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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Outfit of the Week | Pink Shirt for Spring


           Hello guys!! These pictures are not the best, but I wanted to share them with you anyway. How are you doing? I am glad the pollen season is almost over. But I am having mixed feelings about the school year being almost over. Not having to wake up at 6:00 AM to get them ready is a good feeling, but once school is over, I will have no control over the remotes in this house. What can I say? C'est la vie!

            Nothing screams spring louder than a pink shirt. A pink shirt with flowers and humming birds prints scream spring even louder. While shopping for some books at a thrift shop a few weeks ago, this pink shirt said hi. I brought it home with me, only to find out that the shoulder pads were higher than the Petronas twin tower. But that did not stop me from wearing it. I paired it with my black pants and decided to play around with my scarf and created a belt. I wonder if you would have noticed the shoulder pads if I hadn't told you!




Happy Weekend! 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Top 3 Sites To List Your Giveaway + Our $25.00 Sephora Gift Card Winners


               When I created Chic From Hair 2 Toe back in April, 2013, I learned quickly that blogging was a two-way street. You give a little, you receive a little. What I am trying to say is that running giveaways on your blog is a good way to bring new readers to your site. Not all of them will stay, but some of them might find your blog contents interesting and decide to sign up for your newsletter.  If your blog is fairly new, don't worry about how many followers you have on Facebook or Twitter. The important thing is to find a website where you can promote your giveaway. When I hosted my very first giveaway, I don't remember having any entry. There were no comments either. That sounds pretty sad and depressing, right? But as time went on, I learned how to promote my giveaways to get more entries. Below are the sites that I have been using for over two years to promote my giveaways.

Top 3 Sites To List Your Giveaway 

1)  http://www.giveawaypromote.com/ ($5.00)
2)  http://www.giveawaymonkey.com/ (FREE)
3)  http://bloggiveawaydirectory.com/ (FREE)

My blogger friend, Cascia, also has a list on her site where you can promote your giveaway.


Our $25.00 Sephora Gift Card Winners

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             Thanks to ALL of you who entered the giveaway. I am sorry to say it, but I had to disqualify some of you because you are not bloggers. Nominating your mom or your sister was not acceptable either. Thanks to my over-sharers on Twitter. We had over 7, 000 entries, and it is all because of you.

Congratulations, Jackie! And happy Shopping to you and your BBFF! 

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Nubian Heritage African Black Soap REVIEW


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Product description

Nubian Heritage's authentic African black soap combines shea butter's healing and hydrating properties with the ancient medicinal properties of palm ash, plantain peel, tar and tamarind to balance and resolve problem skin.

Features

  • Treats eczema, blemishes, oily skin, psoriasis, and other skin ailments
  • Aids exfoliation revealing radiant, fresh, even and healthy-looking skin
  • Anti-blemish, detoxifying and healing

Ingredients 100% Vegetable Soap: African black soap base, coconut oil and/or palm oil, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), avena sativa (oat) kernel meal, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, plantain extract, tocopherol (vitamin E), vegetable glycerin, mineral pigment or vegetable color, essential oil blend.
African black soap for acne


My opinion 

      Whenever I get massive pimples on my forehead, I know it's time to take a break from my hair growth supplements, AKA biotin. You may have missed it, but I complained about my pimples here on the blog, and at least two blogger friends suggested that I try African black soap. I decided to try an  African black soap by Nubian Heritage.  I had a problem with the soap containing so many different products before buying it, but I decided to give it a try anyway. This black soap is a total miracle. I love the way it makes my skin look and feel after every wash. It is very gentle on the skin and does not contain a lot of harsh chemicals that will dry out the skin. It works by removing impurities from the skin, not only to remove acne, but to also stop future breakouts. The scent is not the best, but that doesn't really bother me. This product contains vitamin E that adds softness to the skin. And coconut oil, which is good at treating acne. 


The bottom line
          This product may not be suitable for people who are allergic to oats. It works great on my oily skin, but it might work differently for you if you have sensitive skin.  Will I buy it again? Yes! It is worth the money. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

French Braided Bun on Natural Hair | #WashDayExperience


                Hello all you beautiful souls! How is your week so far? Mine is wonderful. Don't forget to enter our spring giveaway. It is almost over, guys! Do you read your emails everyday? I received an email from amazon.com a few weeks ago telling me to get rid of my AZTEC CLAY POWDER  that I bought only two months ago, because it contains high level of lead. I got my money back, but I just found out that the product is still being sold on amazon.  Now I am scared of using any clay powder. The whole discovery has taken a toll on me because the clay powder did so much good to my hair.
                Anywho, I am taking a quick break from my long-term protective styling to show you my new hairstyle. I also include a YouTube video if you are interested. I finally picked up Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat Invigorating Shampoo after hearing so many good things about it. Can you believe I got it for only $4.99 at my local store? I am glad I bought it. So far, so good.

Product used to wash my hair before styling it


           I have been pre-pooing my hair with coconut oil lately,  and my hair loves it. But I am still staying away from any protein treatments. My next step was shampooing with my new Giovanni shampoo, but before using the shampoo, I applied Alberto V05 conditioner to help with detangling the hair. I deep conditioned the hair with Aussie 3-Minute Miracle Moist with heat. I emptied my Giovanni Direct Leave-in Conditioner bottle after adding a few drops of Vegetable Glyicerine oil and coconut oil on my hair. The last step was adding my Shea butter mix to the hair.

Hair of the week
 
The Wash Day Experience

What do you think of the hairstyle?

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Olay Fresh Outlast Cooling White Strawberry & Mint Body Wash REVIEW


How Olay describes the product 

Size: 3 FL oz. 

Awaken your senses with the cooling scent of strawberry and mint. Olay Fresh Outlast Body Wash leaves you feeling refreshed and beautiful, for a fresh clean that outlasts your day. Our body wash won't dry your skin, leaving it more hydrated than regular skin over time.
About the Product

  • Get vibrant, fresh skin all day with Olay Fresh Outlast Body Wash
  • Won't dry out your skin
  • Leaves skin more hydrated than regular soap over time
  • Cooling scent of white strawberry and mint


Ingredients
Water , Sodium Laureth Sulfate , Cocamidopropyl Betaine , Sodium Chloride , Fragrance , Sodium Benzoate , Glycol Distearate , Citric Acid , Disodium EDTA , Methylchloroisothiazolinone , Methylisothiazolinone , Red 33 , Yellow 5


My Opinion

           I received Olay Fresh Outlast Cooling White Strawberry & Mint Body Wash a long time ago to review on the manufacturer's website. It comes in different sizes. A 23.6-ounce bottle costs about $8.00, depending on where you buy it.  I love using scented concentrated body washes before going to bed because most of them are very relaxing. This particular product caught my attention because Olay claims that it is cooling. The first thing you need to know is that there is nothing outlasting about this product. When I use it before going to bed, the scent only lasts until it is time for me to fall asleep, and leaves my body the next day. I sound like I am talking about some spirit, right? The second thing is that I could not smell any mint. But, the product smells wonderful and it feels really good on the skin. I love how creamy it is. It is not stripping and it lathers very well as well. You don't have to use a lot to get great results with this product.

Pros

  • Lathers well
  • Nice consistency
  • Affordable
  • Cooling scent 
  • Smells wonderfully fresh
Cons
  • The scent doesn't last 
  •  Can't smell the mint 
The bottom line         

             Olay Fresh Outlast Cooling White Strawberry & Mint Body Wash is not a bad product, but most of the claims are not true. If you like to use fruity body washes or bar soaps, this might be a good buy for you. But don't count on OUTLASTING scent. 


Thursday, April 14, 2016

OUTFIT IDEAS: Key Pieces To Wear This Spring 2016


My 6 key pieces for spring


                I don't know about where you live, but Spring is a little up and down around here. We had a beautiful day today. A light cardigan was enough to keep me warm. And just like the weather, fashion is unpredictable. I am always surprised to see what's in for the season. Although I am not a too trendy person, I love to keep up with new trends. I love 1960s fashion, so everything  is always in for me. I also love the shoulder-baring trend this spring/summer, and I think it is very sexy. What a wonderful way to show  some skin without revealing too much! And the best thing about this trend is that you can wear it no matter how old you are. Don't tell anybody, but I am still working on how to wear a crop top without looking like I am 20 years old. The collar-baring neckline is dated as far back to the  late 1820s. It was when women started to show a little more skin. Brigitte Bordot, the so stylish and talented French actress and model, wore this trend as a maternity top in the early 1960s. Now you understand why I love 1960s fashion. It's never out!  At least to me.


