How I maintained my Flat Ironed Type 4 Natural Hair

IMG_1351 (1)I don’t flat-iron my hair often, usually only once a year, mainly because I like the texture of my hair when it’s not straighten. A few benefits of flat-ironing is being able to see the ‘true length’ of your hair. Straightening your hair can also add versatility in your styling routine.

A few disadvantages of flat-ironing natural hair is that it may not revert back to your curls or kinky/coily hair as quickly. Also, it may be hard to maintain straighten hair during working-outs or when it rains. As a result, many naturals find that their flat ironed hair only lasts for a very short time. Here are a few ways I kept my type 4 hair straight for two weeks, now I could have kept it straight longer; however, I just wanted my kinky/coily hair back.

First Things First – Go To A Professional

Salon Visit

Yes! I suggest getting your hair done by a licensed professional. Many naturals are comfortable with doing there own hair; however, I believe it’s best in these circumstances. The concern with going to a professional is trust, especially with all the articles about salons and stylist sneaking relaxers in on clients shampoo. However, the results of having your hair flat-ironed by a professional will be a lot better.

Now if you are having a hard time finding a stylist you trust, or cannot afford to go to a salon. I suggest investing in a good professional flat iron, make sure it has heat control settings.

Preserving Your Flat-Ironed Hair

Some naturals like to wrap their to there hair; however, when I do this I found that my hair has no bounce it just lays flat. Personally, I do not enjoy when my hair just lays flat. To keep my hair straight with a added curls and no heat, I use flexirods and curlformers. I love how using these tools help keep my hair straight with some bounce, while adding loose waves for a full look.

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Minimal Product Use

Kinky/coily type 4 hair requires lots and lots of moisture, I tend to use creams, butters, steam and oil. When my hair is straight using butters weighs it down and creams make it revert back to kinky/coils. In place of heavy products, I like to use light oils light oils such as grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, or sweet almond oil. I lightly coat my hands with oil and apply to my hair daily. Doing this helps prevent dryness without weighing the hair down my hair.

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Another important factor to maintaining straight hair for an extended period of time is how you protect your hair when you sleep. Be sure to keep your hair protected while you sleep, use a satin/silk bonnet t or sleep on a satin/silk pillowcase.

Rain & Steam/Humidity

When my hair is in its natural state, I don’t worry about rain and humidity. The day I had my hair straightened it rain and rain. I kept a disposable shower cap in my bag and my umbrella to avoid the rain.  I usually don’t wear a shower cap; however, with straight hair is necessary.

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Working Out

Doing low intensity workouts will help minimize sweating be sure to use a sweatband during workouts. Sweatbands are a great way to keep your edges flat be sure your hair is completely dry before removing, if needed you can use handheld blow dryer on low cool-heat to make the process faster.

If you really want to get the most out of your flat-ironed, hair I suggest not to hang out at the pool or to the beach. If you do be sure to pin your hair up this will help extend the quality for your straighten hair.

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Additional Info and suggestion :

I suggest using a Dri Sweat Edge Women’s Headband or Save Your Do Black GymWrap while working out to make your hair last. I don’t suggest strengthening your hair in the middle of summer when it’s most humid outside also when it’s hot you may be prone to sweat.


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curlBOX Natural March 2016 | Unboxing & Review | Mielle Organics

IMG_0720If you have been following my blog for any amount of time, you know how much I love getting curlBOX Natural. If you are new to my blog then you can learn more about curlBox by visiting: www.curlbox.com. You can also check out my other subscription reviews including curlBox Body , curlBox Natural – Eden Body Works, and curlBox Natural – The Mane Choice.

 

curlbox_natural2It’s important to have a good regimen when you want ‘stuntworthy’ hair. This curlBOX Natural Volume XII delivers just that with a complete growth regimen from Mielle Organics. It was loaded with all-natural ingredients known to deliver including the vitamins needed to stimulate growth, cleansing and styling products to retain the length and strengthen hair. This box is so necessary to helping you reach those #HairGrowthGoals by building a regimen from Mielle Organics.

curlBOX Natural is a non-subscription hair beauty box ($40.00). 

