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Coconut Cream… A Nu Found Luv

4 Aug

Well it surely has been some time since my last post! I’ve gotten busier and busier as the weeks go by, getting closer to the start of school! I finally slowed down a little to post…

I’ve been on this YouTube obsession for past few weeks and every time I see something nu or interesting on YouTube, I rush to try my hand at it. So far, I’ve accomplished crocheting weave, achieved a better blowout and have gotten some really cool ideas for makeup. I will of course be posting about all of these things in the days to come, so stay tuned!

One thing I ran across while on YouTube was this concept of a coconut cream relaxer /:) Yea I know what you all are thinking: “RELAXER!!!!! NOOOOOOOOOO WAAAAAYYY!!!!!!” and those were my exact sentiments too! I had to investigate though because there were many postings about this and either saying how wonderful it is or how it was a joke. In my experience with relaxed and natural hair, I have never heard of coconut of any form relaxing your tresses. I proceeded  to look further. The recipe is as follows:

2tbs Coconut Oil

1.5 – 2tbs Coconut Cream Concentrate

8- 12 oz. Plain yogurt

You mix all that together to get this thick, creamy consistency and then apply it to the hair.

Let set and then comb through and rinse (how long you let the mix set on hair is entirely up to you)

I found out that coconut cream concentrate is a finely ground form of the coconut meat. As the meat is ground it forms a paste like texture and has a 70% FAT CONTENT!!! Immediately, I’m blown away! 70% fat content is screaming moisture and curl definition. The “relaxer” recipe calls for 2tbs of the concentrate, which can’t be enough to relax your curl pattern. I don’t believe that this actually relaxes your curl pattern at all! Its look more like a deep conditioner to me. Coconut cream concentrate is pure fat content (no water what so ever is in this) and last time I checked, fat does not break the di-sulfide bonds of hair. I don’t see it physically possible for this to relax your hair at all. Even the videos I’ve seen have no evidence of relaxation. Look at it this way, when you apply Aussie conditioner,  for example,  to your hair, when you begin to detangle, you can do so with easy. Why is this so? Conditioners coat your hair, making it slick and easily allowing a comb or brush to run through it. Once you wash that conditioner out, your hair is softer, moisturized, usually manageable to some degree and your curl pattern is STILL INTACT. The YouTube videos I’ve seen produce the same results. Once the coconut cream mixture is applied to the hair, a comb, brush or fingers can easily pass through the hair (just like any other conditioner would do). Once the mixture washed out of the hair, YouTubers reported softer, more defined curls/waves/kinks/coils… the same results you would expect with any conditioner you would buy from the store. No one had relaxed hair, loosened curl pattern or a different texture! Its been deep conditioned at best.


I haven’t done this conditioning treatment on myself yet but I do plan to after I tweak the recipe a little lol 🙂 I think that this conditioning treatment will be excellent for anyone who has dry hair, lives in harsh climates or has damage. Here in GA, the heat is sometimes unbearable and very very very harmful to the hair. I can walk outside for 10 min and my hair is as dry as a desert, like I put no product on! GA heat is literally frying my hair!!! I’m very excited to try this out though! I’m hoping that it will give my dry hair more moisture and prevent that halo effect that I sometimes get (its soooooo annoying).


I hope that this post helps some and educates all. If you give the Coconut Cream Conditioning treatment a try, let me know what your thoughts are and how your hair responded to it.

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Makeup Monday: Ivy Eyes…………………….. [7/12]

12 Jul

Its Makeup Monday babydolls!!! YAY *cheers* So this past weekend and most of last week,  I was on a SERIOUS makeup haul. I mean it was really really out of control… like way out of control. I’m going to try to recap all of what I purchased:

  • Hard Candy Ginormous Lash volumizing mascara in Electric blue
  • Hard Candy Walk the Line liquid eyeliner in Praline
  • Hard Candy Take Me Out Liner eyeliner pencil in Sushi
  • Hard Candy Take Me Out Liner eyeliner pencil in Luxe
  • Hard Candy Lash Call lengthening mascara in Punk
  • Love My Eyes liner pencil in Black
  • elf Brow Brush and Comb (ONLY $1!!! SHUT UP)
  • elf Mineral Foundation
  • elf Mineral Concealer
  • elf High Definition Powder
  • elf Kabuki brush
  • Brush cleaner
  • elf Brow pencil
  • elf Lip pencil
  • elf Lashes
  • BH Cosmetics 120 color palette 1st edition
  • BH Cosmetics 10pc Brush set

I think that’s all of it… I think 😕 I could be wrong 😮 YIKES! ….But on to the business at hand

So today is Makeup Monday and I tried my hand at vlogging (video blogging) the application of my look…. it didn’t go too well. So I’m going to stick with the slide shows and music til I get it together on the vlogging.

This look was inspired by my babygirl Ivy (she is a cat). I found her under my car when she was just 6 weeks old. Someone had abandoned her in the dead of summer while it was scathing hot out (animal cruelty is NOT cool)!!!  She is one year old now and a true character! Ivy is a Siamese cat with crystal blue eyes and a chocolate mask. To say her look is exotic is an understatement. Sometimes her eyes change color depending on her mood and the lightening.

Ivy

So here are my pics of my Ivy Eyes

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Hope you enjoyed it Babydolls! I promise to work on my video technique so I can post a tutorial of what I’m doing (plz be patient). As always any questions or comments are welcomed.

Its All in the Lips

1 Jul

One thing iheart about being a beautiful Black women is my thinkness. When I went off to college (CU stand up!) I was introduced to a saying: “She thick up bo!” (Shout out to “De Chuck”) Whenever this was said, you automatically knew that whoever it was said about had hips thighs and a round derrière. She was sexy and curvy… and I was one of those girls… right down to my lips . My lips are full and thick just like the rest of my body. I will never need fillers or injections, plumpers or Botox. My lips look good when they are glossed up (my lip gloss be popping lol), when they are bare  and even when I’m eating a meal. So today’s makeup post is all about the lips.

There are many things you can do with the lips. There are tons of colors you can try with different finishes and hues. I’m going to break down the 411 on the “lip lingo” for you Babydolls that dare to go there.

Gloss: a transparent cosmetic that gives a shiny appearance to the lips. It can be colored or nude. Depending on who manufactured the gloss, some may be scented or flavored. All glosses are not created equal however; because there is some type of wax in gloss, finding the perfect formulation is key. If a gloss is sticky, it may be old or just cheap. You want something that feels luxurious and silky when applied. I won’t say that  more $$$ equals better gloss; what I will say is that reputable companies produce better gloss. When it boils down to it, picking your favorite gloss is a personal choice.

Lipstick: a crayon-like wax or oil based cosmetic used to add color and definition to the lips. Lipsticks can either be sheer or matte.

Matte lipsticks are opaque and very rich and uber dramatic! If you’re trying to make a statement, then doll this is the ticket! Matte lipstick offers long lasting color… just be sure to swipe on some lip balm before applying your lipstick.

Sheer lipsticks are exactly that… sheer! These lipsticks are similar to gloss in that they are easy to apply and nourishing, however, sheer lipsticks don’t have as much shine as lip gloss. You will often find lipstick/ gloss duos in coordinating colors.

Lip Stain: a cosmetic product that contains a water or gel base and some colorant. These products must be applied quickly and accurately (as the name implies, lip stain will stain or mark your skin). When applied correctly, lip stain can give you that plump, naturally flushed lip look. Most lip stains are rosey or berry hued. To remove lip stain, use a cream based makeup remover like Ponds cold cream.

Lip liner: a colored cosmetic crayon used to define the shape of the lips. Lip liner also helps in the “staying power” of your lipstick/stain/gloss. It can be used as a filler or shader for those of us that have a darker top lip than bottom as well.

