Unbeweavable Sale On My Donna Bella Hair Extensions

Fuller Hair Without TumbleWeaves, On-going Maintenance or the Dreaded Medusa Do

The only thing I loath more than under eye wrinkles, is paper-thin hair. Either cut that shit, or stock up on Donna Bella hair extensions during the Black Friday 4 Day Sales Event!

I ONLY rock Donna Bella kera-link hair extensions. And I’ve tried them all.

Great Lengths Hair Extensions, So.Cap, Vision, Lord and Cliff, Vision, West Coast Hair, His and Hers Hair, Celebrity Extensions, D’Vine Lengths, Hairdreams, Cinderella Hair, Micro-Cylinder, Basic Links, Klix, Clip-Ins… you name it, I’ve tried it!

Donna Bella never leaves me with tumbleweaves, slippage (if installed correctly), broken down bonds, shedding or matted glue and/or hair. I buy 8-11 packs of Donna Bella’s kera-link hair strand-by-strand fusion extensions in either the 22″ or 18″.

Donna Bella Black Friday Sales Event Details

Check out Donna Bella’s site for more information.  Donna Bella is offering a ton of perks, which vary day-to-day.

Friday, November 28th, all professional hair extensions will be 15% off. Clip-ins will be 50% off.  In addition, you receive money back in the form of a gift card.

Donna Bella Black Friday Sales Event

Cyber Monday offers a spin at the wheel for an additional percentage off.

Vanessa’s Hair Extension Guide

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Finding the right extension method will depend on budget, preference, and hair type. While fusion and tape-in extensions can be used on just about any hair texture, weaves are best suited for curly, kinky hair. I think links are best suited for coarse hair as well; I had to run around with a pair of tightening pliers in my handbag when I tried links.

Fusion extensions tend to be the most expensive ($500 to $4,000) and have the most time-consuming application process (up to three hours); they also last the longest (three to four months). By purchasing directly from Donna Bella, I end up spending $600-$700 every 17 weeks.

The tape-in application process is much faster (about an hour) and more affordable, but requires more frequent maintenance (every six to eight weeks).

Laura Kemezis and Joanna Calhoun-Shaver at Complete Beauty in West Bloomfield Township, Michigan install all different types for unbeatable prices.

Human Versus Synthetic Hair
When it comes to purchasing hair, you get what you pay for. Price will vary greatly based on quality of the hair, as well as the desired quantity (for thickness) and length. Synthetic hair is much cheaper ($50 to $100) but won’t blend or style the way human hair does. I only buy human. I dye and heat style my extensions.

How to Cut and Style
Good extensions should be entirely undetectable—blending your natural hair with the extension is critical. The best way to do this? A great cut. After the extensions are in, your hair should be cut DRY, with layers that blend the two hair types. You can color extensions darker (no bleaching!), but it’s best to choose a shade close to your natural color to avoid over processing. Or you can mix and match various shades for a more natural-looking blend. Julie Miklush at Bashar Salon in Somerset Collection in Troy gives THE BEST cut.  THE BEST.  

Removal is more difficult than extensions with easily broken down bonds. I can remove a head of Lord and Cliff fusion extensions in 30 minutes. It takes me hours to remove a full head of Donna Bella.

When it’s time to remove my Donna Bella fusion extensions, to ensure the least amount of damage possible, I do it myself at home. No one is going to be as gentle with your hair as you will be. I use the highest percentage of rubbing alcohol I can get my hands on, squirt the alcohol directly onto the bond and crack the bond with needle nose pliers. Then I simply pull the extension out.

Repeat 80-110 times.

The Damage
Putting additional stress on your hair will result in some damage, regardless of the type of extension you choose. Placement is also essential. Extensions should be placed where hair is strongest. Try to avoid areas along the hairline, where hair is the most fragile. Also, do removal yourself, at-home, when you have plenty of time.

Kylie Jenner Big Lips with Maybelline Drugstore Liner

Want bigger lips without the cost, bruising and pain of injections?

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Since Kylie Jenner debuted larger lips, it seems like EVERYONE does!  We associate full lips with an accentuated border with beauty and youth.  In fact, tribal peoples worldwide have introduced various materials into and through the upper and lower lips of both genders to enhance beauty.  An African tribal chief explained:  “What kind of person would she be without Pelele (lip plate)? She would not be a woman at all.”  Bro is right; we don’t call em’ DSLs for nothin’.


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As soon as I saw Kylie’s larger lips, I knew exactly what she had done.  And it wasn’t lip injections!  I immediately set out to defend Kylie’s honor by waging war with her haters.  My Facebook thugging didn’t seem to be getting me anywhere, so I did a short tutorial with an affordable $5 drugstore lip liner to prove anyone can have lusciously large lips.

