Tuesday, September 24, 2013

My first professional facial and thoughts!

hello beautiful readers of mine! 

Let's take a survey - how many of you girls have had a professional facial treatment done before? 

Don't be afraid to say NEVER, because before about a week ago it was my very first time! Yes, this beauty blogger that is obsessed with trying out new products, giving my reviews, showing you the latest and newest products, talks about how important it is to take care of your skin...had never had a full on professional facial treatment done! (slaps face) If you have had one before, good girl! If you haven't - I suggest to pause from reading, pick up your phone, and call the nearest spa around wherever you live! 

Now let's talk about my experience!

Of course, the only place I trust is the Spa I am affiliated it - The Carriage House Day Spa.
It's heaven on earth as soon we you walk inside. 

My face needed a little pampering, it was acting up with blackheads and blemishes. Now, just because I'm a beauty blogger & makeup artist does not mean my skin is perfect - it is far from that. On my monthly visit from the fairy - my skin acts up a lot, when I sweat a lot from working out my face can turn blehhh, which is why I always try my very best to deep clean my face every single night with my night routine and it helps wonders! But, every once in a while a good deep clean professionally can help even more!

We decided it would be best for me to try out the Deep Pore Cleansing Facial. 
One word: WOW. 

Here is the description over the facial I got that day:

"Ideal for oily and/ or acne prone skin. The use of Red Algae, Hawaiian seaweed and French Green Algae help to exfoliate and purify clogged pores. The specifically designed marine based deep pore cleansing treatment will help balance problem skin and control excess oil production."

Sounds intriguing huh?

If you get a facial at The Carriage House Day Spa - your face is left in the hands of Rosie, she is a goddess that does wonders with her hands. I'm not even exaggerating - she is legit. She is so passionate about her job, it shows in her work! She makes you feel so at ease and comfortable! 

At the end of your facial, she massages your whole face that literally makes you feel like you forget where you are! 

Why is it important to get a facial at least every month?

The benefits of facial massages go beyond just feeling good. These techniques help release tension, boost circulation and assist in ridding the skin of impurities. In addition, facial massages have been found to lessen the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

If you want your face to stay looking healthy, glowing, and wrinkle free - deep cleaning your face will keep you on that path. I couldn't believe I missed out on that all my life. 

The steam on your face, the removal of blackheads (sounds gross, BUT you gotta do it girlfriend!) the use of the clarisonic, the special creams, the massage of your face - the list can go on and on but none of this will truly make sense unless you are laying down and getting one for yourself.

I came home that day jumping for joy and doing cartwheels all in the living room because my face felt like a babies bottom. I told my fiance he NEEDS to get one. Yes, facials are not just for women, men need pampering too! :) The next day I woke up to my skin feeling so refreshed! I couldn't believe it, even the little blemishes I had on my face were quickly gone over night! You do see a little redness and bumps from your facial if you have blackheads that need to be removed (oh I had some!) The mini bumps - which is completely normal because your skin just went through a roller coaster of heaven sent products and your face needs to absorb everything. 

After your facial it is best to let your face breathe for the rest of the day AKA: no makeup, no creams, no nothing. The way you leave the Spa you let your face take everything in and relax. I suggest you getting a facial on a day you have not a lot planned in the evening - that way you can just get home, put on your favorite pajamas, sit on the couch with some hot green tea and enjoy your shows recorded on the tv! 

I now will make sure to get a facial every month~ 
We are only young once and right now is the best time to take care of your skin!

What was your facial experience like ? 
Did you love it as much as I did?

and for those who haven't experienced it - I highly suggest it girls!

Until next time lovlies! Have a beautiful day!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

NEW Sigma brushes & makeup talk!

hi lovelies! 

I'm back! It feels like I haven't blogged lately because my weeks have been super busy! I actually have 3 blog posts saved in my draft to work on soon! :) 
How are all my readers doing?!?

Well, about 2 weeks ago a beautiful package was sitting at my front door step! NEW Sigma brushes! (jumps for joy!) I had been wanting a set of Sigma brushes for a while and finally pushed "add to cart," & I'm so happy I did! There were so many different collections to choose from, girl problems, but I ended up going with the 'Make Me Blush' essential kit! These brushes are a dark pink color but on photos they come up a bit red. I love the quality of these brushes!

Now, they have a new home with the rest of my brushes.......

You're probably asking yourself "why do you need soooo many brushes?" because I get that question many times! And I will answer that down below! I took photos of me opening up the product that way if you are interested in purchasing a new set of brushes you'll have any idea of what's in store!

The new home for my brushes.

Everything was packaged so well, that's always a huge plus for me when it comes to ordering online! It shows the company truly takes the time to get your product ready! 
(I'm not going to lie....I was also hoping no one would steal this from my door way since I wasn't home for the entire day the day it was delivered) Yay!

You also get a little brochure to view the rest of the brush kits, which is really good to have...since I will probably want to order more soon! (oops!)

& here they are! So well put together, love love love.

& this is the holder it comes with - which I love because you can put your dirty brushes in one and leave the clean ones in the other. It helps your brushes from gathering bacteria from the dirty ones. Plus, they are sooo easy to take with you for traveling or freelance!

The # 1 questions I get asked a lot "why do you need so many brushes?" 

As a freelance makeup artist, you tend to start collecting different types of brands to find out which one works best for you and which ones will work best for your clients. The brushes I use on myself are different then the ones I use on my clients. I have my own set and all my other variety of brushes are put to good use on my clients :) I wanted a new set of professional brushes that are easy for me to grab and go! With this holder the Sigma brushes come in - it makes it so easy to put them all inside, close up,  and head off to my clients! I've always put these new brushes to use on clients & I am a happy camper! Having a set of brushes also looks very professional when you're on the job and they are so easy to grab while they are in the holder! A little tip I normally do while freelancing, put aside the dirty brushes you are using on your client and at the end of the session keep them separated to reduce gathering any germs on your clean brushes! 

What are some of your favorite makeup brushes?

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Back to School : Beauty must haves!

hi lovelies, 
So, I know it's BACK TO SCHOOL for a lot of you girls, and like I promised - it's time for a back to school guide on some beauty must haves you should always keep in handy. 
Whether you are in middle school, high school, or in college these little must haves will work perfectly just for you. 

Let's get started :)

Makeup Bag. 

It's always good to keep a small makeup bag in your purse, backpack, or tote bag. You never want your makeup bag to be too big - you want it small enough where you can get it from your back, grab the product you want, and put it back. When you have a larger bag - you'll be digging around. 
You can find tons of really cute and very affordable makeup bags at Target, TjMaxx, and Marshalls. 

Matte Powder.
Through out the day (if you have oily skin) touching up is a routine for you, and keeping a matte powder in your bag will always come in handy to prevent touching up so much through out the day. Try using a makeup brush when applying your powder, sometimes using the powder applicator can leave your powder looking really thick. 

Mini Mascara.
This is optional, BUT this can come in handy if you want to touch up your makeup after a gym class. (for my middle school and high school viewers) All those samples of mascara you have saved up can now save some space in your make up bag! 

Body Mist/ Body Spray.
You never want to be that girl that has bad body odor! LOL Sounds gross, but it's true. Perfume is a little too strong for school and these body mists have the perfect scent and are so light weight. These are perfect to use throughout the day for that little touch up to feel fresh! For a more affordable brand, Target has a great collection as well. 

Bobby pins & Hair ties.
These are always a MUST. No caption is needed, lol. You always need these some time through out the day OR your friends are asking if you have some! 

Oil Sheets.
I love these. These have been around for YEARS. And they really work, you see all the junk on the sheet within a few seconds. These are great if you don't wear too much makeup and you just want to control the oil on your skin. And these sheets only take a few seconds to dap around your face. These should always be in your bag regardless if you are in school or not, they are definitely a must have. 

Lip Balm.
EOS lip balm is heaven on your lips. I have them all, even Carven loves using them (don't tell him I told you) These are perfect for your day at school because you never want to wear lipstick for class, save the lipstick for a fun night out on the weekend with your girlfriends! :) Lip balms will leave your lips feeling moisturized all day long! These will be perfect for all my younger viewers to keep in your bag! 

Lip Stains.
If you want a little more on your lips than just lip balm try lip stains. These lip stains give the perfect little stain of color on your lips. Not too much, not too little, just enough to show a little color. You can find a huge variety of lip stains at any drug store - these in particular have tried out and like the stain it leaves on your lips. These won't look too heavy for your school day at all, it will be the perfect little pop of color. 

YES. You know exactly what this is girls.
Every girl - whether you're in school, college, at work, anywhere - you should always keep an emergency pad/tampon in your purse. You never want to have that awful feeling of starting your period somewhere where you have no protection. I keep one of these in my purse at all times of day. Trust me, you will feel on top of the world if you have an emergency somewhere and you know you have one of these hidden in your purse! 

Antibacterial for your hands.
I love these and I also love that they are always 5 for $5 at Bath and Body Works. 
If you are a clean freak like myself, these will be a perfect fit for your makeup bag! There are germs all over on everything we put our hands on so these little babies are always so important to use! 

Mini Brush.
You can find these everywhere in the travel section of stores. If you ever need a touch up throughout the day or after your gym class -  this will be your best friend. These mini brushes fit perfectly in the palm of your hands! And small enough to fit in your makeup bag! 

( all images found on Google ) 

I hope you girls enjoyed this 'Back to School' post ~
If you enjoy these type of posts and would like me to write more back to school guides leave me a comment down below and I'll make it happen! :) 

What are some of your favorite must haves for school ? 

Hope everyone is having a wonderful week!
Until next time,
and always dream BIG.

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