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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Hair: It's Been a While! New Hair Alert!

I know it's been a while and there have been spam posts posted to my account! Life caught up with me! 

What better way to get into the swing of things than hair talk?! So update, I cut and dyed my hair last April at a hair salon. I wanted a pastel color, it didn't come out that way. I did so many natural methods to lighten the color. I also had some damage in my hairline from all of the above and had to get it back. I went to my barber a few times to conceal the damage then decided to grow it out. For my regular Fall/Winter protective style I wanted to give wigs a break so I decided to go back to crochet. The difference is in the past I had the sides and back shaved so I just had to do the top. This time the biggest challenge has been trying to get the crochet hair to hold onto my short sides and back (it may be 2" long) and especially the softer hair in the back! In retrospect I make no sense not doing wigs! Anywho, I've tried cornrowing the sides/back, but it's still too short to do those tight enough on myself. I then tried the net method, that was a disaster for the same reason. The rubber band method didn't work because I need the old-school real hair rubber bands, not the shiny ones they created to prevent damage because those just slide right out my hair. I keep forgetting to buy them when I go to the beauty supply store!

First style up were Sensationnel's 18" Lulutress Passion Twists in the color T1B/Burgundy (ombre). What a good idea until I realized they were too long for the winter if you have to wear a coat, hat and scarf! I first did single braids along the center part and cornrowed the sides and back and stitched in the net. Without a solid foundation, the net unraveled and became a mess! In the end I literally had no passion twists in the back and was wearing my hat at work all day!

I didn't have a close-up shot

I really enjoyed the Passion Twist idea where I don't have to manipulate the hair at all day-to-day aside from oiling my scalp and doing my edges. Issue was the Lulutress twists didn't come in anything shorter than 18", at least not at my beauty supply store. I looked up twist styles and went to the beauty supply store to get either 2-strand twist crochet hair or box braid crochet hair. The store didn't have a great color selection for the twists and then I realized I'd need about 7 packs of the box braid hair and I did not want to spend that kind of money. I saw the Spring Twists and did some Googling in the store and saw that people used them to create Passion Twists (I know, I'm so late) so I bought 3 packs of Harlem125 Kima Spring Twist in 8", T1B/BG. In my Google search I did see that people were buying or getting the Beyond Beauty hair to try (bloggers) and seemed to enjoy it but I couldn't wait for that to be delivered. Plus the hair in the store worked out to be a couple bucks cheaper.

I did cornrows at the top and singles around the perimeter. Watched a couple Youtube videos and most were consistent: uncoil/separate each spring curl without pulling it right through to the end, attach it to the hair then 2-strand twist it with gel. I used my Ecostyler olive oil one. I kind of twisted it however then realized if you twisted one way you got the passion twist look (kind of a boho-2 strand look, a "nice messy") but if you twisted the other way it was more uniform. I prefer the former but when it came to the back I just did wherever my hand went because seriously, doing anything in the back of your head is tiring!

Hair in the pack

Tightly coiled

Hair separated

End result

It came out nicely. Perfect length, but one by one the singles have been dropping out! I had to put them in a pony and wear a headband to work all week! Last night I removed the few that survived on the sides and just twisted my own hair and put the headband on again today. Not sure what to do next because I love the ease and how it looks. I need to think about whether I want to use the rubber band method. What about a half wig?! Maybe my sides are long enough to conceal it! Hmmm...stay tuned! 

My next series of posts are going to be about my New Year Home Revamp! I set off in a frenzy gutting and sprucing up the place.

Friday, February 16, 2018

It's been so long!

I am so embarrassed to see that nearly a year has passed since my last post! A lot has been going on and we found out we got an apartment we wanted around May/June last year right when we decided to look into switching the kids schools for the Fall and moved in July so that was hectic. The kids started their new school in September which was another adjustment. Then because we now live in a building with rec rooms, we decided to have a birthday party for the kids since they've never really had one. A double party for a 5 year old girl and a 10 year old boy! That was another ordeal, it took me the week after to recuperate, lol! Then throw in Thanksgiving, Wedding Anniversary then Christmas and I was a mess. Let's not even mention makeup because that took a serious back-burner position. The move made me realize how much makeup I had and didn't use and even just moving it to a new space was stressful. I kind of became pissed about it and stopped buying stuff...which meant my IG slowed down. Anyway, the Christmas break was when I was finally able to catch my breath and do "homey" stuff like hang paintings and photos up on the wall. And since the new year I did other little projects around the house such as a "mud-room" area at the front door and a little mini-bar area in the living room. My current project is my bedroom closet and my next post will be about that transformation. I know it's not makeup, hair or style, but stay tuned!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Made-Up: #FOTD w/o Feb 27th


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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Made-Up: #FOTD w/o Feb. 13th


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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Made-Up: #FOTD w/o Feb. 6th 2017






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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Made-Up: #FOTD w/of Jan 30th 2017


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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Made-Up: Juvia's Place The Saharan Palette (REVIEW)

Juvia's Place released some of their Saharan palettes early on Jan 24th, and I was so on it (thanks to ColourPop Cult on IG!) It shipped the next day and I had it in my hand on the 27th (Friday). Yay!! They will still be doing the full launch on Jan 30th. 

Box cover

Inside (duh, right?)

I did some packaging/palette size comparison shots between all of their palettes. It's one of their smaller ones. 

L-R: The Masquerade, The Nubian 2, The Saharan, The Nubian

Same palettes stacked to see size differences

Inside of all palettes

In terms of formula, and only finger-swatching, they feel so good! Smooth and buttery and super pigmented without primer. Wodaabe and Senegal literally feel so therapeutic, lol. The only 2 shades I had issues with were Jamila and Zoya. I had to swipe many times to get good color pay-off whereas the other shades, one swipe was enough. It's actually weird that they weren't consistent with the others. 

Pretty swatches

I found after ordering it and having just received the Kylie Royal Peach (and it fresh on my mind), that some shades could be similar. I did some swatch comparisons today and there are indeed a few shades that are.

Saharan on top, Royal Peach on the bottom

Comparison shot
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The Saharan

Comparison video

Update- I am actually wearing the palette today (Jan 30th). I used Sokoto, Wodaabe and Katsina. All applied well on the lids as well. I usually apply my lid color, blend, then go back in with the color again on the parts I want more intensity. I did that with Sokoto. I put Urban Decay's Primer Potion on my lids and NYX's Glitter Glue only on the part I wanted to apply Wodaabe since it's a metallic shade.