snow daze

I’m frequently asked about some of my self love/self care methods. Today was the perfect day to indulge in just that. Taking advantage of Brooklyn’s snow day, I decided to cuddle up and tell you guys just how I catered to myself today.

Happy February beautiful souls! I’m a few (well, more than a few) days late for the start of the new month but that’s okay -better late than never, right?

Here in New York, we’re having a pretty intense snow day. Schools are cancelled, work (for some) is too and everyone is pretty much cuddled up, watching Netflix, eating ice cream and drinking wine.

If you’re like me and have approximately 0 baes then this day can/might be a drag for you. I allllllmost found myself feeling kind of down about that. Then (as always), I snapped out of it and decided to use this day as a day of self-care and self love. So I thought it would be pretty cool to give you guys a little insight on how my day has panned out thus far.


My day started pretty early (around 8:30 am). As per usual, I woke up and checked social media (a bad habit, that must be stopped in 2017). Then I did a quick 15 minute yoga session before heading to the supermarket (with my mommy) to gather some things for my day/night in.

On the way to the supermarket, I decided that I would do a little home cooking -since I haven’t reallllllyyyy chef’ed it up in a while. (Btw, I love Bitmojis)

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After searching through a few recipes, I decided on a Vegan Alfredo Pasta and Salmon with a caramelized sauce. I threwwww down, okay!

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After relaxing and enjoying my meal  (and netflix) … I took a nap. Lol. Butttttt, when I woke up, I hopped in the shower, washed my hair .. got real sneaky clean. I lathered myself in some soft body butter (shameless plug coming up .. now – which is available at SKYBRITNEI) and I turned on some good music, lit some candles and meditated whilst repeating positive self affirmations.

Whenever I’m taking the time to just BE, my music choice is always Bob Marley, Lauryn Hill and India Arie (among a few other artists). As for the candles, I have really been into soy candles lately and I have been loving the scent of Lavender & Vanilla (mixed). These two combined, made it extremely easy for me to relax and enjoy the tranquility and stillness of my afternoon.

Winding down, I indulged in a bit of journaling via my #ANote2Self Meditation Journal by Alex Elle. I also read a few pages of my WordsOF Gratitude book.  These are just some things that help me center myself and gain some peace of mind.

After centering my thoughts and emotions .. here comes a little bit of the ratchet. I heard via Twitter that VH1 was replaying old episodes of Flavor of Love! And I had to indulge for a little while -I couldn’t help it lol.

Sidenote| Can we discuss WHY Trey Songz is doing a dating show? Why? Why? & Why? Lol.

Anyways – then, I thought to myself ‘people are always inquiring about my self love methods’ and without me realizing today was all about self love and being okay with solitude soooo, I decided to write this for you guys. A nice drink sitting next to me and Bob playing in the background .. now is where I’ll sign off to enjoy the rest of my night.

Keep in mind that self love is more than just what I do. It is different for each person. The only thing that should be transitional in self love is that it IS INDEED self love and is built on positivity.

Be well guys and always practice self love -everyday!

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How To Get Your Life When You Feel Lost

I’m been away from my blogging safe haven for a while and during that time I had a breakdown, an epiphany, felt lost and confused .. and ultimately got back up and began to re-find myself.

I. Am. Still. Trying. To. Figure. It. Out.

Everyday is a challenge.

No, seriously.

A multitude of things has happened during my time away from my blogging safe haven. I am finishing up the final touches of redecorating my room. My heart was broken. I booked a vacation rental to Costa Rica for my 23rd birthday. My heart was broken again lol. I lost my voice. I stopped writing. I began to feel very uninspired. I re-found my voice. I wrote. A lot. I realigned my goals. My laptop broke – which ultimately stopped me from blogging to you all about all the things that I’ve been dealing with. I got a new laptop. I started to revisit the world of dating -yass honey! I started my natural body butters. I’ve been learning and experimenting with new jewelry designs and finding ways to better myself and my craft. I tried being vegan for a week. I realized that I can only be vegan for a week and the pescatarian lifestyle is for me lol. I also realized that my working environment isn’t one that makes me happy. Realized that a part of the reason that it is so hard to steadily be happy and journey on towards peace is because I am surrounded by more negative things, people and places than I thought. I realized that I need to separate myself from those things now more than ever for the sake of my mental health, clarity and continuous path to self love. Oh, I need a new job guys. This is FACTS. I’m actively looking. However, I also realized that my true goal is to work for myself. Aside from that, I also had to remind myself that even during my times of doubt and frustration that I am an extraordinary, exceptional, brilliant and beautiful human being. So for the time I was away ….. I laughed, I cried, I learned … and realized that I am a confused, beautiful but … seriously a confused mess and I need to get my life.

