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It’s My Birthday, and I’ll Shop if I Want to!!!!

Any other birthday beauties out there? Don’t worry. Even if today is your “unbirthday,” you can still get ready with me for my mine …

THE COMPLETE LOOK

The inspiration for my birthday look was the bold colors of the seventies!My Birthday 2013 #1

MY BIRTHDAY ENSEMBLE

I decided to wear dark denim skinny jeans (not pictured) with a coral rosette tank (a previous birthday gift). I added a colorful shrug from Lane Bryant that gives a modern grown-up nod to the tie-dye of yesteryear.

My Birthday 2013 #2

MY MAKEUP

I wanted an overall neutral look with a pop of color. I used corals and fuschias on my lids and blended it out so that all the colors created a “sunset at dusk” effect. Then, I added a navy liner and lightly softened it with a champagne-colored eyeshadow for a bold but daytime-friendly look.

My Birthday 2013 #3

MY HAIR STORY

I styled my hair in a super-quick wash ‘n go. I lightly misted my hair with water, gently raked some EcoStyler Argan gel through my strands to make my curls “pop,” added a large brown upzing, and called it a day!

My Birthday 2013 #4

P.S. I will add more details later, but right now, I feel the urge to shop!

Here are some of the birthday treasures I received …

  1. Rose soap petals … Can’t wait to take a bath with these! And, a charcoal and black sugar mask … Spa day, any one?IMG_4943
  2. A new book … I love a good read.Under Fishbone Clouds - Bday Novel
  3. A gift binder I’ve been envying … Gotta keep those birthdays, anniversaries, and Christmas card lists straight!IMG_4949
  4. A gift card to e.l.f. (eyes lips face) … I love this beauty-on-a-budget company.e.l.f
  5. A gift card to Macy’s … Gotta be a star!

    cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by Nicholas Eckhart

  6. A gift card to JustFab.com, so I can be fabulous whenever I feel the urge.Just Fab Gift Card
  7. Cash … Always a winner!     ;o)

I smell some reviews coming soon! LOL! Happy birthday to me! And, Happy Black Friday!

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Giving Thanks …

Thanksgiving Quotation #3a

I love Autumn. It’s my favorite season. Thanksgiving just makes Autumn that much more amazing.  🙂 This Thanksgiving, I did not have any travel plans, so I did not have the pleasure of any restaurant-sized family gatherings like when I was a child that required multiple tables and enough food to feed an army! Nope. Just a small, intimate family gathering with my parents and one of my sisters. My other two siblings and all of my other relatives live in other states. So, when my three elder siblings and myself are in the same room with my parents, without Skypeing (LOL), we practically throw a celebration fit for royalty. While our grand feast will have to wait for another year or two, that did not mean I planned to skimp on the festivities. How did you spend your Thanksgiving?

THE DECORATIONS

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ON THE MENU

Thanksgiving Chalkboard Menu

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Quick Tip #3: Buy Yourself Some Liquid Gold

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Quick Tip

Swanson Certified 100% Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Cold Pressed 16 fl oz (473 ml) Liquid

Olive oil is a golden treasure in liquid form …

Want softer cuticles? Soak your fingers in a bowl of warm olive oil.

Aging prematurely?  Massage wrinkle-prone areas of your skin with olive oil to treat fine lines.

Wearing waterproof mascara? Put a few drops of olive oil on a cotton ball and smooth it over closed eyes. Makeup removal will be a breeze!

Have dry tresses? Add some olive oil to your deep conditioner to amp up its moisturizing properties.

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Turn Your Rinse-out Conditioner into a Leave-in

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Recipe Card - Leave-in Conditioner

  1. In an empty bottle, add 3 oz. (6 tablespoons) of your favorite moisturizing conditioner. 
    • I used VO5 Moisture Milksan affordable cheapie conditioner that is highly moisturizing.
    • I placed the conditioner in a spray bottle with ounce line measurements that I got at Walmart for only 92 cents in the lawn and garden section! This spray bottle provides easy measuring and even easier application.
  2. Add 9 oz. of warm distilled water (1⅛ cups).
    • Leave-in conditioners are generally diluted conditioners. Please make sure you add at least 3 times more water than conditioner. Otherwise, the leave-in will weigh down your hair.
    • Try to use distilled/bottled water because the minerals in tap water can build up in your hair, making it hard to manage.
  3. Add 1 teaspoon of glycerin (a natural humectant) to make an extra moisturizing leave-in.
  4. Add 1 teaspoon of vitamin e oil (to act as a natural preservative). 
  5. OPTIONAL:
    • You can add 1 or 2 teaspoons of castor, olive, or coconut oil for extra nourishment, or to make this mixture double as a daily moisturizer.
    • You can add two teaspoons of MSM powder (about nine 1500mg tablets) or two teaspoons (about six 500mg tablets) of Vitamin C for an extra strengthening hair formula. Just be sure to dissolve the MSM and Vitamin C powder in three to four tablespoons of warm water. The mixture must dissolve fully before it can be incorporated into the rest of the leave-in.
    • You can add 10-15 drops of an essential oil for further hair benefits (i.e., peppermint, tea tree, or rosemary) or for a scent boost.
  6. Shake before each use, and enjoy your new leave-in!

