Feb 11, 2020


Well Houston it's that time again!!! The Makeup Show Houston is approaching on March 21st and 22nd for a beauty experience you won't want to miss! From innovative new beauty products, the buzziest indie brands, ingredients, and appearances from the industries hottest CEO's and makeup artist, there will be lots to see and do!

EXPERIENCE the largest pro-only beauty event filled with over 70 pro driven brands and legendary makeup artists. Enjoy over 50 educational opportunities on our seminar stages, demo stages, main stage and in our networking events. 


This year we're bringing the BIG DOGS!

Miss Fame - Makeup Artist

James Molloy - Makeup Artist 

Danessa Myricks - Makeup Artist

Jordan Liberty - Makeup Artist

Renny Vasquez - Makeup Artist

Yvonne MacInnis - Makeup Artist

Lijha Stewart

Poloma Roma - Makeup Artist

James Vincent - Makeup Artist

For the first time EVER we are offering NEW Educational Hair classes offered by Linh Nguyen.


We have over 70 brands featuring trending beauty products in skincare, makeup, and hair care including but not limited to: Amika, Danessa Myricks Beauty, Anastasia, Lemonhead, Stila, Smashbox Cosmetics, Perricone MD, Glamcor, LippieBook, Mario Badescu, Temptu, Zuca, Marmalade Nails and many others will offer awesome product discounts and new product launches. Full list found HERE.

YOU WON'T BELIEVE THE DRAAAAAAAMA!!! We have Rich Lux Taking the Main Stage at The Makeup Show Houston on Saturday!

Social Influence: Rich Lux – 1:45pm-2:45pm
Makeup has become a major presence in today’s mass media. The influence of social media and the impact of engagement has allowed makeup to be used to create careers in a variety of ways with countless opportunities. In this main stage presentation, Houston’s very own Rich Lux joins our Director of Artistry, James Vincent to offer some insight on how you can utilize modern marketing in your own brand and business. Rich will share his story to inspire you to take your own engagement to all-new levels.

It's so much happening at the show! So much inspiration, knowledge, community and fun opportunities all under one roof and you won't want to miss this! GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY CHANGE YOUR LIKE FOREVER!

The Makeup Show Houston
Hilton Houston Post Oak
2001 Post Oak Blvd. Houston


Nov 24, 2019

How You Can Benefit From Ceramide In Your Skincare

Ceramides definitely don't get the praises that it deserves, It is one of the most underrated ingredients in skincare and it is the glue that holds the skin together. In fact, some may say its more powerful than retinol and y'all know that I love me some retinol and swear by it but I'm going to explain why. But first, you must know what ceramides are...

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Ceramides make up the skin's protective barrier. Its what helps keep the skin hydrated, plump and supple. Ceramides are fat molecules also known as lipids that retain water within the skin's natural barrier and work as the skin's natural moisturizer. Without ceramides, the skin can become compromised, dry, irritated, inflamed. 

Have you ever applied moisturizer but your skin is still dry & flaky? Well, that's because your skin lacks ceramide. 

Ceramides are a component of the skin's makeup. In fact, as a part of the skin's barrier layer, ceramide helps to protect the skin from exposure to environmental aggressors that ages the skin like pollution and dry air. 

So to break it down...How do ceramides work??? Remember in the beginning when I said that ceramides are the glue that holds the skin together??? Well, imagine the floor tiles. So the floor tiles would represent our skin cells and the grout that binds the skin cells together is the ceramide. Without a strong bind, the skin cells become weak.

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When the protective barrier of the skin is damaged & compromised it can allow the entry of bacteria causing inflammation, acne flareups, lack of water retention which means saggy skin, wrinkles, fine line only because the moisture is leaving the skin because the bind is not strong enough.

