Friday, March 21, 2014

Frugal Friday- The first step to flawless makeup application- Makeup brushes

When I started out in the mid 80's doing makeup as a professionally a lot of us used the little sponge applicator that came with the products or sponge wedges and cotton buds. There were brushes sold in higher end companies but it was really hard to change the way that I had applied makeup for years. I call my new Friday Blog post Frugal Fridays because everyone has a different definition for Frugal. I am middle class, makeup is my passion and I am willing to save and pay for higher priced one if a certain brush I can't live without. But never have I forgotten where I came from, so I shop for brushes anywhere from the dollar store to high end that I have to get from other countries. So,only you know what you can afford. These are recommendation for super affordable brushes that every artist needs in their collection. 1. The first company is E.L.F. , It stand for eyes,lips, face. There web address is : http://www.eyeslipsface.com/. The company has two lines of brushes. The essential collection, that start at $1.00. Their next range is the Studio Collection and they start at $3.00. I have many of these in my collection because when you are doing a Photoshoot sometime I don't have time to clean my brushes so I just have tons of those so that I can put them in a bin to clean at a later time. This is the essential collection the cost is 12.00 for the entire set.
and this is the studio set that retails for 30.00. http://www.eyeslipsface.com/studio/brushes/brush-sets/11_piece_brush_collection. If you are not looking for a set you can purchase the brushes individually. E.L.F is always running special. I usually pick up a set or two when they are half off. Great bargain and quality. The bonus is the line is cruelty free. They can also be purchased at Target, but the best selection is on there website. 2.My second recommendation is the brush by Royal Care Cosmetics. When you first see them they remind you of the the Sigma brushes. The quality is just as amazing but half the price. There sets are synthetic which is great for the application of cream makeup products. The prices range from $9.65 a set to $29.95. As a bonus they have the hard container that are only $10.95 You can find them at http://www.rc-cosmetics.com/accessories 3. The next set of brushes that are of amazing quality is the Sigma Beauty brushes. Over the years the quality has vastly improved and also they are more expensive. But you can start slow and buy individual brushes and and build your collection, or you can purchase these in sets. This depends what your budget allows. These brushes are most like the MAC brushes. They are beautiful. They range from $12.00 to $490.00 (Professional Set). You can purchase them from their website: http://www.sigmabeauty.com/Brushes_s/47.htm?searching=Y&sort=7&cat=47&show=150&page=1 4. And last but not least are the Real Technique brushes by the Sam and Nic Chapman. The PixiWoo sisters on YouTube. They are amazing makeup artist. So who better to know what a person needs in a makeup brush but an artist. They are truly amazing brushes. The price point is fantastic.They by far the softest synthetic brushes on the market. They range from $6.00 for a single brush -$18.00 for a set. They can be purchased at http://realtechniques.com/ and Ulta. I hope this helps everyone from the novice to the professional. I will be adding a 10% of coupon code for Sigma. So check back so that you can receive the discount. I have all of these brushes in my personal collection. This is not a sponsored blog. All of these brushes were purchased and these are my honest opinion. laissez bon temps rouler (" Let the good times roll) Have an amazing weekend!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Review of Dr Scholl's Active series Replacement soles that I received from Influenster Vox

The Dr Scholl's Active series Replacement soles that I received from Influenster Vox couldn't have come at a better time. I have been training with Physical Therapist / coach Jackie Mah with and also with Team Defiant barbell club. When I first started working out Jackie told me that the athletic shoe that I was currently wearing wasn't going to work. So my wonderful friend Jennifer Hall gave me a pair of Nike Shocks ( her holy grail athletic shoe). Comfort in an athletic shoe is very difficult for me because I have extremely flat feet. Now have new athletic shoe it better. But it wasn't until I received the Dr Scholl's Active series Replacement soles. That my workout became really comfortable. The Dr Scholl's Active series Replacement soles are designed to prevent pain from shin splints , Runner's Knee and Plantar Fasciitis. They are designed with a triple protection zone, The ball of the foot, padding was added to improve cushioning. The arch for reinforced to support foot. The Heel has a deep heel cup to absorb impact with every step. My athletic are now like waking on clouds. I am older and I need to protect my body as much as it can. And with the Dr Scholl's Active series Replacement soles I can do that.It makes training a delight. I want to thank Influenster Vox for the Dr Scholl's Active series Replacement soles, Jackie Mah for training me and believing in me even when I didn't believe in myself. Also for Jennifer Hall cheering all the way and bringing me Epsom salt when I hurt. To the team at Influenster Vox for providing me with the Dr Scholl's Active series Replacement soles. Influenster Vox you rock!!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Colagate Total Pro-Shield Mouthwash VoxBox from Influenster

