VOLOOM Volumizing Hair Iron Review

VOLOOM Hair KitVOLOOM Hair CloseupVOLOOM VOLUMIZING HAIR IRON REVIEWA brand new hair tool with major OOMPH. This is how I would describe Voloom Volumizing Hair Iron, a tool so easy to use and practical, I have major love for it. First of all, it heats up fast and will take less than 10 minutes to get the job done, depending on how much hair you have or maybe less. If you are someone with fine, thin hair, this is one hair tool that’ll offer instant lift and volume. It is an electric back-comb that will do all the work for you.

Voloom Volumizing Hair Iron is meant to be used on dry hair. My advice would be to part the hair first. After the hair is parted using the clips that come with the product, choose the areas of your hair where you want to get volume from underneath, and use small sections of the hair. Clamp and release VOLOOM quickly on the hair nearest the scalp and a few inches down. No hair styling product is needed at all to achieve volume using VOLOOM. This also would work nicely to create updos and low side buns. VOLOOM is used on the under-layers of hair, which are covered by an untreated top layer.

A few things I discovered as I used VOLOOM Volumizing Hair Iron
– Hair gets volumized within seconds
– Hair volume lasts 2-3 days (mine did for sure, this after I did my own blowout)
– No styling aids are necessary, unless you want to fix strays/ live in humid weather
– The trick to the VOLOOM plates is alternating platforms with beveled edges that bend the hair much more gently

This is such a cool hair styling gadget, it’s a fabulous find for ladies who love volumized hair. You won’t need rollers or backcombing after using the VOLOOM Volumizing Hair Iron, this I promise. On myself, I didn’t go too crazy with VOLOOM and still got major height added. I’ve included images with 3rd day volume and I can assure you, I literally went to bed and combed my hair, it held amazing.

VOLOON Volumizing Hair Iron retails $129.99 for a kit that includes VOLOOM tool, 3 hair clips, a sectioning brush and a travel case. VOLOOM is available online.

***This product was given to me for editorial consideration, opinions are my own.

Fashion Editorial Elegant Magazine Oct 2014

Elegantoctober7f2014elegant4-2elegant2Today’s post is a recent editorial I did for Elegant Magazine October 2014. This was shot during the summer time. It was a complete surprise when I found out the images were chosen AND made the cover (not all editorial submissions for this magazine get chosen). The way editorial submissions work is a little bit of chance and making sure the theme stands out, the styling, hair and makeup have to be in harmony like the photography. For Lisa our model, I used Makeup Forever All Mat to prep, Face Atelier Ultra Foundation Pro #6 mixed with Face Atelier Heat, Senna Cosmetics Cheeky Cream to Powder Palette, Senna Eyebrow Powder, Besame Cosmetics Lip Balm in Cherry and Viseart Neutrals 01 on the eyes. Lisa had unbelievable flawless skin and she was so fun to work with.
Elegant Magazine
Photography by Emilia Wojdylak
Styling Tasheema Felder
Hair Anike Rabui
Makeup Norah Salazar

Workout Band by Ann Chery Review

Workout Band by Ann Chery ReviewCherry An Waist Cincher_BlueOver the last two months, I’ve doing a little more to train and get back into my fitness game. Since I had my 2nd baby last year, getting back to shape has been on my mind. The hardest spot for me is my midsection. Although I was doing Zumba, Yoga and resistance training pretty much until the very end of my pregnancy, I had to rest for nearly eight weeks after having a C-section in July 2013. Once surgery healed, I started exercise again and for the most part I am getting back one day at a time. I didn’t put on much more than 22 lbs with my baby but I definitely lost some of my strength, totally normal and expected.

When I was approached to review the Workout Band by Ann Chery, I was a believer from day one. My mother and all the women in my family used waist cinchers, it is very much a well known secret in South American countries, particularly Colombia, Peru (where I am from), and Brazil. The idea is that by using this as frequently as you can, compression is created in your core, stimulating thermal activity and ramping up perspiration. The way I use the workout band is when I am out walking or doing my planks and for at least a couple of hours daily. Also, I am drinking lots of fluids, to flush out toxins and speed up my metabolism as well as keeping a log of my daily activity with a pedometer. The band is not uncomfortable at all and can be worn with regular clothes too. Sometimes I’ll put it on, go for a brisk 20 minute walk/ hike, and keep it for a few hours, as long as I can. I have noticed a difference and definitely encourage and suggest using it with a supervised workout plan. Please dear readers note **While I was expecting I was under Dr orders that it was fine to workout AND I was exercising regularly well before I got pregnant. My philosophy is to be consistent with your fitness and anything you do in life, eat clean and go gradual. Crash workout programs and dieting has never worked for me, personally.

