Monday, September 22, 2014

Human Hair Extensions: Holy “Moldy”, what’s that Smell?

Have you ever received your extensions bundles and thought the smell of the hair was absolutely amazing? I know I have! In my random mind I’d think, “Wow, this donor must’ve been on the fruit and flower petal diet!” I have also gotten some pretty stale, moldy, and rank smelling extensions and thought, “Geeze this hair smells like it was fished out of the garbage disposal! YUCK!!” Here are some things you may not know: Most hair companies are diligent about washing the hair bundles before they send it out to you. A hair company with good quality control understands that presentation of a quality product will take you half the way on the road to loyal customers.


 A lot of hair companies ensure to wash hair they receive from vendors to bring out the very best in the hair. I’ve seen donated hair that has yet to be given TLC by talented hands and the hair doesn’t look like anything I’d buy or want in my house for fear of something crawling out of it. There are other bundles I’ve seen that makes me raise an eyebrow and wonder did I receive hair or a complementary supply of Ramen Noodles. In these instances, I have seen these same bundles deep conditioned, washed, and cared for to the point of complete transformation. If you happen to get hair that looks like noodles or doesn’t look it best, before you count it out, deep condition and wash your unit to see if it does indeed transform.

  A good practice is to always wash any hair you receive from a company for sanity and inspection reasons. You can keep your bundles together and wash them with the correct products to bring out the beauty, shine, and quality in your hair. The washing practice will also let you know right away if your hair will tangle, shed, or react in an improper manner. If it does, you have a great chance of either getting exchange bundles or a refund. If your hair has already been washed by the company; it will look amazing, smell amazing, and have their own signature packaging style to accompany it for a nice touch. These are the companies that you often tend to be loyal customers to over other companies because they understand that something as little as deep conditioning the hair before sending it out to the customer will make the supreme difference.

Remember when I mentioned foul or moldy smelling hair? Do you know the reason for that? Ironically, these companies wash the hair also, but they failed to dry the hair properly and completely before sending it out to you. I’ve gotten hair that was still semi damp and you can smell the SOUR starting to settle in. It’s exactly like forgetting you have a load of clothes in the washing machine for two days. In the words of Phaedra Parks, “Everybody knows” once you get to a certain sour or mold point in clothes or hair, there is no amount of washing that will completely remove the scent. If you ever get hair like that, you should not at all bother with it. Please contact the company immediately with calm and confidence, if you really want the hair, negotiate a partial refund for your inconvenience of getting hair presented in a subpar condition. If you want the hair that you paid for, be sure to let the company know you’d like a return label with signature confirmation and you will be glad to return the foul smelling bundles for better bundles.

 I encourage you to give any company a chance to correct your situation and show you what the customer service is truly like. Customer service is easy when you’re buying and everything is going well, but the true test is when you are unsatisfied and what the company does to bring your resolution. If you have read this complete article, first let me say kudos to your commitment to my randomness and understanding hair. As a sign off, here is a quick hit list that summarizes the article. Feel free to create a hair care scrapbook or journal, post it in your office or cubicle, or place it in a location for easy reference.

  Benefits of Washing/Deep Conditioning Human Hair Extensions or Wigs before Wear
• Sanitation and Hygiene – You never know what the hair journey was before it gets in your hands, give your hair a fresh bath before placing on your head.
• Discover and Avoid “nits” – Certain hair textures or just prone to nits that are often killed in processing hair. This can is usually more prevalent in virgin unprocessed hair. Everything has a pro and con right? Example: Usually hair will not be infested. You may see 1 or a few
• Absolute quality – a good wash and deep condition can bring out the maximum beauty, moisture and luster to your hair
• Quality Control – washing and deep conditioning process can offer you insight in the true quality of your hair and assist you in detecting defects early. If you are also curious what your hair will do in and out of the pool, rain, or beach water – Wash it. While you won’t get a 100% answer (because pools have chlorine and ocean water is rife with salt) you will get a good idea.
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Friday, October 19, 2012

Public Confessions - Lessons of an Empty Rambler



As you have seen in the recent video, I showcased the poem that you have been hearing in the intro.  Here are the words.







