A Little Color Theory

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If you’ve ever played with markers and mixed the colors to created new colors, or if you know fun facts like “red + blue = purple; or “blue + yellow = green”; or “yellow + red= orange”, then, believe it or not, you’ve already dabbled in color theory!

Let’s talk about why color theory is (or at least, should be) important to you.

Believe it or not, color theory is part of your every day. It’s behind the reason you paired that ensemble you have on today. It’s major part of your makeup application, and if you color your hair, it plays a major role in that as well. If you’ve ever watched “The Devil Wears Prada”, it’s kind of like that part where Miranda tears Andy to shreds over the cerulean sweater! lol

So what’s color theory?

Color theory is basically how color works together -how to create colors using other colors, how colors compliment each other and how they can cancel each other out.

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First you have your primary colors – red, blue and yellow. These colors cannot be created.

Then you have your secondary colors – these colors are created by combining your primary colors. Orange, purple, green.

Your tertiary colors are a combination of primary and secondary colors – yellow-orange, red-orange, red-purple, blue-purple, blue-green & yellow-green.

So again, why does this matter?!?

Have you ever colored your hair (or know someone who has) and it came out looking orange, or green? Well, let go to the color wheel and see why. Chances are there were either red undertones and you mixed it with a color with yellow undertones or vice versa, and now, you (or they) have orange hair!

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Or perhaps it turned green, and that’s probably because you (or your friend) tried to go from a color with yellow undertones to a color with blue undertones, or the other way around.

 

 

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Then you have the whole concealer thing with the makeup. How do you know what to use? Well, here’s how color theory comes into play with color correction for your makeup woes! So you’ve seen the concealer palettes, or just the single color correctors, but what are they for exactly? More importantly, which one is right for you?

Dilemma: Your skin is looking a little sallow or you have blemishes with yellow undertones.

Solution: Use the lavender concealer. The lavender with cancel out the yellow tone and it will help to even out your skin tone.  (see chart below)

Dilemma: You’ve got some redness, maybe a healing pimple, or rosacea

Solution: This is when you would use the green color corrector. Green will cancel out the redness, giving you a more even color to work with. (see chart below)

Dilemma: Those stubborn dark circles under your eyes. Those are often due to poor circulation, and thus have a blue tone to them.

Solution: Using the corrector with the peach/orange tone, will help to correct the darkness under your eyes. (see chart below)

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So you see, color theory really is pretty important. Knowing the basics will get you very very far, and will save you a lot of grief and money!!!  So before you make your next trip to the drug store for that box color for your hair or before your next trip to the makeup counter, think about the color wheel and consider which color would be best suited for your needs.

 

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Team Relaxer vs. Team Natural

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It’s the great hair debate between women with relaxed hair and those who have decided to forgo the relaxer.

So which is better?!?

Here is my take on the subject. As someone who used to relax my hair and have now been natural since before it was the cool thing to do, and furthermore, as a licensed cosmetologist, I can say with great certainty that being natural is not for everybody, just as having a relaxer is not for everybody. Let me explain…

Team Relaxer

relaxerFirst things first… What is a relaxer?!? There are different types of relaxers. You’ve seen them as: “lye” and “no lye”, “base” or “no base” – just to name the ones we most commonly seen/use. Basically, what a relaxer does is use chemicals to relax the curl pattern in someone’s hair.

Now that we know more or less what we’re dealing with, what’s so horrible about it? Well we’ve all heard horror stories and seen the equally horrifying images of a relaxer gone wrong. But there are many reasons why this can happen.

One of the reasons is the strength of the relaxer that is being used. For example, if you have fine hair, you definitely should not be using a relaxer designed for people with coarse hair.

Another tip – just because it’s not burning doesn’t mean it’s not working or it “didn’t take.” That’s probably one of the worse misconceptions when relaxing hair.

Another horrible mishaps- when doing a touch-up, the relaxer should only be applied to the new growth. Applying relaxer to hair that is already relaxed will further break down your hair, causing your hair to break off.

