5 Natural Deodorants That Are Must Haves For Summer 2019

Written by Pepper B

I am not the only one who can feel the transition in the weather! FINALLY! I mean it’s only been winter and spring for a year. When it comes to natural deodorant I in the past for me either we don’t agree, they don't last and I smell crazy or they burn my under arms. At first I struggled with getting discoloration under my arms ! Yikes! Normally discoloration under the arms comes from the baking soda found in a lot of popular natural deodorants it was a horrible process! also scary. Moving past discoloration and testing different types I found one that really worked for me. I’ve finally gotten past the detoxing process. When using natural deodorant after transitioning from normal types you may notice you perspire a lot more in the beginning.

Week two after detoxing from regular deodorant is the most difficult you may feel as if the product doesn't last and you smell worse. As the weeks process you will notice that your body starts to adjust. Allow a full 30 days for your underarms to completely detox!

Here is my list below I have tested each one in various settings and I approve these for summer.

Side note for the past few months i’ve been using Kopari & I LOVE IT!

Source: kaianaturals

Source: kaianaturals

Start the conversation comment Below and share some recommendations that aren’t listed!

10 Herbs You Need That Will Help Maintain Skin Health 2019

Written by @Downtownpepper


When thinking of flawless skin, it’s hard not to think about my wallet and credit cards at the same time. Maintaining beautiful skin doesn’t have to cost you a ton of money we are just trained to think this way. We think hey “The more expensive the moisturizer. The better it works” in some case true in most cases not so much. What drove me to share a few items that are practical and easy to find. I have been working on my personal budget and being cost conscious Is a priority for me right now. Which means eating out only on the weekends ( if necessary ) . Waisting less product by completing one product prior to starting a new one. Lastly making a great effort to use natural items that I can locate personally in my routine. During a trip to the supermarket a couple of months ago, I saved myself 14.00 dollars on one product. After currently using a store bought aloe mask for my hair as a treatment this became a routine for me. After researching the Ingredients I discovered that the mask didn’t really contain that much aloe. Although it was effective it had a ton of other ingredients. In the market I found an aloe leaf for 2.49. This cost 14.00 dollars less than the mask I purchased. Using the plant worked completely different ( better ) not to mention being able to use this for other things was a bonus.



Basil is extremely useful if you live in a big city with tons of pollution and smog. As basil can help the skin with environmental damage. Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Helps skin with itching and irritation. Using boiling water steep herbs for a minimum of 4 hours allow herbs to cool down completely and splash face.

Witch Hazel

Witch Hazel

Witch Hazel is also an anti-inflammatory this can be used as an astringent or toner for the skin. Witch hazel is great for tighten the skin and pores while softening the texture of your skin. It’s personally apart of my daily skincare routine and has helped tremendously.



Turmeric is great for the skin if you suffer from hyperpigmentation, scars or acne marks. Turmeric helps to diminish darkness. Turmeric also brights complexion beware Turmeric can stain the skin for a few days when using it if it is not mixed with other items such as milk or honey.



Rose is extremely popular you find rose water in a lot of skincare routines. Roses contain anti-inflammatory and antibacterial compounds (which goes well with acne-prone skin), are rich in anti-aging properties, and are known to nourish, hydrate, and even help tone and rejuvenate the skin.

Carrot Seeds

Carrot Seeds

Carrot seed is rich in vitamin A & E and is very rich in beta-carotene. It helps to balance moisture in skin. It is great for extremely dry skin and that may feel tight and crack. Carrot seed oil increases the resistance in skin to sunlight it is also one of the best skin lighteners.



Sage is amazing for oily skin and or acne prone skin. Sage is anti-inflammatory and will help subside break on the skin. One of the best ways to use sage is mixing steeped sage with ACV and using this as a toner or astringent.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera I believe should be in your kitchen or house if you grow one at all times. Like most of the items above aloe vera is a true multitasker. Aloe vera fights against acne and gives the skin a healthy nourishing glow , when using it in the form of a face mask. It is very rich in vitamin C & E which are very important for skin health. Aloe Vera softens the texture of your hair and adds luster back to the hair. Aloe very is ideal for burning or itching as it soothes the skin but will also kill bacteria due to its anti-microbial properties.



We associate lavender most with calming the area which is very true. Calming the area is great for you skin also. Skin looks better when you are in a great in mood lol. Lavender is also great for keeping the skin firm and preventing wrinkles.



Calendula is an oil extracted from the marigold flower. Calendula is great for anti-aging as it helps cell turn over and cell repair. Reduces inflammation and is great for scars and wounds on the body. Great for a skin that may suffer from eczema and works to relieve diaper rash.

Burdock Root

Burdock Root

Burdock Root is great for extremely dry skin. The anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of the root can help resolve skin issues when it's applied topically to the skin. Burdock has been know to treat eczema and Psoriasis.

Why I Started Tea Rinsing, How It Changed My Hair!

Written by Pepper B


During April 2018 I decided to stop wearing protective hairstyles as a whole and embrace my natural mane. One thing I immediately discovered while taking this journey is how clueless I was about my hair. This wasn’t the beginning of a natural journey for me for over eight years I hadn’t worn a perm or applied intense heat on my hair. I just didn’t want the hassle of dealing with my hair so I wore several protective hairstyles. Such as weaves, closures, braids and faux locs.

After dealing with the stage of “training” hair I realized maintainability with natural hair was a lot of work that I didn’t have time for. When I got very lazy I would pull my hair in a tight bun or put my hair up in a pineapple with tons of products. This method was horrible it caused me a lot breakage and hair loss.

This drove me to find to find alternatives that would work for promoting hair growth. Prior to this I’ve always strived to find items that would give my hair tons of luster. Since a child I have had an ashy brown hair color naturally and it cause my hair to appear dry because of the color.

Benefits of Tea Rinse:

  • Promotes Hair Growth and Luster.

  • Reduced Shedding and Breakage.

  • Many tea rinses restore or brighten your hair color.

  • Helps with dandruff dirt and excess oil on the scalp.


The Best Way to Tea Rinse:

  • Using loose leaf tea start by stepping the tea 4-8 hours for the best results. I normally do this the night before wash day.

  • Clean scalp thoroughly rinse hair. Allow tea to sit in hair. Based on preference some prefer to leave tea in without rinsing. My best practice is rinse my scalp with tea allowing it to sit for a few minutes. Prior to rinsing my hair add my deep conditioner followed by rinsing both out together.

  • Adding tea and water to spray bottle to refresh hair during the week. This method last longer when keeping tea refrigerated. ( must be amazing in the summer )


“According to the American Academy of Dermatologists, it's normal to lose

anywhere from 50 to 100 strands of hair per day”

After taking a break from doing tea rinse the entire fall I decided I started to tea rinsing more consistently and tracking my progress. I noticed a complete difference when taking a break.

January 10th 2019

January 10th 2019

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January 21 2019


What’s been working for me:

  • Avoid piling product in my hair as the days progress only methods of hydrations.

  • Tea rinsing every 1-2 weeks.

  • Less stressful hair styles when work starts to get hectic and I know I don’t have time to love my hair LEAVE IT ALONE. Loose braids or twist with oil under my turban has worked for me.

  • Grace Eleyae silk lined Hat / Cee Cee’s Closet Silk lined Turban.

  • Silk or satin ponytail holders.

Grace Eleyae sill lined cap

Grace Eleyae sill lined cap

Moral of the story is tea rinsing has helped my hair tremendously. Being mindful of creating my own hair damage and not doing The MOST. Sometimes less is really more. Less stress on the hair and more hydration. I have allowed my hair to have relax days instead wearing extremely tight hairstyles!

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This No Frizz Hair Care Line is your First Defense Against Humidity

Danyelle Valentin // @bufferingbetty

When your love for big hair turns ironic.

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 With frizzy hair, even the slightest presence of moisture in the air ruins your low slick back ponytail into a swirly mess.



Don’t doubt for a minute that I don’t love every inch of my hair. I can manipulate it into anything. There are certainly cute frizzy hair days.

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But THIS is not one of them so these are the days that we need to embrace the power good hair care.

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The first step for managing frizzy hair is identifying why your hair swells 3x it’s actual size in the first place. Frizzy hair means that your hair is on the dryer side; regardless of your hair type. For me, it’s, 1, I was born this way, and 2, using hot tools in my hair. Using heated styling tools to smooth my frizz just creates more of what I’m trying to, not eliminate, but keep well below Hagrid levels. I also shower with hot water. I know it’s bad for my dry skin and hair but I can’t help it!!!!

