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Beauty Post: How I get Holiday Pretty…

I like to get pretty all year round but when the holidays come around I like to go all out as it relates to my beauty routine.

Believe it or not, I didn’t do anything for Christmas other than rest and spend time with my family. It felt so good to not have to get dressed up and go out.

See sometimes I can be a simple girl…lol

But just because I didn’t go anywhere doesn’t mean I didn’t want to feel pretty, I was just pretty in the house…


So right before Christmas, I had my hair done by Celebrity Extension Guru Trayce Madre. Trayce has done extensions on everybody from celebrities to NFL wives, what an honor it was to have her do my hair. When Trayce was done, I truly felt and looked like a million bucks! I’m going to be doing a complete post on my experience in the New Year, she will also be coming on Swa-Rai in the New Year to show girls how to properly maintain their extensions. In the meantime Trayce will be doing hair in her Naperville Studio and now Glam Luxe in Chicago.

I don’t have a lot of eyebrows so I don’t need to get them done on a regular basis, but when I do I don’t let anyone touch them besides Anne at Sine Qua Non Salon in Chicago. I’m serious Anne can work miracles, before I met her I never had an arch. She is a brow master!

I also get my lashes done, I swear lashes has a way of turning any girl into the girliest of girls!

Last but not least I have to get a manicure and pedicure, this one comes courtesy of Incoco and Milani. These nails truly put me in the holiday spirit!

Even though I didn’t go anywhere I still felt like the prettiest girl in the world..

Remember to take care of you in 2012!!

About the author

Raijean Stroud

Fashion, beauty & lifestyle blogger based in Chicago and founder of, Swa-Rai Media Group and Bleeding Heart Project. Launched in 2010, Swa-Rai discusses a range of topics including: fashion, beauty and lifestyle experiences which includes travel, tech, family, dining and so much more! When not in Chicago, Raijean can be found traveling around the country covering some of the hottest events! She can be spotted in places such as New York for covering events such as Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week, Las Vegas for CES (Consumer Electronics Show), LA for Lucky FABB and more! When she's not traveling she's in Chicago, interviewing celebrities and covering exclusive events.

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