Photoshoot Phresh: Tribal Warrior Goddess Makeup

Hey, hey, hey guys n gals!

Today, Triiinity & I had a photoshoot with amazing photographer and our good friend , KwithyKat. It is our second photoshoot with Kwith (of many more to come!) and the continuation of the first concept we ever explored with her, uni-Goddess Ilati Masalu.

{Ilati Masalu: Goddess of Balance & Equality. Ying & Yang Fire & Ice Creation & Destruction There are two sides to this omnipotent Goddess. She manifest herself as two women who are themselves two sides of the same coin. Depicting her power over all Earth’s elements, she commands power over chaos & order, creation & destruction. She embodies the importance of perfect universal balance, knowing that everything has its perfect place and perfect time. Her symbol is Asar, or the all-seeing eye. Residing on the spiritual plane she uses her third eye, seeing in light & the color spectrum, to identify and rectify imbalances that reside in the physical world.}

The first shoot was this Goddess’s introduction. For the continuation of the Ilati Masalu’s story our intent was to depict the Goddess in different situations. This one…the Goddess in anticipation of warfare.

Here’s my half of the look.

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These are quick snaps before we started shooting and the best shots I could capture really quickly. Once the pictures from the shoot are ready I will add another to this post where my eyelids are down & the makeup shows a bit better. (Plus it’ll be in HD…ooh la la, lol)

For the warrior-Goddess look we wanted to go a bit bolder with the tribal so we made black face paint, using a black crayon and coconut oil, to create these dots and lines.

On my brows I used a Wet n Wild brow pencil in Midnight Brown.

For lid shadows , I used the Coastal Scents 88 Palette. Chapstick served as a cheap primer alternative and I put a bright base coat of  2-shades-brighter-than-flesh-tone eyeshadow on top of it. This allowed the makeup look to be stable and well-pigmented.

The lid colors contain yellow, red, and two shades of orange from the palette.

I lined my eyes with black liquid liner and for mascara used both Wet n Wild Mega Protein Mascara & Wet n Wild Mega Length Mascara.

Lastly, my lipstick was a combination of some brown lip base Triiin had from a past makeup kit. A brown lip color from Black Radiance called “Copper low”, shade 5023B and a golden shade of lipstick called “24 Carat gold.”

Can’t wait for the finished products of this shoot!

Check out more of KwithyKat’s work, in the meantime. ūüôā

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Do you guys like my tribal warrior makeup look? Have you done tribal makeup before? How was it similar or different to this look? I love hearing from you guys, soooo let me know!

‚ėģ XOXO A.T.¬†‚ėģ

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Hair of the Week: Mini Twists

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Greeting lovelies! A more appropriate name for this post might be Hair of the Weeks. Sunday I spent hours upon hours styling my hair into mini twists. The style, though time consuming, is a great protective style for natural hair and it is meant to last a long time. Perfection for my busy schedule! So its been a couple days already, but I plan on keeping this style for another 2-3 weeks. I only used Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In, the basic two strand¬†twisting¬†method, and LOTS of patience to achieve this style. Its my first time doing the twists this small and I like them thus far. I like the way they coil up at the ends. The shrinkage with this hairstyle is crazy! My twist are literally more than twice the length they appear when I stretch one. I may stretch the twists out over time using braids or ponytails and see how they look that way. But I’m not too, too obsessive over length appearance.Anyways, enough of me being a Chatty Cathy! Here are a couple more pics where you can see the twists a little more clearly.

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What do you guys think about this hairstyle? Love it? Hate it? Let me know!

Until Next Time!

XOXO Jaz’

Hair of the Week

Hola guys I’m here with another post for all my hair lovers out there. So as I’ve said before, I’m natural and my hair is verrrryyyy thick. For this reason, and the fact that my schedule is way to busy to do anything otherwise, I don’t like to fuss with my hair everyday. I usually do one style for the week and my hair will stay that way (or some variation of it all week). This week it was a twist-out. I did my hair in about 16-20 twists, put them in a ponytail overnight and took them down in the morning. They were still a little damp which allowed for more shrinkage and less definition, but I still liked the results.

Here are a few pictures of how it looked when I first took down the twists (disclaimer: I would NEVER wear it like this, just wanted to show you all what it looked like before I manipulated it)

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Looks crazy right now right? I know, but here’s the finished product….

