How to Prepare for a Hair and Makeup Appointment with Beauty by LadyCode

You have your appointment booked with the Lady Code Beauty Team for your special event, and now you’re wondering, should I wash my hair right before my appointment? What do I wear?…This article is here to make you feel 100% ready for glam sesh with LadyCode!

BOOKING YOUR APPOINTMENT:

Our new client registration form allows us to learn more about your and your hair and makeup goals for your event. Please make sure you share with us your skin concerns, any cosmetic allergies or sensitivities, and inspiration photos so that we can prepare for your appointment accordingly.

LOCATION:

Beauty by LadyCode primarily services beauty pageants and we are always on-site, so we are nothing but a quick elevator ride from you. If we are not providing services in a designated ballroom space, we are in a beauty suite in the host hotel or backstage during a competition. Room numbers and ballroom names are shared with you via your email address provided at booking. When in doubt, contact LadyCode.

Miss Florida Teen USA 2018, Lou Schieffelin– Hair and makeup by Lisa from LadyCode

SKIN PREP:

Please arrive with clean, dry skin. You may wear a light moisturizer if you have dry skin. If you are “picky” about your eyebrows, you may arrive with your eyebrows filled in. We are picky about eyebrows too and we always create the perfect brow for your face shape, but we know that brows can be something personal and we want you to feel 100% confident in your glam!

We strongly recommend getting your eyebrows/upper lip professionally waxed or threaded 1 week before your event.

Payton Stockman for Miss Vizcaya Swimwear 2018–Hair and makeup by Lisa from LadyCode

HAIR PREP:

Please wash hair the night before, not day of your appointment. You must arrive with completely dry hair that is ready for styling.

WHAT TO WEAR: 

Although we are extremely careful with our makeup applications, setting powder can sometimes settle in on your outfit. We recommend wearing a robe or a zip-up sweatshirt to your appointment. Clothing with tight necklines are not recommended to ensure your hair and makeup does not get ruined in the process of changing into your final outfits.

Haley Giovanna for USA National Miss Illinois — Makeup by Lisa from LadyCode, Hair by Nicole and Stephanie

If you have any more questions regarding your appointment, contact the Lady Code Beauty Team by clicking here. If you’re ready to book your appointment with LadyCode, click here.

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The LadyCode Shop has TWO New Lashes-Just in Time for Valentine’s Day!

If you’re a #LisaLASHES fanatic, you already know this, but today we dropped TWO new styles of lashes. They’re both super flirty so the timing is perfect for Valentine’s Day!

The first style is REBEL. I have a feeling this is going to be a best seller because it is so flawlessly flattering on everyone! It has a cotton band so its super soft on the eyes and doesn’t irritate them all day long.
Look at Lou Schieffelin literally slaying the REBEL lash in this clip from her recent commercial shoot:

Here is a closer look at the lash:

Next up is FIRST CLASS. This lash is perfect for every day slay or stacked on top of eyelash extensions for a little lash boost for a night out. Summer Priester from beauty blog 365 Days of Beauty loves the First Class lash, here’s a snap from her Instagram account.

I also used the FIRST CLASS lash in my most recent makeup tutorial on my channel:

Here’s a closer look at First Class:

Spiky lashes are my favorite because they let enough light in to let your eyes naturally sparkle, giving you a super sweet, wide-eyed look.

You can get 20% off from the LadyCode Shop today only using code: GLAM20

XOX

Lisa

Valentine’s Casual

Last year, I was SUPER into Valentine’s Day and I had SO much fun shooting my Valentine’s Series for the LadyCode YouTube channel! This year, things are different. I’m on a whole new hustle and I have been SO busy with producing some great things for my career, but it’s left me with little time for my blog.

SO, if you’re looking for some makeup inspiration I would LOVE for you to try this look I shared with you last year on my channel:

It is one of my all time favorite looks! Anyway, let’s cut to the chase-here is my look from today.

HAIR: Goldiluxe Hair
LASHES: LisaLASHES Style “Rebel”
TOP: Shop TOBI
JEANS: Fashion Nova
SHOES: Ego Official

 

I’m shopping for products for my next giveaway so comment below with anything on your glam wish list!

XOX Lisa

Weird Skincare Devices that Saved my Skin!

Last summer.. actually, last year, I traveled almost every weekend and with that travel came stress, bad sleeping and eating habits, and as a result of that lifestyle: acne. I tried different remedies I found online, like blue light therapy, acne creams, etc, but nothing seemed to make a lasting difference.

After doing two mild peels with a phenomenal esthetician to sort of “reset” my skin, I started to see improvements. Her recommended products really helped as well, and I have been using them consistently with great results. Watch my skincare favorites video below to see the products I am loving right now:

I had no idea that TWO devices could make such a big difference on my skin! I knew I was using the right products but I didn’t see a noticeable improvement until I started incorporating these two products into my skincare regimen:

I started to GLOW after trying the Michael Todd Beauty Sonic Eraser Pro in combination with the Vanity Planet Ultimate Skin Spa System. Vanity Planet recently came out with a new and improved Glowspin system, which is similar to the Skin Spa. Vanity Planet has been generous enough to provide a discount code for $100 OFF for Lady Code with the promo code: OPIEGLOW

I’ve been so excited about my new, glowing skin and I’ve been sharing a lot of photos on social media with my results! I know some of you sent me requests with an updated skincare routine so I hope this helps! XOX

Lisa

TOP 5 BEST HIGH END PERFUMES

I admit, I’m a total fragrance hoarder! I love smelling fresh and I feel like wearing a great fragrance make me feel more confident. Here are my top 5 favorite fragrances of all time:

5. Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium

4. Chance Chanel Eu Fraiche

3. Givenchy Dahlia Divin

2. Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gioia

1. Jour D’Hermes

Watch the video below to learn more about each fragrance:

 

MINI BAG REVIEW: Celine Nano vs Saint Laurent Sac De Jour vs Givenchy Antigona

Okay, I am officially a mini/nano bag hoarder. I really thought that I wouldn’t get another mini handbag after my Saint Laurent Sac De Jour, but the Givenchy Antigona kept catching my eye and I am so so so happy I finally got one for Christmas. To make a long story short, the Givenchy Antigona bag is my favorite one so far for so many reasons. If you want to get all of the details watch my Mini/Nano bag review and comparison video below:

CELINE NANO LUGGAGE TOTE:

PROS:

Zipper closure
Small interior pocket
Removable shoulder strap

CONS:

Strap is not adjustable
Smooth leather is delicate and scratches easily
Leather interior- no cloth lining on the inside, so the interior easily gets damaged
I experienced unfriendly service when buying in-store

Price: $2,900

SAINT LAURENT SAC DE JOUR

PROS:

Durable exterior leather
Adjustable, removable strap
Good buying experience

CONS:

No cloth interior lining – the inside gets scratched easily
Smallest of the 3 bags, hold only a small wallet, phone, and keys
No closure on top, items may not be secure

Price: $1,990

GIVENCHY ANTIGONA

PROS:

Amazing customer service at all locations
Durable leather
Full zipper closure
Zippered interior pocket
2 additional interior pockets
Cloth interior lining
Fits the most items out of the 3 bags

CONS:
None

Price: $1,750
Which handbag is your favorite?

Tiffany’s Blue Box Cafe : LadyCode Review

For her birthday, my BFF Emilyn made reservations for us to have “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” at Tiffany & Co’s new Blue Box Cafe. I was so excited because I have been wanting to visit ever since it opened earlier this year. Emilyn made the reservations online for the two of us in advance because the Blue Box Cafe is by reservation only.

We arrived a little early because I wanted to shop around for some jewelry before going up, plus we wanted time to take pictures of course! I shopped around and got a sterling silver ring and necklace from the Atlas Collection

They had a coat check for us which was great, because we were bundled up for the cold NYC winter weather. It all pretty much went downhill from there.

There was only one server for the entire cafe and he was running around like crazy, so he definitely was not very attentive. The menu items were super overpriced. Emilyn and I planned on sharing the high tea, but when the server can he said that it is required for everyone to order a pre-fixe menu item, which started at $29.

 We both wanted the tea so we paid about $49+ tax and gratuity (a total of about $67) each for some tea and tiny sandwiches.

I’m not a stingy person but I have to day that it was totally not worth the price at all. The bread on the sandwiches were dry and stale, and the chocolates were cute but unrealistic to eat. The tea was awful. I’m obsessed with tea and I ordered a green tea, but it poured out a very translucent yellow… seriously even my $4/box Tazo green tea steeps green and actually tastes like something.

