Beat your face, not your Wallet!

YouTube beauty community are saving our lives, and we don’t even know it. Make up artist are showcasing their skills for the world to learn. From simple shadow looks to serious contour series. However, most experienced make up YouTubers are using high end products and that can be a little intimidating for us beginners.

So if you are a beginner to the “beat yo face” community, don’t fret. There are tons of drug store brands that will give you the same look for a fraction of the price.

My favorite brand of all time is elf, short for eyes lips and face. They provide products that are user friendly, effective in cost and easy to get your hands on. You can find elf products in various drugs stores, but my favorite place to purchase their products is Target.

Recommended Products: 

Brushes (black set only)  — For $30,  you can get a flawless finish using these brushes. They’re very soft and easy to hold. The fan brush is amazing for applying highlighter.

Liquid eyeliner — $2 value, high end results. If you’re learning how to apply liquid liner, this will be your best friend. The pointy brush allow you to create the perfect wing. I’ve been using this product since I’ve started wearing makeup.

 

 

Another great brand for cost effective makeup, is NYX cosmetics. NYX has the best everything; from lip products to eyeshadows. Their price margin isn’t to different from elf, although they do have some “expensive” products to be a drug store brand. You will always catch NYX in my makeup bag.

Recommended Products: 

Butter Gloss: $5 in value, If you are looking for a moisturizing lip product with shine and color, then you’re in luck. This product is pretty thick in consistency, so DO NOT apply to dry lips (it tends to turn white in the corners of your mouth). However, this product is still great for those quick makeup looks and you don’t want to go super glam with a lip stick, this is definitely a great alternative.

Lip Lingerie: For $7 you can get the Kylie Lipkit look. It’s available in various nude shades, including the trendy brown lip. Although I haven’t tried the product myself, I’ve heard great things about it. So far I’ve only seen it online, but I would check Ulta as well. I cannot wait to get my hands on it.

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I Boiled My Weave!!!

Being someone who loves and cherishes all things weave and weave related, I wanted to share how I revived my hair!

During the Fall time I purchased some hair from Kendra P., Miink Brazilian Hair Company and saved it to reuse for a rainy day! So I’m going to give a quick recap of how to bring your extensions back to life! (I cannot guarantee results just in case your hair does not turn out as expected).XhjiYakW

First, I prepped my hair by removing any old thread and combing the extensions from the weft to the ends. I also took a big pot and began to boil some water while I work on the extensions.

I then washed and conditioned all of my hair gently in warm water with organix “Coconut Oil” Shampoo and Conditioner. Normally I like to solely cowash my hair and not condition but in this instance I used both since it hasn’t been used in some months. You can purchase Organix products from Target, Walgreens, Walmart, etc. You can also purchase just a cowashing product as well, Pantene is my favorite.

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By the time you finished washing all of your extensions, your water should be boiling now. I added 2 scoops of Silicone Mix into my boiling water. I carefully added all the extensions to the boiling water. Once submerged, I let the hair boil in the mixture for about 15 minutes.51XwQEYbmxL._SY300_QL70_

I removed all the extensions and wanted to make sure my hair was silky and shiny. To do this, I took a couple ziplock bags and divided the hair up into the bags. Then I filled the bags with a couple squirts of Pantene conditioner. I made sure there was conditioner covering the hair and closed the ziplock bags. I let this sit for about three days and rinsed and let my hair air dry over night.

My hair definitely was silky smooth and even now, it has been a week since my hair has been installed and it is still flawless and easy to manage. It’s not tangling and losing its luster. I recommend this method if you have some hair you invested in and can reuse, do it!

Are there any other tricks or hacks you guys use to revive your extensions? Let us know!

Women of Color Wednesday: BreAna Allen

I met BreAna Allen my freshmen year of high school at the Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy. Ever since I can remember, she’s always had this professional aura about herself. I thought she was a teacher when I first saw her, but she was actually a junior in high school!

Born and raised in Saginaw, Michigan, Saginaw Valley State University senior BreAna Allen is the ultimate role model and a true inspiration. Majoring in Business Management, she is the CEO and founder of Beaute Inc., a growing corporation that specializes in retail, health and beauty, food eateries, and special events. She is also the author of the book, Let Me Show You, and is a business life coach.

Talk about a jack of all trades!

Allen aims to encourage both women and men to exceed all goals, at all ages, with high faith and clarity. Her life mission: “To further God’s kingdom with the witty ideas and inventions I’ve been endowed with.”

She is everything that Black Girl Magic embodies. Allen strives to teach individuals how to reach their highest moments of achievement in life. Allen says, “When God created your skin tone, your purpose, your value, He knew you would be unstoppable. Embrace the quality He has placed on your life and dominate! You were made to win in every single area of your life, no matter how you look. Winning has no favoritism, only willing mindsets.”

