MDMS App!

Hi blogverse! I have been gone for quite some time, but am dipping my feet back in the blog waters so to speak.  I was contacted to use and review the MDMS app by a local salon here in Phoenix.  I actually think it’s a great concept, so that’s why I’m blogging about it today!

To start off MDMS stands for Million Dollar Makeover Studio, which is a locally owned salon here in Phoenix, AZ.  The owner is Venessa and she is just so sweet!  She offers everything from a cut and color, to Microblading, to lashes!

So first I downloaded the app, MDMS.  Most salons have a book now feature on their websites, but Venessa takes it one step further and has an app.  On this app you are able to book appointments, go straight to her social media pages, check out her website, email her and they even have coupons.  Every Monday, it randomly selects 3 new services to be 50% off.  You could get 50% off microblading!!! That had me excited because I have been wanting microblading done for a while now!  So, I went ahead and booked her for a cut and color.  It was super easy, I just filled in my contact information, selected an available day/time then I received a confirmation email plus a text!  My favorite part was the text reminder about my appointment because mommy brain makes me super forgetful! She did an awesome job on my color and cut which you can see here.

I was super impressed with her and will definitely be back again! If you are in the area definitely check her app out at the very least!

New Review! Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

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I bought this mascara about a week ago and decided to give it a try. To be honest I don’t love this mascara. It says it’s unique brush gives your eye lashes the fan effect and that they are open, which it actually does so that claim is a positive! It also makes your lashes stick together so they look very thin which is not my cup of tea. Personally I love mascara that lengthens and volumizes my lashes. This mascara does have incredible wear time with no flaking or smearing which is awesome considering I didn’t use the waterproof version, I really hate waterproof mascara. It crumbles off when you go to remove it, but not before then. If this mascara gave volume I would be in mascara heaven! I went ahead and layered it with Maybelline Full and Soft mascara and got the desired effect I was looking for. To wrap things up if you are looking for a mascara that opens up your eyes and curls lashes as well as stays on all day and night with no flaking you are in the right spot. If you are looking to thicken or have really thin lashes go ahead and layer this mascara with another formula and you should be golden! Thanks for reading!

My Favorite’s of 2014

Favorites of 2014

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These are my most favorite things of 2014!  I use them all regularly and shout from the roof tops there awesomeness.  Shea Moisture Hibiscus and Coconut Body Butter not only smells fruity and great it is a really good moisturizer.  I love it and even use it to make lip balm with.  Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid Touch Foundation is my go to everyday foundation.  It’s so light and covers really well as well as having a nice finish.  Revlon Colorburst is like a crayon and has a nice mintyness to it.  They also come in a ton of colors and types.  I love how convenient and easy they are to carry around, they are just awesome.  Wet n’ Wild Eye Collection in Petal Pusher I love this palette!  It’s soft and goes with everything or it can be sultry and dramatic.  I love most of their palettes but  this is one I reach for most often.  I usually just go for a little color while running errands and this has a variety that I really like.  Their shadows also have a great pigment, finish and blend really nicely on the eye. Laura Geller Balance and Brighten  Baked Powder Foundation is my go to highlighter.  As a foundation I don’t like it and as a powder I don’t like it.  But as a highlighter/illuminator I love!  It really makes you look lit up from within.  The next 2; GlamGlow  and Vince Camuto Amore  I just wrote about so I won’t bore you I will just say: love `em!  Rimmel London’s Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara is a great mascara.  It lengthens and volumizes your lashes like crazy! And last but not least is Herbal Essences Sleeker than Butter Shampoo and Conditioner.  This is probably my favorite shampoo and conditioner ever to exist.  It leaves my hair so silky and smooth and I never have frizz anymore.  Well folks, those were my fav things of this year!  What were your favorite things of 2014?  Thanks for stopping by and feel free to comment!

Winter Time! Dry, Flaky Skin….

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Does your skin resemble a certain scaley, reptile? Well, you should probably see a doctor, but if your skin is dry from the winter you’re in luck! I have a few tips, that should help you! There are tons of exfoliants, scrubs, lotions and moisturizers you can buy that will work really well, but it’s totally unnecessary.

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DIY Sugar Body Scrub

If you have sugar and olive oil/coconut oil then you can make a sugar scrub! The sugar will scrub away dry, flaky skin and the oil will moisturize. Just mix equal parts sugar and oil. If you use coconut oil just make sure it’s in liquid form first by melting it (be careful not to burn yourself!). You want the consistency to be a little runny, so you may need more oil. Then go ahead and slather it all over your body but avoid the face. The sugar granules may be to harsh for your face and you don’t want to scratch it. Make sure to pay extra attention to your knees, elbows, heels and even your feet and hands. Then when you are finished, hop in the shower and rinse it off. Super easy and pretty cheap way to slough away dead skin! When you get out of the shower make sure to moisturize to keep skin soft!

