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Sunday, 9 September 2012

What's Hot Now: Nails: The Right Shade of Peach

I recently asked my followers on Twitter what colour nail polish I should try next. The resounding answer was peach. So I began my search, filling my Fashion Finds Pinterest board with pictures of peach nails. When I tried to actually find the shade to purchase however, I realised I would be on the hunt for a while. For whatever reason I just couldn't find the right shade of peach. Herein begins my new feature on Beautiful You.... the search for the Right Shade of Peach.

Attempt 1: Go Local
I stopped by a local Rx ( Mall Plaza Pharmacy for those who are interested) and picked up my first trial run test subject: 'Peach' by Turah.

Turah is actually a local brand of nail polish, produced right here in Jamaica. I've seen it for years but never really bought one until now. The name of the colour is Peach ( #75) even though it looks more like just a normal pink. Its a sheer polish, and ideally I want an opaque polish with more orange in it, but I figured its local ( buy brand Jamaica woo!!) and its called Peach, I mean.... all signs are clearly pointing to this one! I like the colour a lot, but if you look at my nail polish collection you wouldn't be surprised that I do.... its like 90% shades of pink. I've even gotten a few compliments on it too.

The only problem I have with this nail polish is that it shifts under top coat. Maybe its the top coat I use, maybe I didn't wait long enough.. I don't know. But even after waiting on entire night, going to bed and all, then applying a top coat in the morning, all of the polish shifted. So I ended up with jacked up nails by the time I got to work.

That aside, I wore it for an entire week and did not need to do any touch ups, so it wore pretty well. This Turah trial was fairly successful...but I'm not satisfied. So I'll be back with another post soon on the next trial run in my search to find the Right Shade of Peach.

[ Want to purchase a Turah nail polish? Need more information? Email Catherine Galma Tucker in Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies at]

Sunday, 26 August 2012

How To Make: Clip In Extensions

Clip-in extensions are quickly becoming the method of choice for women who want the look that weave can give, without shelling out the dough. Clip-ins are easy to wear and most of all convenient, no long hours at the salon, just clip in and go. It gives you the versatility to change your look whenever you want, going from short to long, thin to full in just 5 minutes. They are also easy to make! Keep reading to find out how to create your own clip-in hair extensions.

Here's what you're gonna need:

- hair of your choice
- weave/wig clips
- scissors
- a comb or brush 
- weaving thread
- a needle
- a clip/ hair pin

Step 1:
Measure the tracks of weave that you are going to put in. Part your hair to where you want the extension to go and secure the hair that would be covering the extension with the clip. Take the weft of hair and measure it against the part that you just created. Cut the hair to the measurement and put aside.

Step 2:
Assemble your needle and thread and be sure to double the thread and secure it at the end with a knot. 

That's how big the eye needs to be

Step 3:
NOTE: Because I wanted body/fullness not length I doubled my extensions. So I cut 2 identical tracks and sewed them together onto the weave clips. If you don't want as much body then just use one.

OPEN all your clips from now. This step is really important because you don't want to make the mistake of sewing your clips onto the weft closed, then go to put them in and can't.

This is how the clip looks open

Laying your open clip on the weft, put your needle through the hole at the end, from behind the weft. That way the knot ends up on the other side of the weft, not on the side that goes on your scalp. Repeat this process once or twice. 

Step 4: Closing the stitch
Pull the needle through the hole once more as normal. Before pulling it completely make a loop with the length of thread and pull the needle through the loop, all the way down to the clip. This makes a knot so that the thread won't unravel.

Step 5:
That's it! Repeat the whole process on both sides of each clip. If none of these steps make sense to you then check out my instructional video below:

 (Music: Kalimba by Mr. Scruff)

If my video still isn't clear enough then check out SweetBellaLuna's video on youtube. She also has a video on how to install your clip-ins.

Important tips:

-Start placing your clips at the ends of the track. For the longer tracks you may need to use 3 clips or more. Once you've sewn the clips at the ends then measure the exact center of the track and sew the 3rd. Regardless of the number of clips you use, just ensure that they are evenly spaced.

-Also I realised that I needed to apply tension to the track when sewing the clips so that the spaces in between each clip didn't bunch up. If you find that the weft tends to get loose just pull on the end of it to make it taut.

- When wearing clip-in extensions you have to be careful when combing your hair. If your hand or a comb pulls the clips or draws them down then they can tear your hair out from the root. So be very careful when combing your hair. 

- Some persons sleep in their clip-ins however I wouldn't recommend it because it could contribute to breakage or the clips tearing out your hair 


On average a pack of remi can cost you anywhere around 6000 JMD. I don't remember how much I paid for mine because I've had it for a long time and didn't use it. I think I paid somewhere between 4,000 and 5000 JMD. 

I bought 2 different sizes of clips, not on purpose lol, but because I found the bigger ones at a subsequent store. The smaller clips cost $95 plus tax per pack ( 2 in each pack); I got them at Discount Beauty Supply in King's Plaza. The larger clips I got for $65 per pack ( 2 in each pack) from Fundamentals in Premier Plaza ( right on the corner by the lady who sells the underwear from her van... i know you know her, don't play like you don't).

Fundamentals clip on the left, Discount Beauty clip on the right

I made 2 extensions for myself and 2 for my sister and used a total of 10 clips. I got the weaving thread from Fundamentals as well for like $50. I got the smaller spool of thread because I didn't plan on making many extensions. There is however a larger spool of weaving thread. 

You can use a weaving needle to make the extensions however based on Youtube videos I watched, that kind of needle can't fit through the small holes on the clips. So I used a normal sewing needle with a large eye, the thread is much thicker than normal thread so make sure the eye of your needle is large.

Before and After:

Here's a before and after look at the clip-ins. I'm loving the look! What do you think?





Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Hair Haul and Review- Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition

Hi guys!

I'm back with a hair post, a review of some new hair products I bought. Its a haul and review.

I bought a few products over the weekend including the new Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition shampoo and conditioner and the Aphoghee  2-step protein treatment.

So of course with today being one of my wash days I tried out the Garnier products. On a scale of 1-10 I give it a 9 and 2 thumbs up! Here's how I size it up.

Smell: Amazeballs! The shampoo smells like a fruity smoothy, and almost like a green apple Jolly Ranchers. The conditioner was a little more sophisticated ( if that makes sense), like a grown up version of the shampoo.

Effectiveness: The product claims to make your hair 3 times stronger, healthier and shinier, compared to not using a nourishing shampoo and conditioner. It contains 3 natural oils, avocado, olive and shea, which are supposed to help strengthen each strand from the inside and out.

Prior to washing my hair I had a fair amount of breakage/fall out. I don't have a pick of what came out this morning but here's a pic of what was left after coming my hair right before washing:

When the product was in my hair it felt great! Silky, moisturised, nourished. The conditioner especially felt amazing, and I didn't want to take it out, it JUST FELT SO GOOD! No matter how great it feels while its in your hair, what's really important is how your hair feels afterwards.

The Real Deal

 While washing out the conditioner I noticed my hair still felt very silky. I was worried that maybe I just still had product in my hair so I kept washing it out, but noticed the silky feeling wasn't really going away. The water kept coming out clean and I realised that YES it was my hair not left over product. Yup! Yesiree! 10 points Garnier!

The Aftermath

After towel drying and moisturising with a dime sized amount of coconut oil and Mega Growth Profectiv Break Free Leave-In Strengthener (aka my new daily moisturiser), my hair does feel nourished and stronger and still has that silky feeling. Only 5 strands came out after the final comb through and I left my hair to air dry. I will say tho that during the process a good amount of hair did come out ( see photos below). The amount is normal and nothing to be alarmed about, especially since my hair has not been cut or trimmed in probably over 6 months now. And most of the strands come right out from the root, so most of it isnt breakage. ( I have yet to figure out why the whole strand comes out tho :s. Help plz!)
after 1st comb-out

comb-out during conditioner

Its a 9 so far from me because I can't really judge after just one use. The real test will come after several uses, but for a first try Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition is winner in my books.

That's all for now!
Stay beautiful :)


Note: Products were bought at Discount Beauty Supply in King's Plaza on Constant Spring Road (same plaza as Bryan's Studio) The shampoo costs 495 JMD and the conditioner was 470 JMD, plus tax.

Monday, 4 June 2012

Spring Beauty Influenster VoxBox

I am super excited, I finally got my Spring Beauty Influenster VoxBox. Wohoo!! This baby was packed with cool stuff for me to try. If you don’t know about Influenster, check them out. You sign up for free and do little quizzes to earn badges then if you qualify they choose you to receive a free package called a VoxBox with samples of products for you to try and review. Since I do this all the while in real life with products that I try and just recommending them to by friends I figured I would be able to do Influenster. 

I am in Jamaica but I have a courier address in the states so I had the stuff sent to me here from there. If you are in the States (Or Canada, they are gonna start shipping there now) then the products will be sent free to your door. I suppose I’m an exception because of course to clear the products at customs it costs money. Anyhoos! I got my VoxBox and here’s whats in it:

Sheer Cover Concealer/ Sally Hansen Nail Effects/ Dr. Scholl’s For Her ( which was a bonus)/ Aveeno Active Naturals body wash/ Bath and Body Works perfume/ Chapstick LipShield360 and 1 SoyJoy bar.

