MAC’s Mineralize Rich Lipstick in Labradorable– This luscious color is also included in the Haute Dog Collection for Fall 2015. This is a beautiful berry shade that is a good match for almost every skin tone! This color is somewhat sheer, so this is a go to for daytime or nighttime wear. 

Price: $23.00 USD


NARS’ Audacious Lipstick in Liv- This dark plum shade is truly sexy! I would recommend a liner for this color. You will get your money’s worth with this lip color. It is one swipe to perfection! This is a truly opaque color.

Price: $32.00 USD


This Fall, try new things, and embrace your beauty!


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Big Chop or Transition?

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Over the course of 5 long years I have “chopped” my hair 4 times:Pixie cut, big chop, grew it out, relaxed it, pixie cut, grew it out and now it’s chopped once again.

Whew! That was a lot, but I have learned many things along the way:


The BIG Chop

For those who are unsure as to what this is…..The “BIG” chop is the process of cutting off all the chemically processed ends of the hair, and leaving the remaining hair which is chemical free (natural).

There are many women who are afraid to do the big chop and have many reasons as to why:

  1. “I don’t have the head shape for that.”
  2. “I want my long hair.”
  3. “I’m not sure if that’s what I want.”
  4. “I don’t know what my texture is like.”
  5. “My significant other may/ may not like it.”

….I’m sure you get the point.


Transitioning

Transitioning is when you allow your hair to grow a certain length (whatever length you are comfortable with) without adding chemicals before cutting the processed ends off. This is the route that is taken when the “BIG” chop is not a favored option.

There are many ways to transition, but the process does not come with ease. Some of the ways are:

  • Bantu Knots
  • Braids
  • Twists
  • Weaves
  • Roller Sets

You can be creative with all of these options!


Caution

 Chemically processing your hair breaks down the hair strands (makes the hair straighter). While transitioning, your chemically processed hair will be extremely fragile in comparison. The most fragile part of the hair is where the natural and chemical part meet. Be sure to keep tension on your transitioning hair to a minimum! While on your journey, you may also have the urge to straighten you hair so that your natural hair texture will “match” your processed hair. DO NOT DO IT! Try to keep all heat usage to a minimum. If too much heat is used, damage will occur. When you decide to big chop, your transitioned hair will be stringy and lifeless in comparison to the hair growth to come.

While transitioning or while working with your hair post- big chop, just remember that patience is key. Your hair WILL grow!

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