Black Friday - Amazon Gift Guide for Techies

Ladies and Gents, Amazon's Black Friday Week Has Begun

This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for:

The Thanksgiving & Black Friday Countdown

This post will be featuring some of Amazon’s most popular electronics - A Techie’s DREAM!

 
 

HAPPY SHOPPING!!!

XOXO-Tika

#PeaceLoveChic

Wonders of PhotoWall's Wall Murals + COUPON

Hey Chics!

I am very excited about this post as I've never gotten to experience wall murals until now...

   River of dreams - Photowall

 

River of dreams - Photowall

   Into the wild - Photowall

 

Into the wild - Photowall

In this article, I'll take you through the process of putting up the mural upon arrival to the final look.

I was contacted by PhotoWall to give my honest review of one of their canvases or wall murals (I chose the mural, of course, as I wanted to be EXTRA). PhotoWall is a Wall Mural, Photo Wall Paper, and Canvas company based in Sweden.

First off, ordering the mural was very easy. All I had to do was measure the wall of my choice, and give the dimensions online. Then, it gave me a price quote. From there, I was able to place my order and patiently await the mural's arrival.

I was very excited to get this in the mail, and it only took 2-3 Business Days to arrive! For some reason, I was under the impression that it was going to arrive in the giant tube with the dimensions I gave (boy, was I wrong)! It wasn't until George and I watched the installation video that I then realized they were printed in chunks (DUH)!

We then began prepping for the wall mural application. The video was very informative on how this was supposed to be applied, but I took a different approach: Since I live in an apartment, I wasn't sure if the wall mural adhesive was "Apartment Safe" for my walls. I wouldn't have really cared that much if my walls were strictly flat, but I have Stucco walls, and I didn't want to mess that up (Also, deposit DUH).

I'm sure the original process would have been SO MUCH faster, but I wanted to be cautious, and we didn't have ALL of the tools we needed at first. This project took us about 3 hours (with breaks in between). I also want to give my boyfriend, George, a HUGE shoutout for being the Real MVP and helping out with this project! After hours of doing this, VOILA! My blueberry wall was born!

I really love how it came out once we finished the mural! After a day or so of drying, it still looked great, but you could see the dried bubble spots where I used uneven amounts of adhesive (I didn't apply it evenly as instructed). Overall, I love the mural!

This was definitely a trial and error situation for me; and if I could start over and do the mural EXACTLY as instructed, I totally would because it would literally be PERFECT. I found that it does not take the paint off, and there are safe ways to remove the wall mural and adhesive without messing up your wall. Overall, I love this idea for home improvement/makeovers as it really brings a room to life! I will definitely order more from them again!

I definitely recommend PhotoWall for all of your Mural, Canvas needs as they provide gorgeous stock photos taken by their team, or you can send them your own custom photo for print! Definitely go check them out HERE and don't forget to use my coupon code MartikaBrianneCampaign2018 for 20% OFF your purchase!

XOXO-Tika

#PeaceLoveChic

Cleaning/Drying Your Makeup Brushes Will Never Be The Same Again...

Hey Chicsters!

Who hates cleaning makeup brushes? -I DO!

I can never fully get all of the makeup out of my brushes with both makeup brush cleaner and dish soap!!!!

And don't even get me started on the drying part...

I would attempt to towel dry my half-ass cleaned makeup brushes; and when they weren't dry enough to my liking, I'd blow dry them (which led to much shedding and burned bristles).

Trust me, when I say that I have tried everything! But obviously not EVERYTHING...

I have been introduced to a company called The Brush Bar that makes two ADORABLE contraptions: The Brush Board & The Brush Bar.

I was amazed by all of the different ways that I could clean and dry my brushes, and I couldn't wait to film my first impression of these beauties!

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The Brush Board is the first makeup brush exfoliator with different grooves to thoroughly clean all types of makeup brushes!

 

The Brush Bar allows you to dry your makeup brushes without damaging or misshaping them! It also doubles as an organization tool!


 

Gotta have it!?

Use code 'CHIC15' to get 15% OFF your entire first purchase at The Brush Bar!

 

Want the Deets?!

Watch my FULL Demo/Review of The Brush Bar HERE!!

I hope you enjoyed this review of The Brush Bar! Don't forget to use our code CHIC15 to get 15% OFF your entire first purchase!!

