Recently, I went to the hairdresser this past weekend to get a ponytail for my recent photoshoot, and Boy, was it laid! My stylist used Got2BGlue hair spray to accomplish this slick look. And I did not have to worry about frizz or flyaways. Got2BGlue got the job done, but my hair was stiff, crunchy, and flaky after a couple of days. For the first time in my life, I tried out this Shampoo Bar from Oh My Garden to get my hair back to normal. Although, I was skeptical at first because I am use to using shampoo out of a bottle. After looking at the ingredients, I realize that it wouldn’t hurt to try it—Friday morning after an excellent workout. I gently rubbed the shampoo in a circular motion until it lathers in my hair and massage the ingredients into my scalp and repeat a couple of times until I felt comfortable washing the product out of my hair and following up Deep Conditioner; my hair felt squicky clean. This shampoo bar dismantled any flakiness I received from the Got2BGlue hair spray and added shine to my hair.
And Viola, my hair is back to its natural state, and I love it! I would recommend this shampoo bar solely based on its ingredients. OH, MY GARDEN is made with organic ingredients that don’t dry out your hair and gently cleanses and nourishes the hair and scalp.
My Favorite five ingredients Macadamia See Oil – helps add shine, strengthens, and nourish hair follicles. fights hair loss Mango Seed Butter – softens dry hair, reduces breakage, and smooths split ends. Coconut Oil – moisturizes hair and reduces breakage. Chamomile Extract – strengthens hair and protects it from easy damage. Tea Tree Leaf Oil- soothes an itchy scalp, reduces dandruff, prevents excess oil production, and stimulates the hair growth.
I am a lazy girl when it comes to putting on makeup; it can be time-consuming. I feel like a good moisturizer is all I need to achieve a radiant look. Applying Willing Beauty’s Daydream Illuminating Day Moisturizer every morning gives my skin the necessary hydration it needs to provide me with a natural glow. This product has a unique HY+5 COMPLEX formula that defends the skin against environmental aggressors such as pollutions and harsh climates known to cause wrinkles and discoloration. Each morning, I gently apply a dime-size amount on my face and then go about my day. My skin looked and felt soft. A little moisturizer goes a long way, and when I decide to put on makeup, I will use this moisturizer as a primer.
My Favorite Five Ingredients: Safflower Seed Oil- acts as a lubricant to gives the skin a smooth appearance. Shea Butter- protects against skin dryness. Vitamin C- helps to gently reduce the appearance of dark spots and uneven skin tone. Prickly Pear Seed Oil- reduces skin inflammation as well as prevents skin damage and acne. Apple Fruit Extract – protects the skin from free radicals and helps it maintain youthful elasticity.
Keeping up your hair between wash days with the wrong product is challenging. So, when you find the right product, Make sure to stock up on it! Camille Rose’s Curl Love Moisture Milk is the best product for wet and dry hair (hence: it’s always sold out). In between wash days, I use this milk to manage my curls. This hair milk has the perfect blend of Macadamia Nut, Avocado, and castor oil that restore moisture to my hair and prevents product build-up. I section my hair into eight sections, apply the curl milk at night from my roots to the ends, put my hair in Bantu knots at night, take them out in my morning and go about my day with a fresh hairstyle.
My Favorite Five Ingredients: Avocado Oil – strengthen the hair shaft and help prevent breakage. Castor Oil – helps moisturizes , hydrates, and reduce dandruff in hair. Macadamia Nut- helps add shine, strengthen, and nourish the hair follicles. Green Tea- improves hair growth, and acts as a humectant to moisturize and condition the hair and scalp. Rice Milk- nourish dry and damaged hair.
Red Apple Lipstick was gracious to sponsor my 2nd Annual Galentines Day Slumber Party. They sent an array of colors full of pinks, reds, and purples to my guest and me. I was fortunate to find the color “Audrey” (a soft pink) in my bag, a popular color from Red Apple Lipstick that is crafted with the highest quality ingredients to ensure long-lasting color and moisturized lips. I usually wear a lot with red, so I couldn’t wait to wear this pale pink with the outfit I picked out for brunch the next day with my girls. I wore a gold shimmer pencil skirt with an oversized black sweater and a black fedora hat, and this Audrey color added a timeless touch to my sophisticated look for the day. I applied a little bit on my lip, and Viola! My lips look and felt smooth and supple. Who knew a gluten-free and vegan lip line could make my lips look like this?
