Melanin and Highlighters

The perfect highlight is all people seem to be able to talk about on the makeup front. This girl on my Facebook has all sorts of names for the highlight game. My YouTube homepage keeps suggesting homemade highlighters. My Pinterest has the Top 10 best Highlights of 2016 as the third pin I saw when I opened it.

I am a millennial, which means I am a sucker for most things that get enough social media exposure. Due to this, I began the search for the perfect highlighters for black girls. These are things I have learned.

1. Reasonably priced highlighter is hard to find for girls on #teammelanin.

So there is the Cover FX custom enhancer drops which from every video I have watched look like a liquid highlighter version of heaven. Tragically, not all of us have $42 to drop on one makeup product. I, personally, am in school and pushing $200K in debt so I want to look like I stepped off a runway in Milan for a grand total of $25 or less.

The first thing I tried when this trend became popular was the E.L.F baked bronzer I wrote about in an earlier post. Since then I have tried their baked blushes and baked highlighters. Several of my friends who are much lighter in complexion have raved about these and to my knowledge they are cruelty free and not tested on animals, in addition to being fairly priced. That being said, their baked line is not a product line I would recommend.

I began watching a lot of YouTube videos and I noticed that if you want to have a reasonably priced highlighter and you’re deep into team melanin. Making one yourself from pigments works pretty much as effectively as buying one. This is something I tried and I have ZERO regrets.

If you aren’t into the DIY scene, the Maybelline Master Glaze Bronzer in Glistening Amber has gotten me all the compliments. The size of the glitter in this is larger than my DIY one, which has much finer flecks of gold in it. That being said I might save this more for going out than going to work but you should definitely keep it in your cabinet.

2. Gold always. The more you look like a Grecian statue dipped in pure gold the better.

I have literally tried every single one of the E.L.F facial whips. Firstly, I do not think these apply nicely at all. Either be a powder or be a liquid like the Cover FX kind. It’s hard to do highlight in anything else considering you usually apply it over foundation and powder. Who really wants to put a cream that doesn’t spread well over a powder? Not I. Also they have a ridiculous amount of silver glitter in it which is fantastic if you have all of the pigment of an albino in Canada during the winter. But silver tones do not work well with anyone in the range of caramel to ebony.

I know what you’re thinking.

You thinking to yourself: “Shouldn’t that be obvious? Why would a black girl even try that? I imagine you would just come out looking like you were silver-y ashy…”

Yeah. I had that same thought. Youtube and good lighting will have you thinking all types of voodoo is possible. It is not. Don’t be an optimist. The tragic part of this is that when I searched on Amazon for the 5 star highlighters, it gave me mostly suggestions that would only be good for white people. I need makeup brands to start coming through for black girls more in their highlight.

That is all.

#Jazzyout

 

Disappointing Products: July

Hey Guys and Gals!

So recently I’ve been getting a lot of new makeup and unfortunately I have gotten a lot of things that I just haven’t really loved so I wanted to share them with you guys and hopefully you won’t make the same mistakes that I did. 

Foundation: Mary Kay Foundation Day Radiance Cream in Walnut Bronze ($16)

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Here’s a little background on why I bought this in the first place. My current most used foundation is my Maybelline Fit Me Foundation because it applies well and gives good coverage but it’s better for winter when the weather and my skin are a lot drier. It doesn’t stay in place quite as well during the summer, which is why I was looking for a good summer foundation. This is not that.

Pros: It has a good formulation. It’s a very light weight cream that is closer to a mousse and applies nicely with very good coverage.

Cons: It has a god awful smell. I would have thought this was expired or had been laying around several months if I didn’t buy it brand new myself. Also, because it’s more of a cream and not a liquid, it’s not as easily blendable and spreadable. I tried it with brushes, my fingers, and my beauty blender. I got it to blend, but only after I put in work. I even let my younger sister try it and still saw streaks when she tried to apply it. For something so difficult to blend out, you would think that it would actually stay on your skin, but this will smudge on EVERYTHING. I usually set my foundation with powder and I use a makeup setting spray at the end of my looks, but I probably ruined so many of my friends collars from this foundation.

