I was always told that if I were going to use bobby pins in my hair, make sure they are not showing. As a beauty guru that’s the rule I tell many people who are trying to achieve a flawless hairstyle, but now I stand corrected. The new bobby pin trend is so big right now. Making designs, having different colors and just having them show is whats in. Who said it was wrong to show them again? Okay I retract my statements from prior years, because this trend is to die for. Now don’t get me wrong please don’t pull a Rihanna and just forget to unwrap your hair that still has the bobby pins showing. Now THAT is just not cute. Check out the pictures I have been loving of the exposed bobby pin trend.
Happy Holiday’s! I wanted to break up my gift guide for all you who actually wanted to be able to send the links and not have to have your gifter search through a ton of gifts. I honestly love shopping for the men in my life. To me they are a little more easier to shop for. Now from time to time I do get stuck and have to ask around, but this is a list put together by me and a couple of men in my life. They were a great help with gift ideas that would work for any of the men in your life.
The men’s version of a purse is typically a backpack; they use it for everything you can think of. The hottest backpack on the market is the Herschel Supply backpack. The backpack’s themselves range from $55 to $100 but they are the best backpacks I have seen. I honestly want one for myself. They are made to last and hold a lot of weight, so for that brother who doesn’t want to pack a duffle bag to travel out of town this is perfect. It is also great for the student in your life, since books nowadays weigh literally a ton.
For the music addict man in your life, a new pair of headphones is the best gift. Beats by Dre have the best headphones and earbuds on the market for the music addict, artist, producer or creator. You can find them at Best Buy in an array of colors and styles ranging from $100 to $300. Make sure to stop into the store to try them out for yourself to see which one’s your man will love the most.
A fragrance for a man is a lot easier to get then for a woman because, they aren’t to “nose” picky. If it smells good and the lady in their life loves it, then you don’t have to worry. Now I am a little biased and I love the Gucci GUILTY for him. To me it’s a fragrance that is pretty universal for men. Now if you know what fragrance he likes than definitely get that one, but if he’s looking for a new one stop by Macy’s and get the Gucci GUILTY gift set for him. The gift set is $100, but has a value of $140. Also if you have the RetailMeNot app for smartphones than most likely you will find a Macy’s coupon.
The men in my life are notorious for never having a fully charged cell phone. You will always hear, “well my phone died,” or “I can’t find my charger, can I use your’s?” A portable charger is that gift I wish I would of put on my list this holiday, but instead I am making sure the men in our lives don’t take our chargers. There are plenty on the market that are covers for your phone, solar charging panels, and even USB forms. You can find an array of these on the internet and in stores. I found this one on Amazon for $28 and it can charge multiple items with just a switch of a USB cord.
This last gift was a little harder for me to think of by myself. I just didn’t know what other gifts to talk about, because when it comes to clothes and shoes for men things start going in different directions. Every man has a different taste in fashion so I thought the safest bet was to either get him a gift card to his favorite store or just get the man a tablet. Yes a tablet, it’s probably one of the most sought out Christmas gift for everyone. Now tablets range anywhere from $100 to $600 depending on what brand and what features you want. I am a tad bit biased with this gift choice because I am an Apple user. The iPad and iPad Mini is to me the best tablets on the market. They are a lot more pricier than other competitors but I haven’t heard anything bad about them either.
We have all been at that point during the holiday season where we just don’t know what to get someone; either it be a sister, aunt, mom, or significant other. I thought I would give you all some inspiration. Make sure to go check out my Holiday Gift Guide for Him that posted today as well.
The Clarisonic or the Olay Pro-X are great gifts for the lady in your life. Now the Clarisonic and Clarisonic Mia are on the pricey side ($150), but they are the top rated facial tools on the market. They come in an array of colors, have different brush heads, and the Mia is awesome for travel. The Olay Cleanser is the cheaper alternative to the Clarisonic and Clarisonic Mia with it ringing up at $29.99. With it being the holiday’s you will find both items that come with sample size facial cleanser in cute gift sets. The Clarisonic’s can be found at Sephora, while the Olay Pro-X can be found at your local Walgreens or other drugstores.
