Makeup

I Promised Makeup

Donde empiezo? When I created this blog, I didn’t want to limit myself to just my hair – I am a Jane of all trades and have the ability to provide insights on makeup as well. So, here it goes. As a teenager I went through the stage of wearing heavy mascara and eyeliner that was so uneven and out of the place that I couldn’t dare call them sisters or cousins, it was more like ex- best friends. That’s the only way I could describe each of my eyes; however, with practice came swift drawn cat eyes that I became very proud of. As social media describes, my eyeliner has the ability to CUT you, slice you, or whatever la juventud calls it nowadays.

It wasn’t just my eyes. I had uneven tones all over my face, a lack of color and to top it off, I was blessed with a cowlick in my left eyebrow – I know what you’re thinking, and trust me, I’m over it. Anyhow, growing up I always read that symmetry meant beauty; therefore I spent thousands of dollars (over the years, I’m not rich so this wasn’t 1 day) becoming my own makeup artist – self-taught. Visit my IG for some photos: @enidcarolyne

Here goes my current everyday look process:

  1. Moisturize and Prime face. Currently I am using the Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer and ELF Cosmetics Hydrating Face Primer. Did ya’ll know that ELF stands for Eyes, Lips, Face? Mind Blown.
  2. I always start with my eyebrows first because it takes the longest – thank you cowlick, I appreciate it. I never steer away from Anastasia Beverly Hills, I just feel like she is the queen of brows and it has worked for me for years. I use the ABH Brow Definer in dark brown. I first outline, fill in and brush out to ensure it looks as natural as possible. I then use NYX concealer in 04 to clean up and give it a more defined look. Lastly, ABH Brow Gel to make sure my brows don’t smudge.
  3. The third step is to work on my eyes. I really like the natural colors here; therefore, I am loyal to the Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte palette. First, I put some of that NYX 04 concealer and then I get to work. My go-to colors are ‘super mom’ and ‘free spirit’ for the base and lid and then a mix of ‘force of nature’ and ‘wanderer’ in the outer edge and crease. Yes, that’s all folks, I am basic as f***.
  4. Let’s finish off that eye with Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner and Better Than Sex Mascara. I do not put on eyelashes for my everyday look. I am way too lazy for that.
  5. I am OBSESSED with Fenty Beauty’s Foundation – I dab it all over my face. Side note: YASSSS RiRi! Then I use Kat Von D’s Lock-it Concealer Creme and draw a triangle under my eye. With anything in the makeup community – blending is highly important. I then do a little baking with Laura Mercier Translucent powder.
  6. By now – I look like a complete ghost; therefore, it is time to put some color back in my face. I use the ABH Contour palette to enhance my cheek bones, but also to cover up my massive forehead. Then, I use my NARS Bronzer/ Blush Duo palette to finish off the look.
  7. Highlight that face girl – for this step, I use BECCA Highlight in Opal or Champagne Pop. I normally put it on my cheeks, tip of the nose and my cupid’s bow (lip).
  8. My everyday look lipstick is either MAC Teddy or NYX Suede in Sandstorm (07).

This was a super lengthy post – if you would like to see a quick video on how I apply these products. Please visit my IG. Don’t forget to comment and like.

For kicks and giggles – how I calculate the cost of my face:

  • Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer: $16.99
  • ELF Primer: $6
  • ABH Brow Definer: $23
  • ABH Brow Gel: $22
  • Tartelette Palette: $46
  • NYX Concealer: $5
  • Better Than Sex Mascara: $23
  • Kat Von D Tattoo Liner: $20
  • Kat Von D Concealer: $26
  • Fenty Beauty Foundation: $34
  • Laura Mercier Translucent Powder: $38 Purchase here!
  • ABH Contour palette: $40
  • NARS Duo: $24
  • BECCA Highlight: $19
  • MAC Teddy Lipstick: $18

Just know that when I walk out my house, I am walking around with $361 worth of makeup on my face. LOL #depressing

xoxo

Curls, Curly Hair, Natural Hair, Uncategorized

The Mona Cut

Hello Curly Queens & Kings,

I’ve been away for a bit, but I’m hoping you are able to forgive me as I present my before and after. I’m doing things a little different this time, by adding a quick YouTube video of my curly cut experience (please subscribe!). If you have read my previous posts then I am sure you know that I was super terrified of the entire experience. Click play – and see what truly happened during my haircut appt.

