What I would like to see for 2015

So New Year, new you right? How many times have you made resolutions and then by February they are out the window? This year I decided not to make any “resolutions,” because I know that I never stick with them. There are, however, a few things that I want to do differently this year…

First and foremost I need to stop procrastinating, procrastination is my middle name and I’m pretty damn good at it, but it causes added stress and anxiety that I really don’t need. I need to learn how to manage my time better and get things done when I say they are going to be done. Second, I would like to become a healthier me. I have been plus size since middle school and although love my curves I know I don’t always eat the healthiest, so I would like to make small and realistic changes when it comes to that.Third, I would like to make some bigger goals for myself. I would like to see myself actually working on a project and seeing it through. I don’t know about the rest of you but I know I’m good for starting something and then moving on to something else, and then something else. Finally, for me and for other women my size or that may be bigger or smaller that are constantly dealing with body image issues I want to see better for us. Don’t let society tell you what you should and shouldn’t be, you don’t have to be a certain size to be beautiful. People are always going to have their opinions about you, whether you are skinny or plus size, all that matters is what you think about yourself. I believe loving yourself is most important before expecting anyone to love you.

What are some things you want to see this year?

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Product Review Friday : Shea Moisture Hair Color System

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So on Sunday, I went to Sally’s and purchased the new Shea Moisture hair color system in the bright auburn color. I was so excited to finally see it in stores, and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. So here’s the review…

Pros- Where to begin, well first it’s organic full of natural ingredients, and it’s free of ammonia and sulfates. I loved that this product displayed women of color as the cover art of the packaging, as well. With the purchase of Shea Moisture products you are also helping fund better causes; and push the legacy of Sofi Tucker (founder) to help empower disadvantaged women around the world. The product contains organic shea butter, soy protein, flax seed oil, organic glycerin, and coconut oil. 

The organic shea butter helps moisturize and nourishes with fatty acids and vitamins. The soy protein helps rebuild and strengthen hair. Flax seed oil helps with shine. And the coconut oil help improve the feel, condition and overall health of hair. I also liked that this hair color had a nice pleasant smell unlike others that have a really strong odor. Inside it also came with the Raw Shea Moisture line (the shampoo, conditioner and reconstructive finishing elixir). After coloring my hair it was still soft, I didn’t experience any shedding and my curls were still perfectly intact. The color wasn’t too bright because I have dark brown hair, but I do like the shade that it gave me.

Cons- The only con was the price of course, it was $14.99. But with all the good things in this hair color, I do believe you get what you pay for.

Photos will be coming soon! If you’ve already tried this, let me know what you thought!

Product review Friday: OGX

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This weekend I purchased the OGX Kukui oil conditioner and Frizz Defying Curl Cream. Normally this product is usually $7-$8 depending on your area. Most of the time you can find this in any local drug store in your area (I didn’t buy the shampoo because I don’t usually shampoo my hair that often so I didn’t want to waste my money). Here’s what I thought about it…

PROS– BOGO sale most of the time! Besides smelling extremely good, this conditioner gives my hair lots of slip making it easier for me to detangle in the shower. I like how thick the product is and how moisturizing it feels when it’s applied. After washing it out my hair felt super soft and had a nice sheen to it as well. I used the Frizz Defying Curl Cream, to style my hair (a little bit goes along way). This cream is BOMB y’all, when I took out my twists the next morning, they were bouncy, shiny and super defined. I also felt that this combination allowed me to have 3 and 4 day hair without any frizz or disturbance in my curls (unless it was done on purpose).

CONS– Honestly the only con that I could really say about this product would be the amount of product in the actual bottle. I felt that a lot of it was unused space and they could have filled that baby to the top so I could have more!

I love the OGX line and have tried other products but this Kukui oil made me fall in love with my hair all over again. I would definitely recommended this product and if you’ve tried it already tell me what you liked or didn’t like about it.

xoxo

Tips for new Naturalistas

So this March, it will be one year since I have been completely natural! It really is an exciting journey. When I finally made the decision to do my “big chop,” although scared, I was really excited to start something new. When I saw my hair fall onto the floor piece by piece I think I had a mini panic attack inside. Once it was over I ran to the mirror to be surprised by a shorter dry afro. I don’t know if I was expecting the luscious curls that I see so much all over YouTube and other media sites; but my feelings were mixed about what I was seeing in the mirror. I wasn’t too sure what to do next; what products do I use? What style should I try? The first thing that popped in my head was moisture! So I decided to go ahead and wash and deep condition to tame my newly chopped hair. After almost a year of being natural I’m not a pro but I have a lot more experience, and have a few tips to share with my newly big chopped naturalistas…

1. Embrace your unique curl pattern and texture. Don’t compare yourself to others because that will only lead to disappointment, and that would make you forget the real reason you decided to take the journey in the first place.

2. Find a routine that works for you. Find a regimen that you know you can stick to that will benefit your hair. Find products that work for your hair. Trust me, you will have to try a few different things and combinations. I myself have a full basket of hair products (I’m a product junkie lol). Make sure you have a good wide tooth comb as well as a satin bonnet or satin pillow case (cotton anything is a NO NO!)

3. Remember that everyone’s hair is different, and that length is not what is the most important, you want healthy & happy hair. Remember to try to limit your heat use and you will really see your hair thrive. Everyone’s hair will grow differently. When you look at someone’s before and after photo after they typically have been natural for maybe a year or two, please remember that.

