Wednesday, May 25, 2011

My Hair :: Straightened

Hi everyone! Life has so been fast paced this week that I can barely keep up.  It seems the hours go by so fast and next thing I know it's time for bed and I haven't even blogged for the day.  I'm thinking of you, really I am!

Monday I got my hair straightened and I'm swinging my little curls around the office like I've never had straight hair before.  Here's just a little preview:



Sorry to be a tease but there is a story behind all this and I want to tell you when I'm able to post all the pics! In the meantime, I'll go on and point out the fact that I love the way my new hair color is POPPING now that my hair has been straightened.  The pics do it no justice and everyone has been raving over the color...it showed up with my curly hair but now it's showing out. LOL!

I'll be back with more in a few!

Love Always!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Peachy Keen, Jelly Bean

Sick and confined to the house today, I was having a bout of cabin fever by the end of it. Aside from doing a little writing (and blogging about my hair which frizzed up from laying around on it all day), I'd spent the whole day in bed with MJ watching re-runs of Dora, Diego & Blues Clues. Feeling like I'd wasted a whole day, I finally rolled out of bed and filled my belly with a bowl of soup chock of garlic and onions. When Chiefy arrived home from work, he took over with MJ and what did I do to make myself feel better?

My makeup! Nothing like beating a little face to make a girl feel just peachy keen! I hope you like it!

I HEART Maybelline Falsies Mascara - It really rocks my eye world!

What I Used:

Eyes:
Base: Mark I-Glimmer - Shimmered Chatoiement
Coral & Peach on lids,
Rust outer lid and crease,
Brown in crease & Light Brown as bridge to highlight color
Earthy Beige as highlight
All from Coastal Scents 26 Palette (they have no names, sorry :-/)
Maybelline Falsies Mascara, Black
Liner:
Sephora Smoky Cream Eyeliner - Must Have

Cheeks:
Maybelline Expert Wear - Apricot Flush
Highlight:
Contour:
Warmth by i.d. Bare Escentuals

Lips:
Rock & Republic Gloss- Trainwreck (it's 81st appearance :-p)

Tonight, I also played around in a drugstore foundation that I've had for the longest time. I'll probably get reemed out if I tell just how long I've actually had it--it's shameful. However, after today it'll be going in the trash because I hate it. I think it looks pastey. Anyone got some good recommendations for a SHEER, LIGHT, OIL FREE, NON-PASTEY foundation? Ooh or maybe a tinted moisturizer? As long as it's not Laura Mercier...I've tried it already and I think it's the worst! I'm going to try Philosophy Hope in a Tinted Moisturizer next and I'm welcoming suggestions! Gimme, gimme, gimme...please. :-)

Yes...It's Another Mohawk

I'm not sure how many times I've showed you some type of mohawk style I'd done to my hair but this is yet another one just in case.  I did bantu knots to set the curls in the middle section instead of doing a twist out.  Now that my hair is longer, the bantu knots give me better curly results with this particular style.

 I'd planned to do some protective styles throughout the summer but I'm finding myself not being able to fully commit.  This is protective as it gets this week.  Hope you like :-) 

I was actually attempting to do a video tutorial of this style however, there were a multitude of interruptions (son or niece bursting in, son or neice crying, son or neice wanting to take a picture, brother, Chiefy and my Uncle bursting in). So, yeah...pictures only (no make up either...) :-p



 
 
 

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Recipe Remix: KimmayTube Leave-In Conditioner

If you're a natural and you freaquent youtube, chances are you very well know who KimmayTube is and are familiar with her leave-in conditioner recipe.  Since she posted the video, I've been loving her leave-in.  It's pH balanced and helps the hair retain moisture while lending softness and great definiton for twist outs and braid outs alike.  I've never used her original recipe but I use a modified version of it using all the ingredients I like.  

Friday, May 13, 2011

My Hair...Lately

I've been meaning to do more hair posts but there really hasn't been much to tell.  Ok just a LITTLE to tell--I colored it 3 weeks ago and then wore it in a bush that following week.  

I'm so disappointed that the color doesn't translate as well in the pictures because it's much redder in person. The color is a warm, rich red-brown and I'm so sad you don't get the full effect through the pics.  People notice it immediately so I know it took well and this hair color has actually served to warm up my skin tone perfectly (I was coming across quite pale with darker hair and eyebrows). 

I plan to go super light red once the henna grows out of my hair but that's a story for a video as I'm going to admit here and now that I'm too lazy to type the full explanation as to why.

I will say, though, to those who said it's not possible to chemically dye hair after using plant dye (henna), I officially beg to differ.

Anyhow, since you cant see my new color,I'll at least show ya what else I've been doing to it.  Here's what's been up over the past few weeks.
 I wore it like this for a week... 
 Then I put my hair in small twists.  I thought wearing my twists like this made me look really kiddie and I hated the way they were so shrunken (when pulled straight they were past my collar bone). So I only wore it like this for 3 days and then created a cute updo with them for the next week and half.


