Review: True Glory Brazilian Deep Wave Extensions

True Glory is a hair extensions company based in Smyrna, Georgia (just outside of Atlanta). According to my younger sister “everybody in Atlanta’s heard of True Glory” but of course, me being old and uncool, I hadn’t. They’re famous for having ridiculously low prices in the weave mecca of Atlanta and I initially thought that their prices were a little too good to be true. However, I had my sister buy me some of their Brazilian body wave extensions a few months ago to try them out and I was pleasantly surprised. Their hair was as good as any of the more expensive hair companies I’d tried so I hit them up when I decided to get some curly hair.

True Glory Brazilian Deep Wave

2x 16″ and 1x 14″

I drove the 40 minutes to their location in Smyrna and I was pleasantly surprised by the ease of the transaction. The store was super clean and everybody who worked there was extremely polite and willing to answer my numerous questions. I like the fact that I was able to choose my own bundles of hair so I could touch and see the actual hair I was going to purchase.

I purchased 2 bundles of their Brazilian deep wave hair in 16 inches and  1 bundle in a 14 inch in an off-black colour. One of the 16 inch bundles was a little straggly at the ends but I was sure a deep condition would fix that. I washed and conditioned the hair and put it on a u-part wig and here’s how it turned out:

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Washed and left to air-dry

 I really like the hair but I felt like the hair was dry at the ends and it was a little longer than I wanted it to be so I just had it cut and layered this morning. I’ll be sure to post an updated pic as soon as I can. I’m planning to add a little colour too so this will be the true test of how good the hair is. Curly hair is definitely way more work than I’m used to but I think I’m settling into a nice little routine with it. I’ll be creating a post in a few days about the products I use to maintain it.

A small note about True Glory hair, the hair you buy is definitely longer than advertised and the 16 inch hair felt more like an 18/20 inch and the 14 inch was more like a 16. This is great because you can freely get rid of any dodgy ends and not lose the length you paid for.

The Brazilian deep wave in the 16 inch was $65 per 3.5 oz bundle and the 14 inch was $60 before tax.

I definitely recommend True Glory hair if you’re in the North Georgia area where they have 2 locations in Smyrna and Lithonia. If you’re not in Georgia, they have a website (that needs help) and they can also be reached on (404)794-1010. I hear that their delivery time is prompt and their price is very reasonable.

Look out for a hair care post very soon!

Nana Adomah

FOTD: Truffling

IMG_1141  It’s been a while since I posted a face of the day (FOTD) and there’s no time like the present!

I recently got this Mary Kay mineral eye shadow in “Truffle” and I was determined to use it today. It’s a really nice autumnal/ wintery shade and even though it’s 30C/ 86F in my little corner of Georgia I’m still going to beg like I’m back in England and enjoying a real Autumn. Truffle is shimmery burgundy with micro flecks of gold and it applies really nicely with very little fall-out.

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Daytime swatch with flash

This look was super simple and I literally did it at my desk. I paired the simple burgundy eyes with no top liner and lots and lots of the YSL “Babydoll” mascara. I skipped the liquid foundation and instead used my favourite NARS concealer in “Amande” with my all-time favourite powder (MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in “Deep”) on the rest of my face.

I’m determined to conquer my fear of nude lipsticks this year so I finished off the look with the Laura Mercier Stickgloss in “Brown Sugar”

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Product Rundown

Brows- Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz “dark brown”

Highlight- Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette “white chocolate”

Crease- Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette “triple fudge”

Lid- Mary Kay mineral eye shadow “truffle”

Transition- Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette “milk chocolate”

Liner (waterline)- Urban Decay All Nighter Eyeliner “perversion”

Mascara- Yves Saint Laurent Babydoll mascara “black”

Concealer (under eyes)- NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer “amande”

Powder- MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural “deep”

Blush- Sleek “sunrise”

Lipstick- Laura Mercier Stickgloss “brown sugar”

Liner- Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip “6C”

Happy Autumn!

Nana Adomah

 

NARS Audacious Lipstick in “Lana” Review

I’ve been completely slacking on my social media game this summer so it came as a complete surprise to me when I was gifted one of the new lipsticks from NARS. I had no idea that there was a new line coming out but boy am I impressed.

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NARS audacious lipstick in “Lana”

 

The Audacious Lipstick Collection has been released in celebration of NARS’ 20th anniversary and there are 40 shades in all. Each lipstick is named after an iconic actress and I’m guessing that mine is named after Lana Turner. “Lana” is a bright orangey red and I still haven’t worn it out of the house but I’m determined to challenge myself. All my reds are blue-based reds so it’s nice to have a warm-toned one in my collection.

