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Monday, December 31, 2012

Goodbye 2012!

2012 has been a decent year. Nothing special for me, however I thought it would be good to post some favorites and highlights I have had throughout the year.

Hair wise my product usage has been very minimal. I have been sticking to my suave for cowashing and am still looking for a new deep conditioner other than Lekairs which I have been using for years.

One product that I tried and loved recently has been the As I Am Coconut CoWash. That stuff is amazing! My hair was so soft after using it and funny that it did feel like shampooing my hair with zero lather. I hardly ever shampoo my hair because it dries my hair like crazy but I will definitely be keeping this in rotation.

I have fallen in LOVE with my handmade items! From my jewelry to my hair products. I made a few awesome moisturizers and body products that my skin loves. I have been making things for years but took a long break before starting back up again.

I have not used any commercially made soaps in like 2 years. My favorite soaps that I have made are actually my coffee based soap, as well as my peppermint spa bar and citrus smoothie soap. They are all awesome and my skin is super smooth from using it.

I also havent purchased a single piece of jewelry since last year. When ever I go out, I put together my outfit and end up making a piece that fits perfectly. This is where the few pieces I have posted on my jewelry site have stemmed from. I have a lot more that I will be putting up as well in the next few weeks.


My hair looked absolutely Glorious with the BKT treatment but over time the BKT did to my hair what an extremely over-processed relaxer would have done!! I want to try it again to see if I will get better results but I know I need to stay away from it big time!

MN has been good for my hair in the past but generic brands from Ebay are the devil!! If I ever use it again I will make my own mix. That way there will be no mysterious ingredients causing crazy shedding.

Consistency is everyones best friend, so I'm going to continue to be as consistent as possible with everything. From the hair, to the blog & youtube, to the kids, and everything else as well.

Trying to include others in things is going to be a thing of the past. Everyone has their own agenda and 9 times out of 10 are not interested in yours. So I'm done with that as well.. (again)

I welcome the new year and hopefully it will be a great year for us all!!

Happy New Year!!!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Spiced Juicy Pork Loin

This came out amazing!!!

So juicy and seasoned just right.

I started out by scoring the fat with a sharp knife. I placed the entire loin into a turkey oven bag and moved on to the marinade.

I used a bunch of whole spices but you can used what you have. Powdered is fine as long as it is fresh.

To season I used salt, black pepper corns, oregano, basil, sage, coriander, cumin, fennel, a little nutmeg,
I put all of these into a blender with apple cider vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, and toasted sesame oil and blended until all the whole spices were grinded down really well. I poured this into the bag with the loin and mushed it around until it was well coated.

Next I chopped up half of a large sweet onion and a red bell pepper, and put that into the bag as well along with a few tablespoons of minced garlic.

I let this sit overnight in the refrigerator so that the flavors melded together really well.

The next day I just put the entire bag sealed into a turkey roaster and put it into the oven at 350 for 2.5 hours.

When it was done cooking I took it out of the oven let it sit for a few minutes before taking it out of the bag. I then poured off most of the juice and put the loin on a serving platter, cut up another red pepper and the rest of the sweet onion and arranged around the platter to make it pretty and festive.

It tasted amazing!

My Berry Merry Christmas Tree & Chocolate Truffles

So, if you follow me on Facebook (or Twitter since I have them linked) you would have seen my posts for what I was working on for Christmas. I only made a few things this time but since both things were so much work I didn't miss the work.

I did a huge pork loin and a decorative mixed berry tree with truffles.

Serving platter
Freezer paper
Styrofoam cone
Double Boiler

Chocolate- I used a 3.5lb bag from Costco
3 containers of Strawberries
1 Costco size container of Blackberries
1 container of Raspberries

I started with the tree. I made a base out of freezer paper. The problem that I had with this was the paper was not heavy enough to carry the weight of the strawberries and since the chocolate took forever to solidify it started off really messy.

I ended up making a base out of chocolate clay.
To make this you just need to melt your chocolate and put in a little corn syrup.

I molded this into a circle and put the paper cone back on top. Then, I started back adding the strawberries. This time it worked out fine. After the first few rows I let the chocolate set before moving on.

It would probably be better if I would have had a styrofoam cone as the base covered in freezer paper or wax paper.

To put the tree together I used fresh berries with the stems cut off and dries with a paper towel. I dipped them into the chocolate cut side down and stacked them on top of each other arranging them in a circle around the base.

