Easy Wash & Go Routine 3b 3c Curls

If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that I’m on a journey of loving my natural hair. A part of loving what you have, is taking care of what you have. So over the years I’ve been learning how to take care of my curly hair. I never really was taught how to take care for my naturally curly hair. I just knew that I always had dry looking curls, unless I globbed a ton of L.A. Girls hair gel which made it super crunchy after it dried. I also knew that I didn’t have that pretty defined look that I really liked, but was never able to achieve. I’ve discovered the key to achieving that healthy curl look is all in how you care for your hair! After lots of trial and error and spending lots of money on products, I am sharing my super easy wash & go routine for my 3b 3c curly hair. I’ve tried so many different routines, and this one is my favorite at the moment. I sometimes get lazy with my haircare, so this was perfect because it only requires 3 products and not a lot of time. This routine takes me a maximum of 10 minutes and the result is amazing looking hair. Try it out and write in the comments below how you liked it or if you used different hair products. I’m always in search of good curly hair products. And don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube Channel for more videos to come! xo

Products Used:

Mielle Organics White Peony Leave-In Conditioner
Rafael Salgado Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Miss Jessie’s Multi Cultural Curls

Love,

Marcella

Best Wash Day Routine for 3b 3c Curls

I am so excited to share my first video on my new YouTube Channel! I filmed my current wash day routine for curly hair. I have invested a lot of time and trial & error trying to figure out the best wash day routine for my 3b/3c curly hair type. I’m so glad to cut out all the leg work for you and show you exactly what I do to achieve defined curls. Below is a list of all products used. Try it out and write me a comment on how the routine worked for you.
Products List:
Mielle Organics Mine Almond Oil
Mielle Organics Babassu Conditioning Shampoo
Nirmal Cold Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil
Mielle Organics Babassu Oil Mint Deep Conditioner

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Love,
Marcella

Elegant Chignon for Curly Hair

One of my favorite hair styles I’ve worn for as long as I can remember is an elegant chignon. I particularly like to wear this hairstyle when my hair is a few days old and I want to still look chic and put together. Here are my steps on how I achieve this look.

Step 1: Get a good hair tie. A good hair tie is key to this style, you want to make sure that however tight or loose your hair bun you want it to be, it’ll stay in place for the entire day.

Step 2: Put your hair in a low ponytail just above the nape of the neck. I find this placement to be the most flattering and “expensive” looking.

Step 3: Next step is to twist your hair like a spiral and then pull it around in a circle.

Step 4: Use bobby pins to pin your hair down in a soft bun.

Step 5: The final step is to use hairspray to smooth down your hair and you’re DONE! My favorite hairspray that I’ve been using for years is the Tresemme Extra Firm Control HairSpray.

Try it out and see how you like it. Let me know in the comments your experience applying the steps on your own hair! xoxo

Love,

Marcella

5 Benefits of Vitamin C Serum

I have been really diving into skincare in the last few years because I’ve had major struggles with acne. I have had so many ups and down and I have finally arrived at a good place where I feel my skin is doing ok. As a result of my battle with acne, I have scarring that I am working on getting rid of. One thing that has been essential in helping me with reducing the appearance of my acne scars is my Vitamin C oil! Vitamin C has been vital to my health personally, because for as long as I can remember I get sick so easily. I make sure I take my Emergen-C at least once a week and every day when I’m feeling like I might be coming down with something. Vitamin C has tons of anti-oxidants, boosts the immune system and has countless other benefits. It wasn’t until about a year ago that I learned the major benefits when you apply this amazingness to your face. Vitamin C is now a staple in my nightly skincare routine and I am currently loving Mario Badescu’s Vitamin C serum. I apply the serum immediately after cleansing my face, I let it sit for a minute to soak in, then I apply my nightly moisturizer and lip balm. I have noticed a significant difference in my complexion, particularly the reduction in my acne scars. I am in love with the benefits of Vitamin C for my skin and I wanted to share some of my favorite benefits so that you can try it out yourself.

  1. Anti-Aging: This stuff works miracles in fighting the signs of aging because of the moisturizing effect it has on your skin. It helps generate collagen which keeps your skin looking young and supple. I like to use my Vitamin C oil nightly to keep my skin looking radiant and youthful.
  2. Protects against free radicals: Vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid, and is known to be rich in anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants are your number one defense against free radicals (which essentially are bad molecules from pollution, radiation or cigarette smoke that cause pre-mature aging).
  3. Reduces Appearance of Age Spots from UV/sun damage: Vitamin C reduces the damage from UV (ultraviolet) light exposure from the sun by helping the cells in your skin regenerate and rejuvenate.
  4. Reduce Wrinkles: Don’t worry if you’re already showing a few lines and wrinkles, Vitamin C can fix that too. Studies have shown that after about 12 weeks of consistent use, you will see a reduction in wrinkles, leading to smoother skin. This is because Vitamin C induces the production of collagen which helps your skin have more elasticity, resulting in a more youthful appearance.
  5. Reduce Acne Scar Damage: As I’ve noticed on my own skin, Vitamin C is proven to reduce the appearance of acne scars. It’s also known to help heal acne lesions much quicker.

I hope this helps you as much as it has helped me. Let me know in the comments your experience with Vitamin C serum and if you notice a difference. xoxo

Love,

Marcella

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The Best Skincare for Dry Climates

Since moving to the Middle East, I have noticed a major difference in my skin. I went from combination/oily skin to super dry. I also developed very dry lips that no matter how much chapstick I applied, they never felt moisturized. The hunt for a new skincare regimen was underway and here is what I found to work best for my new skin-type.

