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What Is This? Placenta Eye Patch Edition 

 

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An Amazing Alternative to Eye Cream

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Jamaican Black Castor Oil, $12

A few months ago I found a replacement for my eye cream that is super inexpensive  concentrated, and most importantly works! I’m talking about Jamaican Black Castor Oil – it’s my can’t live without product. You can find it at most beauty supply and health food stores, and it’s only about 12 bucks for a very large 8oz bottle. I use my JBCO as an eye cream every single night.

Let me tell you a little bit about my eye cream journey. I started seeing visible lines under my eyes and freaked out, so I decided to start using eye cream. I don’t have bags (yet), my lines were right underneath the bottom lash line which is pretty close to my eyeballs. After using a few eye creams (which shall remain nameless) I noticed that they all made my eyes burn and get really red when I used them where my line were. Is it just me or is expecting a product made specifically for the eyes not to feel like scorching acid too much? I did a little research and learned that Jamaican Black Castor Oil was supposed to be extremely gentle. I also read that it was all natural, and it stimulates elastin and collagen production. The price was right; it was almost $20 cheaper than most eye creams I tried, so I gave it a shot. What I noticed first was that there was no perfume like smell, and I was able to get right up to my waterline with no irritation at all–winning!

Eye jbcoI began using it every night and  got really great results after only a couple of weeks. My lines plumped up and were way less visible; thank goodness because Botox was calling me.  I was a little afraid that it may cause me to break out but it never has. It’s really thick so one bottle of JBCO can last you over a month, even when applied generously. My favorite brand is Tropic Isle Living, give it a try it will change your life and save you some serious cash.

Get the Look: Miss America’s Makeup and Hair

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Courtesy of the NY Post

I was lucky enough to be chosen to do hair and makeup for an editorial with our very own 2015 Miss America, Kira Kazantsev for a feature in the NY Post. In addition to being beautiful and talented (did you see her singing and doing percussion with those red cups) she’s also smart and funny, so we had a blast together. Kira’s shoot was Thanksgiving themed so we decided to keep the makeup and hair very holiday looking. The photos turned out great, and I’ll give you the goods on what I used to create it.

Skin:

I started off with my favorite foundation on the planet, FACE atelier Ultra Foundation Pro – it’s amazeballs. FACE atelier foundation sits on top of the skin so it doesn’t crease and has such a natural finish. I followed up with another product I’m obsessed with by Veil Cosmetics called Complexion Fix. It comes in pen form and color corrects dark circles beautifully. I set the skin with FACE atelier pressed powder and her complexion looked absolutely flawless.

Eyes:

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Courtesy of the NY Post

I’ve loved Urban Decay’s Naked palette ever since inception and still own it, but ever since Maybelline made a great dupe and came out with their lovely (and economical) rendition of the palette called the Nudes, it’s been my go to. I only used shadows  from the Nudes palette to create Kira’s subtle smoky eye. The one down side of this palette is that the colors do not have names like the Naked palette so I can’t tell you exactly which ones I used, but what do you want for 10 bucks.

We lined her top lid and waterline with a black eyeliner from Gorgeous cosmetics and finished off the look with a strip of falsies.

Cheeks:

I love me some NARS multiple sticks, and couldn’t resist using Portofino on the apples of Kira’s cheeks. The coral color has a little sparkle in it so it adds color while also giving a nice glow.

Lips:

For a nice pop of color I used Tom Ford lipstick in the color Scarlet Rouge.

Hair:

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Behind the scenes with me and Kira

I used amika Perk Up dry shampoo to absorb and excess oils and create volume at the crown. Next I sprayed amika’s Touchable Hairspray to the hair and brushed it through to distribute the product evenly.  Then I used a 1” curling iron and curled all of the hair going back, strectching each curl before they cool to loosen them up. Finally I brushed through all the curls to break them up and applied a little finishing crème.