Monthly Archives: September 2011

Make-up Wednesday’s: Real Techniques Core Collection Review

Hello Blog Lovers! For this weeks Make-up Wednesday I will be reviewing the core collection makeup brush set by Real Techniques. This brush collection was created by YouTube Guru (Pixiwoo) and professional Makeup artist Samantha Chapman. I purchased these bushes a few weeks ago and I wanted to use them before I reviewed them. I purchased this brush collection from my local ULTA and I love them so far. They are extremely soft and I have incorporated them in my makeup routine whenever I decide to do my makeup or a make up look. Check out the stats below:

Create a perfect canvas with this collection of coverage essentials:

  • includes 4 full-size brushes + case:
    • detailer brush: precision cut to effortlessly conceal problem areas; or, use with lipstick for long-lasting shape and definition
    • pointed foundation brush: Use with liquid foundation to build custom coverage
    • buffing brush: ideal for full coverage application of powder and mineral foundation
    • contour brush: delicately applies highlighter to contour or create sheer, soft-focus finish
    • panoramic brush case is a 2-in-1 case + stand
  • look pixel-perfect even in harsh light
  • ultra-plush, synthetic taklon bristles are hand-cut and 100% cruelty-free
  • extended aluminum handles are light and easy to use

I love the buffing brush because it give a really flawless application. The contour brush is my favorite because it allows you to give a soft contour to the face with over doing it. I use the pointed foundation brush to conceal my under eye area and I love it because it allows me to give a smooth coverage at the same time allowing me to build coverage. The collection comes with its own carrying case which turns into a stand that you can use while using the brushes on the go or when you travel. It’s compact so it will fit into your purse or day bag. I loved these brushes so much I purchased the other sets and a few more brushes to try.  I would definitely suggest these brushes to newbies and makeup fanatics and artists because they are affordable and of excellent quality.

Thanks for reading! Tell a Friend!! Leave a Comment!! ~♥ Peace and Blessings ♥~

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How to prep your Quickweave for bed

Hello blog lovers! I wanted to share this video with you. I will be starting a few new series run on my blog and the first one will be quickweaves. I posted this video a while back on my YT channel and this is just a simple way to prep your hair at night if you are wearing a quickweave. Of course you can always flat wrap your hair for a smooth finish but I have discovered that sometimes that doesn’t work well. Here are some quick tips for Quickweave maintenance:

1. Wrap your hair at night with a satin scarf or bonnet.
2. When detangling your hair start from the ends and work you way up to the top. This will decrease shedding.
3. Use only serums on your hair when styling (preferably silk serums). This will keep even the cheapest hair weave extension looking nice until you take it down.

Alternate ways to prep your hair weave at night

1. Take some hair clips (double or single pronged) and create large pin curls. This will minimize your curl time (if you don’t know how to use a hot curler or curlers) in the morning and will preserve your curls from your initial style session with your personal stylist.
2. Flat wrap your hair using hair clips to ensure that it lays flat at night while you sleep to ensure a nice finish in the morning.
3.Use Flexi rods to curl your hair at night to keep you from having to curl it in the morning to insure a long lasting curl.
4. Detangle your hair separate your bangs and create a large pin curl (if you have a center part create two pin curls) separate you hair in the back into two large sections and create two double strand twists and clip them to the top of your head. Finish by wrapping your hair (demonstrated in the video)

Special Note: For curly styles (with length) at night:

1. Apply a little foaming mousse (I love Motions Styling Foam) to your hair (just one pump) and split your hair down the middle and do two double strand twists on the side. (See Video)

Check out the Video for how I prep my center part invisible part quickweave. The video was recorded using my webcam so the quality is not as good. Anyways, you can figure out whats going  on. It’s a double feature. I show you how to curl your hair using a hot curler as well.

Disclaimer: Please do not use my pics with out asking fist.

