My Go To No Makeup, Makeup Look

With being a busy mom of 3, a lot of times I don’t have enough time to sit down and do a dramatic look or a full on glammed our face but I still want to look put together and awake even when I’m not, lol. I’ve been loving the more neutral no makeup, makeup looks. It’s fast and easy but also gives my facial features a chance to stand out a bit on their own. My skin is still smooth and flawless but it looks natural without a lot of products used. I don’t use eyeshadow or liner, I only use false lashes when I really want my eyes to pop and I use a nude tone lipstick most of the time for this look as well. It’s perfect for looking put together for work, errands and even quick drinks with friends or a laid back date night.

I will however use highlight. I love a good highlight. Makes your skin glow without much effort and I think it looks beautiful. Your skin looks so healthy with a nice glow to it. Obviously you don’t need to beam peoples eyes out with a no makeup makeup look but sometimes I just wanna a little extra shine (in a good way, not an oily face lol.)

On my face:

Too Faced Peach Perfect Foundation

Maybelline loose powder in medium deep under the eyes and deep on the rest of my face

Nyx bronzer in

Tarte blush in feisty

La colors highlight palette

Loreal liquid lip

Nyx brow gel in espresso and European Wax Center brow powder duo in medium

Below I listed some of my favorite products to use when I’m doing a more neutral look. I usually don’t use eye shadows or anything extra like that. I try and keep it as basic and simple as possible but still get the ultimate put together look. I get compliments all the time as well like oh you look so good, your skin looks great, you seem so energized today, etc. and I’m like oh thank you while also thinking girl I’m on my third cup of coffee and my 3 yr old changed her outfit 4 times before we could leave the house. 😂😂

Product list:

Anyway, what are your favorite ways to get ready quick? Do you have any get glam quick tips that you live by?

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I hope you all have a wonderful Friday. ❤️

Always Remember You’re Beautiful!

Lola

Col•lab Makeup line review

So I came across this makeup line at Sally’s the other day and decided to grab a few things to try while they were having a bogo sale. I love trying new affordable products because if they work well then I’ve found new staple products to reach for in my makeup routine. I purchased the skin tint, matte foundation and radiant foundation to give those a try as well as the loose powder, pressed powder, a blush, the smoothing primer, micellar water, concealer and a color corrector.

Something I first noticed is that this line is not very shade inclusive. There’s only 6 shades in the skin tint and 10 shades in the foundations so the most porcelain skin and the darker skin tones are left out completely. I’m the eighth darkest shade (caramel) in the foundation and the fifth shade in the skin tint. So a lot of skin tones are left out. Both the foundation and skin tint are $14.99 each.

The packaging is nice. Sleek black and greys. The jars are glass. Clean fonts and the foundations come with a pump and the skin tints are in a squeeze tube. The concealer has a doe foot applicator and the color corrector comes in a jar. So it makes application for those easy and you save product. I wanted to try the line together because sometimes products work better with their own.

The skin tint

First up I tried the smoothing primer, skin tint, concealer, blush and pressed powder together. I didn’t use anything else aside from my tarts blush in feisty and my wet n wild highlighting gold bar and I set my face with my Morphe Continuous setting mist. The primer went on like a lotion for the most part. It felt kind of moisturizing for a minute. The skin tint was actually thicker than I thought it would be for it to have been a tint but it gave pretty good coverage. The concealer didn’t have as much coverage as I thought it would so it’s not something I would reach for on a daily basis. The pressed powder was ok. It seemed to set the face for the most part. The blush showed up on me more like a highlight than a blush which is why I added my tarte blush to it. I didn’t contour because I wanted a quick face. I noticed it quickly set into any fine lines I had even after setting with powder. I wore it for a full day of errands, etc. within about an hour I was oily so I was already not too happy with that. I blotted my face and went on with the day. About another hour or so I was oily again. A few hours after that I noticed the skin tint had oxidized. So about 5 hours into wearing it, it had oxidized terribly and had a grayish tint now and I was still oily. I couldn’t wait to get home and take it off. My face felt dirty and itchy and I didn’t like the ashy tint it developed.

