22 Sep

Reshare: Best Perm Rod Curl Tutorial Video

perm rod set

If you have straight hair, you’ll love the video I’m about to share because it will transform your straight strands into beautiful cascading curls! It’s one of the best I’ve seen but get this…The video isn’t really a tutorial! It’s more a capturing of how this lady set her natural hair using perm rods.

Whatever it is, it’s a tutorial in my book LOL. Her results are FABULOUS.

So, who is this lady? Naturally Curious on Youtube!

My girl is au naturale so if your hair is naturally curly, you will definitely be able to relate if you are desiring a different type of curl. This perm rod curl “non-tutorial” is right on point:

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14 Sep

ModCloth Dazzling in the Daytime Inspired Manicure

modcloth dazzling dress manicure

Every now and again I post something fashion related here on Radiant Brown Beauty. These posts are usually reserved for special occasions. Well, it’s a special occasion!

September 14th is my 7 year wedding anniversary (today if you’re reading this post the day it went live).

For my special day, I wanted to do a really cute but elegant manicure. To do my nails, of course they had to match my outfit but I also created my manicure to match a beautiful dress I found over at ModCloth. One of the ModStylists over at ModCloth reached out to see if I would be interested in being a part of their Nail Klub and Dresses challenge. I happily agreed because when it comes to nail polish, I’m simply all for it. A great manicure is a must have “accessory” for any radiant beauty ;-)

Now, here’s my personal disclaimer. I’m not the best when it comes to nail art. Neither am I one who likes to wear a lot of prints. So, the Dazzling in the Daytime Dress was right up my alley where fashion is concerned – minimal texture print and simply elegant. It reminds me of a Jackie O. style dress when she was feeling a little daring :-)

Modcloth Dazzling in the Daytime Dress

I haven’t done my nails in quite some time (totally abnormal for me) because my nails had been undergoing a period of breaking and splitting. I finally traced it back to my poor eating habits. I’ve since begun correcting that and while my nails are in a short state right now, they are back on track for gaining a bit of length.

growing short nails

So that’s two special things to celebrate :-) (anniversary + healthier nails)

How To: ModCloth Dress Inspired Nails

To create my ModCloth inspired manicure, I used 3 different nail polishes from my favorite brands along with my  Nail Vinyls:

nail polish collection

    • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure  #160, Shall We Dance? as the base

nail vinyls

    • Cover Girl Outlast Stay Brilliant, #230
    • China Glaze , #997 Street Chic

manicure using nail vinyls

dazzling nails one finger

modcloth inspired manicure

The Sally Hansen polish is actually a very pale pink but with just the right amount of application, it appears to be more of a neutral tan. It worked perfectly as the base because it’s the lightest color and darker colors cover nicely (hey, I said I was challenged when it came to nail designs. I know how to layer my polish though!)

This manicure was not only fun to do, it was really easy. So, if you are challenged for coming up with nail art, you’ll first need to get you some Nail Vinyls. They are a tremendous tool for those of us “skillfully challenged.”

ModCloth offers a nice selection of indie clothing, accessories, and decor. You’ll find everything from dresses to swimwear to underwear! Looking at pictures of various dresses like what ModCloth offers can greatly inspire. Check out more of the dresses available on ModCloth at http://www.modcloth.com

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11 Sep

Beauty Reshare: Most Simplistic Sharp Brow Tutorials Hands Down

Groomed eyebrows are a girl’s signature of fierceness ~Me

simple sharp brow tutorials

Groomed eyebrows can really lift a face. You may not have on any other makeup but when your brows are on point, somehow you are good enough to enter the great outdoors. I’ve watched tons of brow tutorials as I myself am not an eyebrow grooming expert. I do OK but I’m always looking at other ladies videos to see if there’s a way I can improve upon my technique.

How do I get that crisp, sharp brow without spending a half an hour to get it?

There are TONS of videos on Youtube and on beauty blogs. Many of them are very very good. Some are even great. However, spending 1/2 my morning to achieve a look is not quite my thing. My eyebrows don’t have to be perfect but they do need to be somewhat sharp.

I’ve seen ladies use a combination of products including powder, pencil, eyebrow gel, concealer/highlighter and more. I just want to make my brows look neat and sharp. Does it take all that? Apparently, if your eyebrows are really sparse, it does.  In other words, if you don’t have any brows, obviously you need to work much harder to create them!

Now, you may not agree but I seriously think the following videos are the most simplistic I’ve seen on eyebrow tutorials. I couldn’t narrow it to just one. They are both just so darn…..good! (and simple. #key) Check them out for yourself:

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