Lotus Essentials Review | Natural Hair

Hello Passionista!

Once a year I blow dry my hair and wear wand curls or something of blow dried hair style. So during the entire holiday season I did not wash my hair. I blow dried it maybe a week before Christmas and wore wand curls and flexi rod sets until after the new year. On New Year’s Day I was to excite to wash and deep condition my hair. I’m the happiest when I rock my natural curls!

To condition and style my hair, I used some new products sent to me by Lotus Essentials. Lotus Essentials is a multi-use hair and skincare company that caters to those who want healthier and hydrated hair and skin. 

My First Impression

I am big on cute packaging and at first glance I was not impressed with the Lotus Essentials brand packaging. Also, the products were not completely full when I received them. So, at first glance I was not impressed by the presentation and branding. But I was interested in trying the products.

Aloe Conditioner for Hair and Skin Review

The Aloe Conditioner can be used as a deep conditioner or as a co wash. The first time I used the product I used it as a deep conditioner. I can be a little heavy on the product when it comes to applying it to my hair. So I thought I was going to end up using the whole bottle on the first time using it. But I actually only ended up only using about half the bottle. Which was great but later in the week, I used it as a co-wash to remove some product build up and re-twist my hair for refreshed curls. I used less product when co-washing my hair because I only focused on cleaning my scalp. I still have enough product left to do one more co -wash.

Rose Milk Review

The Rose Milk provided my twist out with the bounce back it needed. Before washing my hair was really dry and my end looked harshly brittle from applying heat. So the conditioner and rose milk help restore with moisture. I used the rose milk in place of a curl creme to 2 strand twist my hair. The rose milk made the detangling and twisting process easy. Next wash day I want to try using the rose milk to do my wash n’ go styling.

These products are meant to work on hair and skin. I only tried them on my hair. I have sensitive skin and I don’t know about using them on my face. For this review only reflects my hair wash day experience.

xoxo

SheaBassador | The Final Box and Gifts

Hello Passionista!

Well, the time has come… the end of the SheaBassador program. I received my last box right before christmas. I’m so grateful I had this opportunity and hope for more great brand ambassador programs with Shea Moisture and other brands this year.

Because this was the last package of the year, they actually sent me 2 boxes. One was this month’s featured products and the other was a gift of random product received in previous packages. So I had the chance to stock up on some of my favorites.

Today, I decided I wanted to pamper myself and have a self care day. This is the first time this year (2020) I have actually did any self care activities. Just my luck, I have some new favorite skincare products this month’s Shea Moisture box to enjoy during my self care day.

What’s in the Box?

Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Leave- In Conditioner

This is not my favorite leave in conditioner. But I do like that the formula is not to thick and heavy on your hair. I can’t pin point exactly what I don’t like about this conditioner. I just know it make my hair feel a way that I don’t like after washing it out. It’s not a horrible leave in conditioner but just not the one for m

Manuka Honey & Yogurt Skin renewal Recipe Body Yogurt Moisturizer

This body yogurt smells so heavenly to me. I like using it after I shave and exfoliate my skin. I feel like it really helps renew my skin with hella moisture. The formula is thick but not hard to rub in. You don’t need a lot of the product, just apply a little to each part of your body and rub it swiftly. Also, I appreciate the form of packaging this product has, very accessible.

Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil & Witch Hazel Skin Rescue Moisturizer

This is the first product I have used with hemp seed oil in it. I love that the formula also contains witch hazel. It doesn’t really have a smell. I wish it had some type of scent to it. It feels very light on the skin and gives me a restored glow.

100% Virgin Coconut Oil Shimmering Body Lotion

I’m not a big fan of body lotion. I prefer body oils or body butters. But I can’t stay away from the 100% virgin coconut oil scent. This product line smells amazing to me. I think this is a summer time body product. But right now I have it sitting on my desk and I used it to moisture my hands after washing them. I love to just inhale the scent after applying this product cause it smells so good.

Sugarcane Extract & Meadowfoam Seed Silicone free miracle Styler Leave in Treatment

I received this product 3 times now. The first one was a sample size, then I got a full sized one and now I have another one. Y’all know this is my favorite leave in treatment. I highly recommend this product.

Coconut & Hibiscus Illuminating Hand & Body Scrub

This is my first time using this body scrub… and baby !!!! it smells sooooo heavenly. I like to use a body scrub in the shower once a week to exfoliate my skin. Today was my first time using it and I scrubbed my body twice. The product not only smells good but it also feels really good on the skin.

Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie

This is a great product. But it is hella greasy. Luckily it’s not heavy on the hair, but it’s super greasy. I think the coconut and hibiscus line of hair products are all greasy. And maybe my texture of hair doesn’t hold or need the amount of moisture it provides. I do like my curl results when I use this product, I just don’t like the greasy stains left on my head rest and pillows. LOL

These are some more products that I received in previous boxes:

Manuka Honey & Yogurt Hydrate + Repair Shampoo

100% Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Hydration Face Lotion

100% Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Glow Priming Moisturizer

Coconut & Cactus Water Pick Me Up Lite Masque

Coconut & Cactus Water Quench & Fresh Bar Soap

Tell me, what’s your favorite Shea Moisture product?

Wine Me Down | Winc

Happy 2020, Passionista!

I don’t know about y’all but I’m finding it hard to get back into my daily routine after this holiday season. I don’t know what it is but by 3pm everyday I am fighting to stay awake. It’s like my energy is just completely drained mid-afternoon. So around 5 or 6pm I’m ready to wine down and call it a night. My new subscription wine box has come in handy with helping me wine down from a long exhausting day of adulting.

Winc is a wine delivery service that allows you to select 4 of your favorite types of wine and ships it to you for only $39 + complimentary shipping.

How it works?

Visit Winc.com to take the palette profile 6 question quiz. You will be given recommendations specifically to match your palette. Then, you are able to shop and select 4 bottles of wine to be shipped to you with complimentary shipping.

My 1st box shipped directly to my front door within a week of ordering. I love a Red Blend just as much as I love a Rose. Which is why I selected a red blend, a white blend, a Rose, and a Chardonnay to have a variety to fit any mood I may be in each day.

2018 Pacificana Chardonnay

2018 Passarola White Blend

2017 Rosa Obscura Red Blend

2018 Pretty Young Thing Rose

The best snack combination is red wine and kettle popcorn. If you’re a spicy girl like myself add hot cheetos in with you popcorn. Thank me later!

Tell me, What’s your favorite type of wine?

Blogmas Day 25 | Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas Passionista!

First and foremost, I want to say I MADE IT… I SURVIVED!!! I successfully completed Blogmas 2019. I’ve enjoyed this journey and I’m super proud of myself.

My last Shea Moisture box came right in time for Christmas and as well as a random box of goodies. I think this is my last box of 2019 from Shea Moisture. I’ve really enjoyed this journey of being a Sheabassador and I hope I can continue to work with the brand in the future.

Blogmas Day 23 | Family Time for the Soul

Hello Passionista-

I love a good cabin trip and this weekend I got to spend some quality time in the cabins with my loved ones.

We stayed at the top of the mountain in Gatlinburg, TN. The view was amazing and a good time was had. I wish I would have gotten more pictures but I was truly enjoying the quality time with family.

Blogmas Day 21 | Q & A

Hello Passionista!

A few days ago I put up and Q&A box on my IG story. So I’m going to answer those questions in today’s blog.

What hosting site do you use for your blog?

I use WordPress.

What are your limits on what you are willing and not willing to share on your blog?

I’m willing to post anything about natural hair, beauty and skincare, and DIY projects I try. I have decided to start sharing some lifestyle content.

How do you handle your work life balance?

What work life balance 😂😩 I’m learning how to disconnect from work at a certain time but it’s super hard.

Do your friends support your business and blog?

Yes! My friends support my event planning business and my blog. They are not my ideal clients so I don’t expect them to engage as if I’m marketing to them. But they show up to events, repost my stuff and share my stuff with others and I’m humbly grateful.

How do you remain so positive about everything?

I glad you think I’m always positive. But, honestly I have my daily battles with trying to stay positive. I have a few motivational podcasts or YouTube clips I can listen to much I need a mini pick me up.

What are some things you want to improve on in 2020?

I want to work on unplugging from work and blogging and taking more time to actually enjoy the moment.

How did you get your start with blogging?

I made up my mind that I wanted to blog in 2014 . So I started doing some research about how to start. Then in 2015 I launched my online baby. It took my a while to find a routine. But, almost 4 years later here we are!!!

What is the most rewarding part of owning your own business?

I make all the decisions. I’m the BOSS !!!!

What is the most frustrating thing about blogging and entrepreneurship?

The most frustrating thing for me is time management. Deciding how much time to spend on my blog vs. my business gets so complicated.

What is your absolute favorite product?

This is a really hard question. I don’t have just one favorite product. My favorites change monthly, honestly. Right now I’m loving the Olay Vitamin Serum Stick.

How you keep your teeth so white?

Good ol’ Crest and floss 😁

How do I create a link tree?

I think you just go to the link tree website and connect it to your social media. Then you can add all your links on the website and put the link tree link in your bio.

How do you stay on top of the different blogging events? Like Essence and such?

I’m really bad at doing this so there a lot of event that I want to cover but end up not doing them. But for the last few you’ve seen on my page I’ve done the day of or after the event.

Blogmas Day 22 | 2019 Top 50 Songs

Hello Passionista!

I was creating a top 50 playlist on my own. Then Apple Music graced me with a replay 2019 playlist. When I first listened to it I was like wtf do I be listening to. But I noticed those are the song on my shuffle repeatedly.

Check out my Top 50 of 2019.