Category Archives: Beauty

Hair Care Routine/Products  2017

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I just got back into my hair after neglecting it for so long. A friend of mine is having some hair care struggles of her own and we talked about different products she could try. It reminded me of how much I love my hair and how I used to go broke  using all the latest products just to keep it looking good. Not anymore. My routine is not only simple, it’s pretty affordable. Gone are the days where I will spend $36 on a curl creme. Now, I’m outchea being cute on a budget. 

First, obviously, your hair has to be clean. I tried co washing for awhile but I didn’t like it,so I went back to shampoo. I usually use Alberto VO5 Moisture Milks Strawberry Milkshake moisturizing shampoo but if I want to spare another $1.50, I will buy this:

It feels like you’re washing your hair with silk. I feel like a Queen using this shampoo. It has a lot of suds,which I like in my cleaner.

After washing, I have to deep condition my strands.I do it every two weeks. It’s important to hold on to the moisture from the shampoo and the added moisturizing ingredients from the conditioner. So my go to right now is:

It smells like lemons and it’s a protein conditioner,which means it helps strengthen the hair which in turn helps with breakage.  I section my hair in four, apply large amounts on my hair,wrap my bonnet around it,then my silk scarf for added heat so the product can penetrate. I leave it for 45 minutes and wash it out.

You could do a hot oil treatment after that step, I’m too lazy to do it. If you’re not going to do this,then I suggest following up with a moisturizing conditioner because protein conditioners are a bit drying. We want to keep as much moisture in the hair as possible,so try not to skip this step. However,  for those of you who cheat like I do and go straight to your leave in conditioner, here’s what I like to use:

Not gonna lie, I originally chose this simply for its bright yellow container. But it smell so good,y’all!!!  It can also double as a moisturizing conditioner and it works well for anti breakage protection.  I section my hair in six for this because the product seems to penetrate better when my hair is in smaller sections . I make sure I get the ends first and work my way up with my fingers. I let it dry for a minute or two then I apply:

 

I don’t use hair grease at all and if you do I STRONGLY suggest you stop now. It has petroleum in it which blocks the pores,cutting off hair growth. Bye bye to Dax and Sulfur 8. I use Jamaican Black castor oil with coconut oil. The castor oil helps the hair grow, thicken,and seal in  moisture  and the coconut oil helps strengthen the hair. I put some on my fingers and massage it into my scalp. I put a bit on the ends. It’s a heavy consistency so I use it sparingly. I don’t like my hair feeling weighed down. I leave the hair to air dry for about an hour before I’m ready to style and right now my favorite styler is:

 Black Castor Oil/Flaxseed

Coconut Oil

I have always loved ECO Styler Gel and I’m so glad they added these as options. They’re heavy like most gels but not quite as transparent. The gel actually sparkles like it has glitter in it,but when I’ve applied it, there was no sign of glitter.  After letting my hair dry for a bit, I start twisting it using the gel to hold the twist. I apply gel at the base of each twist so that it will lay down and at the end to keep the twist from unraveling.

And that’s  it! I wrap my hair up at night with a bonnet or silk scarf and in the morning I shake my head out and go. I try to stick to this routine every two weeks and I think I have found what works for me…for now. How do you take care of your tresses? What are you using?

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Skin To Skin…care

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The other day I did a bit of beauty shopping with my good friend,Alex. He was picking up the products that he uses on his skin and as he was doing that, I pointed out some of the not so good ingredients in the products. After having a conversation with Alex on what things to look for in his skincare products, I was inspired to write a post on my own  products and regimen. Thanks for the inspiration,Alex!

