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My brother gets his locs done! + UK Salon review

Konata locs vlog

Hey!

 

So I am not the only one in my family that wears their hair in its natural state.  As a matter of fact, I was the last one to the party.  My mother always wore her hair in a short fro/buzz cut.  So did my dad.  So I never grew up in a house where there was any shame in wearing kinky hair.  Not having “good” hair was NEVER a thing for us.  All of it was good.  We are proud.  All three of my siblings have had or have locs.  I have yet to try it out, but I have been thinking of it for a number of years, but I am satisfied with my loose natural…for now…

My brother, Konata, has had his locs for about 10 years now and decided to film himself getting his locs retwisted at his favourite natural hair salon in London, Morris Roots.

All locs images via Konata  

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I know a lot or most of the focus in the natural hair movement is on women, but we can’t forget that there are a lot of guys out there too, making black hair more visible and acceptable to both ourselves and others.

Konata locs vlog

So check out this salon in Tooting Broadway, London, Morris Roots.

And check out my brother’s music, podcast and other projects at I Am Konata.

Let me know what you think?

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My Must Haves: The Best Beauty Products 2016

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Happy New Year!!! I hope that you have been enjoying 2017 so far!  I have been more mindful to enjoy life a little bit more in this new year.  More self-care, appreciation of life, and to be more bold.  With that, I want to take a look back at all the best beauty products that I loved in 2016.  These were my must-haves and I constantly repurchased them and will continue to remain in heavy rotation.  

These are the #beauty products that I could not live without in 2016! Click To Tweet

In the video below, I also give brief reviews and all the products mentioned are listed below.

 

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Festive New Year’s Eve party makeup on dark skin!

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It is the very end of 2016! The very last day! I am not going to go into how crazy this year has been. I’m going to keep it really upbeat.  This is a festive New Year’s Eve party makeup tutorial that will also work for the upcoming Carnival fete season.  We are officially in the Christmas period, but since Christmas night, deejays have been playing the latest soca offerings for 2017.  We doh make joke with Carnival!

I decided on this look when I saw a video posted by the legendary makeup artist Pat McGrath, portraying her latest Skin Labs offerings.  Cream and powder metallic and glitter eye shadows in silver, bronze, gold and copper.  I did not pick any of these kits but loved the look so much for its simplicity and its impact.  

Here is the look

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I could not decide on the lip so I am showing you both!

I am using many of my favourite products for 2016 as well as some more recent purchases.  If you don’t have the exact products that I used, pick up some great inexpensive alternatives from NYX, and ColourPop Cosmetics.  

The complete video tutorial is below and I have listed all the products used.

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“Whey de lime” Fridays: Christmas is upon us!

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Can you believe it?  The holidays are here! It’s Christmas! C’est Noël!

This is my favourite time of year.  I simply love it.  The memories, the sights, the sounds, the food of Christmases past continue to stay with me.  For me it is not even about the getting of gifts, it’s the whole atmosphere, the feelings, the parang and the pastelles!

So that is what I am looking forward to this weekend.  Christmas.  I am home with my family in Trinidad and I am excited.  

So best wishes from me to you.  Let me know what is your favourite dish for Christmas?

Mine is paimie.  

Image of paimie from TriniGourmet Christmas dish

Paimie. Image via TriniGourmet

This is a traditional dish similar to a pastel made with ground corn, coconut,raisins, cinnamon and other aromatic spices.  It is quite sweet. Here is the paimie recipe from The Naparima Cookbook

And by the way, if you are still looking for an idea for your Christmas day get-together makeup look, I created this easy, festive red lip here.

Festive, holiday look

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Holiday Makeup look red lips tutorial for WOC

Hello all!

We are well into December, and I am in the Christmas spirit! Christmas is my absolute favourite time of the year!  There is something about the atmosphere and mood of the place that I love.  The smells and sounds of this time of year are vivid in my memories from since childhood.  I think I may love the run up and anticipation of the holiday more than the actual day itself.  I have been playing parang since October!  So, in the spirit of Christmas, I am doing a simple, but glam holiday makeup look, that features a bold red, Christmas-y lip.  This is great look to quickly go from desk to dinner or to your company holiday party.  I kept the eyes understated as this is all about the lips!

Here’s the video!

All products used are listed below!

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