Sunday, November 2, 2014

Big Hair, Don't Care: Crotchet Braids - Details, Review, Picture Spam

Hello peoples!!!

Happy November!

Today I have a new hairstyle that I have been hitching to share!!!
As I shared sometime back, I cut my natural hair really short and ever since then, my scalp has been catching cold. LOL... 

Anyhoo, I wanted my hair to grow a bit so I could do protective styles, and now it has grown!

As I shared on my instagram page, last week Sunday, I went to church and saw one of my big aunties at church rocking a fancy hairstyle that had me asking her for EVERY detail!!! And Boom, like magic, she called up her stylist and before I knew what was going on, I was getting my hurrrrr did!!! LOL.. I mean, I was doing my hair. 

LOOK Y'all!! Just Look at all of the hair on my head!!!

To make this less boring, I'll "talk" in between pictures, so I hope you enjoy reading. There'll be a summary of hair and makeup details at the end of the post, but please read through before sending emails or asking questions in the comment box that I might have answered in this post. 
I take out the time to write details, and getting emails of already answered questions get as e be. lol.. It's not fun. 

But Look at MY HAIR!




The stylist that did my hair is the BOMB (If you live in DFW area and need her detail, email me at Lizzy@thediylady.com).
She's great and everything you guys, she was able to "catch" my not so long natural hair, weave it up and then she crotchet braided this wonderful hair on my head. All of it, crotcheted! I always thought my first crotchet braid would be DIY, but Guys... I've been busy and I said to myself "Not Every Time DIY, Sometimes, PAY MONEY"!
Sounds like blasphemy coming from me the DIY Lady, buy you guysssssss.... I am happy with the result of this hair and that's all I can think of right now.



This hair is LIFE!!! Big hair has always been my thing, so while you see VOLUME, I just see beauty!


In these pictures (which I took a day after I did the hair), I tried to show you a lot of parts to this hair.



 As you can see, I got a bit dolled up for this photo shoot!
First because it's been a while I spent more than 10 minutes to do my makeup, and secondly because I got to use some amazing gifts my friend bought me for my birthday in August (which I didn't have time to blog about.. sigh).
But Moving ON!!!! I was able to use my tripod stand for these pictures, and my new remote camera control. Selfies will take a rest for now since I can now actually be "in front of the camera" and just click a button on the remote! Perfection I tell you.

Do you like my makeup?
I got to use my urban decay naked 1 palette finally, and a blue eye gel liner from milani and some other goodies I've bought over the month. I'll list some small makeup details in the end of this post. Especially this purple liner I have on my LIPS y'all!! (as seen in this picture below), after a while, I added MAC Heroine on top of the liner (that's why you can see the slight lip color difference if you're paying attention to the pictures).

Eyes that speak. 


Volume! All Up In your FACE!!!

If you can't tell, I was holding the camera control in my right hand. Hahaha...


No, this hair is not heavy. Enjoy the pictures and my stories for now. Details will be at the bottom of this post oh ye anxious one. Lol

I added some highlight strands here and there but I also have the option to cover them up and never see them if I choose, since there's SO much hair on my head. lol

Smiling an making faces with lipsticks THIS color is not an easy task y'all. Lol..


SO Innocent.


The braid pattern for this crotchet braid was corn rows going all back. So If I choose to pull my hair up, it'll look like this... (which will look even more better as the hair gets old - cos then the braids won't be as tight). 

But I love it even this way, cos it kind of looks like single braids or something.

SO.MUCH.HAIR!!

I took a gazillion pictures since all I have to do now is CLICK a remote control. LOL... 

All of that hair can be pulled back to get a more professional look as seen below... 



Or you can be like me and say WHO CARES!! LET YOUR HAIR DOWN!!!

I'on Currr... I loves My Hurrrrrr!! Lol


I Know, I'm being extra.. but hold on, I'm almost done.


 Or nah?


