Saturday, June 17, 2017

DIY Raw African Black Soap Shampoo

Guest Blogger: Kishel J.
Raw African Black Soap Shampoo
DIY African Black Soap Shampoo

This Do It Yourself shampoo gently cleanses hair from constant product build-up. Unlike other shampoos it does not strip your hair or leave it feeling dry. The mixture of oils is what makes this shampoo exceptional. It reduces dryness and adds great moisture so I recommended adding as many oils as you would like.

Ingredients and Application Method
African Black Soap Shampoo
  1. 1 oz raw African black soap shaved into piece into a mason jar (smaller shavings dissolves faster). Add as little or as much hot water as you would like depending the consistency you would like.  
  2. Add the oils. 2 tbsp. Jojoba oil, 1 tsp argon oil, 10 drops vitamin E oil, 10 drops rosemary oil, 10 drops peppermint oil, 1.5 tbsp olive oil and 5 drops lavender oil. You may use alternative oils if you do not have what is listed.
  3. Stir and immediately you will see the soap develop to a lovely lather.
  4. Let is sit for at least 4 hours to allow the suds to dissolve.  Use as you would any regular shampoo.
  5. Store in the fridge when not in use.

African black soap has many medicinal properties due to it’s many organic materials.  It is a high source of iron and vitamins A and E. It helps with dandruff, kills bacteria and fungi, relieves itching and stimulates the scalp to promote hair growth.

Kishel J's homemade products are available for request by email. Click HERE. Another great hair treatment is the Fruit and Deep Conditioning Treatment using Olive Oil and other great ingredients. Take a READ.

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Summer Picks. Scratch of Sweden, NYX Cosmetics and Model Co.



The season is here! We are being graced with the presence of the sun for approximately 3 months in the Midwest. Hopefully this year it will spark more beauty dos and less don’ts. Less caking and baking and more skin focused cosmetics with subtle hints of color. With the season coming to full bloom sooner rather than later let’s hope for the best. Tis the season to be bright, a bit rachet but freaken fabulous. Here are one of many summer picks!

I have a love hate relationship with cosmetic lines but I love that they make so many different products that I will not completely disregard them especially during the Summer. First up, NYX Cosmetics.
summer makeup


NYX Cosmetics Intense Butter Gloss in Banana Split $6

nyx buttergloss lipgloss

nyx buttergloss lipgloss

I tried this lipstick on in November and I absolutely loved the formula. It was creamy, not sticky and intense. The color was a coral aka orange and made my lips look 2x the size they normally are. I enjoyed wearing it. Perfect for the summer, not so much for the winter. Wear this one when you are looking to make a statement. Bronzed skin, natural eyeshadows, no wing liner just a drop shadow on the lower lash line that consists of natural color like browns, tans and coppers with a hint of color or and some top of highlight in the inner corners. Trust and believe this lip color will take over the full show.

Scratch of Sweden Nail Polish in Frutti $15
Frutti Scratch of Sweden Nail Polish

Frutti Scratch of Sweden nail polish
Friendly formulated and pigmented to it’s full potential this bright and sparkling color is from the Sparkle Decorative and Top Coat collection. You can wear it alone or add it on top of another color to give it a different finish that consists of orange sparkles. It’s a great polish to wear on both the hands and the feet however I definitely recommend wearing it on the nails of the ring fingers or either the feet. Too much of this color on the hands will cause much unwanted attention in an office environment but definitely the right amount of attention to the feet when outdoors at a summer festival. Sparkle on bright one!

Model Co. Blush in Peach Bellini Blush $22

peach summer blush

peach summer blush
I received this blush in my BirchBox or either my monthly Ipsy bag and completely fell in love with it. It’s a powder blush that you can wear all year round in the summer states of Florida, Texas and California but is only brought out the darkness during the summer months in the Midwest. Like the nail polish Frutti, it packs a punch of color especially if you layer it. I love the fact that it shimmers as well meaning I can wear less highlighters and illuminators. It’s the perfect blush to pair with the Intense Butter Gloss because it adds that peach glow emphasizing your amazing cheekbones and skin. Hello summer. I’m ready.

Almost forgot. The summer shades are from Victoria’s Secret Pink. They are cute, just not on me so much.