Public Confessions - Lessons of an empty Rambler


I was on a quest for titles,  drug my soul through shallow substance just to be dope
I wanted to be the poet who wrote the ish you wish you wrote
Woke up every morning at dawn and through my yawning asked have I arrived yet
While the powers that be laughed and said....NOPE

Couldn't undersand why when I had a pen in my hand it did WANDEROUS THINGS
Like a supernatural being I magically willed words to me
Wordplay was my play ground swing swag easy
I wrote monkey bars...bananas...Crazy
Yet even though this is the way the higher power made me
no one saw me and decided to make me famous
no one saw me and decided to make me wealthy

I waited for my ship to come in lookng past the arc
arrow in my bullseye stubborn and missing my mark
I was blinded by the world and deaf to the word
A judas chasing silver, a fool wanting gold
I almost sold my soul for a little bling bling, the lex coups the beamer and a benz
selling out and surrounded by friends, that were clearly enemies
but the biggest enemy was the me in me, see I was standing in my own way

My ammunition is intuition the higher power blessed me to rise above and feel the
things that most people miss
My lungs breath in the atmosphere and the storms of those around me
touched by a sinners soul and a heart of Gold, I can regurgitate and spit HEALING
Yet, I thought worldly things would heal me

So while I got on the mic thinking my outfit and words were right to get you open
I was coming to you broken
searching for your validation snapping clapping ready to call me the dopeness
when you came here hoping someone understood your position.

I realized I was the rogue one, abandoning her mission
skipping down a yellow brick road to hell paved with good intentions
I didn't seek out OZ...I wanted to be HIM.
A hero to marvel at Your OOOH and AHHS, I needed to hear em
so driven on gassing myself I couldn't hear HIM

All this time I was spitting when I should have been...delivering.
I'm an air sign...free and open and so my transparency in my testimony is potent
I walked through fire shrouded in my gift of grace with not a boil or blemish on my face
Because I was covered
I understand now that how we understand and connect with each other is without barriers and walls
I tried to rise and continued to fall because I didn't answer my call
My poetic powers lacked focus and until I tapped into the will of the higher power
it also lacked purpose

I endured abuse - domestic
I have been arrested
had my world taken
and restored again
so one night I tossed my pen
and wrote with the blood of my hands
no longer clenched in defiance
Now pass me the mic...because I am wounded and open
No longer an addict to the dopeness
don't care if you wished you wrote this
I understand that I was given talents to be a servant
It was never about me...
I was sent here for you
It took me to be crucified a thousand times to now be still
and contemplate what would Jesus do
I am one who has been burnt by the flames of my flagrance my arrogance
had the aroma of STANK
and I will admit that to you
No longer the self absorbed spitter
but a deliverer of my testimony to  you
Thank God for his plan and forgiveness
enlightened ...I can now shine - on You.

No longer the short sided snake eyed gambler
I've learned my lesson
a former empty rambler
I no longer hope for the dopeness
because my word is his will...filled with substance
Public confessions
Lessons of an empty rambler
Died to be live
but now resurrected
walking in his mercy, understanding my duty
to ensure that you and I remain connected
I confess
so fresh and so clean hot mess
wanting to be the best and didn't give my best
until I was refreshed by the water
and I aint felt this way in years
So if anything I say moves me to tears in the middle
throughout and towards the end
understand it's me understanding the gift within
It's not about me...it's about you
I am supposed to come to you uncovered and let my testimony shine through
Which is why I continued to be tested and failed until
I allowed HIM to work and pass through me
No longer a black jack of all trades gambler
no longer an empty rambler
I confess
I was blessed
to offer kind words and blessings to you
it was never about me
it was always about you
So I plant and sow seeds of me
cry over them freely
shine on them unselfishly
so you and me - can harvest
Healing


I confess
until I understood how I was blessed
I was a mess
an empty rambling addict for the dopeness
Wishing I couldve wrote this a long time ago
Ignorant to my calling but now I know
Before you hair grown back in strengh and wisdom
after being my on cancer
The call I have answered
HELLO




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Birthday Makeup Look: Creased To The Gawds!!

Of course there is no one that was going to turn it out and slay like Parrish. I loved this makeup look!
The video is below:

Now The Details!


