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Lipsense Fleur de Lisa

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Lip sense is taking social media by storm even though it was out in the year 1999, I never heard of it until now.
I was happy to collaborate on FB with a beautiful distributor and do a first time live video of me applying it on camera. I was very nervous but happy I did it because this product needs mentioning.
It's incredible how it can last up to 18 hours! of course it's been great for 10 hours so far lol It's kiss proof, smudge proof, waterproof and looks great on the lips.
The lipsense kit is 55 bucks and it includes a color, a gloss and the Oops remover that fixes application mistakes or when it's applied on the lips to remove the lip color with a cotton pad. 
The color is not easy to remove hence that's why it stays on that long. 
Some people use Neutrogena soap to remove it, others try Coconut Oil with sugar, Olive Oil and waterproof makeup remover. I prefer the Oops remover.

Recently, I entered an IG contest and I couldn't believe I won a lipsense color in the shade Fleur de Lisa. It's a beautiful cool pink with glitter particles. If you would like to purchase lipsense for 25 bucks, keep in mind you would need the gloss as well. In reality, it is an investment and not all of us can afford it but if you can and are interested then contact Dacia another beautiful ditributor on IG or Facebook on the links below.

Dacia's Lipsense links:
FB
IG at Zimmerdl

Here's a quick and fun video I made demonstrating this kiss proof, smudge proof and waterproof liquid lippie. 




Oh yes, lip sense  smells like citrus and may tingle or burn at first application which almost made me give up on it but then It went away. This is why in the video below...




                                                     Fleur de Lisa on différent skin tones:)

Here's some detailed info from Senegence the company that makes lipsense:

The premier product for SeneGence is patented LipSense Liquid Lip Color. LipSense is an amazing departure from conventional lipsticks and lip colors found on the market today.
LipSense comes in a wide variety of shades and textures; Frosts, Mattes, and Shimmers. LipSense lip colors are perfect to mix and match; LipSense is versatile in that you can use LipSense shades to create a number of effects.
LipSense is initially sold as a set, which includes LipSense Liquid Lip Color, a moisturizing Gloss, and an Ooops!™ Remover. Users should have a remover in the event they need to remove the product.
The Science Behind the Product
This unique product is waterproof and does not kiss off, smear off, rub off, or budge off! And, just as important it does not dry out your lips. In fact, it restores the moisture content of your lips when used properly. LipSense Liquid Lip Color can last anywhere between 4 and 18 hours.
LipSense is a non-wax liquid lip color that stays on your skin. LipSense provides a natural shield from the sun. The proprietary formulations and color pigments in LipSense help create a mechanical covering for the lips. That means the skin on your lips are protected from the sun’s rays by the color pigments, therefore your lips are more protected from harmful rays. That is just one of the reasons your lips become so smooth and soft with consistent use of LipSense.:
The patented formulation technology includes Cosmetic grade Denatured Alcohol, which is nothing close to Isopropyl Alcohol–or rubbing alcohol. In fact, you need Denatured Alcohol to apply LipSense to lips. While rubbing alcohol instantly removes LipSense from the skin. We do not recommend the use of rubbing alcohol on the skin because it dries out the skin. LipSense is formulated with Denatured Alcohol because:
  • It is thinner than water and suspends the tiny particles within the formula.
  • It immediately evaporates from the skin upon the delivery of the technology to the skin. (The “tingling” sensation felt on the lips, when some wearers first begin to use the color, is the evaporation process of the Denatured Alcohol felt within the dry cracks of the lips. This sensation disappears as lower layers of skin’s moisture content are restored by the use of the moisturizing gloss.)
Tiny Particles: The particles that help the color pigments to molecularly bind to the skin (see Ingredient listing). Over time, the particles begin to detach from the skin’s surface. The rate at which this occurs varies tremendously and is based upon the pH-balance of each person’s skin and the color they’ve chosen to wear for the day.
Color Pigments: Each tube of color has a varied formulation and mixture of color pigments to arrive at a specific color. Some colors naturally last longer than others because of the different body chemistry of each wearer, plus some colors are thicker or richer in color pigmentations, while others are sheer and thinner.
Layering LipSense: Layering LipSense is a must due to the fact the color breaks down with the pH balance of the skin.
1st layer: touches the skin’s pH and will begin to break down first and fastest.
2nd layer: protected from the bottom, away from the skin’s pH, by the first layer.
3rd layer: protects the second layer from the top down and prevents sheering of second layer of color by keeping away friction, saliva, and the natural environment. The third layer breaks down just like the first layer, but from the top down. The second layer is sandwiched between the first and third and is protected by both for the longest period of use.
Mica: LipSense Lip Colors formulated with Micas do not tend to wear as long as the solid matte shades of LipSense. Micas create shine and shimmer. They reflect light and are made of particles that are larger than color pigments. Micas and may flick off the skin with regular skin movements. Talking and scraping lip movements like drinking from a cup can facilitate this process. You can assume up to an hour of less wear when wearing a Mica color.
Glossing: It is important to know the long-lasting properties of LipSense are enhanced by any of the LipSense moisturizing glosses. The gloss products also help to keep the lips moist and plump.

