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Melanin Haircare by Naptural85. Is it as good as advertised?

You know my signature look is the twistout. It’s just so easy to do. And I love lightweight creams that give a little hold without being crunchy, especially since I don’t use hair gels. So, Whitney White aka Naptural85, an OG YouTube blogger has been working for years to create the perfect haircare products and she has come out with Melanin Haircare. I was very excited to support this black owned, woman owned brand and placed my order last October when she opened pre-sales. Fast forward to 2019 and I finally received my products. I ordered her two hair products, the The Melanin Twist-Elongating Style Cream and The Melanin Multi-Use Pure Oil Blend. There are two other products that are available, a Logo Visor and Logo Head Wrap, but I didn’t get these.

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Melanin Haircare is a natural haircare line, specially made for people who have curly, kinky, coily natural hair. Whitney is a bit of a legend on YT, here hair is amaaaaaazing and she has been giving us her tips for healthy hair for years!

Here’s a demo of my twist and twistout.

Melanin Haircare Review – Details & Packaging – Twist-Elongating Style Cream

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The Twist-Elongating Style Cream – a lightweight cream that is buildable and it hydrates, softens and seals in moisture onto the hair stands. It uses some of the best known natural butters in the natural hair community – shea butter, mango butter, cocoa butter (one of my faves!), kokum butter and cupuacu butter. It also contains aloe vera juice, which is well known for being very hydrating and a number of natural oils like argan, avocado and sweet almond oils, which helps adds nutrients, emolliance and makes the product spread easier. There are some naturally derived synthetic ingredients that help with the stability, emulsify and enhance the conditioning properties the product. It is an off-white creamy product that does not feel greasy. It melts into my hair quickly and can add more product if needed without weighing down my kinks or making them feel sticky.

This comes in a 16.1 fl. oz or 475ml container with a coral cover. It’s a LOT of product. I have been using this product for weeks and it looks like I have barely touched it. It can easily last 6 months or more. You can be liberal with the application, or you can share it with other family members. Whitney mentioned this in her video, that she wanted to give customers a lot of it, cuz, we typically have a lot of hair and we use a lot of product at any given time.

 

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NEW Colourpop BFF Mascara – Are these the best colored mascaras?

Coloured mascaras! I am so excited! Colourpop Cosmetics recently came out with 7 new coloured mascaras – 1 black and 6 colours. These are the Colourpop BFF Mascaras. Coloured mascaras are not that prevalent on the market in the US and for the most part, companies bring out black (and variations of black), brown, navy and maybe a burgundy. Oftentimes, brands will bring out a limited edition coloured mascara collection for summer, and this is a permanent line, so that makes me very happy.

If you are interested in looking at my video review instead, click here…otherwise check out the review below.

BFF Mascara Details

There are 7 shades. I bought 5. I did not get the black shade nor the yellow shade. They are available on the Colourpop website and they retail for $8 each for 7 oz. You can buy the entire set at a discount or there are lots of discount codes floating around on the internet (unfortunately I don’t have one).

Colourpop claims that this product volumizes, lengthens and lifts lashes, using a unique nylon brush and does not flake. The formula is also buildable.

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BFF Mascara comes in a pale lavender box with multicoloured foil and iridescent text, mimicking the colours of the mascaras. The tube is made of white plastic with metallic foil matching the colour of the mascara.

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Colourpop BFF Mascara

The BFF Mascara has a large bristle brush with shorter bristles in the middle of the brush. The formula has a slight sheen to it and was not too thick.

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The Best Black Friday Deals – 2018 Beauty Edition – What’s on sale

This is literally the fastest year that I could remember. I cannot believe that it is already Thanksgiving. 2018 is pretty much done and here’s a round up of the all the beauty Black Friday deals. I am also including Cyber Monday deals as well. Check back often as I will be updating as I get more information. Let me know what you are excited to buy!

Oh by the way, black owned or woman of colour owned brands will be marked with an asterisk (*).