Oh and I have so many STYLING IDEAS!!!!!!!
This hair was still fresh when I did this photo shoot, so I couldn't do too much in the styling area because of that Tender new hair feeling, BUT here's a lil something something.. an up do.
You can TAME IT, but but Big hair for me ALWAYS.


The hair looks heavy, but it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Light weight. Like cotton on your head.

Ohhh, in case you wanna know how the back looks like.. My hair stylist is bomb ya'll. Her braid pattern, though it all went towards the back, didn't create a bulk at the back of the head, and she had a line at the bottom to do what you see below. 


Now, once again, as the style gets older, your natural hair will have new growth and potentially cover up the "track lines", so it looks like your own hair.. 
So, I'd say you wait till the hair is a little old before pulling up in a bun.. or you could be like me and just cover up the lines with some of all that hair so no one notices the crotchet lines.. as seen below. 


I really have so many styling ideas for this hair.. I intend to perm rod, two strand twist, bantu knots and lots more styles that can be achieved with the help of hot water.. SO I WILL KEEP YOU POSTED. 

Yes, Hot water, because this hair is synthetic and I wouldn't advise using heat on it. 

So Now let's get into the HAIR DETAILS

Hair is: Freetress Equal 100% Kanekalon Jamaican Twist Braid

Here's a picture I took from my phone.

Packs used: 4 (FOUR), I didn't cut, because I wanted length, But when we were done, I had to cut off some volume due to how full it was!!! SOoooo FULL!!! The cut off was done in a layering manner to TAME the hair down a bit. We didn't cut the length, just the volume. 

Maintenance: In this one week I've had the hair on my head, I've only used my premixed water (that has some coconut oil in it). I find I have to spray water on it just to get it to be tamed a bit in the mornings. It's kind of like your natural hair.. but not really.. since as I stated earlier, it's synthetic. 

Price: The hair price per bag is ridiculously affordable. I wish I could tell you this is the expensive heat free "like your natural hair" hair... BUT no, it isn't.. It's synthetic and looks kind of natural.. but if you know hair.. you should be able to tell it's synthetic. Lol... Ya feel me? 

Miscellaneous: I've gotten a few Wow, your hair!!! That's so full and pretty in this past week.. Most of the people I've seen since I did this a week ago know I change hairstyles like crazy, so they're not fooled anymore (LOL), but I did meet a few new people that thought it was mine and complemented me.


MAKEUP DETAILS

Face: MAC

Eyes: Urban Decay Naked 1 palette  and Milani

Lip Color: Wet n Wild Coloricon Eye liner in Purple/Violet 650D
Yes I know it said eye liner but I'd been looking for a purple lipstick this color for a LONG Time.. and I found it.. and I bought it and I loved it.
Here is what it looked like on the lips.

And then I added MAC heroine on it, since I didn't like Heroine on it's own.. but... I still prefer the eyeliner on it's own. MAC's heroine just doesn't make me feel good ... lol..



Alright y'all..
I hope I covered all the important details.

If you still have questions, please ask in the comment box below.
I hope to be able to update you with all the styles I do with my new hair!

Stay safe and have a great week y'all!

Thanks for stopping by,
Till Later, God Bless. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Freebie/Deal Alert: Zoya - Matte Lips and Tips Gift Set

Hello sugars!

I've got an exciting freebie/deal alert for you all today. This is an all in one type of amazingness!

Zoya has come out with what they call "A Creamy, Matte-Satin lipstick that doesn’t dry and flake…A perfect shade of red that looks good on almost everyone…" 

I am more than excited to try this lippy out and I just had to share the fabulous-ness with you guys. Zoya is also known for their lovely Matte Nail polishes, so you know this is a WIN!

Zoya has created this Matte Velvet Lipstick and they're pairing it with Zoya Posh Matte Velvet
Polish in an exclusive Free gift with any $30 purchase on zoya.com. Click on the image below for more details.



To Snag this deal CLICK HERE!!!

