From the diary of a hairstylist: by Crystal Casey

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  • DIY: Black & White Striped Walls

    DIY: Black & White Striped Walls

    So when I started collecting decor for my new studio, I knew I wanted to keep it 100% consistent with my branding. As you can see all of my cards, service menus, & now, thanks to April at Paper Dolls Designs, even my bridal menus are black & white striped. 

    I orignally was going to go with removeable wall paper. Since it is the buildings policy that we not paint any dark colors on the walls, painting the stripes myself was out of the question. So I rememebered seeing something on Pinterest about removeable wall paper. After going back to review the measurements each peice came in I realized that at $35 a pop I would end up spending a FORTUNE! The orignal blog I had read, the lady had gotten the removeable wallpaper for free from the company to write a review. So, boo to that. & forget REAL wallpaper that shit will NEVER come down. 

    So here I am racking my brain thinking about ways to get black & white stripes at a price I could afford. All of sudden my neighbor offered me the BEST solution I could think of. 

    KITCHEN CABINET KICKBOARDS.

    DUH! Now the only problem was that they are about $7-$8 PER 8 foot board at any Home Depot or Lowes. Then I got the bright idea (ok my mom got the bright idea) to check Home Emporium. BOOM. Found them for $3.99 a board! Unfinished, pine & ready to be painted. All together I ended up spending $94 for my black & white striped wall. $24 for a gallon of white paint, $10 for a pint of black paint $60 for 17 kickboards (i somehow got one for free). AND I have perfectly straight stripes. Something that is seemingly IMPOSSIBLE with paint. And after covering my entire stylist station and shampoo area with black contact paper......I think Ill pass on the removeable wallpaper. 

    BEFORE

    AFTER

    (yes that entire shampoo area is covered in contact paper)

    Studio Photos by Chelsea Anderson Photography

  • The most amazing giveaway you have ever seen.....

    The most amazing giveaway you have ever seen.....

    This is a giveaway of EPIC proportions! 

    I work with the greatest wedding vendors in Hampton Roads & this just proves it! 

    The open house giveaway will include:

    1 full size Shampoo/Conditioner of Paul Mitchells Ultimate Color Repair 

    1 full size Triple Rescue

    $10 off any color service from yours truly

    $200 towards a photo session of your choice with Memories by Mere Photography

    1 Set of lashes from Dhalia Edwards 

    1 full size lip lock from Makeup by Kim Porter

    See my review of the lip lock here.

    $200 towards a boudoir session with LeZandra Photography

    1 hour free photo session with Jason Jarvis Photography complete with styling! 

    How can you win this amazing giveaway???

    Simply come to the open house & sign the guest book! The winner will be choosen at random & sent an email to let them know of thier winnings! Simple.as.that. 

    My new studio will be located at 1544 Laskin Rd #104 Virginia Beach Va, 23451, inside the Salon Plaza building. 

    Cant make it to the open house? Thats ok, there will is an online guest book for you to sign on the 8th from 2-5pm for you to enter!

    Just go to the "GUESTBOOK" tab under Salon Specials & Services & put in your email. You will have signed the guestbook AND entered to win the giveaway! 


  • The BIG announcement!!!!

    I know everyone has been patiently waiting & I have been building up the anticipation! 

    What is it? 

    Am I moving to Europe?

    Getting Married???

    Am I prego??? 

    Did I adopt a baby seal? 

    Am I quitting doing hair? 

    Am I really a My Little Pony?? 

    or 

    Superwoman???

    WHAT IS IT???????!!?!?!?!?!

    Ok..ok...ok...

    So here it is...   

    THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT.......

    High Voltage Hair by Crystal Casey will have its very own baby studio in February!!!!!!

    The new space will be located inside Salon Plaza in the Hilltop North area of Virginia Beach. For all my Chesapeake homies, I know thats quite a hike & I want you to know that I appreciate you. With you, none of this would be possible! 

    But, on the plus side I am going to be so much closer to all my make-up homies!!! Jenn Brosch of Beauty + Baubles works at Sephora in Lynnhaven & just down the street from the mall we have Makeup by Kim Porter & literally right down the road from me there is Dhalia Edwards in the Brides Corner with so many other awesome wedding vendors!! Not to mention Pure English is RIGHT THERE, so I can stop in & say hey to  my bridal gown homies on my lunch break (or when I am not pigging out on Shockleys Sweet Shoppe's cupcakes).Because everything is RIGHT THERE, even my tattoo shop, Ghost Ship Tattoo is right down the road! Watch out Virginia Beach, I am taking over!!!

