The Big Chop!

A few posts ago I introduced you all to my new hairstyle but I didn’t go into detail about what made me cut my hair and how I feel about this drastic decision. Well, first off I would like to say that I never was the type of woman who believes that her hair makes her who she is. The type of woman I am is the type who knows it’s the other way around I make my hair! Therefore, I had no problem with cutting it all off when my hairstylist suggested that I do so the next time I decide to wear my hair short (previously I was wearing short sew in styles).  This decision wasn’t a long drown out thinking process. It was simply I want a new do, I don’t want to invest in any weave, I need a change…. I think I’ll cut all my hair off!
After it was done, I LOVED it. I always did like short hair on me. It shows more of my face and it’s convenient…I live for convenience! Since cutting my hair on March 7th, I’ve had a major chop since then; my hair grows really fast and now I’m due for another chop. I’m thinking every two weeks will do it. I’m enjoying my new do and also enjoying not spending hours in the hair salon. A wash, style & out the salon doors I go! Aaaahhh the convenience!!! 😉

♥ I wasn’t too sure about this style but it’s growing on me!

Shopping In My Mom’s Closet + A New Hair Cut

If you follow me on Instagram (@ParisHatcher) you probably have an update on my new hairstyle. Yes, I did the big chop and now I’m rocking my real hair short. Just wanted to try something new & I couldn’t be happier that I did! 😉
Here I go again, shopping in my mom’s vintage closet! When you have a fashionista as a mother and she happens to save some of her vintage pieces for you, you can’t help but to constantly shop in her closet. She handed down this olive green Cashmere chunky sweater to me and I love it!! I paired it with a printed pencil skirt, spiked t-strap heels, a fab handbag, red lips and my new haircut!!! While reading through a few fashion mags, I was inspired to pair this sweater with a few other styles. I’ll be sure to display them all here. In the meantime, check out how I wore this sweater a few years back and other outfits I received by shopping in my mom’s closet…here and here.
Style Snapshot: Cashmere Chunky Sweater-Mom’s Vintage Closet. Pencil Skirt-Target. Heels-Bakers. Handbag-justfab.com. Sunnies-Ann Taylor Loft. Earrings & Watch-Michael Kors, Dillards. Thumb Rings-Charming Charlie. Red Lips- Certainly Red by Revlon.

"It’s Not About Brand, It’s About Style."

Just a few of this week’s purchases; Pumps $26.82. Lashes $1.99. Lipstick $4.74. SJP NYC Perfume $16.99 Blazer 50% off so I only spent $14.75.
Total= $65.29 Not bad for a few girly necessities! 😉

 

♥ Every woman should own a pair of black pumps, no matter the brand; they’re great for dressing up with a pencil skirt or down with jeans.
♥ Red lips are fun! You should try it. 😉
♥ A fresh pair of lashes does so much for my life. I wear a pair every day, even when I’m dressed down.
♥ Coco Chanel said it best, “A woman who doesn’t wear perfume, has no future”
♥ Blazer! MUST HAVE! PERIOD!!

 

♥ Pumps-F-21. Lashes-Beauty Store. Lipstick-Target. Perfume-TJMaxx. Blazer-Wetseal.

 

Magazine Find: How to Nail A Manicure

 

Hi  everyone,
  While relaxing and reading Allure’s Fall 2012 issue, I came across the “How To” section. This issue has a lot of great how-to ideas, from nails to traveling in style and everything in between. I’ll be sure to share with you what I find interesting.
As some of you may know, about 3 years ago, I decided to stop wearing false nails. Reason being is I wanted to take care of my natural nails and since I wore false nails for so long, my nail bed was severely damaged. It took a while for my nail bed to grow out harder and stronger but it did and I’m enjoying not having to spend hours and money in the nail salon.
Here’s an article I found interesting.
Exfoliate your nails with a gentle buffer The smoother your nails, the easier your polish will go on. But before you buff, cover nails with a few drops of cuticle oil. When buffing, use the lightest possible pressure, and spend just a few seconds per nail.
Rub cuticle remover over your nails and let it sink for a minute. Then push back the cuticle, extremely gently, with a wood stick.
Clean your nails with polish remover you need a completely greaseless surface for the polish to adhere. Use a nonacetone formula that does not contain vitamin E, aloe, or lanolin all three deposit oil. Apply the remover with paper towels rather than cotton balls, which can leave fuzz behind.
Your nail file should feel like finest sand Metal and glass file generally have just the right finish, or use a “superfine” or “medium” emery board. File in one direction to prevent breakage.
Choose a ridge filler as you basecoat even if you don’t think you’ll need it. Tiny ridges can wreak your manicure.
For an even finish apply two thin layers of polish, and let each dry for two minutes before moving on to the topcoat. That time allows the lacquer’s solvents to evaporate.
Apply topcoat every other day to keep your nails glossy and chip-free but wash your hands first to remove the oil that prevents topcoat from adhering.

