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Get Ready With Me: Friendsgiving Brunch with Type 4 Naturals

Friendsgiving Brunch with Type 4 Naturals

If you’ve been following us online, you might’ve seen us promoting a Friendsgiving Brunch. We’ve hosted several brunch events in the past and thought it’d be great to do one around the Thanksgiving holiday. Our Friendsgiving Brunch was last weekend and we had a great time chatting with old and new friends. The event was at Harlem Tavern and featured brands such as Up Mountain Switchel, Amazin’ RaisinKokie Cosmetics, MiracleFlax and Rooted Treasure. We also featured brands like Marc Anthony True Professional and Cherokeeweah in our raffle giveaways.

Cheers

Amazin Raisin

Cherokeewah

Some ladies expressed interest in my hairstyle so I’m sharing it in this post. Due to packing swag bags the night before I had two choices: a low faux bun or a wash and go. I chose the latter and cowashed my hair the next day with the Jane Carter Curl Drench Cleansing Co-Wash following up with the Bee Mine Organics BEE•U•Ti• FUL Moisturizing Deep Conditioner.

Cowash and Deep Conditioner

After finger detangling, I used a combination of the Jane Carter Untangle Me Weightless Leave-in, Kinky Tresses Nourishing Hair Oil and Coconut Mango Hair Butter to moisturize and seal.

A few months ago I shared my general method of how to get a bomb wash and go for your kinky hair. In addition to making sure it is wet and detangled, I included that you should use products that work. Since I was limited with time, I used the Coconut Mango Hair Butter as my styler. Using the butter sealed in more moisture than gel and I still got definition. I think it looks a bit more fuller than usual too. Here is the final look.

Final result friendsgiving

Have you ever done a wash and go without gel on your kinky hair? How did it turn out?

Beauty

Facials Over at Wink Brow Bar

Facials over at Wink Brow Bar have to be one of the best facials in NYC. I was asked to come in to try their new facial services, and at first I was a little hesitant. I have gotten several facials over the last couple of years and while most of the facial sessions were good, some were too harsh for my Black skin. However, the facial I got from Wink Brow Bar is honestly one of my best experiences.

I arrived and met with Zara Mohsin, Visiting skincare expert at Wink Brow Bar. I was immediately put at ease by her warm personality. I went into the room used for facials and felt even better as the ambiance of the room calmed me. I had makeup on but Zara was able to start evaluating my skin even before she had washed my makeup off. How cool is that? If you’ve seen my other posts or Instagram feed you know I do a flawless full face of makeup (yep, shes that good). So after Zara gently cleansed off my makeup she was able to evaluate my skin even further. Then she was able to tailor my facial to my exact skin needs, which at the time was dry skin layers on the top and trapped oil beneath it. Zara went to work on my face exfoliating, treating and massaging and I felt so relaxed the whole time, as if I was in some sort of blissful beauty sleep. After it was done she gave me instructions on how to care for my skin until my next facial. I felt great and my skin wasn’t red, it just had a glow and sheen I’ve never seen before. Days later my pores were able to do their job, they purged any remaining excess oils and now my skin is smoother, softer and no longer super oily. Time to add facials back into my beauty regimen. I’m now a fan and a believer in The Skin Whisperer– Zara Mohsin.

My skin a week after my facial at Wink Brow Bar.

Zara’s info can be found at zaramohsin.com. Zara’s facials are customized and include whatever you could need to deal with all the layers of your personal skin concerns. She does a full skin analysis, a prescriptive regimen and treatments. She is also available at anytime for any concerns. Wink Brow Bar takes an approach that this is holistic, where she deals with the skin as an important organ tied in with the rest of your body and lifestyle. Zara Mohsin, Visiting skincare expert Wink Brow Bar is available at all locations. The products used for facials are by Dr. Rimpler – from Germany and around for decades, they are all natural, created by Holistic Chemists.
Wink Brow Bar not only provides great luxiourious facials (affordably priced starting at $110), they offer services for brows such as top of the line threading which I wrote about here. Give them a try and let us know what you think.
Family Lifestyle

5 Cool Thanksgiving STEM Activities

Thanksgiving is here! That means it is wicked cold outside, the kids are out of school, and somehow you have to figure out how to juggle entertaining the kids, cleaning for guests, and prepping the turkey. I mean really!

This year I told myself I was absolutely going to keep the kids busy without me (and hopefully without too much of a screen either). In the summer my answer for kid free time is always to get them out of the house and onto their bikes, but in the winter the challenge is a bit tougher. Add to it the fact that I’m not so keen on tiny hands magically snapping up all of my pumpkin pie before I get it to the table.

To get them out of my hair I came up with 5 great science projects for them to work on. Best of all, these fun science activities use just a few ingredients: cranberries, toothpicks, popcorn kernels, soda water, and foil covers most of them! Check out the ideas and links below to learn all the science behind the scenes so you can sound like a genius when they ask you questions!

Stem Activities

5 Cool Thanksgiving STEM Activities

1. Make sugar glass and calibrate your oven.

Make sugar glass cookies while learning about how things can change their shapes.

2. Learn to use a magic tablecloth

This is a fun science project that is sure to get a lot of oooohs and aahhhhs, but make not to use your best china!

3. Create Dancing Corn

Let your kids mix up a contained mess as they learn both chemistry and physics.

4. Engineer Cranberry Ships

Learn structural engineering in this fun science project that lets kids build with just cranberries and toothpicks!

5. Create a secret spice route map or write a secret message

Learn how to make invisible ink and reveal messages with cranberry juice.

If your kids loved these fun science activities head on over to myMini-Makers page. It has lots of free bite-sized science downloads. Just like our Thanksgiving science activities, many of these Mini-Makers utilize common household items so you won’t have to make any special trips for supplies!

Beauty

Hair and Beauty Gifts to Buy at the Sephora Sale

Its officially gift-giving season and if you’re a beauty enthusiast, you know this weekend is the big insider sale at Sephora. We love all things hair and makeup so today we’re sharing some of our top gifts to buy from the Sephora Sale.

Hair

During the fall and winter seasons, it’s tough to keep your hair moisturized. Outside of protective styling, deep conditioning and scalp treatments should be part of your regimen. Briogeo’s Don’t Despair, Repair!Deep Conditioning Mask and Earth’s Nectar’s Jojoba & Tea Tree Scalp Oil work to prevent dandruff and damage to natural hair.

Makeup

This may take a while…lol Living up to the hype, we are 100% here for Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty line. Get your shade in the Soft Matte Longwear Foundation before it goes. We are also fans of the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 and Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Longwear High Cover Foundation SPF 25. Get an awesome glow with Becca’s Après Ski Glow Face Palette or Huda Beauty’s Winter Solstice Highlighter Palette.

Skincare

As a makeup junkie, it is important that you take care of your skin. To start out, get a cleanser, toner, and moisturizer. You can also get a cleansing brush for deep cleansing. Here are some of our favorites:

Fragrance

Fragrances are great gifts that will last. We love MIU MIU L’eau Bleue, Dior J’adore Gift Set, Burberry My Burberry and Prada Candy Florale

The Sephora sale will be from November 10th to November 15th. Make sure to use code 20FORROUGE, 20forVIB or INSIDER15 depending on your tier. The best part is you can use it as many times as you want! Make sure to also sign up to Ebates to get cash back on your order. This is a HUGE plus for holiday gift shopping.

Are you buying anything from the Sephora Sale this year?