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Tis the season for Hurricanes and it’s time for you to stock up on some emergency supplies. Along with boarding up your house and generators, my go to is Prêt-à-powder Très Invisible Dry Shampoo, from Bumble and Bumble.

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You may ask,”Katrina, don’t you think that’s a little superficial that you need to look good during an emergency crisis?”

Far from that, because due to lack of power, clean water, and the heat in Florida, a clean scalp can improve someone’s day to feel refreshed and new. A simple act, can go a long way for people and can give instant gratification.

Très Magnifique

This month marked two new members to the Prêt-à-powder family and you need to get your hands on these. A couple of weeks we had a launch party on the new products and I say it was a pure hit. Both noted to “clean.(clearly.)” on the Bumble site, it gives you the benefit of absorbing all the sweat and oil from your roots to ends from French Pink Clay that is used as the main ingredient. The aerosol spray uses the clay to soak up filth while leaving no white residue, and leaving behind clean hair with UV filters to protect your ends from sun damage.

Welcome, Dry Shampoo and Nourishing Dry Shampoo, read on to know which one best describes your hair needs.

à la carte Prêt Dry Shampoo vs Prêt Nourishing Dry Shampoo

The only difference between the two is that the regular Dry Shampoo gives you everything you need, specifically recommended for fine to medium hair, that need volume at the roots.

The Nourishing Dry Shampoo gives you everything and for the people who need it, just a lil’ bit extra. For clients like me who need a dash of a miracle, hair that’s thick, dry, damaged and color treated, this shampoo holds the key of Hibiscus Extract that helps nourish your poor ends.

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Voilà!

With the storm brewing to a Category 5, I knew this wasn’t going to be an easy week for Orlando. Similar situations I’ve personally witnessed myself was back in ’04 for Charley, leaving many people without clean water, no power, and desperate to feel a normal life.

Waking up after Irma there was no power, and anxiety struck whether or not we were going to have it later that day or even within the week. Checking out the damage outside you can already feel the rays of the sun beating down on my head, and I knew it was going to be a gruesome day for clean up.

After a long hard day of clearing up the yard from debris I grab my Nourishing Dry shampoo, and from 6″ away from my root I spray the area. I like to wait a couple of minutes before taking the pads of my fingertips to massage my scalp, this way you give the formula enough time to absorb any oil for it to work. This is a very common mistake for people who think that it works straight out of the can, but give it a few and you’ll look and smell great!

 

For my family and I, we made it with everything intact. For others, there are some of my friends with no power, and the worst of it is there are still people with no homes from Hurricane Harvey in Texas and the mass destruction in the Caribbean from Irma.

Here are a few places to donate to. Any amount is appreciated.

J.J. Watt Houston Flood Relief Foundation

Volunteer Florida

 

 

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As a Florida born I’ve gone through some of the most infamous Hurricanes that have reached Orlando the last 20years, including Floyd & Charlie. I was just a wee young lad then and didn’t realize the extremity of how dyer it was to find good shelter. Thank God for my Mom working at Florida Hospital at the time, the whole family stayed there for the night, when we evacuated our home.

For my brother and I we thought it was a cool way to stay somewhere new, when in reality a huge storm was a brewin’ and who knew if we would still have a home?

Flash forward to now my husband and I are living in our own home and just recently celebrated our 1st Anniversary of owning our humble abode. Now, Irma is going to come blow our dreams away. It’s funny how when you’re an adult your mind flips to panic mode.

Described to be a large and violent storm, with winds exceeding 75mph, a Hurricane is judged on a scale that can reach to a category 5 with winds greater than 156mph. When looking at the scale you want to be more concerned with a category 3 and up. These categories are the ones that cause major destruction to your home, or are means to evacuate.

At the salon I had a couple of stylists I knew who are just now experiencing a Hurricane, and why not for your first to be a Cat 5, named “Irma.”

For anyone who wants to survive a Hurricane here’s some tips and tricks from a Florida born savage.

Board Up

In a state that is known for Hurricane season, it is safe to say that you should board up your home. Either with plywood or Aluminum Shutters. Found in a Lowe’s or Home Depot, it’s great to protect your home from the wind tearing through your house, or vagrants breaking in after or during the storm. Unfortunately burglars tend to stalk homes to see if you evacuated and force themselves into your belongings.