 

Interview with Motions Hair Glambassor Ursula Stephen.

 

During the Essence Festival here in New Orleans, I was invited to the Motions Style Bar event at the W hotel. While there, I was blessed with the opportunity to meet and interview Motions Hair Glambassor Ursula Stephen and whose also known as the hairstylist behind Rihanna’s shortcuts and bold blunt bobs.
Tell us how you began your career in hair styling?
My high school in Brooklyn was a beauty school so I earned my license and diploma.  I would always do my friend’s hair on the weekends in my mother’s basement. By the time I graduated high school; I had a big cliental and my own chair.
Besides Rihanna whose hair looks amazing! Who are some of the others celebrities you’ve has the chance to work with?
Thank you (smile) Some of the other celebrities I’ve had the chance to work with is Remy Ma, Keyshia Cole, Michelle Williams (Destiny Child) and Kandi (Xscape)
Who was your first celebrity client?
My first celebrity client was a Khadijah Bass she sang the hook on Jay-Z’s “Ain’t no….” She was friends with a stylist whose hair I did and the stylist recommended me to do her hair. From that experience, I wanted to do it more often but I always worked in a salon and at that time it was a small percentage of celebrities and myself majority of the time I was in the salon.
How did you get into styling celebrities?
Basically, word of mouth, I had a couple of clients while I was working in the salon that worked at record labels or was in the business.
When clients request a new look from you what factors do you take into consideration?
I always like to sit down with the client first and find out what they want because they have good ideas they just don’t know how to execute it. So much goes into a new look I always like to tailor it to fit that person’s lifestyle or personality.
Your hairstyle creations are always beautiful and bold. Where do you get inspiration from?
*Smile & laugh* Thank you, I take inspirations from so many areas in my life, fashion, travel and old even movies.  I usually go off of that person personality and choose a look that would fit them & their lifestyle.
Us as women, we are always looking for a new look or a slight change to our hair. What advice would you give to us?
The advice I would give is to love your hair & consider your lifestyle. You don’t want to get a haircut that’s going to make you get up two and a half hours early to curl. Make your hairstyle fit your personality and your lifestyle.
What advice do you have for up and coming hair stylist?

Stay hungry always be ready and willing to work. Never get lazy. Work hard and be dedicated to what you’re trying to do. Always stay on top of your craft. Don’t have a closed mind. It takes a while to get to where I am. Be open-minded to other opportunities in the beauty industry. Be assertive and confident. When you get the chance to work with that celebrity client know that you are there because you’re great at what you do.

 
Over the years, I’ve been inspired to try a few hairstyles that Ursula Stephen did on Rihanna.
♥  I really enjoyed interviewing Ursula Stephen. She was so down to earth and I couldn’t believe how close we were sitting. Our knees were literally touching, lol! Talking to her was like talking to one of my dolls. She gave my friend Domonique who just finished hair school advice on breaking into the business. She’s truly humble, have a great spirit and such an inspiration.  
 
Thanks,
Ursula Stephen.

Beauty 101: Meltproof Makeup

Meltproof Makeup

 

♥ Be supernatural. Most tinted moisturizers and BB creams offer a summery veil of color, plus hydration and sun protection. Need more coverage? Try a silicone-based liquid foundation, like CoverGirl TruBlend– silicone keeps makeup from sinking into pores (ulta.com)

 

♥ Stay hidden. A densely pigmented stick concealer with a slightly tacky feel (like Revlon PhotoReady Concealer) won’t vanish in the heat like more emollient formulas. Dab it on dark spots with your fingertips (Revlon.com)

 

♥ Choose creams. Shimmer-free cream blushes (like Maybelline New York Dream Bouncy Blush) won’t streak when you sweat. Use a cream-to-powder eyeshadow in a glimmering shade (such as Shiseido Makeup Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Mist) to brighten and define lids (Maybelline New York, drugstore.com; shiseido.com)

 

♥ Line with a pencil. “Liquid liners are too graphic for summer says makeup artist Tory Surratt. Instead, define eyes with a long-wearing pencil, like Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eye Pencil in Mahogany(bobbibrowncosmetics.com)

 

♥ Ban black eyes. Reach for water-resistant mascaras, such as Maybelline New York Illegal Length Fiber Extensions, and lash-encasing tube formulas, like those by Blinc. Both resist humidity beautifully and don’t require oily removers (Maybelline New York, drugstore.com; blincinc.com)

 

♥ Tint your lips. Trade heavy lipstick for bright stains (like CoverGirl Outlast Lipstain) or tinted balms, such as Laura Mercier Hydratint SPF 15 (CoverGirl, ulta.com; lauramercier.com)

 

Beauty 101: Polished Ponytails

 

Polished Ponytails

 

With a modicum of effort, a ponytail can be an elegant style. “This is rich-girl hair-thick, healthy, and very nonchalant,” says Paul. Get it in seven steps.

