How to Treat Your Curls With Class

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I’m back with more featured content, sponsored by Make It Classy. Today, I’m sharing my wash day routine using Make It Classy plant based hair products.

Head over to Make It Classy’s website to read the full blog post. Thank you for your support.

Gettin’ Sexy For My 30th Birthday

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I can’t believe I am 30. Well I’ve been 30 for a couple of months and it still feel unreal to me. But 30 will be a blessed year and decade. Before my birthday I decided to do a Boudoir photoshoot to celebrate turning 30. I had so many mixed feeling about doing this photoshoot and sharing them on the internet. But the more I thought about it… I more I felt like YOLO!!!!!

Today I am going to be sharing my behind the scenes/ get ready with me content of me getting ready for my 30th Birthday Boudoir Photoshoot. I wanted to do something outside of my comfort zone by doing something, “Grown & Sexy”. I booked my session with Bad Kitty Photography in Atlanta, GA.

If you follow my social media, you’ve already seen all the pictures that I’m going to share from this experience. I selected a few that I’m going to to keep to myself, because everything doesn’t need to go on the internet. Overall, I am proud of myself for actually doing the photoshoot and having fun with the process. I really enjoyed every part of picking out my outfits, doing my hair and nails, getting my makeup done, and having a professional take my pictures all day. I preach about inspiring women to embrace their natural beauty but this was a challenge for me. After doing, I’m so glad I did it and would 100% do it again. I felt so sexy and comfortable in my own skin. I believe that is what beauty is all about.

Let’s chat in the comments! Have you ever done a boudoir photoshoot or thought about doing one?

Spring Product Purge

Heyyy Passionista! 

It’s time to clean out all these storage bins of old products and get rid of old and expired products. 

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This is not a sponsored video. All opinions are my own. 

How To Achieve Luscious Curls On Dirty Hair

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Quarantine has gotten me all out of motivation when wash day comes around. I used to look forward to wash day. Now, it’s like I dread it. Pre-Quarantine I could not go 2 weeks without washing my hair and now I push it 3 weeks sometimes. But no matter if I wash my hair or not I still want the look and feel of luscious curls. 

Every curly girl knows, the dirtier the hair the better the curls look!!!!

For those of you who are kinda like me when it comes to wash day, I’m going to put you on to how I achieve luscious curls on dirty hair (2 to 3 weeks old). Since I discovered this hack, it’s become my go to. 

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First thing first you’ll need a spray bottle. I suggest using some sort of curl cream, oil and gel when doing this style on dirty hair. I used Kurlee Belle Tropical Oil Blends, Design Essentials Almond & Avocado Pre-Styling Whip, and Curls Goddess Curls Botanical Gelle

I’ll be honest, bantu knots do not always work on my hair. I can rock the knots as a style for a day or two, but when it comes to taking them down … my curls are wildly all over the place. Until one day I tried bantu knots on my hair because I didn’t want to wash it. I was amazed by the results. I was able to hold on to my curls looking and feeling luscious for about 3 more days. 

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Why I want to be a part of #SephoraSquad

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The time has come back around, I’m knocking on opportunities door and applying for the 2021 #SephoraSquad. This will be my 3rd year applying and I am confident that this year will be different. It actually always has been. Let me share with you all the details, first!

What is #SephoraSquad?

#SephoraSquad is a unique blend of influencers, bloggers, and beauty lovers with a diverse range of followers, point of views, and interest. By being a part of the #SephoraSquad you are granted a yearlong paid partnership with Sephora and work on a variety of campaigns and marketing initiatives throughout the year.

Why I want to be a part of #SephoraSquad?

This opportunity will create more original content and grow my niche following. As well as allow me to network and contact with other influencers and industry contacts that can be beneficial throughout my blogging journey. It’s has also been a dream of mine to work with major brands that I use everyday as a content creator sharing my honest and humble experience with their services and products.

How can you help?

