Essence Festival Outfits & Hair Featuring Cantu Beauty


I'm sooo excited to share the news that I'm headed to Essence Festival for the first time with my Cantu Crew! Out booth will be a part of the Beauty & Style Expo inside of the Convention Center. Feel free to stop by to chat all things hair, styling, products, giveaways, and more. Make sure you're following me on Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat (MelissaChanel1) & Facebook for more updates. Okay now on to the good stuff. 

I have three fun and comfy outfits/hairstyles that are perfect for this type of festival. I've been hearing it will be super humid and there will be a lot of walking. So all my natural ladies don't expect a lot of definition, this may be the perfect time to just let your fro go free! The first outfit is perfect for all the fun concerts you'll partake in. The inspiration came from all the vibrant color I remember seeing when I traveled to New Orleans last April, remember?! All three looks are just as fun, flirty, and comfortable as this one. My hair is a  twist out on dry hair using Cantu Coconut Curling Cream which is my go-to hairstyle. Here's the full look. 

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Photography: One Deep Photography

I always get the question, "How do you get your fro so big?" Well, I use my favorite tool, a hair pick.

Hair Details

Twist out on blown-out hair using Cantu's Coconut Curling Cream and taking down the next day with my Cantu Anti-Fade Oil for color treated hair. 

Outfit Details

Jumper- Old Navy | Sneakers- Lady Foot Locker | Purse: Furla | Sunglasses: NY Street Vendor 

Day party anyone? I heard there will be a lot of people and a lot of walking. Don't stress your feet or try walking in heels all day. I have the perfect solution for your hair, outfit, and feet. 


Hair Details

Worried about the humid weather? I have you covered. This easy pin up style was achieved with one hair tie, three bobby pins, and Cantu's Shine & Hold Mist along with the Edge Control. This is an easy funky style that'll have you day party ready, for sure! 


Outfit Details

Top & Shorts: Old Navy | Gladiator Sandals: Target | Sunglasses: Raybans | Bag: Henri Bendel

See, you can still be cute and comfortable without worrying about long walks or high heel shoes. I opted to add my Target gladiators with this Old Navy matching set. I really enjoy traveling with matching sets because it's a full outfit, it's fun, and you don't have to put too much thought into the look for the day. This is the perfect outfit for a day party in New Orleans or brunch/lunch.

And last but not least, here's the perfect outfit for a fun night out on the town. Like I've said before the humid weather will do a number on your fro, but embrace it!  Use that frizz and shrinkage to your advantage by creating fun & easy hairstyles. 


Hair Details

This is an easy half up half down hairstyle where I left out a little bang for fun. I used one hair tie, Cantu's Edge Control, a little Anti-Fade Oil, and we have a new easy style. It's hard when traveling as a natural sometimes to bring all your supplies so I wanted to come up with easy styles that didn't need much product and/or effort because your Festival time is precious! And don't forget Cantu has a travel set that's perfect for traveling with a carry on and not stressing about your product selection! 


Outfit Details

Dress: H&M | Shoes: H&M | Sunglasses: Prada | Bag: Aldo (old) 

Headed out for a night on the town? This dress can transition from day to night by the change of the lipstick if you don't have much time. Now you're dressed, your hair is fly and you're ready to party!

Remember not to overthink it when packing for a festival. Take light-weight clothing so you won't get overheated and pack your travel size hair products, you won't regret it. The Cantu Travel Kit can be found at KMart or your local beauty supply store! 


Help me decide on what to pack for Essence Festival. Which outfit is your favorite? 


Melissa Chanel


MiMi Chatter June Unboxing


I'm back with a June Mimi Chatter Bag unboxing. I get so excited when the box is delivered to my doorstep because I know it'll be filled with the most amazing goodies for my body and/or face. It's the perfect "pamper" bag for all my girly girls. Looking for more info on the MiMi Chatter bags and how you a get one delivered to your doorstep, click here! You've already heard how I rave about this bag month after month, so let's dive right in... Face First, Obvi, haha! 


Here are a list of the goodies and where you can find them! 

