Confessions of a Cosmetologist

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I have a problem. I know I do. I can openly admit it.

Normally I’d apologize for it but I will not. I chose to be a cosmetologist and therefore I am forever justified when it comes to buying hair, makeup, skincare, and nail products.

I mean I wouldn’t want to have you go out and buy a product without knowing if it was worth the buy or not. Its a service to you in all actuality.

I went to the Chicago hair show this weekend. I am forever obsessed and I can’t wait to go back again next year.

I also attended the Stylist Choice Awards where I got a whole bag of FULL SIZE free products, yeah, you read me right, FULL SIZE:

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This bag consisted of:

  1. Wella Dry Me EmMi- dry shampoo
  2. Daily Beauty Satin Finish Treatment – heat protectant
  3. Matrix Oil Wonders Volume Rose – plumping mousse
  4. Keratin Complex Infusion Keratin Replenisher- hair repair
  5. Nixon Intensive Therapy Night Density Rescue – thickens hair
  6. TiGi Bed Head JoyRide – texturizing powder
  7. American Crew Fiber -texturizing clay (for men)
  8. Chi Tea Tree Oil  Soothing Scalp Spray – miracle in a bottle, soothes scalp
  9. Joico Hair Shake Liquid-To-Powder Texturing Finisher – hairspray
  10. label.m Texturising Volume Spray – hairspray
  11. Martino Glass Slippers Satin Sparkle Spray – glitter for the fun of it
  12. Kenra Fast-Dry Hairspray – hairspray
  13. Sebastian Erupted Explosive Volume and Texture – texturizing gel
  14. MoroccanOil Texture Clay – texturizing
  15. Living Proof style | lab flex shaping spray – hairspray
  16. MarulaOil Rare Oil 3 -in-1 Styling Cream – styling cream

*the other two products I didn’t mention are not available to anyone but cosmetologists. Also, inside the box was just cup holders… I know, odd.

 

The following day I went to the hair show, and it was the best time ever.

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I proceeded to get the following products:

  1. Light Elegance UV/LED light – for gel/acrylic nails
  2. MoroccanOil Restorative Hair Mask – hair mask
  3. MoroccanOil Texture Clay – texturizing
  4. Shuga Leave-in Conditioner – leave in conditioner…. miracle in an aerosol can
  5. Shuga Hairspray – hairspray
  6. Shuga Gel Crème – gel crème
  7. Gigi Wax – wax
  8. Cuccio Sugar Scrubs – exfoliant
  9. Cuckoo Body Butter – fancy word for lotion
  10. Crown Brush KB16 – contour brush
  11. Crown Brush C452 Flat Bronzer – Kabuki brush
  12. Morphe G6 – Kabuki Brush

The three gray boxes are colors for hair coloring.

I just wanted to show you guys all the good stuff I received this weekend! If you have any questions about the products feel free to ask below!

 

I love you!

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Aveda

Hey guys!

So I was just sitting her doing nothing when all of the sudden I had an epiphany!

I go to an Aveda cosmetology schools.

Meaning all the products that we use is Aveda.

If you haven’t heard of Aveda, let me tell you about it!

Aveda is an all natural, organic, hair, skin, and makeup line. Or as we are supposed to say “Aveda is the art and science of pure flower and plant essence.”

To be honest, I was a skeptic at first. I still am when it comes to the makeup, except for the lip glosses, if you’re looking for a pigmented gloss, Aveda has some very nice ones.

I wanted to share some of my favorite products with you though.

*I’d like to apologize that I don’t have any photos of them I kept trying to upload and my computer wouldn’t let me. But I recommend opening a new tab and going to http://www.Aveda.com and searching as you read.

My favorite shampoo that we have is the Rosemary Mint line. When I die, I think Heaven will smell like this shampoo.

Now the conditioner I use is called Madder Root. Let me tell you about this conditioner, its super cool. Well actually there are a few kinds of these conditioners, and I’m going to inform you of all of them!

Madder root is for red hair – the conditioner basically works as a temporary color, it enhances the red pigment.

Blue Malva is for Grey and Blonde hair – It creates silvery brightness to grey hair, and deducts brassy tones in blondes.

Black Malva is for brunette and black hair – diminishes red hues.

Camomile is for people with lighter golden tones in their hair – it enhances the golden tones in the hair.

Clove Color is for medium brown shades of hair – enhances warm tones.

Now I am only mentioning the conditioners because the conditioners are the ones that contain the pigmentation, the shampoo has some but its not as noticeable as if you were to use the conditioner. Of course they do work beautifully together, I just really love the rosemary mint shampoo.

My favorite styling line is Pure Abundance or the Brilliant line. We have lines for all types of hair, and I love them, they only one I haven’t worked too much with is the Be Curly line.

My favorite Pure Abundance products are:

  1. Pure Abundance Style Prep – it is a heat protectant (which you should be using because heat is so damaging for your hair) but it also adds volume, and it isn’t heavy on the hair. I love this product, it’s just a good product, I can’t even explain it, it’s just the bomb.
  2. I also love the Pure Abundance Hair Potion – It’s so cool! But it’s tricky. It is a powder that you just kind of put on the roots of your hair. It is a powder and that is how it is supposed to be. If you shake the bottle before use it becomes a liquid and when that happens its basically no good. I love this product though. it really does add lift to the hair. It works especially well on people with shorter hair.

My Favorite Brilliant products are:

  1. Brilliant Anti-Humectant Pomade – The product does exactly what the name of it says it does. It repels humidity. This product is great for the summer time. Have you ever curled your hair in the summer, step outside, and watch your hair just fall? I swear, if you use this product, you won’t ever have that problem again.
  2. Brilliant Humectant Pomade – This does the exact opposite. I’d start using this product in the winter months. especially if you live in a place that becomes Antarctica in the winter, like Michigan. This product does work very well on textured hair, my friend says she has been using it for a while now, even during the summer because she wants the moisture in her hair, because her hair is more coarse and dry.
  3. Brilliant Spray-on Shine – it adds shine. There really isn’t much else to say. Except I would only use 1-2 sprays for the whole head, because a little goes a long way.

Now, last but definietly not least, Aveda Blue Oil. This is probably the most miraculous product I’ve ever used. It is just an oil but it works miracles. Have a headache? Rub it on the area that is sore and watch the ache decrease magnificently. Seriously I have been getting a lot of migraines lately, and this oil has saved me numerous times. It dissolves tension beautifully.

  • multiple people have asked me if there is any form of Hemp or Cannabis in this product and the answer is no. Aveda is natural but not that natural.

If by some miracle you are still reading this long page, God bless you, and thank you.

Have a lovely night, Kim is on Periscope now so I’m going to go listen to her change my life.

LoVe YoU!

I’m sad today.

today was one of my bad days.

I lowercased all of that because thats my mood right now, lowercase, sad, gloomy, uninspired.

I think I’ve mentioned before that I have depression. If I haven’t mentioned it then I will now. I have depression.

I have good days and bad days. I’m on medication and I do have more good days then bad days now, but today is a bad day.

My ratio of bad days are like 1:30 days a month. So only really one bad day every once in a while.

But unfortunately today is that day.

And what sucks the most is I knew it was going to happen, I sensed it last night before I went to bed. I felt the black dog coming closer to me. (I like to describe depression as a scary black dangerous dog.)

I tried everything too.

I went to church.

I got coffee.

I did my hair.

I looked cute.

I played with makeup.

Nothing.

So here I am, blogging. And it’s kind of helping. I feel like I’m actually talking to a friend. You guys are my friends by the way. All 51 of you are the bomb. Thanks for being my friend, all by choice.

But I did make a video today and I wanted to share it with you!

Here is the link!

PRODUCTS I REGRET BUYING

I don’t have a professional camera, and whatnot so don’t judge the quality.

Actually, don’t judge in general. It’s rude and nothing but heartbreaking for the person who is being judged.

I took this from tumblr:

Do you think God ever gets sad? Like, “What do you mean, you don’t love yourself? I worked so hard on you….”

I think He does. I know He worked on me and I am His, but I think He also knows that I can’t help this feeling right now.

