MDW 2017

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Memorial day weekend is very important weekend, we can’t forget why we celebrate and have this weekend off.  However this weekend I got the opportunity to have a photo shoot and I couldn’t be happier about it. It usually rains here in Miami but we got lucky with amazing weather! Between the pictures, the weather, and the sun tanning by the pool I couldn’t have asked for anything more.

romper: topshop hat: dollskill necklace: rogue and wolf lipstick: limecrime pansy

top: juicy couture skirt: nikki lipstick shoes: YRU highlight: kat von d alchemist palette

shirt//fishnets: alien outfitters belt/glasses: dollskill shorts: express boots:sam edelman

I had a blast running around Miami shooting photos. I loved styling and getting all dressed up. I can’t wait till the next one. All details are mentioned above. When shopping at alien outfitters use my code StephanieR15 for 15% off!

sylist//MUA: @stardustfunk

 

NYX Cosmetics

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NYX Cosmetics is one of my go to brands. They are affordable and are AMAZING. Great prices without loosing quality. I was lucky enough to attend the opening of a store in Miami. In previous post I have posted some of my favorite NYX Cosmetics products. I am beyond grateful to have not 1 but 2 NYX Cosmetics stores in my area. My smile says it all. I will go over 5 products I can’t live without. It was hard to limit it down to 5 but here we go:

  1. Lip Lingerie– Satin Ribbon- is my shade of choice, still  moisturizer and long-lasting I can’t get enough I am dying to try the new lip liners
  2. Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick– Sway- I wore this to Ultra, not only did it stay on everyone was giving me compliments
  3. Butter Lipstick– West Coast- goes on so smooth and so pigmented I have in so many different colors
  4. Color Correcting Palette– comes with 6 different colors and blends well under foundation for problem areas
  5. Total Control Drop Foundation– this is a great light to medium coverage foundation, it comes in 24 shades and is very lightweight

When it comes to makeup I don’t spend hours doing full face and highlight contour all that jazz. I do like to have a fresh face, or what they call “lazy girl face.” All these products help me achieve that look with ease. The employees were helpful and helped me find everything I needed. From the right shade for my skin tone to every lippie my heart desired. I left as happy as my wallet was. Check out some of my badass haul.

FYI not everything fit in this picture… I have a problem 🙂

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Skin Care, You Should Care

Every one has a skin care routine, even those of you who say I don’t have one. I didn’t realize it until recently how bad I was treating my skin. It does not have to take hours, taking care of your skin has nothing to do with make up. Just a few steps can change the look of your skin and in the long run you will appreciate it! We are young now but no one wants to old and saggy one day. Once you get to know your skin you will fins the perfect products and routine for yourself. It took some trial and error and a lot of disciplining myself to get into the habit but here is a look into my skin care routine.

The most important part of any skin care routine is WATER! Drink it up. Start with the recommended 8 glasses but if you feel like you can use more go for it! No matter what skin type you have water, water, water. Drinking water will help even out your skin tones and texture. Not only your skin but body will love this.

A handy-dandy face wash is always important. When we go out into the world on a daily basis we get all the dirt and grime into our pores, we need something to get it out. My go to product is the NYX STRIPPED OFF WHIPPED CHARCOAL CLEANSER . It comes out grey and a whipped cream texture, but lathers out to white. This product contains activated charcoal so it is great for pulling everything out of your pores. I do not find that it is too harsh on my sensitive skin.

For when we don’t have time to wash our faces but we need to freshen up, you know it, toner. I think everyone should have a good toner on hand. As a lush lover my go-to toner is BREATH OF FRESH AIR . It contains sea water and aloe vera to cleanse and soothe the skin. Perfect for after the gym or for when on the run. I sometimes use this after my make-up remover to clean up whatever gunk is left behind.