Side Note: the Rallye Balm is fantastic for everyday wear. It kept my lip soft and moisturized.
My Favorite Three Ingredients Ricinus Communis (Castor Oil) – s a humectant that helps retain skin moisture by preventing water loss through the skin’s outer layer. Olive (Olea Europea) Oil – provides relief from cracked and chapped lips, and natural SPF protection. Prunus Amygdalus Dulas (Sweet Almond) Oil – has nourishing properties that lock in moisture to leave lips soft and plump
Many strive for long, thick, beautiful hair, but few are willing to maintain proper scalp health to achieve this goal. I was excited when Canviiy provided products for my Second Annual Galentine’s Day Slumber Party because I am guilty of neglecting my scalp and wonder why I am experiencing dry and itchy scalp. This week I added Canviiy’s Itch-Calming Organic-Based Serum and Sea Mineral & Organic Herb Infusion Restorative Growth Serum to my morning and night routine. See my review on each product below!
Itch-Calming Organic-Based Serum
Often, in between wash days, I experience an irritated and itchy scalp due to product buildup or just neglecting my scalp altogether. There wasn’t a product that worked, oils would clog the pores, and other brands had harmful ingredients that weren’t good for me. The Itch-Calming Organic-Based Serum was just right; it wasn’t too thick that it’ll clog my pore, and it had healthy ingredients. I use this lightweight serum before I put my hair in a pineapple each night before bed. I applied a pea-size amount of product on my scalp and began massaging for three minutes. Immediately, the cooling sensation cleansed my scalp of any impurities and toxins found in my pores.
Sea Mineral & Organic Herb Infusion Restorative Growth Serum
Proper scalp health contributes to long and healthy hair. I don’t believe my hair grew five inches after five days of trying the Sea Mineral and Organic Restorative Serum. Still, giving my scalp the proper tender love and care it needs by massaging it every morning with this serum helps strengthen the hair follicles and allows the serum’s nutrients to penetrate the scalp and promote long-term hair growth.
My Favorite four Ingredients found in both products: Aloe Vera Leaf Extract- repairs dead skin cells on the scalp, promotes hair growth, prevents itching on the scalp, and reduces dandruff. Witch Hazel- help treat scalp sensitivity and provide relief from symptoms such as itching and tenderness. Peppermint oil – improve hair growth and prevent hair loss. Manuka Honey- cleanses and protects the scalp.
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The next time you go to Starbucks, make sure you order a tall matcha green tea, take the lid off, dump the drink on your hair, and watch your hair strengthen and see growth overnight. I am just Kidding! No need to do that when Ecoslay has created a stellar protein treatment for high and low porosity hair that will restore health to your hair and prevent damage. Ecoslay’s Matcha Boost consists of ingredients found in your kitchen that wake up hair follicles, cause growth, and strengthen weaker hair strands. First, I use a primer to prep for washing; next, I use the wash & detox shampoo to cleanse my scalp; then I apply the Matcha Boost protein treatment for five minutes with heat; and finally, I use a deep protein-free conditioner to add moisture to my hair. After one use, my hair looked healthy and felt stronger. Since I have low porosity hair, I apply this treatment once a month with heat. You can refer to the table on the product label to determine your hair porosity’s proper usage. Although this treatment has worked on my hair, if you are experiencing any damage to your hair, I would recommend seeking a professional hairstylist to correct this problem.
Four Ingredients found in your kitchen: Hydrolyzed Quinoa Protein – penetrates the hair shaft for robust protection. Colza Oil- loaded with Vitamin E that increases moisture and smoothness while assisting with hair growth. Matcha Extract – is useful for hair growth, maintaining healthy hair, and beneficial to your scalp’s skin. HP Starch – helpful for those with oily and moist scalp; cornstarch sucks up the the condensation and grease , so your scalp and hair stays fresh.
