Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Maple Holistics Tea Tree Shampoo & Conditioner



This company reached out to me thanks to my Instagram asking if I would like to do a collaboration and of course I said yes (after I researched them). Like my lifestyle and food choices I have been slowly making the transition to less meat, more veggies and to include vegan based along with cruelty free products. That being so this was a great company to collab with. A few days a later a USPS package arrived and I was in awww. Opened it up and it was a full size bottle of Tea Tree Shampoo & Conditioner.

The packaging of both are pretty simple. They came in see-through plastic 8oz bottles with push button tops. I wonder if it is made of recycled plastic? Hmmm… because it doesn’t mention it on the website. The label is very pretty with the logo, simple artwork and product description and ingredients. Now let’s talk product:-)!


Obsessed

I really like this shampoo because I can actually comprehend not one but over 10 of the ingredients. It is a medium, creamy consistency and smells pretty refreshing. This shampoo has Argan oil, Jojoba oil, Lavender oil, Rosemary oil, Tea Tree oil which is beneficial for attacking any type of scalp issues specifically dry scalp or dandruff. I’m a victim of dry scalp in one particular area of the top of my head. However the first ingredient said water which isn’t ideal for me. I prefer less water and more product.

Application Method


  1. Saturate hair with warm water
  2. Rinse out product
  3. Apply a dime to nickel size amount to palm of hands (depending on hair length)
  4. Massage product on hair and scalp
  5. Rinse and repeat once more (optional wash once if your hair is less than 3 inches likes mine)

Once I had done my one thorough wash I felt as if I had a used a clarifying shampoo. There was not one small feeling of product left in my hair at all. It was clean but not so squeaky clean that I felt my hair was overdried. Time for conditioner.

Obsessed
maple holistics conditioner

This conditioner I really did enjoy. Although it is less thick than the shampoo, I did like the lasting effects of it. When I pushed down on the top to open the lid I was welcomed with a strong aroma of the Tea Tree, Lavender and Rosemary. It does have more ingredients but these ones left a lasting impression. Let’s just see how this works.

Application Method
  1. Applying a nickel to quarter size amount to hair and my scalp
  2. Massage into hair and directly on scalp for approximately 2 minutes
  3. Let the conditioner sit an additional 5 minutes and you will feel a cooling effect
  4. Rinse with lukewarm water

Ok, no lie, that was literally the best cooling sensation. It reminded me of those Winter commercials where the person opens their mouth while on a mountain of snow, breaths out into the air leaving a visual trace of their breath in the air. My hair was left very soft and not over dried at all. I think I may have found a conditioner that I could stick with during the Fall and Winter season. Or have I...

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https://www.mapleholistics.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/logo.png



Thursday, September 21, 2017

Makeup of New York Fashion Week 2017

Makeup of New York Fashion Week 2017 was seriously BANGING! Like it was so amazing and so creative that I had to confess my obsessions and share with you bit of the looks that you can recreate using some of my favorite brands makeup products.


Look #1 Hello Sun

This is the look that literally sets the tone for this Fall season. Giving us all a BRIGHT hello and a warm, golden glow of the Fall sun along with the orange and gold tones that are sure to come, I was immediately drawn in. The high emphasis of the cheekbones and the golden glow says Fenty Beauty’s Trophy Wife $34 all day long. So pretty.


Look #2 Sexy Feline

This look is a perfect combination of a Sexy Feline for Halloween or a lady on the prowl during the crisp Fall nights in the cities of New York, Chicago and Milwaukee. Absolutely love, love how the lower water line is smudged with a black kohl liner blending perfectly into copper bronze drop shadow. The golden color on the lids is dishing out Goldmine by MAC $16 all night long! Literally. I may try this! From Brandon Maxwell Collection 2018 Collection


Look #3 Renaissance Fuchsia Reds
This looks is pulling all of the looks that I have seen all this year and last year when the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette $42 was launched. Seriously this smoked out, fuchsia reds with a slight darker color on the outer v’s is screaming BUY ME What I Want all day long! Seriously in love with this. Definitely appropriate for all things La Perla or La Can’t Afford It lingerie.


Look #4 Black Holiday

A Black Holiday is definitely in order. A black bold lip, black smokey eye with a skin glow that brings even more attention is why I am obsessed with this look. The lips are semi matte yet glossy and I love them! They are lined to perfection and not one bleed is seeping over her lip lines. I’d replicate this look using a Wet n Wild pencil stick in Black or Kohl and a Armour Beauty Vegan Lipgloss in Femme Fatale. Her skin is simply amazing and very much has a nice glow to the cheeks and the cheekbones that looks so much like Hikari Cosmetics Shimmer Bronzer in Luster $17. Happy New Years. It’s going to be a great, black, BOLD, and lusterful Holiday.


