Monthly Archives: June 2012

$1 Old Navy Flip Flops!!!

Hi, dolls! Just wanted to let you all know that this weekend Old Navy is having their $1 flip flop sale. So, if you love flip flops as much as I do, make sure you head over early! xoxo

A Huge Curls and Mo “Thanks!”

The amount of interest and support I have received thus far is so overwhelming. Thank you, all! I set a goal of 50 email subscribers by the end of July and got SEVENTY ONE in ONE day! 🙂 (Thank you, Natasha!!!)

Now there’s only one problem: since I’ve reached my goal I need to giveaway my 3 welcome prizes, but no one has entered. Please share the blog and contest links (below) and ENTER (make sure to follow all rules)!  They will be extended until July 8th at 11:59pm.

Please be patient with me while I continue to work out kinks and get on a regular posting schedule. My goal is to provide fun, informative, quality content. Please email me at curlsandmo@gmail.com if you have any questions, comments or ideas.

Stay tuned for my 150 subscribers giveaway. You won’t want to miss out.

xoxo

Welcome Giveaway #1 – imPRESS Press-On Manicure Nails

Welcome Giveaway #2 – Yes To Carrots Travel Set

Welcome Giveaway #3 – $10 Cheesecake Factory Gift Card

Forgotten Fashion Accessory: The Scarf

Recently after brunch with my mom and sister, on our way to the NY Botanical Garden we stumbled upon an amazing boutique, Diana Warren that had the cutest clothes and accessories, including scarves. Vibrant beautiful colors that were handmade by women in Africa. While I definitely didn’t need another scarf, after learning that the proceeds go to fashionABLE* to help these women, I had to buy one. I bought the Meselu Infinity in raspberry. After talking to Diana about the organization and what they do, I felt much better knowing that my unnecessary purchase was very necessary and more than just another scarf to add to my collection.

*To find out more information about fashionABLE please click here.

I hope you both enjoyed and are inspired by this post. Do you love scarves? What’s your favorite charity or organization? Please share below.

Welcome Giveaway #3 – $10 Cheesecake Factory Gift Card [Closed]

Welcome! To kick off my blog I’m hosting 3 small introductory giveaways as a thank you for checking out curlsandmo.com and your support. This giveaway is for a $10 gift card to The Cheesecake Factory. If you are interested, please follow the rules below and thank you! The winner will be announced on this post and contacted via email.

ENTER HERE

Welcome Giveaway #1 – imPRESS Press-On Manicure Nails [Closed]

Welcome! To kick off my blog I’m hosting 3 small introductory giveaways as a thank you for checking out curlsandmo.com and your support. This giveaway is for a set of imPRESS press-on manicure nails. This giveaway will end once I reach 20 email subscribers. Unfortunately, the color is not indicated on the package but the picture above is of the actual product. If you are interested, please follow the rules below and thank you! The winner will be announced on this post and contacted via email.

ENTER HERE

My Black is Beautiful FREE Sisterhood Giveaway

I JUST entered for mine. Like the “My Black is Beautiful” facebook fanpage and click this link now! http://on.fb.me/LObY9O (I’ll be honest, I’m not exactly sure what I’m getting but it’s free and somehow connected to Charmin and as a woman I pay too much for tissue as it is, so why not? LOL.)

Recap: curlBOX NY Meet & Greet at Karen’s Body Beautiful

I am a self-proclaimed anti-groupie (no, I’m serious!) so there are very few celebrities I would even blink twice at if they were standing in front of me at Starbucks. However, Myleik Teele, the founder and CEO (Chief Experience Officer) of curlBOX*, is a natural hair celebrity and someone I respect. No matter who you are (anti-groupie and all) you HAVE TO respect someone who is dedicated and on their grind every single day. And, that’s who Myleik is, a driven young woman who I respect immensely.

