OOTD: Jumping For Joy

So here it is- my very first full jumpsuit. I’ve always wanted one, but could never find one that actually fit lengthwise. My sister was here visiting in June and was all about jumpers/rompers etc., and seeing her in them inspired me to actually find one that worked for me! When I came across this one in Fabri’k I was ecstatic because it looked like the length would fit me! However, let me tell you…I am not a floral girl at all, and that was the one part that made me unsure about this romper. Styling it with minimalistic shoes and a bright bag made it wearable for me, and I now love this look!

IMG_8355This jumpsuit has tiny yellow/green/white flowers, so I played with the yellow and added this bag

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Outfit Deets:

Jumper: Fabri’k

Bag: Celine “sun yellow” phantom

Necklace: India

Bracelets: Kate Spade NY

Shoes: Aldo

Beauty and Bubbly at The Cosmetic Market

I was invited to a fun blogger beauty event at The Avalon a few weeks ago, and just had to share my experience with you! The event was by The Cosmetic Market (full service beauty bar with high end makeup retailers within), and they promised champagne- this obviously meant a good time. 

From the second I walked in, I  could see and feel a stir and buzz in the air, and I loved that! Champagne, white wine, chocolate covered strawberries, and cheese greeted you at the door, and thereafter you could walk around and get acquainted. Various different stations had been set up with complimentary sessions of brow waxing, hair styling, hand exfoliation, and of course, makeup application. 

I chose to try out the hand exfoliation as well as hair styling. Mario from Mario’s Hair Designers gave me a lioness do’ and I have to say I’m obsessed. Stay tuned for a blog post in which he will do my hair again for all of you! My friend Natasha from Toto’s Life and Style accompanied me, and we had so much fun! Besides all of the above things I have mentioned, The Cosmetic Market also does facials. All of this while you shop for your favorite beauty products in one place! This is such a cool and novel concept, be sure to check it out in Johns Creek, GA!

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OOTD/OOTN: How to Wear Leather in Spring

Hi everyone!

If you guys have noticed any trend at all so far on my outfit posts, its that I love leather. Any time of the year, leather can look so chic depending on how you wear it. Today I paired leather, and well…leather for you guys. I filmed a full Get Ready With Me video so that you guys can see how I do my hair, makeup, and style my outfit- and here is the final result! I chose out a couple pieces from a few favorite stores of mine- Tory Burch, Kate Spade, Fevrie, Nasty Gal, and Muwae Jewelry to come up with this look. I also have a coupon code for you, so be sure to scroll to the bottom!

Be sure to watch my video on this look HERE

IMG_7087Although the top is leather too, because it has fringe is the reason for why its wearable with this skirt

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I just love this layered necklace from Mawae! I went ahead and doubled it up to look shorter against this fringe top.

IMG_7103This skirt from Fevrie is EVERYTHING! It created curves for me that I don’t have. Not to mention, the asymmetrical black lines adds curves too!

IMG_7088I tucked in the fringe top to make it look shorter than it really is. Kate Spade gold bangle bracelets and the Muwae necklace really pull the look together!

IMG_7098The gold chain of the bag brings all the other gold pieces together!

IMG_7089Pumps would have made this look too casual, so I chose pointy toed gold shoes to stick with the more formal theme

IMG_7099The slit on the back makes this skirt easy to walk in.

Outfit Deets:

Top: Nasty Gal

Skirt: Fevrie (save 25% with code “MEGHA” until 5/31/15. http://bit.ly/1yX1muC)

Shoes: BCBG Generation (bought on Rue La La)

Necklace: Muwae Jewlery (upload a picture of you wearing any of their pieces, and receive a coupon code to save 50% off on your next purchase! http://www.muwae.com

Bracelets: Kate Spade NY

Bag: Tory Burch

OOTD: Color Me Happy

Hey everyone!

Long time no talk, but I’m back to fix that problem. Spring is in full force here in Atlanta- actually, I should say summer is here already. So in the spirit of that, today’s post is the first in my spring fashion outfit post! 

I’ve been dying to get my hands on the perfect yellow clutch. I have seriously been searching for years! So when I finally found this gem on Rue La La, I knew it had to be mine. Being that my makeup artist mind has color theory embedded in it, I immediately knew that yellow and blue is the look I wanted to pair together for you guys. How did I do?

