Healthy Hair Is Loved Hair

It’s Healthy Hair Month, babes! This sponsored post is brought to you by Beautiful Textures and I am so excited to get the opportunity to try out some new hair products. Because, hair is life. I recently took out my glorious marley braids and my hair was in serious need of pampering. Thanks to salt water and chlorine, my color treated hair has in pretty pitiful shape, y’all. It’s embarrassingly, really. I’m also in need of a cut or shape up to keep my cut looking fresh, but that’s a blog post for another day. For now, let’s rap about these Beautiful Textures items that I was sent.

Beautiful Textures products

I’ve been rocking natural hair for over 10 years now and I don’t even want to tell you how much I’ve spent on products for my hair texture. The number is probably in the hundreds. That said, I was thrilled to see that Beautiful Textures provides products for men and women of various hair types, especially us curly, wavy, kinky, coily and frizzy folx. I’ve been having a love-hate relationship the past year and it’s mostly due to my laziness. I don’t care what kind of hair you have, hair needs love. I’m learning to show mine more love and it started with the Beautiful Textures Rapid Repair Deep Conditioner.

Beautiful Textures Rapid Repair

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I Don’t Smell Like A Goat Anymore. Thanks Armpit Detox!

Armpit Detox

My armpits have issues. And no, that isn’t code for anything else. It’s pretty literal. I have #pitproblems, y’all. While most of you can shave and apply deodorant all willy nilly, I have to practically spent a good 20-30 minutes A WEEK caring for my extra sensitive pit area. I know, it’s crazy. I’ve recently come across the idea of detoxing my armpits and the idea sounded so bizarre (and genius) that I just had to share it with you fine folk.

Armpit Detox

Because who doesn’t want to read a post about armpit detoxing, right? Things you should know…

  • I don’t use traditional deodorants and haven’t for years.
  • I use this stuff.
  • I don’t shave.
  • I get my pits waxed and maintain by trimming.
  • I prevent razor bumps with this stuff.
  • I moisturize and cleanse my pits with an exfoliating glove and this stuff.
  • I moisturize nightly with this stuff.

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SpaRitual GOLD Flexible Color – It actually lasts and lasts!

A few weeks ago I received SpaRitual GOLD Flexible Color nail polishes and girl, I was intrigued. First of all, these aren’t like gel polishes. You know, everyone is on the gel nail polish kick but there’s something special about these polishes. This two-step system launched on July 1st and I’m really excited that I got to experience them so soon. I’m not kidding when I tell you that they are really fan-freaking-tastic.

SpaRitual GOLD

And yeah, I know…I say that about a lot of nail polishes but while others are cracking and chipping on you in a matter of hours, SpaRitual GOLD lasts. And lasts. And lasts.

SpaRitual GOLD promises…

-longer wear
-easy on application and easy off removal
-smudge repairing technology
-dries in under 8 minutes
-high shine
-self-leveling and correcting

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20 Ice Cream Recipes for National Ice Cream Day. Dairy-Free Kids Invited!

National Ice Cream Day

Y’all. I love ice cream. Actually, love is an understatement. I love ice cream so much that I could happily eat just that for the rest of my life and be okay. Buuuut, I’m lactose intolerant. I know. God’s got jokes. Luckily, when I’m pregnant, somehow I can tolerate dairy a bit better and you better believe, I probably over do it more than I should. Carelessly, at that. In honor of National Ice Cream Day (which should be everyday), I’ve compiled a beautiful list of recipes from fabulous folx who love ice cream as much as I do.

This isn’t a dangerous list, though. Many of these are perfect ways to get fruits into picky eaters. And have you ever tossed a frozen banana in your blender, girl? It turns into ice cream. Yes, it’s just a creamy banana but it’s quite reminiscent of ice cream and it.is.heavenly.

Let’s start with the dairy free selections! 

Dairy Free

Non dairy ice cream in a bag-ABC Creative Learning
Dairy-free strawberry banana ice cream-Life Love Liz
Dairy free chocolate ice cream-Real Moms Of Vegas
Vegan carrot cake ice cream with cashew sour cream-Vegan Richa
Snow ice cream for the lactose intolerant-The Nerd’s Wife
Almond milk ice cream-I Am The Maven
Banana blueberry ice cream-The Pretty Bee
Pumpkin ice cream-Scratch Mommy
Pistachio ice cream with dried cranberries– Slap Dash Mom
5-minute very berry ice cream-Not Enough Cinnamon
Rum raisin ice cream-Chocolate Covered Katie

…Dairy Galore!

Cherry cheesecake ice cream-Mom Foodie
Homemade ice cream rocky road-Jade Louise Designs
Toasted coconut ice cream-Flour On My Face

Churn-Free and Easy!

