So initially I was going for claws when I started this diy design but not liking how they came out it became a silver french manicure, but I think it’s still supercute! I used Barocci black nail polish, the Essie Matte About You that I love and some glitter design polish from the beauty supply store. The black nail polish was a bit cheap so it took more coats of polish than I expected but we made it work and my catwoman outfit was complete!
Seems like every time I get my hair done I do my nails too…not that I’m complaining! I got an invite the other day to what I thought was a nail polish trunk show, but actually was an open house for new condos in Harlem. Serves me right for not reading the whole invite, but I saw the words ‘nail lacquer’ and rsvp’ed immediately! There I met Curtsy and Bow owner, Melissa, whose luxury organic nail lacquer brand just launched this summer. Already sold in a number of Brooklyn nail salons and available online, Melissa named her brand after her love for bows (she even has one tattooed on her foot!) and a testament to the underused curtsy. “The curtsy is so ladylike, it was common years ago and we never do it anymore” says Melissa. Having grown up in a nail salon, Melissa founded her brand as the answer the toxicity of traditional nail polishes she was exposed to as a child.
Something’s buzzing in the beauty world, or should we say slithering. The manicure technique that takes at least 2 1/2 hours and costs about $150-$300, has one main ingredient…molted snakeskin. Cutting each piece of skin custom to your nails gives it a textured look, a trend that’s been growing since the textured leggings and tights started popping up a few years ago.
Now I’m no stranger to Carol’s Daughter, my family’s been using Lisa’s products since she was still based in Brooklyn! This is the first time however that I’m using their Hair Balm. My mom must probably it a while ago but it’s been sitting in the beauty cabinet for months, and I never noticed it back there until I took an “inventory” of the beauty products we have in the house and decided to try it out.
Initially I used it on my twist out fro as a daily conditioner in between washes. While it does help to condition my afro I had to use a lot to get it to make a difference, so I think I’ll be using the Kinky Curly or Karen’s Body Beautiful more for that purpose. Now that I’ve blown out/flat ironed it (I’ll do a spotlight on the Hair Rules products I used a bit later) I was looking for something to put in my hair that wouldn’t make it curl back up again. The Hair Balm was perfect! It immediately added a shine and softness to it, that wasn’t like a synthetic hair shine but a healthy natural shine, which I loved. It smells amazing also, I can’t explain the scent but know its GOOD! Now I’m wishing I didn’t use so much of the bottle on my afro and I’d have more to use now, but it’s $13 and I’ve been using it for over a month with about 1/3 left. One drawback: it leaves my hands very greasy when applying and if I, or anyone else, touches my hair my hands end up greasy again Not a huge deal though so I’m still putting this on my list of favs!