Saturday, July 31, 2010

AJ Crimson Affordable Beauty Workshop


I had the pleasure of attending AJ Crimson's Affordable Beauty Workshop this past Wednesday evening. AJ Crimson is a celebrity make up artist whose brushes have grazed the faces of Brandy, Estelle, Amerie, Letoya Luckett, and Adrienne Bailon-just to name a few. He is also the co-creator (Keisha Whitaker (Actor, Forrest Whitaker is her husband) is the other creator) of luxury lipgloss line, Kissable Couture and has his own line of cosmetics: Beauty Statements by AJ Crimson.  The workshop took place at the Catchi Spa in Midtown and the room was PACKED with a mix of make up artists and every day women. I even saw and got a pic with fellow YouTuber, Angelluv2cum.



The special guest model was friend and long time client of his, Adrienna Bailon. I'm sure your remember her from 3LW if you're from my generation and she was one of the Disney [The] Cheetah Girls. The format of the workshop was very warm and comfortable. You didn't feel like you were talking to a big shot make up artist; more like swapping tips with your make up artist friend who's been in the game longer and has wisdom to share. AJ was very candid and created a casual Q&A environment as he did Adrianne's make up. The end look was a blue smokey eye. It looked great on Adrianne's olivey skin tone. As a make up artist and as an everyday woman, I took a lot away from the event. Here's some of what I took away from AJ:

Friday, July 30, 2010

AGCM's First Sponsor: Sweet Nature by Eddie


It is my pleasure to showcase AGrlCanMac's very first sponsor: Sweet Nature by Eddie. Many of you may remember, I bought and had great success with their Journey Hair Milk earlier this year. It is very moisturizing, softens my hair well and has it smelling like cherry vanilla. :D

SNE creates quality and natural ingredient hair care and skin care products. Popular YouTuber, CoilsKinksCurls, did an excellent review on a few of their hair care products earlier this year. (You can check out her thoughts on the products and how they worked for her hair HERE.) You can locate their ad with us on the left hand side of the site.. Click on the image to be directed to the SNE site.

Coming up: Sweet Nature by Eddie will be sponsoring a Journey Hair Milk giveway on here soon. Stay tuned and check back for more details!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Hairstyles: Classic Up-Do a la MsVaughn


As talked about, I've gotten to styling. My key focus is styles that are easy/simple to create and keep those ends tucked away, out of my face (mostly) and off my neck. I also like for them to require minimal manipulation but if they do require it, then in turn I'm not required to manipulate my hair again for at least another couple days.

I was on one of my favorite natural hair sites, CurlyNikki, recently when I saw the tutorial for this cute 'do by YouTuber, MsVaughn. It was simple, chic, took less than 15 mins to create and of course it is dangerous!. All you need are a few hair pins. That's it. I felt like Shinghai Shinowa from The Noisettes. That's a gooooood thing. :D



I had washed my hair the night before and had braided it to stretch it (but you can do this on old hair too). I then added some hair milk (I'm testing out a brand (not of my own) and can't share with you yet!) to each section and sealed with a little coconut oil before combing each section out. I then proceeded how MsVaughn did to create the look. Super easy. Super chic.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Dangerous Hairstyles Comin Up


Lately, I've just been wearing my hair out in curly fro's, twist outs and braid outs. It's been so wonderful. But now it's getting too dern hot and humid for all this hair to be out, blowing in my face and touching my (sweaty) neck- ugh. I need some cute up-do's in my life right about now to keep me cute and cool in this sweltering New York City heat (and everywhere else apparently). I going to start trying out some of the dangerous (this is my made up slang for something that's dope, ill, bad, you get it.) up-do styles I've been seeing around on YouTube, different sites, and out on the street lately. They've got me feeling super inspired and creative.

Besides, these up-do styles will be great for the upcoming cold months too since I'll more than likely be wearing my hair up a heck of a lot more, if not most of the time. It's better I start trying out styles now so I'll have an idea of which ones to rock when the time comes. (Plus I plan to be wearing a lot of styles involving french braids and while I know how to french braid, I'm rusty. I need to start practicing now so that they're flawless by the fall.)