1, 2, 3, 4 : Shoulder-baring top, Open-front cardi, Rolled up, distressed, longer length denim shorts, and Wedge shoes

sPRING



5. A maxi or crocheted maxi dress 
sPRING

6. The effortless romper 
sPRING


Enjoy your weekend, lovelies! 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

10 Foods You Can Safely Use On Your Hair


             When I was about 9 years old, My mother would add watercress, coconut, carrots, and water in a blender, then rinse her hair with the juice. She would do that after washing her hair with a green soap. That soap looked like an Irish Spring soap bar, but I doubt it was. Her hair was long and beautiful, as I remember it. I never asked her why she would add juice to her hair,  then rinse it a few minutes later with water. Now knowing everything that I know about coconut oil and its benefits, I get why she used vegetable juice on her hair. According to our doctor friend, WebMD, watercress can be used to treat baldness. I wonder if my mom knew that back then!
And when I read this article about rice water for hair growth, I could not believe my eyes! According to the article, rice contains inositol, a carbohydrate capable of repairing hair damage and protects the hair from future damage. I've been cooking rice at least twice a week for at least 30 years! Why am I learning about this now? Anyway, there are so many other foods in your pantry that you can use to promote hair growth, strength, and softness. The list is long. Please bear with me,  my Teddy bears!

10 Foods You Can Safely Use On Your Hair


  1. Bananas: Rich in potassium and natural oils, bananas help the hair retain its elasticity. They also prevent breakage and split ends. Bananas mixed with honey and extra virgin olive oil, can be used a natural deep conditioner. Just make sure you blend it well. You don't want to have extra pieces sticking to your hair.
  2. Honey:  From personal experience,  I can say that honey is great for the softening of the hair. Honey is a natural humectant that attracts moisture. Honey is more effective when used on wet hair because it helps the water get into the hair strand. For an all natural deep conditioner, add the desired amount of honey to a few tablespoons of yogurt, a few teaspoons of coconut and olive oils, then add the mix to the hair. Cover your hair with a plastic cap for about 30 minutes before rinsing it out.
  3. Eggs: One egg is filled with zinc, iron, and protein. After using a clarifying shampoo, it is easy for the hair to lose some of its natural oil and protein. Using one egg mixed with a small amount of extra virgin olive oil, can help fill in the weak spots along the hair strand, making the hair stronger and shinier.
  4. Rice: The secret lies in the fermented rice water. The amino acid in the water strengthens the hair from roots to ends. It repairs damage done to the cuticle layers. It also provides shine. The water can be used to shampoo the hair. In order to get the fermented water,  you have to boil the rice first. You should separate the water from the rice and let it sit overnight at room temperature. The next day, add some essential oils to the water and use it to clean your scalp.
  5. ACV or Apple Cider Vinegar: The Acetic Acid in ACV removes buildup from the scalp, making it a natural hair cleanser. ACV helps close the cuticle layers of the hair after shampooing. It has the ability to simulate the scalp to promote hair growth.  It also balances the hair's pH level.  If you use a clay mask or rinse, never forget to add ACV to the mix. They mix well  together and ACV balances the mix out. Using 1 part Apple Cider Vinegar to 4 parts water after shampooing your hair can do the trick. Don't forget to rinse it out!
  6. Watercress: This powerful vegetable contains potassium, fatty acid, and protein to soften your hair and keep your scalp moisturized. Blend it with some water and use the juice as a deep conditioner for your scalp and hair.
  7. Okra: Did you miss my All Natural Okra Moisturizer? Okra can be used as a light gel to moisturize the hair and scalp. It helps the hair keep its softness by taming frizz.
  8. Flax Seeds: Since Fax Seed is rich in Omega-3, it helps prevent hair loss by strengthening each hair strand. Omega-3 fatty acid also improves the elasticity of hair and makes it less prone to breakage. Check out the video below to learn how to make your own all natural flax seed gel.
  9. Coconut: The hair benefits of coconut oil are endless. Coconut oil is rich in lauric acid, which binds to the hair's natural protein very well. It easily penetrates inside the hair shaft, which is due to its low molecular weight. Read my post here to learn the many ways you can use coconut oil on your hair. You can also use the coconut milk as a natural detangler.  Or you can do like my mom did, blend it with watercress and carrots and use it as a deep conditioner.
  10. Avocado: Nothing beats a great Avocado hair mask. Avocado oil is used in different beauty products, by different companies, because of its nourishing and moisturizing properties. How about some good  ol' guacamole on your strand? Just kidding! Don't ever put that stuff on your hair. I love to use Avocado hair mask after removing my extensions because my hair tends to be very dry and weak after doing so. Because it is rich in vitamin B6, Avocado helps with the transportation of oxygen on your scalp. It also helps with moisturizing the scalp and removing dandruff and other hair conditions due to the lack of B6. Check out my Avocado recipe here.