Thanks for reading! Tell a Friend! Leave Comments!! ~♥ Miss Nic ♥~


Make-up Wednesdays: Celebrity Inspired Tutorial Evelyn Lozada

Hello Blog Lovers!! This weeks Make-up Wednesday makeup look is inspired by BBW reality T.V. star Evelyn Lozada. I follow her twitter account amongst many other celebs (just cause) and I noticed that she twit pic’d a picture of a makeup look that her makeup artist did for her. I was super intrigued by the look that I chose to re-create the look the best way I knew how using my Coastal Scents Smokey Pallet amongst a few other colors.  Check out the video tutorial below!

To view the picture that inspired this look click here

Disclaimer: Please do not take or use my pictures with consulting me first. Merci Beaucoup 🙂

Thanks for watching!!  Leave Comments! and Tell a Friend!! Subscribe to the Youtube Channel! ~♥ Peace and Blessings ♥~


HPOW: Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo

Hello Blog Lovers!! This weeks Hair Product of the Week is the Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo. I purchased this shampoo about a month ago and I wanted to try it out for a while before I actually posted about it. I just wanted to say first and foremost I love this shampoo!! Out of all the sulfate free shampoos I have tried I must say that this one is my ultimate favorite and I feel it has done wonders for my hair (I will review it more in depth later this week).

Stats

This shampoo can be found at Target for just $10! It smells great and it’s affordable. It contains No Parabens, No phtalates, No Paraffin, No Gluten, No Propylene Glycol, No Mineral Oil, No Synthetic Fragrance, No PABA No Synthetic color, NO DEA, No Animal Ingredients, and most of all NO SULFATES!!  It does however contain some all natural organic ingredients such as Shea Butter, Sea Kelp, and my favorite Argan Oil! It’s purely organic and I have used it every single time I shampoo my hair (since purchasing it) and I love it! I will definitely be repurchasing this product and continuing to use it on my hair.  This shampoo alone will hydrate, smooth, and repair strands of the hair and leave it manageable and soft.

You can find this product at other retailers such as: Wal-greens and Walmart. The Shea Moisture Line sales also bath, baby, and shaving products for men.


Ingredients List

Contains de-ionized water, Decyl Glucoside (sugar beets), African Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea butter) (denotes certified organic ingredients), aloe vera leaf juice, Argan Oil, Panthenol (pro-vitamin B-5, rosemary extract, sea kelp extract, vitamin E, Lonicera Caprifolium (honeysuckle) flower and Lonicera Japonica (Japanese honeysuckle) flower extract.

P.S. I know I say I love a lot of different products and I do love them all..but for different reasons. I must say that if you haven’t tried this shampoo before you need to go get it today or tomorrow and try it during your next shampoo session your hair will thank you!!

Thanks for reading!! Tell a friend and Leave a comment!! ~♥ Peace and Blessings ♥~


Special Thanks to Visual Luxe!!

I would like to personally thank Christina the owner and designer for Visual Luxe!! She designed the new layout and look for the blog. I discovered her business and was immediately drawn to her work so I decided to use her graphic design services for the re-vamping of the blog. I was able to relay to her exactly what I wanted and she was able to give me exactly what my mind imagined and more!! Her graphic design business specializes in Blog Design for both blogger and word press, T-Shirt Design, business cards, printables, and log design. Check her out!! Thank you again Christina I love the new layout!!

~♥Peace and Blessings♥~


My Experience: Walk-In Weaves by The Weave Express


Hello Blog Lovers!! I recently got a sew-in and I had to share with you guys my experience and let all of you that are stationed in the Atlanta Area  know about this hair salon that specializes in sew-in hair extensions! My Sister (MsSimplyStylish) and I had decided that once the weather changed that we would go get sew-ins for a form of protective styling for our own hair. We originally decided that we wanted to try The Weave Shop that began its humble beginnings in  Decatur, GA and has over the past few years expanded in numerous areas along the east coast. This particular weekend (this past weekend ) was a holiday weekend and we knew that there may be a possibility that we wouldn’t be able to get our desired styles at such short notice without making an appointment. Even though that posed as an issue for time we decided to give it a try.  The uniqueness about these particular  salons is that they specialize in weaves only and they have a process that gets the job done in a short period of time.  To make a long story short we decided to search for another salon that specialized in the same thing but would allow us to make appointments because the other salon only allowed walk-ins. We didn’t want to deal with long wait times so we decided to find another salon. Upon searching through Google I discovered Walk-In Weaves by the Weave Express. I was immediately greeted with a catchy song and a overall nice looking website. Although I noticed there were some differences in the pricing compared to The Weave Shop I noticed that what they offered and how they described how they executed their weaving techniques I felt it was a fair price for what they offered. After sharing with my sister what I found I decided to contact all three locations to see if they had an appointment available for the two of us. I was able to successfully schedule an appointment at their Dunwoody Location. I was greeted by a nice friendly receptionist who was willing to schedule and appointment for me and my sister at anytime we were able to make it, which was a plus and I was happy. 


