Natural Hair Love : Trusty Twist Out

Good things don’t happen over night, they take time…

I haven’t been wearing my natural hair for that long but before I started wearing my hair out, I scoured the internet for styles and hair care tips. I saw all these flawless styles and thought it was going to be  a piece of cake, right? WRONG!! Why was I wrong? Everyone is different and that means EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT. What works for one person may not work for me the way they did it, so I end up having to modify it to fit my needs. And let’s be honest here, YouTube leads you to believe everything is possible. My friend Amy, from Llewsoba, and I were talking about how before people film a tutorial they never tell you how many times they had to try it before they dub it their “first try”.

So in all honesty, I have attempted many twist outs before and have never been fully confident with the results. That is until I added two new things to my hair regimen.

Before I show you the amazing twist out, allow me to share with you my bloopers.

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To me, this wasn’t terribly bad but it wasn’t the result I was looking for. This was my first twist out ever and progressively the results became better and better.

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This was about a week after that one and as you can see the twist out is a bit more defined. The difference? I did the twist out on damp, nearly dry hair using As I am Twist Defining Cream.

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Even more definition I did smaller twists this time and I still used the As I am Twist Out Defining Cream.

And then…

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THIS TWIST OUT GLORY HAPPENED!! When I took them out I said “Ahhh…success!” Bounce + Definition = Success in my book.

I added two new products to my regimen and I didn’t pull apart the twists. I only unraveled them because my hair becomes much to frizzy when I start pulling them apart. Plus, I prefer the more defined look.

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You can find both of these at Authenticality Company and they have more natural and organic (yes, they really are natural and organic) hair and body products to choose from.

On the left is the 317 Total Moisture styling butter and on the right is Head to Toe Gorgeous conditioning hair and body butter. I can honestly say that both of these products have changed my hair for the better. My hair is frizzy and these two products have helped reduce the amount of frizz that occurs.

Remember, keep trying. Just because you don’t get the same results as someone else doesn’t mean that there isn’t something out there that works for you. And the first time isn’t always going to bring amazing results!

Have you repeatedly tried a style on your hair and got better results over time?

Electric Blue

The pop of color on the lower lash line is my new favorite thing. 

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I used two palettes to get this look.

Stila’s In the Know palette

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I used the orange color from this palette called “Fire” and “Clay” as the base color. Stila’s  In the Know palette is a great matte palette if you are on the hunt for one.

And,

Australis’s Neons and Neutrals palette

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I used the electric blue color from the neon colors.

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Other items used:

  • Rimmel’s pop lash mascara in purple
  • Maybelline’s big eyes  mascara in black (as the base)
  • NYX creme blush in orange
  • Anastasia’s dip brow pomade in ebony
  • Erzulie Cosmetics liquid mineral foundation in medium tan, Hekate lipstick, and Megastar goddess glaze

 

How do you feel about the pop of color on the lower lash line?

Marilyn Meets Johnny

The prettiest bras on the planet…

Awhile ago I got into touch with the designer of Marilyn Meets Johnny. Sophie, who is the designer, started making bras 2 years ago after going to a Pussy Cat Dolls concert. Before she had a successful business, she was making these gorgeous bras for the girls at her work. Sophie decided that she was going to put one on Ebay and it sold right away. Within 2 months, she had a full order book and she quit her full time job to make bras full time and ship them to ladies all over the world. Sophie started this business with only $40. Her, and the two other ladies she works with, live in Liverpool, UK.  Real Swarovski crystals or DMC mirror glass pieces are used and the bras covered in sequins are hand sewn.

These bras are amazing and one of a kind. Sophie has had offers to have everything made in China but she has declined because she wants her customers to be able to choose their own design and to keep a reasonable price tag on items. The sizes she has for bras are 30A – 42G.  She can bling anything!!

Bras are not the only things that are are blinged out by Marilyn Meets Johnny. They have a full selection of items including gloves, masks, high waist spanks, briefs, thongs, g-strings, heels, and the list goes on.

