Textured Braid By Tracy Melton

I'm obsessing over this textured braid. The mastermind behind this stunning braid is the ever so talented Tracy Melton Artistry  Tracy is an on location hairstylist and makeup specialist in the Dallas & Fort Worth area and I've had the pleasure in coming across her instagram feed and instantly feel in love with her work and judging by the above photos you can tell why.

Her and I are what I like to call Insta buddies are we are always complementing each others work, and luckily for me she was ever so kind to share with you all how she achieved this gorgeous textured braid  Be sure to read her easy how-to below but most importantly you have to check out her website and follow her Instagram feed  for all sorts of inspirational pictures.

Textured Braid How-To
 1. Start out by generously spraying your hair with dry shampoo for texture and grit.
2. Curl the entire head with a 1 1⁄4” curling iron. I sectioned off the hair and curled from the bottom up, taking varying sizes of hair to curl (1-2” sections) to create more texture and variety in the curls.
 3. Once the whole head is curled, spray a little texturizing spray and backcomb the bottom layers of the hair, lightly, to give her fine hair more bulk.
 4. Gather hair over one shoulder and begin a traditional braid. Finish with an elastic.
 5. To make the braid textured with a messy, lived-in look, begin pulling sections of the braid out (loosening the braid). By pulling different sections of the braid out more than others, you make a simple braid more interesting and complex.
6. Rub your palms on the sides of the head around the temple to loosen up the face framing hairs and let them fall naturally.
7. To polish off the look, I took a small strand of hair from the tail of the braid and wrapped it around the elastic to conceal it.
8. Then finish off with a medium hold hairspray.

So simple right? If you are a bride in the Dallas area I highly suggest you check out my girl Tracy.


Bright Lip Tutorial W/SN Makeup Artist

Check out my girl Stephanie from SNmakeup artists post on how to get the perfect bright lip. And for you guys that don't know, Stephanie is my makeup contributor who also has her own blog HERE that you have to check out. But for now, get the scoop on how to get the perfect lip and watch her tutorial below. 

Products Stephanie Used
MAC 252 and 242 brushes
MAC Painterly Paint Pot
OCC Lip Tars in Mannequin and Pleasure Model
MAC lip liner in Magenta 

Step 1- Using a natural hair eyeshadow brush, like MAC's #252, apply a think layer of MAC's Painterly Paint Pot eye primer all over the entire lip. It will nude your natural lip color, it will help you get crisp lip lines, and it will help hold your color on. One of my favorite techniques!

 Step 2- For a fun bright color try the OCC Lip Tar in Mannequin. Apply a very small amount of the Lip Tar on your lip with a smaller eyeshadow brush. Try MAC's #242 the baby sister to the #252. Lip Tars are extremely pigmented and a little bit goes a long way. The less you use, the better!

 Step 3- Now that your lips have an even coverage of the Mannequin Lip Tar, lets add some some colorful dimension with a lip liner! MAC's Magenta lip liner is amazing because not only is it bright and fun but it s a little bit deeper too which is great for a contoured yet bright lip. Start on the outer corners of your lips and line the lips. Using the body of the lip liner (not the tip) softly shade in the corners of the mouth. This will look crazy before it looks good! We are blending this next.

 Step 4- Go back to your #242 brush. Clean any excess product off your brush then softly start blending the Magenta lip liner into the center of the lip. The center should still be brighter than the outer corners but the fade should be effortless.

 Step 5- To make the center pop even more we are going to take a tiny amount of the Pleasure Model Lip Tar and with our clean #242 brush we are going to pop it right in the center of the lip. Pop it on your bottom lip and before blending softly press your lips together. Then with your brush fade the highlighted center into the shaded corners.

 Voila! Now you have a fun bright ombre effect lip. Doesn't it look so great! And don't forget to jump over to her blogInstagram and subscribe to Stephanies YouTube channel HERE.


Luxe Oil Keratin Restore by Wella Professionals Review

 Wella professionals came out with a Luxe Oil Keratin Restore line line that you can get at Loxa Beauty.com  and naturally I was thrilled! The Luxe oil line is pretty incredible stuff and I just knew that I had to do a review on it! I'm loving this line and feel that it would be beneficial to my friends out there that have chemically damaged hair. The Luxe Oil by Wella Professionals line helps moisturize your damage locks while strengthening. Make sure to watch my below video to get the full scoop.

