VIDEO: How to Diffuse Naturally Curly Hair

Thursday, January 18, 2018

One of my most asked curly hair questions is always regarding blow drying and diffusing curls. If you have naturally curly hair, you may know how awful using a regular blow dryer can be. They blow the hair all over the place, create frizz, and cause damage. Air drying is the healthiest option for your hair of course, but can take hours and leave hair limp and flat.

I've been using a diffuser attachment on my blow dryer to dry my curls for a while now, but it's taken me years of practice to nail down a routine that works well for me, and I'm always tweaking it! I'm sharing some tips and tricks I've learned to diffuse curly hair, without creating frizz or damage.

  1. Blot soaking wet hair using a anti-friction towel (not a regular bath towel!). I use the Hair Repear Ultimate Hair Towel.
  2. Apply styling products. I used:
    DevaCurl B'Leave In
    BounceCurl Light Cream Gel
    DevaCurl Ultra Defining Gel
  3. Wrap or "plop" hair up in the towel for 20-30 minutes to absorb excess moisture and keep hair from getting too dry
  4. Flip hair upside down, gather hair into the diffuser, and push upwards towards your scalp. I Used:
    BioIonic Universal Diffuser Attachment
    CHI Miss Universe Blow Dryer
  5. Slowly pull the diffuser back before gathering more hair and lifting
  6. For the underneath layers, tilt hair to the side and gather curls into the diffuser and push up
  7. Continue gently until hair is mostly dry
  8. Finish with the cold air setting to seal the cuticle and prevent frizz
  9. Add gel or other styling product to add hold to frizzy areas

Tips to avoid frizz and add volume:
  • Work slowly and avoid "roughing" up or shaking your hair with your diffuser
  • Don't continue diffusing over areas that are already fully dried. This blows the product off your hair and can cause frizz (oftentimes you'll see what looks like smoke coming off your hair, it's just the product blowing off)
  • Go into your hair with the diffuser from the underside of your hair in sections, so that there's less frizz created on the top layer
  • Place the teeth of the diffuser at your roots on top, lift, and hold to create volume
  • Lift hair in sections and diffuse in between layers
  • Finish off with a light hold gel on areas that appear frizzy or undefined
  • Once hair is completely dry, flip hair upside down and shake/fluff gently to soften the "cast" from any gel and create volume

Check out my curly hair routine to see products used from start to finish
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VIDEO: Affordable Winter Fashion Lookbook ft. Tobi

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Today I'm sharing some new cute affordable clothing I received from Tobi! I styled a couple comfy and a dressy outfit that is perfect for winter, or fall. I love the muted mauve colors this time of year, and sleeve cut outs are a huge trend right now. I kept accessories minimal, and chose a few statement pieces for the dressy outfit.

Tobi Karen Shoulder Cut Out Top

Outfit #1

Tobi Miracle Lace Up Sweater Dress

Outfit #2:

Tobi Sweetly Scalloped Dress

Outfit #3:

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-Magnetic Lashes Review & Tutorial - Do they really work?
Irresistible Me

VIDEO: Irresistible Me Magnetic Eyelash Extensions Review & Tutorial - How to Apply Magnetic Lashes

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Magnetic eyelashes are the latest in beauty innovation, but are they worth a try? I'm sharing an in-depth review on the Irresistible Me Magnetic Eyelash Extensions, which come in both half and full lash sets. I was super intrigued by the product because although I love the look of falsies, I've never been one to enjoy wearing them or have the patience to fool with them. I have never understood how some people wear them every day!

How to Apply Magnetic Eyelashes

I decided to give these a try because they require NO glue- none! I was sold right there. No fussing with getting the glue the right consistency or ruining your eyeliner and mascara in the process. The magnetic lashes are easy to apply (once you get the hang of it), even easier to remove, and don't mess up your makeup in the process.
The Irresistible Me ones come in a very natural cut, that contains thin hairs that vary in length. I personally prefer the half lashes, because they just have one tiny magnet, instead of 2 like the full lash strip. They also look more natural, and although they're not super dramatic, they add a nice flare to the tips without looking overdone.

Watch my video review & tutorial above to see how to apply them!

Get them on sale here right now, for just $29!

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-Smashbox Photo Edit Eyeshadow Trios and Always On Liquid Lipsticks Giveaway & Tutorial
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VIDEO: New Smashbox Makeup Tutorial & Giveaway!

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Smashbox Cosmetics recently came out with their Photo Edit Eyeshadow Trios and Always On Liquid Lipsticks, which I have been loving recently! They are both highly-pigmented products, that range from wearable nudes to color-packed drama.

I used both to create this wearable look for brown, hazel or green eyes, although any eye color can rock this look!

Smashbox Photo Edit Trios & Always On Liquid Lipstick Tutorial

The Smashbox Photo Edit Eyeshadow Trios come with 3 coordinated shadows, with a step-by-step look right on the back of the product. The shadows are highly pigmented and blendable. Colors range from nudes, smokey, and colorful with both matte and metallic finishes.

Smashbox Products Used:

Pictured above are the Nudie Pic: Light and Snap Queen trios used in this tutorial.

Other Products Used in the Look (not shown):
I'm so excited to be giving away a huge prize pack to 2 lucky winners, filled with 7 of the trios and 9-12 of the Always On Liquid Lipsticks. The liquid lipsticks range from matte to metallic matte finished, that are long-wearing, pigmented, and comfortable to wear.

Smashbox Photo Edit Trios & Always On Liquid Lipsticks Giveaway

To enter the giveaway:
  1. Subscribe to my YouTube channel
  2. Comment on the video telling me whether if you're a fan of natural makeup, or bold colored makeup.
  3. Follow me and share on social media to earn extra entries
    Instagram: post a screenshot of my video and tag me @glammeup
    Twitter: post the video link and tag me @glammeup
    Facebook: post the video link and tag my page @glammeup8
Giveaway will end in 2 weeks, on 1/21/18 at midnight EST. Giveaway is open internationally.

Good luck!

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-Best Beauty Products for Dry Winter Hair & Skin

VIDEO: Best Beauty Products for Dry Winter Hair & Skin

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Best Winter Beauty Products

Considering the #BombCyclone, or #Blizzard2018 is blanketing the East Coast right now, what better time to share the best winter beauty products for hair and skincare! Luckily I was not a victim of this blizzard, but it has been in the single digit temps in my area making it unbearable.

My hair especially suffers in the winter, because naturally curly hair tends to be the driest hair type.
I've found some of the best products for tangled, dry hair, and these are great for all hair types.Many also suffer from dry, flaky skin in the winter, and it's all due to practically 0% moisture content in the air. I'm sharing some of my favorite body products and facial skincare products for dry skin.

Products mentioned:
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