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The March 2016 box breakdown  

  • Healthy Hair Formula Vitamins ($18.99) 
  • Detangling Co-Wash ($13.99) 
  • Moisturizing Avocado Hair Milk ($15.99) 
  • Mint Almond Oil ($13.99)

 

 

 

 

Mielle Organics Healthy Hair Formula Vitamins ($18.99)

Mielle Organics Healthy Hair Formula VitaminsVitamins are a critical factor in supporting hair growth internally. These pills include: Vitamin B1 & 2, Niacin (Vitamin B3), Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin, Biotin, Copper, Folic Acid, MSM, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, and Zinc. That promote healthier, stronger, longer, thicker hair. I have not tried the Vitamins yet due to currently taking a multivitamin. Once I have completed this dosage I’ll give these a try. *Photo Credit: curlBox.com/box-breakdown


Mielle Organics Detangling Co-Wash ($13.99)


Mielle Organics Detangling Co-WashAs a natural in the 4C category, it’s imperative to find a good detangler. One that not only makes it easy to use but actually works. This is good stuff, it’s a little lighter than I’d prefer. I tend to like my cream cleanser to be super think. My other detangler is awesome; however, this detangling co-wash is good. I love the fact that this is created to be used during the wash process, and helps prevent knots and tangles. (4-Stars) *Photo Credit: curlBox.com/box-breakdown


Mielle Organics Moisturizing Avocado Hair Milk ($15.99)

Mielle Organics Moisturizing Avocado Hair MilkMy hair tends to be dry so I like to use a mix of creams and butters to lock in moisture. Avocado is known to add hydration and moisture to dry, thirsty hair and that’s just what this product did. I used the milk as a style refresher and my hair felt extremely hydrated and moisturized. (4-Stars) *Photo Credit: curlBox.com/box-breakdown


Mielle Organics Mint Almond Oil  ($13.99)

Mielle Organics Mint Almond OilI was skeptical of this oil only because I have a nut allergy. However, I tested on the back of my hand and didn’t break into hives. I really like this Mint Almond oil, it may be a little strong for some; however, I found the oil to be very refreshing. I used it with my scalp invigorator and my scalp felt so good, well stimulated and worked a sealant for my strands. My scalp never felt dry. (4-Stars) *Photo Credit: curlBox.com/box-breakdown


ADDITIONAL INFO

I purchased the March 2016 curlBox Natural for $40 included shipping. According to www.MielleOrganics.com the total value  is approximately $62.96.

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COVERGIRL® Queen Collection (Influenster Review)

NaturallyACT.comLet me tell you, when I found out I was getting the COVERGIRL® Queen Collection from Influenster, I was beyond excited! Getting the opportunity to try makeup for free, who could say no to that?

The box included three full side products from the COVERGIRL Queen Collection. COVERGIRL Queen False Lash Drama Mascara, COVERGIRL Queen Stay Luscious Lipstick and COVERGIRL Queen Natural Hue Liquid Makeup

COVERGIRL Queen False Lash Drama MascaraVery Black Q200 ($6.74)

Mascara_NaturallyACT.comDescription: Get the dramatic effect of false lashes without the drama of applying them. Queen Collection False Lash Drama Mascara features a transformative double-sided brush that brings even your smallest lashes to life.  Overview: ~Surprisingly dramatic false lash effect. ~ Innovative brush shape for volumizing and separating. Available in regular and waterproof formulas. ~Ophthalmologically tested.

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Review: The Lash Drama Mascara is totally a winner!! My lashes look longer and thicker. I totally recommend this product for someone!! I’m really looking forward to trying more products of the Cover Girl Queen collection.

 

COVERGIRL Queen Stay Luscious LipstickJubilee Q730 ($7.99)

Lipstick_NaturallyACT.comDescription: Finally! A lipstick that lasts all day and doesn’t dry out your lips. Queen Collection Stay Luscious Lipstick has a waterproof formula that locks in color and moisture for an unrivalled, all day effect. With a lip color palette this stunning you’ll want to try all 10 luscious shades!  Overview: ~Waterproof lipstick formula that locks in color. ~ Leaves lips moisturized all day. ~Comes in 10 long lasting shades.

