Monthly Archive:: July 2015

Taylor’s Tips for Hot CHI Curls

Taylor chi picThis week was awesome!!! Not only did I model for CHI, but I also learned an incredible amount of cool information about Farouk Systems Inc., which makes Biosilk and CHI USA products. CHI is based here in Houston, and many of their products are produced in Houston. This amazing company is still family owned and operated, and is incredibly successful. This is a multi-million dollar a year company with over 2,000 employees and distributes to over 100 countries.

CHI is constantly innovating and working on new designs and products. CHI is the official sponsor of the Miss Universe pageant, and they created a product line called the Universal Beauty line this year. CHI is also the name behind Kardashian Beauty, which was recently launched.

Everything CHI makes is a quality product! I have fine straight hair that does not typically stand a chance with our Houston humidity. Their products made my straight, fine hair appear thick and curly! I am happy and excited to report my hair is still just a curly as it was Wednesday in the shoot!

This summer curls are HOT! You can recreate a similar glamorous, Beyoncé look with these products:

1. Farouk CHI Magnified Volume shampoo, conditioner, and spray foam creates magnified volume, incredible body, maximum fullness, and awesome shine.

2. My hair was styled with a CHI Oval Wand, which is not currently available to the public, but the CHI arc ceramic curling iron creates a similar curl with minimal effort. The CHI arc curling iron has a digital temperature screen which allows you to set the temperature. The arc only takes SECONDS to heat up. Also, the small clamp AUTOMATICALLY rolls hair. The Chi arc curling iron is an amazing curling iron, and most websites give this product 5 stars! You can check out this product at http://farouk.com/product/chi-arc/

3. After you create these beautiful curls, set your amazing curls with CHI Magnified Voluminous Finishing Spray.

I not only enjoyed working for CHI, but I also highly recommend their products! I have a great deal of respect for CHI and I love this Houston based company and hope to work with them again soon. Hope you all enjoy, like and, share my tips for HOT CHI Curls. Visit the blog next Friday for more glam tips. Wishing you all a fabulous weekend! xoxo Taylor

Grant Foto: 5 Tips for Fabulous Photos

Johnson Family photoSteven Grant with Grant Foto is an amazing photographer. He took this fabulous photograph of my family. I love all the pictures he took for us, and I highly recommend him for anyone looking for a professional photographer! Steven Grant does not just take pictures—Steven Grant with Grant Foto uses technical expertise, creativity, and composition skills to produce and preserve images that visually tell a story or record an event. He has worked with the world-renowned photographer, Fadil Berisha who is the official photographer of Miss USA and Miss Universe. Steven has 5 tips for fabulous photos:

1. The 1st thing I would suggest is research! Find some photos you like on Pinterest or Google to show the photographer which direction you want to go. Not that you’ll copy it, but these photos will lead the photographer in the right direction.

2. Hire professional Makeup/Hair and possibly Wardrobe stylist if the session calls for it. A professional team can make ALL the difference! Especially, when it comes to Makeup/Hair.

3. Be prepared! Make sure you have all your outfits, and accessories together for the shoot! People always forget their accessories.

4. Just breathe. Remember its only photos…not a job interview, Ha! People are always so nervous, and it sometimes shows on their face.

5. Last but not least…please watch spray tans and orange palms. It’s very hard to remove orange palms in Photoshop.

Grant Foto’s work includes: couple/engagements, family, fashion, fitness, high school seniors, pageant work and weddings. Grant Foto services Houston, Sugar Land, Missouri City, Katy and surrounding areas. Clients can opt to have their photo sessions on location or in studio. Check out Grant Foto’s website at www.grantfoto.com. You can request an appointment at www.grantphoto79@yahoo.com and you can find him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/grant.foto1 . Hope you all enjoy, like and, share Grant Foto’s 5 Tips for Fabulous Photos. Visit the blog next Friday for more glam tips. Wishing you all a fabulous weekend!

Better Bronzed: Taylor’s 2 Favorite Self-Tanners & Application Tips

Taylor Tanning Picture 2Alright Ladies NEWS FLASH…being pale and pasty is a thing of the past. Tan skin is in and it does not look like it is going anywhere! Many of you are probably saying to yourself Duh Taylor… But, if you are like me, and are blessed with “fair skin,” you have three options, laying out, tanning beds, or self-tanning! Two of the three cause skin cancer, horrible tan lines, burns, peeling and over time causes your skin to look like leather. That leaves most of us with the latter option, self-tanning.

Taylor’s 2 Favorite Self-Tanning Products

1. St. Tropez Self-Tanning Express Bronzing Mousse: This highly advanced product is brand new. This product is flying off the shelves and already received accolades from Allure Magazine! It’s a fast-acting tinted mousse that dries in 60 seconds and develops color in as little as one hour. It also features intelligent shade technology allowing you to select your desired shade. Just shower off when satisfied with your shade of tan. It’s dermatologist tested and is made from 100% natural tanning agents that contain no parabens, sulfates or phthalates. It will give you a streak-free tan with natural-looking results on all skin tones. It is available at Sephora for $44.

2. Neutrogena Micro Mist: This is my go to self-tanner. If I do not have time to run to the mall or my wallet is a little light, I use the dark shade 3 because I am very fair skinned. It is inexpensive at $9-$12 and can be found at any drug or grocery store. This ultra-fine mist covers evenly and is a no-rub application that will not clog pores. It’s one touch continuous spray works at any angle which is great for hard to reach places like your back and it dries in about 5 minutes. This product is oil-free and will not streak and for the price and availability this is a great option!

Taylor’s Self-Tanning Tips

1) Polish nails prior to tanning. Acetone will take off your tan!!!

2) Shave, exfoliate, and be completely dry before applying a self-tanner. I have found that for me the best way to exfoliate is with exfoliating gloves. You can pick these up at most any drug or grocery store. They are inexpensive and washable! They also allow you to really get those difficult spots well like your heels, toes, knees, and hands.

3) If you are using a rub on formula, I like to use latex gloves just as an added protection and a little piece of mind that my hands won’t look like I just left Willy Wonka’s Chocolate factory. (if you know what I mean:) Also, remember to be conservative on knees and heels. You can always add, but it is harder to take away. If using a spray formula, make claws with your fingers when spraying hands, and always hold your bottle at least 6-12 inches from area of application to achieve even looking color.

4) After application, allow yourself to dry completely. I also picked up this neat trick from a spray tan professional. Add baby powder to a large makeup powder brush and pat it behind knees, inside elbows and under arms. This trick will help you avoid sweating the self-tanner off over night or feeling sticky before putting on clothes.

5) If you are going to sleep in your tan, wear something loose fitting to sleep in to prevent it from rubbing off.

Hope you all enjoy, like, and share Better Bronzed: Taylor’s 2 Favorite Self-Tanners and Application Tips. Visit the blog next Friday for more tips to glam-up your weekend! Wishing you all a fabulously, glam weekend!