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Black Friday Deals – Makeup
  • *Magnolia Makeup – Friday 23rd Nov; Time: Black Friday only; Discount: ½ off; Code: BLKFRI18
  • *The Lip Bar – Friday 23rd Nov; Time: Black Friday only; Discount: 30% off + $1 Shipping; Code: no code needed
  • Giorgio Armani Beauty – Black Friday weekend; Time: online; Discount: 20% off; Code: No code needed
  • Lancome – Black Friday weekend; Time: online; Discount: 20% off + Free Shipping; Code: No code needed
  • Orly – Now – Sat 24th Nov; Time: in stores & online; Discount: 30% off @Target + Free Shipping; Code: No code needed
  • Bobbi Brown – Friday 23rd Nov; Time: Black Friday only; Discount: 25%; Code: No code needed
  • BlackUp Cosmetics – Now – Sat 24th Nov; Time: 4 days only; Discount: 40%; Code: FRIDAY2018. Blackupcosmetics.com and blackup.co.uk
  • Murad – Now – Sun 25th Nov; Time: One week; Discount: $25 off of $100 + Free Shipping; Code: BLACKFRIDAY
  • *Cirque Colors – Now – Wed 28th Nov; Time: ends 11:59pm EST; Discount: 20%; Code: CIRQUE20 (Check out my Cirque Colors video!)
  • Black Opal Beauty – Now – Sun 25th Nov; Time: ends 11:59pm EST; Discount: 20%; Code: No code needed
  • ColourPop – Friday 23rd Nov; Time: Black Friday only; Discount: 25%; Code: No code needed
  • *Mischo Beauty – Friday 23rd Nov; Time: Black Friday only; Discount: 65%; Code: BLACKFRIDAY18
  • *Gleam by Melanie Mills – Friday 23rd Nov; Time: Black Friday only; Discount: 40%; Code: BF18. Free Shipping US, Canada, EU for orders over $50.
  • Stila Cosmetics – Friday 23rd Nov; Time: Black Friday only; Discount: 30% + Free Shipping; Code: 30BFSALE
  • *Iman Cosmetics – Friday 23rd Nov; Time: Black Friday only; Discount: 40%; Code + Free Shipping; Code: IMANBF40
  • NARS Cosmetics – Now -Tuesday 27th Nov; Time: ends 11:59pm; Discount: 20%; Code: TAKE20
  • *Natasha Denona – Thursday 22nd Nov – Saturday 24th Nov; Time: n/a; Discount: 20% – 50% off; Code: No code needed. Online and in NYC Flagship store
  • Smashbox Cosmetics – Friday 23rd Nov; Time: Black Friday only; Discount: 25% off of $50+; Code: No code needed
  • *Mented Cosmetics – Starts Friday 23rd Nov; Time: n/a; Discount: 30% + Free Gifts; Code: No code needed
  • *Lauren Napier Beauty – Friday 23rd Nov; Time: Black Friday only; Discount: 2 for $25; Code: No code needed
  • Glossier – Now – Monday 26th Nov; Time: 11:59pm PST; Discount: 20% off; Code: No code needed; Online and in-store; Check out my video for one of my favourite sunscreens for dark skin here.
  • NYX Cosmetics – now – Sunday 25th Nov; Time: 11:59pm PST;  Discount: 30%; Code: No code needed
  • Zoya Nail Polish – Now – Monday 26th Nov; Time: 11:59pm EST;  Discount: 50% + Free Shipping over $30; Code: YAY; 
  • Eve Pearl – Saturday 24th Nov; Time: n/a; Discount: 65% off; Code: BPTIME; 
Black Friday Deals – Haircare & Accessories
  • *Oyin Handmade (Black Five Day Sale) – now – Friday 23rd Nov; Time: Five days until Black Friday; Discount: 30% + Free Shipping – US only; Code: B5SHIP
  • *Soultanicals – Friday 23rd Nov – Monday 26th Nov; Time: Black Friday weekend; Discount: 25%; Code: No code needed
  • *Briogeo – Friday 23rd Nov; Time: Black Friday only; Discount: 20%; Code: HOLIDAY
  • *Upnorth Naturals – Friday 23rd Nov – Monday 26th Nov; Time: Black Friday to Cyber Monday; Discount: 15%; Code: BLACKFRIDAY. Online only.
  • *Karen’s Body Beautiful – Friday 23rd Nov; Time: Black Friday only; Discount: 30%; Code: BLACKFRIDAY
  • *SHOP Naturally Curly – Now – Sun 25th Nov; Time: 11:59pm CT; Discount: 25% + $5 Flat Rate Shipping; Code: BF18
  • *The Wrap Life – Starts Wed 21st Nov; Time: n/a; Discount: see website for different deals; Code: No code needed
  • *Moisture Love – Friday 23rd Nov – Saturday 24th Nov; Time: until 11:59pm; Discount: Buy 2 Get 1 Free; Code: BUY2
  • *Naturally Smitten – now – Sunday 25th Nov; Time: until 11:59pm EST; Discount: 30% off; Code: THANKFUL
  • *Qhemet Biologics – Sunday 25th Nov – Tuesday 27th Nov;  Time: ends 11:59pm EST; Discount: 25% off; Code: BF18;
  • *Clo-vee Products – Now – Sunday 25th Nov; Time: ends 11:59pm; Discount: See website for details; Code: No code needed;
  • Carol’s Daughter – Now – Sunday 25th Nov; Time: n/a; Discount: Up to 50% off; Code: No code needed;
  • *Fanm Djanm – Now – Saturday 24th Nov; Time: n/a; Discount: 15% off select headwraps, additional discounts available, see site for details; Code: see site for codes;
  • *Anita Grant – Now – Wednesday 28th Nov; Time: n/a; Discount: 30% off; Code: BUYBLACK;
Black Friday Deals – Skincare
  • Sol de Janeiro – now to Nov 26; Time: online; Discount: 25% off of orders of $75; Code: No code needed
  • Belif usa – Friday 23rd Nov; Time: Black Friday only; Discount: 25%; Code: No code needed
  • Kate Sommerville Skincare – Friday 23rd Nov; Time: Black Friday only; Discount: 25%; Code: CYBER25
  • Boscia – Friday 23rd Nov – Sun 25th Nov; Time: Black Friday weekend; Discount: 20%; Code: WTHANKS20
  • The Body Shop – Now – Saturday 24th Nov; Time: n/a; Discount: 40% off; Code: No code needed. Online and in-store
  • Peach & Lily – Friday 23rd Nov – Monday 26th Nov; Time: n/a; Discount: 30%; Code: PEACH2018
Black Friday Deals – Other
  • *Afrikaboutik – Friday 23rd Nov; Time: Black Friday only; Discount: 20% off; Code: BLACK
  • Bed Bath & Beyond – Wed 21st Nov – Friday 23rd Nov; Time: Nov 22 – online only and Nov 23 – in-store only; Discount: 20% off; Code: See website
  • Sewit Sium Jewellry – now – Sunday 25th Nov; Time: n/a; Discount: 20%; Code: GRATITUDE

 

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How to line your lower waterline – the easy way! Kat Von D Lash Liner review.

Hey!!! Kat Von D Lash Liner is here. As far as I know, this is the first liquid inner lash/waterline liner that is made specifically for consumer use in the USA. Most liquid liners are not suitable for use on the lower lash and waterline and for those of us that are fans of that sultry, eye catching look, we are left with using kohl liners. Kohl liners have been used for centuries for protection and beautification, but while they impart that smokey, black look to the eyes, they are also quite soft and run over time. So the Lash Liner promises to give you a longer lasting lined look.

Kat von D Lash Liner – Packaging and Product

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So this product comes in classic KvD packaging. A sponge tipped applicator that dips into a well of jet black liquid pigment. The entire product feels similar to your typical eye pencil, i.e. a skinny product that is relatively easy to hold in your hand. The applicator is rounded at the tip and it is fairly flexible. Like a doe-foot applicator but thinner and flexible.

According to the brand, it is a Fluid-Gel formula that dries in about 15 seconds, and it has a rich texture. The clay ingredients allows it to stand up the natural watering process of eye. The liquid pigment applies super shiny but dries down quickly to a semi-matte finish. And it is very, very black.  It comes in the shade “Trooper Black”, which is their blackest black shade.  Kat Von D also claims that this product is water-resistant, transfer-resistant, vegan and cruelty-free.

Kat von D Lash Liner – Video

So here’s a video review and demo that I did, so that you can see exactly how to apply this. Keep reading below for tips on using the product and my thoughts!

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The best neon nail polishes! Cirque Colors Vice 2018 collection

My prayers have been answered! Cirque Colors has brought out a neon nail polish collection for Summer 2018! Cirque Colors Vice 2018 is limited edition and will be gone by mid September. I posted a picture of one of my favourite pick ups for 2017 and I was able to expand on my collection. Neon colours are notoriously hard to get right. They either are not bright enough, or they have a chalky texture or they lose their intensity really quickly.

Cirque Colors Vice 2018 collection has some of the best neons that I have ever tried. Seriously, go check them out! I have been rocking these as often as I could. I love them! A few notes on this particular formula:

Cirque Colors Vice 2018 Tips
  • They don’t need a white base coat.  Full opacity in 2 coats and what you see in the bottle is what you get!
  • They dry down to a plasticized/semi-matte finish. Must use a glossy top coat to maintain the brilliance of the colour.
  • These are blacklight reactive! They glow!!

I picked up four of the six shades. Here are some pictures and a video that I did on this collection.

Cirque Colors Vice 2018 in Pictures and Video
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Boozy Brunch

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Taboo

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