Hair routine and How I Keep it Straight but Healthy. 

Soo, I’ve been meaning to spill how I got my shiny black hair to cute medium length all while keeping it straight and healthy. 

My hair is naturally light brown, with auburn/red natural highlights and curly, but straightening it for so long caused it to burn my curls and it’s now a wavy/straight texture (which personally is fine with me). As a kid, I hated my curly hair and not because it wasn’t “attractive” or “in style” but because I couldn’t manage it, I kept it in a ponytail most of the time and me with a fro was a no. The only cute thing about my curly hair was the thickness. I miss my curly hair but straightening it only made it more manageable and I love it. 

The first time I ever really got into hair was when I got my first flat iron at 14. I started buying all these crazy products that would help my hair become more silky and straight. I always wanted what I thought would be considered “white people hair”. Which is a really bad term and so silly to say, but that’s what I felt made me more attractive. I’ve always wanted to look like pocahantas because she had this beautiful brown skin and this beautiful long, black, hair that I fell in love with as a kid. So when my Mom finally couldn’t take anymore of my begging on dyeing my hair, she gave in and recommended Blue-Black. I can’t tell you how in love I was with the shiny color that shines either white or blue depending on the lighting. Ever since then I’ve been dyeing my hair black for 4 years straight. 

That’s my hair story, so here’s how I take of it. 

The unhealthy part of my whole routine is dyeing it and straightening it. I do whatever it takes to keep it as healthy as possible though. 

If my hair has already been dyed, I obviously wash it first. Washing your hair is key but a lot of people don’t wash it correctly. When washing your hair with shampoo—depending on the thickness and length— you only need a quarter sized amount, if you have finer hair and the size of a dollar coin if you have thicker hair. The same amount applies when applying conditioner. It should only be used from the shaft of your hair all the way to the ends of your hair. So, in that case I like to use the godsent, but a wee bit pricey,  Ogx Coconut Milk Shampoo and Conditioner. It leaves my hair super clean, soft and silky. I wash my hair with shampoo and rinse with lukewarm water and then, I like to detangle my hair when I’m conditioning it. I rinse the conditoner out with cold water to lock in the natural shine and oil in my hair. I then squeeze the remaining water out of my hair and then dry my hair with an old cotton t-shirt. Drying your hair with your towel will cause breakage and frizz since your hair is really sensitive when it’s wet.

I then go ahead and apply cold air to my hair using my blower and leave the rest to dry overnight, untied. I like to give my hair an overnight break because I already feel bad for not giving it a break 😦 

In the morning, I wake up and detangle my hair again and apply a heat protecting serum to it. I usually get the Fantasia IC Hair polisher heat protectant serum and apply a dimed sized amount all over my hair. You can get it from your local beauty supply. 

I take each section of my hair and blow it out with my blower. I’m not sure of the name of my blower because i’ve had it since I was a kid. 

Now it’s time for flat iron protection, and you may think “Well why all these oily products in you hair?” I promise you products I use are far from oily (if you don’t use too much) and gives my hair absolute life everytime I use it. I like to use the amazing Ever Straight-Brazilian Keratin Therapy Flat Iron Spray by Ogx. It is the most amazing product I have ever used before straightening my hair. I spritz a good amount to my palm after each section of hair and straighten it. 

My hair does really good with heat, but my edges don’t. So instead of gel I like to use  John Frieda’s Frizz Ease Secret Weapon Touch-Up Creme. It’s supposed to be for flyaways, but taming your rather frayed edges with this is like magic. 

And that’s how I do my hair on the regular! I hope these products change your life like they did mine. These products are also good for natural hair as well! 


Nighttime routine! 

A lot of people ask about my skincare routines and I just figured why not share my daytime and nighttime routine? Since I’m writing this late at night, here’s my routine:

First things first. A good shower requires really good soap! I have really sensitive skin so I like to stick to brands like Dove or Olay, but my absolute favorite that I’m using right now is Sabon’s Kiwi Mango Glycerin soap. It literally leaves your skin super duper soft and clean! 

