Archive | October 2012

Cucumbers…Not a want but a NEED!

cucumbers1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

2. Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.

3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.

4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.

5. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!!

6. Want to avoid a terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding a headache!!

7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explores for quick meals to thwart off starvation.

8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don’t have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.

9. Out of WD 40 (I hope you are ALWAYS out of WD 40 and that you use just oil -Unprocessed Mama) and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!

10. Stressed out and don’t have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa? Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber will react with the boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown to reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.

11. Just finish a business lunch and realize you don’t have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the phytochemicals will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

12. Looking for a ‘green’ way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel? Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the
surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but is won’t leave streaks and won’t harm you fingers or fingernails while you clean.

13. Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of the
cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!

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MUA Work.

My mother decided to let me do her make-up today so I wanted to share a little bit of my skills with you.
This photo just displays a before and after picture as well as a close up of her eye make-up.
I did a simple full-face day time look on her.

Products used:

Concealer:      MAC, NC42 Studio Finish
Foundation:  Maybeline, Dream Smooth Mousse
The Body Shop, 402 Natural Caramel Virgin Minerals
Eye Brows:      MAC, eyebrow pencil (spiked)
The Body Shop, 02 Brow & Liner Kit
Eye shadow:   BH Cosmetics, 88 palette
Eye Lashes:     Maybeline, The Falsies Flare
Eye Liner:        Two Faced, Perfect Black
Skin Finish:   MAC, Golden Lariat (Wonder Woman Edition)
Lips:                  Loreal, Cinnamon Toast

In a later post I will explain how I apply these products and what steps I take to achieve my different looks on my clients.

My Natural Hair Journey

My Natural Hair Journey

I’ve been natural for about 3 years now, but One of those years I was growing dreds, and another one of those years I was wearing sew ins. So here I am starting from scratch and finally wearing my Natural hair out. Im not going to lie I was TERRIFIED! But i love the outcome of my decision, and I’m comfortable with it.
Its a bit of work training my hair and getting some of its natural curl pattern back, but I’m working on it.

I currently have a Fall regimen and a few staple products as of Sept.9, 2012 (my day of finally wearing my natural hair out). Ill be sharing that with my readers soon.

Pre Poo Treatment

This is a pre-poo treatment that I use in my hair once a week before my shampoo.
I don’t shampoo my hair every day, Once a week is good enough for me.
I found this treatment to help manage and leave my hair so much softer once I’m done washing my hair.
The moisture it provides for my curls are just… Wonderful! Especially now that the fall is approaching and the dry weather is here!

Steps to take:
I took equal amounts of Olive Oil, Honey, and Coconut Oil (Mind you all of these products are Pure/Organic)
I place the ingredients I have put together in a plastic Baggie then submerge it in a cup of hot water.
Once oil and honey has melted together I saturate my hair with the product
Let this stay in your hair for about 30-45 then rinse it out in the shower to begin your shampoo.

Keep in mind that this is something like an hot oil treatment if you’re familiar with that and it may drip a little, so be prepared!

Cherry Lola Treatment

Cherry Lola Treatment

So Me being a newly natural, i of course have did A LOT of research on different products and treatments to do to my hair.
My hair is so used to weave that now that I’m finally letting it breathe she wants to have a mind of her own… therefore I must train her. lol!
I decided to try this treatment called ‘The Cherry Lola Treatment’. I would say this treatment acts more as a protein treatment. Did i see an automatic change once I used it? I SURE DID!
I didn’t expect to see dramatic changes it being the first time, BUT i did! Seriously…left my hair with the plumpest, defined curls.
Once I finished i didn’t place any gel, just a little conditioner (not leave in, and no i do not always wash my conditioner out). And my hair is super soft, moisturized, shiny, super coily and happy!!!
In the picture displayed are the steps that i took…

Steps to take:
I mixed 1/2 cup yogurt, 1/8 cup Amino Acids, 1/8 baking soda til it gets really light and fluffy. (use ingredients according to your hair length)
I saturated my hair with the concoction (lol) and let it sit for about 45 minutes with a bag over my head so my natural heat can do its job with the product.
Once ready to be rinsed I rinsed my hair over the sink with cool water (do not rinse out in shower, may cause frizz).