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Review: This color is everything just the right amount of bold!!! Super-soft lipstick that goes on smooth. My lips felt moisturize all day. The best part is it smells so good, like a fruity candy… Will definitely be trying the other colors!!!

 

COVERGIRL Queen Natural Hue Liquid Makeup Rich Mink Q75 ($7.74)

Makeup_NaturallyACT.comDescription: Makeup for dark skin, made to match you. Lightweight, oil-free, liquid formula with built-in moisturizers continuously hydrates skin for a soft, smooth, radiant finish. In 12 beautiful shades that match up to 97% of skin tones from Rich Sand to True Ebony.

Makeup_2_NaturallyACT.comReview: Smooth and Soft!! I really like this foundation, the liquid went on so smoothly. Although this shade was not a good match for me, it was just a little too dark…If I happened to get a tan this summer it will probably work well. Overall, the foundation left my skin looking flawless! I’ll be sure to get the correct shade next time

 

Note: Prices may vary. I’m really looking forward to trying more products of the Cover Girl Queen collection.

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“How To Interactive Workshop” Highlight Video

On March 19th I hosted a “How To Interactive Workshop” with over 16 women in attendance. The event was outstanding! The ladies learn how to use hair tool like Curlformers and my favorite the Q-Redew. Looking forward to the next event stay tuned!!

“Natural act has been a great inspiration to me. I love the product reviews, hair styles, and others sharing techniques.” ~Lonitta Best

Check out the highlight video below!!!

Special Thank You to my product Sponsors @ever_butter @moptophair & @ecoco_beauty Event Sponsors: Confident Living with Veverly Austin, ACTPhotoMedia. Giveaway Sponsors Rock Candy Earrings by Della Marie Levi & the fabulous Media Team who capture all the awesome footage Victorious Media Productions.

 

How To Workshop – March 19th

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Join me this Saturday, March 19th for a hands on “How To” natural workshop... attendees can test natural hair products and get real hands on experience.

Learn some of the hottest styles for hair natural including  twist out, a quick up-do and get protective styling tips. Come with freshly washed and detangled hair. (Those who are uncomfortable with attending with your hair “undone”  feel free to come and learn).

ONLINE/PRE-REGISTRATION INCLUDES:

  • Basic Styling Tools
  • Styling Products
  • How To workbook 
  • and More 

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ONLINE REGISTRATION ENDS FRIDAY MARCH 18TH | LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR, FIRST COME FIRST SERVE, *DOES NOT GUARANTEE A GIFT BAG.

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Want to know what’s happening in the natural hair world this month? No need to look elsewhere. This is your guide to 10 natural hair events happening this month. So mark your calendars, here are the upcoming natural hair events the month of March. –www.naturallycurly.com


Naturally ACT interactive workshops  focuses on enabling and empowering women & girls of all hair textures to embrace and love their natural hair.  These workshops are designed to help ALL naturals including curly, wavy, coily, kinky,  loc’ed and transitioning naturals.

“My goal is for youTo understand you hair and learn ways to rock you curls, kinky coils, sew-in, wig etc. with confidants, it’s not just about natural hair is about healthy hair!!  – Aleka “Naturally ACT” 

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Influenster Cheers to You VoxBox Review

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Its so much fun being an Influenster, who doesn’t like getting free items to review.

 

IMG_5815 copyI recived the Cheers to You! VoxBox, courtesy of Influenster i in January the products featured in this box included:

  • Dr. Teal’s Sleep Epsom Salt Lavender Soaking Solution
  • Suave Professionals® Sea Mineral Infusion Moisturizing Body Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Way Better Snacks Sweet Chili Tortilla Chips
  • Hormel Taco Meats (Free Coupon)

 

Dr. Teal’s Sleep Epsom Salt Lavender Soaking Solution

This epsom salt smells totally amazing. I tend to it when I want to relax. I really enjoy the way this product feels and smells. At the end of a very busy work week the Dr. Teal’s Sleep Epsom Salt Lavender helps me unwind.

