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
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
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There is a lot a makeup out there. Just browsing through Pinterest or IG, and you will see all kinds of amazing (and not so great) makeup looks and tutorials. But sometimes, you don’t want all of that. You may have 5 minutes in the morning or you are just going to run errands. Or you are not in the mood for a cut-crease, lashes and contouring. So….this is my ‘no-makeup’ makeup look.
This look is a great, everyday, best version of you look. It is actually what I wear to work. Pick your favourite neutral shades and just apply foundation or concealer as needed. This is a simple, fuss-free look. Don’t think too much about it. And this a really good starting point if you decide to amp up the look a little bit with a brighter lip or a more intense eye.
Here’s my tutorial and all of the products that I used are listed below.
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
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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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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Hey! So I have had this on my mind for months, years, now. I have always wondered why retail stores separated products specifically geared towards black consumers. Yes, black owned makeup brands. Why have an ‘ethnic’ aisle? I think this separation has made non-black people think that they could not use these products. People of colour have been using not-black specific brands for decades, even as companies still don’t produce foundation shade in the darker end of the spectrum. Certainly many people, who are non-black, have curly hair in need of moisture. Coincidentally, Jackie Aina, who I follow on YouTube issued a challenge to non-black makeup lovers to step outside of their comfort zone and try makeup brands that are black-owned.
There are even more makeup brands that have extended colour ranges that cater to medium to dark skin as well as lighter skintones, that are not black owned like blackUp Cosmetics, Sacha Cosmetics and Black Opal. Get out there, as a makeup lover, and look beyond the M.A.C. and the Covergirl and discover the makeup that we chocolate ladies and gents have been loving! You might be surprised!
In this tutorial, I mostly used black-owned brands and I tried to used products from companies that I did not think that were on the lips of every beauty blogger or magazine editor. There are more out there as well. Let me know, in the comments below, other brands that did not make my list.
Check out my video below and links to all the products mentioned are also listed.
And here’s the look! A beautiful gold, teal and turquoise. Perfect for a summer party or fete!