When you do your makeup, do you use a foundation brush or a beauty blender? Those seem to be the two most popular options. I’ve always used an Estée Lauder foundation brush. That’s what my grandma got me when we went shopping together for my first makeup. Sometime in college I switched to Bare Minerals and tried the whole powder thing. It was ok but I eventually switched back to liquid foundation. This girl is aging and I thought that the powder was better suited for young girls. Last year I found this brush online from Nordstrom. The insane amount of reviews made me want to try it out for myself. The brush was getting old (it was perfect for about a year) and I needed to replace it. I purchased a beauty blender this past weekend and have used it for two days now. I’m not sure if I like it yet. Maybe I’m using it wrong. What have you found to be best? Let me know!
Hey y’all! I hope everyone had a great weekend! I’m going to answer some of the most common questions that I get about my extensions. So here we go.
1. Why did you want extensions?
I honestly never thought about getting them until I started this blog. If you look back at the blog posts from the beginning you’ll notice that I would usually style my hair in a tight low pony, a no nonsense kind of look. Once I started to meet other bloggers I quickly realized that most of the celebrities/top bloggers who have the most amazing lust worthy locks are actually wearing extensions.
2. Clip ins or tape?
I didnt want anything permanent, so I decided to start with clip in extensions. There’s a blogger who has killlller hair (The Barefoot Blonde). I knew she had her own hair extension line, Barefoot Blonde Hair. Her company has consultants who will help match your hair color and eventually place your order. If the color does not match perfectly, you can return it or exchange them for a different color. I was very pleased with the product and wore them only when taking photos for the blog. The downside was the time it took to put them in, then style my hair. More hair, more time. Curling the clip in extensions and getting ready for pictures was taking way too much time. I dreaded getting ready. I knew I needed to find a different solution or completely do away with the whole I want gorgeous long hair way of thinking.
3. Where do you go to get extensions?
Darlene at ERA salon is the only person I trust with these things so it only made sense to go to her. She helped me choose the color and the length.
4. How long does it take to put them in?
The tape in extensions took about an hr to put in. Of course it took a little more time on top of that to cut them just a bit. I didn’t want the length to be drastically different than my real hair. I’ll get them longer each time.
5. Do they hurt?
No. I’m all for looking good, but if it hurts you can count me out.
6. Can you wash your hair like normal?
Yes and no. There are certain hair products that cannot be used on extensions. Almost all of my hair products that I already had can still be used with the extensions. You cannot let your hair air dry because it can be damaging to your hair, the part that is attached to the tape.
7. Do you style your hair the same now that you have extensions?
No. My natural hair is pretty straight, extremely fine, and took about two minutes to dry. No brush (while drying) needed. Sometimes I would let it air dry, spray some product in, and still look put together. With the extensions I HAVE to dry it with a round brush. The extensions have more body than my natural hair, which means I can’t dry my hair all at once anymore. I have to section it off and dry it using a round brush. I sucked the first time I tried doing this, but I’m getting better thank goodness.
8. How often do you have to take them out?
Every 4-5 weeks. I went five weeks the first time, which was way too long. I scheduled the next appointment four weeks out.
Having extensions requires more time (styling and at the salon) but so far I’m pleased with the process/outcome. It just depends what you want. I can grow my hair out, but the truth is that it’s too fine to ever look the way I want it to once it gets long enough. If you have any questions that I didn’t go over in this post let me know! I promise I don’t mind answering them.
Today's post has some big ticket items. Hey, a girl can dream. I hear about this hot item all the time here in Dallas:
How cool and crazy is this dress!?
I was waiting for this velvet jacket to go on sale at Neiman Marcus, but it sold out before I could order one for myself.
I know this is basic, but I'm looking for a black scarf. I'm loving all of these:
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This is one of those game changers y’all. Don’t ask me how it works. Just thank the Lord that it does. Let me know if you try it!!
