Holiday Hair with KISS InstaWave: Review + Demo

Check out the video to see how my first experience with KISS’s new InstaWave went! If you have any thoughts or questions please feel free to leave them in the comment section and I will get back to you ASAP!

Also, here’s a quick rundown of everything you need to know about this automatic hair curler:  (more…)

A Gypsy Dream

A Gypsy Dream Desert Girl Desert Gypsy Gypsy CostumeA last minute halloween costume ended up inspiring this fantasy shoot. With only a few moments to get ready for a halloween/birthday party this past Saturday morning, I threw together this simple gypsy look.

Will decided to take a back road on our way to the party and found this awesome photo spot. Isn’t it perfectly fitting?

I know most people only play dress-up once a year but I love creating fantasy looks year round. It’s so much fun!

I’m excited to hear what you think. Let me know what type of imaginative story comes to mind when you see this photo set.

tty soon,

Niki

Smile Brilliant Review & Giveaway!

Smile Brilliant KitMondays are tough but I’m about to make yours much better! Today I’m giving away a teeth whitening kit with custom-fit trays!

I was able to give this kit a try recently. I was really impressed with how quickly and how effectively it whitened my teeth. The custom trays result in a better fit and a better coverage. I’ve tried those strips you buy at the store (which are really expensive!) and had some bad luck. Not only did they not fit well, they  barely whitened my teeth! They also caused some very uncomfortable sensitivity.

Whitening Kit

Smile Brilliant’s kit not only comes with custom trays and whitening gel, they also provide you with desensitizing gel to keep you from having to experience the discomfort that is often associated with whitening your teeth.

You will need to set aside some time in which to use the kit, it’s not a fifteen minute process but you can do a lot of other things while you have your trays in (laundry, netflix, read, etc.).

I was really surprised how much whiter my teeth became after doing just one treatment. I was also surprised that they didn’t become instantly re-stained after having a coffee-filled week!

I did have a little trouble trying to figure out how much gel to put in my trays because I always seemed to have excess spilling out over my gums and teeth. It was a little messy and bothersome. I also didn’t like having to wear it for an hour. BUT, I can also be a bit of a baby. Lol

Will, my fiancé, tried out the whitening kit too and had no issue. He thought it was super easy to use and had no problem working on his laptop while he had his trays in. Like, I said, me = baby. I just wanted to be honest with you. Rarely do different people have the same exact experience with a product.

Overall, I think you will be very happy with the results Smile Brilliant can give you. And if you find yourself with questions or concerns, don’t worry… they have great customer service!

Now for the fun part, the giveaway!

Enter below for your chance to win a FREE smile Brilliant teeth whitening kit! You’ll get everything you need to make your smile sparkle :)

***ENTER TO WIN HERE! ***

You can also learn more by visitng the Smile Brilliant site:

http://www.smilebrilliant.com/#loveniki

http://www.smilebrilliant.com/product/teeth-whitening-trays#loveniki

 

Christmas Shopping in October: Billion Dollar Brows

Billion Dollar Brows EyebrowsI might sound a little crazy talking about Christmas shopping now but anyone on a budget knows the importance of planning ahead for big expenses. And Christmas is one of the biggest expenses of the year! (more…)

Are you too old for pigtails?

AreYouTooOldForPigtailsToday we’re tackling an age-related beauty question. Do hairstyles have an age limit, specifically pigtails?  Now remember, this is only my take on it. If you disagree, don’t hesitate to share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Niki Gets Eyelash Extensions!

I’m so happy to be getting back to making videos! Today I’m sharing a quick look at my trip to Platinum Lashes in Glendora, CA. Let me know if you have any additional questions about eyelash extensions after watching!

A Rainstorm for Butterflies

Butterfly Kisses A butterfly cannot fly in rain. Not only would the heavy drops knock the beautiful winged insect from the sky, the butterfly itself needs the warm rays of the sun to heat it’s flight muscles. But today is different. My sparkly butterflies are completely at ease amidst my water droplet nails.

I was inspired by the name of my new nail polish, Rainstorm by Sinful Colors. I’m loving the fantasy element of this post and hope you are too! More creative and whimsical posts to come!

Sinful Colors Rainstorm

Megan Fox Smokey Eyes & Pale Pink Lips

Megan Fox Makeup Megan Fox inspired makeupGood morning fellow beauty bandits! I’m sure you’ve noticed the latest blog changes. We’ll be focusing on recreating the looks we love! Under the style thief tab you’ll find inspired outfit/style recreations and under the beauty bandit tab you’ll find posts like these that focus on recreating makeup, hair, or anything beauty related.

Today I’m sharing a beauty look inspired by Megan Fox! I went in to the eye doctor for my yearly eye exam and decided to try out some fun colored contacts. I also remembered that Megan Fox’s new movie, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, just came out so it seemed only natural to let myself be inspired by her this week.

My biggest tip for channeling your inner Fox, is to focus on the eyes. If you don’t have colored contacts, I suggest using eyeshadow colors that make your eyes pop! At the bottom of this post you’ll find a list of everything I used to recreate her look. Let me know if you have any questions!

Blue contacts rev

LIPS:

MAC Cremesheen Modesty

NYX Glam Lip Gloss Aqua Luxe in Paint the Town

EYES:

Naked Palette: Sin (inner corners of eyes), Creep (outer edges)

Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner in Blackest Black

FACE:

Dermablend Quick-Fix Concealer

Dermablend Intense Powder Camo

 

Tattoo & Scar Coverage with Dermablend

Before and after makeup Tattoo cover upHappy Friday!

Today’s post is a quick follow up to Wednesday’s post. Because Dermablend offers such great coverage you can use it on scars, tattoos, and birthmarks. And even though it can hide a lot of imperfections, it remains lightweight and comfortable all day!

For my scar coverage I used 2 products: Quick-Fix Concealer & Intense Powder Camo. And for the tattoo cover-up I used 3 products: Leg & Body Cover, Quick Fix Body, and Setting Powder.

I’m not a makeup artist but I was still able to achieve great results. All the products are really easy to use. They each come with a little paper inside the package that offers directions for use, and more info on the product itself.

If you’re looking for an easy and effective way to cover-up a tattoo, scar, or birthmark, I highly recommend Dermablend. Being able to test this product out first hand has made me a believer! Lol. So cheesy… I know. But seriously, head to Ulta or Sephora and try it out if you’re still not sure. You’ll see why I love it so much.

Have a great weekend!

*Dermablend provided me with these products for review but my thoughts & opinions will always be 100% honest!

 

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