New Generation Matte

 

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Get that Matte Finish

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My skin type is pretty oily, so I try my best to stay away from any products that will result in me looking like a grease monkey by the end of the day. Right now, I am totally hooked on Makeup Forevers foundation, New Generation Matte. 

This is a full coverage foundation, leaves my skin flawless. What I really love about this product is if I am in a rush, I can put on foundation only, and still look like I am rocking a natural face. 

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Bounce Back with Aussie

This is a sponsored post by Aussie Summer Curls Rescue. All opinions are 100% my own. Click on links to the product.

What I love 

Okay.. Aussie sent me a huge box of their curly hair collection and I was pretty surprised. Most of their products were pretty good and fairly cheap (all under $10). Highlighting the products that completely surprised me, however, you should still check out what Aussie has to offer.

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 Leave-In Detangling Milk: If you want a great Wash-in-Go, try their leave in. This was actually one of the first things I ran out of first. Sidenote... I dont believe in the whole dime-sized amount, haha. The bottle is a pretty decent size and it smells great.   

 3 Minute Deep Conditioner: Usually, when I use a product that is meant for deep conditioning, I'm used to detangling my hair up and throwing a shower cap on for about 30 mins. Am I the only one? So, I was a little skeptical of this 3-minute process. TBH it does work in the 3 minutes. The deep conditioner has an amazing slip and leaves my hair soft and shiny. I am guilty of leaving it in for longer than 3 minutes even though, I know it works. 

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For the most part, all shampoos and conditions work pretty much the same in my hair Aussie's still left my curls in the best shape/ form. However, it was only one product that I could not get down with (in my 2000's voice).

Curl Pudding: I will say ALL hair is different. Something that may work for me, might not be the best for you. My experience with the curl Pudding left my hair crunchy. Plus I wasn't Crazy for the scent. 


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Thank you for reading, again this is a sponsored post brought to you by Aussie Summer Curls Rescue. Please remember to share, we are growing! Like/comment if you'd like me to review a specific product for you. 

 


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One of my Better Twist-Outs

As seen  at the footer of my page, I only create content for products that I genuinely like or that I think are worth a shot. I say that to say Beija Flor Naturals is amazing "whew chile I'm in love" with my results, haha. The only other product that I have had similar results are "Curls Blueberry Bliss Twist and Shout". Buttt we aren't talking about them right now we're talking about Beija Flor Naturals, who gave me a crown of shiny bouncy voluminous curls. Am I exaggerating? (insert thinking emoji here) Well, you are the judge of that watch below. 

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I Didn't Mean to Buy All This !

My name is Kyrsten and I am addicted to shopping... and the crowd goes "heyyy Kyrsten!". I went to Bath & Body Works to buy about four things that I saw online the night before. Let me tell yall, I had a blast in that store. I was probably the only customer in there at the time. So, everywhere I walked an employee would ask "Do you need help" or "I see you like fruity fragrances, you should get this". Let's just say that their customer service was A1.  So I put together a little haul for you guys, push play! 



As of today, the sale is still going on. I will link a few of the products that are seen in the haul. Hope you enjoy! Let me know if you'd like to see more video/blog post in the comment section below.

That Summer Glow

Recently, I have searched for a body shimmer that was similar to the Rihanna body glow I knew that I didn't want to spend over $60 for a body shimmer right now. So I searched Instagram to try out some new products. Look at the gems!

 

Want that summer glow? Try out either of the two body shimmers. Both Under $40
 
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Shipping Details:

G.IRL ships every tuesday, very fast shipping great communication !

Celestial Beauty took a minute to ship. However, communication was amazing. I was told that they hand make all of their products so that's the reaason why it took a minute to get to me. When I say a minute. hmm .. a little over a week so still not bad !

