OCC Lip Tar Haul

Hi dolls!

This quick haul is going to be about OCC Lip Tars. I picked some up while at IMATS a few weeks ago, and dammit these deserve every award out there!! If you don’t know about OCC, their products are 100% Vegan and Cruelty Free. And, if that’s not enough, their products are so pigmented that a little seriously goes a long way. Trust me.  They have a multitude of colors, but I only picked up 3 and a nail polish, which is also amazeballs! They launched a new concealer collection recently that is also pretty amazing! If you’re an aspiring  makeup artist, I highly recommend you own all of them, including the lip tars. You will not go wrong with these!

Here are the LT’s I picked up: Tone, Divine and Hush.

They are beautiful on and SO vibrant! They don’t dry out your lips (although, I always moisturize before applying anything on my lips), and the color lasts a while. The dots of color you see on my hand is way too much product if you would believe it. I’m serious guys, a small dot will cover your entire mouth!

Check them out at www.occmakeup.com or if you live in the LA area, go to Nigel’s Beauty Emporium in North Hollywood to see them in person. You’ll fall in love, I promise!

XO – Lovelylin

M.A.C Haul – Pure Awesomeness!

Hi pretty babies!!!

This is going to be a quick HAUL on a few things I just bought from MAC!  I decided to finally try a CREAM BLUSH! Yes, I know I’m probably super late on this, but I’ve been scared! LOL! I guess I’ve been scared because I wasn’t always good at applying it onto my cheeks.

This cream blush is called “Something Special” and let me just tell you guys that it’s gorgeous! It’s a pinkish/peach color and it goes on beautifuly! It doesn’t cake up either.  Tip #1: Use a natural hair “domed” shaped brush to apply it. You can use an angled brush or dual fiber bruh as well, but I feel like the domed shaped brush gives you a better application. Tip #2: You can use cream blushes as a base for your powder blush! It’s a great way to help your blush last all day, too!

This next blush is called “Peaches” and it’s just that…Peach! It looks similar to the cream blush, but it really isn’t. They both go on very differently.

I thought about going with “Modern Mandarin” from their TRES CHEEK Collection, but it was just a bit too orange for me.  So I went with “Peaches”.  I also bought “Immortal Flower” from that collection, but I’ll talk about that one in a different post ;-)! Peaches, is more of a matte blush and it blends SO well with “Something Special”!! Too well infact! I mean, it’s just sinfully beautiful. Definitely a must have for this Spring/Summer!

And lastly, my mineralized skinfinish! This is the one I just DIE for…it’s called “Soft & Gentle”.  I honestly cannot say enough about this one. It’s seriously to die for! It’s by far the best highlighter I’ve had!! You can wear it alone or apply it to the areas you want to accentuate (cheek bones, brow bone, bridge of your nose, temples, chin, etc.).  It’s heavily pigmented so a little WILL go a long way and it should last you a long time, but if you’re like me and use it everyday…that may not be the case LOL!

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this lil haul and I hope that you go out and check these bad boys out (if you don’t already have them)!

Stay beautiful and remember, when in doubt…wear lipstick!

xoxo – LL

DIY: Beauty Recipes w/Rosemary

Good morning beauties!! I hope that your week is off to a great start! Today I wanted to talk about a little shrub that we normally cook with, Rosemary. Some of us have it in our kitchen, but the small herbaceous shrub has a multitude of benefits outside the realms of gastronomy and gardening. And while some of us can be obsessed with the aroma of the spiky little plant, I’m excited about its DIY beauty potential. Primarily beneficial for those with oily, acne-prone skin, rosemary oil and extract both have powerful astringent, anti-fungal, and disinfecting properties. The plant is also rich in biologically active compounds and antioxidants such as calcium, vitamin B6, iron, cineole, and verbenon that effectively tone and tighten loose, sagging skin. Here are the awesome recipes you can try! I’ve tried the Rosemary Toner and it’s pretty amazing!