There are numerous factors that contribute to the loss of ceramides in our skin. One factor is Age. As we age the natural production of ceramides decreases. Seasonal changes can definitely affect the skin. The overuse of harsh soaps, exfoliants can throw off the skin's ph balance, therefore, weakening the skin's barrier. the ceramide levels. Smoking can definitely weaken the skin's barrier and deplete the skin of ceramides. Imagine someone like myself who naturally lacks ceramides within the skin.  and If you suffer from eczema, xerosis (dry skin), rosacea, or even acne than its obvious that the ceramide levels in the skin are lower than it should be which contributes to the sensitivity of the skin, dryness, and inflammation.

So what should you do to build your skin back up? Add products containing ceramide into your routine. if you have...
  1. Hyperpigmentation
  2. Keratosis Pilaris - Rough Skin
  3. Dry Skin
  4. Atopic Dermatitis AKA Eczema, 
  5. Acne
  6. Psoriasis 
  7. Saggy Skin
  8. Sun Damaged Skin
  9. Fine Lines & Wrinkles

 Then adding ceramide into your routine will only strengthen your skin to prevent these following conditions. 

So before I share some skincare picks with you I wanted to share why ceramides are said to be more powerful than retinol. Y'all know I swear by retinol! In fact, I use retinol 3 times a week but here is the thing. While retinol can totally transform the skin. If your barrier is weak it won't do much good. Also if you have extremely sensitive skin retinol which is a form of Vitamin A may cause some sensitivity. Granted you can only use retinol at night because it makes your skin sensitive to the sun. Whereas, ceramides are what makes up our skin so adding ceramides will only give you better results and ceramides can do everything that retinol does without the sensitivity because it's the makeup of our skin. So there you go! So you want to know the best products to use that contain ceramides??? Well, I got some 6 awesome picks for you! Not only have I tried these creams but they're also on the top picks of many dermatologists and skin expert lists. You may want to add these on your Black Friday/Cyber Monday lists because they have some great deals online. 

Nov 9, 2019

So I Got A Vampire Facial And You Won't Guess What Happened

This post is made in partnership with Sakura Health & Beauty Spa bringing you 
So I Got A Vampire Facial And You Won't Guess What Happened

Hey Girl,

So guess what...I got a Vampire Facial and you won't guess what happened!!!  Well, I'm alive for one lol. No actual vampire was sucking my blood out of my skin Unless you want to call the doctors blood-sucking vampires.OH! And it wasn't as horrifying as the pictures of Kim Kardashian that we saw on Instagram. You know THIS ONE.

That photo was pretty dramatic and scary, And if you heard Kim's review it probably would deter you from getting this awesome facial. And I'm not going to share her review. I'm going to share my review and give you my perspective. If you would like to see her thoughts just google "Kim Kardashian Vampire Facial". 

So first off you know by nature I'm a technical person and naturally like to educate which is what I provide through my blogs. A source of knowledge. realness! I put Vampire Facial in the title because most people on social media may have heard of that terminology but the technical term for this facial is PRP Facial. PRP which stands for Platelet-Rich Plasma. 

So in the process what happens is blood is drawn from your arm from a licensed and certified doctor or nurse whatever you want to call them. The point is they're licensed. If anyone else is drawing your blood and they're not licensed RUN! The blood is then spun in this machine called the centrifuge that separates the plasma from the white & red blood cells. 

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In this photo, it has just come out of the machine that separated the plasma. You can see the red blood cells at the bottom and the white is the little chunky part above the red before you get to the pure gold plasma. 

