I’m in New York for the weekend

And the thing I have been most looking forward to is getting my $6 eyebrow threading and my $17 mani pedi.

NOBODY DOES SALONS LIKE BROOKLYN. SORRY LOS ANGELES. NOT CUTTING IT

New Freebie: Elizabeth & James “Nirvana Black” Perfume

I have been dying to get a new perfume. I alternate between Thierry Mugler “Angel” and Marc Jacobs “Daisy” but I’ve been itching for something that falls in between the two. 

Sometimes I feel like Angel is too sexy, and Daisy is too youthful…I want something that is still a bit sweet and flowery like Daisy but dark, yet not as dark Angel can be.

I had been reading reviews, and the new scents from Elizabeth & James, MK&A’s company, Nirvana Black and Nirvana White caught my eye. A few days later I got an email from Sephora that the 100point bonus items had been updated and a small rollerball of Nirvana Black is one of this month’s 100 point Beauty Insider bonuses!

I trotted down to Sephora and tried out Nirvana Black, and I have to say I am really pleased with it! They gave me a small sample of Nirvana White, which isn’t as strong smelling as Nirvana Black, but I found it to be too flowery for me.

The product description notes “Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black is an addictive blend of alluring violet, sensual sandalwood, and rich vanilla that strike the perfect balance between masculine and feminine.” And I would definitely agree. The sandalwood gives it the “dark” undertone I was looking for, while the violet and vanilla give it the sweetness I wanted.

Super stoked on this freebie!

New Freebie: Elizabeth & James “Nirvana Black” Perfume

I have been dying to get a new perfume. I alternate between Thierry Mugler “Angel” and Marc Jacobs “Daisy” but I’ve been itching for something that falls in between the two.

Sometimes I feel like Angel is too sexy, and Daisy is too youthful…I want something that is still a bit sweet and flowery like Daisy but dark, yet not as dark Angel can be.

I had been reading reviews, and the new scents from Elizabeth & James, MK&A’s company, Nirvana Black and Nirvana White caught my eye. A few days later I got an email from Sephora that the 100point bonus items had been updated and a small rollerball of Nirvana Black is one of this month’s 100 point Beauty Insider bonuses!

I trotted down to Sephora and tried out Nirvana Black, and I have to say I am really pleased with it! They gave me a small sample of Nirvana White, which isn’t as strong smelling as Nirvana Black, but I found it to be too flowery for me.

The product description notes “Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black is an addictive blend of alluring violet, sensual sandalwood, and rich vanilla that strike the perfect balance between masculine and feminine.” And I would definitely agree. The sandalwood gives it the “dark” undertone I was looking for, while the violet and vanilla give it the sweetness I wanted.

Super stoked on this freebie!

So excited to try Korean BB Cream! My friend purchased a bunch of different Korean BBs a while ago and really inspired me to try it out. On Amazon they run $12-20. I picked this up today at a mall in Koreatown in LA, and paid a bit more…but I hate waiting for things to arrive in the mail!
Will post results/review soon!

So excited to try Korean BB Cream! My friend purchased a bunch of different Korean BBs a while ago and really inspired me to try it out. On Amazon they run $12-20. I picked this up today at a mall in Koreatown in LA, and paid a bit more…but I hate waiting for things to arrive in the mail!
Will post results/review soon!

Best Manicure Under $10!

I was too lazy to paint my nails this week so I picked up the rounded set of Kiss Gel Fantasy press on nails for $8 at Walgreens, and let me say OH MY GOD!

These things are amazing!

First off: the shape and color is fantastic- not too long, beautiful sparkle gradient on the tips, and a vinyl patent leather shine. It’s like an Instagram dream in a box.

Secondly: application was super easy and THEY DONT FALL OFF! I followed the glue directions and buffed my nails slightly then cleaned them with acetone, then soap and water before applying, and I have been wearing these nails for 4 going on 5 days now!
What have I done in these 5 days? CROSSFIT…TWICE…sewing projects, dishes, a day at Disneyland, deep refrigerator and kitchen cleaning and more things that are manicure & long nail “DONT”s, yet this PRESS ON set of nails has not budged.

I feel like I should find a soap box somewhere in my neighborhood just so I can shout “I CANT BELIEVE ITS NOT ACRYLICS” like a fashion forward butter substitute commercial. Seriously. I’ve gone as far as to not hide the fact that they are press ons, but BRAG about it.

Kiss has some other awesome designs in their Gel Fantasy line as press ons as well as stickers that I HIGHLY recommend for both quality and price. The only major bummer is that these are the only have one style of press ons in a rounded stiletto-esque shape: the rest are square.

From what I have seen Kiss is the first drug store brand to make press on stiletto nails albeit only in one color…but it’s a start! I really hope this Gel Fantasy collection expands because this lazy (but fabulous) broke girl is in LOVE.

