Waxing

This week, I will be providing a brief overview of waxing and threading and some differences between the two. 

While this is in no way meant to be an end-all, it is meant to provide some background and arm you with the necessary information to make informed decisions. 

OK-so let's get to it! Waxing is a hair-removal method. In short, waxing in a salon using warm (or very warm) wax for human use. This is usually beeswax (though some people may also use soy).  The wax is heated in a warmer and then applied to the skin using a spatula and removed with muslin strips. Muslin is a type of material that is also worn on the body. 

Once the wax is applied, the strip is applied and then quickly removed producing a finished product. Cream is then applied to protect the skin against irriation. This sounds quick enough, right? Well, it is. It's a method that has been around for a long time. 

There is another another type of waxing which is 'cold.' This pretty much means that instead of the wax being warmed, the wax is on strips that don't require heat to use. These aren't typical in salons (in my experience) but they are used at home very often. It reminds me of Nad's hair removal strips that were very popular several years ago. This method of cold waxing hasn't been very effective for me. I like the warmer. 

Warm waxing isn't something I suggest for trying at home because it's harder to control. It's easy to make mistakes (if you're not seasoned with hair removal) and it could be disastrous for you if you somehow drop a hot ball of wax on your brow. You could end up bald in that area. Sometimes hair can take a long time to grow back. For some people, it never grows back. That's a REALLY good look. *sarcasm*

One drawback that I've found with the waxing method is the layer of skin that is removed along with the unwanted hair. Over time, this can cause the skin to crinkle. It's not the best look but it typically wouldn't be noticeable to anyone but you. I personally didn't like this becuase I thought to myself that is if looks like this now, what would this look like 10 years from now? And, I didn't like that over time, it started to thin my brows out. It was my body's way of saying that I needed to change up my method. As mentioned here, I'm speaking of waxing the brow. I have found that for other areas of the body, this method has worked fine for me. Brow skin needs some protection and care, so I went on a search for another method that would preserve this space on my face. 

Waxing is not a bad method. It's just good to know other alternatives. In my next post, I'll talk about threading. 

Bridal Day Makeup Giveaway

Hi All! 

I hope this post finds you enjoying your summer. I personally am working on enjoying the outside weather. It's definitely my favorite time of year weather-wise. 

I'm writing to let you know that there is a bridal giveway happening and I want you to participate! The giveway is for military brides currently serving OR her husband-to-be. I have a place in my heart for military men and women. It's pretty easy, I guess, since I've had family members serve. 

The details can be found on the 'giveways' page. Be sure to enter or enter someone you know. 

Girls Trip

The highly-anticipated, much-talked about movie weekend is finally here! 

Girl Trip, a movie released under Hollywood powerhouse Will Packard's entertainment company (Will Packard Productions), was in movie theaters everywhere this weekend. Packard is known for movies such as "Think Like Man Too", "Ride Along ", "Ride Along 2", "No Good Deed" and "Roots". For this film, he teamed up with the amazing Malcom Lee. Lee is known for great movies such as "The Best Man Holiday" and "Undercover Brother". Basically, when you see these two names together, expect something great to come out of it. 

I won't give the movie away or anything close but I would recommend going to see it. I really enjoyed it. 

The basics of the movie is this: a group of long-time girlfriends go on a trip to the Essence Music Festival. The movie was quite interesting and full of laughs. I really liked the movie and the makeup. The makeup really told a great story and fit the characters accordingly. Regina Hall has some AMAZING skin! I always look at her flawless skin slightly mesmerized because she just always looks so good on the big screen. Jada Pinkett-Smith also has some beautiful skin. I also liked Kate Walsh's makeup. Her bold lip was perfect. Everyone looked great. . . .and I would be remiss if I didn't mention the men in this film. Can we say EYE CANDY??? Lorenze Tate is still just as handsome as ever and he still looks like a young 20-something. Kofi Siriboe is complete eye-candy. I love seeing the talent of these men on the big screen. 

There are quite a few takeaways from this movie for me. One  of the being friendship and how important having a good group of girlfriends is for us ladies. We all need the friends who will not only be a friend but love us enough to challenge us to do better. 

As far as makeup, I just love film and I love what was done with the beauty in this film. In my mind (and the mind of others), this is a classic and sure to have many people laughing for a long time t come. 

Bridal Beauty Giveaway

Hi All! 

I hope this post finds you enjoying your summer. I personally am working on enjoying the outside weather. It's definitely my favorite time of year weather-wise. 

I'm writing to let you know that there is a bridal giveway happening and I want you to participate! The giveway is for military brides currently serving OR her husband-to-be. I have a place in my heart for military men and women. It's pretty easy, I guess, since I've had family members serve. 

The details can be found on the 'giveways' page. Be sure to enter or enter someone you know.