Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Review of Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shampoo and Conditioner

Hi! Today I'm going to review Paul Mitchell's Tea Tree Shampoo and Conditioner. I bought this set about a month ago and we have used over half of it already. This is what the packaging looks like.
Overall I like the packaging it goes with the tea tree theme. It says on the back of the bottle that if you buy tea tree you help plant a tree so it's nice that it does help a cause/environment. The main reason I bought this set was my fiancee really liked the Aveda and L'Oreal Rosemary Mint Shampoo and Conditioner. It had that slight tingle to it. So a few friends said that a lot of men like the tea tree for the same reason. I like trying different shampoos and conditioners so I though why not. I like the tingling cooling sensation after you use it. It's nice and refreshing feeling. It does have a nice smell if you like really minty scents. It is nice because it really clears your senses when you are in the shower. The smell can be a bit overpowering though. This shampoo does not lather up the best. It takes some work and it take more shampoo than it usually does for me to wash my hair. There doesn't seem to be anything special about the conditioner. After I get out of the shower it is very hard to comb my hair and my hair just feels weird. The conditioner just feels like it didn't do much of anything for my hair. I hate the weird feeling when I get out of the shower. But would I buy this shampoo and conditioner again? No. The parts of it that I sort of like are not worth the parts of it I hate. It was fun to try something new but this one was a bit of a fail for me. Anyways I hope you enjoyed this review and thank you for reading!

My Everyday Look (As Of Right Now)

Hi! Sorry I haven't posted lately. I had to take my board exams for my cosmetology license. And I passed both! So I am officially a licensed cosmetologist! I've been busy studying and preparing so I haven't had time to post anything. I'm back today though with a look I've been doing pretty much for the last week. It's quick and when I have a lot going on it's nice to not have to put a lot of thought into it. So let's get started!
First I apply my MAC foundation in NC15 like usual. Then I applied Urban Decay's Buck into my crease.
Next I apply MAC's Retrospeck on my lid.
Then I applied a little bit of Urban Decay's Darkhorse into the outer v and blended it slightly into the crease. I also applied Darkhorse to my lower lashline.
Lastly I applied a very fine line of Urban Decay Perversion Eye Pencil to my upper lasline. You can smudge it out if you like. One day I didn't and yesterday I did. It's just personal preference. Then I applied two coats of my Sephora Atomic Volume mascara and the eyes are finished!
For the rest of my face I used my MAC Veluxe Brow Pencil in Deep Brunette on my brows and applied MAC's blush in Well Dressed. Lastly I applied a little bit of my Sugar Lip Treatment in the color Rose and applied some of MAC's Creme Cup lipstick on top. And we are finished!

It's pretty quick and definitely easy. I really hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial. Next post will be a review on the Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shampoo and Conditioner. I'm still working on the beginner makeup kit post. I have a few things but I'm working on getting the rest. I'm hoping by the end of April to have a review on the Covergirl 3in1 Foundation. I also have plans to publish a spring makeup tutorial soon. That's all I have planned for right now. I'm trying to come up with more ideas. I hope you enjoyed this and thanks for reading!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Your Opinions on Hair Extensions???

Hi! So today I'm asking for your help/opinion on hair extensions. Let me explain(: Most of you can see I'm trying to grow my hair out but honestly it can't get long fast enough. I really would like to try extensions out. I really would like to try clip ins because they are not as damaging to your hair as some of the more semi-permanent options. Plus I would change my hair everyday so having the choice to wear them or not is definitely nice. So this is where you and your opinion come in(: I would love to hear some suggestions of brand/companies you think have great hair extensions. A few brands I have considered are:
-SKR Hair Extensions
-Head Kandy Hair Extensions Hair Extensions
-Foxy Lock Hair Extensions
Each seem to have their own pros and cons. Some are cheaper and some are more expensive. Some have more color selection and some have more textures than others. I think I want 16-18in and at least 120grams of hair. My cousin bought extensions which I colored for her and hers were from Sally's. I believe hers were Euronext and they were 70grams. They were really nice but they definitely needed to be thicker for both of us. I tried them on even though they did not match at all but I could tell they were too thin. So even though I thought they were pretty nice I won't be getting those. I think if I can wait 6 months without getting my hair cut I will sort of celebrate not cutting my hair with extensions (lol it is very hard not to cut your hair when you are a cosmetologist). Anyways what are your opinions and experiences with hair extensions and hair extensions companies? Also go ahead and recommend any brands I may not have mentioned. Thank you for reading and helping(:

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Coloring My Hair and Malibu Color Correction

Hi! Today I'm coloring my hair and I'm hoping I'll leave it this way for about 2 months at least. This is what I have:
-Paul Mitchell Permanent Color in 4N
-Paul Mitchell Permanent Color in 3N
-Malibu Color Correction Packet
Here is what I started with:

Please excuse my greasy hair. Then I got in the shower and followed the directions on the back of the Malibu treatment. I shampooed my hair then applied the crystals. I let them sit for 5 minutes and shampooed and rinsed again. NO conditioner! And here is the results from that.

As you can see it definitely removed some color. I just wanted to lighten it up some and get rid of as much red as possible. I definitely noticed a difference. I think this product would be good if your color comes out too dark or you are trying to go blonde and want to get as much color out as possible. I haven't used these before but I'm curious if they would continue to remove color if you did again like the next day or something. They also say they are 100% vegan.
Now onto the color! I love having my hair neutral because it looks great with pretty much anything. So for my formula I mixed 2oz.4N+2oz.3N+4oz of 5vol developer and it was all Paul Mitchell. And this is the finished result.

I really like it. My eyes stand out more I think. Now if my hair was just longer....
I hope you guys enjoyed this post. Things are going to be soooo busy these next 2-3 weeks. I start my new job April 2nd and I have a bunch of stuff to take care of in the mean time. I'm going to post as much as I can in the next 2 weeks and hopefully I'll find time when I start working to still post stuff. Thanks for reading!(:

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Versatile Smokey Eye

Hi! It was hard to figure out a name for this tutorial but it uses one of my favorite eyeshadows which is Haight by Urban Decay. As much as I love this look the reason it is versatile is because you can replace Haight with any color you want. So on to the tutorial!
First I applied my L'Oreal Lumi Foundation (that's right no MAC foundation mixed in). Then I applied a mix of Urban Decay Naked and Buck into my crease.
Next I applied Urban Decay Haight on to the lid.
Next I applied Urban Decay's Asphalt into the crease. I also applied a bit of a matte grey from my Coastal Scents palette. I think Asphalt is too shimmery so mixing it with the matte tones it down a little.
This last step requires some serious blending. I applied Urban Decay's Blackout but really any matte black is fine. I applied this to the outer v and blending this into the crease. I also blended into the Haight on the outer 1/3 of my lid. It creates more of a gradient.
Then I applied Urban Decay Perversion pencil eyeliner to my upper waterline and lashline. I also slightly winged it out. Then I applied more Blackout on top of the winged out Perversion. It made it even more pigmented.
On my lower lashline I applied Blackout to the outer 1/3 and then Asphalt the rest of my lashline.
Lastly I applied a matte highlight color under my brows and a shimmery highlight color to the inner corner. I filled in my brows with my MAC Veluxe brow pencil and put on two coats of my Sephora Atomic Volume mascara. And the eyes are done!

On to the rest of the face(: I applied my Elf blush and bronzer duo to my cheeks and I contoured a little bit. Lastly I applied MAC's Creme Cup lipstick.

And that's it! It's pretty easy and you can do it with really any color you want. Also please ignore my hair in this tutorial. It's starting to feel really grown out and this was a bad hair day lol. Anyways I hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial and I'm not sure what I'll be posting next. Thank you for reading!(:

Sephora Atomic Volume Mascara Review

Hi! Today I'm doing a review on my Sephora Atomic Volume Mascara. This is how it looks:
The packaging is pretty simple which is fine. I actually don't really like mascara's having these bright colored tubes so I do like the simple black. As you can see it gets bigger towards the end which I'm hoping means more product but I'll see when I get closer to using it up completely. So I'm going to start with the cons because it will make it easier to explain the pros. First thing this mascara is not waterproof which is usually fine with me. However we went out to dinner and my baby cousin was cracking us up and I started to tear up. Then I started to cry more because if the mascara gets in your eye it STINGS! Eventually it was ok and it still looked like I had some mascara on. Also the wand for this is super pokey. It's not soft at all. It can make it hard to get right down to the lash line. You can but you have to be careful. The next con would be it can be super clumpy! The first time I applied this mascara I hated it. It was clump city and I couldn't fix it no matter what I tried! But I realized if you are very careful about the amount of product on the wand you can get voluminous lashes. On to the pros it is a nice mascara to layer over a lengthening mascara. Also like I said if you are careful about not having too much product on the wand you get nice defined voluminous lashes. It was only $5 which isn't too bad. But this is where the pros stop. It all comes down to would I buy this mascara again? No probably not. It's not a horrible mascara but there are better drugstore mascaras. It's not good from when you are in a hurry because you have to be careful so your lashes don't get clumpy. Also I was slightly worried about how it irritated my eyes and I would rather get a mascara I know won't bother my eyes. Anyways I'm hoping to have a tutorial up later today but it I may post it tomorrow. Thank you for reading!(:

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

FOTD: Job Interview

Hi! I didn't think I would be posting anything for awhile but I have more time today then I thought. I just curled my hair under with my flat iron. It gave me a lot of volume and it was easy to make it look more messy but cute. Here are some pictures of my hair and makeup from today.

 Primers: Tarte Poreless Primer and Tarte Creaseless Eye Primer
Foundation: MAC Studio Sculpt in NC 15 with L'Oreal Lumi Foundation in N3
Blush: Elf Brush and Bronzer Duo
Eyeshadows: Naked 2 Palette- Bootycall, Foxy, Tease, Busted, and Blackout
Eyeliner: Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Liner and Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil Liner in Perversion (both are in Perversion)
Brow Pencil: MAC Veluxe Pencil in Deep Brunette
Mascara: Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara
Lipstick: MAC Lipstick in Syrup

Then I finished with my Elf  High Definition Powder and Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray. The tutorial for this eye look is below. The only thing I did different was I applied Bootycall to my lid and Foxy as my highlight. I went with the more smokey look. I really wish I had that Maybelline Color Whisper. I'm thinking about buying a few for myself and some for my cousins birthday present. Anyways check out the video below! She is my absolute favorite youtube beauty guru!(: So maybe subscribe to her channel.

Thank you for reading!(:

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Rihanna Inspired Tutorial/L'Oreal Infallible Tutorial

Hi! Today's tutorial is inspired by this picture:
The eye makeup is pretty simple except the blue slightly winged eyeliner and I love the bold lips. This tutorial also uses L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Midnight Blue. I know I look nothing like Rihanna and the makeup isn't exact that is why it says inspired by. Well on to the tutorial!

First I apply my MAC foundation in NC15 and a little bit of my L'Oreal Lumi Foundation. Next I took a fluffy brush and lightly dusted a mix of MAC's Glamour Light and Retrospeck on my lid. Just use a color close to your skintone that makes your lid look nice.
Then I applied Urban Decay's Naked into my crease.
Some of you may know this next trick and some of you may not but I applied tape like below in the picture. Then I applied Urban Decay's 24/7 Binge Eye Pencil and winged it out. The tape helps wing it out and get a precise line.
I took off the tape and applied L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Midnight Blue over the Binge eyeliner. It comes out way more pigmented even though it is already super pigmented.
Now I had to do some more research for this part but Rihanna actually has like a black eyeliner on the lower lashline/waterline. So I applied Urban Decay's 24/7 Pencil in Perversion to my upper waterline and my lower waterline and lashline. I took a small amount of the Midnight Blue and smudged out Perversion. It became sort of a blackened blue that was super pretty.
For the rest of the eye makeup I applied MAC's Naked Lunch as a brown bone highlight. Then I applied 2 coats of my Sephora Atomic Volume Mascara and my MAC Veluxe Brow Pencil in Deep Brunette. And the eye makeup is done.
For the rest of my face I contoured with my Elf Bronzer and Blush Duo. I also applied the blush from the set as well. For the lips I applied NYX Black Label Lipstick in Hot Pink. I got this a year ago and I love it! One of the Maybelline Vivids I think would be a good lipstick for this look. And we're finished!

So I hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial. I have one more tutorial coming up with the L'Oreal Infallible eyeshadow. I'm planning on getting a few more eyeshadows later this month. Right now I don't have a lot planned for what I'm going to post this month. I know I would like to do a beginner makeup kit post. I'm giving my cousin a bunch of makeup for her birthday later this month and she doesn't have much right now. That's why I think it would be good to use it as a what to get someone who is starting out in makeup post or even for yourself if you are starting out in makeup. Anyways I have an important interview this week and I'll be in Chicago this weekend so I'm not sure if I will post anymore this week. I'm hoping I can sneak in a few quick posts for you guys. I may do a post on Monday on why and what I was doing in Chicago. Well thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day!
P.S. I always get asked but my cupcake earrings are from I bought them about a year ago so I'm not sure if they have them anymore.