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Reviews

In December I did a post on Andre Walker, Oprah’s Hair Stylist for 25 years, new product line (click here). I purchased the products and I have been using them pretty consistently for since January. The only time I did not use the product was when I was getting a relaxer. I use Affirm and it comes with a special shampoo, conditioner, and treatment that I have to use.

Product Description

Hydrate your hair and streamline your look with ease. This set of the keratin-based shampoo and conditioner with a separate, special blend of oil helps to lock in moisture while giving hair an amazing shine.

Keratin Shampoo

  • Helps all hair types build strong, healthy-looking hair
  • Assists with smoothing, hydrating and strengthening from root to tip
  • Creates less lather while cleaning thoroughly
  • Texture of clean hair will feel differently after shampoo
  • Formula includes Keratin, Whole Leaf Aloe Vera and Green Tea Extract
  • Helps prepare hair to receive the benefits of Keratin conditioner

Keratin Conditioner

  • Helps to keep hair smooth and manageable
  • Formula includes Keratin
  • Designed to complement Andre Walker Keratin Shampoo

Q-Oil Quench Essential Oil

  • Creates a shine while helping to make hair easier to manage, stronger and smoother
  • Hair absorbs oil easily and quickly
  • Light and easy-to-use
  • Made from Moroccan Argan Oil

Continue reading for my thoughts and photos of my hair

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A few months ago I went to an event (sorry forgot which one) and received a goody bag. There were various beauty products and samples in the bag and I just placed everything in my goody bag bin and I would sort through everything later. Well when I finally decided to sort through my bin of treasures I saw a lip gloss by Pixi. I never heard of the brand before and I was a little skeptical at first, but any reservations that I had before quickly subsided after I started using the product.

Pixi Vitamin Lip Silk (Source)

A sheer lipgloss with added vitamins, this leaves a transparent slick of shine and a tint of color.  Adds a sheer touch of color to lips for a soft effect.

1. Vitamins A & E: Anti aging ingredients.
2. Vitamin C: A natural antioxidant.
3. Beeswax: A natural emollient that “holds” pigment.
4. Silica: A natural mineral that provides an easy glide.

No.1 Flora – Clear pinky peach.

No.2 Amfinite – Clear peachy nude.

No.3 Tiryn – Clear hot pink.

No.4 Hero – Clear warm red

My Thoughts

I absolutely love this lip gloss! It has the perfect name because it goes on like silk. I have Hero and it gives just a hint of color for those days when I do not want to have a dramatic lip. It looks great paired over various lip sticks and lip glosses. I love blending the hero with with peaches and pinks. I like to use it with my matte red lip stain from e.l.f for the perfect amount of color and shine. I have been using it sparingly until I can get to Target and get another tube.

Pros:

  • Not sticky
  • Goes on very smoothly
  • Not too sheer and adds the right amount of color
  • Conditions and moisturizes your lips
  • Long lasting shine

Cons

  • This may not be a con to some people, but I never pay more than $8 for lipgloss, but this lipgloss costs $15. That is pretty steep for a drugstore brand.

The Pixi Vitamin Lip Silk can be purchased at Target. Click here to buy

Have any of you tried Pixi Vitamin Lip Silk? If so what was your experience?

I was contacted a few weeks ago by Gayle Watson of Family Affair Hair Care about a product called The EdgeStick. Family Affair Hair Care is based out of Atlanta Georgia and is an authorized distributor of the Azure EdgeStick, which is a professional styling tool suitable for all hair types and textures.

 About The EdgeStick (source)

The EdgeStick is designed and manufactured by Suntek Global, which since 2001 has been a leading that include ceramic hair irons, hair dryers, hair straighteners, and trichology scopes.

The EdgeStick is designed and manufactured by Suntek Global, which since 2001, has been a leading manufacturer of innovative lifestyle and beauty products. Suntek Global offers customers a line of hair tools

Product Description (source)

The Azure EdgeStick™ is a professional styling tool that can help you manage your hair, and is suitable for all hair types and textures: coarse, curly, straight, thick and fine. And, it is safe to use on color-treated hair.

The standout feature is the double-comb design with ceramic-coated barrel. The comb separates the individual hair strands at the hairline and roots, allowing the hair to glide untangled across the heated ceramic-coated barrel to achieve an instantly smooth appearance. And unlike any other tool in the industry, the EdgeStick™ lets you get closest to the hair root – even touching the scalp – without the danger of burning your scalp, face, or ears.

