Thursday, January 28, 2010

Giveaway: Japonesque Artisan Slant Tip Tweezers



Ok, we've reached 300 followers and the product up for grabs this time is gonna keep those brows lookin "so krispy" (remember that song? Lol. You know you do!). This giveaway is sponsored by LaForce + Stevens to win a pair of Japonesque Artisan Slant Tip Tweezers.

Enter to win this pair pictured. What a cute design, right? Check out my review on them to read my thoughts about it.

Here's How to Enter:

* Simply leave a comment saying "Enter Me"
* Follow the blog if you aren't already :D



Last day to enter is by Midnight Friday, February 5th



A winner will be randomly selected using www.random.org and announced that Saturday. Make sure you check back on Saturday to see who the winner is b/c if you don't (email me to) claim your prize by Monday, I'll randomly select another winner. Good luck!


Photo Credits: Japonesque.com

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

My Hair: Twisted

So Sunday night, I conditioned and washed my hair. I used my homemade hair mayo mix to condition with. It's a light protein and moisturizing treatment. The recipe should be under the Mixtress Chronicles section of the blog but if not I'll do a post on it. I needed it though. It had my hair feeling so soft, fluffy, uber moisturized and my koils crazy defined.


(You already know about the earrings. www.SofysticatedPhunk.etsy.com.)

I decided after it was conditioned and washed that I would do twists. I was apprehensive b/c from about late last summer till recently, my hair was in a weird growing out stage and I felt the twists looked weird when they were worn down; like they didn't fall right on my head and just looked awkward. It was probably all in my head but it annonyed me and I wouldn't wear twists for extended periods of time. I would only wear them for no more than a couple days so that I could rock the twist out.

Well, as you saw in my Dry, Dry, DRY! post, my hair wasn't playing around with me and I had to put some protective styles in my life PRONTO or suffer the possible consequences. So I decided to go back to twists. I figured if I didn't like them, I'd just be wearing a hat all week. =/

Luckily that didn't happen. I like them again, Yay! I twisted them with water and my shea pudding. I may only be using my shea frosting for just my body now. I really like twisting with the pudding a lot. My twists don't feel as heavy and the sheen they have is bananas. Mine took me about 2 hours to complete. I have challenged myself to keep them in for 3 weeks.

For maintenance, I just mist them every morning with my homemade moisturizing mist, fluff and I'm out the door. At night, I put on my satin hair cap and go to bed (I'm interested in one of those more jazzy satin caps: the Pretty Wrap ).

I got some of those E-Z Combs the other day and I can't wait to play with them and do a post. Haven't done a make up tut on here in a while. Gonna drum up a nice spring look.

Stay tuned and once I hit 300 followers, I will announce the next giveaway. :D

Sunday, January 24, 2010

1st Edition of Sofysticated Phunk Haiti Fabric Earrings



I have 5 for this first edition. Once they are sold out, I will be releasing another edition which also, 50% of the proceeds from them will go to Haiti through the organization Doctors Without Borders. Thank you for your support and stay naturally fly. :D

Dry, Dry, DRY!


Lately my hair has been feeling dry as all get out. I moisturize my hair daily but still, to no avail, my hair is feeling dried out and to my horror, the fairy knots are trying to creep back into the picture. *horror movie scream with shrieking violins* Oh. No. We canNOT be having that.

So what are you gonna do!? Well.....



* First, I tried adding baggying back to my regimen.

#FAIL #FAIL #FAIL Baggying just isn't for me, I've deduced. I tried it for 2 nights this past week with no real results or remedy to my situation. I would lightly mist some water on, add KBB Hair Milk (it has glycerin in it so I thought baggying with this would be good since it could draw moisture from the moist environment in the plastic cap. Unfortunately, this didn't work for me and I'm just about completely jaded by glycerin in the dry, cold months. No mas till spring!) and seal my hair with a lil (1 drop per section) of my oil cocktail then baggy for 15-30 mins before bed. Then I would take the baggy off and put on my satin scarf and bonnet. The next day my hair wouldn't really feel all that better (and now I have this annoying drip in the back of my throat. Uggg....): it was still hard/"foreign" feeling and greasy. So it didn't help and I no longer have an interest in facilitating this technique on my tresses.