The matte foundation

The next day I tried a different combo. I used the primer, matte foundation, color corrector, concealer and loose powder. I used my airspun for under my eyes and my tarte blush again, my wet n wild rainbow highlight and contoured with my nyx bronzer. I set my face with my Morphe continuous setting mist. This time the foundation didn’t oxidize as much as the skin tint did but I was oily within an hour. For a matte foundation I expected more oil control than what I got. The foundation never set on my face once applied at all. It never set to a matte finish it was dewy. It only set once I applied powder. I had to blot my face multiple times throughout an 8 hr wear which I don’t have to do until end of day with most of my matte foundations. So I wasn’t impressed with the matte foundation at all.

The radiant foundation

I didn’t try the radiant foundation alone. I figured since the matte foundation by itself was a bust then I wasn’t even going to attempt it. I instead mixed the radiant foundation with my too faced born this way foundation and did my makeup with the different products that I use on the daily. I wore this combo for about 8 hrs or so and when I got home from work my face was oily but not as bad as it was with the matte foundation by itself. It still settled into some of my lines fairly quickly but it wasn’t as terribly noticeable as the skin tint or the matte foundation. So I will say that mixed with another foundation that already works for my skin this foundation is a bit better but it’s still not something I would reach for on the daily. Especially since I have to mix it with another foundation just to get it to set decently on my face for the day. I may try mixing the matte foundation as well to see how I like that and if it will set better on my face but idk yet.

The powders and Blush

The powder both pressed and loose didn’t really do well to keep my makeup set and help keep oiliness down. It goes on fine but the lasting power just isn’t there. The blush I wasn’t too happy with, it was way too shimmery and seemed to be more of a highlight rather than an actual blush unless you’re more fair skinned even though I got one of the darker shades.

The Smoothing Primer

The primer to me didn’t really do anything nor did it blur any imperfections, it just goes on your face like a lotion and then sets but doesn’t keep your pores, imperfections or oiliness at bay for too long. I feel it may possibly work better on someone with dry to normal skin but for oily skin or combination skin it just wasn’t the best.

The undereye concealer

The under eye concealer was one of the most disappointing for me. I got the darkest peach shade and it kind of just spread around on the face and didn’t really cover much. I used both a stippling brush and concealer brush and then I tried a beauty blender but nothing seems to smooth it out any better. I like my under eye concealer to work really well especially on days that I am sick or my under eyes are especially dark but this just missed the mark completely.

The micellar water

I never actually tried the micellar water so it may have worked fine with removing makeup but once I had tried pretty much all the products (except the radiant foundation) I had purchased and wasn’t happy with any of those I just decided to take everything back. It’s $9.99 but for that price I can just stick with my ganier micellar water for $7.

The final review

All in all I just feel like this line is kind of a starter line for younger people who are just starting out in makeup. Something to practice with or if they don’t really have any skin issues this line may work for them. I have more mature skin (I’m 32), I have naturally darker undereye circles and a few acne scars. I like a good full coverage foundation unless I’m using a BB cream for a quick face. I have combination/oily skin so a matte foundation is usually what I reach for. I took most of the line back with the exception of the 2 foundations because I couldn’t find the receipt and just replaced those with things I actually use and like. Hopefully in the future they do better with formulas and especially the shade ranges. A successful makeup line needs to be shade and skin inclusive to reach a broader audience.

Did you try any of the products in this line? What did you like? What didn’t you like? What do you feel the company can do better with in the future? Be sure to follow me on Snapchat @lolanicolemua for more makeup reviews and mini tutorial videos as well. I hope you beauties have a blessed day.

Always Remember You’re Beautiful!

Lola

My Top 6 Favorite Drugstore Highlights

Hi loves. So I've been obsessed with highlighting lately. It's been the highlight (pun intended, lol) of my everyday makeup routine. Whether I'm just running errands, going to work or for a night out I always have some highlight. It just depends on how bright I wanna shine that day, lol. I feel like it just gives such a beautiful and effortless glow to the skin and face. It really brightens everything up and even if you aren't feeling the day or feeling well, a good highlight can really bring life to your face. So I've picked these 6 (7 if you count both of the wet n wild highlights) as my top favs so far for the summer.

Here I am wearing Maybelline Strobing stick and Master Chrome.

