Trashy Talk | May Edition

Hello Passionista –

I have some new empty products to share with you before I officially trash them. These are all products I have enjoyed and will mostly likely be purchasing again.

Bobbi Brown Rich Color Gloss in the shade Pink Cocoa


This lip gloss has lasted for 2 summers. It has been my favorite and go to lip choice for all my summer vines. The formula is thick and shimmer. It lasts a long time so you don’t have to keep re-applying. It is a bit pricey so I’m not in a rush to purchase another one. I think I was treating myself to something nice when I purchased this lip gloss a few summers ago. I normally would not spent more than $10 to $12 on  lip gloss. Purchased at Nordstrom for $29.00

Michael Kors Wonderlust
I am in love with this scent. I received this samples size in a perfume sampler as a Christmas gift. It has a powdery smell to it which I enjoy over a floral scent. I think it make a nice everyday perfume. Its strong enough to last all day but not super over powering. I got compliments all time when wearing it.  Ulta has the 3.4oz for $115, I’ve been shopping around to find a cheaper price because now that I am out of this sample I want to purchase this perfume.

Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Leave-in Conditioner
This is one of my favorite leave in conditioners. I have been using this product for at least 3 years. It is for dry, dull and brittle hair. For sometime I struggled with breakage at the crown of my head. This leave in conditioner help bring that section of my hair back to health and life. It served not only as a leave-in conditioner but also a detangler and a bit of shine for my natural afro puff. I really appreciate the quality of the packaging for this product. I alway loose tops off my spray top products. But the top on this spray bottle fits super tight yet it’s easy to take on and off. Also the sprayer works like magic. It give you an even spray of product to the hair without being a headache to pump. Purchased at Target for $8.99

Curls Goddess Curls Botanical Gelle
This frizz fighting gel is the only gel product I use on my natural hair. My hair does not really do well with gels, I experience a lot of flaking. This is the only gel I have found that does not flake in my hair once it has dried. I appreciate the soft but firm hold it give to my natural styles. This gel is made with certified organic mango and shea butter and plumeria flower extract which adds moisture to the hold. It took nearly 7 months to completely use this 8oz product. I will be re-purchasing it now that I am out. Purchased at Target for $7.99

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Strong Roots Spray
This product is for dry, damaged or color treated hair. I have none of those things. I was out of town when I purchased this product because I needed some type of product that would help my twist out while I was out of town without all of my go to products. I honestly just went in the store grabbed the cheaper product I thought would work. And it did!  I love the way the product sprays evenly throughout your hair. The formula foams up really well. I did not expect it to foam up but I like the foaming effect. It served as like a styling mousse that contains coconut oil, monoi oil and peppermint oil. You can actually feel the freshness of the peppermint on your scalp. This product helped me achieve my twist while on vacation, which I appreciate.  This is a new product that I will be purchasing at some point to add to my hair product rotation.For the record, I lost the top to the sprayer before I even used the product. Purchased from a local beauty supply store for $5.99

Garnier Fructis Styler Curl Treats Defining Smoothie
I received this product in a in a VoxBox from influenster. It has become essential to my hair wash n’ go routine. I love how it helps my curls keep their form for days without needing to refresh. I was shocked that a Garnier Fructis product was able to do this for my natural hair. This 10.5 oz product lasted about 4 months. Now that I have tried it, I will be purchasing it at some point I know.

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DIY Projects | April Creations

Hello Passionista

For Easter, I created a few custom orders for Easter buckets for a few special kids. I ordered the tin buckets from RCS Blanks and using my Circuit Explore Air 2 to customize each bucket with a user bunny and name.

If you are in the Atlanta area and interested in taking a DIY class, DIYher Workshop has a few interesting classes coming up, check them out below.

Candle Making

Learn step-by-step how to create candles by mixing and measuring %100 natural soy wax with highly scented fragrances. All candles will be available for pick-up the next day after they are done cooling.

DIY Rope Basket

Learn how to turn a regular laundry bin into a beautiful rope basket! This no sew technique can be used to create a blanket basket and other affordable DIY home decor.


World Natural Hair Show 2019

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This past weekend was extremely eventful for me. I was given the opportunity to work with Camilla Rose Naturals as a Rosette brand ambassador during the World Natural Hair Show in Atlanta, GA.

Camille Rose is a natural hair care line of moisture-rich cleanser, conditioners and stylers. All products are uniquely blended with love and offer the tender, love and care you hair needs from a hair care product. I love that the products are naturally made and promotes a healthy lifestyle for hair and beauty. Camille Rose products can be purchased on the brand website and also found in stores like Target, Sally’s Beauty and CVS.