What lady doesn’t like snapping pictures of friends, family and the even of herself with the occasional #selfie. We love our digital cameras and cell phones but what happened to the instant gratification of getting the picture right there in your hand after you take it. The Polaroid camera is back and so much more fun than it once was. The Polaroid 300 Instant Camera brings back so many memories of the old snap and shake that any one would love it, and for the new generation that only knows digital cameras and cell phones will have fun with the “new” idea of getting their pictures instantly.
Perfume buying can be tricky when you walk up to a perfume counter. If you already know her favorite perfume you are one step ahead, but if this is a hard choice still to make pick up the Travalo. This compact fragrance spray holder is great for travel and also just for her to keep her fragrance in her purse at all times. It comes in a variety of colors as well as styles. A definite can’t go wrong gift her her.
She’s out after a long day of running errands, going to school, or she’s just to busy to charge her phone before leaving the house and her phone dies on her. We all hate the dreaded 10% on our phones, especially if you have a smartphone. A portable charger is a gift I wish I would of put on my list this holiday. There are plenty on the market that are covers for your phone, solar charging panels, and even USB forms. You can find an array of these on the internet and in stores. I found this one on Amazon for $28 and it can charge multiple items with just a switch of a USB cord.
I hate putting my purse on the ground when I go any where. I tend to either put it on the table in front of me, on the chair, but it mainly goes in my lap. If the lady in your life is the same way a great gift for her would be this dandy purse hanger. These little things are to die for and come in cute designs. Again a great way to make sure that expensive purse is safe and not touching the dirty ground. I found this one on Amazon for $15 and you can get her more then one.
I have heard this phrase my whole life, but particularly a lot these last couple of months. A lot of women believe that their hair just never grows and always stays the same length. Now, many different ethnicities have said this phrase, but the main group that makes me a tad more upset is the African American community.
Let’s get things straight. EVERYONE’S hair grows, either it be natural, relaxed, dyed, curly, straight, wavy, and etc. When I see people say “My hair just doesn’t grow” or say “You know our hair doesn’t grow that fast” (referring to African American hair), it really just makes be upset. The lack of knowledge that people have with hair and haircare is just unacceptable. So I wanted to inform you all some things that make your hair seem like it’s not growing and how you can retain your length to see growth.
Damage is one of the main reasons why your hair doesn’t seem like it’s growing. For those of you who have relaxed hair or some type of chemical in your hair you can see your growth. New growth, root grow out, and etc is showing you that your hair is growing. Now the problem is that the chemicals in your hair are drying out your hair strands. Dry hair leads to breakage. There goes that 1/4 or 1/2 of inch that you just grew in a matter of a month. Another reason behind damage is heat usage. We are so conditioned to straightening our hair to “fit” into society we don’t see that we are wrecking havoc on our hair. Excessive heat usage leads to again dry, thirsty hair, and split ends.
The next reason for your hair not retaining length is simply, you aren’t taking care of it as you should. I go into things you should try to avoid or use less of in my post Tips for Growing Out Your Hair so definitely look at that post to see what you can do to better help retain your growth. I will tell you some of the things you can add to your routine to help keep your hair moisturized.
Try to add deep conditioning to your weekly routine. Either this be a Hot Oil Treatment or your favorite hair mask, choose something that your hair loves and puts moisture back into those dry strands. You can find plenty of drugstore hair mask that are great, or go to your local beauty store. Another great option for deep conditioners and hair mask is to check out DIY hair mask from all natural goodies right in your kitchen.
Try to start using less heat on your hair. I know this can be hard, with some of us who workout, have jobs that we want to look presentable for, and many other reasons. There are plenty of ways to keep your hair straight without putting anymore heat on your hair after the initial heat usage for the week. There are also heatless styles that leave your hair looking like you spent hours in the salon to get it curly or straight. One of my favorite heatless options are Curlformers, but check out MoKnowsHair on Youtube. She has great hair tutorials for those who want to take better care of their hair.
I hope that these tips helped you all, as well as helping you to better understand that your hair does grow. I want the generations under us lovely women to understand that hair doesn’t make them but it enhances the natural beauty they already have. Remind your daughters, nieces, and friends that their hair is beautiful no matter what anyone says or thinks.