Here's a picture of me wearing Maybelline Master Chrome in 100 Molten Gold

Here are swatches of all of them

Swatches from left to right:
Colourpop, Maybelline Strobing stick, Maybelline Strobing liquid, Wet n Wild Crown of my canopy and precious petals, Maybelline Master Chrome in 100 Molten Gold, Makeup Revolution skin kiss in peach kiss

I love the fact that these are perfect for any skin tone but I love them because they're great on tan and darker skin tones especially. They really give a beautiful glow to the skin and you can layer them to be as subtle or as bright as you want. Best of all it's all drugstore or affordable highlights so you aren't breaking the bank. Every one of them is under $10! I hope you loves give these a try, I'm sure you will love them just as much as I do.

Here's a list of the highlights and colors and the prices per my area:

Colourpop amethyst crystal liquid highlighter $8
Maybelline Master Strobing stick $8

Maybelline Master Strobing liquid $8

Maybelline Master Chrome in 100 Molten Gold $8

Wet n wild highlighting powder in precious petals and crown of my canopy $5 each

Makeup revolution skin kiss highlighter in peach kiss $6

What are your favorite summer highlighters? Have a beautiful day!

Always remember you're beautiful!

-Lola

My Current Skincare Routine

Hi loves! So I've been exploring some new face oils, masks and cleansers. These are the ones that I have been loving the most so far. I rotate some of them for morning and night but I use my face oils both day and night for moisture and it also helps with my foundation as well because I notice I am less oily throughout the day when my face is more hydrated and moisturized. My skin is combination/oily with lots of oiliness in the t-zone area so don't be afraid to use oils on the skin because you're oily. It just lets your skin know that it doesn't need to produce as much because you're already moisturized.

My Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-Aging Regenerating Cream Cleanser (mouth full, lol) face wash is what I use once or twice a week. Mainly when I don't wear makeup that day. Because I feel I get a nice deep exfoliating clean and it helps keep my skin clear of debris and the daily sun and weather exposure. It has a nice fresh scent which is still not chemically strong which I love. It's an exfoliating face wash but gentle on the skin and doesn't leave my face feeling raw or itchy just clean and refreshed.

These new L'Oréal face washes and masks have been amazing. I'm going to get the rest of them because I want to try them all out now. The two I've been using about 2 to 3 times a week are the charcoal and mattifying masks. You can feel the mattifying mask tightening on your skin as it dries. Really working to minimize those pores and mattify the skin. The charcoal mask works to brighten and detox the skin so it is a little less restricting as it dries. I love the pure clay cleanser. It's an exfoliating and refining mask. I have the 3 pure clay and red algae mask and I love it. It's not too rough on the skin so I am able to use it every day. I love the fact that these masks and cleansers have an earthy smell to them. That way it feels like you're actually cleansing and doing your skin some good rather than just rubbing chemicals into it.

I use Vanity Planet Spin for Perfect Skin brush with both face cleansers but sometimes I will just use my hands if I don't want too deep of a cleanse so to not irritate my skin when I've just waxed it or done another deep treatment. But I've been using this brush for almost 2 years now and I love it. I even bought my daughter one. It has a body brush for body exfoliation, a face brush, an exfoliating face brush and a pumice brush for more rough areas like elbows, knees and feet. It's an amazing brush that is so much more affordable than some other face brushes that can run you well into the $100-$400 range. I believe I had a coupon and only paid $20 plus shipping for mine. 🤗

My face exfoliating gel from European Wax Center is another favorite. I like to use this twice a week especially when I've been wearing a full face of makeup multiple times during the week. I just wash my face, dab it dry and then apply the gel and rub my hands in circular motions until I feel all the dead skin start to come off. Once I've done my whole face I go over it lightly with my spin for Perfect skin brush and rinse. My skin feels so smooth and clean after and I notice my makeup application is a lot smoother as well. It also has a nice scent which by now you should know I don't like over powering chemical smells. Especially if it's supposed to be a facial cleanser or mask for my face.

Once I'm done cleansing my face and I've done my mask, I will apply my facial moisturizers and oils. During the day I apply a light application of everything so it has time to soak into the skin and then I can apply my makeup and at night I like to use a more healthy application of product so my skin is relaxed and hydrated during the night. I first apply the Puretem moisturizer and then some of the Caudalie moisturizing sorbet. I use about 4 drops of Julep Rose Hip oil that I received in my voxbox and then I apply Vitamin E oil on top. I've noticed that my skin is much softer and more radiant now rather than waking up with a dull, dry appearance to the skin.

