My favorite brow products!

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I’ll be the first to admit that I am what you would call frugal, I believe in saving as many coins as possible.  I know that Anastasia Beverly Hills brow wiz is the KING of eyebrows and I’m positive that it’s worth the $21.00 price tag but I can’t see myself taking the plunge.  Part of me wants to try it but the other part is like ummmm you’ve been slaying you’re brows just fine using your budget friendly products.  So I want to share my favorite brow products with you, so we can all slay on a budget.

BH Cosmetics $6.99

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I love this brow pencil because it is easy to use and helps me to achieve a natural brow.

NYX Eyebrow Gel $7.00

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When I first purchased this product I did not like it at all.  It took some practice but once I got he hang of it… BABBBBBYYYYYYYYYY! Once it sets it leaves you with a nice brow that will not budge.  Great for those super hot days.

Colourpop brow pencil $5.00

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An oldie but a goodie! The formula of this brow pencil is so creamy & smooth and you can’t beat the price!

Model in a bottle $12.95 ( I get mine on Amazon.com)

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Lastly, I love using Model in a bottle to prevent my brows from rubbing off throughout the day.  I use this product to seal my brows and it creates a water proof barrier that will have your brows poppin!!!  It’s a staple product for me.

 

 

What are some of your favorite brow products?

 

Shopping on a budget

 

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This vest is so dope, I knew I had to have it.  I didn’t want anything to take away from the vest so I paired it with a white t-shirt dress and some cute shoes.  This look is casual and fun and I got it all on a budget!!! You don’t have to break the bank to be cute you just have to shop around and follow the deals.  Whenever fashionNova.com offers a discount code of 30% or more I take full advantage. In addition to coupon codes I also search the sales items to get more bang for my buck.  Those are my tips for being cute on a budget, happy savings…

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Denim vest: Fashion Nova

T-Shirt dress: Fashion Nova

Shoes:  Justfab

Sunglasses: Amazon

Watch: Bertha (Groupon)

Why I love Avocado Smoothies

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I know what you’re thinking, girl what do you find appetizing about drinking guacamole?  Hear me out though, because an avocado can really transform your smoothies. Avocados are an amazing fruit and very beneficial to our overall health.  Avocados are loaded with potassium, far more than a banana and potassium can reduce blood pressure.  I needed a way to incorporate more avocados into my diet to help lower my blood pressure when I came across avocado smoothies.  In addition to lowering blood pressure they can also lower the cholesterol levels.  Avocados are heart friendly!!!  The added benefit avocados are a healthy fat and I wanted to gain weight but I didn’t want to gorge on bad food causing health issues.

I was certainly nervous when I blended my first avocado smoothie, I didn’t know what to expect.  I was pleasantly surprised the texture and the taste was pretty good and has quickly become my go-to smoothie.  I have perfected two smoothie recipes that I am excited to share with you all.

The first smoothie is an easy way to test the water if you are a nervous about how a avocado smoothie may taste.

Mango Avocado Smoothie

1/2 cup Frozen Mango

1 cup Almond Milk

1 Avocado

1 Banana

1 tablespoon Honey (Optional)

The second smoothie is one of my favorites and super tasty.

Avocado Smoothie

1 Avocado

1 Banana

1 cup Almond Milk

1 teaspoon Cinnamon

1 tablespoon Honey

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

If you try one of the smoothies please let me know how you like it!!!

 

 

L’Oreal Pure-Clay Mask

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I was so excited when L’oreal dropped their facial mask and I could not wait to get my hands on them.  I decided to go with the Purify & Mattifly mask because the summer months are approaching and I need to be ready to combat my oily T-Zone area.  First things first, the packaging is EVERYTHING, it is so elegant and gives the product a luscious feel.  The product claims that it is for all skin types and it also claims;

Skin is perfectly clean and clear

Pores look unclogged with all impurities removed,

Skin looks less shiny and excess sebum is reduced

Skin looks smoother

Now the first thing I notice upon opening the product is the strong scent of baby powder.  I was a bit concerned about the scent and how that would work on people with sensitive skin.  The application was smooth and there wasn’t any tingling sensation that I usually feel with facial mask, so it was very comfortable.  I washed the masked off and continued the rest of my skin routine.

My skin was still noticeably oily and that was the main reason I purchased this product.  However, it was not extremely harsh on my skin so it would work well on dryer skin types.  With regular use the product claims to improve skin over time and the product is certainly gentle enough to do so.  I give this product 1 star it did not work well for my skin.

Biore’ Charcoal Pore Minimizer

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One of my biggest skin battles would be my pores, I’m always on the hunt for a new product to minimize their appearance and to keep blackheads from forming.  I’m trying to get that baby soft skin y’all!!!  Although our genetics play a role in how visible our pores may be a good skin care routine can keep them clean and prevent breakouts.  Oil and dirt trapped in our pores can cause them to be more visible and of course lead to a breakout.  That’s also why it is so important to clean your face properly after wearing makeup because you don’t want it trapped in your pores. Well baby let me introduce you to Biore’s Charcoal Pore Minimizer!

This product is a miracle worker and I’m so happy that I have implemented into my skincare regimen. I’m a big believer that if the product has charcoal in it, it will be amazing.  It claims that is can minimize the appearance of pores by deep cleansing the skin.  It has gentle exfoliation that cleanses the skin without over drying it.  I would say after using this product for the past few weeks that I am impressed.  I use it on my work days because I work in a factory and my skin gets really oily after a long 12 hours of work.  It’s recommended to use no more than 3 times a week, that is very important you don’t want to over exfoliate your skin because that can result in irritation.  Since using this product I’ve notice that my pores are not as visible as before and that my skin has improved overall.  I would give this product 5 stars!!!!

