Tuesday, March 19, 2013

BM line

Hello loves!

As many of you already know, I recently made the switch from the Goldwell color line to Beth Minardi ( & Joico) color lines.& you guys also know, I am a COLOR NUT! It is my favorite part of my job. I find it lets me be very artistic, and creative.
So I got my full shipment of BETH MINARDI in a few weeks ago. My Minardi color package came with ALL of her permanent hair color, and Demi permanent creme hair color, Demi-Permanent liquid color,a color swatch book, all of her wonderful education tools, her signature 14' artistic foils, and full size bottles of each of her shampoo and conditioner sets. (Which are designed to treat and condition each head of hair depending on what chemical stress it has been under. (color, highlights, high lift color, Etc.)  Ohhhh it was the best day ever BTW! I felt like a kid on Christmas!

Since receiving my shipment (and previously right after I made the switch) I have been doing nothing but watching Beth's education videos, reading all of her product information, watching her webinars, and hanging out on her website and blog (which is awesome, you should check it out here!) I have really been trying to learn all of the ends and outs with her line. & Use her education and color line to the fullest to bring out a more artistic side to my coloring style.  I love her videos and even paper knowledge. I feel like Beth is very individualistic ( If that makes since) She makes sure she has all of the proper info and AWESOME tips for each and every color and client. She is also A COLOR BOSS! & has been in the business for many many years. She helped develop a few of the major color lines most stylist use today (redkin being one of them) and she worked with Joico for the last few years. (& I think she still does if I'm not mistaken) 
I have to say one of the things I do eat up (so to speak) is on the side of each box instead of it being plain it has "Beths tips"  where she tells you how she personally likes to use the color and what it could be used for!

Let me tell you a little bit about EVERYTHING the Bethi Minardi Signature line has to offer. From her colors to shampoo and conditioners. She also has a full product line but we will talk about that later! :)
 But first let me give you a little mini lesson. Our hair is made up of multiple things including lipids, proteins, fatty acids and water. Lets face it, every time you go into a salon and DEF when you use a box color you are damaging your hair. Although most professional color lines do have conditioning agents in them, they are typically straight across the board. Meaning, no matter what color service you are getting (all over color, highlift color, highlights, or just a glaze) you will get the same amount of condition for each. So lets just say you get a hi lift color, you will most likely not be getting all of the conditioning agents you need for that particular service.
The Minardi system uses something called a Calibrated Nutrition System, which restores exactly what nutrients are lost during each different type of color service by replacing exactly what is lost during each service. Therefore giving you a beautiful healthy color with tons of shine and a lasting color result. It also restores your hair back to its original or even better condition. Also her color SMELLS AMAZING! I have never used a color line that smelled good. (granted some are not as strong as others) BUT the BM line has a fresh cotton blossom smell to it. It works to eliminate the chemical smell and also relax you while you are enjoying your color service. 
(I sometimes catch myself smelling the color in the bowl over and over again.. isn't that terrible..)
Alrighty, now that we have that mini lesson out of the way lets talk more about each of her color choices. The Beth Minardi line is made up of 55 beautiful shades. From the BB's (natural colors), to the BG's and GG's,CR's,RR's and my personal favorites the ICE shades. Each of her colors has a perfect balance of all colors necessary to create beautiful results. And I have found her permanent creme color as well as her demi-permanent creme color have GREAT gray coverage. (Demi-permanent is a color that doesn't last quite and long as a permanent color and doesn't penetrate as deep in the hair cortex,so.. its kind of like a color laying on top of your natural color. & I love her Demi-liquids ESP for freshening up ends as well as toning blondes (ICE shades) and warming up blondes. Here are just a few of the beautiful colors I have created using her line.
What do you guys think?? Beautiful VIBRANT colors, right?

