Braided Pony

Quite simple really.

  • French braid a preferred side of your hair
  • tie an elastic band at the very end of it
  • wrap your hair in a normal pony tail
  • wrap a section of your pony tail around the elastic band – secure it with bobby pins
  • remove the elastic band from the braid and take the braid apart
    • the braid will stay where you made the whole pony tail secure
  • *if you want* you can keep the entire braid in tact and have a single braid on its own in the middle of your pony tail

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Outfit/look of the day N°

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Today was a faux fur kinda day…

  • Simple long sleeved black, tight, and low-cut $10 shirt
  • Top over with a fur vest
    • The vest and the cut to the shirt give it symmetry in the whole outfit
  • (not in picture) But I added some simple black tights
  • Vince Camuto Watch from TheBay.com. Regular price $350, but is on sale now for $210
  • Vince Camuto Earings from TheBay.com. $38.

Makeup

  • Outlined my outer bottom lash line with black pencil
  • The rest is my everyday makeup that you guys have seen 100 X before

Look of the (night) N°1

Since the weather getting (somewhat) warmer here in Canada…it only means that the crop tops can finally come out!!

And of course, a night that reached plus 10°C was more than enough to make it appropriate in my world

For the night:

  • A gray crop top that looks more like a T-shirt that got cut in half than anything else – in gray as you can see
    • Bought from Forever 21 for roughly $10
  • Combat-looking pants – because it IS only plus 10°C afterall
    • Bought in Italy
  • Faux snake skin belt for contrast
    • Pack of 5 (different patterns and colours) from Sears for $10
  • (Below) The tallest boots that I own, but quite surprisingly comfortable
    • charlotterusse.com – unfortunately sold out – $15

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Eye look N°1

I know I know…it’s been a while

Where to begin, well for starters I created this look as I went. Nothing was planned nor was it copied from someone else.

Steps:

  • Begin with priming the lids
  • Add a very neutral base
  • Blend in a subtle gray-brown(ish) colour in the crease
  • and because i felt like it, add a metallic lavender on the back half of the bottom lash line
  • add mascara & lashes
  • and of course – the brows 😉

How to make your eyes appear longer without eyeliner

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The answer: Simple mascara!

There are many different mascaras to choose from, but I’ve noticed that it’s all just a marketing scheme and they ultimately all just do the same thing. Of course, there might be the rare ones where the formulation of the mascara itself is amazing, but that honestly has nothing to do with the brush.

It’s all in how you work with the mascara wand.

For this look, I wanted a natural eye but with emphasis on the corners to make it seem like my eye is more cat-like or marlin monroe-e. To do this I curled my eyelashes with a eyelash curler, and packed the mascara on only the outer half portion of the eye, including the bottom lashes.

What this does is create the illusion of your eyes extending further in contrast to your inner lashes. I finished it off by cutting and deepening my crease with a neutral-dark(ish) colour

Outfit of the day N°1

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 **Outfit of the day **

So since spring is among us (and when I mean spring I mean temperatures in the positives – Canadian) it only means that I can finally store my thick winter jackets and replace it with leather jackets and scarfs

For today I paired simple black leggings with a top from WorkHall (a local Edmontonian Designer). Then added a scarf, my Vince Camuto watch, Coach gold bracelet, and curled the hair

Bellow is the black version of the Workhall top

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Click here to take you to WORKHALLs website

Curls with a traditional large barrel curling iron

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Click here to see how curls done with a straightener looks like

When you compare the difference between a tradiitonal curling iron and using a straightener to curl your hair, the results are pretty noticeable. Nonetheless they’re still both beautiful and are perfect for their own occasions and moods.

When I use a curling iron to curl my hair I use a traditional non clasp model to make sure that each strand of hair is getting the same amount of heat. I personally don’t like tighter curls, so after the curls have cooled down (the longer you wait the better), I apply my hair spray, gently comb it out with a wide tooth comb, and hair spray it again.

The result will give you beautiful large, bouncy hair.

Tip: If you want even bigger hair grab a portion of the end of your hair and back comb it up to push some of the hair towards your scalp – hairspray again

Comment and let me know if you want a video on my YouTube channel showing how to achieve it

Click here to see my ombre hair routine

Curls with a straightener

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Curling your hair with a straightener.

My hairs naturally wavy/frizzy if it is to dry on its own. But, when I follow the proper treatments and blow dry it, it makes curling or styling my hair in any way 100 X more easier.

For this look all I did was follow My Ombre Hair Routine as usual, turn on my hair straightener to its highest temperature and twist the iron so curls result instead of the assumed pin straight hair

If you’d like to see a step-by-step video on how I do it let me know and I’ll film a YouTube video for you guys

My Ombre Hair Routine.

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Each product that I mention. From left to right is first used to last.

 

If you’ve noticed through my Instagram pics or Youtube videos, it’s pretty obvious that I’m half blonde. Ombre, to be politically correct.

 

Being a natural dark brown colour, it took a lot of trial and error to get my hair like this. I never bleached my hair, and I made the length and health of the hair my main focus. To add, I’ve never been to a hair salon before in my life, as I prefer to teach myself everything related to beauty. My moms a certified hair stylist, so she’s been able to educate me on dyes and cuts since the womb.

 

This is how I MAINTAIN my ombre hair. (If you want another blog post on how I dyed it, let me know) :

 

It all starts in the shower:

1. I use any cleaning shampoo on my roots, since that’s where the grease buildup is – but, I don’t work it down to the ends. I use any Dove shampoo.

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*side note: my hair is almost up to my belly button*

 

2. Then, I use my purple shampoo, AG colour care, for the dyed (blonde) part. Purple or lavender shampoo is used to counteract any copper that wants to return to natural brown hair. It keeps the blonde in the hair looking ashy. I keep this purple shampoo in for about 5 minutes before I wash it out (usually keeping it up with a clip).

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3. After I wash the purple shampoo out and watch as my white shower turns lavender until it finds its way down the drain, it’s time for conditioner. I use my Liquid Gold Organic Argan Oil conditioner that I purchased from winners for about $10. I leave it in for another 5-8 minutes.

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*or*

 

Out of the shower:

 

3. I skip the conditioning step and decide to deep condition my hair OUT of the shower. I only do this once a week if not less. I use Wella Brilliance deep conditioner for thick hair (the red container). When I use it, I grab a generous amount (depending on your hair length) and focus it on the ends (don’t put it on your roots or else your hair will look greasy faster). I make my hair into a quick bun and put a plastic bag over my hair to contain the heat (conditioner works best with heat, but most of us don’t have the fancy machinery at home like they do in salons). After 30 minutes I wash the conditioner off.

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4. As the hair is still damp, I use my AG colour care bb cream as a second conditioner, making sure I don’t put it on my roots. I sometimes swap this product with Milk Shakes incredible milk 12 effects leave in treatment. They both do the same thing for my hair, but the Milk Shake product smells AMAZING.

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5. Now, it’s on to one last conditioner (excessive I know, but a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do). Getting my AG keratin repair reconstruct intense anti-breakage mask I focus it directly on my ends.

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6. Dry my hair as normal.

 

7. When my hair is 90-100% dry I get my nu-Me hydro punch hydrating intense oil (a really small amount goes a long way with this product) and finger comb it through my hair (again, not on my roots).

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Then all you have to do is style and you’re done. I know its very excessive and time consuming but you really do need to take extra measures when you dye your hair, especially when you’re going dark brown to a ash blonde.