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Essence Beauty & Style Expo Uncovers the Secrets Of Black Beauty With Olay

July 7th, 2016 by Christen

Disclosure:  I am a spokesperson for OLAY participating in the ESSENCE Festival Style & Beauty chat, while the talent appearance has been compensated all views expressed below are my own.


During Essence Festival in New Orleans, My Black is Beautiful celebrated 10 years of inspiring women of all ages to cultivate and celebrate our Black Girl Magic from the inside out.  Utilizing beauty consultations, intimate conversations breaking beauty myths, I teamed up with Essence beauty editor Nykia Spradley and Dr. Thompson from OLAY to share tips, tricks and the science behind achieving naturally glowing skin for the summer.




For more than 60 years OLAY has delivered phenomenal products to celebrate and enhance generational beauty passed down from our grandmothers, mothers and now for us.  Cultivating quality ingredients and formulas that enhance our skin and empower the idea that ‘Black Don’t Crack”.  In addition to vitamins like B3, retinol and SPF, there’s a complex blueprint behind the science of creating beautiful skin and OLAY has cracked the code.




Everyone wants beautiful, healthy, radiant skin and it all starts from the inside out. Clean eating with emphasis on fresh fruits, vegetables and plenty of water is the key to unlocking younger looking skin. If you’re not a huge fan of drinking water, grab a water bottle infuser and add fresh strawberries, cucumbers or lemons for a refreshing splash of taste.




If you’re ready to upgrade your skin from the inside out, try pairing OLAY Regenerist Luminous Collection because its properties and ingredients really do enhance my skin by fading dark spots and giving me a beautiful, healthy looking glow. The Luminous Collection uses a Skin Brightening Complex which penetrates 10 layers deep into the skin’s surface to fade the appearance of dark spots. That’s some deep tissue moisturizing right there!




Olay’s #1 selling face cream – Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream – is enhanced with vitamins and skin firming properties to keep you looking ageless with the added bonus of SPF 30.  Since Olay is committed to helping women make smart beauty decisions, it includes SPF in its facial moisturizers and body lotions for convenience.




I know we’re busy women with careers and children, but you must also wash your face daily (especially before bed), and moisturize. Don’t go to sleep with make up on! If you’re really on the run, Olay has made it easy to remove make up and wash your face with convenient micro-exfoliating wet cleansing cloths.




We all know the mantra  “Black Don’t Crack” but now we can make sure we have flawless and ageless looking skin with a few changes in our diet and adding OLAY to your daily beauty routine for an easy skin fix.  How do you keep your skin glowing all summer long?  Share your thoughts below!

Dyson’s New Supersonic Dryer Goes Seriously High Tech For Your Hair

April 27th, 2016 by Christen


We all know Dyson from a variety of home electronics – from vacuums to home air filters, everyone knows that Dyson is a leader in clean home technology.  But what about clean hair technology?

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The new Dyson Supersonic is powered by a tiny digital motor with triple the drying speed of an average blow dryer.  The unique diffuser design then disperses air around the hair to dry it in a more natural way.

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The Dyson Supersonic takes the heat out of damage control worries with a heat control system that prevents hair from exposure to damaging temps.  Outfitted with four heat settings and three airflow settings, the Supersonic takes a scientific approach to high tech hairstyling that could leave your hair happier and healthier than ever before.


The beauty gadget is even equipped with a silencer feature that keeps it as quiet as possible.  To reduce the noise of the Supersonic, Dyson’s engineers included acoustic silencers in the handle of the dryer – eliminating the typical, brash blower sound.

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As tech-savvy as the Dyson Supersonic sounds, all this high tech hair power won’t come cheap.  The dryer pricing starts at $400 and will become available later in June.


Would you consider spending big bucks on a beauty gadget that could potentially save your hair?  How much is too much to spend on beauty?  Sound off and tweet us at @DivasandDorks!




Colgate Optic White Celebrates ESSENCE Best In Black Beauty Awards

April 25th, 2016 by Christen
Last week at the Americana-Hotel in NYC, Colgate Optic White High Impact White held a fabulous pre reception for one of the most anticipated beauty events of the year, the Essence Best in Black Beauty Awards. 


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How adorable are these custom Optic White and Essence treats by I.M. Pastry Studio?


R&B stars Jazmine Sullivan and Elle Varner were in attendance as well as Essence Beauty and Style Editor, Pamela Edwards Christiani and Colgate Designer Smile Squad member and Editor-in-Chief of Fashion Bomb, Claire Sulmers.


