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Just Bee You Product Review (3 of 3)

Just Bee You ‘Oils and Herbs’ is a very rich mix of oils that I have grown to love. I tend to be very skeptical when it comes to purchasing oil mixtures as I believe I can mix a batch on my own. I do however appreciate this mix as it does more than just seal in the moisture of my hair. It has an almost viscous texture and in addition to being a good sealant, gives my hair great shine on any day I decide to use it. Let me be honest and let you in on a secret of mine: this product has also been used as a massage oil on a few occasions ūüėĄ.

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Ingredients: herbal infused extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, vitamin E oil, essential oil blend.

Price: $7 for 6oz.

I would definitely purchase this product, not as an everyday oil but to use whenever I’m craving something different and luxurious for a good price.

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Just Bee You Product Review (Part 2 of 3)

Just Bee You Herbal Hair Spritz is a water based, light moisturising hair spritz. Product description also includes detangling abilities.

Ingredients: Herbal infusion base of purified water, Aloe Vera gel, glycerine, extra virgin olive oil, ploys ornate 20, vitamin E oil, optiphen, peppermint oil and essential oil blend.

Scent: Peppermint

This product does not work as a detangler for me nor does it keep my hair moisturised as long as I would like. Instead of using it alone and in the way intended, I’ve found two ways that suit my liking:

1. With my EVOO and honey mix when I deep condition.

2. As a scalp massage: I like to spritz my scalp with this product as it contains peppermint and does a good job at stimulating and encouraging blood flow.

Price: $8.00 (US)

 

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BaByliss Pro Argan Oil Curl Creme Review

I’ve seen the BaByliss Pro Argan Oil line being sold for some time ¬†but because of the ingredients I was never really excited to try any of the products. I don’t think the price is worth the quality of the product. However, I was given a sample of the Curl Creme today and decided to give it a go. Hey it was free! I must say though I will not be purchasing this product or trying any of the other products from the line. You will see why from my review below.

 

The ingredients are not too stellar and argan oil is listed as the 6th ingredient (Argan oil curl creme? hmm). It does have mineral oil and dimethicone, so if you are not one to properly cleanse your hair, this product is not for you.

Whenever I use a product for the first time, the one thing that ¬†can make or break my opinion about that product is the scent. Although the smell of this curl creme does not linger, it has a very high, “perfumy” smell that I didn’t like.

The consistency is that of a light lotion, not too heavy nor light.

 

 

It did define my curls but left my hair white and dull looking. So did it do what it said it was suppose to do? No, not in my opinion. My hair had no crunch however, and that was a plus.

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After:

 

Notice how it left a white residue on my hair, which took a while to disappear, even after I tried raking and smoothing more than usual.

The sample bottle was cute though, it came with a pump, and I absolutely love pumps. The larger bottle also has a pump which makes for easier application.

Price:

The ten ounce bottle is priced around $14

I didn’t like this product and won’t use it again. My hair had a very soft hold and coated feel to it. It basically looked like I did a conditioner only wash and go.

Well that’s about it. Have you ever tried anything from this line? What are your thoughts?

Until next time have a great weekend ¬†ūüėÄ

My interview with Owner of Kinky-Curly, Shelley Davis.

Hey guys! Did you know that owner of Kinky-Curly products, Shelley Davis is of Caribbean Heritage? Well, she is ūüôā and below is an e-interview we did ¬†where she talks a little about her products, regimen and gives a few tips. Enjoy and have a great week.
What island are you from ?
St Vincent & the Grenadines
How long have you been natural?
Since 1998

How has your product line impacted how you take care of your hair?

I have always been very particular when it comes to taking care of my hair. Having my own product line gives me the peace of mind that comes from knowing that my favorite product will not get discontinued or suddenly reformulated. 

Do you have other staples you enjoy from other companies?

Did Steve Jobs ever use an Android phone? LOL , No I use all Kinky-Curly products on myself and my daughter.

How would you describe your hair regimen?

Cleanse, Condition & Detangle then Style.
Come Clean, Knot Today then Curling Custard. 
Sometimes in the cooler months I roller set or do twist outs.

Many naturalistas from the Caribbean prefer a DIY approach when it comes to their natural hair because of the unavailability of products. What is your take on this?

It depends on the level of DIY and the knowledge of the mixer. Mixing oils or Shea Butter is not bad and won’t hurt your hair but once you start mixing chemicals and adjusting pH levels you should really be careful since you can damage skin, hair and eyes.

Are your products readily available around the Caribbean?

Kinky-Curly Products are available at Body Beautiful in Trinidad and Nettle & Moss in Jamaica. New Retail Locations are added regularly so please check our website for new store locations.

Any encouraging words
Love your hair! Be proud of it. Nourish it and treat it gently and then it will grow strong & healthy.
– Shelley Davis

Today’s Two years worth of growth natural hair feature

Why did I go natural? Honestly, at the time I already had a short tapered haircut and was too broke to maintain it so one night after just not getting a perm for about 2-3 months, I just cut the permed ends off. It was really different to see myself with short curly hair but as I’ve learned over the past two years, it was worth it. Being natural was the best thing I could’ve done for my hair and myself because it caused me to learn more about what my hair really likes. Most of all, it taught me that black hair grew and could do more than just be “there.” its versatile so I love wearing it curly with wash and gos in the summer or a full fro or straight in the cooler months. As far as my goals are concerned, I’d love to just make sure my hair is healthy but secretly if I get to bra strap length, I’d hit my dougie lol. Of course I’d love long, thick hair but that’s what healthy hair leads to so as long as I care for my hair, it will care for me too.

