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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless Review. Possible MAC Prolongwear Dupe??


Natural Sunlight at the Window (No Edits)


Hey Beauties & Beaus,

[DISCLAIMER]: Whenever I give a review or make a sponsored post, I have made sure to test the product thoroughly before producing a post for you guys. They are my true thoughts and feelings.

This is somewhat of a long overdue post, but I must admit that I am literally in love with the Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation. Words can not truly describe to you how this is my new favorite foundation. I've tried countless drugstore foundations (L'Oreal True Match, Revlon Color Stay, and many others to name a few (all are great btw)), but this one is my new tried and true foundation. I admitted my latest obsession with matte products in the first issue of my new digital magazine BLUSHED, and I have to admit, this foundation satisfies my obsession very nicely.

As you may or may not know, MAC Prolongwear is my go to foundation product to use. I love it because it dries down matte also (see below). It dries Matte and STAYS Matte! I like to use it for special occasions and I opt for a drugstore foundation throughout the week. I do this because the Prolongwear is pricey and I have to travel to get my hands on a new bottle (I hate waiting for packages in the mail). Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless is my new weekly (and sometimes weekend) foundation.

I tried Maybelline's Fit Me Foundation when it first came out years ago, and it didn't love me at all. I also tried the Fit Me Shine Free Foundation stick, it didn't show me much love either. I honestly decided to give up on the "Fit Me crew" and stick to what had become familiar to me.

I decided to give Fit Me another try, and I must say this foundation has not failed me at all! It's amazing. It dries down matte, and it stays matte. Yep! This foundation could possibly be a dupe baby to the MAC Prolongwear Foundation. I just recently posted a tutorial featuring the foundation. Check it out for yourself and see it in action! It's affordable and most  people can't really tell the difference. A lady stopped me today and asked me if I was wearing MAC foundation and I simply replied no, it's Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless. Her response, "OMG! Really??" She was amazed by the application and how it was so flawless.Yeah girl, me too! I'm just as shocked!

If you haven't already, give the foundation a try. It's great, affordable, and will leave you looking and feeling FLAWLESS. I guarantee you will love it. It offers a lite weight buildable coverage, so you can go from light to heavy coverage. As the package suggests, Coconut 355 Fits Me and I'm sure you will find a shade that will fit you too! Check some pics below of this amazing foundation.



Natural Sunlight (No Edits)


Wearing Mac Prolongwear. Can You Tell a Difference? (No Edits)


Do you see what I mean? Maybe? Maybe Not? Check it out for yourself. I promise you will LOVE IT!

Thanks for Reading! Please Share!! Tell A Friend! Peace & Blessings

-XO





Wednesday, July 1, 2015

[GRWM]: Summer Glow Makeup Tutorial #BBKN




Beauties and Beaus,

Just in time for the weekend fun, here is a tutorial to help give your skin that amazing summer glow. I recorded this Get Ready with Me Makeup Tutorial a few weeks back (yeah I know), and I'm just now getting around to uploading it. Honestly, I almost forgot about it, but it's just in time for the weekend family fun and barbecue's. I hope you enjoy! Check it out below!





Products Used

EYEBROWS:
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz: Ebony
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow: Dark Brown
MAC Studio Finish: NW 40

FACE:
Rimmel London Face Primer: Stay Matte
Maybelline Fit Foundation (Matte & Poreless) Coconut (355) 
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish: Dark

EYES:
Urban Decay Primer Potion
NYX Eye Shadow Base in Natural
[Benefit Cosmetics Goodies a Go-Go Makeup Kit]: Kiss Me  (Mobile Lid), [MAC]: Brown Script, [Sleek Cosmetics]: Contour Powder (Crease/Transition Color) [Lorac Pro Palette]: Taupe (Brow Bone Highlight) [MAC]: Brown Down Eye Shadow (Outer 'V')
EYELINER:
MAC Fluidline: Black Track (Winged Liner) 
Milani Cosmetics Supreme Khol Kajal Eyeliner (Blackest Black)
MASCARA:
Top Lashes: Two Faced Better Than Sex Mascara and L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara
Bottom Lashes: Maybelline Great Lash Mascara and L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara

LASHES: Beauty Supply Store #747 S

HIGHLIGHT/CONTOUR:
LA Girl Pro Conceal: Toffee
Urban Decay Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer: Medium Dark Warm
Ben Nye Setting Powder: Banana
Contour: Sleek Cosmetics Contour kit: Medium
Top of Cheeks Highlight: Sleek Cosmetics Contour Kit Medium

BLUSH
MAC Razin (HOLY GRAIL)
BRONZER(S):
NYX Blush Terra Cotta
Two Faced Sun Bunny Bronzer (Highlighter)

SETTING SPRAY:
Urban Decay Deslick Setting Spray (HOLY GRAIL)

LIPS:  
Milani Cosmetics Dulce Caramelo
Khroma Beauty Lipgloss Honey Stick 









[SPONSORED]: Sparkle, Shimmer, and Shine with my new Milgrain Diamond Eternity Band









Beauties and Beaus,

Summer has finally arrived and, even though it's hot outside and the grills have already fired up, wedding season is upon us. Love is in the air and many of our friends and family members have gotten engaged or they have a wedding date set. As always, I have great news for you! Just think of me as your beauty best friend and your beauty godmother. My new friends at Anjolee reached out to me and sent me the most gorgeous ring ever! I was completely blown away at the beautiful ring that arrived at my place a week ago. I was sent the Milgrain Diamond Eternity Band. I have worn it and I absolutely love it. While wearing the band, I received tons of compliments and people loved it so much, they demanded the name of the company. Sharing is caring, so I gave up the deets without any hesitation. 

I had the opportunity to browse through the Anjolee website and I must say that their jewelry selection pieces are simply amazing. There's  so much to choose from to meet your jewelry needs. If you are in need of a promise ring, engagement ring, wedding ring, anniversary gift, or a brand new pair of diamond stud earrings? Anjolee has exactly what you need and more. I've done some engagement ring browsing/shopping in the past, and what I love the most about their beautiful jewelry, it's priced to fit any budget and is completely customizable to suit your needs. 

 I have even more great news, you can take Anjolee with you wherever you go and access  their jewelry pieces whenever you choose. They have a free app available for download. Simply access it through your app store. 

I absolutely love my diamond eternity band, and even though I'm still single, happy, and waiting it adds a certain sparkle and shine to my petite fingers, I just seriously doubt I can stop wearing it. 

Check out Anjolee right now! I promise you will love every piece! Happy Shopping!




 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

[NOW AVAILABLE]: Blushed Digital Magazine



Free Copy of Blushed Digital Magazine

EEEK!! I'm so thrilled to announce that the first issue of Blushed Digital Magazine is now available for download! I'm sure you're probably wondering? Huh? What is Blushed? What is the magazine about?

Blushed Digital magazine is a Beauty By Kelly Nicole Exclusive which will be the beginning of something great! There is so much more on the agenda for Beauty By Kelly Nicole as a brand I'm too excited to really contain myself. Completeing this task has been a challenging one and I am amazed at myself that I was able to take on the task and complete it with grace. There were moments that I felt completely in over my head and I wanted to stop and cry. Just forget! It's too much and I'm crazy to think this is even worth it. I continued to keep going and I am very pleased with the end result!

This magazine is the beginning of my bridal makeup series for my YouTube Channel (soon to come). What was originally supposed to become a beauty manual (maybe 20-30 pages) became a 80+ page spread of all sorts of cute interesting things. This is the first issue of a quarterly series, discussing various topics pertaining to beauty and fashion. Moving forward, my goal is to be able to continue to reach and inspire people to take life by the horns and don't let go! I've always wanted to write for a magazine (beauty or fashion), I guess the overwhelming feeling to do so has catapulted me into my very own adventure. I'm happy that you're going to take this journey with me, hopefully I can include you in some of the pages!

If you want your a free copy of the first issue of Blushed Digital Magazine simply click the picture to retrieve your copy. I hope you enjoy it!

Special Thanks to Designer Schaumin Chanel for her awesome eye and beautiful talent. She did her thing with the cover for the first issue.Check out some of these cool links below to see the cover in process!