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Claire Sulmers and Pamela Edwards Christiani hosted a very information Colgate beauty conversation where they spoke about the newest must-have beauty product, Colgate’s new Optic White High Impact White toothpaste – a product that enhances your most valuable feature, your smile – delivering  4 shades, visibly whiter teeth in 6 weeks (*When brushing twice daily), starting in just 3 days.


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The conversation soon turned into a discussion on the passing of the Iconic entertainer, Prince. Jazmine Sullivan and Elle Varner spoke on his influence on their careers and how his music has impacted their lives.


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After the reception, beauty editors, bloggers and guests were treated to a carnival of beauty and fun across town at the ESSENCE Best In Black Beauty Awards and shopping event.  For more information on Colgate Optic White or Essence Best In Black Beauty Awards visit


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Get A Sneak Peek Of 2016 Beauty Reveals From The P&G Digital Studio #DigitalStudio

January 22nd, 2016 by Christen

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What happens when a collective of beauty influencers and editors descend upon the P&G Digital studio for a sneak peek at the new 2016 collection of  products?  An amazing experience to soothe the senses and get a girl excited about beauty innovations all over again.  In addition to scoring some much needed new products, I got the chance to learn about the planning and purpose that goes into creating new shades, shimmers, scents and more from COVERGIRL, Clairol, Olay, Head & Shoulders, Herbal Essence, Pantene and Secret.


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Introducing COVERGIRL truNAKED Shadow Palettes and complementary Waterproof Eyeliner Duos.  I love gold and Spring 2016 welcomes the return of the glitterati with nudes, golds and shimmer dominating the Spring/Autumn Fashion Shows. COVERGIRL’s own Pat McGrath delivers the most talked about statement shade of the season – gold. COVERGIRL took its time to perfect the shadow palette game, and we are talking seriously rich payout and a wonderful silky feel.


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The Secret is out! I don’t sweat, I glisten and I glisten well! LOL.  It’s true! No matter the stressful situation, from shopping battles at sample sales to making a great impression during an important presentation.  Women like me need powerful protection that keeps them looking and feeling fresh all day long.  Lucky for us, Secret Outlast Xtend ups the ante on protection with invisible and solid applicators delivering up to 48 hours of continuous protection.

When you and your blogger bae, Ty from GorgeousinGrey have great taste, there’s no need to fight for the perfect accessory inside the Secret sample sale.


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Who doesn’t love citrus inspired drinks and luxe body wash that appeals to your sense of smell and taste?  The New Olay Fresh Outlast collection awakens the senses with energizing scents of lime, white tea, strawberry, champagne mango and more.
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The New Olay Fresh Outlast Energizing Lime & White Tea body wash is formulated with an essential oil fragrance for a long-lasting scent and vibrant fresh skin all day.  The body wash is also designed to work with skin’s natural pH and won’t dry your skin, leaving it more hydrated than regular soap. Find the entire new Olay Fresh Outlast body washes available for $5.49 in stores and online.


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Do you or Don’t you? Color your hair that is!  Clairol is giving every woman the chance to discover her natural red with the new Clairol Born Red Collection, featuring a spectrum of red shades that are designed to work with your unique hair for color that embodies all of the warmth and vibrancy of natural red hair.

Nice ‘n Easy Born Red is available now wherever health and beauty aids are sold. For more information, women can visit Clairol or call the color experts at 1-800-CLAIROL


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Head & Shoulders believes that you should never have to compromise when choosing a shampoo. That’s why Head & Shoulders developed the new Nourishing Shampoo with a formula that combines the forces of science and nature, giving you the beautifully nourished hair you want and the scalp care you need.


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Packed with the calming scent of Lavender essence, the Nourishing Shampoo not only provides dandruff relief, but improves the condition and appearance of your hair by detangling, smoothing, softening and conditioning. The Head & Shoulders Nourishing Shampoo is far from your normal beautifying shampoo, its nourishing aromatherapy for your scalp, hair and nose too!


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Pantene introduces a breakthrough NEW styling product: AIRSPRAY, the FIRST-ever aerosol alcohol-free* hairspray. This next generation hairspray delivers flexible hold, moisture and natural movement, without stiffness or stickiness. By providing a flexible hold, women are able to brush and layer the ultra-light mist, ultimately giving them the ability to restyle their hair and embrace the unlimited amount of styles they can achieve throughout the day.




There’s so much more to cover, so keep an eye out for more from the P&G Digital Studio in the coming weeks. In the meantime, get social the family of P&G brands on Twitter COVERGIRL, Clairol, Olay, Head & Shoulders, Herbal Essence, Pantene and Secret today!

