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Monday, December 29, 2014

TOP 8 QUESTIONS ASKED ABOUT MY SISTERLOCKS -_-

Hey everyone, I hope you're having a great holiday season.  I usually tell you guys I'm on vacay but just kind of disappeared for a week...lol. You guys are a smart group, I knew you would figure it out.

On yesterday, my mom and me were having a grand ole time laughing at the comments and questions we get about our Sisterlocks.  Although Sisterlocks are over twenty years old, it appears to be one of the newest wonders of the world or south or maybe just our immediate environments, lol.  Without further ado, here's the list!

  1. What are those?  Are they braids?  The weaving technique gives the appearance of braids but they're just tiny locks. 
  2. Why are they so small?  In addition to the weaving technique and parting grid, there should be at least 400 locks for them to be considered Sisterlocks.  
  3. *Funky expression on their face* ARE YOU GOING TO LET YOUR HAIR LOCK? Of course not, I got 1 million baby locks installed for the holidays -_- 
  4. How long did it take? Me: "20 hrs." Inquirer: *falls out, rolls down street, catches breath* "I couldn't sit there that long."
  5. How much did they cost?  Me: *says price that is very uncomfortable to inquirer* Inquirer: *faints*  For some, the upfront cost may be a lot.  For my wigs and weavers, not so much.  It's definitely an investment but considering I haven't put much effort into my hair over the last week and used zero products, I think it was worth it. 
  6. Do you ever do anything else to them?  Do you ever style them?  Yeah so I'm not doing much of that *shoulder shrug* 
  7. Can they be taken out?  Yes, but why would I?  Factor in the amount of time it took and costs of installation and relocking and you'll know these are going to be with me forever.
  8. Is that all of your hair???  Although faux locks are a new trend, Sisterlocks requires the use of your real hair.
BONUS: I could never get my hair done like that... Um...yeah, I didn't ask if you could...lol.

Remember when your elementary teacher told you there was no such thing as a stupid comment or question???  Well, she lied :)  Just kidding, I'm here to educate you *gives death stare* 

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Monday, December 22, 2014

HEALTH MATE BY WITHINGS

Welp, its that time of the year where we make health plans for the new year while simultaneously indulging in the fatty goodness holiday food has to offer *insert smiley face here* Any who, while bored and searching for apps to take up space on my phone, I came across Health Mate by Withings.

This app allows you to manage your weight and visualize your progress, forces you to be more active (this thing wants me to take 10,000 steps a day), measure your heart rate (which can be done through your camera phone), and obtain better sleep (using Withing Pulse's sleep cycle analysis)....whew.  

This app is FREE and available to iTunes and Android users.  

Side note: Withings has way more to offer than Health Mate, "Withings creates smart products and apps to take care of yourself and your loved ones in a new and easy way."  Products include but are not limited to smart scales, active trackers, baby products, sleep products, home environment, heart products, etc.  For more, visit Withings.  

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

SUGARPILL COSMETICS

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Sugarpill Cosmetics is another recommendation from Ashley, Coworker/Makeup Artist (who is going to make me go broke recommending so many products), lol.  Any who, "Sugarpill Cosmetics is a cruelty-free line of vibrant, richly pigmented cosmetics for animal lovers and color fiends."  Cosmetics include wacky eyelashes, brushes and an assortment of eye shadows (pressed, loose and sparkling neon pigment).  Sugarpill is every drag queen's dream especially with their reasonable prices.  For more, visit Sugarpill Cosmetics.

Side note: This would make a great stocking stuffer...or you could just keep it for yourself
*evil smile*

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Monday, December 15, 2014

TITI BRANCH, CO-FOUNDER OF MISS JESSIE'S DIES

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When I logged into Facebook, there were reports from magazines and blogs that Titi Branch, co-founder of Miss Jessie's passed at the age of 45 from an apparent suicide; however, it has not been confirmed. 

Miss Jessie's was the first product I used when I went natural.  I used to order their products from a salon out of Atlanta but now it's available nearly everywhere.  The thing I liked most about their products versus any other line, there is a product available for all hair textures and let's not forget their bogo sale around the holidays.

It's clear that Titi had some issues which may be why her and her sister separated for a brief period a few years back.  Any who, this is such a big loss to the natural hair community and I'll be praying for both Titi and the family and friends she left behind.

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Friday, December 12, 2014

ASHLEE'S GUIDE TO WEDDING PLANNING (FOR BROKE PEOPLE) PT. 1

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In the event you don't know, I'm engaged!  *insert applause here*  But the high of being engaged was brief.  Next came the flood of calls about wedding dates, colors and venues (as if I have been planning my wedding my whole life).  I really didn't want to have a wedding but my groomzilla did.  He's a bit more family oriented than I am...  Any who, I've come up with a list of shortcuts for the couples who aren't trying to go broke planning a wedding.

Step 1: Outline a budget.
A lot of people will tell you to set a budget first but I disagree.  How can you set a budget when you don't know how much anything costs?  Get quotes first, determine what you need and then set your budget.  One thing me and the fiancé thought was unnecessary was engagement pictures...we'll focus our finances on wedding photos.  Another thing I really wanted was a website where everyone could RSVP and see what's on our registry but we concluded that there are a host of people who aren't tech savvy so it may be a waste to pay monthly fees for a site...but I still kind of want it , lol.

Step 2: Buy Save-the-Dates and wedding invitations in bulk.  Try sites such as Zazzle where there are tons and tons of awesome designs.  Also, the more you buy, the cheaper the price.

Step 3: Photos, flowers and wedding cakes, oh my!  Get quotes from your local photographers, florists, and bakeries.  Although, neighborhood grocery stores may offer cheaper prices.  And guess what, Walmart now makes wedding cakes, however, my mom said mine won't be coming from there, lol.  I don't care where it comes from since she's paying for it *insert wink and gun*

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

2015 COLOR OF THE YEAR

Source: Pantone
Pantone has released it's color for 2015, Marsala!  I'm sure you're thinking, who's Pantone?  "Pantone LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated, is the world-renowned authority on color and provider of color systems and leading technology for the selection and accurate communication of color across a variety of industries. The PANTONE® name is known worldwide as the standard language for color communication from designer to manufacturer to retailer to customer." 


Every year they release a Color of the Year is released by Pantone which results in all your favorite beauty and apparel brands rushing to produce products in this color so you can buy it.  Any who, I like the color.  It looks like burgundy with a splash of brown but I digress, lol.  So, in the event you see this color front row and center at your local Sephora and favorite clothing store, you know why.  You've been warned. 

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

AMERICAN APPAREL LANDS A DIVA FOR THEIR NEWEST AD

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American Apparel has signed a new model and it's none other than viral sensation, Brendan Jordan. 
In the event you don't know Brendan aka diva dancer, he was captured in a  video by a local Las Vegas news station filming a crowd for a grand opening, I think.  Any who, he was in the background dancing, posing and giving us face like a true diva.  In addition to his new celebrity status and modeling gig, he is an advocate for the LGBT community; specifically, LGBT youth.  Seems like a no brainer to select him for their campaign.  It will definitely introduce a new generation of tweens and teens to American Apparel (who haven't been doing so hot in sales).  According to the word on the street of course...

Side note: Check out Brendan's YouTube Channel, I love it!

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Monday, December 8, 2014

365 STYLE BY NICKY HILTON

I love to buy fashion and makeup books I NEVER open..........but, let's jump into the book description:

From red carpets and runways to front row at Fashion Week, designer and muse Nicky Hilton has earned her reputation as a style icon. Exposed to the top tier of the fashion industry from childhood, in this style guide Hilton reveals tips and tricks of the trade she has learned along the way.

Never having employed a stylist, Hilton has created her own personal style. In this guide she helps you discover yours. Despite her opulent upbringing, Nicky maintains a less-is-more mindset and instructs you how to look like a million—without spending a million.

Her formula for creating your signature style is as easy as 3-6-5. Consider the 3 main aspects of your lifestyle, choose 6 staple items of clothing, and identify 5 essential accessories. This simple plan will allow you to make savvy wardrobe selections that keep you on-trend and out of hoarder status, for good.

Full of personal stories, style successes, fashion mishaps and more, 365 Style is the ultimate guide to fashion from the style expert turned best friend you never knew you had!

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This would make a great gift, maybe something to put on your coffee table...I added it to my wish list because I have too many books I'm in the middle of reading or have yet to read.  I also have a handful of fashion and beauty books collecting dust...literally, lol.

Any who, Style 365 retails on Amazon for $15.36 but the Kindle version is $8.89.  For more information, click here!

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

WONDER LIP PAINT BY J. CAT BEAUTY

While on one of many unnecessary trips to Ulta, I walked up and down each aisle checking out new products to blog about and walked upon the Wonder Lip Paint display.  The reason why I choose to blog about this is because it's on the cheap side of Ulta.  Some of you know what I'm talking about...  Ulta has the expensive side where you can't use any of your discounts and coupons and the cheap side where you can use your coupons but it's not really necessary because everything is already dirt cheap... #thanksbutnothanks
 
Description:
 
"For invincible color and impeccable wear, the Wonder Lip Paint serves justice! With the twofold blend of endurance and delivery of intense pigmentation, this will become your heroin of lip colors. Select from numerous colors to paint your lips for your day and nighttime adventures."
 

In addition, to Wonder Lip Paint, J. Cat Beauty includes other beauty favorites such as eyelashes and eyelash glue, eye shadow, eyeliner, lip gloss, lip pencil, blush, bronzer, nail polish, nail art strips, hair chalk, and beauty tools...whew! 

With Wonder Lip Paint retailing for only $4.99, I'm pretty sure it'll give my favorite brand (Lip Tar) a run for their money.  For more info on Wonder Lip and J. Cat Beauty products, click here!

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Monday, December 1, 2014

YEAH, I DID IT! I DYED MY SISTERLOCKS!!!

My Sisterlocks
As some of you guys know, I got Sisterlocks in February.  Shortly after, I found out that I wouldn't be able to dye my hair until my hair locked and I thought no biggie...  9 months later, I still haven't locked. It appears that I have a few different textures that range from waves to tight little coils. Most naturals would be thrilled but in this case, it's not helpful... Even worse, I am naturally gray. I've been this way since a teen but most people didn't know until I stopped dying my hair.  This is no over exaggeration, I am very gray from the root to the tip throughout maybe 30% of my hair!

After discussing this matter with both my Sisterlocks Consultants, they agreed that my hair was locked enough to take the risk.  I have a few in the back that are fully locked while the others are locked (at the top) as a result of the locking process.  So, once I got back in town Sunday afternoon, I headed straight to Sally's Beauty Supply to pick up my favorite and only home dye I've ever used: Ion Color Brilliance Permanent Creme Hair Color.

Of course, you'll need the basics: gloves, plastic hair cap, dye brush, mixing bowl, and Ion's Color Defense After-Color Sealer.  After mixing dye contents, I applied the dye in sections of four than bonded (which is what us Sisterlockers have to do when washing our hair).  Then, I placed the plastic cap over my head and watched TV, lol.  After about 45 mins, while in the shower, I washed my hair while bonded but then pulled them out to give my hair a good rinse and apply the color sealer.  I rinsed the conditioner under cool water and tadah!

So why is this such a big deal?  As I stated previously, I was supposed to wait but how long was that wait going to be?  Two more months?  Two more years or twenty?! Lol.  Secondly, dyeing hair is drying and I'm not supposed to use moisturizing products until I'm locked.  Grrrrr.   But, I dyed my hair black so it shouldn't be too damaging or damage my hair at all.  Last but not least, all of the water and product has my hair uber curly and will definitely contribute to my hair not locking anytime soon but guess what...YOLO. 

Side note: I'm working with major hair body *insert Willow Smith's Whip My Hair* 

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