Sunday, November 27, 2011

She's baaaaack!

I wanted to leave the install in for just two more weeks...but I was feeling separation anxiety from my hair underneath... ;)

Saturday, November 19, 2011

F.O.T.D. - Face Of The Day

Lately I have found my interest in makeup growing. I have never been a makeup person. The most that I will do when I go out is put on some lip gloss, mascara, and maybe some eye shadow. That's about it. But  throughout the year I have found myself checking out makeup blogs, browsing Sephora and Ulta online and also picking up a few items here and there. A good friend (LIvoirienneUSA) advised me to check out the drug store brands, especially since I'm not sure of what colors will look best on me and also because I'm a newbie. Maybe one day I will work up the courage to go to the MAC or Nars counter and make a purchase lol.

Again, I am absolutely no expert on makeup but this look was extremely easy for me to achieve. I think this would make a nice everyday look since it is very subtle. 

Lips: Revlon - Colorburst Lipstick 075 Peach
Eyelashes: Lancome - Hypnose Drama
Eyes: Revlon - Illuminance Creme Shadow - Not Just Nudes
Foundation: Maybelline - FITme!  

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Weave Chronicles

I've been having random moments of sadness because I miss my hair and all its big fluffiness. So I have developed the top five things that I am going to do in two (or three...hehe) weeks when I remove this weave...

1. Deep Condition (I might even do some Herbal Essences style Oooohing and Aaaahhhhing as I am Deep Conditioning because I miss it so much)

2. Henna. I am going to try and review on the blog Karishma Henna. One of my friends tried it and I swear her hair is cotton candy soft, I had dreams about it two nights in a row...

3. Play in my hair. Yes, I am going to abuse all natural hair laws on this one.

4. Try out some new styles. I want to try some new up-dos and I would like to re-try banding my hair.

5. Rock some funky looking beanie hats. Natural hair and beanie hats are like a match made in heaven.

I am not going to lie, I'm loving this protective styling break. I keep the hair moisturized underneath with shea butter and hot 6 oil. This also helps relieve my scalp of the itchies. Hopefully if I have maintained some hair underneath, I can incorporate weaves and wigs into my protective styling regimen!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Hair, Nails, and Shea Butter

It is now week three and I'm still protective styling with my install. I have noticed some tangling. This I'm guessing is to be expected because the hair was bought from the BSS and also because I'm wearing it curled rather than straight. As a result of trying to untangle the hair nightly (which takes about one minute...nothing major), the hair sheds. I have only noticed this when using the vent brush on my hair though. 

The first week I co-washed the hair with Herbal Essences. It kind of left the weave hair feeling weighed down. So in doing a little research, I heard that Pantene Pro-V works wonders on Remy. I surely was surprised by the results. This will be my weave staple. I'm hoping to go at least two more weeks with this hair. Can't wait to see if I've gained an inch or two during this time spent protective styling.

My new obsession is black nail polish. I thought it would give others the impression that I have gone to the dark side. Or that I'm trying out for a lead role in a vampire movie. But shockingly, it doesn't. I actually like it...a lot!

Here is my first successful Whipped Shea Butter **applause**.

I have always loved the moisturizing effects of Shea Butter in the colder months. It's the only product that got my hair through the winter of last year. It will be my main moisturizing boo again this year. Allow me to share the recipe...

Raw Shea Butter (2 cups)
Coconut Oil (1/4 cup)
Castor Oil (1/3 cup)

I melted the shea butter in the microwave until it was completely liquified. (Some people don't recommend this because it takes longer for it to solidify.) I then used my hand held blender to mix the Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, and Castor Oil together in a bowl for about 10 minutes on a high setting. The  liquid began to thicken slightly, but not enough (remember, I lack patience). I placed the bowl in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes. Once removing the bowl, I noticed that the mixture was much thicker. I used the hand held blender for another ten minutes and then poured the Shea Butter into small containers. 

That's all folks!