Crochet Braids #1

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Hello! I did my first crochet braid! It is a good protective style that I have never tried. I did it myself and it was pretty tedious since I am just learning.

I used two packs of 100% kanekalon hair I got from Amazon, and I curled the ends with hot water and curlers.

 First, you have to cornrow your hair. I had difficulty doing that step, next time I might go to a braiding beauty salon and ask for cornrows. The only thing is they always braid toooo tight! Even when you ask to braid gentler.

After you cornrow the hair, then you get strands of hair and attach to a crochet/ latch style needle and loop it through the cornrows. To secure the hair, you loop it three times and tie a knot.

This process took forever! I did not have a needle so I used a Bobby pin. That was a mistake! It took soo long to loop the hair into the bobby pin. Ahhh! Next time I will try it with a crochet latch needle.

 Anyway here are my results. I tried to hide my part by putting more hair to the front and hiding it that way. Meh. It works sort of. The sides I like to put back, but that exposes the braids a little. I don't think it's such a big deal. I like my hair a little off my face.  I will probably leave the in for three weeks. It is not my favorite style but I did all this work, I don't want to take it down. Lol

I actually might just get a professional to do it, but I do not want to spend so much money...and they braid too freaking tight. Oh well

Maybe I will  try different hair, closer to my hair texture so it looks more natural. *sigh*
Update: I took it out! It did not take very long, but I was afraid of cutting my own hair so I was very careful. I will try it again with marley hair and if that does not work then I will forget crochet braids and stick to Senegalese twists. :-)


 Hope you are doing well!
Love Pretty

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Pink Leopard Hearts

I can't wait for valentines day, so I made a valentine mani. I tried to make hearts out of the leopard pattern. I think it is cute and subtle. I used bling dynasty by opi for the gold and essie flawless for the pink.



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Cherry Blossoms


Hello! Today, I wanted to do some nail art with different pinks. I chose a neon pink and a peachy pink. The pictures cannot capture the neon pink well though.I used pink hot pants by ruby kisses and haute as hello from essie.






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Love Pretty

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NYX Lip Butter Lip Gloss Swatches

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Hi again! Here are nyx lip butter swatches. They are amazing lip glosses. They smell good, they are not too sticky, and they are pigmented. The only thing that I do not like is that some of the colors are a little sheer on pigmented lips. Which are most of the lighter colors and some dark colors,raspberry tart and devils food cake. They all still look amazing though, just not as vibrant.
For darker skin tones, my favorites are the browns shades, praline and ginger snap, as well red velvet, strawberry parfait,  peach cobbler, raspberry tart, and devils food cake.

Red velvet is a super pigmented  bright red. I love that one the most, though!

 I would not recommend fortune cookie for dark skin tones. That one is meh, but the good thing about them is that they are buildable glosses, so you can have a light swatch of color on your lips and it will not look horrible.

I would recommend these for dark skin if you want a light glossy look. For fairer skin, the dark colors will definitely be a bolder color.



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Love Pretty

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Natural Hair Crushes

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I am posting some pretty natural hair crushes. Here are some lovely pictures of natural hair. I hope my hair one day looks as fab as these ladies. I am on a mission to create a fab healthy mane of long hair!
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LA Girl Glazed Lip Paint Lip Swatches on Dark Skin

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Here are LA girl glazed lip paint swatches. They are very pigmented glosses. They smell like peppermint and leave the lips tingly.I would use a lip brush though because if you squeeze too much too much product comes out. My favorites are coy, blushing, tempt, daring, bombshell,and seduce.


Whisper is a light beige on me.
Bombshell is a bright pink. 
Whimsical is a lighter mauve pink.
 Peony is a light pinkish color.
Seduce is a pinkish plum.
Coy is a lavender.
 Flirt is another beige.
Daring another plum, but slightly darker.
Tempt is a dark red.
 Flirt is a bright orange.
 Baby doll is a bubble gum pink.
Blushing is a medium pink.
 Tease is another light pink.
Tango an pinkish orange.
Pin up a bright red.
 Elude is another pinkish beige.
Gleam is a bright golden orange.
Hot mess is a lighter orange.


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Love Pretty

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Wash n Go on 4c hair

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Hey there! I wanted to try a wash n go today, so I washed my hair today. Detangled with a conditioner( the trea tree oil one from trader joes), washed it out and applied eco styling gel ( the brown one) while my hair still was still wet. I am pretty sure my hair type is 4c. I have curls but most are not defined well. I have a considerable amount of shrinkage. Boo. But I still love the style. It is still a little wet. It takes forever for my hair to dry. 



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NYX roll on shimmer swatches

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Nyx almond

Nyx purple


NYX roll on shimmer in almond and purple. Here are some eyeshadow I got from nyx. They are shimmery and so lightweight. I love them. The only thing is they are better with primer underneath to keep the color from fading easily.these are swatched without primer underneath.


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Love Pretty

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Dry Marble #2







Here is another dry marble. This technique is fun and less messy compared to water marble. I pretty much suck at that marble, anyway these colors are all shades and tones of pink. Essie splash of grenadine, sinfulcolors soul mate, and essie cant film fest. My thumb got damaged, but I liked the pattern and I did not want to do it over. :-p

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Dry Marble

Here is a dry marble. I used pinks and purples. This is sinful soul mate, essie can't film fest, and opi ds extravagance.



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Pink Makeup Overload: Wet N Wild Spoiled Brat Swatches and Fotd

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Pink! Pink and more Pink! This is Wet N Wild Spoiled Brat. This palette is surprisingly good. The silver is an amazing, beautiful pigmented shimmer. That is what makes this palette shine. Of course I love anything pink, although I wish the pink shade was a tad bit more pigmented as the color blends more with my skin tone. I swatchedthese without   primer, but for my fotd I used nyx eyeshadow primer. 



Fotd:
Nyx eyeshadow primer
Ruby Kisses Foundation Caramel
La Femme Russet blush
Wet n Wild Mauve Outta Here lipstick
Wet n Wild Spoiled Brat Palette


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Here Is My Wet N Wild Collection...so far....Megalast Lip Swatches on Dark Skin

Here is my wet n wild megalast lipstick collection so far...With labels on the swatches this time. I love these. I repotted them though because I didn't like the tubes. I am going to buy more to get more of a range of colors. Stay tuned for more swatches!

Update: I swatched the wet n wild megalast  lipsticks neutrals again hoping to show the colors pop more.
  • These are all very neutral shades on dark skin. My lips are pigmented brown so it tones down the undertones.
  • Mocha-licious is a brownish pink on me it is very similar to spiked with rum and sand storm. They are all brownish on me.
  • Spiked with rum is a little more pink.
  • In the flesh is a light pink more toned down neutral.
  • Ravin raisin is a light fuchsia on me
  • Cherry bomb is a standard red on me. Perfect undertones for my dark skin tone.

Top left is dollhouse pink, a bubblegum pink.
Top right is mauve outta here, a muted light pink.
Bottom left is purty persimmon,an orange. 
Bottom right is sugar plum fairy, a reddish pink.

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Love Pretty

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Lip Swatches on Dark Skin

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Happy New Year! This year I will try to blog more! Here are some more wet n wild megalast lip swatches on dark skin.

Top left is dollhouse pink. 
Top right is mauve outta here.
Bottom left is purty persimmon. 
Bottom right is sugar plum fairy. 

I like mauve outta here and puty persimmon the best. 





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