So, if you were born this way, the first thing you need to do is ACCEPT and EMBRACE your frizzy hair. Almost nothing can correct nature. There are dozens of ways to style your hair where frizz adds an exciting element of beauty. We see it on the runway all the time!

Note: I wouldn’t be mad if my hair looked like that every day. And I do mean that big too!

I also need to accept that I am damaging my hair with heat and products that dry it out -only making it frizzier. What are your habits that effect your hair?

Related: Rotating Curling Iron Review

Frizzy hair be like 0 to GODDAMN in 5 seconds. You’ll think you’re going to have a great natural hair day and POOF. Your hair had other plans but you were already in your car on your way to happy hour and now you have to enlist ‘the bun’ to save you. -Just me?

To keep your hair fierce rather ferocious, prepping your hair starts in the shower. The Living Proof No Frizz shampoo and conditioner left me blown away the first time I used it. It has continued to impress me every time I wash my hair. I’m on my third set!!! Do you remember how nice you’re hair felt before your discovered hot tools and styling products? Or do you feel slightly jealous of your baby cousins’ hairs because they just look so healthy and untainted by the pressures of adulthood? Yeah. that's how good my hair feels and looks with this combo.


Most ‘no frizz’ hair care lines I’ve tried leave my hair weighed down. I. Hate. Flat. Hair. The Living Proof combo is everything. My hair looks and feels so healthy. My wavy hair texture is at peak waviness when I let it air dry -even with no added product. Are you paying attention! NO ADDED PRODUCT! I get compliments on my hair when I use this shampoo and conditioner.

Add it to your cart, your wishlists, your mood boards now! -
Shampoo // Conditioner


On second and third (+ so on) day hair, I use the Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream. It brings down the frizz to a socially acceptable level. I keep mini ones with me at all times! One in my purse and one chills in the cup-holder of the front seat of my car. It doesn’t act as a smoothing oil which works to eliminate all signs of frizz. Like I said, I love my frizzy hair. I just like to not walk around looking like I haven’t brushed my hair in 3 months. The styling cream gives more definition to my waves without making my hair heavy.

Living Proof   No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream

Living Proof
No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream

This next product is not part of the Living Proof line BUT it is a ‘holy grail’ level product for keeping my hair in shape. The Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Balm-to-Oil Pre Shampoo Masque -ya need it. Just to keep it simple; you need it. Damage in my hair always shows on the ends. This masque makes my hair look like I just got it cut. It’s boujee salon level excellent that you can do at home. I would just avoid using it directly before styling your hair because it is so rich that your hair will just fall flat.

Bumble and Bumble   Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Balm-to-Oil Pre Shampoo Masque

Bumble and Bumble
Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Balm-to-Oil Pre Shampoo Masque

Have I told you how I’ve crowned myself as the Sample Queen -because I have. You can be too! Try all of the Living Proof products I wrote about in this travel kit they put together.

Living Proof   No Frizz Smoothing & Frizz Fighting Travel Kit

Living Proof
No Frizz Smoothing & Frizz Fighting Travel Kit

For the days when the frizz factor will not be controlled. always keep some sort shield with you. It could be a hat, headband or scarf. For me it’s at least 4 bobby pins to create a secure bun and a hair tie for when I can’t be bothered. Frizz happens fast. Don’t let them catch you slippin’!


From the moment I emerged into this life, I have had frizzy hair. As a child, my mom saturated my sisters’ and my hair with Infusium leave in conditioner. In middle school, to control the frizz, I coated my hair in Pantene Pro V mousse or any brand gel -I had one that tinted my hair blue and made it as hard as plastic. I’d pull my hair into a high side ponytail with a scrunchie! In high school, I discovered the blow dryer but only used it the night before school to “let the frizz settle overnight” -I still do this sometimes.

I fully embrace my hair! I often try something new: blonde, blue, purple, bob, bangs, braids. and all of the things!

If all else fails, live in your Diana Ross- big hair, don’t care-moments!

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The Ace Edit - August 2018


We are officially halfway through Summer and the real heat has yet to hIt New York City. I’ve recently had to make some beauty/lifestyle changes to adjust to these dog days of summer. 


We all know I’ve been barefaced most of the summer, slathering nothing but SPF on my face. Just because I’ve been minimal doesn’t mean I’m boring. I do like to play. What I live for is a good base. Lately Fenty Pro Filt’r Foundation has been supreme. just a few dots here and there and blended well. I even use foundations as a tinted moisturizer. The shade 240 just matches my skin perfectly and that is rare. I just want to enhance my natural glow honey. Once you find the perfect base everything else falls into place. For eyes , the Natasha Denona “Camel” palette is an everyday dream, no one’s shadow formula can compete with hers. For fun colors and shimmers I do live for Colourpop, I’m like an OG fan since the days of “Bae” and “Rex”. I’m not really wild with bold color yet I still like to play around with it. With Colourpop I’m not spending major coin but the quality of product is superb! 


Curls Curls Curls Curls… Curls I Do Adore

I unexpectedly went natural. I didn’t plan on it, it just happened during a dark time last year. Stress and Depression made my hair falling out in little clumps. I went into hiding for 7 months, just coming out here and there. Since I wasn’t going anywhere except work, I didn’t feel the need to do my hair anymore. I had stopped putting high heat and/or chemicals on my hair and just washing, rinsing and using hair oils and a hair gel that is free of shitty chemicals to slick my hair back and lay down my baby hurrs.  I also started cutting it more often which has been aiding in my hair growth. You know how they say you have to fall in order to rise up. Taking those months and having time to myself allowed my hair to be repaired and for the texture to improve and for my strands to become thicker and my curls... well,  actually becoming curls again. For The first time ever, I can say that I unapologetically love my hair. 



The struggling battle with my Keratosis Pilaris is ongoing and I’m looking for new products everyday to get it under control. Currently it has been super uncomfortable in this heat. Frank Body came all the way through with their Coconut Body Balm. My Skin Soaks it all up while leaving me with a silky gleam. 

The skin on my face has been silky smooth thanks to Drunk Elephant’s T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial. Smoothing out my texture and renewing my skin leaving me with a pretty perfect radiance. I use Glossier’s Solution for daily exfoliation, while using this treatment once a week or bi weekly. IT IS CRUCIAL THAT YOU ALWAYS FOLLOW UP ANY PRODUCT CONTAINING AHA/BHA WITH SUNSCREEN!



Vital Beauty 

A good night’s sleep can actually set you up for a much more positive day. It all begins with preparations like investing in the right sheets (Find out if you’re a hot or cold sleeper… it has helped me out in finding the perfect material for me to snooze in). I’m a hot sleeper so cotton percale sheets from Parachute and Brooklinen have been amazing. Plus, the less that I sweat at night, the less breakouts I wake up with. I prefer my sheets in a calming shade and/or clean, uncomplicated prints. 


Setting up the perfect nighttime routine, from using a soothing lavender body wash, a dreamy bath bomb, a drop of Sunday Riley’s Luna Sleeping Night Oil to a relaxing cup of té de manzanilla. 


Clean, sleek PJs make me so excited for bed. I love bralettes  and sleep shorts from Aerie, They are affordable and make me so excited to get ready for bed. Preparing for bed makes me look forward to getting some rest and waking up more positive, motivated and ready to take on the day. 




I Love Starting fresh. It makes me feel like I can achieve anything. I’m entering a new chapter with a new job and with it I want to just start fresh from the inside out. TRACKING MY WATER INTAKE BECAUSE DEHYDRATION IS REAL EATING CLEAN AND HEALTHY. COMPLETELY CLEANSING MY BODY AND FILLING IT WITH NUTRIENTS. Taking my daily vitamins, being active, even if its the bare minimum. Let me clarify, This isn’t about size. Slender, Pudgy, Plus… You can actually be healthy at any size. You don’t have to be skinny to be considered healthy (Have you seen Ashley Graham, Iskra Lawrence, Jessamyn Stanley?) Just being pro active in your life regardless of the number on the scale or on your jeans. Taking action and making healthier choices that are perfect for YOU, so that YOU can be the best and healthiest that you can be and most importantly… HAPPY.

#Letstalkaboutitthursday Steaming The Lady Parts!


RULES:  Drop a line relative to the topic below! If you've tried it share your experience, thoughts or comments. 