Highlight: E.L.F Baked Bronzer in Maui ($5.70)

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I was looking for a highlight that was relatively subtle but would still have an effect. I like all of my other face and skin makeup to look very matte and natural and for my highlight to add a subtly glow. Before purchasing I had watched several YouTube reviews on this product and people had advised that for an African American skin tone this would be a subtle glow.

Pros: If you put Vaseline on your face first and then dab this on top (which I thoroughly do not recommend), the color is nice. It works as a good very subtle highlighter for African American skin tones and it doesn’t have large and cheesy flecks of glitter in it.

Cons: I understand that this was a baked bronzer, but again this is something I would have thought sat on the shelf for too long. After my experience with the Mary Kay product, I did check with the manager of the drugstore to see when they got the newest shipment of this product to ensure I was not buying a product that had already sat on shelves for months. It was very very dry, like hard clay. It is shaped like a shallow half sphere and people applied it directly to their cheeks in the videos. I tried it, to no avail. Fingers and brushes also failed. Upon putting it into my makeup drawer in my bathroom it completely broke apart and was a mess upon me reopening my drawer. I even tried to make this work by using a little Vaseline and dabbing this on top. For anyone wondering, that makeup hack really only works for like 12 year olds who don’t wear any other makeup. This wouldn’t work if you were layering over foundation or BB cream and it doesn’t really apply evenly.

As of now I am using a golden bronze cream eyeshadow as my highlight. Let me know if you guys want to see a makeup look with me doing that by commenting.

Lipstick: 1. Sugar Butter Lipstick in Roasted Coffee ($3.00)

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There’s no backstory here. I wasn’t looking for anything specific, I just like lipsticks and I get the same brand of lipsticks all the time so I wanted something new and this was cheap. The few times I have branched out, I have been left disappointed.

Pros: It is a moisturizing lipstick. They truly meant it when they called it a butter lipstick.

Cons: It’s not as matte as I prefer. My other lipsticks are not the matte liquid lipsticks but rather the old school traditional kind made with wax. This was not even as matte as that. It applies more like a gloss and it is not nearly as opaque as my other ones. You get what you pay for. The color is also a disappointment. When I order a matte brown lipstick that is labeled as roasted coffee, I expect it to be more brown, but this was more wine colored with loads of red undertones.

I would recommend Revlon Matte Lipstick in Wine Not. It’s one of my favorites.

2. L.A. Colors Makeup Intense Flat Smooth Finish Matte Lipstick in Wicked ($4.56)

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At this point, I wanted a new dark lipstick to replace the failure that was the sugar butter lipstick above. This one had similar problems and at this point, I am discovering how much I hate crappy lipstick.

Pros: It is in fact matte, so if that is a look you’re going for and you’re on a budget this is a reasonable lipstick to buy. It was more opaque than the Sugar Butter lipstick in roasted coffee.

Cons: Looking at the picture above, you would think that this would be a deep purple, almost black. Considering this is the darkest shade offered in this collection, that is what I was expecting. It is not. It is right in line with the “coffee color” of the Sugar Butter lipstick in that this is more of a wine color. It is less moisturizing than the Sugar Butter and still less opaque than the Revlon lipstick I recommended previously. The formulation of this is absolute crap. Spend the $3.10 on the Sugar Butter and trash this! This is just dry and hard. It looked so pretty in the packaging and wasn’t terrible when I swatched it on my hand, but when I went to put it on my lips it did not want to go. I practically had to smash it on there and I had to go over it 4 times. On top of that it did not apply evenly and was patchy. Lastly, it smelled awful. It has a retched chemical smell to it that was not at all tolerable to my nostrils.

If you’re in the market for a deep purple color, I would recommend Revlon Super Lustrous Crème Lipstick in Va Va Violet. Full disclosure: I am not endorsed or supported by Revlon in any way. I simply think that they have the best formula of lipstick if you’re looking for drugstore priced items. They also have the largest breadth of colors to select from.

Lipgloss: L.A. Girl Matte Pigment Lipgloss in Playful ($5.67)

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I was looking for more of a liquid lipstick for a good price and these just kept tempting me by appearing on my Amazon suggestions. This is my largest purchase regret in the last couple years. It even swatched well on my hand when I first opened it. Despite the previous reviews it dried well, didn’t feel sticky, and did not budge when I went to wipe it off.

