Milani Bella eyes gel powder eyeshadow review and how to depot

I was at my local CVS the other day just looking around when I found a new product from Milani cosmetics. Who I already loved by the way for their lipsticks and eyeshadow crayons.

The new Bella eyes gel powder eyeshadow is only $3.99 and Milani has a lot of buy one get one 50% off at CVS which I was lucky enough to have happen when I found them. So I bought 10 of them and was really excited when I got home and saw the color payoff which is absolutely amazing for the four dollar price tag.

Bella violet and Bella sand

The only thing is it’s going to be extremely cumbersome to find a color I need open close etc. during use. So I started thinking about how to depot them for a pallette.
You’re going to need a candle, matches and sharp object like a utility knife or screwdriver or I used a nail art dotting tool.
Check out my quick video on how to do it.

Posted in beauty, Bella eyes, depot, eyeshadow, gel powder, kuru, make up, Milani, pigmentation, Review, tutorial, YouTube, z pallette

LASIK PRK catarectomy and how I got here

Hey guys.

I’m a female in my 30s who was diagnosed with acute onset juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.
The biggest contributing factor to this was my majority percentage heritage (73% Native American ancestry) aside from other health complications I had earlier in life.
About two years ago my contacts started really bothering me. I thought it was pink eye, then allergies and then contact sensitivity. It wasn’t. But it bothered me enough to look into LASIK.
From the RA I developed something in my eyes called Sjögren’s syndrome. Basically when your eye is so dry that it can scar your sclera (the whites of your eyes) or cause chronic dry eye. This is a problem because it’s how cataracts happen.
At the reexam the surgeon determined prk would be the best way to go aside from intraocular lens replacement. LASIK was not an option due to the condition of the eyes and how advanced it had become. 
Check out my YouTube channel to see my vlogs on my recovery journey:

Posted in after LASIK, arthritis, cancer, Cataracts, dry eye, juvenile rheumatoid, LASIK recovery, sclera scarring, Sjögren's syndrome, survivor, why I got LASIK, young

Belletto Studio and why airbrush isn’t for me

Airbrushes and for me. Saw one of my favorite YouTube beauty gurus use it and had to get it. I got the HD Belletto studio system in tan.

I cannot even explain the headache it took to get this and return it. Yes you heard right I returned it. I returned it because this looks terrible on dry skin. The other reason why returned is because it was such awful customer service. It was so bad it was the first time in the eight years of having Pay Pal I had to open a claim because of an uncooperative seller!

Airbrush spray tan works on me. And I live in Florida so I figured a light mist of make up is going to work great. Still to this day I cannot find anything better than Revlon color stay for dry skin to work better on me.

I tried it with and without:
Makeup setting spray 
Individually and as a combo
Watched the DVD it comes with
Called Beletto – lol oh man was that not helpful. Debi Hinson the most unhelpful manager ever after I asked for help not money back.

Here’s my kit, make up, and what happened when I returned it. I cannot believe that they didn’t handle this the right way.

I know other people can have a great experience. But not me.
Posted in Airbrush, bad experience, belletto, make up, pay pal claim, Review, spray tan, studio

TCA Peel 24% review

Hi guys. So I have been getting TCA peel since I was 22 which was many many moons ago. I get them about twice a year for a little over a decade now.

The first time was of course the scariest time because I really wasn’t totally sure what to expect and I did have it done at a dermatology office for the first few years. After that I had it done at a med spa where the aesthetician who originally did my peels moved to.
The first feel I ever got was 15% and I definitely did peel but as the years passed and my skin was used to TCA peel what I did was increase the percentage. The strongest peel I ever had done was a 30 % and that was done at a dermatology office to about six years ago. I was going through a bout of brown spots, clogged pores, and fine lines. I looked terrible for about 10 days but it totally worked. I’m now comfortable at about a 20 to 24%.
So I’m reviewing the make up artist choice TCA 24% peel. When I used it for was the brown sunspots I always get on my face and the texture of the skin I have under my eyes and on the top of my cheeks. I live in Florida so it’s really hard to stay out of the sun as religious as I am with sunscreen.

I really like make up artist choice TCA peel and no they didn’t pay me for this I did all this with my own money and my own research. I put on the appeal after washing my face and drying it well. I then neutralized with a 50-50 mixture of baking soda and water after I saw my skin “frost” which is what you want. Thewhole  process takes about four minutes literally. You don’t want it on your face very long.
This was the next morning after the peel and you can see the spots where it’s starting to crust over, scab up and then peel off. I wore SPF 50 with a physical oxide sunscreen in it.

This was five days later. Still using sunscreen still being really careful with my face.

This is after the full 10 days. Still wearing sunscreen and still plan to wear sunscreen way after the healing process is done. I am constantly fighting with the spots and I know they will eventually be back but I am trying to prevent that for as long as possible.