So the plasma can either be injected or used through the microneedle. I know you're saying...WAIT...Microneedle??? YES, they use a Microneedle as they're applying the Plasma onto the skin. This is how you get the benefit of the plasma because of its ability to fully penetrate into the skin. I briefly talked about this in my book but in essence, when using the microneedle it creates micro-injuries in the skin that send the skin almost into shock mode to recover faster. Just call us little wolverines. You know when wolverine would get injured his skin would start to heal rapidly...Well, this is what micro-needling does to our skin. But there is science behind this. On average at approximately 27 to 28 days the skin will regenerate itself which is why skincare is very important because when the new cells come in you want to see the results of your hard work right? Well, when micro-needling which is minimally invasive is used on the skin it is a way to rejuvenate the skin. It triggers the healing process of the skin and sends an alert out to produce more collagen, fill in fine lines and wrinkles, heal scars, minimize discoloration and so much more because there are so many benefits of PRP Facials. And when you're using your PRP with the microneedle you are using the largest component of your blood which contains so many nutrients such as:
  • glucose balances the skin. It's a natural exfoliant with glycolic and alpha-hydroxy acid contents helping to maintain our skin equilibrium. It won't become too dry, or oily. You're left with a naturally radiant glow. 
  • amino acid helps to strengthen the immune system, maintain hydration and skin resilience and overall healthy appearance reducing the signs of aging. 
  • minerals help to treat dry skin and promote healthy complexion vitamins improving the skin from sun-damage, reversing signs of aging such as discoloration and wrinkles.
  • salts get rid of the dullness of the skin making is brighter, smoother and clearer because it improves skin texture.
  • carbon dioxide promotes the activity of the protein in skin urea - improves the ability to retain water in the skin and balancing hydration.
  • hormones- increases hydration, the elasticity of the skin, skin thickness, therefore, reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Your quality of collagen is enhanced through the hormones

As you get older it's harder for the body to produce collagen. So Microneedling is a way to trigger the collagen promoting more youthful skin and clear skin which we all want to remain youthful. PRP Facial is that fountain to youth. So since it takes about 27 to 28 days for the skin to regenerate and produce new skin cells what you do before and during that time is important. By treating the skin with your PRP you are getting more nutrients to the skin then you would using a potent serum.

So let's get to the benefits of PRP Facials...

PRP Facials is the natural alternative to botox & fillers. The benefit of using your PRP is that you get long-lasting results and what you're using is not foreign to your body because it's your own plasma from your blood. Your own immune system is stimulated through the use of your PRP, improving the quality of your skin. 


 God created something in our bodies that's just as effective than any product out there. And through science, technology, and research God has given man the ability to figure out how to get effective results with pricks to the skin and our own plasma. That's pretty darn amazing!

Ok back to the benefits:
  • PRP stimulates the collagen production & elasticity of the skin, therefore, improving the skin plumpness. Say goodbye to saggy skin. 
  • Improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Improves skin texture
  • Reduces the size of the pores
  • Improves discoloration
  • Improves uneven skin tone
  • Improves the appearance of acne scars
  • Improves dull skin
  • Gives a youthful glow and smoother skin
  • Improves the effectiveness of skincare products.
  • Minimizes spider-veins and so much more

Ok, let's get to my thoughts and experience...

I was uberly excited about this treatment my only fear was the needle which was practically a majority of the process lol. I'd say I have a low pain tolerance so anything to me that involves infliction to my body I may consider painful. When they took my blood I felt a small pinch and that pinch wasn't painful at all.  

Then Darly went on to clean the surface of my skin and then numb it. She massaged the numbing gel on my skin like a serum to allow it to penetrate. She numbs my skin between 15-30 minutes. Who wants to feel needles pricking their skin over and over again?? NOT I! Well Kim K who's obviously superhuman wanted to feel the needles. And we saw how that turned out for her. That wasn't the wisest decision and definitely effected her review of it which I thought wasn't a fair review. But anywho..back to my review. SO once my skin was fully numb they then started the treatment session.

Darly then went in with the micro-needling pen which gives a lot more control, and precision than the tradition derma roller. She can control the depth point of the needle. '

So let's get to the question... 
Does it Hurt?
No not really...and remember I said that I had a low pain tolerance. Now there are areas on the face you will feel it more such as...forehead and around the nose near the nostrils but overall the numbing cream makes the process comfortable and tolerable in certain areas that you may feel the needle more. 

