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I’m always on the hunt for more natural beauty products, so when Whole Foods Market reached out to me about covering their first annual Beauty Week (March 18 – March 24), I gladly welcomed the opportunity! During their inaugural beauty week, the Whole Body department will be hosting events, classes, demonstrations and promotions to inform shoppers about Whole Foods Market’s large selection of quality personal care products and cosmetics that support healthy people and a healthy planet. You can check here to find the closest Whole Foods Market to you. They kindly offered me a gift card to shop their Whole Body department and I really am excited about sharing my natural and affordable finds that you can easily include in your beauty routine. [click to continue…]


Photo by Sophia Barrett Studios

I’m not quite sure where the time is going, but we only have a few more weeks before we  meet our little one! This pregnancy is FLYING by and words can’t express how excited I am that we get to see our baby face to face soon (enjoying all the tummy rolls in the meantime)! Throughout my pregnancy, I have been blessed to have friends and family that are amazing photographers to capture these special moments at various stages throughout this journey (Thanks sis and DFinney!).


My recent maternity shoot with Sophia Barrett Studios was extra special because my hubby joined me and we got to shoot with our friend and photographer, Sophia, who also shot our engagement and wedding photos! I LOVE working with Sophia and I’m so glad that she agreed to share her photography journey with us on this site (P.S. She’s a naturalista too!). [click to continue…]


DIY Solid Makeup Brush Cleanser

DIY-makeup-brush-cleanser-YT-thumbnail--for-web When it comes to maintaining a great skin care regimen, one aspect you can’t forget about is regular cleaning of your makeup brushes (if you’re a makeup wearer, of course)! Trust me, your skin will pay a hefty price if you keep putting off a good brush cleaning session. I used to use a liquid brush cleanser for my brushes, but when solid makeup brush cleansers came on the scene…my interest was piqued! They looked so easy to use BUT the $20 price tag just wasn’t for me. That’s when I started looking at the ingredients in some of these solid makeup cleansers and realized that I could achieve the same effect with even better ingredients in the natural soaps sold by Shea Moisture!

This was the EASIEST DIY EVER! All you need is a bar of Shea Moisture soap (I’ve tested both Lemongrass & Ginger, Olive & Green Tea shea butter soaps) and a travel soap dish (makes it easier to hold the soap while cleaning your brushes and then you have a solid makeup brush cleanser to go!). Let’s just say that in the end, my brushes looked, felt and smelled AMAZING. My pockets are happy too as $6 for the soap & dish will last me quite a while when it comes to cleaning my makeup brushes! You can watch the video below to see how well it worked on my brushes.

FYI: I’ve discovered that the Quirky Zen Cosmetics holder works great for storing your makeup brushes upright (just don’t dry them upright or it could damage the bristle glue at the base!). It’s great for keeping your brushes off of the counter when you’re in the midst of doing your makeup. Love the creative design!


How often do you clean your makeup tools? Are you a fan of solid makeup brush cleansers or do you think this is something you will try soon?


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For the month of February, Patrice Yursik of Afrobella.com has partnered with the My Black is Beautiful platform to celebrate and honor the everyday Black woman with their ‘Beauty Fit For A Queen’ program. Continue reading to learn more about the ‘Beauty Fit For A Queen‘ campaign and Afrobella’s thoughts on beauty and black beauty icons. 


Patrice Yursik of Afrobella.com

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If you’re a fan of castor oil for natural hair and body care, you’ve more than likely heard of Tropic Isle Living’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil. I recently had the opportunity to chat with Tropic Isle Living co-founder, Mrs. Lois Reid- Hines to learn more about how her and her husband started Tropic Isle Living over 20 years ago and where the company is headed today!


Tropic Isle Living LOGO

How did Tropic Isle Living begin and what was the motivation for its creation?

 Me and my husband, Michael Hines, founded Tropic Isle Living with our love of Jamaican roots and our culture. We both have a deep-rooted love for the old time traditional products our grandparents used that are tried and true. When we were both working at Sundial in 1992 and Michael was looking for a path of his own, the owner Brother Rashan Abdul Hakim told us to “start selling the Jamaican Black Castor Oil”. And that’s exactly what we did. Our motivation is our passion and belief in a natural and traditional way of living, therefore providing our consumers with good wholesome and healthy products steeped in tradition.

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