Saturday, June 22, 2013

No hiding behind this MASK.....

No this is not a Halloween post.....This is not  zombie tutorial... this is next hottest thing in clear, radiant skin!

Okay so shield your eyes...

I know what this looks like.....I came down with a flesh eating disease, but its actually supposed to help your flesh (skin)...if you haven't heard about this stuff, it boasts some pretty cool things....

First off, it contains active ingredients such as; Volcanic rock, French sea clay, green tea leaf, and TEAOXI (there special secret formula) .

It claims to increase natural collagen synthesis, make skin appear more youthful and radiant, provides resurfacing exfoliation, plus brightens, tightens, and smoothes.  Can I use this on my rear??? (just wondering) LOL

First impressions, it goes on with clumps of stuff, and gritty, but a little goes a long way. The jar is small and a little pricey, so thank goodness you don't need a ton

The instruction say smooth on all over face and let dry, then rinse thoroughly with water. I left it on a little longer than needed after drying (because I always abuse beauty products and I was in the sun so it dried super fast). Instantly my face felt tighter (I am not sure if it just seemed dry and tight, or noticeably tightened) it did a nice job at exfoliating, and I went the extra mile and as I rinsed I further gently scrubbed my face. My skin did look brighter and radiant, even my monster pimple looked a little smaller (YAY!) and when I did apply my makeup it went over my skin more smoothly.

Overall, I am happy and I think with continued weekly use I will see more results, this is only the first time I have tried it. I will keep you posted and I have a link if you want to purchase this and see for yourself. It can also be found at Sephora stores. If you visit the site by clicking on the link you can order a sample!!! YAY! free stuff :)


On a side note, I do enjoy weekly at home facial treatments and masks for clearer skin and deep cleansing of the pores, but if you have never used a mud mask, you can expect some acne to pop up ...this is called "purging" when the deep dirt and bacteria are drawn to the surface. This is a good thing, but sometimes it makes your skin look worse before it looks better. With continued use the masks will maintain that clean pore feeling and the "purging" will be minimal.

XOXO Marissa

Gel-Like Manicure without UV light

GEL- like Manicure at home without the UV light

I was doing some research and came across some products that will give you a lasting gel-like manicure at home. It's a fraction of the cost of the salon style gel manis and requires no uv light, which means no harmful rays. The other great things is once this is easily removed with regular nail polish, your nails are not thin and brittle as sometimes happens with the harsh removal of the salon gel nails. I am going to put my theory to the test and see how long it lasts and I will let you know, but the immediate results are well worth you giving this a try.
These are the products you will need, I happen to LOVE Sally Hansen products, but you could you similar products from a different brand.
 Step one: Use one coat of Nail Hardener- I like Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Wraps (allow to dry)
Step two: Use your favorite nail color- Again, I love the Extreme Wear by Sally- dries fast lasts longer than most and great coverage with one coat
Step three: After the color has a minute to dry, apply a chip resistant shiny top coat- I love the No Chip acrylic top coat by Sally Hansen
Give it all a minute to set....and it really only needs a minute or 2 and you are good to go. I will let you know how long mines lasted...with dishes, hand washing, cleaning, etc we SHALL see. Let me know what you think!!
XO Marissa


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

When you are beautiful on the inside radiates outward...

This is my beautiful friend Amanda, she's stunning in this photo, but the type of friend she is adds to her beauty! She's the best, that's all there is to it. This is round one of MONDAY MAKEOVERS....just added on Thursday...LOL.

Just natural and lovely....

Geek Chic, nerdy can be purrrrty!

Ok, so when I got my first pair of glasses I was excited for all of ONE day.

Until the name calling, teasing, low self esteem happened....

That was then..... this is NOW. I don't wear them everyday, because they are kind of annoying and I love my contacts, but on occasion I do wear my glasses and I kind of feel mysteriously hot.

I call it the Sexy Librarian Effect.... call me crazy. But there is a certain mystery about a woman behind a set of goggles. It's like the movie where the girl wearing glasses in high school is transformed at prom and all the boys look at her differently ( I guess that happens after she takes the glasses OFF) not my point.... anyways I love a women in glasses... a smart, intelligent, something behind the frames that you can't put your finger on.

This inspired me to share a little about wearing makeup when you wear glasses.

     First, you need to define your brows a little they say the brows frame your face...but now you have another set of FRAMES competing you need to help your brows stand out by using brow gel, pencil, liner, powder etc. I personally love a soft natural defined brow using a brow powder that is an exact match for your brow hair, nothing too dark, too ashy or too red.

