Black Soap sent me to the Hospital

I purchased a huge chunk of pure black soap a few weeks ago to help clear up my skin.  I have used black soap several times in the past with no problem.  This chunk took me by surprise when my WHOLE BODY stated to break out.  I have no known allergies to any products or medication.

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I was reluctant to go to the hospital because I was convinced that somehow there was a spider or something following me around for a few days feasting on me because I’m just soooo sweet.  I was itching everywhere and showered 3 times a day scrubbing my body in the black soap believeing that this would help ease the symptoms not knowning that I was only making it worse.  I took benedryl to help me sleep but as I woke up for a few days that rashes and itching was still unbearable.

After 4 days I decided to go to the ER.  The doctor examined me and said there weren’t any bites on me and asked if I had eaten anything or used any new products.  I told him about my new all natural black soap and he was suggested that I stop using it for a day or 2 to see if my rash subsides.  I did so and the very next day my skin was nice and clear again with no irritation.

 


My Takeaway: Be careful where you buy all natural products.  It looked fine to me and I have used this product in the past without an issue so I believe that it came in contact or was mixed with something out of he norm.  Best of luck beauties.

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Product Review: Shea Butter

Like many problems there is a natural cure that usually is more effective than anything found in a bottle.  Shea butter is made from the nuts found on the African Shea tree.  I purchased my tub of natural shea butter from my local beauty supply store for $3.99.  It came in a plastic container as a chunk of raw yellow shea butter.

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Here are 5 reasons why you should use Shea Butter:

1. Deep hydration for hands and feet: can be worn overnight with socks or gloves to soothe dry, cracked skin

2. Prevents wrinkles: can be used as an anti-aging balm to renew cell and prevent wrinkles

3. Hair sculptor: tame and sculpt hair to hold it in place. It is also good for defining curls

4. Natural soothing cream: helps to soothe irritation from mosquito bites and reduce swelling

5. Lip balm: great for soothing dry cracked lips and protect the lips for cold, harsh weather

 

These are just 5 ways that I use my raw shea butter.  It is found in several products but there is nothing like the real thing.  Here are 50 Ways to Use Shea Butter and best of all is you can reap all of the benefits of shea butter without the crazy price tag of a brand.

 

Best of luck beautiful

 

 

Summer Mini Haul- Black Soap and Shea Butter

I have been speaking with a friend who is very into using natural products and I was lectured for using store-bought lotions and soaps.  I am a huge fan of lotions that promise to mositurize all types of skin and soaps/ body wash that exfoliate the skin and smell yummy and exotic.  Personally I fell like I have “bad skin” and I am breaking out a bit more than usual so it is time for a change.

My face, chest, back and shoulders are not looking up to par so I took his advice and headed to my local beauty supply store and purchased pure shea butter and pure black soap.  I have used these products in the past but not consistently.

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I will show you my progress or the lack of from using this pure combination.

Wish me luck.

Stay Beautiful

 

Product Review: Creme of Nature with Argan Oil Perfect Edges Hair Gel

Good Afternoon to all of my beautiful followers.  I hope your day is off to a blessed beginning.

Summer is on its way and the weather is absolutely beautiful so I decided to switch up my do.  I picked up a jar of Creme of Nature’s Perfect Edges hair gel from my local beauty supply store and put it to the test for my frohawk hair do of the day.

I like this hair gel because it’s not greasy and didn’t flake on me.  I applied it to my edges along with a spritz of extra virgin olive oil and used a tooth-brush to make sure the product was applied throughout hoping it would hold up.

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This is me after a long day at work with my edges still in place.

It definitely got the job done and I would purchase it again without hesitation.

Thank you creme of nature!!!

Graduating Class of 2014 Look

I met with a stylist Ashley Dolton yesterday and she did her thing.

Take a look at a potential graduation look for my upcoming ceremony at the Javits center.

1609946_10152110145486947_1647248526766685268_nI absolutely adore this look.  I never wear white but this look is showstopping!

The pop of pink on my lips tied it all in.

Great job

You can find her on IG: @virginpearls

 

College Graduation Attire

Almost everyday weather I am on the train to school or at work, someone asks me if I am African.  I would have loved to originate from the mother land but my parents are west indian.  I am a mix of several Caribbean islands but I would consider myself mostly Jamaican and Basian.

At times when I wear my hot pink lipstick I do see African-like features in my face and with my natural hair I favor a women of African descent.  For my second college graduation I want to wear something VERY DIFFERENT and original.

I decided to have a dress custom made for me out  of kente cloth.  I went to  The Bola International Boutique today in Harlem located at 2 West 125th street to create the perfect outfit for me.  I have a 29 inch waist and 52 inch hips so it is extremely difficult to find dresses that fit my top and bottom.  Besides, my graduation is means for a custom made outfit.