What are things to expect post-PRP facial?
Now during the consultation, they ask questions about allergies, fever blisters and things of that nature because this is a minimally invasive treatment and whatever is underneath the skin will rise to the surface which is totally normal because its the body's way of purging itself. HOWEVER, your physician need to know these things prior to starting so they'll know if they should move forward or even possibly avoid that area during the facial. Also, your skin will start to feel tight and when it heals you may see some dry areas which is why the aftercare is important. Keeping the skin hydrated, and protected will give you amazing results. 

It can possibly cause inflammation
It is quite common for the skin to become a bit swollen or even maybe a tad bit bruised if you have sensitive skin but if you have a good esthetician which I had an amazing esthetician it will be minimal. But your skin is a bit swollen is normal after the procedure and the aftercare is just as important as the initial facial. The products you use during the aftercare process must be gentle, no active ingredients, no acids, no retinol because it will sting terribly and your skin will become extremely inflamed and the reason why is because remember your skin is now open so what you put on top of it must be gentle and I suggest natural. With this process don't overthink it keep it mad simple. Cleanse, tone, use vitamin c and physical sunscreen. Your skin doctor will give you recommendations. Follow it!

How long does it take your skin to heal?
I'd say about a week. And even after that I suggest waiting to use active ingredients until 2 weeks just to be on the safe side.

How long does it take to see results?
Honestly, you can see some immediate results but I'd say about 1-2 months and if you continue this treatment ESPECIALLY if you have extreme scarring and skin texture you'll really notice the difference if you're getting it every 4-6 weeks. 

Check out the glow! This was immediately after the session!

After Care Products Used:

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May 11, 2019

Issa Review: Dripping In Tahiti Lava Au Eau de Shimmer

Hey Girl!

it's been a hot minute! Well, let me briefly catch you up because a lot has happened in a short amount of time. I just turned 34 years old on April 25, and on that day released my first ebook all about healthy clear skin that you can download here and last I'm back in the workforce. So my life is no longer my own but it's all good because I have goals and I have to do what I have to do. But I'm still working on my business and still bringing you content that I feel you will love. 

Today I am bringing you a review. I haven't done an actual review in a very long time. In fact, I haven't done an actual review since April 26 of 2018. But I've done plenty of blog posts since that time. 

Summer is near and I'm sure you are ready to hit that beach in your swimsuit! Well, I have some tips that are going to keep the skin on your body hydrated glowy & I'm going to show you how to fully keep the skin protected because while we want our skin to look and feel amazing we also want to protect it. So first let me give you a few details about this product.

Captured in this photo is Tahiti Lava

Essentially True just released early spring their new Au Eau De Shimmer in translation it means Gold Water of Shimmer. This product is a seasonal product so once it's gone you may not ever see it again. So get it while it's hot and still on the shelves. Some other key things you should know is that 

  • This shimmer is water-based
  • It has a buildable shine (In between each layer you want to allow the dry first)
  • Apply to moisturized skin
  • Not sticky
  • Not Greasy
  • No Transfer
  • Lightweight
  • Retail Price: $28
  • 8 oz 
  • Hand-made with amazing natural ingredients & pure love.
  • Available in 3 Shades: 24 Carat Shine (Intense Gold), Champagne Mami (Subtle Sheen), Tahiti Lava (bronzy hue of sun-kissed melanin)
Photo Credit: website.

This is a water-based product so it instantly quenches the skin and it also has a natural cooling effect because it is aloe based which is perfect for those hot humid summer days. The benefits of aloe vera juice are that it helps to reduce the frequency & appearance of acne, it reduces skin conditions such as psoriasis and dermatitis. It's rich in antioxidants and vitamins that naturally protect the skin. It is said that the important compounds in aloe vera help to neutralize the effects of UV radiation that not only ages the skin but also burn the skin. It reduces inflammation and scarring and It helps to repair existing UV damage and it can help minimize fine lines and wrinkles. 

