Make-up for Dumb Dumbs

I am not a beauty junkie. Make-up application is not my strongest skill. I do have a serious looking make-up case from Holt Renfrew, a gift I requested from my mother a few years ago. Right now, it’s full of crusty old products and 3 identical shades of silver nail polish. Once again, my make-up shortcomings are a product of the abject laziness I described in my last hair care post. I don’t really care for make-up shopping. I don’t like trying on products at the drugstore (because eww!). I get overwhelmed after about 2 minutes in Sephora, and slink out empty-handed every damn time. The make-up counters at department stores are a bit better, but I hate being sold things and would rather go about my business shopping without the help of an employee. As a result, I buy nothing.

So what is a girl to do when she wants to step up her make-up game? Internet!
I hit the beauty blogs on a quest for product recommendations and stumbled on the whole Beauty Product Subscription industry. Now you are speaking my language. Beauty products delivered to my house for a low monthly fee? Sign me up!

I signed up for 3 monthly services (Glymm, Ipsy, Glossybox); and one quarterly service (LuxeBox). I’m also on the waiting list for TopBox. Why so many you ask? I thought it might be interesting to review them for my blog. I have brown skin (if you didn’t notice) and I want to see how well the products are suited to darker complexions (and black hair!). I figure, I’m a good guinea pig. I have average skills in make-up application and no brand loyalty. There is only one product I am devoted to, Armani Face Fabric.  That stuff is magical.

Since I only applied for most of the boxes this week, I am not sure if I will be getting November boxes from all the companies. You will be happy to know that I did receive one box today. I’m unpacking it for review tonight! I’ll be sharing shortly.

 

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White Mom + Black Hair

I love my natural hair. It’s really lovely if I do say so myself.  I am not the type of girl who likes to spend hours getting ready for anything. That is because I am lazy. This presents a problem for me because my natural hair requires serious upkeep just to keep it from becoming a tangled mess. Combing my hair is the grooming activity I hate more than anything. It’s the worst, up there with dental visits.

A little back story here. My mom is an amazing, wonderful, beautiful human being. She moved to Zambia with my dad when she was only 18 years old and was promptly blessed with a chubby bundle of Jasmine. Everything was fine for the first couple of years, but then my hair exploded. Hair combing became an epic battle.We are talking about the type of nuclear meltdowns only 3 year olds can produce. I would only allow her to comb it when I was in the bathtub, because it was less painful when wet. It was easier for everyone if my hair was cut short, so I wore a little fro until I was old enough to have an opinion about my hair.

Mom and me in 1979

Despite her amazingness, my mom wasn’t equipped to teach me how to manage my hair. These days, you can find whole websites on the topic. I was a child in the 80’s, in Canada! You could barely find a black salon in my town. Subsequently, I grew up to be a black female with zero hair skills.

It’s one of my personal goals, to improve the health and appearance of my natural hair. This requires discipline and routine. Keeping my hair tangle free is the biggest challenge I face. Recently I discovered the magic of two-strand twists. If you want to see how that is done, I recommend this tutorial by Alicia James.  The two-strand strand twists give me a new look with very little commitment other than time. It does take hours, but I do it while watching movies.

My Two-strand Twists

After I’ve worn the twists for a few days, I take them out and my hair looks awesome! It also tangles less, so that is a mega bonus. Behold my magnificent twist-out! Isn’t it fabulous?

Magical twist out.

Now, the one thing I’m missing from my routine is product. My hair is parched. It is thirsty. It could really go for a big gulp right now. So, imagine my delight when I learned that a friend of mine had started her own hair care line!  I’m all for supporting local business and Sheena’s  products are made in Canada. Sheena was kind enough to send me a sample of her leave-in conditioner, it’s called Nourish.

  I’ll be conducting my product review next week. In the meantime, you can check out Sheena’s youtube channel.