Engineering Natural Beauty

Your Beauty Questions!   An engineers approach to beauty and fashion


    Black Hair and Politics

    I was over on XOJane the other day reading a post about natural hair and black beauty culture. In the comments section one reader asked, if the current natural hair movement is happening with little attachment to anything overtly political is that making it easier for more people to participate and would that kind of political attachment change it in any significant way. 

    First of all black hair in America is political, whether we want it to be or not. We all know the rhetoric that hair relaxers and other straightening tools/methods are a way for black women to achieve Eurocentric ideals of beauty. Also they are trying to deny their true selves. Whereas natural hair is more defiant, “real”,  and “more black”. (MAJOR side eye to all of that!)

    So unfortunately there are going to be some women who will make hair choices  based on these ideas. I have a friend who told me one of the reasons she doesn’t want to go natural is she doesn’t want to seem more militant. (I personally think she would look fantastic.) The greater political implications within the black community and in this country will always be a factor. But on the smaller every day scale of how we each live our lives, I don’t think they play a big role in the hair choices of many woman of color. 

    When reading transition stories most woman want to go natural for health reasons, to better their self-esteem, and general curiosity to name few. I went natural because I was tired of damaging my hair with a flat iron. I’m glad that the current natural hair movement has no specific political attachments. Especially in today’s political climate it’s very easy to isolate people. I think that it’s wonderful that so many of us are choosing to wear our hair in whatever manner we see fit. 

    — 2 years ago

    What I’ve Been Up To…

    Hey everyone, sorry for the lack of posts these past two days. I had a huge deadline I needed to meet to for my thesis. Thanks for being understanding, and enjoy the warm weather!

    — 2 years ago

    June Glam Bag

    Yesterday my June MyGlam Bag arrived!

    MyGlam is monthly beauty subscription service created my Michelle Phan and several other beauty vloggers. “Each month, subscribers will receive a beautiful Glam Bag with deluxe samples and full-sized beauty products. Members can watch and play along with the stylists with the same products that they are using. All for only $10 a month.”-MyGlam About Page. 

    I have been receiving the bags since February 2012 and so far I’ve been enjoying my experience. Some of the items I have received are eyeliner, lipstick, face wash, moisturizer, eyeshadow, make-up brushes etc.

    This month I recieved: Nyx Liptick(Orange Soda), Living Proof Styling Cream, Marbella Permanent Eyeliner, and Philosophy Moisturizer.


    I don’t know if I’ll be keeping the Nyx Lipstick it’s a really bad color for me.


    But after some Googling I found another blogger who made it work for her. So I might give the lipstick another try.


    I was excited to use the eye liner after seeing it’s pigmentation when I swatched it on my hand.


    However it took two applications to get it show properly on my eyes.

    The Marbella Eyeliner is more of a stain then a traditional liquid eyeliner. However once it dries it  seems to stay put, but it can be easily removed with a make up remover. I don’t think this will replace my favorite eyeliner but I will definitely make it apart of my routine.

    I can’t wait to try the Style Cream next time I do my hair and the moisturizer. I will let you know how that turns out, Happy Tuesday!

    — 2 years ago with 1 note

    #myglam  #make-up  #lipstick  #moisturizer  #eyeliner 
    Clean Your Ugly F$&%ing Face

    I hope all of you are washing your face and taking of your makeup regularly. Don’t get me started on convenience or time cause at a minimum you can always use make-up wipes, they fit in your purse! I take skin very seriously. The same way I have a great hair regimen down I have a great skin care regimen.

    Make-up Removal:

    Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser- I love this cleanser. It’s really gentle and does a great job of getting rid of make-up without being harsh on the skin.

    3Lab Perfect Cleansing Foam-I got this in my March MyGlam bag and it’s fantastic. Just like the Neutrogena it’s very gentle. But it also has acne fighting ingredients.

    Equate Cleaning Towelettes-These towelettes get my makeup off quickly. When I wear a full face it takes 2 towelettes. But at these prices that doesn’t matter.

    Acne Fighting

    St. Ives Blemish and Blackhead Apricot Scrub-I scrub my fave every 3-4 days because I go to the gym so often. I love the smell of this product. It works really well at being able to get all the dirt, sweat, and other nastiness throughout the day.

    Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash-This product is great at getting rid of my acne. However this product is really harsh on your skin. This might not be the greatest choice if you have sensitive skin

    Clean and Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment- I use this for when I get zits to get rid of them quickly. This product can be extremely drying if not used properly. But it get the job done.

