Saturday, June 30, 2012

Natural Hair Inspiration| Shaped & Shaved

Since going natural, over the years, I've seen many a natural doing the big chop with the intention to attain and maintain big, long natural hair. And no doubt that it's absolutely fine because I love to oggle mile-long curls and coils but it had all become a little lackluster.  Lately,  I've been longing for a little something more and I've been digging some seriously styled natural hair. 

While these styles aren't necessarily to everyone's liking, they have me reeling.  Shaped and shaved is what gets my heart racing these days.  Take a look:

***Update: I recently cut my hair after growing the top to over 16 inches.  I've gone short and shaved again.  Check it out here.  ***
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Josephine Mathieu & her fabulous locs and shaved sides

All images sourced from Google & Pinterest

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Let's Get Married| Love is All That Matters

31 X 31 | #2

"When it comes down to it...It's about the love.  And that's all the matters."

On June 8, 2012, in our new home and in front of the people that love us most, I married my best friend and the love of my life.  This was likely no fairytale by anyone else's standards but to me, it was indeed a fairytale. I married a man that's so right for me and I believe God aligned our lives perfectly to come to this moment.   I married my Prince Charming, my Boaz.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Product Review| Cara B Naturally

Three months ago, I was sent a few products by Cara B Naturally for review.  When they arrived, I opened the box and paused just to marvel at the presentation.  The products were wonderfully packaged with care and upon my trial of these products it was apparent that they had been formulated just the same.  Although the Cara B Naturally hair product line didn't work exceptionally for my own hair, I've seen a change in the moisture retention of MJ's hair as well as improvement in the condition of his skin.

All four of the CARA B Naturally products have a sweet but light, natural scent and compliment eachother well.  Of all, my favorite product is the body lotion and I intend on purchasing it before the first one has been depleted. 

Here's the breakdown:

Shampoo/Body Wash
Price: $11.00/8fl. oz.

Deionized water; natural coconut oil, cornstarch and sugar soap blend (decyl glucoside); natural chamomile fragrance blend; vegetable glycerin; sugar (glucose); vitamin E; aloe vera barbadensis leaf juice; citric acid; guar gum (natural thickener); car amel; glucose oxidase & lactoperoxidase (natural preservative)

My Experience:
 During my trial of the shampoo/body wash, I opted only to use this product in the capacity of a shampoo.   As such, it cleansed both my hair and my son, MJ's hair very well.  Using just about a nickle-sized amount per section for my own hair, I was able to work this sulfate-free shampoo into a rich, velvety lather.  Post-wash, our hair didn't feel stripped nor did the shampoo dry our hair out and there was no film or residue left behind.  

Leave- in Conditioner/ Daily Moisturizer
Price: $13.00 /8 fl. oz.

Deionized water; natural emulsifying wax (cetearyl alcohol); shea butter; jojoba oil; coconut oil (capric triglyceride); vegetable glycerin; natural emulsifier (cetearyl alcohol and cetearyl glucoside); natural chamomile fragrance blend; cocoa butter (stearic acid); sugar (glucose); xanthan gum (natural thickener); natural emulsifier (glyceryl stearate); aloe barbadensis leaf juice; vitamin E; caramel; potassium sorbate; glucose oxidase & lactoperoxidase (natural preservative)

My Experience:
For my hair, the leave-in conditioner was the product that I liked least of all the Cara B Naturally products.  I used the Leave-in Conditioner along with the Moisturizing Spritz immediately after washing my hair and began styling it into twists.  Once my twitst were completely dry, I took them out to style my hair for a twist out and to my dismay, there was a little frizz that resulted.  I believe I was hoping for a product that had a little hold to keep frizz at bay.  Each time I used the leave-in conditioner, I used varying amounts to see if I would receive different results.  This product would work great for someone's hair that requires a light formula.  My hair on the other hand, needs something a little heavier in order for well defined curls and coils to result.

To it's credit, although it didn't have much slip, the leave-in made for easy detangling.  And as well, for MJ's hair I found that I didn't have to re-moisturize his hair throughout the week.  