DO NOT DUCT TAPE! This is the worst idea you can do. Not only does it leave horrible glue stains on your window, but it doesn’t work! If anything they just create huge shards of glass, that in the event of a hurricane can make scary projectiles that can decapitate you.

Along with boarding, check if you need sandbags as well if you live in a flooding area. Check with neighbors if they’ve experienced it in the past. In a time of crisis, usually Florida will hold stations to fill sandbags for your home. If you can’t get to them quick enough than you can also use garbage bags filled with water.

Stock Up

As soon as I heard Matthew was coming towards Texas I knew we were in Hurricane season. Last year I was not prepared, and even with Irma, I feel like I wasn’t completely set as I wish I was. First things first was water and food. It’s suggested that you should be set with supplies for 3-5 days. For water that means a gallon a day for each person in the family. I recommend dry food, my fav is Cup Noodles. You want it easy to make just incase you don’t have power. Someone I know said that our last big Hurricane made them stranded without power for 14 days.  O hell na!

For our house warming gift Gary’s family bought us a nice grill, which also comes with a burner. With the propane it’s perfect for when I need to boil some water. The grill is great as well because you can also use the charcoal too. With meat and veggies that needs to be cooked before they go bad from no power, just throw ’em on the Barbi.

We have an old generator that’s enough power to run our fridge just in case we lose power. That being said make sure you stock up as well on Gas.

tips to prepare for a hurricane

Home Food Supply and Battery, Re Stocked water at the Grocery Store for the Hurricane

Fuel Up

Speaking of gas, if you’ve seen the news, when it gets closer to the days before the Hurricane you would understand why it’s so dyer to grab gas ahead of time. I have a horrible way of waiting until E to run to the gas station. I just saw on the news that this woman was on E for 3 hours waiting in lines to the pump. You don’t want that to be you. If you can plan a week in advance to fill all the way and then towards the storm if you can fill here and there at stations that aren’t full of people that’d be great to to top off the tank every once and a while.

Also, be aware of scammers. Sadly, in a world where we need more faith in humanity there are those who take advantage of people by taping up fuel lines at gas stations fooling people that they are out of the least expensive fuel in order for them to use the Premium gas. When found people are blasting their business on social media, and you should to if this happens to you. Exploit these horrible people.

While you’re there, fill up some extra gas cans for your generator. When you’re in the sunshine state and run out of power,  the heat and humidity during the day is pure torture. Do yourself a favor and invest in one. It’s worth not regretting it when poop hits the fan and you’re a week without air conditioning.

Keep Up

I screw this one up and I need to be better about it. When I mean “keep up,” I’m talking about keeping all your documents together and important sentimental valuables. This year I’ve gotten better to create a “Grab & Go Binder.” This is a binder that in a state of emergency it’s my life line to important phone numbers, billing information, birth certificates, social security cards, etc.

Next year I’d like to update you  on how I will do better on keeping up with my valuables or what matters most to me. I told Gary I’d like to finish updating our room and grabbing a huge gun safe that is enough room for important documents, receipts,  his guns, and pictures. I can lose all the materialistic  goods but what would really tear me up is not having kept memories.

Time and time again I hear horror stories of floods or fires, that take all of your possessions. My goal is to buy a large enough external hard drive, to hold scanned photos of past family events. A gun safe may be too hardcore, a simple fireproof and waterproof filing box should work just as good. Although  Gary would love the excuse of having a gun safe so he can have more guns, haha.

Another idea was to frequently take pictures of items around your house that you can use as proof for insurance claim. Prior to this as well is to check on your home insurance and whether or not you need flood insurance as well.

Gear Up

From what I’ve witnessed the worst is the aftermath of a powerful storm. With worst case scenarios of stories of violence like what happened in Louisiana with Hurricane Katrina, the rapes, looting, brutality, my number one priority in the midst of chaos is being armed. Actually when I knew the storm was getting serious I told Gary that we need to stock up on ammo. I probably have watched too many Walking Dead episodes, and am an underground prepper,  but it doesn’t hurt to at least have something to protect yourself. It only hurts the people who are stupid enough to play in your grounds.