Coloring your hair the same day as the day you relaxed it is a NO NO NO!!! Unless you’re using a color foam, also known as a rinse, you should definitely wait on the color.

Most importantly – just because you have a relaxer in your hair, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still treat it right! You may not be part of #TeamNatural, but it doesn’t mean that you too shouldn’t have a hair regimen to keep your tresses healthy.

Team Natural

Being a Naturalista is not easy! While I urge those with relaxed hair to take care of their very-thick-natural-black-hairtresses, it is imperative for those donning natural hair.

So let’s be clear about what being part of Team Natural entails. Wearing your hair in a natural state usually means that you have not chemically altered your strands in any way that a wash couldn’t “fix.”

To clear up a misconception – getting a texturizer, technically,  is not really being natural. Though not as harsh as a relaxer, it is still breaking down your hair bonds to loosen your curl pattern using chemicals. There nothing particularly wrong with a texturizer, but let’s just call it what it is!

Naturally curly hair needs constant moisture, or else it will dry out and break. It’s really kind of that simple. How do you figure out what to use? You first have to figure out how your hair absorbs and retains moisture (porosity).  Once you figure that out, you’ll be able to figure out which products are best for your hair.

Protective styles are great, just watch those edges! Whether it be hair extensions, braids or even a wig, you must watch those edges. Constant tension/pulling, and/or the use of gels can cause breakage. For some, growing back your edges can prove to be very difficult.

No poo shampoos. It’s great to have no poo, no cones, no whatever! Just be careful not to strip your hair of it’s natural moisture. A co-wash is always great, but once the build up starts, you’ve gotta shampoo. Just be careful what you use.

Also, generally, Naturalistas tend to stay away from heat styling. Unless it involves sitting under a dryer of using a diffuser, you most likely will not find a Naturalista using heating tools to style their hair.

So What’s the Bottom Line?

At the end of the day, whether your hair is relaxed or in its natural state, you MUST take care of it, if you wish to have beautiful healthy hair. If you’re not taking care of your hair, it doesn’t matter what you’ve got going on, your hair will reflect the negligence you’ve shown it. So be good to your hair, no matter the texture. Your hair will thank you!

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For My Curly Girls

The Basics

Doesn’t really matter what your curl pattern looks like, the basic hair care for naturally curly hair is the same. The golden rule – MOISTURIZE!!! natural-hair-moisturizer-1

Curly hair is more susceptible to drying out. In order to keep it from breaking and to aid in retaining elasticity (the springiness of your strands) you must keep your hair moisturized at all times. What you should use as a moisturizer will depend on your hair’s porosity (ie. your hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture). You don’t want anything too heavy, which will weigh your hair down, but you also don’t want anything too light, which will dry out in no time. Another key to helping your hair retain moisture, are regular deep conditioning treatments.

Protein treatments also seem to be popular. While it is true that your hair is made up fibrous protein (keratin – which we’ll talk about in another post) you must be careful not to overdo it. Too many protein treatments, too often, can cause hair to get brittle.

What’s Your Natural Curl Pattern?

Curl-Patterns-and-Hair-TypesWhen people ask me about what I use in my hair (my personal hair regimen post coming soon!), I usually start by telling them what I use and try to explain that what works for me, may not work for them. Why? Because everyone’s hair is different. I also refer many people to this chart found on Naturallycurly.com.

We all have different curl patterns, and we don’t necessarily have only one curl type. Many will tell you that one part of their head has one pattern, and another pattern in another part of their head.  And guess what, that’s okay!

 

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When styling curly hair, there are so many options. The great thing about it, is the diversity and the possibilities! There’s always the option of wearing it straight, but even that gets boring after a while. So what can you do?!?

One of the most popular styles for curly girls is a wash-and-go. Wash your hair, use a styling agent to tame the curls, or add volume, prevent frizz, etc… and let it air-dry or use a diffuser to dry it.