The Workout Band by Ann Chery is made from a latex core with a soft cotton exterior and interior lining. The band is meant to sit at the waist, extending to the upper abdomen. Two columns of hook-and-eye closures allow you to size the garment down with you. If you are curious, there has been tons of media about waist cinchers and how effective they are. I feel the more strenuous the activity, the more you sweat in the middle area with the waist cincher on. If you are looking to try something new to help you keep your mid-section area fit, I highly recommend the Workout Band by Ann Chery.

The Workout Band by Ann Chery retails $54.99 and comes in sizes all the way up to 3XL, it is available online at HourglassAngel.com. I am wearing a size 36, my regular size is 6-8. The construction and inner lining is comfortable and goes well with workout gear. It will compress up to 3 inches, depending on how tight you are able to wear it.
Materials: Linings: Cotton 96%, Spandex 4%, Core: Latex 100%

**This product was sent to me for editorial consideration, all opinions are my own.

Gnarly Whale Pumpkin Hair Detangler

DSC_0042The Gnarly Whale Pumpkin DetanglerFall season has kicked off officially. And for some of us, this means wind, rain, snow, cold and unsavory hair situations like tangles, static from the lack of humidity and knots. I love pumpkin anything and especially this new Gnarly Whale Pumpkin Hair Detangler. Even though my hair is always groomed in most of my pictures, it is very unruly and without the correct styling tools, quite frankly – a mess. To give this detangler a proper test drive, I am showing you some before and after shots. The before shots are my hair au-natural, no blowdrying, no serums, and freshly washed hair that dried on its own.

The detangler is supposed to work better on wet hair, so I sprayed some water around my ends, combed through and used my hairdryer to add some heat to style it straight (you don’t need it but it does help). The entire process took all but five minutes, as my hair was already dry and I didn’t want to spend too much time styling it. As you will see, the Gnarly Whale Pumpkin Hair Detangler took care of the messy knots right off the bat. My advice would be to ensure you comb through well with a good detangling brush first and work section by section, dividing the hair as you go. Once you do these steps, apply some heat, if your hair can handle it, and VOILA.

The Gnarly Whale Pumpkin Hair Detangler ingredients include water, aloe vera, glycerin, grapefruit seed extract, and essential oils and/or a subtle pumpkin fragrance. As far as hair products go, this is super natural, it is OK for kids and is vegan. If you suffer from hair tangles, give this a try, it is not greasy or oily at all. My hair went from messy to tamed in no time and as you can see from the photos, it was picture perfect once I styled it.

The Gnarly Whale Pumpkin Hair Detangler retails $11 for 8oz

** This product was given to me for editorial consideration, all opinions are my own.

Monthly Favorites Skincare and Makeup

Monthly Favorites Cerave Tatcha Cover Fx Gel Bodyography primer Mirabella CCFor this last couple of months, I’ve been trying out a few products, some which I am totally new to and some I’ve wanted to try and bought. Since I love both skincare and makeup just as much, I combined my list with the following items, plus a little information, should you want to check them out.

Cover Fx Mattifying BB Gel Anti-Blemish Treatment – Finally, a BB that is light, perfect for oily/ blemished skin and covers much like foundation, except it is in gel form so it doesn’t feel like foundation. I loved Cover FX BB Gel, it was part of a sample offer with my purchase. (Using my pro discount, I ordered the Cover FX Oil Free foundation to try for a client and this came as a freebie). I highly recommend this bb gel, I am actually thinking of getting myself the full size, works well for both oily and dry skin. * I ordered the Medium and it was a good match for me. Retails full size $45

CeraVe Eye Repair Cream – Another brand I’d been wanting to try for several reasons, one being that it is available at most drugstores and it is made specifically for dry skin. CeraVe is a drugstore option offering a whole range of products from normal to dry, to very dry skin cream, lotion, babies and cleansers. The Eye Repair Cream is packed with ceramides and Hyaluronic Acid, both excellent ingredients for repair and deep moisture. I like that it doesn’t feel thick, absorbs fast, wears well under makeup and has no odor. My baby daughter has Keratosis Pilaris (like me) and is currently using the CeraVe Moisturizing cream, and we love that too. Retails $13.99