    I have been stashing so much cuteness away that I have been wanting to share on Instagram & Facebook so get ready for decorting overload!!! 

    Everyone is encoraged to stop by anytime after I pick up my key, even if I am just in there painting! I will be haveing an Open House, but dont have a date set in stone yet! 

    I am also making some big changes to my service menu when it comes to color & cut etc. You will notice that under the services drop down menu, that there are no longer services for coloring & haircuts....DON'T WORRY, I am still doing all that & more. I just need to re-vamp a little & will reveal all of that once the shop is open for business. Also, I am adding a new method for online booking & have found myself on Google+ (way better than Facebook) So if you have a Google+ account and would like to stay up to date with deals, pictures news etc from HVH, add me!! Unlike facebook, you will be able to see everything I post and will never miss a discount :)

    I am so excited to be able to share this news with all of you, and super excited to be taking such a huge step into the next chapter of my life, what is even better is that I get to do all of it with YOU GUYS!!

    A huge thank you to all my clients and wedding vendors who refer me. You are the ones who have made this possible!!! 

  • A look back on 2014

    2014 was an amazing year for me! I met so many wonderful, new wedding vendors, gained some awesome new clients, & made a giant career move that is so exciting that I can't wait to share. But, for suspense sake, that will have to wait. Lets get this time machine started!!!

    JANUARY 2014

    I was booked for a wedding by one of my favorite & most missed clients Ashley Capers....ON A CRUISE!! This was my first ever cruise & first wedding on a cruise. The ceremony was beautiful & it was so much fun. Not to mention I got to miss the giant polar vortex of 2014 ;) My mom accompanied me on this journey & it was a great experience to have with her! We made some new friends & had a blast with the whole wedding party!! 

    FEBURARY 2014

    I started working at Mystique Salon & Day Spa. I got a chance to get to know all the new stylist there & become closer with the the ones I already knew. I had education oppurtunities that inspired me to learn & up my game. Met educators that took my creative hair game to another level. I also got the chance to fall in love with Paul Mitchell products all over again. For this oppurtunity I am grateful. Though, I no longer work there, I still call these girls my family. 

    MARCH 2014 

    March was a boring month. I had a breakup, guys suck. March is boring. Except HAVING A REAL WEDDING FEATURED IN THE KNOT!! WOO!!

    APRIL 2014

    April is a special month, it is hot & cold all the time. This past April for me was very special, I learned a lesson in bride/stylist realations, sometimes its not always ok to stand up for yourself. I got my hand tattooed & my wisdom teeth pulled. I got to be a mentor to someone I have always considered a mentor.  & I set up & styled a photo shoot all on my own. April is the month of beginings & changes. Shorter hair, lighter hair color & begining of wedding/prom season. 

    Photo by Schus Shoots I Makeup by Amy Brox I Gown & Acessories from Pure English Couture Bridal 

    MAY 2014

    May.....ohhhh May, how I love thee. May is ALWAYS such a loaded month for me. Weddings, photo shoots, proms, more hiights than i can handle. The days get longer & the sun get closer. Mothers day, my moms birthday, the end of the school year, little girls becoming young ladies before my eyes during the prom season. Celebrating thier last days together before they head off into a life of all their own, where the only person they have to depend on is themselves. My personal achivement of excellence for this past May, having a past brides real wedding featured on the Style me Pretty wedding blog & getting to do hair on Miss Teen Virginia: Olivia Fletcher.I helped the ladies at Mystique Salon & Day Spa set up thier very first styled, bridal shoot. All in all I'd say May was my busiest but, favorite month. 

    Photo by Torrence Saunders Photography I Makeup by Kristine Marie Makeup Artistry

    Photo by Beth Hamilton Photography I Makeup by Kim Porter

    Photo by Tara Liebeck Photography 

    Photo by Jason Jarvis Photography I Makeup by Amy Brox

    Photo by Jason Jarvis Photography

    JUNE 2014

    June is by far the busiest wedding month of spring/summer. June also ends prom season & begins SUMMER! This past June I fianlly got up the nerve to use my Lifeproof case under water & got some pretty awesome summer photos. I also had the honor to work on the #CAMPSHABBYCHIC photo shoot & meet some amazing new wedding vendors. (always a plus) 

    Phots by Mallorie Danielle Photography

    Photo by Mallorie Danielle Photography

    JULY 2014

    July....My birthday, 4th of July, time for family, friends & cookouts. Time for bridal shoots on the beach with more amazing wedding vendors, & having a real wedding featured in The Hampton Roads Wedding Planner Magazine! Fun & trendy hair color...because its summer & WHY NOT? 

