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Studio Gear Holiday Smokey Eye Palette review! Perfect Holiday colors!

20131130_201619-MOTIONThe Holidays is about being with family and friends but you also have a lot of holiday parties to attend.  You either have your company party, your husbands company party, or your friends company parties that you have been invited too; this is why looking for outfits and great makeup is always a mission.

Who is Studio Gear Cosmetics? “Founded by industry veterans Steve Rohr and John Avoilio, Studio Gear Cosmetics is a prestigious cosmetics brand featuring a full collection of professional makeup brushes, revolutionizing complexion formulas, and a wide selection of color products for the eyes, cheeks an lips.  Since 1996, Studio Gear has been on a set at hundreds of professional photo shoots, in the beauty departments of Bloomingdales, Macy’s, Dillard’s, HSN and ULTA, and also in the everyday women’s makeup bag.  This is a line created true to the concept that every woman deserves professional, high quality cosmetics at a reasonable price.”

When I received the Studio Gear Holiday Palette to review I was ecstatic.  The colors are a great mix to create a great smokey eye.  This palette has four eye shadows and one blush.  The blush could be a little bright on some skin tones like mine so make sure to test drive the product first.

If you are not sure how to create a smoky eye, the palette comes with instructions.  There really is no excuse not to create that perfect smokey eye look. So give it a go and try something different for this Holiday!









For my readers, Studio Gear is offering a 10% Off.  Make sure to enter the following code: SGHOLIDAY. Visit

Have fun shopping!

Disclaimer: I did not receive compensation for this review.  This product was provided in order to give an honest review by Brandbacker.  It is a sponsored review but it did not affect my opinion in any way. Powered by Brandbacker.


“No makeup” makeup foundation duo by Victoria Jackson Review

victoria foundationI was given the opportunity to receive the No Makeup Foundation Duo from Victoria Jackson for my next review.  Foundations can be a little tricky sometimes because it can leave your skin either too greasy or too dry.  I always like to know the story behind the line just so I can understand what needs they are trying to meet.

Victoria Jackson achieved success as Hollywood makeup artist, cosmetics entrepeneur and TV infomercial pioneer.  Her motto is “When you look better, you feel better.  And when you feel better, you can change your life.” And I could not a agree with her more with this motto.  If you feel great then you feel like you can accomplish more things and even challenge yourself to do something out of the ordinary.

Foundation is pretty much the first element to make your makeup flawleess.  For my review, I chose the medium shade color for my skin in hopes that it would match my skin color and it did the job. The consistency is creamy, light and non-greasy.  It has a medium- full coverage but you can still look natural with this oil-free foundation.  Because there are two shades, you have a better chance at matching your skin.

I find that sometimes foundations can either be too light or too dark.  This foundation gives you a chance to blend both colors until you get the perfect shade.  It also lasted until the end of the work day.  I did not have to touch up as much at work so that is a plus for me.

Victoria Jackson Foundation duo is comparable to the pricey brands products.  It’s great quality at a great price so I find it’s a great deal for $29.95.  Now if you are used to using drugstore products and find this to be too expensive.  Please keep in mind that quality is a plus when it comes to makeup and I have to say that I was satisfied with the level of quality.

A girl can never have too much makeup! Try this foundation and let me know what you think.

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Disclaimer: I received this product in exchange for an honest review.  A free product does not mean that it affects my honest opinion.  My opinions are my own and may differ from others.  Powered by Brandbacker.



My Fab evening at #MNYMasterclass Event @Allure Magazine

20131120_180800I was very excited to receive a special invite from Allure Magazine to attend #MNYMasterclass Event at the Conde Nast Building in NYC. It was such a privilege for me to get all the sneak peeks of what will be trending this Spring 2014. Are you ready for your class in session? Here are the best tips that I learned from one of the best makeup artist Gabe Almodovor.


1. White Eyeshadows will be one of the hottest looks to watch for Spring 2014. Maybelline had the color pearl to go along with the white eyeshadow and the color looks great for daytime or night time.








2. Orange lipsticks are definitely a big trend for this spring. Make sure to pick up a lipstick and a gloss at your nearest drugstore to find Maybelline’s beautiful colors. In my opinion, I have seen many orange lipsticks but Maybelline’s color is perfect on my lips. The color hue is not too dark or too light.  The color that I am using is called: Lipstick Electric Orange.  (Here is my attempt of trying to capture this beautiful color but the photo does no justice).








3. Metallics are also another trend for this season. Gold, silver or copper are the best metallics to choose from and Maybelline has a great selection. The best Maybelline product is the 24hr Color Tattoo Metal 24hr. My favorite colors are Silver strike and Gold Rush.  It’s a great base to start your eyeshadow palette and makes your eyeshadow last longer.  With a little bit of loose eyeshadow on top, you will make your eyes look brighter.








