Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Face of the Day!!

Photo taken by Lee McDowell

Here is the FOTD featuring one of my wonderful model: Chenoa S.

In this photo I am wearing the Milani Smooth Finish Cream to Powder Foundation with Milani's Even Touch Powder lightly dusted over with a simple natural eye (no eyeshadow) lined with Milani's Liquify Black Eye Liner. I also used Milani's Baked Bronzer in Golden. For my lips I used Victoria's Secret Lip Gloss in Bananas.

I absolutely love this picture. Shout out to Chenoa for allowing me to be a part of this photoshoot and also for giving me my first opportunity in front of the camera!! Thanks girl!! 

Monday, July 25, 2011

Team Natural Hair

Hey Loves,

So I've been on my natural hair journey for over a year now. I must say, this has been a rollercoaster ride. I've definitely had my fair share of ups and downs, but I'm very happy with the results I have thus far. My main reason for going natural was the damaging effects to my hair after relaxing. I had so much breakage it was unreal. In my younger years my hair was always beautiful. It did whatever I wanted it to do, but once I got pregnant with my daughter my hair changed. It grew very long, but it was very thin and brittle. I relaxed it a few months after having my daughter and things seemed to be alright then all of a sudden it began to shed alot. It went from shedding to long strands of hair falling out. I had long hair with spots of very short hair throughout. I tried every hair strenthener and anti-breakage product out to try to get my hair back to it's normal condition to no avail.

I made the decision to go natural about three years ago. I went out and bought new hair products and a new flat iron. Whatever I thought I might need for this transition I had it. The one thing I failed to do was research...research...research. I went about nine months before I relapsed back to the "creamy crack". I start in the beginning of the year, things were going good.
A year ago today, I decided to try it again. I did alot of research...reading blogs, magazines, speaking with hair stylist, looking at different products, watching youtube videos whatever it took to educate myself. I didn't do the "Big Chop". I could never muster up enough nerve, but I did trim a few inches off of my relaxed hair monthly. I developed a regimen and I stuck with it. I suffer from very dry scalp, so alot of the products I use have emphasis on moisture. Right now the products I use are as follows:

**L'Oreal Sulfate Free Ever Strong Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner-It gently cleanses and leaves my hair feeling clean without over drying.

**T-Gel Shampoo-To help reduce flakes and buildup, also to help with itching.

**Carol's Daughter Black Vanilla Smoothie-Used as a deep conditioner to help detangle and  moisturize hair.

**Sulfur 8 Fresh Hair and Scalp Conditioner-helps strengthen hair and also helps reduce dry scalp.

**Garnier Fructis Frizz Ease- Helps ease the frizz due to humidity (great for the summer).

**Carol's Daughter Hair Milk-Used as a daily moisturizer/ hair conditioner. I normally apply this before going to bed.

The products listed are good, geared more towards natural hair. I recently purchased shampoo and conditioner from a line called Shea Moisture. I've read a lot of good reviews and I'm very happy with the results. It left my hair feeling very clean, it was also very soft and alot more manageable. I'll definitely be adding them to my list.

I'm all about Team Natural...I look forward to the day when I'm completely natural. Maybe then I'll be over my HIH (Hand in Hair) stage.

Thanks for reading...see you soon!!  Smooches!!!

Milani Foundation Review

Hey loves,
I've always heard great things about Milani products, but I never used them until recently. On one of my many hauls, I purchased several Milani products including two of their foundations.
The Even Touch Powder Foundation was the first one I tried. I was initially drawn to it because it is a powder foundation. With the summer heat, cream and liquid foundations tend to clog up your pores making you sweat more and also give you a shiny look.
A few things I like about the Even Touch Powder Foundation are:
  • It is oil free!!!
  • Very lightweight, while providing full coverage.
  • Skin does not look dry or chalky

This particular product is available in 8 tones and costs about $8.50 at your local drugstore. (CVS and Target are where I purchased my products)

The second foundation is the Smooth Finish Cream to Powder Foundation. I chose this product because I tend to use liquid foundations more. I have used several cream foundations by MAC and I want to do a comparison.

A few things I liked about the Smooth Finish Cream to Powder Foundation are:

  • It's oil free.
  • It blends to a matte finish, therefore there is no powder necessary (Although it is cream to powder, I was still skeptical).
  • It is flawless full coverage, helps even out skin tones and I did not need concealer.

This product is available in 10 toned hues and costs about $8.50 at your local drugstore. (CVS and Target are where I purchased my products).

**I will be posting pictures of myself wearing both products, the Smooth Finish will also be featured in my very first YouTube video...woot woot!!**

Both products were packaged nicely and came with a mirror and a sponge applicator. I used my Destiny Short Handled Buffer from Coastal Scents for application.

Feel free to check out Milani's full product line. I would most definitely recommend these products to my clients.

Thanks for reading...see you all soon!! Smooches!!!