I continued alternating between the strawberries and blackberries until I go to the very top. I then went in and filled any gaps with raspberries and blackberries until it was pretty.

Next I started on the Truffles.

Double Boiler
Melon Baller -or- Clean Hands

Heavy Cream
Flavoring - Citrus rind of your choice( I used Tangeriene), Rum Extract, Almond Extract, Spices of your choice(I used cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves), & Liquor of your choice, ect...
Coating - You can use whatever you like. Almonds, Coconut, Chocolate, Cocoa powder, Powdered sugar, Cinnamon sugar, ect...

To make the truffles:

  • I start off with Heavy cream and Butter in a saucepan and bring to a boil. 
  • Turn off the heat and add the chocolate.
  • Wait a few minutes for the chocolate to melt, it will become glossy.
  • Then with a spatula fold the cream and chocolate together.
  • Next add any flavoring of your choice. If you are using spices it is good to infuse the spices into the cream first, rather then adding them at this stage.
  • If I am doing multiple flavors, I like to separate them into their own plastic pouches.
  • Refrigerate.
Now its time to form the truffles.
  • Use melon baller or you hands to make even round pieces. 
  • You can either refrigerate again so they are easy to handle if you are dipping into melted chocolate or just go ahead and roll them in the coating of your choice.
  • When they are all coated refrigerate one last time until you are ready to serve.
Its simple enough! Just time consuming. :)

I use a ratio or 1:4 cream to chocolate and a T of butter for every 1/4c of cream. This ratio gives me a consistency that I like and does not melt down at room temperature.

I sprinkled powdered sugar on top to make it prettier. :)

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Thinking Out Loud Thursday - TOLT *11*

Thinking Out Loud

  • Ive been thinking about adding MN back into my regimen somehow. I have been reading up on it and have seen that others have also experienced shedding with it.
  • When I used it before I used a tiny bit of it and saw an inch for that month.
  • Since I bought like 5 tubes of it and I dont like wasting stuff, I am thinking I might have used too much last time and next time I should mix it so I wont go overboard and use too much.
  • I am not going to do this while I am braided up, because I want to be able to see the effect it will have on my hair.
  • I'm not completely sure if I should do this with the MN that I have, because it might have been the other ingredients in the product that caused my shedding...
  • Also.. not sure if I am actually going to do this.. hence the reason why this is posted in my TOLT. :)
  • Next year I am going to add Ener-G and Marine Collagen to my vitamin regimen.
  • I am also going to re-up on my B complex, Pantothenic Acid, and maybe Silica.
  • I am not completely sure if Silica actually made a big difference in my hair. But I am sure that the B-vits all help a lot.
  • I am also going to start juicing daily again and doing protein shakes daily. My body loves this.
  • My little lady pretends she doesn't like things when she secretly does.... and she's greedy.
  • And she slaps my arm when I type things about her.. Like right now... Ouch!!!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Thinking Out Loud Thursday - TOLT *10*

Thinking Out Loud

  • OMG!! 10 weeks of TOLTs!! I only missed one in between but YAY for consistency!! lol
  • Been contemplating shaving my head for the past few weeks.
  • Last night I had a dream that I shaved and dyed my twa platinum blonde like Amber Rose...
  • No clue why, but it was actually kind of interesting because it made me think of how I have never played with color with my natural hair and I have also never had hair that short and why shouldn't I at least try it once right?
  • Meh... IDK. 
  • When I take out my braids in Feb I will know then if I really want to chop or not.
  • If I chop I will take my clippers and cut it down ALL the way.
  • I smell like coffee!! :D
  • Its been a week and a half and I have new growth!! Ahhh!! 
  • I looks like its about a 1/4". If thats true then I will be getting and inch for the month!
  • I have never been able to consistently grow more than my normal rate each month and it will be interesting to see if I can do it!
  • This Christmas I am not going to go crazy buying toys for the kids. Last year they were showered with so much crap!! I'm going to stick to clothes and shoes.. lol And Books!!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Hair Diary *9* - Braid Regimen & Growth Aids

I posted this video but forgot to put it on the blog so here it is.

Its been a few days now and the braids are holding up great!

This video goes over the basics of my braid regimen.

Every day in the morning I am spraying my scalp with brewed coffee. This helps wake me up in the morning and I am hoping that it will subside my shedding signifigantly. At night I apply my sulfur oil all over my scalp and spray the braids themselves with water and conditioner. 

