DO YOU KNOW WHAT TODAY IS? IT’S MY NATURALVERSARY!

“Never, Never, Never give up on your hair!” – unknown

On April 17, 2016, I decided to do the big chop!  I didn’t have any specific reason for doing it other than I wanted a change.  I also convinced myself that having natural hair would be easy and boy was I wrong!  This journey over the last 3 years has not been easy.  I learned early on that you definitely have to have patience and everybody journey is different!  Three years later, I still don’t know all the ends and outs about texture, porosity, etc…  I only know what works for me and I pretty much stick to that! 

In honor of my Three Year Naturalversary, here are 3 fun facts about how my journey began.

Fun Fact #1

I did the big chop myself!

Fun Fact #2

I had the biggest “What the hell did I just do?” moment after I cut my hair!

Fun Fact #3

My boys (Jordan & Justin) were the first people I asked if they liked my hair.  I made up in my mind that if they liked it, I would stick with it!

Needless to say, they liked it and here I am 3 years later!

 

 

 

 

My Favorite Eyebrow Products

I think we all can agree that there is nothing like having a good brow day! 🙂 Mainly because eyebrows play a significant role in framing and “finishing” your face.  However, not everyone has full/thick perfectly shaped eyebrows to work with, so that may mean filling them in with a product you prefer to create the most natural look possible.  There are various types of eyebrow grooming products in which you can choose from that range from pencils to gel.  However, today I will be sharing two of my favorite eyebrow products that I use to fill in my brows once they are shaped.

First up is my favorite eyebrow pencil!

I would consider the pencil to be the most popular eyebrow grooming product. They work great for adding a soft natural-looking definition to your arch.  I would rate my brow-drawing skills to be pretty decent but I attribute that to a lot of practice.  However, this Benefit Cosmetic Goof Proof Brow Pencil makes my life easier when it comes to defining my brows.

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HOW TO APPLY:

Use the wide part of the custom goof-proof tip to fill and shape your brows. Build color with a couple of soft & easy strokes.  Use the pointed edge to define the “tail” of your brow.  Lastly, blend with the spoolie-brush for a natural looking brow.

Now that I shared my favorite eyebrow pencil, let’s discuss my favorite eyebrow pomade!  Drum roll please!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade

Although I don’t use this product every day, it is my go-to product for special occasions when I want to achieve the “eyebrows on fleek” look! I think it is safe to say that this is one of THE must have product for anyone who loves doing their brows.  However, I would not suggest this dipbrow pomade for beginners who are just starting to use a product to define your brows.  It can be a little bit more difficult to use compared to a pencil.  Also, one essential tool that you will need when applying the dipbrow pomade is a stiffed angled brush. This dipbrow is water-proof, smudge-proof and long-lasting.  Therefore, it is good to wear if you are attending an outdoor event.  A little goes a long way with this product!

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HOW TO APPLY:

Dip your angled brush in the pomade only using as little product as possible. Fill in the top and bottom of your brow by creating an outline following the shape of your brow.  Once you have completed an outline of your brow, use the excess pomade on your brush to fill in your brow.

If you are a visual kind of girl like me, Click the link below to view a tutorial on how to apply this product!

YouTube Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Tutorial

Bonus:

My holy grail of angled brushes is this Bobbi Brown Angled Eyebrow Brush!  I have been using this brush for years to define my brows using dipbrow products!

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Your Chicness Meets IGTV!

yc+igHello!!  It’s been awhile since I have posted on my blog and I’m so happy to be back!  A couple of weeks ago, Instagram rolled their newest feature IGTV where you can upload 10 minute videos to share with your followers!  I’m so excited because this gives me the opportunity to not only blog but to also vlog (video form) as well!

Today, I kicked off my first Your Chicness TV on IG TV to answer a question that I’m asked the most! “What do you use on your hair?”  If you haven’t checked it out already, update your Instagram app and head over to my IG page @YourChicness and check it out!  I’m already working on my next episode!

XOXO

Chanel

My Favorite Beauty Products

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Hey ladies!! I wanted to take the time this week to share some of my favorite beauty (makeup) products with you.  First, I have to confess that I am a product junkie!  I try a lot of products throughout the year and I’m so excited to share the ones that I really love.  So, let’s jump right in!!

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How To Find Your Personal Style

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Happy New Year!! 2018 is here and in true fashion, I have set a couple of New Year resolutions/goals.  One that I’m really excited about is revamping my wardrobe!!  I truly feel as though my style has evolved into another direction than some of the pieces that I currently have in my closet.  Therefore, I will begin to revamp my wardrobe to fit my personal style.  Being that this project is going to be an investment, I want to go into this with a plan.  That way, I can stay within my budget and stay focused.  So, before I shop online or head to the nearest boutique or Galleria, I thought it would be a good idea for me to define my personal style first.

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Rihanna Reign: Fenty Beauty Lipsticks

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The Rihanna reign just won’t let up!!! Fenty Beauty announced a new line of lipsticks that will be dropping on December 26th! The new line, MatteMoiselle will contain 14 shades of matte lipsticks, ranging from nudes, a green, to a bold fuchsia, and a dark navy in which Rihanna is pictured in herself (above).  RiRi personally announced the news on Instagram on Tuesday:
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Fenty Beauty has taken the beauty world by storm and doesn’t seem to be letting up anytime soon!I I am super excited about this line and cannot wait to get my hands on a couple of the shades! These lipsticks will be available on Sephora.com,  HarveyNichols.com (as well as in stores) beginning at 9am on December 26th.  Save a few extra holiday coins and mark your calendars!  Take a look at some of the gorgeous shades.

Are you ready for this new Fenty drop?  I sure am!

Three Ways to Style the Classic White Button Down Shirt

Hi ladies! Happy Monday! A couple of weeks ago I listed four classic essential pieces that you need in your wardrobe.  The classic white button down shirt was one of those pieces.  Normally, when you think of a white button down, the first thing that comes to mind is polished or preppy.  Therefore, it may stay tucked away in the back of your closet until needed.  However, don’t under estimate this basic essential piece. Today, I’m going to show you three ways you can take this basic essential piece from boring to fashionable!

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