    AUGUST 2014

    What a busy month! Teachers getting ready to go back to school, weddings, National Dog day, Wedding Wire vendor blendor (the picture says September but it was August I promise) & a mother/daughter vacation to be remembered! I got to dig through a lot of old pictures of my mom from her younger days and discovered, we looked exactly the same age. CRAZY! I got to do a Braid Bar at the Icing in Greenbrier Mall & Haley Paige herself shared & commented on the Moroccon Styled shoot from July in which we used her Paloma gown! yay!!!!

    SEPTEMBER 2014

    Back to school, darker hair color, VIBRANT hair color, new tattoos, & one of the coolest brides I have ever had. I made an investment & got probaly the coolest camera EVER! Navy Cheif ball, begining of football season ( GO SEAHAWKS) I got to really step up my haircolor game after some fun new hair color education & of course what is a month of being me without a photo shoot? This time I got to do hair for a photographer all the way from UTAH!!! Abby Khyl held her Evolving workshop right here in Norfolk & I got to meet tons of talented new photographers & work with my makeup bestie Beauty & Baubles: Jenn Brosh! annnnnnnndddd I got to spend some quality time with one of my best friends who just moved back from California, Sarah!!! <3

    Photo by Chelsea Anderson Photography I Makeup by Beauty & Baubles: Jenn Brosh

    OCTOBER 2014

    What more can you say about October other than HALLOWEEN!!!!!! Pretty much the month of October sumed up to costumes & Weddings. I even put together a halloween bridal shoot that I can't yet share with you! Amazing weddings with amazing Vendors & phenomnal darker hair color! A brest cancer awareness event & of course another style bridal shoot that will be featured TOMORROW! What a great way to end the New Year! I got the oppurtunity to get to know one of Hampton Roads best wedding Planners Crystal Beng of Cherry Blossom Weddings. & to end October with a bang my elsa braid bride got her wedding featured on Vows & Valor!

    Photo by Chelsea Anderson Photography

    Photo by Luke & Ashley Photography I Makeup by Rachel Reid Makeup Artistry

    NOVEMBER 2014

    Novemeber was a very depressing month. Aside from Thanksgiving because well....turkey. I was sick most of the month...scratch that...ALL of the month. But I was still able to squeeze in some 2 weddings & a styled photo shoot for Sarah Street of Sarah Street Photography! I also made some new friends in Richmond at a Pin up Photoshoot!

    Photo by Beth Hamilton Photography

    Photo by Beth Hamilton Photography I Makeup by Kim Porter

    Photo by Tara Liebeck Photography 

    Photo by Sharon Elizabeth Photography I Makeup by Kristine Marie Makeup Artistry

    Photo by Tara Liebeck Photography 

    Photo by Sharon Elizabeth Photography I Makeup by Kristine Marie Makeup Artistry

    Photo by Sharon Elizabeth Photography I Makeup by Kristine Marie Makeup Artistry

    Photo by Tara Liebeck Photography

    DECEMBER 2014

    Another holiday month.....CHRISTMAS!!! Also the month for hair color refreshers, haircuts & publications. 2 styled shoots & a wedding were both published this month on Vows & ValorLove Inc. Magazine & Artfully Wed!

    Photo by Luke & Ashley Photography Published on Vows & Valor

    Photo by Debbie Laughin Photography

    Photo by Elizabeth Henson Photos 

    Thank you to all my wonderful clients, brides & amazingly supportive Vendors! I love you all & wish you an amazing 2015!

  • Product Review: Dry Shampoo

    Product Review: Dry Shampoo

    We are back to beauty this week with DRY SHAMPOO

    As a woman I am prone to not being able to choose just one. So this week I am reviewing my two favorites one of them is a recent accidental find & the other I've had a long, wonderful relationship with & it has never let me down.

    So lets begin!

    First up...

    Detox Dry Shampoo from Drybar

    This was an accidental find for me. I bought the Glitz & Glam bag from Sephora & this just happened to be one of the goodies in it. So of course I'm going to try it & I loved it! It is the number 1 dry shampoo I have found. (Unfortunately moving our next one from the number one spot to runner up.)

    It doesn't come out too chalky, adds the perfect amount of texture & volume without mattifying your hair color.  

    You can find the full size Detox Dry Shampoo at any Drybar location. If you don't have one near you (like we don't here in Hampton Roads) then you can find the travel size or full size at any Sephora or online! This Product runs in the $20 range per bottle.

    My review of Detox Dry Shampoo from Drybar on a scale of 1-10

    I give it a 10!

    Next up....

    Paul Mitchell Dry Wash

    This dry Shampoo is also fiercely amazing. The only downside to this dry shampoo is that I feel like after using a dry shampoo my roots shouldn't still look shiny.... Which they usually do after using this. Other than that, this one is just as great as the other! You can find Paul Mitchell Dry Wash at any Paul Mitchell Focus Salon or online! This product runs between 15 & 20 dollars a bottle. 

    My review of Paul Mitchell Dry Wash on a scale of 1-10 

    I give it a 9! 

    Now enjoy these 7 surprising ways to use your dry shampoo!

    1. Dry Shampoo helps boost volume. Use it on your roots as intended then, flip your head upside down and spray all over to help boost all around volume.
    2. Dry Shampoo helps lock in backcombing (teasing). When creating an up style or a volumous style, spray some dry shampoo on the section before back combing, it adds texture and volume & helps keep the back comb in place. 
    3. Dry Shampoo helps keep bobby pins in place. Spray down your bobby pins before applying to your up style to keep them in place.
    4. Dry Shampoo is your fringes new best friend. Did you go for some fierce bangs this fall? Spray the dry shampoo underneath your bangs to keep them from sticking to the oil on your forehead. It also keeps your bangs together nicely. You don't have to spray all over your bangs, just underneath. 
    5. Dry Shampoo helps suck up excess product. Did you use too much argon oil or Super Skinny Serum? Spray your hair all over along with your roots to suck up some of that excess product. 
    6. Dry Shampoo can help blondes conceal their roots. Blondes, go for a powder dry shampoo, this will help conceal your dark roots until your next color appointment. 
    7. Dry Shampoo can reverse your look. If you went for a slicked back, straight look yesterday & want a more tousled, windblown look today. Spray your hair down with some dry shampoo. It does exactly what #5 says & sucks up some of the shine & oil from yesterdays products. 

  • VENDOR PROFESSIONALISM: THE ART OF TAGGING

    I'm gonna be honest, shit is about to get real...if you cant appreciate brutal honesty, now is the time to avert your eyes. 

    Ladies & gentleman, technology is upon us. It is real. It is here & its not going anywhere. 

    Online marketing is the biggest marketing tool out there right now. Social media, SEO, websites, goggle, etc. 

    With that being said, wether it is a styled shoot, a real wedding or a paid gig. Once those images are released of course you want to show off your work. Who doesn't? BUT, it is completely UNACCEPTABLE to NOT tag a vendor because they are "competing business" If thats how you feel you shouldn't be working with them in the first place. Or because you're too lazy, no one is ever looking for that quality. It is completely UNACCEPTABLE to LINK a vendor or just simply type their name out in the comments section of the photo. Vendors who participate & promote you & refer you should never be seen as an after thought in the comments section. EVER. Or left out because you want people to focus on your business & not theirs. They put their time & money into this shoot or job just like you did. When you work a wedding or other event it is a chance to network with other vendors, tagging is a way for you & them to get thier name out there & seen on other businesses pages. Tagging=networking, wether you know it or not. 

    The life of a freelance vendor is not an easy one. It takes YEARS to build a name from scratch.

    If I tag & promote you & you cant or wont do the same for me....then Im sorry, but I cant work with you or promote you/refer you anymore. #sorryimnotsorry 

    Excuses: they are just that. Excuses. "Oh Facebook wouldn't let me tag your business page" So....you just didn't do it at all?? "oh it would only let me tag you from my personal page" Soo, you just tagged my personal page but didn't tell anyone WHY??? So now I am just a random tag on someones wedding photo...for all they know I could be the bride!!"Oh it wouldn't let me tag you from my phone"  Well then maybe you need to have some patience & wait until you get home to an actual computer before you start posting pictures that many other vendors were involved in. Because I'm pretty sure you didn't shoot that picture, cull all the images, edit the photo, make the floral arrangements, do the makeup, do the hair, make the dress, borrow the dress, plan the event, make the jewelry, build the building, set that place setting, make the cake etc. Because if you did...well damn

    So when you post that image (or blog) & tag only the people you know personally & talk about your work. You look like a dick. You just left out like 6 other people who worked their asses off to do their job. If you cant figure out how to tag people, well you better learn. YouTube it. Ask someone. Read a forum. SOMETHING

    The first couple of times its whatever, I'll go in there & tag my business myself, but after time number two....Its plain disrespectful & outright RUDE. Oh, & if you are going to mention someone & you "cant tag them" maybe you should make sure their business name is correct?

    Example: I have been tagged as Crystal Casey of High Voltage Hair. High Voltage. Crystal of High Voltage. WRONG!!

    I am High Voltage Hair by Crystal Casey. THAT is how you tag me on Facebook, that is the name on my business cards & my website. 

    If you don't care enough to actually look at the business card I gave you, or to even make sure you are getting my business name correct, well I guess when I tag you I should half ass your name too? NEGATIVE. I'm not that person, I make sure that I tag every single vendor involved & if something is wrong & I cant tag the person. I double check to see if they even have a Facebook to tag (because who doesn't right?) or I let them know they are untag-able. 

    Your business page has settings.

    Its called tagging/posting ability. Mine is on, if you feel like yours might not be. Check it out. 

    BUT, this doesn't even matter if someone just does not give you credit. 

    Take this image for example: Now, take away the makeup (by Beauty+Baubles: Jenn Brousch) the flowers (by Studio Posy) the hair (by High Voltage Hair by Crystal Casey) the beautiful bridal gown (from Maya Couture) the venue (Monticello Arcade) & Michelle Amarillo's sweet planning skills (from Michelle Amarillo Event Planning) What are you left with???

    THIS is what you're left with...

    You're left with just a normal looking couple & as cute as Trish & Caleb may be...which image do you prefer? The professional image (by Debbie Laughlin Photography) or the one that looks like a random stranger took it on the beach??

    THIS is what a styling team & full vendor list can do for images. So when you post an image from an event or styled shoot etc. that you were involved in, remember YOU & your specialty didn't make that picture all that it is. EVERYONE INVOLVED DID.

    So please, credit everyone, tag everyone. Give credit where credit is due. Don't be an ass hole. Everyone works hard & deserves credit for their work. 

  • MYSTIQUE DAY SPA & CRYSTAL CASEY: THE BREAKUP

    Ok, so I feel like this is the beginning of a Taylor Swift song. Like at any moment I'm gonna break out into some guitar strumming, ballad about my broken heart & how I have the best revenge by being happy......"we are never, ever, ever, getting back toetherrrrrrr....."

    But, in all reality...that's not the case at all. 

    But, let me first start by saying...I am no longer an employee at Mystique Salon & Day Spa. I am now strictly working for myself. High Voltage Hair by Crystal Casey! Its exciting & scary all at the same time.

    I worked at Mystique Salon & Day Spa 5 years ago (2 years out of hair school) I thought I knew it alllll. I quickly learned I did not. HAHA! Amy (the owner) took a huge chance on me when she hired me. My ego & know it all attitude quickly sent me on my way (by choice). Amanda (her sister & Master Stylist) was my mentor for over a year while I worked there & still remains to this day to be one of my biggest cheerleaders, supporters & mentor. (& isnt she so pretty???!?!)

    Last December, Amanda spoke to Amy on my behalf about bringing me back into the salon. I was ready to be back in a salon environment, be a team player, have continuing education with the backing of all the Mystique girls, work on events & brainstorm fabulous ideas together as a TEAM! & we did just that, we ROCKED some movie nights (& had a great time doing it) we executed a phonemail bridal shoot, & shared & enjoyed some great Paul Mitchell education. 

    Amy was very understanding about my current wedding business & allowed me to continue booking weddings. We agreed that my schedule would be very few days to begin with as I tried to transition my clients from a home based business to the structure of a salon & build from any walk-ins that would come my way. The wedding season that would happen for me in 2014 completely blindsided both of us. 

