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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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 favorite makeup brand.

I love Kat Von D. I think she is beautiful, and her confidence inspires me.

Whether you think she has too many tattoo’s or not, she is fantastic.

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Her makeup line is the best thing that has ever happen to me.

The first thing I ever tried was the lock-it tattoo concealer and I was hooked.

Then I tried the lock-it tattoo foundation. Again, and again, and again.

Ms. Von D’s makeup line is the bomb. Her foundation is full coverage and a little goes a long way.

Her foundation is my favorite foundation by a long shot. It is fairly thick, which is the consistency I like in a foundation.

I love L’Oreal’s true math but its a little too runny for me. I don’t want to feel like I’m lathering juice all over my face.

That’s just a personal preference though. L’Oreal is still one of my favorite brands.

Anyways Kat’s makeup line is everything.

I recently purchased her contouring kit. I have yet to try it but reading all the review’s I know I am already in love.

Also check out her lipsticks. I only have one but its my favorite lipstick. It’s the only lipstick that truly stays on my lips for a decent about of time.

Alright loves, hope you all have a good night, make good choices. Talk to you soon.

Love

us.

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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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Hi, Loves.

Hi friends,

So in all honesty, I have nothing profound to blog about. I haven’t worn anything super cute, and I haven’t been loving my makeup these past couple of days.

So I decided to list completely random things that I have bought lately.

I hope you enjoy it!

  1. Smashbox Primers – their primers are very creamy, and a little goes a long way
  2. Bath & Body Works Forever Red Body Cream – I love the smell I swear it lasts all day, and they usually have some sort of sale.
  3. Spaghetti Squash – It’s better than pasta, cooks in the same amount of time, and much better for you. If you want to know some recipes let me know.
  4. The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Care Kit – Screen Shot 2015-02-10 at 8.35.57 PM  Stop reading this post, get in your car, drive to Ulta, and go buy this product I got the full sized set for only $25.00. It feels intense on your skin, but I swear it’s extremely gentle. Seriously my favorite product of all time.
  5. Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick – any shade, every shade, they’re beautiful.
  6. Kale.

Thanks for reading! I love you guys!

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