Design in Session 

Cover Art in Progress


Peace and Blessings

-xo











Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Happy 6th Birthday! 9 Things You Should Consider while Blogging

 


Hey Beauties,

Thanks to Facebook and their "memories" plug in I noticed  6 years ago today, I posted my very first blog post and Miss Nic's Elegant Edge was born! My inspiration for starting MNEE was to simply create a tool for people to get their questions answered or to answer questions before they have been asked. I didn't imagine that I would still be here blogging today, and I really didn't know that it had been exactly 6 years since my first post. Blogging has been a journey and honestly I love to write. Although I'm shocked that I'm still maintaining a blog, I'm not shocked that the motivation to continue to write has not faded. I've kept a journal since the third grade. Writing comes easy and it's actually therapeutic for me.

Over the years I've been able to connect with people all over the world, work with brands, and attend events. All of which has been such a great humbling experience. There is more to come from MNEE and she will slowly evolve into more. This year MNEE will transition into something bigger and become my personal brand. Before the end of the year the goal is to re-brand completely (I've done so partially) to Beauty by Kelly Nicole. To jump start the progress I have been working relentlessly to complete my first issue of Blushed Digital Magazine (a part of the BBKN brand) Blushed will be a brand within itself (more to come), but it's conception comes as a result of the BBKN brand.  You will see more of  Blushed in the near future!

I appreciate those who have taken this journey with me. It has been a interesting one. I just wanted to share nine things that I've learned over the past six years while blogging. This is pertaining to my experience, no real detail like most posts solely dedicated to blogging.


1. Keep Going &Never Give Up: Blogging is far from easy! Many assume it's simply just writing and that's it. Blogging consists of a lot more than writing and great pictures. It takes hard work, drive, and creativity to produce a great blog, not mention all of the technical aspects and SEO (that topic we may all dread, but still trying to master). No matter how hard it gets or how difficult it seems, you must continue going.
2. Learn, Learn, & Learn: I always find myself continuing to learn about blogging and how to blog and grow my audience. Blogging is recognized as a business and can allow you to be extremely successful if you are willing to apply yourself. I've attended numerous online seminars, read many of articles, and downloaded a lot of free eBooks. This has been because learning is essential to growth. Take the time to always learn, not only for your blog, but for yourself.
3. Rome wasn't built in a Day: Growing a blog is not going to happen over night! It takes time, diligence, and patience. This is an essential part to doing a blog. You have to be patient and do the work. If you focus on the reason why you are creating your blog, people will come and enjoy your blog.
4. Make it Personal: Your blog should reflect who you are as an individual. Making your blog personal will give you the opportunity to relate to your audience in an authentic way. If you make it personal, you will enjoy your time blogging.  Before you know it, six years will pass and you wouldn't have even realized it's been that long.
5. Understand your Purpose: Why are you blogging? What is your sole purpose for blogging? Once you find our what your purpose is for blogging, you can blog with ease. There may be times when your content ideas may get a little foggy, but if you understand your purpose...blogging will be fun and easy.
6. Accept the Rejection and Grow from it: Many people want to know how to receive "free stuff" from blogging. They want to know how to be selected for sponsorship for blog posts or YouTube Videos etc? There is nothing wrong with this because it's beneficial to a degree to help grow your audience and also help to generate traffic to your site. I have taken the time out to reach out to only a few brands for sponsorship opportunities. All of which, were rejected. Most of my sponsored posts/videos have come from brands reaching out to me. In my opinion, that is the best way to go about it. Let them reach out to you. I'm not discouraging you from pursing them, if that's what you to desire to do, but for me it has always been a humbling experience. I've always felt "Oh WOW?! Little ole me? Really?". The rejection that I've experienced was also humbling. It showed me that I still have a ways to go. Those who were gracious enough to tell me why...just simply gave me the focus necessary to correct what needs to be corrected and continue to grow.
7. Trial & Error before Success: Blogging is a trial and error experience. Some posts are going to generate a lot of traffic, and some won't. You can use your analytic's to help you know which posts are popular and to find out what people like to read.
8. Support others Genuinely: Most bloggers know to comment on other blogs. It's a great way to generate traffic to your blog. I've learned to genuinely support the blogs I follow. There are times when I read blogs and don't comment, but I still take the time to read it. Don't focus on commenting on blogs simply to generate traffic...but do so because you genuinely like the blog and/or support the blogger and their spirit/vision.
9. Your Blog should grow with you: As I've mentioned, I'm focusing on re-branding my blog. The details are still a little foggy, but the vision is clear (how does that work?? lol). I was 22 years old when I started Miss Nic's Elegant Edge. I was fresh out of college and in the early start of Cosmetology School. I just wanted to find a way to answer questions before they were asked by friends and family. I had no idea that the blog would be what it is today. I had no idea I would work with the brands that I have worked with, and I had no idea I would form the relationships and partnerships with the amazing individuals I've worked with. I was young, careless, and clueless with a desire to succeed. As a young woman, at the time, I didn't foresee myself in this place right now. At 22 'Miss Nic' was a whole bunch of things (but most of all young, careless, and clueless), but she had focus. At 28, Miss Nic has matured (Thank God!), and with the same focus (like never before), she has developed in to Kelly Nicole (hence Beauty by Kelly Nicole). Your blog should grow with you! It's important to always learn and grow. When you grow as an individual, your blog should grow with you.

