Tuesday, May 12, 2015

I Wanna Review: OZ Naturals' Vitamin C Serum

I’ve been on this crazy health kick lately.  The kind that has led me  to scour health food stores and the interwebs for organic and toxic free products.  It’s no secret that beauty products can often contain harsh toxins that can lead to serious health issues down the line. So like any beauty lover I've become a manic trying to find healthy alternatives. So you can imagine my excitement when I was selected to review OZ Naturals’ Vitamin C Serum, a natural skincare product.  OZ Naturals is a brand dedicated to natural skincare.  Their products are cruelty-free, paraben free, sulfate free, mineral oil free, lanolin free and gluten free.  The Vitamin C Serum promises to brighten skin for a youth glow, fade dark spots and will even out skin tone and texture.

The liquid solution (the product didn’t have an oily consistency like I thought) went on really smooth and dried quickly after applying to my freshly washed face.  This made it very easy to layer on any moisturizer or SPF afterwards.  And for those of you wondering about scents, not to worry the serum has no scent at all.  All in all I did love the glow that I received after using the serum but I didn't see much of difference on my dark spots.  Retailing at 22.00 – 25.00  dollars depending on where you purchase, this product is a bit on the pricey side. I guess that’s the price you pay for natural beauty.  

Would you try OZ Natural Products? What are some of your natural skincare recommendations?

Friday, May 1, 2015

I Wanna Celebrate: Mother's Day

Hey Boo Thangs!  I think we can all agree that every Mother deserves to be celebrated year round but someone had the bright idea to squeeze the celebration of mothers into one day and call it, well what else, Mother’s Day.  Now I love my Mom to pieces but the thought of Mother's Day always gets an epic eye roll from me because of my poor gift hunting skills.   I am the absolute worst when it comes to picking out gifts and I never know what to get my Mom.  So in the end I always resort to the rushed gift.You know, the kind of gift you had no plans on giving someone but in a panic it’s the best you can come up with.  This year I've started the hunt early (well sort of) in search of the best Mother’s Day Gift ever.

That’s where Uncommon Goods come in. Uncommon Goods is an online privately owned retailer that features lots of unique designs and handcrafted gifts that are perfect for Mothers. Tucked away in the heart of Brooklyn, NY (Where Brooklyn at?), The Brooklyn retailer prides itself on carrying collections that incorporate recycled materials all at reasonable price points.  I received one of Uncommon Goods’ popular handmade items, The Precious Dipped Lace Heart Necklace to test out.  The beautiful necklace is handmade by designers Tulianna and Alejandra Garces. The Gold, Copper and Lace piece is a great choice for the Mom who would love something that is simple yet romantic.  For more  Gift Ideas like this please visit Uncommon Goods here and when you are done with that make sure to enter into the giveaway below. That’s right one of you lucky boo thangs will be the owner of this Precious Dipped Laced Heart Necklace and a $25 Gift Certificate from Uncommon Goods. Check all the deets below.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

I Wanna Try: Marley Twists

Hey Boo Thangs!  Have you been following me over on the Book (that's cool slang for Facebook for you old fogeys)?  If you answered No, what are you waiting for (Yes that was my idea of a shameless plug). For those of you who are following me then you may know that I stuck to my word (Read here to refresh your memory) and tried out a protective style recently.  Now my intentions were to go with Box Braids for my first round of protective styling but after Pinterest stalking hair boards for months I decided to try out the Marley twists instead.   I had my twists installed back in February and took them out a month later.  Like any new hair style you try, figuring out what works and what doesn’t is always the name of the game.  Here are a few things that worked for me while maintaining my Marley Twists.

1. I opted  for lighter oils  like almond oil, Jojoba oil and Coconut oil when moisturizing. Heavier oils tend to cause a residue when my hair are in braids so going with these lighter choices were a go.

2.  I made sure to Deep Condition with a protein treatment before install and after take down. Your hair will go through lots of wear and tear with extension styles and it could potentially weaken your hair. A protein treatment can help with restoring and maintaining the strength of your hair. 

3. I skipped on gels and heavy pomades when styling my edges. Like heavier oils, gels and pomades can cause residue in your hair after frequent use.  It can also cause matting which can lead to a great loss of hair.

4. I made sure to limit my style to less than two months.  As I've learned from past experiences keeping extension styles in longer than two months can turn into a nightmare when it comes time to take out your style. Having in a style longer than two months increases your chances of matting and tangles.

5. Don't be afraid to incorporate essential oils into your regimen. I made a easy DIY hair spritzer with water and peppermint oil for moisture and to combat my  itchy scalp I used tea tree oil.

                         What are some of your tips for maintaining your protective styles?

Monday, February 23, 2015

I Wanna Review: Bella Lush

Hey, Curvy Girls!  Guess what?   There’s a new brand in town that’s catering to our lingerie needs. It’s Bella Lush.   Bella Lush is a lingerie online shop that was created with curvy girls and all of our lusciousness in mind (See what I did there).   Their Bras and Panties sets are not your grandmothers underwear ladies. Bella Lush offers fashionable and sexy options for voluptuous ladies, ranging in a wide variety of sizes. Bras start from 32 C and go to a 40 FF.   I chatted briefly with the creator of Bella Lush, Drea Phillips, during the Bella Lush’s launch and she shared that the idea that sparked this venture was lack a of quality lingerie options for curvy women in the marketplace.  So she decided to create more options and I’m so glad she did.

