Meet Miss Globe Georgia United States 2017: Jalen Graves

Lady Code is the one of the media sponsors of Miss Globe United States, which means we have the opportunity to meet and interview each state delegate for Miss Globe United States before they head off to compete for the national title this September in Washington, DC! Our first interview in this series is Jalen Graves, Miss Georgia Globe United States 2017!

Meet your Georgia queen: 

Hiii!!!! I’m Jalen Graves, born and raised in Fairfield, Alabama. I have recently relocated to the Atlanta area, after graduating from Alabama State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation services. Currently I am pursuing a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation counseling at Georgia State University. When I have spare time, I love to cuddle with my fur baby.

Quick facts…
Hometown: Fairfield, AL
Current City: Atlanta, GA
Hobbies: Cooking, Scrapbooking
Favorite food: Anything with cheese
Favorite movie: Love Jones
Three words that sum you up: Love is Everything
Song you have on repeat right now: Bruno Mars –That’s What I Like
Dream job: Owner and Director of Community Empowerment Center
Beauty product you can’t live without: MASCARA!!!
Favorite quote: “The harder you work, the luckier you get”

Being Miss Globe Georgia must keep you pretty busy! What is a typical day like for you?
That is so true! I usually wake up at about 8am, have breakfast and head to the gym. Twice a week I have class, so I do that and get the tons of homework I have done. When I’m not in class I may attend a workshop or meeting for one of the organizations that I am in. One the weekends I usually take my fur baby to the park and hang out with my friends.

What has been the highlight of being Miss Globe Georgia so far?
Learning!! This is my first time holding a state title and there is so much that goes into. I’m really enjoying preparing for the national pageant and doing interviews like this one.

What are some of your best beauty secrets to looking flawless all the time?
Mine is primer… because I am oily and I hate for my makeup to slide. Primer is definitely one thing that I will splurge on. Also, drinking a lot of water to help keep my complexion clear and luminous.

Growing up, who was your inspiration?
My parents without a doubt. They both came from backgrounds that could have easily counted them out but found a way to persevere. I very proud of my daddy who has just gained a Master’s degree at the age of 60.

Lady Code has a focus on anti-bullying and women empowerment. Do you have any advice for our readers who may be victims of bullying?
Tell someone you trust. I know that bullying can sometimes silence its victims for so many different reasons, but it is my hope that one confidant can provide so much refuge that those that are bullied are able to withstand it until they feel comfortable to stand up or tell someone of authority.

Tell us about your platform:
My platform is all about mental health awareness. As a counselor in training it is a topic that has become very close to my heart. I want to use my voice and position to share with people that mental illness is a disability and we as a society should work together to help those affected because we all are touched by it in some way.

What can Lady Code readers do in their communities to get involved?
Don’t be afraid to ask!!! There are very few clubs and organizations that will turn down volunteers. So just ask around to people that are involved into something you have an interest in, I’m sure they would be happy to have some help.

In your free time, what do you enjoy doing?
I love catching up on my shows. As a queen and a college student, I have very small pockets of free time and always try to use those to catch up on my favorite TV shows like Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder.

What is your go-to makeup look?
A natural look with Springy eyes and dramatic lashes.

What is one thing you can’t live without?
The one thing I can’t live without….. My MacBook. I take it EVERYWHERE!!! I never know when I need to check and send emails or jump on Facebook. Plus it has all of my favorite music right at my fingertips.

What is the hardest part about competing in pageants?
I would have to say the hardest part about competition is deciding on a gown. There are always so many beautiful ones to choose from and so many different styles. We have to decide which colors pop and what I will feel most confident in. It’s really a task, but super rewarding at the end.

What is the best part about competing in pageants?
I love getting glammed up! I’m not that girl that is super flashy every day, so competing gives me the chance to completely transform and I love it.

What is the best advice you have ever received?
For as long as I can remember my mommy would always tell me that respect never goes out of style. I have always held on to that and remembered to demand respect and respect other people.

Keep up with Jalen:
Twitter: jgraves0793
Instagram: Commenta7y_100
Facebook Fan Page: Miss Globe Georgia United States

 

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Crushin’ on Little Pink Riding Hood

You all know by now that I live in the North Pole New York, where it’s still jacket weather in late April. My heater is still running in my home and most of the time, I still need to dress warmly to go out. Yesterday was an exception though, it was just mild with some scattered rain so I got to pull out this adorable pink crushed velvet shirt dress I’ve been dying to wear. Enough about the weather, let’s talk about this look:

Wig: “GAGA” The LadyCode Shop
Cap: Dimepiece LA
Choker: Forever 21
Dress: Forever 21
Boots: WantMyLook
Stockings: Boohoo
Earrings: Love Culture Miami
Rings: H&M, Chelsea Market

APRIL 2017 IPSY & BOXYCHARM

Hey dolls!