 

                                       ♥ On clean, damp hair, make a center part.

 

To give straight hair body and hold, saturate it with a volumizing spray, then brush it through; to help relax curls, rake a smoothing cream from roots to tips.

 

“Use a blow-dryer to make hair straight but full,” says Paul. Once it’s 80 percent dry, smooth the ends but coax in some wave with a round boar-bristle brush. If hair is curly, straighten it with a round mixed-bristle brush, leaving body on the ends.

 

With a flat brush, pull hair back into a low ponytail, and secure it with an elastic at either the nape of the neck or two inches above the hairline. Check your profile to see which works best for you.

 

Wrap inch wide section of the tail around a one-inch curling iron, starting at the ends and going up to the base of the ponytail. Brush it out completely “so there’s no trace if the iron but a natural-looking wave,” says Paul

 

Take a section of hair- about one eighth of an inch from the underside of the ponytail and mist it with hairspray to make it pliable. Wind it around the elastic several times to conceal the band, and lock it down with a hairpin.

 

Smooth flyways with a light shine serum, and mist hair all over with a flexible –half hairspray.

 

Beauty 101: Bronzer

 

Bronzer


Bronzer is one of the most beloved and most abused products. Here’s how to do it justice.


♥ Choose a color that’s no more than two shades darker than your skin tone. “The most natural-looking bronzers mimic a real tan- golden brown without a hint of red or orange,” says makeup artist Quinn Murphy. Look for soft, neutral shades with the subtlest light-reflective particles.


♥ Pressed powders create the most authentic effect. Two that work on most skin tones: Guerlain Terracotta Light Sheer Bronzing Powder in Blonde and Shiseido Makeup Bronzer in Light (Guerlain, sephora.com;  shideido.com)

 

 

♥ Avoid shimmer. A real tan doesn’t sparkle; a fake one shouldn’t, either. Plus, shimmer can make skin look oily. If you have a glittery bronzing powder you love, use it as an eyeshadow.


♥ Apply judiciously. Swor; a medium-sized blush brush over the bronzer and tap it onto a tissue before applying to avoid an overdose. If you sweep it all over, “you’ll end up looking dusty and flat, “Murphy says. With a light hand, brush the bronzer where the sun typically hits your face: the temples, the bridge of the nose, the jawline, and the tip of your chin.


♥ Keep the rest of your makeup soft and warm: sheer rose or apricot shades for lips and cheeks, shimmery gold or bronze eyeshadows, and black or brown mascara.

 

Beauty 101: Glowing Skin

 

Glowing Skin

 

♥ To keep skin well hydrated, go easy on the soap and the steam- while showering. Use a pH-balanced body wash rich in emollients, “which help skin retain moisture better and longer,” says Fusco (we like Dove Moisture Nourishing Body Wash) and don’t linger for more than five minutes (drugstore.com)

 

♥ Gently buff dull, flaky skin with a sea-salt scrub. Loaded with minerals, sea salts “bind water to increase hydration, help repair skin’s moisture barrier, and don’t scratch or irritate, “Fusco says. Combine a fistful with two tablespoons of olive oil for a homemade fix, or try Philosophy Be Somebody Green Tea Hot Salt, Tub and Shower Scrub (philosophy.com)

 

♥ While skin is still damp, smooth on a body cream laced with ceramides, antioxidants, glycerin, and SPF 30+ (for daytime). We like Yes to Carrots Hydrating Body Lotion with SPF 30. If the skin is still tight, spike your moisturizer with a natural oil, like coconut or jojoba, to boost its abilities, says dermatologist Ava Shamban (yestocarrots.com)

 

♥ Home in on problem areas. Creams containing urea or ammonium lactate-humectants that dissolve dead skin cells- can soften rough patches and reduce red bumps on the backs of the arms and thighs. Dermatologist picks: AmLactin Ultra Hydrating Body Cream and Eucerin Intensive Repair Lotion(AmLactin and Eucerin, drugstore.com)