How-To Guide: Highlighting & Contouring

Hi guys! Its been a while but I’m back! This post is one that I know that many of you have been waiting on, my step by step guide on how I highlight & contour. So, if you need help with highlighting & contouring then keep reading!


What is highlighting + contouring?

Before diving into everything I want to explain some key concepts that go along with this topic.

In the simplest of terms, highlighting & contouring are what we do to add light and dark areas to the skin to sculpt the face in a way we find most pleasing or ideal. For example, I have a crooked nose bridge so I contour my nose to give the illusion that it is straighter than it actually is & at the same time appear a little bit smaller.

Highlighting is what we do when we want to bring attention to or bring forward certain areas on the face while contouring we use to create shadows to create the illusion that we have more defined features such as; the appearance of higher cheekbones, a smaller forehead, a slimmer nose & hides the appearance of that dreaded double-chin many of us have.


 Highlighting

To begin you should have your base makeup (foundation & brows) already done, if you’d like some help with those, check out my Foundation Application Guide & Eyebrow Filling Guide first then come back here to continue!

First, you need choose the shade of concealer thats right for you. To brighten up the under-eye area you typically need a concealer lighter than your skin tone. For everyday more simple makeup looks I suggest 1-2 shades lighter than your skin tone and for more dramatic/night time makeup looks I tend to go 3 shades lighter.

For this demo I’m going to use the LA Girl HD Pro Concealer, I have been using this one for YEARS! Definitely a holy grail product that I will continue to repurchase. It’s heavy duty & cheap! I use the shade Fawn to highlight & conceal under my eyes.

Some other products that I use worthy of honorable mention are;

In short you’ll need;

  1. Concealer 1-3 shades lighter than your skin tone (based on preference).
  2. Small Concealer brush. (I don’t need one here because the LA Girl Concealer has a brush tip)
  3. Blending sponge. – Real Techniques Sponge (I used a beauty blender in the pictures but it was destroyed by my puppy shortly after 🙃.. soo this sponge is just as good.)
  4. Setting Powder – Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder
  5. Brush To Apply Setting Powder (I’m using my Morphe M438, you may also use your sponge for application)

Okay so now we have all our tools lets begin,

Step 1 – Apply Concealer

  • Apply the concealer to under your eyes, not too close to the lower lash line to avoid the concealer getting into & settling in any possible fine lines you may have.
  • Bring the concealer under your eyes onto the sides of your nose (this helps give the illusion of a thinner nose)
  • Place concealer down the bridge of your nose as well as on the centre of your forehead (lower half).

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STEP 2 – Blend

  • Using your sponge blend the concealer into your foundation, carrying the concealer under your eyes lightly to achieve the colour & coverage while still avoiding product building up in the lines under your eyes.

 

step 3 – Apply Settling Powder

  • Using my Morphe M438  brush I apply my Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder on the areas I highlighted with concealer to keep it in place & prevent creasing.


 Contouring

Now for contouring you will need a cream or powder product (or both) 2-3 shades darker than your skin tone depending in how dramatic a contour you wish to achieve. This product also needs to be free of shimmer and have the same undertone as your skin. I have a  very warm/golden undertone so all my products tend to be on the warm side. If I use something cool toned, especially for contouring, it will look ashy or chalky on my skin.

That being said make sure not to get anything that doesn’t align with your particular undertone to avoid a “muddy” looking contour.

For this guide I’m going to use both a cream & powder product since thats typically how I contour. For the cream I’m going to use another LA Girl HD Pro Concealer, this time in the shade -Dark Cocoa & for my powder I’ll use my Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer 07.

Some other products that I use worthy of honorable mention are;

In short you’ll need;

  1. Cream/Powder contouring product 2-3 shades darker than your skin tone.
  2. Contour brushes – Using MAC 138  & ELF Contour Brush)
  3. Blending sponge.
  4. Blush
  5. Blush Brush – Using Coastal Scents Angled Blush Brush)

 

Step 1 – Apply Cream Contour

  • Apply the cream contour product below your cheekbones, around the perimeter of your forehead, just below your jawline & down the sides of your nose between the highlighted areas of the bridge & sides of your nose.

