My goal aside from healthy hair is to also curate the perfect regimen for my thick and curly mane. One that adds to and maintains the moisture balance in my otherwise dry hair, while also promoting hair growth and length retention. Everything so far is so good! I have managed to fall even more in love with my natural curl pattern, more than I ever thought I would and these products are part of the reason why!
I don’t believe in New Year Resolutions, but for 2018 I have decided to try to be a healthier me. This means a more self-aware, health-conscious, and committed version of myself. To begin my journey I have started paying attention what I put in and on my body. One day while strolling the aisles of Sprouts I saw a little display case which housed Gabriel Cosmetics with two other brands. I hadn’t intended to purchase any make-up that day but something in me said to just browse the options. Prior to my outing I had been scouring the internet researching different brands and trying to shade match myself to photos on company websites and under Instagram hashtags, and based on the available shade descriptions. Green beauty can get expensive with and without shipping, and I was very hesitant to invest not only my money but my time in shipping and waiting for products that may or may not work for me. Anyone who is/has transitioned to green beauty has probably noticed the limited availability of products to purchase in store and color selections, so imagine my surprise when I encountered Gabriel Cosmetics.
Jessie James Decker (JJD) is a woman of many trades, and there are many aspects of her life and character I admire. I have been a fan of her’s since 2008 when I heard her single “Blue Jeans” from her self-titled debut album, Jessie (maiden name) James in both “Confessions of a Shopaholic” and “Sorority Wars”. Since then, she has continued her pursuit and production of her own original music; gone on to marry, start a family, and creatively direct the production of her own hair, lip kit, and clothing lines. Finally, she has collaborated with the ladies of Fave 4 (hair care) to produce her own body care line, a.k.a Bless Your Body (BYB) ($24).
I’ve decided to initiate a new series here on the blog, this series will be comprised of foundation tests where I swatch all types of “foundations” from BB/CC creams to tinted moisturizers to full-fledged foundations. I will cross the spectrum of sheer, medium, and full coverage; powders, creams, and liquids; high-end and drug store quality, all for your viewing pleasure. The purpose of this series is to showcase the foundations’ color profiles, texture, and wear in combination with my skin’s complexion and chemistry. Hopefully, the posts consistent with this series will help y’all identify if these are some things you wish to spend your money on, whether it be for the formula, wear, cost, or color range availability. I hope y’all enjoy!
After my last post, I decided that I needed to try out a few other products from the limited Target release of @Beautycounter products. I initially went for the Blusher/Bronzer duo, but then decided on the Color Stay Set of the Beautycounter lip gloss and cream blusher in Peony and Hibiscus (perfect colors for a Jasmine). I was very anxious to try any of the colors because it is a limited release and in my experience, limited releases or makeup kits tend to be geared towards fair-medium skin tones, and not richer tones. I really, really wanted these colors to work, without appearing ashened or invisible on my skin.