Revive with Elive

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Heyย hair besties! I’ll be reviewing L’oreal’s Elive hair mask balm. I received this product free to try. Thank you L’Oreal Paris and Influenster.

This is a hair mask for colored and damaged hair. It’s claims to repair damaged hair in just one use. It also is supposed to work like a deep conditioner, that nourishes your hair.

It claims to smooth out your hair and protect it from further damage. It is specifically formulated for dry, damaged, and color treated hair. Of course if you have the shampoo and conditioner it will have the optimal results you’re looking for.

You’re supposed to use this instead of your conditioner. You leave it on for 3 to 5 minutes and then rinse. The recommended use is 1 to 2 times a week.

Here’s the deal; my color lasts on me because I wash my hair once a week. While some of you can’t do this. I just can’t wash it more than that unless something happens (I.E. I’m drenched in sweat from a workout; which is rare).

When I do wash my hair, I wash it in cold water. Your color last longer this way; it was recommended to me by my stylist and I swear by it. Once it is washed, I condition it with my own conditioner and leave it in for 3 to 4 minutes then rinse.

Once I am out of the shower, with my hair still wet I apply the hair mask. Some hair masks I leave on for 3 to 4 hours and others I leave on overnight. The first time I used Elive I left it on for 3 hours. Then I rinsed it out with cold water. Then I applied a leave in conditioner; then styled it.

I know this may seem like a lot but if you want to have silky soft hair, the time you put into your hair is worth it. I definitely recommend this product. It works great and its affordable. Give it a try too and let me know what you guys think. Till next time babes! xoxo

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Velvet59 Coral Canyon

This is a great transitional look for spring/summer. The main focus of the look is the coral lips with a warm smokey eye. Create this look:

I started with a clean face of course. Once my face was ready, I began with my primer. Lately I’ve been using Prime Light from Milani. This my favorite drug store primer. It gives off a strobing effect while minimizing your pores.

I’m olive tone and have a yellowish undertone; color correcting is a must for me. I started with L’Oreal’s Visible Lift eye CC cream in Light. I naturally have dark circles under my eyes and this works well for it. This also helps fill in those fine lines. For the rest of my face I used Almay’s CC cream in Light/Medium. By the time I am done I have an even complexion with a natural blurred effect. Did I mention both of these products you can get at your local drugstore? This contains SPF35 for that added protection.

My foundation is another drugstore haul. Its Wet N Wild’s photofocus foundation in Bronze Beige. This is one of the best photogenic foundations that has recently come out and completely affordable. It’s a medium to full coverage and definitely buildable if you need it. I followed with a Nyx HD concealer in CW04 (Beige). It goes on really creamy and blends really well. It’s minerally enriched which gives it that photogenic quality to it. I set everything with Drew Barrymore’s cosmetics line Flower Beauty’s loose powder in L02 (Light). This is a pretty sheer powder and set everything nicely.

Moving on to those pretty lids. I used a primer by Elizabeth Mott called Thank Me Later. Make sure you don’t have anything on your lids prior to the application, if not it will get all clumpy. Once your lids are set, I used the Natural Matte Palette by Too Faced. I absolutely love this palette. Its my go to palette for those natural, warm looks. I started with Risque and worked into my crease; make sure to blend this out for the smokey effect. I followed with Sexpresso on the outer corner and blended it inwards. I used a pencil brush to apply some under my waterline. I patted Heaven  on the inner corners and inner lids; make sure their it slightly blends with the darker colors.

For my eyebrows I filled them in slightly with Benefit’s Ka-brow in #6. I wanted to keep them natural, so, I feathered it light across my brows. I cleaned them up with Tarte’s Tartiest Contour Palette. I used #2 (corrector) and brushed it around my brows. I set my brows with Rimmel’s Brow This Way eyebrow gel in clear.  I lined my eyes with Bobbi Brown’s gel eyeliner in Espresso Ink. I also darken the color under my waterline with it as well. It really tied the whole look together.

I went back in with Tarte’s contour palette and cleaned up around my eyes with #2. For my bronzer I used Milani’s baked bronzer in #04 Glow. This gives you that golden goddess bronze, something to have for the summer. For my blush and highlight I used Tarte’s contour palette. This blush gives my skin tone that naturally flushed looked. While the highlight is a muted matte, it accentuates the features just right while still looking natural. I don’t always use falsies, I used mascara only this time. I used Make Up For Ever’s Smokey Extravagant mascara in black. If you’re not careful with this it will clump, I advise do NOT use too many coats, two each sufficed. Last but not least, I used Paris Manning’s line Velvet59 of lipstick from the Malibu Sunset collection in Coral Canyon.