Bodyography Foundation Primer Clear – I recently blogged about Bodyography’s lip products and the reaction was overwhelmingly positive. Bodyography’s Clear Primer is their number one most popular product because it is pretty solid as far as primers go for oily and combination types. If you do primer before foundation, need a product that’ll help even out skin and offer a long lasting effect, this is your jam. I’ve been using it since late summer and my skin held up well in the humidity. This is a vegan, gluten free primer packed with anti-oxidants, vitamins A and E, Jojoba and Grape Seed oil. Retails $31

Tatcha Indigo Soothing Silk Hand Cream – A good hand cream is a staple during the cold season and this cream has it all, soft scent and deep moisture. It is a formula especially made for sensitive, inflamed or irritated skin with symptoms of dermatitis, eczema and rosacea. I loved every Tatcha product I’ve tried so far. Retails $38

Mirabella CC Creme – I liked the idea of a CC cream offering SPF 20, oil free formula, and paraben-free. For my combination dry skin, it was a little drying so with Mirabella’s CC creme, I need to use a hydrating milk under to ensure my skin is perfectly dewy (see my photo in the Charlotte Tilbury post below, that’s the finish of Mirabella CC cream with moisturizer on – just how I like it, dewy). Mirabella’s CC cream is FD&C Dye-free, gluten-free, would be awesome for oily skin types who want medium coverage and sun protection factor. Retails $42

**CeraVe and Cover FX were my own purchases, the rest were press samples, all opinions are my own.

Charlotte Tilbury Film Star Bronze And Glow Review

Charlotte Tilbury SelfridgesCharlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and GlowCharlotte Tilbury Bronze and GlowEver since hearing about Charlotte Tilbury’s soft launch at the Makeup Show New York, I was curious about this new makeup line. Since my husband traveled to London last week, I asked him to stop by Selfridges department store to get me some stuff. Here in the New York area, Charlotte Tilbury debuted at Bergdorf Goodman and online at Beautylish. Some of the reports I’ve read have raves about the face glow moisturizer, the bronzer duo and the eye shadow sticks. And during a recent artist meet up, James Vincent also gave the line rave reviews, so with my sweetheart going to the motherland, I knew I *had* get some CT.

Charlotte Tilbury is kind of a big deal in the makeup world. As far as British makeup legends go, she is up there with Pat Mcgrath, Val Garland, Alex Box, Kay Montano and Lisa Eldridge – each of them has a distinct career, and all are supremely talented, Google them if you are not familiar with their work. All these ladies have had careers spanning over twenty plus years and most of them have in some way collaborated creatively with a makeup brand, for example Alex Box at Illamasqua, Pat Mcgrath with Dolce Gabbana, Gucci and Cover Girl. I think the best part about Charlotte Tilbury’s makeup line (or any makeup artist putting their name behind their own brand) is the fact that there will be a number of products that will stand out and be truly fantastic WINS based on knowledge and experience working as artists.

Of the two products I picked, my most favorite is the Film Star Bronze Duo. The other CT item I got is the Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil in Amber Haze (a very soft light brown color). What did I love about the Film Star Bronze Duo? Texture, build-ability and finish. The texture is velvety and buttery-like, not chalky, messy like most powders, you can add as much color and I noticed the texture didn’t get flaky or the pigment came on too strong. The highlighter is a very universal shade for both dark and light/ medium skinned girls and soft/ glowy without the obvious glitter fest of most products in the market. One more thing, this is a paraben free bronzer/ highlighter. I took a photo in daylight and purposely avoided the contour and heavy highlight, #sorrynotsorry it is not my style at all. If I was doing makeup for a client or a commercial job, I might have gone more dramatic but for me, I went understated and trust, this product can surely create the contour people rave about.

The Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil in Amber Haze is also very likeable. FYI -for cream finish shadow pencils, you have to be able to blend and work fast as it dries quickly. Pro tip – for blending cream shadows I always feel synthetic brushes are the best and your fingers. The texture is a little glittery but this didn’t bother me too much, you can quite easily work this with a matte shadow and get a super smokey eye. It reminded me very much of the MUFE Aqua Shadows in terms of quality and texture. The only major difference is that MUFE shadows are stronger in pigment.

