A VEGAN WASH DAY

A VEGAN WASH DAY

Since the beginning of this pandemic, I had more time to research hair products out on the market. I came across CurlSmith’s products while searching the web for vegan hair care. This product has been on my radar for three years. But, I was reluctant to purchase this product due to the prices because there’s nothing worse than investing money in a product that does not work on your hair. After watching a product review of Curlsmith’s Weightless Air Dry Cream on Alyssa Marie’s youtube channel, I realized that I had the wrong approach when it came to purchasing hair products. All of the hair products that I had in my cabinet had horrible ingredients for my low porosity hair. So, I threw out my hair products and took the curl quiz on Curlsmith’s website to determine which product will be good for my hair. They asked detailed questions about my hair porosity, density, curl pattern, texture, and problem areas to select custom products that will work for my hair. Let’s see what products Curlsmith has chosen for me!

Super Slip Pre-Biotic Primer

When Curlsmith suggested the Super Slip Pre-Biotic Primer, I wondered why I would need to apply a primer before shampooing my hair. From the research that I’ve done on primers, I found that it serves as a protective layer to maintain its moisture before you shampoo. According to Curlsmith, “The super slip prebiotic contains balanced pre-biotics to help create the perfect environment for hair follicles strengthening the scalp and prepping it for clarifying.” I wet my hair, and put a quarter size primer on my hand, and work the product through my hair. I leave the primer in my hair for one minute before applying the Wash and Scrub Detox Pro-Biotic.

Five Main Ingredients:
Glycerin
moisturizes hair and prevents breakage.
PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil
helps to remove grease from oils and causes them to become suspended in the liquid.
Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) root
encourages healthy growth by stimulating the hair follicles and improving scalp circulation.
Inulin
is prebiotic, which is a nutritional compound that feeds the good bacteria.
Citric Acid
improves the scalp condition by getting rid of dandruff.

Wash & Scrub Detox Pro-Biotic

After using the primer, the Wash and Scrub Detox Pro-Biotic gently exfoliates the scalp and removes all impurities to promote a healthy environment for the hair follicles to flourish. People with Low Porosity hair tend to have trouble absorbing moisture, so it’s imperative to have a shampoo that will effectively clean your scalp, making it possible for your pores to open for moisture to penetrate your hair follicles.

Five Main Ingredients:
Lactobacillus ferment Lysate is a probiotic that strengthens the scalp’s protective barrier and helps your hair to grow.
Dragonfruitis a natural antioxidant that calms and clears the scalp creating the perfect condition for growth.
Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower Extracthelps with those who have psoriasis, eczema, and many skin problems that affect the scalp.
Perlite is a micro scrub made of volcanic ash that effectively exfoliates and gets rid of buildup.
Acetic Acid (Vinegar) It is excellent to clarify the hair, get rid of buildup, and enhance your natural healthy shine.

Weightless Air Dry Cream

Curlsmith’s Weightless Air Dry Cream is my favorite product from their scalp line. After applying a deep conditioner, I use Curlsmith’s Weightless Air Dry Cream to add moisture to my hair. This is a lightweight water-based product that provides intense moisture and makes it easier for moisture to absorb in my hair without weighing it down. With fine low porosity hair, it’s essential to have water as the main ingredient because our hair characteristics like to repel moisture. After applying this product to each hair strand, my hair feels silky and soft, making it manageable for me to comb through.

Five Main Ingredients:
Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil enhances hair follicles’ health and promotes hair growth.
Babassu OilSoothes the scalp and promotes hair growth.
Wild Murumurusoften hair, improves manageability, and seals in moisture.
Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oilhelps increase hair growth.
Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)nourishes the hair with Vitamins.

Hold Me Softly Style Balm

I use the Hold Me Softly Style Balm after the Weightless Air Dry Cream. This styling product provides a soft hold on my curls without leaving a hard, crunchy residue.

Five Main Ingredients:
Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil Penetrates the hair shaft due to its molecular weight, cools the scalp, and retains moisture in your hair.
Rosemary Improves scalp health and stimulates hair growth.
Avocado smoothens, condition, and deeply nourishes the hair.
Apricot Kernelsoftens hair, improves manageability, and seals in moisture.
Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf ExtractThe natural oils in sage strengthens the roots and stimulate healthy hair growth.

I love the products that CurlsSmith suggested for me. Take the test to see which products will work for your hair.
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A SIT DOWN WITH SHANNY B DISCUSSING BEDROOM KANDI & KANDI KOATED PRODUCT LINE

A SIT DOWN WITH SHANNY B DISCUSSING BEDROOM KANDI & KANDI KOATED PRODUCT LINE

Shantuana Bryant, best known as Shanny B, is a Bedroom Kandi Consultant from the DC region. Bedroom Kandi is a line designed for the exploration of intimacy. It is designed to uplift, empower, and educate. Bedroom Kandi products are of high quality, vegan-friendly, and all-natural! Which is why I love the product line so much! They offer more than just bedroom accessories; they offer bath and body products as well as cosmetics through their Kandi Koated cosmetics line. Their products don’t discriminate; they are for everyone regardless of gender. Explore your inner sexy with Shanny B!