My goal moving forward is to simply continue to provide great content and pour my heart out into my blog. I'm not sure what else will occur as a result of my blog, but I'm hoping that you will continue to take this journey with me!

Cheers to six long years of spilling my guts and info to the World Wide Web!

If you want to receive your copy of Blushed Digital Magazine (absolutely free) simply subscribe here. You will receive your free copy when it launches!

As always, Thanks for Reading! Tell a Friend!  Peace and Blessings

-xo

Kelly Nicole aka. 'Miss Nic'



Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Kim Kimble (plus) Kelly Rowland (equals) MAJOR SLAY







Beauties/Beaus,

Kim Kimble does it again! She styled Kelly Rowland's hair for Mane Addicts 'Mane Muse' photo shoot. Kelly Rowland, a timeless beauty, knows how to work a camera. I fell in love with her photo where she channeled Donna Summers, and I must say...if and when there is ever a movie about Donna Summers, Kelly would certainly be the person to do it. Kim Kimble has ALWAYS been an inspiration for me. I am sitting on pins and needles WAITING for this seasons LA Hair to air. Kim was inspired by the hair styles  from various icons such as Dianna Ross, Sade, Bianca Jagger (1970s Icon and Social Activist), and Farida Khelfa Goude (French Style Icon) to style Kelly's hair.Major Slay Main Addicts and the entire glam squad! I'm definitely Inspired!! Check out the pics! What do you Beauties/Beaus think? Do you have anyone who has inspired you in your hair journey? 

(Source)








Peace and Blessings,

-XO












Sunday, May 3, 2015

[Smokey Eye Series]: Smokey eye with Glitter (Prom Inspired)



Beauties and Beaus,

Here is the last addition to my Smokey Eye Series! I'm working on a new series, it's sweet, romantic, full of rice, bouquets, and all white. Can you guess? A Bridal Series is coming your way very soon! Who knows, there may be a Bridal Smokey Eye somewhere in the mix. To conclude this series I chose to create a makeup look featuring a dark grey/black eyeshadow with glitter and a sexy matte red lip. As I mentioned in the video, I believe this is a great makeup look for a formal event, prom season is upon us and I think this is a great look for prom or any night on the town. I hope you enjoy! Products used are listed below!!


Products Used




EYEBROWS:
NYC Eyebrow Pencil: Dark Brown
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow: Dark Brown
MAC Studio Finish: NW 40

FACE:
Rimmel London Face Primer: Stay Matte
Maybelline Fit Foundation (Matte & Poreless) Coconut (355) 
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish: Dark

EYES:
Benefit's Stay Don't Stray Eye Shadow Primer 
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Slate
[Lorac Pro Palette]: Slate  (Mobile Lid), [MAC] Brown Script, Sable(Crease/Transition Color) Taupe, Cream (Brow Bone Highlight) [Lorac Pro Palette]: Black Eye Shadow (Inner corner and Outer 'V')
MAC Fluidline: BlackTrack (Winged Liner) 
L'Oreal Silkissime Eyeliner (Lash line)

