Monday, July 22, 2019

Hello Hello Everyone!

Wow has it been long since my last post and I'm so excited to be back. I feel like I usually talk a lot about makeup but today I wanted to talk to you a little bit about my hair. It's been growing quite a bit in the last few years and it's been getting a little harder to manage. Every now and then I will straighten it but sometimes It could be a burden since it takes forever, I have to give the hair straightener a break to heat up again, and by the time I'm done the whole room is super duper hot and I'm already sweating and exhausted. My hair is currently 33 inches long. I would say it's wavy-ish. It once upon a time was curly. And it's definitely fluffy and frizzy. Keep in mind that I'm not a hair professional, but I do like to straighten my hair about twice a month and I've been pretty happy with the way it's been looking lately.

So, I knew there had to be an easier way to manage my long hair and be able to straighten it. And so I came across this hair straightener which I have been using for 6 months now and it's changed the entire hair straightening game for me!

NuMe Hair Straightener
I discovered an amazing tool for my hair- the NuMe Megastar X- 1.75" hair straightener. Honestly, It's the only straightener I've been using since the day I got it and it's my most favorite/holy grail hair straightener. That's a lot to say, but I've said it.

Size: 1.75 inches wide
Color: Black and Rose Gold
Heat: It goes up to 450 degrees. I use it at 410 degrees. It stays hot the entire time you use it. No need to wait for it to re-heat.

What was the biggest difference I noticed?
I was so used to using 1 inch hair straighteners, but this one is 1.75 inches wide and covers a lot more of my hair at once. It used to take me 45 minutes to straighten my hair and now it takes me 20 minutes. Not even kidding. I believe the reason why it takes me less time to straighten it now is because the heat stays throughout the entire time and the plates are wider.

How I straighten my hair?
I like to make sure my hair is completely dry before starting. I will usually let my hair air dry throughout the day and straighten it once it's completely dry. Then, I split the hair into 4 sections- down the middle of the head and across the ears. Each section gets clipped up and I will straighten each section beginning from one end to the other. I also like to brush my hair throughout to ensure I'm not creating any knots and also to release heat from the strands of hair as I straighten.

Why do I only straighten twice a month?
Honestly, it's just a personal preference. I do like how my hair looks "natural" (long-wavy-fluffy). But every now and then I like to change it up. Also, I prefer to straighten it twice a month to ensure I'm not applying too much heat and allow it to stay healthy and growing. I feel like many straighteners I have will burn my ends really fast, but this one hasn't and that's amazing! It also really helps that I air dry my hair. If I must use a hair dryer I will only dry the roots and let the ends air dry.

What results have I noticed?
My hair stays soft, smooth, and shiny for days. I only touch up the areas around my face since the hair near the face gets wet when I wash my face or shower.

This has been my secret for the last 6 months with my hair. It's the fastest and easiest way I've found to get my hair looking sleek and shiny in just a few minutes. Let me know if you give this straightener a go. I only recommend things I truly love to you (family, friends, and new friends).

See you next time!

*This hair straightener was sent to me for review. Opinions are 100% my own. I only recommend things in my blog that I TRULY love.


Monday, May 22, 2017

Hello hello beauties! I wanted to try out some new looks outside of what I normally do. So I tried out this look with some fun orange colors and I'm loving it! It has a fun range of orange tones and perfect for a glam party look. Here are all of the details:

-PRIMER: Nars Soft Matte concealer in "Macadamia" as a primer. Set the primer with a bone-colored eyeshadow.

-EYESHADOWS: Morphe 35O palette. I have been using this palette so much! I absolutely love it! Stila "Kitten" in the inner corner of the eyes.

-EYELINER: The Balm "Schwing" liquid eyeliner. This eyeliner is nice and thin to create a sharp wing and has a matte finish.

-EYELASHES: Koko Lashes in the style "Queen B". I have been loving these lashes so much and I've worn them on almost every makeup look. They are amazing!

-GLUE: House of Lashes Dark Toned glue.

-Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Duo Powder in the shade "Brunette"

-PRIME: Spray the skin with Smashbox Primer Water. Once that dries, apply the Laura Geller Spackle Under Makeup Primer in "Champagne" to prep the skin for foundation.

-FOUNDATION: I'm mixing the Loreal Infallible Pro Glow foundation with the Makeup Forever HD Foundation stick. This combination gives such a beautiful healthy skin appearance.

-CONCEALER: Nars Soft Matte concealer in "Macadamia".

-HIGHLIGHTING CONCEALER: Tarte Shape Tape in "Light Medium".

-SETTING POWDER: Benefit Hello Flawless powder in the shade "Honey" to set the foundation.

-CONTOUR/BRONZER: Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer in the shade "Bronzer". I use the butter bronzer to warm up the skin, and it smells amazing! I could eat it. For a darker contour I used the Wet n Wild Contouring Palette in the shade "Caramel Toffee".

