Nail Files: Bella's Beautique


Hey all! Hope you are ready for the amazing weekend ahead. Today, I'm bringing you the first post in my new monthly series, "Nail Files", which will feature one amazing local or international nail technician. My first post in the series features none other than Annabel Glaze, owner of Bella's Beautique right here in Jamaica. I first met Annabel 2 years ago while she operated her one woman nail art mobile business. Today, she has her own physical space where you can experience professional nail care services in a relaxing ambience. With celebrity clientele including Denyque and Kamila McDonald-Alcock, Annabel is the true definition of quality, and an incredible human being. 
Enjoy!


Makeup Starter Kit On A Budget


Having drawers filled with makeup is every girl's dream. Unfortunately, purchasing makeup is not particularly the most inexpensive thing, especially when you're faced with so many options you've seen on YouTube videos, or on your favourite beauty blogger's posts. You may find yourself buying one too many items, because the task of choosing one product to test becomes overwhelming. Eventually, of course, you may not favour a selection or two, which results in you throwing them through the window. Just ask me about it. Then, just like that, all that money goes down the drain. 

My Dream Home Office

As I sit here juggling final assignments, I can't help but dream about decorating my very own home office when the time comes. 

My dream home office would boast a very contemporary vibe. Of course, my choice of colour for the walls and furniture would be white. I wasn't always an "all white" girl when it came to interior decorating, but as a blogger, you learn to appreciate the brightness and cleanliness of white, especially when dealing with product photography in your own space. 
Before you go thinking all white is boring, let me inform you that it gives you the opportunity to go all out with accessorizing. I love gold, so that would definitely be an accent colour for my office. A white and gold combo is sooo chic. I'm also yet to get over my crazy phase of pink loving, so I would use that for a pop of colour for items such as wall art and throw pillows. A paper tray would also be a must, as it would aid with keeping all my files organized instead of being thrown all over the desk, allowing it to appear cluttered. 

I believe it's very important to have a lovely space to work, being surrounded by the things you love. Here's an idea of what my dream home office would contain.





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Fashion Friday: All Black Errthang


It's Friday, and you're probably heading out with your girls tonight for a well deserved GNO. A typical GNO requires you to get all stylish and sexy for the night's festivities, making an all black ensemble perfect for this occasion. After all, you can never go wrong with a little (or a lot) black in your outfit choice. 

For this outfit inspiration, I paired this strappy bralette with this lace bodycon midi skirt. Because the bralette is a tad bit more revealing than say, a regular cropped top, a midi skirt that is high-waisted is your safest option, as it allows you to cover up a bit more, so you can avoid looking too raunchy. If you still want to cover up more, or if the weather isn't warm enough, you can always throw in a stylish leather jacket for some comfort and edge.

Keeping with the all black theme, I paired it with these cross-over strappy sandals, black triangle earrings, and a black snakeskin textured clutch. Throw in a trendy arm cuff in gold, and finish off with some berry lips.

Have an amazing weekend!


Complex Simplicity Front Strap Bralette
Black Floral Crochet Lace Bodycon Skirt
Tony Bianco Alita Sandals
Spiral Arm Cuff Bracelet
NARS Liv Audacious Lipstick
Hematite Stone Triangle Earrings
Black Snakeskin Texture Twist Lock Clutch
 
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Apple Cider Vinegar - For The Skin



At home beauty recipes are the best things for any beauty junkie. I find so much pleasure in using simple, everyday ingredients in the kitchen to help to maintain, exfoliate, and soften my skin. From naturally scented sugar body and lip scrubs, to cinnamon and honey face masks, there's absolutely nothing I would not try, just for the heck of experimenting. 

One new everyday ingredient I have been using lately is apple cider vinegar (ACV). Apple Cider Vinegar is naturally antiseptic and antibacterial, and helps to balance the pH of your skin. I am still on the road to getting clear skin, believe it or not, so my reason for testing ACV is to help get rid of my acne, acne scars, and to help tighten my pores. 