    I think I spent a total of 5 Saturdays in the salon from Jan-Sept. & lets face it, Saturday is a busy day in the salon. I also had some unforeseen health issues this year that kept me out on the 1-2 days that I was scheduled to be there outside of the weekend. 

    Ultimately, Amy felt it was best for her business & mine to terminate my contract. 

    Its not that I was a bad employee/stylist or that she was a heartless boss, because that most certainly is not that case at all. Honestly, she just couldn't keep me booked. I had many NO CALL/NO SHOWS & cancellations while I was there, leaving my days empty. But, for the clients that I did have in my chair, that I did build that bond with, that I did get that chance to make them feel beautiful & special....I will miss them but, I know they are in good hands with the girls there! 

    She also stated that she recognized all the hard work I had put into building my business & that I was better suited to be a business owner, than an employee. She has since helped me with any problems I have faced or questions I have had on the business side of things. Amy is a business guru & a great mentor. 

    I still have a wonderful relationship with all the girls there, specifically Amy. She gave me a very personal letter stating how sad she was that she had to make this decision, we even shared a very heartfelt moment & some tears were shed by both of us. 

    In my time at Mystique I helped launch, what I know to be, a wonderful Bridal division. We shot an AMAZING bridal shoot & I got to know & love the girls there all over again. I built personal & professional relationships that I hope will continue to grow. 

    Amy & I still work together as stylist & makeup artist on styled shoots & weddings together & will continue to do so as our businesses grow. 

    (Thats supposed to say August 25th 2014!)

    I will miss seeing all these girls every week!

  • PRODUCT REVIEW: Fave 4 Hairsprays

    PRODUCT REVIEW: Fave 4 Hairsprays

    Ok, for those of you who know me......or know anything about my passion for wedding hair, you know that I am a HAIRSPRAY.JUNKIE. So I am always looking for the new & unknown in the hairspray world. I try new brands as they come out. Some I love, some I hate. So when I saw the Fave 4 four pack. I had to try them out. 

    I wont lie, I was highly disappointed. I had read other reviews on them raving about how amazing they were & how great it was that they came out in four different "flavors". Well, ummm...No. Just No. 

    Theres four hairsprays so that means four separate reviews also since heat & hairspray go hand in hand, I will be including a "Heat Protectant Ranking" as well. 

    MY REVIEW

    First up is the Texture Takeover from Fave 4.

    Fave for dry, texturized hold, all-over volume, and weightless lift.

    This is for that teased up, messy, beach wave kind of look. But, make no mistake, you wont get that extra "OOMPH" that this spray promises. What is this good for? Spraying before curling. It will give your curls that piecey textured, bohemian look. Not so good for volume, it's too heavy. It has a mild hold.

    Scale of 1-10 for Texture Takeover. I'd give this spray a 5.  Heat Protectant ranking is a 3.

    Second, we have the Workable Wear from Fave 4.

    Fave for brushable hold, reworkable styles, braiding, twisting, & teasing

    Out of the four, I have to say this is my FAVE (haha see what I did there??) This one is GREAT for my every day work as well as building an amazing formal style for a bride. Its not too sticky, plays well with heat & also has enough hold to hold the curls Im working with. This is also great for quick every day styles such as top knots & braids. This spray has a mild hold-medium hold.

    Scale of 1-10 for the Workable Wear, Id give this spray a 7. Heat Protectant ranks a 8.

    Third, we have Style Stay from Fave 4.

    Fave for up-dos, side-sweeps, and stay-put braids

    This one has all the promises of an amazing hair spray. But, its not. It sucks. I hate it. I have never thrown out a full bottle of hairspray before....but I guess there are exceptions to everything. It says its fave for up-dos. NO. Up-dos involve heat. If you put hear anywhere near this spray it will instantly turn white & flake. Do I feel like its cute to walk around looking like I have dandruff? NO & you shouldn't either. Side sweeps? Nope. After 30 Mins in any kind of humidity this spray gives up & goes running. Leaving.....yes....flakes. If you see this hairspray...just say NO. This spray has a firm hold. 

    Scale of 1-10 for the Style Stay Id say -1. Heat Protectant ranks a -1.

    Last, but not least we have Flex Reflect from fave 4. 

    Fave for long, movable layers, bobs, curls, waves

    This is my second FAVE in the bunch. This spray is perfect for flat ironing, building up-dos & every day styling. It also has a touch of shine to it which I adore. <3 This spray is not sticky & is plays well with heat. This spray has a medium hold.

