Make It Classy Shampoo Bar First Impressions

Hey Passionista! 

Okay so, I’ve never tried a shampoo bar before receiving this product. Honestly, I thought shampoo bars were more of a “white girl thing”. But now my opinions have changed. I’m glad I got the opportunity to try it and discover something new that Queenie P loves. 

If you are new here, Queenie P. is my hair. She has her own personality. Sometimes we are the best of friends and other times she likes to piss me off and make me cry. 

I recently received the newest products from Make It Classy in a PR package and I was excited to try the plant based Sassy Sloane Shampoo Bars. It’s rare that I come across a product I’ve not tried before. So when I get my hands on something new I’m excited to try it at least once.

My First Impression 

I’m going to be honest, when I first received the product I was like, “oh, this ain’t going to work for me.” But so far I’ve used it 3 times to wash my hair. Paired with the right conditioner, it’s become one of my favorite shampoos to use on wash day. I love the ease and convenience of having a hand held shampoo bar to prevent spilling shampoo and slipping in the shower. You don’t know how many times I’ve bust my ass in the shower just trying to clean Queenie P. The label does warn you about getting the product in your eye, but I’m thinking it’s a plant based product… it can’t do too much damage. Oh baby! I was sadly mistaken. Using the product for the first time I messed around and got some product in my eye while shampooing and it was awful. The hair wash experience was downhill from there. I was annoyed and didn’t plan on ever using the shampoo bar again. But Queenie P has other plans…

Queenie P’s Reaction 

There was a softer than normal feel about my curls after washing and conditioning. Without too much hassle the shampoo bar lathers really well. I’ve been pairing the shampoo bar with my Aussie Conditioner because I’ve mainly been doing wash n go styles. Amazingly, Quenie P responded well to the plant based shampoo bar. I worried about whether my scalp would really get clean by using a shampoo bar. Honestly, my scalp feels more clean when I use the shampoo bar over regular shampoo. With the bar I am able to apply the shampoo to lather directly on my scalp. 

Final Thoughts

Now, I have to come up with a in shower hair wash method to make sure I never get this product in my eyes again. I think I’m hooked on shampoo bars now. I need the shampoo bars to come with a little storage accessory. Some type of tin or container to store the bar in when it is not being used. 

More Details about the Sassy Sloane Shampoo Bar

How to use

Rub the wet bar directly onto wet hair to create lather. Rinse as usual. 

Ingredients

Sustainable palm oil, coconut oil, olive oil, fruit oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Tea Tree Essential Oil, Peppermint Essential Oil, cocoa powder.                            

Caution

Keep product out of eyes/mouth. Not approved by the FDA. If scalp or skin irritation occurs, stop using immediately. 

Thank you Make It Classy for giving me the Sassy Sloane Shampoo Bar

Shop for your plant based beauty products at  MakeItClassyDIY.com, use code KHADIJAH for free shipping on your complete order, anytime.

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Two Strand Twist with Mixed Chicks Styling Gel

Hey Passionista!

Y’all know my favorite go to protective style these days is a Twist set. I used to two strand twist my hair and let it air dry for a day then take it down for the curly look. But now, I just neatly twist my hair and wear the twist for a week or so as a protective style. Sometimes, I make the twist really small and other times I make them bigger. It’s truly a simple and easy way to keep my hair looking descent for days at a time when I don’t feel like touching my hair.

As a new ambassador for Mixed Chicks, I decided to try adding their Styling Gel to my twisting routine. My main goal is to make my twist look neat and last up to a week or until the next wash day. Normally, I don’t use gels in my hair ever… BUT this styling gel is fluffy and soft and adds texture to my curls. It’s really great for the ends of my twist to help seal the twist from coming undone over time.

Before you go, what products do you use when twisting your hair?

Are you taking care of yourself?

Hey Passionista!

Can you believe it’s the end of August? Seems like time is flying by so quickly and most of my time has been spent in the house this year. I haven’t felt my toes in beach sand all year… and that just ain’t right!!!

My days seems to be full of work, WERK, work and more work. Even though I’m in house out of the time (due to COVID-19), I find myself being more busy now than I’ve ever been before. There always seems to be some project to coordinate, e-mails to send, and ideas to plan. For instance, this week I started planning for my annual Self Care November and Blogmas. It’s never too early to start planning in my mind, but I easily let these things consume me and my time.

I want to be more intentional about taking care of my mind, body and soul- and encourage y’all to do the same. Here are 7 things you can do to take care of yourself.

