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YOU TUBE CHANNEL: ELIZABETH ISRAEL


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I discovered Elizabeth Israel because of this Buzzfeed article which was about how some loser was shaming her online for looking drastically different when she was wearing makeup vs bare faced.

Elizabeth told Buzzfeed

“I love wearing makeup because in my eyes it’s art, yes, it boosts my confidence, yes, I feel more lively wearing it, but no, I don’t rely on it or love myself any less without it.”
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Her girlfriend then went on social media with this kick ass response: 

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Elizabeth does makeup tutorials that are pretty impressive. She definitely completely transforms her face and has some great tips. I would categorize her makeup style as "Kardashian like". Much heavier than I would typically wear, but then again I basically only wear eyeliner and mascara unless I'm going out.

Here are some of her videos, watch and learn! 

 

EVERYDAY EYE MAKEUP 

 

MY CURRENT EYEBROW ROUTINE


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SWIRL BEAUTY: COLOUR POP BOLD LIP


ColourPop (Are&Be)

ColourPop (Are&Be)

So let me say first and foremost I have been a minimalist with make-up my whole life. I am not the person looking up pallets, studying tutorials, and spending a boatload on make-up. There is nothing wrong with it nor am I shading any women that do it, I applaud you, admire you, and give you praise. You have something I do not. Patience and Willpower. Personally, I started out being more of an eye make up only person and this past year started playing more with my cheeks and lips thanks to ColourPop which is based out of Los Angeles.

Colour Pop (Mess Around)

Colour Pop (Mess Around)

I discovered them when Karruche Tran released a line of shadows, matte lips, lip pencils, and cheek highlighter as part of her partnership with ColourPop that they do with celebrities. What attracted me to the line was that it was fairly inexpensive and Tran had a skin tone similar to mine so I had an idea of what her make-up could look like on me. This is extremely vital visually because I was ordering online through a company I had never heard of in my life and couldn’t exactly try on samples.  Needless to say I became hooked and have ordered several different ultra-matte lipsticks, ultra-satin lips, and other various make-up they have since they keep a rotation of new items in steady supply.

The only make up tip I have for you is that I’ve continuously experimented since my ColourPop revitalization and that is a bold lip is all you need. I think no matter the shade a bright, dark, or neutral lip can really add an extra pop of color to your face and overall look. Sure you can dress it up with some good eye shadow and bronzer which I do from time to time, but I love the fullness that adding color gives to my lips. I feel fierce, strong, and that I look like a badass which can help my mood especially when I’m headed to work. I do recommend using the lip pencil if one is suggested or provided with your token lip color because it helps define and outline the shape of your lips. Here’s to full lips and big smiles for the summe

ColourPop (Lyin King)

ColourPop (Lyin King)


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SWIRL SKIN: EMINENCE CLEAN SKIN PROBIOTIC MASK


I love pampering my skin. There is nothing like a good facial mask to make me feel and look refreshed.

One of my favorite skin care brands is Eminence. They are an organic line that has been around since 1958. Obviously, with that many years of experience, they know their shit.

Their skin products are handmade and free of parabens, animal by-products, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, harmful colorants and fragrances, mineral oils, petroleum, and other harsh cosmetic chemicals. You could probably eat their stuff - but don't.

I love their Clean Skin Probiotic Mask. Probiotics are great for your body so why not your face? Plus, my Hapa skin doesn't break out from it! Key ingredients include Yogurt, Cucumber, Marigold, Kaolin Clay, Stone Crop,Tea Tree Oil, and BioComplex™: a booster of antioxidants, vitamins, Coenzyme Q10, and Alpha Lipoic Acid.

In my opinion, it's an amazing mask! It has done wonders for my complexion.


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SWIRL HAIR: CURL CONTROL


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My hair is weird. I used to have long straight hair as a child. Then it decided to start waving up and frizzing. Now it's a cross between a loose curl and wave. WTF, is that even? Can we all say #HapaProblems?  Luckily, there are hair products to help. Hallelujah. 

I'm big on Deva Curl and Miss Jessie's. Both products are 100% no sulfate, parables, and no animal testing. 

