Instagram Roundup | July

Inspired by many other bloggers out there, I have decided that at the start of every month, I will begin doing an Instagram round up of some of my favorite Instagram posts from the month before. Since August is now here, here’s a gathering of what went down in July. I got ombre green box braids, I got to be creative with friends, I finally shared some photos I had taken of  Xandria, and my thoughts on the Naked Illuminated Trio. I also got to enjoy West Coast life by hanging out on the beach. Overall, July was full. It definitely felt like I was taking advantage of the warm weather. *Honesty moment. Some of the below were taken in June, but were shared in July… 🙂

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July Instagram @Comfygirlcurls | Black Blogger | Natural Hair Blog
I also made an appearance on some of my friend’s feeds. Check it out:

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Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Trio

I know I really should have posted about this Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Trio in December, but life happened, and I never got around to it. Unfortunately, this now means it is no longer available as a set. You can, however, buy updated colours of the illuminated powders individually. (And who knows, maybe Urban Decay will sell them as a trio again next Christmas!)

So last year I purchased the Illuminated Trio by Urban Decay. This was my first foray into highlighter territory. Let me also just say, I didn’t just purchase it, I scavenged for it. I hunted everywhere for it. This is probably because I was a bit late to jump on the bandwagon. By the time I had even heard about this palette, it had already sold out. In the end, I managed to find it at an Ulta, and it was the very last one they had in stock. I was pretty sure it was meant to be.

Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Trio | Limited Edition Highlighter Palette | Blog

The three shades included in the limited edition palette are Pyrite (gold-champagne), Oasis (marbled frosted taupe) and Twilight (iridescent pink). As most black girls do, I like to play the most with more golden highlighters, so to this day I find myself using Pyrite the most. Twilight is fun for a more everyday, subtle highlight, and I use Oasis when I’m looking for more of a cooler-toned glittery look (which isn’t that often).

Since the Naked Illuminated Trio is the first highlighter palette I’ve ever owned, I can’t give a very comprehensive or comparative review. I will say, however, that I didn’t find them particularly pigmented. These are more of a powdered glitter, versus an actual colour that shows up on your face.

A little shimmer shimmer, glitter glitter. ✨

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So what about you? Did you get a chance to snag the Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Trio before it sold out? Or do you have another highlighter that you are absolutely in love with, and couldn’t live with out? Let us know in the comments below! 

Vancouver Beach Days | Natural Hair

One of the many reasons why Vancouverites deal with the insane housing market, is for the lifestyle the city allows us. There are few cities out there where you can lay on the beach and climb a mountain in the same day. Anytime that I can escape to the beach and lounge in the sun, I take the opportunity to. So here are some pictures that one of of my best friends, Sydney, took (sorry guys, you can’t find her on social media). So here is me, natural hair flowing free, ocean-side.

Seriously, nothing makes me happier than being in the sun. This melanin loves its vitamin D. Since a real vacation is nowhere near on the horizon, Kits Beach will have to do.

I will say, however, as fun as it is to have my natural hair free at the beach, it does limit me a bit. I don’t lie down, and I wouldn’t go into the water with it out. I’m not about to spend hours detangling post-beach trip, or clean bits of sand out of my curls.

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Blow Drying and Flat Ironing my Natural Hair – Av...

In honour of my 24th birthday, I decided to heat-style my natural hair. In other words, I straightened my hair with a flat iron for the first time in over a year and half. Since going natural, I have been extremely wary of heat damage, so the most heat I have really experienced has been under a table-top dryer.

I was mostly just craving a bit of change, and so my birthday seemed to provide me with the perfect excuse to flatten out my locks. I didn’t, however, do it without a healthy amount of preparation. In fact, I split the process up into two days for the sake of time, and to prevent my hair from being subjected to back-to-back heat processing. I also used Aveda Smooth Infusion line to ensure my my hairstyle would last longer by fighting off humidity.

Aveda Smooth Infusion to flat iron natural hair
Yes, I cut open one of the tubes to get the last of the product out.

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