When using this product it is suggested that you apply to moisturized skin because there is a difference between your skin being hydrated vs moisturized. And if you have drier skin like myself you definitely want to moisturize your skin first. There is definitely a confusion between Hydration vs Moisturization. And as an educator of skin, it is very important for me to educate you on this knowledge so you can fully understand HOW to use this product in the most effective way. Remember that our skin is the largest organ on our body and in the summer we have to work more to keep the skin hydrated by making sure we are drinking the suggested amount of water. But remember water also evaporates. It can evaporate from sweating and it can evaporate from just pure neglect. Hydration is what makes our skin plump which builds the collagen of the skin internally improving elasticity and it keeps our skin fresh, and soft.  Your skin can be moisturized and still not hydrated. Moisturizer is topical. Hydration is from the inside and also can be applied on the outside to penetrate into the skin. You want to make sure that not only are you fully hydrated but that you are also moisturized because moisture will keep the hydration in. Think of it like this... Dehydrated skin that is moisturized but not fully hydrated will leave your skin feeling dull, tight and lifeless. While dry skin that may be hydrated but not moisturized will still flake and have a rough texture. Make sense? 

So it doesn't matter what your skin type is..understanding that our body needs both hydration & moisture is what is important. Now I will share that normally when we're talking about the order of how you should apply your products it would be to apply your hydrating products first then to seal with a moisturizer to lock the moisture in. Check out my post on The Correct Order To Apply Skincare Products Which is true in most cases or many cases. BUT! There is a but here...Knowing the purpose of the product is what's important and knowing how you may be using the product can also alter this rule. So I use this product in different ways. The original direction is to apply it to moisturized skin because it is a body shimmer. Most times you're not using a "body sh
immer" as a "skincare" product. You're using it because you want the benefit of the glowy shimmer correct? So you can definitely apply it as instructed. The more layers you add the more shimmery and pigmented it will be. Remember it's buildable. You have to let it dry in between each layer.


Now I personally prefer more of a glow rather than a shimmer and that's just personal preference. So I apply this mainly in the order as I would apply my skincare because I like more of a glow from within and I like the benefits of hydrating my skin and sealing it with moisturizer whether doing it the other way around because I have dryer skin. I still can build the layers and then apply my moisturizer. Remember earlier in this post that I mentioned the benefits of aloe vera juice and how it's a natural protectant of the skin? While that is VERY true guess what? You still should add sunscreen and the reason why is because it goes along with what I said about Hydration vs. Moisture. Hydration alone is not enough. You need to moisturize so having a sunscreen that has moisturizing benefits will help elevate this product. So there are three ways you can use this...

1st Way: Moisturize Skin, Apply Eau de Shimmer, Apply Sun Protection
2nd Way: Apply Eau de Shimmer, Apply Sun Protection
3rd Way: Apply Eau de Shimmer. Apply Moisturizer, Apply Sun Protection

BONUS: Exfoliate Skin with the Sweet Lips Scrub from the "Pretty Kitty Collection"  (which is very moisturizing and will slough off the dead skin. It can be purchased separately from the kit which is amazing!), Apply Au Eau de Shimmer, then Apply Sun  Protection

I personally prefer the second way. I apply to my desired layer and then I seal with a moisturizing sun protector. My current favorite is actually a product that was highly suggested by Jennifer Lopez makeup artist Scott Barnes who revolutionized what we know as the "JLO GLOW". 

What I like about the body mist vs me physically applying a sunscreen with my hands is that once you apply your desired layer of Essentially True's Eau De Shimmer you can mist your body without physically touching your body to moisturize and protect. This just adds another boost of untouched glow to the skin and ultimate protection because you will be outside. You can consistently apply without feeling like you have tons of product on your skin. It's also quite refreshing & it provides UVA & UVB protection. So these are my tips on how you can elevate your glow.

Stop by her page and check out this amazing product. Remember it is a seasonal product so once it's gone it is gone! Au Eau de Shimmer 

Did you enjoy this??? 

