Sunday, September 30, 2012

#FunNatural Protective Styling

If you follow XoXo-Ambrosia on YouTube, you know she always says be a #FunNatural and not afraid to step outside of the box or the unspoken "rules" that Naturals are to go by which I guess I didn't get the memo.. well I know along my journey I have read, seen, and heard somethings that were well.. just extra!! At the end of the day, it is just hair and I say embrace it. Don't knock someone for wanting to do protective styling with wigs, braids, or extensions. I'm sure they know what they are doing and are taking good care of their hair. This the basis behind her being a fun natural. Also, don't be afraid to experiment. If you want to color your hair, do it. If you want to cut it, do it. If you choose to use shampoos with sulfates, which I do use Treseme' naturals w lower sulfates, then do it. What ever you do, do it for you and what works best for you!! 

Whipped Shea Butter!!



Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Are you ready for October!!

October posts will all be themed around my "natural hair journey" look for such posts as my transitioning journey, how being natural has changed me, and what I've learned along the way! Not to mention 3 giveaways, 3 prizes, 3 chances to win!! Must be a member following "publicly" to be eligible!! Rules & what the prizes are will be posted first thing on Monday so good luck!!

Besos, Feron

September Curlbox Review

*If you're unfamiliar with Curlbox, please see my August Curlbox review*
The September Culrbox had the theme of "Fighting Frizz and Tangles" which was evident by the products that were included. This month there were 9 different varieties of Curlboxes that you could have received. The following are the products that were included in my box as well as mini reviews on the products I've tested out :)


Monday, September 24, 2012

Galaxy Nails & Earrings

Yes, you read the title correctly!! Not only did I give the latest trend in nails a try, but I translated it to a pair of earrings that I REmixed!! If you follow the blog account on instagram (BesosFeron) then you have seen a few of my REmixed pieces! A full blog post on all of my creations is still to come!

So, how did I do it: Starting with a dark base color, I used black for both, I then picked three colors I wanted to use to mimic the galaxy. I used a makeup wedge sponge to apply each color one by one, starting with the lime green color, then onto the light moss green, followed by the very vivid fuchsia. You're going to want to blend these colors and apply them in a circular or swooping motion, the idea is for it to look like different colors blending together as if you're flying through space! Here is a visual to help you see how to apply the colors!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

As I Am Coconut CoWash Review

Any conditioner can be used as a Co-wash... but for me I need my hair to be *clean* I need that clean feeling. I use a shampoo with sulfate because my scalp needs to be cleaned well. The shampoo I use on a regular is Tresseme' Naturals with lower sulfates. It does not strip my hair at all and I absolutely love it. So if you ask me do I co-wash I will tell you no in a heartbeat! Well... I can't say that anymore. I have found a product that is a true cleansing conditioner that cleans my hair and scalp leaving a nice clean feeling without stripping or needing to follow up with an extra step of conditioning my hair. I know I'm late on testing out this product line but I can say I'm not a product junkie. The only time I venture out to new products is when I have a true need for them or the benefits of using them are too great to over look. So I finally got my hands on the As I Am Coconut Co-wash!!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Entwine Couture Audition Kit Review

You read my first impressions, now onto the review!! First I'll tell how I used each product, then I'll go into a brief breakdown of each product!

On freshly co-washed hair, I began by moisturizing my hair using the Exotique Butter-Creme Hydrator and concentrated it on my ends as I began each twist. I then detangled each section and shingled the Creme Jelle Styler through my hair to define the curl and began to two strand twist my hair. Once my entire head was twisted, I rubbed the Argan oil throughout my twists to seal. The only product I did not use was the Creme De La Mold but when I do use it to smooth down my edges I will be sure to add an update to this post.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

It's trim time!!!

