Sun-kissed In Fall

It may be Fall, but I am LOVING these sun-kissed lips!

Lips: AJ Crimson’s  Keep It Cute with COINZ on top!

 

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More Locs!

General Loc Maintenance

Wearing locs is great, and one of the best things about wearing them is low maintenance! When I say low maintenance, I mean almost no maintenance. I get my roots interlocked (retightened) every six weeks, and try to wash my hair every ten to fifteen days. I may miss a wash day here and there, but I ensure to have my retightening done on a regular basis. Another low maintenance perk is product usage.  Locs can be maintained with shampoo, water and oil  90% of the time.

Mature, Color Treated Loc Maintenance

I suffered a devastating experience with breakage (due to low iron) in 2015 when I colored my hair just before discovering I was pregnant with my second child. I haven’t given up on color, but I have started to include products to help strengthen and maintain moisture in my locs.

So far, all of the products that I’ve used have been for loose natural hair. Both of my daughters have loose natural hair, so their haircare products are easily acessible. And while locs are a form of natural hair, they aren’t loose strands of hair, and mine are colored treated, so there are some products that can work for me and others that simply won’t.

Even though I’ve branched out and added some additional products to my routine, my scalp still felt dry and itchy, and my locs still looked dry and frizzy.

More Life with More Locs

I finally got my hand on a brand that I’ve had my eye on for a while, MORE LOCS! The first things that I immediately noticed about my hair was the SHINE! After using the product for about a week -OMG! Like, for real!

More Loc debuted earlier this year (2017), the line features over ten products made to give your locs More moisture, More shine, More growth! Because one of my biggest scalp and hair issues is dryness, I selected two items to help me with that.

scalp nourish

PC: @ishagainesphoto

The Scalp Nourish oil feels like heaven on my scalp! I like that it’s not as thick and heavy as some other oils that I’ve used in the past. It’s easy to distribute, it absorbs into my scalp and locs, and it smells like tropical heaven!

white tea moisture mist

PC: @ishagainesphoto

I use the White Tea Moisture Mist daily. It adds moisture to my locs that I can see, and feel when I touch my hair. My locs feel less brittle and the added moisture brought more life into the color of my locs.

The products didn’t just sit on top of my hair nor did it absorb into non-existence like I’d never used it. My scalp and locs feel nourished and moisturized. Not only does my hair and scalp look better, the added moisture has also helped eliminate some of the frizziness I was experiencing with my locs.

More Locs offers products ranging from cleansers to oils and serums. Find out more about More Locs on Instagram at  @More_locs.  Next on my list of things to try from More Locs is the Herbal Cleanse (shampoo) and Loc Silk (conditioner). Have you experienced More Locs? Tell me your favorite product within the line and why you love it!

3 Things I Love About NYX Cosmetics

NYX Cosmetics has rose in the ranks of beauty brands in this multi-million dollar cosmetic industry. The brand that was once notoriously known as a beauty supply brand can still be found in those places, but you can also find it in drugstores, big box stores, specialty stores and malls worldwide. I attended the recent opening of NYX Cosmetics store in Dallas’  NorthPark Center Mall. Being inside that store is like being in candy land, the options are limitless! NYX cosmetics offers a wide range of products used by pros, novice and everyday girls worldwide.  Find out my three favorite things about NYX Cosmetics below.

It’s Affordable!

You can complete a full (glam) face using NYX products for just over $100. Let me say again; complete a full (glam) face for just over $100! This brand is perfect for moms with teenagers, teenagers, young adults, professionals, beginner makeup enthusiasts, and those who like to get the best bang for their buck. I completed this look using the products listed below.

Total Control Drop Foundation $14.00

#No Filter Blurring Primer $15.00

Gotcha Covered Conealer $6.00

Cheek Contour Duo Palette $6.30

Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder $8.00

3-in-1 Brow Pencil $13.00

Ultimate Multi-finish Shadow Palette $18.00

Cosmic Metals $7.50

Soft Matte Cream Lip $6.50

Double Stacked Mascara $15.00

Total $109.30

It’s Functional

I can confidently put on  NYX products in the morning with a full day planned,  knowing my makeup will still look decent a the end of the day.  The look shown above lasted for more than six hours of wear.  One of my favorite products that NYX has out right now is the Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder. Girl! That powder shines so bright, you could send light signals off your cheek reflections! Synthetica is a must have!

It’s for Everyone!

Whatever look you’re going for, NYX has you covered. Their lippies and eye shadows range in colors that are  a theater majors dream! Create looks from no makeup makeup to fantasy with these vibrant, metallic, futuristic, goth, whimsical, corporate, professional, fun, neutral, and nude shade options. See me below in Out O This World Metal Lip Cream .

NYX Cosmetics is a brand that’s able to tickle the tastebuds of just about all personalities, it’s  easily accessible, and I simply cannot mention enough how affordable this brand is.

What NYX products do you have in hour collection and what are your favorites?

My Frenzy For Fenty

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna launched at the stroke of midnight on Friday, September 8th and is all the rage (see my immediate reaction below)! Fenty Beauty is EVERYWHERE, but does the brand really measure up? There was no way I was willing to let this product sell out before I got my hands on it, so I skipped lunch on Friday and clawed my way through the crowd at Sephora. I even had to go back Saturday, with my children in tow. But I got it, and spent my entire weekend dancing and romancing with this collection to get the deets.

The line features Fenty Beauty by Rihanna: Pro Filt’r Matte Longwear Foundation in forty (40) brown-girl and pale-girl inclusive shades, Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer, Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer, four (4) Match Stix Trio sets, twenty (20) Match Stix Matte Skinsticks, six (6) Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter, ten (10) Match Stix Shimmeer Shinsticks, Invisimatte Blotting Powder, Invisimatte Blotting Paper and refills, a Full-bodied Foundation Brush, three (3) Portable Brushes, and a Precision Makeup Sponge.  All available exclusively at Sephora.