* Next, I've had to bust out the protective styles.

For a while, I thought I was an exception to the rule when it came to wearing my hair out in this cold, winter weather but my hair clearly let me know that I am not. This weather was drying my hair out like a mug, guys. So just these last couple days, I started doing pin up-dos where all my ends are tucked away. I also plan to wear twists occasionally and try to leave them in for 2-3 weeks if I can. So too-da-loo kinky koils n kurls, I won't be wearing you out in all your gloriousness till the spring.

* Last, I went back to an oldie, that's not a natural product at all but I remember it delivering results back in the day.

I went out and bought some.......



Remember this? This stuff takes me BACK, man. I was shocked they even still sold it in stores. I just knew for sure that it was extinct by now but low and behold it was in the BSS. It has *gasp* mineral oil in it among some other ingredients that can be questionable. But tha. Ish. WORKS. No more dry hair and my hair's so effin soft and fluffy like it usually is. I instantly fell in luv. Not to also mention, that the sheen/shine it imparted to my hair is "so hard" (yes, I think this will be one of my frequently used terms in 2010). For once in weeks my hair didn't feel like a dry, greasy, knotted mess. Word of caution: I def only needed to use very small amounts for each section. A little seriously covers a lot of ground.

My grandmother used to use this on me and my lil sister's hair when we were kids. She would mist our hair in sections with glycerin rosewater and seal with this then braid or twist our hair. I remember our hair was always soft, virtually fairy knot and tangle free, long and healthy. My grandmother was onto a lot of stuff when it came to hair care, she just didn't know the "science" behind why it all worked.

I'm going to keep using this at this moment b/c it works. But, I'm going to get my mixing on and create a natural answer to this product. I'm thinking I can def substitute the mineral oil with castor oil for starters and find more eco-friendly binding agents and preservatives. More on this endeavor in another post (Mixtress Chronicles bay-bee) though.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Product Review: Japonesque Artisan Slant Tip Tweezers



Note. This product was given to me for free to share my HONEST opinion with the AGCM community and an additional one to host a giveway with.



I'm all about saving money and shopping smart. You've got to have the ability to discern when it's ok to go cheaper and when it's worthwhile to invest in good quality items. These Japonesque Artisan Slant Tip Tweezers are an example of the latter. They really changed my mind. Before, I always had the mindset that tweezers are tweezers are tweezers are tweezers. Right? Like most, not something you think about investing in the "best craftsmanship".

But when I tried these out...... I seriously and honestly luv them. I shape and groom my eyebrows with tweezers. These ones are so precise and grab even the shortest of hairs on the first try. They blow my former, trusty tweezers (don't always pick up hair on the first try) outta the park! I'm diggin them in a major way.

The other thing I like about them, is once you get a pair, you get free reconditioning for the life of the tweezers. This means should yours lose their edge (since they're slant tip), simply send them to Japonesque and they'll recondition them. Now THAT'S what I'm talking about and this lets you know this company is serious about their craft. Can you say that for the 50 cent pair you bought at Wal-Mart? I'm just sayin....

Obviously if you don't tweeze a lot, you may not be interested in investing this much on them. Coo and totally understandable. But, maybe you still value higher quality some more and if you groom with tweezers frequently, these mos def are the bizness, baby. And they come in some really cute styles/designs to go with your personal style.

They are usually retailed at around $20 a pair and can be found at Ulta, Ricky's (if you live in the Nyc area you know about this store), Trade Secrets, Beauty First "and other fine retailers". Visit the site for more retail locations they can be found.

The official giveway will begin and have details posted up when we've reached 300 followers. Stay tuned.



Happy Precise Plucking!

