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Daytime Smokey Eye with Shea Moisture Cosmetics

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We received the Shea Moisture Mineral Eyeshadow Palette, Luscious Lipstick in Berry and Curl and Define lipstick for our review.

Since their launch back in 2014, I have been a huge fan of Shea Moisture Cosmetics. The eye shadows and lipsticks worked really well and I always received compliments on my looks when wearing it.

Shea Moisture Cosmetics Collection

My complete Shea Moisture Cosmetics Collection

When we received our Quarterly Sheabassador box, I literally jumped for joy because I wanted to try the latest eye shadow palette and mascara (they were literally saved in my Ulta shopping cart to purchase). We also received the Shea Butter Luscious Lipstick in Berry.

 

Shea Moisture Cosmetics

Items from the Sheabassador box

The Mineral Eyeshadow palette was Volcanic Stone. Like all Shea Moisture cosmetics products, they are free of parabens, talc, gluten, sulfates, silicone, phthalates, mineral oil and synthetic fragrances. You can use it dry for a soft look or wet for a more dramatic look or line the eyelids.

Shea Moisture swatches

Left to Right – Rock Crystal | Druzy | Sunstone | Rechelle | Lanaia | Onyx

While I had some time last weekend, I decided to play in my new makeup. I went into my stash and used the Sheer Foundation (this is discontinued, but you can use the CC Cream or Weightless Serum Foundation). From the Palette, I used Druzy on my brow bone, Sunstone on my crease and Lanaia  on my lids. To finish the look, I  used the Ultra Curl and Define Mascara and Berry lipstick. For an extra glow, add on the Illuminating Mineral Bronzer. Here’s my look.

Shea Moisture Cosmetics Final Look

If you’re interested in the other Shea Butter Luscious lipsticks, check my swatch video below:

 

 

Have you tried the Shea Moisture Cosmetics line?

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10 Natural Hair Leave-In Conditioners Under $10

10 Natural Hair Leave-In Conditioners Under $10
This is not a sponsored post, but does contain some affiliate links. All opinions expressed are my own.

A leave-in conditioner is the first step in the L.O.C method. If you have an issue with keeping your hair moisturized, this method may be for you. Leave-in conditioners are used for detangling the hair after washing and before styling. You can also use a spray based leave-in conditioner to refresh your hair daily. If you’re looking for some new products, here are ten leave-in conditioners under $10.

Inspire by Made Beautiful Leave-in Detangling Conditioner

Inspire by Made Beautiful Leave-in Conditioner

Average Cost: $8-9

Uses:

Inspire by Made Beautiful Coconut Leave-in Detangling Conditioner contains coconut milk, honey, and shea butter, all great ingredients used to add moisture and help ease the detangling process.

Creme of Nature with Argan Oil Strength and Shine Leave-In Conditioner

Creme of Nature with Argan Oil Strength and Shine Leave-In Conditioner

Average Cost: $5-8

Uses:

Creme of Nature with Argan Oil Strength and Shine Leave-In Conditioner contains Argan Oil and a strengthening protein to improve hair strength, protect against damage, add shine and moisturize.

True by Made Beautiful Nourishing Leave-in Conditioner

Nourishing Leave In Conditioner

Average Cost: $8-9

Uses:

A Type 4 staple, True by Made Beautiful Nourishing Leave-in Conditioner gives amazing “slip” for detangling and moisturizing. Check out Kory’s review of the True line below.

Taliah Waajid Naturals Shea Coco Condition Daily Leave In Conditioner

Taliah Waajid Naturals Shea Coco Condition Daily Leave In Conditioner

Average Cost: $8-9

Uses:

The Taliah Waajid Naturals Shea Coco Condition Daily Leave In Conditioner moisturizes and conditions the hair while adding shine. It can be used on both wet or dry hair as well as all textures of hair.

EDEN BodyWorks Coconut Shea Leave-In Conditioner

EDEN BodyWorks Coconut Shea Leave-In Conditioner

Average Cost: $ 7-9

Uses:

EDEN BodyWorks Coconut Shea Leave-In Conditioner has to be my absolute favorite. It is lightweight, creamy and works well as the first step in the styling process. Check my full review of the Eden BodyWorks coconut Shea line here.

