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Embracing my natural hair

When I was about 11 years old I participated in my older cousin’s Sweet 15. On the day of the party, all the girls had to get their hair done. The style was a simple, blow out – not wavy but pin straight. I saw what I looked like in the mirror and I couldn’t believe how great I looked. This was the first time I had ever saw myself with straight hair and began hating my natural hair.

Bleach. Dye. Gel. Repeat.
All through middle school, I rocked a pony tail with my frizzy hair because I didn’t know how to style it. Once I hit high school I would wake up, dunk my head in water, then in a tub of gel (which held a BUNCH of alcohol as ingredients) that I would buy from the dollar store, make it nice and crunchy and then break the gel once I got to school. If I couldn’t be bothered to do that or flat iron it, I would just wear pigtails and call it a day.


The darkest time my hair faced was college. During those years, I had blue, purple, green, orange, yellow, red hair and that meant a lot of dying and frying. I was completely oblivious of the harsh chemicals bleach gave off and on top of that, I would take a flat iron to my damp hair. I wouldn’t even let it completely dry before going over it with my Chi flat iron.

Blue da ba dee
At the age of, oh, let’s say 28 or 29, bleaching everything and dying my whole head blue sounded like a good idea. Not highlights, not ombre – all blue. Although, I wanted to fuck with my hair as much as my dark roots allowed me to, I made sure to talk to the colorists and stress the fact I wanted to protect my hair as much as possible and they understood. From then on, I began to deep condition my hair, use cool/cold water, and only wash it once or twice a week.

Blue and pigtails, once again, because my hair wouldn’t cooperate.

As much as loved my blue hair, I found myself actually missing my curls and decided mid November 2017 that I will no longer straighten my hair. Of course, to achieve my goal, I would have to give up dying it as well. I was conflicted! On one hand, I have always loved having extreme hair since college, my husband adores and encourages it, and we joke that our dogs can always spot me out because of my blue color (yes, dogs can see blue). While on the other hand, my hair will never reach its full potential of healthy curls, I’ll be spending over $100 every couple of months for the upkeep, and constant frizz!

So, I decided to switch up my hair care
I started to research articles, magazines, and YouTubing beauty gurus. CurlyPenny has an excellent YouTube channel where she shows her curly hair routine, what products she enjoys, and even searches for products at reasonable prices. I use only CF (Cruelty Free) make up so it is only natural I look for CF hair products such as the Shea Moisture line. January 27, 2018 was the first time I did a cowash, meaning, when I went to wash my hair, I washed with only conditioner and omitting shampoo altogether. These were my results after my first co washing, using Shea Moisture Curl and Style Milk and using a blow dryer diffuser. Keep in mind, I had not applied heat to my hair for over a two months, I massaged Jojoba oil on my scalp to promote hair growth, and limited my use of products with sulfate and parabens.

My natural hair trying to repair itself.

I am stilling in the trial and error phase on finding CF products that work for me. Lots of money down the drain but it’s not as annoying as the next paragraph!

No, you may not touch it
Please… don’t touch my hair. No, I am not being rude, I’m not being uptight, I don’t think I’m full of myself. This is what I have to do to my hair:

  • Use a satin pillow case, which by the way, IS NOT AS COMFORTABLE AS YOU’D THINK!
  • Use scrunchies because, suddenly, it’s the 90’s!
  • Sleep with my hair in a loose pony tail INSIDE a silk bonnet if my satin pillow case is dirty
  • Immediately use product while my hair is still wet to control my curls. This means my shower routine is still not finished by the time I leave my shower
  • Delicately and lightly dry my hair with a T-shirt BUT ONLY FOR A MOMENT or else frizz happens
  • Carefully scrunch more product in my hair with my fingers BUT ONLY FOR A MOMENT or else more frizz happens
  • Blow dry my hair for about 30 minutes just enough to leave it slightly damp because my arms are exhausted from massaging my scalp, washing my hair, de-tangling my hair, and holding the blow dryer.


Basically, it takes a lot of work, patience, and time for me to “just” wash my hair to get my hair as healthy as I possibly can during this time. Second, third, fourth day hair is even harder to manage because any touch can make my hair frizz. Once my hair is finally grown out I can do the big chop (unless I just start getting trims) and maybe I won’t need to work so hard and I won’t be as anal about people touching my hair.

Love what ya got!
Straight or curly, just love what you have. All straight haired girls would love to have our volume and bounciness while we, us curly haired, would enjoy waking up, brushing our hair and going out the door. Both have their pros and cons but at the end of the day, you just have to accept what you have and find the beauty in it.



I love how my glasses always fall down my nose, fog up when I walk into someplace warm after being in the cold, and when they collect rain droplets – said no one! I couldn’t take the discomfort any longer so I had LASIK done last month 😀

What is LASIK?
If you have terrible eye sight, such as myself, you can be eligible for Lasik eye surgey which consists of reshaping your cornea through a flap the doctor will make in your eye. The laser itself reshapes the cornea and the flap goes back down. Don’t worry, the flap immediately gets sucked back down naturally. However, if you have poor eye sight along with other vision difficulties, such as astigmatism, you will probably be recommended to have PRK. PRK is essentially the same thing except no flap is made and this procedure takes a few more days of healing, whereas Lasik, you’re good to go the next day. If you’d like more details, you can click the link for Horizon Eye Care.

Shitty eyes
I have needed glasses since I was in third grade (9 years old). I can thank my dad for my terrible eye sight. He’s always had glasses or contacts, in fact, I can’t recall a time he didn’t need them. My parents kept me away from too much TV as they possibly could and never let me sit too close. Needless to say, they tried their best but it was just something they couldn’t avoid. Once I started high school (13/14 years old), I started to use contact lenses which came pretty easy to me. However, just because using contact lenses helped my eye sight, didn’t mean it would not come at a price. Every now and then, my eyes would go through this period where one or both eyes would become inflamed compelling me to use my glasses for several days allowing my eyes to rest.

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Ahh, the preteen years

Fast forward to last year. I was 29 years old and my eyes could no longer support contact lenses. These past few months had become aggravating wearing my glasses all the time because I could not see things standing a few feet away from me. I even bought a new phone with a bigger screen because looking at my tiny iPhone 5s began hurting my eyes. Don’t get me started on using that phone as a GPS while we dodged man holes! I came to the conclusion to get LASIK done.


I spoke to my husband about it and he also supported my idea since he saw how miserable I was. I started doing research this past February and asking around for info. With my luck, my neighbor, who also happens to be from New Jersey, recommended this doctor who did her procedure years ago. I had narrowed down my search to about 4 doctors and decided to go with the NJ doctor. I scheduled my appointment for May.

Day of LASIK
When I walked in, I had told the nurses I have anxiety. I guess they didn’t think it was that bad until one of them patted me on my back and said, “Wow, you’re really warm!”
Yes, I’m warm! In fact, I’m burning up from the inside because my anxiety is being triggered by the fact I will have a LASER COMING AT MY EYE BALLS! I told them to double me up on Ativan because I will freak out. As I sat on this hospital bed with my scrubs on and light blue cap on my head, I waited for the Ativan to kick in – it never did, well, it did but at the wrong time. After being asked several times if I was calm yet, I lied and said, “Yes.” It was a two hour ride back home so I just wanted to get it over with. I walked inside this operating room and they told me to lie down on this bed type thing and rest my head under this contraption. The Ativan finally kicked in midway through the second eye procedure and it was finally over.

Did it hurt?: No. TBH, I didn’t feel anything except when they used this suction cup that freaked me out.
Did you see the blade coming at you?: I didn’t see anything because I had to focus on this little red light. Everything went blurry, really blurry so I just saw shadows moving in front of me.
What happened when you needed to blink?: The numbing drops prevent you from doing so. You don’t get the sensation to blink, plus, they are flushing your eyes anyway.
How long did it take?: The laser itself had a count down from 25 seconds (which helped my anxiety so I counted along with the nurse). The whole thing was about 5 minutes, maybe less. The prepping took longer.
Were you able to see instantly?: By the time I left the O.R. and the office and walked into the elevator, I was able to see the signs by the buttons.
What was the worse part?: Them taping my eye lids open and using this small metallic object to keep my eyes open. It didn’t hurt, just felt uncomfortable.