Yes, you read that long ass paragraph only for it to end with “I’m confused”. I am lost in translation. Swept up in thoughts of how to make myself a better person than I was yesterday and caught between making those around me happy, helping out where I can and perfecting my craft and writing and re-finding my voice and just wanting some plain old love and attention!

If the title has compelled you to read this then you’re probably waiting for the part where I give a list of proper advice about how to get ya life! Listen, this is one time where I am just as lost as you. No proper advice over here just the beginning phases of life getting that I went through, lol.


During my time away I learned that the best way to start is to identify the problem. The source of stress. Source of sadness, hindrance, confusion etc. For me, that was identifying that I felt stuck, stagnant and complacent.

Then I stopped in my tracks and thought about why I felt this way. I’ve been out of college for over a year now. I don’t have a job in my field. I gave up a year of my life to help out someone who doesn’t seem to appreciate it. My business has been open for a year and I feel like it should be bigger than it is (while I do know these things take patience, time, hard work and dedication). A relationship that I thought was going to flourish in every sense of the word … failed. I couldn’t hold on to money. Felt like important people in my life weren’t matching the effort in which I give them (this still holds true but this is for another post lol). Oh man, and so much more.

I cried. Then I cried some more. I let out a rage of emotions.

Then I snapped out of it.

If you are a frequent reader of my blog, it won’t surprise you that I then made a list.

I made a list of goals. Then I prioritized them. Then I made a list of how to accomplish them. I made a list of my feelings. Then I made a list of how to work through each one.

I consoled myself. Because at 2 a.m when you feel like the world is crashing down on you and there’s no one you can call .. you’re all you have. And even when you feel like you deserve more than that or you don’t feel like that’s not enough … YOU HAVE TO BE ENOUGH FOR YOU. No matter what.

I revisited yoga and different breathing practices. Because during this time, I stopped and I could feel the tension rising within me.

I prayed. I’m not religious in any sense of the word but I believe in a higher power and I find solace in talking to that being.

I woke up one morning and I decided that I could no longer let my feelings of complacency stop me from being motivated and taking charge of my life.

I woke up that same morning grateful that I have been given another chance to make things right & to be my best self.

I applied to jobs. I read a little. Put on a face mask. Laughed. Facetimed bae and told myself that the following days would be different.

I spoke my goals into existence and I have been doing it since that morning.

Then I smiled because the only place to go from here is up. There will be a few more bad patches along the way -I know. There will be more times, when I’m feeling less grateful and less blissful, more discouraged, more frustrated but I know that I will overcome it. As I stated before, I am an extraordinary, beautiful, intelligent, confused mess and I realized if it wasn’t so, I wouldn’t be me and I couldn’t and wouldn’t have it any other way.

& CHECK .. there you have it, in the midst of all things confusing, ya girl has begun to get her life.

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Along My Spiritual Journey: The Beginning

A few months before my 21st birthday I think I had an epiphany. I kind of fell … into myself. Let me explain.

I have always felt like the odd one out. Externally, I was happy and just like everyone else. Internally, I knew I was different. I pretended to enjoy the same things that everyone else did. I pretended that my beliefs were the same as theirs. I pretended that I cared about the same things. I knew I didn’t but externally it made me fit right in. So much so, that in high school it became me … or rather I became it. I became the girl that cared about drama. I became the girl that was hard on the exterior. I became the girl that didn’t take any shit. I became the beauty queen that everyone desired to be. The alpha female. Externally.

Internally, I was fighting. With myself. With what others would think of me. You see, when I was living in Boston .. although I pretended and I kind of fit, I never felt comfortable. It never felt like home. But when I moved back to New York, my pretending got me accepted. The boy I liked, liked me back. I mean he worshiped the ground I walked on. I made friends instantly .. and we clicked just the same. My home life wasn’t the best (I resented my family a lot because they continued their life in New York while I had to start over in another state … but that’s another story lol) but I was healthy and happy .. externally.

