Amp up for the club

Happy Sunday everyone!

Cheers for a new week and new ways to stay productive! I wanted to share my clubbing outfit out in D.C because it’s important to dress the part. Or else, no entry?

When you’re going to the club, it’s pretty much expected to dress glam and not like you’re casually going to the grocery store. This is perfect though because it’s pretty much the only excuse I have to wear my slim dresses and high heels!

My friend let me borrow her diamond choker from Fashion Nova and I was AMAZED at how my outfit upgraded just from adding an accessory.

Almost like it was meant to be. The diamond choker went perfectly with my cheetah print skirt from Material Girl. A great way to amp your outfit is to accessorize! A simple yet effective fashion solution 🤗

I was so inspired by this diamond choker from Fashion Nova that I compiled three more accessories from their site that I think COMPLETE any outfit.

Halternative Option Bra Chain ($12.99)


Diamond Ego Hoop Earrings ($8.99)


Snake Time Belt ($9.99)


Whether you want to show off your chiseled jaw or slim waist, there’s accessories for any body structure. I think that’s so important because it gives businesses more room to diversify their products! So basically we don’t all walk in the club with the same earrings…that would be unfortunate.

Take advantage of the summer weather and go out at night! Enjoy the night life and play to your accessories advantage.

See y’all next time xo

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Rant with Pauly: Shade range consistency

Hi everyone!

How’s everyone celebrating their Friday tonight? Another week has flown by and for some reason I always have this irritating, lingering thought of some palettes I’ve been seeing launched.

I’m sure they’re of great quality! Morphe and Kylie Cosmetics have had amazing reviews globally and their profits seem in good shape.

But let’s talk about color scheme, shall we. Has anyone ever seen eye looks and they detail in their caption how many colors they used and you just can’t believe it? Warm, bronzey tones have a lot of shade ranges in common so it’s easy for them to look opaque and just too similar..

Duh, these colors are so effortless for a casual and even sultry look. But the idea that they’re so general and easy to use, makes you even question if it’s worth buying. Here are some pics of Morphe’s and Kylie Cosmetic’s palettes.

I could give atleast 3 pans that literally look the same! The idea of placing your brush on your eyes and expecting pigmented, unique shades just doesn’t come across these. Is it even worth the purchase or effort into launching?

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Morphe 25B Bronzed Eyeshadow Palette


Kylie Cosmetics The Bronze Extended Palette


I was so excited for the Gigi Hadid x Maybelline series but the range was so shockingly sad! And similarly, they’re very warm, dull/opaque tones. The shades just seem the same and it doesn’t makes my eyes pop at first glance. It’s hard, I get it.


Maybe some creativity will inspire a new wave of warm, bronzer tones. I just want to see some different scheme brought to the table.

While we’re here, let me show you some palettes I’ve definitely been eyeing this week. Or maybe obsessing over!

Violet Voss HG Eyeshadow Palette


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Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters has been crowned!

Watching Miss Universe pageants since I was practically 5 years old is a HUGE reason why I dedicated so much love into this article. Miss Universe celebrates the power of femininity in so many ways – in ways that I think make us powerful human beings. Being an intellectual, a self-less friend, peace giver and a health advocate are only a few things a Miss Universe contestant must enlighten their voters and the judges.

Sunday night, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters from South Africa was reigned Miss Universe. After Steve Harvey, this year’s host had announced South Africa would be crowned, Demi-Leigh raised her hands in disbelief and I could only imagine the emotions she was going through! What a magical moment to be sharing the stage with 91 other women from all over the world and wear the crown being placed by last years Miss Universe 2016 from France, Iris Mittenaere.

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At the young age of 22, Demi-Leigh has been advocating for self defense. During the pageant, she shared her story of being robbed at gun point and how it ultimately changed her life. With the title of Miss Universe, Demi-Leigh wishes to start ‘Unbreakable’, a campaign consisting of experts teaching self defense and confidence-boosting for women around South Africa. Knowing your value and how no one can walk all over you was the premise of her motto on stage.

“It’s okay not to have a perfect life, and it’s okay to have emotions, and have feelings. If we are able to express our feelings more and share them with others, it’s so much easier to work through when you know there are people holding your hands and walking through this with you,” Demi-Leigh reassures.

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Back home in South Africa, this is MAJOR news. Demi-Leigh is the second Miss South Africa to win the Miss Universe crown since 1978. Aside from taking her modeling to the next level, she recently earned her degree from South Africa’s North Western University in Business Management. She urges women to understand how life is filled with hills and obstacles to overcome, but the humbling moment to look back and see all that you’ve done makes everything worth while.

