REVIEW: Nilotiqa Deep Moisture Butter

If you follow me on the gram you’re better than everyone else and that’s a fact. No exaggeration 😙

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Aside from your amazing good looks you also have access to quality content i.e. how f*kken cold I am in Paarl. This winter has been doing the most to my fro and your girl needed a straight miracle to bless the tress.

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When you take your requests to the Lord in prayer and petition and he delivers the goods 🙏😇

 

The good folk of naturalhair.co.za and Nilotiqa wanted someone to review the Nilotiqa Deep Moisture Butter. I live to serve my squad so I selflessly stepped up to devote my hair and time to giving the people an honest review. You know me, so uninterested in new products. 👀🌝

Now when I do a review I always go in really aggressive. It’s like good cop/bad cop except there is no good cop. People’s hard earned coins are at stake here, we can’t afford to play games.

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Kanti money is money, we don’t waste time on products that don’t do the things

 

Then I opened the jar… unscrewed the lid to a world that smelled like cupcakes and magic. A heavenly cream that took my winter fro from struggling to flourishing in the space of a washday.

Can you blame me for folding though?😍

 

We stan a multipurpose queen- and boy can this gurl do it!😘 I’m usually quite the stickler for using a product as what it says on the label. If it’s a moisturizing product then I don’t expect it to define my curls. It’s like a primer before make-up; you don’t expect it to be a popping highlighter or anything right?🤷🏽‍♀ If a product has “curl cream’ or “styling” somewhere in the name then that’s where I expect my curls to pop and have lasting hold. In the same way, I wouldn’t expect the styling product to give my hair as much moisture like a leave in conditioner would. This is why I stan the LOC method of layering moisture. Yes Sharon who just uses Curl La La this is a direct drag and you should feel bad for doing such nonsense. 🙄

After that long winded rant I’m about to eat my own words 🙊. This butter works equally as well to moisturize AND define my hair! I honestly think this is the first product that can legit have this claim to fame because it’s so versatile. I truly wonder what magic ingredient formulation these witches of good hair brewed because my hair loved it for both wash and goes and protective styles.

As a self-proclaimed Product Hoe™ it’s important for my products to play well with products from different brands. I know, I know, I ask a lot. But truth is, my ass plays bartender on washdays cocktailing products looking for that perfect pina colada curl combo. The last thing I need is something that curdles, creating white balls. Balls in your hair (white or not) are never fun 🌝

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It’s my blog. I get to make the tasteless jokes.

 

This butter is quite the sociable one, mixing with lots of my other products. I could use it as a curl cream or as a leave in base moisturizer without any residue or flaking occurring.

Online I’ve seen multiple hair textures rave about the brand and I love how we can all share in the bomb hair 💯💞 So yes, maybe you see me as some loose curl hoe acting like she knows what’s what (plot twist: I do 😜 😂) but there are numerous testimonials from curly to kinky loving them some Nilotiqa!

Now to the price point: Its R135 for 200ml. Depending on whether you grocery shop at Woolworths or Checkers you may see this differently; personally as a Pick n Pay Smart Shopper (5688 points and counting), this is more than the usual R120 limit per product I usually spend. Despite my cheapskate ways I fully recommend investing (because you best know that I WILL be repurchasing!). I tend to be heavy-handed with product- especially if I’m using it as a leave-in conditioner- and I’ve since learnt a little goes a LONG way with this stuff. I have been dipping in and out of this tub for three weeks now and it’s still half full. Glass half-full, wallet still in decent shape and fro living it’s best life- is there anything else you can ask for? 👅

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Go spend money babes. Treat yo self.

xx

Sean

REVIEW- Call Me For Curls

Okay so this has been a review for a long time coming. I’m the worst, I know. Much like that trashboi you keep believing will change, thank you for believing I will post consistently. Unlike that trashboi, I actually love and appreciate you.

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But I digress. Today we decide if Call Me For Curls is worth your hard-earned spenderoonies. Call Me For Curls is a local brand created by Rifa B Salvatore. She has fine curly hair and soon realised her fro didn’t want to play nice with any of the store brands she tried.

