I think I’m a “girlie girl” but still, I’m pretty simple. If you’re anything like me, there are some beauty items you don’t use because, in your mind, you’re just fine without ’em. But maybe they’re worth a try after all!
With The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival starting this Friday, it’s time to start thinking about those carry-on items you’ll need. With these 7 beauty essentials as part of your packing list, you’ll be looking and feeling fresh and festival-ready all weekend long!
If you are looking to save a few bucks while not sacrificing your beauty routine, try opening up your kitchen cabinet and refrigerator for a few time-tested beauty treatments.
I was sent a tub of Raw African Ivory Shea Butter to try from a new brand called Alo. Watch to see how I use it on my baby bump, lips and skin overall!
CALLING ALL PRODUCT JUNKIES! Here’s another event to add to your list of places to go this Fall! Un’ruly invites you to start the season off fresh by coming out THIS SUNDAY, Oct. 12th, to The Polish Bar Brooklyn for an evening of product swappage to help you clear out your cabinets, medicine chests and dresser tops. Get rid of those products that did nothing for you and hope to grab some that just might work. Interact with other naturals and chat with our host, beauty blogger Ty Alexander of Gorgeous in Grey! The event is FREE but if you plan to attend, go here to read more about how it all works and let ’em know you’ll be in the house! Look forward to seeing you there! xoxo Toia B.
As if her beauty, fashion sense and overall awesomeness weren’t enough, this happens. HA! More things to love. Who knew?! Learning about the things people did before they “hit it big”… well, actually… just learning about the hidden talents of folks in general, celeb or not, is pretty cool. Seeing a different side of people kinda keeps life interesting. I very much enjoy the fact that she loves to braid because I share that love. Yes, I love doing hair and have been doing so, here and there, since I was in junior high school. Being able to create styles and knowing that you had a part in helping a women look and feel beautiful… feels pretty good. Another plus? This art of hair braiding can actually be quite relaxing! In this short film by Vogue, directed by Austin Peters, the Oscar-winning actress demonstrates her favorite pastime with her six best friends. How did Lupita get into hair braiding in the first place and how successful was she at this “side hustle”? Watch to find out! 😉 xoxo Toia B.
It’s great to meet others who are as passionate about natural hair care as I am! After following Brooklyn-based beauty brand Amazing Botanicals on social media for some time, I finally had the pleasure of meeting entrepreneurs Asha Burton and Shelly Morant at a networking event last September. Within a few moments, I was confident that these ladies were about their business and knew their stuff! Meet these two amazing women who are doing their part to contribute to the natural hair community… When and why did you decide to return to your natural hair texture and what have you learned along the way that you can share with those who may be new or struggling on this journey? Asha: The only real reason why I returned to my natural texture was because I was tired of forcing by hair to do something it didn’t naturally. I had way too many days of trying to catch my breaking hair into a ponytail that was comprised of possibly 5 strands of hair. There was a time when I had healthy processed hair, however once I left high school, I felt the need to re-learned my hair all over again. I started that journey in 2003 and have never felt the need to go back. Shelly: I returned to natural in 1996. After years of processing my scalp couldn’t take it anymore. Tired of getting perms and having sensitive scalp were the catalyst, then I discovered I had Psorasis! The perm was NOT going to agree anymore. I went natural when it was not popular but, it was healthy and necessary. I found one stylist that helped me in the beginning, she helped me believe in the advice a good stylist. These tips last a lifetime. 1) Don’t pay attention to other peoples hair! Everyone’s hair health and body is different. 2)…
I was contacted by a friend of a friend who does PR for Graceful Services Spa in NYC. She learned that I was expecting and thought I’d like to try and review their prenatal massage. How could I pass that up?!
In this week’s edition, I thought I’d pick up from where we left off last week. Shall we? This natural hair stuff doesn’t have to be as difficult or as confusing as some might make it out to be. One way to keep from pulling out your hair in frustration is to keep a simple and consistent regimen, starting with a handful of products. In my experience, there are just a few basic things you really need to get you started on a decent regimen. Cleanser Whether you use a commercial shampoo or a natural alternative, the choice is yours. Bottom line- clean hair will lead to healthy hair. If you do go the route of commercial shampoos, it’s great to have both a moisturizing sulfate-free shampoo as well as a good clarifying shampoo to thoroughly cleanse all the random gook (gels, creams, butters) that you may have piled on throughout the week… aka product buildup. Apple cider vinegar and baking soda are also great for clarifying. Conditioner This is used to improve the condition of the hair and can come in the form of a moisturizer (to put back what you might have lost in the cleansing stage) a protein treatment or a combo of both as in the case with some deep conditioners. Generally, kinky or afro-textured hair craves moisture more than it does protein. So, protein treatments, while helpful, may not need to be used as frequently as a moisturizing conditioner. I’ll have more on all of this in a future post. Leave-In Leave-in conditioners pretty much continue the moisturizing process after washing and may even include a form of light protein to give the hair a good moisture-protein balance. I never skip this step! Oil/Butter Here’s where it all comes together. While the hair is still slightly…
So excited that my girl (yes, MY girl!) Lupita has snagged the top spot on People Magazine’s annual list of Most Beautiful folks… well, celebs. Sure, the argument CAN be made that, in a world of around 8 billion (?), there’s gotta be someone more beautiful than all 50 on this list. Hey, you may even know of one such individual personally. But, let’s be real… they gotta go by people known by most of the world and, well, those people are celebs, right? Back to our story. Are we at all surprised that the chocolate red carpet killa has accomplished this? I mean, look at her! She stole our hearts and slayed the red carpet during award season, acquired the Lancôme deal and now this. This woman is just doing it all and with such style, grace and humility, which is no wonder how she claimed the number one spot in the first place! Her beauty exudes from within. I just adore her and I swear I don’t get like this for any celebrity… ANY! To see this dark brown beauty on the cover of such a big deal magazine at the top of a big deal (to some) list is huge! Of course, she didn’t need this accolade to prove to herself or to us just how gorgeous she is… we have eyes! But, apparently, her elegance, charm and loveliness just couldn’t be ignored. We don’t see too many of “us” in mainstream/popular media so I’m hoping this sends a message to darker girls that, yes, you ARE beautiful. Is this the beginning of a change in regard to how the world at large looks at brown beauty? Only time will tell. In the meantime, enjoy this brief video where Lupita reveals herself and her thoughts on beauty……