  1. Drink Water!

Drinking water helps improve your memory and mood, reduces headaches and migraines, and prevents other health issues like kidney stones, dehydrations and bladder infections.

My motto is, ” Drink your water and mind your business” lol

2. Meditate

Meditation is a great way to control anxiety. Lately, I find myself getting anxious more than ever before which makes it hard to meditate sometimes. But I continue to try to meditate and take 5 minutes out of my day to just relax. You deserve your 5 minutes !!!

3. Journal

I love to write (One of the main reasons why I started this blog). I find joy in writing my journal everyday, either in the morning or right before bed. Journaling can help you control your mood and attitudes by tracking your thoughts, feelings and fears.

4. Reward Yourself

Celebrate the little victories from day to day. During things times achieving any goals is big deal!!! This can help boost your self confidence and also help maintain healthy habits.

5. Get Dressed Up

I’ve fell off with getting dressed up. I’m always in lounge clothes or oversized t-shirts because there is no where to go, unless I’m running to the store or going to visit a friend. But I have found getting dressed up one day a week to brighten up my mood.

6. Facetime A Friend

This pandemic is truly hard for people like me who are extrovert and love being social and being around people. On Friday nights, I get sad thinking about the plans I could of made. I’m that girl that usually ALWAYS has plans, especially on the weekends. So now I just make FaceTime dates. I love the group FaceTime feature. I can sit on FaceTime with my friends all night playing games, drinking and talking shit. LOL!

7. Pray

Talk to God! You shouldn’t need a reason to call him. Just talk to God, simple.

Before you go… check out these cute pics I took this past Sunday when I decided to get out the house for some blog pictures.

Shirt By: Beahive Boutique

Natural Hair Heatless Style

Hey Passionista-

I love my curls big and fluffy. I’m always looking for new ways to treat and style my hair. I’ve discovered a new styling tool that gives me Voluminous luscious curls without any heat. 

This styling method works on all types of hair and all ages. Head over to Octo Curl‘s Instagram page and check them out. 

Thank you @octocurl for being the inspiration for this weeks blog post and natural hair style. 

After using the Octo Curl, I was so happy with my results. At first look I didn’t think the styling tool would work for my hair. I was thinking that my hair is too thick and frizzy for the Octo Curl but I was mistaken. I styled my hair with damped hair and let it air dry over night. The styling tool is much more comfortable to sleep in than flexi rods. I think this is a tool I will be using more often.

Before …

After…

Thank you Octo Curl for being the inspiration for this weeks blog post and natural hair style. 

Wear Your Testimony

Hey Passionista-

Today I have a story to share. I pride myself in keeping 80% of my “personal” business detached from my blog, my business, and social media. I just feel like some stuff should remain personal. So the content that I create and the work I do is what I share, my personal life is off limits….. PERIOD!

But today I am going to open up to y’all in a way I don’t think I have done before on the blog. Thank you to Testimony Clothing Brand for encouraging me to- wear my testimony and share my testimony.

Testimony clothing brand is on a mission to speak conversations that unite communities and bring radical improvements in the areas of mental health and social equality.

2020 has been a year, and it’s only August. I can’t say it’s been a bad year. I can say God has been good to me. For years, I have had entrepreneurial aspirations but I didn’t have faith in myself to just do start the business. So I went to college and started a career in Corporate America, working for someone else doing the same things I wanted to build a business doing for myself. My degree and Corporate America became my safety net even before actually obtaining the degree or getting my first job. Throughout college (undergrad and grad school) I would tell myself, “I’m putting in the work now to get my dream job later” but a corner office owned by someone else is not my dream job. A corner office with an amazing skyline view that’s owned and operated by me is my aspiration.

May 2019, I was laid off my job for the 2nd time in my overall 6 year career in Corporate America. The first time I got laid off from a job, I was in a panic and feared for my future. But this time I felt so much peace after being laid off. Honestly I slept better and I felt better. Yet I had no plan. My time and funds were limited but I knew I had to make something shake. I spent days trying to wrap my head around running an business, making enough money to maintain on my own, and provide a service that has a great impact on small businesses. My business The Passion Palette serves small business owners who do not have a fully staffed marketing team. I offered project based marketing services and event planning to small businesses in the Atlanta area or virtually across the nation. Honey, running a business is not for the weak! I have made so many mistakes, probably making a few new ones as I write this blog, but I am learning. God has placed me in the season to learn, grow and flourish. If someone had told me I’d be a full time entrepreneur, sort of winging it day by day this time last year, I would have laughed in their face and told them they were tripping.

