2018 christmas gift guide

Christmas is just right around the corner. If you need to find a dope gift for your family, friend or even you coworkers I think I have the guide for you. Best of all the brands are created by women. Happy shopping!

  1. Erin Condren Hard Notebook these notebooks come in beautiful colors and can be used for planning or just as a journal for thoughts.  Another bonus that makes this the perfect gift is that it can be personalized  Order early to receive in time for Christmas.
  2. Felicia Leatherwood Detangling brush for your naturally curly, kinky hair lady this is the perfect gift! It makes detangling a breeze because the brush is strong yet flexible so it won’t rip her curls out. If the brush is available don’t wait.
  3. Fenty Bomb Baby set includes Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in “Hu$tla Baby” and Gloss Bomb Universal Lip in travel-friendly sizes for your beauty queen. She can have favorites on the go or you can introduce someone to the greatness that is Fenty Beauty.
  4. Elle Vie body butter is the perfect moisturizer with beautiful scents. Especially with winter right around the corner this is a beautiful gift for the lady in your life. She will be soft and smell amazing!
  5. Posh Candles soy wax candles that have cute names to go with their wonderful smell. This is the perfect gift for the person who loves cute decor and the candles smell better than those found in your local stores.
  6. My Lit Box a subscription service for the book lover in your life. It is delivered quarterly so she won’t  over run with books. They send you the latest in new book releases and have three different options to choose from.

Great gift ideas for every woman in your life no matter her age. Happy Holidays

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Cold Weather Nail Colors

I’m not super girly when it comes to my nails but I do like for them to be polished most of the time. Summer is all about bright colors and oblige but I truly love fall and winter nail colors. I love black and navy nails they just look so edgy and fun to me. I also love deep wine and greens they just scream winter to me. But a nice red will forever hold a special during the Christmas season for me. I have linked below some fabulous dark nail polishes for  fall and winter.

 L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Nail, Haute Couture Red– this color is more of a wine colored red than bright red. L’oreal polish does stay on pretty good I can get at least two to three days without any chipping. Also this is a drug store nail polish so the price is affordable under 5 dollars.

L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Nail, Breaking Curfew– the color look for this one is purplish navy almost like a night sky. This is similar chemistry to the previous polish so once again I can get few days before this starts to chip. The price point is also below 5 dollars.

Essie After School Boy Blazer– if you are looking for a true navy this is the polish for you. This polish does require a retouch after a day or two but will be chipped off without a retouch. I think Essie is considered a salon brand and the price reflects it. You can occasionally find the Essie polishes on sale but original price is 8.99

Opi Black Oynx– is black black but very beautiful if you like black nails. I tell people if you don’t want to do all your nails black do it as an accent nail. Either way this is black that you want in your nail collection. The price is also around 8.99 and can be found on sale.

Hope you find a new color that you will try this fall.

 

 

 

Using Up Beauty Samples

Subscription boxes have been around for almost 10 years now so if you are like me I’m sure that you have tried at least one for a period of time. I  believe beauty boxes are the biggest group of subscription boxes places like Walmart and Target offer beauty to the the beauty store Sephora. I signed up for the Ipsy subscription box again earlier this year and some months I will order the Target beauty box when they are available. I was cleaning up my room and realized I had to many samples that I needed to do something with. First I restocked my travel personal bag because I had taken a few trips this summer and used up some of the skin care items. After restocking my travel bag I still had a lot of samples left. Some I just threw away because I knew that I would never use them. Also took a few more and made beauty bag to give to niece since she will be starting back to school. Her items were mostly things like lip products, lotions, and face mask. Everything else I separated into two categories face and hair. I put the hair care samples with my hair care products and the face products were then split into makeup and skin care. I put the skin care products in an old Bath and Body Works candle jar. I now pull something from that jar once a week or however long it takes me to use up that sample. The makeup is little harder because most of those are full size products but I have just been making effort to use them along with my regular everyday make. So if you need something to do with your beauty samples here are a few suggestions:

  1. Donate: see if there is a women’s shelter or teen girl program that will accept them. If not you can also drop off at you local Goodwill. Please only donate unused items.
  2. Travel: I love getting beauty boxes because that means I never have to worry about taking my favorite skin products out of town.
  3. Gifts: Ipsy comes with a cute make up bag so you can give that special young lady in some beauty products as gift and cute bag to carry in her purse or book bag.

How do you use up your beauty samples? I would love to know because I don’t think I will ever stop getting beauty boxes but want to make sure I’m making good use of my money.

Favorite Hair Brands 2018

I’m loyal to a fault sometimes even when it comes to my natural hair care products. I like to use the whole line if available when I do my hair on wash day. I hate when I try a line of products and something just doesn’t work well with my hair or the products don’t work well together. I have loved a shampoo and conditioner but hated the stylers or vice versa that I can usually will deal with and may still purchase those products if they are on sale but in my mind I have written that brand off and probably won’t be excited new lines that they put out. Now it the products don’t even play well together that is whole another story I will never repurchase that brand again especially if see other people had similar issues. The brands I’m going to share I haven’t had a bad product from them yet and get excited when they put out new products or lines.

My number one bad bitch boo is The Mane Choice. I haven’t had a bad experience with their products yet. My favorite product from them hands down is the 24 carat twisting gel. The gel can be used for twist out or wash and go. When they introduced the leave-in companion that was all she wrote for me. I plan on giving them all my coins this downloadupcoming holiday season too because I have already fallen in love with the new type 4 leaf clover line also. Another positive is this brand is sold at Sally Beauty and Naturallycurly.com so you can get the products at a discount when they have sales or coupons.

My next favorite brand I also enjoy is Oyin Handmade . Once again every product from the cleanser to the stylers in this brand work amazing in my hair. My favorite Oyin product is the Hair Dew it is a wonderful leave-in that makes my hair feel amazing. When my hair is feeling dry and parched even after I have washed and deep conditioned I will reach for this and know my hair is going to be alright. As much as love TMC if I could only purchase from one line the rest of my life it would be from Oyin. download (1)Oyin has the same the line up of products for over five plus years that I know of and take their time with introducing new products to their brand. They also have amazing body products.

I can’t leave off Kinky Curly, they are also OG’s in the natural hair care game and their products are still pretty popular among naturals. Their stand out for me is the Knot Today leave-in. download (2)Other brands have tried to duplicate it but none can touch it. I can always tell when brands are trying to make their leave-in comparable to Knot Today. It will have that super white look but very light and almost feel like a thick serum. Also the Curling Custard will leave you with a perfect wash and go every time.

I do have a favorite drug store brand if you are on a budget. The Pantene Gold Series is amazing also. All of the products have wonderful slip and best of they are affordable and available just about every where. If you wanted to try a product from this line I would go with the Hydrating Butter Cremedownload (3)The creme can be used for wash and go’s or twist outs.

 

 

 

Honorable Mentions:

As I Am- a few misses but over all good lines

Devacurl- just too expensive

 

Winter Natural Hair Routine

textile-3106934_640We still have a few weeks left before Old Man says good bye so I thought I would share my routine for anyone who maybe struggling with one during this harsh winter.

  • Shampoo: I wash once a week with shampoo to make sure my hair is clean because I tend to use heavier products to keep the moisture in my hair and protect my hair from the cold wind and temperatures. You want to get all of the old products and oils off your hair and scalp to avoid build up which can become drying and make your hair appear dull. So I shampoo vs co-washing.
  • Deep condition: Deep conditioning is important year around but even more so in the winter because of how cold and dry the air can be inside and outside. I use my hot head for an extra boost to get the product penetrated into my strands.
  • Leave-in:  Always use a leave-in! I know this may seem crazy but I prefer the spray leave-ins in the winter because I do use heavier styling products this prevents extra build up. Also if you read the ingredients on the spray leave-in they contain better oils and wates or aloe juice that sometimes aren’t in the cream leave-in.
  • Style: I alternated between wash and go, twist outs and protective styling. I will typically check the weather for the upcoming week( my wash day is typically on Saturday). If the majority of the week will be below 50 degrees I do a protective style ( bun or flat twist pinned up. Temperature over 50 I go with wash and go or twist out. I always sit under the dryer post styling to help my style set and products better penetrate vs air drying.
  • Night care: For twist outs only re-twist twice during that 5-7 day time frame other nights I will pineapple my hair taking care to tuck my ends under. Wash and go will pineapple but also cover with my satin bonnet. Protective style I will just wrap a satin scarf around my style and go to bed. I like to cover my hair because the heat can be extremely drying on the hair and skin. I always sleep on a satin pillowcase so the nights I don’t have an extra layer of protection I’m not worried about my hair drying out to bad. comb-350077_640

I hope this helps anyone looking for some steps to help with your winter natural hair routine. The ultimate goal is making sure your hair is has plenty of moisture and your ends are sealed against the cold and wind.  I have linked a few of my favorite products to use in each section.

Journey with me

I’m going on journey to read more, plan more just enjoy life more and want to take you along with me. I will be discussing books I’m currently reading and also reviewing those books. I will  also be showing my planner supplies stash, discuss my setups and how I’m using my planners I use bunch (don’t judge me). There will also be an occasional discussion or review on some beauty stuff because I think I’m a cute middle aged nerd!