How to Accomplish a Totally Twisted Twist Out

How to Accomplish a Totally Twisted Twist Out

Hi, guys! 

Where have I been?! Well...you see. What had happened was...

Okay. Okay. Recently, I had the opportunity to become a Life Sciences High School Teacher and...basically, it took over my ENTIRE life....until now. 

I missed my blog and being able to write. So I made myself come back despite being overwhelmed as a full-time teacher.

Enough of the small talk! Let's talk about how amazing my twist out turned out.

If you haven't guessed it, I have a head full of 4a/4b kinky curly hair. My hair and I have a love-hate relationship. I love the fullness and thickness of it, but I hate how my hair struggles to maintain a healthy state of moisture. And moving here to Chicago has put my hair on the struggle bus with maintaining any type of moisture. 

As of recently, I have been testing and trying out new hair products. My most recent experiment involved Alikay Naturals. While shopping at Target, I saw this product and I knew I needed to try it out. I figured where could I go wrong with trying out these products?! Here's my reasoning: They contain natural ingredients. Good! They are extremely affordable. Great! And they smell like candy! Shut up! No Way! Where could I go wrong with products that smell like Jolly Ranchers?!

CoWash Me Cleansing Conditioner

You will probably see this a lot, but this product smells A-MA-ZING! It truly smells like candy. I love the thickness of this conditioner. With thin conditioners, my hair sucks up the conditioner and will not feel moisturized. This conditioner is the total opposite. My hair sucked up this product. This conditioner did not just sit on top of my hair, like thick conditioners I have used in the past. It actually penetrated the hair follicle. The only thing I did not like was that I had to use more than a quarter size portion, for my hair, due to density. My hair is thick, ya'll! Like Celie from The Color Purple thick.

One thing to keep in mind...this conditioner has no slip. I would strongly recommend that you do not detangle while using this product. I would use this product for weekly washes and to replenish moisture back into your hair. 

Alikay Naturals Cowash Me Cleansing Conditioner
Washing 4a/4b Hair
Alikay Conditioner

Lemongrass Leave-in Conditioner

OMG! This has got to my favorite conditioner from Alikay Naturals. I know that I will definitely keep this in my hair cabinet. 

Like the rest of the product line, it smells like Jolly Ranchers. By the time you finish this post, you will probably start singing..."Candy girl! You are my world. You look so sweet..." Lol.

Oh....yeah, right...the product. The lemongrass leave-in conditioner comes in a liquid form. I was kinda skeptical of this product when I picked up it from the shelf, but I decided to give it a try. Girl! Let me tell you! This product is not only moisturizing, but it is full of so many amazing ingredients that will make your hair feel extremely soft. When you spray it, the nozzle on the bottle allows the product to cover a pretty good dimension of your hair. I love that you don't have to saturate your hair to get enough product out.

 

Essential 17 Hair Growth Oil

Wait?! This is my favorite product too! I love this oil! The oils within this bottle satisfy my hair's demands to be satisfied by heavy oils. Oh! This is the only product from the line that does not smell like candy (for those who may like the smell).

 

Shea Yogurt Hair Moisturizer

Can you have multiple products that you love?! Yes? Good! I love this moisturizer. Due to the porosity of my hair, I have to do the LOC method to retain moisture. When I put this product on top of the leave-in conditioner and oil, it made my hair feel like butter. Like...for real...Smooth and silky. Oh! A little goes a L-O-N-G way. Remember this when you use the product on your hair. 

Alikay Naturals Lemongrass Leave-in Conditioner
Alikay Naturals Essential 17 Hair Growth Oil
Alikay Naturals Shea Yogurt Hair Moisturizer
Alikay Naturals and Twists on 4a/4b hair

My hair was super defined and shiny before taking my twist down the next morning. I love that my hair didn't take forever to dry. Previous products that I have used required me to saturate my hair with the product, thus taking forever for my hair to dry. 

