NexGenNails Gel Powder: Review

If you’ve never heard of Next Generation Nails, then you’re in a for a treat! This could be the best alternative to acrylic and gel polish.

What is NexGenNails?

This the latest lacquer technology in form of a gel powder. Yes! It’s really powder. You literally just dip your nail and instantly you have a gorgeous gel manicure, it works like magic. NexGenNail powder promises no damage to the nail bed, unlike what some people generally experience from acrylic or regular gel polish. There is no need to worry about you nails becoming brittle because NexGenNail powder is fortified with calcium and vitamin E to help ensure healthy nails. The powder is also environment friendly and has no odor. It is lightweight yet durable, so chipping and cracking presents no issue. NexGenNail powder dries superfast and does not require UV light. This was one of my pet peeves about gel polish but that’s all taken care of by NexGenNail gel powder. Continue reading NexGenNails Gel Powder: Review

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MUA in the making: My Journey to Perfecting Makeup Skills

Before I get started, let’s all get on the same page. First, I am not a true aspiring makeup artist, I just like to pretend and I really enjoy the art. But, if you are one, I hope that you are encouraged by this post. Second, this post is not solely focused on perfecting the craft of makeup you can definitely apply it to whatever craft you may be trying to improve or perfect. So, here we go! Continue reading MUA in the making: My Journey to Perfecting Makeup Skills

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Caudalie Indulgent Review

So ladies back in May a few weeks after my birthday I remembered that I needed to go to Sephora and pick up my birthday gift!  How could I almost forget to recieve a free product right?!  Yeah I know, so anyways I went to go pick it up and I had the choice of choosing the Tarte Coordinated twosome for lips and cheeks orrrr the Caudalie Indulgent pair!  I figured since I needed more skin care products I should go with the Caudalie Indulgent pair.  So girlies this blog is going to be a review on my Sephora Birthday gift! Yayyyy!

The two products that came with the Sephora gift was the Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum and the Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet! Continue reading Caudalie Indulgent Review

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Battle of the Blenders

There is an ongoing talk about what is a better blending product to use for makeup.  We all probably know what is more popular (Beauty Blender), it is even a six times “Best of Beauty” award winning makeup product!  

However, we also know that the Beauty Blender is roughly twenty dollars each!  With all the hype, who wouldn’t choose the magical Beauty Blender?  

Then, we have an affordable product that is $7.99 and that my friends is the wonderful Real Techniques Sponge.

Which one do I use and why? Continue reading Battle of the Blenders

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Am I Wasting My Time Living Through the TWA Phase?

What is a TWA?

For those of you who don’t know, TWA stands for “Teeny Weeny Afro.” It normally describes natural hair that is about ½ to 1-inch long, typically describing the post “big chop” style. This is normally the most annoying stage for most naturals because you can’t really do anything with it. It’s kind of just there. But that doesn’t mean it’s pointless or as plain as it sounds. Continue reading Am I Wasting My Time Living Through the TWA Phase?

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Curly Hair 101: How to Tell the Health of Your Natural Hair

As curly girls, we know the amount of time that goes into maintaining and growing our natural hair. But are we taking care of our coils as best as possible, or are we doing the bare minimum because we know how tedious #WashDay can be? Check out the four indicators of healthy natural hair, and I promise you’ll never skip a deep conditioning treatment again!

Continue reading Curly Hair 101: How to Tell the Health of Your Natural Hair

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Valentine’s Day Inspired Makeup

Hello, fellow readers! Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and I wanted to give you all some idea and inspiration on how to wear your makeup this weekend!

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The makeup look I chose to create is very simple, and can be done with little to no expertise.

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I used e.l.f Primer, shimmery pink, blue, and white eyeshadow, Maybelline Eye Studio eyeliner, Clinique Acne Solutions foundation, Miss Manga mascara, and a simple red lipstick by L’Oreal.