I trimmed my own hair this past weekend because it was time. From what I've read and researched, you should trim your hair every 3-4 months at the minimum but some maybe able to go longer than that due to the health of their strands. I knew I needed one because my ends were feeling a little rough. We know that trims are very important in our hair journeys to get rid of split, damaged ends and any single strand knots!! Other benefits are they help to prevent your hair from splitting any further up the hair shaft, they improve the appearance or your hair and your ends seem thicker and fuller. Don't be afraid to trim your hair because you're growing your hair out, you need these trims to promote healthy hair growth and to aid in length retention. Let go of the bad hair and embrace the good lol. I remember when I was getting ready to big chop, a friend told me that and I heard those words before I started snipping!! Yes, I did my own big chop :)

11 Months Natural Update!!



I can' t believe that I am 11 months natural!! Sept. 15 marked my 11 months post big chop anniversary!! So.. if you follow me on instagram (BesosFeron) you know that next month, well all month long to celebrate being 1 year natural I am having a giveaway!!! There will be three separate prizes so three chances to win!! Believe me you won't want to miss this. I posted a picture on instagram of a necklace that I painted using the dip dye technique. For more details on how to do this yourself, log onto YouTube and check out Andrea'sChoice video of Dip Dye Accessories. This necklace shown here.. will be available for you to win as part of one of the 3 giveaway prizes.

Monday, September 17, 2012

**TEASER** New Product Alert!!

Finally, on to the new!! Thank you all for being patient with me to re-upload the top posts from my previous blog onto here and Thank you for your continued support!!

Now, on to the fun part... If you follow me on Instagram, (BesosFeron) then you have already seen this picture!! Today, I received a package in the mail from EntwineCouture.com and I bet you're wondering what's in it right.. well you'll just have to wait till *tomorrow* for my first impressions and a review of the items contained in the package will come later as soon I have time to "properly" test them out!! No half stepping over here ;)

What's Next: I have the September Curlbox which I am currently testing out!!
**If you would like to become a subscriber, the list opens THIS Saturday 9/22 at 3 p.m. est!!**
I have my *11* month Natural update to post, transitioning story, memoirs of a retail associate (very funny), and a HUGE giveaway is coming!! Oct. 15 will be my 1 year napturalversary so hopefully we will reach 10 members by that date or before so the giveaway can start earlier!! Big things to come for the month of Oct!! I've begun to work on my natural hair journey video and can't wait to share it with you all!!

Please continue to join, subscribe and comment!! Great things to come ^_^

Besos, Feron

August Accessory Haul


Accessorize or go home!! Accessorizes to me put the finishing touches on an outfit, from jewelry, to hair accessories, to your nails and makeup!! Last month, I felt my wardrobe was lacking big bold earrings and my hair needed a lil oomph lol so here are my recent purchases from Icing & Claire's!! I also wanted to try some new hair products and nail polishes so those will be pictured too!! Enjoy!!

Beautiful Textures Moisture Butter Review


There is no way possible for me to get to every product for natural hair to review... especially not on my budget!? But, I figured having my good friend Anika to be a guest reviewer on here to review the products she has used, loved, and or hated would be very helpful. We both have similar but very different textures of hair. I'm more kinky and porous where she is more on the fine/curly side of the spectrum. Some products will be products that we both have used but I think it's good to see how a product works for different hair textures. With that being said here is her review on Beautiful Textures Moisture Butter!!!!

Prized Pearls.com Product Review


I ordered my pearls on a Saturday and my order arrived on Wednesday!! Shipping rate, I give them an A+.

My package was wrapped very nicely with a bow around the box so for packaging I also give them an A+.

Are you a Mixtress? Conditioner/Oil Spray


The never-ending battle between natural hair and dryness isn't has tough as it used to be. From my ten months of being natural, I have a good idea of what my hair needs and want. I know my hair is highly porous and needs as much moisture as it can get. It is also very dense and thick. I need super moisturizing products as well as humectants to keep the moisture from escaping.

