My Hair Regimen… Start Yours!

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Hey makeup lovers, I’m sorry but ๐Ÿ™… makeup tips this time but I promise to come with more next time ๐Ÿ˜‰

Lately, I’ve been researching hair care and I found the essential doings to move onward to healthy RELAXED or NATURAL hair. I listed my routine below… Hope this helps!

1. Saturday… Hot oil treatment, wash hair with moisturizing shampoo, deep condition with a light protein and apply a leave-in conditioner.

2. Every night moisturize hair with a water based product and seal with an oil(s).

3. Take vitamins specifically to aid with hair growth, such as Biotin or Hairinfinity.

4. Tuesdays… Co-wash, deep condition with moisturizing product, and apply leave-in conditioner.

5. Remember to moisturize and seal hair every night.

6. Wrap hair with silk scarf and wear a protective style every day.

7. Once a month apply a protein treatment to hair.

โ—I didn’t feel the need to go into depth about what every term is simply for the fact all the information can be found online BUT hopefully listing the steps will make all that information easier to comprehend.โ—

Thanks for reading #makeMeUPtoday ๐Ÿ˜˜

The Foundation

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Hey makeup lovers ๐Ÿ’ƒ, if you haven’t already heard.. Maintaining clean and healthy skin is the best foundation you can have for your makeup. Think about it… If your canvas is clear you have the advantage to paint it however you want.

It’s been awhile since I posted new skincare products but for three month I’ve been trying out four products that I absolutely LOVE…..

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At Ulta, one of my favorite stores, I came across an all natural product line after browsing their clearance section. To be honest the price you see pictured above is what got my attention. Long story short I purchased the Bellaboo chocolate masque, exfoliating scrub and dewy skin moisturizer. All of the products smelled really great, especially the masque because it smells exactly like your putting melted chocolate on your face. After each usage, my skin feels super cleaned yet soft.. Which I really love because the products are not harsh but thoroughly cleans my skin.

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Up top has to be my favorite product I own at the moment! I was searching for moisturizer on Pinterest and scrolled across the Garnier Moisture Rescue Gel-Cream. Honestly, the packaging kinda sold me but when I saw its texture I was just excited! The gel goes on like water, very cool and very appropriate for the summer months.. Best thing is a little dab covers my whole face. If your searching for a light moisturizer to get you through the summer I highly recommend this!!!! In case you’re wanting to try, I found mines at Walmart for about six bucks. Woo-hoo!

Remember skincare is extremely important and should always be considered if you’re gonna wear makeup. I wish you the best of luck with your skin makeup lovers… Come back to read #makeMeUPtoday soon ๐Ÿ˜„

Trend Alert: LA Girl Concealers

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Hey makeup lovers! Glad you are reading ๐Ÿ˜‰ So if you follow the Instagram and Youtube beauty sensations you must know about the HUGE HYPE surrounging LA Girl Cosmetics… in particular, their concealers. I’ve heard great things about how amazing they are for highlighting and contouring. As a super makeup lover… I HAD TO TRY! I don’t care, I don’t care that I’m a hype-beast for makeup (LOL), I follow the trends and I’m proud of it. Below is my experience with the concealers… ENJOY โค

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I ordered from iKateHouse.com for my concealers… people would always say you can find them in beauty supply stores but I guess where I’m from the store owners aren’t hip.

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LA Girl cosmetics are really inexpensive and didn’t cost me much at all… definitely worth trying out.

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Look how cute iKateHouse.com packaged the concealers โค

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I purchased just three (I plan to get them all), one to contour with and the other two to highlight with.. I wasn’t sure which color was mine. Pictured above is Dark Cocoa, Warm Sand and Warm Honey.

**REVIEW** The concealers are very easy to blend out with. It felt sheer, yet provided full coverage. Each concealer has a nice brush applicator tip to easily place concealer wherever it neeeds to go. Basically, the concealer deserves all this hype and the best part is that it’s AFFORDABLE (we like good prices here on #makeMeUPToday). Thanks for reading.

Dry hair? Honey haircare!

Hey makeup lovers! Today I am not blogging about the obvious on Make Me UP Today, but instead I am sharing my experience with honey and olive oil to lubricant my dry hair. So yes! I am now adding hair care on the list of things this blog is about ๐Ÿ˜… Unfortunately, my relaxed hair soaks oils right up so it doesn’t stay moisturized long.. This prompted me to research ways I can lock moisture in. Without further adieu, the Natural Deep Conditioning with Honey & Olive Oil.

Step 1: Gather your ingredients and tools. I used regular honey you get at the grocery store and the olive oil in my kitchen. Grapeseed oil is also an option.

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Step 2: Mix 1/2 cup of honey and 1/4 cup oil in a bowl.

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๐ŸšจMake sure to mix very well.. The texture should remind you of applesauce. I continued to mix while I put the mixture on my hair๐Ÿšจ

Step 3: Use a spray bottle and fill it with warm water and dampened your hair. I didn’t have a spray bottle so I empty an old product and just filled that up (LOL)

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Step 4: I applied the mixture all over my head from root to tip. Because I want all the nutrients from the oil and the natural humectant the honey gives, I tried to use as much of the mixture as possible. Now, this part gets really messy so use a towel to cover your shoulders and shirt… I didn’t get fancy ladies either, I simply used my hands to apply and used my fingers to part my hair.

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Step 5: Grab a towel to wrap your hair with and let the mixture sit for thirty minutes.

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Step 6: Rinse your hair well and style as you please. I chose to use leave in conditioner and wrapping lotion to set my hair.

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๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿ’†๐Ÿ’ This worked amazingly for me and maybe it’ll help you get rid of that dry hair, too. Just in case you were wondering why I used this — honey is a natural humectant which means it attracts water, retains water and pulls moisture in; it will pull water into your hair shaft. And, olive oil is brilliant for moisturizing aswell… These two together combat dryness. I was extremely please see my hair shiny and soft & almost left with a silky texture! Please let me know how this turned out for you!! ๐Ÿ˜„

Best Spring Lipstick Trends

Heyyyyy makeup lovers!!! I’m excited to share my list of lipstick color trends for this spring because where I’m at and most places across the country, the temperatures are heating up outside! And, that is damn good since we’ve been getting hit by ice and snow storms this winter season. Although, we’re still getting a little cold weather here and there, I feel it’s time to prepare your lipstick wardrobe for springย arrival. This read is a follow -up to my best fall lipstick trends which gained much traffic… hopefully this list is as successful ๐Ÿ˜‰ ENJOY.

PINK NATION

When I think of spring, flowers come to mind and typically pink florals. It’s only right you gather up a variety of pink shades from light to hot. Here are some gorgeous shade suggestions below.

NYX Hot Pink

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WET N WILD Dollhouse Pink

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ELF Flirty & Fabulous

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MAC Candy YUM YUM

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RIMMEL Kate Moss #101

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The Trending Orangeย 

All around I have been noticing that the orange lip is trending this year and it’s totally perfect for spring and summer. I don’t know about you but I’m definitely jumping on this bandwagon ๐Ÿ˜‰

NYX Haute Melon

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MAC Morange

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Milani Orange-Gina

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Covergirl Temtptation

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Revlon #677 Siren

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Pretty Purple’s

From soft lavenders to vibrant deep purple’sโ€ฆ this lipstick trend does not seem to be going out of style any time soon. I absolutely love wearing a purple ย lipโ€ฆ I swear it puts me in a confident mindset. You have to be brave to take on this color!

MAYBELLINE Color Elixir in Vision of Violet

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COVERGIRL Divine

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MAC Heroine

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BH Cosmetics Creme Luxe in Vixen

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Gold Goddess

When the sun’s out every makeup maven looks forward to having the bronze glow and this year it’ll be on their lips too! If you’re daring you may try these gold hues to your lips.

