Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Bridal Inspiration

This wedding was so much fun to work on. I had an absolute blast. I am so excited to share the pictures from this and key you in on all the vendors involved. I hope you get inspired by the stunning photos from this wedding.

First of all this venue was INSANE. They just barely opened up in Midway Utah and are the perfect location for your destination wedding. The space is surrounded by mountains, include multiple breathtaking views, balcony, and even has a space for your family to cook meals in and stay the night in the venue. It's just a few minutes away from Park City and is absolutely breath taking. The whole thing is decked out in wrought iron light fixtures, chandeliers, windows and stunning hard wood. They have paid attention to even the smallest of details and you can't go wrong doing your wedding here (call me up for hair and makeup if you do). River Bottoms Ranch in Midway, Utah is now open for business.



this photo is of the bride's room. It was the best Bride's Room I have ever seen. Tons of light, huge, couches, vanities and a balcony too! It was stunning.


Some Classic Cars showed up to show the bride and groom off in style! You can get your own from Something Vintage Something Blue based in Salt Lake City.



All these photos were taken by the wonderful Jessica Dawn Studios. She is based in Wyoming, but travels for weddings and events. Her editing style is light, bright and colorful, and she is great at paying attention to all the little details. 

 The Floral Arrangements at this event were stunning. They were done by the incomparable Intrigue Designs. She is based in Maryland, but travels to share her craft, teaches workshops and designs events. You won't be sorry if you work with her. 

 
Good Karma Paper did the invitations, place cards and other printed details. They specialize in unique and stunning paper suits and will add class and elegance to your next event. 
 

Let's talk about this gown though. It was stunning, fit like a glove, and had the finest and most amazing details. Looking for something awe-inspiring for your wedding day? You can't go wrong with Enaura Bridal.



Obviously I did the hair and makeup for this bride. You can check out more of my work on my main website. For those of you who didn't know I am a licensed cosmetologist and traveling hair and makeup artist. I do hair and makeup locally in Utah as well as all over the country. I specialize in Weddings and Events, but I also do work for runways, editorials and more. Check me out at Angela Woodward Cosmetology by clicking here



Simply Stunning cake by Flour and Flourish



Rentals from Diamond Rentals in Utah.



This event was styled and planned by Heather Benge of Heather Benge Events. She is based in Texas I believe, but travels internationally to help people have their dream weddings and events.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

REVIEW: Rarity Nail Polish Wraps

Packaging - 5 (excellent)
Ease of Use - 5 (excellent)
Longevity - 4 (very good)
Removal - 5 (excellent)
Variety - 5 (excellent)
Value - 5 (excellent)
Nail Health - 5 (excellent)
Overall:


Nail wraps are all the rage right now, and honestly - I'm so on board! Nail wraps are so much easier and more convenient to use, they are faster than classic polish and several nail wraps come from direct sales companies, which means you are supporting a friend or family member when you buy them. It's a win all around. I have been a long time fan of Color Street, so when I heard a new 100% polish, non-toxic nail wrap direct sales company was starting up, I had to try them! This post will specifically talk about Rarity Nails, not compare them to Color Street, Jamberry or anything else. BUT if you'd like to see my review for Color Street it's right here. You can click here to see the review for Jamberry.

The packaging for Rarity Nails is SUPER cute!  It is a solid black packaging with the logo and information written in gold. The envelope it comes in has a clear window so you can see the strips inside and it comes with an alcohol prep pad, orange wood stick (to push back your cuticles) and a mini nail file. Of the sets I have tried this is hands down the best "add ons" kit I have ever seen. Others don't come with the cuticle pusher, and the nail file is really nice and sturdy. I can actually use it.

I love applying nail polish wraps you guys. It is SO EASY! I just use a little alcohol wipe, push back my cuticles and apply. It's so simple. There is no dry time and if you have to stop mid application to chase down your kid or use the restroom, you are not worrying about smudging your nails. I didn't give this area five stars because you do have to trim down some of the polish strips to make them fit your nails properly. But I do like the shape of the nail beds of these better than other brands I have tried. I also like how sticky the backs are. They adhere better. That plays into our next category which is longevity. Because they adhere better I feel like they do not chip as quickly. But these aren't gel polish or anything crazy. They last 1-2 weeks.

I love the removal process of these nail wrap. Some wraps are 100% nail polish and you take them off with acetone or polish remover. Others are more like stickers and you have to soak the and peel them off. The Rarity nails are real polish and you can remove them with polish remover and a cotton ball. This keeps your nails super healthy. No pulling, chipping or soaking is required. You also don't need to file or buff your nail beds to adhere them, so your nails stay super healthy. These are also free of toxins often found in polish so they keep you healthy too!

Last I have to talk about variety and value. The variety is awesome for a brand new company. Most launch with around 10-25 options. Rarity nails has been in business for 6 months and already has over 70 options. Awesome! Because they are newer their website lacks finesse, but they are actively working on it. In the last month I have seen their platform switch to be easier to navigate and they are slowly getting better pictures. This is THE BEST value for a direct sales nail wrap out there! It is the same price as many Wal-Mart brands, which I LOVE. It's half the price of some of their competitors and I am super on board with it!

If you are interested in learning more about Rarity Nails I'm going to link my consultant's page here, and you can purchase them here. You can pick up the nails pictured above (called 5th avenue) by clicking here. I AM NOT A CONSULTANT FOR RARITY NAILS. I do not make any commission or kickbacks on sales made through this site. I am just trying to provide an avenue to purchase them and learn more for you guys.


Thursday, November 8, 2018

REVIEW: Bumble and Bumble Invisible Oil Balm-to-Oil Pre-Shampoo Masque

Packaging - 4 (very good)
Scent - 4 (very good)
Hydration - 6 (incredible)
Longevity - 4 (very good)
Wear - 5 (excellent)
Overall:

This may very well be my new favorite deep conditioner. I had never heard of a pre-shampoo masque, but I had no objections. Bumble and Bumble is known for their quality products so I was stoked to try this out. I am not sure when the last time was that my hair felt so healthy, but I am getting ahead of myself. 

The packaging I gave a 4 because while it's BEAUTIFUL, I am not a fan of screw top caps and lids in the shower. My hands are wet, the product is wet, it is a nightmare. It is scentless for the most part. Maybe a light floral scent can be detected, but i's basically fragrance free which I like. A little doesn't go a super long way, but it's not bad itself either. 

So now for using the actual product. When you open the container you see an opaque gel-like whipped balm. You scoop out a little with your fingers and rub your hands together and you will feel the balm melt into an oil. It's really fun and satisfying to do. You put that in your hair and wait about 20 minutes and then shampoo it out. I used this once as directed and once I left it on overnight. The results from both were amazing! I did feel that my overnight treatment yielded in the best results, because the results lasted longer. 

Not only did my hair feel soft and healthy, it was easy to style and manage. There was less breakage too. My hair hasn't felt like this in AGES. Plus the results lasted a long time. Some treatments and masks you have to do twice a week. This one was amazing. The results lasted for a full week and a half when I used it as a pre-shampoo masque. When I left it on overnight it lasted for over two weeks! This product isn't cheap, but the results are worth it in my opinion!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

What is the best Shampoo and Condtiioner for my hair type?

I get this question CONSTANTLY. So I decided to write up a simple updated guide on what shampoos and conditioners are best for various hair types. This should be a relatively simple and straightforward guide. I have not been paid to link you to any of these products. These are my honest recommendations. If you click the name of each product you can learn more about it.

FINE HAIR  

You need a shampoo that is light, but not stripping. You don't want dry or frizzy hair after all. So I recommend the Living Proof PHD shampoo and conditioner (pictured to the left). It is free of wax, sulfates, parabens and toxins, and smells like heaven! I also love the Big Sexy Hair shampoo and conditioner as well as the Biolage R.A.W. Uplift. If you have oily scalp issues coupled with your fine hair, try the Paul Mitchell Tea Tree line. None of these choices will weigh your hair down or

NORMAL DRY HAIR

You really do have your pick here. But if you want your hair to stay hydrated I love the Living Proof No Frizz line, which is still light weight, butAmika Normcore and the Joico Moisture Recovery (pictured to the right) line. None of these are super light weight (which may result in frizz) and none of them are very heavy either. I personally use the Living Proof No Frizz right now. All of these choices are listed because they don't weight down your hair. They allow for volume and texture to come out, but they don't cause fizz. They are the perfect balance of not to heavy but not to light. They also hydrate which is so important.

