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Dana’s Bakery – Macaron Taste Test


I have always wanted to try macarons, but never really had a chance. Here in Nashville,TN there aren’t many places where they are readily available. Needless to say, I was super excited when I got the opportunity to try out these delicious treats from Dana’s Bakery.

Dana’s Bakery is a New York based bakery that specializes in combining the traditional French macaron with favorite American flavors.  I received the variety pack which includes classic flavors and the Mac of the Month. The Mac of the Month for March is Cookies and Cream.  The classic flavors are: Key Lime Pie, S’mores, Chocolate Molten, Cup of Joe, Birthday Cake, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Red Velvet, Fruity Cereal, Orange Creamsicle, Strawberry Shortcake, and Cookie Dough. Dana’s Bakery Macarons are Gluten-free and made with almond flour. Dana's Bakery

The packaged arrived via Fedex. The macarons where carefully packed in the reuseable Dana’a Bakery cooler with an ice pack which kept the macarons cool on arrival. Dana's Bakery

Inside the color was also a thank you card, a card which displayed the Dana’s Bakery macaron gallery, and macaron temporary tattoos and button pins!Dana's Bakery

I let my daughter join in to taste test the macarons. The first thing we loved was how fresh they tasted. The macarons where firm on the outside with a crunchy outer shell but were so moist and chewy inside. We enjoyed all of the flavors. The flavors are delicate, not over-powering or artificial tasting. Each flavor is spot on and very true to taste. My favorite is the Red Velvet Macaron!

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My daughter’s favorite flavor is fruity cereal. Lucky for her, Dana’s Bakery offers a fruity cereal macaron making kit. We will have to try that out. Dana's Bakery

Here is a close up of two of the macarons. The pink swirl macaron is the Birthday Cake flavor. The purple macaron is Peanut Butter and Jelly.

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Dana’s Bakery offers a monthly subscription service taking all the worry out of ordering your treats every time. You can even get up to 2 months free depending on which plan you sign up for. For more information on the signing up for a subscription click hereDana's Bakery

Dana’s Bakery not only make individual orders, but they also cater for events and celebration. My daughter’s birthday is coming up in a few months and I think these would be a great idea instead of a cake.

I really love how Dana’s Bakery has made it possible for everyone to try macarons no matter where you are in the country. That’s amazing in itself. I plan to order more really soon! Sign up for Dana’s Bakery email list to received 10% off your first order.


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Purple Hair – My Daughter’s Hair Journey

It has been a while since I did an update on my daughter’s hair. So I decided do a quick update of whats been going on with her hair. Well as you can see, she has purple hair!

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I had stop texlaxing her hair and have been slowing trimming the ends. About 3 months ago I cut 3-4 inches off of her hair and now she’s completely natural. Lately we haven’t been doing anything special with her hair, just styling it into heatless hairstyles.

My daughter got straight A’s on her report card and for her present she requested hair color. We usually get her video games but this time she wanted something different. At first, I wasn’t sure but my husband agreed with her that purple hair would be super cute, so we went for it.

To lift her hair, I mixed Kaleidocolors Violet Hair Bleach Powder and Clairol 30 volume Developer into a thick consistency. I applied the mixture to her hair starting at the tips and working my way up to create an ombre effect. I let the bleach mixture sit on her hair for about 15-20 minutes. This was the results. Purple Hair

Next, I applied the purple hair color. I used Pravana Chromasilk in color Violet. I mixed the purple hair color with Suave Humectant Conditioner to help stretch the hair color since I only hair half a tube at the time.  I let the mixture sit on her hair for about 4 hours to ensure that the color penetrated deep into the hair strands. After rinsing the color out, I let her hair airdry in 8 single plat braids. Then I straightened her hair with my flat iron and Chi Silk Infusion heat serum.

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I am so in love with the color. I think it’s perfect for her blossoming personality. It fits her so well. I will continue to care for her and do weekly deep conditioning treatment as I always had so that she doesn’t get any breakage. Her purple hair is so awesome though lol! Let me know what you guys think. Share your thoughts below.

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Skinny Teatox – Does This Tea Detox Really Work?


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Tea detoxes have been very popular lately. Almost every Youtube guru that I follow has talked about them and they are all over Instagram. I had always wondered if tea detoxes really work. Needless to say, I was super excited when I got the opportunity to try one out. I’m currently trying the 28-day teatox from Skinny Teatox.

