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Lifestyle

Why I Started Blogging

WELCOME TO BLOGTOBER DAY 7 – WHAT MADE YOU START BLOGGING?

I initially started blogging to document my journey and transition to natural hair in December of 2010 through YouTube.. I created the I LOVE My Natural Hair Facebook page in June 2011 as a way to share resources for natural hair care, inspiration, and as a place to positively embrace natural textured hair. It started off with just 12 of my friends and family members, some of whom weren’t even natural and blossomed into a community of thousands of women within the first few months.

As the demand grew, I started to make more YouTube videos and post them to my Facebook page. Well that wasn’t enough! People were asking questions left and right, and requesting product reviews as well.

I decided to start this blog to share information, keep my natural hair friends updated with my latest product reviews, hair care tips, and more. It’s blossomed since then! Check out my first post.

Since some of my interests have expanded, this blog now covers a variety of topics including fashion, hair care, events, and other random musings of mine.

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Product Reviews Style

Watooka Clutch by Moruka Designs Review

Hey BeauTIFFul!

Today I’m here to tell you guys about the Watooka Clutch by Moruka Designs. I was contacted by my blogger boo Julian of Guyanese Sista who is a NY based blogger and an entrepreneur who makes handbags. Her shop is called Moruka Designs, and was created out of her love for my home country Guyana & for handbags. Moruka is the name of a village in the Guyana hinterlands, and her inspiration behind the name is to pay homage to where she’s from, what she loves and where she’s going. Her bags are hand crafted and custom made with love and care.

She has a bunch of designs to choose from, ranging from zebra print to faux leather. I was sent the Watooka Clutch, which is a multi-coloured dark blue, yellow, red,green and purple clutch with a black zipper. It has a mustard colored lining and has a huge inner pocket. The clutch is made out of a cotton fabric and features a 100% cotton lining.

SIZE

One of the things that I loved about this clutch was the size. It’s 10 inches by 13 inches, so it could fit all of my essentials for the day PLUS MY DSLR CAMERA! I can not tell you how much of a relief being able to fit my camera in the clutch, along with my makeup, wallet, portable charger, keys, phone, and other random tidbits that us women carry around with us in our bags.

QUALITY

The quality of this bag is phenomenal! it is clearly crafted with care. The zipper, which is one of the most important parts of a handbag, is super strong and seems like it’ll last forever. Seriously! With love and care this clutch can easily last me for years.

This clutch can be dressed up or down, so I decided to go casual for today. I thought that the bold print would look great with black, so I paired it with a black oversized sweater and some dark wash skinny jeans.

OVERALL

Overall I love this clutch! I see myself wearing it out to brunch, for a night out with the girls, for a date with my bf, and more. The size really wins me over, since I can fit all of my goods in here. So does the quality. I plan on wearing this clutch a lot more, so be on the look out for my Watooka!

For more info on Moruka Designs, or to purchase the Watooka clutch click here.

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Beauty Product Reviews

WHAT’S IN MY MAKEUP BAG? – FALL LIPSTICKS

WELCOME TO BLOGTOBER DAY 3 – WHAT’S IN MY MAKEUP BAG?

I’d first like to start off by saying that I don’t necessarily have a makeup bag, but I do have makeup in my bag! I’m a low-maintenance kind of girl who tends to keep it simple when it comes to makeup. When I say simple, I mean REALLY simple. Like only lipstick or lip gloss simple.

Lipsticks can instantly jazz up any outfit. Even if you aren’t great at makeup, they’re a great option to bring an outfit together and enhance your beautiful features!

This fall, nudes, berries (pinks and purples), and red lipsticks are in. Nude lips are always a hit, no matter what the season. Red lips are always a classy option, they’re timeless & can be paired with a bold mascara for an easy glamorous look. Berries are great and include deep purples, plums, wine color reds, and more.

Here’s a roundup of the lipsticks and glosses I’m currently crushing on.

NYX Butter Lipstick – Razzle FiestaMaybelline ColorSensational Lip Color – Plum ParadiseNYX Butter Gloss – Apple StrudelRiRi Hearts MAC for Summer – RiRi BoyEOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm – Strawberry Sorbet

NYX Butter Lipsticks seem to melt onto the lips and have an amazing satin finish. I absolutely LOVE this lipstick! It’s bright pigment and smooth finish places this as one of my all time favorite lip colors.

What are your favorite lipsticks for the fall?

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Hair and Beauty Protective Hairstyles

5 PROTECTIVE STYLE IDEAS FOR FALL – AS SEEN ON INSTAGRAM

Hey BeauTIFFul!