I’m learning to love myself. Just not today.

Destiny’s Child has a song for everything.

Cue the Destiny’s Child music:

“The shoes on my feet, I bought it.

The clothes I’m wearing, I bought it.

The rock I’m rockin’, I bought it.

Cuz I depend on me”

Guys. I like the fact that I can take care of myself. I feel like I have a plan and I know what I’m doing.

It’s kinda defeating though when my parents see me as a loser, and probably living on welfare in the near future.

Oh well, it just drives me to prove them so wrong.

I am excited for what the future has to offer.

This time next year I will have my cosmetology license!

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I am so excited. I have a very reliable way to pay my rent and bills so I am not super worried. Well, as worried as I’d be if I didn’t have this plan.

I only have…. 16/17 days until I move in! How exciting!

Okay, anyways guys! Guess what I bought today!

*cue drum roll*

THE JACLYN HILL FAVORITES PALETTE! From Morphe Brushes

I just told my grandpa all about it and I’m sure he is just hiding his excitement. He probably will go out and order his soon.

Look at the beauty!

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So damn pretty.

Okay! I just wanted to show you guys! They are still on pre-sale right now, and super cheap.

Use the code JACATTACK to save some money!

Okay! I will see you guys in a coupe days, I work 12 hours everyday until Friday!

Soo…. see ya soonish! Miss you! Love you!

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My Not So Clever Title

It’s just one of those…months I think.

This is not my day, not my week, not my month. I somehow managed to get a first class seat on the struggle bus. Without even trying! Lucky me! 😐

I started my new job! I have two jobs now. I work at a clothing store and a restaurant.

Which means I am tired. And that I miss my bed. Beds are the bomb.

Speaking of bombs… I can’t wait until we bomb the ever-loving shit out of ISIS.

Sorry for the naughty word but its the only good way to express my feelings for that sentence.

Okay. Enough of my random thought train.

Makeup.

Lets talk makeup.

Lets talk about what every one has been talking about lately. The Lime Crime scandal.

Those mischievous little scammers.

So for those of you who don’t know. Lime crime is apparently stealing money from customers and not owning up to it.

That is all the information I really have about this scandal but I would like you all to know that I will not be supporting this company anymore.

I have three of their lipsticks. In all honesty I probably wasn’t going to purchase from them again anyways because I wasn’t impressed. They just didn’t last on my lips.

Seriously though, stealing money from people who were already giving money to you in the first place. What a low blow. It really takes your faith out of humanity.

If you’ve heard anything else about this scandal let me know! I want to know the scoop.

The owner of this company ought to be ashamed of themselves. She takes no responsibility and in fact is actually blaming her customers.

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Okay. I am sorry if this post came off as depressing or too complain-y.

Here’s a photo that always makes me smile.

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I mean look at it. How can you not smile.

Also because I said that some people make you lose faith in humanity here is a link that’ll help you restore your faith.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/jennaguillaume/what-has-restored-your-faith-in-humanity-in-2014#.apPqbd30B

I love you!

Have a good night! I’ll talk to you when I can, I promise! ❤ ❤ ❤

Brushes

My favorite makeup artist in the world is Jaclyn Hill. I’m sure you all know of her by now, she’s basically the Bible of cosmetics, as in she knows all.

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Look at her. She’s my soulmate.

The first video I ever watched was her “All about Makeup Brushes” video. Immediately I was hooked. If you haven’t seen this video yet I recommend watching it.

Jaclyn is who introduced me to Sigma Brushes. I love Sigma’s brushes all the hype and talk about their brushes is well worth it.

Except for that annoying f80. I have tried two of the f80 brushes and all they do is shed on me. It’s beyond annoying and I am not impressed.

Does anyone else have this problem?

Did I just get the two flukes? I don’t know guys.

I love all their brushes, but this f80 is not my friend, and I’ve tried countless times to love it.

The prices of these brushes are so reasonable. Way more reasonable than what I paid for It Cosmetics Brushes.

I switched to It Cosmetics foundation brushes after I got fed up with Sigma’s f80 and I love it.

I hate that $40 price though, but I would rather pay for my $40, non shedding brush, than a $20 brush that sheds like a dog.

