Disclosure: Although consideration was provided by Wet n Wild, the opinions expressed herein are of my own.
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One thing I can’t go without in my daily beauty routine is leaving my house without mascara. I’ve always loved dramatic eyes, and I love how lashes accentuate eyes. So when I ran out of my current mascara, I was on the hunt for a new one to try.

As I was on my way to my local drugstore, I stumbled across the Wet n Wild section and instantly noticed the packaging on the new Wet n Wild Max Volume Plus mascara. Not only did the hot pink tube and white lettering easily grab my attention, but it also retails for only $5.99! That’s a steal.
Also after reading that it contains macadamia nut, jojoba and olive oils to condition and enrich my lashes, I was sold.

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The mascara has a lightweight consistency that does not clump or flake once dried. I also love that you can reapply as many coats as you like and your lashes will not look cakey. The wand is also very nice with rubber bristles that easily glide on.

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It gave me super long lashes, leaving them nicely separated and defined.
What better way to pump up the volume and add some flair to your look than with a dramatic fall look?
One of my favorite fall trends is wearing a dark lip and a bandolero hat to complement the look.

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Overall, if you are looking for a good, volumizing mascara that will keep your lashes separated for a good price, definitely give this one a try.

Wet n Wild Max Volume Plus Mascara retails for $4.99 and can be found at Target and other retail stores.

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Consideration was provided by Cantu. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Cantu.

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Way back during my natural hair journey in 2012, when I was just transitioning, I was an avid user of Cantu’s Leave in Conditioner Hair Cream. I was thrilled to find out that their Natural Hair Line was being released, and of course I just had to try them! Here’s what I found:

1) Sulfate Free Cleansing Cream Shampoo (13.5 oz):
I love that it is predominantly made with pure shea butter, removes heavy buildup, prevents breakage
and it is great for color treated hair. A little also goes a long way; you do not need much because it lathers up. The shampoo did not leave my hair feeling stripped of its natural oils and it does have a light fruity smell.

2) Sulfate Free Hydrating Cream Conditioner (13.5 oz):
My hair tends to really like Shea butter-based products. So I was really excited to try this conditioner. This consistency is really thick and feels very moisturizing, even after rinsing completely out. The smell is also similar to the shampoo. The product aims to help hair retain natural oils for fewer split ends. Although I did notice that it does not have much slip.

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3) Cantu Leave-In Conditioning Cream (12 oz):
After shampooing and conditioning my hair, I used the Leave-in Conditioning Cream after. I am very familiar with this product from my transitioning days, but I was excited to try it out now that I am fully natural. Being that I have color treated hair, I love that this product stops & mends hair breakage. The smell is really light and pleasant; I found that it still serves as a great detangler and was very moisturizing.

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4) Coconut Curling Cream (12 oz):
This product aims to define curls without weighing down hair
and is meant to moisturize & strengthen strands. I was super excited to try this cream from the whole collection, especially being that it is a coconut oil based product. I found it to be a bit drying, keep in mind that a little does go a long way. Maybe I used too much product? Which I do have a tendency of doing. This product works best as a styling product, not for your usual “wash & go’s”. The smell is also very similar to the shampoo and has a medium consistency.

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5) Twist & Lock Gel (13 oz):

The consistency of this product is a very lightweight cream that does not leave a sticky residue behind after using it. The texture has a jelly-like feel. It aims to control frizz and moisturize. I found that this product works best for achieving hairstyles like twist-outs and braids-outs, especially if you like definition.

Final thoughts:
I was amazed at how efficient and multi-purpose each product was. Not only did I find that I was able to achieve many hairstyles with these products, but they were also moisturizing and very affordable! If you have tried any of these products share your thoughts and Be Your Own Beautiful with Cantu! Share your look at @cantubeauty #BYOBeautiful on Instagram & Twitter.

The Giveaway!!
There’s nothing like feeling beautiful and confident in your own skin and I love how Cantu is on a mission to empower women to be their own kind of beautiful. What I want to know is; what does #BYOBeautiful mean to you? Be Your Own Beautiful with Cantu! Share your look at @cantubeauty #BYOBeautiful on Instagram & Twitter and you can win! Contest runs all month long in September, and you enter via Instagram/Twitter by sharing your pics, using the hashtag and sharing what #BYOBeautiful means to you :).

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Disclosure: Although consideration was provided by Target, the opinions expressed herein are of my own.

