4 Tips To Help With Taking Care of Your Skin Underneath Your Makeup.

Makeup artist: Kiandra

Exfoliate: You should exfoliate at least two times a week to help keep pores clean and unclogged. When your pores get clogged up with dead skin cells, oils from your skin can get trapped beneath the surface, causing pimples. Exfoliating is an essential way to manage breakouts and acne.

 

Drink Water: The average adult human body is 50-65% water, averaging around 57-60% therefore, water is important for organ function. If your skin isn’t getting a sufficient amount of water, the lack of hydration will present itself by turning your skin dry, tight and flaky. Dry skin has less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling.

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Change Pillow Cases: No matter how religiously you cleanse your face and wash off the day’s impurities, your pillowcase can still reverse the benefits of your nighttime routine, especially if you already have acne-prone skin. Pillowcases don’t directly affect everyone’s skin, but they can exacerbate acne and cause micro-irritation.

 

Wash 2x’s a day: It is so important to wash your face at least two times a day particularly morning and night especially if you wear makeup every day.

Embracing My Natural Hair

This year, I told myself I’ll start wearing my natural hair more. The real reason I haven’t been wearing it because of the amount of maintenance that goes into taking care of your natural hair especially when I’m wearing it in a fro. Between searching for the right product and twisting it every night or every other night, it became too much for me to the point where I decided that it was just much more convenient to wear my units. It’s been almost a week and I’m enjoying wearing it blown out. My cousin who’s one of my hairstylists washed it, flat ironed it and trimmed my ends. I have a good bit of hairstylists in my family so learning how to do my own hair was something I never really had to do because they always tried new styles on me. So for now, this is me embracing my natural hair and giving it time to breathe from units and braids.

So far so good!

Press On Nails

During this time 9 years ago, I decided to stop wearing false nails. I remember it like it was yesterday, I was living in Minnesota for grad school and my last set of professional nails was candy apple red, short and square! I found a really good nail salon out there who could file my nails just the way I liked it, short and square with a little bit of acrylic. Everything was perfect until I started to notice that they weren’t wearing their own product and I realized, I too should be taking care of my natural nails. So that was it, all the many nail salon visits were over. I believe I started to wear false nails in the 5th or 6th grade and here I am 9 years ago in grad school giving it up cold turkey! I haven’t had any slip ups because I realized how much money and time I now save by doing my own nails. In the beginning, my nails would grow so long and just break off. They were damaged from the years of filing, drilling and wearing false nails. I eventually invested in nail harder polish and after a year of not wearing false nails, they started to grow and remain hard and strong. I now own so many nail polishes I lost count with all the different colors. I have everything at home to complete a full set with my natural nails. I don’t have to go to the salon for anything BUT, recently, I decided to invest in press on nails.

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Let me give you the backstory behind the investment. My cousin and I went to the Beyonce concert and I complimented her on her nails. She replied, thanks and said they were press ons. Now, these press ons weren’t just any old press on nails. They were a nice almond shape nude color press on nails. I fell in love with them immediately and told myself I was going to pick up a pair one day and so I did!!!

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I purchased these from Family Dollar for only $3.00 and I made sure to purchase some super glue because I wanted these to stay on! This iridescent color drew me closer to them and the almond/stiletto shape is definitely my style! I’m not certain if I’ll continue to wear press ons but they’re really fun to play with. I do miss doing my natural nails. I believe it’s some kind of therapy/relaxation for me. Read here about how doing my nails is apart of my self-care regimen. Here’s a tip for press on nails, always carry your super glue with you just in case one of them pop off.

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Girl, purchase you a pair:

 

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New Eyelashes, Who Dis?!

When it comes to a beauty product, I am as loyal as they come. I’ve been wearing the same style lashes for the past 8 years. I started wearing strip lashes after getting individuals and they pulled the majority of my lashes off! I had to use eyelash sermon for them to grow back. I’d apply it two times a day and yes, I saw results but that’s a post for a different day. I am here to let you know that I have FINALLY switched up my lashes!!!!!

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My old lashes were the only ones that looked great on me (in my opinion) I’m not the type of person who’s afraid to try new things at all but when I see something’s working, I tend to stick with it (that can be applied to just about anything in life) BUT I am now wearing the Miss Lashes M368 and I am in lovvveee.  I found out about them while eating out and our waiter had on a pair of badass lashes and I just had to know the brand. She sent it to my DM and it was on and popping from there. I went to the beauty supply store and then fell in love with this brand. I found a pair that gives me the everyday glam look I like to go for and they aren’t expensive. They cost more than my old lashes but it’s worth the little investment for the sake of beauty.

