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AJ Crimson Pro On The Go Tour 2015

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Ever since seeing AJ Crimson on an episode of My Fair Wedding, I’ve been a fan.  After meeting AJ Crimson several times in person, I’ve become an even bigger fan.  He’s doing great things with his makeup artist career.  Have you tried anything from his makeup line? I’ve tried his foundations, lip products, and CC cream, and love all.  Now, AJ Crimson is going on tour sharing his makeup artistry skills with budding makeup artists like myself, as well as makeup enthusiasts through the AJ Crimson Pro on The Go Tour.

The AJ Crimson Pro on the go Tour will be featuring AJ himself and Eye Lash Guru to the stars, Ja’Maal Buster.

Seeing the diverse group of women interested in his products and artistry abilities, AJ Crimson decided to embark on a new adventure, and created the AJ Crimson on the go Tour.
“They wanted to be there to try the product. They may have seen it online or read the reviews, but because it’s not in every retail location, there are so many women that were just excited to get their hands on it. It was really great. To be able to educate the ladies who attended and provide them with a solution to their makeup needs was wonderful; so, I decided to go back on the road and added fifteen additional cities to the tour!”

Why you should learn from AJ Crimson?

Aside from working with celebrities, AJ Crimson has created a name for himself as an entrepreneur and makeup artist. He has been featured in fashion, beauty and music magazines worldwide including Vogue, Glamour, Marie Claire, InStyle, Harper’s Bazaar, Esquire, Essence and leading Japanese Entertainment magazines Blenda and Luire.  He has also had the opportunity to work alongside some of the best in the business including Pat McGrath for Paris Fashion Week and was delighted to have a hand in creating cutting edge beauty techniques under the masterful instruction and eyes of makeup impresarios Joann Gair and Mathu Anderson.

The 2015 AJ Crimson on the go Tour dates are as follows:

March 28-29       Los Angeles, CA                                                             
May 3-4               New York, NY                                                             
June 13-14           Dallas, TX                                                                                           
November 7-8   Chicago, IL
December 2       Cleveland, OH
December 3       Cincinnati, OH
December 5       St. Louis, MO
December 6       Memphis, TN
December 7       Birmingham, AL
December 9      New Orleans, LA
December 11     Houston, TX
December 12     Dallas, TX
To reserve seating at the AJ CRIMSON PRO On the Go Tour and see the full product line, visit http://www.ajcrimson.com.

7 Ways to Use Your Tax Refund to Invest in and Improve Your Blog

7 Ways to use your tax refund to invest in and improve your blog

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It’s tax season, which means some of us are receiving tax refunds in the coming weeks. Before you go spending away on things you may not need like more makeup, after setting aside a portion of your refund, think about using some of it to invest in and improve your blog.

Using your income tax refund to invest in and improve your blog all depends on where you are currently in the stages of blogging. Is it a hobby or something you are hoping to turn into a business? Either way, I think that the more professional and clean your blog looks, along with great content are things that keep the readers coming.

Below are just a few suggestions on ways you can Use Your Tax Refund to Invest in and Improve Your Blog.

1.  Use Your Tax Refund to Invest in getting your Blog a Facelift

Of course, the content of your blog is important, but it’s the look and feel of your blog that draws in your readers. You want to make sure your site has a clean look, has text that’s easy to read, is easily navigable and searchable, and has social media buttons, a contact form, and options for readers to subscribe to your RSS Feed.  My advice is to use your tax refund to hire a professional designer, check Etsy for layouts, or use a theme (WordPress) from sites like BluChic.

2. Use Your Tax Refund to Invest in a New Camera and Lens

You have the content, but what about [great] images?  Clear, crisp images that help tell a story keep the readers interested and engaged.

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I own an iPhone 6, which takes amazing photos, especially when the lighting is great! However, camera phones are not always the best option when using them to take photographs that will be on your blog.  If you rely solely on your camera phone for images, try bumping up to a digital camera with higher megapixels, or even a DSLR if that’s in your budget.  I use a Sony alpha 35; however, I’m about to upgrade to a Canon or Nikon.

The lens you decide to get depend on your photography needs.  If you’re taking portrait shots with smooth, blurred backgrounds, pick up a 50mm f/1.8 lens. For product shots, try a macro lens (50mm f2.8).