Love! Love! Summer. Enjoy!
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https://www.modelcocosmetics.com/shop/blush-cheek-powder 
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https://www.scratchofsweden.us/product-page/frutti

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Stila Liquid Lipstick and NYX Cream Suede Dual


In an attempt to find the perfect matte lipstick NYX Cosmetics Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick and Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick are duking it to earn my love and dollars!

Semi-Obsessed
NYX Cosmetics Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Kitten Heels $7
NYX Cosmetics matte lipstick
OKAY! OKAY! I am semi-obsessed with this lipstick. I am absolutely in love with the fact that this cream to matte lipstick is only a fraction what Stila has cost me. I love that the wand is long and applicator brush has soft, small bristles that allows it to pick up just the right amount of product on both sides. I definitely admire how it bends slightly at the tip because it allows even more of a precise application.
The color is an orange-based red that makes my high yellow skin complexion pop and give off a glow that did not exist. Thank you NYX. Side Note: This lipstick has many admirers when I wear it, uh hmm, I meant when I wore it. I received so many complements from the guy I am seeing along with friends, family and social media followers. It literally helps my ego to be stroked thus making me want to wear it on those no so happy days.
The way I applied the lipstick was after moisturizing my lips and making sure I removed any excess oil. Once I feel and noticed the shine has gone away I swiped once on the bottom lips, blot the lips together, then a swipe on the top lip and then I use the wand to finish lining any areas that may have been missed.
NYX liquid suede lipstick on brown skin
NYX liquid suede lipstick on brown skin
Now here is the bad part, the product started to curl up and literally peel. I hated that shit. I’d literally think I was done applying the lipstick and blot my lips because it was actually matte. No. I could see the shit curl up on my lips causing me to blot off the curled up product. Yuck! Wanting to take it off because of the irritation, I took a few selfies then took that ish off as soon as I got home. 2 weeks after returning from vacation this year, I tossed it in the trash. I don’t like my lips feeling that way. Maybe I will buy another tube to see if the formula still curls up. Idk but Stila, let’s talk about my love for you.


Obsessed
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in BESO $25

Liquid Lipstick on brown skin
DUPE ALERT! This lipstick is pretty darn amazing as far as matching the color from the Suede Cream Lipstick but amazing in many other ways. I don’t have any regards spending ¼ of $100 of my hard earned money on this little tube that brings me momentarily joy. Ok. That’s a lie. I partly do. I love cosmetics but whew, sometimes my bank account is upset with me. Yes, the lipstick is amazing. I love the smooth application that is similar to the liquid swede minus the bend and the brush that allows me to use both front and back to apply to both the bottle and top lips without having to dip back in for more.
The color of this one looks almost blue based depending on the lighting however it does look a bit orange based as well. The consistency is definitely similar to NYX Cosmetics Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick, which is thin to medium. Of course you do have the option to add another coat to intensify the color or keep on one layer just to say, “Hey babe”. Seriously. No lie. I actually bought this color BESO because it looked so much like my other color Kitten Heels.
The way I like to apply this matte lipstick is after I have thoroughly moisturized my lips with a lip balm or a lip gloss. I wait 20 minutes and then I blot off the excess balm or gloss then apply the matte liquid lipstick that way my lips still feel hydrated and moisturized underneath but will still result in a matte finish. Yes.
Liquid Lipstick on brown skin
Stila Cosmetics All Day Liquid Lipstick on brown skin
Now the bad part. The one thing that I did not like about this lipstick is that it does stain clothes. It stays on the lips all day long but even with the slightest hug or touch from your clothing it will stain. Not good. My white shirt has a bit of lipstick on it that I cannot get out; my guy’s navy blue vest has some red on it that I could care less if he gets out;-). Point is, it stands. I think I may have to soak my white shirt in soapy water with a splash of bleach. Anymore than a splash can ruin clothes and I spend too much money on cosmetics to buy more clothes.

I loved the lip suede and I loved how the color looked on to my lips although I could feel it start to peel 2 minutes after I applied. Stila on the other hand won my heart due to the fact that it did not curl although it stained my cloths. Only one can dream of the perfect cosmetics. Oh well.