Upon arrival a gentleman let me choose my fabric from their wide variety and this was a tough decision.  There were several patterns that caught my eye and I was very indecisive and changed my mind four times but I chose fabric that I felt would stand out and make me pop.  I brought a print out of what I wanted and was measured on the spot.  He drew up a very reasonable quote for me and I was out the door feeling confident that I will reieve just what I asked for.  I am super excited to pick up my dress in a week.

Here is a look at the fabric that I chose

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Natural Hairstyles for Special Occasions

I will be walking the stage with my Bachelor’s degree of science from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2 weeks!!!!  I am beyond excited and anxious to walk the stage after 4 lovely years of hitting the books.

As i put some thought into my attire for graduation of course I had to think of a few hairstyles that would work with me being that I have to wear my cap for the ceremony.  As you all know I did the Big Chop last October and I wear my hair out everyday but it is too still too short to fall down enough to fit under my cap.

I am sure that there are tons of successful, beautiful natural sisters out there with the same dilemma.  I made an appointment at a salon downtown to get my hair professionally done for graduation.  Here are the options that I am considering:

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I am a little worried that my hair isn’t long enough for either of the styles but I have to do something.  I love my day-to-day twist out but I would love a different look for my special day.

I have not used heat at all on my hair post big chop but I am pretty sure the salon will.  One day won’t kill my tresses.  I will keep you ladies updated and you guys will be the first to see my freshly styled hair.

Stay tuned beautiful

-Aysha

 

Product Review: Creme of Nature Pudding Perfection Curl Enhancing Creme

Hello to all of my beautiful followers. I have been slammed with midterms and my 2 full times jobs so i apologize for not posting in quite sometime.

I ran out of my favorite curling pudding and my local beauty supply store can’t seem to get there hands on it either. I guess it’s just that good. I have been using my natural oils(coconut, olive and castor) when twisting my hair at night and i have been looking like a frizzy mess theses past couple of weeks. I didn’t know where to turn so i decided to try the creme of nature curl enhancing creme with Argan oil.

My first impression was that it smelled great. Not the fruity scent that i am used to, but more so a rich perfume.

I co washed my hair with my Tresseme conditioner that i absolutely love and stand by. Afterwards i towel dried my tresses and applied the creme to my hair then used my pick to assure that i was tangle free. I twisted my hair into several Bantu knots while wet and let it dry overnight. In the morning i untwisted and seperated each section and styled my hair with a side part.

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I was not as pleased as i usually am with my usual pudding. My hair was a bit frizzy and wasn’t as silky as it usually comes out when i twist my hair. Much better than twisting with nothing but pure oils so it did tame my hair somewhat.

My takeaway: I would purchase this product again if my usual curling pudding was out of stock. This worked in terms of defining my curls but would not be my number one choice due to the lack of luster and the frizzyness.

Remember that everyone is different and you may swear by this product but it’s just not the product for me.
Thank you for reading beautiful 🙂

March of Dimes

Good afternoon to all of my loyal readers.

As you may of may not know I am the aunt of an Angel.  I lost my first nephew Matthew on October 3,2012. My nephew was born at only 25 weeks, and suffered during the 10 days he lived in the NICU. This pain is heart ache I live with everyday.  It’s the kind of pain that never goes away, therefore I try my best to prevent other babies from going through what my son had to endure.

My sister decided to take a stand and be proactive in preventing more babies from dying by joining the March of Dimes. I am asking you, to help make a change in the lives of our children.

We will be walking in the Woodbury Common Premium Outlets in Central Valley, NY at 8am on April 27th.

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Please help us by donating to the March of dimes with the link provided below.

Marchforbabies.org/green2012

No Donation is too small, even a 1.00 dollar donation is appreciated!

Thank you for your time, and consideration.

Love,

Auntie Goodas

Aysha Michelle Supports CARE

Today as I was walking from Penn Station to school I was approached by a young man by the name of Dylan who is an advocate for CARE.org.  After a very detailed description of what CARE is all about I was more than happy to become apart of the CARE team.

CARE’s mission is to serve individuals and families in the poorest communities in the world.  With my support I can help attack poverty at it root by making sure children go and stay in school, reduce maternal mortality and help maintain long-term change for women and children.

For less than a dollar a day I now provide 3 meals a day and emergency relief help to those in need.  I spend about 4 dollars a day on coffee alone without putting a second thought into it so I figured I could spare a few cents to help those who cannot help themselves.  The donation process was very short and simple but will have a huge impact on families around the world.  If I was ever in need I hope that someone would do the same for me.

I am a Partner for Change.

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