Now lets talk a little bit about her shampoo and conditioners. Just like how her colors are made to give your hair the perfect amount of nutrients it needs for its particular service, so does her shampoos and conditoners. Where as most lines have like a volume line, or a color line and a silky line, she has 3 different types of shampoo and conditoners. Each are based on the chemical service you have done to your hair.  (HOW COOL IS THAT) 
System 1 includes weightless wash and weightless afterwash, which is for hair treated with semi or demi color. The conditioner is not as heavy so it is also great for people with fine hair. 
System 2 includeds a balancing wash and afterwash for hair treated with permanent hair color. 
And System 3 (my favorite) is the nourishing system. With a nourishing wash and aferwash. Which is for hair treated with bleach or a hi-lift color. I also like to use this on clients whom's hair as been previously treated with those things or box color :/!  
& my MOST MOST favorite is the PRE WASH THERAPY! This is used as a conditioning treatment on dry hair. I have used it on almost every client in between foils (just as Beth does in her videos) It gives the hair that you are not foiling conditioning just as the color is doing the hair in the foils. & it is amazing. 
I have also used it on a client of mine who has had the worst time with frizz and uncontrollable dry ends because of medicines she is taking and it worked like a charm! 
Also each of her shampoos and conditoners are made with botanical extracts ( which are the most vital part of the plant) this ensures the absolute best at home treatment for color treated hair! & of course they smell amazing!
Now do you guys see why I am IN LOVE with my new color line! & my clients love it also!
Remember if you want to check it out I am running CRAZY color specials this month so COME CHECK IT OUT AND SEE WHAT YOU THINK!
& as always Stay gorgeous! 
( All information used either came from the Beth Minardi Webinar, website or technical manual, and personal experience.)

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Joico Dry Shampoo and Joimist Firm review

Hello loves! 

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and happy St. Patrick's day! I actually got a mini weekend vacation (which hardly ever happens.) and definitely got to relax a little & had a blast!

So most of you know, I have been looking into new product lines to carry in the salon. This far I only have 1 full line set in stone Rock Your Hair. Which is a complete volume line (That I LOVE!) by Michael O'Roure.

 I figure the best way to find a new product line is, to pick and choose products from different product lines that I would normally use on my hair on a day to day bases, and try them out!This way I know personally all about the product, and give opinions from my personal experience as well as professional experience.  & why not tell you guys about it! :)

Last week I picked up a bottle of Joico dry shampoo and Joimist firm hairspray while at cosmo!I have actually been looking for a new dry shampoo here lately. I have tried many volume powders which double as a dry shampoo. (like Bombsell big hair powder) which work great. I just wanted to try a light weight dry shampoo to freshen my hair up on the days I do not shampoo. As for the hairspray.. every girl needs a can of hairspray @ all times! :) & they came in a package deal, so why not.

I have loved all of the joico products I have came across, and I use their color line!(Along with Beth Minardi) I also carry in the K-PAK line in the salon & I swear by it. ( I plan to keeping it in the salon also:)) So I was super stoked about trying my new products  out! These particular products come from joicos newly packaged Style and Finish products. Which also consist of texture cream, gel, and styling foam. What I love about this full line is, it not only works to style and finish or freshen up your look, but also improves your hairs condition.

Lets start with my personal favorite of the two. The Instant Refresh dry shampoo. Like I mentioned before, I have really been thinking about trying a new dry shampoo. I usually wash my hair every 2-3 days. & I don't have an oily scalp at all so I don't have a problem with super oily hair, but it does get a little oily on the 3rd day. So I figured I would use the dry shampoo  once in a while, BUT since I have had it, I have used it every day that I do not normally shampoo my hair. ( And sometimes even after I shampoo and blow dry) I LOVE LOVE IT! It is very light weight and smells amazing. ( It smells very fresh and the smell last ALL DAY!) It gives me just a tad big of lightweight volume at the roots and freshens my hair from roots to ends. I typically; spray a little at my crown and around my part (on day 3 lol) , flip my head upside down and spray all throughout, flip back over, brush through it, and my hair is perfect! I also love that it gives me just a small amount of lift with out adding too much bulk right at my roots. & It leaves the ends of my hair super soft in the mornings.  This would be a great product for anyone with all hair types. From thick to thin and dry to oily. & clients who think the bombshell powder is a little too heavy. It would also work great as a pick me up (1/2 way through your day for a little volume or a quick fix before a night out!) I have also used it after working out at the gym. I now have a can in my gym bag, one at home and tons in the salon! :)

I also like the Joimist Firm hairspray. It is a strong hold hairspray (hold factor of 09) (Notice: on most any professional product bottle you will see a hold factor. Typically the higher the number, the higher the amount of hold or flexibility the product will give you.) The hairspray also smells great and holds up great! I don't usually use a strong hold hairspray unless I am rockin a super cute bump or holding in curl. But of the ones I have tried I love this one. It has great hold and is humidity resistant and doesn't dry my hair out! It also leaves my hair feeling soft, but doesn't soften my curl too much. I use it after I have  finished style that I don't want to move, as a finishing spray. (look forward to my upcoming blog ALL ABOUT WHAT TYPE OF HAIRSPRAY IS BEST FOR YOUR STYLE!)

