My Mid-Summer Protective Style With Milky Way 100% Wet & Wavy Indian Human Hair

               It took me a little over 4 hours to do my hair today. I used the  Milky Way 100% Wet & Wavy Indian Human Hair, which I am totally in love with. One 8″pack costs $25.00. The hair can be worn straight or curly. You can either curl it with water or a moisturizing mousse.  I know I will not be wearing it straight anytime soon because I love curly hair. Curly hair is more forgiving than straight hair, and you use more hair when you wear it straight. When the hair is curly it is easier to cover the gaps than it is with straight hair. My plan is to wear it for as long as I can. I will wash it every month; and if after each wash it still looks good, I will wear it for 3 months. Below are some pictures of the hair.
My middle closure

Take a closer look.

         What the hair looked like before I used  Smooth’n Shine Olive & Tea Tree Mousse to curl it.

Tools used

Please leave a comment below if you need more info either about the braiding pattern or the hair itself.

 

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My One Year Natural Hair Journey Update (PHOTOS)

            This picture just cracks me up, but I think it is the only picture that I have of my big chop/TWA days. I blew out my hair the other day y’all. Right now my hair is neck length. I have 4b/4c hair, which hates humidity. So my blow outs last only a few days. This coming winter will be all about protective styling. Weaves, ladies! I am talking weaving for 3 months, take it out, wash my hair, and weave again. I want my hair to be shoulder length on my next anniversary.

My Hair Now

Side Flat Twist Bun

Signature Bun With The Bow

My half Afro

Failed braid out.

What I Do When I Am Not BLOGGING: Bagging My Daughter’s Hair Gadgets

         If there is one thing I hate more than putting laundered clothes away, it is picking up my daughter’s bits and pieces of hair accessories from the floor. So one of the things that I do when I am not blogging, commenting, researching, connecting, is making sure that my daughter’s beads, barrettes, bows, hair pins are nicely organized. I love to use clear storage bags for this kind of job because they allow me to see all the accessories when I am doing my daughter’s hair.

           You can also invest in a quality storage container if you want. I still keep some of her beads with the beads that I use for my beading projects, but I keep most of her gadgets in zip lock bags. Sometimes what I do is putting them in a big container every time I step on them. When I have time, like on a Sunday after church, I organize them and store them in her favorite hello kitty shoe box.
           So this is one of the things that I do at home. I hope this idea was helpful to you!

Wet N’ Wild FERGIE A007 Miami Spirit Color Nail Polish REVIEW

 Hi ladies!
         I hope you had a wonderful night. I had a great night thanks to my friend, Mr. Pinot Noir. I am so excited about today’s product. I have been looking forward to reviewing this product for you. I have been using it for over a month now, and I think that’s a long enough time to use a product before reviewing it. I paid $3.49 for this product at my local beauty supply store. The price may vary from store to store. Keep reading if you want more info!

Product Description

Rock all sides of The Dutchess from flossy to fierce in Fergified shades! 24 stunning shades specially developed in partnership with global superstar and pop culture icon Fergie. This exclusive collection is a reflection of the singer’s versatility, with looks ranging from rock-star glam to phunky hip to viciously edgy. Each on-trend shade embodies Fergie’s experimental style, specially formulated with glitters, confetti, chromes, metallics, and exclusive neon pigments that offer endless nail design creations.

 Ingredients:

Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Acrylates Copolymer, n-Butyl Alcohol, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Silica, (+/- [May Contain]: Mica, Aluminum Powder/CI 77000, Black 2/CI 77266, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide/CI 77510, Red 6 Lake/CI 15850, Red 7 Lake/CI 15850, Red 34/CI 15880, Red 34 Lake/CI 15880, Violet 2/CI 60725, Yellow 5/CI 19140, Yellow 5 Lake/CI 19140, Titanium Dioxide/CI 77891).

Warnings:

Avoid heat & flame.

My Personal Opinion:
Pros:
  1. Affordable 
  2. Fast Drying
  3. Long Lasting
  4. No Chipping
  5. Comes off easily 

Cons:

  1.  The applicator’s head is too big

The bottom line:
          I would definitely recommend this nail polish to a friend because of its long lasting effects. When I say no chipping I mean it can go a week or so without chipping. My nails chip for no particular reason. If I can say this product does not chip, that means it won’t chip for somebody with normal, healthy nails. My only problem with this product is that the applicator’s head/brush is too big, making it very hard to apply the product. For a product that dries up so quickly, I am surprised that it is so easy to remove it from the nails. I wear it mostly on my toe nails and it lasts up to two weeks before it starts chipping. I love it!  

