23 April 2015

The liquid lipstick craze is real! Every makeup company is carrying a line of their own liquid lipsticks, I even heard MAC is about to release their collection, but we all know the prices can get a bit outrageous at times. Being a "Baller on a Budget" ,  I found an inexpensive version of liquid lipsticks; the Menow Long Lasting Lipgloss. Now, I know it says lipgloss but these are far from it. The Menow Long Lasting Lipgloss name is kind of true, it is super long lasting but it's definitely not a lipgloss. The formula goes on creamy like a gloss but drys matte in seconds.

I'm surprised of the quality of these liquid lipsticks because they were only $1.20. For that price, they are incredible but like any product they have their pros and cons. The thing that I LOVE about all them is that they are long lasting and that's a fact. I could easily say that when I wore these they stayed of my lips for over 10 hours and when it was time to be taken off, that was a task. I discovered to completely take it off, a oil based makeup remover has to be used. I used my MAC Eye Makeup remover and that did the job easily. Another thing that I like about these lipsticks, is that they do not take long to dry; some dried faster than others but overall they dried in good time.

The Menow Long Lasting Lipgloss comes in over 30 different shades, from pinks to nudes. I decided to only get 10 because if they were horrible, it wouldn't be a lost. I must say when choosing colors, be careful because their are a lot of look a-likes with in the color options. My favorite colors out of the batch would be #27, #25, #22 and #33.

 Top Row, Left to Right - #27, #25, #36 
Middle Row, Left to Right - #5, #22, #08
Bottom Row, Left to Right- #32, #33, #30

Long lasting
Very pigmented
Water Proof

Hard to remove
Tad bit sticky with first application

Overall, these are really good liquid lipsticks considering the price of them. The only thing that wasn't fun about these is that, they are really hard to take off ,if you don't know what to use and they also took a month to arrive, yes! a month. Other than that these are a must have. I bought them from the Ebay seller etrackonline. If you're looking for a cheaper version of the higher end liquid lipsticks the Menow Long Lasting Lipglosses are for you!

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09 April 2015

Since I've made the decision to be natural...once again,  I've tried so many different shampoos, conditioners and oils. Some have been hits and misses but I think I've found a hit, Hit, HIT! Being an Influenster member, I got the chance to try the Dessange Paris Oleo Miracle Collection. The Oleo Miracle Collection has some unique oils such as, Argan (my fave), Camellia and Pracaxi. I must say that no other shampoo or conditioner have came close to the Oleo Miracle.

The Oleo Miracle Collection consists of the Replenishing Shampoo, the Replenishing Conditioner and the Replenishing Oil. The Replenishing Shampoo is probably the first shampoo that I've tried that actually feels like it's cleaning my hair but also adding moisture to it, at the same time. Usually, shampoos strip the hair strands of their natural oils but the Oleo Miracle Replenishing does the opposite.  I followed up with the Replenishing Conditioner which automatically turns the hair into bouncy, soft ringlets. With this conditioner it makes the hair more manageable and easy to detangle. The product is easy to move around and it doesn't take much. The scent is intoxicating and it's one of the many reason why I'm going to purchase. The fragrance of the Argan, Camellia and Pracaxi oil is the perfect.

For my curly kinky girls, this entire collection is perfect for our hair, it definitely defined my curls. After shampooing and conditioning my hair, I used the Replenishing Oil. With the mixture of oils, this oil is not heavy at all. It glides over the hair and keeps it moisturize for up to 4 days with out reapplying. If you have dry, brittle, and heat damaged hair, the Oleo Miracle Collection is perfect for you. I think I've found my new
"wash day" products!

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Hi, I'm Shade' and I'm addicted to tea. Really, I am. If you're Bahamian or from the Caribbean you were a tea drinker from a child because tea is an essential part of starting off the day. I think I take it to the extreme because, I can drink 3 or more cups a day, even on the hottest days! I got the chance to try out the Organic Dandelion Root Tea from Kiss Me Organics. It's amazing to see some of the benefits that some flowers and plants have that we just take for granted.