Rosemary Hair Rinse

1. 1/2 cup dried rosemary

2. 1/2 cup olive oil

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat until the oil is warm. Turn off the stove and let the rosemary marinate in the oil for an additional 20 minutes. Strain the dried leaves from the mixture and pour the rosemary oil into a bottle or bowl. Proceed to coat your scalp and strands with it, then wrap your hair in a shower cap. Leave the rinse on for 20 minutes as you go about your day, or blow-dry the cap on low heat for deeper penetration. When you’re finished, shampoo your hair to remove the excess oil.

Rosemary Winter Mint Foot Scrub

1. 1 1/2 cups of brown sugar

2. 1/4 cup of epsom salt

3. 1 cup carrier oil such as olive, jojoba or sunflower

4. 5 to 10 drops of rosemary essential oil

5. 5. to 10 drops of peppermint essential oil

Mix the sugar, salt, and carrier oil in a medium-sized bowl, and stir until well-blended. Alternate adding one drop of peppermint and one drop of rosemary oil to make sure the scent is evenly distributed throughout your mixture. Store the mix in an air-tight jar in the bathroom, and scrub your feet clean every time you shower!

Acne Fighting Rosemary Toner

1. 3/4 cup of water

2. 1 fresh rosemary sprig

3. 1 Tbsp of black peppercorns

4. 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

Apply this toner to oily or combination skin to reduce blemishes and calm inflammations. Boil 3/4 cup of water in a saucer, then drop in the rosemary and black pepper. When half of the water has evaporated from the pot, turn off the heat and let it cool. After the liquid has cooled down, pour it into an empty bottle and add the apple cider vinegar. Dab the mixture onto your skin with a cotton pad every evening after cleansing. This quantity should last you one or two weeks. Remember that you must test everything out first before applying it directly to your hair, skin and face. You can test these out by applying them to a very small area on your arm, or even behind your head (small strand of hair), to ensure you don’t have an allergic reaction.

I hope that you all find these DIY tips and recipes useful and helpful, and I hope that you are excited to hear about them as I am excited to write about them!

I wish you all an amazing rest of the week and remember, you’re all beautiful…inside and out!

xoxoxo – LL

DIY Beauty Recipes: Bananas Anyone?

Good morning beauties!!! Thank goodness it’s almost Friday!

I stayed up pretty late last night thinking of a topic to talk about today, and thought…”why don’t I discuss ways to DIY”!  I’m always looking to save money because let’s face it; I just can’t afford all of these great products!  I’m always looking for DIY recipes because they’re easy and I can almost always find all the ingredients in my pantry or refrigerator! 

So let’s talk bananas!  Bananas are always in season and readily available at your local grocery store. It’s packed with potassium, vitamin B and C, and tryptophan that help revitalize dry skin and hair. Here are three banana recipes to help you stay soft and silky all year round!

Hydrating Hair Conditioner

  1. 1/2 Ripe banana
  2. 1/2 Ripe avocado
  3. 2 Teaspoons of plain yogurt
  4. 1 Tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
  5. Wide tooth comb
  6. Disposable shower cap

Mash the banana and avocado together in a bowl until smooth and stir in the yogurt and extra virgin olive oil. Wash your hair with shampoo and towel dry. Apply the conditioning mask into your hair thoroughly (avoiding the scalp area) and use a wide tooth comb to ensure it’s evenly distributed. Wrap your hair into a bun and cover your head with a disposable shower cap. Leave it on for 20-25 minutes, rinse out in the shower, and follow up with a shampoo to wash the conditioner completely out. 

Moisturizing Body Exfoliator – This one is my FAVORITE!

  1. 1 Ripe banana
  2. 4 Large strawberries
  3. 2 Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  4. 1/2 Cup of raw or processed sugar

Mash the banana and strawberries together in a bowl until smooth and stir in the extra virgin olive oil and sugar. Mix all the ingredients until you have a smooth consistency. In the shower, apply this mixture in circular motions all over your body and let it sit for 3 minutes. Rinse off with warm water, pat dry, and follow up with your favorite moisturizer. The scent is sweet, not strong! Best of all…your skin will feel soooooo soft!  

