Saturday, December 20, 2014

Product Haul- Local BSS

My local beauty supply store just keeps on luring me in.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Frosty Voxbox from Influenster

I'm happy to have received another voxbox Influenster, this one named Frosty Voxbox. Inside of it was

NYC Expert Last Lip Color in Sugar Plum, value of $1.99
Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Decaf Green Tea
EcoTools Hair Brush, value of value of  $10.99
McCormick Gourmet Thyme, value of $4.79
Fruit Vines Bites , value of $1.28- $1.79 ( which I'm eating as I type,lol)
Rimmel Gentle Eyemakeup Remover, value of $7.49
Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner, value of $4.49

I received all of these items free for testing purposes

Terra Veda Organix Unboxing

I will be trying this line out and reviewing it on the blog, so stay tuned. I did a mini unboxing of the items sent to me to review below.

The Terra Veda Organix line of hair care products have been specifically formulated for all hair types, i.e., tightly coiled hair, curly hair, transitioning hair, relaxed hair, and color treated hair. Our handcrafted goodies contain many Ayurvedic and Botanical herbs, organic and cold-pressed oils, essential oils, pure butters, and ingredients that condition and hydrate dry, thirsty hair. We have carefully researched and selected the finest ingredients to promote healthy hair and scalp which will maximize hair growth.
TVO products are formulated to be pH‐balanced, within the same pH range as hair, (4.5-6.5), which is moderately acidic. This helps keep your hair healthy and shiny.  We are a cruelty free company and we do not use fillers, petroleum, mineral oil, parabens, or sulfates.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Crochet Braids

I have been wearing my hair in crochet braids for the last 6 weeks.  This is the second time ever I have had them installed and I preferred them much better this time.  I went to a salon in Brooklyn recommended by my friend.  It was a long process and a little on the expensive side.  I paid $150 and overall with the compliments and different looks I was able to pull off,  I can't complain.   The next time though I will attempt to install them myself.  Here are some pictures.  

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

10/14/2014 Wash and Go Product Routine

I thought I would start to document what products I use whenever I do a Wash and go, so that there is a reference if anyone was interested. I have always been leary of using glycerin gels when the weather changes for fear of  sucking the moisture out of my own hair since there is none in the air when it gets cooler.  This year I will be working from home more, so I can test out my routine until I get a protective style in for a few weeks.


My favorite commercial gel that can be purchased on ground is Xtreme Wet Line gel.  Its an amazing, awesome gel thats very cheap and affordable. It however , has glycerin high up on the list. My idea was to use it first and then layer something heavy over it to kind of seal the glycerin in if I go outside.  Well, that didnt work out too well but it kind of worked out for me in the combination that I used 3 days ago..

I started out my routine after having kinky twists in for three weeks. I used J Monique Naturals Rhassoul & Bentonite Clay mask to " wash " my hair. After rinsing the mask out,  I added Soultanicals Curly Tress Silk Milk as a leave in conditioner, and then styled with the Xtreme Wet Line Gel and Curly Twirls Custard styling gel.  Both of these gels have glycerin in it so I kept an eye out on my hair to see if it was drying out.

Even doing my hair mid day by the time it was evening my hair was still damp.  I fell asleep with a cap on but the next day my hair was mussed and slightly frizzed.  I didnt mind as I wasnt going out anymore so I continued on my way.  I  didnt moisturize or restyle until today.

This morning  I "washed" my hair with Soultanicals Master Cleanse Curl detox and after rinsing, deep conditioned with Etae Caramel Treatment and added molasses on top. I kept that in for 15 minutes, rinsed and  then proceeded to  style again with the aforementioned products.  I skipped the leave in conditioner after rinsing to see if my hair dries quicker without the extra layer of product.

The pictures below are the results.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sheamoisture: Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Collection

I've been a faithful follower of the Sundial Brands since 1995 when I could only find the Sheamoisture and Nubian Heritage products in my local muslim stories. I'm so proud to know that this is a black owned company that has expanded in such a way that everyone, not only people of color have come to use and love their products.

2014 has been the year of expansion it seems though, new collections, makeup, and skincare.. it's just amazing to see how far they have come , so I was over the moon to see a line geared for Intensive Moisture. Manuka Honey...Hmm! I just had to get my hands on anything with honey in it AND Fig? What actually drew me to this line most of all is that, 10% of sales of this particular line will go to the community commerce fighting poverty.It is currently only available in Target and as elusive as ever. Luckily a few weeks ago, I was stalking Target online and was able to get the body wash,  deep conditioner and  regular conditioner. I couldn't have been any more excited if it was my first plate of food at Thanksgiving, LOL.