 My Thoughts:

So, when I watched the video for The EdgeStick I was instantly impressed. I remember the days that my mom would press my hair in the kitchen with the hot comb on the stove. I used to cringe constantly because of the burning feeling from the heat and the grease. The EdgeStick has the look of the old school hot combs our mothers and grandmothers used to use, but it now uses modern ceramic technology. I used The EdgeStick like it was a regular comb and the results were wonderful. My edges were straighter and made my hair more manageable. I was able to prolong my next touch-up by a week. I only used it on my edges because the rest of my hair is already straight and I did not want to add too much heat.

Pros:

  • It is very light weight. It is not bulky and does not weigh a ton so my arms were not tired when I used it.
  • It has a comfortable handle and long cord which gives a lot of room to get the hard to reach places like “the kitchen.”
  • The LCD digital heat indicator- the settings range from 200 degrees and up. They recommend that course hair use settings above 300. I used it on 400.
  • THERE IS NO BURNING! This should be #1 on the list! I was able to get very close to all of my edges to get them straight. There is no burning of the scalp or the hair.
  • It extends the time between relaxers

 Cons:

  • It is a product that does require heat, so use a heat protecting serum before use.

This product is great for:

  • Women who want to extend the time between relaxers
  • Women who want to transition for relaxed to natural
  • Women who are natural and want to straighten their hair

Click Here to see demonstration on natural hair.

 So I highly recommend this product! It is very affordable also. The professional EdgeStick which goes up to 450 degrees is only $80 in Black and the EdgeStick that goes up to 400 degrees is $70 and comes in white and black.

Disclaimer: The product was sent to me for review by Family Affair Hair Care. I am not affiliated with this company and was not paid. This is my honest opinion and review of the product.

“Chip-resistant 3-in-1 Step Nail Color’s formula has a base coat, color and top coat built right in. Wear alone or with the Sparkling Top Coat for nails that are always in fashion – hands-down.”

This weekend at the My Black is Beautiful event, I got a “manicure” in addition to getting my hair done. Because the Cover Girl Queen Collection was a sponsor, I used the new 3-in-1 nail color in Regal Red. As stated above, this new formula will eliminate the hassel of applying a base coat, to coats of color and the top coat.

I am not sure if it was my “manicurist” (poor girl had no clue what she was doing) or if it was the actual product, but my nails began chipping the very same day. I was going to take a picture to show how my nails look now, but it is too emabarrassing. It’s not like I’m some construction worker or anything and abuse my hands, but the chipping was horrible. The color on the other hand was very rich.

I will give this polish another chance, but if the second time my nails chip again I would consider applying a base coat and top coat. I think a top coat should be applied anyway to ensure your nails won’t chip, but I think they need to go back to the lab with this product.

A few weeks ago, my dean, Massa, hosted a 5 year “Blu Phenomenon” reunion entitle “Phenomenal Emergence.”  It has been 5 yrs since I have been in my sorority and I celebrated with my line sisters at Massa’s house in Delaware. While there she hosted a  Traci Lynn accessories jewelry party.

Via TraciLynn.com

Traci Lynn Fashion Jewelry was established in 1989 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by its founder and president, Dr. Traci Lynn. Dr. Lynn was featured in Essence Magazine for innovative business success. She was a guest on “Good Morning America” with other young entrepreneurs who have succeeded in top-grossing businesses. For nearly 20 years, Traci Lynn Fashion Jewelry has sold high-quality, affordable fashion jewelry through a wholesale network and direct sales. Currently, products are delivered through consultants to customers via home or office shows, personal shopping, and catalog orders.

The jewelry is not only fashionably distinct; it’s made of the finest quality materials. Cubic zirconia, rhodium plating, and Austrian crystals are routinely used so the products are not only affordable, but breathtaking and beautiful!

Traci Lynn believes jewelry creates and opportunity for women to own their own businesses, balance their lives, and achieve financial independence doing something they love! The opportunities are rewarding and limitless. If you desire to start your own business, earn free jewelry, or simply update your wardrobe, Traci Lynn Fashion Jewelry is for you!

Here are some photos of the jewelry

I purchased two necklaces “Flower Girl” and “Abstract”

I get so many compliments on these necklaces its ridiculous. The prices were reasonable ($26) and they are of good quality. They may look heavy, but they are very light weight. There are a few more pieces from Traci Lynn that I am considering purchasing.

The only down side to these accessories is that you have to purchase everything through a consultant. Even though there is a website, you can not shop online. Other than that issue, Traci Lynn jewelry gets my vote.

To find a consultant in your area or to view the catalog click here