It’s been a little over a year and in the midst of a pandemic my business is thriving. And it’s all because I let go of my fear and started believing in myself and putting all my faith in God. I am learning everyday and on a path to becoming a better me. I know there are still some bad and good days ahead but I have faith. This season has taught me to be grateful and stay focused. A lesson that I could of and should of learned long ago, but God works in the most blissful ways.

Today, I am a full time entrepreneur learning to push through being uncomfortable with life’s circumstances and having faith in God’s promise. My testimony is not complete, I am living through it right now. But I growing and learning every day. I’m thankful for these times.

Purchase your Testimony tee and share your story!

How To Make Money As A Blogger & Influencer: LadyBossBlogger Course + Giveaway

Hi Passionista!

I consider myself to be a Boss Made Blogger. I’ve been running my blog by myself for 5 year now. There is so much I’ve learned, yet still so much I have to learn. I recently started a course called “How to Make Money As An Instagram Influencer” to educate and guide me through starting to make money using my instagram platform as a blogger and influencer. Thanks to LadyBossBlogger + Elaine Rau for sponsoring this post.

This course helps you set the foundation of new habits and routines to form in order to become a full time influencer. The course work is full of resources teaching you how to stand out as an influencer, things to avoid, how to structure your sponsored posts, and so much more.

The cost of the course is normally $397. However, I have a great deal to offer you…. in collaboration with Ladybossblogger I have a 40% promo code for you!! This means the course will only cost you $238.20. Simple click the link and use promo code KHADIJAH to take advantage of this offer.

I am half way through the course myself and I have already started pitching to brands. I’ve even been able to switch up the way I respond to brands that reach out to me for partnerships and collaborations. I haven’t even finished that course and have already landed a paid brand sponsorship by applying the strategies given in this course. From branding yourself, to creating content, pitching to brands and knowing what to charge for your talents, this course “How to Make Money As An Instagram Influencer” will help you transform your brand from something that you do for fun to something that you get paid to do for fun.

This course is so amazing that I want to make sure you have the opportunity to experience it. I am giving away 1 influencer course. The contest will run from today (July 2, 2020) to July 16, 2020. The prize will be a LadyBossBlogger course of your choice. The giveaway winner must post a photo of themselves on their feed about winning the course in order to claim the prize and your profile must be public. Must be 18+ years old to enter. Giveaway is available to contestants worldwide.

How to Enter:

  1. Follow me @thepassionista__ on Instagram
  2. Follow @ladybossblogger on Instagram
  3. Follow @elainerau on Instagram
  4. Like this photo and tag a friend in the comments! 
  5. Earn extra entries by tagging more friends

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GRWM| Mielle Organics Rice Water Collection

Hey Passionista-

Mielle Organics just released a collection of rice water products. Even though I gave up on rice water a while back, y’all know I had to cope this collection to test it out.

This collection comes complete with a split end therapy serum, moisturizing milk, clay masque, and shine mist. Mille Organics is even offering this products for $5 each on their website right now (for a limited time of course). Don’t say I ain’t never put you on game. After you read this blog, head over to their website to order your new products.

So I decided I’d get cute and share a “Get Ready With Me” video of me using the collection for the first time and give y’all my honest opinions on each product.

Y’all know I used to make my own rice water, and I complained about the deadly smell it produced. The smell was one of the main reasons why I stopped using rice water. Surprisingly, these product smell fairly good. they don’t stink and they do leave your hair smelling good. If you know what pure rice water smells, you get hint of it in these products. But nothing overbearing at all.

The split end therapy serum is something I’ve been needing and didn’t even know. I don’t trim my ends as often as I should. I can’t remember the last time I had my ends trimmed. This serum is lightweight product designed to strengthen your ends and can be used daily. I decided to apply it to my hair before applying the clay masque and letting them both sit on my hair for 30 minutes before rinsing out and styling.

Now the clay masque is something special. It smells amazing and I love that it is pink. But it’s not just for detoxifying your hair, you can use it on your body too. I love a product with multiple usage benefits.

I slick have a bone to pick with the moisturizing milk but I’m not going to be picky. It flakes a little — or maybe it was the way I used the product. Overall, the product is thick yet very moisturizing. My protective style was looking well moisturized for a few days. When I did need a little hydration I used the shine mist to refresh my style.

Now, the shine mist is my favorite product from this line. I get real spray happy with this product everyday. It’s easy to spray and it hits a wide range of hair per spray. Best of all it feels amazing on my scalp.

