Thursday, July 19, 2018

About those Pinterest photos....

As a hair and makeup artist, I see pictures of hair and makeup from Pinterest ALL THE TIME. I love inspiration photos, because they are a really good way to communicate exactly what colors, shades or placements you'd like. But there are some issues with these photos as well. Try to keep the following things in mind next time you step into a salon for your hair or makeup appointment.

1- You are not the person in the photo

clearly. You know that's not you right? If you show me a photo of someone with super thick and long hair, but you hair fine shoulder length hair, it's not going to look the same. try to remember that we can teach you style your hair for fullness, but that unless you'd like extensions, it won't change your hair. Likewise, no amount of wearable contouring will make you look like a different human. There are all these crazy transformation videos out there, and they are GREAT, but they aren't wearable. Makeup should accentuate your look and maybe minimize problem areas, but if you have a square jawline and you bring me a picture of Kim K, you aren't going to look just like her in the end. You will have a similar look, but you will need a nose job, botox and jaw shave in order to look just like her (which by the way she needed two of those things to look like her too).


I also get people who bring in celebrity pictures all the time, hoping that this haircut or color would some how make them look different and more like Jennifer Anniston or whoever. The truth is, you have to love you. Hair and makeup should be fun. I love this stuff and I believe in self care. But they aren't everything. If you find that no one can ever get your cut to look like the person in the picture's, you should consider if you actually just want to look like the person, and already have the cut. Then work on loving you and your features, because we are all beautiful and unique in our own ways. And thanks to Tanya Hennesy for this wonderful clip, it is SO TRUE.

Also keep in mind that if you show me a picture with curl hair, you will have to curl your hair to get it to look identical. A haircut doesn't change texture or growth pattern.

2- You have no idea how long this took or how much it cost

A lot of people come in with magazine worthy looks, and want it for $50 in less than 2 hours. In reality a lot of these celebs see their stylists every week for a month to get the look they want and spend thousands. Even a Kardashian can't change science.

Listen to your stylist. I am not in the business of ruining hair. I have heard it all before. Saying "My friend's hair dresser did that" does not change the fact that I won't do that. Your friends hair may have been different than yours, and maybe her hair dresser didn't care about the hairs health as much as I do. But I care, a lot. So go see them, instead of me.

LISTEN to your stylist here people. Prices are non negotiable. And if your stylists says they can't do something, or that it will take multiple sessions, listen to them. If you pressure them into something they aren't comfortable with, your results won't be pretty.

3- Pinterest Photos are edited 90% of the time

Here is a favorite example of that, it's a picture of some hair coloring done by the incredible Rebecca Taylor (@rebeccataylorhair on Instagram). You can see in one picture it is more vibrant and fluid, and the other is also gorgeous, but different. It is IMPOSSIBLE to make your hair look like the picture on the left. That's hair filtered and blurry. You can get vibrance for sure, but not blurry.

This next one has and edited color that is less than attainable.

Just be realistic you guys. That's all this boils down to. We can not make you look exactly like the person in the pictures, and your hair may not lay exactly like theirs with or without styling. Be mindful of photo shop and realistic about your hair. But most importantly hair is FUN. It also grows back and can be changed. So have fun with your hair but don't get crazy about your hair looking exactly like you are imagining. If you become so heartbroken you feel ashamed or disgusted because your hair isn't "perfect" you should consider talking to a therapist about the deeper issues that lie there. Therapy is awesome, and so is hair and life ♥

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

In August I plan on focusing on small businesses and indie brands! Throw me a message or comment below with which ones you'd like to see!

Monday, July 16, 2018

REVIEW: Hanalei Papaya Enzyme Powder Cleanser

Packaging - 5 (excellent)
Scent - 4 (very good)
Ease of Use - 3 (average)
Cleansing - 5 (excellent)
Hydration - 4 (very good)
I am super excited to share this review with you! I have been loving this cleanser for the last little while, and even feature it recently on my post  Travel Beauty Tips. So I am just going to dive right into it. I know a lot of you are probably surprised by my 5 star rating for the packaging. The simple with plastic container isn't usually my thing - and it's still not. I am unimpressed by the classic bottle, however it is sleek and functional, it is to plain and has a vibe like it's provided by a hotel. But one thing I love about this product is you can purchase it in pre-portioned packets that are super convenient for your emergency "stayed the night" kit, your boyfriends place, or your next vacation. These packets and super cute and come in a sturdy blue container for storage. I went ahead and posted a picture of that to the right (although the lid to the container is not pictured). 

This is almost fragrance free, but what is there is pretty good. It's a little on the powdery side, but it is light enough hat I don't mind it. It has a faint papaya-tropical twist too that I like. My skin definitely got clean using it and it did remove my makeup and brow products for sure. My skin also didn't instantly dry out, which is common for me. I don't feel like it hydrated my skin, but it did protect it from getting drier. 

