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The Hours

As a lifelong introvert, I’m no stranger to staying in while the sun is shining and everyone else is off having fun. Ever since I was a kid, staying in was my favorite option. I was the weirdo that had to be forced outside and had no one to play with when I got there. I read book after book, fought with my brothers and thought up crazy ideas for what I would be when I grew up. None of which involved being (self) quarantined because of a global pandemic. This current time period is straight from a scifi movie.

I’ve only been in here for 8 days, so far. On April 1st I find out if anything is happening with my job, so for all intents and purposes I have nowhere to be until April 2nd. So what am I up to? Am I stir crazy? Lonely? Panting to leave? No! I’m busy. Busy af. Here’s why:

1.My mommy:

Just before I went in for the long haul, I had a long talk with my Mommy. We haven’t spoken in a few years because I remembered some things and I felt justified in withholding love and attention from her. I’m an adult and she can’t make me do anything. Enter coronavirus and I realized that whatever happened, happened. That’s all. It was just stuff that happened a long time ago and I have to let that go. The first thing I did as I was prepping for quarantine was run up and down Utica Avenue putting a box of wigs, haircare products and a big African gown for Easter. That’s how I love people, I shop for them.

This stuff is for her next box, an early Mother’s Day present. Kmart on 34th Street was closing and I started slowly looking through the place, extracting style gold for my Mommy. I didn’t get shoes, because I was trying to do a surprise and my brothers didn’t text me back when I asked for the shoe size. I figured two full outfits, plus a nice housecoat (the blue and green folded item), and I got her a long slip because her generation wore them. Florals are cheery and colorful, so I know she’ll smile when she wears these tops. The bottoms are stretchy, for her comfort. Plus a book of bible verses, because she not only believes in God, but she prays for me. I figure this will help her pick topics to focus on.

I ran all over the place looking for someone to love me, and all I needed to do was love my mom and let her love me back. It’s so peaceful.

2. My laundry:

I had laundry piled up before quarantine happened, but things have entered a critical area. No undies and no inclination to wash them myself. Also some thrifted items that I was supposed to send out so that I could post them. And my favorite socks were dirty. And my workout clothes need cleaning. And I want to have all of my sheets available. LUCKILY the laundry service is considered essential (think hospitals and nursing homes, not just for people too lazy to use the laundromat in the building like me) but now they’re only picking up at night. I got half the laundry out, with the next load ready for next week.

So now I can clean the bathroom and decide if I’m finally going to finish that storage table I made and then left unfinished.

3. Selfcare:

I decided to branch out and try a new natural haircare provider and I found Fro.ology on Etsy. She had all the products I had grown to love, with improvements. I got the Hair Tea Rinse, $12, which has lavender, peppermint, and chamomile to soothe and nurture the scalp and encourage growth. The Onion and Garlic Hair Oil, $10, is an anti-microbial (kills the fungus that causes danduff) with vitamin c, infused with hibiscus, rosemary and lavender. I used this as soon as I got it because my scalp was so dry and it works wonders. I also ordered the Super Thick Deep Conditioner, $10, which contains aloe vera, rose water and rice protein. It is indeed thick, and super moisturizing. I used it this afternoon and after leaving it on for an hour (I got busy and forgot about it) I rinsed with cold water as directed, patted dry and had the curl definition promised.

And did I mention that Gianni, the business owner, included a full shower cap and tea infuser? I really appreciated that touch. The products are great, the shipping is fairly quick (about 5 days as she makes the products to order), and I’m definitely sticking with this brand for the long haul. Make sure you check out Fro.ology on instagram, too.

The night before I had to come in the house I raided Target’s beauty aisles and ordering products online because boredom is real. I have also been lagging behind on my total body selfcare. I have been running and running for 3 years, swinging from job to job before finally ending up where I wanted to be as a Visual Merchandiser. I’m getting better at merchandising, and getting bigger assignments. But I was tired from all the crappy jobs that made me feel like a cog in the wheel. I figured this quarantine isn’t just about the corona virus, it’s about me.

I barely ever have time to do my nails. I bought a tube of depilatory and it’s still sitting in the bathroom. I NEED to take care of myself to feel good about me. After 8 days, I am starting to shed the stressful, pinched feeling that I’ve been carrying and starting to forgive myself for mistakes and starting to feel good about whatever future is going to be there for me. This is the first time in three years that I can stay home and not be afraid of losing my job or not being able to pay rent. I know it was caused by something bad, I do feel for the people that are sick and dying. But it also reminds me to LIVE.

