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5 simple tips for an amazing twistout on natural hair (Video)

So, 90% of the time, I am wearing my hair in two-strand twists. I have been wearing this protective style for years. Once I ‘discovered’ that I could do this, it was on! And I love the twistout that I get.  And I have been getting consistent results using this technique for years!

After washing my hair, I detangle and twist my hair at the same time. I only started doing this recently and it has cut down my twisting time significantly. Like, significantly…..it still takes me hours to complete the style, but not nearly as much time. I wash, detangle and twist every fortnight, and about 3 days before my next wash, I unravel the twists and wear it out. I have found that it is easiest way to protect my ends, and have a low manipulation style for an extended period.

The Twistout Results

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Twistout results

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I have created a step-by-step guide to how I create my twistouts.

Five Twistout Tips – Step by Step Guide

Do you know the secret to my twists to make them stay almost two weeks? I braid or plait the first inch or so of hair! So here are the rest of the steps that I take to achieve amazing results!

  • Make sure your hair is properly detangled. I finger detangle, then use a wide tooth comb
  • Well hydrated and moisturised hair helps make for a smooth twist. I create my twists on damp hair to cut down on breakage. I try not to manipulate dry hair to often. I also use the LCO method for prepping my hair i.e. I layer my leave-in conditioner, then a styling cream then an oil (in the form of a pomade).
  • Plait the first inch of hair then twist
  • Keep your fingers close to where the two strands meet instead of being lower down the length of hair.
  • Twist each individual strand before twisting the strands together.

And here’s the video! Enjoy! Let me know what you think and what are your favourite products to use for your twistouts. 

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P.S. – I will do a separate post on my favourite products for doing my twistouts

P.P.S. – These are the products mentioned in the video 

FTC Disclosure: Products were purchased by me, Noire Tropical Beauty.  All opinions expressed are 100% honest and my own. I have not been compensated for this review.  For more information, please see my Disclosure Policy.

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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Black Friday Cyber Monday Deals 2016! Incl black owned

 

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It’s that time of year! Holiday shopping! It is officially the beginning of the insane shopping season in the US.  This is a great time to pick up the items that you have been eyeing for yourself or for someone else at a discounted price.  Online shopping is becoming a bigger player in the game so there are sure to be tons of deals that you can get even if you do not live in the United States.  So….here are the Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals… Check back later as I will add new deals as I get them.

Black- Owned Black Friday Cyber Monday deals

Jane Carter Solution

Date: Until 30th November. Discount: 75% off select products plus free shipping on orders over $50. Online at janecartersolution.com

J Carter Men

Date: Now – 30th November 2016. Discount: BOGO (buy one get one free, of the same price). Code: BOGOSALE

Anita Grant

Date: Saturday 26th November – Wednesday 30th November.  Discount: 20% off everything. Code: CYBER

Karen’s Body Beautiful

Date: Now – Sunday 27th November.  Discount: 35% off, $30 minimum purchase.  Code: BLACKFRIDAY

Bellegant Cosmetics

Date: Begins Friday 25th November at 12am.  Discount: Various.  Free shipping on orders over $50.

Shea Moisture

Date: Friday 25th November – Tuesday 29th at 3am EST November.  Discount: 30% off and free shipping over $25

Fanm Djanm

Date: Friday 25th November – Monday 28th November at 11pm EST. Discount: 20% off select headscarves, 30% off select jewellry, 50% off all clothing.

Mischo Beauty

Date: Friday 25th November – Monday 28th November 11:59pm EST. Discount: 50% off all polishes. Code: BLACKFRIDAY50

Oyin Handmade

Date:  Friday 25th November – Monday 28th November. Discount: 30% off everything. Code: No code needed.

Damone Roberts

Date: Friday 25th November – Monday 28th November. Discount: 30% off on Black Friday and BOGO on select Damone Roberts signature products on Cyber Monday.  Online only. Code: No code needed.