I hope you all are excited for DIY December! Don’t forget to tag me in pictures on Instagram or Twitter, if you decided to do any of the projects. Make sure to also follow me on my Youtube to keep … Continue reading
Yes, it’s that time of the month again. I’m going to say it once more, but oh my gosh it’s going to be December tomorrow. Can you all believe it? I feel like we just started the year. Where does time fly? Well I’m excited for December because that means Christmas, family, lots of hot coco, sitting by the fire and ooh DIY December. I hope you are all excited about my DIY December. Be on the look out for the first post tomorrow.
Now this month I saw a lot of people talking about two beauty items in particular. The Hour Glass Ambient Lighting Powders were hands down the biggest rave I’ve seen about a face powder. I’m still a little skeptical on getting one of them because of the price but you never know, I might cave pretty soon. So Revlon has answered L’oreals Le Matte and La Laque Lip Colours with their own version. The Revlon Lacquer and Matte Balms got just as much the rave. A lot of people of course were comparing them to the L’oreal versions.
Okay let’s talk fashion. These two items were the most pinned items I saw this past month. Talk about fun and festive, the sequin maxi skirt is in full effect. We are all used to the mini sequin skirts and how fun they are with tights this time of the year but I think I am loving this trend way more. You can find a cute side split version at Threadsence.com. The next item is something you can find probably in your mom’s closet. Velvet has made it’s way back to us in this crazy fashion world. This time with lots of graphic prints. I have seen pants, skirts, shirts and so much more. I haven’t yet decided if I want to make the leap for it.
Now we can’t end November craze without my favorites. This past month I have been addicted to my hair. From products, to just taking care of it more often then my usual routine. If you want to know what I have been doing go check out my Month Long Hair Challenge post. I break down everything I have been doing to my hair.
Since I have been making a lot my videos, and for some reason my house is always cold when I want to record; I need to fix that problem one of these day if I remember. I have been wearing the life out of my arm kitted scarf. That’s right, I am on an arm knitting kick and can’t put the yarn down. If you want to see a tutorial on how to arm knit please let me know.
Blogger of the month hands down goes to Cara Loren Van Brocklin of CARA LOREN. I discovered her through someone I follow on Instagram, her friend that’s a photographer, and instantly fell in love! Her style, HAIR, and just her vibe is to die for. She has the cutest little family and I couldn’t believe she had even had a kid. She looks GREAT! Make sure to check her out and tell her I sent you.
Photo Courtesy: Cara Loren Blog
I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving. I thought I would share a product review with you all. I bought the Cantu Shea Butter Leave-in Conditioner because of all the rave reviews I had read. So I thought I would add my own as well.
Overall this product is not a hit for me. My curls don’t like the heavy creme texture at all. If I want to do a wash and go it weighs down my hair and makes it feel so greasy. It also doesn’t work well with any type of gel that I have. It causes a ton of build up and you can feel on your hair and see. I can say, a little goes a long way though. If you are going to try this for the 1st time do not put more then a dime size amount on your hair. I do like it for doing my top buns and twisted styles. It smells amazing and does keep my hair moisturized. I will continue to use this for the winter months but I will definitely stick to my Mixed Chicks Leave in for my daily styling and wash and go’s.
But here are my pros and cons.
Price: The price is great. It’s about $5 from the drugstore.
Smell: I’m in love with the smell. It lingers in your hair and I’m a sucker for good smelling hair products.
Softness: Leaves hair soft and easy to work with.
Moisturizing: Penetrates hair shaft and keeps hair moisturized.
Heavy: Weighs hair down and makes curls look lifeless.
Greasy: To much can leave hair feeling overly greasy.
Gel combo: Any type of gel with this product is a no no. It leaves a whole lot of flakiness and build up.
Have you ever just wanted to rant about things in your life, the news, or random happenings? Well that’s exactly what I have always wanted to do and do anyway with my best friend. So I thought, why not share it with my lovely followers. This series will be my “talk show” for my blog. Hey, what other way to promote myself than a talk show right. Please tell me what you all think, what you want me to talk about in the future and what tea’s are your favorite.
I know, I know, It’s not even Thanksgiving yet. I just couldn’t help myself with all the Christmas love I have been seeing all over the place. So I wanted to share a little bit of my holiday playlist with you. I tend to play this playlist, or play my Christmas playlist on Pandora throughout the month of December. What are some of your favorite holiday songs?
This past month I have taken on the challenge to take better care of my hair. It’s cold and rainy out and my hair tends to get so dry around this time of year. I usually have weave or braids … Continue reading