Naturalistas You Should Know: My Natural Sistas

Do you want to learn how to grow long, thick, and healthy natural hair? Are you tirelessly searching for some natural hair inspiration? Well, My Natural Sistas can help you out!

My Natural Sistas consists of 3 biological sisters, Carmen, Toni, and India, who have become YouTube sensations because of their gorgeous natural hair, amazing beauty and makeup tips, helpful product reviews, and so much more.

These sisters are excellent role models for thousands of natural girls and women who interact with the sisters through Facebook, Tumblr, and of course, YouTube.

There are numerous reasons why you should know, follow, and love this trio. What are some of these reasons, you ask? Well number one, their hair is definitely #hairgoals and will surely give you sooo much LIFE!

Number two, these beautiful women aim to motivate, inspire, educate, and spread love not only within the natural hair community, but among women in general, which is awesome!

Number three, the videos posted by My Natural Sistas will help you out in almost any area of your life. They discuss numerous topics such as natural hair, health, fashion, fitness, beauty, and even love.

Don’t know what style to wear your hair, check out their videos showcasing up do and afro hairstyles. Want to learn how you can improve and simplify your makeup routine, check out their numerous makeup tutorial videos.

These girls are the go to natural sisters! Not only are they all gorgeous ladies, but they are also super sweet and caring towards their fans and girls and women everywhere who look up to them.

My Natural Sistas encourages natural women everywhere to WORK their natural hair! So embrace your curls and kinks ladies and keep your heads up high.

If you want to check out and subscribe to My Natural Sistas YouTube channel to stay updated with all of their amazing tips, you can do so here.

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Fingernail Polish Review

I love to paint my nails. I usually listen to music while painting them because it relaxes me and keeps me calm. For this reason, I do this task at the end of the day. Although it seems to be easy, painting your nails can be frustrating, especially if the nail polish will not do right or it just does not come out the way you want it to. My biggest problem is that I will get my nails perfectly done, and then I start doing something else instead of letting them dry and mess them up. I have had to learn the hard way of allowing my nails to dry for an hour without doing anything but listening to music. However, I have also learned that it is not always my fault when my nails do not come out right, sometimes it’s the nail polish. Therefore, I have tried so many different polishes to try to see what I like the best. Here is a review on a few brands that I have tried.

Claire’s Cosmetics. I have the hot pink and dark green with glitter in it. I really like this brand because it dries fast and comes out really nice and smooth.

Finger Paints. I have only tried the lime green. It has a really smooth finish without using a clear coat.

Salon Perfect. I do not really care for this brand. The white does not go on nice. The Purple is really pretty, but does not last long and peels easily. I like the shine that the clear top coat leaves, but it peels right off leaving a matte look.

Rue 21. I love this brand. The polish goes on smooth and glossy.

Pure Ice. I like to use this brand as a coat on top of another brand. It is too transparent by itself.

Nail Lacquer. I do not like it at all. It is very gooey and peels right of after it dries.

Avon Nail Wear Pro. It only lasts a day, not even a full 24 hours. It is nice when it is first applied.

New York & Company. It is very thin but goes on well.

Parisian. This is not a good quality of nail polish. It is very gooey and sticky.

When I want my nails really decorated, I use nail stickers. I prefer Claire’s Cosmetic brand. They are really easy to put on. They last for at least a week.

Sometimes removing fingernail polish can be a challenge. I use 100% Acetone, and it comes right off. I also like Claire’s Cosmetics nail polish remover pads.

Other tips…

  1. Paint one hand at a time. Allow one hand to fully dry before painting the other. If you don’t, there is a strong possibility that you will mess up the first hand.
  2. Use a top clear coat. This will leave you with a smooth finish and your nails will last longer.
  3. Paint in thin layers. Use thinner coats rather than thicker ones for a better result.

What is your favorite brand of nail polish? Which colors work best for you?

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Stop Biting Your Nails!

If there is one feeling that sucks a lot when it comes to dealing with natural hair, one that I know too well is the feeling of your hair snagging in your nails. As an ex-chronic nail biter, my hair strands would always get caught in my scraggly nails and sometimes it would hurt. If I knew how much of hair broke due to my horrid nail-biting habit, I would probably pass out!

For all my nail bitters, I know that quitting can be a gruesome task that is easier said than done. However, if you are truly committed to taking care of your hair, you are going to have to figure our a way to stop biting your nails!  When I decided I wanted to stop biting my nails, I made an effort to start doing my nails on a weekly basis. I would keep them nice and manicured because seeing them nice diverted me from biting them. I also started drinking a lot of water and rubbing coconut oil on my cuticles. I also carried gum in my bag so if I was ever tempted to bite my nails, I’d chew on it instead!

There are a variety of other things you can also do such as using an anti-biting nail polish or finding hobbies to keep your hands busy but I knew that my nail biting was linked to my nerves and stress. With that realization, I was able to train myself to do other things so I was no longer triggered to biting my nails. Finding out what triggers your nail biting will help you greatly as you fight to stop biting your nails. Your nails will look good and your hair will thank you!

