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Friday, June 12, 2015

Dark & Lovely Au Naturale Moisture L.O.C Collection || Full Review w/ Demo

Last weekend I finally was able to record my review of the entire Dark & Lovely Au Naturale Moisture L.O.C  Collection.  For the review, I decided to style my hair in a Wash and Go to demonstrate how I used the products.  Everyone knows that I am a big fan of Co-Washes for cleansing my hair but I even used the Shampoil from the collection so that I could give a full and comprehensive review.  Dark & Lovely did provide me with the products but I have provided my honest opinion regarding each product as you will see in the video.  I apologize in advance for the length of the video but I seriously do not know how to do a complete Wash & Go video in under 15 minutes... Especially, when I'm reviewing products at the same time.  LOL.  So sit back, press play and enjoy!  XOXOMCS


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The "E" Word... Let's Talk EDGES



One of the reasons I decided to cut the relaxer out of my hair was because of my thin edges.  I also had hair that was thinning as it grew longer with way too much shedding but the edges of my hairline was a huge concern for me.  I never had super thick edges growing up, before I even relaxed my hair.  My mother kept my hair in cornrows or ponytails for the most part which may have contributed to the thinner hairline.  So, 2012 came and I Big Chopped with the biggest hopes of growing thick, luscious hair with the hairline to match.  Here I am 3 years later with edges that are really no better than they were then.



I may not have the worst hairline but I am conscious about the thinner areas when I'm styling.  Having full and healthy edges is something that is glorified in the Black Community and seen as "better".  A thinner hairline is sometimes thrown in the same basket as having unhealthy hair.  In my experience, I always thought my hairline was so thin because of the relaxer but after having no relaxer for over 3 years now, I'm questioning that theory altogether.  While I don't regret going Natural, best decision ever, it clearly wasn't the solution to my issue.  Now, a thinning hairline can also be caused from too much tension.  Ponytails, braids, wigs, weaves... Any of those things can produce tension along the hairline.  For about 1 year after Big Chopping, my hair wasn't long enough for any type of Ponytail.  In that year, I wore my hair loose in Wash & Go styling and therefore applied absolutely NO tension to my hairline.  The only difference I noticed was an increased thickness (slightly).  The hair itself remained short as if broken off and refuses to grow as long as the rest of my head.  Yes, I've challenged myself to give those areas extra TLC by doing different treatments, applying JBCO (Jamaican Black Castor Oil) daily and be cognizant of styling.  None of these things have worked for me over the years.




Is it genetics?  If my mother has a thin hairline and her mother has a thin hairline, am I out of luck?  All I know is that I've spent the past few years learning how to care for my Natural Hair inside and out.  You would think having beautiful healthy curls would be enough to not care about some edges, but truthfully I don't classify my hair as 100% healthy when my hairline is not where I want it to be.  Yes, writing this will bring attention to an area that I'm super self conscious about but I know this is something that so many black women struggle with.  Having a thinner hairline is not seen as attractive and we've all seen the memes about women with extremely thin edges or even none at all.  Do I want a thicker hairline to please other people?  Not at all.  It's a personal struggle and desire that would just make me feel better about the overall health of my hair.

I'm interested to hear your stories!  If you've struggled with a thinning/thinner hairline and have turned that around, PLEASE give us the secrets.  If you're still having problems, believe me, you're not alone!  XOXOMCS
Sunday, June 7, 2015

Carb Buster Breakfast Recreate #MCSintheKitchen



I am a huge fan of watching the Food Network on Saturday and Sunday mornings to get yummy meal ideas.  Usually, I will take one or two meals and try to recreate them almost immediately or within the next couple of days.  This morning while watching The Pioneer Woman, I fell in love with a Breakfast option she made called "The Carb Buster Breakfast".



If you think the pictures look yummy, you are going go insane over the flavors in this dish.  It's quick and VERY easy to make with so little ingredients needed.  I've included the link below for the full recipe with even more pictures.  I opted to change a few things based on the items I had in my kitchen.  First, I swapped out the tomato slices for halved grape tomatoes.  I still threw the tomatoes on the grill to get those pretty grill marks and heat them up a bit.  Second, I used a little finely shredded italian cheese to sprinkle of the vegetables (prior to laying the eggs on top).  In the original recipe, she chopped some cheese up and placed it alongside the dish almost as garnish.  I love my cheese and I love my cheese ON my food.  LOL.  Lastly, instead of poaching my eggs I cooked them Sunny Side Up.  Since I grease/oil my pan with butter for eggs, I felt the added butter flavor would compliment this dish.  Other than these three minor changes, I followed the recipe exactly and it came out amazing.

