FRODAY ATL: Self Love, Hair Tings & Good Vibes

This past month, was privileged enough to experience real magic. Whenever I talk natural hair or the accomplishments of my friends,  #BlackGirlMagic I feel truly empowered. There was a room of girls, with natural hair. Beauty was all around me coming from every directions, shining through all the cracks and spaces between the plants. It was #FroDayATL .

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There she is! Miss Frogirl, Niá! I see Dominique, Kii, Helen, Lydia, and Diamond in the back!

Froday was created by Niá Pettitt, aka @frogirlginny on Instagram, aka Niá the Light. She created #FroDay as a platform to encourage and inspire women to be their best selves and embrace the most natural and raw parts of them. It started out with hair — now Niá is on a quest to use her platform for something bigger, and that was clear when FroDayATL started. Sponsored by DevaCurl, Niá toured the U.S for this trip and made Atlanta a stop, it was meant to be!

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Diamond telling us a little about herself.

FroDayATL was hosted at Loca Luna– a premiere tapas restaurant and lounge in Atlanta. We all walked in, and there were gift bags by everyone’s seats with products from DevaCurl. These products are super expensive so I was grateful for the chance to try even 2 of them! In true Haitian fashion, I showed up late, but all was well because everyone was just settling in. I don’t want to ruin it for anyone because where is the fun in spoilers? The funny thing about all of this is that as we were looking around the room it was clear that some of us recognized each other from Instagram so it was funny to recognize and make introductions in person. We all stood up and said why we were there, our names and a quality we liked best about ourselves. I said that I liked my determination and drive. One girl in the room said that she liked something physical about herself the most– her eyebrows, but everyone else mentioned character traits. When Niá bought it to our attention, the room fell silent, and there were scattered chuckles. I think as young women growing up we are taught not to be vain, and this can hold us back from loving all parts of ourselves, what is inside and out.

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Helen, Chicoiya, Kayla Madonna, KD

And so, Niá challenged us to love and embrace all of it– the good, the bad, the ugly. To own our insecurities and work toward throwing them away, and to love our flaws. For me it was my skin– since stopping Proactiv +, a horrible acne drug, my face has been raging with acne. I haven’t felt confident, I hide from the camera, but most of all, I hide. But in that room, with all of us together, young women and grown, I didn’t have to hide. I made friends that I still am in contact with today, and my community of curl friends has grown immensely. We took pictures, and laughed, connected and we all shined together. It was an amazing end to the summer and the beginning of my senior year of University-I won’t too soon forget.

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The stunning and wise Geneva Diamond fluffing her mane!  xoxo

The girls and I — we connected. Over the simplest thing, hair, and it should always be that simple, that organic. Some of their spirits, I could feel them, and those ladies I am still connected with today. The event lasted all of 3 hours and I found myself eager to make plans and see these girls again, to be around them again, so we could all be in that feel-good energy that came so easily to us that day. These curl friends will last a long time.

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This gem’s name is Sterling and she is amazing. My definite soul sister- she had just big-chopped the week before!

Thank you to DevaCurl for sponsoring this wonderful event and a big thank you to Niá, who I call a friend. She thinks Cancers are crazy, but  she can’t get rid of me now! My Gemini sister, and friend, I hope to see you back in ATL soon, but until then– Happy FroDay everyone!! I challenge you guys to embrace you– all parts, the good, the bad, the ugly, your insecurities and strengths. All of you.

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We tried a million and one times to get this one right!! In the end I was rewarded for my efforts – with the full DevaCurl line!

Sending so much love and bright vibes your way. xoxo

Sincerely,

Subi

Product Review: Venus Swirl Razor #MovesLikeNoOther

Ladies are you looking for a razor this summer season? Look no further! Gillette Venus Swirl has the #MovesLikeNoOther

Hey there!

I’m back again with another product review but this time it’s got nothing to do with the hairs on my head! Ladies. I’m talking about Shaving.

As an Influenster, I get the opportunity to try new products, and in a recent Vox Box I received the new Venus Swirl Razor by @Gillette.

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I received this product free or complimentary for testing purposes, but all opinions are my own.

First things first, I’m developing a new love for purple, so plus on the color. The swirl metal ball that separates the blades from the handle is pretty groovy. When I was shaving my legs- and let me go ahead and say my legs are pretty long, so you can imagine the struggle when I want to shave for the warm seasons! The shave with this razor really has the #MovesLikeNoOther. Gillette is my number one brand of choice when I’m choosing a razor, but the Venus Swirl was cutting edge. Guys, when I say that I mean it in the literal sense… This blade was sharp!! For me, this is important because I like to get a close shave the first time. I am not a fan of having to shave one day and then going back over it two days later. This shave lasted me 5 days!! When it’s summertime and I constantly oil my skin to keep it moisturized sun the hair was going to grow back faster- take my word for it. So this razor definitely surpassed my expectations. I really like how the razor had great mobility. It was so easy to go from my shin, to the backs of my knees (the hardest part!) and to my thigh without getting cut. Granted… I did cut myself once but that was only because I was dancing to a song and the blade slipped! (Has anyone heard H.E.R. volume 2?! Say It Again is my jaammm) LOL! We all know that feeling.

So. Would I recommend this raiser? Yes. It’s just so agile, it provides an easy shave, a close shave,  and I know from this point on that The Venus Swirl is a razor that I can count on. Thank you again to Influenster! And thank you to Gillette as well! I’m looking forward to new things- from the both of you!

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Sitting poolside on the 5th day of my shave with the Venus Swirl!

Don’t forget to subscribe, and comment! Let me know what you guys want to see, what you thought of the post, or if you just want to say hi! I know this is unlike my usual content; I’m trying to branch out, and shaving is important to me, choosing your razor should be too. Follow me on social media, all of those are on the Contact Page.  Wishing you guys sunshine and good vibes always. xoxo

Sincerely,

Subi

Heavenly Smells- Radha Beauty Product Review

Hi there!

When I returned from France I started to look for different elements in my home world that I found similar to my French experience and that was difficult. One aspect that I really missed from France was the smells. I saw flowers everywhere, lavender hanging on balconies, most women wore floral clean scents and the air always had a pleasant mystery about it. So. When I finally got back to the States I set out to find that same mystery; I perused social media and read tons of different blog posts, and then one day on Instagram, I came across Radha Beauty.

From the Site:

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Radha Beauty is an innovative and luxurious skincare line that is committed to enhancing the natural beauty of every person on Mother Earth.

To the credit of the exceptional quality of our products, we quickly climbed the charts to become the Number One Selling Beauty and Essential Oil Brand on Amazon.com.

Today, we are the leading authority in oils, carrier oils and essentials. Since our launch in 2014, we have gone on to Formulate different beauty collections to add to our catalog of stellar products.

  • Radha Beauty leads the industry in providing the highest-quality essential oils, carrier oils and oil blends on the market.
  • The Radha Beauty Skincare line is a mixture of active ingredients such as Vitamin C Serum, Retinol, and Hyaluronic Acid, with a natural botanical base of our purest oils.
  • Our newest line, Radha Organics, is an All Natural and Organic skincare line made only of essential oils, plant extracts and fruit and plant butters. This collection has no preservatives and is only made of ingredients that you can pronounce.
  • We also offer a selection of essential oil diffusers, bath bombs, and mud masks, among other products that are all aligned with our healthy lifestyle approach.

I purchased one of the most popular items, The 16 Piece Essential Oil Set. Luck smiled upon me again when I received 2 packages of the oil set for the price of one!! Okay, it was a mistake and they sent me twice as much as I ordered. When I realized the error, I emailed Radha Beauty support to let them know and to get information on how to return it, but they were so glad that I came forward, they let me keep the second oil kit!  As this rate, I’ll never run out. The support team was efficient and really cared about my experience; they even expressed their interest in hearing about how I like the products, and they seemed really genuine.

What’s inside/ First Impressions 

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The presentation is wonderful, and I could tell that Radha took her time to make it really special. If you look at the top of the cover, all of the essential oils come with a description and suggestion for use. This is really helpful because of anyone asks you what an oil is for, you can tell them facts like a pro. This is another well thought out detail that is not only effective but adds to the aesthetic of the packaging. The blue bottles are cute, and they have a use as well. To avoid deterioration and protect the aromatic and therapeutic properties of the essential oils, they are stored in amber or cobalt blue bottles. Dark glass such as amber or cobalt helps to keep out deteriorating sunlight. It is best not to store essential oils in clear glass bottles. (Thanks, Google).

 

When at home:

In my Rainmate Air Purifier, I add warm water and then 3-4 drops of my essential oil of choice and wait for the smell of the oil to permeate the room, which only takes about 10 seconds! You can buy any air purifier or diffuser and it’ll do the same job. My mom won the purifier in a raffle and gifted it to me, so that was a blessing.

My Favorite Oils/Uses 

Geranium: This one might just be my number one go-to. I’m not usually one to like the smell of flowers, but the great thing about essential oils is that it captures the true essence of the flower. “The Geranium essential oil is steam distilled directly from the flower. It is known to help calm nerves and naturally relieves stress and depression. It is also known to alleviate the symptoms of menopause.” I like using this scent after a long day, or when I’m curling up to read a book.