Key Ingredients and Benefits
LipSense Long-Lasting Liquid Lip Color is made of a combination of ingredients. Here are a few key components:
  • Denatured Alcohol: used as a delivery system for the color technology; creates a germ and bacteria-free environment.
  • Paeonia Suffruticosa Root (Tree Peony) Extract: a natural calming plum flower herb.
  • Hypericum Perforatum (St. John’s Wort) Extract: also known as St John’s Wort, a natural herb used to elavate mood and treat depressions.
  • Tilia Cordata (Linden) Flower Extract: a natural flower extract rich in flavonoids and a powerful anti-oxidant.
  • Isodonis Japonicus Extract: Fragrant plant extract that contains terpenes, shown to have medicinal properties to soothe skin.
  • Mica: an earth mineral used to give products sparkle and shine. Titanium Dioxide: an inert earth mineral used as a thickening ingredient and sunscreen in cosmetics. It protects skin from UVA and UVB radiation and is considered to have no risk of skin irritation.
Note: Just as important as what is in LipSense, is what is not! LipSense is formulated with no wax, lead, or animal by-products.


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Arctic Fox Virgin Pink

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Hi all,
I'm so giddy about today's post because my hair just took a turn for the brightest and vivid color ever.
I had no intention of getting it so in yo face lol but after it was all done and left on my hair for 2 hours and 40 minutes, the results were out of this world.
Ok, so remember how I said in my last post, I was going to try a new hair dye by Arctic Fox?
Well, I went for it and got it on Amazon in the color Virgin Pink for $10.99.

It totally smells like grape candy no kidding and it's very pigmented. You can choose to dilute it with white conditioner or their Arctic Mist to make it a pastel or a diffrent pink.
I decided to take the strand test method for 30 minutes and the pre softening gray method for 15 minutes to achieve the first round of color preference. In the picture below, you will see that strand is more of a cooler soft pink which made me excited and my gray was grabbing the color as well.

Again, I'm new into these fantasy colors so I'm bound to make mistakes. When I was ready to do my whole head, I decided to leave the color way longer and Boom the pictures speak for themselves. I know the color will fade which will be nice if it fades to a beautiful toned down pink. But I'm super impressed with this product and how well it took my gray as well. So far I give Arctic Fox Virgin Pink 2 thumbs up :) and it did not stain my pillowcase. Yay!

                                                 
                                                    My before

What I was expecting! this was my 30 min strand test

What I got!
My hubby said I reminded him of the movie Trolls. LOL
This color is Amazing!

All dolled up! Virgin Pink even grabbed some of my darker hair as well.


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Celeb Luxury Viral Colorwash

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Hello everyone,
Today’s blog post is about a colorposit shampoo called Viral colorwash by Celeb Luxury. 
I ordered mine on Ebay for less because this shampoo retails for 35 bucks in salons and unfortunately it’s not available at Sallys :(

The color I got was in pastel light pink and it is very pigmented and has a citrusy scent.
As you all know from the previous post, I tried the Manic Panic in Cotton Candy Pink and though it looked vibrant and beautiful the first week, I began to notice it was fading much quicker than my Pravana pink so I wanted to try something different to halt the fading process as much as I could besides the dye in the conditioner method so I purchased the Viral Colorwash. It's pigmented, concentrated and it cleanses and colors your hair at the same time.