My Ipsy AND Boxycharm both came early this month, but I was so excited about my Boxycharm that I unboxed it WAY before my ipsy! My April 2017 Ipsy bag was super BLAH, but I think the April 2017 Boxycharm was one of the BEST yet!!

Watch the two videos below and let me know which one YOU like better ❤

 


Click here to learn more about ipsy
Click here to learn more about BOXYCHARM

PS. The LadyCode Shop officially launched my lash line, LisaLASHES today! Click here to shop my lashes ❤ 

Spring Transition Outfit 2017: New York

Hi Dolllies!

I’ve already announced on my socials and on YouTube that life has been giving me some LEMONS lately..It has just been the strangest time where I’ve had the most amazing things happening in my professional life, but then some nightmares happening in my personal life. I’ve worked through everything and I feel like I’ve come out of this challenging time a more confident, inspired, and independent woman.

This look is all about transitioning from winter to spring. Here in New York the weather is flip-flopping between FREEZING and BURNING so this is definitely transition time. The key to dressing in NY in these times is LAYERS. I love this loose blush lace-up top from Forever 21 because it is warm when it needs to be, but lose-fitting so it also adjusts to cool me down. I paired this look with some simple leggings from Boohoo.

Okay here is a secret. I am adding TWO new wigs to the LisaHAIR collection, and this one is OFFICIALLY the “Queen Bee” wig. I love adding new wig kits to the family and I’m getting tons of requests for NATURAL wigs, and COLORFUL wigs. Girl, I am bringing you the best of both. Wait til you see my “Peaches” wig!

Queen Bee wig coming soon to www.ladycodeshop.com 

Bag: Forever 21

Pumps: JLUXLABEL

I just posted my April Boxycharm unboxing video on Youtube, so make sure you watch and subscribe ❤

XOX

 

Lisa

Morphe 35R Palette Review + Comparison with Morphe 35o//25b

Hey LadyCode!

My Morphe 35R palette arrived today, and I was SO excited until I laid it next to my Morphe 35O and 25B palette and realized it seemed like I bought the same palette 3 times. I decided instead doing a review or tutorial, I’m going to compare all 3 because they LOOK similar, bu they are a little different! Watch the full video below:

IN OTHER NEWS….

Today was SUCH a fun day because Morgan from LadyCode took over the LadyCode snapchat account, and she showed us her hometown and did a GORGEOUS full face tutorial! It was such a hit! Check out her finished look below:

We have another takeover tomorrow, Samantha from LadyCode is going to take over and show us her Kylie Cosmetics collection! She has every single product except the new blushes and velvet mattes, how LUCKY is she!? I’m so excited that we can live through her tomorrow on snap 🙂

Scan the snapcode below or add “TheLadyCode” on snapchat to tune in ASAP!

 

PROM MAKEUP TUTORIAL 2017 || Affordable/Low End Products and LisaLASHES!

Hey LadyCode!

I’m so excited to share this prom makeup tutorial with you all, not only because its a fun prom look that gets you GLAM with drugstore/low end products, but also because its the first tutorial I have posted using my LisaLASHES!

I recently launched The LadyCode Shop, and I’ve been keeping everything pretty low-key since I am just getting started. If you want to learn more about the shop, just add @theladycodeshop on Instagram. My lashes have not launched yet, and I’ll be sharing the launch date very soon!

Here is the full tutorial:


Key products:

Morphe Mocha Palette Giveaway: https://goo.gl/9IWgZN
Morphe Brush Set: https://goo.gl/83ZHCP
So Susan Cosmetics Afterglow: https://goo.gl/SbNK8J
LisaLASHES “Celebrity Crush”: https://goo.gl/vupdPd

I also have a special announcement! I LOVE my LadyCode community so I’ve started scheduling Snapchat takeovers on the Lady Code snapchat account (theladycode). The FIRST takeover will be tomorrow, with Morgan taking over to show us some swatches of her new Colourpop eyeshadows. I’m really excited for these takeovers because it allows us to get to know each other better and you all get to hang out with a LadyCode sister for a day. The best part is that since we are all so international, you can share YOUR country or city with us when you take over! If you want to take over the LadyCode snapchat account, send your idea to: @ladycodeofficial on Instagram in a DM.

