Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Irresistible Me Hair Extensions Review and a Wearable/Modern Fall Grunge Makeup Look

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Irresistable Me, a company that specializes in human hair extensions and lace wigs, and was asked if I would be interested in trying out their clip-in hair extensions. As someone who's always wanted longer and fuller hair, I simply could not say no. I've always had dreams and aspirations to have Disney princess level hair.



My hair is naturally on the normal-thick side and I have a lot of it. Because of that, it's always laid sort of flat and I lack volume at the root. My hair is also naturally straight with just a teeny bit of wave on some areas. Irresistable Me offers a wide variety of hair shades so you are bound to find a color that matches your natural hair. If you are unsure about what color to pick, it's recommended that you go a shade lighter as you can always dye the hair to match your own. There is also this useful video that shows you HD swatches of all the hair colors. Since this is high quality, human hair, you can cut it, dye and heat style it! I wanted lots of volume and length so I choose the 24in/200g Royal Remy Clip-in Extensions in Royal Golden Blonde (#14).

Irresistable Me offers two different versions of their clip-in hair extensions, Silky Touch and Royal Remy. Sadly, the color I chose did not exactly match the color of my ombre hair but it did match my cousin Chelsey's hair perfectly so she served as the model for this blog post!

Here are the various colors, lengths and weights that they have to offer:

Silky Touch:

Royal Remy:


From Irresistable Me: 

Silky Touch: Silky Touch is our best-selling line made with 100% human Remy hair. These hair extensions are fantastic quality for a friendly price and can be very easily styled, cut, colored and curled to blend in your hair perfectly. The thickness of the hair decreases very slightly towards the ends just like normal hair does which will provide a completely natural look while wearing them. The Silky Touch extensions are perfect for anybody who loves adding a bit of volume and/or length to their hair occasionally or for special events and offer the best quality/price ratio on the market. If you’re just starting with hair extensions and you want something great, the Silky Touch clip-ins extensions are the way to go.

Royal RemyRoyal Remy is our premium line made with 100% human Remy hair. We use top of the line hair and a special treatment unique to Irresistible Me to add extra silkiness and durability and make these the best hair extensions you can find. The thickness of the hair is amazing – the same from the top of the weft to the bottom. This provide a lot of body and bounce while wearing them. Ultimately, the Royal Remy hair will last longer and is the closest match you can find to completely unprocessed hair. This line is also very easy to blend with your own hair and can be very easily styled, cut, colored and curled. If you’re looking for longevity and volume, the Royal Remy line is the best choice you could make.
The extensions came packaged in a pretty black box and the hair came neatly packaged in a bag with a separate piece of hair that is designated to be the piece you use to make sure the color and length of the extensions match your hair properly. This is so you are able to return or exchange your extensions if necessary without having to actually open up the product because hair extensions are non-refundable if opened.



The 24 inch, 200 gram set that I chose comes with a total of ten pieces - 1 piece of 4 clips (7.5"), 2 pieces of 3 clips (6"), 5 pieces of 2 clips (4"), 2 pieces of 1 clip (1.2").

Here is Chelsey wearing all of the extensions together. Her hair is naturally shoulder length, curly, and normal thickness.
As you can clearly see, the extensions gave her a considerable amount of length and thickness and the color and texture of the extensions match her natural hair exceptionally well. If you have layered, shoulder length hair like Chelsey, I recommend curling the hair and extensions as I did. It helps blend any shorter pieces. If you have hair cutting experience, it'll look even more natural if you added layers to the extensions.

I have worn this extensions even though they don't currently match my hair ( I am planning on coloring them and adding layers to them soon) and so has Chelsey and we both agree that they are super comfortable and extremely easy to put on. It only takes minutes to go from short to long hair! They stay put as well so you can go about your daily activities without any worry. The hair is ridiculously soft and smooth and I love that they aren't too shiny. They are definitely not dull, but they don't have that artificial shine that a lot of other hair extensions do. They look completely natural!

