New Hair, NEW Me!

Hello Everyone!!!!

It’s been awhile since I wrote my last blog post. I have experienced a lot of different changes and also accomplished a few milestones in my life. I finally say I am in a pretty good place right now, both spiritually and emotionally. I’ve also experienced a lot of personal growth and Maturity in myself, which mean I am becoming an adult. Every day I am getting close to understanding who I am and I strive to be the best person I can be everyday.

To kick off to my new journey to celebrate the new me, I was thinking about it is time for me to have a new hairstyle. I wanted to try something completely different, edgy, and spontaneous. My friend Danielle from Salon Medusa in West Hartford, Connecticut was a part of this creative hair collaboration. She has been doing my hair for the last three years. Danielle always does a phenomenal job whenever she does my hair. I swear I think she truly is a magicial wizard!

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I gave Danielle some hair inspirations to show her my ideas. I imagined myself with a long bob with multiple blond balayage highlights throughout my hair. I want the hair to be cut longer in the front and shorter in the back.  I also mentioned to Danielle that I love  curling my hair, so I made sure she didn’t cut my hair too short. We took a few ideas from each picture below to achieve my ideal vision.

This is my hair before….

And this is my hair after… TA DA!!!

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I’m in love with my new hair ! I look like a new person! This is the new me now. My hair feels healthier and softer. My blonde balayage highlights came out amazing, which will fit well with my image and personality. Danielle work her magic once again! I swear she never disappoints me! I am killing this look!

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I am so happy with my results!! what do you guys think?!

Neutrogena + Rite Aid Campaign

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Last month I worked on an exciting new campaign with Neutrogena makeup and Rite Aid.  I was beyond thrilled and honored to be able to work on this project with Neutrogena and Rite Aid because this was one of my biggest collabortions ever! This campaign was to focused around creating content that increases awareness of Neutrogena makeup at Rite Aid over the course of the Month of May. The overall theme of the campaign was “Summer is coming so gear up with SPF makeup!” I had to add SPK makeup into my beauty routine for the summer using Neutrogena Healthy Skin Makeup products.


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I combined a “getting ready for summer” theme into my posts around the Neutrogena Healthy Skin SPF makeup. Each of my Instagram posts and Instagram Stories I spoke about how these makeup products fits into my day to day routine.  I have a lot of important events and upcoming work projects going on this summer, so I need SPF makeup that will fits into my busy lifestyle. These SPF Neutrogena makeup products are the ultimate multi-taskers. And They also provide UV protection and benefits for my skin!


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I love love love all of the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Products. Since I will be outside in the sun more frequently, which means I need to add spf to my summee beauty routine. I can always count on these Neutrogena makeup products to keep my skin protected, healthy, and flawless all summer long! I took advantage all of the deals and promotions going on and I stocked up for the entire summer. I filled my cart with liquid makeups, concealers, moisture color lipsticks, mascara, eyeshadows, bronzers, blushes and etc.


These are the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Makeup Products I purchased at my local Rite Aid


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I got the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup, SPF 20 color #60 and also another bottle in color #70. I am absolutely in love with this liquid foundation. it has spf 20. This means I do not need to wear sunblock under my makeup to protect my skin because I’m already being protected. It is super light and smoothe, which means the makeup glides on smoothly on my skin. This liquid makeup made me feel like I don’t need to hide anything, but enhance my natural features. That’s why this product contain blends vitamin C and nourishing botanicals to give me “ulta-light, natural-looking coverage.This product keeps my skin looking young and improves skin’s luminosity, tone and texture! I definitely recommend every ladies to try this Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup, SPF 20!

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Another item I purchase was this Neutrogena Healthy Skin Brightening Eye Perfector, SPF 25. This product instantly effective and eliminate the puffy and dark circles under my eyes and gives my eyes a rested appearance. I can wear this eye perfector alone or under eye shadow. This eye perfector is a game changer for me! I recommend every ladies to try this eye perfector out! Trust me you will love it!!