Check out my latest interview with Shanny B discussing Bedroom Kandi and Kandi Koated Product Line!

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HYDRATE WITH HONEY!

HYDRATE WITH HONEY!

Hair Salons are closed, and it’s up to us to maintain our appearances until this quarantine is over. My go-to-styles has been a wash-and-go, braids, and two-strand twists. My saving grace has been Camille Rose’s Honey Leave-in Conditioner. For those who are unaware of the magical powers of Honey, well, here it is! Honey is an emollient that moisturizes, locks in shine, and restores the natural luster in your hair. To get the most out of this product, I wash and condition my hair first and then apply the Honey onto damp hair with my fingers to ensure that moisture reaches every strand of my hair. The Honey has left my hair hydrated and smooth.

Five ingredients that stood out:
Honey– smooth the hair follicles, and add shine to dull hair.
Olive Fruit Oil – is rich in Vitamin E and is considered a powerful antioxidant that helps moisturize and protect hair from damage.
Aloe Leaf Juices – penetrates the hair shaft for intense moisture promoting hair growth through its richness in essential fatty acids.
Sugar Cane– rehydrates the dry scalp.
Sweet Orange Fruit Oil– improves the hair strands, smooths, and moisturizes dry strands (helps in hair growth, treats hair loss, gives hair shine, and removes dandruff.

Go to Camille Rose website for more information on their Leave-in Collection.

ILIA True Skin Serum Concealer

In everyday makeup, you will find toxic ingredients that are linked to allergies, irritation, harming your reproductive system, or even causing cancer. Now in days, makeup brands are becoming more conscious of what they put in their products. But be mindful of products claiming to be vegan, but still have ingredients that cause harm to your body. I prefer a brand that prides itself on product safety and organic ingredients like ILIA does. Their True Skin Serum Concealer is a favorite product of mines. This lightweight creamy concealer has a serum texture that adds moisture while perfectly blending into the skin to brighten the dark circles under the eye. It is best to apply this concealer under the eye before blending your foundation. According to Bobbi Brown, you should find a concealer with a yellow tone that is one to two shades lighter than your skin to lighten the dark circles under the eyes.

I’ve listed two safe ingredients that give this product an advantage over the concealers that are currently in the market right now:

Albizia Julibrissin Bark Extractprotects collagen and elastin, and reduces the signs of under-eye bags, dark circles, and a dull complexion.
Tetrabexyldecyl Ascorbateis a very stable oil-soluble Vitamin C that has an antioxidant activity that helps stimulate collagen production as well as clarifying and brightening the skin.

ILIA True Skin Serum Concealer can be at your local Sephora or on ILIA BEAUTY WEBSITE.

SWEET ALMOND OIL IS WHAT THE HAIR NEEDS!

During the winter, my hair becomes very unmanageable. I tried popular oils such as olive, coconut, and Jamaican Castor oil; these oils sat on top of my hair instead of penetrating moisture into my hair shaft. The problem wasn’t the oils, but the lack of knowledge of knowing what my hair needs. I have low porosity hair, which means my hair does not absorb moisture. The oils that I named were more suited for those with high porosity hair. Low porosity hair requires products that would provide moisture without weighing the hair down. According to https://naturalhairinsights.com/top-10-light-oils-for-low-porosity-hair/ Sweet Almond Oil is considered the top 10 oils to use for low porosity hair. Now Solution’s Sweet Almond Oils is 100% pure almond oil derived from fresh almonds. This vegan oil is rich in vitamins that promote hair growth and a healthy scalp. I prefer this oil for the colder month when my hair begins to dry out. I use the sweet almond oil for my LCO (Leave-in conditioner, cream, oil) routine. This oil is applied last to increase moisture retention from the leave-in conditioner and styling cream. After weeks of using this oil, my hair doesn’t feel dry or brittle, but feels smoother and looks hydrated.

This product can be found at your local beauty supply store or online in the link below:

SWEET ALMOND OIL

Mineral Fusion Sheet Tint Mineral Foundation

Foundation- is the lowest load-bearing part of a building, typically below ground level. 

