Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Hair Raising Tales

Natural. Coily. Kinky. Nappy. Curly. No matter what you call your hair, I'm sure we can all agree how unruly this type of hair is. No matter what you want to do with it, it has its own agenda and most often than not will act upon it! 



I can count on one hand the number of times my hair has actually done exactly what I've wanted it to do. Sometimes it turns out to be a happy accident, most times however, it turns into a disaster that I need to figure out how to fix. And ASAP! 


Case and point. This week's hair journey. I don't know if it's Houston's weather or what. But my spirals (that I'm still not quite sure how I managed to get), have turned into I don't know what! But they turned me into a look-a-like for Side Show Bob.





(Or a long lost relative.)


Anywho, I should have known better. Summer time does not agree with me having my hair out and about. I was hoping that since only the front part of my hair was out, my curls would survive. Wrong! So so so wrong! Ugh. 

 

Usually, most people don't even realize the hair crisis that you go through. The majority of my hair compliments have come from days when I thought my hair looked the absolute worst! O.o Go figure!


Despite all the battles we go through, I will never go back to chemically processing my hair. She gives me problems, but she also gives me results. My hair has never been more healthier. However, that won't stop me from complaining when she gets on my lasts nerves! Lol 


What say you? Do you have any hair raising tales to tell? Any tips you do to make the best out of a bad hair day? Feel free to comment below!


Till next time! :D



 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Swatches Are Cool!


Good day to ya!


For my first swatch, I decided to go with one of the first indie brands that I was introduced to by a dear friend called Vapid Lacquer. This indie maker produces 5 Free, Hand Blended, and Cruelty Free nail polishes. For my color selection, I have chosen  Milky Way.
Milky Way is a part of a 6 piece ultra-chrome polish set called the Cosmos collection. This ultra-chrome polish has cyan, blue, purple and copper shifts.

(Inside lighting)
(Inside lighting)
(Outside lighting)

What I like most about this polish is that there is never just one color on your nail. The color is constantly changing. And each change is positively gorgeous.  I can’t stop staring at my nails! LOL Each color shift works perfectly with my skin tone. The only downside I had with this is not being able to capture all the colors or color shifts on camera.
This polish is completely opaque in 2-3 coats. For my swatch, I did 3 three thin coats and topped with a clear coat.
Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Until next time :D


P.S.  I tried using Elmer's glue as a sort of protective coat on my skin surrounding each nail. And it worked brilliantly! I still need a little practice applying it, but overall I am satisfied with how my nails turned out. Before, no matter how careful I was, I always got some of the polish on my fingers and thumbs. There are brands out there that have similar products that do this very job. However, if you are looking to save a few bucks or need a quick replacement, I would highly recommend this!


Friday, August 21, 2015

Hello World!

I am totally new to this whole blogging thing. So please be gentle.


I decided to start a blog mainly because I'm tired of seeing a lack of POC swatchers in the indie nail world. While that world has some of the most beautiful colors I have ever laid my eyes on, the models showcasing these colors tend to be of a fair or lighter complexion. And let's be honest here, colors tend to differ dramatically from person to person.


My goal is to give people another option of what a color may look like on a darker complexion, especially since indies tend to come at a higher price point. Now don't get me wrong, the quality, color, etc., of these brands tend to put it way above any polish you would pick up from your local drugstore or retail shop. But the last thing you want is to order a polish, wait for it to ship, put it on and realize it looks horrible on you. In most cases you can swap or sell it to a fellow indie enthusiast, but that's more time and effort you have to spend on something you don't like when all of this could have possibly been avoided if you would have had more pictures to compare it with.


I realize that my swatches may not help everyone. We may have the same complexion,  you decide to get that same polish I mentioned, but then your tastes change. Or you have an undertone in your complexion that I don't have and the polish just doesn't work on you. But isn't it nice to have a good range of information available to you before you make a decision? :)


Indie polish is not the only thing I obsess over. My loves include food(especially bacon), sweets, reading, figuring out what to do with this kinky coily hair of mines, and pretty much anything even remotely geeky. So I plan on including these topics from time to time on my blog as well.


Please stay tuned for my first swatch! Coming soon....