Make Up Tricks!!

If you are like me, you spend lots of times on blogs, websites, and chatting to girlfriends about makeup, hair products, and their different tips and tricks. Below are a few of my favorite I have discovered! Enjoy!!

 

1. Love an eyeshadow, and wish it were a lip color..Mix it with Vaseline or Aquaphor, and voila, there is your new lip color! 2. Is your mascera hardening before its expiration date? Add some salt water (saline solution) to it to get things going again!saline

3. Did your eyeshadow not look as vibrant on your skin as it did in the package? Apply a coat of white eyeshadow before you apply your desired color to make it pop!

4.  Do you want your lashes to have an extra curl? Apply some heat with your blow dryer to your eyelash curler before you press your lashes!

5. Do you want your pencil eyeliner to have a gel effect? Heat the pencil up with a flame before using! (let it cool for about 15 seconds before applying!)

 

 

 

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A Braided Wednesday

It’s a hot Wednesday here in NYC, and my good friend Lisa and I decided to spend some time on my rooftop. Little did we know, it was going to turn into an improptou braid photo shoot…Nothing is worse than gross sweaty hair, and the best way to look good and keep cool in heat and humidity, is a cute, fun, effortless braid.. Below are some of the braids I did on her! Check them out!

 

A super easy updo, accessorized with my Great Grandmas Broach

A super easy updo, accessorized with my Great Grandmas Broach

Boho Pigtails

Boho Pigtails

A crown braid keeps yours hair off of your neck

A crown braid keeps yours hair off of your neck

Fun Fishtail

Fun Fishtail

A Center Braid

A Center Braid

A Funky Side Braid...Lisa gave me a great tip (shes an amazing hairstylist), instead of putting a hair tie at the bottom, back comb (tease) the end of the braid and add hairspray for hold!

A Funky Side Braid…Lisa gave me a great tip (she’s an amazing hairstylist), instead of putting a hair tie at the bottom, back comb (tease) the end of the braid and add hairspray for hold!

The magazine is double sided, thats why it looks upside down!! haha

A Classic French Braid

A Classic French Braid

Happy Wednesday!

 

Pillows: An Inexpensive Way To Refresh Your Space

Much to my boyfriends dismay, I love to decorate, re decorate, re organize, makeover my apt. I found the easiest and most inexpensive way to change up our space was throw pillows! Decorative pillows are a fun way to mix up your apartment and keep it current with trends, seasons, or your mood! Below are some of the  pillows in our home, and some others for your personal inspiration!!

Our NYC skyline pillows! We snagged these from Urban Outfitters

Our NYC skyline pillows! We snagged these from Urban Outfitters

I found this gem from Home Goods (UWS). The colors worked perfectly with our apt

I found this gem from Home Goods (UWS). The colors worked perfectly with our apt

We have funky black and white art on our wall, so these throw pillows from Ikea went really well on our sofa

We have funky black and white art on our wall, so these throw pillows from Ikea went really well on our sofa

To go with the rest of our eclectic apt, we both loved with French Bulldog cushion from Urban Outfitters. He's the best kind of dog, he doesn't shed, isn't loud, and doesn't need to be taken out.

To go with the rest of our eclectic apt, we both loved with French Bulldog cushion from Urban Outfitters. He’s the best kind of dog, he doesn’t shed, isn’t loud, and doesn’t need to be taken out. Click HERE to purchase this dog!

Love these throw pillows for a bed. I found this inspiration on one of my favorites, Apartment Therapy

Love these throw pillows for a bed. I found this inspiration on one of my favorites, Apartment Therapy! Click on the image to be taken to this page!

Perfect for Summer!

Perfect for Summer! Click on the image to check out what Urban is selling them for!

This textured throw pillow is a great addition to your sofa during the winter. Click the image to be taken to CB2's site!

This textured throw pillow is a great addition to your sofa during the winter. Click the image to be taken to CB2’s site!

If you are feeling super creative, check out this DIY tutorial on how to make your own sunburst tutorial!

If you are feeling super creative, check out this DIY tutorial on how to make your own sunburst tutorial!

“My hair won’t grow”

One common thing I hear, on a very regular basis, is ” my hair doesn’t grow.” Well ladies, chance is, your hair is 99.9% growing, it just may be breaking, which means you aren’t getting any length from your locks…Why is your hair breaking??, a number of reasons..

1. You color it

2. You lighten it (so it realllllly isn’t growing)

3. You get a chemical treatment on your hair ( smoothing treatments, straightening treatments, perms (??!!??)

4. You blow dry, flat iron your hair, or curl your hair with a hot tool on a regular basis

5. Basically, if you do anything to your hair that is damaging it, you are breaking it, therefore it doesn’t look like its growing.

 

So, how can we keep our healthy in the meantime?!? Because, I don’t know about you, but I will continue to color my hair, blow dry, curl my hair, and continue to problably damage one way or another for the rest of my life..below are some of my professional tips!

 

1. DEEP CONDITION: I can not stress this enough!! Deep conditioning your hair will keep your hair healthy and strong!!! One at home treatment I love, that’s cheap and effective, COCONUT OIL.!! I lather this stuff on my hair, midshaft to ends, and put my hair up in a plastic cap!! This is my Sunday night ritual! Coconut oil is structured in a way that allows it to actually penetrate your hair cuticle, where as a lot of deep conditioners just lay on top of it, never really getting in there. Coconut oil  keeps my hair soft, subtle and shiny, plus, it smells ammmmmazing, just like the Maui babe tanning lotion!!! You can get this good stuff at Trader Joes, or any specialty food store!

Sunday Night Ritual!

Sunday Night Ritual!

 

Another at home treatment is a more complex homemade hair mask! When I say complex, I just mean it has more than one ingredient, unlike the option above.. One of my favorites includes:

 

  1. -1 egg
  2. 1 cup of milk
  3. lemon juice, just a squeeze!
  4. 2 tbsp of olive oil 

Whisk this mixture together, and apply to your hair, midshaft to ends!! I would keep this on for about 30 minutes, so your hair can soak up all of the proteins and fatty acids!!!

side note- the reason you should apply these deep conditioners midshaft  to ends is because your scalp produces enough oil, if you put a mask directly on the root, your hair will be greasy for a few days!!

2. GET A REGULAR TRIM: The old wives tale is that “getting your hair trimmed makes your hair grow.” Now, this couldn’t be more UNtrue! Getting a regular trim DOES prevent and reduce split ends, and if your hair isn’t broken, it will be thicker on the ends, which allows your hair to ACTUALLY grow longer, and not just break off! Ladies, your should be getting a quarterly trim, don’t go past the 3 month mark!

3. GIVE YOUR HAIR A BREAK: Girls, lay off the straightener, blow dryer, curling iron, and shampoo!! I recommend to my clients  to shampoo and condition their hair every other day. Shampooing your hair everyday makes your hair dry, and if your hair is dry, IT WILL BREAK. Hot tools just add to the dryness, so when you do use one, make sure you are using a heat protectant!! One of my personal favorites is Royal BlowOut by Oribe.  Not only is it a very light weight, it has UV protectants, and CUTS your blow dry time by 40%. This stuff is amazing

4. EAT HEALTHY: You are what you eat, and if you eat healthy, your hair will be strong! Below are some specific foods and what they contain to enhance your hair growth.

  1. Salmon- Salmon is packed with Vitamin D and fatty acids that keep your scalp healthy, which allows healthy hair to grow!
  2. Eggs (with the yolk)- The yolk of the egg contains Biotin (this is a supplement many women take to promote hair growth)
  3. Almonds- Another biotin packed treat

Follow the tips above, and you will be Goldilocks before you know it!!

 

New Cut!

As you can see from my last post, I am always looking for a new cut, color, something to mix it up….So yesterday, one of my best girlfriends, cut off 6 inches of my natural hair, and I removed all of my extensions!!! (yes, I had lots of extensions before…I’ll do another post on all of the variations I have had ,and the pros and cons of each one!!) So….fresh new bob, heavy bang, and extension free for the summer!!!

ps, this is my first selfie

ps, this is my first selfie

bye bye extensions!!!

bye bye extensions!!!

My Inspiration for the cut!! Thanks Gov Ball and taswaim27.. now i need a glittery top

My Inspiration for the cut!! Thanks Gov Ball and taswaim27.. now i need a glittery top

Never A Dull Moment..

I love changing up my hair, and I am constantly getting inspired by fashion, celebrity, social media, and people on the street….Over the years, my hair has changed in lengths, color, and styles…Here are some of my bests…and worsts!!

Rocking the Green Wig

Rocking the Green Wig

Long and Dark

Long and Dark

Blonde in London!