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Makeup: How to Get Away With the Minimum

Makeup takes time. I have the patience to do my hair, but I do not have as much patience to do my makeup, so I have to settle for doing the minimum. Although I have always been around people who wake up every morning and apply a full face of makeup, I have never been a big fan of it. I really just started getting into makeup over the last six months because I felt as if I wanted to try something different with my appearance. Well, I have learned and still learning by experimenting. I have watched a few tutorials, but they didn’t help much because they are too advanced, and I am just beginning. I have decided to settle with doing the least with my makeup because of the time it takes and my lack of skill with it. I understand that you may be experiencing the same things so I am going to share my makeup routine and what I have learned through trial and error.

I use e.l.f., Mary Kay, Covergirl, and Claire’s. My routine goes as follows:

  1. Apply primer. At first I did not use primer, but it helps with the smoothness of the foundation. I use e.l.f.’s mineral face primer. I use just enough to cover my face.
  2. Apply foundation. I have two foundations, which are from the Covergirl Queen Collection and Mary Kay. They are both great foundations, but I tend to wear the Mary Kay more because it feels lighter and oxidizes with my skin tone. A little goes a long way with the Mary Kay as well. I did not like wearing the liquid foundation at first because I would touch my face and it would get everywhere. I started applying less of it and it helped.
  3. Apply cheek color. I do this step sometimes to add a little more definition to my face, but it depends on my mood and my effort level. I use Mary Kay. I usually use a darker tone.
  4. Apply eye shadow. I use Claire’s and e.l.f.’s eye shadow. I usually blend light and dark brown together. I hardly use any color because I like my makeup to be very subtle. I have not had any problems with any brand of eye shadow. Eye shadow is eye shadow to me.
  5. Apply mascara. This is my favorite step. I always put on mascara even if I don’t do steps 1-4. It makes my eyes pop. I coat my lashes at least three times to help elongate them.
  6. Set your makeup. I use e.l.f.’s makeup mist and set spray. This enhances the look of my makeup.

There is obviously more to makeup than these six steps. Not being a makeup fanatic, this is how I get away with the minimum by doing the basics. However, my makeup collection is huge, even though I only use a select few out of it. I will be sticking with the basics for a while. If I ever decide to go all out with my makeup, I will let a professional hook me up.

How do you get away with doing the minimum? What products do you use?

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A Lush Life

I spend way too much time in Whole Foods, Vitamin Shoppe, and online searching for and purchasing all-natural hair and body products. The price tags aren’t the best, but I genuinely appreciate organic and mostly natural products because of their benefits. This is mostly because with a degree in Public Health, I know way too much about carcinogens to knowingly continue to put them in my body. So thus, I have dedicated myself to clean eating and using predominately all natural products. Not doing so hot on the clean eating front (because I live in North Carolina where Bojanles and Cook Out are easy and abundant), but killing it on the natural product front. A few years ago I discovered LUSH, a company that produces cruelty free vegan beauty and bath products. Although LUSH is very pricey, I love supporting their business not only because they are all natural, but also because they are dedicated to providing a productive work environment for their employees and creating economic growth in the US.

For some odd reason I didn’t know that LUSH had a location in North Carolina, and I had only been hitting up their stores when I was in DC or New York. When my best friend told me there was one in Raleigh, I ran over, almost literally, and treated myself to a few things.

 

Rub Rub Rub ($21.95)

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Rub Rub Rub (Buy Now) is an in shower sea salt body scrub that can be used to exfoliate and prep the skin for shaving. It’s an electric blue color, which I love, and has an invigorating patchouli and lemon scent. Although it contains sea salt, the granules are small and softened so the scrub isn’t too abrasive on the skin. I like the fact that it goes on smoothly and produces slight suds. After using Rub Rub Rub, my skin is very soft and smooth post shower. Because I have dry skin, I would prefer a bit of a harsher exfoliator, but overall I have been enjoying using it. I’ve read a few reviews on Rub Rub Rub that state that it works really well for lightening darkened skin, most notably the underarm area because of the amount lemon and citrus juices it contains. I’ve been using it under my arms for the last few days and will give an update if it does help lighten over time.

 

Vanilla Puff Powder ($6.95)

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This Vanilla Puff Dusting Powder (Purchase) almost didn’t make it into my bag, but I’m glad I purchased it. It’s an absorbent fragrant powder that has a myriad of uses. So far I have used it in many ways, including as an eye-lid primer and to reduce shine on the T-Zone of my face. The sales associate recommended that I use it to reduce sweating in my bra and to prevent “chub rub.” Anyone who has experienced chub rub knows that it is of the devil and can be terribly uncomfortable. The powder works OK on these fronts, but you have to use quite a bit to make sure the inner thighs are coated adequately. I like the fact that it reduces friction and provides fragrance, but I’d still prefer Shield Guard for anti-chub rub. A little goes a long way with this little bottle of powder, and I would definitely purchase it again.

 

Tea Tree Toner Water ($9.95)

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The Tea Tree Toner Water (Buy) is the one item I knew I’d be walking out of LUSH with. My best friend recommended it to me a while ago, but I had never had the chance to buy it. Just like many combination skinned girls across the world, my mother has told me to use Sea Breeze astringent on my face for a little over a decade. Recently I had been trying to find a natural alternative to this and the toner water came right on time. It comes in a spray bottle, so I can spray it directly on to your face or onto a cotton ball, which I really enjoy. Most non-alcoholic astringents haven’t worked well for me (i.e Witch Hazel), but so far the toner water does a great job at reducing oiliness, removing build-up, and minimizing any bumps I may have. I’m currently monitoring it to be sure it doesn’t dry out my skin in anyway, but overall I would recommend it.

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