Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Full Face with Natural Makeup

I've been asked time and time again how I attain my everyday makeup look. First, (about 2 years ago) I learned how to apply makeup from some of my favorite beauty vloggers and then I set out to attain their fabulous looks using mostly natural, plant based, and/or organic products.

Makeup for Black and Brown women

Finding the right makeup is hard enough, but finding great ones that aren't laced with harmful ingredients was an uphill battle. But in the last few months I built a strong arsenal of natural products that I happily wear to work and special events. I still love my bare face and remove it as soon as I get home, but I trust what I am wearing a great deal more. Plus, I have fewer post makeup breakouts!

Organic skin care and makeup

Here is is what I am currently wearing:

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

8 Natural DIY Dandruff Remedies

Dreaded Dandruff! (Yep, that was a double entendre)

Dandruff is hard enough without the maze of natural hair kinks and/or curls for it to be trapped in.Whether you are battling a chronic problem or dealing with a random dandruff attack, this is the post for you!

What causes dandruff?

The Mayo Clinic lists the following possibilities for your dandruff problem:
  • Dry skin. Simple dry skin is the most common cause of dandruff. 
  • Irritated, oily skin or seborrheic dermatitis is the most frequent cause.
  • Not shampooing often enough thus causing oils and dead skin to build up.
  • Other skin conditions like eczema — a chronic, inflammatory skin condition — or psoriasis — a skin condition marked by a rapid buildup of rough, dry, dead skin cells that form thick scales — may seem  to have dandruff.
  • A yeast-like fungus or malassezia, which can irritate your scalp and cause excess skin cell growth. After which, the extra skin cells die and fall off, making them appear white and flaky in your hair or on your clothes.
  • Sensitivity to hair care products or contact dermatitis can be caused by various hair care products including hair dye.
  • Poor Diet. A diet low in zinc, B vitamins or certain types of fats, you may be more susceptible to dandruff.
  • Certain Illnesses. For reasons that aren't clear, adults with neurological diseases, such as Parkinson's disease, are more likely to develop seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff. So are people with HIV infection and those recovering from stressful conditions, particularly heart attack and stroke, and those with compromised immune systems.
dandruff and natural hair

How to win the battle against dandruff?

Friday, May 15, 2015

Work Clothes: Black Maxi Dress & Vest

This was a relaxed work outfit with all black everything and gold accents:

PSBlogger Fashion

Dress: Target
Shoes: TJMaxx
Vest: Banana Republic
Purse: Coach
Nails: Lollipop

Thursday, May 14, 2015

I WANT Your Input

Hello there! Sorry I've been missing in action, alas life happens and I am in a real busy season with work, my fellowship program, my bustling personal life. My plate is full to say the least!

But I wanted to say hello, how are you? Are there any pressing questions for me, are there any posts I must do soon? Should I make another video, if so, about what? I WANT YOUR INPUT!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Chronic Selfie Disorder: Last Week of April 2015

This week's natural hair selfies.

Wednesday was this week's favorite:

Reader Questions: How to care for Postpartum Sisterlocks

A reader recently send me an email asking about postpartum sisterlocks:

Hi Sam,
You inspired me to get sisterlocks! Your locs are just gorgeous and I follow your blog faithfully. Also follow you on Instagram.  I wanted your assistance with postpartum shedding. I have had my locs for a little over a year and they are growing nicely. However, I had a baby 5 months ago and I have been shedding like crazy! Any advice? 

Are you still retightening your own hair? If yes, what tool are you using? Thanks in advance!
Here is my response:

Firstly, thanks for following! How serendipitous, I have an unfinished post about preventing loc loss with a little blurb related to this. I’ll eventually finish and post, but I am happy to speak to your situation right now.

Postpartum shedding, for me, was so terrible, especially since I went thorough it twice. I had my sisterlocks installed during maternity leave with my first and then had my second 18 months later. Hormonal hair loss is a little different because it isn't caused by environmental or behavioral factors. I hate to say it but, there is little that you can do to prevent it from happening, but you can make sure your behavior does not make it worse!
Thinning Locs after pregnancy

One of the mistakes I made was loc neglect, which added insult to excessive shedding injury. I know it is hard with a newborn, but don’t neglect your hair. More specifically try to:

Friday, April 17, 2015

Monday, April 13, 2015

How To Prepare Your Skin For the Future Naturally

Lets talk about skincare!

I was always afraid to use anything on my face for years; I always assumed that:

1. Products would trigger breakouts. 
2. I didn't need additional sun protection because of my skin color.
3. My overall habits didn't impact my skin.

I was really wrong!

I took for granted that my skin will, by the grace of God, have to last me through my 30s, 40s, and decades to come. When I crossed the threshold of 25, I really started researching skin care products, I developed a routine (my almost 30 routine), and started loving on my skin.

Now I:

Friday, April 10, 2015

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Easy Natural Deodorant Recipe

I made the best DIY natural deodorant in the world. I have been trying to fight the battle against BO naturally for a few months now, sometimes unsuccessfully. I have tried nearly half a dozen natural deodorants with varying degrees of failure.

A few months ago I found a really awesome natural deodorant recipe in a natural living magazine and tried it, though it worked perfectly for my sister (who cannot use traditional deodorant because it causes chronic painful sewage smelling cysts beneath her armpits) the baking soda threw off the pH balance beneath my husband and I's armpits and irritated our skin. My husband went back to the traditional deodorant, but of all the research on traditional deodorant ingredients convinced me never to return to it again (even at the risk of smelling musty).

For weeks I tried many different store bought natural deodorants. I was wiping down my pits three times a day at the office and re-applying the mediocre store-bought stuff just to maintain my personal hygiene! On several special occasions, I re-visited some of the homemade batch my sister was happily using and risked the irritation (which usually takes a few days to set in).

Finally, after some additional research, I found a recipe that seems to be working WITHOUT the skin irritation of the baking soda (I'm a few days in).

Natural Deodorant for Sensitive Skin Recipe

Monday, March 30, 2015

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Play Clothes: Skinny Slacks and Slimming Blazers in Black

That moment when it takes a photo to realize a shirt is semi see through...

This is the first time I've EVER worn this lovely Ann Taylor loft shirt without a camisole underneath, but it was a warm day and I was wearing a blazer so I went without it. Opps!

None the less, the outfit was a success, very comfortable and it did not look sheer in person. Truth be told, I kind of like it, makes me look edgier that I actually am in real life!

Shirt: Ann Taylor Loft
Blazer: Banana Republic
Pants: Old Navy
Flats: Nordstrom Rack
Purse: Coach
Shades: Tory Burch

Monday, March 23, 2015

3 Steps for Better Skin

I started to write an all encompassing post on tips for a clearer complexion – from diet to detoxing – but I realized that most of my friends that have intermittent battles with acne have one thing in common, a dirty face. So why focus on a million different remedies when this might be at the root of your problems.

Let me clarify that my definition of a dirty face may be slightly different from yours. The moment I touch my face with hands that haven’t been recently washed, my face becomes dirty. The second I sweat, dirt germs must be multiplying on my epidermis! Last but not least, the millisecond I add makeup, my pores aren’t breathing as freely as they were meant to be and I count my face as dirty!

More than one good friend has admitted to me that they periodically fall asleep with their makeup on. Gasp! As soon as I get home I use a makeup wipe to wipe away every bit of the day’s makeup. I have not, and hopefully never will fall asleep with makeup on!

I believe in a great cleanser – not one with a million hard to pronounce ingredients and fancy commercials. My current favorite cleanser has a handful of ingredients I could find in a grocery store, and works!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Could Loc Bangs Work For Me?

Amongst my many adventurous hair desires, I kind of want to give myself loc bangs, but growing up in the era of Chappelle Show has left me with a Rick James impersonation fear!

Getting sisterlocks, for me, was about hair prosperity and looking like Dave Chapelle's Rick James is the opposite of hair prosperity for a girl. There are still so few depictions of dreads and braids in popular culture, so the ones you encounter kind of sear themselves into your brain.

What do you think, could I pull off loc bangs?

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