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STEP 2 -Blend

  • Brush away translucent powder with a clean powder brush.
  • Using your beauty sponge again, blend the contour cream into your foundation until the harsh contour lines become less obvious.

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STEP 5 – Powder Contour – CHeek Bones

  • To make my contour less harsh & to set it I also use a powder contour, in this case my Guerlain  Terracotta Bronzer, with my MAC138 brush to blend out the cream contour further.

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STEP 6 – Powder Contour – Nose

  • Again, to reduce the harshness of my contour I use the powder on my nose with my small contour brush.

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STEP 7 Blush

  • Apply blush of your choice to your cheeks. I’m using nt MAC Breezy.

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 Get Rid Of That Cake-Face!

Now that we’re done highlighting and contouring I know everything is looking a bit cakey with all these products layered on so at this point in my routine is where I pretty much bathe in my MAC Fix+ to get all the products to melt into each other.

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 Set Everything With powder

After my  Fix+ spray dries I use my Black Opal Deluxe Setting Powder & a large powder brush to blend everything together before applying powder highlight.

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 Powder highlight

It’s time to glow! Now you apply your highlighter of choice to your nose, inner eyes & cheek bones.

Using;

  1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminating Powder in Riviera
  2. Morphe M310
  3. Pencil Eyeshadow Brush

Step 1

  •  For your nose you can use a small powder brush or your fingers to apply highlight down the bridge of your nose.

Step 2

  •  Next, use a pencil brush to highlight your inner eye area.

Step 3

I typically don’t highlight my cheekbones because I tend to have texture on my skin in that area but for the sake of this tutorial, here we go.

  • Using a fan brush gently sweep the highlight at the highest points of your cheekbones.


Setting Spray

Need I say more? Setting your makeup helps to avoid cake-face, oiliness & melting. If you’re an oily girl like myself, this Boscia White Charcoal Setting Spray is AMAZING! You need it, I promise. I use my setting spray after finishing up my look with some lashes & lipstick.

And thats it! I know it seems like a lot but once you find your groove & your own routine it becomes second nature to do all this. It takes patience & practice so don’t expect to be a professional over night. Looking back at pictures from even as recent as 2 years ago my contouring makes me cringe because it has come such a long way since I first started 😂.

Heres the before and after pictures to show you what a huge difference these steps make to my face. Hopefully the post was simple enough & helpful to anyone who wants to learn. 🙂

If you have any other questions don’t hesitate to ask me in the comments below.


Before & After

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Until next time my loves,

xo Justine-Renee

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Lancome VoxBox Review

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Hi beauties! So today’s post is about my Lancôme VoxBox that I received a couple of weeks ago! I received this box of products for review from Influenster. Influenster is pretty much a free website where you create an account, connect your social media outlets, write reviews & answer questions about your favorite (and not so favourite) products for others to benefit.

The more reviews you write & questions you answer about products the greater your chances of qualifying to receive a sample box from them called a VoxBox. This is my first ever VoxBox from them & I’m so excited that it was sponsored by Lancôme! To sign up & begin writing your very own reviews to qualify for future campaigns check out their website.

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Lancôme Products received

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BI-FACIL – Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover

lancome-makeup-removerThis product claims to be;

  • A super gentle makeup remover.
  • Able to wish away waterproof eye makeup.
  • Conditioning and refreshing on the skin.
  • Ideal for sensitive skin and contact lenses.
  • Cool and relaxing on the eyes without leaving an oily residue.
DRAMA LIQUI-PENCIL Long-wear Eyeliner

lancome-eye-pencilsI received the colours Ampulé (Metallic Purple) & Intense Noir (Deep Black).

