Make Me Up Mia: A Lifestyle & Beauty Blog: June 2015

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Date Night Glam with Esqido Lashes

*Product was sent to me for review purposes, all thoughts & opinions are my own.
Esqido Lashes
Last weekend Dustin and I planned a date night. Almost every weekend consists of some sort of date for us, but this time I wanted to dress up a little. I had a skirt and pair of heels that had yet to be worn. I thought this would be the perfect time to try out my lashes that ESQIDO Lashes sent to me. I work in an office, so lashes aren't something I wear on a day to day basis. I love to wear them for special occasions or date nights, they just add some fun glam. I was familiar with ESQIDO false lashes thanks to my favorite YouTuber Jaclyn Hill & the beautiful Maskcara. Now it was my turn to give them a try....

These lashes are soft & light and the packaging is beautiful. Who else is a sucker for pretty packaging? They're mink lashes which means you can get up to 25 uses out of them! The standard false lash is only recommended to be used 5-10 times. While they are real mink, no worries-

"Our original mink lashes are handcrafted from the finest responsibly sourced mink fur. Our fur is collected from the natural shedding/molting cycles of the mink animal, which are then sterilized to ensure that they are hypoallergenic and suitable for wear."
                                                                                         -Esqido Website        

Unforgettable Oh So Sweet

Application process 

+ Remove lashes gently from tray with tweezers, do not tug on individual strands.
+ Measure the lashes by fitting them to your natural lash line. Trim off the excess from the outer corner.
+ Apply lash glue along the entire cotton band and wait a few seconds (I lightly blow on the glue)
+ Apply the lashes to the base of your natural lash line, and hold for a few seconds.


Oh So Sweet

I was sent 2 pair, Unforgettable & Oh So Sweet. For our date night I went with Oh So Sweet. I loved them, even more than I expected to. They applied so easily, looked gorgeous and I completely forgot I was wearing them all night long. The name Oh So Sweet is fitting, they are just that - soft & sweet. I can't wait to wear them more. 

Esqido Lashes

Do you wear or skip false lashes for special occasions?

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

New Hair || Product Love.

Bumble and Bumble Nume Davines

Most of you know I just chopped off all my hair a few weeks ago. I recently treated myself for my 29th birthday and cut about 12 inches off and also got a Keratin treatment. I have awful & unruly hair. (see here) Naturally very curly, but not pretty curly, insanely frizzy curly. My hair was a constant battle and I wore it up 99% of the time to not have to mess with it. I wanted a change, a style. I knew the Keratin treatment was my only hope to keep up said style though. I highly recommend it! It's not cheap, but if you have awful hair that more often than not brings you down, you'll pay anything for real help. I can now blow dry my hair and have nice relaxed, manageable & shiny hair, it's a million times worth it to me. I wanted to share how I've been wearing/styling my hair and a few products that I've been loving with you. Let me know if you have any questions about the Keratin treatment as well. 

I wash my hair every 2-3 days. I shower every single day, but my hair is thick so it's very easy for me to skip washes. When you have color & chemically treated hair, you really want to stretch that as long as possible, so it works out for me. On day 1 after I've washed it the night before, I run the straightener through it a little and don't use any product. On day 2 I use my Nume wand to add some curls/wave, sprinkle a little Pret-a-Powder on the roots for grit & texture and use my Davines Finishing Gum to really emphasize the texture around the bottom. On day 3 I add a little more Pret-a-Powder around my scalp (works like a dry shampoo) and a little more Finishing Gum throughout the bottom and a few pieces all over. That's it! My waves are perfect from the day before. I am loving my new hair, it's like a whole new head of hair for me. More on products below & enjoy the car selfies.... #ididitfortheblog 

Bumble and Bumble Nume Davines
Bumble and Bumble Nume Davines

I like to use a little Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Primer spray for protection and Repair Blow Dry cream for added moisture after I wash & before I blow dry. I've really become a huge Bumble fan over the last year.

As mentioned above, I use the Nume 25mm Classic wand to add curls/waves to my hair. This wand is amazing ladies. The YouTube beauty guru hype is legit. The curls only get better after 1-2 days. That's even after having it in a ponytail while working out and sleeping on it! Can't say enough good things about it. You can always find big coupon codes & deals, I paid $50 for mine. The Bumble and Bumble Pret-a-Powder is another fabulous find. It's a dry shampoo, style extender and volumizer all in 1. It blends into your hair great and doesn't leave a gross texture like other similar products.

If you have a textured cut, you N E E D Davines This Is A Medium Hold Finishing Gum in your life. It gives you that perfect piece-y texture without making your hair gross. I can use this on day 2 and day 3, no problem. It rocks. Using products like dry shampoos, texturizers and pastes can dull or mattify your hair a little so I've always been a shine spray fan. I'm on my 3rd bottle of the Smooth Sexy Smooth & Seal Anti-Frizz & Shine Spray. Who doesn't want their hair to be shiny?! 

And, I've used the TRESemme' 3 hairspray for as long as I can remember. So cheap, so good.


Tell me your favorite hair products!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Blogger Made Me Do It.

We're playing the blame game today. I know, rude huh? I bet it's safe to say we've all gone out and bought some stuff that we've seen on other blogs or vlogs. Maybe eyed some things then finally went for it. Raise your hand if you're with me here. I'm sharing a few things that I'm guilty of buying because other bloggers shared their love for them. These are all things that I'm certainly happy I went for. I know there's more, probably a TON more, but these are just a handful of the items and who exactly is to blame. I'm coming for ya! 

