Double H: Halloween and Hair Care! Get Healthy and Long Hair.

I realize these two subjects are going to be spoken about in completely unrelated circumstances but that's not going to stop me from combining these two posts.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Well... yesterday. If you celebrated it. I didn't really do much, but I did dress up for work. On the 30th I was the warrior princess (?) character from Katy Perry's E.T video however the only photos I took were with my fav MUA gal Khaila (hay gurl haaaaay) and we were goofing off after work. I'll entertain you with my creepy face tho.




I know, we're very cool people... not. She's a (creepy) doll btw.

Anyway, I actually sat down and took some good photos of my 31st costume... which was no costume but just makeup because lbr, I dress up every other day in the year I wanted to go full out with the makeup! I was a skeleton last year and I really enjoyed painting a skull on myself and others so this year I switched it up a bit and did half face.



I was a little dumb though because I forgot to add primer to my eyelid and used grease paint. If you've worked with grease paint you know that it needs to be set and it still can come off if touched. I had Make Up For Ever aqua creams on hand and didn't use them because I had a dumb moment. Aqua creams are one of my favourite MUFE products because those things are not budging once they've dried (and they dry quickly so you have to work fast!).

Anyway, I'm quite proud of this look though I did get a bit lazy with the neck area as I was running out of time.
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Let's Talk Hair

The one thing people always ask me about is my hair. I'm very fuss free with my hair, meaning, I'm lazy. I rarely do anything besides comb it in the morning. So here's my big secret and some of you may not like it.


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FOOD.
I know, I know, I'm going to tell you to start eating better and you're just going to look the other way. BUT I urge you to just read on because you don't need to completely revamp your diet but just add some things in. Food isn't the only thing you can do (more on that later) but it's most definitely helped my hair grow and grow in healthy. Here are the main things that have helped with my hair.

GHEE



Kissan Ghee
If you don't already cook with ghee YOU SHOULD and not only because it tastes like heaven in a jar (it is butter after all -clarified butter though). I know what you're thinking, how dare you try to influence me to eat fats! STOP TRYING TO MAKE ME FAT! Alas, I promise you those aren't my wishes. Ghee has HEALTHY fats that your body needs to function (and also if you're trying to tone up, HELLO this is GREAT for you).

*note don't use vegetable ghee, from what I've read it's not great for you. If you're vegan... try something else that has healthy fats, avocados, olive oil..etc they may not have as much as ghee but they're still delicious

Here's the thing, ghee is a lot of vitamin's D, K, A and E. Vitamin D has been linked to hair growth via a recent study/

A 2012 study in the journal Stem Cells Translational Medicine suggests that the vitamin can help create new follicles — little pores where new hair can grow.  
Vitamin D, along with other recently discovered chemicals, may also help wake up follicles that have become dormant, according to researchers at Harvard. Balding occurs when your follicles are constantly dormant. But, even with awakened follicles, hair is not always produced. -- Healthline
Ghee also helps the absorption of minerals from the other foods you eat which can help your hair growth as well, which brings me to my next point.


Vitamins and Minerals
Now Full Spectrum Minerals at Well.ca 


I don't bother taking a multi-vitamin because I believe I eat a lot of vitamin rich foods however after getting my blood tested I was recommended to take a mineral supplement. Livestrong says that Iron, Copper, Selenium, Zinc and Silica are great for hair growth. The article has a short description of each mineral and its use for hair growth and health.

I try to eat foods rather than take supplements but sometimes you need a boost.


That's really the only extra things I do besides eating healthy in general. Do keep in mind that for health reasons I have to eat a little better than most people I know but it has definitely helped me in more ways than one.

Now onto the easier stuff!


SHAMPOO/CONDITIONER/TREATMENTS
I don't buy expensive shampoo. I do change my shampoo every few months (currently I'm using Naturals Moisture Shampoo by Treseme) but I try and go for ones that are sulfate free... and as I'm typing this I'm realizing that Treseme Naturals is not but has less sulfate. Though this is debated, it is generally said that sulfates dry out your hair.

