Eye”brow” You didn’t know

I know, hold your breath I’m about to discuss those fabulous things that sit so innocently above your eyes, just daring you not to think you know how to brow-glam them.

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Before I started to style my eyebrows, I just thought to myself, why is my hair so dark and my brows not as black as my hair… WHY??!! Fast-forward, and now we have a plethora of products to choose from.  There is powder, pencil, pen, pomade, and gel but, which one is right for you?  This article is going to just tell you a little bit about each of these products and let you see which is suitable for your brows.

PENCIL- This is the most popular, which I keep in my makeup case for clients that prefer pencil instead of powder.  Pencil can give a soft look to your brows, and also you can use it under brow powder for a very natural subtle look.  Eyebrow Pencil is excellent because you can fill in sparse areas, or defining the brow more.  I tell clients that when you first try a pencil, always remember to start at the back of your brow, not the front.  You tend to be a little heavier handed and will lighten up your stroke as you come forward.  I like to Benefits Cosmetics Goof Proof Brows, it’s such a natural product and works well.

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EYEBROW POWDER- This product will help fill in any holes or sparse areas in the brows.  Remember, I told you that you can apply powder over a pencil? The reason I stated that is because the powder acts almost like a setting powder and will have your brows last longer and look very natural.  I know many of my clients state they had trouble picking out a shade that really complemented their eyebrows, I recommend you choose a color closer to your base hair color for a softer realistic look.  To use a brow powder, you’ll need an angled brush to effectively fill in your brows with powder.  You’ll need to coat the brush with the formula before dabbing; it on the back of your hand, the sweep in the direction of your hair growth with a light hand.   I like Bobbi Brown’s Brow Powder I keep this in my case for my clients that rather have powder.

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POMADE- This is the secret to the bold brows you see all over Instagram and YouTube.  In addition to giving brows a dramatic, defined look, this formula can also give brows a subtle hold.  This product is excellent for those with very sparse eyebrows, and looking for a quick way to fill them in will love a pomade.  If you have thicker brows and decide to use pomade, you will have a dramatic, bold look. One of the leading pomades is by Anastasia Beverly Hills. My personal go-to cream/pomade is Chella Beauty – visit www.chellabeauty.com…   I fell in love with this company after receiving a complimentary “brow kit” during StyleCon NYC 2018 and keep this product in my personal makeup kit and have introduced several of my clients to these products…

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GEL – This option by many professionals is one of their go-to-options because, it’s one of the quickest and easiest ways to add color, subtle hold, and fullness to the brows.  In fact, they keep brows in place very well.  A gel works well for individuals that have coarse, unruly brows really get an excellent benefit from this product.  I like using this product, and my technique is, I take any extra product off the spoolie… I use small, light-handed strokes, softly backcombing the brows… I think my go-to-product for the gel is Glossier Boy Brow…

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These are just a handful of the brow products that are on the market, but we have even touched on markers, wax, or color. The one thing I can say is whichever you do decide to use, make sure that you practice and try out several different brands.  I thought this video was great to share on how to style your brows naturally.

 

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Farres Cosmetic Review

Okay, I am about to lose my mind!! Why? My dear friend, who lives in Russia, sent me a few products from one of the top cosmetic companies they use in the USSR…  I really never heard of Farres Cosmetics so, I had to do a little research on the company.  The Farres Cosmetic Company has been established since 2006 in China, and they focus on low cost, high quality, fashion, true-color, and pigmentation and being a company that does no animal testing.  Awesome!!

Now that we have all of the formal information out of the way, I have got to tell you about the 5 different eyeshadow palettes she sent me.  I am a pure lover of vintage style, so just the case alone caught my full attention.  They used the 50’s pinup girls, and each one is more alluring than the next… I know you want to see the packaging, I won’t make you wait any longer:

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 Yesss!!  Aren’t they too cute for words?  I mean, look at the covers they catch your attention immediately, plus they make you want to try them out.  Each palette cover says nude on the front, which kind of makes you think all of them must be basically the same with just one-off in the color scheme.  NOPE!! They are all so very different, and I love the real pigmentation of the colors… You just have to see them:

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They are gorgeous, each palette has such depth, and the colors are very complementary to each other.  I couldn’t wait (Show me to my brushes!!)  to try out these fabulous eyeshadows- I decided I wanted to try the Nude Naturals and the Berry Wine, which I wasn’t disappointed in either.  There was minimal fall out in the pan when I placed my brushes in the product, and the colors were highly pigmented, and I noticed you didn’t have to over swirl the brush to pick up the product.  They went on very smooth and blended beautifully… I’d say if I had to rate these shadows, I would give them 5 out of 5 stars, and you KNOW I don’t hand out stars that easily.