Overall, the idea of the Blue Box cafe is adorable and I’m thankful that Emilyn was able to get us reservations so that we could experience it together, but it it was not worth the hassle and the price tag!

It was a cute place to take pictures though!

Lashes: “Cashmere” from The LadyCode Shop
Lips: Burberry Lip Velvet
Hair: Goldiluxe Hair Extensions // Rita Hazan Root Concealer to perfect hairline
Highlight: Fenty Beauty
Skin: Dior Airflash
Earrings: Jim Ball from Lola B Boutique

Dress: Shop TOBI
Belt: ZARA
Bag: Saint Laurent
Boots: Cici Hot

LASHLOVE: The Ultimate NYC Lash Spa

I’ve been wearing eyelash extensions on/off for about 3 years now and I seriously love them. I wake up every day feeling totally flawless because the lash extensions make all the difference. When I lived in New York, I always went to Affina on Fulton St to get my lashes done. Affina was awesome because they created the most voluminous lashes and also did bottom eyelash extensions, which was something unheard of to me until I saw it on their menu.

Unfortunately when I moved to Miami I had to kiss my bottom lash extensions goodbye because I can’t find a single place in Miami that can 1) give me lash satisfaction like the lash masterpieces I got at Affina, but 2) I can not find a place in Miami that does bottom lash extensions.

Here is a sample of what eyelash extensions on the top and bottom look like:

As you may know, I spent Christmas in New York and I had to take advantage of the trip so I called Affina to make an appointment. The sweet receptionist let me know that they opened up a lash spa called LashLove on Church St with more flexible hours. They accommodated my busy holiday schedule and I got an appointment at their new lash-only location.

I don’t usually blog about my services but from the minute I walked in I knew I had to share this place with any of you lucky ladies that may live in NYC or frequent the area. They are a full-service lash salon where you can make your lash dreams come true. They have a menu with all of the different types of length, curl, and material to choose from. The pricing is super reasonable as well.

I just got my lashes done today so I can’t comment on how long they last, but when I was going to Affina while I lived in New York, I went in for a refill once every 3-4 weeks, which is longer than usual- I have to get my Miami lashes refilled about every 2 weeks.

The service is amazing and the lash technician who worked on my lashes today was super careful and articulate. I am sensitive to the lash glue, but I didn’t feel a thing! If you are looking for a great place to get eyelash extensions in New York, this is your spot! Thank me later 🙂

My full set from Affina on Fulton in NYC!

For special occasions and beauty looks, I always stack my LisaLASHES from The LadyCode Shop on top of my extensions for an extra glam boost. Gemini and Lit are the perfect lashes for stacking on top of other strip lashes or extensions!

This post is not sponsored by Affina or Lash Love and I paid full price for all of my services.

 

KKW BEAUTY ULTRALIGHT BEAMS REVIEW

I forgot I ordered a KKW Beauty Ultralight Beam set until I got a shipping notification. Why? Because I ordered this on December FIRST. If I remembered, I would have made a scene with customer service because 2 weeks to ship a product from the day you order it is so 2001.

Like most beauty products these days, the mega influencers get a fancy package with every shade of the new product in some super fancy packaging. KKW Beauty wasn’t an exception with her Ultralight beams:

Based on the photos above of these influencers with their top notch packaging, I had a little bit of hope that KKW Beauty had upgraded her potato-chip-bag packaging with a nice box that makes you happy to spend $32 ($40.95 with shipping) for the small cosmetic set.

Nope. This is what we get as paying customers:

Moving on from the packaging let’s take another moment to recognize that shipping is $8.95. For $8.95, I would LOVE to see my package arrive in 3-5 business days, not 2 weeks.

The actual product itself is actually very glamorous. The gloss is gorgeous and stays in place. It’s so pretty applied over any lipstick.

The highlighter was really nice, but the packaging on it is awful. It’s a loose pigment but I have no where to put the pigment on my brush. You can see exactly what I mean in the video below:

Overall, I don’t recommend the product because I think you can find drugstore alternatives for much less than $40.95. It would be gorgeous for $15 or even $25, but definitely not worth the wait.

 

What do you think about the KKW Beauty Ultralight beams?