I think that TCA peel can be very helpful for certain skin problems that are mild to moderate and for someone who will be religiously wearing sunscreen and careful with their face. It really is worth it and yes it does sting and you don’t look great for a week and a half. However, the whole process only takes a few minutes and the results are very worth it to me.

Posted in acid peel, builds collagen, facelift, facial,, make up tutorial, mandelic acid, mua choice, plastic surgery, product review, TCA peel, under eye wrinkles

How to wax your own eyebrows! Yes you!

I have been waxing my own eyebrows now four years. If you are wondering why check out my blog about carminic make up tattooed eyebrows. Yes I have permanent make up. It was necessary after I was waxed at the mall and half of my eyebrow was taken off! The $9 nail salon brow wax was not a deal!

So I bought my waxer at Sally beauty supply. It’s just the basic waxer with the basic GG wax. I have tried to use the other waxes but I don’t really see a difference or sometimes they are less effective. For example the sensitive skin wax really was such a pain in the butt! Stick to regular hard wax that requires no cloth strips, it’s about a $50 investment and has lasted me for years.
Once my eyebrows finally grew back in, I consider myself to have someone sick eyebrows. I like the look of thick, strong eyebrows. So I do everything I can to maintain them to keep a very sharp shape while still being thick.
Things you will need:
Cotton balls
Waxing wooden sticks
Waxer with wax
Eyebrow comb
Step one.

Use an eyebrow comb or an old mascara wand to brush your eyebrows up and place them how you would more or less like them to be. The comb is so that you can see any stray hairs that might need to be trimmed. Trim is you need to but don’t go too short.

Step 2.

Dust powder on your eyebrows and where you will be waxing. For me I just use loose powder and I dusted in between my eyebrows above my eyebrows and below my eyebrows. This is so the hair and the skin are not one with the wax.

Step three.

This may take a little bit of time and practice. You want to gather the wax on the wooden applicator and you don’t want it to be too hot or it will be too liquidy. You want it to have a thick pudding consistency. Work with one section at a time and in the direction the hair grows.

Step four.
Wait for the wax to harden. Then you want to pull your skin taught and peel it of quickly in the opposite way hair grows. Usually that means pulling towards the center of your face.
Step five. 
Pluck any strays and you are done! See you did it!  

Step six.
Clean up with a toner that has salicylic acid in it to prevent break outs.

Posted in Anastasia, Beverly Hills, brow powder, Eye brows, facelift, grow hair, how to fill in brows,, Lashes, makeup, thick brows, tutorial

How to wear RED Jeans

So recently I did a haul at Charlotte Russe. The colored denim was BOGO $10! 

I even bought extra white pairs to dye them. Check out my color of the year Radiant Orchid dyed jeans in my last post.
Awesome, right? I love them.
So I bought red jeans among other colors but honestly the red seemed the most versatile.
Photo courtesy of Pinterest 

Here’s why.
1. Good for all seasons (unlike coral or turquoise)
2. Compliments most skintones.
3. Works with many looks ( work, prep, night out, concert, grocery store )
Here’s a more work appropriate/preppy look but I also wear the jeans with my band shirts and Chuck Taylor’s.
The shirt is from Love Culture which you can buy here
The accessories are from Charming Charlie. Except the statement necklace I did semi DIY. You can check that out on my last post too.

Posted in DIY, eyelashes, heat, how to style, how to wear, Jeans, makeup, Miami, radiant orchid, red jeans, statement necklace

OOTD and a little DIY Radiant Orchid Color of the year

Just a quick post about my outfit of the day. A “radiant orchid” colored comfy button down shirt with jeans and a neon yellow statement necklace. Radiant orchid is the Pantone color of the year. Too bad my hair was this color already last year. 

The original shirt was white and its from Target.

I didn’t really love any of the other colors so I got the white one and thought to myself nothing some RIT dye couldn’t fix. Twenty minutes on the stove, rinsed it out in the sink, then sink washed it with some laundry detergent and it was fine. Perfect color and doesn’t bleed. I wear it all the time. Plus a bonus: so much dye left I dyed a pair of white jeans “radiant orchid” also.

The neon statement necklace is also a semi-diy. I bought it from Charlotte Russe as buy two for $10. It originally came in an off white color I wasn’t crazy about. Nothing some polish can’t fix plus I also bought an aqua one I love.

Basically what I did was just painted over the white parts with this neon yellow nail polish Nina ultra Pro. Since it is a matte polish I then topped it off with out the door but you can use any topcoat. I like to either spray paint or paint the back of fake jewelry with some sort of clear lacquer so that no allergic reactions happen. You have sensitive skin invest in a gloss spray paint.

This is my new nail color from the Brazil OPI collection Live.Love.Carnaval color is a new fav.

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Posted in beauty guru, beauty review, color of the year, DIY, fashion, glamorous, gorgeous, how to, how to get bigger lips, Imats, radiant orchid, tape hair, tutorial, waterproof makeup, YouTube