I’d appreciate it, if you could vouch for me by leaving a testimonial on my behalf to Sephora. This will help them understand the impact I have on my audience. Tell them why you follow me and if my content has inspire you to try something different or new in your skincare or haircare journey.

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How To Achieve Flawless Heatless Curls

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One thing I can appreciate is a good protective hair style. I have been natural for over 10 years now, and I stopped using heat on my hair about 3 year ago. Outside on my once a year silk press, I prefer heatless protective styles for my curls. 

Last summer Octocurl, a heatless hair styling brand, reached out to me wanting to send me their product to try. I was interested in the product so I tried it and was amazed by the results and have been using it ever since. I don’t know about yall but I find it very uncomfortable to sleep in flexi rods. The Octocurl gives similar curls results to a flexi rod set but with a softer overnight drying solution.

Take a look at how I achieve my flawless heatless curls using Octocurl:

I used 2 Design Essentials products from the Almond & Avocado Collection to achieve this protective style. To detangle and brush through my curls before using the styling tool, I used 

Design Essentials Almond & Avocado Leave In Conditioner. It is a light product that adds softness and shine to the curls. It’s natural ingredients give the formula just enough slip for ease detangling. To prep my curls for styling, I used  Design Essentials Almond & Avocado Pre-Styling Whip. I love how oil this formula is, loaded with lots of natural oils to coat the hair with moisture before styling.  

I find myself using my flexi rods and perm rods less because Octocurl is a much softer overnight solution for heatless curls. 

Disclaimer: This blog post contains affiliate links and any sales made through such links will reward me a small commission- at no extra cost for you.

Aztec Indian Healing Clay Mask To Moisturize Dry Hair

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Queenie P deserves some tender love and care to soften up her curls and make sure they stay poppin’ the way that I like. For those of you who are new here, Queenie P is the name I gave my hair because she has her own attitude and deserves her own name. So, I thought it was over due time for a clay mask. I used to apply a clay mask to my hair at least once a month, but quarantining made me lazy. It’s time that I get back to my regularly scheduled program and treat Queenie P the way she deserves to be treated.

The Benefits

Here are 5 primary benefits of using a clay mask on your natural hair that has helped me grow healthy natural hair: 

  1. Clay masks draw out toxins, impurities, and build up on skin and scalp.
  2. Clay masks contain natural minerals that support healthy hair growth.
  3. Clay masks soften and condition hair to give a more manageable head of curls .
  4. Clay masks naturally define curls and give it moisture.
  5. Clay masks help defrizz and give hair a natural shine.

The Mixture

For the clay mask, I will be using Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay, Apple Cider Vinegar, and Distilled Water. You will need a bowl and spoon to mix the mask. 

Step 1: Mix 3-5 scoops of the Indian Clay Mask powder and 1 cap full of ACV into a bowl. 

Step 2: Add water and stir. Start with a small amount of water, then add more as needed. 

Once you have achieved your desired consistency, it’s time to prepare your hair.

The Process

Prep the hair by using a spray bottle to damp the curls to make it easier to part through and apply the clay mask. I suggest sectioning the hair into 4 sections or more and work on one section at a time. For each section of the hair you want to part smaller sections with your fingers and apply the clay mask from roots to tips to every strand of hair. 

Once the clay mask has been applied throughout the hair, place a shower cap over the hair and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes. DO NOT let this clay mask dry and harden in hair, it will be hard to wash out. After 15 to 20 minutes, shampoo and condition hair as normal.

The Results

After cleaning the hair with shampoo and conditioning the curls, you will experience more defined, stronger curls. The more this process is performed over time the softer the texture will become. I highly recommend performing this process at least once a month for best results. 

Disclaimer: I am not a professional. I did not watch any in depth video or do any depth research prior to performing this clay mask on my hair. I just wanted to try a clay mask on my hair to deep cleanse my scalp and help keep my dry hair moisturized. 