This product claims to be;

  • An extremely long-wearing formula.
  • A high-intensity colour liquid-pencil eyeliner.
  • Easy to apply.
  • Glide on smooth colour while giving eyes maximum color intensity and all-day wear.
  • A creamy, instantly blendable formula.
  • Sets quickly for 24-hour wear, without budging or fading.
DÉFINICILS – High Definition Mascara

lancome-mascaraThis product claims to;

  • Create a natural-looking yet striking, lash look.
  • Brush on lavishly long, perfectly defined lashes.
  • Have flexible polymers coat each lash from root to tip, lengthening and defining each lash for unmatched definition.
  • Be clump free.
Visionnaire Eye Cream Advanced Multi-Correcting Eye Balm

lancome-eye-creamThis product claims to be;

  • Good for all skin types.
  • A fresh, hydrating eye treatment that reduces the appearance of puffiness, crow’s-feet and fatigue on contact instantly and over time.
  • A solution for dark circles, puffiness, fine-lines & wrinkles.

 

My Thoughts on tHE Lancôme VoxBox

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BI-FACIL – Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover

I LOVE this! It really lives up to all its claims. When I was playing with all the products I received  to create the look in my pictures  I used this to remove the eye makeup & it was amazing so I’ve been using it ever since.

First of all, one cotton ball with some of this product took off the makeup from BOTH eyes! It was also very gentle, none of that burning alcohol sensation that some removers give me around my eyes. I was very pleasantly surprised because I only used a little bit initially because I was expecting that weird burning/tingling sensation.

Typically I use coconut oil to remove my eye makeup because makeup wipes never quite do the job for me but I hate the oily feeling you know what I mean?

I will truly go get myself a bottle of this when I’m done with my sample. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so strongly about a makeup removing product in my life, lol 😂.

In terms of price it is Lancôme so in true high-end product form, it is rather pricey;

1.7 oz / 50 ml – $15

4.2 oz / 125 ml $30

6.7 oz / 200 ml $39

 

DRAMA LIQUI-PENCIL Longwear Eyeliner

lancome-eyeliner-swatchesWhile these pencils are really nice I’m not quite sure if it was just purple one that I received but my Ampulé broke as soon as I tried to use it.. weird. The consistency of the pencil is really smooth and pigmented though so I absolutely love that about it, I just think they are a little bit too easy to break because I wasn’t pressing excessively hard while using it but because the quality is soo good I have definitely looked beyond that issue and continue to use both the black and purple pencils.
They seem to live up to all claims except for 24hr wear because I did not test that of course. It is long wearing though so it would be good for extended wear. I would probably repurchase these in other various bright colors, they are beautiful & easy to use. For the black however I think I have other products I don’t necessarily need to replace with this.

These retail for $23 for 0.042oz / 1.2g of product.

 

DÉFINICILS – High Definition Mascara

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This mascara gave my lower lashes life for sure! It was very easy to target those barely there lashes and make them look long and full. I loved it for that! When it comes to my upper lashes it separated my lashes beautifully while giving great length but it however didn’t give them too much fullness.

I would say this mascara to for me would be great for day-to-day use for an everyday simple makeup look to give me some separation & true definition.

This product retails for $27.50

 

Visionnaire Yeux – Eye On Correction

This correcting eye cream has not been released yet so it was pretty exciting to get to try a brand new product! Even know I was excited to try it, I didn’t have very high expectations of this cream. I have dark under eyes & really fine lines. My fine lines however have always been there! No amount of “creaseless” anything helps, I just have to work around it & find my own ways to make them less obvious.

To my surprise, it seemed like this cream actually lessened the appearance of my fine lines. My under eye darkness may be too dark for the cream to handle because I haven’t noticed a difference with that but I do see a difference in my fine lines. I’ve been using it under one eye to be able to have a comparison.The lines aren’t gone, don’t get me wrong but they are a little less distinct. Not sure if I’ll purchase this once it comes out but ill continue to use this sample to see if over time it gets even better.

