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The Protein Cocktail Review…

23 May

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FOTD: Accost me with aqua & other beauty ramblings…

12 May

Shout out to Mark @ Nail Line in Sylacauga for keeping my nails looking tight. Call him @ (256) 249-3331 to schedule an appointment & be sure to tell him that Shamicka sent you!

I got my nails filled in today. Nail day is my favorite day of the week, second only to hairwashing day ūüôā Have I ever told you guys how my nail salon is next door to a Sally’s BSS & Sally’s is next to a Bath & Body Works?!?! It’s a conspiracy against poor unfortunate junkies like myself (whomp whomp)

This time I skipped BBW & went straight to Sally’s. What did I purchase? A small bottle of Aphogee 2-Step Protein Treatment (b/c I’m almost out), an economy-sized bottle of Proclaim Olive Glossing Conditioner (I’m almost out of ManeNTail & I wanted to re-visit Proclaim) & a duo brow brush grooming tool (b/c I’ve been using the brush that came with my cream eyeliner & we ain’t vibin’ no mo)… Product reviews to come! On to the next order of business, my face of the day. I’d be lying if I said this was the last cut crease, cuz IDK if it really is… I just do what I feel, *kanye shrug* Hope you enjoy it anyway ūüôā

PRIMER: Coastal Scents Shadow Worx Matte e/s primer

BASE: NYX Jumbo Pencil in Pacific (lower lid) & Black Bean (crease)

SHADOW: On my lower lid I used matte aqua (Shany 120 palette). I used matte sky blue (also Shany) to highlight my tear ducts. To create the cut crease I drew a line around my crease in black pencil & smudged the line with my crease brush. With the same brush I added matte dark purple e/s (Shany 120) to my crease. I used matte camel e/s (WNW Vanity) on my browbone & blended it into the dark purple.

OTHER DETAILS… I used CoverGirl single e/s in Smolder to define my eyebrows. L’Oreal Collagen Mascara in Blackest Black on my eyelashes. I defined my outer waterline with WetnWild eyeliner pencil in black.

LIPS: Carmex + L’Oreal HIP lip gloss in Inviting

CHEEKS: WetNWild Blush in ‚ÄúHeather Silk‚ÄĚ (on the apples of my cheeks)

FACE: Estee Lauder pressed powder in Deep (05)

Friends don’t let friends go to Sally’s alone!

My Hair Regimen… the details

2 May

 SHAMPOO

The two shampoos I use are Elasta¬†QP¬†Creme Conditioning Shampoo & DOO GRO Moisturizing¬†Growth Shampoo. Elasta¬†QP¬†is great b/c it’s sulfate-free, dirt cheap (I got this bottle for $2.99) & it cleans your hair without drying it out. If you are a faithful follower of the Curly Girl Method, you’ll probably like this shampoo.¬†However, if you use a lot of synthetic¬†or petroleum-based products, Elasta will not¬†remove all of the product build up. On occasion, I use products containing¬†silicones¬†& other synthetics, so¬†when I need to clarify (every 4-6 weeks), I use DOO GRO¬†shampoo (costs about $5). I’ve been using DOO GRO¬†since my permie days & I have always liked it. CAUTION:¬†DOO GRO¬†contains Sodium Laureth Sulfate. To minimize the drying effects of SLS, I dilute it mine with water (about 5:1 ratio).

CONDITIONER

V05 Moisture Milk Conditioner ($1) & Suave Almond &¬†Shea Butter Conditioner ($3) are two inexpensive conditioners that I use from time to time, especially for co-washing my hair. They smell awesome!!! Co-washing is simply washing your hair with conditioner instead of shampoo (it’s also part of the curly girl method I referred to earlier). The rationale is that most conditioners contain enough cleansing agents in them to clean the hair & scalp sans the harsh detergents. I do co-wash my hair, but only about once a month. Plain conditioner doesn’t remove enough oil/sebum/product build-up for me to use it solely.