Internally, I still felt different. Awkward. Always trying to find the right thing to say. Although everyone thought I had it all figured out. So I went along with it. Up until the last day of high school. Good riddens, except for a few close friends I left high school and my pretend games behind. Or so I thought.

When I got to college, I was ecstatic. I felt like a new chapter had begun. Until one piece of high school followed me to college. She didn’t know me all too well, but we had the same group of friends .. and she felt safe, so we clung to each other. I could tell that she was playing a pretend game too, although we never spoke about it. Together along with some other friends we met, we became the cool freshmans. But we, us two stood out. For different reasons, and this story isn’t about her sooooo yea lol. I stood out for those same reason as I did in high school. I became one of the popular girls. In my group, I was considered the outspoken one, the one that people went to, the one that everyone wanted but couldn’t get, the one that couldn’t be figured out but had the answers, the plans. I was once again an alpha female.

I won’t lie. While in college, I did enjoy my pretend game. I felt on top of the world. And I had my group of best friends that I could turn to. To release the real me … at a bare minimum. Until a bare minimum with 5 or 6 girls wasn’t enough. I got tired of being sheltered. Sheltering myself and who I really was. I began to hate myself again. The fight and anger brewing inside of my yet again. External vs internal. Who I want to be vs Who I am. Ah.

The transition from sophomore year to junior year was the hardest and most fulfilling. Don’t worry, I’ll tell you why. Lol.

Sophomore year, I lost a good friend (yes, it was the girl from the previous paragraph). See, her game of pretending ended .. quite abruptly. Then she transferred schools. But, like I said this story isn’t about her lol. After losing her, I began to reevaluate things that were important to me. Over time, my views on things began to change. And I voiced them. I no longer stated what people wanted to hear. I stated what was from my heart .. as cheesy as that sounds. Buttttttttttt, something was still, I don’t know .. blocking me? Maybe it was me blocking me because I was so used to hiding the bitter parts of myself.

Well anyways, I continue to struggle internally and I think externally it began to show. I distanced myself from my loved ones, buried my head in books and work and went on a small hiatus. Then things went left. On my haitus, I fell off. I didn’t care about anything and fell into a spell of depression. And I mean things really did go LEFT. Everything that could go wrong .. was going wrong. Love life – wrong. Friendships – wrong. Work – I got fired so yea wrong. School – WRONG.

This is going to sound so cheesy and cliche and every word that is synonymous with cliche … but then I had a terrible hair mishap. Bare with me readers, lol. This hair mishap resulted in me having to cut my hair (something that I wanted to do for a while but was too afraid to do). Let. Me. Tell. You. I had never felt so free. The day I cut my hair was the day I got fired. I had cried on the way to my moms friends apartment but when I got there I was at ease. I guess I knew a change was coming lol. I told everyone that I got fired and they gasped. I remember giggling and although I felt terrible, saying “It’s okay, everything happens for a reason”. He told me to prepare myself and I sat in this little chair while he gathered his equipment. I vividly remember the buzzing sound as he turned the clippers on. I was scared as hell! And as he took this razor to my head, I began to shed so many fucking tears it was unbelievable. I just cried. It felt so good. Like years and years of fake, bullshit, sucky moments were being washed away. Oh my goodness. I remember when he was done, I let out this huge sigh, I wiped my eyes and he gave me a mirror. I was afraid to look, but everyone in the house was cheering me on and making me feel so pretty and awesome lol. I looked in the mirror, smiled and cried all over again because I truly did feel free in that very moment

That exact moment was when I think I had the epiphany.

The next week at school, listen honey… I slayed. It was the last week of junior year but I still felt on top of the world. I carried that same attitude through summer vacation and back again into my senior year. Oh man, senior year (once again, that’s another story lol).