This shampoo deposits color on your hair while you are washing it and you determine how long you leave it on to reach the vibrancy you want or you can do quick washes after the other. My first attempt using it, I decided to try it on dry hair and leave it on for 20 to 30 min.
It looked great like an instant dye job and when a week later passed, I decided to use it as a shampoo and did a quick wash for 6 minutes and it worked really well. I will soon try 2 quick washes so it can grab even more. The only thing I did notice is that it does not cover gray or color dark parts of the hair but at least it covered my highlights and made them pink, not pastel but pink and I was totally fine with that. When using this product, I highly suggest after washing your hair to use a conditioner so it won’t dry out your locks. 

This 8.25 oz shampoo is an investment but it really does keep your hair color from fading the more you use it. 
So now there are two options to keep your color from fading, dye in conditioner method or Viral Colorwash while you shampoo your hair.




                                     The lighter dab swatch is Pravana pink mixed in with my conditioner.

These shots are my before with the manic panic in Cotton Candy Pink. You can already see the fade...


Using Viral Colorwash as a dye on dry hair for 20-30 minutes
The results





The roots are coming in LOL The next hair dye I will be trying is Arctic Fox Virgin Pink, hopefully it  will tone down my black roots and grab my white hair.

Here’s the Celeb Luxury website so you can read all about their product line and find the one that works for you. http://www.celebluxury.com/products/#viral

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Manic Panic Cotton Candy Pink

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There are so many fantasy hair color semi permanent dyes out there that it's so hard to choose especially since I'm a newbie into it. When I first got my hair colored, it was with Pravana Vivids Pink which is a great high quality dye but it is not as accessible as others that you can purchase at Sally's. After my initial color, I went to Salon Centric because I have a friend that is a hairdresser and she has access to the supplies but since I'm not, I went with her and I bought two tubes of Pravana Vivids Pink under her card.
All I have left is a bit of the second tube since I mixed it in with my conditioner which was great but then I would run out when I would have to recolor again. So, I renewed my membership with Sally's for 5 bucks for the year and I got a 50% off coupon and used it to buy my first jar of Manic Panic in Cotton Candy Pink without knowing if it would work or not. To my surprise, this dye worked great and I did not dilute it to make it pastel. I used it straight from the little tub it came in, saturated my whole head and the color took instantly, even most of my white hair in the front which was cool because that part is not bleached.
I left on the dye for 3 hours and rinsed it off with cool water and voila the shade of pink was vivid and beautiful and more cool pinky toned than the Pravana, which gave me a more lilac mauvey pink hue.
This dye did not make a mess, stain my pillowcase or clothing maybe because it was a lighter shade from the collection. It is also very pigmented but now I have to test it to see how long it will last on my highlighted locks.
In my previous post, I mentioned some tips that I use to keep the color from fading so hopefully it will work with this color as well.

I'm really excited with this new hair change. I'm having fun at 42!
Here are my before and after pictures using the manic panic in Cotton Candy Pink.

                                          Here's a before without flash, Pravana pink does fade nicely.
With flash and the Cotton Candy Pink in the daylight


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My Pink Hair

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I got my hair colored on Dec 10, 2016 and it's already January and I'm still loving the new shade transformation. I had not colored my hair in 4 yrs but since I was celebrating my 42nd Birthday, I wanted to go for it. This color was not easy to achieve at first so after many attempts especially with the lightning of my hair for the highlights but thankfully the salon artist used Arganplex to keep my hair from damage, I was finally pleased.
Here in the pictures, you will see freshly washed wild and wavy hair on a windy day with pink highlights:) So far, I'm still hanging in there with this pravana pink hair color.

To maintain it, I wash my hair less frequently, use sulfate free shampoo by Deva Curl called low poo delight, I mix the pravana pink semi dye with the one condition delight when I shower to refresh my color and then dry shampoo when needed throughout the week. The roots are starting to show a bit but I'm taking it day by day😉
Have a blessed day💕







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I Was So Blinded

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Here's a poem I wrote when I was going through low self esteem issues. It all began when I auditioned for a modeling agency called John Casablanca. I was 19 at the time and wanted to reach for the stars and pursue acting. So, I went to the agency, spoke to an agent and received the biggest shock, one that would almost paralyze me in life.