What's the difference you might ask? Deva Curl is much more of a process and can take longer to style your hair. The results are worth it. However, with Miss Jessie's you can throw the product in and go. I love Miss Jessie's during the summertime when I don't want to use a diffuser. Either product is a great choice, and they both offer a variety of products for your specific curl type! 

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CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN FLATS FOR EVERY SKIN TONE

For Spring 2016, Christian Louboutin introduces a pointy-toe ballet flat for every skin tone.

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Big cheers to designer Christian Louboutin for his new line of flats in a line of nude tones that encompass a wide range of skin tones from "porcelain Nude #1" and "deep chocolate Nude #7." In total there are seven shades and three styles to choose from; the shoes went on sale this week.

"The expansive collection ensures that every woman can find a nude perfectly suited to her complexion," the company first announced in a statement in January.

Like the brand's other shoes, the new nude colors don't come cheap. The pointy-toe ballet flat Solasofia, for example, is priced at $595. I haven't tried them on yet so I can't speak to their comfort, but I will always applaud inclusiveness especially in the world of fashion where it is often lacking. I agree completely with this Facebook fan:

"Designers often treat nude like it's a synonym for light tan, thereby excluding women of color," one Facebook user wrote. "So it's good news that Christian Louboutin has expanded its nudes collection, adding a larger spectrum of skin-tone shades to ensure that no matter what your ethnicity, you can find a shoe to match your complexion."

Who else is running out to buy them?!

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SWIRL BEAUTY: COTTON BALL EYELASH TRICK


I have a small head and small eyes.  False eyelashes look heavy on me and I can never apply them correctly.  False eyelashes either droop, irritate my contacts, or fall off; so you can probably understand my eagerness to tryHuda Beauty’s cotton ball eyelash trick.

So this is less of a “fave” post as it is mostly a “test” post.

What you need:

  1. Cotton Ball
  2. “Spoolie” (same as a mascara wand)
  3. Mascara (I’ve used Dior Show since I could afford it, so about 12 years)

Step 1: Apply mascara

Step 2: Break open a cotton ball

Step 3: With the spoolie, pull out the “innards” of the cotton ball

Step 4: Brush through eyelashes with cotton ball-fiber-laden spoolie

Step 5: Apply another coat of mascara

Step 6: Repeat until desired volume/length of lashes are achieved

I tried it and I only made one pass because I was short on time and paranoid about the fibers irritating my contacts.  I saw a slight difference.  I definitely suggest watching the video and trying it yourself.  Please let us know how your attempts went in the comments.  Happy Hacking J!


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SWIRL BEAUTY: KOREAN CAT EYE


Lately Korean Beauty is all the rage. I don't tend to jump on the bandwagon right away. I came to the contouring game way late. Even now, my version of contour is very basic. However, I am loving the new "cat eye" fresh off the boat from Korea. Ladies (and gents) the puppy eye. 


Unlike the normal cat eye we all love, there is no "wing". The object is to make one's eyes appear larger, by only partially outlining your eye and by following the exact shape of it on the outside. 

Items you will need: Eye Liner ( I prefer Nars Long Lasting Pencil

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Black eyeshadow and a thin angled brush. I love Urban Decay's Creep

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Simply line your eyes with a pencil.

Put on your fav mascara, and voila stupid simple and easy to master. 

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SWIRL BEAUTY: SHIMMER BRICK


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We’re sharing our favorite makeup tips with you this week! I love buying makeup, but honestly I don’t wear a ton of it. Most of the products I own just sit in a drawer or a case. But one product I use almost every single day is a shimmer brick.

I usually use it as an eyeshadow and then at night I also use it on my temples and above my cheekbones as a highlighter. The best part about any shimmer brick is that they last FOREVER! The first one I ever owned was by Bobbi Brown and now I’ve been using a MAC one for a long time. Since I am a beach girl, the shimmer is perfect with my tan in the summer but I use it all year around.

Bobbi Brown makes a lot of different shades so there is one for every skin type. It is just a perfect product to add some all around glowy-ness!

All hail J.Lo, the QUEEN of shimmer! 