Not going in detail about my full shower because it literally depends on the day. Next is after-shower. As soon as I get out I like to use my ‘Para mi Bebe’ baby cologne in the Violet bottle, apply it and pat it on to my skin. It has the most precious, clean, baby scent so I like to use it as soon as I get out that way I can smell fresh for bed. 

Next is lotion! My favorite lotion in the world is Ambi’s creamy oil lotion. It’s literally godsend for your skin. It feels like what your skin would feel like after applying rose water but in a lotion form. It also helps even out your skin tone! 

Now it’s time for facial skin care. Depending on what kind of night it is, I’ll either exfoliate my face with St. Ives apricot scrub (holy grail) and apply my Fresh Rose face mask. If it’s a night where I don’t need extra cleansing, I’d wash my face with my soap in the shower and then apply my Josie Maran Argan oil. Argan oil is so good for your skin. It helps clear up imperfections and helps get rid of acne and fast! 

Looking alive and awake everyday is important. So after I use my oil I like to go ahead and use my ‘Simple’ revitalizating eye roll-on. I literally roll it on twice on each eye and then gently rub it in. I never look tired after a long night of staying up! 

If I feel my face is looking rough or I have too much acne scarring, I’ll use my dermaroller. For those who don’t know what it is, here is a short summary from Michelle Phan’s beauty blog about the dermaroller. 

“Micro needling involves rolling a Derma Roller with hundreds of little needles across your face and lips to stimulate collagen growth. The needles, when gently pressed against your skin with even pressure, create tiny punctures. This, in turn, activates your self-healing mechanisms and rejuvenates the rolled skin. Micro needling sounds torturous, but I promise it’s not. And it has been known to diminish issues like wrinkles, stretch marks, acne scars and shrinking lips.”

I basically use it once a month or once a week depending on how bad my skin is. First I soak it in alcohol for about an hour (due to prior use) and the I go ahead and wash my face and roll it on all my problem areas. Then apply a Vitamin C oil. The pain isn’t as intense as you think it is. 6 out of 10 would bethe pain  level. This is a genius holy grail product that I think every person with acne scarring problems should use. (The redness is perfectly normal btw)

Last but not least, and don’t judge me!!!! But I like to wear deodorant to bed. I don’t know that’s just how I roll. But I use Dove’s deodorant body spray in Lemongrass and Grapefruit. This is literally the best deodorant in the world. It leaves no white marks and leaves you smelling fresh all day and night! 

and that is my nighttime routine! Hope you guys can find either one of these products beneficial because they are my holy grails! 

Everyday Make up Details 

A lot of people have been asking how I do my natural makeup and honestly I’m so down to explain how I do it. 

First let’s get into skincare. Skincare is so important, so always start with a fresh face! I like to use simple products that I know are natural and have some type of healthy benefit to my skin. I wash my face with Fresh’s Soy face cleanser for all skin types. You can get this from Sephora or any Fresh store for like $38 dollars. This cleanser is really good for my skin. It tightens up my face and closes my pores. I wash with warm water to open my pores and rinse with cold water to close my pores. 

Then I pat my face dry with a cotton towel and moisturize my face with Ambi’s Soft and Even creamy oil lotion. This lotion is really beneficial for skin types that are usually really dry and patchy. I have oily skin and it doesn’t clog up my pores or bring any extra unwated oil. It leaves your skin extra soft and looking really even after two weeks. It’s actually kind of like using rose water, that’s what it feels like. You can get it at your local pharmacy orconvenience store for under $10. 

Now were on to protection from my  makeup. A lot of people don’t use primers or think it’s silly to use one. IT IS NOT! I’m telling you primers are super important for not only protecting your skin from makeup clogging up your pores, it leaves a beautiful smooth base that allows your makeup to look flawless. I use Benefit’s Porefessional Primer. I got this from sephora for $31. 

Now we’re on to foundation, I hate having heavy anything on my face unless I’m going out. I use Nar’s All day luminous weightless foundation in the shade “Tahoe.”I bought it at Sephora for $48. Pretty pricey but totally worth it. I shake the bottle and pump once on the back of my hand. I then put a dot of foundation on my forehead, a dot on each of my cheeks and then my chin. Then i go ahead and use my Morphe M439 buffer brush ($10 at Ricky’s) and blend the foundation on my face in a circular motion. 