4.  Art blocking your eyeshadow.  It’s like wearing picasso on your eyes.  It may look odd on the pictures but it’s supposed to symbolize graffiti and bringing art to your makeup.








5.  Bedazzled makeup.  This is the new trend that everyone is talking about for Spring because it’s so unusual and different.  It’s almost like someone was playing with their bedazzler and came up with this idea.  In my opinion, this could be something done for Halloween and not something to walk around in public.  But, if you have the courage to wear this look, then make it your own.








Now that you are ready for Spring, which one is your favorite trend? Remember to pick up that orange lipstick from Maybelline. Rock your look!

Disclaimer: I received products to be able to write an honest review about the products.


Resvology Age Corrective Eye Cream Review: Say adios to puffy eyes

There have been so many times when I have heard that it is important that you purchase an eye cream so that you moisturize and help protect it from getting wrinkles.  But I never followed through with it and somewhere along the way I started developing dark cicles (from the lack of sleep) and small wrinkles.  I could not believe that it finally caught up with me.  We all know that wrinkles is inevitable but protecting your skin from looking worse is a start.  Recently I was sent the Resvology Age Corrective Eye cream as a part of the Brand backer campaign.  I was always curious about their product since they have endorsements from celebrities but one thing is to have celebrities and for it to actually work.

The packaging is super sleek and the pump dispenser gives you just the right amount that you need.  Sometimes you can get a pump dispenser that just doesn’t work because it pumps too much or too little.  It can be frustrating for some of us.  When you are applying the product, I highly recommend that you use the ring finger only because it applies less pressure than the rest of your fingers.  Afterwards, allow sometime for the product to do its magic.  You won’t see the results right away but you still need to let the product sink in.

The Age Corrective eye cream is clinically proven to be a lightweight, hydrating eye cream formulated with clinically-proven 4-AR Molecule to minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and crow’s feet; while botanical extracts and replenishing hydrators help combat dark circles and puffiness. Here are some little facts that you may want to know about the product:

Unprecedented results. An independent consumer use study of 40 women using the Age Corrective Wrinkle Treatment twice a day reported that skin is smoother and more elastic, fine lines and wrinkles visible reduced and hydration restored.

  • 100% agree skin is soothed and nourished
  • 100% agree skin is moisturized and nourished
  • 100% agree skin is left smooth and soft
  • 100% agree skin’s moisture is restored
  • 95% agree skin is healthy and restored

* Self-perception study conducted in December 2011 on 40 subjects for 28 days.

How to use: After cleansing, massage on the face and neck morning and night until absorbed. Follow with your regular moisturizer or sunscreen if desired.

The question comes down to….Does Resvology Age Corrective Eye Cream work? I can definitely see a difference and I am sure that with more time I am hoping that my puffiness and dark circles will get better.  The price for this product can be a little bit outrageous for some but I think it’s a good little investment that can come a long way.  Would I have purchased this product before trying it out? Absolutely not, I am very skeptical but now that I have tried I want to continue using this product to make more improvements.  I am adding this cream to my beauty regimen.


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Are you looking for wavy locks? the Real Me Collection by nuNAAT can give you the look that you are looking for

BlastofShineMaskAre you one of those that spend hours flat ironing their hair until it is pain straight? You would do anything to not have your hair curly because you don’t like it.  Curly hair can sometimes be unmanageable; and to make it worse, it can sometimes leave your hair very dry because of all the hair products that you have to use on your hair just to make the curls look  a little decent.  No matter what the trend is with hair, I always feel that curly hair can bring a different kind of element because it’s unique.  Curly hair is different on every person; some can be wavy and others kinky curls.  Whatever the case is for you it’s all about embracing your curly.

Introducing the Real Me Collection by nuNAAT for the curly haired  girl like me.  These products come formulated with exclusive Join Complex®, the secret to ultimate moisture and shine.  The collection that I received included the following:


LATHER UP & HYDRATE SHAMPOO cleanses and moisturizes multitextured
hair without weighing it down, leaving it silky soft and easier to style. Strengthens hair and maintains a healthy scalp, promoting intense shine.
This perfect blend of 5 natural oils extracted from nuts, fruits and green collagen nourishes and hydrates hair fibers for softer, more manageable hair.




REAL MOISTURE CONDITIONER softens, hydrates and detangles wavy to kinky textures without weighing hair down. Eliminates frizz for a longer period of time.  This perfect blend of 5 natural oils extracted from nuts, fruits and green collagen nourishes and hydrates hair fibers for softer, more manageable hair.




