Update

Hi folks, so I’ve been on a whole beauty kick in my posts lately. Sorry about that but…more to come LOL. In the meantime, I’m overseas right now so this post is short as I’m out sightseeing and taking in a new culture.  When I return I’ll have a post for you guys on my travels to the two countries I’m visiting. Till then, see ya in a couple o’ weeks!

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Beauty methods that I’m loving right now

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NYX curve liner– For any girl that loves the winged eye liner look but struggles to master it this tool is a time saver. I get the perfect wing every time with this one.

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L.O.C.- I’ve discussed this before but must say it again. No matter your hair curl pattern, curly girls should do the L.O.C. method (and if you have low porosity hair do the L.C.O. method). So what is it? Wash your hair and use a Leave in conditioner, Oil and Cream.

I am not loyal to a conditioner (although I do like the Cantu Shea Butter Products). For oil I go for coconut, argon or castor. For cream I go between Miss Jessies Curly Pudding or Pillow Soft curls or Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Milk or Smoothie. For second and third day (or if you’re lucky fourth day) curl reviver I spray with a leave in conditioner and water concoction and, if needed, add my cream or Eco Styler product.

Here is a good tutorial that matches my routine.

Glue on nails– Outside of going to the salon and getting a gel manicure, polish just does not stay on my nails. So when I want a manicured look on my own, I go for glue on nails. And they’ve come a long way since the 80s. Kiss nails are my favorite brand. If glued properly, they can last me 7-14 days and are super cheap!

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Here’s a good tutorial

Foot masks – You want soft feet but don’t have time to go to the salon or get a paraffin treatment? Foot Mask are a great option. They go on kind of like socks but there’s mask “stuff” in them. You wear them for about 30 minutes and you’re good. Different brands do different things. I’m not loyal to any particular one.

Sleeping masks– This has become all the rage. They are mask you wear while sleeping for every type of skin issue. I swear, if you want to know where the next beauty trend is going to come from see what’s happening in Japan and South Korea because half of these new beauty trends (serums, bb creams) come from these places. I’m a fan of the Sephora brand.sleeping mask

 

Micellar Water– I love make up, makeup doesn’t love my skin. I get tired and don’t always have the strength to do a complete wash. This product is the fix. It takes off even water proof makeup and you can do it from the comfort of you bed. Better than cloths because it acts as a magnet to take the makeup and keep pores clean!

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Hope this helps!

Top Five reasons NOT to date

So it’s been a while since I’ve done a dating/relationship post. Mostly because after my series on Sex and the City where I explored some of the themes certain episodes raised, I was a bit tapped out. But for those of you who did enjoy some of my submissions on relationships, I will be adding some again.

Starting with this one.

So some recent things I’ve read and discussions led me to want to write this post. Now I will preface it by saying this is really for anyone, of any age, who is ready to get married and over the casual dating. If you are marriage minded then I believe you should date with a purpose. Dating just for the “fun of it” or “for practice” doesn’t work if you are at that level. Here’s why.love

Don’t date if you are:

  • Feeling lonely – sure going out on some dates can connect you with people but if you are searching for someone to fill the void it leaves you vulnerable to attach to the wrong person and ignore red flags. In addition to annoying someone who might want some space
  • Trying to feel complete- no matter what the movies say, no one should complete you. It’s too much pressure to put on a person and it makes you come off needy. Further, others are drawn to you if you are confident and can add to their life experiences not for them to work to make you whole
  • Feeling anxious/desperate- people can usually tell if you are feeling desperate to get married and some will take advantage of that to get what they want which may not be in your best interest. Others may be scared off. Finally, once again, it could lead you to picking people that are not a good fit based on a fear of being alone.
  • Feeling disgruntled- It’s never good to starting dating again if you are still angered (or sad) by your last relationship. You won’t fully be available for the next person. Clear your mind and spirit of the past and don’t look back to it when entering new relationships or even going on dates. It really isn’t fair to others and you won’t be giving your all.

Date because you want love. Nothing wrong with that. Just make sure you are comfortable with you and in your best spirit so that you can be open to and have a genuine relationship.

 

Beauty Haul: Skincare

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So I recently got a few items I’d been hearing about or eyeing for a while and wanted to share my thoughts. This go round the focus is on products for the skin/face.