This product when released will retail for $65.00 for  0.5 oz / 15 ml of product.

 

Overall

Overall this was a great VoxBox I love all my products & I’m so happy I was chosen to review these products by Lancôme & Influenster!  I hope you guys found my little Lancôme VoxBox review helpful if you’re interested in any of these products. Let me know in the comments if you already use/enjoy any of these products! Don’t forget to sign up for Influenster for your chance to qualify for an upcoming VoxBox.

 

**Disclaimer – I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes but all views & opinions are my own.

How-To Guide: Foundation Application

Hey everyone! This is my 2nd “How-To Guide” & it’s my step by step foundation application routine that never fails me. I figure foundation is the most logical next step because with eyebrows & some foundation your’e well on your way to a perfect makeup look. Once you have this base down, everything else is a simple, optional, add on from here.

You’ll see I already had my eye makeup done as well as my eyebrows (I have an eyebrow guide already up for you guys). I always do these first to avoid eyeshadow fallout getting onto my foundation. Foundation for me also causes my eyebrow products to not apply the way I like them to so I just do it first to avoid any issues.

FOUNDATION SELECTION

If you’re new to the makeup game then you need to choose a good foundation. For those of you like me, that have oily skin you can check out my post on Affordable Foundations for some good options. However, if you have dry skin aim to choose foundation that has hydrating qualities. Those that have these qualities  tend to use the terms radiant, dewy & luminous in their names & descriptions.

Foundations that mattify tend to leave my face feeling a little dry/stiff initially as though they literally suck all the oil out of my pores so with dry skin, I cant imagine using one that would make my skin even more dry & extra stiff because of its mattifying qualities. If you have dry skin and still prefer the more matte look, setting your makeup with a powder & setting spray can often help achieve this after you apply your makeup.

SKIN PREPARATION

Before applying any makeup you want to ensure you apply a moisturizer to your skin, preferably one with with some SPF (Sun Protection Factor) to protect your skin from the ultra violet rays of the sun. SPF helps prevent premature aging of the skin & skin cancer. Along with this, if you’re like me & suffer from hyper pigmentation that you’re hoping to fade then you should definitely be using sunscreen. The same way that excessive sun exposure darkens your skin it also makes any hyper pigmentation you may have get even darker. The darker the spots are the harder they are to fade so trust me, SPF is your friend. So to prep my skin I follow the steps below,

  1. Cleanse skin. Always start your makeup with a freshly washed face.
  2. Apply Moisturizer. I have been Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer for years. Even with oily skin its imperative you moisturize. You’ll combat the oily skin with your choice of products after this step.
  3. Prime. After your moisturizer has been absorbed into the skin, apply your favorite primer. For this demo I’m using the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Primer. I mentioned this in my post on my Ride or Die Makeup products.
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FOUNDATION APPLICATION

To apply my foundation I use makeup sponges or brushes.

Some of my favorite brushes to use are my Sephora Pro Flawless Airbrush #56Sephora Pro Press Full Coverage Complexion Brush #66 & Coastal Scents Flat Top Brush.

For beauty sponges I use the Beauty Blender Pro or Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge.

The following steps are exactly what I do whether I use a brush or a sponge. Some foundations however you may find give better coverage with one or the other.

Steps;
  1. Using my CoverGirl Queen 3 in 1 All Day Flawless Foundation I put 2 pumps onto my damp (not soaking wet) Beauty Blender. foundation-application-4
  2. Dab the Beauty Blender with product in areas you desire the most coverage. I dab the blender onto my cheeks and forehead.foundation-application-12
  3. Use the sponge in one area at a time to evenly blend out the foundation on your skin.foundation-application-10
  4. Continue to blend until the foundation is distributed evenly.foundation-application-9
  5. Next I apply concealer. Using my Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof 24-hour Concealer I spot correct areas on my skin where I can still see my hyper pigmentation spots through the foundation. I go a little overboard here, sue me 🙃 lol. foundation-application-11
  6. After all blemishes are spot covered with concealer I go back in with my Beauty Blender & press the product into the skin until the spot coverage is no longer visible.foundation-application-5
  7. At this point your foundation is on & you’re good to go for a natural look once you use a setting powder. I use either Black Opal Translucent Deluxe Setting Powder or MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural.
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To go a step beyond this for the more glamorous look you can continue to highlight & contour as I did to finish up. The next guide I’ll do for you guys will be on highlighting & contouring 😃.