Some of the tools of the trade include curlformers, perm rods, flexi-rods, etc… to create a variety of curl patters.

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A Perm Rod Set – uses perm rods to create curls. This technique utilizes a setting agent such as setting lotion, mousse or gel to create firm, longer lasting curls. For more volume one can separate the curls to create bigger hair.

 

Other ways to create different curl patterns include a twist-out, braid-out, bantu knots, etc.

bantu shortBantu Knots – Are created also by using similar setting agents as in the perm rod set. However, this style is achieved by sectioning the hair and making knots as big or as small as you desire. Although you can wear your knots as is, many prefer to take them down. As a result, you can get nice, voluminous curls.

 

twist out 2Twist-Out – A very popular style in the Naturalista community, this style is achieve by by applying a styling agent (leave-in conditioner, gel, curl creme, etc….) and proceed to twist their hair (usually a two-stranded twist as illustrated in the picture to the right). Once it is completely dry, you unravel the twists and separate them for volume.

 

Trust and believe that no matter your curl type, there’s a regimen and infinite styles out there for you! So here’s to you –  My Curly Girls!

 

Images are from the following sites (links below)

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PINK IS FOR BREAST CANCER AWARENSS : PART II

While October is pinned as the “awareness” month for breast cancer, we should always stay vigilant and pay attention to our bodies. These are some of the latest statistics and reasons why you should pay attention and encourage loved ones to do the same.

  • About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.IMG_0637.JPG
  • About 2,360 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in men in 2014. A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000.
  • About 40,000 women in the U.S. were expected to die in 2014 from breast cancer, though death rates have been decreasing since 1989 — with larger decreases in women under 50. These decreases are thought to be the result of treatment advances, earlier detection through screening, and increased awareness.
  • White women are slightly more likely to develop breast cancer than African-American women. However, in women under 45, breast cancer is more common in African-American women than white women. Overall, African-American women are more likely to die of breast cancer. Asian, Hispanic, and Native-American women have a lower risk of developing and dying from breast cancer.
  • A woman’s risk of breast cancer approximately doubles if she has a first-degree relative (mother, sister, daughter) who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. About 15% of women who get breast cancer have a family member diagnosed with it.
  • About 85% of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer. These occur due to genetic mutations that happen as a result of the aging process and life in general, rather than inherited mutations.
  • The most significant risk factors for breast cancer are gender (being a woman) and age (growing older).

The facts above were obtained from BreastCancer.org.

How You Can Help

Get Involed with Susan G. Komen here

Shop for BreastCancer.org here

Read : Wanda Sykes Joins SU2C & The Safeway Foundation to Raise Funds and Awareness for Breast Cancer

Support Stand Up To Cancer and Shop here

THE LOOK

I did not get a chance to create a specific look for this post, but I couldn’t let the month of October end without sharing some more crucial information about breast cancer with you. 

The look in the picture below was created with mostly pink  and some of my staples:

IMG_0637  Brows : MAC Spiked retractable brow pencil

  Brow Highlight – MAC NC35 concealer

  Under-eye concealer – MAC NW 45 concealer

  Setting powder – Makeup Forever HD Powder (translucent)

  Face Powder – Inglot AMC Powder #61

  Face Highlight – Inglot AMC Powder #63 and MAC Wordly Wealth

  Face Contour – Inglot AMC Powder #68

  Blush – MAC Sweet As Cocoa

  Eyeshadows – from the MAC Moody Blooms Collection – Artistic License, Deep   Fixation and Hidden Motive

Lashes: Red Cherry Lashes 747s

Lip – MAC  Chestnut Lip Pencil and MAC Blankety Lipstick with MAC Viva Glam V Lipglass on top

Until Next time Butterflies!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pink is For Breast Cancer Awareness

What better way to kick off a beauty blog then by going pink! As most of you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. So for the month of October, all my posts will share the latest facts about Breast Cancer and I will post makeup looks with a lot of pink!