Easy no churn ice cream-Just Us Four
Peppermint snow ice cream-Wife Mom Geek
No melt ice cream-A Mother Thing
Easy chocolate ice cream from pudding mix-Jenny At Dapperhouse
Sea salt and vanilla fudge chunk ice cream-Love And Olive Oil

What polish are you rocking on the nails and toes?

FOREO Issa packaging

Hey y’all! Happy Weekend from me and my Lipstick League sisters. Today we’re talking about nail  polish! But before that, check out these hot posts circulating interweb. 

Nouveau Cheap – A popular German drugstore beauty brand that’s almost impossible to get here in the US is now available at Ulta. Any guesses about which brand I’m talking about? Click here to end the suspense.

Prime Beauty – saddles up to the bar–the Buxom Eyeshadow Bar! With 40 eyeshadows to choose from, it’s easy to create your own custom palette. Check out the palette Prime Beauty created and see the pre-filled selection too!

Phyrra – Want unique, attention-grabbing nails? You NEED to check out my Beginner’s Guide to Indie Nail Polish!

Beautygeeks – The extensive range of bronzer options we have now really makes it easy to choose the right one, doesn’t it? Ha ha ha! Clever Guerlain offers help via a quick Terracotta Consultation online exercise to ensure you find exactly what you like. Plus Beautygeeks is giving three beautiful Guerlain Terracotta bronzers away in the winners’ perfect shades and finishes — US readers are eligible!

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Top 5 Books I’ve Read in 2015

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I know. I know. We aren’t even done with 2015 but I’ve been reading like a mad woman and I thought I’d share some of my literary loves. This month I’ve been in a bit of a slump. My sister and I are reading Harry Potter and ohmigoodnesssss…these books never end! I’m on Book #3 and honestly? I’m over it. I’m trying to push myself to read it but between my irritation with that and pregnancy fatigue, I’m just taking a little step away from reading right now. Don’t worry, I’ll be back. And hopefully I reach my goal of 52 books before the end of 2015. That said, the following books have changed my world this year. 

The Kite Runner
Khaled Hosseini
This author is becoming one of my favorites because I fall in love with everything he writes. The Kite Runner is so imaginative and emotional that I found myself really connecting with the characters and the things that they went through. It’s a quick read and it’s a book that you’ll be a little bit sad over once it ends.

Americanah
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Add Chimamanda has one of my favorite authors of ALL time. I feel smarter just by reading her material because she makes me head to the dictionary to look up words she uses. If you enjoy books about race and culture, especially as it relates to Africans living abroad, you will LOVE this book.
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Happy Prime Day!

Amazon Prime

Today’s the day, babes! I don’t even know why I’m so excited about this. I’m not even THAT much of an online shopper. Amazon and I have a close relationship, though. And then Amazon Prime came alone and swept me off my feet. FREE 2-day shipping? Okay, who wouldn’t like that? I’ve even gotten packages on a Sunday. During the holiday season. In the middle of blizzard.

Okay, I’m jiving. There aren’t any blizzards in Florida, but still…Amazon Prime is so so impressive. Today is their version of Black Friday except it’s exclusive to Amazon Prime members ONLY! And if you’re all like “Oh naw, girl. I’m not spending $99 a year on Prime…”  they are giving you a free trial so that you test the waters before you jump in. How you’ll hate all of the benefits is beyond me, but hey…I’m not judging. If you do decide to do some shopping today, I’d love to see what you scooped up.

I’ve got some recommendations in the Clumps Trunk, of course but I’d love to see what you have your eyes on. My wishlist is below and I’m hoping that at least some of these items will go on sale before the end of the day! 

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The Most Interesting Toothbrush Award Goes To The FOREO ISSA

I love a techie toothbrush, y’all. I mean yeah, I’ll take it back to the old school days and use a traditional one but when I got the opportunity to test drive the FOREO ISSA toothbrush, my eyes freaking lit up. I had been swooning over that sexy toothbrush since I first heard about it.

FOREO Issa toothbrush

Yes, I swoon over toothbrushes. Don’t be judging me, girl. Dental care is a serious thing and when a revolutionary one hits the market, you’re just a wee bit interested, right? It doesn’t take a rocket science or beauty blogger to take a glance at this toothbrush to know that it ain’t like a traditional electric toothbrush. I’ve been using one of the latter for years with very good results and few complaints. 

FOREO Issa packaging

Yes, I’ve got to change the brush head every 3 months and yessss, the brush heads are a bit pricey, but whatever. That comes with the territory, right? Or at least it USED to. The ISSA is taking things to another level by providing features in a toothbrush that we just haven’t seen before.

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