BOXYCHARM X The Architect of Style

Runway Girl No.1
Runway Girl No.1 and BOXYCHARM September box

I have been working on a few commissioned fashion brands, which I can’t talk about until published, like this collaboration during Fashion month (week) with BOXYCHARM. I created three illustrations that debuted on their instagram account (@Boxycharm) one every friday of the month of September.

The theme was Runway Ready, showing my girls in the front row and living the lifestyle of the most coveted it girls in NYC.

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A New Hair Color!

A litlle lighter
A little lighter

For a few weeks, I had been a little bored with my hair. I love having bangs, but I was not too happy with the extreme black that my natural hair color is, and with an outgrown ombre, it was time for a change. I decided to go a lighter and get rid of the black hair. I followed the good advise given by the colorist, dyed my base several shades lighter to a dark blonde tone and then had a full head of highlights done. It all took 9 hours to do, I must say my hair is very resistant and really hard to get colored.

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SoBlo opens in Coral Gables!

A SoBlo Blowout!
A SoBlo Blowout!

I’m so happy that SoBlo opened their newest salon in Coral Gables, especially as it is a few blocks away from my home. SoBlo is an only blowout service salon, they wash and blow dry and also do hair styling for only $35.00, no cuts or color just the perfect blowdry. Other services that they offer include up-do’s, deep treatment hair masks and hair glossing.

On my visit I got to experience the courteousness of the staff, they offered me a glass of wine (complimentary with service) and proceeded to wash my hair with their home line of products (which smelled so good), and blow dry it. My hair ended up looking shiny, bouncy and a million bucks. After the blowout we proceeded to do an hair up-do (see pics below).

My stylist was Jarley, whom I  loved and would recommend to everyone, but also for my dominican girls they have on staff three dominican stylists (you know they know how to tame that caribbean hair).

SoBlo Coral Gables is located at 2309 Ponce De Leon Blvd, Coral Gables, FL 33134 Tel. 786-536-5672 and its open also on Sundays. You can book an appointment online at www.SoBlo.com and they also accept walk-ins, which is usually the way I have been going lately.

Beauty Tip: Monday and Tuesdays they are running a special for $25.00 dollar blowouts from 7:30 am to 11:00 am. Perfect to get your hair done before getting to work.

Pictures by Cindy Jimenez

*Hair services for this visit sponsored by SoBlo Coral Gables but reviews are my own.

SoBlo Coral Gables now open
SoBlo Coral Gables now open
Love their stylist specially Jarley who did my hair this day!
Love their stylist specially Jarley who did my hair this day!
Bouncy sexy hair!
Bouncy sexy hair!
SoBlo product line
SoBlo product line
They also do updo's
They also do updo’s
Updo
Updo
Check out how the Updo ended up looking. Chec out my next post to see what I wore with this hair
Check out how the Updo ended up looking. Look for my next post to see what I wore with this hair.

Nail blues

Tiffany blue?
Tiffany blue?

Nail blues

There is a moment in every girl’s life that we have to make hard decisions in this case I’m talking about that moment when you have to choose your mani color for the week. Yes, I know I’m being overly dramatic, but sometimes being stuck with a color you don’t like can bring your mood down. For my summer nails I have been looking at shades of blues, especially in pastel tones. They really match with anything, kind of like wearing a pair of jeans it looks good with any outfit. (I’m pretty sure I read this somewhere). Check out my blue picks for a perfect summer look.

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My experience with Cezanne Hair

The Cezanne product line
The Cezanne product line

A few weeks back the people from Cezanne contacted me to see if I was interested in trying out their product. Cezanne is a Keratin Smoothing treatment that is 100% formaldehyde free. This means no pesky ingredients and no strong smell, in fact the treatment is so gentle that the stylist could apply it without wearing gloves (from what I was told at the salon). Also another great thing is that the hair can be blow dried or curled right after so you can leave the salon ready.

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Spring Cleaning: Organizing my makeup vanity area

My vanity makeup organization
My vanity corner makeup organization

I don’t consider myself a girl that hoards makeup, I go back to basics and try to have only the things I need.  I don’t wear crazy amounts of makeup but I do always leave the house with something on. Since I moved to our apartment (over a year ago) my makeup had been lying on a corner of the bathroom vanity inside makeup bags. Not seen all the makeup that I had many things where just growing old and never been used.

First I looked in Pinterest and started pining things that I liked to a board. From there I got the main idea of what I wanted to do to clean the space and make it look nicer.