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I was also told by my dear friend that the brand isn’t sold in the US but, more so in Europe, Russia, China, Ukraine, and there is a website for Farres located at farres.cn I’m honestly blown away by them, and I hope I will be able to find more of the products… I’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback regarding our product review.

Extra shots that I took of the pallets:

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Foundation-Which to Choose

f5cc7503d2f55756f4daa0bf564790f0I know many of you find this to be one of the most difficult selections in the makeup process.  This can be a very daunting task, so I’m here to help you navigate through the myriad of choices.

None of these are in any particular order, so with that being stated I guess we should jump right into this:

Liquid Foundation: These usually come in bottles and tubes.  The coverage can range from super sheer to full.  Now personally, I love the texture, and liquid foundations are easy to blend and the coverage can be built gradually.  My personal favorite liquid foundation that I use and even use on many of my clients is from Too Faced Cosmetics “Born This Way.”  It’s oil-free, medium-to-full coverage, and its infused with some good stuff like: coconut water (aids in replenishing skins moisture levels).  My foundation color is Warm Beige but it comes in 35 shades for a flawless match and perfect finish.

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Cream Foundation: Are great for achieving the dewy look *side note: some liquids can produce the same effect.*  Cream foundations usually come in compacts and jars and work best on dry skin- Meaning your primer needs that time to really set.  Now this is my personal professional opinion, *I feel cream foundations tend to have a slightly heavier texture.*  Cream foundations also provide higher coverage compared to liquid foundations.  TIP: When you’re working with cream foundations remember to apply sparingly, as a little goes a long way.

p433526-av-01-zoomCream-to-Powder Foundation: Unlike cream foundations, cream-to-powder foundations actually dry to a powdery finish-  TIP: Cream-to-Powder Foundation works great for slightly oily or slightly dry skin.  The creamy texture hydrates the skin and prevents it from drying while the powder absorbs excess sebum (this is a light oily substance that secreted from the sebaceous glands, that keep the skin moisturized).

To me cream-to-powder foundations create matte look, and are good for people with combination skin.

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Mineral Foundation: They are made out of crushed minerals extracted from the earth and are free of preservatives, talc, oil, fragrance, and other harmful chemicals.  Now many of my clients ask me if mineral foundations are better for them?  This is it, mineral makeup won’t clog your pores because, it doesn’t contain talc, which helps most foundations to stay on the surface of the skin-  It’s really more about how you like the coverage.  With this being stated, mineral foundations usually come in loose powder form and provide medium to high coverage.  Mineral foundations are good for people with very sensitive skin or those who suffer from acne or rosacea.

5081179There is a downside of mineral makeup, is that they might be a little too dry for those with dry skin.  Something else about mineral makeup is that you have to get the right brush, and it does take practice to master the basic “swirl, tap, and buff’ process.

Here are two kinds of brushes that you may select from but, you may like a fluffier type from a certain brand which may give the coverage and application you’re looking for:

Here it is makeup lovers, there are several different kind of foundations, and the best advice is trial and error and having a one-on-one consultation with a skilled makeup artist with a knowledge of color-theory, will lessen the guess work.

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Fixed on Sobriety (Weight Loss)

Hey LaPazions, I know many when they see the word “Sobriety,”  they  automatically think you are speaking of either, someone addicted to drinking, drugs or even sex addicts.  I’m not speaking of any of these when I say “sobriety and weight loss.”   This post has a lot to do with me and my weekend, you see this weekend was very special for me due to two major occurrences:

  1. A special observance
  2.  Sip and Chat

I was so excited for both events, but as the dates drew closer I started pulling my wardrobe i.e. Professional Image Consultant (don’t read between the lines because, I’m going to fill in all the blank spaces).  I am very confident in my skin and I am one that believes beauty isn’t superficial, it is from deep within and I own every inch of it… What I am speaking on is this, I have stopped wanting to carry the extra weight on my body, I didn’t like most of my outfits that we pulled for the weekend, I found myself not loving the example (health wise) I am setting for my followers and those that I am mentoring.  I made a “Sober Commitment Agreement” with myself and decided to get real with my diet and choices..

