BLOGMAS Day 17 | Winter Hair Routine + Rice Water

Hello Passionista, 

Now that it is Winter, I have changed up my hair wash routine a little bit. I’ve been seeing all the hype about rice water and the benefits it has on your hair. I am always looking for good products and natural remedies to do to my hair so I’ve decided to join in on the  rice water trend. 

Prepping Rice Water

After watching a few youtube tutorials and scrolling through blogs on Pinterest , I decided to do a rice water deep conditioner before my wash routine. You can also do a rice water rinse, which I plan on trying on the next wash day. To deep condition with rice water, I took some plain rice from the pantry and rinsed it with cold water. Then I took a glass jar and filled the bottom with the clean rice and added water. I closed the lid on the jar and let it sit for about 12 hours. I read that the longer you let the rice water sit the better. But what I was not prepared for is the SMELL. This shit smells horrible. I can’t even explain the smell. It’s legit horrible. I was almost about to throw it away and not use it. But I started reading comments that explained rice water stinks. So I went with it. 

I drained the rice from the rice water and put the water in a spray bottle. I sectioned my hair in small parts, and sprayed each part from root to ends. Then, I put a plastic shower cap over my head and let it sit for over an hour. 

Washing my Hair with Love  Beauty and Planet Shampoo & Conditioner

Coconut water is known as a lightweight hydrator, with the mix of the mimosa flower you get great volume in result. 

Love Beauty and Plant is a fairly new brand to the market. I think I first seen it on shelf in Target. When I saw the packaging I was like, ” This cute I want to try it” but it wasn’t in the “ethic” (black girl hair) haircare section. So I thought it may not be a product for my type of hair. I wasn’t in the mood to buy some shampoo and conditioner that I wasn’t sure about —so I stuck to my regular Cantu products.  But to my surprise, I received samples of the Coconut water & mimosa flower shampoo and conditioner in my Target Beauty Box. Gladly, I tried it and Loved it! It smells amazing and left my hair feeling soft and easy to comb out. I didn’t have to do much detangling but I think that’s also a result of the rice water. 

My Winter Hair Wash Routine

Step 1: Deep Condition with Rice Water

Step 2: Rinse Rice Water out with cold water

Step 3: Condition Hair + Rinse 

Step 4: Shampoo Hair + Rinse 

Step 4: 1- Minute hair mask + rinse 

After washing my hair, I always comb it out and 2 string twist it (if I’m not doing a specific style). Here is what I have been using to style my hair lately…

Cantu Natural Hair Wave Whip Curling Mousse

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Strong Roots Spray 

Dark and Lovely Naturale Anti- Shrinkage Clumping Curl Creme Gel

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BLOGMAS Day 14 | Audible Reading List

Hello Passionista,

I am a audible lover. I love listening to a good book while taking road trips or on my way home in the evening sitting in Atlanta traffic. Here’s my 2018 reading list: 

Becoming by Michelle Obama 

Currently listening on audible and I absolutely love it.

Don’t Settle for Safe by Sarah Jakes Roberts

This is the last audible I finished. Book review coming soon.

The Misadventures of a Awakard Black Girl by Issa Rae

We’re going to need more wine by Gabrielle Union

View my book review 


Black Privilege by Charlemagne Tha God

The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines

View my book review 

Around the way girl by Taraji P. Henson

View my book review

What I know for sure by Oprah Winfrey 

View my book review 

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes 

View my book review

48 Laws of Power

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BLOGMAS Day 11| CVS Make Up Remover Wipes Product Review

Hello Passionista, 

So I was in CVS the other day ranting about the price of make up remover wipes. Honestly, brand mark up cost are outrageous and I’m over it. I like Neutrogena, but I’m also tired of Neutrogena’s price point. 

I opted to tried a cheaper store brand version of make up remover wipes. This is a new  CVS private label brand make up remover wipe, retailed at $2.99. To my luck, when I got to the register this item was actually on sale- buy one, get one 50% off. Of course I purchased 2 packs. I will always need facial wipes. I use them everyday, multiple times a day. 

CVS Brand Cucumber & Aloe Soothing Facial Wipes – clarifies and refreshes skin

CVS Brand Fragrance Free Moisturizing Facial Wipes- alcohol and fragrance free

First Impressions: 

The packaging is cute… but for a teenager. The price is what drew my interest to purchase this project. Not the packaging! The wipe it self is thick and soft, if feels to be some good quality. It’s not a Neutrogena wipe but no complaints. The formula gentle remove make up perfectly. I used one wipe to remover a full face of make up without the towel drying out. I had no issue wiping away my eye make up either. Other than the packaging I like these wipes a lot. I;m not saying I will never buy expensive Neutrogena make up remover wipes again, but for now the CVS private brand is a great alternative. 

