Beats By KD For Influenster & Glo Skin Beauty

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*This post was done in collaboration with Influenster and Glo Skin Beauty! I received the product for free in exchange for testing an honest review.

I have always had clear skin. It is very rare that I get a blemish or imperfect – genetics – I guess I have my parents to thanks for that. My skin type is normal to dry. In the summer if I spend a lot of time in the skin or water, I can lead more towards the dry side. Also, during the winter, I think we all tend to see a decrease in the overall hydration of our skin.

Being that I am a product junkie, I am willing to try just about anything at least once. I don’t tend to have sensitive skin but I can have reactions to specific things. With that being said, it is rare that I absolutely fall head over heels for a skin product. I take my skin care seriously for preventive care. I know I am young but I do my best to treat the skin that I am in well.

The phyto-active cream cleanser took my clear and healthy skin to a new level. I have being using it for about a month. There have been times where I just gazed in the mirror appreciating my skin’s glow and clarity. Suddenly, I would remember the new cleanser I’d been using. This product has given me an undeniable radiance. My skin is clear, plump, firm and healthy. I feel as though my skin is moisturized; it is smooth and feels good. A little goes a long way with the consistency. I recommend dropping a pea sized amount on a cleansing pad then running light water over it. This makes it easy to work the product all over my face. You get 6.7 fl oz which will last me awhile. I have been asked if I was wearing makeup on several occasion when barefaced since adding this cleanser to my routine. It is a little pricey retailing for $46.00 but it is worth it. There is a coupon on the website when you signup for the mailing list. This product gets 2 thumbs up from me.

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We also received a lipstick in the shade pillow talk. It is a soft pink nude. The formula is very creamy and it wears comfortably. I am not crazy about the shade but I really liked it when I paired it with a brown lip liner. It does have a long lasting effect. I also like the packaging. It is also kind of pricey retailing for $24.00.

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Review: Lottabody Coconut & Shea Oils

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*This post may contain affiliate links and was done in collaboration with Lottabody. All opinions are my own. All photos belong to @beatsbykd.

Lottabody is a company that has been around for years. When my hair was relaxed, their foam was my go-to for roller sets. As I transitioned to a natural style, I tried many products for styling my hair. I had to make sure my styles blended the texture of my natural hair with the texture of my permed ends and my goal was to stay away from flat ironing. It was very tough to keep my hair de-tangled and moisturized, because of this, I experienced tons of breakage to the driest parts of my hair (which for me is the crown of my head). De-tangling was literally a nightmare; my scalp was so sore and tender. Many times you couldn’t even get through my hair to touch my scalp because it was tangled and matted. These products simplified the process of de-tangling for me.

The coconut and shea oils line from Lottabody also allowed me to achieve my first successful flexi-rod set and my first successful perm rod set. I believe that the products provided enough hold without drying out my hair. The line has a great scent that isn’t too heavy. My absolute favorite aspect about the line it the price point. It is so affordable! Each product is priced around $5-10. I discovered the new line at my local beauty supply store, but I also restock on amazon.

Love Me 5-n-1 Leave-In Treatment

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The all-in-one styling creme is for all hair types: relaxed, natural and color-treated. I have personally used the product at all three of these stages and can attest to the fact that it is truly versatile. The 5 key product benefits include: de-tangling & conditioning, protection from heat, adding moisture & brilliant shine, preventing split ends, and taming frizz. The instructions state to spray on damp, towel dried, or dry hair and comb through. Distribute evenly through your hair from root to end then style.

I typically start by using this to de-tangle wet/damp hair. For my rod sets, I blow dry my hair using this as a heat protector. Below, is how I use the 5-n-1 to achieve a perfect perm road set.

Moisture Me Curl & Style Milk

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The curl & style milk is something that I tend to use daily when styling my puff. I rub it between my hands and rub it all over my hair. It brings the moisture without weighing down the curls in my fro. The key product benefits include: defining curls, taming frizz and adding moisture & brilliant shine. This product is also for natural and relaxed hair. The instructions state to distribute even throughout damp, towel dried or dry hair from root to end then style.

If I am trying to achieve a smooth moisturized puff or bun this is my go-to. As a person who did not do one big chop, I was amazed as waves started to take shape. This is one of the first products I discovered that works for me for curl definition. I took work selfies everyday for months because I had my “waves” poppin’ lol. It can also be used for bantu knots, sets, twist outs and braid outs. I would suggest starting on damp or freshly steamed hair for the most definition but I have seen a friend with finer hair use on dry hair and she achieved amazing results as well!

 

Cleanse Me Co-Wash

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If you are familiar with my blog and routines, you know that I rarely use an actual shampoo. I would even go as far as to say that I am anti-shampoo for my at home between salon maintenance. I have very dry hair and most shampoos (even some co-washes) strip my hair of every ounce of moisture. This product does the exact opposite. It is extremely moisturizing without weighing down the hair. I can easily work this through my hair without it matting up and it actually cleanses, removing product bill up. The key product benefits include: leaving the hair clean & moisturized, taming frizz & adding shine, de-tangling & conditioning, fighting against shrinkage, and being safe to use on color treated hair. There are no sulfates or parabens which is great for my curly girl method.