– Jae Lanae

You can keep up with Jae’s journey at¬†http://www.nofrosmushingallowed.com/

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Random Favorites (August)

Writing this post was fun for me, I have never done a favorites post before but I have been getting requests to do so and finally thought why not. It is a little bit of this and that, hair, skin, food etc. Everything that I have enjoyed for the month of August. I am a little biased so will be starting with my favorite hair products ūüėÄ

I have only incorporated two new products for the month of August, one a conditioner and the other a moisturizer. The moisturizer I have been really enjoying with  great results  is the Beautiful Textures Moisture Butter. I have already done a separate review which you can check out here but I must say I really like this butter. I have been doing a lot of twists recently because of the heat and humidity and it keeps my hair soft, moisturized and defined despite the crazy weather.

The other product is the Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship Conditioner. The smell is heavenly and it has awesome slip. It is a bit more expensive than my usual VO5 Moisture Milk but I just can’t seem to get enough of this conditioner. What can I say the hair wants what the hair wants.

Moving on from hair, I have two products that I have been using on my face that I will definitely continue to use. Pimples have never really been a problem for me but recently I have been getting major breakouts and the only thing that seems to work is the Artistry Anti-Blemish Cream. It contains salicylic acid as its main ingredient and is perfect for spot treating my pimples. The salicyclic acid helps to clear and prevent blemishes caused by acne.

I rarely wear make up but when it comes to hiding a blemish or just because I feel like it, I usually apply some foundation. A cousin of mine introduced me to the Maybelline  Dream Matte Mousse which I now LOVE! Its a nude foundation and once you choose the correction shade it blends right into your skin.

When it comes to skincare my usual Shea and Coco butter are still my staples but I love to invest in butters and creams from the Body Shop and Solstice Scents. My favorite for this month however is the Spiced Vanilla Body Butter. It leaves my skin moisturized and smelling like cake and spices (yummy).

Another random favorite of mine this month is the Miss Oops Sponge Remover. I first received this as a free sample after shopping at Valrosa for hair products.  I threw it at the back of my closet and forgot about it until about a week ago when my deodorant messed up my little black dress and caused me to fuss because I hate using a wet cloth on my clothes when I have to go out. Thankfully I remembered my Miss Oops sponge and voila the white stain was gone with no wet residue.

Health is extremely important to me, as you can tell from some of my older posts. I have been making and drinking my own smoothies and juicing a lot. I love salads and my favorite way to eat my salad is with flax seeds or nuts sprinkled on the top. I have really been enjoying the Archer Farms variation of nuts. The raw unsalted almonds have been my favorite this month. The make a very healthy and tasty snack that you can use to munch on or soak to make a delicious almond milk.

I also can’t get enough of teas and choosing just one as my favorite is quite difficult but I have recently been enjoying a blend of cinnamon, cloves, ginger and cardamom.

Finally, I would like to share a book I read this month and thoroughly enjoyed. A friend of mine sent it to me as a favor to her and I decided to give it a go. The Bra Book by Jene Luciani gives a concise description about the history of bras, finding the perfect fit and a lot more things I didn’t know about a bra lol. It is an interesting read with a touch of humor and I will probably be doing a review soon.

What are some of you favorites for the month of August? Don’t be afraid to share ūüėÄ

Beautiful Textures Moisture Butter Review

After I bought the Beautiful Textures Curl Control Pudding and didn’t exactly rave about it, I still decided to try the moisture butter. While the curl pudding didn’t do what it said it was suppose to do, the butter on the other hand gave me exactly the kind of moisture I needed in this heat. I have been using it since Monday and haven’t had to spritz my hair with water during the day like I usually do. I paired it for a wash and go with a new cheapy gel I’ve been playing around with and will review later.

I really like the consistency of this product, it has a nice creamy texture and feels great between your fingers when applying. It mixed well with the gel I used and also with my KCCC (no white residue or flakes). Since I co-wash my hair every 2 days now that the temperature is higher I won’t be able to say if the moisture can be retained for longer but it held strong for the 2 days I had it in.

Of course the scent is the same as the curl pudding and as I mentioned before is one I don’t quite fancy. I also don’t like the fact that there is dimethicone as one of the ingredients but I my sulfate free shampoo does a great job in removing the cone and I have no problem with build up.

Besides that, the product is cheap and a good¬†substitute¬†if you can’t afford a moisturizer with ingredients that are all natural.

I will buy this again to keep on hand when I can’t afford or run out of the more pricey moisturizers I use.

By the way it gives a little styling tip on the jar that I think is cute and a nice idea to spice up the product. They mention mixing and matching the products which I did try but didn’t like the feel I got when I mixed the butter with the curl pudding. My hair felt as if I was doing a strong protein treatment probably because they both¬†contain¬†soybean oil as one of the first few ingredients and as I said before my hair doesn’t respond well to too much protein.

Well that’s all for now folks. Have a great day!