Friday, October 9, 2015

My daughters first backpack by Lela


My 2 year old daughter is in love with her new Lela backpack, lunch box and t-shirt.  She was especially excited to wear her backpack!  As a fan of the cartoon Dora, the idea of having a fantastic backpack made her so happy.  She wanted to wear it all day - while running errands with me, going to dinner with family and finally around the house when we got home. Lela is a great brand and I want to also thank the company for hosting a giveaway on the blog a few weeks ago. To read more about the Lela brand, go to there about me page on Facebook.

Blue Planet Eyewear

I am loving my new sunglasses from Blue Planet Eyewear! Blue Planet Eyewear is a small business based out of Santa Barbara, CA. Their glasses are eco-friendly (made from recycled and reclaimed materials) and socially responsible (with our “Buy a Pair = Give a Pair” program, they donate one pair of glasses for each one they sell). To date, they have donated over 150 thousand glasses to those in need all over the world.

The cute glasses that I have from the company are the Gloss Onxy Beverly Sunglasses. They are super comfortable and too cute! For anyone interested in purchasing a pair of eyewear from Blue Planet, you can get 20% off using the coupon code: Karen20. To learn more, check them out on Facebook and Twitter.

The Mane Choice Manetabolism Plus Vitamins

I have decided to try some vitamins that helps with hair growth. When I had locs before (which I loved), my hair grew fast, and I had hair down to my butt. But with longer locs, my hair was pretty heavy and when I would wear it up or in ponytails, it caused stress on my hairline. So my edges started to break off and a lot of my locs thinned out. Now that I have taking my locs out, I am hoping to get my hair back on track. My goal is to strengthen my hair line and hopefully grow some length. The Mane Choice seems like a good choice because they have healthy ingredients and has gotten good reviews online. I will start taking the pills tomorrow - October 10th, 2015.  In the photo of me, you can see where my length is now. I will check back in two months to let you know what my progress is.  Here is more information about The Mane Choice Manetablolism Plus -

"Manetabolism Plus aids in a more comprehensive approach to growing healthy hair and keeping the body healthy at the same time. We've added extra ingredients to make Manetabolism more complete for the body as well as the hair....such as calcium, thiamine and magnesium just to name a few. Manetabolism Plus is a specially formulated vitamin that aids in promoting healthy hair, nails and skin by supplying nourishment to the body’s cells and by directly targeting hair follicles, nail beds and skin layers.In addition, it also boosts energy levels and helps to strengthen the immune system. Your hair is an indicator of your overall health. Our goal is to treat your hair from within. Manetabolism Plus brings out the healthy hair in you. Because a healthier inside shows from the outside!"

Stunning Braids Book Giveaway!

Stunning Braids is stylish book by Monae Everett.  The book not only has hair style photos, but also offer tips on the best styling equipment, combs and brushes to use for your hair. Although the majority of the styles are shown on straight hair, most of the styles can be adapted to also be done on natural hair as well.

"Welcome to the beautiful world of braiding. Fishtails, Dutch braids, updos, curls, waves. From the Five-Braid Updo and the Draped Knot Braid to the Triple Mermaid Updo and the Queen Bee, these styles will turn heads and make an impression. Monae’s celebrity clients have included a few of Hollywood’s hottest leading ladies, like Taraji P. Henson, Mariah Carey, Connie Britton, Lauren Graham and many more."

To enter the contest, let us know what your favorite braiding style is and why you need this book? The contest will end on Oct. 16th, 2015.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Hot Head caps Giveaway Winner

**Update - The winner of this giveaway is Carolyn S.!! Please email me at with your shipping information.

I absolutely love my new Hot Head™ caps. I had locks for a decade, and recently took them down because of thinning locs at the roots.  Because I have not had time to go to a hair salon, my hair was extremely dry and also damaged from the stress of removing my locs. 

I received two Hot Head™ caps, and they are amazing.  After I washed and conditioned my hair,  I combed through it and it was so hard to comb; and I could hear it snapping and breaking a bit as I combed it out.  But after I used the Hot head cap for a deep conditioning treatment, my hair was super soft and so easy to comb through.  Since then I have also used my cap for a hot oil treatment, which was very soothing to my hair and scalp. 

Here is more about the Hot Head™ caps  -

 "For every kind of hair, for every season... introducing Hot Head™.  For healthier, shinier hair, whether it's curly or straight, fine or thick, colored or natural, in good shape or damaged, Hot Head™ will make your hair look better in 30 minutes or less, in an eco-friendly way, and will save you money.   