I apply pure castor oil to my eyebrows and lashes at night to help with growth. I've been using this for about 3 months and I've noticed some change in my brow and lash growth it's just a slow process with this method.

Towel pictured is Aquis Hair Towel (influenster sent it to me in a posh voxbox for testing purposes and I love it)

Overall I definitely recommend trying these products. They have all worked together to make my skin look more radiant and fresh. I haven't had any breakouts either since switching to this face routine. Check out these new face goodies. The L'Oréal, Olay, vitamin E and Castor oil I purchased all of those from Walmart. I hope if you try them you love them just as much as I do.

Products mentioned:

L'Oréal Pure Clay Cleanser $6
L'Oréal Pure Clay Masks $10 each
Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-Aging Regenerating Cream Cleanser $10
Vanity Planet Spin for Perfect Skin brush $20
European Wax Center face exfoliating gel $20
Julep Boost Your Radiance Reparitive Rose Hip Seed Oil (sent for testing purposes) $36 (currently out of stock on their site)
Ipsy bag moisturizers:
Puretem Purevera Emulsion $24 for full size
Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet $39 for full size
Vitamin E oil $5
Castor oil $4

What does your morning face routine look like? Do you have face favorites you love?

Always Remember You're Beautiful!

-Lola

Loreal Infallible Pro Glow Foundation Review 

So I’ve worn this foundation for a few weeks now so I can give a good review on how it does throughout the day. I’ve worn it for literally 14 hrs straight during a work day once so I have a pretty good idea of how it does for me. Keep in mind I live in Florida so it can be really hot here during the summer which it is right now.

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The verdict: I love it! 
It’s a little more runny than the Loreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation and gives you a little more time to blend it on your face without setting as quickly. I’m a lover of matte foundation so I was skeptical that this would make my face feel or look too greasy. But it sets really well. I’ve worn it both with and without a primer and with and without setting spray. Without primer and a setting spray it still does exceptionally well in my opinion as far as it not running all over my face after awhile or looking really oily. Obviously a prime and set helps with the longevity of the stay power and how well it sits on the skin but it does really good all on its own. 

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You can use either a brush, fingers if that’s your thing or beauty blender application. I’ve tried both brush and beauty blender. I really like using my beauty blender to apply it. I feel like it just creates a flawless airbrush type finish. 

Over all I’d give this a 4 out of 5 just because the shade range isn’t as wide as it should be but the performance of the foundation is really great and at a $12 price point for a drugstore foundation it’s really really great in comparison with some of my other higher end foundations and the price tag makes it even better. If you haven’t tried it out by now you totally should, it’s a really great everyday foundation and gives off a really nice glow. 
What’s your favorite foundation? I hope you’re having a beautiful Monday Loves. 
Always Remember You’re Beautiful!

-Lola

Wet n Wild Lip Swatches and Review

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Hi loves, so I picked up a few Wet n Wild lip products the other week at Walgreens and thought I would share some swatches and my impression of them so far.

 

Wet n Wild Silk Finish Lipsticks
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514A
Cherry Frost
545A
Blushing Bali
529B
Copper Dust
506B
Mink Brown
511B
Nouveau Pink
549A
Java

 

These lipstick go on pretty smooth. Most of them are a bit on the shimmery side for me but certain colors like the mink brown color don’t have any shimmer. You can also blend these with another color lipstick or concealer to tone down the shimmer color. They are more of a sheen finish and don’t dry matte at all so if you are a matte lover like me then these lipsticks would not be for you. But if you want to try something new, love shimmer or a shiny lipstick or one that looks great with lipgloss then you will love these.

The lasting power of these isn’t amazing and they do transfer some but for an .89 to .99 cent lipstick it does the job and is actually pretty pigmented as well. I would give these a 4 out of 10 in the all around category. Just because for me I don’t love shimmer and the lasting power is all i would want in a lipstick. But they are great for the price.