A New Year Means Making New Year Hair Resolutions With NouriTress

January 21st, 2016 by Christen

Making new year resolutions for healthier habits is a common practice by many, especially in 2016 – but what about creating a new resolution to create healthy and happy hair?  That’s where NouriTress Perfect Hair products come in to save the day!


NouriTress Perfect Hair Products were created and developed in 1998 by licensed cosmetologists who performed services on multicultural women who experienced hair thinning & hair loss and wanted to regrow their hair. Understanding that healthy hair and hair growth begins inside, the company’s first and lead product was a daily hair vitamin sold exclusively in salons.  I’m sure you’ve heard of other beauty vitamins and products that claim to promote healthy hair growth, but with over 4,000,000 tablets sold, women & men who have used the products and provided consistent testimonials and evidence that NouriTress Perfect Hair products really work!




Recently, I’ve jumped in on the #52WeekHealthyHair challenge by using NouriTress Perfect Hair Vitamins PlusNouriTress Perfect Hair Follicle Therapy to jumpstart my hair growth this year.  The perfect hair vitamins prevents hair thinning and loss while eliminating dandruff and promoting thicker hair from the inside out.  Using protective styling to keep minimum wear and tear on my hair, the follicle therapy applicator makes it easy stimulate my scalp and promote a healthy environment for growth.


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After 30 days of use, I’ve already noticed a fuller and thicker head of hair – and my length check is right on track to where I want to be.  I’m excited to step up my efforts and add the Edge Control and Edge Repair to my everyday hair care routine next month.  Can you imagine the hair growth and length after 11 more months of use? Battling hair breakage?  Thinning edges?   It’s never to late to start a healthy hair new year resolution and begin your journey with NouriTress.  For more information and to find the perfect products for you visit or connect with their products on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter today!

My Secret To Revealing Younger Looking Skin With Boots Beauty (+ GIVEAWAY)

November 25th, 2015 by Christen

The holidays are filled with reuniting with family and friends plus photos for Facebook and Instagram – the last thing I need is cold weather ushering in dry skin dilemmas.  Dull, flaky skin and dark spots are not welcomed on this face and it only takes one sub-par selfie to remind me to supercharge my skincare regimen with the UK’s #1 beauty brand –  Boots No7.


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Lucky for me, youthful genes run in the family and I don’t have to stress out about wrinkles and fine lines anytime soon.   But that doesn’t give me the green light to neglect proper care for my skin.  Boots No7 Protect & Perfect Advanced Serum is the prevention care that my skin needs, it’s easy to use and provides easy-to-see results.  After 2 weeks, skin looks younger and more radiant; by 4 weeks, skin looks clearer, and fine lines are visibly reduced.


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As a “wash-and-go” kinda girl, I don’t have a lot of time fuss over my face in the morning.  Using the Boots No7 Protect & Perfect Advanced Serum is as easy as it gets.  After cleaning my face, I simply apply the serum and go!  (To fight off dry winter skin, I also use No7 Beautiful Skin moisturizing cream & Youthful Eye serum to boost protection and keep the ashy face at bay.)


What comes next is soft, hydrated skin that looks completely refreshed, renewed and ready to snap a throwback selfie reminiscent of my high school years!  (It’s no wonder 80% of women said this serum provided the best anti-aging results they had ever seen!)


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The beauty behind Boots, is that no matter what stage your skin is in, they have skincare for everyone! Boots No7 offers four anti-aging skincare ranges that target different stages of skin aging and concerns.

No7 Protect & Perfect Advanced: Powerful prevention that protects skin from future signs of aging, keeping it looking younger for longer.

No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced: This serum restores visibly younger looking skin and is intended to combat deeper lines and wrinkles.

No7 Life & Luminate Day & Night Serum: This powerful duo targets three key signs of visible aging: wrinkles, lack of firmness, and uneven skin tone.

No7 Restore & Renew Day & Night Serum: Clinically proven to strengthen mature skin and reveal youthful radiance. This powerful serum duo works together to effectively target five key signs of aging in mature skin.


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Using Boots No7 Protect & Perfect Advanced Serum has unveiled my best skin this season, why not discover how it can help you too!  Need to supercharge your skincare regimen?  Want a fresh/younger look in time for the holidays?  Enter to win 1 of 4 Boots No7 #MyBestSkin gift packs ($25-$30 Value) in two easy steps.

  1. Follow @BootsBeautyUSA on Twitter
  2. Tweet. “I’m ready to reveal #MyBestSkin with @BootsBeautyUSA and @DivasandDorks – You can enter to win too!


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And just like that you’re entered to win and on your way to discovering younger looking skin!  Four winners will be selected at random and notified by 12/7/15.