Tresem Keratin Smooth
I spoke with a hair expert when I started dying my hair again because a) the colour faded after my first wash and b) I wanted to understand why my hair felt so nice after the dye job. I was told that it because I had virgin hair the colour could take and I'd have to dye again to see better results (this worked) and that proteins in your hair need to be replenished to get that soft and smooth look and well as help keep your hair STRONG. I was recommended a pricey product I can't remember but I opted out because I had so many hair products at home I thought I'd have something. I didn't end up finding anything at home but I did find Treseme's Keratin Smooth condition on sale for $5 and decided to just try it out.

I was told that once a week using a protein treatment and leaving it in for a few minutes would greatly help my hair condition. I started to do this and have seen a noticeable difference in my hair.






Now besides these, I also use an oil moisturizer a few times a week to keep my hair nice and shiny. I switch it up but am currently using Dove's Nourishing Oil Care Anti Frizz Serum.  I am also a big fan of Macadamia's Healing Oil Treatment. I find that I get a lot of these in beauty boxes and serums in general, I believe, are good for your hair. The KEY is to NOT USE VERY MUCH. I use about a dime size because I have so much hair but I generally recommend only using a pea size, start at your ends and work your way up. IF YOU USE TOO MUCH YOU'LL LOOK LIKE A GREASE BALL AND WILL ONLY HAVE YOURSELF TO BLAME!

The only thing I have been doing consistently for years if using Matrix Biolage Daily Leave-in Conditioner. I feel like my hair gets dry easily and I like how this makes my hair feel. I spritz a few in the morning, comb with my fingers e' voila, I'm done my hair routine (I comb it with a brush before hand).

I should note that because I'm lazy with styling my hair, there isn't much heat damage done. I curl my hair but not often and I air-dry my hair after shampooing. It takes a while but I shower at night instead of in the morning so I don't have to walk out with a wet mop of hair. If I do curl my hair, I do use a heat protector. I'm also looking into spf spray's for hair because the sun damages your hair as well as your skin!


And that, my friends, is my hair routine. I highly encourage you to further research anything that appealed to you and happy hair growth! 

HALLOWEEN SPECIAL! Cat Woman Costume Review

'allo! ARE YOU READY (for whatever reason I'm having flashbacks to The Rock's signature saying -can you smell, what the rock... IS COOKING?!-, I'm saying it like he would) FOR A SEXY CAT WOMAN COSTUME?! Because I am.

Reasons why Cat Woman is amaze balls:

  1. CATS
  2. Bodysuit -show off your figure without showing skin
  3. it's the Anne Hathaway suit, updated, not full pleather, more flattering
  4. CATS
  5. CATS
  6. meow, cats!


So the costume fits wonderfully and is extremely comfortable. It's a grey-black patterned fabric with pleather accents. The belt is a MUST imo because it helps accentuate your waist. I find the costume to be a bit too "straight", if that makes sense, but apparently I have a short.. or long torso (I'm really not sure). Basically, my height makes bodysuits/jumpers fit a bit awkwardly. 

It is made by Costume Supercentre, here are the NEWEST CATWOMAN COSTUMES as well as BATMAN VILLAINS because going as a group is always so much cooler.


The pleather accents on the leg portion is my favourite. It makes your legs look longer and also makes it seem like you're wearing thigh high boots. Get the look without the uncomfortableness that is thigh-high boots!



PROBLEM though.. it's DAMN SEE THROUGH! As you can see from the photo above.. also, for reference I am 5'6.5 and this is a SIZE S. Camel toes and wedgies... very possible, be careful my friends.


It comes with the suit, gloves, cat ear headbands (which is quite comfortable however I can't wear headbands for too long because anything putting a little pressure on my head gives me headaches. It looks a bit odd in person but the ears look really cool when you actually put them on.


 It also comes with a mask which is the most disappointing aspect imo. You can see the cut outs from the rubbery material and I'm not fond of the smell that has lingered after it being made but honestly, I'd rock a hot cat liner and you can forego the mask.