Have you guys tried Morphe Brushes? I want to so badly. But I really don’t need to purchase any more brushes. I kinda, maybe, sorta, do have a makeup brush buying problem. I can’t help myself.

Some people collect stamps, others collect coins, I collect makeup brushes.

Brushes make me happy. They’re so pretty and fun.

I do recommend buying Sigma brushes in sets though. The two sets that I have from Sigma are:

The Premium Kit and the Make Me Crazy Essential Kit

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These two kits are my favorite. I use almost all of these brushes except for that awful paint brush.

I guess I am not talented enough to use a paint brush because I am a pro at leaving streaks on my face when I do try to use this brush.

Anyways I hope you guys enjoyed this post.

Please comment back about the sigma f80 questions because I really want to know if I am the only one with this problem.

I love you guys! Have a happy Wednesday.

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The first step is admitting you have a problem.

Okay, I’ll be honest. I’m a makeup junkie.

I love to buy clothes for a bargain, it’s the best feeling, makeup on the other hand is a different story.

I love every last bit of makeup, from drugstore to Dior. (I’ve never tried Dior, but when I’m rich someday I’ll be sure to try it.)

I wanted to show you guys some of my favorite makeup palettes I have tried over the years. I love makeup palettes because you get so many different eyeshadows for a good price… most of the time.

The first one is Urban Decay Naked Palette

In this palette you get 12 different colors: (from left to right) Virgin, Sin, Naked, Sidecar, Buck, Half Baked, Smog, Darkhorse, Toasted, Hustle, Creep, and Gun Metal.

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The next one is the Lorac Pro Palette. In this palette you get 16 eyeshadows.

The colors are: White, Cream, Taupe, Lt. Pink, Nude, Champagne, Gold, Lt Bronze, Mauve, Sable, Espresso, Black, Pewter, Garnet, Deep Purple, and Slate.

This palette is the best thing in the whole entire world. It’s $42.00 but I would bay twice that amount.

These colors are so pigmented and so beautiful. I just about die every time I use this palette. It’s the bomb. You need this in your life.

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Sidenote: The Lorac Pro To Go Palette is pretty too, I just never know what to do with it.

Natural At Night Neutral Eyeshadow Palette by TooFaced is also a beautiful palette. It’s tiny, pretty, and pigmented. So traveling with it is super easy.

The palette has nine colors. The first row has Full moon, Nightcap, and Cocoa Star

The second row has Night Light, After Hours, and Eclipse

The third row has Spotlight, Moon Stone, and Night Fever.

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Out of these three palettes I recommend the Lorac Pro Palette. The pigmentation of this palette is out of this world. I should do a whole review on this palette, because it’s my favorite.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post.

I love you!

Thanks for reading! Have a good rest of your day!

The “in a hurry” look.

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Okay, note to self, get the caterpillar eyebrows waxed tomorrow. I need to take a weed whacker to these beasts.

This is Saturday’s makeup look but I worked and didn’t have time to post. Sunday’s makeup look is a “I got out of bed, don’t expect anything more” look.

Saturday’s look was very simple though. So simple that I forgot blush.

Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Oil Free Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing – Primer

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L’Oreal True Match

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Better Then Sex Mascara

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Buxom Lip Gloss – Nude Beige

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Lorac Pro Pallet – Probably my favorite Christmas present of all time. Totally worth the price. Which I will not say too often.

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Thanks for reading! Happy Sunday!

xoxo,

Diva on a Dime

Dark lips, soft eyes, bad lighting.

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I wish I had a better camera, but alas I do not.

Please excuse the eyebrows, they’re a hot mess right now. 😛

Todays makeup:

Smashbox cosmetics Photo Finish Oil Free Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing – Primer

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L’Oreal True Match – Foundation

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Elf Cosmetics Studio High Definition Powder for Professional Makeup Artists – Face Powder

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Benefit Cosmetics Hervana – Blush

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Urban Decay Naked Pallet – Eyes

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Kat VonD – Lipstick (in color L.U.V matte rich violet)

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Thanks so much for reading!

-Diva on a Dime