The Experience

After finding the location via MapQuest (I don’t have a GPS so don’t judge me) with easy to follow directions My sister and I entered a mid-sized salon which was located in a shopping center. The walls were painted with a pretty combo of pink and green with black accent and very gorgeous pictures of their work done on models including Football Wives Star Chanita Foster. The receptionist was very friendly and greeted us with a smile and helped with choosing how we wanted our hair to be styled. We chose our styles and waited to be serviced. My sister went first and began her braiding process and once she was finished she was seated in the stylists chair for her to began the sew-in process. I was serviced next and I escorted to the braiding section of the salon  (the braider was also friendly) after my hair was braided down I was serviced by a woman by the name of Connie. She was friendly as well. I was able to relay to the two women that serviced me how I wanted my hair to be styled and cut and I definitely received what I wanted. My sister was also satisfied and pleased with her stylist Tiffanie. We have both made up our minds that we would go back for another visit when we decide to get another sew-in.

Quick Facts about Walk In Weaves:

1. They sell hair so if you don’t have time to make it to the hair store before it closes or whatever the case may be you can get hair at the salon and it’s affordable!!

2. They have three convenient locations College Park, GA; Buckhead, GA; and Dunwoody, GA.

3.They are a full service salon so they offer more than just sew-in weaves and the pricing is also affordable!!

You can find out more information here.

Check out our hair below:

The next morning my sister’s style with center part. She received the Icon Package

This is the next day I re-curled it..but the original style was fab. I chose the Legend Package

Disclaimer: I’m not affiliated with Walk-In Weaves by the Weave Express and I was not asked to do this blog posting nor was I paid to do this blog posting. This is my experience and I wanted to share it with my readers and who ever comes across this posting for review purposes.  I also can not compare this particular salon with other salons that offer similar services but I can say that they are one of a kind and you must experience it for yourself.

Thanks for Reading!! Leave a comment and Tell a Friend and if you make an appointment mention the blog!! 🙂 Peace and Blessings ~♥ Miss Nic ♥~


Make-up Wednesday’s: Sultry Grays Make-up Look and Tutorial

Hello Blog Lovers!! This Weeks Make-up Wednesday is all about a Sultry Gray make-up look that I created a while ago and my YT followers wanted me to do a tutorial on it and I just had to share it with you guys as well. Check out the tutorial and tell me what you think.

Face:
Urban Decay Complexion Primer Potion
Maybeline’s FIT ME Foundation 355
Coastal Scents Camouflage Palette Concealer
Iman Second to None Semi-Loose Mineralized Face Powder in Earth Medium
MAC’s Honey Nectar Highlighting Powder

Eyes:
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Coastal Scents 88 Pallete
Urban Decay Naked Palette “Virgin”
Elf Creme Eyeliner in Black
Mabeline Volume Express Falsies Mascara
NYX Eye pencil in black
MAC’s Blunt

Eyebrows:
NYC Khol Brow Liner in Dark Brown
NYX eyebrow cake powder in taupe ash
MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC50

Cheeks:
MAC’s Razin
MAC’s Blunt

Lips:
Lady Gaga Viva Glam 2 Lip gloss
NYX Smokey Look

Thanks for Watching!! Leave Comments and Tell a Friend! Peace and Blessings ~♥ Miss Nic ♥~

Disclaimer: Please refrain from taking my pics and using them with out my permission.