Entwine Couture

Date: Friday 25th November – Monday 28th November. Discount: 40% off + free shipping in the US for purchases over $50. Code: BIGBLACK2016.

Ixora Botanical Beauty

Date: Monday 28th November. Discount: 20% off of purchases of 1-2 products. Code: CYBER20. Discount: 25% off of purchases of 3 or more products. Code: CYBER25.

CurlMart by NaturallyCurly

Date: Now – Sunday 27th November. Discount: 25% storewide.  Code: No code needed. Extended one more day to Monday 28th November.  

The Wrap Life

Date: Monday 28th November.  Discount: Sale on selected styles + free shipping.  Code: CYBERMONDAY

Satin-Lined Caps

Date: Monday 28th November.  Sale: 30% off + free shipping. Code: No code needed. 

AJ Crimson Beauty

Date: Monday 28th November.  Discount: 60% off.  Code: BUYBLACK

Clovee Products

Date: Monday 28th November. Discount: 25% off + free shipping. Code: CYBERMON

OOO Polish

Date: Monday 28th November.  Discount: 30% off + free shipping on orders over $30. Code: 30NAIL

Other Black Friday Cyber Monday deals

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Dates: Thursday 24th November at 6pm EST – Friday 25th November at 11:59pm EST, Saturday 26th November at 12:00 am EST – Sunday 27th November 11:59pm EST, Monday 28th November at 12:00 am EST – Tuesday 29th November 11:59pm EST

YSL Beauty

Date: Until 28th November. Discount: 20% off orders $75+, and complementary shipping, Code: PRIVATESALE2016, online at yslbeautyus.com

Cargo Cosmetics

Date: Monday 21st November until…. Discount: 25% off sitewide

Smashbox

Friends & Family sale: Discount: 25% off when you spend $50+. Code: HOLIDAY16

Illamasqua

Date: Now until….Discount: Up to 70% off selected lines at Liverpool, Leeds, London Beak Street stores and online at illamasqua.com.

Temptu

Date: Now until…Discount: 25% off. Code FALLFF

Camera Ready Cosmetics

Date:  Tuesday 22nd November – Saturday 26th November. Discount: 20% off. Code: BLKFRI20. Online only

Drunk Elephant

Date: Friday 25th November –  Monday 28th November. Discount: 20% off all products. Code: STUFFED

Kiehl’s

Date: Friday 25th November –  Monday 28th November. Discount: $20 off of $65+. Code: JINGLE

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics

Date: Friday 25th November –  Monday 28th November. Discount: 40% off sitewide

Paula’s Choice

Date: Friday 25th November –  Monday 28th November. Discount: 20% off + free shipping

Urban Decay

Date: Friday 25th November –  Monday 28th November. Discount: 20% off sitewide + free shipping. Code: BLACKER

M.A.C. Cosmetics

Date: Wednesday  23th November – Wednesday 30th November. Discount: 40% off select trend shades and limited edition colours.  In store and online at http://bit.ly/MACGoodbyesUS

Gleam by Melanie Mills

Date: Thursday 24th November – Monday 28th November.  Discount: 50% off regularly priced merchandise + free shipping in the US and Canada on orders over $50. Code: GOBBLE16

Barielle

Date: Now – Friday 25th November. Discount: 35% off sitewide plus free shipping. Code: BLACKFRIDAY2016

Senna Cosmetics

Date: Wednesday 23rd November – Monday 28th November. Discount: 25% off. Code: GIVING

Mario Badescu

Date: Friday 25th November – Saturday 26th November.  Discount: 10% off of orders over $50, plus free shipping.  Code: FRIDAY

MUD
Date: Friday 25th November – Monday 28th November.  Discount: 25% off plus free shipping on all domestic orders. Code: THANKS25  

Cover FX

Date:  Now – Monday 28th November at 11:59PM. Discount: 25% off. Code: TURKEY25

NARS Cosmetics

Date: Friday 25th November – Tuesday 29th November.  Discount: 20% off, online and in NARS boutiques.  Code:  TAKE20

Z Palette

Date: Thursday 24th November – Monday 28th November.  Discount: 30% off all Z palettes.  

