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January curlBOX

17 Jan

Morning Curlies,

I received my January curlBOX the theme of which was “New Year, New Rules, New You!” Let’s check out what was inside.

Elentee Soy Organics Twist & Lock Gel: (Full size product) Elentee Soy Organics Twist and Lock Gel formulated with special herbal ingredients to deeply soften the cuticle for total control when coiling your hair into twists and locks. It conditions by restoring moisture and strengthens the hair to prevent breakage. Provides a long-lasting hold and dries fast. Directions For Twists: Apply ample amount of Elentee Soy Organics Twist & Lock Gel to the root of one section and part into small subsections using a comb. Twist hair into neat coils with a small com or with fingers. Sit under dryer for 15 to 20 minutes or until hair is completely dry.

Oyin Hair Dew: (Mini Size): This creamy, conditioning leave-in is light enough for every day. it’s great on ‘naked’ hair immediately after a cleanse, or as a way to reinvigorate tired hair all the way through your hair care cycle.

Cream of Nature Argan Oil Moisture & Shine  Sulfate Free Shampoo (Pillow Pack): Sulfate-free formula that hydrates hair and adds exotic shine, while gently cleansing without harsh moisture stripping agents. It strengthens hair while optimizing the moisture balance of the hair and scalp

Cream of Nature Argan Oil Intensive Conditioner (Pillow Pack): An intensively deep conditioning treatment that strengthens, revitalizes and gives exotic shine. It prevents hair breakage and deeply infuses moisture from the inside out. Ideal for all hair types, including relaxed, natural and color-treated hair, this treatment can be used after every shampoo as a quick conditioner, or every week as a reconstructor.

Cream of Nature Argan Oil Perfect Edges (Sample): Hair gel infused with Argan Oil controls and holds down edges, while moisturizing and adding Exotic Shine to the hair. This nutrient-rich formula makes hair stronger and gives superior hold without flaking. Perfect for creating sleek, smooth styles, ponytails, sculpting & styling the hair.

Mizani True Textures Curl Soft Moisturizing Leave-In Creme (Pillow Pack): This weightless leave-in conditioner envelops curls to deliver flawless, frizz-free definition. Create curls with moisture, protection and softness.

Evolve Deep Stimulating Brush (Regular sized brush)-

My thoughts: First,  let me say there were variations in the boxes some people received Soy Organics Ant-Breakage Moisturizer instead of  the Twist & Lock Gel. There were also variations in the Oyin products with some people receiving either the Honey Hemp or the Juice and Berries instead of  the Hair Dew. What is listed above is what I received in my curlBOX. Now on to my opinion, I have to admit this is not my favorite box and I do understand that every box can’t be amazing. But to me most of the boxes have been pretty good and maybe my expectations have become a bit too high. When I opened this box and saw the contents I didn’t get that desire to rip open these products and get to doing my hair. I don’t know about you but whenever I get a product I am excited about all I want to do is try it out. That being said, I will try everything in the box and perhaps once I have used the products I will have a greater appreciation of January’s box. I am looking really  forward to using the Oyin Hair Dew and to giving the Mizani True Texture leave-in a try. February marks the first anniversary of curlBOX, so I know the contents of the box will be fabulous! If you are interested in joining curlBOX the list opens January 19th at 3pm.

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Five Things I Am Currently Obsessed With

30 Nov

Henna

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Henna the flowering plant used to dye hair, skin etc.. is my new obsession. Keep in mind, I have never hennaed my hair and Idon’t know that I will be doing so in the near  future (I am currently in protective style for the winter and I need to further research the effects of henna on low porosity hair) but in theory I am all about  henna. I got a box of Reshma Femme in dark chocolate henna in my (insert month here) curlBOX and I have been staring at it longingly as it sits on my shelf.

 Solange’s Knowles new album ‘True’

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Fashionista, and natural hair icon Solange is back with a new album and I really love it. The album is a reflective of Ms. Knowles evolution. The new album is daring, eclectic and downright funky just like Solange herself. The tracks ‘”Losing You” and “Lovers In the Parking Lot” are on steady repeat. Check out her album and thank me later. Oh and by the way it’s only $6.39 on Itunes.