 

 

 

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What's Your Signature Scent

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My weeks are pretty hectic. If I'm not in class I'm getting ready for work, especially since the semester has started to pick up and it's almost the busy season for us leasing consultants. I usually don't pay a lot of attention to what I wear to work or class anymore unless I have a meeting or I'm catching up with a friend after class, or heading to Brewers Cafè after my day is finished (i can't be a bum everywhere I go). 

One thing I do take seriously is my personal hygiene. Although throughout the week I may dress "bummy" the number one factor of when I leave the house is how I smell. I have to smell nice before leaving. Even after a shower, or after I put lotion on, I have to put some kind of perfume on. I don’t have a signature scent or a favorite perfume. Usually, before I leave I just pick up the first bottle I see.  I give myself three sprays and run out the door.

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A few days ago I received a package from Gem Scents. She sent me three of her fragrances of hers: Urban Jewel, Cocos Sol, and Signature. In the package, I also received a few crystals. I don’t really know much about crystals, but I was so happy to have received them too, maybe I’ll have to do a little research.

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Urban Jewel has an earthly fresh scent. I wore this scent first. To me, certain scents are worn for certain occasions. I would wear Urban Jewel on a "chill day". This is a scent that you want if you want to smell good without being overbearing.  

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Cocos Sol was actually my favorite scent. I try to keep perfume in my bag when I'm on the go and I think Cocos Sol will be my go-to for a while. It has a tropical scent. If you like the smell of coconut, you would like Cocos Sol!

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Signature, I couldn't figure out what Signature smelled like, but I knew I liked it. I wore it to work this past Sunday and I had a few residents ask me what I was wearing, so I knew it wasn't just me. I wanted to look up what nodes were highlighted in Signature. As stated on Gem Scents Aromatics website, Signature has nodes of "vanilla wood musk, amber, and sandalwood". I would have never guessed, but after reading her description I had an 'aha' moment. 

If you want to find out more about Spirit Corley Gem Scents Aromatics, head over to her website https://gemscents.comSince this isn't a perfume, but a body oil, it will prevent skin from drying. Gem Scents Aromatics are long lasting after apply to arms and neck I didn't have to reapply throughout the day.By the way, this is also a black-owned business.

 

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Must have Products for 3C Hair

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I don't know about you, but I love when I find products that actually work for my hair. I try to explore and try new things but natural hair products are not cheap. Sometimes, I walk down the shampoo isle and I see non-ethic hair care products on sale for $3-$5 then I think about how if I get a relaxer than I will be able to pay $3 for shampoo. That thought only lasted for a couple seconds though.

I want to give a shout out to the products above, they give me so much life. The Curls BlueBerriy Bliss....OMG! You have to try it, it smells just like blueberries. I have the curling paste and the leave-in conditioner. I actually found this line on Calicurls instagram page, she is major hair GOALS. 

Okay, I know Eco Styling Gel is everyone's go-to. It's mine also. It's like the holy grail. That's why I didn't list it. We know how great it is but have you tried Ms. Jessie's Soft Curls?? I have never used a gel that didn't make my hair crunchy. It smells really good, kind of like baby powder. Maybe it will smell different to you but I've always thought it smelled like some type of baby product.

L.O.C Method or Leave in, Oil, and Cream Method is used to seal the moisture in the hair. Most of the time I buy organic Coconut Oil from the grocery store. I like to switch out my oils from time to time. I brought 4 tubes of oil, Argon and olive oil. The cost was fairly low... about .97 cent a tube. The only thing I don't like about the tube is that they leak if you leave them on their side without the top on them. However, that wouldn't stop me from buying them. Plus they're less than a dollar you can't beat that. 

Well here are my latest obsessions... What are yours? 

 

February Favorites

February has come to an end and I would like to shine a little light on my favorite items. Most of the products that are listed below I got for my birthday. Even though that was in the middle of the month, they were still able to make it to the top of the list. If you are interested in any of these products, I have attached the Amazon pictures & links to each item.

