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Friends of Foes Part III

Alright, Pastor Bola, I hear you, I’m in the middle of cooking and if you’re interested in dinner, you’re welcome to join us. Bola was slightly surprised with Tara’s invitation and she decided to continue to appeal to her softer side. I miss my sister Tara, I miss all your troublesome self, my weekend date, my security guard, my ……ok! ok! ok! Tara interrupted. Kai! I miss you too but trust me, the next time you call my parents, you will be missed by many! Bola quickly jumps on Tara’s back like a kid would jump on a brand new toy, oh my God thanks sis. So what are you cooking? Get off my back, Tara playfully snaps back, its spaghetti, your favorite. You probably smelled it from your house and came for it, not for me. Bola giggled and went straight the boiling pot of food. She practically took over the cooking, which left Tara stranded in their kitchen. Continue reading “Friends of Foes Part III”

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Friends of Foes Part II

In Jesus name I worship. As Bola rounded up her prayers, she heard carried her handbag and was headed to her Job interview. As she drove, her entire mind was preoccupied with Tara. Why is she not returning my calls, hope everything is ok with this girl.
Since both ladies graduated from college, Bola has been applying to numerous accounting jobs but is yet to secure a career. She refuses to feed herself from paycheck to paycheck and will not give up till her dream job lands on her feet before she clocks twenty-eight. Tara is already an intern for her mother while she takes part-time classes to get ready for her DAT exam, the dreaded entry exam everyone hopes and prays to pass on the first attempt. Although both ladies have been busy with trying to make future preparation, considering they were not getting younger, the dent in their relationship from college is yet to be address.

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Clariwhaaaaat!

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Courtesy: http://www1.macys.com/

So a couple of years back, I spotted the Clarisonic at Ulta but my attraction was short-lived by its price. I decided to cajole the bae who instantly said NO!, well not completely. Who can blame the poor guy, considering my love hate relationship and impulse spending on beauty/skin products, normally based on public recommendation. Fast forward to Valentine’s day after all the roses, chocolate and cards, the Mia 2 package came in the mail. The excitement could not be contained. Like a hungry Lion, I tore apart the papers….lo and behold was this beautifully crafted gadget staring me in the eye. I understand there are different packages, with different prices. This particular one comes with a foaming cleanser, extra brush head, magnetic charger, cover case and brush cover.

It came charged so I put a dollop of the cleanser on my face, which smells heavenly by the way, and let the machine do its work. After 2 mins of massage on my t-zone, cheeks and jaw area, my face began pulsating. I am pretty satisfied with the first use but it’s not enough to give a 5-star ratings. With that been said, jury will continue to be out for this one for the next week or more. By this time, the excitement and eagerness that could hinder my opinion should have subsided.

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Dhair-Boutique Hair Review

I’m actually not new to this hair company. I have purchased twice from dhairboutique and at no point, even up to this minute, are the staffs of the company aware that their product will be reviewed on this blog. Therefore, this review is my complete honest opinion, why wouldn’t it be, I call a spade a spade.

WHAT/WHY: This hair was purchased the first time out of impulse. Another motivating factor was because you-tubers such as @tiarramonet, @prettygyrlangie, @mrsdivalike and @thomasadrianna1 came together with all their hair on POINT!. I believe they wanted to promote @dhairboutique new raw hair line or something of that nature, not exactly sure, but I mean, I was ready to have them beheaded and snatch their weaves hunty!!!. Ok that was a little too much but I fell in lurveee with the texture and bounciness of the hair.

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CONCERNS/RESEARCH: At the time of purchase, there were not much reviews on YouTube or black media forum, so it was purchased with my fingers tightly crossed with loads of prayers that I get a “good batch”. You guys know how there’s this notion that YouTube reviewers get a “good batch” while the normal customers (masses) get a “bad batch”. Luckily the hair arrived according to my expectation.

For my very first order, I went for the Filipino straight in lengths of 14/6″, 16/18″, 2 bundles of 18/20″ and a matching closure. The owner claimed that its is 14″ when curled and 16″ when completely straightened out. Really it just felt like something between 15-16″ to me but that’s not a problem since my desired look was achieved after been sewn into a wig. The second order included one more filipino bundle (22/24″) to achieve additional volume to my wig as a personal preference, but trust me 4 will work out just fine. I also got the “raw indian curly wavy” 2(18/20″), 2(22/24″)= 4 bundles and a closure.

