I Tried It…The IG Salon

Ever flip through your IG and see salons post these incredible before and after photos and you think…

I would love that! Is that real? How much did that cost ?!

So did I, so I tried it, after IG stalking a few places, I settled on Reinvention Beauty Bar. Out of all the options, I chose this one because the color work looked fantastic and because the owner would occasionally post photos of herself. I know that sounds like a strange criteria but the fact that she looked just a great as her client photos and clearly put effort and energy into her own look spoke volumes to me. (That’s her in the cover shot).

Fast forward to my impulsive self knowing I had an upcoming function and calling begging for a next day appointment. Not only did she give it to me (though she clearly was busy) she was honest and open about pricing and options, gave great directions and was very friendly on the phone.

The salon itself is lovely, with an open airy floor plan and a light color scheme that felt minimalist but still had personality. Tools and tech were top class, she even had a ring light to take before and after pics! ( I am in love).

With a consultation in place, I found the owner to be both insightful and accommodating. I wasn’t helpful at all, my directives were “no orange, no teal…do whatever you want and I’m growing out a pixie” I was pretty shocked that she managed to turn that into a stunning deep rose gold/magenta (without bleaching) and a shape that suited my needs.

This is what you want from a stylist, a perception that borders on eerie coupled with a pragmatic approach of what is possible. Best part? She was incredibly reasonable price wise. After loads of great conversation and a wonderful end result, I think she has made a loyalist of me. Check her out on social media @reinventionbeautybar

Before Above

After above

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As always this post is not sponsored, I spent my own coin and my hair looks damn good!

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I Tried It…Lash Lift Edition

Lately I have been scrolling through Instagram with more purpose, since I found the incredible Forever Radiant spa and had such a wonderful treatment (see The Oxygen Facial from my I Tried It series) who else could be hiding?

One thing I have always been very curious about is lash lifts and lash extensions. I really rarely wear falsies though I love how they make a look pop. After some costing research and details on how often I would have to attend to both options, I chose a lash lift. The cost was not as overwhelming as lash extensions (due to the need for fills) and lasted longer (up to 8 weeks with proper care) so I jumped in head first.

After extension research and call, I decided on Polish as my choice and booked. The owner was polite and professional with great directions and answered all my concerns right away. In addition she was having a special that included a pedi which I sorely needed. The next day I was booked and ready.

The location itself was not ideal, tucked away behind a major building, it seemed a bit odd and I had a little trouble finding the entrance but once inside uptempo music was in order and the space was clean and tidy if a little dated. (The proprietor mentioned she would be moving to a more modern space shortly).

After laying down she placed caps over my eye lids and I felt the liquid being applied and lashes pulled back. It felt so strange, not painful, just odd. I kept thinking I felt something in my eye but it was mind over matter knowing all these liquids were being so close the eye area. To be honest, I lost track of time a little as I fell asleep for a short while. Soon enough it was over and she removed the pads and cleaned up with instructions to keep them dry for 24 hours, not to use waterproof mascara or rub at them too hard and a little spoolie for brushing.

Surprise, this morning my lashes were curled right back and made a huge difference in the appearance of my makeup. If I had know about this I would have done it years ago. Here are my before and after pictures with the proof and after I added my Milk Makeup Kush Mascara, I looked invincible. (Photos are just after the lift).

Would I do it again? Hell yeah. Now I want to try the extensions! Find the lash tech @polish_tt if you are this way.

As always, all opinions are my own, I paid for this service and this post is not sponsored.

Clarity R

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I tried it…Hourglass Ambient Bronzer

Hourglass has always been a stunner for me when it comes to the beauty industry. With stellar packaging, incredible marketing campaigns and a luxe approach I was in love from day one. Their Veil setting powder changed my life, as a person with very dry skin, I thought I would never be able to really achieve that flawless under eye since most powders made my skin look like the Sahara but this one was divine.

Then my heart broke, I tried both the stick and liquid foundations and they simply did not work for my skin type. It broke my heart as a watched video after video rave about these products but knew they just were not for me. Enter the ambient palettes. These were so stunning but with some hefty price tags that made me think twice, so when the minis launched on Sephora I jumped at the chance and it was totally worth it.

The Ambient bronzer is stunning, it gives my medium olive complexion a subtle contour with just a touch of glow and makes me seem more bronzed and glowy than I thought possible. How good is it? I’m about to drop serious coin and purchase all the full size palettes as now I am hooked.

Hourglass remain the gold standard for me since they do not launch products lightly, time and consideration goes into each launch and it shows. So have you tried any Hourglass goodies? Tell me your thoughts in the comments.

As always, not sponsored but these are just that good!