It’s officially October so no matter how much I hate to admit it, Fall (or autumn) is here to stay. No more 80 degree days, no more daily wash and go’s, and no more fun in the sun. What a heartbreaker! It’s day two of Blogtober – which is an Instagram roundup.

Well when the weather gets cooler, I like to protective style my hair. It’s easy, it gives my hair a chance to rest, promotes growth, and increases length retention. The options are endless when it comes to protective hairstyles. Here are a few protective style ideas for fall that I found while browsing Instagram.

KINKY TWISTS

BOX BRAIDS

One of my favorite protective hairstyles ever! They are chic, last for weeks, and are so easy to do. Check out my tutorial.

FAUX LOCS

One day (or an entire weekend) I’ll sit down to finally do a set of faux locs. Until then, I’ll continue to gush over how fabulous they look on other naturalistas.

FANCY UPDOS

I absolutely LOVE this cinnabun updo on Strawberricurls. if you hair isn’t long enough for this style you can easily recreate it using marley hair.

CROCHET BRAIDS

Crochet braids are one of my fave protective styles because they are so easy to do. They are also really affordable and can be done for under $15! Check out my tutorial on how I achieved this stile for $12

WANT MORE PROTECTIVE STYLE IDEAS FOR FALL? 12 DIY PROTECTIVE STYLE TUTORIALS.

DO YOU HAVE ANY PROTECTIVE STYLE IDEAS FOR FALL? WHICH STYLES DO YOU PLAN ON TRYING? CHIME IN BELOW.

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Hair and Beauty Product Reviews

Top 5 Products for Defined Twist Outs

Hey BeauTIFFul!

I love twist outs! Since our naturally curly and kinky hair can have little tiny spirals, kinks, and coils, our hair thrives when it’s fully stretched. Braid outs, bantu knot outs, and flat twist outs work just as well to stretch the hair while giving you an amazing curl definition. Twist and braided sets also help to stretch between washes. You can get great 4th, 5th, even 7th day hair with out washing. Twist and braid sets can be done on either wet or dry hair, which depends on your preference, but I notice that wet sets have more definition and dry sets have more volume.

There are a ton of products on the market that give you beautiful, frizz free, defined, and moisturized results. Here are my top 5 favorite products for defined twist outs.

Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Twisting Butter

Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Twisting Butter

Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Twisting Butter

The Almond Jai Twisting Butter is a botanical blend of oils and butters that will aid in managing course/thick hair, leaving a soft and smoother feel. Softens and moisturizes hair while nourishing the scalp and stimulating growth.

Key Ingredients: Almond Milk, Distilled Water, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, BTMS, Almond Oil

Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie

Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie

Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie

SheaMoisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie defines curls, reduces frizz and smoothes hair for a soft, silky feel. Restores moisture, creates brilliant shine and conditions hair without weighing it down for bouncy, healthy curls. Made with natural and certified organic ingredients. – Coconut Oil hydrates and protects hair while reducing breakage. – Silk Protein smoothes hair for a soft, silky feel. – Neem Oil controls frizz while adding brilliant shine.

Key Ingredients: Deionized Water, Shea Butter, Coconut  Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Mango Seed Butter

Soultanicals Mane Thick Creamy Slick- 7 Day Styler

Imagine luscious kinks & coils that stay conditioned, shiny, hydrated & moisturized for days. Now enjoy that and defined twist outs, in this rich and juicy-fied treat. A creamy, lustrous dream indeed! Also provides a lasting sheen to afrolicious hair, making it easier to comb and style!

Key Ingredients: Castor Oil, Fractionated Coconut Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Distilled water, Sodium Lactate

EDEN BodyWorks Coconut Shea Curl Defining Crème

EDEN BodyWorks Coconut Shea Curl Defining Crème

EDEN BodyWorks Coconut Shea Curl Defining Crème

Humidity-resistant formulation to define and separate curls and waves. This product infuses moisture to strengthen hair, provides frizz control, and optimizes style definition.

Key Ingredients: Water, Coconut Oil , Vegetable Oil, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Cetyl Alcohol

Design Essentials Natural Defining Crème Gel

Design Essentials Natural Defining Crème Gel

Design Essentials Natural Defining Crème Gel

Design Essentials Natural Defining Creme Gel is a botanical rich, creamy lightweight gel that defines and separate curls. It’s strong holding properties assists in controlling frizz while delivering a radiant shine. Ideal for curly to tightly coiled textures ranging from 3B- 4C.

Key Ingredients: Water, Olive Fruit Oil, Glycerin, PVP/VA Copolymer, Jojoba Seed Oil.

What are your favorite products for defined twist outs? Comment below!