How to Apply Lashes | Affordable Lashes

Hey everyone! Last week I uploaded a video on how to apply lashes. I love to use lashes because my natural lashes frequently ride the struggle bus (sigh). While I love mascara sometimes the look that I’m going for requires a lash to amp it up.

Recently I found a company that sells super affordable lashes and they are of BOMB quality. Your Lash Bar has a nice variety of styles. I was soooo excited to try these lashes and I fell in love with the style Dirty Martini. I also love the prices and Your Lash Bar offers bundle deals, 3 for $15 and 5 for $25.

Regardless of the brand or style this is how I apply my lashes. Below in the video I show you these steps in action.

  1. Prep my lash line in 2 ways
    1. Tight line my water line with a pencil liner. My favorite is the NYC kohl liner
    2. Line the lid. I prefer a liquid or cream liner for this step. I usually make the line super thin or if you prefer a winged line this is when you can do that.
  2. Prep my lashes with mascara and curl if needed.
  3. Measure the lash and trim from the outer side if you need. You want the lash to fall into perspective with your natural shape.
  4. Thinly apply 2 coast of lash glue (no it doesn’t matter if you use clear or black glue).
  5. Let your glue get tacky by drying it for about 15-30 seconds. This is so important because your lash won’t have so much slip when you put it on.
  6. Put the lash to your lash line and start to secure. I like to secure the center and then the corners.
  7. Let it set and can blend the strip with a little more liner to conceal if needed.
  8. Then you can blink away!!! This is the equivilant to a hair flip after a fresh style or wig in my case 😉

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Blonde Bombshell Wigs

IMG_7284My own journey has been quite the journey and can be a separate post alone . As much as I love wearing my natural hair & curls I really minimize the amount of chemical and heat manipulation I do to my hair. I’ve been craving a change in hair color for some months now and luckily I have wigs to the rescue to help.

Blonde wigs have been my THING lately! I love ombre blonde wigs because they are so gorgeous when the color is on point! I mostly use ombre colors because they give you color and are easy to pull off! I have 2 blonde wigs that I’ve gotten an overwhelming amount of compliments  on that I will share with you today. Both will have full YouTube reviews at the end of this post for you to check out!

The first video below features the Bobbi Boss Misha Wig. It is a lace front wig with synthetic hair fibers. She is a straight hair unit and the blond color (TT6/1010) leans towards the ashier side. The roots of this wig are a dark brown. This hair isn’t super voluminous, which can be a con because you don’t want a thin wig if you have a larger head; nevertheless the look is very sleek. I do have a larger head and I do not mind this density.

The second video features the Zury Sis Slay Olive Wig. This is another synthetic lace front wig. This style has BEAUTIFUL waves to it and lovely volume. Out of the 2 wigs this one is my personal favorite. This blonde color (SOM RT Pearl Blonde) is more creamy compared to Misha and the roots are darker.

Both wigs are heat safe up to 350 degrees fahrenheit. I rarely put heat to synthetic wigs that already have wave or curls. I have used heat tools on straight styles just to sleek them out a little more.

The best benefit is the price! These wigs won’t have you forking over too many coins to look fabulous and are usually available for under $40.

Check out the 2 videos below for more information and an up-close look at these wigs.

xoxo Anissa

 

Fall & Winter Lipstick Lookbook

Well Fall is in full swing and along with the change in season comes a change in makeup. During each season I love playing with lip color the most, hence the name of the blog.

I had a subscriber requested a video all about Fall lipstick and of course I was thrilled. From my lipstick collection I fished out and also added a shade or two of colors that are PERFECT for Fall & Winter 2017. While I emphasize that these lip colors are perfect for deeper skin tones they are also flattering for lighter skin tones as well. I also have shades that range from neutral to bold. Watch my lookbook below for more details and below the video are all of the links to shop! Enjoy and don’t forget to visit my YouTube channel and subscribe for more fun 🙂

 