During the question portion of the pageant, Demi-Leigh expressed her passion for equality and her hopes for a better future all around the world. “I want woman to be treated as equals in every part of the world. We are making great strides but there is still so much to be done.” She speaks on the wage gap in South Africa, women empowerment and self-defense.

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Can we talk about her gown for the final round?! A sleek, fitting tan dress with accents of sparkles to illuminate her olive skin. This dress was killer when she strutted down the walkway with some classic, ankle-wrapping silver heels. She let her curves take control as she wrapped her hair in a braided bun to extenuate her highlights – the color scheme fit to a 10!

You know we can’t skip the bathing suit round – a bright, yellow bikini to bring a smile on everyones’ face. Working hard for your body isn’t something to be ashamed of and we should all be proud and welcomed to show it off; A few contestants stated prior as a result for the backlash on the ‘bikini round’. This certain round in the pageant isn’t for men to critique their bodies or for anyone else really, it’s to celebrate the female body and all the healthy measurements we take to stay beautiful and fit. But would you look at those heels? Any girl who can strut in those is a winner to me!

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So what exactly does a Miss Universe win for her time wearing the crown? According to their contest rules if a contestant is able to fulfill her duties, she will be given a year-long salary to spread advocacy of her choice, a luxury apartment in New York City, client representation in management agency WME IMG and my favorite part, access to all the premieres, fashion shows and even some opportunities to apply for acting roles.

Currently, Demi-Leigh is undergoing her ‘media week’ as the newly crowned Miss Universe. She will be attending conferences and press releases to unveil her plans for the upcoming year and what she hopes to accomplish back at home and all around the world for women.

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A true princess! I can’t wait to see where she’ll take her platform and the advocacy she has in store for empowerment. xo

Comment below if you’d like updates of her work during her time as Miss Universe!

Virtzy: A Revolution

Imagine an app that can be your beauty destination for all things inspiration, business, wellness and so much more. Sound like your kind of personal app?

Beginning of March, Isak Mirzak and Kristina Aran came with the idea to build a social media platform devoted to the beauty/wellness industry.  Think of it as your personal realm to stay in touch with artists and their ongoing creativity.

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But it doesn’t stop there. I had a phone interview with the two co-founders in the concrete jungle of New York City.

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Download the app here!

“Our main goal (the mission) is to help beauty and wellness professionals run their businesses better…beauty professionals are able to build their portfolio from scratch and include their education, specialties and share videos/photos,” Kristina said.

Who better to trust than individuals who have been themselves, working in the industry?

Isak Mirzak is a graduate from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York with a specialization in advertisement and graphic design. He is also a professional hair stylist with 20 years of experience.

Kristina Aran is a psychology undergrad from Queens College and later took her studies to a Masters at NYU in mental health counseling. Juggling all of that while working as a skincare and makeup researcher for private companies.

Follow their journey on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram here!

Isak mentioned the struggles he faced working as a hair stylist and managing all his portfolio work in several places at once. He also noted it was hard to balance his personal and professional life under one platform. As Isak and Kristina emphasized, your audience determines your business.

With Virtzy, your profile is strictly professional keeping new on-coming clients interested in your creativity. Making this your one-stop resume galore.

“We understand the challenges these professionals face. With this, we created a platform…We want to study the behavior of the professionals and think of how else we can make this platform a better place,” Isak added.

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How is it possible to get the right audience for the right business? These strategic experts have confessed their secret. It’s all about the tools, behavior and feedback. AKA people like you and me!

“For right now we want to focus on the individuals, not businesses. We want individuals to be able to express who they are and share their unique touch/specialty,” Isak explained.

And that to me, is one of the best catches. Beauty professionals can sometimes feel swamped and overlooked by huge advertisements from businesses on other platforms. But to Isak and Kristina, it’s about us, the producer and consumer.

No gimmicks, no lies. Just truth and creativity. No more cringe-worthy ads popping up about the latest Fit Tea plan 20 percent off if you use someone’s code; This platform is about your purpose and contribution to the industry and clients.

Ok but what if I’m just a raging beauty junkie? What’s in it for me?

Virtzy has been discovered as a two-sided market, meaning it was made for you and me.

By having more professionals use Virtzy, you can stay connected with your favorite stylists and see what they’re up to. If you had trouble remembering who did your nails last week, you can look them up if they have a profile on site. Never miss out!

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Use their profile to hunt for your next look as they upload their pictures or even book an appointment right on Virtzy.

Ahhh, a new weight has been taken off your shoulders. Search for professionals by location, name, industry or specialty. You won’t have to rely on how to search for a certain niche (like Google or Facebook) because with Virtzy, one click is all you need to find your destination.