Brightening Mask

  1. 1/2 Ripe banana
  2. 1/4 Cup of oatmeal

Mash the banana until smooth and mix in the oatmeal. On a clean face, pat the mixture on your skin, avoiding the eye area, and let it sit for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water and follow up with your favorite toner (optional) and moisturizer. 

** Like any homemade recipe you’ve never used before, be sure to patch test beforehand to see if you have skin reactions. If you already know you’re allergic to some of these ingredients STAY AWAY and continue using your day to day products.**

I hope you find this helpful.  I’ll continue to do my best in trying to find easy and affordable DIY ways to help my fellow beauties out! If you have any questions or have your own DIY tips, please feel free to leave your comment! Positive feedback is ALWAYS welcomed. 

XOXO ~ LovelyLin

Curly Hair Myths

For the ladies like myself and my lovely friend aka my twin (seen here on the left in the picture w/me), I found this article talking about our curly manes! It took me years to figure out what products to use for my hair and how to cut it!  I’m Latina and my friend is Halfrican! Yes, you read it correctly, “Halfrican”.  She uses this term proudly and told me to write just that.  =)

I came across a specific shampoo and conditioner about eight years ago, and I’ve been a loyal fan ever since. I was at the mall and went into the salon where the product was sold, and right before I could say two words, the only male stylist there asked why my hair wasn’t cut in layers! LAYERS? I didn’t even know it had to be! Fact is, it does!  Needless to say, he cut my hair and I’ve been cutting it in layers ever since.  If you don’t cut your hair in layers you end up looking like a lil’ mushroom…LOL!  Now, my friend has curly hair just like mine, but it has a different texture.  My 3 year old has her same texture because she too is half African-American.  Her curls are a bit tighter and thicker than mine though.  For her,  I use a product called “Mixed Chicks” and they have sulfate-free products.

Now for that article!

Did you know an estimated 65 percent of women have naturally curly or wavy hair? It’s true, and many are guilty of styling with the wrong set of hair rules. Think your waves are uncontrollable? You might just be making a classic hair-care mistake. Common complaints like frizz, tangles, and texture are easily fixed when you know the proper way to tame your mane. We asked curly-hair guru and owner of Devachan Salons and Spa, Lorraine Massey, to separate fact from fiction so you can master your sexy spirals—and keep the bad-hair days at bay!
 
MYTH: You can brush your curls into submission (i.e., straight).
 
“It may seem like you can flatten or smooth your curly hair by brushing it. But the act of brushing or combing your hair actually disturbs the curls’ natural formation and ruffles each strand’s cuticle,” says Lorraine. “This causes the curls to break apart, and the result of these dispersed curls is frizz, frizz, and more frizz.” Instead, use your fingers to comb through your curls only when your hair is wet and saturated with conditioner when you’re in the shower.  “Curly hair is fragile, and the conditioner prevents breakage,” Lorraine explains. Once you get out of the shower, gently scrunch in a silicone-free, alcohol-free gel into soaking-wet hair. This captures the curl’s natural formation and again, prevents frizz. Then don’t touch your hair until it’s totally dry. “Touching before the curls are properly formed and dry causes the same friction as a brush. It disperses the curls and causes the ongoing dreaded frustration of the frizz!” says Lorraine.
 
MYTH: Any shampoo that says it’s for curly hair will do.
 