This would make an amazing Brunch option for you and your family.  Or, instead of going out for brunch with the girls why not invite them over and serve up this delicious meal.  It's quick, easy and you're going to look like a Rock Star Chef!  Not to mention, they're going to love you for providing a delicious "Carb Busting" meal.  Try it and let me know how you like it.  XOXOMCS

Ingredients
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 medium onion, cut into chunks
1/2 cup diced yellow squash
1/2 cup diced zucchini
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tomato, sliced thickly
1 teaspoon vinegar
2 eggs
1 slice cheese ( Monterey Jack, Cheddar, Swiss, etc.)

Directions
Warm the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook until starting to soften, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the yellow squash and zucchini, sprinkle with salt and pepper and stir and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Grill the tomato slices on a grill pan or simply sear them in a hot skillet. Remove and set aside.

Bring a medium saucepan of water to a gentle boil. Add the vinegar. Use a wooden spoon to carefully stir the water into a circular "whirlpool." Crack the eggs into the water and allow them to swirl around in the water until they begin to set. Let them stay in the water for 1 minute, then remove them with a slotted spoon and set on a plate. If the eggs need to be cooked longer, just add them back to the water for 30 seconds at a time.

Spoon the vegetables on a plate or in a bowl and set the eggs on top. Lay the tomato slices on the side. Place the cheese slice on the side. Sprinkle the eggs with salt and pepper and serve!

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ree-drummond/carb-buster-breakfast.html



Friday, June 5, 2015

Get the Tea || Sip and Subscribe

While my largest following may be on Social Media channels, my best content actually comes from right here, my Blog!  In my attempt to connect my Social Media Community with my blog, I am hosting a Sip & Subscribe Giveaway.  Here's how it works:

1. Enter your email address and Subscribe to my Blog (this can be found under "Shoppe Emails")
2. You will be entered to win your choice of the two Mugs shown below
3. Contest ends and winner will be chosen on June 12, 2015

DearNaturalista
DearNaturalista



Now when you come here to get the latest "tea" on what the latest products on the market are or what's happening in MyCandiShoppe, you'll have a fabulous mug to sip out of while you read.  And, don't worry your inbox won't be inundated with tons of Shoppe emails.  I crank out 2 Blog Posts per week on average so you will receive those directly to your inbox now.  It's a great way to catch up while you're heading into work, on your lunch break or whenever you have some free time.  Good luck to everyone and I look forward to having more of you join me here.  Tell all your friends... IT'S A PARTY!! LOL 
XOXOMCS


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

QUICK REVIEW || OGX Curling Butter Leave-In or Rinse Out




This has been a popular product across Social Media lately due to its inclusion in the May Onyx Box.  The Onyx Box is a monthly subscription box where you receive hair and beauty products monthly for only $25.  After seeing posts about the product, my junkie habits kicked in and I ran to my nearest Ulta to snatch it up.  While this one is specifically geared towards curls, they do have other options in this "Leave-In or Rinse Out" product line.  Since Ulta had BOGO 50% off, I ended up buying the Moroccan Oil Hydrate + Repair product as well.

Deciding how I wanted to use this product was easy since it provided me with choices!  After rinsing my Deep Conditioner out, I applied the Curling Butter directly to my wet hair.  I started with a fairly small amount because I didn't know how thick the consistency would be.  Although, it's called a "butter" the consistency is super lightweight.  You can definitely tell it's loaded with oils immediately upon application which is great and in fact, I found it to be more of an Oil-in-Cream product.  I don't know if I would consider it a Butter.  Personally, I would only use it as a Leave-In product due to its consistency and lack of slip.  It does not coat your hair like a Butter would for it to be useful in detangling as a Rinse-Out Conditioning product.  Since, it is an Oil-in-Cream product, it worked GREAT as my Leave-In and Oil for the LOC Method.  It's a 2-in-1 product in that regards and allowed me to skip a step while styling.  I've seen the product being used as the prominent styling product which I would not do myself.  As I said, this product is very lightweight and does require an additional layering product (whether cream or gel) for styling purposes so the hair doesn't dry out.  Sure, you can use this product by itself for a Wash and Go or for a Twist Out but you will not achieve that juicy, moisturized end result.  Instead, you will likely end up with a fluffier, softer style that will need moisture added back in within 2 days MAX.

Curls AFTER applying product as a Leave-In

If you can't tell already, I would not repurchase this product.  I did return the Moroccan Oil Leave-In or Rinse Out product after using this Curls Curling Butter.  I will continue to use the Curls Curling Butter Leave-In or Rinse Out as a Leave-In option until it's finished.  I would recommend this product for curly girls with a 3C hair type (or lower on the hair typing scale).  If you have a kinkier texture or require more slip, you may not see promising results with this product.  Since, the product is fairly inexpensive you can always give it a try and see for yourself.  I have very high standards when it comes to Conditioner and Slip but luckily this particular product can actually be used for other things as well.  Not all reviews will be RAVE reviews and this one actually isn't bad.  As with any product, if you try it out one way and it fails don't give up... Just reevaluate the product and use it however it may work best for YOU.  If you received the Onyx Box with this product, what were your thoughts?
XOXOMCS

Shoppe Owner


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