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Hit or Miss: Sol de Janeiro’s Brazilian Bum Bum Cream

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Hey, darlings! I’m baaaaaaaaaaaack! I know it has been such a long hiatus, but it’s been one hell of a spring & summer. So many changes have been happening so blogging had to take a backseat for a while. However, I have a lot of new content ideas so expect to see me regularly posting.

Now, let’s get back to Hit or Miss! I’ve been using Sol de Janeiro’s Bum Bum Cream for about 4 months now and I absolutely loveeeeee it. It’s basically a cream that tightens and smooths your skin, OVER TIME. So don’t expect immediate results. However, the smell and the glow it gives your skin is AMAZING! I feel more attractive and luscious when I put this on my body. Some the ingredients include: coconut oil, acai, guarana, and cupuacu butter. Also, the consistency is bit thick so a little goes a long way.

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All of my friends who I’ve recommended this cream to love it! I suggest you guys buy its ASAP. You can get it the 8 oz jar at Sephora for $45. If you wanna try it before you fully commit, the travel size is $20.

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Curly Hair Necessities

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Hey, dears! Let’s talk hair….curly hair. If you’re been subscribed to me for a while, you know I naturally have curly/wavy hair. I don’t usually do the curly fro look during the winter because walking out in the NYC streets with damp hair is asking for pneumonia. It’s actually happened to me! However, I do sport it once in a while. Fortunately, not everyone lives in an area where it’s cold during the fall and winter months. Even those who do still sport the fro. THAT’S COMMITMENT! So, I’m going to share with you what I think are necessities for fellow curly haired peeps.

  • Coconut oil is my everything! I’m going to do a completely different posts on C.O. but as far as hair goes it’s amazing. It keeps my hair super moisturized and healthy.
  • Conditioner is a MUST! I’m a fan of co-washing because most shampoos strip your hair unless they’re sulfate free. Conditioner is a must for untangling and styling curls!
  • Sulfate-free products are great if you feel like you’re incomplete without shampoo.
  • Wide-tooth combs are the best way to detangle your hair without causing frizz or damage. It also is the best way to maintain your curl shape.
  • Diffusers are great for those of you who like adding extra volume and bounce to your curly do’.
  • Anti-frizz serums are a must for keeping curls soft, shiny, and shapely!

If you’re a fellow curly haired gal or guy and have other holy grails for curls, let me know 🙂

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Beauty Hacks: Home Edition

Hey, babes! Today we’re going to talk about beauty stuff that you can find at the supermarket rather than a makeup store. There are so many common household items that can help you with your beauty blunders and you may not even know it! I’ve tried all these products for beauty purposes and in my opinion, they all work great! So, let’s just jump right in.

  • Coconut Oil Coconut oil is the queen of multipurpose.What makes coconut oil so amazing is that it has antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. You can use it for internal health, cooking, and various beauty purposes. I’ve used it as a hair mask, body moisturizer, chapstick, and for oil pulling. You can also use it to soothe rashes and skin conditions.
  • Rubbing Alcohol Ran out of deodorant? No problem! Plenty of people have used rubbing alcohol on their armpits and it actually lasts way longer than deodorant. And no, your armpits won’t smell like alcohol all day, just like your hands don’t smell like alcohol all day after you use hand sanitizer.
  • Olive Oil Finished a pack of makeup wipes? Just use some olive oil on your face and everything will come off and I mean EVERYTHING. As a person with mainly oily skin, this doesn’t affect me negatively in any way. It actually removes my makeup better and faster.
  • Baby Powder If you roots are oily, dab a bit of baby powder on them. No everyone has the time or money to spend on dry shampoo. But, make sure to brush is out! Nobody wants a white scalp.
  • Baking Soda I’m sure you already can guess what baking soda is used for besides cleaning. Yes, it’s used for whitening those teeth! You can mix it with your toothpaste or even rub it on your teeth after you brush them.
  • Vaseline As we all know, vaseline is great for moisturizing lips, cuts, burns,scrapes, and your body. However, I used it mostly to get rid of the dead skin on my lips.
  • Toothbrush A toothbrush is a handy tool for taming baby hairs as well as brushing the dead skin on your lips when exfoliating. Make sure the brush is old and clean! Don’t go stealing anyone’s toothbrush.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar (sorry I ran out) This is great as a toner and hair clarifier. Use it on acne breakouts and I promise you it’ll work! If you’re about that co-wash life, using a ACV & water spray will help clarify your hair and get rid of the gunk! Make sure to buy organic. I don’t think the others will work just as good. Also, it doesn’t smell that great – just a disclaimer.

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Healthy Hair Tips

Lately, I’ve been getting a lot of compliments on how fast my hair has grown (FYI:that’s not my hair in the picture). Therefore, I wanted to share my hair growing tips for those ladies out there who want to make their hair grow faster and more healthy.

