#Blackout

As of many of you know a couple Fridays ago, March 6th, all of the internet’s black kings and queens broke the internet by participating in the very first Blackout Day. The concept of Blackout Day was quite simple and brilliant in my opinion. The movement originated on Tumblr, and it was a call to black people to post selfies/pictures of themselves to bring awareness and appreciation to black beauty.  I saw mentions of the movement the Monday before it was planned to take place and I thought, just like many other Tumblr originated movements, it was a nice concept but I was skeptical of how successful it would actually turn out.

I saw the first posts for Blackout Day around 1AM on Tumblr. The posts that I saw were from all parts of the country and they were receiving lots of love. Without thinking much of it, I decided to post a few selfies of myself in the spirit of the “holiday” before I went to bed. I woke up the next morning, checked social media networks, and realized that Blackout Day was much more impactful than I imagined it would be. There were selfies everywhere! Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, and even Facebook! After my initial wave of shock I became so excited because it was so refreshing to see black people come together on such a powerful platform on social media.

I think the part that I really loved about Blackout Day was the extreme amount of diversity that was shown. Almost every single representation of black beauty was present throughout different social networks. I think too often the media tries to address or “appreciate” black beauty and the image of black beauty that ends up being portrayed represents a minority within the black community. It was extremely comforting to see black beauties with darker skin and coarser/kinkier hair because there’s definitely a lack of representation within the media.

Not only did Blackout Day address the controversy surrounding physical aesthetics like skin color and hair texture, but it highlighted differences within the black community that always aren’t so evident. There was a large representation of black people within the LGBTQ community and black people with mental, physical, and/or emotional disabilities. This aspect of Blackout Day was touching because it showed progress in areas of the black community that aren’t necessarily talked about or considered taboo.

All in all, Blackout Day was an inspiring event and I hope the appreciation of black beauties doesn’t just stop there.

Source:

http://www.theblackinstitute.org/black_is_beautiful

12 Lipsticks That You Absolutely Need In Your Lipstick Collection

Anybody that knows me knows that if there’s anything I’m more passionate about than my hair, it is LIPSTICK. I love lipstick and I admit that my obsession with it is a little unhealthy, but that’s all the more reason why I thought I would share some of my fave lipsticks with you all 🙂

P.S. – these lippies aren’t listed in any particular order at all

1) RiRi Woo/Ruby Woo (Mac Cosmetics / $16) –  because everybody needs a classic matte red with blue undertones in their collection. RiRi Woo was apart of a limited edition collection that Mac launched with Rihanna (whose birthday is today, happy birthday Queen RiRi)! Although RiRi Woo isn’t available on Mac’s website anymore, you can get it on sites like eBay or Amazon for just a little more than the original retail price. Unlike RiRi Woo, Ruby Woo is a part of Mac’s permanent collection so it will always be there when you’re ready to rock some lovely red lips.

2) Heroine (Mac Cosmetics / $16) – because everybody needs a true purple in their lipstick collection! I’m quite sure everyone and their mama has this color, but it’s one of my absolute favorites. If you’re familiar with Mac and their collection some of their matte lipsticks can be extremely dry, but Heroine is the correct amount of matte (if that’s even a thing).

3) Smoked Purple (Mac Cosmetics / $16) – because if you’re into dark, bold lip colors this is the lip for you! Smoked purple is a deep eggplant purple, and it’s matte, which I think makes it that much better of a lipstick.

4) Pervette (Mac Cosmetics / $16) – because if you’re looking for a subtle lipstick with slight color this is the lipstick just for you! Pervette is a soft bright pink with violent opalescent shimmer so it gives you the perfect amount of color for days when you would like to be a little more subtle. Also, unlike the previous colors listed Pervette has a glaze finish so it doesn’t leave your lips feeling extremely dry.

5) 3 Witches (Pretty Zombie Cosmetics / $12) – because similar to Heroine, everyone needs a popping purple lippie (or 2) in their collection. I love 3 Witches so much because it’s a lip paint, also known as a liquid lipstick. Liquid lipsticks typically ensure that you won’t have to reapply your lipstick all day. Besides being a really great liquid lipstick, 3 witches is just really vibrant and it’s definitely an eye catcher.