Overall, I give this line a 10 out of 10. The line is versatile and achieves great results on an array of different hair types. I really do not know what I would have done if I would have never discovered this line. I would most likely have been forced to do a big chop due to breakage! I recommend that anyone who is on a budget or looking for some affordable quality products try this line. If you are struggling with dry, undefined curls give this line a try, your hair will thank you.

Stay tuned for my tutorial…

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#FroDayATL

#FroDayATL was one of the most fun, uplifting, positive, and joyful events I’ve been to in awhile. The energy in the room was amazing. Women (and for the first time in #froday history a man) came from near and far to celebrate beauty, intelligence and curly hair.

The creator, Frogirlginny aka Nia, is the essence of a true boss babe. She created Froday to bring women together to spread the message of love and acceptance. Nia, told us about herself and her natural hair journey; then we each introduced ourselves recapping our own natural hair journey.

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After introductions, we had a selfie photo shoot session posing with our new curl friends. We used those pictures for a special contest! Three lucky ladies won special gift bags. As if the event couldn’t get any better, each attendee went home with $65 worth of Deva Curl goodies! I really enjoyed posing and showing off my fro.

The venue, Loca Luna, was super cute. We sat on the patio where there was lots of room to mix and mingle. The bartender makes a mean Berry Lemonade Margarita and the food was delicious.

After chanting positive affirmations, slaying the selfie photo shoot, and meeting so many amazing women, I was on cloud 9. I really enjoyed myself and I a feel even more proud to be a part of a movement/generation in which we celebrate and love ourselves as we are – fearfully and wonderfully made. Here a few shots of some of stunning fros:

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Review: LUS Brands

Kinky Coily Kit Review

My biggest challenge with my type 4 a/d coily mane is definition. My hair dries quickly without any product but typically lacks definition; I naturally have very frizzy hair when is air dries. Towards the end of my transition, I found my self searching for videos focusing on curl definition. I longed to perfect my wash and go routine. I’ve tried dozens of products. Through trial and error I’ve learned countless things about my hair and preferences. I have  also identified a few pet peeves.  For example, I hate products that slide down my hair making their way on to my neck and down back as my hair dries that makes for literally the worst wash and go.

I stumbled upon this brand sitting at restaurant in Miami. I was working on some things for my business and came across a tutorial that caught my attention. Instantly I was obsessed with results that all in one provided. The definition of her curls was amazing. I knew that I had to get my hands on these products.


My biggest challenge with my type 4 a/d coily mane is definition. My hair dries quickly without any product but typically lacks definition; I naturally have very frizzy hair when is air dries. Towards the end of my transition, I found my self searching for videos focusing on curl definition. I longed to perfect my wash and go routine. I’ve tried dozens of products. Through trial and error I’ve learned countless things about my hair and preferences. I have  also identified a few pet peeves.  For example, I hate products that slide down my hair making their way on to my neck and down back as my hair dries that makes for literally the worst wash and go.

I stumbled upon this brand sitting at restaurant in Miami. I was working on some things for my business and came across a tutorial that caught my attention. Instantly I was obsessed with results that all in one provided. The definition of her curls was amazing. I knew that I had to get my hands on these products.

Lus brands provides exactly what I need in one product for styling. They also have a simple three part system that simply put works! I regularly get compliments on my hair but when I used the three step system for the first time, literally 10 people complimented me on my hair within 2 days. I even had a stylist walk out of her salon to give me her information. She said that she saw my hair and it  as beautiful. The creator, Sarah, literally “put her foot” in her formulas. I will forever continue to love my curls and pamper them her products.

Here is how I used the system:

Step 1 – Shampoo


I have to start by saying that I am a noo-poo curly girl. I have extremely dry hair so I rarely shampoo my hair. I typically only use shampoo when I’m getting it done professionally. 9 times out of 10 when at home, I co-wash. This shampoo is gentler than the average shampoo but it does do a great job at cleansing. I feel like this would be great for someone with oily hair especially. I know that I will probably use this when I have a lot of product build up as needed but it won’t be a weekly thing.

Step 2 – Condition


Conditioning is one of my favorite parts of my routine. For me a good conditioner, moisturizes my hair giving it a lot of slip for me to really detangle my coils. The key to defined curls is penetrating moisture throughout your entire strand down to the very end of each coil. It is easy to moisturize straight hair because the products slip right down the hair. With curly hair the product has a harder time slipping down and around each curl/coil. *One tip that has helped me a lot with keeping my hair moisturized is washing out my first round of condition but leaving  he second round in. I like to start the styling process with my hair drenched in water and conditioner.

