SheaBassador| Velvet Skin & Strength + Color Care Purple Rice Water Collection & Review

Hello Passionista-

I’ve finally had the chance to try all of the products in from my 5th SheaBassador box. Y’all should know that I have been using rice water in my hair since December. So, I was exciting about receiving products with purple rice water. Now I want to go to the store and buy some purple rice to make some purple rice water of my own. Honestly, I have not seen any rice water products on the market. This is the first branded product I am trying that has rice water in it.

Velvet Skin & Strength + Color Care Purple Rice Water for sensitive skin & all hair types 

The purple rice water collection is enriched with 3 key ingredients

  • Purple Rice Water, which has been used for centuries on Asian Royalty.
  • Wild Orchid is a symbol of beauty around the world. 
  • Sweet Violet Extract is an edible flower often used in aromatherapy. 

Strength + Color Care Shampoo

This sulfate-free nourishing shampoo helps restore hair to a stronger, healthier state. A blend of Purple Rice Water, Wild Orchid and Sweet Violet Extract removes dulling residue, while restoring shine and vibrancy. Apply to wet hair, gently massage into scalp and hair, working into a rich lather. Rinse thoroughly. 

After cleansing my hair twice with this shampoo, I have found it to be very silky and soft cleanser for my kinky curls. I do not have any color in my hair, so there is no concern for dulling residue. I frequently use rice water in my hair during my wash process, this is the first hair care product I have used with rice water in it and I expect amazing results. 

Strength + Color Care Conditioner

This nourishing formula locks in moisture and nurtures strands back to health while combating unwanted brassy tones, softening and detangling hair. Apply to clean wet hair. Gently comb through from roots to ends and leave in for up to three minutes. 

This conditioner most definitely locks in moisture to promote soft hair. It was easy to finger detangle my hair after cleaning. The only thing I do not like about this product is the packaging. The conditioner is to think for this pump situation. It takes a minute of pumping to get the conditioner to even come out, then after a few pumps the conditioner stops coming out. The formula is thick and does not remove in the bottle. 

Velvet Skin Body Lotion 

Formulated for sensitive skin, this lightweight creamy moisturizer hydrates and leaves skin silky soft. Smooth lotion all over your skin after a bath or shower. 

I do not use lotion often. But I used this lotion after a day of Self Care. I agree that the product leaves your skin feeling silky soft. I do not agree that it is lightweight but it is creamy. 

Velvet Skin Rice Scrub 

Our scrub gently buffs away dry skin to soften and reveal a new radiance. Apply a small amount to palm, massaging gently into skin using a circular motion, concentrating on rough and dry areas. Leave on for one minute and rinse thoroughly with warm water.

I am in love with this body scrub. It is lightweight but extremely rich. I use it in the shower after shaving or at least twice a week. The scrub is gentle and soft. Honestly, after shaving my legs and using this scrub I felt in heaven. 

Velvet Skin Facial Mask 

This skin smoothing facial mask gently polishes skin, while an added boost of Papaya Extract leaves skin looking nourished and luminescent. Apply facial mask to clean skin. After 10 minutes rinse off with warm water. 

This facial mask formula has a whipped formula appearance. It only takes a little bit of product to complete the job of polishing your skin to be more nourished. I’ve been using this mask once a week and my skin feels amazing after using. 

This product line is cruelty free and available for purchase at ULTA.

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Coconut & Cactus Water |June SheaBassador Box

Hello Passionista- 

I have some exciting products to share with you from my June SheaBassador box. I am really enjoying all the products I have been receiving from Shea Moisture. The theme for this box is Coconut & Cactus Water. The smell of this product line is heaven sent. It means like morning fresh air on the beach, something like what I imagine a zin beach vacation smelling like.