All hail J.Lo, the QUEEN of shimmer! 

This was last week in Vegas with my girl Monique. Definitely needed lots of shimmer in Vegas! 

This was last week in Vegas with my girl Monique. Definitely needed lots of shimmer in Vegas! 


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SWIRL SKIN: Dermalogica PowerBright TRx three-step system


We all desire glowing, even-toned skin.  As we get older our skin is affected by the environment. UV damage, age and hormones can cause dark spots and hyperpigmentation.

I have been using Dermalogica PowerBright TRx three-step system for six weeks and am seeing significant results of increased skin brightness and lightening of hyperpigmented spots. This system is great for both sensitive/dry and normal/combination skin-types and uses gentle, hydroquinone-free ingredients to correct dull, uneven skin tones.  This is both a day- and night-time regimen to fade hyperpigmentation and brighten your skin tone.



C-12 Pure Bright Serum:  A lightweight serum (only use one or two pumps) spread evenly onto face (neck and décolleté, if needed).  This serum contains Rice-derived Phytic Acid, Zinc, Glycerolate and Algae which help control hyperpigmentation triggers.  Oligopeptides-51 combined with Oligopeptides-34 are the the new synthesized peptides used to prevent hyperpigmentation.  For best results, use both morning and night.


Pure Light SPF50:  This is a medium-weight daytime moisturizer (only use one or two pumps.)  This keeps skin hydrated with Hyaluronic Acid, which guards against water loss, and reduces the appearance of dehydration lines.  This sunscreen utilizes a new Oleosome technology, consisting of moisture rich spheres made from Safflower seeds, which boosts SPF protection while using lower concentrations of sunscreen.  The result is a product that is more wearable and less likely to cause skin reactions. For best results, use in the morning.


Pure Night:  A nourishing overnight moisturizer, (only use one pump.)  This treatment  moisturizer helps control melanin production, restore skin luminosity and maximizes the serum’s effect while the skin is as rest.   An active blend of Oligopeptides-34, skin brightening Vitamin C, Cranberry and Raspberry Seed Oil optimizes skin hydration.  For best results, use in the evening.



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SWIRL SKIN: Jojoba Oil


You will eventually learn I am one of the laziest and cheapest frugal people when it comes to taking care of myself.  I have acne-prone, sensitive, combination skin.  For years, I would not leave the house without blotting papers on-hand.  I was afraid to use moisturizer for fear of getting a gazillion pimples.  I always broke out on my cheeks, not in my T-zone like normal combo skin.  

I don’t like complicated, multi-step skin regimens (Jenn, I don’t use toner, I’m sorry, and I know I will regret it some day).  I don’t like spending lots of money (although Biologique Recherche is AHHHH-mazing if you have the dinero, it’s no joke, and I will do a post on that some other day).  SPF during the day is non-negotiable, but I needed a night-time moisturizer.  

One of my dearest friends, Lori, of SkinHairBeauty, told me to try jojoba oil back in 2006.  She told me it was the closest oil to the natural oils in skin.  I felt like putting oil on my pimples would make them bigger and the fear of having scars or hyperpigmentation from breakouts sounded like a nightmare, so I never tried it.  Six years after that first conversation about jojoba oil, I was a stay-at-home mom trying to save money.  I was at Trader Joe’s and saw a bottle for $6.99.  Bought it, liked it, and I’m still using it as my night-time moisturizer three years later. In those three years, I have probably purchased four bottles total that is including the time I used it on my belly while pregnant.  So not only am I only enjoying a two-step, wash/cleanse process in the evening, I am only spending an average of about $9 per year on night–time moisturizer. I easily used to spend an average of at least $200 per year.  Eventually, I will need to incorporate a retinoid or AHA/BHA to combat wrinkles, but until my son sleeps through the night and is out of diapers, I’m ok with saving time and money.


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SWIRL SKIN: Korean Sheet Masks


This week we're all sharing skin products we are obsessed with! I am obsessed with sheet masks! I first came across these masks when my fellow Swirl Nation Blogger (and best friend) Jenn gifted me with a handful of amazing Korean Sheet Masks. It was the first time I had seen them and quickly fell in love! They are a super easy way to treat yourself to a spa day for only a few dollars. 