After she analyzed me from head to toe, the woman took me to her office and had pictures on the wall of cute ordinary next door type girls and super models like Cindy Crawford and so on.
She asked me which girls on the wall did I compare myself to and in all honesty, I said the next-door type.
As soon as I said that, she said "You have such an unrealistic attitude". "The industry will chew you up and spit you out."
I told her she was very unprofessional and I took my photos and walked out. I was crushed and I didn't know what to do. Those words were so harsh and they penetrated deep into my soul.
I began to believe them and not like what I saw in the mirror. I hated myself and wished I wasn't born. I had a loving friend named Robert who wrote me a letter and had given me a rose to remind me of my beauty and worth but I didn't to want to believe it. I was blinded and hurt until one evening I went to church service and asked a beautiful lady friend of mine named Liz, If I was ugly. She responded "You are beautifully and wonderfully made by God"and she read me the verse in Psalm 139. I began to read it for myself until it sinked into my soul and transformed my inner being. When I looked into the mirror, I started to like what I saw and appreciate and know that God does not make junk. I was beautiful and loved.

After months passed, I went to another audition but this time at Jonathan Robert Powers just to see what they would say but this time I was ready for the good and the bad, meaning the comments and rejections were not going to harm me.
The audition went great, and the lady there said I was beautiful and I had a great facial profile but my weight was a bit heavy. LOL inside of me I was like
"ok I'm 108 pounds if I get skinnier, I'll be bones".
So I said thank you with a smile and left but this time gleaming and very pleased. I did not need validation anymore and I grew confident in whom I was becoming and because I was a child of God, I felt like a princess.

In the picture below, at the age of 19 was when my low self esteem issues took place. I was surely blinded. LOL
You may wonder, if I still go through low self esteem issues, sure I do but I do not let them control me and it never takes me to that dark place. If I'm having a bad hair day, I make it a good hair day, hello hats and ponytails look cute too. :) If I look tired, I put on concealer and you know I like makeup. I'm not obsessed with it and I only wear it when I go out. Since I'm a stay at home mom, I do not need to wear it everyday. The point I'm trying to make is that I absolutely will not let these things affect me. I know who I am and who created me and I'm happy.


If you are going through low self esteem at this moment in your life, let me remind you that You are Beautiful and Valuable in God's eyes...


Poem:

I Was So Blinded by Marian Marrero

I would look in a mirror and not like what I see
My mind was made up that I was ugly
My confidence was destroyed
I didn't know who I was
I was so blinded

I was so blinded that I didn't even want to live
My dreams were shattered
I thought I had nothing to give
I was totally confused until I heard and read His Word
I looked into the bible and read Psalm 139
the part where it say we are beautifully created

He formed me in His image
So I was special all along, satan played me for a fool and took away my song

You see the word of God is life
Only He sees and says the truth
Satan is a liar! He wants to deceive you
So don't be blinded
You have so much more to give
You are God's creation and that's why you should live

You are special!




Psalm 139:13
13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand—
when I awake, I am still with you.


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The Sephora and Ulta Birthday Gift for 2017

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Happy 2017 friends,
I just turned 42 on Dec 26 and I had to grab my birthday offers from Ulta and Sephora. So, if you have an upcoming birthday this year, sign up here for free for the Sephora Beauty Insider Program and the Ulta Ultamate Rewards Program and you too can get goodies on your special day.
I was very excited for the Sephora gift for 2017 because the Tarte brand was going to be part of it. I only own the Tarte mascara and because I got the gift on Dec 31, I was able to get the Tarte set. Yay!  if not if was either a Marc Jacobs gift set of 2016 or a soy face cleanser by Fresh and unfortunately Marc jacobs was all out in the stores near me and my heart was not set on the cleanser.
Now, on to to the Tarte birthday gift, you get an exclusive shade in their 12 hour Amazonian clay blush called Paaarty and their lip paint in Birthday Suit.




This is such a cute nude set and the colors matched my skin tone wonderfully. In the picture below, I am wearing the blush as my eyeshadow crease color and of course on my cheeks and the lippie Birthday Suit on my lips. I am very pleased with theses goodies:)


Now on to the Ulta gift. Urban Decay is the brand being featured and a great brand it is. I'm not sure if other Ulta stores had different shades but mine was Midnight Cowboy a very loved and hated shadow because of the glitter particles. LOL Be warned it does have glitter fall out so either put it on before makeup application or place an eye shield or tissue under your eye to prevent the dreaded disco ball face.
Nonetheless, this is a very beautiful champagne pink color with silver glitter Here is the swatch below...



