3.21.2015

Spring Beauty Haul

The last two weeks I picked up some new beauty products. I really wanted to try some of the things that I've been hearing so much buzz about. All of these things fit so well in my new minimal makeup routine. This is really a mini haul but I still wanted to show you guys what I bought.
 
My new favorite lip gloss. It isn't sticky and smells like Pink Starbursts. It reminds me of my "LipSmacker" days in elementary school. It simply gives my lips a slight shine with very little pigment.
 
Completely in love with this BB cream. It gives very sheer coverage but it does fade away pores and very hydrating. As a primer it is thebomb.com (yes I said the bomb.com lol). I usually get a really oily T-zone but this keep it almost 100% matte after a long day of 12 hours.
 
I have been looking for a color like this all over. I love the color Garnet in my LORAC palette but it is a bit too orange for me. I wanted something more pink/plum and I finally found it.
 
To be honest I got this because I saw Claire Marshall reviewed it. Sadly,it doesn't give me out-of-this-world results. It does hold a curl and doesn't clump which are the biggest pros of this mascara.
 
I finally have this in my possession and I'm so satisfied. I have only tried it a couple of times but it does give me a natural look and does last a very long time. The mirror is bonus as well.
 
It you tried any of these products, I would love to hear your review of them in the comments :)
 

3.07.2015

Artist Spotlight: Khadijah Jones

This is the second installment of my Artist Spotlight series. Today I am showcasing Khadijah Jones. I've known her for almost a year now and I can say firsthand that she is amazingly talented and truly devoted to her craft. Below are Khadijah's own words about what she does and why.

All pictures and video are courtesy of Khadijah and her collaborators


My name is Khadijah but I am also known as "galnatural". I am a artist of many things but my focus is to creatively and vocally be a healer. When I was a little girl I was always giving and clear of my purpose and today, still, I am that. Through my blog and my YouTube channel and other social platforms I serve to educate & share to the youth and my community to be awaken. I am on a journey to elevate, empower and transform the lives of others through my art, life experiences and gifts.

Currently, I am evolving a new side of me through my social platforms and directing my image to be of the best version of myself through spiritual healing, photography & the beauty of health. Studying, writing & reading has been my secret to the big bang behind my new idea of the importance of educating the youth of renewing the mind and body through spiritual healing and recognizing the best you inside. I believe my purpose in life is to awaken as many people as God sees fit and through this, the success will follow. 


If you are interested in being a feautured artist, please comment below or send an email to theartofvintagerevival@gmail.com

2.25.2015

My Hair Care Essentials

Let me just say that I have been wanting to do a hair care post for ages!!! For the past three months I have been obsessed with restoring my hair and keeping it as healthy as possible. Towards the end of November, I really wanted to try more natural products to help grow and strengthen my hair. After tons of research, I thought that trying a few Shea Moisture products would be great for my hair condition and texture. My hair is very thick,coily, and gets very dry all year long. The Shea Moisture products pictured above along with their Restorative Conditioner as a leave-in from the Raw Shea Butter collection brought my hair back to life. My hair is now softer and more manageable after using these products. The raw shea butter,argan oil, and plantain are the main ingredients that really restructure and improve my hair strands.

Also, I have been using Trader Joe's Organic Virgin Coconut Oil to moisture my hair before and after washing. Lately, I've been watching a ton of Hey Fran Hey videos and I learned that this oil is an excellent detangler and moisturizer. Another tip that I picked up from her is to not use shampoo as often. Before you freak out, I stopped using shampoo as often because it just strips my hair of moisture and irritates my scalp too much. Instead of shampoo, I use an organic apple cider vinegar rinse that is about (1/4 cup water,2 cups apple cider vinegar) to cleanse my scalp and balance my pH levels. After application, I let it sit in my hair for about 30 minutes and wash it out. I do this rinse once every three weeks and co-wash with conditioner every week. This has helped eliminate 99% of my dandruff and has visibly improved my hair elasticity. If you have any questions or recommendations please let me know in the comment section below.

My Process
Distributing and Finger Detangling with Coconut Oil
After 1 hour, I rinse
Washing my hair with Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse(if needed)
Conditioning with Anti-Breakage Strengthening Conditioner
Deep Conditioning with Deep Treatment Masque
After 1 hour, I rinse
Using Restorative Conditioner and 3 tbsp as Leave-In
If I use heat I use the TRESemme Heat Tamer Spray

P.S. I realize that my hair is very different than some of my readers so please research to see if these products and techniques are suitable for you :)

2.13.2015

My Valentine's Day Playlist



I want to wish everyone an early Happy Valentine's Day. Normally I don't really get too excited about this holiday but this year is different. This year I have really awesome plans and I couldn't be happier for the 14th to come. Also, I recent shot a V-Day style editorial for CIRCUS Magazine so check it out!

Below is a playlist that I put together for the day so I hope you enjoy it.



*Photo still from the movie Grease

1.12.2015

Winterize Your Nails With Julep



I recently received a great nail tutorial from Julep™ . They provided me with great tips to "winterize" my nails that I now implement in my own routine. In the colder months, my nails get very dry and break very easily. After trying a couple of Julep's products, I can honestly say that I see a small difference in my nails. My nails are definitely more healthier than they were before. Look down below to see how you can strengthen your nails and make them look twice as good. 

Clip & Shape
Clipping your nails to a short length and smooth edges. Shorter nails are easier to keep clean and healthy for the winter. 

Cuticles: Be Gone!
Soak your nail beds with a few drops of the Vanish Cuticle Softener & Remover for at least 30 seconds. Use a cuticle pusher or orange wood stick to gently push your cuticles back.

Clean Up Time
Buff and nip hang nails and dead cuticles. Then, wash your hands and nails thoroughly with soap.

Extra Oomph
Polish your nails with two coats of the Oxygen Nail Treatment to keep them strong and healthy. 

Moisturize Often
Use Mighty Nail & Cuticle Serum twice a day to keep your tips hydrated and happy through dry winter months. To add moisture to your hands you can use Vaseline Intensive Care Hand Lotion. I use it every single day and I absolutely love it.

Julep Vanish Cuticle Softener & Remover and Oxygen Nail Treatment


In addition to these tips that Julep provided me with, I highly suggest implementing more Biotin in your diet. Digesting biotin daily helps support nail and hair growth and has worked wonders for me. Also, feel free to check out Julep's vast range of beautiful nail polishes here.

P.S. I am starting my spring semester soon which means I won't be able to upload as often. I hope you all understand and if you have any quick post suggestions let me know in the comments below :)

1.03.2015

How To Make Southern Tea Cakes


Ever since I could remember, I have always enjoyed eating my grandmother's and mother's tea cakes. Every single time I eat one, I'm instantly reminded of the comforts of home and my early childhood. For those of you who are wondering, a tea cake is typically a large dense cookie. Tea cakes have been a staple dessert for my mother's family for many generations. This afternoon, I finally took the time to watch my mother make them and I thought it would be nice to give you guys a standardized recipe.

What You Will Need
1 cup butter, softened
2 1/4 cups sugar
4 eggs
4 1/2 cups bread flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl add your softened butter and beat well with an electric mixer on medium speed. Gradually add eggs and sugar, beating well at the same pace. Combine flour, baking powder,baking soda, and nutmeg; add mixture alternately with buttermilk mixing well.Stir in the vanilla extract,lemon extract, and cinnamon with a large spoon. Add golf ball-sized amounts of the dough onto your cookie sheet with parchment paper or aluminium foil. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned.

The yield is usually 3 dozen tea cakes