This condition is great to do just that. That moringa oil really proves a lot a moisture and did I mention this stuff smells amazing?! It was really easy to work the product through my hair and it provides a good amount of slip. When I first looked up at my hair in the mirror, I was kind of shook at how my curls were already very defined JUST from the conditioner. I could tell that it really packed my hair with moisture. I don’t feel like the product was heavy or weighed down my hair either even through the results were amazing.

Step 3 – All In One Leave In (aka the main event)


Now, what completely sold me on the line is the leave in. If you are really looking to add definition with a serious hold that doesn’t weigh down your curls, search no further. Seriously, this is product shook up my wash and go routine as I know it. I’m used to using 4-10 products when styling my hair. This product just replaced almost all of them.

Initially, I was expecting this to be soft and silky in texture. I guess the packaging fooled me. I’m used to serums being in that type of packaging. So when I rubbed the leave-in in between my hands together I was taken aback by how the cream like textured turned slightly foamy. I felt it thickening up. I believe this is why a little goes such a long way. They recommend that you use lots of water – less product, more water. This is great because you will get multiple uses from the products. My girls with thick hair know that sometimes one entire bottle of product can be used in one sitting!

At first, I didn’t know what to think of how it felt as I worked the leave in through my hair. I was actually kind of confused. It wasn’t at all like anything I have encountered before. Immediately was thinking nah this can’t be right!?! What is this product doing?!? Then I remembered that the product is water activated so I continued to add water with my spray bottle. Right before my eyes I could see my strands start to become very defined. One thing I really loved was that when I put my hair up into a puff no product slide down my face or neck even though my hair was far from being completely dry. I feel like this product sort of combines the LOC method all into one product. By simply rubbing it in between my hand the product seemed to be a mixture of a cream/oil and foam/mouse. This provides the same hold as a gel without the harsh crunch. It took me about 15-20 minutes to work the product through my hair. Some of my earlier routines have taken my an hour or more.

Overall, I have give this brand a huge thumbs up. I recommend anyone with curly or wavy hair try this line. I really think that this line will wake up your routine and provide results like never before. It worked perfectly for my hair and I will forever be a loyal customer. I feel and see the tremendous amount of work put into this product and entire brand. If you chose to give it try, I highly doubt you will be disappointed. One thing that I would also like to mention is that they provide stellar customer service. If you have any questions, comments or concerns the team is very responsive. They will even help you select the kit for your hair via private message if you shoot them pictures of your hair.

As a Supply Chain Consultant, Makeup Artist, Grade Student and Small Business own, my time literally is money. Lus Brands saves me so much time in my daily routine. I think this brand will be around for a long time changing curly girls’ routines! I am excited to see and try the new products to come from Lus Brands.

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Review: Koko X Kylie Cosmetics

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Kylie Cosmetics is loved and hated by many around the globe for various reasons. Like a lot of others, I too was skeptical to try the line. I wasn’t sure how a social lite could just up and start a makeup line… I wondered if the products would be cheap, low quality, not pigmented, transferable and more. I read nasty reviews and decided I would not give the brand a chance.

A few months later, I began to really get into pushing my makeup artistry service offering. I also was getting into social media and makeup groups many of which were testing and sharing opinions on Kylie’s line. Once the royal peach palette dropped I began to start looking at the different looks gurus and other makeup artists’ were creating. Slowly, before I knew it – I was sold. They had convinced me to place mt first order from Kylie Cosmetics.

I logged on to the site. After hearing that the royal peach palette was so sold and seeing back in stock on the site, I places one in my cart immediately. As I continued to browse, I knew I had to try her lippies. Reviews said that her lip kits were very long wearing. I decided to try the Koko bundle so I could experience a variety. Here are the swatches below – KHLO$, OKURRR, DAMN GINA, and GORG with and without flash. I did one single coat of each.

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I think that the shades included in the bundle are versatile. I love that these are true matte formulas. They dry down relatively quickly – and honestly once they set they do not budge! Even with makeup remover you end up scrubbing for awhile and still having some basically stained on lol. This is great for long nights and times when you cannot regularly apply. The lippies all have good smells too. The gloss was the only one I wasn’t super crazy about. I HATE glittery glosses. The formula and smell were nice. I just feel really childish wish glitter gloss. I also hate how is wears off and leaves dried down glitter. It does work nicely as a topper but I still don’t like glitter. Overall if you like the color selection this is a great set.

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Family Tings’

 

Summer time is perfect for traveling and visiting family. As a child, my sister and I would regularly stay a couple weeks with our grandparents. I always enjoy spending time with my fam. We always cut stay up late talking, singing, dancing, playing games and solving the world’s problems. 🙂

Recently, my cousins from Greensboro and Raleigh came down to Atlanta for the week. I am very close to my family. My family inspires me on the daily. Each person is unique and brings something spectacular to the table. My cousins are smart, funny, kind, considerate, brave and just cool people. They rub off on me!

Here are a bunch of pictures that show how much of a great time we had. These were shot from our visits to Rosewell Mill and Main Event. Take notice of their awesome protect styles. They were super cute!

 

 

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