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New super-luxe packaging

The Audacious lipsticks are far removed from the plastic casing of the regular NARS lipstick line and these are made of a sleek, matte, black metal with a sexy magnetic closure. The NARS logo is embossed directly onto the bullet and it is also faintly etched onto the outer metal casing. Unfortunately, these lipsticks have also been hiked up in price to $32 compared to the usual $26 of the regular NARS lipstick line. $32 puts the lipsticks right next to the Givenchys, the YSLs, and the Diors of the cosmetic world and I’m sure that this may act as a deterrent for some. However, to be fair, NARS has at least tried to let you see where the extra money has gone.

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Fully pigmented in one stroke.

The lipstick has amazing pigment and you get full opacity in just one swipe. The best thing about it is that you barely feel as though you’re wearing anything at all since the formula is so lightweight. I have no idea how NARS managed to pack so much pigment into such a thin formula but I’m very impressed.

I would class these lipsticks as a “nice to have” rather than a “must have” so definitely go ahead and splurge only if you have the extra coins. These come in an impressive range of shades and they are a nice addition to the NARS line albeit at a very high price.

The NARS Audacious lipsticks can be found at Sephora or at NARS.

“I have a real love affair with lipstick. It gives you more power.” Francois Nars

Nana Adomah

Lime Crime Velvetine in Red Velvet Review

Lime Crime Velvetine red VelvetLime Crime is a brand I’ve been meaning to try for years now and I knew that this would be my first purchase once I saw it on the lovely Natalie. Lime Crime velvetines are a bit of a cult product and this colour in particular seems to be perennially sold out on their website. I managed to hunt one down however, and I’m definitely not disappointed.

I have a ton of red lipsticks/ stains so I like to think that my standards are high. Saying that, I think that this is by far the longest-wearing lip product I’ve ever tried (in any colour). The product goes on wet and you achieve opacity with just one swipe.

Lime Crime Red velvet velvetine swatch wet dark skinAfter a minute or so, the liquid lipstick dries down to a super matte finish that won’t budge until you want it to. The swatch I made on my hand endured through washing my face, taking a shower, putting on nail polish, going to sleep etc. etc. Water just seemed to bounce off it so this product is definitely for you if you’re looking for waterproof makeup. It eventually came off with a good waterproof makeup remover and some elbow grease.

Lime Crime velvetine red velvet  dry darkskin swatchThe colour is a blue-based red that is seriously bright so it’s definitely not for the faint-hearted. I decided that I couldn’t wear it without some type of lip liner so I added a dark brown to tone it down slightly. The product isn’t cheap at $20 (exc. shipping) but I think it’s fantastic value for what you get. However, it’s extremely similar to Sephora’s cream lip stain in “Always Red” if you’re looking for a less expensive dupe.

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I love the way it pops on my skin tone (please ignore my unblended lip liner)

Red velvet, like MAC’s Ruby Woo, is one of those reds that will look good on anybody. However, the formula is very unforgiving if you make any mistakes so be prepared to either line your lips or use a foundation/ concealer to clean up any errors.

Also, it goes without saying but there’s no room for crusty lips here! This baby will spill all of your secrets so make sure to thoroughly exfoliate and moisturise before application. The Lime Crime velvetine in “Red Velvet” can be found here (currently out of stock), here, or here and it’s definitely a nice addition for red lipstick lovers of all shades.

Nana Adomah

The Only Shame Is To Have None

 

Urban decay shame lipstick

I’ve had this Urban Decay lipstick for months so I have no idea why I’m only just now writing about it. This was probably my most worn lipstick all Winter and I see no reason why I shouldn’t rock it well into Summer (makeup trends be damned). “Shame” is a lovely deep burgundy colour thats’ part of Urban Decay’s new(ish) Revolution line. There are 23 colours available in the range

Shame glides on beautifully and has a really nice satin finish that isn’t quite a lustre nor is it a matte. It’s highly pigmented and you get really intense colour with just one swipe. The inclusion of jojoba oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, and avocado oil keep lips nicely moisturised and you don’t get that horrible dry feeling that some lipsticks leave.

The best thing about this lipstick though is that you can get more than 5 hours of wear without having to touch up! There’s nothing that irks me more than having to constantly touch up my makeup and this is a huge plus in its favour.

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Wearing “Shame” with MAC’s “Vino” lipliner

The packaging is a sleek metallic pewter with Urban Decay’s signature purple on the inside of the tube. The lipstick is formulated without parabens, sulfates, and phthalates and retails for $22 at Urban Decay or Sephora. This has absolutely been one of my favourite purchases and I cannot recommend Shame enough. 

Nana Adomah 

Lancome Grandiose Mascara Review

Lancome Grandiose mascara

You know the feeling you get when something so incredible simple is finally realised? This is the feeling I got when I tried Lancome‘s new Grandiose mascara. I do makeup as a side hustle and I frequently bend disposable mascara wands in order to access every single lash on my clients. Lancome has so cleverly done my job for me!

Lancome Grandiose mascara swan neck wandI’ve never seen a mascara with a swan-like wand before and this one is absolutely brilliant! I have annoying lashes that grow in every direction and this mascara was able to reach every single pesky one. The innovative design of the wand also forces you to “screw” it out of the bottle (which you’re supposed to do with mascaras anyway) and prevents the pumping motion which cause mascaras to dry out prematurely.