Aloe Vera for Beautiful Skin | Blogmas

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Continuing our conversation from yesterday, today I want to talk about using aloe vera on your skin. If you missed yesterday’s blog…. STOP, click here and go view it and come back.

Aloe Vera is a key ingredient for skin toners, anti-aging serums, and acne treatment. One simple thing that you can do to improve your skin and maintain health glowing skin is rub aloe vera on your skin before you get in the shower. Yep! Its that simple.

Now, don’t expect to see immediate results. But if you keep this practice in your skincare routine, you’ll see improvement over time.

Practice this biweekly:

Cut a Aloe Vera leave in half.

Rub the Aloe Vera gel directly on your skin before you get in the shower.

Shower as normal.

Air dry and moisturizer.

You’re Welcome!

xoxo

5 Skincare Benefits of using Dickinson’s Witch Hazel

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I love Dickinson’s because they have the best Witch Hazel products …. HANDS DOWN! For years, Dickinson’s products have been helping me maintain normal balanced skin.

Witch Hazel is a powerful plant and naturally effective extract with exceptional cleansing, soothing and healing properties. Here are 5 Benefits of using Dickinson’s Witch Hazel product.

(1) Helps maintain the skin’s natural moisture balance. It will not dry your skin out!

(2) Soothes skin and reveals a more radiant look and natural glow.

(3) Replenishes skin to reveal a smoother complexion.

(4) Perfectly removes makeup and refreshes your skin at the same time, without leaving a sticky residue.

(5) Gentle formula for everyday use and sensitive skin.

You can find Dickinson’s Witch Hazel products at Walmart, Amazon, Bed Bath & Beyond, Harmon, H-E-B Supermarket, MEIJER, and Shop Rite.

And because I love y’all, I have partner with Dickinson’s Witch Hazel to host a Giveaway !!!! Dickinson’s Witch Hazel has dropped some new products and I’m giving ONE (1) lucky winner with  all of the brand new Dickinson’s products.

Here’s what you’ll win!!!!

  • Gentle Balancing Toner
  • Mini 3.3oz Pore Perfecting, Hydrating & Gentle Balancing Toner 
  • Hydrating Cloths 

Here’s how to enter: 

  • Tag a friend who deserves some pampering (each comment counts as a entry)

Giveaway closes at 12 PM EST on December 12th !!!!

Open to US residents only. Winner will be randomly selected and announced on December 12th. 

Trashy Talk: My Final Impressions

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I think June was the last edition of my “Trashy Talk” sessions, so I’ve been collecting empty products to share with y’all. You know the drill, go ahead and grab some snacks and a glass of wine to read this post. It’s gonna be a long one … Get Ready! Get Ready! Get Ready!

Like always, I will only be hyperlinking the brands or products that were previously sponsored. I’m not giving no free promo over her. So if you see a product that is linked, click it just because you love and support me. 

Let’s start with the Home Decor and Candles ….

My Home Decor Diffuser from Kroger finally gave out on me. I think I’ve had this thing for about 2 years. I found it on sale at Kroger for less than$15 (I think). I really wish I could find this same one again. I’ve looked everywhere, even Amazon doesn’t have it. I loved the way it diffused my oils and filled my room with greatness. Not to mention is it super cute and goes with the decor my living room. It has a light feature, so at night then I am winding down it also served as a lamp for me.

The White Barn Mahogany Teakwood High Intensity scented candle is one of my favorite candles to collect from Bath and Body Works. I love the intense scent of rich mahogany and dark oak with a hint of lavender. I normally stock up on these candles during the $8 candle sale annually. I think I purchased like 4 of these during the last sale. This was the last of my stash, so I’ll be in line to get more of my Mahogany Teakwood come this year’s sale.

The White Barn Fresh Cut Lilacs scented candle is a new scent for me. I’m more of a must and natural oak type girl, but the soft spring airy scent was not too bad. I enjoyed burning it. It made a great addition to my shower routine. But I don’t know if I will be repurchasing this candle scent.

Now this Candle- Lite Company Vetiver Oakmoss scented candle is another Kroger sale find. It was less than $5 and it’s true what they say, you get what you pay for. This candle doesn’t have a strong scent. You can barely smell it when you enter the room. Do not recommend!!!

Let’s keep those hands washed ….

I got the Pure Haven’s Body sugared pink grapefruit moisturizing hand soap in a Instagram giveaway. This product is 100% free of toxins and super hydrating to the skin. You know often times washing your hands dry your skin out and leaves you needing lotion after every wash. I’m normally not a fan of grapefruit scented products, but this pink grapefruit coconut scent was very light and pleasant. Now that I have experienced Pure Haven products, I think I might purchase more of their products for my self care pleasure.

I fill my diffuser with Ambi Escents Balancing Essential Oil mixed with a mint based oil. I also like to put a drop inside my face mask to help with easy breathing while out and about wearing a mask. These essential oils are great for diffusers and adding to your natural cleaning products. I’ve repurchased this particular brand several times, after finding it in Kroger. I was able to repurchase it from Amazon.

It’s all about clear skin and clean beauty ….

Now if you’ve been following my content for a while, you know I love Formula 10.0.6 products. I’ve been using the One Smooth Operator Pore Clearing Face Scrub from Ulta Beauty at least once a week or every other week for about 2 years now. The scrub is very gentle and leaves my skin feeling smoother and gets rid of dead skin. I really feel the impurities bring drain out of my skin with the oatmeal and zinc. I don’t have oily skin but this formula still leaves my skin feeling and looking good, yet shine free. I follow up with moisturizer after using this face scrub to rehydrate my skin. For only $6.99 I like to keep one on deck for when I run out.

For someone who doesn’t get much sleep, yet needs to stay camera ready the iwi fresh Cucumber to the Rescue eye cream is a award winning product for me. I love that product is 100% natural and made with fresh cucumbers. Just a few dots of product under each eye every morning really hydrates the skin and give you a awaken look that will last all day. I received this product in a PR package but for $22.50 I really need to re-purchase this product to keep it in my daily skincare routine.

I didn’t know that carrots has so many skincare benefits, this iwi fresh 14 Carrot Glow face cream really helps to nourish the skin from within if used twice a day like the directions say. I received this product in a PR package but for $35.50 I have already repurchase this product and continue to use it daily. I’m not going to lie, I do not use it twice a day but it is a part of my daily skincare routine and I feel the difference from using this product vs. other products.

The iwi fresh Squash it Out cleanser gets a 10 out of 10 from me. When you want to revitalize dull, tired skin add some squash to your skincare routine. I can’t explain how, but this cleanser has really helped keep my skin looking and feeling it’s best even when I didn’t feel my best on the inside.

Sweet Potato are my favorite vegetable, so why not put it on your skin. iwi fresh Sweet Potato Skin Tone face serum has the power to really soften and nourish the skin. I apply just a few drop all over my face after washing my face daily. Not only does it feel amazing, it leaves my skin looking amazing and hydrated throughout the day. I received this product in a PR package and it was 1 of 3 different serum in a pack. Now that I have used this one up I am currently using another oil from the 3 pack. I would highly recommend using these serum on a daily basis. I plan to purchase this on my own.

Y’all know I am a big fan of toners. I use them daily. The iwi fresh Lettuce-Face-It face toner is a special delight, I like that the product comes packaged in a spray bottle. I just this toner several times a day to improve the moisture levels of my skin when needed. I’m not sure if it makes any difference but I definitely used this toner for more than just my face. After coming in from outside on a hot summer day, a cool few sprays of this toner all over my skin feels like paradise.

***All iwi fresh products are made with fresh vegetables and herb. They are a sustainable company, so they offer a discount to all customers who bring back their product jars to replenish products.

