Body Beautiful On d’Avenue – The go-to place for natural hair care in Trinidad & Tobago!

 

While visiting Port-of-Spain over Christmas for some much needed sorrel, parang and hot sun, I paid a visit to the boutique on Ariapita Avenue in Woodbrook, specializing in carrying most of the popular local and international hair care brands. This is of course “Body Beautiful on d’Avenue”.

Upon walking in, I was immediately impressed at how much the store had expanded and the number of brands that they have added. As a matter of fact, I think they have one of the largest collection of natural products on the island, and rivals stores in the US for variety.

I chatted with the lovely owner, Alison Goddard, who emphasized that she wanted to give Trinbagonians quality, proven choices and she has included 10, yes 10, locally-made natural brands.

Me with Alison Goddard, owner of Body Beautiful on d’Avenue

These include Happy Curls, Happy Girls, Kylex Naturals, Eco-Truffles, The Mixtress J Cosmetics and Yousentials. Of course you can get foreign brands like Oyin Handmade, Giovanni, CURLS, Alikay Naturals, Design Essentials, As I Am, Carol’s Daughter, Eden BodyWorks, Afexan and Shea Moisture (they have both the Jamaican Black Castor Oil and the Manuka Honey collections).

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Ava DuVernay’s look at the 72nd Annual Golden Globes

I am a huge fan of Ava and was so thrilled to see her at Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards show. She was by far one of my best dressed that night……everything was working, the navy dress, the makeup and the locs in an updo!

Ava DuVernay at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards 2015. Image via NARS PR.

Speaking of makeup, I was thrilled to see that her makeup was done by international makeup artist Uzo and NARS cosmetics. She looked gorgeous!

Here’s a breakdown of the look and an inspiration:

The Inspiration

“The look was about a woman in a position of power. Ava’s statement-making makeup was kept soft and ethereal to balance her bold hairstyle and architectural Zac Posen gown. I created a velvety, smoky chocolate eye and soft neutral shades for her cheeks and lips.”

The Key Makeup Products

Image via The Gloss

Her hairstyle was done by celebrity natural hairstylist Felicia Leatherwood and I loved this! Basically, if I had locs, I would want them to look like hers!

Image via Felicia Leatherwood and @chescaleigh

Dress by Zac Posen.

Image via Buzzfeed

ZOYA NATUREL SATINS Collection. New texture for 2015!

From PR:

The next generation of Zoya Naturel is almost here! Introducing, Zoya Naturel Satins, a collection of six new, neutral nail polish colors in an ultra-wearable, low-sheen, chic satin finish. A hybrid between matte and glossy polishes, the new Zoya Satin* formula provides opaque coverage and is longer lasting than traditional matte shades. The flawlessly smooth finish hides imperfections and creates a luxurious, satin finish nail look.

Collection contains:

  • Leah: Lavender tinged taupe, exclusive Zoya Satin* finish.
  • Rowan: Creamy suede taupe, exclusive Zoya Satin* finish.
  • Sage: Mossy sage green, exclusive Zoya Satin* finish.
  • Tove: Misty slate grey, exclusive Zoya Satin* finish.
  • Brittany: Rose mauve cream, exclusive Zoya Satin* finish.
  • Ana: Light toasted almond, exclusive Zoya Satin* finish.

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New Year, new makeup from NARS! Eye Opening Act 2015

Eye Opening Act 2015 by NARS Cosmetics

From PR:

For January 2015, NARS Cosmetics introduces a limited-edition collection that delivers captivating range and dimension for eyes. The new Matte Velvet Shadow stick intensifies, while warm and cool eyeshadow palettes excite new depth for endless eye looks. The Illuminating Multiple brings light to shadow for eyes, lips and cheeks. The multi-purpose glow stick heightens the scene at every twist with a new light-reflecting formula of sheer brilliance.

The new Velvet Shadow Stick draws unscripted drama with potent matte pigments that define, intensify and shade eyelids in five long-wearing shades. This velvety matte formula applies easily and smoothly for crease-proof wear and is housed in a sleek propel/repel component in 5 staple shades.

  • FLIBUSTE VELVET SHADOW STICK, $28 – Black
  • DARK ANGEL VELVET SHADOW STICK, $28 – Brown
  • REYKJAVIK VELVET SHADOW STICK, $28 – Grey
  • GLÉNAN VELVET SHADOW STICK, $28 – Blue
  • NUNAVUT VELVET SHADOW STICK, $28 – Purple
  • ST. LUCIA ILLUMINATING MULTIPLE, $39 – Sheer rose

Dark Angel

 

Flibuste

 

Glénan

 

Nanuvut

 

Reykjavik

 

St. Lucia Illuminating Multiple

 

 

Check out the rest of the palettes and the collection here!