NYX Shimering Gold

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MAC Ruffian Gold

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COVERGIRL BLAST in Stunner

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MAYBELLINE Color Elixir in Glistening Amber

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BH Cosmetics Foxy Gold

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So there… you gotย a shopping list and guide to this years’ spring lipstick trends. Hopefully, you makeup lovers get hip and add some of these finds to you makeup stash… I for sure have many on this and I love them for dressing up my lips each time I swipe the color on. Thanks for reading #makeMeUPtoday ๐Ÿ™‚

Great Buys For A Great Price!!!!!!!!!!

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So recently I’ve been on a spending frenzy buying makeup products to add to my collection and if you are a loyal reader of my blog you should know I ball out on a budget (LOL). I choose to find “dupes” to higher end cosmetic companies and search for the quality product that won’t take all my funds. This post is to inform you on my recent makeup buys, the price and what other cosmetic lines they compare to. I really hope you try these products out, because all of them mentioned have been a FANTASTIC addition to my stash.

Shoutout to my friend/MUA Tati Simmonds (@tatipolooza on IG & @todeine on Twitter) for the recommendation to buy a lipstick from the Rimmel London Kate Moss line #101. The lipstick is the exact dupe to MAC’s Snob and is a beautifully light shade of pink for a perfect pout. I got this on sale at a Walgreens in Missouri for $2.89 with my Walgreens card… I suggest you readers just sign up for one, because Walgreens will put makeup on sale as well as other things that are only cheaper for customers with a card. Do this! It’s a easy and simple way to save money on cosmetic purchases.

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THE STAR OF THIS POST IS *drumroll* MY BEN NYE BANANA POWDER!!!!!!!!!! This powder was highly talked about and suggested by what seemed to be every YouTube guru and I, indeed, fell into the hype (HA!). For those that aren’t sure what the powder does: it simply sets your highlighting makeup in place and gives you an alternative to traditional white transluscent powder that may cast a ghostly veil over your face. Also, this powder is absolutely great for women of color and brings out the golden undertones in our skin. I purchased my powder here: http://camerareadycosmetics.com/products/ben-nye-bella-luxury-powder.html for $22.90 ๐Ÿ™‚

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Soooo, a while back I noticed I was missing a great brown and pink lip pencil to line my lips with and for a minute I comtemplated buying MAC’s Cork lip pencil and whatever pink one they had too… So happy I didn’t let my bank account tell me to do it (LOL). Instead I went to good ‘ole Walgreens and searched for Jordana (a brand I’ve always been happy with) and grabbed a brown and pink lip pencil. Simple & easy and only .99cents! The best part if ya ask me…. I love both purchases and at least for 3 weeks they have been the only pencils I use. Pictured below is Coco Loco and Baby Berry:

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I think it’s safe to say that the WetNWild cosmetic line may be my favorite. I love everything I own of theirs and it’s exceptional quality at a fraction of those greedy-expensive comestic lines. Anyways, I’ve been wishing to purchase glitter for my eye makeup just to give a little flare when I opt for dramatic makeup, and then by fate the makeup fairy must’ve willed me into my local Walgreens to browse. I came across the Fergie Collection and she had blue, pink, purple, clear, silver, and gold glitter for freaking .99cents!!!! I saw, almost fainted, squealed with joy and bought every color!

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My last product I’m going to suggest to you girls made ME one happy girl after using it. I believe Forever21 lashes are the most fabulous, glam and reasonable lashes! As you know, I like buying the least expensive for the best quality and have found that F21 lashes are the best kept secret… Like who would’ve known they sold them or that those $2.80 lashes were any good!? I’m so pleased with myself for even buying them, but I highly suggest you girls try ’em. The lashes are durable but still bend to the shape of the eye, I get at least 5 wears out of them and their $2.80 for a FAB PAIR OF LASHES!

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Thanks for reading #makeMeUPToday beauty/makeup blog! If you are reading from my college make sure you check my Instagram soon for a chance to win 5 lipsticks ๐Ÿ™‚