Please note:  I’ll tell you exactly how I’ve altered my appearance, and admit that in 2012 I went the tribal route by injecting Juvederm Ultra into my lips.  15% of Juvederm Ultra likes to stick around permanently; consequently, my lips are permanently larger than my natural God-given lips.


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Sexy, right?!  The pain, cost and downtime associated with injections is not for everyone.  I bruised terribly, had to concoct a story about my dog hitting me in the face with his bully bone, then ran around a sales conference looking like I shared an elevator with Ray Rice.  It took 2 weeks to recover.  So… If you don’t want to run around looking like a domestic abuse victim, skip the injections and watch my video.


For those of you who don’t want to sit through one of my terribly edited videos, here are written directions:

To create the illusion of hugelips, the trick is to line outside your lips with a lip liner 2-3 shades darker than your natural lip color.

Simply line the OUTSIDE of your lips and fill.

I used Maybelline New York ColorSensational Lip Liner in Nude or Rose.

This liner won’t smudge, smear, feather or bleed.  Best of all?  Nude goes with any lip color!

No lipstick. No lipgloss. Just liner.



How to Apply Fake Lashes: Tutorial & Review of Younique Fiber Lash Mascara


Forget fake lashes!  Forget eyelash extensions.  Achieve the same look with Younique Fiber Mascara.

People are always asking me to recommend a life-changing mascara.  This is IT!

The 3D Fiber Lashes thicken, lengthen and promote curl.  It is water resistant but easily washes off with warm water and facial cleanser.  The price is right on par with any mascara you would purchase from Ulta or Sephora.


The three-step process combines Transplanting Gel and Natural Fibers (in 2 different tubes) to help create the appearance of incredible thickness and volume to your existing lashes.


To prepare your eyelashes for optimal results, curl your eyelashes, then apply one thin coat of your own regular favorite mascara and let it dry.

Apply Moodstruck Transplanting Gel to your lashes.

Immediately following, and while the gel is still wet, apply the Moodstruck Natural Fibers.

Reapply the Transplanting Gel a second time to seal the natural fibers onto your lashes.

Repeat until you’re satisfied with the length.

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The feather-like fibers can be off-putting at first; however, the end result really is fantastic and lasts all day.

I never trust before/after photos, and had an extremely difficult time trying to capture the effect on myself, so check out my vlog below, which features the FULL application process.  Fast forward to 7:16 for the actual review.  The video is slightly ridiculous! I didn’t shower, am wearing gym clothes and take you through the ENTIRE unedited application process, so you can see in real-time that it takes 5-7 minutes to achieve dramatic volume and length.  It isn’t exactly exciting, but gives you an accurate idea of how the mascara works.  Don’t hate.

Also, I would like to note that I am not a Younique representative and earn no commission on purchases; however, my representative, Lonni Jo, is as knowledgeable as she is gorgeous.  Lonni Jo set up an online party for me, so you can purchase it HERE.


20% Off Sephora’s Holiday Event: Shopping Guide

 WARNING: Sephora.com Keeps Crashing

Today through November 10th, Sephora VIB and VIB Rouge Members get 20% off in-store and online with code GIFTROUGE or GIFTVIB.  If you don’t have VIB status, a VIB friend can let you use her 20% friend in-store pass.  If you can’t make it to Sephora in-person, ask a friend to use her online account, which includes free shipping.

Take this opportunity to load up on staples you know you will purchase in the next 6 months (foundation, eyeliner, powder), the pricier items you’ve been eyeing that never go on-sale anywhere else (Clarisonic, fragrance, hair styling tools) and limited edition holiday gift sets.

Shop top beauty gifts for her under $25.

Last night my mom and I attended the pre-sale party, where we dined on cupcakes, loaded up on free samples and purchased a lot of make up.

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My Purchases
MAKE UP FOR EVER Studio Case / Studio Case
MAKE UP FOR EVER 242 Large Blender Brush / 242 Large Blender Brush
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Caramel
Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick / Luminous Crème Lipstick Vouvray
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Sephora All A Glow Face Palette (concealer, blush and highlighter set for contouring)
Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder
Givenchy Photo’Perfexion Fluid Foundation 20 SPF
Sephora PRO Flawless Powder Brush #40
Sephora Perfecting Concealer Brush #20
SEPHORA COLLECTION Classic Multitasker Powder Brush #45 / Classic Multitasker Powder Brush #45
Hourglass Ambient Blush Palette
Narsissist Cheek Kit
Laura Mercier Baby Lips
Laura Mercier Natural Lips Lip Pencil
Fresh Sugar Lip Legends / Sugar Lip Legends
Sephora Favorites Draw The Line / Draw The Line
Sephora Favorites Cologne Sampler / Cologne Sampler

Stand Outs
SEPHORA COLLECTION Classic Multitasker Powder Brush #45 / Classic Multitasker Powder Brush #45
My favorite NEW find!  With its 5 star rating and 7,000+ loves on Sephora.com, it looks like I’m not alone.  My mom even purchased one!  It’s super soft bristles flawlessly apply, buff and blur your liquid, cream or powder foundation.  I own the Urban Decay Optical Blurring Brush and think this Sephora brush is superior in every way!  Click “Shop Now” below for the direct link.