H2O + Beauty Oasis, Ultra-Hydrating Cream, $42: It says clinically proven to double skin moisture and I can always use a little extra moisture myself. This product can be used day and night when weather conditions leave skin feeling dehydrated. I can not wait to give this a try and after checking out the website they have so many options for all different skin types. 

Skintimate Moisturizing/Hydratant Shave Gel, $3.99: This shave gel smells AH-Mazing. I received the Island Berry Breeze scent and it includes six moisturizers, Vitamin E, and Olive Butter to help replenish skin's natural moisture. I have to wax because ingrown hairs stalk my life, but I'm sure one of my friends will use every last drop of this product. 

Ole Henriksen, $72: Truth serum collagen booster that includes potent vitamin C complex to brighten, smooth, and help the appearance of aging. You apply evenly to your face and neck daily. It's infused with orange extract, green tea extract, and complete vitamin C complex! I can't wait to give this product a go. 

Murad, $38: I was over the moon when I pulled this Murad, InstaMatte Oil-Control Mask out of my MiMi Chatter bag. I've been hearing about this product for soooooo long and being that I fight adult acne every day I'm excited to try this product. The bottle says it will reduce 93% of excess oil after just one use and it will draw out impurities to help keep skin clear, WIN! I promise to come back with a full review of this product. 

Vita Liberata Luxury Tan, $54: This product is a self-tan dry oil with SPF 50. It's a 3 in one gradual buildable tan, instant bronze color, and broad spectrum SPF 50. I don't think i'll need this product because melanin, lol. Giveaway maybe?

and last but not least....

Stow Away, $15: Everyone know's I'm a sucker for a red lip so I can't wait to try this Stow Away Scarlet color I received in my bag. This tube is mini which I like because it can easily fit in my pocket or small clutch. I promise to post a picture of me in this color on Instagram soon. Be on the lookout. 

Well, that's all folks. I can't wait to crack these products open and start testing them. Look out for mini reviews in insta and full reviews on the blog soon. 

Have you tried any of these products? If so, leave all the details for me below. 


Melissa Chanel

3 Summer MakeUp Looks For After Hour Date Nights

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Photography by: Brandon Grate

The suns out and so are the boys, lol. Well, not really?! But if you're dating or interested in some really great summer makeup looks, keep reading. I met up with my new cousin (I'll save that for a later post, lol) and new Charlotte friends to team up on this post. We decided to create something fun for all my followers needing inspiration on outfits that are also perfect for after work date nights as well as steps on flawless makeup. Are you ready to get into look number one?

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For the first look, I decided to go with this fun and flirty orange dress I purchased from Zara last year. The length is perfect for a date night and you can easily pair it with heels or flat shoes. Add a cardigan and it's perfect for the office then remove it for a night out on the town with your sweetie. Now let's get to the makeup, Shae decided to go with a "Fresh Glowy Skin" look. Ready for the run down? 

  1. Prime skin (Day to day, I use this elf cosmetics face primer)
  2. Add BB Cream or CC Cream (It cosmetics sent me a few that I've been trying lately) 
  3. Concealer 
  4. Press Powder
  5. Golden tone eyeshadow
  6. Bronzer (gives that summer glow) 
  7. Cream highlighter and set on top of powder with highlighter 
  8. Setting spray 
  9. Gloss with golden undertones 

And you're ready to go. This was my favorite look for sure. I felt so golden and tanned with my makeup and the orange dress! 

Ready for look two? 

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Now this dress, a hand me down from my mom turned into an instant favorite. I wore it to a wedding the end of last summer and didn't want to take it off. Of course, if you're wearing this dress to the office a cami would need to go underneath and pumps may work better but an after work date night...bring on the leopard! The dress also came with a belt, I removed it for the look and added the leopard Zara heels to give it a little fun flare. 

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Now lets get into this makeup, shall we?! 

  1. Prime (this is a must, you always want to make sure your makeup is laying properly)
  2. Foundation (I'm a Mac studio fix or Bare Minerals kinda girl) 
  3. Cream highlighter of your choice 
  4. Repeat steps 3-6 in the previous makeup look
  5. Setting spray 
  6. Pop of Coral lippie (Did you know Coral was the new nude? Get into it!)

This dress & makeup look made me feel sooooo sexy! I'm really serious when I say anytime I wear this dress I never want to take it off. Thanks, MOM! 