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The struggle is REAL

At some point she got over the ‘guessing-game-trial-and-error-Clicks-3-for-2-take-all-my-money’ method and decided to make her own products. That was a few years ago and when I tried the products back then there were definitely some… sticky moments 👀 🙊The range was really budget friendly, but at that stage you got what you paid for; the products had a very limited shelf life. As a self-proclaimed product hoe, this meant I couldn’t skip between brands every week and thus I couldn’t see CMFC fitting into my regimen.
I rediscovered the brand at the Texture Hair Event held recently, and decided to try out the revamped Call Me For Curls Range.

Deep Treatment (R96 for 200g)

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Can someone say THICC! This conditioner is so thick I had to dilute it with water to get a consistency my hair could absorb. Now I’m not hating, because that made the product last so long because I didn’t have to use a lot at a time. Looking at the ingredients I would use this as more a moisturizing treatment rather than a strengthening/protein treatment. My curls felt hydrated after each use, and I found myself consistently reaching for this conditioner as part of my washdays.
Leave-In Conditioner (R96 for 200g)

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Okay I’ll be real. Again this required diluting but that might be because I prefer more slip when I use a leave-in. It definitely still moisturized my hair but the application and feel of the product wasn’t my favorite. If you’re a natural who prefers thick butters over thinner, liquid-y leave-ins, then I think you’ve found your next holy grail. It also double duties as a body lotion, so there’s zero excuse to be an Ashy Ashley this winter!

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Save yourself from this shame 🤣

Seeing the evolution of CMFC has left me with a soft spot for this #localislekker brand. Also I just tried these two products but they have more haircare as well as skincare available. Its:

  • Budget friendly
  • Natural ingredients (she has ingredients available on request, so the Curly Girl stans can check that everything is #CGFriendly)
  • Stores for a long time
  • Mixes well with other products

If you’re a student looking to try something new (or an adult on a budget because financial goals are a thing #hustlehuntyyy), this is definitely an option to keep your fro looking boujee 💁🏾‍♀️

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CMFC doing the mo(i)st for the fro 💦💦💦

Get you some CMFC goodness here:

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Website: https://callmeforcurls.ecwid.com/

Vana Get Real With Me?

Yello beeps!

We’s baaaack with some of this and some of that, all the good stuff- and today we finna get very honest.

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Yep, even more than that time we discussed birth control. Prepare your body.

So I was sent this product called the Vana Naturals Everything Butter. It retails at R120 for 100ml of a delightfully fluffy, melting-into-moisturizing goodness. It is organic, and contains a blend of deliciousness including shea butter, mango butter, coconut oil and vanilla essential oil. Even the way its packaged will make you want to sneak a lil taste:

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I MEAN 🤤

Now as with all products containing coconut oil, I did a young patch test just to see if my skin would freak out on me 🙄 True to form, anywhere near my face would cause a pimple because my skin is petty like that. However I found that the as long as I avoided areas prone to clogged pores (such as my face, neck and back)…–gets distracted and starts singing Khia’s classic ditty MY NECK< MY BACK< NOTGONNATYPETHERESTCOSITSNASTYANDIMNOTTRYNABETHATWAYHERELOL–

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Okay we’re back to regular programming. I figured I could use the butter as long as there was no contact to those areas without trouble. I first used it as part of my washday to seal my wash and go. I applied a small amount to parts that tend to get frizzy and dry quickly, focusing on the ends. My wash and go was soft and my hair was shinier than normal- the butter definitely did the things!

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#20ShineTeen 😍

But it’s an Everything Butter: hair isn’t exactly everything. Given my sensitivity to coconut oil, I decided to use it on my feet every night. I’m a Durban child and we have this tendency to wear flip-flops EVERYWHERE. I have the V-shaped tan line and alles 😂 Plus my feet tend to get reaally dry. Like No Country For Old Men dry. Once an SO saw my feet when I was too lazy to lotion all the way down (we have all been there, hold your judgement 👀) and was truly shocked at how dry they were. Needless to say, I made sure to always moisturize the feet from that day 🦶 Calluses and cracked heels are my portion if I don’t apply something, so I decided to try Vana as my something. It did an excellent job! My feet are now supple and soft, but it went one step further:

 

                                               It fixed my janky toenail!

We’re not going to discuss how my nail got to this point. It’s a long and sad tale for another post XD But it is the only one that is flaky, softish, dry and generally weird. It’s the reason why I only wore open-toed shoes if I had nail polish on, because this toe would scare young children if I walked around displaying it. I tried everything to fix it but it never grew out normally, until now. I don’t have to hide my naked feet. They can flash everyone as they please. This is the dream. I’m planning a thanksgiving dinner at the church to praise God for this miracle. Okay maybe not a whole thanksgiving dinner, but I’m still super grateful I no longer have the big toe of a troll.

So this truly is head-to-toe an everything butter! What would you like to use some Vana goodness on?

xx

Sean 🙂

 

Exclusive/Inclusive (Honest Review of AJ Curls, Cocktails & Cabanas)

So if you have your provincial colours in being a naturalista, you’d have seen the promos for Aunt Jackie’s Curls, Cocktails & Cabanas. Now from the outset I must state that I’m not out to be shady because we are too damn old for those high school ‘you can’t sit with us’ vibes- I just know my readers expect my total honesty so I’m always gonna keep it 100 🙌🏾

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Only serving that real talk and love here sis

From the time I heard about this event, something in me felt… unsettled. The basic premise of the event was getting a chance to party with your favorite naturalista bloggers and live your best life- except you couldn’t buy tickets. If you wanted to party it up with those influencer babes, you had to jump through hoops to WIN tickets.

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Even me I was tooked several steps back

From a marketing perspective it is absolutely genius. You promote your event, expose your ambassadors, get the association with established influencers so their followers get to see your brand, and generate web traffic stats to rival Joburg at peak hour on Monday morning.

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Meet Erica, the brand coordinator behind Aunt Jackie’s. You’re doing amazing gyal, gotta hand it to you!

There’s two sides to every story though. Personally I have always loved events because it meant meeting and bonding with naturalistas I usually only communicate with in the DMs- so scandalous 😉 Additionally I’m an awkward penguin- I much prefer making genuine connections between naturals than hobnobbing with influencers because eish…  this Durban girl likes her KFC over Coq au Vin, and it’s painfully obvious sometimes XD

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I found the snack table and stayed there a long time #OnlyGodCanJudgeMe

The fact that you couldn’t buy tickets, and that it was billed as #exclusivebiyatchmkay really felt contradictory to the spirit of natural hair. With these natural moghels I found a family- acceptance on every level, open to everyone no matter what your texture or type. An event not open to the public?

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Oh honey what is you doooiiing?

I was invited by my boo @joshuathenatural (if you don’t already know this mans, go follow and change your life k tnx) as his plus one on a ticket he won. Now I was already in my feelings because of the  💁exclusivity dahling 💁 vibes but mans made a convincing case (i.e bribed with promises of a goodie bag and snacks, I’m weak I know) so off we went.

Now this is where thangs get interesting! Me and homeboy pull up expecting tea and shenanigans- only to be met with naturalistas glowing and hugs flowing! The event itself felt refreshing and not as formal as these shindigs usually go. Aunt Jackie’s did not come to play ☝️

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And thats the tea sis

Every one of the ticket winners made that event POP! I finally got the chance to connect with all the CT humans that I only really know via the interwebs (PS they are all the bomb.com) and not once did I feel like an awkward penguin. Okay maybe when the twerk song was on, me and my useless dance moves embarrassed my family name, but that’s all XD

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Is it too cheesy to be like #loveliveshere?

I’ll upload the full album to FB, click here to see all the goings on because you’re like me and like things. A final word- of all the snacks they served (not counting the snackable naturals present ofc), your girl got served a big slice of humble pie. I have learnt my lesson- no matter what, a crowd of natural women who truly support each other will always make you feel welcome!

k bye xx

Sean

Review: Amara Natural Hair & Beauty

Would you look at that- I’m actually doing a review again!

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Me too guys, me too.

I’m just finna get straight to the deets. Mainly because ya’ll have to find it in your hearts to forgive my absence and that takes time so 🤷🏾‍♀️ Payday and birthday coincided so I decided to embrace the #treatyoself atmosphere and order some hair products that I haven’t tried before. I got me:

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Clockwise from top left: Organic Rosewater Hydrating Hair Spritzer, Strengthening & Hydrating Deep Conditioner, Avocado Hydrating Butter, Flaxseed Curling & Hydrating Pudding

I wanted to use the entire range altogether like some fancy bish,  which is why I got what I thought would be a decent LOC trio, plus a deep conditioner. The range is developed and made by Maxine Arnold, the OG momma of natural hair for us Durban girls. She is a founder of the popular It’s All Natural Facebook group which provides support for thousands of naturals all across the world. Basically she knows her stuff, so I had really high expectations for this range!