PICK ME UP SHEEN softens and protects multitextured
hair, leaving it intensely shiny and easy to style. Controls frizz without leaving behind residue. Ideal if used before flatironing or blowdrying, or throughout the day to restore vitality.  Formulated with our exclusive Join Complex®, the secret to ultimate moisture and shine. This perfect blend of 5 natural oils extracted from nuts, fruits and green collagen nourishes and hydrates hair fibers for softer, more manageable hair.



BLAST OF SHINE HAIR MASK defines natural curly textures, moisturizing hair and eliminating frizz. Intensely nourishes hair, leaving it silky and shiny. Controls excessive volume and flyaways. This perfect blend of 5 natural oils extracted from nuts, fruits and green collagen
nourishes and hydrates hair fibers for softer, more manageable hair.



NATURAL CURLACTIVATOR Keeps hair hydrated and frizzfree
for an extended period of time. Protects hair against harsh environmental conditions and prevents breakage. Ideal for daily use.   This perfect blend of 5 natural oils extracted from nuts, fruits and green collagen nourishes and hydrates hair fibers for softer, more manageable hair.




PERFECT DO POMADE tames even the kinkiest of hair textures without weighing it down. Moisturizes for a healthy scalp. Prevents hair breakage and provides smooth edge control. Ideal for dry hair and/or chemically processed hair.   This perfect blend of 5 natural oils extracted from nuts, fruits and green collagen nourishes and hydrates hair fibers for softer, more manageable hair.

Here are my pictures to show you my end result.  These pictures are after trying the products for three full weeks because I wanted to make sure that I gave an honest review.  My hair looks shinier on the second picture.  Are you willing to trade in your straight hair for curly hair?





















Disclosure: Charis by Design received these free products for the posting of this review. All opinions are 100% on my own and were not influenced in any way.


BA Star Makeup Review


Proud to introduce my first BA Star Makeup Review. They specialize in makeup and accessories for “cheerleaders, dancers, competitors, and trend setters.”

BA Star Stardust is a loose mineral eyeshadow.  It can be used for the day or night.  It could be used for cheerleading competitions or even for a girl’s night out.  I really loved the color because it’s a color that can match with almost anything.  The best part is the glue shadow base as a primer under the stardust for an even more dramatic look and for a super strong hold.  It really did a great job.

The eye shadows are very glittery and shimmery so if you are looking for something that has no glitter then this product is really not meant for you.  But if you are looking for something fun and showy, then you have to add this product to your collection.

It’s about making your own palette with this color and making a simple look into a sophisticated look.

Please keep in mind that the pictures do not show how beautiful the color really looks in person.  It blends well and stays on your eyes for a long time.  And don’t worry about removing the eye shadow because it is pretty easy to remove.

Would you get this look? I would love to know what other colors you would use to combine this eye shadow.  Do you love it? Hate it? Let me know what you think. You can get this color and more when you visit their site at

Here is a tutorial that I did:

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

How to do eye makeup for interview?

4510955953_637af66e89In an interview, there is so much to get prepared for but I have seen many mistakes lately that many women fail to look at and that is their makeup.  How to do eye makeup for interview? I have been to several interviews where the candidate forgets to put any kind of makeup and then you have those who actually puts too much makeup on.   Should I be conservative or should I put enough makeup on that it makes me stand out from the group?  Should I just put foundation, mascara or both?  These were the regular questions that I was getting so I decided to answer them and write about this topic.

With any makeup that you put on for the interview, the most important tip to remember is to look natural.  And by doing that, you have to stay within neutral colors.  That means no blue, purple or anything bright.  It really depends on your eye color as well so that your eyes can pop out more with certain colors.  Here are a few tips to remember when choosing your color to wear:

  1. Brown eyes: Bronze, Gold, Green (very subtle)
  2. Blue eyes: Copper, bronze
  3. Green eyes: pink, bronze, gold
  4. Hazel eyes: you can choose between green and brown.


As you can see, bronze and gold are my two favorite colors to wear because it just looks very nice during the daytime and not too overwhelming.  If you just dab a little bit, it can go a long way.

What kind of makeup not to wear to your interview

  1. Any kind of glitter.  Sometimes some eye shadows comes with glitter and it’s forgotten.  But this is a big no-no in my book.
  2. False eyelashes.  It just looks to fake for me to wear because you want the person to see you as a serious candidate.
  3. Red lipstick is a no for me only because my fear is having lipstick on my teeth.  Also, if applied wrong can look messy around the lips: you don’t want to look like The Joker from Batman, lol.