I promised on Insta-stories that I would find a link to shop for my new Shampoo and Conditioner, so here ya go! Just a reminder, I'm using the Normal Person's Shampoo and then the Bride of Gluttony conditioner.
Use this link to shop my shampoo:
When I first moved to Dallas everyone asked me the same question..."so are you dating anyone?" No one wondered about my job, my new roommate. They only wanted to know who I was dating. I didn't mind because it kind of made me feel like T Swift lol. I told everyone the same thing when they asked. My response was always "I'm still trying to find the right salon. I haven't had time to think about guys."
Luckily I found ERA. It is the most beautiful salon I've ever been in. Everything is shiny and bright and the girls who work there always make me feel welcome. Darlene is the one who cuts and styles my hair. Thank the Lord for her. She is amazing!! She also does makeup for special occasions. I'm so happy that I found her. If you're looking to get your hair fixed or your makeup done for a special occasion, she is the one to go to in Dallas. She's so sweet and I promise that you'll leave ERA feeling brand new : )
When I was in high school there was a straightener that the cool girls had. I must have gotten mine for Christmas or a birthday. I've been using that same brand since then. I have never purchased, or used, a straightener from another line. I'm sure that there are other great brands out there, but why look around just for the fun of it? Their products last at least three years. I try to replace mine every 3 -4 years because I use it so often. I've never been able to blow dry my hair and style it with one of those round brushes like they do at the salon, so I've had to rely on my CHI for a long long time. The one linked below is the exact straightener that I currently own and use most days. This is the first one that I've had that allows you to set the temperature based on your hair type. It heats up quickly and does the job. In high school one of my friends told me that using a straightener will ruin your hair. I had this fear for the longest time that I was going to wake up one day and my hair was going to be terribly damaged. Such a silly fear, I know, but I've found that if you use good products on your hair (shampoo, conditioner, heat guard) it makes a big difference. If you're looking for a new straightener and you're not sure which one to get, try the one linked below. I hope you like it as much as me : )
I used Armani Luminous Silk foundation for five years and still think that it's one of the best foundations on the market. You can go to any beauty counter and they'll be happy to let you try it. They'll help you find your shade and you'll realize how great it is.
The reason I decided to start using Estee Lauder has to do with time. I wake up very early 6 days a week and need my makeup to still look great by the time evening rolls around. Even with the Armani primer, I felt like the Armani foundation did not look the same as the day went on. I would apply Armani powder at lunch to freshen up, but by dinner I needed more. I researched some of the most talked about liquid foundations and found that Estee Lauder double wear has quite the following. Everyone said the same thing, it lasts. Because of its reputation, I decided to give it a try.
It lasts. Let me tell ya! I still have Armani primer left and don't want it to go to waste so I've been using that with the Estee Lauder double wear foundation. Here are my steps: First I apply Estee Lauder day wear moisturizer. Second I apply my Armani primer. Third, I use my Sigma Beauty F80 flat brush to apply my double wear liquid foundation. Fourth, I apply a little bit of Estee Lauder double wear powder to create more of a matte look.
I still get just as many compliments, if not more now that I'm using the double wear foundation. It feels good, it looks good, and it's less expensive than the Armani luminous silk that I was using. I even got my Mom to try it, and she loves it too! She's gorgeous and would look good regardless but she looks so so pretty with her new makeup! I love sharing new products with the ones I care about (like my Mom), so I thought I would share Estee Lauder double wear with all of you. I hope you like it. It's worth trying. Happy Friday!
The other week I was invited to a BBQ dinner. I had no idea what to wear. The weather was nottt great that day (think terrible hair day) and a cold front was supposed to roll in later that night. So May/humidity/cold. No outfits come to mind for that sort of scene. I knew I couldn't wear my usual girly attire, and needed to dress down a bit. I know how to do the athletic look, so I went with it. I got a new cap and paired it with my black bomber jacket that goes with everything. I went with a Nike shirt and my free people jeans to keep it casual. Shop my look using the links below: