beauty, reviews

My First Time! The Kelley Baker Brow Experience

Happy Friday love bugs! A couple weeks ago I had been dabbling with the idea of growing my brows out for a bit and then going to a professional salon and having them done rather than shaping them myself like I normally do. I have NEVER had my brows touched by anyone, ever. So being that this was my first salon experience (and all of the brow horror stories we’ve all heard) you know I had to go to the best.

I heard about Kelley Baker and her salon sometime this year via instagram. I found out she was here in LA, but it never crossed my mind to ever go there and try them out since I am too busy being boujie doing it my own way. I’m sorry guys, I would rather mess up myself than to pay someone else to do it. So I just really loved following the page and seeing all of the fabulous works of art they would create.

I ended up running into Kelley in person at the NYX Face Awards earlier this summer and she was such a sweetheart! I thought to myself I would love to network with this woman in some form or another in the future because she seems very professional, positive and obviously being talented helps! (Peep her instagram if you’d like to see for yourself).

 

So anywho back to my review, I was able to make an appointment directly with Kelley and she was able to accommodate me even though I booked the day before. Now again I’ve never had my brows done so when I got to her salon off Abbott Kinney in Venice this morning I had no idea what to expect. Los Angeles natives will know that Abbott Kinney is a very popular, hipster part of Venice. I thought for sure I would run into issues with traffic and parking when I got there but I didn’t. She’s got plenty of ample free street parking right in front of the salon and if you’re from LA you KNOW how important this is. Parking here in certain parts of this city can be all the difference between you getting there on time OR you getting there late as hell.

 

So anywho, I rolled right up, walked into the salon which was on the 2nd floor of a small mulit-office business building. It was SUPER clean, well-light, comfortable and quiet. I felt like I could just lay right down and relax.

 

The service took about 30 minutes and I was told to be there promptly at 9:30 because she had a 10 o’clock appointment following me. And in my head I’m thinking “I’m sure it won’t take 30 minutes”…I was wrong! Kelley really gets in there and puts in WORK. She did a combination of trimming the hair, waxing, and plucking. She doesn’t just get in there and whack at your brows. She takes her time and it’s very apparent she has her own signature style and technique.

 

At the end of the service she fills your brows in using brow powders from her line of products and you’re set!

So I’m guessing you’re dying to see my results…

Kelley Baker Brow Review

Kelley Baker Brows Review

Brow Review

 

My favorite part about my experience at the salon…

1. I love the fact that I was able to see Kelley directly because in my eyes she’s a celebrity expert in herself. Because I’ve never had this service done anywhere else I’m not sure this is something that’s as easily achievable when you visit other competitive salons (being able to book directly with their most appraised artist).

2. I love the fact that I got in and got out EASILY and hassle free, no issues with parking or finding the place. Not sure if it was because it was early but for a lot of people if getting to your shop is not easy it would definitely be looked at as a deterrent.

3. And lastly of COURSE I love the way she rendered the service. She didn’t over tweeze. And the main thing I have been trying to do with my own brows is to get my left brow to grow a little lower since it arches higher than my right brow. She was able to do with so I surely DO appreciate that!!!

 

Will future brow visits with Kelley be in my future! Hell yeah! With my hectic schedule will I be able to do something like this regularly? I’m not sure, but I’m definitely willing to consider which says a lot because I hate going to the salon or doing anything that requires me to sit still for longer than 15 minutes (hence the reason why I never get my nails done) lol

 

I hope those of you who were hoping to try her out will consider it now because she’s amazing!!! She’s got a location in Venice and a  location in Beverly Hills.

 

That’s all I got folks! Now I’m off to edit a video. Have a fabulous weekend everyone!

xo

beauty, Makeup

Military Makeup Tutorial Get Ready With Me in Uniform!

Many people seem to have this pre-carved image of what military women look like. It’s often an image that’s not very pleasant, let alone feminine. Yes ladies who serve are allowed to wear makeup in uniform, we just have standards in place we have to abide by. And since many of you have asked me what that’s like as well as military-friendly hairstyles I thought I would share my favorite go-to makeup look and hair style.

military makeup

military makeup

it's a 10 miracle leave in

I also really wanted to do this makeup tutorial based on the recent changes to the hair regulations implemented in the Army guidelines. Every branch has their own set of standards that vary from each other so I’m doing this based on the regulations I have to follow being that I am in the Army.

This is a look that anyone can benefit from, whether you serve or not so all of my professional and office gals can take notes too if they’d like!

The look is clean, simple and not overly done. It says ‘I can still get the job done in style’. Enjoy!

Hair Products used:
It’s a 10 Miracle Leave in Product
It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-in Potion
Farsali Volcanic Elixir
Eco-Styler Gel
Bobbi Pins
Silk Scarf

Makeup Products Used
YSL Touche Eclat
blackUp CC Cream
Sasha Kamaflage Setting Powder | Buttercup
Bobbi Brown Sheer Finished Pressed Powder | Golden Brown
Bobbi Brown Bronzer | Deep
Bobbi Brown Blush | Dessert Rose
blackUp Powder Sublime | #2
Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Palette
Urban Decay Perversion Mascara
MAC Cork Lip Pencil
Fashion Fair Lipstick | Lace
NYX Butter Lipgloss | Tiramasu

And that’s all folks! I hope this has enlightened you on the fact that women in the military are multi-talented, multi-faceted and stylish. Thank you for reading :)

fashion

Outfit of the Day | Royal Blue

Royal blue is one of my favorite colors to see on dark skin. Royal blue and silk together make for an even sexier combo on our deep warm complexions. Actually I am quite convinced that royal blue is a power color that looks good on just about everyone. Check out this new dress from my shopmarkkit collection that I have been rocking (and you ladies have been asking about) lately

royal blue

graffiti clutch
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beauty, Makeup

Rose Gold Eye Look

Hi churrins! I’ve been so inspired by some of the rose gold trends I am seeing this fall I decided to create something like it for the face. Actually, pale and metallic pinks make for some of my favorite color palettes on dark skin. I’d also like to mention that for this video I collaborated with Lyric Rochester, also known as JamaicanMakeupArtist if you aren’t already subscribed to her, definitely show her some love guys.

So anywho, here’s today’s look.

Fashion Fair

Fashion Fair

Fashion Fair

Fashion Fair

Fashion Fair

 

Products used for the look
Julep Jet Black Gel Liner
Fashion Fair Eyeshadow | Sedona
Fashion Fair Eyeshadow | Pure Gold
MakeupGeek Eyeshadow | Corrupt
Black Opal Flawless Concealer | Toast
Fashion Fair Bold Lash Mascara
BH Party Girl Eyeliner | Black
Revlon Colorstay Foundation | Mahogany
MAC Brow Crayon | Spiked
Sacha Kamaflage Powder | Buttercup
Makeup Forever Profinish Powder | #177
Makeup Forever Profinish Powder | 185
NYX Blush | Chiffon
blackUp Pourdre Sublime | #02
Lena Lashes | Noemie
NYX Lip Pencil | Dark Chocolate
Fashion Fair Lipstick | Lace
NYX Butter Lipgloss | Tiramasu

Also thought I would share that our friends at LenaLashes are giving us a discount code! Woo! Use code MAKEUPGAMEONPOINT and tomorrow through Sunday lashes are buy 2 get 2 free and they ship international :) After Sunday the discount will be good for 10% off your purchase on Lena Lashes.

 

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial as much as I did making it beauties!

fashion

A Day At The Candy Store

Last night I went on a dinner date at Bottega Louiem after the pizza and ice cream I snagged some photos of my outfit. I don’t know what I would do if I actually worked in an office. This looks scream corporate chic but with a sexy twist. Peep some of my other various photos of the cute restaurant also known as a Los Angeles favorite.

 

Check out the look including the top from my ShopMarkkit boutique (and while you’re there peep my other new items)

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