The Organic Dandelion Root Tea has a few benefits that are beneficial to our health, such as, promoting a healthier digestion and detoxing the liver and the kidneys. It also has vitamins A, C, D and B-complex plus Iron, Potassium and Zinc. It can also boots a weak immune system. This tea also has some other natural ingredients such as hibiscus and cinnamon powder. The hibiscus not only enhances the aroma but as well as the taste. Hibiscus have been known to regulate high blood pressure. The cinnamon adds an extra kicks but assists with reducing bad cholesterol and regulating blood sugar.

I'm loving the Organic Dandelion Root Tea, it has sweet taste of the dandelion and hibiscus at first taste and then, the zest of the cinnamon hits your taste buds at the end, very delicious. One cup is jammed pack with so much nutrition and it has 0 calories. Not only that, it's also vegan. If you're about promoting a healthier or you're just a tea lover like my self this tea is for you!

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04 April 2015

“Women think of all colors except the absence of color. I have said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.”  - Coco Chanel

The chilly breeze is gone now and all that's left is heat. Last weekend, I had a club social with my fellow classmates and friends. To sum last Saturday in once word... eventful. The evening didn't goes as planned but it was fun. Great food and good people is the perfect mix. I invited my A1, Ayesha for a added fun and my go to photographer. I decided to wear ALL white that night because it was so hot! I was praying for a little bit of breeze and I got more than what I bargained for. It when from the heat of the Sahara dessert, to a Class A hurricane (lol). The rain ended our night but it was a plus. I'm just going to check the weather report before I choose to wear all white again.

Blouse: Local Store | Pants: Burlington Coat Factory | Sandals: Go Jane | Bag: BagInc | Necklace: Choies 

Thanks for reading, have a great weekend!

03 April 2015

As I learn more about natural hair care, I'm learning about different oils and their purposes. When I got the chance to try the InstaNatural Peppermint and Lemon Essential Oils, I was very excited.  If you read my blog frequently, you would know that I am a big supporter of InstaNatural's products because, they're awesome! InstaNatural is is a leading online and global distributor of more than a dozen nature inspired beauty and cosmetics products. Their products are one of the top sellers on Amazon and can also be found in salons, spas and stores in the U.S, and internationally as well.

The Peppermint and Lemon Essential Oils are both multipurpose. The Peppermint Essential Oil energizes and refreshes the body and mind. This steam-distilled oil is extracted from dried or fresh leaves from the Mentha Piperita herb, giving it a sharp, menthol fragrance. This oil give off a strong minty fresh aroma. I decided to use this oil for two purposes, for room fragrance and a hair treatment. For the room fragrance, I mixed the peppermint oil with a cotton scented oil in a tea light pot and in no time, their was a refreshing aroma in the air.  I was excited to use the Peppermint oil for my hair treatment the most. I did a little research and I made my very own hot oil treatment, which consisted of, Argan Oil, Olive Oil, Shea Butter and Peppermint Oil. Peppermint oil is known for having hair restorative properties that aids in hair growth. I must say that it was one of the best hot oil treatments I've ever had and it's a bi-weekly routine for me now.

The Lemon Oil can be used for the same purposes as the Peppermint Oil but I used it for my skin. Lemon Oil is perfect for skincare. The scent alone makes it great but its astringent and purifying properties also make it a great aid to help cleanse and tone the skin, while delivering a boost of Vitamin C antioxidant benefits. Before bed every night for about 3 weeks, I would soak a cotton ball with water and add 4-5 drops of lemon oil and dab the spot with it. The spot has lighten drastically. The biggest thing I've learned about both of the oils, is that, they must be diluted when using them for anything; especially on skin.

I'm learning about other ways to use these oils because there are so many things one can use them for. I would recommend both of these oils to anyone who is interested in purchasing essential oils.

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