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Let me know how you apply foundation & what tools you use to apply in the comments below I’m always open to new tools to step up my foundation game. Also, if you have any questions at all don’t be afraid to ask, I’m here to be helpful. 🙂

Until next time my loves,

xo Justine-Renee

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Jumbo Senegalese Twists

Hey everyone! As you can see, today we’re  chatting about the jumbo senegalese twists I recently had done. These were not crochet, they were hand done by Tess & came out beautifully!

We used (if i am not mistaken) 10 packs of hair.. yes, that many. A combination of 6 Nappy Annie & 4 Kanekalon all in colour #1.

If you’re really into protective styles or hair in general the way I am you, probably follow a lot of various hair pages like I do. This particular hairstyle I saw on Sira Kante (@inkmyafrica) & I was like “yaaaas girl!”. I definitely stole her look for my recent trip out of town for a party weekend, particularly because of how she wore it. I have inserted her picture below so you guys can see what inspired my entire look. She wore an African print inspired swimsuit & I honestly couldn’t stop stalking the pictures.

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So naturally, I went & found myself an African print inspired swimsuit for one of the beach events I was attending. Mine was from Andrea Iyamah, (IG @andreaiyamahswimwear) which happens to also be black owned company, jackpot!

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back to the twists

If I’m being completely honest I knew these wouldn’t last very long & I didn’t really want them to. I  only wanted them for this particular weekend just to achieve the look I was going for. The twists were started as box braids as you can see below to ensure that they wouldn’t unravel because of how loose & thick they were going to be. Many of you are probably thinking “those look heavy” & no they really weren’t. They only got heavy when they were wet (of course) but otherwise I was good.

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The twists started to get super fuzzy after about a week & I took them out shortly thereafter. I’m pretty sure I could have kept them in longer but for me it wasn’t a very practical hairstyle considering the fact that I workout quite often & it was pretty difficult to put these twists into any kind of ponytail due to their thickness. Lets not even get into how the length gets in the way of my whole entire life, lol 🙃.

When I want to repeat this look chances are I will go with a crochet version of it and a little bit shorter. The crochet braids listed below are probably going to be the ones I make my choice from when I do this again since I looked at these for some more inspiration when deciding on the twists.

  1. Janet Collection – Havana 8X Mambo Twist Braid 
  2. Authentic Synthetic Hair Crochet Braids 2X Jumbo Senegalese Twist
  3. Outre Synthetic Hair Crochet Braids X-Pression Braids Senegalese Twists X-Large 

 

More Pictures Of The Jumbo Senegalese Twists

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I loved this look & I think I nailed it, if i do say so myself! 😉😂

Have you ever done these Jumbo Senegalese Twists whether hand twisted or using the crochet method? Let me know in the comments below what you think of them!

Until next time my loves,

xo Justine-Renee

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How-To Guide: Filling Your Eyebrows

Hey guys! Todays post is the beginning of my “How-To Guide” series, how exciting! I have decided to start a how-to guide for makeup because I realize a lot of people who follow this blog are beginners & want to learn how to get their makeup looking perfect. By no means is my makeup always perfect but we can get there together. As you can already see this first guide is all about eyebrows!

Eyebrows, to me, can honestly make or break your face. They are some of the first things people see when they look at you. Generally, once in conversation you’re supposed to be making eye-contact & well, your eyebrows are right above those eyes of yours aren’t they? Before mastering anything else I think filling your eyebrows is key. Even without wearing a full face of makeup, if you have sparse brows lightly filling them definitely makes a difference.