V steaming has been a hidden secret women have been partaking in for centuries. V steaming is an ancient Korean practice. There are also V steam baths used in modern day Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly in Mozambique and Suriname. There are several Korean spa's that currently offer this service. Although there are mixed feelings about the process there are several benefits from practicing this method.  After reading several articles about the health benefits. This would be a perfect a topic! #talkaboutittuesday Vaginal health is a big part of your personal care.  Have you tried steaming ? What was the process like ? Would you do it again ? Join in on the conversation Comment below

Basic Things To Know: 

Chrissy Teigen 

Chrissy Teigen 



Benefits of Vaginal Steaming:


  • Reducing menstrual symptoms, such as bloating, cramps, exhaustion, and heavy bleeding
  • boosting fertility
  • promoting healing after childbirth
  • reducing stress
  • treating hemorrhoids
  • increasing energy and reducing fatigue
  • treating headaches
  • reduces infections 
  • Treat uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, uterine weakness and uterine prolapse
  • Treat chronic vaginal/yeast infections, and maintain healthy odor

Herbs Used for Steaming:


  • Mugswort 
  • Basil
  • Calendula
  • Oregano
  • Marshmallow root
  • Wormwood
  • Rosemary

How does it work ?

According to Dr. Arvigo, the tissues of the vagina are exceptionally porous and absorbent, and the warmth of the steam works to soften and open them. When the herbs are placed in the hot water, their medicinal properties, including volatile oils, are released and carried to the surface of your skin, and to the inside of the vagina, where they are absorbed into the bloodstream and, ultimately, into to the uterus.
The medicinal herbal steam increases circulation, thins mucus, and cleanses the entire reproductive system, allowing it to shed unnecessary membranes and buildup. In doing so, we support the uterus to function at its best, thus reducing the amount of work it has to do, and therefore your discomfort.

Things to be aware of:

Headache: If you develop a headache after steaming this may mean that you are dehydrated. Just like when you spend time in a jacuzzi or full body sauna, it is important to make sure to drink enough fluids. 

Less menstral fluid: Cycle maybe shortened by 1 to 2 days ( if not more )

Sensation to Urinate: Sometimes steaming causes sensation to urinate during treatment. The bladder is right next to the vagina. The sensation tends to leave after minutes. 

Everyone who wants to try a vaginal steam should be aware of the effects of bringing on more fluid. The menstrual cycle does change afterward. It looks strange and different because its part of the healing process. Cleansing can sometimes be untidy. Ultimately, though, there will be less menstrual fluid passed. 

We have seen absolutely astounding and universal results from vaginal steaming. The results are clear. It’s right there! It really does a lot to relieve menstrual pain, and it doesn’t really matter what the problem is with the uterus, the vaginal steam is the classical Central American treatment. If anybody complains about any problem with the uterus, everybody says, “have you done your vaginal steam?” just like we would say, “are you drinking enough water?”  Source: 

Locations to try: https://vspotmedispa.com/vaginal-steaming-v-steam-detoxify-increase-labido/


IRL Makeup Test: Lip Palette


Testing form over function

An IRL Makeup Test means taking beauty products, makeup trends, routines, etc. off of social media and bringing it into your real life.
Related: WTF is Happening on Instagram
Ya'll I'm a Virgo and practicality is the name of the game. There are a few beauty products on the market that seem like great ideas but lack all form of function -like loose powders of any type. I’m sorry, but you know having to hold your breath during application so it does not blow all over your vanity and clothes while praying you don't drop the jar causes stress-induced gray hair. Just press the powder.

The one type of product that seems totally non-functional to me is a lip palette. Of course, lip palettes are perfect for traveling makeup artists but what about for a traveling Danyelle? In using a lip palette, am I expected to concoct a color and then travel with the whole palette in my bag all day while trying to remember which 4 colors and their respective ratios I mixed to then blend together all over again so I can re-apply the color after devouring brunch. AND PACK A BRUSH TO APPLY IT. Nah. It just seems ridiculous. Sure, I could just wear one color but who does that.


My test subject is the BH Cosmetics’ lipstick palette, Nude Lips To Go, which, incidentally, is exactly what I am seeking to know: will this palette actually be ‘to go.’ The palette includes 6 shades of a rosey, plummy, and peachy tones of lipsticks that could work as a nude for a wide range of skin tones. There is a creme finish to these pigmented panned lipsticks. The shades don’t have a ton of longevity but wear down to a stunning stain on the lips. It’s actually my favorite thing about these colors. 

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The palette comes with lip brush that sits right inside the palette to get you out the door. Or so it wanted to be. The brush is tragic. Brushes that are included in a palette have a reputation for being of low quality and probably just a way to increase the price tag of a product. In the case of the BH Cosmetics Nude Lips To Go palette, it is a pretty spot on summation. All it did was leave my lipstick patchy and streaky. It isn’t the formula of the lipstick or my amateur application because when I used my lip brush, which also happens to be from BH Cosmetics, the lipstick went on like butter. Oh and the best part - it left little hairs coated in lipstick standing in spikes all over my lips. It was gross

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I chose to wear the darkest shade in the palette. It isn’t nude on me but I just LOVED the color. Look at me feeling myself in this blurry selfie putting my dark circles on display asking for a nap. Yes, girl!

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The lip palette is small. It fit in my makeup bag with no problem. It’s takes up no more space than a compact mirror. Since this product is ‘to go,’ I think that it should have come with a mirror. I would have preferred a mirror than the hot mess of a brush it came with. The packaging doesn’t close very tightly so I kept my fingers crossed that It wouldn’t pop open and make a mess of my bag. It didn’t!

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It took the palette with me to a self love brunch where we had some of our merch for sale! 
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This is a picture of how the lipstick looked after about 3hrs and a mimosa. It rubbed off on the center of my lips so I reapplied the lipstick. 

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The little gold lip brush is not the lip brush that came with this palette but I was not going to use the one that did ever again. After the first time I reapplied the lipstick, I noticed how messy this whole experience was gong to be. Even when I cleaned off the excess product from the brush before putting it back in the palette, there was still just smears of lipstick everywhere. 


After brunch, it was time to reapply again. Shout out to me for yet another blurry selfie featuring a dirty mirror. I have way more confidence using a lip brush when I’m in the controlled environment of my vanity with my magnified, lighted mirror than I do in a single stall, poorly lit bathroom. I really didn’t like how messy the palette was getting. I was the only one using it but the smears of lipstick and the sticky brush just made me think of all the bacteria that could be collecting in the pans. I found myself wishing that this lipstick was just in a tube. 


I cleaned most of the lipstick off with a tissue but it if you’ve ever gotten lipstick on anything, you know how lipstick just clings to everything it touches.  

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I am just an average biscuit who loves makeup. I’ve taken the palette out a few times after this event to see if I needed to get past the ease of just retouching lipstick from a tube. But I didn’t. Each time I had this palette out in the real world with me, all I wanted was the lipstick to come in a tube and call it a day. It is just too messy. 


What other products lack function?

MPB Summer Beauty Style Profile! - Meet the writers!

No surprised that we are just posting this with almost one month left until the completion of summer.

We know this summer went by so fast that we blink and the deadline passed us by lol.

Fast summer with no real memories to account for . How was your summer ?

Drop us a line in the comments below and let us know how your summer was and your favorite products .! !

Find out below which products the MPB team can't live without this summer ! !



Lipstick: Frank Body Shimmer Lip Gloss

Blush: Glossier Cloud Paint in Dusk

Fragrance: Tom Ford Neroli Portofino All Over Body Spray. 

Mascara: Glossier Lash Slick

Complexion Product: Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in St. Moritz

Cocktail Type: A chilled glass of Rosé

Shoe Type: Converse Hi Tops. Obsessed with how the sun reflects my rose gold pair. 

Polish Color: Floss Gloss Intergalosstic 

Earring Style: Gold hoops, any size.

Book: Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom For a Better Life by Cleo Wade

Album: Call Me By Your Name Soundtrack. I'm in love with the film, the novel and the music. It has inspired my summer vibe. 

Skincare: Frank Body Coffee Scrubs! The Shimmer and Coconut for Summer! 



