Hair that smells like dessert? We're in!
A few months ago the lovely folks at Au Rebelle sent over some of their best sellers for Pooffie and I to take for a spin. We were sent the Murumuru Leave-in-Conditioner and the LCO (Liquid Cream Oil) Kit which includes the the Just Water, the Vanilla Cupuacu Hair Lotion and the Just Oil. We've had them for just about four months and love the results! The LCO Kit was used on it's own for two weeks then both it and the Murumuru Leave-in-Conditioner were used in conjunction with our regular products and incorporated into the daily routine.

Below I've reviewed the products, including Pooffie's response to them. Also included are some photos of how juicy and moist my kinks were looking while using these products on their own.


SMELL
These products smell absolutely divine! We went in Rituals Coffee House the other day and I swore I smelled the Vanilla Cupuacu! All the products have a deliciously light scent, there's nothing that is too overpowering or sickeningly sweet.

PACKAGING
The Just Water,  Murumuru Leave-in-Conditioner and Vanilla Cupuacu Hair Lotion were packaged quite well, nothing out of the ordinary but I was a bit disappointed with the Just Oil. The first time I used it the base of nozzle split, squirting oil everywhere. That guy now lives in a Ziploc bag! (Of course that particular nozzle may have been the only defective one.)

POOFFIE'S RESPONSE Just Water 
Before using the Just Water I was apprehensive. Why on earth would you use this stuff when you've got "Just Water" coming out of the bathroom tap? But...this stuff is awesome! After the first use we were sold! Pooffie was immediately hydrated and stayed moisturized and soft for the entire day! It also works really well with products from other brands and you don't have to saturate your strands to get results!

Vanilla Cupuacu Hair Lotion
Pooffie loved this stuff! Not much else can be said! It's consistency was the perfect blend of thick and thin, it smelled like the dessert of your dream and worked really well!

Just Oil 
I really wanted to love the Just Oil, I really did. It seemed perfect! It had great Ingredients, great consistency and great smell. Pooffie however hates it! It just sit on the the strands and leaves them wiry and greasy . I've tried changing the amount I apply but Pooffie just isn't having it as a sealant. On the other hand she loves it as a hot oil treatment!

Murumuru Leave-in-Conditioner
Pooffie wants to like this but solo it's a little too light for her 4c nature. Naturals with a different texture may fall head over heels with it and paired with the Vanilla Cupuacu or another heavier moisturizer it works perfectly at keeping Pooffie super moist! It also works pretty well when included in our DIY hair mist.




Pooffie and I loved these and will be trying some of the other products that they've got! I'm planning on purchasing the Just Water and Vanilla Cupuacu when our current bottles run out.

I'd definitely recommend giving Au Rebelle a try! 
You can browse through their selection of products here.
Ps. They've currently got some great Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals!


****The items reviewed in this post were gifted by Au Rebelle. All thoughts and views are genuine. I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be useful for my readers.**** 
Can you believe that we're a month away from Christmas? I can hardly wait for the food, the merry making and  if you've avoided The Naughty List perhaps you'll find a present waiting under the tree!

 A few weeks ago someone asked what I would like for Christmas, practically thinking this five year old laptop needs replacing, my phone has been having problems and new bed sheets would be nice! Around here we prefer not to think too practically about the most wonderful time of the year, so I sat down and sorted through a few hundred screen shots of items I've been lusting after for the last few months. Those that would make the loveliest gifts have been weeded out and there's something for everyone! Have a look at the top 22 things that would make Christmas morning extra marvelous, maybe you'll find something special for your special someone, even if that special someone is you!
 







































 






Which one of these would you love to find under the tree on Christmas morning?
What's on your wish list this Christmas?

 

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     Yarn extensions have changed my  protective styling game! I've been installing yarn extensions for almost two years and Pooffie absolutely loves them! Naturally there are a few cons but the good far out weighs the bad! Below are five great reasons to choose yarn extensions for your next protective style.

1.  Yarn Extensions are Light Weight
Yarn is one of the lightest materials that you can use when installing a protective style.  With most braiding hair getting that gorgeous thick, full or long look requires quite a few packs of hair which eventually add up in weight and may end up pulling, breaking and damaging your precious strands. With yarn you get the bulk without the weight. One point to note is that this stuff gets HEAVY when wet, like dislocate your neck heavy. So I wouldn’t advise swimming with these installed.
 
      2.   Yarn Extensions Offer Endless Colour Options
Yarn extensions offer the perfect opportunity to indulge your creativity. The colour options are pretty much unlimited and you can mix and match your way into My Little Pony perfection if that’s your desire. Personally I love using black yarn as the base colour, throwing in streaks or clusters of bright colours to add a pop. Eventually I’ll work up the courage to rock a head full of baby blue twists! 

