KKW x MARIO FULL COLLECTION REVIEW

Hi beauties! Today I finally had a chance to sit down and review my KKW Beauty x Makeup by Mario Bundle. I got the eyeshadow palette, both glosses (super nude & juicy) and the creme lipstick, classic k. Here is my full unboxing, try on, and first impression review of the KKW x Mario collection:

I took Makeup by Mario’s master class almost two years ago and this collection is very on brand with his style. He is excellent with natural looks so these colors reflect his signature style. I was so sick of seeing the blue eyeshadow looks on social media so I decided to create a video WITHOUT using the blue. The blue (Libra) color is great and I don’t have anything against it, but I wanted to share a look that was a little bit different from the flood of blue eyeshadow ๐Ÿ™‚

Let me know what you think of the collection!

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BEST & WORST FOUNDATIONS

I’ve been promising to do a best & worst foundations review and video for a while now, and I feel like I have finally tried and experimented with enough foundation products to bring you this video and review! Watch my foundation hits and misses video here:

Which foundations have you tried? Which ones do you LOVE and which ones didn’t work for you? I’m curious to know so share your thoughts in the comments below!

XOX Lisa

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:ย 

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.

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

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.ย Jour D’Hermes

Watch the video below to learn more about each fragrance:

 

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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?

 

EASY HOLIDAY EYE MAKEUP

There’s been a lot of vlogs on LadyCode lately because I’ve constantly been on the go, and rather that ghosting off LadyCode while I’m away traveling, I thought I would take you with me so we can stay in touch! I hope the vlogs are as enjoyable as my beauty videos!

Today I created a frosty/warm look that I decided to name SLAY BELLES (get it? lol).

Here is the full easy holiday makeup tutorial:

KEY PRODUCTS:

Gemini Lashes: https://goo.gl/2ifNL5

Morphe 35o 2: https://goo.gl/EqJYxW

Kevyn Aucoin Electric Pop: https://goo.gl/MUzDNE

e.l.f. Pink Opal: https://goo.gl/1p7cbK

I’m also loving the Givenchy beauty Matissime foundation. I’m thinking about doing a top 10 foundation video because I had to hunt to find foundations that were the right fit for me! Let me know if I should do it ๐Ÿ™‚

There’s also still time to enter my holiday giveaway! Don’t miss out on these amazing prizes!

Comment below with your holiday plans โค

Lisa