So far I’ve tried the SoyJoy bar and the Chapstick. If you follow me on Twitter (@charissazoe... go follow me now!) you know how I felt about the SoyJoy bar: pretty good.

 My rating: 7/10 because:

-          I loved the little pieces of real fruit in it
-          I loved that it tasted healthy, I really felt like I was doing my body a huge favour ;)
-          The packaging was nice and simple
-          It had lots of fiber, vitamin A and Potassium and its gluten free and free of lots of other bad stuff too
-          It did taste healthy... like really healthy, which after a while gave me a bad taste in my mouth, i don’t know why.
-          Because of that I couldn’t finish it. Maybe if they had a mini bar or like ‘Soyjoy Bites’ or something that was half the size and you could just pop it in your mouth, then that would have gone over better

Chapstick LipShield 365gets a better rating: 5/5. I’ve needed a new chapstick for weeks since my Blistex one finished. I couldn’t get around to buying one and I was so happy that one came in this VoxBox. It has SPF50+ ( lots of sunscreen) and skin protectant. Its supposed to help repvent sunburn as well as prevent cracked/chafed lips like all lip balms. It was sealed when I got it, in its own cute little package. On the package it says that its good for all seasons, winter or summer, which is great because in Jamaica its HOT and summer is approaching so its VERY HOT. [ like sweat in your sleep cause your room feels like fire kinda hot].  I spent Sunday on a catamaran for 3 hours in full sun and made sure to wear my LipShield365. Here are the results:

-          It smells like a fruit smoothie! Thats enough for me to want to use it LOL!
-          The application is smooth like baby oil. I tried a lip balm the other day from Burt’s Bees and it would crumble as you put it on, plus it made your lips look white. So i was super excited when this one went on smoothly
      My lips were fully moisturised for the entire catamaran cruise, they didn't feel chapped at any point in time and I didn't have to reapply.
      My only drawback is that it tastes like sunblock ( no I've never eaten sunblock before, it tastes like the smell of sunblock >__>)

     I'm looking forward to trying more of the products and blogging about them. Stay tuned here for more details.

What should I blog about next? Sally Hansen Nail Effects/ Dr Scholls.

Tweet/Facebook/Comment below to let me know what you think.


Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Rollerset Day 7 update

Quick update:

So I'm now on day 7 of my first rollerset. I opted out a headband today and decided to pull the front section of my hair back and secure with bobby pins. Because of the way that I tie my hair at night with the headband the curls at the front of my head kept getting pulled back. Now they are more or less straightened out so pulling it back with the bobby pins was a cuter way of keeping everything in place.

Take a look:

Friday, 13 January 2012

6 month Rollerset Challenge

Hello lovies,

I know its been a while, but my job has me busier than ever. Happy New Year to you all!! I hope you experience the fullness of God's blessings this year, that you grow and learn from every challenge and that you discover something new about yourself.

One of the main things I want to work on this year is my hair journey. Since my last post on it I've changed hairdressers and my hair is slowly but surely recovering from the last setback. Its much healthier now and starting to grow again. YAY!!!

Now I found a new hair and beauty blogger on Youtube EbonyCPrincess1 at the end of last year. I went to her blog and saw that she was doing a rollerset challenge for 2012. I don't rollerset my hair often but its one of those things that I always want to do but I'm too afraid of doing. I love when my hair is curly, I think its so cute. So I decided to take the plunge and sign up for the challenge. I haven't taken my before pics yet, but I'll take them and post them when I wash next week.

I washed my hair on Wednesday night as usual (regimen below). For the rollerset I actually used three different types of rollers because I didn't have enough of 1 type. I used the smallest curlers I could find in my mom's stash, plus I used some small flexi rods and these strange curlers from Annie. I had the flexi rods at the back, the strange curlers in the middle and the small curlers at the front.


The best curls came from the flexi rod and the small curlers. Ive never done this before so now I know how to manipulate them and what to do. I didn't seal the ends properly which I now know how to correct that. Sealing is definitely important ladies. You didnt want frizz at the end of your curls. The Annie curlers are honestly tricky to use and even when you think you've gotten it right the curls just didn't come out right. For persons more experienced in using them they may get better results but for me, they just didn't work. The fuzziest part of my head right now is where those rods where used.

Overall I'm happy with how it came out. These pics are from today, the second day. I used Ebony's method of protecting them while sleeping which really worked.

Pics and Resources:

How I learnt to use the Annie rods (they didn't come with instructions):

Tips for successful rollersets ( gonna be using these tips more for my next rollerset0

Preserving a flexi rod set