 

I've been using the Gratiae Organic Beauty By Nature Exfoliating Body Scrub for the majority of this month. I havent ran out yet so, this exfoliating srub will defiently last me through the next month. I have the Apple scent, but to me it doesn't really smell like apples. It smells really good, like a fresh floral smell without being too overwhelming. 

 

A friend of mine brought me an adult coloring book called Patterns for Peace. It is a Christian based coloring book, inclluding short versus and small devotionals on each page. I wasnt able to find the exact book on Amazon but I did find something similar.

 

The Premier Dead Sea Luxury Moisture Cream for Multi-Use corelated with the Gratiae Organic Beauty Body Scrub. The lotion has sea salt mineral that softens the skin. I mainly used this for my hands throughout out the day. I did not leave my hands feeling sticky or oily. It also Contains aloe vera, jojoba oil, and essential oils to name a few componets. 

 

Mud Soap Mineral by Premier: I was secpital when I used this for the first time since I tend to use African Black Soap. I have not tried this soap on my face since I am not a fan of fragent soaps on my face. However, the scent of this bar was fresh. It did not have a floral or fruity smell. Since most of the products that I have listed already has some kind of mineral component to it, they all work together to create a smooth and moisturized you. 

 

The Business Boutique by Ramsey Press, helps you figure out what your talents are while creating a step-by-step plan in growth strategies. This is probably my favorite self help book. After each chapter it has exercises to complete, like whats your vision, mission satement and goals. I would highly recoomend this book to anyone who has the slightest thought about going into business. 

 

Which Mask is Better?

Back in December, I received two different facial masks for Christmas. I've been eyeing both of them for a while, but it always takes me a minute to actually buy stuff I really want, which is weird. I want to give you guys a review of what I thought of the Dead Sea Mud Mask and the Shea Moisture Clarifying Mud Mask. When I got them I thought I had to of the same items and that they both do the same thing, but I was wrong.

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I didn't have to put a lot on my face to get full coverage. Plus it didn't take long to dry. When it dried, it didn't give my skin that hard, crunchy feeling I  dislike. It kind of hurts once it gets too hard. After I washed all the product off, my skin felt really smooth. Do you know that feeling when you just washed your hands with the sea salt "soap"? Well yeah, that feeling. Like all the dead skin on your face has been removed. Hence the name of the product. 

Shea Moisture Clarifying Mud Mask

I don't know if I am spoiled by the Dead Sea Mask but the Shea Moisture just did not work for me. I had to put on so many coats of the product. Plus, the time it took to dry felt like forever. I have pretty oily skin and when I took it off it made my face feel like I was drowning. I'm pretty sure the product was made to have some type of moisturizing support. I guess this just wasn't for me. To be honest, I would still use the product if this was the last face mask in the house.

If you click on either one of the pictures it will lead you to the item on Amazon. The Shea Moisture Clarifying Mud Mask wasn't all that bad, it just wasn't for me. If you are really interested in trying out one of these masks, I would definitely recommend the Dead Sea Mud Mask. 

Know your Porosity Level

What is Porosity? 

Your hairs' ability to absorb and retain moisture

During the winter months, the cold air can be harsh on natural hair. Especially while wearing scarves and knitted hats. Clothes create unwanted friction and pulling at the ends, which is causes hair to dry or create split ends. My hair tends to be drier in the winter months, and I never understood why I needed to moisturize my hair so frequently. It wasn't until I researched about porosity levels that I found out I have low porosity levels, and it's harder for my hair to soak up and keep in moisture. It is safe for me to keep doing protective styles to hold all the moisture.

Low: Hair does not easily allow moisture in or out.

Medium: Allows moisture in for a decent amount of time.

High: Hair that stays wet for a long period of time due to damage.

