Spring/Summer Favorites 2014

Spring/Summer Favorites 2014

Spring/Summer…Where do I begin?  Well, first of all, we really didn’t have a Spring.  Try telling that to my allergies.  I still had to use Allegra and tried the new Mucinex Allergy too.  Started on the meds long before spring was supposedly here.  It was more like Winter, then Summer came in steady.  Also, I thought it would be better if I just did faves based on the seasons instead of month-to-month.  And as usual, life happened which caused the delay.  I don’t know how I’m going to get better at getting my feelings out right when things are happening instead of just wallowing in sorrow.  In May, my family suffered another blow.  My aunt Crlyn from New York/Va. Beach passed away.  She was diagnosed with colon cancer right after we saw her during the holidays looking and feeling so good.  However, by the time she went back home, stomach pains became persistent and before you knew it, they were wheeling her up to the oncology floor.  A tumor was wrapped around her colon.  Surgery and chemo for a few weeks, then she unexpectedly breathed her last breath.  As mentioned in an earlier post, A broke her finger, potential buyers visit the house, but still no offers to buy, my grandma-in-law, Elaine, passed away during our first week back to school, and the weekend before Autumn officially began, my step grandma on my dad’s side passed away.  Funny man, Robin Williams, shined a brighter light on depression after his shocking suicide, and funny gal, Joan Rivers, was taken away due to medical negligence.  I should also add that one of...

Hair Benefits of Cayenne Pepper

Remember in one of the pics of my natural hair must-haves that included a spice I said I would talk more about?  Well, believe it or not, there are hair benefits with the use of cayenne pepper.  I love anything with hot sauce, so if I want to bring some heat to my scalp, I don’t mind at all.  Every time I bring this up to my mom, she laughs and says, “OOOHHH NNNOOO.”  She thinks it’s only going to burn her scalp right up.  She probably fears for her eyes as well due to the 1st experience I told her I had with it by using it completely wrong.  I was deep conditioning with some kind of conditioner one day and decided to pour some from my spice rack on top of the thinning area of my crown I noticed from excessisive use of a half-wig while I was transitioning.  I got the idea from one of the natural websites I regularly frequent.  I rubbed it in and it stained my fingers so much that I had to scrub them several times.  Moving on, ALERT:  Embarrassing moment coming up!  Use extreme caution!  Well, after the deep conditioning process finished, I hopped in the shower to rinse and this is where the stinging of the eyes and lips came in.  So, as much as I like the heat, I haven’t tried that again.  However, I still believe there is the possibility for potential growth from using cayenne pepper.  I realized that next time, I think I’d better mix the ground spice into something till it’s fully dissolved, then rinse...

My Must-Have Natural Hair Products

I’ve mentioned a few of my must-have natural hair products before, but to get a better idea of what I can truly say has worked for my kids and I, take a look at the pics above.  We’ve tried many different kinds, but these are our holy grails, our proven staples, our tried and true.  From the store, from the kitchen, from the fridge, from the pantry.  I know some of the hardcore naturalistas will probably disapprove of the L’Oreal stuff or the gel or whatever.  That doesn’t matter to me.  What matters is what’s worked very well for us.  And I’ve decided to continue using the brand of coconut oil pictured until I feel comfortable with spending more money on another brand.  I’ve seen some at $9.99, $6.99, $8, $10 and more.  Those prices may seem nice, but for the amount of ounces, they weren’t.  I have 5 heads and 6 bodies to coat with this oil.  Poor hubby is balding more.  No more head & shoulders for him.  All he needs is his fave body wash to double as a shampoo to clean what’s left.  I asked about better brands at an affordable price to groups I associate with on Facebook like #TeamNatural and Natural Folkz (or was it Natural Hair).  One particular answer stood out.  The nice naturalista said to use the cheaper version on your hair and skin, but use the better/pricier version in your food.  So, for now that’s what I’ll do. For cooking, I recently bought the non solid version by Carrington Farms  for $7 and some change for a 16oz. bottle.  A few other women...

