Step one seems like the goal is to bring the oil to the forefront of the pore to be removed later. Yep, it did that. I had one pore that looked perfectly fine until this step (20 minutes later) and a huge gross oil worm appeared. It was gross.
Step 2 is like the biore strip pad... but it hurt worse. OW! I wasn't impressed with what was on the strip. (picture below)
I have icky white heads around my nose and on it. My mom used to walk up to me a squeeze my nose up to get the out and man did it hurt! It worked mostly, but there has to be a better way! So I googled and found Egg White Perfect Nose Kit by Skinfood at Ulta for $4. It claims (mostly in a language I can't read) to clean up all the icky and cure your nose of the horror. For $4 I doubted that it worked but hey, its $4. So it's 3 different steps but they all involve placing a little white strip that kinda looks like the typical biore thing, but only step two is like that.
Overall it was alright. I did notice my nose pore change. Some were increased in size due to step one but if you're looking to get the nose nasties in the little creases on the side of the nose like I really wanted to, then this is better than the biore pad alone, but don't expect to be mind blow by it. I mean, it's $4. Skip Starbucks and check it out...or not. What's your favorite nose nasties cure? I'd happily try it for my nose. I'm plagued with them.
So here's an update... One month was not enough! I want to do this challenge justice and also use a lot of the product and in a month, I didn't do that properly. So I've updated the challenge to a new product line every TWO months. So hello September, and hello I'm still loving my Camille Rose Naturals! This month I'll be adding reviews of some of other products I'v been using in the line and also a look at different hair styles I'll try! Like this one! (Lots of curl maker and creme gel used here... And my Kinky Curly Yaki clip ins.
I'm still in the first month of my healthy hair challenge and I'm loving the Camille Rose Naturals hair line. (For infor about the challenge click here. For info about the first line click here). So I can tell you all day how I love the products and blah blah but how about you see what each does to my curls? So I washed my hair and separated pieces to put each product on alone and took pictures! Check it out:
Fresh Curl: Revitalizing Hair Smoother
Focus on that first piece of hair. It frizzy after the wash, looked nice after I placed the product on and kept the nice definition after it dried. Yes shrinkage got me but look how defined my curls are! I liked that when the product dried my hair was still soft and didn't get that crunchy feeling but still looked defined even without any gel or extra product. This "fresh curls" as it's called did just that and still kept with the slight smell of vanilla cake batter (my words not theirs) which is a huge selling point for me. It's a slight blue/green color which I attribute to the avacado but who knows!
Hello second piece of hair. Check or the before, wet and dry looks. The hair milk did minimize shrinkage for me but it didn't moisturize my curls enough for me. The product is light. Like a 4 on my heavy scale. Where as the fresh curls is like a 6 which I love. The hair milk still had my hair soft but you could feel that it wasn't maintaining the moisture like it could. I usually follow the Moisture Milk with the "Curl Maker" and that defines and holds the curls nicely.
I did it! I wanted a little help in the length department. My last trim hurt my soul, yes my hair is healthy but I'm missing like two inches. But of course instead of just waiting for my hair to grow (like what 6 months?) I decided to get those two inches back plus some of course. I tried KinkyCurlyYaki clip ins 18" 220g. Yay its long, and thick but I like full coverage with minimal leave out and it doesn't quite do it for me.
I followed the instructions on cowashing the hair before you wear it (which you have to do) and also sealed the wefts to minimize shedding.
So it's the first month of my year long healthy hair challenge. It's where I'm trying a new hair line each month and only that line along with protective styling and care to improve the health of my hair.
So today I started using Camille Rose Naturals and can I say it smells like heaven? Like I can't stop inhaling to sniff my hair. Tonight I washed my hair and used the deep conditioner. Even though it's cocoa mango, the deep conditioner smells like vanilla cake... and it even has the consistency of cake batter. I love it just for that. (Y'all know I like heavy products)
Here's my hair before using anything on it. We will use this as the before photos for the challenge.
Here's the deep conditioner from heaven. (Or at least the bakery because it smells edible)... its feels super thick and heavy but when it gets on your hair it feels nice and light. The ingredient list is beautiful: from vitamin e, to peppermint oil, shea butter, coconut oil, hemp seed and many other awesome ingredients. With all that in a jar how can it not be wonderful? I've read other Naturals get hooked after one week.... maybe I shouldn't have tried this line first? But I digress....
I washed my hair and slicked it back into a low pony and tied it up for the night... Yeah I left the deep conditioner in, I know I know I'm supposed to be taking better care of my hair, it's the first month, give me a break! Lol
So I've recently found myself with a little extra time on my hands (what?!? How? I need some too) I know right? But that's another story. But I'm always buying buying buying hair products, but with all the mixing and build up, how do you really know which one is working for your hair? Which line (if any) is perfect for you?