COLGATE TOTAL® ADVANCED PRO-SHIELD MOUTHWASH FRESH BREATH WITHOUT THE BURN! PROS: Fresh breath, 12 hour protection against germs, No alcohol burn, helps reduce plaque and prevents against gingivitis, three different flavors CONS: None I have always had problems with mouthwash because I hate the burn. I have always just had to deal with it. That is until I received the Colgate Total® Advanced Pro-Shield Mouthwash from Influenster. The great thing about it is that you get 12 hour protection against germs. That is great for me because I work 12 hours shifts with the public and I am constantly talking. It is great to know that not only am I protected against germs, I have fresh clean breath without the unpleasant burn of alcohol. Plus it reduces plaque and helps prevent against gingivitis. Everything that you would want in a mouthwash. Colgate you hit it out the ball park with this product.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Influenster Beauty Bloggers VoxBox 2012

As always Influenster has done amazing job at putting together the Beauty Bloggers Vox Box 2012. It seemed like they were reading my mind. Three of the product featured in the VoxBox were products that was on my shopping list to purchase.
As Autumn descends, I always make my way to Bath and Body Works for the seasonal candles. Sometimes,I am a creature of habit, I usually always purchase the Leaves scent. Ifluenster has added a new fragrance to my fall candle to my r'hepertoire. The Nutmeg and Sage candle was intoxicating. That small candle carried a powerful punch. My entire house smelled divine so much so that I used the coupon that was included to purchase five of the three- wicked candles in Nutmeg and Sage. I wasn't totally greedy, I gave three of them as gifts and now my friends are hooked also. The next product that was on my list to purchase was the Goody's Simple Styles Spin Pins. I have a massive head of thick curly hair. Updos have always been a problem for me because it would take an entire package of bobby pins to hold my hair in place. It was never attractive you could see the pins and they started to hurt my scalp after a while. The trusted hair brand Goody's really out did themselves when they created the Simple Styles Spin Pin. It only takes four spin pins to hold my hair in an updo. You can't feel them. They lock in place and you don't have to worry about your hair falling out of your style. This was important to me because this seasons trend is the high bun. Now I am able to sport a beautiful updo. Before I can get to the point to put my hair up, it has to be tamed. I have a full head of thick curly, frizzy hair. Controlling it can be challenging. Thanks to Influenster I have a new holy grail curl defining hair cream. I have always had to use multiple products to control my locks. Now that I have been introduced to Not Your Mother's Kinky Moves Curl defining hair cream, I have one product that does everything that I need, with natural ingredients that nourishes my hair. It reduce the frizz and fly-aways also.
My day would never be complete without eye makeup and false lashes. The Kiss ever pro lashes starter kit is amazing. The Starter kit included a beautiful full set of lashes, an applicator and the eye lash adhesive. Though I consider my self a pro at lash application, I can appreciate the applicator because some many women won't even attempt to try to apply lashes themselves. The lashes lasted me five days of wear , I am always careful when removing them and making sure that the old adhesive is removed from the lash band. The adhesive I wasn't crazy about it because I did experience lifting in the corners of the lashes. That could just be with my eye shape, so the next time I wore the lashes I applied the lashes with the adhesive that I always use. The New York Color Individual Eyes in Dark Shadows though at first glance appeared very dark. After swatching , wasn't super pigmentmented. When applying the eyeshadows I did experience a great deal of fallout. So, if you should purchase this palette, apply your foundation last. I was able to build a fairly decent smokey eye with some work. If you are just starting to build your makeup collection this is a fairly decent product for the price point. It includes four eyeshadows , an eye primer and an illuminator. It is also travel friendly and you can do day and evening looks with this palette. Perfect for someone on the go. I am that person that is always on the go. My job is a night shift position. So I am always in search for something to give me a burst of energy. The eBoost was perfect for the energy that I need to get though my twelve hour shifts. I love that it is all natural ingredients. This products gives you energy without that jittery feeling. Tastes great with only five calories. I want to thank Influenster of allowing me to participate in reviewing these incredible products. And I want to give credit to the blogger who writes Beauty Love for borrowing her picture of the Influenster Beauty Blogger VoxBox 2012, my camera with my photos are missing in action. Stop by the Influenster at www.influenster.com. They have something to offer everyone.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Destination Aesthetics

