Thursday, June 27, 2013

Winners Round Up

The winners of the Intense Color Lipstick Collection are:

Hey Gurl Hey_xo
June 9, 2013 at 11:38 AM
Hey Ms. Chary-Jay! I'm not afraid to rock these bold colored lippies because they would fit my already urban-bold style & personality. I've always loved fashion to express myself since I was younger now as 19 & a college student I still do along with make-up. I'm known on  my campus for my different style (I'm prepared for the double takes and "WTH" stares) but I would love to go that extra mile to build more confidence to rock these beautiful lippies. Thank You.

Ednar Jacques
June 9, 2013 at 2:26 PM
I would love to win these lipsticks...due to the fact that I'm not like everyone else. I don't follow the norm to see whats in or what's not in...I'm just me..I love thinking outside of the box... And I feel that these lipsticks will help me in the process of thinking outside of the box...When I saw your youtube channel review on the lipsticks I was like I got to have those...And I adore every color on you...I can understand Why you like the lilac lipsticks..It goes so well w/ your skin tone...And I love the opportunity to win the lipsticks...Please Please Please choose me.

The winner of the Qhemet Biologics Aethiopika Hydrate and Twist Butter is: 

Monique Sloan
June 15, 2013 at 1:53 PM
I love the protective style you just did with Qhemet Biologics. You twisted up-do is the truth!!!!

Please send an email with your shipping information to! 
Thanks to all who entered!

Friday, June 14, 2013

What Kind of Hair is That?

I'll never forget. It was the summer of my sophomore year of college and I was working as a cashier at Meijer. While I was ringing a customer up, she said "your hair is so gorgeous." I politely smiled and said thank you as I continued to scan and bag her items.

"What kind if hair is that," she asked.
I put the can of Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup in a bag, looked up and gave her a puzzled look.
"I'm just wondering because it looks so real," she said while she examined my strands.
"Ummm, this is my real hair," I said while trying to return my attention to the rest of her items on the conveyor belt.
"Yep, really?"
"Well let me touch it then."

I'm not exactly sure what look I gave her in response to that craziness, but eventually I let her grab a chunk of my hair to prove to this woman that my thick, shortly below shoulder length hair, was in fact all mine and not because I had some receipt.

As she grabbed her groceries, she smiled and said "Well, it definitely is pretty. You're so lucky to have hair like that."

While that wasn't the first time someone asked me if my hair was real, it was the first time someone asked to touch it (the scalp specifically to check for tracks).  Now that I'm natural, I get asked if people can touch my hair more than questions of the authenticity of my kinky curls.

It wasn't until yesterday's post on Instagram that I was reminded of the incident that happened in college. Now I wasn't offended that this woman thought I used weave to bulk up or elongate my twists for the protective style, but it was quite funny to read the reactions of some of my followers.

But that made me wonder: do some of you get upset when people assume that your natural hair is fake? Also, does it make you more or less upset if or when someone asks to touch your hair? Let me know in the comments below!

Qhemet Biologics Giveaway

To watch this tutorial, click here.

If you've been following me on the 'Tube for awhile, you know a few products from Qhemet Biologics stay in my rotation no matter what the weather is! Now that is warmer up outside, I've pulled the Aethiopika Hydrate and Twist Butter out of my arsenal and used it for a few twist outs I've rocked a few weeks back. Why you might ask? Because its probably one of the best butters out there. No5 only is it moisturizing, but the definition it gives my twists and braids is insane!

To watch this tutorial, click here.
To watch this tutorial, click here.

To watch this tutorial, click here.

I also love the Moringa Tree Conditioning Ghee. It definitely sits high on the list of my all time staple leave ins. It has more than one way to use it, but I prefer to use it as my leave-in conditioner.

If you still are slacking on copping you some products from Qhemet Biologics, then you are luck-ay because Qhemet blessed me with an opportunity to bless you with a full size bottle of the Moringa Tree Conditioning Ghee and the Aethiopika Hydrate and Twist Butter! This combo is perfect for summer. You'll never have to worry about dry thirsty hair, eva! TRUST!

To enter this giveaway simply let me know which hairstyling tutorial I created using Qhemet Biologics made you want to try their products.

This giveaway will end Friday, June 21st. Good luck!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Original Moxie Giveaway Winners!

Round of applause to the following winners of the Original Moxie Minis!

