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A Smooth and Scented Summer

The products in my beauty/skincare arsenal changes every summer, almost. It seems like I’ll find a product that feels like we are going to be summer buddies for YEARS, but only to have a big disagreement (READ:breakout or allergic reaction) or they move away (READ: discontinued).

So, with that being said, here are some products that I’ve been loving in these super hot months. Some are past friends and some are new acquaintances. Anyway…

  • Lady Anti-Monkey Butt Powder, $5.95 – I was recently sent this to review, but it stayed on my makeup desk for about a week before I decided to go ahead and give it ago before I headed out to have a nice walk in the bad heat. Curvy girls know chaffed skin, especially on the thighs in the summer months . Well, this powder is heaven sent with satiny smooth powder that helps prevent chaffed thighs formed from friction on the skin, be it from exercising or just having to be in the heat. This powder feels so smooth and cool, that I practically use it everyday and keep in my gym bag.
  • Dove Go Fresh Deodorant in Cucumber and Green Tea, $3.83 – I LOVE THIS SCENT! First of all, I love Dove products. The soap, body washes, and even some of their hair products. Their deodorants are quite lovely. Not only do they smell amazing, but they also tend to last all day. However, this Cucumber and Green Tea scent is everything to me. The smell is cool, calm, and just screams spring summer to me. Although, I was introduced to this scent via the lotion, I’ve been buying this deodorant every spring summer for the past couple of years. I have a feeling this is going to be a summer staple for me for YEARS.
  • Jergens Natural Glow Healthy Complexion Lotion, $8.49 – A past summer love that I swooned about on Stained Couture before that I’ve recently taken up an interest in again. My legs are super pale thanks to my love of not showing my legs or distaste in showing my legs. Same difference. Ehh. Anyway, I threw this in my big red cart at Target a couple of weeks ago and my mind was instantly reminded as to why I used to love this lotion. Gradually tan and moisturized legs. Love.
  • Aveeno Active Naturals Body Wash Hydrating Fig & Shea Butter, $5.59 – Who knew fig could smell so amazing paired with shea butter? Well, it does, especially in this Aveeno body wash. My sister gave me this body was last week and as soon as I used it, I planned to hunt down the lotion version. Unfortunately, I can’t find a lotion version, but I don’t really need it after using this body wash. It’s super hydrating and leaves my skin soft and smooth.

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Solange Transitions with Carol’s Daughter

Aside for me being known as an artist, fashionista, and little sis to King Bee, she is also known for her head of big hair. People still might remember when she did the big chop and cut off all her hair. I loved it, but could never do it. Instead, I opted to transition in little steps by growing a nice length of new growth before I did the “Big Chop”. That whole time was probably one of the most difficult times for me and my hair.

Transitioning your hair from relaxed to natural was a BIG thing to do 7 years ago when I did it, because there wasn’t that much info and products out there to makes that big moment easier. Well, that’s all about to change for thise of you who have decided to go natural, thanks to Carol’s Daughter.

Carol’s Daughter recently introduced their Relaxed to Natural Hair Solution Kit.

“This easy 3-step kit offers a solution to the 3 problems transitioners face: product build-up, scarred scalp & breakage at the points of demarcation. Now big choppers, long grow-outs and protective stylers can transition from relaxed to natural hair with less shedding, a healthier scalp and softer hair.” according the brand’s website.

Oh, how I wish this was available when I was transitioning, because I dealt with ALL of those issues and had the hardest time dealing with them. Luckily, I was able to tackle them, but not as easy if this kit was around back then.

Check out Carol’s Daughter’s campaign for the Relaxed to Natural Hair Solution kit featuring…oh…Solange. You like how I tied that bow? lol. Anyway, check out the video below.

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Thakoon for NARS S/S 2012 Nail Collection

I’m there when the Thakoon for NARS nail polish collection is released. The colors are just the knockout combo pops of color my nails should be dripped in this spring and summer.

The collection colors are inspired by Thakoons S/S 2012 collection and features 6 shades: Lal Mirchi (Mandarin red), Anardana (Azalea pink), Ratin Jot (Orchid purple), Amchoor (Bright yellow), Kutki (Powder blue), Koliary (Cyan blue).

According to Thakoon designer and CEO, Thakoon Panichgul, the collection was inspired by vibrant colors of a Indian spice market. The nail polished will be available for purchase beginning May, 1st at narscosmetics.com for $18 a pop…of color.

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Shopping Chronicles….Hair Therapy

My hair and I are in battle to achieve our desired color. A couple of months ago, I was all about going a nice bright, but natural red. However, the day after Christmas, actually 7am on the day after Christmas I decided that I wanted to go honey blonde. I was so adamant about that decision that I actually got out of bed and went to Walgreens to buy a box of dye.

Unfortunately, I since my hair still had red in it, the color didn’t take. So, I conditioned my hair religiously for a week and then applied a slightly brighter blonde shade. That, my friends, made the red in my hair MORE vibrant. Actually, it was the shade of red I was initially trying to obtain. Figures. Still, I’m sticking to my quest for honey blonde hair. So, in order for me to stay on this path, as I type this, I’m dying my hair back to natural brown. After that, I will be able to try this blonde ambition plan.

So, I’m going to have to give my hair a ish load of hair therapy with deep conditions and extra moisture. Hence, I’ve been picking up hair products to help keep my hair healthy on this pursuit for honey blonde tresses. Here are some recent items I picked up to help me on this journey.

  • Hask Placenta Plus HENNA n’ PLACENTA with Olive Oil – Pretty good. I’ve only used it once, but so far so good. It’s creamy and very moisturizing, which my thirty hair loves.
  • Fantasia Frizz Buster Silky Smooth Hair Straightening Cream – I ADORE the serum version of this! So, when I saw that there was water-based cream version, I had to buy it. The verdict is still out on this.
  • Motions Oil Sheen – Just your typical oil sheen. I usually buy the olive oil sheen, but decided to try something different.
  • Protectiv Healthy Ends – I love this stuff! I’ve mentioned it a few times on here before. So, the love is still here. (p.s. Don’t let the price in the link fool and scare you. I usually pay around $6 for it at random beauty supply stores. However, I would possible pay the 9, because I love this stuff)

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KISS My Eyes

So, every time I go to my beauty supply store I see this KISS liner on the counter by the register. It claims to be smudge proof, dark, and a bunch of other stuff that eventually convinced me to go ahead and buy it.

To keep it short, I love this eye liner. It stays on practically my entire work day (9 hours) it’s waterproof, which is very beneficial for me and my sporadic watery eyes.

Although I haven’t been a fan of felt tip liners or felt tip anything in the past, this tip makes the application a breeze and applies just enough product.

The main reason I haven’t been a fan of felt tip liners in the past is applying the liner over shadow. The outcome was never what I wanted. That was not the case for this liner. The application and product did not affect my eyeshadow AT ALL.

I love this liner and it’s the latest addition to my makeup bag…and daily eye look!

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