I noticed using water alone to spray my hair daily wasn't enough. I also hate wasting money! Many YouTubers swear by their Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner, but for me, it has no slip. When I look for a conditioner, I need it to have super slip to be able to detangle my thick, densely packed hair. So, instead of tossing the conditioner, which is all natural and has wonderful ingredients and smells like peppermint *yum* (reminds me of Christmas time and candy canes) I decided to turn it into a conditioning oil spray.

5 day twist out!!!


How did I achieve *5* day hair... well for starters, it begins with the set.

I twisted my hair by using the LOC method. First I applied my 'KimmayTube' leave in; next I applied Castor oil to seal in the moisture; finally I used my homemade whipped Shea. Once the whipped Shea was applied, I began to twist my hair all over in small sections as seen here:



Curls Control Paste Review


I having been eying the curl control paste by Curls for quite some time now. I attempted to look up reviews on it but was unable to find any. Anywho, it was on sale at Sally's and I was needing a product to give me strong hold as well as prevent fizziness of my ends, and something that wouldn't dry out my hair or flake up.

Solution, Curls passion fruit curl control paste sculpting shine pomade.

Product claims: smooth out and slick down unruly edges, tame frizzy, out of control curls, and add amazing sheen all in one step; passion fruit control paste is the go to product for curlies demanding perfectly coiffed curls.

Miss Jessie's Free Product Samples **legit**


How many times have you all seen the word "Free" advertised only to look into it further and you have to fulfill some type of regulation or participate in the promotion only to not really be getting the item for free… well I am here to tell you that Miss Jessie's is offering FREE 100% legitimate samples of their products!! Limit 2 per household but still you're getting to test out their products for **FREE**

We all know that Miss Jessie's price point is.. well rather high!! So, there has to be something behind their ability to charge such high prices and still remain one of the top natural hair care brands around!? I've been wanting to try out their products for a minute but my budget wouldn't allow me to but **FREE** is definitely something I can work with :)

Moisture/Protein Balance


Is your hair not behaving how you want it too? Do you have bad breakage? Is it dry and brittle, or thin and sparse? Well, you may be in need of "moisture" or "protein". Too little moisture or too much protein can and is one of the causes of breakage. The following is a condensed version of how you can tell if your hair needs more moisture or more protein by conducting a strand test. I regularly do strand tests on my hair to help prevent breakage and to ensure the health of my hair. Non of this is a secret, this info can be found from various sites online in more detail. The specifics on the strand test were found on www.facebook.com/hairfinity. This is simply the main points you need to know and what to look for to treat your hair.
(Yes, that *was* my hair pictured. The perm was taking a toll on my hair. More info in a later blog) 

To do the strand test, take one of your 'shed' hairs and wet it. (Note, the difference between a 'shed' hair and a hair that has broken off is the 'shed' hair will have a little white bulb on the end.)

My Glam bag July/August Review


My glam is one of the many monthly subscription services being offered. For the low and affordable price of $10 per month, myglam gives you the opportunity to try out 5-6 beauty products (minimum one full size product) and a cute makeup bag to re-use or store your products in.

The purpose of myglam is to introduce you to new products and companies, as well as some favorites of the glam girls. Michelle Phan, along with her fellow makeup guru's are the representatives for myglam and if you would like more information on how to become a subscriber, log onto www.myglam.com For monthly tutorials featuring the products included for the month and how to use them from the various glam girls, you can subscribe to the "myglam" YouTube channel.

What's the deal with BB Cream?


It seems like every month or so there is a new "product" frenzy!! The summer was filled with buzz about BB Cream!?! Drugstore brands such as Maybelline to Garnier and department store brands such as Smash Box were among the brands to offer this new product. So what is a BB Cream?
BB stands for blemish balm and originated in the Asian beauty markets. The BB Creams in the states are called Beauty Balms, or multi beneficial skin perfecters.
I purchased the Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream in a Medium/Deep sheer tint.

-Claims to blur imperfections, enhance, brighten, adjusts to skin tone, smoothes, hydrates, SPF protection, and contains 0% oils or other heavy ingredients.

-My impression: I love this stuff! It does everything it claims to do for my skin and has a great light coverage. It gives my skin a nice dewey, glowy look, I'm not big on makeup so I usually just wear a tinted moisturizer with some powder on top but, this BB Cream has stolen my heart. No foundation needed! You may need a little concealer but that's it. Enough converge to wear alone or under a powder. I give it an A!!!
*Update* Still haven't experienced any problems with it or break outs after a month of use!!


~Have you tried it? How do you use it if you have? Do you opt for products that contain SPF?

Besos, Feron 

Obesity, The Silent Killer


I asked my good friend Jessica if she could do a write up for a blog involving a very serious issue our country is facing... Obesity!! Please read the following post from Jess and use this as motivation to lead a healthier life style or to get in shape. As noted below, Jessica is in her third year of medical school and if you would like more clarification on this topic, please feel free to comment below and I'll be sure she gets your questions!! Thanks again to Jess for the write up and hope this is of help to you all!!



Obesity: The Silent Killer

Jessica Williams, 3rd year medical student, Emory University School of Medicine

There’s a frightening new trend in our society that many of us may not be aware of, despite the fact that it stares us in the mirror each and every morning. That’s right, I’m talking about obesity.

Obesity is defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater. In essence, it means that a person has too much body fat in proportion to their height. The rates of obesity in this country are increasing at an alarming rate, particularly in the southern United States and among the African-American and Latino population. Check out these statistics from the CDC:

August Curl Box Review


Ok, some of you maybe wondering, what is a Curlbox!?! Well Curlbox is a monthly subscription service for the low price of $20 a month! You can cancel anytime. Each month, you're sent about 6 products (minimal one full size product & the rest will be sample sizes) geared towards natural hair care to try out. The purpose of the Curlbox is to get you to think "outside" the box and try or discover new products you aren't aware of or have thought about trying but something stopped you from making the purchase. For more information on how to become a subscriber, visit www.curlbox.com

This was my first Curlbox and I am happy to say my first impression was a good one. It truly lived up to my expectations. Ok, now let's get into what was included this month and a mini review of each product!!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Mis-lead by a product review!?


We all have been there! We get on YouTube to watch a product review by one of our favorite gurus who may or may not have been sponsored to review the product and they are just raving about it and the results they achieved! So, you check out a few more reviews to see if they have the same feeling about the product before going out and purchasing it only to be DISAPPOINTED because it does nothing for your hair and your hair just hates it!! Have you ever wondered why this is? No I'm not suggesting they are lying to gain profit or sugar coating their true feelings *side eye* but, it more than likely has to do with their hair texture!

Hair texture is one of the key reasons why certain products work well for one person but may not work for another. I am going to review the Shea Moisture Curling Souffle' as an example to illustrate the point I'm trying to make.

Salon Express Nail Art Stamping Kit Review


I am a sucker for a good infomercial!! I also prefer to do my own nails as I am on a tight budget... So, when I saw this Nail Art Stamping Kit on TV, I instantly had the urge to purchase it. At first, it wasn't available in stores but then CVS was offering it in their "as seen on TV" section for $9.99.

Well to make a long story short does it work? NO!! here is a picture of my nails after attempting to use the stamper to transfer the design to my nail!! Epic fail!!!




Sinful Colors Haul


Walgreens was having an EXCELLENT sale last week on Sinful Colors nail polishes for .99 cents!!

September is just beginning and I have been slacking on my nail game for a minute and I really needed some 'fall' colors so I jumped on this. I did get a little carried away BUT I didn't spend more than $20 between my three visits to Walgreens so yay me!!

