Monday, October 24, 2011

V Nunes Jewelry: Two Brothers ring

Veronica Nunes is a new jewelry artist I recently found out about. I saw her Two Brothers ring online on a fashion website and was completely smitten. Veronica is from Brazil, who now lives in NYC, and she mixes both styles into her jewelry. She creates gorgeous rings, earrings, bracelets and necklaces all with their own unique shape and texture. V Nunes Two Brothers ring is based on a beautiful rocky backdrop on Ipanema Beach in Rio, the rocky peak sits just behind the beautiful Brazilian beach and ocean waves. She created a Sterling Silver and Sterling Silver with 18k Gold Plate version replica of the pretty shapes of the rock. So gorgeous and unique, I knew I had to have it! I'm a ring fiend, so I will thrilled to own my first piece of V Nunes jewelry.

The ring came beautifully packaged in a V Nunes little cardboard box, it also came with a V Nunes sticker and cardboard insert. It was wrapped delicately in tissue paper and placed on a soft white padding. The ring is gorgeous, the shape and fit of it on the finger is fantastic and I love the pretty shape even more in person than I had in the picture! I love the story behind the ring's shape, and it's definitely not the kind of ring you see in any run of the mill online jewelry shop. I feel like it's a little piece of art for my fingers. I got a size 7 and it fits wonderfully.

Veronica also just released a new Architecture collection that features jewelry in shapes that resemble building and structures in NYC. Here are a few of my favorites from the new collection:
Veronica Nunes "Build" ring
Veronica Nunes "Brick" necklace
Right you can find V Nunes on sale at her website - she has a few pairs of earrings, rings, and a necklace on sale for as low as $55-$200. Veronica also has a blog on her website that shows the design process and process of making her jewelry, pretty cool pics! You can also find V Nunes Jewelry on Twitter and Facebook.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Wig Salon Review: I feel like Joan Jett!

I have always wondered what I would look like with black hair. I thought about dyeing my hair black a few times but decided against it when I realized how hard it would be to restore my hair back to red (the color I usually dye my hair) if I didn't like it. That's partly why I have taken such a recent interest in wigs: fun and fashionable styles without the commitment and upkeep of hair coloring/styling. The Runway Fashion wig by Forever Young from caught my eye almost immediately; a slightly choppy layered wig with bangs. True Black was on the list of available colors so I thought this would be the chance to try out black!

I posted some of the pictures to my personal Facebook page and my friends LOVED it. A few friends even asked me if I dyed my hair and kept telling me they couldn't believe I dyed my hair black and that they loved it! I would say that equates excellent quality of the wig! I did grey/black smokey eyes with sparkly purple lips, and then I switched to a deep berry lip color later on. I felt super cool sporting my "new" black hair and a leather jacket, my mom said I looked "completely different" but she loved it.

The wig is made of synthetic fiber, but it feels pretty close to real hair. It doesn't look or feel cheap, you can even brush it! It can also be washed with a mild shampoo in lukewarm water, but must be air dried. However, excessive exposure to heat could damage the synthetic fiber. This wig is amazing for the price, and WigSalon shipped promptly and the customer service was top-notch (something I look for in any type of company/business). This style also comes in other natural colors. 

You can check out the Runway Fashion wig at Wig Salon for $37.95 (it originally retails for $70.00), oh and they also offer FREE SHIPPING!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Review: Wigs-Us "I wanna be Wanda Woodward!" (Cry Baby inspired makeup/wig look)

I have a huge love for the movie "Cry Baby". Wanda has always been my favorite character. So when I saw this wig, I immediately thought of Wanda and creating a similar look. I have been interested in trying out wigs for awhile now, it's the perfect way to try a new look without the commitment. They're also great for photoshoots, costume parties, Halloween or just for fun! I recently found this awesome store that has a variety of awesome wigs at really good prices!

I got the Julienne wig by Nirvana Wigs from WigsUS. There are many natural shades to choose from, such as auburn, brown, platinum blonde, black, etc. I thought the golden blonde shade would have a retro/vintage feel to it, and it's made of 100% Kanekalon! Kanekalon is a synthetic Japanese fiber that feels very similar to human hair. These wigs can also be washed with a mild shampoo/wig shampoo but they have to be allowed time to air dry. The inner cap on the wig is a net cap, and it is stitched very securely. There is an adjustable strap for a better fit. It was a little bit snug on my head (even wearing a wig cap, a wig cap is definitely required!) but I have a lot of thick hair. This wig is no ordinary "costume wig", that you might find at a generic Halloween shop, this is the real deal. This wig is available for purchase at the price of $39.95 too, which is really good for the quality.

I went for a Wanda Woodward (my favorite Cry Baby character)/50's inspired look and here are my results:

I was trying to do a "Wanda face" from this scene:

This was my first wig experience so it took a few tries to get the wig on properly but I had a blast and I think wigs might be my newest beauty/fashion obsession. I used to have blonde hair before I dyed it red, but I've always wanted to try a brighter shade of blonde. I have really really thick hair so sometimes it can be hard to style so I usually just scrunch and go. With the texture/natural body my hair has, this style may have been difficult to achieve with my natural hair so it was really fun and easy way to have a ready-made style. I also like that this wig comes in other natural hair colors, as well as brights such as pink and yellow - how cool is that?! This definitely made me want to try more wigs in the future!