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Shop my favorite lashes below

Natural Hair Journey

I’ve been wearing my natural hair a good bit this year. The longest I’ve worn it consecutively is maybe two weeks. Now, I know that doesn’t seem like a long time but this is coming from a woman who neveerrrr wore her natural hair. To the point where when I did, someone told me that he didn’t think I had hair *sideeyes

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I come from a family of women who are hairstylists. Weaves, wigs, braids you name it, I had it so all throughout high school and college, that’s what I wore. Earlier this year, I went on a business trip and I asked one of my business sisters to redo my braids that were under my unit. She took my braids out and was shocked at the amount of hair that I have. Then everyone in the house started asking me was it a wig, why I don’t wear my hair and telling me how beautiful my natural hair looked on me. From then on, I decided that I was going to give it a try. I did and let’s just say, I am still learning what works for me as far as products. Natural hair is so expensive (to me) I find myself purchasing new products like every other day and I think I found something that works so far (I’ll keep you posted)

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Thankfully, one of my friend’s whose also natural, takes the time to wash my hair and teaches me different ways on how I can style my hair. So far, a twist out is my favorite. That’s the style I’m wearing here and I did it myself. I will not give up on wearing my natural hair what I will do is, take care of it while continuing to wear protective styles.

Paris Wears:

Dress: MyClassyCloset

 

Paris Favorite Beauty Products.

I’m often asked about my beauty regimen from what kind of facial wash products I use to keep my acne and blemishes away to what brand of makeup I wear and how do I get my teeth “so white.” Just to name a few.

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To me, my beauty regimen is quite simple. I only use products that have proven to work for me. Nothing too expensive and not an overload of items because it doesn’t take much. During my teen years, I struggled with acne on my T-zone (forehead and nose area) I would use everything from proactive to clean and clear cleanser but after months of using the products, it’d stop working, then I was back to square one. It’s been years (thank God) since I’ve had any major breakouts, although I use St. Ives Apricot scrub now, I believe I grew out of the acne stage.

So let’s get started with the kind of beauty products I use on a daily.

St. Ives Apricot Scrub Blemish Control. Steps: Every Morning & every other night, I moisten my face with water. Next, I dispense the product onto my fingertips and massage over my face. In the morning, I would leave the scrub on for about five minutes while looking for my outfit of the day. Lastly, rinse thoroughly and I’m done.

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Another product that’s apart of my beauty regimen is Crest Products. I’ve been using the White Strips since 2005 (when they were $15.00 now they’re close to $40 ;(. I also use the toothpaste and the mouthwash with the strips. I’m addicted to the results and it didn’t take long to see results while using the strips. When I started, I would use the whiting strips twice a day while in the shower or doing homework and I saw results immediately. Nowadays, I don’t have to use the strips as much but every morning I use the toothpaste and mouthwash. It’s the BEST and I won’t try any other product.

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These are lifesavers!! I have oily skin and this New Orléans heat and humility doesn’t make it any better. I take them along with me in my necessity pouch and I seriously can’t leave home without them. It doesn’t smear my makeup and it keeps the oil away for a while. It’s packaged with 50 sheets but you can use one at least two times before discarding.

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“Maybe she’s born with it, maybe its Maybelline.” I am absolutely in love with this foundation. I’ve been using it for about five years now and I don’t see myself switching in the future (unless they take it off the market). I first learned about Maybelline’s Dream Mousse Foundation while reading one of my favorite magazines; People Style Watch beauty section. During that time, I was searching for a new foundation that wouldn’t clog up my pores or break out my skin and this airbrush finish did just the opposite. It’s perfect for women wh0 have oily skin. I believe the shade I use “Cocoa Dark 3” is pretty popular because there’s always only 1-3 bottles left, so I purchase two at a time just in case 😉

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I wear a pair of false lashes Every. Single. Day! When I started wearing lashes I would wear only the individuals UNTIL they pulled out the majority of my lashes ;( so I had to use an eyelash sermon to grow them back. A year later, I was back on my eyelash kick but this time only strip lashes. I started back in 2010 and would wear #28’s as my everyday lashes and #62’s were my going out glam lashes. One weekend while getting ready for a night on the town with my girls, I put on the #62 lashes and never turned back. I prefer the glam doll look every day and #62 lashes from a local beauty supply store give me that exact look I’m going for. I purchase in bulk so I never miss a day of glamour, lol!!

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When it comes to my mani’s and pedi’s, I switch up as often as possible. The color I wear is really contingent upon my mood on. When I’m feeling doll-ish, I’d wear any color in the pink family, when I’m feeling glam, I’d wear a shade of red and when I’m feeling festive, I’d wear loud pops of color such as a neon yellow or a loud orange. I’ve been wearing my natural nails since 2009 and since then I’ve been doing them myself as well; saves me money & time! I have a mani/pedi set with all the tools and two nail dryers as well as a dresser full of colors, BUT I’m always buying more colors although I don’t have the room…I’m such a nail polish hoarder!