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Winters Tips 

  • Invest in a silk beanie to avoid frizzy hair while wearing hats this winter. Its similar to the bonnets or silk scarves that you may wear at night, but the hat has a silk lining on the inside.
  • Deep condition like your life depends on it. 
  • Avoid too many Wash-n-Go's
  • Moisturize and pineapple your hair before bed if it's not in a protective style
  • Invest in silk pillowcases

 

 
 

Loving the Curls

Texture discrimination is giving an unjust treatment towards women with a tight curl pattern.Since Team Natural isn't just a hashtag anymore and hardly anyone is getting relaxers anymore, there is a lot of talk about “good hair” and “bad hair”. Let’s just say you have two women wearing the same hairstyle… let's go with a wash n go. Same style different texture, 4c, and 3b. In most cases, the women with the 3b hair pattern will be uplifted while the 4c women wouldn’t get the same treatment. I can only speak from what I’VE SEEN.
    

When I first went natural my hair texture was so different from what is now. It was a lot tighter and I honestly didn't know what I was doing. I would straighten it, causing all types of heat damage. Til one day I thought maybe my natural hair isn't so bad. I wore it out in an up-down little do and my friend wore hers’ in the same style(who is biracial). A guy in my class looked at me and said why are you trying to be like her. I was appalled because I wasn’t. I thought I was trying to embrace my hair, my curls, and myself.
  

 There is no such thing as a bad hair texture only bad hair when it isn’t properly taken care of. We have stopped embracing the European standard of beauty, but have found another way to divide each other. Nothing is wrong with using weave, braids, or wigs as a protective style, but you shouldn’t be used to shield you from your own beauty.
   

 Over the years I have learned to love my natural hair, yes my pattern has become looser and a lot more manageable, but that wasn't the reason why I shifted my mindset. There is a guy at my job that told me that he’s glad that his children do not have hair like me. In the past, I would have sunken down in my shell. I just came to the realization this is me and who gives a shit what anyone else thinks. 

I am not my hair

I am not this skin

I am not your expectations 

I am not my hair

I am not this skin

I am a soul that lives within         

                                                                          - India.Arie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trials and Errors of having Natural Hair

 I’ve been natural for since 10th grade, honestly, I didn’t even know what “going natural” meant. I know now that it’s time consuming, annoying, and expensive. However, it has been one of my better decisions. I have made so many mistakes with my hair. At one point I was washing it like every day. Just to see my curls. I didn’t know how to do the wash n go with the eco just yet. So, of course, I dried my hair out and my ends were awful.  The time and patience it takes to do a style the night before and praying that it dries before you have to leave out the door, that’s when it gets real. All in all being natural has taught me to love the hair that grows out of my head. Because not everyone is going to love your hair like you love your hair. It teaches you patience because going natural and being natural is a commitment. Yours committing to somewhat pricey hair products not to mention trying new products. 

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The Beauty of Waking up Early

I know I’ve briefly mentioned the benefits of getting up early in one of my other blog posts, but I wanted to make a post that’s just dedicated to getting your day started early. Especially before the New Years.

 

Morning or Night

  Knowing when your most productive is key to choosing your wake up time. I say that because the time that I am most productive is in the morning 9am-12pm. So I wake up around 5:30/6am. After that I’m pretty much doing everything I can not to do the work.

  

Choose a Practical Time

This is important because you don’t want to train your body getting up and unrealistic timeframe and then going to bed very late, you’re going to be worn out so knowing when your most productive will help you choose this time frame.

 

The Night Before

Do you remember in middle/high school during the first week of school, we’d have all our clothes picked out for the first week. You know to look nice as possible, but after two weeks we stop doing that. Get back into the habit of getting everything together that night. It will save at least 15 minutes of your morning time routine.I have a small tip for sleeping soundly at night. Invest in an alarm clock and use that in the morning instead of your cell phone this will prevent you from scrolling down Instagram for another hour.

 

The Morning

After you’ve gotten yourself ready, create a success list. These are your short term goals today. You don’t have to add every little assignment on it. Just make yourself aware that you have a plan for today.

Ex.  Get Gas

        Go to the library

        Contact Advisor

        Make dinner

 

 

Comment below some of your tip that you use to get up early.