Photo credit: Japonesque.com

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Skin MD Naturals Giveaway






Remember the review I did on their Shielding Lotion? It's the bomb moisturizer. If you're looking for a moisturizer this stuff is "so hard".

Skin MD Naturals is doing a fabulous giveaway for Valentine's Day and because I enjoy their product so much, I had to let you guys know about it and encourage you to enter. Check out the details below:

"It ends Feb 8th to allow enough time for shipping before Valentines Day. For entry into the giveaway visit our entry page http://www.skinmdnatural.com/forms/valentines-giveaway.php and enter in your name and email address. We also have additional entries available.

The prize basket is valued at $100 and contains the following:
- Bottle of Skin MD Natural shielding lotion
- Bottle of Skin MD Natural + SPF 15 shielding lotion
- One pound of See's dark assorted chocolates
- Pack of Starbucks VIA Ready brew coffee pouches
- Kiss Me coffee mug
- A Cuddly teddy bear
- Lollipop Bouquet"


Mmmm, chocolate..... Now you know you want some of that (too) so enter the giveway for your chance to get some for free. Lol.

Product Review: Scott Barnes Body Bling




Note: This sample was sent to me for free to share my HONEST opinions of it with the AGCM community.



Oh laaaaaaaaaayyyyyy-deeeeeees. Spring is on its way and here's something you may like for your spring/summer bod. Some of you (depending on or not depending on the climate you live in) may like it right now.

The ever so talented make up artist, Scott Barnes' (he's done make for practially all the stars including Jennifer Lopez and we all know her flawless her make up always is), Body Bling is back and I'm diggin it.

I tried the one in original (the other is platinum) and thought this product was cool because it adds a healthy glow, "bling", to your skin. If you are lighter than me, it will give you a tanned glow. If you're my complexion or darker it will give you a "golden" glow. It goes on smooth and non-greasy and it washed off easy for me. I will inform you, this is not an eco-chic or the most "natural" product. It has ingredients like mineral oil and parabens in it. Buuuuut, I feel like if you're not going to wear this every day (some of you might though. Errr....), I don't see much harm in putting it on every now and again for a night out or on a chic/special occasion where say, your shoulders or back (or legs) will be out. It's a nice extra touch and I see no complaints on the fellas end. :D



The instructions don't mention putting it on your face so I didn't and wouldn't put this on my face. Use your better judgement on this. Also, this is not meant to be a regular body lotion so put this lotion on when you have some skin out that needs to be noticed!

You guys want a giveaway on this? Comment, comment, comment! If they see how many comments are on here, I may be able to convince them to do a giveaway on here. What say you?

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Coil Review New Year New Hair Commercial



Can we say sheer FIERCENESS? I luv their commercials. They're always so chic and dispell the myth that natural women are frumpy b/c we're far from that! If you don't know about The Coil Review than you are seriously living under a rock! It's a great site with lots of inspiring and thought provoking articles, pics of fly naturals free tressed and loc'd, and tons of other goodies. Check them out!

I wish they would create a mini series. Which we reminds me that I'm still anxiously awaiting the Afro City series to debut! When will they stop torturing me/us with the wait?!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Accessories That Can Mac: Sofysticated Phunk Accessories



I finally got the line together and am ready to rock and roll! So this week's feature is yours truly's accessories line, Sofysticated Phunk. I'm working on my own website but for now, you can find my goodies at my etsy shop.



I design fun, print fabric earrings. I love that I can make them big without them being heavy. The type of woman who rocks my goods likes to mix the sofysticated with the phunk. She may enjoy wine tasting and Broadway but she also enjoys dancing it up at a sweaty salsa club and shopping at flea markets for rare and unique finds. She laments in letting her originality and diverse tastes shine.

My brand's philosophy is simply, "Let your originality shine." Put your spin on a style, trend, item of clothing, or in this case; an accessory so that it says something about you and who you are.





