Essential oils EVERY natural hair gal needs!

Hey beautiful people!

This heat wave we have been having on the east coast is no joke! My hair has been taking a beating with the heat, humidity, rain, and other elements. I’ve been swimming in pools and beaches and it’s always timely to give extra maintainence to your curls. 

Sunday is usually my scheduled maintenance day with catching up on cleaning, getting ready for the week and course my hair! 

I’ll be highlighting the key oils that I use on my hair especially during a maintainence day which includes deep conditioning with a heated cap.

Argan oil, 100% Shea Butter, Jamaican Black Castor Oil

1. 100% Organic Shea Butter should be in every girls dresser/ cabinet because there are so many great uses for it. After I deep condition I apply the Shea butter to my hair that has been divided in 4 parts so it’s equally distributed. I also use the Shea butter because I have really bad eczema and it helps when it flares up.

2. Jamaican Black Castor Oil is another that should be in every lady’s cabinet because of its multipurpose use. See the pattern ladies. If you don’t know JBCO stimulates growth when applied to your scalp. If you recently have encountered breakage, this is the KEY! When I first went natural, 4 years ago, this was my Godsend because I was too much of a wuss to do the big chop so I transitioned slowly and applied JBCO to my roots and new growth line to prevent breakage. Fun fact: JBCO was used back in the day in Jamaica for women who were about to give birth to help with their pain. My grandmother told me the story of how she had to drink it when she was having contractions and how disgusting it was. A little goes a long way with JBCO since it’s so rich and heavy so use depending on thickness and length of hair.

3. Argan Oil works great on my hair because I have color on it and my hair tends to be more on the dry side. The Argan oil is perfect for shine and it lasts  ALL DAY!!!! When I like to wear my fro out I can always depend on the Argan oil to make sure it’s shiny and full of moisture without looking greasy. It has a polished finish to it.

I would love to see pics and how the oils and Shea butter works on your hair. Tag me on my IG page: @ccseesbeauty

Xoxo

-CC

New Product Reviews to get Fall ready!

Hey beautiful people! 

I recently stopped by one of my happy places, Sephora, and picked up some goodies that have been on my list. With Fall approaching soon, I wanted to step outside my comfort zone because I have been buying so many Wine/Bordeaux colored lipsticks.  I purchased new matte products by one well known brand and another brand I haven’t used before. 

Pin Up, Ashton, Lip Primer

1. Ciaté London Liquid Velvet matte lipstick

First off, this color is absolutely gorgeous! The applicator is like most liquid matte lipsticks with the felt tip, but it goes on really smooth and doesn’t dry out your lips. I first started with Bite Beauty’s Line & Define Lip Primer. It’s pictured all the way to the right. The primer has a minty taste to it and definitely allows the lip color to stay in place all day. The great thing about Ciaté London’s velvet matte is that the color is true to the swatch which is at the top and pictured below. It stays smooth all day which is not like most matte lipsticks.

Pin Up on top and Ashton on bottom

2. Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick

I have been wanting to try this for sooo long! ABH makes such great products I wanted to see if it lived up to its hype. First, this color is so pigmented and rich. It stays true to its swatch and doesn’t feather. The only downside is that it does feel dry once it dries and it dries very quickly after you apply. The primer definitely helps but what I did instead was combine both of the colors by applying Ashton first, then Pin Up. It made a difference with the texture on my lips and it didn’t feel too dry. Below is a picture of me with both colors and they last all day too! 

Ashton & Pin Up together after eating and drinking

The color combination is such cross between mauve and tan together if they had a child. I would recommend both products if you are all about matte lipsticks. If matte is not for you, you will not like these colors but definitely don’t be afraid to play around and mix them up. Let me know how they look! Tag me in IG @CCseesbeauty
Xoxo

-CC

YNOT New York

Hey everyone! 

I am a proud believer in supporting women who have a unique vision that will uplift, inspire, and of course look great while doing so! I’m dedicating this post to one of my friends who recently launched Ynot, a premier styling brand. To find out more about this new and exciting brand, continue reading on.

Ynot New York celebrates women of color and the way she moves. Inspired by music + movement, Ynot New York offers premium styling techniques that aim to elevate, simplify and move her. Each service is uniquely rooted in music, offering a marriage between body and soul.

Services include:
Personal Curation: hands-on styling + wardrobe transformation

Digital Curation: personalized digital Nspiration board (monthly subscription/one-off)

Photo shoots: product + wardrobe styling

Follow Ynot New York on Instagram: @ynotnewyork.com and check our more looks at ynotnewyork.com

Below is the August Nspiration Board. 

August Nspiration Board

An outfit isn’t complete without a soundtrack to vibe to. Inspire your wardrobe with vibes from our August playlist

You can sign up to receive your own personalized board and curated playlist (via the digital curation service) by contacting whitneyl.walker@gmail.com OR by sending a DM to @ynotnewyork on Instagram. 

Enjoy beautiful people!

Xoxo

-CC

Why I love Hautelook.com!

Hey my beautiful people! I hope you all are enjoying the hot and humid summer! It’s been unbearable the past couple of days but hey, it is SUMMER. I decided that I’m going to start a part of my blog called: “Why I love”certain products, services, retailers, etc. 

What I’m going to highlight first is why I love the online flash sale website Hautelook.com! There are so many but I’ll start with my top 3 reason why I love the online retailer.

1. The variety: I’ve been hooked on Hautelook since 2011 and what I really appreciated from the beginning is that they featured all different types of designer clothing at such a discounted rate. Flash sales were coming larger and larger into a buyers fingertips and Hautelook was one of the firsts to provide not only clothing, but bedding, makeup, skincare products, and tech items to name a few. I buy many of my work dresses here because I find styles here that I don’t find in stores. Furthermore, if there is a designers sale that I may have missed Hautelook more than likely will feature that designer again in the future. These discounts vary from 60-80% off retail so you are definitely getting your bang for your buck!

Some of my past purchases highlighted on the Orders page

2. Easy return policy: This is a huge plus for me because all designer may have different cuts to their clothing and something may not fit as what you expected. Hautelook lets you return your items to any Nordstorm Rack location for store credit or back to your bank account. I find this so convenient especially when you online shop, return can be such a pain but Hautelook makes this step. Also, when you are in the Nordstorm rack store, you find goodies that aren’t online and you can try them on in the store! Win-win in my eyes

3. Customer service: I judge a lot of retailers and boutiques on how they handle customers and any issues that may arise. We don’t live in a perfect world and sometimes issues come up and I had an issue with a purchase and the customer service associate was so friendly and helpful with trying to alleviate the frustration that I had. 

4. Their improvements on their App: This is my new favorite because they have a new feature called “fit predictor” and it’s awesome! It saves times especially  if there is a popular item, Hautelook remembers your size and fit so you don’t have to second guess and I buy very frequently and lost weight and it went right along to my new size which was so cool! The fit predictor is based on your previous purchases and what size you bought. 

The Fit predictor is accurate and saves time

I recommend using Hautelook for any of my family of friends because I know you will get at least ONE compliment from someone when you purchase an item from Hautelook! 

Let me know how you all like it! I’d love to know! Send me a comment here or on my IG page @CCSeesbeauty

Xoxo

-CC

Must have sandals to have this summer!

Who doesn’t want to live in sandals all summer? I know I do! Get a great gel pedi and you are good to go for a couple of weeks. I’m highlighting my must have sandals to wear this summer and have included some product info as well.  These pairs will not break the bank either which is great because they are multifunctional.


1. Platform sandals

I was on the fence in the beginning when I first saw these pairs of sandals pop up everywhere. I try at times to stick to basics when it comes to sandals but once I tried on these pair from Target by Mossimo, $29.99 I was sold! These can be paired with shorts, midi skirts, jeans, work pants. You name it, these sandals give you a chic look. The added bonus: height and they are comfy! I work outside all day for my job and walk about 3-5 miles and can comfortably wear these sandals all day. 


2. Slides

Now this type of sandals has been around for as long as I can remember but it’s making a comeback along with the athleisure trend. The guys have claimed this shoe for awhile now but now the ladies have taken notice. Not only are slides comfy, more and more retailers are getting creative with styles, colors, and choices. The recent collab with Puma and Rihanna put high end slides on the map. The pair I wear are from sneaker and athletic retailer Kith, priced at $30.00. I bought the men’s size but they are extremely versatile and sporty. If you are getting your feet wet in the athleisure trends, make sure slides are at the top of your list.

Below are some affordable slides and platform sandals  that won’t hurt your bank account but still give you the chic look you are after.

H&M $14.99

Target: A+ Alba Slide Sandals $19.99

I’d love to see your photos! Make sure you tag me @ccseesbeauty on IG! 

Xoxo

-CC