Beauty / Makeup




BeautyCon BFF is a new quarterly beauty subscription box. With total items valued over 100 dollars! Each season they highlight a different beauty influencer curator each month, and send a mix of beauty and accessory items. Also, every season, a lucky number of BFF gift boxes have golden tickets which you could get gift cards worth anywhere from $50-$5,000! Let’s see some of the goodies in this box that Jojo (the artist) curated this fall: Read More

Twist Out's

Twist-Out Tutorial Using Dove’s: Quench Absolute Crème Serum



Target’s Beauty Box for September came filled this month with tons of natural hair goodies that I was absolutely stoked about. Out of all the hair products that came in the box, the Dove Quench Absolute Crème Serum really stood out to me. I didn’t know Dove even had hair products catering to natural hair. The packaging was really sleek and it has a pump to dispense the product. The first thing I usually do when trying a new product is to see how it smells. This product has a perfume-like smell, which I’m not crazy about, but by the time it dries it goes away and you’re desensitized by it. The product aims to counter 5 key problems of textured hair: (1) Quenches hair dryness (2) Strengthens the hair shaft (3) Improves hair manageability (4) Smoothes the hair fiber surface (5) Seals hair cuticles to lock in nutrients

How to Achieve a Twist-Out Using Dove’s Quench Absolute: (Step by Step)

Step 1: Start off with freshly washed hair, especially being that this is the first time I am testing this product out, you want to see how your hair fully reacts to the product.

Step 2: Part you hair into sections in preparation to twist your hair. I will be sectioning my hair into big sections because I like my twists chunky, but you can definitely part into smaller sections if preferred.

Step 3: Rake the serum in each section and comb through thoroughly.


Step 4: Twist your hair in a crossover motion until you get to your ends. Tip: Finger-coil your ends for extra definition.

In total, I have about 9 twists all over.


Step 5: Use a diffuser on a low heat or cool setting for faster drying.


Step 6: Unravel each twist.


Step 7: Use an Afropick to lift the root and create volume!

Tip: If you want a more defined look only pick at the root, if you want lots of volume, pick all the way.

Final Look:

Have you ever used Dove’s Quench Absolute Serum? Let me know your thoughts!

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Wet n Wild’s: Max Volume Plus Mascara


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.

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.

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.

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.

Wet n Wild’s #StayWild campaign is for the girls who are wild at heart. Who may have jobs, responsibilities, exams, kids…but who, deep inside, still embrace a wild side, their inner renegade that’s fresh, sassy, badass. Who love strong black eyeliner, a fierce red lip, and loads and loads of lashes. For over 35 years, Wet n Wild has delivered the freedom to express your wild side for all women, inclusive of all age, ethnicity, skin color, and economic status. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, Wet n Wild continues to reach new accessibility and quality giving women the confidence and freedom to #StayWild. Follow the campaign on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest, handle @wetnwildbeauty.


Butter + Oils / Co-Washing / Detangling / Hair Care

Cantu Shea Butter Line for Natural Hair Product Review



Way back to when I first started my natural hair journey in 2012, when I was just transitioning, Cantu’s Leave in Conditioner Hair Cream was my absolute holy grail. I was so thrilled to find out that they were releasing a Natural Hair line, and of course I just had to try them all out! 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 great for color treated hair. A little also goes a long way; you do not need much because it lathers pretty quickly.  I found that the shampoo did not leave my hair feeling stripped of its natural oils (which is a huge plus) and leaves 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.  It also aims to help hair retain natural oils for fewer split ends. On the contrary,  I did notice that it does not have much slip.

3) Cantu Leave-In Conditioning Cream (12 oz):
After shampooing and conditioning my hair, I used the Leave-in Conditioning Cream. I am very familiar with this product back 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; It made detangling a breeze and felt very moisturizing.

4) Coconut Curling Cream (12 oz):
Curl defining , moisturizing & strengthens strands? Sounds like a hit!  I was super excited to try this cream from the whole collection, especially being that it is a coconut oil based product. Although 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.

5) Twist & Lock Gel (13 oz):
A 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 create  an array of 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 :).