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A Princess Party

By: Sam

Hey Guys! Hope you all survived the moody Mondays. This past weekend my niece, Leyla celebrated her 5th birthday with the help of a Disney princess theme. The weather was gorgeous, the kids were aplenty, and the food was delicious. Appropriately,  Leyla dressed up as Belle from Beauty and the Beast 🙂

I wanted to take this opportunity to wear my newNARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($25) in their new shade, “Cruella” which is a beautiful scarlet red. I used my favorite NARS blush ($29), “Luster”, my favorite YSL “Shocking” Mascara in jade black ($30), and finally highlight my brow bones with Benefit’s Watts Up highlighter ($30). I must say I felt like a princess myself. After many humid sticky summer days, this past Saturday was the perfect weather to be dolled up. Below is a slideshow of some photos of my makeup look and of the party:

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I also met a girl named Zomely. The first thing I noticed was her hair (of course), it was so long and healthy! Aside from having a blog worthy look, she was very sweet and open to sharing the scoop on her beauty:

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Name: Zomely

Age: 19

Location: Westchester, NY

Favorite Beauty Product: “Lancome Liquid Eyeliner ($30) is my staple”.

On her waves: “I braid my hair when it’s wet, let it dry, and undo the braids”.

What’s your beauty secret? “This may sound weird but caffeine, it gives me enough energy to work out and feel good and helps control my appetite”.

Tell us! What makes you feel beautiful?

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Back to school Beauty: San Juan edition

by : Katrina

Hello everyone! As I said on Manicure Monday I recently relocated to San Juan, Puerto Rico. I’m a Virgo- I just can’t keep still. I got tired of work, work, oh and more work (& New Jersey) so I decided to just get up, leave, and go back to school. Why Puerto Rico? Why not? 😉 Coming from the hot NYC summer I figured the transition to the humid, rainy 90 degree weather everyday of PR would be a piece of cake but I was completely wrong.

1. my face freaked out – I have normal skin and never had problems with breakouts until I got here! It’s probably because of all the sweating. i know, gross.

2. Is there such thing as hair sun burn? because I definitely acquired that here.

3. I feel like I’m getting darker and darker by the second. Sun block has become part of my daily regimen for my entire body! (I don’t want to come back looking like a leather bag) same goes for OFF bug spray 😦

4. Last but definitely not least: Make-up. I’m limited to cool lipstick, mascara, little blush, and eyeliner if I’m lucky. Foundation or anything else? It’s just too hot for all that!

With the help of:

Cetaphil Dermacontrol Mosturizer SPF 30– Aveeno Daily moisturizer was too heavy and thick for me in this heat. This moisturizer is for acne prone skin, absorbs quickly to restore your skin’s natural balance, and provide a non-greasy, matte finish.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-touch Sunscreen – SPF 70- the sun is real out here! This is my favorite sunblock so far. It’s super light weight and smells like baby lotion.

Aveeno Calming Body Wash– showering 3x/day, sunblock, and bug spray can definitely dry out your skin so bars of soap are out of the question for me. This creamy lather moisturizes my skin and is enriched with natural ingredients known for their calming benefits.

Shea Moisture Deep Masque -weekly for my sun burnt hair (product review in previous post :P)

I think I’m back to school ready!

Here is a slide show of some of my daily looks! enjoy 🙂

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Anyone have suggestions on lightweight foundations with SPF? something that can withstand this heat!

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The Road to Hair Recovery

By: Sam

Last time I gave you the 411 on my hair, I was cutting off the damage and bitter-sweetly accepting my new short do. I realized however, regaining hair health isn’t just about getting rid of what’s damaged but to ensure that future growth is healthy and strong. In the last few years I’ve experimented so much with color (dying & toning) that I can only imagine my hair’s a bit traumatized and needs a little TLC in order to achieve my latest hair goal: Rapunzel length hair. (lol).

So here’s my hair 3-4 weeks ago:

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For those who do not know, I have (3b-3c type) curls. Also my hair gets very dry (as most curls do), prone to frizz and needs extra hydration. I know on average,  hair grows about 1/2 inch-1 inch a month, but I am going to share with you my “my hair growth system” which includes steps and extra tips that I feel has been working for me.