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SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil; Strengthen, Grow & Restore Styling Lotion

I have been heavily anticipating the new Jamaican Black Castor Oil line, by SheaMoisture, for as long as I remember. And then, just when I least expected it, I got the Target Beauty Box in the mail this month, which is a fun box of beauty products that anyone can purchase at Target. And I was very excited to see that there was a SheaMoisture hair product along with more goodies to try.

When I first got my hands on the SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Strengthen, Grow & Restore Styling Lotion, I noticed that even though it was a travel sized product, it was still sufficient to last a few weeks and, of course, perfect for traveling and on the go.

I opened the bottle immediately to get a whiff of what it smelled like and if you like the smell of Play-doh, you are in for a treat! The texture is also very light, being that it is water-based; this is perfect especially for people who prefer a light consistency rather than a heavy product.

I really liked that this product is formulated with certified organic ingredients and is meant to target chemically processed hair. Being that I have color-treated hair, this product aims to strengthen grow and restore. It also has hair growth properties to stimulate hair growth.

Upon using the JBCO Styling Lotion, I did notice that my hair did feel softer and more hydrated. I was able to style my hair effortlessly, but on the contrary, it does not pair well with other products. It is best if used alone or with other products from the JBCO line.

I love incorporating new items into my daily regimen and this is just one that I definitely see being a staple in my hair regimen. One tip for trying out new hair products, especially if you have curly hair, is to check if the product is water based. Not only is it very moisturizing, but also it will hydrate and nourish the hair deeply within the hair shaft. Water-based products are very necessary.

Here’s what else is in the Target Beauty Box:

• Dove Advanced Hair Series Quench Absolute Supreme Crème Serum – It’s a creme serum formulated for curly, course hair. It’s a leave-in treatment meant to nourish and treat hair, providing 4X more defined natural curls.
• Aquaphor Healing Ointment – Not only does this come in travel size and ready to go, but this is a multi-purpose healing ointment. It can be used for minor burns, cracked skin, dry hands and minor cuts and scrapes.
• Colgate Optic White Fresh Mint Toothpaste– Perfect travel-sized toothpaste for traveling and on the go!

I also received 2 full sized products:

(1) Jane Carter Revitalizing Leave-In Conditioner– I have never tried this product, but it is meant to condition as it de-tangles and it also protects from heat styling which is a bonus! Although I must say it smells great and it is made up of organic ingredients which is even better.
(2) Curls Crème Brulee Whipped Curl Cream– this curl defining creme is bomb! I used this a lot when I had my pixie cut and I still use it now. My curls feel super soft and hydrated and I also love that it is made up of organic ingredients as well.

Find your style @targetstyle

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The lovely Braided Frohawk! Done in simple steps, in this tutorial I will show you how to achieve this look on your short natural hair. This is a great style to play with, especially when you are stuck in those in-between awkward stages of growth.

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I usually tend to wear my box braids straight out, but when that gets boring and I want to switch it up I usually stick to basic go-to easy styles. Check out the tutorial below to see how to achieve 3 easy hairstyles for box braids, especially when you’re on the go!

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Bantu knots are one of my favorite hairstyles to do, especially when I would like to stretch out my hair and add some definition. In this tutorial, I will show you a quick method on how to achieve this chunky bantu knot out on short natural hair.

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Going through the awkward stages of hair growth can be frustrating especially when you feel like you are limited with options. But you do have options! There are so many ways to spice up your TWA or if you are currently going through the awkward stage of growth. In this video I will show you 3 quick hairstyles on the go that you can achieve within minutes!

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I have been utterly obsessed with the unit I received from EvaWigs.com. I have had it for review for a few months now and It is by far my favorite wig. Especially being that I am growing out my original pixie cut, wearing wigs is such a great way to spontaneously switch up your look. Check out the video below to see the full details on this unit.

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Achieving the “perfect” winged eyeliner can be so tedious at times, but with just enough practice you can get this technique down in a jiffy! In this video demonstration I will show you how I achieve my daily eyeliner with (2) different types of liners.

These are currently my two favorite liners in the market:

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If you are looking for the blackest matte gel liner, this is it right here! Not only does it glide on so smoothly, but the pigment is perfect!

I stumbled across this brand while walking through union square and decided to try out their eyeliner. I have never been crazy about felt tip eyeliners, but this one right here is amazing! It makes the process of lining your lids even easier and to top it off, it’s waterproof!

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One of my favorite go-to hairstyles to do is the afro puff. Not only its a quick hairstyle to do, but its great to beat the heat especially in the summertime. Click the video below to see how I achieved this hairstyle.