Neroli Salon in Milwaukee: My Lash and Nail Experience

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Disclosure: I received complimentary service in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.

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Let’s admit, we all need some pampering and time to ourselves, away from work, family, even our significant others. And what better place to go to in times like these than a beauty salon, especially an Aveda one?

It’s been two weeks since I received the services at the salon. Yes, a part of me procrastinated, but another part of me wanted to actually see how long the nails and lashes are going to last. And I have to tell you, I am more than impressed! I only lost a few lashes, and my nails are not chipped at all. Grown out, but no one is really looking that closely.

I will start with lashes! I had lash extensions once before (you can read about it here), so I knew what to expect. My esthetician Elise was the sweetest! She is the one who actually made this whole experience happen! Turns out she knows one of my blogger friends Kaitlyn and she sent her my way! Lesson 1: Make friends and stay in touch with people! 

I spent 2 hours relaxing and chatting with Elise while she was doing my lashes, and the 2 hours flew by in no time. I shared with her how stressed out I’ve been lately, and how much I was looking forward to the service. We both agreed that her job is not just about making someone’s lashes longer, but rather making that person happy.

Hands down my lashes make me feel prettier, happier, and more confident than ever. Additional bonus – when you cry – your mascara won’t run, because you don’t have to wear any. Lesson 2: It’s okay to be emotional (especially when Mercury is in retrograde! Anyone else feel my pain?)

Since having my lashes done 2 weeks ago, I’ve only started touching up with mascara in the outer corners of my eyes this week. I think one of the most popular questions I get asked about lash extensions is how long they last me. And it honestly depends on the person. I know this is a cop-out answer, but everyone’s lash cycle is different. It’s like hair. Lashes fall out. And if you don’t make a wish and blow them away, then you are not keeping track of them. Lesson 3: Dream often. But if you are seriously thinking about getting lash extensions, try to pay attention to how often you lose your natural lashes, that should be an indicator of how long the extensions will last you.

I love my extensions for a few reasons: I wake up looking ready. There is absolutely no mascara that can help me achieve the same (or even a similar) result. I can still sleep on my stomach and somehow get away with it!

If you are thinking about getting extensions, I highly recommend doing it at Neroli in Third Ward with Elise! From effortless casual conversation to fanning the fumes out of your eyes, she is your girl and she will make sure you leave looking and feeling like a million bucks!

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My manicure experience was as amazing as my lashes. And I think a big part of it was really hitting it off with my estheticians. Lisa did my nails, and that girl is a riot. We talked for 2 hours as she was doing my nails and even after, as she was walking me through some of her favorite Aveda skincare while making me samples. How thoughtful is that? There are a few products I definitely have to go back for, like the Tulasāra Wedding Overnight Masque.

Lisa was very helpful when it came to picking out the design. I wanted something simple that would go well with everything. So when she suggested a reverse french manicure that included a nude, I was all in!

I have never gotten this many compliments on my nails before.

And to make it all better for you my Milwaukee friends, Lisa has been working on some unique Milwaukee nail art that I can’t wait to get done! The amount of effort and drive this girl puts into her work combined with the creativity is so inspiring, it’s literally helping me write this post!

Thanks to Lisa, I am not only loving my nails, but have a few beauty products to write reviews on for you!

Thank you so much to Neroli Salon and Spa for providing me with these complimentary services! I will definitely be coming back. Please follow Elise and Lisa on Instagram, the preferred choice of social media these days.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions you may have! I will gladly answer those 🙂

 

Studio Gear Hydrating CC Cream Review


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Having been in love with multiple BB creams, let’s just say they work great for my skin. I was intrigued by the new CC products that kept popping up left and right! And the first CC cream that I tried, aside from the samples in the store, was this Studio Gear Hydrating one.

CC stands for Color Correcting. And that’s just what I need. Back in my high school/college years I used to have a lot of serious acne that left some scars. And even though oil pulling has greatly helped my skin condition, I still wanted a cover up, that would look good and feel good.

This product promises:

Hydrating CC Cream transforms and enhances your complexion in an incredibly light, smooth formula. This foundation simultaneously fights aging, retains moisture, and covers and treats blemishes with a non-oily, perfectly radiant finish.