Happy Shopping!!!!

XOXO-Tika

#PeaceLoveChic

Everything You Need To Know About Microblading Your Eyebrows

It's all about BROWS!!

There's no question that eyebrows are one of the most important features. We spend countless minute (Even HOURS) trying to make sure our brows are "Fleekalicious" by using Gels, Pencils, and even Tattoos. But now, there's a more natural approach that will not take up hours daily and will not be permanent either...

Ladies and Gents..... Welcome to the world of Microblading!

 Microblading has become a HOT topic in 2017, and this Semi-Permanent Brows trend will surely have an affect on everyday life!

Looking to get this procedure done? Keep reading for the inside scoop on what it's like to get the brows of your dreams with Microblading!

What is Microblading?

Microblading is a process where the Microblading Specialist uses a microblading pen to draw on hair strokes using a special ink. Unlike permanent tattooing, this is a more meticulous procedure in which the individual hair strokes are drawn on one by one.

How Long is the Procedure?

The procedure normally takes around 2 hours to complete since it's very meticulous. There is also a 40 minute follow-up session for any touch-ups they may be needed. This is about a month after eyebrows healing from your first session.

Is Microblading for Me?

 Microblading is for anyone looking to upgrade or adjust their brows in some form or fashion. If you have over plucked or uneven brows, this is the perfect procedure for you! You can completely reconstruct, cover up gaps, define your brows, and even do simple Fill-Ins to get your desired look!

Does Microblading Hurt?

This has to be the most asked question for Microblading! Numbing cream is normally applied before the procedure begins to prevent any discomfort. Some people, like me, felt a slight discomfort, but it's a relatively painless procedure.

 
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How Long Will My New Brows Last?

They vary between 2-3 years! Pretty awesome right!? Some may require a touch-up once a year for maintenance, but compared to doing eyebrows every single day, I say that's a PLUS! This procedure is very low maintenance. Once they heal, you can literally do whatever!! #SmudgeFree!!!!

Cost

Depending on where you live and the market, the entire process can cost anywhere between $600-800. This is definitely pricey, but can be work it for perfect brows all day, everyday!!

Review

 
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Before

Day before Microblading Procedure!

 

I hopped on the microblading trend and got mine done because I have fairly uneven eyebrows (it's more noticeable after getting them waxed vs. grown out busy brows). I also had a small slit in one of my eyebrows where hair would not grow for some reason, so it looked weird without filling in. I put all my trust in Makeup Artist (and now Microblading Artist) Vanessa who was kind enough to help me start my microblading journey! Make sure to follow her work on Instagram: @the_real_beautyandtheblush and her website: Beauty and the Blush!! 

My main issue was not being able to get them wet, even in the shower! It was hard for me to isolate them and keep them dry while washing my face. I didn't really experience pain until the third day, in which making facial expressions was quite painful lol. I did experience itching immediately, and it's PURE TORTURE not being able to scratch my eyebrows because not only would that result in excruciating PAIN, but it would mess up the ink. No Thanks.

 
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Day 1

Eyebrows already looking good!

 

Peeling did not start for me until day 5-7. After that was finished, it was smooth sailing from there! I had my graduation photos and graduation commencement the same week of my healing process (Dumb, I know), so I had to get creative with my make because I could not put makeup on my brows AT ALL. I got smart and used concealer around my brows to give me the look wanted for my photos and ceremony (I was honestly surprised at how well it turned out)!

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Day 3

Healing process: No makeup on the eyebrows! Post-Grad Photos

Day 3 Healing Process

Most natural looking brows EVER! #Flawless

 

College Graduate

 

Even though this is only my first session, I am happy with the results so far because it has already made my makeup regiment SO. MUCH. EASIER. I know that I will need a few more sessions to get my PERFECT brows, but it the meantime, I'm glad I can wake up to even brows, and not spend damn near 30+ minutes on my brows alone! It's more like 1 minute now (I kid you not)!

Overall, if you are thinking or have been thinking about microblading your eyebrows, I would recommend doing it! To have little-to-no effort when it comes to eyebrows is definitely worth it! 

Would you consider trying Microblading? Let us know your thoughts on the Microblading trend in the comments BELOW!!

XOXO-Tika

#PeaceLoveChic