The reseal label will honestly determine if I re-purchase these wipes again. My biggest pet peeve with make up remover wipes is that after a while the reseal label stops sticking or curls up and my wipes start drying out before I can finish all the wipes. I hope this product doesn’t do that. follow me on social media for updated on this review as I continue to used these wipes. 

BLOGMAS DAY 6 |Product Review | Living Room Decor

Hello Passionista, 

I’ve been in of the spirit of re-decorating my place. I desire a creative open environment that fell  warm and cozy yet cute with a touch on my unique personality. I spent tons of time scrolling through Pinterest for inspiration and ideas. Recently, wall tapestries have sparked my interest. I am currently renting, so painting accent walls and having to re paint the wall back before I move doesn’t tickle my fancy. A wall tapestry is a great alternative and better than a colored accent wall. There are all types of styles and designs and portraits to choose from. 

My vision is to create a hippie- chic living room decor. The color scheme inspiration for this room is midnight blue and (shades of) pink with gold accent. I purchased this gold and white Indian Mandala wall art from Amazon. I thought the design would really pop on the wall behind my midnight blue sofa styled with pink decor pillows. I want different shades of pink so I plan to add more pink pillows to the sofa. 

The wall tapestry measures to be 85 inches by 55 inches and hits the sofa background perfectly. I love how this is coming together. I still have several pieces I want to add to this space before it is complete. I plan to order more tapestries for the bedrooms. 

Mandala Wall Tapestry Wall Hanging Ombre Tapestry Tapestry Ombre Bedding, Mandala Tapestry, Multi Color Indian Mandala Wall Art Hippie Wall Hanging (White and Gold Flower, Twin 85×55 Inch)

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Natural Body Spa | Grand Opening Event Alpharetta, GA

Hello Passionista, 

I love going to the spa. I can only afford one maybe two full service spa visits a year, but I love getting facials. A few weeks ago I stumbled upon the Natural Body Spa and Shop opening in Alpharetta on my lunch break. I was curious about the store so I stopped and went in for a lot. As I entered the atmosphere was so peaceful and everyone greeted me with a smile. It felt like a piece of heaven. The spa and shop was newly opened and the staff invited me back for the Grand Opening event. 

The grand opening event was extremely fun. I think I was one of the last guest  to leave. For the event the Spa and Shop offered a few FREE services. I felt like royalty. I received a FREE eyebrow and lip wax, chair massage, and facial. YOU CAN NOT BEAT THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My eyebrow and lip wax was a great experience. Gisell was really sweet and gentle. She talked to me during the entire process, telling me what she was using and why or what the benefits of it. I’m a talkative person, so I really appreciate the small talk during the service. Gisell really created an inviting and peaceful environment for the lip and eyebrow wax service. I plan on going back next month for a wax refresh.

 

The facial service was so gentle and relaxing. Peep the before and after pictures (above) from the Retinol Plus Peel facial. I’ve been had this facial before and I was excited to try it for the first time. The Skin ReMEDI Esthetician for this service was extremely nice. She talked me through everything she used and did to my face. I like to know the benefits and effects of the ingredients and products I put on my body, especially my face. This facial really gave my face a natural glow. My skin felt so hydrated and gentle. I expected my skin to peel over the next few days after this service. To my surprise I did not experience and peeling or irratations after the service. No breakouts, nothing. Just easy, breezy, beautiful glowing skin.  

I recommend Natural Body Spa and Shop to EVERYONE…. There have several locations (in Bulkhead- GA, Alpharetta- GA, Decatur- GA, Marietta- GA, Smyrna-GA, Snellville-GA,  Chattanooga- TN, and Jacksonville -FL). 

Thank you to Jenn Cobbs, Gisell and all the staff for creating an inviting atmosphere and a successful event. I will be back for more bath burst and bombs and spa services. 

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This is L. Organic Pads and Tampons | Use and Review

Hello Passionista

We live in a world that overlooks the beauty behind being a women and the female body. It’s sad but true. I believe there is a generational divide in the appreciation of women and their bodies… everything from our hair and outer beauty to our well being and health. Every since I can remember I question by products like pads and tampons were on market to be conventionally sold in stores but birth control is free. I’m pretty sure I can go into a deep debate with just about anyone who feels like women should have to buy pads and tampons.

img_0942On top of that fact that we have to purchase these items, companies started using thing like pesticides, chlorine, and fragrances to manufacturer products we need as women. What type of foolishness is this? For years, I didn’t know what was in the products I used for my monthly. I never thought to ask. My parents gave me “the talk” told me what to do and things went from there. It was until the Tiffany Haddish Breakfast Club interview, “where she told her experience with Toxic Shock Syndrome, that I became curious in what products like pads and tampons were made up of. To my surprise it was awful !!!! So many thoughts raised in my head… “How could a company honestly sell this stuff to women knowing what is in it? How could the government allow this? How many years has this been going on?”

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Finally one day in Target, I cam across the This is L. product line. The packaging is what drew my attention to the product. I like how clean and chic the packaging of the products look. My favorite is the clear pale that the tampons come in. I like to reuse them to store other stuff. I currently have like 2 of them under my bathroom sink, full of hair rollers and accessories. I was honestly surprised to see organic female products on shelf in a mass retail store like Target, for the same price as the other brands. My thoughts then were, ” if organic products can be manufacturer and sold at the same price point why add all the pesticides, chlorine and dyes in the first place?” It honestly blow my mind. But I was excited to try the organic pads and tampons. I honestly, thought the products were too good to be true. For the same price as Always and Kotex brand I will try.

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Some of my concerns were about comfort and leaks. So the first time I tried the products I used them over a weekend that I was mainly at home. I didn’t want to be out and have any accidents in public. But to my surprise there was nothing to worry about. The tampons felt like tampons. The pads felt like pads. The panty liners felt like panty liners. I was amazed and proud.

I buy organic pads and tampons and I’m not going back to those old harmful products. Click here to learn more about This is L. Inc. and purchase products online, also sold in Target.

Target Beauty Box | October Review

Hello Passionista!

You all know that I love the Target Beauty Box. I don’t get them as often as I’d like cause some months I forget to go order them or when I do go to order them, they are all sold out. So, in the rare event that I do get a beauty box or 2 I be LIT!!!!!!!

img_0409This box is all about EYES & honestly I wasn’t excited about it when I received it. Eye drops are not something I use often. But it’s useful to have them around the house if I ever need them. I don’t know what I will need eye drops for. I may just pass the sample along to one of my friends that wear contacts. So, the Lumpy Eye Drops are useless to me, but I like the packaging.

I love the COVERGIRL brand. But I have not mastered the the art of liquid eyeliner yet. I almost hate that every beauty box comes with an eyeliner. I have so many of them now. They all get thrown in my “must try one day” basket just like that COVERGIRL Get In Line Liquid Eyeliner. I should really start practicing applying eyeliner… like a bond cat eye style. Cause I would rock just a fresh face, eyeliner and mascara everyday. I mean I do that now but my eyeliner job is very basic. Like just water line basic.

Mascara is my favorite makeup item. Even if I don’t wear any other makeup, mascara I will apply. Unlike the eyeliners its rewarding to get a mini mascara in every beauty box… every month. I have so many different types that’ll never run out. Although COVERGIRL mascara is my top fave, this Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara Mini will come in handy. Most times the mini bottles last about a month. So every month I switch to a new sample.

Just like I haven’t mastered the art of applying eyeliner, I don’t know how to slay my eye brows. Maybe I should take a make up class? Find a MUA that’s good at teaching. This Sonia Kashuk Essential Brush Brow & Spool is a awesome tool but I don’t know how to use it.

I was most excited for the Acura Radically Under Eye Hydrogel Mask and then most disappointed in the product. I use a reusable gel eye mask weekly. It was my first time using a  Hydrogel Mask and it didn’t go well for me. The gels broke apart as I picking it up. So I didn’t even get to use it…. talking about mad!

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Now this Beauty Box I can rock with… I’ve been trying different natural toothpastes this Tom’s Luminous White Toothpaste with Fluoride is a new one to try. I’ve tried one of the other Tom’s toothpastes before and different have any complaints, so I’m pretty sure I’ll love this one too. I haven’t use it yet cause I just opened a new tube of toothpaste and I don’t believe in wasting toothpaste. Use one tube at a time.

I have been wanting to try the Love Beauty and Plant brand. I used the Love Beauty and Plant Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower Shampoo & Conditioner once and now I’m in love with it. For one, it smells soon amazing. Two, my hair felt really clean. Three, after conditioning my hair feels soft and not having to detangle was a great feeling.