This cleanser is actually a powder that you shake into your hands and add water, and then rub together until it foams before applying. The thing I don't like about it is I feel that there is a lot of waste. You cant really emulsify it in your fingers because it all slides through the cracks. But after emulsifying it in your palms you can't really massage it in using your palms. It's a little messy, but there is enough powder in each that if you use the full amount in your hands it works out. To me the real dynamite thing abut this product is it's travel convenience and not it's value as a every-day option.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

REVIEW: CIATÉ LONDON Wonderwand Mascara in Black Magic

Packaging - 4 (very good)
Lengthening - 5 (excellent)
Volume - 3 (average)
Clump - 2 (not very good)
Flakiness - 1 (bad)

I am not the biggest fan of this mascara over all. First of all the packaging is almost perfect, until they threw on these weird sparkly stars. It takes it from a luxury look to a kid's play makeup look.

The actual performance of the product is disappointing. This does add some length, but it flake of quickly. There is very little volume happening here, and what volume does occur comes in the form of clumps. It's just not a good product.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

What's the difference between Joico Color Balance and Joico Color Endure Violet shampoos?

Recently Joico came out with a second purple shampoo. They have had their Color Endurance Shampoo for a while. Their color balance series came out in the last few years. It used to have a blue, red, copper and purple option. On their website there is no mention of anything but the blue and purple choices now, which makes me think the others aren't around anymore. I have had a few people write to me asking what the difference is between the two and which they should get.

 The Joico Color Endure Violet is a thicker formula that is super hydrating and sulfate free. It has some weight to it, which creates a sleek, shiny and frizz free finish.  It also deposits some violet toning color, but is made for consistent use. It also has UV protection in it that fights fading for all hair types and colors. The conditioner that accompanies it is my favorite part. Usually purple conditioners are a very light pastel purple, this one is not. It is still a rich toning purple, which makes for hydrated, cool toned and happy hair.

One the other side you have the Joico Color Balance purple shampoo. The biggest difference with this shampoo is it does have sulfate in it, so it is lighter weight and a little more drying. Those sulfates lift the cuticle a little more which also means it tones a little more powerfully.

So which one is right for you? 

I have made a little chart below to kind of depict which one is best for various needs. I would go with which ever option fits more of your personal needs.

Color Endure:
  • If you have porous or extremely damaged/brittle hair
  • If your hair soaks up color
  • If your hair is super dry
  • If your hair is thick, coarse and frizzy

Color Balance:

  • If your hair is fairly healthy
  • If your hair is resistant to toners and purple shampoos
  • If your hair is moisturized and can handle a little sulfate
  • If your hair is fine, oily or in need of volume

You may also like:
How to get the most From Your Purple Shampoo
How do I keep my Blonde Hair from Turning Yellow?

♥♥♥ thanks to Candace for reading my blog and sending in this question ♥♥♥

Sunday, July 8, 2018

REVIEW: 100% Pure Montana Emu Oil

Packaging - 4 (very good)
Hydration - 6 (incredible)
Pore Care - 5 (excellent)
Longevity - 5 (excellent)

 This is my new favorite thing in my beauty regimen. I can not say enough good things about Emu Oil.The packaging of this Emu oil is a 4. It isn't high end looking, in fact I think it looks like a cheap bargain item. Regardless it comes in a sturdy glass packaging (I dropped it MULTIPLE times) and has a functional dropper lid that I love.

This stuff HYDRATES. My skin has never felt so soft or been less flaky. On top of that I expected it to clog my pores and make me break out (which is what coconut oil does). But no, it didn't. In fact I have less acne when I use it, than when I don't. My skin looks and feels fantastic. And a little goes a super long way. It WILL break down your makeup though. So I only use it at night, and a little after the shower. But after a shower I wait a full hour before applying makeup, otherwise it really will break it all down.

Friday, July 6, 2018

REVIEW: Smashbox Be Legendary Cream Lipstick

Packaging - 5 (excellent)
Scent - 3 (average)
Hydration - 4 (very good)
Wear - 2 (not very good)
Transfer - 2 (not very good)

This is going to be a pretty straightforward review.  The packaging for the Smashbox Be Legendary Cream Lipsticks is beautiful. It's sleek, it looks high end, it's functional and sturdy and I love it. There isn't really any major scent happening with this, but what is there is nice. It's not particularly drying, the Matte counterpart can be a little on the dry side, but not the cream. I'd say the cream is slightly hydrating even. However when wearing it I had to reapply several times, even after setting and with a primer it didn't stay put. And it transfers A LOT. There is no way to keep this off your significant other. For that price point I expected more and I will not be repurchasing.