Secondly I accessed how much make up I had and did a major cleanup. Starting with throwing out things I had no idea when I got them and started anew.  Usually beauty products say their shelf life in the box that they come in. A quick tip I do, is add a little sticker to the back of the product say, an eye shadow, and write down the date that it would expire after opening so if I opened ion 04/14 and the shelf life is 12M then I write down 04/15. That way I don’t keep anything longer than needed.

As for the organizing portion I decided to get an acrylic tray with divisions that would hold most of my makeup. For the brushes I used and vintage style apothecary glass vase with a lid and cored them with some glass pebbles, like the ones used for floral arrangements. The rest of my brushes I added to a mason jar.

To complete the décor look I got a vintage frame for which I drew a special illustration for it.  (If you would like one check out my store here to get one). Added a candle and an Amethyst cluster stone that has protection and calming effects, which you know we all need sometimes in this hectic life.

The Architect of Style illustration, Alixx Tea Time Candle & raw quartz stone
The Architect of Style illustration, Alixx Tea Time Candle &  natural amethyst cluster
Brushes
Brushes in a vintage style apothecary glass vase and mason jar
A tray to hold everything
An acrylic tray to hold everything

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Did someone say Orange?

A different kind of bold
Orange is the new Red

With spring around the corner I started looking into some of the beauty trends for the season. You know I love bold color lips so getting an Orange lipstick was on the top of my list.

I tried out with several brands from MAC to Tom Ford, and settled for an YSL Rouge Pur in Orange Imagine. I found that for my skin tone the best way to wear this fun shade was to stick to hues with red undertones. I also tried with neon/yellow tones,  but for me I felt like Nicki Minaj, going for a big wao! but I prefer to stick to the classics.

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Beauty Review & Collaboration: Maite Makeup Company

Maite Makeup + The Architect of Style
Maite Makeup + The Architect of Style

I had the chance to collaborate with local make-up company Maite Makeup to do some illustrations for their brand so they can use it for their social media. The idea behind the illustration is a Miami south beach girl that is ready for the party and hit the beach. For inspiration Maite Rivera sent me a few of their products to try out and get the feel of what her brand is all about.

I love makeup especially if they are high pigmented and Maite Makeup delivers that. I am a bold lips kinda girl so when I saw her Senorita Pink lipstick & Exhibitionist lip gloss I knew they had sent me the right stuff, so much that I basically have given up on wearing daily other lip colors and only wearing these ones.

I had the same experience with the blush in color Tutu I adore the tone, and you know that when you have darker/olive skin finding a pink blush that doesn’t make you look like Barbie is hard.

For the eye shadows it comes as a quad package with four complementing hues. I mostly use more nude tones but the palette she send me was fab to do a bright summer smoky eye. If you see closely for the illustrations I used the eye shadows as the color base.

Another thing of this brand is that it is mineral based so no harmful stuff, it is cruelty-free so no bunnies harmed (I’m big on this), and every product is carefully packaged in an environmentally friendly case. So does it get better than this? Yes it does! The prices are affordable and remember if you are in Miami you are buying local.

You can purchase her make-up online at www.maitemakeupcompany.com

Pigmented Lipsticks from Maite Makeup- From Left: Senorita, SoBe & Minimalistic
Pigmented Lipsticks from Maite Makeup- From Left: Senorita, SoBe & Minimalistic
Quad Eye Shadow in Majestic Magenta, Tutu Blush & Exhibitionist Lip Gloss
Quad Eye Shadow in Majestic Magenta, Tutu Blush & Exhibitionist Lip Gloss
This illustration was made using all of this colors
This illustration was made using all of the colors from the quad and blush

Giveaway: Fake Bake Self-Tanning Package

Giveaway time!

I love sharing products that I like and what better way than with a giveaway!. During Swim Week I received many products from Fake Bake so I decided to giveaway one of their self-tanning kits to one lucky reader.

Fake Bake is an organically-based product with botanically extracted ingredients and contains no parabens or preservatives, their formula is streak-free and it’s really easy to use. I’ve used it on my legs and it gives them a golden glow, not a nasty orange tone like other self-tanners do.

The prize includes Fake Bake 60 minutes Self-Tan Liquid, Professional Mitt, Application Gloves, Fake Bake Sol Survivor SPF-30 Sun Block, Travel Size Fake Bake Self-Tan Lotion, Fake Bake Bronzer & bronzer brush.

Good luck!

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