Iluminage Precise Touch Permanent Hair Reduction Review

Iluminage Packaging

After anticipating the arrival of my iluminage Precise Touch, unboxing and unwrapping to my sudden surprise the product had scratches on the base, small particles of hair and dust. I contacted the seller immediately wanting a replacement or refund. They were currently out of stock and I was not qualified for a refund in advance. I had a grace period up until Jan 31, 2016 to return the product to get a full refund. I was offered promotional credit for the trouble.

Later on when inspecting the product only to realize that the power outlet on the device is not aligned properly, so it was not able to even be plugged in for usage. Now I definitely had to resend the product. I contacted the seller and they promise to refund the cost of shipping as well as what I paid for the device.

I saw where another reviewer posted the same exact problem as myself.

Natural Hair vs. Non-Natural Hair

There is a big misconception that there is not a lot of options for styling natural hair but today’s naturals are rocking the versatility of their natural hair and it’s making them feel more empowered and free rather than wearing synthetic weave, wigs, relaxed, texturize hair and much more. Natural hair is very diverse and a lot of styling options are available for naturalistas like the famous high puff, braid out, twist out, bantu knots, wash n’ go which can be an everyday hair style and other styles for formal occasions such as weddings for example updos, cornrows, flat twists, the list is endless. You can even create your own styles when you become really good at doing your own hair. Who knows what your creative juice could come up with? All it takes is practice, patience and creativity and you could practically learn anything by watching several YouTube videos that are available to you free of cost.

Creams vs. Oils

English: Cold cream
English: Cold cream (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Glass vial containing Cistus Essentia...
English: Glass vial containing Cistus Essential Oil (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Creams are a blend of oil and liquid which contains a higher percentage of oil. Creams are often thicker and soft like butter. They absorb way quicker than oils, but their moisturizing properties tend to last longer than lotions. On the other hand some oils can be greasy and take a while to absorb into the skin while others can absorb in a matter of minutes without leaving a greasy feeling to the skin.

Know your skin type
A water based moisturizer can help improve your skin in a number of ways, and before you choose one that’s right for you, it is important that you consider your skin type and its own unique needs. Whether you have extremely dry skin or skin that tends to be oily, daily moisturizing is an important part of keeping your skin healthy. However, a water based moisturizer may be more beneficial in the long term, as it may feel lighter on your skin and is less likely to clog pores. No matter what your skin type is, finding the right product to add to your skin care kit is essential, you may be puzzling over whether you should choose a cream based product vs. one that is oil based. While both of these types can be beneficial depending on your skin type, an oil based product has various health benefits that you may want to consider.

Ipsy December Glam Bag 2015 Sneak Peek

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Urban Decay: Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette

Are you a makeup junkie? If yes, then Urban Decay has something in store for you. Get this exclusive palette that will be available on November 22, 2015 at Urban Decay website or at the flagship store in Newport Beach, CA. Until then, you can watch as Wende reveals a sneak peek of the details behind the collaboration with Urban Decay and Gwen Stefani.

Creme of Nature Strength and Shine Leave in Conditioner Review

Creme of Nature Strength and Shine Leave-in Conditioner

This product serves as a multi-purpose for me. Whenever I use gel in my hair during the course of the week my hair tends to feel hard and I need to style it for the next day. This is the product that I would go for. I just shake to activate and spray it all over my hair. It helps to soften my hair and makes it much easier to comb through and style.

Ipsy October 2015 Glam Bag Review

Ipsy October Theme Card and Glam Bag

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Creme of Nature Moisturizing Milk Masque Review

Creme of Nature Moisturizing Milk Masque
As a naturalista finding the right products for your twist outs and updos can be a great deal, especially if you are just in the transitioning stage. I came across the Creme of Nature Moisturizing Milk Masque when I was visiting a friend who is 'a product junkie', so I guarantee she knows all the good stuff. From then this product has been a staple for me.

Ipsy September 2015 Glam Bag Review

Ipsy September 2015 Glam Bag

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Turbie Twist Super Absorbant Hair Towel Review

Turbie Twist Packaging

The Turbie Twist is a soft microfiber hair towel that is used to remove excess amount of water from the hair after washing. After using the Turbie Twist you don't necessarily need to use a blow dryer you could leave your hair to air dry or style as usual. The Turbie Twist is lightweight on the head you will not notice that it is their unlike a bath towel.

Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream Review

Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream

I am not a big fan of the Cantu product line but this specific product was recommended by a family member and I had to try it. Being a naturalista I have come to realize that not all product goes well with each other, so it's good to do a strand test before working the product over your entire hair or else you will be left with millions of flakes.

Ipsy November 2015 Glam Bag Early Access

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Makeup in Minutes

Never Leave Wall Clock

We all love to look pretty no matter what the occasion. Having your makeup done in 5/10/40 minutes can be a test, especially if we had a last minute call, heading out to dinner or whatever it is the aim is to look your best. This guide will help you to choose how to apply your makeup in minutes.

MIX Masters

Sometimes it's difficult to find our foundation/powder shades or we just want to play around with makeup, so we turn to mixing different kinds of products together. Numerous beauty companies has catch the drift and are now coming up with mixers; products that you can combine to create something that you can use.

If you are into mixing product then you could try these mix master ideas, so grab your Surface.Pro by Beauty Blender and start mixing.

Get a Tan
Add a few drops of Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster to any facial moisturizer for a subtle glow without changing your day-to-day skin routine.

Adjust your base.
Alter your foundation shade with Make Up Forever Chromatic Mix. Use a drop of white to brighten, brown to darken or yellow to correct redness.

Brighten your hair color
Swirl Eufora Beautifying Elixirs Color Revive into your conditioner to refresh dull blonde, brunette and red toned hair.

Waterproof your Makeup
Swipe Anastasia Beverly Hills Waterproofing Gel on bare eyelids; this will prevent shadow from moving or smearing for hours.

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Lottabody Control Me Edge Gel Review

Lotta body Control Me Edge Gel
Looking for something to lay those edges! Lotta body Control Me Edge Gel for relaxed and natural hair might be just for you. This Edge Gel has help to keep my edges in place, I just take a toothbrush and brush a pea size amount (a little goes a long way) of the edge gel on my hair then I proceed to tie my hair with a silk wrap, after removing the silk wrap my hair is left laid with no sign of flaking, greasy or that sticky feeling. This edge controls does not harden my hair, it helps to tame my frizz and keep it moisturize.

Edges are laid
The Lottabody Edge Control Gel  can be used to give shine and seal split ends. It is perfect for roller set, wrap set, twist outs and much more. This product has a non-flaky alcohol free formula and it is infused with coconut and Shea oils that helps to lock in moisture. 

Have you ever used this edge gel? 
Where did you purchase it? 
Did it lay your edges? 
What other edge control gels would you recommend?

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Ipsy August 2015 Glam Bag Review

Ipsy August 2015 Glam Bag

As you all should know I am a big fan of ipsy and I enjoy sharing my glam bag contents with you each month. For the month of August the glam bag theme was 'Prep School' and we all know what that means. If you are not aware of ipsy, it is a monthly beauty subscription glam bag curated by Michelle Phan that delivers 5 products to your door only for the low price of $10. if you are interested in signing up to receive the monthly glam, feel free to use link here:

Ipsy July 2015 Glam Bag Review

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How to Make Your Foundation Last

Chances are you wear foundation because you want a coverage that will last until you are ready to take it off. Here is how to make sure it stays put.

Build your base.
Never skip moisturizer! Moisturizing is important since foundation collects on dry areas, so it is effective to choose a lightweight lotion that will absorb completely into the skin. After applying give it 2-5 minutes to sink in, then apply primer. Some formulas can be too smooth and the foundation tends to slide off. It is best to find a primer that is slightly tacky even after it dries.

Use your liquid assets.
I get the best result from Maybelline Fit Me Foundation. Powder makes a dry, cakey mess and creams sometimes look heavy and will settle into fine lines. Anything too sheer will just not last long especially if you have acne marks/hyper-pigmentation.

Start with less
Full coverage foundation last way longer and looks better when you use less. I apply thin layers with a stippling brush then blend with a buffer brush. Start with a dot on the forehead, one on each cheek and the chin, then use a buffing brush to buff it out over the entire face and neck. For blemishes stipple another layer of foundation to cover.

Powder sparingly
I love using powder to set my foundation but it can change the color of already applied foundation and also settle into creases. Translucent powder applied over foundation can make the shade stay true, but I go for a powder that will also match my foundation to keep me looking matte all day.