Last but not least, I’m going to the post office on April 1st, and I’d love to be able to mail out some new, used , vintage or upcycled items for you guys to flex in. I’m having a yellow tag sale on selected items and bundles. Go to http://www.depop.com/sebmarket and get 25% off on yellow tag items, and if you do a bundle of 3 or more items, you get 25% off as well as free shipping. If you’re on the app, I’m @sebmarket.

How are you dealing with self-quarantine? Are you even in the house? If not, please remember masks, hand sanitizer, handwashing and staying 6 feet away from others to help flatten the curve. I know it all seems scary, but you can only control yourself. Do the right thing, and try to help others if you can

Until next time,

Faith/SEB Market BK

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The Hair Clips

It took me a second but I finally got around to noticing the hair clip craze. Well… I saw some things happening but I couldn’t make up my mind if it was a for real moment or just some people being silly. It’s fashion. It could have been anything. If I didn’t start it myself, then I have a to take a long hard look at who did. I’m a horrible person.

Anyway.

Once I noticed some strength in the hair clip movement (for me it’s when you see totally different types of people jumping on the wagon and making it theirs) I decided to curate my own collection of must haves. Let’s get all up in it now.

1.Word clips:

I thought this was going to sink at first, but then I saw more examples and I started liking the free, playful fun of it all. Sparkly rhinestones spelling out…whatever. It’s a mood! In a stick straight chignon or curly, coily afro it’s a MOOD.

2. Stars:

I love stars. Star clips take that beauty from the heavens and has it streaking across your head. This silver cascade is attached to a springy french clip, perfect for half ponytails. The hammered brass and enamel star is a perfect accent piece. Use green eyeshadow, contacts or liner to bring the color of the stars to your eyes.

3. Feathers:

These gently curling, super realistic feather barettes are the minimalist style accent that will have people sneaking glances at you. Brush hair tightly back on one side and clip, leave the rest free. Irresistible in any hair type.

4. Giant barettes:

These are giant, sophisticated and glittery versions of the clips you had as a kid. It brings a 90s trend, barrettes for big girls, into sharp 21st century focus by blowing them up and blinging them out. Don’t stress the placement, just stick a few in your hair before you leave. No stress, big style.

5. Hair chains:

Hair jewelry pops up every so often and everyone acts as if it were new, but chains for hair have been around for a minute or two. In Europe the Renaissance featured romantic ringlets pulled back and adorned with gold and jewels. They also feature in Indian wedding jewelry. With Africans, the chains may be braided into the hair, with jewels dangling down on the forehead. This simple piece takes all of that and rolls it into one modern piece that can be draped over the head with golden beads focused on the front, loops of chain framing the head. True poetry. I got this one at the crazy closing sale of the Topshop in Soho.

6. Flower crowns:

I have no intention of giving up on flower crowns.

What are your favorite accessory trends? Do you feel naked without a little sparkle? what’s your fave hairstyle to add some flair to? Talk amongst yourselves.

See you next time!

Faith/SEBMarketBK

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Rhinestone name clips

Glittery rhinestone hairpins. 2.5 long. Brand new, never worn. Price is for one pin, dm your choice. *US shipping included. Words: Black, Soul, Boss, Bitch, Rude, Boys, Girls, Happy Sexy, Sweet, Kiss

$15.00

Shooting stars barette

Silver metal star barrette. Cascade of different sized stars attached to a sturdy spring clip. Approximately 3 inches long.*US shipping included

$15.00

Hammered brass and enamel star hair clip

Brass and enamel star barrette. Simple bar clip. Sea green enamel star between two cutouts. 2 inches long. *US shipping included.

$15.00

Feather barette

Curving feather barrettes. Spring clasp in back. In gold or rose gold. Price is for one. About 4 inches long. DM or comment the color you prefer. About 4 inches long. *US shipping included.

$15.00

Giant crystal barrette

Black and Sparkles Rhinestone Barrette Hair Accessory. on french clip base. 3 inches long and 1 inch wide.*US shipping included.

$20.00

Giant crystal barrette

Black and Sparkles Rhinestone Barrette Hair Accessory. on french clip base. 3 inches long and 1 inch wide.*US shipping included.

