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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

A day with my hair

I have been wearing my hair in kinky twists for about a month or so and decided it was time to take them out. I cut the ends off and me and my lady began to unravel them one by one. I then hopped in the shower and slathered my hair with suave vanilla floral conditioner. I let that sit for a few minutes and then began to detangle. Section by section, starting from the ends first I worked through my hair.

When all of that was done I shampooed my hair with Creme of Nature shampoo, massaging it into my scalp. I rinsed very well making sure my scalp was very clean. I then added a little more suave conditioner to my hair and let it air dry for just a few minutes so that it was not dripping wet.

I noticed that there was some breakage so I decided to use my ApHogee 2step protein treatment. I made sure that it coated my hair completely while blow drying section by section. When it was all dry I then rinsed it out very well. I then applied Lekairs conditioner and let that sit overnight.

When I rinsed that conditioner out the next morning... It felt like Buttah Baby!! So soft and silky smooth. I wrapped it up and am currently getting ready for my next protective style... Stay tuned! There will be a tutorial!! :)

Mar ♥

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Another style

This style I did a little while ago and am just now getting the chance to put it up. Same chick from before. What I did was I added 27 piece hair around the back and one side. I cut and layered it real nice. I then added longer pieces to the top and other side cut it in a kind of feathered style and curled it away from the face. I loved it!! It looked great in person, I wish I could have gotten more pics.

Enjoy!!




Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Inspired by- Rihanna

I wanted to do another look today. This time I thought that since I get tons of comments saying I look like Rhianna I might as well do a tutorial for one of her makeup looks. I always love Rhianna's makeup. Always flawless, creative, and fresh! I just might do a few more in the future.

Here's a pic of the look I recreated...

I absolutely LOVE it!! Its simple, yet bold. The red winged liner is FAB!! The soft brows and nude lips bring it all together.

Here's my recreation...





















Without the lashes...





I still don't see it.. lol Maybe a slight resemblance... :P

Products Used
EYES
UDPP
Ricepaper e/s
Sushi Flower e/s
Saddle e/s
Rule e/s
Makeup Mania Red lip liner
Poste Haste e/s
Loreal linear intense liquid liner
Loreal HIP Kohl liner
Lashes from ebay

LIPS
Brave New Bronze l/s

FACE
Ben Nye Banana powder
La Femme blushes in Pink Velvet and Russet
MAC Shape powder in Lightsweep

I did not apply any foundation or concealor because of the heat and humidity. It is finally getting hot in my area! I dusted the Banana powder over my face and by the time I was finished applying the rest of my face I was shiny again. Next time I'll use MUFE HD powder to see how that hold up. My skin gets so greasy! 
The pics are not very clear because I used my nikon coolpix (old camera) to take them. I have to buy a new SD card for my Canon PowerShot (New!) because all of a sudden it wont read any of the others I already have.. Grrr.. So many technical difficulties! But everything will be up and running very soon. I have HUGE plans in store! 

Much Love!
Mar <333

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Progress since the BC!!

I just took my lacewing off. Decided that it was time to let my hair breathe. I took out my braids and this is what my hair looked like. 






I believe that I had my hair in this protective style for about 1.5 months. I expected for there to be a lot of shedding when I detangled especially with my use of MegaTek. Here are a few length shots. Now mind you I chopped my hair down to about 3-4" in Feb. Its been 3 months since so I should have around 1.5"of new growth. Right?? Why dont you tell me.. 






Bangs


Sides


Nape


It looks to me like it has gained at least 2-3"! I am going to attribute that to my topical growth aid that I made and my vista. I actually stopped using my scalp cream about a week or so ago because of my work schedule I seemed to have forgotten it. I have kept consistent with my vista for the most part so its all good!



After the length check I then began to wash my hair. I wet it down then slathered it with suave coconut conditioner. I detangled it with a wide tooth comb in order to remove as much shead hair as I could. I got a large amount of shedding but not too much. Nothing to worry about. I then shampooed my hair with creme of nature twice to remove all the build up I had on my scalp and hair. Then I cowshed with suave coconut to soften the hair back up. I did not rinse it out. When I got out of the shower I smothered my hair with Lekairs cholesterol plus and motions conditioner. Left it on overnight. Since I am letting my hair breath I will be cowashing daily and wearing my hair in a simple protective style.