The 28 day Teatox includes a 28 Day supply of the Morning tea and a 28 day supply of Evening tea. The Morning tea is a premium loose leaf tea. You are suppose to drink this Morning tea everyday. It can be in the morning or afternoon. The Morning tea helps boost metabolism, increase energy, and suppress appetite which helps with weight loss.

I used the super cute strawberry loose leaf tea infuser for the Morning Tea. I put a teaspoonful of Morning Tea into the strawberry loose leaf tea infuser and let is steep for 5 minutes. I add a small amount of organic agave syrup to lightly sweeten it. The Morning Tea has a great taste on it’s own. It’s light and reminds me of green tea. I am currently on day 16 of the Skinny teatox and I agree with all of the claims. For the first week, I drank the Morning tea in place of my morning cup of coffee. The Morning Tea really did give me that energy boost just as coffee does. It also suppressed my appetite for about 3-4 hours which cut down on extra snacking in the morning.

The evening tea is already packaged in individual tea bags so it makes it really easy to prepare. You are suppose to drink the evening tea every other day at night. The tea has a mild laxative effect that helps eliminate excess waste and bloating. On the pamphlet that  comes with the 28 day teatox, it states the effect of the evening tea can take anywhere from 3-10 hours. In my case it was more like 10-12 hours. It really does give the colon a thorough cleanse. I was going to the restroom way too often so I had to back down to using it only every 3-4 days.

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Because the Morning Tea is meant to be drank only once a day ,I purchased the Chocolate Tea to drink in between the Morning and the Evening Tea. I was also super interested because it is Chocolate Tea that is fat free. I love the way it taste! It is so good. No sweetener needed.

As stated above, I am on day 16 of the Skinny Teatox and I am such a believer. I am down 4 pounds! I also have so much more energy than I usually do. I plan to continue with the Skinny Teatox and hope to have amazing results after 28 days.  Join me and start your own Skinny Teatox journey. Use coupon code LongHairPrettyNails to receive free shipping on your order!

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Hair Porosity – Blackista Hair Products for Low Porosity Hair

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I have been on my healthy hair care journey for over 10 years now. You would think I know all there is to know about hair. I would say that I’m very knowledgeable but there are many things that I have yet to learn about hair. One of the topics I have heard about over the years is hair porosity. I never really took the time to understand what exactly hair porosity is. I wish I would have took the time to learn sooner because it is extremely important in understanding your hair and keeping it healthy.

Hair porosity is your hair’s ability to absorb and maintain moisture. Each hair stand has cuticle scales. If your cuticle scales are too tighly closed or compact, moisture has a very difficult time getting into the hair strand. If the cuticle scales are to loose, your hair is absorbs moisture very easily but loses moisture just has fast. Normal porosity is if your hair’s cuticle scales are closed but no to tightly which allows moisture to easily absorb into the hair and stays for an extended time.

To find out your hair porosity, take a strand of clean shedded hair. A great time would be after you shampoo your hair. You want the hair to be clean and free from product. Get a glass of water and place the hair inside the cup. If your hair floats at the top, you have low porosity hair. If the strand of hair sinks but stays in the middle of the glass, you have medium or normal hair porosity. If the hair sinks to the bottom of the glass, you have high porosity hair.

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Blackista is a hair care line that is specifically formulated to manage hair porosity. They have 3 different line of products for low, medium, and high porosity. Blackista products contains no mineral oil, no silicone and no paraffin. The low porosity products contain light vegetable oils that have the ability to penetrate compact cuticle scales such as  jojoba oil, grape seed oil, olive oil, wheat germ oil, apricot kernel oil, shea oil, avocado oil, argan oil, kukui oil, and baobab oil.

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I started out with the Blackista Oil Treatment for Low Porosity Hair. This oil treatment is used prior to shampooing. I sectioned my hair into four sections and applied the oil treatment throughly to each section. I let this sit for 30 minutes.

Next, I rinsed out the Blackista Oil Treatment and shampooed my hair with the Blackista Shampoo for Low Porosity Hair. This shampoo is very moisturizing and has a detangling effect. It cleansed my hair without stripping it of its natural oils.

I then applied the Blackista Conditioner for Low Porosity Hair. This conditioner is simply amazing. Once I applied this to my hair, I was instantly able to detangle my hair effortlessly. This is the best detangling conditioner I ever tried. I will definitely be stocking up on this. It’s a bit pricey but it works so I think it’s worth it. I let the conditioner sit on my hair for about 20 minutes then I rinsed it out. The bottle states that it leaves a protective film on the hair. However, I did feel any residue.

