Long Hair Do Care

I should not be allowed to have long hair. I’m not ready for the responsibility of caring for this hair *SMH*

I’m on vacation and forgot to bring conditioner even though I’m fully aware 85% of the time the hotels will not provide this (why?????). As soon as I saw the “conditioning shampoo” I knew I was in trouble.

Typically I wash my hair once or twice a week with some co-washing in between (I use Curlsmith Curl Quenching Conditioning Wash which I highly recommend). I have the satin pillows, do the braiding before bed, that kind of…care. On vacation though? I may have forgotten to try to tame my hair before bed.

I can’t explain how I washed my hair the next morning. I kept hoping that as I applied and scrubbed the knots would just go away.

They didn’t.

When I say I wanted to cry and take the butter knife to my hair (note to self: leaving scissors at home was a good idea) I meant it. I had noooo clue how I was going to get through this rat’s nest. It was the same story on BOTH sides *insert cry emoji*.

Thankfully I grabbed random sample products I keep specifically for traveling and miraculously I had packed It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-in and Virtue Split End Serum

I have experience with the It’s a 10 product and the one issue I have with it is that at some point early on in the product’s life, it becomes impossible to spray out. Given my dire situation, I added a bit of hot water, shook and hoped for the best.

I had not previously used the Virtue product but I definitely have split ends so, perfect! I probably used half of this sample in my hair today. Which means, I can confidently say it doesn’t not leave your hair sticky or greasy and it doesn’t feel heavy. This helped me untangle my hair enough to separate it in smaller sections to deal with the knots.

Once I got my hair separated into smaller sections I started spraying the It’s a 10 and used a comb to brush through the remaining tiny knots.

After what felt like a lifetime, but was only 20 minutes, I was able to comb through my hair completely. Try not to recoil in horror, I know I need a cut and color touchup. Working from home has made it a low priority. After this though, I may need to reevaluate.

So my hair goes back to it’s standard side braid until it and I learn how to act right.

All lazy hair tips are welcomed 🙂

Face Sheet Masks

I feel like a couple of years ago sheet masks were all the rage and these days I don’t see them talked about as often.

I personally love using them but I find them to be a hassle. This is mostly because I don’t particularly enjoy the wet texture of the mask as I’m taking it out of the package and when I’m applying them.

Recently though, I was watching someone in YouTube and they mentioned they didn’t think face masks had any skincare benefits and it made me want to use one again.

In the past when I used them, I would still walk around and do some cleaning or decluttering but now I really give myself 10-15 minutes to just close eyes and relax.

I’m no expert on skincare or active ingredients but I can say that after using the mask my skin felt hydrated. After massaging in any remaining serum, I applied my regular skincare and my skin stayed hydrated. I can’t say that the mask did or didn’t do anything but, it was a nice and relaxing 15 minutes.

How do you feel about sheet masks?

Colourpop Gotta Agate Look

I haven’t written up a full face of makeup in a while so here goes

Derma-E Ferulic Acid Resurfacing Pads and Anti-Wrinkle Eye Treatment *
Sunday Riley CEO Afterglow *
Ole Heineken Banana Bright SUN-KISSED Face Primer *
Tatcha The Silk Canvas Filter Finish Protective Primer and The Pearl Eye Treatment in Soft light*
Colourpop : Gotta Agate, Pretty Fresh in Medium 95N, Growth Flirt SSC and Drop of a Hat SSH
REFY Sand cream bronzer
Wet n Wild Incognito concealer in Light Honey
Natasha Denona Invisible HD Face Powder in 01 light medium for my undereye area and
Almay Loose Finishing Powder in 200 light/medium for all over
Essence lash princess Volume and Curl mascara
Brow Gal The Pencil in Medium Brown 04

Something else I haven’t done in a while is post unfiltered pictures (which these are)! I do have a ring light on for lighting which I know can soften features but, I haven’t felt this confident in my skin in a long time!

How have you been feeling these days?

*some products were provided complimentary with no obligation to post or use

Colourpop Gotta Agate Look

I haven’t written up a full face of makeup in a while so here goes

Derma-E Ferulic Acid Resurfacing Pads and Anti-Wrinkle Eye Treatment *
Sunday Riley CEO Afterglow *
Ole Heineken Banana Bright SUN-KISSED Face Primer *
Tatcha The Silk Canvas Filter Finish Protective Primer and The Pearl Eye Treatment in Soft light*
Colourpop : Gotta Agate, Pretty Fresh in Medium 95N, Growth Flirt SSC and Drop of a Hat SSH
REFY Sand cream bronzer
Wet n Wild Incognito concealer in Light Honey
Natasha Denona Invisible HD Face Powder in 01 light medium for my undereye area and
Almay Loose Finishing Powder in 200 light/medium for all over
Essence lash princess Volume and Curl mascara
Brow Gal The Pencil in Medium Brown 04

Something else I haven’t done in a while is post unfiltered pictures (which these are)! I do have a ring light on for lighting which I know can soften features but, I haven’t felt this confident in my skin in a long time!