DIY Brown Sugar Face Scrub

All you need for this is brown sugar and honey! If you don’t have honey go ahead and substitute olive or coconut oil. Make it a nice paste like consistency to make sure it’s not running off your face. Go ahead and cleanse your face and take off all makeup. Then apply face scrub and scrub away the winter yuck. Be careful around nose and keep away from eyes. Rinse and pat your face dry. Then apply your favorite moisturizer. The brown sugar is a great exfoliant and the honey is super hydrating for your skin and will also leave it nice and soft.

If you want to get fancy add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the scrubs (my fav is peppermint, it makes me feel invigorated!) but it’s not necessary. You can do this up to once a week to keep your skin feeling fresh and looking invigorated! Hope you enjoyed this and as always comments are welcome and appreciated!

What is Beauty?

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This is a beauty blog, and I love makeup and review,  but tonight I felt like getting a little deep.  Tomorrow we will be back to reviews but I felt it necessary for some reason tonight to talk candidly about what I think beauty is.

What is Beauty?  For everyone it is different.  Growing up, like many teenage girls, I was very insecure.  I thought I needed to be perfect. If I bought the right makeup or colored my hair the right color I thought people would like me better.  And I am ashamed to admit that even at the ripe old age of 30 I still get lost in my head sometimes feeling this way.  I have two children, so I have stretch marks, scars from both C-sections and a lot of times my face is broken out in some kind of zit.  Some days I need makeup to make me feel good about myself and that shouldn’t be the case.

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I look at the Kim Kardashians of the world and wonder what happened to society? We covet youth like never before.  What’s wrong with aging gracefully?  Our laugh lines define us in our lifetime.  How often did we smile and squint at the camera to get those crows feet?  To me, beauty is in the way we love our children/husbands/families.  It’s in the boo boos we have had to kiss better, in the dinners we cook every night, and all the diapers we change.  It’s in the kindness we show complete strangers and the care we show our good friends.  It’s the way you love yourself and love others that makes you beautiful.  I will still wear my makeup and still color my hair but most days I will be confident I do not need those things to be beautiful.  What is beauty to you? As always comments are welcome and appreciated.

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Ready, Set Gorgeous!

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I have seen this line a lot at Target.  It’s been reviewed all over and gotten pretty good reviews.  I really wanted to try it for myself and see how I liked it.  It’s pretty darn good! I started with the foundation.  It comes in a squeeze bottle and I applied with a “beauty blender” (oversized sponge).  It has a buildable coverage.  You can do it as light or as heavy as you want, just keep applying.   It blended very well and matched my skin very nicely.  Next I applied the concealer. I really liked it!  It covered very nicely and also doubles as a highlighter!  I have been applying their powder over to set it, even though it’s a powder foundation.  I just wanted to see how it felt and all in all this is an exceptional product.  I have been wearing it all day and really love the way it feels. It also held up all day through the sweltering heat and didn’t melt off right away.  It didn’t last me all day and would need to be reapplied if I didn’t have a secret!

 

Beauty Secret #1:

 

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Finishing spray!  I love this stuff! My favorite is the Dewy finish for a nice little glow.  My makeup does not budge with this stuff, its freaking awesome!  Target now carries NYX so I highly suggest picking some up!

 

All in all, if you need an inexpensive face makeup this new line by Covergirl is a worthy contender!

 

What is this?

Hi everyone!  My name is Alissa and am a mom to 2 beautiful babies.  Before I became a Mommy I was an aspiring make-up artist and a licensed esthetician.  I love skin care, make-up, and hair dye!  I love Chanel, MAC and Bobbie Brown, but with my 2 kiddos money is a little bit tight.  I can no longer justify $65-70 on foundation every 2-3 months.  Right now that money could be better spent on clothes and food.  So here I am starting a blog about makeup and skin care but more importantly drug store makeup and skin care!  I used to cringe at Oil of Olay and Neutrogena!  Now I will be blogging about my fav items at the drug store as well as new seasonal items as they roll through!  I have also subscribed to 2 beauty boxes this month so I will write about those as they come in.  Please come and check back often!  I will be linking to my Facebook and Twitter as well as linking my fav YouTube vlogs! Comments and feedback are welcome and appreciated!

 

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