So, if you have been following my hair journey lately, you know that I have worn my hair straight a few times in the past couple of months. I experienced extreme dryness and my curl pattern was very stretched. My hair did not want to curl. Deep conditioner and my @qredew have my best friends! I used them religiously 1-2 times a week. Then I trimmed my ends and decided to flat iron my hair again because my hair still wasn’t defined. I used the thermal line from @keracareofficial previously and I was my hair hoping that I had not made it worse. I received the @manyethnicities complete hair care line for adults shortly after compliments of @manyethnicities and @octoly in exchange for an honest review. So I decided to give it a try.
Step 1 Shampoo
The shampoo did not over lather but I only did one round which was good enough to remove gel and old product. My hair was not stripped.
Step 2 Conditioner
The conditioner was nice and very moisturizing. I left it on for 5 minutes then rinsed.
Step 3 Leave-In
Then, you guys, I was knocked off my feet. I started working the leave-in through my hair and it began to detangle. I loved the consistency of the leave-in. I provided tons of lightweight moisture. I took my time and finger coiled my hair and for the first time in a while, my hair cooperated. I did not have to use anything else to style. I did not add gel or oil but my hair held nicely and was not dry. I love this line and will defiantly repurchase and recommend to anyone looking for soft manageable hair with a great healthy, shine.
One of my favorite things about the brand is that it was created by a Chicago physician and working mom, Dr. Ena Hennegan who drew from her experiences as a consumer to create the first premium formulations for multiethnic people.
Some ingredients include:
hydrolyzed pea protein
They are an e-commerce only brand. The products are made is small batches. Use the code TAKE20 to save 20% on any order. Support small women-owned businesses!
DERMA E had a great Black Friday sale, so, you know I had to restock on some of my favorites as well as try something new. I had been dying to try the Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask, so I had to snag it. DERMA E typically sends samples with your order but for their Black Friday sale, qualifying purchases also came with a free FULL-sized Microdermabrasion Scrub, tote, hair ties and a sample packet!
Here are my thoughts on the mask and scrub – 2 productions that have quickly become favorites:
Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask
I love this purifying 2-in-1 charcoal mask! It has a gentle smell to it and I find that it can tingle a little bit but nothing seriously concerning. I have normal, sensitive, dry skin and it does not bother me. For 5-10 minutes I find something quick to occupy my time while it dries. Now my favorite part of the mask is that when you wet it and start to rub it in it gently exfoliates the skin. My skin always feels super clean and refreshed without the tight, dry feeling. I would definitely recommend this product; it is one of my favorite multi-tasking products which makes it great for those of us who are on the go. My only complaint is that you only get 1.7 ounces!
Like many others, my skin tends to be on the drier side during the colder months and will typically exfoliate 2-3 times per week. I will admit though, I occasionally get obsessed and do it daily for a few days straight. I love how fine the particles of the scrub are. I feel like it is of the same quality as the Dr. Brandt PoreDermabrasion Pore Perfecting 2-ounce Exfoliator (but like half the price). It does have a very strong chemical smell but that does not both me. Overall, I think this is an amazing product and plan to repurchase as well as recommend!
DERMA E always has a promotion going to save their customers some coins! Currently until January 15, 2018 at 1100PST save 20% when you use the code FRIFAM20.
Shop more of my DERMAE favorites below:
What are your current skin care favorites? Leave your answer in the comments below!
For me, the highlighter is the ultimate “cherry on top” for my makeup routine. If by chance, I am in a rush and leave the house without highlighting my tear ducts and nose – I get so disappointed and feel incomplete lol. I love super pigmented highlighters of all tones. I absolutely am obsessed with trio customizable highlighters such as Everglow from the OFRAand Nikkietutorials Collection. I received this product complimentary from OFRA Cosmetics. The opinions are 100% my own. #GotForFree #FreeWithOctoly #Sponso
I have always enjoyed Nikkietutorial’s videos and blinding highlighted looks. When I saw this collection on the Free Store on Octoly, I jumped at the opportunity to review it. It retails for $79.00 and includes one trio highlighter in the shade Everglow and 3 liquid lipsticks in the shades Coven, Nude Potion, and Spell. Use the code “OFRA30” to save 30% off your next purchase.
The packaging is amazing because it can be used as a stand for your new products on your vanity like above. This makes it perfect for those of you just starting your collection as well as those of you are who are seasoned makeup collectors.
Overall, I really love this collection. The Everglow highlighter stole the show for me. It is super pigmented, even with the most gentle swipe. Since it is a trio it is super versatile. I immediately through this into my kit replacing it with an older bulkier highlighter. It is perfect for all skin tones and shades. Since you don’t need much of the product I imagine that it will last for awhile. The lipsticks are so cute as well. They are very pigmented and comfortable on the lips. I feel like I did need to retouch my lipstick quite a few times though. Check out the swatches below.
What are some of your favorite collabs from YouTubers and brands? Let me know below in the comments.
There are a plethora of reasons why I love Lus Brands! I could go on for days professing my love for their all in one leave-in but there is so much more to the brand. Be sure to check out my full review. If you are looking to really wake up your styling routine and join a welcoming community of curlfriends then look no further. Here are just a couple of things I love about Lus Brands:
1. Stellar Customer Service
If you find that you have any questions or are stumped on which products would work best for your hair, the Lus team encourages you to private message them and send pictures of your hair in order to make a recommendation. They are readily available to provide quality support; the team takes the reputation amongst their customers very seriously. I remember an instance when a customer gave them a very low review so the Lus team reached out to her and arranged a FaceTime session to dig deeper and coach the customer on proper use of the products. A week or so later the customer retracted her original review and shared her “5-star” experience professing her love for the product and team.