Key Benefits:

Prevents fine lines and wrinkles with collagen-building ingredients
Restores skin elasticity by promoting moisture retention
Brightens and illuminates skin with a non-oily, complete coverage application

Not too bad right? So let’s see what it did to my skin!

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Texture and color of the product

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I have been using the CC cream for over a month now, I had a travel size sample before committing to the larger version. Let me explain a bit. Even though I got this product for free, for example this one was powered by BrandBacker, I often decline offers to try or test a certain item, because I already have so many of the similar item. I know free is appealing and good, but who needs 10 foundations or blushes? That’s why before I accept products for review, I think twice!

I also like the hydrating feature. Since I wake up really early, sometimes when I do my makeup I’m not completely awake yet, and I forget to put on moisturizer. Yeah… So this is a great way for me to keep my skin hydrated, even if I mess my beauty routine up.

In the end of the day, it’s a great product, it does wear off though, but looks and acts great under a layer of powder. SPF factor is also a great plus. But it is pricey and I probably wouldn’t buy it for myself if I had the choice.

Have you tried a CC cream? What are your thoughts on the whole alphabetized skin care products trend?

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My Easy Summer Go-To Makeup Routine

Yes, I do realize summer is almost over, but I felt compelled sharing this with you, because I realize that there are maybe some, who don’t even use makeup, and maybe it will inspire you!

As you know, I’ve been using a BB Cream instead of a foundation, and am planning on doing so through the fall (depending on how my skin acts, because that can be unpredictable). More about my new favorite BB here!

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Then I apply brow pencil. I used to be a huge advocate for using eye shadow as a brow filler, but have lately shifted away from it! Why bother finding the right color (it’s hard to do even in the professional lines) in the eye shadow, if they make so many pencils and the choice is definitely easier there!

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I also comb through my brows with a brush afterwards. Now some people choose to do it beforehand, but I really don’t have that much brows going on, so that’s how I do it.

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Remember that eyebrows are a frame for the face, and well… because of this too…

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Next I move on to mascara. I am currently using Rimmel’s Lash Accelerator, and do highly recommend it, if you are going after length as opposed to volume!

 

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Then I top it all with a powder. I just bought a new Covergirl Professional loose powder. We’ll see what it’s about. In the picture I am using pressed powder by Faberlic (which by now has broken into many many pieces and is a pain in my know what to apply! Hence the Covergirl)

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One of my new favorite products is the Dandelion blush by Benefit! I will stand by it no matter what! Try it too, you’ll love this blush. And it is one of the few product exceptions when I am not using my own brush to apply it, but the one that it came with!

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And finally I add a little lipstick. I have a Long Last Lipstick from Clinique in All Heart, and even though it’s a gorgeous color, I think it’s too dark for the summer, so I simply dab it and spread it out with my finger.

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And that’s it! This is how I do my makeup these days! And trust me it takes way less time, than it took me to write this post 😉

Xx,

Zhenya

1.5 oz of Hydroxatone Anti-Aging BB Cream

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Hello and welcome to the Beauty Week on Being Zhenya! Today I am going review a BB cream by Hydroxatone (#BetterBB), which arrived in my mail box a couple of weeks ago! See, I’ve recently joined iFabbo and this was one of the first products I “bought”!

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I don’t think you know, but I’m the biggest BB Cream fanatic out there! I don’t use foundations anymore. There is no point, especially during the summer when it’s so hot and I’m outside a lot whether for work, gardening or sailing!

So let’s talk this BB!

The manufacturer claims that it:

– Shields the skin with powerful broad spectrum SPF 40,

– Protects from the elements and oxidative stress with potent antioxidants,

– Soothes and nourishes with natural anti-irritants and vitamins,

– Evens out skin tone and brightens dullness and discoloration with active Vitamin C and advanced encapsulated peptide,

– Reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and overall skin aging, as it firms and lifts, making skin instantly look flawless and more youthful!

And here is what I have to say: 

First of all it came in a bigger size than what the website said! More product for me said I and put it right on my dresser!
Second, the SPF factor in this BB is 40! How awesome is that? We need all the sun protection we can get these days, especially me, since I am in my late 20’s.
Third, the tone matched my skin perfectly (I got Medium shade), but it did go on quiet thick and the color was lighter than after I blended it in!

