Friday, June 30, 2017

ROMANTIC BRIDAL MAKEUP | A Collab With Nerd & Lace

I'm so excited to share an exciting collaboration that I had the pleasure of being a part of that was put together by the amazing Dee Shore of Nerd & Lace.

To tell you a little about Dee Shore beside the fact that she's my friend.  She is the Founder, Editor-in-Chief of Nerd & Lace which is a lifestyle blog based in New York City Area. She is probably one of the most unique individuals I've personally network with. She will tell you that she is a complete nerd. LOL she is! She's a book worm, she love action figures, she loves everything Food, Beauty, Books, DIY, Photography, Fitness and oh yeah Weddings. She has a way with words which explains it all because she is a writer. Overall Dee has the biggest, most colorful heart and I wish everyone could meet her. I met her through a instagram pod and since then we've been friends. I feel like I've known her for years. 

Dee had the idea to put together a Bridal Look Book Inspired Magazine. She came up with the concept and wanted it to be a collaboration with friends. We all met through the pod and amongst everyone we just immediately clicked and became some of the closest friends brought together by social media. When I think about it I feel like we could possibly be compared to the actresses of Sex In The City accept it's 14 of us lol. IMAGINE THAT!

Dee has a huge facination with the wedding industry which inspired this Look Book. In her words 

"I decided to start with Bridal Makeup because although there is a lot of bridal makeup looks out there, just take Pinterest for example, they all look the same. All the same style. All the same colors. All the same bride. But guess what? We are not all the same. And not everyone dreams in white." ~ Nerd & Lace

And  I couldn't agree with her less! There are the unconventional brides, there are brides that get married at a court house and it doesn't involve a formal dress, there are brides with an edgy style. There are so many different brides around the world. There is not just one look and style and you will see that in this bridal makeup look book. I will not be sharing details to this look. You can definitely check out the details inside the Bridal Makeup Look Book that I will be sharing at the end.  

I wanted to share how I managed to pull off these shots. Let me tell you it was definitely a one woman show in my back yard. I was the makeup artist, hairstylist, wardrobe stylist, photographer and editor. It wasn't thought out at all. The makeup and hair was thought out but everything else I had to wing. Mind you I was in the middle of our 4-day Annual Holy Convocation and this day was the only day of the 4-day conference that I wore makeup because the other 3 days I was bare face. I planned it out to at least have my makeup on so as soon as I get home I could stage this shoot. The only thing I applied for this look when I got home was eyeshadow.  And then after the shoot rest for work. YEAH I had to go to work afterwards. I had a pretty busy day.

I went in the closet and was searching for a badazzle top. Initially I was going to do something informal with a lace burgundy top but I changed my mind. I found a badazzled lace silvery tank top. And I said well I don't want to wear it on my shoulders. So I kind of forced the straps down to give the off the shoulders look. Which totally gives that Romantic Bride look, which you see below...

I had some work pants on but that didn't matter because it wouldn't be in the shot either way.
It wasn't hard trying to pull this shot off but it was hard to make it look like it wasn't a SELFIE! Yes these are all selfies that I took on my iphone. No tripod, no selfie stick...Just my hands. 

There was an area with a fence and a bunch of wild greenery in my backyard that separates my house from my next door neighbors house that I started snapping photos at as you see below...

Unedited Photo

I just didn't care for that look so I figured keep it simple. I placed myself along the brick lining of our house and those were the winners. I took about 10-15 shots to get the right ones. 

Production & Post Production is hard work! And this is why everyone should be paid their worth. But that's another topic I won't get on today. 

But I will get on this... this was a post about the behind the scenes action and what it took to get these shots. I want you to know it's hard work but it's definitely not impossible to do it on your own. It just requires more thought. Because I work in this industry and have done photography and photo editing I know how to make it work. 

I hope you enjoyed this post! If you would like to see the full Look Book which I think you should see. The other ladies look so amazing. I want you to see all of the different styles and makeup. Some of these looks are on youtube also so you can see a tutorial!


Thank you Nerd & Lace for allowing me to be a part of this awesome collaboration!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Summer Favorite Skincare Routine | My Cult Faves, Must Haves and Favorites!

*This post contains affiliate links and gifted items. When you purchase from affiliate links I make a small commission. Thank you for your continued support! Disclaimer: I am not a dermatologist or certified skin specialist. I try out all the products do my own research on them and share my honest opinion. Be sure to always refer to your doctor if you are uncertain about anything.  

Summer is the time that I like to experiment the most with skincare products however there are products that will always be a staple in my routine. I want to share some of my Summer 17 favs. 

Let me first say I have not been wearing a lot of makeup if any at all! In fact two weekends ago which was one of the biggest weekends of every year I attended our Annual Holy Convocation which is a 4 Day event and I didn't wear any makeup accept for that Friday and that's only because I was doing a beauty collaboration that required me to wear makeup. Which by the way stay tune because I'll be sharing the collaboration on here! T

This year I decided to sport my bare skin. Not because I just don't like makeup anymore or protesting about wearing your skin. It's none of that because I will always love makeup but I love my skin more than anything and it's my duty to take care of what God gave to me. The most I wear is brow products, mascara, maybe eyeliner and lip product. But most times my skin has been bare especially because I've been sick and been working a lot so that takes a lot out of you. I knew that I needed to care more for my skin being that it was being revealed a lot more and not only that but because my energy has been low and I been sick a lot more I try to over compensate for my skin and revitalize it so my illness or tiredness doesn't show through my skin. 