I have been using the Honest Beauty Gel Cleanser from a previous beauty box. But now that I’ve tried this Bliss Makeup Melt Dry/Wet Gentle Jelly Cleanser with Rose Flower I’m interested. I like to use my facial cleanser brush when applying product to face. My gentle and my skin feels clean after use.  Although this is just a sample size I think I will get a good amount of usage out of this sample. I’ve had the Honest Beauty cleanser for a least a month or two.

I love using cetaphil lotion on my face. It’s not harsh and it gets the job done. I actually already have the full size product. But this samples size Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion will be great for travel & much needed with the holidays coming up.

This Olay Total Effects Whips I have received in at least 3 beauty boxes. I have only been able to use up one samples so I still have two. I love the matte finished and how creamy the formula is without leaving your face greasy.

Okay, so do you like the Target Beauty Boxes? Do you get them every month or every once and a while? 

All things Fall Mood Board

Hello Passionista

Fall is my favorite time of year. I love to be wrapped up in cozy fashions, drinking warm tasty drinks and enjoying the cool breeze.

Scarves

An fall outfit is not complete with a cozy scarf

My favorite places to purchase… Target, TJ Maxx, Lane Bryant

Cardigans + Booties Fashion

My fall fashion favorites are oversized cardigans and wraps with thicks socks and booties. I’ve even thought about trying to make my own winter body wrap scarf (comment below if you’d like that idea)

Favorite Places to Shop: Target, Boohoo, Debshop, Old Navy

Fall Eye Shadows

I love natural flesh tone eye shadow colors for fresh face fall. Everything from light pinks and blushes to marker wine (burgundy) and navy (blue) colors

Best Fall Palettes: BH Cosmetics, Covergirl

Knitting + Crafts

I am crafty and I love making stuff. Something about fall brings out the creative in me.

Best craft store: Hobby Lobby and Joans

Starbucks

Favorite Drink: Warm Sugar Cookie Latter

Candles

Candles set the mood for warm cozy comfort. So everyday I light candles all through the house.

Favorite Candles: Bath & Body Works

Autumn Sangria

Fall cause for celebration… with celebrations come cocktails and a cranberry sangria or autumn sangria are my choice of fun!

 

Book Review | We’re Going to Need More Wine: Stories, by Gabrielle Union

Hello Passionistas

 

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I know it’s been a while since I posted a book review. I still have my Audible subscription and I recently finished We’re Going to Need More Wine: Stories, written and narrated by Gabrielle Union.  

 

I must say, I didn’t know what to expect from a book written by Gabrielle Union. Honestly, I thought it would be a hollywood tell all book. But it’s not that at all. Yet it’s still good. It’s like mini conversations with Gabby. Just stories of life and how it works – good times, hard times, sad times, and happy times… Just life in the form of a book.

 

img_0425I love a good story and this book is full of good, relatable stories. Gabrielle Union explains the details of her childhood up to her career as an actress. So many stories of so many things that have happened to her and how things came together in her life. She’s a regular person. She has a normal story. With all her riches, many of her stories are not only entertaining but honest and real.

The book hit topics of being black raised in a white community, being raped and the aftermath, marrying the wrong person, and family heartaches. I love that not all of it was bad, there are good stories as well… like life on set and behind the scenes of Bring it on and Being Mary Jane and being invited to Prince’s A list Dinner parties- but most of all Love and Happiness.  This is not a book written by a bitter black women, this is a book written by an evolved black women. It’s her truth.

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It’s hard to pick a favorite chapter but I will say I went back to listen to Chapter 11: Prescription for a break up after I finished the book. But Chapter 6: Who hates you most, is hilarious!!! I literally hollered out loud listening to this chapter. Every chapter has a good story to share and a lesson to be learned. I give this book 5 stars and recommend it to all of you. I wish I could get my friends to do a book club with me because this would be a really good book to read and discuss with you day ones.

 

 

 

 

Lipstick of the Week: MAC matte lipstick

Hello Passionista!

This week has been awesome. On Sunday, I met up with friends to spend some chill time in the park. The weather was nice, sun was shinning, and we needed some girl chat.

I love a good park picnic set up. So on short notice I gathered my blanket, cards games, snacks and wine for our little park adventure. The weather was not too hot or too cold, allowing us to enjoy the park for about five hours out in the sun. (Well under a tree really)

Since this was a outside event and I sweat so easily, I made it a fresh face SUNDAY. But you know I can’t go without lipstick.

This week I have fallen in love with the MAC Matte Lipstick in the color whirl, all over again. I purchased this lipstick last fall and with the seasons changing and getting new lipsticks it has just been siting on my lipstick rack. But look at it on me. It is time I bring this whirl color out of retirement and start rocking it again.

Pictures from the Park: