40th in NYC - Shoutout to My Glam Squad!
As I said in my first post, the original plan for my 40th had been to sneak into NYC with my family, buy something expensive, and scuttle off just as quickly. No way I needed a glam squad for that! But once it became clear that I was going to be doing a little bit more than just blending into the background, I knew I was going to need to consult my favourite beauty queens!
Blessing owns and runs STUDIO27 in Boston with her fiancé Shawn and it’s the only place I do my hair! Her being my cousin is beside the point, she knows what she’s doing and her salon is top notch. Anyone who has had to endure a black hair salon will know you budget your whole day for your appointment no matter what time they say you’re starting. Things never run to time. Blessing runs a tight ship. If your appointment is at 2 for 2hrs, that’s how it’ll be! After going to a salon where I left with a press & curl from 1992, and another one where the stylist was smoking pot outside after pitching up late, I decided the 1hr+ drive to Boston was well worth it.
I knew I wanted a whole new look for my 40th. I sent Blessing a picture of the style and it required extensions. As she’s actually won an award for best extensions in Boston, I knew I was in excellent hands. She recommended Indique extensions as they have the closest texture and movement to relaxed hair. After she sewed in the extensions, it was time to do the big chop and I freaked because I was now thinking I might want to do a little more than just wear the hair short and straight. She recommended a length which actually worked out well in the end. I was certain she was going to stab me with the scissors at one point due to my indecision! But she’s oh so professional and stabbed me in her head whilst smiling sweetly on the outside!
For my make- up it was a no brainer. Chipo is my cousin (she’s Blessing’s sister actually!), and is a make-up artist based in Niagara, Canada. Check her work out HERE. I sent her pictures of all my outfits for the weekend and we came up with looks we liked and felt could work.
During the actual weekend I felt like a friggin superstar!!! These 2 girls were literally pampering me any minute they got. I cannot even describe how it felt walking into their room one way and walking out feeling like a goddess. They were just so professional even though we’re family, lol! Chipo carried extra bits of make-up with her wherever we went to touch me up as needed! The night we went out in sequins she put me in a nude lipstick and carried a red lipstick to switch me into halfway through the night! Super glam!
I could never have made myself look this good on my own. I love these girls so much, they elevated what was guaranteed to be a fab weekend and made it one in which I felt the best I have ever felt in my life! Thanks beauties!
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