SheaMoisture BOGO Haul

Well, I actually participated in BOGO sales on time.  That is so rare for me.  I am so proud of myself not missing them and of the SheaMoisture products I was blessed to get at Walgreens, then at CVS the week after.  Wal-Mart and Target better get on the ball and have some BOGO sales.  Their little $2.00 off here or 20% off there did not persuade me to light a shopping fire in their aisles.  As I’ve said before, I’m not a big fan of the way the other stores price this line of products, even with a bargain card.  CVS had most of their stuff marked @11-14.00.  Gladly, though, I found most of Walgreens’ stuff @9.99 and up.  I believe I did very well within budget because deep down inside…I would’ve bought it all.  This is my kind of candy. So, here’s what I bought from Walgreens to try in May:  2 Yucca & Baobab Anti-Breakage Masques, Y&B Thickening Growth Milk, and Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo.  The Y&B line smells soooo nice.  I had no idea it was so sweet and pleasant smelling.  I went back there twice to see if they had anymore Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie and Curling Gel Soufflé, but they ran out each time. Then, miraculously, another BOGO sale started near payday at CVS at the start of June.  Naturally, the hubby looked at me as if I’d become addicted and said that I already has some.  Well, I convinced him that I should take advantage of this sale because the other store didn’t have everything I wanted.  He...

SheaMoisture-BOGO Sale @ Walgreens!

SheaMoisture Alert!  SheaMoisture Alert!  Products at Walgreens on sale for “Buy One, Get One Free” from now till May 31, 2014!  The entire line is available at that deal with a participating Walgreens savings card-Organic Bath & Body, Baby Care, Men, Hair and Skin Care, 4-16oz. items.  Trust me when I say that I do not care for the prices at Walgreens with or without a savings card.  Currently, most of the SM products there are being sold at $10.49 or more, depending on the store.  However, given the fact that I can’t live without the shampoo or curl enhancing smoothie, and I’d like to try the gel souffle and the anti-breakage masque, adding another dollar or so along with a free item is not bad at all.  Who doesn’t like FREE?!!  It’s absolutely worth it.  I’ve surprisingly saved there before.  When I took my mom back to NC in April, I wanted to see what products were around that we may not have near my neighborhood.  In the clearance section was ORS Curls Unleashed “No Restrictions” Moisturizing Conditioner for $3.49.  Retail price:  $14.99.  OW!  Annnndddd…faint.  Only two were left.  I used my sister’s card, she bought one, I bought the other.  I was only going to settle for one, but she was nice enough to get the other because as she put it, “You have too many heads.  You will need both.”  So true, so true.  Now, I know I can’t always pass this store by because there may be a treat hidden in clearance.  The SM products at Wal-Mart and Target usually sell for $9.99.  According to Sunday’s ads, Target‘s...

February Favorites 2014

February was truly a cold month.  We were still under snow and still dealing with extremely dry skin.  This ‘favorites’ list has taken so long to get up here due to life and maybe, just maybe, my lists are too long.  Perhaps narrowing them down to seasons next year instead of on a monthly basis would work better for me.  So far, I’ve only done a list for January and I can’t believe the hassle I went through for that month.  Well, here’s what we really liked during month #2 which helped us survive our harsh winter: Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector Combination to Oily Skin in Deep BB Cream w/Broad Spectrum SPF 20-ummm, mouthful!  “It mattifies, minimizes pores, and conceals imperfections to give skin a naturally smooth, flawless finish…sunscreen, Dermatologist tested, combines oil-absorbing mineral perlite, natural tint and a touch of hydration.”-www.garnierusa.com.  I was very surprised to see this in Deep at our new Wal-Mart because it doesn’t really cater to women of color.  Given how light it is, someone might say that it still doesn’t offer a deep enough shade, but it works nicely giving me light to medium coverage all over my face.  Bonus:  it was on clearance for $5 something compared to $11.99.  Very runny though, and dries fast before I can set it.  Unfortunately, I’m not sure if I’m convinced of any BB creams’ superpowers anyway because they just seem to be tinted sunscreens.  These days, I guess that’s beneficial, but I’m not reapplying like most sunscreens and this product suggests.  Weird.  Also for me, I still had to use a primer and...