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I added the adhesive jewels for fun. If you would prefer to use heart shaped jewels to go with the Valentine’s day theme, go for it!

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Below are a few images that you can draw ideas from!

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All of these designs are perfect for a night out, a simple Valentine’s Day party, or just something to try for fun! Which makeup design was your favorite??

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“New Year, New look” Evolve Your Style!

Every year universal trends and styles are either discarded, recycled or evolved. These fashion trends are incorporated into our personal style, meaning the way we express our individuality changes in time as well.  I have found that one thing that truly gets me excited for the new year is shopping! Splurging on new items to add to your wardrobe at the beginning of the year kick-starts your “New Year, New Me” look. I’m sure that I share that same excitement of coming back from break owning a new hand bag or pair of shoes with a lot of women. Here is what I suggest:

Do research! This is made fun by hundreds of different fashion bloggers or “vloggers” on the internet who have created very specific “lookbooks” to showcase outfit ideas. Just find a favorite youtuber who shares your taste in clothing. Also look for trends that are on the rise. I have noticed that metallic materials are starting to be used a lot more in unconventional ways. Take the iconic rose gold for example as it has been seen in phones, shoes and even sticker tattoos.

Step out of your comfort zone! Getting away from what you are used to is always a great way to grow and that can be applied to many area in life. What is the one thing you were too shy to wear in public? For me that was heels so I opted for Chelsea Boots. These boots are perfectly cute to style with a winter wardrobe and usually have a subtle 1 or 2 inch heel.

Image Via wheretoget.it
Image Via wheretoget.it

Step it up! Maybe you have a clothing item that is forever ingrained in your personal style like oversized sweaters or jeans. Make some tweaks in your style by changing details in these items. Blue jeans can turn to distressed jeans and oversized sweaters can turn to low-rise sweaters. Also, now is a good time to consider buying that watch you have been eyeing for months to a year.

Restock! Make sure that you have all of your clothing essentials to start the year off right. You would be surprised how much matching underwear and pajama sets can boost your confidence. Do you have enough basic long-sleeve shirts? Or maybe you wore out your sweat suits? This is why I accept socks as Christmas presents.

Make-up! Make-up trends are just as prevalent as fashion trends and the same steps apply if you are wanting to step up your make-up routine. Subscribe to youtubers that post bomb make-up tutorials. Don’t be afraid to ask employees at Sephora or Ulta for pointers. Amp up your look by trying different techniques than you are used to and decide if you are ready to splurge on high-end products.

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Youtuber Raven Elyse

I hope that I have encouraged you to “glo up” for 2016! Here are a list of my favorite fashion and shopping websites for great looks and deals.


Some of my favorite places to shop:

asos.com

shoptagr.com

fashionnova.com

Here is a list of my favorite “Beauty Gurus” of color on youtube:

Jayla Koriyan

Raven Elyse 

Nicole Guerriero 

Tasha Green 

Erica Fae 

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Homemade Holiday Facial Scrubs

I have oily, acne-prone skin and I am not alone. Exfoliating works wonders for those of us with problem skin by removing dead skin cells and other impurities. Simply exfoliating with a facial scrub once in the morning and once at night helps me maintain radiant and healthy looking skin throughout the day. There is a lot to benefit from when you follow a face cleansing routine. There are many pricey manufactured products meant to exfoliate your skin but contain mysterious and often harsh ingredients that can dry out the skin or damage it, defeating its intended purpose. Luckily we can all avoid that by making our own face scrubs at home. They are inexpensive and made with natural ingredients that will nourish your beautiful complexion. They also would make a thoughtful gift. If your skin is in need of a fix after a stressful week of exams, before the festivities begin, try out these holiday exfoliating face scrubs below:

Cinnamon & Nutmeg Face Scrub

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Image by Missy Sue [http://missysue.com/2014/03/cinnamon-and-nutmeg-face-scrub-2/]

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon of honey

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. Gently massage the scrub onto your face.
  3. Keep the mask on for 10 minutes (it can stay on longer if needed).
  4. Rinse the mask off with water while exfoliating the skin with your fingers.
  5. Repeat 2-3 times a week for best results.

