Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Winter-Proof Your Hair

Me wearing a protective wig that I created from
the hair I sell... click here to order the
hair NOW--->The Glamour BOX Hair
    Being a licensed cosmetologist I have encountered many hair types.  They are all different, but the one thing that remains the same  is  "Every texture needs a little TLC." During the winter months your hair suffers the most.  Not just from the brutal low temperatures, but from the scarves, hats and the coats you wear that your hair rubs against.  Here are a few tips to ensure your hair remains healthy and winter-proof.

  • Use sulfate-free shampoo and conditioners.
  • Use a satin (not a silk/cotton) scarf under hats and around the collars of your coat, putting a space between your hair and your coat, scarf and hat. (many winter coats have woolen materials or natural fibers that can and will dry your hair and cause breakage.
  • Never go outside with wet hair. The moisture left behind will freeze in the shaft of your hair and cause breakage.
  • Deep condition at least once a month or every two weeks as needed.
  • Don't forget to get those trims.
  • If you have curly hair keep your hair moisturized, say NO to grease. Use essential oils instead... and products geared toward curly hair.
  • ALWAYS use a heat protectant on your hair to create a barrier between the blow dryer, curling iron or flat iron and your own hair.
  • Don't get more than 2 blowouts per week and don't apply a heat tool to your hair daily. 
  • Make use of protective styles. (braids, weaves, etc)
    Kerastase, Kera Care , Argan oil, Mizani

    One of my clients that I did a blowout on. I prepped her hair with Kerastse Fluidissme  ($42 retail price) before I blow dried her hair. It also
     works as an ant-frizz. 
  • Sleep on a satin pillow or use a pretty satin bonnet.
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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Happy New BEAUTY Year: Raina is BACK

   Hi everyone!!! Yes I know I have been away for quite some time now. I sincerely apologize.  Are you happy for what 2015 has in store for you? I know I am.  Last year was amazing. I styled hair for Marla Maples, Ericka Page White,Bethenny Frankel to name a few, and styled hair for advertising campaigns with Bauble bar and Danielle Nicole handbags.  I even got to do some charity work for ACS here in New York City, doing makeovers with my style team for a group of teenage girls on the lower east side of Manhattan.  Instilling self-esteem in young girls is very important to me.  Self-esteem is the foundation that every girl needs in order to become the woman she is destined to be.  I am expanding The Glamour BOX brand with a new look, videos, new LOGO and brand new website that will be debuting soon.  I am super duper excited and cannot wait to share it with all of you.  This year I will be doing more reviews, so stay tuned. In the mean time please do not forget to follow me on instagram @TheGlamourBOX & @TheGlamourBOXinc I do follow back, and I upload there very often.  Also LIKE me on facebook at The Glamour BOX .

Monday, June 23, 2014

One Shirt, Two Looks

Summer is here!! Finally! The change of season has me feeling some type of way. I absolutely love it.  The one great thing about being a woman is the way we get to express ourselves thru our hair,nails, perfume and clothing.   I decided to visit three of my favorite stores, Sephora to purchase my Chloe perfume, went to Steve Madden shoe store and H&M to see if they had some good deals.  I got one shirt and gave it two looks. I am also coveting a banging new pixie cut done my none other than me, .... See them below.

The Celfie shirt ($19.99) with the quilted shorts ($29.95)all from H&M...
and of course I could not leave out my Sparta sandals from Steve Madden. (check
previous post.)  The chain ($5.95 sale)is also from H&M. Bracelets ($9.95)
See why I love this store. You can get a whole look without breaking the bank.

        ONE shirt TWO LOOKS.
SHOE FROM STEVE MADDEN (ON SALE $53.97 original price $89.95)
3) FLORAL SKIRT from H&M ($17.95)
I NEVER , ever do the floral thing far more a skirt.
But I loved the look on the mannequin and I decided to
give it a try.  Then I went to the hat section and decided I needed
it to complete the look. Accessories really change the aura of an outfit.
Something NEW is always good. Go on and get your CELFIE on GLAMOUR GIRLS.

