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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Cuckoo for Coconuts!

Everyone knows all the wonderful benefits that coconut oil provides. It's not an ancient Chinese secret. Curly girls and naturalistas definitely know the wonders that it does for our hair. Coconut oil can now be found in most hair products sold in stores. 

With that being said, I have stumbled upon my latest obsession... Cantu Shea Butter Coconut Curling Cream! 
I first came across this gem thanks to a sample that was sent to me thanks to Freeflys.The sample lasted me for about a week but a week was all that I needed to be swept off my feet. I bought this cream immediately. I love this product! It smells absolute delicious! Literally. 
My hair loves this cream. I usually apply it to freshly washed hair when I am doing my wash-n-go. It does not weigh my hair down but instead gives my curls moisture and definition. The cream does not feel greasy although the consistency is somewhat thick but that is not an issue at all for me. 

I am currently trying a twistout with this product so hopefully I will be able to share that experience with you all soon. I'm trying the twistout on dry hair and then I will try with wet hair and then blog the results. But in the meantime in between time go try this product, it is amazing!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Bantu Knots on Wet Hair

Bantu Knot and Flat Twist Out

Last night, Saturday, I attempted a to do the Bantu Knot hairstyle for the 100th time. Of course I am exaggerating but I have attempted to successfully accomplish Bantu Knots several times. I have tried it on day three hair and blow dried hair all of which were epic fails. My hair did curl in those instances but it did not last very long once I walked out the door. SO last night I decided I would try it on wet hair and I must say I am very pleased with the results. 

After washing my hair and sectioning into six manageable parts, I applied Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream and coconut oil 

 I then took about 2-3 inch sections and began to two strand twist my hair until I reached the end as shown below
 Once my twist was complete, I coiled my hair into little knots (hence the name of the hairstyle) tucking the ends of my hair around the knot. A few of the knots did come undone so for those I used a bobby pin to secure it. I continued that process until I finished and in total I believe I had about 15 knots because of the size sections I chose. I could have made smaller sections but I was press for time and this was my first attempt with wet hair. This is what my finished knots looked like:
Any other time I would have let my hair dry overnight but because I had prior engagements I opted for the hair dryer. I sat under the dryer for two hours which was not long enough because some parts of my hair was still a little damp but it was the risk I was willing to take. So if/when I attempt to do bantu knots again, I will try to sit under the dryer for three hours. Hence the word try because the dryer and I do NOT get along!

So I unraveled each knot then unraveled each twist. And because I wanted more volume and curls I continued to gently separate each curl until I reached my desired style. This is what my hair looked like when I finished:

Overall I am very much pleased and will most definitely do this style on wet hair again! The only difference is that I will not immediately start right after I wash my hair. I will let my hair get about 50% air dry so that I can have less time sitting under the dryer or air drying overnight. 
Let me know what you think! 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Flexi Rod Curls!

No heat rod curls!

I absolutely love using flexi-rods on my hair! 

Before I explain any further, let me give you a brief history about my hair. I have naturally curly hair that probably can be classified as 3b AND 3c type hair. If you ask me, I'll say that I have "does-whatever-it-wants" type hair. Growing up, I never appreciated my hair because naturally I wanted straight hair like everyone else. Everyone knows that people with straight hair want curly hair and people with curly hair want straight hair. I never knew how to manage my hair and I constantly complained that it was "fluffy" or "frizzy". In middle school I received my first relaxer which straighten my hair which I loved. I received about a total of 5 relaxers in my life but I stopped getting them because I think it was doing more harm than help to my hair. So afterwards, I just continued to grow and maintain my hair but without relaxers and eventually the processed hair grew out and trimmed off. The flat iron became my best friend throughout the years if/when I want straight hair. So from that point on, I have been "natural" or should I say back to my "fluffly" hair which I am perfectly fine with. It wasn't until a few years ago that I really began to appreciate my natural curls and also when I came to the realization that I should have NEVER relaxed my hair because my curls aren't how they used to be before the chemicals. But either way, I love my hair now and I try to find routines that only benefit my natural hair. 

So let's continue on with the flexi rods...


Within the last year I have been utterly obsessed with curly afros. And by afro I do not mean the classic "fro" but I have been in love with defined tight coiled curls. So I researched some hairstyles and proceeded to experiment with flexi rods and this is the result: 
I call this look my curly fro! I used about 40 flexi rods on day 3 hair. I sectioned my hair 2-3 inches in width and applied Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioner just enough to dampen my hair. I rolled my entire hair, wrapped with silk scarf, and slept with the rods in which is NOT comfortable at all. The only reason why I slept with the rods is because my hair is very long and in order to achieve an afro style I needed the rods to stay in for as long as possible without having to use a hair dryer. The next morning, I took out all of the rods and gently broke apart the curls to achieve a more full fro look. I applied a little bit of oil to make my hair appear shiny and I went on about my day. This hairstyle lasted for about two days before I hit frizz city but I still thought it was well worth it. 


Summer Thrifted Outfit

Have a Coke and a smile!

This is an outfit I put together during the summer and everything shown is a thrift store find minus the shoes. I found a cute Coca-cola shirt in the little boys section and simply cut it into a muscle tank shirt. I also purchased a couple of other shirts that I also turned into a tank shirt which you can see in my previous post. The shorts were originally jeans that I made into high-waist denim shorts. I already had the belt and earrings which I purchased from a previous thrift store adventure. 


Friday, July 5, 2013

Graphic Tee Shirts into Graphic Tanks

Graphic Tee Shirt Refashion

Have you ever seen the really popular graphic trendy tanks in all of the stores? Most of those really cute tops can be really expensive which I'm not willing to pay knowing that I can make my own. SO that is precisely what I did to a few old shirts. 