Sauve – Sea Mineral Infusion Moisturizing Body Shampoo & Conditioner

IMG_7523I didn’t think I was going to like these product; however, I was pleasantly surprised. First, the scent is fantastic; reminds me of being near the ocean. The shampoo lathers very well and the conditioner has good ‘slip’ (the conditioner applies to the hair smoothly making the detangling process easier). With that said my hair is very very thick, very coarse, and needs lots of moisture. After using these products, my hair felt super soft; however, I prefer natural hair products that offer more moisture. I would recommend the shampoo and conditioner for anyone with less dense hair.

Way Better Snacks Sweet Chili Tortilla Chips

IMG_5821I didn’t care for the Sweet Chili flavor, all the spices were a little too strong for me.  However, I really like the ingredients: non-GMO corn, sunflower and/or safflower oil, sprouted seed, grain blend etc. Although I didn’t like this flavor; I would like the Sweet Potato flavor….

 

 

 

Hormel Taco Meats (Free Coupon)

I chose not to get this item because I prefer to not use pre-cooked meat. However if you do choose to try Hormel Taco Meats, I found some good recipes on Pinterest (Your welcome lol) 

*All items listed in this blog post where received in the Cheers to You VoxBox from Influenster for free for testing and reviewing, however ALL opinions are my own.

curlBOX Natural January 2016 Unboxing & Review | The Mane Choice

IMG_6448If you aren’t familiar, let me tell you about the movement that is curlBox, founded by Ms. Myleik Teele. curlBox is a game changer providing exclusive, affordable and effortless way to explore hair care products that are delivered monthly to your doorstep.  In addition to the curlBox brand that includes curlBOX Natural, cBdopedeal and curlBOX Body Myleik offers fantastic information via her top-notch podcast that offers entrepreneur and #BlackGirlMagic advice. Learn more about her by visiting mytaughtyou.com 

curlBox Natural is a non-monthly subscription box that includes full and sometimes sample sized products designed for curly hair. To learn more about CB and get the list go to www.curlbox.com

Now to the good stuff… curlBOX natural Volume XI is all about #growthgoals with The Mane Choice Hair Solution, these products are all about getting longer hair, stronger nails, and healthier skin. Focusing on the inside and out. The Mane Choice offers vitamin supplements, a variety hair products and tools. Be sure to check out www.themanechoice.com to see all they have to offer and to learn more about the founder Coutney Adelye.

curlBOX Natural is a non-subscription hair beauty box ($40.00) 

The January 2016 box breakdown The Mane Choice_NaturallyACT_Line
  • Manetabolism Plus Healthy Hair Growth & Retention Vitamin ($25.99) *Not pictured.
  • Multi-Vitamin Scalp Nourishing Growth Oil ($11.99)
  • Easy On The Curls Detangling Hydration Shampoo ($12.99)
  • Easy On The Curls Detangling Hydration Conditioner ($13.99)
  • Soft As Can Be 3-in-1 Co-Wash, Leave In, Detangler ($12.99)

The Mane Choice Manetabolism Plus Healthy Hair Growth & Retention Vitamin  ($25.99) 

new-mantabolism-plus_medium_782c2f46-1f11-4958-bee6-0aee6f812980_largeThese vitamins supplements support hair growth from the inside out. I actually have two bottles. Received one in this box and one from a natural hair event. I’m excited to see how my hair transforms.  *Photo Credit: curlBox.com/box-breakdown


The Mane Choice Multi-Vitamin Scalp Nourishing Growth Oil ($11.99)

Growth OilI used this oil so quickly, it feels so good on my scalp. The oil is known to help hair growth by stimulating slow and or inactive hair follicles. The oil is lightweight; perfect for scalp treatments. I used daily with my scalp invigorator to help sooth and massage my scalp.  *Photo Credit: curlBox.com/box-breakdown