Absolutely not! “Traditional shampoos have been causing curly girls to hate their hair for decades. That’s because traditional shampoos contain harsh detergents called sulfates, such as sodium lauryl sulfate,” says Lorraine. Sulfates are foaming agents that strip curly hair of its natural oils, and since curly hair is naturally dry and has little to no natural oil, it needs all the moisture it can retain and absorb to be healthy and frizz-free. (Sulfates are the same foaming agents in dish soap and laundry detergent, and you wouldn’t wash your hair with those products, would you?) Even some shampoos that say they’re for curly hair contain these ingredients, so beware—and read labels! Instead, “cleanse hair with 100% sulfate-free cleansers and shampoos, and if you can’t find one at a store near you, cleanse your hair with silicone-free conditioner,” says Lorraine. “What cleans the hair and scalp the most is friction so you can just apply your sulfate-free cleanser or your conditioner to your finger-tips and firmly but gently massage your scalp to break up dirt.” Then rinse the condition out with water to remove it from your hair.
 
MYTH: Conditioner is optional.
 
“Conditioner is a curly girl’s BFF!” gushes Lorraine. “Once curly hair fibers are sufficiently hydrated with conditioner, they will hold onto the moisture they need and the frizz will go away. Curly hair is porous, but the conditioner fills the holes, a bit like spackle on a wall. It also smooths and fills in the surface so that light can reflect off it.”  Leave some or all of your conditioner in your hair rather than rinsing. Generally, the tighter the curl or the drier your hair is, the more conditioner you need to leave in. Also, the frizzier, your hair typically is, the more conditioner you need to leave in. “Remember: Frizz is just a curl begging for more moisture—which is conditioner!” says Lorraine.
 

Now for my two cents:

Curly hair, from what I know and in MY experience, can be cut while wet, but the person cutting it HAS to know what they’re doing.  It’s recommended that it be cut while it’s dry and in its natural form because curls shrink. I’ve personally gotten my hair cut while wet and blow dried with no problems.  It has worked for me and as you can see from the picture, I have very tight curls.  

I know that this doesn’t apply to everyone because we are all different and have different hair textures, but I hope the article has given a little insight to those that have had troubles trying to figure out what to do with their curly hair.  xoxo =)

Stay beautiful!

LovelyLin


 

Faux Golden Glow

 

Living in California has always been a plus for me because regardless of the time of year, the sun is almost always out! However, that doesn’t mean that I don’t try and fake a sunkissed look every now and then…LOL!  During the Winter/Fall months, your skin tends to get a bit lighter because the sun isn’t always out like it is in the summer and you tend to stay indoors to avoid being cold. Here are few tips to help give you that perfect tan look without the harsh effects of the sun. 

The right bronzer can give you that oh so sexy St. Tropez tan, but to successfully get this look, you must select a shade that warms your complexion, rather than change it. 

Light Complexions: Stick to a sheer, cool bronzer that has a beige undertone. Anything too brown will be obvious and make your skin muddy.

Medium Complexions: You guys are some lucky ladies! You can pretty much get away with any bronzer, but your best bet will be one that’s gold or brown.  Those hues really warm up your skin. 

Dark Complexions: Golden and brown-based bronzers look the most natural on you.  If your skin is very dark, opt for a bronzer with more red or copper in it, which will really pop and give you a beautiful, sunny color.  

Give your face a light dusting with translucent powder before applying the bronzer to matte any oils from the skin. Then apply the bronzer in the “W” area of the face (cheeks and the bridge of the nose), which is where the sun naturally hits. Give your cheeks a light dusting first, then, in a circular motion, move the brush across the bridge of the nose without re-dipping into the bronzer. Using what’s left on the brush go into the hairline.  Don’t forget to sweep the bronzer onto your ears because if the ears don’t match the illusion of the tan is broken.

To get a believable looking tan, apply a bright pink blush onto the apples of the cheeks. And finally, don’t neglect your neck and cleavage! Give both areas a light dusting as well and you should be good to go! 

You can use any bronzer you’d like to accomplish this look.  I have personally used NARS bronzer in Laguna and NARS Multiple in Palm Beach (cream-to-powder stick). Both are amazing. If you go with the Multiple Stick, be sure to use your fingers to enhance and sculpt cheekbones, eyes and the jawline. Hope this helps!  

As always…stay beautiful!

LovelyLin

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