After trying both of these I am stoked about trying out the rest of Joico's product lines, and possibly adding one to my collection!  For more info on Joico products visit www.joico.com. If you are interested in trying any of these products or have any questions or comments leave them :)

I will leave you all with a quote I just read a few minutes ago from Mr.Micheal O'Rourke (kind of random.. I know)

"If you really can do beautiful art and you can love the people around you, you will make it!"

<3 Stay Gorgeous!

Monday, March 11, 2013


I hope the first few weeks of March finds you all well. I have been busy getting all of my spring plans made and focusing on my new color line. (Beth Minardi) Also, my little sister is in town this week, and I have been spending most of my time with her since I don't get to see her often, and she is one of my very best friends. 
As much as I love my job and the art of coloring and cutting hair, I also LOVE make up products! I could shop for make up ALL DAY LONG, and even more if I had my side kick Miss.Tiffany Faith with me! :) In the past month I have been picking up a few items here and there. I decided instead of doing each item or each couple of items alone I would compile them altogether for you! 
So lets get to it! :)
Lets start with my FAVORITE! The Too Faced Boudoir palette. I have had it for quite some time now, & I LOVE IT! The shades are not as bold as some of my shades in the Natural eye palette  but I think this one is PERFECT for the grey smokey eye. & it has a few dark purple shades, which are great for green eyes! Too Faced is one of my favorite brands of eye shadow because, there have such a wide variety of shades that last all day. (of course with the use of urban decay primer) I have to say my favorite shades are Lap Dance (a deep purple with minimum shimmer,great for adding a little color to a smokey eye & also brings out light brown and green eyes!) French Tickler ( a true black with gold flakes. I love to use this one to add a little drama to the outside corner or in unison with garter belt for a grey smokey eye.) Garter belt ( a light matte grey, I can't help but use with every smokey eye!) and Birthday Suit (a light pink with shimmer, great for a highlight!)

If you look on top of the palette you will see the TIGI  eye shadow blending brush I picked up just a few weeks ago. Although it says blending I use it to apply my crease color. The bristles are soft but very firm (if that makes since)  which makes the distinct line I like for my crease color. & I use it to blend everything out when I get done with my look. :) I use alot of TIGI make up products and I have to say they are a NEVER FAIL brand. I love it!

Ok lets move to the back line!(so to speak) On the far left there is LASH BLAST from Cover girl  I have been told by many many make up artist that this stuff is the BEST! So when I was having an issue with my UD clumping up I grabbed it. & they were right. It is great! I like to use it with my UD and also with my TIGI mascara sometimes. Even if I use it last it usually un-clumps my lashes and doesn't give me spider lashes. & It also works great by itself. ( I would use it alone on a day I don't wear any make up except eyeliner and mascara.)

Beside that we have the Maybelline Stiletto liquid eye liner. I am not big on liquid eye liner.. but this was on sale.. and everyone knows I love clearance! I have tried it once or twice & I really like it. Unlike most liquid eye liners the applicator isnt super flimsy, it is firm and makes putting the eye liner on super easy. Also the liner goes on smooth and drys pretty quick! I can't say I will use it on myself ( I just don't like the look) But I will DEF. use it on some of my summer brides & in some pin up shoots.

On the same day I got the Stiletto liner I also picked up the Telescopic explosion mascara made by loreal. Again something I wouldn't normally buy.. but it was on sale also. It is water proof and is used to expand the lashes at the ends of your eyes. (like at the far right or far left.) & check out that brush!! I think it works pretty good & def gets in those hard to reach areas (like right at your nose)& expands the corner lashes beautifully . but I honestly do not take the time to go back through my corner lashes, I will how ever use this on my brides as well!

Next lets talk about the Sorme oil free eye make up remover. I got this at my local Cosmo Prof ( for professionals only) store. I was in need of a make up remover esp for my eyes. I like this one, it is very gentle and gets the job done. I have to say my only complaint is, once I have whipped the same area more than twice, it starts to burn. Although it could be the fact that I have dry skin anyway & I normally wear alot of eye make up and eye liner. The smell is great and like I said, it works great. ( just burns a bit after the first clean up I guess.) The make up remover is the only product I have used from Sorme line, but I will pick more of them up to try soon!

Beside the make up remover is the physicians formula green pigmented concealer and face primer. I normally love physicians formula, however, this product I am not crazy about. I'm not sure if it was because when I bought it I thought it was something different ( a combo of green, yellow and natural colors, because the brush is those 3 colors.) & I was thinking it would be a little thicker. It does go on very smooth, and is pretty shear. I would recommend using it under another concealer and not as a primer.(Unless you have a very red face or rosacea) I have to say I still use it from time to time under my eyes, but I top it of with the Rimmel match perfection (which we will talk about soon) So.. me not liking it could just be me being super picky, but If I were going to buy a concealer from physicians formula I would buy the small bottles of the yellow,pink and green. ( I used to have some and THEY WORK GREAT!) 

