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Product Review: Kinky Curly Come Clean Shampoo


Product Advertisement: A moisturizing, cleansing, non-stripping, organic shampoo.

Price: $12 (plus $5 for shipping from Curlmart.com)

Ingredients: Purified water, organic mandarin orange fruit, organic marigold flower, organic white willow bark, organic sea kelp, c14-16 olefin sulfonate and cocamidopropyl betaine (coconut derived), citric acid, sea salt, phenoxyethnol, and natural fragrance.

Consistency: A gel-like liquid

Smell: The shampoo smells like a fresh-sliced orange.

Review: I really like this shampoo. It did exactly what it was advertised to do on my hair. This is the ONLY shampoo that I have used since going natural, that has not left my hair dry and brittle upon contact. I wouldn’t say that the shampoo added any moisture to my hair, but it certainly didn’t take any away. I did not have to use a whole lot (something like 4 tablespoons) of the product and it had great lather. I also really like the orange fruit smell of this shampoo. I have no critique of this product. My only issue is that I have to order it online because it is not sold in my town!

Places you may find this product: Target, Whole Food stores, Curlmart.com, Kinkycurly.com

Would I purchase this product again: YES!!!

~Evelyn


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Mixology


Hi!
I recently ran out of all of my homemade hair mixes so I had to get to work and make some more. I still haven’t made my flax seed gel yet, but I will add the picture when I do. Happy mixing!

Pic 1: Supplies

Pic 2: left “Shea Light“, right “Evelyn’s Whipped Shea Butter Mix

~Eve


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This Girl’s Life

I’m a Co-op member! Today I became part owner of the Common Ground Whole Foods Co-op here in my town. Now, this does not mean that I am rich or that I will be getting checks from the store. It means that I am one person along with over 2500 here in my town who have a share in the store. Since the store is a non-profit, income is derived through community donations and member/owner investments and purchases. The co-ownership fee was a mere $60 and is fully refundable shall I decide to move or no longer shop at the store. The major perk of co-ownership is the discounts. As we all know, natural and organic foods are not cheap. Since I have begun to buy more natural and organic food it is important to me that I do not go broke in the process, therefore this opportunity seemed like a great one. And it is. Those who invest in the store (and other co-ops like this) are helping to support and sustain local farmers and the production and distribution of natural and organic foods.

Spring Break has arrived and I am thrilled! I get a week away from stress-inducing students and headache-inducing course prep. While I think that teaching is one of the best jobs on earth (who else gets christmas, summer, spring, and holiday breaks??? did I mention the flexible schedule???) it is also a job that never ends. There is ALWAYS work to do. You are NEVER done. If you are a person like myself that actually cares about the quality of your teaching, there is always something to improve or develop in a course. Being a young, black, female instructor certainly brings its own unique challenges as well, but that’s another post…hooray Spring Break!!!

Hot Mama. While I’d love to think that my life and myself have remained the same pre and post baby, it is not so. It takes more effort than a little bit to keep up with friends, maintain a marriage, work full-time, take care of a young child, and attempt to be “cute”. Shopping is a chore. Even if I go alone, I’m on a schedule because I know I should get back home to her or pick her up from daycare at a certain time. When I’m shopping with her, please. I would hardly call grabbing a few of the first things that look good, without even trying them on, shopping. Everything is planned–when I will wash my hair, what I will wear to work tomorrow, when I will start dinner, when I will return a phone call. I had given up on the idea that any of my belongings were sacred even before my little girl was born, but I was still almost brought to tears when she broke a handmade Nepalese (multi-layered, micro-beaded) necklace given to me by a grad school friend. I plan to make a DIY necklace out of the remaining beads that I will give to her when she gets older-since she liked it so much, lol.

Fitness was a New Year’s resolution of mine that I have semi-met. I was doing Taebo workouts at home a few days a week consistently for a couple of months and I have recently fallen off of the wagon. I do not like to work out in the house or at gyms. I prefer to be outside—running. Since the weather is becoming quite nice I will start a.m. runs tomorrow morning. I plan to run at least 3 days a week. For me, running is the ultimate workout. It tones my whole body in a matter of weeks (if I am consistent). My only concern with running is that my breast size has increased since I had my daughter. Therefore I am going to have to make sure the “girls” are nicely secured:)

This girl’s life is very complex, but it’s just the way that this girl loves it.

-Evelyn


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DIY: Facial scrub, Facial softener, and Facial moisturizer

Facial scrub
3-4 tbsp brown sugar (cinnamon can also be used)
2-3 tbsp honey (add honey until you reach your desired consistency)

Mix well. Wipe your face clean with a warm washcloth, then apply small portions of the scrub to your face. Begin gently exfoliating your entire face. Either wash the mixture from your face directly with water or with the warm towel.

Facial softener
1/4 cup plain organic greek yogurt (you can use any kind of plain yogurt, but greek yogurt is thicker than most, I would definitely veer toward the natural or organic yogurts for this)

Apply yogurt all over face and let sit for 15-20 minutes. Wash the yogurt from your face directly with water or with a washcloth.

Facial moisturizer
End the process by applying a couple of drops of grape seed oil to your face (coconut oil or another light natural oil will work as well)

*Use this facial cleansing and moisturizing process once or twice a month for clean, healthy, and supple skin.


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Product Review: Aveeno Clear Complexion Cleanser

Here is a review for a cleanser I use on the weekends. Those are the days where I wear enough makeup to rival a geisha. I paint on a super sexy cat eye and layer on the black black mascara. I might as well go through a car wash to get it off by the end of the night. This stuff might help:

Walmart: $6.47

I like the salicylic acid (2%) in this cleanser, which is a common acne medication. I’m in my mid-20’s and could still use a little help in that area. The microbeads offer a good exfoliation that I try to get in at least once or twice a week. The moisture rich soy does make my skin feel soft and moisturized after a good washing. Which is unusual for many exfoliates, after washing I usually feel really tight in the face and then super dried out.

My issue with this particular cleanser is it’s soy rich microbeads. If I wash my face in the bathroom sink and don’t rinse my face off completely, I will get some stray microbeads in my eye later on in the day. They’re an irritation and sometime hurt. So I guess this product should be used in the shower to ensure a good rinsing.Also, the Aveeno brand is a little pricey for my taste and I’m not sure how I like paying 6.50 for a 5oz container, but I suppose you get what you pay for. I’m hoping Evelyn can get in the kitchen and come up with a new homemade organic cleanser. Hint Hint!

Pros:
  • Acne Medication
  • Exfoliate
  • Moisture rich

Cons:

  • Microbeads need to be thoroughly rinsed
  • Pricey (for me)

Overall: Pretty Good Stuff