  1. Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is my holy grail product for my hair. Usually, I will wash my hair and put coconut oil in it and wrap it up and sleep like that. The next morning, I rinse it out with cold water and my hair smells and feels AMAZING. Coconut oil repairs hair damage and it makes your hair soft and shiny. So I would suggest doing a coconut hair mask at least once every 2 weeks, depending on how damaged your hair is.
  2. Folic Acid & Biotin: These vitamins are essential for hair growth. Folic acid is essential for cell and tissue growth, which is why pregnant women take folic acid. Biotin is also essential for cell growth. I usually take 800 mg of folic acid and 1000 mg of Biotin daily.
  3. DON’T OVERWASH: I can’t stress this enough. DON’T WASH YOUR HAIR EVERY DAY. Seriously, all that does is STRIP your hair of natural oils. You NEED the oils in your hair to promote hair growth. I’m not saying walk around with your hair dirty but you don’t need to wash it every day. I wash my hair every 5 days or so because my hair is very thick, so it takes a while to get greasy. It depends on how much product I have in my hair also. If your hair is thin and gets greasy easily and you have to wash it more than usual, then I suggest buying WEN. It’s a cleansing conditioner that plenty of celebrities use. You can get it off Amazon for about $20-25.
  4. Use a WIDE TOOTH comb: You never want to use a fine tooth comb because all that will do is cause breakage. Also, NEVER comb your hair from the top down. ALWAYS comb from the bottom up.
  5. MINIMIZE HEAT: Personally, I’m a big fan of diffusers, curling wands, and flat irons. However, you don’t need to use them EVERY DAY. Your hair needs a break sometimes and if you MUST use heat then don’t pump it up to 480 degrees and ALWAYS use heat protectant.
  6. GET FREQUENT TRIMS: I’ll admit that I don’t trim my hair as often as a should but that’s only because for most of the year, I’m in college and I don’t trust any salon but my salon back home. However, if you have the resources, you should get a trim every 6-8 weeks. Split ends aren’t your friend.
  7. MINIMIZE CHEMICALS: I’m guilty of this too because I’m in love with dying my hair but it’s no good. I have dyed my hair so many colors and it made my hair damaged to the point that I HATED styling it. So I chopped it off and got a pixie cut. I liked the pixie cut but you never want to feel like you HAVE to chop your hair off to get it back to normal. If you like to dye your hair, do a cellophane or pick dyes without ammonia. AVOID BLEACH AT ALL COST IF YOU CAN HELP IT.

Let’s Talk Hair!

Hey guys! So I wanted to talk about something that has NOTHING to do with makeup bit EVERYTHING to do with beauty! So, why not talk about hair? In this post, I’m going to be discussing my hair journey and what I’ve learned AND what products I recommend EVERYONE should use! This will be a rather lengthy post, so sit back, relax, & enjoy 😉

So my natural hair color is dark brown. It’s thick and naturally curly/wavy. Now when I say thick people, I mean thick! I was born with a full set of hair…straight out the womb! I didn’t start altering my hair until I hit high school. So pre-high school I had long, thick, dark brown hair. In high school, I decided to experiment with colors and lengths. So first … here is a picture of me with straight hair & one with natural curly hair….

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So now you have the idea of texture & thickness.  Now, let’s move on to my hair color journey. PAY CLOSE ATTENTION: Here we go …  I went from natural dark brown -> caramel highlights -> dark brown -> blonde -> light brown -> black -> brown with red/orange tone ->more neutral brown -> dark brown -> auburn red ! Auburn red is my current hair color. So let’s see this journey in picture form, shall we?

Yes, it’s been quite an intense journey! As you can see from the pictures, my hair color isn’t the only thing that’s changed. I’ve cut my hair several times so let’s a hair cut journey. Once again, PAY ATTENTION: I went from long hair [past shoulder] -> bob cut -> medium length [shoulder length] ->pixie cut -> bob. It’s definitely a shorter journey. Right now, I’m in the transition of growing my hair out soo my hair is currently between bob & medium length.

So there you have it, I’ve been through an INTENSE hair transition. Why? Well because I’m an impulsive individual & my mood changes from time to time. One thing I am going to promise is there will be no more chopping or snipping of the hair unless it’s a trim. I miss long hair, immensely! Now on to hair tips! ….

1. Have split ends? Solution: TRIM your hair! Unless you’re hair is beyond damage then you should just chop it off significantly. That was one of the reasons I decided to go with the pixie cut. My hair had a lot of breakage aka split ends. How do you know if you have split ends? It’s real easy. If you comb your hair & you see random hair strands in the sink [uneven, dry, brittle] then you have split ends. Also if your ends are dry and frayed looking, you have split ends! Tresemme Slip End Remedy Shampoo & Conditioner works wonders for split ends too! Another way to stop split ends, it stop using so much heat on your hair! BAD, BAD, BAD! Heat is no good in intense temperatures. Don’t flat iron your hair while it’s wet… EVER. Don’t put your hair dryer to max temperature either.

2. Dry hair? Deep condition your hair EVERY WEEK & use COCONUT OIL! Deep conditioning your hair will help so much with dryness & split ends. Coconut Oil is a GOD SEND! It reduces protein loss in your hair & just nourishes your hair amazingly! The deep conditioners I use is Miss Jessie’s Rapid Recovery Treatment. Miss Jessie’s products are specifically made for people with curly hair so if you have curly hair buy it! I don’t buy a specific brand of coconut oil, they all pretty much work the same. I use it on damp hair. Then I wrap up my hair & sleep on it. Another amazing product is BIOSILK! You can get it at any drugstore. It’s a serum that helps damaged hair. It makes your hair feel like silk after using heat products. Use it on dry hair not wet.

3. Wanna dye your hair? Don’t go from blonde to black or black to blonde!!!! You have NO IDEA how DAMAGING that is to your hair. No clue. You have no clue. Black is a HEAVY color. BLONDE usually requires bleach unless your hair color is naturally light. Bleach STRIPS your hair which is extremely damaging!!! So if you wanna go black from blonde go to a medium brown then go black. Wanna go black to blonde? Lighten your hair first to a medium brown then try blonde.

4. Wanna grow your hair? Take tons of vitamins & stop mistreating your hair with a bunch of products and heat. Biotin is amazing for hair growth. Folic Acid is another amazing vitamin. Folic Acid helps make your hair stronger and builds up the protein. Stop using heat products so much & when you do always use HEAT PROTECTANT. My personal fave is Got2B’s Guardian Angel.

So that’s what I’ve learned throughout my long hair journey. Questions or concerns? Leave a comment down below! I hope you enjoyed talking about hair!<3