2. Boss Babe Owner – Sahar
I mean, I really don’t know where to start. Supportive, caring, smart, and gorgeous – I could go on for days. I look up to Sahar so much. She is an amazing businesswoman who pours her heart into her business and her products. Sahar has a wealth of knowledge and is ready and willing to share in order to uplift her fellow girl bosses.
As a member of kinky – coily type 4 club, I previously struggled with detangling and curl definition. My hair is thick and it can be tough to find the right products that provide curl definition all over. This product really can tame and define the most stubborn curls.
5. Ease Of Using 1 Product
Styling can be a battle! Before I discovered Lus Brands, there were times when I would use as many as 10 products to achieve the perfect look with the right amount of hold so that my hair would last. I was not only cumbersome but very time-consuming. I love that I can achieve stunning curls with one product. It is efficient and saves so much time.
Mini Gift Sets
I am a huge advocate for travel size mini products for so many reasons. Obviously, it is so convenient for traveling to have the smaller bottles. Also, you get a chance to test out the system without breaking the bank since it is so affordable. These minis also are perfect for surprising your favorite curl friend.
Nicole Lee USA is a Los Angeles based handbag company that launched in 2004. The design team aims to continue to keep fashion funand refreshing!
Trendy, unique, and bold are just a few ways to describe the ever emerging brands’ designs. NL’s designers are inspired by European runway, as well as NY and LA street fashion.You can find Nicole lee collection in thousands of fine boutique shops throughout the United States and abroad such as London, Paris, Tokyo, Milan, Rome, and Madrid.
“An ever-changing entity that is consistently incorporating cultural and social traits in its designs.”
The quality of NL bags are superior to most brands on the market today – by far. The stitching and embellishments makes it evident that they took their time crafting the products. There is so much personality bursting through each piece in every little detail. The suitcase is spacious with multiple compartments.
If you are looking for a couple of statement pieces head over to check out a vast variety of chic handbags on their website. Check out a few more designs I am obsessed with below:
Thanks to Apex Drop and Nicole Lee for this amazing collaboration opportunity.*
Faithbox is a Christian community that aims to keep subscribers centered in Christ with their monthly service. Customers receive devotionals, inspired content, and hand-picked products “that do good” delivered to their door!
The impact guide walks you through the contents of the box and how to use them.
The Faithbox daily devotional book, Everyday Faith, provides you inspiring messages to refresh you in your walk with Christ each day. Some days are even interactive! You can actually subscribe to Everday Faith for only $5 a month.
‘We want nothing more than for these devotions to create a deeper relationship with you and our God.’
Faithbox also includes unique products and books that have a positive impact on the world from companies that do good. The creators invite customers to embrace their faith in a new way.
This month, we received a copy Bri McKoy’s Come & Eat.
‘McKoy invites us to discover how a common dining-room table can be transformed into a place where brokenness falls away to reveal peace and fellowship. Whether the table is laid with bounty or with meager offerings, whether it is surrounded by the Body of Christ or homeless, broken souls, she shows us that healing begins when we say, “Come in. I may not know you, but I know your maker. And so I offer you my heart.”’
One of my favorite items was The Hope Deck. It is an assortment of inspirational cards with scriptures. They are even great for being used as postcards to share with friends and family. I loved this one below!
As you can see each box, is beautifully designed with hand-picked items to enhance your journey as you walk with Christ. It is made for those of us who are on the go allowing you to center yourself in Christ whenever and where ever needed. Also, each devotional shipped helps to provide meals to hungry kids around the globe. Joining the Faithbox community allows you to not bless yourself but others too! See the subscription options below:
Splendies is a surprise package of 3 pairs of undies sent to your door monthly! This month had a winter/holiday theme.
They fit great and stay in place. Plus size? No problem! They offer sizes up to 3X and there is no contract. You are able to cancel at any time. Splendies also offers free shipping in the United States.
The best part about Splendies is that they will donate a pair of undies to someone in need for anyone who posts their undies with the hashtag #giveapair .
Use the code SPLENDIES to receive up to 28% off of your first month.
Check out the cute undies I received this month below!
What is your favorite type of undies? Or are you more of the free type? lol 🙂
*pr gifted collaboration via Revfluence and Splendies.
If you haven’t noticed by now, I have red hair! I love it and it has really become a part of me. Prior to going natural, I had severe shedding and breakage, mainly due relaxing my hair, heat damage and color damage. My stylist at the time advised me to pick one, color or relaxer. So, obviously, I chose color!
As a child, I remember my mom freaking out when I told her I wanted red hair and freckles lol. It seemed as though I wasn’t loving the skin I was in. Fast forward to 20 years later and I am more fierce than ever with a full mane of vibrant red hair.
Much like any other Pinterest and Instagram obsessed naturalista I find a lot of inspiration for my looks and style from my curl friends. As I transitioned from relaxed hair, I knew that when I was fully natural that I wanted to get some color. I filled my Pinterest boards with a plethora of ideas but when it came down to it one shade stood out the most – red red.
Here are some of the ladies who inspired me to break out of my shell and rock my firey red mane.