MASCARA:
Top Lashes: Two Faced Better Than Sex Mascara and L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara
Bottom Lashes: Maybelline Great Lash Mascara and L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara

LASHES: Beauty Supply Store #747 S

HIGHLIGHT/CONTOUR:
LA Girl Pro Conceal: Toffee
NUANCE Concealer Stick: Deep
Ben Nye Setting Powder: Banana
Contour: Sleek Cosmetics Contour kit: Medium
Top of Cheeks Highlight: Sleek Cosmetics Contour Kit Medium

GLITTER
Wet -N- Wild Coloricon Glitter shadow in Spiked
NYX Liquid Crystal Liner in Crystal Silver 

BLUSH
MAC Razin (HOLY GRAIL)

SETTING SPRAY
Urban Decay Deslick Setting Spray (HOLY GRAIL)

LIPS:  Milani Matte Lipstick in Confident



Check out my foundation routine here sand my eyebrow routine here.


Thanks for reading and watching! Tell a Friend! Peace and Blessings
-xo

Monday, April 20, 2015

My Current Skin Care Routine ft. Evian Facial Spray




Beauties,

In times past I've received numerous compliments on my skin and how it looks so nice and blemish free. Although I do appreciate the compliments I do work hard to maintain my skin to keep it looking its best considering I wear makeup daily. The Evian Facial Spray, which I've recently incorporated into my daily skin care routine, was sent to me from the Wilkes Group to review for my Youtube Channel and I had to make sure that I shared it here also. The key to taking care of your skin is to make sure that you cleanse properly (day and night), tone your skin (with a toner or astringent), and moisturize your skin (this helps to minimize wrinkles). Exfoliating and the use of a Facial Mask are also important. Depending on your skin type, you would need to choose an exfoliating method and a facial mask. Exfoliating the skin is important because it helps to slough away dead skin cells, remove dirty and keep your pores looking smaller. It's also going to help you achieve a glowing complexion. If you skip this step in your skin care routine your pores will accumulate dirt and other debris which can lead to breakouts on the face. The purpose of using a facial mask is simply to cleanse the skin further. Using a facial mask can help to unclog pores, achieve a glowing complexion, and even be relaxing. I tend to use a facial mask once a week (Saturdays) to help keep my skin clear. Since I've incorporated the facial buff pads into my skin care routine, I tend to exfoliate while I cleanse my skin every other day. When I don't use the facial buff pads I tend to use my hands to wash my face.  Below is a detailed list of the products I use on my skin and some more information on the Evian Facial Spray.



Evian Facial Spray

The exquisitely fine mist produced by Evian® Brumisateur® penetrates and re-hydrates the upper layers of the skin. Evian® water has a unique mineral balance along with exceptional purity which suits all skin types, even the most sensitive. Leaves skin looking healthy and feeling refreshed. Dermatologically tested. The leak-proof canister is the ideal product to take on-the-go in any purse or travel bag. Unlike other water sprays, Evian Spray is sealed at the source, so it can not be contaminated.

After using this facial spray, I became convinced that I needed to use this in my skin care routine moving forward. As I mentioned in the video, I can see myself using this product moving forward for a long time. It made my skin feel extra soft and it also made my skin feel refreshed. Considering hotter days are fast approaching I would suggest purchasing this facial spray to keep on hand to give you mid-day skin refreshing cool down. This facial spray is perfect for refreshing your makeup, Despite the water content the facial spray will not cause your makeup to run. I noticed that it literally refreshed my makeup and helped it to look as if it had been freshly applied. 

The facial spray comes in three sizes: 1.7 oz., 5 oz. (as shown in the video), and 10 oz canister. It's perfect for on the go, home, or office. 