COARSE FRIZZY HAIR

If your hair is coarse chances are it's either super dry or super frizzy. I love the Smooth Sexy Hair for this kind of hair. It smells amazing, it's infused with coconut oil and it simply works. I also love the Joico Smooth Cure and the Redken Frizz Dismiss lines for this hair type. All of these are free of sulfates and have a weight to them that helps to seal your cuticle and control frizz while trapping in hydration. Last one! I also love the Matrix Biolage 3Butter shampoo and conditioner.

COLORED HAIR

The best option when you have colored hair, is to choose a shampoo that protects color, but also focuses on other things (like the Framesi Color Lover Line (pictured on the right). For example the Living Proof PHD shampoo and I recommended for fine hair is also color safe. So is the Smooth Sexy Hair I recommended for coarse and frizzy hair. But if you have normal dry hair, I like the Vibrant Sexy Hair Color Lock line. These products are infused with rose and almond oil, and they smell divine! But they are also free of sulfates and are very hydrating. I also like the Redken Color Extend Magnetics line (but do not care for their standard color extend line in the red bottle). However the color extend magnetics is a little heavier, and may be best if you have slightly thicker hair.

DAMAGED HAIR

When your hair is friend it need protein and love! My favorite choice is the Joico KPak shampoo and conditioner, which also comes in a color safe option. It is full of keratin (which is the protein found in your hair) and it simply works. The KPak is best for normal to coarse hair types, but if your hair is fine then you need something lighter weight. Try the Redken Extreme (pictured on the left) or the Amika The Kure shampoo and conditioner.

BLONDE HAIR

If you need a toning shampoo and conditioner there are so many options. Some of my die-hard favorites are the Framesi Color Lover Dynamic Blonde Purple Shampoo, or the Joico Color Endure Violet shampoo. I also really like the Blonde Sexy Hair and the Amika Bust Your Brass options. They are all great for toning unwanted warmth out of your blondes. But purple shampoos can be drying, so I also recommend my new favorite toning product, the Kenra Brightening Treatment (pictured on the right)
which is an intense toning and deep conditioning masque. It smells like coconut and leaves your hair feeling silky, soft and brighter. What more could you want?

CURLY HAIR

If you hair is fine or normal and you are trying to bring curl out in it, you really just need something weightless. Try the Living Proof PHD shampoo, and don't try to cowash. You should really focus on styling aid like the Not Your Mother's Weightless Foam Styling Mousse to bring your wave out, as opposed to shampoo and conditioner. Now if your hair has it's own fully formed curls it's time to turn to DevaCurl. This line is nourishing to the max! It tames frizz while allowing curls to fully form and for hair to heal. This line is a game changer. If you have normally curly hair try their classic No-Poo Original and One Conditioner Original. If your hair is super kinky and coarse try their No-Poo Decadence and their One Conditioner Decadence (pictured on the left). Trust me, you won't regret it. I know they have a line called the Delight line, that is for wavy hair to bring out curl, but it's still to heavy for your average wavy haired gal in my opinion.


I hope this guide is helpful and I hope you find your perfect shampoo and conditioner match soon! Let me know what your favorite shampoo and conditioner is below!


Sunday, November 4, 2018

REVIEW: Hot Sexy Hair Prep Me Blowout Cream

Packaging - 4 (very good)
Scent - 3 (average)
Protection - 5 (excellent)
Hydration - 5 (excellent)
Longevity - 4 (very good)
Overall:



I love the Hot Sexy Hair line. all of the products protect up to 450 degrees of heat, which is way higher than you should ever need. I notice a big difference in my hair when I am using this product. I am not in love with the packaging though. It's functional and I like that it has a cap as it's base (which moves product downward naturally) but I am not in love with the shiny metallic pink. It's not my thing.

The fragrance is also a no-go for me. It has a definite synthetic smell to it. It kind of has a musky balsa wood fragrance, with a hint of citrus. It's an odd scent for sure. But it's super duper light and doesn't last so I don't mind it.

What I love about this product is that it does protect from heat while hydrating your hair. My hair is softer when I use it, and it doesn't get split ends as fast. I also love that a little goes a long way. It's not an insane amount, but I'd say longer than is average. This is a great option for protection when using hot tools as well if you have coarse and porous hair.

