Self-Care Essentials

We often take care of so many things and people better than we care for ourselves. Self-care is on everyone’s tongue tips at the moment because so many of us just don’t take the time to slow down and grant ourselves small pleasures. Self-care can come as simple as lighting a candle at night to create a calming environment before bed. It can be taking a longer than usual bath or shower. Water does not only help cleanse the body but it also helps to center the mind. I use Sundays as a day where I carve out some time in the week to do some things just for me. there are some products that help to make the pampering just a bit easier. They aren’t pricey, obtainable and most importantly good!!

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My favorite subscription box, Curlbox, makes a Curlbox Body Box and this edition featured products from “Eden Bodyworks“. The coconut and shea line adds moisture to skin and smells fantastic. Use it after a bath or shower and layer on your scents.
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A good magazine is an essential and “Vanity Fair” always has great articles that are so well written they take you away. While reading I like to treat my face and hair. After deep cleaning my face, I add treatments like “Paula’s Choice” Vitamin C Spot Treatment and add some “Palmer’s” Cocoa butter to my lips for incredible moisture. I add “Jane Carter Solution” Seal and Shine serum to my strands for moisturized, tangle free and shiny hair. Oh, you can’t forget to give yourself a self-mani. These colors from “Old Navy” in collab with “Zoya” are perfect for Spring.
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Yeah, no, I’m not on vacation and I’m not surrounded by water but this Ralph Lauren catalog took me away!!! How beautiful is this view?? I’m bathed, smelling good, feeling good and flipping through the pages of outdoor furnishing goals. I’m winning!
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I live for a basket weave.

Finally, now that we’ve worked on pampering and improving the outside, let us focus on the inner health. Detoxing and feeding your body good food is probably the most important part of self-care. Hannah Bronfman, the creator of HBFIT, works out all the time and varies her workouts to fit her mood and body goals. She also eats clean and makes a detox soup from time to time that anyone can make at home. You simply saute these ingredients (onion, zucchini, asparagus and celery) in a pot, add stock (salt and pepper) and then blend. You’ve got soup for a few days!

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What are your self-care tips? 

Curlbox Natural: True by Made Beautiful

The most recent Curlbox Natural box has been dubbed the “Bohemian Summer Box”. Who doesn’t love a Bohemian girl with free flowing curls? The box went on sale at curlbox.com and sold for $40. It’s a great deal because of the five full sized products that fill the box. The incredible True by Made Beautiful products are free of sulfates, parabens and silicones. I know that this is key for many curly girls but is not really a priority for me. I figured the sale of the box as a great time to try the “curly girl” styling products for the month of August and see if I really see a difference in my hair’s health.

The True products have a great fruity scent. It is infused with shea, honey, coconut and mango. There is a full line of products in your box to cleanse and style your curls. The co-wash was good but I have not been using a load of gels or styling products in my hair so there is not much to cleanse. I fear that if I go heavy on the gels then I may have to grab a bottle of shampoo. Overall, the line is great. I’m very pleased that I can use it on my daughter’s hair as well. I adore the leave-in-conditioner and the hydrating hair butter. Your curls are defined and left shiny with very little effort. (Oh, I did add some natural oil along with the hair butter for added shine. I placed a natural oil on my wet hair along with the hair butter and my curls dried defined and oh so soft.)

 

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The signature Curlbox mag card with information about the products that you get in your box.

 

 

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The “Curl Refresher”, “Hair Butter” and “Treatment Masque”.
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The “Co-Wash” and “Leave-In”.
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The full line-up of products from the Curlbox Natural.
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Le Curls.
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I love air drying my hair in the Summer.
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Hair that is about 90% air dried.
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Wet Hair. You can already see the curls formed from the “Nourishing Leave-In Conditioner” and “Hair Butter” being applied. Then you wait to air dry.
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Sitting with the “Insense Treatment Masque” after the co-wash. 

 

 

Wash Day Goodies.

“My Goodies, My Goodies…” Ciara said it. Well, it’s Sunday so that means time to dip into my shampoos and things. This week I tried The ORS Sulfate Free Shampoo and The Creme of Nature Leave in Detangling Conditioner. I have previously used the Herbal Essences Conditioner before and I love it! It smells like a yummy nut and leaves my hair really soft. I also love the Shea Moisture Treatment Masque. It is a soft, conditioner like masque. It isn’t stiff and tacky like a lot of the hair masques on the market. Let’s take a look at the goods:

The Sunday Lineup.
The Sunday Lineup.
The Shea Moisture Treatment Masque is soft and goes into the hair with ease. It left me with super soft curls.
The Shea Moisture Treatment Masque is soft and goes into the hair with ease. It left me with super soft curls. I left it into my hair, after I shampooed, for 20 minutes.
After I washed out the hair masque, I conditioned with Herbal Essences "The Sleeker the Butter". It smells fantastic and a little goes a long way.
After I washed out the hair masque, I conditioned with Herbal Essences “The Sleeker the Butter”. It smells fantastic and a little goes a long way.
After shampoo, masque and conditioning, I sprayed my hair with the Creme of Nature leave in conditioner/detangler. I was not in love with the scent BUT the detangling power made up for it. The comb went through my uncombed before shampooing hair with all types of ease.
After shampoo, masque and conditioning, I sprayed my hair with the Creme of Nature leave in conditioner/detangler. I was not in love with the scent BUT the detangling power made up for it. The comb went through my uncombed before shampooing hair with all types of ease.

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What are your Wash Day staples? Do you change up your routine every week?

Some Jewels to Jumpstart the New Year.