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I also bought the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Compact Makeup, SPF 55! This compact makeup is always going to be in my purse. It protects my skin with broad spectrum of SPF 55, which will protect my skin from the sun’s damaging rays. It builds up to my desired textured with natural honey beige tone and show off my natural glow. It blends easily to give my skin a flawless and natural look. this compact foundation will never end up making my skin feeling heavy or greasy.

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I am obsessed with this Neutrogena Healthy Skin Blends Natural Radiance Bronzer, color Sunkissed. This bronzer has advanced formulas uses a blend of botanical conditioners, mulitvitamins, and sheer powder technology to illuminate, nourish, and soften my skin while giving me a healthy and natural glow. It doesn’t clog my pores and is fragrance-free! And I always love that natural looking sunkissed glow on my skin! I’m so happy I tried out this product!

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 I love to create a rosy and radiant look on my skin during the summer. This Neutrogena Healthy Skin Blends Sheer Highlighting Blush is definitely does the job! This blush infuse with rich botanical conditioners and vitamin C, giving my skin a natural and healthy look. This blush designed to create my skin looking illuminating  and brings out flattering highlights on my face! This blush is also designed to be used on many skin tones!
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I always need more eyeshashow palettes!! I brought this Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Eyeshadow + Build in Primer, color #10 Cool Plum and I love these color options! I no longer have to use a primer before I put on the eyshadow. The product stays put all day long and the Cool Plum is a nice soft natural color!
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I also bought a few of the Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick. They are so addicting! This color stick keeps my lips colorful and moisturized for hours. This twist-up stick comes infused with mango and shea butter, which makes my lips smoother and softer that lasts for hours! I recommend every ladies to try out these color stick!

Here is Neutrogena Daily Summer Makeup Tutorial that I created using all of the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Makeup Products:
I loved creating content for this Neutrogena makeup campaign. I had so much fun filming and taking pictures for this project. I was suprised how much exposures and supporters I had gain while working on this campaign.  I am happy to hear that I was able to help drive traffic to Rite Aid and increased sales the purchase of Neutrogena makeup at Rite Aid over the course of the Month of May. I would love to work on more marketing campaigns and projects with other makeup brands!!!
Xoxo PT Tran

New Spring Hairstyle: Medium Brown with Honey Blonde Balayage

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Hello everyone!!!  Spring is around the corner, I can feel it in the air! I know it’s still snowing in the middle March, but I want to maintain this positivity mood going by showing everyone my new spring hairstyle. Most my friends and family members know I can never stick with one hairstyle. I always have the itch to change my hair. I always had unique hair colors and hairstyles ever since I was 16 years old. I always like to incorporate my hair into my personal style and personality.

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I’ve been working with my hairstylist, Danielle for about 2 years. She is absolutely amazing to work with my hair. I always call her a “magical wizard” because my hair transformations always come out spectacular.  I can always count on Danielle because she is never afraid to express her creativity. She can be opinionated and honest, but I love her for her honest feedback. She looks out for me. I met Danielle when she used to work for Noelle Salon in Westfarms Mall in Farmington, CT. Now she works at Salon Medusa in West Hartford, CT.

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The before shot. My hair looks like a hot mess, it needed a lot of TLC. My highlights turned out brassy blonde and my ends were dried out and untamed. So I basically need a new hair makeover!!! and Danielle came to the rescue and saved my hair. She brought my hair back to life!!

 

 


After

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This is the after shot. Danielle and I want to focus on dark brown hair and balayage highlights. They both compliment each other beautifully as proven this is an amazing hair color choice. I was stunned after the new hair transformation. The dark brown hair and the honey balayage highlights make my hair looks neutral.  The color choice matches great with my skin tone.


The undone waves

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With the chocolate brown based mixed with the caramel highlights, this is absolutely fuzz-free a flattering look. The undone waves placed throughout also keep this looks modern and fresh!