Ingredients Film Star Bronze Duo:
Ingredients: Talc, Mica, Isononyl Isononanoate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Dimethicone, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Zinc Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethiconol, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Hexylene Glycol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Silica, Tin Oxide, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).

Overall, I am uber happy with my mini haul, so elated my husband managed to get to the store in London, he is not a shopping for makeup kind of guy at all. When he was inside Selfridges, he had one of the sales girls speak with me on the phone, so I could order myself. True story.

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow retails $65
Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencils retail $26

*Charlotte Tilbury is available at Beautylish online and Bergdorf Goodman retail.

Travel Style Tips

IMG_7496Best Western Twitter Party Project RunwayAlthough I haven’t logged as many miles as I used to before having my 2nd baby, I consider myself fortunate to have had the experience of crossing continents for the last seven years, airplanes, boats, automobiles and even trains. Since I do makeup professionally, I get to travel sometimes and during my last trip to Los Angeles in February, I had to bring my own essentials plus a condensed kit since I was booked to do makeup for actress Patricia Velasquez. I made every effort to bring one suitcase and I did. My best travel tips? Plan everything ahead. Lay out your outfits by day and bring travel size toiletries. On my bed, I’ll lay every item I bring beforehand and plan exactly what I will be wearing/ using from the shoes to the clothes. By traveling lighter, you can shop more, save money on checking your bags in (some airlines are very strict on this) and worry less. I hope you like my little photo collage, those are some of my best memories from going to Tel Aviv, Singapore, and Los Angeles in February 2014. Every place holds a significant memory, as in city I got to do what I love (makeup) while enjoying the local sights/ food/ daily life.

Tonight I will be watching Project Runway’s episode and live tweeting this Twitter party, go here to join in. Remember those joining before the event are entering to win a $50 gift card! There will be a #giftcard giveaways every 15 minutes during tonight’s episode.

On Twitter follow party hosts @xoxolizza & @leauraluciano as today Thursday, October 16th 9pm EST/6pm PST they will be live tweeting about #BestWestern’s involvement in this week’s #ProjectRunway episode. Be sure to share your favorite #travelstyle tips too.

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Bodyography Electric Lip Slide Review

Bodyography Electric Lip Slide Caught in the ActBodyography Electric Lip Slide ReviewAfter Eating Bodyography Electric Lip SlideA few weeks ago, I checked out the entire line of Bodyography’s Electric Lip Slide products at a press event in New York. It left such an impression, I wanted to let my readers know about this super cool lip product. Bodyography is a company based out of San Diego, CA. This is a makeup/ skincare brand offering a a wide selection of vegan and gluten free products, if a particular item is, it’ll be labeled and listed on the description. Another awesome fact about Bodyography is that it is a brand whose packaging is simple to help reduce the amount of energy that goes into printing, and all product packages are recyclable to reduce the amount of trash in landfills. Moreover, Bodyography is environmentally friendly in all its product boxes and brochures by printing with soy ink, which helps to reduce air pollution.

What I liked about Bodyography Electric Lip Slide as a collection were the colors and texture, a hybrid of a stain, lip color and a tiny amount of gloss all in-one. The pigment is also a big bonus, it is a rich color payoff and lasts quite a while. In my pictures I am showing you the first set of images with Caught In the Act on and then a phone snap with the same application, hours later and after eating. Not many lipsticks or glosses have this lasting prowess, so big ups to Bodyography Electric Slide. I still had my lip color on, woo-hoo! Bodyography Electric Lip Slide’s lippies are paraben and gluten free as well as infused with natural butters and vitamin E.

Petrolatum, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax), Aroma – Pineapple Flavor – S10-53223, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Persea Gratisima (Avocado) Oil, Isopentyldiol, +/- CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), +/- CI 77742 (Manganese Violet), +/- CI 45410 (D&C Red No 28), +/- CI 15850:1 (D&C Red 7 Lake), +/- CI 15850 (D&C Red 6), +/- CI 73360 (FD&C Red No. 30), +/- CI 42090:2 ( FD&C Blue No.1 Aluminium Lake), +/- CI 77491 (Red / Brown Iron Oxide) (Pigment red 101), +/- CI 19140:1 (Acid Yellow 23 / FD&C Yellow 5 Aluminium), +/- CI 77499 (Black Iron Oxide), +/- CI 77492 (Yellow Iron Oxide), Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Citronellol, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamaldehyde, Linalool

Bodyography Electric Lip Slides retail for $20 and are available online and at select retail places in the USA and internationally, for more info please check here.