Who knew a splash of Sangria could look just as good as it tastes. Beauty Bakerie developed a special recipe that includes red wine with brandy, orange juice, blueberries, strawberries, and a hint a sugar that will turn you into a Michelin star delight. This alluring shade of pink is perfect for every occasion. Beauty Bakerie Sangria Matte Lip Whip will have you turning heads at a summer day party, capture onlookers on a fall outing, warm your date up on a cold romantic evening, and bring a smile to a loved one face on a beautiful spring day. For the long-lasting look, apply no more than three layers of the product on your lip, gently Blatt, allow to dry, and finally leave the house and be prepared to turn heads. If someone asked you about your lip color, send them to the Beauty Bakerie website for their very own vegan dessert Matte Lip Whip.
From reading my previous post on finding a clean foundation, it’s evident that I am a fan of the Mineral Fusion Sheer Tint Foundation. My only gripe with this product was the lack of representation when it came to shades. I was able to pass by using the “Olive, Olive” shade. But, what about everyone else who is unable to wear the available three shades? This brand failed to portray consumers with unique skin tones, which was the real reason why I switched to Uoma Beauty. This black-owned beauty brand launched in 2018 with the Beauty Innovator Award Winner, Say What?! Foundation. Since the beginning of the pandemic, places like Sephora and Ulta Beauty suspended product testing. For my advent beauty buyers, you know first hand how difficult it can be to find the right shade without testing the foundation first. Little did I know that Uoma Beauty was one step ahead of the game with their accurate online shade finder that sifts through 51 shades to find your complexion match. First, you select your shade out of six skin color groups, pick the shade within the skin color group, identify your undertone, and they will pull-up your proper skin match. They successfully matched me with Honey Honey, T2N. I intended to purchase the foundation, but I couldn’t resist adding the concealer and contour stick to my cart. See my review of each product below.
SAY WHAT?! FOUNDATION
I bought this foundation in July during the quarantine. It came just in time for me to try on my birthday. This soft-matte foundation was perfect for my oily skin because it could soak up the excess oil while giving me long-lasting full coverage makeup without drying out my skin. The Say What?! Foundation was the ideal shade until I developed a bronze skin tone after exercising every day outside. So, I had to manipulate a lot using my contour stick and bronzer to match my summer tanned skin. I recommend applying the foundation on clean skin after your moisturizer and primer. I apply a generous amount of foundation to get full coverage and then use a makeup sponge to blend the application into my skin.
STAY WOKE CONCEALER
I apply the Stay Woke Concealer after the Say What?! Foundation to brighten my complexion, most importantly, under my eyebrow to shape, define and hide the hair (it’s been a year since I had my eyebrows done, so this concealer has been my BFF). First, I use the concealer as a primer on my eyelids and under eyebrow before applying the foundation on my face (Helpful tip: I recommend doing your eyes before your foundation). After I finished my eyes and lay the foundation, I use the Stay Woke Concealer under my eyes, swipe down the nose, chin, and on the area of my forehead located between my eyebrows (sorry, I don’t know what part of the face this is). This product was easy to blend and brighten my darker areas.
DOUBLE TAKE CONTOUR STICK
The Double Take Contour Stick is my favorite product from the line because you get two products for one price. This Double Take Contour Stick has a highlighter that gives you a luminous glow, and the contour stick enhances your face’s shape. I know this is an unpopular opinion, but I used the contour stick to compliment my newfound tan. I’m aware of the contour stick’s job, but buying another foundation wasn’t in the budget until fall. After using the foundation and concealer, I applied the contour stick along the hairline of my forehead, temples, under my cheekbone, Jawbone, and then blend using my makeup sponge (Fyi: a little goes a long way). Then I apply my translucent setting powder, blush, and finally, use the highlighter on my cheekbone, the bridge of my nose, and tear ducts; and gently blend using my fingers to get that luminous finish.
HERE ARE THE RESULTS
As you can see, the results are breathtaking. I get a long-lasting natural look.
For my Beginners (like me), I would suggest watching Slim Reshae on applying makeup for beginners.
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. Dragonfruit– is a natural antioxidant that calms and clears the scalp creating the perfect condition for growth. Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower Extract– helps 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 Oil– Soothes the scalp and promotes hair growth. Wild Murumuru– soften hair, improves manageability, and seals in moisture. Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil– helps 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 Kernel– softens hair, improves manageability, and seals in moisture. Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract–The natural oils in sage strengthens the roots and stimulate healthy hair growth.
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