Working with the Camille Rose team and other Rosettes was just rewarding experience. I learned so much about the products and how they are made. I even got the chance to help mix up some deep conditioners with essentials oil made custom for customers as they shopped at the hair show. Some of the other Rosettes are blogger and YouTubers, like myself, so it was fun connecting with them and sharing stories and ideas.

I wish I was able to get more pictures, but I was hard at work mingling and talking to customers about the products and all things natural hair. I was able to share with customers my wash n’ go methods, the products I use and how things work for me. In return I learned a lot about treating and caring for natural hair just by having conversations with people as they shopped around in the booth.

Of course, I had to get some products for myself to try. Don’t worry I will be sharing the products that I picked with full reviews and content on how I use them on my hair within the next few weeks… So, make sure you are subscribed and get notifications for upcoming blogs. Also be sure to follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook

Camille Rose Naturals…. The Recipe for Beauty!

QOTD:

Have you ever tried Camille Rose? What’s your favorite product?

Product Review | Deep Down Detox Ultra-Cleaning Mud Mask

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I find it important to do a face mask at least once a week. Using  a mask helps promote clear skin and treat harsh areas to prevent break outs. I have my daily skincare regimen for cleaning my face. But I like to treat my skin several different ways. Today, I want to share with you one of my favorite Formula 10.0.6 facial products. I’ve mentioned this product in a previous blog, but I’ve recently rediscovered how amazing the at home facial experience is with this product. 

The Deep Down Detox Ultra-Cleansing Mud Mask with Orange + Bergamot by Formula 10.0.6 helps cleanse your skin of impurities and recharges your skin giving it a natural balance. 

I start by applying the mud mask all over my face. The formula is thick, soft and smells citrusy fresh. The fragrance is very light but enough to enjoy the experience. . The directions states you should let the mask sit for 10 to 15 minutes, this is when I like to take advantage of my facial steamer. Using the steamer gives me a at home spa experience that cause me to relax and give my skin the attention it needs. Steaming your skin is a popular beauty secret to clear skin without break outs.

After steaming my face, I use a warm face towel to wipe away the mask, leaving my skin feeling and smelling good. This mask does not make my skin feel tight or dry after use. My skin looks cleans with a natural glow. To seal the deal, I use a face serum right after wiping away the mask. The packaging advises to repeat this process 1 to 3 times a week. I use it maybe once every other week, substituting it with a different mask in between time.

What mask are you using to remove the impurities from your face?

DIY | How to make a Aloe Vera Hair Mask

Hello Passionista-

I’ve been all about treating and caring for my natural hair lately. On top of mastering my wash n’ go style, I have switched up my hair wash routine (updated hair wash blog coming soon). One step that I used to skip in my hair wash routine is a mask, but I recently started applying a hair mask after shampooing and conditioning.

I am going to teach you how to make your own hair mask using a Aloe Vera leaf. Aloe Vera can help with hair growth, dandruff, split ends, deep conditioning, and detangling. This specific mask will help with hair growth providing the proper nutrition and get rid hair problems.

What you’ll need:

Aloe vera leaf. (purchased the leaf from Sprouts)

Pure Olive Oil.

A blender.

Step 1: Cut the skin off.

Step 2: Mix Aloe Vera gel and 3 to 5 tablespoons of Olive Oil together in the blender

To apply to hair, I like to put the mask in a bowl and section my hand into small sections. Using my hands I apply the mask to each section of my hair. I tend to let the mask soak in my hair for 30 + minutes before washing out, with cold water.

Don’t throw the skin away!!!!!! You can use it on your skin.

Aloe Vera can be used to clear up your skin and keep it healthy. So use the skin from the aloe vera leaf and rub it all over your body.

Product Review |Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb

Hello Passionista

I have been obsessed with skincare products that contains Hyaluronic Acid. My go to products containing Hyaluronic Acid have been the Neutrogena Hydro Boost line of water gels, gel creams, and lotions. I recently came across a Garnier product with Hyaluronic Acid and had to try it. This Garner SkinActive Moisture Bomb is one of my new favorites in my daily skincare for my face and neck.

If you don’t know what Hyaluronic Acid is, it is a water holding molecule that provides the most hydration to your skin. It is meant to hydrate and moisturize your skin to the fullest. Any skincare products that have hyaluronic acid in it will leave you skin glowingly flawless. If your skin is lacking hydration and seems to be dry or you have dry patches, pick up a product that contains hyaluronic acid. When you are thirsty would you want to drink water or milk? Personally I would prefer water to quench my thirst. WATER is key for skincare.

I love the feel of the formula. It’s hydrating without being greasy. I see an instant glow after applying it to my face and neck. I have been using this product in my night routine, because it packed with water and no oils. So when I wake up, my skin looks flawlessly hydrated and smooth. The jar is a 1.7oz, which I agree is a great size for this product. I think it’ll take me several months before I run out of the product. It only takes a dot or two on your cheeks to cover your whole face and another dot for the neck.