And Im wearing it on my lids in this IG pic I posted.

So friends make sure to sign up for these programs to get in on on these goodies and more from Sephora and Ulta.

Sincerely, The Color Wheel Gallery💋

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Happy New Year

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Hello Friends,
I just wanted to wish you all a very happy healthy and blessed New Year. Thank you for all the love and support you have shown me and my little bloggy blog The Color Wheel Gallery. May God bless you and stay tuned for more fun posts💕
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Influenster Maybelline Colossal Big Shot Mascara and Pink Hair

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Hi Friends,
I know it's been a while but I'm back! Many changes have occurred including my hair. LOL
I decided to celebrate this new season with new hair by getting it professionally done with Pravana Pink and Caramel blonde highlights by using Argan Plex. My silver is gone for a while although some are managing to shine through but I'm very happy with this hair transformation for now.

I  am also happy to be among the many ladies to receive an influenster vox box from Maybelline. The goodies were the new Maybelline Colossal Big Shot Mascara and the Master Precise Curvy liquid liner.
The Colossal Big Shot Mascara gave my lashes length to max! The Big Shot never flaked on me and was easy to take off with oil free makeup remover. I was hoping for it to make my lashes thicker but that was not the case, so I tight lined and used the Master Precise Curvy liner in black to give it more drama. The wand on the mascara separated each lash with definition making them feel airy and light and gave them length so I'll take that.  As for the eyeliner, it is a very uniqued shaped product that gives thin or thick lines depending how you place it. I really like it and it defines my eyes with a glossy finish. Both of these products can be found at your local drugstores and on www.maybelline.com

Here are my results and my new "Pink Hair"!







 I received the Maybelline Colossal Big Shot vox box complimentary for testing purposes, but all opinions are my own.

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Awesome Jesus Tees And My New Song In the Midst of the Storm

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As many of you may or may not know last year in 2015, I was going through an illness in my body that almost led us to believe it was cancer. I was going through the wringer with many tests and exams and through it all I was trusting in Jesus and praised him in the midst of the storm.
Although, when I tried to sing in the beginning of the storm my voice would not come out because of the pain I would feel in my body. However, the Holy Spirit gave me this song to write and sing and when I had more strength, I was able to use my voice again for his people and for his glory! I am healed now and I thank God for it everyday!
Today someone needs His healing physically, emotionally and mentally so if this is you, listen to the lyrics of this song and carry it in your heart and on your mind and be encouraged and hopeful. Jesus is our healer! I want to thank my sista friend Lissette Silva for reminding me of what God has given me to share with the world.
Prayer is powerful! And miracles and Healing still exist!
In this video below, I was sick but still hopeful in my miracle from above...Have a blessed day❤️🙏🏼



  These were the words I posted on my FB page when I shared this accapella video of me singing "In the Midst of the Storm.
As people were watching, liking, sharing and receiving encouragement from the song, it touched a Christian T-shirt retailer to contact me on Instagram. He said every month he helps out ministries by sharing some of the proceeds from his shirt sales and asked if I wanted to be a part of it as well. I was so touched by his offer that I said Wow at first and then yes. Why? because not many do this and this person does because he has a heart to help others.

I asked him if he would be able to make a design including my song title because it was so personal to me and he happily agreed.
I am so delighted with this design and I wear it knowing what I was going through and where God has me now. 
This shirt design is truly a testament of remaining still and trusting in God through it all.

Awesome Jesus Tees was gracious enough to feature me on their website wearing the shirt. Since some of the proceeds go to my singing ministry, I would love to record my song "In the Midst of the Storm" and share it to the world to bring encouragement, hope and peace.

Ladies, Would you like to sow in this new recording and wear this shirt yourself and be a witness of what God has pulled you through or out of? If so you can order your shirt here at Awesome Jesus Tees for $22.99 with free shipping or if you are not interested in purchasing a shirt and would like to donate directly to my ministry so I can prepare a budget to record this new song, you can send donations through paypal at gevelmarrero@gmail.com
I thank you from the bottom of my heart and may God bless you all.




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