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

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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