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Grooming

To begin, always keep your eyebrows well groomed. Everyone has their preferences on how to groom but whether you pluck, thread, wax or otherwise, keep them looking neat at all times. I personally like to have mine threaded because it gives them a better shape than anything else.

My brows are also microbladed which is a form of tattooing however with microblading, pigment is implanted under your skin with a manual handheld tool instead of a machine. Hairlike strokes are drawn with the tool to mimic the natural hairs in each eyebrow. The pigment is not as deep as a regular tattoo therefore this is a semi-permanent solution to thin or uneven brows. Depending on your skin & lifestyle it can last up to 2 years but because of some slight fading over time most people touch up after about a year to keep their eyebrows looking their best.

Both my threading and microblading are done by Sherene of Amiri Beauty.

These are my unfilled brows pictured below.

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Filling

Now we get into the good stuff! Even with microbladed eyebrows I definitely still do my eyebrows when I put on my makeup. It is just absolutely essential to me to give the eyebrows that extra pop. When I’m not wearing a full face of makeup & go almost bare faced (i.e. spot on concealer & some powder) I don’t tend to fill my eyebrows since the microblading makes them look naturally full & perfectly shaped.eyebrow-routine-2

There are so many products to choose from to fill your eyebrows & it really comes down to what works best for you. There are pencils,powders, pomades/waxes & even markers. I use each of these types of products for different reasons but my favorites are definitely eyebrow pencils & pomades. If you are a beginner I recommend first getting into eyebrow pencils.

Pencils allow for you to have good control of the product & increase or decrease intensity pretty easily. Most pencils come with a spoolie on one end that allows you to brush the product through your brows for even distribution. With pomades you have to be much more carful & use a light hand to avoid having your brows look too intense.

My eyebrows are the first step in my makeup routine because for me when I do my brows after foundation I find that the product slips & slides all over the place so its just easier for me this way. It also gives my primer some time to settle onto my skin before I apply foundation.

I’m going to show you how I use an eyebrow pencil on one brow & a brow pomade on the other.

Lets get right to it now shall we!

I’m going to be using the products below;

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Prepping your eyebrows
  1. Brush brows into their shape.
  2. Measure your inner brow by resting your brow pencil on the side of your nostril  diagonally following the shape of your nose. This is the point at which your eyebrow should begin.
  3. Measure the end of your brow by resting your pencil on the outside corner of your nostril diagonally, extending to the outside crease of your eye.

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Using a Pencil

I am using a Milani eyebrow pencil in the shade dark brown.

  1. Outline below your brows with your pencil.
  2. Outline above your brows starting about 1/4 of the way into your brow. Avoiding the inner brow area. You definitely don’t want the inner brow to be too dark or too defined.
  3. Use the spoolie to blend the product into your brows.
  4. Use the pencil to fill any areas of the brow that remain sparse & continue to blend.

(If you need to, based on where your inner brow should start, use the pencil to lightly create thin, hairlike strokes in the inner brow area.)

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Using a pomade

Using my Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade in the shade Chocolate & an angled brush.

  1. Lightly dip the brush into the pomade and outline below your brows.
  2. Without applying more product to the brush, outline above your brows starting about 1/4 of the way into your brow from the inner corner.
  3. Use the spoolie to blend the product into your brows.

Because of the consistency of a pomade this should give enough spreading to prevent having any sparse areas. You definitely do not want to add too much product because the colour intensifies very quickly.

(If you need to, based on where your inner brow should start, use the brush to lightly create hairlike strokes in the inner brow area.)

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After filling your brows with either method above you can do 1 of 2 things;

  • Set the brows with a clear mascara or brow gel to finish if you want the brows to be filled but still appear natural.

OR

  • More precisely shape & define the brows with a concealer. For a natural but crisp look you can use a concealer that  matches your skin tone or for the more glamorous “eyebrows on fleek” look you can use a concealer 1-2 shades lighter than your skin tone (based on preference) & follow the steps below.