Lancome grandiose mascara bristlesI’m a big fan of small, plastic mascara wands as I feel as though they better grip my lashes so obviously I fell in love with this one. The cone-shaped brush gets at every lash and the unique bend in the wand ensures that you don’t have to contort yourself into dodgy positions in order to get to each lash. The formula of the mascara itself is refreshingly non-clumpy and it doesn’t dry down to that crunchy texture as some mascaras are wont to do. It also gives a really nice lift to the lashes in addition to length and volume.

Finally, the packaging is sufficiently swanky for a luxe mascara and the bottle is reassuringly weighty in the hand. I especially like the suspended Lancome rose at the tip of the bottle.

The mascara is currently available for pre-order on the Lancome website and it retails for $32. I’m sure it’ll be available in stores by next week.

I’m a big fan of Lancome mascaras and Grandiose is definitely a welcome addition to the family!

Lancome Grandiose mascara demo

Picture taken after more than 9 hours of wear. Still going strong!

“The half-life of love is forever”- This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz

This is How You Lose Her Review

This book holds a very special place in my heart because it introduced me to my future baby daddy and literary crush Junot Diaz. I was browsing the shelves of my local library back in 2012 and I noticed the book on a display highlighting new books. The cover spoke to me for some reason and I took it home. This was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made and it seems that yes, you can judge a book by its cover. I devoured the book that same day and I then went back to read Diaz’s first ever collection of short stories Drown, followed by his novel, the Pulitzer Prize winning The Brief Wondrous LIfe of Oscar Wao, which I’d had in my possession for years but had completely ignored as my “to be read list” was embarrassingly long. I’ve since developed a mild obsession with Diaz and I still kick myself for not paying attention to him sooner. I feel like there are those who adore him and those who can’t stand him (the latter have no place in my life :-p) but his work has had an undeniable impact. Now on to the review….

This Is How You Lose Her is a collection of short stories which all (bar one) have the protagonist Yunior in common. On the surface, the unifying theme of the book is love and infidelity, but Diaz’s writing goes so much deeper than that. This is also a book about masculinity, patriarchy, grief, relationships, and yes, as cliched as it is, “the immigrant experience”.

Yunior, the nearest thing we have to a protagonist, is really quite an unlikeable character but by the end of the book you can’t help but fall a little bit in love with him. Diaz’s writing made me feel as if I’d truly lived with these characters and I found them incredibly realistic. The book starts off with ‘The Sun, The Moon, The Stars’, a story about a holiday a couple takes in a last-ditch attempt to save their relationship. Diaz’s writing is startlingly authentic and his use of slang, both English and Spanish, does not come across as forced in any way. His writing is littered with expletives and obscenities but you really feel as though they add to the texture of his stories.  Diaz has a poet’s ear and his writing is utterly sublime. He manages to sum up the exact moment when you know a relationship is on the downward slope perfectly:
‘And that’s when I know it’s over. As soon as you start thinking about the beginning, it’s the end.’

Diaz just hooks you and keeps reeling you in. Yunior is the narrator of the remaining stories aside from ‘Otravida, Otravez’, which gives us a story from a woman’s perspective. Critics of Diaz often lament his hyper masculine characterization and the fact that we only get one story from a female perspective seems to support that but I don’t agree with the criticism at all. Diaz is writing what he knows and if real life in the Dominican-American community is hyper masculine, why pretend otherwise? Real life isn’t sanitary, nor is it all flowers and ponies so I appreciate an attempt for realism in the literature I read.

My personal favourite story in the collection is ‘The Cheater’s Guide To Love’ and I found it an exhilarating read. It’s a story about cheating, heartbreak, and its consequences and it stays with you long after you turn the final page. In fact, I was so loathe to leave Yunior and his family behind that I immediately started Drown, Diaz’s first short story collection published in 1996 which also has Yunior as its protagonist, straight after. I’ve been told that I should have have read Diaz’s books in chronological order as they all have Yunior as the narrator but I didn’t feel as though I missed out on anything major by reading Diaz’s work in the way I did.

I could go on about this book forever but this has already gone on longer than I intended it to. I’ll leave you with a short passage from which we get the title of the book. Yunior has just been caught cheating (for the nth time) from his girlfriend reading his journal:

“Instead of lowering your head and copping to it like a man, you pick up the journal as one might hold a baby’s beshatted diaper, as one might pinch a recently benutted condom. You glance at the offending passages. Then you look at her and smile a smile your dissembling face will remember until the day you die. Baby, you say, baby, this is part of my novel.
This is how you lose her.”
Junot Diaz

Clearly I can’t recommend this book highly enough and I urge you all to read it. Also, check out interviews with Junot Diaz as well as he’s refreshingly honest and hilarious. Any fellow fans of Junot Diaz out there? Let me know!

Nana Adomah