6 Great Benefits of Steaming Natural Hair Plus A Time Sensitive Sale

Hello Curlies:

This has been a really tough week for me!! My sister-in-law had brain surgery and my 16-year-old cousin lost her life to a severe asthma attack. I will be doing a post about her story and the foundation that her parents have started in her honor called #BreathofKamari. Rest in Heaven Babygirl ♥ 12043155_10153760169504767_1587190221659693517_nI’ve been getting lots of requests to more natural hair posts so today I thought it would be good to discuss an option for healthier hair that you may want to consider: Steaming!

  1. When you steam your hair you are creating a humid environment that is just right for moisturizing as opposed to the natural dry air around us. Steaming helps to replenish what may be sucked out during every day routines. Steaming doesn’t have to be to time consuming or done every day, but you will start to see many differences and benefits in your hair if you decide to take the extra step.
  2. For me, moisture retention is a major deal in my natural hair journey. Retaining moisture is crucial to accomplishing amazing styles such as twist outs, bantu knot outs, roller sets…etc. Why is this? Because when your hair has moisture you are able to obtain and KEEP definition. So instead of a giant puff of frizz you will be able to keep up that day 2, 3, 4, 5 day hair!
  3. Steaming allows for deeper penetration into the cortex of the hair strand and you’ll see an overall improvement in pliability and elasticity of the hair strands which means no more snapping. When natural hair is wet, it is very fragile but the extra moisture that steaming provides will help prevent this which means growth retention!
  4. I said this already but I cannot stress enough that if you are looking for loads of definition, the increase in moisture retention will also help to reshape and boost your curls. It will not change your hair texture but it will make your hair look different, better, and healthier.
  5. This may be the best and most important benefit of steaming. Because you can steam for different purposes you will be able to lift/open the cuticle for various reasons as well. For example I’ve been steaming during my deep conditioning treatment therefore allowing more of the conditioner to get into the strands of my hair. With the cuticle opened from the warm vapor being placed on it, your hair is getting more nutrients than it would if you just added your favorite deep conditioner, slapped on a plastic bag and sat under the dryer for 20 minutes. Steaming prior allows the good stuff in conditioners to get in before it is rinsed off.
  6. Steaming will promote hair growth!! The reason being is because it moisturizes the scalp which is the canvas for healthy hair growth. A steamer will help to increase the flow of natural oils on your scalp while providing a moisturized atmosphere for your hair and scalp to flourish. Adding this into your natural hair regimen will help you head in the right direction to that bra strap, tailbone, or whatever length hair you’ve always wanted.

What if you can’t afford a handheld steamer? You can still get the benefits of steaming without breaking the bank. Since most hair steamers cost upward of $100 and then you tack on more $$$ we spend on hair products, many curlies just can’t or won’t pay for this added benefit. You can use the “greenhouse effect” Watch this YouTube video by Youtuber TressedforSuccess to find out more

What do I use?

51RIwgzafoL._SX522_Q-Redew Handheld Steamer Retails for $69

What is Q-Redew?

According to its website, the Q-Redew is a handheld hair steamer that quickly restores moisture, rejuvenates and reshapes hair using warm steam as mist. It will revive and restyle dry hair.

ON SALE FOR LIMITED TIME receive free shipping on any Q-Redew purchase until 9/28!! Click the link above.

Do you use a hair steamer?

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8 Important Tips You Need To Know Before Shopping At Sephora

Hello Beauties:

Lately I have been buying makeup like it will never be sold in stores again!! With all of the new makeup launches happening almost daily, it’s hard to not just open up the wallet and say “bye bye money!” Where you shop and how you shop becomes important at times like these. Many makeup lovers use Sephora but there are a few secrets to shopping the mega makeup retailer that I wanted to share with you:

  1. You’re eligible for a complimentary makeover every time you spend $50 or more, so make sure you take advantage!
  2. The newest and most expensive products are placed at eye level, so make sure you scan the lower shelves because you may find something you like that also happens to be cheaper.
  3. It really pays to become a Beauty Insider. It’s free and you earn a point for every dollar you spend, get a birthday gift every year, have access to free makeup classes, and also get seasonal promotions.
  4. You can return makeup that you’ve opened or used as long as you have the receipt.
  5. All online purchases come with a choice of three free samples!
  6. You can and should always ask for free samples of any products you’d like to try while you’re at the store. They won’t tell you no.
  7. If a product gets marked down within 14 days of when you purchased it, you can get a price adjustment.
  8. You can find foundation that perfectly matches your skin tone with Sephora’s Color IQ, a device that can identify your skin color and pinpoint the right shade for you from over 1,500 formulas.

So the next time you are shopping Sephora online or in-store be sure to take advantage of the perks of being a Beauty Insider!

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Bring Lifeless Frizzy Natural Curls Back To Its Luster In Two Simple Steps

Hello My Curlies:

It’s been a good bit since I’ve written anything for you so today I thought I’d do a post about a new revelation I’ve discovered during my natural hair journey and my quest for the perfect head of healthy curly hair! I’ve written an article in the past about the Curly Girl Method which is basically where you only use non-sulfate paraben-free products and you pre-poo (that is conditioner wash) your hair rather than shampoo. I like this method and my hair has responded well but old habits are hard to break and going without shampooing my hair has been very hard for me to get use to. Plus I’ve noticed that my curls are not as “poppin” as they have been in the past. The culprit: Product Buildup!! So After some research I found a great technique that I think I’ll give a try:

The Double Shampoo Method

If you’re like me, then you use a lot of styling products on your curls almost daily. This buildup of product on top of product can leave your curls looking limp and lifeless. The only way to remove the buildup is to clarify your hair by using a clarifying shampoo. If you notice that your hair is no longer responding to your favorite products, it’s time to clean your scalp and hair with a clarifying shampoo. It will improve the health of your hair, plus restore the effectiveness of your regular shampoo and conditioner.

Why should we clarify our hair?

You can look at it as starting fresh. It gives us a fresh start to style our curls without old product buildup. However, our curls can feel dry after clarifying. This is due to the low pH found in most clarifying shampoos.

understanding-the-ph-scaleYou may remember learning about pH in science class. The literal meaning of pH is potential of Hydrogen. This means that there is a certain amount of hydrogen that occurs in a solution. This unit of measurement can tell whether or not certain types of solutions, such as shampoos and soaps, are acidic or alkaline.  When measuring pH a scale of 1 through 14 is used. 7 is a neutral pH or a basic pH. This means that the solution is most like water. 1 to 6 on the scale means that the solution is acidic, like vinegar while numbers 8 through 14 mean that the pH of the solution is alkaline, like bleach or ammonia.

pH Levels and Healthy Hair

Your hair consists of tiny shafts which are made up of scales, called cuticles. Water and alkaline-based hair products cause these scales to open, exposing the interior of your hair shafts. Ideally, you want to close this cuticle to protect it from harmful elements. To do this you’d want to choose a slightly acidic shampoo to close the cuticle and help the hair shaft retain moisture. The best pH level for shampoo is between 5 and 7.

Why following up with a moisturizing shampoo is so important

Clarifying shampoos remove dirt oil and buildup from the hair but since they can be very drying you need to follow-up with a moisturizing shampoo in order to return moisture to your hair. Using both a clarifying and moisturizing shampoo can help cleanse your scalp and keep your curls hydrated and shiny. You can shampoo your hair once or twice depending on your preference, follow-up with a moisturizing shampoo, and proceed with your usual conditioning or deep conditioning session. Using the moisturizing shampoo afterwards can also make detangling easier since your curls have received some moisture at that point.

