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FAUX PRODUCT REVIEW 43: LAVENDER

Lavender is a flower with a host of healing properties and is often used as aromatherapy. Other benefits include but are not limited to treating stress, anxiety, restlessness, insomnia and depression, alleviates upset stomach, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, treats headaches and toothaches, restores skin, reduces acne, eczema and psoriasis, slows the aging of skin, heals burns, and treats hair loss.

Although I am slightly obsessed with lavender, I barely use it for the above reasons *shoulder shrug* So, how do I use lavender? I’m glad you asked.

After, I feel like the queen I think I am in my head. It’s like I have a spa, but at home that I can use everyday. Are you peanut butter and jelly? Do you use lavender and how? Comment below!

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GUIDE TO GROWING OUT YOUR BROWS 


Step 1: Leave them alone.

Step 2: Watch them grow.

It was that simple for me. Like many others, I got in the habit of overarching my brows and then drawing them into perfection. Then, one day it dawned on me that it made absolutely no sense. I should just grow them out and shape them.

I didn’t buy any special gel or serum (surprisingly). And, it wasn’t an ugly experience because I plucked a few hairs right under the arch and still used a brow pencil to create the brows I wanted. The brows I deserve.

It’s been 3 weeks and I now realize why I used to remove so much of my brow. My hairs are curly, thick, my brows are shaped weirdly, the right and the left look completely different, they twerk, throw tantrums, etc. but I just let them fly. I still use a brow pencil to attempt to get them in line but if you look closely (like Kim did yesterday), you’ll see my hairs fighting each other.

Whatevs.

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HIS & HERS ACV RINSE

A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about apple cider vinegar and its many benefits (Read: Faux Product Review 7: Apple Cider Vinegar).

About a week or so ago, I did my first apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinse. An ACV rinse balances pH in hair, exfoliates the scalp, removes buildup, closes hair cuticles, elimates flakes and itchiness, and improves the appearance of hair. I used a small spray bottle and filled it with half water and half apple cider vinegar. I recommend organic apple cider vinegar. The most popular brand is Bragg which is pretty much sold at every grocery store.

WARNING: It will smells like you are spraying pee that has been basking in the rays of sunshine. I thought it smelled disgusting while bathing but it’s waaaaay worse on your head. I cringe as I type this.

After, my hair felt super clean, no shrinkage, and a bit of shine (once it dried). No drastic results… It’s probably because my hair is already awesome. Anywho, I’m going to continue doing this just once a month.

Last night, I did an ACV rinse on husband. He has kind of a dry scalp. I warned him about the smell but apparently it wasn’t a sufficient warning. He turned into the biggest drama queen and just looked at me like this:

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It was a struggle getting him to leave it in for a grand total of *drum roll* 3 minutes. After rinsing, I dried with a shirt and added Tea Tree Oil (also helpful for dry scalp) and recommended by a friend (Hey Ercilla). Husband when his hair dried:

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I told him, I’ll probably make it a weekly habit for him. He is not pleased. Interestingly, I’ve been using more and more of my products on him. Isn’t it my job to make him be the best that he can be? You’re he’s welcome.

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PRESSED FOR THE 99 AND THE 2000

unnamedAs discussed yesterday, there were a couple of products I purchased as a result of my makeover.  One, is Smooth Focus Pressed Setting Powder- Shine Control by Laura Mercier.  Previously, I used a pressed powder from MAC but am kind of transitioning out of MAC products #sorrynotsorry

Details: “A pressed powder that visibly eliminates shine and controls oil breakthrough to maintain a fresh, matte finish with the naturally derived Shine Control Complex.  Laura Mercier Smooth Focus Pressed Setting Powder – Shine Control is a lightweight, oil-free powder that visibly eliminates shine and produces a fresh, matte complexion. The naturally derived Shine Control Complex controls oil breakthrough and the ultra-sheer, mint green shade works to correct redness and visibly even out the skintone. It’s ideal for touch-ups throughout the day as it keeps your complexion flawless and shine-free.”  The product is dermatologist tested and free of parabens.  Source: Sephora

Initially,  I thought it was weird that the consultant would choose a light green powder that looks white when applying.  I’m an African American woman so I thought I would look like a morturary makeup artist did my makeup…  …  …  But, that color disappears as soon as it’s applied.  I haven’t determined it’s effectiveness but for $35 bucks, I assure you that I will get my money’s worth.  For more info, visit Sephora.

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WE NEED TO TALK…

unnamedGather around kids, we need to talk.  From all of my introvert posts you can conclude that I’m kind of a quiet person, hanging in the background watching the scene…  Sometimes, my eyes focus on details more than I would like.  Like, I end up looking at hands, elbows, knees, feet and for the last few weeks there has been a common theme: ASH

Guys, it takes about 3 minutes out of your entire day to moisturize your skin.  And, you’re not doing it just for fun, there are benefits: keeps skin hydrated, smooth calluses and rough spots, and makes your skin glow J If you want to go all out, do it before bed and the next morning, it’ll make you look and feel like Cleopatra!

But, I feel like I need to say a few more things before ending this convo.  Being of the lighter complexion does not exempt you, you are still ashy.  Moisturizing only the visible parts of your skin is cheating, you are still ashy.  And although there are a host of lotions readily available to you, skip those.  Some of you are moisturizing and are still ashy.  You guys need the natural stuff from the mother land.  Shea butter, coconut oil, etc.  Find it at your local Whole Foods or natural grocery stores.

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