I know, I know… it’s been awhile. Instead of giving some lame excuse about being extremely busy (which I have been), I want to be honest and admit that I have been in such a beauty rut! Any spare moment I have had to write a new post, I honestly couldn’t think of anything that truly felt worth writing about.
When I started this blog, my plan was never to have a blog just for the sake of having a blog. My mission objective was always to be completely honest and share with all of you what products and/or treatments I am truly loving. If I haven’t mentioned a product yet, it doesn’t necessarily mean I haven’t tried it. I will only write about things that worked for me or for my clients. With that said, there are times (which I am sure many of you have endured yourself) where my beauty routine just seems, “meh.” This just happens to be one of those times.
For weeks, I tried switching up products and testing new looks just to get some inspiration. Although it was fun, I still found that I had nothing worth writing about. Nothing stood out to me.
BUT THEN…. it hit me!
[Side Note: For some reason, most of my blog post ideas seem to come to me when I am in the shower!?]
I realized that instead of racking my brain to try and come up with inspiration and ideas, what I should be doing is racking all of YOUR brains! So, I am enlisting all of your help. I have come up with a list of products and treatments that I am on the hunt for and I want you all to give me your advice. Have you tried a waterline eyeliner that doesn’t move throughout the day? Please, tell me about it! Or is there a treatment that you recently had done (i.e. facial) and your results were amazing – I beg you, tell me about it!
This post will be a 2-part series. This week, I want you all to give me your product recommendations, advice, opinions, pretty much anything beauty-related that you are loving. Next week, I will share all of the answers I get and perhaps I will pick-up some suggested goodies between now and then to try out for myself.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it…
Black waterline eyeliner that stays put all day!
Perfume (I have my staples, but I am always looking for a new scent)
Moisturizer (I have sensitive, combination skin)
Lipsticks, lip glosses, etc.
Cuticle cream/care (my cuticles always seem to be dry no matter how much I moisturize my hands!)
Treatments/Services: Facials, massages, masks, body scrubs, etc.
Concealer (I love finding good quality concealers that work!)
Beauty tools – makeup brushes, beauty sponges, hair accessories, etc.
Dark spot corrector
Curly hair products
Do you have any other beauty tips or finds? I want to hear about it! Either let me know in the comment section below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your answers.
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner – Did you see my post where I mentioned about this liner and the girl in the car accident? Once you do, you will know why this liner is on my list.
L’Oreal Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara – This mascara has become such a hit and is considered the drugstore equivalent to Too Faced’s Better Than Sex mascara. Having Lash Paradise in the waterproof formula will help adhere to your lashes throughout the summer heat.
When setting your makeup with powder, try pressing the powder into the skin. This will blend the products together more seamlessly and help it last longer on your face.
Instead of using your setting spray at the end of application, try spraying your beauty sponge with the setting spray and using that to blend out your foundation and concealer. It’s like an extra security blanket to ensure your makeup stays put!
Try using a gloss or lipstain instead of a matte lipstick.
Always use blotting paper for touch-ups throughout the day instead of powder as powder can end up cakey – no, thank you!
Hello my beauties! Wedding season is officially here! As planning your wedding is such a big endeavour, planning your wedding “look” is just as important! All brides want to ensure that they look their absolute best as photographs of this memorable event are going to be cherished for years to come! With that said, one key element that the bride should be well-prepared for is makeup. At Pro Makeup Coach, we highly suggest that every bride partake in a Bridal Trial to ensure that the bride is getting the look they want on their big day!
This week, I thought it would be a good idea to do a post all about Bridal Trials. What to expect, how you should prepare and what to do afterwards.
What is a Bridal Trial?
A Bridal Trial is where the bride gets to meet the makeup artist, discuss what sort of look they may have envisioned (not every bride knows exactly what look they want, and that is totally okay!), and test out a bridal look.
By having a Bridal Trial, the bride can see how the makeup holds up, whether they would want to tweak anything for the Big Day and become comfortable with their makeup artist. The day of the wedding can be very stressful and making sure that your makeup is one less stress you have to worry about on your Big Day is ideal!
How to Get the Most Out of Your Bridal Trial
Here are some tips to keep in mind for your Bridal Trial:
Wear white – if you are wearing white on the Big Day, why not wear white to your Bridal Trial to see how it compliments the colour?
Decide what bridal style/look you want (dramatic, soft, colours, lashes, smokey eye, bold lip, etc.)
Find images of makeup looks that inspire you (makeup artists appreciate this so much as it helps narrow down exactly what the bride is looking for)
False lashes – yay or nay?