The nurses escorted me to the previous hospital bed I was on and after a few minutes the doctor came to check my eyes. He gave me the thumbs up, I waddled my way in my parents car, threw back some Advil PMs (they recommend me taking them so I just sleep the rest of the day/night) and knocked out until dinner time. Oh, yeah, before I was able to go to sleep, I sent this picture to the hubs.

I was doped up on 2 Ativans and 2 Advil PMs

I was given those fancy shades to protect my eyes for about a month. Why these shades? Because these wrap around my eyes so I can avoid getting debris in my eyes. I was also given these shnazzy, clear goggles to sleep in. Apparently, when we sleep, we subconsciously rub our eyes. These goggles helped protect myself from my hands, pillow, and pet hair. I had to wear these for about 4 nights but I slept in them for about a week to be safe.

I wasn’t doing one of those “bae-caught-me-sleeping-even-though-I-clearly-took-this-photo-myself” shot. I forgot my phone had that bright ass flash on the front side of my screen so it order to take a picture, I had to shut my eyes so the light wouldn’t, you know, kill me. Why didn’t I just adjust the setting to my phone for no flash? I was supposed to be sleeping. I wasn’t supposed to be awake and watching TV, reading, much less, be on my phone. Finally, I had fallen asleep for the night.

The morning after
I woke up like a kid on Christmas day. To my surprise, I was able to see crystal clear. Nothing hurt, nothing itched but my eyes did feel dry. At this point, I had to put in wetting drops every couple of hours to ease the dryness along with my prescribed medication. There was some bruising inside my eyes but it was very minimal.

I’d like to audition as an extra for The Walking Dead, please!

My eyes looked pretty glossy the next couple of days. According to my best friend, I looked stoned. I wish! Well, not really. My eyes were dry enough, I didn’t need them to get worse. The doctor told me I would feel a sensation in my eyes almost as if I had an eye lash inside. The sensation I felt was less annoying. It didn’t stop me from doing anything at all.


A month after LASIK
I am finally back home, on the island, with my little family. I could see everything without any assistance from eye wear. It’s like seeing everything for the first time. Now, I can wash my hair normally, wash my face, apply and remove make up, cook, go to the beach, walk my dogs, do everything comfortably and confidently.

I would highly recommend this if you can afford it, if you can stay calm, and if you’re just sick and tired of wearing glasses. It was quite possibly the best decision I have ever made. I would definitely avoid watching YouTube videos prior or else you might freak yourself out. Trust me, it looks a lot scarier than it is but it is completely worth it!

Reviewing Kat Von D Make Up

Is Kat Von D makeup line worth the hype?

If you are most women (or YouTube makeup gurus) then you wear some form of make up. Whether it is eye liner, lip gloss, foundation, or mascara, finding the right one is hard and costly! Recently, I decided to throw away all my brand name makeup products and start fresh. The reason for my change was because I wanted cruelty free products. What does cruelty free mean? Well, my little make up artists,  big name companies (Bobbi Brown, CoverGirl, Marc Jacobs, and other expensive brands, including, yes, MAC) test on animals and I don’t want to support that so I strictly buy makeup products that are not tested on animals now.

Eyes, lips, and cheeks!
I did some research and was able to find CrueltyFreeKitty and used it as a guide on which makeup is cruelty free. I have always loved Kat Von D and her style is not only cruelty free but vegan as well so I started with her. I went on a binge for my birthday and then again for Kat’s birthday when she had an awesome online sale. I have tried the following products and can honestly form a valid opinion on all of them.

Lock-It Featherweight Primer & Lock-It Foundation

I never wore primer on my face except for my eye lids but I was warned this foundation was HEAVY and a primer should be worn with it. I chose to buy both to be safe because my skin is pretty sensitive. The primer is super light and a little goes a long way. I noticed when I went without wearing it, my face did become greasy FAST so I stick to using the primer as a base before I had anything else on it.