You know my model, “Quality over quantity. Fuck it. I will try both.”
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stilacosmetics.com

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Too Many Cosmetic Lines

Confessions of a Makeup Hoarder
too much makeup

I swear I love makeup. I love the ability to create and the re-create. What I am not loving is that makeup lines are launching left and right and now the current makeup lines keep launching new products literally every 2 months that it is hard to know what is good and what is long lasting. You literally cannot fully know if you love the products because you have another freaken product being thrown in your face. I do not even own a television and I see more advertising being done on YouTube, not so much on Twitter and a lot more on Instagram.
Shit, fucken Instagram feeds you those products to you as if you were dying from starvation and you have to have this product or you may not live. I cannot stand that. It has now gotten to the point where I refuse to buy products unless they are, prepare yourself for a list, 1. On sale 2. I can use a coupon code 3. It comes with a gift 4. I can use Kohl's Cash and 5. It's On Sale!
The last products I purchased were from Boston Store which was another bottle of the Beyond Perfecting 2 in 1 Foundation Concealer by Clinique, a Acne Wash (I don't have acne but I am prone to blemishes in my t-zone and blackheads on my nose), Take The Day Off makeup removing balm, another tube of mascara from Rimmel London, which is my favorite, that was only $6 from Walgreen's. Guess what tho?! I used a coupon for the Clinique purchases and both products came with 2 gift bags that had even more products. Awwwwww:-). The Clinique gift bags had a 5 sample sized and some regular sized items: coral colored lipstick that looks pretty but doesn't glide on as well as the Wet n Wild lipsticks, trio eye shadow palette with a mirror and applicator sponge (not a fan of those), a mascara (that I have yet to try) face moisturizer and makeup remover. The face moisturizer I will definitely use, probably the makeup remover when I travel and the mascara I will have to test out sooner rather than later.
The point is, there are so many cosmetic lines launching weekly if not monthly and I wonder how come there aren't restrictions on how much can be produced. Seriously. Like all the packaging and the chemicals and the consumption and the waste of the crappy products. It's like HELLO, some of the stuff is not good at all. It is actually bad for your skin in general and the others are so good but cost so much damn money that I really do not want to buy more when a month or two later they are releasing another makeup product that I do not need but want.
Oh gosh. I love cosmetics but please stop overwhelming us with these products.

As I always say, "Quality over quantity. Fuck it. I'll try both".

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Clinique's Take The Day Off


I have fallen in love and I kind of feel silly about it. Last week was life changing and along with those overall changes came the need for a binge on much needed skincare products.

Obsessed Take The Day Off by Clinique $29
makeup removing balm
I had been eyeing the makeup removing product since I seen it on Desi Perkin's YouTube channel and in Ulta staring at me like "Buy me now!" so I did. I swiped the plastic devil and I felt slightly guilty but not guilty enough to stop the purchase mid transaction. It has been less than a week and this product has been lifting my spirits and makeup off since then. I love it. Coming in a great 3.8 ounce container with a twist off top, the packaging is definitely not on the lower end side. As with all the Clinique products that I have, I love the clean packaging along with the shelf life. Then again, idk how long it actually is because I go through this products more than I go through relationships.

Now for the part that made me feel kind of feel silly. This product I love but something about it seemed vaguely familiar as I scooped out the first portion. Smelling it and looking at it while massage it in between my fingers, I knew what it was. It was raw, fragrance free, organic like and reminded me of raw coconut oil. Take The Day Off is a balm, raw coconut oils feels like a balm and this is definitely what a styling balm for the hair reminds me off.
makeup removing balm
What I love about this product is that it isn't overly oily but greasy enough to remove the product within a few moments time. The second thing I like about this product is that it is fragrance free. However I really believe that this is raw oil. Correct me if I am wrong Clinique because it melts onto the face like coconut oil and even after you rinse the product off, your face feels soft and not oily like it was slathered with coconut oil.

Application Method
Stare in the mirror and take your last selfie of your amazing makeup
Use a small, disposable spatula to take a nickel size portion and place it the palm of your hand
Rub hands slightly together and start to massage the product onto the face keeping the eyes closed
Massage for 1-2 minutes
makeup removing balm
Rinse off product and makeup
Wash face with your normal cleansing product
no make up
Towel blot dry and apply a face moisturizer

Overall I am pretty happy with my purchase although I was tempted to return it and use my $6 bottle of raw, organic coconut oil, I will kept it. Like I always say, "Quality over quantity. Fuck it. I will try both."