Now that i’m done with my skin, it’s time for brows! My eyebrows aren’t as dark as I would like them to be so I go ahead and use a NYX tinted brow mascara ($7) in the shade “brown black.” I go ahead and let that dry and go ahead and use my dipbrow pomeade by ABH ($18) in the shade “dark brown” as well. I go ahead and lightly fill and shape my eyebrows with my #12 brush from ABH. ($18) Afterwards depending on how I feel, I’ll clean up my brow with my Too Faced ‘born this way’ concealer. ($28) 

 Now it’s time for contour and highlight. I like to highlight my face with an actual highlighter and a fan brush first. I love giving myself the glow before the bronzer. I use an old ass maybelline face studio master Hi-Light highliter in the shade “Light bronze” ($10-$11) its supposed to be a highlight/bronzer but this shade is more of a highlight. I then spray my Morphe M588 detailed fan brush ($4) for an extra shine when I apply it and swipe it across the highest point of my cheekbones until i have reached a desired amount of highlight. 

Next is my bronzer/blush. I use Too Faced sunny Bunny bronzer ($30) and apply it under my highlight, and on the corners of my fairly large forehead. I also take a square eyeshadow brush and contour the sides of my nose blend and then apply a liquid highlighter (NYX liquid highlight $7) to the tip of my nose. If i’m feeling like I want a pop of color on my cheeks I’ll grab my Nars Orgasm blush ($22 for the bronzer and blush duo) and apply it to the apples of my cheeks. 

Now it’s time to set my face! I set my face using my all time favorite Urban Decay’s De-Slick spray. ($31) 

I like to apply mascara after I set my face  because the setting spray will wet it and make it messy. I then apply my all time favorite mascara which is Stila’s Huge Extreme Lash mascara ($23 at ulta) I kid you not it’s better than the Better than Sex mascara. Last but not least my lips! I wear the same lip color everyday I swear. But I live by NYX’s lip liner pencil in the color “Natural.” It gives such a cute pouty ‘i just got my lips done‘ feel. 

Hope this really helped you guys! and any product I use is my absolute holy grail so I’m sure if you purchase it, you’ll love it to! 

                           – Hepbvrn 

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Hello to all! My name is Leshae Arrington, and I’m 18 years old—young as hell—I know. My birthday is June 13th and I am a flipping Gemini. I was born in Bronx, New York and lived there for about 10 years before my Mom decided we’d move to New Jersey. “We’re moving to Jersey!” is not the best thing you want to be told as a 10 year old new yorker. Not that there’s anything wrong with Jersey, it’s just a dramatic ass shift in terms of the setting. I am Afro-Rican. My mother was Puertorican and my father is African-American with a tiny bit of West-Indian descent (I don’t claim it because when you’re already mixed it’s lowkey super extra to add a percentage of anything.) I love everything about the industry whether it be music, or fashion it just happens to be around me 24/7. I want to be a fashion illustrator when I grow up, so I study Digital Arts. (I’m a freshman in college btw.) I love to draw, I love to make things look beautiful. I’m obsessed with horror films—the classic kinds. ‘Bride of Chucky’, ‘Dawn of the Dead’, ‘Scream’ are some of my favorites. I don’t necessarily have a favorite food but I do enjoy pizza every once in a while.

Now enough about me, here’s the part where I explain why I created this blog.

I created this blog because I feel like I’m super vocal about everything. Nothing gets left in the dark when it comes to my situations or my opinions. The reason for that being so is because I believe the corny “We only live once” saying is fundamental. Why not share your experiences? Why not share your opinions with others? A lot of people go through the same things you go through every single day, so why not talk about it? My blog will feature my daily thoughts, random things, exclusive pictures of events or beautiful things and people I encounter, stories, how I get through any sad emotion I have and so and so. But yeah, Hope people can relate and enjoy!

– hepbvrn

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