The foundation is THICK. REALLY THICK. When I press the pump, I use half pumps because a full pump gives a LOT. It definitely covers up spots you want covered. I have a birthmark that rests on the right side of my face so I always try to cover it up with make up. I bought these at Sephora and they used that little machine to pinpoint my skin tone. It blends perfectly but it does highlight the pores on my nose but because I wear glasses, I try not to use so much of it on my nose. The coverage is flawless!

Lock ‘N Load Makup Setting Mist

GOD SENT. It is a light mist you spray on your finished face and it locks your make up in place. If you try this, please, make sure you spray it on BEFORE mascara or else you’ll be rocking those raccoon eyes. I noticed my full face of make up does stay in place all day when I spray this bad boy on. Living in Puerto Rico (oh, yeah, I live in Puerto Rico meow!) I needed some help with my make up. You don’t feel any stickiness with the spray at all, it does what it says.

I may have bought one a little too bright, so again, a little goes a long way. I have no complaints. I honestly, just needed a blush. At least I know this will last me quite a while. The color is about three shades brighter than the picture here but it IS a very pretty color.

 Immortal Lash Mascara Puro Amor & Tattoo Liner Eye Liner color Trooper

The mascara is nothing special. I have thin eyelashes and I don’t wear fake lashes (except my wedding and I was not told I had to take them off with warm water and soap…) and this didn’t “plump” them up but it did make my eyes pop. I’m not crazy about the wand either. Whenever I’m done using it I have to do a little light wiggle to get the wand back in and it feels, well, flimsy. It is super lightweight but I think if I’m in a drunken rage I would end up breaking it or snapping it by accident.

Dat eye liner tho! I have not used liquid eye liner since high school and it’s mainly due to laziness. I’ve always used a gel liner since my early 20s and that shit was crazy good. Kat’s Tattoo Liner stays on and that shit isn’t moving, with or without the setting mist! The black is truly black (I mean, c’mon, is there any other eye liner color worth having?). It still takes me a while to get the wings perfectly on since it has been a long time since I used liquid. I am worried this will run out soon because it’s so light. My only complaint is once it hits the skin, it DRYS FAST. I try to find work on my wings but once it dries, it is a little struggle to not have the tip skip on the skin. Maybe I just need more practice?

Everlasting Liquid Lipstick Nosferatu & Exorcism

I’m on the fence with these. Now, I LOVE both shades, the colors are beautifully dark, they go on smooth and don’t gunk up, and they dry quickly, however, they don’t seem to last during eating. When I go kiss my hubby, I don’t leave residue and even though they are both matte, they don’t dry out my lips. I’ve had them on while I had meals and they seem to fade fairly quickly and I find myself having to reapply. Maybe it’s these colors because I have seen other YouTubers who claim they ate and it didn’t come off. I might try these again this week and eat a full meal. Maybe I will go one less coat to see a difference…

Everlasting Liquid Lipstick Lolita

If you haven’t heard of Lolita, you are not a true makeup girl. This shade is not only beautiful but for some strange reason, it DOESN’T come off as easily as my other two darker shades! This color is always out of stock at Sephora and TBH, when I bought from KVD on her birthday, what convinced me was the sale: spend $100 and I will receive a Lolita liquid lipstick, eye liner, and free make up bag. Lolita was the cause of my debt. As I mentioned, this color does not come off when I have a meal nor is it overpowering as my darker ones can be. I can probably wear Lolita every day as my go to color.

Final thought?
I do have more products from this line including the studded lipsticks and nail polish so once I can test those out, I will write a short pt 2 or maybe add it to this post. So far, I enjoy the foundation, love the lip colors (just wish they would last longer), and the mascara should be cheaper! If you have any tips on this line, please let me know in the comments 🙂 If you hated this, well, comment down there, too and I’ll make another rant since those seem more popular for some strange reason! 😀

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