How I install my Faux locs

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Faux locs are one of my favorite protective styles and so easy to achieve on your own with the help of crochet braids.  Crochet braids ( latch hook) are lightweight and don’t place a lot of tension on the hair like traditional braids.  We all know that traditional braids can definitely hit our pockets with the goddess loc trend costing around $300-$400 dollars.  I got this style for under $20 and in just 4 1/2 hours and without cornrowing my hair.  If you are interested in seeing how I achieved this look please watch my video.

Click the link  to watch the demo… Faux Locs

Protective Styles… Yay or Nay?

 

I’m sure you all have heard of protective styles as a way to give your hair a break and help retain length, but is protective styling necessary to grow long healthy hair?  So that we are clear on the definition, protective styles keep the ends of the hair tucked away and require no manipulation throughout the week to help retain moisture.  Sounds great right? Now I’m no stranger to protective styling in my year and a half of being natural I’ve had my fair share of braids and crochet styles.  While they were beautiful and helped me to grow out my hair post big chop, lately I’ve been wondering if protective styling is even necessary.  Did I really cut off all of my relaxed hair just to walk around in someone else hair for the majority of the year?  Wasn’t the point of “going natural” to wear my natural hair?

It took me 6 long months post big chop to get the courage to wear my fro out and proud.  Once I started to let my hair free I realized I didn’t have the slightest clue on how to care for it.  All I did to care for my hair was wash and moisturized it and get it braided up, my hair never saw daylight.  Not only was I lacking in the knowledge on how to care for my hair I also expereiced some breakage around the edges from the tension of my braids.  Of course over the pass few months I have ventured out and tried more styles with my natural hair but I still love rocking a great protective style.  I feel like a protective style done properly can really aid in length retention.  I also suffer from hand in hair syndrome, so getting my hair tucked away is a great way to give my hair a little break.

So what can you do to try to reduce breakage under your protective style? I would recommend that you pamper your hair with extra moisture right before you install your next style.  This can be done buy giving yourself a nice deep condition under a hood dryer or a steamer, in addition to applying the LCO, or LOC method.  Since the hair will be tucked away for an extended period of time it is important to give our hair as much moisture as possible so that we can retain our length and health.

To answer the question protective styling yay or nay? I’d say do what works for you!! It doesn’t make you any less natural if you like to wear protective styles more than your natural hair.  Hair is about expression, its an accessory to our personal style so don’t worry about the nay sayers!

 

Battle of the 24K Gold Masks


A dupe for the Peter Thomas Roth “24K Gold Mask”? From the moment I found out about the Gold mask I was curious about how it would work on my skin.  This mask is certainly a luxurious item and retails for $80, but is it worth it? Are there cheaper alternatives? When I came across the “Miss Spa 24k gold radience mask” I was curious to see how it measured up. It could be found at your local Target for about $3.99. Keep in mind it’s a sheet mask so you it’s a one time use only. Let’s get to the benefits of  a Peter Thomas Roth 24k mask;

  • Radiant glow
  • Keeps skin firm 
  • Restores elasticity 
  • Tighten skin 
  • Minimizes aging 
  • Hydrates 

Miss Spa 24k gold radiance mask

  • Hydrates 
  • Radiant glow
  • Smoother skin 

Both mask have similar claims which is to provide more radiant and youthful skin. So which one should you choose? If you just want to give the 24k mask a try I say stop by your local target just to see how your skin reacts. I find sheet mask to be extremely cold so I usually opt for the traditional mask so my fingers can warm the product up. The Miss Spa mask are longer treatments, usually requiring you to wear the mask for a maximum of 20 minutes giving you a more Spa like experience. I found that my skin started to tingle a bit so I didn’t make it the entire 20 minutes ( as a rule of thumb if a product is starting to irritate your skin remove it). After I removed the sheet I rubbed the remainder of product into my skin. The results were nice and I feel with continuous use it would be beneficial. 

If I had to pick hands down it would be the Peter Thomas Roth mask I always feel like my skin has a noticeable glow when I use it. Although it’s the pricier of the two in terms of how often you plan on using this treatment I think it’s worth it. In the long run it would be costly for me to buy multiple one time use sheet mask. When it comes to using it as a treatment every once in a while I say go with the Miss Spa mask treatment. 

Chen 

How I Transformed my 4Chair

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Retaining moisture in type 4 hair can be difficult especially for us 4C girls.  Our hair is naturally dry and it can be frustrating for us new naturals.  I big chopped in December 2015 and had no idea what I had gotten myself into.  I stayed in protective style because I didn’t feel comfortable in my twa.  My hair thrived in protective styles but I knew there was going to be a time when I was going to have to learn how to care for my natural hair.  The photo on the left is when I first started wearing my natural hair out, I know y’all see how dry it is.  I was applying moisturizer and oils but my stubborn hair refuse to absorb any of it.  It was not until March of this year that I finally found the key to retaining moisture in my hair.

I mention this is my “Wash Day” that I use the LCO method during my wash routine and it helps my hair retain moisture.  The LCO method (Liquid, Cream, and Oil) coupled with the aloe vera juice mix has left my hair feeling soft and manageable.  When I wear my natural hair I generally wear my hair in a puff, it is stylish and easy to do.  To maintain my style I plait my hair in about 6 large braids using my aloe vera spray mix to reactive the products in my hair, it works like a charm.  It took me some time but I finally cracked my hair code and I ‘m so in love with my beautiful kinks.  Keep in mind what works for my hair may not work for your hair.  I simply want to encourage those who may be frustrated with their natural hair and ready to give up.  Remember that it is just hair we don’t need this over complicated routines to achieve healthy hair.  Just create a routine that works for you and stick to it and your hair will flourish.