 

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Get the lipsticks: HERE

 

 

Wet n Wild Megalast Lipstick and Megalast Liquid Lip Color Swatches

 

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931A
High-Pitched Wine
924A
Click On My HyperPink
926A
Pink Perfection
902C
Bare It All
906D
Wine Room
914C
Mocha-licious

 

These lipsticks and lip colors are actually wonderful for the price. They have lasting power and are soooooo pigmented. The liquid lip colors literally took me forever to wipe these swatches off my arm after they set EVEN though I was using a makeup wipe. Especially the Click on My Hyperpink. Its pigmentation and lasting power is amazing. These are more creamy when you put them on and they dry matte for the most part. The lipsticks are semi matte finish which is nice because its not so drying to the lips.

I have loved these lipsticks for awhile though and I think Wet n Wild did a great job on these lip products. They range about $2-$4 depending on where you buy them and I just love them so much. Bare it all is my absolute favorite nude color from them right now and I would give these lippies a 8 out of 10. I would give them a higher score since I love them so much but I feel the packaging on the lipsticks could be better and less cheap. They have broken in my purse, tops have come off and my lipstick has broken more than once and they weren’t even in the sun. But nevertheless for a $3 lipstick they are just great.

Get the lipsticks: HERE and HERE

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So I hope you loves enjoyed this review. I hope it was helpful for you and that you will go out and buy some and try them for yourself. Everyone is different so you might love them way more then I do or hate them. But you never know until you try them out. Right now if you get them from walgreens they are having great BOGO sales as well as points redemption so go shop ladies. Hope your having an awesome holiday weekend.

 

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Always Remember You’re Beautiful!

-Lola

Drugstore Makeup Haul

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Hey loves so here is a little drugstore makeup haul of the a few things I picked up at Walgreens. They are currently having some great sales on beauty with awesome point redemption rewards so I grabbed some things I was out of and a few new things to try.

Products:

– L’oreal True Match Foundation in C7 Nut Brown

– L’oreal Color Riche Collection Privé lipstick in Julianne Pink

– E.L.F HD Blush in Headliner

– Wet n Wild Mega Liner Liquid Eyeliner in 861 Black/Noir HERE

– Wet n Wild Fergie Centerstage Collection Take On The Day Mattifying Powder in A851 Pedestal

– Wet n Wild eyeshadow single in 250B Sugar HERE

– Wet n Wild eyeshadow single in 255D Panther HERE

– Jordana Easyliner Retractable Pencil in Coffee Bean HERE

– Jordana Best Length Extreme Lengthening Mascara in 303 Black HERE

– Jordana LipShine natural glaze in 03 Raspberry HERE

– Jordana Squeeze n’ Shine Super Shiny Tasty Lip Gloss in 12 Clear HERE

– Wet n Wild Megalast Liquid Lip Color in 931A High-Pitched Wine HERE

– Wet n Wild Megalast Lipstick in 902C Bare It All and 914C Mocha-licious HERE

– Wet n Wild Silk Finish Lipstick in 506B Mink Brown, 511B Nouveau Pink, 514A Cherry Frost, 529B Copper Dust, 545A Blushing Bali, 549A Java HERE

-Milani Nail Lacquer in 31A Mauve Medley HERE

– Wet n Wild Dual Pencil Sharpener HERE

– Simple Sensitive Skin Experts cleansing facial wipes HERE

– Simple Sensitive Skin Experts oil balancing cleansing wipes HERE

– Olay Complete all day moisture cream with sunscreen (SPF 15) Body HERE or FACEBOOK

– Samy Salon Systems Skyscraper Volumizing Hairspray

 

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Watch the Video

 

I hope you loves are enjoying the beginning of your week.

 

Always Remember You’re Beautiful!

-Lola

How I Got Blonde Hair

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So first off let me start by saying that this is NOT a tutorial, yes I’ve gone to hair school, no I’m not finished yet so I am in no way a professional. This is how I myself got to blonde. My best friend is a professional licensed hair stylist and she gave me tips and things to do also but ultimately I did my research and then did my own hair.

My hair was relaxed for years until I got older and realized that I didn’t need relaxers at all and my hair type was perfectly fine without it and it was just damaging my hair. I also love my natural curl pattern. (Mixed girls FTW, lol). So I stopped putting them in my hair and waited about a month and a half before I started my lightening process.

It took me about 8 months total to get to the blonde I’m at now. I am almost as light as I want but not quite there yet. I have maybe 2 or 3 more tones to go before I’m as light as I’d like to be. Maybe. Who knows we will see lol. Anyway here are the products I used to get to the reddish brown color I started off the lightening process with:

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L’oreal Hi-Lift Brown in Downtown Brown
I lost the picture I took but this is the exact box.