IMG_20140403_131754First time order…These two pix were the first order of the Filipino Straight. The shorter bundles were thicker and has more body to it but the longer ones were thinner and more likely less than 2oz 

My second purchase also came with the same disappointment. I understand that the longer the length the thinner it gets, but i doubt this bundle of hair was up to 2 oz, although her website claimed each bundle is from 3.5 to 3.2 oz, hian! not the bundle I received. I held the 22/24″ from one arm length to the other and the other end of the hair could barely reach my other hand. I am totally displeased and annoyed, considering the price charged for the amount of hair density received….totally unfair to their customers, especially the loyal ones lol but the hair game is serious these days. Celebs and youtubers who dont pay probably get more than we do but whatever

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IMG_7543IMG_7545 IMG_7514 IMG_7509 IMG_7515                                   This is all the 2nd order.                                                                              The pix below is solely going to focus on the Indian Wavy/Curly. IMG_7532

These are two bundles of hair wrapped together & the pix below goes show how two bundles of hair look like 1.IMG_7533IMG_7534IMG_7527        Yerp!!! 4 bundles looking like 2IMG_7539                               Here is the additional filipino that came with the second order. The luster on this hair finds the perfect balance between a shiny, silky and dull luster 

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This is all you get for a 22/24″ hair, definitely less than 3oz, much less of the 3.2 to 3.5 claimed on the website

CONS: Alright, the shipping took way too long, that at a point that I had to cancel my order. The owner did have some well-mannered customer service, which made me repurchase the hair. The second time, the same thing happened. There was no status update, no tracking number but with my pleasurable experience with my first order, I decided to exercise some patient and let the hair arrive at God’s own time lol.

Ladies and gentlemen, this hair is not cheap! Their price starts at $120/bundle. The first time I went to the website and saw those figure, omo men, I borrow leg run (I couldn’t have exited that website any faster).

My first thought was hmm, this hair is incredibly too thin for the price, especially the longer lengths. I was stuck between the idea of returning it or getting more bundles. I was a little dissatisfied and annoyed. To be perfectly honest, if you’re buying any length longer than the “16/18” inches, just be prepared to purchase at least 4 bundles. Three bundles will look really stringy unless you plan to leave much of your hair out like the vixen sew in styles.

PROS: Believe me when I tell you guys, I have 99 problems in life but tangling was not close to them, not with this hair at all. This hair was dyed jet black and sewn into a wig so it can be taken out at my convenience. I worked full-time 9 to 5 and then go to school, the next thing was to yank it and threw it anyway it chose to fly to and the next morning it was back on my head. This vicious cycle persisted for about about 4 months before I switched to my sheena hair Emporium. I am yet to condition and treat this hair but it’s still mileage is as good as new hahaha.

The silkiness and softness of this hair is beyond me. I have seen worse hair that comes very brassy with run off strands. The slay-o-meter of this hair really puts other hair out of this kitchen and I can confidently say that this hair is one of the best in the game. The weft of the hair is sewn so tight that air cannot pass throughIMG_7528 IMG_7529

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This review placed so much emphasis on the amount of hair/bundle, which i believe contributed to the thinness of each bundle, not that each strand was think. However, when I started to sew my wig, I did notice that the hair has a lot of body to it, especially when a curl is put in and brushed or tousled out

Excess or aggressive combing/brushing will make this hair shed and considering the way I treated this hair, it should have more shed than it.I got this much shedding from running my hands through when the package first came in. Very impressive because it was not that much shedding.

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The luster and texture of this hair is amaze-balls! This hair obeys all the rules and regulations of a curling wand, irons and flexirods. Ohemmgee! the curls can last for weeks and I kid you not. Once its, especially tightly curled, just go get a flat-iron that can heat up to the same degrees in hell to get it completely bone straight. That’s not a problem for me though as I love me some tousled curls.

Volume can be achieved by curling your hair in opposing directions, when you curl rolling the iron to the right, the next curl should be to the left so the curls face each other instead of creating uniformed look and finger detangling will help achieve a certain degree puffiness!

RECOMMENDATION: I recommend this hair ONLY if you can absolutely afford it! I never pay full price for this hair because I signed up for their sales alerts! Although their sale prices are still steep, in my opinion, It’s better than other fly by the night hair that needs sheds like a dog and matte up in the nape of the neck.