Ask questions! Don’t be shy – the makeup artists will be asking you a bunch of questions so do not hesitate to ask your own!
Remember that it is YOUR day! If you want to change something or don’t like something, speak up! As a makeup artist, we want to ensure that your are happy with your look.
Determine timing – the makeup artist will want to know how many people intend on having their makeup done on the Big Day so that they can ensure they plan enough time accordingly
Take a bunch of pictures in different lighting and at different angles – You will want to ensure that your makeup holds up throughout the day. After the trial, make sure to take plenty of photos and see what the makeup looks like in natural and artificial lighting.
Remember, this is wedding makeup – Many brides look in the mirror after a trial and feel like the makeup may be too much (however, of course if the bride wants less, that can be done!) I always remind the brides that:
Wedding Makeup is much different than everyday makeup as it is heavier (one word: photos); and,
Most people aren’t going to be standing two inches from your face where they are holding the mirror.
Your wedding day is one of the biggest days of your life so of course, you want to ensure that you are not only comfortable with your makeup artist, but that you have confidence in them as well. A Bridal Trial is the perfect way to ensure that you get the look you want on your Big Day!
P.S. Don’t forget! You can also purchase Oh So Pretty Cosmetic lippies to take with you on the Big Day so that touch-ups are a breeze!
Hello my beauties! I am finally back after a bit of a much-needed hiatus. But now, I am ready to get back into the swing of things and spread the news about the latest and greatest in the beauty industry! This week, I have a product that has become one of my ride-or-die’s! It is no easy feat to get that title, but this product truly blew my mind and I have become addicted!
A month ago, I received a complimentary VoxBox from Influenster with the new Kat Von D 24-Hour Super Brow Long-Wear Pomade and brush to try out for myself.
As soon as I saw that it was a Kat Von D product, I just knew I would love it! I absolutely LOVE Kat Von D products as I find she creates products that are true staples as they do exactly what you want them to. That sounds sort of basic, right? Well, in reality, staples that deliver what you want are not always easy to find in the beauty industry. Case in point, Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner has been my all-time favourite black eyeliner as it is super easy to use, the blackest black and it: Does. Not. Move!Unfortunately, many liners do not have the staying power that the Tattoo Liner does. Funny enough, I came across this article recently that perfectly explains just how awesome the Tattoo Liner is: People Magazine: Woman’s Viral Makeup Review Claims Kat Von D Eyeliner Never Smudges – Even After a Car Accident.
Now, back to Super Brow. Let’s just say, I had high hopes for this brow pomade when I first received it. I received the pomade in the shade Walnut and a brow brush for application (Which to be honest, I didn’t know what I was more excited about – the pomade or the brush! I LOVE Kat Von D brushes!) When I first applied the pomade, I learned quickly that you need to be careful with how much product you apply on your brush. A tiny bit is all you need! Which means, this little pot of brow goodness is going to last you quite awhile! To prevent using too much product, I lightly tap my brush on the pomade to pick up the product and then try to brush any excess off on the inside of the lid of the pot. Using feather light strokes, I apply the pomade mainly to the tops of my brows to fill them in. That is it! It doesn’t take very long at all.
On the Kat Von D website, the Super Brow is described as this:
“Kat Von D stretched the boundaries of innovation to create the weightless, waterproof formula she’s always wanted but hasn’t been able to find. Saturated with as much pigment as possible, this high-pigment brow pomade delivers budge-proof, smudge-proof, sweat-proof brows that don’t come off until you want them to.”
After testing this brow product for the past few weeks, I can honestly say that Kat Von D delivered as promised! My brows do not move throughout the day. This is my brow after 10 Hours (from the time I apply my makeup in the morning until the time I get home from work):
I swear, Kat Von D can do no wrong when it comes to her beauty products! As for the price, although I received this product complimentary for testing purposes, I can attest that the price point is quite fair. The pomade runs for $23 at Sephora and considering the fact that you only need a tiny bit of product per use – you will not find the need to re-stock frequently.
There are 16 shades to choose from, including red, green, blue, purple, etc. That may sound strange to you, but makeup is art and as Kat Von D’s website states, “There are no rules in makeup, especially when it comes to your brows, so feel free to craft and color with complete creative freedom!”
Seriously, brows are still a big trend in the beauty industry and that does not appear to be changing any time soon. I have tried my fair share of brow products, and there hasn’t been a single one that has given me the results that the Super Brow has. What else can I say? I’m hooked!
