#PickYourPerfectPout

perfect pout quizLadies your gonna want to pucker up for this one according to Dailymail.co.uk that perfect pout of yours is the first thing a man looks at so you want to def make sure your taking care of it!!! But really when your looking for that perfect (insert your fav lip/stick, gloss, chapstick etc.) what is essential to you? Extra oomph to give your pout that plump effect!? Hydration!? SPF for sun protection!? That perfect color that completes your look!? .. So what if you want all of it! Ever heard the lady at the cosmetic counter tell you “you can’t have your cake and eat it too baby..” I am the type that loves a natural look to my pout; something subtle with some color. I don’t like lip gloss that much (too sticky for me), chapstick has that petroleum jelly feel to it (cross that off the list), and lipstick doesn’t have enough moisture to it so it leaves my lips looking like a speckled wall from the 90’s if my lips are chapped!!! COME ON that really leaves me with jack….

Well your makeup guru is here to save your day!! I’ve found the product that gives you it all!! .. WHAT!? Do that double take and read what I just said again, because you read right!!

There is a company based in my future home Los Angeles California that has put in a LOT of time, heart, soul, energy, you name it LOL they have put it in to their work to bring you this truly AMAZING product. Can I get a round of applause for Kaplan MD ladies!!!! May I have the pleasure of introducing to you PERFECT POUT LIPSTICK! “Luxuriously smooth, rich lip colour combined with extraordinary lip plumping technology, Perfect Pout Lipstick moisturized, repairs, adds natural fullness and protects with SPF 30 sunscreen – ALL IN ONE!” -Kaplan MD.

Perfect Pout Lipstick is made up for 22 certified organic extracts to give you soothing, healing and nourishing benefits. Maxi-Lip® is a “patented trip-peptide” that assists with reviving the natural fullness and contour of your lip line. Hyaluronic Filling Spheres® are “dehydrated spheres” are “micro-injected” directly into the tissues of your pout amplifying the moisture and noticeably decreasing the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Beeswax and Candelilla Wax secure moisture directly into your pout for a soft and protected feel. These key ingredients make this lipstick a game-changer for that perfect pout of yours!!! BONUS: it also contains SPF 30 sunscreen to protect your pout from harmful UV rays!!!

Dr. Kaplan did a truly amazing job creating Perfect Pout Lipsticks. You can tell some true heart and soul went into every detail when creating this product. I recommend this to anyone and everyone. The first time I tried Perfect Pout Lipstick on my pout was actually very dry so I was hesitant, but O. M. G. by the time the first application wore off my pout was “as smooth as a babies bottom!!” I loved the way my pout looked fuller, as I naturally have a small upper lip (which I h***). My pout felt healthier and lighter like every other product I was used to wearing weighed my pout down making it feel heavy. It goes on super smooth and smells amazing!! I think it smells like eucalyptus. You also don’t have to worry about the top falling off and breaking the lipstick in your purse or it twisting all the way up and smooshing the lipstick into the top because you know that’s happened to you before!! The container housing the lipstick is all one piece!! All you have to do is twist the bottom of the tube and the top pops up and that beautiful Perfect Pout Lipstick comes out!! Its almost like watching a model walk out on to the runway! I honestly do not have one bad thing to say about this product. You must try this at least once!!!

 

Perfect Pout Lipstick comes in six different colours named after LA’s most iconic streets. You can take the quiz above and #FindYourPerfectPout!!

Roxbury is a clear delicate pearlescent colour. This one is a tribute to Dr. Kaplans Dermatology Clinic in Beverly Hills CA. A big thank you to Dr. Kaplan for this AMAZING LIPSTICK!!!!!

Santa Monica is a subtle relaxed pink toned colour. Inspired by  Santa Monica Blvd’s  “beachy” eclectic feel. The infamous street in Sheryl Crow’s hit song “All I Wanna Do”. I loved this song in junior high! I was def grew up in the 90’s!

Beverly is a warm pink colour with some brown undertones. This is a classic color influenced by the infamous Beverly Blvd, the ultimate shopping destination if your looking for fashion! This is one of the main streets of LA, def good if your into star watching ;)!!