My designs are one of kind and most designs cannot be replicated. This means, no one pair of earrings will ever be the exact same, unless stated otherwise. So if you like collecting pieces that no one else has the chance of having the exact same as you, Sofysticated Phunk is the brand for you!

To see more styles I have available, please visit www.SofysticatedPhunk.etsy.com

Monday, January 18, 2010

Twist n Curl



I finally tried Curly Nikki's signature style, the "Twist n Curl". I like how the style came out. It's a more tame curly fro. I see why Nikki likes it so much and why when I was transitioning, I couldn't wait to try this once I was natural. :D

How I Did It:



1. I did this style on old hair; meaning it wasn't freshly washed. I misted each section with my moisturizing mist and then twisted with a small amount of my shea pudding.



2. I did about 17 twists and then rolled one to two twists on a perm rod. Tips: First, place your twists your head how you want your hair to fall once you take them down. Second, if you want tighter curls: do more twists and if you want looser curls: do less twists.



3. Once all my hair was twisted and rolled up, I lightly tied my satin scarf around my head and then put on my satin sleep cap.

Note. Be careful not to get too generous with your spritz or mist b/c your hair may still be damp when you go to take them down in the morning. This happened to me but I just decided to lean wit it n rock wit it, any possible frizz n all. It actually didn't frizz much on me b/c when I realized some parts were still damp, I didn't mess with them: just took them down and lightly fluffed.

4. The next day, I took my hair down, gently separated and fluffed for volume. To add some more volume at the crown and front, I used a pik. And there you have it.

Maintenance:



Depends on what you want. If you want it "fresh" every day, then you will want to twist n curl every night before bed. If it doesn't have to be "fresh" every day, sleep with a satin cap on or make sure you sleep on a satin pillow case to minimize breakage. Once you lose most definition or you feel your hair starting to dry out some, either wash your hair and start over or re-do the T-n-C. Quite easy, right?


TWA's, you can do this style too! If you have enough hair to twist, you have enough hair to do this style. The perm rod sizes go really small so don't be shy to try out this style.



Earrings are by, who else, me! www.SofysticatedPhunk.etsy.com

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Tea Rinses


I've known about tea rinses for a long time and heard great things about them. One of my natural hair icons, EbonyPrincessH, used to do tea rinses a lot. Only recently did I become intrigued enough to want to try one.

Said Benefits:

* Smooths strands
* Imparts shine to hair
* Decreases shedding (has to be tea with caffeine to receive this benefit)

Note. If done frequently, it can "stain"/dye the hair giving it some red highlights. So please be cognizant of this.

From what I've gathered, it's the caffeine in the tea that is said to lower your hair's resting phase, so that you get more growing time. So IT DOES NOT ACCELERATE YOUR GROWTH RATE, it extends your growing phase. A member from LHCF shared that different studies came to a conclusion that caffeine aided in extending the growing phase by 37%. It also seems to have similar benefits to my beloved ACV rinse minus the insane stinging if it gets in your eyes. LOL.

If you have extra, make sure you use it up fairly quickly and keep it cold (in the fridge like iced tea). I'm told the shelf life is short and after about a week or 2, the tea can start to mold.

(caffeinated) Coffee is also said to do the same things. I like the tea better b/c I don't want to smell like a fresh pot of coffee.

How I Did It:



I do my ACV rinses after I've conditioned and washed my hair, so that's how I did the tea rinse. I used green tea and made tea like you normally do and then let it cool down, of course before applying. Not trying to burn myself. Lol. I also added a lil honey (you can substitute this with agave nectar or molasses) to my tea. I put it in a spray bottle and first spritzed it on my hair, then dumped the rest over my head. I left it on for about 1 min and then rinsed it out.

Results??? Thoughts????



*Sigh* I'm going to have to give this one a fail on my part. I dunno guys, I didn't like the way it made my hair feel at all. My ACV rinses have my hair feeling smooth, soft and fluffy. This rinse made my hair feel weird; like it was dried out. It felt rough and dull and it imparted no shine to my hair. Throughout the week of this experiment, my hair was drier than normal. Maybe I did something wrong? I may get the gusto to try it again but for now, I'm good with my ACV rinses.