PROTEIN

Our hair is made up of about 70% keratin protein. Proteins are responsible for giving hair it’s strength & structure. Chemical processes (such as relaxers & hair dyes) work by breaking down those protein bonds to permanently alter the texture of or deposit color onto our hair. On the molecular level, damaged hair looks like swiss cheese, so protein treatments help you fill those gaps & prevent breakage. Aphogee Two-Step Protein Treatment is an intensive treatment that I only use every 6-8 weeks. It costs about $7 & smells like dinosaur urine, but it really works!!! **NOTE: Follow the instructions on the label, or you will not¬†be pleased with the results** On the week after¬†I use Aphogee¬†there’s almost no hair in my brush/comb, which means it’s staying on my head & I’m a fan of that! ūüėČ Mane n Tail Deep Moisturizing¬†Conditioner¬†($5) is a protein-rich conditioner that I use in between protein treatments. I use it like you would any regular conditioner.

DEEP CONDITIONER

Protein can cause your hair to become hard or brittle, but you can counteract that side-effect¬†with a deep conditioning¬†treatment. I deep condition my hair just about every time I wash it; that’s about 2-3 times per month. The two products I’ve been using lately are Pantene¬†Pro V Relaxed & Natural Breakage Defense Deep Conditioning Mask ($6) & my DIY “hair crack”… Pantene¬†DC Mask is the friggin¬†truth!!! It smells amazing, makes detangling¬†a breeze & noticeably softens your hair. The only problem I have is that it is NEVER IN STOCK!!! Walmart, RiteAid, CVS, Winn-Dixie, Target… doesn’t matter where you go, they’re always out. The scarcity thereof either speaks to the popularity of the product, or the meanness of the Pantene¬†people ūüėź Yeah! So my hair crack is¬†just an¬†amalgamation of¬†different conditioners & oils… I’ll¬†post my recipe at some future point in time.

STYLING PRODUCTS

After I wash, condition, detangle & towel dry my hair, I divide it into about 6 sections, add product & roll it up (back to front). Because naturally curly hair is particularly dense, it is best to apply all hair products in sections, for controlled & even distribution. These are the styling products I use to achieve my roller set: TRESemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Protective Spray ($5), African Pride Leave-In Conditioner ($5) & The Body Shop Macadamia straightening balm ($12). In a spray bottle I combine equal parts water & African-Pride Leave-In. I do this because I prefer soft hold & it can make your hair hard, not to mention sticky, if left undiluted. I apply all three products to each section of hair before rolling it up. Piece-o-cake, no?

BUTTERS & OILS

These are the oil-based products you apply to your hair during styling¬†to seal in moisture & impart shine. I also use them for (pre-shampoo) hot oil treatments. My favorite oils/butters are Organic Virgin Coconut Oil ($8), Mango-scented Shea Butter (smells so pretty, cost me about $4), Organic Root Stimulator¬†Nature’s Shine Spray ($5)¬†& Africa’s Best Ultimate Herbal Oil ($5). WORD OF CAUTION: apply these products sparingly, cause errbody knows a greasy head is NOT a fabulous one!

SMOOTH EDGES

Sistas¬†will act a plumb fool about our edges, won’t we?!?!¬†I’m not even gonna lie to you, natural (i.e. un-relaxed) edges prefer to be wild & free… the way God intended, but fortunately for us, the cosmetic powers that be have made all sorts of gels & pomades that can encourage your hairline to “behave” more civilized. How do¬†I use it? I scoop out a small smear of product & rub it across my hairline, then I brush it back & tie it down.¬†I leave it tied for a few mintues while I finish getting ready. When I take it off… VOILA! Slick edges!¬†My favorites are Shea Butter ($4), Oyin¬†Burnt Sugar Pomade ($5+ shipping) & EcoStyler¬†Olive Oil Styling Gel ($4). Motions Shine Enhancing Pomade ($4) is a carry-over from my permie¬†days… It’s BAD for you b/c it¬†has mineral oil & a bunch of other synthetic ingredients in it. But I’m being honest with you & putting it on my list b/c I actually use it & it¬†works *hangs head in shame for leading you astray*… Oh & don’t be like me & buy 16 products that do the same thing, just PICK ONE.

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NOW you see why I call myself a product junkie… And these are just my favorites! SMH