I went to a thrift store and browsed around in the children/boy section and found these graphic shirts in a size large and extra large. These shirts cost me a dollar or two a piece and I loved the graphic print. I will not go into details about how I refashion these shirts only because there are about a thousand tutorials on this DIY, some of which you may have already seen or have done yourself. But I basically just cut off the sleeves and collar to create a tank top or muscle style shirt.
This is what my shirts look like once I finished them. They are comfortable and perfect for the summer and the best part of it all... it did not leave a dent in my wallet! 

I also picked up these goodies that I found at the thrift store. I love thrifted jewelry especially if they seem like pieces that a grandmother would wear. Very vintage and retro. Love it!

Let me know of any thrifted jewelry that you have found or if you have made tank tanks from tee shirts because I would love to see them. 

Monday, December 31, 2012

December Favorites

My Most Used (Beauty) Products of December

It's the end of the month and I hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas because I thoroughly enjoyed mine. I thought that I would share with you all the beauty products that I used the most this month. I love each and every one of the products so I just have to spread the love!

Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer -- Tarte clean slate poreless -- EOS lip balms -- Bare Minerals Foundation & Mineral Veil -- NYC bronzer -- Boiing concealer -- Revlon lipstains -- Sephora Lipstain


  • Cetaphil Daily Moisturizer I have been using this moisturizer for about 6 months which is around the time I started my skincare regimen. So far, so good but in coming months I will more than likely switch moisturizers. This is a great moisturizer (don't get me wrong) it does not make me break out and it is very hydrating but I notice that it makes my face even more oily which is disappointing because I already have oily skin. But other than the extra oil issue, it contains SPF 15, applies smoothly, and does not irritate my skin. It's great as a night moisturizer and awesome for dry skin which I experience every once in awhile. I've heard great reviews about Cetaphil products so if I update my moisturizer I will get one of the newer formulas that Cetaphil has come out with. 


  • Tarte Clean Slate Poreless This primer was recommended to me by a beauty consultant at Sephora. She applied to my face during a demo and I was instantly hooked! I personally like this primer because Tarte is one of the more natural brand of makeup and I like natural products. It feels smooth and silky on your skin and helps your foundation last longer throughout the day. 

  • EOS, Evolution of Smooth Lip Balm Summer Fruit and Sweet Mint Let me start off by saying this... I LOVE this lip balm!! My lips tend to get chapped throughout the day especially during the winter and there was not one chapstick product that could keep my lips moisturized. I have tried everything, so I thought, until I bought EOS. EOS is 95% organic and 100% natural and IT WORKS! Ever since I started using this lip balm my lips have not been chapped and I am not kidding. I'm just disappointed I never thought to buy it a loooong time ago. This lip balm goes on my list of Holy Grail products!

  • Bare Minerals I decided to give Bare Minerals a try because I have my days when I do not want to wear heavy makeup or go bare face, I just want something light. Bare Minerals gives me exactly what I want by giving me coverage without feeling like I have foundation on my face. I have the matte foundation in shade Golden Tan along with the finishing powder, Mineral Veil. I used it just about every day this month and not only do I love it but my skin loves it also. Liquid foundation can sometime irritate my skin but I feel the mineral makeup helps it. Weird right? I don't know for sure, it could be all in my head.

  • NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder 720A Sunny What I love most about this bronzer is the price! It's inexpensive and can be found at most drugstores and you definitely get more than you pay for. It gives me just the right "glow" and I love using it for contouring. 

  • Boiing Concealer Shade 04 Love this concealer and it is great at concealing! It hides all imperfections, blemishes, and discoloration. Smooth to the touch and not cakey. Sometimes I wear it by itself for days when I decide not to wear makeup and it looks natural. 

  • Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain Lovesick and Honey GREAT drugstore lipstains! It applies just like a lip balm and smells like mints. Lovesick stayed on my lips for a long period of time which is expected of lipstains although the Honey didn't last as long but I'm not complaining. I particularly like Honey because it is a more natural shade and was my go-to shade. 

  • Sephora Collection Cream LipStain 01 Always Red This product also goes onto the list of Holy Grail products. I LOVE this lipstain. First of all I love all shades of red lip products but this one in particular is awesome. It is a stain so therefore the color is supposed to last for a long time and guess what... it does! Even after eating and drinking the color was still on my lips. The other the great thing I love about it is that it is a matte shade. It applies creamy like a gloss but dries matte and the color is very bold. 

Would I repurchase all of these products again? Most definitely give or take the moisturizer but I love all of them. I hope that you all found my favorites useful and if you have any questions about any of the products named feel free to ask me. And if you have a few favorite products that you would to share with me don't hesitate to let me know. I love trying new products! 

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Sweatshirt Refashion

Off-the-shoulder Sweatshirt

BEFORE

Another thrift find for around the price of $2.99! It's just a basic sweater shirt/sweatshirt great for lazy,  comfy days. I purchased it a size larger than I normally wear because I am into over-sized shirts but I was not too fond of the V-neck because it made the shirt look awkward on me so I decided to change look ever so slightly. The only change I made was cutting off the collar so that it would become an off-the-shoulder shirt. 

AFTER


Just as simple as that! Now my shirt is comfortable and stylish without all the extra work. I wear this shirt with almost anything and for any occasion.

...with leggings... just lounging around...
or with a skirt and tank top underneath...

Hope you all liked this simple refashion and if you have a similar refashion feel free to let me know so I can check it out!