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My 7 Favorite Dollar Tree Hair Products + Video

July 8, 2017

Dollar Tree and I have a special connection. Most recently outside of organizational and stationery items I have been using some Dollar Tree hair products, and for the price I’ve been overly pleased. My obsession for Dollar Tree expanded into the hair category as a result of my daughter constantly taking the brushes and products I use on her hair and using them on her dolls.

Ever tried to use a brush with matted doll hair in it? Or go to use your gel and it is sticky because the top was left off. Something had to give so I decided to give some of the Dollar Tree items a try. I still use brand name shampoo, conditioner, and leave in for washing.

In no particular order, these are my absolute favorite Dollar Tree hair products and essentials:

I. Combs + Brushes

We can’t keep enough of these around. I even found one that has a tiny little razor blade that you can use to cut the little black rubber bands that hold ponytails.

II. Argan Oil Gel

The smell of the Softee brand of Argan Oil Gel is amazing. Not too mention it will lay, slay and get some edges all the way together with no flaking and it contains no alcohol.

III. Hair Accessories

Dollar Tree is the absolute best place for hair accessories. The lifespan of a headband, or hair bow around here is about a week. Spending  $1 on cute ones just seems logical. There are times whenthe higher end brands like Goody and Scuncii find their way into the Dollar Tree. When you see them, buy ALL of them, or at least one of each. I find these to be incredible deals and worth the splurge.

IV. Storage

Dollar Tree keeps good storage options, I use the little sliding drawers to hold mini rubber bands. I had a bad experience with those and beads. We now keep those in a sealed container for my sanity.

Check out how I organize her hair accessories with Dollar Tree items HERE

Dollar Tree Organization

 

V. Shower Caps

Shower caps in my house come at a premium. You would think with just my daughter and I utilizing them that we wouldn’t have a problem. The reality is we lose shower caps, a lot.

VI. Bobby Pins

I can never find them when I need them. NEVER. With 72 GOOD bobby pins in a pack for $1, I keep a stash of them on hand.

VII. Hair Clips

When detangling, styling and braiding hair it is essential to keep the unused hair out of the way. The clips at Dollar Tree aren’t as sturdy as ones you may get from Sally’s but they get the job done. They normally come 4-5 in a pack for $1. Can’t beat that.

I’ve also uploaded a video to Youtube sharing these favorites. Be sure to subscribe to my channel!

 

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6 Nude Lipsticks for Women of Color

June 30, 2017

If I may cut straight to the chase, the mainstream hue of nude does not include me or other women of color.

When you say the word nude, based on definition you assume the color to be your skin tone.

Nude (adj.)

Denoting or relating to clothing or makeup that is of a color resembling that of the wearer’s skin.

Somehow the universal shade of nude is depicted in hues of peach, pink, and beige. That’s somebody’s nude, not mine.

I’m glad to see brands starting to address this gross misrepresentation of “nude”. The amount of time it has taken for this issue to come to light is alarming and we still have an extremely long way to go but the journey of a thousand miles really did start with the first step. Some of our conversations are finally being heard at the level that brands are noticing that there is an entire portion of the human population that patronizes the beauty and fashion industry that is hard pressed to find a cute dark brown, or tan, read nude shoe, or lipstick or bra or……

I digress.

One of my new favorite cosmetics line is Mented Cosmetics.  Mented offers a line of what I consider true nude lipsticks for women of color. Mented sent me over 6 shades from their line  and after trying them out for a couple of months I am truly smitten with them.

These lipsticks are vegan, paraben-free, non-toxic, cruelty free, and proudly made in the USA. As I’ve searched for the perfect shade of nude or pink I always find that something is a little off in the coloring that makes it hard to really compliment my darker complexion, that even includes red lipsticks. These nude lipsticks seem to have the perfect undertones that compliment my skin color.

 

Mented Cosmetics

 

My daily makeup routine is extremely minimal but lipstick is a staple and I have fallen in love with these Mented lipstick colors. I don’t leave home without Dope Taupe and Nude Lala.

(l. to r. Dark Night, Foxy Brown, Nude La La, Pretty in Pink, Mented #5, Dope Taupe)mented cosmetics

 

If you have been on the search for the elusive perfect shade of nude that is complimentary to a darker complexion I stand behind Mented and this philosophy quoted from their website,

” We know you’ll love being put first – because when it comes to beauty, no one deserves to be an afterthought.”

Amen.

 

 

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5 Ways to Carve Out Mommy Time

January 23, 2017

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Thank you to Vaseline for partnering with Unlikely Martha on this post about making time for self care. We all need it!

Motherhood in all of its glory can sometimes feel like its main goal is to keep you moving on the hamster wheel of homework, laundry, lessons, birthday parties, and everything else that everyone needs. The frustration of not finding time for yourself or the things you have interest in can become stifling and overwhelming over time.