       IMG_0257.JPGIt is so important to keep up with our bodies, and get regular screenings. Early detection saves lives! According to the American Cancer Association, these are the key statistics about breast cancer:

  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. About 1 in 8 (12%) women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.

The American Cancer Society’s estimates for breast cancer in the United States for 2014 are:

  • About 232,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.
  • About 62,570 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer).
  • About 40,000 women will die from breast cancerIMG_0404.JPG
  • After increasing for more than 2 decades, female breast cancer incidence rates began decreasing in 2000, then dropped by about 7% from 2002 to 2003. This large decrease was thought to be due to the decline in use of hormone therapy after menopause that occurred after the results of the Women’s Health Initiative were published in 2002. This study linked the use of hormone therapy to an increased risk of breast cancer and heart diseases. Incidence rates have been stable in recent years.
  • Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer. The chance that breast cancer will be responsible for a woman’s death is about 1 in 36 (about 3%). Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1989, with larger decreases in women younger than 50. These decreases are believed to be the result of earlier detection through screening and increased awareness, as well as improved treatment.IMG_0508.JPG
  • At this time there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. (This includes women still being treated and those who have completed treatment.) Survival rates are discussed in the section “Breast cancer survival rates by stage.”

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The information on the key statistics about breast cancer for this post is from the American Cancer Association. For more information on Breast Cancer from the American Cancer Association , click here

Now… for the details on this week’s look.

Eyes: I used MAC Painterly Paint Pot as my primer. Then I used “Totally Fetch” a pink eyeshadow from Too Faced Pretty Rebel Palette. From the same palette, I used “Miss Sparkles” eyeshadow. In the inner corner of my eyes, I used “Instigator” eyeshadow in the inner corner of my eye and then I used an Inglot Yellow shadow from their Freedom collection. I lined the top of my eyes with MAC’s “Blacktrack” gel liner, and used Red Cherry Lashes #747s. I used both eyeshadow colors on the bottom lash line. First I used “Totally Fetch” then closer to the lower lash line I used “Miss Sparkles”.  IMG_0507.JPG

Face: I used MAC brow pencil in Spiked to do my brows. I used MAC’s concealer in NW45 to for the dark circles under my eyes and NW35 to outline the areas of my face that I would be highlighting. I set the concealer with Makeup Forever Translucent HD Powder then I powdered my highlighted areas with Inglot #63 and I contoured with Inglot powder #68. I then used MAC’s “Wordly Wealth” blush as a bronzer in the highlighted areas. I used MAC “Sweet As Cocoa” as my blush.

Lips: I used MAC Chestnut lip pencil to line my lips. The darker pink color is MAC “Girl About Town” lipstick. For the lighter pink lip color, I used MAC “Blankety” lipstick and “Vivaglam V” lipglass over it.

Which lippie do you prefer for this look? Did you prefer “Girl About Town” (the darker pink) or do you like “Blankety” (the lighter pink)? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Beginnings

Hey Butterflies!!!

        Thank you so much for checking out my new beauty blog. I have had the desire to start a beauty blog for quite some time now, and finally, I’m making it happen!

       My hopes for this blog are the following:

  • share information with you on products
  • share some tips
  • answer any beauty questions you may have
  • create an open forum to discuss beauty topics of interest

       I may not always have all the answers, but I will definitely point you in the right direction.  So if there is anything you would like to see, read and/or talk about, you can leave a comment in the “Comments” section or let me know in the “Contact” section. All inquiries made through the “Contact” form will be kept confidential, so don’t worry about me putting anyone on blast!

       I will also post pictures of looks I have created and I will list the products that I used in the process, just in case you are curious or want to pick them up for yourself!

       I will make the effort the post something new for you on a weekly basis, so make sure you come by and check out what’s new. Don’t forget to share this blog with your friends!

       Peace and Blessings!