4. Try to find a good support group and maybe some other naturals. I know this was extremely helpful for me during my beginning stages. Finding other people that may be going through the same feelings as you will keep you strong so that you don’t go back to the creamy crack lol. I also found it helpful because other naturalistas was able to give me tips and tricks that I couldn’t think of.

Those are a few tips that I could think of that have helped me get to one year and has helped keep pushing forward. Becoming natural is something more than just your curl pattern and textures, for me it was something bigger than that and I think everyone’s journey will be different. I hope I helped at least one person whether you are in your transitioning stage right now or still considering whether or not to take that plunge. If you have tips of your own, I would love to hear, leave them in the comments!

L.O.C Method

So this one is for my natural sisters. It will be one year since I have been natural, and I’m still working on how to master the L.O.C method. For those who don’t know what the LOC method is, it is a technique that is used to moisturize your hair and help with retaining that moisture a little bit longer throughout your week. The L stands for leave-in or liquid the O stands for oil, and the C stands for cream. Now there isn’t any set way on how to do this, I’ve heard of people and their different ways to master this method and they all seem interesting. Here are a couple of products that I use…

L- if I’m not using water I use ApHogee Keratin & Green Tea Restructrizer or Aloe Vera Juice (diluted). You can use any leave in conditioner that works best for your hair.

O- If I don’t use my beloved coconut oil I usually use whatever I  have on hand.You can use Jojoba, almond, argan, olive, grapeseed, tea tree and amla oil, all the way down to shea butter. Or you can even make your own little concoction.

C- For creams there are so many options. I personally love As I Am products, so I use the leave in conditioner. I also use Karen’s Body Beautiful Leave in Conditioner. I sometimes use styling creams as well if I’m not doing this as my nightly routine.

So there is not set products to use, you kind of have to find the right combinations that work best for you. Yes it has taken me a few different tries but this method really helps. I know my ladies that may have recently big chopped have experienced some more dryness than they are usually use to. This LOC method will definitely help with that and it allows you to retain that moisture for a little bit longer throughout the week. If you have any products that you use, please share!

2015 updates

Hey guys, I really have been appreciating the love that I have been receiving lately. You don’t know how much it means to me. This was first a little hobby for me, but now I’m really looking to take it to the next level and see if I can take this somewhere. This is something I love to do, I love doing my research and trying new products so I can recommend the best to my follow beauties. In the next few months I plan on working extra hard, pushing myself to see what I can really do. I definitely appreciate the support that you guys have given me and I hope that you continue to grow with me. Any supportive words or advice? I would love to hear.

xoxo

A C N E

If you are like me or any other normal person in the world, I’m sure you have had your run in with acne. I recently had a huge breakout with cystic acne, which is very painful, but has left a lot of scaring behind. So immediately I hopped on it, did my research and started trying some different things. Here are a few things that helped me…

1. Raw honey and crushed aspirin. I know it sounds weird but it definitely worked. Honey is naturally antibacterial which helps with acne treatment and also preventing it in the future. It is super moisturizing and helps with opening the pores so that they are easier to clean. Aspirin is anti-inflammatory and help with any redness and puffiness that may occur. I usually cleanse my face and then make a mask with the honey and aspirin, I would then apply that all over or just the affected area, you can use this as an overnight mask or leave it on for 10-15 minutes and rinse off with cool water.

>Side Note< I would suggest you use any facial cleanser that works best for your skin. I have tried Proactive and it actually made my skin worse. I now use The Body Shop tea tree facial wash because tea tree is also another ingredient that helps with the appearance of dark marks. I also use the Olay facial brush because it seems to really clean deep down in the pores, more than what my hands can do.

2.Toner. I personally use Thayers Witch Hazel (with lemon). What I love about this toner is that it has aloe vera in it which is also known to help with fading dark marks. Toners are helpful with cleaning any left over dirt that may have been left behind, sometimes it is also good for a little refresher throughout the day (especially if you are oily like myself). Some toners have different ingredients in them, so once again you will have to choose what is best for your skin.

3. A good moisturizer. I use Aveeno or Nivea, in the colder weather I am able to use my beloved coconut oil (which I use for everything) but when it is hot that is a bad idea! I also like moisturizers with some type of SPF in them because it helps protect my face when I go outside, making sure the dark marks don’t get darker and all my hard work goes to waste.

& last but not least….(this step is optional)

4. Exfoliator. DO NOT do this everyday, this is something that should be done 1-2 times a week…tops. Exfoliating helps remove all the dead skin and gunk that was left there throughout the week, and it makes your face feel so good. I don’t use anything in particular, it’s normally whatever I find on sale or what smells really good. I only exfoliate once a week since I use my Olay facial brush…I don’t want to cause too much irritation.

So I hope these tips help somebody that has or is going through what I went through. If you have any tips of your own please let me know!

Alert alert alert!

So I’m pretty sure I’m late to the party 😔 but I just fell in love with Wet n Wild lipstick! 😳. Not only are they affordable but they are super pigmented. I only got two colors for right now but I definitely will be getting more.

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The one on top is Cherry Picking & the other is Cherry Bomb. Love them ! 💄

Bantu Knots

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I did my cousins hair for the holidays and she loved it. This was my first time styling someone else’s hair and it came out great. Let me know what you guys think!