If you are in the market for high quality human hair extensions, then you should definitely look into Irresistable Me! I am so impressed by the quality of their products and I can tell that I will be getting a lot of usage from my new extensions! Check them out at:                 


I also put a quick look together for Chelsey while she wore the hair extensions. Since fall is right around the corner, I thought I'd create a super simple, modern and wearable grunge-y look. Chelsey has these gorgeous blue/green eyes so I used warm browns and a super bold vampy lip to bring the look together.

PRODUCTS:

FACE: 
  • M Perfect Cover BB Cream SPF 42 PA+++ in #13 Milky Beige mixed with Garnier Miracle Kkin Perfector BB Cream Oil-Free in Light/Medium
  • Mary Kay Translucent Loose Powder

EYES:
  • Hard Candy Birthday Suit Palette (cool brown in crease, warm brown above crease, light beige shades on brow bone and inner corners)
  • CoverGirl Super Sizer Mascara in Very Black
  • Rimmel Exaggerate Smoke N' Shine Liner in Little Black Smokey

CHEEKS:
  • Milani Rose Powder Blush in Coral Cove
  • L'Oreal Magic Lumi Primer as a highlight
LIPS:
  • Colourpop Ultra-Matte Liquid Lipstick in LAX
HAIR:
  • Irresistable Me Royal Remy Clip-In Extensions in Royal Golden Blonde, 24 Inches
I hope you guys enjoyed the review and the makeup look. Let me know what you think!
Take care!

XO,



Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Volcanic Viixen



ADVICE FROM A VOLCANO:

  • Stay active. 
  • Keep your inner fires burning. 
  • It's okay to let off steam. 
  • Go with the flow. 
  • Be uplifting. 
  • It's all a matter of time. 
  • Have a blast!


PRODUCTS:
  • NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk
  • Sugarpill Eyeshadows in Lumi, Mochi, Hug Life, Hi-Viz, Supercharged, Asylum, Butter Cupcake, Love+, Subterranean, Soots and Stars, and Bulletproof.
  • BH Cosmetics Glitter in Deep Red and Gold 
  • Sugarpill Lashes in Sinnocent and Whisper Individual Lashes in Red 
  • NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder in Blonde
I created this look on a whim after I came across this gorgeous photograph on tumblr of a volcano. I don't know the original source, so if you do, please let me know so I can leave proper credit. Anyway, I hope you enjoy this makeup look and take care!

XO, 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Jord Wood Watch Review

"Time is precious, waste it wisely." 
It has been said that time is eternal, that time can heal all wounds and that it has no beginning and no end. Time gives us a meaning to the past, present and future. Time moves; yesterday was not the same as today and today will not be tomorrow. Every creation is built with time, from a flower blooming, to growing up, to the creation of the universe itself. Time is always there. It can be quite difficult to wrap our minds around the concept of time but it is all around us and flies by in an instant. Depending on our mindset, time can drag on and on, and at other times, it's gone in a flash. It's all how you perceive it.

I have always found the concept of time to be incredibly interesting and powerful. Along with that comes the fascination of clocks and watches. They are timeless (pun unintended), classic, beautiful and intricate pieces of art that help us function day in and day out.

When I was contacted by Jord Watches (pronounced "yord" and translates to earth, soil and land in Swedish) I was so intrigued. Not only are their watches gorgeous but the fact that they are hand-crafted in the US out of WOOD was amazing to me and totally unique. They are definitely a statement piece that are bound to attract loads of compliments. I love the fact that they are hand-made with love and care from sustainable natural wood. Nature is beauty in my eyes and each watch is completely different from each other in the sense that not one piece of wood are the same. They have varying textures, colors and grain which makes each Jord watch unique. They combine modern design and natural elements to create something that is truly one of a kind.

Some or all products shown in this post may have been provided by the said brand(s) and/or website(s) for potential review and/or use. For more information, please read my DISCLAIMER
Jord offers a variety of women's and men's watches made from bamboo, maple, sandalwood, blackwood, cherry, zebrawood, koa, purple heart, ebony and rosewood.

After much debate, I picked the Cora Series Women's Watch in Koa and Rose Gold. I loved the warm tones of the Koa wood and I am a sucker for rose gold. I also felt that the colors of this watch worked well as a neutral so it can go well with most outfits.

ABOUT THE WATCH
Cora is Jord's first automatic women's time piece. It is adorned with swarovski crystal markers that lie on a lovely rose gold face. The round aperture allows you to peek in and marvel at the intricate beauty and complication of the automatic movement. Cora's sophistication and elegance is balanced with the natural beauty and complexity of koa wood. They create a juxtaposition that work so well together and is one of the things I love the most about this watch. Also, please keep in mind that Jord watches are considered to be splash proof but due to the nature of natural wood, it is not recommended to completely submerge your time piece in water since it can damage and morph the wood.

The watch came neatly packaged in a matching wooden box which is great because you can use the box to store the watch itself, or to store other knick knacks and trinkets. The watch is presented wrapped around a cute little pillow and it comes with instructions, a cloth to wipe your watch and a limited warranty card. Upon ordering your watch, you measure your wrist using the provided ruler template on their website so you get the perfect fit. You are also provided with extra link(s) just in case your watch doesn't fit exactly how you want it.
Wearing this watch is extremely comfortable and light weight compared to traditional watches like metal/leather. The wood isn't treated with anything which is great and the back of the watch is made of stainless steel. One of my favorite features about the Cora watch is the fact that you can see what's going on inside which I find SO fascinating. Seeing all the mechanisms work in their complex ways is so cool in my opinion. Also, this watch is an automatic watch which means that it runs on no batteries, just your natural movement and energy! It also features a deployment buckle with a push button which makes it easy to put on your wrist with a single hand and easy to remove.
I am so in love with this watch and I wear it as often as I can. I have gotten so many compliments already. It's definitely becoming one of my favorite pieces in my wardrobe.

If you are in the market for a new watch, then definitely check out Jord watches. As you can see, they are absolutely gorgeous and uniquely beautiful. There's a style for everyone and their watches start at $120 USD and they ship worldwide. Take care!

Connect with Jord Watches:


XO,

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Review - Soap & Glory

When I was first contacted by the fine people over at Soap & Glory, I did a little happy dance because I have always wanted to try out their products. I remember seeing their stuff years ago at my local Target and before I had the chance to try out anything, they were taken off the shelves and were being sold at Sephora. Their products became a little too expensive for my budget, so when I was informed recently that they will be moving away from Sephora and start selling over at beauty.com, skinstore.com and drugstore.com and lowering their prices, I did another happy dance and so did my wallet! This is great news because now more people will be able to try Soap & Glory with their more accessible and affordable products. 



I was sent a few of goodies to try out for you all, and here are my thoughts after using them all for over a month.

Some or all products shown in this post may have been provided by the said brand(s) and/or website(s) for potential review and/or use. For more information, please read my DISCLAIMER.

I am almost 30 years old. I have tried lots and lots of body lotions, creams, oils and butters. Some have been terrible and some have been pretty darned good. I have heard great things of this popular body butter, but my expectations weren't high. "What makes this so great?" I would ask myself. The moment I twisted the lid and got a whiff of the glorious scent, I was taken aback. It smells heavenly. It has a clean, slightly rose-y scent, and I usually cannot stand rose scented products, but this one is different in the sense that it's probably made with magic. I suffer from really dry hands as I wash my hands and sanitze a lot more than I should and this is the only product that I have tried lately that really nourishes and moisturizes my desert hands. It's formulated with shea butter and aloe vera which are so soothing. I feel like silk sheets after using this. Best of all, a little goes a long a way so you really get the most of this! I am so in love with this product and I will buy it in the future over and over again! I highly recommend it!



The Flake Away body scrub has the same wondrous smell as the Righteous Butter and it exfoliates my skin effectively and gently. It contains shea butter, sweet almond oil, peach seed powder, sea salt and sugar which is the perfect combo to combat dry flaky skin. After using this scrub, I apply the Righteous Butter and my skin as smooth as velvet. I use this every other day and it doesn't irritate my sensitive skin.