Givenchy Photo’Perfexion Fluid Foundation 20 SPF
I’m usually loyal to Make Up For Ever and Urban Decay Naked; however, I think this is my new go-to foundation.

It’s a creamy foundation with SPF protection that works like a concealer to correct imperfections, smooth the skin’s texture, and even out the complexion.  With the expertise and speed of a digital retoucher, Photo’Perfexion conceals dark shadows and sallow complexions.  It goes on smooth and velvety and delivers a flawless finish minus the heavy, cakey feeling.  I used it in-store with the SEPHORA COLLECTION Classic Multitasker Powder Brush.


Buyer’s Remorse
MAKE UP FOR EVER Studio Case / Studio Case
Sephora All A Glow Face Palette (concealer, blush and highlighter set for contouring)
*Both of these products were lackluster and the same looks can be attained with products you probably already own.

WARNING: Sephora.com Keeps Crashing

I was on Sephora.com last night starting at 8 PM – this morning around 11 AM, trying to score the 1 thing I had my eye on that isn’t available in stores:  simplehuman Sensor Mirror – Sensor-Activated Lighted Makeup Mirror.  Unfortunately, Sephora.com has been down due to the high volume of traffic and I missed out!  I’m always running late and it’s usually dark by time I get my face together… so I was looking forward to this cordless mirror that promises to illuminate your face with natural light and “adapts to your behavior … It becomes more sensitive during use, so it won’t turn off unexpectedly.”  I even called Sephora, pled my case and begged them to look around for one of these babies… they laughed at me.  It’s available on Amazon for less than the $200 retail, so I may try to sneak that one past Josh and write a review.


Holiday Shopping List
Sephora has a ton of inexpensive, high-quality gift sets.  If someone has a signature look – black eyeliner, red lips, celebrity-inspired contouring- purchase a gift set you know they will use while encouraging them to step out of their comfort zone.  For example, my MIL always wears black eyeliner and red lips.  Finding the perfect red lip is quite the feat, so I purchased her Sephora Favorites Draw The Line Gift Set, so she can experiment with several different types of black eyeliner. Fragrances never go on sale, so I stocked up on Sephora Favorites Cologne Samplers for the men in my life.

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The Sephora Favorites Cologne Sampler features 12 samples in a faux-leather toiletry case and a voucher for 1 full size bottle of cologne.  There is also a perfume version for ladies.

Happy Shopping!

Skincare Ingredients for Perfect Skin & My Skincare Routine

What face wash/cleanser/moisturizer do you use daily that works well with this (Glycolix Elite Treatment Pads)? Your skin looks awesome, so I have to ask!! :) -Taylor


Thank you for the compliment, Taylor! It took a lot of trial-and-error for me to figure out what worked for me.  As a former tanning addict, I suffered from hyper-pigmentation (dark spots).  As a lifelong picker, I am constantly battling red marks and scars.  And as a 30-something, I am panicked about fine lines.

When developing a skincare regimen, regardless of the time of year, look for products that contain the following ingredients:

Retinol, Glycolic Acid, Vitamin C and Hydroquinone

If you’re acne-prone, consider adding Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acid to your regimen.

After trying entire multi-step regimens- Glytone, Obagi, Clarins, Murad, Clinique, and a slew of others- I’ve settled on the following combination of products (I also wear SPF and drink a lot of water):



  • Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser  with Clarisonic.  You can score a Clarisonic for 20% during Sephora’s 5 Days of 20% Savings for VIB Rouge and VIB (November 6-10)!

  • Glycolix Elite Treatment Pads
  • Obagi Nu-Derm #3 Clear Skin Bleaching and Correcting Cream (Hydroquinone lightens freckles, age spots, melasma and sun damage)
  • Obagi Nu-Derm #4 Exfoderm Skin Smoothing Exfoliation Lotion
  • Eye cream – love Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Eye Cream
  • Facial oil works well for hydrating the eye area as well. Often, I will use oil, let it to absorb, then apply cream.
  • SPF or a primer with SPF – Laura Mercier Foundation Primer with 30 SPF is a great choice and can be purchased at Sephora.





The event runs November 6-10th.  I am attending the First Access VIB Rouge Holiday Party tonight.  Tomorrow, I will post of list to things to stock up on during the event!