Egyptian Magic– I don’t know what kind of potion this is but it is indeed magic. It’s not cheap (close to $30) but like Franks Red Hot Sauce I put that *&^$ on everything. Currently I’ve been using it for dry, flaky skin and it works wonders. Here is what Amazon says are the uses for this mystical cream:egyptian

 

Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream is an amazing all purpose cream for skin and hair. Heals, hydrates and conditions. Works as a body or face moisturizer, hair conditioner or after-shave. Heals chapped lips, mosquito bites, burns, blemishes and more.

Loreal Infallible Pro– Matte Foundation- I have super oily skin and even if the product is made for oily skin  it doesn’t always work. But this one, yasss! And I found a color that blends into my skin tone perfectly. The coverage is medicum so if you have marks to hide I’d use this in conjunction with a concealer.

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Ambi Even and Clear + CC cream-This is a good skin care line for women of color. I’m obsessed with BB  and Color Corrective (CC) creams as they are all in one products (evens skin tone and complexation, primer, SPF, moisturizer and foundation). I run in to problems because many of these CC creams come in limited shades and are hard to match to me. However, this cream has a color that matches me well if blended properly  and the price is drug store affordable. This is great for everyday wear or wear under make up as a primer and SPF. ambi

NYX Pore Filler- Sadly, along with oily, acne prone skin, I also suffer with enlarged pores. When I want to take the time to give myself more of a smoother base I spackle my face with this stuff  before putting on my foundation (and sometimes after). It’s not full proof but my skin looks much more smooth. nyx

My Wash and Go: A Natural Hair Routine

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So I talk about my natural hair a few times in my post and I explain the type of products I use. So I decided maybe it’s time to do a picture post of my wash day routine.

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Okay first I should preface this by saying my hair is Type 3c curl pattern with some 3b and 4a here and there. I also have high porosity, fine hair. Why does this matter? It really relates to the type of products and styling you should use. Want to know your hair details? Check out this link .

Ok so here we go:

First I only do a full wash my hair once a week. About 3 or 4 days after my full wash, I wash with a cleansing conditioner. In between the washes I use a spray bottle of water and conditioner to dampen my hair and refresh the curls. I also use frizz serums and Eco Styler to give shine to my curls.

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(Counter- clockwise) Twisted Sister De-Frizz Polishing Serum, Ecostyler Maxim Hold, Detangling comb, Spray bottle with water and leave in conditioner

 

Ok, so I wash with a curl shampoo (I’m not loyal to a brand. I just must address frizz, dryness and add volume). Then I will use a hair deep conditioner or mask. Finally I will detangle my hair in the shower with my fingers or a detangling comb (sometimes I rinse out the mask and add a conditioner to aid in ease of detangling). Keep hair soaking wet through this. Rinse out the conditioner with COLD water. Not the most fun thing to do, especially in the winter, but this is a must to help prevent frizz and dry hair.

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Counter Clockwise- Garnier Fructise Curl Nourish Shampoo, Curl Twirls Hair Masque, Renpure Cleansing Conditioner

 

Then I will squeeze my hair of the excess water (sometimes I won’t) but will NOT towel dry. Water is your friend and dry hair like mine wants to lock in the moisture. So with my wet hair I do the trusty L.O.C. method that I talk so much about (it’s a great way to keep in moisturizer and reduce frizz for long lasting hair between washes). I coat my hair with a leave in conditioner, part my hair in 2 – 4 sections and apply an oil (focus on the ends), and finally add a milk/cream/gel/mouse in the different sections.

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African Pride Olive Miracle Leave-in Conditioner, Dark and Lovely Au Natural L.O.C. Soak it up cocktail, Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk

 

If I have time, I will air dry it a bit.

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Excuse my bare face, put on some glasses to offset it LOL.  My hair is halfway dry here.

 

 

Regardless of whether I have time or not, I will always blow dry my hair with a diffuser to help give my hair body. A diffuser is a must as it also prevents frizzy curls when blow drying.

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I will also go in my roots and scrunch it up to add volume or even use an afro pic. Again, for my fine hair, volume is a focus.

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Once I have received my perfect volume. I’m done! Note: I have a few pieces of hair in the front and back that are resistant to curling like the rest. When I want perfection I will twist and pin curl those pieces while wet. I didn’t this time.

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Face beat, hair done, but dang cat in the background!

 

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