When Marilyn Meets Johnny approached me, to say I was excited to be on board is a complete understatement. I mean, c’mon, who doesn’t want a gorgeous sparkling bra?

I was instantly drawn to the Rhianna Carnival Bra collection. I got the Rhianna crystal bralet. From the name, you can tell this collection is inspired by Rhianna herself!!

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Like I said, the most gorgeous bras on the planet! No matter where you are, one can be shipped to you. Marilyn Meets Johnny ships worldwide.

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I really like these bras because they can be fashioned in so many different ways. You can wear it alone for some extreme fun or style it like I have with high waisted shorts and a button up sleeveless shirt over it. Spring and the dead heat of summer cannot come fast enough. I am just waiting to show this bra off and not freeze.

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If you have yet to notice, I love everything from Marilyn Meets Johnny. Everything from their shop is unique and gorgeous. Whether you need a little spice or a little fun, trust me, Marilyn Meets Johnny can make it happen for you.

Top reasons why I love Marilyn Meets Johnny:

  • Hand designed
  • Ships worldwide
  • You can custom design your own item
  • A wide range of sizes 30A-42G
  • Comfortable and crafted well
  • Many different styles to choose from (seriously, the possibilities are endless)
  • You can even send your own shoes to Marilyn Meets Johnny to have crystals put on them ( Like This )
  • And last, but certainly not least, everyone needs a blinged out bra

Visit them today at: MARILYN MEETS JOHNNY

Follow them on Twitter: @MMJDIVALICIOUS

Lush — Is it worth it?

I finally made it to a Lush store…

Ever since I started blogging I have read the 5 star reviews on the items for Lush. I was excited to get into the store and try out some of the products.

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I do like the fact that Lush uses fresh and organic products to create some of the items in their shops.

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I picked up a few items to see what all the hype was about. I always keep in mind, just because something does wonders for others does not mean that I am going to love it!!

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I got their new soap called Neon Love, which I am hoping it lasts quite awhile considering it was $6.12 for 0.1951b. It costs $31.40 per lb, so to preserve what little I have I will break it down into pieces. I know your probably thinking “Well, why did you buy it if you thought it was too much?”.  I bought it because it smells so damn good! It is a mix of passion fruit and cinnamon.

I also purchased their charity pot. The unique thing about Lush’s charity pot is that 100% of the purchase price is donated to grassroots charities around the world. Which I think is pretty awesome. On top of all that goodness it smells really good! Can you tell I am a sucker for things that smell amazing? This lotion is made with organic cocoa butter, almond oil, and ylang ylang. The little pot costs $5.95 and the larger pot costs $22.95.

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As soon as I saw this bath bomb I knew I couldn’t leave the store without it. This is the Phoenix Rising bath bomb. I love the colors and the scent is apple cinnamon. I wasn’t aware that each bath bomb has a story behind it. The purpose or meaning of this bath bomb is to always keep the belief that great things can rise out the ashes, just like the mythical phoenix! One of  Lush’s statements is that “We believe in the right to make mistakes, lose everything and start again.” This bath bomb costs $6.95.

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I was intrigued by their massage bars. I picked up the Close to You massage bar, it’s made with a mix of butters and a vanilla scent. And yes, you guessed it, this massage bar smells divine!! I thought this would be fun to share with my hubby. Since it is a massage bar it can be easily smooshed in between your hands for use. I am also considering breaking this down into pieces because it melts so easily and I think you could get more uses out of it that way. Also be sure that if you purchase a massage bar that you keep it somewhere cool. This costs $7.95.

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I picked up some FUN for my son. This stuff screams FUN!! It can be used as a moldable toy, soap, shampoo, or even for a bubble bath. I think this will liven up bath times. The blue FUN is made with Moroccan chamomile and lavender oils which are known to be soothing. This costs $6.95.

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The woman that gave me a full tour of the store swore by the Ocean Salt so she gave me a free sample. The sample jar holds a little more than a tablespoon and you only need a teaspoon of it to scrub your face. I tried this out last night as soon as we got home and I FELL IN LOVE!!!! It really does make your skin glow and this stuff does taste like the ocean. I know that sounds weird but some got on my lips and I tasted it and it tastes just like the ocean, which I think is amazing!! It is made with coconut, lime, and sea salt. It costs $21.95 for 4.2 oz and $35.95 for 8.8 oz.