Lipstick:  Alisha Ashley’s ELF collab nude gloss/ 
Blush: MAC peaches
Fragrance: currently loving VS
Mascara: JLos collab with Inglot
Complexion Product: first aid beauty tinted moisturizer & supergoop unseen sunblock
Cocktail Type: frozé
Shoe Type: espadrilles - Sam Edelman has great funny ones
Polish Color: corals and pinks
Earring Style: my grandma’s gold hoops
Book: right now I’m reading I know why the caged bird sings
Album: everything is love- the carters
Skincare: fresh - sea berry oil



Lipstick:  Boy Trouble or Rebel The Lip Bar
Blush: NBL 06 by Black Up Cosmetics
Fragrance: Dolce & Gabbana 3 L Imperatrice
Mascara: Upward Lash Mac
Complexion Product: Marc Jacob Coconut Primer Life Time Fave
Cocktail Type: Moscow Mule
Shoe Type: Mules
Polish Color: Maliboob Job Floss Gloss
Earring Style: Oversized Hoops or Tassel Earrings
Book: The book of affirmations
Album: everything is love- the carters
Skincare: Cactus gel moisturizer Boscia


Buffering Betty

Lipstick: This summer I am feeling all shades of red! Especially the Makeup Geek Creme Stain in Flamenco

Blush: Fenty Beauty Chili mango

Fragrance: I'm actually on the prowl for a new fragrance! Anything citrusy with a mixture of a woody smell is exactly what I'm looking for!

Mascara: Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Major volume mascara - I just wish it was waterproof

Complexion: typically just some concealer will do for the summer. The Sephora Bright Furture Gel Concealer has changed my life!

Cocktail Type: jack daniels honey + lemonade with some sort of berry mashed into it. Proceed with caution. 

Shoe Type: I'm the girl who will wear boots year round. I love wearing decorative sneakers in the summer

Polish Color: Clear. This summer is about getting my nails healthy.

Earring Style: Cuffs + studs!

Book: Landwhale by Jes Baker

Album: I just made my Summuh Time playlist of freestyle with everyone from Stevie B to Judy Torres. It is also LITTERED with all things Bad Bunny + Ozuna

Skincare: Saturday Skin's Waterfall Glacier Water Cream




Lipstick: lipsense glossy gloss

Blush: limited-edition Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in fairy flush

Fragrance: pink sugar

Mascara: better than sex waterproof mascara

Complexion Product: Physicians Formula Super BB Makeup Kit, Beauty Balm, All-in-1, Light/Medium Kit

Cocktail Type: blush wine

Shoe Type: flats (got to be comfortable) 

Polish Color: limoscene 

Earring Style: diamond studs

Book: The 12 week year

Album: Shawn Mendes In My Blood 

Skincare:Caudalie Beauty Elixir Mini

Toners For Dry Skin: you might need more than one!


We're just a little high maintenance in this dehydrated corner.

It's funny how just a year ago I wasn't even sure of what a toner does. More accurately, I was skeptical of toners even serving any skincare benefits and not just a scam to get beauty junkies to buy more of the industry's promises of perfection in a jar. Fast forward to Summer 2018 and your favorite squishy beauty blogger has got a few toners sitting in her cabinet. 


About my skin: 
I have normal skin that leans dry If i'm not careful. The seasons play a starring role in how my skin behaves. In the winter, my skin needs a wild amount of attention. The heat in the summer makes my skin a little oily but the extra SPF I apply to my skin can dry out certain areas like my forehead and cheeks. In the fall, my skin just -ugh, perfection!!! And in the spring, we cool. 

Having a few toners is more than me just being high maintenance. No, really! My skincare has always been responsive. I look at my skin and focus on how it feels. It tells me what it needs. 


At our last Meet Pepper B present's Beauty Hour event, we had skincare expert, Niambi, teach us about natural skincare. She is the creator of Pholk Beauty formally known as Bloomsbury Square. Niambi said, "my skincare is a conversation." It was one of the night's major takeaways.  Instead of doing the just same old routine, pay attention to what your skin is asking from you. 

Soothing and Hydrating Toner:

The Esteli Coco Rosa Hydrate Toner Mist has brought some balance to my life. Toners I had been using were too potent to use daily. I like to use this toner on days when I have exfoliated my skin because it feels gentle and hydrating. I spray it on a cotton round apply it to my face to ensure that I'm getting all of the goodness all over my skin. I don't like the smell. It's slightly rosy but has a spicy note to it. I've said in the past how I don't have a great sense of smell. If you blindfolded me and put a plate of strawberries in my face, I probably guess that the scent is coconut. It's just not in my skill set. That said, there is something that is zesty and just off about the scent. But I like how my skin feels when I use this toner, so I look past it. I also use this to remove excess oils from my skin before I use an epillator for my uninvited, unnecessary, ladystache. This product also claims to be makeup setting spray or a skin refresher but I don't agree. Lastly, a tip I picked up at #BeautyHour with Niambi was using a toner before a mask to prep the skin. This toner has come handy for that too!!

And not that it really matters, but I just love the color of the bottle. Deep, jewel tone-ish shades of green bring me so much zen. 


Retexturizing Toner:

United State Balancing Tonic by Origins has been a part of my life for almost a year and I'm ready to put a ring on it. There were spectacular changes to my skin with this product. On the corners of my jaw, below my ears, I have been getting rough textured skin. It was a build up of dead skin. I didn't want to use a physical exfoliator too often because that tends to break out my skin. This balancing tonic was able to remove the dead skin without damaging my skin. I just have to use it sparingly on my nose because it's more sensitive. I cannot use this toner after sun exposure or using a physical exfoliator because my skin just doesn't like it. This is more of a winter product while the Esteli toner I can use year round. 


Honorable Mention - The Gram or YT Made Me Buy

Social media doesn't always influence my purchases. I stalk the "new" or "just in" sections of Sephora, Ulta, and Beautylish so much that I am already a quarter of the way through a product when I see my fave vloggers hauling it. Which always prompts me to think "Yuh been sleeping, gurl!" It doesn't happen often, but when it does the product is usually -eh. Hype is just hype. I grabbed the mini version of the Mario Badescu  Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater while standing in the checkout line at Ulta. It's a trap because it was only $5 so I didn't give it too much thought. Plus, I had been wanting to get a toner with rosewater. It gives excellent hydration that doesn't last. I've been using it this summer as a quick hydrater after being in the sun or to freshen up my face after the gym so I don't have to over use my moisturizer. She's not cheap. If you want a product like that, this can fill that need but don't expect sparks to fly when you use it. 

What toners are you using?

The Ace Edit - Summer 2018


Welcome to the first ever ACE EDIT! Filled with my current obsessions, my top shelf, health and mental guide and goals. A digital seasonal/monthly journey to achieve an outer and inner glow.

Summer is the season when I embrace my most natural state. I put down the blow dryer and opt for a fro or ballerina bun. I’m usually bare faced unless I’m going out on some random evening. I like to go for walks along the river and stop at bench to gather my thoughts and write out my feelings, iced matcha in hand, just taking in the season... and uncomfortable heat. 

TAN TIP: Put some Colourpop Loose Highlighter into your bottle of Suntan Oil, You will glow like a mermaid while getting bronzed.

TAN TIP: Put some Colourpop Loose Highlighter into your bottle of Suntan Oil, You will glow like a mermaid while getting bronzed.


Lately I just really care about protecting my skin and having it naturally glow. Have you seen Ashley Graham’s skin lately? She has been my inspiration. Clean, gleaming, healthy skin. I like to use a simple daily routine using all Glossier. Starting with Milky Jelly Cleanser, then I exfoliate  with Solution  to balance and even out my skin’s texture as well as preventing and clearing any blemishes. I step in with Priming Moisturizer RICH because I’m a dry ass bish. I finish it off with Invisible Shield. I know, it’s not waterproof but this shit doesn’t break me out which 99.9% of sunscreens do! Plus If you are using any products like Solution that contain AHA, BHA and PHA IT IS CRUCIAL THAT YOU USE SUNSCREEN.


I’m really obsessed with exfoliating my body and scrubbing off the layers of sunscreen and sweat from a long hot day. I love Lush’s Ocean Salt, I also scrub my face with it a couple of times a week to give that clean brightening effect. Lush’s RUB RUB RUB works great too and smells so damn divine. I tend to concentrate on the areas where my keratosis pilaris is apparent af. I do love coffee scrubs from FRANK BODY for those areas affected with KP as well, I just don’t love the way it dirties my tub. but they do WONDERS at exfoliating and healing. 



Lately my scent has actually been Glossier’s Body Hero Oil Wash . I live for the neroli scent in that product, therefore making me indulge in Tom Ford’s Neroli Portofino. The scent transports me from sticky, steamy NYC, to Somewhere in Northern Italy. 