I received the Ultra Beauty Full Coverage Concealer in a Influenster VoxBox for a campaign. I’m no makeup guru or anything but I like how easy it was to use this product. I don’t really know how to contour my face. But I am good for a good under eye highlight. I used the color Deep Warm to highlight my under eye area when doing my make up for shooting content. Filming and content days are about the only days I wear makeup. I think this product lasted for about 6 to 9 months, I might have used it once a week on average. I love how creamy it is and easy to blend with or without foundation. Often times when my skin is clear and flourishing I don’t wear foundation, I just highlight under the eyes and add everything else for the look I’m going for. Ultra Beauty will has a great brand of products. I could see myself purchasing this product on my next trip to Ulta.

My newest favorite gloss is Fenty Beauty Glow Gloss Bomb. I think I have shared with y’all before in a empties. Because this is definitely now my first gloss from Fenty Beauty. And you all ready know I have repurchased it. I can’t go with out my Fenty Beauty gloss. I love how long lasting that gloss is. It’s super rich and leaves my lips looking sooooooooo kissable. For Fall I am trying the Hot Chocolit flavor.

Now, girls I have some “that time on the month” favorites ….

There is nothing that I don’t like about The Honey Pot Herbal Infused Pantyliners. They have this mint cooling sensation that makes the experience of wearing them daily feel good. I love that they are 100% plant based with no chlorine, pesticides, and fragrances. I even enjoy the calming lavender and nothing aloe that infused into the liners. If you have not tried The Honey Pot products I highly recommend you experience them.

I prefer tampons over pads, but pads are good to wear at night. I have added The Honey Pot Herbal Infused Pads with wings to my period must haves because they are 100% plant based and infused with mint, lavender and aloe. The experience of wearing them is truly something I had never felt before yet enjoyable. I would say they are not sticky enough for me. Sometime I experience them shifting in my underwear when doing daily actives. I would recommend these pads as a overnight solution when on your period.

I absolutely hate using baby wipes “down there”. Baby wipes are just no absorbent and shouldn’t be flushed- so that doesn’t work for my needs. But I discovered the biodegradable wipes in target, Goodwives Down There Wipes with Rose Water and they do a great good getting the job done of keeping these clean “down there” lol. I love that they offer a individually wrapped packets. Each wipe is moist and large enough to use only one each visit to the restroom. I put them in my car, my purse and in my travel bag. So you already know I have several of these boxes on standby.

Y’all know I stay with the hair products ….

Honestly I don’t know what this iwi fresh Lavender Throwback Curls is made of but I love it. I mainly used the gel formula as a curl cream for my twists and twist out styles. When I tell you this product never fails with giving me juicy twist and curls. I love how fluffy and whipped the gel feels. It even really smells like Lavender.

I received Moisture Love’s Deep Indulgence Replenishing Conditioner in a PR package months ago, it came with the whole product line. I used all the product maybe 3 or 4 times before I ran out of the conditioner. The hair washing experience with Moisture Love is very gentle and soft. After the first time using the product I couldn’t believe how soft and moisturized my curls felt with no product in it (after washing and deep conditioning). I am a naturalist that like to use the matching shampoo and conditioner when washing my hair and the same line of style products when styling my hair. So, It sucks that I ran out of conditioner before I ran out of shampoo and styling products. Because now I’m less likely to finish using the other products. I wish this conditioner was offer in a bigger size than the 8oz bottle so that it would last longer.

I was selected for a Tik Tok campaign when I was sent Originals Africa’s Best Coconut Creme Leave in Conditioner and Coconut Creme Restorative Conditioner. After using these product once I feel in love with them. They left my hair feeling like baby hair soft. I couldn’t keep my hand out go my hair. I think I got about 4 to 5 usages out of each on of the products. I wish I had the shampoo to go along with the duo. But the next time I’m in need of conditioner and leave in and have to buy some, I could see myself purchasing these products. If you have dry and ruff curls with lots of tangles, I highly suggest these products to her soften your curls.

Before you go, share with me if you have ever tried any of these products I reviewed today, and what was your experience with them.

XOXO