      3. Yarn Extensions Are  Affordable
Yarn delivers more bang/braids for your buck when compared to the price of Kanekalon, Marley, Afro Kinky Bulk and other popular braiding hair. 
 
4.  Yarn Extensions Provide A Natural Texture
One of the best things about using yarn extensions is probably the texture. Yarn has this course, dull look that makes it absolutely perfect for natural hair, especially 4c hair. Most styles using other extensions begin to look messy and unkempt by the second week but yarn ages beautifully! 

5. Yarn Extensions Offer Styling Versatility
Using yarn provides you with a whole lot of versatility when it comes to styling. You have so many options to choose from! Booty brushing braids, chunky twists, a 90’s box braid bob, faux locs or crochet braids and there are some styles I probably haven’t thought of as yet! You can make your protective style as long or as short, as thin or as thick as you like!


Have you ever tried yarn extensions?
What was your experience like?




4c hair loves Shea butter as a sealant! Well, that's according to countless natural hair blogs and YouTube gurus but apparently no one has informed Pooffie about this. For about one and a half years I religiously slapped whipped Shea butter unto Pooffie and waited for a silky, soft, well moisturized head of hair to manifest itself. I'm still waiting for that Shea butter induced miracle!

I've come to realize that Pooffie is probably one of those  heads of natural hair that despises Shea butter. It just sits on the strands attracting dust and giving off that funky, slightly rancid Shea Butter smell. Ugh! After a bit of experimentation the perfect sealant to replace Shea butter in the L.C.O method has made itself known!

It's quite ridiculously simple but this blend of oils has changed the way Pooffie feels and behaves. It's heavy enough to seal in moisture but light enough to avoid having my hair become a clammy, sticky mess. She's no longer stiff  (I honestly thought Pooffie was naturally wiry/stiff), limp and weighed down or overly greasy and we no longer have to do the complete L.C.O method every other day when she's not in a protective style. I do the L.O.C method once a week then lightly mist the hair once or twice a day. And there you go, moisturized hair! Just like that! By changing one part of our routine!



If you'd like to give our oil mix a try it's really easy to whip up! No handheld mixers required! 

2 oz Castor Oil
2 oz Olive Oil
5 drops Peppermint Oil

Shake well and lightly apply after your liquid and cream. There ya go! You're welcome! 





Let's talk! 
What's your hair's favorite sealant? Is it Shea butter? Is it one particular oil? Is it a blend of oils?

What's better than a Sunday morning adventure? Mmm... maybe a Sunday morning spent in bed, on a rainy day, with a good book and a cup of cinnamon chai! But, back to the matter at hand!

Antigua has no proper mountains, rivers, lakes or waterfalls, so I'm taking advantage of all the natural resources that Trinidad has to offer. The Rio Seco Waterfall Trail is one of the easiest that we've hiked so far. I only fell once! Wearing white leggings wasn't the brightest of ideas. The trail is well  maintained and tree roots become welcomed stairs on the steep inclines, it's also rather safe thanks to the railings that are placed at the particularly treacherous areas. The surround forestry is lush, it's easy to become snap happy and end up at the tail of the hiking party! The actual waterfall isn't very high or spectacular but it is gorgeous and does boast one of the largest and deepest river pools in the country.  After hiking for about an hour, soaking in the cool water was absolutely refreshing. Having the decent sized fish that call the pool home dart about your legs is pretty cool too!


We're more than ready for the next adventure! 

Have you gone on any adventures recently? 
Share with with us!

The title of this post says it all. I've been natural for two years! Ring the bells, bust out the cake, sprinkle the essential oils! Year two took so unbelievably long to arrive yet it seems like just last month that I was hacking off stringy relaxed ends! A lot of the time it seems like Pooffie isn't growing as fast as she should or as fast as other people's hair, which can be absolutely depressing!  Thank goodness for photographs! We've come along way, Pooffie and I! 

In the year to come my biggest hair goal is probably learning not to compare what's sprouting out of my scalp to other people hair! Sometimes I catch myself saying "I wish my hair could do that style!" or  "If only my hair was just a little (or a lot!) longer!"

By giving Pooffie lots of love I'm definitely aiming to maintain a healthy head of hair! I'm trying to stay away from setting concrete length goals because it's such a huge disappointment when those aren't achieved on time! Eventually waist length  hair would be pretty nice but for now there's no pressure! 

The pictures below were taken on or around the same date in August 2013, 2014 and 2015 respectively. So excited at the progress that's been made! Can't wait for August 2016! 

You can read my Big Chop Story Here and have a look at my Natural Hair Journey Here





Much Love

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