The beginning of senior year was met with so much positive vibes and good energy. The start of my spiritual journey had begun. I said what I wanted. Dressed the way I wanted. Felt the way I wanted and without apologizes.
This time around, I was still outspoken but in the most genuine and authentic way. Like, I am cheesing as I write this. That is how amazing it felt. I was still a reliable source for people, I was still dependable, tactful, charming and beautiful and people saw that. I was still an alpha female, but in a more positive and luminescent way. As a matter of fact more people gravitated towards me and the energy that I gave off. Was I still guarded? Of course. It was just the beginning. But opening up myself to receive the energy of other amazing and positive people was something I had never felt before and it was invigorating. I was satisfied externally and internally for the first time in what felt like forever.

I remember a friend of mine, Brian pulled me aside and he said to me “I see a change in you from the girl you were when I first met you and the woman you are now. I love it. Keep getting better. I see you, Sky”. I wonder if he remembers that. Lol. That comment was one of the best compliments I had ever received in my life .. even to this day. It just let me know that all along, I could have been myself .. and been happy being myself and the right people would have gravitated towards me from the beginning.

But everything happens for a reason.

I know that.

As a matter of fact, I am grateful it didn’t happen from the beginning because I wouldn’t have learned to love myself the way I do now. I wouldn’t have grown. Every hardship that I have overcome has helped shape me into a better person.


Making this this blog, has been about continuing to open myself up, in hopes to inspire at least one person. Or to help at least one person. Or to let at least one person know that they are not alone … and it is okay to be weird lol. With that being said, I hope that you guys enjoyed this post – a little more intimate side of me and who I am. Like the title says, this was just the beginning so stay tuned for part two. ❤

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Outfit Diaries| July 4th Weekend

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Shirt| H&M
Shorts| American Eagle
Arm Candy| Anne Klein, DeLaJipi
Sandals| Target
Bag| Forever21

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Haul Time| Home Decor & Style ReVamp

It’s always fun to have a day (every once in a while) where nothing matters. You just enjoy the day for what is, take in the scenery, breathe and let go … and if you can do a little shopping!

This past Saturday, I visited Tanger Outlets/Foxwood Casinos in Connecticut and picked up a few different items (boyyyy, was I loving the sales!)

Btw| I won $40 at the Casino. I felt like a superstar! Lmao

Here are the things that I purchased:

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There’s something sexy yet sophisticated about Button Up’s. These H&M Button Up’s cost $12.99 which drew me right in (usually, I see Button Up’s going for $20 and up) and lately, I’ve been trying to revamp my style. It’s not news that my style is very bohemian inspired but lately I’ve become drawn to the minimalist/chic look which reminds me of sultry yet ‘grown woman’ vibes.

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I then saw these jeans and listen …. I loveeeeeee a good sale! I had been looking for a nice pair of black ripped jeans (and white ones) so when I saw these (and that price) I had to get it. As for the second pair of jeans, you really can’t go wrong with jeans that cost 10 bucks so I picked those up as well. When you’re a bit of a curvy girl, it’s hard to find jeans that compliment both your hips and waist but I find that H&M very rarely lets me down in that department.

Note: These jeans are a size 10 but my size varies with the style and cut of each pair of jeans. These two jeans had AMAZING stretch so size 10 was perfect and gave me some breathing room too.


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I stopped by Bath & Body Works (who is having an amazing sale by the way!) and picked up a few fragrances, two candles and a some lotion. Let me tell you, those Pineapple Mango candles smell soooooo good!

Note| If you are interested in candles, fragrances, shower gels etc … the sale is 75% off. These items were originally 13 dollars and up and I ended up getting them for about 3-4 dollars.


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I am lacking in the summer department so I decided to pick up a pair of shorts. American Eagle is another place that does me justice in the jeans department … however their prices aren’t always ‘broke blogger’ friendly. So, I was really happy that these shorts were 40% off, high waisted and with great stretch!

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There’s nothing really to this shirt. I bought it because I thought it was cute lol.


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Before leaving the outlet, we stopped in Charlotte Russe. I loved their clothing items and their prices but the quality of clothing wasn’t doing it for me so I opted out of purchasing anything in that department lol. However, along with that minimalist/chic look that I been loving lately, statement neck pieces are slowly but surely becoming my thing. Like I said the prices in CR are great so I snagged these for 5 dollars each.