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Pretty Girls Wear 20 Pearls… And Natural Hair

1 Jul

This post is dedicated to those Oh So Pretty Ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. To my 21 D.E.G.R.E.E.S of AKAtude, I ♥ each and every one of you more than I could physically express. You all support me and believe in me when I don’t believe in myself. I get 20 P.O.Vs for free and so much luv… I’m just overcome with emotion right now, even as I type. Thank you all for believing in me, being there, and supporting this dream.

To my neos, pros, and other Sorors, I thank you all for supporting my dream and vision. This post was inspired by you all; the ones that decided to forget the stereotype of what we are “supposed” to be and allow our natural beauty to shine; those of you whom know that healthy, long hair and beautiful glowing skin can be achieved; for those of us that appreciate what God gave us and finally want to experience freedom. Skee-wee my oh so pretty Sorors- natural and relaxed alike.

The purpose of this post is to give some insight into what natural hair is, how it works and how YOU need to handle it.

I have talked to many Sorors about natural hair – many of whom are transitioning-  and it was brought to my attention that most of them have no clue what to do with their hair if they aren’t putting the “creamy crack” on it. So for all you “transitioners”,  this post will help you tons.

First things first, moisture Moisture MOISTURE!!!! Water is YOUR friend! Despite what has been previously beat into our heads about keeping our hair as far from water as possible, water is not the enemy. We need to drink at least 64oz. of water a day; our body is composed of mostly water so wouldn’t it make sense that our hair and skin crave water too? FACT: Hair and skin are all apart of the integumentary system. Skin becomes dehydrated without enough water… the same thing happens to your hair!!! I know you may hate water or think that 64oz. of water is a lot to take in during one day. Let me break it down this way: 1 regular water bottle has 2 servings of water in it. Drinking 4 regular water bottles throughout the day amounts to your entire days serving of water. Try that train of thought for a few days and notice the difference in your hair and skin.

Secondly, heat is not your best friend! Step away from the flat-iron honey. Trust me, you will thank me later. Constant flat- ironing of your natural hair/ nu growth will lead to permanent damage, burning and breakage of your hair. If you always straighten your natural hair, you will permanently lose your curl pattern. No matter how much you cut or condition, the curl pattern is very unlikely to return. If you are dealing with frizziness, fly aways or unruliness, then try a curling pomade (with no mineral oil or petroleum) or a hair gel (with no alcohols) and a scarf to lay down your edges and fly aways.  Women of color have a chronic obsession with straight edges; with that obsession comes thinning of the hair line and baldness due to over processing with chemicals, excessive heat exposure and too tight braids or ponytails. PLEASE  abandon these beliefs and ideals about your hair. Your curly/wavy/kinky/coily hair is PEARLFECT just the way it is NATURALLY! God made us all in His sight and He never made a mistake. I mean everyone can rock a “side part under” but your natural hair has a texture and a curl/wave pattern all its own. It’s completely unique, one of a kind, just like your fingerprints. Embrace that! Love that! Accept that!  (unless you want to have bald spots and breakage for the rest of your life)

Lastly, all products are not created equal. Some products are so nourishing and just awesome for your hair. Other products are filled with nothing but junk and will do you no good. There are so many products out and so many more that are in the works and tons that are popping up on the shelves everyday. How do you weed through all of these products to get down to the ones that work best for you? Simple… read the labels! Look for things like shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil, mango oil, jojoba oil, essential oils like rosemary, sage, tea tree and WATER! If you have trouble reading the labels or understanding the ingredients in something, google it! Google is a great tool. If you still just don’t know (not everyone is a chemist, I know), then email me, tweet me, text me… what ever. I will be happy to help. Some things for all naturals to look out for and avoid are Mineral oil, petroleum, parabens, sulfates (SLS: sodium lauryl sulfate) and alcohols (isopropyl, benzyl alcohol, ethyl alcohol, methanol). If it sounds funky or suspect just ask or google it.

That’s all today. I’ll keep the tips coming babydolls. Again please contact me if you have any questions, comments or something you want to add. Follow the blog on twitter @DollFace_Prod