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I’m a square! What your nail shape says about you

I’m a square! What your nail shape says about you

I’m a square! What your nail shape says about you

Nails definitely aren’t the first thing you notice about a person; in fact, unless they’re extremely flashy or pointed out, most people don’t notice them at all. What most people don’t know is that the shape of your nails can actually say a lot about you and your style. Below there will be six different types of nail shapes described.

Stiletto

Stiletto nails are the newest trend in nails. They’re long and pointy at the tip. People who sport this style of nail are conscious of all the trends and don’t mind being in the spotlight.

Square

This shape isn’t as subtle as other shapes can be. People who sport this style aren’t afraid to try new things, and they tend to go with experimental or statement styles as well.

Almond

This nail shape is similar to stiletto nails, but it’s rounded out at the tip instead of pointy. Those who sport this style are modern, care about quality, and avoid anything out dated or vintage.

Round

Round nail shapes are the most common and suit almost everybody. People who have this nail shape generally don’t like to try new things with their nails, although they’re very trendy with their clothing. Their nails tend to take a back seat rather than being the star.

Super-short

People have this type of nails tend to be extremely low-maintenance and put very little effort into their style. This tends to be the jeans and a t shirt type of person.

Squoval

This type of nail shape is a mix between square and oval. Those have this shape aren’t into experimenting, and have likely had this nail shape for a long time. Their wardrobe tends to be classic, matching their nails perfectly.

While nails aren’t the perfect indicator of who a person is or what type of style they have, it can be a good clue. So the next time you’re struggling to figure someone out, take a lot at their nails and see what they can tell you!

**This content was posted originally on Nov. 26, 2014 by Positivemed Miami.

Confessions of a change junkie

Confessions of a change junkie

Confessions of a change junkie

I’ve always had an amazing ability to adapt to change.  The idea of doing or trying something new and different just excites me.  As Winston Churchill once said, “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”

Sounds like the definition of flawless, if you ask me.

Anyway, I think adaptability was embedded in my DNA long before I was born. I’m a Scorpio. And, according to the Zodiac, we are some of the most flexible creatures on the planet.  We’ll try *almost* anything once.  When I think about how I live and the things I do, I realize there’s a lot of truth in it. And, it’s most evident when it comes to the way I look.

The older I get, the more I find myself looking in the mirror and finding fault with every little line, crease, indention and dimple I see. Sounds vain? Guilty! But, if I’m being honest, getting old sort of sucks. Of course, I’m grateful for every day I spend above ground. But, I want to look my best while I do it.

Being the change junkie that I am, I’m always on the hunt for ways to freshen my look. And, the idea of a little nip here and a tiny tuck there has crossed my mind on more than one occasion. But, I’m a ‘fraidy-cat when it comes to pain and honestly, I think I would struggle with surgically altering my God-given features for no reason other than pure vanity.

So, what’s the solution for literally changing my look in less than 30 seconds? Colored contact lenses! Specifically, Freshlook® Colorblends® by Ciba Vision in “Grey.” They are so much fun to wear! These lenses were developed to subtly enhance or change natural eye color and the “patented three-in-one color technology provides a natural-looking effect.”

I think these lenses more than deliver on their promise. What do you think?

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The reactions I get when I wear them are always so great. I find that it’s a real confidence-booster, too, much like wearing hair extensions or wigs are for other women.

If you’re not a contact lens wearer, you can always try eyelashes or new frames for your glasses – even if they’re not prescription.  Whatever you do, just take a chance because change is good!

Love U … It’s not just a declaration. It’s a call to action!  XoXo -Quin

If you’ve been to your local beauty supply store lately, it’s not hard to understand why hair typing is such a big business. But what do you really know about hair typing and its significance in the natural hair community?

Hair typing is a methodology that utilizes certain characteristics like curl pattern, strand size and texture to determine care and styling needs for individual categories of hair, which can range anywhere from straight and wavy to curly and kinky.

Although there are multiple hair typing systems, possibly the most universally accepted one is the Andre Walker Hair Typing System, created by Oprah Winfrey’s hairstylist and chronicled in the 1997 book, Andre Talks Hair. 

In it, Walker divides hair into four texture categories: 1) Straight, 2) Wavy, 3) Curly and 4) Kinky. Within each of these groups are texture subgroups: A (Fine/Thin), B (Medium) and C (Coarse). So, a person with “Type 2B” hair would likely have thicker strands with a more defined wave or “S” pattern. This hair type, according to Walker, may also be resistant to styling. To see more about Walker’s Curl Typing System, click here.

In addition to Walker’s system, there are two other mainstream systems used to identify hair type. The LOIS system takes into consideration a person’s hair pattern, strand size and texture, while the FIA system looks at curl definition, along with the overall appearance and volume of the hair.