I have it in a ponytail at the moment when I do something to it I will post it here. I gotta do my lady's hair today also. Lets hope I don't forget. She needs a good cowash! Then I'm going to braid her up and throw on some knockers. Will twitpic!!

Mar
         

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Fantasies in Fashion!


The hottest and the biggest fashion show to come to Buffalo, NY. Hosted at the Towne Ballroom!

Producers West Coast Club Life will bring Fantasies in Fashion: Buffalo’s first annual music, fashion and art expression to the city on May 29th, showcasing an enormous array of entertainment to guests.

West Coast Club Life’s theatrical delivery will thoughtfully arrange elements of well-known fashion designers from Southern California in a way that appeals to all senses and emotions.

Models will showcase the hottest clothing and swimwear while DJ’s collaborate to live orchestras’ stimulating thoughts and emotions. Guests will have the opportunity to take a break from the action and enjoy local artists and comedians. VIPs’ will have photo opportunities with models and designers while guests experience a red carpet event never to be forgotten. Community awareness for this event will be far and wide with portions of proceeds going to Literacy Volunteers of Buffalo and Erie County.

French fashion designer and entrepreneur Christian Audigier, will be showcasing his new line “Crystal Rock”.
I
n addition local designers will be present at the event. 

Doors open at 7 pm.
Tickets pre sale now at $15 until May 15th then regular price of $25

Attendees can purchase tickets in advance at www.westcoastclublife.com Tickets may be purchased at Town Ballroom box office, online through tickets.com, over the phone through tickets.com (1-888-223-6000), and at Tops Market locations.

http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?orgid=28487
Email: dave@westcoastclublife.com / carl@westcoastclublife.com


Yours truly will be doing some of the makeup at this event. I am so excited!! If you are in the Buffalo area and/or will be attending the event give me a shout on Twitter or email me!! marand313@gmail.com

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Freshwater Knight FOTD

Last night I attempted to go out...



I looked Fabulous! From head to toe! Cute hair, fly outfit, hot ass shoes!! And makeup was Bangin'! IMO
Sadly it was one of the worst nights I've had... ever... Oh well. I didn't even get INTO the club! People just do not know how to act once the weather warms up.. Ughh...
I took pics before I left! lol for a change! I'm a little upset because my SD card broke (kids) and it is not detected in my new camera (which I am still trying to learn how to use :P). I had to use my other camera to take the pics. The other cam does not flash any more for some reason...

But here they are....




Luckily, I used a great base and primer last night! My makeup is still intact! So here are some pics in natural light...









Products Used:

Eyes
UDPP
NYX Jumbo pencil in Slate
Silver Fog e/s
Knight e/s
Freshwater e/s
Carbon e/s
Saddle e/s
Ricepaper e/s
Black sparkle eyeliner from sallys

Lips
Fabby l/s

Face
La Femme blush in Golden Sunset

I did not use any foundation or concealor because it was hot and I did not want to come home any shinier then I already was. The men were comin for me left and right! Haha! I am not wearing the blush or the lipstick in the last set of pics.

Hope you like!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

My take on transitioning from relaxed to natural!!- All about the technique

In my opinion, when dealing with your hair, it is all about the technique. You can use the most expensive products and have the same outcome that you can achieve when using more inexpensive products. It is how you care for your hair that matters.

The most important thing to remember when handling your hair is to always treat it like a piece of fine silk. Never pull and rip a comb or brush through your hair. Especially when transitioning! The difference in the 2 textures make it very easy to break. Always be conscious of the line of demarcation. This is where the relaxed hair ends and the natural hair begins. This is where you may encounter the most damage and breakage when transitioning.

See how I detangle my natural hair in this video.

You want to be just as if not more careful of how you comb out and detangle your hair when transitioning. Do not comb or manipulate your hair when it is dry. That IMO is just asking for trouble and breakage. You may have heard that hair is at its weakest when wet and you should not brush wet hair. For natural hair I believe that it is the other way around.

A comb will never touch my hair without some type of moisture in it. My hair has to be either soaking wet and/or slathered with conditioner in order for a comb to glide through without causing tons of breakage.

Make sure you take your time when dealing with your hair. Never try to do your hair when you are in a rush or frustrated. Just ponytail it and come back to finish it later. You must always have the patience to take care of your hair when transitioning.

