Daily Archives: January 8, 2013

Style Inspiration: 3 Mini-Buns and Braids Updo

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I know that my buns have been VERY boring and repetitive over the last two months of the Hairscapades Bunning Challenge. I mean, I’ve been taking the quick and easy route for real … either due to lack of energy, desire and/or time. So, when I came across this next video and channel on YouTube over this past weekend, it was right on time! I finally felt inspired to try something a little different!

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I decided to try the first mini bun style yesterday morning since my hair was nicely stretched. I tried to set the front on big aqua perm rods, but didn’t have much time and it ended up being a little frizzy, lopsided and wonky. But, overall, me likey!!

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What do you think?

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How do get out of a styling rut? What/who do you turn to when you need styling inspiration?

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Katie Couric Show: No Make-Up!

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So get this! Tomorrow, I’m taking a group of 8 ladies/readers (including me) to the Katie Couric Show!!  You see, last fall, I applied to go to the show as part of a group with Jenell of Kinky Curly Coily Me. I didn’t get selected :(. No worries though! Because a couple of months later, the audience coordinator contacted ME to see if I wanted to bring my own group! Woot Woot! Well, this was the first time that all the stars were aligning and I’m finally taking my group to the show tomorrow.

Until last Friday, I had no idea about what the subject of the show would be. Then I got an e-mail with this special request:

The show you are confirmed for is going to be about beauty & more! Katie is doing the full show without makeup, and she would like a little encouragement and support….this is where you come in…our producers are asking that all audience members show up with NO makeup on. The show guests will also be playing a role with this “natural look.”

OMGosh!!! NO MAKEUP?!?!?! WHAT THE WHAT?!?! Ummmm  … yeah. Not really problem for me since I don’t wear it too often anyway!! LOL!! Buuuuuuut, that being said, you know I had to do a little skin pampering!!

So, on Sunday, I decided to do a little raw honey and brown sugar facial treatment that I’ve found works well for me and that I picked up from MopTop Maven a couple of years ago (starts at 2:41).

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First, I needed to wash my face though. Fortunately my skin has been decent lately, but I had been starting to experience some break-outs since my prescription facial cleanser was discontinued. I’d been using Clenia for at least 7-8 years with awesome results. Like, seriously, washing my face with it one time a day, I never got visible pimples or broke out. But, at the end of the summer, they stopped making Clenia (I’m still not sure why). So, I tried a couple of things that worked okay, but I was starting to get pimples here and there. Finally, after a suggestion on IG in the fall, I settled on Shea Moisture African Black Soap after a suggestion on IG.

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YES GURL! That’s a body soap!! Seriously, this soap has some type of exfoliating beads and has been working great. The bonus? This is a body wash, so the bottle is huge, but I only use a small amount daily to wash my face. This thing is going to last FOREVER! Well, not quite, but at least a year!!

So, first I washed my face with the Shea Moisture Black soap. Then, I made the raw honey and brown sugar scrub with a teaspoon of each. I gently applied and massaged the scrub on my face and then used a warm wet cloth to, again, gently wipe it away. Next, I added a little green tea essential oil to my regular witch hazel and Emergen-C toner concoction and used a cotton pad to apply it.

Finally, I applied my prescription spot treatment (generic version of Duac) on my oily T-zone and moisturized with my coconut oil body whip.

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Yup. Look about the same. LOL! Anywho, I think I’m going to do a bentonite clay mask with plain greek yogurt (don’t have any sour cream) tonight a la MopTopMaven. Then, I think my skin will be in as good of a condition as it can be with “home spa treatments” for the NO makeup show tomorrow ;)!! Hmmm … I wonder, do you think I can get away with lightly pencilling in that vanishing right eyebrow tail?!?

Okay, before I go … I can’t decide how I want to wear my hair!! You know it has to be especially FAB if we can’t wear any makeup!! I’m torn between doing a braid-out or the curly ‘fro that I did last week!!

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So, it’s poll time!! What do you guys think?! Should I go with the Curly ‘Fro or the braid-out?!?!

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On another note, are you a make-up aficionado or do you prefer to go the au natural route?