Summer is coming to an end and Fall is in the air. Fall is beautiful time of the year. The air is crisp and refreshing. The only problem that crisp, refreshing air can also be very drying to the skin. Your skin should not have to suffer just because the air is dry. As the seasons change, our skin changes also. On October 4, 2012 , Destination Aesthetics is hosting " Fall into Flawless Skin". It is a wonderful event that will address all of your skincare needs. They will be offering high resolution photo of your skin with the Canfield Reveal Imager and a complimentary consultation with an Obagi Representative. Take part in this event and your skin will thank you for it. BE FABULOUS FOR THE HOLIDAYS!!! If you have any questions feel free to contact Shawna Christman @ 916-202-3212 or visit the Destination Aesthetics website @ www.destinationaesthetics.com I look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Sleek Ultra Mattes i-Divine Eyeshadow Palettes in V1 Brights and V2 Darks

Sleek makeup is such an amazing brand. It is a drugstore makeup brand from the United Kingdom. As a big You-Tube junkie, I keep abreast of all of the latest and greatest that is being released from the brand all over the world. The newest release from the brand is the Sleek Ultra Mattes i-Divine eyeshadow palettes in V1 Brights and V2 Darks. As an older Makeup lover , my eyelids aren't as smooth as they were when I was in my twenties. I am in constant search for beautiful matte eyeshadows. Sleek has hit the jackpot with this collection. They are smooth and buttery. The colors are rich and vibrant. There is no fallout. I have never been one to be afraid of bright colors. Last weekend I wore the colors from the V1 Brights to work and I received so many compliments. People would stop me just to look at my eyes. I work in a somewhat conservative field that uniforms are worn. So I express myself through makeup. Yesterday, I wore my V2 Dark palette to do an amazing smokey eye. I was out to dinner with friends and the same thing happened people just stopped and asked me what eyeshadow that I was wearing and how sexy my eyes look. I am not Beyonce by any stretch of the imagination. So Sleek thank you for such amazing products. So if you would like to purchase their products the website is http://www.sleekmakeup.com/. I do know that the V1 Brights palette cannot be shipped to the US because of FDA approval. I found a wonderful Ebay seller myb-by-nk that was gracious enough to supply me with the V1 Bright palette. Sleek if you read this. PLEASE BRING SLEEK MAKEUP TO THE US!!!!!

Monday, April 30, 2012

SayAnythingBrooke: Brooke's Birthday Giveaway!

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Truvia® Natural Sweetener Taste Challenge

True to my Southern roots , I have drank sweet tea as a beverage of choice. Now that I am older, the calories from sugar is hazardous to my waistline and my health. So, when Influenster sent me the Love VoxBox, I was curious to take the Truvia Natural Sweetener taste challenge. I had suffered years of the pink, blue and yellow stuff, I want something that was natural and also tasted good.

To help me with my challenge I had my friend brew two cups of tea. One iced tea she made with sugar the other she made with Truvia Natural Sweetener. While she was doing this I worked in another part of the house. The time of truth was upon me, I tasted both beverages. Then I tasted them again, I couldn't tell the difference. The taste was spot on. So, I challenge you to take the Truvia Natural Sweetener Challenge. Send a comment to let me know what you think of Truvia Natural Sweetner!!!!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Kiss Nail Dress

There is nothing prettier than beautiful nails. The Kiss Nail Dress makes beautiful nails so easy. They go on effortlessly. Just follow the directions and in no time,it looks like you spent hours at the manicurist. The great thing about them is that they last up to ten days. Whether you are getting ready for a night on the town or just want your nails to be pretty Kiss Nail Dress is the ultimate fashion for tips and toes. They are easily accessible,you can find them at your local drugstore or larger chain stores. And there are many designs to choose from, so just pick the one that goes with you favorite outfit or that catches your eye. Every since I tried them I keep a couple of designs on hand for those events that pop up at the last minute. Never be caught without a manicure again!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Silky ,Smooth, Shave with Gillette Venus & Olay Razor

I rushed to open my Gillette Venus & Olay Razor that I had received in my Love VoxBox from Influenster. The first thing that I noticed is that it smells amazing. It is so easy to use. Dampen your legs , take long even strokes. Easy as one two three. Perfect silky smooth legs. Shaving and moisturizing all in one.My shave lasted six days. And It even has a hanger to dry it on. This is my new holy grail razor. It has five blades so all you have to do is take one long even stroke and the hair is gone. Plus, it leaves you legs silky and smooth. You have to try it. You will never go back to a regular razor.