My two favorite must-have items are the long lasting lipsticks and waterproof mascara.  With the long lasting lipstick, you know that the interview can last hours so you don’t have to worry about your lipstick fading away.  With the mascara, I find that waterproof mascara lasts longer too.

At the end of the day, if your makeup looks great and you feel confident then you can rest assured that they will notice you.  It’s presenting an entire package for them from your clothes, makeup, to a great resume.  Just walk-in to the interview like it’s yours, and the rest is history.

What are your favorite makeup tips?


Are you looking for ways to renew your old lipstick?

4570360918_8a263a2327We all have lipstick that goes bad or they just break off.  Are you looking for ways to renew your old lipstick? So, what do you do with it? Here are some ideas:

1.  Take an old lipstick and use it as a cream blush.  I have spent a lot of money on getting a good cream blush but then I realized why not make my own the color that I want it.  All I did was mix a clear lip gloss with an old lipstick into a clean palette and mix it well enough until you get the color you desire.  Try it on your cheeks and make sure to prime your face first so that it doesn’t look cakey.

2.  Use a little bit of lipstick as cream eyeshadow.  If you use a little bit and spread it out evenly it will come out just like a cream eyeshadow.

3.  You can melt an old lipstick and create a new lipstick.  Please keep in mind that you have to be careful with lipsticks.  It is important to be cautious because you don’t know how the lipstick will react to heat.  I would take an old lipstick and put it in a bowl and warm it up for 2 seconds.  Only 2 seconds! You don’t want to overheat it.  Then, you can add some vaseline, add some flavor if you choose (like vanilla or coconut) and if you want glitter on your gloss you can add some glitter from a loose eyeshadow.  Mix all together into a small bowl or container and voila! You have your favorite lipstick in a jar and not in the garbage.  There are many flavors to choose from:





4.  If you can get a small little jar, then you will have your own lip balm or your own lipstick in a jar.  It is a great feeling when you create your own stuff.






I hope that these tips help you save a few bucks.  In the meantime, creativity can come a long way.  Rock your new lipstick!

Nunaat Karite Special Line with Shea Butter

KariteSpecial-Collection-ForWebEver since I left my hair curly every day of the week for the past two years, my hair has become brittle, damaged, and dry.  My friend told me about Nunaat Karite products and how well it worked on her hair.  So, when Nunaat contacted me about trying out their products, I was extremely excited to try a new product that will make my hair healthy again.

Before I start talking about these products, I just want to state that Nunaat did not in any shape or form pay me to write this review.  And this review is based on my honest opinion about the products.  I tried these products for a month before I even wrote about this because I wanted to see if there was any significant change in my hair.

After reviewing their website I chose to try out the Nunaat Karite special collection because it is made for dry, damaged, and broken hair; and that described my hair in a nutshell.  These are the benefits that this product line has:

  • Packed with Vitamin A,D, E and F
  • Protects hair from harmful sun damage
  • No oily buildup or greasy residue
  • No clogged pores
  • Rehydrates, restores and revitalizes dry, damaged and brittle hair
  • Restores natural brilliance to chemically-processed hair
  • Protects hair from damage caused by daily flat iron use

I received the complete Karite Special Line with Shea Butter.  This is the list of products they sent me:

  • Karite Nourishing Shampoo
  • Karite Reconstructive Conditioner
  • Karite Special Deep Conditioning Hair Mask
  • Karite Special Leave-in Detangler
  • Karite Thermo Active Anti-Frizz

After the first use, I felt that my hair was clean and it was manageable.  That is very important to me because my hair can sometimes be very unmanageable.

My disappointment with the product was that after using the entire line, I did not see enough shine in my hair.  I usually like to see a lot of shine with my hair products.  That would be my recommendation to Nunaat.

Out of the entire line, my two favorite products that I will continue to use is the leave in conditioner and the Anti-Frizz Thermo Active.  If you are like me, that blow dries your hair constantly, then the Thermo Active product is right for you.

Overall, I liked the products because it did not leave my hair oily.  It is a great product that improved my hair from all the damage that I caused over the years.  Here are my before and after shots.

Nunaat Beforeafter shots review2 Have you used Nunaat hair products? If so, I would love to hear from you.  If not, then don’t forget to visit the website.


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How to do a bohemian twist updo

5886427261_8d9afce16eThere is just something classic about having a bohemian twist updo.  It looks classic, elegant, flirty and girly.  Finding a great updo is like finding that one classic piece that you must have in your wardrobe.  The bohemian twist updo was commonly used in those black and white movies back in the days and for some reason I think that those women always looked so put together.

I absolutely love this look because it is timeless and elegant.  This updo can be worn in so many different ways and it’s all about using your own creativity.  Make it your own and have some fun with this style.


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