Cons: By itself this is a horrible product. Firstly, the formula is kind of thick. It’s not light and blendable at all. Secondly, it does not apply evenly. It is very streaky and patchy with application. I will say that it is very opaque in the places where it does apply. By itself, it is very sticky when you try to talk, and it does not come off well. I first tried this on right before I was supposed to go out with friends and it was a nightmare of epic proportions to try and fix.

Pros: Very bright color. Doesn’t look nearly as toned down as the Amazon website photos would have you believe. It’s a couple notches down from an early Nikki Minaj lip look on my very chocolately skin tone. Although, I still think it would look pretty cute with the right outfit. It’s good if you have a lipstick on underneath. It got better when I put on chapstick and Maybelline’s Color Blue Cream Matte Pencil in Fast & Fuschia on underneath it. After I did that I found that it wasn’t nearly as sticky, but I still would probably avoid rubbing your lips together and would wait 5-10 minutes for it to dry. Also, with another product on underneath, it is easier to take off, I just wish I didn’t have to do all of that to love this product because I was so looking forward to a good reasonably priced liquid lipstick.

P.S. I had photos of the products and swatches but for some reason my wordpress is not letting me upload any of them so I will try again later. But let me know if you guys want any other pictures or have any other questions

-Jaz

Defending Black History Month

It’s that time of year again! February is fast upon us and once again I am hearing the age old argument that we should get rid of black history month. It’s not fair because there is no white history month. I have always said this is a poor argument and rarely have I felt the need to examine why I feel so strongly that this is a poor argument. Living in Missouri and progressively entering a more conservative white male dominated environment, I am forced to examine why I feel this way that way I can eloquently explain why this is a poor argument to my seemingly ill thought and short sighted superiors in the hope that they may empathize, learn, and grow. Fair warning: This will be a long post. If you do not like reading or aren’t deeply interested feel free to click away.

Point One: “If you have a black history month you must have a white history month. It’s not fair.”

What exactly do you feel is unfair about this? You claim that it goes against equality while failing to realized that you are demanding equality in an increasingly unequal society. There is no white history month because it is not needed. You have the privilege of you culture being celebrated here in American 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. You are so filled with this privilege that you often fail to realize other people don’t have the same. Let’s discuss further. Growing up learning about history we learned about every president and every fact about them, we learned about anyone white who created any invention, and our history books are continually dominated by white people. This statement is usually followed by someone explaining to me that that is to be expected because white people are the majority and outnumber African Americans. Please remember that there was a time when one slave owner had hundreds of slaves, where Native Americans far outnumbered whites. We only ever learn about Tubman, Booker T. Washington, Douglas, Carver and MLK in school, if that, and the only time we learn that is during black history month. I am African American and to this day I can name more white presidents from memory than black historical figures.  Rarely do we learn about Fannie Lou Hamer, Angela Davis, Sarah Boone, Lydia Newman, or Hon Standard all of whom made significant contributions to history. Furthermore, history texts seem to skip straight from freeing the slaves to the Civil Rights Movement as if black people took a hiatus from greatness. Did you know a black person created the first pencil sharpner, ironing board, brush, comb, dryer, gearshift, traffic light, and so much more? Where are our accolades for improving the daily lives of Americans everywhere? Why didn’t we ever learn that in school? The American educational system devalues the contributions of black people so much so that they select only a slim few black figures for us to learn about because all the other black figures would be too much to learn and it must be more important to learn about the corrupt presidency of Calvin Coolidge. Also, please tell me, what black history you have learned about since the Civil Rights Movement. I guess black people just stopped being great after about 1970. We stopped pushing limits, setting records, and being amazing as a people, huh? I need black history month so that there is a guarantee my kids learn something about their background.  If you’re about to say that is my job as a parent and you are white, I am going to counter by asking if you ever had to teach your kids that?

Point Two: Let’s hypothetically say Donald Trump becomes president and says we should have a white history month.