Do any of you do tea rinses, tried it, or want to try it? Weigh in! Jc, I'm calling on you again girl!

***EDIT: Jc answered my call! Check out her article she put up yesterday and her thoughts on caffeine and if it really does extend your hair's growth phase***

Friday, January 15, 2010

Prayers With Haiti


Everyone knows, is talking about, and finding ways they can help our brothers and sister in Haiti. After such a catastrophic event, my heart is heavy and my prayers are with you Haiti. You will get through this and you will not be alone. Help is already rushing in. If you haven't made a donation, please do! Even if it's just $5 with Wyclef Jean's organization Yele Haiti, every little bit counts. I made a small donation and I plan to donate some more within my means.

Shops like Bohemian Soul and Karen's Body Beautiful are either matching your donations or part of your purchases with them are being donated to Haiti. Please help out in any way that you can.

Milan

Mixtress Chronicles: Shea Pudding!

I luuuuuuuuuuuv this creation! I've seriously been sleeping on shealoe. Where in the world have I been!?! This pudding is, basically, shealoe. For those of you who don't know what that is, shealoe is quite simply shea butter and aloe vera gel. I just jazzed mine up some.



I took my previously made shea frosting #2 and kept adding in aloe vera gel till the mixture looked like pudding. As always, I used no exact measurements. Just eye ball it till you get the desired consistency. I always advise with any mixes that you start off with small amounts when adding to anything b/c it's easier to add more than to have added too much right off the bat. I also added some tangerine essential oil to mine for a lovely citrusy scent. I may add some vanilla so that it will smell like an orange cream sicle. :D


What I Used:



  • Shea frosting #2 click here for the recipe I used for it
  • Aloe vera gel
  • Tangerine essential oil (10-20 drops)



This stuff is awesome. The aloe vera gel cuts down on the greasiness resulting from the oils and shea butter. It's great for slicking back edges for puffs and other hairstyles, twisting and braiding with, and styles where you want to set your hair like a rod set. I'm gonna try flat twisting with it. Hmm......

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Accessories That Can Mac: This Vintage Hair Pik

My dad got a head start on the "spring cleaning" in the house and gave me this vintage hair pik before I came back to the City. (He also gave me his old leather, skinny ties from the late '70s. You can see pics of them on my creative/style blog.) His sister, my late aunt, gave it to him when he rocked a serious, bad azz afro back in the '70s. It's hand crafted and one of a kind. This probably cost my aunt a pretty penny back in the day. I was so geeked when he gave it to me. How fly?!





I'm going to clean it good and polish up the wood to give it some more "sparkle". :D

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Glycerin + Winter = Dry Hair!




So I'm learning a lot about my hair this winter. Those who followed the 1st year of my natural hair journey last year, know that I mainly kept my hair in braids the duration of the winter. This is my first winter wearing my hair "out".

I learned the hard way that my hair does NOT vibe well with glycerin in the cold and dry months like it does in the humid summer. My favorite leave ins/daily moisturizers: KBB Hair Milk and Shea Moisture Shea Butter Leave In, have been banished till the spring. They both have glycerin in them and by the end of the day my hair was feeling dry, dry, DRY. At first I couldn't understand why. Then I remember reading on various hair forums about glycerin sometimes sucking moisture from your hair if there wasn't any to suck from the air.

So now I use my shea frosting as my leave in and daily moisturizer (misting on water or my moisturizing mist first). I'm going to be creating a pudding soon though and I will try moisturizing with that and leaving the frosting for sealing.

So weigh in ladies. Any of you notice this too? What say you?

Mixtress Chronicles: Shea Frosting Mix #2



While I was in the Midwest chilling with my family over the Holidays, I didn't have access to my usual supplies. I didn't bring a lot of my hair stuff b/c I just didn't feel like bringing every thing. Well, in that effort, I forgot my shea frosting! Soooo, I had a make a small batch for the duration of my stay.

