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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Twisted Pin-Up

I was watching a video on YouTube from HealthyHairJourney (look her up, her hair is GORGEOUS), and she did a style where she pin-curled her mini-twists for a cute updo. Well... I don't feel like doing my hair this week so I took an hour and a half out of my schedule to make this happen. In turn, I won't be doing my hair again until the weekend. Lmao

I washed and conditioned my hair, then used my Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave-In. I twisted (while damp) with Bee Mine's Curly Butter and used coconut oil on my ends. After all my twists were in, I grabbed 2 twists at a time, pincurling every two and holding with bobby pins. I focused on keeping the pins more in my hair than close to the scalp for comfort. Here are pics. I just sleep with a satin bonnet and spray with my mix of water and tea tree oil the next day. When I take them out, I'll wear the twist out. Pics to follow.


My Nails This Week...

I purchased quite a few new nail colors over the weekend (didn't I say I was on "strike" from buying anymore? How soon I forget... but I got a good hook-up. Lol). I did my nails yesterday and this is the final look.


Nail colors used: OPI "Stranger Tides" from Pirates of the Caribbean line, and OPI "White Shatter" on my ring finger. On my index finger I just used a white nail polish I had lying around.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

DMV Meetup with Glamswagger & CurlyNuGrowth


This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending a Natural Hair Meetup in DC with none other than Glamswagger and CurlyNuGrowth! If you are on Twitter and have natural hair, chances are you follow them and know who these 2 lovely ladies are :) It's nice to meet people you talk to online, finally. And I met many other naturals, too!! We had a great time at Vapiano's (where the meet up was held) -- eating, laughing, sharing stories, trading haircare secrets and swapping products, and some people won some things, too!
Click the link for pics!

Back 2 MAC Program

Although I've known about MAC Cosmetics' "Back 2 MAC" program, I never have done it. I don't know why, maybe I just kept forgetting to get all my empty containers together. But for those who are unaware, MAC's Back 2 MAC allows you to give 6 (six) empty primary packaging containers (for recycling) to a MAC store/counter, and in turn you get a free lipstick color of your choice. By primary packaging they mean only the actual container that the product came in (like the lipglass tube, lipstick tube, the compact a powder was in, etc.) - That does not include things like the bubble wrap, the boxes, etc. (hey, some people need it spelled out. Lol) You can also send the empty packages in and they will ship the lipstick to you free of charge. Check out MAC's "Back 2 MAC" web link for more details :)

This week I'll be getting my free lipstick. I'll let you know what I chose!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

My First Time (Curlformers) - Natural Hair

Last year when I first heard of Curlformers, I didn't see what all the hype was about. I often wondered what was the big deal. Then, I saw some vids of women who used them and thought their curls were pretty, but felt my hair wouldn't react that way. A few days ago I caught a vid on YouTube of NaturalChica (I'm sure many of you are familiar with her fabulous blog and YT channel) using Curlformers. Her hair turned out gorgeous. And although her hair is thicker than mine, the textures are similar so I decided to give it a try since I was so bored w/my hair as of late.
I purchased mine from Sally's Beauty Supply. You can also purchase them directly on Curlformer's website. First, let me tell you these are so fascinating and fun to use! (Small things excite me). I started on freshly washed and conditioned hair. Use your product of choice. To use Curlformers you will need: the Curlformers, of course; a spray bottle with your fave water/conditioner/oil or some type of leave-in spray; a setting lotion or foam (I used Motions); and a wide tooth comb. I also used a fine tooth comb after detangling to smooth my hair out more before putting the curlformers in.

Follow the directions on Curlformers website and you will get  great results. My results are after the jump.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Sephora by OPI

I painted my nails with a new color I got last week. Sephora by OPI in "Caught with My Khakis Down". Lovin' it.

MAC Lips :)

As much as I blog about hair, I love makeup 100xs more! I need to blog about it more often, I could literally talk about it ALL DAY and I do with friends who share the same love.
Anywho... today I am wearing MAC Matte lipstick in Please Me with Chestnut liner, and Plushglass in Ample Pink on top. Click link for pics...

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Day Two: Braid-out

It's the 2nd day and my hair held up well. I re-braided it last night in larger braids (about 7-10). What I like is that my hair is bigger than yesterday but still has good definition. I didn't re-wet my hair last night when I braided it, nor did I use a comb. I just sat on the bed while watching TV and randomly grabbed sections, braided it, and put my bonnet on. This morning I didn't add anything to my hair (no spray/oil), it felt well-moisturized already. Results after the jump...

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Braid-out...

Last night I set my hair in braids for a braid-out this morning. Anyone who knows me is aware that twists/twist-outs are my staple. I haven't done a braid-out in over a year. I decided to revisit this and see if I can figure out a way to get it to look right ;-)

I washed and conditioned my hair, then applied Kinky Curly Knot Today (KCKT) to sections and Argan Oil to seal, braided (individual braids, not cornrows - because I don't know how Lol), and let them air dry overnight. After all of my hair was braided I had about 13-15 braids total. This morning I used a small amount of Coconut Oil while taking the braids out to prevent frizz. Pics are after the jump...


Monday, August 8, 2011

Question for My Natural Hair Ladies...

Ladies, what do you use to set your hair (twist-outs, braid-outs, roller sets, etc.)? Currently I use my Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave-In along with an oil to seal AND a product to hold (like ORS Lock and Twist Gel) but I am trying to minimize. Do any of you just use a leave-in and oil sealant ONLY? If so, please share with me what it is that you use :)

Thanks in advance!