Thank me later! :-D
If you do take this deal, let me know in the comment below.
I'm looking forward to trying out the lipstick! Will it beat my current favorite red matte lipstick?
We'll find out!

That's it for now. Till Later, God Bless.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Picture Spam: Sephora - Always Red Lip Stain and BIG CHOP (Why I cut My hair)

Good day Lovers!
First things first, I MISS YOU ALL SOOO VERY MUCH!!!

Honestly, I do. I thank those who sent emails asking when the heck I was gonna get my life together and UPDATE THE BLOG!
I always smiled and made jokes about how I was gone because every time I did a "come back" post, I'd leave again. 
I am no longer making come back posts, and sadly, this isn't one. BUT I do hope this means I can now somehow juggle work, life, and blogging. 
I will schedule this post and hope it goes LIVE while I'm doing LIFE!

Sooooo If you're following me on instagram @thediylady, You'll know by now that I CUT MY HAIR!! YASSSSSSSSSSS I did the BIG CHOP!!!

Why did I do it you ask? Well, It's something I've always wanted to do. About a month ago, I made the decision and I did it! It was much shorter than it is in these pictures, but it's interestingly growing quick!
I am happy with my big chop BUT since it's winter, I have been cheating on rocking my natural hair and I've been using some lace wigs.
Once in a while though, I DO ROCK the low cut and let my edges, scalp and hair breathe!

Today I shall be showing you my new hair cut as well as MY CURRENT ABSOLUTE FAVORITE LIP COLOR!!! I say Lip color because it's not a lipstick.
It's Sephora's Lipstain in Always Red!

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A friend of mine did henna on my palm as you can see in the picture above.
And right here is a swatch of Always Red by sephora. This lip color dries matte my loves! I am IN LOVE with matte lippies!
But since it's matte, you always have to hurry up with application and remember to get every corner of your lips! I make kissy lips when I apply mine, so that I can get every area without having that weird demarcation on my lips with colored and not-colored area.


I LOVE that it has a application brush (well not brush, but like the bottle lip glosses with an applicator in it). And the fact that it has that applicator thing allows for precise application on the lips! I get perfect lining with it and I am soooo sooo in love with this lip color!

Whether smiling or not, the color fits my face and it's quite possibly my most "asked about" lip color. Every time I wear it, people say.. "what is that magic on your lips Lizzy"?

As you can see by these pictures, I really no longer have so much time to dedicate to taking pictures at home for the blog. Car selfies have become my order of the day because there's just no time!!! Lol...


This haircut does make me experiment more with makeup because I feel a low cut requires some bomb face to pull everything together! Do y'all agree?

I really truly, honestly miss you all and I'm so glad as I type this to be able to somehow interact with you people again!

Here are some more picture spam.. just because...





My eyebrows behaved themselves on this day and I just wish they could always look this fierce!!

SMILEY FACE for you darlingssssss

Teeth looking extra white because of the red lippy!


Alright loves.. That's it for now!!!! I Love you alllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll

Thank you so much for visiting!!!
I am trying to be a good girl and post more. There are so many things we need to talk about...
But in the mean time, feel free to catch up with me on instagram @thediylady. 

Leave me a comment Loves!!! Say something, anything!! I want to feel connected again with you all. Lol.. 

Till next time, Take care and God Bless. 

EDIT: I wanted to do a breakdown of things I like/dislike about this lip color. 
Sephora Lip Stain - Always Red Review
- Application is awesome because it comes in a gloss-like bottle with an applicator. When you apply it, it goes on like gloss then dries matte. This is both a blessing and a curse. You can mistakenly apply outside your lips and then spend forever trying to clean it off. But also, with steady hands, you can use the applicator to line your lips which leaves a clean nice finish.

- This is LONG LASTING! I'm talking, food, sing, talk, all day type of LONG lasting!!! As long as you're not intentionally trying to smear it off, it really does last the daily activities.