3. Use Your Tax Refund Invest in a Tripod & Remote

Now that you have your camera it is time to set yourself up with items that will help you use your camera to its fullest potential.

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I wasn’t lucky enough to have married a photographer, which is why I invested in a tripod and a remote.  Both allow me to take my own photos that aren’t shaky nor out of focus.  A tripod that allows you to tilt your camera is optimal.

4.  Use Your Tax Refund Invest in Lighting

No matter the camera you own, it’s the lighting that takes your photos to a whole other level – seriously.  If you invest in an expensive camera, you want to make the purchase worth it, and the built-in flash is not always the best option.  Also, some of us are not fortunate enough to live in areas where natural light is plentiful, which is why investing in or making your own light kit is a good idea. This way, you’re able to take awesome photos regardless of the time of day or weather conditions.

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I’m going to upgrade to the My Studio MS20 Tabletop Professional Tabletop Photo Studio Kit ($179/ Amazon.com) and a Ring Light ($88/Amazon.com), but I currently own the PBL Studio photography Video Light Kit that I picked up from Amazon.

5.  Use Your Tax Refund Invest in an External Hard drive

Photos and videos tend to be large files. Trust me, they take up a lot of space, and if you’re storing them on your computer’s hard drive, don’t.  Use your tax refund to invest in an external hard drive.  The hard drive will allow you to backup all of your files to a safe place, and prevent overloading your computer’s internal hard drive, which can slow down your computer, and in some cases cause it to crash. Yup, I’m speaking from experience.

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6.  Use Your Tax Refund Invest in Props

I’m new to the world of props for photos, and I see how important they are. They add a bit of pizzazz to what would be an otherwise drab photo. Props aren’t even expensive. You can pick up items like artificial flowers, foam boars, vinyl backgrounds, etc. from Michael’s, a craft store, a dollar store or Etsy.

7.  Use Your Tax Refund Invest in Photo and Video Editing software

I think this is optional. There are plenty of free online photo editing tools out there like Picmonkey and Canva. I know because I’ve been using them for the last few months since FinalCutPro and Photoshop make my computer crash (yeah, I need a new computer).  Both of the online photo editing tools, along with GIMP (download) get the job done, and are free!

Non-bloggers, over on Beauty and the Bump, I share 5 Smart Things You Should Do with your Tax Refund.

 How do you plan on spending your tax refund? Will you use it towards improving something on your blog?

 

Achieving Red Carpet Ready Skin using the SKIN INC Get Perfect Kit

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Getting ready to watch the Oscars this Sunday has me thinking back on recent award shows, did you catch the Grammy’s a few weeks ago? I remember seeing Beyoncé and Gwen Stefani and thinking how beautiful they looked. Or what about Rihanna and Janelle Monae? On Grammy night, they all had one thing in common: flawless skin!   I’m going to show you just how I’ve been incorporating the SKIN INC Get Perfect Kit into my routine to achieve flawless, red carpet ready skin just in time for Oscar night.

After a long work week, my skin needs a pick-me-up, which is why I save my at-home facials for the weekends. This weekend’s facial is even more special since Sunday night is Oscar night.  While watching the Oscars, I’m going to revive my skin using the SKIN INC Get Perfect Kit.  After staying up late watching all of the beautiful women grace the red carpet, my skin is going to need all of the help it can get to look refreshed and glowing in time for Monday morning.

Below is a step-by-step look into how I’ve incorporated SKIN INC and the Get Perfect Kit into my skin care routine.

1. Prep my skin

After cleaning my face, I prep my skin with the SKIN INC Pure Revival Peel.  This non-abrasive peel gently removes dullness and dead skin cells.  This is a vital step as it prepares the skin to absorb nutrients from the other products included in this kit.

The results from using the Pure Revival Peel are immediately seen after washing off.  I even tested the product on the backs of my hands, which are dry and scaly, and noticed the dryness was gone, and my skin in the area was smoother.

2. Nourish my skin

Next, I apply 2-3 drops of the SKIN INC Custom-Blended Anti-Aging Serum to nourish my skin, which features some of my favorite ingredients in skincare products, like hydrating hyaluronic acid, as well as the skin repair boosting ingredient, CoQ10 (Coenzyme Q10).  The serum also includes Marine-Collagen to help the skin become suppler.  Once applied to the skin, these tiny blue, green, and yellow caviar-like capsules that are infused with active ingredients (SKIN INC’s patented encapsulation technology) are released.

