March Lacquer Legion Submission

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So this months lacquer legion theme was luck, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day I’m sure, but it could be anything that symbolizes ‘luck traditional and otherwise.

Lucky for me I had the sense to start early and create two manicures because the second one was I did the night before the challenge was a disaster.

I’m a little seriously bummed because I haven’t been able to dedicate the kind if time and attention I want to my site due to my health and work sucking up all of my mental and physical energy. Adding to my frustration is when i do find a minute during the day to post or edit a faulty mobile WordPress application won’t show previews. I don’t have to discuss the lack of working rain cells at the end if the day to any of you I am sure.

In order to soothe my frustration, I have been practicing nail art more and I think I will start posting more articles on that topic. It has been a great stress reliever and I don’t need the same kind of brain cells that I do when writing and researching articles.

If you want to see more nail art posts let me know and to see what others have submitted for the March challenge use #LLlucky in any social media platform.

Personally, I would love to see what kind if talent my followers have so participate in the lacquer legion challenges.

Sephora Reveals The Next Big Skin Care Breakthrough: Beauty Oil

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As a person with oily skin, the idea of putting oil on my face was ridiculous because logically, wouldn’t more oil cause oiliness and breakouts? Apparently not, according to the beauty experts at Sephora, the only way to fight oil is with oil. With today’s beauty oils, you can cleanse, fight aging and hydrate your skin while delivering vital vitamins and nutrients to you skin. In the end, your skin will glow with appreciation.

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Watch the video to see how choosing the right beauty oil can benefit your skin. You will be amazed at how see just how many beauty myths are busted.

 

Whoops! But Check Out These Tutorials Since You’re Here.

Another Whoops! So sorry. Obviously I am working on a post but my fingers are faster than the computer. Stay tuned for a fantastic post on my favorite subject; Nail Art with my nail art failures as the subject. Until then, please enjoy a couple of tutorials, the first is about nail maintenance that will promote longer, lovelier nails, and the other is about how to master water marbling courtesy of my new favorite nail artist, ProfessionalDQ. The DQ is for Drama Queen and subscribing to her YouTube channel is a brilliant idea.

I am fascinated with Water Marbling, but not nearly as much as ProfessionalDQ’s is fascinated with unicorns and rainbows, she mentions and creates them often in her tutorials. Check her out, because she is entertaining, funny, self-deprecating, quirky, and talented. Personally, I think she should have looked into modeling; she is 6 ft. tall and gorgeous.

Snoop Lion Manicure

Snoop Lion Manicure

I couldn’t help it, I had to post this Snoop Dogg/Lion (I’m having a hard time adjusting to his new reggae persona. I’m still sipping on Gin & Juice.) manicure. I think it’s fun and so summer. For more visit: http://boomnails.blogspot.co.uk/

Sunless Tanning Tips That Can Save Your Tan

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The perfect sunless tan.

A great spray tan makes you and your skin feel attractive and healthy. A bad spray tan does the opposite. Whether you get your golden glow at a tanning salon or at home, you want to avoid embarrassing tanning disasters like product running down your legs or splotchy spots on your arms. You don’t have to settle for an ok tan because you have chosen to avoid baking your skin in the sun and let’s face it, many will take their chances with traditional tanning because of the sometimes unattractive and unnatural results of self-tanning application. Here are a few things you can do:

Compatibility

Perform a test run before committing to a shade or product and if you are planning to tan before a big event, test a couple of weeks prior to the event. This gives the tan time to fade completely before applying the product again before the event. This way there are no surprises. You’ve seen the results of an ill-conceived tan, and you want to avoid joining those ranks.

Clean & Smooth

Before applying any tanning product, take a shower, exfoliate your skin, and remove hair (shave or wax). You want a smooth canvas for the product to adhere to that is clean, hydrated and free of body and product oils. Oily substances will prevent the tanner from sticking to the skin and working properly.

Give It Time

Avoid showering or bathing for at least eight hours after product application (overnight is even better) because it gives the tanner time to develop. The first shower after tanning should not be hot but lukewarm to avoid stripping off the color.

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Don’t forget the broad spectrum sunscreen.

