4 things I regret about going natural

I have always been attracted to natural hair, the kinks, the curls, and coils.  I would always admire them from a far and think to myself my hair is wayyyy to nappy to go natural.  Please don’t get mad at me for my usage of the word “nappy” but my mind was conditioned to see my hair as bad or ugly.  Here I am for a lack of better works “happy to be nappy” I did the big chop and have been living this 4c life for almost 2 years.  Enough about my big chop saga, I’m sure you want to know my natural hair regrets.

  1. My biggest regret is not documenting my big chop.  I wish I had pictures to look back on so that I can see where I started.
  2. Hiding my hair under braids and not taking a chance to learn my hair. I was not fearful of cutting my hair off but I was not comfortable wearing my hair out.  All I could see was my peanut head and immediately took cover.  I would literally take one protective style down and have another waiting on deck.
  3. Getting a cute shape up. This plays into the whole hiding my hair thing but I wish I would have gone to a salon and got a cute taper style.  Now that my hair has grown out some I feel like it can really use a shape. Now I still have time to change this but now that my hair has grown out I don’t trust a stylist in it.
  4. Product junkie.  Watching all of these beauty gurus spending all of my little coin on products expecting these miraculous results.  I was steady jumping on waves y’all! (sidenote: I still fall victim to this)

I love my natural hair and wish I had taken the leap sooner, so if you’ve learned anything from this post is to embrace your hair at all stages.

 

Peace!

Thank God it’s Natural

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My second attempt at doing a twist out and I must say not too shabby!! I achieved this look using TGIN line from start to finish, and I am excited to share my experience with you all. Now I’m a shampoo girl, my scalp just doesn’t feel right if I don’t use it ( Keep in mind I protective style like 80% of the time) Now I didn’t find anything particularly amazing about the shampoo.  I mean it did the job my scalp and hair was cleansed, my hair didn’t feel striped of all it’s oils but overall it didn’t wow me.  I moved on to the rinse conditioner to try to do some detangling of my hair and it was alright ( Herbal Essences gets the job done for like $6 bruhhh so I’ll stick with that.  Let’s get into the stars of the show, the Honey Miracle Deep Conditioner is amazing.  It detangled my 4c hair with ease and after sitting under my hooded dryer with a plastic cap on it left my hair feeling soft and manageable.  The Green Tea Super Moist Leave In Conditioner was nice and moisturizing how ever it didn’t glide through my hair with the slip and ease that my stable conditioner do, how ever I did feel like my hair was moisturized.  I followed that with butter cream moisturizer and this is amazing for kinky girls.  This product glides through hair and leaves hair feeling very moisturized and it smells heavenly.  Lastly the twist and define cream, I was curious because one of my favorite youtubers Nappyfu had raved about this product so I had to see for myself.  This product had great slip and I must say amazing hold and I do believe it was the star in get my twist out to be super defined.  I did experience a small amount a flaking but I attribute that to me adding too many products ( You know doing toooo much) but it wasn’t so ridiculous that it looked like I had dandruff.

I would definitely recommend this product for those of us with thick kinky hair.  You let me know are you feeling my twistout results?

 

Vegan “Fried Chicken”

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Well it has been a while since my last blog post and I really don’t have an excuse, just know that I’m backkkkk…  So social media has been going crazy ever since “What the Health” dropped on Netflix, and all of a sudden we are all vegans.  Seriously, though I wasn’t that faze by the documentary it was good for what it was but I seen “Earthlings” a few years ago and that was an eye opener.  I highly recommend checking it out just make sure you have a strong stomach.  Now I’m no vegan but I am fascinated by the lifestyle and curious about the hundreds of recipes I look at wondering is this really good?!  Today I decided to take on one of my favorites fried chicken and lets just say I was pleasantly surprised.  This recipe was inspired by Sweet Potato Soul check her out on youtube.

Feel free to alter the recipe remember that cooking is suppose to be fun so do you…

What you’ll need…

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon of cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • throw some black pepper in there
  • 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of paprika
  • Some HOT SAUCE I used Franks Red ( I would recommend 1/4 cup)
  • 1/4 cup Almond Milk (or what ever floats your boat, just make sure it’s unsweetened and dairy free if you want that vegan experience)
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • Vegetable oil ( Use the oil you like, remember to do YOU)

Lets do this.

Mix all the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet ingredients in another bowl.

Cut your cauliflower into chicken like pieces (YUMMY)

If you have a deep fryer use that if not a pot should definitely get the job done.  ( preheat your stove on medium high heat.

Now it’s time to get the batter ready. dip your cauliflower in the wet mix and then in your dry mix making sure to coat the vegetable fully.  Then dip the coated cauliflower back in the wet bowl and then back into the dry mix for the delicious double coated skin.

Now it’s time for the magic!!!

Fry it up in the POT!!! Cook for 5minutes until you get that yummy golden “skin”… NO ANIMALS WERE HARMED FOR THIS RECIPE.

 

This recipe was ChenSoPosh approved!! I was skeptical I must admit because in the past I have tried Cauliflower buffalo wings and lets just say I wasn’t impressed.  My “fried chicken” was crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, I was pleasantly surprised and I will be trying this recipe out again.

 

 

My favorite brow products!

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I’ll be the first to admit that I am what you would call frugal, I believe in saving as many coins as possible.  I know that Anastasia Beverly Hills brow wiz is the KING of eyebrows and I’m positive that it’s worth the $21.00 price tag but I can’t see myself taking the plunge.  Part of me wants to try it but the other part is like ummmm you’ve been slaying you’re brows just fine using your budget friendly products.  So I want to share my favorite brow products with you, so we can all slay on a budget.

BH Cosmetics $6.99

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I love this brow pencil because it is easy to use and helps me to achieve a natural brow.

NYX Eyebrow Gel $7.00

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When I first purchased this product I did not like it at all.  It took some practice but once I got he hang of it… BABBBBBYYYYYYYYYY! Once it sets it leaves you with a nice brow that will not budge.  Great for those super hot days.

Colourpop brow pencil $5.00

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An oldie but a goodie! The formula of this brow pencil is so creamy & smooth and you can’t beat the price!

Model in a bottle $12.95 ( I get mine on Amazon.com)

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Lastly, I love using Model in a bottle to prevent my brows from rubbing off throughout the day.  I use this product to seal my brows and it creates a water proof barrier that will have your brows poppin!!!  It’s a staple product for me.

 

 

What are some of your favorite brow products?

 

Shopping on a budget

 

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This vest is so dope, I knew I had to have it.  I didn’t want anything to take away from the vest so I paired it with a white t-shirt dress and some cute shoes.  This look is casual and fun and I got it all on a budget!!! You don’t have to break the bank to be cute you just have to shop around and follow the deals.  Whenever fashionNova.com offers a discount code of 30% or more I take full advantage. In addition to coupon codes I also search the sales items to get more bang for my buck.  Those are my tips for being cute on a budget, happy savings…

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Denim vest: Fashion Nova

T-Shirt dress: Fashion Nova

Shoes:  Justfab

Sunglasses: Amazon

Watch: Bertha (Groupon)

Why I love Avocado Smoothies

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I know what you’re thinking, girl what do you find appetizing about drinking guacamole?  Hear me out though, because an avocado can really transform your smoothies. Avocados are an amazing fruit and very beneficial to our overall health.  Avocados are loaded with potassium, far more than a banana and potassium can reduce blood pressure.  I needed a way to incorporate more avocados into my diet to help lower my blood pressure when I came across avocado smoothies.  In addition to lowering blood pressure they can also lower the cholesterol levels.  Avocados are heart friendly!!!  The added benefit avocados are a healthy fat and I wanted to gain weight but I didn’t want to gorge on bad food causing health issues.

I was certainly nervous when I blended my first avocado smoothie, I didn’t know what to expect.  I was pleasantly surprised the texture and the taste was pretty good and has quickly become my go-to smoothie.  I have perfected two smoothie recipes that I am excited to share with you all.

The first smoothie is an easy way to test the water if you are a nervous about how a avocado smoothie may taste.

Mango Avocado Smoothie

1/2 cup Frozen Mango

1 cup Almond Milk

1 Avocado

1 Banana

1 tablespoon Honey (Optional)

The second smoothie is one of my favorites and super tasty.

Avocado Smoothie

1 Avocado

1 Banana

1 cup Almond Milk

1 teaspoon Cinnamon

1 tablespoon Honey

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

If you try one of the smoothies please let me know how you like it!!!

 

 

L’Oreal Pure-Clay Mask

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I was so excited when L’oreal dropped their facial mask and I could not wait to get my hands on them.  I decided to go with the Purify & Mattifly mask because the summer months are approaching and I need to be ready to combat my oily T-Zone area.  First things first, the packaging is EVERYTHING, it is so elegant and gives the product a luscious feel.  The product claims that it is for all skin types and it also claims;

Skin is perfectly clean and clear

Pores look unclogged with all impurities removed,

Skin looks less shiny and excess sebum is reduced

Skin looks smoother

Now the first thing I notice upon opening the product is the strong scent of baby powder.  I was a bit concerned about the scent and how that would work on people with sensitive skin.  The application was smooth and there wasn’t any tingling sensation that I usually feel with facial mask, so it was very comfortable.  I washed the masked off and continued the rest of my skin routine.

My skin was still noticeably oily and that was the main reason I purchased this product.  However, it was not extremely harsh on my skin so it would work well on dryer skin types.  With regular use the product claims to improve skin over time and the product is certainly gentle enough to do so.  I give this product 1 star it did not work well for my skin.

Biore’ Charcoal Pore Minimizer

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One of my biggest skin battles would be my pores, I’m always on the hunt for a new product to minimize their appearance and to keep blackheads from forming.  I’m trying to get that baby soft skin y’all!!!  Although our genetics play a role in how visible our pores may be a good skin care routine can keep them clean and prevent breakouts.  Oil and dirt trapped in our pores can cause them to be more visible and of course lead to a breakout.  That’s also why it is so important to clean your face properly after wearing makeup because you don’t want it trapped in your pores. Well baby let me introduce you to Biore’s Charcoal Pore Minimizer!

This product is a miracle worker and I’m so happy that I have implemented into my skincare regimen. I’m a big believer that if the product has charcoal in it, it will be amazing.  It claims that is can minimize the appearance of pores by deep cleansing the skin.  It has gentle exfoliation that cleanses the skin without over drying it.  I would say after using this product for the past few weeks that I am impressed.  I use it on my work days because I work in a factory and my skin gets really oily after a long 12 hours of work.  It’s recommended to use no more than 3 times a week, that is very important you don’t want to over exfoliate your skin because that can result in irritation.  Since using this product I’ve notice that my pores are not as visible as before and that my skin has improved overall.  I would give this product 5 stars!!!!

How I install my Faux locs

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Faux locs are one of my favorite protective styles and so easy to achieve on your own with the help of crochet braids.  Crochet braids ( latch hook) are lightweight and don’t place a lot of tension on the hair like traditional braids.  We all know that traditional braids can definitely hit our pockets with the goddess loc trend costing around $300-$400 dollars.  I got this style for under $20 and in just 4 1/2 hours and without cornrowing my hair.  If you are interested in seeing how I achieved this look please watch my video.

Click the link  to watch the demo… Faux Locs