I don’t know what kind of skin type I have. I do know that my problem area is my forehead. I am CONSTANTLY fighting breakouts. The breakouts are at its worse during my “lady time” and when I’m really stressed out. In the past (when I was a teenager) I just washed my face with Dove soap and followed that with alcohol. I paid no mind to my skin being moisturized, I just wanted the acne/pimples gone.*cringes*

Ive been using gentler products on my fsce for a few years now. My favorite product brand is Aveeno. My family has been using their body lotion for years because most of us have eczema. I have been using the Postively Radiant foam cleanser and the Positively Radiant Clear Complexion daily moisturizer. Its oil free,hypoallergenic,abd noncomedogenic. I love all of these qualities in my cleanser and it has salicylic acid to treat my acne.
At some point,I’ll try to get into oil cleansing because although I love my Aveeno,I really do want to use all natural products to take care of my skin. It makes me feel better to “go green” and its easier on my wallet. Aveeno is pretty pricey. I just recently started using EVCO as a moisturizer. It has so many benefits(hydrates and softens, clears away dirt,grime,and dead skin cells cotains antibacterial properties that kill iff harmful bacteria) and that will be my oil of choice for oil cleansing.

I wash and moisfurize my face twice a day and the only thing I do differently at night is I use a night cream. Aveeno has one but its so hard to get and really expensive so I’m using Olay’s firming night cream. I don’t like it and I’m not going to repurchase it because it makes my feel dry.

In the summer, I change my moisturizer to one with some SPF,UVA/B protection. Aveeno also has one but it ia not the Positively Radiant line. It works like a charm and keeps me from getting sunburn. I think I might keep it even after I try oil cleansing. I think maybe coconut oil has a very menial amount of SPF protection so I may experiment with relying on it for sunscreen.

Im excited about oil cleansing and of course I will be letting you know how it works out (pics will be included,of course).

HOW DO YOU STAY FLAWLESS?

Let The Experiment Begin!

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So, as promised I have started my Curly Girl Method experiment. I used shampoo for the LAST (hopefully) time on Monday. FYI,  I used Shea Moisture Coconut/Hibiscus Curl and Shine Shampoo. Its sulfate,silicone,and paraben free but I still felt it was tough enough to clean the product build up on Diva. As always, it delivered.

The part that I guess is going to be hardest for me is limiting my comb usage. I will be relying heavily on the my fingers for detangling and styling. I also am going to have a bit of a hard time with picking out products that are silicone free. I don’t look at labels when buying my products,  I usually just go by the reviews of fellow hair bloggers. If they say its all natural an I’m in the mood to try something new (which is always) its coming home with me. To start me off,  I am going to use As I Am Coconut Cowash, Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Extra Moisture Transitioning Milk and Tropic Isle Living Coconut Black Castor Oil.
I used to watch my hair faithfully every week but in the last six months or so, I’ve dropped down to once or twice a month. I am going to go back to my weekly routine and also my monthly hot oil treatment and my monthly protein conditioner treatments.

I will change the products I use for the experiment every month for the next six months because I think it takes at least two weeks to start seeing results with most products. The experiment will conclude on November 12,2014. I invite all of you to tell me about your experiences with the CG method!

Anti Breakage Challenge (Part Two): Week 2

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Week 2 was pretty much a breeze. I was very excited about trying my Shea Moisture products and I found a way to implement them into the challenge.

For this week,I was instructed to pre poo with ORS Hair Mayonnaise for 30 minutes. That was easy peasy lemon squeezy(I overheard Bubba say it…don’t ask). As always I sectioned my  hair into four. I do that before doing anything with my hair and I advise you do the same. If you have more hair than I do, you may need to do more sections.

I used my fabulous Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo. It was totally worth the $12,my mom paid for it. It lathers well& didnt’t feel stripping at all. Ladies who are really about their products being 100% natural should definitely try Shea Moisture. Check out this label:
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I did my DC with Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioner. Lord know I needed some restoration for Diva( not sure if I mentioned before,but Diva St. James is my hair’s name lol).I used a quarter sized amount for each section and I started from the tip and went up to the root. Here’s the ONE thing that irritated me. I was supposed to DC with a hooded dryer for 30 minutes but I don’t have one so…I had to use my hand dryer. Listen,I’m so dedicated to helping Diva go back to her former glory,I held the hand dryer over my head for the entire thirty minutes. Diva thanked me because when I washed the conditioner out, she was so soft &fluffy like cotton candy. I don’t think my hair has ever been that soft without a relaxer.Shea Moisture was definitely my Eureka! moment.