You will be seeing a lot of hairstyle posts in the near, near future. Git ready kurlies!!!!!!!!  :D

Friday, July 23, 2010

Reader Question: About My Aloe Vera Gel Conditioning Mix


Efe wrote in and asked

"I was reviewing you hair regimen on your blog--(http://www.agrlcanmac.com/p/my-hair-regimen.html)-- I noticed that you mentioned a homemade conditioner consisting of aloe vera gel, oil and honey. I've been looking for a homemade conditioner recipe with aloe vera gel and my hair loves honey. With that said, Do you have a recipe for it?"

A) Why yes, I do. I have made reference to it another post of mine. You can check it out HERE where I also include some of my other favorite conditioning recipes. Happy mixing/conditioning!

Quick Beauty Tip: Exfoliate Those Lips


Lips need exfoliating too! If you are prone to dry lips, like I am, then this tip could help you out a lot. I'm going to share with you a simple and cheap recipe to keep those puckers soft and smooth.

DIY Lip Exfoliant Recipe:

1) White or brown sugar
2) Oil of choice: preferably an edible one

    You can put a little oil on your lips first and then add a lil of the sugar to them, rub together GENTLY for a few seconds and then wipe it off. Or you can mix a little of each in a small bowl (you want a smigde more oil than sugar. You only need a little bit of sugar.) before applying to your lips and then GENTLY rubbing them together for a few seconds. A few seconds = 10. You are done, my friend and have super soft and smooth lips to boot!

    PLEASE NOTE: You need to be gentle when doing this. Remember, the skin on your lips is very thin and rather delicate. It can get cut very easily if you are too rough and that's not the object of this process. There is no need to grind your lips together to receive the benefits.


    I like to use brown sugar and mix mine with coconut oil. That way if some of it gets into your mouth, which is kinda inevitable, at least it's tasty. Lol. :D I like to use this exfoliant in the morning right before I'm about to put my favorite lipstick on or I'll do it at night to remove lipstick. As with anything, too much of anything isn't good for you. I don't recommend doing this more than once a day. You can do it once a day or as needed.

    **7/24/10 EDIT: One of my readers from the very beginning, Udee, left a comment saying she uses a toothbrush for this. Well, I went out a bought a cheapie toothbrush and used it to massage the mixture onto my lips. PURE SUCCESS!**

    Have a great weekend, kurlies! I'll be trying out a new hairstyle over the weekend. If it goes over well, and let's hope it does, I'll share pics.

    Thursday, July 22, 2010

    Loving Your Hair With Natural Care Workshop

    The Naturalista Files & Me

    This past Sunday, The Naturalista Files dragged me out to Brooklyn spontaneously for the Loving Your Hair With Natural Care workshop at Karen's Body Beautiful boutique. The keynote speaker was, natural hair specialist and celebrity hair stylist, Felicia Leatherwood. She does the fabulous, Jill Scott's hair too. Remember one of Jill's recent do's that everyone was raving over?

    Photo Credits: Thirsty Roots


    Yeah, Felicia was responsible for that. Lol. She was soo upbeat, encouraging, down to earth and answered everyone's questions. She shared a lot of great information and I was diggin her hair color big time- giving me yet another push to color mine. She talked about everything from trimming your hair, color, daily maintenance, using heat (sensibly), locs and loc maintenance, working out and your hair, etc. Whatever questions you may have had about hair, she answered. I like that she said repeatedly, not everything is for everybody. She really stressed listening to your hair and that will dictate what you do to it and how you care for it. I luv'd that b/c I stand behind this point so passionately. Do what works for you. Your hair will tell you what it likes, dislikes, and what it needs.


    Felicia did some mini hair make overs at the end of the workshop. This looks like the Roll & Tuck Fro Hawk , right?


    Wednesday, July 21, 2010

    Accessories That Can Mac: Goody Fiesta Head Wraps


    This week I'm diggin these Fiesta Head Wraps by Goody. They are a part of their summer, La Cabana, collection that is being sold exclusively in Target. I can see these jazzing up an every day puff, bun, or curly fro. They'll only be around till October and retailed at $5.29 each, you'd better get them while you can!

    Check out the rest of the La Cabana collection CLICK HERE

    Monday, July 19, 2010

    I Can't Wait....Kurly Inspiration



    This WILL be my hair's bad ass'ness in the (near) future; in its own right, of course. I'm claiming it. :D I'm diggin those shoes too. I luv red shoes.

    Sunday, July 18, 2010

    My Hair: Fro'th of July

    Maaaad late, I know, but better late (and still in the month of July) than never right? So I rocked my fro for the 4th. This was a 2 or 3 day old braid out.




    A few days before the day approached, I conditioned and cleansed my hair. I then used Shea Moisture Conditioning Milk as a leave in and set my hair in braids with Eco-Styler Olive Oil Styling Gel. To keep it stretched at the roots, I loosely banded it in 3 pigtails (2 in the front and 1 in the back) every night before bed. If my hair felt dry, I lightly added some SHCM to my hair to soften and moisturize. I think I'm going to do a post on how to maintain a braid out using banding. I liked the technique, it worked really well.

    My overall thoughts on using the Eco for setting my hair: I probably won't do that again. While it did give good hold and definition, it really started to dry my hair out over time. Maybe I needed a richer leave in underneath but after a while I didn't like how my hair felt. My hair never felt hard or crunchy though. You could touch it and not be weirded or grossed out but, eh..... I just like my hair to feel a certain kind of way, even if it gives hold, and I didn't like how this felt after a while. I dunno. It looked good and all and everyone thought it was fine. It's just me. Lol. So maybe I'll try it again but with a richer moisturizer and see how that fares. #hairexperiments

    P.S. (If you like my earrings, there are for purchase at my Etsy shop: http://www.sofysticatedphunk.etsy.com/ Stop by and visit! I've got some new designs I'll be adding this week.)

    Saturday, July 17, 2010

    What Oils I Use for My Hair


    I was looking at some of my old posts from last year and decided to update this one when I came across it because there have been some changes to what oils I use frequently. The oils I use now are :

    Grapeseed Oil:
    My hair loves light, non-greasy oils and this one is like the "love of my life". It's chock full of great anti-oxidants that are great for the skin and hair. This oil also resists heat up to 425 degrees F so it could serve as natural heat protectant for the hair. I don't blow dry my hair very often but the last time I did, I tried this and my hair was very soft and didn't feel as dried out as it normally can when blow drying. I also oil cleanse with it and my skin has never felt better.

    Coconut Oil:
    This is still one of my favorite conditioners for my hair. I like to mix it with a little honey for moisture and added sheen (my hair has high sheen as opposed to shine). It's also a light oil that my hair readily absorbs and it ups my hair's natural sheen. I'll use it on my hair to seal, give it sheen boost or before I wash it to prevent hydral fatigue. To the latter, that; in short, means it prevents your hair from absorbing too much water (too much water absorption can weaken your hair and lead to breaking.). I luv it on my face and skin as well.

    Avocado and/or Sweet Almond Oil:
    I don't replenish these oils as often as the grapeseed and coconut oils but I still really like them. Both are light so they don't weigh my hair down and my hair absorbs them. Are you noticing a trend with my hair? Lol. Light oils are the way to go for me. It took me lots of experimentation and observations to come to this conclusion and my hair has done well because of it.

    Castor Oil:
    Yes, this oil is still on the roster. It's a thick one so I tend not to go to it in the warm months like now. I use it a lot in the cold months for it's awesome moisture locking and humectant characteristics. Because it's so thick, I like to mix it with any of the oils listed above to thin it out and then add some aloe vera gel for conditioning-this is my other favorite conditioner.

    Friday, July 16, 2010

    AJ Crimson Presents Affordable Beauty

    Hey beauty enthusiasts, try to come out for this if you can and/or are interested. AJ Crimson, celebrity make up artist, will be hosting workshops in NYC, Atlanta, Houston, and LA. Space is limited so get your ticket/s asap! I'll be covering the one here in NYC.  Check out all the details below:





    [Beauty Statements] by AJ Crimson


    Presents

    “AFFORDABLE BEAUTY”

    “You don’t have to break the bank to look good and feel great!” - AJ Crimson


    Beauty Expert and Celebrity Makeup Artist to Celebrities including:
    ESTELLE, BRANDY, LETOYA LUCKETT, ADRIENNE BAILON, AMERIE, REGINA KING

    Shares Makeup Application techniques and reworks your makeup bag


    For questions call 703-395-3041  btwn 1pm and 6pm M-F or email assistant.ajcrimson@gmail.com


    Lip Stains


    My obsessions come and go with the wind. My latest beauty obsession, of my many, are lip stains. They rock for non assuming day looks or even night looks where you've gone heavy on the eyes. These Just Bitten lip stains by Revlon are beckoning me to give them a try. The drugstores brands are really upping the ante these days, eh? They're available at most drugstores, Walmarts, Targets, yadda yadda.... for around $11.



    I've heard mixed reviews about them but I'm intrigued enough to give them a try soon. Don't feel like investing $11 just yet? Try this

    DIY Lip Stain:
    1. Make sure your lips are well moisturized. Lipstick/stains can be drying and if your lips are dry, they will only pronounce this. Try exfoliating your lips with a little coconut oil and brown sugar before application (a post on this coming soon).
    2. Apply lipstick of choice (Typically, colors in the red and berry/plum family work best for this) to lips
    3. Now wipe it off. There should be color left over on your lips, making them appear stained
    4. Optional: Add a little lip balm or gloss over top to prevent your lips from drying out

    Boss Hair Essentialz

    Made for us and by us: buy black (that is of good quality, of course). One of my K-I-S-S Network buddies, Michelle aka Boss Lady, came out with her own body/hair care line this summer: Boss Hair Essentialz.




    Hair and Skin Butters:

    I tried them in the following scents: Chocolate Dreamz, Vanilla Nut, and Mad 4 Mango. I wasn't crazy about the vanilla nut scent; it was too strong for me. The mad 4 mango has a light scent that's nice. My favorite was chocolate dreamz. I'm weird but I luv smelling good enough to eat. The consistency of them is very rich, thick and creamy. The Mad 4 Mango is mango butter based and lighter than the other two which are shea butter based. All three are easily spreadible for a smooth application. A little goes a long way with these butters. It's always best to start off with less than you think you'll need and then you can always build on it if you feel you need a little more.

    Now as you all know, my hair doesn't care for butters, but if you have thirsty hair and/or hair that luvs butters, then these are for you. Since they are too heavy for my hair, I use them on my body. My skin is always left incredibly soft and smooth. As soon as I get out of the shower, I apply the butter to my skin dripping wet. That way, the moisture is sealed into my skin and left uber soft. I also tried adding some of the butters to some of my favorite conditioners for added conditioning benefits with success. My hair was left feeling super soft, smooth, and the tangles melted away making detangling a delightful experience. Try adding them to your favorite conditioners or a cheapie one to give it some oomph.

    Thursday, July 15, 2010

    Kurly Inspiration: Fuck Yeah Curls Curls Curls



    Looking for some inspiration to go natural or stay natural? Check out  FuckYeahCurlsCurlsCurls.tumblr.com . I just found out about them today and I'm totally diggin the site. I'm definitely inspired. I luv being natural... *sighs dreamily*

    Tuesday, July 13, 2010

    Product Review: Organic Root Stimulator Lock and Twist Gel

    Photo Credit CLICK HERE

    I'm going to keep this review short and to the point. I like this gel!

    Last week, I had a style where I two strand, flat twisted the front and rocked a twist out on the rest of the hair. I wish I would have flat twisted with this gel bc/ they probably would have come out neater. Anyway, it gave my hair excellent hold, definition, and a smooth finish. I absolutely loved the results. My hair didn't feel (hard or) dry or disgustingly, weighed down one bit.