Well, that's what I'm going to figure out! Over the next year I'm going to try a new product line each month and only that line. I'll look at my hair's moisture level, curl pattern and overall look to see which products and lines I love and which ones maybe aren't for my 4a hair. I'll try my three main styles (wash n go, high bun and twist outs) with each line and maybe a few other styles too (if I'm not lazy. I'll be washing my hair with the line weekly and ensuring to keep it moisuturized by using a hair milk or something of the sort every other day and spraying it with water daily. Let the games begin!
Month 1: Camille Rose Naturals (August)
I got these two items after seeing a Instagram post about how amazing they made one girl's wash n go. I have to say I did not fall in love with them. I tried them on my hair (4a/4b) and my middle daughters hair (4c). The girl in the video on Instagram had 4c hair so I was really excited to try something on her hair that would be heavy enough (you know I love heavy hair products lol).
I used both the products together after washing/conditioning on wet hair and maybe maybe too much of the Butter Cream because it just sat on top of the hair. No matter how much brushing, I still saw a little white. Also I felt like one of these was flakey. Idk if it was the Curl Bomb gel but her edges the next day looked a little harsh and rewetting didn't help much it just looked more white until I rinsed it all out. But I will say the rest of her hair still felt moisturized even the day after which is rare when I do her hair so I did like the products for that.
I'm almost out of the daily moisturizer but I still have a lot of the gel left so I will keep using them and update the post as my opinions change (if they do)
This is her bun look using the products. To smooth her edges I did tie them down with a scarf until they dried. Have you tried them? What do you think?
I've seen sooooo many posts about these straightening brushes and African American hair... Does it work? Let's see! I went to America's Beauty Show when it was in Chicago and this was in my press bag yay!
I got the "NFUSION Digital Straightening Brush"
According to the website: What is it?
The picture above is half my hair straightened with the brush.... It gives like the blow dried look (although I had already blow dried my hair haha) not the super straight look if that's the look you desire.
Once a week I like to give myself a mini facial, and I try to use all natural products as much as I can. With this mask I only used 5 ingredients: calcium bezonite clay, raw-unfiltered honey, almond oil, apple cider vinegar, And of course H2O. If you're anything like me, you wanna know why the hell you're putting food and dirt on your face soooooo here's the dirt on the dirt (lol).....
Calcium benzonite clay pulls toxins from your skin as it dries, we come in contact with sooooo many toxins and pollutants throughout the day (and night) and the clay just sucks it all out while delivering its own nutrients back into your skin. You can also eat or drink this clay for its nutritional value but we shall save that for another day.
Raw-unfiltered honey is a natural antibacterial, so just like the clay get rid of toxins, the honey draws out the bacteria which cause acne, pimples, zits, and things that resemble aliens growing out your face the day before you have some where to go 🤷🏽♀️. Anywho, Honey also also leaves your face super soft, I don't why but it does.
Almond oil is really good for your skin, and it actually resembles the oil that our bodies naturally make so it's not too heavy and won't make you feel weighed down.
Apple cider vinegar balances the pH of the skin, it's also contains alpha hydroxyl acids that will remove dead skin and reveal healthy and vibrant new skin.
water, well your body is like 70% of water so your skin needs that too....also drink 2 bottles of water while you wait for your mask to dry. Your body will thank you later lol
I mix one cup of clay with a spoon ful of honey, two spoonfuls of almond oil, two spoonfuls of ACV, and I add water until I get it to be the right "masky" texture. Mix this with a wooden spoon. (The clay pulls toxins from metals so it's not a good mix.) smear it on your face nice and thick and wait for it to dry, you'll feel your skin tightening as you wait! Then wash it off. I felt quit refreshed once I was finished! And I had a bit of a glow! And bam, enjoy your beautiful face!!
So while at America's Beauty Show I kept hearing about products to air dry hair. My thought aren't all natural hair products to be used for air drying? I got the Pureology Hudrate Trio. I don't think it's technically for curly hair but I'm told it works:
But I tried it out! I washed my hair and conditioned it with the shampoo and conditioner. The shampoo really lathered with just a little and the conditioner had a nice minty feel to it. (I love love love the mint in my conditioners)
The "hydrate" air dry crime felt very very light when I put it on, unlike many other wash and go products. So how did it work?
Its winter so I don't do the traditional wash n go, I wash, bun, sleep and go, meaning I put my hair in a top bun after I apply the product. No brushing no combing, just hands. This way it also stretches the bottom for better length retention. In the morning I take down the bun and hopefully my hair is still a little damp, add more product shake and go.
Once it dried, here's the final look:
My hair feels bouncy but and free but not as conditioned as I like. (I really like heavy products). I think this would be really good for type 3 curly hair but I don't hate it.
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Bowie & Aviyah are two "High Yellow" girls with curlz in a world of weaves, waves and witches.