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Pull Through Mohawk Braid hair tutorial

Obsessing over this pull through braided Mohawk hairstyle that I came up with. Lately I've been thinking that I want to add more daring hairstyle tutorials on both of my YouTube channels because basically…well its fun! While I like doing requests and doing the normal day to day hairstyles for you all, I really enjoying doing funky fresh styles like the one I'm posting about today. 

In this hair tutorial video I show you how to achieve a fun Mohawk style utilizing the pull through braid. Watch the video below and Ill walk you through how to achieve this funky fresh hairstyle. 


Perfect Red Vegan Lipstain

Friends, the perfect red vegan lip stain is here!! A few months ago I connected with Breanna over at Healthy Skin AZ. She and I immediately clicked and I'm now one of her loyal clients. We connected in so many ways, she's a dreamer and hard worker just like I am so we are naturally drawn to one another.

At one time Breanna struggled with her own personal case of acne and wanted to know how to resolve the issue and make it better with out the harmful chemicals that are found in today's cosmetics and skin care. Because of that she decided to get into the skin care field and since then has launched her own amazing skin care products including makeup.

She noticed that I love me a bright bold red lip and wanted to see if I wanted to collaborate with her on a fun vegan lip shade. Well, of course I said yes!! How cool is that?? If you remember the lip shade from MAC called Fashion Nomad than you would have remembered how amazing it was! Every single time I wore it people would comment on it. So I thought since that was one of my favorite colors that I had to have a new improved and vegan color just like it. And Breanna made it happen!! You guys, this color is amazing and last all stinkin day without all of the chemicals. And one huge thing I want to mention is that portion of the proceeds go to charity. How awesome is that???

Check out my video below to get the full scoop and head over to Breannas site right HERE to get your hands on some today.

 Ingredients: carthamus tinctorius (safflower) oil, ricinis communis (castor seed) oil, euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), mangifera indica (mango seed) butter, caprylic/capric triglyceride, copernicia cerifera (carnauba wax), oryza sativa (rice) powder, citrus grandis (grapefruit seed) extract, tocopheryl phosphate (vitamin E), iron oxide, mica, sodium hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid).


Back To School Messy Top Knot

Back to school messy top knot say what!?? This really applies to everyone and anyone but I want to focus on my back to school ladies because this style is adorable, stylish and takes only a few minutes. We all look for ways to be different and now you can be different by trying a different variation of the dated Top Knot and go with a fun messy rope braid top knot.

Watch my video below on this super simple back to school style and make your mornings a lot easier with a few of my simple steps. Also, if you are loving my videos please subscribe to my channel and give this video a big thumbs up.

What you will need for this style:
Spray Clay by Sexy Hair


NYFW Hair and Makeup Trends

NYFW hair and makeup trends friends!! I'm kicking this amazing week off with my home girl Stephanie with SN Makeup Artist who is my official makeup contributor for Confessions. If you are loving the incredible looks she is creating, make sure to head over to her blog HERE and follow her on Instagram. She and I decided that we wanted to do a fun pairing of some of our favorite makeup and hair looks straight from the runway at NYFW SS15. Both hair and makeup looks we choose to replicate are perfect for either fall or spring and can be worn by any women.

The trend Stephanie replicated in the below video was the bold lip trend. Now, seems pretty easy and self explanatory right? Well sort of, but I love the twist to this trend Stephanie created. Make sure to watch the video below and subscribe to her YouTube channel if you're not already. Oh….and btw….make sure to watch this video until the very end because there are a few bloopers you don't want to miss out on.

Products used for the Bold Lip Makeup Tutorial by Stephanie.
Foundation- FACEAtelier in 2
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Medium
MAC Pink Swoon blush
 MAC Painterly Paint Pot
 MAC Lustre Drops in Pink Rebel
 MAC Candy Yum Yum
 MAC Pigment in Madley
Royal Lip Brush
MAC Brush

Were you loving the bold lip makeup tutorial as much as I was??? Stephanie is the greatest isn't she! Now, lets talk hair friends. In the below video I show you how to get an ultra chic braided chignon just like we saw on the runway at the Tadashi show and like the previous video, make sure to watch it until the end for some hilarious bloopers.

Hair Products I used:
Kerastase Forme Fatale
Kerastase Ciment Thermique
Label M Hairspray