The burning question, Is all of this worth it?

For these 5 items it cost $37.14 and yes, my eyes got really big when she announced my total. Yeah, look, I get it their stuff is “fresh and organic” but there are other shops out there that make the same products but for less. I think Lush is the soap version of Sephora or MAC. To me, it is a high end soap store. And yes, I get that their items are handmade and all that feel good stuff but, again, there are other shops out there that sell similar stuff for half the price. I know you are wondering “Well if it’s not worth it, then why did you buy all this stuff?” I bought it all because when you are in the moment and the sales people are telling you all the benefits, you succumb to some pretty outrageous things. One of my friends, who I won’t name (but you know who you are), bought a lip scrub and was kicking herself later for spending the $10 when it is something that could be made at home. In fact, I made my own lip scrub HERE with products that I have on hand everyday. Bottom line, I think Lush products are overpriced. After reading through their catalog I realized that some of their products contain parabens which a lot of companies, especially ones that claim to be “fresh and organic”, have cut out parabens from their ingredients completely. Why? Because parabens have been found to imitate the hormone estrogen which can cause problems in young girls such as hormone disruption. Also, parabens have been found in breast tissue that has developed cancerous cells. It’s not proof that parabens cause cancer but the possibility and the risk is still present. I always find it interesting when companies are fresh and organic but they use synthetic preservative in some of their products. That defeats the purpose in my opinion.

Even though their products smell divine, I won’t be buying from them again.

More information on Parabens also Google parabens if you like, there is a lot of information out there.

What do you think of Lush?

Acceptance

Sometimes I reveal pieces of my heart and soul…

I didn’t create this blog with one specific focus in mind. I knew I wanted to write about things that would help and inspire others. That help and inspiration may be in makeup, clothing, DIY adventures, everyday thoughts, or even just telling you a little about my life. I don’t share too much about myself with people I don’t know unless I truly feel it could help someone. As of late, I finally feel like this dense fog has lifted which has aloud me to move on from experiences that I would never wish upon anyone.

In October of 2013, my dad had an accident and we didn’t know if we were going to lose him or not. I lost my mother in 2000 to breast cancer and the thought of losing my dad left me rattled and lost. Thankfully, we didn’t lose him and he has been on a path of slow recovery. Words cannot express how grateful I am that he is still with us. My dad and I are very close. Since his accident though, things haven’t been the same. I know many of you are wondering at this point “What happened to him?”. He collapsed because his heart stopped for 15 minutes. Yes, you read that right, for 15 minutes my dad’s heart was not beating. Thank God that there was someone there who was able to perform CPR. I am going to take a moment to tell you, if you don’t know CPR learn how to do it because you never ever know who you can help. As a result of his heart stopping so did the oxygen to his brain which in turn has caused him to have to learn to walk and talk again. Sometimes he forgets things and he can’t carry on a conversation like he use to. He went from being completely independent to needing 24 hour care.

This morning while I was driving down the icy, snowy rode I started crying. I do not advise crying and driving at the same time, but thus is life. It hit me at that very moment that things would never be the same with my dad. It broke my heart all over again. I miss my dad terribly even though he is here, and I thank God everyday for that, it’s not the same as it use to be. I am having to learn to accept that he may never be where he was prior to his accident.

When life changing things happen you don’t think about having to accept them because you assume that you will be able to go back to life prior to that moment. Sometimes though, you don’t get to go back and those moments change your life completely. You have to learn to accept things as they are and move forward. You can’t hold onto the past because it will prevent you from accepting where you are. Learning to accept things as they are in life doesn’t mean that you are giving up. It means that you are choosing to move forward to continue to enjoy life and better yourself.

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Christmas 2012.

I love my dad and for him to continue to recover and progress I am going to have to learn to accept him where he is at now.

I am 25 and I feel like I know too much about life. Is that possible?