Curlformers

Date: Friday 25th November – Monday 28th November. Discount: 20% all orders.  Code: NO code needed.

Peach & Lily

Date:  Friday 25th November – Monday 28th November. Discount: 30% off everything. Code: GIVETHANKS30

Brigeo Hair Care

Date:  Friday 25th November – Monday 28th November. Discount: 15% off + free shipping $60+. Code: BLACKFRIDAY

Orly

Date:  Friday 25th November only. Discount: 40% off everything. Code: No code

ColourPop Cosmetics

Date: Monday 28th November. Discount: 20% off. Code: No code needed

Skyn Iceland

Date: Monday 28th November. Discount: 30% off. Code: No code needed.

Pixi Beauty 

Date: Monday 28th November. Discount: 30% off. Code: No code neeed.

Ardency Inn

Date: Monday 28th November.  Discount: 30% off.  Code: CYBERMONDAY

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RECAP: The Makeup Show NYC 2016 in photos

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Another year, another amazing event! The Makeup Show NYC just ended a few weeks ago and what an event it was! I love going to this! This pro-only trade show is an amazing opportunity to meet other professionals in the makeup artistry industry as well as many of the brands that have been supporting professional artists for years.  There are a number of things that I loved about this event this year:

Things I loved

  1. The amazing educational classes – this is a wealth of information and it was a great event to learn about the current and upcoming trends – not just what is popular on YouTube, but what artist are doing in editorial, bridal and SFX.
  2. The focus on skincare – Skin is in! Without an amazing canvas/base, you won’t have an amazing finished product! Makeup does not cover everything.
  3. New and exciting product innovation and launches – Folks out there are really doing some incredible things with makeup and tools! The next few months will be super exciting, especially when it comes to mascaras…so many to try from Ardency Inn, tarte, Senna, Charlotte Tilbury etc! Just wait to see what MUFE has coming this summer!
  4. Embracing smaller brands – this is cool…there were a number of small entrepreneurial companies featured at TMS, who are doing their own thing to shake up the industry, proving that you don’t have to be a global conglomerate to make a difference, which leads me to my last point…
  5. The acknowledgement of the need or the necessity of the industry to fully embrace diversity – It is 2016 and many makeup artists still don’t carry around a kit catering to global skin tones and many companies still find it difficult to create properly balanced foundations for people of colour. Thanks to James Vincent, director of Artistry, for leading an amazing panel.  Also thanks to the organizers of TMS for bringing on so many, lesser known brands founded by people of colour! I was especially excited seeing The Lip Bar.  More on them in a later post!

Anyway, here are some photos of the artistry, the colour and the beauty of makeup.  As usual, the body painting was phenomenal!  Let me know what you think! I will be talking, in future posts, about some of the new goodies that I discovered while there…..get hyped!

The Pictures!

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Dani Fonseca for TEMPTU Pro demonstrating the new portable airbrush, the Airpod Pro. This is a game changer!

 

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Body painting by Graftobian Makeup! How stunning!

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Gorgeous POC friendly powders from Danessa Myricks Beauty

 

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The new Water Blend Face & Body Foundation from Make Up For Ever. It’s 80% water. Debuting in June 2016.

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The so adorable makeup artist Esteban at the Kevyn Aucoin booth!

 

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Black women owned lipstick brand! and it’s vegan! #TheLipBar

 

 

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Gorgeous colours! Waterproof kohl pencils by blackUp! Cosmetics

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James Vincent leading a diverse panel on diversity in artistry

 

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Mick Rock, iconic photographer, responsible for helping shape the image of rock

See more more pictures below…let me know what you think!

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