The Eternal Muse: Josephine Baker

by Jackie

 

I wasn’t really naked. I simply didn’t have any clothes on.

Happy birthday to dancer, singer, actress, and activist Josephine Baker.

Happy birthday to dancer, singer, actress, and activist Josephine Baker.

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Review: Natural Hair, Inc.

by Jackie

I’m hair lazy. Every now and then, I get inspired and do a meticulous twist-and-curl style, but for the other 50 weeks of the year, I alternate between wash-and-gos and the occasional blow out. I’m pretty sure this qualifies me for a spot on the bench on #TeamNatural, but not everyone was made to be a starter, and I’m ok with that. The folks at NaturalHair, Inc. seem to understand just how little effort I am willing to put into my hair and sent me some no-fuss products to try.

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The Juice is a detangling spray, and the appropriately titled Hair Crack is a luscious conditioning hair mask from Natural Hair, Inc.

Following the product instructions, I deep conditioned my hair with their Hair Crack and The Juice. The Juice is a detangling formula that I sprayed on my scalp and roots and the Hair Crack is a conditioning mask that I raked through my hair from root to tip with my fingers. I then used a shower cap (thanks for sending that along, too!) and let the combo work its magic for about 30 minutes while I straightened up my room. I co-washed like I normally do and used a paddle brush while in the shower. At first, it seemed like every other conditioner, lots of slip and shine.

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I’ll never use a wide-tooth comb again. The paddle brush detangled and clumped my curls. It’s the truth!

After air drying (which takes a long time, like a really long time) I noticed that my hair is much softer and seems more moisturized than when I deep conditioned in the past. While it is a tad bit pricier than I’m used to, I think I’ll be back for another hit of that Hair Crack!

Day 2 hair: big, soft, and fluffy.

Day 2 hair: big, soft, and fluffy.

Nailing Throwback Thursday

by Jackie

Gave myself a flawless manicure in 10 minutes.

Gave myself a flawless manicure in 10 minutes.

You know that feeling. Your nails look like you’ve been landscaping all day, but you don’t have the time to get to the spa or wait for a base coat, two color coats, and a top coat to dry (even quick dry top coats take time because you have to wait for the the other coats to dry before you apply it. Let me quote the prolific Sweet Brown, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!”).

I was making a mad dash to bed the other night because I had a big day ahead of me that started at 5:00 a.m. I knew if I tried to give myself a full mani, that I’d end up smudging all of my nails in my sheets.  What’s a girl to do?! Sitting in my mani box was the answer, a package of press-on nails that I got from ImPRESS Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails some months earlier in NYC. I know what you’re thinking: “Press-on nails? That’s so 1992.” I promise you, these look better and feel sturdier than the ones I used to play dress-up with as a little beauty queen wannabe. So far, I like them better than nail stickers because they don’t bubble and the application was quick and easy — prep, peel, stick. Voila!

I think this will be my summer mani go-to. I’ll spend the time I would have spent on my nails at the pool. Oh, and it’s only about $6, so it definitely beats a pricey salon visit.

This color is perfect for whenever it decides to stop snowing.

This color is perfect for whenever it decides to stop snowing.

A*cute Beauty Products: Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment

by Sherria

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I recently lost the three lip balms that I carry in my purse (Yes, I lost all three) and so I stopped at Sephora to pick up a new luxurious lip balm. I came across a section full of  Fresh Sugar Lip treatments. While I wanted to purchase various colors, I knew I only needed the basics. The Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment is a clear, nourishing balm. It also contains sunscreen, SPF 15, for protection. So far I’ve had it on my lips for a few hours and they still feel hydrated without a need to reapply the treatment. I guess my $22.50 was well spent.

Purchasing information HERE.

Vixen by Kimber “Diary of a Vixen” Launch

by Sherria

Vixen by Kimber ®, a premier eyelash extension brand, celebrated their launch with an ultimate girls night out event last week. Titled “Diary of a Vixen”, the primer lash collection debuted with an intimate experience, helping women reveal their inner vixen in the blink of an eye.

Beauty Bar Make-over (Photo credit: Desmond B.)

Beauty Bar Make-over (Photo credit: Desmond B.)

Guest experienced lash couture with Vixen lashologist, a signature brow bar, a Diary of A Vixen video confessional booth and the all-new Vixen Vodka cocktails. They were allowed to touch, feel and play with a variety of lengths, thicknesses, colors and curvatures of the lash collection while receiving services on-sight.

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Vixen by Kimber Founder, Kimber Leaphart (Photo credit: Desmond B.)

This “eye-conic” event featured Vixen by Kimber® mink, human and avant garde collections and introduced the 2013 celebrity lash ambassadors. Spanning in price from $20 to $40, Vixen by Kimber® can be found online at www.VixenByKimber.com or at their flagship location in Perimeter Mall.

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Photo credit: Desmond B.

Realty Stars, Mimi Faust (Love and Hip Hop Atlanta), Toya Bush-Harris (Married to Medicine), ) and Khadijah Rowe (Big Rich Atlanta) were all in attendance.

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Courtesy of The Garner Circle PR
All Photos taken by Desmond B.