1. Taking hair supplements– I started taking Phytophanère Hair And Nails Dietary Supplement ($59, Available at Sephora) right about when I took this picture. A bottle comes with 120 capsules which will last you two months, taking 2 a day in the morning with a glass of water. These supplements contain Biotin, Vitamin E, Vitamin B & C, Omega 3 and 6, and much more. Instructions recommend you take them for at least 4 months. I know it is not proven that these will 100% work but I do feel like due to taking these supplements, my new growth (and will show you in another post very soon) has been much softer, stronger, and overall healthier. Also my eyelashes are the longest they’ve ever been!

2. Shampooing as little as possible – Washing your hair to keep it clean is okay, but washing your hair too much can be drying. So, I’m now washing my hair 3 times a week and use sulfate free shampoo. My favorite is Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo ($9.99, Available at local Pharmacies, including Walgreens). *Do take note that if your hair becomes very dirty and oily, at least once a week use a standard shampoo that contains sulfate. Also, NEVER rinse your hair with very hot water, cool water helps retain its moisture.

3. Weekly Deep Treatments – This is a very important step! Me personally, I like to put on deep treatments and sleep with them overnight (I put a towel over my pillow when doing so) and fasten my hair into a top bun. I like to alternate 2 deep treatments, one being Trader Joe’s Organic Virgin Coconut Oil ($13.59 on Amazon.com, available at your local Trader Joes), and the other being Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Hair Masque ($9.99, Available at local pharmacies, including Walgreens). Coconut Oil contains nutrients like Vitamin E, K, and iron, which help shield hair protein and retain hair moisture. I have been doing this consistently for about 2-3 months and have noticed a difference in my hair. No matter what your hair situation, a deep treatment is a must.

4. Cut back on heat styling– Imagine being put in the dryer with rollers (high heat temp), then getting your hair blown out, and going over it with a flatiron. Now imagine doing that once every week for a number of months. I mean…that has got to take toll on your hair. I am vastly cutting back, blow drying my hair 1-2 times a month (at most). This prevents further damage and breakage on ones hair. Also, try to cut back on the use of hair gel (which may contain alcohol, and is therefore drying).

5. Eating Healthier– I am a firm believer in “you are what you eat”. I simply try to be mindful of foods that have been known to be beneficial for hair. I eat lots of avocado (essential fatty acids) and have poultry (protein), and add blueberries (Vitamin C) to my fruit smoothies, and use spinach (iron, vitamin C, beat-carotene) in my salads. Drink lots of water, too! *For more info on “hair friendly” foods check this out: Top 10 Foods for Healthy Hair (By Elizabeth B. Krieger & Reviewed by Victoria Barbosa, MD)

6. Massage Your Scalp – I like to do this as often as I can, it is said to be good for your hair as it stimluates hair growth and blood flow. I think of it has giving my hair a well-deserved hug for all I’ve put it through. *For an extra special scalp massage, I like to put Josie Maran’s Argan oil (ranges from $14-$96, available at Sephora) in my hair and massage using my fingers (not my nails) in slow circular motion.

7. Regular Trims– Even if your goal is to have long hair, regular trims keep your hair looking healthy. You don’t want those split ends to rise now do you? So trim every 6-10 weeks, unless your hair really needs some repairing and there is a lot of damage, 4-6 weeks.

In future posts, I will be showing pictures of my hair progress; straightened to show the length as well as my curly hair to show the difference in overall healthiness. (fingers crossed!)

Hope you guys find these tips to be helpful :). Are you in the process of growing out your hair? What has been beneficial to you?

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Total Hair Envy- Vanessa

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It’s our first Scavenger Hunt post!

On St. Patrick’s day, my friend Derrick invited me over for a potluck. During the potluck, I met his girlfriend, Vanessa who had the most amazing and healthy looking hair I have seen in real life. I had to ask her a few questions! Vanessa said that wintry weather makes her hair extremely dry which leads it to become easily tangled. So her precautions are as followed…

Name: Vanessa
Age: 21
Location: Brooklyn, NY (originally from San Francisco, CA)

Hair Care Regiment:

• Shampoos and conditions hair once or twice a week with Joico k-pak Reconstruct Shampoo and Conditoner for Dry or Damaged Hair (Shampoo: $15.80, amazon.com; Conditioner: $12.99 at Walgreens)

• Deep conditions with Paul Mitchell’s Keratin Cream Rinse once a week for 15 minutes. ($19.59, available on amazon.com)

•Styled with Schwarzkpof OSiS Buff Styling Cream ($14.99, amazon.com), finger curled her hair and air dried.

What’s your Beauty Secret? Her boyfriend’s Mom (Diane Oertwig, San Francisco based) is her hairdresser and beauty consultant.

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