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IMG_6714I picked up this warrior style chunky bracelet in Thailand, and I love wearing it especially with muted tones like this denim shirt

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IMG_6710No combo goes better together than yellow and blue! This clutch is the perfect shade of canary yellow

IMG_6713I decided to amp up the sass with the buckled shoes. To dress it down a bit, you can always go for a basic nude pump

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Outfit Deets:

Top: Abercrombie and Fitch

Skinny Jeans: Abercrombie and Fitch

Necklace: Spain

Bracelet: Thailand

Clutch: Balenciaga (bought on Rue La La)

Shoes: Joes Jeans (bought on Rue La La)

Review: Tru Self Organics Detoxifying Clay Mask

Hey everyone!

I’ve been masking the heck out of my skin for the last few months, and have been loving the results! I got my hands on the Tru Self Organics detoxifying clay mask recently, and had to share my thoughts with you.

Tru Self Organics makes all natural products for your skin, and this mask is one of them. It comes as a powder that you mix with either water or apple cider vinegar, which came in the kit (you can also buy the mask separately). The mask is created with multiple forms of clay- all natural, of course. This masks promises to help with many things including: blemishes, wrinkles, acne, pores, and detoxifying.

Be sure to check out my video on this too! http://youtu.be/67y7JUoTqAI

IMG_6753I have the detox kit which includes the mask, apple cider vinegar, a mixing bowl, spatula, and measuring spoons

IMG_6752The mask comes in a powder form which you can mix with either water or the provided apple cider vinegar

My Experience: 

I find that the middle measuring spoon full of the mask, and the same quantity of water (or apple cider vinegar) creates a good thick consistency. I’ve also tried it on with a little more water and liked the thinner mask as well. I noticed that when I mix this mask with apple cider vinegar the mask fizzes, which is normal.

It applies much like a normal clay mask does, but I noticed that it dries much faster than most. Every single time, at around the 7 minute mask, the mask tightens exponentially, leaving me with a feeling of sucking. It almost feels like my skin is getting a facelift and gunk is being sucked out! At first when this happened I was a bit worried, but I’m used to it now.

The instructions say you can leave it on for 10-30 minutes, but I can’t seem to get to 30 minutes. The most I have done is 20, and the least, 15. I like the 15 minute version better because its a bit uncomfortable to wear for longer than that.

Now to the results: After washing off the mask and patting my face dry, I noticed a tightness around my mouth area which tends to always happen to me after washing my face. It was a little intensified though, because of the clay in the mask. I noticed immediately how baby soft my skin felt- like a babys bottom, literally! A lot of my normally textured skin was much more calm, and my pores had virtually disappeared! This was my favorite result, because my pores around my nose and on are HUGE! Not to mention, my pesky blackheads were gone too.

I have to say though, that using this mask with water has been more beneficial to me than with the apple cider vinegar. The vinegar is a bit harsh for me and caused bumps and redness while the water method did not.

I’ve tried the mask on at night and morning, and I prefer the results I get at night and the fact that I still look and feel great the next couple of days.

In my opinion, this mask is a winner! Coupon code down below for 10% off your purchase.

PROS:

– you get to mix a fresh batch every time

– pore minimizing

– blackhead removal

– smooth and soft skin

CONS:

– apple cider vinegar is too harsh on the skin

– more work than a normal mask since you have to mix it together every time

Grade: A

www.truselforganics.com code megha10 for 10% off your total order!

 

Review: Glossier Face Masks

Hello my fellow beauty junkies!

You guys have heard me rant and rave about the Glossier phase one set enough already, but now I’m here to tell you guys about the newest products in their line up. Introducing…the mega greens galaxy pack, and the moisturizing moon mask! Yes, face masks. I really thought the next product from Glossier would be a face wash (I had even suggested that one) but they created two different, yet complimentary face masks instead.

IMG_6415The packaging is plastic tubs of 3 oz. of product each for $22

IMG_6418Both masks have a totally different feel and are different colors

The mega greens galaxy pack has been dubbed the “juice cleanse” for your face by Glossier. This means its loaded with super fruit and leafy greens such as parsley, spinach, lemon, etc., and is really good for your skin. Its base is kaolin clay, which is the lightest form of clay for a clay mask. However, don’t let that fool you! This mask does a lot of work without looking or feeling (hello non drying clay!) like it. 