May 30, 2013 at 9:54 PM
I have been wanting to try the Original Moxie products for sometime now, especially the Hair Bling. To date, I have not found a product that will give my hair shine (or sheen). I'm hoping the Bling does it for me! Please enter me int eh givewaway. I 've love to try this!

 May 31, 2013 at 10:04 AM
I would love to be a winner because I have heard a lot of good things about this product and what better way to try it by winning it in a giveaway, and of course i would love for my hair to look like yours!!!!!!!!!!

 May 31, 2013 at 2:05 PM
I love trying new products but these are expensive so I would love winning the minis to see if they work for me.

 May 31, 2013 at 8:19 PM
I would like to try these products to help me get through this transition. I'm 18 weeks post and the new growth is thick!

Please send an email with your shipping information to!

Thanks to all who entered! Look out for another giveaway to be posted Wednesday!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Milan Rowe Cosmetics Intense Color Lipstick Collection Giveaway!

L-R: Noire, Viva La Lilac, Phenomenon, Caribbean Queen and Alter Ego

It's time for another giveaway, ladies! This time it's for some bold color lipsticks from Milan Rowe Cosmetics! Two winners will receive the Intense Color Lipstick Collection which includes five shades: Noire, Viva La Lilac, Phenomenon, Caribbean Queen and Alter Ego.

  Here I am rocking these lipsticks with lip liners.

Viva La Lilac is my personal favorite! I usually wear it with MAC's Currant or Magenta lip liner to tone it down a bit. It resembles MAC's Viva Glam Nicki 2 lipstick.

To watch the tutorial for this makeup look, click here.

If you're bold enough to sport these lippies, enter the giveaway below by telling me why you're not afraid to rock these bold colors on your lips!

Here I am rocking these lipsticks with no lip liners.

The giveaway ends next Sunday, June 16th. Good luck!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Friends=Fro Guards

No matter if you rock a TWA, or have curls flowing down your back, we share a common problem. It doesn't matter where you are; talking and joking with friends or in an important meeting, this always seems to happen. 

Yesterday I went to the Grand Prix with Derek. His job was sponsoring one of the drivers so we got in free and was able to enjoy the private lounge area with free food and drinks. There I was, meeting a lot of his co-workers and even a few big wigs at his job. I thought I was looking cute: light makeup, colorful and fun, yet appropriate attire, with a beautiful and defined twist-out. I was a fine example of what a young man's girlfriend should look like at a company's function. 

I excused myself to go to the restroom before we hit the grandstands to look at the actual race. Once I got in there and took a look in the mirror: I was horrified at my reflection. There was all kinds of mess stuck in my amazing, fluffy twist-out! A speckle of pollen to the left, some  mysterious green strands of something ungodly at the crown, and few spots of little cotton balls to the right. As my fingers immediately dug into my Fro to retract all of the foreign objects out of it, I wondered why no one, including my boyfriend, didn't try to pick this mess out of hair or at least notify me of the situation. I mean, what the hell! I was looking like a feather duster just dumped all of its contents onto my hair with my permission. No sir, that's not right!

I tried to understand why no one tried to get this mess out of all of my glory and I had a good theory: there's this unwritten rule that says if you touch a Black woman's hair you'll get dealt with (although I'm an exception to this rule), so maybe that's why people were reluctant to put their hands near my mane. But that still doesn't mean they couldn't speak to me about it. Even if they'd made a hand gesture to clue what was going on above me would've sufficed. Not saying anything is just cruel. 

That's why I feel as though if you are going to call yourself a friend of mine, it is your automatic duty to notify me at any given time (immediately would be best), if I have anything at all in my hair. After all, if I'm your true friend, you wouldn't allow me to look like a mess next to you because that would reflect negatively on yourself. Right? 
From now on I'm calling my friends my Fro guards. Just like a body guard protects you from harms way, your Fro guards must protect your hair from getting something entangled in its curls. Make sense right?

Tell me what you think! Have you notice you got crap stuck in your hair after hanging with your friends for awhile? Go off in the comments below!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Results: Chunky Twist-Out

Blush: Milani Baked Blush in Fantastico Mauve
Lippie: Currant Lip Liner by MAC & Viva La Lilac Lipstick by Milan Rowe Cosmetics

Peep the video to see the before and what I used: