27 April, 2017

The Pout

What's up, everyone?

I know I can't be the only one that swoons over the perfect nude lip.  I'm the woman who has a purse full of lip liners, lipsticks, and a couple glosses but somehow I manage to convince myself that that one perfect shade is missing.  You know, the one that's not too pink, not too brown, not too warm, just...my lips but better.

Oh, and I can't stand any lip products that are drying, flaky, or make me look like it's the middle of winter when they should be looking plumped and hydrated!  It's a deal-breaker for me.  I go for a hybrid between a liquid lipstick, semi-matte, and a long-lasting liner.

striped off shoulder romper
Maybe she's born with it?  Maybe it's the wind. 

Kendall and Kylie Romper
Wearing Maybelline Color Sensational Shaping Lip Liner in Dusty Rose & Magnetic Mauve
Romper: Pacsun / Shoes: Zara

The new Maybelline Color Sensational Shaping Lip Liners & Loaded Bolds Lipsticks are bomb.  The texture is not too dry and not too creamy, so they last all day/night.  Theres tons of colors to choose from, but a few of my favorites are Dusty Rose, Magnetic Mauve, and Rich Chocolate (YAS, ombre lip).  If you're feeling super edgy, or if blue is just your color, they even have a few blue-ish shades.  Hey, apparently blue makes your teeth look white!

Maybelline Color Sensational Shaping Lip Liner

Maybelline Lip Liner

Nude Matte Lipstick

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick

I rocked these during a four hour photoshoot last week and didn't need to reapply once.  It lasted through the heat, wind, and a few jump squats and pretend sprints.

My man even kissed me while I had the liner on and it didn't transfer (He usually won't come near me with any type of lip product on...am I alone?!).

I usually stay in my nude lip bubble, but I may even try Berry Bossy if I'm feeling a little adventurous.  Or I might wear it for a picture and take it off because nude is my comfort zone -- We'll see.

Huge thank you to Maybelline for providing me with these gorgeous products and sponsoring this post!  I'm beyond humbled and grateful to get to work with such a legendary company.  As always, all opinions are my own, and you wouldn't be reading this post if I wasn't a fan!
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08 March, 2017

Gorgeous Lashes at Chic Lash Boutique

Lash lift before and after

Well, well, well!  I'm not even going to get into a long intro about how long it's been since I've popped on here -- We all know life happens.  I'd just be giving excuses.  Let's get to the fun stuff!

If you follow me on Instagram and Snapchat, you know I've been sharing my excitement for getting a lash lift.  I'm a big lash girl.  I love a good mascara (shoutout to L'Oreal Voluminous), and I'm always trying to achieve a big, bright eyed look.

I haven't taken the lash extension plunge for a few reasons.  For starters, I like to rub my eyes, wash my face freely, and just don't want the hassle of maneuvering around them.  Knowing me, they'd fall out too quickly and wouldn't be worth the cash.  Plus, with working out, the sweat can break up the glue, and I just don't have the time, patience, or money to keep up with them.  Maybe I'll try them once for fun, but for now...bring on the lash lift!

A lash lift is designed to give your natural lashes a boost, lots of curl, and make your eyes look a bit bigger.  I searched through before and afters on Instagram for hours and decided I had to try it.  It's the perfect treatment to make you feel extra pretty but still natural -- Who doesn't love that?!

I had my lash lift done at Chic Lash Boutique, and I can't say how much I love this place.  They popped my brow threading cherry about a year ago, did a fantastic job, and their amazing work carries into their lashes too.  Nora hooked me up with some gorgeous lashes.

Before:
lash lift before
After:
Lash Lift Before and After

Eyelash Lift Houston

OK, and I also have to mention how comfortable their beds are.  Prepare to take a nap.  Seriously.  You can't open your eyes during the process, so nap it is.

A few questions that I wanted to cover for any of you who are interested.  If you're nervous, have doubts, or just want to hear from someone who's had the lash lift done, look no further:

Is the lash lift really safe for the eyes?
Yup.  It's a small amount of product and doesn't stay on your lashes for long.  

Does it burn?
Not if you keep your eyes closed like you should be!  Take the hour and just relax.  If you open your eyes, it will burn.  Just keep your eyes closed and don't worry!  My eyes didn't burn at all, and I have EXTREMELY sensitive eyes.

Is it safe for contact lens wearers?
Yes!  This was one of the first questions I had.  You can wear your contacts during the treatment or take them out if you prefer.

Does the lash lift damage your lashes?
No!  The perming solution stays on and then a conditioner is applied and brushed through the lashes.

What's the difference between this and a lash curler?
A lash curler will amp up your lashes, but overtime it can cause some breakage.  I sometimes have nightmares about ripping my lashes out with a curler and have heard some serious horror stories.  The lash lift lasts about 3 months and you won't need a lash curler.

A few other tips/notes I have:
  • Don't wear makeup to your appointment!  You don't need it -- Just show up with a fresh face, or at least no eye makeup.
  • The perming solution does smell a little funky.  Kind of like a mix of sunscreen and a hair relaxer.  
  • Don't wear mascara or get your lashes wet for 8-24 hours after your lash lift.
Hit up Chic Lash Boutique for a lash lift!  I have naturally long eyelashes, so the lift helped keep them curled.  If you have shorter/straight lashes, this would be perfect for you.

And of course, we wanted to make sure to hook you all up.  Mention this post when booking your service and get $5 off your service! 

The lash lift will cost you $75 usually at Chic Lash Boutique, so mention my post and knock it down to $70.  It'l last you about 3 months, so if you're going for a natural but sexy lash look, it's definitely worth it!

Let me know if you'll be trying it out..and I want to see pictures!  I went to the Mid Lane location (ask for Nora), but the Waugh location is amazing too.

Follow them on Instagram @chiclashboutique for some serious brow and lash inspiration.  Why is seeing a set of perfectly threaded eyebrows so satisfying?!

If you visit Chic Lash Boutique, tag me in your pictures!  I love a set of pretty lashes. 



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