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Last, but certainly not least I picked a few things at my local TJ Maxx, yesterday. I have been redecorating my room and the sign “Choose Your Own Adventure” really stuck out to me so I had to purchase that. I’ve been printing out all of my pictures recently so I snagged a vintage picture frame as well. To finish off my purchase, I picked up  2 Indian made porcelain dishes.

I have a few more purchases to make to kick start my summer and the redecoration of my room but I think this was a good start. I hope you all enjoyed this mini haul ❤

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12 Black Businesses To Shop From

For the past few months I have been really keen on switching over to buying from my black sisters and brothers. Here, I have compiled a short list of 12 black businesses that I have (or plan) to buy from/support in the upcoming weeks. Check it out ! ❤

For Head Gear

  1. Visit The Wrap Life .


Out of Brooklyn, NY, Nnenna Stella offers a variety of beautiful hand printed African inspired head wraps among other things.

2. Visit Loc Soc

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This business offers a wrap that is for fashion and protective styling. Two in one! Made with locs in mind, it has now been adapted to wear with any style, length or texture of hair.


Apparel

3. Visit Kashmir.VIII

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Kashmir Thompson’s giant selection offers everything from clutches, t-shirts to even coasters.

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4. Visit The Very Black Project

_DSC0022-2.jpgCreated in 2014, this website features hats and sweatshirts (among other things) and was made so that we could un-apologetically love our blackness. Lol, how could you not want to support that?

5. Visit Tees In The Trap

This website features phone cases, coffee mugs, totes and of course t-shirts. All of these items are accented with popular terms and catch phrases from the hip-hop community, black culture and just everyday life.

6. Visit Mo’s Bows

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A 14 year old from Memphis is the CEO of Mo’s Bows hand made bow ties. He realized his love for fashion and at the age of 9 started his own company. I think we should all take the time out to re-evaluate our lives because this kid is amazing, lol!

7. Visit Gloss Rags
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This website features the names of our brothers and sisters that have been victims of police brutality, unfair justice system and unjustified killings on t-shirts. It’s a beautiful way to pay homage to those who are no longer with us.


Hair Care

8. Visit Camille Rose Naturals
Moroccan Pear Conditioning Custrad is a culinary cocktail blend of nourishing oils to soften and protect the hair's moisture barrier. Recipe: Our natural buttercream base is silkened with a culinary cocktail oil blend of Moroccan pear, Cherry Kernel and Urica (nettle). Vitamin-rich extracts A,B,C,D & K are mixed with protective Antioxidants to offer potent nourishment to strands in need of a little TLC. Rich Omega 6 and 9 top off this powerfully sweet conditioning treat for all hair types.

To all my brothers and sisters that are interested in using all natural products, this is for you! Developed in 2010 by Janell Stephens, Camille Rose Naturals is dedicated to providing hair care as well as beauty care products that are natural and hand made.


Beauty

9. Visit The Lip Bar

 

This website features a variety of beautiful lipsticks. Besides the amazing price, I love that they use natural ingredients such as jojoba oil and shea butter in their products.

10. Visit  Ka’oir Cosmetics

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CEO Keyshia Ka’oir offers a make up line that has the most radiant and beautiful lipsticks. Her website also features lashes, and nail products.


Fun!

11. Visit Cards For All People

Black Card Revoked - Original Flavor

Reminiscent of the popular game ‘Cards Against Humanity’, Cards For All People challenges your knowledge about black culture.


Jewelry

12. Visit Cielo’s Hippie Shop

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Now what kind of person would I be if I didn’t feature myself in this list of black businesses to shop from, lol! I am very much inspired by bohemian culture and incorporate a variety of healing stones in my designs.


With that being said, I hope you enjoyed this short list of black businesses to buy from. ❤

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DIY – Jewelry Dish

For the new year, I decided that I wanted to redecorate my room. Specifically, I wanted to turn my desk of junk (sorry, I forgot a before picture) into a more organized area filled with my jewelry and other knick knacks found around my room. I had already purchased a nail polish holder and ring holder from Amazon and a storage box from Walmart .. but I really couldn’t find anything to hold my Jewelry in.

I looked through Amazon, Walmart and Bed Bath and Beyond (places that are usually key in finding things like this) but I couldn’t find one that caught my eye .. or if it did, it was way out of my price range. I mean, it’s just a little thing to hold my bracelets and earrings so I really didn’t feel comfortable spending more than 20 bucks on it.

