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Combination/Oily Skin Foundation and Concealer?




I am not an avid wearer of foundation; however, I do love makeup. Normally I create eye looks, but I want to get into the whole shabang! I have tried foundation and normally have the following issues: touching my face and now the foundation is on anything I touch, or the dreaded oily look. The funny thing is I don't know what it is called because it isn't necessarily my T-zone, but moreso, the top of my brows and my cheeks near my nose. So I am on the hunt to find a foundation and concealer that will last at least eight hours. I am talking foundation, concealer, primer, and setting powder. So you know what that means?


Now, I actually have several foundations and setting powders, but what fun is it to review the old stuff. Ahh maybe I will but I will definitely have to mix it up. 


I know there will be some recommendations for some of the higher end makeup brands, and I know I am looking for a holy grail foundation that will last, but... uh... I'm on a budget at this time. Check out www.kaythesoloalliance.com to find out about life changes I am going through honey.  I say that to say stay tuned, we are makeup shopping and reviewing. 

I would love to hear your recommendations for what has worked for my fellow friends and new comers.  Leave your comments (recommendations) below and make sure to come back for our reviews.




Coordinate


Let's create some holiday looks to slay.  Why not change that blazer from formal to "yes I slay" casually.  This look brings together formal and comfortability with a touch "coordinate (Boomerang edition).  The military blazer adds structured style to the normal relaxed feel of jeans and a tee.  While you have a semi- 'laxed look, why not beat the face and stun with your bright bold red lips. However, if you think maybe the plaid boots and purse is enough of boldness, nude lips and a demure holiday eye will be just right.  I think for hair we can stick with a cute top knot. 

Yeah You Changed


You may start noticing some changes within The Solo Alliance.  That is because we have to go big or go home. I mean spreading our wings here and breaking down content that will satisfy our readers. So you will start to see some content transferred over to www.kaythesoloalliance.com. The Solo Alliance will still be here, but this will be all beauty and fashion baby (including the DIYs that I do that relate to glam, decor and beauty). 

Hey, but I didn't forget about our single status because guess what, I am still single! I am creating that independence and happiness all while living a single lifestyle. So you can catch up with our journal entries, life responses, business, love, entertainment and all around lifestyle on www.kaythesoloalliance.com. 

I am preparing for a journey, let's ride Solo Alliance!

Cool Summer Nights





With or without the shrug, this floral pencil dress is stunningly casual. Make it a #datenight or a #girlsnight, you will be guaranteed to feel sexy. Put your own spin on it with a statement necklace and an updo or no jewelry and have the hair flowing in the wind. Lets talk makeup and a beautiful smokey eye with some nude lips. As long as you can strut your stuff and find a seat for when these heels make it known they may not be the most comfortable. If you choose to jazz this outfit up with statement jewelry, then I would pair it with a more mute bag. Possibly a blush or black clutch. 






Weekend Getaway


Weekend Getaway by thesoloalliance featuring The MAHI Columbus Weekender in Vintage Brown | MAHI Leather

Yass! It's time for those summer travels, you know the girls weekend trip, possible overnight rendezvous, or even just a simple drive out of town with a just in case bag. If you are like me, you are ready to use your off days for yourself to soak up the sun, relax, or plan that "fun" overnight date. Hey, I am a single women, so I need to make sure that I have things on hand when I leave the house. This set screams casual date turn to packed for more fun and innocent warm makeup with goodies in the bag. I am simply loving floral for the spring/summer season and yass honey to bring back the block heels. I do feel these heels are a Carrie statement piece; therefore, lets keep everything else simple, cute and mute. You have more than enough room to pack away the nightlife outfit, shoes, makeup, plus much more inside your Columbus weekender bag. This look gets me ready for those girls' getaways where you are cute for your daytime parties, and you have the night outfits packed in your stylish chic and deep Columbus bag for the girls overnight stay.  Upcoming events like the Essence Festival, Firefly Music Festival, Lollapalooza; not only do you need that fly outfit, you need a bag that is going to be dependable and spacious.

Who else is ready for those weekend getaways? Stay tuned as we look into single summer activities. Are you a part of The Solo Alliance? Sound off below and let me know some of your summer travel plans.




BlingHair Factory Outlet Store (Ali Express Vendor)

 

Hair today and Hair tomorrow. Yes I know that was corny, but that is how I feel about hair. I like the opportunities to learn new things, and I don't want to learn new things on the hair growing from my head, so extensions give me those opportunities.

View my previous hair reviews:

1. Fashion Queen Hair
2. Ali Hair Factory Outlet Store
3. Yuth Hunman Hair Galaxy 

If the hair doesn't work out, I just try on some different hair. Plus who doesn't want to be Tammy one day, Vera the next and Candy at the end of the week. (Names came from the top of my head, I should definitely work on my alter ego.) I like the versatility that units and extension give. I also like when I can get a good deal on some good hair.  I must say that I got a great deal on the hair we are reviewing today. I went on Ali Express in November during the Veteran's Day sale and was able to purchase this hair for less than $70. 