I did a straight cut smokey eye with cat liner and a plum-fuchsia lip. 

Products used:
Make Up For Ever HD foundation/powder
Make Up For Ever artist shadows
Make Up For Ever aqualiner
Stilazzi falsies
theBalm Bahama Mama
l.a girl lip liner in Pink Parfait
Rimmel "Kate" lipstick 120


All-in-all I love the costume, my friends love it and have been asking me where to buy it. I'm not a fan of showing so much skin but I'm totally cool with nicely fit bodysuits!! 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN~!!!!

OH.. and I got a little kitty cat!!! hehe more on him soon!


Firmoo Glasses and Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow Review!

I have two loves that I see day to day, fashion and makeup. Today, I'm writing a post combing the two!

Firmoo
I know you guys have seen or at least heard of them. I've used them before (they have first pair free or 50% off for first time customers) and got these beautiful pair of turquoise and yellow glasses. However, they didn't feel comfortable to wear, I suspect this is because of my prescription. I did contact customer service who was very helpful, they asked for a photo of the prescription to verify and remedy the situation. Unfortunately, I couldn't find my prescription! Oh well.

Fast forward a few months and here I am trying them again. When choosing a pair I thought, do I pick a pair I can easily wear everyday and not have to worry about it? or do I chose a pair that's going to be eye-catching?

Guess which one I chose.


ARE THEY NOT GORGEOUS! Let me just tell you how many compliments I've received while wearing these, a lot. I was debating between the purple and green pair but since I already have purple opted for green.

The style is called "Rena" and it comes in black and purple, I can't seem to find the queen pair anymore, seems like they rotate their stock?


They were listed as $23.00

Yes, let that sink in TWENTY THREE DOLLARS! Now, the frames don't feel like a million bucks but they look damn good. I do have an everyday pair already, but these are great on days I have to dress subtly because I need something to POP in my attire!

They came with a carrying case with a cute world map pattern on it. The frames are comfortable to wear and Firmoo often has discounts and deals (though they're already inexpensive to begin with). So, if you're in the market for some fashionable and inexpensive frames, check out Firmoo!!

Looking at their current stock there are a few other frames I'd like to get as well. :3 Seriously, people look at glasses, eyes are generally the first thing noticed (did I just make that up?) play 'em up!

Disclaimer: Firmoo sent me these glasses to review, I was not paid or influenced, my opinions are my own and this is an honest review.

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MUFE♥
It's no secret, at least in real life, that I absolutely love Make Up For Ever. Here is my disclaimer, I work for them but was not paid nor asked to write this.



Dany, the creator of MUFE, brought out a new "artist shadow" line with a completely different formula. The shadows blend like a dream and are crazy pigmented. I'm so in love with them, I want all of the shades!! I have bought the matte black (unf) and this palette thus far because I need to budget my makeup spending. haha

It retails for C$48 on Sephora aand it's worth it. The first three are easy neutral shades for an everyday look, I use the matte (first) shade to blend my underbone for pretty much every look. You can do day, night, dramatic, skys the limit!


Here is a quick swatch on my arm. I realize I forgot one shadow.. shame since it's a beautiful golden colour. These are swatched with my finger, but no primer and only one swipe except for the light purple shade, which is a diamond shade and it supposed to be more about the sparkle and pizzaz. This is two swipes.



I am filming, or trying to, and used the palette for this look.

The Beginnings of Darkness

I got to try out some more Motives Cosmetics eyeshadow and chose this lovely forest green shade. I planned on doing a smokey eye, but I didn't plan it looking so dark. I just kept going and love how it turned out. Also, I'm a sucker for black lipstick (but let me just add NYX "Penelope" looks lovely but doesn't have the best lasting power!). I'm using Make Up For Ever everything else basically.


Also used the secret moments palette previously mentioned and a MAC shadow for the hightlight, which name I can't seem to remember atm.

I was going to turn this into a queen of darkness thing but I think this is more a cross of a princess of darkness and raven look.






 
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