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If you follow me on Instagram, you most likely already know that my husband and I are expecting our first child this year (in a few months!). It’s an exciting time and it has been amazing to me to see how much my body can change in such a short period of time!

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Photo taken by my talented sister/photographer, Victoria

I’m a brand ambassador for Shea Moisture and when they found out I was pregnant, they sent over an awesome gift basket filled with products for mommy and baby! I’m shelving and organizing the baby products for now (while daydreaming about using them on my little one!) but I’d love to share details about their prenatal body care collection that I’ve been using for several months now and love.

Introducing the Raw Shea & Cupuaçu Mommy Collection

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Each restorative treatment product contains Certified Organic Raw Shea Butter sourced from women’s co-ops in Northern Ghana, which deeply moisturizes and aids in repairing skin with vitamins and essential fatty acids. The products also contain Amazonia Cupuaçu, which helps protect, soften and soothe, and Pistachio Oil, rich in Vitamin E and phytosterols to nourish and protect skin. The products are free of parabens, phthalates, paraffin, propylene glycol, mineral oil, DEA, sulfates, silicones, synthetic fragrance and artificial coloring. The collection includes:

  • Raw Shea & Cupuaçu Mommy Stretch Mark Butter Cream – Comforts and hydrates dry, tight skin with this nutrient-rich Butter Cream. Deeply moisturizes and reinforces skin’s elasticity, while forming a protective layer that also helps reduce the appearance of stretch marks. SRP: $12.99; 6 oz.

My review: With all the growing and stretching my skin has been doing, this product was such a relief for my dry and itchy belly! I like to use it right after the shower to help seal in the moisture and it has left my skin feeling so much softer.

  • Raw Shea & Cupuaçu Mommy Stretch Mark Intensive Repair Oil – This intensive oil treatment is packed with skin-saving naturally occurring omegas. Deeply hydrates and nourishes to alleviate stressed skin and prevent moisture loss.       Leaves skin soft and smooth.       SRP: $14.99; 4 fluid oz.

My review: This oil is light and absorbs really well into the skin (don’t want to ruin clothes with oil marks!). This is also great to use right after a shower to help with moisture retention.

  • Raw Shea & Cupuaçu Mommy Soothing Nursing Balm – A must-have during the first months of breastfeeding when nipples may feel sore and irritated. Helps condition sensitive skin to keep nipples supple, while protecting skin. SRP: $14.99; 2 oz.

My review: I haven’t really used this one yet since I’m not nursing, but I will say that the balm is very thick but is easy to smooth onto the skin, leaving it soft. I’ll have to update once I use it during nursing.

  • Raw Shea & Cupuaçu Mommy Firming Massage Lotion – This firming massage lotion perfectly complements any post-pregnancy weight loss regimen. Deeply hydrates, supports skin’s elasticity and helps return it to its natural firmness. SRP: $9.99.

I didn’t receive this one to review but if you’ve tried it, I would love to hear your thoughts!

  • Raw Shea & Cupuaçu Mommy All Over Body Scrub – Hydrates, protects and aids in supporting skin’s elasticity by gently exfoliating and intensely moisturizing.       Jojoba beads buff away dull skin without discomfort, leaving skin soft and radiant. Can be used all over body — including hands and cuticles. SRP: $12.99; 12 oz.

My review: Now THIS was my absolute favorite product from the entire collection! With the constant stretching of my growing belly and chest, I needed a body scrub that would lightly exfoliate and soothe my skin and this did just that! I always feel like I’m having a mini spa treatment when I use this in the shower. The exfoliating jojoba beads are just the right size for a gentle exfoliation and dissolve into your skin leaving the moisturizing jojoba oil layer. This reminds me that I need to restock this pronto!

SheaMoisture’s Raw Shea & Cupuaçu Mommy Collection is available at sheamoisture.com and Buy Buy Baby stores nationwide.

 

Have you tried this collection? Did you find that you had to change your skin care routine when you became pregnant? I would love to hear your thoughts!

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The “Happy Hair” Book

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HAPPY HAIR™ Author Helps Foster A Healthy Hair-Esteem Amongst Girls

Mechal Renee Roe, Author of the new children’s book, Happy Hair™, is helping to spread a positive self-image and self-love through each beautifully illustrated page. She seeks to inspire the younger generation of naturals to embrace their hair at an early age before media/peer pressure cause them to question and doubt their beauty. Happy Hair™ recently debuted at a Bowling for Autism Celebrity event in L.A. during the BET Award weekend sponsored by Sofamilyonline.com, Blackcelebkids.com and Industrykidsevents.com which featured guests from Gabi Wilson to JB Smooth. Happy Hair™ also debuted at the Essence Festival ,where children’s hair was a hot button topic, and sold out of their copies.