How each ingredient helps:

Honey: Prevents dry skin.

Cinnamon: Prevents blemishes and leaves you glowing.

Nutmeg: Reduces blemishes while exfoliating the skin and removing blackheads.

 

Chocolate Sugar Face Scrub

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Image Via [http://homemadeforelle.com/10-simple-exfoliating-face-scrubs/]

Ingredients:

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/8 cup olive oil

1 tbsp cocoa powder

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl.
  2. Lather generously onto clean face.
  3. Rub gently into the skin for 60 seconds.
  4. Allow to set on skin for 10 minutes, if desired.
  5. Rinse clean with warm water.

How each ingredient helps:

Olive Oil: Protects the skin against premature ageing and doesn’t clog the pores.

Cocoa Powder: Repairs skin cells.

Vanilla Extract: Its antibacterial properties cleanse your skin and makes it oil and dirt free.

Brown Sugar: Softer than regular sugars but strong enough to scrub away dead skin cells.

             

Pomegranate Beauty Scrub

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 Ingredients:

2 Tbsp melted coconut oil or extra virgin organic olive oil

2 Tbsp coconut or turbinado sugar

2 Tbsp pure honey

1 Tbsp ground pomegranate seeds (use food processor or blender)

1 tsp very finely grated organic orange peel (zest)

1 tsp rose water

Optional ingredient: 2 tsp organic cocoa powder

  1. Peel the pomegranate in the sink, in a big bowl and run cold water as you extract the seeds.
  2. Strain and rinse.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a glass bowl and mix well with a wooden spoon.
  4. Apply the mixture while in the shower
  5. Gently massage the scrub into your skin.
  6. Continue your shower and rinse with warm water.

How each ingredient helps:

Pomegranate: Hydrates to the skin and fights acne inflammation.

Rose Water: Naturally tones your skin.

Orange Peel: Contains Vitamin C that makes your skin look radiant.

Fun Tip: You can also save a few drops of the pomegranate juice to mix with a bit of coconut oil or olive oil to make a lip stain which can also be applied with a Q-tip or can also be used as a cheek stain. (http://www.care2.com/greenliving/homemade-pomegranate-beauty-scrub.html)

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Makeup Free Week

Happy Monday! Are you up for a challenge?

You should try and go makeup free for the entire week! Here’s 5 reasons why you should take this awesome challenge:

1) It will save you time
Normally, doing makeup in the morning can take thirty minutes to an hour or longer before you go to work or run out to do your errands. Why not spend that extra thirty minutes or hour getting a little more sleep or eating breakfast!

2) It will allow your natural beauty to showmakeup 2
By wearing makeup, your natural beauty is hidden under your cosmetics. Instead of wearing makeup, let the world see your natural rosy cheeks, your long eyelashes, and even show off your freckles! Being natural is beautiful.

3) This will give you younger looking and healthier
Some makeup clogs your pores and makes it difficult for your skin to keep its PH balance. If you have sensitive skin, makeup can actually make you get acne. Letting your face breathe and take a break for a week from makeup can leave your skin glowing and look brighter than ever!

4) It can save you money
Imagine not buying any lipstick, mascara, blush, or even foundation for a week or two. Over time that can save you a lot more money which you could invest in other items or activities. Maybe reduce buying makeup to twice every couple of weeks and little by little try to spend less on your makeup collection!

5) It will send a positive message
If you have a daughter or younger girl that looks up to you, seeing yo u go makeup free for a week is a positive outlook. She will see you being natural while still looking good without makeup and maybe follow in your same footsteps.

There’s nothing wrong with wearing makeup! Wearing it from time to time can actually make you feel prettier and maybe even a bit classier. Just remember to love your natural beauty as well as your beautiful made up face!

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