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Fifty Shades of Grey: The Weeknd “Earned It” | Cover

Hello beautiful souls,

Since the much-anticipated movie “Fifty Shades of Grey” came out today, I wanted to share with you all my cover of The Weeknd’s song “Earned It” from the soundtrack for the movie. When I heard this song about three weeks ago, I immediately fell in love. After that day, I am not sure if it was fate, or my own paranoia, but I felt like the song was following me around. I couldn’t turn on Pandora, my car radio, or get on YouTube without hearing this song…so I decided to sing it.

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XOXO

-Kiana

 

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5 Months Later, and I Finally Tried Gel Liner

August 1, 2014 I wrote an article to help the average novice MAC cosmetics user navigate through all of the different choices that they offer for eye liner. If you haven’t yet read that article, you can check it out here http://naturamagazine.com/mac-liquid-liner-review . In that article I gave a list of all of the different liquid liners that I’ve tried from MAC, and the pros and cons of each. At the end of the article, I mentioned my desire to try MAC’s Fluidline Eye-Liner Gel. Well I finally tried it, and I am in love! So naturally, I thought that I would give you all my opinion of the product, as well as my pros and cons.

PROS

Precision

I’m a winged eyeliner type of girl, so I love the fact that I can create the perfect winged eye fairly easily with the use of my 212 flat definer brush by MAC pictured below.

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I don’t have to wait for it to dry

For me, there is nothing worse than applying my eyeliner after creating a smokey eye, only to have my liquid liner smear across my eyelid, forcing me to start from scratch. With MAC’s Fluidline eye-liner gel, I get the same look that I do with liquid liner, without the possibility of smearing.

CONS

Although I don’t have many, one con of this liner is that it:

Requires you to buy a brush to apply it (if you don’t already own one)

Liquid liners have the applicator built into the bottle, MAC’s Fluidline comes in a pot, and requires you to use either a flat definer brush like the one pictured above, or a 208 angled brush (like the one that I use for my eyebrows, pictured below). This may or may not be an investment that you’re willing, or able to make.

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So there you have it! I have fallen in love with yet another product by MAC Cosmetics. While there may be no help for my makeup addiction, with MAC’s Fluidline Eye-Liner Gel, there may be hope for winged eyes everywhere.

 

Kisses, Hugs, and Lots of Love,

 

-Kiana

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What Brushes Do You Really Need In Your Makeup Bag?

If you’ve ever taken a trip to a makeup counter, or watched any makeup tutorials on YouTube, you know that there are a variety of brushes that makeup artists use to do different things. There are brushes for contouring, applying foundation, shading eyebrows, and the list goes on.

 

If you keep up with my posts, you may have read about my money-saving tip of using paintbrushes as makeup brushes (you can read it here http://naturamagazine.com/paint-brushes-for-your-face if you haven’t already). However, one thing that makeup newbies may want to know is “what makeup brushes do I really need”…well, Kiana is here to answer this question for you!

 

While there are many brushes available for makeup application, unless you’re a makeup artist, you will probably never need or know how to use many of them. Also, you’ll find that many brushes can be used for several different tasks; for example, I use my eye shadow blending brush to contour my nose. Contouring is obviously one of those makeup skills that a makeup newbie may not be ready to tackle, but for basic makeup application, here is my suggested list of brushes that you must have in your makeup bag (based off of the ones in my own makeup bag).

 

1. If you wear foundation, you’ll definitely need a foundation brush. I use MAC’s 187 Duo Fibre Face Brush

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2. If you’re interested in trying to define your eyebrows, I would suggest using the 266 small angle brush, which is what I use in addition to an eyebrow pencil, and MAC’s “Clear Brow Finisher” (which I’ll be reviewing next week).

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3. For basic eye shadow application, you’ll need a 239 Eye Shader Brush, and for blending out your eye shadow, you’ll need a 224 Tapered Blending Brush.

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4. Finally, if you wear liquid foundation like I do, and would like to “set” your foundation with a powder, I would recommend the 134 Large Powder Brush. When I get into bronzers in a later post, I’ll explain that you can also use this same kind of brush to apply bronzers.

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Note: I’ve supplied you with a list of some of the brushes in my bag; however, I’ve also provided you with pictures because you can easily get these brushes elsewhere for much cheaper. I am very aware of the fact that not everyone can afford MAC, but I have now equipped you with a guide so that you can seek out these brushes on your own, at a much more affordable price. Also, if I find similar brushes anywhere else, I’ll be sure to provide an update!