If you enjoyed this I have something else that you will enjoy!!! ISSA GIVEAWAAAAAAAAAAY!!! I was sent an extra Au Eau de Shimmer from Essentially True to giveaway to you all! I'm excited for you to try it. It's the shade Champagne Mami. It's going to give you a glow from within sheen. 

Give Away Entry Rules
1. Follow My Page @FaithHaller & @EssentiallyTrue 
2. Subscribe To My Newsletter & Get My FREE Ultimate Clear Skin Guide (You will get special discounts, exclusive giveaways, exclusive tips from not just me but experts & more...
3. LIKE My Most Recent Post 
4. Tag 2 Friends 
5. Bonus Entry - Post Photo to your page. (Stories or Feed. If you post to both it's an extra entry per post. Make sure you tag both me & essentially true in the post & on the photo)

Be sure to check out Essentially True's website to see everything that's carried. Essentially true is a Natural Wellness company that carries an away of natural feminine products. Be sure to use my code "FAITH" to get 10% off

Oh by the way Essentially True is having a Mother's Day Sale where you can get 20% off of entire purchase using Code: LOVEMOM. This code can not be combined with my code for extra discount. I'd suggest just using the 20% off code that lasts through Sunday. If you miss out on this Mother's Day sale then you'll always have access to my code to get 10% off on each of your purchase. 

Apr 8, 2019

The Best Oxygen Facials For Glowing Skin

Hey Girl!!!

This year is all about Glowing Skin! I mean what year is not about glowing skin???? Glowing skin is always in and you can definitely achieve it without using tons of highlighters & makeup and one of the quickest ways to achieve that is through an oxygen facial. 

An oxygen facial is an anti-aging facial that gives you immediate results and giving your skin a smooth, moisturized surface. With the oxygen treatment, you will notice that...

  • Your expression lines are less prominent because the oxygen treatment will plump the skin.
  • Your Skin Elasticity will improve (The more elasticity your skin has the more youthful you will look)
  • A deep infusion of oxygenated vitamins & antioxidants to protect the skin from sun damage that can age the skin. 
  • This treatment is non-invasive. So you can carry on with your regular schedule, you can wear makeup. 
  • It naturally exfoliates the skin so you will notice the clarity of the skin is healthier and the skin is brighter and radiant. 
  • It minimizes breakouts- & scarrings because it detoxifies the skin

So now that we got that out of the way I am going to share just 5 At-Home oxygen treatments that do all of the amazing things that I listed above!

1. LumionSkin Oxygen Serum 
On the Think Dirty App Lumion Skin Oxygen Serum is rated a 0 which is the cleanest product to put on your skin. This Serum is an effective yet lightweight serum that defends the skin against... Signs of aging, soften fine lines, and aids in the reduction of skin irritations. This product mimics the body's natural immune defense system and contains HOCL that softens, hydrates, clarifies, purifies and illuminates. And through the oxygen, it promotes skin cell turnover. 

2. Dr. Brandt Oxygen Facial Mask 
Give your skin a breath of fresh air through Dr. Brandt oxygen mask. This mask instantly foams up into bubbles and detoxify, purify, and hydrates the skin leaving it soft, supple, and radiant.

3. Pixi Skintreats Glow O2 Oxygen Mask
If you are looking for a more affordable This oxygen treatment mask revives dull, tired skin, providing an immediate anti-fatigue effect –perfect before a big event or makeup application.

4. Twinmedix PRO: Essentials O2
Twinmedix Oxygen Skin Transformer is a pro favorite! This mask releases oxygen into the skin so your complexion instantly looks fresher and brighter. This formula is rich in antioxidants to fight free radicals that agest the skin, and cleanses deep into pores while removing dirt and all impurities. Moisturizing botanical extracts combats the appearance of age spots and visibly repairs premature aging. This mask is designed to clear skin and maintain a healthy and youthful glow.


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