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Lorac Pro+Fiber Mascara Is . . . !

I thought that I would be in love with this mascara, I really did but unfortunately I am not. I purchased this small goodie from Ulta 3 months ago. It was a birthday gift to myself. I bought the sample size, the cheap size although I should have gone into Macy's or Kohl's and simply asked for a sample. FYI if you didn't know these stores have them, they do. Check out my post Sampling Day.



Not Obsessed: Lorac Pro+Fiber Mascara $22
Fiber Mascara




Pretty and so perfect, I thought this sample size portion of mascara would be perfect for on the go and I'd batter my longer lashes but it was all a lie. It's such a shame because the packaging is so freaken perfect. The tube is all black and has rubber-like texture which is good for gripping. The wand is typical and the spoolie meaning the tip goes from wide to narrow which is perfect for creating volume and curl. It is the synthetic material which I normally should stay away from because I do not care for it. I like the silicon tips.

According to the company it is supposed to be a "...buildable, volumizing and lengthening formula... packed with PRO power". It doesn't. Week after week my application method would change to see if I could make them look as full and as volumized as it promises but it never did. I tried shaking the wand from left to right while working from the lash line to the tips. I tried applying it very slowly and turning as I applied. I tried lighting my pressure. I tried the eyelash curler before and after, hence the photo below, and nothing worked.
Fiber Mascara


Does my eyelashes look volumized to you?
Lorac Pro Fiber Mascara
I'm so sad. Maybe I will try using this mascara solely on my bottom lashes. Those look descent after using this mascara. I struggle with short and sparse lashes.  

Fraud Alert!
Also what's up with the faux advertising on their website? It shows a before and after picture of some lashes, click here. You can clearly tell that there is an eyelash band on the top and no band on the bottom. Her top lashes have tripled in volume and somehow created the perfect, straight black line in her inner, upper waterline. I cannot stand when companies sell dreams without a disclaimer stating that there were enhancements used. Yes, I do know makeup ladies and gents. Professional and Licensed and Practicing Cosmetologist for almost 10 years now. Makeup isn't just my hobby. It is my obsession.

Sorry Lorac, this one was not good. Oh well, you know my model, "Quality over quantity. Fuck it. I will try both."

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Rodan + Fields Microdermabrasion Paste is a YES!


Obsession: Microdermabrasion Paste $80
Roday + Fields microdermabrasion paste


I am a avid fan of having glowing and almost blemish free skin. Recently I was contacted by an independent consultant for Rodan + Fields, a skincare brand from the developers of Proactiv. Super happy about them reaching out to me, I ecstatic to accept whatever products she was offering although she was reaching out for a job opportunity. Not one to miss out on an opportunity to try before I invest, I asked what products could she send me to sample. 4 weeks later the package has arrived.

Roday + Fields mircrodermabrasion paste

Coming in a little of a sample size portion I opened the envelope to find 2 night time creams and one small sample size of a Microdermabrasion Paste that was good for 4 washes.The consistency of the microdermabrasion paste is medium. When rub in between the palms of the 2 hands, you can feel and see the gritty buy going to be awesome effects of the granules exfoliating the skin. When looking directly at the paste, it is a white, pearlescent color and you can see a bit of a glow.

Roday + Fields Microdermabrasion Paste


Application Method
Cleans skin with a gel cleanser Elf Cosmetics Daily Face Cleanser
Rinse with lukewarm water
Towel blot a bit dry but still leave the skin a bit moist
Apply a nickel size portion to the palms of your finger tips
Work in small circular motion around face (avoid eyes) and try to use not much pressure
Continue working into it disappears and starts to create a glow
Rinse with lukewarm to cool temperature water
Towel blot dry
Apply face moisturizer or oil

After I rinsed my face I was so amazed. My skin looked and felt to soft and there was a bit of a glow. I live for a glow especially since I am aging. Yes love. I live for a great microdermabrasion treatment. Now to fork out the dough.

Quality over quantity. Fuck it. I'll try both.

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