This hair is very luxurious and I choose its reserved for occasions considered special to me lol. However, I have resumed it and worn it back to back for the past 4 months with much compliments from even the bae who seems to be tired of my constant addiction to weaves.

OVERALL/RATING:To be very clear, the strands of the hair itself is not thin! the amount of hair your receive per bundle is not much, which makes the hair bundle thin! So it’s a case of quality over quantity. I can’t tell if the hair is worth the splurge or no. I personally find it ridiculously annoying when statements such as “oh my good this hair is expensive but totally worth it” ooze out of people’s mouth. On top wetin! No hair/weave is worth braking your wallet for. Remember most of these hair are purchased for a chunk of change and they pump up the retail prices like there’s no tomorrow.

Bottom Line, it gets a 8 out of 10 from me. The price of this hair is way too much for the amount provided and that’s my only problem.

If you guys have any questions, concerns or doubt about this hair or hopefully some hair you have in mind to purchase, please drop a comment below or email me and I can help do some underground detective work lol. Enjoy your days/nights you guys.

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Beauty Redifined

We were all taking a lunch break in the conference room and three of my colleagues, one Nigerian male and female, and one African-American female, got together, strategizing on how to climb higher on the success ladder. Continue reading “Beauty Redifined”

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In the life of a Beauty Hauler

One of the numerous problems of a beauty addict is that sometimes, we buy products we don’t need out of impulse or under the influence of overly hyped items that float around, or even buy a duplicate product since you can’t keep track of what you have or do not already have. I am also guilty of these and consequentially, run out of space to keep them or sometimes stack them in places that are hard to reach or see so eventually they end up as ornaments and your money is not put to use. It is so easy to keep buying lipsticks or eyeshadows of the same color pay off when applied to the skin. After all, they look different in the packaged containers or because they are on sale and to top it off, your favorite YouTuber just gave u the go-ahead to purchase it and it is worth the splurge.

Here is my take. Considering that I watch a lot of beauty and hair review videos (which will elaborated upon in subsequent blog posts) i’m at a high risk for impulse spending, especially on vanity item. Fortunately, I have control over my spending habits (if to say as person dey watch YouTube na him money dey waka commot pocket, na bridge i for dey count). My first tip to my non-makeup artist, beauty savvy, make up lovers and income earning is this. Build yourself a savings plan! I’m not an accountant or auditor but you have to be responsible and apply common sense to your what you spend on vanity products. I need to emphasize that most of these Youtuber’s, if permitted to use that term, have pro discounts at high-end stores, get discounted items at makeup shows, or sometimes get sent free products, primarily for reviews. One way to save, taking baby steps, is following a 52 week money challenge, which is detailed in the picture.

Featured image Sometimes, I walk into M.A.C or Sephora with the intention of buying one lipstick or brush, and i come out with half of the store. Now, I understand that the staff there encourage you to buy this and that and you can’t blame them for doing their job, but you have to learn to say NO, I’ll come back for it or I already have it, period!!!! Beauties, please don’t let temptations knock your wallet into the ground, it’s easier to spend than save. Always keep in mind that these are vanity product, bottom list in basic human needs should not cost your arm and leg. My recommendation is that you list what you already, I used excel to organize what I already have, what I need to get before it runs out and highlight what you don’t already have, to prevent duplicate purchase and discipline yourself by sticking to that plan.

Organize your beauty stash. My bathroom is very small and self-contained but i made it work to my advantage. Get yourself some shelves, TRANSPARENT containers from the dollar store, Target, Walmart, beauty supply store, the container store, Muji etc. Transparent so you can actually see your beauty products and put them to use instead of sitting there, why then was it purchased? Here is a picture of how I’m able to organize my bathroom to promote conveniency of use.

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If you guys have any suggestions, opinions or concerns, feel free to spill it out so we can all learn on ways to cut back and spend wisely on beauty products. Enjoy Beauties and have a wonderful saving spree lol!

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Hair Review!!! Sheenas Hair Emporium

There comes a time when we all fall into “Virgin” hair temptations and it does not help that everyone is popping a hair sales all over Instagram and other social media outlets. All seems enticing but the most reliable way you can tell the best is when you get a hold of the hair yourself. There’s only so much YouTube can do for you. However, folks on Blackhair Media forum and lipstick alley are there to help you narrow your options down with brutally honest reviews so you know who to avoid and why. Continue reading “Hair Review!!! Sheenas Hair Emporium”