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Katlynn Simone, Beautiful Lie

You know I’m always finding new cool artists that I absolutely have to share with you guys! I always leave them in the Music Category of the blog. But here’s this new awesome artist Katlynn Simone. I heard this song on “The Game” and I just had to research it and find it! I am so in love with this song Beautiful Lie!

Let me know what you think about it. Rock on.


Taliah Waajid

XayLi’s Problem :
Hi Xuys!! I’ve been looking for new ways to keep my hair as healthy as possible during this summer. Because of the humidity in the atmosphere my hair tens to dry out and get frizzy. (Ugh, ironic right?)

Awesome Solution:
In looking around, doing deep research and reading multitudes of reviews, I decided to try the Taliah Waahid line of hair products. Let me tell you!!! I have fallen in love!! My hair looks and feels soo much better! Why didn’t I find out about this before???


(Currently using from this line)

Best thing I’ve done for my hair in a while! Her Protective Mist Bodifier leaves my hair strands feeling so rejuvenated!! My hair texture is silky when I use this, I cannot express how happy I am with this product. I also love the convenience of simply spraying it on.

I have also tried her locking gel in Tight Hold and i love it also. It is not extremely hardening but it gives the perfect hold to my twists (since I sweat alot in my hair when working out this helps).

These products can be directly purchased from Amazon using the link below. Or you can find it on My Amazon recommendation store page in the tabs above.

Taliah Waajid Protective Mist Bodifier

Please let me know your experiences with this product by of course, as usual emailing me at Xayli@byxayli.com


All About Hari! (Just in case you missed it)

This is a #BeatByXayLi Post that I transferred from one of my older Blogs!! Loved this Experience. You can book a #BeatByXayLi makeover photo shoot with me by emailing me at byxayli@gmail.com ! This one was done Approximately a year ago! Enjoy!!

Who is this Mysterious Gem?


Hari Marie was Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She was brought up by two of the most inspiring people, her parents both hailing from the twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago . She most definitely had an interesting upbringing. Her mother, a very intelligent, beautiful, and independent woman, always taught her to utilize her creativity and never settle for less. Her father, the first entrepreneur in her family taught her organization and conviction.

Like most, she found her true career passion during her college years. Although she was majoring in economics her interests were almost always taken up by her extra curricular affairs.

Her cousin who is one of biggest female promoters in the Caribbean, NY community needed assistance in executing her events, and this is when Hari found her true calling. She was almost always needed in major decisions and her opinions were most appreciated. That was the time Hari decided that event planning is not only something she was naturally great at, but something she would absolutely love to do.

With her parents guidance and encouragement she graduated St Francis College with a BA in Economics and a minor in Finance. Following in her fathers footsteps, She would like to some day start her own Event Planning company; producing weddings, corporate events and more.

True Story:

I began by shooting some before pictures of Hari, where her innocence is really very evident. (she is such a sweet girl).


45 minutes later She was #beatbyxayli and her innocent smile was replaced with a seductive snare. (She even stuck her tongue out at us. LOL)


We spent a few minutes putting her clothing together and finally I was able to fine tune her entire outfit and prep her for shooting. We climbed up to the roof in the dark 45 degree NYC weather and captured some dope shots up there.



We got some awesome shots! I’m no professional photographer but we had lots of fun!

(I kept this photo especially because it shows how deep of a person Hari is.. I see her face three different times in this photo. Can you?)




We even got back into the house and shot a few white wall portraits.



We switched outfits and had some lobby fun too!!




All in all I had so much fun transforming this LondonGyal it was unbelievable. She was truly a gem throughout the entire process….


From beginning to end!!


You can find Hari Marie in the background and sometimes forefront, assisting with the planning of many NYC Caribbean Events (she is a very hard worker). But you can also find her as @Hari Marie on Instagram and Twitter!!

Hari Marie is definitely #LondonGal approved!


MUA Train Cases

Lately, while building my professional MUA kit. I’ve been on the hunt for the best, most economically efficient train case. I’ve seen so many but at the end of my search I always end up disgruntled and confused. :(.

amazon has been somewhat helpful because most of the companies that are selling cases also have a shopping space delegated to specifically them on Amazon.

I was able to find a few that I was interested in. But I’d have to seek advice from my makeup Guru Hawa (who needs entire other post).

I found the soft Seya Train case, which I loved because it has a stylish finish!


And I also found the Shany Aluminum case. Which caught me because of it’s amazing reviews!!


I am really a person that shops by reviews. And the Seya case has none :(. Hmmmm stay tuned for my decision. :)


Thelmas Flowing Again!!!

Yesterday I took my time and updated my Carbonmade website!! Which is the portal that I use for my online portfolio.

As you know, I came up with the name Thelma’s Flo from both my Grandmothers’ first names (God bless them) they were both into garment making and designing. And influenced me as a child in such a great way, especially where fashion and style is concerned. Much love, thanks and respect to those two exceptionally great women. Thelma and Flo!!

You can take a look at my work at >;;>;;

Esteem Inc ByXayLi

I’ll be back in the Trap (my design studio) very soon again!! So stay tuned ;)