Apr 11, 2014

A few reasons why Coconut oil is a MUST!

Honey Chile let me tell you one of the things that make me smile nowadays is Coconut Oil... well Extra Virgin coconut oil that is (ECVO). Coconut oil is one of the healthiest oil in the world.

Coconut Oil very good at hydrating skin. It sinks in deep, conditions, moisturizes, and softens skin. It isn’t pumped full of water or petroleum byproducts like many commercial cleansers or lotions either. Skin is kept clean by an oily substance called sebum. When sebum mixes with too much dirt, bacteria, and dead skin cells it can clog pores and lead to acne and other blemishes and honey who wants that?!!
I love the fact that Coconut oil naturally clears away dirt, grime, and dead skin cells. It even has some antibacterial properties, killing off harmful bacteria. Coconut oil is the all-in-one natural solution to all your skin problems! I know what ya thinking... Why didn't unknown this earlier in life.  Don't worry, better late than never.  But wait there is more...

EVCO soothes bug bites, speeds healing, helps with rashes, gets rid of flaking skin, softens and shrinks wrinkles, protects against sun damage, keeps tans longer, acts as an antioxidant to prevent cellular aging, and so much more. It removes makeup easily and even makes the perfect massage oil.

Please make sure your EVCO is organic/pure! USDA approved! 

My EVCO is by Better Body foods... Stay tuned because my next post will be why EVCO is great for your hair!

Mar 19, 2014

Q & A: Eyeshadow Primer

Here is a question from one of readers...
Q: What is eye shadow primer? Do I really NEED it? 
A: YEEEEESSSSSS!!!!! If you prime your wall before you paint it a gorgeous color, your desired look will be true to color and last a long time. I know, I know you are probably saying "Monica, what does this have to do with beauty?" lol Well, the same concept goes for your eyes. As a result of priming your eyes first before applying eyeshadow, your flawless look will last longer and prevent creasing. A good primer will stop your natural oils in your skin from mixing with your eyeshadow. 
There are 3 shadow primers that are the BEST in the world of make-up...

This primer has most MakeUp Artist and make-up addicts panties in a bunch because its an awesome product. This what I currently use at the moment and honey I love it!! Highly recommend it.

Two faced shadow Insurance
This is another great primer that is loved by many. It does the job! 

NYX eyeshadow base
This primer is less expensive yet very effective. This base is great for giving your eye shadow a more vibrant look but I find that it does not stop any natural oil like the Primer potion and Too faced. 
The pictures below show are me using Urban Decay Primer Potion and NYX eyeshadow base on one of my clients

Mar 3, 2014

Quick Beauty Tip: Mascara

What do you do with your mascara when you are done with it? Gurrrrl, you better save that money! Instead of tossing them in the trash when your mascara expires, wash and repurpose those wands! You can use them as an eyebrow brush, even applying a bit of color before sweeping across your brows. Or, spray with hairspray and use them to brush and keep your eyebrows in place.
Well as always I hope this helps!

Feb 22, 2014

My MakeUp look!

Hey honey... here is my list of of what I used to beat this face to the gawds...lol!

Foundation: black opal
Eyeshadow: barlust from the Urban Decay smoked palette and half baked The Naked palette #1
Cream Blush: minor crisis by lipstick Queen
Lipstick: black cherry and cherry blossom by Revlon

Feb 19, 2014

Quick Beauty Tip: Eyeliner

To keep your liner behaving, sweep loose or pressed powder right under the eye liner on your bottom lid. It creates somewhat of a barrier, preventing your eyeliner from traveling downward.

Well as always, I hope this helps!

Feb 15, 2014

NYFW: Inglot Cosmetics

Love Inglot cosmetics sobi was excited to find out this year marked the first INGLOT FASHION FORWARD, which took place as part of NYFW at INGLOT Cosmetics studio in Chelsea Market.  5:31 Jerome, WHIT, and Yoana Baraschi were amongst the designers selected to showcase their F/W 2014 collections.