Scan the snapcode to add us on snap!

 

How To Get BIG, BEACHY CURLS With VOLUME Using a Straightener

Hey dolls!

I’m currently snowed in thanks to good ol’ Stella! This blizzard hit us yesterday and it still hasn’t stopped snowing here in New York. I’m not to upset about it because I am packing my bags for a little weekend getaway this weekend to JAMAICA! I’m so excited to be wearing my new Vizcaya Swimwear bikinis on the beach!

Since I’m always in beach mode, I decided to so a tutorial on how I style beachy waves on myself and my Vizcaya Swimwear models with a hair straightener. I did a full tutorial on this look on my YouTube channel:

PRODUCTS USED:
Peter Coppola Shampoo & Conditioner: https://goo.gl/uKN4NK
Peter Coppola Brush & Blow Spray: https://goo.gl/uKN4NK
Peter Coppola Serum: https://goo.gl/6OgmYk
T3 Micro Singlepass Straightener: https://goo.gl/kxIYHr
Big Sexy Hair Dry Spray: https://goo.gl/QtnVzL
Peter Coppola STEEL Spray: https://goo.gl/v0TdOQ

LINK TO ENTER $50 SEPHORA & PETER COPPOLA GIFT SET GIVEAWAY: https://goo.gl/EqO5CM

If you’re in the northeast like me, I hope you are staying safe and warm through this blizzard! XOX

Jeffree Star Cosmetics “ANDROGYNY” Eyeshadow Palette Review

Jeffree Star Cosmetics launched its Androgyny eyeshadow palette on Saturday, and I rushed to purchase mine. Since all of my previous purchases from Jeffree Star Cosmetics shipped super fast, I decided to get regular shipping for my Jeffree Star Cosmetics Androgyny palette. BIG mistake. I found out on Wednesday that people who ordered their palettes from Beautylish got FREE 2-day shipping on their palettes! I JUST got mine delivered today, and its Friday. So for this palette, it took 5 days to reach me after I ordered the palette.

Was is worth the wait?

Well, yes and no. Since I love buying makeup and pretty much collect palettes, this palette was a new addition to my collection that is aesthetically pleasing and OK to use. I don’t LOVE it, but I will be using the palette again.

Watch my full unboxing, tutorial, and Androgyny Palette Review in the video below:

What do you think about the Jeffree Star Androgyny palette?

Let me know in the comments below!

XOX

Lisa

Kylie Cosmetics Kylighter REVIEW, DUPES, and Giveaway Announcement!

Hey dolls!

I hope you all had an amazing weekend! I just returned from NYC to a nice surprise in my mailbox! The first surprise was a gift from LadyCode’s Morgan Caroline Taylor (@mcarolinex3 on IG). She was sweet enough to send me 3 highlighters to review! That made my day!

The second package was the Kylie Cosmetics Kylighters. I ordered 2 Kylighters, one to try and review, and the other one to give away. I asked you all to decide which on you wanted on Twitter, and here are the results!

So, I got the Cotton Candy Cream Kylighter to include in my next giveaway, and the French Vanilla to try.

Check out my Kylighter review here:

So, everything worked out perfectly because I got Morgan’s gift today, and one of the highlighters turned out to be a perfect affordable dupe for the Cotton Candy Cream Kylighter!

Make sure you subscribe to qualify to enter the Kylighter giveaway on YouTube when I announce it! I post a ton of secrets on my Snapchat and I am the MOST active on Twitter right now, so if you have any questions, definitely Tweet me! My Twitter and Instagram is: @Lisa_Opie. If you want to see what I’m working on or be the FIRST to know about anything related to LadyCode, join the snapfam: lisalopie

 

XOXO

Lisa

Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero GLOW KIT UNBOXING!

My Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit just arrived in the mail today so I rushed to my studio to film an unboxing and first impressions for you! This palette was one that I was SUPER excited to try, because each color looked PERFECT and the pigmentation and formula looked amazing. After trying it out, the formula is to DIE for and the pigmentation is gold. I did have a little problem with the product though… Watch the video below to see what happened when I opened my ABH x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit package from Sephora:

I’m still speechless and praying that Sephora will understand and replace this palette! I hope no one else got their ABH Nicole Guerriero GLOW KIT broken like this!! It’s so sad because it is SUCH a pretty palette and the formula is amazing from what I tried….RIP.