As I laid in bed recouping from what feels like the deadliest cold ever, aches and pains through every bone and sinus in my body, I realized that this time spent laying down is the perfect time to indulge in some podcast listening and magazine reading. I would like to share two of my favorite things that I listened to/read while in bed and I am hoping that it will help jumpstart those New Year goals. You can’t just talk the talk, you have to walk the walk.

I highly recommend listening to: 

1) Myleik’s Podcast on Podomatic. Google Podomatic and sign up to listen to her podcast. It’s free!

MYLEIK!! You may know her, you may not. She is the CEO (Chief Experience Officer) of an amazing beauty box called Curlbox. She is beyond dynamic and I love her ability to share her goals, fears, and drive toward success with her customers to anyone willing to listen. I appreciate the openness because not everyone is very open about success and struggles. She is chock full of knowledge and her podcasts are a great way to get your thinking back on track.

Myleik as she poses for one of her fab selfies on Instagram.
Myleik as she poses for one of her fab selfies on Instagram.

I Highly Recommend Reading:

1) The read up in most recent issue of Fast Company Magazine on “Secrets of the Most Productive People” is an easy read and once again there are no magic solutions, just comparisons of highly effective people and it is your task to incorporate the jewels you learn. Just do it like Nike says. Also, take the time to read a provocative piece written interview style on “Silicon Valley’s Race Problem”. We know there aren’t many Black People in high profile tech jobs and this interview with some brilliant Black Techies shed some light on an issue that I am not very versed in. Gotta get my 10-year old coding.

The fantastic December/January 2015 issue of Fast Company Mag.
The fantastic December/January 2015 issue of Fast Company Mag.

Twitter:

@Myleik

@fastcompany

I hope these gems are helpful. What are some of your gems that you find useful?

Wanna Be An Hairtrepreneur? Must See Tips from CurlboxTV.

It seems as though everyone wants to get into the business of Hair–Blogging about Hair, Selling Hair Stuff, Being a Hair Expert. Before you venture off into the wide world of hair take a few minutes to get into these wise words from Ken Burkeen, the successful founder of Heutiful Salon.

Business Basics 101:

List of Things We Love From Ken:

  • Be Unique and Provide Value to the Market
  • Don’t get into the game for the glitz and glamour because it isn’t always pretty! Its really hard work. 
  • Know what your customers want and deliver.
  • Your brand is not your logo. Work on the brand and not the logo.
  • Do a few things and do them uncommonly well.
  • Focus on factors that drive your business and don’t get stuck on the business plan.
  • Have a driver for your business.

http://www.heutifulsalon.com

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Curlbox Brings SheaMoisture Nirvana. @Curlbox @SheaMoisture4U

So, I just mentioned that I needed to try the Jamaican Black Castor Oil line from SheaMoisture a few weeks ago and just like that my September Curlbox delivered my wish! Hey Curlbox, If I ask to hit the Powerball Lottery will that wish be granted too? Since you guys are making wishes come true and all I thought I would ask. LOL. All joking aside folks, this is a MEGA box with four full-sized products and 1 trial size tube of “Extra Moisture Detangler”. All of the products can be used separately or in conjunction with each other (with the exception of the Treatment Masque). I love when I can use the products in the box together. It gives the box a more cohesive feel. Lets get into this September Box!

List of SheaMoisture Items in this month’s Curlbox:

The products couldn't get any better or bigger. The Jamaican Black Castor Oil line smells divine. There is a light vanilla scent that is just right.
The products couldn’t get any better or bigger. The Jamaican Black Castor Oil line smells divine. There is a light vanilla scent that is just right.
The 12-oz, "Strengthen Grow & Restore Treatment Masque" has a pudding like consistency and smells out of this world. The "Strengthen Grow & Restore Edge Treatment" came just in time for my Winter routine.
The 12-oz, “Strengthen Grow & Restore Treatment Masque” has a pudding like consistency and smells out of this world. The “Strengthen Grow & Restore Edge Treatment” came just in time for my Winter routine.
The "Styling Lotion" will be a staple for my daughter's hair while I may run through this "Hair Serum" like it's water.
The “Styling Lotion” will be a staple for my daughter’s hair while I may run through this “Hair Serum” like it’s water.
A little bonus sample of "detangled" is always a good idea. Every wash comes with a detangle in curly world. I'm happy to see the St. Jude's reminder in the box as well.
A little bonus sample of “detangled” is always a good idea. Every wash comes with a detangle in curly world. I’m happy to see the St. Jude reminder in the box as well.

 

You can get SheaMoisture’s line at your local CVS or Target store.

 

Vacation Curl Care Courtesy of @Curlbox

The July Curlbox was curated with Walmart and the products inside of the box were all chosen with a summer beach vacation in mind. The box was the perfect thing for me to choose a few products from that I wouldn’t normally use for my beach vacation wash and go style. The box was chuck full of goodies but I pulled the Aussie 3 Moist Minute Miracle Conditioner and the Herbal Essences Hair Milk. The two products worked great together. The conditioner hydrated my curls instantly and the hair milk eased all of the tangles out of my washed hair. All I needed to do was finger comb my curls and go.

The Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner
The Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner
Herbal Essences Hair Milk leaves hair super luxe feeling and detangles curly hair with ease.
Herbal Essences Hair Milk leaves hair super luxe feeling and detangles curly hair with ease.

 

Photos: http://www.blog.curlbox.com

The proof is in the pudding so take a peek at the curls.

The combo left me with non greasy, no product feel which is necessary for the balmy beach weather.
The combo left me with non greasy, no product feel which is necessary for the balmy beach weather.
During the day I kept my hair in a low ponytail and wore my hat religiously to help protect my face and mane  from the sun's rays.
During the day I kept my hair in a low ponytail and wore my hat religiously to help protect my face and mane from the sun’s rays.

 

Photos: http://www.johnricard.com