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  • Beauty

    Aging Backwards with Annmarie Skin Care

    **This post contains affiliate links.**

    You guys can call me Benjamina Buttons because I’m looking younger and younger as I use my Annmarie Skin Care. This year when I was at ShiftCon (looking incredibly tired as I was traveling and conferencing with BC in tow) I met up with the ladies from Annmarie Skin Care and I loved everything they were talking about. I sampled their coconut body oil which is more luxurious than your average coconut oil while chatting away with them.

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  • Hair

    5 Natural Hair Care Tips For Kids

    I’ve partnered with Cookie Cutter of Alpharetta to share information about their amazing salon that has it’s grand opening on December 16, 2017. If you’re in the Atlanta-area join us!
    There’s something about the winter that makes your hair so dry and brittle if you don’t take care of it. Taking care of my own is hard enough but the girls’ hair in addition to my own? Yeah, mama needed some help in maintaining my girls’ natural hair and I got it from the ladies at Cookie Cutter of Alpharetta.
    Cookie Cutter Kids Salon has it's grand opening on Dec. 16th but before they opened, they shared 5 natural hair care tips for kids with me.

    Natural Hair Care Tips For Kids

    I’ve been natural since 2001 and have learned quite a bit about care for my own locks but I’m still learning about my kids hair. Mini’s curl pattern is like mine but her porosity is very different while abc’s curl pattern is tighter but her porosity is similar to mine. So yes, this leaves me quite confused as it relates to caring for their hair.
    We were invited to Cookie Cutters Salon and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to learn more about caring for their tresses. These are some of the tips that we discussed:

    1. Oil and detangle the hair before washing.

    I saw the difference in how easily the washing process went after this. It also made their curls more defined during the conditioning process.
    Cookie Cutter Kids Salon has it's grand opening on Dec. 16th but before they opened, they shared 5 natural hair care tips for kids with me.

    2. Use the LOC method on their hair.

    I typically do but was never really sure if I should because their hair was so pure but nope, they need to follow the method as well. Not sure what LOC is? It’s leave-in, Oil, and Cream. The purpose is to lock in moisture.

    3. Keep their ends clipped.

    Kids get split ends too and need to be handled before it causes more damage to the hair. Also, make sure to give their ends some extra love & attention to their ends.
    Cookie Cutter Kids Salon has it's grand opening on Dec. 16th but before they opened, they shared 5 natural hair care tips for kids with me.

    4. Don’t use rubber bands on their hair.

    It dries it out and makes it brittle.

    5. Deep condition the hair weekly.

    Yes, even the young tresses need this sort of care!
    Cookie Cutter Kids Salon has it's grand opening on Dec. 16th but before they opened, they shared 5 natural hair care tips for kids with me.

    Cookie Cutters of Alpharetta

    I was so excited to partner with Cookie Cutters in Alpharetta and speak with stylists who were both so open and knowledgeable about kids natural hair care. Even better is that their grand opening is this Saturday, December 16 for the public.
    Cookie Cutters is a salon specifically designed for kids. They pride themselves on being a great place to bring differently-abled children who need extra care and distractions for their hair care. The environment is one that is incredibly inviting for children. There’s a play area and the seats are actually cars that are placed in front of kid-friendly TVs.
    But their service is what really stands out. We met with Marquita and Diamond who were so patient with the tender head of Mini and the constant movement of abc. Not only were they patient with them as they styled their hair into beautiful masterpieces, they answered all my questions with smiles and some laughter–I am pretty funny 😉😉😉.
    Cookie Cutter Kids Salon has it's grand opening on Dec. 16th but before they opened, they shared 5 natural hair care tips for kids with me.

    If you’re in the Atlanta area, join Cookie Cutters of Alpharetta for their Grand Opening on Saturday, December 16. Check their website for more details.

    Cookie Cutter Kids Salon has it's grand opening on Dec. 16th but before they opened, they shared 5 natural hair care tips for kids with me.

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  • Beauty

    10 Reasons You Need Paper Masks In Your Life

    When I️ was a little girl, my mom really drilled into me the importance of having a great skincare routine. My favorite part of the routine was our weekly masks. We used the old school Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask but I’ve since upgraded to these nifty paper masks.

