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Friday, July 31, 2015

A month ago I received the new CoverGirl Super Sizer by LashBlast Mascara. The mascara is supposed to give your lashes more volume for full, fanned out lashes. I also received the Intensify Me! Liquid Liner.  It's supposed to give you the same control of a pencil with the intensity of a liquid eyeliner for beautifully defined eyes every time. One of these products I LOVED and the other I did not. Can you guess which one?
I absolutely love this mascara. It gives my lashes a lot of length and great color! It also prevents my lashes from looking "clunky," that is major! Check out this blurb from

"First, there's the wand: Sandwiched in between the longer bristles are rows of the tiniest little baby bristles you've ever seen. And these tiny bristles get loaded up with tons of mascara—so much so that 'mascara hits your lashes before the bristles do,' Vickery explained. 'That initial drenching of the lashes is unusual, and what it does is deposit a ton of mascara right at the lash line, giving you that intensity that makes your lashes look thicker.' The longer bristles comb the pigment evenly through to the tips, especially if you roll the wand toward you (this is key). The other interesting thing about the Super Sizer wand is that the longer bristles are spaced far apart—26 percent farther apart than on most mascara wands, to be exact—so that lashes are coated with mascara in groups. 'By coating the lashes in uniform groups, you end up with more of a dramatic look,' says Vickery. I can attest. My lashes nearly touched my brow bone. And finally, the formula: "It's a dual-polymer system balanced with the perfect mix of clays and waxes," says Vickery. That basically means the formula is both flexible (so you have some play time when applying it) and long-lasting (so you won't get to work looking like you never went home the night before). You really have to try this stuff."

I did not love the liner. The brush itself felt uncomfortable on my skin, it didn't feel gentle at all. It felt somewhat tough and hard. Unfortunately, I couldn't perfect my wing with the tip. My first impression was that it was difficult to achieve an angled wing with this brush. For $1.99 my NYC Liquid Eyeliner does a much better job and lasts throughout the day.

Run and get the mascara but ditch the liner!


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

I discovered a new primer that I love, are you ready? Nivea's Men's After Shave! Yes, men's after shave. Not only is this product CHEAP ($6 bucks or less at Target, CVS, Rite Aid, etc) but it works wonders! Rumors swirled around the beauty world and I just had to test this out for myself.

This product is meant to smooth and improve sensitive skin. It makes the skin of most men baby soft after they shave, so it must be a great product for women as well. I decided to test it out! I washed my face as normal, applied moisturizer, followed by the after shave. I used a sponge to apply my foundation and immediately noticed how glowling and smooth my face looked. How would the makeup hold out throughout the day? Well, my foundation was in great shape. It could of been a combo of the primer and foundation. Since using this combination, I've received a lot more compliments from both women and men.

Heads up, this product product (photo below) does have a slight scent. Yes, it smells kinda like a man but I like it : ) 

Have you tried this combination yet? Comment below!


Monday, July 27, 2015
I've seen Drybar all around New York City but never thought it was an option for me. My hair has been natural for over ten years and I've always had my hair done at a Dominican or African American beauty salon. 

The concept of DryBar was always intriguing. It's a very simple idea: No cuts. No color. Just blowouts!.What they believe is that almost everyone (even the pros) prefer having someone else blow out their hair. As someone with natural hair, I cannot blow out my own hair. Not only could it take me hours (my hair is super thick), a necessary skill is needed to turn my hair from curly to straight.
Also, instead of paying $60+ at a traditional salon, or going to a less-than-desirable discount chain, DryBar offers a flat fee of $45 dollars (it recently increased from 40 dollars.) For a few extra bucks, you can add on a deep conditioning treatment, head massage, etc.
After getting my hair done there twice, I can finally share my overall opinion. The price is great (about the same I'd pay at a Dominican salon), and the blow outs are amazing (more on that in a second) but it's the customer service that I love! Customer service that I haven't received from some of my other salons in the past. Setting up an appointment was easy, they have an app for that! How cool? Once I arrived at my appointment, I was seen within 10 minutes. A stylist came out to greet me "Hey, Shannon" and I'm asked if I'd like coffee, tea, water, or .... a mimosa! My favorite! I'm taken to a bar area where I can put down my things and then off to get my hair washed. The decor in the salon is absolutely fabulous ( I love the pop of yellow in the color scheme.) The products smell yummy! Your stylist does your hair start to finish.  If I had to complain about two things in my prior salon it would be: the wait time and dealing with multiple stylists in one appointment.
I'm sure you may have experienced this before. You get to the salon, one person washes your hair, another person sets your hair, and so on. Sometimes I'd like one dedicated person to do it through and through. Secondly, waiting sucks! I've spent 5 hours at a salon before (on a weekend) when I could of been out within 2 hours instead. The long wait usually stems from having to wait for your stylist to finish another customer before they could tend back to you. At DryBar, you have one stylist that focuses on you and only you, the entire time! How amazing is that?

Once my stylist washed my hair she took me to the bar area and the blow out began! First, she handed me a menu book. The menu contained several of their signature styles, click here to check it out. So far I've experienced the Mai Tai and Straight Up, both styles came out great! 

When I informed several of my friends and Instagram followers about my experience, a lot of them were surprised because I have natural hair. Here's the thing! Can every DryBar handle natural hair? I don't know. I specifically did research prior to going. First, I went on yelp and I searched "Natural Hair" within a few different DryBar locations. Quickly I learned the names of a few stylists in various locations that have done natural hair before and were good at it! Another way to research is by using instagram hashtags. I searched #drybarnyc #drybarnewyork #drybarny #drybarmeatpacking and searched for brown beauties like myself. When I stumbled across a stylist, bingo! I knew I had the one. When I booked my appointment they gave the option of leaving a comment. My comment was very specific "Hi, I have natural hair. I would like a natural hair stylist to do my hair the day of my appointment. I would like to request Cynthia if she's available that day please." Easy? That's exactly who I got when I arrived and she did a great job! Now ... did my hair last? If you have natural hair, you know that not all products for all hair types work with our hair. It's important to use a product that can beat that humidity! My first experience at DryBar was great but I did notice my hair frizzed up a bit more quickly than it does at my usual hair salon. The solution for me was easy! I found a product I could apply on my hair after my blow out that would help to reduce the frizz. 

Although I'll still need to go to my salon once every now and then for a cut and color, I'll definitely be returning to Drybar for another blow out (and mimosa) soon. Would you try Drybar? Comment below.

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Monday, July 20, 2015
The past few weekends have been great! I celebrated my friend Rana's Birthday at La Marina, an indoor/outdoor beach venue in Washington Heights. Since it was 90 degrees in New York this weekend, I wore Forever 21 high waist shorts, a green army top (from a local neighborhood boutique), and a flannel shirt from H&M, sunnies by QUAY. Are you on Snapchat? Follow me by searching the user name: LuvJonesy

Top: New York Boutique, Shorts: F21, Flannel Shirt: H&M 
 Nails: Gel & random door in Brooklyn ( I love a colorful door)
Rana's Birthday Celebration

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