Doing this keeps my scalp moisturized and dandruff free and my hair nice and moisturized. Taking care of the hair while protected is crucial. I made the mistake of neglecting my hair just because I was braided or sewn in and when I took them out my hair was very fragile.

I wont be making that mistake again. Especially not with my recent hair mishaps.

Growth Aids
Sulfur, for me has been a great growth aid. I dont think I have ever gotten an inch a month from it but I know for sure that it does help reduce my shedding and eliminates dandruff and itchies. 

Coffee has helped to reduce my shedding. It is too soon for me to know if it has actually boosted my growth rate but studies have shown that it is very effective in that way.

I am also taking vitamins.
Currently I am still taking Biotin, MSM, Iron, and a Prenatal as my multi. Next year I want to up the dose of the Biotin and MSM. I also want to add Ener-g and Marine Collagen as an added boost.

In Feb, I will judge the amount of growth by the length of all the baby hairs that are growing in and also by a length shot of my hair unstretched, just out of the shower.. Before I put the braids in, the very back had made it back to the top of my brastrap and I chopped a few small sections down in the middle where the shedding and breakage was really bad. My goal with the growth aids is to get back where I was and quickly re-make my goal of MBL before the year 2013 is over.

Will post more on this later. :)

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Everyday Eyes - Copper Penny - Holiday Makeup

This look is very pretty and very simple. The only tricky part is the liner, but with a little practice and a steady hand anyone can pull this off and look Fabulous!!

Products Used
MAC Indianwood
Wet & Wild Penny
MAC Coppering
MAC Saddle
MAC Smolder
Linear Intense
The Falsies

Hard Candy lipgloss - Piglet

Laura Mercier cream foundation
La Femme blush

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Thinking Out Loud Thursday - TOLT *9*

Thinking Out Loud

  • Why oh why.... The Voice.. Need I say more?
  • The bracelet I am wearing above is one of my favorites! As soon as I saw those pearls, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them and I think the execution of it is perfect! Very elegant.
  • I absolutely LOVES my hair in braids! They are so easy and manageable!
  • I'm curious to see if I can get an inch a month from the coffee and sulfur I'm using. I'm posting a video on that as soon as my iMovie stops tripping. :(
  • I'm thinking it might be time to do another cleanse. Probably would be good to wait till after the holidays to do it. :)
  • I want some olives...

Everyday Eyes - Sealed Parfait EOTD

Here is a quick eye look I did a little while ago that I never posted.

Products Used
MAC Forgery - inner corner & tear duct area
MAC Parfait Amour - lid color
MAC Signed Sealed - outer corner, crease, & lower lash line
MAC Rule - above crease
MAC Short Shorts - brow bone to highlight
MAC Smolder - upper lash line & water line
The Falsies mascara

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

New Set of Box Braids with a Twist! - Video

Here is a quick video showing the process I went through to achieve my latest hair style.

I sectioned the hair into 4. I like to start off the braids in the back and work my way up. I then did singles in half of the front section and french braids on the other side.

Then I took a break until I was ready to finish up that last section in the middle. I made each part very small.

For the singles I used a single strand and pulled the ends so that they would taper out at the ends. For the french braids I used my 3 strand method adding more hair at the ends so that they would be the same length as the rest of the singles.

When I was done I clipped the ends so they would not look as messy.

Because I cut the hair in half it is about the same length as my natural hair. I was going to dip the ends in hot water to make sure they dont unravel but havent yet. Maybe I will do that on video. :)

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Everyday Eyes - Clarity Blues

I did this last week before I took out the mohawk crochet braids. It starts off looking a little messy but the outcome is good. Not my best work but it actually looked wayyyy better in person. LOL

Products Used
MAC Clarity - lid & lower lash line
MAC Saddle - crease
MAC Carbon - outer corner
MAC Short Shorts - highlight brow bone & inner corner
MAC Aquadisiac
Sephora gel liner
ELF brow powder
The Falsies

MAC Brave New Bronze

La Femme Blush
Graftobian Glamaire

Hair Diary *8* - Hectic Weekend

So I took out my crochet braids on wednesday and spent a few days doing deep conditioning treatments.

I wanted to try a braid out again since I have attempted to do them in the past and was disappointed every time. This time I used a little Argan Oil Eco Styler gel and let it dry overnight in 8 braids.