Have you tried the 24-Hour Super Brow Long-Wear Pomade from Kat Von D? Let me know what you think!
Hello my beauties! It is absolutely dreadful outside, BUT why not cozy up and read the latest blogpost from Y. Beauty? (And trust me, it’s a good one!)
Today, I am talking all about collagen powder. I have been seeing articles and posts about this protein everywhere lately and decided to try it for myself. I have been adding collagen powder to my morning coffee for just over a month now and I have to say, I am noticing some positive changes! My hair just seems to be healthier, my nails are growing like crazy and my skin just looks fresh!
What is Collagen?
One third of your body is made up of collagen. Collagen is a protein is what makes our skin look youthful and plump and when skin is damaged, collagen is what helps repair the skin. This is because collagen is made up of amino acids which are essentially the building blocks of the body. Collagen is found in the body’s connective tissue (i.e. ligaments, cartilage, bones, etc.) Did you know that your body’s natural collagen production slows at a rate of about 1% per year starting at age 20? This is why as you get older, your skin starts to wrinkle and you may find that you have joint problems such as arthritis.
There are three types of collagen – I, II and III. Type I is the most common and consists of strong fibers and is found in the skin, ligaments, bones (including the dentin of your teeth). Type II is the main type in cartilage and is likely the type of collagen that is lacking in your system if you find you are having joint pain. Type III is what makes up tissues in your muscles, intestines and blood vessels. All three types are vital for the health of your body.
Benefits of Collagen
So what are the benefits of taking a collagen supplements?
Improves skin elasticity
Reduce the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks
Longer and stronger hair and nails
Reduce joint pain
Alleviate issues with indigestion (i.e. acid reflux, IBS and leaky gut syndrome)
Helps keep your heart healthy (reduces hardening of arteries)
Increase metabolism and aid in muscle growth
Reduce anxiety and improve brain function
Regulate blood sugar
My reaction was something similar to this:
Basically, collagen is the superhero of supplements!
I have been taking the Organika Enhanced Collagen Protein Powder and adding a tablespoon to my morning coffee. For 1 tablespoon of this powder, there is 8g of protein! I honestly haven’t noticed a change in the way my coffee tastes since adding in the collagen powder and it dissolves really well.
As I mentioned previously, my hair, skin and nails have all improved since I started taking the collagen supplement. Also, I tend to problems with digestion and noticed that I haven’t had many issues since I started taking this supplement. Another bonus is that I often get back pain from my scoliosis that I had surgery on when I was 14 (especially when the weather is bad, like it is now with the rainageddon), but my back hasn’t been bothering me much lately.
Seriously, if you are looking to take a supplement that literally can help improve your hair right down to your acid reflux, collagen powder may be just what you are looking for!
Hello my beauties, I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend!
This week, I have something exciting to share with you all! I recently got the chance to test out some new false lashes by Azeredo Cosmetics. I ordered 3 different pairs to try out and all 3 were big winners!
Azeredo Cosmetics is a U.S. based company that ships from Canada (love) and was created by Amanda Azeredo (Girlboss!) Amanda’s passion is what enticed her to create her own line of cosmetics and her first product in her line were lashes. Amanda has been in the makeup industry for almost 10 years and handcrafted the lashes so they are suitable for any eye shape. The lashes are all 100% handmade, cruelty-free and made with a synthetic fiber.
Amanda was inspired by her late father who passed away from battling cancer. In honour of this, Azeredo Cosmetics donates 5% of all profits to help the fight against cancer. That is truly inspiring! Not only is Amanda passionate about the beauty industry, she is also passionate about giving back and making a difference. This is definitely the type of company that I love to support!
For my first purchase, I picked 3 lashes to try: Legendary, Irresistible and Hollywood.
Here’s how they turned out…
It is really hard to choose because I truly fell in love with each lash so much but I think my favourite is Hollywood! I just love the drama that these lashes embody. They just instantly made me feel pretty and confident when I took a look in the mirror. They are just stunning!
What makes the Azeredo Cosmetics lashes so great is that the synthetic fiber used to make the lashes, blends easily with your own lashes. The bands for the lashes come in either invisible or flexible cotton thread and they are super easy to apply! The lashes (when treated with care) can last up to 15-20 wears! The price of the lashes range from 7.99 to 9.99, or you can purchase the entire collection for $43.95 (5 pairs of lashes!) You can also purchase individual lashes, if that is what you prefer.
Want even more good news!?…
I have a PROMO CODE!
Say what?! A promo code? Yes, you read that right! I have a promo code so you can get yourself some pretty lashes and save yourself a little moola while you are at it!