Check out the Backstage Beauty Recap of the makeup looks which were designed by Hayden Tee for INGLOT Cosmetics. Gorgeous looks!

Feb 4, 2014

OCC Spring 2014

Yall knowI love me some OCC! Well I am thrilled to share that Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics "Cosmetic Colour Pencils" are now available on occmakeup.com and sephora.com!

These water-proof, highly pigmented pencils are awesome! They come in 12 long wearing shades. 

Jan 13, 2014

Golden Globe's 2014: lupita nyong'o

Yes, this is a beauty blog but honey... the 2014 Golden Globe's was yesterday so you know I gotta discuss my FAVORITE best dressed hottie.

Lupita Nyong'o looked beyond gorgeous in ralph lauren, fred leighton. That beautiful red up against her smooth chocolate skin looked perfect. I honestly think no one could have worn it better!

Did I mention how Nyongo'o make up looks flawless and very elegant... I just really loved her whole look... You Go Girl!

I give Lupita 2 well manicured thumbs up!

Jan 8, 2014

Brittle, Chipped nails

It's bad enough we have to deal with dry cracked lips but also we have to deal with dry brittle nails. Well let's just thank Winter for that!

Using a super harsh nail filer to shape nails can cause the nail layers to separate, and cause unwanted peeling. Antimicrobial soaps, handwashing and only God knows what else, can cause nails to become dry and brittle causing nails to chip and peel.

I recommend you use a 240 grit or higher (280/320) nail file to shape natural nails and rehydrate cuticles and nails daily with coconut oil to keep nails strong and healthy. 

Well as always I hope this helps!

Jan 3, 2014

OPI Partners with Music and Fashion Icon

OPI joins celebrity partner Gwen Stefani in announcing seven new limited edition nail lacquers for 2014, featuring standout color in breakthrough finishes. Highlights from the collection include a bold red lacquer that pays homage to Gwen’s signature lipstick, a new semi-matte satin finish in shades of gold and black, and a mirrored chrome paired with a special base coat.

Inspired by the 2013 Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute Gala that featured the theme “Punk: Chaos to Couture,” OPI Executive VP and Artistic Director Suzi Weiss-Fischmann decided to create a collection of lacquer celebrating the role of music as a major influence in fashion. “With her expertise as a singer, songwriter and designer, who better to collaborate with than Gwen Stefani?” asks Weiss-Fischmann. “Known for her trademark red lips, bold eye makeup and nail art, Gwen uses beauty to accessorize her style.”

Gwen’s signature red OPI hue – Over & Over A-Gwen – is available in a boxed set, which includes Swarovski black crystals and silver, gold and pewter studs in bar, square, diamond and circle shapes for creating unique nail designs, as well as nail glue for easy application. Love.Angel.Music.Baby. and 4 in the Morning feature a new, semi-matte satin finish designed to be worn without top coat. Push and Shove, a bold chrome hue, is also worn without top coat but requires a special complimentary base coat – Lay Down that Base. One thin coat of Lay Down that Base topped with two thin coats of Push and Shove yields an intense, mirrored finish. The collection is rounded out with two glossy crème lacquers and one sparkly glitter shade: Hey Baby, I Sing in Color, and In True Stefani Fashion. “OPI wanted to create a collection as dramatic, diverse and glamorous as its namesake,” adds Weiss-Fischmann. “With crème and glitter hues, new satin matte texture, a mirrored chrome and SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, Gwen Stefani by OPI presents the latest in pigments and finishes, while combining elements of haute couture and street fashion.”
            Gwen Stefani by OPI includes the following seven limited edition nail lacquers: Hey Baby, I Sing in Color, Love.Angel.Music.Baby., 4 in the Morning, In True Stefani Fashion, Push and Shove* and Over & Over A-Gwen**.
Gwen Stefani by OPI nail lacquers contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application. This promotion will be available beginning January 2014 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for  $9.00 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each nail lacquer. The boxed set including Over & Over A-Gwen and SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS will retail for $14.95 ($18.95 CAN).