One thing that I can say is...that I will most definitely be buying this product again in the near future. Alikay Naturals reminds me of the time when I was at the beginning stages of being natural. I loved being natural in the beginning stages because I was able to fall in love with my hair and experiment with new hair products. Just an FYI. Y'all might want to go get your products before I buy the last bottle on the shelf at your local Target. Lol. 

An Orange-y Twist Out
OOTD with Twist Out

What are your favorite hair care products?

Love a Red Lip? Then You'll Love This Product

Love a red lip? Then you'll love this product
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Have you ever feel in love at first sight? I have! Ever since my first experience with a bright red lipstick. I have been basking in the glory of it. Whenever I can, I have been purchasing lipsticks that I normally wouldn't purchase. 

Can you believe it?! My little ol' timid self is growing up! Shoot! You can't tell me anything right about now! Okay...maybe you can. I am still at the introductory stages within the Kingdom of Cosmetics.  So....any advice is necessary. 

You guys would have never known this...but I am normally the girl who goes for a natural look. I do this because I HATE when people point out that I have makeup on. They make it a big deal. Like...why, Sway? And to make matters worse I have a "baby" face. Not only do they point out the makeup, they point out how young I look.

Recently, I traveled to on the Carnival Sensation to Key West, Florida and Cozumel, Mexico. I knew that I would need to pack a dress for dinner on the cruise. While going through my closet, my New York and Company Red Cherry dress stood out to me. I knew immediately that I wanted to wear this for dinner, but I couldn't figure out what to pair it until I went to the beauty supply store.

Red Matte Kisses and a Couple of Cherries

Yes, ya'll! The beauty supply store. 

I guess I have been sleeping on my local beauty supply store. But...I have discovered that they have various lines of liquid lipsticks that I have never tried. Have you ever heard of Ruby Kisses? I haven't! I stood at the counter looking at their products dealing with my inner doubts and opinions, but I knew I should be willing to give it try. I picked out two colors. One of which including Wild Fire. I knew that I would use this matte liquid lipstick as an accessory and pair it with my dress. And boy did it turn out A-MA-ZING!

I love how moisturizing it was for my naturally dry lips. Y'all don't know the struggle! I have to put on a moisturizing lip balm before even thinking about putting on any kind of lipstick or lip gloss. The Ruby Kisses Forever Matte Liquid Lipstick dried on without any streaks AND it wasn't cakey. I was super shocked! I have never tried a liquid lipstick. But I knew that I found a winner for me. This product put all my doubts to shame. 

If I wasn't eating or drinking, I believe it would have lasted for the remainder of the night. I learned a valuable lesson. Don't sleep on the beauty supply store! Lol. 

Ruby Kisses Forever Matte

What is your favorite brand of liquid lipsticks? #NationalLipstickDay

A Photo Diary of my Trip to the Caribbean

A Photo Diary of my Trip to the Caribbean
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About a week ago, I traveled from Key West, Florida and to Cozumel Mexico on the Carnival Sensation. Boy...Did I have the time of life! As well as some hilarious memories! 

We flew out of O'hare International Airport on American Airlines, but not on the day we were scheduled to fly out. Storm clouds rolling into the area caused all flights heading out of the city to get delayed OR canceled. Unfortunately, our flight was one of those that was canceled. By the grace of God, we were able to obtain seats on flights departing early on Friday morning. 

Now...I will never recommend for someone to sleep overnight in the airport. That is one thing that I can say that I have done AND that I never want to do again. The funniest part in staying overnight in the airport was the process of getting blankets and pillows.

Let me tell you! Lol. My aunt, cousins, and I walked on dirt roads, crossed expressways, and ran through fields of corn to get blankets and pillows just to be told that we couldn't get extras for our family. AND that we couldn't go back to our terminal. The "Chicago" in my aunt came out as soon as the airport employee told us that we couldn't leave. She politely told him..."No, you just made an announcement that you ran out of cots. Where am I suppose to sleep?! I am going back to my terminal. And you can't stop me." My younger cousins laughed and talked about the incident the whole way back to our terminal. Okay...I may have been exaggerating about far we walked, but I was tired by the time we got back to our terminal. 