Clarity R

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Let’s clean up

So I just moved houses and managed the entire thing in two days flat but everything has a down side. My beauty collection has overwhelmed me in the move and I have realized that I am not making the full use of my collection because not everything was accessible to me. I have scoured videos and the net for organization inspiration and I think I am finally ready to start getting things into place but to be honest it’s overwhelming.

Reach out to me on IG @clarityreviews or tweet me at @reviewsclarity with your vanity set ups and your best tips for getting that tabletop in order and the best systems in place for all the tiny moving pieces. I would love input and info and maybe we can help each other.

Clarity R

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Making the jump

Writing for me is cathartic, an experience like no other. I feel completely at ease and often empowered because I can and do state my mind without reservation but since this blog has started a little over a month ago I have come to a conclusion, people don’t read anymore.

I know that’s a massive generalization but content now has to be a put into bite size chunks and really pushed in a different way to get traction. With all the content out there, it’s damn near impossible to pick up an audience with genuine follow up through mere writing. I do have a decent IG and Facebook following (though I know I haven’t really pushed through with Facebook in an age) but the same things are happening. With the very strange algorithm instituted by IG and the rumors of shadows banning accounts that don’t buy ad space, it’s hard to really connect or be noticed by an audience.

Twitter is far more dynamic and especially since the great Norvina Hunt is happening there is more engagement there than ever. But Twitter really chucks the ability to have a thought down to the lowest denominator and then add to it their hatred for decent quality pictures and that’s not a perfect system either.

And we are back at where we stared, YouTube. I have been dying to start recording content, I think it’s even possible for me to get real traction on that platform but I am honestly terrified. I take comfort in seeing some of the amazing content that is possible from the most simple circumstances. I see people filming in their bedrooms, in living rooms, with kids running around. I am also terrified on the potential cost of starting something like this at my age. Who wants to hear the opinion of a 40 year old? But I hold faith in the fact that just like me, makeup was discovered late in the game and our needs and content interests are different.

All I know is that to continue to grow I have to learn to suspend my own sense of concern for making a fool of myself and hope that the makeup Gods have some mercy on me. I’m not looking to be James Charles but it would be great to have a group of like minded subscribers with whom I can have a dialogue.

Clarity R


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I tried it…an Oxygen Facial

It’s been an absolute age since last I had a facial and I have been meaning to go since I have gotten serious about my skin care regime but I could never quite find the right fit when it came to a spa that provided the service. Today I swear an IG ad popped up on my feed for a place called Forever Radiant. The photos looked great, the spa looked welcoming and modern and their website had all the information I required including an online appointment request form and all the prices of services.

Once I saw all these details I was hooked, I filled out the form but called as soon as I knew they were open and requested and an appointment today and I got one! The person I spoke to on the phone was knowledgeable, gave me directions and parking advice and I already felt like I had a winner. I pulled up at my appointment time excited for a bit of spoiling and got a little nervous when I saw the parking but made the block and walked into an innocuous little gate.

Boy was I surprised by the cool, modern interior with lots of light, great product displays and a welcoming waiting area. Kristy (hope that’s how you spell her name) was a consummate professional from the time I walked in. She was incredibly detailed in he 20 minute skin assessment and emailed me the results for review. She discussed treatment options, follow up and was up front with pricing immediately, something I loved. What I loved even more was although they had great products, she never pressured me or pushed products at me when I have often experienced at spas.

We decided on the oxygen facial to hydrate and plump my skin, while still addressing my dark spots concerns. The treatment was crazy but relaxing even with the loud pumping sound the oxygen machine makes. My skin felt blasted with hydration, the oxygen was cooling and invigorating at the same time and I came out of the treatment with less redness and more plump skin.

Will I try it again? Yes, it was a pricey treatment compared to the others but the level of service, standard of treatment and my over all results made it well worth. Next treatment? Light therapy! I’ll keep you updated.

Clarity R

This review is not sponsored, I paid for all services with my own money links are not affiliate links. Image via Forever Radiant.

Interested in this spa? See them at https://www.beforeverradiant.com

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Prime for success

Some people think primers are a waste but I have dry skin and I adore them. They give me that one extra layer of potential success for a flush, smooth finish and I often spend more on primers than I do foundations! My current go to combo is the Too Faced Hangover Primer all over and the ELF Poreless Putty Primer around the T Zone.

So of course after a major shopping binge I decided to try the Cover FX gripping primer and although it is pricey for a primer when there are so many great options at the drugstore I have to tell you, it’s a game changer!

The primer itself is very tacky, it has a gel like consistency and is very thick coming out of the tube. I almost felt like I was applying a thick honey to my face so I used it very sparingly the first time (about the size of a pea) but happy to see a little goes a long way. The amount not only covered my entire face but the results were mind boggling. I tried the primer over the course of several days with Colourpop No Filter Foundation, Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation and Jouer High Coverage Creme Foundation for varying levels of coverage and wear time and every single time I was wowed.