And today was wash day.  As we speak I'm just completing a protein treatment on my hair for the first time after coloring and starting an overnight deep conditioning treatment.  I'm spoiling my hair today.
The main reason I've been keeping my hair in protective styles is because of this shifty weather.  My styles were ending up freakishly shrunken because of all the moisture in the air from this rainy season.   Low dew points make for soggy hair, not cute, period.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

5 Friends Every Woman Needs


Do you have all of these?  I don't have many that I consider friends but I have all of these and I love my girls.
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"Friends are the family we choose for ourselves," writer Edna Buchanan once said. I consider the "family" I've gathered—with five kinds of pals I count on for completely different things—among the wisest choices I've made. If you can find even one who embodies any of the characteristics that follow, you can consider yourself fortunate.

1. The Uplifter
This woman's favorite word: yes. You could tell her you're trading your six-figure income for a career in offtrack betting, and she'd barely pause before yelping "Go for it!" Don't you need someone who looks past the love handles to notice the extraordinarily gorgeous you?

2. The Travel Buddy
When the hotel in St. Lucia is a bust, one characteristic becomes all-important: flexibility. This agreeable companion need not be the girl you traded pinkie swears with on the playground; it's enough that she's comfortable with quiet (between gabfests) and is a teensy bit mischievous (as in tequila after midnight).

3. The Truth Teller
Intent is what separates the constructive from the abusive. Once you've established that the hard news is spoken in love (not in jealousy or malice), you'd be smart to seek out this woman's perspective.

4. The Girl Who Just Wants to Have Fun
One Saturday a pal and I—and yes, we're both over age 12—pored over every glitter lip gloss in a drugstore aisle for an entire 45 minutes. Forget the crisis download (for that, see the Uplifter); this partnership is about spontaneous good times.

5. The Unlikely Friend
"Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive," Anaïs Nin wrote. My friends—some twice my age, others half, some rich, others homeless, some black like me, others Korean, Mexican, Caucasian—have added richness to my life that only variety can bring.

Quote from Eva Mendes:

“Run for the hills when you hear a girl who says she doesn't have any girl friends.’ That is a bad situation, because all women should have their base of girls.”

What do you think?

(Taken from Oprah.com, I loved this and wanted to share.)

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Happy Cinco De MARIO

Two years ago today I was given the greatest gift in life.  I became mommie to a beautiful baby boy and we named him Mario(MJ).  It has been far from easy but it certainly has been pure joy every step of the way to watch him learn and grow.  I'm ashamed to even say that I was the girl that said she didn't want to have any children--AT ALL---EVER.  What a blessing I'd have missed out on!  He's smart, he's funny, he's strong, he's whiney, he's charming, he's determined and stubborn and he's already flirting with all the ladies...he's mommie's baby always.  Happy 2nd Birthday to my Cinco de Mayo Baby, MJ!








Facts About MJ

I was born at 8:08 AM, he was born at 11:11 AM
I was born on Halloween, he was born on Cinco De Mayo
Before he was 18 months, he was already saying his ABCs and counting to 10 unassisted.
He's already in a size 8 shoe (Lord help us!)
He walks & looks just like his father
He doesn't like sweets
His favorite food - just like mine, is PIZZA!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Worst They Could Say is "No"

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"No road is too long for him who advances slowly and does not hurry, and no attainment is beyond his reach who equips himself with patience to achieve it."   -Jean de La Bruyère
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Too often, we hear stories of those who came from nothing and now have everything. We wonder, "How did they do it?"  but the answer is quite easy, in fact.  By simply recognizing the dream, going after it and often not being afraid to ask for what they want.

I don't believe anyone that is successful got to where they are all on there own.  There is always a helping hand there sometimes unmentioned.  But one usually doesn't recieve help until it's requested and not asking  for help is some begin to hinder themselves.

There an immense power inside us all just waiting to be unleashed but we must first let go of the fear of failure and of the fear of rejection.  Often times we don't make those steps toward our dream because of the negative scripts that have been playing over and over again in our minds  But ask yourself, "Am I going to let 'I don't have enough money' and 'I don't know if I'm good enough' hold me back?"  It has to end somewhere...and let it end now. 

Think about the fact that if you let an opportunity pass you by.  The answer to your dream could have been that 'yes' you were working for and waiting on.  You are good enough, do what you can and the money will come. Nothing that is worth having, comes easily but there is nothing that can't be achieved it you work for it.  You have the ability to bring your dreams into fruition.

Push yourself today to take just one more step toward your dream and see where it leads.  After all, the worst they could say is "no".  And if they do, move on to the next.  And if they say 'no', keep moving down the line because the very next opportunity just might be a 'yes'!  And it'd be a shame if you let it slip away by giving up or not trying at all.