So today I am sharing my Summer 17 Favorites with you all that have given me some great results. Got my skin glowing and have minimized texture, blemishes and more!

Pacifica Cactus Water 

This is a micellar cleansing water which is currently on trend this season because micellar water not only cleanses the skin but it removes toxins and build up. It attracts dirt like a magnet without drying the skin out. It's gentle and is great as a toner to put moisture back into the skin. It has so many great nutrients and minerals for the skin which makes this a great alternative and replacement for your typical toner because it's multi-purpose. 

Pixi Beauty Double Cleanser
When Pixi Beauty collaborated with Caroline Hirons it was the best thing for their brand because she developed this Double cleanser. This is a unique 2-in-1 cleanser where one side contains a solid cleansing oil and the other side is a luxe gentle cleansing cream. I like to use this at night for deep cleansing routine. It doesn't strip the skin because it's hydrating and it removes all dirt and grime and makeup from skin. 

Pixi Polish & Peel

If you been following me for some time then you know how I feel about Pixi's Polish & Peel. This peel removes all dead layers of the skin, it polishes and smooth out the skin for the new skin to come in. Look forward to fresh, brighter, less dull and smoother skin with this stuff. It's my holy grail and exfoliation is the way to better skin. 

Hydrating Milky Mist

This mist is my holy grail for dry skin! And let me tell you, it instantly hydrates the skin. As I mentioned in my stash or pass which you can CHECK OUT HERE   I like using this as a boost to hydrate my skin. The cure for dry skin!

Pixi Glow Tonic

The key to bright glowy skin is through this guy here. I've gone through 4 bottles of these sense I first tried it out. It was originally sent to me and since then I've been buying it. This toner exfoliates the skin, it brightens, shrinks pores, it calms the skin because it does contain aloe vera and minimize breakouts. This is the reason why it's a cult fav. I like to use this for my brows and to exfoliate my lips also. 

Alchimie Forever Tightening Eye Contour Gel
This oil-free miracle in a tube. I literally carry it with me at all times because I don't wear makeup as much anymore. So sometimes I need that pick me up.  I always say some of your biggest and greatest skincare investments will be in your eye creams and serums, because they are rich and highly concentrated in ingredients and nutrients for the skin. Therefore giving you the best results.  You will see results sometimes instantly and this eye gel is that one. Because it is a gel formula it instantly penetrates into the skin to reduce puffiness. It minimizes the appearance of fatigue and it protects the eyes from environmental stress. It is packed with alchemilla, which is a powerful astringent that minimized under-eye bags and also brightens the skin, while jojoba increases the elasticity around the eyes therefor minimizing fine lines and wrinkles. It's no secret that this product has great ingredients.  A great tip is to put this on ice. The cooling effect is not only refreshing but it intensifies the results from this eye gel. 

Advanced Clinicals AHA Serum

AHA also known as Alpha Hydroxy Acid is an non-abrasive exfoliant that resurfaces the skin therefor reducing the signs of aging such as... dull skin, large pores, fine lines and wrinkles. It promotes skin renewal. As I mentioned it exfoliates the skin giving you glowy & radiant skin.
This product is paraben-free, & cruelty free. I use this day & night. 

These are currently some of my summer favs that will get your skin on point! What are you currently loving right now? Share in the comment. Have you tried any of these products or interested in trying them?

Monday, June 26, 2017

MASK MONDAY: Aloe Vera OverNight Mask For Acne Free Skin

If you don't know, one of my favorite search engines to browse other than Google is Pinterest. And last night I decided to do an experiment on something natural. I knew I wanted to do a natural overnight mask and there were two I was eager to do but I chose this one because it was pretty simple. Aloe Vera is something I use almost daily because of its anti-inflammatory properties and it's ability to sooth, protect, and prevent bacteria build up which is often the cause of acne.  

To Use: 

1. Cut off a fresh aloe vera leaf and squeeze out the aloe vera gel OR you can buy pure aloe vera gel. Because I didn't have time to go to the store I opted for the pure aloe vera gel I had at home. 
2. Apply the gel all over face and leave on as a overnight mask.
3.  Wash it off with warm water followed by cold water in the morning.
4. Take one sheet of paper towel or a clean wag and pat skin dry.

Once the acne clears up make sure you apply aloe vera gel to your skin on a regular basis because aloe vera further prevents acne breakouts. 

Add 1-2 drops of pure tea tree oil to 1-2 table spoons of aloe vera gel to spot treat acne or pimples. Tea Tree Oil is a great natural alternative to benzoyl peroxide which is often the treatment used for acne. It reduces inflammation and kills bacteria which can cause acne to spread and also remove acne marks and dark spots.

But remember just because tea tree oil is natural its very potent and if used wrong and too much it can cause the skin to dry  out and over produce oils further worsening acne. 

Always consult with a dermatologist or invest in having facials at least 1-2 times a month! I recommend this to people who have problematic skin and need professional guidance. 


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