How To Blend Clip In Extensions With Natural Hair

Better Length contacted me to test out their natural hair clip in extensions. I was really excited. I have never tested out clip ins on my hair. Ever. So, I said yes! I sat in a chair by the door and waited for them to arrive. They arrived and I was still really excited. I opened the package and stroked the hair. Still. So. Excited. I washed and conditioned the hair. Beyond excited. I braided my hair. Okay, the excitement waned a little. Corn-rowing my hair is literally torture. Once, I was done with the braids, I got excited. I sat in the bathroom in a chair and waited for them to dry. Did I tell y’all I was excited? Well, I was excited. They took one million years to dry. Once, they were dry and I was ready to attach them to my hair. I said “Oh, Crap”. I have to do some work and actually get these things to blend with my natural hair. Oh. Oh. Oh. No. It was not as difficult as I expected. It was actually pretty easy. I was just so excited, I forgot there was going to take a  little work to pull these off.

How To Blend Clip In Extensions With Natural Hair

 

What did I do?

I watched a butt load of Youtube videos. That’s what I did. Youtube is an infinite resource for all things related to all things. A lot of videos suggested doing a twist out on my hair to blend in with the clip ins. I know my hair pretty well and I knew that a twist out was not going to work. So I opted for a braid out. I added some shea butter to my hair to help give it some shine because my hair is naturally pretty dull. I braided my hair with the clip ins and let it set overnight. The next morning, I unbraided with a little oil on my fingers. Then, I sent some pictures to my friends to see if I had pulled it off. This was a team effort y’all. Friends said it looked good. YES!

How To Blend Clip In Extensions With Natural Hair

The video below was brought to you in part by Better Length and Nicole & Toya. Let me know what you think. Have you ever tried natural hair clip ins? I am actually really excited to try some more styles with this hair.

These clip ins were sent to me for free for my honest review from Better Length. If you are interested in purchasing clip ins from Better Length if you use the promo code ‘Erica’ you will get $8 off any double wefted clip ins. 
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Tony Moly “I’m Real” Sheet Masks Review

I love skincare. Well, I love my skin and so I love to take care of it. I want it to be as youthful and supple for as long as utterly possible. So, because of that I picked up these Tony Moly I’m Real Sheet Masks. I am a huge fan of facials and skin masks, especially homemade ones. But, uh lazy. Sheet masks are the best because they are usually full of great skin loving ingredients and they are extremely easy to use and apply. Perfection. So, here is my review of the Tony Moly I’m Real Sheet Masks that I have used so far.

Tony Moly I'm Real Sheet Masks Review

How do you use them you ask? Oh, you didn’t ask and you already know how to place a mask on your face? Fine, gold star for you smarty. Well, for you sheet masks newbies, it is extremely easy. Open your sheet mask package. Unfold you sheet mask. Look at your sheet mask and notice the eye, nose and mouth holes. Count the number of times I say sheet masks in this post, Place your clean, dry face in the mask. There make be a nose flap in your sheet mask, make sure you unfold it and place it over your nose. Learn from my mistakes, people. That’s what I am here for, you’re welcome. Let the sheet mask cook on your face for 10-20 minutes. Remove the sheet mask and massage the excess juices into your skin. Enjoy your new soft and supple skin.

I purchased these Tony Moly I’m Real Sheet Masks on Amazon. To be honest, I searched for korean sheet masks and picked these because the packaging was cute. What do you want me to say? I’m superficial. They came in a pack of eleven masks, each for different skin goals or ailments or conditions or situations. Yeah, skin situations. You can purchase entire mask set or you can purchase them separately depending on your skin situation. I have used a few of them so far and I usually decide which one to use based on my mood or how my skin is feeling at the time. Then, I walk around freaking out the people that live in my house.

Tony Moly I'm Real Sheet Masks Review

 

Here are the masks that you get in the 11 sheet set. To check out a complete list of the ingredients for each mask, click the link next to the mask. You can purchase these masks here link 

 

  • Broccoli Mask Sheet – Vitality link
  • Lemon Mask Sheet – Brightening link
  • Makgeolli Mask Sheet – Skin Purifying link
  • Pomegranate Mask Sheet – Elasticity link 
  • Red Wine Mask Sheet – Pore Care link
  • Rice Mask Sheet – Clear Skin link
  • Sea Weeds Mask Sheet – Skin Purifying link
  • Tea Tre Mask Sheet – Skin Smoothing link
  • Tomato Mask Sheet – Radiance link
  • Aloe Mask Sheet – Moisturizing link
  • Avocado Mask Sheet – Nutrition link

So, I have used three masks from this set so far and I thought I would tell you my thoughts about them. I have tested out the Aloe mask for moisture, the Pomegranate mask for elasticity and the Tea Tree mask for soothing. I enjoyed each of these masks. To be honest, they each left my skin feeling very similar. Mostly, my skin felt soft, supple and moisturized after applying. The Pomegranate mask is the only one that felt different upon applying. It definitely had a more tingly and tightening feeling. My skin was not red or irritated afterwords, but if you have sensitive skin I would pay attention to the ingredients of these masks and how your skin reacts. Overall, I am happy with this sheet mask purchase. At the time of my purchase the average price per mask was about a dollar. The price on Amazon now is about $15 for the set. If you find one mask is your favorite you can just buy a set of that mask. The packaging is super cute as I stated before and super simple to use. I will absolutely keep using these masks, probably once a month as a special spa treatment for my face. I will come back once I have used them all and tell you which is my favorite.

Tony Moly I'm Real Sheet Masks Review

I completely suggest you purchase these masks if you are looking for a easy/lazy way to treat your skin and it’s situations. To check out all my favorite skincare products click here. Do you use sheet masks? It’s all the rage now a days. What is your favorite brand to use?

Oh yeah, I have a couple of Youtube videos testing out these masks. You can check them out below.

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Mini Bantu Knot on Natural Hair

Sometimes, you do a mini bantu knot out on your natural hair. You twist it. You bantu it (that doesn’t sound right). You let it dry for like a thousand hours. You take it down with a little bit of oil on your fingers. You hate it. It so curly and sjurken. The shape is just off to you. You look like Shirley Temple. Then, you upload it Youtube. Ain’t nobody got time to be wasting videos. Then, people like it. You don’t get a single negative comment. Moral of this story? I can’t trust my own judgement. That’s it. Sometimes, you have to accept the hard truths. Mini Bantu Knot Out On Natural Hair

Check out this critically acclaimed mini bantu knot out video. Let me know if there are any styles that you hate but everyone thinks looks wonderful on you.

 

Mini Bantu Knot Out On Natural Hair tutorial

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5 Free Mother’s Day Gifts That She Will Actually Love

I always get in a weird space when Mother’s Day is approaching. Mostly, because I am a mother and I have a mother. It’s always a struggle between making my mother feel special and appreciated but then again I just want to be selfish and stay in bed all day. Am I the only one? I am? Fine, I didn’t like you that much anyway. Below is my list of 5 completely free Mother’s day gifts that she will actually love. Unless, your mom really likes expensive gifts. Then, by all means, buy her something,  Mother’s Day Gift Shop

Okay, here is my list of the things that moms would actually appreciate on Mother’s Day. You don’t have to spend absolutely any money. These are free and I promise just as special as any expensive gift.

 

Clean Something

It’s the simple things. Most moms live in a home that in some way needs to cleaned, dusted, mowed or swept. To wake up or come home from work and have nothing to clean or have one less thing to clean. Literally ecstasy. I’m not joking. Ask your mom.

Graduate

As a mother of teenagers, my goal in life right now  is to just get these kids graduated. Whether it be from high school or college, to get a present that is just a copy of a diploma would literally make me jump for joy and cry real tears.

Leave Her Alone

Some moms are introverts too. We enjoy our alone time. Especially if you have a mom that is always putting others before herself. Those moms that are constantly nurturing, care, cleaning, loving, worrying, I could literally go one forever, for someone else. There are a lot, probably thousands, of mom that would love a day to themselves. Even if that means staying home in bed watching Netflix, eating high calorie foods and napping with no guilt.

Spend Time With Her

I know, I know. I literally just explained why your mom might want to be left alone. But, some moms just want to spend more time with their children. I know weird right? Indulge me. When was the last time you spent a day with her? She misses your face. She might nag you about your life choices. She might hate your boyfriend and tell you that every chance she gets. She might think your outfit is too revealing, too modest or just plain stupid. Either way, love on her in person and let her love on you in person.

Do that thing she spent so much time/money/stress on

So, when you were 8 years old, you were completely obsessed with yo-yoing. So, Thelma, your mom’s name is Thelma in this scenario. Thelma, went out and bought you a yoyo. Thelma, spent countless hours watching you practice this yoyo. Thelma also spent time taking you to the yoyo guru conference that arrived in the city near you. Thelma watched you completely suck at yo-yoing but positively encouraged your horrible yo-yoing dreams. When you turned 9 you ditched the yoyo for baseball. This Mother’s Day, you better pull out that yoyo and do the best yo-yoing you have ever done in your life. Bust those dope yoyo moves, son. She will remember. And she will love every terrible minute.

 

That’s it. Remember you only get one mom. Appreciate her now. It’s important. Love you Lydia.

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Philosophy Renewed Skin Tint Demo & First Impression

They got me y’all. Youtube ads got me. I am not typically one of those people who sees commercials and immediately goes out and buys products. But this time, that was me, exactly.

 

So, I saw this commercial for this new skin tint by Philosophy. The ladies in the ad were all so excited and cute. Their skin looked like magic and bunnies and kittens and rainbows. So, I went to the website and put this skin tint in my cart. Because you know, kittens and rainbows and bunnies, duh. Then I looked up some coupon codes and put some more products in my cart. Because, they got me.

I purchased the Renewed Hope in a Jar Skin Tint in the color Cocoa. It is a moisturizer and a foundation all wrapped up in one. It looks like butter, smells like makeup and goes on like silk. It also contains 20 SPF. Bonus.

So, I throughly enjoyed this product. One, because it is super easy to apply. Two, because I don’t wear makeup often and it is fun. Three, this cost me $$ so it is my new favorite. Check out how well it blends into my skin and how ridiculous I am in the video below. What is your favorite foundation?

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