There is no inherent issue with you celebrating your culture and your whiteness. Feel free! I do the same thing with my blackness. However, you have crucially failed to take into account the confounding variables. In America, whiteness comes with privilege. There is an implied superiority; a position of power. White is what you want to be in America. Then you celebrating your whiteness no longer becomes just about appreciating a culture, it becomes about celebrating the superiority as well. It further reminds all other cultures in this beautiful melting pot we call America that they don’t have that privilege. This same issue does not apply to black people. There is a long history of us being the most inferior group in America. First we were slaves, then had to succumb to ongoing socioeconomic inequalities that were intentionally created shortly after the abolition of slavery, and now we are jailed, beaten, and killed for sport like nothing short of animals. There is no benefit to me flashing my blackness. I celebrate, praise, and love my culture because I want to, because I can, and solely because I love it and me doing so isn’t logically going to make anyone else feel bad. Furthermore, white Americans have a long history of exclusion. Let’s say you did want to celebrate white culture just for the heck of it, would other groups be able to come a celebrate with you? Remember even after slavery how many places black people couldn’t go, things we couldn’t do, schools we couldn’t attend. When black people celebrate our culture and our history, we don’t aim to exclude anyone else from celebrating that with us. If you are white, Asian, Hispanic, or any other color of the rainbow and want to immerse yourself in black culture I would wholeheartedly welcome that. I know this will be followed by some one mentioning black people and white artists in hip hop and rap. I said you could celebrate the culture with me and immerse yourself, not appropriate it as your own.

So throughout this next month, I challenge anyone seeing this to examine your own feelings on the subject as well as race relations in general. Why do you feel the way you do? Have you ever been told you were wrong? Open your mind and ask why people challenge your ideas, come up with counter points and be open minded and willing enough to accept defeat and grow from it.

All my love,

-J

Why Paper is Important

We live in a digital world. We live in a digital era. Millennials, in particular, are likely to forget how important paper is. Why write down you schedule when you can tap it into your phone complete with an alarm reminder? Why write a journal in a notebook when you can save one in your computer? Well, hard drives crash and data can be lost. I’m sure anyone reading is, at this point, telling themselves that that’s why you back up all your files.

Yes, you could keep all your namesakes and memories in digital form, but I think there is something so much more authentic and genuine about real paper. Images and words that aren’t just pictures or text but the paper they were written or printed on, the composition of the ink that made them, the time that went into them. I have kept journals since I was 7. I used to journal every day. Then I puberty happened and I only wrote in my journal when things happened with my parents or boys hurt my feelings. Then I went off to school and became so busy that my writing slowly dwindled so special life events only. Tomorrow is my 21st birthday and I will write every glorious moment down.

Today, I found something else I had written earlier – my new year’s resolution list. My new years list is more of a to do list. I make my goals very specific, reasonable, and I organize them by time until completion i.e., “6 month goals”, “goals for the semester.” Despite having forgotten all about making the list, as many people do, I was pleased to discover that I have met all but one of the goals that I had for myself. This is why paper is important over a digital file. Even when I clean my computer there is not the same curiosity that caused me to open and read through the list I found while cleaning my apartment. Just one of my thousands of thoughts of the day.

-Jaz

How To: Color at Work

So as someone in the medical field, I spend a fair amount of time around professionals. They are busy people. These are people who wake up early to start seeing patients. If you wake up at the crack of dawn, have kids, and have to get to work where you know your patients are not caring what you’re wearing, it’s easiest to go for the basic black. That is what most women do. Fortunately, I was raised by a woman who takes great pride in her wardrobe and has no fear of color so here are some of my favorite colorful outfits for work.

Red:

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The best way to do red in a professional outfit is with red slacks. I would advise straying from the brighter red tones and go for the darker or deeper ones. Instead of a red top to pair with the outfit, I would consider a cute patterned flow-y blouse. For transitioning to a fall look I would pair with black accessories and to make sure you have an outfit that is both chic and practical check out these shoes.

Pink:

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I am sure there are a lot of you who think about adding a pop of pink into a professional outfit and automatically go to a pink blazer. I am not judging, considering I have three in different shades of pink. However, as time goes on and fashion evolves, I strongly believe that a solid pair of pink slacks is the way to go. Once again I would urge you to stay away from the bright pink colors and go for something closer to a blush color, particularly for a professional setting. If you just have to go bright and you feel it in your soul I say splurge and go for these.