For concealer I am using my Coastal Scents Camouflage Concealer Palette in the shade highlighted in the picture below.

 

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Defining The Eyebrows
  1. Carefully use an angled brush to outline below & above the eyebrows with the concealer.
  2. Blend the concealer lining the bottom of the brow downwards onto the brow bone area using the same angled brush.
  3. Blend the concealer at the top of the brow upwards.
  4. Use a brow gel or clear mascara to set the brows in place.

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After you finish defining your eyebrows you’re well on your way to finishing your face because brows can take quite a bit of time to perfect. I honestly spend most of my makeup application time doing my eyebrows, no joke.

Keep practicing until you get them exactly how you want them & modify the steps as you see fit to meet your brow expectations.

I really hope this little guide has been helpful to those of you who needed it! I love trying new brow products so let me know what products you use to fill your brows in the comments below.

 

Until next time,

xo Justine-Renee

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Crochet Faux Locs | FreeTress 2x Soft Wavy Locs

Hi everyone! As promised this is going to be my review on my most recent crochet faux locs using FreeTress 2x Soft Wavy Loc 20″. I used 7 packs that I got from SamsBeauty.com & they cost $8 a pack. I used 2 packs of BLBK & 5 packs of #1.

As always they were installed by Tess.

FreeTress 2x Soft Wavy Faux Locs

 

freetress-faux-locs-9If you saw my review of the Bobbi Boss Bomba Dreadlocks Soul which I absolutely LOVED, then you know I thought they were super light. When I got my hands on these all I could think was, “well excuse me FreeTress with your feather weight hair!😯”

These locs are literally light as a feather, I almost couldn’t believe it. I don’t now how FreeTress did it because other brands I’ve seen around (that are as realistic as I find the Bobbi Boss) have not compared in weight. These definitely take the cake as far as weight is concerned.

 

 

freetress-faux-locs-7I fell in love with these locs instantly! I think the length is great & the fact that they are slightly wavy is pure perfection! They are very realistic looking but in a more unique way than the Bobbi Boss in my opinion. They are slightly more feminine to me because of the slightly wavy appearance.

The person who likes the Bobbi Boss may not like these & vice versa based on preferences & the look they are trying to achieve.  These locs are thin & wavy while the Bobbi Boss locs are straight & thick. In my opinion the Bobbi Boss locs give a more authentic dreadlocks look while the FreeTress is a lot more feminine & dainty in appearance.

Of course you may use perm rods & hot water to curl the Bobbi Boss locs & achieve some waves but I don’t think it gives the same effortless look that these locs have straight out the pack. Considering that these waves aren’t defined in anyway.

The lightness of these crochet faux locs made throwing them into a ponytail for my workouts very easy. Washing my hair was also not a problem because they dried very quickly.

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My only complaint about these locs is how much the blue ones tangled! I installed these locs on September 2nd & took them out on October 7th. I usually would keep them in a while longer but they were getting so tangled & undone that I honestly couldn’t. The black locs were fine & had I done only black locs I would probably have kept them in longer but the blue ones were a mess!

Not only did they get tangled but they were pretty much unravelling so just as I did with with the Bobbi Boss when it had a few tangles/knots I snipped them with a pair of scissors. Snipping in this case really did not help, it seemed to only make some of the hair strands fall out leading to more unraveling. This only happened with the blue locs though, not sure if this would be the case for the other bright colours but I definitely just recommend getting straight black or the more muted shades that don’t require as much processing as the bright colours for example the blues, purples etc.

 

blue (BLBK) Freetress 2x soft wavy crochet faux locs after 1 month;

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Can These Locs Be Curled?

Recently I was asked if these crochet faux locs curl when you dip them in hot water like most others do so I decided to give it a try. Even though I no longer have them in I wrapped a couple of the locs around a perm rod & dipped them in boiling water for 15 seconds (as I saw online).  Initially nothing really happened, I actually think it made them straight. Eventually after a few attempts they got a little more wavy than before but nothing very drastic. They definitely don’t hold a tight curl the way I see other locs do online.