Melrose is a cool toned”mauvey” (yes I meant to add the y) colour with a hint of plum. Influenced by Melrose Ave’s eclectic fashion energy that spews into LA! If you are fashion guru this is the place to go!!

Hollywood is an elegant attractive colour warm “brick red” a hint of brown undertone. This the colour I personally chose and its a perfect everyday colour you can add to any look! Inspired by the infamous Hollywood Blvd home of the stars walk of fame. SHOUTOUT to Lisa Vanderpump you are my icon!!!!

Rodeo is a rich refreshing burgundy color. Inspired by Rodeo Drive home of the “ultra-luxurious” boutiques, and storefronts. A must see tourist destination especially if your a Pretty Woman fan!!! 😉

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You can receive FREE SHIPPING with my code: PERFECTPOUT when you click the picture above that will take you right to the product!! #win I did all the work for you so you don’t have to search for a thing!!!

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BKxx

 

 

 

Truly a Dreamy Clean!!!

So these days my Facebook is filled with the whose who of network marketing. If you need makeup I gotta a person (or 10), if you need weight loss supplements, candles, clothes, jewelry etc. I got someone! The other day I ran into a friend at work who just started marketing Limelight By Alcone.Now to tell you the truth I stick to my skincare/makeup friends at Ulta or Sephora for my product needs, but she was persistent and told me “YOU HAVE GOT TO TRY THIS SKINCARE LINE”!!! Now its not hard for me to say no when I here FREE SAMPLES, 100% ALL NATURAL (truly all natural yes.. the ingredients are on the front of the packet..) and then she shoves them in my hands LOL.. So… Here I am writing this review for the world to read and I must say this skincare line will be sitting on my sink when it comes in the mail (which I really can’t wait)!!!

So to start off this cleansers name says it all.. DREAM CLEAN and that’s exactly what it is… These are the ingredients straight from the LimeLight by Alcone Website. “Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, cocoglucoside, sodium cocoyl glutamate, glycerin, sodium lauroyl lactylate, Sapindus mukurossi (soapberry) fruit extract, Oryza sativa (rice) seed extract, Spirulina platensis (algae) extract, Camellia sinensis (white tea) leaf extract, PCA glyceryl oleate, Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower oil, Rosa damascena (rose) flower oil, Anthemis nobilis (roman chamomile) flower oil, Cymbopogon martinii (palmarosa) leaf oil, Cananga odorata (ylang ylang) flower oil, caprylyl/capryl wheat bran/straw glycosides, fusel wheat bran/straw glycosides, polyglyceryl-5 oleate, glyceryl caprylate, sclerotium gum, gluconolactone, sodium benzoate. Bold denotes Certified Ingredients from Organic Farming ”

Now the two main ingredients that make this cleanser so dreamy are right on the front of the packet.. Aloe and Soapberry.. According to dailynaturalremedies.com Aloe vera contains an abundance of vitamins and minerals that are extremely beneficial for your skin including vitamins A,B1,B2,B3,B6,C,&E; as well as some minerals including calcium, iron, manganese, sodium, selenium and many more. I don’t know about you but Aloe is definitely a product that I want as a part of my skincare regimen. The other main ingredient in Dream Clean is Soapberry otherwise known as Soap Nuts which are a dried fruit that come from a tree known as Sapindus mukorossi. According to www.envirohealthtech.com this tree is indigenous to Nepal, India and Indonesia. This amazing tree dates back all the way to Buddha and Ayurveda the ancient form of healing and framework for India. According to Green Frog Botanics the skin of the fruit contains Saponin, a surfactant that breaks down dirt, grease and other toxins that can get underneath your skin ;)!

So… with that biology/history lesson I leave you with Limelight By Alcone’s Dream Clean Cleanser. This cleanser is AMAZING.. After reading above how the ingredients works you can understand when I say this cleanser leaves your face feeling fresh and clean!! I absolutely LOVE the fruity smell you encounter when you open the package; a fresh perfect for summer fruity smell. Dream Clean is perfect for people who have oily skin and acne. When washing your face use upward circular motions to get the best clean.. (Tip from me I use my Clarisonic Mia and get EXTRA CLEAN!!! For a look at more of your skincare and beauty needs CLICK ME!!!!