Next up is the Revive make up blender. Please do not ask me why I bought this.. I know it is all the rave.. but I have no idea how to use it.. I have tried to to blend my concealer and it works awesome & feels great on my skin & blends out concealer perfect without any lines. I know you can use it to do contouring.. (which I am supposed to be learning and posting a video about soon) So you guys just keep a look out for that and maybe Miss.Tiffany Faith can teach the both of us!

Lastly is the Rimmell match perfection concealer. I picked this up the other day at wal mart. I love it. I don't usually use a concealer  but I needed one for my bags. (lol) It is not only a concealer but it can also be used as a highlighter. The shade matches my skin perfectly. (maybe like half a shade lighter, but once you blend it, it does the job and looks great!) It is not a heavy concealer like most and goes on very smooth. I also like the applicator, you just squeeze the tube and the product comes out of the end just a little bit at a time, so you don't waste it! 

All in all I am happy with all of the products in this HAUL! Keep an eye out for a review of two new hair products I am carrying in the salon. Also my full BETH MINARDI 411 ( I have a webinar class with her next Monday and I can't wait! ) & my spring forward favorites are all coming up! 

Live everyday beautifully! 
-Yours truly :)

Tuesday, March 5, 2013



March is a month full of events and holidays. For all of you sports fans you have MARCH MADNESS with tons of college basketball games. St.Pattys day  on the 17th, for all the gardeners don't forget good Friday ( the only time my dad starts his garden) is on the 29th. Easter Sunday ( One of the best days to spend with my family) is on March 31st. & DON'T FORGET THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING is on March 20th. For many high school students it is time to get ready for prom. For many college students it means its time for Spring Break, for me it means its time to LIGHTEN AND BRIGHTEN your hair for the warmer weather and spring time madness & be there for all of your styling needs!! :)

It seems like I along with most other ladies spend most of March, in the tanning bed, gyms and in the salon getting ready for the warmer weather,prom,weddings, Easter, and all the other events that go along with the month of march. This month make sure you pencil in a visit with me to get some crazy deals on the perfect spring colors for your hair.

Hair Madness!

-Root touch up ONLY $20.00 with the purchase of a wash, cut, and blow dry.
-upgrade any color service to a color and highlight for only an additional $25.00
-FREE hairspray when you book me for your wedding day or prom night!

One of the most popular forms of highlighting this year is called the Baliage technique! 

Most all of Hollywoods finest are wearing it. & I have even tried it out on a few of my clients! The result is a very natural looking highlight to start and ending with a bold highlight @ the bottom. (unless of course you want to go a little bolder at the top.)  Looking above at the picture you will see to the far left, a super blonde with some golden baliage low lights throughout. (www.pinterest.com) In the middle check out one of Hollywood's finest rocking the most popular form of baliage. ( very natural and thin on top to dramatic on the bottom.) (www.lancelappinsalon.com) & on the far right you can see my beautiful natural baliage on Miss.Tiffany Faith! With her color I went with a more natural high-lift blonde for the top and ends. (notice how much more color is in those ends tan the top.) Also you can't see it in the pic but I did some super bright blonde right at her temples for an added BAM affect! How do y'all think I did??

This month is also the time when all of the high school students are getting ready for PROM! One of the biggest events of your entire highschool life!  Prom means your HAIR, MAKE- UP, TAN, DRESS..EVERYTHING HAS TO BE PERFECT! 
Above are some of my FAVORITE STYLES FOR PROM! (compliments of pinterest.com)
I think the perfect hair for prom is composed of alot of different elements. You don't want it to be too formal (save that for your wedding day), but you also don't want your hair to look like you have done it yourself. You want a fun,elegant, beautiful style for one of the most memorable nights of your life! Soon I will be doing a blog fully dedicated to the perfect prom style! :)  & Remember myself and Tiffany Faith have a company for all of your beauty needs on your special day! Faithfully Beautiful!

Also this month look for tons of beauty blogs from yours truly  I have a lot of great things in store for you all!  Keep an eye out for: Spring hair color madness, my spring smelly be goods, my latest full on make up HAUL, Prom and wedding styles I love,"The bump" tutorial, the rounded braid tutorial, and many more goodies!

Don't forget to wear your green on St.Pattys day! & Stay Beautiful!

Monday, March 4, 2013