October 14, 2015

Beauty Mistakes to Avoid

Living in an all girls dorm last year was almost like having a floor full of sisters to help set you straight. Whether your colors were slightly off, or you lashes were actually hanging off, someone was always there to help a girl out. Sometimes, you just need the opinion of another girl. I have definitely matured with my knowledge in beauty thanks to my living arrangement so I thought it would be beneficial to share some beauty mistakes I have learned to avoid!

1. Always wash your face!
I know, I know: it's so much easier to just crawl into bed after a long day and pray that the makeup rubs off in your sleep. We have all had those nights where washing our face is a drag, but I can assure you that washing your face is a huge benefit. Washing your face removes all the unwanted debris your face collects throughout the day. If you don't get around to washing your face, be sure to use makeup wipes! Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes are my personal favorite.

2. Do your eyebrows!!!
I can not stress this enough. Anyone who knows me well will be able to tell you that my eyebrows are my pride and joy. Eyebrows really shape your entire face and perfectly shaped brows provide you with a flawless finish. Being introduced to an eyebrow pencil was honestly the best thing ever. Check out my previous post, "Eyebrow Mania" to see which shape best fits your face and remember to do your brows!!

3. Don't go too light or too dark.
Please, please, pleaseee, I am begging you to match your foundation to your skin tone. There is nothing wrong with going to the beauty counter of your favorite makeup company to get the best color match for your concealer, foundation and/or powder. There is really nothing worse than your face looking five times lighter or darker than your neck in pictures.

4. Take off the lashes before bedtime.
I understand how meticulous it is to apply eyelashes for that fantabulous finishing effect. But, even though they are so fantabulous, you have to take them off before bed. You don't want to ruin the fantabulousness by smushing your lases in your sleep. Lashes are to be reused so remember to take them off.   

5. When in doubt, blend it out.
Blend, blend, blend, and when you think you're done, blend some more! Blending your makeup is one of the most important aspects of makeup application. Blending provides you with a better coverage overall and makes your makeup look professional and flawless. You don't want any harsh lines in your eye shadow or an extremely bright spot on your forehead so be sure to blend!

These are just a couple of beauty mistakes I have learned to avoid and I hope that you find them helpful! Be sure to comment with some beauty mistakes to avoid of your own! And as always, Stay Profashional my loves! xoxo

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October 12, 2015

And The Winner Is...

Hello my loves! I hope you are all having a wonderful Sunday. First and foremost, thank you to everyone who entered the Dipped Cosmetics x The Profashional Life giveaway! Unfortunately, we could randomly select only one winner but be sure to stay tuned for more giveaways in the future! The winner of the first ever Profashional Life giveaway is... @ViciousVibrato! Congratulations Taryn! You will receive an email with instructions on how to claim your prize shortly! Thank you again to everyone who entered! Stay Profashional! xoxo

October 01, 2015

Living Life Profashionally: Dipped Cosmetics

Hello my loves! You already know that it's that time of the month to interview someone who is Living Life Profashionally! I believe that to Live Life Profashionally means to strike the balance of being professional and fantabulous. It means to carry yourself with class and to never stop reaching for your goals whatever they may be. This month's interviewee will be *drum roll please* entrepreneur, Ibriz Morris! She is the founder of Dipped Cosmetics, a makeup line geared towards women of color. She is currently a student at Howard University and my best friend (That's my best friend, that's my best friend, go best friend). ALSO, The Profashional Life will be hosting its first ever giveaway featuring Dipped Cosmetics! Read on to find out more!

TPL: Why did you choose Dipped as the name for your line?
Ibriz: My name in Arabic means "pure gold" so after learning that I just felt like everything in my life had to be connected to gold. It's a lot, I know. So when I was brainstorming names for the line I thought "Dipped in Gold" and BAM! Dipped Cosmetics was born.

TPL: What made you want to launch a makeup line?
Ibriz: I watch an abnormal amount of makeup videos on YouTube. After watching nearly every pigmented girl have to mix two different shades to get their complexion, I realized that there was a need for a brand that actually caters to darker complexions.

TPL: What products do you offer and where do you see the line going?
Ibriz: The first product that will be dropping is Dipped Lashes. Dipped Lashes are handmade 100% Mink false eyelashes. The line will later expand into color cosmetics such as foundations, lippies, powders and other products.

TPL: What is unique about Dipped Cosmetics?
Ibriz: Dipped Cosmetics products will be geared towards makeup enthusiasts of color. My goal is to provide them with the shades that they want and need while eliminating the need to mix foundations to achieve the perfect match.

TPL: Who is Ibriz?
Ibriz: Ibriz is a 19 year old creative who doesn't really know what direction she is going in and doesn't think that she ever will know. She's an over thinker, an over achiever and a go getter. Someone who you know will always be there for you no matter what. A ride or die to the select few that have called her a friend. Honestly, she's not even completely sure of who she is right now but she is learning and is learning to be okay with not knowing.

TPL: What are your makeup must haves?
Ibriz: I love contouring! Whenever I try to refrain from doing my face on a daily basis, I think "a little contouring won't hurt" and before I know it, I have a full beat with lashes. Setting spray is also a MUST. On those days that I actually don't do my face (which is rare) I still like to spray my face with a setting spray.

TPL: Everyone does their makeup differently but what do you think is the proper order of applying makeup?
Ibriz: It honestly depends on the day. Most days I'm an eyes first type of girl but some days I put my foundation on first then proceed to my eyes and then I CONTOUR!

TPL: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Ibriz: In 10 years, I will be a proud Howard University Alumni. I will have completed my years at law school and hopefully have opened or be close to opening my own law firm. Dipped Cosmetics will be bigger than I could ever imagine and will be competing with the big name cosmetic lines that we know today. I will have started my non-profit that will benefit inner-city, struggling neighborhoods providing them with the skills to support themselves and I am more than certain somewhere during this time I will have come up with some other random ideas that will make me one step closer to world domination.

TPL: What does it mean to Live Life Profashionally to you?
Ibriz: Living Life Profashionally means to be a professional bad ass that carries their self with style and grace at all times.

TPL: Advice for young entrepreneurs?
Ibriz: Don't let anyone tell you that you're crazy! Since I was very young I always had the most extravagant ideas but thankfully my parents never told me that I couldn't do something or told me no (which now that I think about it was probably the worst decision they've ever made but, I digress). Instead, I was always challenged to find a logical way to make my ideas a reality. So don't let anyone tell you that your ideas are too crazy, or too extreme or impossible. Nothing is impossible. For Dipped, I literally had to present my parents with a full business plan before I used the money that was intended for my first car to launch the line. SACRIFICE. Everything is not going to be handed to you. If you want it, go get it. Lastly, please do not give up. There will be plenty of obstacles but you have to push through in order to acheive your goals. If you give up, that's an L and we do not take L's.

TPL: Anything else you would like to tell us?
Ibriz: Always remember, WE DO NOT TAKE L's. Dipped Cosmetics launches October 1st. God Bless.

Thank you for the interview Ibriz and I can not wait to see this really take off! Want more from Dipped Cosmetics? Check out the Instagram page and website to order your lashes today!

And now the moment you have all been waiting for! Find out how to enter the Dipped Cosmetics x The Profashional Life giveaway here! xoxo

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