Makeup has been kept very light this season. For work I’m barefaced. For the evening, if I get pulled out of my cozy bed for a glass of rosé at Sel Rose, I’d opt for NARS Tinted Moisturizer, and Concealer, FENTY Matte Match Stix to try and lightly contour to slenderize my face a bit, Marc Jacobs Bronzer, NYX Brow Pencil, Glossier Boy Brow, Glossier Dusk Cloud Paint. MAC Stripdown lip pencil paired with any of my many shimmery, clear glosses. I usually end with a wing and/or mascara but if I’m feeling it, I’d throw on some shadow and demi wispies. Of course I add some glow, Colourpop Loose Highlighters are a fave at the moment for a pretty subtle iridescence, I love the way the sun reflects off of it. 

Did you know that choosing a calming color on your nails can help with anxiety when you glance down at your nail? I find this to be accurate. My favorite color is Periwinkle, which as you know is a super calming shade of blue therefore Floss Gloss’s “95% Angel” is my go-to, signature polish. 



I don’t straighten my hair unless I’m going to the salon for a trim and  undercut upkeep. It’s WAY too hot and my edges will curl up in .3 seconds. I simply wash the stress flakes away, bless you ORIBE SERENE SCALP Shampoo and Conditioner for keeping my scalp free of Frosted Flakes. I like to go in with a OUAI Trifecta of Rose Hair & Body Oil, Leave-in Conditioner and a few sprays of "Sun of a Beach" to naturally lighten up my strands to look Sunkissed, I also love to use Kristin Ess Weightless Air Dry Creme. I honestly have no patience for my hair in the summertime, so I keep it as minimal as possible. 



I am someone who deals with anxiety and depression. I have my moments and with all that is happening in this country, it's not helping. I try my best to aid myself when the lows hit. I find that I must separate myself in order to RECHARGE and FOCUS on MYSELF. Sometimes we care about people so much and want to be there for them that to the point that we exhaust ourselves, sacrificing our inner peace and happiness in the process. It is absolutely vital for me to be pull myself away and take a break. I must do this because if I don’t it makes me resent people and I don’t have it in me to carry around that type of baggage. It does get lonely, especially if you’re like me and don’t have anyone to confide in and/or fear of being a burden to others. You’re on your own and you figure out ways to aid yourself during this time alone. I like to write my thoughts down and sometimes tear up the paper so I can just release all of that bullshit in my head, Keeping shit internalized is a NO for me. Small things help me out so much. Moments like  the way the sun creeps through my window and hits my sheets in the morning, make me feel good about taking on the day.




JOURNALING - Write those thoughts down! Release that negativity lingering in your mind, causing you to overthink.

BULLET JOURNALING - I find that organization and planning calms my anxiety. 

SUMMER READING LIST - Getting lost in a fictional story distracts you from your own, like a tiny escape from reality. 

BINGE ON A SHOW - There's nothing wrong with binging on entertainment once in a while. May I recommend GLOW

MAKE A SOOTHING SUMMER PLAYLIST - Believe it or not, Music has healing powers!

GO FOR A POWER WALK - A physical way to release those lingering thoughts on overdrive. 

AT HOME SPA - Pair a face mask with that journaling, reading or bingeworthy show. 

CALM APP - I recommend this to everyone. I have used mine everyday for the past few years. The sound of rain brings me peace.

LIGHT A CANDLE - I find this to be such a soothing luxury. My favorite candle is ASH from BOY SMELLS



*Professional Help - Sometimes you reach a point where being there for yourself just isn’t enough and THAT IS OKAY. There is nothing wrong with seeking help from a professional. I’ve done it a few times and I feel so much better afterwards. 




Take care of yourself. Until Next time...

Glossy Skin, Glossy Lips, Glossy Life

Basic Skincare Guide: Men Summer 2018


Clean up + Glow up

A friend asked for skin care advice focusing on the basics with extra attention paid to protection from sun exposure + and clearing blackheads.

The actual message I sent him on facebook with an apology because I don't think he knew what he was getting himself into when he asked for 'basic' skin care advice.

The actual message I sent him on facebook with an apology because I don't think he knew what he was getting himself into when he asked for 'basic' skin care advice.

You: male, normal skin, late 20s, morning shower person, more likely to shop at the drugstore or stores like Target + Walmart
Job: outside most of the day
Concerns: clearing blackheads, sun protection
Skin care Knowledge:slim to none

Will not spend more than 2 minutes on skin care

Since his skin gets a lot of sun exposure, skin care is important for making sure he is comfortable with how his skin looks and feels. 

Key Skin Care Steps:

Lip balm 

Brands to check out:

These brands are gentle and great for sensitive skin. Usually no harsh perfumes
-Aveeno (the positively radiant line is my favorite)


It gets off all the dead skin and helps clear out blocked pores that have whiteheads and blackheads. Try to do it for 5-10 seconds on each part of your face: each cheek, forehead, nose + chin. Exfoliators with a sand like grit work best. Larger particles just sort of scratch your skin and will cause irritation after sun exposure. This should be done twice a week but never more than 3x a in a week. Over exfoliating your skin will cause breakouts.

Aveeno® Positively Radiant® Skin Brightening Daily Scrub
**don’t use it daily. Ignore the rules. 2x a wk! Or every 3-4 days. 



If there is one thing you do know, it's how to wash your face. If you feel like you have oily skin, use a gel cleanser. Dry skin, use a cream cleanser. If you're skin feels sort of tight + itchy after you’ve washed it, you have dry skin. Because you spend a lot of time in the sun, look for something gentle. Usually cleansing once a day is fine unless you are super sweaty or fell in the dirt. 

Simple Moisturizing Facial Wash



Even if you have a hydrating cleanser, still apply even a light moisturizer. It is your new BFF. We are not teenagers anymore. When you're rounding 30, it's time to start the 'preservation process.' If you've met people who are about your age but you could've sworn they had at least a decade on you, it's because they did not hydrate. Sure, there are hereditary factors to how we age, but we all have hereditary factors. Some of us just manage them a little better. 

Aveeno® Smart Essentials™ Daily Nourishing Moisturizer Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30


* Tip with sunblock: SPF, while incredibly necessary, it can be drying for your skin over time. If you are using a sunblock and notice your skin is looking flaky, mix your sunblock with your moisturizer, about half and half, so you get the best of both worlds. 


Do. Not. Neglect. This. Step. You will age like milk in the sun. Even if you don’t see a burn, you are burning your skin. Don’t forget your ears, neck, and hands. . 

Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Sensitive Lotion - SPF 50
I use baby stuff all the time, doesn't matter that you're grown


Lip Balm:

Again, we ain't 22 no more. Your lips will age just as fast as the skin under our eyes. Use anything without petroleum. While it feels good and does work, it also stops your skin’s natural moisture production. Only use it to heal the skin, not for daily use. 

Kiss My Face Sport Lip Balm SPF 30



2-in-1 products: I say this because tons of products marketed toward males have this ‘nifty’ little feature that is good for no one. If you wanted to get a cleanse + exfoliate type of product to just use daily, you would just be doing more harm than good for your skin. Since you get sun everyday + facial hair grooming (however often you do it), treat your skin as if it were sensitive even if you don't see any redness or inflammation. Separate products are better so you can balance how often you are doing each step. 

Pore strips + peeling masks: products like the Biore strips or peeling masks that remove blackheads are good in a situation if you are going to an event and want to style on the crowd with a fresh face. But overuse (daily or even weekly) will just make the pores on your face larger over time. Which will just make blackheads and whiteheads more visible. 

Foaming anything: products that foam have a lot of alcohol so it just dries out the skin overtime. I don't even understand why they're made. 

It's OK to

Ignore some directions: I’m thinking about exfoliators again because people tend to over do it. Even if a product says it is ok for daily use, it is not. It’s too much! Very harsh on your skin especially after the sun. 

You feeling fancy + want to add a night time routine? 

Cleanse - if you cleanse at night, you don't have to cleanse in the morning unless you’re like feeling kinda sweaty. 

Hydrate - same as day time

Eye cream- Again, we ain't 22 no more. You can also mix this with your SPF and wear it during the day. 

Burt's Bees® Eye Cream for Sensitive Skin


Extra Extra fancy + want to take a product with you during the day in case you feel sweaty + gross?

Cleansing wipes
Any micellar water cleansing wipes are great because you don't have to wash it off. Feels great to remove any sweat and dirt. Most of them are makeup removing wipes. But many people just use them after a work out. 

