Thursday, February 27, 2014

Natural Hair: L.A.C.E. Supreme Herbal Butter Review

Hey Curlies,

A few weeks ago I posted this photo:

Review time has come! Today's review will be on the Supreme Herbal Butter.
lacenatural.com

What it's Made of:

Unrefined Shea Butter, Unrefined Mango Butter, Olive Oil infused with Amla, Brahmi, Hibiscus petal Flower, Horsetail and Bhringraj, Coconut Oil and Wheatgerm Oil. Essential Oil Blend for fragrance and stimulating purposes.

*Provided by lacenatural.com*


What it Claims to do:

Makes hair soft and manageable while providing nourishment (hair and skin), strengthens and conditions hair.
This butter is also a good option to help with skin irritations such as eczema and mild psoriasis. It helps to alliviate itchy, dry skin for better comfort
*Provided by lacenatural.com*

Uses:

To seal in moisture on dry or damp skin and hair

My Review:

This is the second body butter I've used this winter. Although this item is listed under "Body Butters" its purpose extends more than just the skin. I first used this for only my skin after showering, but I've also used it on my hair and have gotten pretty good results.

Similar to another L.A.C.E. product I have, the texture is almost cake-icing-like. It is very light in texture but densely packed together. Like most butters I love that this product melts into your palms immediately after it connects with your body heat. This helps distribute evenly. The scent is very pleasant! In fact, I've gotten numerous compliments. It's similar to a combination of mango and hibiscus.

I will say that this product first comes off as a bit greasy and oily, but after a few moments, the product settles and isn't as noticeable. In my favor, this is GREAT for my skin in the brittle-cold winter months. For the most part my skin stays moisturized over the day. I've for sure seen a difference in using this compared to traditional lotions.

Overall, I give this product a 5 out of 5. For purchasing or more details, visit lacenatural.com


Monday, February 24, 2014

ClassyCurly Motivation: #8

Hey Curlies,

Last week I had lunch with someone who I admire...
via Pinterest
This is a woman who I look up to, career wise. She is very intelligent and is highly capable of performing her job with her nose at a friendly level. A piece of this conversation we had was about risks. Taking risks and stepping outside of your comfort zone.

As a result you experience new situations and find yourself with new opportunities. The risk taken can also lead to negative situations, however you never know until its all said and done. This is also an area where I could use more work.

I can't speak on something I haven't done to my fullest potential. I hope this is a motivation for not only me, but for you also! Create the vivid memories you dream about and do something new. Do something that makes you feel uncomfortable just for the sake of doing it...

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Beauty & Skin Care: Citrus Clear Grapefruit Acne Spot Treatment

Hey Curlies,

Normally I keep my skin care routine to a minimum, especially in the winter months. During this time of the year I don't experience as much acne as I normally would in the summer because my skin doesn't produce as much oil.

I was sent this product to review months ago and I wanted to use it a few times so I could accurately give a good review.

In my early teens I suffered badly from acne and tried tons of over the counter medications and spot treatments similar to this one. Since being prescribed a medicated solution, my acne has ceased to exist, but very now and then a blemish appears.

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What its made of:

citrusclear.com

What it claims to do:


Treat existing and prevent future breakouts while controlling oily skin

Uses:

To treat acne in targeted areas

My Review:


Although this product isn't completely natural, about 90% of its ingredients are. I'm all about what something is made of. It's a pleasure to see a label that not only lists the scientific names of the ingredient but also translates those names into everyday understanding.

Without extensive research I now know it contains organic aloe vera juice if I wasn't familiar with the term "Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice." I love that some of it's first ingredients are organic herbs and aloe vera juice because those are items highly praised for natural skin care.

The tube is very small, but compared to the amount you'll use each time the product will be more than enough. At first I thought the color was clear but then found it to be more brown. The consistency is very light and thin.

I bet you're thinking, "so did it clear your acne or not"? Yes it did. Each time I used this product, two times a day, I applied about a grain-sized amount to the area. After about day 2, I did see a difference in the area and the blemish seemed to be less noticeable.

Extra Information:

For ordering please visit the Citrus Clear website here


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Natural Hair: Winterizing Your Hair Regimen

Hey Curlies,

I've been getting tons of questions lately on caring for your hair in the winter months and winterizing your hair regimen. It's cold, its snowing and whatever else it feels like doing that day.

It seems like most ladies are having issues because their normal routines don't seem to be working anymore. Here is my biggest advice:

winterizing your hair regimen

Always moisturize and seal

Yes, this isn't a new concept, however the products you use are what make all the difference. I usually start off with my own aloe vera juice mix or any other liquid leave-in conditioner. This counts as the "moisturizing" part. Don't drench your hair but just spritz it lightly.

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This next step is crucial to winter hair care. Using thick butters and creams are what's important here. My next step is to take about a nickel-sized amount of the butter of my choice, rub it in my hands and apply to the ends first. From there the product can be distributed to other areas.

winter hair care


Some of my favorites to use are shea butter and Bask & Bloom's Nourishing Hair and Body Butter. The shea butter may need to be melted because it can be gritty at first touch.

Both of these steps go hand in hand and truly work together to keep strands moisturized.

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What are some of your favorite butters to use?




Monday, February 17, 2014

ClassyCurly Motivation: #7

Hey Curlies,

At first glance this week's motivational post seems to be about romantic relationships. Yes, it sort of is, but its more about YOU.

via Pinterest
Many times we feel as if we need something, when honestly its simply a want. We have the desire for something so bad we forget about ourselves. This goes back to being independent. This concept is especially important as a woman. No one should want to have to depend on someone else because you want to be able to fulfill that task on your own.