Upon reading the product description for the Pillow Plump gloss, I was a bit nervous. I am quite happy with the state of my natural lips so the thought of plumping them up gave me visions of the Kylie Jenner lip challenge (please don't do it, by the way. People have gotten hurt). After I stopped being dramatic, I applied a thin layer of the product and after about a minute or so, my lips were buzzing and tingling pretty intensely! It felt like static. No, it felt like a million ants crawling all over my lips. It isn't painful, but it's not exactly pleasant either. After about five minutes, I looked in the mirror and didn't see too much of a difference but after comparing the before and after shots, I can see a noticeable difference, especially on my bottom lip! It appears fuller, plumper and super glossy. The product itself feels buttery, non-sticky and although the gloss is a nude pink, it applies pretty sheer on the lips.

Here's how it works: 
"Ultrashiny, smoothing, and hydrating, Sexy Mother Pucker™ Pillow Plump™ XXL lip plumping gloss features LIPSWELL™ natural flower oil infusion and glassy-shine technology. The extreme volume moisture gloss formula has also been injected with 3XL-PEPTIDE PLUMP™ complex, the components of which have been shown in in-vitro tests to help increase levels of hyaluronic acid, support fat cells, and give an ‘autoplump’ built-in cushioning effect. Lips are left lustrous, moisturized, and looking perfectly plumped!
WARNING: As your lips boost, it's likely you'll feel a bit of a buzz (and create one). TINGLE level = HIGH! Not for the meek of mouth."


This isn't something I see myself using very often, but it is an interesting product and something to look into if you want bigger and plumper looking lips. 





This gloss stick is like the beginner version of the Pillow Plump! It contains collagen-boosting pre-peptides which visually plumps the lips without the tingle. The Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick also claims that it stays put due to their exclusive Ultimelt Shine and Shaping Technology and their Gloss-Fix Finish keeps color exactly where you want it. What I really like about the gloss stick is that fact that it's, well, in stick form. It feels creamy rather than glossy and it is not sticky which is always a good thing in my book when it comes to glosses. I'm a matte lippie kind of gal, but on those days where I want to wear something more natural and easy, then I reach for this. It's super moisturizing and whilst I don't feel like it's totally budge-proof. it's still a lovely product that provides a nice wash of color and moisture.


The Gloss Stick applies a little more opaque than the Pillow Plump and is more of a warm toned deep nude color with the tiniest amount of sparkle whilst Pillow Plump is more on the pink side has more shimmer. It also applies sheerer and is glossier. 




This firming and smoothing serum claims to firm the lower body in as little as 14 days (based on an independent user trial of 54 people). It contains a unique mix of ingredients like Soap and Glory's new PINKPEPPERSLIM-LIPO-FB, PRESSOCAPSULAR FIRM-PLUS, D.TOXYBOOST, PUFFDRAIN 82 and FIRMIGEN CAFFEINE COMPLEX. It also features their CIRCU-360™ triball massage applicator which reminds me of those cute, three eyed aliens from Toy Story!

This product is supposed to be applied twice a day and massaged onto the skin and it's recommended to let the product absorb for about 2-3 minutes before getting dressed. Upon application, you soon start to feel a warm, tingling sensation and as you sit, the slow release caffeine spheres start to fully optimize. The serum has a pink hue and applies clear. It has a slight perfume-y/medicated smell that is a bit strong but subsides after it's been absorbed. 

Unfortunately, I did not notice a difference in my skin after using this for a month. I used it on my hips and thighs and while the roller balls felt nice and gave a little massage, it just didn't do much for me. What it did do though was make my skin feel smooth after applying, but don't expect lipo-like results from this product.

Overall, I am highly impressed with most of the Soap & Glory products that I got to try out and I can definitely see myself purchasing more in the future! Have you tried Soap & Glory before? If so, let me know in the comments what your favorite products are! 

Check out Soap & Glory at:


XO,