 

Salon Medusa 

Rated The Best Hair Salon in West Hartford!!!

 

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This salon is beauitful! When I first stepped into this salon, I was like “wow!” I felt very welcoming. I love the pop of color of red mixed in with the black. I love how the type of furnitures match with the wall colors. I love the wood panel floors and check out that chandelier above the ceiling! The customer service is above and beyond. Everyone was friendly and helpful. When I walked in the receptionist even ask me if I want a cup of tea or water. And of course, I said yes! I would recommend anyone who lives in Connecticut to check out Salon Medusa in West Hartford, CT.

 

 

Farewell 2017: New Year, New Me

 I can’t believe 2017 is over! 2017 has been an emotional roller coaster ride. There were many ups and downs. I couldn’t tell you guys how many times I tried to figure out what I want to do with my life and who I want to be. I felt emotionally exhausted from soul-searching. There were lessons learned. I know I do not want to repeat the similar mistakes again. I noticed some friendships grew and some friendship faded. I decided to cut some people off out of my life who I felt were not important to me or relevant.  They showed me their true colors when I needed them. I’ve acknowledge some people were not meant to be in my life forever, however I appreciated every person who came into my life. Every person has brought me a life lesson. 2017 was also about making big decisions. I have figured out what’s important me and learned how vital my future can be for me. I finally know what I want! I will fight for what I want!

I was able find peace with myself after being depressed for about two years. There were a few moments in my life where I had suicidal thoughts. It was scary to admit, however it’s a great thing I never harm myself in anyway. I was able to pull away from my miserable self. I thought I lost myself,  but I never did. I’ve fought through all the drastic changes in my life, which helped shaped me to become the person who I am destine to be.  I was terrified about how my life will never be same again. I know I can be my own worse enemy, which I’ve acknowledge one of my biggest weakness is being a perfectionist. I’m aware that I am human and my life will never be perfect. No matter how much I want it to be!  I can always try my best in whatever I set my mind into. The year of 2018, I’ll continue to enjoy living my life to the fullest. I can do whatever I want since I don’t have a family or children.

In 2017, I’ve grown to be comfortable of being alone. Sometime I don’t need to have company to have fun. I love spending personal time with me, myself and I. Sometime I rather be at home and binged watch on Netflix in my bed whenever I could. I’ve also learn how important self love can impact on my life. In order for me to find internal love and happiness, I have to start taking care of myself first. I am proud for overcoming my struggles. I can see I have became an mature adult. I’ve transformed into a beautiful flower. I am no longer shy or insecure about myself.  I am strong, confident, and beautiful. I know what I want!


2018 will be the year for me. I can feel it! I can’t wait for what the year will bring me! I will never stop learning and improving myself on a daily basis. I will continue finding new ways to appreciate and love myself. I’m looking forward for new opportunities heading toward my direction. I will not give up on what I have. And I will not give up on myself! I will fight, fight, fight!


My New Year Resolutions:

  1. Take better care of myself: both physically and mentally
  2. Focus on what is important to me
  3. Appreciate the little things in my life
  4. Do more, take more initiatives
  5. Connect and network with new bloggers, influencers & artists
  6. Focus on building my brand by working on more collaborations.
  7. Get out of my shell: Don’t be afraid of feeling uncomfortable
  8. Find more ways to make more money
  9. Travel more, try out new things
  10. Have fun and enjoy my life

 My friend Jacob and I decided to do a fun collaboration a few months ago. We put together a beautiful Fall photoshoot. Jacob did an awesome job creating the short video clip from the photoshoot. The video is posted below. Jacob is very talented at what he does. He is a great photographer and videopgrapher. I always enjoy working with Jacob. All of the pictures came out beautiful. He was able to captured a different side of me, which I never noticed before. It is an incredible feeling to feel care-free and happy again. It is refreshing for me to feel this way!  It is pretty awesome how Jacob was able to capture the feelings I’ve had that day.


