Fun Summer Nails

DIY, Style & Beauty

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Happy Saturday everyone!

I wanted to share another way I play with my nails. Of course I had to use colors from my fave nail polish line Ruby Kisses.

Here are the colors. The black and silver glitter are not pictured (both from Wet n’ Wild).

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FYI:  I use glitter sometimes as a top coat instead of clear.  It’s seem to last a little longer that just a clear top coat.

Talk to ya soon!

Brandi

Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Product Line Review

Hauls and Product Reviews, Natural Hair

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Hello lovelies,

I started using some products from the Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Line back in November of 2014 after I cut my hair.  I am actually impressed with all of the products that I have used, because I have tried other natural hair care product lines and was under-whelmed with some of the products.  This hair care line advertises for not using chemicals with sulfates (harsh soap), silicones (coats hair strands), parabens (preservative), and mineral oil (heavy oil).  I will briefly review each product.

The sulfate-free cleansing shampoo is great.  It removes buildup and cleans my hair without my hair feeling stripped or dry.  One thing that I noticed about this shampoo is that my hair had curl definition.

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I like the conditioner because my hair feels really soft and manageable.  I like to sit under my bonnet dryer so that the conditioner can penetrate my hair shafts.

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I really like this leave-in conditioner.  It’s thick and creamy.  It keeps my curls defined when I do my twist outs.  I like to use it as a daily moisturizer when my hair feels dry.

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I really like this co-wash.  It does a great job cleaning and conditioning my hair at the same time.  What I normally do is massage the co-washing on my scalp and hair then rinse it out as a shampoo.  Then, I put some more on my hair for a few minutes for some conditioning. I rinse it out, put some leave-in conditioner in, and style.  This co-wash is great!  I was really impressed.

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Be on the look out for more product reviews and hair care tip!

Brandi

Ruby Kisses Matte Lipstick: A Purple Affair

Hauls and Product Reviews

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Hey lovelies,

I am here to do a review on my Ruby Kisses lipstick Purple Affair.  I love the boldness of the color. Jessica wore it first and got a lot of positive feedback at work.  I had to capture the color on her. 

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I really like how smooth it goes on.  If you ever try this brand, make sure that you do not put any chapstick on before applying the lipstick.  It will not come on as smooth.  I conditioned my lips but I wiped away the oil before applying.  FYI the I paid  $2.99 for this color. 

DIY Beauty: Homemade Sweet Oatmeal Mask & Acne Update

DIY, Healthy Living

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Hey lovelies!

I wanted to share an oatmeal mask concoction I made last week just playing around in the kitchen. If you’ve been following my blog I have been finding alternative natural beauty and health remedies. I had some leftover grounded oatmeal and made a mask to soothe and pamper my skin.  Oatmeal helps  clear blemishes , even skin tone, and it helps skin retain moisture.

Here’s what I used and the process:

1. Oatmeal- about half a cup.  I didn’t measure exactly.
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2. Then I added maple syrup, brown and white sugar. I’ve used sugar to exfoliate my skin.

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3. I added water to mix everything and then I heated the mix for 30 seconds.

I added more water to create a paste than would be easy to spread and to cool the mask a bit.

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4. I put the warm mask on my face for about 20 minutes. The warm mask felt really good. Then rinse it off.  If the mask is too thick just throw the chunks away.  My skin felt soft.

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Be on the look out how I cleared my acne prone skin.  I am going to do a thorough break down of what I did from a holistic approach.  This was my skin at its absolute worst.  It looks pretty bad and it felt even worse. I know there are others who have dealt with or are continuing to deal with moderate to severe acne.  There is hope!  I learned how to listen to my body and did a lot of research.

OPI Nail Experience: Nail Lacquer and GelColor

Hauls and Product Reviews

Hello everyone!

I feel as though I have been away from the blog.  Over the weekend, I was out-of-town for  a wedding to support my sister, the bridesmaid, and help our friend out for the wedding.   I had a chance to get a manicure and pedicure.  This particular salon has primarily OPI nail products.  Since I haven’t used OPI products before, I thought it would be a great opportunity to try them out and share my experience with them.  I chose to try a Nail Lacquer for my toes and the gel for my fingers.

Let’s start with the GelColor I chose–You’re Such a Budapest

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I was told that the gel would last up for about 3 weeks with no chipping or anything by several people.  The gel chipped the same day I got my nails done. I have to say that the color of the gel was not as bright as the color of the cap but I thought the softness of the purple was still pretty.  I do have a disclaimer.  The nail tech did not do a great job of removing all of my polish and she did a poor job of applying the gel.  Another stylist had to redo my pedicure.  My sister got a mani using a OPI gelcolor and her gel peeled four days later using another tech who did a great job with her manicure.  Here’s my nails after three days of wear.  My thumbs were completely free any gel at this point due to peeling and chipping.

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Now to the lacquer–Got a Date To Knight

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The color was really pretty and soft.  My concern with this lacquer is that it was too sheer even after applying several coats to my toenails.  I am not a fan of sheer colors because the polish doesn’t look even.

I must say that I was underwhelmed with the polishes especially for the price $6-10 for the lacquer and $19 for the gel. I definitely am interested in trying other brand gels nail colors.

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