“We have more than enough professionals to give something clients to search,” Kristina added.

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What if you’re not ready to make a commitment? Virtzy has organized their app to give you a Pinterest-feel even when you’re not so sure what to look for yet. Scroll through specialities listed at the top with endless pictures and profiles like makeup, hair, tattoos, nails, personal trainers and more! 

“Our purpose was personal. I put in my 20 years of cutting hair and four years of college learning how to market and advertise. I want to do this not only for myself but for others. I have a gut feeling we’re going to be successful and make it big,” Isak concluded.

My time away from blogging and reading has mostly been spent on Virtzy just scrolling through pictures for my next summer-glow hairstyle. Not only is this app free, but it’s reliable when you’re on the search. Virtzy has you covered.

MAC Cosmetics will be available at Ulta Beauty this Spring 2017

If you know anything about MAC Cosmetics, you know this world-famous brand has been around for decades since 1984. It’s been around longer than I have, and it was actually one of the first makeup products I bought as a little girl following in my mom’s footsteps.

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MAC built its brand off of exclusivity, meaning if you ever shopped at a MAC Cosmetics store, the only brand you can purchase is MAC itself. Which also had a high demand because let’s be honest, MAC has everything you could hope for in a beauty basket.

By huge surprise, MAC Cosmetics is joining the wave of other brands this Spring and coming to Ulta Beauty, a chain of beauty stores carrying both high- and low-end cosmetics for men and women.

Although everyone is cheering and getting their paychecks ready to splurge, I can’t help but wonder why is it that a makeup brand as prestigious and store exclusive as MAC Cosmetics is joining this cosmetics chain. I am not for one bit saying MAC is a dead-beat cosmetics line, but I have noticed a significant increase in other makeup brands and advertisements for them. So my question is, is MAC Cosmetics falling behind on this beauty phenomenon we are having now?

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Well first, MAC Cosmetics is one of the only companies still standing tall since the 1980s. Many have dropped or gone bankrupt like King Cosmetics, mainly because some brands don’t follow trends. I don’t mean seasonal trends, I mean following the artistry trends as years go on.

Second, it’s important to know that MAC Cosmetics is actually a child company of Estee Lauder. Did I just blow your mind? Estee Lauder is actually the parent of brands like Clinique, Aveda and DKNY.

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But let’s talk numbers. The net worth of Estee Lauder as of 2017, reported by Forbes, is set to be $10.6 billion, and this is also a family-run company so they distribute the wealth. According to Fast Company, a website giving annual reports on brands, MAC Cosmetics alone holds a net worth of $6.3 billion, a little over half of the money for the entire company of Estee Lauder.

So what does this mean? 

I think this is the start of the beauty business booming. Estee Lauder can’t afford to lose such a wealthy business like MAC. If all brands are suddenly being put into beauty trade stores like Ulta beauty and Sephora, Estee Lauder needs to grab a surfboard and follow the wave.

This is no longer a one-shot deal of manufacturing the product and simply selling it. Now we have huge trade stores like Ulta Beauty being that middle man, getting profit in return.

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Although this may not be ideal to some brands, this is the future of the beauty business. All the beauty products you could think of conveniently in one place, who’s the genius behind this?

Huge props to Estee Lauder company for noticing this huge transition in time and getting it settled before it’s too late. As far as I can see it, MAC Cosmetics will be slaying the beauty business for the next coming decades. They’re here to stay and joining an Ulta near you this coming spring!

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Jasmine Urioste : Makeup Artist

Since Jasmine was four years old competing on her local gymnastics team, she dove head first into the makeup world and hasn’t looked back.

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“I love everything about makeup. During my down time, I would practice for HOURS on myself, my sister, mom, and friends. After I graduated high school, I had people asking me for advice on prom, homecoming, and senior portrait makeup. So I took it upon myself to start my own makeup social media and build my brand,” Jasmine said.

Jasmine soon realized her destiny involved makeup and empowering others.

“What’s your favorite part of your career?”

“I get to do what I love every single day. From a young age, I never wanted to dread going to work or coming home from my miserable job…I never feel like I’m working.”

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Miss Jasmine is a graduate from Paul Mitchell The School Woodbridge, VA. Becoming certified from a well-known school has given her a marketable edge in business.

Check out her YouTube Channel!  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3cLF4GgaI1j7kYKBvkM4hQ

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Her availability in the Woodbridge, VA area is mainly flexible and available. Miss Jasmine said moving into the Spring weather means a lot of bridal makeup on her plate. (Hint Hint for anyone looking!)

“I also work as a lead makeup artist for Amazing Occasions, a hair and makeup studio in Manassas, Va.”