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Skip the SPA for at Home DIY Treatments

Spending half of your time at the spa and then feeling guilty about how much it costs. These DIY at home treatments will help you stay relax while sitting on your bucks.

5 Ways to Keep Locs Tight

Meagan Good wearing Faux Locs
Follow these simple steps that will help to keep your locs looking tight and freshly done.

Ipsy October 2015 Early Access

It's the first of the month already and Ipsy has start charging. I hope my fellow Ipsters are looking forward to seeing the sneak peeks while anticipating early access to their glam bags. Ipsy glam bags are always fun because it varies from month to month.

If you are new to ipsy, it is a subscription service that delivers 5 beauty products in a fun-sized cosmetic bag each month only for the low cost of $10. Interested, then sign up here

October Theme: Dare to be different....

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Ipsy Glam Bag September 2015 Sneak Peek

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Face Fashion by Ipsy
If you are a subscriber to ipsy then you will know that during this time of the month ipsy will release their sneak peeks which will eventually makes all of us anxious to see what we will be receiving in our monthly glam bags.

Ruby Kisses Matte Lip Lacquer Review

This Matte Lip Lacquer provides a hybrid of a lipstick and a lipgloss. The application is smooth, creamy and it is of full coverage. Only one coat is needed to provide a full coverage, no need to be going over your lips twice. This Ruby Kisses Matte Lip Lacquer is not sticky and it feels comfortable on the lips.

Ruby Kisses Go Brow Eyebrow Kit Review

Ruby Kisses Go Brow Eyebrow Kit
Looking for a simple and easy way to groom and shape your brows then Ruby Kisses Go Brow Eyebrow Kit should be just right for you. If you have trouble trying to draw that arch whether a full arch, a medium arch or a slim arch the tools in this kit can help you to achieve that desired look. Don't be afraid to practice until you get it right! This complete eyebrow kit from Ruby Kisses was designed to give you an expertly, shaped, groom and defined brow.

Ruby Kisses Go Brow Eyebrow Kit

The Ruby Kisses Go Brow Eyebrow Kit consists of 3 stencils that you can use to achieve a full arch, a medium arch and/or a slim arch, two (2) brow powder in the shade black and dark brown that is highly pigmented and a gel like wax which will help to keep your nicely done brows in place, and a small double sided spoolie brush is also included.

Ruby Kisses Go Brow Eyebrow Kit

How to use
1. Brush eyebrows using the spool
2. Apply product to the brow then use the spool brush to groom and shape
3. Fill in sparse areas with the brow powder using the angle side of the brush.

Ruby Kisses Go Brow Kit is available in 3 different sets  of color option such as dark brown, black, and rich chocolate brown.

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Ipsy September 2015 Glam Bag sneak peek

Ipsy Face Fashion Glam Bag sneak peek.

It is the beginning of a new month and I wonder what Ipsy has in store for us. If you look careful you see a gold brown clutch looking cosmetic bag which will be our September Ipsy glam bag. I am still unsure of the products that each of us will be getting but I guess it will be good..

Shick Hydro Silk Trimstyle Review

Shick Hydro Silk Trimstyle
The Shick Hydro Silk Trimstyle for women offers a dual function in an easy-to-use compact tool. It combines a hydrating hydro silk razor with a waterproof bikini trimmer with three length settings that is adjustable to your desire. The bikini trimmer can be used in or out of the shower for a convenient bikini maintenance.

The five curve sensing blades and skin guards helps to reduce irritation and bumps while providing an ultimate closer shave. The Shick Hydro Silk Trimstyle has a water activated moisturizing serum that is hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested and helps to replenish the skin natural moisture.

Shick Hydro Silk Trimstyle Curve Sensing Blades

The Shick Hydro Silk Trimstyle is an easy to use bikini trimmer with self adjustable comb that has four settings for a customized trim length, clean look and feel. The razor is replaceable and the trim guard comes off easily fr an even more closer shave.

Shick Hydro Silk Trimstyle Self Adjustable Comb

The Shick Hydro Silk Trimstyle offers a smooth shave and it does not cause razor bumps or any sign of irritation. I use it also for my under arm area.

Benefits of using Shick Hydro Silk Trimstyle
  • protects skin against irritation
  • it provides a close shave
  • water activated moisturizing serum
  • convenience of razor and trimmer in one
It comes along with one (1) AAA Energizer battery.

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