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When I made the decision to embrace my natural hair back in 2009, Miss Jessie’s was one of the first natural hair care brands that was introduced to me. There is no question that Miss Jessie’s is one of the trailblazers in the natural hair care industry, providing a variety of natural hair care products at a time when most companies weren’t paying much attention to the natural hair movement that was rapidly growing. Miss Jessie’s, started by sisters Miko and Titi  Branch, was not only influential in my journey to caring for my natural hair texture but also in my blogging journey. I will never forget the note I received from Miko and Titi in the first year that I started blogging, that encouraged me to continue sharing my experience. I was so inspired by their continuous growth over the years and I felt incredibly blessed when I was able to partner with them as a hair model for one of their events and eventually have them as the sponsor for our first annual Naturally Pretty event, helping us to raise funds for the Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children. I was so heartbroken when I heard the news of Titi’s passing this past December and my prayers continue to go out to her sister and the rest of the Miss Jessie’s family.

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Titi Branch, Maeling Murphy (Natural Chica), Miko Branch in 2010

I am glad to have the opportunity to share that Miko Branch, CEO of Miss Jessie’s, has published a book that tells the story of the Miss Jessie’s brand and celebrates the legacy of her sister, Titi Branch. [click to continue…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. 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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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. 

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