Purple Hair Don’t Care – Freedom Like a MAC Cosmetics palette

The eyeshadow that made me fall in love with MAC Cosmetics?

It was Electric Eel. MAC’s Electric Eel was the eyeshadow color that spearheaded my love for makeup. I swatched that bad boy at the MAC Store in the International Mall in Tampa Bay, Florida and so began the obsession. Weeks later I would start a blog in the library of the University of South Florida. And here we are nine years later.

Eyes

It’s crazyyyyy the kind of nostalgia that floods my mind when I step into a MAC store. The whiff of Fix+ reminds me of living a convent in South Central, LA. The blush Breezy reminds me of when my friends and I would road trip our behinds up and down the streets. I had birthday celebrations in New York, Atlanta, Las Vegas, the Bahamas. MAC Cosmetics = memories.

So when I rolled up into the Florida Mall location here in Orlando and saw Dezzy’s adorable face, I was hit with a ton of memories and man, it felt good.

Remember that one time I went to this location? The layout and experience is STILL unlike any other MAC store and it was so cool to see so many people really “playing” with the makeup samples. Dezzy and I were on a mission, though. I was there to check out the palette system AND build my own fabulous palette.

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My Top 5 Hair Products For Color Treated Natural Hair

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I will never not color my hair, y’all. I’ve been doing this since I was a 14-year old and it’s a habit that likely won’t ever end. Speaking of dyeing my hair at 14…I can’t be the only one that used Kool-Aid packets! Are you judging me? I hope not! Don’t knock it ’til you try it, girl. 4 packets of Orange and 1 packet of Cherry would bring about a gorgeous shade. Mama has grown up since then and now I’m using more refined products. 

Or something like that…HA!

Manic Panic

Manic Panic and I go way back. I’ve been using this dye for about 10 years now and I love how it’s gentle, fume-free and just EFFECTIVE. It’s a semi-permanent dye (which means it won’t last forever) but it does a great job at depositing color. Aaaand, they’re affordable and available online AND at Sally Beauty Supply. Woot! 

Cantu Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque

I first tried this masque about a year ago (remember this post?) and I’ve been loving it ever since. Creamy and moisturizing, I find that this deep conditioner does a fantastic job on my color-treated hair. To keep that color around, I like to drop a few dollops of my Manic Panic color in the conditioner.

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I Took the Sally Hair Dare!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sally Beauty.

I am not in a happy place with my hair. I’m not alone with this, am I? I mean…admit it. At some point in your life, you’ve looked in the mirror and just weren’t satisfied with what was going on with your hair. Of course, you’re still fabulous, beautiful and a stunner, but loving your hair is SO important. As for me? Well, postpartum hair loss has me down in the dumps, man.

 

4B hair

Not only am I losing a ton of hair, but I’m also dealing with insane dryness, the lack of time to really pamper my hair and this funky texture that I’m not used to. No one told me that those pesky pregnancy hormones can also change the texture of your hair. Yeah, girl…the crown on my head has been needing help. Badly. Of all of these problems, it’s the dryness that I’m really struggling with. And guess who has me covered in that department?

Sally Beauty

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What Shampoo and Condish are you using?

It Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Volumizing Mascara

Hey y’all! Happy Weekend from me and my Lipstick League sisters. Check out these hot posts circulating the web. 

we heart this – Fake what your Mama gave you (then, you plucked away!) The IT Cosmetics Brow Power Super Skinny pencils are our new favorite brow tool.

Beautygeeks – Eczema doesn’t disappear with the snow at first melt, right? So enter to win one of two Aveeno body-care giveaways that each include an array of Aveeno Daily Moisturizing, Eczema Care and Eczema Baby products (open to US and Canada)!

Beauty Junkies Unite – Spring is in the air, which means it’s time for a little treat for your hair! Click here to enter my giveaway for a chance to win a 9-piece prize package of products from Natural Instincts and Herbal Essences!

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A Love Letter to the Postpartum Hair Loss Beast

Postpartum Hair Loss

Dear Postpartum Hair Loss Beast,

Hey girl hey. So we meet again, huh? You didn’t catch me off guard like you did with my first pregnancy. Nope. This time, I was awaiting your arrival and had my Black Jamaican castor oil and head wrap game on deck. I knew you were coming to take me out. Things are different this time.

I mean, yes. You are still snatching my edges (quite literally) and have me playing a game called How Far Back Can It Go? with my hairline. There’s mostly humor behind all of this. There’s some sadness, too. Yes, I’m a girl who can confidently rock hair down her back and a bald head but losing your hair never feels good. Especially when you know you have no control over it.

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Say What? You Want Free Hair Products and a New Purse?

Sponsored post. All opinions are my own. 

It is officially T minus 2 weeks before I am too pregnant to function. I think I’m ready and after getting the house in order, I am working on self-pampering. Because let’s face it, there is very little to no pampering going down with a newborn in the house. But you know what? I’m one of those women that reuses to give up on herself. I don’t care what it takes. I will find a millisecond in a day to do something special for me.

And you should do the same, babe. This, I think, applies to all women. We do a lot, man. We deserve to treat ourselves every now and then. 

Remember when I first talked about Roux and how ideal it was for expectant moms who weren’t able to color their hair during those three trimesters? I’m back to remind you about the fabulous contest that Roux Beauty has going on and to encourage you to enter! Because who couldn’t use hair care products for a year or a brand new Louis Vuitton purse? Current Roux lovers will definitely want to get in on this fun. Upload your picture so we can all see how fabulous your curls, tresses, ‘fros are looking! 

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Do you like your hair?

This post is sponsored by Target.

SheaMoisture Black Castor Oil

Hair. It’s a big thing, right? I mean, I don’t care if you’re a little girl or living it up in your octogenarian years, chances are you have some issues with your hair. I’m with you, sister. My hair and I have such a love-hate relationship that many days, I’m shocked to see that my hair hasn’t run away from me. It sounds dramatic, I know, but I’m not always that sweet and attentive to my curls. I’ve gotten better but man, I used to color, perm and toss heat on my hair and then get livid when it wouldn’t grow. Isn’t that some craziness? Why do we do that? We put our strands through the ringer and then get furious when they aren’t “cooperating” with us. 

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When Pregnant Chicks Want Hair Color – Roux Saves the Day!

Sponsored post. All opinions are my own. 

Let’s rap about hair color, babes. Do you do it? You know I do! I am forever dyeing my hair and likely won’t stop any time soon. I’ve taken a break while pregnant but as soon as baby boy makes his appearance, I’ll be running to get some highlights or who knows – maybe I’ll go purple or magenta! Until I can get my fix, I’ll be using Roux Fanci-Full Temporary Hair Color Rinse.

Roux

Have you heard of this brand? Sold in Sally Beauty Salons nationwide and on SallyBeauty.com, Roux gives you the option to temporarily change or modify your hair color. And easily! The temporary Haircolor Rinse is perfect for pregnant chicks like me who may not want to do an all over color. Because the Rinse doesn’t have any ammonia or peroxide in it, I felt completely safe using it. I selected the color Chocolate Kiss and while it was darker than I preferred, it was nice to get a hint of darkness in these summery days.

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