How to style your failed twist out

One of my greatest annoyance with my natural hair is the amount of time it takes to dry when I do any style on wet hair. Especially my twist outs and braid outs. They can honestly take more than 24 hours to dry.

So to style a failed twist out, I usually just roll and tuck the back of my hair upward, slide my hair to the side and just pin everything and just leave an afro at the top of my hair.

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How do you style your hair on bad hair days?

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3 products make-up look for the minimalist

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If you’re trying to adopt the minimal lifestyle, take care of your skin, or simply stop buying too many beauty products, I think these 3 products can seriously be all you need for most days. Of course you can glam up for special occasions or whenever you feel like it. For this look, I just used my NYX micro brow pencil, MAYBELLINE lash sensation and of course a lippie, JORDANA liqud lipstick in Cinnamon Toast.

How do you keep your make-up at a minimum?

5 Ways to know your hair is damaged

4 c natural hairHey-llo!!

On my last my blog post which you can read HERE I wrote about how I damaged my natural hair and mentioned that I plan to FIX the damage!!

The first step to solving a problem is ACCEPTANCE!! DUH!! but prior to knowing that there is a problem, you first have to SPOT or NOTICE the problem, hence me writing this post.

Today I will be sharing some tips on how to know that your hair is damaged or getting there. This is how I knew, so I hope it helps you out.

  1. hair breakage: I realized my hair was damaged when I touched the ends of my hair one day and it literally just came off. I did not pull or twist it, I simply touched it and off it came.
  2. lack of moisture: I’ve been natural for a while, so I pretty much know how to keep my 4c hair moisturized. i realized there was a problem when I will follow my normal moisturizing routine and my hair will still stay dry and brittle.
  3. product build up: One clear evidence that my hair was damaged was when the products I will use would not penetrate into the hair, causing several products to just sit on the hair.
  4. thin edges: we all know this one too well. I’ve never really had thick edges, but I had edges. Nowadays, its gotten so thin that I can actually touch my scalp. Basically, I’m going bald!
  5. change in hair texture: I will describe my hair as kinky or type 4c. I noticed my hair was damaged when I saw loose curls at the ends of my hair, which are not typical for my hair type or texture.

These are the major things that I experienced that guided me into knowing that my hair was damaged. I’m sure it isn’t the same for everyone but I’m sure some may find this post useful. Please do not hesitate to ask me any questions if you have them or simply say HEY in the comment section.

If u stumble on this blog and you too have a blog, do let me know so I can check it out!

until next time

Quit shaming people who wear make-up

I wrote this a while ago, but I think it is still relevant.makeup shaminggreetings, hope you are well…

In the past few weeks I’ve come across several  pictures circulating around the web of women who basically “transform” between their before make-up picture and after make-up picture. In all honesty, after a little application of any type of make-up, be it a little eye liner or a full face make-up, we all look different from when we started with no make-up at all….

Some men and women ( I say this shamefully- because I think women should understand the most) have decided that these women who may feel as though they have NO choice but to wear full face make-up are funny and something to make fun of.

It isn’t

Looking at these pictures, the women appear to have either really bad acne or are suffering from hyper pigmentation. Living in a society where there are an ABUNDANCE of skin-care products and routines floating around promoting clear skin, I ask, is it not normal that these women want to have even toned or clear skin too? And for them, their only way to achieve it is wearing excess makeup.

Unfortunately, people are mean and inconsiderate and have decided to shame them for not have flawless skin and wearing makeup. I see comments about how these women are deceiving men and I think to myself, this isn’t about men, its about self.

From my experience, I can honestly say I wear makeup to please myself. I know many women who do too. No one is out here applying their make up with thoughts of deceiving men or people. Makeup enhances our features, so it is really pleasing to look at yourself after applying even a bit of mascara and think yourself ” I am fine looking person”….

Anyways, my point is or was, not all of us are lucky to have blemish-free faces and that is okay. Accepting your face as is, is wonderful and beautiful and that’s what we all want. But wearing make-up because you want to cover blemishes is okay too and you are still beautiful. It’s not funny. Love yourself the way you need to. Be it with make up or not. It’s whatever brings you joy and gets you through the day.

stay true!

NYX double dare blush

IMG_3363 (2)Over the weekend I got my hands on NYX double dare high definition blush and I used it that same day, and I am here to share that I loved it. I had been eyeing NARS, Taj Mahal for so long because something about orange blushes really appeal to me. But I think this will do and I wont have to spend over $40 that I don’t have. IMG_3359 (2)

How do you feel about orange blush?

New Shea Moisture Commercial

So Shea moisture has joined the ad fails of 2017. I am beginning to think these ads trolling on black issues are being done on purpose for attention, and I will tell why.

I am not in the marketing world but I know FOR A FACT that before an ad is publicized it goes through many channels before a ‘go ahead’ is given. People work on ads for months if not years. No one just wakes up and publicize something for businesses, especially big ones like Shea moisture. So it is hard for me to believe that these companies didn’t know the consequences for publicizing these commercials.

Shea moisture is an all natural hair and beauty company. They specialize in natural hair products that are full of vitamins, good oils, and right nutrients for any hair issues someone may have. From dry hair, to damaged hair, they have products to cater to every natural hair person.

Shea moisture gained its success, yes, its success by catering to black women who have joined the natural hair movement in the last 10 years or so. Many black women decided and are still deciding to go natural because they are finally understanding that the hair that grow out of their scalp is also pretty. Black women, have single handedly helped Shea moisture grow to what it is today only to be tossed to the side. There isn’t a natural hair video favorites on YouTube that Shea moisture isn’t mentioned.

Then comes this commercial

I am ALL about inclusion, but inclusion SHOULD look like inclusion. This commercial literally tosses the black woman out and tells her, “there is no room for you here.” Which is problematic because black women have felt this way for a very long time. Left out, forgotten, someone who doesn’t deserve recognition, someone who is invisible.

I think it hurts more when it comes from people who you know KNOW BETTER. But for profit or whatever the reason, felt that they should erase that knowledge. Do I think it’s a good business move, by all means yes. Shea moisture being moved from the “ethnic” section to the “hair care” aisle will do WONDERS for their business and their pockets.

It is just heartbreaking that these women will pick money over their daughters, sisters and mothers.

Link to Shea moisture commercial ———> VIDEO

What do you think?

Minimalism for Beginners: Skin Care edition

I’ve been attempting to live this minimalist lifestyle and I want to incorporate in every aspect of my life.

Today, I’ll be sharing how I’ve minimized my skincare products. I used to be one of those people that purchased every suggested skincare product and I ended up with tons of products. I had so many that I didn’t know which product was doing what or which one was working and not working out for me. img_3111-2My selection process for minimizing my skincare products came easily to me. I thought of my needs and convenience. For me, a good skincare regime has a cleanser and a moisturizer and an occasional scrub to remove the dead skin cells.

So 3 needs, 3 products. It’s so simple! I used to have 3 different facial cleansers. WHY?img_3112-2

I also reserved these 2 things for the days I wear make-up. A toner acts like an additional cleanser after I’ve used my actual cleanser the eye makeup remover is for the days I wear heavy eye make-up.

I’v been using these 5 products for months now, and I’ve noticed how effective they are because they all have a purpose and they get to fully live it without other products interfering.

How do you choose products for your skincare routines?