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.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Color Street Exposed

So I have been really debating about writing this post. Why? Because I don't want to hurt other people and I don't want to hurt their businesses. BUT upon learning about this I felt it needed to be shared. But first a little back story.

If you are a regular reader to my blog you know I love Direct Sales. I don't do them, but I love to support women who have the hustle to do them, because direct sales are HARD. I have been a part of three MLM companies before. I learned a lot about Multi Level Marketing and there are companies that have left a bad taste in my mouth. One reason is that their products are usually pretty sub par for a high end price. There is (in my experience) usually a handful of products that work well and are worth your time and money, and the rest are kind of awful, but are peddled as incredible by their reps. My experience with Tyra Beauty was the worst. I feel that the reps we were lied to consistently, from day one. Even Tyra's motivation for starting the direct sales line of the company was exposed. I felt hurt and also frustrated, because she was an idol of mine and I was seriously upset that she was not who she professed to be.

But the number one thing I hated about Tyra Beauty was that we were always in competition with the company itself. If you go the Mary Kay website and try to order products it will direct you to find a consultant. You literally can't purchase these products without choosing a consultant, this is typical of direct sales companies. But that was never the case with Tyra Beauty. You could buy directly from the company and they said a portion of that money was redistributed as a bonus for the higher ranking reps. But only a portion. And with a rep making only 20% I am unsure why they thought it was necessary to do this to get us bonuses. Oh, because it's not. Anyways the whole company was a mess and they closed their direct sales line before they hit their 3 year mark. Regardless I find it super dishonorable when a direct sales company is in direct competition with their representatives.

So back to Color Street. What does this have to do with them? You can't buy Color Street direct from the site without a rep (if you do, they send the commision to the rep closest to you) and you've never seen Color Street on store shelves. Or have you? I love Color Street. It's easy and long lasting and cute. I do my nails with their products all the time. You can read my full review about them here. I liked this company and even considered joining because they are just one dynamite product, and don't have a bunch of crappy items I'd feel a lot pressure to sell. Then my sister came to me and told me she has seen a lot of competitors pop up, that were also 100% nail polish strips. I thought that to be odd because Color Street is supposed to hold the patent for these kinds of strips. But while I was at Ulta I saw the Incoco polish strips and picked them up to compare. That is what I do on this blog after all. 

But something struck me as odd right away. The strips are packaged similarly. Both Color Street and Incoco nail strips also come with the same files and little nail prep pads that have almost identical packaging. All I had to do was go to to learn the truth.

Not only are these two products the exact same formula and technology, but there is even a THIRD line.

Incoco (the parent company) has Color Street, which admittedly has the largest selection of the three. Then they have a second line, Incoco (their namesake). Incoco is a less expensive option with different patterns and designs. With color street costing a steep $13.00 for their designs and $11.00 for their solids, and Incoco is $7.99 for their designs and only $5.99 for their solids. These can be found in stores like Ulta. But that's not all. They have a third Budget Option that sells at Walmart called Coconut. Coconut appears to have the smallest range and only has patterned designs, no solids, ringing in at $4.95.

While they don't have repeating designs, some of the solid shades are exact matches. Take for example the picture on the right which is Giza Sands from Color Street on top of the solid shade Second Nature from Incoco. When it comes to patterns, I haven't found any that exact, but many that VERY similar. Check out this comparison of Coconut's Steal the Show next to Color Street's Safari Chic below. If you like Safari Chic you can snag it at Walmart for less than half the price AND without paying for shipping.

So here is the deal - if you love color street, I still recommend you buy from your friends who you'd love to support. But I'd be lying if I said I am not going to start snagging Second Nature instead of Giza Sands (my go-to right now) because it's cheaper, more accessible, and doesn't require me to pay shipping. If you've been wanting to try it but can't spend the money go to Walmart and grab some Coconut ones. Plus they all have different patterns. There are some patterns in Incoco you can't get in Color Street that are SUPER cute. As for becoming a rep, I was honestly considering it with Color Street. I have a lot of friends who sell it and I love the product. Unlike other companies, this one only needed one dynamite thing, because they only sell one thing. I thought this could be it for me, but I was wrong. I am so bummed that the company competes against it's own reps like this.

Monday, July 2, 2018

REVIEW: Karity Eye Shadow Primer

Packaging - 5 (excellent)
Longevity - 3 (average)
Application - 4 (very good)
Effectiveness - 1 (poor)
Wear - 1 (poor)

If you've read any of my other Karity reviews, you already know that I am a fan of this brand. But not every brand has 100% top notch products in every area. This primer was a let down. Let me start with packaging. It is sleek and gorgeous. The cap is flat so you can stand it upright, it has a squeeze tube which makes it easier to get all the primer out of and doe foot applicator. However I feel that to much product comes out on the doe foot, which is to big in my opinion.

I feel like a little doesn't go a long way, but you don't have to use an exorbitant amount, it's longevity is average. The application with the doe foot applicator is fairly easy. Usually when using a doe foot you'd swipe the product on, but in this case you have t dot on only a little a use your finger to spread it out.

The real bummers are in the wear and effectiveness. First of all I felt the product was hydrating but it is also pretty oily and greasy. It made my lids shiny for sure. This likely contributed to it breaking down my shadow, creasing and not doing much to make my shadows stay all day long. It was better than no primer at all, but not even my favorite budget option on the market.I'd skip this if I were you.

If you want to read about other Karity products and the brand click here. 

Use the code FRIEND-C6H9JVH at checkout for $5 off your order of $10 or more!

Sunday, July 1, 2018

REVIEW: Supergoop! Everyday Sunscreen

Packaging - 4 (very good)
Scent - 4 (very good)
Finish - 3 (average)
Weight - 4 (very good)
Protection - 5 (excellent)

This sun screen is great for not just your face but your body too! No more need to pack tWo types! With SPF 50 (the recommendation is 15) you will be blocked from the suns rays all day long! It does have that sunscreen-smell, but it is faint and covered with a twist of mint. It doesn't feel heavy after application (you know that feels like you are coated in lard), and there is a bit of shininess to the finish that comes with most sun screens, but it looks natural and dewy, not greasy. This a great moisturizing sun screen I think, and a good addition to your beach bag.