Here is a close look at my goodies.
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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Raina's Summer Style Tip 101:The Shoe Edition

   When it comes to style, "personal style" in my opinion is the BEST!  Staying true to you is what makes you unique.  I believe in order to be a true fashionista, one must know how to ADD pieces to her existing wardrobe without breaking the bank.  Anything from accessories to shoes can transform a plain look into a stunning one. Summer is here and I think it's all in the footwear.  So choose something that will make a STATEMENT!
A simple sandal from Steve Madden really spiced up
my simple black ensemble. I purchased these
Sparta sandals from the Steve Madden store for $99.95 The top I'm wearing
is actually a mini-dress and the skirt is from H&M. I bought it
there for 2 for $20.
Feeling very warrior princess like! Stay tuned, more to come

Thursday, June 5, 2014

A Day with "Tabatha Take Over's" Tabatha Coffey

Thee Ms. Tabatha Coffey & myself.

               On Friday May 30th Tababtha Coffey from the Bravo networks, "Tabatha Take Over" came to host an event at the upper east side's Blo Blow Dry Bar here in New York City.     The event was to debut the Circle Extension hairline to her already existing LUXHAIR extension hairline, in which media outlets such as Marie Claire, Allure Magazine,  and Modern Salon, just to name a few were invited to. For the event, myself and the staff at Blo Blow Bar prepped the editors hair for the extension install by shampooing and blow dry styling their hair so that Tabatha's team could install the hair. The Circle Extension is  like wearing your favorite headband and is easy to put on.  It requires no tape, glue or clips. It comes in 14 natural shades from the lightest blonde to black, in lengths fro 10" to 18". It is made from Keralon, a revolutionary synthetic fiber that allows the hair to be styled with heat tools up to 320 degrees.  This makes the extension line extremely durable and affordable with a price range from $79 to $99.  It looks BETTER than your "real" hair. =) The hairline debuts November 2014. Here are some pictures from that fabulous day.
Me with one of my role models in this business,
Celebrity hairstylist Robert Evan Thomas. He
was on Tabatha's team installing the hair extensions.
 It was really great working alongside him!
Myself blow dry styling freelance editor for Marie Claire
magazine, Shyema Azan . She knew who I was from reading this blog.
She has her own blog named Beauty and The Feast  
Tabatha talking to Modern Salon about the
Circle Hair Extension line.  


Monday, May 19, 2014

Revamping RaiNa's Closet: Mixing the Old with Something NEW

Over the past few weeks I've been making a conscious effort to make my money stretch when it
comes to "revamping" my closet. The idea is to add pieces to my existing wardrobe, NOT to add whole outfits.  That is what being a fashionista is all about.  Lately, I have been feening for blazers in an array of colors.  You see I love the "sale" rack, after all I am a mother of 3! Here's what I wore and where you can find these deals.

The jeans are American Eagle and I've had them for about 3 years. (I LOVE distressed denim... in fact I have a problem!! lol) Jacket: Zara $79.50
White stretch tank top: Zara $19
Shoes: Steve Madden $70

White bag: Aldo $35
Triangle Earrings: H&M $12.50
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Monday, May 12, 2014

Spring/Summer Look w/Candy Yum-Yum

   Anyone that knows me, knows that pink lipstick is my signature.  I wear it all year round.  I decided to go to the MAC counter at Bloomingdales "new favorite place,"on 59th and Lexington and try the ever-so-popular Candy YUM YUM. Boy oh boy is it bright and oh so fabulous.  It'll definitely brighten your mood and get you noticed.   Here is my "Face of the Day" and the cosmetics I used to achieve this look.

NO filter, No photoshop, No More Beaute App. Just
my iPhone camera and some natural sunlight! Skincare is the canvas upon
which a "flawless" makeup application is built upon." Skincare First!
**Practice makes "perfection."**

Foundation: MAC NC50
Lower lid Liner: Mountain Air by MAC
Top Liner: Sonia Kashuk liquid eyeliner in black
Lip Liner: Magenta by MAC
Lipstick: Candy YUM YUM by MAC
Highlight: Prep+Prime BB Creme by MAC in NW35(I placed MAC's Mineralize Skinfinish in Gold Deposit in the highlighted area to give that glow)** see previous post**
Brows: Spiked by MAC 

I always wear ArdeLL individual cluster lashes in long and medium to
give you that EYE DRAMA! (get it at your local CVs or
beauty supply store)**
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