Cleanser:

I suggest to use 2 different cleansers. One gentle and the other normal. Here’s why. A gentle cleanser will not strip your entire face of the natural oils it produces. The normal cleanser will completely cleanse your face of the day’s harsh particles that hit your face. I like to use a gentle cleanser in the morning because I don’t want to strip all the oil my face produced during the night. In the evening, I use a normal strength cleanser like Dermalogica MediBac line to completely cleanse my face of the days’ pollutants and particles that might have landed on my skin throughout the day.

Apply Serum Day & Night:

Invest in a good serum! I use Chantecaille’s Vital Essence serum which has olive leaf and grapeseed oil and is an excellent source of hydration for the skin. It’s light and doesn’t feel oily on the skin and absorbs right in the pores which I like because it feels like it gets straight to work. I use this as a “first layer” of moisture. I also love that this can be used around the eye area. A more affordable serum I suggest is the Mario Badescu Vitamin C serum. Just be sure to use a small amount and you’ll get the same effect.

Apply Moisturizer Day & Night:

During the day I wear the Clarins spf 50 moisturizer over my serum before I apply my makeup. At night I use the Chantecaille Water Flower Fluid and I love it because it’s lightweight and doesn’t break me out. When I feel like my skin needs an extra drink of water, I love using the May Lindstrom Blue Cocoon. It is the most amazing feeling moisturizer ever and I wake up with luminous and glowing skin.

Body:

My skin was so dry no matter what lotions I used. But I found that Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula has been doing my skin so good lately. My skin is not dry, and has a healthy glow to it also. If I feel my feet and knees need a little extra moisture I mix Vaseline with lavender oil. I use a lavender oil from a Brooklyn company called Limegreen, but you can use any oil you prefer. I like it because it comes in a spray bottle and I just mixed it in my hand with a dopple of Vaseline.

Lips:

Vaseline. This is the only thing that has worked for me. I have tried so many different lip balms and nothing else has worked. Every few days, I still get dry lip flakes on my lips, so I also use the GlamGlow lip scrub to get rid of any dead skin to kind of “start over” with my lips. But ultimately I have to use Vaseline throughout the day and at night for dry lip relief. The only other thing that has come close is the Baume de Rose by Terry. It is very moisturizing and actually feels smoother than Vaseline, but Vaseline has a better price point so that’s my go-to.

I hope my suggestions on skincare for dry climates help. Let me know what you think in the comments below. Do you have any suggestions on what’s worked for you? I’d love to try them! xoxo

Love,

Marcella

The First of Many

 

Hi, I’m Marcella and I’m a New York City Financial Analyst turned Beauty and Lifestyle Blogger living in the Middle East. I decided to embark on this journey because I absolutely love all things beauty and style from curly haircare, skincare, makeup, and challenging myself to try out a new fashion trend. I love it all.

I want to start by giving you a little perspective on why I’m so passionate about this blog. When I was in about 4th grade, I remember after much convincing, my mom finally allowed me to wear my hair down to school. With my curls all out in their glory. This was a big deal because I always wore my hair in a braid every-single-day to school. I remember feeling so incredibly excited because all the other girls wore their hair down, and I was finally going to do the same. I walked into class with my head held high in pride, a pep in my step, and full of pure excitement in anticipation for everyone’s “oo’s and aahh’s” of my awesome hair. Then (no joke), about 30 seconds of being in the classroom, I was immediately made fun of in front of the entire class for my big hair with comments of how crazy it looked, and “she has a huge fro, haha!”, and “dude what did you to to your hair?!” with major emphasis on “fro” or “hair”. You know how kids do. The whole class was laughing and some of them were even pointing at me as if I was some sort of a freak-show. I immediately burst into tears and I remember feeling so small and completely crushed.

Ever since then, for the longest time, all I wanted was to be and look like the other girls so I could feel accepted. I didn’t think I was pretty because I didn’t have straight hair. Or I didn’t think I was pretty because I didn’t have the right body-type. Or because my features were so different than everyone else. I wanted to be like everyone else so badly so that I could feel like I was pretty too, for just one day. And if I felt pretty, I knew I would feel confident, and I knew for sure that once I had the confidence, then I would have the courage to pursue anything I wanted and be the best at it.

Fast forward to now, and I’ve come a long way from that super shy girl who didn’t want to share her true light for fear of being ridiculed. I’ve journeyed into embracing and appreciating my naturally big curly hair, the shape of my body and just plain loving life. I want to be able to share with you, your daughter, your mom or sister or niece what I’ve discovered that helped me get to a better self-image. And honestly, it’s still a work-in-progress and that’s ok.

My goal is to be a representation for the under-represented (the smart-nerd types, the brown person, the person with the pronounced features, those with the big and frizzy hair, the forever weirdos). I am pursuing this as a means to bring awareness to a different type of beauty, a different type of person, a different way of thinking and a different way of life. I want to do this so that more of us who are different, will have the courage and inspiration to stand in our purpose, whatever that may be. On this blog, you will be embarking down this road with me. We will do this together. Let’s show the world that we are beautiful, that we are strong, that we are intelligent, that we are enough!

I encourage you to share my posts, leave comments, and provide feedback (positive or constructive). Thank you for taking the time to read my first post. I put my heart into this, and I promise to continue to put my heart into every post, and be my true, most-genuine self, no matter how scary it may be.

I look forward to sharing these times with you. I love you already. xoxo

Love,

Marcella