Anyways, after a few tries I got super annoyed and started looking for things around the house that I could use to make my own jewelry dish instead of spending! With that being said this is my first DIY for 2016 and I hope you guys like it (It’s super cheap too!)

What You’ll Need

  • A pencil case (If you don’t have an old one .. you can find one at a 99 cent store. Don’t worry about getting something super sturdy or expensive, you’re going to cut it anyways!)
  • Acrylic Paint or Spray Paint
  • Cleaning Agent (Alcohol, Sanitary Wipes Etc.)
  • Hot glue gun and/or adhesive (Optional)

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  1. Clear a working space. I just use an old blanket.
  2. After gathering all your items, cut your pencil case in half. Make sure to cut off all the excess pieces as well. Then be sure to clean the pencil case. Mine is literally years old so that Sani-Cloth (pictured below) came in HANDY!
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  3. Wait until the pencil case is dry and then get to work. I chose to use Spray Paint because I’m lazy and it was just easier for me. Also it’s less time consuming .. which is lazy x2 lol. However, if you’re looking to really design your work of art and go all out then you might want to try out Acrylic Paint.
    If you don’t have access to Acrylic Paint, you can go to your local Arts&Crafts store (Michaels, Sallys Etc) and pick some up; they’re about $1.00/2.00 for each. Spray Paint is a bit more expensive (I had some already), I pick mine up from Home Depot for about 4 dollars a can.
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    You want to make sure that you do two/three even coats and let it dry at least 20 minutes before each coat. This is going to make the color come out more vibrant and evenly.
  4. (Optional Step) If you have a ring holder (like the one pictured below) you can hot glue it to one of your jewelry dishes for an extra design. Being that I’m more of a minimalist, I opted to do that rather than add extra designs to the exterior of my jewelry dish.
  5. (Optional Step) If you’re willing to take the extra step and have adhesive or a glue gun .. feel free to add gems, ribbons or any other decorative design. Make this piece your own & have fun!

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I still have a lot more to do in redecorating my room but I’m glad I finally took this first step! Here’s a look at the completed space, hope you guys like it! Btw, I know I need to get up on my nail polish collection lol .. I’m working on it!

xoxo Cielo.

The Holy Grail – Well for Natural Hair Anyways

I feel kind of cool when people ask me how I take care of my hair. They want to know how I maintain the fullness while still keeping my curls in tack. So I decided to write a post for my natural babies ❤ I’m going to list the products that I swear by and hopefully that helps some of you guys out.

SideBar| There are other products that I use as well .. but I guess you can just call these my favs lol.

First and foremost, months before I decided to be natural I researched all I needed to know about excellent natural hair products. For me .. I swear by anything that HeyFranHey says. She honestly has been a huge inspiration on how to live my life (and take care of myself) in an all natural way (for more than just hair care too, you guys should check her out). She is one of the few that helped me realize that too many of the hair (and body) products we use contain terrible ingredients that are detrimental to our health. So with that being said (with the exception of my hairdye lol) I use all natural products in my hair.

So Here We Go ! ( In no particular order)

1. Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque The title is pretty self explanatory. I use this as a deep treatment. I usually get a foil cap from the beauty supply store (or use a plastic bag) to cover my hair and leave this in my hair for about 20-30 minutes after I have finished washing. It leaves your hair feeling so amazing and I feel like it really does the job!

 

2. Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Extra Moisture Detangler. Now this product is not extremely necessary. However, I loveeeee this product. I use it after I condition especially if I plan to leave my hair out and don’t want my curls to get tangled and unruly throughout the day. My curls look so defined and radiant after using this product.

 

 

3. Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner. I don’t use this conditioner as much anymore. But, if you are a newbie natural (especially if you are transitioning) this was my holy grail #1 product for a very long time. Your curls look extremely full and luscious and your hair just feels amazeeeeee. Lol

 

 

 

4.  Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Reconstructive Finishing Elixir. This product isn’t necessary but it does help to control the frizz and leaves your hair with an extra shine. This is the last product I use when leaving my hair out (after a wash and go) or when I am taking out my twist or braid out.

 

 

 

  5. Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Retention Shampoo. Now I don’t always shampoo my hair. I try to do it every other week because shampoo tends to strip your hair of way too much moisture (especially when used frequently). But when I do, this is one of the VERY few shampoos that I use. Other than that I cowash. However, being that this shampoo is all natural it still leaves your hair feeling extremely soft as opposed to other harsh shampoos that contain parabens and sulfates.
P.S if you see either of those on any products you are using … RUNNNN lol … No seriously!

 

 

6. Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Treatment Masque. Ohhhh I love this stuff. It has literally become one of my new favs. This deep treatment leaves your hair feeling so fresh and soft. I use this the same as my other deep treatments .. (covering my head with a foil cap and leaving it for 20 to 30 minutes).

 

 

 

7. Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Shampoo. Being that this line also infuses peppermint into their treatment the effect is the same as the treatment masque (pictured above). Your hair and scalp just feels so refreshing after using this shampoo. Usually what I do with this shampoo is (after I massage my scalp) I let it sit in my hair for about 5 minutes just so all those healing and hydrating properties are really infused into my scalp. Also (SUPER PLUS) this bottle of shampoo is 16oz for around 10-12 dollars as opposed to other shea moisture shampoos which (I think) are only 8oz for the same price !

 

8. Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo and Conditioner – and Curl and Style Mix. Now this is a 3 in 1 deal. But I thought why not picture these together .. well, because together they are amazing .. and let’s face it … I’m killing 3 birds with one stone lol! Of all the Shea Moisture lines … this one is absolutely my favorite. When using this my hair feels so smooth and soft and free and light and great lol. My curl pattern is outrageouslyyy gorg. There is little to no frizz and it smells incredible!

 

 

**SideBar| Another thing that I like about Shea Moisture is that they let you know how exactly their product is to be used. (Of course you don’t have to use it that exact way .. but it is helpful especially if you are a natural newbie.) Oh and if you wait for the sale at Walgreens you can buy one and get one half off .. lol you’re welcome**

9. Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie. This is my one of go too product for my wash and go styles. I love the way it makes my hair feel and like I just stated this line is my absolute fav from Shea Moistures Collection

 

 

 

10. Jamaican Black Castor Oil. This stuff here doesn’t smell the best but it is instrumental in hair growth. It is also the way that I seal my ends for protective styling. Jamaican Black Castor Oil has so many nutritious properties that you really can’t go wrong with including it in your hair regimen. Also .. a little goes a very long way.

 

 

 

11. Spectrum Unrefined Coconut Oil. I use this for added moisture and shine. Just like JBCastor Oil there are so many healthy aspects to Coconut Oil so adding this to your hair is vital. Especially if your looking to gain fullness. Just be sure that you are getting all natural cold pressed unrefined oils. This means that it has not been processed and the vital ingredients are still there.

 

 

 

 

12.  As I Am Curling Jelly. Now this hasn’t been in my regimen for long. But I have noticed a huge change in my curl pattern after using this product. My curls are definitely more defined but it doesn’t leave my hair feeling stiff (as some other ‘gels’ do) which is a super plus. The only downside is that this product is a bit pricey in comparison to the others.

 

 

 

13. 18-In-1 Peppermint Pure Castile Soap. This is one of my favorites because there is so much that can be done with this awesome soap. Obviously one of the many things is using it in your hair and because of the peppermint it leaves your hair and scalp feeling incredddddd!

 

 

 

 

14. Tea Tree Oil. What is pictured isn’t the brand I use (I ran out and I couldn’t find the one I use on google) but as long as it is 100% natural then you’re good. This is the product that I use to massage my scalp. As with the other natural oils, Tea Tree Oil has many benefits. Massaging your scalp daily (for at least 10 minutes) helps to promote hair growth so it’s something that you want to infuse into your hair regimen .. especially if you desire thickness.

 

 


 

I hope that this list helps someone. #Naturalista Lol

xoxo Cielo.
PeacexLovexHappiness

Superrrr late edit! – My hair texture is a mix of 3c/4a
Heres a picture to help you out …

Date Night

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I’ve always been somewhat of a minimalist .. so why change for date night, lol.

Shirt| Choies
Jeans| H&M
Shoes| Franco Sarto
Bag| Joy & Iman
Leather Jacket| Gifted