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http://www.lavidadeserendipity.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Brandon-Maxwell-2017-Beauty-2.jpg
http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/13840/363/products/makeup/eyes/shadow/eye-shadow#/shade/Goldmine
http://cdn-img.essence.com/sites/default/files/1487007686/2017.02.09_LA_PERLA_FW17_1043.jpg
http://www.anastasiabeverlyhills.com/modern-renaissance-palette/ABH01-18170.html
http://www.darkbeautymag.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/troy-walker-femme-du-soir-ig-femmedusoir-mua-art-dir-charles-zambrano-ig-astrobatboy-640x960.jpg
http://www.hikaricosmetics.com/shop/shimmer-bronzer/
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Coconut Visible Repair Oil by Advanced Clinicals

Semi Obsessed
Coconut Visible Repair Oil by Advanced Clinicals 1.8 ounce $15

advanced clinicals



This was a beauty find during a recent trip to Ross that I scored for a nice amount of $5. Hello budget beauty shopper! Wanted to try something similar to my favorite Rosehip Oil by Loelle which unfortunately isn't sold here in the USA, I wanted another oil that could give me the same benefits. Or so I hoped.


The packaging was simply beautiful of course. It was clean and shiny. Gave us a picture preview of the product and a picture of a caucasian woman with hair pulled off her face. I could tell that she was wearing makeup of course. My eyes are trained to notice the faux sense of perfection and photoshop retouches. I do it all the time for clients. The product comes in a tinted brown glass and sealed with a eye dropper to to make distributing the product pretty simple. I love that because trying to pour a small amount in my hands that shake occasionally is a mess waiting to happen. Now the product itself. Hmmm….


advanced clinicals coconut visible repair oil

coconut visible repair oil on skinI tried the product for 2 weeks and I do like it however it doesn’t actually penetrate the skin. I applied it after I washed my face with warm water and rinsed it with cool water to close the pores which is highly recommended by professionals. Then I applied a dime size amount of the oil and massaged it onto my face. It didn’t penetrate. Then the second week I washed and rinsed my face with warm water and attempted to massage about a nickel size amount and it didn’t penetrate the skin. I noticed that when I put on the oil first then my makeup primer, Clinique Beyond Perfecting cream foundation and MAC’s mineral powder click here to read how to get Full Soft Glam with this product, makeup got all over my clothes because the oil never penetrated the skin. I actually had to blot my face 4 times before 2pm because the oil sat on top of the skin which is not good at all.
Also the product has too much perfume. At times it was overwhelming and irritating to my eyes and I wanted to wash it off but due to time constraints I couldn’t and had to go about my day.


I do like the Coconut Oil but I will no longer apply it to my face. I will attempt to use it on my neck since to “restore skin’s suppleness” as Advanced Clinicals states on their website and pray that it will eventually penetrate. If not then I will use it in my hair since oil is great for kinky, curly, dry hair.

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Taylor Swift. Imitation in the sincerest form of flattery... Maybe

Imitation in the sincerest form of flattery... Maybe.

Well, well, well it looks as if Taylor Swift or either the creative people behind her new video Look What You Made Me Do has intentionally replicated Queen B's Formation or totally thought that a year or 2 has passed and they can now redo her whole look without much "talk". SMH.


I love music like the next person and I specifically love piecing apart the makeup and the wardrobe of those that I see on the big screen. In the clip of Taylor Swift's video her poses and her backup dancers strangely resemble what could be Beyonce's Formation rendition but switched out with male dancers wearing midriff shirts and abs to kill. But Her makeup looks strangely familiar along with the hair.

Makeup Similarities

The face is a matte finish and there is a slight contour that gives emphasis on the cheekbones with a pop of color directly on the apples of the cheek increasing the emphasis of the chiseled jawlines on the both the ladies.
Taylor's lips are a bold color of red and I definitely love that color however Beyonce's lips are a gold-ish red. Very subtle because because her all black wardrobe is the main statement.
Now the eyes. Oh goodness. The eyes are deep set and definitely lined on both the top eyelash lines giving a feline look.
Both have full brows. Beyonce has had full brows for years and Taylor's eyebrows look to have made a bit of a change as well but they are tailored to perfection which I absolutely love.

Hair Similarities
Now this is something that is so obvious that even I cannot tell you how this was a big uh hmmm... The ladies both have blonde hair but Taylor Swift doesn't normally rock a perm / rod set yet Beyonce seems to always rock the natural look of kinky coils and full hair therefore this was simply not good..

Wardrobe
As much as I'd love to pick a part the wardrobe and how much they resemble each other along with the background setting of Taylor's video looks so much like New Orleans, which was the location of Beyonce's Formation video, that I might shit myself. I'll save that for the fashion bloggers.

In The End
I love being a creative person and I love how others have the ability to influence my looks however when it come to celebrities who do not credit those whose looked influenced them then that is a straight slap in the face.

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Lies We Tell Others

Being the eavesdropper that I am, I overheard a lady say why she started wearing contacts. She said because she got tired of wearing her glasses. Now that is clearly a lie. You wear glasses when you are either too poor to afford to keep restocking your contacts that are due almost every 6 months or either too lazy to get up and put some effort into your looks meaning doing your eyebrows and eye makeup and put those contacts in. Oh and I forgot to mention, to hide behind the lens. Trust and believe, I am guilty of all of it. Either way there is no real reason to lie to anyone who asks about why you are wearing glasses and not contacts. Seriously. Stop it!