“I have received tremendous support and feedback from parents, teachers, and women”, states Mechal, “on the absolute need for Happy Hair™. I have heard from so many parents about their daughters struggling through ‘Beauty Breakdowns’ which I believe can be prevented. I believe Happy Hair™ can change that, reassuring them at their most vulnerable time of self-acceptance.”

Readers of her book have expressed great enthusiasm for the book and have posted to her Instagram and Facebook sites @happyhairgirls- “It’s promoting healthy & positive imagery, self-love, self-esteem, self-worth… a celebration of our girls differences/ individuality and the journeys that even our little ones have with the style, length, and texture of their hair… I was proud that my daughter wanted to keep reading the book over and over”- Christina C. Academic Teacher

Mechal Roe, who is from St. Louis Mo but now resides in Atlanta, became fascinated with Natural Hair and Empowerment for young girls after having her own experiences with her hair. “When I first went natural in 2000, I was literally told I was an embarrassment I don’t want another girl to question her beauty.”

Her book is available on Amazon and Barnes &Noble. For readings & signings email her at happyhairgirl@gmail.com today

You can also follow them on Instagram at @happyhairgirls for more info

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the book mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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I had so much fun with my sister as she created this simple but fun look on me using Shea Moisture cosmetics! These are all available at Target.com and select Target in-store locations.

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Hey guys! I’m excited to share this awesome giveaway with you coming to you from Cassandre Beccai. I’ve had the opportunity to try this line for myself and it really worked well for my hair from cleansing with their shampoo and conditioner to light styling with the moisturizer. For an opportunity to win the whole line, keep reading below!

 
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About Cassandre Beccai: Cassandre Beccai’s eponymous hair care line is the brand for premium, artisan hair care products for afro-textured hair types ranging from tight, kinky coils, to medium, tight curls.
 

The products were created for the sagacious woman who strives to achieve her healthiest hair while maintaining a graceful appearance in whatever environment she finds herself.

Every single product emanates with pure beauty and goodness from the elegant, ebony packaging, to the quality ingredients including fresh honey, and aromatic cocoa butter, curated by Cassandre herself and dished out in generous portions in every product formula.

Made in micro batches to achieve the highest level of freshness, the results of using these products on the hair is glowing health, unstoppable growth and best of all, a happier afro-textured woman.

The discerning user with a distinct preference in what she chooses to put on her hair who also favors rich, naturally inspired ingredients and highly pleasurable scents will thoroughly enjoy the experience of the Cassandre Beccai Hair Care line.

 
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Cleansing Smoothie Hydrating Shampoo ($16.95): Start your hair care regimen off right with a mild, moisturizing shampoo pH balanced for the health of your hair. This shampoo is non-irritating, very hydrating and offers the amazing sensory experience of lovely lather without any harsh sulfates. Your hair is left clean and smooth.
 
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Tangle Tamer Detangling Conditioner ($16.95): Coily, curly hair needs the upmost of care during the detangling session to minimize breakage. This conditioner works with you to efficiently remove shed and tangled hairs and smooth your hair cuticles. Move past your length plateau with this anti-breakage, tangle releasing conditioner.
 
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Hair Milk Daily Moisturizer($21): This handcrafted, sumptuous dry hair quencher is the perfect solution for brittle tresses! Oatmilk serves as the base to create a wonderfully emollient and deeply hydrating daily moisturizer while cocoa butter, silk, jojoba oil and honey bring moisture right where your hair needs it most.
 
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Nourishing Pomade Emollient Hairdress ($11.95): A perfect blend of emollient oils, rich butters and pure vanilla essential oil make up this fabulous “whipped cream feel” hair care sensation with the most divine scent! Nourishing Butter is especially formulated to soften rough, hard hair while sealing and protecting hair strands.
 

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Shea moisture finger coils

Before my recent hair cut, I promised myself that if I ever had short hair again that I would experiment with more styles! When I did my big chop back in 2009, I was learning how to care for my new, natural texture and it really took me a while to get the hang of it and have the confidence to try a lot of new styles. Now that I’ve been natural for over 5 years, I’m having too much fun trying new things with this new cut! Finger coils was always on my list of styles to try with short, natural hair so I’m happy I finally had the chance to try it out using products sent to me from Shea Moisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus collection!

 

What I loved about finger coil styling was that I could the wear the finger coils for several days and then separate them for a “coil-out” that also lasted several days! This gave me a style that lasted well over a week and was so easy to maintain (ended up wearing this style to our Naturally Pretty High Texture Tea)! At night, all I did was sleep on my satin pillowcase per the usual. The time it took to create the style and the length of time I was able to wear it has finger coils now at the top of my go-to list!

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This was my “coil-out”…over 7 days from the initial finger coil set! 

Have you tried finger coils before? If not, do you think it’s a style you would ever try?

Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored post.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via a cash payment, gift, or something else of value to write it. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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