XOXO bk

Amazing Lashes xx

20170709_190047So as a part of being a blogprenuer and makeup/beauty lover I get to try new and awesome things to share with you! FOREVER I have wanted to get lash extensions! I love the way my lashes look when they are full long and lush!! I mean really, what woman doesn’t?!?! I am blessed to live in the wonderful area of Brier Creek in the lovely city of Raleigh, NC where there is this amazing little studio in the heart of everything call Amazing Lash Studio. Funny coincidence before I decided to write this article or even go to Amazing Lash I was triaging a patient who had these beautiful “to die for” lashes and I couldn’t help but ask her where she got them done…”Amazing Lash Studio in Brier Creek! They are awesome and relatively inexpensive for lash extensions” Later that night I went home did my research and SOLD! I made my appointment!! I had the pleasure of interviewing Jazzaray my amazing lash stylist; She gave me the all you need to know about Amazing Lash Studio and why they are at the top of the lash game!

Q: What makes Amazing Lash Studio different that other salons that offer the same service?

A: “Amazing Lash different is we are done for speed. Ares are a preset formula design to work with every ones eye shape and were designed to do it in under two hours. If you were to go to a privately owned studio or an independent contractor they can take up to four hours for a set. We also use individual extensions instead of clusters or strips”

Q: How is the pricing of lash extensions different from other studios?

A: “Our introductory price of $79.99 is literally the lowest I have ever seen! Private contractors can charge anywhere from $250 to $340 for a full set. We have the membership program also which makes it even more affordable.”

Q: Are there other Amazing Lash Studio’s?

A: “Amazing Lash in nationwide, were not in every state yet but were getting close!”

Q: What are the DO’S and DONT’S for lash extensions?

A: “You want to make sure you keep them washed and brushed; that’s the number one thing I tell people. If you don’t wash them they’re not going to last that long because there going to get build up on them and they’re going to get heavy and fall off. Also by not washing them you can get lash mites that you definitely don’t want! You want to keep them brushed because if you don’t they’re going to get clumped and they’re going to pull at your natural lashes and when they’re ready to come off they will take your natural lashes with them. You want to keep them washed twice daily and brushed at least twice a day.”

Q: What makes the extension adhere your natural lashes?

A: “We use a medical grade adhesive.”

Q: Is the practice of getting lash extensions regularly safe?

A: ” The individual extensions are made to come out with your natural lashes so they don’t cause damage unless they are applied incorrectly or you don’t take care of them.”

Q: What do you use to wash your lashes with?

A: “We recommend you use a foaming antibacterial soap, we always recommend our cleanser but you can use Dial foaming hand soap, but you have to be careful not to get it in your eyes.”

Q: What do you use to brush your lashes?

A: “Best thing to use is our mascara wand!  That’s another great thing about Amazing Lash Studio is that we make all of the care products you need to take care of your lash extensions.”

Q: How often do you need to get your lashes filled?

A: “You want to come every two weeks, with out maintenance your lashes will last two to four weeks. With maintenance they are going to last significantly longer so that’s why we recommend filling them every two weeks. This is due to the natural growth cycle of your lashes.

Q: Are there different types of lash extensions?

A: “Lashes are generally produced in a specific style. Here we use .15cc and .20cc curl lashes. There are a range of different materials. Here we use a synthetic mink. Generally depending on you go to you will find genuine mink or synthetic mink.

Q: What is the number one thing people say about getting lash extensions?

A: “They love the idea about not having to wear mascara!”

Jazzaray says “The great thing about lash extension is you can still wear mascara if you want to go for a dramatic look or still want to wear mascara. You just have to make sure to use a water based mascara, DO NOT USE WATER PROOF because oil will break down the lash adhesive and you have to use a oil based product to remove water proof mascara.”

Q: What’s the difference between lash extensions and faux lashes?

A: “Faux lashes are premade strips or clusters usually. They’re not tailored to your eye, and they’re pretty much made for quick use. You can’t really keep them on for days at a time, you have to constantly keep applying them. They also don’t look very natural, they look very fake. Lash extensions are exactly what they sound like, extension to your eyelash. So we only apply to lashes that you have we don’t make up lashes on your face. They look exactly like your own lashes but BETTER!”

Q: What made you want to work at Amazing Lash?

A: ” Its a very lucrative business, I really wanted to learn about the individual extensions. I went to school at Aveda and we didn’t learn how to apply individual lashes we did cluster lash extensions and strip lash extensions. So coming out of school to learn this I would have had to take a class, but here at Amazing Lash you get the training built in and you get a six month work contract to start.”

Q: How long does it take the glue to dry?

A: “It takes fort-eight hours for the glue to completely dry so we don’t want you to wash your lashes until after those forty-eight hours are up.”

 

Tips for when you have lash extensions

Try to stay away from oil based products

Wash and brush your lashes 2x daily to keep them in good condition

Use a water based mascara to add some extra drama to your lashes

XOXO beauties ❤❤

 

 

 

Allure Readers Choice Awards Top Makeup of 2017

Okay so I live by the Allure magazine, and when I first started showing interest in makeup I turned to Allure to give me the tips and inspiration I needed to look amazing! If your just getting started in the world of makeup this is going to be a MUST READ for you.. 

Lipstick: E.L.F Moisturizing Lipstick in Velvet Rope; a very bold choice I may add to give the perfect POP for that natural look you were going for.

Lip Gloss: NYX Butter Gloss in Crème Brulee; this sexy nude will make all the boys come crawling!

Blush: Nars Blush in Orgasm; this is a pink peachy gold color to add to that perfect summer look.

Eyeshadow: Urban Decay Naked2: The holy grail of eyeshadow palettes gives you every color and combination to have a fresh look every day of the week.

Eyeliner: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper: The versatility of the liner is perfect for going from a subtle day look to a wild but classy night look!

Mascara: Benefit They’re Real Mascara: The name says it all and definitely backs it up when you have this game changing mascara as a part of your makeup arsenal. Say bye bye to faux lashes ladies!

Concealer: Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer: This pigmented concealer comes in 16 different shades and is perfect to use on those “no sleep” days that show underneath your eyes 😉.

BB/CC Cream; It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream; This is perfect for the ladies who don’t like wearing a lot of makeup. Replace your everyday moisturizer with this “bad mama jama” and your set!

Foundation: Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation; Foundation that goes on and disappears into your skin giving the appearance that nothings there. (Perfect for my bad acne 😉)

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BirchBox Review

So to start with when I was researching different beauty boxes I read some reviews on BirchBox that were a little concerning but I still needed to find out for my self. When I got my box it came in another box and a big packaged bag. After getting it all unwrapped the suspense completely went away! Kind of disappointed by the presentation compared to other monthly boxes I have gotten.. Definitely 2 STARS for poor presentation.

On the plus side I did get a free FULL SIZE MAC Patent Polish Lip Pencil in Look Lively which I must say is a beautiful color but I’m still warming up to the color. You can see it in my Look Of The Day 6/14/17. The product it self is flawless as expected from MAC. Goes on smoothly and gives you a beautiful finish. 5 STARS for this product!

Marcelle Hydra-C Energizing Hydrating Gel is definitely going to be added as a part of my skincare regimen! Gives your face a fresh boost, great for those days when you don’t feel up to par ;). Love the smell; isn’t oily AT ALL and is just an all around amazing product. 5 STARS for this product!

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer is another product I am adding to my skincare regimen! I absolutely love the feeling as you smooth it on to your skin! A little goes A LONG WAY!! A major plus is that is a GAME-CHANGER for your foundation I recommend to anyone who doesn’t use a primer before foundation to try this!! This primer has changed my life! I love my finished look so much more just by adding this product to my routine!!!

Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil isn’t as cracked up as it is made to be. I must say its just a normal brow pencil. Says that is supposed to be “smudge proof” and  goes on “smooth” I didn’t see a difference from any other pencil I’ve used. It still smudged if it touched it or needed itch around my eyebrow and it didn’t go on all that smooth at all. Needless to say 2.5 STARS for this product.

Mannakadar Eye Candy is I must say pretty awesome. 2 in 1 shadow primer and cream shadow!! Goes on smooth and stays in place for hours!!! I have to be honest I haven’t tried it as a primer yet but I will be sure to let you know how amazing it is!!! The color Jelly Bean is BEAUTIFUL!!! IT goes on as a grey violet color and makes hazel eyes pop!! 5 STARS for this product.

Oribe Dry Texturizing spray.. O M G!! I can’t even begin to explain how much I LOVE THIS PRODUCT!!!! I have very thin fine hair and this product gives my hair some VAVAVOOM no other product can even begin to compete with!! My hair doesn’t even look like my hair after using this product!!!! 5 STARS for this product!!! Everyone with thin hair should be using this product!!!!!

 

xxBK♥

 

 

 

 

May- Allure Beauty Box Review

So I know I can speak for many women out there when I say we can be completely indecisive in so many different ways! Makeup up is my weak spot! When I heard about these monthly beauty boxes I jumped at the opportunity to try them out! Well then there was a down fall… I would get products that I ABSOLUTELY KNEW I wasn’t going to like! “Why am I going to pay for stuff I don’t like, want, or am going to use?” So I am doing a service for all the women out there who feel the same as I do and have been in the same situation!

Allure beauty box is AWESOME!! Major PRO is you get to see what you are going to get… If you don’t like the products for the month you can skip it!!!

So the picture is for the month of May beauty box. In my box I got Skin Fix Foaming Clay Cleanser, Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense Sunscreen SPF 30, Stress Check Breathe in This Works roll on oils (smells like eucalyptus), Kneipp Body Oil in Lavender, and Luxie Taperd Blending Brush #205.

 

So I absolutely LOVE the Skin Fix Foaming Clay Cleanser! It has a nice floral smell to it which is a plus when you get some up your knows HAHA! It has a wonderful smooth lather to it when applying; also removes every bit of makeup, oil and impurity. Its really easy to wash off and it leaves your skin feeling soft and doesn’t give you that dried out feeling that some washes give you! My opinion this is a 5 STAR product!! (I am not a dermatologist of medical doctor so please consult with them before trying or using any product.)

Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense Sunscreen is not my favorite unfortunately. I was disappointed because I was really excited about this one because I am in the market for a new daily sunscreen. I feel it is too thick for me; it left my skin feeling like there was a layer of film on it after all was said and done. On a positive note it has a convenient opening to for easy application! I give this 2.5 STARS. ( I’m hoping it grows on me LOL I love anything elephants 😉 )

Stress Check Breathe In This Works is by far my FAV out of the box this month!! I love the eucalyptus smell, and it is perfect for on the go use! It is a light oil that doesn’t leave your skin feeling greasy which is a definite plus!!!  I use it frequently while I am working in the emergency department, because it fits directly in my scrub pockets! I give this product 5 STARS!

Kneipp Body Oil in Lavender is another FAV!! I add a few drops to my bath after a long day at work and it puts me in a deeply relaxed state! The lavender brings out a “just right” smell not too strong but not too weak. This oil is thicker so a little goes A LONG WAY! I recommend when using this for massages you wash it off afterwards. I have oily skin as it is and the first time I used it and didn’t wash it off I woke up with a few too many pimples on my back than I had the night before!! I give this product 4 STARS (only because of the thicker feel of the oil).

Luxie Tapered Blending Brush #205.. NEVER can have TOO MANY brushes LOL. It is soft and blends very well! This brush is great because it actually puts the product on your face instead of it disappearing into the brush ( I know at least one person out there who is reading this knows what I am talking about!!). Overall this is a dependable brush and not too expensive! Overall I give this brush 4.5 STARS

I hope this review gives you some insight on Allure Beauty Box as well as the products!

 

XXbk♥