- It's not expensive. For you what you get, the price is awesome!

- It takes on an all new personality when used with gloss. The matte is gorgeoussss but it's also beautiful when used with a gloss. 

- It takes a no makeup face to  BOMB face in ten seconds. Lol... Seriously!!!

- I would say you shouldn't use this if you have cracked lips... but that's common sense with all matte lipsticks. So, I suggest using your favorite lip balm to get that nice no-crack lips. 

- I BOUGHT A BACKUP! Because so far, I haven't seen something I hate about this. It doesn't have an offensive smell (yes, I hate fruity or strong smells). 

I'll probably add more to this list as I remember. Lol... But yeah.. These are some of the most asked questions and I hope it's helped you. 


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Swatches and Review: Broadway Nails High Shine Nail Polish - Aquarius

Happy Hump Day Fellow humans!

Nail Post today!!!
I won this nail polish at one of my friend's bridal shower and ever since I got the polish, I'd been itching to wear it and blog about it. This is my first nail polish from this brand - Broadway Nails High Shine Nail Polish... and the name of the polish is Aquarius. Such a pretty blue nail polish and application was flawless. If every polish by this brand is this way, I certainly think I need more. 


A quick google search has shown me that this brand can be purchased at CVS and Walgreens at .99 cents each?!?!?!?! I'm gonna have to check some stores for more colors!1!

It's been a while I swatched for the blog, but my fingers were excited to hold a nail polish bottle for pictures again!

I love the application  of this nail polish! What you see here is two coats.


I have been painting my nails though I haven't blogged about a mani in a while, but I must confess, my nail care routine and cuticle care has been poor since I didn't have a macro camera on my nails for a long time. LOL... BUT I'm back to oiling and I hope my fingers will be back to top notch level soon!



This nail polish has a subtle shimmer in it, and I say YAY to that!

That's it for now y'all.

Question: Do YOU own any polishes by this brand? Have you ever seen this brand in stores or heard of it?
Share your thoughts with me.

Till Later, God Bless.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Review: Firmoo Square Glasses

Hello again sugars..

This DIYLady is on a blogging roll and I hope you guys are with me on this ride!

Today I have a review of a glasses from Firmoo.com.
I don't wear prescription glasses but I absolutely love how the nerdy glasses look on people and I've gotten a few for myself over the years.

For my review for firmoo today, I chose this full frame square glasses in tortoise print.

Before we get into more pictures of me with the glasses on.. Here it is in all its glory.

It came with a case, screws and cleaning cloth (both of which I couldn't find when it was time to take pictures for review). But I did find the case. :-D

Top notch arrival without scratches. My glasses is none prescription, and it's crystal clear! I especially love the print on this one!

For this review post, I chose to be silly and I staged a reading scenario on my bed.

Since I'm currently rocking afro hair, I chose to read my copy of Black Hair Magazine.

This glasses fit my face just the way I love my glasses!

And I started acting crazy in front of the camera. Lol... 
But in my defense, nobody likes split ends.. right? 

Enjoy these series of Black and White Picturesss......
Take me back to the 70s!!!





Ok, enough of my mini-drama, let's get back to the glasses!



Do You like what you see?
I love how comfortable it is on me, and the fit is wonderful as well. Firmoo offers a virtual "trial" for customers, where you'll upload your picture and see how you like a particular frame on you. Their glasses are affordable and your first pair is free, so I'd suggest you grab one especially if you're a student on a budget heading back to school.
Firmoo does not only carry prescription glasses as I mentioned earlier, you can get just about every of the glasses on their website without prescription or with your doctor given prescriptions.

This is not my first time reviewing for firmoo, and each time has been a great experience.

More about the Free Glasses deal can be read HERE.
I urge you to read the FAQ Here as well if you have any questions about this.

Check Firmoo out on Facebook, Twitter, and Website.

That's it for now darlings.
Till Later, God Bless.


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