-BLUSH: Tarte Amazonian Clay "Exposed". This is one of my favorites.

-HIGHLIGHT: My favorite highlight of the moment, Estee Lauder "Heat Wave". It's so beautiful! If you haven't tried this highlight you definitely should! It will make you look like a golden goddess.

-LIP LINER: Kat Von D "Lolita" Everlasting lip liner

-LIPSTICK: Lip Land Cosmetics lipstick in "Nakey". You can use code "NATI" for a discount. I will receive commissions if you use my code, so thank you in advance :)

*SET* "Smashbox Primer Water", one of the most important steps is to set the makeup. I love doing this because it helps all of the powers, creams, and liquids join together and adhere to the skin. This also helps to give the face a more natural skin-like appearance.


Thursday, April 27, 2017

I was so honored to do this beautiful doll's makeup. She was so excited on her special day and I had a blast getting to know her more, laughing, and having a good time. She wanted this beautiful gold-glitter eye makeup with a bold deep-red lip, which was so fun to create. Here are the details:

When doing a glam look like this I like to start with the eyes because there's a high chance there will be lots of fall out. So to avoid any mess, I do the eyes first and foundation last.

-EYESHADOW: Morphe 35O palette and Lorac Pro palette.
-SHIMMER: Sigma Midsummer pigment. Wet the brush with MAC Fix+ to intensify the shade.

-GLITTER: NIA Cosmetics in "Gallerina". One of my favorite shades of glitter!
-EYELINER: INGLOT Gel eyeliner in #77. This gel eyeliner does not move once you use it. It's long lasting for the entire day.

-Christina Wispies- 2 pairs stacked
-Duo Dark-Toned glue

-POMADE: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade in "Medium Brown". This shade is beautiful because it's very ashy and doesn't give off an orange/red brow.
-POWDER: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo in Brunette. This product is beautiful to fill in any gaps that we missed with the pomade.
-SETTING GEL: Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel

-FOUNDATION: Graftobian HD Creme foundation. One of my favorite foundations for clients. This foundation is silicone-based so it will give you a flawless appearance and will last all day long.
-CONCEALER: NARS Soft Matte concealer in "Macadamia" and L.A. Girl HD concealer
-SETTING POWDER: Laura Mercier Translucent powder
-CONTOUR: Too Faced Chocolate Soleil and Dark Chocolate Soleil. I have the Little Black Book of Bronzers which has all of the Chocolate Soleil shades. It's perfect because you have all the shades in one palette and don't need to be searching for separate containers.
-BLUSH: Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in "Exposed"
-SETTING SPRAY: MAC Fix+ Apply the setting spray before the highlight so that the highlight will be more intense and pigmented.
-HIGHLIGHT: Becca "Opal"

-Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipstick in "Heathers"


Monday, April 24, 2017

Haaaaaaaaapiest Monday Beauties! I want to start off the week with this beautiful makeup I did on my gorgeous bride. I loved driving up to the Little America in SLC to help this beauty feel spectacular on her special day. She wanted a fun glitter eyeshadow look with pink tones. Here are all the deets:

-PRIMER: Too Faced Shadow Insurance
-EYESHADOW: Morphe 35O palette. I absolutely love Morphe palettes. They are an affordable way to try out a bunch of different shades and the shadows are very pigmented. Definitely worth every affordable penny.
-INNER CORNER HIGHLIGHT:  Kitten by Stila Cosmetics
-GLITTER: Gallerina by NIA Cosmetics. This is a beautiful pink toned glitter.
-EYELINER: Inglot #77 gel eyeliner and NYC liquid liner on top to darken the black. When you have glitter it can be a little tough to work with the liner, so a good liquid liner will really help to darken all that glitta!

-NYX Micro Brow Pencil in "Ash Brown"

-House of Lashes in "Smokey Muse", one of my favorite lashes for clients! They give you beautiful volume but not too much, just the perfect amount. I applied them with the House of Lashes black lash glue. This eyelash glue holds up so good you could stick your head out the window while in the freeway and those lashes will not move! (Really, they wont!)

-PRIMER: Smashbox Oil-Free Photo Finish primer
-FOUNDATION: Graftobian Glamour HD Foundation all over the skin and as a concealer.
-POWDER: Laura Mercier Translucent powder to set under the eyes and bake.
-BRONZER: Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
-BLUSH: Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in "Exposed"
-HIGHLIGHT: Becca Opal Highlight. This is such a beautiful highlight that works well with so many skin tones. There's no glitter on it, just pure perfection!
-SETTING SPRAY: MAC Fix+ (My fav!) 

-LIP LINER: Lip liner by Milani in "All Natural:"
-LIPSTICK: YSL Rouge Volupte lipstick in "Nude Beige". These lipsticks are definitely client's favorite for their soft formula.

*I always pack a little touch up kit for my clients so that they can re-apply as the day goes by, specially lipstick.