Clary Sage: This has to be the most surprising of them all! The clary sage smells like a tea house, really subtle, but you can tell it has healing effects. “Clary Sage oil can boost self-esteem, confidence, hope and mental strength, thereby efficiently fighting depression.” Doesn’t that just sound like the medicine of the free world? It gets better. For all of it’s healing properties, the description doesn’t tell you one really MAJOR power that Clary Sage has: it cures menstrual cramps. Now I know what you’re thinking, okay, haha how can an oil cure excruciating pain? I went to the Radha website and pulled up a live chat session with a representative and asked what clary sage does, besides what’s on the box of course, and they let me know that if you take a few drops and spread them on the area right above your uterus, the oil should start working pretty quickly. So I tried it! Ladies, I am not kidding when I say it works w o n d e r s. I could feel the tingling warm sensation that the oil caused and my cramps were gone in about 5 minutes. 10/10 would recommend, especially if you’re trying to shy away from pills as an option to cure menstrual cramps.

Frankincense: Doesn’t that make you think of the bible when women would bathe in frankincense and mirth? This oil is mostly used when I want to clear my head and just breathe. Meditation, listening to music, pair this oil to your routine and all will be calm. “It is used to help relieve chronic stress and anxiety, reducing pain and inflammation, boosting immunity and even aids in fighting cancer.” I haven’t used it for chronic pain, but maybe to same rules as the clary sage apply here: put a few drops in the area of the pain and watch the magic happen.

Rosemary: Used only as an herb in my kitchen I didn’t even know that this was a thing. I’m finding that I really like it simply for the smell! “When inhaled, it can boost mental energy and it is also known to clear the respiratory tract.” As I write this post, this is my oil of choice that’s spinning in my diffuser. I have to embarrassingly admit that I’m taking deep breaths like a fiend; I can’t get enough of this smell!!

Lavender: For obvious reasons, this oil is on the list. I use the lavender oil in so many things, homemade body oil, in my hair, as a perfume, on my pillow to make sleeping easier, and of course in my purifier to make my room smell amazing and feel calm. “This oil is widely used for it’s calming and relaxing qualities and is perfect for aromatherapy, relaxation & massages.” This is a favorite among all of my friends when they come over for tea or just to hang out.

Tea Tree: Why wouldn’t this one be on the list? As a curly girl, I know the importance of tea tree in hair products, and I also know the danger. While this oil smells great and makes your hair thrive, too much of it will dry the skin out- and that means the scalp. I put this in my homemade body oil and I know immediately when I put too much because my skin instantly dries out! Still completely in love with it anyway. “Great for aromatherapy and home remedy use.” Tea Tree oil is great to put into your pre-poo or a deep conditioner.

Final Thoughts 

It’s nice to know that there are still companies out there that are well rounded. Radha Beauty offers amazing products and a staff that match the quality of their products. I’m so pleased with my experience with Radha Beauty and I intend to buy more of their products which range from lotions to diffusers and cleansers- all natural. For now, I’ll just enjoy the many heavenly smells that my oil kit- or kits- has to offer.

Make sure you like and follow the blog if you enjoyed this post! Comment and let me know if you want to see any more product reviews, if you want to hear more about one of the essential oils you see in the kit or if you simply want to say hello! Wishing you ever calm and sunshine through and through.

Sincerely,

Subi

Moisture Redefined: tgin Review

Hi there!

FTC: This post is not sponsored, but does contain affiliate links. All thoughts are my own.

With Winter upon us, or for those of us in the South USA, Summer/Spring, how do our tresses keep up with it all? The temperature is constantly changing, it’s hot, now it’s cold; it’s freezing one minute and too hot to wear pants in the next! What a miracle that our hair doesn’t just give up and fall off our heads! Thankfully, that crown we wear is strong enough for all of us. Even so, we all are made with that instinct to know when enough is enough, and that’s where tgin comes in.

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What does tgin even mean? tgin stands for “Thank God it’s NATURAL” a brand that lives up to it’s name and keeps customers running back to stores for more, their products are revered and loved all throughout the Natural Hair community.  They have been featured on many lists that include “Best Deep Conditioner” and the list goes on and on.

I first heard about tgin while perusing Youtube looking for a bomb twistout routine, and fell upon a video from NaturallyNeiicy. I decided to look further into the product and all I could find were good things, and decided I had to have it! Now, as a college student, and for all the students out there, times can get tough, and for a product junkie like myself, how can I keep up with all the hype?

One word: G I V E A W A Y!!!

Thanks to @frogirlginny and an amazing Holiday giveaway, I became the proud owner of three products from the tgin line. (follow her on all social media outlets, btw. she’s amazing!!) Natural ladies and gents, when in doubt to enter a contest of any kind, do not hesitate, just do! I’ve gotten pretty lucky so far! I’ll be sending good vibes your way through it all. I also got another product for Christmas so that will be featured in this review as well.

