Monday, May 31, 2010

My Memorial Day with Wyclef Jean!

This morning, I woke up at 12 noon thinking that my Memorial Day was gonna be yet another boring day spent indoors. I didn't even bother to wake up until 12 noon. I woke up sweating because it was 85 degrees outside. Mondays are my wash days, so I was looking forward to wash my hair today, since the rest of the day was gonna be boring anyways. I washed, did a light protein, and deep conditioned.

While I was deep conditioning, my cellphone rang, and it was my friend calling me. She told me that her ex-boyfriend was going to Wyclef Jeans house for a private BBQ he was throwing at his mansion and invited her, and she wanted me to come along. Her ex-boyfriend is Wyclef's barber, so he's always at Wyclef's house. I never really met a celebrity before, and I wasn't doing anything for Memorial day, so I thought, why not? She told me to be ready by 5. By 4:30, i rinsed out the conditioner in my hair, and applied my leave-in's and moisturizers. But I didn't want to go to a party with sopping wet hair, so unfortunately, I had to break my no heat challenge just this one time to lightly blow dry my hair with lukewarm air. I blow dried 85% and let the rest air dry. I wore my hair down on my shoulders, with a little poof in the front. Then I got dressed and went to my friends house so we can go over to Wyclef's house.

We both met her ex-boyfriend somewhere, and then we followed him in her car to Wyclef's house. This was my friends first time at his house too. When we got there, we were greeted by a big royal blue Bentley at the front gates. Then a longgg walk way that led to the backyard. When we finally reached the yard, there was a good amount of people there. It was a BBQ/Pool party. Wyclef was standing right there when we walked in, and I thought to myself..."Wow, I never met a celebrity before!! Omg!"..Then he walked up to me and greeted me and shook my hand. He showed me and my friend a table where we could sit and eat and drink. I had fun! He spoke to us like a normal person, far from a stuck up celebrity. Even though his house was like 5 houses combined into 1 mansion, he wasn't stuck up or anything. He's cool and has a great personality. His daughter and his wife are beautiful too. After we ate, Wyclef invited us inside his house upstairs to the Home Movie Theater to watch a movie. After the movie, we went back to the backyard, and ate some more food, which by the way was delicious! We got acquainted with his brother and friends, and just had fun talking and joking. I really enjoyed myself. It's funny. I woke up this morning thinking I wouldn't leave my house, and ended up at a Celebrity's house for a BBQ, how crazy is that? Anyways, I hope you all had fun on Memorial day!

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Because of Wyclef, I had to break my water fast and eat something lol. He kept begging us to eat haha..I'm glad I did because the food was so GOOD! But I'm restarting my fast tomorrow. This was unexpected people! lol

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Time To Detox...

For a long time, I've been experiencing unhealthy eating habits. From chips, to soda, to burgers and fries, I've eaten it all. There are even times when I eat fast food almost everyday, and sometimes I even eat fat greasy foods late at night, past 10p.m. I cant help but to feel so disgusted with myself when I binge on a whole box of cookies in 1 day. My bad eating habits are also interfering with my health, and have caused a few minor problems before. I'm always running to the doctor for check-up's and follow-ups because of some type of infection that occurred.

The only good thing about eating so much, is having the ability to not gain so much weight because of my high metabolism. But the truth is, internally my body is horrible, and I'm out of shape. I always feel tired, sluggish and lazy, and I feel that it's the right time to detoxify myself.

I've been doing some research and found that I can actually detox myself by drinking water! Only water, nothing else. It's basically a water fast. I've read journals of people who did water fasts, watched videos on Youtube, and read articles for months. I have been thinking of doing this fast since last year, but was never disciplined enough to go through with it. Well, now I feel it's time to really cleanse out my body.

Water fasting is very beneficial, because it removes all the nasty toxins from your body, clears up your skin, and helps you drop a few pounds too. People who have tried it felt energized and brand new. This experience also led them to eat healthier, which is what I need to start doing. People usually fast for 3 days or more. There was a woman on Youtube who did for 40 days!

Anyways I am gonna start my fast at 1AM on Monday May 31st to start off fresh. I'm going to attempt to do it for 7 days, so wish me luck. I will keep you all posted with a daily update on my fast. I'm not doing it for weight loss purposes, I am doing it for cleansing. This procedure is very healthy and most Doctors recommend it to their patients. Thanks for reading.

**Update** I will be restarting my fast on June 6, 2010 because it will be the beginning to a brand new week, and I would like to start off fresh.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Janet Jackson's Big Chop!

I love Janet Jackson's new hair cut! She's a very beautiful woman, but looks even better with shorter hair. I'm not sure if she's going natural or staying relaxed, but what ever she plans to do, she looks FAB! Go Janet!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Weekly Report: 1 week post (May 17 - May 24)

DISCLAIMER: I am going to start writing weekly reports on what goes on with my hair from the time it's freshly relaxed till it's time for me to relax again. This period, I relaxed on May 17th and will be relaxing again in July 12th. From now on till July, I will post a weekly report on what happens with my hair for the week for my records and also to keep you all updated.

I am officially 1 week post relaxer. I relaxed last Monday on May 17th. My cousin relaxed my hair with Affirm Fiberguard. She didn't relax completely bone straight, so there's still some texture in my roots, which i love. She also put in a black rinse, dusted my ends, trimmed my bangs, and flat ironed. I wore my hair down for 5 days because I wanted to look nice on my birthday, and also enjoy wearing my hair down since after I wash it out, my hair will be bunned up until I relax again in July (I'm on a heat free/protective style challenge).

On Sunday night, I did a Aphogee 2 step protein treatment to restore all the protein lost during the relaxer process. I washed my hair with Neutrogena Triple Moisture Cream lather shampoo. Then parted my hair into 6 sections, and saturated each section with the Aphogee 2 step treatment. My hooded dryer stopped working, so I had to use a hand dryer to harden the treatment onto my hair. After the treatment, I rinsed it out, then deep conditioned over night with Silk Elements Megasilk moisturizing treatment. I rinsed that out the next morning, and sprayed Infusium 23 leave in, Herbal Essence Long Term Relationship leave-in, and S-curl to my hair. Then I let it air dry for the day. I'm gonna moisturize and seal twice a day with S-curl and Castor oil. I will also be wearing my hair up in a bun for the whole week with little to no combing. So far, I took my iron and multi-vitamins faithfully everyday..i only missed today :/ Very little to no shedding this week.

I'm sort of not happy with the way my hair looks right now after all the shedding I got before my relaxer. I am trying to get it to grow a certain length and attain a certain thickness before I can start showing off my hair again. This is why I am on a heat free/protective style challenge till my next relaxer. So I will refrain from taking length pics until I'm satisfied, hopefully by my next relaxer in July.

Small Birthday Haul

My mom gave me some money for my birthday, so I went shopping and bought a few things. I thought I would share with you all what I got.

Charlotte Russe romper:
Originally $24.00 Student discount bought it to $21.60

Express romper:
Originally $49.50 but 30% off $34.65

Forever 21 Striped puffed shoulder dress:

Charlotte Russe flip flops:

Papaya necklace = $6.99
Wetseal earrings= $6.00

Silk Elements Mega Cholesterol Conditioner:
$4.00 (Sallys Beauty)

Aphogee 2 minute reconstructor sample:
$2.29 (Sallys Beauty)

Ardell Brow Stencils:
$3.89 (Sallys Beauty)

China Glaze "Turned up Turquoise":
$4.49 (Sallys Beauty)

China Glaze "Pink Voltage":
$4.49 (Sallys Beauty)

And that's it for my little haul!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Happy 22nd Birthday to me!

Today, May 20th, 2010, makes it 22 years since I've been born! I feel old, but then again I'm happy that God gave me the chance to see 22 years. I am a healthy, active 22 year old and I thank God for that. I didn't really do much today since my birthday fell on a Thursday. I requested the day off from work (who wants to work on their birthday? lol) I treated myself to the nail salon. I got a much needed manicure and pedicure. Today was the first time I ever got a gel manicure, and I love it! It was $30 dollars, but well worth it because it seems like it will last me a long time without chipping or anything. I got a pink colored gel (forgot the name), but it's really subtle, pretty and feminine. My friend also accompanied me to the salon to keep me company while I was being pampered.

Then when I was done, we both went to eat lunch at the Bagel shop a few doors down. The weather was hot (82 degrees), and everything just seemed so nice and peaceful. After wards, I came home and just relaxed. Me and my friends are gonna go out to dinner on the weekend to celebrate. I want to wish any Tauruses who are reading my blog, a Happy Birthday too!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Summer Hair Bootcamp .

Since my relaxer mishap (I'm currently editing that post which will be up soon), I am putting my hair into bootcamp! That's right...bootcamp. This means, I will be enforcing strict rules for my hair which must be followed every single day this summer. If you want to join in, you're welcome! All of my rules may not apply to you since everybody's hair is different, so you can make your own lists if you want.

My Rules:

♥ No heat at ALL: no flat iron, no roller sets, no blowdrying. Heat is only allowed the day I relax.
♥ Air dry!
♥ Castor Oil/MN mixture applied to scalp 3 times a week
♥ 2 Iron pills a day and 1 multivitamin a day
♥ 3 bottles of water a day
♥ Moisturize with S-curl and seal with Jamaican Castor oil twice a day
♥ Protective style 24/7
♥ Baggy ends every night
♥ No co-washing (my hair hates too much manipulation)
♥ Wash and deep condition once a week (every Friday)
♥ Comb only once a week

Relaxer Update (Not Happy).

I relaxed my hair today at 12 weeks post, and I am not happy. I lost SO MUCH hair during this particular stretch, I don't even know where to begin. The first 6 weeks of my stretch were fine. Then at 8 weeks post, I braided my hair into cornrows and put my half wig over it until I reached 11 weeks post. During weeks 8 through 11, I had so much stressful studying to do for school, I neglected my vitamins, and also my diet really sucks (eating McDonalds and Burger King messed me up big time!) So I guess my hair responded by shedding. I also think that I'm in my shedding phase too, which added on to the problem.

After I took out my braids from under my wig, I had so much knots and tangles. The night before my relaxer, I detangled my hair in sections in preparation for my relaxer the next day. When that process was over, I had a huge hair ball in the sink which was 3X bigger than a quarter!

Even when my cousin was relaxing my hair, there was hair shed occurring. After my cousin was all done with my hair, my hair seemed so thinned out! My February relaxer, my hair was nice and thick and now its the opposite. My stylist a.k.a cousin said it's because since my hair is getting longer, I have to cut down on my stretches, and I was also thinking the same thing. I thought 12 weeks was perfect for stretching. But my hair seems like it hates it. Always listen to your hair. I'm gonna stretch for 8 weeks now, I think this will be better for my hair's health. I mean it's still thick, but not as thick as it was before. So I'm not going to show pictures of my hair until it's improved. I will be doing a Summer Boot Camp Challenge to get it back in shape, which you can read by clicking here. Thanks for reading.

This is all the hair that I lost from detangling on Sunday night. I lost the same amount a few weeks ago when I was braiding my hair for my under my wig.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

I finally got it..(Coastal Scents 88 Pallette)

After watching what seems to be hundreds of Youtube make-up videos, almost all the Guru's I'm subscribed to on Youtube have had tutorials with the Coastal Scents 88 palette. I'm a newbie to make-up this year. I kept my focus on hair 100% in the past and never even gave make-up a chance. Now that my hair is getting better and is on the right track, I want to move on to the next big thing, and for me that's make-up! I want to perfect my make-up skills, but I needed something very affordable to help me practice my skills. After years and months of saying that I'm gonna order the Coastal Scents palette, (I'm a BIG procrastinator), I finally made a decision to get it. I ordered it from Amazon (it's cheaper than ordering on the Coastal Scents site). And Amazon is really good at delivering things in a quick and timely manner. I ordered on Tuesday, and got it on Friday. I found the box sitting in front of my door after school, (I hate UPS for just dropping things in front of your door! They could at least make you sign something to make sure you get it! Ugh!). Anyways, the palette came to my house safe and sound. No broken shadows, nice and neatly wrapped in bubble wrap. I got the original matte palette to practice with different colors and see what fits me. It cost $18.00, but with shipping and tax I paid only $23.93. My birthday is coming up in 2 weeks so I hope i can come up with a nice look to wear when I go out. I was expecting the case to be much bigger, but it's kind of small which is good because it'll be easy to store in my small room. And the shadow size really is dime sized. But there are so much colors in there, you'll probably never be finished! I tried to do a look last night, but got overwhelmed with all the colors. The colors are super pigmented, but seem like they'll come out better with a base underneath. I am in no way a Make-up Expert, but I do believe the colors can be compared to MAC. If you're new to make-up and want to experiment with eye shadows, then Coastal Scents is the #1 palette to try out. It's very affordable with super pigmented colors!

Monday, May 3, 2010

My favorite housewives are back!

I'm so happy that Real Housewives of New Jersey is back for Season 2! I think New Jersey has the best housewives, and really keep you wanting to see more. They remind me of grown women still stuck in High school, very entertaining. The other housewives shows, except for Real Housewives of Atlanta, are really boring to me :/ Anyways, Season 1 was crazy and full of drama, and seems like Season 2 will be just as juicy as last season. It premieres tonight on Bravo at 10 p.m. Check it out!

Here's a sneak peak of what's gonna happen this season!