                  There are other foods that you can use on your hair. I know hair bloggers who use old fashion oats (Avena sativa) on their hair. I have not tried it yet, but I learned that it is very good at keeping the hair silky.  My dear mom used carrots long ago and it worked wonders on her hair. What about you? Are you using any food on your hair that I forgot to mention? Please let me now below!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Aussie Total Miracle Collection 7-in-1 Conditioner REVIEW


                 After trying  Aussie 3-Minute Miracle Moist, I started to wonder what other Aussie products might be like. That's how well the 3-Minute Miracle Moist worked on my dry, thirsty, damaged hair. So, my next stop was the Aussie Total Miracle Collection 7-in-1 Conditioner. And only God knows which other products from this collection will follow. Keep reading to find out if this product turned me into and Aussie girl!

How Aussie describes the product

                  For carefree hair with time to spare, condition your locks with Aussie Total Miracle Collection 7N1 Conditioner and get 7 benefits to your hair after just 1 wash. Drench dry, damaged strands with this serum-infused, frizz-fighting formula and tame your mane all day long. A dollop of this conditioner makes combing a breeze by detangling strands and making your hair easy to manage! Lather up with Aussie Total Miracle 7N1 Shampoo, then comb this conditioner through your hair. Emerge from the shower with strong, frizz-free hair that's soft and smooth to the touch. Because around here, we make Aussome hair easy!


 

7 Aussome Benefits in 1 Conditioner

For miraculously beautiful hair in just one wash, condition with Aussie Total Miracle Collection 7N1 Conditioner and get strength against damage, silky softness, split end protection, nourishing moisture, humidity control, brilliant shine, and lasting smoothness.

My opinion

                 Aussie Total Miracle Collection 7-in-1 Conditioner has a thick consistency. It smells somewhat like the Aussie 3-minute Miracle Moist. It exceeded my expectations. I think it is appropriately priced.  I like to jazz it up with my coconut oil, tea tree oil, honey, and use it as a deep conditioner. This product works as promised on my hair. It is one of the products that helped my hair bounce back from the damage caused by too much protein. It softens my curls and nourishes the hair at the same time. Since I have been using Aussie Total Miracle Collection 7-in-1 Conditioner, I haven't felt the need to trim my hair because of split ends. The ends of my hair curl up really nice and they stay hydrated for a long time.

Pros
  • Nourishing
  • Affordable
  • Hydrating
  • Fortifying
  • Packaging
  • Works fast
Cons
  • none
The bottom line

              If your hair is severely damaged due to a total loss of moisture, I think this is the right product for you. It is indeed a total miracle. I love how thick the conditioner is and how fast it starts working to repair each strand of hair. This conditioner will add softness to your hair, provide shine, and keep your ends hydrated. This product definitely turned me into an Aussie girl!

Have you tried any product by Aussie before?

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Affordable $5 Spring Jewelry from Paparazzi Accessories

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 *This post contains affiliate links. ALL opinions here are my own. And you are not obligated to make a purchase*

                 I first heard about Paparazzi Accessories  through a blogger friend. When she mentioned her website in her blog post, I just had to check it out. And today, just like her, I am providing a way for you to own/collect trendy jewelry and hair accessories without breaking the bank. How does $5.00 sound? All the pieces displaying here and on their website cost only five dollars. And because I am an affiliate/Independent Consultant, every time you make a purchase through my website, I will earn 45% of the amount spent. All you have to do is create a new account and start shopping with your girl!  Paparazzi accessories are both lead-free and nickel-free. Each piece is designed in the US; and every single piece is  beautifully crafted. These are great quality jewelry that you can buy for yourself or as a gift for your mother, sisters, or girlfriends. If you have a friend's birthday or a graduation coming up, there are hundreds of pieces to choose from on the website as the perfect gift. Go ahead and take a look at my picks below! 
   
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                 Once in a while, we discover an online store that makes us forget about everything we said about freezing our credit cards, although Sherry London is all about providing the best service to its customers at an affordable price. Sherry London is an online store based in, you guessed it, London. They specialize in designing and selling evening dresses for special occasions like weddings, prom, and other major events. All their products are carefully designed and ready to order. You will never have to worry about not finding your size, nor style because these dresses are custom-made.  Did I mention that you also have the option to choose your color and fabric? Their main goal is to deliver the quickest, most effective service possible to guarantee your satisfaction.

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             Whether you are interested in Satin  Evening dresses or a simple long lace evening dress, Sherry London offers thousands of evening dresses to choose from. Each dress is crafted to flatter your shape, add glamor to your special night, and lift up your spirit. The beauty of each dress lies in the details. The plunging V-neck that shows just the right amount of skin. Or the pleats created to hide our most prominent flaws is what makes each dress so unique. Sherry London is the epitome of elegance. Don't just take my words for it, check it out for yourself!

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