Which got me here

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Then about 3 weeks later I used

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L’oreal Excellence Creme in B2 Extreme Light Beige Blonde

Which started stripping all the darker tones out of my hair and left me with a ginger red.

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Then I let another month or so pass by and I used the L’oreal Hi-Lift in Downtown Brown again and it pretty much at that point was about as light as it was going to be without the help of bleach. By that time I had shaved the sides of my head, cut my hair and gotten extensions to give my actual hair a break from heat styling, etc. to let it grow a bit.

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By the time I started the bleaching process it had been about 6 or 7 months since I had permed my hair. With all the cutting and shaving and trimming pretty much all except for the tips of my hair had relaxer in it. So then I was ready to venture into bleach. My first bleach I used these products from Sally’s:

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2 packets of L’oreal Quick blue or you can buy the quick blue bucket so you have bleach to maintain your roots once your blonde.
30 Vol Salon Care developer
Wella t14 ash blonde
20 vol Salon Care developer-$4.99 1/2 gallon (sale)
Mixing bowl
Brush
Measuring cup
Reusable Black Gloves

I have a Sally’s Beauty Club card so its a tad cheaper if you sign up for one of those or if you have the professional card it’s even cheaper. Anyway I mixed the bleach and developer together and it looked like this:

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I applied starting from about 1 inch from my roots to ends. I did that for my whole head and then left it on for about 10 minutes and then I applied the rest to my roots, put a cap on my head and left it on for about 30 minutes. (Had bleach on my head for a total of 40 minutes). I used my iPhone timer to be accurate and I started timing once I was done with each application. I used 2 packs of the quick blue which is why I recommend getting a bucket of bleach if you aren’t sure or if you just want to have it for eveytime you bleach.

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The first bleach application after rinsing all the bleach out my hair looked like this (this was the first packet of bleach before I realized that I needed more):

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This is after the second packet covering everything I couldn’t with the first packet:

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Then I took my Wella toner and mixed it with the 20 volume developer and applied that to my hair and let it sit for about 10-15 minutes. It says 20 minutes on the bottle but I do a little less because I feel like it’s to much for my hair.

After toning and conditioning again and blow drying my hair. The ends of my hair were extremely white but they were also the pieces that still had relaxer in them so they just broke off. Which wasn’t a huge deal because they were such short little pieces it wasn’t enough for anyone to notice, it just looked like I had trimmed my ends. This was the end result for my first bleach application.

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I waited about 2 almost 3 weeks and then I bleached my roots and a few areas that were resistant to the bleach the first time. (You don’t want to over process your hair by re-bleaching hair that is already really blonde.) But this time I used Kaleidocolors Blue instead of Quick Blue. Which I actually liked better than Quick Blue. It’s a lot more blue in the bowl than QB also.

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This is what it looked like after bleaching, conditioning, toning, conditioning and blow drying. So it took me about 8 months all together to get to the color I currently am now. I bleach and touch up my roots about every 3 weeks and the current shampoo and conditioner I’m using helps with brightening my blonde and keeping my hair looking nice.

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I deep condition my hair about once a week and shampoo and condition my hair once a week to keep it as healthy as possible and clean. I use oil treatments as well both on my wet and dry hair so that my hair can stay strong through all the damage I’m putting it through with the bleach.

So overall ladies this is what I went through to get my hair platinum blonde. I did the slow process because I didn’t want to damage the crap out of my hair to where it was just falling out of my head. I also wanted my hair to be completely perm free for the most part so my hair was completely natural. I suggest for those who have over processed or permed hair to also take the slow lightening route just to save your hair some damage and it helps you get use to having lighter hair gradually rather than it just being one big color changing shock.

Remember that blonde hair is more work to upkeep just like having red hair so make sure it’s something your looking to commit to doing or you’ll be going back darker in no time lol. I will have a video up of my bleaching experience this weekend possibly event tonight if YouTube agrees with me lol about everything I went through and all and possibly even some things that didn’t get covered in my blog post.

Well that’s all for now. Hope you all are having a beautiful Friday even though it’s raining where I am. Any questions don’t hesitate to comment and ask.

Always Remember You’re Beautiful!