Shampoo
The Mane Choice Easy On The Curls Detangling Hydration Shampoo ($12.99)

I really love this shampoo, it’s hands down one of the best detanglers I have used. My hair is prone to single strand knots and is easily tangled. This shampoo made my wash day so much for effective almost eliminating the big knots and tangles. After shampooing I was easy about to comb through my hair.  *Photo Credit: curlBox.com/box-breakdown


ConditionerThe Mane Choice Easy On The Curls Detangling Hydration Conditioner ($13.99)

The conditioner is very hydrating the blend of Biotin and Vitamin E left my hair shining. I almost wanted to leave it in. Along with the shampoo I was able to comb through my hair with ease. I also like the pleasant smell it was not to strong.*Photo Credit: curlBox.com/box-breakdown


Conditoner 2The Mane Choice Soft As Can Be 3-in-1 Co-Wash, Leave In, Detangler ($12.99)

I was a little sceptical of this product because it’s 3-in-1. Most products that claim to have multiple benefits don’t work that well for me. However, I have found this to be everything it claims to be. The 3-in-1 serves as a pre-cleanse detangler, a creamy co-wash, and a daily leave-in moisturizer. My hair not only felt amazing it was soft and easy to comb through. Tried it as a rinse-out and leave-in, the results were both great although I prefer to use it a s leave-in. *Photo Credit: curlBox.com/box-breakdown


ADDITIONAL INFO

I purchased the January 2016 curlBox Natural for $40 included shipping. According to www.themanechoice.com the total value of products range from $61.98  to $77.95.  (YES it’s worth it!!)

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Note: you can also order the: Easy On The CURLS & Soft As Can Be Trio (Shampoo & Conditioning Set ($35.99)

*Photo Credit: www.themanechoice.com


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Why Attend Natural Hair Events!?!


Kinky Hair Connection-212“Why should I pay to attend natural hair event?”
I get this question often and I love to answer it. I believe attending natural hair events is necessary for your journey. There are many positive benefits to attending a natural hair event. Most natural hair events are designed for all naturals including; new/transitioning naturals, rookies, straight naturals, naturals who wear hair weave, product junkies, those who are thinking about giving up the harmful chemicals from relaxers, etc. The opportunities are endless and these sort of events are empowering.

  • Connections: Meet ladies who will inspire you to keep going on your journey. Attending events as a blogger/vlogger can exposed you to; collaborating opportunities, product placement on your blog, get exposure and be featured on social media accounts or other blogs, etc.
  • Discover Salon & Professionals: Although one of the major benefits to being natural is doing your own hair, it’s very important to have a good professional styles in your “favorite five”. Yes!!! Finding the right natural hair stylist you can trust can be difficult. Personally, I believed having a natural hair stylist is NECESSARY for your healthy hair journey. Doing your own hair or calling your friend who can braid is not alway the best idea. Attending natural hair events can expose you to local professional stylist and this is a great way to find someone who fits our needs.
  • Meet Your Favorite Bloggers: I love to learn. Bloggers and YouTubers are good resource; however, you may not have the opportunity to meet your favorite blogger or YouTuber without attending a Natural Hair event/show. These events can be a one-stop-shop for all of your favorite bloggers/vloggers and get the opportunity to discover new brands — It’s always great to add a name & face to a social media handle.
  • Education: The more you know and understand about your hair journey the more successful you will be when it comes to getting the results you want. “YouTube University” is not enough. Getting first hand training and knowledge from a professional and enthusiast will help you on your journey. Natural hair meet-ups, expos, and shows allow you to learn about products directly from the brands and the real people who use them. Attending a hands-on classes/seminars will expand your hair experience and not just “hope the style turns out right” especially when trying something new.
  • Inspiration: It’s not often that you can go to one place to get inspiration and encouragement for your next protective style, cut/color, and products suggestions. Natural hair events highlight new styles and products.
  • Save money: I attended an event and was able to get my Q-Redew, a nice discount, and avoid shipping. Not only can you get discounted items, FREE product are usually available as well. Many events are sponsored by up-and-coming brands and some of your favorites this is a great way to get free products. Just about every event I have attended included swag bag filled with products and coupons!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM EVENTS I HAVE ATTENDED