Comparison With Bobbi Boss Bomba Dreadlocks Soul
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If I had to choose one style of crochet faux locs to do for the rest of my life I would probably choose the FreeTress 2x Soft Wavy Faux Locs just because I really do like the length & wavy appearance. The wavy look really takes it above the Bobbi Boss for me but again, its personal preference. Some of you may prefer the authentic appearance of the Bobbi Boss Bomba Dreadlocks. Which of the two do you like better? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Until next time dolls,

xo Justine-Renee

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Jumbo Box Braids

Hey guys, for today’s post I’m going to be giving you some quick information on having Jumbo Box Braids.  I have had normal sized box braids done before, but to me they were a little bit on the heavy side so I didn’t keep them in for very long.

Upon discovering jumbo box braids, I noticed of course it has far less braids involved than a regular head of box braids so I decided to give them a try. Although the braids were much bigger, there were less of them therefore it was a lot lighter on my head.

As always my hair was done by Tess & took approximately 3-4 hours . We did diamond parts for my braids & I absolutely loved them! So much so that I did these jumbo box braids twice this year. I kept them in the first time for about a month & the second time for just about 3 weeks. I only took them out early because I absolutely had to have faux locs done for my birthday 😊. (Review on those new faux locs is coming right up!)

These first pictures below are of my braids immediately after they were done;

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The looked amazing, right?! Totally loved them 😍.

The best part of having these braids to me was the fact that it was super easy to wash my hair if I needed to since getting to my scalp was no problem. These were not at all tight or uncomfortable. I threw them up into a top knot & a ponytail the very same day they were done.

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We used 6 packs of X-Pression Synthetic Braiding Hair to achieve this look and this particular hair type makes the braids look super smooth.

The most popular question I was asked with these braids is whether or not they tugged at my hair or cause damage to my edges. To be quite honest with you, they really had no negative effect. Having these braids helped protect the ends of my hair & my edges remained intact just as they would with any of my other hairstyles.

Hair damage when it comes to protective hairstyles really has to do with how tightly they are done. I am very fussy with my hair so my braids are never tight & my edges stay where they should. If however, my braids were ever tight I would never just sit, allow it, then complain afterwards. Your stylist should know before hand that your intention is to protect your hair & not to cause any further damage. I know that to get the “neat” look some stylists insist that your hair has to be tight. I humbly beg to differ. My hair is never tight, obviously looks good & lasts me just as long as anyone else’s would.

 

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Simply put, be weary of how tight your hair is being done & you should have no problems with breakage or disappearing edges.

That being said, my advice for getting Jumbo box braids/box braids is simple;
  1. Don’t allow them to be put in too tight. Yes it will feel a little bit uncomfortable at first but theres a difference between slight discomfort & feeling like your eyebrows are being snatched off your face. 😂
  2. Remember to oil your scalp! I used a small amount of coconut oil & massaged it into my scalp every other day to keep my hair/scalp taken care of.
  3. Dont pull too tightly for your up-do’s. Even if your braids aren’t tight, pulling them back into a tight up-do can cause the damage you’re trying to avoid.
  4. The bigger the braids, the easier & quicker the take down will be!
  5. Do not rush the take-down process! It is going to take a while to undo your braids. Don’t rush it & detangle each section when you remove the extensions. Don’t try to undo them all then detangle all at once, you will be bound to have a lot of breakage.

(Tip: For a quicker take down, since I know about how long my natural hair is, I cut the braid off to about 2-3 inches longer than my hair then undo them from that point rather than from the end of the waist length braids.)

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Hope you all enjoyed this post & have a little more insight on box braids if you’re thinking about getting them done. If you have ever had box braids done leave your tips in the comments below for everyone else!

Until next time,

xo Justine-Renee

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