My top picks of clarifying shampoos:

Kinky Curly Come Clean  db_file_img_4009_200x200SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil strengthen Shampoo  db_file_img_4237_200x200Quidad Superfruit Renewal Clarifying Shampoo

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My Top Picks of Moisturizing Shampoos:

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Your Go To Guide To Using White Liner With Confidence

Hello Beauties:

So the other day I had a dear friend of mine who values my makeup insight ask me to do a story about how to wear white eyeliner. I jumped at the opportunity because many of us have heard of the technique but do we really know how to apply it properly? Read on and after you find out all of its benefits,  I’m sure that you’ll run to your nearest store to purchase a white liner:

White eyeliner can help make your eyes brighter, bigger and dazzling if you know how to use it well. You have seen top celebrities  looking super fabulous in this eyeliner color. Who said you cannot look good too? But before you purchase, there are some tricks to mastering the perfect white eye and we will take a look at them:

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1. As a Conventional Eyeliner

If you have an Oriental eye-shape type or deep-set eyes white liner can help transform their looks into a bigger bolder eye. If you are really looking to make a dramatic statement, you could apply white liner on the lash line but I would only recommend this technique if you are an expert in blending  white liner with other colored liners.

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2. Inner Corner Highlighting

For an awake look, you can use it in your inner eye corners as opposed to other highlighter shades we use.  Using white eye liners in this way will brighten your eyes, and make them look much wider. To apply it, make a V on your inner eye corners using this eyeliner and smudge it or blend it with your other eyeliner color whether it be black or brown.

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3. White Eyeliner on Water line or Highlighting Eye waterline

Apply eyeliner on the inner waterline to make your eyes to look much bigger, if you have small eyes. This is suited for people who have small eyes and they want them to appear bigger. People who have big eyes should not use the it on their inner lash lines. Their eyes will look bigger and droopy.

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4. Know your eye-shape

If you have close-set eyes, you would do better with white liner around the inner corners. This is when the distance between the two eyes is smaller than the width of one eye

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People with wide-set eyes should use white liner on their outer corners to bring their eyes a little closer. Make sure you smudge and blend the line you create.

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5. Things to avoid

  • Avoid using white liner on your lash lines without finishing it off with black eyeliner closer to your lash lines.LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 07: Musician Taylor Swift arrives at the 48th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 7, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
  • Avoid thick white lines around your entire eyes unless you know the techniques to use as this could make you look like a ghost!
  • Avoid using too much white liner on your inner lash line as the excess might gather at your eye corners after some time and then you will walk around with a big clump of white paste in the corners of your eyes.

6. Other options to white liners

For those gals that don’t feel white works for them or your skin tone, you may opt for silver, pearly off white, gold, or a taupe eyeliner while still getting the same benefits to using a white liner.

Would you wear white eyeliner?

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6 Steps To Achieving The Perfect Contour And Highlight

Hello Beauties:

I know that today is not my normal blogging day but I ran across this awesome article by YSL Beauty that I had to share the knowledge. With contouring and strobing being such a hot topic in makeup, many women, myself included, have a lot of questions about the proper way to contour and highlight. Well YSL has taken all of the struggle away with these great visuals and tips. Enjoy and thank YSL beauty for the great guide:

Step 1:

Create an even base with your chosen foundation. For a flawless matte finish that lasts for 24 hours, look to Loreal’s Infallible Pro Matte Foundation  $12.99, or YSL’s Touche Éclat Foundation, $57, for effortless radiance. If you prefer light coverage, try Giorgio Armani’s Maestro Fusion, $64.

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Disguise dark under-eye circles with YSL’s iconic Touche Éclat, $42, and use a great concealer like MAC’s Pro Longwear Concealer to camouflage blemishes and any imperfections.

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Use a concealer that is at least two shades lighter than your skin tone and sweep them across your cheekbones, down your nose, under your brows and on your Cupid’s bow to highlight.

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Use a cream bronzer, such as YSL Les Saharienne, $55, along the top of your forehead, where the sun naturally hits it, and along the jawline to accentuate your bone structure.

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To add definition, use the cream bronzer in the hollows of your cheekbones and either side of your nose. If you aren’t a fan of the cream use MAC’s studio fix powder foundation in two shades darker than your skin tone.

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For a seamless finish, use a sponge or a good-quality brush to blend in circular movements. YSL’s Les Saharienne, $55, comes with a versatile sponge that is perfect for this. If you prefer a brush, look to the multiple brand’s on the market.