❤PRODUCTS IN LOOKBOOK❤
MAC “Persistence” http://go.magik.ly/ml/6ynn/
MAC “Stone” http://go.magik.ly/ml/6ynn/
MAC “On-and-On” http://go.magik.ly/ml/6ynq/
Smashbox “Out Loud” http://go.magik.ly/r/lipstickan/24a4f/
Maybelline Viva Matte Liquid “Coffe Buzz” & ” Smoky Rose” http://go.magik.ly/ml/6ynt/
Promo Code: MAGICLINKS350 for $3.50 off $15+ spend
Lancome Matte Shaker “481 Plum Plum Girl” & “501 Dark Fiction” http://go.magik.ly/ml/6ynl/
NYX Lip Lingerie “Exotic” http://go.magik.ly/ml/6ynu/
Promo Code: MAGICLINKS350 for $3.50 off $15+ spend
NYX Love Out Loud “Passionate” http://go.magik.ly/ml/6ynx/ Promo Code: MAGICLINKS350 for $3.50 off $15+ spend
Milani Metallic Lip Cream “Materialistic” (I usually buy at Walmart)

 

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Beauty Bite: 7 LIT AF Highlighting Hacks!

Who else is addicted to highlighter?!?! I own a variety of products that to keep my glow game LIT AF! I love highlighting hacks because they take my highlight to a new level…  so naturally I must share with you all because I love you all and am obsessed with keeping my A Gang glamorous! Side note: if you are reading/following my  blog and/or subscribed to my YouTube channel you’re apart of the A Gang. You’re welcome xoxo

Hack 1 Prime to Glow: Add a glow to your favorite primer to get the glow from within look. The technique is to mix a liquid highlighter (or event a loose pigment) with your favorite primer or you can try a primer that is a radiance formula (aka they put the highlight in for you). My current favorite radiant primer is by Smashbox which you can buy here ; I like to even wear it alone on a minimal day and it is also great for photography makeup.

Hack 2 Foundation Glow Bomb: Mixing a liquid highlighter into my foundation to give a glow from within. The NYX Liquid Highlighter is so affordable and perfect shade range for all skin tone Check it out my tutorial when I use this hack here

Hack 3 Lit Up Moisturizer: I add a little bit of pigment to a moisturizer for the days I go without makeup. You can also scrap a little highlighter out of the pan and sprinkle it into a moisturizer too. I love to do this with lotion so I achieve a healthy glow. I usually use the Mel

Hack 4 Glow Intensifying Facial Mist: If you want to amp up your setting spray then add pigment to it. I have a mixture of 3 pigments ranging from rose golds to golds in MAC Fix +, shake to mix, and spray after applying my makeup.

Hack 5 Oil + Highlighter = Dewy Amp Up: This is my latest discovery and boy does it enhance the skin. After my foundation is complete I add 2 drops of my Smashbox Primer Oil to beauty blender and dab it on my cheekbones. I go over it with my powder highlighter, then melt it into the skin with the same beauty blender and lastly add one highlighter to amp it up. By the way you can do this to pop you collar bones and shoulders which is amazing when you wear off-the-shoulder tops.

Hack 6 Shoulder Highlight: A body glow in my opinion is equally important as blending your foundation to your neck. I like to use a fluffy fan brush and dust the high points of my shoulders, collar bones, and even boobs.

Bonus Tip! I always melt the highlighter into the skin with a beauty blender! This blending technique will ALWAYS leave your highlighter flawless and avoid the streaky look. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Check out my favorite highlighters here. P.S. for these formulas listed there is a shade perfect for every skin tone, but the shade I use will be in parenthesis.

  1. Carli Bybel Palette (this is an amazing value to get both shadows and highlighters)
  2. Laura Mercier Face Illuminator (Addiction)
  3. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Radiance
  4. Smashbox Highlighter palette
  5. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick (Bronze)
  6. NYX Born to Glow Liquid highlighter (Gleam & Sun Goddess)
  7. MAC Cream Color Base ” Hush”
  8. Smashbox Primer Oil
  9. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector (Champange Pop)

 

My Skincare Secrets Revealed!