Glossier’s Claims:

Detoxifying, balancing, nourishing, and helps to calm inflammation. They also say it helps draw out excess oil and impurities, and leaves your skin feeling soft with a velvet- matte finish.

My Experience:

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This mask is a thick (ish) one that is very light green in texture with a slight scent that is very pleasant. I moisten my face before putting it on (as per Glossier’s instructions), and slather it on with a few fingers. Upon contact I feel that there is a slight tingling and burning sensation which goes away in the first few minutes of application. It dries to a translucent finish and almost disappears into the skin. You can see tiny green particles around your face from the leafy greens. After removal, I found my face to be very soft, and conditioned, as opposed to dry and tight which is usually what I feel like after using clay masks. My skin felt clean, did have a velvet matte finish, and produced less oil throughout the day. However, I didn’t see a gigantic difference in my skin or anything in particular that I felt wowed me. 

Overall Grade: B

The moisturizing moon mask is meant to brighten skin with sweet almond oil, plant based squaline, and hyaluronic acid. This mask is also packed with lots of natural products such as honey, licorice, and lemon fruit extract to plump up and hydrate the skin

Glossier’s Claims:

Hydrating, plumping, brightening, smooth fine lines and restore elasticity. It is also supposed to even out the complexion and soothe the skin while pumping in moisture.

My Experience:

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This mask is so different than I was expecting. It looks something like Pond’s cold cream but has the texture of a gel and cream in one. Thick, but not heavy, bouncy, but not like flubber (sorry, I had to). I apply this with a few fingers and try to get a thick layer so I can see it more- but as time goes on it soaks into the skin and turns completely transparent. When I went to the mirror after 20 minutes, I was shocked to see my face looking very shiny and the mask virtually having disappeared. It looks like your skin would look after applying a toner or a serum. Basically, very shiny. This made me think the mask has completely soaked into my skin, and when I wet my hands and started taking it off, I realized that it really did soak in very much because this mask was hard to get off! My hands slipped and slid to remove all of it, but that made me very happy! I also noticed a huge difference in the brightness of my complexion and the obvious glow there was. I also loved the fact that my face did not feel tight at all, rather very comfortable and soft to the touch. 

Overall Grade: A

I follow both the masks with the Glossier face mist and then the priming moisturizer, and I love the results. Glossier says to use both the masks in one sitting (first the mega greens for 20 minutes, followed by the moisturizing moon mask for another 20), but I like to use them separately. I prefer using the mega greens in the morning since it helps reduce oil production throughout the day, and the moisturizing moon mask at night. I feel like the next morning after having used that mask there is a huge difference in my normally dull skin.

Each mask retails for $22, and are 3 oz. each. Not bad at all, considering how many brands charge an arm and a leg for skincare such as this. You can purchase them HERE. Don’t forget to check out my video review on both of them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YT6blPVkrw&feature=youtu.be

Indian/South Asian Bridal Makeup Series: Haldi/Pithi Makeup

Hey Everyone,

With all the love and positive feedback I received on my last bridal makeup tutorial, I knew I had to do a few more of those videos. So I decided to expand into a series and cover all the different events that we have for the wedding. This particular look is one I thought would be great for the pithi/haldi ceremony. 

That ceremony is about perfecting the brides skin for her wedding day by purifying it with natural ingredients. All the older people of the family come forward and put turmeric powder, yogurt, gram flower, honey etc. on the bride to make her skin glow! That part is done without her having any makeup on, and then she goes and showers/changes to her outfit and gets her hair and makeup done. This look was created with that in mind.

The look I created was with glowing skin in mind, and more natural makeup. I didn’t want to mask her beauty, and wanted to show off her youthfulness! I was going for a “pretty” look as opposed to super done up and unnatural.

Be sure to check out my video on this look too! It will be live on Thursday at 7 am EST https://youtu.be/DetM4IrNkhM

Again, please bear with me while these picture continue to show up sideways. The problem will hopefully be fixed soon! In the mean time, if you click on them you should be able to see the image properly.