And last, but not least......

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FLORAL! I had to bring a little floral into the mix. This dress is perfect for work and all you have to do for your date is add a cute clutch to compliment your look. Now, how easy was that? I really shopped my closet for this post and shopping your closet is something I suggest everyone reading this post do. We never know what we have until we dig deep into our closets and even our Mom's closets, lol. This was my Easter dress from last year. If you follow me on Instagram you've seen it for sure.  

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Now on to the makeup...

  1. Follow look on steps 1-9, but skip step 5
  2. Add a pop of color on the waterline or eyelid (not both, I usually go for the waterline)

FLAWLESS! Now get your makeup together or contact my girl Shae to book your appointment TODAY. I couldn't ask for a better makeup artist, she walked me through every step and had me looking amazing for each date night look. Brandon, I swear I've known him all my life. He also made me feel super comfortable in front of the camera and I can't wait to work with him again. Wait, did we just create a dream team ...ummm you'll have to stay tuned. 

Follow Shae, Brandon, and I on Instagram and look out for a fun giveaway soon.

Which makeup look & outfit is your favorite?


Melissa Chanel 

Effortless Picnic/Festival Hairstyle Featuring Cantu Beauty

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I know we technically have a few more days, but the weather in NC is telling me Summer is HERE! So what does that mean? Bring on the summer picnics and bbq's because I've only been waiting on them all year. The picnics and festivals that is not the humidity. The humid weather treats my afro so wrong, ugh. Does it do the same to yours? If so, I'm here to share an effortless hairstyle using a few of my favorite Cantu Beauty products. 

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These two braids were created on freshly wash blown out hair using Cantu's Smoothing Leave-In Conditioning Lotion, Extra Hold Edge Stay Gel, and the Anti-Fade Oil. Here's a step-by-step of how to achieve this style. 

  1. After washing gently blow out to stretch your hair. 
  2. Section your hair in two holding each section with a clip. 
  3. Add the Smoothing Leave-In Conditioning Lotion and Anti- Fade Oil to seal the moisture. Focusing on your ends if you have color treated hair, like myself. 
  4. Before braiding apply the Edge Stay Gel to your edges if you're looking for a sleek look and for a lasting style. 
  5. Patiently braid each section and secure with two-three bobby pins. 

And voila, you're done! Now you have an amazing effortless hairstyle, you're ready for the next picnic/festival, and you don't have to fight the humidity. If you want to jazz up the look a little more, take the end of your comb or hands and pull your braid apart some and add a flower crown or hair chains to your style. 


Are you ready to rock this hairstyle soon? If so, I have the perfect picnic for you to attend if you're in Brooklyn, NY or surrounding areas. Curly Girl Collective's CurlFest is right around the corner. If you haven't attended, this picnic is a MUST. All your favorite curly girls will be in one place, as well as vendors, beauty brands, and the most poppin' DJ in the city. So come out and bring your crew to mix, mingle, and have a good time. 

Don't forget to stop by your local beauty supply, Family Dollar, or Walmart to purchase some of your favorite Cantu Beauty products.



Boyfriend Jeans Round Up


I'm here to confirm, boyfriend jeans should be added to your closet must-have list! If you shop around you'll find them to be very inexpensive, a great fit, and comfortable. Boyfriend jeans can be easily dressed down with sneakers, crop tops, or sweatshirts and dressed up with button ups, heels, or wedges. Either way you decide to go it's a WIN! 


When shopping for boyfriend jeans, pay close attention to the fit, the wash, and style. You don't want to feel swallowed in your jeans but you also want them to fit loose, not tight like your skinny jeans. I've tried on hundreds of boyfriend jeans and it took me a full year to found a pair I absolutely LOVED! Since finding them I think they've become my favorite pair of jeans. I wore them for like three days straight whenI first purchased them which is totally okay by the way.   


Boyfriend Jeans: H&M | Top: H&M | Shoes: Target | Purse: F21 | Sunnies: Street vendor

Photography by One Deep Photography 

I'm here to help make your shopping experience that much easier with a boyfriend jean round up! I've hand selected a few of my favorite pairs of boyfriend jeans to help all my girls add a pair to their closet. 

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