Let It Fade

To avoid an uneven color, let the tan fade before applying a new one. If you want the tan to fade faster, exfoliation will speed up the process. To make your tan last longer, avoid exposing your skin to prolonged periods in the water. Also, pat not rub your skin dry to avoid rubbing tanning product off.

Additional Tips:

  • Wear flip-flops and loose-fitting, dark clothing after a spray tan application to avoid streaking.
  • If you are applying the tanner yourself, make sure you follow the directions carefully and have all the items you need before getting started.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask a friend for help if you are concerned about even application.
  • While darker skin is naturally better protected from the sun’s harmful rays, than lighter skin, it still needs to be protected. Everyone should use a sunscreen with a high SPF with UVA AND UVB protection.

Azature’s Black Diamond Collection Are Your Nail’s Best Friend

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I was a fan of Azature Pogosian’s black diamond jewelry long before Kelly Osborne wore his super-expensive nail polish to the 2012 Emmy’s and then had to defend wearing the ultra expensive manicure to her haters, as if they wouldn’t wear it if they had the chance. That lone bottle of black diamond nail polish is $250,000 and on display at Selfridges still waiting on a buyer. I am so excited that he decided to take away a few zeros and bring black diamond luxury to the masses with the “Black Diamond Collection” of nail polishes.

Azature is a Los Angeles luxury jewelry designer that specializes in black diamonds and the handsome provacateur has boutiques scattered around the U.S., Paris, London,Riyadh, and Moscow. The Kelly Osbourne stunt was genius really, and a great way to transition further into the beauty and fashion niche really especially since Azature studied fashion at Parsons School of Design. What better way to introduce yourself to consumers who have never heard of you then making sure they hear of you?

I mentioned this collection last month, and I am going to get my hands on the blue, black, green, and red shades from the Black Diamond Collection. I have paid more (Chanel had this iridescent blue shade about 10 years ago that was around $30, and I bought two)  for nail polish, so why not? At $25 a bottle I think it will make one hell of a manicure, and a great excuse to get out of housework. If you want a reason to be a diva, pick up a bottle or two at Selfridges, Harvey Nichols Saudi Arabia, Ron Robinson, Ron Herman Japan and Kitson.

 

Are You Fashion Savvy? Create Fashion Sets With StylEnigma’s Stylemaker On Facebook

Create Memorable Fashion Images With StylEnigma on Facebook

A couple of weeks ago I stumbled into Polyvore and have been hooked ever since. I blame Pinterest. If you have followed the Shoe-aholics Dilemma series, you know that I have used Polyvore to create the images. I have had a blast discovering different brands, seeing how other’s are wearing the current trends, and most importantly, seeing how the fashion savvy are creating trends on their own. I have been truly inspired and revitalized with the amazing fashion sets I have seen.

The image displayed above is called “Feeling Dainty” and I created it with the Polyvore “mini editor” on StylEnigma’s Facebook page. I would have loved to have the mini-editor here, but WordPress doesn’t support the application, which is a travesty in my opinion. Thankfully, Facebook does, and I would love to see what my blog followers can come up with, seeing as many of you are fashion bloggers, or are otherwise creative creatures. I don’t consider myself to be particularly artistic, and I impressed myself creating Feeling Dainty, so I know you guys will blow me away.

Please visit my Facebook page and play with the mini editor and don’t forget to follow PLEASE!!! All images will be saved in the mini editor gallery for others to enjoy, you can pick your favorites and I can feature them here. I am excited, and I hope to see you there – and here.

Beyoncé Hits the Ground Ruling: Mrs. Carter in H&M Amidst Bow Down Controversy

Is it me or does it look like Beyoncé is taking over? In what could be the trendy retailers biggest celebrity endorsement yet, H&M has managed to snap up Queen Bey as the new face of  H&M. A summer collection is set to roll out globally in May captioned, “Beyoncé as Mrs. Carter in H&M” and from the looks of the promotional photo, it will be a red hot campaign. Her ensemble is seasonably sexy as she lounges in a revealing white sleeveless blouse, teeny black and white printed shorts, multiple gold bangles, and stilettos. Beyoncé undoubtedly had a hand in designing the line so it’s sure to be inclusive of all sizes.