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Have a wonderful and Merry Christmas!!

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I hope that you having an amazing time with family and friends!  I have been thoroughly enjoying all the baking and cooking going on!  My Mum even made toolum (which is a traditional Trinbagonian candy made of molasses, flaked coconut and sugar).  Yum!!

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Toolum!

 

I made oatmeal cookies for the first time in ages! And the drink of the season has been sorrel (which is called hibiscus, bissap or karkadey in other countries).  We drink ours like a juice as opposed to a tea.

Anyway, what beauty goodies did you get from Santa this year??

Have a great holiday!!

Feliz Navidad a tod@s, Buon Natale a tutti, Feliz Natal a tod@s, Joyeux Noël a tous!

Black Friday/Cyber Monday 2014 Deals: Makeup & Natural Hair etc.

And also Grey Thursday and Small Business Saturday. The race to Christmas and shopping! Here is a round-up of many of the sales, discounts and special deals available this weekend in beauty, hair and some other sites that I like! Will be updated as needed…..

MAKEUP

  • Sephora: Online and in-stores. Numerous $10 deals. While supplies last. Starts: Friday 28th Nov.
  • Senna Cosmetics: Online. Discount: 20% off. Free Shipping over $50. Expires: Monday 1st December, 11:59PM PST
  • Smashbox: Online. Friends & Family Sale. Discount: 25% off of purchases over $50. Code: HOLIDAY14 Expires: Monday 1st December @ 2:59AM EST
  • Tarte Cosmetics: Online. Discount: 25% off everything including limited-edition sets. Code: FRIDAY Expires: Sunday 30th Nov.
  • MUD Cosmetics: Online. Discount: 25% off. Expires: Dec 2.
  • Shiseido: Online. Discount: 20% off. Code: FFSHISEIDO14 Expires: Monday 1st Dec
  • Sleek MakeUP: Online. Discount: 20% off, Black Friday only.
  • Mally Beauty: Online. Discount: 30% off. Expires: Friday 28th Nov @11:59PM EST
  • OCC Makeup: Online. Discount: 20% off all products. From Friday 28th Nov to Monday 1st Dec.
  • Eve Pearl: Online only. Discount: 40-60% off. Code: BP2014 While supplies last.
  • OFRA Cosmetics: Online. Discount: 50% off sitewide. Code: NOTJUSTFRIDAY From Friday 28th Nov to Monday 1st Dec.
  • Becca Cosmetics: Online. Discount: 20% off purchases over $50 + Free Shipping. Code: GOLD20 Limited time only.
  • Melt Cosmetics: Online. Discount: Buy 2 get 1 free. Code: BLACKFRIDAY Friday 28th only.

HAIR

  • Anita Grant: Online. Discount: 25% off No code needed. Ends Tuesday 2nd December or while supplies last.
  • Karen’s Body Beautiful – Online. Discount: 30% off all purchases over $40. Code: BLACKFRIDAY Expires: Friday 28th Nov @ midnight. Discount: 25% off all purchases over $40. Code: SHOPSMALL Expires: Sunday 30th Nov @ midnight
  • Oyin Handmade: Online. Discount: 25% off everything. Code: #blackfriday and Free Shipping and Handling for domestic orders. From Friday 28th Nov to Monday 1st Dec.
  • Hairveda: Online. Discount: See online. From Friday 28th Nov to Sunday 30th Nov.
  • DooBop: Online. Discount: 30% off sitewide. Code: BLACKFRIDAY From Friday 28th Nov to Sunday 30th Nov
  • Zenzele: Online and in-store. Discount: 25% off sitewide. From Nov 24 to Nov 30
  • Darcy’s Botanicals: Online. Discount: 25% off. Code: THANKYOU From Thurs 27th Nov to Sunday 30th Nov.
  • Camille Rose Naturals: Online. Discount: 25% off. Code:CRNBLACKFRIDAY. From Friday 28th Nov to Monday 1st Dec.
  • Coco Curls: Online. Buy 1 get 1 half off + free shipping. Black Friday only.
  • Qhemet Biologics: Online. Discount: 20% off + Free domestic shipping for orders over $70. Code: Thankful  Starts: Monday 1st December @ 12 noon EST/9 AM PST.  Last for 8 hours only.  Ends: 8PM EST.
  • SheaMoisture: Online. Discount: 30% off all. No code needed. Monday 1st December only.  From 9 AM to 5 PM.

 

OTHER

  •  Fanm Djam. Online. Discount: 10% off $50+ Code: BF50 Discount: 20% off $100+ Code: BF100 From Thur 27th Nov to Mon 1st Dec
  • Chen Burkett: Online. Discount: 25% off. Code: BLACKFRIDAY Valid on Black Friday 28th Nov only. Discount: 15% off. Code: CYBER15 Valid; Saturday 29th Nov to Monday 1st Dec.