LIVING NO LYE TOUR CHICAGO | SUNDAY OCTOBER 25, 2015  WWW.IAMTEAMNATURAL.COM

Constance Cash, founder of Team Natural hosted a fantastic event. The room was filled with bloggers, vloggers, industry professionals, and hair and fashion vendors. Not only did I have the pleasure of attending the Living No Lye Tour held in Chicago, I was also featured on Essence.comHair Street Style: Curly Hair Straight from the Windy City. I was both an attendee and a photographer. Check out some of my favorite photos.

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This event was fantastic as I spent time mingling with Chicago’s naturalistas; the event was so informational. There were three main workshop/presentations facilitated by BlackHair101 and Sister Scientist. Both of them went in detail of hair care and biological side of how are hair grows. I learned so much about how to build a proper regimen and why certain products may or may not be working properly. MsVaughnTV taught us how to create an easy yet super natural up-do that can serve as protective or for a special occasion.

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with Chary Jay YouTuber

I had so much fun at this event! It was awesome summer day and included Product & Swap Table, Pop-up Beauty Salon, Natural Hair Panel Discussion with styling tips, hair care, hair color & more. There were tons of giveaways thought-provoking Poetry and a Live DJ. I was also able to meet a few bloggers. Check out my YouTube Channel for photos and video clips.  

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NATURAL HAIR, HEALTH AND BEAUTY EXPO PRESENTED BY EMBRACE THE NATURAL YOU | SATURDAY, JULY 11, 2015 | WWW.EMBRACETHENATURALYOU.COM  

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with Jouelzy creator of the #SmartBrownGirl Movement

The expo featured Jenell B. Stewart, the Award Winning Editor of , and one of my favorites bloggers, Jouelzy creator of the #SmartBrownGirl Movement, just to name a few. This is where I discovered EverButter; a wonderful hair care company. I also discovered Lipstick Cult and awesome lipstick  created my two Midwest fashionistas . This event offered many workshops including Caring for Your Little Girls Kinks, Coils & Curls, What is the The #SmartBrownGirl Movement, and more. Check out my YouTube channel for my Embrace The Natural You Expo – Haul.

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SAVE THE DATE How To Interactive Workshop March 19th

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Naturally ACT focus on enabling and empowering women of all hair textures to embrace and love their natural hair thought interactive workshops and hands-on classes. 

This “How To” workshop is schedule for March 19, 2016. Attendees will have the opportunity to test products from various brands while learn styling techniques such as Twist Out, quick up-dos and protective styling tips. 

This workshop was created to help naturals understand their hair and learn ways to rock their curls, kinky and coils with confidants.

Tickets available at NaturallyACTHowTo.Eventbrite.com  | Click here to join my mailing list

ESSENCE® BeautyBox! Subscription Review

CNL _2015_-010 editBeauty boxes are my favorite!

I feel like I’m getting surprise gifts in the mail every month. Box subscriptions provide the opportunity to tryout some of the latest beauty products. The best part is discovering more about brands and new products.

What is the ESSENCE® BeautyBox?

The ESSENCE® BeautyBox is a service to help women of color discover beauty products. To honor and support the talents and entrepreneurial spirit within our community, each ESSENCE® BeautyBox will feature a product from an independent, Black-owned business.

*Photo Credit: @NaturallyACT And now to the good stuff….

The October 2015 ~ Inaugural Box 

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(I call this the Birthday Box because I’m an October baby).  

101504Creme Brûlée | by Curls

As a kinky curly/natural girl, it’s alway great to get products I can use; however, this box had two items that may not for subscribers who are not natural. That being said I am VERY happy with all the items in the October box. The customization options will be great once implemented.