Before:

After:

xoxo

Update (4/7/2018): Mona no longer works at Davide’s Hair Salon, she has opened her own salon. Please visit Mona’s site for more details. Unfortunately, she increased her prices significantly, and I will most likely not be returning.

Curls, Curly Hair, Natural Hair

Deep Conditioning

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Vamos hablar claro about your hair. Why is deep conditioning so important for your hair? There are so many reasons, but what’s important to understand is that the amount of times a month you deep condition and the deep conditioner that you use all depends on your type of hair. Just because your favorite curly hair blogger deep conditions once a week, does not mean that that is the right regimen for you. As with everything else there is trial and error. Ok, enough about my rant, let’s take a look at the top 5 reasons you should deep condition:

  1. Keep your curly locks moisturized. If you’re anything like me you go through these months where your hair is dryer than my phone. Desperate times call for desperate measures and that’s when your deep conditioner can prevent all this nonsense. Keep your curls moisturized.
  2. Help repair damaged or brittle hair. Many of us are transitioning from that heat damaged nightmare, but ladies and gents, deep conditioning can help restore your locks’ full potential. Less breakage and more elasticity.
  3. Deep conditioning helps replace proteins in your hair. According to hairstylist, Mark Townsend, doing this can help you seal the cuticle and grow your hair out. I know I’m not the only one who Instagram creeps and writes #hairgoals under peoples’ pictures. This can HELP you!
  4. Add shine and luster to your hair. Sometimes our hair goes through so much that it loses its natural shine. Well, let me tell you that deep conditioning can smooth the hair shaft and drum roll please, you guessed it – get that shine and luster back.
  5. Keep color from fading. Many of us love to be spontaneous and color our hair. Instead of feeling guilty for bleaching or adding color to your hair, deep condition to prevent damage and keep that color from fading.

Personally, I deep condition every other wash. I know some folks who deep condition every wash day or even once a month. Listen to your hair (y tampoco somos locos, I know hair can’t speak, but you know what feels right or wrong for you).

My current favorite deep conditioner is pictured above: Mixed Chicks Deep Conditioner (Try it out here!)

A few reminders:

  1. Deep condition for 15-30 minutes. No more than 30 minutes, you will defeat the purpose.
  2. Don’t be afraid of a little heat. Get under a dryer or use a heat cap.
  3. Focus on your ends and then work yourself up.

Xoxo

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Damage Control

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In my DevaCurl post, I mentioned that after using their products my hair fell out significantly. I literally thought I was balding every time that I washed and detangled my hair. Of course I immediately stopped using the shampoo and conditioner; however, I was on the hunt for a product that would save my curly locks. I went straight to the wizards of all things natural and magical: my mother, aunts and cousins. I don’t know about you, but when you have a Dominican or better yet Caribbean family member, you have hit the jackpot because you can easily find the answers to all your problems.

I kept hearing a variety of solutions, but the common theme between all of their ideas was cinnamon. Yes, that little stick that adds an amazing flavor to your coffees, teas and your arroz con leche. This was going to be my savior. The only obstacle in my way was my laziness. How was I going to find the time to come up with a concoction that would stop me from having weekly burials for the handful of hair I kept losing? Just know that I struggled for weeks because I just never got around to it.

So when did I lock eyes with my knight in shining armor (also known as Capilo, the product pictured above)? I went to visit my brother in Queens, NY and my cousin and I decided to take a stroll in Jackson Heights. We saw a beauty supply and of course had to go in because we’re bougie like that. We originally fell in love with some Morphe makeup brushes, but got a bit curious when we saw the many hair product aisles. For those of you also into beauty, I will leave the Morphe brushes story for another day. So I start reading ingredients and each bottle’s mini mission statement of what their product would achieve, and there it was, I stumbled on a picture of canela, yes, cinnamon. This product called my name and to top it all off it was for hair loss control. Yes, you guessed it – I bought it and was super excited to try it out.