Allen’s ultimate accomplishment is when she hosted her first fashion show at SVSU, which had 750 attendees! “I was a brand new transfer student with a LOT of success on my mind. 750 attendees came and watched my ladies strut their stuff on the runway. To date, it was the largest fashion show in Michigan,” Allen says.

That’s absolutely incredible.

Becoming the shining star that Allen is today was not an easy journey. For a long time, she was insecure about her physical appearance and struggled with bulimia nervosa. However, her self-esteem issues is what motivated her to create her first T-Shirt line in December of 2008 called Beaute Marc to inspire women to discover their beauty and worth.

Looking at BreAna Allen, I would have never guessed that she struggled with self-acceptance. However, her diligence and her faith allowed her to overcome these obstacles. There really is “beaute” in the struggle, and Allen is a living testimony of that statement.

What I love most about Allen is her spirituality and her faith in God, and how she runs her business on faith. She stands firm with 1 Peter 4:10. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faith stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

She does exactly that, and more. With her confidence and her drive, I doubtlessly believe that Allen will be a millionaire by the age of 25!

BreAna, I have been following your accomplishments and watching you grow for years now, and I just want you to know that you inspire me more than I could ever describe! Thank you for showing me and everybody around you that with confidence, faith, and ambition, you can reach the highest of heights.

To add, Bre’s Hair Extensions, LLC will be opening its first location in Fashion Square Mall in Saginaw, Michigan – located at 4787 Fashion Square Mall, Saginaw, MI 48604 – on August 20, 2016! Be sure to like the Bre’s Hair Extensions Facebook page, and check out BreAna Allen’s website!

Keep climbing and keep shining, BreAna! You’re amazing, and inspire me and those around you more than you know.

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Afro-Textured Hair IS Good Hair

“I wish I had good hair,” is what I used to say before I fully fell in love with everything about myself, hair included.

Growing up, many Black girls like me are conditioned to believe that our hair is not good unless it’s 1) long and 2) straight. Perms/relaxers were the cure to “nappy” hair. If your hair was anything outside of the norm, it was considered unkept. Being natural wasn’t even a thing like it is today, so rocking an afro definitely wasn’t encouraged.

Now that I think about it, I am completely disgusted with myself for believing in these ideologies, which led me saying things like, “I wish I was mixed so I could have good hair” and “I’m going to marry a white man so my kids can have good hair.”

What if society fetishized afro-textured hair as much as it fetishizes mixed-raced hair? I mean, everybody always loves Becky with the good hair. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for my sistas with the afros.

Mainstream media contributes to this lack of love for afro-textured hair. It’s underrepresented and isn’t considered as beautiful as softer, curlier textures. Even people I know personally have this false ideology of what good hair is supposed to look like.

It’s time that we change the idea of what it means to have “good hair.” Black women have good hair. I have good hair. Afro-textured hair IS good hair. I had to stop and question…I don’t have good hair? According to what? The media? Pop culture? Men that drool over these Instagram honeys who are biracial with long, curly hair?

Caring for your hair, loving your hair, and keeping your hair healthy is what should constitute as having good hair. As Maya Payne Smart said in her article, “This Is How You Learn to Love Your Hair, your hair should “reflect great self-awareness, self-confidence and vision. Always remember who gave you that head of hair–your parents, your ancestors, your Creator. Then care for it like the inheritance it is.”

It’s time that we forget everything we were told about Black hair, and restructure our thinking to be more inclusive to all hair types, and realizing that mix-raced hair isn’t the only type of good hair. And for that reason, I rock my afro with dignity, confidence, pride, and love.

Beauty Kills| EP.6|Season 2

This week on The Social B. Show, Sydney B. sat with friends Traci Burton, Chelsea Phillips, Matt Bracey, and Daniel Hamilton and discussed how beauty kills. Before she could get deep into discussion with the you know she couldn’t forget this week’s hot topics on The Sting. Be sure to check out the entire episode and let us know what you think. Always remember… B. Honest. B. Humble. B. YOU!

 

The Difference In Virgin Hair Origins

By Taylor Winter (Beauty Blogger)

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Virgin Hair Extensions is unprocessed hair, hair that has not been chemically altered.

Many people buy virgin hair and do not know where it came from, or what the difference

is between Brazilian, Peruvian, Malaysian and Indian. If you would like to learn about the

difference of these origins and how to properly maintain your virgin locks, read more below!

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Do You Know Your Makeups Shelf Life?!

By Taylor Winter  (Beauty Blogger)

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When it comes to makeup, almost every women dreams of

building the most amazing collection and really invest time and

money into what goes on their face, but are you aware of

the shelf life of your makeup? I sure wasn’t, but not being aware of

how long you need to keep your makeup can be very harmful

to your skin and health in the long run. But don’t worry! We over here

at The Social Bee have you covered!

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