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Split Ends: Everything You and Your Hair Need to Know
Split ends. Nobody likes these bad guys, but unfortunately they are a fact of life. While our hair will never be totally free of split ends, there are certain measures you can take to ensure that they don’t take away the beauty of your crowning glory.

When split ends are present, the hair:
1.) does not move well
2.) tends to get caught up on itself
3.) does not hold a curl or straighten well with heat
4.) varies in length throughout the head especially when slow, unchecked breakage is allowed to run rampant over time
5.) shows clear areas of dullness or thinness (transparency) along your hair’s hemline
6.) shows an increase in overall hair breakage
7.) is redder near the ends

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Now I’ve mentioned that I have always been natural, and I mean always, I didnt even start using heat on my hair till I was in grade 11, 12.
My mom was adamant against us (my sisters and I) about getting a relaxer.
So you may wander how my hair is just at apl when I’ve had all these years.
Simple I didnt know how to care for my hair. Its true, in this case ignorance was not bliss, it was hair loss or lenght loss.

1. I didnt use the correct products (um petroleam much)
2. Fine teeth comb tight coils, not a good idea.
3. Puffs, puffs and more puffs meant dry crispy ends.
4. Moisture (say what)
5.Combing hair only when its wet or mainly when its wet ( had no idea)
6. That i could leave regular conditioner in my hair and not end up with white flakes 🙂

To be continued

Her hair is always on point and her style is nice too.

Still going with the Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual. This is what she suggests for Black skin specifically, she address Asian, Latin, Middle Eastern and Multiethnic as well but Im just going to retype the info black skin.


  • Black Skin tends to be darker  across the forehead and perimeter of the face, and lighter on the middle part of the face including the cheeks
  • The trick when applying foundation is to create a seamless look between the light/golden and dark/warmer parts of the face.
  • Some women like enhancing the golden tones in their skin and other women like playing up the warmer tones in their skin.
  • If you want to go golden choose a tinted moisturizer or sheer foundation that matches the skin on the centre of your face
  • Apply the tinted moisturizer/sheer foundation just on this area, then use a coppery bronzer on the other parts of the face to diffuse the transition between the lighter and darker areas.
  • If you want to go warm, choose a tinted moisturizer or sheer foundation in a shade that falls between the lighter and darker parts of the face.
  • Applying a dark shade of foundation all over the face will look unnatural so the idea is to tone down the difference between the light and dark areas.
  • Look for a yellow based foundation that has a bit of orange, red ,or blue to it, depending on how deep the colour of your skin is.
  • Lighter black skin looks most natural with yellow-based foundation that has a touch of golden orange.
  • Darker skin looks best with yellow-based foundation that has warm cinnamon tones.
  • If the foundation looks gray or ashy on the skin, its not the right shade


Makeup Kits

I checked out the Bobbi Brown makeup manuel from the library. ( I like to do this when deciding if I am going to purchase a new book, just to see if I’ll use enough of the information. Its 35.oo Cdn. a bit steep but hey you can use it for life )

Like any good book its divided into sections, the first is equipment. Im not going to list every makeup brush that she recommends having ( though they are good) but I am going to detail the different makeup kits she recommends having and their contents.

Home makeup

  1. Concealers and correctors
  2. Foundations or tinted moisturizer
  3. Powder (two colours)
  4. Eye shadow (three to four basic colours)
  5. Eyeliner (powder and gel)
  6. Mascara
  7. Blush (powder or cream)
  8. Lipstick, gloss, lip pencil 

Everyday Bag

  1. One or two palettes that contain your foundation, concealer, blush and lip colour
  2. A compact of pressed powder with a mirror
  3. A basic eye palette
  4. Mini Mascara
  5. Lip gloss
  6. Mini brushes
  7. Small sample sizes of face cream

Evening  Bag

  1. Lipstick or gloss
  2. Lip pencil
  3. A powder compact
  4. Customizable face palette ( foundation, blush, concealer)
  5. Mini perfume
  6. Breath mints

In your Desk Drawer

  1. Concealer
  2. Foundation
  3. Pressed powder  ( with mirror)
  4. Blush
  5. Lip balm, lip colour, and/or  lip gloss
  6. Black eyeliner and white or silver eye shadow to create an evening eye
  7. Mini brushes
  8.  Travel toothbrush and toothpaste set

So I am going to take a detour away from natural hair for a minute and go on to fashion. Mane and Chic recommended this book “The One Hundred” and I have to say Im loving what it says. 

Its written by Nina Garcia and it says that its a guide to the pieces every stylish woman must own. I couldnt pass up putting some of the items here.

Its done in alphabetical order. 


  1. A-line Dress
  2. Animal Print
  3. Ankle Bootie
  4. Aviators

  1. Ballet flat
  2. Bangles
  3. Belts
  4. Bikini
  5. Blackberry ( not one of my must have items sry :()
  6. Black Opaque tights (debateable)
  7. Blazer
  8. Boyfriend Cardigan
  9. Brooch

  1. Cable knit sweater
  2. Caftan ( not so sure but okay :))
  3. Camel coat
  4. Cape
  5. Cashmere Sweater
  6. Charm Bracelet
  7. Clutch
  8. Cocktail ring
  9. Converse ( good ol’chucks)
  10. Cosmetics bag
  11. Cowboy boots (ummm no thank you )
  12. Cuff (yes please)

Okay next time I’ll do “d,e and f”

So I have been hearing great things about this company Curl Junkie. People are raving about her deep conditioners her leave-ins. Its getting thumbs up from alot of folks.

The reigning queen of pjism Empressri has done a product review of the line, causing me to increase the items to purchase list. 🙂



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