6) After Midnight (Manic Panic / $12) – because everybody needs an electric blue lipstick. Initially electric blue lipstick sounds like a bit much, but I think it might be one of my best purchases. I normally pair it with a darker lip liner and it looks amazing.

7) Black Sesame (NYX Cosmetics / $6) – because gray is the new black. Yes, that’s right a gray lipstick! It’s apart of NYX’s macaroon lipstick collection, which is full of a bunch of vibrant colors. I usually pair it with a black liner to create an ombre look. I think it’s definitely a good change from the traditional lipstick colors.

8) Flat Out Fabulous (Mac Cosmetics / $16) – because everybody should look pretty in pink. I’m not really a fan of pink lipstick. I have always been more of a purple girl, but this shade of pink is absolutely amazing. It’s also a retro matte which makes it an even bolder, daring color.

9) Sin (Mac Cosmetics / $16) – because everybody needs a classic burgundy lipstick. I think Mac named this color Sin because it should be a sin for a lipstick to look this amazing. It’s the perfect shade for when you want to go out and get all dolled up, or even if you’re just like me and you appreciate a great lipstick color.

10) Maison (NYX Cosmetics / $16) – because every brown girl needs a beautiful brown lipstick to match her. I spent quite a bit of time searching for the perfect brown lipstick and I was like a kid in a candy store when I came across NYX’s Maison. It’s ultra matte finish makes it that much more of a personal favorite.

11) Ghoulish (LA Splash Cosmetics / $12 ) – because everybody needs the perfect nude. Just like 3 Witches Ghoulish is a liquid lipstick, and it stays on pretty much all day. It’s the perfect lip color for those days when you’re going for a subtle, natural look.

12) Chinchilla ( LimeCrime Cosmetics / $18) – because I had to end this list with one of the prettiest purple lipsticks ever. First of all, I’m in love with this lipstick simply because the casing is so cute. The case itself is purple and it has an unicorn on it, could it get any cuter than that? But back to the color, it’s an opaque lavenderish purple, so it’s super pigmented and creamy. I typically pair it with a dark purple liner and it creates the perfect purple ombre lip look.

That’s all folks, so I hope my list inspires you to go out and buy a new lippie or two!

Mwah!

 

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Alternatives to Dying & Bleaching Your Hair

I think it is pretty safe to say that the only thing more beautiful than a big bush is a big bush with a vibrant pop of color. Around my second year of being natural I started to get really bored with twists outs and braids outs, and I wanted to do something different with my hair. I looked into different hairstyles that I could try out, but nothing really sparked my interest. I checked out natural hair blogs on Tumblr and that’s when it hit me, I could dye my hair! I was so excited about dying my hair until I realized I had to strip my hair of its natural color and potentially damage it. I refused to settle for a plain brown bush, so I immediately started looking for other alternatives.

One of the very first options I came across was eyeshadow. I know it sounds crazy but eyeshadows serve as great alternatives for dying your hair. You just rub the palette across a strand of hair and Viola!They’re quick, easy, fun, and most importantly they do not damage your natural tresses.

I was extremely excited about discovering the versatility of eyeshadow, but not long after I was using it on a daily basis I realized that it tends to get everywhere. I immediately went searching for other options and I came across hair chalk. Hair chalk comes in so many fun colors and they work perfectly for people with naturally dark hair who do not want to risk damaging their hair.

I played around with different brands of hair chalk, but my favorite by far was Anastasia Beverly Hills. They had colors in lots of different shades and hues, so if I ever wanted to achieve a certain look it was almost always certainly possible. As of lately my favorite go to product for when I want to dye my hair would definitely have to be ProShots and ColorMe. I purchased both of them from a professional beauty supply store, but I’m sure they are available online.

IMG_6811 I love ProShots and ColorMe so much because the color you see on the bottle or the label is the EXACT color you get. I have to admit that these are both a little more expensive than a eyeshadow palette or hair chalk, but it is completely worth every penny. The other really great thing I loved about ProShots and ColorMe was the precision I could achieve. The design of ColorMe is similar to that of mascara, so you just take the “spooly” and apply the color directly where you want it. ProShots is pretty similar when it comes to precision because you pump the dye onto your hands or an applicator brush and there you have it!

I honestly believe the only “down side” to eyeshadows, hair chalks, and ColorMe and ProShots is that you won’t really be able to achieve a “natural” color so to speak, but wouldn’t you much rather have popping purple highlights rather than boring blonde ones?