Face Moisturizer:  Benefit Moisture Cream
Primer: Nars Oil Free Primer
Foundation:  Nars Cadiz
Foundation Set: Makeup Forever Duo Mat Powder in 214
Concealer: Amazing Cosmetics in Dark Tan
Set Concealer: Tarte Translucent 
Lashes: Sephora Brand "Mink" (Two Pair)
Highlight: Laura Mercier Mosaic Shimmer Bloc

Eye Primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion
Lid: Laura Mercier Butter Cream
Crease: Makeup Forever #4
Liner: Clinique Gel in True Black (Top Liner) and Makeup Forever Aqua Eyes Pencil in 0L (Bottom Water Line)
Illuminator: Nars Silver Factory (this can only be purchased in a limited edition kit)
Cheek Blush: Nars Desire

Lip Liner: Smashbox Lip Pencil in Dark
Lipstick: Kat Von D Celebutard
Lipgloss: Nars Chihuahua 

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Makeup Forever Eyeshadow Wishlist

I confess:

I was a lover of all things sparkly.  I was attracted to the razzle dazzle shadows!  Oh yes - MEEE!  However, it wasn't until Parrish began to do my face that I saw how beautifully matte shadows are applied.  I ended up becoming a fast fan of Makeup Forever shadows and just all things Makeup forever.


At $20 bucks a pop...Errrr a sista need a hope, a dream and a list!!!!!

So I consulted the internet and saw that MakeupGeek graciously offered the Top 10 eyeshadows for Makeup forever.  This gave me an idea to ask Parrish what are the Top 10 must have in her opinion.

What I will offer is the first Top 10 divised from Parrish.  A lot of her selections are in agreement with MakeupGeek with some differences. 

I will give you 25 in all that I have compiled as a wishlist.  That's $500!!!!

I will share with you how I plan towards purchases because I am not dropping half a stack on some eyeshadows. 

Tip #1:  You can get all 20 as a MUFE shadows as a Backstage Pro for $300.  That's the 40% discount.

Tip #2:  I buy 2 a month.  At 2 a month ($40) it will take a little over the year to accumulate all the shadows at $500.  If I end up obtaining a Backstage Pro card because I am a Freelancer it will take about 7.5 months.

Plan your work and work your plan!

Last thing, I have Sugar Pill palettes.  I do plan to buy at least one of the shadows and compare them.  The Matte Shadows look a lot a like and I am curious if my observation is correct:


Top 10 - According to Parrish


  1. 169 - Iridescent Anthracite
  2. 4 - Black
  3. 75 - Neon Pink (this can serve as blush, gloss, or shadow)
  4. 122 - Metallic Copper
  5. 306 - Peachy Tan with Gold Shimmer
  6. 162 - Matte True Brown
  7. 156 - Matte Flesh
  8. 5 - Coral
  9. 83 - Turquoise Shimmer
  10. 69 - Matte Light Apricot Orange
Remaining 15 According to What I like and What has been used in Makeup Looks

9 - Vibrant Matte Lavender
92 - Matte Brilliant Purple
158 - Matte Cold Red
159 - Vivid Blue
153 - Soft Peachy Orange
10 - True Golden Yellow
39 - Plum
71 - Matte Sunflower
18 - Tangerine
99 - Scarlet
47 - Olive Green
166 - Matte Espresso
171 - Iridescent Acid Green
310 - Diamond Green
49 - Deep Plum Wine





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Makeup Look: Keepin' It Kardashian

Alright guys,

This look is not to LOOK like Kim Kardashian. She is beautiful and while I am cute in my own right, but I can't manage to look like the Armenian Goddess.


Skin Care:

Moisturizer: Korres Wild Rose

Face

Prep: Laura Mercier Radiance Primer
Foundation: Nars Sheer Glow Foundation Cadiz

Powder: Makeup Forever Duo Mat: 214


Blush: Sculpting Blush 08 (Makeup Forever)
Contour: Makeup Forever Concealer Palette
Highlight: Makeup Forever Uplight and Laura Mercier Golden Mosaic Bloc

Eye Primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion
Lid: Makeup Forever Eyeshadows - #17 and #40 Urban Decay Sin


Brow: Anastasia Brunette
Liner: Two Faced 3 way Lash Line tool to Tight Line and True Black Cream