Capilo Suela y Canela was not a miracle worker overnight. Nothing is and it’s just the life we live in, but after about 3 washes my hair stopped falling out. If I was a bigger drama queen than what I already am, I probably would have cried profusely with tears of joy. Instead, I continued washing my hair with Capilo a few more times to let my hair know I was serious about it staying put! I live in Boston; therefore, I probably won’t head to Jackson Heights to find this product again, but luckily the combo is available on Amazon Capilo Suela y Canela for purchase.

To put the cherry on top – Capilo is manufactured in the Dominican Republic.

Xoxo

Curls, Curly Hair, Natural Hair

DevaCurl

 

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Photo: DevaCurl results, April 29, 2017

Hello Curly Queens,

Grab your cafecito, get comfy and get prepared to dive into my DevaCurl experience.

If you don’t already know, DevaCurl is a product line- up that consists of originals, such as No-Poo and One Condition. They also have creams, stylers, and different tools, which all target curly, super curly and wavy girls. I must say it’s marketing genius. It makes curly consumers feel like they have hit the jackpot for amazing, defined curls. Visit DevaCurl for more information on their products.

Let’s begin by saying that social media is hella advanced nowadays. I had searched it in Google and voila here it was plastered all over my Facebook and Instagram. Of course, I’m a pendeja, because 3.2 seconds later I was back on their website thinking about my hair and what products I wanted to purchase. I was ecstatic to try a product that was geared towards my type of hair.

DevaCurl is bottled in bright colors that are enough to catch anyone’s attention – the packaging alone was enough for me to invest. As I was browsing their website, I noticed that their products were a bit pricey. The No-Poo, One Condition and Ultra Defining Gel package goes for $88. I also decided to try their Super Cream Coconut Curl Styler, which is $28, yes you read that correctly, $28. It’s no secret, the product itself is expensive and I have a bad habit of correlating price to high quality, which is mistake numero uno.

I bought it and approximately 7 days later I was ready to wash my hair and try out this product that so many people rave about.

Keep reading, it gets good … 

Pues si, I put a little No-Poo in my hand and started massaging my scalp and running it through my hair. This is a VERY different experience. It does not lather, which was already throwing me off; therefore, I put a lot more in my hand so I can feel like it was doing it’s job. The website states that this type of shampoo doesn’t strip away natural oils and keeps your curls moisturized. Once I rinsed the No-Poo, I turned to the conditioner to detangle – pretty self explanatory and the products smelled great. I left a bit of conditioner as a leave-in (I do this often with any routine).

Next up was the Curl Styler. In four different sections, I smoothed the cream into my hair and scrunched as described in my Curly Hair Routine post. My hair looked great and it dried even better. I have never seen my curls so defined before. I turned into one of those raving consumers who wanted to tell everyone about their results and how amazing the product was.

What you’ve been waiting for …

After 3 uses, I noticed that my hair was falling out. I don’t mean your average hair that falls out when you detangle because that’s normal, but a handful of hair. I was able to roll it into a ball. At first, I blamed it on stress, but it didn’t get better. It had to be DevaCurl! A product that was working so well for my curls had come disguised as a blessing, but was truly an awful curse. I immediately discontinued use, and began the damage control journey.

Our hair is such an important part of who we are and here it was falling out uncontrollably. I started reading reviews (mistake number two) and noticed that many consumers also had the same experience, while others were ecstatic about their results with no issues. It goes to show that what works for others, may not work for you and it’s up to us to learn what’s best for our hair rather than falling into the trap of high priced items with great advertising.

Until next time.

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Curly Hair Routine

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It took me FOREVER to figure out what works for my curl pattern. Needless to say, what works for me may not necessarily work for you. Something I’ve learned about my hair is that sometimes we need to invest in certain products to see if it will tame our lion manes. At this point, when I walk into certain stores it seems like I work in the hair essentials aisle because I am always there (ni siquiera estoy exagerando, true story). I imagine that many of you can relate.