What’s in the box:

  • Coconut & Cactus Water Quench & Refresh Bar Soap
  • Coconut & Cactus Water Quench & Refresh Body Wash
  • Coconut & Cactus Water Quench & Refresh Body Lotion
  • Coconut & Cactus Water Quench & Refresh Body Scrub
  • Coconut & Cactus Water Quench & Refresh Pick Me Up Lite Masque

Coconut & Cactus Water Quench & Refresh Bar Soap with Blue Agave for dehydrated skin

This bar soap is enriched with vitamins and coconut water to keep your skin feeling hydrated and silky through this summertime heat. I haven’t seen any products on the market like this. So this was my first time using a bar soap with coconut water, and my first time using any product with cactus water. I’m not a fan of using bar soap for bathing. I’m more of a body wash type gal. So I used the bar soap for washing my face and hands. I like that the product doesn’t leave your skin feeling dry after use. It honestly made my skin feel hydrated like I used a moisturizer.

Coconut & Cactus Water Quench & Refresh Body Wash with Blue Agave for dehydrated skin

Like I said before, I am a body wash type of gal. So this product came right on time, as I was in need of some new body wash. The product is free of parabens, phthalates, mineral oils and sulfates, so I had no issues or reactions to using a new body wash. I normally try to stay away from body washes that have fragrance in it. But this product has a light paradise scent of essential oil blends instead of a fragrance chemical. The formula is light and cleanses the skin really well. My body washes of choices are Aveeno and Nivea but I think I’ll be adding this product to my must have a rotation of body washes.

Coconut & Cactus Water Quench & Refresh Body Lotion with Blue Agave for dehydrated skin

Lately, I have been using body oils instead of lotion to moisturize my body. I have found oils to last longer and be more light weight on the skin with less perfumes and dyes. So I only tried this lotion at night after showering. The formula is thick and takes a lot to rub in, but it excels in keeping your skin hydrated. Most mornings I’d wake up not needing to apply oil all over my body because I still felt hydrated. Because the product is so thick, I think it will be a treasure to have in the colder months of the year when my skin feels the driest.

Coconut & Cactus Water Quench & Refresh Body Scrub with Blue Agave for dehydrated skin

I love a good body scrub, so this was the first product I was excited to try when I received the package. I use a body scrub in the shower at least twice a week. I love that the formula for this product is silky and gentle on the skin. I found that this scrub is great to use before getting a wax or before shaving. I’ve only had this product for 3 weeks and I have already used all of it. My location ULTA store did not have it in stock during my last visit but I am on the hunt for more of this body scrub.

Coconut & Cactus Water Quench & Refresh Pick Me Up Lite Masque with Blue Agave to Quench & Maintain lighter than air volume

So, I’ve started doing a Live @ 9pm segment on Instagram every Tuesday. Each week I get on live and chat about all things skin care, hair care, and self care. This week I decided to use the Pick Me Up Lite Masque on my dry hair on live. I normally use a hair mask after shampooing my hair, but the directions states this mask can be used on wet or dry hair. I applied the mask to my dry hair detangling it with my fingers and letting it sit for almost 2 hours. 

See the live footage here and tune in next Tuesday Live @ 9PM on Instagram

QOTD: What skincare or haircare products have you used that have cactus water in it?

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Coconut Custard | SheaBassador 2019

Hello Passionista-

My 2nd SheaBassador box arrived and I am super excited about the products I received. I have been working on mastering my wash n’ go look for a while now. After trying different methods, I’ve learned that the LOC method works best for me. This Make it Last Coconut Custard line is just the right product line to help my natural curls florish for the summer.

The Coconut Custard Collection by Shea Moisture holds 3 key ingredients:

  • Coconut – rich in vitamin E, conditioning fatty acids and natural triglycerides
  • Kokomo Butter- rich in essential fatty acids, it helps support hair’s elasticity
  • Plant Peptides- the building blocks of protein, it helps coat hair strands to enhance definition

WASH N’ GO BEFORE & AFTER

The 5 step product line contains the following products:

Step 1: MAKE IT LAST WASH N’ GO SHAMPOO

The formula is creamy and dispenses easily from the bottle and pump. I was able to get a really good lather to shampoo and cleanse my hair from roots to ends. After shampooing my hair smelt coconut fresh and felt soft, making it easy to style. My curl definition is flourishing and shining. The shampoo gives a gentle cleanse and helps with detangling hair when wet.  