    And don’t forget to moisturize! What does your face care routing look like?

    — 2 years ago

    #face  #skin  #my routine 
    My Wish List

    An unlimited hair budget is the wish of many. As a certified Product Junkie, I have to reign in my design to buy every new hair product/item. But that doesn’t mean a girl can’t dream! Below is a list of some the products I would love purchase, but instead prefer being able to eat.

    Ouidad Curl Quencher Hydrafusion Intense Curl Cream
    I don’t use silicone in my hair, but I can be tempted by a good review. But at $26 for only 5 ounces. I can wait till my wallet can take such a hit.

    Original Moxie Hair Bling High Gloss
      $16 (3oz)
    I love shiny hair and according to the forums this product does it in spades. However the price tag makes me hesitant to purchase. 

    Hair Therapy Wrap Thermal Turban $21.95
    Shelli of Hairscapades reviewed the wrap. I love to deep condition my hair and pre-poo with oil. So I feel like this could really help with my hair. This one I’m actually thinking of purchasing.

    What is on your wish list? Have a great weekend :)

    — 2 years ago

    #wish lish 
    My Current Regimen


    Having a good regimen is an important aspect to having healthy hair. Your regimen should give you the perfect balance of moisture and protein. Below you’ll find my current regimen and the purpose of each step.

    I shampoo every 4-6 weeks (Now that it’s summer that number is much closer to 4 weeks) with Ion Clarifying Shampoo. This shampoo helps to cleanse my hair and scalp for product build up and sweat.

    Deep Condition/Co-wash
    I deep condition/co-wash once a week using Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition( I have previously lamented over the loss of my beloved product to silicone.) with Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Castor Oil, and Honey.This is to keep my hair moisturized and silky soft.

    I rotate between using Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk and PuraBody Naturals Murumuru Moisture Milk as my leave-in stylers. These help to keep my hair moisturized and define my curls.

    Olive Oil or Coconut Oil to seal in moisture and add softness.

    Henna once a month and Aphogee Intensive 2 Minute Keratin Reconstructor 2 weeks later. Both add strength to my hair

    I just love having my regimen down like this! Products come and go all the time, but the over all structure stays the same.

    If you have any questions about regimen building feel free to ask. Happy Thursday!

    — 2 years ago

    Shoes: A TJMaxx Haul

    With summer swiftly approaching, I  wanted to clean out my closet for the upcoming season. While looking through my shoes I realized I needed sandals badly. However I knew I didn’t want to spend to much on the sandals. This is because I run my shoes into the ground. At the end of every summer the sandals bought at the beginning of the season are ruined.




    TJ Maxx was my solution for finding affordable shoes. I was lucky and was able to find 3 pairs of shoes for under $55.



    I’m most likely going to try and buy one or two more pairs in a bright color. It is summer after all!

    Where do you go to find affordable shoes?

    — 2 years ago

    Inner Beauty: Kasher in the Rye Review


    We all know that beauty is more than skin deep. We must also take care of our inner selves the way we do out outer selves. One of my favorite way of taking care of my mind is by reading. I love reading, always have since I was a little kid. One of the books that I recently finished reading was Kasher in the Rye:The True Tale of a White Boy from Oakland Who Became a Drug Addict, Criminal, Mental Patient, and Then Turned 16. It’s the memoir about what growing up in Oakland in the late 80’s and early 90’s was like for Moshe Kasher, a young Jewish boy.

    The book starts out with Kasher discussing his difficult childhood in Oakland. What it was like to be a minority in an urban neighborhood. He started befriending other troubled youth at his school and soon found himself experimenting with drugs at the young age of 12. He indulged his every whim and made every effort to be under the influence of some sort of mind altering substance. As Kasher spiraled downward he jumped from schools, to rehabilitation centers and one harrowing trip to the psychiatric ward.

    This is an amazing read. Kasher is extremely funny and knows how to captivate his reader with his prose. I felt his joys and frustrations. This isn’t a light beach read, but it can definitely add depth toany reading list.

    Overall: Pick it up ASAP

    What do you have on summer reading list?

    — 2 years ago

    Concert Style: Hair


    For the concert I decided to wear a  flat twist out. To achieve this look I flat-twisted my hair hair into 5 sections that went horizontally across my head. 


    I used PuraBody Naturals Cupuacu Hair Butter and Murumuru Moisture Milk to achieve this look.

    How do you achieve your favorite look?

    — 2 years ago

    All my beauty products

    All my beauty products

    — 2 years ago