What Is It?
Hot Head™ is a microwavable deep conditioning heat cap created by a professional hair stylist. It offers an easy and chic way to achieve the results of a salon quality conditioning treatment at home. 

Why It's Important
Hot Head™ is a year-round beauty product that will significantly improve the quality of one's hair. Hair that has become dry or damaged from the sun and pool, cold weather, genetics, or due to over-processing will greatly benefit from treatments with Hot Head™.

Why It Saves You Money
For about the cost of one salon deep conditioning treatment you can purchase the Hot Head™ to treat yourself at home whenever you like.

How Does It Work?
The Hot Head™ heat cap is filled with flaxseed which generates heat when warmed in the microwave. It's reusable and is the most environmentally friendly way to deep condition your hair with heat.  The fact that there are no cords or plugs means that you are free to move about while performing your treatment.  To use Hot Head™, apply your favorite deep conditioner (or hair treatment) to freshly washed hair and then a place a shower cap over your head. Heat the Hot Head™ in the microwave and place it over the shower cap. For best results leave it on for 20-30 minutes, then rinse your hair.  Beautiful, deep-conditioned hair in the comfort of your own home is that easy!

Hot Head™ caps is giving away a cap to one lucky winner!.  To enter the contest, please reply to this this post letting us know what color cap you like and why you need this cap in your life?  A winner will be chosen on Thursday, September17th.  Good luck!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Alessia Cara's Soulful song "Here"

Check out this great song called "Here" by new artist Alessia Cara. She has a great voice, I can listen to this song over and over again!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Style Equation Magazines 2nd Anniversary

I want to give a special congratulations to Style Equation Magazine. They celebrated their two year anniversary on September 25, 2015. The magazine is full of beautiful fashion spreads, articles about artist, emerging designers, trendsetters, the latest fashion, makeup tips, highlights of edgy & talented musicians and more.  The Creator & Chief, Savona, is a savvy business woman, very fashionable and an absolute sweetheart. 

"Sa​vòna Charissè has been involved in the fashion industry for many years. After receiving her MFA in Fashion Merchandising from the Academy of Art University in San Fran, CA,  she began her career as a Wardrobe Stylist. She is the Creator & Chief of Style Equation Magazine, which is currently celebrating their, anniversary, with the release of their, "2nd Anniversary," issue this month.
Style Equation Magazine launched in 2013 and is offered 6x a year in both digital and print.
Style Equation Magazine is the point at which concept and inspiration intersect and approaches the world of fashion from an avant-garde perspective with a global outlook.
Our mission: “to inspire our readers to explore the boundless possibilities, by understanding the concept of fashion as an art form in which personal expression is celebrated through individual sense of style. Our motto is:  "Concept + Inspiration = STYLE."  To preview our current issue visit our website @ or visit us on facebook.
Also, find us on all our social media sites @stylequationmag."
To purchase an issue of the magazine, go to Style Equation on MagCloud.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Lupita Nyong’o's Second VOGUE Cover


Lupita wows on this gorgeous cover for Vogue.  She also talks about some life experiences that has brought her to this day -

"Her first memory of fashion was at age five, wearing her “very eighties red cord miniskirt with suspender straps. Presentation is extremely important in Kenya. You dress formally. You can’t just wear flip-flops. My mother always had her own style. She wore A-line, tea-length flowery dresses, very well fitting. Her nails were always perfectly done.” As a girl in Nairobi, Lupita recalls, “salons were a big feature in my life. We would go every two weeks to get our hair braided, washed, or treated. That’s where I read American, British, and a few African magazines.Then I would design my own clothes. In Kenya it’s much cheaper to get clothes made than to buy them. We would have everything run up by a tailor, or my aunt Kitty, who is very creative, would sew things for me.”

It may seem an unlikely combination, but politics were as ever-present in the Nyong’o household as style. Lupita’s father, Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o, now a senator, was for a long period an opposition politician under the repressive Moi regime. He spent three years in self-imposed exile with his family in Mexico, where Lupita was born.

The Nyong’os returned to Nairobi when Lupita was one. The following years she remembers as “scary, but I was at an age where you couldn’t fully understand what was happening.” Her father was at times detained in jail, once for an entire month, and the family “had to destroy a lot of his documents. I wasn’t allowed to go to school. We were basically locked up in the house. The curtains were shut all the time, and we were just burning papers.” She says the experience made her resilient. “I was definitely exposed to some extreme situations. Tragedy is something that I have known and that I have tried to accept as part of life. But I don’t dwell on it. . . . ”   Read the full article here.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Giveaway!! Cute Lela backpack.