For only $5 (right now) GO RACK UP SIS!!!!!

No Skincare Routine, Just Skincare Habits!

Hey Passionista!

I don’t know about you, but its really hard for me to stick to a routine. I like to have a plan but I can’t do the same thing everyday over and over again. So, when it comes to skincare I can never keep a routine for 21 days. I just have good skincare habits. I know my skin, so I generally know what my skin needs.

When it comes to my hair and skin I love trying different products and brands. I am truly a product junkie. I like to explore what works for me and what doesn’t. Trying a variety of products also helps me with content as a influencer.

Last week I decided to create e video sharing everything I do to my face in 1 week. [Fair warning] This is a lengthy video but its worth watching if your a beauty guru and product junkie like myself.

Products Used:

Pro X by Olay Advance Cleansing System

Aveeno Ultra Calming Foaming Cleanser

Equate Beauty Rose Water Cleansing Towelettes

Kiel’s Ultra Face Toner

Olay Ritinol 24 Night Serum

Shea Moisture Bamboo Charcoal Detoxifying Foam Wash

Trader Joe’s Rose Oil

Little Barn Coconut +Mint Mineral Mist

iwifresh Squash It Out Cleanser

iwifresh 14k Carrot Glow Moisturizer

iwifresh Lettuce Face It Toner

Olay Dry Towelettes

Formula 10.0.6 Smooth Operator Face Scrub

Epielle Vitamin E Sheet Mask

Garnier Rose Water Micellar Water

C.O. Bigelow My Favorite Might Balm

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay

Tell me, what are some of your skincare habits?

I Applied for the 2020 #SephoraSquad

Hey Passionista!

I have applied for the 2020 #SephoraSquad. Your support would mean so much to me. I can not do this without your support. It only takes a minute.

The #SephoraSquad is a beauty-influencer program.

If you’ve been following me for a while, I actually applied for the 2019 #SephoraSquad but I did not make the semifinalist list. I was invited to apply again this year and I feel that this program will be great for me as a influencer. So, I applied again.

I want to be known for sharing honest experiences for beauty products for consumer friendly brands. I’ve been blessed with opportunities to work with some really great brands that I love. Those collaborations and partnerships have allowed to build some great relationships within the industry.

As a blogger and influencer, I strive to work with different brands and build relationships within the beauty industry that will afford me the opportunity create more content and share more experiences with you. Working with Sephora will be a big deal for me and my brand. I’m passionate about promoting everyday beauty to the everyday homegirl. Sephora is a place I shop for mostly make up and skincare products.

To help me advance to the next steps of becoming a part of the 2020 #SephoraSquad, leave a testimonial or review on my behalf, click here. By leaving a testimonial or review you are helping Sephora understand the impact I have on within the beauty community. So far I’ve reached the 10 testimonials milestone. But I’d love to reach 70+ testimonials by March 31, 2020.

Natural Hair| Carol’s Daughter Wash Day Delight Review

Hello Passionista!

Wash day is my favorite day of the week. I love the process of washing my hair. It’s just something about cleaning my hair and refreshing my curls that makes me all happy inside. I have my go to favorites for shampooing, conditioning, and deep conditioning, but I like to try new product from time to time.

I recently received a bottle of Carol’s Daughter latest natural hair product, the Wash Day Delight Water-to-Foam Shampoo. This shampoos contains Aloe and is free of sulfates, parabens, silicones, and artificial colors. It is a liquid formula that provide easy access to the scalp. I love how the product is packaged. The bottle has a twist up and down cap that allows you to open and close the spout for the product to easily flow from the bottle to your scalp. When washing my hair I like to focus on cleaning my scalp and let the conditioners work its magic on the ends. So this is the prefect solution for my wash day routine. I did notice that this shampoo stripped my hair. I don’t mind a stripping shampoo, because I deep condition after every wash. But I understand why some people dislike stripping shampoos (depending on the texture of your curls). I feel like the water to foam formula really put the sassy back in my curls. After shampooing with this formula and doing my deep conditioning process I decided to do a wash n’ go style. My curls felt really hydrated, look fluffy and lasted longer than they ever have before.

Watch how I used this shampoo for the first time…

I’ve used this shampoo twice and I still have half of a 16.9 floz bottle left. So I would say I think I’m going to get 4 to 5 good washes out of this bottle before I’ll need to head out to the store to purchase my next bottle. If you wash your hair once a week like me, I think 4 to 5 usages from a shampoo is a good value.

I received this product complimentary from Influenster, in exchange for my honest review.