Moisturizing Spritz
Price$10.00 /8.0 fl.oz.

Deionized water; vegetable glycerin; coconut oil (capric triglyceride); sweet almond oil; jojoba oil; sugar (glucose); natural chamomile fragrance blend; aloe vera barbadensis leaf juice; vitamin E; potassium sorbate; glucose oxidase & lactoperoxidase (natural preservative); citric acid

My Experience:
I used the Moisturizing Spritz in conjuction with the Leave in Conditioner.  Again, although this product had little to no slip, I was still able to easily free my hair or tangles leaving it more manageable for styling.  This product also worked best MJ's hair as I didn't find that I had to mist his hair and scalp more than once throughout a full week.

Body Lotion
Price: $13.00/8.0 fl.oz.

Deionized water; coconut oil (capric triglyceride); shea butter; sunflower seed oil; cocoa butter (stearic acid); jojoba oil; natural emulsifying wax (cetearyl alcohol); natural emulsifier (glyceryl stearate); sugar (glucose); natural chamomile fragrance blend; xanthan gum (natural thickener); aloe vera barbadensis leaf juice; vitamin E; caramel; potassium sorbate; glucose oxidase & lactoperoxidase (natural preservative)

My Experience
The body lotion is by far my favorite product of the Cara B Naturally line and I found it completely amazing.  Before trying the body lotion, the only product that would work on MJ's eczema was the thick Eurcerin paste.   Once I started using the Cara B Naturally lotion on his skin, his eczema patches disappeared the same week.  

His skin now feels supple and moisturized in those areas which is a complete "180" for my little guy.  I'll definitely purchase this and continue to use it on his sensitive skin.  The body lotion has a non-greasy formula and is light and creamy in texture.  I loved it for my own skin as well and have resolved to using it continually.


Cara B Naturally Products can be purchased online from the Cara B Naturally Store and select Target stores.

All Cara B Naturally products are formulated without the following ingredients:
Mineral Oil
Artificial Colors and  Fragrances

Friday, June 15, 2012

Beauty| Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick - Fuchsia Flash

Smashbox Lipstick - Fuchsia Flash 
Price: $19.00
Availability: SmashboxNordstromSephoraUlta

Since my love affair with cosmetics began, Smashbox has been a continual front runner as a favorite.  Over and over again and with each product I add to my collection, I fall even more in love.  Yet again, Smashbox is a smash hit with Fuchsia Flash--one of twenty-two lovely shades from their Be Legendary collection.

Friday, June 1, 2012

{CLOSED} SkinCareRx and Apothica Giveaway

The Giveaway is now closed:

A winner was chosen at random via

Of 14 entrants, #11 was chosen.  Dionne, please send an email to PrettyGirlRockBlog(at)gmail(dot)com.
Please contact me no later than Tuesday, June 19.



Exciting news!!!

Recently, I received an offer of sponsorship by SkinCareRx.  If you're not familiar, SkinCareRX and Apothica carry an abundance of products for skin, hair and the home.  An added bonus: they also carry many of the best brands in makeup and some of the best AHA products.  You all know how passionate I am about skincare and beauty so I'm super excited about this!  

And even better news,  SkinCareRx has provided me with a $20 gift card (redeemable at SkinCareRx, Apothica, or SkinBotanica) to giveaway to one lucky lady (or gentleman)!

Here are just some of the brands they offer:

Boscia   *   Pur Minerals   *   Stila Cosmetics   *   Ole Henriksen    
  Too Faced   *   Philosophy
Smashbox   *   Bobbi Brown   *   Yves Saint Laurent
...and much more

How To Enter:

1. Check out the SkinCareRX website and leave a comment stating what product or products you would like to try.
2.  Must be a follower of my blog via GFC (Click "Join this Site" in the right side bar)

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This giveaway is just a small token of my appreciation for your readership.  I'm glad you like me enough to subscribe and find me interesting enough keep coming back. lol!  So much love!  Good luck!

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