Orange:

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This may perhaps be the hardest color to pull off, but thankfully there are so many options. This would look great in a pair of slack, a dress, or even a jumpsuit if you are as bold in your work wear as I tend to be. The skirt in the example is probably too short for most professional settings but this dress should work perfectly. Plus, if you’re a fan of mixing colors these shoes along with a pastel blue bag would be just enough.

Yellow:

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I tried to mix it up and find a skirt look that I loved and I couldn’t make it happen. I guess I am just a really big fan of the colored pant. Brighter linen varieties are better for summer but darker mustard varieties are good for winter. If you live in an area that gets particularly cold, you can rock a pair of tailored mustard corduroys. Be forewarned, I spent 2 years on the hunt for the perfect pair of quality tailored mustard cords only to find them in a tiny resale boutique in the middle of what seemed like nowhere. The blue blazer paired with it looks great for a more business casual look. For a more professional look I would advise pairing it with neutrals. Keep the neutrals in the range of dark browns, beige, and tan so as to avoid the harsh contrast from the black.

Green:

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The above picture almost doesn’t do the look justice. I love a green button down professional dress. I would highly recommend the one from White House Black Market this season. It is a deep jewel toned one made of satin and then cut, shape, and lines are flattering on everyone. I first saw the beautiful fabric and color on my mother in both the form of a dress and a blouse before buying the matching one for myself.

Blue:

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Blue is hard to mess up. Navy looks good on a blazer or a skirt and for the perfect professional coat a slightly brighter royal blue can also be a chic statement piece. I like to pair navy blue slacks with unexpected colors such as black. I like the above picture because the one blue thing that I do not own is a blue pencil skirt. I don’t see them that often in stores either, but it is a fabulous look and I was able to find one from Ann Taylor that is equally as fabulous as Miranda Kerr looks here.

Purple:

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My personal favorite and quite possibly the least appreciated color for professional clothes. Lots of people like to pair a purple pencil skirt with a neutral palate or do a monochromatic look like pictured above. For those who want a challenge, I say pair it with a pop of color in the red, pink, or orange genres. Don’t believe this will be a good look? Check these out:

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You can’t tell me that Solange and JLaw don’t look amazing in this color combo. The key to pulling it off like the best of them? Quality fabric. I love purples in a good satin or silk. Another tip: Always be sure to check your fabrics. If you’re paying more for a sweater made of cashmere it’s okay but if an item is priced high and its a cotton polyester blend, wait for the sale price and then consider purchasing.

As you guys know you are always welcome to follow on Instagram or Tumblr and submit photos. Show me how you pull of pops of color at work 🙂 I would love to reblog and regram all the fabulous looks.

-Jaz

Head 2 Head: Makeup Removal Products

Hi Guys! So today we are talking about makeup removal. I have found a new love in life. Up until about a year and a half ago, I only wore face makeup for special occasions. My primary method of removal was when I washed my face. That’s still an option for some, but if you prefer to keep your wash cloths looking pretty, I would recommend using makeup removing wipes. I like the freshness and the feel of makeup removing wipes. Now, you’re probably wondering,  “Why wipes?” Why not a makeup remover solution and cotton balls? Firstly, let me touch upon the difference in cotton balls and cotton rounds. These are two different things meant for different things when it comes to beauty. For anything involving your face, use cotton rounds. More to the point, I prefer makeup removing wipes or pads better than a solution and any form of cotton simply because it’s more efficient and doesn’t leave behind wisps of cotton on my skin. Plus it’s more versatile. I can stick a packet of wipes into a purse for touch up or travel and not have to worry about anything spilling or it being over the 3 oz. limit.

My natural default is cheap. I am in school full time in a competitive field. My schedule doesn’t allow for an extra job so I am at the mercy of loans and my family, neither of which I like to use any more than I have to. This is the case for many of us, so we’re on the same page. I wasn’t picky about where I got my makeup remover. It was a step up from ruining my washcloths, right? Wrong. I’m not saying go out an buy the most expensive thing you can find, but be picky and check dates. A lot of times these are in the aisle at you local super market, but depending on how popular that market is and how often they restock things like that that packet of wipes could’ve been there for a while. I have had the displeasing experience of opening a package only to find they were dried out. Know your store or order online. I actually found that it was easier to ask questions about when they got the product in from the manufacturer when using Ebay or Amazon.