I live a somewhat hectic life and schedule, which means I skip meals, grab what I can get, drink one too many coffee’s, snack on things that I shouldn’t and lastly eat at bad hours.. Yes, that is me Sonya LaRae.. LOL!!  My assistant just passed out after reading this.. Hey, I believe in being real not just with you or my clients but, much more for myself and holding myself accountable for my choices.  Here it is many times I don’t get photographed full-length waist up is always my go to choice because, you kind of have the “illusion” of not being that heavy .  Well LaPazions, here is a full-length picture of myself:textgram_1551572772Yes this is me and oh by the way I wear a LOT of black, but only because I love the color and I think it has become my uniform of choice…  LaPazions  today I am going to take up 7 Commandments to my journey via the fabulous Jillian Michael:

  1. DO NOT OVEREAT (EVEN HEALTHY FOODS):  “Weight maintenance and weight loss are about how much you’re taking in,” says Michael’s. “I don’t care how healthy the food is. Don’t overeat!” she stresses. Granted, healthier foods will do a better job of fueling your body, but at the end of the day, a calorie is a calorie.

2.  COUNT CALORIES – BUT NOT FOREVER:  While counting calories has a bad rap in some nutritional circles, Michael’s considers it to be absolutely essential if you’re trying to lose weight–and she doesn’t budge on that opinion. “You must know the calories,” she says. Michael’s also stated, “I can’t tell you how many times people come to me and they’re like, ‘I can’t lose weight.’ Or ‘I’ve plateaued.’ And then I look at the simple math and I’m like, dude!” While calorie requirements for weight loss are different for every person, Michael’s urges people to get an app to do the work for you—and once you get the hang of it, you can be conscious of the calories in your food without the technology.

3. READ LABELS AND MAKE EATING QUALITY, NUTRITIOUS FOOD YOUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY: The bottom line is, it’s about the quality of your food. Get rid of the chemicals,” she says. “Read the label. You have to be proactive about your own health in every possible way. And if you don’t know what the hell it is, you probably shouldn’t be eating it.” Healthy food

I have to pause here and tell you all that number 4 has got to be the hardest thing in my diet and life to do:

4.   BE CONSISTENT WITH EXERCISE:  Now this has got to be Michael’s #1-rule for exercise is to be consistent. “Try to go at least four times a week, and try to get in at least four half-hour routines,” she says. “Consistency is critical.”   Look for me I’m just first trying to make it a twice a week consistent routine.. I use to be a swimmer and I swam everyday for years while in middle school – college.. My body was in great shape and  I felt great everyday, I want that feeling again energy!!

5.  DO A VERITY OF WORKOUTS THAT YOU LIKE:  I thought this was such a good suggestion by Michael’s, because it’s really true if you don’t like what you’re doing you will not keep doing it i.e. exercise and dieting.. LOL!!

I refuse to call my new sobriety a diet, I’m determine to look at it as a new way of living healthy and better than ever!!

6.  GIVE YOURSELF A TREAT:  Now don’t get excited reading that, this means that you get to have something that is good but, also not 900 calories…  This means don’t go cold turkey on your sobriety weight loss goal, give yourself permission to have something like a slice of pizza or a scoop of ice cream.. Just don’t go wild on your treating of self..

See I always remember that statement, “What you put in you is what you will get out”  We have to know that our selections are what either helps us to stay healthy or keeps us on our weight gain, unhealthy lifestyles:

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7. MOST IMPORTANTLY, IDENTIFY YOUR “WHY” AND WRITE IT DOWN:  I find this so important when I work with my clients.. You have to know why you’re changing your habits, so this way you can keep your changes and move forward in a healthy lifestyle..

I’m excited to be taking this journey and I hope in a few months I’ll repost another full-length picture and you’ll see the insane healthy lifestyle changes I’ve made..  I cannot wait to hear your feedback on this topic and to see what you’re doing to walk in your Weight loss Sobriety.