This video represent maturity, self love and moving forward with my life. I hope you all can relate to my stories in some ways. I hope you guys enjoy watching this short clip.

Check out Jacob’s website to see more of his awesome collaborations:

https://jacobalexander35.myportfolio.com/

Follow him on Instagram as well!!

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@forward.films_

Mikasa Beauty Brushes

A few months back I got an email from the marketing director at Mikasa Beauty. They recognized that I have a strong social media platform and wanted to create a collaboration with me to introduce Mikasa Beauty Collection. Of course I couldn’t say no to them. I decided to purchases this Mikasa techni brushes set, it comes with four brushes. They even sent me a free lemon drop makeup blender (Mikasa 100)! I recommend you ladies try out these brushes!


I’m glad Mikasa Beauty connected with me because I saw these type of brushes everywhere on social media and I was dying to buy some! I absolutely love love love these brushes! These techni brushes are made 100% synthetic fibers that create ultra-dense and soft brushes. I’ve been learning how to do facial contours. These techni brushes are perfect for applying and blending both powder and cream products to all areas to the face.


Mikasa Techni brush #06

This rounded brush is great for application of blush, foundation, contour or setting powder. Also good for blending to the smalls areas of the face and cheeks.


This Mikasa Techni Brush #02 is the perfect multi-purpose tool. It can also be used to apply a soft wash of color to the eyelid or brow bone. It easily blends powder or cream eye shadows, face powders, and liquid or cream-concealers in the hard to reach contours of the face.


This Mikasa Techni brush #L2 is perfect for creating firm, precise line along the upper and lower lash lines. Also defines and fill brows, and can be used to define the lips.


This Mikasa Techni Brush #C2 is use to applies and blends product into the eyelids crease. This small round brush with a curved dome tip can also be used to apply and blend around small areas for example around the eyes or nostrils.


Click on the link below to view more Mikasa Beauty Products!

https://www.mikasabeauty.com/

Pearls & Plaids “Sip and Shop”Blogger Event 

 

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I decided to join the Connecticut Bloggers Collective group {CTbloggerbabes}. This group gives me the opportunity to meet and network with various bloggers and talents throughout Connecticut.  Last Sunday I was fortunate to be invited  to the “Sip and Shop” blogger event, hosted by Pearls and Plaid. This was my first time attending to this type of networking events  specifically for bloggers. I had an amazing time. I  didn’t want to leave. Pearls and Plaid is a small boutique in Old Saybrooke, CT. The boutique was super cute and cozy. I spend way too much money!! But don’t you worry I will come back soon!

[You can find Pearls & Plaid at 1330 Boston Post Rd, Old Saybrooke, CT 06475]

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My Velvet Dream Obsession 


I’m telling you guys that the 90s style trends are coming back! Sometimes I wish some of the trends will never ever come back! However, there is one trend I’m super obsessed with is the “velvet on velvet” style, especially from head to toe! If you ladies are crazy about velvet like me then the “Velvet on velvet” look is for you. I’m pretty sure you ladies are beginning to see this new fad spreading around on social media and also in major shopping department stores. This style is also perfect to wear for the holidays occasions! And the holidays seasons is around the corner!


Here is my own “velvet on velvet” inspirations:

I bought this matching black velvet top and black velvet pants at Nordstrom Rack. I thought it would be cool to wear the top and bottom together because if you ladies look the pictures my outfit looks like a jumpsuit. Did I mentioned my pants has pockets?!?!  I also wore a red blazer to add a pop of color to my wardrobe. By the way this outfit was so comfy!! 🙂

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This outfit include the same velvet pants, however I just switch out my top and blazer. Instead I wore a navy lace camisole and a grey blazer. I also change my shoes game too! I wore my Marc Fisher silver tassel loafer.

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