As I stated above... Its all about the technique. How you care for your hair will always give you results no matter what products you are using.

Makeup Mania haul...

I have heard alot about La Femme blushes and decided that I wanted to try them out. I did some searches and for a few websites that sold them. They are actually incredibly cheap. I decided to purchase from Makeupmania.com

I also found some other things that I was also interested in purchasing for my kit from this site such as, Ben Nye Banana powder and a Japonesque emtly lip palette.

I made my order and got free shipping because it was over $100. I waited for it to come in the mail... I waited and waited... and waited....

I did call in to speak to someone.. Finally I received my package about a month later. They told me many of the items I ordered were on back order and they had to restock because of an overwhelming amount of orders of those particular products, mostly the La Femme blushes!!

Ok so, I cracked open my box to discover one of the items I ordered missing. Called them yet again to find out what was going on and finally just a few days ago I received all of the rest of the products that I ordered, over 2 months later... ughh...

The quality is good, so was the customer service even though I did have to play phone tag alot. All in all I would order from this company again but I would call and make sure that they had the products that I wanted in stock ahead of time to avoid what I experienced with this order... Call me crazy but some of their prices are unbeatable!

Heres what I got...


The blushes were $2.50 each. I got 22 of them! I do wish that they had a wider color range. I was looking for some darker shades of brown.. Maybe I'm being picky, they do have a TON of colors.. :P




Ben Nye Banana powder and Neutral set powder.




La Femme cake mascara in Brown and Black.




3 Lip pencils




4 brow pencils

I also got 2 eyeliners in blue and black (not pictured).. Nothing special.




& finally a Japonesque double sided empty lipstick palette. Great for the kit!!

My FOTD for the meet and greet last night

I am still trying to figure out this new camera so The pics are nothing spectacular... But here you go!







I should have taken these ahead of time because by the time I got back home my shin was so shiny!
Next time!! 

I havent worn Blue eyeshadow in a so I decided to throw this on..

Products used:

Face
MAC Studio Fix Fluid foundation
La Femme Blushes
Petticoat MSF

Eyes
Electro sky pain pot
Clarity e/s on the lid
Tilt e/s in the crease
Deep blue green pigment in the outer corner
Ricepaper e/s to highlight
Brow shader to fill in brows
Loreal linear intense liquid liner on upper lash line

Lips
NYX round l/g in Brown Topez

A friends FOTD

I did my Friends makeup the other day and just thought that I should post pics.


I wanted to do something a little different because I have been kinda stuck in the same old ways.. Not that that is a bad thing but change is always good. I had a peachy mauve theme in mind as I was doing this. I really like how it turned out. For the lips I mixed a few things together to create a unique look.

I used 2 La Femme Blushes on her cheeks. These blushes are highly pigmented!!

Products used:
Graftobian HD foundation
Ben Nye Banana set powder
Quite Natural paint pot
Warming trend e/s
Glamour Check! e/s
Poste Haste e/s (one of my absolute Faves!!)
Saddle e/s
Skintone 2 e/s
Brow shader to fill in eyebrows
Fluid l/s
NYX Indian Pink l/s
La Femme blushes in Bordeaux and Brick Red
Redhead MSF

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

27 pieces...

I myself have never worn a 27 piece. However since I am a hairstylist I do them for others. My best friend wanted her hair done. She wanted something different because she is attempting to switch up her look for the summertime!! Everyone should look their best when the warm weather hits!

So I did her a quick cute 27 piece. I have not seen anyone wear it this way before. So here are the pics!!













She loves it!! I love it!! Im actually thinking of doing one on myself since my hair is shorter I can actually wear these types of styles now. I glued the hair to 3 wig caps to make sure that absolutely no glue touched her hair!

So what do you think??? Yay?? or Nay??
;)
Mar

Monday, May 17, 2010

My lacefront and updates

Over the past month or so I have been wearing my hair braided underneath my lacefront wig. This is going to be my protective style for a little while longer. I do not glue it down every day when I wear it. I do however glue the front hairline down and tie it with a scarf for a few minutes when I am going to be out or if the wind is blowing to keep it secure. Don't want the wind to blow the hairline up while in the middle of a conversation you know.. lol

I wash my lace wig every other day to keep it looking fresh. I have found that the hair on this wig really needs to be freshly washed sometimes daily or it gets really tangled. I condition with every wash using a deep conditioner once a week.