First Try: Garnier Clean Cleansing Towlettes

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These really weren’t my favorite. The ones I got were dried out on the top, so I ended up throwing out almost half the pack to get to the ones that still had moisture. Even the ones that were in the condition they should be didn’t seen to do much in terms of getting my makeup off. Normally, I wash my face after removing my makeup and my wash cloths still did a lot of the work. They didn’t feel super soft, and didn’t smell good or bad.

  • Average Price: $5-6 for 25 count
  • Average number used: 4
  • Final Verdict: Pass on these

Trial #2: Revlon Makeup Removing Towelettes with Pomegranate and Chamomile

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These were better. They got more of my makeup off they felt softer and they smelled good. There is a fair amount of fragrance in these so if you have more sensitive skin or have had previous skin allergies or conditions, I would avoid these. I liked them. Were they the greatest thing I’ve ever tried for removing my makeup? No, but that probably makes these better for on-the-go touch up work.

  • Average Price: $6-7  for 25 count
  • Average number used: 3
  • Final Verdict: Go for it.

Trial #3: The Creme Shop Cleansing Towelettes with Aloe

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This is what I call the “Mom approved contender.” Thankfully for me as I was running out of Revlon makeup removing wipes, my mom came into town and dropped these off. These I love for makeup removal! They are soft and plush and super moisturized. I swipe it all over and there is enough moisture for me to feel without it dripping everywhere. By the time I am done, it feels as if my face is freshly washed.  Plus these are not labelled specifically as makeup wipes, they are meant to be multipurpose wipes for skin. These are also great for sensitive skin as they lack irritating agents. I use these after the gym and they are also great for ladies who like to be thoroughly clean in the groin area during periods. So these are the perfect tool to stick in your backpack, purse, or gym bag.

  • Average Price: $6 from what I found online
  • Average number used: 1.5
  • Final verdict: Love these purely for the versatility. BUY THESE if you have an on-the-go lifestyle.

Last but not least: Signature Club A Makeup Remover Pads

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This was actually the best product of the four for makeup removal. For layered on, professional grade makeup this WORKS! And the pads actually use argan oil for the removal so these are great if you have dry skin and they are significantly less likely to ever dry out. I only had to use 1 pad. I had to use both sides but still that’s pretty amazing. Plus, despite the deceptive picture this case is small, so these pads are not big. I would keep this on hand for special events to remove your makeup afterwards.

  • Price: $9
  • Average number used: <1
  • Final Verdict: If you wear full face makeup or model get these. Today. Right now. If you don’t or aren’t a model get them anyway for special events. No special events coming up? Get a life, go out, find a reason to dress up! 

Jaz

Beauty Lessons: Wig Clips

Hello every one!! Today’s post is about wigs, more specifically wig clips. So remember that wig that I was slaying in the pic I recently posted to the Twitter and Instagram? Well, that wig came with elastic in the back but did not have wig clips. Now I have seen enough videos to what they were and that some wigs had them, but before now I had not developed an opinion on them. I have a lot of hair, wig caps almost never fit me; a discovery I made as I was wig shopping. To fix that problem I had my hair cornrowed down underneath. I found that with the use of a cap the wig slid more throughout the day resulting in many trips to the restroom to readjust. I gave up on caps all together. I tried pinning it down and that certainly helped, but then I had to take out all of the pins at the end of the day and occasionally they awkwardly would pop through the lace. I decided to order wig clips off Ebay for $1.99 for a set of 6 (I ended up with extra to total 15). For those of you who don’t know wig clips look like this:

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Now my wig had elastic to tighten it, but it had one elastic band with a different kind of clip that pulled on my hair every time I went to take it off. I cut off that clip, which fastened in the back, and sewed each end of the elastic to one end of a single clip. I then put in three additional clips at the front of the wig.

The result:

I love wig clips. I think it speaks to the quality of the wig if they have them already installed at purchase. They make sure that your wig isn’t going to slip anywhere! Played on monkey bars with a friend’s children and forgot I had my wig on. It STILL stayed. Get wig clips. They cost next to nothing and they make “wig life” even easier. My one piece of advice would be that if you are going to use wig clips and not use a cap make sure you are washing your wig! I give myself a hot oil treatment every 2 weeks, give or take a couple days, and usually wash my wig at the same time.