Hair Deetz:

I purchased three bundles and a closure of Brazilian hair from BlingHair Factory Outlet Store. The hair bundles were 14',16', 18', and a 12 inch closure. The hair came packaged very nicely.  It came in a sealed bag, with instructions and some nice eyelashes. (We will talk about my journey to learning to put on eyelashes.)   Each item was labeled and in their own package.  

    

The closure was well packaged and was nice and full. I did bleach my knots and it took the bleaching the knots well. I didn't get a shot of the closure after bleaching the knots. 

   

The hair was very soft and full. The hair was light-weight, but had a lot of volume as the hair was healthy from the beginning to the end.  It had very little beards on the bundle. 

  

  


I did color the ends of the hair as you will see in the below pictures and it took color very well. I did not leave the bleach on long, no more than 20 mins and it still picked up the Texture and Tones Clairol Cherrywood color very well.  I left the longest ends with the bleached color only as it made a really nice 33 (brown- blond) color. 

   

Pros
The hair is very soft, full and manageable
The hair is lightweight
The hair took bleaching and color well
The hair feels great after co-washing or deep conditioning
The hair curls well
The hair takes deep conditions very well, making it very manageable with just heat protectant spray

Cons
The hair doesn't hold curl for longer than a day


 




I would highly recommend this hair as it stayed soft after the bleaching and coloring process and still doesn't do much shedding. Now you may not get this hair for the same price that I got the hair on sale, but it is still a very reasonable and affordable price. If you are interested in the hair, please follow the links below. 




Fashion Queen Hair Review (Ali Express Vendor)

Another day, Another protective style.  At this point, not only do I like the idea of being able to change my hair constantly, I am also trying to strengthen and thicken my natural hair, so creating units work well at making sure I am not manipulating my hair so much.  Ok. You are right, I like manipulating hair that isn't my own. I love coloring the hair and curling the hair, but I don't want to ruin my natural hair.  With that being said, I have some more "affordable" hair to review.  
While I love changing my hair, this can also be very expensive. I do tend to go to AliExpress because this is the website that I know with affordable hair options.  If you have a website or know a website with affordable human hair that you would recommend, definitely let me know in the comments.

Check out other hair reviews:


Let's get to the hair:

The hair I am reviewing I have had since November 2016. I did not bleach and color the hair until December, but I have worn the hair for a few months, so I am able to give a thorough review of the hair. 
Let's start with the specifics of the hair. I ordered three bundles and a closure of Malaysian Body Wave from Fashion Queen Hair, an Aliexpress Vendor. The lengths of the hair purchased was 18, 16, and 14 inches with a 12 inches free part lace closure. 
The closure pictured below came as a normal lace closure. It was full and soft but wasn't pre-plucked or pre-bleached. I did bleach my knots on the closure for the after pictures at the bottom. 

        

This a picture of the closure after I bleached the knots and it did keep its body wave. 



The hair was thinner in texture but the bundles were full if that makes sense. This would be good hair for those that do not like a lot of hair on their unit or sew-in.  The closure matched the bundles well and the body wave did come back after I bleached and washed the hair.  The ends did lose some of its body wave after the bleaching, but body wave isn't as wavy as a deep wave or water wave.  

             

I did choose to change the color of the hair, in which I bleached the hair. I use Clairol B&W and 40 volume developer. I left the bleach on for approximately no more than 25 mins and did not lift the color more than a 30. I must say the first two- three weeks, the hair did well, but after that, it has been shedding, tangling, and matting a lot.  I have tried using Silicon Mix to bring the luster back to the hair and eliminate the shedding, but it hasn't worked. I have also trimmed the hair and that hasn't worked either. I do think this hair isn't strong enough to be bleached but would have lasted if I didn't manipulate the hair. 

The hair did curl well and I liked that the hair was light-weight.  I apologize that I don't have better pictures of the color as I chose teal, blue and purple for winter colors.  