So as you can see there are lots of options out there if you’re interested in dying your hair, but you love your hair a little too much to risk damaging it. What are you waiting for? Go and grab an eyeshadow or two!

 

 

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“Trying On” the Belief That You Are Worthwhile

I recently just started my second semester of my freshman year of college, and I am loving every moment of it to be honest. I am not quite sure if it is because I have finally adjusted to life here at college or because of my class selection, but nonetheless I am still loving it. Here at Temple I am required to take general education courses in addition to the required courses for my major, and I am currently taking a class that studies the concept of interpersonal communication.

In my interpersonal communication class we focus on strengthening our critical thinking, interdisciplinary thinking, and communication skills. At first the concept of the class seemed extremely cliché and cheesy, but I have started to realize that the class is extremely helpful. This week we began covering different strategies that will help to boost and maintain one’s self-esteem, so here are just a few I would like to share with you all that I found most effective:

1) Practice talking to yourself like you are your best friend and give yourself positive affirmations — As corny as this sounds I can not even begin to explain how effective this strategy has proven to be. Just as many other people, especially people of a younger age group, I often find myself picking myself apart and finding things that I necessarily do not like about myself. In order to stop picking myself my apart I have started to look in the mirror for at least 60 seconds every morning and recite positive affirmations. They range from anything to “you’re smart” to “you’re able”, basically anything to aid me in feeling good about myself. Whenever I feel myself doubting myself throughout the day I just remember the affirmations from the morning, and it helps me get through the day.

2)Eliminate all negative self judgements and social comparisons — You can be your biggest critic, and constant criticism of yourself can inhibit your ability to perform at your best. We live in an era where it is so easy to log on to Twitter, Instagram, or any other form of social media and began to compare yourself to others. While social media can be extremely helpful, I think it causes more harm than hurt in this instance. All you can do in your lifetime is be your best you. If you go about comparing yourself to the next person you will never really unlock your full potential and be the best you you can be.

3)Take great care of yourself and give yourself the gift of self-compassion — There is only one you, so take great care of yourself mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Allow time and energy for yourself because you deserve it. Not only should you allot more time for yourself but really get into the habit of investing in yourself.

4)“Try on” the belief that you are completely worthwhile — Last but certainly not least, realize that you ARE worthwhile. You ARE worthy. Too often I find myself convincing myself that I am not good enough for something, whether it be an internship or award I tend to think that I am simply not good enough. Lately, I have been getting myself out of this way of thinking because I am worthy of all things good as are you 🙂

 

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4 Must Haves for Healthy Hair in 2015!

I am quickly approaching my third year of being natural, and with that being said I think it is safe to say I have found a hair care regimen that works well for my hair and fits into my busy lifestyle. With the beginning of the new year and new year resolutions, I thought maybe a few people have hopes for healthier hair in 2015 so I have decided to share a few must haves for healthier hair in the new year!

1. Co-Wash When I first heard of the concept of co-washing I was not completely sold on the idea of washing my hair with conditioner. It was not until I began to co-wash my hair on a weekly basis that I began to see the results for myself. My hair was able to retain moisture much easier and it did not dry out as much.

2. Sulfate free shampoo I am extremely obsessed with keeping my hair adequately moisturized, especially during the winter season. I learned of sulfate free shampoos around the same time I was introduced to the concept of co-washing. I thought well since I am washing my hair with conditioner regular shampoo obviously isn’t good for my natural coils and kinks, and after a little research I found my initial thoughts to be accurate. Shampoo with sulfates strip the natural oils from your hair causing it to be more susceptible to breakage and other types of damage. My favorite shampoo has to be Shea Moisture’s African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo because my scalp feels really clean after every use.

3. Leave in Conditioner What good is a good wash and condition without some leave in conditioner as a follow up? My favorite leave in conditioner is Cantu’s Shea Butter Leave in Repair Cream. This leave in is amazing because it detangles, hydrates, and protects my hair. How great is that?! It’s a product every natural should consider trying because it makes my hair care regimen less time consuming as it helps to keep my hair healthy and extremely manageable just in case I decide to style my hair.