Item: Essie Find Me an Oasis
Blogger to blame: Carly- Carly Blogs Here
Honestly, I'm not a fan of blues & greens on me usually. I'm a pink & red girl. I like them on others, just always feel weird when I wear them. This one however is different, it's so light and I just love it.

Blogger to blame: Amanda- Meet @ The Barre  
I'm a total chapstick addict, I put it on a bazillion times a day. I love this one, it's light and the hint of eucalyptus is so refreshing. 

Item: May Books
Blogger to blame: Meghan - Champagne and Suburbs 
I kept seeing these and countless times created one and added it to my cart then I'd tell myself "You do not need another notebook." Then they had a 50% off sale and I grabbed 2. They're so cute and convenient to keep in my purse. One is my bible study notebook and one I use for all kinds of stuff.

Item: Rimmel lip liner in Eastend Snob
Blogger to blame: Karly- Miss in the Midwest 
This is such a great pink nude liner, you really can use it with almost anything.

Blogger to blame: Shay- Mix and Match Family (here & here
Mod About You reminds me of Essie's Fiji, but I like this formula better. It lasts longer. Such a perfect milky & bright pink shade for summer. The WEN mask is seriously amazing, it makes my hair so soft & shiny. I need to get more, I've been hoarding my last little bit for a while now. She did a hair mask experiment and this was her favorite, I can see why.

Blogger to blame: Jen- IHeart Organizing
I know you know what I mean when I say that trying to find the perfect lighting for your blog pictures is a constant struggle. I work full time so when the lighting is best, I'm not home to shoot anything. Jen shared some photography tips here and this kit was one of them. I thought for under $60 it was worth a try. Definitely!

Item: Target Bodycon skirt
Blogger to blame: Amanda- Meet @ The Barre, again...
When Amanda first shared this on Instagram, I was immediately in love with it. I just kept thinking about it. Then she shared it on her blog, it's only $19.99 people! Had to have it, clicked purchase right away.

And one more perfect example- Biana from B Loved Boston shared this self tanner last week in her May Favorites, I bought it yesterday. I will be trying it this week but I've seen nothing but positive so I doubt I will be disappointed. I've had the worst time with self tanners. I like foams that can be applied with a mitt, they work best in my opinion. A couple I've tried, I liked the color but they either didn't last past a leg shave or you have to wash it off after an hour or so. Who has time for that? 
Have I ever caused you to run out and buy anything?

PS- I shared some makeup tips for a 5 minute face last week over on my friend Becky's blog, Olives 'n' Wine. You can check it out here.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Monthly Faves || May 2015

Whew! It's been a minute friends, I'm still here. Oklahoma has been nothing but wet, flooded & cloudy over the last month. I'm sure happy to see the sun shining for the first time this week. I can tell you 1 thing for sure, I am 100% a sunshine girl. Crap weather can sure put you in a funk... How's your weather been?

Kelli and I are back today with our Monthly Faves link up. I'm sharing what I've been doing, loving & watching over the last month. No rules, it's open all month. I can't wait to read all of yours! Grab a button & link up if you'd like-

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Big Change.
About 2 months ago I booked an appointment with Kelsi at Sterling Salon in Tulsa. I wanted a big change, I was treating myself for my birthday. Saturday was the day and I can't say enough good things about Kelsi or the salon, highly recommend it if you're in the Tulsa area. I chopped my hair off, got it colored (I only color because of grays... ugh!) and got a Keratin treatment. The difference after that treatment is amazing, I feel like a normal human being now. I love my cut, exactly what I was wanting! I had a great birthday weekend with family. Dustin made me feel extra special as well, gosh I love that man.

Gold Spray Paint.
I won't say I've gone overboard with it, but Dustin better not let me buy another can or I probably will... I've just been freshening up what I can in our house with a little paint. I'm not a huge interior design person, it's just not something I splurge on. Honestly, it tends to overwhelm me. We've been slowly brightening up our home little by little, I like to save where I can. I'm loving the little changes we've made so far.

Pamper Me.
Dustin and I are now Massage Envy members and loving it. My friend Jen is a member and suggested it to me. If you aren't familiar, they are a chain company and offer custom massages & facials. Beautiful place, great staff. We were both sick of being sore and dealing with all the constant knots in our back so we took the plunge. We get 1 massage a month now. It's nice to have this to look forward to each month. We've been doing a Sunday couples massage. I get mine medium, so I get to enjoy a little relaxing pamper but also get those stupid trouble areas worked on. Lifting weights can be so rough on your body, it's important to take care of yourself. Just took us a little while to figure this out... 

Pretty in pink.
I bought Essie's "Boom Boom Room" last year and still love it. It's the perfect Barbie pink, I can't get enough.

TV Obsessions.
Dustin and I are both hooked on Fixer Upper & Parenthood right now. Yes, I know we're late to the Parenthood party but oh my gosh, we can't get enough. We aren't even big tv people but every spare second we get right now, one of us says "let's watch an episode of Parenthood!" We're half way through season 2 right now. Thank you Netflix. And Fixer Upper, seriously how adorable are they? Can Joanna PLEASE come do our house?! 

What have you been loving?

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