Beauty Lessons: Wigs

Hello every one!! Today’s post is about wigs. I am in the process of exploring the wonderful world of wigs. So as you already know I watch a lot of Youtube and I saw some vloggers styling theirs. I have been wanting a wig for a long time now. I went to my local beauty supply to try some on last year and did not find any that I liked enough to purchase. Recently, as more and more of my friends began adopting the wig life, I went back to see if they had gotten any new models in that I might like. I made this trip with my grandmother, as she already owned several wigs and could give me advice on which ones looked better. I ended up purchasing two of them and I have only worn one so far. This is the wig that I purchased EDREAM_SW_WBY-2

I got mine in a 1B because the store that I was at didn’t have a 2. I was able to find it online in a 2, but once I factored in shipping and handling, it was going to be more expensive and my maximum that I was going to spend on a wig was $35. Yes, I know I am cheap. I know other people who invest more money into their wigs and I intend to do that as soon as I have more to invest, but at that moment I was looking for a time and money saving solution and worked with what I had.

Was it worth it?

Yes. I have worn this wig for about two weeks to a slew of compliments about my new shorter ‘do. Wigs are a great way to change up your style, or grow out your big. Plus, it has saved me tons of time in hair prep both at night and in the morning.

I wear my hair in braid about 7 out of 12 months of the year and I wear it out or straightened the other 5. This wig will decrease the amount that I have to wear my hair out or manipulate it for styling, which is great in the winter time when my hair suffers from insurmountable dryness. It will also decrease the amount that I have to straighten the entirety of my hair. FYI, I hate straightening my hair, I hate paying $60 to have it straightened even more, and most of all I hate the heat damage that seems unavoidable.

Doesn’t synthetic hair look bad?

Firstly the way I wear my wig, some of my hair is out in the front to help it blend. You should always be blending your wigs into your hair for the best look. Don’t forget the edge control. Secondly, most people can’t tell it isn’t my hair when it’s blended and that’s a testament to synthetic wigs considering I am black, my hair is all natural, and it is the hot and humid summertime. I would always advise you try on several wigs and find the best one that suits you and if you aren’t feeling any of the synthetics than let it go. I tried on literally every single wig in the store, we were there for 3.5 hours and I wanted one that would blend very well. I even asked every customer that walked in to give me there opinion no-holds-barred.

Any Cons?

Yeah, tragically this model does not come with wig clips. It comes with one elastic strap in the back. Have no fear! That is an easy problem to fix and there will be a How To post coming soon about it.

Jaz

Product Review: Pure Minerals

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So I watch a lot of other beauty bloggers on Youtube because generally the rule is: “See one, do one, teach one.”  Many of them use a foundation primer before they put on their foundation, but of the people I know in real life I would say I have a handful of friends who actually use primer. I wanted to try it to see if it would make any difference in my makeup. This product is Pure Minerals Prep & Prime. I purchased it after looking through Amazon for different foundation primers. Many other bloggers use ones from Mac or NYX and they seem to get pretty consistent reviews, but I was having difficulty finding things that got really positive reviews for less than $20 and that’s my maximum for any one beauty product. This product got several very good reviews on Amazon and was only $13. My general rule before purchasing is that is has to be four stars or higher out of five and have more than twenty reviews total.

Here’s my view on the stuff after having used it for a week. It says use 1-3 pumps, I used two but found it to be too much and so I switched to one. It promises to extended the wear of the foundation, cover pores and blur wrinkles, and create silky skin. It feels very smooth and moisturizing to apply which I like. It also is very lightweight so it doesn’t feel like you’re clogging your pores or adding on a whole new layer. It does extend my foundation as promised but I did not notice my makeup being any smoother than when I applied foundation without the primer, thus it did not fulfill its purpose. I am definitely going to shop around for more options.

Final Grade: B-

Update (7/2016): I use this a daily moisturizer whether I am wearing makeup or not. Normally, I dislike a lot of facial moisturizers so currently I would give it a B as a primer, but an A- as a moisturizer.

-Jaz