My undertones are a mix of cool and warm, and I have a hard time finding foundations that match; so hearing Rih-Rih boast about how brown-girl friendly her shade range is definitely piqued my interest. After seeing her on the red carpet for the premier of Fenty in Oscar de la Renta solidified the fact that I would definitely be purchasing a highlight; my girl had glow for days!

The foundation shades did not disappoint, and I was pretty impressed with finding my match on the third swatch. I’ve been wearing it for the past three days, and the formula is beyond light and airy. I purposely packed it on once, and it still felt like I wasn’t wearing any. It’s a buildable, medium coverage, soft matte formula, but not drying. It’s also longwearing and will last through a full days work.

The Match Stix Trios are pre-packaged to take the guess work out of finding your conceal and contour shade. I needed Deep, the darkest set they have, so if you’re any darker than me, you’ll want a customized set. The pigment is great, and they are easy to apply and blend out. The Match Stixs are also light and airy as well.

But girl, what you will need in your collection, hands down, is a KILLAWATT Freestyle Highlighter! I promise you they had to have been in the lab blasting “Shine Bright Like a Diamond” from start to finish while formulating these. Trophy Wife is simply insane. So insane that I honestly can’t think of a better use for it than to perch myself atop a plush chaise, naked, with my entire body dusted in its glittery gold glow, with a red lip and some stilettos, patiently awaiting the mister. However, in all seriousness, you can’t go wrong with any of them, the pigment is intense.

Fenty beauty swiftly earned a spot in my daily use collection. My homegirl (in my head) Rih Rih came through, and I’m anxiously and eagerly anticipating the expansion of this brand! See my three face by Fenty pics below.

Day 1: With a full day planned, I moisturized heavily (because of dry skin) and packed on the product. The foundation looks like skin and the additional moisturizing steps taken in combination with it provided a beautiful and luminous glow.

Day 2: Not as long of a day as day one. I needed to be cute for a couple of hours. This look was created with my normal skin prep routine without any additional hydrating steps, with not as much product.

Day 3: The real functionality test, wearing the product to work with a white shirt! I didn’t use much product this day. But, as you can see, the foundation did last all day. I won’t even call the product you see on my shirt transfer, because it only came off on the areas of the shirt that actually rubbed against my face.

All product pictures are from @fentybeauty

M.I.L.F.

Never in my young adult life did I EVER imagine being sexually empowered and secure enough in my femininity to hit M.I.L.F. status. But here I am, “HEY GIRL!”  And yes, the euphemism may have some of you clutching pearls and judging. But I’ve birthed two children and this body has been through some things; ain’t nothing wrong feeling great about looking good!

 

Motherhood is an experience like no other. I wouldn’t trade it for the world -well, I wouldn’t trade parts of it. Motherhood is the most instinctually selfless process humanly possible. Understand that most days are not pretty, there simply isn’t time for it all.

And because we are women and much is expected and required of us, it’s easy for us to lose anything we’ve ever known about ourselves when we become a mothers. Add marriage and a job to that equation, and you will unknowingly find yourself stretched as thin as ice. Your days start to run together and life passes you by.

The Hubs and I enjoying date night.

Just like the weather, we go through seasons in our lives. It’s our job to learn how to best navigate through life during each of those seasons. Once we learn how to seamlessly adjust to change, things start looking up. I believe it is true that, “with age comes wisdom.” Settling into this crazy, sexy, cool life that I’ve created for myself and some days are a struggle. I’m not too proud to admit that, but when I’m on, I’m on and it’s so refreshing.

P.H.A.T. (Pretty Hot and Tempting) if I do say so myself.

Self-care is all the rage now days and something that I believe in wholeheartedly. It helps me stay focused and at at my best. In today’s society, we allocate the majority of our time to our to-do list leaving little time for rest and relaxation. That can be problematic. As a mother of two, full-time employee, blogger, beauty expert, freelance writer who is married to a high school athletic coach, I have to take “Me-Time” whenever and however I can get it. Some of the ways I sneak in time for self-care are:

Play in makeup – Little girls aren’t the only ones who love to see themselves dolled up. Playing in makeup is good for practicing  applying your favorite looks. It can help you get used to seeing yourself in colors you may normally not wear, and it’s a self-esteem booster.

Have sex -I’m talking about the sex that YOU like. What you like, how you like it and for how long. It’s your world, squirrel! Have the kind of sex that blows your mind and makes you roll over butt-naked, smiling so hard that you have to hide your face in the sheets so your partner doesn’t witness you melting inside.

Working Out -When my schedule allows, I hit the gym and work up a good sweat. Working out helps to relieve stress and tension, and it also helps maintain weight, build muscle and it’s an overall health benefit.

Spa Treatments -A facial, Swedish massage, manicure and pedicure are the ultimate in self-care. But, they can be pricy so on to the next!

Home Spa Treatments -My Toxin-Free facial is relaxing, affordable and will leave your skin feeling silly smooth.

Sitting in silence –I’m not often afforded the opportunity to have the house (or any space) to myself. When those occasions present themselves, I sit in silence. No TV, no radio, and sometimes no cell phone or any other electronic device.

 Go out –Meet your girls, go to brunch, go shopping, go to an empowerment event, go dancing. Do whatever makes your heart smile -and be sure to laugh and take pictures while you’re doing it.

 When I make sure to take time for self-care it shows! My family and friends notice, but most of all, my husband notices. And trust, when I’m top of my game, he reminds me often. After all, he reaps  the benefits  from it!