Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Red Lip Color Vs. Women of Color!?!?!?!

I have been hearing and partaking in come serious debate/arguments about women of color wearing red  ipstick. EVEN MEN ARE STARTING TO WEIGHT IN ON THIS TOPIC [insert side eye]!!! It has left me dumbfounded, and slightly offend.

I feel that women of color pull off this look very well!!!! For example:


I m really thinking about a "WOMEN OF COLOR RED LIPSTICK REVOLUTION!!!" All my girlfriends/sisters are getting some type of red lipstick in their Christmas goodie bag from me!!!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Your Life In The Natural Lane: Introducing... Ms. Crystal

First off let me just say this girl can SAAAAAAANGGG!!! 

How long have you been natural?
Since September 1, 2010 

What made you want to go natural?
It was something I've always wanted to do, but didn't have enough courage to do. I was natural when I was younger, I had beautiful long hair. Then got a perm.....in the 6th grade.....went natural in the 7th through 8th. Decided for High School to "do it up" get a perm
(Crystal doing "it up" with her relaxed hair)
kept it and all of sudden couldn't take it anymore and started to "transition" in January 2011 kept getting weaves. And made the biggest hair decision of my life and simply woke up one day and said, "I'm going to cut my hair all off" and did it ; ) *Best decision!* My hair is growing at a decent pace.

What made you do the Big Chop opposed to Transitioning?
I did both! Which was the cool part to me, I could've gone longer with the transition BUT My permed hair was already short due to me cutting it all the time in order for it to stay short. 

What was you initial reaction?
To be honest I lied and said I liked it, nothing was wrong with the cut. My "stylist" for the day was great with cutting it! I just felt not as pretty. I was simply scared of my face. When wearing weave ALL THE TIME, sometimes your features are held back. Still scared but I was surprised at how pretty I actually was, I was overwhelmed as well. How big my lips were, how awesome my cheek bones were. It was shocking actually. I'm just now getting use to it and it's November! Lol 
I'll appreciate the big chop a lot more when my hair is as long as I want it to be Lol *past my shoulders Lord willing*

What advice would you give someone new to the natural scene, that you wish someone would have told you?
I'd say be patient! It's a very humbling experience. You're going to have your "OMG! What the heck was I thinking?" moments. As well as your impatient moments. It happens. Some natural hair chicas told me to stay busy, watch tv series, watch seasons of shows from a month to month basis. Start a blog, find a new time consuming hobby. JUst stay busy the busier you are, you won't be as focused on your hair growing. That advice was pretty REAL and TRUE for me. My hair is very soft and curly and shrivels up into little spiral curls. When I pull them out my hair is pretty long, to have just cut my hair in September! Also work out! Take vitamins! Eat more fruits and vegetables, stay away from products that will dry your hair out! Learn about co-washing! leave in conditioners! Different products that make your hair curly. Do your research and youtube it up!

What is one product you can not live without?
Eco styler Alcohol Free styling Gel [Wegmens 2.99] & Kinky Curly Knot today [Whole Foods 6.99 I believe?], Mixed Chicks leave in conditioner! Pantene Pro-V Daily oil cream moisturizer w/ jojoba oil, coconut oil, and the best thing WATER! That's free ; )
(Wait.... I thought I said 1 product...lol...)

Who would you consider to be you natural inspiration?
WOW! My natural inspiration! Never thought about it...................after I became natural I grew to like Nikki Mae (youtube her), I saw her video of when she got her hair cut and Its been really cool to see her document the process from a month to month basis. She's really cool. It gives us big chop ladies Hope :)

Do you have hair regimen, and if you have one, what is it?
At the very moment nope! But Im trying to come up with one! Lol!

 Have you changed from this experience?
I appreciate the face that God gave me just a little more! When I say this, I mean it in the sense that, I could've cut all my hair off and had a HUGE head or something. I could've looked crazy instead EVERYONE likes my hair! Some like it more then me! A lot of people want me to keep it short! But I'm growing it out! 
It has also humbled me a tad more as well.

Do you have any regrets?
I could've transition a little bit more BUT! I took the brave route and simply cut it all off ; )
I'm very happy with the decision I made! And if I want long hair, I can always get an invisible part sewn in weave #ItsNotAGame *hehe*

Sunday, November 14, 2010


As I strolled throught Giant yesterday I happened to glance to my left and noticed a lone shelf full of shampoos, conditiors, and other products! Gaint has some over stock items on sell! Aussies shampoos and conditioners are on sell for $1.00!!! So I snatched that up and well be doing a product review on that in a few weeks. They have Suave shampoos and conditioners on sell 3 for $5 and that sale ends 11/18. They also have garnier frutics on sale for $1.20!

I hope this helps your habit and pockets!
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Friday, November 12, 2010

MAKE UP IN A MINTUE: Cute ways to use & get the most out of your foundation

I have found some great uses for foundation other than making your skin look flawless!

1. Eye shadow primer - foundation can double for a great primer for eye shadow. The last wear for most foundation can be a great base for eye shadow colors!

2. Lip color primer - the same way you can use foundation for a eye shadow primer you can use this tip for lasting lip color!

3. True Color - How many times have you saw a lip color to die for and once you applied it, it looks like a totally different color?!?! Well by applying foundation to your lips as a base, the color you see in the tube is the true color you really will get!!!!

4. Nude lip color - one of the most sought after lip colors is the perfect nude lip color! If you are anything like me I have spent alot of money and time searching for the perfect nude shade that fits me! Well ladies I have found it! Use your foundation! Yes YOUR FOUNDATION!

Step 1 apply your favorite chapstick/lipblam NOT A LIP GLOSS! 
(my personal favorite BURT'S BEES!!!)

Step 2 apply a neutral color lip liner.

(shown here top:810 Natural bottom:823 Earth Tone both liners by NYX)

Step 3 apply foundation on your lips.

(shown here is the foundation duo stick by Black Radiance with the Perfect Blend Creme Foundation Stick & Color Perfect Liquid Makeup)

Step 4 top off with your favorite lip clears lipgloss! And your look is complete!

I hope these fun tips help! Let me know what you think!

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Your Life In The Natural Lane: Introducing... Ms. Keisha

First let me start out by saying... I LOVE THIS CHICKS HAIR!!!!

How long have you been natural?
I have done this four times, ... so this time my last relaxer was Feb 2009, and  I big chopped June 2009

What made you want to go natural?
I'm much to lazy for relaxed hair...lol.

Did you do the Big Chop or Transition?
I have done both. I didn't do a super long transition because I love the freedom of a super short natural.

What was you initial reaction to your natural hair?
I loved it!

What advice would you give someone new to the natural scene, that you wish someone would have told you?
Less is more. You don't need a 40 dollar super product.

What is one product you can not live without?
Organic Root Stimulator Olive oil replenishing conditioner, it leaves my hair butter soft when used as a leave-in, It dries clear.

Who would you consider to be you natural inspiration?
 Crazy enough I love Jaden Smith's fro in the whip my hair video.

Do you have hair regimen? If so what is it?
I truly don't. I'm lazy. I'm either wearing a freshly co-washed fro, or a twist out.

Have you changed from this natural hair experience?
Yes! I want my children to see and respect the beauty in differences. I have a niece that always tells me she wish she had the courage to chop. My reply to her is "Stop thinking about what others will say, and live you life for what makes you happy!"

Do you have any regrets?
None at all. When I get tired of all the washing and twisting, I'll just get braids or a haircut. My husband loves my hair natural, and gets to pouting when I relax my hair...lol.