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Sonya LaRae

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Top 10 Wardrobe Essentials

confettiWoohoo!! New year, new visions, new trends and most importantly new essentials to add to our already blossoming wardrobe for 2019!!  I am happy to see a few trends go and I can say I’m not that happy to see a few trends coming back in style.  Look let’s not waste any more time and jump right in with both feet and see what we need to add to our wardrobe:

  1. Good-bye skinny jeans: Yes this trend is finally coming to a happy end♥ and those body-types that shouldn’t rock a pair of skinny jeans just may thank the fashion trend setters for putting this one to bed.  Say HELLO! to Loose fit jeans with a little detailed embellishment to them:

Notice the loose jeans aren’t too loose and still give a nice silhouette – the little embellishments are a nice touch and not too over the top.  I think this new trend is going to look great with several wardrobes.

2. Corduroy Blazer: Pause, before you all start to throw your shoes at the screen or me, I have to tell you the new corduroy isn’t the corduroy that you mom or dad rocked back in the day.  The cuts are more fresh and very feminine and guys the corduroy blazers for you are extremely flattering and chic:

corduroy blazer No more wide shoulders and unflattering shapes, the corduroy blazer is fem and sexy and even some of the top celebs have donned the corduroy look recently i.e. Blake Lively and Alexa Chung:

3. Cargo Pants: I’m sorry what is there not to love about this trend?  I think cargo pants are so diversified and can be worn casual or dressed up for a night out with friends.  Cargo pants have come along way from those that my painter use to wear:

cargo pantsLook at how you can put a great pair of heels on with your cargo pants and change-up the silhouette.  Cargo pants now come in different fabrics that change the feel and look as well as how they are made.  I cannot wait to see how you fashion forward fashionista’s will rock this style. (side note be careful not to purchase a pair that has no structure to the cargo pocket).

4. Headbands:  This trend is really fresh and can take a bad hair day into a really cute hair day.  I like that they have matured the headband, bling’d it out and gave them flowers like a mini fascinator, that any proper English lady would love to wear:

5. Layered Necklace: Ladies I’m not speaking of your moms pearls, I’m talking about fashion forward necklaces that look too stunning when layered.  I have been rocking this trend for about a year and half because, I think it just looks sexy and adds such a simple touch that calls attention to your gorgeous neckline… It’s a win-win situation, one that you just cannot go wrong with… Wait, yes you can if you go all crazy and start looking like a rapper for the late 90’s:

6. Denim Shirt: I’m speaking of a good denim shirt one that can be tied in the front, tucked in, worn like a jacket over a really cute maxi dress, or a pleated skirt. OMG!! you will lose your mind- my favorite denim shirts are from Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger you can do no wrong with either, but there are several other choices:

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7. High Heel Loafers: This trend needs to stay forever, ever-ever.. lol!! I cannot begin to say how much I love a good high heel loafer and one of my favorite is from Tabitha Simmons her Mika High Heel Loafer is too gorgeous and comfy for words.  They are worth every penny and I cannot say enough about them.. Price point is $745.00:

tabitha simmons mika loaferThis is one sexy shoe if I may say so myself- plus it can be styled casual or dressed up and looks fabulous with a great pair of jeans.

8.  Chunky Cardigan: Who doesn’t love a fabulous chunky luxurious cardigan? I mean now you can find these fabulous cardigan’s with beautiful details on the sleeves and in such gorgeous colors.  I love this trend and I hope it stays around for a while:

chunky cardigan 9. Biking Shorts:  I feel like as soon as I typed this word- I had no more to say regarding this trend.  Really didn’t we have enough of this back in the day? You can thank Kim K. and her other half for this ridiculous come back.  I’m not posting a picture of this trend because, I don’t see the need.

10. Black Tights: I love black tights and especially in the winter- a good pair of black tights can take you a long way and can add just the right touch to your wardrobe:

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These are our top essential we feel that you’ll love many of them and add your own style to the pieces. One thing with these essentials, they are very easy to incorporate into your wardrobe and it will also, give you a new and fresh look to some of your signature pieces.

Tell us what you think of the new wardrobe essentials, we cannot wait to hear your feedback.

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