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After applying the Custom-Blended Anti-Aging Serum, I noticed it absorbed quickly, and my skin did feel hydrated afterwards.

3. Seal

Finally, I apply the SKIN INC Pure Deepsea Mask to seal in the nutrients from the other products I applied during my SKIN INC at-home facial session. This mask contains nutrient-rich Okinawa deepsea water, soya bean extracts, and hyaluronic acid, promising to moisturize, clarify, and brighten the complexion.

Have you ever used a mask that you sleep in? Neither have I, but, there’s a first time for everything, right?  That’s exactly what I do with the Pure Deepsea Mask – sleep in it.  My skin in the morning looks brighter, clearer, and is hydrated.

The Pure Deepsea Mask reminds me of a gel, however, it is light, non-sticky, and doesn’t pill up or leave residue.   It applies smoothly, and evenly, too.

After using the SKIN INC Get Perfect Kit, I wake up with flawless, red carpet ready skin just like the stars gracing the red carpet of the Oscars. Plus, my makeup applies effortlessly, too.  And the best part about using the SKIN INC products was that it didn’t take a lot of time to achieve good results.

If you’re in the market for Japanese skincare products that are pure (no added fragrance, parabens), and suitable for all skin types, even those with sensitive skin, I suggest checking out SKIN INC products.

The SKIN INC Get Perfect Kit ($65) along with other SKIN INC party-ready specials can be found at http://www.iloveskininc.com/.

 


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Monat Global Rejuveniqe Oil Intensive Review

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Today, I’m reviewing the Monat Global Rejuveniqe Oil Intensive that I received from the iFabbo online shop.

Monat Global Rejuveniqe Oil Intensive is a multi-tasking oil that can be used on your hair, skin, and nails.  Winter, I believe is the perfect time to test out products such as this one since it allows me to see whether or not the product, in this case, the Monat Global Rejuveniqe Oil Intensive, truly remedied my problems.

This winter has already been pretty harsh on my hair, skin, and nails causing them to become dry and brittle.  My hair was pretty much lifeless, and my cuticles were dry and cracking.  Plus, when it’s colder out, I tend to turn up the heat in my house and increase the water temperatures while showering, which can dry out your skin.  Thanks to the unique property of the Monat Global Rejuveniqe Oil Intensive, which mimics the body’s natural oils, my hair, skin, and nails were revived.

The Monat Global Rejuveniqe Oil Intensive contains a blend of 11 oils, 1 of which is the main ingredient: Abyssinian oil.  Abyssinian oil is a rare oil that is derived from the crambe abyssinica plant that’s native to central Africa.

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Does it have a scent?

The Monat Rejuveniqe Oil Intensive does smell of citrus due to the lemon peel, lime, and bergamot.  It’s very light, and doesn’t last at all. If you’re sensitive to fragrances, I don’t think the scent is strong enough to bother you much.

How I used the Monat Global Rejuveniqe Oil Intensive

Hair

I added the Monat Global Rejuveniqe Oil Intensive to my scalp every other day.  Also, the oil was applied to my hair while I conditioned my hair.  It was then rinsed out along with the conditioner, which then revealed softer, manageable hair.

Cuticle Oil

As I mentioned previously, this oil has helped tremendously in keeping my cuticles and nails hydrated.  It only takes a small amount, too!

Skin

I didn’t use the Monat Global Rejuvinqe Oil Intensive on my face; however, I did apply it to my hands, feet, elbows and knees.  The results were good.  My skin in those areas were hydrated without feeling oily.

Overall, the Monat Global Rejuviniqe Oil Intensive has been a good addition to my hair and skincare routine.  However, at $99 per 1 oz., I do believe I can achieve the same or similar results with a product that costs less.  But, if you have the money to splurge and want to treat yourself to a luxury, multi-tasking oil then check it out.

The Monat Global Rejuvinqe Oil and other Monat products can be purchased at Monat.


Ingredients: Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Seed Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Adansonia Digitata Oil, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Caryocar Brasiliense Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil.

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