2in1 Strengthening & Hydrating Deep Conditioner (R150 for 175ml)

You know when you use a product and as you’re using it you’re planning your next refill? That was me applying this treatment! As far as I have been informed all the products are silicone-free. It’s really tough to find a deep conditioner or protein treatment that is Curly Girl safe, so to find a 2in1 balanced treatment is a gift 😍

VERDICT:

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Avocado Hydrating Butter (R90 for 175g)

MMMKAY. So this is where I derailed a little bit. I usually apply a hydrating product to soaking wet hair after rinsing out my conditioner. This provides my hair with the most moisture and ensures my product applies+absorbs better.  This did NOT go the way I expected and I had to abandon ship quickety-quick.

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The texture is quite hard, and it needs to be melted down before use. I think for use on damp hair, this would be an excellent base for twist-outs and bantu knots. Just don’t attempt to makeshift this as a leave-in conditioner 😂

Flaxseed Curling & Hydrating Pudding (R90 for 250ml)

Ngl this range kept me on my toes! After the breakdown in communications with the Avocado Butter, I reached for my usual leave-in conditioner because I do not believe in a wash and go without this step. BUT WOW WAS THIS PUDDING FUSSY AF! It does not mix with anythinggggggg and at this point it had me all the way messed up

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Me as I stood there with white balls of curdled product all up in my hair 😐

So I hopped my butt back in the shower and rinsed it all off. I was gonna attempt something I swore I’d never do: The One Product Wash&Go. I spritzed on some of that Rose Water  (R70 for 100ml) for luck and then went in with the flaxseed pudding.

VERDICT:

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ONE PRODUCT WASH AND GO! *eats humble pie with her bomb hair*

This was day 2 hair- the definition lasted until day 4 without any major refresh needed #shookington. I didn’t experience as much shrinkage as normal, but I sacrificed some volume for that. My hair stayed moisturized as if I had used my usual LOC method. The pudding added shine, with a strong hold- I scrunched out any crunchy parts with a spritz of rose water.

I have an entire blog about why only using a styling product weekly isn’t a great idea in the long term- but I don’t think this flaxseed pudding is simply just a styling product! My hair is always struggling with dryness, and this kept it hydrated for days💦💦 I would defs keep this on hand for when I’m travelling and don’t want to carry a lot of products with me.

Have you tried the Amara Naturals range yet? Comment your thoughts below!

k bye

xx Sean

Review: Kafui Naturals + A Whole Giveaway!

Hi peoples of the natural inclination!

If Eminem can come back this late in 2018 then so can I- yup, it’s an 🕺🏽 OG-no-holds-barred-honest-AF Sean Goes Natural product review 🕺🏽

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Kafui Naturals is the brainchild of one Kafui Awoonor. She is a gorgeous naturalista who decided to create her own hair products that didn’t contain any added chemicals/preservatives. Being Ghanaian, she was familiar with the magic of shea butter- & bless her for letting us in on the secret 😍 Essentially its a range that cares for African hair and skin with ingredients of Africa, and I am all sorts of here for that!

Kafui Naturals includes products that can be used for both hair and skin care #getyouagirlthatcandoboth 💁‍♀️ The products that I tried out were:

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Tbh I don’t know why it took me so long to discover the magic of African black soap. I mean just look at the situation in Ghana, they got the skincare KEYS 🔑🔑🔑

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“Hi 911 I’d like to report my wig missing, and my edges snatched tnx”

I prefer the solid form of black soap, but the bottled liquid was much more convenient for travelling and (I very grudgingly admit) more hygienic given that you’re not rubbing your hands all over it like a soap bar 🙈🙈 It’s a cleanser that uses ash instead of harsh sulphates, which your skin and fro will thank you for!