Lip: Chelsea Girls (Nars)
Gloss: Nars Angelica and Sephora Clear Gloss
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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Makeup Look: Sunset TropiGal


Skincare:

Moisturizer: Benefit Moisture Cream

Face


Foundation: Nars Sheer Glow Cadiz

Powder: Makeup Forever Duo Mat: 214


Blush: Nars Exhibit A
Contour: Nars Exhibit A

Eye Primer: Two Faced Shadow Insurance
Lid: Makeup Forever Eyeshadows - #71 #18 #99
Crease: Sephora red wine #31
Corner: #31
Glitters: Makeup Forever Diamond Powder #4 and #2. Makeup Forever Glitter #7
Two Faced Glitter Glue

Highlight: Concealer (HD 350 Makeup Forever)

Brow: Anastasia Medium Ash Brow Wiz
Liner: Two Faced 3 way Lash Line tool to Tight Line
Mascara: Smoky Lash
Lashes: Makeup Forever #31

Lip Liner: Smashbox Dark
Lip: Kat Von D Celebutard
Gloss: Tarina Tarintino Paiette
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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

MakeUp Look: LisaRaye Inspired "Keisha Green"





I love to be creative so Parrish allowed me to name the looks that she creates, which to me is a match made in heaven.  I can't say enough how much I love Parrish.

Without further adieu, here is the look:  PARRISH PERFECTED





Skincare
Cleanser: Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser
Moisturizer: Benefit Moisture Cream


Face

Prep: Laura Mercier Radiance Primer
Foundation: UD Naked Skin Liquid Makeup 8.0 <--- This is not a favorite foundation of mine. I felt a little like a sweet potato after time passed

Powder: Makeup Forever Duo Mat: 214
Bronzer: Makeup Forever Duo Mat: 218

Blush: Nars Mata Hari
Contour: Makeup Forever Duo Mat: 218

Eye Primer: Two Faced Shadow Insurance
Lid: Makeup Forever Eyeshadows - #166 and #310
Corner: Makeup Forever Eyeshadows - #47 and #171

Brow: Anastasia Medium Ash Brow Wiz
Liner: Two Faced 3 way Lash Line tool to Tight Line

Lip: Kat Von D Celebutard
Gloss: Turkish Delight



What is tightlining?

Tightlinig is an eye lining technique where eyeliner is applied into the lash line and in the area where the eyelid becomes the eye. The trick to a perfect tightline is to darken the lash line without getting liner in the 'wetline" where the eye membrane starts. The benefit is that it emphasizes the eyes without looking overly made up because it darkens the lash line. You can tightline on either the upper or lower lid or both and you can use eyeliner like you normally would along with your tightliner.

How Do You Do It?

To tightline the eye, apply the eyeliner right to the lash line. Gently pull your eyelid to expose the lash line (pull down on the lower lashes, up on the upper lashes). Apply liner into the lash line and just inside the eyelash line. You can push the liner down into the lash line or make tiny dots between the lashes. Work in the tiny area between the lashes and the eye membrane (the wet area). I know many people do "wetline" (apply eyeliner to the moist eye membrane), but this is not a good practice. It could irritate your eyes - if you get some on that area blot it off with a Q-tip. .
Always apply your tightliners before any other eye makeup, otherwise it will smudge when you tug on your eyelids.
You can tightline on either the upper or lower lid or both. If you want you can also use eyeliner like you normally would along with your tightliner.
The 2 keys to getting a perfect tightline are practice and the right product.


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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Vote Jam Poet as Hottest Spoken Word/Poetry

Jam Poet has been nominated as one of the Hottest Spoken Word/Poets in Atlanta!!!

Thank you for the nominations!!

Please submit your vote so that we can celebrate what everyone is already talking about ---

Jam Poet as Hottest Spoken Word/Poet in Atlanta

Please submit your votes here!!!


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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Celebration: Bless My Hands, Head, and My Heart.

LOVE THIS!!!!
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My Daily Devotional - Inspiration "He Still Loves Me"

I think I listened to this song 10 times today.  I was still the first five times, I cried, and I prayed.

Understand, I am not sad.  I am connecting and cleansing.



***No copyright infringement intended. This is for the purpose of inspiration and entertainment***
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