Bad hair days: A thing of the past…

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Talk to any woman with straight, wavy or curly hair, and most likely she will tell you that humidity is her worst nightmare.

I remember dreading hazy, hot and humid days a few years ago. Not to say that I jump for joy when I hear the weather man tell me that this is what I can look forward to when I walk out the door in the morning, but now I no longer fear those 3 H’s.

That’s right! I can walk out with my head held high and my hair completely loose because I feel confident in the products that I apply and know that my hair care routine will get me through the day.

Yesterday was one of those days…

I wore my hair similar to the image below and applied a dime-size of the SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Reconstructive Finishing Elixir to my hair and I was good to go. This product left my hair feel shiny, soft and bouncy.

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What’s your favorite hair product for hot and humid days?

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Curl Friends Confession with HoneysCurls

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I’m so excited to announce a new section on my blog called Curl Friends Confession! I thought this would be a great way for my readers to get to know other curly girls out there in hopes of building their confidence.

Whether we like it or not, society says that straight hair exudes confidence, respect and acceptance (to name a few).  I recall feeling like I had to straighten my hair whenever I took a school picture or attended an event/party during my adolescent days. Though there’s nothing wrong with wanting to style your hair differently (and I’m not swearing off straightening my hair by any means), I think it’s important to be proud of the hair texture that you’re born with, because at the end of the day, your hair isn’t what exudes confidence, respect and acceptance — it’s you!

Now without further adieu, it is with great pleasure that I introduce to you…

Curl Friends Confession with HoneysCurls. As a quick intro, HoneysCurls is a vlogger with over 9,200 subscribers on YouTube.  I personally love watching beauty and hair tutorials and couldn’t help but instantly subscribe to her channel when I saw her beautiful curls, and awesome personality.

So let’s find out what she has to say about hair, makeup and more…

1. Must-have hair product for beach/pool days: Coconut Oil! Being out in the sun or in chlorinated or salt water can be really harsh and drying on my curls. If I know I’m going to be out in the sun a lot or be in the water I will put some coconut oil on my hair. It helps to add some moisture and protect against the elements! Plus, it adds great shine!

2. Favorite natural/organic hair or beauty product (if any): I recently became a big fan of line of products I found out about through Instagram. It’s called “Anunaturals.” They are all natural and organic products that a girl makes herself. My favorite is her “3C’s Conditioner.” It makes detangling my hair in the shower a breeze (and I have extremely tangly hair) and it makes my hair feel super moisturized and hydrated. Not to mention that it smells AMAZING, like dessert!

3. DIY hair concoctions you swear by: I started doing “protein treatments” on my hair using egg and it’s literally changed my life. I like to do two egg yolks and one whole egg and scramble it with some kind of oil (usually EVOO) and leave it on my hair for at least 30 minutes, then wash it out. It takes my curls to a whole ‘nother’ level! I usually do this about once a month.

4. Your celebrity curly girl icon: I love Tamera Mowry. She recently did “the big chop” after having her hair severely heat damaged. She’s always embraced her curls, which I love, and she has amazing curls at that!

5. One beauty routine you must do before leaving your house: I rarely ever leave the house without mascara. I have what I like to call “Ombré Eyelashes.” The roots are brown, but the tips are so blonde that they are invisible unless in direct sunlight. When I’m not wearing mascara they look super short, but when I put it on they literally double in length. So, I usually feel it to be a veritable must for me.

6. Favorite fruit and vegetable: I’m obsessed with blueberries right now, they’re like natures candy; so easy to snack on. As far as vegetables go, I’ve always loved cucumbers for some reason!

7. One location in the world that makes you extremely happy: The beach. Any beach.

8. Air dry or diffuse: It depends on my patience level, but usually I go for air dry.

9: Dry cut or regular haircut: I’m a strong believer in the devacut.