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Fourth, the retail value of this was almost $50, and I got it free, nothing beats that, does it?
Fifth, it is lightly scented, and I know to some of you that may be a downside, but I actually like it!
Now let’s talk application:
In spite of the fact that it’s a cream, I always wear a moisturizer underneath. I spread my BB with fingertips and use a powder finish on top. Plus add blush. I haven’t been using bronzer as much this summer, because I’ve been getting so tan.

Stay tuned for my Go-to Summer (hot weather) Make-up Tutorial later this week!

Have a great Sunday!

Xx,

Z

Henna, now that’s a first!

As some of you may know I went up north to a friend’s cabin last weekend. But before I went I tried something I’ve never tried before – henna! Yes, I am 27 and have never tried henna tattoos before! I used to put henna in my hair back when I lived in Russia though! It’s a very good strengthening treatment for your hair!

So when one of my aids offered to stay after work and do it, I gladly entrusted myself into the hands of a 17 year old!

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I got a sun inspired ornament on my left wrist and a peacock on my right calf

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I thought Andrea did an absolutely marvelous job and I am so grateful she offered to do it after work and spend time hanging out with me, my husband, and a few of our other co-workers! It was a fun night!

I also found out what was in the henna mix, and why it smelt so good! I kept smelling my wrist for the rest of the day, even when we went to Target 😉

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Plus I also learned how to take care of henna:

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It’s good to be friends with teenagers these days, isn’t it?!

Have you done/tried anything new and exciting lately?

Xx,

Z

PS. Stay tuned for my Girls’ Weekend Outfits! And don’t forget to email me at evgeniahutson@gmail.com if you want to be featured in the 27 dresses project!

Beauty Swap 2013

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I have never been a huge fan of beauty swaps, but when I saw one on Luchessa’s blog, I decided to give it a go! If you’ve never participated in a swap like that, it’s really easy, you just need to make time to talk to the other person, find out what they like, shop for them and mail it all out!
This swap’s rules were simple:
– $20 limit without shipping
– Mail everything out by May 25

The swap was international, but I got paired up with Julie, the author of Short and Sweet in Texas. Not only was I excited to save on some shipping, I was really excited to find out that Julie’s blog is a nail polish blog! I am kind of behind in that department, so she became my saving grace, updating my collection and nail care arsenal!

But before I show what I got, let me show what I sent:

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(Image taken from Julie’s blog)

And here is what I got:

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NYC Long wearing polish 152 Tudor City Teal

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure 350 Pink a Card

Revlon 430 Whimsical

NYC Quick Dry Nail polish 201 Fashion Safari

Sally Hansen Cuticle Eraser and Balm

Sally Hansen No more mistakes marker

I absolutely love the nude nail polish by NYC and the No More Mistakes Marker by Sally Hansen! I don’t know how I lived without that product!

Have you swapped anything recently?

Xo,

Z

Rimmel’s Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara

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I have recently received a new product from Rimmel through my Influenster membership! And I was 100% sure I had to write a blog post about it, and then it turned out that I didn’t! But since I haven’t done a beauty post in a while, today is the day! Besides I love Rimmel mascaras and think that they are a perfect drugstore dupe for Bobbi Brown’s!

The product I got is called Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara (Grow Lash complex and fibres) in 001 black!

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It has one of those plastic brushes that I like, but if I am not careful enough, I do end up scratching the skin along my lash line (am I the only one out there who does it?)

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I usually apply at least 2 coats of this mascara, it builds up nicely and creates length! As far as the grow complex, let’s wait a few weeks and we’ll see! But if you want your lashes to grow, simply start taking the B-vitamins complex! That usually does the trick!

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That night Sam and I also went for a walk to the Stone Arch Bridge, and decided to explore the lower trail, which in some way reminded me of Congdon Park in Duluth, where he proposed!

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I am wearing:

Shoes and Bag – Fashionol // Jeans – Doll House // Tank – Forever 21 // Sweater – Voices of Europe //

Oversized jacket – Land’s End

Have a great Thursday everyone! And remember – it’s almost FRIDAY!

Xo,

Z

PS. I am also accepting honest opinions about the shoes and the bag! These products were sent to me for review in exchange for my honest opinion!

 

Bath and Body Works Forever Red Perfume Review / Обзор на парфюм Forever Red из Bath and Body Works

 

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This is a review I wrote for one of my friends here on WordPress back in January, I am only publishing it now, hope this is a helpful review that will prevent you from buying another unnecessary product out there! 