What is a skin care routine without a good moisturizer? I apply my mine every night before I go to bed. It was very hard for me to find a moisturizer that worked for me. I tried serval samples some from Sephora and some from Lush before I found the one that worked for me. Best advice i have is don’t be shy and ask for help. If it wasn’t for one of the lush employees I wouldn’t have found this life saving product. So I freaked out at the price but it has helped with my combination skin and no break outs! So my go to product is GORGEOUS . The evening primrose oil must be the secret, or maybe the honey water. Damn lush somehow you got me again.

I do not wear makeup daily but I do like my face to look matte. This skin elixir wakes me up every morning with my cup of coffee. My go to is NYX TEA TREE BALANCE PRIMER . Although it says primer it can be used with or without makeup. I usually apply it with out make up on my way to work for that extra glow aka I didn’t just wake up. It does smell like tea tree but since I use it in the morning it tends to be like a wake up call.

Last but not least what is a skin care routine without a face mask? Now I have expressed my love for clay before so of course I am choosing a clay face mask. Did I just mention I love tea tree, yeah that too. Check out STARDUSTFUNK MERMAID FACE MASK . I use this usually when I need to relax and unconnect from the world. Slab some on for about 20 minutes or as long as a bubble bath and wash that sucker off. This mask contains sea clay, tea tree, and geranium so it does wonders for your face while smelling earthy and floral. Once washing off my skin I follow-up with a moisturizer.

That’s a look into what I do on the daily. I have seen my face go from blah to glow up in just a few weeks. I’m not one for lot’s of make up but I do want to take care of my skin. I have been getting compliments from everyone lately and it does feel good tbh.  SELF LOVE//CARE IS IMPORTANT. If you start when your young you won’t regret it when your older!

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Starbuck’s Unicorn Frappuccino

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Being a self professed lover of Starbucks and all things unicorn related, I literally FLIPPED MY SHIT when I heard there was a unicorn frappuccino coming my way. Now I am a lover of pink drink and you can see it in previous post, so first off pink drink forever. However this brightly colored flavor changing unicorn concoction is something to try at least once.

This frappuccino is pink with blue stripes and has whipped cream topped with glitter. Can you say kawaii unicorn? It was definitely one of the prettiest drinks I have ever seen. Now for the taste, it does change flavor. It’s like the opposite of a sour patch first it’s sweet then it’s sour. It’s kinda like drinking fruity pebbles. The glitter on top is very sour! Overall not bad, it is only here for a limited time so I will drink it then stick to pink drink.

Rating: 4/5

Make sure to check it out while they are still available. Remember always tip your barista!

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Metamorphosis, Lord of Misrule, and Damaged Lush Reviews

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So after a long  week of partying the best thing to do for your body is load up with water and relax. My favorite way to relax is with a good bath and pamper myself. After all the pool parties and the humid weather of Miami spring break took a toll on me. I could definitely use some time to spoil myself. This week I choose a hair treatment and some muscle soothing bath products all from Lush.

Everyone has their own way of taking care of themselves, some prefer to go to the nail salon others like me can sit in a bath tub for hours. Different products can have different effects on your mood. For examples some bath bombs can help with sleep, while some like the one I chose for this bath can help sooth muscles. I needed some relief after all that dancing! As for my hair treatment I chose one from lush as well, after the pools and beach and usual bad shit I put it through I decided it was time to show it some love and chose the one that sounded most appropriate.

rating: 4/5

This quite odd looking bath bomb is metamorphosis, don’t let it’s grey exterior fool you. The inside is packed full of colors. Once the silver exterior melts away is when the colors really start to pop. It’s round but has a texture on it. The smell is just divine quite spicy, and it lingers for hours. Spicy but in the most subtle way possible. I would recommend this for when you are feeling sore or a bit under the weather. This is also good if you just aren’t into the fruity scents.

rating 5/5

This is a Lush classic scent Lord of Misrule. I love it, spicy, earthy and sweet. This is a green shower cream that will leave your skin soft and feeling moisturized. It is not as spicy as metamorphosis but they are in the same scent family. This can be used as a unisex shower cream. I recommend that everyone own a bottle of LOM at home.

rating 2/5

So after spring break and dying my hair I thought it could use some TLC. I went ahead and ordered the Damaged hair treatment. Let me start by saying I have a lot of long thick hair so I thought this little lollipop looking thing was not going to melt out to cover my hair. Boy was I wrong. There was enough to last me two treatments! The only problem is they must be used fresh. I just melted it down per the instructions on the paper and stirred with the wood thing that’s actually a spoon (COOLEST PART) and globbed it on my hair. The reason I didn’t give it a higher review is due to the fact of the smell, it was gross. I had to add my own lavender essential oil to be able to bear it. After I washed it with normal shampoo it left my hair AMAZING. It did take a while to wash it out.  But after the abuse I put my hair through it needed some lovin.

 

After me spoiling myself here is a picture of the ultimate spoil a pink drink from Starbucks. No filter so you can see the results of the Damaged hair treatment. More reviews and what not coming at you keep up on twitter and instagram! @stardustfunk

selfie pink drink- damged results

 

 

Miami Music Week 2017

So festival season has arrived! That means crazy fashion bold make up looks, and LOTS of glitter! I personally love it, even if I’m just couch raving. Festivals give you the opportunity to dress up and glam yourself up however you feel, whether that be a mermaid or a unicorn. Some might go the other way and dress up as a spider or a queen of darkness. Whatever floats your boat. I love festivals not only for the music but for the feeling of everyone coming together and being able to express themselves. It’s like once you walk through the doors you leave your problems behind and you just feel the love.

The last week in March is one of the craziest and most awaited weeks of the year in Miami, AKA Miami Music Week or Winter Music Conference. This is the week leading up to Ultra Music Festival. Every club is fucking lit with the best DJs from around the world. The pool parties are insane. You never know what is going to happen or who is going to show up. Basically party party party for that entire week than BAM it’s Ultra.

I partied my ASS off. Literally. I went out pretty much everyday and every night and went to the last day of Ultra. I am happy to say I got to see soooo many DJs and even fucking FUTURE!!! So let’s list just a few of the bad asses I saw: Marcus Shultz, Pete Tong, Hot Since 82, DJ Snake, Fedde Le Grande, Armin Van Buuren, Ferry Corsten, Afrojack, David Guetta, Hardwell. I can’t remember some of them the list was so long. I had the best time!

Now down to the nitty gritty… The fashion and the makeup. When it comes to those long hours at a club or at a festival the last thing you want to be thinking about is your makeup. Lucky for me the NYX  liquid suede lipstick in SWAY was able to keep up with my dance moves all of Ultra with only one or two reapplication. I highly recommend for any  long wear lipstick! If you are looking for a long lasting gloss look no further than limecrime the diamond crushers are non sticky gloss that stay on for hours, my color of choice is CHOKE. As for the fashion check out my looks below.

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Body Suit: Express Shorts: Express Boots: Mark Fisher Lipstick:Limecrime

icee truckShirt: Dollskill Baithingsuit: Tillys Shorts: Express Shoes:Nordstrom

art wallJacket: Dollskill Body Suit: Forever 21 Skirt: American Apparel Boots: Steve Madden

ferry corstenShirt: Alice Vandy- Dollskill Shorts: Express Boots: Steve Madden Lipstick: NYX- sway Eyes/ Highlight: Kat Von D AlchemistPallette

Now that you got the deets here are some more pictures from the real fun of the week! Hope you enjoy and are ready for the rest of festival season! I know I am. What festivals do you plan on attending this year? Let me know in the comments! make sure to add us on twitter and instagram @stardustfunk !!!!

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Stardustfunk, Yes Please !

Here at startdust we have been hard at work creating and testing, never on animals, new products. Our products are all handmade in small batches with all natural ingredients. We carefully select each ingredient with clean, healthy, nourished skin in mind. This line was inspired by magic and includes bath soaks, soaps, scrubs, face masks, and bubble bars. For more information and for purchasing check out our website.