As for styling the wig.. I mostly just wear it straight. This wig is light yaki chinese hair. And for me it is very hard to curl. I have spent countless hours in front of the mirror trying to get it to curl with my FHI iron. Only to achieve a bump at the ends.. lol Then the bum falls completely by the end of the day.... :/ Oh well.

I redo my braids every other week when they feel loose or too frizzy. I remove my wig every night and put it on my wig head. I tie my hair down with a satin scarf. I shampoo my scalp while my braids are still in every week to keep it nice and clean and itch free.

I have been using my scalp cream that I made every day as my topical growth aid. It contains both sulfur powder and MegaTek, along with a few essential oils.

I am working my way back to getting everything back on track!! I have started back on my vits been consistent for about a month or so. My skin is starting to clear up!! Yess!! I have noticed that I am a bit more energetic also. Yay for me!!

I actually bought this wig about 2 years ago from a chinese vendor. I have old pics in my fotki album HERE and I recently twitpic'd it HERE and HERE

The password to the LF album is ltyaki
All the specs on this particular wig are in the info portion of that album.

I do want to get another lace wig. Next time I will try out Indian hair!! Gotta do some research on the current vendor that are out there now.

Mar

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Getting back on track!!

It can be very easy to lose your way and forget to keep up with your hair regimen. I myself have found that since I cut my hair I have not kept up with the things I used to do with my hair.
I have not been wearing my satin scarf every night, which in my experience is a huge nono...
I have been washing whenever I feel like instead of sticking to a weekly regimen of shampooing and deep conditioning...

Bad Bad Mar!!! Lol

However, I have kept up with my daily cowashing. This I can say makes up for my lack of consistency. My hair remains soft as ever and I do not experience too much breakage.

Don't get me wrong... If I do keep this up then I will not make much progress. I will not make it back to BSL. Therefore, I must nip this in the bud!! My life as a hard working single mom has been absolutely Crazy!! There is not much about myself that I do actually put online. However things are beginning to get a little easier... (I hope lol)

I have now made the decision to get my hair back where it needs to be. I am going to put myself through a personal challenge so that I can be better all around! Hair, health, all together healthy happy lifestyle for all of us in my household... Is that possible??

I recently moved into a new house. Met family members who I never knew existed!! And cut ties with more people who brought negativity to my otherwise happy life. Chopped off all my hair...

Ummm.... Yea I think it's about time to start fresh lol

My laptop is busted for now. I'm posting from my iPod.. :P I will be able to go into greater detail and post more often once I get it fixed.

But right now I am going to start off by shampooing and deep conditoning my hair. I am then going to throw in some French braids as my protective style for the week. By then my laptop should be fixed... I think...
In the mean time I am going to go through all my old posts for old techniques and such so that I can come up with a simple game plan.

That's all for now!!
Ttys!!
Mar

Sunday, March 28, 2010

More on Brush Belts!

So I recorded a few vids on my brushes and this one on my brush belts. Youtube is acting up way to much and has bee for the past week or so! It is literally taking an entire day to upload 5 min videos!!
I mean WTF!! It usually only takes 20-30 mins!!

I have recorded a bunch of vids and this one was the only one that I was able to get through. I have one more trying to upload right now and that one is saying 35 hrs...

Any way here are my brush belts... One from ebay, one from coastal scents. You can actually find both on ebay. I love the big one! So happy I found it!! I might even buy another one just because.. :P

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Bold Lips!! Neutral eyes...





Finally recording makeup tutorials!! yay!!

I wanted to do something simple and since I have lately just been walking out the house with eyeliner, mascara, lipstick or lipgloss, I thought I would do something that reflected me at the moment. So here you go!




Products used:

Eyes
UDPP
MAC Soft force e/s
MAC Expensive pink
MAC Spiced chocolate
28 neutral palette
Rimmel rich brown eyeliner
Loreal Linear intense liquid eyeliner
MAC Smolder
Maybelline Lash Stellito
MAC Brow shader kit

Lips
NYX Deep purple lip liner
MAC Speak louder
Sephora Lip gloss in Rosy glow


Face
Graftobian HD creme foundation
MUFE Hd powder
MAC X-Rocks
MAC Grand duo mineralized blush
MAC Petticoat MSF

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