I would recommend that you consider adding the moisture bomb to your summer skincare routine, or any product with Hyaluronic Acid. 

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?

DIY | Tuffing Class at DIYher Workshop

Hello Passionista

DIYher Workshop is a new studio in Atlanta operated by the talented, Bianca Octavia. Bianca has taken her creativity to a new height, she will be hosting DIYher workshops and private crafting parties. The DIYher is a beginners workshop series designed to teach women how to build, craft, cook, and create. The first DIYher workshop was Tuffing 101, Bianca lead the class for a hands on learning experience with creating a fun sized cuffing board. 

I was so excited to finally learn the tuffing technique. I’ve watched many YouTube tutorials of creatives making headboard, office memo boards, and upholstering furniture, but I never felt confident enough to make one. When I saw the flyer for the Tuffing 101 workshop, I knew I had to attend. Bianca is super sweet and a really great instructor. She’s very hands on and creative as a DIYher and workshop instructor. The workshop was only $30 and included all the supplies and wine needed for the project. I’ve never been to a DIY class before so I didn’t have any expectations. Soon as I walked into the studio, I was in awe of the workshop set up, the open space and location. The studio really embodies creativity, making it a relaxing place to learn, create and share. I had so much fun throughout the workshop. We learned how to make cuffing boards step by step, listen to music and talked, took pictures, enjoyed some wine.

I think I’ve found my new favorite “me time” place. I love when I can get lost in a project that allows me to create something amazing but takes my mind off everything else going on in my life for hours. I’ll be attending many more workshops.

For upcoming events and to purchase tickets to attend a DIYher Workshop, visit the website and follow Bianca on IG.


March Creations and Event

Hello Passionista!

March has came and gone. It has been filled with so many ups and downs, but I’m grateful to enter into Spring.

This month I had the pleasure of putting together a Networking Expo along side my Millennial Moguls of Atlanta Co-founders. The Young Black Networking Expo Vol.2 was held on March 23rd at the World Congress Center – Junior Achievement Discovery Center. We had over 30 millennial business owners as vendors and a day full of networking and collaborations. Here are a few pictures of the event:

My creations the month….

I tried making my very D.I.Y dream catcher and it turned out better than I thought, so an D.I.Y blog will be coming soon.

Get Your Glow On | Aveeno Positively Radiant |Product Review

Hello Passionista- 

My blogging journey has been unique and I have enjoyed it all. I’ve learned a lot, shared a lot, and still have a lot to learn. One thing I’ve been working towards is getting recognized by brands and gaining partnerships with brands I use to create quality beauty, skincare, and hair content. I’ve always enjoyed the maintenance of being a women. The innovative products on the market makes life easier to keep up with yourself. My preferences change just as much as the industry trends, so I am able to always try new products and brands to see how they work for my body type/ skin type/ hair type and give my opinions and tips. 

I recently received my first brand box from one of my favorite brands…. Aveeno! They reached out to me after I posted a skincare blog post that included one of my favorite Aveeno products, and sent me some Positively Radiant products. I’m super excited share these glow getter products with you. 

GET YOUR GLOW ON

Aveeno Positively Radiant Micellar Gel Cleanser Makeup Remover

This gel cleanser draws out your skin’s dulling impurities while removing makeup, dirt, and oils from your skin. I have been using it every day for about 2 weeks now. Before bed, I wash my face and apply a generous amount of the micellar gel cleanser all over my face. The gel formula is easy to rub into face with hands and it lathers really good with just a little bit of product. The Aveeno scent is light and fresh, I appreciate the gentle scent without having in harsh fragrance chemicals in the formula. After massaging into my face for a few minutes, I use a face towel and cold water to wipe product off.

My favorite thing about this product is that it washes away make up, dirt and oils to cleanser skin for a positively radiant glow. I appreciate the finger pump bottle for a clean dispensing of the formula. This is a 5.1 fl.oz. product that I feel will last at least 3 months if used at least 3 times a week.

Aveeno Positively Radiant Max Glow Infusion Drops

The infusion drops are meant to even tone & textures leaving your skin with a dewy glow. The product claims to give a 48 hour moisturization for a lit- from- within glow. I love that it only takes a drop or two to massage into you face and your skin feels flawless. I’ve used a drop every morning after washing my face with cold water. It has been taking the place of my daily moisturizer cream and last all day long. I’m not a big fan of the drops being in a small tube, I think a bottle with a dropper would be better. It would make it easier to get all of the product on your face without any waste.

Beauty Tip:

Was you have with cold water to prevent wrinkles and saggy skin.