All About Nails: Loving Cotton Candy by Orly!!

I recently made a trip to Sally Beauty Supply in search of a nail color that was soft and fun.

Bingo!!! I found it!! Its a new color by Orly called Cotton Candy.

The name alone is fabulous. I love when people ask me, “What color are you wearing?” I get to reply in a playful, Paris Hilton, little-girl voice – “cotton candy”. It’s cheap too – only $3.99!! On orlybeauty.com, it lists the nail polish at $7.50 and I couldn’t find the Cotton Candy color. I suggest heading to your nearest Sally Beauty Supply store or visit sallybeauty.com to purchase a bottle. Enjoy!!!

Orly Cotton Candy

Me wearing Cotton Candy. (Excuse the baby oil all over my hands...lol)

Product Haul: MAC Makeup – My Secret Love Affair

Anyone who knows me understands my love affair with MAC makeup products. To me, they are the best! It’s like candy to a baby or crack to a crackhead. I need my MAC fix!!!!!!!! When entering Macy’s I navigate straight to the MAC makeup counter. The girls all know me already at all MAC makeup counters in NJ. Yes, it’s that bad. I have put myself on a strict budget now and I’ve been good. A few weeks ago, I relapsed…

MAC Costa Riche eyeliner, MAC Stepping Out lipglass, MAC Angel cremestick lipstick, & a tester bottle MAC matchmaster foundation 4.0

MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus, MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation

MAC foundation & powder - out of box

MAC eye kohl, lipglass, lipstick, & foundation - out of box

This haul will hold me over for a little while. Lol. Anyhow let’s begin my review of MAC’s fabulous makeup products!

1. MAC Costa Riche Eye Kohl

This eyeliner is a rich dark brown color. It’s very creamy in consistency so it glides on easily.  It can line, define, and shade your eyes. I use it to line the top and bottom of my eyes. Sometimes, I wear it alone with just some mascara or I add a shimmery brown shadow on top of the liner. Adding the liner first makes the shimmery shadow look slightly darker and dramatic. This liner can also act as a brown shadow. Just apply on your top lid and blend up and out. Amazing!

2. MAC Angel  Lipstick

This product is probably MAC’s best-selling lipstick of all time. It was made famous by Kim Kardashian because this is the lipstick she wears most. Honestly, it’s a great lipstick. I would never buy something based on the opinion of a celebrity but having tried this lipstick I’m absolutely sold. It’s the perfect, soft pink color with a light shimmer. It goes great on olive or tan skin. I love that it’s super creamy and moisturizes my lips. This will definitely be my spring/summer go-to lipstick.

3. MAC Steppin Out Lipglass

I have worn MAC’s lipglass for years. The shine it gives to your lips could stop traffic. I always bought the Rags to Riches color, but I got a little frisky and went with Steppin Out. It’s very pink with lots of sparkle and pairs perfectly with the MAC Angel lipstick. This lipglass is thick, and somewhat sticky, in consistency – but in a good way. It holds all day long. I apply lip liner, MAC Angel lipstick, and seal the look with Steppin Out lipglass. A glamorous, soft pink shine that oozes sex appeal.

4. MAC Match Master Liquid Foundation

Ok, so for years I have used Makeup Forever Velvet Foundation, but it’s very expensive – $42.00 a bottle.  I will always love Makeup Forever’s foundation and may go back to them one day. On this particular day though,  I wanted to try something new. The girl at the MAC counter suggested this NEW foundation. I loved the price – only $27.00!!! Also, how could I refuse a FREE sample bottle? (Go to any MAC counter & ask for a free sample bottle of foundation). This foundation was good. It goes on smooth and adds light to medium coverage. Supposedly, it has a technology that uses translucent pigments to get a personalized finish influenced by your skin’s undertones. However, in my experience this wasn’t the case…1) The girl at the counter failed to match my skin color correctly,  2) I’m not so sure this groundbreaking technology works (or exists).  Average product but I’m not in love with it, sorry MAC.

5. MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation

I have fallen deeply in love with this foundation!!! I’ve officially switched to this product. It is only $27.00, a whopping $15.00 cheaper than Makeup Forever’s Velvet Foundation! It provides medium to heavy coverage so I only apply a small amount. That way the bottle will last much longer. I have tan skin so I chose the NW40 color. This foundation goes on smooth, gives you a flawless finish, and lasts all day long. I have several tiny beauty marks on my face and with just a small amount it makes them invisible! While it is a heavier coverage it is not “cakey.” Very impressed. Love, love, love this foundation.

6. MAC STudio Fix Powder Plus Foundation

Before I discovered this little gem, I was using Makeup Forever’s Loose Powder. Although Makeup Forever’s powder is amazing, MAC’s powder is just a little more amazing in my opinion. It’s also cheaper – $27.00!! I think MAC has stolen me from Makeup Forever’s products FOREVER!!! This product eliminates unwanted shine and gives you a polished look.  Ever since I started using this powder combined with MAC’s Studio Fix Foundation I’ve received numerous compliments about my skin. Recently, I was told my skin looked “picture perfect” and “flawless.” I feel like a movie star with this product. After I apply my MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation, I apply the Studio Fix Powder with a large brush all over my face. BELLA! BELLA!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my Product Haul as much as I did!!! Please feel free to ask me any questions you have regarding the products above. I will definitely give you my honest opinion. I’m a self-proclaimed “product whore” as I’ve tried almost every one on the market. Although, I’ve always had a loyalty to MAC…I just can’t shake this secret love affair I have with MAC makeup…I’m convinced it’s true love.

 

Keep a look out for my next Product Haul!!! I sometimes cheat on MAC with Clinique (gasps). I know, it’s my dirty little secret. I’ll share details with you next time. =)

To purchase the products above go to http://www.maccosmetics.com

 

Remy hair & Indian Virgin Remy human hair explained. Why is it so special???

Remy Human Hair

Remy Hair, Indian hair, Virgin Remy hair….what the hell does it all mean???

The word “Remy” is probably one of the most misunderstood and overused phrases in our industry. Some common misconceptions about Remy human hair are: Remy hair is only Indian hair, Remy hair is an extremely rare blend of fine/thin hair, Remy hair can only be purchased in high-end salons, or Remy hair costs thousands of dollars.

Remy human hair consists of hair extensions made from virgin human hair of the highest quality grade. There may be some chemical treatments involved after the raw material is acquired (hair dye or cuticle removal). Indian Virgin Remy hair is completely pure. To be considered Indian Virgin Remy hair, chemicals of any kind must have never touched the hair and it must be imported from India. With all Remy hair, the strands must follow the same direction and be of the same length to ensure a high quality set free of tangling.

Indian Virgin Remy Human Hair

Many years ago the definition of remy hair was used to describe human hair that was the highest grade of virgin hair with an intact cuticle. Remy hair was also required to be mono-directional. Maintaining hair direction is very difficult, since a majority of the raw material (recently cut human hair) is gathered at temples and not from a controlled environment like a lab or hair salon.

Therefore, the original distinction of Remy hair was established to represent hair extensions that were strong and healthy virgin hair that was free of chemical processing. The hair has to be carefully collected to ensure all strands maintain a mono-directional form and an intact cuticle to protect the hair shaft.

Over time some consumers actually began to prefer non-cuticle hair extensions. So the term Remy or Remi Hair Extensions (as used in European countries) lost some of its meaning, since cuticle hair was not necessarily a requirement of fine, much desired hair extensions.

22 inch Indian Virgin Remy hair (Lighter shades chemically altered by manufacturers)

Also, many women in Europe and in the United States began to purchase hair extensions that required hair colors of lighter brown and blond. Unfortunately, most of the world marketplaces of human hair do not include these shades. To achieve the lighter shades, the hair has to be chemically altered (bleached, highlighted). Therefore, the hair is no longer “Virgin” hair, but the quality of hair is still considered Remy hair. While I offer all shades of color in the Remy human hair, I only sell dark shades in Indian Virgin Remy hair. It is extremely expensive and hard to find lighter shades of what wholesale companies consider Indian Virgin Remy hair. In reality, there is no such thing as blond or light brown Indian Virgin Remy hair. The true form of this hair is imported from India cut from the heads of young Indian women & children. Any so-called Indian Virgin Remy hair that is of a lighter shade, has in some way been chemically altered by the manufacturer.

India is a country dominated by a huge religious population of Hindus. A belief in Hinduism is sacrificing ones hair in the name of God.