    Paper masks are seriously bae. I’ve loved (and seen a difference) with every one I’ve tried. And it’s not just me. Paper masks are totally a thing that you need to be trying and here’s why:

    10 Reasons You Need Paper Masks In Your Life

    1. They have so many different kinds.

    Have oily skin? There’s one for you. Fighting wrinkles? Here ya go! Adult acne plaguing you? This is for you. It’s like a candy aisle for adults.

    2. You don’t have to commit.

    Don’t get me wrong, I loved my Queen Helene mask but I always felt wasteful if I wanted to use something else before it was finished. With paper masks, it’s one and done. It’s that perfect one-might stand you can call again if you want to.

    3. They’re super cute.

    Ok, not all of them but I have one that makes me look like a panda!!!

    4. They’re “on trend”–if that’s important to you.

    Paper masks are bae. Seriously. These things are the Pringles of skin care in how addictive they are and rightfully so for these 10 reasons.

    5. Ipsy sends them with their bags.

    This is how I’ve build such a stash. Ipsy has me hooked hard.

    6. They sell them everywhere.

    I was at the beauty supply shop today and at the check out there they were feeding my addiction! They’re at Target, Walmart, Amazon.com, EVERYWHERE!!!

    7. If you follow the directions they give you quality “me” time.

    I love how most of the directions basically tell you to just sit for the 15-30 minutes that you’re wearing it. This is hard but as a mom with so many roles, more than my face feels refreshed once the mask comes off.

    8. They really work.

    Every single one that I’ve tried has left my skin more improved. My favorite so far is the Gold Mask. I swear I was glowy for weeks after I used this one!

    9. You can scare your kids for fun.

    There’s nothing like your toddler screaming “Mommy you look scary!!!” It also teaches them to give you some space ha!

    Paper masks are bae. Seriously. These things are the Pringles of skin care in how addictive they are and rightfully so for these 10 reasons.

    10. They’re addictive.

    Once you try one you can’t stop. Paper masks are literally the Pringles of skin care!

    Have you tried Paper Masks? What’d you think?

    Paper masks are bae. Seriously. These things are the Pringles of skin care in how addictive they are and rightfully so for these 10 reasons.

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  • Beauty

    21 Natural Bath & Body Companies To Try

    For so long many of us have been at the mercy of whatever body washes, soaps, lotions, deodorants, etc that are offered in whatever local store that we shop. But with the rise of online shopping and fellow naturalistas mastering their crafts at creating these toiletries with natural ingredients, we’re able to branch out and make wiser decisions for our skin and hair care. Here are twenty-one places you can order your natural body products from.

    21 Natural Bath & Body Companies To Try

    Keirenae Hair and Body – www.keirenae.com

    The founder of Keirenae was tired of having hair and body products with additives like sodium laureth sulfate, alcohol, and other phthalates so she created her own products that contain minimal ingredients.

    Nae Naturals – https://naenaturals.myshopify.com/

    Nae Natural is a hair care and accessory brand for young girls and boys. Their products are so gentle that the whole family can use them! Leave-in Conditioner and Detangler for Soft and Moist Tresses! Made for little misses and misters but can be used by anyone and on any hair texture!

    Ready to try something different & have use natural bath & body products? Here's a list of 21 brands to check out for everything from soaps to deodorant.

    Layers of Me – https://www.layersofmellc.com/

    Many of the skin care products that are on the market contain harsh chemicals and other things that our skin doesn’t need. Their signature body butter is made with 70% water and replaces standard body lotions. They have 2 different lines–one for normal skin and one for dry skin.

    Deodorant Detox – http://www.getdeodorantdetox.com/

    Did you know that your body stinks when you sweat due to bacteria in your body? Deodorant Detox works to naturally neutralize body odors while eliminating odor-causing bacteria. I’ve used this before and shared my experience. I love it!

    Shine Bright Body Care Line – http://www.shinebrightbodycare.com/

    Need a natural body soap? They offer everything from soaps to scrubs and more that are all handmade.