Much like Walker’s system, LOIS accounts for the possibility that there will be more than one pattern present in the hair and uses the letters as descriptors for an individual’s hair texture.

  • L = Bends/Kinks
  • O = Spirals/Coils
  • I = Flat/Straight
  • S = Waves

Consequently, a person with an “LO” hair type might have thickly coiled tresses that could be a challenge to straighten.

Determining hair type using the FIA system is also relatively simple and uses a combination of factors such as curliness, volume and appearance to define hair as fine/thin (hair that exhibits the fragility of a strand of silk), medium/normal (hair similar in size and density to a sewing thread) and course/thick (hair that feels hard and wiry to the touch).

Now that you know the basics, here’s what you can do to find out what hair type you are. Simply take a freshly washed, product free strand of the most common texture present in your hair. Remember, most people have more than one. Place the strand on a flat surface; preferably one that contrasts with the color of your hair to make it easier to see. Dark hair will require a lighter surface and vice versa. Then, lay a piece of sewing thread next to the hair strand. How does it compare? If it’s thinner, thicker or equal in size to the thread, it’s an easy way to determine if you have thin, course or normal hair.

This article was originally published on the My Hair Crush blog at http://myhaircrushblog.com/basics/hair-type-guide/whats-type/ 

Confessions of a frugal fashionista

 

Confessions of a frugal fashionista

I’m a trend watcher! There, I admit it.

Every spring and fall season, I take great pleasure in trolling the blogosphere in the hopes of getting a sneak peek at the latest looks and styles for hair, makeup, clothes and even home decor. But, here’s the thing about trends:

  • They tend to come and go. And, if you’re not careful, they’ll take your hard-earned cash with them when they do.
  • If it’s a good one, odds are you’ll see it again. If you don’t think that today’s “wide-leg” pant is a reimagined version of the ‘70s-style gaucho, I have some Windex you can borrow to clean the rose-colored glasses you’re wearing.
  • They’re not typically marketed with women like me in mind. I mean, when was the last time you saw an over-40, curvy black woman rocking a leopard print lycra mini dress with a floppy sun hat and thigh-high boots? Granted, my last point might be a bit extreme, but you get the picture.

Don’t get me wrong; I think shopping is an awesome experience. But, my purchases aren’t just decorative. I think of them as investments, which is why most of my decisions are based on two key factors: quality and versatility.

Anyone who has spent more than two minutes with me knows how much I love makeup. I’m fascinated by how a little eye, lip and cheek color can change the entire look of a person’s face. But, finding the right mix of products can be costly, particularly when styles and selections change from one season to the next. Ultimately, it’s about figuring out what works best for you. I honestly believe that when you look good, you feel good. But, I’m not willing to break the bank doing it.

One of my favorite budget and style conscious tricks for doing a full face involves just two items: a lipstick and eyeliner. Here are the results:

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If you want to try this trick on your own, check out this, this or this to achieve the look you’re after.

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Go bold, be happy

Go bold, be happy

Go bold, be happy

A while back, a good friend of mine shared with me the story of her sister, an elementary school teacher at the time, who got an unexpected wake-up call from a student about the fashion choices she was making.

“Ms. (Name withheld to protect the innocent),” the student said as he gave her the most serious look he could muster. “Don’t you want to be pretty?”

Ouch!

If I’m remembering the description of the sister correctly, fashion just wasn’t her “thing.” For some women, it just isn’t and that’s okay. And, let’s be honest, children that young can sometimes be pretty unfiltered.

But, like me, that student recognized on some innate level that when you look good, you feel good, too. Although it’s not scientifically proven, many believe that color can have a powerful effect on a person’s emotional state.  So, as it turns out, the kid was just looking out for his teacher’s best interests! LOL!

Seriously, I think there’s nothing better for getting the positiveness flowing like a pop of color. It just makes me happy. And, that’s an emotion I’m committed to embracing a lot more of in 2015. Join me, won’t you?

 

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Shirt: INC International Concepts – Skirt: Express – Shoes: Calvin Klein

 

 

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The one “must have” item every woman needs in her wardrobe

The one “must have” item every woman needs in her wardrobe

The one “must have” item every woman needs in her wardrobe

When it comes to versatility, comfort and style, nothing handles the job better than ballet flats. If you’re planning to make just one investment in your wardrobe this season, you should seriously consider making it this one. They’re appropriate in practically any setting, for any age and come in just about every color, style, price and print you can possibly imagine. And, for the budget and style conscious fashionista, they’re also available at some pretty affordable price points here, here and here. Here are a few ways I like to wear mine:

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Basic black

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Down to the bone

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Pretty in print

What are your thoughts about the versatility that ballat flats offer? Let me know in the comments. And, don’t forget to subscribe to the blog!