You can find great products no matter what color your hair from this line..... ANASTASIA
The inventor of this line is a famous Brow Tamer to the stars....she has something for everyone!

      Second, your eyes can get lost behind the glare and the define those peepers. I love a soft dark brown liner smudged a little. It's not as harsh as black but still defines the eyes. I also think you can get away liner alone, maybe a soft cream shadow to set the look off.

      Third, make sure you conceal you under eye bags. Glasses can cast a shadow under the eye, so you will want to really conceal any darkness that is already there.

Some BROWS I love....

You don't need to change your makeup routine drastically, but follow those tips and you will glow!

Just as long as you don't pull this look... HA HA HA...just teasing!
Have an incredible day... celebrate your inner naughty nerd tomorrow...Who's with ME??
XO- Marissa
In the wise words of Audrey Hepburn..."The prettiest girls, are happy girls."

I find this to be so true. So let go of what troubles you in life, whether it be a friend who is no longer "friendly", a man who needs to "man up", or a job that needs to be "fired".

Whatever it is that is ailing you....have the power to let it go, sometimes we are too afraid of change to let ourselves let go of what is "comfortable" or "normal". Change isn't bad....seasons change, people change, and so on.

I have changed over the years, everyday in fact, for the better and I finally had the courage to kick the BULL to the curb and move on. I have never turned back.

Let me tell you people notice....I have had friends tell me I look different, great, they ask what I've done....But it's nothing on the highlights, no extra makeup, no fancy clothes.....I AM HAPPY.

It's not that I wasn't always happy....but once you are really happy, you think back and think maybe I wasn't.


LET ME TELL YOU ...It feels even better than it looks!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

2013 IMATS Pictures and TIPS

Hi all you lovelies! I just returned from the 2013 IMATS ( International Makeup Artist Tradeshow) for those of you that are not familiar. One word sums up the day......AMAZING!! BEST DAY EVER!!!
I had a blast and learned a lot! I had the opportunity to watch seminars and chat with a bunch of talented people in the industry. It was a an incredible opportunity. As well as, the chance to buy really great makeup brands at discounted prices.
I bought some great brushes, air brush makeup, little odds and ends....
Battle of the Brushes
Battle of the Brushes is an incredible student competition, where students from all over the world create looks on models and then judged to win prizes. You can watch the entire process from start to finish which is so awesome. The theme this year was "the elements".
Random shots
A super talented make up artist from the series FACE OFF on the Syfy Channel.
Special Effects makeup
There is so much about this show that I have to share!!! Bigger post and more pictures to come soon! In the mean time please check out
XO Marissa

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Tammy Faye...or Nay???

The truth behind Eyelash extensions!
Okay ladies, this is for anyone interested in getting semi permanent eyelash extensions. I got them done this weekend and I have to share my experience.
* Very expensive to start- $150 with $20-$25 fills after that
* Takes about an hour start to finish
* It is somewhat uncomfortable, although not painful. You lay on your back with your eyes closed and your bottom lashes are taped down, as to insure that your eyes are not glued together.
* The lashes are very stiff and brittle. They are permanently curled and long. I opted for the natural approach. I have seen some that look much more dramatic.
* You can wear them swimming and doing anything you want, they grow out with your natural lashes and shed like your own.
I have to say, they do look natural, however they don't feel natural (very stiff). They never need mascara (infact do not use waterproof as it is too hard on the lashes to remove) and they stay curled. I love the look, but I am not sure if this is the way to go. If you can master false lashes (the glue on variety- Like Ardell) that might be a cheaper, less permanent, less invasive way to go. I find that applying makeup around these lashes is taking some adjustment and I did lose quite a few the first time I washed my face. I also worry about doing any dramatic eye makeup looks because of the removal process yanking them out.
Overall, I am glad I tried it, because I am very picky about my lashes and I have yearned for long, thick lashes my whole life, but I am not yet decided if I will go back for multiple fills. Time will tell.
One thing is for sure.... There is a BIG difference in the Before and After.
You can see how much darker and fuller the lashes are. The first picture is completely natural no mascara at all. The second is just the extensions, no mascara. Not quite Tammy Faye Baker...but any loger I could have joined the circus! LOL
If you decide to try the extensions find a reputable salon and ask to see pictures. ASK questions too!
XO Marissa