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First pictured is our Witch’s Caviar Face Scrub. This scrub includes sugar for exfoliation, activated charcoal to remove dirt from skin, and colloidal oatmeal to soothe the skin. That’s only the beginning this scrub also includes rose hip, lavender and geranium oil.

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Next pictured is our Witch’s Brew Soap Bar. This bar of soap also includes activated charcoal, lavender, lemon, geranium, and is covered with rose petals.

IMG_1368The Mermaid Face Mask. This is a clay mask that includes sea clay, hazel nut oil, ginseng extract, tea tea, and geranium oil.

Not pictured is the Unicorn Face Mak. This is a clay mask that includes purple Brazilian clay, argon oil, evening primrose extract, and lavender oil. The Fairy Face Mask includes kaolin clay, turmeric, hazel nut oil, carrot extract, ginger, lavender oil.

These clay mask are my favorite and I use personally (we don’t test on animals) a few times a week. I like to use the unicorn face mask before bed.

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Up next is the Mermaid Dry Body Scrub. This scrub is perfect for your body it is Pineapple Papaya Scented and includes baking soda, epsom salts, sea clay, and poppy seeds.

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This is the last in our mermaid collection, the Mermaid Salt Soak and Scrub. It is also Pineapple Papaya Scented and includes epsom salts, rose hip oil, evening primrose extract, topped with rose petals. Rosehip oil adds vitamins A and C while giving your bath water moisturizing properties.

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This is our Minotaur Bath Soak. This product is made with animal products ! This bath soak includes creamy goats milk powder, colloidal oatmeal, epsom salt, cocoa butter, lavender, chamomile oils.

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Can’t forget our bearded man either, here is our first Beard Oil. Made with almond oil and argon oil to stay non-greasy and a lavender rosemary scent blend to stimulate the hair follicles.

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Saved this one for last, Unicorn Poop Bubble Bar! Yes it looks like poop, and no it does not smell like poop. Made with real cocoa powder smells just like chocolate! Creates big fluffy chocolate bubbles.

PS. incase you missed it here is a picture of me testing out one of the mermaid face masks shirt from killstar

These are just some the things we have been working on! We are always trying out new recipes and new products for our customers. Check out our website for full products and ingredients list. Make sure to follow us on twitter and on instagram @stardustfunk to stay updated with our latest adventures! We look forward to hearing back from you !

Lavender, Purple Bliss

Lavender is my personal favorite, I love everything about it. I love the color, smell, the way it looks, the benefits, I can go on forever. Lavender has been used for over 2500 years. Egyptians used it for mummification and as perfume. The Romans used it for baths, in cooking, and scenting the air. The name lavender comes from Latin lavare that means “to wash”. Today you can find Lavender growing in Southern Europe, Australia, and the United States. The essential oil is extracted from the fresh flowers of the plant and used for many purposes. This is the most used essential oil in the world today.

  • Some benefits include:
  • reduces anxiety and stress
  • helps heal burns and wounds
  • improves sleep
  • restores skin completion & helps reduce acne
  • improves eczema & psoriasis
  • alleviates headaches

These are just some of the amazing benefits associated with lavender. Researchers from China discovered that it can help your body produce three powerful antioxidants. This can help slow aging skin. It also used to treat stress, anxiety, depression, and migraines. Two different studies showed it helped with PTSD and postpartum depression. Due to its antimicrobial properties it prevents infections and combats fungal disorders. Another great use is for hair, helps with thinning hair and hair growth. As a person with chronic migraines lavender is my go to, inhale for about 15 minutes and feel some relief. When it comes to lavender and it’s benefits everyone thinks sleep. This might be one of its most powerful benefits. It can help with the length of sleep you get, time it takes to fall asleep, restfulness, and reduced symptoms of insomnia.