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Okay so we have poured the tea on clay masks and how amazing they are for your hair. This mix of bentonite and rhassoul clay clarified my scalp and hair without leaving it stripped of natural oils. As a bonus it took half the usual amount of time, because the mask is so conveniently mixed- just massage it in, and rinse off all that build up. A must-have if you are an unfortunate soul afflicted by dandruff and other scalp issues #poursclayoutforthesnowyhomies

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Dat natural clay goodness gotchu gyal, don’t stress

This is a shea butter whipped up with all the yumminess of coconut oil, flaxseed and argan oil to name only a few. I used it as a sealing butter when doing twists and this WINTERFIED my hair like nobody’s business! Usually after winter my ends get really dry and create those pesky single strand knots 😒 This winter however, my ends are still moisturized and curling well- a sign that the fro is happy.

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💖 Moisturized hair = Happy Sean 💖

This was my absolute favorite out of all the products I tried GUYYYYYYS ITS AMAZEBALLS! My skin is so fussy that I can’t use oils directly on my scalp 🤦🏽 Oil causes build-up on my scalp and my forehead breaks out in spots because life is fair like that. This product has all the benefits of oil and is great for scalp massages without clogging your pores. It has ALL the good stuff for #longhairdontcare like Jamaican black castor oil, aloe vera and essential oils for healthy hair growth.

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Looking at the growth like 💃🏽

I used it mainly as a scalp spray, as well as on the fro for a moisture boost during the week. It is light enough for daily use and doesn’t create crazy build-up. You also get to smell like a bakery item of deliciousness, and who would be mad at that? ❤

Hopefully at the end of all dis ranting you’re hella keens to try the goods- and if you are, you should drop a comment and let me know which product in the range you’re the MOST ready to have in your life. Keep an eye on the socials for a chance to win! 😘😘😘😘😘

k bye

xx Sean

 

What’s The Sin In Silicone?

Hi ya’ll

Today something popped into my DMs and I figured why not talk about it here because you know… issa blog 😄 There is an alternative method to taking care of your natural curls and coils called the Curly Girl Method. Pioneered by a flame called Lorraine Massey it’s a guide to bringing your natural texture back to life- and she literally wrote the Bible on it!

Now her book goes pretty in depth but the basic rules are:

  1. No sulphates
  2. No silicones
  3. Minimal heat

Technically not that different from the usual- but the big factor is silicones! Used in many conditioning and styling products most naturals will know it from their straight hair days as a way to smooth fly-aways after weekly frying sessions 😆 🍳

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Technically not a silicone, but it was ‘silicone’ for us peeps who couldn’t afford the real stuff back then 😂

Silicone made our hair look bomb because it acts as a ‘filler’i.e.

  • settling into any gaps in the hair strand
  • reducing the appearance of split ends
  • giving strands a shiny coating

This coating took care of frizz by essentially ‘waterproofing’ each strand- so your hair wouldn’t mince in humid conditions either.

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*unless you live in Durban, that humidity laughs in the face of all frizz-tamers

It all sounds great because which natural doesn’t want to tame frizz and increase shine? BUT HERE’S THE THANG: our hair needs moisture, first and foremost. If moisture can’t get in, our hair becomes dry and brittle. Most silicones are not water soluble i.e. just water ain’t gon’ get rid of that ish gyal 👀 Most silicones need to be removed from our hair using sulphates. Yup sulphates, that thing that our sulphate-free shampoos don’t actually have 😬

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#shooketh

So the general consensus is if you’re using products that have silicone, you need to use shampoo with sulphates to make sure there’s no build-up. And a LOT of products we know and love have silicones- they’re not inherently bad, don’t get me wrong. But they can cause build-up if you’re just using sulphate-free shampoo, or co-washing, and not clarifying your scalp once in a while.

Now I’m a product hoe and one ingredient isn’t gonna stop me from trying things 😂👐 So I just make sure I clarify my hair every few weeks with bentonite clay, and avoid product build-up. Have you tried/are currently following the Curly Girl Method? Let us know your thoughts in the comments fam!

k bye

xx Sean

What Do You Zinc?

Happy long weekend famso!

Guess what- THIS IS NOT A HAIR POST.