Products Used

Morning Skin Care Routine:

Aveeno Positively Radiant Brightening Cleanser

Neutrogena Clear Pore Oil-Eliminating Astringent

Evian Facial Spray (moisturizes, refreshes, and tones)

Ambi Fade Cream (I only use this at night, I used this particular morning because I forgot the night before)

Moisturizing Lotion SPF 15 Sunscreen Radiant Skin (Comparable to Aveeno Facial Moisturizer)

Night Skin Care Routine: 

Makeup Removal Wipes (No specific brand, whatever I can find that's on sale)

Neutrogena Deep Clean Facial Cleanser (I prefer using this at night when I remove my makeup to ensure I don't get breakouts from all of the makeup that I wear daily)

Mint Julep Masque (Helps to dry up pimples, rinses away blackheads, and shrinks enlarged pores) MUST HAVE!!

Neutrogena Clear Pore Oil-Eliminating Astringent

Evian Facial Spray (moisturizes, refreshes, and tones)

Ambi Fade Cream

Aveeno Positively Radiant Intensive Night Cream



The Facial Buff Pads can be purchased at Target.














Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Reasons Why You Should Keep Your Satin Bonnet #bonnetgang





[DISCLAIMER]: I'm not trying to encourage discord or arguments between you and your boo. I'm just giving some insight as to why you shouldn't ditch your satin bonnet/scarf. Maybe you can explain this to your significant other. Hopefully they will understand.

 Beauties,

There was great talk in regards to the infamous Satin Bonnet last month. The conversation was sparked by an episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta as a result of the conversation between Kandi and her husband Todd. When I saw the episode I wasn't too surprised by his claim that the satin bonnet ruined the mood because  I've heard it before from friends, but I've never experienced that in my dating life. In the past, whenever I became comfortable enough with the person I was dating, I'd put on my satin bonnet before there was even a discussion about bed time. In the past (cheers to abstinence), it was always a "let me see what his response will be with the cap on while I'm in my comfort zone" [DISCLAIMER]: My comfort zone is in my apartment. The Satin Bonnet is meant for indoors and not outdoors. #ijs. As a result of the discussion various only blogging sites have conducted surveys and sparked conversation about the Satin Cap and if it was actually true that it ruined the mood. There were some guys who mentioned the satin cap didn't ruin the mood, they had absolutely no problem at all with their significant other wearing the satin bonnet to bed.  There were only a few guys who mentioned the cap ruined the mood. There were even some who were puzzled as to why it could even cause a problem.

Unfortunately, the Satin Bonnet, a product created to protect the hair of the African American Woman, has created some issues with relationships. Before I get into a few reasons as to why you should not ditch your satin bonnet let's find out where and why it started in the first place.  The idea of covering your hair while you sleep dates back to slavery. Many enslaved women covered their hair up with cloth for various reasons. Out of all those reasons, the purpose of wearing their hair covered at night was to protect the hair from insects while they slept. This is also the main reason why for years black women have greased their scalps to protect their hair for the same reason (not necessarily for hair growth). Today we know the purpose of covering our hair at night is to keep our hair from drying out from our typical cotton based sheets and to prevent hair breakage. The satin bonnet/scarf is favorable over bandana because it won't dry the hair out and cause it to break.

Want to know more about the history of the relationship between the black woman and her satin bonnet/scarf check out these links...here...here...and here.

Here are a few reasons as to why I believe are justifiable in regards to you keeping your satin bonnet. Please understand that you do have options, such as the satin pillow case. However, in my opinion, I recommend the satin bonnet/scarf because it's most likely to keep everything together.