4. Essential Oils Oils are a huge component in my hair care regimen. I actually only use three oils for my hair and they are Dax’s Coconut Oil with Vitamin E ,Organix’s Extra Penetrating Argan Oil, and any brand of  Jamaican Black Castor Oil. I use Dax’s Coconut Oil for everyday use in order to keep my hair moisturized and I use Organix’s Extra Penetrating Argan Oil when I am in need of a deep conditioning. I tend to use JBCO if I am experiencing any breakage or thinning because it helps to stimulate blood flow in the scalp, thus encouraging new growth.

I hope that my hair care regimen for 2015 reaches you all in good spirits, and I wish you all a prosperous new year! 🙂

 

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Are You Natural If You Wear Weave?

“But what about those girls that drench their hair in products to make their hair have a different curl pattern?”. This was one of the many interesting viewpoints that was brought up during CurlyinCollege’s very first tweet chat Monday night. The big question of the night was “Are you considered natural even if you wear a weave?”. A question I once believed to have a simple yes or no answer quickly turned to be full of a bunch of gray areas, and it forced me to reconsider what being “natural” really meant.

While the twitter debate was beginning to unfold, I noticed that most natural women who wear their natural hair  on a daily basis considered women who wear weave not to be natural. As a young woman who wears her natural hair on a daily basis I can somewhat understand this viewpoint. Someone who wears a weave, especially if it is straight, is not the most accurate/authentic representation of what it means to be natural. While someone’s hair might be natural underneath their weave, the general consensus was that there is in fact something a little “unnatural” about someone wearing a weave.

Once the twitterverse decided that women who were weave aren’t completely “natural” bigger questions came in to play. Is there one definite description of what it is to be “natural” and who decides who is “natural” and who isn’t? Some argued that being natural ultimately means putting your natural curl pattern on display and obviously a weave doesn’t do this. So if putting your natural curl pattern on display makes you natural, what about the girls that use numerous products and style their hair in order to create or define a curl pattern? I am in fact one of “those girls”. I am a product junkie and I often style my hair in order to create a more defined curl pattern, but I never thought this made me any less “natural”. (Well until this tweet chat took place).

We here at CurlyinCollege decided to facilitate this tweet chat because we wanted to stimulate healthy conversation about natural hair on social media. Ultimately, I think we were very successful in doing so. We were able to contribute to the ongoing debate of what is actually means to be “natural”. More than anything this tweet chat really helped people to understand and accept the fact that there is not one, singular look for the natural woman. Being natural is not limited to just a huge afro sitting on one’s head, but in fact it is beginning to take on several different look as the natural hair community is rapidly evolving.

As I close out this post to actually get started on a twist out, I urge you all to keep this in mind. At the end of the day hair is in fact just that… hair. While it’s an amazing aesthetic that allows us to try out several different looks and help us to express ourselves, it does NOT define who we are. DON’T get caught up on trends and hairstyles or try to force yourself into a specific box. DO what makes you happy, and that includes styling your hair the way that you desire.

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Meet The Interns: Hana Ford

My name is Hana Ford. I attend Temple University and I am apart of the class of 2018. I went natural June 29, 2012, so I have been apart of the natural hair community for approximately two and a half years. I was attempting to transition however I simply did not have the patience so I just decided to do the big chop.

The main thing that made go natural was the overall health of my hair. I was starting to experience lots of breakage and I tried everything to fix the problem, but I just was not successful in doing so. Every since I cut my hair I have become so confident in myself and I have started to value myself for the queen that I truly am. I think other people definitely perceive me as a much more confident and outgoing individual since I went natural.

Since I have cut my hair I think people have subconsciously placed me in a group with all the other women and girls who have natural hair. I have much love for the natural hair community, but I have an identity outside of my hair and each person with natural hair is different in their very own way.

My favorite part of my hair routine is styling my hair because there’s always numerous options. My top 3 hair products would have to be coconut oil, Cantu Leave In Conditioner, and Organix’s extra penetrating Argan oil. My top 3 favorite tools are my fingers of course, a Denman brush for detangling, and a wide tooth comb so I can pick out my fro from time to time.

My current #WCW is the model Wakeema Hollis. She’s absolutely stunning and she rocks her natural hair in photo shoots which I absolutely love. My #MCM would have to be Pharrell because he is both timeless and ageless and he’s an icon in the music industry.

 

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