$20.00

Hair chain with beads

Hair chain, features gold bead adornment. Perfect condition, never worn, still attached to the cardboard package with plastic tag. *US shipping is included.

$40.00

Flower crowns

Pretty faux flowers on a braided cloth chain with elastic band. Comfortable, instant pretty. Be extra like that. DM your choice(s): Red/pink: 1, 2, 3 Peach: 1, 2 Blues: 1, 2, 3 *Brand new, never worn. Comes wrapped in reusable gold lamé pouch.*US shipping included

$20.00

BLACK afro photo tshirt, black, S-XL

Black, 100% cotton Guildan tshirt printed with an original image created by SEB Market BK (Faith Bowman) in 2019. Each t-shirt will be numbered and signed in gold. *US shipping included.

$50.00

BLACK afro photo tshirt, white, S-XL

Black, 100% cotton Guildan tshirt printed with an original image created by SEB Market BK (Faith Bowman) in 2019. Each t-shirt will be numbered and signed in gold. *US shipping included.

$50.00

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The New Skincare Routine

So after a few years of testing out products for Origins & Aveda (both owned by Estee Lauder, so really one thing), Tata Harper, Elizabeth Arden and a slew of companies that I’d never heard of and will prob never think about again, I ended up wanting to make my own skincare because I was paranoid about lab created skincare that has who knows what in it.

Now I’m always busy doing stuff and I just don’t feel like taking the time to gather everything and make body butter or scrubs. I know how, but I’m lazy. I’m also not really trained to make skincare and I gave myself a painful back rash once, which ended up in me getting cut at the dermatologist’s office. That slowed my roll to a full stop.

Ancient Cosmetics Even Skin face cream and Healthy Glow sugar scrub.

I discovered Ancient Cosmetics on instagram and after reading a lot of enthusiastic comments (kinda jealously, I never get that kind of attention on social media) and decided that these fangirling users must know something. The praise was rabid, fervent, enthusiastic…every word in the dictionary for ‘i love this stuff’. I went for the Even Skin hyperpigmentation face cream with turmeric and lemon essential oils ($15) because it addressed my concerns about crazy ingredients, and the price is reasonable. I wanted something that would moisturize without making me greasy and I got that. I wanted something to keep my skin from looking cloudy and blotchy, and this cream had my back. I liked it so much that when I ran out, I re-ordered.

The Healthy Glow turmeric and lemon body scrub ($12) was on sale the day that I re-ordered, so I grabbed that, too. I love the smell of lemons and body scrub will never go to waste in my place, so this was a no brainer. I was knocked out after my first shower with the scrub, because it softened my skin and left it feeling super hydrated. It worked on my feet, too, which was a bonus. The scrub is made of cane sugar, shea butter, avocado oil and frankincense in addition to the turmeric and lemon. So good.

Definitely worth the money, and you’re supporting a black owned small business. Also, they ship instantaneously. Both times I got my order so fast it was like they teleported it.

Check out their whole VEGAN skincare line, from scrubs to moisturizers to whole skincare sets, here.

See you next time!

Faith/SEB Market BK

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The New Wig

So while I was gone I bought a new wig. It looks nothing like the old wig, and it does tricks.

The basic straight wig, 1B.

The lob wig that I wrote about makes my head hurt after a few hours, and the thick straight hair makes my neck sweat. So of course I go get another wig, which has more hair since it’s longer. Because I felt like I needed it. To expand my hair range.

I don’t know who I am anymore.

This one looks like what my real hair looks like after being heat straightened. The texture, not the length. It didn’t have bangs or anything, and it has a 3 inch lace front so I can just part it all over the front. And it had the baby hairs already done for wig challenged people like myself. When I got home I started playing with it, then became completely dissatisfied and was mad because I now wanted curls.

I found a youtube video on how to curl your wig and then… I had to figure out how to style a big head of crazy curls every day.

Basically, you can twist the synthetic wig hair or put it in curlers/rods and then dunk the whole thing in boiling water. BE CAREFUL. I handled it with salad tongs. I dipped the hair in the pot, then quickly transferred it to a towel on the kitchen counter, then folded the towel over it. I left that to sit, and then I carefully carried the wig in the towel to the bathroom and put it on a pant hanger to hang from the shower head. I took the rollers out and let it dry then finger combed the curls out. Magic. I have a detangling spray to make it easier to comb out, plus a spray that adds shine so it won’t look dull and dry.