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10 Natural Hair Conditioners Under $10

10 Natural Hair Conditioners Under $10
This is not a sponsored post, but does contain some affiliate links. All opinions expressed are my own.

It’s week four of our 10 under $10 series and this week we’re sharing conditioners under $10. The good thing about conditioners in general are they have multi uses. You can use it as a cowash, mix it with some water in a spray bottle as a daily hair mist or use it to shave your legs if it doesn’t work well in your hair. Here’s this week’s list of natural hair conditioners available for under $10.

Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Curl Nourish Conditioner

Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Curl Nourish ConditionerAverage Cost: $3-5

Uses:

The Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Curl Nourish Conditioner provides a gentle cleanse that doesn’t strip hair’s natural moisture and provides the care of triple nourishment for stronger hair with well defined, smoother curls. It also claims to keep curls frizz free for up to three day.

EDEN BodyWorks JojOba Monoi Revitalizing Conditioner

EDEN BodyWorks JojOba Monoi Revitalizing Conditioner

Average Cost: $6-9

Uses:

Eden BodyWork’s Jojoba Monoi Revitalizing Conditioner is good for all hair types and designed to penetrate the hair from root to tip. It contains humectants that help to repair, condition and restore shine to dry hair.

INSPIRE Creamy Coconut Conditioner

INSPIRE Creamy Coconut Conditioner

 

Average Cost: $8.99

Uses:

The Inspire Creamy Coconut Conditioner softens and strengthens the hair. It contains shea butter, honey and coconut oil to improve manageability and make hair easier to detangle.

Suave Naturals Conditioner

Suave Naturals Conditioner

Average Cost: $0.99-5

Uses:

Suave Naturals Conditioners have definitely come in handy on Walmart Runs during vacation. It’s cheap, sulfate free and hypoallergenic. There are different variations of this brand. My personal favorite happens to be coconut.

Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Sulfate-Free Hydrating Cream Conditioner

Cantu Sulfate-Free Hydrating Cream Conditioner

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Summer 16 Natural Hair Favorites

Summer 16 Natural Hair Favorites

It feels like a few weeks ago we just hosted Mini n Me and now summer is almost over. I’ve been on a “no buy” all summer, but there are some products I just kept reaching for on wash days. Here’s a list of my five natural hair favorites for Summer ’16.

Taliah Waajid 2 in 1 Shea-Coco Conditioning Co-Wash

Taliah Waajid Shea-Coco Conditioning Co-Wash Conditioning Co-Wash

I totally misjudged this Taliah Waajid line in general, but the Shea-Coco Conditioning Co-Wash reconfirmed my hair’s love for coconut oil and Shea butter. It also left my hair soft and smelling good; I secretly wished I was laying on a beach sippin a colada after using this for wash day.

Naturalicious Moisture Infusion Styling Creme

Naturalicious Moisture Infusion Styling Creme

I used this product so much, I completely finished it. The Moisture Infusion Styling Creme brought moisture and shine to my hair without weighing it down and left my twistout and braidout styles poppin. Don’t believe me? Check my Twist and Curl video below:

Obia Naturals Curl Hydration Spray

OBIA Natural Hair Care Curl Hydration Spray

Another product finished this summer was the Obia Naturals Curl Hydration Spray. It was my daily leave-in no matter the hairstyle I wore.

Creme of Nature Argan Oil Perfect Edges

Creme of Nature Argan Oil Perfect Edges

 

I BARELY lay my edges because edge control be like ‘5 min’, but when I wanted a sleek look, Creme of Nature Argan Oil Perfect Edges was my go-to for laying them down. It gives a hold without flaking and is formulated to strengthen the hair while moisturizing.

Ecostyler Argan oil custard

Eco Argan oil custard

Summer ’16 has been wash and go season for me. The Eco custard gave me the same definition as the regular Ecostyler gel, but with a soft hold.

Natural hair favorites

What have been your natural hair favorites this summer?