 Dark  lipstick 

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Burgundy,  Merlot, Maroon, Oxblood whatever you want to call it I am all about the dark vampy lip. Pair it with a light smoky eye (is that an oxymoron?) and glowing skin for a sexy look. My favorite shade is Mac Rebel paired with or without the matching lipglass by the same name however, last weekend I picked up Black Radiance’s Midnight Glow lipstick (shade 5033) after seeing Alicia Keys rock a gorgeous dark lip on Jimmy Fallon while singing the theme song to Gummi Bears. And ladies, don’t forget to exfoliate, moisturize and line those lips prior to applying!

 Sequin Pants

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I am in love with all things sequins but especially sequin pants. I saw a picture curlBOX founder and visionary Myleik with a gorgeous pair of Calypso St. Barth gold sequin pants and instantly fell in love with sequin pants.  It’s a party on your pants, what more is there to say?

Gold glassware

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Last but certainly not least gold glassware. Perfect for a party or stylish everyday use; seriously, who wouldn’t want to drink their red Kool-Aid from a fancy glass?  Gold glassware is on my list of must haves. I have been obsessively perusing Etsy and Ebay in search of  the perfect set of vintage gold glassware although I haven’t quite found what I am looking for I do fancy the fancy glasses above.

What are your current obsessions?

The November curlBOX vs The November CurlKit

17 Nov

October curlBOX

23 Oct

I am super late with this post. I really wanted to do an unboxing video but didn’t get a chance to, maybe next month. The October box was the Get Fresh Prescription for Fall aka For Colored Girls When Boring Hair is Enough!

 

 

Reshma Femme Henna ( I received the dark chocolate color): Reshma Henna is a semi-permanent color that lasts up to 4 — 6 weeks, depending on hair texture. For those with gray hair, Reshma Henna completely covers and colors hair. On lighter hair, henna provides vibrant color options, while darker hair can expect softer, but rich hues that add to the current color. For an additional touch, adding coffee to the ‘Dark Chocolate’ will result in a deeper brown shade while adding brewed tea or beetroot to the ‘Rouge’ will result in a deeper red.The boxes include: *Reshma Henna powder *Oil for extra moisturizing*Easy to follow instructions.

*For your convenience, Reshma Henna also has easy-to-follow “how-to” video guides for hair and skin products on the Reshma Femme website. Because Reshma Henna is in the purest powder form, the product has unlimited shelf life and never expires.

African Pride Shea Butter Miracle Moisture Intense Bouncy Curls Pudding:Keep Textures softer, silkier, with greater flexibility and bounce with African Pride Shea Butter Miracle Bouncy Curls Pudding. Benefits: Nourish & Soften Curls, Coils and Waves • Stretch & Elongate Curls and Kinky-Coils • Smooth and Tame Frizz.

Curl Care by Dr. Miracle Nourishing Conditioner: Blended with Coconut, Jojoba and Vitamin E to moisturize, condition and soften each curl. Use this conditioner as a follow up to our Rehydrating Shampoo.

Eden Body Works  Jojoba Monoi All Natural Hair Milk:JojOba Monoi Hair Milk is a leave in conditioner formulated to boost moisture and shine, without being too heavy. Made with organic Monoi de Tahiti, this natural cocktail of Coconut Oil and Vitamin E delivers antioxidants that replenish and rejuvenate dry brittle hair and reduce split ends. Leaves hair soft, shiny and manageable. Naturally Detangles Adds instant moisture Reduces split ends Increases hair strength and shine Protects from heat damage.

Lustrasilk Moisture Max Keratin Amino Acid Leave-in Creme Conditioner: Moisture Max Leave-In creme Conditioner is a Must for those who want a last chance for extra moisture before drying and styling. Keratin Amino acids and Deionized water combine to penetrate the hair follicle and restore vital moisture and shine to all dry, damaged hair types and textures. Formulated to smooth and seal while detangling, this leave-in conditioner will provide you with exceptionally moisturized hair while helping to reduce breakage. MAXimize your natural beauty with Moisture MAX!

Twists ‘n Locs Organic Leave -in Contioner:Adds luster and moisture to dry or over processed hair. All natural formula for extra protection and shine.

Bodycology Nourishing Body Cream in Wild Poppy: Fresh scents of jasmine and rose transport you to a flower field
on a spring day. Lift your spirits with this fresh and fun fragrance. Moisturizing Aloe Vera, Shea Butter and Nourishing Vitamins E & C.

Coupons/Discounts: 15% off any item at behuetiful.com and free shipping a ouidad.com

Final Thoughts: I like the contents of the October box. I have been wanting to try henna but hadn’t gotten around to purchasing any so it was pretty great that it was in this month’s box. I figure a girl can never have too many products for twists/braids so I will definitely be using the African Pride. The Dr. Miracle conditioner I think we received a sample in an earlier curlBOX I don’t think Lola liked the product but I can’t quite remember so I will give it another shot. I am on a no-buy and won’t be using the behuetifil discount so if you would like my discount code leave your email in the comment section and I will email you the code. Also, if there is ever any product you are just dying for a review of let me know I am happy to try it out and post a review. I haven’t opened a thing from the September or the October curlBOX and I believe I am going back in braids either next week or the following week so I maybe I will do a giveaway of a few products from my boxes. I would love to know what you think about the October curlBOX so please do tell.

September curlBOX

13 Sep

The September curlBOX has arrived! This month’s box is dedicated to texture and finding products that work for your hair and may I say that this box came right on time since I am currently battling my own multi-textured hair; more on that in another post.

Full listing below. Please note that there were variations in boxes some subscribers received products from either Blended Beauty, Organic Root Stimulator, EDEN BodyWorks, Seneica Senk Shampoo Bar or Donna Marie Dream Curling Cream.

Ouidad Climate Control:  Per Ouidad: A “smart” gel, formulated with heat-activated wheat protein that breathes in humidity, protects the hair shaft and prevents hair from expanding. Its water-soluble formula of amino acids and vitamin A nourish and hydrate hair, leaving it soft, manageable and full of shine without any buildup

Ouidad Wide Tooth Comb

Curly Hair Solutions: Per Curl Keeper: Curl Keeper™ enables you to become the master of those gorgeous frizz-free curls. Dryness causes out-of-control and frizzy hair…

Blended Beauty Jelly Cream:  Per Blended Beauty: A soft hold moisturizing gel lotion that defines and conditions curls, while nourishing the scalp and hair. Smooth and define each curl with natural conditioners. Absolutely no plastics! Only silky and bouncy curls…naturally!

Donna Marie Curling Cream: Per Donna Marie: A super rich, medium hold styling soufflé that imparts instant shine, moisture, definition and elongation to curly styles.

Design Essentials Natural & Twist Setting Lotion:  Per Design Esentials: Design EssentialsNatural Twist & Set Setting Lotion is a ready to use, quick drying setting lotion suitable for curly to tightly coiled natural textures.

Taliah Wajjid Curl Sealer: Per Taliah Wajjid: A light, alcohol-free, Conditioning hydrating gel. Stops frizz, adds moisture, defines, shapes and seals in any size or texture of curl.  Dries soft and adds shine with no flaking.

Coupons: Design Essentials, Donna Marie, Curly Hair Solutions, and Seneica.

Final Thoughts:  I really like this box. I am not sure whether of these products will work with my multi-textured hair but overall I am happy with the  selection. I have always wanted to try Donna Marie products so I am super amped to have I gotten my hands on at least one of them. Ouidad and Design Essential are two product lines subscribers have received in prior boxes ( specifically the Ouidad Moisture Lock leave-in conditioner and Design Essentials Natural Daily Moisturizing Lotion) and so I am hoping combining the products I already have with the ones I received in the September box will result in some BOMB.COM HAIR!

What are your thoughts on the September curlBOX?

Product Review: Elasta QP Mango Butter

12 Sep

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Per Elasta QP: Moisturizing butters of olive oil and mango produce this intensely rich thermal protecting treatment. Use daily for softer fuller looking hair. Intensely rich thermal protecting treatment. * Penetrates, protects and remoisturizes, leaving hair strong and healthy* Olive and coconut oils target dry ends and help prevent damage* Shine-enhancing, non-greasy formula.

Directions: Apply daily to target dry ends and help prevent breakage.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua) , Olea Europaea Fruit Oil (Olive) , Capric Caprylic Triglycerides , PEG 75 Lanolin , Behentrimonium Methosulfate , Cetearyl Alcohol , Ceteareth 20 , Cetyl Alcohol , Dimethicone , Phenyl Trimethicone , Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter , Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter , Cocos Nucifera Oil (Coconut) , Retinyl Palmitate , Tocopherol , Ascorbic Acid , Biotin , Linoleic Acid , Persea Gratissima Oil (Avocado) , Fragrance , Imidazolidinyl Urea , Methylparaben , Propylparaben , Hydrolyzed Silk , CI 19140 (FD&C Yellow 5)

Scent: I am not too keen on the scent of this product, it does smells like mango, although not a mango I’d like to eat.

Availability: On the ground and online. This product is available in most beauty supply stores as well as Walgreens online and in Walgreens brick and mortar store.

 Price: Varies depending on where you purchase but somewhere between $3.99$6.99.                                                                                       

 Don’t Believe the Hype? Believe it.

 Final Thoughts: I received this product in the May curlBOX and I have to admit I rolled my eyes at the sight of it and thought, “Come Son!”  I’d tried this product back when I was relaxed and did not like it one bit my hair it left my hair feeling greasy and weighed down. In spite of this jar toting itself as, “New and Improved” I shelved it. Fast forward to July and I am rifling through my product shelf looking for a pudding or a butter to twist my hair with. I instantly see this product and although I am a bit weary I decide to give it a shot, reminding myself that  relaxed hair isn’t natural hair. I opened the jar and instantly noticed while the scent was familiar the consistency of the product seemed lighter. I used it over my trusty Curl Junkie’s Smoothing Assurance Lotion and lo and behold butter soft twists! I was shocked my hair felt moisturized but not greasy and the definition of my twist out was EVERYTHANG! I have continued to use this throughout the summer and for its price and efficiency, will definitely keep a jar or two on the shelf. Please note- while I have used this product for twists with great results I have never used it daily as a moisturizer or as a thermal protecting treatment perhaps when the winter comes I may explore its other uses.

Full Product Listing for July Curlkit and curlBox

12 Jul

The July CurlKit was titled, “Curls in the City-Sizzle Edition.”  The following products were included in the July CurlKit.I failed to mention in my video that there was a discount for 15% off the new CurlKit shop included in the box/kit.

UR Curly-Soya Shampoo

Feng Shui Organics Liquid Diamonds Moisturizing Surface Shine

 

 

 

 

 

 

November Naturals-Coconut Lime Verbena Shea Whip *

 

 

 

 

Coco Curls-Coco Curl Moisturizing Cream

 

 

 

 

 

Healthy Hair Journey-Hydratherma Amino Plus Protein Deep Conditioning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DPL-Curl Revitalizer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nice & Curly– Smooth it Straight *

 

 

 

 

 

Ampro -Olive Oil Gel (Seriously get into this gel! Check your local beauty supply)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Couldn’t find a pic of the actual product on November naturals website

*I couldn’t find a pic of  the smoothing straight  also I couldn’t find the manufacturer’s website.

*There was a product missing from the July box, Black Onyx naturals  Avocado Cream and Moisture Repairing Mask this will be included in the August box instead.

 

The July curlBox was about taking risks. This is a list of the products that were included:

Luster’s- Pink Classic Light Oil Moisturizing Hair Lotion (We all know this product and you can probably find this in your local Walgreens or beauty supply so I won’t bother creating a link).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shea Radiance-Nourishing Hair Repair Cream

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jane Carter Soultion-Condition & Sculpt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motions-Naturally You- Moisturizing Cleanser and Smoothing  Conditioner

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Also included in the curlBox were coupon codes for Sage Naturalceuticals, Jane Carter Solution , and a company called ily. One more thing this month curlBox had a give away and 3 random subscriber would receive a golden bottle in their box and win a Huetiful hair steamer. Obviously, I wasn’t one of them, lol! So that’s it the July curlBox/CurlKit in full. Thoughts?