 

As I’ve said, the list of makeup brushes can go on, and on, and as new techniques are created, new brushes are created along with them. However, the basic list of brushes above should provide any of my makeup newbies with a good starting point.

 

As always…

 

Kisses, Hugs, and Lots of Love,

 

-Kiana

 

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My Solution for Humidity…Wand Curls 101

I don’t know about you, but the level of humidity outside always poses an issue for me in styling my hair. In the summer months, before even attempting to do my hair, I promptly check the weather app on my phone to see how much of a challenge humidity is going to be for me on that particular day, and I style my hair accordingly. For those of you who face this same issue, you already know that straight hair, and high levels of humidity do not mix. So on days where the humidity level is in my personal danger zone, I always choose to curl my hair instead. Two of my favorite ways to curl my hair involve the use of the curling iron and the increasingly popular wand. Although they create completely different looks, they are both excellent options for switching up your look.  Below, I’ve included a chart that outlines my opinion of the pros and cons of each (click to enlarge).

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Since I use the wand everyday, it never quite occurred to me that other people might not know how to actually use a wand. My personal wand is a CONAIR Infiniti “Power of the Pink” wand (breast cancer edition). However, there are many other brands that also make similar models.

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The wand is composed of two main parts, the handle which allows for temperature control, and what I’ll refer to as the barrel; the part of the wand that gets hot, that you’ll wrap your hair around to create your curls.

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As described in the chart above, one of my favorite aspects of the wand is how quick and easy it is to use. You simply tilt the barrel of the wand downward and wrap sections of your hair around the barrel. When using the wand on high temperatures (I always set mine to 400 degrees) be sure not to leave your hair wrapped around the barrel for longer than about six seconds, to avoid heat damage. As I also mentioned in the chart, the wand is great for creating tight curls. Although you have the option of leaving the curls as they are, and combing them out, I always comb mine out using a wide-tooth comb. I suggest curling your hair in small sections as seen in my demonstration below. Using larger sections creates curls that are less defined, and in my opinion…less appealing; however, everyone is entitled to their own preferences.

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Now for the final look!

 

Here is a recent picture of my hair after I wand curled it…

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Below is a picture of my hair using the curling iron…yes, it appears that I was in the middle of a serious hair flip.

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As I’ve said, the two methods create two very different looks. Although most people are more familiar with the curling iron, which has been around for decades, hopefully I have introduced a new curling method that can find its way into your hair styling repertoire.

 

Kisses, Hugs, and Lots of Love,

-Kiana

Follow me on Instagram and Twitter @kdotw to keep up with all of my shenanigans!

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I’ll Be the First to Admit…I Did NOT Wake Up Like This

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In the culture of social media, there is an undeniable urge to be, or rather appear to be natural, and I’m not just talking about hair. If you search the phrase “natural makeup” on YouTube (which in itself is a strange notion), you’ll find countless tutorials, which teach the viewer how to achieve a makeup look that despite the numerous products used, gives a flawless appearance that looks “natural”.

When it comes to hair, makeup, eyelashes, and even eyebrows, it is now necessary to take extra care to not appear too overdone.  There are lace front closures, mineralized foundations, wispy eyelashes, and lace front eyebrows (the verdict is still out on those) all with the unique function of mimicking a natural appearance. As a result of this “natural trend” it is not uncommon to see captions on the popular photography sharing app Instagram that read #NoFilter #NoMakeup. This is especially common among celebrities and other “Instagram famous” individuals, who find it important to prove that they are beautiful even without all of the makeup. Whenever I see one of these posts, without fail, a conversation always follows in the comments below the picture, in which at least one person points out that the person claiming #NoMakeup #NoFilter has on eyeliner, or eyelashes (both of which I consider to be makeup).

Beyonce’s hit song “Flawless” reinforced this desire to appear natural, and after this song was released, I can’t count the number of pictures on Instagram I saw with the caption “I woke up like this” (even with eyeliner and mascara adorning their faces). Nevertheless, as the title of this post suggests, I am not afraid to reveal that most people have not seen my natural appearance without the makeup and the weave. I feel no need to pretend that I woke up like this, when in fact, it took me 2 hours to achieve this look (and yes, in the picture above, it literally took me 2 hours to look like that). This is not to say that I find anything wrong with my natural appearance…but we’ll save that for a later post.