When I got sick of the curls, I dunked the wig again and they simmered down to beachy waves. So this will be a fun game until I get bored again or melt the wig by accident.

See you next time!

Faith/SEB Market BK

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The LHDC Kit

I’ve been trying to make an effort to support independent businesses instead of just using whatever big beauty company products are on the shelf. I came across Belle Bar Organic on instagram and followed them long enough to ascertain that their products were making women swoon with delight. Their comments are full of love, and their posts are always informative and empowering. One day they decided to revamp their company and I slid in just as they were going on hiatus to order the Long Hair Don’t Care kit that included everything I would need to pamper and revitalize my 4C fro.

This was their pre-reboot kit, so what you get now may be a little different. Five luxurious products, instructions, and tools. Like, how cute is that little wooden measuring spoon? And the thoughtful touch of including a muslin tea bag for the Green Tea hair rinse. Everything was made to order, so while I ordered this in May it didn’t arrive until late June. I was so excited when it got here! It was definitely worth the $139.00.

The labels are beautiful! I love the clean design with a block of color that highlights the name of the treatment. Plus the lovely line drawings on the side. It just feels so well thought out and cohesive. I felt beautified just owning this array of intelligent luxury.

So far I’ve used the Onion & Garlic hair oil (addicted, and yes there’s a faint odor.), the Hibiscus & Black Soap shampoo, and the Fenugreek hair mask. I use the Green Tea Length Strengthening Tea Rinse more than I should… it smells amazing, and since you store it in the fridge after brewing it keeps my head feeling cool and refreshed. It’s only been a few weeks, but I’m loving the ritual of mixing masks and brewing tea, and organically pampering my hair in a way that I never could before. I’ll probably post about that at the end of the summer when the products have had time to work.

I’m still working on my Javascript stuff (only a few more days and then bootcamp is over…I’m crying a little) but Belle Bar Organic just relaunched their website with old and new products, a cleaner and easy to navigate design, updated kits- and a faster shipping time. Stop by! Buy some stuff! They are worth it.

See you next time!

Faith/SEB Market BK

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The Wig Story

So I got my hair done in two strand twists in May and after two months I needed a change. I love my natural hair, but I’m doing an organic beauty regimen right now (will post about that later) and I just want my hair to rest. That is a thing.

So I decided to get a wig and ordered one that I thought I could deal with and instead of what I ordered I got something completely different. So different that it felt like a personal attack. Were they overworked at the warehouse and just plucked the wrong item? It’s a mystery.

Do these wigs look alike and I’m just missing something?

Except now I can’t return it because after my initial annoyance I put it on, then cut it. I’m going to try curling it, maybe dye it or something if it’s possible. But until I get it sorted, I still needed a new wig. Something I could wear in public.

I ended up buying my first lacefront wig. It’s a lob with blond mixed in that looks like my real hair if I went to an expensive hairdresser and dated men named Phillippe or Yotembe and shopped anywhere but the clearance rack. I bought middle/upper middle class woman hair.

She ready.

If you’ve never done a wig , you’ll need to braid down your hair and then put a stocking cap over it. The lacefront part is there so you can do stuff like pluck the hairline to make it look natural. You can also glue the lace down and camouflage it with makeup.

I’m not that good at doing the hairline thing, so I just left it alone.

While I’m getting used to my new lob , I just got my Long Hair Don’t Care ayurvedic hair treatment kit from Belle Bar Organic, which is why I couldn’t wait to take my twists out. I’ll be posting about it after using the products a little more. Their site is under construction right now, but you can follow them on instagram for updates and haircare advice.

Chock full of hair goodness…

Hope you’re having a good hair summer and loving yourself! If you’re interested in learning more about wigs and how they evolved to the ubiquitous accessory we love today check out this page .

See you next time!

Faith/SEB Market BK

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The Beat

Spectacular beauty shot from the amazing Shoott Photos. Get your own free 30 minute shoot and 10% off of your image order using this link: https://shoott.com/?ref=LQAW9BC

I don’t love makeup, but I’m ok with wearing it. It’s more of a toy than a necessity, but if I buy anything I want it to be the best quality so that I can feel comfortable and confident while I have it on. If anything I want to forget it’s there and just go about my business. I had a birthday/rebranding photo shoot in May so of course I had to exercise the credit card at Sephora to update my makeup wardrobe. I wanted to amp it up for a sunkissed basic beat that put a frosted gloss on my usual naked face. It’s not perfect, but it was different.