Anonymous said: Hello! I was wondering, how do you know what hair colours suit your skin tone? I recently cut most of my hair off and now have a pretty short pixie cut, and really want to dye it grey (my natural hair colour is literally a shade and a half lighter than black). I have no idea if it will suit me, or just look terrible in general.

I am no color expert, but pretty much try not to bring out underlying tones in your skin with your hair; if you have a pinkish skin tone, red or strawberry most likely isn’t for you, and if you have a yellowish skin tone, yellowey Golden blonde probably isn’t for you either….also I’m prone to (poorly) photoshopping different hair colors and styles on myself in order to *~ try things out *~

I’m on tour again, this time with Dutch electro-house dj Bingo Players + a slew of others. After showering for the first time in 3 days, I got a lil’ fancy and slapped on a new lippie I impulse-bought at our NYC show.

Wet n Wild’s Megalast liquid lip color in “Back to the Fuschia” is one of my new faves. At $4, the color is amazing, and the “goes on like gloss, dries like lipstick” vibe this lip color has makes me the happiest Merch girl ever when I am selling tees and talking non-stop every night. It’s not entirely smudge proof once it dries, but it totally lasts ALL DAY LONG!

Anonymous said: that nose

YUP. 

the jew that gave me that nose paid for my college education, so sniff sniff motherfuckers.

Broke Girl Root Touch Up- GREAT SUCCESS! 


When I lived in New York, I used to go to the AMAZING Arrojo Cosmetology School to have my hair bleached and toned. At $45 for a full bleach and tone, and the whooole salon experience, it was THE place to get muh hairzz did. 

Unfortunately, there is no Arrojo in Los Angeles, and my roots have been getting out of hand. The *good* student salons in LA (ie, Paul Mitchell, etc) are on the other side of town, and more expensive than Arrojo, so I decided to do my roots myself today.

With the advice of Scott, a former Arrojo student that used to do my hair (he now works at Ouidad!) I purchased 20 Volume Developer and L’Oreal Quick Blue Bleach along with a light beige toner to even the whole shebang out.

Sally Beauty was having a sale, so 1lb of Quick Blue was only, $15, and the entire batch of supplies (brush, gloves, bowl, developer, toner, bleach) totaled to $35…enough product for multiple dye jobs for less than ONE student salon visit! 

I mixed my bleach according to the directions and sectioned my hair into quarters, pinning each into a small bun. This allowed me to focus on each individual quarter-section during the application process, ensuring that there were no missed patches, and everything could be applied evenly.

DIY PRO TIP: When applying, I hung my full length mirror on the back of my bathroom door, so I could see the back of my head and get the PERFECT application.

I used 20 Volume developer, because it not as harsh as more popular 30 or 40 Volume, so i could take my time during the application process, and slowly check the progress of the bleach, rather than having to rush and remove product before it was done bleaching, being too worried about a stronger developer frying my hair.

After application, I let the bleach sit for about 40-45 minutes, checking my progress every 10 minutes or so. I rinsed out the bleach in warm water, then mixed my developer and toner, which i applied in a more shampoo-ing manner rather than with a brush, and let that sit for about 20-25 minutes.

When rising the toner, I used Aussie’s 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioning Treatment to give my hair some TLC after a double process! 

The results are AMAZING. I still can’t believe that MY at-home application came out SO well! I’ll probably get 10+ root touch ups out of this giant tub of Quick Blue, making my cost per process cost less than $5 per session!

I do NOT recommend bleaching an entire head of long hair at home, however, if you can be patient and diligent  you can get amazing results on root touch ups for a fraction of the cost at home! 

French Braid Headband: Right vs Wrong.

Recently I have been SUPER into the French braid headband hairstyle! I haven’t been wearing a ton of makeup since I moved to Los Angeles, because I don’t have a car, so I have been riding my bike a lot. Biking + heat = sweating = bye bye makeup.

However, I HAVE been into keeping my hair out of my face and looking oh so fresh while doing so.

The French braid headband is definitely daunting at first, but thanks to this tutorial I figured out how to do it: http://youtu.be/H3Yw9f84n1Y

What this tutorial doesn’t really highlight however, is the difference between braiding your additional strands in an OVER pattern or an UNDER pattern.

Originally, as seen in my first photo, I was adding my strands to make the French braid, placing the outside piece of hair over the inner piece of hair during the braid. This resulted in the headband being less apparent from a front facing view when it was completed.

I realized that if I braided the strands UNDER one another, it would make my headband braid more apparent from the front…and I was correct!

Rather than looking like I pulled my hair back in a fancy way, I actually look like I have a braided headband :)

yay for tips & tricks

Xx
Keat

tiefighters:

L’Oréal Tatooine - Because I’m worth it 
Created by Señor Lego
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tiefighters:

L’Oréal Tatooine - Because I’m worth it 

Created by Señor Lego

(via:legosaurus)

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