We have all gotten into the habit of saying that we don't wear makeup because of this and that but the truth is. We someone gave up. We gave up on trying to impress others and have been content with who we are. Or is that the truth we tell ourselves? We are all imperfected human beings seeking comfort and reassurance in others. We solidify who we are through what we wear, what we say, how we dress and how we respond. There is no way to be perfect. There is no way to be absolutely YOU. YES, Y O U. The person who is reading this. What are you doing and why do you do it? If you can answer that for me then you will be one in a million or a billion.

Today I found myself putting on makeup before work.  I have not worn makeup all week but within the last 20 minutes of prepping to leave for the day I remembered where I was going for work and being in that location there, one would want be seen as attractive. Here's the kicker though. It is a predominately White owned company. I've been there for over a year and no one pays attention to me so why both putting effort into my appearance. Easy, for the fear of not being accepted. The fear of having these individuals look at me as though I am less than them although the majority of them already feel that way. It's crazy and how totally fucked up it is. Caking on about 2lbs of makeup only to leave the premises and have no one acknowledge my existence. Is it my curly hair? My full lips? My small but very obvious curves of my body that make you turn away from me or is it that you assume that I am something that I am not?

In a country that is so fucked up, why do we continue with the lies we tell others in order to make ourselves mentally feel accepted? Comment your thoughts or keep quiet like everyone else.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Confessions of a Makeup Hoarder

Let's Start Over

I decided to go back to the basics. I want you to continue getting to know me and why I purchase the cosmetics that I do.

There is no doubt that I love makeup. I cannot afford every single product that launches neither do I want every product that launches. In a series of posts I'll feature real insight from women and men on how, when and and why we cake it on day by day. The goal is to get you to see how they feel when they wear it. How I feel when I am not and what the goal is when it is being worn. Please participate by emailing me beautybiche@gmail.com. You can rename anonymous once the posts are live.

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If you have not read my bio, I will reiterate it for you. I am a professional and licensed cosmetology with over 9 years under my belt in barbershops and salons. I have a Bachelor's in Communication with a focus on Contemporary Media, Certificate in Social Media Marketing and I am a Digital Media Content Strategist and Developer which is a fancy term for I make brands and look beautiful on their web and mobile sites. All of which I use to help strengthen digital branding of entrepreneurs and companies in the health and beauty industries.
I'm the founder of Newbies Who Blog and the blog How I Know Social Media Marketing. I am also the Content Strategist for Scratch of Sweden Nails. Here is the kicker I also work a full time job with a healthcare company. Yes, I do it all so I definitely have a lot of content to develop.

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Colour Pop Lippie Stix Review


Semi Obsessed
colourpop cosmetics lipstick lippie stix
This lipstick is one that smothers your lips in moisture and color but doesn’t give an even application. When you are speaking it looks as if some saliva in a orange/coral color is forming as you open and close your mouth. I seriously stared at my lips as I applied it over and over again hoping that the streaks would melt on my lips and the film would stop developing in between my lips. It did not. So that was not a good look.
colour pop lipstick lippie stix swatch on lips
Now here is the good part. My lips do not look amazing but add a filter and they will look super beautiful. I love the fact that it is moisturizing and that my lips feel very soft and pillowy however I do not like when I am speaking and it looks as if something is about to start peeling off my lips. Maybe it is the color because it is bright, so maybe I will try a darker colors. That’s if I ever get through all of the lipstick colors that I currently have.


The awesome part about this lipstick is that when you take it off, it’s totally off unlike Clinique’s lipstick. I do not have to worry about the undertones seeping through.
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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Clinique Long Last Lipstick Rogue in Runway Coral

Shopping at the Clinique counter is always fun. There are lots of free goodies they give you when you spend like $30 and their products are made with great skincare in mind. This shopping trip I received a lipstick and a few other things after buying my favorite foundation from them.

Semi-Obsessed Clinique Long Last Lipstick Rogue in Runway Coral $17 

Packaging of this lipstick is super cute. It comes in a coral colored tube with the logo in silver saying Clinique. It’s like super fancy. Pop the lid off and you want to rub that color all over your lips hoping that they turn just as coral as the tube it came in.
The lipstick is a bit thinner but creamy in consistency. When looking at it you would see a very beautiful color and would hope that it is just as pigmented as you would think when first applying it. I literally found myself applying more and more so I can feel like I was getting a great color payoff. I could feel it building and I liked it but I felt like it may get on my clothes so I kinda eased up. It did eventually give a nice, soft color. 
But get this, I went to wipe it off with a tissue and it stained my lips. I now had a lip stain that I partly liked but it was a different color than the lipstick. It looked darker. It look almost like a berry color which is kind of weird but welcomed. I could add a clear gloss coat and go out like that.
Overall I like the lipstick and will wear it but only if I put a primer underneath so it doesn't stain my lips. Lipstick and lip stain have become my favorites. Stay tuned for the next lip hugging, color review.


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