Good as Gold

Okay so let’s talk about my hair.

My hair is one of the ways I express myself. I love wearing my gray, pink, lavender, blue, and white wigs because it gives me such a unique look and I feel like it’s so ME.I have no idea why, but last November, I decided to go blonde. I loved the way my Khloe wig looked on me, so I decided to make my real hair that color. I went from box dye (I know) permanent black hair to platinum blonde in about 6 months.

I regret it so much. My hair is fried, I had to cut off so much from the damage, and lost even more from breakage. I didn’t like the platinum look either because I felt like it washed me out. Hey, we learn from our mistakes! Luckily I have my wigs so I could just throw one on when I had to go somewhere or film without feeling weird about my hair washing me out.

My hair god in New York, Alex from The Drawing Room in Soho (this is not where I went blonde), referred me to my hair god in Miami, Julia from Atma Beauty in South Beach, who literally helped me love my hair again the way it is. Julia glossed my hair and blended it so that my dark roots seamlessly melt into my blonde, which is a lot more golden and not very platinum. That gloss made all the difference in the world for me. You may not see the difference but for me, it made me confident.

Last night I went to dinner with my friend Matthew from the pageant industry and my business partner/boyfriend Franz. I decided to wear something casual but cute and of course, GLAM. My client from Miss Earth United States, Brittany Georgia asked me to style her hair like this for the first day of her pageant and I was so obsessed with how it came out, I had to try th elook on myself!

The original look that inspired me on Brittany Georgia!

For my shorter hair, I used my Zala honey beach blonde hair extensions to give my hair length, density, and the illusion of health 🙂

Here’s a video with everything you need to know about hair extensions!

Top: Forever21

Bag: Celine

Jeans: Zara

Shoes: Adidas 

I found the Adidas shoes on Poshmark, my favorite shopping app for super cheap! You can join Poshmark to find anything you need in fashion, and you can shop my personal closet too: https://poshmark.com/closet/lisaopie Get $5 off your first order on Poshmark when you sign up using code: HSNQH

Key beauty products: 

Oribe DRY Texturizing Spray

CASHMERE Lashes from The LadyCode Shop

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Androgyny Palette

Kevyn Aucoin Neo Highlighter

Ardell Beauty Brow Pen in Soft Black and Medium Brown

lisa lashes

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Beach Waves Hair Tutorial

Hey LadyCode!

I’ve been obsessed with effortless beach waves ever since I learned how to do them from Jen Atkin at her Mane University class in NYC! Here is my take on the beach waves with a full talk through tutorial:

 

CURLING WAND: Vanity Planet http://vpwow.com/lisaopie – This wand retails for $49.99 but you can get it for $25 (50%off) with code “lisaopie” The wand ships worldwide and includes a heat-save glove 🙂

DNA Hair Tools straightener: https://goo.gl/7eMEH3 Use code “LADYCODE” for $$ off sitewide, including their gorgeous hair extensions!

Products used:
-OUAI Memory mist
-Oribe Dry Spray
-Oribe Dry Conditioner
-Tresemme 5 Hold hair spray
-Wide tooth teasing comb

If you try this look, tag @ladycodeofficial in your pictures so we can repost them and show some love!

XOX

Lisa

Miss World Americas National Director Elizabeth Safrit Believes in Empowering Women Through Pageantry

Miss World Americas 2014 and the newly appointed director of America’s Miss World, Elizabeth Safrit shares some exciting news with LadyCode. We are so excited to share Elizabeth’s story because LadyCode is all about women empowerment, and Elizabeth, along with her mother, Lynne Safrit, have made it their goal to do just that with this year’s America’s Miss World pageant. The pageant will be held in Orlando, Florida August 8-13, 2017. To learn more about becoming a national finalist at America’s Miss World 2017, visit: http://www.americasworld.org.

LadyCode: Elizabeth, thank you so much for taking the time to share your exciting news with us. What brought you into the world of pageantry?

Elizabeth: I fell into pageantry by accident. A family friend asked me to compete in a pageant because he needed one more girl in order to hold the pageant. I was 19 at the time and I fell in love with it because it encouraged me to stay focused on my health, current events, and philanthropy.

LC: Here at LadyCode we are so excited to find that this is an all female-led organization, and I’m sure that being a former contestant and international finalist will help you plan an amazing experience for your national finalists this year! What are some important things you learned as a contestant that influenced the format of the new America’s Miss World?

ES: It certainly helps to have gone through the process myself! What I love about Miss World is that every activity, every day is part of the competition. You always have judges around, whether you know it or not. We want someone who is Miss World all the time, not just onstage. I love that about Miss World and the women who compete with our organization really enjoy it as well because it helps them to know that the best woman truly prevails.