    So Posh Beauty – https://soposhbeauty.com/

    These hand crafted products are created for the bath, body and home. This company started in the home of the owner after she discovered she could make her own natural soap. They have everything from facial steam to super cute stationary!

    Ready to try something different & have use natural bath & body products? Here's a list of 21 brands to check out for everything from soaps to deodorant.

    Naturally Succulent – https://www.succulentskincareproducts.com/

    They not only provide skin care but also tips and tricks to obtaining your best skin ever. They sell both soaps and bath bombs that are naturally made.

    Millen Heirs – https://www.millenheirs.com/

    Toiletries for both men and women are offered through this site. Everything from beard balm to natural deodorant!

    Mia Seren – http://miaserennaturals.com/

    They consider their products “eco-luxe” and I love it! After browsing their website I’m seriously ready to throw all my money at them to get their soaps!

    Uniquely Soap – https://uniquelysoap.com/

    After falling in love with different scents and soap making, the owner Sabrina turned it into a business. She sells everything from soaps and “wash me whip” to dog soaps–yes, even the pups get handled with care!

    Salubria Holistic Beauty – https://salubriacare.com/

    Making sure that both your tresses and skin are hydrated are what this company’s products are geared towards with their Hair + Body Oils and Butters.

    Ready to try something different & have use natural bath & body products? Here's a list of 21 brands to check out for everything from soaps to deodorant.

    Pearl’s Wisdom Soap – https://pearlswisdom.com/

    These are handmade soaps that are created with oils, butters, goat’s milk, aloe vera, clays, and essential oils. They also have scrubs, butters, lotions and bath bombs!

    Elle Skincare Co. – http://elleskincareco.com/

    They make simple, chemical-free and organic skin care using plant-based ingredients. They offer everything from face products, body soaps and cremes that look amazing!

    The Soap Matrix – https://thesoapmatrix.com/

    This is a family owned business that specializes in soaps that offer luxurious lather. There are so many choices in soaps that there’s definitely something for everyone.

    SONIA Organics – https://soniaorganics.com/

    SONIA Organics was founded in order to improve the physical health of the owners family. These products are made with natural and organic ingredients. You can get your shea butter and black soap from here!

    Abiyah Naturals – http://www.abiyahnaturals.com/

    Abiyah Naturals specializes in handmade hair, body and bath products that are created in small batches. They amount of products offered are insane! From all different soaps to body butters to baby bubble bath you’ll find whatever you need here.

    Sereniti Bath Body And You Spa – https://serenitibathbodyandyou.com/

    After falling deeper in love with herself, the creator of Sereniti began to be more conscious about what she was putting on her hair and body. They offer hair, skin and hair care!

    Living Roots Creations – https://www.etsy.com/shop/livingrootscreations

    Living Roots Creations believes in the spiritual aspect of skincare and seeks to create positivity through what you put on your body.

    Ninth And Moon – https://www.ninthandmoon.com/

    Ninth And Moon is right up my alley! They were created to make green beauty attainable and delivered to your doorstep. They offer kits for hair, pedicures, and beards as well as individual products meant to nourish.

    Eva Jenae Naturals – https://evajenaenaturals.com/

    After the creator’s daughter was born, she looked at skincare differently with the onset of eczema. Today she offers a line of face, body and hair care that are natural, vegan and handcrafted.

    Lavish Bath Body & Beauty – https://www.lavishbathbodybeauty.com/

    Every product that they offer is natural and organic that is meant to protect, nourish, balance and most importantly respect both your body and Mother Nature. They offer delicious butters, scrubs and bath bombs.

    The Caramel Girl Collection – https://squareup.com/market/the-caramel-girl-collection

    This company offers handmade scrub bars, soaps, bath bombs, scrubs, and butters.


    If you’re crafty and into DIY, you can always make your own but if not, these are some great options!

    Practically green people! Where do get your body products from?

