Cocotique Reviews: March 2015

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Hey guys! I had the opportunity to try out the Cocotique March box and I have to say I am once again impressed! Cocotique is a beauty and lifestyle subscription service that caters to women of color, and every box I have received from them has had incredible products that I can use on an everyday basis.  This box is no different! I can’t say enough how much I love these boxes because they are so relevant to my everyday life as a women of color.

Milani rose blush

Limited Edited Milani blushes are GORGEOUS

 

This month really blew me away with the Girl+Hair Shampoo, Conditioner and Oil.

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Girl+Hair Under Hair Care: Value Set

 

This line is about to become a staple in my hair care lineup!  I have never had such a clean feel after washing my twists and I have been telling anyone who cares to listen all about how much I love these!  The March box had some amazing goodies! Be sure to check out Cocotique to see what they have in store for the next boxes.  Check out the video below to see all the goodies and hear what I think about them.

Cocotique Beauty Box, HERE

Girl + Hair, Shampoo and Scalp Oil, HERE

 

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Step by step guide to DIY Honey Conditioner

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I was a spoiled little girl growing up, the worst kind: a daddy’s girl. In many ways I still am, but that’s another story. Anyway, I used to throw tantrums when I didn’t get what I wanted, and my mom would always say “You get more bees with honey than you do with vinegar!” Who hasn’t heard that one? My dear mother, never one to reinvent the wheel. So, today I’m here to tell you that this saying holds very true when it comes to gorgeous hair.  With honey you can have all you ever wanted from you hair with shine, body, and moisture.

 

What You’ll Need

Shower cap

This spa grade shower cap helps give an excellent deep conditioning!  Using your own body heat, it creates an environment similar to a hooded dryer for maximum penetration.  I like to use disposable shower caps for conditioners, as they are affordable and you don’t have to worry about getting them dirty!

Find great ones HERE.

Honey

I prefer to use raw alfalfa honey because the texture makes for an amazing hair mask! Any honey will work well.

Find a great one HERE.

Essential oil of choice

If your hair is oily, you should probably skip this step.  My hair is typically dry, so I include it.  I love using coconut oil because it solidifies below 75 degrees.  Kept in a cool room, it becomes semi-solid, and this thickens the hair mask and keeps it from running. Coconut oil also has countless benefits for hair health!

Find a great one HERE.

Yogurt

If your hair is oily, yogurt will work beautifully as a substitute for the essential oil.  Try to use one that has as little sweetener or additives as possible.

 

How to Mix

You want to use a 2:1 ratio of honey to the other ingredients.  The exact amount will vary by hair length and thickness, but half a cup of honey is usually a good amount to start with.

Sweet Talk Your Hair

Apply to the hair and keep under the shower cap for at least thirty minutes.  If you end up using raw alfafa honey you will need to rinse very carefully to make sure you get all of it out! I like to co-wash (lightly wash with conditioner) to make sure everything gets out.  When you have finished rinsing, dry and style as usual! My hair was literally glowing from within.

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Birthday Makeup Tutorial

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HEY GUYS! Today is my BIRTHDAY and I am so beyond excited to get this birthday makeup look up.  I love birthday makeup tutorials because they allow you to go all out and be super dramatic, with a look that is meant to make you stand out as the center of attention.  I also like to wear a makeup look that is long wearing and comfortable when it comes to birthday makeup, so more often than not I opt out of glitter for the night.  I go with strong, bold statement shadows and a nude lip for a show stopping look that is super easy to maintain throughout the night! Check below for all the products that made this birthday makeup look possible as well as the video tutorial to go with it.  Hope you all enjoy!