It started with a change of eye color. While I was researching and watching makeup tutorials, I noticed that people were changing eye color like shoes. I felt like making a bold statement so I went for these Polar Ice Grey lenses that help show off the curves of my eye and make a striking contrast with my skin. It’s not better than my brown eyes, and it’s not worse, it’s just different. Also cheap, they were about $25 with free shipping. Get a 10% discount off your own TTD Eye lenses using this link. Use the code SEBMARKETBKEYES at checkout.

Pre-shoot skin prep.

I spent a month making sure I drank enough water, washing my face with Cetaphil and doing a weekly homemade bentonite clay mudmask. The day of the shoot I woke up early, took a long bath and gave myself a hydrating facial (they stopped making this mask and I only have one more left. I’m devastated.), then put these Tarte eye bag masks on while I toweled off and put lotion on my body. Once I had brushed my teeth and everything I applied Ancient Cosmetics Even Skin face cream. I use this cream morning and night, and I love how it just melts right into the skin without leaving a greasy feel.

Laying the foundation.

This is how this goes- I put a little of the Smashbox blurring primer in my palm and then I pump a little MUF HD foundation on top. I swirl it together with the beauty blender and then pat onto my skin. I use BlackUp concealer under my eyes and this Kat Von D powder to set the whole thing. I am not a contour person at all. I feel kind of annoyed at doing this much to begin with. If contouring became mandatory I’d prob just throw all this stuff in the garbage.

I mean this.

Glitter, glitz, glam!

I am a sucker for neutrals, nudes and shimmery metallic sparkles. I’m trying to break out of it? But if I see something like the Natasha Denona mini star palette in this photo I’m incapable of not buying it. I love how rich and pigmented the colors are. I could do stuff like carve out the eyelid with this. The other palette is from a drugstore brand, Black Radiance. Not the greatest, but I think I’ll try wetting the brush before using these colors. I got this Fenty highlighter along with a mini lipgloss. I’m still practicing highlighting techniques. I need to blend more and I have a tendency to forget.

Lashing out…

Once I got the eyeshadow situation sorted I had to finish the job. I use Anastasia brow pomade (previous pic), and today I went with eyeliner pen because I felt like a sharp outline was the best way to go. As you can see from this tube of eyelash glue, eyelashes are not my strong point. Normally I just use a lengthening mascara.

Buy this: Pat McGrath Lust Trance lipgloss in Bronze Divinity, $28. I love this lipgloss. LOVE. IT. It smells delicious and the shine is high fashion gloss without being sticky. It’s a substantial size, and the wand makes you want to stand in the mirror just gently putting on more and more candy smelling gloss while looking deeply into your own eyes. The smaller pencil is lipliner and I think I put the black eyeliner in the photo by mistake, forgetting that I was supposed to shoot my concealer.

What do you do to get ready for a big day? Do you find yourself obsessing over every little detail or do you just sleep like a baby? Do you lay out everything you’ll need before you go to bed or just get up and do whatever comes in your head? I’m usually paralyzed with anxiety the day before I do anything, thinking of all that could go wrong or how I might get laughed at.

It usually ends up fine, but even if things go horribly wrong I know I did my best and that’s all that anyone can reasonably ask from me.

See you next time!

Faith/SEB Market BK

Shop my look:

Upcycled grunge plaid shirt

Customized Mossimo Athletic Fit plaid button down shirt hand treated with bleach. Unisex. Decorated with stars, studs, and bleach treated denim stripe, then bleached again. Denim panel is hand painted. Soft, 100% cotton and machine washable. Measures 30 inches from shoulder to hem. 25 inches from armpit to armpit. 19 inches across back shoulders. Sleeves are 26.5 inches. *Shipping is included in the price. **United States only.

$175.00

Silver Love You More necklace

Love You More silver/zinc alloy block letter necklace. Chain is 9.5 inches long with 3 inch extension. Pendant is 1 inch square and rests on breastbone. Love all day long. Comes with gold lamé pouch. *Price includes shipping. **United States only.

$20.00