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  • Hair

    9 Natural Hair Brands To Try

    When you go natural and find a product that loves your curls the way you do, it’s hard to stray. But then something happens–their formula changes or values–and you have to jump ship. If you’re current on events, you’ve heard about the SheaMoisture debacle. For those of you living under a rock, here’s what happened in a nutshell:

    SheaMoisture was founded by black women for black women. They rose to be a top natural hair care brand on the backs of black women that swore by the results of their products. Then they got an investor (or two or maybe one super big one) and broke fly. Instead of continuing to cater to the customer base that made them who they are, they are now catering to “all hair types”. The natural hair is in an uproar after SheaMoisture released a commercial that didn’t have the women that helped them get where they are represented. Major ouch.

    But fortunately for the follicles of the natural hair community, there are quite a few brands that are on the up and up right now. Many of them I’ve tried myself and others my friends have.

    9 Natural Hair Brands To Try

    Shea Moisture has sent the natural hair community a slap in the face. Need a new brand to support? Check out one (or all) of these 9 brands!

    I love the Design Essentials for it’s detangling power on mini and abc’s hair but my girl Ashley from Mommyweek.com swears by EDEN BodyWorks for Babycakes’ hair. Because I bleach and color my hair, I need something that moisturizes these curls and Aunt Jackie’s Flaxseed Deep Conditioner does my follicles rights. I recently started using Tropic Isle Living which offers a delicious conditioner that makes mini’s hair submit to moisture. Looking to make your own? Get THE BEST shea butter from Shea Butter Warehouse and whip your own products up or subscribe to Curl Mix and have DIY boxes sent to you with all the ingredients you need.

    In the wake of the SheaMoisture debacle don’t feel like you don’t have choices! You have them! Try some of these out and let me know your thoughts below!

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  • Make Up

    Favorite Fall Lip Colors

    Hi. My name is Aaronica and I’m a makeup junkie. There’s something about fall makeup that really excites me. I think it’s because the colors of the season are always my favorite. The rich browns, earthy burgundies, and beautiful neutrals that send my makeup spirit on a tizzy. Most day’s I can’t even decide on one of these beautiful fall lip colors!

    On Trend for Fall Lip Colors

    I think it’s the trend pretty much every fall but matte is so big right now. In my opinion, a matte lipstick or lip gloss (yes, they do make matte gloss… so oxymoronic right?) last way longer than any others and as someone who hates to reapply, this is a win-win for me. As far as colors go, think deep browns, wine-colors, and nudes. Don’t judge me but I didn’t have to shop for much this season in order to make sure that my collection was complete.

    Fall is in the air! Be on trend this season these these fall lip colors that have made it to my favorites list. Did I miss any?

    These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things…

    Tootsie by Coloured Raine

    This is quite literally #1 in my book. It’s a liquid matte that goes on easily and stays put for hours. It’s a beautiful brown that doesn’t have the reddish undertones—it’s just a nice brown.

    Fall is in the air! Be on trend this season these these fall lip colors that have made it to my favorites list. Did I miss any?

    Me wearing Tootsie!

    Plum by Shea Moisture

    This one isn’t as matte but still a fave of mine. It’s similar in color to Tootsie above but this has a little sheen to it and gives your lips great moisture.

    Brooklyn Thorn by NYX

    NYX is one of my favorites with it comes to lipsticks and glosses. This is a cream lipstick that is kind of like a stone color—not quite beige or gray but somewhere in between. I love this because it functions as a nude for me.

    Wine and Forever by Maybelline

    This was one of my fall faves from last year that is still alive and kicking. This lipstick is part of their 14 hour wear collection and although it doesn’t stay on for 14 hours, it’s pretty close!

    Fall is in the air! Be on trend this season these these fall lip colors that have made it to my favorites list. Did I miss any?

    Complex by Revlon Colorburst

    This is part of their matte balm lip crayon collection. When these came out, I pretty much bought all of them. They are all bae. I have to be careful with matte nudes though because I may end up looking like Tyrone Biggums—not a good look for me!

    Nudist Colony by Wet n Wild

    I love this one. This is one that stays in my purse because it goes on perfectly and matches flawlessly with a smoky eye.

    Dirty Talk by NYX

    This is part of their High Voltage Lipstick collection and is just that—high voltage color. This is a beautiful brown that isn’t quite as rich as the Tootsie but is still beautiful.

    What’s your favorite fall lipstick?

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