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Makeup Remover Wipes


Put some of your moisturizer in a little travel tube or jar. 


Final Touches

Hydrate + Soothe

Exactly what your skin needs after sun exposure. You can use hydrating sheet masks multiple times a week. It gives your skin instant results. They aren't lasting results but they do help and don't cause damage over prolonged use.

Tony Moly I'm Real Aloe Sheet Mask
Put this in the refridgorator for 15 minutes before use for the ultimate experice. 


Over night treatment

You got pimples that killing your vibe? These can help and are available at Ulta. If you overuse either of them, your skin will get dry and flaky. 

Mario Badescu Plastic Bottle Drying Lotion
Dont shake it. Take a q-tip and dip it in the sediment and put in on the pimple over night. Dries out the gross stuff so it heals faster


End of Day Treatment:

Not every day. An end of day treatment can be something that preps the skin for the week ahead.

Origins Travel Size Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask 
If you feel a pimple beneath the skin, this mask works to bring it out. It doesn't cause breakouts but it will bring the excess bacteria to the surface and form a pimple. It is good to use a few days before a special event to help make a pimple heal more quickly. It can be used over a specific pimple or all over the face. Use it about once a week on your nose and chin, or where ever you get blackheads and whiteheads, to clear your skin. Put a warm wet  towel over your skin for a few minutes to open up the pores then apply the mask. Once it is dry, use a warm wet towel again to remove it. 


Now GO + get shmexy



Tell me all about your skin care routine

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Looking Good & Doing Good Just Got Easier - With Kayla

Written by @oohkayla

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I think it is safe to say SUMMER IS HERE! Well at least not blistering freezing weather is here. Summer is not only time for fun but also time to protect yourself from head to toe, at this point almost everyone is aware that we need to take care of our skin and possibly go about using more natural products. But what about our hair?

Enter Love Beauty & Planet stage left! According to the brand’s site the company was founded on the idea that “looking good and doing good should go hand in hand.” Each product is made with the mentality of making you and the planet better. Love Beauty & Planet is currently available in drugstores making it very accessible to the average person selling body and hair products.


I received the opportunity to try their Murumuru Butter & Rose Blooming Strength & Shine. The mask comes in a simple 100% recycled material pouch with 1.5oz. I have used the mask multiple times and still have a lot of product left. The directions suggest using after shampooing, leave on for 2 minutes and rinse. You are also advised to avoid your roots- why? Because including your roots could lead to your scalp getting greasy and dirty sooner than it needs to- & nobody got time for that.


Personally, I haven’t been able to find a lot of “natural products” that work for my hair. This mask is cruelty free, vegan, no parabens & more- which led me to believe that it wasn’t going to work at all! However, after several uses I do like this hair mask. The subtle rose sent is amazing and although I don’t know a lot about Murumuru Butter I do believe it is helping to hydrate my hair. I am currently in the process of helping my hair get back on track- years of coloring and heat has done some real damage to my strands. 

After using this mask, I do find my hair is drying with less frizz and just overall looks healthier. I have a dry scalp and so most if my shampoos do an excellent job cleaning my scalp but then drying for the rest of it. I would recommend giving this brand a try. 

If you are considering trying natural hair products this is a great place to start, it won’t break the bank and you are still doing good even if you don’t wind up liking the product. I stand behind looking good and doing good at the same time. Having my hair look great while reducing my carbon footprint sounds like a win win to me.

Lazy Girl Body-care with Kayla!

Written By Kayla M



I am lazy! There I said it…. Admitting you have a problem is the first step right? As much as I love lathering my face in every moisturizer and mask I can get my hands on I have a hard time-doing that with the rest of my body. All the lotion commercials make it seem so glamorous and therapeutic to apply lotion after a shower-I however disagree completely.  But then the universe heard my dry skin prayers & I found the perfect lazy girl body product and my world changed. I came to possess the Moroccan Oil Shower Milk and Lush Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner.

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The Morroccan Oil Shower Milk appeared, and I thought yass!! However, that feeling was extremely short lived. The product is described as “an argan oil infused milk that gently cleanses and hydrates.” The shower milk is essentially a creamier body wash than what is usually found in store, but it didn’t hydrate to the point where lotion isn’t needed. I truthfully didn’t find it to do much of anything. Although I find 6.7oz of product for $32 reasonable, I can’t justify any amount if the product doesn’t work for me.

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I was disappointed and desperate for a lazy girl remedy. I remembered a sample of a Lush product from a couple of years ago. I was told to rub it on my skin while in the shower and rinse- then the heavens opened, and I cried joyous tears. It wasn’t until recently that I gave in and decided to just purchase the product for myself and I regret not having it in my life sooner. Lush’s Ro’s Argan was the answer, the jar contains 7.9oz of glorious rose scented body conditioner for $35.95. Besides being lazy I am also beyond paranoid about “smelling good” and up until Ro’s Argan appeared I was use to body washes and lotions having a great scent but not a lasting scent and most definitely not a scent that I could personally smell on myself.

I can smell Ro’s Argan on my skin all day!! But mostly importantly almost immediately after you rinse the product off you can feel how smooth, silky and hydrated your skin feels. The simplicity of the ingredients, the ease of the process and the effectiveness of the product makes me believe in miracles.Lush’s product is truly amazing-. A natural, animal friendly, good smelling, reasonably priced, product that actually works! Who knew that could exist.


I recommend anyone and everyone to try this, it is a terrific addition to your skincare routine. Remember your skin is your largest organ, I often find myself thinking it is okay to go H.A.M. with my facial skincare and then ignore the rest of my body’s skincare needs. Lush Cosmetic’s Ro’s Argan body conditioner has allowed me to begin a serious selfcare affair from head to toe.

Easy Hairstyles For Spring 2018 Using A Rotating Curling Iron


Hair so cute. Air so Breezy. Vibes so Spring.


Put a little Spring in your hair by adding
bouncy curls to your locks all season long. 

It's time to pack away all of your Winter hats so that your hair can breathe in fresh looks. I'll tell you how I created these four easy Spring hairstyles. Read to the end of this post for a review of the Spinstyle Pro rotating curling iron from Salon Tech. 


Lazy Blow Out

This one is for all my frizzy-haired-beauties trying to thrive in the humid seasons. It's my saving grace for when I haven't spent time prepping my hair. Or, I've spent too much time on my makeup and left myself only 5 minutes for hair. The heat from the curling iron smooths the frizz while giving my hair some shape and body so I don't look like Rubeus Hagrid. After tying my hair into a high ponytail, working from left to right, I grabbed a section of hair to begin curling it. I made sure that the sections weren't too thin because it would have made the curls too defined giving a completely different look. Once all of the section of my ponytail had been curled, I let down my hair and delicately ran the tips of my fingers through my hair to break up the curls. 

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Video Tutorial Here

As a final touch, I sometimes like to smooth some of the frizziness framing my face. I sprayed a soft touch hairspray on to a comb. Instead of pushing the teeth through my hair, I flipped the comb to face the teeth upward so they would glide down my hair shaft. For some added va-va-volume, you can use dry shampoo or any texture powder to the roots of your hair. 

Essential Tool: Hair Bungee

If you were to use a regular hair tie, you run the risk of ruining the curls you just spent time creating. The hair bungee is better because it just wraps around the base of your ponytail without having to slide down your hair shaft. 

BinaryABC   Ponytail Hooks Holder Bungee Bands

BinaryABC Ponytail Hooks Holder Bungee Bands

Amped Up Waves

To get these mod-70s  frizzy waves, I began by dividing my hair in two. I pinned up the left side and curled the right in rows working from the nape of my neck to my hairline. Each row consisted of 3-4 curls depending on my hair density in each row. For more volume, I alternated the direction of the curls by row. That’s to say that if the row by my neck was curled to the right, that I would then curl the next row going to the left. That was easy with the Spinstyle Pro because it automatically curls in both directions.

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Video Tutorial Here

To allow the curl to set properly, after curling each individual section, I rolled the curl in on itself by following the curl shape while my hair was still warm.  I pinned each warm, rolled curl to my head then covered my hair with a hefty amount of hair spray and let them set for about 15 minutes, After I removed the pins, I gently brushed through my hair to begin styling it. I also teased the roots and some of the waves for volume.Adding funky pins to each wave dip can be a really cute way to make this look feel more fashionable.