 

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Products Used:

– MAC fix plus spray

– Too Faced shadow insurance

– Urban Decay Sin e/s from ammo palette

– MAC soft brown e/s

– MAC transparent teal pigment

– MAC rice paper e/s 

– MUFE liquid/gel eyeliner

– Urban decay virgin e/s from naked palette

– MAC handwritten e/s

– MAC carbon e/s 

– MAC brun e/s

– MUFE hd foundation color 120

– Graftobian neutral palette concealer (second from the top left)

– Graftobian hd powder foundation warm palette (mixed the two lightest shades)

– Nars cap vert cream bronzer

– MAC tint cream color base

– MAC triple fusion highlighter/bronzer

– MAC plum liner 

– Unknown lipstick shade =(

– Unknown lashes

– Benefit they’re real mascara

Hair Extensions: Clips Ins for Thickness and Volume

Hey everyone!

In the past year or so, my normally thick hair started to thin out. I see a noticeable difference in my hair especially when I keep it straight, and I hate it! Enter: hair extensions. I never thought I would be the girl who would love them. I didn’t even expect to like them. But I can honestly say they are a game changer! I also have a full video on them demonstrating how to use them –> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnNO1pqG2PE

I got a set of “natural black” colored extensions from Irresistible Me, from their silky touch line. They are 200 grams, which basically means thats how much they weigh. Aka, they’re pretty thick pieces of hair. I got 20 inches to match my current length of hair, and I love them! It’s so easy to clip them in. You just part your hair where you want to put them in, and un clip/re clip to hold them in place. Then you tousle your natural hair to cover the clips so they don’t show. 

If you get the correct color, they should blend in very well- so make sure you check out the full range to choose your best shade! I got the thickest hair available because I was going for volume and thickness over length. And when I put them in, even when my hair is straight, theres a huge difference in my hair! It looks so much healthier and thicker. And then when I curl it, va-va-voom! Its instant fullness and looks like its all my natural hair.

At first when you look at the number of pieces of hair you get, you might think it is too little- but in reality, theres only so much scalp everyone has, and you can’t possibly get all the pieces in. For me, I could only use the largest/thickest piece (4 clips) and then two 3 clip pieces, for a total of 3 pieces!

Remember, hair extensions are supposed to feel like extensions of your own natural hair. So don’t treat them any different! You can curl and straighten them like you do your normal hair. You should also shampoo at regular intervals so they don’t feel dirty.

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This was my first time using any extensions, and I have to say I’m in love. Here is a quick pros and cons list for you guys!

Pros:

– So many different lengths and thickness available so you can customize to your needs. Many different colors too

– Easy maintenance

– Look very natural

– Easy to style so you can add them to any look you want to achieve

– Will last a LOOOONGGG time

Cons:

– Price ($200 for a whole box)

Overall Grade: A+

I can only speak for Irresistible Me since those are the only ones I have used, but I really love the ones I got. If you are someone who likes to wear extensions on a daily basis, you should go for their Royal Remy collection, as those will last longer.

And since I know they are expensive, here is a direct link and coupon code for you!

http://bit.ly/IM_Hair711 Use code “IrresistibleMegha” to save 10% off your order!

 

Super Affordable Makeup Brushes

Hey everyone,

Thanks for coming back here to read this! Today’s post is about a super affordable 8 piece eyeshadow brush set by Beauty Junkee. I have mentioned some of their other products in my earlier videos (detangler brushes and kabuki brush). Their products are truly quality and a great price. How can you beat that?!

The 8 piece brush set that I have retails for $39.97 but with code MEGHAYT10 you will receive $10 off. Each individual brush also retails for $9.97 and with code MEGHAYT25 you will receive 25% off one single brush. Click HERE to be taken to the website.

Brushes Included:

Flat definer

Pro crease

Tapered blending

Precision eye liner

Angled shading

Blending

All over shading

Pencil

What I love most about this kit is that each brush in here is actually something you would use. I find that most sets/kits always throw in a few unnecessary brushes that you don’t really need, and you’ve had to pay for them since they’re in the kit. I also like that some of the brushes are synthetic and the others, natural bristles. This makes them very versatile to use for different looks.

Natural bristles are made of animal hair, and tend to pick up less product to deliver a natural look. This is especially great when you’re working with very bright or dark colors because the brush won’t deposit so much at first go. This way you can keep building to get the desired effect. Synthetic bristles are man made and pick up a lot of product. This is great when you’re working with brushes to pick up eyeliner.

