Why I Started Blogging: Diamonds and Dames Beauty

Diamonds and Dames Beauty blog was created Spring 2016, after my second child was born.  Two months into my maternity leave, I needed an outlet for myself.  By then, I was going stir crazy as I was sleep deprived and in need of creative inspiration.   

Creative Outlet
This blog became my creative outlet as I was stressed and grew anxious being at home after years of being a career woman.  I was scared of letting go of that identity, not knowing how I'd survive being at home full time with my new infant and four year old.  I didn't know anything about blogging but decided to give it a try.  I utilized my online skills as I worked in the online space after college as an online media planner and marketer.

Diamonds and Dames
It took me a while to come up with the name for this blog as I needed something that conveyed a strong meaning.  I decided to call it Diamonds and Dames Beauty as it sounded glamorous and fun.  The meaning for Dames is, "a woman who has been given a title of honor for something she has done".  It's befitting as women, we wear many hats in our daily lives: working professionals, moms, wives, entrepreneurs or goddess :).

Beauty Niche
Coming up with the niche was a no brainer  for me as I live for all things related to makeup, hair and fashion.  I've worked in the beauty industry over 15 years.  I started out as a makeup artist behind the counter working for Chanel, Christian Dior and Lancôme. I also worked as a freelance makeup artist in New York City working on editorial shoots, music covers, television and New York Fashion Week.  After my time in New York City, I decided I needed to broaden my knowledge and went to cosmetology school.  I'd dabbled in styling hair on photoshoots but felt I needed to be well rounded and learn about cutting and color.  After graduation, I worked as a hair stylist and honed my skills as a colorist.          

Goals for Diamonds and Dames Beauty
As DDB continues to grow, my goal is to share tips, product reviews and how to videos.  In addition to beauty topics, I'd like to discuss motherhood issues as this is a huge part of my day to day.  I hope you stay tuned as I created Diamonds and Dames Beauty as a platform to inspire and connect with other beauty enthusiasts.

First Look at The Fragrance Engineers


I've been holding on to a secret and finally able to share it with you.  I got a preview of The Fragrance Engineers prior to their launch back in July. Boy was it hard to keep this secret as what I learned was so exciting.  The Fragrance Engineers offer a new concept that fill the void for perfume lovers, niche perfumers and entrepreneurs. Here's a first look at The Fragrance Engineers.



had the pleasure of sitting down with Founder Ryan T. Chadwick to learn about his company.  

Ryan is  a perfumer and trainer, which makes it very easy to talk to him.  His passion shows as he shares information about The Fragrance Engineers.  The Fragrance Engineers inspiration is to guide niche perfumers along as they make their dreams into reality.  They eliminate the headaches associated with the financing, sourcing and production process.  Imagine having the A-Team on your side as you translate your perfect scent into your own brand and company.  


The Fragrance Engineers team members, are seasoned professionals with combined work experience spanning over three decades.  Their expertise in the perfumery world are sought after by clients across multiple consumer categories.    Each team member is unique and offer his own style when it comes to designing. Below are some perfumes created by the Fragrance Engineers team members. I was able to try these perfumes and share my thoughts.




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What You Should Know About Microblading

As a mother of two young boys, my makeup routine is fast and simple in the mornings. I leave with my moisturizer, sunscreen and my brows filled in.  I've tried using shadows, liners and gels to fill in my brows but by the end of the day my brows are faded and smeared.   I've had several friends try eyebrow tattooing as a solution to this problem.   I've never been one to consider eyebrow tattoos, until now with the latest method called microblading.  I spoke to Denise Elias Wu, owner of Browistry, San Francisco to learn more about Microblading. 


Microblading is a Semi-Permanent Method of Tattooing



It is often referred to as eyebrow embroidery and microstroking.  Feather like strokes are drawn onto the brows with a hand tool instead of machine.  The pigments are deposited into the upper layer of the dermis, making it shallower than traditional permanent makeup technique.  The results are more natural looking, hair like strokes that complement the existing hair. This method is ideal for those who are looking to change up their eyebrow shape, make their brows fuller or for those who are suffering from hair loss conditions such as alopecia.  But, there are contraindications:  skin disease, epilepsy, heart disease, severe eczema, someone who scars easily, pregnant and breast feeding.



What to Expect During the Consultation


It is important to do your homework and find an Artist who fits your style.  Microblading is a work of art which requires precision and lots of practice.   While there are many Artists out there, it is wise to select a certified Artist with professional references and samples of their work.   Denise Elias Wu utilizes her consultations as an opportunity to answer questions.   The consultation takes 30 minutes, during this time she discusses color and brow style. A photo is taken as reference for the future procedure.  For safety purposes, she also conducts a patch test.



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