Laters!

I finally tried Darcy’s Botanicals Vanilla Styling Crème. Did it give me the results I was looking for?

 

I have a long, long list of products that I want to try. And that list is constantly growing as I learn about new brands that are popping up specifically geared to those with kinky, curly, coily hair. Once I find something, I tend to stick with it and use it over and over. I also don’t like buying something new until I have run out of the older products.

I finished with my recently discovered holy grail styler Oyin’s boing, and I promptly headed down to Ecodermis in Crown Heights (check this place out for all your natural hair needs) and I picked up the Darcy’s Botanicals Madagascar Vanilla Styling Crème Natural Hair Butter.

Upon opening the container, the product was filled to the brim! No air pockets so that you are definitely getting a good quantity!

The butter is vegan and 100% natural. It claims to be the best super rich moisturizing styling butter for natural twists, braids, locs and curls. The styling crème is off-white in colour and contains a bunch of great ingredients for adding and holding moisture including Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Jojoba Oil and Castor Seed Oil. This product is thick and has a very slight scent. Very thick! It has a consistency of a wax rather than a butter. It is probably because of the two waxes it also contains – emulsifying wax and candelilla wax. It reminds me of those loc butters than contains beeswax that some people use to re-twist their locs. I would recommend scooping out a small amount of the styling crème and emulsify it in your hands i.e. rub it between your palms to melt it a little and warm it up. It did not completely liquefy in my hands and remained as a thick cream. I applied this to my freshly washed hair after my leave-in conditioner. After twisting my hair, I was left with a slightly waxy texture to my strands. It definitely was not oily as some other heavier oil-based products would. I left my hair twisted for about a week and a half, only misting my hair with my Oyin Frank Juice and using some of the Styling Crème on my ends. After unravelling, I was left with an amazing twistout with an incredible hold!

My first twist out with Darcy’s! Look at the definition!

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Wishes – Zoya Holiday/Winter 2014 collection  

Playing on the holiday theme and wishing for beautiful, sparkly things, Zoya has produced a mixed-texture nail lacquer collection.

From PR:

Wishes really do come true with this magical new nail polish collection for Winter/Holiday 2014! Zoya Wishes** is a densely pigmented assortment featuring both traditional and Magical PixieDust formulas in coordinating color combinations that can be worn alone or combined into stunning combinations, no matter how you wear them, this collection delivers a fanciful way to celebrate the season!

 

More details here….

Holiday Eyeliner Kits by Ardency Inn

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Holiday season is in full swing and Ardency Inn has 2 eyeliner kits that contain brand new colours that will not be available until Spring of 2015.

From PR:

ARDENCY INN announces the launch of two holiday kits containing the famed MODSTER Smooth Ride Supercharged Eyeliner, including two exclusive colors not yet available for sale individually.

The kits contain an attractive combination of classic and on-trend colors that can be mixed and matched or worn alone, on and off stage. The combination of deep pigments and rich metallics creates the perfect pop of color to rock in the NewYear. The full-sized trio includes full size liners in Black Dark, Blue and Gold (Gold not available as a single sku until spring 2015).

Full sized trio – image via PR

 

The travel-sized duo includes mini liners in Black and True Blue (True Blue not available as a single sku until spring 2015).

 

Travel-sized duo – Image via PR

 

Known for their professional grade, pigment rich formula, ARDENCY INN’S MODSTER Smooth Ride Supercharged Eyeliners contain a waterproof, soft and creamy formula that allows ample time for blending when applied, but stays put well into the wee hours of the morning. Each holiday kit features product illustrations by Juliane Hennes, a German artist known for her high-fashion motifs and creative use of mixed mediums.

Headlining the campaign will be internationally recognized EDM Artist & DJ Audrey Napoleon. A local of TriBeCa in New York City, Audrey created the theme of the campaign: A modern, downtown Cleopatra.

The ARDENCY INN MODSTER Smooth Ride Supercharged Eyeliner Trio will retail for US$29.00 (value US$57.00) in the US and C$33.00 (value C$66.00) in Canada. The ARDENCY INN MODSTER Smooth Ride Supercharged Eyeliner Travel Duo will retail for US$15.00(valueUS$27.00) in the US and C$17.00 (valueC$31.00) in Canada.

Both kits will be available for sale on November 6, 2014 at select Sephora stores in the US and Canada, Urban Outfitters Herald Square NYC, Sephora.com, UrbanOutfitters.com and ArdencyInn.com.

These products are now available from selected retailers such as Sephora and Urban Outfitters.