I LOC’d as normal with EVOO & my Creme of Nature with Argan Oil Moisturizer. I want to change my oil to EVCO because its winter here in NYC & I don’t wear a hat so I need extra protection. I’ve been wearing my hair in twists& I’ll be doing so until the last week of the challenge,when I’ll rock a sock bun. I feel like I’m getting my confidence and self esteem back and at the end of the day, that’s what my hair journey is all about. I want my hair to always reflect how I feel on any given day and having healthy hair will show that I’m feeling good about Jennice as a mommy, sister,daughter but most importantly, a woman.

FOLLOW MY CHALLENGE FROM THE BEGINNING HERE and HERE

Good Black Don’t Crack…If There’s A Good Skin Care Routine Behind It

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I started suffering from acne when I was 13. I hated it with a passion because it added to my geekiness: glasses,braces,and now acne. I didn’t really talk about it and it upset me when my dumb brothers noticed it. My mom told me to use alcohol to dry it out and I washed my face with Dove soap,then spot treated with alcohol. The alcohol dried up the acne and left my skin feeling tight,so I ditched it.

I thought the acne would cease once puberty was over. It did except on my forehead. Whenever I was stressed or it was that time of the month,my forehead went crazy. I had enough so I decided to start doing a trial and error with different products. I started with some unknown brand and it gave me headaches and dizzy spells. Then I found Aveeno. I trusted it for my eczema, so why not for my face.

I started using Aveeno Positively Radiant foam cleanser and its moisturizer. It worked! Of course I didn’t see results right away,but after about a month,the acne started disappearing and my skin tone evened out. The ugly duckling was turning into a swan! I’ve been using it for six years now. However,I did build a regimen recently. Since I have been trying to be natural with my hair care,why not skin care too?

In the morning, I wash my face with either Aveeno foam cleanser or Clearasil Acne Wash &Face Mask. I do the mask once a week for  a minute. I sometimes add a couple drops of tea tree oil because of its anti bacterial,antiviral,and antifungal properties. You can also add a few drops to your moisturizer. Don’t apply directly to your face because its very potent and can irritate skin. I use an exfoliator scrub once a week to clear away dead skin cells. My current brand of choice is Neutrogena Naturals Exfoliating Acne Scrub. It doubles as a acne fighter so when I don’t use my Clearasil,I’m still treating my acne. After washing my face,I moisturize. I LOVE and REFUSE to leave Aveeno Positively Radiant Moisturizer. I’ve been using it for years because it has a broad spectrum SPF of 15,so I’m good in summer& winter. Yes ladies, u need sun protection in the winter!

I’m hoping to use more products in the Neutrogena Naturals line. It’s another way of using things that are more natural just as I try to do with my hair.
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Lip Tip:
Try Baby Lips sunscreem lip balm to have some added protection to those lips!

So,ladies, what products are you using to take care of you fierce face?

Jamberry Nails:A Review

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I love everything nails! I started doing my own nails when I was 19. I would buy about three colors at a time,take them home, and then try thrm all on. When I got tired of that masterpiece,I’d pick a brand new color palette. But I really wish I had some really bold prints and patterns without having to go to the nail salon where I’ll get charged thirty plus dollars for it. Surely,there has to be a middle ground.

Jamberry Nails is definitely the middle ground. There are over 250 designs and they offer something for every kind of woman. They even have Jamberry Juniors for children. The process of putting them on is fairly easy. All you need is a blow dryer,nail scissors and a nail file. The blow dryer applies heat tp the adhesive back of the design. Once you’ve fitted the design,cut off the excess and then file the hangers on. Apply some more heat so the nail can bond to the design. It may sound a little tedious but I imagine it will take no longer than 20 minutes. The designs are $15 for a ten finger design.

If you’re interested visit my girl,Lauren Irons at laurensjamminnails.jamberrynails.net. You can also call her at (917)655-7942. So ladies,spoil yourself with some jammin’ Jamberry Nails.

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         Designs on my left hand

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       Designs on my right hand

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