Friday, August 24, 2012

Product Review: Curls Cashmere Collection

Cashmere Curl Jelly & Leave in Conditioner

I have been trying out a couple of different products (not a product junkie tho :-) to find out what works best on my hair and I had the opportunity to review the Cashmere Collection by Curls hair company and I must say that I really do like their line of products and the fact that it smells like I walked into a bakery full of deserts is also a PLUS lol. The products that I reviewed are the curl jelly and the leave in conditioner.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Fashion Design 101: Head of the Class


It’s that time of year again kids where we limit our socials lives (no more sleeping in and doing whatever it is we want to under the sun) to a minimum and get serious and focused on the task at hand, SCHOOL. Back to exams, POP quizzes, papers, extracurricular activities and the many other things that we are doing to build our foundation’s future. Although it’s time to get back in “serious mode,” who says that you can’t have a little fun, especially with your wardrobe.

This “Back to School” season, we want to stand out in the crowd, mix comfort with style (especially if you’re doing lots of walking OR running to try to make it to class on time,) as well as scoring FAB finds on a student budget (think vintage and thrifty finds.)

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Product Review: Sister's Keeper

About a month ago, I attended the "Own Your Natural" hair workshop and Kiki, the owner of Sister's Keeper gave me some products to review for my blog and today I'm going to review the "Hair & Body Souffle" since that is the one that I've used thus far (I will review the other later.)

Saturday, August 18, 2012

OOTD: Island Inspired

This past weekend, I attended my best girlfriend's bridal shower. The theme and attire was "island inspired" so it definitely took some creative thinking to find something in my closet that would work. Needless to say the outfit turned out perfectly and everyone loved it!!

The Look

Top: Forever 21 (I cut it to be a midriff)
Skirt: Fabric that I used from a previous Caribbean inspired photo shoot. I  just wrapped it to my liking and secured it with safety pins
Belt: Thrifty find
Shoes: Aldo

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Product Review: JessiCurl

The folks over at JessiCurl sent me their "Confidence Collection" set to review for my blog. This set is specifically designed for tighter curl patters (3c and up) and the products lived up to my expectations for moisture rentention, manageability and definition.

While the Hair Cleansing Cream did not lather in my hair, it did get my hair clean and left it soft and silky smooth to the touch which makes the finger-combing process while washing MUCH easier. It also helped when it came time to de-tangle and condition as well.

The Too Shea Extra Moisturizing Conditioner and Deep Conditioning Treatment is something that I liked (and will continue) to use together. Since my curl pattern is much tighter than others, I need that extra moisture to deep penetrate in my hair when I sit under the dryer. I like the fact that these two can double as a leave-in as well which definitely CUTS DOWN on my hair washing process and I can keep all the moisture in my hair (because I'm not washing it out) and I don't have to use a separate leave-in conditioner (saves me $$$ as well.)

The Confidence Coils Styling Solution I like because it's not heavy and does not make my hair greasy when I am styling and it is light with just enough hold to do it's job.

This is something that I will keep in my current hair regimen rotation :-)

Monday, August 13, 2012

Clip in extension tutorial

So I needed a change with my hair and I wanted to do something different and go long. Of course I've worn extensions in the past, but the hair I used was always straight or had a slight wave. Since I'm going natural, I decided to do clip in extensions with curly hair (to blend in with mine and keep the heat off my leave out.)

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

On Tour with CHI (Farouk Systems)

This summer has been crazy busy for me in regards to all of the modeling/dancing jobs that I have been booking! Not too long ago, I got booked to go on tour with CHI (the makers of your FAV flat iron) and it has been a dream to work with this amazing company and some of their talented stylists. So far I have done the St. Louis and Orlando hair shows and sure to do more when the tour picks back up in the fall!

On another note: If you don't know about CHI, Biosilk and Farouk, they have an excellent line of products that work to improve the quality/texture of your hair, protect, moisturize and nourish ALL hair types. Some of the *key* ingredients contain Vitamin B, Amino Acids, Silk Protein, Pearl and White Truffles...YUM!!

The products I love

CHI Iron Guard (flat iron protectant spray)
CHI Silk Infusion (heat protection from blow drying and flat ironing)
Biosilk Silk Therapy Serum (adds shine, replenishes, reconstructs, UV protectant)
Farouk Royal Treatment Pearl Complex (protects against breakage, reduces split ends, strengthens, nourishes. Good for hair AND skin!)

Check out more of the pics from the tour :-)

Friday, August 3, 2012

Recap: 2012 Natural Hair Revolution Hair Show

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to attend the 1st annual "Natural Hair Revolution" Hair Show at the Sheldon Concert Hall. I was booked as a model for "Design Essentials" hair company because they were sponsors of the show and demonstrating their new natural hair care line (which is AMAZING btw.)

The hair show was a competition where about 9 groups (from hair salons, barbershops and hair schools) showcased their best and most skilled work when it comes to styling natural hair. The competitors had to chose a particular theme (ranging from Old School to Fantasy) and their work had to compliment. The winner of the competition won a cash prize and a year's worth of bragging rights!

It was a wonderful event and an honor to be around so many amazingly talented people who embrace their natural style. The natural hair world is REALLY taking over and St. Louis definitely represented and did their thing!!

Check out some of the pics....

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

1st photoshoot w/ Natural Hair

Well... Not really, I did model an Afro wig for a shoot yrs ago (LOL) but this is my 1st time doing a shoot going natural, so I felt as though I should share it with you :-)

I was very nervous about how the pictures would turn out with this particular natural braided up do because I was so use to having my hair relaxed or weaved up (typical look in the modeling industry for models with textured hair.) But boy was I wrong!! The dress and makeup complimented the hair so well that it scored rave reviews at the RAW: Artist Showcase exhibit that the photographer wanted to shoot me for (I was honored to say the least.)

Check out the photos....

Photographer: Cdaniel (Christopher Renteria)
Clothing Designer: Andrea Sepulveda
Shoes:  Nina (New York)
Make-up: Vicki Xenos