Just a few days earlier, she announced her upcoming tour, “The Mrs. Carter Show” so it looks like the collection will tie into the world tour. Her new song, Standing on the Sun, will feature in the television and online advertisements for H&M, and I Been On, the second part of Bow Down/I Been On, is the featured music for O2 Priority tickets for the UK leg of the tour, which starts in Serbia, Belgrade, April 15.

After taking some time off to enjoy life and Blue Ivy, Beyoncé has crammed a lot into the first few months of 2013;  the Super Bowl performance, her recent Shape, GQ (GQ named her “Miss Millennium”), and Vogue magazine covers, a world tour, her fifth album, and clothing line. All of this is coming on the heels of her HBO documentary Life Is But A Dream, and her $50 million endorsement deal with Pepsi. (Did I leave anything out?) Add to that the President and Michelle Obama’s obvious affection for her and Jay Z, and it spells world domination to me.

 All of that exposure and power can’t come without some controversy and this time it’s behind the lyrics for Bow Down, which some say comes off as disdain, not just to her haters, but to her fans as well. R&B songstress Keisha Cole and others have voiced their opinions and confusion over the lyrics because her songs are typically pro-woman and these lyrics are not. When you look at the numerous awards, album sales, and accolades, there has already been a fair amount of bowing down. After all, she is called “Queen Bey” for a reason.

There is nothing wrong with a healthy self image, and if she were a man, there would be no controversy. In any event, this isn’t going to affect clothing, album or ticket sales; in fact, it will probably increase them. Not that I know her, but anytime I have seen Beyoncé in interviews, she appears to be very approachable and grounded, despite her massive popularity and wealth. I am going to assume that there is a method to the Bow Down madness and Mrs Carter is another incarnation, like Sasha Fierce.

Forget the lyrics, I just want to know where she gets her energy from. I probably can’t afford it, but I want to know just the same so I can start saving up. Just writing about what she has accomplished and has planned for this year makes me want a nap.

Do you find the Bow Down lyrics offensive? Are you excited about the “Beyoncé as Mrs. Carter in H&M,” collection?

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Can You Wig a Weave? Yes, You Can

Wigs and hair weaves have come a long way baby. For many of us, our first introduction to a wig was probably an elderly relative or a Halloween costume. They play a more important role for people who are losing or have lost their hair, psycho exes, entertainers, women who are having a bad hair day, or those who just want to kick it up a notch in the bedroom. While I have never worn a wig, I am a big fan of weaves. I like that I can give my hair a break from the torture it goes through almost daily, and when the weave is taken out, my hair is well rested, healthy and has grown much faster than if I was still torturing my hair. I remember one time I was getting a weave put in, and my stylist kept asking me why I wore weaves when my hair was already so long. She felt I didn’t need one and couldn’t grasp the concept that my hair was long because I wore weaves! Duh!

I had a system; I would put a weave in every three months, then take it out for another three months. I repeated this cycle for years, and while my hair got extremely long, it didn’t hold a curl as well as the weave hair (I used Remy), so I became dependent on them and eventually I had to give them up cold turkey. I can’t say I will never have another weave but I can say that I will do so with the attitude that it is merely a fun tool. I have had to have discussions with a few acquaintances of various ethnicities who were going down the same terrifying road of weave and hair extension dependence for various reasons. This diseases doesn’t care who or what you are and it is addictive. True story…

I write a lot about overall beauty and recently I wrote a couple of articles about weaves and wigs that were published on the Daily Glow website. One article, Remy Hair Care: Lace-Front Wig Accessories, explains how to take care of a quality lace-front wig and touches on the products and accessories that will help your investment (they are not cheap) stay beautiful and functional longer.

Ok, this is a real hair weave!

The other article is a DIY about How to Make a Cap Weave, which is a hair weave that can be removed daily. I like to view it as a weave and a wig combined. If you know how to put in a weave, you know how to make a cap weave, and a cap weave will last longer than a weave if it is properly taken care of. As I think about it, it’s also a great way to learn how to put in a weave. Just use cheaper hair, preferably synthetic until you get the hang of it. You do not want to practice on 100% human hair, trust me.

Now that is a good weave!