Friday, November 2, 2018

REVIEW: Cureology

Packaging - 5 (excellent)
Scent - 5 (excellent)
Process - 4 (very good)
Acne Fighting - 5 (excellent)
Skin Care - 5 (excellent)
Overall:


I have had A LOT of you ask me about some of these new personalized skin and hair care companies and I am going to begin reviewing a bunch of them. This is the first. My skin is... well it's a hot mess. I review things as a job, so I am constantly switching brands and lines. Plus I wind up using products with questionable ingredients all the time. I have some acne scarring, but I also have pretty bad adult acne on top of that on my jawline specifically. Some things work temporarily, some things help. But rarely do I find things that fix it. My skin is super dry, so most acne treatments had a lot of direct acids and alcohols that dry out the skin to suffocate the acne. But then I end up with irritated dry and flaky skin. Anything super hydrating gives me tons of break outs!

So let me walk you through the process. You start by setting up an account as you would anywhere. You give them your name, address and so on. Then you take a survey or quiz or whatever you'd like to call it. It asks you a lot of great questions including your skin type, what your problems are, where your problem areas are at, if your skin is sensitive, allergies and more. Then at the end you upload 3 photos of your face without makeup on (one showing the left side, one showing the right and one straight on). Full disclosure - when I set up my account it was the early afternoon and I had a full face of makeup on and I was NOT about to wipe that off. I found a few older "before pictures" I had taken, but they were all from the left side. I uploaded three left side photos and moved on.

Well a few days later I got a message that my skincare professional needed better photos. So that night I took three quick shots before bed and uploaded them to the site separately. Then my formula was finished and my package was sent out. I got the package and it had some promo items in it that were... kind of odd I thought. It has some weird temporary tattoos, a small package of grape jelly beans (that were delicious) and two matching pins of ghosts hugging. The pins said "you're not alone" on the packaging and it looked like you were supposed to give one to a friend to show them you care, but also had "curology" written all over it, so it was kind of odd. Just not the kind of thing I expect to get with my skin care I guess. Maybe a sample of moisturizer would have made more sense?

Anyways, I actually got a "free trial" where you just pay shipping, which is $5. The bottle I got was a nice sturdy white plastic bottle with a pump nozzle. However I know the full sized product is a thick glass-like frosted bottle with a pump. So I did two pumps the first night after washing my face with cleanser, and it covered my whole face very well. But I only have acne on my jaw line, so now I only use one pump per night (because I am SAVORING this stuff)!

I noticed a huge difference night one. I kid you not. I woke up the next morning and thought "oh wow!" After using it for a week I was telling my husband about it once while I was getting ready. I was telling how great my skin looked. I do my eye shadow before my foundation usually, and that was the case that day too. I said "I mean look at these results" and he looked and said "it looks good, but you are wearing foundation so I can't really tell". YOU GUYS! My skin looked so good, that my husband thought I was wearing foundation when I wasn't! He was surprised when I corrected him.


After using it for a couple of weeks I stopped for three days, and my skin did get worse again. You definitely have to keep up with it. But it's so amazing! I am hooked. I really am. I highly recommend it. My skin is not only healing form acne, but it's hydrated and soft and wonderful.




I do not make any commission off purchases made through this page EXCEPT that it does give me a small amount off my next curology order. This is a referral link anyone can get and share, you too. I am not paid te review this by curology.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

REVIEW: PYT Beauty No BS Palette

Packaging - 5 (excellent)
Variety - 1 (bad)
Pigment - 4 (very good)
Fallout - 5 (excellent)
Wear - 2 (not very good)
Overall:


I was REALLY wanting to love this! I really was! But it just missed the mark for me.   The packaging is AMAZING. It is a really pretty soft and matte grey. It has a rubber like finish to it. It is a sturdy plastic and has a magnetic closure with a button release clasp. So it is shut! I love it.

There is no variety. It is literally this one palette. I am sure that this line will have more options in the future, but for now this is it. I thought the option, for it being the only one was really simple and very neutral. But After getting it, the shades in the palette are not true to the colors online. The top matte shades are accurate but the bottom shimmer shades are not. The middle shade appears to be medium golden tan. and the the furthermost to the right looks like a soft medium cool toned brown. However in reality the middle shade is more of a forest green, while the other shade is more of a truffle purple.

The shades had initial pigment that was pretty nice. Not mind blowing, but decent. Better than your average drugstore brand. I also didn't have hardly any fallout from this product. But the wear was just not there. Even with my best and fanciest primers, the shadows just did not stay in place. The pigment faded throughout the day dramatically and the shadow is prone to creasing (even with my crease-less primers). It just misses the mark for me.