***This product was sent to me for editorial consideration, all opinions are my own.

It Started With Hello

Today’s post is sponsored by Lindt HELLO, but my love for their #ItStartedwithHELLO web series is all my own!Lindt Chocolate It Started With HelloMy amazing friends it started with HELLO
One of my most cherished anecdotes to date is how I met one of my best female friends, it was a connection that stood the test of time. Even though we live in different cities since a few years ago, this is a friendship built on trust, love and admiration. I met my friend Isa when we were at a dance club years ago like early 2000’s (isn’t that funny?). We were acquainted through mutual people in common and slowly became friends. One thing about me is that I am a person of few words and many layers, friendships for me take time to build. I may know a lot of people because I went to five different schools growing up, lived in CA, FL and NY and moved to different countries after I married. My friends however, I count with only one hand (see the photo above, those are my two great friends Isa and Dey, Isa is in Miami and Dey lives in Philadelphia). Many events and people came and went but the friendship with my friend Isa and I remained strong. Through the years, we have travelled together, enjoyed many fun events, we even worked together! We are such good friends that I asked Isa to help me plan my wedding in Miami, she was involved in pretty much every detail. I honestly can’t remember a time when we’ve fought or had girl drama, we are just not the type. Isa is a kind, generous, fun and trustworthy friend, a girl’s “girl”. This is a beautiful relationship, a connection that started with a short “Hello!”.

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Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Hair Care Collection

Dove Pure Care Dry Oil CollectionDove Pure Care Dry Oil ConditionerDove Pure Care Dry Oil Nourishing Treatment

After witnessing some of the trends during NYFW, one thing I noticed after being backstage is that hairstyling brought textured, natural-looking, wind-swept and healthy looking manes. When I do hair grooming for my fashion clients, hair always needs to look silky. Hair looks for ladies these days is a combination of modern and as natural as possible. Hair shine is highly important to achieve a natural look and this where the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil collection offers great options for ladies with dry, damaged tresses. PS. What I mean by “natural” is not over styled, dry, hair but rather healthy looking hair with movement.

For my own hair, I rely very heavily on my electric tools to achieve a less frizzy look. I also do permanent hair color every eight weeks and this has a tendency of drying out my hair even more. I wash and style every 2-3 days, never daily this just doesn’t work for me as I try to keep my own natural oils. For the styling, I do my blowouts at home and use a straightener. I also get de-frizzing treatments done every three months at least. The downside of using heat to style my hair is the pesky dry ends. A few weeks ago, I started using the Dove Pure Care Oil collection, I love the conditioner which leaves my hair soft. Also the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil is amazing to style with and this I use with the hair dryer. This is a collection of care products suitable for all hair types, the result is very smooth and leaves my hair looking healthy. If I don’t use a good conditioner on my ends and some form of nourishment like a serum/ oil, my hair is a frizz disaster.

By far, my most favorite products are the conditioner and the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil, this is magic in a bottle. The Dove Pure Care Dry Oil is made with African macadamia oil as well as coconut oil to help nourish dry, brittle hair. When I do my blowouts, I use a dime size quantity, rub my hands and distribute it all over the ends of my hair. Every time I do it, my ends look silky, soft and very manageable, no more frizz and unwanted tangles. The Dove Pure Care Dry Oil is non-greasy and has a fabulous scent too. If you suffer from dry ends, it is a must-have! And for your washing routine, the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil shampoo and conditioner are pretty good too, you don’t need a massive amount to achieve great results.

I would love to encourage my readers to try the products and take advantage of the “Dove Silky Hair Dare”. Dove Hair is daring women everywhere to try Dove Pure Care Dry Oil, risk-free now through December 31, 2014. If you are not completely satisfied with the Dove Advanced Hair Series Pure Care Dry Oil system, Dove will refund your purchase (from 9/21 – 12/31). Visit hairmoneyback.com for more details. You can also share your silky results at #silkyhairdaresweeps for a chance to win** $20,000 in prizes up for grabs
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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.