 

10 Commandments of natural hair care

10 Commandments of natural hair care

10 Commandments of natural hair care

Odds are, if you’ve been out to Youtube, Instagram, Facebook or any of the other major social media channels lately, then you know there’s no shortage of advice, opinions and even debate about what it takes to care for and keep natural hair healthy and strong.

With the seemingly infinite list of pros and cons, and do’s and don’ts, it’s sometimes hard to decipher myth versus fact. The truth is: there’s no such thing as a magic bullet. What works for one person may not work for the next depending on a number of factors, including hair texture, length, overall health, environment … and the list goes on.

No matter where you go for your information, though, there seem to be a few natural hair care standards that appear in virtually every discussion or forum about the topic. So, here’s a list of the “10 Commandments,” or the most tried and true natural hair care practices that just about everyone in the cyberverse can agree on to keep hair healthy and strong.

1) Shampoo (as needed)
The natural lubricants in our hair are meant to organically moisturize and clean the hair’s cuticles and follicles of bacteria on their own. So, choosing a shampoo that’s free of sulfates, “bubbling” agents found in a variety of cleansing products that chemically strip the hair of oil, dirt and grease, is critically important.

2) Moisturize to avoid dry, brittle tresses
Hydration, which is probably the most common factor mentioned when it comes to keeping natural hair healthy and strong, should be done on a weekly basis. Without much-needed moisture, hair tends to become brittle and weak, making it more susceptible to damage from breakage and shedding.

3) Deep condition as a preventative measure
Deep conditioning, a preventative measure for hair damage, is the process of adding moisture or protein to the hair to improve its elasticity. A daily leave-in is recommended for hair that’s prone to dryness.

4) Use the right tools to detangle
Wet hair is especially fragile and easy to break. Two of the most common methods to “get the knots out” after washing include using a wide-tooth comb or a Denman brush. To avoid damage, hair should be sectioned off and either combed or brushed starting from the bottom, or the tip, and working your way up the hair shaft. If needed, an extra moisturizing product like coconut oil can be used to help prevent damage associated with heat, color and combing.

5) Trim ends regularly
Split ends aren’t exclusive to women with chemically and color-treated hair. Other contributing factors include a lack of moisture, excessive heat and stress caused by pulling and combing. Once the protective cuticle at the end of the hair shaft is destroyed, it can’t be replaced. So, the only way to “treat” it is to clip it off.

6) Utilize protective styling
Protective styles are designed to do exactly that; guard the most vulnerable parts of your hair against breakage and moisture loss. However, in some circles, the jury is still out on whether protective styles like braids actually cause more harm than good. If done improperly, the result could be significant breakage once the style gets taken out.

7) Avoid heat damage
Excessive heat from blow drying and flat ironing can result in a wide variety of damage ranging from dryness and a loss of flexibility to changes in curl patterns and in some extreme cases, hair loss. It’s widely believed that applying a heat protectant and using tools with protective plates will help circumvent damage.

8) Get the proper nutrition
Your hair is a reflection of your overall health and it starts from the inside. That’s why many experts believe that drinking water and eating a well-balanced diet promote overall strand health and vitality.

9) Choose weaves and extensions wisely
Although it’s a commonly held belief that wearing weaves and extensions can help hair grow, there’s no evidence to support it. Depending on the quality, synthetic hair can have the exact opposite effect and cause itching, irritation and inflammation. So, the choice to incorporate it into your protective styling regimen should be done so with care.

10) Love the uniqueness of you
Enough said!

This article also was published on http://myhaircrushblog.com/uncategorized/commandments/   

Flared, flirty and fun!

Flared, flirty and fun!

Flared, flirty and fun!

I’ve had this Scuba Flounce Dress from The Loft for quite a while now. It was one of those impulse purchases that I wasn’t really sure what I might do with at the time I bought it. The only thing I was absolutely sure about was, I had to have it! Sometimes, it just happens that way. The outfit sort of chooses you.

This dress was one of those rare finds because its so versatile. It can be worn for just about any occasion. Not only does it complement my curves, the length and flare detail at the bottom make it fun and flirty, yet age-appropriate.

I can already tell that I’m going to have a lot of fun building different looks around this one. If it’s sophistication I want, then sleeveless will be the way to go. A more professional look? Then, I might choose a colorful bolero jacket on top.

Today, I was going for “casually comfortable,” so I grabbed my go-to gingham shirt and … voila’! Leave a comment below to let me know what your styling ideas for this dress might be.

Xoxo

-Quin

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