    Scale of 1-10 for Flex Reflect 9. Heat Protectant ranks 8.

    I guess 2 out of 4 isn't horrible. But, for the RAVE reviews that these sprays got I feel they were highly OVER RATED. I MIGHT invest in the Flex Reflect & Workable Wear again but, I feel like my money would be better spent on a spray I know & trust. 

    Have you used Fave 4 sprays before? What did you think?

    Check in next Friday for my review on Makeup Forever's newly formulated eyeshadow! 

  • PRODUCT REVIEW: Paul Mitchell Ultimate Color Repair

    PRODUCT REVIEW: Paul Mitchell Ultimate Color Repair

    Paul Mitchell is the most innovative, eco friendly, go green company that I know. They are always coming up with brilliant new color techniques & color formulas that blow my mind every time. They are a very out of the box company which I love because Im a very out of the box gal. 

    This month they released their new color wash line: Ultimate Color Repair. Now I thought when they released the Kera Triplex Conditioning Treatment that they had topped themselves, I was wrong. 

    The Ultimate Color Repair line will keep your color vibrant & shiny (59% more shiny to be exact) for up to 9 weeks. (UM, yes I said 9 weeks RED HEADS) It also helps prevent thermal damage by 86% with 88% less breakage. Uhhhhhh.......SIGN ME UP.

    Quinoa (“keen-wah”) is the magic ingredient in The Ultimate repair line. Yes, I know what you're thinking, Quinoa is a food....why would you put food on your hair? Think about it this way, when you eat healthier and drink more water do you not see a difference in your skin & how you feel? Of course you do. When you eat healthier it effects your hair as well, it just takes longer to notice. 

    Quinoa has a high amino acid content, which is the building block of protein, it delivers powerful repair and protection for longer-lasting color in the Quinoa Color-Locking System. 

    MY REVIEW

    Im gonna break this down for you by each product.

     Ultimate Color Repair Shampoo

    At first, I wont lie, I was taken back by the smell. It didn't smell like...I don't know like Shampoo normally smells. Its kind of a mix between banana boat tanning lotion & your car after a day at the beach. I like this shampoo because it lathers well enough but doesn't go to over board with the suds. Its sulfate free (hello color protection) & its got sugar cane & lemon peel extract to help keep the hair shiny & soft. Scale of 1-10 for this Shampoo I say 8.

     Ultimate Color Repair Conditioner

    Mmmmmm conditioner, my FAVORITE & of course the first thing you run out of before anything else.  I like this conditioner because it is on the heavier side. For ME, I cant get down with those super light weight conditioners. I feel like I just put air on my head & that doesn't work for me. This has the same smell as the shampoo & a little goes a long way. I love this conditioner also because its ideal for hydration & detangling (HEY, Im talking to you curly haired girls!) While at the same time it locks in color & repairs from the inside out. Included, are antioxidants which act as a UV Protectant & prevent color fade. 

    Scale of 1-10 for this conditioner,I'd say 10.

    Ultimate Color Repair Triple Rescue

    Last but not least, Triple Rescue....ahhhhhh yes.....let that soak in....TRIPLE Rescue. Now, know this, BEFORE you start spraying away, you HAVE TO SHAKE THIS UP. Its a dual phase spray that protect from heat that can cause colored hair to become dull. The Quinoa Color Repair Complex in this help bump up reflection so hair looks healthy, shiny & vibrant. (AGAIN. Im talking to you RED HEADS)  Dual Phase Technology-( this is my favorite part!!!) Top phase forms a heat-resistant seal to shield hair from damage and adds lustrous shine. The Bottom Phase conditions hair with Quinoa Color Repair Complex.

    While the technology is great in EVERY form. Because this spray is a bit on the "oily" side (and I use the word oily lightly  its best kept away from the root area while spraying. Otherwise you may end up looking all homeless & greasy. 

    On a scale of 1-10 I'd give Triple Rescue a 9. 

    All in all- Id day the Ultimate Color Repair System is a great route to take for winter. Paul Mitchell Sun, in all its glory is limited to summer & this is a great replacement.

    Keep an eye out for next Fridays product review. Ill be reviewing the new FAVE4 hairsprays. 

    Images courtsey of google.