Needless to say I was excited when I heard she was coming to NY for a meetup and hosting it at Karen’s Body Beautiful**. I met Karen at the Charleston Natural Hair Expo at the beginning of June and I had heard her speak at National Natural Hair Meetup Day; we all know Karen is amazing. But, I had never been to Karen’s in Brooklyn so for me it was a two for one special: I could meet Myleik and finally visit KBB.

I got there at 6:15 and stood outside waiting to enter for a while; KBB is not big enough to accommodate ALL the women who came out. (The line was still wrapped around the corner when I left at 8:30.) Myleik came out and spoke to us while we waited (she said it wasn’t fair that we suffer in the heat alone – heart her) and Karen came out and passed out waters (heart her, too). While we stood I personally asked Myleik about her NY meetings at Essence, Ouidad, etc. and she explained that her goal during this trip (and always) is to show the brands how important *we* black women are to and in the market as consumers. #respect

ADDED BONUS! I got to see Fran from heyfranhey and YouTube, a high school, friend I hadn’t seen in years.

While I’m not subscribed to curlBOX, I definitely wanted to meet Myleik and I’m definitely happy I went. It was very inspiring to hear her and Karen talk about supporting each other.

For pictures, please visit my gallery here.

Did you attend? Are you subscribed to curlBOX? Please share below.

*curlBOX is a super exclusive monthly subscription service for women with curly hair. Learn more about it here.

**Karen’s Body Beautiful is a hair and skin care line that is sold online and at her store in Brooklyn where she also provides spa serves. Learn more about it here.

FREE Miss Jessie’s Samples (& Product Talk)

Yes. I know. Some curlies don’t *love* (and won’t even try) MJ products because of the ingredients – they’re not all natural. Personally I don’t care about ingredients. If a product works for me, it works for me. I mostly drink water, try to get at least 6 hours of sleep and eat lots of fruits and veggies. Thus, the dead hair on my head is pretty healthy. Soooo as you can imagine I was super excited when I learned that Miss Jessie’s is giving away FREE samples (click here for the site). 😀

I have several MJ products and I really like them. I know. I know. You’re probably thinking “if you’re such a “frugalista” how and WHY would you pay that much for products?” And, you’re right so let me break it down.

Rapid Recovery Deep Treatment, 16 oz $48:  I got this for FREE at a Shecky’s event last year. (Yes, you should be jealous. Lol.)

Super Sweetback Treatment, Samples: I also got these at two different Shecky’s events.

Curly Pudding & Curly Meringue, 8 oz each $22 each: I got these from Target during the BOGO free. So that’s $11 each…can’t beat that.

Super Slip Sudsy Shampoo, Samples: I got a few at Shecky’s events and also bought six on ebay for next to nothing.

Creme de la Creme Conditioner, Samples: I also received this sample from Shecky’s.

Quick Curls, 2 oz $9: My mom received this sample at an event she attended.

I ordered the Curly Buttercreme samples because that’s the only product I was interested in trying. I’m excited to try it out on twists.

Have you tried Miss Jessie’s? What’s your favorite product?

Review: Maybelline Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Shadow

I know I’m late buuuut…while in Walgreens recently buying greeting cards, I ventured to the makeup aisle to price mascara.* I was pleasantly surprised when I saw that most of the Maybelline products were BOGO 1/2 off. I had been lusting for their Color Tattoo for months but since I rarely wear makeup now, I didn’t see the point.

Late last year a friend was looking for new eye shadows. I suggested the Color Tattoo and Wet n Wild palettes, she purchased a Color Tattoo. A few days later she called to say she loved it so much she had purchased two more and thanked me for the recommendation. Despite the amazing reviews all over the web, I knew HER stamp of approval meant it was legit.

So that day in Walgreens I picked up a tube of mascara and a Color Tattoo in Bold Gold. And, I am SO happy that I did. The color is gorgeous and vibrant, it has amazing staying power (it survived my oily lids at an outdoor concert with only minimal creasing) and it’s a great price (especially if you can find it on sale). While I haven’t tried the other colors, all the reviews I’ve seen have been positive.