I had the pleasure of trying out one of the Bella Lush sets.  I tested the waters with the Dove Gray Print (Modeled Cup) Bra and the matching panty (Just so you know, both items are sold separately).  The bra and the panty featured small touches of lace with a grey and lavender print.  I of course fell in love with the lace because it added a very luxe feel but it was the support and coverage that won me over. As a top heavy woman who often has issues with finding quality bras to fit I have to say I was impressed.  I can see this set being my go to when wearing items that are form fitting. And if you are wondering, Bella Lush is affordable.  Bras and Panties range from $14-$45.  If you’d like to learn more about Bella Lush, check out their website at www.bellalush.com.  While you’re their take a peek at the Danielle Contour Bra, it’s gonna make you faint.

Drea Phillips, Creator of Bella Lush and Myself at the Bella Lush Launch

Photo Credit Bella Lush

Saturday, January 10, 2015

I Wanna Have: Stylish hair for 2015

It's the same old thing with me.  Every new year I'll create my new years resolutions list also known as my "I wanna be better" list.  With my list in tow I"ll  make these grand promises to work on perfecting whatever I have listed, but by the time March rolls around that list is all forgotten.  One of the many things I put on my list last year was experimenting with different hairstyles but also maintaining a healthy hair regimen. While I wasn't able to prevail with in the hairstyle department ( I wish I could give you a better excuse other than I was lazy but I can't) I was consistent with keeping up with my hair regimen.  So I halfway got the job done.  I'm gonna try to be a big girl this year and have a do over.  I was able to slide through 2014 with about three solid styles (Twist outs, Slicked up bun and blowouts).  While these styles were super cute and convenient I've become really bored with them. I want to be more adventurous this year.  Here are some of the hairstyles I am hoping to try with my hair in 2015.

1. Crochet Braids
2. Box Braids
3. Wigs 
4 Roller Sets

What's on your beauty I wanna be better list for 2015?

Sunday, October 12, 2014

I Wanna Review: DreamDry

Blowout  bars have had a big boom over the last few years.  Salons touting blowout only services attached with a cheap price tag,  have popped up just about everywhere across the nation.  While the idea is nothing new, (y'all know Dominican salons have been doing this for the longest. Just saying) I still wanted to give the blow out bar craze a try.  So I decided to book an appointment with DreamDry.  When I  booked my appointment I made it very clear to the salon receptionist that I had afro- textured hair. Yup, I sure did.  This chica wanted to avoid any possibility of a hair disaster.  I was quickly assured that I would  be paired with a stylist who would be knowledgeable of my hair type. 

My appointment day arrived and although I ran a little late I was greeted by my stylist and seated right away once I checked in.  Pause. I'm gonna keep it 100 with y'all or real or whatever the young folks renamed honesty, this small action of starting my appointment on time despite my tardiness, won me over.  If you've had salon experiences like I've had in the past then you know the pure joy of finding a salon that are sticklers for starting hair appointments promptly.  Big Points for Dream Dry. Play. After being seated I had a quick consultation and then was whisked away to the wash bowl where the stylist did a great job introducing the products (Dream Dry uses Oribe products) and their benefits. After completing my wash I was prepped for the blow out using a heat a protectant.  My hair was blown out on a medium heat.  The kind of heat that allowed my hair to be stretched but not pin straight, which was fine by me ( Lord knows I don't need another heat damage scenario in my life. Please and thank you).  Once the blowout was complete my hair was curled with a flat iron, creating great body and waves. Other than my hair looking a  tad bit dry I was happy with the final look. In case your wondering what I mean by dry, my hair didn't appear to have that normal shine I'm used to when getting my hair straightened. I suspected the products had something to do with it but I'm not 100% sure.  Have you tried a blowout bar? If so how was your experience?


$40 plus tax

Quick service
Great price
Great ambiance (They have Ipads to browse while getting you hair done)

My hair looked a tad bit dry (I suspected the product had something to do with that)


Monday, January 13, 2014

4 Things I learned while watching the Golden Globe Awards

Capes and Fades:  Who knew the combination of a cape and fade could make such a flawless look. Well apparently 12 Years a Slave actress, Nupita Lyongo'o knew.  Lyongo'o was a crowd favorite among the red carpet looks, donning a simple yet chic Ralph Lauren cape gown and a low cut fade. #I'mhereforNupita #Nupitadidthat

Trending again: Why no one told me is beyond me but apparently high low hem dresses are the best thing since sliced bread. I spotted the not so new trend at least four times on the red carpet. 

No Excuses: When it comes to showing up and showing out 'But, I'm Pregnant' will no longer be an acceptable excuse for the ladies sporting baby bumps.  Preggo stars Kerry Washington, Drew Barrymore and Olivia Wilde didn't let a little bump get in the way of shining at the Golden Globe Awards. Each star looked absolutely stunning.

Girl, It's not all about you: It's no surprise that red carpet style is often ruled by the ladies.  While this may be true the gentleman at the Golden Globes were  ready to put up a fight and show the ladies a thing or two about this thing called style.