NOTE: This is a general formula. You can play around with the concentration to determine what will best suit your needs, but always remember to listen to your hair.

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Roots of Nature Remedies for Natural Hair: Butter Whip Coil Cream with Mango Oil and Brazilian Cupuacu Butter

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Roots of Nature® Butter Whip Coil Cream™ with mango oil and Brazilian cupuacu (coo-poo-wah-soo) butter by Softsheen Carson offers to deeply nourish and condition natural hair while transforming dull, shrunken coils into lasting, soft, elongated, shiny coils. Found in the heart of the Amazon Rain Forest, moisturizing cupuacu butter has for generations been a Brazilian secret for beautiful hair. Combined with softening mango oil, this whipped coil cream is supposed to stretch and define each coil with just the right amount of hold for twists, braid-outs, and TWAs (teeny weeny afros).

SUMMARY of CLAIMS:
New Roots of Nature Remedies for Natural Hair gives 24-hour curl definition leading salon brands can’t beat!* • Nourishes and conditions while defining curls and providing hold. • Shields curls from humidity, without the crunch or shrinkage. • Helps promote strong-growing hair.**
* In tests of Roots of Nature® Feather Whipped Curl Cream and Butter Whip Coil versus Miss Jessie’s Curly Pudding and Roots of Nature Curl Reviving Spray versus DevaCurl Set it Free.
 ** Smoothes the cuticle to help reduce breakage so hair can grow longer.

This moisturizing cream retails for $7.99, but my sister found it at my local Dollar Tree. After scooping up a few jars of the Feather Whipped Curl Cream, I decided to go back and purchase a couple of jars of this as well to see how I liked it. At only a dollar, I figured I should try both creams to see which one I liked better.

Like the Feather Whipped Curl Cream, the Butter Whip Coil Cream is free of drying alcohol, mineral oil, parabens, and petrolatum, and comes in a 6.1 oz. container (180 ml). However, I had to use more product than the curl cream to achieve the same results. I also noticed that the curl cream has more of a fragrant scent whereas the coil cream smells nice but is less perfumey. 

The consistency of the coil cream is extremely thick. Although the curl cream didn’t move when I held it upside down, it jiggled when I shook the jar from side to side. The coil cream, on the other hand, doesn’t move AT ALL (not even when the container is shaked). It is THAT thick. In addition, the coil cream has a creamy consistency unlike the curl cream that felt slightly tacky to the touch. 

The instructions for both products are identical. So, I shampooed, conditioned, and deep conditioned my hair. Then, I finger raked the coil cream through my drenching wet hair, shingling the product into my strands in large sections.  I smoothed the product over my tresses until all of my hair was evenly coated.

Just like the Feather Whipped Curl Cream, the Butter Whip Coil Cream INSTANTLY defrizzed my hair. However, I noticed that I had to smooth and resmooth sections of my hair, especially my 4B hair on the sides of my head near my temples. which is kind of funny since the coil cream is made for kinkier hair textures! Nevertheless, the coil cream did what it promised by separating, elongating, and defining my mostly 4A hair. Even my 3c curls at the top and front of my crown cooperated. This was NO small task since I have three different textures on my head.

Even when my hair completely air dried, the coil cream gave my hair crunch-free hold that left my strands moisturized and pliable. The next day, I revived my wash ‘n go with my DIY hair spritz and fluffed my hair. At night, I donned a satin bonnet. And, the following morning I refreshed my curls once again with my homemade spritz.

By day four, however, my hair was starting to look somewhat frizzy (especially the 4B areas of my hair, oddly enough), and my curl definition had noticeably faded. Also, my hair was starting to feel a wee bit parched. So, on day five, I co-washed and reapplied the coil cream to freshen my style. I probably could have made it another day, but I wasn’t liking all the little poofy, dehydrated areas of my hair. In fact, truth be told, I ideally would have preferred to co-wash on day four, but my schedule simply wouldn’t allow it.

The following week, I tried this product with a braid-out. I wore the braids (pinned up in an up-do) for five days and then undid them and wore a braid-out for two days. I used my homemade hair spritz to keep my braids moisturized. They stayed in place until I undid them on day six. 

Although I like this Butter Whip Coil Cream, I prefer the Feather Whipped Curl Cream. The formula of the curl cream seemed to work better on all three of my hair textures. The curl cream is also lighter (not as heavy on my hair), requires less hair manipulation, and I don’t have to use as much product. When I used the curl cream, I only had to apply it ONCE over a seven-day period, and I never had to reapply any additional product throughout the week whereas the coil cream required two applications/uses within the same time frame. Although I prefer to wash my hair once a week, it’s nice to know that, in a pinch, I wouldn’t have to, and my hair would still look great!

If the curl cream was unavailable, I wouldn’t mind substituting it with the coil cream since both products worked similarly. However, the curl cream was more economical in terms of the amount required to style and the fact that I did not have to reapply product during the week. Moreover, I think the curl cream gave me slightly better-looking results. What do you think? Check out the pics below and compare for yourself.

Feather Whipped Curl Cream (DAY 6 HAIR)

Feather Whipped Curl Cream

Butter Whip Coil Cream  (DAY 1 HAIR)

Believe me, you don’t want to know what my hair looked like on day 5 … It was a hot mess! LOL!

Butter Coil Cream

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