How have you been feeling these days?

*some products were provided complimentary with no obligation to post or use

Indie Lee Lotion Tonique CoQ-10

I was first introduced to Indie Lee when I received a complimentary Retinol Alternative Cream. I was intrigued by the product and the commitment to clean ingredients and environmentally friendly packaging.

The only skincare product I never have a surplus of is toner, so I figured I’d give that a try

“Balance and refresh your skin with this hydrating toner. Alcohol-free and formulated with antioxidant powerhouse CoQ-10, Aloe Vera, and Cucumber, this non-drying skin spritzer primes and softens skin exposed to environmental aggressors.”

I found the packaging of this product interesting. It’s in a glass bottle and has a spray nozzle. I have not seen this spray nozzle dispenser on a toner in the past. To use, I spray some product onto a cotton pad (I use Makeup Eraser toner puffs) and rub on my skin. I use this directly after washing my face to give instant hydration.

Since I already have fine lines *sigh* I can’t speak to whether or not the product works in preventing them but given the hydrating effect I could see how it would prevent them from getting deeper or help prevent more lines and wrinkles.

Some information on CoQ-10 in skin care:

  • Helps reduce appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Provides skin energy helps to support the production of collagen
  • Helps reduce dullness
  • It works well with hyaluronic acid, collagen and retinol
  • Retinol helps breakdown CoQ-10 and helps it absorb into the skin faster

Tarte Amazonian Clay Gem Powder Foundation

I tried the new Tarte Amazonian clay gem powder foundation in 22S light sand and is described as “Talc-free, loose powder foundation with natural finish”

Available on Tarte image from Tarte website

I had to go a shade lighter, 22S, than I would normally, 26N, because they were sold out (and still are) of that shade.

I was in a rush when I applied this and I didn’t have time to test it before going ham on my face.

I used the puff that comes with the powder and applied it at my undereye area thinking I would be able to swipe off excess powder. WRONG. This powder stuck to my skin like it was painted on.

I spent about five minutes switching between a brush and puff trying to blend off the powder and blending it onto the rest of my face.

It ended up looking OK, even though it felt like solidified dough on my face.

Since then I’ve used it again a couple of times, each time carefully patting a small amount on my skin.

I don’t think it’s anything groundbreaking; maybe I have to use it more to really decide.

Maybelline Dream BB Fresh 8-in-1 Skin Perfector

I’ve been testing out new foundations/BB cream/CC creams lately and today I used the Maybelline Dream BB Fresh 8-in-1 Skin Perfector

I purchased it at Ulta which carries 5 non-inclusive shades, not sure if the brand carries a larger variety elsewhere.

I purchased 120 medium which looked to have a neutral undertone in the swatches provided. It came out a little darker than I thought it would but it applied nicely once I spread it out and matched my skin.



Since it is a BB cream the color of the product is more forgiving.

I set the cream using the new elf Camo pressed powder. I think they look nice together but either my skin is too dry for this or I need something more skin smoothing.

It’s a nice light BB cream that helps even out skin tone and provides you with spf 30.

I went over some areas I wanted more coverage on with concealer.

This is a product I’ll keep using before I give my final thoughts.

Have you tried this? What are your thoughts and do you have recommendations of other light to medium coverage products I should try?

This has been in my drafts for a cool second and since then I’ve misplaced the product *face-palm*

Colourpop Makeup look

Here’s a quick makeup look using mostly Colourpop products.

Some of the products are no longer available so I figured I’d provide swatches in case anyone wanted to recreate the look or use similar colors!

At Forest Sight eyeshadow palette
ALT lippie pencil (as liner)
Best Intention Lippie Stix
Flynn lux liquid lipstick
Tick blush
Main Attraction highlighter

I appreciate that I’m able to use the lippie pencils as eyeliners because I would never use green as a lip color lol.

I love the blushes and highlighters and wish they were still available. I feel like I’ve used these products so much, and the highlighter is on my pan project, but I haven’t hit pan yet and barely made a dent!

I wish Colourpop had a bronzer I could use but I’ve found their bronzer to be too light, too orange or too stiff and hard to blend.

Let me know if you own any of these products!