If you choose to be natural, or if you love to rock a full face of makeup all of the time (like me) doesn’t really matter, all that I say is to be real about what you do, and just because #NoMakeup #NoFilter is trending, doesn’t mean that anything is wrong with being #TeamMakeupWithaFilter.

Kisses, Hugs, and Lots of Love,

– Kiana

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Paint Brushes…For Your Face?

We’ve all heard the timeless adage that beauty is pain; unfortunately, whoever came up with this phrase forgot to mention that beauty is also expensive.

If you’ve read my previous post, you already know that I’m a MAC Cosmetics lover; but let’s face it, even the drug store, or beauty supply brands are not particularly cheap.  To apply a “full face” of makeup you need foundation, concealer, eye shadow, eyelashes, mascara, eyeliner (liquid and pencil for me), lip-gloss or lipstick, and the list can literally go on and on and on and… you get the point. What I’ve listed above are only the products that you see, and unless you’re applying these products with your fingers, you’ll need a full set of brushes in order to complete your look. I always use MAC as an example, and if you look on their website, there are literally 50 different brushes to choose from, all with their own unique function. The average person would not need, or know how to use most of these brushes; but even for the essential brushes, you can easily find yourself spending at least $100. Now of course, you could opt for a local beauty supply brand of brushes, but an even cheaper option is to use paintbrushes.

I know, I know, sounds crazy, right? Well not so much…makeup is, for the most part, the same consistency as paint, and furthermore, makeup brushes are mimicked after paintbrushes. If you go into your local Michael’s Arts and Crafts store, you can find many of the same makeup brushes on MAC’s website, at a much cheaper price. To illustrate my point, here is a picture of a paintbrush that I personally purchased from Michael’s Arts and Crafts (on the left), beside a picture of a very similar brush sold on MAC’s website (on the right).

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As you can see, the differences are minimal, the price being the biggest one. My brush from Michael’s cost under $5.00, while MAC’s brush is $34.00.

So as a makeup newbie, you don’t necessarily have to “break the bank” to look fabulous, and although we can’t really do much about the painful part, beauty doesn’t have to be expensive.

 

Kisses, Hugs, and Lots of Love,

 

-Kiana

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MAC Liquid Liner Review

As an avid MAC Cosmetics consumer, I often find myself scrolling through maccosmetics.com in search of my next great makeup find. Despite these frequent visits, I admittedly find the website to be a bit overwhelming. For example, try searching for liquid liner; you’ll find five different styles of liquid liner (trust me, I checked) with very similar names, but elaborately different tube designs. Aside from the short, and very sweet descriptions of each different liner, these descriptions do little to assist the occasional makeup wearer, who wants to try liquid eyeliner but doesn’t know where to begin. My own obsession with liquid liner has driven me to experiment with three of the five different liners sold on the MAC Cosmetics website, and so I’m here to offer my own short, not necessarily sweet descriptions.

 

My very first liquid liner was the “Superslick Liquid Liner”.

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My favorite aspect of this particular liner was the felt-tipped applicator end. The unique design of this liquid liner tube made applying the liner extremely easy, and allowed me to create precise lines. However, out of the three liners, I found that this particular one lasted the shortest amount of time. This is probably mostly due to the fact that this liner is $19.50 for .06 fl oz. For the same price, you can order MAC’s “Liquid Eye Liner” (clever name, I know) which is .084 fl oz.

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Despite the bottle design, which appears to hold less liquid than the “Superslick Liquid Liner”, the “Liquid Eye Liner” actually holds slightly more liquid, and consequently lasts longer. The difference is small, but if you wear makeup everyday like I do, every day counts. This liner also has the easy-to-use felt tip seen on the “Superslick Liquid Liner” that allows you to create the perfect winged eye.

The liquid liner in my makeup bag right now is the  “Liquidlast Liner”. This is by far my least favorite liquid liner due to the difficulty that I experience while applying it. This particular liner doesn’t have the felt tip that the other two liners have, and the brush just does not provide the same level of precision. In fact, I often use a separate brush dipped into the liquid, rather than using the one provided with the liner. Despite this flaw, as the it’s name implies, the “Liquidlast Liner” lasts the longest.

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With that being said, if I had to choose between the three, I would definitely choose the “Liquid Eyeliner”; however, I am looking forward to trying MAC’s “Fluidline” gel eyeliner, and I’ll be sure to let you know how it goes!

 

Kisses, Hugs, and Lots of Love!

 

-Kiana