Hair, for most people, is what defines their physical appearance. It can be an expression of social conformity & affiliation. In hinduism, sacrificing your hair in the name of God means you are letting go of your ego & your everyday life routine & devoting time to God.

Indian women donate their hair to a temple. The temple collects the hair & sets it aside to be auctioned. Only affluent people take part in these auctions as the hair has to be bought in bulk & literally costs millions of dollars. Food for thought.

I hope I haven’t confused you! Haha….

If you are in the process of purchasing high-quality extensions via the Internet, you probably have came across hundreds of sites that offer human hair extensions. The market is saturated and rightfully so…the sale of hair extensions is a 100 billion dollar a year industry. When in doubt purchase your extensions from me!!!

Go to Extensions-By-Erica.com for the highest quality hair! (Come on – what kind of business woman would I be if I didn’t throw in a little self-promotion?? Lol)

Indian Virgin Remy Human Hair

Hair, makeup, extensions, lashes, nails, & products!! Welcome to my beauty-full world!

Extensions Guru - Me w/o extensions. All natural baby! As you can see my hair is fairly long.

Welcome to my world!!!!

Being that this my first blog post EVER, I wanted to introduce myself…HI! I’m Erica!

Before I start rambling on about myself, I figured I should clear a few things up…I AM NOT A WRITER & I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I’M DOING (well, as far as blogging goes). I am very new to this “blog world” and all I ask is that you have patience with me. I’m learning as I go in many areas of my life these days, but I promise I will do my very best.

Now your probably wondering who I am…well, I’m no one special. I’m just a regular chick trying to build a small business into a successful empire and take over the world. Oh, and did I mention I have an UNGODLY obsession with all things hair & beauty related? Seriously, it’s bad! It has become a complete addiction. However, I guess that’s a good thing being it’s my career path.

I am a hairstylist, makeup artist, self-proclaimed extensions guru, and tiny business owner. For about 10 years now I have been custom designing 100% Indian virgin remy hair and 100% remy human hair clip-in extensions. Why clip-in extensions you ask?? What’s remy hair?? Don’t worry I’ll explain all of that in my next blog posts provided I get through this one. I make the hair extensions all by myself at home. No employees, no assistants, no illegal child labor and no sweat shop. All of my business started through “word of mouth”. Thank the sweet baby Jesus that women talk! Through producing a good product, and the chatter of many lovely ladies, I’ve obtained a large clientele.

Me with 22 inch 100% Indian remy human hair. Obsessed with long hair!

About 2 years ago, I decided to start a facebook page, www.facebook.com/ExtensionsbyErica, in hopes of generating more business. Needless to say, it worked! As my business continues to grow I figured it was about time to create my very own website, www.Extensions-By-Erica.com. I wanted to be official. Yet, the thought of me creating a website all by myself made me want to cry and vomit at the same time. Did you just get that visual? Gross, I know.

I’m not that intelligent, nor computer savvy and failed to pay attention in school. I was too focused on my hair, social life, and what outfit I was going to wear. Therefore, you can understand my apprehension towards this seemingly large and time consuming task. Sure, I realize I could’ve easily paid someone to create the website for me, but that was not in my budget. So, I accepted my fate.

Now, I do not like to do things “half-assed” (excuse the colorful language). I enjoy working hard towards my goals. I’m a “go hard or go home”, “balls-to-the-wall” type of chick (excuse the colorful language once again). I immediately started researching (stalking) every hair extensions website out there. I needed to know what I was up against. One common thing I noticed amongst the “good” websites was that they all had a facebook page, twitter, youtube channel, and blog. That, ladies and gentlemen, is how this blog was born.

Currently, I’m still working on my website. I hope to have it up and running before my birthday on February 11th. Also, I recently started a youtube channel, www.youtube.com/extensionsbyerica, in which I fully intend to make hair and makeup tutorials. Until then, you can checkout and “like” my facebook page www.facebook.com/ExtensionsbyErica, follow me on twitter – @extbyerica and on www.pinterest.com/extbyerica.

Now that I have shamelessly promoted myself, I want to thank you for taking the time to read my blog and hope that you will revisit soon! I promise to have interesting and informative posts about everything hair, makeup, extensions, and product related. I love constructive criticism so please leave your comments and suggestions! Thank you!!