And, I didnt let the fact that I was in Kinky Twists stop me. As a true product junkie knows.. you always keep a stash for later. So, my products arrived in a timely manner and I jumped into the bath immediately with the body wash.  I was imaging a scent that would linger and leave me smelling like tropical figs or ... ripening honey. Sadly, this line doesn't have a heavy scent or lingering. It's not overpowering but its subtle.  I used to eat figs right off the trees in Florida so , I was trying to conjure up that scent and it escaped me as well. It's almost hard to pinpoint but I like it.  I liked it so much, I keep checking online so I can get the body scrub and hoping like heck, they release a body massage oil as well..

The "Products"

Hydration Body Wash $9.99 13ozs

 gently cleanses while moisturizing dry, rough skin. Certified organic Shea Butter, Honey, Mafura and Baobab Oils are blended into a restorative formulation that delivers intense hydration while boosting skin’s moisture barrier. African Rock Fig helps smooth and restore softness.
• Made with natural and certified organic ingredients.
• Manuka Honey contains anti-inflammatory properties that soothe skin. Helps create a moisturizing barrier, allowing skin to rehydrate itself.
• Mafura Oil contains high levels of beneficial oleic acid. Helps replenish oils stripped from skin and hair.
• African Rock Fig contains antioxidant Vitamin C, which helps keep skin looking youthful

Ingredients: water, decyl glucoside, sodium stearoyl lactylate, disodium alkyl polyglucoside citrate, glycerin, panthenol, shea butter, fig extract, guar hydrodypropyltrimonium chloride, essential oil blend, honey, caprylhydroxamic acid, caprylyl glycol,  adansania digitata seed oil, trichilia emetica seed butter.

Hydration Conditioner $9.99 13ozs

instantly softens and detangles while infusing hair with intense moisture and shine-enhancing nutrients. Certified organic Shea Butter, Honey, Mafura and Baobab Oils are blended into a rich formulation of restorative oils to nourish and condition dry, brittle hair. Helps restore manageability.

Ingredients: water, stearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, shea butter , coconut oil, trichilia emetica seed butter, behentrimonium chloride, panthenol,  hydrolyzed cellulose, glycerin, jojoba oil,  adansania digitata seed oil, dicaprylyl ether, honey, essential oil, vitamin e,  aloe vera juice, hydrolyzed rice protein, caprylhydroxamic acid, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, pg propyl silanetriol, caprylyl glycol, fig extract

Hydration  Hair Masque $11.99 12ozs

 intensely conditions while infusing hair with a powerful dose of moisture and nutrients. Certified organic Shea Butter, Honey, Mafura and Baobab Oils are blended with antioxidant-rich African Rock Fig to restore and lock in moisture while deeply conditioning. Smoothes and fortifies follicles for stronger, healthier frizz-free hair.

Ingredients:  water, cetyl alcohol,coconut oil, btms, shea butter, glycerin, stearyl alcohol, behentrimonium chloride, trichilia emetica seed oil, honey, hydrolyzed rice protein, essential oil blend, adansania digitata seed oil, centrimonium chloride, avocado oil, fig extract, mango seed butter,  vitamin e,  aloe vera leaf extract, caprylhydroxamic acid, caprylyl glycol, butylene glycol

Infused Shea Body Butter $11.99 4.5ozs

comforts and delivers long-lasting hydration while rejuvenating dry, rough skin. Certified organic Shea Butter, Honey, Mafura and Baobab Oils are blended into a rich formulation of restorative oils to deeply moisturize, while boosting skin’s moisture barrier against environment irritants. African Rock Fig helps smooth and restore softness to skin

 Ingredients: shea butter, mafura seed oil, fig extract, baobab seed oil, honey, vitamin e, essential oil blend.

I haven't tried the hair products out but eventually will get to them. If you take a look at the ingredients for the conditioner and the masque, the ingredients are very similar however the masque has the protein higher . Depending on which you like, you can get either or and make it work for your routine.

I am not fond of the body butter. The grit even after you emulsify it, is very hard to get absorbed into my damp body. If I wasn't lazy, I would remelt it myself and whip it but I'm not doing all of that. Luckily I picked this up on sale and I have a red card for an additional 5% off so all isnt lost. This would be an awesome sealer for your ends in the winter though.

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