For more than 165 years, Boots has been committed to delivering products that offer real results for people all around the world. For more information and discover which No7 products are right for you, connect with Boots on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram today or discover a variety of products online at


Highlight The Good And Forget The Rest With Smashbox Contour Kit

November 23rd, 2015 by Christen

In this day and age of beauty,  “Contour” has become a taboo 4-letter word. Dozens of celebrity makeup artists have spoken out against the overuse of contouring, many of them echoing the same message that creating false cheekbones does nothing for a woman’s self-eastern. Sometimes overdoing the contouring trend relays the message that a full face isn’t beautiful. Instead of creating false shadows and chiseled features, I’m sharing a few of my favorite tips on highlighting your natural features using a mixed-use beauty hacks & the Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Kit.


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First step is to throw away every YouTube tutorial or idea that you think you know how to properly apply a contour that’s seamless and pratically undectable.  Because at the end of the day, no woman wants chiseled cheekbones and  jawline that rivals Fabio, a drag queen or the superhero Thor.

Now that you have an open mind and ready for my fail-safe tips, let’s jump right in for a new highlighted you!


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One of the standout features found once I opened the Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Kit, was just how easy Smashbox makes contouring with only three pallets.  Gradually placed from dark to light, you have your Deep Contour shade, Terracotta Bronze and Warm Highlight.  What makes this kit fresh and new?  Smashbox has created a fool-proof guide to sculpting, defining and highlighting your best features.  There’s 3 universal deeper shades for darker hued beauties to contour, bronze and highlight with ease.  Smashbox provides a #SHAPEMATTERS insert with how-to’s for your face shape and even a cheatsheet guide attached to the compact mirror and a soft, angled contour brush that completes the 3-step kit.


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Since every face is different, first you must analyze which face shape category you fall under.  If your forehead is the wide and your chin is the narrow, you could have a “heart-shaped” face.  If you have a rounded jawline and your face appears longer than wider, you may fall in the “oval-shaped” category. The #SHAPEMATTERS insert makes it easy to determine your true face shape.  (I’m kinda an “oval/rectangle shape” hybrid – which makes this highlighting hack super easy!)



Step 1:


Choose your highlights wisely.  Since the pallet is pretty simple and easy (you have three shades to choose from) I typically chose to contour with bronze shades instead of deeper contour colors and highlight where applicable.



Step 2:

I avoid sculpting a slender nose and go straight to cultivating my cheeks with Terracotta Bronzer.  Using my natural cheekbone structure as a guide, I lightly apply the bronze shade along the hollow line anchoring each cheek using the angled contour brush. (It may take 2-3 strokes to create a visible contour with the bronze shade – but using a bronze shade instantly creates a lighter and softer contoured look.)




 Step 3:

Mixing the warm highlight powder and Terracotta Bronze, I blend the created bronze contour in the direction of the peak of my cheeks to create a warm highlight effect.  (Tip: Don’t go all crazy with bronze and highlight shades, it’s meant to compliment certain curves of your face.)  The shimmer of the bronze attracts the light and makes your cheekbones POP! To complete my look, I add a bit of highlight to blend my under eye concealer and cheeks together and one stroke of bronze down the bridge of my nose finishes my quick look in minutes.




And that’s it!  My simple hack to a soft, highlighted contour is complete!  Everyone is different and playing up your unique features always gives you the best look.  You’ll never know just how easy it is to create a beautiful you if you never try, so why not discover the Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Kit for yourself?  Trust me, no matter if you’re a makeup maven or beauty newbie – you’ll be glad you did!

Discover how others are using the Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Kit and get in the conversation online by connecting with Smashbox on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the #Smashbox hashtag.

How are you contouring, sculpting or highlighting your face?  Share your favorite beauty hacks for a flawless face in the comments below!

Upgrade To Clearer Vision With Xperio UV Protection Lenses

November 19th, 2015 by Christen

Growing up, I’ve always had crisp and clear 20/20 vision.  Ironically, I was also the kid that desperately wanted to wear glasses since I was in the 4th grade.  Back then, there was something so studious and chic about wearing glasses and even though I didn’t need them, I wanted to wear glasses bad.  Fast forward 20 years later, after starting the blog and spending 10-12 hours staring at a computer screen, I noticed my eyesight wasn’t what it used to be.  I needed glasses, and I needed them fast.



After years of wearing a variety of prescription reading glasses and sunglasses I thought I experienced the pinnacle of clear vision should be. That is, until I learned about Xperio UV polarized prescription lenses.  Xperio UV polarized prescription sun lenses virtually eliminate blinding glare so you can see the outside world with sharper color and greater depth.  Xperio UV polarized prescription sun lenses aren’t just ordinary sun lenses either. They help you see more no matter if you’re staring at a computer screen in the office all day or playing sports outside, providing excellent clarity of vision all while protecting your eyes with a superior quality lens.


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Recently, I got the chance to ship off a pair of designer prescription sunglasses for the Xperio UV polarized lens treatment.  After a few weeks, my sunglasses were returned with a certificate of authenticity & guide on caring for my new and improved shades.  Not only were the polarized lenses a complete upgraded vision experience but they also eliminate 100% of blinding reflective glare, they’re practically scratch resistant and offer maximum UV (SPF 50) eye protection.



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If you need an upgraded vision experience, check with your optometrist today.  Your Eyecare Professional offers a wide range of sun lenses, but Xperio UV lenses offer maximum UV protection, scratch resistance and cleanability, while delivering superior vision indoors and out. Want to learn more?  Connect with Xperio UV on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube today or visit them online at online.


This post has been sponsored by Xperio UV however, all opinions are my own.

Move Over Ruby Woo, (An Affordable) Louboutin Lipstick Is Coming To Town

August 6th, 2015 by Lifestyle Staff

Louboutin has heard your cries and has answered with sweet news for the lips. You can now wear that classic Louboutin red…on your lips. The iconic shoe designer, Christian Louboutin, has launched a collection of Louboutin lipstick inspired by Babylonian architecture and Queen Nefertiti of Egypt.

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Last year Louboutin released a line of nail polishes featuring pointed caps, which resembled the designer’s famous high heels. They retailed for a hefty $50, but hey, that’s a whole lot cheaper than $600 shoes. Besides good color, the lipsticks make an interesting statement necklace too! Beauty mavens can wear the tubes around their necks; each cap is threaded with with a small black ribbon.) The colors come encased in a jewelry box and silk carrying pouch.


MUST READ: Mani Monday: Rouge Christian Louboutin Nail Polish Is My New Fall Favorite

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There will be 36 shades, available in three textures (Silky Satin, Velvet Matte and Sheer Voile), that will retail for $90 a piece next month at Saks Fifth Avenue and on the company’s website. Rejoice! You can now wear that classic Louboutin red on your feet, your nails and now on your lips! If you’re looking for a new hue of rouge, the new Louboutin lipstick collection may be just what you need!


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We’re always looking for new hues of reds to rock all year long and lucky for us, this collection is a little easier on the pockets than others!  We can’t wait to see what’s next in the world of Louboutin.  Are you looking forward to checking out the new beauty collection? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

Check Out Beautiful Textures For Getting The Most Out Of Your Summer Color Styles

July 29th, 2015 by Christen

Summer hair is all about drama, beachy waves or an occasional dye job or two.  This summer, I turned up the heat (in living color) and became a platinum blonde!  Of course, adding color to your tresses can be damaging and even cause your hair to become brittle, eventually breaking off.  However, with a few healthy hair products from Beautiful Textures, I can share just how I’ve been getting the most out of my summer color styles below.

As a child, I can remember Saturday nights always being DIY salon time complete with washes, blowouts and silk stove pressings by my Nana.  The more things change, the more they stay the same.  This past Saturday night, I found myself stuck at home preparing to wash and style my hair.  So of course this was the perfect time to break out just a few of my favorite Beautiful Textures products to make my Saturday night regimen as flawless as possible (and given that it was a Saturday night and I was actually at home washing my hair – I was indeed in for a wild and crazy DIY night!)


Must Read: How I Get Creative With Protective Styles Using Beautiful Textures

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After washing my hair, it was time that I used Beautiful Textures’ Rapid Repair Deep Conditioner for an intense moisture-rich formula that renews damaged ends, and helps adds beautiful shine.  It’s my favorite product for damage control, and does a great job repairing heat and color treated hair.

Once washed, conditioned and ready to go – it was time to add a little oomph to securing my style and that’s when Beautiful Textures’ Curl Definer Mousse becomes my ultimate product of choice for setting my summer style.  The Curl Definer Mousse is a quick-drying mousse that is mostly used for achieving smooth, bouncy spiral or roller sets, but did you know it’s actually a great product for us girls that are transitioning into the natural lifestyle too!  It’s unique formula actually allows you to blend two textures of hair flawlessly and create the style you’ve always wanted.


Must Read: A Beautiful Twist In Island Style With Strength Of Nature

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After an hour or two setting my hair underneath the blow drying, it’s time to pincurl, set and go!  The next day, my hair felt rejuvenated and completely softer and more manageable than ever before.


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Discover more amazing products and healthy hair summer styling ideas by visiting and get social by following Beautiful Textures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram today!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Strength of Nature. The opinions and text are all mine.



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