Rayo, CEO/Creative Director of the brand Lela, has offered to giveaway a cute Lela backpack to one Naturally Beautiful Hair Blog or Natural Girls United follower. 

"It is with great pride and excitement that I introduce you to my company, Lela. The name Lela is of Swahili origin, meaning black beauty. I formed this company in order to manufacture a new line of character merchandise that showcase the beauty of children of African and Caribbean origin.

All of our products feature the adorable Lela girl icon. The idea was born when my husband went out looking for something special to buy for our new baby girl. He came across a few items of merchandise for young girls with animated characters on them, none of which represented our daughter. So we set out on a journey to develop a character that young African and Caribbean girls can relate to. Our aim is for Lela to be an inspiration to children from all walks of life, encouraging them to feel good about themselves." - Rayo.

To enter the contest, follow these steps -
  • Like the Lela Facebook page.
  • Reply to this post telling us why products from the Lela brand are so important to young girls.
The giveaway will end on the September 22, 2015.   For further information, please visit: Lela on Facebook.  Good luck!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Gorgeous Curls!

Gorgeous hair! Seen on Don't Break The Comb.

Sun Bum

Loving my new Sun Bum products! I enjoy trying new things and also like it when a product does with it claims.  The Sun Bum products does just that.  The conditioners really softens the hair, and the Shine On not only helps with dryness, but helps to control frizzy hair. And I am enjoy my coconut lip balm, which at first I licked off... lol; because it was actually kind of yummy. But after second application, my lips feel hydrated. Here's more about the products from the Sun Bum website -

SPF 30 Coconut Lip Balm - Our smooth SPF 30 sunscreen lip balm with added Aloe and Vitamin E will protect and moisturize your kisser all day long... just try not to lick it off.

'Cool Down' Hydrating After Sun Gel - So you got greedy and burned your skin. Ease the pain and calm your skin with our "Cool Down" Gel. Vitamin E enriched, our soothing Aloe Gel will rehydrate your sun-baked skin and ease the pain of a burn and help prevent peeling. Keep it refrigerated for bonus relief.

Beach Formula / Conditioner - Our Beach Formula Conditioner deeply hydrates and awakens hair, making it highly responsive and manageable.

Beach Formula / Shine On - Our Beach Formula Shine On lightweight oil treatment protects your hair from the elements while naturally hydrating, restoring, and strengthening your hair.

Beach Formula / 3 In 1 Leave In - Our Beach Formula 3 In 1 Leave In protects, detangles, and conditions your hair while enhancing and restoring its natural body.

Skin Care products from Lumene & Sun Bum

With summer coming to the end, there is still a need to protect your skin from the suns harmful rays. These products from Lumene and Sun Bum do just that -

Lumene Bright Now Blur - Lumene Blur Line & Pore Minimizer provides instantly flawless skin. Formulated to erase the appearance of lines and pores, create a smooth and flawless complexion, instantly brighten and visibly improve skin tone and control shine and keep skin matte all day. Available at CVS.

Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C Day cream - Moisturizing cream to protect your skin from the harmful effects of the sun's rays and enhance its energy and radiance. Available at CVS.

Sun Bum’s Signature PRO Face Stick SPF 30 - Mineral based sunscreen specifically designed to offer the very best broad spectrum protection to those who work and play hard in the sun. It will never bleed into your eyes, never make your hands slippery, and won't come off during the most rigorous activities in the water, wind, or blazing hot sun. Available at Sun Bum.

Adidas – Born Original For Her & For Him

Check out these great fragrances from Adidas. With the holidays around the corner, these scents will make great gifts.

"Born Original captures the energetic, empowering spirit of adidas Originals that’s rooted in individualism, authenticity and imagination. After endless mixing and re-mixing, the Born Original fragrances For Him and For Her were born. Beautifully unique, each is an explosive mix of contrasting notes.

Born Original for Her begins with a bright citrusy cocktail of bergamot, apricot and orange zest. The top notes burst into a vibrant, sweet candy apple accord. Tantalizing tones of exotic coconut, jasmine and tonka beans add an unexpected twist for an intoxicating finish. Born Original For Him is a classic oriental remixed with an addictive ambery citrus accord. A fusion of violet leaves and rhubarb adds a green lyrical facet, which is juxtaposed with spicy black pepper and orange oil."

The of the Born Original For Her & Him fragrances are available for $30 at mass retailers.

- Source: Coty