-Lola

Review: Brush Egg

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I have hopefully found something that will change my brush routine slightly for the better. Now before I found the brush egg I had heard that Sigma had a silicone brush cleaning glove that retails for $40. Well I went and did some research on it because for the price I expected it to be some extremely awesome product. To my surprise it was basically a silicone oven glove and I was not having any parts of paying for an over priced oven glove lol. So I continued to wash my brushes the way I had always been washing them, my prune fingers in tow, lol.

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I heard about the Brush Egg both on Twitter and Instagram. But I first laid my eyes on one through an Instagram photo. I thought oh that is just so cute. I’ve been washing my makeup brushes by just rubbing them in circular motions over the soap and getting it clean that way. (I just recently posted a video on youtube and made a blog post showing how I cleaned my bushes, lol.) So I figured why not give this a try. I went to the website and to my surprise it was only $8 plus shipping. I ended up paying $10 even with shipping included.

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(Photo via @brushegg on Instagram)

Granted the brush egg does not cover your whole hand and its not a glove but honestly you don’t really need all that, its not that serious. You hold the brush egg and then slide it on 2 or 3 fingers whichever ones are more comfortable for you and then wash your brushes just like you would if you were rubbing the brush over soap or in your hand. Simple, easy and extremely affordable.

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(Photo via @brushegg on Instagram)

Because sometimes you don’t need to spend an outrageous amount for something. Especially because half the time the only reason these things sell is because popular bloggers/vloggers tell you its a great deal just because of the brand or because it was sent to them for free. I don’t believe in that or wasting money just because someone says its a great buy and you should do it. (If they jumped off a bridge……) lol.

Well anyway thats all for this review. Don’t forget to head over to brushegg.bigcartel.com and grab you a brushegg today. I’m really loving this product and I think its so cute and compact and helps deep clean and thoroughly rinse my brushes. No extreme prune fingers or dry, white hands from soap residue. You really should give this a try because its a really affordable, great way to clean your brushes all while looking so cute on your fingers lol. I will eventually post another video and blog on my updated brush cleaning routine.

Until next time loves,

Always Remember You’re Beautiful!

-Lola

How I Clean My Makeup Brushes

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So I have been cleaning my makeup brushes with Zote soap for about 8 months now and I love it. You can get Zote from the store in the laundry detergent isle because Zote has so many different uses. But I use it to clean my makeup brushes and it works wonders. It deep cleans and really helps my brushes stay nice. I have heard that if you add just a tad of oil like baby or olive oil or something to your brushes also it is suppose to make your brushes softer. But I haven’t tried that as of yet.

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Zote is a large pink bar of soap that you can crush up or break apart to make a larger amount of soap. However for me I just cut a sliver off and that usually cleans all of my brushes. I have had the same bar of soap for the entire 8 months since I have started using it. The bar is only .97 at Walmart which is even better. I haven’t found anything that was as affordable and still cleaned my brushes as well as Zote has. I have tried other actually more expensive brush washing exclusive soaps, as well as Johnson and Johnson baby soap and none have done as well as Zote has for me. The others have just been a waste of money, lol.

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To wash my brushes I take a brush and wet it throughly and then take a piece of soap and wet it in my other hand and rub the brush on the soap in a circular motion. I continue to do that until the suds turn white and the brush rinses clean. Then I rinse very well squeezing the bristles in my fingers to make sure all the soap is out of the brush. If you don’t rinse throughly it will leave a sticky residue on the brushes. Then I just repeat those steps until all the brushes are clean.

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I washed a few of my most used brushes so that I could show how I washed them. I also have a video up on youtube so you can see exactly what I do. My routine is super easy but all brush washing takes forever as all of us makeup girls know, lol. It took about 20 minutes to deep clean all the brushes I washed here but I hadn’t washed them in forever. (Bad I know, *sad face*). But they always come out looking new and better than they did before I washed them.

So overall I am loving using Zote as my go to makeup brush cleaner. It has worked wonderfully and I don’t see any issues with my brushes or the bristles feeling weird or hard or anything like that. So you should defiantly give it a try and let me know what you think. Comment below if you have ever tried it out.

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I hope you are having a beautiful Friday and that your ready for the weekend. I know I am, lol.

Always Remember You’re Beautiful!

-Lola