I used some of my mom's (unrefined) raw shea butter and mixed it with coconut oil and EVOO (mainly more EVOO). Since it was a small amount I was making, I heated the shea butter a lil in the microwave to soften it and then stirred in the oils. To get it to cool down and solidify faster, I put it in the fridge for a bit then stirred it some more. It wasn't creamy enough so I added more EVOO till I got the consistency I desired.

I didn't use exact measurements so just eye ball it. Obviously, you want more shea butter than oil so if it's a liquid after cooling off, just add more shea butter till it gets creamy.

Easy peasy. This is an even simpler recipe for a shea frosting than my original one. (To see my other mixes, click on the "Mixtress Chronicles" tag below) This is a great introduction for the novice mixtress. :D I have one last shea frosting mixture up my sleeves so I'll post on that one once it's been created.

Stay naturally fly!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

My Finger Coils Results

So after the original finger coils post, I decided to do some on my hair. I got inspired by swdmoct06's hairstyle tutorial on YouTube.


Click on the pictures for a larger view.

My hair is at this akward length where it doesn't look nice worn (down) in individual styles like twists and coils. Maybe because it's too close to my face and I like big hair? I dunno. My twists and coils aren't voluminous, they just lay flat and really close to my head. I hate it! So these coils only stayed in overnight. Still didn't do my flat twists small enough either b/c they are still fuzzy! Grrr. Or maybe I just need to use (aloe vera) gel to do them to slick them down.


The Coil Out

Details:


  • I used my shea butter mix to flat twist and coil with.
  • I couldn't get my roots tight enough just coiling so I twisted at the root some and then coiled the rest of the hair
  • I left them in overnight and still didn't care for them in the morning so I took them out to rock the coil out
  • Absolutely luuuuuv how the coil out looked. I may just do coils overnight for the coil out

Thursday, January 7, 2010

TWA Friendly: Finger Coils

Any hair length can rock this style, but I thought that this would be an especially great hairstyle for TWAs. I wanted to try it when I had a TWA but never got around to it. This is a great protective style and if you have at least an inch or close to an inch of hair, you can achieve this look. Also, the coil out is ILL!

YouTube's NaturalKC did a fab finger coil tutorial. Check it out below. They look so easy that even the highest of the hair styling inept can do these. Shoot, I may try them on my hair now! :D



Like she stated in the vid, be careful not to make them too big or it may be an issue for them to stay together. You want to make them small enough that that doesn't happen. A possible (as I've never tried it myself) alternative to gel if you're not a gel user is a hair butter or maybe even a hair pudding. I figure if they can hold twists in, why not coils too, right? I'm going to try this when I do mine. I'll update you all how it goes and if that works.

Note. Just like twists, you can start locs with finger coils. So if you don't want your hair to loc up, I wouldn't want to keep them in for more than 2 weeks at a time b/c depending on your hair they may start. Something to keep in mind. :)

Stay naturally fly!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Accessories That Can Mac: Naturally Divine Co.



Naturally Divine is no stranger to AGrlCanMac. They kicked off the start of this feature a couple months back. (To see all the Accessories That Can Mac features so far, check out it out under the Hot Topics section labeled "Accessories That Can Mac".)

We already know her philosophy and what kind of woman rocks her fashions so enjoy the sneak peek at some of her latest designs.



I'm so diggin those peacock feather and blue suede earrings up top. Can we delicious?!

If you crave more, check out the website www.NaturallyDivineCo.com

(Naturally Divine Co. and Sofysticated Phunk might need to create a collabo pair! What say you Pamela?!)

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The Bucket List

Everyone has heard the term Bucket List, right? Well if you haven't, it's a term that means a list of things you want to do in your life before you kick the bucket (aka die). I drafted one up years ago but haven't looked at it since I drafted it up. Bad, bad, I know! I've decided to draft a new one, update it and maintain it. While I'm not archaic, the older I get the more aware I am of my mortality. There's no time like to present to start living life on earth more passionately.