Blonde in London!

Short and Ombre (by me!)

Short and Ombre (by me!)

Rocking the Snooki

Rocking the Snooki

A dark warm brown!

A dark warm brown!

Rocking the Brown and Bangs!

Rocking the Brown and Bangs!

Middle Part and Messy Waves

Middle Part and Messy Waves

LOVE this red wig

LOVE this red wig

One of my Favs

One of my Favs

Blondie with Bangs

Blondie with Bangs

BirchBox … Perfect For All of You Beauty Junkies

So, a client of mine had told me about this company she was interning for, BirchBox. I let her know that although I had heard of it, I had no idea what it really was…Well, it’s now my go to for new products and product testing. Birchbox is a company that sends me samples of beauty products, once a month, that they think I would be interested in…..for only TEN DOLLARS, $10 $10 (and that includes shipping)!

Excited to open my BirchBox!

Excited to open my BirchBox!

The Goodies Inside

The Goodies Inside

Some of the products are true travel size, others are a bit bigger. What you do is,  hop on their website, fill out a survey about what type of beauty stuff you as the consumer are interested in, and they create a customized box filled with goodies to be sent to you once a month! So far I have received two boxes, and I have pretty much loved everything in them. Below are just two out of my many favorites:

 

GilChrist and Soames Lotion: This body lotion smells divine. Not only does it smell like a perfect fresh spring day, it has an extremely silky finish! I don’t wear much perfume, so this gives me the perfect amount of  floral scent, without being over powering! For only $16, I will be definitely purchasing this full size! Click here to purchase!

Gilchrist and Soames Body Lotion

 

Beauty Protector Protect and Detangler:  This leave in detangler works pretty well, I don’t think its the best I have ever used, it’s the smell of it that has me hooked. It’s an extremely fragrant product that smells of hot cotton candy. No joke, it smells JUST like cotton candy. It comes in a spray bottle, but I found it too thick to spritz, so I just squeezed some into the palm of my hand, and distributed throughout my hair, midshaft to ends. It felt pretty weightless in my  hair, and it added a uv protectant to my ashy blonde locks! Always key to avoiding brassiness! If you are into the sweet dessert, and need a leave in detangler for your hair, this is a great product at an even better price point, $22. Click here to buy it!

Beauty Protector Protect and Detangler

Beauty Protector Protect and Detangler

Birthdays at Bite Beauty Lab

My mom is always looking for the perfect lipstick… Me on the other hand, well, I wear concealer as my lipstick.. I know, that sounds bizarre, and my girlfriends and I used to give our friend Lindsay the hardest time when she would use the very nude shade as her lipcolor, but I guess Lindsay knew, concealer was the only way to get that nude shade just right.

So, where I am going with all of this lipstick chat?..Bite Beauty Lip Lab. The Lip Lab is a tiny little lipstick shop in SoHo, that only makes customized lipsticks.. This sounded like the perfect place to bring my Mom for her bday, and I figured, perfect, I could make my own customized nude lipcolor, which would save me the embarrassment of busting out the concealer and applying it to my lips.

After reading some Yelp reviews about how small the shop is, and how busy it can get, I decided it would be best to make my Mom and I an appointment. Upon arrival, they sat us down and discussed the different textures of lipsticks we could choose from, Matte being the heaviest, and a lipstain being the lightest. From there, we told them what we were looking for in a lip color, what we liked, and what we didn’t like. I went first, and although the lipstick scientist worked their color magic, they couldn’t create the nude flesh like tone I was looking for. When I finally showed them some pictures of different celebrities wearing the color I was trying to achieve, they informed me that the women in the photos were in fact were wearing concealer on their lips….Lindsay, I guess you were on to something!!

Although the colors they made for me were beautiful, they just weren’t anything I would wear ( I am more of a heavy liner, light lip kinda gal). My Mom on the other hand ended up with a beautiful red shade that really brough out her eyes.

Overall, it was a really fun experience, and for $40, I was able to buy my mom her very own custom red lipstick! Muah xxooxo

 

The lipstick Scientist working their magic

The lipstick Scientist working their magic

Mixing color potions

Mixing color potions

Lip Lab Specialist, Sophie, helping my mom create a color!

Lip Lab Specialist, Sophie, helping my mom create a color!

 

P.S. My favorite concealer to wear as a nude lip color, Benefit’s erase paste.. This stuff gives you that Kardashina nude tone!