6blendDo you contour or is it a total waste of time for you!

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How To Find The Perfect Foundation For Your Skin Type

Hello My Beauties:

Today I would like to talk about the F-word: “FOUNDATION” We have an overflow of choices with fancy names it’s no wonder we spend hours in the beauty aisle staring at the bottles as if one of them is going to jump off the shelves and into our hands with the perfect color match. Since it’s not that easy, I thought I would take some time and break down what I know about foundations and how to pick that perfect shade.

Step One

The most important of all steps is choosing a color that suits your skin. If you are trying to make your makeup look more natural like untouched skin then the last thing you will want is to have your face darker than the rest of your body. This will be a dead giveaway and will be very hard to blend it out to match your skin tone. The lighter you start, the better you will be because you can always work your way up. It’s kind of like a haircut, it’s better to cut off not enough than to cut off too much.

The back of your hand is the closest in color to your face so do a spot test and see how it matches up. The inside wrist is not the best place to test foundation as some may think because it is much lighter than your actual skin color. Another good place to swatch test is your jaw area or neck. If the color melts into your skin and fades away then you’ve just found the perfect match.

Once you’ve got the art of color matching down it’s now time to find that perfect foundation that is best for you. Now come with me to foundation academy where we will explore the different foundations out there, how they work, and which skin type it’s best suited for: These are only a few of my suggested products…the list is too long to post in one article so I tried to narrow it down to cover a range of price points.

Powders

Powder foundation is perfect for everyday wear because it’s easy and quick to apply and its very lightweight so it won’t leave any harsh lines. Now if you’re looking for full coverage from your powder then opt for ones that will hide pores and give you that smooth finish. The good thing with powder foundation is that it works great for oily or combination skin as the powder absorbs excess oils. You will want to use a kabuki brush to apply powders because they should be buffed into the skin. Some good choices are

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Bare Minerals Mineral Veil Foundation
MAC studio fix foundation
MAC studio fix foundation
Estee Lauder Double Wear Powder Foundation
Estee Lauder Double Wear Powder Foundation

BB and CC Creams

These all-in-one creams are designed to be lighter than most foundations, but heavier than a tinted moisturizer.  BB Creams are supposed to create a smooth even skin tone while adding moisture and protecting the skin from the suns rays. BB stands for blemish balm so the premise behind the foundation is to include anti-aging properties that will make the skin look youthful and dewy all day. Using the BB creams will give you a twofer: the beauty of a natural finish that covers uneven skin tone while healing the skin.

CC (Color Correcting) creams offer many of the same benefits as BB creams; light coverage, SPF and skin care. They’re packed with a huge dose of ingredients that will help minimize dark spots, and its light-diffusing particles will aid in hiding any redness or discoloration in the skin:

Dior skin BB Cream
Dior skin BB Cream
Rimmel BB Cream
Rimmel BB Cream
Garnier Vogue BB Cream
Garnier Vogue BB Cream

Liquid Foundation

To get flawless skin with a fuller coverage, you will need to use a liquid foundation. There is something for every skin type, with dewy or matte finishes to complement your complexion. If you have oiler skin then you should opt for a matte foundation and maybe set it with a powder to further reduce the shine factor.

Giorgio Armani Vogue Foundation
Giorgio Armani Vogue Foundation
Bobbi Brown Vogue Foundation
Bobbi Brown Vogue Foundation
Estee Lauder Double Wear
Estee Lauder Double Wear

Tinted Moisturizer

As an everyday go to the tinted foundation will be your pick. It’s an easy and affordable alternative to the liquid foundations and will give your skin that sun-kissed dewy finish. Keep in mind though that tinted moisturizers don’t provide much coverage so it’s not a good choice for those who do not have already a naturally clear complexion without makeup. The job of the tinted moisturizer is just to even out the skin tone.

Too Faced Beauty Balm
Too Faced Beauty Balm
Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer
Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer

 

Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizier
Nars Pure Radiant Tinted moisturizer

What is your go to foundation these days? Drop me a line in the comments and don’t forget follow me on Instagram by clicking the link below.

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