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My favorite lipstick to wear when I’m feeling glam is Ruby Woo by MAC, it’s a beautiful Matte Red that looks really pretty on my skin tone. For an everyday look, I’d wear any shade of pink by any brand.

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“A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future” Coco Chanel. I switch perfume as often as possible. Lately, my going out scent has been “Prada Candy” and my everyday run to the bookstore scent is “Viva la Juicy” by Juicy Couture. I believe you’re not fully dressed until you’re wearing perfume so I make sure I’m always carrying a bottle everywhere I go.

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I like to experiment with different styles so I switch up my hair often. Here are a few I’ve tried lately.

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When I find a good product that works for me, I tend to stick with it for years until I find something better but I’m always open to trying something new 😉

Any recommendations?!

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Same Paris Different Hair

“When a woman cuts her hair, she’s about to change her life”-Coco Chanel

 

A few months ago I told myself I wanted to edge up my look a little bit and on last week I decided to start it off with my hair. The funny thing about it is, I wanted to try this style on last year around this time and longer on one side but after trying something else, I just gave up on wanting it. I called my hairstylist for a wash and style appointment and she convinced me to cut my hair and go back short. I believe short hair is my signature look. Styled differently but definitely short.

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My hair grows really fast and I very seldom wear it out so I decided to give it a try. Initially, I wanted to add fake hair to the top but after she convinced me again, I’m now wearing all my real hair. I thought this style would be hard to manage and take up a lot of mirror time but it’s actually one of the easiest styles I’ve tried so far. Before bed, I brush down each side and pin curl the middle part before tying on a pink silk scarf.

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I’m really into dressing up a casual t-shirt with a skirt that makes a statement. Ladies, this look is very easy to create. Just put on one of your simple t-shirts and leave your jeans in the closet. Show off those legs by wearing a cute that makes you feel Sexy & Classy, add a pair of heels, a handbag, and a few accessories; then you’re good to go.

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This is a great lunch date or mall run look! You always want to look glam even if you’re out for a few hours, you never know who’s watching so dress up that T-shirt and go out and command attention.

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Make an appointment with Danna Gary (504) 905-1246

Hair Therapy 1138 Franklin St. Gretna, LA. 70053

♥ Style Snapshot: White T-shirt & Ring-H&M. Skirt-F-21. High Heel Sandals- Justfab. Handbag & Gold Link Necklace-Classy Closet. Watch& Earrings-Michael Kors, Dillards. Red Lipstick-MAC, Ruby Woo. Sunnies-Ann Taylor Loft. Paris Necklace- Be Beautiful Boutique.

Fall Season’s Lipstick To Complete Your Attire.

 I stepped outside of my comfort zone and tried a new lipstick color. Since it’s fall season I decided to try the Rouge D’Armani Lipstick in shade #200, and I’m in love with it! It’s something different from the MAC Ruby Woo I’m always wearing and to me it also makes my teeth look whiter…well, maybe that’s just the Crest White Strips I use. But ladies, if you’re searching for a new lipstick that’s great for fall be sure to try any brand that has a deep plum color, it’ll definitely add something extra to complete your attire.

Style Snapshot: Lipstick- Armani. Necklace-Kissed Couture. Sheer Lace Top-Langford Market. Skirt & LOVE Ring-F-21. Watch & Earrings-Michael Kors. Stockings-Dillards. Heels-Charlotte Russe.

Vintage Waves

♥ Wanted to change up my look and was inspired by a fashion stylist Ashley Dunn (click on the link and check out her blog, she’s awesome).
This style has definitely been added to my list of favorite hairstyles. It’s perfect for the summer, easy to manage and very convenient. At night I’d tie it with a silk scarf and in the morning, I’d apply oil sheen then, waalllahh, I’m done. It’s just that simple & I love any hairstyle that’ll save me some time in the morning. Look forward to more posts with my vintage summer finger-waves. I think I’ll have it for a while.
♥ My hair stylist Danna Gary (504)905-1246.

Complimentary Touch ups & Makeover Event At Langford Market

♥ Events at Langford Market are always a blast!! My friend Dominique and I joined a few other fashion-savvy girls in the city at the “Complimentary Touch ups and Makeover event.” We sipped on champagne, indulged in cupcakes and received makeup tips from a very talented makeup artist, Renee Ramos. Renee did a few makeovers and OMG the ladies looked so beautiful! This girl really knows her stuff. I shopped a few pieces that I have plans to purchase from Langford, their spring/summer collection is amazing and I can’t wait to own a few pieces.

I’ll be hosting a fashion event at Langford Market on July 14, 2013, from 1-5 and I’ll be sure to post more details here! #StayTuned hope to see u dolls there! 😉

♥ Makeup artist Renee Ramos giving a customer a complimentary makeover.
♥ The life of a makeup artist!!
♥ Visit Renee’s website here 😉
♥ I always admire the decor in Langford Market.
♥ Fell in love with the blazer!!