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 waxing kit that kicks ass

Apart from epilating my hair (see earlier post on my blog) I also wax. I used to wax my bikini & upper lip – but now I just wax the upper lip since I decided to get laser hair removal on the bikini (which I strongly recommend).

Anyways… here are the products/tools I use:

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My go-to heater is the amazing GiGi single wax warmer. The only problem with this is that you have to continue using GiGi waxes, but I have no problem with it since they’re absolutely amazing (and have a lot of different types to choose from – aka chocolate wax). It has three settings: low, medium, and high. And takes about 20 minutes to heat up the wax completely. I’ve tried “traditional” microwavable wax but it came to this point where it was just annoying to constantly bring it back to the microwave to heat it back up again.

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Next, we have the wax itself. As previously mentioned I use all GiGi wax products. I have the “All Purpose Honee” that, like it says, is all purpose. That being said, I use it mostly on my body. I don’t have very sensitive skin, but I would advice to buy their sensitive version to use on the face. All you do is pop this can into the heater and wait.

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Now for the wax paper. I bought this larger pack of wax strips that have lasted me FOREVER. I know it comes in a smaller roll, but it all depends on which brand you buy. I would advice going to a Sally’s beauty supply to purchase this, you don’t want to cheap out on something that’s going to break on you mid-pull. OR if you have old sheets that are stained or you’re going to throw away anyways, they make an amazing replacement for wax strips. Just like what you’d do to this roll – cut out the size appropriate to what you need.

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Last but not least we have the applicator tool: aka Popsicle sticks. You can go to literally any crafts store or dollar store and buy a pack of these for a dollar. I do know that the professional beauty supply stores have different sizes to reach on different areas of the body, but if you know what you’re doing, it should be fine.

A TIP – Use olive oil after the waxing session to remove any lingering wax on the skin. Soap won’t do anything.

Epilating Experience

I’m Italian. With that being said, it’s safe to say I have hair everywhere. I started shaving my legs in junior high if my memory serves me right. The hairs would start to grow back after about a day and it didn’t really seem worth it. Razors are expensive (around $25 for refills) and I was leaning more towards waxing the hairs. The problem with waxing is that doing it yourself is extremely difficult, paying for it is extremely expensive, and you have to wait a long time for the hairs to grow long enough so it’ll actually work.

So…I started epilating

I was fortunate to choose an amazing epilator on the first try. The PHILIPS Satinelle Epilator for around $40 CAN found and Wal-Mart.

What is an epilator and how does it work?

Epilators essentially tweeze the hairs from their follicles. It’s the same results as waxing, since the hair is getting pulled. Therefore the hairs grow back slower and lighter (compared to shaving or using the cream). These tweezers are made in a way to essentially thread the hairs and pull them out. This specific epilator has three different speed settings, which determines how fast your hairs will be pulled. They do this because at the beginning, it hurts…and it hurts a lot.

Fast forward 4 years and this is the only way I remove hair on my legs, arm pits, (sometimes because of the pain) upper lip, toes (yes), and bikini area. The only reason I don’t do my arms is because I feel like it’s not a big deal for women to have arm hair. The first time you use the epilator for ANYTHING it will hurt because your hairs follicle is extremely thick (due to you always shaving it) but I promise, the more you do it, the less pain it will be.

I now have “bald spots” on my legs where hairs don’t even grow anymore and if the hair does eventually grow, it takes about a week and a half (or longer sometimes) for there to be even a little sprout come through the skin. My bikini area doesn’t even grow anymore, and my armpits take about 2 weeks to grow back. Also, to add, my armpits don’t have those black bumps anymore –it’s completely smooth.

Even after all this time, it still hurts like a b**** to use it on my upper lip, especially the middle part. So if your pain tolerance is really low, I wouldn’t recommend it.

Not many people know about epilators, and I think it’s a VERY useful way to get rid of hairs.

If you have ANY questions, please feel free to ask.

**Update – I now started receiving treatments for laser hair removal on the Brazilian area. A blog review on that will come soon**