I towel dried my hair for about 20 minutes, then I began sectioning my hair for the braid out. I did 4 braid on each side. I applied the Blackista Hydration Spray for Low Porosity Hair to each section before braiding. I placed perm rods at the bottom of each braid. I let my hair air dry overnight and this was the results.

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I can really the difference in my hair after using these Blackista Hair products. I love that these products are lightweight but really gets the job done as far as moisturizing.

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I guess I hadn’t realized how important knowing your hair porosity is. Now I can used products especially formulated for my hair.

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For more information about Blackista check out http://www.blackista.com/ and find them on facebook www.facebook.com/BlackistaHairCare


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Wet n Wild 1 Step Wonder Gel Nail Polish


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I did a cute Valentine’s Day inspired design using the new Wet n Wild 1 Step Wonder Gel nail color in “It’s Sher-Bert Day”. If you are a nail freak like me, I’m sure you’re familiar with the affordablility and how easily acessible Wet n Wild products are. They’re available at most drug stores. Wet n Wild has really stepped up their nail polish game with this one. This polish has a gel formulation that requires no uv lamp or topcoat. Wet n Wild Wet n Wild

For this design, I applied nail tips and shaped them into an almond shape. I left them a bit longer and wider than what I wanted the final shape to be. It’s easier for me to do the shaping after the acrylic is laid.

I formed two hearts out of Tammy Taylor Whitest White acrylic powder which were used in the two heart design nails.

Then I applied LongHairPrettyNails Pink Nude acrylic powder to my nails. I also incorporated a pink glitter mix on two nails. This pink glitter is from Born Pretty Store.

Next I filed, shaped, and buffed the nails. Then I applied the Wet n Wild 1 Step Wonder Gel Nail Polish. I was really impressed with the quality of this polish. It’s a thick formulation that goes on really smooth and even. After applying two coats of the Wet n Wild 1 Step Wonder Gel Nail Polish, you can seriously go without a topcoat.

I used a small dotting tool and the Wet n Wild 1 Step Wonder Gel Nail Polish “It’s Sher-Bert Day” to accent the heart and glitter striped nails. Then used clear builder gel to adhere a/b crystals to both glitter nails.

I created a 3D acrylic bow using the Tammy Taylor Whitest White acrylic powder. Once the bow was formed, I added dots using the same polish and added a/b crystals to the center of the bow.

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And here’s the final look. I added my favorite gel topcoat, Pink Gellac Ultra Shine, to the unpolished nails. I definitely could have went without the topcoat on the polished nails but it’s just a preference for me. Needless to say, I’ll be stalking my local Walgreens for the more colors of the Wet n Wild 1 Step Wonder Gel Nail Polish.

Have you tried the Wet n Wild 1 Step Wonder Gel Nail Polish yet? What are your thoughts? Share below!


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Jamaican Mango and Lime Pure Naturals with Smooth Moisture


I am always on the hunt for good moisturizing products for my hair. I had the opportunity try out the new Pure Naturals with Smooth Moisture line from Jamaican Mango and Lime. These products focus on providing much needed moisture for natural hair. They also include natural ingredients such as coconut oil, hibiscus, mango, lime, and sorrel seed. The Pure Naturals by Jamaican Mango and Lime contains no sulfates or mineral oil and is paraben free.  Jamaican Mango and Lime

I tried these Jamaican Mango and Lime products on a style I did t stretch my texlaxed hair with minimal heat. First I washed my hair with the Pure Naturals Coconut Milk & Honey Sulfate-free Shampoo. This shampoo cleanses the hair without stripping it. It also moisturizes and detangles.

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I applied the Jamaican Mango and Lime Pure Naturals Coconut Milk Leave-In Conditioner & Detangler to towel dried hair. Then used a wide tooth comb to help distribute the product evenly. This product really gave my hair slip.

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I sectioned my hair in to medium sections and applied a small amount of the Jamaican Mango & Lime Pure Naturals Coconut Butter Creme. This product has the same moisturizing properties but offers a soft hold. I rolled my hair using large size rollers. Once all of my hair was rolled up, I sat under my hair dryer on medium heat for 2 hours.

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And this was the result. As you can see the curls are loose but the hair is stretch. Just the look I was going for. Also my hair feels soft and flowy. It’s not greasy or weighed down.

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I finger combed the curls and wrapped my hair. Then I sat under the dryer again for 20 minutes.jml.Still001 (1)

That’s what gave me this sleek, straight look with minimal heat.

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The Jamaican Mango and Lime Pure Naturals line is available in local beauty stores. They’re super affordable too. Have you tried out the new Jamaican Mango and Lime Pure Naturals products? Share your thoughts below.


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