      

Pros
light-weight hair
full bundles
curls well
holds curl 
doesn't need a lot of product
Affordable 

Cons
Not strong enough for bleaching
Did not lift well with bleaching process
Hair sheds, mattes, and tangles after being manipulated
Does not keep its luster long if the hair has been colored
           
If you would like to purchase the bundles, I have listed the bundle and store information below. I must say that I caught the hair on a good sale in November for under $50.00 but the hair is still at an affordable price.  I will also say this may be why my hair didn't handle the lifting process to well. I would recommend the hair, as long as your are willing to have it in it's natural color.  I am thinking of cutting this hair into a bob, so there maybe an update to this post in the future.  Thanks for visiting and make sure to comment down below with affordable hair options or hair companies that may work for the readers and us here at The Solo Alliance.  **Smooches**




Ali Hair Factory Outlet Store (AliExpress Vendor)


Here in Texas, we don't have that many seasons, but it will officially be winter on December 21st, hence, it is still fall season. I absolutely love the fall, not only do you get to layer on the fashions, but you can layer on the hair. Time to pull out those protective units, which are really yearly hairstyles, but for the most comfortability, I tend to do protective units within the cooler months.  Within south Texas, we have the seasons of  hot, hotter and it may get cooler during the months that are considered winter and then starting March, back to hot and hotter.  However, that is not what this post is about. I have purchased some hair for review. I created a unit from three bundles and a frontal of Peruvian Body Wave from Ali Hair Factory Outlet stores. The bundles were 20", 18", 16" and a 14" frontal. The hair was on a serious discount, so I decided not the color the hair. I have been wearing the hair for two months, and I must say I wasn't very impressed with this hair. I know the saying you get what you pay for, but if you are offering a sale and the hair will go back to regular price within a few weeks, then why would I return back to your store to pay full price, if I believe you will be selling the same quality of hair. Just a question to think about when marketing sales to bring in customers.

Other hair reviews:

1. Fashion Queen Hair
2. Yuth Hunman Hair Galaxy 
3. Bling Hair Factory Outlet Store


As I digress, lets go to the hair:

The hair did come in very basic packaging with labels for the hair's inches and there luckily was no smell in the packaging. The hair came with a net and eyelashes, so Kudos on the trinkets.

  

The hair bundles were very full and for those that like the thicker wefts, these were very thick.

    


I did forget to take a picture of the frontal before I bleached the knots, however, the frontal was huge. It wasn't too full, but the hair was very soft and manageable. The minimal baby hairs were very long, as pictured below, but I did like the shape of the hairline on the frontal.  As you can see in the pictures, the frontal is large, and the unfortunate part is it wasn't the same texture as the hair because after the frontal was washed, it became very wavy, (which was bought as a body wave), but the bundles did not wave the same way. I liked that texture of the frontal hair.  The frontal covered too much of the unit and I wasn't experienced enough to cut the frontal, but I would definitely recommend customizing the frontal for proper placement on your unit.
   

I deep conditioned all of the bundles and allowed all of the hair to air dry before install. As you can see from the pictures, the closure was very wavy, but the bundles weren't as wavy. The bundles actually was pretty straight (first picture below on the top left). There was very little wave to the bundles and I had to manipulate the hair with braids and wet gel, to get a body wave look at the bottom.
   

  

So let's recap this hair

Pros:
-The hair was soft
- The closure was very wavy
-The frontal was full
-The frontal did have a nice shape, if you are one that customizes your frontal
-The length of the hair came to the middle of my back, making it feel longer than 20 inches
-The hair curls pretty well
-The hair retains heat well (If you straighten the hair, it will stay straight until washed)
-There were very little beards on the bundles
-The bundles were very full
-The ends were nice and full

Cons:
-The frontal was entirely too big for my liking and to fit comfortably on the head. (It will have to be manipulated in order to fit correctly)
-The hair was very frizzy once dry
-There was minimal shedding for the first 30 days, and then it started to shed like snow
-The hair tangles terribly (so while you do have curls, they tangle really bad and it was always difficult to run your hands through the hair)
-The bundles had a different texture from the closure
-During the wash and detangling process, the hair in the frontal came out in the front in patches ( I was still able to cover it with side parts, but I won't be pulling it up in a ponytail.
-While co-washing the hair when I first got it, there was a processing smell, even after deep conditioning.

I was not impressed with this hair.  I have paid less for hair and it has been a better quality than this hair.  However, below are just a few more shots of the hair.  I have also left a link to the seller as they actually have a good rating on Aliexpress. I may have received a bad batch of hair, or the company goes back to the reviewers to request higher ratings. I did rate the hair and did not receive an email requesting a higher rating, so I will count out the second part. It may have been the batch of hair I received; however, I can't recommend this hair to others.







To achieve the style in the below picture, I sprayed the hair with a conditioner and water mix and used Garnier Fructis wet shine gel and braided the hair in four to six braids (I had a party to go to, so I was only able to let the braids sit for an hour or two, rather than through the night.)
 I am not ready yet to show my actual face on the blog, remember we talked earlier about that being work in progress. It is actually on my vision board for next year. 




If you would like to purchase this bundle from Ali Hair Factory outlet, the details are below:

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/13X6-Ear-To-Ear-Lace-Frontal-Closure-With-Bundles-Peruvian-Body-Wave-3-Bundles-With-Frontal/32658644942.html - Bundles

https://alihairfactoryoutlets.aliexpress.com/store/1426289 - Store