Essential Tool: Soft Touch, Lasting Hold Hair Spray

My hair tends to not hold styling very well. Still, I never use a strong hold hairspray because crunchy hair is gross. For my hair to have that fluffy, wavey look, a light hairspray is best. My hair won’t fall flat under the weight of the spray. Plus, you can still run your fingers through my hair -but *sings* ‘don’t touch my hair.’


Amika   Touchable Hair Spray

Amika Touchable Hair Spray

Top Knot

Yup. They’re still in and aren’t leaving any time soon. I first sectioned off the part of my hair that I wanted in the top knot. I have thin hair on top of my head. So my bun isn’t a little bun-lette or oddly wide, I section off hair starting  from my hairline to a little past my crown. Then I curled my hair with the same alternating pattern as I did with the frizzy waves. To keep most of the bounce towards the ends of my hair, I curled the ends slightly tighter than I did the rest of the hair shaft. To do this, just wrap your hair more tightly around the curling iron on the ends, about 4 times. Then more loosely as you get towards the middle of your hair shaft. It adds body without giving a tight curl. This added wide dimension towards the ends. Exactly what I wanted! This made the whole look more interesting rather than just the knot atop of my head.

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Video Tutorial Here

For the top knot itself, once I tied off the ponytail. I sectioned the hair in two, vertically. The right section of my hair was curled to the right. And the left side went left. Rather than just gathering up all the hair into a cute messy bun or a classic sock bun, I wanted the bun to look more styled. I warped the right curl going to the right side beginning behind the base of the ponytail unraveling the curl with each loop around my head without incorporating the left curl at all. After the right curl was pinned in place, I grabbed the left curl and wrapped it going to the left beginning behind the base of the ponytail while unraveling the curl. This created a neat, swirling bun with dimension and volume. 

Essential Tool: Decor

The last touch was my chic diy hair pin. I placed it in a way that it felt like it was peeking out from one of the swirls in the bun. The reflective gold pin was exactly what this look needed. 

ASOS   Pack of 4 Mixed Floral Hair Clips

ASOS Pack of 4 Mixed Floral Hair Clips

Deep Side Part + Curls

Edgy. Girly, Attention getting. Check, check, check; sign me up! The most time consuming look but totally worth it. The key to this look is how you section your hair. I began by giving myself a deep side part. So that the hair behind my part could give volume to my crown, I sectioned off the hair framing my face to curl later and pinned the two section of my part. I began curling my hair behind the part working from the back of my head up to the crown. I sprayed each section of my hair with a soft touch hairspray before I curled it. I sectioned my in small parts and tightly wrapped my hair around the barrel of the curling iron as many times as I could. This would make my curls very tight and thin.


Video Tutorial Here

The smaller section of my part was going to be slicked back above my ear and have cute pins so the curls did not need to be as tight as the rest of them. I curled that hair in the same way that I curled my hair in the top knot: tight on the ends and looser as you went up the shaft. For the hair on the other side of my part, I began by sectioning the hair into much smaller, vertical sections working from my ear to the parting line. This gave me more control of how the curls would frame my face. As the sections got closer to the parting line, the more lax I was with the hair closest to the roots. If the roots of the curls in the center my face on my hairline were as tight as the rest of them, I would have had hair falling in my face all. damn. day. Annoying! 

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Goody Folding Brush & Comb

Essential Tool: Teasing and Sectioning Comb

This hair goes from child star, Shirley Temple, curls to, Broad City star, Ilana Wexler, doesn’t go to prom because of the aggressive amounts of teasing. A dual ended brush + comb is your bow and arrow in the Quarter Quell. You don’t want to waste time looking for this or that brush. 

Once all of my hair was curled, I had a snack because I needed to recharge after all of the curling. I'm so glad the Spinstyle Pro does most of the curling for you otherwise this blog post would be ‘1 Easy Spring Hairstyle.’ Then I ran my fingers through all of the tightly wound curls to break them up. I also individually separated some of the curls to make sure there weren’t any super clumpy ones. I wanted VO-L-UME in my hair so I then teased my crown and fluffed all of the curls to max capacity without destroy in the shape. Finally I add some more diy pins to my hair and felt oh-so-divine!


Spinstyle Pro Review

My hair is so frizzy that it could take me 10 minutes to locate a bobby pin I might've used in an attempt to tame the mane. Because of the frizz factor, just the idea of testing a rotating curling iron in my hair gave me heart palpitations. What if it snapped my hair? What if it got stuck? Would I then be forced to get a pixie cut? I don't have the head for hair that short!

Related: Smooth n' Shine Hair Polisher Review

The Real Question is: Am I Bald Now?

The obvious pro to the Spinstyle Pro is the rotating barrel. Just slide your hair through the prongs that guide your hair on to curly, swirly, precious-ness. The fact that it spins in both directions amazes me. The temperature settings are easy to see and the on-off-switch isn’t hidden or placed where you might accidentally turn it off mid-curl.


One con that I immediately noted was that the barrel is kind of short. I felt like I didn’t have enough play space on the barrel to get what I needed.

I don’t believe that the Spinstyle Pro is beginner friendly. I could see, for example, a parent buying this for their child thinking that this could help teach their young one to learn to curl their hair. The kid is going to have curls but the hardest part in learning to do your hair is learning to style your hair. Because of the shape of the barrel and the prongs that guide the hair onto it, what you get with each curl is just a barrel curl. However loose or tight it’s a barrel curl. You can do a million different things with barrel curls but if you’re new to doing your hair, that can be hard to figure out. Barrel curls are also kind of dated so if you don’t know how to manipulated the curls to get what you want, your look might also turn out kind of dated. This may not necessarily be a downside but it will take more practice then I think people will initially realize.


That being said, I still think that the Spinstyle Pro is a nifty hair gadget. If you know your hair and you know how to style it, this rotating curling iron make doing your hair go faster and easier.

Answer: I still have all of my hair. Plus, I'm extra-extra cute.

I Tried Oil Pulling For The First Time


Gross mouthfeel. Sparkling Results?


Oil pulling is an old healthcare remedy from India where you take a tablespoon of oil and swish it around in your mouth for about 20 minutes and then spit it out. It is believed to be useful for things line whitening teeth to helping fix all of your health woes. The practice became trendy a few years ago when some celebs began to swear this 'new' thing had changed their life. There are articles pro and against oil pulling. Some argue it is a waste of time that does no harm or good, while others say it improves overall mouth health thus improving overall health. What I'm here to tell you is my results were!


Maple Holistics specializes in providing products for those who want to know what exactly what ingredients they are using. Their fractionated coconut oil seemed perfect for trying out oil pulling. Fractionated means that the coconut oil will remain an oil. 

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I brushed my teeth before oil pulling. Ok, let's be real, the thought swishing around oil in my mouth for 20 minutes sounded like it would the most horrible way to start any day. From everything I had found, you should oil pull on an empty stomach. My guess is just in case the mouthfeel really gets to you. Truthfully, it might. There isn't a taste to the oil but it's the texture that'll get ya, Thick and heavy. UGH!!!


Moving the oil around on my gums was easy to get used to after a few minutes. I always have a dry tongue. I thought that if I swirled *blech* the oil on my tongue *blech* it would help. But the second I felt the oil on my tongue, I was ready to cut the 20 minutes short and move on. 


The worst part about oil pulling is that as you swish the oil around your mouth, the thicker the oil gets. As the minutes crawl by, you feel a thick and foamy slug forming in your mouth. All you can focus on is not letting the oil get too close to the back of your mouth so you accidentally swallow anything. Ugh, the thought of that makes my whole body clench in disgust. 


Oh the moment of release. So soothing it was to know that it is finally over. The once clear oil is now a vulgar shade of milky white. I followed up with brushing my teeth. I noticed that my mouth didn't feel as dry as usual that day. I was pleased with that. 


Would I try oil pulling again? 

Yes, and I have! It took me about a week to give it another try remembering the nauseating slug that formed in my mouth, but I did do it but this time in the shower. If you occupy your mind, you won't focus so much on the feeling in your mouth. I don't know if I would make this a permanent addition to my oral care. When I have oil pulled, maybe it is just in my head, but I feel like the spit in my mouth is super thick and I end up spitting all day. 


And, of course, there are more satisfying ways to use coconut oil. 

The lipstick I am wearing is from Beauty Bakerie. If you've worn one, you know how hard they are to remove without attacking your lips. This oil broke it down quickly and easily. 


How do you use natural ingredients in your beauty routine? 