My Trip To The OUTLET SHOPPES At ATLANTA MALL (PHOTOS)

           We drove to the Outlet Shoppes At Atlanta Mall yesterday. It is actually located in Woodstock, Ga, but I guess it is just the name of the mall.  My sister, my sister-in-law, and I met our friends there to see what all the excitement was about. It was the first time we visited the mall since its grand opening on July 18, 2013. The first thing that caught my eye was the long line to the Coach store. We waited in line for about 5 minutes. When we got in, there was nothing special, but the prices were great. They had a 50% off going on. I could easily buy a $400.00 Coach bag for $200.00, but I don’t think having a third Coach bag was a great idea. So I left the store despite my urge to buy a Coach wallet to replace my over-used Rolex wallet.

       The only shocker was the Michael Kors Outlet Store. They even had the very first bag that Michael designed for a little over $200.00. I tried on a pair of sunglasses and left the store with my heart cramping. How do you leave a Micheal Kors Outlet store empty-handed? I don’t know, but I put my best foot forward and I did. That’s how you know you’ve recovered. I left the mall with two pairs of sneakers for my kids, and nothing for me.  I took a few pictures to share my little recovered shopaholic experience with you. Check them out below!

NINE WEST

NINE WEST
NINE WEST

SAKS

SAKS

COACH
BATHROOM/
WAITING AREA

How To Find The Right Pair Of Sunglasses For Your Face Shape

How To Find The Right Pair Of SunglassesHi guys!
   Who knew there was a science behind choosing the right pair of shades for your face shape. Some of us are just care-free. We just buy the best Michael Kors  Sunglasses we can find and couldn’t care less about what others see when they look at us. The other day I bought a pair of Banana Republic sunglasses only to find out later that they make my face look fat…ter. Below are a few tips on how to find your perfect pair.

  1. OBLONG/LONG FACE: Wrap/Aviator Frames 
  2. SQUARE FACE: Round Frames
  3. HEART SHAPED FACE: Wayfarer Frames 
  4. ROUND FACE: Square Frames
  5. OVAL FACE: Wayfarer, Cat-Eye, Aviator Frames

           I have an oval shape face and I think that I can get away with any shape, but I try to stay away from shades that make my forehead and my cheeks look bigger than they already are. The main purpose of a pair of sunglasses is to protect your precious eyes. So when choosing a pair of sunglasses your primary purpose is to make sure that they can block 100 percent of UVA/UVB rays. Avoid cheap glasses that will cause harms to your eyes. And the most important thing is to remember to wear your sunglasses.

What Is A UPF 50+ Rating? And Why Should You Wear Clothes That Carry It ?

UV Protection Factor or “UPF”

UPF stands for Ultraviolet Protection Factor. This  rating system measures the UV protection provided by fabrics. Some clothes provide more and some provide less. It is very similar to the SPF rating system used for sunscreens. A garment with a UPF of 50 only allows 1/50th of the UV radiation falling on the surface of the garment to pass through it. In other words, it blocks 49/50ths or 98% of the UV radiation.

         Sites like Mott50.com, parasolsun.com,  and Coolibar.com  are among  the sites that sell clothes that can protect your skin against the sun’s UV rays. Although they don’t carry a wide variety of clothes and accessories to choose from, their clothes block at least 98% UVA/UVB. These clothes are recommended for people with a history of skin cancer, people with sensitive skin, and those who are exposed to the sun a lot, like gardeners and construction workers. Clothes that are made with cotton fabrics are usually cooler than other fabrics. Therefore, they carry a higher UPF rating.

          As for me? I am completely fine with any fabric during the summer. I rarely get sun burned. Unless I spend a day on the beach, I don’t even need a great amount of sunscreen. But my daughter get sun burned easily because she has a history of  eczema.  You can expect to spend between $60-$200 for a dress that carries a UPF of 50+. You can pay this amount of money for a dress depending on how severe your skin condition is, or you can just wear regular clothes made with cotton or bamboo fabrics during the summer. Don’t wait until you are going to the beach to wear your sunscreen, and your summer will be just fine.