Great makeup application starts with skin care! I used to not value this fact until around 2 years ago. I’m spilling ALL of my secrets after struggling for years (and wasting money) to find all of the product I have to treat my concerns with my skin.

I used to hate skincare because I felt like nothing, NOTHING, ever worked. Even when applying make up I would still notice uneven texture and going without makeup (even to the grocery store) was an unbearable thought. One day at work this all changed when my friend, a cosmetics manager, forced me to sit in a chair and have a facial treatment. I started to feel pampered and special and thought I should always treat my skin well. So that day I decided to invest in Dr. Dennis Gross products  that I had never tried after hearing finally a pitch that made sense and was backed by ingredients aside from salicylic acid (the status quo of managing problematic skin). I was terrified and didn’t have high hopes since everything I tried produced lack-luster results.  Yet a few weeks I started to notice that this Dr. Dennis stuff actually works.

Last year I ventured into the Mario Badescu and started to fall in love with it. There is a variety of products that I’ve tried and that have made it into my daily routine giving me some good results. Also, it has a charming simplistic & hipster vibe; oh, and yes the price is good. Currently Dr. Dennis Gross and Mario Badescu products fuel my addiction to skin care.

All of my skin care secrets are for combination skin.My main concerns I had trouble finding products and a regiment to address before are the following: even tone & texture, even moisture distribution, improving hyper-pigmentation, managing breakouts, refining pores/pore reduction, deep pore cleansing, and preventing premature aging signs (in the past year).

 

PRODUCTS SHOWN:

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NYX Lip Lingerie NEW Release 2017

NYX is one of, if not, my absolute favorite affordable makeup brands. I’m always drawn to their vast selection in lipstick shades. THERE ARE SO MANY!

My latest go-to shade range for lip colors are nudes and moody/muted tones. I think they’re the most sexy and effortless on me. I love the shades offered in the NYX Lip Lingerie collection. You can find nudes and muted hues to create super on-trend makeup looks. NYX originally released this collection early 2016 and I purchased 5 colors alone last year. There was mixed reviews on the formula, but like most liquid matte lipsticks you need to initially take care of your lips.

This year I picked up 3 and it was so hard not to buy more. Side note, I have promised myself that this years I would be a responsible spender and not buy every single thing on impulse. So back to the lipsticks, I purchased the 3 that I know I would wear and adore.

The colors I purchased are: Seduction, Cashmere Silk, and Cabaret Show. Seduction is my favorite! I also recommend After Hours, Bustier, and French Maid, especially for deeper skin tones. Check out my swatches and review in the video below and shop the collection at Ulta Beauty here.

Divatress Affordable Wig Review Pt 1

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I don’t hide my love for affordable wigs, in fact I celebrate it proudly. I’ve been wearing synthetic lace front wigs for a little over a year and have reviewed a ton in different styles, lengths, and hair colors. I have been able to satisfy my desire to be versatile without breaking the bank or damaging my hair by wearing wigs.

Divatress.com sent me a unit to review and I was overjoyed. Before I speak on the wig, let me reassure you that this site has a TON of affordable wig options, so check them out here.

The first wig I reviewed on my YouTube Channel is the  Isis Brown Sugar Lace Front Wig BS219 and you can shop the wig here. I’ve included my list of pros, cons, and styling tips and please watch my un-boxing and try-on as well below.

Pros:

  1. Price is $40 super affordable
  2. Color on the wig is amazing and perfectly blended
  3. The wig shape is an angled bob with flattering layers.
  4. The lace on this wig is super soft and blends well!
  5. Did not have to pluck the part at all. Sometimes the part is too dense and has to be plucked with tweezers.
  6. Large head friendly!

Con:

  1. I wish the back of the wig was denser.
  2. The curls fell easy when I picked them apart by hand.
  3. This wig doesn’t state being heat friendly and says that the hair blend is called human hair style-mix; very confusing.

Styling Tips:

  1. I picked out the curls to achieve more volume and desired texture.
  2. I also sheared the side bang so it will lay perfectly.
  3. I added my concealer to the part to define it more