*Tip: I ONLY buy mascara when it’s on sale. My preference is a curved brush in very black but…whatever. Lol. Unless you have a favorite mascara that you HAVE to use, in my opinion they’re all pretty much the same. Maybe that’s because some weeks I can go days without applying any at all. Idk… *shrug*

Check out my YouTube review here.

Have you tried the Maybelline Color Tattoo eye shadow? What did you think? Please share below.

Review: Sigma Cleansing and Polishing Tool

About two months ago I purchased a Sigma Cleansing and Polishing Tool and it is amazing. I’ve been using St. Ive’s Apricot Scrub since I was a teenager and while it’s still my go-to for exfoliating, I wanted something a little more powerful and effective since exfoliating with your hands is not the best method. I heard and read a lot about the Clarisonic Mia so I did LOTS of research (which is my routine anytime I’m going to spend over $50 on anything – the Clarisonic Mia is $119 and the Clarisonic Mia 2 is $140). I didn’t see any negative reviews on the product. However, in researching it, I learned about the Sigma Cleansing and Polishing Tool which at first glance just appeared to be a cheaper version (the Sigma Cleansing and Polishing Tool is $39) of the Clarisonic so I was skeptical but here’s what I learned after personally using the product.

First, the Sigma Cleansing and Polishing Tool comes with 3 brush heads: soft, medium and firm (which can be purchased separately from the Sigma site when it’s time to replace them). The soft is “recommended for daily facial cleansing and polishing”. The medium is recommended for “daily, all over, body exfoliation”. Finally, the firm is “recommended for deeper body exfoliation of dry areas, such as the elbows, knees and heels”. I use the soft brush on my face. I also tried the medium brush on my face but it was too abrasive. The medium and firm are best for the body, in my opinion. I haven’t used the tool to exfoliate my body yet since I use exfoliating gloves and mitts in the shower but I’ll update this review if I do. The Clarisonic only comes with one brush attachment but you can purchase additional ones on the Clarisonic website. For me, the Sigma Cleansing and Polishing Tool was a better option because if I didn’t like one brush, I knew I had two others to choose. Also, this difference instantly raises the Mia price from $119, if you want to purchase more brushes. One brush head is $25 and a twin pack is $40.

Second, the Sigma Cleansing and Polishing Tool is battery operated while the Mias have a rechargeable battery. Personally, I prefer to replace batteries rather than worry about recharging my tool before I can use it. In my opinion batteries are also easier for travel. If you forget your cord at home, you can’t use the Mia.

Third, the Sigma Cleansing and Polishing Tool is not waterproof. Some people didn’t like this since it’s easiest to use it in the shower. I use my Sigma Cleansing and Polishing Tool in the shower with no problem. I simply make sure I don’t submerge it in water. This isn’t an issue for me since I have a mirror in my shower (don’t judge me) which is on the opposite end of my shower head so I never use it directly under water anyway.

Fourth, some people didn’t like that the Sigma Cleansing and Polishing Tool brush head spins instead of vibrating like the Mias. However, since I’ve never used a Clarisonic Mia on my face (I’ve only tested it on my arm at ULTA) I’m not “missing” anything. Some reviewers noticed the difference because they’re Clarisonic users which is understandable but I don’t.

Finally, another complaint was that you can’t apply your cleanser directly to the center of the Sigma Cleansing and Polishing Tool brush like you can with the Mia because the Sigma Cleansing and Polishing Tool is open in the center. I simply apply my cleanser either directly to my face or to the brush bristles instead of the center of the brush. I don’t have an issue with this because this has always been my routine with this tool.

Personally, I love my Sigma Cleansing and Polishing Tool and I have seen a huge difference in my skin. This was definitely a great purchase and I’m glad I found it before I purchased the Clarisonic. I didn’t see the point of spending three times as much for a Clarisonic.

If you’ve been contemplating buying a Clarisonic and are on a budget or just price conscious, do some research on both. Check out this YT video from All Things Fabulous 101 about the Sigma Cleansing and Polishing Tool and this one from michele 1218 comparing both.