Treat yourself – hair extensions

6 Aug

For my birthday this year, I treated myself to hair extensions!  It’s a huge investment, but I always felt like my hair was thin and wanted to feel better about myself.

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My friend is a hair dresser, so she is the one who worked on me.  We added some length and we added some volume.  And bam!  I had mermaid hair.

Okay, so what are these?

These are Hotheads brand hair extensions. Check them out Hotheads.  They are 100% human hair.  They come in different colors and if you have a funky color job like me, you will have to dye them to match.

Expect to pay about $300 just for the hair alone.  The cost of chemical process and application will be extra and will vary based on the salon.

Do I love them?

UM YES.  I love having extensions.  They take a little bit getting used to since they pull on the hair a bit, but after a few days you won’t notice.  They also itch at the hairline from time to time.

Expect some natural shedding from these.  So although your hair is super thick during the first few weeks, it will thin out as the extensions lose their hair.

You can reuse the same hair 3 times, and you get about 10 weeks of wear after each application.  So, every 10 weeks the hair is removed and reapplied.  You will get about 6 months of wear out of your hair before you need to repurchase.

The hair is removed using an alcohol based remover.

One huge adjustment to my daily hair care – you cannot use anything containing alcohol on your hair near the extension bonds.  They will dissolve and you may be coming into a salon for an emergency application.

Hotheads brand shampoo and conditioner was recommended and I do use them.

I may try a different brand of hair extensions next time which has less shedding.

What do you guys think??

If you are in the Chicagoland area and are interested in these, look up my girl Elyse.  She is in Schaumburg, IL. Like her on facebook:


Laser Hair Removal – Hopelessly addicted to being hairless

7 Jul

In March for my birthday I did something crazy – I bought a laser hair removal package off Groupon. Seems risky right?

I seriously knew almost nothing about it but was feeling sassy. Turns out, it was the best gift I could have given myself! Honestly, before going to my appointment I kind of thought it was just some expensive gimmick that med spas use to get your money because I never knew anyone that had gotten it done before.


For those of you who don’t know, Laser Hair remover is a seemingly magical beam of highly concentrated light that is aimed at follicles. Pigment in the follicles absorb the light. That destroys the hair. After about 5-7 days your hair is ejected from the skin. I have never been so excited about my hair falling out in my life. You can still shave it if need be and the hair grows much slower, so it’s a breeze.  There is almost no after care, you can put aloe on it if you want. I got my armpits lasered about 30 mins ago and it feels as if nothing happened.

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Here is some laser hair FAQ:

  • Does it hurt?  Not really.  And definitely not as much as waxing.  It feels like someone with a warm hand lightly pinching you. I do have a pretty high pain tolerance but I don’t even need to take pain relievers before or after and I have done arm pit and bikini line. Some places even provide ice packs and rollers before you get lasered, so you feel nothing.
  • Does it work? YEP! It’s magic. My pits have been hairless for months now. They say it works best on people with pale skin and darker hair.
  • How long does each appointment take? Oh, about 5 minutes for both arm pits. So quick!
  • Will my hair be gone forever?  They say after about 6-9 zap sessions you will be hair free, only needing touch up appointments should patches of hair start growing back.  (i’ve only gone like 4 times, so I don’t know if this stands true yet)
  • Do I have to grow my hair out to werewolf lengths like I do for waxing?  awww hell naw! You actually need to shave right before your appointment so that the light can get into the follicles better.  You actually can’t have waxed or tweezed for around six weeks prior to laser, as the follicle needs to be in tact.
  • What does it cost? It can be expensive. It depends on the area of the body and where you live.  Like I said, I bought a Groupon, I think I paid $129 for 6 laser treatments. I did a lot of Yelp review research when selecting which Groupon to buy as these spas are very abundant in Chicago. (I highly recommend Chicago Skin Solutions.)

Review: Avon Haiku Kyoto Flower Shower Gel

5 Jan


We were the winners of a blog contest and as a prize we received full sized products of the Avon Haiku Kyoto Flowers line. Thanks Avon Insider!

I am not normally a fan of floral type fragrances so I told Anna to keep the perfume spray and the lotion without ever smelling it. I kind of regret that now as I really like this smell! It is way more warm and woodsy than most traditional floral scents. This fragrance features cherry blossom, violet leaf, peony and soft cotton musk. To me it smells more that a spring time scent, but I’m using it anyway.

What I really enjoy about the shower gel is that it lathers up nicely and smells great, but not in any way that is over powering. The smell also lingers on your skin after the shower, which I love. It would layer nicely with other scents or with the entire collection.

The price tag of $10 is a bit steep for this for me in the winter, as I need more heavy duty moisturizing shower gels but I think this would be perfect for me in the spring. If it was more like $5-7 dollars I would be on this like pink on a cheery blossom.

Who knew Avon had such cool stuff?


Itty Bitty Drug Store Haul

5 Jan

I recently bought two drug store items that have been on my list forever.

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Reviews coming soon!!!!

Sneak – I love the DreamLumi from Maybelline


Thanks for a great 2014, and here’s to an even better 2015!!!

31 Dec

GodmotherNYECelebrate and be merry, Lovelies!  See you next year!!!