Let’s get started ladies and gents. First, let me emphasize that I only wash my hair once a week. Some people say it’s personal preference and some experts say it can take the natural oils from your hair and make it brittle and unhealthy. I stick to once a week, not only to keep my hair healthy, but also, not overspend on products (spending can go from 0 to 100 real quick in the hair department, ahorremos lo cualto).

Step 1 

I use the Maui Moisture Curl Quench + Coconut Oil shampoo and conditioner (smells amazing). I’m not sure how long they’ve been around, but I just started using them. Long story short, my brother bought it, I stole it, fell in love and match made in heaven. I wash my hair 2-3 times with the shampoo, making sure it lathers. When you wash your hair – steer away from making the Mr. Conehead look at the top of your head, I’ve learned that this promotes frizzy hair. I lightly massage my scalp and work my way down.

Step 2

Once my hair is squeaky clean, I take a generous amount of conditioner and make sure to smooth it into every strand of hair. Once this is complete, I take a wide toothed comb to detangle. Some curly folks also recommend using your fingers to detangle. Your preference. Once your hair is detangled, rinse the majority of the conditioner out. I like to leave some in my hair as well to act as a leave-in.

Step 3

Then I dab some aloe vera gel into my hands and massage it into my hair. This adds extra moisture to my curls. I’d recommend researching aloe vera benefits! You can use it for so many things in your everyday life. I’ve seen a huge difference in the frizziness of my hair since I began using it.

Step 4

I then use the OGX Argan Oil of Morocco. This also helps with frizziness and restoring damaged and brittle hair. The saying “a little goes a long way” couldn’t be any truer. If you put too much in your hair, you’ll get that oily and super heavy feeling.

Step 5

Lastly, I use the OGX Curling Perfection Defining Cream. Side note: This cream was available in every store at one point and then I saw it slowly disappearing. The only place I know that stocks up is Wal-Mart. When I see 1, I buy all (como una lambona). Ok, back to business -don’t be shy here. I like to part my hair in 4 and smooth the cream into each part. Once I feel a good amount in there, I scrunch the hair to create volume. Repeat until every part is complete. You can then either let it air dry or diffuse.

You’re all done and ready to conquer the world! I hope you enjoyed my curly hair routine. Till’ next time curly queens.

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Can’t Commit?

Hello my curly queens. Today’s topic is whether you can or cannot commit to the BIG CHOP! You were probably reading this headline and asking why I’m focusing on commitment issues, but let’s be real – we have relationships with our hair. I want to be clear, I couldn’t commit, however, I continuously cut my ends to slowly get rid of some of that heat damaged hair y por fin (finally), the struggle ended up being rewarding. I’ve been seeing a lot of rave on curly cuts and I decided that it wasn’t my thing.

Why it wasn’t for me you say? Well here it goes: I’ve seen countless videos on YouTube where the stylist cuts the hair dry or curly, shaping their clients’ face. It looks amazing, but my fear is that I enjoy having blow dried hair once in a while. What if it didn’t look good straight as it did curly? This was of course haunting me. To calm my nerves, because clearly this caused a major issue in my life (que dramática, I know), I decided to cut my hair in a lot of layers with “long bangs”. This layered look resulted in that curly, all around the face look. I was more than satisfied. I may even go a little wild next time and shorten my bangs further. At the end of the day, getting the perfect hair requires a little trial and error.

 

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The Beauty of Curls

The beauty of curls is that every individual is going to have a different journey. That took years for me to understand. As a Dominican American female, I was always told to straighten my hair, rather than walking around with the hair and curls I was blessed with. God forbid I walked around con un pajón. I never blamed my family because I always believed they were just assimilating to the American culture and societal trends. They were not aware of the harm it did to my identity and overall curl pattern. Side note: I don’t blame you mom and tias! I know many of you have been where I was, and trust me it’s not the end. Fast forward 10-15 years, and here I was with heat damage, looking mighty confused. The top of my head curled, while my ends were straighter than I could have ever imagined. I came pretty close to going Amber Rose – just kidding!

Don’t get me wrong. I love a good blow dry, however, ensuring my curls were healthy and revived was a mission I was determined to complete. I can’t say I am 100% there, but I have definitely moved in the right direction with amazing results. Allow me to introduce my curl journey.