When you take the mask out of the package it will be dripping wet. You unfold it and will see cut-outs for your eyes, mouth and slits for the piece that fits around your nose. The package says to leave it on for 20 minutes, but I leave it on until it starts to dry which is about 45 minutes to an hour. They are easy to wear while you watch tv, I've even worn one while I cooked dinner! When you are done you simply throw away the sheet mask and let the ingredients continue to soak in, do not wash your face. 

The Korean masks are super affordable on Amazon, they usually sell them in packs of 12-24 masks so you get a variety of masks that are infused with different ingredients. Collagen, honey, broccoli, green tea, and rice are some of the ingredients that these masks commonly include. Some also include some stranger ingredients like Snail Secretions! So far I have stayed away from those:) 

Due to their increased popularity here in the States, Sephora recently started carrying their own line of sheet masks which I have become a fan of. My favorite is the Pearl mask which evens out skin tone with broccoli extract. I feel like my skin really has a glow after I use it! Sephora also carries Korean brands like TonyMoly and Too Cool For School


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SWIRL HAIR: Coconut Oil Hair Mask


The coconut. The magical fruit with multiple health and beauty benefits seems to be everywhere and in everything.  Whether as a beverage, used for cooking or moisturizing, it really is a unique fruit.

One of the many uses of the coconut is to use coconut oil as a hair mask. Coconut oil is extremely nourishing and moisturizing, and due to its chemical structure, it effectively penetrates the hair shaft to improve hair strength and reduce breakage and split ends.  The result is lustrous shine and soft, manageable hair.

•Start with organic, extra-virgin coconut oil, which has not been refined or hydrogenated.
•Apply before going to bed, (do not apply above the earlobe) cover with a shower cap to allow it to soak into your hair overnight.
•In the morning, when you are ready to shower, apply shampoo to your oil-slicked hair before wetting it (if you apply the shampoo after your hair is wet, it will remain greasy and difficult to remove.)  Follow up with a dollop of your regular conditioner and rinse thoroughly.
•Style as desired.
 

You will fall in love with the results and swing your hair around like a model.  As you should!
 


xoxo Jenn

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SWIRL HAIR: CLIP IN BANGS TUTORIAL


Sometimes I don’t like combing my hair – it’s nappy; however, I like to look like I combed my hair. I made clip-in bangs because I had leftover hair from making clip-in weave (tutorial later).  

I sometimes wear this look if my hair is wet and in a twist-out (as pictured above), and well, mamma has places to be and things to do. Mamma is also too lazy to wake up two hours earlier than needed to do something with her hair. Sleep is a precious commodity in my world.

Supplies needed:

Hair (matched as close to your hair color and texture as possible)

Wig Clips

Hot Glue Gun

Scissors

Mirror

Scarf or Headband


Step 1:  Measure weft of hair to the desired width against your upper forehead/hairline. I double-up on the weft (fold in half), hot glue where hair is folded.

Step 2: Lay out two wig clips. Make sure the curved side is facing down/matching the curvature of your head.

Step 3: Hot glue hair to top of wig clips. Wig clips should be on each end.

Step 4: Clip hair in where desired

Step 5: Cut – I did a fringe

Step 6: Cover your whole head in a scarf with bangs peeking out, or use headband to cover where the bangs are clipped in

Step 7: Own it

If you mess up, just try again.  It’s not your real hair…


xoxo Amal

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SWIRL HAIR: INDIAN OILS


I was wearing weaves in the early 90’s. Looooong weaves that looked somewhat natural. Then I went REALLY natural for over 10 years and loved it. But childbirth and age prompted me to throw in the occasional extension. When I moved to LA in 2008, I found a weave genius and wore a beautiful full head for two years while my hair fully repaired. I took out my weave for good after losing one of my best friends to ovarian cancer in 2010. I’d throw in the occasional clip-in hair but I was finished with sewing in.

