Friday, July 18, 2014

New Lime Crime Velvetine's 2014


LimeCrime came out with a few new Velvetine colors this year and of course I had to get them. My collection is now complete with Salem, Black Velvet, Wicked, Red Velvet, Pink Velvet and SuedeBerry.

Check out my Swatch video so you can see how they look on me:

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

2014 SUMMER REGIMEN- NATURAL HAIR ROUTINE



OMG the heat here in Los Angeles is in full force and it's time for me to put away my Spring time LOC method and begin my Summer Regimen for my fine thin 4A hair.

Some may ask why does this differ from season to season for me. Well a lot has to do with my environment. The humidity levels in Los Angeles increase and I need to be mindful of dew points so that my hair is retaining moisture. I am also a single mom and pretty busy so the less fuss with my hair the better. Also when it's hot outside I find it so refreshing to take more showers and there is something about having the water run through my hair that is so relaxing.

So out with the LOC method and in with a more Curly Girl Friendly Method. I say Curly Girl Friendly because it's not exactly the method of not using shampoo. I do however leave my conditioner in my hair. So here is what the plan is for summer 2014:

Shampoo:
Nothing or Co-Wash with Curl Junkie Daily Fix Cleansing Conditioner

Conditioner:
She Scent It Avocado Conditioner or Curl Junkie Curl Rehab

Deep Conditioner:
Karen's Body Beautiful Luscious Locks

Leave In:
CONDITIONER!! (I use several types)

Styler:
GEL!!! (Still on the hunt for a replacement for UFD Curly Magic)

Oil:
My oil mix of Camillea Oil Argan Oil, JBCO, Emu Oil, and Jojoba Oil

As you can tell the product line up is pretty simple. The only thing is that I go from washing my hair 7-15 days to ever 4-7 days. I have to make sure that my moisture and protein balance is on point, if protein is needed I use my Oyin Handmade Honey Hemp Conditioner. I have to make sure my hair doesn't need glycerin (a product that can take moisture out of your hair in certain dew points and can add moisture to the hair in certain dew points). If my hair is in need of a humectant I use my Mai Sweet Carla Shea Butter mix from Tasti Kiss or I use my Greg Juice from Oyin Handmade. If there is any buildup, and there normally isn't, I just use some Braggs ACV on my hair and rinse.

I style my hair in a wash in go or a low ponytail. No fuss! When I want to be sassy I either slap on a wig or I pop a flower in my hair.

I normally keep this routine until around September when I start to switch over to my Fall/Autumn Hair Care Routine.

Hope this information helps.


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Friday, July 11, 2014

Natural Hair Care Routine for Spring 2014 (Did I retain length???)



What Natural Hair Care products did I use for Spring 2014 and did I retain any length????

Shampoo
Tropical Isle JBCO Shampoo

Treatments
Curl Junkie Repair Me (Before and After Flat Iron)
HairVeda ACV rinse (Once a Month)

Conditioner
She Scent It Avocado Conditioner
Curl Junkie Curl Rehab (Strawberry Scent)
Oyin Honey Hemp (as protein)

Deep Conditioner
Karen's Body Beautiful Luscious Locks

Leave In Conditioner
Soultanicals Knot Sauce
Oyin Hair Dew

Creamy Leave Ins
Oyin Handmade Whipped Pudding
Camille Rose Moisture Butter (Don’t know which version)

Butters
Tasti Kiss Ayurvedic Butter

Refreshers
Oyin Handmade Greg Juice (1/3 Juice, 2/3 Water)

Grease/Pomades

Anita Grant Creamy Café Latte


Gels
Uncle Funky Daughter's Curly Magic (Sparingly)
Curl Junkie Pattern Pusha
Xtreme Professional Gel

Oil Mix
Camille Oil, Argan Oil, JBCO, Emu Oil, and Jojoba Oil

What changed?
I normally washed my hair once a week. This Spring I washed my hair when I felt it needed it, so once every 7-15 days.
I did wear a lot of wigs because I was attending a lot of Beauty Conventions and I love to be a little spicy with blue hair. (See my Instagram pictures @MakeupVixen)
When my hair wasn’t under a wig it was in a low ponytail or out in a flat twistout style.
The method I changed for caring for my hair was the incorporation of the LOC Method (Liquid, Oil, and Cream). I would use the oil mix I mentioned above then add a cream; the cream could be a leave in or creamy styler. The Liquid was water. Due to the porosity of my hair I decided to add the oil while still in the shower and a steamed room so that the cuticles were open and I could seal it with the oil. I would put a towel over my head and then dry my body off, and then I would apply my cream and start styling my hair.

Did I retain any length?
Yes, FINALLY! I have a VERY SLOW GROWTH RATE and I normally only retain 1 inch every 3 months. This Spring I was able to retain 2 inches in 4 months, YAY!!






What contributed to the length retention???


You’re gonna have to wait for that YouTube video to be posted, lol.




(Pictures are 2009 vs 2014, after 2 cuts I had in 2010 and 2011)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

JANM’S SUMMER FAMILY FESTIVAL SET FOR AUGUST 9, 2014



JANM’S SUMMER FAMILY FESTIVAL SET FOR AUGUST 9, 2014

The Japanese American National Museum (JANM) will present its annual Natsumatsuri (“Summer Festival”), on August 9, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the yearly celebration featuring Japanese and Japanese American performances, crafts, and activities is free all day, and all current exhibitions will be available for viewing.

Highlights of the day will include a performance by East LA Taiko, a karaoke contest, face painting for children, and the presence of Hello Kitty for photos.


All Day Activities:

Visitors can find out what their future holds through omikuji, a Japanese fortune-telling method.

Attendees can don a traditional happi coat and have their picture taken against a faux fireworks-filled sky, a common sight during Japanese summer festivals. (One print per family. A Members’ Express Line will be available for JANM members.)

Baseball fans can design a button showing off team spirit and celebrating JANM’s exhibition

Dodgers: Brotherhood of the Game.

Supplies will be available to make colorful paper hats to wear while enjoying Natsumatsuri.

Visitors can also create strings of paper lanterns, a popular festival decoration.

At Ruthie’s Origami Corner, a staple of JANM family festivals, visitors can learn to fold a festive origami kimono.

Kids can get in the spirit of JANM’s Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World exhibition with face painting by Party Face Magic. (For children only. Line ends at 4:30 p.m. A

Members’ Express Line will be available for JANM members.)

Toddlers can have fun or relax with an adult who brought them in our Toddler Room.

Prizes will be awarded to those who follow the clues and locate items in a scavenger hunt within the museum. (While supplies last.)

New BA STAR Tropical Eye Shadow Palette



BA Star welcomed their new Tropical Eye Shadow Palette and I had to get this colorful palette. As you know I'm a girl that loves to rock color so I was super excited to get this in the mail. It has great summer colors like Lime, Turquoise, Purple, Hot Pink and Silver.


After playing around with the palette I wanted to see which colors had the most pigmentation in it. I loved the Lime the best, followed by the Silver and then the Turquoise.



I created this look using the Lime on the Lid and the Turquoise color under my eye and waterline, in combination with other colors I already had in my makeup arsenal of goodies.



The palette also came with a base and I found that with my oily skin and extra oily lids it works best for me under my eye. So when I want to add color under my eye and not use an eyeliner I will use the base 1st and then apply a powder on top to create a cool eye look.





You can purchase affordable makeup on the BA STAR website and don't forget to check for discount codes. The last code was 50TROPIC but it expired on July 4th.