 

Face

Benefit Porefessional Primer, HERE
MUFE Mist and Fix, HERE
Ben Nye Banana Powder, HERE
MAC MSF Natural, Sunpower, HERE
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation, Warm Almond, HERE
Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer, S12, HERE
MAC Prolongwear Concealer, NC45, HERE
Sephora Jumbo Liner 12Hour Wear Water Proof, Dark Brown Matte, HERE
Beauty Blender, HERE
Sleek Blush Palette, Pink Sprint, HERE
Bobbi Brown Highlighter, Bronze Glow (Limited Edition)

Eyes

MAC Eyeshadow, Brown Script, HERE
NYX Eyeshadow Base, Skin Tone, HERE
LORAC Pro Palette 2, Navy, Jade, HERE
Sigma Gel Liner, Wicked, HERE
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade, Ebony, HERE
Koko Lashes, Koko, HERE

Lips

Sephora Lipliner, Chic Choco, HERE
Revlon Lip Gloss, Peach Petal, HERE

Brushes

SIGMA
Sigma, Precision Brush Set, HERE
Sigma, Essentials Kit, HERE
Sigma, Performance Eyes Kit, HERE
Sigma, E60, HERE
Sigma, F35, HERE

TWEEZERMAN
Tweezerman Brush iQ, Finishing Contour, HERE
Tweezerman Brush iQ, Blender, HERE

BDELLIUM TOOLS
Bdellium Tools, Eye Kit, HERE

 

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Bombshell Hair Tutorial: Summer Ombre

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Hey guys! So this may be the first hair tutorial I have ever posted on here…I can’t remember, aha. But I wanted to get one up since I get a fair amount of requests for these on my youtube channel!  These ombre hair extensions are absolutely gorgeous, and I am so excited to be able to try it out.  It really adds dimension to the curls, and I am so enjoying rocking this look!

I used a John Frieda curling iron, in 1.5″ from Amazon but you can get it at Ulta too! Right now, they are offering a FREE John Frieda Frizz Ease Secret Weapon Finishing Cream (offer valid 7/2/14-8/2/14 or while supplies last).   It is a really great curling iron, it heats up fast and had great cool down time.  I highly recommend it because it has Titanium Ceramic technology, which seals in moisture and cuts down on frizz!  These are two very essential characteristics for any heat tool to have.

 

Ombre Hair Tutorial: Step by Step

Before applying heat to your hair, always prep with a heat protectant.  My favorite is by Aphogee, and it is the Keratin & Green Tea Reconstructor.  Keratin is the MVP in my hair regimen, and I highly recommend it for anyone with dyed or chemically processed hair!

Then I proceed to curl the hair!  I used Aquage Hair Spray, and it is one of favorites. It gives amazing hold without the cruchiness that often comes with other hair sprays!

 

To see the play by play check out my tutorial below!

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Nicki Minaj Makeup from The Other Woman Movie Premiere!

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Nicki Minaj inspired look calls for some SELFIES!

Nicki Minaj Makeup inspiration for some summer night glam

Welcome to my first Nicki Minaj makeup tutorial! Scrolling through instragram, I came across a photo of Nicki Minaj’s makeup at The Other Woman movie premiere.  I have to say I was completely blown away with how GORGEOUS she looked!  The look was very simple, even a little understated—smoky lid  with a classic winged liner—but it was show stoppingly striking when paired with Nicki’s sultry edge, beautiful features, and unmatched confidence.  I loved it so much I HAD to recreate it, with some adaptations to suit my face and skin tone.

Face

Lancome Visionnaire 1 Minute Blur
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation, Almond
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, Cafe
Beauty Blender
L’Oreal True Match Concealer Crayon, Medium/Deep N6-7-8
Ben Nye Banana Powder
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural, Sunpower
NYX Blush, Cinnamon
Too Faced Natural Eyes palette, “Honey Pot” (used as highlighter)

Eyes

L’Oreal Liquid Pencil Liner, Black
MAC Eyeshadow, Brown Script
LORAC Behind the Scenes Primer
Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette, “Chocolate Martini,” “Push Up,” and “Honey Pot”
L’OREAL Gel Liner, Blackest Black
Red Cherry, WSP (2 pairs stacked)

Lips

NYX Megashine Lip Gloss, Natural
Sephora Nano Lip Liner, Chic Choco
L’OREAL Liquid Pencil Eyeliner, Black

Brushes

Sigma Brushes

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Nicki Minaj’s Makeup at “The Other Woman” Movie Premiere

I had so much fun with this look and hope you all enjoy! I plan to do more celebrity inspired looks, so be sure to comment if you have any requests.  I really think this look is a no fail win for summer date nights, or for whenever you need a bronzey, gilded glow and a timeless touch of glam.

Nicki Minaj Makeup Tutorial

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