Milan's Bucket List

* Get out of and stay out of credit card debt (by the end of 2011)

* Become a wife in a healthy marriage (1st)

* (THEN) Become a mother to healthy children

* Visit a country in Africa

* Visit Rio di Janero, Brazil

* Visit Miami

* Visit Milan, Italy

* Visit Tokyo

* Have my own scholarship fund for black, fashion related majors students

* Become a millionaire next door

* Visit Hawaii

* Learn how to knit (12/10: working on this right now!)

Product Review: Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion



Note: This product was sent to me for free to share my HONEST opinion with the AGCM community. I am not affiliated with this company.



Skin MD Natural reached out to me and thought that I would like this product especially since it is over 90% natural (ingredients) and they could see how much I try to promote hair care and skin care products that are more "natural", and more eco-chic. Another cool eco-chic thing about the product is that the company now uses solar power to manufacture it (and also PETA friendly-it's not tested on animals).

I wanted to use it for at least one week in efforts to give a better review.
So after more than one week of use, people (men and women can use), this product is FABULOUS! I am in love! Here's what I like about it:

Light
Non-greasy
Fast Absorbing
Uuuuuuuuuber moisturizing
Fragrance and colorant Free
Over 90% natural
Can be used on hands, face, or body

What really sold me on this product is that my face is oily. I've tried so many different "mattifying" moisturizers, "shine reducing" moisturizers, "oil-absorbing" moisturizers etc and to no avail, still oily 2 hours later. I NO LONGER HAVE OILY SKIN WITH THE USE OF SKIN MD NATURALS SHIELDING LOTION! I'm so sold ladies! Now, I don't know if this will work with everyone that has oily skin but it just might be worth a try. I'm euphoric. My skin is so smooth, hydrated, and NOT OILY! (I mainly use it on my face but it makes my hands feel great and very moisturized when I use it on them.)

How I Use It:


- Cleanse my face
- Towel blot face dry
- Apply a light layer of coconut oil (or EVOO) to face: I do this b/c I found when I used it alone it made my face feel a little tight but when I used oil underneath, face feels wonderful
- Apply Skin MD Naturals Shielding Lotion to face

Learn more about the product, why it does what it does wonderfully and Skin MD Natural by clicking here. On the site you'll also learn where to purchase and how you can get a free sample to try for yourself.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Product Review: Remington Smooth & Silky Epilator



As stated in the vid: I purchased it at Target for $40. Hope the review was helpful. Below are some close ups of the epilator.

TWA Roll Call





Many of you recently BC'd and are up against this cold weather now like what to do with my hair? Sometimes, it can be frustrating and when the going gets tough, enter relaxer stage left or give up and walk out the door with whatever, not feeling cute.

I BC'd in Decemeber (2008) and mainly kept my hair tucked away in (crochet) braids till the weather warmed back up in the spring (then it was wash n go city!). While this is a great option and worked fabulously for me, sometimes I wish I would have experimented more. Like I never tried comb coils and I should have!

So I am asking you ladies to share your TWA hairstyles that you're rocking this winter or rocked during the winter months when you had a TWA with the AGCM community and they'll be posted for inspiration to those transitioning and those that just BC'd.

The deadline to send in pics is by Monday: Januaury 18th. You can send one or two pics max each, please include your name (it can be made up if you like), and the name and/or description of the hairstyle to milan@agrlcanmac.com.

Thanks and I can't wait to feature you all! Stay naturally fly.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Cinna-Bun


I wasn't sure about this style after I finished it. The more time that went by, the more it grew on me some. It's simple, easy to do, and a pretty style that keeps your ends tucked away from the harsh elements of the cold, winter air.

I learned how to do it from MotorCityMoxie's YouTube channel.


To see the start of the tutorial fast forward to 6:13 of the this first video.




Try it out!

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