 Applying foundation on the face is similar to designing the right foundation to fit the building conditions of a home.  The foundation is the starting point to achieving any beauty look. A couple of tips I’ve learned from my friends in purchasing foundation is to get the right shade for your skin (you can test this on the transverse carpal part of the hand), foundation color should match your neck, and consider the best formula for skin type (such as powder, liquid or water-based). This is all helpful, but a lot of foundations on the market has toxic ingredients that cause skin irritations, developmental problems, cancer, and even reproductive issues. This information alone has led me to a vegan foundation from Mineral Fusion’s makeup line named sheer tint mineral foundation. Mineral Fusion sheer tint mineral foundation is a lightweight foundation that gives full coverage with a consistent texture that goes on smoothly and has a luminous finish. To all the natural beauties out there, you can get the appearance of having no foundation without masking your natural skin.  I have worn this product on numerous occasions and received compliments on how beautiful my skin looks.  My only gripe with this product is that there are only three shades available for this line. I was fortunate enough to find a shade that compliments me, but everyone should be able to experience how unique this product is. I want to recommend creating different colors for customers with darker, yellow, or cooler skin tones. 

Here are five products to stay away from when picking out your next foundation: BHA, Siloxanes (D4&D5), Lead, Mercury, and Talc.

Mineral Fusion Sheer Tint Mineral Foundation retails $32.99

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POWER TRIP; GOT ME UP ALL NIGHT, ALL I’M WRITING IS THIS BLOG POST :)

It’s Valentines Day, and I’m sitting here writing this post on my favorite shade of lip fondant from Half Caked called Power Trip. When I wear this shade, J. Cole’s song “Power Trip” comes to mind. This deep crimson red color will have your date enthralled by its alluring mousse texture that has a matte finish which is not only picture perfect, but will last up until an end of the night selfie. There’s no need to worry about dry patches of color appearing on the lip because Half Caked uses Jojoba Oil and Vitamin E to keep your lips moist. For your next date, Be sure to purchase Half Caked Lip Fondant for $16. Power Trip is a gem, but there are other stunning colors to pick from!

Check Out their website HERE!

HUE NOIR; Celebrating Women of Different Skin Tones

HUE NOIR; Celebrating Women of Different Skin Tones

As we completed our celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2017, with the hashtag #adaywithoutwoman, Paula Hayes came to mind. She is a product chemist who founded the Hue Noir brand. She has successfully blended science and technology to develop high-quality makeup for women of color who have different skin tones, ranging from fair to deep. I had the pleasure of sampling the Perfect Pout Hydrating Lipstick, the Perfect Shine Hydrating Lipgloss, and the Perfect Pigment velvet eyeshadow from her product line.

Perfect Pout Hydrating Lipstick is true to its name. Hue Noir sent me their Flirtatious color (eggplant purple), which has a rich pigment. This lipstick provided me with moisture without the need of applying Chapstick before the lipstick because the product was blended with nourishing ingredients such as shea butter, jojoba, and avocado butter. Product retails for $25.00

The Perfect Shine Hydrating Lipgloss is my favorite gloss on the market and is worth $20.00. Unlike other brands, this lip gloss did not leave a tacky residue on my lips, and the sangria color that they sent me gave me a silky finish and subtle color. This product also had ingredients such as vitamin E and jojoba to keep the lips nicely moisturized.

The Perfect Pigment velvet eyeshadow was the product that I chose to wear to my event because it delivered twice the pigment and flattered my skin tone. This product retails for $22.00.

I enjoyed having this product at my Power and Beauty Event. Hue Noir brands represent women of all shades. Before going to Sephora to look at their brands, please check out Hue Noir for their fantastic product line.

Website: http://www.huenoir.com

Instagram: @huenoir

 

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I wore the Hue Noir Sand Dunes Velvet Eyeshadow; while Kendra rocked the Sangria Perfect Shine Hydrating Lipgloss for the Beauty & Style Segment at The Power & Beauty Event

 

 

HOUSE OF UNI; Calypso Lipstick Line

HOUSE OF UNI; Calypso Lipstick Line

You probably recognized this product from the first episode of “Insecure” when Issa Rae was trying on several colors to wear on the night of her birthday. I must say that I had an Issa moment; when looking for the right pigment to compliment my 80s-themed velvet black dress to wear to the Power & Beauty event, I tried various colors they had sent me such as Rum Punch, Blackberry, Jamocha and Star Apple. All of the colors were beautiful, but I decided to go with Star Apple for the occasion. No worries; I know I will be wearing the other colors to an upcoming girls’ night out, day party, brunch, or date night.
I quickly gravitated towards the product because of the homage they pay towards the Carribean culture and the wide variety of pigments they offer in their product line. This brand alone dares you to stand out and be confident in your skin. Just like their highly priced competitors’, their product goes on smoothly and leaves a rich pigment on your lip. Unlike their competitors, House of Uni pays close attention to the ingredients they put in their products making them environmentally and health conscious. Check them out before going to the MAC counter to purchase lipstick. Their products retail for $9.00 on their website.
Website: http://www.houseofuni.com
Instagram: @houseofuni