Review
-I bet you're thinking.. how can a polish so cheap be a high quality polish... well I owned 3 polishes by them prior to the sale and I can say the applicator brush is amazing & easy to use and the polish is rich and potent in color and actually lasts longer than some of my other polishes that are more expensive!! We all know how irritating it is to have a chipped nail... not cute! I can say after washing dishes, showering daily, and oiling my scalp daily, my polish did not chip after four days!!! With no top coat applied so, don't be sleeping on Sinful Colors!! Sorry Revlon, you have been replaced lol.


Fall Castor Oil Challenge


Starting length for Fall Challenge

Castor Oil is my new staple!!! I was introduced to it thanks to the summer 2012 Castor oil challenge hosted by www.kinkycurlycoilyme.com I joined the challenge with my friend and was very focused and dedicated. I said I would use the oil 5x a week, and I did that. Some weeks I would exceed that. I am still very humbled from being the grand prize winner of the summer challenge!! I joined for healthy hair growth not thinking I actually had a chance to win. This was such a wonderful surprise on top of my great results!!!


If you've been keeping up with me, I stated in my "brief natural journey" post that I have serebral dermatitis. Castor oil has healed my scalp and I haven't had a break out since I started using it. Here are some of the major benefits from using Castor oil:
   Is an excellent emollient and humectant for your hair
   Is a treatment for hair thinning and hair loss
   Prevents the dry and itchy scalp
   Has anti-fungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties- so it can be effective for treating skin/scalp infections like ringworm.
Coconut oil also has anti-fungal properties and was the first oil I used to clear up my dermatitis but as much of you know, coconut oil is in a solid state when it's cool but when it gets hot it begins to melt. I was fine on cooler/cold days using the coconut oil but as soon as it started getting hot I looked like a dripping, oily, greasy mess lol so being introduced to Castor oil has been a life saver.

Well, as stated in my results post, I experienced two inches of growth. My short term goal then was to reach my lip which I did reach!! Now the fall challenge is beginning and I hope you all will join me. You have until Wednesday, September 5 to join the fall challenge!!

Current goals:
-For the front to stretch to my chin, for the back to stretch past my collar bone (at collar bone length now), and for my sides to touch my shoulders.

My goals for the Fall challenge are written and I can't go back on them. Do you plan on joining the challenge (www.kinkycurlycoilyme.com)? If so, what are your goals? Feel free to comment below and I wish you all the best of luck on whatever hair challenges you decide to participate in!!

Besos, Feron

Transition, Big Chop, or long term Transtion


Going natural is different for everybody!! Some choose to do the big chop, where they cut all of their permed hair off and start fresh. Others choose to transition, where they let their permed hair grow out as long as they like then do a big chop. Or, some choose to be long term transitioners where they cut their permed ends off a little at a time as their hair grows out. Whichever way you choose, enjoy the journey! The picture is of me after my big chop, then of me now at 10 months natural.

For me, I transitioned for almost 7 months and then I did the big chop and cut my hair off. It was very spur of the moment because I initially wanted to go a year of transitioning before doing my big chop. It was a Saturday and I was taking my braids down because I was going to wash my hair the next day.

Summer 2012 Castor Oil Challenge Results


The summer Castor oil challenge began on June 1 and officially ends on September 1. Today is the final Friday check in, and final length check for the challenge. The challenge was given by www.kinkycurlycoilyme.com 
Jenell aka BlakIzBeautyful on YouTube, is the founder of the website and offered a spring challenge and received great results; two inches of growth. The summer challenge, which I participated in was her second time offering the challenge.

***UPDATE*** I won the challenge!! I was the grand prize winner for the Summer Castor Oil Challenge!!!
In her own words, here is the goal for the challenge, "The goal of  this challenge is to grow your hair thick & long over a 3 month period. While we understand that your hair will not grow to waist length in 3 months, we know that with consistent use of Castor oil you WILL reap great benefits. This challenge is our way of motivating you to partake in a routine healthy hair regimen using Castor oil and we hope that you will be motivated enough to continue this regimen after the challenge."