Anna and Kassi

We got nominated for the Liebster Award! Discover new blogs with us!

30 Dec

We got nominated for the Liebster Award!


Thanks to Jen from  Avon Insider for the nomination!!!  Check out her blog!  It’s super fun and she has giveaways :-)

The Rules

  1. Post the award on your blog.
  2. Thank the blogger who presented this award and link back to their blog.
  3. Write 5 random facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 5 bloggers (they should have less than 3000 followers)
  5. Answer 5 questions posted by the presenter and ask your nominees 5 questions.


Anna will answer the random 5 facts this time :-)

1) I hate pineapples.  I think they are weird and vile fruit and I get irrationally angry with I see one.  Sad and weird, yes.  :-)

2) I have an autographed picture from Alice Cooper

3) I once got knocked out by a soccer ball and lost consciousness for a few minutes

4) I was born in Poland

5) I love Biblical mysteries and documentaries

Questions Jen asked us:

  1. Why did you start this blog? – We loved talking about make-up and hair products between the two us.  We thought we are witty and fun and people would want to know what we think :-)  I guess you guys do!
  2. What are your goals for 2015? – A few!  I really want a promotion at work,  buy a new car, take more vacations, learn something new.
  3. What makes you smile? – cats.
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  5. What is your favorite post that you’ve written? – Making your own pressed powder.  For some reason, I also really like doing it.  Here’s the link.
  6. If you could meet anyone dead or alive, who would it be? – I want to meet Royalty!


My Nominees:

Softly Sometimes 

Touchscreens and Beauty queens

Someday Sunny

All Things That Glitter

Nerdy Librarian Girl

My 5 Questions for my Nominees:

1) What is your favorite car?

2) What’s your favorite beauty product?

3) What product did you discover from your fellow bloggers?

4) Do you make New Year’s resolutions and do you keep them?

5) What adventure do you want to have in 2015?

Can’t wait to read your answers!


My Favorite Products of 2014

29 Dec

I discovered so many awesome products this year!
Here are my new loves!


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1) L’Oreal Butterfly Mascara – I haven’t reviewed this!  I will soon, promise!

2) Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion

3) Dr. Brandt Vacuum Cleaner – I just discovered this!  Review coming soon!!!

4) Tints & Sass

5)Joico Vero K-PAK Color Intensity Semi-Permanent Hair Color – Red

6) Sexy Hair H2No

7) Curlisto

8) Coconut Oil

9)Montage Jennesse Chocolate Masque

10)Super 8 Beblesh Balm Triple Function Orange

So there you have it!  My top Favorites of 2014!  These were either sampled and bought or recommended and bought.  And I love them!

What are your favorite new products of 2014?

Merry Christmas & Giveaway!

26 Dec


Hey lovelies! Check out this fun Holiday giveaway!

Originally posted on Nyrmirez:


Happy Christmas Everyone!

I know I don’t normally post on Thursdays but I wanted to do something extra special this year. I have been working on a very special giveaway for everyone that has supported me over the last year. I am truly grateful for every one of you and wanted to give two amazing followers the opportunity to start 2015 of right.

The first prize is a Sleek i-Divide storm palette. I picked this up while I was on my vacation and have been saving it for one lucky supporter.



The second prize is the Natural Glow Shadow & Blush palette by Barry M. I also picked this up while I was on my vacation and have been saving it for one lucky supporter.



So here are the rules: Please leave one comment telling me what was your favorite thing that you received this christmas? I would love for the person to…

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Simple Glitter Gradient for Christmas

24 Dec


love these party ready nails!

Originally posted on For The Love of Nail art:

I had these on this weekend that passed and wanted them to last for Christmas but it started chipping :(
It’s something very easy and simple you can do for Christmas, and you can use ANY glitters.

I have used a base of Essence – Be my Lucky Star (Sparkle Sands) and I did the glitter gradient with Omega Lacquer – Black Glitter

I have also included a tutorial for it which I know isn’t 100% necessary but I found working over the texture wasn’t as easy as I thought and it’s best to use as little polish on the brush as possible because you can always add more and you want a build up.

1. Base coat.
2. Three coats of texture polish and leave to dry.
3. Using your glitter polish and as little as possible on the brush, brush on from about 3/4 of your nail.

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Battle of the BeautyBlenders: How does Sephora Brand Compare?

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Loving this dupe post!

Originally posted on nerdylibrariangirl:

How does the Sephora Precision sponge compare to the Beauty Blender and Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge? How does the Sephora Precision sponge compare to the BeautyBlender and Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge?

In my last “battle of the makeup sponges” post comparing the BeautyBlender to the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge, I declared the less expensive Real Techniques sponge a pretty good dupe for the Beautyblender. I was already a huge fan of the Beautyblender; the latex-free, washable, reusable sponge is my favourite way to apply my MUFE HD Foundation.

The thing about washable, reusable sponges that I find a bit annoying is the washing them part. Its a bit of a pain to rinse all of the cleanser out and I also microwave them regularly for 30 seconds to keep them germ- free (which actually works BTW). I’ve enjoyed having both the BeautyBlender and the Real Techniques so when one is dirty, I can use the other.

So when I saw the Sephora Precision…

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