My promo code is: YasminA10
You can use this code at checkout to save yourself 10% off your entire order!
Seriously, you all need to check out Azeredo Cosmetics for yourself. The lashes are reasonably priced, phenomenal quality, shipping was super fast and your purchase will help make a difference in the fight against cancer!
Check out Azeredo Cosmetics and let me know what you think!
If you remember in one of my older posts, I listed my Top 3 Beauty Gurus: Dacey Cash, Huda Beauty and Jaclyn Hill. I still love these ladies to death and watch their YouTube videos all the time, but there have been some channels on YouTube that I have subscribed to over the past year that I feel deserves some love.
YouTube is a great platform to learn just about anything! The YouTube beauty community is no exception. I have learned so much from the beauty influencers on YouTube over the years! One of the biggest things that I absolutely love about the beauty community on YouTube, is that they are so supportive of one another and often times will do collaboration videos and many are really great friends! I thought what better way to show appreciation for these beauty influencers then to share them all with you guys, so that you can fall in love with them too!
If you want learn about a new technique, are interested in trying a new product, or just generally love anything beauty-related (like me!), I highly recommend going on YouTube and watching these beauty influencers. Not only are they informative, they are SO entertaining!
Y. Beauty’s Current Fave Beauty GurusJenna Dewan Tatum(220,000 subscribers)
Yes, Mrs. Channing Tatum herself! Last year, Jenna Dewan Tatum launched her own YouTube channel and I am OBSESSED! I was so excited when I came across her channel! It almost feels like we are getting some serious intel and from the source herself. Jenna works with some of the most influential makeup artists, hair stylists and skincare experts. There is a fascination that many of us have when it comes to celebrities. You want to know every little thing they do from what products they use on their skin, what their favourite makeup products are, etc. With Jenna’s channel, you are getting all of that and more! She has videos ranging from her Everyday Makeup Look to Tarot Card Reading. Her videos are quick which can be both a positive and a negative! It’s a positive because they are not time-consuming, but a negative because I want more! Check out this video of Jenna’s At-Home Skincare Routine: At Home Skincare Routine -Jenna Dewan Tatum
Laura Lee(4.3 million subscribers)
When I first watched Laura Lee, I wasn’t instantly sold. It took me awhile to warm up to her, BUT now, I LOVE her! She is so funny and so authentically herself – you can’t help but love her. She is so entertaining to watch and she is unbelievably talented, she will make you come back again and again. Her Alabama accent just adds to her appeal. She is close friends with Manny MUA and often does video collaborations with him (which are my FAVE!) When Laura and Manny get together, it is beyond hysterical! They give me serious Jack and Karen vibes!
Laura Lee launched her channel in 2013 and already has over 4 million subscribers! She has collaborated with brands like MAC Cosmetics and Benefit Cosmetics. As of last year, Laura Lee debuted her own makeup brand, Laura Lee Los Angeles. You go girl! Check out this video of Laura Lee testing out new makeup products: First Impressions Makeup Tutorial – Laura Lee
Manny MUA(4.5 million subscribers)
I don’t even know where to begin with my love for Manny MUA. He is seriously so funny and I just want him to be my best friend! My favourite videos of his are where he tests out random makeup products because his reactions are priceless! He does swear, so if you find that offensive, you may not be so keen on watching him. I for one, love it! He just speaks freely and you know he isn’t putting on an act for the camera. In every video, he always welcomes new viewers and has one hell of a tagline, “If you don’t like this video or if you don’t like me, please don’t f*cking watch it, you know the drill with that!” Sounds aggressive, but he always says it with a little flare and frankly, I find it refreshing. There are so many internet trolls and people out there just trying to spread hate, why shouldn’t he tell all those Negative Nancy’s to just spread their hate elsewhere!? Manny launched his Youtube channel in 2014 and previously worked at Sephora and MAC. Since his channel launched, he has accomplished so much! In 2017, he became the first male brand ambassador for Maybelline and was on People’s “Most Beautiful” list. In 2018, Manny was named on Forbes’ list of “30 under 30” in the Arts and Style category. You can definitely tell that this is only the beginning for Manny MUA and I cannot wait to see what else he accomplishes in the beauty community! Check out this recent video of Manny MUA testing out overhyped products: Testing New Overhyped Makeup – Manny MUA
I am seriously in love with these 3 right now! They post consistent content and are so much fun to watch! If you are looking for new content on YouTube, or are interested in learning about new products or tips and tricks, definitely check these 3 out!