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101501Coconut Shea Leave In Conditioner | by Eden Bodyworks 

I received Eden Bodyworks in a different beauty box and fell in love with how my hair come out with the product. The best part about this items is that is travel size.

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101503Shea Butter Hand Cream |  by L’occitane  

In my opinion, you can never have enough hand creams, it’s great in harsh midwest weather. The one negative regarding this product is that it’s quite expensive; $28.00 for  5.2.oz,  and $12.00 1 oz.

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101502Eternity Now |  by Calvin Klein 

Such a great citrus scent! The fragrance was not overpowering and it last a long time.

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101505The Brow Architect 3-in-1 |  by tarte 

I have very thick and very full eyebrows so this product was not a great fit for me; however, I think it’s a perfect fit for people who need add a little something to their eyebrows

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Overall, I really like this box. I will be using all but one of the products, yet it still gets 5-Stars.  

The November 2015 ~ Surprise & Delight Box

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prod_devacurlNo-Poo® and One Condition Decadence™ | by DevaCurl

I like that they provided the cleanser and conditioner, and not just one of the items. Overall, I’m a fan of DevaCural. I don’t use it often; however, I do like the way my hair feels after using. For now, I’ll save these items for when I travel.

*Photo Credit: essencebeautybox.com

 

prod_blackopalColor Splurge™ Luxe Matte Lipstick | by Black Opal 

 Nothing like a good red lip! This color looks great on me; however, I was just a little a disappointed with the size of this lipstick. Overall, I was pleased with the way it looks and feels.

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prod_smashboxFull Exposure Mascara | by SmashBox 

I only wear mascara once maybe twice a week so it took me a while to try, yet this mascara did not disappoint. Although it clumps a little I like the fact that my eyelashes have an extra pop of awesomeness!

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prod_suaveProfessionals Moroccan Infusion Body Lotion | by Suave 

 I’m not really a fan of Suave products. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to try it or just give it away. For now it’s in my giveaway stach.

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Hair Fragrance Mist | by Fekkai 

 At first i was like, what!!?! Fragrance for my hair? Then I realized it can be put to good use after a hot yoga class. Still haven’t tried it; however, I do think it has a nice scent.

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Once again, I am happy with this box, I’m still on the fence about one of the products; however, I’ll still give ESSENCE® 5-Stars.

The December 2015 ~ It’s a Celebration box

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Outlast Longwear Lipstick | by Covergirl |

Love! Love! Love, this color on me. I didn’t think it was going to work, but its does. It not your typical red lipstick because, it as an orange undertone with a great matte finish.

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prod_veramooreshadowPearlized Eyeshadow | by Vera Moore
I have really been into golden/brown eyeshadows lately, and this color did not disappoint; it’s bold yet soft.

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Mango Body Wash | by Boots Extracts

Love the smell and it feels good on my skin. It’s perfect for traveling.  

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Sacred Tiare Combing Crème | by Carol’s Daughter 

I have to admit, I am skeptical about trying this product. The last time I tried a Carol’s Daughter hair product, my hair felt extra-dry and brittle afterwards. I’ll most likely use it ask a giveaway at an event.

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Biotin and Collagen Conditioner | by OGX 

I’m on the fence about using this. I feel like it’s a better fit for heat styled naturals, or non-naturals.

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Bones Item: Egyptian Magic Cream | by Egyptian Magic 

 Best bones item ever. This product is, ‘everything’, it’s not greasy and feels great on my skin.

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I was going to give this box 3 stars; however, the Egyptian Magic Cream makes this ESSENCE® box 5-Stars.  

Subscription box include:

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    Sample or trial sizes of 5 hair and beauty products.

  • Contents of each month’s box are revealed near the beginning of the month, at approximately the same time that the boxes are being prepared for shipment.
  • Customizeable box are not available currently; however, customization may become available in the future.
  • Approximate box dimensions are 7″x5″x2″.
  • ESSENCE® magazine subscription are completely separate from the ESSENCE® BeautyBox. Thus no need to have a magazine subscriptions.

You can check out more info by visitng: Essencebeautybox.com

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