Photo from www.myhenna.us

Photo from www.myhenna.us

During a visit to India in 2013, I picked up three different oils to promote hair growth. That is when the obsession began. I now have about 10 hair oils, masks, etc from India and they are far less expensive than anything else. Oh, and they work. I just applied Vatika Naturals Garlic Hair Oil as a pre-wash conditioner while I write this but I don’t smell like garlic at all. It contains Garlic, Lemon and Rosemary and some chemicals that may be not so healthy but I do so many healthy things, I’m not going to worry.

The oils penetrate great and define my curls. My hair has pretty much stopped breaking which a a big deal for a woman over 40. The nearly 7 oz. bottle was $3.99. I’ll shampoo and condition and then massage homemade Triphala oil with Bhringraj  into my scalp. The “Triphala Plus” doesn’t smell so great (fried something!) but it keeps my hair crazy soft and again--no breakage!



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SWIRL HAIR: Renpure's Coconut Creme


This week we are all are sharing hair products we are currently Obsessed with. 

Of the four of us I would say I am least qualified in the hair department because I am pretty low-maintenance (at least when it comes to hair;). For one I dye my own hair- which I know my hair stylist friends hate, but $13 every 6 weeks is just so hard to beat! Second, I am lucky enough to get my trims in my own house (and sometimes in my work parking lot) by my friend Alex who now works with me, but used to be a hair stylist at my friend Jamie's salon in Colorado

Beyond that my routine consists of washing my hair about twice a week and then just conditioning it each night before bed. Then I twist my hair on top of my head with bobbypins, go to bed, and shake it out the next morning and hope it looks 1/2 way decent. Once a week I also use Olaplex No. 3 on my hair overnight (I will talk about in another post because it is amazing!). 

So let's talk about Shampoo and Conditioner. A few months ago I came across Renpure hair products while I was perusing the Target section on Google Express. I was intrigued for 3 reasons:

  1. I am obsessed with Coconut Oil (Like majorly obsessed. I use it for everything! Barlean's Organic Virgin Coconut Oil in Island Fresh is my absolute favorite.)

  2. It is free from all harmful chemicals

  3. The price was super low! $5.99 a bottle at Target!

So I purchased the Coconut Creme Shampoo and Conditioner for both my daughter and I to use. Before this we had been using Carol's Daughter which I still like, I just like to switch back and forth between quite a few products. Product ADD I guess you could say! 

Coconut Creme Shampoo and Conditioner

The Coconut Creme is great for dry and damaged hair which I definitely have. If you have seen my picture then you can see that my hair is a level of blonde that is basically glow in the dark and that doesn’t come without some damage! I have used expensive products in the past (Kerastase, Aveda, etc…) but for the last couple years I have just felt silly spending that much. But I have to say I am pretty impressed with the Renpure products! I like that they are free of sulfates, parabens and synthetic colors (they are Gluten Free also). I also love that the bottle says they test on the Redmond family members, never on animals!

My daughter has wavy hair that gets curlier towards the nape of her neck. I love her curls so much, I call the ones by her neck her “curly fries” they are the cutest! The top of her hair is much looser waves. I have actually only cut her hair once in her whole life because the ends are healthy and it doesn't grow very quickly- plus she has amazing blonde ends on her hair and I don’t want to cut those off:) In the summer she also gets gorgeous natural red/copper highlights. 

Even though we never use heat on her hair, it is a little dry and our beach lifestyle doesn’t help- we spend A LOT of time in the sun, ocean and chlorine. The Coconut Creme product keeps it well moisturized and her curls look great.

In addition we both use a mixture of Carol's Daughter products to style our hair. Oddly enough, while we have very different hair but my hair responds really well to heavier product that also works on her hair. So I put a small amount (like a nickel) of Carol's Daughter Marguerite's Magic and mix it with a small amount of CD Hair Balm in my hands and then run it through both of our hair. I buy this product at Target also. 

So that is our routine! Easy and inexpensive! Let me know if you have used any of these products and if so what you think of them! 

 

Here is a review from beauty blogger Tracy Timberlake on some other Renpure products that she recommends for multiethnic hair. I have not tried this particular line, but the video gives a lot of great information. 

















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