1. Protect Your Investment: I'm most certain your guy should be in favor of you protecting your investment. Any money/ time spent on styling your hair is considered an investment. A typical sew-in costs anywhere from 300-500 depending on the stylist and location. In most cases, the sew-in can cost you more. Let's not forget the 300-700 you may have spent on your new hair bundles. If this is the case, you have spent money and therefore time (2-3 hrs) on your new sew-in and it's best to protect it to make sure that you don't have to spend more money to make it look fresh. The sew-in is not the only style that needs protecting. If you style your own hair, like me, you should desire to protect your hair simply from the time it took you to complete. I currently have Senegalese twists in my hair (took me about 6-8 hrs to complete on myself), and I tie it up every night with my satin scarf to keep them looking fresh. Protect your investment!
2. Helps to Retain Moisture: African American textured hair is typically drier than any other hair texture, therefore it's important to add moisture and find ways to retain moisture. Most people typically sleep on cotton sheets or a blend which will more than likely contain cotton. The cotton is going to absorb the moisture in your hair. Therefore causing it to become dry and brittle. The satin bonnet/scarf is going to protect your hair from becoming dry, and in doing so, it's going to help you retain moisture. Most African American women moisturize their hair before bed, the satin bonnet is simply going to help keep the hair moisturized and your sheets free from the product.
3. Prevent Hair Breakage: Hair that is dry and brittle tends to break.
4. Cuts back on the styling time: Let's be honest, those of us that are working women don't have hours in the morning to style our hair. I know for me if I desire to have a fly hair style in the morning I have to wake up an hour early to style my hair. Who has time to do that when you could use that extra hour to sleep (Thank God for satin rollers). Let's not forget the time it takes to beat and snatch my face. The satin cap/scarf is going to help minimize the morning hustle and bustle to style your hair. I know for me it helps to minimize any frizz that I may experience. Trust me, frizzy hair is just going to add more time to the styling process.

Keep in mind that you do have options in regards to protecting your hair while you sleep. There is the satin pillow case. Personally I have tried it, but I doubt that it will work as good as the satin bonnet/scarf especially for those of us who sleep wild (like myself). If your bonnet is not staying on at night while you sleep, try using a scarf on top of your bonnet or vice versa to protect your hair. Your satin bonnet, although it looks crazy to some and can be unattractive to your significant other is beneficial to maintaining your hair and retaining length. If you are married and your husband just can't seem to get down with the satin bonnet, make the compromise put it on after he has gone to sleep. As for me, I hope to never experience the complaint that the satin bonnet is ruining the mood. I haven't before and I honestly hope I don't have to in the future. I love my satin bonnet. I put it on even when I take a nap at home. I don't have the time to play when it comes to my hair. I have invested time and money to grow my hair, I'm going to take the necessary steps to keep it that way.

What do you think? Have you experienced this in regards to your Satin Bonnet/Scarf? Sound off in the comments and let me know! Are you team #bonnetgang or no?

Thanks for reading! Please Share!

-XO


 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Smokey Eye Series: Classic Black Smokey Eye with a Nude Lip


 Beauties, 

Here is another addition to my smokey eye series. It's a classic black smokey eye with a nude lip. It's simple and straight to the point. If you desire to see my foundation routine in detail and my eyebrow routine in detail using Anastasia Beverly Hills brow products click here, here, and here. There are three videos left in the series hopefully I will have them all completed by the end of April and we can move on to something else. Check it out! Leave comments and subscribe to my Youtube Channel. It's absolutely free!







Products Used

EYE BROWS:
NYC Eyebrow Pencil: Dark Brown
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow: Dark Brown
MAC Studio Finish: NW 40
FACE:
Rimmel London Face Primer: Stay Matte
Mac Prolongwear Foundation NC50
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish: Dark
EYES:
Urban Decay Primer Potion
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Black Bean
[Lorac Pro Palette]: Black  (Mobile Lid), (Crease/Transition Color) Sable, Taupe (Brow Bone Highlight)
MAC Fluidline: BlackTrack (Winged Liner) This is optional for the smokey eye. It's completely up to how you feel.
Rimmel London  (Lash line)
MASCARA:
Top Lashes: Two Faced Better Than Sex Mascara and L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara
Bottom Lashes: Maybelline Great Lash Mascara and L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara
LASHES: Beaut Supply Store #747 S
HIGHLIGHT/CONTOUR:
LA Girl Pro Conceal: Toffee
NUANCE Concealer Stick: Deep
Ben Nye Setting Powder: Banana
Contour: Sleek Cosmetics Contour kit: Medium
Top of Cheeks Highlight: Sleek Cosmetics Contour Kit Medium
BLUSH
MAC Razin (HOLY GRAIL)
SETTING SPRAY
Urban Decay Deslick Setting Spray (HOLY GRAIL)
LIPS: Cover Girl Lip Liner Pencil Smoked and Mac Velvet Teddy (Matte Lipstick)







Thanks for watching!! Peace and Blessings -XO

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