Step 2: MAKE IT LAST WASH N’ GO CONDITIONER

I love the shampoo and conditioner combination of the coconut custard products. The conditioner is great for washing out immediately or using as a deep conditioner. Although the shampoo dispenses well in the bottle and pump packaging, the conditioner doesn’t work the same. The formula is thick and hard to pump out at times. I would prefer a different form of packaging for the conditioner.

Step 3: MAKE IT LAST WASH N’ GO CURL PRIMER

The curl primer is my favorite product from the coconut custard line. I like that I can use this product with wet or dry hair. My wash n’ go style has transformed to a whole next level of Naturalista with these products. I’ve used this product consistently for 4 weeks styling and refreshing my hair- and its almost time for a new one. This product is one to add to my natural hair must-haves. 

Step 4: MAKE IT LAST WASH N’ GO DEFINING GEL-OIL

My hair really doesn’t receive gel products well. When I first used this product I thought it would make my curls shine and give it a light hold. I applied the product after using the curl primer, but I noticed the product starting to flake. So I decided to stop applying it to my hair. I only tried using it on wet hair. But I hate when products flake and leave residue in my freshly washed hair. So I gave the remaining product to my mother ( who is also natural) to try with her twist outs. I don’t plan on using this product again.

Step 5: MAKE IT LAST WASH N’ GO CURL REVIVAL OIL

My hair loves oils and I love to hydrate my curls with oils. The revival oil is great for day to day refreshing of any natural hairstyle. When I first do my wash’n go I use the oil to seal the curl primer. I also use the oil on a day by day basis when needed to refresh and hydrate my curls. Just a couple of pumps of oil in my hand and fingered throughout my hair keeps my styles looking fresher than ever. 

Be sure to stop by your local CVS to purchase the Make It Last Coconut Custard products by Shea Moisture. Stay tuned for more Shea Moisture and natural hair content from your favorite Passionista!!!!

Surprise and Delight | SheaBassador Launch Box 2019

Hello Passionista-

I am excited to share with you my review of my very first SheaBassador box. It’s been a few weeks since I received this box, I wanted to take my time to really use each product in my daily routine with washing and styleing my hair. I wish I was able to capture footage of my actully washing my hair with the products, but I recap the expiences in my review of each product below. Out of the 5 products in the Launch box I have purchased and used 3 of them before ( Coconut & Hibiscus, Coconut Oil Conditioner, and Jamician Castor Oil Shampoo). My favorite product in the box is the Miracle Styler Leave-in Conditioner. I have just about used this entire bottle up.

To see the unboxing blog for the Launch box, click here.

After washing my hair using the Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Shampoo w/ Shea Butter, Peppermint & Apple Cider Vinegar and 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Hydration Conditioner, I decided to try this quick knot twist style. The twist out style lasted about 4 days before I had to re-do the style for a fresh appearance.

Manuka Honey & Yogurt Hydrate + Repair Shampoo w/ Mafura & Baobob Oils

This product is best used on extremely dry and brittle hair. I do not have dry and brittle hair but I still tried it. I received this product in a SheaBassador box.  It smells powdery fresh. The formula is really creamy, milky like so the pop top is the best form of packaging for this shampoo. I have used it for 2 wash days. I have found that it leaves a natural shine to your hair. I feel my curls got really hydrated during the wash process and were easy to comb through. Not much detangling needed.

Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Shampoo w/ Shea Butter, Peppermint & Apple Cider Vinegar

This product is for natural, chemically processed, or heat styled hair. I received this product in a SheaBassador box. Because I have tried this product before I had the conditioner at home. So when I washed my hair using this shampoo I used the conditioner as well. The shampoo contains lots of beneficial ingredients to help strengthen your hair. This is not a product I would use for every wash day. Honestly, I think overuse of this shampoo and conditioner can strip your hair of its natural healthy oils. So I plan to only use this shampoo when I have alot of product built out and need to really cleanse my scalp.

Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Conditioner w/ Silk Protein & Neem Oil

I received this product in a SheaBassador box. This is a product I have used before, I love how the Coconut & Hibiscus line moistures my hair and defines my curls. This conditioner is ideal for a wash n go styles. The formula is thick yet provides a lightweight hold to condition my natural curl pattern. I have never purchased the shampoo and conditioner for this product line before, only the curl enhancer smoothie, but now that I have tried the shampoo I think I will purchase it.

100% Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Hydration Conditioner w/ Coconut Milk & Acacia Senegal

I received this product in a SheaBassador box. I have honestly used almost all of this conditioner in a matter of a month. I’ve used it to condition my hair during the wash process as well as a styling product for my wash n go using the LOC method- using conditioner as the leave in.

Sugarcane Extract & Meadowfoam Seed Silicone Free Miracle Styler Leave – In Treatment w/ Marshmallow Root


I received this product in a SheaBassador box. This product has become my favorite. First off, I appreciate the packaging and spray top. It sprays a bit stringy instead of a wide spread. But I just spray the product in my hand then apply it to my hair and work in into small sections of my hair at a time. The formula is really creamy and not so watery, that allows you to evenly distribute product through the hair.

Stay tuned for more natural hair content and product reviews of products from my SheaBassador boxes.

SheaBassador 2019 | 1st Unboxing

Hey Passionista-

Have you heard the GOOD News?

I’m a 2019 #SheaBassadoor !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’m so excited and honored for this opportunity. This is my 1st major ambassador partnership with a brand. It’s amazing because Shea Moisture is a brand that I’ve been using for years. I have some Shea Moisture faves and some not so faves. This journey is going to be so amazing to receive products that I can trust, use, review and share with you.

How it Works?

Shea Moisture will send me 8 to 10 product boxes throughout the year. Each box will be filled with products for me to share tutorials, unboxings, display of products, using and sharing the product. So be sure to stick around for all the great new content I will have to share with you.

I love when my readers get involved and send me questions and comments or just share how you like or don’t like the products I review. If you’re not already, follow me on Instagram and Twitter so you can chat with me.

Here’s my first unboxing clip ….. IGTV

Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Shampoo

Manuka Honey & Yogurt Hydrate + Repair Shampoo

Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Conditioner

100% Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Hydration Conditioner

Sugarcane Extract & Meadowfoam Seed Silicone-Free Miracle Styler Leave-In Treatment

Hair Brush


I am impressed with the packaging. I knew the package was being mailed to me but I didn’t know what to expect. I love that the packaging is branded and has lots of pictures and educational content about the ingredients of the products. I am shocked about how many full sized products I received. I was thinking I might receive one or two full size products and some sample sized products. So this package exceeded my expectations.

I’ve purchased the Strengthen & Restore product line and Curl & Shine product line of Shea Mositure several times. In the past I felt like the Strengthen & Restore shampoo and conditioner were stripping my hair of its natural oils and causing my curl pattern to look stringy, but now that I’ve gotten my curl pattern together (NO HEAT for 1 year) I am willing to try this line again to see if it was indeed the formula or just my damaged hair. I use the Curl & Shine leave in conditioner and curl creme often. When I first started using it I thought it left my hair to greasy and heavy without volume. Once I started using the L-O-C method for a wash n’ go style, now the Curl & Shine Curl Creme is a essential need for my hair routine.

My favorite product from this box… so far, has been the Sugarcane Extract & Meadowfoam Seed Silicone-Free Miracle Styler Leave-In Treatment. I’ve never purchased this product or seen it in stores before, but I love a good leave in product that will help refresh my wash n’ go on a day to day basis.

It helps with detangling and soften curls again. It also nourishes and adds shine to my curls for a refreshed look eliminating over night frizz for a fluffy full head of curls.

What’s you favorite Shea Moisture product?