Sam Fine: Part One

Hey Beauties,

I’ve been thinking about how to present my Sam Fine interview for that past week or so. That day marked one of the most amazing days in the life of me, EJB. The man is fresh to death, in charge and so amazing. He knows his craft and speaks the truth the whole time. He made us think about what he was doing while he did it, which was great. It was even his birthday, so he fed us red velvet cupcakes!!! Yuuuum.

I can’t give away too much of the interview, but I will say that he takes a lot of time to expertly blend many, many foundations and powders ( about 5 or 6!) to give the highlight and contour that he is famous for. Be prepared to learn a ton ( I definitely did), head on over to Sam’s brand new blog that started just yesterday, The Official Beauty Blog of Sam Fine!

To give you an idea of just how amazing he is, check out the look he did for my mentor Tia Williams of Shake Your Beauty.

Make sure you check back in, I’ll have the full interview and tons of tips and tricks from Sam Fine himself!!!

Happy Monday!

Hey Beauties,

I hope you had a fabulous weekend! And if you see any Veterans, give them a big old kiss on the cheek, they clearly deserve it. In a few hours, I’ll be on my way to NYC to interview Sam Fine. I’m sure you have his book, Fine Beauty. And, he’s graced the faces of Halle, Mary, Yolanda, Naomi, Janet, Faith, and sooo many more. The man is a makeup genius, and he has shown us brown girls how to reinvent ourselves over and over again! He’s going to be teaching a Master Class at the legendary MAC store in Harlem and I am beyond thrilled to be going, of course you will get the scoop!!

Mean while, I was stalking Sephora (as usual), and found such an amazing deal!!! This clutch (which is actually cute) includes my all time favorite Stila Lip Glaze in Brown Sugar, Smashbox O-Glow Blush and a mini Photo Finish Primer, Diorshow Mascara, Sephora Blush Me! Mono in Abricot Plaisir 6 and a Make Up For Ever Diamond Eye Shadow in Diamond Black. This is one of those goody bags that holds the best of the best in beauty right now! If you are a beauty fanatic like this, you have to try this!! Check out the Supermodel Kit here at Sephora.com.

Exclusive: Curls!


Another hair post! We value our hair so much, and we have to keep it at it’s healthiest!! Well, finally a line with tons of options!

I played with a few things from the line, and here is my take. The Curls Milkshake, it smells soft and delicious. Good gracious. Every time I use it, my hair is soft to the touch. I use it in the morning, and at night. I browsed the site and found a few more things to try, I’ll give you the scoop, of course.

As a matter of fact, While you watch Nia Long in her new show Big Shots, you’re looking at hair treated with Curls products. Here’s what she uses:

Curlicious Curls Cleansing Cream – gentle, sulfate free cleanser…cream based, so it is gentle enough to use daily. Mild later (since it does not contain drying detergents)

·Pure Curls Clarifying Shampoo – clarifying shampoo that removes product build up, debris and even breaks down reside from weaves including hair glue

·Coconut Sublime Moisturizing Conditioner – Rinse off conditioner with maximum moisture

·Curls Milkshake – Creamy leave in cream that softens, defrizzes, and defines curls.

·Curl Euphoria Elixir – Use on straight or curly hair to add extra sheen. EXCELLENT thermal styling product. This natural curl gloss creates unbelievable sheen, naturally!

·Champagne Curls & Kaviar Kinks Hair Growth and Restoration TreatmentFormulated with champagne grape and caviar extracts, this growth enhancing, hair strengthening treatment is THE solution for women that chemically alter their hair. Caviar extract nourishes the hair and promotes healthy keratin formation & Champagne yeast extract has a high concentration of Vitamins B1, B2, B6, and amino acids.

Not sure which product works well for your hair?? Check out the video how-to’s for all hair types!