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Soooo thats it! My hair for the week. What do you guys think? Let me know in the comments below!

Until Next Time!

XOXO Jaz’

Lets Talk Hair!: Naturally Me

Hello my blog-loves! As you all know I generally talk about fashion and beauty. Well hair is a part of that too! I’m natural as most of you may have gauged from my pictures but i get a lot of questions from¬†people¬†I meet about my hair and how I care for it, etc. So I thought I’d answer a few of those FAQs here!

*”Natural” is a term used frequently by women of color to describe hair in a state that has not been chemically altered by relaxers, texturizers, or permanent hair coloring. It is your hair as it was¬†intended¬†to grow naturally from your scalp.*

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Are you natural? yes

How long have you been natural? almost a year of being fully natural, almost 2yrs hair growth

Last Relaxer: 8/17/2010, “Big” Chop: 7/29/2011¬†

Why did you decide to go natural? I had a relaxer since I was about 3yrs old, so other than a few photographs, I didn’t really know what my natural hair looked like. I always admired the versatility of naturally curly hair and it’s something I wanted to experience myself. In late 2008 I didn’t know anything about “going natural” or even the term “going natural” for that matter, but I thought “hey, I’m just gonna stop getting relaxers.” I was still flat-ironing it once a week and treating it like I normally did my relaxed hair so that stint only lasted about 3 months before I decided to relax my hair again. Fast forward to around June 2010, I started getting into research about¬†achieving¬†healthy hair so I decided I would start stretching my relaxers (meaning go more time between each chemical process). I go what I didn’t know at the time, was my last relaxer in August, thinking I would just stretch it to January, but I slowly began to fall in love with the tight coils, waves, and curls I saw coming in. My sister¬†convinced¬†me to wait a little longer to relax it until I was sure I didn’t want to be natural, but as more time passed I decided natural was for me and continued on the journey relaxer-free! (long story, I know, my bad!)

How long was your hair when you first cut off all the relaxer? My hair, when stretched, touched my collarbone. (I didn’t really flat iron at this length)

How long is your hair now? When stretched my hair is currently around armpit length (APL)

How often to you straighten/flat iron your hair? I actually don’t flat iron it very much at all!¬†I’ve¬†only flat iron it once and¬†blow-dried¬†it (as straight as possible) once. These were two¬†separate¬†occasions and I used heat protectant both times (always use head protectant!!). I plan on picking up the straightener a little more in the near future, maybe once every 6-8wks, since versatility is one of the main reasons I went natural. I want it to be straight sometimes! lol

What is your regimen?

Co-wash once a week using cheapie condtioners (like Suave & VO5, etc) *I hardly ever use shampoo unless I just took out extensions or some long lasting style, or I got my hair wet with pool water*

Deep Condition (for about 3 hours, previous to each co-wash) with mixes *mixes generally consist of cheapie conditioner, glycerin, shea butter, and coconut oil when I need more moisture, and cheapie conditioner, coconut oil, plain yogurt, and one egg when I need more protien*

Use Cantu-Shea Leave-in after every wash (style with this product)

…and generally whatever style I do lasts me for that entire week.

I mainly do low manipulation or protective styles.

What are some of your favorite/go-to hairstyles? I mainly do braid-outs, twist-outs, and updos. Most of my styles with my natural hair have this as a basis.

*If I don’t want to deal with it for a while, a full sew-in weave is usually my go-to for temporary freedom*

Do you think you will ever go back to relaxers? Nah. Highly doubt it.

What do you think about girls with relaxers (or any chemical process)? I don’t think anything is wrong with it at all! I truly believe that you can have healthy relaxed, colored, or otherwise chemically processed hair and look beautiful with it! However, i will say that since your hair is not in its natural state and has been chemically altered, it starts off in a weaker state than natural hair and a little more has to be done to rebuild the strength of chemically processed hair to that natural level of strength (i.e. more conditioning, or protien treatments, necessity of more frequent trims, etc.). It is a personal choice though, and neither is wrong or right!

*style in photograph is a bushy-braid out*

Hopefully I’ve answered many of the questions people have about my hair and maybe informed you a bit on natural hair in general! If you have any more questions or comments, leave ’em below!

Until Next Time!

XOXO Jaz’