When I took it out the next day, I was happy with the curl pattern and the way my hair felt. It was soft and luckily it wasnt dry and crunchy.

The problem was that as soon as I went to separate the curls and fluff the roots the entire thing went POOF! I wasnt feeling it at all so I immediately washed it out and contemplated what my next style would be.

I had 3 options.

  1. Another set of Crochet Braids
  2. Braid my hair and wear Mila Kunis-Jovovich, the lace wig. LOL
  3. Do a set of Box Braids
After a day or so, I figured, since I had the time and I committed myself to non-stop protective styles till the end of 2013, I should just go ahead and do the Box Braids and wear them till at least February.

I wanted something different so I did some squiggly french braids on the side and really small singles throughout the rest.

I'll post a video on this within the next few days.

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Everyday Eyes - Tilted Winks

I decided to start doing makeup videos again. I started my page doing makeup and loved it but the hair got in the way and ended up stealing the show! lol

Hey, two divas cant seem to ever share the same stage, right? 

Doing makeup vids means I can post more often then every few months!! I do not do my hair very often and when I do, do something that warrants a video I make an effort to record and post it. 

I have had a very boring and frustrating hair year...

So here is the latest makeup vid! I have a lot more ideas so there will be much more to come. :)

Products Used

MAC Surreal - Shimmery pale aqua with a gold undertone - Inner corner
MAC Woodwinked - Gold - Lid & lower lash line
MAC Carbon - Matte black - Outer corner and crease
MAC Saddle - Warm brown - Above crease and into brow bone
MAC Short Shorts - Shimmery ivory - Highlight brow bone and inner corner
Sephora gel liner - black
Maybelline The Falsies mascara
ELF brow powder

ELF lipgloss - Muted Mauve

Graftobian Glamaire airbrush foundation
ELF powder foundation to contour under the cheekbones
La Femme blush - Lilac Lace

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Thinking Out Loud Thursday - TOLT *8*

Thinking Out Loud

  • I forgot how much I love doing makeup videos. Definitely going to be doing them on a regular basis from now on.
  • Need to work on lighting, camera angles and such.
  • Plus makeup vids are easier to post more often because I dont do my hair that much.
  • Super pissed America voted off Amanda Brown from The Voice. 
  • Makes no sense to me how Terry won over her. He has been super boring the past few weeks.
  • Not sure how I want to do my hair next. Im thinking either box braids or another set of crochet braids. Hmmmm....
  • I think I have gotten a handle on my shedding. Between the coffee and the sulfur oil it seems to have slowed down a lot.
  • Before I put in this set of crochet braids I cut a few small sections down that were a little too thinned out. I'm going to have to be really consistent to make sure it all grows back really nicely.
  • I'm not sure if I'm going to make it to my goal of MBL next year, but I will be super happy if I do. Time will tell.
  • I think I might keep my hair out for 2 weeks and do some serious deep conditioning and any trimming needed, then put it in some Beyonce box braids. Not too thick though..
  • I've been out of castor oil for a minute! Need to stock up NOW!
  • Also need to stock up on Coconut oil as well.
  • Been slacking on my vits for the past few days!! Not good Mar!!
  • I did a workout the other day and I am paying for it now. I worked my thighs and butt and Dang! It hurts to sit!! SMH!! Me no likey... lol
  • I need to restock on my Clinique Moisturesurge. My fave! Its silicone based so it helps with oil control as well.
  • I deep conditioned overnight and my hair feels divine, even though I used a conditioner I hate. It smells like 90s bad perfume..

Giveaway Video!!

Finally its ready! So after much technical difficulty I finally was able to record and upload the giveaway video!

I also have another announcement! I have been working on my own jewelry line for the better part of the year and wanted to share my creativity and personality with you all on another level.

Everything on the site is Handmade by me and I have worn and tested each piece extensively to make sure that each will last and is of the quality that I strive for.

Obviously there are many others out there who are making jewelry and stuff, but every line is different and unique in its own way. I do not make my pieces similar to any other. I like to put my own creative twist on everything that I do and it shows in my work.

I have a few pieces posted up already and I am working on a lot more.

I will be creating unique hair sticks and clips, fashion jewelry, belts, among many other things. I have so many ideas and this is probably the best way for me to express my creativity.

Visit My Jewelry Shop