Also, map out your area and find safe evacuation spots in case you do have to leave home.

tips to prepare for a hurricane

Hurricane Irma Aftermath

IRMA-GERD!

On a serious note, this last Hurricane was a realization of how crucial it is to be prepared. During the storm it was all to real the sounds that were going on outside with the strong winds and the palm trees swaying back and forth. Through the night we’re hearing dings on our phone of emergency alerts for Tornados, which caused anxiety of me wishing I had my family altogether.
Gary and I couldn’t sleep because we were hiding in the hallway away from the windows and we were sleeping on the floor with our cats.

Through this experience, now as an adult I’ve really changed my perspective on how valuable items are in my life, and the love of the people around me. No more Hurricane parties, actually no Hurricanes at all.

Hoping this helped anyone out there. I’d love to hear some of our experiences and what you’ve learned yourself for what you’ll be doing next time for the next perfect storm.

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A couple of months ago I ran into an incident that I could not believe. Something so traumatic that seemed like it was one of of those bad youtube makeup tutorial bloopers, of what not to do with your lashes. YES, MY LASHES!

Since that horrible lash extension a few years back now, I’ve been scarred from doing anything on my lashes except for non waterproof mascara. My girlfriend Heather, a professional Makeup Artist, would give me tips on how to keep my lashes in tact. Everything was going so well, until this dreadful day.

How I grew my lashes back

OFF – WITH – YOUR Lashes…..?

It was a bright sunny day, perfect day for my girlfriend to throw her birthday fiesta. I decided to gussy up for this pool party, with the thought of my coworkers being there and their attitude as well to beat their face with makeup in their bikini, I didn’t want to feel left out. This time I wanted to try something new and curl my lashes.

Everything was set on my face, the last thing I had to do was to slap on some mascara. SO, lash curler in hand I clamp down on my beloved lash hairs than – SNIP! Off with my lashes! The one thing I cared for so long on my face and just gone in seconds. What I failed to notice is that the curler had a corroded rubber piece, so that when I clamped down, it was metal to metal creating a scissor effect.

In the pictures you can clearly see an exact line of where I cut it off. I still went to the party of course but with a stack of falsies, looking very extra if I do say so myself.

Back at the salon I expressed to clients the traumatic accident and they definitely felt for me. I mean it wasn’t like I stubbed my toe. It left a mark on my face that was like a scarlet letter, announcing to the world how I don’t know how to do makeup.

Chop Lashes off

Moodstruck Esteem Lash Serum

Thank God for this Angel, Ms Miranda. A dear client of the shop, who part time works as a beauty consultant for the face brand Younique, heard my plea and presented me with this miracle product Moodstruck Esteem Lash Serum.

If you’ve heard of Latisse, it’s very similar what it is, except you don’t need a Doctor’s note or pay the heavy price tag. Only $42, after 28 days you should see fuller, thicker, longer lashes.

I haven’t heard much about this new product that just launched, nor did I do my research to know if it caused herpes on my face, but with something this good, I’m down to try anything. Also, Miranda has also sold me the Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes and I need to buy another case of it, because that really helped volumize and lengthen my lashes at the same time. It was like wearing falsies without all the extra added work. So, I believe at this point I can trust her judgement.

Younique 3d Lash Fibers

All she said was to apply the serum to my lash hair with the convenient mascara wand applicator, before I go to bed. Which is  what I did every night for 3 weeks. I will say within the weeks I’d have a day here an there missed, but I have used the product enough to really see a difference.

This is the third week of me using the product and the area where I chopped my lashes off is gone. I’m so pleased to tell you, that this product is a home run. Prior to this I was also using castor oil, but that slowly strengthened my lashes. With this lash serum, I can tell the difference on the flick of the wings on the ends, as well as the exaggerated bottom lashes that I can now see, rather to them being always stubby.

Moodstruck Esteem Lash Serum

Moodstruck Esteem Lash

Gotta Catch ’em All

To grab some of this for yourself, click on the link below to support my good friend Miranda. She’s a trusted retailer for Younique. Younique is only sold by a trusted agent, and not sold in stores. If  you have any questions feel free to message her as well, as she’s always been so helpful with my beauty needs.

Link to Miranda’s Younique Products Shop

Link to Moodstruck Esteem Lash Serum

Moodstruck Esteem Lash

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