Beauty Health and Fitness Lifestyle

Relaxing with Health, Beauty & Wellness Groupons

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This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.

Relaxing consists of my daily commute to work or the ten minutes I get in the restroom before little hands ask, “What are you doing in there?” Moms need to  take time for themselves so they don’t feel the burnout from theall day, everyday decision making of on the go activities.  When was the last time you were able to relax and pamper yourself? 

Below, I’ll show you some groupons that will not break the bank and provide you with a relaxing experience for your health, your beauty and your wellness. 

Health:  At Infinity Float spa, floating in a super-concentrated solution of warmed water and Epsom salts, clients can let go of stress as their body floats weightlessly promoting total relaxation. You could also receive a great massage like the one provided by Better Body Solutions

Beauty: Pampering yourself can extend beyond getting a weekly manicure and pedicure. Have you ever had a relaxing facial or had a stylist play in your hair giving your grays a needed hair color?  

Wellness: Sleep is a very necessary act that most people do not get enough of. Imagine if with all the other reasons you can not sleep, someone close to you is snoring up a storm. The average body requires 8-10 hours of uninterrupted sleep. Mars Wellness Original, helps prevent sleep-disrupting snoring for the person and their partner. Along with the proper sleep, fitness and therapeutic oils offer a relaxing experience for the health, beauty and wellness of the human body.

So how do you pamper and relax yourself?   

In Our Opinion Lifestyle

The Get Down in the Boogie Down

Netflix The Get Down

The Get Down in the Boogie Down

If you are a true hip hop aficionado, you will enjoy the sounds of The Get Down, although the first Baz Luhrmann directed episode took a minute for me to get through. A Netflix series that sets place in the late 70’s in the South Bronx, also known as the Boogie Down. The show revolves around the main teenage characters Ezekiel and Mylene, played by Justice Smith and Herizen F. Guardiola respectively. He loves her and she tries to keep him in the friend zone as she pursues a career in disco, with dreams of leaving the ghetto. Along for the six-part series, are a few friends including Jaden Smith who plays Dizzee, an eccentric character that displays his artistic talents on the walls, and subways of the neighborhood.

The highlight of the first episode is a poem Ezekiel doesn’t want to recite in front of his class on the last day of school. I loved the poem so much, I searched for it but came up empty handed. If you watch the show and know the words that make up the emotional piece of art, let me know. Something tells me that it may relate to lyrics to one of hip hop’s greatest lyricists Nas’, songs. Nas is one of the Executive Producers of this Netflix drama.

Netflix The Get Down

The idea of The Get Down is confusing at first, is it about teenage love in the controversy of poverty? Is it about the dynamics of forming bonds and relationships with different people in the same environment? Is it about the desire to be something bigger than you ever thought to be because of all the obstacles that lie before you, that show you cannot be this and cannot be that? All of these what ifs, make up the six first episodes of The Get Down. It’s the 70’s so there are drugs, there are afros, and there are bell bottom pants. In another universe, this is my era. Corruption in the government, the introduction to NYC Mayor Ed Koch, the big NYC blackout, family drama and disco music, lots of disco music. Along with the disco, we see how the music industry slowly introduces us to a new sound we know as the start of hip hop.

Hip Hop iconic Grandmaster Flash is portrayed by actor Mamoudou Athie who mentors Ezekiel’s troublesome friend Shaolin, to the art of being a great DJ. It is DJ Shaolin that sees “wordsmith” potential in Ezekiel and the desire for them both to put their frustration at life into their art. With Shaolin learning how to spin the records at the right time, and Ezekiel, now renamed Books, being the Master of Ceremonies (MC), they form a group called the ‘Fantastic 4 + 1’.

Netflix The Get Down

The Get Down, similar to other musical stories, has room to grow. The second part of this show premieres in 2017, and I’ll be tuning in to see the growth of Ezekiel’s poetry to a beat, and his love for Mylene; Shaolin’s battle between the streets and his passion for being a DJ, will his choice be what’s best for him and the group?

Have you watched Netflix’s show The Get Down? What do you think?