Lavender and Rosemary Hair Detangles DIY Recipe:

  • What you need:
  • 6-8 drops lavender essential oil
  • 4 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1-1/12 ounces purified water
  • 2 ounce spray bottle
  • small funnel (optional)
  • Directions
  1. Place the lavender and rosemary oil into the glass bottle
  2. Add the apple cider vinegar and water using the funnel if needed
  3. cap the bottle tightly and shake well
  4. it’s now ready to use! Spray after showering or before brushing to help detangle! Enjoy !

I cannot get enough lavender. After finding out so many of the amazing benefits I can see why everyone loves it. It smells amazing and is good for you too. That doesn’t come around often!

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Sources:

Dr. Axe

University of Maryland

 

Hello Kitty Cafe Visits Miami

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Hoodie/Glasses: Nordstrom Joggers: Urban Outfitters Shoes: Adidas Originals

Sometimes dreams come true, for some of us those dreams are hello kitty filled dreams. This weekend the Hello Kitty Cafe visited Miami. The original cafe is located in Los Angeles. For those living under a rock Hello Kitty is a character from Japan that children and adults both love.  She has her own story, and her own friends that are always up to something.

This weekend the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck came to Miami. The truck has been traveling the United States. As a Hello Kitty Super Fan I couldn’t miss out on all the fun. The truck itself was too cute for words. They offered cookies, macaroons, cakes, a bow shaped water bottle, a mug, a shirt, and a chubby bunny headband bow. I had to grab one of everything, and I was glad I did. The cookies one was a bow, one was Hello Kitty, and the last one was the shape of a Hello Kitty doughnut. The macaroons had bows on them and one had Hello Kitty’s face on it. The cakes were decorated all different Hello Kitty styles. Not only was everything adorable it tasted just as good as it looked. The only thing I have not tasted yet are the cookies because they are wrapped up and you can save them for a while.

I was like a little kid when I walked up to the window. Everything was just perfect. Hello Kitty everything, could you really ask for anything more? All I need now is for them to open one here in Miami or to move to Los Angeles so I can work there. Or just eat everything, either way. HMMMM.

 

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Turmeric, The Other Gold

Turmeric has been used for thousands of years for a variety of conditions. Turmeric benefits are so great a bunch of articles have been written about it, from medical professionals to bloggers alike. It has different uses and benefits. It is arguably the powerful herb at fighting and preventing disease. Turmeric is a relative of ginger and grows in the tropical regions of Southern Asia. The majority is grown in India for curry. It’s roots are bulbs that produce rhizomes and stems for new plants with dull yellow flowers.

Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties, its most important role. It has been used in both Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine to treat digestive, skin, liver, wounds, and different diseases. A number of lab test show curcumin does have anticancer effects. It kills cancer cells and prevents them from growing. For those not sick taking it as a preventive measure won’t hurt. There has been a lot of talk about turmeric and it’s anticancer properties but its preventive effects can be related to its antioxidant properties that protect cells from damage. The main point is more research needs to be done.

Antioxidants scavenge molecules known as free radicals that damage cells. They can go as far as damaging cell membranes, tempering with DNA and cause cell death. Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. This is one of the reasons it is used for the skin.  The antibacterial properties also reduce scarring and acne. WARNING turmeric is considered a natural dye so it does stain anything it comes in contact with yellow.  If you have yellow residue on your skin dab a cotton ball in water or milk and rub it to remove the residue. Always perform an arm test to check for allergies to any of the ingredients !

 

TURMERIC BANANA DIY MASK 

  • mash 1/2 banana to smooth paste 
  • add 1/2 teaspoon turmeric and stir well
  • apply paste and leave on skin for 30 minutes 
  • wash with warm water

So make sure to follow us on instagram and in twitter at @stardustfunk ! We have been working hard behind the scenes and have big things coming. It’s a beautiful Saturday here in Miami, take advatage of your day!  

Sources:

Dr. Axe

American Cancer Society

University of Maryland Medical Center

Recipe:

Stardustfunk