    It's not a 100% natural product but it has a lot of good ingredients in it. I don't have AfroVeda money right now, so its $5 price tag works for me. I really like this and wish I would have found it sooner! I'm going to try a braid out with it next. :D I wonder how it would fair for a wash n go? Hmm....

    Sunday, July 11, 2010

    On The Wish List: Bee Mine Luscious Balanced Cream Moisturizer

    Photo Credit: Bee Mine

    My hair luvs lotions and creams (it hates butters. I can only use them to seal my very ends with but I'm learning that mixing butters with your favorite conditioner makes a dope conditioner even doper!). A cream might be too much in all this heat but come fall and winter, I think it will be just what the doctor ordered to help my hair retain moisture and not dry out horribly like it tried last winter (you all that followed me back then know. Me and my hair were at war! Lol.). Has anyone tried this? The ingredients look fab so I'm interested in giving it a whirl. The 8 oz size is $18, but I imagine it will last for a while. I hear such great things about this line. I remember when the line started out it was just a growth serum. I bought it but quickly learned my scalp doesn't like anything on it so it's wasn't a match for me. I was mad too b/c so many other people luv'd it and I wanted to luv it too. Oh well. Lol.  #youliveandyoulearn

    Check out the site to see all the products: http://www.beemineproducts.com/
    They have everything: shampoos, conditioners, moisturizers, butters, etc. and the products contain over 80% natural ingredients too. That never hurts.

    If you're a member of KISS Network, there's a coupon code you can use to get 10% off your order. I know I'll be using it when I make this purchase in the fall. :D

    Saturday, July 10, 2010

    Product Review: Jheri Redding 100% Natural Protein Conditioner



    Note. If a product was given to me free of charge to try, there will be a disclosure at the end of the post from now on. If you see no disclosure, then I bought with my own dough. Onto the review......

    I first learned of this product from my girl, JadedPoet. On one of my posts a while back she commented that she liked this one for a protein conditioner. Well, fast forward eons later and I've finally gotten around to trying it. For a while, about a year, I was on a "no commercial conditioner" tip. This worked out fine for me but I now find myself using conditioner more occassionally (It's still nice to know that I don't really need it and that oil mixed with aloe vera gel works all the same for me.) because, well, I feel like it. Lol.

    You know my reviews are straight forward and to the point so let's gooooo. I am diggin this stuff.

    Coloring My Hair


    I was able to pirate some internet till mine gets fixed. Hmm.... Lol. You know what I'm thinking, don't you, b/c you'd be thinking the same thing. Haha. So I'll have mega updates coming up. But anyways,

    I'm seriously considering coloring my hair and have started doing some research. If you follow me on twitter, than you know I was inspired by a kurlie with a pretty, blonde fro at a cook out I was at a few weekends back. I'm looking at colors in the red family; a red with brown in it.

    I've never colored my hair before so this should be fun. I think I'm going to get my feet wet and just dye a part in the front to see how I like it. If I like it, I may go ahead and dye my whole head or maybe like the top and leave the bottom part my natural color.

    I'm looking for "natural"/eco-friendly 'esque hair dyes. You all know of any that fit this bill? Do share. More updates to come on this.

    Wednesday, July 7, 2010

    Kurly Inspiration: Ishe

    Hey ladies, I know that I've been scarce as of late. There's been a lot going on my way and on top of that my internet in my home is down. I have so much to fill you guys in on. Your patience is appreciated. Until I'm back to posting regularly, I'll probably be doing a lot of re-posts. 

    Here's some inspiration below; especially for us in the Waist Length Hair Challenge. (Don't forget ladies: those who submitted pics, we have our first update/check in next month! Also, for those who keep asking, it's never too late to join, I'm just no longer accepting anymore pictures but you can still give your updates in the comments.)

    Originally posted: 9/8/2009



    Obviously, her hair is blown out in these pics but can we say, daaaaaaaaaaannnggggg! I don't know about you, but I'm so diggin this.




    Not only is she a major stylista but a wonderful musical artist. Hey sound is like a modern funky, neo soul. I demand to know an album will drop!

    Learn more about her on her MySpace page: www.myspace.com/ishemusic

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