Monthly Archives: December 2011

Holiday Giveaway Winner

After reading all of the wonderful comments that you guys left. I was thrilled to know that everyone has a heart to sacrifice something for the holidays. After using random.org for the selection process. I want to say congrats to MYESHA for winning the Design Essentials Holiday Compact Accessory Bag. Please send me an email with your mailing address to elegant.edge10@gmail.com so that you can receive your prize. You have 24 hours to contact me or another winner will be chosen.

Thanks to all that entered the giveaway and I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday!!! Merry Christmas!!

Peace and Blessings!!!

My Holiday Makeover with Design Essentials

Happy Holidays Blog Lovers!!! I just wanted to share with you guys my experience at the McBride Research Laboratories on this past Monday. I was invited to receive a special Holiday Makeover from the Design Essentials Styling Team as a part of their Holiday Blogger Event. I must say that my hair did need some special attention and I loved the outcome. I would like to personally thank Design Essentials for giving me the opportunity to come and receive my makeover. I learned a lot of new things and some great tips and tricks for maintenance of my own hair. I also was able to learn more information about their great products.  Check out the pictures below of the step by step process of my hair makeover.

My Side Before
In the Shampoo bowl getting ready to be shampooed
After the shampoo.
The Demi-Permanent color that was used on my hair (Enigma)

The color application

Under the dryer after I received my hair treatment cocktail

The blow drying experience

Length check (side view) after the blow dry

Back view (I desperately need a trim)

Boop!! Another side view

All evened up

Beautiful Bouncy curls created with the pHusion Platinum Flat Iron

Side View

Front View

Holiday Style #2
Side View
Side View
Me Posing with Hair Stylist Francesca

My hair was shampooed with the Design Essentials Organic Cleanse Deep Cleansing Shampoo. It deeply cleanses the hair without stripping the hair of it’s natural oils. After my shampoo, I received a refresher for my hair color using their Colaura demi-permanent hair color in the shade Enigma (it is supposed to last for up to 16-20 washes). After my color was rinsed out I received a hair treatment which was a combination of the following:  6-N-1 reconstructive conditioner, Restore Vitamin Treatment, and Silk Essentials. This treatment was called a hair cocktail and is supposed to help reduce the shedding I was experiencing. My hair was later blow dried after being sprayed with HCO (my favorite) and I received a much needed trim and my hair was layered throughout to add body, bounce, and remove split ends. Before styling more Silk Essentials (my other favorite) was added to my hair as a heat protectant.

Francesca, the wonderful stylist, curled my hair using the pHusion flat iron. I was given beautiful, bouncy curls  with a lot of shine and body (pictured above). My curls were later transformed into an up-do, to give me an idea for Holiday Parties. After my style was finished my hair was sprayed with Form Holding Spray and Reflections Liquid Shine
I loved my experience and the stylist was ready and willing to answer all questions and provide much needed information during the makeover process. 
You can find more information about the products listed above here
If you would like to make an appointment with Francesca she has her own salon Pure Essence Francesca’s Faces. She is located in Smyrna Georgia.  She specializes in natural hair. She did an excellent job with my hair (I have a relaxer). She is talented and can take care of you!! You can find her contact info here
To view more photos check them out here.
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Make-up Wednesdays: Real Techniques Blush Brush

Hello Blog Lovers!! This Weeks Make-up Wednesday is the Real Techniques Blush Brush. If some can remember I reviewed the Real Techniques core collection a few posts ago (you can find it here). I loved those brushes so much I had to purchase more brushes (more reviews to come)!! This brush is also a synthetic bristle brush and it works great! I would recommend this brush for individuals that are new to make-up and are afraid to use blush. Blush should never be too heavy, but it should be subtle. This brush delivers subtle effects and allows you to gradually layer on your blush color without it being over done. It picks up color easy and allows you to apply the color evenly and smoothly to your face. It is sold alone and comes packaged alone without the stand. However, the shape of the brush will allow it to stand on it’s own with ease.  I purchased this product offline from Ulta. Check out the Stats below:
Contour and define cheeks for flawlessly blended, high-definition results:
  • look pixel-perfect even in harsh light
  • ultra-plush, synthetic taklon bristles are hand-cut and 100% cruelty-free
  • self-standing for easy storage
  • extended aluminum handle is light and easy to use (source)
I think I’ve already stated that I love this brush, but I really love this brush (for those who didn’t catch it the first time :)). I like to use it to layer my blush color and help to add shimmer to matte blush colors. I would definitely recommend giving this brush a try   because it is worth the purchase. I have incorporated it into my make-up routine and it works great for me!!

You can purchase this product and the entire Real Techniques Collection from the following retailers: Ulta, Love Make-Up Professional Beauty Supplier, Victoria Health, Cocktail Cosmetics, and Beauty Chamber. This brush is retailing for $9 at UIta and they currently are having a sale  (Buy one get the other 50% off) Check it out!!!

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Click here to see more items I purchased from Ulta.