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* collective dramatic gasp*

It’s a skincare vibe- because I do have skin, and it does the worst things sometimes 😐 From what I understand about my skin it’s very oily. Left unchecked, I can wake up to new whiteheads every day #tmi #sorrynotsorry. I’ve heard that people with oily skin actually age ‘better’- like we don’t get wrinkled as much? I cannot confirm this- but I won’t be surprised if my petty skin stay petty by making me a raisin when I’m 30 😴

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If my skin was personified #pettyaf

Another thing I know about my skin is that my breakouts are stress and hormonal-based. So if someone wants to make me a kept woman who does yoga and brunches with Karen, my skin would be HELLA clear 😂 Unfortunately my life as an independent woman who don’t need no man is stressful and my skin shows it!

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My skin whenever attempts are made to clear it  😑

Now I have experimented in the name of skin since them teenage days. From toothpaste to baking soda, your girl has tried the things 🔬 Because of a massive stress breakout last December, I hopped aboard the zinc train after a friend recommended it to me. I took this everyday at 9am (because, extra💁) for 100 days.

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BUT DID IT WORK THO??

Final Verdict: It was NOT an overnight, miracle cure, let’s not sell dreams here. But I did notice a big reduction in those tiny pimples, the ones that resemble heat rash? Those were all over my forehead, and they haven’t really been an issue since I started taking this. Alas, around shark week 🐬🐬🐬 (no shark emoji lol) I still broke out quite badly.

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BEFORE: (A young Steve for comparison 💩)

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AFTER: (Young momma for scale 🙌)

I think it really also helped to reduce the scarring left by breakouts. Plus, the brand I took comes with extra vitamin C for spice and I really can feel a difference in my recovery times from colds. So I will continue to take the supplement, but not with the intention of perfect skin (unfortunately) 😫.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve tried to clear your skin? 😅

xx Sean

 

ORS (Yes, AGAIN)

Good morning to the people who take the time to bless my blog with their eyes 🐣

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Everyone else can get greetings elsewhere 🙋

The ORS Curls Unleashed range has been around for a while and I reviewed it when it first hit South African shelves (read all about it here if you missed that one👈). Soooo I guess this post is sort of like a #tbt- accidental cool points for that! 😎

This is still part of the Clicks Curls swag bag chronicles btw- it’s the gift that keeps on giving! Since I tried the range initially, the Intense Hair Conditioner has seen me on many a Clicks 3for2 special. My hair feels soft, there’s minimal breakage and it really is one of my holy grail products *cue angelic chorus for lit deep conditioners 😇 😇 😇 😇 😇 *

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Curls be like 💦💦💦

However, I only tried the Curl creme styler, because it came with the stuff and your girl was not affording thangs on her own XD Nothing much has changed though, because this is how I got to try the Leave-In Conditioner and Curl Boosting Jelly:

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Free samples to the rescue! 😀

After deep conditioning with the OG fave, I applied the leave-in conditioner to soaking wet hair. It’s got a lot of slip, and I was very surprised that the one sachet was enough to coat all my strands. The scent is just as bomb as the rest of the range, a fruity flavour that’s tempting enough to taste. Or at least attract a bearded man who is partial to fruit 🙏 #LordHearMyPrayer

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A moment so we can manifest our dreams 👅👅

The Curl Boosting Jelly… first off, I did not enjoy the strong grape scent. It reminded me strongly of grape flavoured bubblegum, and after a childhood incident I get very grossed out by even the thought of bubblegum  😬 So that didn’t vibe well, but I endured because I love my fellow natties so much and they need to know if this stuff works or not 😝 It’s quite thick and I didn’t even have to use the entire sachet. My hair prefers gel for definition so this didn’t disappoint:

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Ignore my stank face, just enjoy the definition 😅

But here’s the downside 😢 I prefer to airdry, and usually my hair is 70% dry after a few hours. However even after a scorching hot day, this stuff was flat and wet and Just. Not. Drying. So I pulled out the diffuser and did the things but even after my usual time when my hair would be 100% dry, this do was only 90% dry! Day 1 hair was not the best- but the day 2 hair tho!

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Yes I was feeling my damn self #noshame 😂

FINAL VERDICT: Definitely more frizz than what I usually experience with gels, but for the amount used I think the whole range works well together. If you can afford it, then buy it- it won’t be money wasted because you don’t need a lot for decent results. The Deep Condish is still the best out of the range tho, defs get that (your fro will love you for it😉)

Have you tried the ORS Curls Unleashed range (you moneyed woman you 💰💰💰)? How did you find it?

k bye

xx Sean