  • Kim Porter Cosmetics: Product Review

    Its no secret that Kim Porter from Makeup by Kim Porter & I work together quite often. I get the chance to glance inside her kit & get a front row seat to her fabulous makeup line Kim Porter Cosmetics. Recently we had a bride who wore bright red lipstick on her wedding day & she spoke of the "Lip Lock" Kim had used on her. She raved about how her lipstick stayed all night & didnt even come off on her wine glass! I immediately knew I had to own this "Lip Lock". Two days later I drove out to The Makeup Studio & picked up my very own Lip Lock

    Review: I LOVE IT! I wear it over pretty much every lipstick color. I wouldnt recommend applying it to glosses, colored glosses or "glass lipsticks" as the Lip Lock sort of turns your selected shade a little bit matte. You will feel a slight tingle when you apply it, don't worry, that means its working. When I apply Lip Lock over my reds I dont have to touch them up AT ALL. Give Kim a shout at kim@themakeupstudiovb.com to make your appointment & get your very own Lip Lock. Dont live in the area? Thats ok! She will ship it to you! 

    Look for Kims work on the cover The Wedding Planner Magazine of Hampton Roads

  • Do it yourself VS. Professional: Hair & Makeup.

    DIY weddings can certainly be a lot of fun. Making decor with your mom, being proud of all the hard work that you have put into your big day. Not to mention the amount of money you saved. The glamours, rustic feel of an outdoor barn twinkling with lights like glitter in the night sky. Well i cant picture anything more perfect. 

    Most DIY brides budget their money for 3 things.

    1-A good photographer. After all pictures do last a lifetime.

    2-The venue. Location, Location, LOCATION!

    3-Dress. Disney princess. Enough Said. 

    But what about hair and makeup?

    A lot of DIY brides know someone who is "good at doing hair" or has a cousion who is really "good with makeup". That might be ok for the day to day but, do you really wanna chance that on your WEDDING DAY? You have spent thousands of dollars on a wonderful, professional photographer. Someone who is going ot make sure the lighting is always perfect, the angle is always the best & you really do look like a Disney princess in each photo. But theres only so much that can be done in photoshop.

    Those bags under your eyes? Because lets face it, you enjoyed your rehersal dinner a little too much. 

    They arernt fixable.

    Your off shade foundation? Nope. Sorry.

    Flat hair? nuh uh. Sorry. 

    Half fallen out curls pinned up with a chopstick? Forget about it. 

    Too much bronzer 3 shades too dark? Sorry boo boo.

    Running lipstick? Not Happening. 

    An updo that has half fallen out and now looks more windblown than anything?

    Nope.

    Dont believe me? Let me show you the difference.

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    Both the before and after were taken by a professional photographer- Amanda Hedgepath of Amanda Hedgepath Photography.

    Makeup by Rachel Reid Makeup Artistry

    Professional makeup artist can give your skin a natural glowing look & contour your facial features to really stand out on camera. They can bring out the color of your eyes and excenuate your lashes, all while keeping it natural looking. Professional products such a lip liners and lipsticks keep your lips glossy and vibrant all day/night. Professional makeup artist are trained in on and off camera makeup. They know just how much is needed to make you stand out (but not look like a clown) in your photos.

    Also chances are that any makeup artist you get is a skilled skin specialist. If they arent they sure know a few they can recommend you to for all your skin needs before your big day. Facials, peels, even lazer hair removal! 

    Check out Mystique Salon & Day Spa for all your bridal skin needs!

    Professional hairstylist are trained in all things hair. We know the science of the hair, we know how to mold it like putty to make it do what we need it to do, without over loading on product and making you look like a grease ball. Because lets face it, some updos....there are no coming back from.

    Professional hairstylist know the right degree of heat to use for your hair type so no damage is done. We use only the top of the line tools and products to make sure your do' last through the cupid shuffle and fighting 9 girls for a bouquet. Hair stylist are mathmaticians, artist & chemist. We have an eye for updos. We know exactly where every single bobby pin should go so its not seen. We know exactly where to place each and every curl to build the perfect, not so promy, bridal updo. We do what we do, because we love what we do. But, most of all because at the end of the day....we love making our brides and clients happy. Seeing you smile is worth it to us. 

    So before you decide to DIY with hair and makeup. Contact your local stylist/artist. Ask questions even go in for a trial! I promise you wont regret it! 

    Also check out this blog: Hairstylist & Wedding Hair Artist....here's the difference.