I have admittedly said to my children, “Can I get a moment please.” Sometimes really and truly a moment is all I need to gather my thoughts, and other times I need more time. Finding that balance is not easy, and to be honest what worked last month may not work today or next week. Part of the solution in attempting to squeeze in time for yourself is realizing that it won’t look like a day at the spa, or a weekend away with your girlfriends. It may be as simple as climbing in the bed a few hours early and reading a book or painting your nails.

I’m finding as my kids get older, where I thought I would have more free time, I’m finding that the release on having to do everything for them in terms of dressing and bathing them is being swapped out with being a taxi and a listening ear. It seems to become more demanding daily and I have to find ways to carve out a little me time to keep from going bonkers and I am a huge advocate of other mothers doing the same.

Motherhood in all of its glory can be savage, and will take you under if you let it. There are so many images floating around of mothers looking their absolute best while telling you how hard motherhood is. I’m not interested, I don’t look 100% everyday and I don’t want you to think I do, but what I am great at is finding ways to make time for me.

Here are 5 ways I carve out a little time for myself in all of the madness

Read Your Favorite Magazine

I love magazines, I’m not into the digital versions but if that is your thing go for it. You do not need absolute quiet to get into your favorite magazine. My daughter dances three days a week for a total of 5 hours. I stick my earbuds in and read while I wait. Replace the magazine with a book or crafting or whatever else you like to do while waiting during lessons. If work can wait during these times let it. Take the time for yourself.

Go Grocery Shopping Alone

I know. I know, grocery shopping isn’t the most fun thing to do but since it has to be done try at it in peace. Take a stroll down the pen, greeting card and beauty aisles. Smell body washes, and laundry detergents. Peruse the seasonal aisles for clearance items. Just take your time.

Create Your Own Beauty Rituals

Nothing like a nice hot bath or shower to melt away a long day. Turn off the lights and light a candle and play a little music. Use your favorite body products and pamper yourself. One of my favorite smelling bath products is  Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Cocoa Radiant™ Lotion. The smell is amazing and the mix of lotion and Vaseline jelly absorbs fast for a non greasy feel that helps combat Winter dryness.  When traveling be sure to bring along your favorite beauty products to maintain your self care regimen while on the go.

Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Cocoa Radiant™ Lotion contains pure cocoa butter to leave skin deeply moisturized plus Vaseline® Jelly that absorbs deeply to heal dry skin, revealing its natural glow. Here’s a coupon for you to try the product for yourself!

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Take a Trip

Every now and then, times far and few between will lend themselves to a getaway. If possible when these opportunities present themselves do everything you can to pack up and go!

Girls trip or a trip with your significant other for just a weekend can do wonders.

Do Something Creative

Sometimes we get so wrapped up in other people’s stuff that we forget what we want or need. Ask me what I want for my birthday, I will tell you nothing when more than likely a week prior I thought to myself how nice it would be to have a new wallet. Journal your feelings and dreams and things you want. Pull out your crayons and color, decorate your planner or learn to sew.

Feeding into your creative side can do wonders for your attitude, not to mention you may discover a talent and passion you didn’t know you had!

Big Happy Planner

I beg of you not to get caught up on what other people are doing but focus in on what you can do in your space to take care of yourself. Margaritas every Friday may not be your life right now but a lone trip to Target is. Do what works for you and practice self care!

What are some ways you practice self care

 

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Cocoa Radiant™

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I Got Latched and Hooked

November 4, 2016

” I love protective styles on other people, but I never like them on myself.” I quoted myself there. I’ve said that too many times to remember and I truly believed it until my most recent encounter with protective styling.

Tiffini, owner of Latched and Hooked reached out and asked if I would be interested in trying out Latched and Hooked’s new 20″ small twists and I was on board. In a matter of 4 hours she had my twists installed and I’m still going strong nearly 6 weeks later.

SIX WEEKS LATER.

Remember last time I had twists and they lasted all of 2.5 weeks.

For those not familiar Latched and Hooked is designed to be installed using the crochet method. I like this better for a number of reasons. Of course the decreased time in installing is a plus but this method is also kinder to your edges and  much lighter than singles. You could even install yourself if you are feeling adventurous. Tutorials can be found on the Latched and Hooked site.

Even though they are crocheted, they are just as versatile as singles. Here are a few of the ways I’ve been wearing mine.

Latched and Hooked

 

Latched and Hooked

 

Latched and Hooked

y’all know I don’t care not a thing about these gray edges!

Latched and Hooked

 

Latched and hooked

I’ve been thinking of chopping my hair off, these were a great stall and I’m still not sure what my next steps are with my own hair but I’ve really enjoyed not having to do anything to my hair these past few weeks.

If you are looking for a low maintenance style definitely give Latched and Hooked a glance. Tiffini installs here in Atlanta you can find her on Styleseat. Also check out Latched and Hooked on Facebook and Instagram

 

See you tomorrow……cause NaBloPoMo!

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