Monday, August 30, 2010

Healthy Beauty Project's Todra Talks Healthy Cosmetics

Hey kurlies. I'm slowly catching up on posts. Today, let's give one of my buddies, Todra Payne from Healthy Beauty Project, a warm welcome as a guest blogger on here. I'm so excited to have her contributing here because her knowledge in the beauty world and on bio skin care and cosmetic options is amazing. You guys should definitely check out her site when you get finished reading the article below. Enjoy!

When I first realized I wanted to work in the beauty industry, I was 18 years old and just a perfume spray girl at A&S. Sam Fine worked at the Fashion Fair counter across from my station, where he doled out sage like wisdom on everything from how I should do my eyes to where to buy better hair for my fake ponytail.

Back in the day, Fashion Fair was the makeup brand for women of color. My mom used it. All of my aunts used it. Actually, every black woman I knew used it. But despite its marketing focus on “us,” I still couldn’t find my shade of foundation. So, I mixed several colors to get what I wanted. You ladies know what I’m talking about.

But thank goodness, today is a new day. I still don’t trust brands like Clinique to make foundation colors that don’t leave me looking like the old black Barbies – dusty gray. But there are makeup lines that are doing an amazing job of stepping up to plate with their products for the caramel to brown customer.

Mainstream brands like Becca and Mac offer a wide range of foundations that are true to real skin tones. While boutique mineral brands like Priia and Eve Organics are providing healthy choices in beautiful shades.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Craving Something New

With fall fast approaching, I have started developing the urge to do something different with my hair. I'm thinking I want to revisit crochet braids for a bit and cut the hair into a style something like below and this way I can play around with color without committing to it for real just yet.

Tanika Ray
[Image from FuckYeahNaturalHair]

I might do it soon because I need to let my hair rest some... Or maybe I'll try mini twists again? I haven't done them in a while. Maybe my hair looks better in them now. We'll see.

I just crave an even more carefree hairstyle for a bit.

Waist Length Challenge Updates are coming! I just have to get everything together and take my own length check pictures. I meant to do it this weekend but I was out enjoying life and the beautiful weather.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Product Review: Bee Mine Deja's Hair Milk

Hey kinky kurlies! I am almost back full speed. Still adjusting to working again. I get home and feel like going to sleep. Lol. I am almost there so I appreciate you all bearing with me because I'm so behind on posts! I've got yet another product review.

So after my success with their [Bee Mine Products] cream moisturizer, I decided (to buy stock in them when they go public. Lol and) to succumb to curiousity and give their Deja's Hair Milk a try. The cream moisturizer, I got for free. I paid for this and let me tell you the customer service I received was phenomenal and shipping was super fast. It shipped (the cheapest option available) on a Monday and by Wednesday, my order had arrived (I can't gaurantee this for everyone. I live on the east coast and her products ship from the east coast, Florida, so this may vary depending on where you live).

I like this even BETTER than the cream. I got the coconut cream scent and it has my hair smelling delish and softens and moisturizes it like nobody's business. My hair easily absorbs this product and my hair is softened immediately. I like this better than my old time favorite: Shea Moisture Conditioning Milk. Its consistency did throw me off a bit though. It's more "wet", like a light gel almost. It is not as thick as most other lotions and milks that I have used/tried in the past but that doesn't discredit its awesome moisture retaining "powers". AND IT'S GLYCERIN FREE! Yay! I look forward to seeing how it fares for my hair in the cold months.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Accessories That Can Mac from Mojo Spa Style

[Image from Mojo Spa Style]

This Sage Green Cotton Flower Bib Necklace by Mojo Spa Style is pure dopeness. It will add a little character to any outfit you pair it with.

For purchasing info, visit HERE

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Petroleum Jelly Without the Petroleum?

Image from Carol's Daughter

I haven't been following Carol's Daughter lately (I've never tried any of the products) but I was reading MopTop Maven's interview with Lisa Price, the creator and owner of Carol's Daughter. She mentioned one of her products called Body Jelly. It's a bio product (I've taken to calling natural ingredient products "bio" products. That's also what they are dubbed in Europe.) version of an ol skool favorite, petroleum jelly.

I was sad to part with it when I found how bad for you it was because it was a hair care and skin care staple for me and my family; pretty much ALL black people! Back in the day, nothing could beat it. It kept your lips from getting chap and kept moisture locked into your hair and body for days. Nothing has kept my feet softer, than some good ol petroleum jelly (and socks worn overnight). So imagine my delight when Lisa started talking about this as one of their popular body care products [in the interview].

Haven't decided how soon I'm going to get it though b/c the mixtress in me wants to try to make my own version. Chicoro (EDIT 8/24/10: I took the original link away from Chicoro's name because people are saying fotki is giving them viruses. I talked about this months ago but thought it was just me. Anywho, the link is safe now and directs you to her website.) has an un-petrolateum jelly recipe she makes herself and has great success with.

The Deets:
Product Name: Carol's Daughter Body Jelly (16oz)
Price: $15
Where to Buy: Carol's Daughter boutiques (NYC), Select Macy's,

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Product Review: Bee Mine Luscious Balanced Cream Moisturizer

Remember this was on my wish list? Tracey, the creator and owner of Bee Mine Products, was kind enough to gift this to me to try. Thank you again, Tracey! (I have the 8 oz size, which in a regular instance when I would pay, costs $18)

It's a light cream and smells heavenly: light and lemony. It scores MAJOR points in my book because it's glycerin free. Most of you that have been with this blog for a while know, my hair all but hates glycerin and only tolerates it in small amounts (It used to like it a lot in the past but now it hates it.). So any moisturizing products that are without glycerin are products after my hair's heart. I use this cream as needed to keep my hair soft and moisturized. I just have to be careful not to get too heavy handed with it or my hair can feel a little greasy. A little goes a long way with this so this 8 oz jar should last me a while. There's a huuuuge possibility that this will become a staple.

Please note: It does have hydrolyzed wheat protein as one of the ingredients. It's towards the end of the list so this means there is not a major concentration of it. This is a light protein so for the protein sensitive, if you use it daily it could leave your hair feeling hard. I will not make definite statements, because it may or may not do this for yours. Everyone's hair is individual.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Product Review: Yes to Cucumbers Conditoner

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So, I'm starting to get in the groove of things with the new job and all. Thank you everyone for your warm words and wishes. They are greatly appreciated!

Now onto the review. I got this from Walgreens for $10 recently. There is one within walking distance from me and I find myself in there for no good reason sometimes but to simply look around. One of my milling around sessions led me to discovering that they carry Yes to Carrots products and the Yes to Cucumbers conditioner too.

I heard such great things about it from It's Just Hair and decided to give it a try. Boy am I glad that I did. I dig that this conditioner is over 90% natural/eco-friendly ingredients and it softened my hair like whoa. It has awesome slip and I didn't have to use a lot of it to detangle with at all. When I first tried it, I was working with hair that hadn't been washed or combed in a lil over 2 weeks! Now that's what I'm talking about.

I used it as a leave in too with great results. My hair is so soft and just feels great. Now I'm curious to try the Yes to Carrots one. Hmm....

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Small Hiatus Coming Up

Checking in to let you all know that there may not be posts up for a bit and my response to any emails may take longer. After being unemployed for 1 year and 9 months, I finally secured a job and start next week! Praises can go to no one more than God. I did my best to keep my eyes on God, trust him with my whole heart and keep a positive attitude amongst my highs and lows on this journey and he has/had never forsaken me. I am also in the process of moving as I type and will get back to it, the minute I finish this post. With all these transitions, a new journey starts for me and I'm thankful for all the experiences I had and all the wisdom I attained in the process. I'm a stronger and more confident woman now; more of who I

I will be back soon, if not next week, the week after. Just need to get readjusted. I have lots of great material to bring to you guys once I am. Until then, browse around and read what I have up. I have had this blog for now over 2 years (!) so get comfy and read some of my older material if you like.

Stay Naturally Fly,


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Spotted: Goody Moonlit Stroll Headwrap

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Earlier this week, I went on some adventures in Brooklyn with my girl, Kat from The Naturalista Files. It was a beautiful day and our spirits were high especially after a pitcher of red sangria and delicious South African food. (You can see pics from our adventure that day on my creative blog. If you ever want to know what I'm up to outside of hair, you'll be able to see some of the havoc I reek over there.)

Goody sent me a bunch of goodies, pun intended, from their summer, La Cabana collection recently. I decided I wanted to rock a fro (a braid out that I teased/fluffed out of submission) for the day and the Moonlit Stroll Headwrap was perfect for keeping hair out of my face, had a cute design and accented my outfit that day perfectly.

The La Cabana collection is available exclusively at Target till October. I'll be doing some more posts highlighting more of the accessories from this collection. Be on the lookout.

Disclosure: This product was given to me free of charge to use at my discretion/share with AGCM readers. I am not affiliated with Goody and I am not being paid for this. These are my unbiased opinions that are simply to inspire you to jazz up your hair styles with some cute accessories.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

NYC Naturals Meet Up

Hey ladies in the greater New York City area. My girl Kat from The Naturalista Files, has planned a natural hair meet up. Below are the quick details:

What: Natural Hair Meet Up
Where: Madiba Restaurant 195 Dekalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205
When: Saturday, August 14th, 2010 from 12 noon -4p
Why: We want to celebrate and talk natural hair, eat some great food and meet other naturals

To be able to attend, YOU MUST RSVP. You will not be able to join us if you haven't. Visit her blog HERE for details on how to RSVP.

Hope to see some of you there!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Hairstyles: Retro "Rosie the Riveter" Inspired Style

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Another dangerous hairstyle I've been going to lately. This style is the epitome of "5 minute chic". Having a bad hair day and want to look semi decent while running errands or brunch with your girlfriends? Slap on a pretty scarf, put a hump in the front and you are good to go. There's no such thing as a bad hair day anymore. This is a great summer style when you want to keep your hair out of the way and protected from the hot sun and elements without losing your fly factor.

Learn how to do this hairstyle HERE

Hairstyles: Vintage Roll Up-Do

I drew inspiration from this style from YouTuber, NappiSwetPea84. She recently posted a tutorial for a vintage hair do that's straight up dangerous. I just had to put my own spin on it and I quite fancy the outcome. #watchmework All I did was pin up the back. Then the rest of the hair in the front, I would take small sections, roll and pin them down. Took me no more than 15 minutes to complete.

Definitely channeled my inner Shinghai Shoniwa, big time. I wore this to a job interview last week.


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