Miss Jasmine also informed me of receiving one of the first Kylie Jenner Lip Kits as a present from her boyfriend. Which sold out UNDER 1 MINUTE. It gets crazier! A couple days later after trying them on and snapping a few pictures for Instagram, Jasmine’s picture was featured on Kylie Cosmetic’s Instagram page in 2015! “I’m still in complete shock. I always got my inspiration for beauty and fashion from her,” Jasmine said.

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Follow her on Instagram @21lashes to see more of her work and check her availability!

It is without a doubt Jasmine has been slaying the game. Not only is she sweet and ambitious, but her professionalism has WOW’ed me.

Good luck Miss Jasmine! Xoxo

 

 

Samantha Schick : Hair Stylist

Samantha Schick is an aspiring hair guru currently studying at Paul Mitchell The School Tysons Corner in McLean, VA. Not only does she focus on hair but she is dedicated to all aspects of beauty such as makeup, skin care and therapeutic services.

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Samantha is available for hair services Tuesday-Saturday at Paul Mitchell The School Tysons Corner in McLean, VA.

“A fun fact about me is I blowdry with my left hand so I started training myself to write with my left hand also,” Samantha said.

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Being able to get to know people and put a smile on their face after the finished masterpiece is her favorite part about working in the beauty industry.

Miss Schick has had numerous incredible reviews by her clients and is expanding around her area, specializing in color.

It’s no secret she’s taking the power of color to a whole new level.

 

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Follow Samantha on Instagram @ stylessbysamanthaa or give her a call at (703)-986-4182 to discuss what she can do for you!

Check out these transformations done by Samantha!

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Congrats Samantha on all your success so far! Xoxo

Rebecca Ligon : Hair Stylist

Rebecca Paige is a soon to be graduate from Chesterfield Technical Center and will be finishing cosmetology school in June! Rebecca is specializing in cut and color AND is also learning the magic of nails and waxing.

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Her favorite part about her career is having the power to make others feel and look beautiful! Rebecca said, “That’s what really makes me love what I’m doing and shows me that I chose the right path in my life.”

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Rebecca is a new team member of Design One Salon and Spa in Midlothian, VA. Starting in April, she will be working one-on-one with her clients on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. via request.

Check out her Facebook business page!  https://m.facebook.com/Rebecca-Stylist-at-Design-One-Salon-Spa-1227142647400115/

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Cool fact? Rebecca has a twin sister! They’re fraternal twins, she says they look nothing alike but are practically attached at the hip like bff’s.

Follow her on Instagram @ rebecca_paigee to see more of her work!

Show Rebecca some love!

Artist icon, Rihanna releases debut beauty line for Fall 2017

After a $10 million deal with LVMH (Louis Vuitton) last April, singer and songwriter Rihanna will be launching her new beauty line with a complete makeup collection this upcoming Fall online and in Sephora’s near you. If that doesn’t make you want to save your money, I don’t know what will.

If you’re wondering how this collaboration came about, keep reading.

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Diana Espino, LVMH global president of marketing said, “what she produces has the authenticity of a fashion icon and an entertainment trendsetter. She is really a developer.” Rihanna has been awarded eight Grammys, 12 Billboard Music Awards and not to mention is the youngest solo artist at the age of 28 to complete these.

Recently, Harvard University has named Rihanna as Humanitarian of the Year 2017 for promoting human rights back home in Barbados. So it’s no wonder how Rihanna is making waves in all aspects of entertainment.

Surely Rihanna has already been exposed to the makeup world with her limited-time collection with MAC Cosmetics, “RiRi Hearts MAC” in 2014. Also her on-going perfume collaboration with Parlux Ltd. is now at their seventh launch from Fall 2015 profiting almost $75 million, so to say Rihanna is an amateur in the field of beauty chaos would be a flat-out lie. She clearly knows what she’s doing to keep us running back for more.

Kendo, a Sephora affiliation with Fenty Beauty seeking to develop and advertise the brand has been on the hunt for world-class makeup artists to join the team of Fenty Beauty. Erik Soto, global educator in beauty, posted a ‘help-wanted’ on Instagram calling all makeup- artists to come out to locations of either New York City, Dallas, or Los Angeles to audition for the chance of a lifetime late February. Anyone down for a road trip?

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Rihanna’s new line, Fenty Beauty, have revealed their first product to be a holographic lip stick (clear and shiny formula) inspired from her Fenty x Puma Spring show from early 2017. Although LVMH haven’t released any other news regarding her collection, we’re dying to see what Rihanna has in store for all us crazy fanatics!

Stay tuned to Pauly’s Beauty Community for updates.