Passport and Ticket to Miami
Welcome to Miami
Crossing the Bridge in Miami

The next morning, my family was able to fly out of Chicago, on the same flight, to Miami with no mishaps. I am super grateful for the customer service attendant at the airport who worked to rearrange our travel plans. They did a great job! I can't remember their name, but they changed my view of American Airlines. 

Why didn't ya'll tell me how breathtaking Miami was?! I thought we were friends?! I made up my mind that I would be returning to Miami to be a tourist. It's on my bucket list. You better get ready to hear more about it in the near future. *wink wink*

I was super relieved when we made it the ship. I could finally shower the airport away. And eat! Whew! Thank you, Jesus! I was starving, tired, and craving clean clothes. Remember...how I said this trip was fun, but created lasting memories. Here is the second memory of the trip...When we landed in Miami, we headed down to baggage claim to get our bags and check-in with Carnival. My aunt obtained her family's bags, while my grandmother and I had to wait few more minutes for our bags to land on another flight.

Okay...cool, right?! No! When the flight landed, my bag was taken off the conveyor belt. What about my grandmother's suitcase you ask? Well...her bag was mistaken for someone else's suitcase and we didn't discover that until the ship pulled out of the port. It's funny now, but it sure wasn't funny then. Good thing I was born in a family full of teachers. We began to problem solve and created outfits for my grandmother to wear until we returned to Miami.  

Bye, Bye Miami
Leaving Miami
Dinnertime on the Cruise

Key West is beautiful! If I ever earn enough income to afford the house AND the insurance, I want to buy a vacation home here! You should definitely visit Key West. It is full of history and mind blowing adventures. I never knew that the island was built on coral. Nor that you could visit the entire island in one day. Insane! 

Oh! The humidity was intense! I guess I have been living in Chicago for too long. I got accustomed to the weather in the Midwest. I was sweating buckets while walking around the streets of Key West. Lol.

Good Morning, Key West!
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Old Town Trolley Tours of Key West
Walking Across the Street in Key West
Key West Church
Hotel in Key West
Hotel in Key West
The Conch Republic
Home of Key West
East Martello
End of Highway 1
Key West Museum of Art & History
Custom House in Key West
Port of Key West

After a day in Key West, we board the ship and set sail for Cozumel, Mexico. 

The second evening of the trip required us to get dressed for dinner. Remember my story about the makeup artist? No?! You should read about it The Secret to Discovering Your Inner Truth! I thought of the makeup artist when I packed this dressed into my suitcase. I decided to step out of my comfort zone in this beautiful red cherries ensemble and pair it with a red lip. Oh! And let my curls free!

Cruise Dinner

The lasting memory of our trip was when we arrived in Cozumel, Mexico. We didn't get to do much due to a cab driver trying to get over on us. 

You see what had happened was...my lovely family was trying to go to a local beach and lay out in the sun. We decided that we would ask a cab driver to take us. My family gets in the van and we drive two blocks away before the driver tells us that we would have to pay $15/person in order to sit on the beach.

My family politely declined the offer and asked the driver to take us back to the port. Of course...he tried to bargain with us because he receives a portion of the fee for the beach, but we wanted to head back to the ship. When we arrived back to the port, the driver walks up to my uncle and hands back $10 of $40 for the trip down the street. My aunt went ballistic! She told the driver that he would not be charging us $30 for going down the street. 

Can you imagine how my family reacted when my aunt told the man that he was going to hell for being a con artist? Well...envision it with me. My little cousin is rolling around on the ground laughing, another cousin is bent over slapping her knee laughing, and my other cousin is recording the whole incident on her phone. Crazy, right?! Lol.

Cozumel, Mexico
Arrived in Puerta Maya, Cozumel, Mexico
Passing Cuba While Heading Back to the United States and

Despite the bad incidences, I enjoyed this trip with my family. We have created some long lasting memories and tons of laughs. I am grateful that my family loves to travel. They have really inspired me to travel the world and discover the beautiful creations of God. 

What was a lasting memory from your last family vacation?