10. One hair accessory you can’t live without: Hair ties. I would die if I couldn’t put my hair in a messy bun.

And with that, I leave you with a HoneysCurls quote that truly sums up what Curl Friends Confession is all about:

Wearing my hair natural is so much deeper than just having curly hair to me. It’s representative of loving and accepting myself for the things that make me uniquely me. The things that I cannot (easily) change. When I straightened my hair all the time I feel like I was subconsciously telling myself that the way I really look was not good enough or pretty enough for the world to see, that I had to change myself to be truly pretty. So going natural is a message I’m sending to myself that I can be pretty just the way I was born. I hope that through my videos I can encourage girls to find the beauty within themselves and be proud of the things that make them unique or different. Not just on the outside, but on the inside as well. Maybe it’s hypocritical because I have a YouTube channel devoted to beauty, but I honestly believe that outward beauty is not what’s important, it’s the inner person that really matters at the end of the day. And it’s our differences that make the world a beautiful and interesting place to live.

Simple Date Night Look

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Even when I’m dressing up for date night, I like to choose pieces that I’m comfortable in (i.e. a dress I won’t tug at the entire night, and comfy shoes since my husband and I generally walk and take public transportation in NYC). The same goes for my makeup. I like to experiment with different looks, but I still want to look like “me” at the end of the day. I opted for a fun, natural look for my recent date night.

Foundation:
The Josie Maran Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation is something I’ve never experienced before in makeup application. When you first pump the foundation out, you’ll notice that it’s a white cream-y texture. But, as soon as you apply it to your skin, it adjusts to match your skin tone. I’m not going to lie – I was blown away! Not only was I amazed by its chameleon-like capabilities, but I love the fact that I felt like I had no foundation on at all. It includes 100% Argan Oil, which means your skin is getting hydrated. To top it off, this foundation does not include synthetic fragrances, parabens, or sulfates.

I applied this over my entire face and neck with a foundation brush. If you don’t have a brush, your fingers are perfectly fine.

If there’s one makeup product you should invest in, it’s a good foundation.

Concealer:
Still love the rms beauty “un-cover” concealer. Can’t rave enough about it.

I dabbed some under my eye with my ring finger and that was pretty much it.

Eyeliner:
My absolute fave – Sante Eyeliner.

Simply applied some to my waterline and eyelid.

Eyeshadow:
Tarte Cosmetics Beauty & the Box Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Quad

The packaging is beautiful and I love having basic colors like this in my makeup bag. I applied some gold eyeshadow to my eyelid and blended in the dark brown eyeshadow.

Eyebrow Shaper:
Tarte Cosmetics The Brow Architect Browshaper, Liner & Definer

It’s true what they say – Well groomed eyebrows can totally change your look. This is the first browshaper I’ve ever used, and comes with easy-to-follow instructions.

Bronzer:
Vapour Organic Beauty Solar Translucent Bronzer

I applied some to my cheekbones and blended it in.

Blush:
Kjaer Weis Blossoming Cream Blush

I purchased this for less than $5 at a beauty sale, which I was super thrilled about. The downside is that I fell in love with this blush, so now I have to brace myself when I eventually run out and have to buy a new one at full-price. Trust me, it’s worth every penny.

Lips:
Sally B’s Skin Yummies B Glossy Lip Gloss

Hair:
I didn’t have time to wash my hair, so I revived some of my strands with the Remington Styling Wand. People think curling irons are just for girls with straight hair, but curly girls can also make use of it when the hair is no longer as defined a couple days after a wash.

What’s your favorite date night look?

Semi-Heatless Hair Tool

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This past weekend, my lovely matron of honor and maid of honor hosted an unforgettable bridal shower for me. I generally wear my hair naturally curly, but I wanted something a little different.

I flat ironed my hair the night before and to avoid applying excessive heat, I opted for my Hot Clips Multi-Size Hot Rollers by Conair. I love this hot roller set because although it heats up fairly quickly, you’re not applying that intense heat to your hair that you generally get from curling irons. You simply take the rollers out of the little “heat” box (or at least I’d like to call it that) and leave it on your hair as long as you’d like without frying it.

Although I love my curls, it’s fun to play with different looks sometimes – just make sure you give your locks constant TLC.