We as woman have came such as long way in a short time. We are now CEO and vice presidents of Fortune 500 companies. We run our own teams and develop strategic plans, but at some point we have to learn how to be alone and develop ourselves. We are emotional and can be needy at times(admit it) but we also are strong individuals. At times we want companionship and that wonderful, but at the same time we need to learn how to not only stand alone, but be confident while doing it. Be memorable, command attention while doing it.


Sunday, February 16, 2014

Natural Hair: Valentine's Day Twist n Curl

Hey Curlies,

I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's Day weekend! I wanted to do a little something different this weekend because I had big V-day plans!

Here are the products used: (these are all new by the way)

  • L.A.C.E. Rhassoul and Bentonite Clay shampoo bar
  • Briogeo Deep Treatment Mask
I decided to try a twist n curl but by creating bigger twists than normal. Overall I created about 20 twists. Normally to achieve a tighter curl I create double that amount. I twisted using only a bit of oil.

I did my hair closer to bed time, which was a no no. To get my hair to dry by the morning I had to sleep without a bonnet to allow the twists to set on the rollers.



Thursday, February 13, 2014

Natural Hair: L.A.C.E. Review Coming Soon!

Hey Curlies,

I was sent a few different products from L.A.C.E Natural hair for review. I haven't used all of the products just yet, so give me another week for full details. I can say that I've used the Supreme Herbal Butter( middle photo) and it is EVERYTHING!
  • Supreme Herbal Butter
  • Warm Sweet Pea body soap
  • Rhassoul and Bentonite Clay shampoo bar

Details coming soon!


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Natural Hair: ClassyCurlies.com Feature in It's My Hair Magazine

Hey Curlies,
itsmyhairmagazine.com
I've known about this feature for a while, but I've been waiting for the magazine to actually arrive and now its here! I'm SUPER excited about being featured in a print magazine. Thank you to the wonderful writers and editors at It's My Hair! Magazine

To purchase a copy, click here.


Monday, February 10, 2014

ClassyCurly Self-Confidence: #6

Hey Curlies,


via Pinterest
This blog actually began as somewhat of a class project. My first journalism class was where blogging was introduced to me. I've always enjoyed writing and reading, even as a child. This blog wasn't an attempt to gain a huge audience or an attempt at being known as  a "really cool hair blogger." This blog was and still is a way for me to practice writing because its what I love to do. Even if I didn't have a blog, I would still be writing in some form. You must find your passion and your purpose and form it into something you love to do. Someone once asked me, "What do you love to do everyday without getting paid for it?" Writing is my thing! Yes, I do get a some income here and there for advertisement and other small things, but this isn't my full time job. Would I be doing this without the pay? ABSOLUTELY! Find what speaks to you and do it because you love it.


Thursday, February 6, 2014

Beauty: Natural Face Moisturizers

Hey Curlies,

A few posts ago I mentioned a few natural skin care products that I use on my face. These products have helped me get through the winter thus far without drying out my skin. Products that deserve all of the credit during the colder months are moisturizers. Here are two natural moisturizers I use:

  • Shea butter


  • Aloe Vera Gel


Now, if you keep up with this blog you're probably like..I've seen those before. Yes I use them on my hair and face as well.

The aloe vera gel adds moisture to my face while the shea butter actively seals in that moisture. Even on the coldest days, my skin feels extremely soft and moisturized using these two products alone.

If I want to increase my moisture levels, the night before I apply a facial mask for about ten minutes. I use the Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Facial Mask.

All of these products can be purchased in stores or online. The aloe vera gel and shea butter can be found at your local wellness center (Ex: The Vitamin Shoppe, GNC) or Whole Foods. The facial mask can be found on amazon or ebay.


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Natural Hair: 3 Tips for Hair Care in Extremely Cold Temperatures

Hey Curlies,

I'm not sure where you all are located, but where I'm from it is freezing! I'm happy to finally see double digits this week. For almost two weeks straight we suffered negative temperatures and over a foot of snow. The entire state of Indiana shut down. Yeah, I know.

It's like how do you care for your hair in weather like this?

If my eyelashes were nearly freezing, what's my hair on my head doing?

I can't be the only one going through this. Here are a few tips for caring for your hair in extremely cold temperatures.

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Tips for caring for curly hair in cold temperatures - ClassyCurlies



  • If at all possible, wear some sort of hat. I'm not an avid hat wearer, but I become one quickly. Find a cute winter hat to protect your hair. Beanies work as well!
  • Switch to heavier butters and creams to moisturize your hair. Shea butter has been my best friend these last few weeks
  • Protective styling is a must! Yes, rocking your boss afro may seem ideal to keep you warm, however you hair is suffering. Cold air causes hair to become brittle, dry and prone to breakage

TIP: Do not apply coconut oil to your hair before going outside. It will literally almost freeze. If it is organic and extra-virgin, it will solidify at cooler temps causing your hair to feel extremely stiff.





Monday, February 3, 2014

Natural Hair: Natura Magazine Winter 2014 Release

Hey Curlies,

Last week was one of the busiest I've had in quite a while. I've been working on a few new writing pieces as well as juggling an internship and my last semester of school! (Thank the Lord!)

Any who, one of the publications I am contributing for has released their 2014 winter issue. Natura Magazine is an online publication that celebrates natural hair. Within this issue I wrote an article about dealing with hair care while going through chemotherapy.

If you happen to be going through this treatment, or are looking for ways to handle your hair after treatment, this article is especially for you. Check out the entire issue below.