Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Recent Random NOTD

Sinful Colors: Cream Pink

Sinful Colors: Soulmate

Sally Hansen: The Real Teal

China Glaze: Peachy Keen

China Glaze: For Audrey

Caruso Steam Rollers

Protective styling can be such a pain at times. I know for me personally, I could not rock buns 24/7, so i researched protective styling on a hair forum and came up with The Caruso Steam Roller Set. The Caruso Steam Roller Set are rollers that use steam from water to create strong, long-lasting and luxurious curls. It also help condition, soften and make hair shinier while adding volume and reducing frizz.

Immediately i went to Sallys Beauty Supply Store and purchased the roller set for $37.99 (with my Beauty Card) and i can honestly say it's one of my favorite hair purchases. I've used this so many times these past couple of months (except for now, since its colder out, had to bring back the buns).

Ultimately it takes me 10 mins to put the rollers through my entire head and i normally can acheive good curls within 30 mins. 

Now i know a post is not worthy without pictures, so here they go:

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The set came with 6 Jumbo, 6 Large, 6 Medium, 6 Small, 6 Petite

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All these styles used NO HEAT, i applied the rollers on air dried hair and styled how i wanted to.

Friday, July 23, 2010

feeling feisty?!

NOTD: Cheetah Print Nails

Basecoat: Barielle Natural Nail Camouflage (1 coat)
Base Color: NYC colors in Bryant Park (2coats)
Nail Art (cheetah prints) done with the Konad m57 plate
Top Coat: Poshe Fast Drying (1 coat)

(bonus) NOTD

Basecoat: Barielle Natural Nail Camouflage (1 coat)
Basecoat:  FingerPaint 'Lucky in Love Lime' (2 coats) with Sinful Colors 'Call You Later' on Top (1 coats)
Top Coat: Poshe Fast Drying (1 coat)

a hair journey?!

As a child i always had thick, luscious hair, but it slowly started to break off due to my ignorance towards hair care.
(although i was relaxed at a young age, i was able to still maintain thick hair)

My mom and aunt took care of my hair up until middle school and in middle school is when it started to go downhill. I would say i relaxed my hair every 4-6 wks (which in my eyes is a HUGE no-no), i used a petroleum/mineral oil based grease to "grease" my scalp, and i NEVER really moisturized my hair. And in the blink of an eye i had damaged, brittle, short hair.

In high school i discovered "Milky Way" weave and hair glue and after that my hair was never the same. The glue broke my hair off so bad that i was ashamed to walk out the house. Something needed to be done and QUICK. So i made a hair appointment to get all the damaged hair cut and i vowed to learn how to take better care of my hair.

(my hair cut, 2006 -- ear length)

I maintained this hair cut for a whole year while reasearching hair care tips/technique. And in August 2007 i started my hair care journey.

So you might be thinking, "whats the point of a hair journey"?! Well for me the point of MY hair journey was to document me growing out my hair to be long thick and HEALTHY. i was tired of hair that was breaking all the time and i was definitely tired of having short hair. I have a BIG head and short hair is not flattering, seriously. I felt that documenting my progress gave me visual proof that my hair was slowly growing towards my goal and it also was some sort of inspiration for me to continue with my journey.

Now as corny as it sounds to some, it really did help. I went from EL (ear length) hair in 2007 to APL (arm pit length) hair in 3 years. But enough of my rambling, here as some of the documented pictures that i have of my hair journey.

(after a 5 month stretch, i went from EL to NL, neck length)

(Feb 2008)

(nov 2008)

(feb 2009, hair was growing un-even so needed a trim)

(march 2009)

May 2010 (after several trims to get rid of split ends and make it even)

So i have not flat ironed my hair since May 2010 and i dont plan on using a flat iron until my next "length check" which will be January 2011.

it's finally here

It sure does feel good to FINALLY have my own blog. I don't know why I waited so long but it's finally here (insert happy dance). Initially I wanted to make a blog to showcase my love for nail polish and nail art, but I didn't want to limit myself to one thing. With that said, this blog will be dedicated to anything nail related (NOTD, swatches/comparison, nail art, etc), hair related, beauty related (makeup/skincare) and about my life in general. So stay tuned and I hope you enjoy it. :)