Monday, September 24, 2018

Don't Touch My Hair

"If you tamper with my hair, you're tampering with my brand."

If anyone truly knows me, then they know how much I adore my hair. My curls are pretty much my trademark and I honestly wouldn't trade them for anything. However, my hair has been through a whole lot before getting to where it is now. Growing up,my flat iron was my best friend and I straightened my hair every couple of days. It was very rare to ever see me rocking my natural hair. Not to mention, all the heat really destroyed my hair. It wasn't until high school where I started to embrace my curls. I began growing out my bangs (did anyone else rock straight bangs with curly hair? what a mess that was..) and cut majority of my hair off for a fresh start.

Fast forward to today, it is highly unlikely you'll see me with straight hair. I grew out of that look and personally don't like how flat and boring it is - ya girl needs VOLUME! While I get a lot of compliments on my curls, there's still some people who have the nerve to say, "I think your hair would look better straight." Yes, my hair is long. No, I don't want to straighten it. It always blew my mind how back when I used to do a lot of freelance modeling, people would cast me knowing I have curly hair, only to straighten it for a shoot or fashion show. I will always respect a designer's vision. However, if you have a certain look in mind don't you think you should well.. cast people who fit that look? I believe the problem with this industry is that they claim to want to promote diversity, yet very few people do it tastefully. I cannot count the amount of people I've worked with in the industry that didn't know how to deal with textured hair. They acted as if my curls were a bother and thought that straightening it would be the easy way out when in fact, it's actually a lot more work. Whenever I would open my mouth about it, it was deemed unprofessional. How is it unprofessional to explain to someone how to deal with my hair? Anyone with curly hair would tell you that you can't just brush our hair out and you definitely cannot apply any heat without some kind of thermal protectant. I feel like I worked way too hard to get my curls to be where they are now just for someone to come and mess with it because they are uncomfortable with it, or simply refuse to learn how to properly style it.

What I love about the blogging and social media community is that more and more people are beginning to embrace their natural hair. I didn't have a whole lot of people to look up to that had natural curls. I pretty much had to figure out everything on my own, and with a lot of trial and error, things finally seem to be working out in my favor. To anyone out there who is wondering whether or not they should make the switch to going natural, I say do it! I think textured hair is beautiful and is what makes you different from everyone else.

Cheers to all the curly girls! Do you have any favorite hair products or DIY masks you like to do? Leave them in the comments below, I'd love to try them out!

Here's some of my faves:

xo, Lisette

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Summer Daze

Saying goodbye to Summer and welcoming Fall.

I spent a lot of my Summer vacation just reflecting on where I am in life and where I would like to be in a few months, or even years from now. There was so many things I wanted to do during this break and was pretty bummed at the fact that I didn't really end up doing anything at all. I originally wanted to travel, but my bank account just laughed at that idea. Searched high and low for a job at any place I can think of, but that was a pretty big fail. I wanted to hit up a few amusement parks, but nope.. that didn't happen either. However, I did get to spend a lot of time with friends that I usually wouldn't get to see as often. Through random events I was invited to, I was also able to meet some other amazing, positive people which is always a plus.

This Fall I am entering my final year of college. I am determined to find an internship or job within my field within the next couple of months to gain real experience, as opposed to folding jeans on a table. I've also started taking social media and marketing a lot more seriously over the past few months and my hard work has not gone unnoticed. I am officially represented as an influencer by a PR agency, something I never saw coming. Why am I sharing this? Well, in all honestly I just want you all to remember to never give up on yourself. I went through a series of unfortunate events over the Summer, but I never lost hope. Every situation I was thrown into only inspired me to push harder. Whatever it is you love and want to do, go out and make it happen!

Crochet Top from I Am KNicole. You can get 10% off any purchase using the code LIZZIE10.

What are some of your short or long term goals? Let me know in the comments below!

xo, Lisette

Friday, March 16, 2018

How To Get Spring Ready Skin

Spring and Summer will be here sooner than we know it and I don't know about you, but I'm not exactly the biggest fan of wearing a lot of makeup in warmer temperatures. Over the past two years I've become such a skincare junkie. I am always looking for ways to keep my skin looking fresh and youthful. I have also found it that maintaining a daily skin routine has helped my skin clear out a lot, making feel confident enough to go out bare faced more often. While I know that some skincare products can be on the pricier side, I've come across two super affordable products from Bioré that have been working wonders on my skin. I've been using Bioré for years and found them to be extremely consistent in the quality of their products.

The first product I'm going to talk about is the Bioré Self Heating One Minute Mask. Charcoal has definitely been trending in the skincare and beauty world and it doesn't seem like it isn't going away anytime soon either. What I love about this mask is that it is infused with natural charcoal, allowing it to draw out pore clogging dirt, oil, and impurities. Unlike other masks, this one does not harder. It simply heats up on your face while it works it's magic and after just 60 seconds it's ready to be rinsed off! Yes, you heard right.. you can get the whole spa experience in just one minute.

 Clear skin starts with clean pores and I think it is safe to say that Bioré is known for their innovative products that help unclog pores. With the Bioré Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips you can pretty much say goodbye to blackheads! Bioré Pore Strips are trusted and tested by Dermatologists and with regular use, they will actually diminish the appearance of pores. I've always been a fan of their nose strips, so when Bioré introduced their charcoal strips, I couldn't wait to get my hands on them! I really like the fact that they are so easy to use. All you have to do is dampen your nose, apply the strip, and gently remove the strip from the bottom up once it completely hardens. Call me weird, but there is something oddly satisfying about seeing all the blackheads these strips remove.

Both the Bioré Self Heating One Minute Mask and Bioré Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips can be found on Amazon for under $6, or at your local Target. Which of these products are you looking to try out? Let me know in the comments below!

xo, Lisette
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