IMG_5701This 8 piece set comes in a faux leather pouch. Perfect for traveling!

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IMG_5699The 3 blending brushes. From left to right, blending, crease, and tapered blending.

IMG_5698The three synethic brushes in the kit. From left to right, flat definer, pencil, and precision eye liner.

IMG_5697The two lid brushes- angled shading and all over shading.

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A few other things to know about the brushes and company:

Beauty Junkees, Inc. was founded by Julia Ritzenthaler in 2013. Julia is a junkee herself, and had a vision of developing high quality beauty tools at a reasonable price point.  Current lines include professional quality makeup brushes, makeup sponges and a knot detangler hair brush. 100% money back guarantee on all products, no questions asked.

Current selling prices for all products on Amazon.com (prices subject to change):

  • Pro Series Eye Brush Set $39.97: includes 8 essential brushes plus a makeup bag; individual brushes listed at $9.97.
  • 5pc Large Kabuki Set $47.88: Includes Flat, Angled, Flat Angled, Tapered, and Round plus a travel makeup tube; individual brushes listed at $11.97.
  • 5pc mini Kabuki Set $29.97: Includes mini version of each of the large kabuki set plus a travel makeup tube; individual brushes listed at $10.97.
  • 4pc Pro Makeup Sponges $14.97: Offering both a sample pack with 4 unique shapes and colors, and 4 packs of same type sponge.
  • Knot Detangler Hair Brush Set $14.97: Includes 2 hairbrushes, one large and one mini.

Indian Bridal Makeup Tutorial

Hey everyone!

Today I created an Indian/South Asian bridal makeup look for you guys. This is one of my most requested looks, so I had to do it! I decided to go all out and wear jewelry, veil my head, and the full outfit. This look is in collaboration with Arshia from Happy Treasuress (click on the name to be taken to her video!!). She did a makeup look for the mehendi/sangeet ceremony which precedes the actual wedding ceremony. Be sure to follow me on instagram  All links are down below too!

Our culture is very colorful, and our weddings are even more so. Our traditional wedding color is red and usually has thick gold embroidery and beading. Due to this, makeup artists tend to favor gold for the eyelids. Some brides feel comfortable rocking a dark red lip in conjunction to the red outfit, but most modern brides who come to me don’t want that look. I feel more comfortable with a lighter lip too with such a dark outfit, so that is what I chose. I hope you guys enjoyed this look! Don’t forget to watch the video on how I achieved it on my youtube channel. The widget to take you there is down below!

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When achieving makeup looks like this, its important to keep in mind that the jewelry and outfit have a lot to do with the final look! While the makeup might look super over done without all of the trimmings, the second you have your full outfit together everything starts making sense.

Here are some of Arshia’s pictures from her look!

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I hope you guys loved this look as much as I did creating it. Here are the links:

My video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gJnX0ATnW4&feature=youtu.be

Arshia’s Blog: http://happytreasuress.wordpress.com

Arshia’s Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/happytreasuress

Product List:

– Anastasia dipbrow pomade in dark brown

– Urban Decay primer potion original

– MAC rubenesque paint pot

– MAC amber lights e/s

– Makeup Geek in the spotlight e/s

– MAC soft brown e/s

– MAC brun e/s

– MAC handwritten e/s

– MAC brown script e/s

– MAC nylon e/s

– MAC ricepaper e/s

– MAC carbon e/s

– MAC reflects gold pigment/glitter

– Benefit they’re real push up liner

– Urban Decay zero eyeliner

– Fake lashes (from some random store in LA)

– Makeup Forever mat velvet plus foundation color 65

– MAC pro longwear concealer NW35

– Nars radiant creamy concealer in ginger

– Nars radiant creamy concealer in biscuit

– Beauty Blender (red carpet)

– MAC translucent loose powder

– Nars casino bronzer

– MAC blunt blush (for contour)

– MAC melba blush

– Mario Dedivanovic eye m glam highlighter

– Makeup Forever Pro Powder in 126

– Ben Nye berry lip liner

– MAC diva lipstick

– Gerard Cosmetics plum crazy lipgloss