Curls has even put together gift sets, including “Transitioning Diva”, “Natural Sistah”. Perfect.
Not sure if you want to buy a whole bottle? Try the sample packs! I love having options, who wants huge bottles of something that just doesn’t quite work out for them?

I had the chance to ask Mahisha Dellinger a few questions about her line. Here’s the Scoop!!!

1. What sets your products apart from the rest? CURLS products are based on organic formulations, the ingredients are just scrumptious! They ar specially created for ethnic hair (curly, kinky, relaxed, natural, wavy, etc)…but beyond this…each and every product is tested by our panel of testers until it meets the needs and requirements of today’s market. We do not just launch products…our testers, from all of the world, dictates what we launch and when. In fact,

2. Which products work just as well for relaxed girls? Actually, all of our products are great for relaxed hair…you see, relaxed hair requires more care so that it maintains its healthy glow. Quality products are essential for this process. CURLS products are formulated with exotic extracts, natural oils, organic ingredients, and rich moisturizers. Who needs such TLC more than a sista with relaxed hair?

3. What is the best solution to softening 4a/b hair? I always encourage embracing your natural kinks, locks and tresses, so all of our products are created with that premise in mind.

4. Which products do you recommend for braids and weaves? Our Whipped Cream is very popular for braids. http://www.curls.biz/curly-hair-products/Whipped-Cream-p-16148.html Ashanti used this when she had her hair braided on the picture found on our website, http://www.curls.biz/. Curls Milkshake http://www.curls.biz/curly-hair-products/Curls-Milkshake-p-454.html is insanely popular for women with curly weaves! This light curl lotion is formulated with pure coconut milk and it enhances, defines, and defrizzes weaves without a heavy build up or residue. We have several Hollywood stylists that order this product just for their weaved clients. Also, Pure Curls Clarifying Shampoo – http://www.curls.biz/curly-hair-products/Pure-Curls-Clarifying-Shampoo-p-16146.html breaks down and removes build up left behind from weaves, including hair glue.

5. What is the importance of a detangling comb vs. any other? Using a detangling wide tooth pick is very important…as the standard combs (fine to medium tooth combs) will not only detangle the hair, but take out a significant amount of hair along the way. I highly encourage the use of this shower detangler, available on our site, http://www.curls.biz/curly-hair-products/Curl-Shower-Detangler-p-466.html. This shower detangler slides through curls to detangle tangles and snarls. Helps eliminate damage to fragile, wet, curly hair. I also recommend detangling the hair, while in the shower, with conditioner on the hair.

The Relaxed Days…

Sometimes, I miss being relaxed. Rarely actually. I’m not one of those natural girls that preaches her nappturality or is spiritually attached to it. My hair was just weak and brittle during my bone-straight days, so I tried a different approach. Even with my natural hair, I’ll probably wear it blown out and flat-ironed. My hair began to flourish as I learned some tricks of my girls at the LHCF. I tried a few, and these are what helped bring my hair back to life! Here’s some new info and a compilation of previous posts.

Keracare Hydrating Detangling Shampoo was my favorite hair cleanser. It seemed to wash my hair without stripping it, which I loved. I always felt like my hair was genuinely clean when using it, which I did once or twice a week.

Mmmmm. Mizani Moisturfuse Conditioner. I forgot how much I adore this stuff. I’m in love with My Keracare Humecto, and I adore this stuff as well. This is by far the creamiest conditioner that I have ever come in contact with. Just the feel of it on your hands reminds me of an uber expensive body cream. The second that it touches your hair, your can feel how moisturized your tresses instantly become. Yep, its a bit expensive. But it’s soooo well worth it. If you have any signs of dry hair, this is the first conditioner that I would recommend.

Now, If you want to put out a few more dollars, this Keracare Essential Oils for the Hair is the TRUTH. The moment you see and smell this stuff, you know that it is salon quality. The shine is unbelievable, and I can almost bet that no matter how damaged your hair might be, this will make it look like a million bucks. You will find nothing but sunflower seed, peanut, castor, coconut, jojoba, sesame, aloe vera, almond, and olive oil goodness in this bottle. This does contain to things that I have never heard of, propylparaben and BHA, as well as perfume. But, I don’t care! I use this stuff sparingly, because it is expensive. I still use my Surge Lotion Motion #9 when I’m feeling cheap. I highly recommend you order online at Irby’s.
They have outstanding prices! $9.99 for 4oz and $15.99 for 8 oz.

I also loved deep-conditioning my hair. Often times, I always used olive oil. This tried and true beauty trick is a winner! I’d drench my hair in oil, put on a shower cap, and handle my business. After a half-hour minimum, my hair was penetrated with moisture. Any brand will do, just go to the supermarket and pick up a bottle! Or, go ahead and mix some with your favorite conditioner for a custom made treatment.

I didn’t have relaxed hair when this came out, but I know both naturals and relaxed sistas that use it and have miraculous results!

Whoever says that your hair can’t grow fast is very wrong. I am so thrilled to have found Boundless Tressed Growth Serum!!! I bought this after reading tons of threads on my favorite discussion board, Long Hair Care Forum. I noticed a frantic thread titled “Naturallady…I need odorless MTG!!!!” For those of you that don’t know, MTG is an oil that helps your hair grow. It was origionally made for people, but marketed for horses. Let’s not forget it smells like bacon. Hmmm. Anyway, this odorless MTG reportedly made your hair grow quick, and didn’t have a smell! I had to buy it. It only took me a week and a half to see noticable results. That is insane! I have a full hairline again!!! I am soooooo happy! My hair is softer and less coarse! The best part…a bottle is only $12!!!! So if you want long, flowing, thick, healthy hair, check this out!!!

Make your hair grow NOW…Check out Boundless Tresses Here!!!

I really, really wanted to try this. Our friends at Phyto created the Phytospecific Phytorelaxer. It’s about time that someone realized they could make oodles of money for creating this! The site says “Phytospecific Phytorelaxer Index 2 is a gentle formula for straightening and smoothing normal, thick, and coarse hair. Egg and soy complex gently straighten even resistant hair and is very mild on the scalp. Does not contain Lye.” Phytorelaxer=WAY less damage. There is also the Index 1 relaxer for fine/delicate hair. I believe I read that Oprah uses this on her hair, don’t quote me though.

Until next time, Stay Scandalous!

The Relaxed Days…

Sometimes, I miss being relaxed. Rarely actually. I’m not one of those natural girls that preaches her nappturality or is spiritually attached to it. My hair was just weak and brittle during my bone-straight days, so I tried a different approach. Even with my natural hair, I’ll probably wear it blown out and flat-ironed. My hair began to flourish as I learned some tricks of my girls at the LHCF. I tried a few, and these are what helped bring my hair back to life! Here’s some new info and a compilation of previous posts.

Keracare Hydrating Detangling Shampoo was my favorite hair cleanser. It seemed to wash my hair without stripping it, which I loved. I always felt like my hair was genuinely clean when using it, which I did once or twice a week.

Mmmmm. Mizani Moisturfuse Conditioner. I forgot how much I adore this stuff. I’m in love with My Keracare Humecto, and I adore this stuff as well. This is by far the creamiest conditioner that I have ever come in contact with. Just the feel of it on your hands reminds me of an uber expensive body cream. The second that it touches your hair, your can feel how moisturized your tresses instantly become. Yep, its a bit expensive. But it’s soooo well worth it. If you have any signs of dry hair, this is the first conditioner that I would recommend.

Now, If you want to put out a few more dollars, this Keracare Essential Oils for the Hair is the TRUTH. The moment you see and smell this stuff, you know that it is salon quality. The shine is unbelievable, and I can almost bet that no matter how damaged your hair might be, this will make it look like a million bucks. You will find nothing but sunflower seed, peanut, castor, coconut, jojoba, sesame, aloe vera, almond, and olive oil goodness in this bottle. This does contain to things that I have never heard of, propylparaben and BHA, as well as perfume. But, I don’t care! I use this stuff sparingly, because it is expensive. I still use my Surge Lotion Motion #9 when I’m feeling cheap. I highly recommend you order online at Irby’s.
They have outstanding prices! $9.99 for 4oz and $15.99 for 8 oz.

I also loved deep-conditioning my hair. Often times, I always used olive oil. This tried and true beauty trick is a winner! I’d drench my hair in oil, put on a shower cap, and handle my business. After a half-hour minimum, my hair was penetrated with moisture. Any brand will do, just go to the supermarket and pick up a bottle! Or, go ahead and mix some with your favorite conditioner for a custom made treatment.

I didn’t have relaxed hair when this came out, but I know both naturals and relaxed sistas that use it and have miraculous results!

Whoever says that your hair can’t grow fast is very wrong. I am so thrilled to have found Boundless Tressed Growth Serum!!! I bought this after reading tons of threads on my favorite discussion board, Long Hair Care Forum. I noticed a frantic thread titled “Naturallady…I need odorless MTG!!!!” For those of you that don’t know, MTG is an oil that helps your hair grow. It was origionally made for people, but marketed for horses. Let’s not forget it smells like bacon. Hmmm. Anyway, this odorless MTG reportedly made your hair grow quick, and didn’t have a smell! I had to buy it. It only took me a week and a half to see noticable results. That is insane! I have a full hairline again!!! I am soooooo happy! My hair is softer and less coarse! The best part…a bottle is only $12!!!! So if you want long, flowing, thick, healthy hair, check this out!!!

Make your hair grow NOW…Check out Boundless Tresses Here!!!

I really, really wanted to try this. Our friends at Phyto created the Phytospecific Phytorelaxer. It’s about time that someone realized they could make oodles of money for creating this! The site says “Phytospecific Phytorelaxer Index 2 is a gentle formula for straightening and smoothing normal, thick, and coarse hair. Egg and soy complex gently straighten even resistant hair and is very mild on the scalp. Does not contain Lye.” Phytorelaxer=WAY less damage. There is also the Index 1 relaxer for fine/delicate hair. I believe I read that Oprah uses this on her hair, don’t quote me though.

Until next time, Stay Scandalous!

Oyin Handmade Hair Products


The ladies at LHCF directed me to this site for natural heads. Since I am natural now, I thought I would give it a try. I bought the Sample Pack for $15 with the best of the products included. The site description says “Oyin Sample Packs are a great way to become aquainted with our products and they way they work together, without committing to the full sized packages. The 4-piece sampler contains generously sized 2 ounce containers of Honey Hemp Conditioner, Greg Juice leave-in spray, Shine & Define coaxing serum, and Whipped Pudding (which can be used as rich moisture on either hair or skin).”

So here is my breakdown. The Honey Hemp Conditioner smells like heaven, literally. Almost like a honey based lemony custard. It is somewhat thin, but does the BEST detangling that I have ever witnessed. I used it as a leave-in as well. Greg Juice is a leave in as well, but I used it more as a spritz to wake my hair up, if you know what I mean. Shine and Define smells like lemon custard as well. I did a few two strand twists, and they held up pretty nicely using this. Lastly, Whipped Pudding. How I love thee! Lightweight, smells like cocoa butter, it moisturized my hair unbelievably. I combed right through my hair with ease. So, I would advise you to try the sample pack, just to see what works for you and what doesn’t. I’ll be purchasing the full sized Whipped Pudding and Honey Hemp Conditioner ASAP. I would assume that all of this works well on relaxed hair too! Check out the entire line of Oyin products!


Completely OT…but aren’t these the sexiest heels ever??? I couldn’t resist, I put them on my Neiman’s charge! Check out the Marc Jacobs pumps here!