This primer not only gives you a flush base to work with making you skin appear smoother, the gripping aspect of the primer acts like super glue for all the foundations I tried with them all becoming budge proof and giving me a flawless finish for at least eight hour wear. Although I am a little camera shy, here’s a picture so you can see the finish on my skin.

Interested in this? Click on the link below to take a look. This review is not sponsored I bought all products with my own money and I think it’s the second coming. If you click on the link and buy I do receive a small commission but come on I have to subsidize my shoe habit somehow.

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Ready to shop?

So on my way to do a a little trip with the fam and multitask. The little one needs a check up, we have some basics for school to get as she is growing like a weed. The other half needs to do some shopping as well so he’s out his own agenda but me? I’m in town for for 40th birthday and Ulta and Sephora.

I was often either not around or too embarrassed to take advantage of all the little makeover perks that these companies provide but baby this year I am going to make sure I am glammed to the gills for my birthday. Most people look at 40 as a milestone, I don’t know if I feel any different or if I feel like this is some line I should be noticing but to be honest I am going to revel in it. I try to stay under the radar for birthdays, I don’t really have a huge friend pool so it often felt kind of silly celebrating. This year however I am going full tilt.

Let’s start with the fact that I am so getting them to our that Hourglass Seamless Vanish Liquid Foundation on me. I have been dying to do a wear test as the stick and I really didn’t agree and this is a great excuse for it. I’ll also be there in time for the launch of the new Beauty Blender primers which look like they could be of interest.

I have also ordered for collection another round of Fashion Nova clothing as I have decided to do a dedicated post to the line and want to see the full range (spoiler alert, the jeans are amazing!). I can’t wait to walk into Ulta too now that so many brands have started appearing in store for testing and you know I have points I’ve been hoarding to buy all my favorite skin care (they have a fabulous selection I actually prefer their range in this over Sephora).

And last but not least? Shoes baby. I am heading to Tory Burch do not pass go, do not collect $200. I intend to snag a cute pair or blue flats I saw in store and hoping they still have them in my size.

So shopping spree much? Yes! And I’ll be taking pics the whole way of you want to follow on IG @clarityreviews and might even being doing some stories and polls of you want to get involved and guide me on my shopping path. I am ready to remake my style and I’m on the way, join me.

Clarity R

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I Tried It – Murad Dark Spot Corrector

I am not sure what the cause of my dark spots are on both cheeks, I suspect a by product of taking the pill for 20 years as it also happened to others I know on the same one (not in production anymore). Following its appearance, they have only become darker over the years and it has been a real point of contention since it’s right in the middle of my cheeks and is absolute hell to cover with makeup.

I have tried lighteners, a variety of skin care products from high end to drug store all with no success. I though I was destined to never be able to wear dewy, light coverage makeup and would always have to have a full coverage face at all times.

Enter Murad. First of all, my research on the brand provided me a little inspiration as it seems to be well founded in science rather than marketing. Murad has built up a reputation for a solid basis for fact based results. So I decided to take the plunge and invest in their Dark Spot Corrector Kit and signed up for their rewards program (see the link below for details)

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The results were nothing short of astounding, these photos are my skin untouched with a 10 day window. For the first time I was seeing a clear difference in my skin and the color of the spots. I was using less foundation and concealer and overall had more confidence in the apperance of my skin.

Before treatment

After treatment

I am not only totally sold, I decided to try a few more and absolutely loved the new products. I have since picked up the day time moisturizer, the night time detox moisturizer and the skin peel pads. I was completely thrilled.

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Week Two – My Modern Fit Journey

So I have been continuing using my guide from Modern Fit and I am genuinely struggling finding food options that make me feel satisfied. It’s not that I am feeling hungry but great food has always been a huge part of my life. I have worked around chefs and restaurateurs as long as I can remember and the idea of removing things like great cheese from my life whenever I want has become the biggest challenge.

I know this sounds strange to most, like I should magically have gained some sort of control over my urges and impulses by being dedicated to being healthier but it’s not that easy. When you have been a poor eater your whole life, it’s a entire shift to start making decisions regarding food.

What keeps me going is the measurements being taken on the My Fitness Pal app, I decided to pay the $9.95 for the monthly access and it was a good decision because I got a huge variety of features to keep me motivated and help me understand my progress. It has been a great help to understand my macro nutrition such as how much fat, protein and carbs are going in as just counting calories can be tricky.

Since this journey has begun I have lost 5.6 lbs. Not enough to make a huge difference in my clothing but enough for me to feel like something is happening. I know it’s also important to consider non scale victories but until I start seeing some improvement in other areas of my life, that feels like the most tangible. Stay tuned for a further update and see below for my list of items that I added to my workout routine.

Clarity R

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