Product Review: Colossal Big Shot Mascara by Maybelline

.Maybe I’m beautiful. Maybe it’s Maybelline. That’s been me the last week. I got a complementary new Colossal Big Shot Mascara the company is promoting, along with their Master Precise Curvy Liquid Eye Liner. I was actually excited to receive it. That’s a surprise because I didn’t wear makeup for most of my life. Maybe a little eyeliner here and there in my late teenager years and early 20’s but nothing serious. I didn’t get interested in makeup until I turned 33. I really only dabble in eye make up and lipsticks/gloss so I’m definitely not an expert. I just…

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Natural Hair Product Review: true by made beautiful

My stash was running low and I waited all of last week to get some new products. I wanted to try an entire line but I couldn’t decide which one. I wanted something I hadn’t tried before, maybe something that worked well for some of my Curl Friends on Instagram or in Facebook groups. I went to two Targets, a Walmart, a Meijer and two Sally Beauty Supply store before I finally set my eyes on “true by made beautiful”. I liked the label. The sea green reminds me of my birthstone (aquamarine). The orange font contrasted the label nicely. I…

KINKY HAIR CONNECTION GR: Unity Is In the Hair

There’s no denying it. Donald Trump will be the 45th president of the United States, and the country is more polarized than I’ve ever seen. There are protests taking place across the country in opposition to this upcoming presidency. I have new friends who live overseas and are asking how could we let this happen. Foreign diplomats are speaking about our nation in an very apprehensive manner. Everyone is asking one plaguing question: “How can we unite under this man’s leadership?” The spirit of this election has even divided families and households while inciting the expression of hate, misogyny, homophobia, racism…

Natural Hair Condition & Scalp Massage Challenge Update

Sunday was Day 9 of my Condition & Scalp Massage Challenge. It went like this: Wash day.  I’m so excited. I get to engage in some much needed self-care, give my hair the love and attention it needs to keep my hair healthy and my curls defined. People always ask if I do twist outs or curlers to make my curls pop. Nope. Not at all. Nothing but TLC for me. Self-care is on of the reasons I started my 30-day Condition and Scalp Massage Challenge. Today is Day 9. Follow me through the process. I’m spraying my hair with…

Kinky Healthy Me

Day #7 of my Kinky Healthy Me Challenge was Friday. It’s going well. I’m about to hit 40 and be happy and healthy. Working out and meal planning alone wasn’t working out for me. I decided to do something different so I can meet my goal. On October 1, I started the 21-Day Fix (a Beachbody fitness and nutrition program). I’m a natural hair enthusiast who relates everything to hair so I came up with the Kinky Healthy Me name for my challenge. Cute, huh? 😉 I have an accountability and challenge group of about seven wonderful women on Facebook…

Choosing to Be Healthi-LEE

I’m about to be 40 soon and I made a promise to myself that I’m going to look good in a bikini on my birthday. I would weigh no more than 160 pounds and would get rid of the fat on my belly. Now I have less than six months to meet that goal. On top of wanting to look good, I seriously need to get my health under control too. As last Friday, I’m still borderline diabetic with borderline hypertension. I’m 25 pounds away from my goal weight. My cholesterol is higher than it’s ever been. My doctor is…

Hot Instagram Pages For Natural Hairstyles

I always tell new naturals that connecting to a good support group is a crucial part of your journey. I like Instagram because it gives you a quick visual when you need an idea. You can also learn about products, techniques and natural hair meet ups. The 15 second tutorials are helpful too. I’m going to take this opportunity share some of the Instagram Pages that have given me the most inspiration over the years: @afropunk @crwnmag @myhaircrush @afroliciouswomen @returnofthecurls2 @naturallyshesdope @seriouslynatural @kinks2curls @respectmyhair @naturalchix @healthy_hair_journey @curlyhairmag @globalcoutureblog @kinky_chicks1 @teamnatural_ @natty_coco @4chairchicks @naturalrootsista @hazel_goddess @curlynikki @glammzmore @africanhairsummit @flauntyourfro @naptural85 @1millionnaturals @jenellbstewart…

Natural Hair: Celebrating Us Is A Must

Yesterday I went to a natural hair meetup. I love living in Grand Rapids because there’s some kind of natural event going on almost every weekend. Circumstances prevented me from attending one in the last few months so it felt good to get out. I try to stay positive, especially publicly, but I have a high amount of stress in my life. I spend a lot of time around people who don’t look like me. They always honor me with love, respect and trust; however, it feels good to be around people who look like you and honor you as…