Our pageant this year is much more like the international competition than ever before. The only true difference is with the addition of activewear, in which we give the opportunity to the finalists to showcase their dedication to a healthy lifestyle onstage. The Miss World sports competition is usually not open to the public, but we really wanted the United States audience to learn more about that competition. We want young girls and women to know that they don’t have to be a certain size to be considered beautiful and healthy, we just want them to strive to be confident and meet their own personal goals of fitness.

LC: With the change in directorship, what is the new direction you are taking with America’s Miss World?

ES: We are incredibly thrilled to have the opportunity to create a fresh start for Miss World in the United States. When we were discussing the changes with the Miss World Organization, we found it imperative to have female leaders in an organization that strives to champion and empower women. Lynne was an executive for a national company for 30+ years and has vast expertise in economic development and philanthropy. I have the experience with the Miss World Organization, pageantry, and marketing. We hope our involvement proves how much we love this organization and believe in it. We want to move forward as an organization that offers new and exciting opportunities for women to showcase their talents on the largest international level.

LC: As a member of the pageant community, I know that Miss World has a massive fan base internationally. With this fresh start for America’s Miss World in the United States, how do you plan to promote the organization to build a fan base in the US?

ES: The first step is to work on getting our national pageant televised, which we are actively pursuing. Miss World is a breath of fresh air, as it continues to modernize to reflect the women of our generation. We want to give the fans a new kind of pageant to be excited about – Miss World isn’t just gown and swimsuit, there are so many different factors that can determine the outcome. The more people realize the calibre of women who have started at Miss World- Lynda Carter, Halle Berry, Priyanka Chopra, Aishwarya Rai- the stronger our fan base becomes. Miss World has produced more Hollywood royalty than any other pageant!

LC:The Miss World Organization heavily emphasizes the importance of philanthropy with its Beauty With a Purpose portion of the competition. How will you motivate your national finalists to use this platform to give back?

ES: Beauty with a Purpose is the core of the Miss World Organization. We’ve established an entire day dedicated to promoting Beauty with a Purpose during the national final. America’s Miss World partnered with Best Buddies to pair each finalist with a buddy for the day and the pairs will focus on activities to learn “Miss World values”- leadership, confidence, social media skill, and more. We’ve also created an incentive for the finalists to fundraise for Best Buddies. Best Buddies has created a website specifically for our finalists- the highest fundraiser will receive a spot in the finals. It all goes to a great cause and it’s a fun competition- Best Buddies will be actively updating the leaderboard with the top 5 or 10 fundraisers so we can see who is really pushing hard for the organization!

LC: As the oldest running international beauty pageant, Miss World has consistently evolved throughout the years to represent the woman and her place in society. How are you tailoring this competition to reflect the role of today’s woman?

ES: Like Miss World, we do not have a swimsuit competition. However, health and fitness is a key part of our competition, as it is for women everywhere. We’ve included an onstage fitness-wear portion of competition in addition to the fitness competition (gym exercises). It’s a fun way to let the contestants showcase their hard work in the gym and dedication to a healthy lifestyle. We’ve partnered with Sthenos Activewear (https://sthenos.com), which is an LA-based brand made in the United States, for the onstage fitness competition. Every contestant will model pieces of their choosing from the Sthenos line.

Miss World highlights the value of women beyond external beauty. We interview our finalists in different interview settings, encourage them to make a difference with their Beauty with a Purpose projects, promote a healthy lifestyle, and embrace their unique qualities that make them so amazing.

LC: What can the winner of America’s Miss World 2017 expect to experience during her reign?

ES: With Miss World being held earlier this year, Miss World America can expect to hit the ground running with preparation for the international competition. She will immediately go to Chicago for wardrobe design with Mac Duggal, begin her appearance schedule, and start filming her videos for Miss World. She’ll have a group of incredibly talented people to guide her and she will go to Miss World with every intention of coming back to the United States as the new Miss World.

LC: As a former finalist, do you have any advice for the women competing this year?

ES: I would encourage the finalists to let their beauty shine from within. They should be kind and compassionate, yet confident in who they are. We are looking for an ambassador for our organization…and our country.

 

Tickets are available now on https://www.universe.com/events/miss-world-america-and-miss-teen-world-america-pageant-tickets-1M8VXG. We hope to see you there!

Subculture Palette Review

I was sooo bummed when I found out the Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette by Mario was limited edition, but today I discovered something that gave me hope. My Subculture palette arrived in the mail. I purchased this palette for reviewing purposes and I honestly didn’t have high expectations for it: It wasn’t something I felt like I absolutely NEEDED.

THAT opinion of the palette changed as soon as I dipped my brush into the buttery smooth pigment! I created a super easy look on camera, and I realized the possibilities are endless with this new ABH palette.

Watch my unboxing, first impressions, tutorial, and review of the Subculture Palette in the video below:

If you are looking for a palette that will satisfy your need for the discontinued Master Palette by Mario, this is your new BFF!

This palette will be available at Sephora stores in August and it should be restocking on the Anastasia Beverly Hills website soon!

XOX

@Lisa_Opie

Hair Extensions: BEST & WORST Review

If I’m not wearing a wig from The LadyCode Shop, I am most likely in hair extensions because I have very fine hair. I love how glamorous I feel in extensions, but there are some sets of extensions that make me feel more like a hot mess than a glam goddess. Here is my breakdown of the BEST and WORST hair extensions I have tried:

BEST: 

  1. Hair Secrets–  I am in LOVE with my Hair Secrets extensions. They are clip-in extensions with major density! The quality is amazing and the hair is easy to style and blends seamlessly with your natural hair. https://goo.gl/uSTRRX $219 Use code LADYCODE for $10 off
  2. Secret Extensions– I love the halo style of the secret extensions and you can beat the price! If you need some extra volume for a daytime look, definitely grab this easy halo set. $39.99 https://goo.gl/cJ5sv9

BLAH: 

  1. Zala Hair Extensions– I had high expectations for Zala because so many YouTubers rave about Zala. I was not impressed. The extensions are cute and they do the trick but it is not something I would repurchase. https://goo.gl/unUwDU $169

WORST:

  1. Bellami Hair–  I really don’t know what is wrong with Bellami hair. The hair gets easily matted, the consistency of the hair almost feels sticky, and it doesn’t blend into your hair at all! The hair is choppy looking on the ends. I think the worst part about Bellami is their customer service. If you complain about their horrible product, good luck getting a response back. https://goo.gl/sKxjPS

Watch the video below to see all 4 extensions and more details about each set!

XOX

Lisa

Source Vital Giveaway

Source Vital Giveaway

Happy Wellness Wednesday everyone,

For those of you that have been following Lady Code for a while, you have come to learn that health, wellness, and motivation are big passions of mine. That being said, I have some exciting news! I am starting a separate blog from The Lady Code Blog called Haute and Holistic. I am sure you have read the occasional post where my mom, Dr. Elizabeth Trattner, shares her insights on health and wellness. Now, we are going to be writing and sharing our thoughts and insights together.

I will, however, still be writing for the Lady Code Blog and sharing my favorite products and health tips with you on this forum.

To launch Haute and Holistic, we are doing a giveaway of the new line I shared a few weeks ago, Source Vital Apothecary! Allow me to refresh your memory: they are an all-natural skin line whose roots date back nearly 30 years, way before natural and organic products were popular in the skin care world. Adding to their appeal, they continue to use only plant based ingredients which is great since many other skin care brands contain parabens and toxic chemicals which enter our blood stream and endocrine system through our skin causing a range of health problems like cancer, neurological disorders and even learning disabilities in children.

Source Vital Logo

I’m not the only one in love with this line! Source Vital was ranked as a “Buyers Favorite” at Indie Beauty Expo Dallas 2017! Now, I want to share this wonderful line with you! By entering this Giveaway you have the chance to win:

  • Deozein Natural Deodorant (Original) = $16.95 (retail)
  • Deozein Zest Natural Deodorant = $16.95 (retail)
  • Night Repair Cream = $49.95 (retail)
  • Algae Deep Scrub = $32.95 (retail)

The wonderful thing about Source Vital’s Deodorants is that it protects your body from odor causing bacteria, but unlike other “natural” deodorants, it does not inhibit your body’s natural functions. Additionally, they are not tested on animals, but by Source Vital employees so you know it works.

The Night Repair Cream is great for moisturizing and hydrating your skin. It is made with seaweed, plant extracts and essential oils which both nourish and restore young looking skin to provide your skin with a more youthful glow.

The Algae Deep Scrub is great and is one of Source Vital’s best sellers. This product contains seaweed and peppermint, along with natural corundum crystals which help cleanse the skin free of dead skin and dirt. It will leave your face feeling both refreshed and nourished.

The Rules

This contest is open to HauteandHolistic subscribers and @source_vital followers only! You will receive an additional entry if you are following Lady Code. Since writing for Lady Code, I have enjoyed the opportunity to correspond with many of our followers and I cannot tell you how much I love and appreciate you. It would mean so much to me if you continued to follow my posts on Lady Code’s Sister channel, Haute and Holistic www.hauteandholistic.com

The winner will be chosen at random from all entries on July 26th.

HAUTE AND HOLISTIC SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:
Instagram: @charvontratt, @hauteandholistic, @dreliztratts
Twitter: @charvontratt
Blog: www.hauteandholistic.com

SOURCE VITAL MEDIA LINKS:
Instagram: @source_vital
Twitter: @SourceVital
Website: https://www.sourcevital.com

I will be using Gleam.I.O to select the winner at random: https://gleam.io/competitions/6Xwcz-source-vital-give-away

 

I wish everyone the best of luck!

Happy Wellness Wednesday everyone.

Love and light,

Char ❤

 

 

 

KKW Beauty Contour Kit Unboxing + First Impressions!

Hey LadyCode!

It’s been a crazy week for me and things about to get crazier because I’ll pretty much be living out of a suitcase and on a plane for the month of July, and on top of all the business and traveling, I’m also moving into a new apartment. Let’s pray I get through this month. I was not planning to film today so this review is super last minute, but my KKW Beauty Contour Kit arrived in the mail today so I decided to film this video before I start traveling!

Click here to watch my full KKW Contour Kit Unboxing video

Here is a closer look at the packaging and the instructions for the kit:

My final thoughts:

I don’t like the brush or sponge that the kit came with, I noticed better results when I used my own tools. I recommend the EcoTools versions of a beauty blender used damp to blend the formula.

You get VERY little product and I definitely don’t think it is worth $48 (+ $8.95 shipping). For $9 more, you can get the Kevyn Aucoin Contour book from Sephora with free shipping. I was expecting worse but this isn’t the best product on the market either. Smashbox makes great contour sticks as well.

Here is a video I filmed earlier with my current favorite cream contour palette:

In New York We Wear Black

Two years ago when I moved to New York, I learned something quickly. New Yorkers wear black, and there are so many reasons why. Wearing white in NYC is always a bad idea because that white piece will probably be gray by the time you step off the train. Black never goes out of style and its easy to look effortlessly chic in all black. Bae wanted to take me on a date yesterday so I threw on this all black look and tossed my hair up in a messy-ish bun.

 

Glasses: Forever 21
Choker: Charlotte Russe
Shoes: Primma Diva
Leggings: Boohoo
Top: ZARA
Bag: Saint Laurent

New Must Try Skin Line: Source Vital

Happy Motivational Monday Everyone,

For Motivational Monday, I want to educate viewers of Lady Code to search for natural alternatives for their traditional beauty products. Many brands contain parabens and toxic chemicals which enter our blood stream and endocrine system through our skin causing a range of health problems like cancer, neurological disorders and even learning disabilities in children. Isn’t it crazy to think everyday products like lip gloss, shampoo and lotion are not regulated by the FDA while some are even linked to cancer!? Although they may contain the word “organic” or “natural” not all the ingredients truthfully meet our definition of the word. Have no fear, there are many websites that allow the consumer to research beauty products like Skin Deep or Think Dirty to make educated decisions in this industry.

However, last month, while attending the Indie Beauty Expo, one company in particular really stood out for me, Source Vitál Apothecary, whose roots date back nearly 30 years, way before natural and organic products were popular in the skin care world. Fascinated with their approach to skin and beauty, I decided to interview and investigate this modern-day apothecary brand. Source Vital is a safe alternative to the traditional skin and beauty brands that contain harmful ingredients and I highly encourage you explore their products.

Their Story

Founders and day spa owners, Jerry Pope and Brea Gratia sought products for their spa which contained naturally-derived ingredients that were proven to work. Unable to procure products that met their high standards they set out to develop the products themselves. From the beginning, their goal was to create a connection between mind, body and spirit linking to the beauty industry. Launching with an eye balm, the end result is a combination of 100% pure essential oils (sourced from all over the world), botanicals plants and seaweeds, working in synergy to deliver visible benefits for the skin.

Their Ingredients

To this day, Souce Vitál continues to use only natural ingredients, never using chemicals or toxins in their formulas. Honoring the founders’ initial mission, Source Vitál continues to use only plant-based ingredients which embodies the holistic approach they are trying to create. Furthermore, they strive to utilize earth and sea derived elements which the body easily recognizes to help rebuild and strengthen our bodies.

Their Mission and Vision

Through the creation of natural products for “the skin, body, mind and spirit” they want to make the world a happier, healthier and more peaceful place to live, while creating “holistic health one bottle at a time.” The company firm believes that our natural world contains vital products such as essential oils, seaweed and plant extracts, which we can use for therapy. They have seen benefits ranging from clear skin to increased overall well-being and even a calm mind. I personally experience a sense of calm when use their Tranquil Multi-spray.

Must Try Products

Since learning about Source Vital, I have been experimenting with their products and have fallen in love with them, my favorites being:

  1. The Tranquil Multispray made from lavender and chamomile to release tension and stress.
  2. The Lemongrass mani/ pedi cream made with 100% pure essential oils and shea butter and beeswax.
  3. Deozein Natural Deodorant made with essential oils, mineral salts, and algae. The great thing about this deodorant is that it does not contain aluminum chlorohydrate, aluminum zirconium, aluminum chloride or other toxic chemicals, nor does it stain your clothes.

Please consider checking out Source Vital and they story and products online! Watch the video below to learn more!

 

Love and Light,

Char ❤