Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Contour and Highlighting 101 | Makeup Tutorial

I have held off on making this tutorial because everyone and their mom had been uploading how they contour and highlight. Since my makeup taste is more of a natural look, I didn't think people would want to see it. But I've been working with clients and noticed that they have been asking for the Kim K look but toned down a few notches. Because her contour is so sharp it could cut you, haha! So today I'm going to share my favorite way that I contour and highlight for a softer more everyday look!

When it comes to products for this makeup style I tend to work with cream products because they can easily meld together for a seamless finish. You can do the same things with powder products, I just feel that sometimes it can be less forgiving and can end up splotchy or applied a bit heavy handed. I love using the LA Girl HD Pro Conceal Pens ($5) or the Maybelline Fit Me Foundation sticks ($9). They both are easy to apply to your face and can keep a sharp application so when you go to blend it out it stays right where you want it. I also love that both brands come in a variety of shades, so you can find the perfect match for your skin tone. I wanted to mention two brands so you have two options depending on where you live and its availability. 

Click on the video to watch how I apply my contour and highlight for a gorgeous natural finish. I hope you guys enjoy this tutorial! 

Products Mentioned:
Benefit Porefessional
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation
LA Girl HD Pro Concealer
Maybelline Fit Me Foundation Stick
NYX HD Finishing Powder
Frankie Rose Powder Foundation
Model Co Bronzer
The Beauty Crop Highlighter
Milani Powder Rose blush in "Romantic Rose"
MAC Lipstick in "Angel"

Friday, September 18, 2015

Fall Fashion Inspiration FT. Jord Watches

My favorite season is upon us! Fall is always inspiring me with the warm colors and crisp air. The end of September is officially when fall kicks in, and it just so happens to be my birthday on the 25th...which makes me love fall even more ;)! So since my husband and I both love this season so much, I wanted to share his/her outfit's to get you excited about the coming transition!

Out here in California it can be a bit crisp in the evening, so we both like a light button up paired with dark jeans. Then I like to throw on a fun faux fur scarf with a felt hat to keep it cozy. My husband likes to bring his sexy sports coat that is handsome but comfortable at the same time. Fall is the perfect time to wear multiple accessories without overdoing your outfit! But the star of this show are our gorgeous wooden watches from Jord Watches.

I am wearing the Cora Series in Rose Gold. This gorgeous time piece features Koa Wood that reminds me of the leaves as they turn golden and fall from the trees. The rose gold face is decorate with pretty swarvoski crystals that mark the hours. I love that the Cora watch is dainty and feminine but still has an edge to it. Its not every day that you get to see something so beautifuly crafted on your wrist! 
My husband is wearing the Field Crest, which is made of a rich dark Sandlewood. He likes that this watch is simple and rugged with the wonderful detail that its made from wood instead of metal. Traditional watches are defiantly not his forte, so I am glad that he has a watch to wear for special occasions when we go out. 

I am looking forward to the coming weeks, and hope to continue to be inspired by the natural and people that surround me!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

How to Pack Your Suitcase Like a Pro!

Last week I was spending time with my husband's family back in Tennessee. My gorgeous sister-in law Aspen got married on the 13th, so we enjoyed a week prepping last minute things with them for their big day! Since I am one of those people that ALWAYS tend to overpack...because let's be real I change my mind on what I wear too much to bring "enough," I wanted to share a video with tips to pack your bags! 

Last year I shared a video | Whats in my Travel Bag ✈ Hawaii Vacation VLOG | and had such a great time sharing what I brought that I thought I'd do a video on how I actually pack.
I have a few tricks to strategically plan a suitcase to make more room and organize it for easy travel. And let's be real, more room means more things I can pack haha! I used to be one of those people to just throw stuff in and try to cram as much crap in that I could. But then once you reach your destination your clothes are all wrinkled, everything smells like dirty shoes, and the suitcase can be a hassle to keep organized. I also made a super cute packing list just for you girl! Everything you could need for general travel is listed, including a makeup product list. Because last time I packed I forgot my mascara...I was not a happy camper! Click the picture for a direct download, then you can print it out and be sure to remember everything you need!

Hope you guys enjoy this video, and please share any travel tips you have in the comments! We can always use more travel tips!

Pink and Blue Suitcase- Marshalls
Travel Bags- Marshalls
Tag's- Marshalls
Travel Cosmetic Jars- Marshalls

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Black hair → to Natural Ombre ft. Pravana Color Extractor + Continuum

When you have that client who has been coloring their hair black and wants to be blonde, let me freak out a little with you. Black and red are the hardest colors to remove due to their depth and pigment that normally takes multiple appointments to make any difference, especially if they do it themselves or use box color. When you try to remove these pigments with bleach you end up with a super scary orange shade that can only take the lightening process so much. Then comes the damage and you begin to compromise the integrity and structure of your clients hair. Because that black will stay wedged like a little kid who doesn't want to go to the dentist. So we ask ourselves, is there a better way?

Let me give you a quick answer, YESSSSSS!!! I am forever thankful for finding the magical product from Pravana called the Color Extractor. This product goes into the hair and removes artificial color without damage and doesn't effect virgin uncolored hair. You can use this up to 5 times in one day, and each time it will remove more and more artificial color from the hair. Here is the linked PDF file that explains exactly how this product and process works. I did this twice on Amanda's hair to ensure all the black was removed, and I could move forward for a gorgeous brown color. When you have removed the artificial color you're going to see the left behind underlying pigment in the hair. For example; if they were black their underlying pigment is red, if they were brunette their underlying pigment is orange, if they were blonde their underlying pigment is yellow. So now its your job to go in and neutralize that to what your clients end result goal is. Because her hair was a reddish tone, we neutralized that with equal parts of Redken Shades EQ 8GN and 6T.

Many times a clients comes in the salon with expectations of what their hair will look like when they leave. This is where a stylist needs to go in and break down what will really happen in the appointment. People who don't do hair don't realize that we are working with chemistry and its not as simple as bleaching it out. There could be years of layered hair color that takes a while to break though. Its our job to educate them and give them a real goal and how we can best achieve a color, and if they can even get what they are asking for. Its always best to be honest with clients so they know what to expect and trust your judgement and knowledge. I always tell me clients that I will never push their hair past what I believe is ok for their hair, I want them to leave with healthy happy hair. I won't compromise my skill and work for someone who is wanting unrealistic color that could really destroy their hair. After all, its my name on their hair as they walk out the door. So after talking with Amanda I told her that we could get pretty close to what she was wanting, but that it might take 2 or 3 times before its perfect. 

See the steps I took in taking Amanda from her black hair color to this beautiful natural sombre color. Notice something else too, her hair is still healthy! Thanks to my DS Labs Continuum (same process as Olaplex) I was able to connect her broken bonds back together while lightening her hair. It turned out so beautiful and I can't wait till she is back in the salon for her next appointment! 

Products Used on Amanda's Hair:
-Pravana Color Extractor (done twice)
-Redken Shades EQ 8GN + 6T

-Schwarzkopf Blonde Me x20volume with Continuum 
-toned with Shades EQ 8N + 9B on the roots to mid shaft, 9T + 9V + 9N on the mid shaft to ends

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