Honey Miracle Hair Mask – with Raw Honey + Olive oil

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First impressions: The packaging is pleasing to the eye, but not too crazy, so it caught my attention. Anything that says “Miracle” will have me doing a double take because I’m always on the lookout for the next great hair marvel. It smells amazing, the jojoba and honey in the mix truly influence the smell and I was instantly in heaven!

The product is THICK, and when you’re looking for a deep conditioner, trust and believe that consistency is key. My hair is very thick- in the 4b range along with some varying curl patterns, so I was really excited about it. I washed my hair as usual with the OGX Biotin & Collagen shampoo for clarity and bounce, and then followed with the same line of conditioner. My hair was then separated into sections and the fun began here! The directions say to “wash hair and then apply the product liberally to damp hair, raking the product through with a comb to ensure that it’s distributed evenly. ” Then either cover the hair with a plastic wrap and sit under the dryer for 15 minutes, or leave on a plastic cap and sit with product for 35 min – 1 hr. Sadly I don’t own a hooded dryer just yet, so I opted for the hour treatment instead and did some chores and studied for a bit. After 1 hour I washed it out, my hair was moist, the curls had defintion, my hair had a healthy shine, and it smelled so yummy- which is always important.

Price : $14.99

Twist & Define Cream – With Coconut oil + Vitamin E

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First Impressions- Again, consistency is key, and let me tell you this is just the right amount of oil and creme. It has a lot of slip, it smells like the hair mask, but different,  kinda like a good dessert. There are some elements in this product not found in the other which is good for variety. I like the amount of moisture that it clearly has, and I’m looking forward to the results.

After detangling, I skipped the leave-in step because it seemed like this product had more than enough moisture to go around, and I was right! As soon as it touched my hair my curls went lax, and then sprung to life! I wish this was an over exaggeration, but these are just facts! I was really excited to see the magic happen that quickly, which was satisfying. After applying the product in sections, I twisted the hair in order to keep it contained for the day, and the package does suggest to let the hair dry. After a day, my hair had a good feel to it, it felt almost as if I had applied a gel to it after the define cream.

Price: $14.99

Butter Cream Moisturizer – With Shea Butter + Vitamin E

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First Impressions- I’m not one who lies to repeat myself, but sheesh! The consistency of this product is what every curly girl wants. If you can think of a hair lotion packed with moisture, that holds firm, but smoothes on contact, this is the one. Of course it smells amazing, but the best part was how it loosened my hair.

Other than the three products that I used from the moisture line of tgin, I used my Mielle Organics Mint Almond Oil for my scalp and to spritz around the hair. Remember how I said my twisted hair felt like gel had been applied to it? The Cream Moisturizer  loosened the twists on contact and pumped hydration and moisture into the hair and allowed untwisting to be easier and made the hair shine even more. I even applied some to the hair at the roots to liven it up!

Price: $14.99

Argan Replenishing Hair & Body Serum

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First Impressions: I really like the size of the bottle, it makes me comfortable to bring it when I travel or just to leave on the counter without cluttering space. The only thing I’m not thrilled about is the dripping effect- so the bottle does let off a bit of oil if you move it around or even just leave it on it’s side for too long.. which then changes my mind about bringing it to travel. I would have put a cone nozzle on the top instead of the standard lotion head.

This product was given to me as a gift by my lovely sister, not part of the giveaway that I won on Instagram. I use the serum when I want to give my hair some oil before a twist-out, I use it on my body right after I get out of the shower and my body is still a bit damp to lock in moisture. It smells really different, and I think that’s the hibiscus flower at the bottom of the bottle acting with the argan oil. I like that it’s lightweight and smells more natural than perfumed.

Price: 14.99

The Twist-Out

I used the Argan oil serum in my hands to help loosen the hair and make it easier to untwist and combat frizz. The cream moisturizer was also used in order to add a bit more moisture.

 Final Words 

In all, I thoroughly enjoyed this product line ! It really locks in moisture, my hair retains length, and I feel like my hair is healthy and feels good to the touch, (literally it’s so soft) but not in a bad way that it’s dripping in product. My favorite products have to be the Tist and Define Cream and  You can find tgin products at Sally’s, Target, CVS, and online through their website!

Sending another big big thank you to  @frogirlginny for the chance to try these products and a big thank to tgin for making amazing products!

Let me know what else you guys want to see, product reviews, hair products, things of that nature. Or comment and let me know what you think! Peace, love and wishing you many days of flourishing hair!

Sincerely,

Subi