Vanity Oils

I’m not even going to lie, I’m still very much excited about the whole natural hair phase that I’m going through. I love the spring/elasticity, I’m obsessed with the spongy/fluffy texture and I’m a sucker for the constant attention that natural hair demands. My hair is constantly in protective braids (my Dad + my Job wouldn’t have it any other way), so it’s fairly easy to neglect my hair and forget about how much TLC needs to go into maintaining it.

It’s no secret that natural hair is a struggle (to say the least) and so having limp/dry/dead natural hair cannot afford to be an option! To avoid such dilemmas, I got in touch with Ekua of Vanity Oils (courtesy of Solape, my colleague) and she had the following delivered to me:

1. Argan Oil;

2. Coconut Oil; and

3. Shea Butter.

I’m so excited about all three products (the 4th, being Tea tree oil, is on its way) and so thought I’d share with you. You’ll remember from previous posts that I’m in love with Coconut Oil aka The Holy Grail and Shea Butter aka Women’s Gold. My latest obsession is Argan Oil, but I’ll save that post for another day and perhaps insert the link once it’s done.

In the mean time, I’m off to read up some more on Carrier Oils and Essential Oils and thought I’d leave you with pictures of my Vanity Oils purchases.

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Until next time Bonita’s…….

xXx

PS: I decided to leave my natural hair out this week. I’ve got it in some funky twists. I’ve received a mixture of comments on it (more good than bad thankfully). When I’m more comfortable with it, perhaps I’ll upload pictures. Until then……..

5 Blogs 5 Days: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

I’ve never been good with makeup which is ironic really, seeing as I’ve always thought of myself as a bit of an artist. No matter how hard I try, my face is the one canvas I haven’t quite mastered. Perhaps it’s because I don’t use foundation so I never achieve that flawless base. Maybe it’s because I’m no good with mascara so I never accomplish the piercing eyes… Who knows, maybe makeup is just not my thing. Regardless, I happen to love The Beauty Department below are 3 reasons why:

1. The Beauty Department encompasses all the different aspects of beauty: makeup, hair, nails (my favourite) name it…. It’s all there. Believe it or not, this blog also considers your diet as I recently noticed a post on healthy food. I guess this goes to show that beauty is not just what you slap on the outside… You’ve got to take care of your insides too.

2. The DIY approach the bloggers use which takes you through the different stages of achieving the great results is fantastic. Moreover, the site not only breaks down the steps one by one, but it provides visual backings so that you can see the progress as you pursue your desired results.

3. TBD notices the little things which are likely to grind your gears as you apply makeup. The annoying gap that appears when eyeliner is applied but fails to touch the eye waterline, the difference you achieve in using a primer as opposed to straight makeup, etc. they pay attention to detail which the average girl tends to neglect.

For these reasons amongst many others I ❀ TBD, nevertheless Inspite of everything ever written on beauty, it’s important to know that beauty is only skin deep. An ugly personality will never be masked by layers of beauty products.

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xXx

Ps: I tried black up foundation a couple of weeks ago. I looked pale/ashy.

5 Blogs 5 Days: Good Hair

Greetings ever faithful readers/subscribers…. you truly are my sunshine on a cloudy day. Please forgive my disappearing act, it is far from my intention to desert you as a result of my time mismanagement or straight-up laziness.

In a bid to ditch my slothful ways, I have taken on a self-inflicted challenge and I really do hope to get engrossed in it. This week, I have decided to let you in 5 of my favourite blogs/bloggers; and what it is about their blogs that really captivates me. I will try my utmost to keep the list versatile with each blog distinct from the previous and yet focused on the usual: Style, Fashion, Beauty and Hair.

Good Hair: Curly Nikki

I need not emphasize that I went natural a little over a year ago and so natural hair blogs have pretty much been my hair bible and motivation. Needless to say, kicking off my 5 in 5, is Curly Nikki and the below listed are reasons why….

1. First and foremost, what I like about this blog is the general aesthetic and structured organisation. The padded walls (although red) are not distracting neither are they overpowering; on the contrary I find them quite relaxing, balanced and focused in line with CN’s mission to promote self-esteem.

It’s so easy to navigate through the different pages of the CN blog. Every tab is subdivided into different pages addressing different topics. My favourite to date although, has got to be the Recipes Page under Basics. I love trying new hair recipes and this page is definitely my ‘Go-To’ page for yummy natural hair recipes.

2. The CN blog covers everything from transitioning to children’s hair. There’s no question I’ve thought to ask, that hasn’t already been addressed and in addition to that, did I mention that there’s a forum.

3. The blog has a dictionary (Hallelujah!). When I first got the Big Chop, I was totally clueless about what ‘sealing’, ‘3abc/4a/4b/4c’ hair types and twist outs. Thankfully, there was a dictionary I could reference.

You don’t need to be natural to visit Curly Nikki, you just need to want to look after your hair delivering healthy and beautiful results.

xXx

Ps:I’m back! πŸ™‚

African Queen

It’s been a year since the Big Chop and I must admit the road to becoming the ultimate “African Queen” has been paved with tempting Chemical Crack and damaging heat applicators. All the same, I have remained ever faithful to my afro dream.

Below are pictures of Teyona Parris and Janelle Monae my latest hair inspirations. I’ve also snuck in pictures of my ‘fro a year on. Hope you like…..

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Ps: I am the definition of moody right now! Anyone that steps on my toes WILL get it!

The Holy Grail

Coconut oil is one of those discoveries that have you feeling like you just won a million bucks!!! It’s one of those findings that have you wondering how ever you lived without it!!! It’s the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow!!!! It’s the icing on the cake of natural beauty, and what one of my newly discovered blogs refers to as the Holy Grail!!!

In the second of my series in organic treasures, I bring you the renowned Coconut oil! Following the structure of the first in the series: Women’s Gold, I’m going to take you through my top uses and benefits of Coconut Oil and they are as follows:

1. Skin Care: Coconut oil’s rich consistency provides instant moisture to all skin types leaving the skin noticeably softer and better moisturized.

2. Hair Care: Coconut oil serves as anything from a hot oil treatment, to a deep conditioner, and everything in between… it does it all really, reducing protein loss and aiding growth in damaged hair.

3. Make Up remover: I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve always had a problem with getting make up removers in Nigeria. Fortunately, coconut oil wipes even waterproof mascara right off.

Go on, try it and see for yourself.

xXx

Ps: If you have any problems getting your hands on coconut oil, just let me know and I’ll recommend places!

Pps: I’m watching Meet Joe Black for the umpteenth time and falling in love with the script all over again…. I love you Brad Pitt *sigh*

And the Journey Continues….

Stats Since my afro inception:

1. Number of months since my last relaxer: 12

2. Number of months since the BC: 4

3. Number of times I’ve been tempted to relax: 2

4. Number of times I’ve been embarrassed concerning my hair: 1

5. Average length in inches: Approx. 4.5

6. Broken combs: 0

7. Fights with my Dad concerning my hair: 1

 

xXx

Ps: I braved the ‘fro to work with a hint of red lipstick, a crisp white shirt and a black power suit. I got a few compliments which totally made my week. Wish I’d taken pictures now……

PPs: I’ve had the best weekend ever with amazing friends and loving family, I couldn’t ask for more πŸ™‚