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After the mass amount of messages, hits, and comments on my blog about the photoshoot I did, I wanted to answer the tons of questions you guys had. The photoshoot was an amazing experience. I loved it. After the last one I did, I wanted to really pour my heart into this one and really show off my talent. I have gotten nothing but positive comments from it! I do not think that there was ONE negative comment towards it, and I am so blissfully happy over that!
(Behind the scenes footage! LOL from left to right: Mel relaxing before her fitting, Stylist Kisha, Mel, and Me waiting patiently lol, Mel about to go on!)
First off, the model was my fabulous sister!! She is super photogenic and I knew that she would nail the look that I wanted her to portray. Snapp-Shot Photography, the photographers, are amazing, so that definately helped in making my vision look almost flawless!
To start off my vision, I started with color. My sister, Melanie, was a dark brown. Pretty much as close to black as you could get. Naturally, I wanted to lighten her up so that in the photos, her curls would really "pop". I applied her highlight naturally, think Victoria Secret, and as I got to the ends of her hair, I made the Highlights thicker and chunkier.
To be completely honest, when her hair was straight, it looked ridiculous. With curls, it was awesome. I then had to apply different shades of extensions to make her hair longer and thicker. I used the darkest brown, a blonde, and red extensions. Thats when it looked great straight. I told her that she almost looked like Avril Lavigne. LOL.
The next day was the shoot, so we all met at the salon at 9am. I then started to curl every piece of the bottom section of her hair with the smallest curling iron EVER! It took me 3 hours to prep her hair for this! I did what her hair wanted to do that day. I didnt force it to do anything that i knew it wasnt going to do.
After all the hair styling, I went up stairs and got her make up going. I airbrushed her and gave her huge raccoon eyes. LOL. I almost wanted her to look like the mad hatter. Only hotter.
Over all it was a GREAT SUCCESS!
I am now up for winning a contest in the MASTER OF BEAUTY CONTEST. Refer to other post to get directions on how you can help me win!!
"Hmmmm....? Do I go ahead and spend the $35 on this ring, or do I try to search for it cheaper? "
I'm sure everyone is just as tight on a budget these days, as I am. All of us are very frugal shoppers now and you can find all of us pinching our pennies while entering stores. No longer is purchasing items at a second hand store or at a yard sale are looked upon. This just makes me glisten with happiness.
As most of my long time readers know, I am absolutely an accessory addict. The bigger the better. Bling my hearts skip beats. I have been compared to Ke$ha on many occasions. Minus the whole drunk all the time, and sluttiness. Is that a word? sluttiness? Oh well. If not, yes I just made that shizz up. LOL
Back to my point.
I love accessories. The cheapest way to get/find them, is my new addiction as well. Ebay.
Just type in the search engine, "fashion jewelry". Then go nuts. I'm sure everyone has used ebay at least one time in their life. Vintage, unique, fashionable, creative, items are for sale all the time on there. Just be prepared to look and bid. I personally do not like to pay more than $5 for anything on there. Im a tightwad, yes. But I can buy more with my inexpensive findings. Just check out some cool things I have found.
Some of my purchases on ebay are even stores in real life!
I've been very busy lately with planning for my next steps towards my career, while still trying to be a good mother, girlfriend, and trying to stay in shape. So pardon my lack of blogs lately. Well not lately......Havent had a blog in MONTHS! Sorrrrrry!!!!! I have finally been able to get ahold of the photoshoot pics I did back in late Feb. So please check them out and let me know what you think!
Hair and Make up was all done by me.
The last photo is entered into a contest called "Master Of Beauty". The winning is high and I personally think that my picture can out do most of my competition. So If you have a facebook please consider voting for me. You can vote everyday, once a day! I would really appreciate it! You can vote by clicking here. I am in the master of beauty professional contest and in the style category. You can find me under most votes on the 1st page.
I now need to keep my promise and update everyone more often!
The right foundation and concealer can either make or break your look. With so many colors to choose from, choosing the right shades for your color and skin type can be a pain in the tush! I have 6 steps to help you steal any runway models looks!
Choose the right foundation formula that works for your skin TYPE. Keep in mind, creams for dry skin, powders for oily complexions, and mineral formulas for sensitive or acne-prone skin.
Find the right shade by testing it in the sunlight or in natural light. Draw a line on your lower cheek. The color should blend in with your skin, not cover, or make a mask. Usually pink undertones look a little less natural on anybody.
Prep with primer. Use moisturizer with a silicone based primer so that your base goes on smoothly.
Cover blemishes with a concealer that is the exact same tone of your skin. Dot it on with a brush and then pat with your fingers until its completely blended. Be careful though, sometimes too much concealer can make you look like youre wearing a mask.
Dot Foundation on your forehead, nose, cheeks and chin. Blend with short, circular motions. If you dont need full coverage, just apply where it is needed.
Get a flattering glow. If your going to use bronzer, pick one that does not contain sparkes. You want to look flawless, not like snooki. Apply bronzer on your cheeks and near your temples on your forehead to give the extra glowing effect.
The top picture is of me. It has never been retouched or photoshopped. Glowing skin without edited photowork is easy!
You may have heard about this new fad called the "Brazilian Blowout". Celebrities have been raving about this treatment which costs up to $500 a service. Not far from the reviews are controversy with reviews of government reports and warnings.
Unlike the Japanese Thermal Straightening treatment, which uses a high PH solutions to break down the bonds that give wavy and curly hair their "backbones", the Brazilian Blowout gives a "seemingly gentler approach". Soaking the hair with a keratin and oils to form a hard outer shell around the cuticle, it helps hold the strands into their "new" shape.
Sounds good huh? Not so fast....
The solution doesnt technically alter the texture of the hair. It just forms a hard shell but it needs something to temporary lock in those results that you crave. This is what is causing a stir with health advocates. Formaldehyde, a chemical used in low levels of household cleaners, hand soaps, glue, and synthetic fabrics is what is being the key tool. High concentrations of formaldehyde cause respiratory problems, skin allergies, and cancer. The formaldehyde is being used in the final stage of the service. When the keratin based complex is applied, the stylist flat irons the hair, freezing the new texture into place. The heat from the iron sends the dangerous formaldehyde fumes into the air.
Is this true? It doesnt seem safe so why is this product legal?
Portland Oregan stylists last fall started complaining about nosebleeds, eye irritation, and breathing problems, after doing this treatment. OSHA (occupational safety & health Administration) has investigated samples and other off brands of this product. Containing up to 10 percent of the preservative, while the legal limit is 0.1, the brazilian blowout has denied that its formula contains formaldehyde and recently filed a lawsuit against the government body. The brand claims that its texture locking ingredient contains methylene glycol, but cosmetic chemists say when the chemical is heated in becomes formaldehyde gas.
There is a lot of trickery going on and back and forth nonsense. Overall, its not a good product for your health. I would not recommend getting any treatment done, that has you sign a waiver. That is your first heads up to a unhealthy service. All of these facts can be found in recent articles of magazine such as Allure, Shape, and Glamour.