Mary from Budget Grad Student has recently asked me to review one of the products she received in her Influenster Cosmo Vox Box. Which I agreed to do! Unfortunately with all the holidays and somewhat hectic work schedule, I am only able to do it now. I actually think it’s better this way, because I’ve been using this fragrance for almost 2 weeks now.

Of course every girl loves perfume, but not all perfume is good. And even though “Bath & Body Works travels the world to find the latest trends and most beautiful scents. They never rest in their commitment to bring the world’s newest freshest fragrances for body, hand and home” I was a tad bit disappointed in the scent.

The sample came in a cute little 0.25 oz/7 ml bottle, which made it super portable and easy to carry around, which I did! Took it to work almost every day!

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To me the scent was very sweet and floral, turns out my nose wasn’t all that wrong! Here is the Overview you can find on the website:

Our most luxurious longest lasting fragrance blends opulent notes of fiery red pomegranate and delicate peche de vigne, a rare and fleeting French peach. Soft petals of red osmanthus give way to notes of addictive velvety marshmallow and a surprising finale of rich vanilla rum that leaves an unforgettable impression.

  • Top Notes: Fiery Pomegranate, Rare French Peach, Luminous Apple
  • Mid Notes: Red Peony, Night Marigold, Red Osmanthus
  • Dry Notes: Rich Vanilla Rum, Velvety Marshmallow, Oak Wood

Marshmallow! That explains it! Mary, you would’ve totally had a headache!

Now long lasting factor was something that I was looking forward to! Not a lot of fragrances last on me, but after trying this one, I have to say one thing:

I had fragrances from CVS pharmacy, that lasted longer!

And even though the scent decided to stay on me for only two hours or so, it did make it way into my head, and gave me a headache as well!

Then I discovered that the perfume itself cost $44.50 (of course it comes in a 2.5 oz bottle!), add a few more dollars and you can afford a really nice Lancome or Estee Lauder fragrance.

All in all it wasn’t very long lasting and too much Vistoria Secretish to me, I’d definitely think twice, even thrice before purchasing this scent! There is so much more one can do with 45 bucks!

Don’t forget to check out Mary’s blog and let me know if you’ve tried this fragrance!

Cheers,

Z

Недавно одна моя знакомая блоггер – Мэри с Budget Grad Student попросила сделать обзор на присланный ей продукт. Многие из вас знают про сайт Influenster.com и про коробочки пробников, которые они высылают абсолютно бесплатно. Я конечно же согласилась. К сожалению со всей этой праздничной суматохой пост выходит только сегодня, но лучше поздно, чем никогда!

Так вот Мэри пришла так называемая Cosmo Vox Box, в которой находился пробник нового аромата от Bath and Body Works Forever Red. Дело в том, что у нее аллергия на запахи, они вызывают у нее головную боль, поэтому обзор делаю я.

Какая девушка не любит парфюм. Но духи духам рознь. И, хотя, Bath and Body Works заявляют, что “они ищут новые тренды и самые утонченные ароматы по всему свету, что их миссия принести в ваш дом новые и самые свежие запахи”, я была немного разочарована в их последних духах.

Пробник пришел в милой 7 мл бутылочке, это позволяет носить его с собой в сумке, что я и делала!

Мне запах показался сладким и цветочным, и как оказалась, я не ошиблась! Вот как описывают аромат сами производители на сайте:

Наш самый люксовый и стойкий аромат сочетает в себе нотки огненно красного граната и утонченного peche de vigne, редкого и мимолетного французского персика. Мягкие лепестки красного османтуса придают запах притягательного бархатного зефира. А в самом конце как будто сюрпризом раскрывается глубокий запах ванильного рома, оставляющий незабываемое впечатление.

Высокие нотки: Огненный Гранат, Редкий Французский Персик, Яркое Яблоко

Средние нотки: Красный Пион, Ночная Календула, Красный Османтус

Сухие нотки: Насыщенный Ванильный Ром, Бархатный Зефир, Древесина Дуба

Зефир! Теперь все понятно! У Мэри точно была бы головная боль!

Аромат был также заявлен, как стойкий, чего я очень ждала! Не все ароматы на мне держатся, но попробовав этот запах, могу сказать только одно:

Now long lasting factor was something that I was looking forward to! Not a lot of fragrances last on me, but after trying this one, I have to say one thing:

I had fragrances from CVS pharmacy, that lasted longer!