The smell of it can be a major turnoff for some persons, like myself, but have no fear, it dissipates in the snap of a finger. I've read that it's also best to use raw, unfiltered vinegar, as it is this that contains all the minerals, enzymes, nutrients, and beneficial bacteria. I go with anyone I can get my hands on, and it still works fine, using a cotton ball to apply to affected areas. 

ACV is an amazing beauty product for your skin because it:
  • Contains natural alpha hydroxy acids, which have been used for centuries for skin rejuvenation
  • Lightens sun and age spots
  • Balances the skin's PH
  • Improves acne and acne scars
  • Helps minimize appearance of pores

MAKING YOUR OWN ACV TONER

Step 1 – Get some apple cider vinegar. Raw and unfiltered is better, but anyone can work if you're not fussy. 

Step 2 – Add some ACV to a small container and mix with filtered water. You can start with 50% ACV and 50% water, but feel free to dilute the mixture with more water, depending on the sensitivity of your skin.

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What To Wear To The Color Festival - Jamaica

On Sunday, March 29, one of the best, must-go events to hit Jamaica will be back in action at Hope Gardens. The Color Festival, also known as 'The Happiest Festival in the World', promises to be more exciting than ever with 'a great line up, even more and better colour, superb drinks and a perfect celebration'.

If you're travelling in my boat, you've probably never attended any of the stagings of this event, and as a result, you're probably clueless as to what to wear to have coloured powder thrown all over you. The promoters of the event give us a hint - wear white! Wearing white enables the effects of the colour to be more visible than if you were to wear coloured clothing. However, they do suggest that you don't have to wear a full white outfit, but at least a white shirt. Ensure your clothing is comfortable, including your sneakers/sandals.

You'll also want to make sure you wear clothing that you'll be ok tossing out afterwards just in case it becomes damaged due to the powder. Keep accessories to a minimum - simple necklace, pair of earrings, simple cuff bracelets, OR a lightweight body chain will do the trick. If you do opt to ditch the jewelry, flash tats are a great way to add some flair to your look.

Based on pictures from previous events, I've created 3 outfits you can wear to The Color Festival. They're very simple, casual, and comfortable. Check them out below!




Yes, I Relaxed My Hair!

Yes, I relaxed my hair.
For those who follow me on Instagram, you may have seen me upload a photo with my straight mane a few weeks ago. Truth is, I loved my natural hair - the curls, testing different products, and the whole works. And heck, I would do that natural hair journey all over again! One lesson I learned through it all was that, hair is hair. You just have to take the time out and have the patience to take darn good care of it.


 Being natural taught me how to care a whole lot better for my relaxed hair. I now use better products, and take care of it just like I would my natural hair (and I was super obsessed when it came to keeping it healthy). I'll try to stay away from bleach and colour (note: I'll try), as it was the case of that which led to my hair breakage in the first place.
One of the strangest, or might I add, coolest thing I've realised since my relaxer, is that once I shampoo my hair each week, my curls pop right out (best of both worlds?), and so I have the option to wear it curly without the use of heat, or straight once I roller set. I try to minimize heat usage as much as possible, and so if I decide to flat iron, I ditch the blow dryer and air-dry.


Now to share with you guys the products I have been using...


Herbal Essences "Break's Over Strengthening Shampoo"
I'm big on Herbal Essences products, so there's no doubt that I hopped back on the Herbal Essences boat. I'm now using the 'Break's Over Strengthening Shampoo', and I absolutely love the smell of cocoa. It makes my hair undoubtedly soft. Unfortunately the hair store was out of the conditioner. Womp.

Creme of Nature's "Intensive Conditioning Treatment"
I picked up Creme of Nature's 'Intensive Conditioning Treatment' since they had no Herbal Essences conditioner. I've heard so many good reviews about this product, and it really does match up to its expectations. I don't even have to use a leave in conditioner after this treatment.

Every Strand "Keratin Polisher"
I found out about the Every Strand line of hair products in 2013 when my hair started to break after a bleach job gone wrong. The Every Strand 'Keratin Polisher' states that it's for chemically treated hair, and it is free of alcohol, which is a major plus! It's really thick, so you just have to use a little, resulting in the product lasting a long time.
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