As Is: The MPB Team Celebrates Women's History Month

These are not Before and After photos
Because I am myself regardless of the presence of lipstick
These are here and now photos
Because my mind is always present

These are not Natural versus Glam looks
Because there is nothing more glamorous than my bare smile
And applying mascara  comes naturally
I have got bigger battles started for me

I am told that I don’t need to wear makeup
While a woman next to me is told that with some blush, her eyes will really pop
The woman next to her is told she wears too much makeup
Neither of us is enough

We always seem to be too much
Yet never enough

Painted lips
Flushed cheeks
Contoured Jaw
Have never made me

I still look cute, tho.
I never asked you. 

-Danyelle Valentin (@bufferingbetty)

Pepper B. 
Believes that she "came out for the womb" with a smokey eye. Leo with an Excessive Smoky Eye.

Pepper on   Instagram

Pepper on Instagram

My name is Pepper B! Beauty is like an accessory for me. I use makeup as an outlet to spice up the day but it doesn’t make my day. I thrive on having good skin so my favorite part of the day is taking my accessory off and wearing Bare Skin. I work in the beauty industry and it is very visual so I use makeup to polish up my look. I do believe that taking care of your skin allows you to have a better makeup application. I love myself with makeup but I love myself without makeup even more.  

“Without us there is no universe. People are drawn to chaos and controversy. They are afraid to put us in power because everything we touch we set on fire! We are resilient, trailblazers and life creators. The true definition of beauty & the beast. There is no recipe we just serve! I can try to define what it feels like to be a women but there aren’t enough words” 
- Pepper B 

Mantra: Follow your passion as this will make your dreams become reality! Giving you the most informational product review you'd ever want.

Deanna on   Instagram

Deanna on Instagram

"Everything has beauty but not everyone sees it"

"The things you wear don't make you beautiful: they accentuate the beauty that is already there"

If it's skincare, she cares. Teaching all of the skincare DIYs

Kayla on   Instagram

Kayla on Instagram

“Phenomenal woman, that’s me”- Maya Angelou

“I am a woman. I am clothes in strength & dignity & pride.” I first began to like “beauty” when I saw photos of my mom and aunts with amazing bright colors on their eyes- what I then learned was called eyeshadow lol. I loved how I had these beautiful women in my life & they could use these products to emphasize that and tell a whole new story of themselves. 

Awkward Tomboy Glow Queen Channeling Brooke Shields Circa Blue Lagoon

Amanda on   Instagram

Amanda on Instagram

Red lipstick is my secret super power. It will help me conquer the world one day.I am very passionate about body confidence. 'Magic Makeover' is something I would do with my Mother (who I would call my Warrior Queen) who lost her battle 4 years ago [to cancer]. Making her feel beautiful would lighten up her day and I would love to make all of the warrior queens feel that way.

Doesn't send nudes. Lives in fuchsia lipstick + blush. Loves how her makeup looks but probably can't recreate it.

Danyelle on   Instagram

Danyelle on Instagram

After all those years as a woman hearing 'not thin enough, not pretty enough, not smart enough, not this enough, not that enough,' almost overnight I woke up one morning and thought I am enough" - Anna Quindlen

"If you retain nothing else, always remember the most important rule of beauty, which is: who cares?" - Tina Fey

The beauty industry has given more than I could ask for from lipstick. It has nothing to do with actually wearing makeup, though, of course, I love to indulge. I have found a side of myself that I knew was there but never gave room to flourish. If you ever have looked at a beauty blog and thought of it as vapid -first, of all, goodbye. But truly you don't understand the time and effort that went into a product  reveiw. The amount of research that goes into an informative post. Beneath it all is passion and a vulnerability that must be admired. To end Women's History Month, just remember that everyone watching you will have an opinion. None of them will matter more than your own. 

Boho Chic, Party Girl, + Sparkle. Knows what formula is definitely an all-nighter.

Taylor on   Instagram

Taylor on Instagram





The Scrub That Polishes My Past

Written by Twist_It_Tea

Photo by Taylor Adami

Photo by Taylor Adami

When I’m stressed, it’s literally written across my face.  I see the isolated blemishes on my cheeks as the previous week’s battle wounds.  I don’t stress that often, so when I do get a few blemishes popping up I swear I can almost pinpoint them to the exact reason why.  Instead of recounting my stressful moments, I’ve been recounting all that I’m grateful for, which definitely includes Cane + Austin Retexture Scrub.  As advertised it has 10% Glycolic Acid, which helps with removing dead skin cells and the reducing inflammation.  It also has 0.5% Salicylic Acid to help prevent new acne and removes black and white heads. I personally love how well rounded this product is and that I can depend on it to not only prevent more blemishes, to clear up current ones, but also reduce the hyper pigmentation that lingers like the ghosts of my stressful past. This scrub polishes my past clean and turns my face into a fresh canvas.  I use this product sparingly in the colder season, meaning less than 10 times a month and my skin is still noticeably softer and brighter.  My pores have gone down in size and I am keeping my blemishes under control while helping with the discoloration.


Cane + Austin also created a lovely and easy to use formula, if you read the directions.  There were far too many reviews mentioning this product as a face wash and it led me to believe that they had no idea how to properly use the scrub.  I have made the mistake of applying the formula to a wet face and realized how lack luster the results were. I apply the milky and grainy gel formula on a dry face/body, and massage the exfoliants into my skin and then I let it sit for 5-10 minutes.  I like the light scent of citrus and the tingly feeling I get when I know it’s time to rinse it off.  There are so many tiny exfoliants that it get’s hard to rinse it all completely from your face but the end result is totally worth the extra effort. My skin is so smooth and feels crispy clean and refreshed. The chemical peel gives it the perfect boost to really shake off the old to make room for the new.  The natural glow is beaming when I wake up the next morning. You would think the opposite but my skin feels and looks nourished. A little extra moisturizer never hurt anyone, espeically if you have dry skin.


Every day I am making the effort to be content with my flaws (and repeat the above mantra) and each day is a new lesson and challenge. I love being able to rely on Cane + Austin’s Retexture Scrub to give me the extra confidence when I’m having a bad skin week (or month).  When I see my skin flare up, I know it's time to slow it down and become centered again - self care helps in that department. 


Let Me Tell You About My Best Friend

Written by Twist.It.Tea


Ok, two best friends because I have this lip in two shades: Grrrl and O.G. Red.  Finally, I feel like I may have found my soulmates.  Not only are these shades my fave but they’re everything I want and need in a matte lip.  It doesn’t require a base because it has shea butter, coconut oils and grapefruit peel oils in it to soften your lips and provide extra moisture (MAJOR KEY). 

Courtesy of Milk Makeup  (Sephora)

Courtesy of Milk Makeup (Sephora)

Milk uses a special technology called Milk Melt that matches your body temp for an “instant glide and a second skin feel”.  This formula feels so good on your lips from application through the whole night.  When I use matte lips I almost feel like they’re a little gritty and ‘skip’ on the application, but because of all of those amazing oils and the shea butter, it was a smooth transition from stick to lip.  It’s important to me that my matte formula doesn’t dry out my lips, especially during the winter months.

O.G. Red by Milk Makeup Demi Matte Lipstick

O.G. Red by Milk Makeup Demi Matte Lipstick

This formula is very pigmented and is definitely an all-nighter.  Even when it did start to fade, my lips were still held a subtle tint.  I love that about this line, it fades with grace so I still feel confident throughout the night that I don’t have to constantly be reapplying. 

Grrrl by Milk Makeup Demi  Matte Lipstick. 

Grrrl by Milk Makeup Demi  Matte Lipstick. 

I am always carrying the shade, Grrrl around with me because I think it goes with everything.  It gives me a little bit of a 90’s vibe but I’m into it. It’s described as a ‘Deep Plum’ but to be honest I find it more in the mauve family with a hint of grey.  I love it because I’m a huge fan of this shade I’ve been wearing it all winter and fall.  And like the OG Red it stays on all night and the subtle tint is reliable until I can get into a mirror to reapply. 

Grrrl by Milk Makeup Demi  Matte Lipstick

Grrrl by Milk Makeup Demi  Matte Lipstick

O.G. Red is super pigmented and is now my go-to for when I want a fire engine red.  It’s a litttttle messy, but what best friend isn’t? I’m always so careful when I apply this shade because it somehow gets on my chin and teeth (unfortunately) but I don’t really care to be honest because the shade is that dope.  I wear some lipliner with this shade and it won’t feather around my lips, and even though it’s a little finicky to apply I really love this formula and shade overall.