And even though the scent decided to stay on me for only two hours or so, it did make it way into my head, and gave me a headache as well!

Then I discovered that the perfume itself cost $44.50 (of course it comes in a 2.5 oz bottle!), add a few more dollars and you can afford a really nice Lancome or Estee Lauder fragrance.

All in all it wasn’t very long lasting and too much Vistoria Secretish to me, I’d definitely think twice, even thrice before purchasing this scent! There is so much more one can do with 45 bucks!

Don’t forget to check out Mary’s blog and let me know if you’ve tried this fragrance!

Blog Make-up Sale/ Распродажа косметики

Hi and welcome to my very FIRST BLOG SALE!

As some of you may know I used to work in cosmetics, and even though that stage of my life is over, the makeup reminds me of it everyday. Don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to forget, I am trying to downsize! Plus it’ll be an awesome opportunity for you to try some products for cheaper.

Everything I am selling has only been used 3-5 times, some of the items are brand new and still come in packaging.

Here is how it works:

– Leave a comment under this post including what items you’d like, your full name and your email address that has to be linked to your pay pal account!

– If you are in the Twin Cities area, make sure to mention that, so we can do a simple cash and carry.

– If you are from out of state/area or international, please expect to pay for shipping, unless you are buying over $50 – then I’ll pay the shipping!

– The sale is FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE basis 🙂

Have a great weekend and Happy Shopping!

Z

PS. Please spread the word! Tell your friends and family!

THE LIST OF ITEMS THAT SOLD:

Pixi Palette – sold

Sephora Moonshadow Baked Palette – sold

Rimmel Blush – sold

Maybelline Color Tattoo (both) – sold

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Всем привет, сегодня на моем блоге стартует первая распродажа косметики!

Многие из вас знают, что я раньше работала в косметическом отделе и косметики у меня накопилось море. Я решила устроить эту распродажу для того, чтобы освободить место в комоде и дать вам шанс попробовать продукцию по недорогой цене! Все эти продукты мне очень нравятся, но я не могу их все использовать.

Если вас заинтересовал какой-то продукт, оставьте пожалуйста комментарий под постом и укажите ваше имя, какой продукт вы хотели бы приобрести, и имэйл, к которому привязан ваш PayPal. Если вы живете в Миннесоте, то продукты я могу передать вам при личной встрече, чтобы избежать возни с почтой! Пересылка будет бесплатной, если вы купите продукты на сумму более $50!

Всем отличных выходных и удачного шоппинга!

Женя

Christmas Tag!

I was tagged to do this Christmas tag by Luchessa! Thank you, dear, for tagging me! Here we go:
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1. Which  Holiday do you celebrate? Christmas, and then Russian Christmas (January 7th!), just because one Christmas is never enough! There was also a time in my life when I celebrated both Hanukkah and Christmas!

2. What are you doing for the holidays this year? Going to Wisconsin! Enough said!

3. What’s your favorite holiday drink? Anything caffeinated with peppermint in it, preferably from Starbucks 😉

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4. Candy Cane or Gingerbread men? I was going to say neither, but definitely Gingerbread men as I think more about the question. They are easier to chew 🙂

5. What’s your favorite Holiday/Christmas song? At work – All I want for Christmas is my 2 front teeth!

But the one that really get’s me in the spirit of Christmas is – Oh Come all Ye Faithful

6. What’s the weirdest gift you’ve ever received? Someone once gave Sam and me a Christmas ornament that said “Our First Christmas 2010”, we got married in 2011, and the people who gave it to us came to our wedding! So I think it was a re-gift.

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7. Have you ever made a snowman? Yes, many times! I think growing up in Russia it’s a winter MUST! I also made a miniature one last year for a girl I used to babysit!

8. What is your favorite winter fragrance? Definitely Miss Dior

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9. What is at the top of your list this Christmas? Sewing books I posted about a couple days ago!

10. What is most important to you about holidays? Spending DRAMA-FREE time with my family!

I am going to tag all of you my lovely readers to answer all of the questions, and I’d really like to tag the following bloggers:

Megan 

Angelica

Katherine 

Lena

Elena

Anna

Lauren

And once again, please feel free to do the tag and link your post in the comments below!

Happy “End of the World” Friday!

Z